Apple’s first AI research paper wins prestigious machine learning award — Apple’s first publicly issued academic paper, research focussing on computer vision systems published in December, recently won a Best Paper Award at the 2017 Conference on Computer Vision & Pattern Recognition, one of the most sought after prizes in the field.
Micromat launches Drive Scope for macOS — Micromat has announced a new macOS drive utility called Drive Scope. The software utilizes Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (also known as S.M.A.R.T.) – which is built into most hard drives – to report on the health of internal and external hard drives connected to Macs. The program requires Mac OS 10.8.5 or above and is available here. It costs US$19.99 for a single-user license and US$133.99 for a business pack (for 10 users).
Sonnet launches dual-slot SxS Pro Card Reader — Sonnet Technologies that launched the SxS Pro Card Reader, the second in a new family of professional media readers that feature a 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 interface. It will be available August 28 at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of US$399. The Sonnet reader employs dual card slots to take advantage of the 2750 MB/s bandwidth Thunderbolt 3 offers. Sonnet’s latest Pro Card Reader, the industry’s first SxS card reader with Thunderbolt 3, can ingest files simultaneously from two cards at their maximum speeds, and is also compatible with SD and XQD media cards when used with Sonnet SDHC Adapters and Sony XQD ExpressCardAdapters, respectively.
TimeCache for macOS is on your side — Time is not always true, but with TimeCache, a Mac only tool from PandaWare, we can at least keep track of it. With TimeCache, now updated to version 9.0, it’s designed for professionals who bill clients for their time and expenses. You can keep track of estimates, timed or manual entries, retainer billing, customisable invoices and reports, printing options, and flexible data entry options. It also offers tracking of all a user’s computer activity and the ability to save fine-grained details with time and expense entries.
Hands on with PDFpen 9.1 for macOS adds more tools for editing and exporting — Users get improved controls, and can decide what other people see in the latest version of the PDF manipulation and markup tool.
The basic PDFpen 9.1 costs NZ$109.99/US$74.99 in the Mac App Store. PDFpenPro 9.1 adds interactive forms, editing text within PDFs and the ability to edit a Table of Contents for US$124.99. Both versions are also available direct from the developer. [I still find Apple’s free Preview app, already on every Mac, does everything with PDFs that I need, but if you want to go further, this is more powerful and usable than Adobe Acrobat.]
Apple has removed several Iranian apps from international Apple App Stores — The move is in line with US sanctions against the country, reports The New York Times. Apple has no official presence in the country. Because of American sanctions against Iran, iPhones are not legally available for sale there, and there’s no Iranian version of the Apple App Store.
Jumsoft releases Flat Icons Lab for macOS — Jumsoft has introduced Flat Icons Lab 1.0, a multipurpose productivity assistant app for macOS that features nearly 300 original icon designs presented across 13 categories.
Flat Icons Lab offers icons in a high-resolution PNG format, so they’re usable with the tools available on any Mac right out of the box. What’s more, they’re adaptable across many forms of media: presentations, documents, print, websites and more.
Flat Icons Lab requires macOS10.11 or later. Available as a standalone product, it’s offered at the introductory price of NZ$14.99/US$9.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. It’s also available as a new product pack for the owners of Jumsoft’s Toolbox for Keynote and Toolbox for iWork.