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Feb 24
AppCrypt for macOS upgraded to version 3.5.0

Cisdem has updated AppCrypt for Mac, an app that gives users the ability to password protect their apps, to version 3.5.0.

It can password protect iPhoto, iTunes, Contacts, Facebook or any other applications on your Mac. To use it, you set a password and add the apps to the lock list. No one can access the protected apps unless they have the correct password. Version 3.5.0 adds a new function for blocking websites and customizing shortcuts

AppCrypt is available now at the Cisdem website (www.cisdem.com). A single license of AppCrypt costs $24.99. A license for two Macs costs $39.99 and one for five is $59.99. A demo is available for download.

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Feb 24
MacMate revs Web Builder to version 3.1

MacMate (http://macmate.me) has launched Web Builder 3.1, an update of its macOS-compatible online app for creating websites. Users can now choose from a selection of over 3000 theme and palette combinations and add features like maps, contact forms and even a shop module with just a few clicks and no extra charges.

MacMate costs $5.99 per month. A demo is available for download.

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Feb 23
iTunes Remote app adds support for two-factor authentication

Apple has updated the iTunes Remote app for iPhones and iPads with support for two-factor authentication when signing in for Home Sharing. It’s a free app available at the Apple App Store.

iTunes Remote lets you control iTunes from anywhere in your home. With it you can use your iOS device to connect to iTunes on your Mac or PC as if you’re in front of your computer.

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Feb 23
Silicon Studio releases the Xenko Game Engine

Silicon Studio Corporation has announced the commercial release of its Xenko game engine (http://xenko.com), an open source engine designed for development teams of all size, from indies working on mobile games to full studios working on AAA virtual reality titles. The engine will be on display at GDC 2017 in Silicon Studio’s booth #624, and available for purchase April 2017.

Xenko was created and refined by a group of international developers working under the oversight of the Japanese studio known to game creators for its industry-standard middleware, and to gaming fans for development of the 3DS Bravely Default RPG series for Square Enix Co., said Terada Takehiko, CEO of Silicon Studio. While the engine is accessible to users of all skill levels, it’s created by developers for developers, he added.

Xenko supports the latest C#. Along with a development streamlining scene editor, a built-in prefab system and...

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Feb 23
B-Eng gives away free Password Manager tool for Mac

B-Eng has introduced Password Manager, a free new password managing tool for macOS. It lets your organize passwords in groups with individual lists for each group, the creation of templates for both groups and entries and protection with either master password or fingerprint for Macs that support Touch ID.

Password Manager supports multi users, and lists can be exported and imported as xml-files. It also includes a customizable password generator and strong encryption. Password Manager for Mac is available on the homepage of B-Eng (http://tinyurl.com/hn3ejrg)after registering with a user name and a valid e-mail.

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Feb 23
Comm-Unity releases CNS Barcode 2.1

CNS Plug-ins presents a new version of CNS Barcode that includes five new barcode formats that can be generated, as well as 15 new or updated file functions.

The plug-in also includes CNS Core updates like FileMaker 15 support and better thread safety, especially under FileMaker Server. CNS Barcode version 2.1 is available immediately (http://tinyurl.com/hbu642h) for both macOS and Windows.

If you purchased CNS Barcode any time after Feb. 22, 2016, you can install this latest version free of charge. If you purchased CNS Barcode any time between Feb. 22, 2015 and Feb. 21, 2016, you can renew your license for 50% off the current price. If you purchased CNS Barcode any time before Feb. 22, 2015, you can renew your license for 25% off the current price.

For new users, CNS Barcode prices range from a single-user license for $85 to a world license for $1,425 (which includes a free Server...

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Feb 22
IOGEAR launches portable USB-C Dual DisplayPort Monitor Dock

IOGEAR (www.iogear.com) has launched the $99.95 USB-C Dual DisplayPort Monitor Portable Dock, which enables users to connect two DisplayPort monitors to a USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 laptop such as the 2016 MacBook Pros and MacBooks to create a dual-monitor workstation.

The plug-and-play dock connects to the USB-C port on a laptop to extend the desktop to a single 4K monitor or dual HD monitors. It’s bus-powered and features a wrap-around cable organizer for portability.

The USB-C Dual DisplayPort Monitor Portable Dock has two DisplayPort outputs to create a dual-monitor workstation. One is a USB type-A port for connecting additional peripherals such as keyboards, mice, hard drives or printers. You can also extend a MacBook or USB-C Apple laptop to one additional monitor. The USB-C Dual DisplayPort Monitor Portable Dock supports one 4K Ultra HD monitor or dual HD video monitors at full 1080p HD quality.

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Feb 22
Jumsoft introduces the Social Media Lab

Jumsoft (http://www.jumsoft.com) has introduced Social Media Lab 1.0, its new template app for Apple’s Pages app. It offers items in four major categories.

Each category is a collection of both brand new and time-tested designs, spanning across many different styles and themes. This collection is optimized for the most popular social platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and some of the most popular blogging services.

Social Media Lab requires macOS 10.11 or later. It costs $19.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category

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Feb 22
Synology releases DSM 6.1

Synology (www.synology.com) has released DiskStation Manager (DSM) 6.1 and comprehensive packages, delivering a “more secure, productive, and unified NAS experience.”


The DSM update delivers better IT efficiency with Active Directory Server, enhances performance with instant SMB server-side copy, ensures reliability with file self-healing, provides stability and security enhancements, and more. Key features of version 6.1 include: a next generation file system; active directory server, shared folder encryption, integration with Seagate’s IronWolf Health Management tool, universal search, the ability to back up files to or from a Synology NAS by simply plugging in a USB storage device, and more.

Synology DSM 6.1 is available for users who own a DiskStation, RackStation, FlashStation, or Embedded DataStation 11-series and onward.

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Feb 22
SecuritySpy for macOS adds new PTZ controls, more

Ben Software has rolled out SecuritySpy 4.1, an update to the multi-camera CCTV software for the Mac.

With features such as motion detection, flexible video/audio capture, and remote monitoring and configuration, SecuritySpy is designed for demanding video surveillance applications. The new version — a free upgrade for 4.x license holders — provides new, joystick-like PTZ controls, a new email relay service, UPnP support for automatic router configuration, higher-resolution thumbnails for captured footage, improved ONVIF auto-discovery, and more.

