Low Cost Subscription Graphics App Alternatives To Creative Cloud – The ‘Book Mystique

I’m not a fan of the subscription software model, I don’t use any subscription apps. Used to be that you paid your license fee and the app was yours to use indefinitely, or until one opted for a paid version upgrade, usually at a reports reasonable price.

However there’s an unfortunate trend that’s seen more and more developers, especially big, powerful ones, switching from license fees to monthly subscription fees, and when you do the math the prices are unreasonable, at least in a historical context.

In a column last week entitled “Mac Subscription Apps Are Killing My Budget,” Mac 360’s Jeffery Mincey showed how unreasonable, noting that the rental fee is $50 monthly for the full version of Adobe’s Creative Cloud is $50 per month or $600 yearly, which would add up to $1,800 over three years, which was the interval Mincey says he used to upgrade Creative Suite back in license fee days, or one third the cost of what he’s now paying in CS license fees. And that’s for just one app.

However there are alternatives. For a powerful substitute for the Creative Cloud module we used to call Photoshop, there’s the oddly-named GIMP(acronym for: GNU Image Manipulation Program), an open source, high-end image editing and creation refuge from Adobe Creative Cloud’s open-ended, wallet-siphoning Photoshop’s monthly subscription-based, distribution mode is now available for the Mac for tasks like photo retouching, image editing and composition and image authoring.The Mac version of the GIMP 2.8.14 can be downloaded at:
http://bit.ly/1DdvwOF

Another low-cost alternative is Pixelmator, a full-featured and powerful easy-to-use image editor. ooPixelmator takes full advantage of the latest Mac features and technologies, giving you speedy, powerful tools that let you touch up and enhance images, draw or paint, and apply special effects.#

Pixelmator’s elegant collection of professional-grade color correction tools let you adjust exposure, hue, saturation, shadows and highlights, brightness, contrast, and more, replace and remix colors and dramatically improve less-than-perfect images with one click.

Built exclusively for Mac, Pixelmator uses a number of macOS features and technologies like Cocoa, OpenGL, OpenCL, Core Image, Grand Central Dispatch, 64-bit, FaceTime camera, Automator, Full-Screen, built-in Sharing and much more. Pixelmator’s interface and image editing engine are fully optimized for the MacBook Pro with Retina display, and the latest Pixelmator 3.6 Cordillera brings full support for macOS Sierra and the MacBook Pro Touch Bar, adds Tabs, includes a content-aware Smart Refine feature, and Deep Images support makes colors in 16-bit images more vibrant and true-to-life on Wide Color displays.

License fee for Pixelmator is a modest $29.99.

For more information, visit:
http://www.pixelmator.com/mac/

Pixelmator is also available for iPad.priced at$4.99 USD or equivalent amount in other currencies.

For more information, visit: https://itunes.apple.com/app/pixelmator/id924695435?ign-mpt=uo%3D8

Takeshi Oghara’s Free ToyViewer is an amazingly useful app for viewing and resizing images and doing basic image editing. It’s been a core tool in my productivity suite of macOS apps for years, and gets used extensively in production. Anyone who works with images on the Mac should have it in their image enhancement and correction toolkit. With version ToyViewer finally gets tabs, meaning that the app will no longer open a new window with each image modification executed, but a new tab will be displayed in the existing window instead. This function will only be effective when the newly displayed image is the same size as the original image. Additionally, in multiple tabs displayed in one window, the display position and the magnification scale are synchronized.

For more information, visit:
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/toyviewer/id414298354?mt=12

Free Instant Translator 2.0 App For iOS Released With New Features

Mobile application development company, Neoappz has announced the release and immediate availability of Instant Translator 2.0 for iOS devices. Instant Translator is a user-friendly application which allows users to communicate with people who do not speak their language. The app supports over 100 languages and is helpful while traveling and also in day-today activities.

Instant Translator’s Voice-to-Voice feature allows users to instantly speak another language. Users can speak to the app to get their words instantly translated to another language. With the Text-to-Text feature of the app users can type or copy text from emails, messages etc and get them instantly translated to more than 100 languages. The app has an auto speak option which automatically speaks out the translations. Users can also listen to translations by shaking the device or tapping on the play button. Translations can be shared via email, messages and social media.

