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Mar 24
MacX MediaTrans 3.5 gets a tweaked user interface

MacXDVD Software has updated MacX MediaTrans (https://www.macxdvd.com/mediatrans/) to version 3.5. The tool offers extensive data transfer between Macs and iOS devices.

The redesigned user interface in version 3.5 provides improved responsiveness, extensive usability and cleaner navigation, empowering users to transfer movies, videos, songs, iTunes purchases and other data between iDevices and Macs quickly and easily, according to the folks at MacXDVD Software. I also supports iTunes 12.6 and iOS 10.3.

MacX MediaTrans is normally priced at $59.95 for a single license copy with life time free upgrade. However, it’s being offered for 76% off for a limited time.

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Mar 24
Apple’s online store offline until 8:01 a.m. (Pacific)

Apple’s online store is offline until 8:01 a.m. (Pacific), when the (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus announced earlier this week goes on sale in more than 40 countries and regions around the world.

The PRODUCT(RED) iPhone 7 and will be available in 128GB and 256GB models for $749 and $869. The (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 Plus will be available for $849 and $969 prices.
Apple is also offering a lower priced 9.7-inch iPad to replace the iPad Air 2, as well as rolling out new storage tier options for the iPhone SE and the iPad mini 4.

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Mar 23
MegaSeg 6.0.2 for macOS has over 30 improvements, fixes

Fidelity Media has released MegaSeg 6.0.2 (http://www.megaseg.com), an upgrade to the radio automation and DJ mixing system for macOS 10.6 and higher. The update features over 30 improvements and fixes including a new preset for Pioneer’s DDJ-SX2 controller, snappier segues, and many usability and interface optimizations.

MegaSeg is available in two editions. The $99 DJ edition focuses on core live mixing features with visual beat syncing via multitouch gestures, multiple outputs for headphone preview, MIDI control, automatic volume, advanced categorization, track logging, and integrated iTunes playlists. MegaSeg Pro ($199) adds video playback with ambient visuals, hot keys for triggering sound effects, automated music scheduling, advertisement messaging events, rules for applying artist separations, request lists with reminder notes, and more advanced features for professional DJs and VJs, radio stations,...

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Mar 23
Tango Networks enhances iPhone user experience for UC Systems

Tango Networks (www.tango-networks.com), a technology provider extending full-featured enterprise mobility solutions for Unified Communications (UC) and voice applications, has announced iOS Apple CallKit availability for iPhone devices connected to UC systems.

Tango Networks’ Kinetic Communications Platform integration with iOS Apple CallKit extends enterprise communications to iPhone devices and works across any UC environment, allowing employees to use their iPhone’s native dialer for business calls. Tango Networks iOS 10 CallKit solution enables:

° The iPhone to be a mobile endpoint of any UC system.

° Users to make and receive business calls from the iPhone’s native dialee.

° Direct access to corporate directory and rich UC features.

° Enterprise enforcement and control over mobile business calls.

° Business calls made through high quality cellular networks.

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Mar 23
MacX DVD Ripper Pro revved to version 5.5

MacXDVD (www.macxdvd.com) has released MacX DVD Ripper Pro 5.5, an upgrade to its flagship DVD ripper. The update extends the tool’s reach to non-UDF discs and main title check mechanisms. Plus, it’s faster.

The upgrade is available to all current MacX DVD Ripper Pro users at no charge. New users can get all the features and updates for $29.95 (50% off) for a limited time.

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Mar 23
PopChar for macOS gets a maintenance upgrade

Ergonis Software (www.ergonis.com) has rolled out PopChar X 7.7, an improved version of the Mac tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts.

Version 7.7 offers metrics adjustments for eight new fonts, in particular some of Google's Noto fonts. This is scheduled to be the last maintenance release for PopChar 7, while Ergonis is already preparing to release the major new version PopChar 8 later this year.

PopChar X 7.7 requires macOS 10.6 or newer. It can be purchased on the Ergonis Software website. The upgrade to PopChar X 7.7 is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7. All PopChar X purchases made in or after September 2016 also include the upgrade to the major new version PopChar X 8.0 and all subsequent 8.x upgrades.

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Mar 22
Comm-Unity releases version 2.1 of its CNS Image FileMaker Pro plug-in

Comm-Unity Networking System has updated its CNS Image FileMaker Pro plug-in to version 2.1 which includes bug fixes, more thread-safety, and ] CNS Core updates. It’s available immediately at http://cnsimage.cnsplug-ins.com/ for both macOS and Windows.

CNS Image is a FileMaker plug-in for working with images stored in container fields or stored on the hard drive. On the most basic level, you can use CNS Image to import images from the hard drive into FileMaker container fields and Export images from container fields to the hard drive using hard-coded paths or dialogs.

However, Importing and Exporting images is only the beginning of CNS Image. The plug-in can do so much more with your images. You can rotate images; you can create small thumbnails in your database of a much larger images on the hard drive. You can split PDFs into multiple images and browse through them all from...

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Mar 22
Lucid Auction Lister for macOS gets improved interface, more

Lucid Sky Software has released Lucid Auction Lister 1.1.0 (http://www.lucidskysoftware.com), an update to the eBay auction manager application for macOS. Users can create listings, sell on eBay and manage sales with this auction lister.

You can manage and organize your current and past eBay listings. You can compare listing details, duplicate past listings, re-list auctions that have ended, revise running auctions and end auctions early. Lucid Auction Lister 1.1.0 sports an improved user interface with better list view readability. It also fixes minor bugs with overall enhanced functionality, as well as adds the ability to list, re-list and revise in batch. Users can also download and view eBay order information to help manage sales.

Lucid Auction Lister requires macOS 10.7 or later. It costs $7.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the...

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Mar 22
Agile Tortoise releases Interact Scratchpad for the Mac

Agile Tortoise has announced Interact Scratchpad 1.0 (http://agiletortoise.com/interact/mac ) for the Mac. The menubar app brings the popular natural language contact creation tools of Interact for iOS to macOS.

You can type or paste in blocks of text with contact information and let Interact parse names, addresses, phone numbers into a complete contact record in your default Contacts account. This lets you create new contacts, or add information to existing contacts quicker than ever, according to the folks at Agile Tortoise.

Interact Scratchpad is available for macOS 10.11 or higher. It’s available exclusively at the Mac App Store. To celebrate the release, it’s on sale for 50% ($1.99) through March 29.

