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06:51
XCOM 2 now available on the Mac

2K and Firaxis Games have announced that XCOM 2, the sequel to the Game of the Year award-winning strategy title, is now available worldwide for the Mac via Feral Interactive.

In XCOM 2, humanity lost the war against the alien threat that has established a new world order on Earth. XCOM, formerly a secret paramilitary organization, is largely forgotten and must strike back from the shadows to reclaim Earth from the aliens’ rule and free mankind from their evil plans.

Players who pre-order or pre-purchase XCOM 2 or the XCOM 2 Digital Deluxe Edition will also receive the Resistance Warrior Pack, offering additional soldier customization options such as bonus outfits, headgear, and custom facial war paint. The Resistance Warrior Pack also includes a “Survivor of the Old War,” a new XCOM recruit who will appear in the Avenger’s barracks.

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06:01
Apple updates Final Cut Pro X, Compressor, Motion

Apple has released updates for its pro video tools: Final Cut Pro X, Compressor, and Motion.

Final Cut Pro X, video editing software, has been upgraded to version 10.2.3. In addition to bug fixes, its customizable Default Effect lets you choose both a video and audio effect that’s assigned to a keyboard shortcut. There’s now a 4K export preset to create video files for Apple devices. Speed has been improved when opening libraries on a SAN. And there’s now the ability the share video to multiple YouTube accounts.

Final Cut Pro X is available at the Mac App Store and requires Mac OS X 10.10.4 or higher. For new users the cost is $299.99. Version 10.2.3 is a free update for registered users.

Compressor, the digital media encoding and compression tool, has been revved to version 4.2.2. It also adds a 4K export preset to create video files for Apple devices and squishes some bugs.

Compressor is available for $49.99 at the Mac App Store and requires Mac OS X...

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04:33
DEVONthink 2.8.9 supports folder tags, makes capturing smarter

DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink as well as the smart notebook DEVONnote. DEVONthink and DEVONnote help users classify and organize documents effortlessly with artificial intelligence.

Version 2.8.9 supports folders tags when importing or exporting, names captured items smarter, and adds better support for fullscreen window mode. All editions fix a number of issues too.

All editions work with Mac OS X 10.8.5 or later (in the Mac App Store: OS X 10.9 or later). They can be downloaded from www.devontechnologies.com and be test-driven for free before they need to be licensed. DEVONthink Personal and DEVONnote are also available in the App Store; DEVONthink can be purchased in bundles with DEVONagent for a bundle price in DEVONtechnologies' online shop.

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Feb 04
Bretford previews new MacBook, iPad charging carts

Brentford Manufacturing (http://apple.bretford.com) has previewed three new MacBook and iPad charging carts. The Mobility MiX, PureCharge MiX, and PowerSync MiX carts are designed with the Bretford MiX Module System,which offers customizable modules that can be continually modified or replaced to accommodate future devices.

The MiX Module System is removable, adjustable, and reconfigurable. As device and power needs change, simply swap out or add a MiX Module. Modules, shelf heights, and slot sizes can continually change and evolve without the need to replace the entire cart.

The new carts include a 12-year warranty on the cart, three-year warranty on the electronics and will be available in early summer of 2016. Both the carts and MiX Modules are listed to the UL 60950-1 standard to ensure safety, and they ship fully assembled, minimizing setup upon delivery.

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Feb 04
Ableton Link is now available in Live

Ableton has announced that Link, its new technology for playing in time together, is now available in Live 9.6, a free update to Live 9.

Link synchronizes beat, phase, and tempo of Live and Link-enabled iOS apps over a wireless or ethernet connection. It works between several instances of Live, with Live and iOS apps, or even without Live in your setup.

Live 9.6 is a free update for Live 9 users. Link is also now available in a number of iOS apps. Go to the Ableton website (www.ableton.com) for details.

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Feb 04
CoverMe announces private cloud storage service

CoverMe, Inc. has announced a new CoverMe Private Cloud Storage service, which works together with their CoverMe App iOS 2.5 to provide backup of your private, confidential data.

People have often asked if they lose their phone can they recover their photos? If they change their mobile phone, can the contacts list and data be transferred to their new phone? The new CoverMe Private Cloud Storage provides the solution to these questions, creating a place to store your personal data.

With CoverMe cloud storage, you can save all your confidential information in a special cloud space allocated just for you, accessible whenever you need it.
All stored data purportedly undergoes heavy encryption before being stored in a separate space for each user and can only be accessed by the user's unique key. Each key is generated randomly using various information from the user, and each user key is different.

CoverMe Private Cloud Storage requires iOS 6.0 or later. It’s...

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Feb 03
NewerTech HDMI Headless Video Accelerator now shipping

NewerTech (www.newertech.com) is shipping its HDMI Headless Video Accelerator again after it sold out last November. It’s a $19.50adapter that plugs into the Mac mini’s HDMI display port to make “headless” display-free Mac minis used as storage and media servers think there’s a display attached.

The NewerTech adapter activates the Mac’s video drivers and GPU (graphics processing unit) for 100% full video performance. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later.

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Feb 03
InSili.co launches ObjCConverter for Swift for the Mac App Store

InSili.co has launched ObjCConverter for Swift for the Mac App Store. ObjCConverter for Swift (previously known as iSwift) offers automatic as-you-type conversion of your Objective-C sources to Apple's Swift language along with a full-featured Objective-C editor.

It allows you to convert and translate your existing Objective-C files — Cocoa or iOS — to Swift on the fly. ObjCConverter for Swift/iSwift 2.4 is available for $14.99 at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/z9aa93q). It requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

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Feb 03
Parallels Remote Application Server 15 launches

Parallels has launched Parallels Remote Application Server version 15, giving IT organizations an updated solution to deliver Windows applications and desktops to employees on any device.

Designed with IT admin productivity and the end user experience in mind, Parallels Remote Application Server now features an enhanced user interface that reduces time for most common admin tasks, including a streamlined user enrollment process with intuitive configuration wizards for tasks such as application maintenance and new server setups, says Jack Zubarev, Parallels president.

Parallels Remote Application Server offers IT administrators ultimate flexibility in delivering Windows and Windows applications to employees on any devices under BYOD or choice programs, he adds. The solution integrates and incorporates all features for remote desktop and application delivery, including reporting, high availability, two-factor authentication, and Windows Client Management. Ideal for any...

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Feb 03
iBank products have been redubbed ‘Banktivity’

IGG Software says its flagship family of iBank products have a new name: Banktivity, a moniker that combines bank + activity, which more closely aligns with the company's products and goals.

The new version of Banktivity is free for all existing iBank 5 customers. Banktivity 5 is available for new users for $59.99 after a 30-day free trial through the IGG Software online store (www.iggsoft.com). Banktivity 5 for Mac is also available on the Mac App Store. Banktivity requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and is fully compatible with 10.11 El Capitan.

