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OWC introduces the miniStack

OWC has introduced the OWC miniStack, an external hard drive with USB 3.1 Gen 1 connectivity designed to stack perfectly with Mac mini. It offers transfer speeds up to 208MB/s, capacities up to 6.0TB, and at MagLev cooling fan — all in a low-profile aluminum enclosure with a glossy black top designed to complement the look and feel of Macs.

For virtually any Mac user, but especially those with a Mac mini desktop, home media library, or server, the OWC miniStack is an ideal solution to expand their computer’s storage for documents, movies, photos, music, and to perform Time Machine backups, says Jen Soulé, president of OWC.

The OWC miniStack is designed to easily stack together with Mac minis and other miniStack drives, so users can increase external storage without taking additional space on their desktop. It’s available at MacSales.com and authorized OWC resellers in seven stackable configurations:

° 1.0TB (7200RPM) - $139.99
° 2.0TB (7200RPM) - $169....

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Caato Time Tracker+ released for macOS, iOS

CS Software Consultancy has launched Caato Time Tracker+ 1.0 (http://www.caato.de/timetracker+), a new app to track work time & billable hours for macOS and iOS.

It was designed to make time tracking as simple and as fast as possible. Users can track time for new clients and projects with just one click. There’s no need to fill out any fields; details can be added later. An Apple Watch app lets users start or stop tracking while on the move.

Caato Time Tracker+ is free, though there’s a pro version available for $5.99 a month or $29.99 for six months. The macOS app is available at the Mac App Store, and the iOS app is available at the Apple App Store.

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LaCie rolls out Thunderbolt 3 portfolio

LaCie (www.lacie.com), the premium brand from Seagate Technolog, has announced its Thunderbolt 3 portfolio of storage solutions aimed at video professionals. They’re described as “ideal companions to Apple’s new MacBook Pro."

First, the LaCie Bolt3 combines Thunderbolt 3 speed with the latest M.2 PCIe SSDs to create what the company says is the world’s fastest desktop drive. In addition, the LaCie 12big Thunderbolt 3 and 6big Thunderbolt 3 are ready to handle massive amounts of content thanks to fast transfer speeds, RAID 5/6 security and enterprise-class drives. These storage solutions have a design by Neil Poulton.

For the Bolt3, LaCie harnessed the breakthrough performance potential of Thunderbolt 3 and paired it with two M.2 PCIe SSDs striped into a 2TB volume. Bolt3 delivers record speeds of up to 2800MB/s and cuts time off of post-production workflows, such as ingesting RAW footage from RED or Blackmagic...

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Apple updates iMovie, Pages, GarageBand, Keynote, Numbers, Xcode with...

Apple has posted new versions of iMovie, Pages, GarageBand, Keynote, Numbers and Xcode for the new MacBook Pros Touch Bar compatibility. They join Final Cut Pro X with such functionality.

iMovie is Apple’s basic movie editing software. Pages is a word processing/document creation app. GarageBand is a music creation studio. Keynote is a presentation creation app. Numbers is spreadsheet software. Xcode is an integrated development environment (IDE) containing a suite of software development tools for developing software.The updates are available at the Mac App Store.

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DEVONthink updates products with PDF fixes for macOS Sierra -- and more

DEVONtechnologies (www.devontechnologies.com) has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink as well as its iOS counterpart DEVONthink To Go.

The new versions address many PDF issues related to macOS Sierra and add workflow improvements. ELO Office users can now easier switch to DEVONthink. On iOS, DEVONthink To Go 2.0.5 adds a PDF thumbnail view, remembers reading positions, and is more responsive. All updates are free and recommended for all users.

Both DEVONthink and DEVONnote add new conditions to smart groups. ELO Office users planning to move to the Mac will like that version 2.9.6 honors metadata, e.g., item names, and skips additional files when importing data. The sharing extension for DEVONthink supports images, e.g., from web browsers, and uses less energy. Finally, formatted notes no longer strip form-related tags and save the state of...

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Troi Automatisering releases plug-in for FileMaker Cloud

Troi Automatisering has announced the availability of Troi Text Plug-in 4.1 for FileMaker Cloud. It’s a plug-in that can run in FileMaker Cloud, the cloud-based platform for managing and running custom apps of FileMaker Inc.

Troi Text Plug-in can be installed with a script to FileMaker Cloud, providing access to the power of its text manipulation functions to developers and organizations. In other words, it’s a tool for for dealing efficiently with text in your FileMaker Pro database.

Version 4.1 is compatible with FileMaker Cloud. You can now install Troi Text Plug-in on FileMaker Cloud and run its functions on the FileMaker Cloud server. We have created a new example file, which demonstrates how to perform the functions of the plug-in on FileMaker Cloud.

A fully functional demo version of Troi Text Plug-in 4.1 is available for downloading at Troi's website (http://tinyurl.com/plzbk5d...

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Oct 27
Apple updates Final Cut Pro X

Apple has introduced a “significant update” to its professional video editing app, Final Cut Pro X, featuring new editing features for the Magnetic Timeline, support for the revolutionary Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro and a redesigned interface with full support for wide color workflows.

The Touch Bar replaces the keyboard’s traditional function row with a Retina-quality Multi-Touch display that dynamically adapts to Final Cut Pro X by putting intuitive, context-sensitive controls right at your fingertips. Apple also released updates to Motion and Compressor.

“This is our biggest update to Final Cut Pro X since we completely redesigned it five years ago,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Apps Product Marketing. “The new version features a sleek interface and adds powerful new editing features that go far beyond what’s possible with traditional, track-based video editing apps; and integration with the revolutionary Touch Bar gives professional video...

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Oct 27
Apple unveils new MacBook Pros

At today’s “hello, again” event, Apple introduced the thinnest and lightest MacBook Pro ever, along with an interface that replaces the traditional row of function keys with a Retina-quality Multi-Touch display called the Touch Bar.

It also sports Apple’s brightest and most colorful Retina display yet, Touch ID support, a more responsive keyboard, a larger Force Touch trackpad and an audio system with double the dynamic range. It’s also the most powerful MacBook Pro ever, featuring sixth-generation quad-core and dual-core processors, up to 2.3 times the graphics performance over the previous generation, SSDs and up to four Thunderbolt 3 ports.

The Touch Bar places controls right at the user’s fingertips and adapts when using the system or apps like Mail, Finder, Calendar, Numbers, GarageBand, Final Cut Pro X and more, including third-party apps. For example, the Touch Bar can show Tabs and Favorites in Safari, enable easy access to emoji in Messages, provide a simple...