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Mar 22
ScaleMaster 2 released for macOS

RoGame Software (www.rogame.com) has announced ScaleMaster 2, an upgrade to the music app for macOS. The software was specifically designed to help with scales in a theoretical and practical context.

Serving as a practice environment and reference for over 200 scale types, ScaleMaster 2 includes 9 virtual instruments, a music notation interface, a full GM sound library and much more. Version 1.0.3 has been re-designed from the ground up with a modern interface.

ScaleMaster 2 (v1.0.3) costs $19.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Education and Music categories. Educational discounts are available.

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Mar 21
Apple releases iTunes 12.6 for iOS 10.3 and tvOS 10.2

Apple has updated iTunes for iOS and tvOS to version 12.6, which lets you rent videos once and watch them on multiple screens. However, it requires iOS 10.3 and tvOS 10.2, both of which are in beta testing.

With the “rent once, watch anywhere” capability, you can rent a movie on one device (iPhone, iPad or Apple TV), then finish watching it on another (iPhone, iPad or Apple TV). Prior to iTunes 12.6 you had to finish watching a film on the device from which you first rented it.

To get iTunes 12.6, launch the App Store app and click on the Updates tab at the top. You’ll see the iTunes 12.6 update, which is a free download.

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Mar 21
Matrox unveils the Maevex 6150

Matrox Graphics (www.matrox.com) has previewed an all-new multi-4K capable stand-alone encoding appliance: the Maevex 6150 quad 4K encoder appliance. It affords the full feature set of the Maevex 6100 quad encoder PCI Express card, delivering quad 4K capture plus multiple encodes to stream and/or record at low bit rates.

Offering four or more channels simultaneously, the Maevex 6150 provides an all-in-one, dual density form factor with the additional IO befitting an appliance.
With flexible encoding administration options, the Maevex 6150 can be programmed and controlled with the included Matrox PowerStream Plus software, managed via custom applications using the PowerStream Plus API [application programming interface], or started/stopped directly on-device with designated on-appliance buttons.

According to Ron Berty, business development manager, Matrox Graphics, other Maevex 6150 features include:...

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Mar 21
Swift Playgrounds available in five additional languages

Apple’s Swift Playgrounds for the iPad is now available in five new languages including Simplified Chinese, Japanese, French, German and Latin American Spanish.

Playgrounds is designed to teach basic programming concepts like loops and conditionals using an animated character that the budding programmers direct by writing code. The app offers suggestions for code to be used, and Swift Playgrounds also has a special iOS coding keyboard to ease entry of all of those pesky brackets. 

The app includes Apple-developed programming lessons, puzzles and challenges that teach core coding concepts, as well as built-in templates to encourage users to express their creativity and create real programs. And it takes full advantage of the power, simplicity and Multi-Touch capabilities of iPad. All programming lessons are now localized across five additional languages and are optimized to look even better and run faster than ever. 

Swift Playgrounds is available free in the...

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Mar 21
Apple debuts Clips for iOS

Apple has debuted Clips, a new app that allows iPhone and iPad users to create “expressive videos.” It lets you combine video clips, photos and music into videos to share with friends through the Messages app, or on Instagram, Facebook and other social networks.

Clips also introduces Live Titles, a feature that lets users create animated captions and titles using just their voice. Effects including comic book filters, speech bubbles, shapes and full-screen animated posters.

Clips lets users create multi-clip videos on iPhone or iPad without timelines, tracks or complicated editing tools, according to Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Apps Product Marketing. Touch and hold a single button to shoot live video and photos, or add them from the Photo Library. Then add artistic filters, speech bubbles, shapes or emoji. Users can also add full-screen posters with animated backgrounds and customizable text. Clips has dozens of music soundtracks to choose from, and...

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Mar 21
Apple updates the 9.7-inch iPad Pro

Apple has updated the 9.7-inch iPad, adding a brighter Retina display and improved performance with prices starting at $329. It’s apparently designed to replace the iPad Air 2.

The tablet features a Retina display with over 3.1 million pixels and is enclosed in a thin aluminum unibody enclosure weighing one pound for great portability and durability. It packs an Apple-designed A9 chip with 64‑bit desktop-class architecture. The front- and back-facing cameras offer exceptional low-light performance and HD video recording. The iPad has support for LTE cellular bands.

The 9.5-inch iPad comes in silver, gold and space gray and starts at $329 for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and $459 for the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model at Apple.com and Apple Stores. It also comes in 32GB and 128GB models. You can place an order on Friday, March 24.

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Mar 21
Apple debuts iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition

Apple has announced an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition in red aluminum finish, in recognition of more than 10 years of partnership between Apple and (RED). Buy one and you contribute to the organization that seeks a cure for AIDS. The special edition  (PRODUCT)RED iPhone will be available to order online worldwide and in stores beginning Friday, March 24.

“Since we began working with (RED) 10 years ago, our customers have made a significant impact in fighting the spread of AIDS through the purchase of our products, from the original iPod nano (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition all the way to today’s lineup of Beats products and accessories for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a press release. “The introduction of this special edition iPhone in a gorgeous red finish is our biggest (PRODUCT)RED offering to date in celebration of our partnership with (RED), and we can’t wait to get it into customers’ hands.”

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Mar 20
Urban Armor Gear unveils protective case for 2016 MacBook Pro

Urban Armor Gear (urbanarmorgear.com) has released its latest drop-tested cases for Apple's fourth generation MacBook Pro (13-inch and 15-inch models). The cases are made to fit both versions with and without the new Touch Bar. 

Urban Armor Gear's $79.99 MacBook Pro cases feature a translucent design that complements the slimmer, lightweight body and refreshed ports while providing three layers of protection from daily wear and tear and unexpected drops. The company's signature slim design has been independently tested to meet or exceed US military drop test standards (MIL-STD 810G 516.6) and incorporates a tactile grip on the hinge, providing a secure hold for transition from work to play.

UAG's new MacBook Pro cases are enhanced with impact-resistant rubber bumpers at the corners and skid pads underneath. They also sport cooling vents and a Dual-Lock secure closure system.

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Mar 20
Apple releases eight public, developer betas of macOS Sierra 10.12.4

Apple has released an eight beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.4 for developers and public beta testers.