Pricing depends on the number of cameras used, ranging from approximately $42 for the single-camera version to $90 for the unlimited-camera version. SecuritySpy supports macOS 10.5 or higher. A 30-day fully-featured trial of SecuritySpy is available for download (www.bensoftware.com).

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Feb 22
Apple Park to open in April

Apple says that Apple Park, the company’s new 175-acre campus, will be ready for employees to begin occupying in April. The process of moving more than 12,000 people will take over six months, and construction of the buildings and parklands is scheduled to continue through the summer.

Envisioned by Steve Jobs as a center for creativity and collaboration, Apple Park is transforming miles of asphalt sprawl into a haven of green space in the heart of the Santa Clara Valley, according to CEO Tim Cook. The campus’ ring-shaped, 2.8 million-square-foot main building is clad entirely in the world’s largest panels of curved glass.

Jobs would have turned 62 this Friday, Feb. 24. To honor his memory and his enduring influence on Apple and the world, the theater at Apple Park will be named the Steve Jobs Theater. Opening later this year, the entrance to the 1,000-seat auditorium is a 20-foot-tall glass cylinder, 165 feet in diameter, supporting a metallic carbon-fiber roof. The...

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Feb 21
Apple releases Logic Pro X 10.3.1

Apple has updated Logic Pro X — its macOS software for professional songwriting, editing, and mixing — to version 10.3.1. According to Apple, the upgrade:

° Addresses issues that could cause regions to behave unexpectedly while moving them;

° Resolves an issue where regions on inactive Track Alternatives could get deleted;

° Global edits that cut or insert time are now also applied to inactive Track Alternatives;

° Projects using sample rates other than 44.1kHz can now be shared to GarageBand for iOS.
The update for current Logic Pro X users is free and available now through the Mac App Store. For new users the software costs $199.99. It requires macOS 10.11 or later.

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Feb 21
CS Odessa announces Crow’s Foot Notation addition

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced the Crow’s Foot Notation Solution for ConceptDraw Pro 11. The new addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park is a free item for current users of ConceptDraw Pro, and is available immediately.

The entity-relationship model is comprised of a number of 2D representational shapes and some visual conventions to describe data and data structures. CS Odessa has released a free Crow's Foot Notation library and samples that are available for use with ConceptDraw PRO v11. This new Crow's Foot Notation solution can be downloaded from Solution Park located on the ConceptDraw web site. The Crow's Foot notation is widely used in software engineering and database design. With its help, it is easy to create clear and accurate ER diagrams with large number of attributes

ConceptDraw Pro 11 is compatible with macOS and Microsoft Windows. It retails for $199. It’s also included...

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Feb 21
Command-Tab-Plus for macOS gets redesigned interface

Note-Ify Apps has revved Command-Tab Plus (http://commandtab.noteifyapp.com), an alternative for the Mac's built-in Command-Tab app switcher, to version 1.1.0.

With Command-Tab Plus, you use icon numbers to quickly select and switch between apps. To do that, use a shortcut to open the switch window and simply press the app number on the keyboard. Version 1.1.0 features a redesigned interface with improvements to keyboard shortcuts for fast switching, and adds the capability to instantly switch between windows of the selected app.

Command-Tab Plus requires macOS 10.9 or later. It’s free to download and install and is fully-functional for seven days. After this, it remains fully-functional but will occasionally ask you to register. Users can take advantage of an introductory registration price of $7.95 through the end of February Upon registration, Command-Tab Plus will no longer ask...

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Feb 21
ChronoSync Express for macOS gets stability improvements

Econ Technologies (www.econtechnologies.com) has updated ChronoSync Express to version 1.0.6. It's the entry-level version of ChronoSync, the complete synchronization and backup utility for macOS.

ChronoSync Express can synchronize or backup to almost anything you can connect to your Mac, including folders on your Mac, other Macs, PC's, and external drives. With ChronoSync Express you can schedule or manually run your syncs or backups, even run trial synchronizations to see what will happen before it happens. ChronoSync Express costs $24.99 and is available exclusively at the Mac App Store. Version 1.0.6 offers stability improvements, including a fix for sending email notifications through Office365 mail servers and more.

The standard version of ChronoSync is $49.99. ChronoSync Express, just like ChronoSync, is fully compatible with ChronoAgent, which gives full access to all files and...

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Feb 20
Apple releases new iOS, macOS, tvOS, watchOS developer betas

Apple has released three new developer betas of iOS 10.3, macOS Sierra 10.12.4, tvOS 10.2, and watchOS 3.2. Developers can download the beta through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the App Store.

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Feb 20
QuickerTek announces Time Capsule performance upgrade

QuickerTek (www.quickertek.com) has announced a new 5TB hard drive upgrade for the Apple AirPort Time Capsule. It also features six external antennas.

Designed as a central backup solution for all of the Mac computers in your home or office, the addition of the 5TB hard drive adds a boost in storage capabilities for those in need of more than the 2TB or 3TB storage offered with the unit alone. To complete this upgrade, QuickerTek first opens the chasis and removes the existing hard drive. Once this is done, the 5TB hard drive is slid into the empty space and plugged into the internal board.

The antenna upgrade not only offers dual-band 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz Wi-Fi, it also triples the range of the Time Capsule. The improved wireless power allows users the ability to arrange and use their Apple wireless anywhere they choose by providing a wider range and blasting through common line of sight objects.

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Feb 20
Graphic Node launches Universal Kit Mill apps

Graphic Node (http://graphicnode.com/) has introduced Universal Kit Mill for macOS. It’s three separate applications, each specifically designed for Apple's productivity app, as well as Adobe Photoshop and Pixelmator.

Universal Kit Mill provides over 100 templates and textures for creating banners, headers, infographics, and social media items. The collection aims to help Mac users produce modern and polished content without the help of hired designers, says Zivile Unguvaityte, CEO of Graphic Node.

Universal Kit Mill 1.0 requires macOS 10.10 or later and costs $14.99. It’s available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

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Feb 20
Hyperbolic Software releases DupeZap 4 for macOS

Hyperbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com/) has released DupeZap 4.0, an update of their duplicate finder for macOS. The utility was written specifically to reclaim disk space being taken up by duplicate files and packages.

DupeZap also offers the capability to scan the databases of popular Apple apps such as Photos and iTunes. Version 4.0.0 is completely rewritten.

DupeZap 4.0 requires macOS 10.11 or higher. For a limited time, it can be purchased for $4.99 instead of the regular price of $19.99. It’s available at the Mac App Store.