Instant Translator supports 112 languages for text-to-text translation, 37 languages for speech-to-speech translation and 41 languages for text-to-speech translation. The app is localaized in English, Chinese, Germain, Korean, Japanese, French and Spanish.

The Multi Device Communication feature allows users to connect devices using bluetooth or wifi and have a voice or text conversation.

Version 2.0 introduces several new features and improvements. Offline Voice Recognition and Text to speech is one of these important features. Users’ can also control the speed of speech in the latest version. Several new languages are also supported. Many other improvements are available in this latest version.

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
* Requires iOS 8.0 or later
* 5.06 MB

Instant Translator 2.0 is available for Free exclusively on the App Store in the Travel category. Instant Translator Pro 2.0 is available for $5.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) exclusively on the App Store in the Reference category. Version 2.0 is a free upgrade for all current users of the app.

Instant Translator 2.0:
http://www.neoappz.com/instant-translator.html

Download Instant Translator from iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/app/instant-translator-translates/id1021277581

Purchase Translator Pro from iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/app/instant-translator-pro-translates/id1021277663

Source: Neoappz

Back To School With The Edge Desk All-in-one Portable Kneeling Desk

Back to school is just around the corner, and the ergonomically correct Edge Desk all-in-one portable kneeling desk is ideal for students living in dorms and small apartments,

Edge Desk features:
Easy to assemble (it comes already assembled)
Built for productivity
Great for small spaces
Folds in seconds for easy storage and transportation (it comes with wheels)
Fully adjustable for all body types
A good alternative for a hard lecture chair

Launched on Kickstarter this year, The Edge Desk is claimed to be the first desk-chair and easel all in one. Forget hours of assembly and hundreds of parts to manage, The Edge comes fully assembled right out of the box. Set up takes less than a minute and the ergonomic design provides a comfortable, productive work experience. The patent-pending kneeling desk puts your back in a comfort first position removing pressure. By adjusting the desktop and seat, you can set it up for exactly the position that feels best. These adjustments make The Edge adaptable for people of all sizes.

Tired of not finding a seat in the library? Tight on desk space in your room? Want to study outside? No problem. Bring your Edge Desk and enjoy the scenery from the comfort from your own chair.

The Edge Desk’s padded cushions provide comfortable support and the design encourages proper upright sitting instead of the hunching posture typically associated with fatigue and lower back pain. Designed to accommodate to the user’s ideal comfort level, the Edge Desk’s height, angle and tilt are adjustable to suit individual body size and desk preferences. The white work surface can swivel between landscape and portrait orientation as desired.

Edge Desk Design Elements

Cushioned Seat adjusts to 4 positions
Desk Adjusts for height, tilt, orientation of desktop, and distance from the user
Any “snap-on” accessories (sold separately)
Leg/Knee Cushions deep padding for maximum comfort

Edge Desk Features

Keeps you in comfortable focused posture
Comes fully assembled and set up in less than 30 seconds
Folds to 6″ for storage and transportation
Fully adjustable for a huge range of body types
Accessorize outer edge keeping work surface clear
Quickly switches from landscape to portrait mode

Who’s The Edge For?
In addition to students, The Edge Desk is for artists creating from anywhere, freelancers working in coffee shops and libraries, and small house communities. Because The Edge Desk is so compact, it really can be used almost anywhere globally and stored out of the way, saving precious space. People from 42 countries have bought The Edge.

The Edge Desk sells for $399.00

Free standard US shipping on all products (continental U.S. only)

For more information, visit:
https://www.theedgedesk.com
and
https://www.theedgedesk.com/products/the-edge-desk

Source: The Edge Desk

Norton Core Secure Wi-Fi Router Now Available to U.S. Consumers

First introduced at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Norton Core, a secure, high-performance Wi-Fi router, fundamentally changed the concept of Wi-Fi routers by making security the primary consideration. Today, Norton by Symantec is announcing that Norton Core is currently available for purchase in the U.S. at Norton.com, BestBuy.com, and Amazon.com, and in select Best Buy stores nationwide.

