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Mar 16
Apple releases new developer beta of watchOS 4.3

Apple has released the sixth developer beta of an upcoming watchOS 4.3 update. Registered developers can download it from Apple's Developer Center — or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

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Mar 16
Apple releases new developer beta of iOS 11.3

Apple has released the sixth developer beta of an upcoming iOS 11.3 update. Registered developers can download it from Apple's Developer Center — or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

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Mar 16
Syncro Soft Announces Version 20 of the Oxygen XML Editor Suite of...

Syncro Soft has announced version 20 of its Oxygen XML suite of products that include Oxygen XML Editor, Author, Developer, Web Author, WebHelp, as well as the new Oxygen PDF Chemistry.

For the complete list of new features and detailed information, go to https://tinyurl.com/58mkop . A demo of Oxygen 20.0 can be downloaded at https://tinyurl.com/34bhvw, and a demo of Oxygen XML Web Author can found at https://tinyurl.com/ybnyzxld . You can purchase licenses by going to https://www.oxygenxml.com/buy.html .

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Mar 15
Logitech G unveils new gaming speaker, mechanical keyboard

Logitech G, a brand of Logitech, has announced a Mac compatible addition to its family of gaming gear. The Logitech G560 PC Gaming Speaker (https://tinyurl.com/yall2qof) is the first dedicated gaming speaker system with the company’s LIGHTSYNC, a technology that synchronizes both light and sounds to gameplay.

It provides 240 Watts Peak/120 Watts RMS power and 3D audio with DTS:X Ultra 1.0 for in-game positional audio. Together this improves accuracy, and heightens intensity and realism, giving gamers a more immersive and fun experience, according to Ujesh Desai, vice president and general manager of Logitech Gaming.

Powered by advanced LIGHTSYNC technology, the Logitech G560 synchronizes RGB lighting and audio in real time to match on-screen gameplay action, he adds. Light and animation effects can be customized across approximately 16.8 million colors, with four lighting zones. The...

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Mar 15
StarTech debuts new Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station 

StarTech.com has released the $405 Thunderbolt 3 Dual-4K Docking Station with SD Card Slot that provides 85W of USB power delivery, support for two 4K DisplayPort displays, a SD card slot, and six USB 3.0 ports. 
The docking station comes equipped with a DisplayPort video output and USB-C to DisplayPort cable for connecting the Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port to an additional DisplayPort display. Users can also connect to more devices and peripherals with the dock’s five USB-A ports, one USB-C port, and card reader slot.

The dock allows MacBook Pro and Windows PC users direct access to the content on their SD or microSD Flash cards. The SD card slot could also be used for additional storage and backup through macOS X Time Machine or Windows File History. 

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Mar 15
Paragon Software debuts new version of Hard Disk Manager for Mac

Paragon Software, has released a new version of Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac, software to protect and manage your macOS system. It now provides macOS High Sierra 10.13 and APFS (Apple File System) support.

This utility covers all aspects of Mac’s life cycle from drive partitioning and regular backup to system migration, flexible disaster recovery options, and secure wiping of recycled storage. The new edition allows users to bypass System Integrity Protection (SIP) limitations, so Hard Disk Manager operations are no longer inhibited by it.

Any operation with a system disk can be performed, even when SIP is enabled. The current release doesn’t yet include APFS backup functionality, which is anticipated in the next product update.

Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac requires macOS 10.7 or later. It costs $39.95. A demo is available for download at https://tinyurl.com/y929vxbp ....

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Mar 15
IK Multimedia announces Total Studio 2 MAX

IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com) has released the Total Studio 2 MAX bundle, a studio collection of software instruments and FX. It brings together 94 products in one single suite for macOS and Windows systems.

Total Studio 2 MAX is designed for composers as well as engineers, creative sound designers, producers, performers, multimedia artists, broadcast professionals, and others. Features include full orchestral arrangements for TV, cinema and video games, as well as full-blown tracks in any style and genre.

Total Studio 2 MAX and its entry-level version, Total Studio 2 DELUXE, are now available. They cost $999.99 and $499.99, respectively.

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Mar 15
Art Institutes, Woz U to offer tech curriculum

The Art Institutes system of schools (Ai) and technology-based education start-up, Woz U, have announced a new partnership “that serves as the intersection of technology and creativity in education.”

The Art Institutes is a system of non-profit schools through the U.S. Inspired by Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, Woz U specializes in technology and career-based programs designed to get people into the workforce quickly and affordably.

“For more than 80 years, The Art Institutes have served as an important source for design, culinary, fashion and media arts professionals,” said Claude Brown, president of the non-profit Art Institutes system of schools. “Traditionally, our programs focused on the intersection of technology and creativity. With careers combining creativity and technology growing in demand, we are excited to meet the need for qualified technology professionals with The Art Institutes’ Woz U Academy.”

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Mar 14
Xojo Pi licenses are now free 

Xojo, Inc. (www.xojo.com) — the company that makes Xojo, a cross-platform development tool for developing native apps for the desktop, web, iOS and Raspberry Pi — has announced that in honor of Pi Day 2018, Xojo Pi licenses will be free, today and every day. Xojo Pi licenses allow you to build console apps for Linux ARM for use with Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3.

"Back in 2015 at the Xojo Developer Conference when we announced Xojo would be adding support for the Raspberry Pi, we thought it was a fun extra for Xojo users," says Geoff Perlman, Xojo founder and CEO. "We were not expecting the overwhelming excitement and interest from the Xojo community and makers around the world! To celebrate Pi Day we're making Xojo Pi licenses free from Pi Day forward!"

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Mar 14
OWC introduces the Mercury Elite Pro Quad

OWC (www.MacSales.com) has introduced the OWC Mercury Elite Pro Quad, an external storage solution that offers four drive bays to provide massive amounts of storage from a single USB-C connection, with the flexibility to be utilized in Mac, PC and mixed Mac/PC environments.

It’s designed for users who require high capacity storage with fast transfer speeds, such as those in post- production firms, photographers, creative agencies, higher education programs, and small businesses. The Mercury Elite Pro Quad's USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface and USB-C port work universally with any USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 equipped Mac or Windows PC. The included USB-C to USB-A adapter cable provides the ability to connect to any USB equipped computer. And it packs a heat-dissipating aluminum enclosure, quiet fan and vibration-absorbing feet.