Banktivity for iPad version 3.0 is $19.99 at the Apple Store exclusively, and requires iOS 9 or later. Banktivity for iPhone 3.0, also only for iOS 9, is also available at the App Store exclusively for $9.99. Banktivity Investor is a free App for the iPhone and iPad, available in the Mac App Store. IGG Software offers a free, fully encrypted, private cloud sync...

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Feb 03
UAG introduces Tempered Glass Screen Shields

Urban Armor Gear (urbanarmorgear.com) has released High-Strength Tempered Glass Screen Shields to accompany their line of smartphone and tablet cases. They’re engineered to protect displays from scratches and abrasions.

UAG’s ultra-thin glass construction is 3D Touch compatible. An oleophobic coating has been applied to the shield to help repel natural skin oils, limiting fingerprints and smudges.

To combat eye strain and fatigue, UAG has introduced blue light filtering that reduces the amount of blue light emitting from the device. Pricing ranges from $39.95 to $59.95 depending on your device.

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Feb 03
AssistiveWare grows its unique children voices collection with Swedish

AssistiveWare and Acapela Group have introduced what they say is the world's first genuine Swedish text-to-speech children's voices. Available through Infovox iVox both voices can read any text on Mac.

Combined with AssistiveWare's word processor Wrise, the voices can support Swedish children in reading and writing. The children's voices are also available in AssistiveWare's Pictello, a visual storytelling app that's often used in the classroom for social stories and schedules to support children with autism. Free demos of Infovox iVox and Wrise can be download from the AssistiveWare website (www.assistiveware.com).

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Feb 03
CS announces Stakeholder Onion Diagrams for ConceptDraw

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new paid addition, the Stakeholder Onion Diagrams ($25), to the ConceptDraw Solution Park.

The new solution for ConceptDraw Pro 10 is designed for displaying the relationships that exist in a project. The primary difference that separates the onion diagram from other types of project oriented diagrams is the focus on the project goal. Stakeholder Onion Diagrams usually consist of four-plus layers. The center of the diagram represents the product/solution; each subsequent layer has additional project data demonstrating the relationships that exist in a project environment.

There are no hard fast rules on what must or must not be contained in the stakeholder diagram. The key value of the Stakeholder Onion Diagram is to show the relationships that lead to a successful final product or deliverable. The Stakeholder Onion Diagram is intended to map out how...

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Feb 02
ATTO Technology ThunderLink devices certified with Avid Shared Storag

ATTO Technology (www.attotech.com) has announced that its ThunderLink 10GbE Desklink devices have been certified for use with Avid’s collaborative shared storage solutions.

By enabling Thunderbolt to 10GbE connectivity, ThunderLink provides an option for Mac OS X users seeking data storage for collaborative video, including high-performance 4K and Ultra HD workflows, says Tom Kolniak, director of products at ATTO Technology. ThunderLink 10GbE Desklink devices act as an external Thunderbolt 2 to 10GbE adapter, connecting Thunderbolt technology-enabled desktop and mobile workstations to 10Gb/s Ethernet networks and storage devices. 

ATTO's 10GbE Desklink devices additionally feature Advanced Data Streaming (ADS). Built into every ATTO Desklink, HBA and RAID controller, ADS latency management technology provides aggregate bandwidth and predictable data transfers for high-performance, low-latency applications...

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Feb 02
Graphite 10 for OS X ready for El Capitan

Ashlar-Vellum has announced Graphite 10, the latest release of their 2D/3D CAD wireframe drafting package for Mac OS X and Windows.

The tool offers precision wire-frame drafting. Version 10 offers support for the latest operating systems including Mac OS X El Capitan. Other important enhancements have been added to the software's 2D PDF import and export.

Upgrade pricing is available to Graphite v10 from previous versions of 9, 8 and 7. For a complete list of prices, enhancements and their descriptions, visit Ashlar-Vellum online (http://ashlar.com).

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Feb 02
Twelve South introduces two new iPad BookBooks

Twelve South (www.twelvesouth.com) has introduced two new BookBooks made exclusively for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4. These join the BookBook for iPad family.

They’re handmade leather cases with built-in viewing and typing stands. BookBook allows access to your iPad's connectors, sensors, and camera without having to remove the case. The new editions are available now in Vintage Brown for iPad mini 4 for $69.99 and iPad Air 2 for $79.99.

TwelveSouth has also announced the upcoming BookBook for iPad Pro, which will have features that complete the super-sized tablet, including a display stand, a built-in sketching angle, and an integrated pocket to protect and store your Apple Pencil. It will ship this spring. Pricing hasn’t been announced.

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Feb 02
Today's the last day of the TopXNotes/2Remember Bundle Sale

Today is the last day of the Tropical Software MacZOT, 2-Day Sale of Tropical Software’s TopXNotes bundled with 2Remember, the reminder app that hides offscreen like a tab for easy access.

TopXNotes is a full-featured personal information manager designed to help organize and secure virtually any type of information. The TopXNotes/2Remember bundle is available for 50% off its regular retail price through midnight PDT, Tuesday, Feb. 1. Go to www.maczot.com for details.

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Feb 02
Dreii available now for Mac OS X, iOS

Etter Studio, in collaboration with publisher Bitforge, has released Dreii (http://dreii.com/), a physics conundrum game, on Steam for the Mac, PC, and Linux, the Apple App Store for iOS, and Google Play Store for Android. It’s a puzzle game that connects players in real-time across the world to help each other with logic and skill in a battle against gravity.
 
Dreii is not only cross-platform but cross-cultural with a universal communication tool that allows players to speak to others, wherever they are in the world with simple words that get translated into 19 different languages. Each player also has his or her very own instrument, as avatars work together to form Dreii's unique universal orchestra, creating a unique musical landscape, inspired by archaic instruments and ancient melodies.
 
Dreii will translate player’s communication instantly across 19 languages: Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English,...

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Feb 02
2016 FileMaker Developer Conference ‘Early, Early Bird’ registration...

Registration for the FileMaker Developer Conference (http://www.filemaker.com/r/devcon), the worldwide gathering for FileMaker app developers, opens today with the “early, early bird” discount option. The 2016 event takes place July 18-21, 2016 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Nevada.

The conference is for anyone who wants to acquire new skills, improve current skills or advance their careers by using the FileMaker Platform to build compelling custom apps for iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and web browsers.  

Conference attendees will save $800 off the full price ($2,095 after May 26), paying only $1,295 by taking advantage of the Early, early bird discount, available now through March 31, 2016; or save $500 off the full price by paying $1,595 by May 26, 2016 with the early bird discount.

Group discounts are available companies that buy three conference registrations for...

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Feb 02
Paragon Software updates Camptune X for Mac OS X

Paragon Software (www.paragonsoftware.com) has released Paragon Camptune X 10.10, the system utility for easy and fast redistribution of disk space on OS X systems. The updated version comes with a redesigned user interface, and allows owners of the free edition to also work with Boot Camp. 2GB can now be reallocated between OS X and Windows for free.

