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Google is Starting to Make Sense, Finally

Android - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 09:55

You may have noticed some odd behaviors by Google lately, like renaming 'Keep' to 'Keep Notes' (Google Notes for some countries), 'Incognito Mode' soon being renamed to 'Private Mode', a few design changes and UI tweaks in Android, et cetera, et cetera.

While it may be confusing to a lot of people, Google's decision to make these changes are a lot more important and more convenient than you may think. These changes go for practicality, with an intent of making every bit of Google's world easier to understand, more human, intuitive, and a lot more natural.

Take the 'Keep' app: the reason of the change in name is pretty obvious. The name 'Keep' doesn't really give the idea of what the app is. Renaming it to Keep Notes is a lot more practical. It's a lot more human, if you will.

'Incognito Mode' to 'Private Mode' soon. Incognito is kind of an unfamiliar word for most people. Why not use the word private instead? You get the idea. Again, more human and less mind-boggling.

You might have not noticed this, but a lot of Android Pie's design decisions also aim for a similar goal. Practicality. I won't go down on all of them but I'm gonna give you some of them:

  1. The quick toggles panel. Here's what Google did: they removed the useless toggle animations, removed the confusing little arrows that expand toggles such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and they also made it clear whether toggles are activated or not by putting more contrast and emphasis on them.

  2. Renaming the 'On' option from the Wi-Fi section of the Settings app to 'Use Wi-Fi' -- makes more sense, since your phone isn't a Wi-Fi router.

  3. Simplifying the Settings app by shortening the list of items and lumping the confusing, less important things in a drop downs called 'advanced'.

  4. Removing 'App Info' when dragging an app. Yup. It sort of didn't make any sense being up there together with the 'Uninstall' and 'Remove' options in the first place. Now the 'App Info' can be accessed in a more sensible way by long-pressing on an app icon and from there the option will just pop up.

These are only some of them. These are only a taste of what Google is currently doing with their design philosophy. These little things make up for a simpler, more practical whole. I'm excited for what's to come. And while it may not be a big deal for many, I personally love this idea of making Google's services -- and I keep repeating myself -- a lot more practical, human, simpler, and intuitive.

Apple's priority has always been the user experience and I think Google is taking inspiration from them -- which is a good thing. A great thing, even.

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Daily 1.13.0 - Time tracking for professionals.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 09:55

Meet Daily, an incredibly convenient time-tracking companion for professionals, loved by many for its simplicity. It works by asking what you're doing in a discrete manner. Each time Daily asks you what you're doing, a sample is recorded. Together with other information, such as when you started working and stopped working, Daily is able to create accurate time sheets. This new-but-proven concept results in a discipline-free and easy way of managing time tracking. Although simplicity rules, Daily offers powerful features enabling you to make it fully compatible with the way you work. Daily enables you to:

  • Discover the duration per activity, accurate to the minute
  • View your time sheets for a specific day, week, month or even year
  • See when you've started and stopped working
  • Register activities while you've been away from your computer
  • Automatically record a pre-defined activity using silent-mode
  • Control Daily using global keyboard shortcuts
  • Automatically start and stop registering on specific moments using the scheduler
  • Export your data to CSV files allowing you to import data into 3rd-party applications
  • and much more

Note: This application contains in-app and/or external module purchases.

Version 1.13.0: New features:
  • Introduced dark mode support
  • Improved visual appearance of various UI elements such as icons
  • Fixed an issue allowing duplicate activities to be entered via the activity manager
  • Fixed an issue causing Daily to automatically start tracking time, even when this has been explicitly disabled
  • Various other minor user experience, stability & performance improvements

  • macOS 10.13 or later

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Sidify Apple Music Converter 1.4.0 - Removes DRM from Apple Music songs.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 09:51

Sidify Apple Music Converter is a well-designed audio converter for iTunes music. It can remove DRM from Apple Music songs, and makes it possible to save them in MP3, AAC, FLAC, or WAV format to either your local computer or your music players. Besides, you can use Sidify Apple Music Converter to convert audiobooks and M4P music. It is a straightforward app that any user should get the hang of in moments. All you need to do is add the songs you want to convert and select the desired output format. With Sidify Apple Music Converter, you are able to choose from several quality presets; you can also alter the conversion speed, which may have an effect on the quality of the output content. Maximum 20X conversion speed is an available option. What's more, ID tags such as track’s title, artist, album, genre, and duration are kept after conversion.