The Mercury Elite Pro Quad is available in two versions of the SoftRAID engine for Mac users...

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Mar 14
Wakefy turns your Mac into a Spotify alarm clock

Javier Ramirez has introduced Wakefy (https://wakefy.com) for macOS 10.12 or later. It’s a free app that turns your Mac into a Spotify alarm clock.

Wakefy forces you to actually get up and walk to turn off the alarm, and allows you to wake up to your favorite Spotify tunes. It works even if your Mac isn’t awake. The utility lives in your menu bar and only pops up when you need it. You can set it once, then forget about it.

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Mar 13
Early, Early Bird discount for FileMaker conference ends Thursday

The $200 Early, Early Bird discount for the FileMaker Developer Conference 2018 (https://tinyurl.com/ydaek9lw) expires this Thursday, March 15.

This year FileMaker DevCon takes place Aug.6-9, 2018 in Dallas Texas. Attendees can choose from more than 80 sessions ranging from beginner topics to advanced level sessions.

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Mar 13
Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off June 4

Apple will host its 29th annual Worldwide Developers Conference at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, June 4-8.

WWDC provides an opportunity for developers to learn more about how to create new experiences across Apple's platforms for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and HomePod. A range of developer application programming interfaces (APIs) — including SiriKit, HomeKit, HealthKit, GymKit, MusicKit, ResearchKit, and Core ML — give developers ways to help users take command of everything from their health and homes, to how they get around, shop and learn.

Developers and Apple enthusiasts everywhere can livestream the conference on the WWDC app for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, as well as through the Apple Developer website. Developers can apply for tickets now through March 22 at 10 a.m. PDT via the WWDC website (https://developer....

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Mar 13
AKVIS releases Sketch Video 4.0

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released AKVIS Sketch Video 4.0, an update of the After Effects and Premiere Pro plugin for converting videos into animated cartoons. Version 4.0 offers the Esquisse style with a number of ready-to-use presets for popular video formats.

The Sketch Video plugin is a tool for creating unique animation effects. Just load a video file and select one of built-in presets. The program now offers three drawing styles: Classic, Artistic, and Esquisse. Version 4.0 also comes with a number of artists-designed presets for 4K, HD, and SD video formats.

On the Mac platform, AKVIS Sketch Video 4.0 requires macOS 10.7 or higher. There's a plugin version only, compatible with After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Premiere Elements.

AKVIS Sketch Video Home (includes Classic style) sells for $ 69. The Pro version (with Classic, Artistic and Esquisse) is $99. One license key allows activating the...

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Mar 13
Output Factory Server for InDesign revved to version 2.0.13

Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory Server 2.0.13, a maintenance update to the company's output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory automates printing and exporting from InDesign by processing files from hot folders. The app can serve unlimited users and offers single page export, layer versioning, preflighting and more. The new version lets users edit workflow settings during processing without having to restart hot folder watching for the changes to take effect.

Output Factory Server can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $699.95. A demo is available for download. The upgrade to version 2 is $350 for licensed users of Output Factory Server 1.x and BatchOutput Server. Output Factory Server requires macOS 10.7-10.13 and Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2018.

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Mar 12
Apple posts three new developer betas

Apple has released the fifth developer beta versions of macOS High Sierra 10.13.4, iOS 11.3, and tvOS 11.3. Registered developers can download them from Apple's Developer Center — or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

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Mar 12
Apple to acquire digital magazine service Texture

Apple has signed an agreement to acquire Texture, the digital magazine subscription service by Next Issue Media LLC. Texture offers access to over 200 magazines for $9.99 per month.. With Texture, users enjoy the magazines they know and love, while discovering new content that fits their passions and interests.

“We’re excited Texture will join Apple, along with an impressive catalog of magazines from many of the world’s leading publishers,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We are committed to quality journalism from trusted sources and allowing magazines to keep producing beautifully designed and engaging stories for users.”

“I’m thrilled that Next Issue Media, and its award-winning Texture app, are being acquired by Apple,” said John Loughlin, CEO of Next Issue Media / Texture. “The Texture team and its current owners, Condé Nast, Hearst, Meredith, Rogers Media and KKR, could not be more pleased or excited with this...

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Mar 12
LinkOptimizer for InDesign Is Now Available on the New Adobe Exchange

Zevrix Solutions says LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign is now available on Adobe Exchange, a new and improved Creative Cloud marketplace.

Adobe Exchange makes it easier for customers to discover and install third party plug-ins for Creative Cloud. LinkOptimizer is a workflow automation solution InDesign that lets users automatically scale and crop images to their InDesign dimensions at specified target resolution, perform color conversion, convert image formats, run actions and more.

LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Adobe Exchange (https://tinyurl.com/yd7aqmsd) for $259.95 (there's a "lite" version for $179.95), as well as from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) A demo is available for download. LinkOptimizer requires macOS 10.7-10.13 and Adobe InDesign / Photoshop CS5-CC 2018.

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Mar 09
PhoneRescue for macOS updated to version 3.6.0

iMobie has released PhoneRescue 3.6.0, a maintenance update to their data recovery software for macOS and Windows.

Developed exclusively for iPhone and Android users suffering from data loss, it’s a tool that can retrieve lost messages and other important data directly from iPhone and Android phones, even without a backup. The app allows users to preview the deleted data and select those that really matter to recover.

A single user license for PhoneRescue is $49.99 and a family license is $69.99. You can purchase a license at the iMobie online store (www.imobie.com).

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Mar 09
DRmare launches Audio Converter for Apple Music, Audible, more

DRmare Studio has introduced Audio Converter 1.0 (https://tinyurl.com/ya8yqqlr) for macOS and Windows. The app lets you remove DRM from any protected audio, including Apple Music, iTunes M4P songs and Audible audiobooks.

You can also convert both DRM-ed and non-DRM audios for any device. DRmare Audio Converter works not only with DRM-protected audio files, but also with common audios, such as MP3, WAV, OGG, WMA, AAC, FLAC, and more.

