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Apple serves up watchOS 3.1

Apple has released watchOS 3.1. According to Apple, it provides:

° A new option to replay bubble and full screen effects in Messages;

° Messages effects can play with Reduce Motion enabled;

° Fixes an issue that could cause the notification for Timer complete to be delivered twice;

° Resolves an issue that could prevent Apple Watch Series 2 from charging;

° Resolves an issue where Activity rings may disappear from the watch face;

° Fixes an issue that prevented Force Touch options from appearing in some third-party apps.

You can update your Apple Watch to watchOS 3.1 via the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

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Elements+ revved to version 9.0

Andrei Doubrovski has released Elements+ 9.0 (http://elementsplus.net/), an update of his enhancement patch for Adobe Photoshop Elements. Featuring hundreds of tools, including missing adjustments, smart filters, vector masks, and more, it is an add-on that unlocks the undocumented advanced functions in Photoshop Elements+ featured in the latest versions of Photoshop.

The kit includes some extra adjustments, smart filters, vector masks, and other advanced tools normally hidden under the hood. Version 9 adds:

° The ability to re-edit Curves, Color Balance, and other unlocked adjustments;

° The ability to re-edit Camera RAW photos in ACR converter;

° Customizable PSE keyboard shortcuts;

° Customizable PSE menus;

° Pen and other advanced vector tools;

° Auto-recovery after PSE crashes;

°  A Script Events Manager

Elements+ 9.0 requires macOS 10.4.11...

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BatchOutput for Microsoft Word Now Supports macOS Sierra

Zevrix Solutions has announced BatchOutput DOC 2.4.7, a compatibility update to its output automation solution for Microsoft Word on macOS.

BatchOutput automates printing and exporting of multiple documents to PDF, and allows to carry out professional PDF production directly from Word bringing PDF creation options right to the user's fingertips. The new version makes BatchOutput DOC compatible with the recently released macOS 10.12 Sierra.

BatchOutput DOC can be purchased for US $39.95 from the Zevrix Solutions website (www.zevrix.com), as well as from authorized resellers and the Mac App Store. A demo is available for download. The update is free for users of version 2 and $20 from version 1. BatchOutput DOC requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.12 and Microsoft Word 2008, 2011 or 2016.

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 Apple updates macOS Sierra to 10.12.1

Apple has released macOS Sierra 10.12.1. It can be downloaded from the Software Update function in the Mac App Store. According to Apple, macOS Sierra 10.1.2:

° Adds an automatic smart album in Photos for Depth Effect images taken on iPhone 7 Plus ;

° Improves the compatibility of Microsoft Office when using iCloud Desktop and Documents;

° Fixes an issue that may prevent Mail from updating when using a Microsoft Exchange account ;

° Fixes an issue that caused text to sometimes paste incorrectly when using Universal Clipboard ;

° Improves reliability of Auto Unlock with Apple Watch;

° Improves security and stability in Safari.

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Apple posts iOS 10.1 and tvOS 10.0.1

Apple has released a finished version of iOS 10.1, bringing a promised Portrait shooting mode to owners of the iPhone 7 Plus. It also provides various bug fixes.

Portrait mode is a software feature that uses the two lenses of the iPhone 7 Plus to create the look and feel of an image shot with portrait settings on a camera with a telephoto lens. You access portrait mode from within the Camera app simply by swiping left and right in the viewfinder.

The update is a free download, available either through iTunes or over-the-air via the Settings > General > Software Update menu in iOS.

Apple has also posted tvOS 10.0.1 with bug fixes and security improvements.

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Apple Watch Nike+ goes on sale this Friday

Apple and Nike have announced that the Apple Watch Nike+ will be available on Friday, Oct. 28. It combines all the features of Apple Watch Series 2 with the new Nike+ Run Club app for motivation to go for a run, guidance from the world’s best coaches and athletes and coaching plans that adapt to your schedule and progress.

The Apple Watch Nike+ also features exclusive Nike Sport Bands and unique watch faces inspired by Nike’s iconic style that can be personalized with apps like Activity Rings, Heart Rate, Stopwatch and Weather.

“Running is one of the world’s most popular activities for staying in shape and being healthy, and with Apple Watch Nike+, runners will be even more motivated to achieve their performance goals,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “The response so far has been incredible and we’re thrilled to get Apple Watch Nike+ onto customers’ wrists starting Friday.”

“Apple and Nike share a passion to make life easier and more fun...

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Oct 21
DDoS attacks causing Internet disruptions

A series of denial of service attacks on a major DNS provider have caused major issues across the internet, with outages of some of the largest sites and services including the New York Times, CNN, Netflix, and Twitter experienced across about half of the U.S. Now the Department of Homeland Security is getting involved, reports AppleInsider (www.appleinsider.com).

The attacks initially targeted DNS provider Dyn's servers at about 11 a.m. (Eastern) were mitigated by the company's countermeasures. At about 12:20 p.m. (Eastern), the attacks continued and the outages are now expanding to California, Texas, Washington, and even the UK. 

The attacks are now being monitored by the United States Department of Homeland Security, and the agency is "investigating all potential causes" of the massive disruption. DNS providers such as Dyn resolve site name to IP addresses so that web browsers may communicate...

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Oct 21
StarTech offers new lockable iPad stand

StarTech.com has released the $191.99 Lockable Floor Tablet Stand for iPads. It offers any customer-facing company or organization the ability to setup an instant information kiosk.

Features of the Lockable Floor Tablet Stand include:
• A lockable metal enclosure;
• The stand can be screwed into the floor for additional security;
• Integrated cable management;
• A covered home button so customers can’t navigate away from app.

The stand is optimized for the 9.7-inch iPad and works in portrait or landscape orientation.

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Oct 21
Satechi unveils the Slim Aluminum Wireless Keypad

Satechi has unveiled its newest Metallic Series product – the Slim Aluminum Wireless Keypad. The keypad is designed to expand the functionality of a user’s existing keyboard to create a more comfortable environment when working on accounting tasks, Excel spreadsheets, and more.

The Bluetooth-enabled Slim Aluminum Wireless Keypad, compatible with both Mac and PCs, boasts an ergonomic, tilted design and anti-slip pads to provide comfort and securely keep the keypad in place. Its slim profile means you can toss it in a laptop bag, backpack or purse for travel.