Version 1.4.0:
  • Add the option "Add a track number to the output file name" in setting window
  • Add a menu item for uninstalling Recording Drive

  • OS X 10.8 or later

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Sealed with an XSS: Lloyds Group should avoid cross talk, say IT pros

The Register - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 09:50
We're secure, says bank

A pair of IT workers have criticised banks within the Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) for sub-standard security. The group denies anything is amiss, maintaining it follows industry best practice on cyber-security.…

[Help][AutoHue] Set scene without changing brightness

Tasker: Total Automation for Android - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 09:49

I have a profile that changes the scene when I open a certain app and reverts back to the last state after the app is closed. I'd like to have the brightness of the previous state carry over to the new scene.

I have one task have HueState save the variables Globally in an an Array Set for each bulb. That task is run in another task that then changes the scene. I can't figure out how to configure the scene to accept a change in brightness level.

Is there a way to keep the scenes brightness constant from the previous state? I could just have Hue 2.0 change bulb colors in series without defining brightness, but there's a noticeable delay between bulbs even with transition time set to 0 seconds.

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NoteBurner iTunes Audio Converter 2.4.0 - Convert DRM-controlled audio to MP3 or AAC.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 09:49

NoteBurner iTunes Audio Converter helps you to convert Apple Music, M4A, M4B, AA audiobooks, and M4P audio to MP3 or AAC. As long as you can play the audio on iTunes, you can convert it. The premise of converting the audio (including Apple Music) is that you are authorized to play the audio with iTunes. It records the audiobooks at 20x speed in the background. iTunes Audio Converter can even batch convert your purchased files. All the ID tags will be preserved in the output AAC files. In this way, you can play your converted audio files off-line on popular devices, such as iPad Pro, iPad mini 4, iPad Air 2, MP3 players, Android devices, Windows devices, and other portable devices.

Version 2.4.0:
  • Added the option "Add a track number to the output file name" in setting window
  • Added the function of uninstalling Recording Driver in menu

  • OS X 10.8 or later
  • Support Lithuanian and Thai language

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Macsome iTunes Converter 2.4.0 - Convert DRM protected music to unprotected formats.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 09:48

Macsome iTunes Converter can easily convert DRM-protected music and various audio files to unprotected MP3, AAC formats playable on any iPod, iPod Touch, iPhone, Zune, PSP, Creative Zen, and other MP3 players at high speed and CD quality. Convert M4P to MP3, AA to MP3 or AAC in 5X-fast speed, with ID tags preserved. iTunes M4P-to-MP3 converter, Audible AA-to-MP3 or -AAC converter.

Moreover, it is also a professional Apple Music Converter, which can convert all the downloaded files from M4P to MP3, and remove DRM protections so you can play Apple Music files without limitations any more. The iTunes Converter is used to convert all the iTunes music or other audio files which could be played on iTunes. The conversion is 20X speed faster, and the output could be CD quality. It's all-in-one tool to convert M4P to MP3, convert protected or unprotected audiobook, convert iTunes Match Music to MP3 , convert Apple Music to MP3 and convert AAC to MP3. It is a powerful, yet simple audio conversion tool to bypass DRM control with 5X recording and encoding to MP3 method. With batch conversion, the software plays protected music tracks silently in the background and records audio files with top digital quality at speeds up to 5x.

Version 2.4.0:
  • Support retaining TrackNumber conversion in settings window

  • OS X 10.8 or later
  • iTunes 11 or later

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SQLPro for MSSQL 1.0.300 - Database management studio for Microsoft SQL Server (was SQL Client).

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 09:46

SQLPro for MSSQL (was SQL Client) is a lightweight TDS client, allowing quick and simple access to Microsoft SQL servers (sqlserver), including those hosted in Azure. This client does not work with MySQL. Please ensure that your server is a Microsoft SQL server.

  • Syntax highlighting
  • Intellisense
  • Tab-based interface
  • Support for executing multiple queries at once
  • Quick access to tables, columns, and more
  • Stored procedure execution

SQLPro for MSSQL can be used to connect with the following databases:

  • Microsoft SQL Azure
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2016

Version 1.0.300 (1.0.215):

Note: The downloadable demo is version 1.0.215; the version available for purchase on the Mac App Store is version 1.0.300.