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Feb 20
Deliver Express now supports FTP-SSL for secure file transfers

Zevrix Solutions has announced Deliver Express 2.6, a feature update to the company's file transfer app that sends files automatically from watched hot folders with email notifications.

Deliver Express can serve unlimited users on a network and supports FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV, Google Storage and other remote and local services. The new version introduces support for FTP over SSL (FTPS) connection for secure encrypted file transfers to FTP servers.

Deliver Express can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com). The license prices are based on the maximum number of allowed destinations and range from $29.95 to $299.95. The 2.6 update is free for licensed users. A demo is available for download. Deliver Express requires macOS 10.5 or higher.

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Feb 24
Nearly 1/3 of consumers don’t know they use the cloud

There is confusion over what qualifies as “the cloud,” according to a new consumer survey. Despite marking that they use at least one of several popular cloud-based applications, such as Google Drive, Dropbox or Microsoft OneDrive, over 30% of consumers subsequently responded that they do not use or access information in the cloud.

Clutch (https://clutch.co/uk/seo-firms), a B2B [business-to-business] ratings and reviews firm, designed the survey to gauge consumers' knowledge and habits regarding cloud usage. When it comes to understanding which applications are part of the cloud, experts say that the confusion is understandable.

"From private cloud, managed private cloud, to in-house and public cloud, there are many different technologies which can be referred to as cloud, but are very general," said Alexander Martin-Bale, director of Cloud and Data Platforms at adaware, an anti-...

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Feb 24
Recruiting and retaining women in tech

Technical recruiter Speak With A Geek (SWAG) is using its voice in the industry to raise awareness about the unique challenges faced by women in technology. The Bay Area agency hopes to educate and provide a deeper analysis into the topic of a lack of female representation in technology.
 
“Beginning almost at birth, girls receive subtle messaging that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are for not for them. Everything from gendered toys, stereotypical advertisements, and even the subtle suggestions by parents and teachers can steer girls in directions outside of STEM subjects,” said Sarah Noyes, director of Diversity & Inclusion at SWAG.
 
On average, only 18% of computer science degree holders are women. Recent studies by U.S. researchers analyzed nearly 1.4 million Github users and found that code change suggestions made by women are more likely to be accepted on the open-source code sharing platform than those made by men, but only if...

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Feb 23
WWDC creator calls for decentralization, encryption

When the World Wide Web was created in 1989 by Tim Berners-Lee, its purpose was for the web technology to be available to everyone, always, without any patents or royalties. Recently, as the Internet becomes more and more centralized, the creator of the Internet and other people at its heart start calling for a revolution in order to rethink the way that Internet works.
 
A lot has happened in the years of Internet’s existence, but the pattern is clear: the tool that was meant to bring profound advance for liberty is too often used by governments and corporations as a means of control. Russia and UK, for example, have passed new intrusive surveillance laws, and China and Vietnam block major websites from their citizens; users are being tracked by corporations and advertisers, and their data is being sold to third parties; Internet giants like Google and Facebook yield big power over the data of all the global Internet users.
 
Tim Berners-Lee publically...

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Feb 22
Smart one automation, monitoring devices to excel 770...

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) forecasts that smart home automation and monitoring devices will grow to over 770 million globally by 2021, representing an eleven-fold rise from just 68 million estimated in 2016.

The new research found that increasing adoption of platform evangelism and openness to partnerships is boosting third party development of devices, especially in developed markets. North America, Far East & China and West Europe will account for almost 75% of all households adopting the technology in 2021.

Juniper Research found that home automation hardware sales are rapidly outstripping subscription services, such as AT&T’s Digital Life offering. The research group forecasts that while homes adopting this payment model will increase, a one-off purchase model will see faster growth over the next five years. It found that revenues from hardware...

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Feb 22
Smart glasses predicted to resurge over the next five...

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has identified smart glasses as the highest growth sector of the consumer wearables segment over the next five years, reaching 11% of the overall wearables market by 2021. Revenues are forecast to grow from $327m this year, to $9bn in 2021 as the new generation of smart glasses emerges.

The new research also found that the dominant wearables categories of smartwatches and fitness wearables, have begun to slow. They will claim just over 50% of wearables revenue by 2021, compared to an expected 75% this year, according to Juniper.

In contrast, more ambitious wearable devices, which require new modes of interaction, will bring more and better devices to consumers in the near future, notes the research group. Smart glasses are being repositioned away from their technological roots to appear more like conventional glasses; new products...

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Feb 21
Public cloud services spending to reach $122.5 billion...

A new from IDC (www.idc.com) shows that worldwide spending on public cloud services and infrastructure will reach $122.5 billion in 2017, an increase of 24.4% over 2016.

Over the 2015-2020 forecast period, overall public cloud spending will experience a 21.5% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) – nearly seven times the rate of overall IT spending growth, according to the research group. By 2020, IDC forecasts public cloud spending will reach $203.4 billion worldwide.

Software as a Service (SaaS) will remain the dominant cloud computing type, capturing nearly two thirds of all public cloud spending in 2017 and roughly 60% in 2020. SaaS spending, which is comprised of applications and system infrastructure software (SIS), will in turn be dominated by applications purchases, which will make up more than half of all public cloud spending throughout the forecast period. However, spending on Infrastructure as a Service (...

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Feb 21
Business intelligence, analytics market to reach $18.3...

Global revenue in the business intelligence (BI) and analytics software market is forecast to reach $18.3 billion in 2017, an increase of 7.3% from 2016, according to the latest forecast from Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com) By the end of 2020, the market is forecast to grow to $22.8 billion.

According to the research group, modern BI and analytics continues to expand more rapidly than the overall market, which is offsetting declines in traditional BI spending. The modern BI and analytics platform emerged in the last few years to meet new organizational requirements for accessibility, agility and deeper analytical insight, shifting the market from IT-led, system-of-record reporting to business-led, agile analytics including self-service.

The modern BI and analytics market is expected to decelerate, however, from 63.6% growth in 2015 to a projected 19 % by 2020. Gartner believes this reflects data and...

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Feb 21
Small, medium enterprises optimistic about business...

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the U.S. and worldwide are optimistic about the economy and confident about their future business performance, according to the inaugural American Express Global SME Pulse (business.americanexpress.com).