The Slim Aluminum Wireless Keypad has a built-in rechargeable lithium battery that purportedly lasts up to two weeks. To conserve battery life, it will automatically go into sleep mode when not in use after one hour.

As with the other products in Satechi’s Metallic Series, the Slim Aluminum Wireless Keypad has a premium aluminum construction, available in three finishes: gold, silver, and space gray. It’s...

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Oct 21
ADATA unveils new digital display power banks

ADATA Technology (www.adata.com) has launched the P20000D and P12500D smart display power banks. The two models use lithium-ion cells and feature digital displays that show remaining charge percentage to better inform users.

Dual USB ports output a total of 2.1A to enable quick charging of two devices simultaneously. Both power banks offer six protective circuits and a shock and fire resistant enclosure. The P20000D further includes a high luminance LED flashlight. The the P20000D and P12500D are sufficient for multiple charges of smartphones, tablets, and mobile devices such as wireless headphones and game controllers at 20000mAh and 12500mAh, respectively.

According to the folks at ADATA, their large capacity means they’re enough for up to 6.4 smart phone charges, 1.8 average tablet charges. Charging is made more efficient thanks to the inclusion of two USB ports that output a total 2.1A, so users can charge...

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Oct 20
Mad Max rolls onto the Mac

Mad Max for Mac and Linux is now available on the Feral Interactive Store (www.feralinteractive.com), Steam and the Mac App Store.

Players become Max, the lone warrior who must fight for survival against the Wasteland’s savage factions by engaging in all-out melée brawls and vicious vehicular combat. The game requires macOS 10.11.6 or higher and costs $29.99.

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Oct 20
LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign adds macOS Sierra support

Zevrix Solutions has announced LinkOptimizer 5.0.9, a compatibility update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

The software solves the problem of resizing InDesign links to their final dimensions at a target resolution automatically. The app also can also convert colors, perform essential image adjustments and convert image formats Version 5.0.9 makes LinkOptimizer compatible with the recently released macOS Sierra.

LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$259.95 (a “lite” version is available for $179.95). A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 5.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer requires macOS 10.6-10.12 and Adobe InDesign/Photoshop CS5-CC 2015.

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Oct 20
DEVONagent updated for macOS Sierra, supports Qwant

DEVONtechnologies has announced updates to all editions of DEVONagent, its Internet search and research tool for macOS.

Available in three editions, it queries search engines and crawls web sites. It then filters the results again and presents the results in a multitude of ways. The new version brings compatibility changes for macOS Sierra, updated plugins, and workflow enhancements. The updates are free and recommended for all users.

All editions of DEVONagent require an Intel-based Mac and OS X 10.8.5 or later. They can be downloaded from www.devontechnologies.com and be test-driven for free before they need to be properly licensed. All editions of DEVONagent are also available in the App Store; DEVONagent Pro and Express can be bought as part of bundles together with DEVONthink in DEVONtechnologies' online shop.

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Oct 20
Station is a new multilevel dock for macOS

True North Software has introduced Station 1.1, a multilevel (hierarchical) launcher for macOS. It’s designed to promote a more natural organization of applications and documents into folders.

With nested folders, you can arrange items in Station in a way that fits your workflow with an uncluttered look and feel. Scalability is greatly increased through logical groupings thus increasing the sheer number of items that can be added to Station without having to shrink the launcher size, according to the folks at True North Software.

Station requires macOS 10.10 or higher and costs $14.99. It’s available on the True North website (http://www.truenorthsoftware.com) or at the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. A demo version is available from the True North website.

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Oct 19
Apple sends out press invites to a ‘hello again’ event

Apple has sent out invitations to members of the press for an event at its Cupertino, California, headquarters on Thursday, Oct. 27. The invitation is dubbed “hello again”

New MacBooks are almost a certainty. New MacBook Airs and a slightly revamped iMac are likely. A new display to replace the discontinued Thunderbolt Display may see the light of day. And, if we’re lucky, there may be new Mac Pros and Mac minis announced.

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Oct 19
Apple releases new iOS, macOS Sierra betas

Apple has posted the fifth iOS 10.1 beta; it’s the second developer beta released this week. The beta is available to registered developers and public beta testers. Apple has also pushed out beta 5 for macOS Sierra 10.12.1.

The developer betas are available at the Apple Developer Center. Non-developers must be registered with Apple's Beta Software Program to obtain it.

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Oct 19
Tropical Software releases TopXNotes 1.8.3

Tropical Software has releaseds TopXNotes 1.8.3, an update to their personal information manager for macOS.

The app allows you to create, view, organize, and instantly access your Mac notes with TopXNotes. Version 1.8.3 sports a few new features, performance enhancements and bug fixes. And it keeps your notes synchronized between TopXNotes for Mac and TopXNotes for iOS.

You can now "Email Current Note" (or part of a note). The default toolbar icon set has been completely re-arranged. And version 1.8.3 is macOS Sierra ready.

TopXNotes 1.8.3 is available for US$39.95 from the Tropical Software website (www.tropic4.com), the Mac App store, Amazon, and other select Macintosh software resellers. TopXNotes 1.8.3 is a free update to customers who have already purchased version 1.5 or later. Existing customers with an older version (previous to 1.5) can upgrade to version 1.8.3 for $19.95 from the company's...

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Oct 19
Syncro Soft updates Oxygen XML Editor suite of products

Syncro Soft, the developer of the Oxygen XML suite of products, has released version 18.1 of its XML editing suite of products: Oxygen XML Editor, Author, Developer, Web Author, and WebHelp. The company has also announced the addition of a new Oxygen XML Scripting license, allowing some of the processing provided by Oxygen (such as the extensive DITA validation support) to be integrated in your own scripts.

Although Oxygen XML Editor version 18.1 is a maintenance release that focuses on performance and usability improvements, it also adds a variety of new features. Audio and video content in DITA is now fully supported. Oxygen XML Editor 18.1 allows you to insert media objects, play audio, and display video directly in the Author visual editing mode and includes updates to the publishing workflow to handle video and audio objects in the output.

A new Markdown editor allows you to write, preview, and convert Markdown content into HTML or DITA and you can use Markdown-...

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Oct 19
SmartBear releases enhanced support for REST API security testing

SmartBear Software (www.smartbear.com), which specializes in software quality tools for teams, released a major update to its API [application programming interface] readiness platform, Ready! API, focusing on the security of APIs.