The upgrade brings iOS's Night Shift mode to the Mac, allowing users to cut down on blue light exposure. It also includes Shanghainese dictation support, cricket scores for Siri, and PDFKit improvements.

If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so at https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

The developer beta can be be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center — if you’re a registered developer, that is.

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Mar 20
Screen Commander 1.0 released for macOS

Alien Orb Software has introduced Screen Commander 1.0, a screen blanking utility for macOS. Developed for users with multiple displays, it lives in the menubar as a small icon and provides screen blanking options at the click of the mouse.

Screen Commander lets you blank other displays while watching a movie, playing a game, or focusing on some work on a particular screen. You can blank out other screens when they’re not needed and quickly unblank them again on demand.

"I wrote Screen Commander to scratch a personal itch," says Brian Christensen, owner of Alien Orb Software. "Having extra displays connected to my iMac is really great for getting work done, but sometimes I just want to watch a movie or play a game without the added distraction of those additional screens."

Screen Commander requires macOS 10.12 or later. It’s freeware and is available exclusively through the Mac App Store (...

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Mar 20
Mac users can create art with their Photos using GoArt

Everimaging has (http://www.everimaging.com) introduced GoArt 1.0, a photo editor for macOS. It lets you take a photo and apply artistic filters based on the works of art.

GoArt offers over 40 different styles of art to choose from. Everimaging sayks it will release more artistic effects on a regular basis.

GoArt uses "fine art" presets based on the artistic styles of history's most admired artists, including Van Gogh, Monet, and Picasso. The app can also create works based on various styles of art, such as Impressionism, Pop Art, Expressionism, Structuralism, and more.

According to Maggie Wu, marketing manager at Everimaging, GoArt is the world's first AI [artificial intelligence] artistic app that allows anyone to export an HD image and make it possible to print their own works. The app lets you export your images in a high-definition format, up to eight megapixels in size.

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Mar 24
There's a 1-in-3 chance your family's...

Nearly 96 million Americans (or 31% of the population) have had their Internet network, e-mail, or computer hacked or compromised. That's according to the results of the Ooma.com Internet Security Survey—a survey of 1,000 Americans conducted by Ooma.

Notable findings of the study include: 

° 172 million Americans (or 54% of the population) have accidentally visited a website that infected their computer with a virus. A lack of awareness of which websites are phishing for their personal information or contain spyware, malware, or other threats leaves users exposed.

° 70 million Americans (or 22% of the population) wish their devices were protected from online threats such as viruses, phishing, and malware. Other users are either unaware that such threats exist, or don't know how to conduct safe searches, blacklist or whitelist domains, or filter content. 

° 38 million American parents (or 12%) wish they could block access to certain websites for their...

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Mar 23
Smartphone size preference size remains stable at 5-5....

In the first half of 2016, US and UK smartphone users were most likely to be interested in purchasing a device with a 5.3-inch or 5.0-inch display, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com).

The study also found that males showed a preference for larger devices than females, while Android owners still preferred larger devices than Apple owners. As in 2015, current smartphone owners are also more likely to prefer a thicker prototype with a longer battery life over a thinner phone.

Smartphone size preference remained stable in the first half of 2016, within the range of 5 to 5 inches. However, this was slightly smaller than in the first half of 2015, as the 5.3-inch smartphone was previously most preferred.

As in 2015, almost half of respondents in this study also expressed interest in a smartphone with a display size only slightly larger than...

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Mar 22
Five trends, factors that continue to impact cyber...

It’s become news that’s not unexpected any more. We awaken to learn that yet another national retailer has been hacked and once again credit-card information for millions of customers is at risk.
Yet, despite all the publicity these security breaches receive and all the warning consumers hear, cyber criminals still achieve success and seem more brazen than ever.

“Sometimes it can feel like the cyber criminals are working harder than the people who are supposed to be protecting our information,” says Gary S. Miliefsky, CEO of SnoopWall (www.snoopwall.com), a company that specializes in cyber security.
But when consumers and businesses are vigilant, he says, they can foil those cyber criminals despite all their scheming. To that end, Miliefsky says some cyber security trends and factors worth knowing about for the rest of 2017 and beyond include:

• Serious breaches still take too long to...

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Mar 22
Retail IoT platforms to connect 12.5 billion assets by...

New data from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that retailers will connect 12.5 billion business assets, such as products, digital signs and Bluetooth beacons, to IoT platforms by 2021. This figure is expected to rise from 2.7 billion in 2016, representing a 350% increase, according to the research group.

Juniper predicts that RFID (radio-frequency identification), will re-emerge as the industry’s “killer app,” becoming the key factor in the IoT retail ecosystem. RFID tags, used to identify and locate retail assets in real-time, are now at a low enough price point for mass deployment and integrate well with new IoT systems and analytics. New services, such as dynamic pricing or enabling promotional offers via in-store digital signs are also poised for growth.

Juniper’s latest research argues that “next-gen” processes, such as personalized retail, could be achieved by...

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Mar 21
Video is reshaping modern marketing

With its ability to reach and engage multiple audiences worldwide, video is becoming a vital component of the marketing toolkit. In 2017, video content is expected to account for 74% of all Internet traffic.

Research indicates that businesses that use video to market grew revenue 49% faster year-over-year than businesses that did not. When it comes to attracting an audience, four times as many customers would prefer to watch a product video rather than read about it. Asad Khan, founder of ePlanet Communications, Inc. (http://www.eplanetcom.com/), a global business process outsourcing provider, points out that the use of video in marketing is a vital part of an overall strategy.
 
Research has shown that video marketing offers a significant return on investment and increases the likelihood of a sale. While it costs an average of $115 in marketing funds to convert a sales lead using non-...

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Mar 21
Solar-Tectic LLC develops inexpensive sapphire glass

In 2015 Solar-Tectic (www.solar-tectic.com) announced plans to develop sapphire glass. Now the company has announced that it’s succeeded in developing this sapphire glass using its patent pending technique, which was reported on in “Materials Letters,” a peer reviewed journal.

The new sapphire glass technique involves the deposition of a highly transparent crystalline Al2O3 (aluminum oxide) thin-film on ordinary soda-lime glass, via a thin buffer layer, using a simple and common deposition technique (e-beam evaporation), thus achieving a breakthrough material which is much less expensive and much lighter than single crystal sapphire, and easily scalable for manufacturing and commercialization.

