Trailer for “Star Trek: Discovery”

Trailers – It has been a long time since Star Trek themed show has been on TV. It looks like the wait will be over soon as StarTrek:Discovery looks like it will be airing this fall. Unfortunately it will be on a paid channel.

This series is set about 10 years before the original Star Trek series I grew up with. From the trailer it looks to be well done and interesting. We will see when it finally airs.

macOS New App Release – Achroma 1.1.1

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Product Announcement – einstein’s legacy v2.0, LLC of Charlotte, North Carolina has released Achroma 1.1.1, an image manipulation tool for macOS. Achroma lets you remove colors from your images by providing two conversion modes: select from a set of preset color ranges or create your own collection of user-defined color ranges for processing.

Achroma also lets you export images in a variety of formats, create interactive slideshows and share images using various internet services. This update improves support for displaying high-resolution images and provides new connectivity for social media interactions.

What’s new in this version?

  • Improved support for drawing high-resolution images
  • Enhanced connectivity to social media

Achroma 1.1.1 includes the following key features:

  • Interoperability
    Drag’n drop (or copy) high-resolution images directly from Achroma to your application or the Finder.
  • Simple Mode
    Choose from seven preset color ranges to control the hues that will be removed from your image.
  • Output Preview
    Toggle between the original and processed image to compare the differences between images.
  • Printing
    Print high-resolution source material as a single image, on a contact sheet or as image slices.
  • Exporting
    Create new images using a background process while you continue to work on other projects.
  • Advanced Mode
    Use hue-specific controls to create an array of color ranges to process your images.
  • Sharing
    Share images with local applications or Facebook, Twitter and other popular internet services.
  • Slide Shows
    Create an interactive slide show presentation using your processed output images.

For a quick video overview of Achroma, watch this video: https://youtu.be/f8kvMMGHQS8

System Requirements:

  • OS X 10.11 or later
  • 64-bit processor
  • 1.7 MB

Achroma 1.1.1 is available for $9.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide exclusively from the Mac App Store in the Photography category.

Final Trailer for “War for the Planet of the Apes”

Trailers – This movie looks to be quite a special effects production. The official synopsis is:

In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

It does look like it will be an interesting movie. It appears in theaters July 14.

macOS New App Release – Data Shredder

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Product Announcement – ProtectStar of Miami, Florida has released Data Shredder for iOS 2017 – formerly iShredder – their data shredding utility that easily erases and wipes data on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Anyone can simply connect their iOS device to their Mac or Windows computer, and efficiently erase and overwrite all data from the iOS device.

Data Shredder for iOS 2017 uses data shredding techniques that go beyond international standards set by state and military organizations for secure data deletion. Data Shredder’s data erasing algorithms have been analyzed by government authorities and independent security organizations to ensure the app does exactly as advertised, destroy all personal data on the device beyond any hope of recovery.

Data Shredder for iOS 2017 is available in two versions, the Professional Edition offers 11 different data shredding methods, completely wiping all free space and overwriting the storage area, to completely shred all of the stored data. Data Shredder Military Edition offers 18 erasing algorithms in total, while also offering an integrated secure file explorer.

Data Shredder for iOS Professional Edition include:

  • Compatibility with all iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models
  • Compatible with all iOS versions
  • Securely erases the free space
  • Completely wipes all data on the device
  • Includes new ProtectStar(TM) Advanced Secure Deletion Algorithm (2017)
  • Includes 1 year of technical support and free upgrades
  • 24/7 support via e-Mail

Data Shredder Military Edition Includes the above features, plus:

  • Offers the ability to wipe data from Apple TV units
  • Additional military level deletion algorithms
  • Includes new ProtectStar(TM) Advanced Secure Deletion Algorithm (2017)
  • An integrated secure file explorer

Data Shredder for iOS Professional edition uses certified deletion algorithms, including: DoD 5220.22-M ECE, Peter Gutmann, DoD 5220.22-M, HMG Infosec No.5, US Army AR380-19 and more. The Data Shredder for iOS Military Edition uses those same shredding algorithms, plus makes use of enhanced military deletion methods like NATO standard, US Navy NAVSO P-5239-26 (MFM & RLL), USAF AFSSI-5020 and Canadian CSEC ITSG-06.