SmartBear’s Ready! API is a unified set of graphical and code-based testing tools that includes Secure Pro for dynamic API security testing, SoapUI NG Pro for functional testing, LoadUI NG Pro for load testing, ServiceV Pro for API service virtualization and TestServer for Continuous Integration environments.

“Most of the APIs in the cloud are based on the popular REST methodology, and these are universally accessible and open to threats from hackers,” said John Purcell, vice president of Products, API Readiness at SmartBear. “It has become a priority for organizations to determine and fix security loopholes in their REST APIs, and this new update to Secure Pro allows...

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Oct 18
AKVIS releases SmartMask 9.0

AKVIS has announced SmartMask 9.0, an upgrade of its Mac compatible selection tool. The upgrade offers a number of improvements, including the new Chroma Key and Custom Background modes, as well as the enhancement of previously existing features and other changes.

AKVIS SmartMask is designed to make image area selection fun and simple. The software offers special-purpose modes and tools for different selection types, with both soft and sharp edges. It lets you select fluff, hair, fur, tree branches, glass, or a transparent veil. The software also lets you get rid of the unwanted color shades left on the cutout object by the environment.

Version 9.0’s Chroma Key mode which automatically removes specific colors from an image. It also adds a Custom Background mode with different adjustment options, extended Eraser tool settings, and more.

AKVIS SmartMask, Home license, sells for $69. One license key allows activating and using the software on two computers. The...

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Oct 24
BatchOutput for Microsoft Word Now Supports macOS...

Zevrix Solutions has announced BatchOutput DOC 2.4.7, a compatibility update to its output automation solution for Microsoft Word on macOS.

BatchOutput automates printing and exporting of multiple documents to PDF, and allows to carry out professional PDF production directly from Word bringing PDF creation options right to the user's fingertips. The new version makes BatchOutput DOC compatible with the recently released macOS 10.12 Sierra.

BatchOutput DOC can be purchased for US $39.95 from the Zevrix Solutions website (www.zevrix.com), as well as from authorized resellers and the Mac App Store. A demo is available for download. The update is free for users of version 2 and $20 from version 1. BatchOutput DOC requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.12 and Microsoft Word 2008, 2011 or 2016.

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Oct 24
In-flight Wi-Fi is a unique space for cyber theft

The dangers of public Wi-Fi are already well known, but the security issues of in-flight Internet connection are still somewhat obscure. In 2015, there were already 52 airlines worldwide offering in-flight Internet, and the prevalence of U.S. in-flight Wi-Fi alone has grown 1,600-fold since 2013.
Security is an issue with in-flight Internet - dominated by Gogo provider, while its two main competitors, ViaSat and GEE, use satellites exclusively for airlines such as JetBlue and Southwest. First, there's no password protection on the Wi-Fi connection, so anyone can intercept all data that¹s being transmitted on the wireless network.
Thus, while it¹s great to go online while you are in the sky, connecting to Gogo or other provider might mean you are giving your private data away to cybercriminals. Airplanes are unique hacking grounds ­ more dangerous than airports or coffee shops, as they cram passengers in one small space for hours. This gives plenty of...

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Oct 21
Simba report shows Google’s rising impact in schools

A growing number of students are doing their schoolwork on Chromebooks, and an increasing number of teachers are managing their work with free tools from Google, according to “K-12 Classroom Technology Survey Report 2016,” a new report from Simba Information (www.simbainformation.com).

Chromebooks, which represented less than 2% of education market device sales a few years ago, now are found in more than one-quarter of classrooms. Chromebooks follow the legacy classroom desktop computer as the available device having the biggest impact on student achievement. Chromebooks follow iPads as the device teachers would most like to add for student use.

"The percentage of teachers using Google Classroom, a free platform for managing assignments and communicating with students, was more than three times that of any other learning management system when Simba Information and MCH Strategic Data...

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Oct 20
61% of shoppers expect to spend more this holiday...

While it may be an election year often signaling uncertainty when it comes to shopping and spending, a new survey conducted by Kelton Global on behalf of savings destination RetailMeNot (www.retailmenot.com) reports that 61% of shoppers plan to spend more this holiday season than last. In fact, nearly one in three shoppers plan to spend at least $200 more.

Despite the increase in spending, consumers will be taking advantage of deals and offers by seeking out savings prior to shopping either in-store or online, especially on the bigger ticket items like electronics that are on many wish lists. Seven out of ten consumers look for deals on holiday gifts year round, but 40% still feel they will find the best discounts on Black Friday. 

Searching for deals year round is certainly a successful strategy, but shoppers should reconsider making all purchases at one time, as category deals ebb and flow between...

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Oct 19
The market is bright for power amps in phones

LTE smartphones led to a bump in sales of RF power amplifiers in 2015 and the first half of 2016, according to Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) Over the next five years, highly integrated multiband PA modules that include switch and filter content similar to the PAs used today in the flagship Apple iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 will ship in increasing numbers into lower-tier smartphones.

According to Christopher Taylor, author of the report and director, RF & Wireless Components, Strategy Analytics: ”The need for smartphones with more LTE bands has led to multiband PAs that contain more RF filters and switches, capturing more front-end phone content for the suppliers, contributing to a growth of the PA market that will continue at least until 2020 and 5G."

Eric Higham, Director of Advance Semiconductor Applications at Strategy Analytics, adds: "Gallium arsenide forms...

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Oct 18
Mobile developer population reaches 12 million...

The number of developers involved with development of mobile apps reached 12 million in 2016, according to Evans Data Corp’s (www.evansdata.com) “Global Development Population and Demographics Study.”

It also found that the number of developers writing for mobile devices has increased by more than five times since Evans began measuring developer participation in mobile development in 2006, when just slightly less than two million developers were targeting mobile. At 12 million, the population of developers targeting mobile is more than half of the total worldwide population of 21 million developers.
The study, which is now in its 20th edition, estimates not only current software developer populations across four major regions and 40 different countries, but also overlays global primary research onto the population numbers to show numbers of developers forecast to adopt technologies now and in the future....

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Oct 18
Shipments of 3D printers to grow 108% in 2016

Worldwide shipments of 3D printers will reach 455,772 units in 2016, more than doubling the 219,168 units shipped in 2015, according to Gartner, Inc.'s latest forecast. Despite slowing growth rates after the market's initial growth spurt, the increase in 3D printer shipments over the next four years will see the number of units shipped in 2020 total more than 6.7 million.

