Darkroom is an iOS app from Bergen Co. for photo and video editing on iPads, iPhones and iPod Touch. Features include support for Raw images and Apple’s Live Photos and Portrait photos, a rich collection of image editing tools, filters and grain tools, the ability to create “insets” (borders), a Raw editing engine, metadata and histogram display, “realtime color grading” for video, hashtags, batch processing, and a variety of export options (and destinations), including optional watermarking.

Darkroom: Photo & Video Editor 4.6.1 can be downloaded free of charge for iOS 11 and later with a 3-day trial but requires in-app purchases for full features, priced at $3.99/mo., $19.99/yr. or “$49.99 forever.”

Halide, Spectre

Halide is an iOS photo app from Lux Optics LLC (a.k.a. Chroma Noir LLC) that offers many features absent from Apple’s default Camera app, including manual control over ISO speed, focus, exposure and white balance; shutter speed and live histogram displays, Raw (DNG) capture (or JPEG), and minimalistic, built-in help. Halide also embraces Apple’s computational photography trends.

Unlock the power of any iPhone with dual cameras. Halide packs blazing fast Portrait mode with no waiting, as well as robust depth tools like Depth Peaking, a Depth Map view and more. When you’ve shot your photo, view your photo in Augmented Reality.

Halide Camera 1.16.2 is priced at $5.99 for iOS 11 and later. The latest version brings support for the iPhone SE 2020.

Spectre is another photography app for iOS from Lux Optics/Chroma Noir, billed as “an AI-powered shutter for your iPhone, letting you create amazing long exposures” with the help of “AI Stabilization”, “machine learning”, “computer vision”, and “tripod detection.”

Spectre’s intelligent computational shutter takes hundreds of shots over the span of a few seconds, and saves them in an accompanying live photo.

Spectre Camera 1.1.8 is currently priced at $2.99 for iOS 11 and later. The latest release also adds support for the iPhone SE 2020.

Spectre’s smart Automatic Scene Detection requires iOS 12. AI-based stabilization features are available on iPhone 6S and later.* For the best experience, we recommend iPhone 8 or later.

WordPress security update

WordPress 5.4.1, released today, patches seven security flaws in the leading blog/website platform, and the update should be installed “immediately.”

This security and maintenance release features 17 bug fixes in addition to 7 security fixes. Because this is a security release, it is recommended that you update your sites immediately. All versions since WordPress 3.7 have also been updated.

WordPress 5.4.1 is a short-cycle security and maintenance release. The next major release will be version 5.5.


Our most recent Coronavirus updates include four actionable, non-partisan proposals from a select group (Scientists to Stop COVID-19), more analysis of virus transmission, Russian nuclear dangers and doctor deaths, U.K. healthworker deaths, Danish testing, contrasting approaches among Sweden, New Zealand and Taiwan, and also an infected dog.


Click on “April 28” under Updates to see these latest items.

Adobe critical security flaws

Adobe posted its latest batch of patches for critical security flaws in three products:

Adobe Bridge | APSB20-19
Adobe has released a security update for Adobe Bridge. This update addresses multiple critical and important vulnerabilities that could lead to arbitrary code execution and information disclosure

Adobe Magento | APSB20-22
Magento has released updates for Magento Commerce and Open Source editions. These updates resolve vulnerabilities rated Critical, Important and Moderate (severity ratings). Successful exploitation could lead to arbitrary code execution

Adobe Illustrator | APSB20-20
Adobe has released updates for Adobe Illustrator 2020 for Windows. This update resolves critical vulnerabilities that could lead to arbitrary code execution…


SwitchResX is Mac software from Stéphane Madrau that offers access to many more screen resolution settings than those offered by macOS, plus the ability to see more details about the settings and to save and restore various (multi-monitor) configurations.

Comprised of multiple components – preference pane, app, helper tools, menubar item, contextual menu and built-in help – SwitchResX offers control over resolution, color depth, video mirroring, display rotation and display overscan for multiple internal or external displays.

Additional features include the ability to save desktop arrangements, lock and maintain icon and window positions, disable or deactivate a monitor without physically unplugging it, link monitor settings to system events (e.g. key shortcuts, AppleScripts, application launches) and manage devices from monitors to HDTVs to video projectors. (See FAQ and ReadMe file [PDF] for more details.)

SwitchResX 4.9.2 is priced at $16 per user for Mac OS X 10.6 and up with a free 10-day trial, and older versions are available for earlier Macs. (See SwitchResX and System Integrity Protection (SIP) for notes about issues with Apple’s security changes vs. display profiles.)

The latest release brings updates for macOS Catalina, among other changes.

• Corrects a crash with some LG monitors on macOS Catalina
• Corrects a graphical issue in the menus on Catalina running in Parallels or other virtualisation environments
• Added option to set brightness on Apple LCD monitors …

Aura P12

Aura P12 is an M.2 2280 NVMe SSD from OWC (macsales.com) that’s available in capacities as high as 4 TB. Features include Toshiba TLC 3D NAND flash with a Phison E12 controller, 6820 TBW durability (for the 4TB version) with promises of high performance (read/write up to 3400/3000 MB/s) with PCIe 3.0 x4 bandwidth, plus support for SMART and for TCG Opal/TGC Pyrite.

Aura P12 is priced at $1,149.88 for 4TB, $419.99 for 2 TB, $188.99 for 1 TB, $98.99 for 480 GB or $59.99 for 240 GB with a 5-year OWC limited warranty.

OWC USB-C Travel Dock

OWC USB-C Travel Dock is a very compact port expander for USB-C computers from Macsales.com, offering a USB-C captive cable for connecting to the host computer at 5 Gbps, a second USB-C power pass-through port for connecting an external USB-C power supply that you purchase/supply separately (up to 100W), an HDMI 2.0 port (up to 4K at 30 Hz), an SDXC card slot, and two USB 3 Type A ports.

OWC USB-C Travel Dock is priced at $54.99.

Coronavirus information

As work continues on our COVID-19 information management systems, research and updates to the primary page are taking place simultaneously:


Click on “April 26” and “April 27” under Updates to see the latest items, which include the importance of Vitamin D, interesting perspectives from Christian Drosten, much more about testing and asymptomatic infections, the death of UpToDate founder Bud Rose, the virus’s “ferocious rampage” through the body, unusual and dangerous effects in children, drug and vaccine tracking, and more.


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