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Oct 27
Apple unveils new TV App for Apple TV, iPhone & iPad

Apple has introduced a new TV app that’s designed to offer a unified experience for discovering and accessing TV shows and movies from multiple apps on the fourth generation Apple TV, iPhone and iPad.

The TV app provides one place to access TV shows and movies, as well as a place to discover new content to watch. At today’s “hello, again” event, Apple also introduced a new Siri feature for Apple TV that lets viewers tune in directly to live news and sporting events across their apps.

“Using apps on Apple TV, iPhone and iPad has become the primary way for so many of us to watch television,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “The TV app shows you what to watch next and easily discover TV shows and movies from many apps in a single place.”

Features within the TV app include:

° Watch Now: Watch Now is where viewers will see their collection of available shows and movies from iTunes and apps. From Watch Now,...

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Oct 27
Stronghold Kingdoms: Heretic available for the Mac

Firefly Studios has released a free expansion for Stronghold Kingdoms — Stronghold Kingdoms: Heretic. Now available as an update for Mac and PC versions, Heretic allows players to build kill streaks by crusading against the forces of evil or “go heretic” and join them. You can ally with fellow players and save medieval Europe or swear allegiance to series antagonist The Wolf and watch the world burn.

Here’s how Stronghold Kingdoms: Heretic is described: “You spend months infiltrating the enemy House and, to your knowledge, no one suspects a thing. Your Trojan faction has their complete trust, you’ve fought countless battles side by side and some even call you friend. Castles have been built together and enemies vanquished, but when the House Marshall reveals his plans for one final attack to take down their great rival you know it is time to strike. You offer to play a major role in the offensive and, at the last moment, you turn. One swift attack from behind enemy lines...

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Oct 27
Incipio launches new Backlit ClamCase+ Keyboard Cases for iPads

Incipio has launched the Incipio ClamCase+ Power keyboard case for the iPad Pro 9.7 and iPad Air 2 featuring a LED powered backlit keyboard and a 6000mAh power bank for charging external devices on-the-go.

The Incipio ClamCase+ keyboard case series feature a LED backlit keyboard with three levels of adjustable brightness to customize visibility for optimal use during the day and at night, available both for the iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro 9.7 devices. Incipio’s ClamCase+ Power series for iPad Pro 9.7 and iPad Air 2 include the customizable backlit keyboard and a built-in 6000mAh power bank to charge iPhones and other external devices on the go.

The Incipio ClamCase + Power for iPad Pro 9.7 and iPad Air 2 are available now in black for US$159.99 each on clamcase.com. The Incipio ClamCase + for iPad Pro 9.7 and iPad Air 2 are available in space gray for $129.99 each at clamcase.com.

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Oct 27
FoamTech iPad cases available from Gumdrop Cases

Gumdrop's FoamTech iPad case (http://www.gumdropcases.com) is now available in a carrying case, providing lightweight form-fitting protection for Apple's iPad Pro 9.7, iPad Air 2 and iPad Air.

The case is made of foam; its carrying handle can be folded for viewing and typing modes. The FoamTech case allows access to all ports, buttons, camera and speakers, and is perfect for school and home learning environments. The normal price is $34.95, but it’s on sale for $29.95 for a limited time.

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Oct 27
Sonnet announces new PCI Express Adapter Cards

Sonnet Technologies (www.sonnetttech.com) has announced the Presto 10GbE SFP+ Dual-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express 2.0 card and the Presto 10GbE 10GBASE-T Dual-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express 3.0 card.

Both are solutions for adding lightning-fast 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) network connectivity to Mac Pro towers, Windows PCs, Linux servers, and computers with Thunderbolt ports via Thunderbolt-to-PCIe expansion systems. These Sonnet adapter cards allow users to connect their computers via optical or copper cables to high-speed network infrastructure and storage systems using the 10GbE standard. 

The Presto 10GbE SFP+ is a low-profile PCIe 2.0 x8 card designed for users who need to connect through optical network infrastructure. It’s equipped with two SFP+ sockets, allowing users to select either short-range (up to 300 meters) or long-range (up to 10 kilometers) SFP+ transceivers (sold...

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Oct 27
Pad & Quill announce new Apple Watch bands

Pad & Quill (http://www.padandquill.com) has announced new Apple Watch straps. The Special Edition 60-Year Leather Lowry Cuff is made from vintage full grain leather.

The Special Edition 60-Year Leather Lowry Cuff is made from vintage full grain leather in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Available with either matte black or nickel finish hardware, it matches the Apple Watch Series 1 2 perfectly. The limited edition band for costs US$249.

The Cordura & Leather Field Strap for Apple Watch is crafted with military grade 1000 denier Cordura fabric, parachute grade stitching, and lined with soft full grain leather. Cordura fabric is 10x stronger than cotton, 3x stronger than polyester, and 2x stronger than nylon. It’s water, scratch, and stain resistant. Available in gray Cordura with black leather, and black Cordura with chestnut leather in either matte black or nickel finish hardware, it costs...

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Oct 26
Red Giant conjures up Magic Bullet Suite 13

Red Giant has announced Magic Bullet Suite 13, an update to its color correction, finishing and film looks tools for filmmakers. Every tool in the Magic Bullet Suite has received major updates and is now GPU accelerated.

And, for the first time, Magic Bullet Suite delivers real-time color correction thanks to OpenCL support in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, extending the toolset for users of the NLE. The app’s color correction tool now includes Guided Color Correction, a step-by-step process for quickly and accurately balancing a shot.

Current Magic Bullet Suite users can upgrade for $299 to the latest version via the Red Giant website (www.redgiant.com). For new users the cost is $899. Customers can purchase individual products or the entire Magic Bullet Suite 13. A demo is available for download. Customers interested in five or more licenses of Magic Bullet Suite are eligible for the Red Giant Volume Program...

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Oct 26
Corel introduces CorelCAD 2017

Corel has introduced CorelCAD 2017, the latest version of its powerful and affordable 2D and 3D computer-aided design software. Available for macOS and Windows, it expands users' drawing capabilities with updated 2D drafting tools designed to allow for a natural transition from 2D to advanced 3D design.

CorelCAD 2017 offers native support for .DWG along with .DXF, .DWF, .PDF and other popular formats. It also offers design capabilities designed to speed and simplify the creation of 2D designs and 3D models.

Pricing for CorelCAD 2017 is US$699 for the full version and $199 for upgrades. Education and volume licenses are available.

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Oct 26
Company seeks 100 iPhone users to beta test a CRM

Austin Sigma, developer of Mach10CRM, a Communication Relationship Manager (CRM), is seeking 100 qualified beta users to put its new iPhone /iPad app through the final testing and feedback phase before its public release next month.  