On the Mac platform, DRmare Audio Converter 1.0 requires macOS 10.8 or higher. To convert any DRM-ed music from iTunes or Apple Music Store, users are required to install the latest iTunes on computer with authorization. DRmare Audio Converter is provided with two different license types, including $39.95 for one computer and a lifetime upgrade and $54.95 for five computers with a lifetime upgrade.

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Mar 16
Facebook loses favorite brand connectivity with...

Moosylvania (https://moosylvania.com/), a brand building agency, recently asked consumers from 18-38, how they’re relating to their favorite brands – and on which channels they connect.

“We know they are on the channels talking with their friends. What we want to know is how and where they are connecting with their favorite brands,” said CEO Norty Cohen.

The average millennial checks their phone more than 150 times per day – but how often and where are they checking in with their favorite brands? Moosylvania asked consumers, via a mobile-only survey, in January of 2018 was, “You’ve just told us your favorite brand – how do you connect with them on your smartphone?”
The survey compared reactions from 2017 to 2018 and saw significant changes within just 12 months.

“The big news is the change on Facebook – down from 52% to 40% with younger millennials (17-27) and from 48% to 33% (28-38)...

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Mar 16
By 2020, 50% of workers will be working remotely

Per Amr Ibrahim, CEO of ULTATEL (https://www.ultatel.com), which makes telecom solutions for businesses and service providers, says that, by 2020, 50% of all workers will be working remotely.
Currently, 3.7 million employees work from home at least 50% of the time. Since 2005, the remote worker population has increased by 115%, almost 10x more than the rest of the workforce. Up to 90% of the workforce reports that working remotely 2-3 days a week is ideal, with most believing remote work to be the right balance for concentrative work away from the office, as well as collaborative work at the office. Ibrahim says a vital component to making remote work possible is the Cloud.
"Cloud-based technology is allowing workers to access their information and customer base from anywhere at any time and is imperative for working remotely both now and in the future,” he says.

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Mar 15
Global video revenue hit $70 billion in 2017

Online services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video have transformed the video business in recent years, but according to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com), revenue increases will be even higher in the next four years than in the previous four years.

The research group concludes that global video revenues, including online, physical media and advertising, reached $70.2 billion in 2017, an increase of $29.4 billion since 2013. Over the next four years the increase in dollars, $36.3 billion, will be even greater, taking total industry revenues to $106.5 billion in 2021.
Other key findings from the research include:

° In 2017 online revenues, including consumer spending and advertising, accounted for 84% of the total video market, compared to 52% in 2013.

° Subscription VOD revenues rose by more than a third in 2017 and are forecast to...

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Mar 15
Citizen engagement crucial to smart cities’ success

Citizen engagement is critical to the success of smart cities, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). Smart city initiatives are no longer about optimized traffic patterns, parking management, efficient lighting and improvements to public works, says the research group.

"The way forward today is a community-driven, bottom-up approach where citizens are an integral part of designing and developing smart cities, and not a top-down policy with city leaders focusing on technology platforms alone," said Bettina Tratz-Ryan research vice president at Gartner.

For smart citizens the focus is not just about the use of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and smart machines, but the enhancement of services and experience. Therefore, citizen-government dialogue is a key component that will ensure that the right issues are tackled.

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Mar 14
Cyber attacks becoming the number one business risk

SonicWall (www.sonicwall.com), a security partner protecting more than one million networks worldwide, has announced research and intelligence from its 2018 Cyber Threat Report. In sum, the company recorded 9.32 billion malware attacks in 2017 and saw more than 12,500 new Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) reported for the year.

“The cyber arms race affects every government, business, organization and individual. It cannot be won by any one of us,” said SonicWall CEO Bill Conner. “Our latest proprietary data and findings show a series of strategic attacks and countermeasures as the cyber arms race continues to escalate. By sharing actionable intelligence, we collectively improve our business and security postures against today’s most malicious threats and criminals.”

The annual threat report frames, compares and contrasts advances made by both cybersecurity professionals and global...

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Mar 14
4K UHD tech to have CAGR of 20.5% through 2022

Globally, 4K UHD technology is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.5% through 2022, according to a new report from Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com).

Ultra-high definition is the term used for resolutions over HD (1080p). It includes both 4K and 8K screen resolutions. However, Research and Markets’ report only includes 4K technology, which has garnered far more acceptance and popularity among end users.

4K UHD has witnessed a significant price drop and increased innovation in terms of screen size. This has led to a significant rise in the demand for 4K UHD televisions. The market for 4K UHD is segmented on the basis of screen size, screen technology and end use. In terms of screen size, the market is segmented into screens that are less than 40 inches, 40-49 inches, 50-60 inches, 60-65 inches and 70+ inches.

In terms of screen...

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Mar 13
Brain machine interface hardware revenues to reach $19...

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that global hardware sales revenue from BMI (brain machine interfaces) will reach $19 billion per annum by 2027, up from an estimated $2.4 billion in 2018. BMIs bridge the gap between technology and the brain, interpreting brain signals for the purpose of interpretation or control.

The research group found that medical uses will account for 78% of shipment revenues by 2027. This will be due to development of advanced medical uses, such as artificial vision and prosthetic control.

Juniper says the greatest impact of BMIs will be when used for concentration monitoring, where EEG (Electroencephalogram) technology can be leveraged to monitor fatigue. This is crucial for industrial businesses, which strive to improve safety and productivity. The research group says t heavy industry will use EEG to replace more expensive existing...

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Mar 13
State of Business Intelligence Reporting Survey shows...

Narrative Science (www.narrativescience.com), which specializes in Natural Language Generation (NLG) for the enterprise, has released its 2018 State of Business Intelligence (BI) Reporting research report, which highlights the challenges and opportunities in current data analysis and reporting processes facing businesses.

The research report surveyed hundreds of BI report authors, BI administrators, and business decision-makers, unveiling the following findings on why adoption remains low:

° It’s too time-consuming:

° Almost two thirds of analysts surveyed responded that more than half of their weekly activities are dedicated to manual reporting tasks;

° There’s not enough context:
° A majority of business decision-makers cite their biggest pain point is that reports include “what” happened but lack explanations on the “why.” Excel ranks as the primary way this group...