The sapphire film is extremely thin which is important for cost reduction in manufacturing. In recent years Apple Inc. and others have tried without success in making cost effective sapphire glass for...

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Mar 20
Research reveals content challenges to asset...

Quark Software (www.quark.com) and TSAM (tsamlondon.com) have announced the results of joint research on how asset management companies approach content creation, management, publishing, and delivery.

The research uncovers universal content challenges asset management companies face – from reliance on outdated technology solutions to increasing demand for Web and mobile content. The findings highlight how content teams struggle to effectively produce and provide multi-channel information to internal and external audiences.
 
“The way we consume content has changed dramatically in the past decade, but the tools financial services firms use to create and manage content have changed very little,” Gavin Drake, vice president of Marketing for Quark Software. “\ This makes it almost impossible to keep up with the demand to deliver timely and accurate multi-channel content, which is a requirement for firms that...

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Mar 17
AIM market grows faster than overall infrastructure...

The worldwide application integration and middleware (AIM) software market continues to grow faster than the overall infrastructure software market, with revenue on pace to surpass $27 billion in 2017, an increase of 7% from 2016, according to the Gartner, Inc (www.gartner.com) research group.

"Established approaches to application infrastructure are too rigid, closed and cumbersome to support many digital business requirements," said Fabrizio Biscotti, research vice president at Gartner. "Growth in mobile, big data, analytics, in-memory computing, cloud and Internet of Things initiatives is associated with digital business and requires application and integration professionals to invest in new AIM technologies. This in turn drives fresh integration approaches with new AIM technologies at their core, such as application programmable interface management and integration platform as a service.”

Three main...

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Mar 16
Study: Tech sector’s diversity problems run deep

The number of new devices connected to the Internet is estimated to reach 21 billion by 2020, but recent reports indicate that the tech sector’s diversity and inclusion practices have failed to meet a commensurate level of innovation.
 
From a 2016 report by Intel and Dalberg Global Development Advisors, almost two-thirds of tech workers are white. The industry could, however, generate an additional $300-$370 billion annually if the racial/ethnic diversity of their workforces reflected that of the national talent pool.
 
“The problem isn’t going away, and it will take some intense soul-searching on the part of tech leadership to get to the root of what ails it,” said Bill Proudman, co-founder and CEO of leading diversity and inclusion consulting firm White Men As Full Diversity Partners (http://www.wmfdp.com/) (WMFDP), which has worked extensively with Dell and other Fortune 500 tech companies...

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Mar 16
eSports, ‘Let’s Play’ revenues to reach $3.5 Billion...

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that a rapid rise in consumption of eSports and streamed games content will drive $3.5 billion in revenues by 2021, up from $1.8 billion in 2017

The report group’s report found that while the subscription model, as seen on platforms such as Twitch, will contribute significant revenues to the industry, it will be advertisers who reap rewards; with almost 90% of eSports and “Let’s Play” viewers also watching ad-supported casual games streams in 2021.

Alongside eSports viewership, the popularity of casual “Let’s Plays” (commentary on streams of the playing of video games) has accelerated dramatically. Juniper found that much of this relates to viewers seeking to improve their own gameplay, alongside a dedicated following of individual broadcasters on platforms including Twitch and YouTube. The research group argued that...

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04:00
Smartphone size preference size remains stable at 5-...

In the first half of 2016, US and UK smartphone users were most likely to be interested in purchasing a device with a 5.3-inch or 5.0-inch display, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics.

The study also found that males showed a preference for larger devices than females, while Android owners still preferred larger devices than Apple owners. As in 2015, current smartphone owners are also more likely to prefer a thicker prototype with a longer battery life over a thinner phone.

Smartphone size preference remained stable in the first half of 2016, within the range of 5 to 5 inches. However, this was slightly smaller than in the first half of 2015, as the 5.3-inch smartphone was previously most preferred. 

As in 2015, almost half...

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00:20
Get Free Bitcoins from 12 Faucets That (Still) Pay

We’ve put together a Bitcoin Faucet Guide with 12 faucets that we’ve confirmed pay out when and how they say they will. Bryan Chaffin explains how Bitcoin faucets work and which faucets you can trust to pay. [Updated our testing list, as well as a faucet that missed payments.]


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Friday March 24

23:58
Apple's 2017 iPad vs. 2016 9.7" iPad Pro:...




Paying $270 more for the same size iPad with roughly similar specs can be a tough pill to swallow -- AppleInsider examines the differences between the new 2017 9.7-inch iPad, and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro from March 2016.

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22:07
This week on AI: Apple's $329 'budget...




It was a very busy week for Apple, headlined by several surprise announcements on Tuesday, including a new "budget" iPad and a (Product)Red iPhone 7. A hacking group tried to hold Apple iCloud accounts hostage, and WikiLeaks released details of Mac and iOS exploits used by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency -- just for a start.

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20:03
PopChar X 7.7

Final maintenance update before release of version 8 later this year resolves a number of bugs. (€29.99 new, free update, 4.6 MB)

 

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17:40
Steve Wozniak Accepts Award from Startup World Cup,...

Steve Wozniak spoke at the Startup World Cup Finale Friday, where he talked about Apple’s early days, his own even earlier days, startup value, and some of the lessons he’s learned along the way. At the end of his keynote, he was presented with a miniature version of the Startup World Cup itself, which he accepted saying, “This one’s for Apple.”


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16:16
Super Mario Run 2 is Out Just in Time to Eat Up Your...

Nintendo released Super Mario Run 2 for the iPhone and iPad just in time for the weekend. The update for the Mario runner game lets you unlock more levels without paying by completing a Bowser challenge, adds new Yoshi colors for Toad Rally and makes it easier to win rally tickets, and improves overall game play. You can download Super Mario Run for free, and unlocking all of the levels costs US$9.99 as an in-app purchase.


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15:47
Group Demands Apple Pay Ransom for iCloud Credentials


Apple has received a ransom threat from a hacking group claiming to have access to data for up to 800 million iCloud accounts. The hackers, said to be a London-based group called the "Turkish Crime Family," have threatened to reset passwords and remotely wipe the iPhones of millions of iCloud users if Apple fails to hand over a total of $700,000. They have given the company an ultimatum to respond by April 7. Apple reportedly has denied that the group succeeded in hacking its systems.