Those approved for the program will not only gain early access to the suite’s enhanced CRM plus email  tools, but will be rewarded with an additional six months of Mach10CRM usage. Mach10CRM is an integrated CRM, email, and productivity app designed to solve the information overload plight. It also helps the user focus on relationships, not email.  

Ideal candidates for the beta test programare those who struggle to keep up with emails, texts, calls, and meetings, and those who need to track attachments automatically. It is a great fit for salespeople who want to build better relationships and increase their sales, according to the folks at Austin Sigma. Additional industries served include  recruiting, real estate, public relations,...

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Oct 26
Quark unveils new content automation platform

Quark Software has announced a new release of its content automation platform featuring updates that enable organizations to accelerate digital transformation and drive better customer satisfaction.

Quark’s content automation platform is an integrated enterprise solution for creating, managing, publishing, and delivering omni-channel content for a wide range of industries. New features include:

° New interactive publishing channels: Users can automatically output content to responsive HTML5, HTML5 Web Publications, iOS and Android Apps, email, PDF, print, and more. Plus, there are new creative features such as multi-gradient blends and OpenType Stylistic Sets.

° Offline web-based authoring: Whether as simple as analysts working on a plane to field services staff working in remote, non-networked global locations, subject matter experts of all types can author content securely and efficiently when away from their desks.

° Automated charts and tables:...

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Oct 25
Apple earnings beat market expectations (by a little)

Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 fourth quarter that ended Sept. 24. The company posted quarterly revenue of $46.9 billion and quarterly net income of $9 billion, or $1.67 per diluted share.

These results compare to revenue of $51.5 billion and net income of $11.1 billion, or $1.96 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 38% compared to 39.9% in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 62% of the quarter’s revenue.

“Our strong September quarter results cap a very successful fiscal 2016 for Apple,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’re thrilled with the customer response to iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and Apple Watch Series 2, as well as the incredible momentum of our Services business, where revenue grew 24% to set another all-time record.”

“We are pleased to have generated $16.1 billion in operating cash flow, a new record for the September quarter,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO. “We also returned $9.3...

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Oct 25
MacHTTP-js Preview for macOS released

MacHTTP.Org has released MacHTTP-js Preview for macOS, a full-featured Web server for 21st century desktops and servers.

MacHTTP-js is a modern take on the classic stand-alone, desktop computer Web server plus a whole lot more, using current state-of-the-art technology while derived from the core ideas that went into the creation of the original Mac Web server, MacHTTP, says creator Chuck Shotton.

MacHTTP-js eliminates the need to understand arcane command line tools or to be an expert in deploying Linux-based servers. Instead, it returns to its roots as a double-clickable application with a friendly user interface allowing anyone technical enough to operate a text editor to set up a web server or create compelling Web applications on their desktop which can be migrated to public servers, he adds.

The free Preview version of MacHTTP-js (http://www.machttp.org) runs on any version of macOS that...

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Oct 28
AI revenues to surge past $47 billion in 2020

Widespread adoption of cognitive systems and artificial intelligence (AI) across a broad range of industries will drive worldwide revenues from nearly $8.0 billion in 2016 to more than $47 billion in 2020. According to a new report from International Data Corporation (www.idc.com), the market for cognitive/AI solutions will experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 55.1% over the 2016-2020 forecast period.

"Software developers and end user organizations have already begun the process of embedding and deploying cognitive/artificial intelligence into almost every kind of enterprise application or process," said David Schubmehl, research director, C ognitive Systems and Content Analytics at IDC. "Recent announcements by several large technology vendors and the booming venture capital market for AI startups illustrate the need for organizations to be planning and undertaking strategies that incorporate these wide-...

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Oct 27
Streaming media device market to grow at a CAGR of 17....

A new report from Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com) forecasts the global streaming media device market — which includes the Apple TV — to grow at a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 17.45% during the period 2016-2020. The market is currently in its nascent stage but is witnessing unprecedented growth, according to the research group.

In 2015, Asia-Pacific (APAC) had the highest growth rate in the market. Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) and the Americas are quite matured markets. According to Research and Markets, one of the key drivers for market growth will be easy connectivity with electronic devices. A major factor driving the sales of streaming devices is the ease with which media content can be streamed and shared between various streaming devices.

With the help of a home network, a streaming device can connect with various devices. The content can...

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Oct 26
Augmented reality app downloads to top 2.3 billion by...

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that the popularity of Pokémon GO is inspiring app developers to incorporate AR [augmented reality] technologies into their applications.

The research group forecasts that the AR market will rise to 2.3 billion apps by 2021, representing a 380% increase from an estimated 482 million in 2016. The launch of the AR game sparked a worldwide phenomenon that has created a greater interest in the technology, leaving developers ‘champing at the bit’ to recreate its global success.

According to Juniper Research, AR content has now evolved past its ‘gimmicky’ reputation, and consumer attitudes have become more positive towards the technology. The report found that despite smartphones already being capable of this level of AR, the success of applications were down to desirable content, such as Pokémon GO and Snapchat.


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Oct 25
Personalization to spur digital coupon growth by 60%

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that the number of coupons issued via mobile and online channels will grow by more than 60% over the next five years, increasing from 224 billion in 2016 to 362 billion in 2021.

Juniper’s latest research found that the growth in digital coupon volumes can in large part be attributed to a greater retailer emphasis on the provision of highly targeted, personalized offers to consumers. According to the research group, brands will increasingly deploy bots, artificial intelligence applications which can interact with consumers via social media and messaging applications such as Facebook Messenger.

The research cited Domino’s Pizza and Iceland Air as companies which have already utilized this strategy. Meanwhile, mass adoption of social media has spawned a number of dedicated coupon aggregators operating within that space,...