There is an increasing need to provide consumers with a digital safety solution to protect their home networks and the connected devices that power their homes. Sixty-two percent of consumers globally believe connected devices are built with security in mind(1). However, Symantec researchers identified security vulnerabilities in 50 different connected home devices(2), ranging from smart thermostats to smart hubs, that could make the devices easy targets for attacks. Additionally, Symantec researchers found the number of attempted attacks on IoT devices increased twofold from January to December 2016(3).

“This is an exciting day for Symantec and for consumer digital safety,” said Fran Rosch, executive vice president and general manager, Consumer Business, Symantec. “As the Internet of Things industry continues to evolve, connected homes become more common, and devices within homes continue to multiply, its vital that consumers have a way to protect their family’s connected devices from new and sophisticated attacks.”

Norton Core is a new security solution that helps protect home networks and an unlimited number of connected devices, including computers and mobile devices from malware, viruses, hackers, and cybercriminals(4). Designed in the form of a geodesic dome and inspired by defense and weather radars deployed in the extreme reaches of the globe, Norton Core’s unique mathematical design encourages users to place it out in the open, as part of their home decor.

In addition to its strong security capabilities and elegant design, Norton Core offers customizable parental controls allowing parents the flexibility to set parameters that work for their family. Daily Internet usage limits for each child, filters for accessible content, and a pause button are some of the features parents may enjoy customizing based on their family needs.

Digital Safety in a High-Performance, Uniquely Designed Geodesic Dome

Unlike conventional routers, Norton Core was built specifically with security in mind to protect connected homes. With network packet inspection, combined with intelligence from a global threat database, Norton Core can help fend off threats before they infiltrate a home network. Norton Core brings the benefit of speed, comprehensive Wi-Fi coverage and reliability along with these additional key product highlights(5):

State-of-the-art SecurityAt the Network Level — Norton Core keeps your devices and home network protected. With its network level protection, Norton Core uses deep packet inspection to inspect all traffic it deems untrusted or risky and provides protection against possible intrusions with its intrusion detection and prevention engines.

A Highly Secure Router — From comprehensive data encryption to real-time software updates, Norton Core fundamentally changes the equation to extend protection to Wi-Fi routers.

Smart Parental Controls — Flexible, powerful tools for parents to monitor and manage screen time for each child, control time limits by device, and set content filters. The entire network can even be paused.

Security Score — Provides users with a readout on their networks weaknesses and timely insights and advice on ways to improve their score.

Bandwidth Optimization — Gives priority to any device or activity in the house with the touch of a button, so a movie can quickly be prioritized over a game console

Guest Access — Create secure guest networks easily, with time limits. When time is up, users can simply extend access or let the guest network disappear

Norton Core is currently available for purchase online for $279.99 at Norton.com, BestBuy.com and Amazon.com, as well as select Best Buy stores nationwide. Purchase of Norton Core, available in Titanium Gold and Granite Gray, comes bundled with a one-year complimentary subscription to Norton Core Security Plus, which includes protection for an unlimited number of connected devices such as laptops, desktops, Macs, Android and iOS smartphones, tablets and IoT/connected devices. After the first year, a subscription renewal will be $9.99/month.

To learn more, visit:
http://us.norton.com/core
and:
http://www.symantec.com/

Notes:

1 Norton Cyber Security Insights Report (2016).

2 Ballano Barcena, M., & Wueest, C. (2016). Insecurity in the Internet of Things, Symantec [White paper]

3 Symantec Internet Security Threat Report (2017).

4 Subscription renewal is required for security and parental control features after the complimentary subscription term. Usage and other restrictions apply.

5 Maximum wireless data rate is derived from IEEE standards 802.11 specifications. Actual data speed and range may vary due to factors such as network conditions, building construction, obstacles and interference. Deep packet inspection, a security feature, also affects speed.

Source: Symantec Corporation

ViewSonic Adds New 27-inch 4K UHD Monitor to it VP Series Of Monitors Ideal For MacBook Work Stations

ViewSonic Corp. has introduced the VP2785-4K, a 27-inch 4K UHD (3840×2160) monitor that delivers precise and consistent color representation and performance to ensure incredible image quality. Built to deliver color accuracy for professional color-critical applications, the ViewSonic VP2785-4K ensures vibrant and intense color reproduction, making it a perfect display solution for photographers, video and content producers and editors.