"Once a niche market, 3D printing has continued its rapid transformation into a broad-based mainstream technology embraced by consumers and enterprises around the world," said Pete Basiliere, research vice president at Gartner (www.gartner.com). "The evolution of hardware and software along with an ever-expanding collection of usable materials has driven growth in both the consumer and enterprise 3D printing markets.”

3D printing is now experiencing widespread acceptance beyond its application in specialist industries. Today, 3D printing is...

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Oct 17
Service robots replacing human workers globally

As technology improves and as prices fall, professional service robots are increasingly doing jobs formerly handled by human workers. Revenue from professional service robots reached $2.6 billion, with around 20,000 units shipped in 2015, according to a new report from IHS Markit (www.ihsmarkit.com),which specializes in critical information, analytics and solutions.

The emerging market for professional service robots is forecast to increase very quickly, with a unit-shipment compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 46%, from 2015 to 2020, the report says. After 2020, the global market for professional service robot markets will grow even faster, with more robots moving from prototype to commercialization in various applications.

“The various demands on the professional service applications are multi-billion dollar opportunity for the professional service robot markets,” said Wilmer Zhou, senior analyst,...

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Oct 14
Bots, natural language interfaces to drive mobile...

New findings from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) claim that merchant integration of technologies such as bots and natural language interfaces will lead to remote goods purchases by mobile totaling $2.1 trillion by 2021. This represents a 100% increase from this year’s projection for spend on physical and digital goods.

The research found that rising smartphone use in digital retail was the underlying cause for stakeholder development in Bots, natural language processing, and disruption at the payment gateway. The new study found that shoppers would be driven away from merchants where keyword search and menu-driven systems were in place.

It suggested that where merchants deployed conversational interfaces, such as bots and natural language search, they would be able to far better understand the consumer’s intent. The North Face, for example, has developed an intelligent digital...

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Oct 13
Security tech revenue to surpass $100 billion in 2020

The first Worldwide Semiannual Security Spending Guide from International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts worldwide revenues for security-related hardware, software, and services will grow from $73.7 billion in 2016 to $101.6 billion in 2020.

This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.3%, more than twice the rate of overall IT spending growth, over the five-year forecast period. The new spending guide expands on IDC's previous security forecasts by offering greater detail on spending by geography, industry, and technology.

"Today's security climate is such that enterprises fear becoming victims of the next major cyberattack or cyber extortion," said Sean Pike, program vice president, Security Products, IDC (www.idc.com). "As a result, security has become heavily scrutinized by boards of directors demanding that security budgets are used wisely and solutions operate at peak efficiency.”


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CAZE (http://www.iphonecaze.com) has announced its first hybrid bumper for the iPhone 7/ 7 Plus, weighing just 11 grams. Constructed of aluminum and TPU, the DuEdge frame offers a stylish metal look for the Apple... Read more »
When forensic investigations involve digital activity, the proper handling of media evidence is critical. Digital forensic investigators acquire, preserve, and manage digital evidence to support civil and criminal cases... Read more »
Linksys’ Linksys Max-Stream AC1750 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router (EA7300) leverages 802.11ac Wave 2 MU-MIMO (Multi-User, Multiple Input, Multiple Output) technology, which helps ensure uninterrupted Wi-Fi connectivity to... Read more »
QNAP Systems’ enterprise-class TES-x85U NAS series includes the 18-bay TES-1885U and the 30-bay TES-3085U. Both models are powered by a high-performance yet energy-saving Intel Xeon D processor, and provides the choice... Read more »

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Apple Fixes Two-Factor Authentication Setup Bug

HomeKit in iOS 10 requires Two-Factor authentication if you plan to remotely control or monitor your smarthome devices. That isn’t a big deal, unless you’re one of the unlucky few who were blocked from switchting to Apple’s more secure password authentication system. The good news is that Apple finally fixed the issue, so HomeKit can be more that your in-home personal assistant again.

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Anticipation and Joy: Abusing Autonomous Cars For Fun

We tend to think of robots and AI agents as potentially threatening. But when they’re specifically charged with protecting the human passengers in autonomous cars, there could be some serious shenanigans by aggressive drivers. Even abuse. What if one of those autonomous cars, in turn, does something unexpected? John looks at a mind-numbing scenario.

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∞ macOS Sierra, tvOS, watchOS updated

It’s a big day for Apple OS updates. Earlier today iOS 10.1 was updated, and now macOS Sierra, tvOS, watchOS have all received major updates. You can update each of the OSes on their respective devices—except the watchOS, that has to be downloaded from the iPhone app before updating.

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PSA: iOS 10.1 fixes Android Wear issues on the...

About one month ago we reported on a serious pairing issue iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users were having with multiple Android Wear devices. In the month since, it seems that the issue has been resolved.


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Dyn DDoS Attack Shows IoT’s Inherent Security...

Parts of the internet ground to a halt on Friday, October 21, when a group of hackers targeted Dyn with a distributed Denial of Service attack. The attack temporarily broke the path to many websites, including Twitter, and blocking similar attacks in the future will be a monumental task because the hackers used the internet-connected devices already in our homes.

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Seth's Blog: Hardware is Sexy, But It's...

American author and entrepreneur Seth Godin argues that though hardware is nice and dandy, it is the software that matters. And not just software that runs on a computer, "but the metaphorical idea of rules and algorithms designed to solve problems and connect people," he writes. Godin has used the piece to note how Apple has increasingly grown focused on hardware, and as a result, it's not putting much effort to fixing its software. He writes, "Automator, a buggy piece of software with no support, and because it's free, no competitors. Keynote, a presentation program that hasn't been improved in years. iOS 10, which replaces useful with pretty. iTunes, which is now years behind useful tools like Roon. No significant steps forward in word processing, spreadsheets, video editing, file sharing, internet tools, conferencing, etc. Apple contributed mightily to a software revolution a decade ago, but they've stopped. Think about how many leaps forward Slack, Dropbox, Zapier and others...

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Video: Watch this 3 minute time-lapse of Apple.com...

Apple.com turned twenty-years old just a few days ago, neatly encompassing what is now referred to as “modern Apple”, after Steve Jobs returned to the company in 1997. This video highlights every major event in Apple’s timeline as a time lapse of its homepages from when the website began in 1996 to the present day.


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AWT News Update: October 24, 2016

Today was a "kinda slow" news day to start off what should be a rather exciting week of Apple news. Tomorrow's the Q4 2016 Earnings Call, while Thursday Apple is holding its "hello again" Mac event. So what happened on this slow Monday?