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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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Reviews and Kool Tools

QNAP’s TS-x31P NAS series includes the TS-131P, TS-231P, and TS-431P. Powered by an AnnapurnaLabs, an Amazon company Alpine AL-212 dual-core 1.7GHz processor, this series provides a high-performance and secure private... Read more »
Tenorshare has renamed iPhone Data Recovery to UltData (http://tinyurl.com/k9quaep) — for “Ultimate Data.” A new feature of repairing iOS 10 white apple logo, stuck issues, etc. is offered in this new version. UltData... Read more »
Grantwood Technology (http://www.grantwoodtechnology.com) has released the $22.99 TuneBand for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The silicone skin armband allows access to all ports, buttons, and cameras, while the soft, adjustable... Read more »
STACKED (www.poweredbystacked.com) has launched three new products for its wireless charging ecosystem: that deliver power, unleashed: the 360° Speed Case Bundle for iPhone 6/6s and 6/6s Plus, which features an... Read more »

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Friday October 28

iTunes 12.5.2

Fixes a bedeviling play order bug and an issue that prevented lyrics from displaying while listening to Beats 1. (Free, 263 MB)


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AWT News Update: October 28, 2016

We end this week's string of podcasts with a shorter episode than yesterday's marathon, but throw a bit of opinion into the mix:

  • We take Bloomberg to task for putting all of the blame for price increases in the UK on the Brexit, when it appears that most of the increase is an adjustment for the 20% VAT in the country
  • Apple is officially out of the monitor business
  • Opinion: 16GB of non-expandable RAM in a "creative pro" MacBook Pro is insane

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Macworld’s November Digital Edition: iPhone 7...

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld Digital Edition.

In the November issue

We review the new iPhone 7, a very worthy upgrade, and the Apple Watch Series 2, a faster, brighter fitness machine. Plus, learn more about macOS Sierra and get essential tips on WatchOS.

Also in this month’s issue:

Mac User: Mixing iOS with OS X to make a better Mac in macOS Sierra.

iOS Central: iPhone 7 Plus uses digital zoom instead of optical more often than you’d expect.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Microsoft Takes Apple by Surprise, Pours on the Heat

The contrast between Microsoft’s October 26 event and Apple’s October 27 event has the PC industry in a buzz. Observers who have been diehard Apple fans are casting jealous eyes towards the new Microsoft products. Meanwhile, some observers who have been against Apple for political reasons are making some solid observations that don’t have the traditional earmarks of being self-serving and misinformed. John explores.

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Apple says new MacBook Pro’s 16GB RAM limitation is...

Apple has commented on the decision to limit the new MacBook Pro’s RAM to a maximum 16GB, informing a customer in an email that offering more would make for a compromised experience. Specifically, Apple says that more than 16GB of RAM “at this time would require a memory system that consumes much more power and wouldn’t be efficient enough for a notebook.”


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Dear Apple: Your Products Are Thin Enough Already....

It is possible to obsess too much over a single tree at the expense of the forest. David Chartier argues Apple has done this when it comes to making devices thinner, and that it’s time for that to stop.

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Apple Fixes 2 Bugs in iTunes 12.5.2 Update

Apple released iTunes 12.5.2 on Thursday. The update fixes two bugs, one dealing with album playback order, and the other an issue with lyrics showing in Beats 1.

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IDC: half of Note 7 owners polled will switch to an...

Results from a recent International Data Corporation (IDC) survey, U.S. Smartphone Owners' Reaction to Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall show that Samsung faces some short-term challenges but “nothing that will darken its long-term prospects.” The good news for Apple: half of the 24 Note 7 owners polled said they have or will choose an Apple iPhone to replace their recalled phone.

Seventeen percent said they would choose another Samsung. Most...

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Notable apps and app updates for Oct. 28, 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

CS Software Consultancy has launched Caato Time Tracker+ 1.0, a new app to track work time & billable hours for macOS and iOS. 

It was designed to make time tracking as simple and as fast as possible. Users can track time for new clients and projects with just one click. There’s no need to fill out any fields; details can be added later. An Apple Watch app lets users start or stop tracking while on the move.

Caato Time Tracker+ is free, though there’s a pro version available for $5.99 a month or $29.99 for six months. The macOS app is available at the Mac App Store, and the iOS app is available at the Apple App Store.


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Tip of the Day: Turning off Read Receipts for...

There’s one other small but useful new feature in the iOS 10 Messages app that most people may have missed amidst of all the glitz and glamour of the shiny bubbles, stickers, and fireworks effects: you can now turn off Read Receipts for individual conversations. This is a huge boon if you like sharing read status with close friends and family but don’t necessarily want everybody to see when their messages to you have been read....

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PDF Expert 2.0 for Mac: $29.99

We have a deal for you on PDF Expert 2.0 for Mac, a PDF-editing tool from Readdle. This was the 2015 App of the Year Runner Up in Mac App Store, and it allows you to edit text, images, links, and outlines in PDFs. You can also fill out forms, annotate, and more. And we have it for 50% retail at $29.99.

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AgileBits provides sneak preview of 1Password for...

  One of the biggest reasons to upgrade to the new MacBook Pro is for Touch ID. As was revealed during yesterday’s MacBook Pro event, Touch ID will be available to third-party Mac app developers. AgileBits, creator of 1Password for Mac and iOS, has wasted no time and is currently working on implementing Touch ID […]

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iPhone hack that threatened emergency 911 system...


Authorities said they arrested an 18-year-old iPhone app developer on charges of felony computer tampering after he unleashed code that threatened to take down emergency 911 systems in a large swath of Arizona and possibly other states.

Meetkumar Hiteshbhai Desai stands accused of publishing Web links that caused iPhones to repeatedly dial 911, according to a release published Thursday by Arizona's Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. On Tuesday night, officials alleged, the 911 system operated by the Surprise, Arizona, police department received more than 100 hang-up calls in a matter of minutes. The volume allegedly put authorities "in immediate danger of losing service to their switches." The emergency systems for the nearby...

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Apple suggests that it has permanently exited the...

The now-discontinued Thunderbolt display appears to be Apple's last external monitor, as remarks made to the press suggest that the company is exiting that market segment.

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First on iMac, iPad Pro & iPhone 7, Apple's...

Apple's latest MacBook Pro features a revamped display that's brighter, has greater contrast, and marks the first Mac notebook to gain wide color support --?a particular boon for photographers -- all while consuming 30 percent less power.

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LaCie intros Bolt3 & new enterprise drives for...

Looking to take advantage of Apple's new MacBook Pros, equipped with Thunderbolt 3, storage maker LaCie has launched the Bolt3, along with two new enterprise-level RAID drives.

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Podcast 531: The new MacBook Pro is here

After Apple's "Hello again" event on Thursday, you might have been digging out your credit card, or humming the classic song, "Is That All There Is?" The new MacBook Pro lineup has a cool new Touch Bar to offload contextual buttons and commands from the screen to the keyboard, as well as four Thunderbolt 3 ports to connect all the dongles you can imagine. Will that be enough for Pro customers? For all of us who who will never get to buy a new MacBook Air? For you? Join Glenn and Macworld Senior Editor Roman Loyola as they discuss what happened and what's next.

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Apple reportedly out of the standalone monitor...