Paragon Camptune X 10.10 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It’s a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is $19.95.

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Feb 05
Gartner: cloud email gaining traction among global...

The cloud email market is still in the early stages of adoption with 13% of identified publicly listed companies globally using one of the two main cloud email vendors, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).

A recent study by the research group found that 8.5 percent of public companies in the sample use cloud email from Microsoft's Office 365 service, while 4.7% use Google Apps for Work. The remaining 87% of companies surveyed have on-premises, hybrid, hosted or private cloud email managed by smaller vendors. 

These are the findings of a Gartner research study based on an automated examination of a large number of publicly available email routing records. The research group used the email server addresses in the domain records of nearly 40,000 public companies globally, to find out which ones point to cloud email services from Google or Microsoft. 

"Although it is still early days for cloud...

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Feb 04
Rising number of smart homes will drive the global...

The global connected device market is set to reach $6.2 million by 2020, growing at a compound annual growth rate of over 10%, according to new data from the Technavio (www.technavio.com) research group.

In 2015, the Americas was the largest market for connected devices, accounting for almost 46% of the overall market share. Technavio’s report states that rapid advances in technology and changing consumer preferences regarding the use of electronic devices are the main factors contributing to market growth in this region.
The US accounts for the majority of the connected devices market in the Americas.

This growth is attributed to the implementation of the Green Buildings Act. This act covers the public, private, and non-profit sectors and aims to increase the energy efficiency and sustainability of buildings. The use of connected devices has reduced annual energy consumption in many countries....

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Feb 03
1-in-3 home Wi-Fi routers to double as public hotspots...

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) predicts that at least one in three home routers will be used as public Wi-Fi hotspots by 2017, and that the total installed base of such dual-use routers will reach 366 million globally by the end of 2020.

The new research notes that these so-called “homespot" routers essentially create two wireless networks separated by a firewall: one network is for private use while the other is offered as a public Wi-Fi hotspot by the broadband operators. Major broadband operators such as BT, UPC and Virgin Media in Europe and several of the biggest cable TV operators in the US such as Comcast and Cablevision have adopted the homespot model as a low-cost way of rapidly expanding their domestic Wi-Fi coverage.

The research pointed out that the rapid expansion of Wi-Fi in this way is also giving rise to a number of global Wi-Fi aggregators such as...

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Feb 02
Fitness devices to dominate the wearables market until...

New data from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) shows that fitness wearables will remain the primary wearable device, with smartwatches being less commonly used for the next three years.

However, fitness wearables are expected to be used by approximately 110 million people worldwide at the end of 2019, while smartwatches will have more than 130 million users, according to the research group. Juniper Research observed that the lines between the categories are starting to blur, with fitness wearables offering a range of call-handling and notification functions that can also be found in smartwatches. The existence of app-enabled fitness trackers, such as the Samsung Gear Fit and Microsoft Band, lessens the distinction even further.

A recent Juniper Research survey also found that fitness devices are the most popular wearables because they are both cheaper and have a more obvious use...

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Feb 01
The Northern Spy: why does the stock market always...

By Rick Sutcliffe

Why is it that supposedly hard-headed evidence-based fact-found business and IT decision makers seem so driven instead by emotional and personal considerations?

Take the stock market, for instance. The one predictable thing about it is that it always overreacts, whether on the up or down side. Never has this been more apparent than lately, where every titbit of "news" sends it on a wild gyration, up several hundred points one day, down likewise the next, with no time or effort spared for considered analysis of said reports (calling them "information" is too generous, given the lack of intentional processing).

Speculative psychology is the driver, not investment analytics, and this is true whether short or longer term swings are the grist in the mill for speculative profits. Day traders try to make money in the moment, predators buy enough stock to force their views on the board, usually with a view to selling off profitable...

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Jan 29
Worldwide public cloud services spending to double by...

According to new data from International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide spending on public cloud services will grow at a 19.4% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) -- almost six times the rate of overall IT spending growth – from nearly $70 billion in 2015 to more than $141 billion in 2019.

The new spending guide expands on IDC's (www.idc.com) previous public cloud services forecasts by offering greater detail on industry and geographic spending levels. Software as a Service (SaaS) will remain the dominant cloud computing type, capturing more than two thirds of all public cloud spending through most of the forecast period. Worldwide spending on Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) will grow at a faster rate than SaaS with five-year CAGRs of 27.0% and 30.6%, respectively.

"Over the past several years, the software industry has been shifting to a cloud-first (SaaS) development and...

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Jan 28
Worldwide device shipments to grow 1.9% this year

Worldwide combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are expected to reach 2.4 billion units in 2016 , a 1.9 percent increase from 2015, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). End-user spending in constant U.S. dollars is expected to decline 0.5 percent for the first time. 

The device market in 2016 will continue to be impacted by country-level economic conditions. “It’s clear that vendors can no longer market their products with the mind of only targeting the mature and emerging markets," said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner. "Driven by economic variations the market is splitting into four categories: economically challenged mature markets, economically stable mature markets and the same for emerging markets. Russia and Brazil will fall into the category of economically challenged emerging markets while India will be stable, and Japan will belong to the...

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Jan 26
Consumers more frustrated by smart home apps than...

The Smart Home ecosystem comprises both hardware devices and software apps and together they are supposed to make an efficient system for consumers.

A new report from Argus Insights shows that consumers are overall more frustrated with the applications that dictate, schedule and manage each device than with the actual devices themselves. Past Argus Insights reports looked at the hardware component and the challenges and irritations customers were experiencing with installation and connectivity, but this new analysis introduces a new data set to uncover the fact that consumers are experiencing even more issues with the apps that run these devices.

According to data compiled from nearly 50,000 Smart Home device and app reviews from August 2015 to the present, the incumbent home security companies like ADT, Comcast and AT&T are failing to delight consumers with their apps while the more innovative and newer Smart Home-focused companies like Vivint and Honeywell...

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Jan 25
Wearables market forecast to reach 228 million...

According to a new report by Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com), shipments of connected wearables reached 72.5 million in 2015, up from 25.3 million devices in the previous year. Growing at a compound annual growth rate of 25.8%, total shipments of smartwatches, smart glasses, fitness & activity trackers, people monitoring and safety devices and medical devices as well as other wearable devices are forecasted to reach 228.3 million units in 2020.

Bluetooth will remain the primary connectivity option in the coming years. A total of 17.8 million of the wearables sold in 2020 are forecasted to incorporate embedded cellular connectivity, mainly in the smartwatch and people monitoring and safety categories. Apple entered the connected wearables market in the second quarter (Q2) of 2015 and quickly became the leading smartwatch vendor.

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Jan 22
Worldwide IT spending forecast to grow 0.6% in 2016

Gartner Inc. (www.gartner.com) forecasts that worldwide IT spending will total $3.54 trillion dollars in 2016, just a 0.6% increase over 2015 spending of $3.52 trillion dollars.