The ViewSonic VP2785-4K offers 4K UHD resolution, a wide color gamut and consistent performance with 99 percent Adobe RGB and 98 percent DCI-P3 colors and factory calibration to achieve Delta E <2 across multiple color spaces. Hardware calibration capability allows users to ensure best-in-class color accuracy, while the built-in uniformity function guarantees screen consistency. With USB 3.1 Type C, HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort 2.1 connectivity options, the VP2785-4K can be used with a variety of external devices. The HDCP 2.2 input provides content protection for 4K content playback, streaming and gaming.

With a built-in backlight sensor, the VP2785-4K can stabilize color in just three minutes, maintaining Adobe RGB and sRGB brightness stability for longer periods of time. Instead of the typical 30 plus minutes for a monitor to stabilize its brightness, chromaticity, and tone characteristics, the VP2785-4K has shortened the warm-up time to mere minutes.

Professional-grade features built into the ViewSonic VP2785-4K deliver richer color, contrast and enhanced details of content. From Brogadcast and Cinema Presets for EBU, Rec.709, SMPTE-C and DCI with ready color spaces and gamma values; as well as Film Mode for smoother video playback, the VP2785-4K also supports HDR10 (High Dynamic Range) content decoding and playback. Skilled creative professionals will appreciate the built-in ambient light sensor, presence sensor, and KVM switch, which provide superior screen performance.

“The ViewSonic VP2785-4K was built for the professional photographer, content creator, videographer, graphic artist, or anyone that deals with color critical applications,” said Kenneth Mau, senior product marketing manager at ViewSonic Americas. “With the VP2785-4K, we offer color uniformity and accuracy. From a 10-bit panel, 14-bit LUT and 6 Axis color adjustability, connectivity options, a frameless design and newly designed ergonomic stand, this monitor delivers color coverage and output performance. The VP2785-4K is ideal for MacBook work stations or environments that need reliable color representation and image performance that is compatible with Type-C connectivity and 4K content.”

The ViewSonic VP2785-4K will be available in August 2017 for an MSRP of $1,200.00 (USD).

For more information, visit: http://ViewSonic.com

Suurce: ViewSonic

New iOS 11 Productivity Features Welcome But Where’s The Mouse Driver? – The ‘Book Mystique

The iOS community is in late summer holding mode awaiting the September arrival of the iPhone 8 and iOS 11. iOS 11 public betas have been available for months — number six was released this week — but I value stability on my iPad, which I use for production, and haven’t downloaded a beta, being happy to let others iron out the bugs.

iOS 11 may arguably be the most thoroughgoing and extensive upgrade yet of what started out as Apple’s iPhone OS back in 2007, especially for iPad users, and I’ll be keenly interested in checking out how its slate of new features work on my iPad Air 2 in the final version when it’s released next month. However, I can’t say that I’m terribly excited about iOS 11, at least based on what I’ve heard and read about it so far.

Probably most interesting is that with iOS 11 the iPad finally gets a user-accessible file directory with a new app called ‘Files’ that functions in iOS devices as a sort of substitute for the macOS Finder. According to Apple, Files allows users to browse, search and organize all their files in one central place, with a dedicated space for recently created or modified files. The app provides centralized access to individual files, whether they be stored locally or in iCloud Drive, or on other cloud services like Dropbox, Mega, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Box, and others. If it works transparently the way Dropbox does, Files will be a major advance for iOS users.

Multi-Touch Drag and Drop, on the other hand sounds like another somewhat cumbersome excuse for the real mouse input support the iOS needs in order to be a really satisfactory production tool. Multi-Touch Drag and Drop will provide iPad users with the ability to drag and drop selected documents, blocks of text, images, apps, and other files from one app window to another anywhere on the screen using tap and hold without need of switching apps. These capabilities are intended to compliment and amplify the usefulness of the enhanced multitasking features of Split View and Slide Over that were introduced in iOS 9 back in 2015 that made it possible to have two app windows open at a time. That’s still not nearly as versatile and flexible as the full multi-windowing supported by the macOS or Windows, including Windows touchscreen and tablet devices. Android also has mouse support. Fingers simply can’t match the precision of a pointing device like a mouse or trackpad.