If you’re holding out for an Apple-branded 4K or 5K standalone display, you should probably stop waiting. Apple is reportedly out of the standalone display business for good, according to The Verge’s Nilay Patel

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Examined: The new MacBook Pro Touch Bar and Apple...

While Apple won't detail the T1 to any significant depth to avoid exploits, some details on how the Touch Bar works in conjunction with the new T1 chip have surfaced -- including what happens if the Touch Bar needs to be replaced. AppleInsider explains.

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Apple Discontinues 11-inch MacBook Air, MagSafe Now...

Farewell, 11-inch MacBook Air, we knew you well. Apple dropped the diminutive Mac laptop from its online store on Thursday following the “hello again” event where new Retina MacBook Pro models were introduced. The 13-inch MacBook Air is still available, but now the 12-inch MacBook is the smallest screen laptop Apple offers.

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Apple Brings a Surprising Touch to MacBook Event

Apple on Thursday unveiled two new MacBook Pro laptops, adding a touch more power to the line.
Both the new 13-inch and 15-inch models will be offered in silver and space gray. They have a Touch Bar that replaces the row of function keys found on laptops, as well as a Touch ID fingerprint scanner incorporated into the power button. They sport a Force Touch trackpad that's twice the size of the trackpad in previous models. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro is 17 percent thinner than its predecessor. It's also smaller, and it weighs half a pound less than the previous version.

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IDC survey says half of exploding Samsung Galaxy...

In a new report from IDC aiming to determine the impact of Samsung’s recall of its defective Galaxy Note 7, a survey shows around half of those affected plan to switch to an iPhone.


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Friday October 28

Ridiculous IDC Survey Says that After the Note7 Recall,...

IDC recently surveyed U.S. Smartphone owners' reaction to the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall. Their results showed that 50% of those surveyed said they have or will choose an Apple iPhone to replace their recalled phone. However ...

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New MacBook Pros Don't Include Backlit Apple Logo o...

Apple's "Hello Again" event has come and gone, leaving us with an abundance of Apple-related news and updates heading into the weekend. Below, we have shared some of the more interesting tidbits that have surfaced over the past 24 hours.

Image Credit: Edgar Alvarez, Engadget

Backlit Apple Logo Removed: As it did with the 12-inch MacBook, Apple has removed the backlit Apple logo on new MacBook Pro models. In its place is a glossy Apple logo in black on the Space Gray model and in white on the Silver model. Apple's 13-inch MacBook Air is now its sole notebook with a backlit Apple logo that remains available for purchase. Apple's first notebook with a lit-...

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Oppo Flies to top Smartphone Vendor in China for Q3 with...

According to IDC’s latest Asia/Pacific smartphone satistics for China, the smartphone market grew 5.8% Year-over-Year and 3.6% Quarter-over-Quartetr in the third quarter of 2016, with OPPO and vivo overtaking Huawei for the first time in that market.

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Apple Says It's Out of the Standalone Display Busin...

Alongside the new MacBook Pro, Apple introduced a 27-inch 5K UltraFine Display made in partnership with LG, calling into question future plans for an Apple-branded display product.

While rumors have suggested Apple is working on a Thunderbolt Display replacement powered by an integrated GPU, Apple's LG partnership seems to indicate that Apple may have shelved plans to build a new display, something that's been confirmed by The Verge's Nilay Patel. According to Patel, Apple told him it is out of the standalone display business.

Good notes by @...

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New MacBook Pros Max Out at 16GB RAM Due to Battery Life...

Despite featuring more energy efficient Skylake processors, faster SSDs, better GPUs, and new thermal architecture, Apple's revamped MacBook Pros continue to max out at 16GB RAM.

Many customers have been wondering why Apple didn't bump up the maximum RAM to 32GB, including MacRumors reader David, who emailed Apple to ask and got an explanation from marketing chief Phil Schiller. According to Schiller, more than 16GB RAM would consume too much power and have a negative impact on battery life.

Question from David: The lack of a 32GB BTO option for the new MBPs raised some eyebrows and caused some concerns (me included). Does ~3GBps bandwidth to the SSD make this a moot issue? I.e. memory paging on a 16GB system is so fast that 32GB is not a significant improvement?

Schiller's answer: Thank you for the...

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New MacBook Pro Has Better Keyboard Than 12-Inch MacBook...

Apple provided the media with demo units of the new MacBook Pro sans Touch Bar, and a handful of websites have now published their early thoughts and first impressions about the 13-inch notebook. The articles reveal some interesting tidbits beyond yesterday's Touch Bar model hands-on and first impressions roundups.

While the new MacBook Pro's keyboard is a controversial topic, with some users preferring Apple's traditional scissor design, most reviews said Apple's second-generation butterfly mechanism offers an improved typing experience compared to the 12-inch MacBook's first-generation butterfly keyboard.

Brian Heater of TechCrunch said the keyboard "feels more...

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Apple Executives Continue to Hold the Philosophy that To...

When talking about the new Touch Bar, the conversation turned to a possible hybrid MacBook and Schiller, Federighi and Ive made it clear: "That’s just not happening. It’s not because Apple can’t make a touchscreen Mac. It’s because Apple decided a touchscreen on a Mac wasn’t particularly useful." But not everyone agrees with that point of view.

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MacBook Pro Touch Bar's T1 Chip Runs 'Variant...

In a series of tweets sent out last night, and now in an interview with The Verge, developer Steven Troughton-Smith has detailed the inner workings of the MacBook Pro's new retina Touch Bar, describing its T1 chip as "a variant of the system-on-a-chip used in the Apple Watch." This means that the Touch Bar is essentially running watchOS on the T1 chip, which macOS then communicates with through an interconnected USB bridge that "relays multitouch events back to macOS."

The developer described this software setup as advantageous for the MacBook Pro's security, since the T1 chip also acts as a layer of protection and "gates access" to the laptop's FaceTime camera and Touch ID...

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MacBook Pro's Touch Bar Will Display Function Keys...

One of the biggest questions about the Touch Bar on Apple's new MacBook Pro is how it will work with Windows through Boot Camp. That led MacRumors reader Abraham to send an email to Apple's software engineering chief Craig Federighi, who shared good news for dual-booters."Craig, am I correct in assuming that the Touch Bar becomes a row of visual function keys when using Windows with Boot Camp?"

Federighi: "You are indeed!"Presumably, this means the Touch Bar will likely display virtual function keys between F1-F12, along with an Escape key, when running Windows. It remains to be seen if there will be specific controls for system-level tasks such as volume, playback, and display brightness. Meanwhile, the virtual power button should work, but without Touch ID.

MacRumors cannot fully confirm the authenticity of the email, but it...