2015 saw the largest U.S. dollar drop in IT spending since the research group began tracking IT spending. $216 billion dollars less was spent on IT in 2015 than in 2014 and 2014 spending levels won’t be surpassed until 2019.

"The rising U.S. dollar is the villain behind 2015 results," said John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner. "U.S. multinationals' revenue faced currency headwinds in 2015. However, in 2016 those headwinds go away and they can expect an additional 5 percent growth.”

Gartner forecasts that the devices market (PCs, ultramobiles, mobile phones, tablets and printers) will decline 1.9% in 2016. The combination of economic conditions preventing countries such as Russia, Japan and Brazil from...

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Friday February 5

15:00
Notable apps and app updates for February 5, 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 for Mac OS X and iOS.

OS X apps/updates

Hey, here's something you can do this weekend instead of watching some football game on Sunday: your income taxes! Our public service announcement today is that TurboTax 2015 is still available for OS X and it's still free. You pay when you file your return. On second thought, maybe you should party all weekend and wait until next week or April 15 to get your taxes done. 

Instagram is great, except if you're on a Mac. There's a pretty cool Instagram uploader called Up ($19.99) that makes it as...

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13:55
Man Ties String to iPhone and Films Ski Run (Video)

Meet Nicolas Vuignier, an enterprising young man who thought his iPhone was just about everything he needed to make cool aerial videos of his ski runs. Well, his iPhone and some string. According to his YouTube post, he tinkered with the idea for two years before coming up with the string+iPhone configuration he could use to whirl his iPhone 6 around his head as he plummeted down snowy mountains. He calls it Centriphone. No drone required. Also, it's really cool. [Via Digg]


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13:45
What To Do When Your Apple Watch Tells You NOT to...

The increased use of wearables will naturally invite the monitoring of body chemistry. Just as we do for fitness now, there will be norms and goals. Along with that, in the tech industry's all too eager efforts to be of assistance, monitoring of blood chemistry won't be without helpful suggestions about what and what not to eat. It's coming soon.


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12:58
Review: Gumdrop Cases DropTech Case for iPad Pro

We've seen Gumdrop's DropTech before, and now the rugged case has made its debut on iPad Pro. DropTech Case ($60) brings the same tough black silicone/nylon coverage to iPad Pro, along with slightly extended corners for added drop protection. The Smart Connector side of the iPad Pro is left exposed to make connecting accessories such as keyboards easier, and the case also includes a built-in holder for Apple Pencil. Unlike many iPad cases, DropTech features button coverage for the sleep/wake button and volume controls.{/exp:char_limit}

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12:00
Apps: Airmail, Day One 2, Airfoil Satellite,...

Airmail ($5) — Following closely on the heels of its latest Airmail for Mac update, Bloop has released the first iPhone version of its popular email client. The iPhone version includes most of the great features and design from the Mac version, and you can even sync your email accounts and other settings from your Mac to get you up and going quickly. You also get full support for 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, an easy snooze feature,…

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11:56
‘Star Wars’ as a Grindhouse Trailer

Ever sat around thinking about what Star Wars would be like if it had been a 70's grindhouse flick? Who hasn't, right? Well, now you can see for yourself, thanks to Mashable. They cut a trailer from Star Wars footage, added some horrific sound effects and an even worse voice over (that's perfect), that combine to give the film an all-new feel. If a trailer isn't enough for you, there's a full grindhouse edit out there that's unrelated to the Mashable effort.


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11:29
The iPad Pro and Apple Pencil Giveaway

I'm delighted to announce the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil Giveaway. It's for a 32GB iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil, and all you have to do to enter is register to receive our deal emails. It's that simple, so get on it! And good luck.


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10:26
Apple to Supreme Court: You can Skip Samsung’s...

Apple doesn't think the U.S. Supreme Court needs to hear Samsung's appeal in their patent infringement fight, and said as much in documents filed on Thursday. Samsung is hoping to get the court to overturn a ruling that says it infringed on several Apple-owned mobile device patents.

The Mac Observer Spin: Samsung says letting the lower court's ruling stand will kill innovation, and Apple says there's no need for the Supreme Court to hear the case. I'm so ready for this patent infringement case to end.


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10:16
TMO Daily Observations 2016-02-05: Streaming the...

CBS is making it easy-and free-for anyone to watch the Super Bowl without needing a cable TV subscription or antenna. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about streaming the big game through the CBS Sports app for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, plus they dive into why John thinks Apple has failed with Time Machine.


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10:07
Apple acknowledges 'Error 53' glitch, says...

Apple on Friday publicly acknowledged an unusual "Error 53" message, triggered by updating an iPhone 6 to iOS 9 or later after having the phone's Touch ID sensor fixed by an unofficial technician.

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08:55
Apple confirms iPhone-killing “Error 53,” says it’s...

For months, some iPhone users have been running into a mysterious bug called “Error 53,” which can render some newer handsets unusable. Now, Apple has chimed in with an explanation.

With Error 53, some iPhone 6 and 6s users have found that their handsets no longer work after an iOS update. Stranger still, Apple’s support site barely documents the problem, lumping it in with other error codes that appear to be more easily resolved. As reported last year by The Daily Dot’s Mike Wehner, the only fix for Error 53 is to send the phone back to Apple and get a replacement.

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08:29
iTunes Movie Trailers app gets iPad Pro display...

Apple today has updated its iTunes Movie Trailers application with support for the higher-resolution display of the iPad Pro. The general interface, movie posters, and video playback now appear properly on the larger display. Unfortunately, this video-oriented Apple app did not gain iOS 9’s split-screen or picture-in-picture support this time around. Apple says that the update however includes the usual performance and bug fixes. The app and update are free on the App Store.

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08:08
Sharp takeover deal should be finalized by end of...

The Foxconn bid to take over Sharp is now only awaiting finalized details between the two parties, Foxconn's CEO Terry Gou told reporters on Friday, indicating that Innovation Network Corp. has indeed been cut out of the loop.

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07:57
Want to Watch the Super Bowl on Your iPad for Free?...

If you're a cord cutter who wants to watch the Super Bowl this Sunday, but don't feel like connecting an antenna to your TV just to watch a football game, there's an app for you. Even better, it's free, and so is watching the big commercial-fest on your iPhone, iPad, or fourth generation Apple TV.


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07:51
News: Report: Some third-party repairs ‘bricking’...

A new report from The Guardian notes that thousands of iPhone 6 users are claiming to have been left holding useless iPhones as a result of repairs carried out by non-Apple authorized technicians. According to the report, users who previously had iPhone 6 models repaired at unauthorized third-party service centers have encountered an “Error 53” when updating to iOS 9, leaving their devices locked in a completely unusable state. The problem…

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07:19
John Lasseter looks back on 30 years of Pixar

[VIDEO] 30 years of greatness.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:10
Apple Pay adds over 30 more banks across the U.S.

