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This $80 mobile app prototyping software for Mac is now free courtesy of Google acquisition

November 20th, 2014

Google just bought RelativeWave, the company behind the mobile app prototyping software Form, and with the purchase it’s making the previously $80 Mac app available for free on the Mac App Store. The company made an announcement on its website noting that it will continue working on the Form app after joining Google:

I speak for the team when I say that we’re incredibly humbled by what the community has created with Form. We’ve seen people create designs that we could have never imagined. It’s one of the best feelings in the world to see people using your work.

The team adds that with new help from Google it will be “focused on improving the state of design and development tools.”

Form is a Mac app with an accompanying Form viewer app for iOS, but the company hints an Android version could be in the works noting to “stay tuned” for other platforms. The Form app for Mac pairs with the viewer on a mobile device and allows users to rapidly prototype native mobile app experiences in real-time using easy-to-use presets that the company says “are as powerful as their coded counterparts.” An example of a finished composition using Form is above.

Source:http://9to5mac.com/2014/11/19/this-80-mobile-app-prototyping-software-for-mac-is-now-free-courtesy-of-google-acquisition/

RBS faces £50m fine for IT glitch: Bank expecting to pay out huge amount over software problem that locked millions of customers out of their accounts

November 20th, 2014

One of Britain’s biggest banks is braced for a fine of up to £50million for an IT glitch which locked millions of customers out of the bank accounts.

The record penalty on Royal Bank of Scotland is expected to be levied by City watchdog the Financial Conduct Authority today.

Millions of customers of RBS, NatWest and Irish subsidiary Ulster Bank ensured a week of chaos in June 2012 when a software upgrade went spectacularly wrong.

The ensuing IT meltdown left customers unable to make or receive payments, with many hit with hefty charges for breaching their overdraft limits and not receiving their wages.

The scandal has already landed RBS with a £175million bill to compensate customers and pay overtime to staff as the bank was forced to extend opening hours at branches to sort out the mess.

Former chief executive Stephen Hester forfeited his bonus of up to £2.4million over the fiasco at a bank which is still 81pc owned by the taxpayer.

The fine – which is the biggest ever for an IT failure – comes just days after RBS was one of six banks fined £2.6billion for rigging the £3trillion a day foreign exchange market.

RBS was hit with a £400million penalty by UK and US regulators, with regulators publishing damning transcripts of its traders bragging about the conspiracy.

The IT failure has raised concerns about the state backed lender’s creaking computer systems which have continued to let down customers in recent years.

RBS suffered another systems outage in December on the busiest online shopping day of the year, the third time in about 18 months that such a problem had prevented customers from using cards, cash machines and online banking services.

It says it has been ploughing billions of pounds into bolstering its IT systems to help ensure that similar problems do not reoccur.

The lender recently pledged to invest an extra £1billion in its digital and IT services as it attempts to persuade more of its customers to bank online and on their mobile phones.

But it has repeatedly denied reports that the problems in the summer of 2012 were caused by workers in the Indian city of Hyderabad, where it set up an IT support centre to cut costs.

The results of its internal investigation into the source of the failure have yet to be published as it waits for the FCA’s verdict.

Last night one expert suggested RBS has escaped lightly.

David Buik from broker Panmure Gordon said: ‘Given the size of the trangression and the damage caused to customers this fine is nothing more than symbolic.

We are talking about a bank which could not even get the basics right – stuff that affects people in their day to day life. It’s little wonder there is a complete lack of trust between banks and their customers.’

Source:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2841918/RBS-faces-50m-fine-glitch-Bank-expecting-pay-huge-software-problem-locked-millions-customers-accounts.html

HARMAN’s Martin’s M-DMX Bundles

November 20th, 2014

HARMAN’s Martin Professional announced the pre-order availability of their new M-DMX interface hardware for connecting lighting software and DMX universes as well as several new controller solution bundles, including the M-PC 2U bundle and the LightJockey 2 and M-PC+ Controller kit.

The Martin M-DMX is a rugged aluminum extruded device and is built with two XLR 5-pin DMX ports, a USB 2.0 connection and a K-lock slot for securing the device. The interface also features a stackable design, LED indicators and isolated dual output. The M-DMX is compatible with Martin’s LightJockey and M-PC software, M-Series Consoles, Fixture Upload software, and is backwards compatible with Martin’s Duo-DMX interface.

Martin’s M-PC 2U is a professional two-DMX universe package, bundling Martin’s M-PC software and the M-DMX two-port DMX interface. As the latest entry to Martin’s renowned M-Series family, the M-PC 2U bundle is the a cost-effective lighting software.

The new LightJockey 2 and M-PC+ Controller kit combines Martin’s LightJockey, M-PC, and ShowDesigner software into a single package. The bundle comes standard with a Martin M-DMX device, a Martin One-Key license dongle with M-PC+ (four universes) and a LightJockey 2 four-universe license as well as a Martin ShowDesigner 6 Lite six-month trial license. Martin has also introduced a new license set that expands the M-PC+ license up to 128 universes.

“Our customers will experience flexibility and benefit from the modern, rugged design of the Martin M-DMX, and the M-PC2U is a very cost-effective controller solution,” said Paul Pelletier, Product Manager for Controllers.

Martin’s M-DMX interface, M-PC 2U and LJ2 and M-PC+Controller Kit are now available for ordering and will begin shipping in February 2015.

Source:http://www.avnetwork.com/av-technology/0002/harmans-martins-m-dmx-bundles/94198

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