Consortium that includes Apple making a ‘last-ditch bid’ for Toshiba’s chip division — Reuters reports that a consortium led by Bain Capital and including Apple has offered a revised last-ditch bid for Toshiba’s chip division that’s worth $18 billion.
Under the new proposal, Bain and Toshiba would both hold 46% each of the unit, Japanese broadcaster NHK reports. The article says that talks between the conglomerate and a Western Digital-led consortium have stalled.
Photolemur is selling at 50% off — The software analyses images for you and improves them, letting you step in if you need. It’s pretty remarkable. This deal takes it from US$50 to US$25.
Western Digital launches internet-connected My Cloud Home & Home Duo drives — Hard drive manufacturer Western Digital has released the My Cloud Home, a network-attached storage (NAS) drive intended to provide both local and remote access to personal files.
Matias seeks to fill void left by Apple with new Wired Aluminium Keyboard — Taking some design cues from Apple’s old keyboard line, Matias has released a new Wired Aluminium Keyboard to accommodate those not looking to replace batteries or charge an input device. The new Wired Aluminum Keyboard comes in silver and space gray. A fixed 99cm (3.25-foot) USB 2.0 cable with a type A connector provides connectivity, with pass-through devices like wired mice able to be connected through the two-port USB 2.0 hub. [This is my favourite keyboard configuration: numeric keypad, never needs recharging, perfect fr Logic and Final Cut and two extra USB ports offers a lot.]
The US layout is available for pre-order for US$59 from Matias, with shipments in late November. Other layouts available include German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swiss, Nordic, Japanese, Taiwanese, and Korean. Apple’s full-size new wireless Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad retails for NZ$219/US$129 [this replaced Apple’s wonderful and sadly missed wired version in this configuration, which cost less than NZ$100].
New USB-C Docks — Plugable has thrown its hat into the Thunderbolt 3 ring with a pair of new docking stations, and the lower-cost TBT3-UD1-83 appears to be a good option for most at first glance. mBeat has created the Elite USB-C Multi-Function Dock – you can power your MacBook, plug into a wired network, and connect those old USB peripherals as well. Apple World Today currently has the Elite USB-C Multi-Function Dock for US$69, 30% off of the usual price. [This is not available to buy in NZ so you’d have to check it comes with a compatible power supply if you can mail order it.]
Compare Anything 1.0 is new file comparison tool for macOS — B-Eng has introduced Compare Anything 1.0 for macOS. It’s a stand-alone utility designed for comparing files of any type – compare two files and check them for any differences. Files to compare can either be selected via the Finder or by entering directly the path in the corresponding entry line. Specifics of the two files are then listed in a split window with differences are high-lighted.
Compare Anything 1.0 requires macOS 10.10 or later and costs NZ$1.49/US99¢ in the Mac App Store.
Wrise for macOS makes reading and writing accessible for more people — AssistiveWare’s Wrise 1.0 for macOS is a text-to-speech-powered word processor designed to make reading and writing accessible for most people thanks to its highlighting, zoom and EasyReading mode.
The latest version (1.3.1) includes several bug fixes, including issues with speech aping after every tag. Wrise is customizable and can be used to read selected text aloud in any Mac application. You can personalize your reading experience by selecting your preferred voice, adjusting its speech rate and even fine-tuning the pronunciation of words. What’s more, the app allows import of a variety of document types including PDF, Word (doc/docx), plain texts and RTF and with the intuitive formatting features texts are easily edited and styled.
Wrise 1.0 can be used with Text to Speech voices in many different languages, but the user interface is currently only available in English. The application requires macOS 10.9 or higher and is exclusively at the Mac App Store for NZ$89.99/US$59.99.