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Craig Federighi Says Touch Bar on New MacBook Pro Has...

YouTube tech reviewer Marques Brownlee has shared an exclusive interview with Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi. The pair chatted about the new MacBook Pro and its customizable Touch Bar, which Federighi said is "going to be great" and has "so much potential" for developers.

Touch Bar is a Multi-Touch strip of glass that replaces the standard row of function keys on the new MacBook Pros, providing users with system-level and app-specific controls that contextually change. For example, when a user types text in a document, the Touch Bar might include controls for adjusting the font face and size.

MacBook Pro users can interact with the Touch Bar using gestures. Tapping activates a control, such as a button, or selects an item, such as an...

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Thursday October 27

AMD Details Radeon Pro Graphics in New 15-inch MacBook P...

AMD has shared some technical details on the new Radeon Pro graphics cards included in the 15-inch MacBook Pro models, giving some insight into their performance and the differences between the three options.

The Radeon Pro 400 Series Graphics are built on AMD's Polaris architecture and are fabricated using the 14nm FinFET process to achieve high performance without sacrificing power efficiency. They offer memory bandwidth of up to 80GB/s.

The Radeon Pro Graphics found in the MacBook Pro feature the latest Polaris architecture with 4th generation Graphics Core Next. Speed through your tasks with up to 16 compute units (1024 stream processors) and 1.86 Teraflops of horsepower. Radeon Pro Graphics on the MacBook accelerate workloads normally reserved for the main processor. It features versatile asynchronous compute, updated shader engines, enhanced memory...

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MacBook Pro Shipping Estimates Slip to 3–4 Weeks for Mod...

The new MacBook Pro has only been available for purchase for about six hours, but shipping estimates on the machine have already slipped from two to three weeks to three to four weeks, meaning orders placed now won’t deliver until late November or early December (November 25 to December 2).

Three to four week shipping estimates apply to all MacBook Pro models that have a Touch Bar and Touch ID support. At launch, those machines had shipping estimates of two to three weeks and delivery windows from November 17 to November 25. Supplies are likely to continue to dwindle as people place orders for the updated MacBook Pro models.

The new entry-level MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar continues to be available for delivery as soon as October 31 using the fastest...

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Apple's Phil Schiller: 'We Don't Design f...

Following the launch of the redesigned MacBook Pro, CNET has published an interview with Apple executives Phil Schiller, Jony Ive, and Craig Federighi, highlighting some of the design decisions that went into the new machine.

The contextual OLED Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro, which is its key feature, has been in development under the direction of Jony Ive for at least two years, and according to Ive, it "marks a beginning" of a "very interesting direction" for future products.

Apple's new MacBook took so long to develop because the company didn't want to "just create a speed bump," aiming instead for something that's a "big, big step forward." Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller says the MacBook Pro will allow Apple to "create many things to come," some of...

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Everything Apple Announced at Today's 'Hello A...

Apple hosted its "Hello Again" Mac event this morning, where it debuted a newly redesigned MacBook Pro with an integrated "Touch Bar" panel that supports multi-touch and a range of gestures to unlock new capabilities in apps.

Much of the event was actually spent covering existing features, demoing the Touch Bar, and highlighting Apple TV capabilities, allowing us to condense the full 82 minute presentation into four minutes. If you missed Apple's keynote, our recap is a great way to get caught up without having to invest an hour and a half.

Apple's new MacBook Pro models feature a thinner, lighter body, better battery life, upgraded processors, improved displays, and the aforementioned Touch Bar, but all that innovation comes at a price, which has many customers disappointed. Apple is charging $1,799 in the United States for the entry-level 13-inch...

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MacBook Pro First Impressions: A Lightweight ‘Engineerin...

With pre-orders for the new MacBook Pro up today, and a launch expected within the next two to three weeks, Apple has given a number of journalists access to the 13-inch and 15-inch devices so they can share their thoughts with anyone who is interested in the new flagship MacBook Pro line. MacRumors has already rounded up a collection of opinions regarding the newest feature on the MacBook Pro -- the Touch Bar -- so this roundup will be focused on other areas.

Namely, topics covered include the keyboard, trackpad, screen, and overall weight and feel of the device. Opinions on the keyboard appear to differ depending on whether or not the user is acclimated to the 2015 MacBook's Butterfly Enclosure keyboard, but otherwise the...

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Today's Apple Event Focused on the All-New 'To...

Just before the Apple Event started we posted a report on Apple's official trademark filing for 'Touch Bar' that surfaced in the UK. Apple began the keynote telling us that it was the twenty-fifth anniversary of Apple's notebooks. They rifled through the breakthroughs for their notebooks over the years which led to today's big breakthrough feature called the Touch Bar....

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Roundup: Hands-On With Touch Bar on New MacBook Pros

One of the headline features of Apple's new MacBook Pros is the Touch Bar, a Multi-Touch-enabled strip of glass above the keyboard that provides instant access to tools and commands that change contextually based on the app you are using or system task you are carrying out. It also has Touch ID built in.

Siri and Touch ID (Image: AOL)

The all-new Touch Bar replaces the standard row of function keys on the new MacBook Pros, with system controls like an escape key, power, volume, and brightness still accessible at times. The middle part of the Touch Bar is the Control Strip, which changes automatically based on what you are...

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Apple Shares Full Video of Today's MacBook Pro Even...

After revealing the newest MacBook Pro to everyone today at its "Hello Again" event, Apple has now posted a full video of the presentation on its website, allowing anyone who was too busy to watch it live an easy venue to catch up with the presentation on their own time. As usual, Apple is expected to upload the video to YouTube and iTunes at some point later in the day.

Apple always shares a few commercials during its keynotes as well, and today was no different, with six videos hitting its YouTube channel in the minutes following the event's ending. The videos include a focus on Apple's venture into accessibility, and of course deeper dives into all of the features of the all-new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

- Apple – Accessibility – Sady (with Audio Descriptions)...

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Apple Unveils New 13-Inch and 15-Inch MacBook Pros With...

Apple today announced the all-new MacBook Pro, confirming that the new computer will come in 13-inch and 15-inch sizes, in both Silver and Space Gray color options. The MacBooks are thinner and lighter than their previous generations, come with a Trackpad that's larger than the ones on the previous MacBooks, and have a redesigned keyboard for better typing.

Apple calls it "the most powerful MacBook Pro ever," and the 13-inch model features a 2.9 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage. The 15-inch version has a 2.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5 GHz, 16GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage. Both computers reach "up to 2.3 times the graphics performance" of the previous generation.


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New MacBook Pro Models Now Available for Purchase as App...