  • Support for Mojave and dark mode

  • OS X 10.11 or later

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KeyCue 9.1 - Displays all menu shortcut commands.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 09:45

KeyCue has always been a handy tool for learning and remembering keyboard shortcuts. With a simple keystroke or click, KeyCue displays a table with all available keyboard shortcuts, system-wide hotkeys, as well as key combinations for triggering macros in Keyboard Maestro, QuicKeys and iKey. But KeyCue 8.0 contains a bunch of new features that take KeyCue to a whole new level. Gone are the days when KeyCue was nothing more than a menu shortcut viewer.

KeyCue 8 offers a flexible new way to define a wide variety of triggers, which can be combinations of modifier keystrokes and mouse clicks. These triggers can be used to perform different actions, like bringing up the KeyCue sheet for selected types of shortcuts, opening the KeyCue settings window, or other actions.

A completely new action that can be assigned to a trigger is to show a collection of your frequently used URLs. Simply define your own favorite URL collection together with your preferred triggers, and you are ready to use KeyCue for quickly showing a table of your URLs and invoking them with a single click. The mechanism has been designed in a flexible way to support further extensions in the future. So the URL collection is just the beginning of other actions that will be included in future versions of KeyCue.

  • See. View available keyboard shortcuts based on application by pressing the Command key.
  • Do. Simply type out the desired shortcut upon finding the appropriate action.
  • Learn. Develop into an efficient power user by remembering repeated shortcuts or discovering previously unknown actions.

Version 9.1:
  • Compatible with macOS Mojave
  • Support for Emoji 11.0
  • Descriptions of Emoji characters include the category (such as "Person", "Time", or "Food")
  • The Emoji category can be used as search term
  • Support for Mojave's dark mode
  • The folder contents view now contains an item for showing the folder in the Finder
  • Clarified warning in the German version of the built-in installer
  • Improved positioning of emoji characters in the table
  • All internal URLs to the Ergonis server now use secure https connections
  • Reduced network traffic when checking for new versions
  • No longer shows incorrect "omitted" messages for views that do not contain any shortcuts
  • Fixes a problem that caused misplaced emoji symbols with incorrect spacing for some users.
  • Works around a problem where KeyCue could not collect shortcuts from TheBrain under certain circumstances
  • The folder view is now truncated if if contains too many items (which could lock up KeyCue)
  • Works around an issue in Mojave that could result in missing table updates
  • Fixes an issue that prevented KeyCue from quitting in certain circumstances
  • Fixes an issue where custom shortcuts without key descriptions were displayed as modifier key combinations
  • Fixes a potential memory leak with certain custom themes
  • Fixes a problem where the progress window could not be dismissed after a failed download
  • See the product page for further details

  • OS X 10.6 or later

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PopChar 8.4 - Floating window shows available font characters.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 09:29

PopChar helps you get the most out of your font collection. With its crystal-clear interface, PopChar provides a frustration-free way to access any font's special characters.

  • Expanded accessibility - Your Mac includes over 700 fonts, each of which contains thousands of characters -- Why not make them as accessible as possible? PopChar makes it happen.
  • Interface advantages - PopChar displays easy-to-analyze tables of characters, giving you an ultra-convenient interface. You can't access most of these characters from your keyboard -- PopChar puts them within your reach.
  • Liberating compatibility - No matter what app you are using, PopChar brings snappy simplicity to all font-related tasks. Whether you're working with a word processor or a Web browser, PopChar integrates seamlessly.
  • Smarter searching - PopChar's seasoned search capabilities will help you find what you are looking for, whether you need to search for a character by name, identify fonts that contain specific characters, or explore the entire character set of a font.

Version 8.4:
  • Compatible with macOS Mojave
  • Support for Unicode 11.0, including the new Emoji 11 characters
  • New built-in layout for Emojis 11.0
  • Support for Mojave's dark mode
  • PopChar now remembers the selected font collection across restarts
  • The shape finder button is now hidden when it makes no sense in the current mode
  • The group button is now located next to the shape finder button (instead of the top part of the scrollbar)
  • Clarified warning in the German version of the built-in installer
  • Improved hotkey field implementation avoids issues when the window loses focus and is prepared for Mojave
  • Small changes that improve visibility of certain icons
  • All internal URLs to the Ergonis server now use secure https connections
  • Reduced network traffic when checking for new versions
  • Fixes a drawing problem with extremely slow response on Mojave
  • Fixes a cosmetic problem with a partially cut off button in the Preview/Sample views
  • Fixes a text artifact that appeared on top of the formatted insertion mode button on Mojave
  • Fixes cosmetic issues with cut-off icons and buttons
  • Fixes the first-time hint in the German version, where the text was truncated
  • Fixes a potential crash when the PopChar window was moved offscreen
  • Fixes strange jumps while moving the PopChar window
  • Fixes a problem where the progress window could not be dismissed when the update to a newer version failed
  • See the product page for further details

  • OS X 10.6 or later

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Tech to solve post-Brexit customs woes doesn't exist yet, peers say

The Register - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 09:29
Stop us if you've heard this one before...