  • Some readers reported having issues connecting to Apple's iCloud Music Library today
  • The Apple Watch Nike+ will be available on Friday, October 28
  • T-Mobile says the iPhone 7 was partially responsible for better-than-expected quarterly earnings
  • Mac sales are expected to be down yet again for the quarter that ended on September 30, but Thursday's event will hopefully provide a much needed boost to the Mac line's bottom line. 

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[Sponsor] Pearl RearVision

Upgrade your car with Pearl RearVision, the wireless backup camera and alert system that works with your smartphone. Developed by former Apple engineers, it installs on your car in minutes with no costly professionals or dealers required. See around corners with the 2 HD cameras which also provide super-wide views of what’s behind you, and the ability to pan 180 degrees in any direction. RearVision also features obstacle detection, giving you visual and audible alerts before your parallel parking job turns into an insurance claim.

Pearl is offering free two-day shipping for a limited time, so order now at pearlauto.com.

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 24...

Notable software releases this week include Mactracker 7.6, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 8.2.1, ChronoSync 4.7 and ChronoAgent 1.6.1, SpamSieve 2.9.26, 1Password 6.3.5, BusyCal 3.1.1, and Audio Hijack 3.3.2.


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Apple Releases iOS 10.1 With New Portrait Mode For...

Apple has released iOS 10.1 to the public today for all iOS 10 users, and with it comes several new features, a long list of bug fixes, and various other under-the-hood improvements. One of the biggest new features introduced is a new "Portrait" mode, which uses the dual cameras in the iPhone 7 Plus to create shallow depth of field portrait photos with plenty of background bokeh. MacRumors reports: To achieve the blurred look, the image signal processor in the device uses the wide-angle camera to create a depth map while the telephoto captures an image, dissecting the different layers of the photo to decide what to blur with an artful "bokeh" effect. It works on people, pets, and objects, but it does require good lighting to achieve the proper results. The update also [...] brings Transit directions to Japan for the first time. There have been some tweets to the Messages app. It's now possible to play Bubble and Screen effects in Messages with Reduce Motion enabled, something that...

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To iPod on its 15th birthday: Thanks for...

In 2001, Apple unveiled a singular product that launched the company out of the niche PC market and started an evolution that morphed the company into the world-dominating presence we know now. That device was iPod.

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ExtraBITS for 24 October 2016

In ExtraBITS this week, AT&T seeks to purchase Time Warner, T-Mobile pays a heavy price for data throttling, we say goodbye to Macworld founder David Bunnell, Apple reveals plans to build home automation into newly built homes, and we review Apple’s $49 iPhone 7 Plus case in 49 words.


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Notable apps and app updates for Oct. 24, 2016

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

macOS Apps/Updates

Andrei Doubrovski has released Elements+ 9.0, an update of his enhancement patch for Adobe Photoshop Elements. Featuring hundreds of tools, including missing adjustments, smart filters, vector masks, and more, it is an add-on that unlocks the undocumented advanced functions in Photoshop Elements+ featured in the latest versions of Photoshop. 

The kit includes some extra adjustments, smart filters, vector masks, and other advanced tools normally hidden under the hood. Version 9 adds:

  • The ability to re-edit Curves, Color Balance, and other unlocked adjustments;
  • The ability to re-edit Camera RAW photos in ACR converter; 
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Review: Bowers & Wilkins P3 Series 2 Headphones

Last week, we reviewed Bowers & Wilkins' flagship headphone, the large, circumaural, excellent P9 Signature. Today we look at at the opposite end of B&W's headphone offerings with the small, on-ear P3 Series 2 ($110). (We reviewed the original P3 back in 2012.) Though the P3 S2 sports most of the attention to detail and quality that we saw on the P9 and P5 Series 1, we experienced some flaws with this headphone that hold back our full recommendation.{/exp:char_limit}

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Apple’s iCloud Music Library ‘unable to connect’ for...

A growing number of users report issues with connecting to Apple’s iCloud Music Library service following the release of iOS and macOS updates earlier today. Users encountering the problem are faced with an error message in iTunes on macOS that reads: “Unable to connect to iCloud music library”.


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eMarketer: iPhone shares to remain static in 2016,...

Apple’s share of smartphone users in the US is expected to remain static in 2016, accounting for a 43.5% share, from 43.3% in 2015, according to new data from eMarketer. Android, by comparison, will see its share of US smartphone users rise slightly to 52.0%, up from 51.7% the previous year, adds the research firm. 

Although the number of overall iPad users continues to increase, Apple has been losing share in the U.S. tablet market.  After falling below 50% for the first time in 2015, Apple's share of the tablet market is expected to drop to 47.8% in 2016, per eMarketer’s estimates. By 2020, eMarketer estimates that 44% of tablet users in the US will be using an iPad. This year, eMarketer estimates that 51.4% of Americans will use a tablet once a month, totaling 168.2 million. 

In the UK, Apple is expected to account for a 31.8% share of smartphone users this year, a slight increase from 31.6% last year....

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Apple Pay arrives in Japan

Apple Pay has launched in Japan, making its the 11th country to support Apple’s mobile payment service. In addition to Suica cards, Apple is also supporting credit and debit cards from the likes of American Express, JCB, MasterCard, Aeon, Orico, Credit Saison, SoftBank, d Card, View Card, and MUFG Card.

Apple Pay is available in the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, China, Japan, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, France and Hong Kong. Brazil also expected to add Apple Pay support in the near future.

Apple Pay works with the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE and Apple Watch. When paying within apps, Apple Pay is compatible with the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro. It’s also macOS Sierra compatible.


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Apple serves up watchOS 3.1

Apple has released watchOS 3.1. You can update your Apple Watch via the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. According to Apple, watch OS 3.1 provides:


  • A new option to replay bubble and full screen effects in Messages;
  • Messages effects can play with Reduce Motion enabled;
  • Fixes an issue that could cause the notification for Timer complete to be delivered twice;
  • Resolves an issue that could prevent Apple Watch Series 2 from charging;
  • Resolves an issue where Activity rings may disappear from the watch face; 
  • Fixes an issue that prevented Force Touch options from appearing in some third-party apps.



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TMO Background Mode: Interview with Author and...