The new survey of senior executives and decision makers from SMEs across 15 countries reveals these businesses in the U.S. are even more optimistic about the global economy than their foreign counterparts. More than half of U.S. executives (54%, vs. 39% overall) are positive about the global economic outlook over the next 12 months. When asked to consider the local economic environment, they are even more upbeat, as nearly six in ten are positive (59% vs. 45% overall).

Executives are also confident in their ability to deliver increased revenues and profitability. More than two -thirds of the U.S. SMEs surveyed (69%, vs. 58% overall) expect significant revenue growth of at least 4 percent over the next 12 months. Forty two...

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Feb 20
Enterprise wearable market to reach $22.3 billion by...

The global enterprise wearable market is expected to reach $22.3 billion by 2025, according to a new study conducted by Grand View Research (www.grandviewresearch.com)

The high demand for enterprise wearable devices in the Asia Pacific region is anticipated to drive the industry growth over the next decade, says the research group. The aging population and rising chronic diseases, such as coronary heart diseases and diabetes, in countries such as China, India, and Japan would drive the demand for wearable technology in the region.

Grand View Research says industry players are investing significantly in research and development activities for product innovation, thus catering to the specific needs of the enterprise industry. They’re using strategies such as acquisition, partnerships, and collaborations to maintain market competencies, adds the research group.
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Feb 17
U.S. blasted by 2.3 billion robocalls in January

American consumers and business owners were blasted by an estimated 2.3 billion robocalls in January, a 3% decrease over the total calls received in December but a slight increase over the same month last year. These estimates are based on the YouMail Robocall Index (https://robocallindex.com), a guide that compiles the scope and location of the worst robocalling hotspots across the country by area code.

January marked the fifth straight month that the nation's robocall volume has fallen slightly month-over-month. The country's monthly robocalling total has dropped by 14.4% over the past half-year since August 2016 – a potential sign that the robocalling trend may be stabilizing due to a growing consumer backlash and the adoption of more robo-blocking services.

YouMail provides iPhone and Android apps that serve as an automated virtual assistant to replace the mobile voicemail service of its...

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Reviews and Kool Tools

IK Multimedia’s (www.ikmultimedia.com) iRig Recorder 3 is a new version of the audio recording app that now supports video recording plus includes a wider collection of pro audio effects, expanded sharing capabilities... Read more »
Amped Wireless’ HELIOS-EX is its first tri-band Wi-Fi range extender. Winner of a CES Innovations Award, the HELIOS-EX High Power AC2200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender is compatible with any router and can increase... Read more »
Link Corporation’s $199.99 Omna 180 Cam HD (http://us.dlink.com/home-solutions/omna/) is the first in D-Link's Omna family of HomeKit enabled devices and provides an easy way for users to monitor their homes. Omna’s... Read more »
QNAP’s (www.qnap.com) TS-431X NAS is a new dual-core business NAS supporting four drives, one built-in 10GbE SFP+ port, and hardware-accelerated encryption. Along with its application-aware design and abundant... Read more »

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Sunday February 26

08:43
The Travel Series: Backing up data when you're...

Apple World Today editor Steve Sande is on a fun vacation trip, so he’ll be providing readers with a lot of helpful tips over the next few weeks that can help them use their tech gear confidently and safely anywhere. 

The previous posts in this series include: 

Voice and Data Around The World

Packing Your Tech

Apps to Load Before You Leave

Today's been a beautiful day at sea, with...

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07:47
How do I choose a UPS? – Mac Geek Gab 646

Spring is almost here for the northern hemisphere, and that means it’s almost lightning season. It’s time to talk UPS’s and battery backups. Listen as John and Dave talk through all the permutations you’ll need to know to choose the right UPS for your setup. On top of that, a few things in Cool Stuff Found, solving mailbox syncing problems, and a deep discussion about how to rip movies and then to get them onto your iPhone or iPad!


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07:45
The new Moto G5s trade fun colors for mature looks

When Lenovo/Motorola first revealed with 4th-generation Moto G and Moto G Plus last year, it did so at a surprisingly secretive launch event in India. That was probably just as well: they were perfectly decent mid-range phones that didn't seem to exc...

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07:45
DJI's Matrice 200 UAV line is built for work

Until now, consumer drones have been primarily marketed towards hobbyists and filmmakers. At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Sunday, DJI revealed their latest drone line, the Matrice 200. These sensor-laden quadcopters are designed with commerc...

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07:30
Withings' wearables will adopt the Nokia name...

So long, Withings. The health and fitness brand will be retired this summer as the team adopts the name of its new owner: Nokia. The company's smart(ish) watches, scales and home security cameras will still be around -- they'll simply have Nokia, rat...

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07:00
Watch BlackBerry's KEYone event in under 5...

Last night here in Barcelona, BlackBerry announced all of the details about its KEYone handset at an hour-long event. Since you likely don't want to spend around 60 minutes rehashing the important info about the device, we've done the hard work for y...

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06:50
Huawei's P10 wraps familiar performance in...

When it comes to hardware launches, subtlety isn't exactly Huawei's strong suit. It's no secret the company would unveil its new P10 smartphone today, so now there's only one question left to tackle: how is the thing? Well, even in our brief time wit...

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06:00
HP's Pro x2 hybrid comes with a Wacom pen,...

Microsoft's Surface Pro was arguably the first tablet that could do serious work rather than just web-browsing, so HP ran with that idea for its original Pro x2 612 laptop back in 2014. With its latest model, the Pro x2 612 G2 (yes, that's a terrible...

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05:41
Huawei reveals the Watch 2 at MWC 2017

It was almost two years ago to date that Huawei unveiled the "Watch," the company's first Android Wear device. Today, at MWC in Barcelona, Huawei has just announced its successor, the imaginatively-titled Watch 2. Perhaps the first notable difference...

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05:18
Huawei unveils its Leica-branded P10 and P10 Plus...

Huawei made a valiant effort with the P9, even if its Leica hype didn't quite deliver. At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the company has unveiled its successor, the P10, with another dual-camera system endorsed by the 'red dot' company. It's a r...

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04:00
Google Assistant comes to recent Android phones

Yes, the leaks were true: you no longer have to buy a Pixel (or launch Allo) if you want official support for Google Assistant on your Android phone. As of this week, the AI helper will start rolling out to Android phones running Marshmallow or Nouga...

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04:00
LG G6 ditches modularity in favor of essentials

LG's handful of recent teasers for its new G6 flagship left us wondering if there'd be any surprises left for us at its launch event today. Back in early January, the company was rather frank about moving away from the G5's modular design due to a la...