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Mar 12
Consumers expect digital healthcare experience to be...

According to research findings released by NTT DATA Services (nttdataservices.com), which specializes in global technology services, U.S. healthcare consumers want simple and reliable digital interactions for routine transactions, such as filling prescriptions, accessing test results and making doctor appointments. In fact, 59% of U.S. consumers expect their healthcare digital customer experience (DCX) to be similar to retail.

Consumer expectations for healthcare providers and insurers are being shaped by other industries, and they want their digital experiences to more closely mirror interactions with major online retailers, such as Amazon, Apple and Southwest Airlines.

“Consumer-focused brands with rich, engaging content, interactions and features have changed the landscape in digital customer experience, and healthcare is lagging behind,” said Alan Hughes of NTT DATA Services. “As patients seek seamless care to bring together services related to diagnosis,...

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Mar 12
Ethernet switch and router trackers show modest growth

The worldwide Ethernet switch market recorded $6.9 billion in revenue in the fourth quarter of 2017 (4Q17), an increase of 3.2% year over year. For the full year 2017, the market recorded more than $25.7 billion in revenue for a year-over-year growth rate of 5.4%.

Meanwhile, the worldwide total enterprise and service provider (SP) router market recorded just under $4.0 billion in revenue in 4Q17, increasing 2.4% on a year-over-year basis. For the full year 2017, the router market finished at $15.2 billion, an increase of 4.0% over 2016. These results are according to new data from the IDC (www.idc.com) research group.

"The Ethernet switching market continues to rapidly mature with customers quickly moving to higher 100GbE speeds, especially in datacenter deployments," said Rohit Mehra, vice president, Network Infrastructure at IDC. "While different regions are in varying stages of maturity viz-a-viz public and...

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Audioengine’s new A5+ Wireless Music System is an evolution of the company’s award-winning A5 speakers. With upgraded aesthetics and A5+ signature sound, the A5+ Wireless isn’t just a pair of powered stereo speakers but... Read more »
The new Brother QL-1100 series of wide-format, professional label printers features the Brother QL-1100 and QL-1110NWB, both high-speed thermal label printers designed to reliably print high-quality, cost-effective... Read more »
QNAP’s $139 QXG-10GIT is a 5-speed PCI Express 10GBASE-T/NBASE-T NIC that supports 10GBASE-T/1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX and also 5GBASE-T/2.5GBASE-T (IEEE 802.3bz; NBASE-T) speeds. When used with Cat 6a cables, the QXG-10G1T... Read more »
Studio 19’s Solo E600X-EQ is built using Advanced Wave Sound Method (AWSM) with Adaptive Intelligence Audio, patented Dual Pressure Air Compression (DPAC) super-bass technology and Enhanced 360° Optimized Sound. It’s... Read more »

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Saturday March 17

Killer Deal: Apple's high-end 15" MacBook...

Readers this week can exclusively save $1,000 on Apple's Late 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro in Space Gray with an upgraded 2.9GHz processor and 512GB of storage space. Priced at just $1,899 after the discount, this deal also includes free shipping, and B&H will not collect sales tax in most states.

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STEMtrunk: Crowdfunding the next generation of Apple...

While most crowdfunding projects look at short term gains for a small group of developers, here's a project that is worthy of your attention whether or not you have children. STEMtrunk, a project by Aaron Watkins, is a brilliant crowdfunding project that seeks to create a subscription service for educational toys.

The idea makes a lot of sense; while many parents would love to get the latest and greatest educational toy for their K-8 kids to help foster their interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), a lot of those toys are financially out of reach. With STEMtrunk, Watkins and his team hope to create a "lending library" of those rather expensive toys. With a subscription, parents can get their kids a really cool education toy to learn from, then return it to STEMtrunk after a specific time period to get another one...

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Watch: iPhone X vs. Galaxy S9+ cameras compared

In the latest installment of our Galaxy S9 comparison series we pit the cameras of Apple's iPhone X against those Samsung built into its new Galaxy S9+ flagship. Find out which smartphone comes out on top in this video.

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∞ Meep Meep! The surprising history of classic...

I love this video. These cartoon sound effects are as familiar to me as my own voice.

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Apple, Whatsapp pegged as potential source for...

A leaked memo claims that should the Democrats claim the House in November, they will use subpoena power to compel Apple, Google, Amazon and others to divulge what apps that investigated individuals downloaded, and will pursue the app developers themselves for contents of messages.

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Report: Democrats outline plans to ask Apple &...

It appears that Washington D.C. lawmakers are planning to ask Apple for help as they investigate the use of encrypted messaging apps in the ongoing Trump-Russia investigation. In a memo, democrats on the Intelligence Committee outlined what they may do if they take over the House of Representatives in November…


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How ornate tapestries from the age of Louis XIV were...

This is an amazing video. I’ve seen these kinds of tapestries when I traveled in Europe and always wondered how they were created.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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This week’s top stories: Apple announces March event...

In this week’s top stories: Apple announces an education-focused spring event, Fortnite launches for iOS, a new 13-inch Retina MacBook in June, and more. Read on for all of this week’s top stories. …


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Making The Grade: Making sense of Apple’s current...

Making The Grade is a new weekly series from Bradley Chambers covering Apple in education. Bradley has been managing Apple devices in an education environment since 2009. Through his experience deploying and managing 100s of Macs and 100s of iPads, Bradley will highlight ways in which Apple’s products work at scale, stories from the trenches of IT management, and ways Apple could improve its products for students.

There’s been a lot of discussion in the Apple community lately about MacBook Pro vs. MacBook Air vs. MacBook. Each laptop has its pros and cons, but I want to consider which one makes the most sense in education.

I had to do this process two years ago when I was planning our technology refresh at our school. I came up with a list of guidelines that I considered to be important, and then let those guidelines help me determine what laptop was best for us.

  1. Compatibility with existing hardware (projectors, TVs, etc.)
  2. ...
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Hands on: Do more, faster on your iPad or iPhone...

Automation tool Launch Center Pro starts easy and gets complicated very quickly. For hardcore users, the app is great, but first timers might want to consider a more user-friendly app like Workflow.

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Apple's Newest iPhone X Ad Captures an...