The iOS has long had Bluetooth support for external keyboards, so why Apple continues to doggedly resist adding a Bluetooth mouse driver to the mobile operating system is a puzzlement. Apple’s pricy Pencil stylus is simply not an adequate mouse substitute for many of us. For the iPad to be an efficient productivity tool and serious challenger to a laptop it also needs some sort of removable expansion and a standard connectivity interface, with SD Card and USB-C being the logical candidates. Of course you don’t even get an SDCard slot on the MacBook Pro these days.

iOS 11 also gets a new customizable persistent Dock that can be toggled to provide quick access to frequently used apps and documents from any screen using a swipe gesture, and a redesigned app switcher that brings macOS Spaces/Mission Control type functionality to iOS, making it easier to move between apps or pairs of active apps opened in Split View and Slide Over. All to the good, but more evolutionary than revolutionary. For example, iOS 11 will still only support a maximum of three windows open simultaneously (or four if you count a Picture-in-Picture video). Also still missing are macOS Spotlight style content level document search capability, a major shortcoming for me in finding stuff in my own files and research archives. So is the inability to select and copy text from PDF files in regular iOS apps like browsers, which can be a showstopper.

Will iOS 11’s new iPad features and multitasking enhancements prove flexible, versatile, and efficient enough to boost productivity performance into laptop territory? Maybe for some users, but not for me, and I assume many others. They’re welcome steps in the right direction, but Apple still won’t commit to going the distance. I love my iPad within its limitations, which now be somewhat less limiting in iOS 11, but I’ll still be needing my MacBook.

iOS 11 supported iPad models include all iPad Pros, the new entry-level 5th-generaton 9.7-inch iPad and other 64-bit iPad models, including the original iPad Air and Air 2 and the iPad minis 2, 3, and 4. If your iPad is supported with iOS 10, it will likewise run iOS 11.

Samsung Electronics Launches New Portable SSD T5 Storage Drives

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. has announced the launch of Samsung Portable SSD T5 – its newest portable solid state drive (PSSD) that raises the bar for the performance of external memory products. The T5, built with Samsung’s latest 64-layer V-NAND technology, delivers industry-leading transfer speeds with encrypted data security in a compact and durable design.

“Samsung has been pushing the envelope of what is possible in portable storage and solid state drives for years, and the Portable SSD T5 continues our legacy of leadership and innovation,” said Un-Soo Kim, Senior Vice President of Brand Product Marketing, Memory Business at Samsung Electronics. “We are confident that the T5 will exceed consumers’ expectations for external storage by offering faster speeds and a solid design that is lightweight and conveniently pocket-sized. It is the ideal portable storage product for consumers and professionals who are in search of a fast, durable and secure device.”

Delivering speeds of up to 540 MB/s1 – up to 4.9 times faster2 than external HDD products – the new T5 is designed especially for content creators, business and IT professionals as well as mainstream consumers to give instant, easy access to data. Also, the T5 is smaller than an average business card at 74 x 57.3 x 10.5 millimeters (3.0 x 2.3 x 0.4 inches) and lightweight at 51 grams, comfortably fitting in the palm of your hand. The aluminum exterior comes in two distinct metal finishes – Deep Black (1TB and 2TB models) and Alluring Blue (250GB and 500GB models).

With no moving parts and a shock-resistant internal frame, the T5 offers users peace of mind as it can withstand accidental drops of up to 2 meters (6.6 feet)3. The Samsung Portable SSD Software4 for PCs and Macs based on the AES 256-bit hardware data encryption makes it easy to configure security settings and receive the latest firmware and software updates. A mobile app5 is also available for Android smartphones and tablets for even further convenience. In addition, the T5 includes two connection cables – USB-C to C and USB-C to A – for enhanced compatibility across numerous devices.6

The T5 comes with a three-year limited warranty and will be available globally August 15 with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $129.99 for the 250GB model. For more information, visit:
http://www.samsung.com/T5

Notes:

1 Performance may vary depending on host configuration. To reach maximum transfer speeds of 540 MB/s, the host device and connection cables must support USB 3.1 Gen 2 and UASP mode must be enabled.