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15:46
Apple Releases Swift Playgrounds 1.2 with Support...

Apple’s promised Swift Playgrounds 1.2 update is out with localized support for Simplified Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Latin American Spanish. The iPad app teaches coding skills for Apple’s Swift language so you can design you own apps for personal use or sale on the App store. It includes lessons and examples, along with templates to get you started on your own projects—and now you can learn in five more languages. Swift Playgrounds 1.2 is free and requires an iPad running iOS 10.0 or newer.


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15:07
A Robotics Competition You Should Totally Check Out

If you love robots, there are a bunch of robotics competitions happening across the United States right now. Jeff Butts has all of the details about this steamworks-themed event pitting high school students against the clock and their opponents.


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15:03
Apple updates iTunes eliminating a hidden feature

Apple today released a revised version of iTunes 12.6, which appears to eliminate a hidden option that may have accidentally been built into the software release.

Shortly after the original release of iTunes 12.6 on Tuesday, a reddit user discovered a “Show on Profile Page” toggle on a Playlist edit page.

Apple is quite clearly looking at social networking in iTunes once again. It makes me cringe to think that they are still trying to be social with music. I suppose it’s another place they can push artists that they pay millions of dollars to have exclusive rights to their music.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:37
What’s next for Apple Music and Beats 1: Original...

Now at 20 million paid subscribers, what’s next for Apple Music and Beats 1? While major updates for the service might not be expected until iOS 11 with a likely unveiling at Apple’s WWDC event in June, Apple has a few things planned before that and we have some hints about what to expect in the future.

Apple’s first original content starting with TV shows will launch on Apple Music next month, an expansion for Beats 1 is in the works, and tweaks to the Apple Music app to better highlight video content are incoming. Head below for our look at what’s next for Apple Music and Beats 1:

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14:05
The Week in iOS Apps: Learn to play a musical...

Name that tune!

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup includes two apps that help you learn to play keyboard and guitar. Got a song in your heart? Read on!

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14:03
Default Folder X 5.1.4

Brings a number of improvements and bug fixes to the Open/Save dialog enhancement utility. ($34.95 new, free update, 6.4 MB)

 

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13:30
AWT News Update: March 24, 2017

We're going into the weekend with a bit of news; some of it is upbeat, while some should be taken seriously:

  • Apple has added over 30 more financial institutions to its list of Apple Pay providers
  • A second update of iTunes 12.6 was released this week after a non-functional control was spied by a number of users. That control could be pointing to a future profiles functionality for Apple Music
  • ZDNet confirms that at least some of the iCloud credentials being held for ransom by the so-called "Turkish Crime Family" hacker group are valid -- it's time to change your iCloud password if you haven't lately

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13:29
New Apple Park drone footage reveals occupied...




Following a break in nasty weather, the latest drone footage of Apple Park shows yet more landscaping progress, an occupied research and development building, and the removal of most of the heavy-lifting machinery from the campus.

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13:06
Would you pay a monthly fee for an ad-free Twitter w...

Last night, a report emerged claiming that Twitter was mulling the possibility of launching a subscription tier of its social network. The new service is said to be targeting professionals, including journalists and news organizations. Though, the feature is not yet believed to be in development, but rather Twitter is mulling the possibility of integrating such a service into Tweetdeck.

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13:06
Coming Soon To Your iPhone: Over 70 New Unicode 10...

Unicode 10 will be launched in June and it will include a bunch of new, awesome emojis. There are 69 new emojis in total, and some or all of them may eventually make their way into iOS 11. Someone made mockups on Emojipedia in Apple’s style, let’s check them out.


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13:06
Apple: Macs and iPhones are safe from newly revealed...

The Mac and iPhone exploits described in new documents attributed to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency were patched years ago, according to Apple.

WikiLeaks released a new set of files Thursday that supposedly came from the CIA. They contain details about the agency’s alleged malware and attack capabilities against iPhones and Mac computers.

The documents, dated 2012 and earlier, describe several “implants” that the CIA can install in the low-level extensible firmware interface (EFI) of Mac laptop and desktop computers. These EFI rootkits allow the agency's macOS spying malware to persist even after the OS is reinstalled.

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12:39
Customizing the Services Menu Helps You Optimize...

Hidden within macOS is an often-ignored item that can really speed things up. In this Quick Tip, Jeff Butts explores the Services menu and how it can help you really optimize macOS.


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12:37
Hands-on with Nike’s Pure Platinum, Anthracite, and...

As was noted during Apple’s barrage of press releases on Tuesday, you can now purchase Nike’s Apple Watch Sport Bands separately. Previously, customers had to purchase the Apple Watch Nike+ hardware itself in order to score one of the breathable bands with compression-molded perforations.

In this post, we go hands-on with all three of the Nike Sport Bands, which include Pure Platinum/White, Anthracite/Black, and Black/Volt. Watch our hands-on video for a look at each individually packaged band. more…

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11:56
Apple reissues iTunes 12.6, removes mysterious...




Apple on Friday took the unusual step of reissuing Tuesday's iTunes 12.6 update, stripping out a "Show on Profile Page" toggle that may have accidentally hinted at plans for Apple Music.

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Friday March 24

14:12
Hands-On With Apple's New (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7

Apple's new (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and 7 Plus went on sale online and in retail stores around the world today, and after a short wait in line, we managed to get our hands on one of the new devices.

Made from a matte red aluminum, the red iPhone 7 is super pigmented and bright in real life, but aside from its snazzy new casing, it's identical to existing devices. Check out the video below for our detailed look at Apple's first red iPhone.

The new red iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus can be purchased from the online Apple Store and in retail locations, where supplies seem to be plentiful. There were lines at many stores around the country, however, so it could potentially sell out.

Prices for the red iPhone 7 start at $749, with the device...

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09:47
T-Mobile Rolls Out Tools to Help Customers Avoid Scam Ph...

T-Mobile today announced the launch of two new anti-scam features designed to cut down on scam phone calls, Scam ID and Scam Block.

Scam ID, as the name suggests, alerts customers when an incoming call is coming from a phone number known to be associated with a scam. Scam Block goes one step further, automatically blocking any calls identified as scams by Scam ID.