Tom Warren, writing for The Verge: If you blink during Apple's latest iPhone ad, you might miss a weird little animation bug. It's right at the end of a slickly produced commercial, where the text from an iMessage escapes the animated bubble it's supposed to stay inside. It's a minor issue and easy to brush off, but the fact it's captured in such a high profile ad just further highlights Apple's many bugs in iOS 11. 9to5Mac writer Benjamin Mayo spotted the bug in Apple's latest ad, and he's clearly surprised "that this was signed off for the commercial," especially as he highlighted it months ago and has filed a bug report with Apple.


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Friday March 16

IK Multimedia Combines 94 Products into Total Studio...

It’s a monster software package that combines 94 different products into one, including AmpliTube MAX, SampleTank MAX, Miroslav Philharmonik 2, Syntronik, MODO BASS, T-RackS 5 MAX, Lurssen Mastering Console, Fender Collection 2, Ampeg SVX 2, and the Fulltone Collection.

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This week on AI: Apple's March 27 event, WWDC...

The week began with Apple exec Eddy Cue making a special appearance at SXSW in Austin, but the biggest news was the announcement of a press event for March 27, and plans for WWDC 2018's kick-off on June 4.

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NASA wants your pictures of clouds to verify its...

NASA announced this week that it's looking for some citizen scientists to help out with a project. Six orbiting instruments make up NASA's Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) project and they are used to study Earth's climate and the...

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Facebook suspends Trump-linked data firm Cambridge...

Late Friday night, Facebook has announced it's suspending Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL) from its site. While you may not have heard of SCL, its political analytics firm Cambridge Analytica has made headlines in the last few years due to...

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Qualcomm's Paul Jacobs removed from board as he...

Just days after avoiding a hostile takeover by Singapore-based Broadcom, the situation at Qualcomm continued to devolve on Friday when former executive chairman and ex-CEO Paul Jacobs was stripped of his board position as he pursues a bid for the company.

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Standalone Oculus Go headset could debut at Facebook...

Last year Oculus teased its standalone "Go" VR headset saying it would go on sale for $199 early in 2018. Now Variety cites unnamed sources claiming that it will debut at Facebook's F8 conference May 1st. That should provide the kind of stage Zuckerb...

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Speaker Comparison: iPhone X vs. Samsung's...

Last year we compared the speakers on the newly launched iPhone X to Samsung's then-current flagship and the iPhone destroyed in loudness, bass, mids, and highs. Will it do the same against the all new Galaxy S9+?

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Tim Cook meets with Treasury Secretary Steven...

Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at the company’s brand new campus, Apple Park, as mentioned in the tweet Mnuchin posted.


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Apple Schedules Education Event for 27 March 2018

Apple has announced an education-focused event to be held at the end of March, at a Chicago high school. You might not want to buy an iPad or MacBook Air between now and then.


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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin visits Apple Park...

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin met with Apple CEO Tim Cook at the company's newly opened Apple Park campus in Cupertino, Calif., on Friday, where he touted the firm's $350 billion "commitment" to America. A separate report notes Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is planning to meet with Cook and other tech executives later this month.

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Karlie Kloss' coding camp covers more cities...

Kode with Klossy, Karlie Kloss' coding camp for girls, is expanding this year. Last year, the program offered 15 camps in 12 cities, but this summer, it's running 50 camps in 25 cities and will teach 1,000 young women between the ages of 13 and 18 ab...

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Saturday March 17

Apple Files Patent for a new Temperature Sensor tied to...

Today, Patently Apple discovered a new Apple patent filing published in Europe that was originally filed in December 2016. The filing reveals that Apple has been working on adding a new environmental temperature sensor for iDevices and MacBooks along with a new interactive ...

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Friday March 16

Apple's CEO and U.S. Treasury's Steven Mnuchin...

United States Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin met with Apple's CEO late today to thank him for Apple's commitment to invest $350B in the U.S. and likely to discuss the U.S. position on the recent OECD report that may seek to tax U.S. tech companies.

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Apple Customers who use Windows OS on a daily basis coul...

Earlier today Patently Apple posted a report titled "iPhone Fans using Google Photos can now try the Preview of Google Lens, a Cool On-Demand Object Recognition Tool. Now Apple customers who use Microsoft's Windows 10 at work and at home using the Edge browser could now download Edge in beta for iPad and iPad Pro today.

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iPhone X vs. Galaxy S9+: Which Smartphone Has a Better C...

Over the course of this week, we've been taking a look at Samsung's new flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+, as these two devices are the iPhone X's biggest competition.

In our latest video, available on the MacRumors YouTube channel, we compared the Samsung Galaxy S9+'s dual-lens camera with variable aperture to the vertical dual-lens camera in the iPhone X.

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Samsung decided to focus heavily on image quality in its latest devices, and the S9+ has a 12-megapixel f/1.5 to f/2.4 variable aperture lens as its main camera, which is paired with a 12-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto lens, similar to what's available in the iPhone X.

A variable aperture is unique to Samsung's new devices, and it offers some benefits that are going to improve image...

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Quick Takes: Apple Pencil 2 Wishlist, Apple's R...

In addition to our standalone articles covering the latest Apple news and rumors at MacRumors, this Quick Takes column provides a bite-sized recap of other headlines about Apple and its competitors on weekdays.

Friday, March 16


1. Apple Pencil 2 wishlist: iMore's Serenity Caldwell offers some good suggestions for a next-generation Apple Pencil, including integration of Apple's W1 or W2 chips for improved pairing, haptic feedback, wireless charging, and multiple nib options both for improved friction and design.

Commentary: Apple today invited the media to an education-focused event on March 27 at Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago. The artwork for the invite suggests the Apple Pencil could be one...

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iPhone Fans using Google Photos can now try the Preview...

Yesterday Google announced on Twitter that "Starting today and rolling out over the next week, those of you on iOS can try the preview of Google Lens, Google's cool on-demand object recognition tool. Our report covers a video to show you the features that you could tap into on your iPhone

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A Major Apple Event will be held later this Month in Chi...

Today we're learning that Apple will be holding a special event later this month to "hear creative new ideas for teachers and students." While Google currently owns the education market, Apple may use this special event to declare war on Google. Will that actually happen later this month? Only time will tell.