With Apple Pay continuing its ongoing rollout across U.S. banks and credit unions, Apple’s mobile payment service has added over 30 new partners. Here is the full list of new Apple Pay banks:

Anderson Brothers Bank, Bank & Trust Company, Bank of Labor, Bank of Yazoo, BankWest, Brown County State Bank, Busey Bank, Campbell & Fetter Bank, Central Bank of Oklahoma, Collinsville Savings Society, Core Bank, Covantage Credit Union, Diversified Members Credit Union, Farmington Bank, Florida Parishes Bank, Fort Worth Community Credit Union, Great Midwest Bank, Horizon Bank (not Horizon Bank, N.A.), Litchfield Bancorp, Luther Burbank Savings, Mississippi National Guard Federal Credit Union, Oregon Community Credit Union, Pathfinder Bank, Platinum...

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07:00
OS X Hidden Treasures: Services

It’s not new, and Apple doesn’t show it much love, but the ubiquitous Services menu can be a productivity powerhouse. Josh Centers explains how to use it and even how to make your own services.

 

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06:37
News: Report: Apple to bid on NFL Thursday Night...

Apple plans to put in a bid for NFL Thursday Night Football streaming rights, according to a new report from Variety. A report late last year indicated that the NFL was accepting bids for streaming rights for the package, having sent formal requests for proposals to several major digital media players, including Apple, Amazon, Google, and Yahoo — although it was unclear at the time whether Apple actually had any plans to submit a bid in response…

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Otterbox Defender Case for iPhone...

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up the Otterbox Defender Case for iPhone 6/6S for only $24.99 — that’s almost 60% off the regular price. One of the most reliable and recognized brands in iPhone protection, Otterbox’s Defender case will help your iPhone withstand drops from ridiculous heights while protecting it against the elements.

Get the Otterbox Defender Case for iPhone 6/6S now for only $24.99...

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05:00
Patent report: gaze-based gestures, beefed up Touch...

Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product, so here are this week’s patent highlights: 

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20160034141) that would allow iOS and OS X devices to detect a “user gaze” and respond accordingly. The invention is for an electronic device with a display whose content can change based on changing context. 

For example, an autocorrect algorithm can automatically replace a typed word with a corrected word in a text field, generating a display event that causes the corrected word to be displayed instead of the typed word. Such a display event may be executed as soon as possible after its generation. However, a gaze detection device can obtain information that indicates a user is not looking at the typed word on the display. In such a situation,...

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04:30
Whatever happened to Apple's iFrame?

When iMovie ’09 was introduced in, well, 2009, it also introduced iFrame, a new video format developed by Apple. So whatever happened to what the company was proposing as a new standard?

iFrame captured video at a resolution of 960 x 540 at 30 frames per second and uses a 16:9 aspect ratio (a la all the HD and DVD standards). It was slightly lower in quality than 720p and took up at least a little less space. iFrame worked with Mac and PC video-editing applications such as iMovie '09 and used industry-standard codecs such as MP4, H.264, AAC and QuickTime. 

According to Apple at the time, "iFrame is designed to make importing and editing video fast and easy without taking up a lot of space on your hard drive.” Devin Coldewey for CrunchGear wasn't impressed. 

"[iFrame] is nothing but a resolution and wrapper. So why am I losing my mind over it? Because the way iFrame is being...

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Rumor Scanner

Friday February 5

10:21
Apple Possibly Working With Energous on Extended Range W...

Amid rumors that Apple is working on extended range wireless charging capabilities for future iPhones, there has been some speculation that Apple has partnered with Energous to implement the technology. Energous is the company behind WattUp, an emerging wireless charging technology that uses radio frequencies to charge devices from up to 15 feet away.

Though there's no concrete proof of a relationship between Energous and Apple, a new research report from Louis Basenese of Disruptive Tech Research highlights a large pool of circumstantial evidence pointing towards a potential...

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10:03
Foxconn Chairman & Sharp President Shake Hands on Ac...

In July of 2012, Gou in his personal capacity acquired a 50% stake in Sharp's 10th-generation display panel plant situated in Sakai, a city in Osaka prefecture, at the cost of 66 billion yen (US$546.5 million). We reported in March 2015 that Foxconn was going to take a second run at acquiring Sharp but that the two sides couldn't find the right terms. Today it's being reported that Foxconn ...

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08:22
Apple Stores Roundup

A comprehensive tracker of Apple's retail stores around the world, including new, rumored, and renovated stores.
Discuss this article in our forums

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08:18
Apple Patent Reveals Water Resistant Improvements Coming...

In November 2015 we posted a report titled "Apple Working on waterproofing iDevice Speakers & Microphone," which reviewed a series of Apple patents on the topic of waterproofing along with an iFixit report that said Apple still needed some work on their approach to make their technique work better. Yesterday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a new patent application from Apple that revealed ...

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07:49
Users Facing 'Error 53' Bricking Message After...

Some iPhone 6 users who had their smartphones repaired by third-party technicians are reporting that a mysterious "error 53" message is permanently bricking their iPhones (via The Guardian). Users who have had Touch ID on their iPhone 6 fixed by a non-Apple technician, and agreed to update the iPhone to the most recent version of iOS, are facing an issue which essentially prevents all access to the iPhone.

Freelance photographer Antonio Olmos is one such affected iPhone 6 user who had his iPhone repaired in Macedonia while working. He said "it worked perfectly" after the repair shop finished fixing the broken screen and home button, but once he updated to iOS 9 he got an "error 53" message and could no longer access any of his personal content on the iPhone. An Apple Store in London was shown the issue, and staff there admitted there...

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05:13
Smartwatch Adoption to Grow by 48% by 2017 with Head Mou...

This week Gartner published a report covering wearables. It noted that "From 2015 through 2017, smartwatch adoption will have 48 percent growth largely due to Apple ...

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04:04
Apple Files Liquid Metal Patent for new Material that is...

Yesterday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published yet another liquid metal related patent application regarding zirconium and hafnium based BGM alloys.

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Thursday February 4

15:37
Apple Says U.S. Supreme Court Should Reject Samsung...

In December, Samsung asked the United States Supreme Court to hear a final appeal in its ongoing patent battle with Apple, which would potentially nullify a $548 million settlement awarded to Apple. In a lengthy document filed with the court this afternoon (via Foss Patents), Apple urges the Supreme Court to deny Samsung's request, accusing the company of raising issues that do not "deserve review" in an effort to prolong court proceedings.

Samsung has claimed that the jury did not adequately understand the patents in question because members weren't provided with enough explanation by the court. The South Korean company has also suggested the case has wider implications that could encourage design patent trolls...

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13:24
Apple TV Universal Search Feature Expands to FOX NOW, FX...

Universal search, which allows users to find content across multiple apps and services using text or Siri voice search, is one of the most useful features on the new fourth-generation Apple TV. At launch, universal search worked with iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and Showtime, but Apple promised to expand the feature to include additional content sources over time.