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03:27
BBEdit 11.6.4

Fixes a number of bugs in the venerable text editor ($49.99 new, free update, 14.1 MB)

 

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03:16
LG's G6 is official

The LG G6 is official, but it's not much of a surprise. We already knew that the G5's modular capabilities were out, in favor of a more traditional aluminium and Gorilla Glass shell. We also knew that the phone would have an unusual 18:9 display, and...

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02:45
Live from LG's G6 Day at Mobile World Congress!

The time has come. The LG G6 hasn't exactly been a well-kept secret, but we're poised to finally meet the company's new handset in Barcelona. Keep you browser locked here for all the news as it happens via our MWC 2017 liveblog. Heck, we may even be...

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Saturday February 25

23:00
Get your LG MWC 2017 liveblog here

Coming to you live from Barcelona, we're delivering coverage of the LG MWC 2017 press event. Keep it locked here for all the news as it's announced at 12:00PM CET (6:00AM ET). We're expecting to finally meet the much-teased G6 in an official capacity...

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22:27
Editorial: The future of Steve Jobs' iPad...




In 2010, Steve Jobs introduced the first iPad as a new product category between the smartphone and notebook. It ended up dramatically shifting demand in the PC industry, but sales have since plateaued. Here's what Apple can do, has done and is doing to build iPad into the Post-PC future of computing.

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22:15
Get Free Bitcoins from 11 Faucets That (Still) Pay

We’ve upgraded our Bitcoin Faucet Guide with 11 faucets that still pay out. Bryan Chaffin explains how they work and shows you which faucets you can trust to pay when they say they will. [Updated with a new faucet I’m testing]


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21:32
Review: eero Wi-Fi is a solid option for Apple'...




With the rumor that Apple is discontinuing Airport and Time Machine Wi-Fi products, it leaves some users looking for new solutions. One new option might be Eero, one of the latest entrants in the field.

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21:19
Lowest price anywhere! Space Gray 15" MacBook...




Shoppers this week can exclusively save $350 on Apple's upgraded Late 2016 15" Touch Bar MacBook Pro in Space Gray with Radeon 455 graphics and no tax collected outside NY and NJ. Apple's 13" MacBook Pro is also $1,329 ($170 off) with our exclusive coupon.

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20:58
Augmented reality may save you from road rage

When you're driving, it's all too easy to rage at fellow motorists who are either in a hurry or taking their sweet time. After all, you don't know the context. Are they in a real predicament, or just careless? If TUe researchers have their way, th...

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20:28
Tinderbox 7.0

Major new release for the personal content assistant adds a number of new features. ($249 new, free update, 30.3 MB)

 

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Sunday February 26

06:05
Google Assistant will be Available to Millions of Englis...

As the biggest smartphone show on earth gets set to open this week, the Mobile World Congress, companies like Samsung, Google and others are trying to get ahead of the news cycle. The first news to come out of Barcelona this morning is that the Google Assistant that was restricted to Google's own Pixel smartphone at Christmas will now be made available to many other Android partner brands starting this week.

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Saturday February 25

08:47
Who could be the 'Dark Horse' in Future Tablet...

At times I've mistakenly thought of Amazon as being kind of one dimensional. Yes, they're the number one online shopping powerhouse and they dabble in other markets. Then Amazon did what Apple talked about forever and disappointingly never delivered. Amazon makes original TV shows and great ones at that winning awards. It now appears that Amazon is stepping up their game with a more advanced tablet that could get in Apple's face.

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Friday February 24

13:35
Apple Says Third-Party iPhone Screen Repairs No Longer F...

iPhones that have undergone any third-party screen repair now qualify for warranty coverage, as long as the issue being fixed does not relate to the display itself, according to an internal memo distributed by Apple today. MacRumors confirmed the memo's authenticity with multiple sources.

Previously, an iPhone with a third-party display was not eligible for any authorized repairs under warranty.

When a customer with an iPhone that has a third-party display seeks a repair for a non-display issue, Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers have been advised to inspect the device for any fraud or tampering, and then swap out the device or replace the broken part based on Apple's in-warranty pricing.

iPhones with third-party displays must still be within their warranty coverage period, whether it be Apple's standard 1-year manufacturer's warranty or extended...

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08:32
While Microsoft Reveals new Productivity Features for Fu...

Apple is planning to introduce their new iPad line-up in the first half of the year and Samsung introduces their next tablet lineup on Sunday. While we don't know when Microsoft will refresh their Surface tablet line-up, we were able to discover a newly published patent yesterday that reveals some new Surface product ideas in the pipeline.

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07:41
Apple Extended its MacBook Pro Anti-Reflective Coating R...

If you purchased a 12-inch MacBook or MacBook Pro with Retina display and have experienced issues with the anti-reflective coating wearing off or delaminating, Apple will repair the notebook free of charge.

Apple will replace Retina displays on eligible models purchased as far back as June 2012 until October 16, 2017, or within three years of the original date of purchase, whichever is longer. The program was extended to provide affected customers with a longer window of time to get their notebook serviced.

The program has not been publicly announced, but Apple confirmed to MacRumors that repairs continue to be handled internally through AppleCare. Apple does not plan to announce the program publicly at this time, unlike its...

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04:56
Steve Jobs Would Have Been 62 Today While MacRumors Turn...

Steve Jobs, born on February 24, 1955, would have celebrated his 62nd birthday today. The late Apple co-founder, who passed away on October 5, 2011 following a lengthy battle with cancer, is remembered not only as a visionary and marketing genius, but also as a friend, father, and husband.

Jobs, who co-founded Apple in 1976 with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne, introduced three of Apple's most iconic products in its history: the Macintosh in 1984, and after a twelve-year absence from the company, the iPod in 2001 and iPhone in 2007. His iconic career had its fair share of highs and lows.

In 1985, following a power struggle with then-CEO John Sculley, Jobs resigned from Apple. He went on to found NeXT later that year, and while its hardware...

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Thursday February 23

21:26
10.5-Inch and 12.9-Inch iPads May Not Ship Until May or...

The 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPads that Apple is expected to debut at a March event aren't expected to ship until May or June, supply chain sources tell DigiTimes. An entry-level 9.7-inch iPad, however, is expected to ship within close proximity of the March event.