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SXSW Interview: Eddy Cue answers questions on why they S...

At the South by Southwest conference, CNNMoney's Dylan Byers interviews Apple Senior Vice President Eddy Cue on topics of Netflix, the NRA app, device addiction and more

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Apple to Host March 27 Event in Chicago: 'Creative...

Apple today invited the media to an event on Tuesday, March 27 at Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago. The keynote will commence at 10:00 a.m. Central Time and will be focused on "creative new ideas for teachers and students."

Apple's invite for March 27 event via The Verge's Nilay Patel

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Thursday March 15

Apple and Google Respond to Accusations made by France...

Yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled "With the Threat of U.S. Tariffs aimed at Europe, France prepares to sue Apple and Google for the sake of 'Justice'" France's Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire stated yesterday that "I believe in an economy based on justice and I will take Google and Apple before the Paris Commercial Court for abusive business practices" against French start-ups. The first reactions from Google and Apple have surfaced and our report spells them out.

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'GrayKey' iPhone Unlocking Box Used by Law Enf...

Last week, news of a previously-unknown iPhone unlocking device called GrayKey surfaced, and today, MalwareBytes shared photos and additional information about the product, which is designed for law enforcement officials.

Created by a company named Grayshift, GrayKey is a small, portable gray box equipped with dual Lightning cables.

Two iPhones can be connected to the GrayKey at once, and need to be connected for about two minutes to install proprietary software that's designed to guess the passcode for an iPhone. Once the software is installed, it will work to crack the passcode, a process that can take as little as a few hours for a short passcode or several days for a longer six-digit...

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Quick Takes: Fitbit Executive Says He Hasn't Met An...

In addition to our standalone articles covering the latest Apple news and rumors at MacRumors, this Quick Takes column provides a bite-sized recap of other headlines about Apple and its competitors on weekdays.

Thursday, March 15

1. Fitbit's financial chief knocks the Apple Watch: "I have yet to meet anyone who owns an Apple Watch who's passionate about the product," said Fitbit's chief financial officer Bill Zerella. "If you don't have an Apple phone, you're not buying an Apple Watch… 80% of the world is Android, not Apple."

Apple Watch Series 3 and Fitbit's new Versa smartwatch

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New Apple Inventions cover Devices that may use Titanium...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of patent applications from Apple that reveal their work on treated titanium, chemically resistant compounds and protective enzymes that could one day apply to packaging films, iDevices, Macs and perhaps their Titan project.

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Intel's 8th-Gen Xeon and Core Processors Feature Re...

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich today announced that its next-generation Xeon Scalable (Cascade Lake) processors and its 8th-generation Intel Core processors will feature redesigned components to protect against the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities that affect all modern processors.

Spectre variant 1 of the vulnerabilities will continue to be addressed in software, while Intel is implementing hardware-based design changes to offer future protection against Spectre variant 2 and Meltdown variant 3.

We have redesigned parts of the processor to introduce new levels of protection through partitioning that will protect against both Variants 2 and 3. Think of this partitioning as additional "protective walls" between applications and user privilege levels to create an obstacle for bad actors.Intel's new Xeon Scalable processors and its 8th-generation Intel Core processors are expected to...

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Apple Denies Abusing French Developers, Says They'v...

Apple has issued a statement defending against allegations made by France's finance minister Bruno Le Maire, who earlier this week accused the iPhone maker of treating French startups and developers unfairly.

In the statement, loosely translated from French to English, Apple said it has "strong relationships" with French developers, and added that they have collectively earned one billion euros in revenue from the App Store.

Le Figaro via MacGeneration:We are proud to have strong relationships with tens of thousands of developers across France, who have earned 1 billion...

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Apple Dives Deeper into a future headset Display with Mu...

In December 2016 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Filed another Update to their Video Headset back in August Describing Two Viewing Modes for iPhone." Apple noted in claim #1 of their continuation patent that "a display is configured to operate in one of a normal viewing mode and a close up viewing mode and wherein the display is configured to operate in the close up viewing mode when the cellular telephone is connected to a head-mounted device." Today a pair of technical patents regarding a possible future VR/AR headset focuses on dual scanning modes for the display with one mode for high refresh rate content. .

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Apple Invents a Keyless Keyboards for Macs and iPad Pro...

In February, Patently Apple posted a patent report titled "Apple Granted a Patent for a Dual Display MacBook or Second Generation iPad Pro." Today we're first again in reporting that the US Patent & Trademark Office has published a patent application from Apple that greatly advances their keyless keyboard project in greater detail with patent figures illustrating multiple morphing interface options that are on the drawing board for music and more.

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Samsung's Galaxy S10 Rumored to Feature 3D Facial R...

Israeli startup Mantis Vision is reportedly working with camera module firm Namuga to develop 3D sensing camera solutions for Samsung's tentatively named Galaxy S10, according to Korean news outlet The Bell.

The technology would pave the way for Samsung to implement a 3D facial recognition system on the Galaxy S10, similar to Face ID on the iPhone X. The new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, which officially launch tomorrow, still rely on a less secure 2D facial recognition system paired with an iris scanner.

Last year, videos surfaced that showed the same 2D solution on the Galaxy S8 could be unlocked by waving a photo of the registered user's face in front of the camera. Samsung even confirmed that...

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The EU Antitrust Authorities will decide on the Apple-Sh...

In February Patently Apple posted a report titled "Europe's Antitrust Commission says that Apple's acquisition of Shazam may have an Adverse Effect on European Competition." The report noted that the EU antitrust enforcer had said that based on preliminary data provided by the seven countries, the deal may have a significant adverse effect on competition in Europe." We're learning today...

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Anker introduces Wireless iPhone chargers in the form of...

Anker has launched a new lineup of Qi wireless chargers called the PowerWave Series. They are designed specifically for the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

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Thursday March 15

Basic Synology NAS Setup

Over the years, I’ve setup dozens of Synology Network Appliances for customers and friends. But I never thought of doing much writing in the NAS space, be it for ReadyNAS, Thecus, Buffalo, etc. The interfaces seemed to change too fast and my focus was always on the management and connectivity of Apple devices. Slowly, over the years, small business servers have gone from being something you could make a decent living to something that should probably be hosted in the cloud.