"Every year, three out of four people in the US get at least one scam call--and fraudsters cheat consumers out of more than half a billion dollars per year! It's insane - so we had to do something to protect our customers!" said Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer for T-Mobile. "So the T-Mobile team designed a brilliant set of patent-pending technologies -- then built them directly into our network, so there's nothing customers have to do. No hoops to jump through, no app to...

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08:50
Apple invents a Unique Air-Tight Protective Case for Fut...

Yesterday the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to a new kind of smart iPhone case that includes a detection mechanism that notifies the iPhone user with a message on their display when their device is securely in place.

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08:06
New 9.7-Inch iPad and Red iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Now Availa...

Apple has just begun accepting orders for the new 9.7-inch iPad and (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and 7 Plus on its online store in the United States and dozens of other countries and regions around the world. (PRODUCT)RED iPhones are also available for in-store pickup at select Apple Stores starting today.

The new 9.7-inch iPad is equipped with a faster Apple A9 chip and brighter Retina display compared to the iPad Air 2, which has been discontinued. It is also somewhat thicker and heavier than the iPad Air 2 since it lacks a fully laminated display with anti-reflective coating in order to keep...

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05:52
WikiLeaks Reveals CIA's 'DarkMatter' Spyw...

WikiLeaks on Thursday released new documents it says describe hacking tools used by the Central Intelligence Agency over the past decade to infect Apple Inc. devices. The fresh cache of documents raised eyebrows, describing sinister-sounding software such as “DarkMatter” ...

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04:37
The BBC Creates a False Narrative that Apple had to Chan...

The iPhone 7 Red edition is likely to launch later today in 40 countries. Apple's site for the new iPhone is down and to reopen at 8 a.m. PDT. Red is a charity looking to combat Aids and was originally founded by U2 musician Bono and activist Bobby Shriver. It gives the money it raises to the Global Fund for HIV/Aids that doles out grants. Today the BBC published a report about the Red campaign in China being different based on the government's homophobia. But is it true?

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02:25
Apple Store Down in Advance of (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and...

Apple took down its online store early this morning as the company prepares to launch its special edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in more than 40 countries around the world.

Internet users attempting to access the store section of the U.S. site are being met with the familiar "We've got something special in store for you" placeholder, accompanied by a relaunch time of 8:01 a.m. Pacific Time, which is when Apple previously said it would officially be launching the new red colorway iPhone.

Apple is also launching a new lower priced 9.7-inch iPad, new Apple Watch bands, iPhone...

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Thursday March 23

18:54
Apple Says WikiLeaks CIA Documents Are Old and Exploits...

In response to a series of CIA documents leaked this morning that outline exploits the government used to gain access to Macs and iOS devices, Apple gave a statement to TechCrunch claiming that the documents are old and that the vulnerabilities outlined in the leak have long since been patched.

Apple says the iPhone vulnerability only affected the iPhone 3G and was fixed in 2009, while all Mac vulnerabilities were fixed in Macs launched after 2013.

We have preliminarily assessed the Wikileaks disclosures from this morning. Based on our initial analysis, the alleged iPhone vulnerability affected iPhone 3G only and was fixed in 2009 when iPhone 3GS was released. Additionally, our preliminary assessment shows the alleged Mac vulnerabilities were...

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12:01
Apple invents new Safety Measures for Apple Watch and iP...

In late December Patently Apple posted a report titled "Family Sues Apple for not using a patented iOS Feature Designed to shut Off Certain Apps while Driving." The patent involved in the lawsuit was filed by Apple in December 2008 and granted in April 2014. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that shows us their latest invention related to shutting off messaging apps from both an Apple Watch and an iPhone while driving.

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09:46
The Government of India has Reportedly Rejected Apple...

According to a new report from India today, the Indian government has surprisingly rejected Apple's key demands regarding special tax incentives that it was seeking to expand manufacturing in that country.

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07:56
'iPhone 8' Still Expected to Launch in Septemb...

Apple's widely rumored high-end iPhone with a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge OLED display will launch in September, although the majority of stock may not be available until later in the fourth quarter, according to the latest research from Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis, Christopher Hemmelgarn, Thomas O'Malley, and Jerry Zhang.

"iPhone X" concept by designer Gabor Balogh

The prediction suggests that Apple's tenth-anniversary iPhone, which has been variously dubbed the iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone Pro, or iPhone Edition, will still be available in limited quantities in September. However, shipping estimates could slip to several weeks out just minutes after pre-orders begin.

What do you think Apple's rumored "special edition" iPhone will be called? Tweet us your own ideas.

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07:30
Apple Exploring Next-Gen Apple Watch Smart Bands for Spo...

Over the last year two Apple patents have come to light regarding next-gen Apple Watch Bands and today a new patent application shows us in detail next-gen Apple Watch smart bands aimed at sports enthusiasts. .

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06:45
WikiLeaks Continues 'Vault 7' With New Documen...

WikiLeaks today continued its "Vault 7" series by leaking details concerning CIA-related programs that were built with the intent to infect iMac and MacBook devices. Today's "Dark Matter" installation of Vault 7 follows a few weeks after WikiLeaks debuted "Year Zero," which focused on exploits that the CIA created for iOS devices. In a response the same day that Year Zero came out, Apple said that many of the vulnerabilities in the leak were already patched.

Now, WikiLeaks is shedding light on Mac-related vulnerabilities and exploits, which the leakers claim "persists even if the operating system is re-installed." The...

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05:05
Apple Invents a Method for Forming a 3D Glass iPhone Bod...

On Monday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Rumor Claims that the Anniversary iPhone will have a 2007 Retro-Design Modernized with Curved 3D Backside Glass." Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple titled "Glass Structure having 3D Shape and Uniform Thickness," which is proof that Apple has worked on such a design.

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03:28
Apple Continues to Dream up Accessories for iDevices wit...

Apple introduced the iPad Pro back in November 2015 along with their Smart Cover, a soft cover accessory that included a keyboard made of material. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple where we see that Apple's engineering team had considered a hard cover accessory for the iPad Pro and more.

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02:17
Apple Acquires Icelandic Company DeskConnect, the Team b...

Apple has acquired the Icelandic company DeskConnect, the team behind 'Workflow' the best App Store app for 2015.

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Wednesday March 22

20:57
Apple Responds to Hack Threats, Says There Were no iClou...

In response to a ransom threat in which hackers are claiming to have access to more than 600 million iCloud accounts, Apple told Fortune there have been no breaches of its systems.

