Socket Mobile Launches SM Keyboard Application on iOS with SocketCam C820 Support

FREMONT, Calif., Aug. 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Socket Mobile, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCKT), a leading provider of data capture and delivery solutions designed to enhance workplace productivity, is excited to launch its SM Keyboard application that includes support for free camera-based scanning with SocketCam C820.

Socket Mobile provides a set of utility applications to reduce the complexity of data capture integration and to help enhance productivity. Specifically, the SM Keyboard is designed to address the challenges users face when using their Socket Mobile barcode scanners with multiple apps running in different modes. Typically, the Socket Mobile barcode scanner is fully controlled by an application that has integrated Socket’s CaptureSDK to maximize the utility and end-user productivity, which requires the scanner to be in App mode. However, Socket Mobile has found that an increasing number of end-users also want to use the scanner with non-scanner-aware applications such as a web browser, Excel, or Word. This requires the end-user to use the scanner in a basic mode, which emulates a keyboard. Switching modes is a time-consuming and complicated process, so to eliminate this tedious step, Socket Mobile is launching the SM keyboard to enable the end-user to use the device with both scanner-enabled and non-scanner-enabled apps on the same device without switching modes.

The SM Keyboard provides an excellent user interface and experience, including support for the SocketCam C820. SocketCam was launched earlier this year by Socket Mobile and turns the camera on any smartphone or tablet into a free, high-performance barcode scanner. The combination of SocketCam and the SM Keyboard allows users to utilize their smart device camera for scanning data into any application of their choice without worrying about whether the application supports an additional hardware scanner or SDK. Users can even scan data into an application they control themselves, enabling full control of the data capture experience for the user.

Using a smartphone or tablet camera for data capture provides a new level of flexibility, speed, and simplicity to daily scanning activities. The SocketCam C820 enables users free, user-friendly barcode and QR code scanning capabilities without having to purchase any additional hardware. This allows end-users to experience the capabilities and benefits of barcode scanning without requiring a large initial investment into physical barcode scanners. This is an ideal option for users who are new to scanning, have low scanning volume, or simply need to test out their daily scanning needs.

The SM Keyboard provides a data capture solution that is exceedingly faster, more reliable, and less error-prone than manually inputting data into an application. It gives new users a unique opportunity to try out barcode scanning for free while also maximizing the usage for those already utilizing a Socket Mobile barcode scanner. In addition, the enhanced SM Keyboard guides users through the process of enabling, selecting, and launching the keyboard for use. It provides full support for the user throughout the setup experience and provides users with intuitive directions to follow to get the keyboard up and running.

The SM Keyboard with SocketCam C820 is free for download from the Apple App Store. For users who need additional performance or have enhanced scanning needs, there will be future installments of SocketCam that will be subscription-based and have more advanced scanning capabilities. Users can also upgrade to a Socket Mobile hardware scanner should they find that their needs are expanding.

Socket Mobile is dedicated to providing the tools and support for its users to maximize productivity throughout the data capture journey. Whether you are a new user to barcode scanning or are already utilizing Socket Mobile’s hardware scanners, the SM Keyboard App provides another enhancement to ensure the best possible data capture experience.  

For more information regarding the SM Keyboard, please visit Socket Mobile Utility Apps 

Read more regarding SocketCam C820 and camera-based scanning 

Media Contact: David Holmes, [email protected]

SOURCE Socket Mobile, Inc.

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Boot Camp updated to support Apple Studio Display

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Intel Mac users who run Windows on their Mac can now update the drivers in Boot Camp to enable support for Apple’s Studio Display.

Apple updates Boot Camp periodically to introduce support for new hardware, along with typical compatibility and performance improvements. In a March update of the software, Apple has enabled Boot Camp to work with the new Studio Display.

The update that brings Boot Camp to version 6.1.17, spotted by Reddit, introduces two key elements of support. First, it adds compatibility for the Studio Display, ensuring Intel Mac users running Windows can still use the monitor without any issue.

The update also includes AMD graphics driver updates, changes that will be especially useful for eGPU users.

Boot Camp, Apple’s software for running Windows on Mac hardware, is available to use on Intel-based Macs. Apple Silicon Macs can run Windows within a virtual machine in macOS, meaning support for the Studio Display will be available by default so long as macOS is up to date.

While the Studio Display will work on Windows desktops, macOS-specific features like Center Stage for the webcam won’t function.

Blender update adds support for Metal GPU rendering on Mac

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A new version of 3D creation software Blender has introduced Metal GPU rendering for Mac devices equipped with Apple Silicon chips or AMD graphics cards.

The addition of a Metal GPU backend, which was contributed by Apple, allows Blender to take advantage of the built-in graphics processing unit in Apple’s M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max, and M1 Ultra chipsets. The Metal GPU rendering is also available on Macs with an AMD graphics card.

According to Blender, the new Metal GPU support allows for rendering times that are up to 2 times quicker. The app itself also runs faster on M1 Macs because the app now have direct access to the GPU.

In addition, the Blender 3.1 update that includes the new Metal GPU backend also features memory usage improvements, ray tracing upgrades, and better indexing on asset browser libraries for faster loading times, among other features.

The addition is noteworthy because Blender has yet to offer GPU rendering on Macs since Apple ended support for OpenCL. Back in October, Apple, however, joined the Blender Development Fund, which allowed macOS to become a supported platform again.

Mac users wanting to take advantage of the new Metal rendering need to have a device running at least macOS Monterey 12.3 or later.

Apple launches support for unlisted App Store apps accessible via link

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The App Store now supports unlisted apps that are only accessible with a link, Apple has announced in an update on its developer website.