Unless you have a design requirement that just can’t work in the cloud. And for that, there are a ton of options. Today we’ll cover the basic setup of a Synology to fill one of those options. Synology has a number of models. There are those that have multiple drive bays that allow you to run a RAID 50 and there are those with just two drive bays, that allow you to run RAID 1, or 0. But most have a similar, and sleek setup process. Start by putting all the drives in the bays and then powering up your...

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TA18-074A: Russian Government Cyber Activity...

Original release date: March 15, 2018
Systems Affected

  • Domain Controllers
  • File Servers
  • Email Servers


This joint Technical Alert (TA) is the result of analytic efforts between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). This alert provides information on Russian government actions targeting U.S. Government entities as well as organizations in the energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing sectors. It also contains indicators of compromise (IOCs) and technical details on the tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) used by Russian government cyber actors on compromised victim networks. DHS and FBI produced this alert to educate network defenders to enhance their ability to identify and reduce exposure to malicious activity.

DHS and FBI characterize this activity as a multi-stage intrusion campaign by Russian...

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Wednesday March 14

About the security content of iTunes 12.7.2 for...

This document describes the security content of iTunes 12.7.2 for Windows.

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About the security content of macOS High Sierra 10....

This document describes the security content of macOS High Sierra 10.13.2, Security Update 2017-002 Sierra, and Security Update 2017-005 El Capitan.

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Replace the VPN Server from macOS Server

Export macOS Server Data
We’re not going to import this, as it only takes a few seconds to configure new settings. Additionally, if you have outstanding services built on macOS Server, you might be able to pull this off without touching client systems. First, let’s grab  which protocols are enabled, running the following from Terminal:

sudo serveradmin settings vpn:Servers:com.apple.ppp.pptp:enabled

sudo serveradmin settings vpn:Servers:com.apple.ppp.l2tp:enabled

Next, we’ll get the the IP ranges used so we can mimic those (or change them) in the new service:

sudo serveradmin settings vpn:Servers:com.apple.ppp.pptp:IPv4:DestAddressRanges

Now let’s grab the DNS servers handed out so those can be recreated:

sudo serveradmin settings vpn:Servers:com.apple.ppp.pptp:DNS:OfferedServerAddresses:_array_index
sudo serveradmin settings vpn:Servers:com.apple.ppp.l2tp:DNS:OfferedServerAddresses:_array_index

Finally, if...

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Tuesday March 13

WWDC18 Registration Now Open

Register by Thursday, March 22 at 10:00 a.m. PDT for your chance to join us and thousands of talented minds from around the world in San Jose, June 4-8.

Learn more about the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference.

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WWDC18 Registration Now Open

Register by Thursday, March 22 at 10:00 a.m. PDT for your chance to join us and thousands of talented minds from around the world in San Jose, June 4-8.

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Using Managed App Config with Jamf Pro

Hey look, there’s a new category on the Jamf Marketplace, available at https://marketplace.jamf.com/apps/#category=AppConfig! The new AppConfig category gives administrators of any MDM that supports AppConfig access to a set of apps that support AppConfig. If you have an app that isn’t listed here, feel free to let me know. 

What does this mean? Well, AppConfig is a way of sending data into an app. App config allows a customer to deploy settings into applications on iOS devices in much the same way that settings can be sent into a Mac app via the defaults command. This means an end user could get an app installed on their device from the iOS App Store, a custom app, or a B2B app and that app would have any settings the user might need to connect to servers or configure...

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Monday March 12

Replace Time Machine Server on macOS Server with WD’...

The past couple of years has forced me to rethink many of my recommendations for how you backup computers in small office and home environments. Previously, I would have said that you could use a disk attached to an Apple AirPort. But the AirPort Base Station is no longer being made. Previously, I would have said you could use Time Machine Server, a service built into macOS Server in 5.4 and below. But that service is no longer being made by Apple. Previously, I might have even said to use the home edition of CrashPlan, which could have backed up to their cloud and/or a home server. But that plan is no longer being offered by Code 42.

So what are we to do? Well, luckily now the offerings out there are just endless. One of those offerings is so easy, you can run out to Best Buy, return home with a WD (Western Digital) MyCloud.com drive, and be up and running in about 5 minutes. I’ll cover other options when I cover file services and Synology. But in the meantime, let’s look...

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Sunday March 11

Embracing (and managing) tech for your iGen child

I have a new article for Thrive Global (another Arianna Huffington property) available at https://www.thriveglobal.com/stories/22889-embracing-and-managing-tech-for-your-igen-child. This one is on “Tools and best practices on monitoring and teaching your kids responsible mobile device use.” It starts out like this:
My world changed when I awoke one day to find my 4-year-old daughter with a tablet in her hands, watching Transformers. The sight unleashed a handful of worries I hadn’t before experienced. Prior to that morning, I knew her to be fan of Star Wars figures, Legos and stuffed animals. And while I wasn’t displeased by her choice to watch a Michael Bay movie, I did start thinking about what else she could access on the device.Click here to read more…


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Saturday March 10

Replace the Web Services in macOS Server with MAMP...

In an earlier article, I mentioned that MAMP Pro was still the best native GUI for managing web services on the Mac, now that macOS Server will no longer serve up those patchy services. After we cover the management in this article, you’ll likely understand why it comes it at $59. 

So you’ve installed MAMP. And you need more than the few basic buttons available there. So MAMP Pro came with it and you can try it for a couple of weeks for free. When you open MAMP Pro, you’ll see a screen where you can perform a number of management tasks. This is a more traditional side-bar-driven screen that will look like what Server Admin might have looked like before the web services screen got simplified in macOS Server.

The Hosts item in SETTINGS will show you each host installed on the server. Think of a host as a site. Each web server can serve up a virtually unlimited number of websites. You can configure an IP binding to the site, or hav

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Friday March 9

Install the ask command-line interface for Alexa on...