The Apple Store has just come online following today's event, and the three new MacBook Pro models announced this morning are now available for purchase.

Available in Space Gray and Silver in 13 and 15-inch sizes, pricing on the new MacBook Pro starts at $1,499 for the entry-level model with no Touch Bar and goes up to $2,799 for the 15-inch machine.

The entry-level 13-inch machine, available to ship starting today, features a 2.0GHz Core i5 processor, 8GB of 1866MHz RAM, a 256GB SSD, Intel Iris Graphics 540, and two Thunderbolt 3 ports. It is priced at $1,499.

The mid-level 13-inch machine with a Touch Bar features a 2.9GHz Core i5 processor, 8GB of 2133MHz RAM, a 256GB SSD, Intel Iris Graphics 550, four Thunderbolt 3 ports, and a Touch Bar and Touch ID. It's priced at $1,799.


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Friday October 28

Office 365 news roundup

Earlier this week, when we announced a new wave of Windows 10 creativity and a collection of exciting new devices—Surface Studio, Surface Dial and Surface Book with Performance Base—we also showcased several innovations to the Office apps.

We are expanding the capabilities of digital ink in Office. Ink Editor transforms your digital pen into a powerful editing tool, digital ruler helps you draw straight lines and align objects in PowerPoint, and Segment Eraser makes it easy for you to remove bits of excess ink to create more precise shapes. We’re also optimizing Office apps for the new Surface Studio and Surface Dial devices, and adding Office support for new types of content such as 3D models and Scalable Vector Graphics.

While adding new features to Office 365, we’re also making our productivity tools more accessible to people with...

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Thursday October 27

Office for Mac adds Touch Bar support

Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team.

At the Apple event earlier today, we announced that Office for Mac is adding Touch Bar support. We have a long history of working with Apple to support new form factors and devices, and—as you can see from the news this week—we’re continually evolving Office to take advantage of the latest and greatest hardware innovations across the industry. Through the Touch Bar, Office intelligently puts the most common commands at your fingertips—all based on what you’re doing in the document. Here’s a quick summary of what we announced in Cupertino this morning.


Now from the Touch Bar you can enter Word Focus Mode, a brand-new experience that hides all of the on-screen ribbons and commands so you can simply focus on your work. The Touch Bar is perfect for this moment, putting the most relevant Word features at your fingertips. One tap and you can quickly apply a new...

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About the security content of iCloud for Windows 6.0...

This document describes the security content of iCloud for Windows 6.0.1.

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About the security content of Xcode 8.1

This document describes the security content of Xcode 8.1.

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Xcode 8.1 Now Available

You can now download Xcode 8.1 from the Mac App Store. This version includes the latest macOS SDKs for building apps that use the all-new Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro. To develop apps for the Touch Bar, you’ll need a Mac running Xcode 8.1 on macOS Sierra 10.12.1 (12B2657) or later.

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Xcode 8.1 Now Available

You can now download Xcode 8.1 from the Mac App Store. This version includes the latest macOS SDKs for building apps that use the all-new Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro. To develop apps for the Touch Bar, you’ll need a Mac running Xcode 8.1 on macOS Sierra 10.12.1 (12B2657) or later.

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My quick and dirty notes from the Apple event

25 minutes about TV
13 and 14 inch pros, 14% thinner and comes in at 4 pounds – that’s extreme! Also 12% thinner than a MacBook Air, and 13% less volume
67% Brighter
25% more colors
Core i7, Quad-core 2133MHz
3.1GB/s storage, up to 2TB, 50% faster storage
New thinner thermal architecture, quite
New Speakers, 2x dynamic range audio
130% 3d graphics
60% Gaming
57% Video Editor
Intel Iris Graphics
4 Thunderbolt 3 ports
100Gbps, all those ports can be USB, thunderbolt, etc – AND OMG a headphone jack

Phil didn’t iron his shirt
Function keys are now different
Force Touch Trackpad
2x larger
Butterfly switch mechanism, responsive and “a greater sense of keyboard travel”
Above the keyboard, we get no function keys, but instead gesture-driven responsive Touch Bar, that’s “application specific”
No escape key (it’s on the app bar)
Touch ID – Apple T1...

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October 2016 updates for Get & Transform in...

Excel 2016 includes a powerful new set of features based on the Power Query technology, which provides fast, easy data gathering and shaping capabilities and can be accessed through the Get & Transform section on the Data ribbon.

Today, we are pleased to announce three new data transformation and connectivity features that have been requested by many customers.

These updates are available as part of an Office 365 subscription. If you are an Office 365 subscriber, find out how to get these latest updates. If you have Excel 2010 or Excel 2013, you can also take...

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Accelerate your eDiscovery analysis workflow with...

Does your legal department often complain about how long it takes to run an analysis for eDiscovery investigations? We released two new features for Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery—Express Analysis and Export with analytics to Excel—to make it easier and faster for organizations to quickly find, analyze and review relevant information related to investigations, legal matters and regulatory requests.

eDiscovery is applicable for a wide variety of scenarios where you need to sort through a set of unstructured data to find the small number of files which may be relevant. The amount of data you need to sort through is dependent upon the breadth and complexity of the case. For large legal matters or regulatory data requests, the amount of data could be tens of millions of files, while internal investigations could only be...

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How to avoid mobile app security scares

Workplace mobility has freed employees from their desks. Effective collaboration is no longer dependent on whether coworkers are in the same room, building or even country as their colleagues. The mobile devices, apps and policies that enable mobility have created a new generation of workers. But as the electronic net widens, organizations face increased security risks.

Security breaches are not to be taken lightly. What seems like a small security issue can cost your company big. According to the Ponemon Institute (via IBM) the average total cost of a single data breach is $3.79 million. Make sure you’re taking the necessary steps to protect your organization.

Manage BYOD and minimize Shadow IT

As more employees seek mobility in the workplace, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies are becoming...

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Skype for Business announces new Mac client and new...

Today, we are pleased to announce that Skype for Business Mac is now publicly available for download. The Mac client offers edge-to-edge video and full immersive content sharing and viewing. The result is a great first class experience for Mac users.

We’ve also updated the Skype Operations Framework (SOF) assets to help customers plan, deliver and operate the new Mac client. You will find the latest documentation and updated training on the SOF website and you can read more about what has changed in this SOF blog...

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Wednesday October 26

Office 365 October news—exciting new value coming to...

Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team.