In January, DigiTimes reported that the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPads were expected to enter mass production in the Q2 of 2017 while the 9.7-inch iPad would enter mass production in Q1 2017. The potential release dates partly line up with a recent report from Mac Otakara, which said the 10.5-inch iPad may not be ready to ship until May. However, that report said the three other iPad models rumored to debut at the March event, new 7.9-inch, 9.7-inch and 12.9...

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17:53
Apple Supplier Announces 5nm Processors Scheduled for 20...

TSMC's Co-Chief Executive Mark Liu stated earlier today that they will begin producing cutting-edge 5-nanometer chips in small quantities in the first half of 2019.

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17:04
Apple Invents an Infrared Reflective Layer for Apple Dev...

Earlier this month Patently Apple posted a report titled "Cool: Apple Invents a Dual Display MacBook that a User will be able to use Outdoors with Sunglasses on." Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals yet another kind of transparent layer to be applied to both the display and the iPhone casing to help keep them cooler when out in sunlight.

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16:20
Apple Says iOS 10.2.1 Update Has Significantly Reduced U...

For the last several months, iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus, and 6s Plus users have been dealing with a problem that causes their devices to unexpectedly shut down, an issue that Apple now says it has successfully addressed in the latest iOS 10.2.1 update, released to the public on January 23.

In a statement provided to TechCrunch, Apple says that the iOS 10.2.1 update has resulted in an 80 percent reduction of unexpected shutdowns on the iPhone 6s and a 70 percent reduction of unexpected shutdowns on the iPhone 6.

With iOS 10.2.1, Apple made improvements to...

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13:43
Cellebrite Announces that their Advanced Investigative T...

The news broke yesterday from Cellebrite's Israeli team that they can now lawfully unlock and perform evidence extraction from Apple's iPhone iPhone 6 Plus ....

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11:55
Harman Could Bring Wireless CarPlay to Audi, VW, Mercede...

Harman today announced that it has achieved the first-ever implementation of wireless CarPlay in vehicles. It said its infotainment system is currently being deployed for a luxury German automaker, which more than likely refers to BMW, the only automaker that currently supports wireless CarPlay as a built-in feature.

A number of BMW models have supported wireless CarPlay since late last year, and Harman's announcement comes just as the 2017 BMW 5 Series with wireless CarPlay hits the streets in the United States.

Harman did not disclose plans to roll out wireless CarPlay to other automakers, but it has business relationships with several vehicle manufacturers, including Volkswagen Group, Daimler...

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10:26
iPhone 8 With Longer Battery Life Said to Entice Those W...

Apple's rumored iPhone with an edge-to-edge OLED display will have longer battery life, which will drive customers with older iPhone models to upgrade at an accelerated rate, according to Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty.

Huberty also expects the high-end iPhone to have a significant form factor change with wireless charging, 3D sensors, and more advanced AI software capabilities, which are all features that have been previously rumored.In addition to more modest updates to current iPhone SKUs, we expect Apple to launch a higher priced device with AMOLED display that allows for a curved form factor and longer battery life, wireless...

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09:57
Apple Awarded Registered Trademark Certificates for macO...

Earlier this week the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a new series of Apple Registered Trademarks covering MACOS, macOS, Logic Pro and the Apple Watch Activity Sharing app symbol. Registered Trademark Certificates for "MACOS" and "macOS" Apple filed their first Registered Trademark under International Class 09 which the following coverage: "Computer operating software; Computer software development tools." Apple's second...

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08:47
Apple Expanding Seattle Hub Working on AI and Machine Le...

Apple will expand its presence in downtown Seattle, where it has a growing team working on artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies, according to GeekWire.

The report claims Apple will expand into additional floors in Two Union Square, and this will allow its Turi team to move into the building and provide space for future employees.“We’re trying to find the best people who are excited about AI and machine learning — excited about research and thinking long term but also bringing those ideas into products that impact and delight our...

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07:42
Samsung will introduce the Galaxy S8 at a Special New Yo...

News out of Korea today states that Samsung will launch their next-gen Galaxy S8 smartphone on April 21, while LG will launch their next-gen LG G6 on March tenth. Samsung Electronics is going to introduce the Galaxy S8 at a special event in New York ...

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07:02
Apple Has at Least Five Different Groups Working on Wire...

Apple is widely expected to launch its first iPhone with wireless charging capabilities later this year, but rumors remain conflicting about whether the feature will be based on inductive technology, which would require a charging pad or puck, or a truly wireless long-range charging solution.

Apple recently joined the Wireless Power Consortium, a group of over 200 companies backing the Qi wireless charging standard, perhaps signaling that it is leaning towards an inductive solution. After all, the Apple Watch uses Qi, albeit a tweaked version that only works with Apple's own charger.

Qi, pronounced "chee," is capable...

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05:16
Apple introduces us to the Possible Next Generation of T...

Apple has been working on moving Touch ID from the Home Button to beneath the display for some time now. The first serious patent application surfaced in February 2015 followed a second patent filing in July 2016. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's third invention relating to Touch ID ...

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03:46
Apple Files for a Patent to protect their Latest Modular...

For years now, Apple has been winning design patents for individual Apple Store fixtures, displays and tables. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their technical modular display system that guarantees display perfection at every Apple Store that applies the new system, regardless of configurations chosen for a store.

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03:42
New iPhone Patent Suggests Touch ID May Live on in a Dif...

One of the more contentious iPhone 8 rumors we've seen recently is the claim that with the removal of the Home button, Apple will ditch its Touch ID fingerprint recognition technology and replace it with another form of bio-recognition hardware.

While several possible alternatives have been put forward – such as iris scanning, facial recognition, and even a combination of technologies – each has its pros and cons, while it's still far from clear how Apple would implement them in a purportedly...

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Friday February 24

05:00
Mapping New SQLite Databases

I’ve written about SQLite databases here and there over the years. A number of Apple tools and third party tools for the platform run on SQLite and it’s usually a pretty straight forward process to get into a database and inspect what’s there and how you might programmatically interact with tools that store data in SQLite. And I’ll frequently use a tool like Navicat to quickly and visually hop in and look at what happens when I edit data that then gets committed to the database.

But I don’t always have tools like that around. So when I want to inspect new databases, or at least those new to me, I need to use the sqlite3 command. First, I need to find the databases, which are .db files, usually stored somewhere that a user has rights to alter the file. For example,  /Library/Application Support/My Product. In that folder, you’ll usually find a db file, which for this process, we’ll...

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Thursday February 23

15:30
SharePoint Framework reaches general availability—...