Apple has made good on that promise. As of today, searching for content on the Apple TV will encompass the aforementioned apps along with FOX NOW, FXNOW, and National Geographic. Apple also expanded universal search to include PBS and PBS Kids in January.

Apple maintains a full list of apps that are included in the Apple TV's universal search feature in a dedicated support document. The new channels aren't listed yet,...

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12:35
Tim Cook Talks iPhone Sales, Apple TV, Campus 2, and Mor...

Following Apple's first quarter earnings report, Apple executives hosted a Town Hall meeting with Apple employees to answer questions and to divulge a few details about the company's future plans. 9to5Mac has shared highlights of what was covered at the event. While much of what was said was reiterating information that was shared during the earnings call, there are a few tidbits worth noting.

When it comes to the iPhone and the rumor that Apple has perhaps reached "peak iPhone," Cook said the device is the "greatest business of the future" with growth potential in key emerging markets like India and China. He said Apple does not need to launch a less expensive device with pared-down features to entice buyers in these markets, as research suggests people will spend more for a better experience. These comments...

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12:04
Nearly One-Third of iPhone Users Still Have 4-Inch Scree...

The latest data from Mixpanel shows that approximately 32.22% of active iPhone users still have a 4-inch screen. That is the same screen size as the so-called "iPhone 5se" that Apple is expected to announce at its rumored March 15 event.

Apple has released three iPhone models with 4-inch screens since 2013, including the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5s, and some customers still feel these smartphones have the best screen size for pocketability and one-handed usage.

Apple's newest 4-inch smartphone, the iPhone 5s, represented just under 20 percent of current iPhones in use, trailed by the iPhone 5 at 7.53 percent and the plastic-backed iPhone 5c at 5.66 percent. The numbers fluctuate slightly in real time.

In the company's latest...

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12:04
Apple Pay is Charging into 2016 with Two Million Retail...

A new BloombergBusiness report noted that Apple has said that its mobile-payment service is now available in more than 2 million retail locations, with merchants such as Crate & Barrel, ...

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08:40
A Revolving Verdict against Apple in Patent Infringement...

In November 2012 Apple lost their FaceTime patent lawsuit to VirnetX who was awarded $368.2 million. Apple appealed and ...

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07:54
App Store and iTunes Experiencing Issues for Many Users...

Apple has updated its System Status page to reflect that many users may be unable to access, purchase, or update apps on the App Store on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Multiple other iCloud services are or were also experiencing downtime, including the iTunes Store, iBooks Store, iCloud Drive, and iWork for iCloud.

The issues began shortly before 7:00 a.m. Pacific and appear to be widespread, affecting customers in the United States, Canada, Europe, and elsewhere, according to social media posts. Apple TV services and Apple's Volume Purchase Program are also affected by the service issues.

Update (9:10 a.m. Pacific): Apple's System Status page shows that the App Store, iTunes, and other iCloud services have been restored.

Tags: App Store, iTunes,...

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07:49
Apple Revisits a Key Flexible Display Invention that Onc...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published continuation patent application 20160033994 from Apple. This particular patent application originally ignited the excitement behind the idea of a future iWatch.

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07:13
Five Original Apple Watch Interface Patents Surface Cove...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a series of five patent applications from Apple that are primarily related to the Apple Watch. The entire series of applications are identically titled "Context-Specific User Interfaces" and presents current and future ideas.

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04:19
Apple Inventions Reveal Original 3D Touch System & F...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a pair of patent applications from Apple relating to next-generation force and/or 3D Touch. One involves a new touch force deflection sensor system ...

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04:18
Apple Pay Coming Soon to Crate & Barrel, Chick-fil-A...

Apple Pay is now available at more than 2 million retail locations, with merchants such as Crate & Barrel, Chick-fil-A and Au Bon Pain set to accept the system in stores imminently, reports The Business Times.

Online clothing retailer Zappos.com also added Apple Pay to its iPhone and iPad apps on Tuesday, following a number of requests from customers to use the feature.

The announcement by Apple comes alongside news that the mobile payment service exceeded the company's goal to make it available at 1.5 million locations by the end of 2015. In-app purchases using the service also more than doubled in the last six months of 2015 compared with the first half, says the company.

Despite the upbeat announcement, Apple still has work to convince U.S. customers to use Apple Pay at retail stores. According to a survey by consumer researcher...

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Wednesday February 3

14:57
Apple Ordered to Pay $625 Million in VirnetX Patent Disp...

Apple was today found guilty of willfully infringing on four patents in an ongoing dispute with VirnetX and has been ordered to pay $625 million in damages, reports CNBC.

The patents in question relate to virtual private networking (VPN) protocols and in today's ruling, the jury decided that Apple's FaceTime and iMessages service, along with the iOS devices that support those services, infringe on VirnetX's intellectual property.

The patent dispute between Apple and VirnetX dates back to 2010, with a jury initially awarding VirnetX $368 million in 2012 after Apple was found guilty of infringing on VirnetX patents. That decision was...

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11:10
Sony's Dual Camera to See Inclusion in Devices From...

Sony, the manufacturer behind many the camera sensors used in Apple's iOS devices, recently confirmed that its dual-lens camera platform will be featured in devices from "major smartphone players" in 2016. The information was shared by Sony CFO Kenchiro Yoshida during the company's recent Q3 2015 earnings call and was highlighted by Xperiablog.

Sony's camera technology is used by a wide range of smartphone manufacturers, including Apple, and Yoshida declined to name specific companies that would take advantage of Sony's dual-lens camera platform. Dual-lens technology has previously been used in smartphones such as the HTC M8, but it may soon become a more popular option following rumors that Apple plans to incorporate a dual-lens system into its...

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Documentation Scanner

Friday February 5

10:30
CloudKit Now Supports Server-to-Server Web Service...

In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key. Learn more about generating a server-to-server key and composing web service requests.

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Thursday February 4

21:21
Virtual Strategy Magazine Article On Security...

The title of this one ended up a bit more FUDy than I’d prefer, but the content’s mostly what I provided.

With the rise of SMB-friendly backup solutions like CrashPlan, Carbonite, Mozy, and Backblaze, small businesses will choose to back up their systems with alternatives to expensive tape libraries, software to drive those libraries, and countless hours spent restoring files. As more cloud-based security attacks happen, businesses will realize that having a solid backup is one of the most important aspects to device security.

Read more: http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2016/02/03/executive-viewpoint-2016-prediction-bushel-major-security-breaches-will-change-how-small-?page=0,1#ixzz3zGet80fK

Oh, and in case anyone (Mosen/Dials) is bothered by the fact that I’m reblogging articles I do above and...

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12:55
3 ways to drive business decisions using the new...

With the release of Office 2016, we unveiled a set of highly anticipated new charts to give you more ways to explore data and tell rich stories across Excel, Word and PowerPoint. The Waterfall, Histogram, Box & Whisker, Pareto, Treemap and Sunburst are six examples of powerful new charts that help you quickly visualize common financial, statistical and hierarchical data.