David Sparks is a business attorney, Macworld author, podcaster and all around Apple product expert. He’s one of those people who started on one path—an aerospace engineering student—then changed gears to become a law student at Pepperdine University. David tells the story of his law school years and how people often think of law school as more onerous than it really is. His original plan was to be a prosecutor, but then he found that business law for small companies was much more satisfying. We chatted about his interest in all things Mac and the dawn of his Mac Power Users podcast with Katie Floyd in 2009. Today, David is a popular speaker and a fixture in the Mac Community with 346 podcasts and several books. Come take a career journey with me and David.

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Pyle USA shipping new Pyle HD Pan & Tilt...

Pyle USA has been making moves in the home automation and security market recently, and today the company announced the new Pyle HD Pan & Tilt Security Camera ($56). At that low price tag, the device offers HD viewing of homes or offices for security purposes, with the ability to remotely control the camera via the free Pyle app

The Pan & Tilt camera records and saves 720p HD video and 1280 x 720 HD photos directly to an iPhone or iPad via the app, with control -- 270° horizontal and 120° vertical motion -- making it easy to see what's happening all around a room. A built-in SD card slot makes it possible...

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McDSP releases the AE600 Active EQ

The AE600 is the next generation of active equalization. New and unique EQ modes, independent control of fixed and active EQ bands, and an ultra low latency algorithm make the AE600 the perfect solution for any audio production.

McDSP makes some quality software.

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Monday October 24

LG's Big Gamble on a Modular Smartphone Dies while...

The top reason that Apple's iPhone 6 mania swept the globe back in 2014 was because they introduced their first phablet to go toe-to-toe with Samsung who pioneered that category. Samsung laughed at Apple's late entry into this category believing that they owned that segment lock, stock and barrel. They made the very same mistake that Steve Ballmer did when Apple's iPhone first came to market. Samsung and LG are trying to find something new to once again get ahead of Apple's iPhone ...

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Apple Releases iOS 10.1 with 'Portrait Mode' t...

During Apple's iPhone event on September 7, Phil Schiller, Senior VP worldwide marketing at Apple talked about a "big breakthrough in photography" that was part of iPhone 7. The breakthrough was Apple's new dual camera depth camera. He provided his audience with a "Sneak Peek" of this feature known as Bokeh. Today Apple updated iOS 10 to include the new Portrait Mode for this feature for iPhone 7 Plus customers.

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Apple Releases macOS Sierra 10.12.1 With Bug Fixes, Feat...

Apple today released macOS Sierra 10.12.1, the first update to the macOS Sierra operating system that first launched on September 20. macOS Sierra 10.12.1 has been in beta testing since September 21, with Apple seeding five betas before releasing the final version to the public.

macOS Sierra 10.12.1 is available for free to all customers who are running macOS Sierra. It can be downloaded from the Software Update function in the Mac App Store.

macOS Sierra 10.12.1 features few outward-facing changes, instead focusing on bug fixes and improvements to address issues that have surfaced since the release of the operating system. It does include Photos...

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Apple Releases iOS 10.1 With New Portrait Mode for iPhon...

Apple today released iOS 10.1 to the public, marking the first major update to the iOS 10 operating system that launched on September 13. In testing since September 21, iOS 10.1 saw Apple release five betas to developers and public beta testers before its public debut.

Today's iOS 10.1 update is available as a free over-the-air update for all iOS 9 users. It is the third update to iOS 10, following iOS 10.0.3, a minor bug fix update.

iOS 10.1 introduces a new "Portrait" mode, designed to take advantage of the two cameras included in the iPhone 7 Plus, released in...

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IDC Lists Apple as the Number One Smartwatch Vendor in t...

Today IDC published their smartwatch statistics for 3Q 2016 and they were absolutely dismal. Yet the good news is that Apple remained the number one smartwatch vendor in the world in Q3 with Q4 looking hot.

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Apple Registers Three New Macs in Europe Ahead of Thursd...

Just three days before Apple's "Hello Again" event, where it is widely expected to announce new Macs, French website Consomac has discovered a new Russian-language regulatory filing, in the Eurasian Economic Commission database, that points towards at least three new models launching soon.

The three new Macs, identified only with model numbers A1706, A1707, A1708, are likely to be new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros alongside a new 13-inch MacBook, which could be a refreshed Air model, based on previous reports. However, adding confusion to the mix is the...

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Apple Sold 70% Fewer Apple Watches This Summer Compared...

The latest numbers from market research firm IDC reveal Apple Watch shipments totaled an estimated 1.1 million units in the third quarter, reflecting a three-month period between June and September, a sharp 71.6% decline compared to an estimated 3.9 million Apple Watch shipments last summer.

The decline can be at least partially attributed to the lack of an Apple Watch refresh until the final two weeks of the quarter, when the Apple Watch Series 2 and slightly updated first-generation models launched. The overall smartwatch market also declined an estimated 51.6% in the third quarter.

Apple still maintained its position as the overall leader of the worldwide smartwatch market with an estimated 41.3% market share, despite posting the second largest year-over-year decline among the leading vendors. Garmin finished in second with an estimated...

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Samsung's Nightmare Continues as Apple's iPhon...

On Friday Patently Apple reported that Apple fans in South Korea enthusiastically Lined up to get their hands on the new 'Non Exploding' iPhone 7. How did that translated into sales? According to a new South Korean report today, Friday alone rang in sales of more than...

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The Original iPod Turns 15 Years Old

On Sunday, Apple's original iPod celebrated the 15th anniversary of its launch on October 23, 2001. The reveal of the iPod by former Apple CEO Steve Jobs in 2001 was preceded by the usual breadcrumb trail of mystery, rumors, and leaks, with most reports pointing to a new "breakthrough digital device" coming from the company later in the month. Apple even hinted itself that "it's not a Mac."

Some speculation went against rumors that the device would be an MP3 player, even suggesting it could be "something more sophisticated such as a component for a home digital stereo system." Still, most reports pointed toward the impending launch of the "iPod," a device that would allow customers to...

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Apple's iPhone 7 was the top Smartphone in Taiwan f...

It's being reported today that Apple's iPhone 7 was the number one smartphone in Taiwan for the month of September. In total there were ...

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Sunday October 23

Tech Companies like Apple are unlikely to Assist Europe...

Back in August Patently Apple posted a report titled "Germany and France Join the War on Encrypted Apps Demanding Tech Companies Comply with Court Orders." Yesterday we learned by way of a Wall Street Journal report that "Anti-terror prosecutors from four nations on the front line of Europe’s fight against Islamic State made an urgent plea on Friday for new tools that would allow them to crack encrypted devices and communications."