Unlisted app distribution allows developers to release apps that aren’t meant for public use. Such apps won’t appear in any App Store categories, recommendations charts, search results, or listings. Apps can also be accessed through the Apple Business Manager or Apple School Manager.

Developers will be able to distribute apps to a limited audience, which could include part-time employees, partners, business affiliates, or conference attendees. In addition, apps can be distributed to employee-owned devices that might not be eligible for an MDM platform.

Apple says that apps aimed at “specific organizations, special events, or research studies, or apps used as employee resources or sales tools” are all good use cases for unlisted app distribution.

The feature is currently available by request only. Developers will need to submit a request to receive a link for an unlisted app. Apple notes that unlisted apps must be ready for distribution — the company will decline any app in a beta or pre-release state.

Developers will be able to create unlisted distribution links for both new and existing apps. If a request is approved, the app’s distribution method will change to “Unlisted App” for both current and future versions. If the app is already listed on the App Store, its primary listing will remain unchanged.

What’s not clear is how the app review process may change, if at all. Historically, Apple has taken a hands-off approach to apps distributed with enterprise certificates, until they see mass abuse.

More information about unlisted app distribution, as well as links to submit a request, are available on Apple’s developer update website.

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Digital Transformation Ministry, with support of UNDP, starting to create digital accessibility standard [EN/UK] – Ukraine

UNDP, in partnership with the Ministry of Digital Transformation and the Government of Sweden, initiated research on digital accessibility in Ukraine

Kyiv, 14 September 2021 – Digital services must be accessible and convenient for everyone. Today, the project “Digital, Inclusive, Accessible: Support to Digitalisation of Public Services in Ukraine,” implemented by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with the financial support of Sweden, presented two studies on digital accessibility in Ukraine: “Inclusiveness and human rights at the forefront. Accessibility of e-government services and tools for citizens in Ukraine” and “International practices on the accessibility of mobile applications of public authorities“.

In the first study, 82 government websites and seven service platforms — ATMs and terminals in government institutions — were tested. The study showed that all these resources are not 100 percent accessible.

Dmytro Popov, one of the authors of that study, said universal solutions should be used. “The basic versions of Web portals and mobile applications must be accessible to various groups of users, Popov said. “It’s also important to test the actual accessibility of all new web portals and mobile applications. And it’s important to involve people with disabilities who use assistive software in the testing process.”

The second study, “International practices on the accessibility of mobile applications of public authorities,” examined how accessibility issues are regulated in other countries, and whether it is possible to apply their experience in Ukraine. The experience of 14 leading countries in digital accessibility was analysed to help formulate a clear action plan.

According to the recommendations made by the authors of the study, it would be advisable to adopt the harmonised standard EN 301 549 in Ukraine. All sites and mobile applications developed by authorities will have to comply with it. This will also require making improvements to legislation, developing technical recommendations, and conducting training for those responsible for digital accessibility.

Nicolaj Sonderbye, Senior Democracy and Human Rights Advisor, UNDP Ukraine, highlighted the significant progress Ukraine has made in the field of digital transformation. “The Diia initiative allows people in Ukraine to access public services online — it’s faster, more convenient, and safer in the COVID-19 era,” Sonderbye said. “However, rapid digital transformation, in addition to new opportunities, also creates new challenges in terms of digital accessibility. Therefore, it is also necessary to make sure that all digital resources in Ukraine are digitally accessible and to put safeguards in place so that public funds cannot be used to fund the development of inaccessible online resources.”

Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine Oleksandr Shelest said that the main goal of the Ministry of Digital Transformation was to create the most convenient country for citizens, and the main way to do this is to ensure that it is barrier-free. “After all, it is impossible to talk about convenience if there are barriers,” Shelest said. “To eliminate them, they first need to be identified, and so I’d like to thank UNDP for conducting research in this area. The results of the studies will chart a path by which we can confidently move towards our goal, combining the resources of the state and society.”

Natalia Fedorovych, Head of the Secretariat of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, said that 40 percent more citizens addressed the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights in the first half of 2021 than in the same period last year, and 37 percent of these appeals were about violations by authorities of citizens’ rights to access information. “The initiative, which is being systematically implemented by the Ministry of Digital Transformation with the support of international organisations, is an important one,” Fedorovych said. “This is an absolute necessity, and a requirement if the constitutional rights of citizens to access information are to be observed.”

Tetiana Lomakina, Advisor — Commissioner of the President of Ukraine for the Barrier-Free Environment, and Tetiana Barantsova, Government Commissioner for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, also supported the studies’ conclusions.

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Yuliia Samus, UNDP in Ukraine Communications Team Leader, [email protected], +380971391475

ESPN, ABC News apps to end third-generation Apple TV support in October

The ESPN and ABC News apps will stop supporting the third-generation Apple TV beginning in early October, according to a message shown within the apps.

Starting Oct. 4, 2021, the Disney-owned ESPN and ABC News apps will no longer be available on the older Apple TV set-top boxes. An in-app message directs users to continue using the apps on Apple TV 4K, iPhone, or iPad, or via AirPlay.

According to Appleosophy, some features of the apps are already losing support. The live-streaming feature in the ABC News apps, for example, appears to have gone offline as of Thursday morning. Users can still watch on-demand content or video clips, however.

Streaming services are continuing to cut off support to the third-generation Apple TV, which was first released in 2012. CBS All Access discontinued service in March, while YouTube stopped supporting it later in 2021. Fox Now has also ended support.

However, it’s still possible to view some modern streaming services using the third-generation Apple TV. Paramount+, which replaced CBS All Access, is still available to view on the model through Apple TV Channels.

Apple does not support the third-generation Apple TV with tvOS updates including new features since it was updated for the Apple TV+ service, but it does occasionally issue updates incorporating security and bug fixes.