Instead, if the hackers do have access to iCloud accounts, Apple suggests previously compromised third-party services are at fault. From an Apple spokesperson:There have not been any breaches in any of Apple's systems including iCloud and Apple ID," the spokesperson said. "The alleged list of email addresses and passwords appears to have been obtained from previously compromised third-party services.Apple's response follows a report from Motherboard that suggests a group of hackers known as the "Turkish Crime Family" have claimed to...

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16:48
Apple Acquires Popular Automation App Workflow

Apple has acquired well-known and popular automation app Workflow, reports TechCrunch. The deal was reportedly finalized today for an unspecified sum.

Workflow, first released in 2014, is an automation tool that can essentially do anything. It allows users to create a variety of workflows to accomplish tasks like creating GIFs from a series of photos, pulling images from a web page, translating an article, posting photos to multiple social networks at once, calculating a tip, and tons more.

It is equipped with a built-in Gallery, which allows people to quickly find and use a wide range of automation tasks, and it can be used to create custom automations.

Apple is purchasing the Workflow app and the Workflow team, including Ari Weinstein, Conrad...

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15:36
PC's are Going to Cost more in 2017 whether we Like...

With PC sales volume continually falling, you'd think that prices would follow suit so as to stimulate consumer and business demand. The news today throws that logic out the window...

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13:07
The New iPad vs. 9.7-inch iPad Pro and iPad Air 2

Apple yesterday announced the newest addition to its iPad lineup, somewhat confusingly called the "iPad" and known officially as the "5th-generation iPad," following in the footsteps of the fourth-generation model that was released before the iPad Air.

Designed to replace the iPad Air, the iPad comes with a tantalizingly low price tag: $329. It is Apple's most affordable tablet to date and it's a competitive price point that will allow the iPad to better compete with lower-priced Android offerings.

What do you get for $329? As it turns out, quite a lot. The iPad is a little bit iPhone 6s, a little bit iPad Air, and a little bit iPad Air 2.

In a nutshell, compared to the iPad Air 2, the iPad has a brighter display and a faster A9 processor (first introduced in the iPhone 6s). Other internal hardware seems to be very...

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Thursday March 23

15:30
Swift Playgrounds 1.2 Now Available

Swift Playgrounds, the revolutionary app for iPad that helps students learn to code, is now localized in Simplified Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Latin American Spanish, making it even easier for more students around the world to learn and experiment with code.

Read the full press release.

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15:30
Swift Playgrounds 1.2 Now Available

Swift Playgrounds, the revolutionary app for iPad that helps students learn to code, is now localized in Simplified Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Latin American Spanish, making it even easier for more students around the world to learn and experiment with code.

Read the full press release.

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10:15
Episode 123 on the Excel Bot with Jakob Nielsen—...
09:56
Jamf Pro 9.98 Now Available

The next release of iOS (10.3), macOS (10.12.4), and tvOS (10.2) bring us a host of new management features. These include DEP configuration, remote wipe, single app mode, conference room mode, and remote reboot for Apple TVs. The next evolution of iOS brings us sounds in lost mode, the ability to prevent users from connecting to unmanaged wireless networks (just make sure to push that policy after sending down the actual managed wireless networks – or eek), the option to remotely shut down and reboot devices,

The Mac options includes some of the above but also restricting the feature to unlock macOS devices with Touch ID, restrict documents and desktop syncing with Apple’s iCloud service. Shared iPad environments also get new passcode policies.

Jamf Pro 9.98 has also comes with Symantec PKI integration and lots, and lots, and lots of resolutions to product issues. For more, see https://www....

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Wednesday March 22

13:59
Unravelling Undocumented Middleware

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Some tasks are like the Labrynth. You walk around a corner, mark a block in chalk so you can go back, and then a goblin switches your arrow to a different direction. Or you go through a door and fall down an oubliette. But hey, if you write a few more scripts, you can always bring sanity to those you already have but don’t know exist, right?

The post Unravelling Undocumented Middleware appeared first on krypted.com.

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12:52
Office Store brings you Power BI custom visuals

The Office Store is introducing Power BI custom visuals to download and use in Power BI service reports and Power BI Desktop. Users will be able to easily discover and quickly download BI visualizations that interact with data to find key insights and drive important business decisions. Power BI custom visuals provide compelling data visualizations created by members of the community and by Microsoft. They behave just like the native rich visualizations already included with Power BI but can also be filtered, highlighted, edited and shared.

Here are some examples:

  • Word Cloud—Visualize the text in your data in a beautiful way.

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Tuesday March 21

16:00
Xcode 8.3 beta 5 (8E161) Now Available

Xcode 8.3 beta 5 (8E161) Now Available

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16:00
Xcode 8.3 beta 5 (8E161) Now Available

Xcode 8.3 beta 5 (8E161) Now Available

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09:00
Reducing complexity and boosting creativity with...

Architects have the unique challenge of balancing creativity and business needs to create something beautiful—and profitable. While the profession is known for vision and creativity, bringing a building to life also requires extensive planning and coordination. The assembly, tracking and accounting of nuts, bolts, beams and every other material needed—can make or break a project.

Tools that ease project planning and let architects and staff focus on the creative work are essential. Ian Butcher, owner of the small architectural firm Best Practice Architecture and Design, knows this well.

For Ian, becoming an architect was a near-lifelong dream. Naturally, it was the artistic side and not the business side of the profession that captivated him. “I grew up in the suburbs. All I knew were suburban houses and strip malls. But in 8th grade we went on a field trip to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. Our group was so large that we entered through the freight elevator. When...

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09:00
Announcing the SharePoint Virtual Summit

I am excited to announce the SharePoint Virtual Summit—a free, global online event—will be on May 16, 2017.

With more than 85 million active users, Office 365 empowers individuals, teams and entire organizations with the broadest and deepest toolkit for collaboration. Office 365 is designed to meet the unique workstyle of every group with purpose-built, integrated applications: Outlook for enterprise-grade email; Yammer for networking across the organization; Skype for Business as the backbone for enterprise voice and video; Microsoft Teams, the new chat-based workspace; and SharePoint for intelligent content management and intranets.

Last May, at the Future of SharePoint virtual event—viewed by over 50,000 people—we unveiled a new vision and roadmap for SharePoint and OneDrive. Over the last year, we have delivered on new innovations,...

