ACDSee 16 is the latest version of this pro-class photo editor and collection manager. It's compatible with previous ACD Systems releases and comes with a database upgrade wizard. ACDSee 16 continues to emphasize ease of use and customer service. It still makes it easy to post and share images online, but it adds new features like the Info Palette, which collects and displays image data in one convenient spot; the Reverse Geocode feature for adding geotags; the Lens Blur tool for creating realistic bokeh effects; and Tilt-Shift for transforming images into simulated miniature scale models. Extras include slideshow, wallpaper, … Read more
After swinging a series of punches, it's looking like the state of California may be calling a truce with ride-sharing app companies.
The California Public Utilities Commission published a proposal on Tuesday that said it would allow companies like Uber, Sidecar, and Lyft to operate in the state if they adhered to certain guidelines. These guidelines require drivers to be licensed by the CPUC, go through criminal background checks, attend driver-training programs, carry $1 million per-incident insurance coverage, and have a zero-tolerance policy on drugs and alcohol.
"The Commission is aware that TNCs [Transportation Network Company] are a … Read more
It wasn't long ago that the iPad was unquestionably the leader in the tablet market -- if not the entire market itself.
But the Android ecosystem has proven that it could catch up, thanks especially to entries that have debuted in the last two years -- namely Amazon's Kindle Fire brand and Google's own Nexus 7 series built with mobile OEM partners.
As further evidence of that, Strategy Analytics has published its second-quarter report for global tablet shipments.
The market intelligence firm found that Android accounted for 67 percent of worldwide shipments in the second quarter of … Read more
Dropbox (iOS | Android) is a free and extremely easy-to-use tool for sharing files, photos, and videos, and syncing them among your devices. You can also use Dropbox to back up files and access them from other computers and devices (including smartphones and tablets), with dedicated apps for each device you own.
Dropbox's interface is incredibly intuitive, which is part of what makes this app such an obvious choice for syncing files. When you install Dropbox on your iPhone or Android device, you'll have immediate access to your uploaded files. You can also access the folder from other computers … Read more
Album Share creates custom albums from any of your available photos that can then be shared with anyone on your contact list with a few quick taps. It's easy to use and built to make updating your share list as straightforward and quick as possible. If you are interested in ensuring your friends have access to every image you take of a certain thing, or if you want to share with family across the country, this is a great app with which to do so.
While the iPhone has a custom photo stream option, like most iOS features it … Read more
The standard method for transferring files between Macs is to use a USB drive, or conventional file-sharing services via network connections, though these days the use of synchronization services like BitTorrent Sync, Dropbox, and Google Drive offer progressively reliable alternatives. When using standard file sharing, you should be able to log in to the system and see your hard drives and home folder as share points for reading and writing files.
However, sometimes an odd snafu or two may prevent these services from working. If you find yourself unable to log in to your system and mount a shared folder, … Read more
The data was exposed via a software glitch and included customers' names, contact information, credit card numbers and security codes, passwords, and birth dates.
While the data leak apparently took place on April 15, a few weeks before the program launched in the city, the company didn't notify the affected customers until July 19. According to the Wall Street Journal, Citi Bike discovered the breach at the end of May and … Read more
AT&T is catering to cost-sensitive consumers with two new lower-cost tiers of service for its Mobile Share plans and a less expensive smartphone for its prepaid service.
Starting July 26, AT&T will add two new tiers to its Mobile Share portfolio and begin offering the Nokia Lumia 520 to its prepaid GoPhone customers for $99.99.
Mobile Share customers who don't need to share as much data now will be able to subscribe to a $20 a month 300MB plan or a $50 a month 2GB plan.
Previously, AT&T's least expensive and … Read more
AT&T is getting into the cloud-storage game -- and giving away free upgrades to entice new customers.
Normally, signing up for an AT&T Locker account nets you 5GB of free cloud storage. However, for a limited time, you can get your account upgraded to 50GB at no charge.
Should you bother? After all, what the heck is AT&T Locker? It's a fairly basic cloud-storage service, one built primarily for backing up your mobile media (photos, videos, and so on) -- but also useful for basic file archiving and sharing.
Let's talk about … Read more
MacFixIt Answers is a feature in which I answer Mac-related questions sent in by our readers.
I welcome contributions from readers, so if you have any suggestions or alternative approaches to these problems, please post them in the comments!
Question: Wheel and Fetching users and groups in OS X permissions lists MacFixIt reader Ken asks:Who are "permissions" users Wheel and Fetching when you get information on a file in OS X?
Answer: The Wheel user is actually a group. Groups in OS X make setting access permissions easier, especially for things like giving administrative access to an … Read more