2 Based on internal test results compared to an external HDD 500GB. Test system configuration: Asus Strix Z270E Gaming motherboard, Intel Core i5-7600 @3.5 GHz, DDR4 1066 MHz 4 GB, OS-Windows 10 x64, Performance measurements based on CrystalDiskMark 5.2.1.

3 The internal free fall shock test was conducted under controlled conditions.

4 Software requires Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), Android 4.4 (KitKat), or higher. Older versions of the Windows, Mac, and Android operating systems may not be supported. Firmware update requires PC or Mac connection.

5 Android app available on Google Play.

6 Compatibility with host devices may vary. Some operating systems may require T5 reformatting. Please find the compatible devices list on www.samsung.com/portable-ssd

7 1 GB=1,000,000,000 bytes, 1 TB=1,000,000,000,000 bytes. Lower capacity may be demonstrated by your computer due to its use of a different measurement standard.

8 Exact weight of product may vary by capacity.

9 Software requires Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), Android 4.4 (KitKat), or higher. Older versions of Windows, Mac and Android operating systems may not be supported. Firmware update requires PC or Mac connection. Available on Google Play.

10 Samsung Electronics shall not be liable for any loss, including but not limited to loss of data or other information contained on Samsung Electronics product or loss of profit or revenue which may be incurred by user. For more information on the warranty, visit http://www.samsung.com/portable-ssd

Source: Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

TrendForce Reports YoY Gain of 3.6% for 2Q17 Notebook Shipments; Apple With a QoQ 17.1% Growth Edged Closer to ASUS in Ranking

Market research firm TrendForce reports that the global notebook shipments for this second quarter registered a sequential quarterly increase of 5.7% and a year-on-year increase of 3.6%, totaling 39.96 million units. Biddings for notebook contracts in North America and market arrivals of new product models were the main driving forces behind the second-quarter shipments. As for the entire first half of 2017, the strong demand from North America contributed to a global shipment result that exceeded the market expectations.

There are worries in the market that the strong shipment result for this year’s first half reflects demand being pulling ahead, so shipments in the second half might be comparatively weak. “Nonetheless, the third-quarter notebook shipments are projected to increase by another 3% to 5% versus the prior quarter,” pointed out Kou-Han Tseng, TrendForce’s notebook analyst.

HP raised its annual notebook shipment target by nearly 10% in the second quarter and is expected to step up efforts from the third quarter. Lenovo will also be focusing on the year’s second half as to compensate for not having a clear notebook sales strategy during the first half.

TrendForce furthermore has revised its estimation of shipments for this entire year. The annual decline that was initially projected in the range from 2% to 4% has been narrowed to within 2% as per the latest analysis.

HP consecutively won first place in the global shipment ranking; Dell posted the largest sequential increase of 21.3%

HP has retained first place in the shipment ranking for five consecutive quarters. In the second quarter, HP capitalized on getting contract bids for notebooks in North America and tapped into the demand related to back-to-school sales. HP widened its lead over second-place Lenovo by growing its shipments by 8.5% from the first quarter to reach a total of 9.35 million units.

Lenovo shipped just 8.05 million units in the second quarter, representing a year-on-year drop of 2.4%. The notebook market was relatively much slower in the Asia-Pacific region, and this has an impact on the brand’s performance.

Dell took third place in the global ranking with its second-quarter shipments increased by 21.3% compared with the first quarter and by 7.4% versus the same quarter a year ago. Successes in responding to North American tenders and growth in its Chromebook shipments allowed Dell to securely hold on to the third spot.

Apple with a sequential growth of 17.1% narrowed its distance with ASUS while Acer stayed in sixth place

ASUS’s strategy in the recent years has been about selling higher-priced premium notebooks rather than increasing shipments. Hence, the brand focuses on promoting high-end notebooks featuring displays with resolutions at FHD and higher. Currently, the shipment share of FHD and higher resolution notebooks for ASUS is above 40%, which is higher than HP’s and Lenovo’s. Owing to the releases of new products, ASUS’s notebook shipments for the second quarter grew 9.3% sequentially to 3.99 million units, allowing the brand to retain fourth place in the ranking.