System Requirements:

  • Mac OS X 10.11 or later
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher
  • Internet connection for activation and updates
  • 30MB Hard Drive space

Data Shredder for iOS 2017 Professional Edition is just $29.90 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available through the ProtectStar website. Data Shredder for iOS 2017 Military Edition is just $49.90 USD.

Review of “Wind of Death”

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Book Reviews – “Wind of Death” eBook was published in 2016 (original paper edition published in 1990) and was written by Robert Jackson (https://www.fantasticfiction.com/j/robert-jackson/). Mr. Jackson published more than 50 books.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set mostly in Germany and Poland during the closing years (1944) of World War II. The primary character is British SAS Captain Callum Douglas.

Douglas and his band of SAS commandos are sent into Poland to destroy a secret German rocket base. The base has developed a multistage rocked capable of reaching both London and Moscow. To make matters worse, intelligence sources have evidence that the Germans have developed a potent nerve gas. The gas together with the new rocket means that the Germans can attack and kill entire cities.

Douglas must penetrate the secret base and destroy the rockets before they can be used against the Allies and turn the tide of the war.

I enjoyed the 4.5 hours I spend reading this World War II Thriller. This is the sequel to “Attack at Night”. I have read several of Jackson’s novels and have enjoyed them all. The cover art is reasonable for this behind the lines commando mission. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

Another Good Star Wars Fan Film “Emergence”

Star Wars – I recently came across this Star Wars Fan Film published in 2016. The story line is:

Alenna, a Jedi Padawan, is blinded in an ambush designed to leave her dead. Facing inner demons and dangerous foes, she must rediscover her purpose and identity as a Jedi Knight.

I continue to be impressed with what fans of the Star Wars Universe have been able to create.

macOS New App Release – System Bar

Product Announcement – B-Eng of Fehraltorf, Switzerland has released System Bar, their new low impact system monitoring utility for macOS. System Bar shows the main system information at a glance in a single bar, that can be freely customized and positioned anywhere on the screen. Size and appearance can be freely adjusted according to users preferences.

B-Eng calls it a trimmed version of their other system monitoring tools, that was specifically created based on customer feedback as an addition to their range of other system utility for Mac.

System Bar appears – as the name implies – as a bar wherever the user wants it. Colors, size and fonts are freely adjustable. Being a trimmed down version of the System clock, it shows the time on an analog clock face, CPU usage, used memory and available disk space. Aright click reveals the top resource heavy CPU processes and grants direct access to the Activity Monitor.

Christian Schaffner adds: “It is really a simple tool that shows basic information at a glance, while granting a direct overview to the most resource eating processes with a simple right click. If one needs more detailed information it’s just another click to open the built-in activity monitor in macOS. I personally like it, just because I sometimes need a little more information without having to dig.”

System Requirements: macOS 10.12 or newer

System Bar can be purchased directly on the homepage of b-eng for $1.99 (USD).

Review of “Lost Girls”

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Book Review – “Lost Girls” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Merrie Destefano (http://www.merriedestefano.com). Ms. Stefano has published seven novels.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in the US. High School Junior Rachel wakes up in a ditch. She soon learns that she has been missing for two weeks. The worst part is that she can’t remember anything that has happened to her over the past year. The last thing she remembers is falling asleep in her room listening to music during her Sophomore year.

She discovers that over the past year, before the kidnapping, she had changed. She is astonished to find that she is romantically involved with a guy she would have been too timid to talk to before. She slowly investigates her own life, surprised at what she learns about herself. Slowly too, she begins to remember bits and pieces of the past year. She finds out that she is not the only lost girl, but she is the only one that has turned up alive.

The more she uncovers, she realizes that there has been a very dark side to her life over the past year. She also realizes that she has been involved with some very scary people. Will she remember how she was kidnapped and be able to save some of the other missing girls, or will her kidnappers find her again.

This was an interesting 6.5 hour read of a Young Adult Mystery. While there was romance, there was also a lot of dark, dangerous events in Rachel’s life. The plot certainly headed in unexpected directions as the story unfolds. The cover art is OK, but doesn’t really relate to the story being told. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).