Below are just a few ways these new charts speed up your analysis and expand the ways you drive business decisions. We also share a sneak peek at the Funnel chart, coming soon to Office 365 subscribers.

Quickly visualize gains and losses

Most business owners seek to better understand their finances to ensure their success. However, understanding and communicating your gains, losses and balances by viewing financial statements can be challenging. With the Waterfall chart, you can quickly illustrate the line items...

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05:00
Update Existing SQL Records Using the UPDATE...

Previously we looked at finding data in a SQL database and The UPDATE statement is used to update records in a table. You can also use the UPDATE statement to update existing records in a table. When using the SQL UPDATE statement, we’ll also use the WHERE clause, as we used previously to constrain output of a SELECT statement. The WHERE locates the record(s) to be updated with syntax as follows:

UPDATE table
SET column=value,column=value,...
WHERE column=value;

The WHERE clause indicates the record(s) to update. I’ve forgotten to put it in in the past and updated every record of a database. That’s bad (unless you mean to do it). So let’s run a SELECT on our sample database from earlier, so we can see the “Customers” table from our first article:

ID Site Contact Address City Zip Country
1 Krypted Charles Edge my house Minneapolis 55418 US
2 Apple Tim Cook spaceship Cupertino 95014 US
3 Microsoft Satya Nadella campus Redmond 98053...

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Wednesday February 3

11:45
How to assess security, compliance and privacy...

In keeping with our commitment to provide customers the utmost transparency, we have released a detailed overview of how Office 365 controls map to the security, privacy, compliance and risk management controls defined in the Cloud Security Alliance Cloud Control Matrix (CSA CCM).

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) is a nonprofit organization led by a broad coalition of industry practitioners, associations, governments and corporate and individual members who are dedicated to defining and raising awareness of best practices that help ensure a secure cloud computing environment. The CSA CCM Security, Trust & Assurance Registry (STAR) is considered the gold standard while performing risk assessment and due diligence against cloud service providers. As part of our efforts to provide customers with in-depth insights into our security, compliance and privacy controls, we regularly publish self-assessments of...

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09:00
Planner preview expanded to include more plans and...

A few months ago, we began rolling out the preview of Office 365 Planner to Office 365 First Release customers with enterprise plans. Today, we are making the Planner preview available to customers with Education and Nonprofit plans, as well as to Government tenants in the multi-tenant environment. (Planner preview is not currently available to customers on Government Community Cloud).

In addition, we are expanding the preview to tenants that are configured with the “Select people” option for First Release. Previously, the Office 365 Planner preview was only available for tenants that are configured with the “Entire organization” option for First Release. To verify how your organization is configured for First Release, your Office 365 admin can navigate to the Office 365 Admin Portal, expand Service Settings and select Updates...

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09:00
Sway helps strategic music company Man Made Music...

Today’s post was written by Kristen Lueck, senior strategist for Culture and Innovation at Man Made Music, Inc.

Discovering and translating the “who, what, when, why and where” of culture—that’s a simple way to sum up my role at Man Made Music. Our company creates experiences, identities and sonic strategies for entertainment and brands, with offices and personnel across New York City, Los Angeles and the United Kingdom. You may have heard our audio logo work on brands such as AT&T, Southwest Airlines and the IMAX countdown before screenings. There’s no shortage of information on what’s moving and shaking across entertainment, fashion, design and technology, and I distill that knowledge down into shareable, useful and entertaining takeaways for our staff and clients. What differentiates us is not...

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05:00
Add New Records To MySQL Databases With The INSERT...

Sometimes you need to write a record into a table in a SQL database. The INSERT INTO statement creates new records in a table and can work in one of two ways. The first form does not specify the column names where the data will be inserted, only their values. When doing so, each value needs to be inserted in the columned order they appear, here the table being the name of the table you’re adding a record into and each value would be replaced with the contents of your value (don’t insert the string ‘value’ into each!):

INSERT INTO table
VALUES (value,value,value,...);

If you don’t have every value to insert, you can also list the columns to insert data in and then include the values in the same order that the columns are listed in. The second form specifies both the column names and the values to insert:

INSERT INTO table (column,column,column,...)
VALUES (value,value,value,...);

Below is a selection from the “Customers” table that I put in...

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Tuesday February 2

09:00
Get ready for Yammer!

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

Today, I’m excited to announce that we are activating Yammer for every eligible Office 365 tenant—new and existing—without requiring additional action on the part of admins. This allows all Office 365 customers to gain the full benefits of Yammer. It also marks the culmination of our foundational efforts—including moving Yammer into Microsoft managed datacenters and undertaking identity work with Azure Active Directory—to bring Yammer fully into Office 365.

Seamless availability in Office 365

With this groundwork laid, we’re poised to provide a new set of high-value user and admin scenarios. Every Office 365 user with a Yammer license will be able to easily access Yammer from the Office 365 app launcher or start a Yammer conversation from SharePoint, Office 365 Video Portal and, coming soon, Delve and Skype Broadcast. This enables you and your coworkers to...

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09:00
Microsoft Ignite 2016: Registration is open—sign up...

It’s time—register now for Microsoft Ignite and mark your calendar for September 26–30, 2016. Be there when top industry leaders talk about what’s next, get direct access to the people who built the products you use every day and surround yourself with smart people talking tech.

Sharpen your ideas with the best in the business

From high-level strategy to deep product insights, you’ll hear about new technologies and explore real-world solutions to today’s challenges. Customize your schedule to go deep on the topics that matter most to you and your organization, including cloud infrastructure and management, big data, analytics, productivity, communications, operating systems, mobile devices and more.

  • 1,000+ hours of content, 700+ sessions and a multitude of networking opportunities.
  • Insights and roadmaps from industry leaders.
  • Deep dives and live demos on the...
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09:00
Join us for the “Driving Business Results with...

Join us for a virtual event series live from a Microsoft Technology Center covering sales and cloud productivity solutions.

We are thrilled to announce that in partnership with MTC studio our live events during the months of February and March will revolve around Driving Business Results with Intelligent Tools. Covering both Office and Dynamics solutions, this event proves to be exciting, as organizations can increase customer satisfaction by creating an intelligent workplace by utilizing intelligent tools.

With a great lineup of speakers, this eight-part MTC webcast series allows customers to see how innovations can help drive maximum impact across multiple...

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09:00
Share your Excel insights with Power BI

The Excel and Power BI teams have been busy releasing capabilities and tools that allow you to share your Excel data and insights to Power BI more quickly and easily.

Here are a few new ways in which Excel and Power BI work better together:

Share your Excel insights with Power BI publisher for Excel

With Power BI publisher for Excel Preview—just announced two weeks ago—you can save snapshots of important PivotTables, charts, cell ranges and more from across all of your spreadsheets to a single location quickly. Select a range or an element in your workbook and, under the Power BI tab, click Pin.

...