Today, Microsoft announced the Windows 10 Creators Update coming in early 2017, as well as stunning new devices: Surface Studio, Surface Dial and Surface Book with Performance Base. At our event today, Satya Nadella, Terry Myerson and Panos Panay showcased innovations to the Office apps that are coming first to Windows and brought to life on Surface. These advances make using a digital pen even better than traditional pen and paper, offer new ways to interact with your documents, and expand your options for creating rich and interactive content.

Inking is more powerful in the Office apps

We’re continuing to expand what’s possible with digital ink in Office. This year, we’ve already released capabilities for...

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Tuesday October 25

Find and leverage collective intelligence to produce...

Peruse dashboards and drill into data specifics to make informed strategic decisions.

An online immersion session is not your typical online event. Each 90-minute interactive session starts with an online roundtable discussing your business challenges and then launches you into a live environment in the cloud. A skilled facilitator will guide you through simulated business scenarios that are customized to your interests.

We will send you 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 in a collaborative, fun environment.

Online immersion sessions help you discover how to:

  • Keep information secure while being productive—Make it easier to work securely and maintain compliance without inhibiting your workflow.
  • Capture, review and share notes from anywhere—Boost your team...
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Making the world more accessible with Sway

Today’s post was written by Brett Bigham, 2014 Oregon State Teacher of the Year and a recipient of the NEA National Award for Teaching Excellence in 2015.

I’m the first to admit I’m a bit of a dinosaur when it comes to technology. It’s not that I’m not forward thinking, it’s more that I’ve spent way too many hours learning “the new best thing” only to have my district ditch it six months later for a newer, better best thing that only takes twice as long to learn. But Microsoft did something with their new Sway program that has created something every teacher needs. And they did it by asking teachers what they needed.

How Microsoft swayed me

For the past two years, I have participated in Microsoft Sway focus groups at the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) conference. Groups of tech-savvy and award-winning teachers were brought in to pick our brains about what Sway needed to be. The result is a school-friendly program that allows...

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Apple Pay Has Expanded to Japan

You can now support Apple Pay for your customers in Japan, providing an easy and secure way for them to pay within your app and website with a single touch. Learn more about Apple Pay.

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Apple Pay Has Expanded to Japan

You can now support Apple Pay for your customers in Japan, providing an easy and secure way for them to pay within your app and website with a single touch. Learn more about Apple Pay.

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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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Plants vs. Zombies Heroes might look cute and cuddly, but it's actually a very complex deck builder that requires a lot of time to master. While there's a bit of a learning curve, it's easy for people of any skill level to have fun with the game. | Read more »
Roofbot: Puzzler On The Roof (Games)
Roofbot: Puzzler On The Roof 1.0.2 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.2 (iTunes) Description: Guide Roofie through gorgeous, meditative rooftops and try to get the right color energy balls into the... | Read more »
The 4 best food delivery apps
As the temperatures continue to drop, so does the motivation to venture outside. Sometimes you still want to eat a nice meal from that sushi place down the road though. Thankfully in these trying times, there are a number of fine food delivery... | Read more »
Toca Life: Farm (Education)
Toca Life: Farm 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Education Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Work and play the farmer's way! Milk your cow, gather eggs from your hens and raise your crops. Have a picnic, play the... | Read more »
The Lost Shield (Games)
The Lost Shield 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: The Lost shield is a brick break/adventure game. You play as a hero who must return a powerful but dangerous magic shield... | Read more »
The Forgotten Room (Games)
The Forgotten Room 1.0.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes) Description: Play as paranormal investigator John “Buster of Ghosts” Murr as he explores yet another mysteriously creepy house. This... | Read more »
5 Halloween mobile games for wimps
If you're anything like me, horror games are a great way to have nightly nightmares for the next decade or three. They're off limits, but perhaps you want to get in on the Halloween celebrations in some way. Fortunately not all Halloween themed... | Read more »
The 5 scariest mobile games
It's the most wonderful time of the year for people who enjoy scaring themselves silly with haunted houses, movies, video games, and what have you. Mobile might not be the first platform you'd turn to for quality scares, but rest assured there are... | Read more »
Lifeline: Flatline (Games)
Lifeline: Flatline 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: The Lifeline series takes a terrifying turn in this interactive horror experience. Every decision you make could help... | Read more »
Game of Dice is now available on Faceboo...
After celebrating its anniversary in style with a brand new update, there’s even more excitement in store for Game of Dice has after just being launched on Facebook Gameroom. A relatively new platform, Facebook Gameroom has been designed for PC... | Read more »

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WaterField Unveils Syde MacBook Pro Touch Bar...
The new WaterField Designs Syde Case for Apple’s new MacBook Pro Touch Bar combines the top-notch laptop protection of a sleeve with the functionality and handsome look of an over-the-shoulder or... Read more
Apple Unveils Redesigned MacBook Pro With Tou...
October 27, 2016 – Apple today introduced the thinnest and lightest MacBook Pro yet, along with a new interface innovation that replaces the traditional row of function keys with a Retina-quality... Read more
Apple Unveils New TV App for Apple TV, iPhone...
October 27, 2016 – Apple today introduced a new TV app, offering a unified experience for discovering and accessing TV shows and movies from multiple apps on Apple TV, iPhone and iPad. The TV app... Read more
Price drops on select refurbished 2015 13″ Re...
Apple dropped prices on select Certified Refurbished 2015 13″ Retina MacBook Pros by as much as $90. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free: - 13″ 2.7GHz/256GB... Read more
Apple reveals new next-generation 15″ and 13″...
Apple today revealed their next-generation 15″ and 13″ MacBook Pros. The new models are thinner and lighter than before with a new aluminum design featuring an enhanced keyboard with retina, multi-... Read more
Worldwide Smartphone Shipments Up 1.0% Year o...
According to preliminary results from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 362.9 million smartphones worldwide in the third... Read more
TuneBand Arm Band For iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Rel...
Grantwood Technology has added the TuneBand for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus to its smartphone armband series. The TuneBand provides a lightweight and comfortable way to wear the iPhone while running,... Read more
1.4GHz Mac mini on sale for $449, save $50
Adorama has the 1.4GHz Mac mini on sale for $50 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY & NJ sales tax only: - 1.4GHz Mac mini (Apple sku# MGEM2LL/A): $449 $50 off MSRP To purchase a mini at... Read more
21-inch 1.6GHz iMac on sale for $999, save $1...
B&H has the 21″ 1.6GHz Apple iMac on sale for $999 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $100 off MSRP. Read more
Macs’ Superior Enterprise Deployment Cost Eco...
IBM’s debunking of conventional wisdom and popular mythology about the relative cost of using Apple Mac computers as opposed to PCs running Microsoft Windows at the sixth annual Jamf Nation User... Read more

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