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Saturday October 22

U.S. Government Sues Two Companies for falsely using App...

For a moment I thought I was living the movie Groundhog Day, where I was doomed to report on the same legal case over and over again until it was done right. Last Thursday a new civil action was filed by Edward L. Stanton III, United States Attorney, and Christopher E. Cotten, Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, against two company owners

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New MacBook Pro and 13-Inch 'MacBook' Coming N...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a new research report outlining his expectations for next Thursday's "Hello Again" event where Apple is expected to make a number of Mac-related announcements.

In line with long-standing rumors, Kuo believes the highlight of the event will be a redesigned MacBook Pro in both 13-inch and 15-inch sizes, adopting an OLED touch bar and Touch ID sensor, USB-C, Thunderbolt 3, and the same butterfly keyboard design introduced on the MacBook in 2015. Kuo also adds several new tidbits to the rumor mix:Our new predictions also include: (1) Intel’s (US) Skylake processor; (2) the same panel resolution but better display quality and energy efficiency thanks to an oxide panel; (3) a new option of 2TB SSD storage capacity; (4) adoption of a similar processor as...

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Samsung Offers Note7 Customers the Option to get a Free...

Late yesterday Samsung Electronics announced a new compensation program for those who had purchased a Galaxy Note 7.

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Friday October 21

Apple 'Monitoring' AT&T's Potential T...

Amid rumors suggesting AT&T is considering purchasing Time Warner, the parent company of networks like CNN and HBO, The Wall Street Journal says Apple is keeping a close eye on the situation as it would have a major impact on the television industry and could potentially impact future television deals Apple might make with the two companies.

Apple at one time was reportedly in talks with Time Warner about a potential streaming television deal and has been rumored to have been interested in purchasing Time Warner assets at one time, but negotiations stalled and the two companies are no longer holding talks.

Apple Inc. a few months ago approached Time Warner Inc. about pursuing...

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Foxconn and ARM to Create Chip Design Center in Shenzhen...

Foxconn is Apple's primary device partner who acquired Sharp back in March and is ramping up their OLED capabilities so that they could be an Apple supplier for future OLED displays. Now Foxconn is eyeing Apple's chip business with a deal with ARM to build a chip center ...

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Sonos Speakers Now Available on Apple Online Store Aroun...

Following their addition to Apple.com in the United States last month, Sonos speakers can now be purchased from Apple's website in several other countries.

Sonos Wi-Fi-connected PLAY:1 and PLAY:5 speakers are now available on Apple's online store in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy,...

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Huge Enthusiastic Lines of Apple Fans Showed Up in South...

On Sunday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's iPhone 7 Pre-Orders sold out in Record Time in Korea Friday while Anger over the Note 7's Demise Still Lingers." Like clockwork, the iPhone 7 went on sale officially today in South Korea with huge line-ups.

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AT&T in 'Advanced Talks' to Acquire CNN an...

AT&T is in "advanced talks" to acquire media company Time Warner, and a deal could be finalized as early as this weekend, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Bloomberg on Thursday said senior executives at AT&T and Time Warner met in recent weeks to discuss a possible merger, but it said the talks were informal at that stage.The talks toward what likely would be a cash-and-stock deal have come together quickly, are fluid, and still could fall through, according the people familiar with the matter. An agreement also could be delayed, they said.Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes has previously told investors he would entertain a sale of the media company, but only if it feels the price is right. In 2014, Bewkes and his board...

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Video: Samsung Races to Remove Grand Theft Auto Parody o...

Samsung is racing to block online videos parodying its disastrous exploding Note7 being used as grenades in GTA parody video

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Monday October 24

About the security content of macOS Sierra 10.12.1

This document describes the security content of macOS Sierra 10.12.1.

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About the security content of tvOS 10.0.1

This document describes the security content of tvOS 10.0.1.

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About the security content of Safari 10.0.1

This document describes the security content of Safari 10.0.1.

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About the security content of iOS 10.1

This document describes the security content of iOS 10.1.

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Episode 13 Of The MacAdmins.Org Podcast Now Available

Stoked that we got to interview Michael Lynn (@mikeymikey) for the MacAdmins podcast. It turned out to be a great episode on the future of Mac management and MDM. I’m glad we were able to have him join in! Pepijn and Marcus did a great job as well, so all round, a great episode. Hope you enjoy!

Or find it on the Podcast site at http://podcast.macadmins.org/2016/10/24/episode-13-mdm-me-maybe/

The post Episode 13 Of The MacAdmins.Org Podcast Now Available appeared first on krypted.com.

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New Downloads Now Available

Xcode 8.1 GM seed is now available, and includes Swift 3 and the latest SDKs that you can use to build and test apps for the latest customer releases of iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

  • iOS 10.1 (14B72 | 14B72c)
  • watchOS (14S471)
  • tvOS 10.0.1 (14U71)
  • Xcode 8.1 GM seed (8T61a)

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New Downloads Now Available

Xcode 8.1 GM seed is now available, and includes Swift 3 and the latest SDKs that you can use to build and test apps for the latest customer releases of iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

  • iOS 10.1 (14B72 | 14B72c)
  • watchOS (14S471)
  • tvOS 10.0.1 (14U71)
  • Xcode 8.1 GM seed (8T61a)

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About the security content of watchOS 3.1

This document describes the security content of watchOS 3.1.

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Thursday October 20

Developer Insights Series: Marketing a Game at Launch

WRKSHP shares how it built an audience in the lead-up to the worldwide launch of Battle Camp, and how it attracted hundreds of thousands of players with limited marketing resources. Learn more.

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Developer Insights Series: Marketing a Game at Launch

WRKSHP shares how it built an audience in the lead-up to the worldwide launch of Battle Camp, and how it attracted hundreds of thousands of players with limited marketing resources. Learn more.

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tvOS 10.0.1 beta 4 (14U71) Now Available

tvOS 10.0.1 beta 4 (14U71) Now Available

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tvOS 10.0.1 beta 4 (14U71) Now Available

tvOS 10.0.1 beta 4 (14U71) Now Available

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6 ways to make virtual meetings more efficient

When was the last time you had an in-person meeting? Let’s face it: today’s work rendezvous are becoming increasingly more electronic. While online or virtual meetings can be convenient, they also detract from participant accountability by providing more room to lose people’s attention. When people are distracted, meetings lose focus and require more time for repetition.