Apple trailed closely behind ASUS at fifth place in the second-quarter ranking. The updated 12-inch MacBook helped expanded MacBook shipments by 17.1% from the first quarter to 3.98 million units. TrendForce also anticipates a double-digit sequential growth for third-quarter MacBook shipments as Apple will focus on the MacBook Pro series during the year’s second half.

While Acer continues to expand aggressively in the Chromebook market, it is facing a growing number of competitors. In the second quarters, new Chromebook models from U.S. brands took market shares away from Acer, causing its notebook shipments to drop by 3.5% from the first quarter to 3.22 million units. Acer remained sixth place in the global ranking.

For more information, visit:
http://www.trendforce.com

Source: TrendForce

WaterField Unveils Collaboratively-Designed, Air Porter In-Flight Carry On Bag

In collaboration with customers and seasoned travelers, San Francisco maker WaterField Designs set out to create the preeminent carry-on system to improve the experience of frequent fliers. The resulting feature-rich Air Porter travel bag and Air Caddy duo facilitates in-case laptop charging, accelerates time through TSA security, and maximizes in-flight leg room while maintaining easy access to essential tech, travel and personal items. Available in tan waxed canvas or black ballistic nylon, each with premium leather accents, the sophisticated Air Porter moves easily from the airport straight to a professional meeting.

“What I love about getting customer input on multiple iterations of our design is that we end up with a bag that has unique and thoughtful features that we know will benefit those who use it,” explained owner, Gary Waterfield. “The Air Porter and Air Caddy work as a modular system, helping travelers on long or short flights stay productive and comfortable.”

The Air Porter is a multi-compartment carry-on bag to organize everything needed during a flight. Travel-friendly features include a built-in, padded laptop sleeve sized for up to a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, plenty of carefully-thought-out pockets, and three carry options: dual handles for a briefcase look, a suspension shoulder strap for carrying messenger style, and a wheeled-suitcase handle pass through for a hands-free carry from curbside to airport gate.

The slim, TSA-friendly Air Porter stands on its own under an airline seat leaving ample leg room while maintaining significant capacity for tech items (laptop, phone, chargers, cords, headphones), personal items (wallet, books, toiletries) and travel documents (passport, tickets).

The coordinating Air Caddy zippered pouch is designed with pockets to hold the accessories air travelers need to access easily while seated, such as a smartphone, pen, iPad, book, glasses and snacks. The Caddy is designed to fit into an open-topped front pocket under the Air Porter’s leather flap during transport and transferred to the airline seatback pocket for convenient in-flight access.

Travel-friendly Air Porter features:

  • Slim and stands upright under airline seat leaving ample legroom.
  • Dual main compartments keep tech and personal items separated.
  • Waterproof exterior zippers and water-resistant lining help block the elements.
  • Zippered pocket under front leather flap grants quick-but-secure access.
  • Leather flap closes with magnets at two settings allowing front pocket to be fully or partly packed and remain secured.
  • TSA-friendly laptop-sleeve compartment opens flat; dual handles facilitate quick grab after TSA screening.
  • Padded laptop sleeve with corner cut-outs permits laptop charging while inside case.
  • Water-bottle/umbrella pockets snap closed when not use in keeping bag svelte.
  • Interior key fob stores home keys for easy recovery after a long return flight.

Air Porter carry on price: $359.

Colors: Black ballistic nylon with oil-tanned, full-grain black leather; tan waxed canvas with naturally-tanned, distressed, full-grain grizzly leather.

Dimensions & weight: 15 x 10.25 x 4.5 inches; 2.4 lbs.

The Air Caddy price: $59

Colors: Black ballistic nylon; tan waxed canvas.

Dimensions & weight: 12 x 7.25 x 1.25 inches; 5 oz.

Air Porter + Air Caddy modular set price: $379.

Pre-order now. Shipping begins September 1, 2017.

For more information, visit:
NEW! Air Porter Carry-On Bag

Source:
WaterField Designs

Miya Notes Mac-Client for Google Keep (Launch Sale)

MacPlus Software has announced te launch of Miya Notes for Google Keep 1.0, a powerful Mac-client for Google Keep. Millions of people use Google Keep on their phones and online, but a convenient Mac client didn’t exist before Miya Notes, and users had to utilize a web browser to access Google Keep notes.