You’ve written an Alexa skill. Now you want to upload it to Alexa and submit for certification. Before you do anything, you’ll want to make sure you have a developer account setup and that you’ve accepted the EULA for the Alexa developer program at https://developer.amazon.com/alexa. To do so, simply go there and click sign in and it’ll take you through the prompts. You’ll need this as when you init your session, you’ll be prompted to link an account through the Amazon website.

Once done, let’s get the technical stuff out of the way. First, install the latest version of node from https://nodejs.org/dist/v6.10.0/node-v6.10.0.pkg (it’s a package so follow the defaults to install the package). Once that’s done, verify that the version of node.js is modern using the –...

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Thursday March 8

Replace macOS Server Web Services with MAMP

The most customizable way to replace web services for macOS with another solution is to custom-build your own Apache or nginx. You can even get a GUI for Apache on the Mac. If you want a one-button installation, the closest thing is likely to be IIS running on a Windows Server. But there are other alternatives that let you keep the Mac hardware and run sites on a Mac without the macOS Server GUI. In this article we’ll look at moving forward with a tool that’s been around long enough for me to mention it in about a dozen books: MAMP. Before writing this article, I tried out all of the tools available on the App Store and a few others. I still prefer running sites from cloud services, especially if it’s just going to need to run a single portal like WordPress or Drupal. But if you want a simple Apache install with a GUI, MAMP seems to still be...

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Monday March 5

Stuck in the past? Your time may get warped, too

If the recent kerfluffle among autopkg folks (over GitHub shutting off TLS less-than 1.2) is any indication, a lot of people are still on 10.12.6. If I may editorialize for a second, this is probably contributed to by Apple’s less-than-ideal planning, execution, and communication around the High Sierra release.

What makes me come out of an unintentional blogging sabbatical to talk about 10.12? Well, a pretty widespread issue we saw is time went out of sync all of a sudden recently, across a bunch of networks and even with a known-good image. NTP as a protocol is supposed to be lossy and expensive, so it should be resilient to failure to the point that you may not notice it skewing for quite some time, and querying it even shows a ‘resolution’ or tolerance that is measured across the various command line tools in 5+ digits/decimal places. Some implementations can’t even correct themselves if you’re off by greater...

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Sunday March 4

Bash: if, then, else, and expressions

One of the most important skills in any language is to know how a basic if then statement works. You set a variable, you say if that variable matches a given pattern (or doesn’t) then do something or else do something different. If/then/else. Other than that, it’s just syntax, and the annoyance of figuring out the operators and syntax. 

So let’s go through the below script (which checks a Mac to see if grayscale is enabled in Universal Access), line-by-line:

  • Line 1: we’re first going to create a variable called grayscale. We’ll fill it with a 0 or 1, the output of a simple “defaults read com.apple.universalaccess grayscale” command
  • If that grayscale variable matches 0 execute whatever is after the then
  • One line just for then followed by the command in the next line (which will optionally allow for an else)
  • Use echo to display the text on the screen that indicates Grayscale is disabled to stdout (which could be redirected if you want to do...

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Friday March 2

Get The Title Of An App From Apple App Store URLs

When you’re building and manipulating apps in the Apple App Stores, it helps to be able to pull and parse pieces of data. Here, we’ll look at two strategies that you can use to do so. It’s worth noting that the purpose of this was to use the URL of an app from an MDM and then be able to script updating metadata about the app, given that vendors often change names of the display name of an app (e.g. Yelp is actually called “Yelp: Discover Local Favorites on the App Store”).

First, we’ll grab a URL. This one is for Self Service:


If you don’t know the URL then you can get it based on the ID by parsing the json from:

curl ...

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Wednesday February 28

Logic Pro X 10.4 release notes

Learn about Logic Pro X 10.4. 

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Tuesday February 27

Invoking Automator Workflows From The Command Line

There’s a great website at https://macosxautomation.com that provides a lot of information on using Automator to build automations for the Mac. When you build automations, you can run them by double-clicking on apps or workflows. You can also invoke them with the automator command.

The automator command can, surprisingly, be used to run automator workflows. I know, it’s crazy. Located at /usr/bin/automator the automator command can be used to fire up workflows. In its most basic incantation, you can invoke a workflow without much fuss. Here, I’ll use a workflow that just fires up a specific screensaver:

/usr/bin/automator ~/Desktop/screensaver.workflow

In addition, you can run workflows in verbose mode for simple troubleshooting using -v:

/usr/bin/automator ~/Desktop/screensaver.workflow

Which shows you each thing that happens in a step-by-step:

Starting Automator…
Start Screen Saver is...

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Thursday February 22

Display More Screenshots on Your Product Page

You can now display up to 10 screenshots on your product page on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV, to show customers more of your app’s experience.

Learn how to make the most of your product page.

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Display More Screenshots on Your Product Page

You can now display up to 10 screenshots on your product page on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV, to show customers more of your app’s experience.

Learn how to make the most of your product page.

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Wednesday February 21

MacAdmins Podcast Episode 70: Tim Perfitt, Twocanoes...

Tuesday February 20

Tips For Writing Good Press Releases

Press releases are a timeless, yet current public relations avenue for communicating news, events, and updates regarding your business or organization to media outlets. These brief, informative writing pieces have managed to weather the test of time, with millions being emailed to newspapers, TV outlets, and radio stations every single day.

The media loves press releases. They’re like tiny bundles of news stories dropped on reporter’s laps. Given that the media cycle is in constant need of content, you should be taking advantage of press releases with every opportunity possible.

Here are a few basic tips for writing a good press release:

  • Brevity. Reporters don’t have time to comb through 2-pages of your business announcement. It’s recommended to keep the release between 300 to 500-words, effectively communicating your message without boring the reader.
  • Catchy Title. In order to catch the reader’s interest, you...
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Apple is now offering Certified Refurbished 2017 10″ and 12″ iPad Pros for $100-$190 off MSRP, depending on the model. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free: –... Read more
Silver 12″ 1.3GHz MacBook on sale at B&H...
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Amazon 21″ iMacs on sale today for $50-$150 off MSRP, depending on the model. Shipping is free: – 21″ 3.4GHz 4K iMac (MNE02LL/A): $1349.99 $150 off MSRP – 21″ 3.0GHz iMac (MNDY2LL/A): $1199 $100 off... Read more

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