The past year has come with significant updates to our SharePoint user experiences, such as modern team sites, document libraries and pages. These modern experiences feature simple and powerful web parts that are responsive, easy to use and mobile-ready. By customizing web parts on a page, team members can build tailored sites that feature the most relevant content and tools for their team. In addition to a rich set of web parts available within SharePoint, developers can also create completely new web parts. We’re modernizing our developer surface to keep pace with rapidly changing techniques and technologies used in the broader industry. SharePoint Framework lets developers take advantage of up-to-date practices, tools and libraries to help them build more engaging, mobile-ready web parts at a rapid pace.

Today, we’re proud to announce the general availability of SharePoint Framework—allowing developers and administrators to build and deploy parts that are used by Office...

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10:00
Episode 119 on expanding Azure skills with Kirk...

In episode 119 of the Office 365 Developer Podcast, Richard diZerega and Andrew Coates are joined by Kirk Evans to discuss how Office and SharePoint developers can expand their Azure skills.

https://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP119_KirkE.mp3

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09:00
Visualize work in powerful new ways

We’re constantly pursuing the latest innovations to help your team create powerful diagrams. That pursuit continues with several recently released updates for Microsoft Visio Pro for Office 365, including robust database reverse engineering capabilities and new third-party content that meets various industry standards. With these updates, you can visualize your work in exciting and meaningful ways, boosting efficiencies and helping your team make informed decisions with confidence.

Visualize database structures from source data

Visio’s database reverse engineering tool allows you to create a visual representation of a database from its source data. Visio can connect to a number of database solutions, including SQL Server, MySQL and Oracle, to create a real-time illustration of that database, which updates in Visio as the underlying information changes. This kind of reverse engineering helps you drill into specific database elements, like tables and views, to better...

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06:26
Episode 24: MacAdmins Podcast on Episode 24:...

Wednesday February 22

09:00
OneNote Class Notebook add-in now includes grade...

Since launching the OneNote Class Notebook add-in a year ago, hundreds of thousands of teachers have downloaded and started using the add-in. Teachers all over the world have saved time in distributing assignments, individualizing learning, connecting to their existing systems’ assignments/grades and reviewing student work all within Class Notebooks.

First-grade teacher at the Ashton Elementary School,...

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09:00
Willis Towers Watson—increasing business agility...

Today’s post was written by Ron Markezich, corporate vice president for Microsoft.

When Willis Group and Towers Watson merged in January 2016, Willis Towers Watson (WTW) became a leading advisory, broking and solutions company operating in more than 140 countries. The merger created an opportunity for WTW to streamline its IT environment, consolidate vendors and commit to a business productivity platform that empowers every one of its 40,000 employees.

According to Eoghan Doyle, global head of Infrastructure and Operations at WTW, the overall utilization of Microsoft technologies is also driven by the business value of a common platform that enables digital transformation:

“Willis Towers Watson drives business performance for our clients by helping them unlock potential. We aim to do the same for our global workforce. The Microsoft Secure Productive Enterprise E5 solution provides the advanced enterprise security, collaboration and intelligence from...

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05:00
Management: Transition Teams Aren’t Just For...

My latest article for Inc, on building a management transition team (since you know, transition teams aren’t just for presidents) is available at http://www.inc.com/charles-edge/when-managers-change-tips-for-the-new-boss.html. It starts like this:

“The only thing that never changes is that everything changes,” author Louis L’Amour wrote.

Nowhere is this truer than in business. Managers leaveget promoted or are transferred to different jobs.

As an incoming manager, you face a special challenge when taking the reins from someone who may have led the team for a long time. As the “new...

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Tuesday February 21

11:11
About the security content of Logic Pro X 10.3.1

This document describes the security content of Logic Pro X 10.3.1.

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09:00
What I wish I knew—learn from the founder and...

This week, as we celebrate entrepreneurs across the U.S., we have the opportunity to recognize the work they put into their small businesses, the challenges they have faced and the growth they’ve achieved.

Being an entrepreneur is no easy feat. It takes an extraordinary amount of time, thought and energy to overcome hurdles that get in the way while getting started. It is important for entrepreneurs not only to learn from each other but also know how to build their business and their team. They must ensure they have the right tools to bring the two together. There are technology solutions that can make an entrepreneur’s day-to-day tasks easier. From staying connected with their clients through Skype for Business, to easily sharing their work with their team through...

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05:00
Export All Profile Manager Data Into CSV

If you fire up a connection to Postgres on a Profile Manager server, you can see a list of all the databases and tables on the server, respectively:

sudo -u _devicemgr psql -h /Library/Server/ProfileManager/Config/var/PostgreSQL devicemgr_v2m0
devicemgr_v2m0=# \list
devicemgr_v2m0=# \dt

The list of tables is as follows:

Name | Owner | Encoding | Collate | Ctype | Access privileges
----------------+------------+----------+---------+-------+---------------------------
devicemgr_v2m0 | _devicemgr | UTF8 | C | C |
postgres | _devicemgr | UTF8 | C | C |
template0 | _devicemgr | UTF8 | C | C | =c/_devicemgr +
| | | | | _devicemgr=CTc/_devicemgr
template1 | _devicemgr | UTF8 | C | C | =c/_devicemgr +...

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Monday February 20

10:35
Cookie Management With Curl

To tell curl that you can read and write cookies, first we’ll start the engine using an empty cookie jar, using the -b option, which always reads cookies into memory:

curl -b newcookiejar http://krypted.com

If your site can set cookies you can then read them with the -L option

curl -L -b newcookiejar http://krypted.com

The response should be similar to the following:

Reading cookies from file

Curl also supports reading cookies in from the Netscape cookie format, used by defining a cookies.txt file instead:

curl -L -b cookies.txt http://krypted.com

If the server updates the cookies in a response, curl would update that cookie in memory but unless you write something that looks for a new cookie, the next use will read the original cookie again.

...

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09:00
New Beta Downloads Now Available

Xcode 8.3 beta 3 is now available, and includes Swift 3 and SDKs that you can use to build and test apps for the latest release of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

  • macOS 10.12.4 beta 3 (16E163f)
  • iOS 10.3 beta 3 (14E5249d)
  • watchOS 3.2 beta 3 (14V5224d)
  • tvOS 10.2 beta 3 (14W5241c)
  • Xcode 8.3 beta 3 (8W132p)

View all downloads.