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09:00
Scott Photography evolves with Office 365

In an era of filtered perfection and disappearing selfies, Louis Scott has made a living by photographing the authentic, “raw” versions of his subjects. The mission of Scott Photography (located in San Antonio, TX) is to help individuals and businesses grow through the art of portraiture.

Since founding his business in 2012, Scott has depended on Microsoft Office for operating his business. Whether it’s a corporate client in need of headshots for the employees who make their product possible––or an aspiring actor, hoping to be the next big thing––Office helps Scott to always be ready.

Scott has also taken more time for personal projects as his business grows. He created the Human Uniqueness Project, which includes The Firefighter Initiative—portraitures of firefighters in day-to-day life, rather than in the acts of heroism that characterize their work. The Firefighter...

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Monday March 20

11:00
macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 8 (16E192b) Now Available

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 8 (16E192b) Now Available

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11:00
watchOS 3.2 beta 7 (14V5249a) Now Available

watchOS 3.2 beta 7 (14V5249a) Now Available

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11:00
macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 8 (16E192b) Now Available

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 8 (16E192b) Now Available

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11:00
watchOS 3.2 beta 7 (14V5249a) Now Available

watchOS 3.2 beta 7 (14V5249a) Now Available

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09:15
Outlook 2016 for Mac adds Touch Bar support and now...

Last week, Outlook for Mac released two highly requested features designed to help you get more done, quickly. First, we added support for the Touch Bar for MacBook Pro users. Through the Touch Bar, we intelligently put the most common inbox, formatting and view commands at your fingertips—all based on what you’re doing in Outlook.

Additionally, we’re bringing your favorite apps to your inbox with add-ins for Outlook for Mac. Whether it’s translating emails on the fly or updating your notes or project board, you will now be able to accomplish all this and more right from your inbox. These add-ins are also available across Outlook for Windows, iOS and the web, so your favorite apps are always there to help you accomplish tasks quickly.

Here’s a look at what’s new!

Intuitive commands at your fingertips with Touch Bar support in Outlook...

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09:00
New reasons to make Microsoft Bookings the go-to...

Last year, we released Microsoft Bookings to customers in the U.S. and Canada, introducing an easy way for small businesses to schedule and manage appointments with their customers. Today, we are pleased to announce that we’re beginning to roll out the service to Office 365 Business Premium subscribers worldwide. Based on your feedback, we are bringing several new features to Bookings:

  • Add your Office 365 calendar to Bookings—Connect your Office 365 calendar to Bookings, so that the times you are busy will automatically be blocked in your public Booking page.
  • Add buffer time before and after your appointments—Do you need prep time before or after an appointment? Adding buffer time to a service automatically blocks that time in your Booking page too.
  • Bookings apps for your iOS and Android phone—Now you...
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09:00
Improving patient health through collaboration,...

Today’s Microsoft Office 365 post was written by Dennis Giles, director of Unified Communications for Advocate Health Care.

Traditionally, hospitals concentrated on taking care of patients while they were within the walls of the building. Today, there’s a new model for healthcare, one in which hospitals and healthcare systems look beyond the facility itself, helping patients avoid hospital stays and ensuring the best possible long-term outcomes. That new model requires a new way of thinking about patients and how a healthcare system operates to most efficiently care for them.

As one of Illinois’s largest hospital systems, Advocate Health Care faces special challenges. We aim for excellence in all that we do, but providing the same high level of service across our entire organization of 37,000 associates is no small task. We decided to enhance our ability to share best practices and promote teamwork among our facilities by giving all employees underlying...

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Thursday March 16

15:00
Episode 122 on Microsoft Graph webhooks, delta...

In episode 122 of the Office 365 Developer Podcast, Richard diZerega and Andrew Coates to Jeff Sakowicz about new Microsoft Graph features such as webhooks, delta queries and extensions.

https://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP122_Sakowicz.mp3

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macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 7 (16E191a) Now Available

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macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 7 (16E191a) Now Available

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iOS 10.3 beta 7 (14E5277a) Now Available

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The best new games we played this week
It's been quite the week, but now that all of that business is out of the way, it's time to hunker down with some of the excellent games that were released over the past few days. There's a fair few to help you relax in your down time or if you're... | Read more »
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Ticket to Earth beginner's guide: H...
Robot Circus launched Ticket to Earth as part of the App Store's indie games event last week. If you're not quite digging the space operatics Mass Effect: Andromeda is serving up, you'll be pleased to know that there's a surprising alternative on... | Read more »
Leap to victory in Nexx Studios new plat...
You’re always a hop, skip, and a jump away from a fiery death in Temple Jump, a new platformer-cum-endless runner from Nexx Studio. It’s out now on both iOS and Android if you’re an adventurer seeking treasure in a crumbling, pixel-laden temple. | Read more »
Failbetter Games details changes coming...
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Splish, splash! The Pokémon GO Water Fes...
Niantic is back with a new festival for dedicated Pokémon GO collectors. The Water Festival officially kicks off today at 1 P.M. PDT and runs through March 29. Magikarp, Squirtle, Totodile, and their assorted evolved forms will be appearing at... | Read more »
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Bean's Quest is a new take on both the classic platformer and the endless runner, and it's free on the App Store for the time being. Instead of running constantly, you can't stop jumping. That adds a surprising new level of challenge to the game... | Read more »
How to rake in the cash in Bit City
Our last Bit City guide covered the basics. Now it's time to get into some of the more advanced techniques. In the later cities, cash flow becomes much more difficult, so you'll want to develop some strategies if you want to complete each level.... | Read more »

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15-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pros on sale for up...
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T-Mobile To Offer iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus...
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9-inch 128GB iPad Pros on sale for $50-$70 of...
B&H Photo has 9.7″ 128GB Apple WiFi iPad Pros on sale for up to $70 off MSRP, each including free shipping. B&H charges sales tax in NY only: - 9″ Space Gray 128GB WiFi iPad Pro: $649 $50... Read more
27-inch iMacs on sale for up to $200 off MSRP...
B&H Photo has 27″ Apple iMacs on sale for up to $200 off MSRP, each including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 27″ 3.3GHz iMac 5K: $2099 $200 off MSRP - 27″ 3.2GHz/1TB Fusion iMac 5K: $... Read more

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*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions- Chicago...
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