To keep your meetings—and your schedule—on track, consider these six tips and transform your routine.

  1. Agenda action—Whether your meeting participants are located across the building or the world, it’s important to get everyone on the same page. While formal agendas may not be as in vogue as they once were, reinstate the practice. Include the meeting’s topics in the body of your calendar invite or email out a document 24-48 hours before the designated time. This will provide...
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4 ways OneDrive can help you eliminate the version...

Successfully working on a team requires seamless collaboration—no matter where you are. You need to communicate effectively with all your team members and keep everyone on the same page. This can get chaotic during busy workdays, even for the most organized employees. The rise of remote workers has presented even more challenges for the modern-day workforce.

Businesses rely heavily on digital communication to collaborate beyond office walls, which poses new challenges for your team—especially without the right technical infrastructure in place. For smoother workflows across your company, it’s important to keep collaboration tight and file versioning to a minimum. Is your team experiencing any of the following versioning woes?

The version control problem

How many times have you seen files going from “v1_draft” to “v1_update” to “v2” to “final_FINAL.” Passing documents around to collect with everyone’s latest notes is sure to cause versioning anxiety. Even the...

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macOS Server 5.2 Guide

The macOS Server5.2 Guide is basically complete. There are a number of services in the server, each explored here: http://krypted.com/guides/os-x-server-5-2-sierra/. Good luck out there!

The post macOS Server 5.2 Guide appeared first on krypted.com.

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Wednesday October 19

macOS Sierra 10.12.1 beta 5 (16B2553a) Now Available

macOS Sierra 10.12.1 beta 5 (16B2553a) Now Available

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iOS 10.1 beta 5 (14B72c) Now Available

iOS 10.1 beta 5 (14B72c) Now Available

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macOS Sierra 10.12.1 beta 5 (16B2553a) Now Available

macOS Sierra 10.12.1 beta 5 (16B2553a) Now Available

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iOS 10.1 beta 5 (14B72c) Now Available

iOS 10.1 beta 5 (14B72c) Now Available

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One-stop shop for enterprise/IT pro content about...

Are you in charge of getting your enterprise organization onto Office 365? We have the information you need to plan, deploy and manage Office 365 and hybrid environments. Find content about core Office 365, Office client deployment and Office 365 services (including Exchange Online, Skype for Business Online, SharePoint Online and more) all in one place at aka.ms/O365ITPro.

We consolidate trusted, authoritative content from multiple Microsoft content sources into one convenient experience so that you can browse to the information you need:

  • Learn what’s included in Office 365 by reviewing the service descriptions.
  • Discover the types of scenarios you can support with Office 365 and hybrid environments versus on-premises server environments, and what else you can do if you integrate with Microsoft Azure.
  • View cloud architecture resources for identity, security, storage and networking and use...
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Guide to inbox management

With hundreds (or thousands) of messages coming and going from your inbox each month, it can quickly get unruly. Outlook helps you take control and stay on top of what’s important. Here are seven Outlook tips and tools to help you overcome business email overload.

Focused Inbox

Your inbox should be your command center—helping you plan your day by staying on top of what matters. That’s why our Outlook team spends so much of their time improving your email experience. One of Outlook’s newest features, Focused Inbox, helps you focus on the emails most important to you. This feature separates your email into two tabs: Focused and Other—determined by an email’s content and the contacts you communicate with most. That way, all your less important emails are saved but out of the way, enabling you to focus on what’s most important first. To fine-tune...

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Accessibility in the classroom—tools that impact my...

Today’s post was written by Robin Lowell, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, special education, science and mathematics teacher, as well as teacher of blind and visually impaired students.

Creating a collaborative, inclusive classroom has many moving parts and pieces—and finding the right balance can be challenging. As a special education teacher, I am constantly on the hunt for technology and tools that give students with disabilities an environment that is personalized, differentiated and yet as close to their peers’ experience as possible. I have been an itinerant teacher, a distance education math teacher at a residential school and currently a resource room teacher—without the resource room. One goal of an inclusive classroom is to have all students working and collaborating throughout the day as much as possible, which takes planning, tools and creativity. When I work with my students and determine how to meet their needs, I think a lot about their...

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Note: The direct download link is currently unavailable. It is available in the OS X 10.11.6 release, as well as in the Apple Security Updates. Apple Safari is Apple's web browser that comes with OS... Read more
Apple macOS Sierra 10.12.1 - The latest...
With Apple macOS Sierra, Siri makes its debut on Mac, with new features designed just for the desktop. Your Mac works with iCloud and your Apple devices in smart new ways, and intelligent... Read more
Apple iOS 10.1 - The latest version of A...
iOS 10 is the biggest release of iOS ever. A massive update to Messages brings the power of the App Store to your conversations and makes messaging more personal than ever. Find your route with... Read more
Hazel 4.0.7 - Create rules for organizin...
Hazel is your personal housekeeper, organizing and cleaning folders based on rules you define. Hazel can also manage your trash and uninstall your applications. Organize your files using a familiar... Read more
Opera 40.0.2308.90 - High-performance We...
Opera is a fast and secure browser trusted by millions of users. With the intuitive interface, Speed Dial and visual bookmarks for organizing favorite sites, news feature with fresh, relevant content... Read more
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BetterTouchTool adds many new, fully customizable gestures to the Magic Mouse, Multi-Touch MacBook trackpad, and Magic Trackpad. These gestures are customizable: Magic Mouse: Pinch in / out (zoom... Read more
Backblaze - Online backup serv...
Backblaze is an online backup service designed from the ground-up for the Mac. With unlimited storage available for $5 per month, as well as a free 15-day trial, peace of mind is within reach with... Read more
Postbox 5.0.5 - Powerful and flexible em...
Postbox is a new email application that helps you organize your work life and get stuff done. It has all the elegance and simplicity of Apple Mail, but with more power and flexibility to manage even... Read more
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Coda is a powerful Web editor that puts everything in one place. An editor. Terminal. CSS. Files. With Coda 2, we went beyond expectations. With loads of new, much-requested features, a few surprises... Read more
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Roxio Toast 15 Titanium, the leading DVD burner for Mac, makes burning even better, adding Roxio Secure Burn to protect your files on disc and USB in Mac- or Windows-compatible formats. Get more... Read more

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12-inch Retina MacBooks on sale for $100 off...
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