The UK’s post-Brexit customs arrangements have today come under even greater pressure, as peers warned the tech doesn’t exist to back up the plans.…

Tech to solve post-Brexit customs woes doesn't exist yet, peers say

The Register - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 09:29
Stop us if you've heard this one before...

The UK’s post-Brexit customs arrangements have today come under even greater pressure, as peers warned the tech doesn’t exist to back up the plans.…

Brave 0.24.0 - Secure, Open-Source browser.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 09:25

Brave automatically blocks ads and trackers, making it faster and safer than your current browser. Soon, micropayments and better ads will give users and publishers a better deal. Up to a whopping 60% of page-load time is caused by the underlying ad technology that loads into various places each time you hit a page on your favorite news site. And 20% of this is time spent on loading things that are trying to learn more about you.

  • Browse Faster - Brave blocks trackers and intrusive ads that can slow you down on the web.
  • Browse Safer - Brave keeps you and your information safer, effectively shielding you from 3rd party tracking and malvertisement.
  • Browse Better - With Brave, you can choose whether to see ads that respect your privacy or pay sites directly. Either way, you can feel good about helping fund content creators.
  • Brave blocks harmful advertising - There's a new ad game in town. It's called "Malvertising". The latest display ad technology can install malware on your laptop without your knowledge. But not with Brave watching your back.
  • Brave redirects sites to HTTPS - We've integrated HTTPS Everywhere into every Brave browser to make sure you are always moving your bits across the safest possible pipe.
  • Brave blocks tracking pixels and tracking cookies - Do you ever get that feeling that someone is watching you when you see an ad for something you bought a few days ago? We make sure you aren't being tracked while you shop online and browse your favorite sites.

Version 0.24.0: Fixed:
  • Back and forward navigation buttons animating when scrolling on macOS
  • Back navigation button animating when attempting to scroll up while the page is already at the top on macOS
  • Notifications not being displayed on certain websites
  • About:blank tabs being opened when Brave configured to start with home page address
  • Opening local files creates about:blank tabs
  • Opening tabs when there is no windows opened creates about:blank tabs on macOS
  • Opening local files via drag and drop creates about:blank tabs
  • Wipe navigation when content is horizontally scrollable
  • To Tor 0.3.4 series
  • To muon 8.1.6
  • To Chromium 69.0.3497.100

  • OS X 10.9 or later

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Avira Antivirus - Free antivirus/anti-malware package.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 09:15

Avira delivers first-rate protection for free. Not only does it protect you from all Mac-related threats, it also prevents you from passing on PC viruses as well. It is effortless to install and easy to use: scan your Mac with push-button convenience and repair folders with just one click, yet it uses award-winning technology to protect you against online threats, including viruses, Trojans, adware, and spyware.

For your security and convenience, you can now automatically schedule your security scans. Avira will run silently in the background with no effort on your part.

  • Real-Time Protection - Analyzes any file the system accesses
  • System Scanner - Configurable, on-demand search for known viruses and malware
  • Quarantine Management - Manage suspicious files that have been quarantined for your safety
  • Integrated Scheduler - Automate recurring tasks like updates or scans

Version Improvements:
  • The Avira Antivirus product is now also compatible with macOS10.14
  • When the Antivirus product is installed on macOS10.14 (or later) it will require additional rights. The product will encounter an extended setup process in which the user has to grant certain permissions
  • If users already had the Avira Antivirus product installed an upgraded to macOS10.14, they will have to encounter additional setup steps as well

  • OS X 10.9 or later

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Smultron 11 - Easy-to-use, powerful text editor.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 09:03

Smultron 11 is the text editor for all of us. Smultron is powerful and confident without being complicated. Its elegance and simplicity helps everyone being creative and to write and edit all sorts of texts.You can use Smultron to write everything from a web page, a script, a to do list, a novel to a whole app. Smultron is designed for both beginners and experts. It is a joy to use and it has all the text tools one needs. And everyone can use it because it is translated into many languages and has full support for accessibility.