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05:00
Compound Searches With SQL Using AND && OR

Previously, we looked at the SQL SELECT and WHERE options to obtain output and then constrain what would be displayed in a query. The AND & OR operators are used to add additional logic so you can filter records based on more than one condition. Which is to say to search based on the contents of multiple columns within a single table. AND is used to show information if two different conditions are true and OR is used to show information if either condition is true.

Below is a selection from the “Customers” table that showed in our first article an we will use it to run some SQL sorting statements using the ORDER BY keyword:

ID Site Contact Address City Zip Country
1 Krypted Charles Edge my house Minneapolis 55418 US
2 Apple Tim Cook spaceship Cupertino 95014 US
3 Microsoft Satya Nadella campus Redmond 98053 US
4 Facebook Mark Zuckerberg foodhall Menlo Park 94025 US
5 JAMF Dean Hager Grain Exchange Minneapolis 55418 US

The...

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Monday February 1

09:00
Collaborate in Office—Office tools to collaborate in...

Welcome to 2016! You may remember the release of Office 2016 and the new features it brought focused on collaboration. In the new year we will continue to plan, develop and release new features to help you collaborate—especially inside the classroom. Before these new features are released, let’s take some time to look at what’s already available to help you to collaborate in and out of the classroom!

OneNote Class Notebook—the ultimate collaboration tool

If you have not yet started using OneNote, you are missing out! OneNote can be used anywhere, on any device, with anyone and it’s free! OneNote Class Notebooks are described as an Office 365 wizard that allows teachers to quickly set up the ideal OneNote collaborative environment for the classroom, including public and private spaces.

Check out what some...

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09:00
Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery now enables export to...

Companies must address the challenges of storing and organizing vast and exponentially increasing quantities of data so they can quickly be responsive to a litigation, investigation or regulatory eDiscovery requests. Complying with regulatory and legal requirements along the entire eDiscovery lifecycle is absolutely critical.

In early December, we released Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery, which integrates Equivio machine learning, predictive coding and text analytics capabilities to reduce the costs and challenges that come along with sorting through large quantities of data for eDiscovery purposes. These new capabilities further strengthen the rich set of eDiscovery in-place retention, preservation and search capabilities already present in Office 365—helping our customers quickly identify relevant data while decreasing cost and risk...

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09:00
New offers make it easier for small and midsized...

We want to make it easier for small to midsized businesses (SMBs) to move to Office 365 and experience the ability for your employees to access team files from anywhere, collaborate in real-time from any device and get enterprise-grade security that works as hard for you as for the largest organizations.

Starting today, customers with 50 to 149 seats of Office 365 enterprise and small business plans can take advantage of our customer success service Microsoft FastTrack. Previously available only to customers with 150 seats or more, FastTrack provides resources and dedicated engineers who can assist you, or the Microsoft Partner you work with, to implement Office 365, onboard users and get the most business value from your investment....

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09:00
How Lotus F1 Team built custom Office 365 integrated...

During the race season, roughly 100 crew members support Lotus F1 Team on site around the world. On today’s show, we learn from the team’s head of software development, Mark Everest, how Lotus F1 Team leveraged Office 365 APIs and extensibility to update their legacy travel application—complete with calendar and directory services integration.

The team built new underpinnings with a flexible data model in Azure, a web front end for logistics planning and user management, a mobile app that worked across mobile platforms and an Outlook add-in to integrate race events directly into users’ calendars. In the show, Mark describes how Visual Studio, Apache Cordova and integrated Office 365 APIs were used in the project. Keep watching to get a glimpse of how the team uses the apps to manage their itineraries.

This marks the fourth and final chapter in the series documenting Lotus F1 Team’s IT journey to Office 365. We’ll continue to track their progress as the team...

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09:00
Students liberate teachers’ genius at TCEA with...

The four-day TCEA Education Conference in Austin, Texas, kicks off February 1, 2016, and we’re happy to share some exciting news about the OneNote team’s partnership with Angela Maiers and students from Connally Schools at this exciting EdTech event.

Students from Connally Schools and their fearless Serious Video Games leader, David Conover, will lead a Liberating Genius educator training with Angela Maiers on February 3 at TCEA. Together we’ll empower educators to incorporate Genius Hour into their class with “Liberating Genius: the First 20 Days,” by Angela Maiers. This eBook, published on Docs.com, is free to all educators and offered exclusively...

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05:42
Constrain SQL Queries Using WHERE and LIKE

Previously, we covered the SQL SELECT Statement, to pull data from a SQL database. Here, we’ll constrain our search for items that match a given string, or pattern using the WHERE clause to filter search results, rather than getting all of the records and parsing the output.

The WHERE clause extracts records that fulfill a specified string and follows the general syntax as follows, replacing the word column with the name of the column in one of your tables and the word table with the name of a table that you’d like to search within:

SQL WHERE Syntax
SELECT column,column
FROM table
WHERE column operator value;

Below is a selection from the “Customers” table that showed in our first article an we will use it to run some SQL sorting statements using the ORDER BY keyword:

ID Site Contact Address City Zip Country
1 Krypted Charles Edge my house Minneapolis 55418 US
2 Apple Tim Cook spaceship Cupertino 95014 US
3 Microsoft...

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Sunday January 31

06:00
Us the ORDER BY Keyword With Your SQL SELECT...

The ORDER BY keyword in a SQL SELECT statement is used to sort a given result-set based on the contents of one or more columns of data. By default, results are in ascending order, but you can use either ASC or DESC to indicate that you’d like results sorted in ascending or descending order, respectively.

Below is a selection from the “Customers” table that we will use to run some SQL sorting statements using the ORDER BY keyword:

ID Site Contact Address City Zip Country
1 Krypted Charles Edge my house Minneapolis 55418 US
2 Apple Tim Cook spaceship Cupertino 95014 US
3 Microsoft Satya Nadella campus Redmond 98053 US
4 Facebook Mark Zuckerberg foodhall Menlo Park 94025 US
5 JAMF Dean Hager Grain Exchange Minneapolis 55418 US

The syntax we’ll use for these commands is:

SELECT column_name, column_name
FROM table
ORDER BY column ASC|DESC, column ASC|DESC;

Here is a basic SQL statement that selects all of the...

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Saturday January 30

19:39
The SQL SELECT Statement

Most tasks you will execute against a database are done with SQL statements. Think of statements as a query, an insert, a change, or a delete operating. For example, to see all of your data, you would select all of the records from a database using the SELECT statement. Then we’ll ask for all, or *, and tell the command to show us where the data is coming from, which is the Customers table. Finally, we’ll be nice and tidy and put a semi-colon at the end; although if you forget, you can always do so after you hit return:

SELECT * FROM Customers;

As can be seen above, the SELECT statement is used to select data from a database. Results are stored in a result table that is simply called the result-set. The syntax to run a select is to run SELECT followed by a list of columns separated by commas and then a FROM statement to indicate which table of a database you’ll query followed by the name of the table and then a semi-colon (;).

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