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09:00
New Beta Downloads Now Available

Xcode 8.3 beta 3 is now available, and includes Swift 3 and SDKs that you can use to build and test apps for the latest release of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

  • macOS 10.12.4 beta 3 (16E163f)
  • iOS 10.3 beta 3 (14E5249d)
  • watchOS 3.2 beta 3 (14V5224d)
  • tvOS 10.2 beta 3 (14W5241c)
  • Xcode 8.3 beta 3 (8W132p)

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Sunday February 19

12:31
Office Meditation

My latest Huffington Post article is available, at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/office-meditation-made-easy_us_58ab05f8e4b0b0e1e0e20dcc?ncid=engmodushpmg00000004. This one is on meditating in the office.

The post Office Meditation appeared first on krypted.com.

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Friday February 17

09:00
Get more done faster with Microsoft Teams

Around the world teamwork is on the rise. Research suggests employees now work on nearly double the number of teams than they did just five years ago. This means more than ever people are reliant on their peers to help get things done. But a “one size fits all” approach does not work when it comes to group collaboration—different tools appeal to different groups and address unique needs.

This is not your typical online event

Each 90-minute session starts with an online business roundtable discussing your biggest business challenges with a trained facilitator and then transitions into a live environment in the cloud. You will receive a link to connect your own device to a remote desktop loaded with our latest and greatest technology so you can experience first-hand how Microsoft tools can solve your biggest challenges.

U.S. customers: Register here.
Outside the U.S.?...

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Thursday February 16

10:30
Episode 118 on Building Contextual Bots in the...

In episode 118 of the Office 365 Developer Podcast, Richard diZerega discuss delivering contextual bots using the SharePoint Framework and the Bot Framework “back channel.”

https://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP118_BotsSPFx.mp3

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09:00
Advice to help prevent data breaches at your company

A data breach can be your worst nightmare. Not only could it be disastrous for your company’s brand, it could lead to significant revenue losses and regulatory fines.

Watch the latest Modern Workplace episode, “Cyber Intelligence: Help Prevent a Breach,” to get advice on how to best approach cyber security at your company from two chief information security officers (CISO)—Vanessa Pegueros, CISO at DocuSign, and Mike Convertino, CISO at F5 Networks. Learn how these seasoned security executives make decisions on security spending and how they justify security investments to skeptical executives who may not have ever experienced a security breach.

Every company has cyber security risks and needs to be aware of them—but understanding your company’s risk profile is just the beginning. You also need to know what you are trying to protect. As Convertino explains, “The value proposition of the company needs to be the thing that you base your protections and recommendations...

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06:03
Announcing WWDC 2017

Apple’s developer community will come together at WWDC 2017 in San Jose, California from June 5 to 9 to learn about the future of Apple platforms and connect with thousands of developers from all around the world. In addition to the activities planned for conference attendees, a variety of other exciting developer events will take place throughout the city. Learn more about WWDC.

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06:03
Announcing WWDC 2017

Apple’s developer community will come together at WWDC 2017 in San Jose, California from June 5 to 9 to learn about the future of Apple platforms and connect with thousands of developers from all around the world. In addition to the activities planned for conference attendees, a variety of other exciting developer events will take place throughout the city. Learn more about WWDC.

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06:00
New Virtual Health Templates extend Skype for...

Modern healthcare providers are constantly looking for innovative ways to service and connect their patients and care teams. We are excited to announce the publication of new developer templates that extend Skype for Business as a platform for virtual healthcare. Office 365 with Skype for Business Online addresses the critical communication needs of healthcare providers, and these templates enable new mediums for care coordination for patients without requiring an Office 365 subscription.

The Office 365 Virtual Health Templates allow you to accelerate building your virtual consult experiences by providing an open source solution using the Skype for Business SDKs announced earlier in 2016. These SDKs are powered by Office 365 and Skype for Business Online and support building web and mobile experiences that integrate presence, chat, audio and video with custom business experiences. Publishing these open source templates is a continuation of our investment in making Skype for...

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Wednesday February 15

21:40
Perfecting Your Sales Pitch

My latest Inc.com piece is up. This one focuses on perfecting your sales pitch. It starts as follows:

It’s hard to make a sale if you have a lousy sales pitch. Delivering fresh pitches that allow your product or service to stand out from the others is job number one in sales.

So how do you incite interest rather than yawns? Here are six simple tips.

You can find the rest of the article here: http://www.inc.com/charles-edge/how-to-pitch-your-product-in-6-easy-steps.html.

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Ah, here we are again at the close of another busy week. Don't rest too easy, though. We had a lot of great new releases in mobile games this week, and now you're going to have to spend all weekend playing them. That shouldn't be too much of a... | Read more »
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B&H has the non-Touch Bar 13″ 2.0GHz MacBook Pros in stock today and on sale for $100 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 13″ 2.0GHz MacBook Pro Space Gray (... Read more
15-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pros on sale for up...
B&H Photo has the new 2016 15″ Apple Touch Bar MacBook Pros in stock today and on sale for up to $150 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 15″ 2.7GHz Touch Bar... Read more
12-inch Retina MacBooks on sale for $1150, $1...
B&H has 12″ 1.1GHz Retina MacBooks on sale for $150 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 12″ 1.1GHz Space Gray Retina MacBook: $1149 $150 off MSRP - 12″ 1.1GHz... Read more
Apple restocks refurbished 11-inch MacBook Ai...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 11″ MacBook Airs (the latest models recently discontinued by Apple), available for up to $170 off original MSRP. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each... Read more
Apple Park Opens to Employees in April With T...
Apple has announced that Apple Park, the company’s new 175-acre campus, will be ready for employees to begin occupying in April. The process of moving more than 12,000 people will take over six... Read more
Manhattan Neighbors for Safer Telecommunicati...
A new education and advocacy group focused on cell phone and wireless risks, Manhattan Neighbors for Safer Telecommunications, launched today at http://www.ManhattanNeighbors.org. Manhattan... Read more
Portable Dual DisplayPort Monitor Dock Enable...
IOGEAR has announced the launch of its USB-C Dual DisplayPort Monitor Portable Dock (GUC3CMST). The dock enables users to easily connect two DisplayPort monitors to a USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 laptop to... Read more

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*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
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SalesSpecialist - Retail Customer Service and SalesTransform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, you're also the Read more
Manager *Apple* Systems Administration - Pu...
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*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
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Manager *Apple* Systems Administration - Pu...
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