Version 11:
  • Unified one window design - see all documents in the sidebar
  • Columns - sort, rearrange and delete tabular data
  • Language - see what words are nouns and verbs and so on (not for all languages and only in 10.14)
  • Focus - concentrate on the text without distractions
  • Improved dark mode (dark mode only available in 10.14)
  • Split window
  • Faster
  • Improved advanced find, hex view and syntax coloring
  • New syntax support: Crystal, Quanty, Rebol
  • Many other small improvements and fixes

  • macOS 10.13 or later

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iA Writer 5.1 - Professional writing suite (was iA Writer Pro).

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 09:01

iA Writer (was iA Writer Pro) is a professional writing suite that gives you full control over your notes, drafts and edits.

  • Workflow: Note - Write - Edit - Read. Each stage has a task-specific typeface and color.
  • Syntax Control scans the syntax of English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish text and highlights your adjectives, nouns, verbs, adverbs, prepositions or conjunctions.
  • Precision Writing Tools:
    • Auto Markdown formats text on-screen -- your hands stay on the keyboard
    • Syntax Control introduces syntactic markup for natural language text. It covers English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Patent pending.
    • Convert Markdown to Microsoft Word 2007 .docx, and back again
  • Workflow states
  • Custom typefaces, carefully set for optimal readability
  • In-app preview
  • Reading time, plus sentence, word, and character count
  • Real-time iCloud sync
  • Ready for Retina displays
  • Full-screen

Version 5.1: Hashtags:
  • Write #tags to group files
  • Use in Quick Search and Smart Folders
  • All hashtags are shown in Organizer and Go menu
  • Hide hashtags from Preview and PDFs in Templates preferences
Smart Folders:
  • Filter your files using a variety of rules including text searches, file extensions, hashtags, parent and ancestor paths, absolute and relative dates
  • Use a custom sort order
  • Automatically sync across your devices
  • Get automatic keyboard shortcuts in Go menu
URL Commands:
  • Updated commands to create and open documents
  • Added authenticated x-callback-url commands to read and write files
  • Manage URL commands in General preferences
Dark Appearance:
  • Renamed night mode to dark appearance to conform with a future update of macOS
  • System light and dark appearance state is matched by default with a future update of macOS
Free Candy:
  • Added navigation controls to Library in full screen windows
  • Assign custom display names to Library Locations in Organizer
  • Rename Favorites in Organizer
  • Duplicate items in Library
  • Go > Enclosing Folder menu
  • Fixed an issue where images couldn’t be dragged to Editor from Safari, Photos, and other apps
  • Added STIX 2.0 fonts for math expressions in Preview
  • HTML tags are dimmed in Editor
  • Hide Favorites, Smart Folders, or Hashtags sections from Organizer and Go menu in Library preferences
  • Improved library performance and reduced memory usage
  • SVG images are always displayed as pictures when used as content blocks
  • Code blocks are excluded from text stats

  • OS X 10.11 or later

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Bad weather, baulky booster keep ISS 'naut snacks on the ground

The Register - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 08:59
Fresh fruit, fresh batteries stuck on Japanese launchpad as HTV-7 hopes to catch a break

International Space Station astronauts looking forward to feasting on some fresh food have a little longer to wait as Japan’s cargo ship has suffered yet another launch delay.…

RsyncOSX 5.5.0 - GUI for rsync.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 08:54

RsyncOSX is a GUI frontend for the rsync command-line tool.

Version 5.5.0:
  • Bugfixes
  • Added buttons and tooltips for tasks i main menu (top row)
  • Changed some of the icons for menu buttons
  • Refactor in parts of code

  • OS X 10.11 or later

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MacWise 17.0.2 - Use your Mac as a terminal.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 08:50

MacWise emulates ADDS Viewpoint, Wyse 50, Wyse 60, Wyse 370, Televideo TV 925, DEC VT100, VT220 and Prism terminals. Esprit III color is also supported in Wyse 370 mode. MacWise allows a Mac to be used as a terminal -- connected to a host computer directly, by modem, or over the Internet. The emulators support video attributes such as dim, reverse, underline, 132-column modes, and graphic characters sent from the host computer, as well as enhanced Viewpoint mode. Features include phone list and dialer for Hayes-compatible modems, on-screen programmable function keys and more.

Version 17.0.2:
  • Fixed - "Kermit not installed" error

  • OS X 10.6 or later

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