Google Keep is an excellent service to create notes, but it is not very convenient to work with through a web browser. The fastest and easiest way to work with Google Keep is to install and try Miya Notes for Google Keep application.

When developing Miya Notes for Google Keep the main goal was to make working with Google Keep on Mac convenient, and to provide faster access to notes.

Powerful functions are at your disposal, such as a widget for desktop, multi window mode, and fast menu bar access. There are a lot of hot keys to make your work even faster. Additional shortcut functionality allows to instantly create notes (from Pasteboard as well) just by pressing one hot key without opening the application.

Main Features:
* Create notes fast by using hotkey and the function QuickEntry
* Create notes from clipboard – just press the hotkey and the text appears in the note
* With the desktop widget, you can access your notes any moment
* Menu bar access – you can open the list of notes in the Menu bar by using a hotkey
* Various modes – “Window mode,” “Desktop widget,” “Menu bar access”
* Set the hotkeys yourself
* Themes
* Launch at the system start
* Show/Open App at the system start

System Requirements:
* OS X 10.10.0 or later
* 64-bit processor
* 0.9 MB

Miya Notes for Google Keep 1.0 is normally priced at $2.99 (USD), but from 16th to 18th August Miya Notes is available for $0.99 or equivalent amount in other currencies. It is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

MacPlus Software:
http://www.noteifyapp.com

Miya Notes for Google Keep 1.0:
http://www.noteifyapp.com/miya-notes-google-keep-app/

Purchase and Download (MAS):
https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1262772973

Twitter Profile:
https://twitter.com/FNotesApp

Source: MacPlus Software

KuGi Lightweight Stand And Portfolio Case With Bluetooth Keyboard Cover And Pencil Holder For 10.5-Inch iPad Pro

This briefcase style embedded keyboard design gives Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch high-end atmosphere at a low-end price.

The ultra-thin lightweight design makes it convenient to carry and provides all-round protection with precise openings for perfect access to each key-press, the camera, and charging port and a holder for Apple Pencil that can be removed from the keyboard case.

The high capacity lithium battery’s charge lasts about 90 hours.

After five minutes without keyboard input, the keyboard will automatically enter mode to save the battery.

Available at Amazon.com in black, blue, gold, purple, red, and rose gold.

Black is $29.95, most colors $37.95, and rose gold $35.95 plus shipping.

For more information, visit:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073FF5HK3

Source: Amazon.com

Free EZLinQ App For iOS/Android Connects Drivers and Companies

2551005 ONTARIO Inc. has announced the release of EZLinQ 1.0, the company’s new business app developed for iOS and Android devices. EZLinQ is a Smartphone app that connects truck drivers with companies looking for professional and reliable truck drivers for the delivery their loads. The app serves as a management tool for truck drivers and a convenient platform for the companies and fleet owners to manage runs, payments, tracking, ratings and more. Key features of the EZLinQ app:

For Companies:
* Posting of Runs is fast and easy
* Driver Ratings to ensure quality
* Chat and Driver Location Tracking for improved estimated time of arrival
* Automated Mileage Tracking for added Accountability
* Payment Rate Selection
* WSIB Coverage
* Easy Payments via Credit Card

For Drivers:
* Choice of Runs and Working Hours
* Choice of Work Locations
* Company Ratings
* Chat and Location Services
* Automated Mileage Tracking
* Upfront Payment Rate

Drivers can also avoid unnecessary downtime and can maximize their driving hours by using the app — an innovative tool to make work more reliable and less time consuming for truck drivers, trucking companies, and fleet owners.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 8.0 or later
* 39.3 MB

Recently launched, EZLinQ 1.0 is Free and currently available in Canada through the App Store in the Business category. There is also an Android version available on Google Play.

EZLinQ 1.0:
http://www.ezlinq.com

Download from iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/ezlinq/id1253949374

Download from Google Play:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ezlinq&hl=en

YouTube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-x1CF5HrhY

Facebook Profile:
https://www.facebook.com/EZLinQapp

Twitter Profile:
https://twitter.com/EZLinQ

Source: 2551005 ONTARIO Inc.