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Feb 16
Clearhaus brings Apple Pay to 5,000 Nordic webshops

Mobile payment and digital wallet service, Apple Pay was first introduced to Sweden, Denmark and Finland in the fourth quarter of 2017. Now, in a move to make this new technology available to its 5,000+ Nordic merchants, Danish acquirer Clearhaus has added support for payments made with Apple Pay.

Soon after its Nordic release on the Oct. 24, 2017, top Nordic banks like Nordea, Jyske Bank, Edenred, N26 and ST1 were quick to adopt Apple’s mobile payment service, which allowed physical stores across the region to accept contactless payments with iOS devices, says Katrine Bak Primdahl from Jyske Bank.

Online payment gateway solutions and acquirers were quick to follow suit. Clearhouse CEO Claus M. Christensen, adds that “he emergence of mobile-friendly payment technology like Apple Pay proves that consumer behavior is changing - and webshops will need to adapt quickly.”

Clearhaus is an EU payment institution and acquirer, whose goal is to make it quick and easy...

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Feb 16
iDevices announces Instant Switch, a wireless remote wall switch

iDevices (www.iDevicesinc.com) has released the Instant Switch, a $34.95remote wireless wall switch that users can pair with their iDevices products via Bluetooth technology for smart home control. 

Instead of cutting holes or running wires, users can place the battery-powered Instant Switch anywhere in their home in seconds for control of their iDevices products. For example, when paired to a hard-wired iDevices Wall or Dimmer Switch, the Instant Switch immediately creates a 3- or 4-way control configuration for added functionality and user experience. The Instant Switch is also designed to control hard-to-reach places, outdoor lighting from inside, as well as provide additional access wherever it’s needed.

You can mount the Instant Switch with just a peel-and-stick to the wall using the included Command Strip from 3M. The pre-installed battery has a two-year lifespan. Since the Instant Switch...

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Feb 16
Default Folder X 5.2.2 improves speed, adds features and fixes bugs

St. Clair Software has released Default Folder X 5.2.2 (https://tinyurl.com/2gm24v) an update to their utility for macOS.

It enhances the file dialogs of all Mac applications. Default Folder X provides fast navigation to files, convenient previews, integrated Spotlight tagging and more. Its custom keyboard shortcuts put favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. Version 5.2.2 improves performance and compatibility while adding interface and AppleScript enhancements.

Default Folder X 5.2.2 is compatible with macOS 10.10 and higher. It’s a free update for existing version 5 users. New licenses are $34.95, and upgrades from version 4 and prior are $14.95.

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Feb 15
Rally Racers drives onto the Mac

Rally Racers, a cartoon-based car racing game, is available on Steam (https://tinyurl.com/y9594lgn) for macOS and Windows for $11.99.

It’s a “crash and bash” car racing game where you pick up weapons, boosts and rockets to help you through your quest around seven worlds.

Performing stunts gives you power boost and earns you counts towards your awards. Collect oranges to upgrade your vehicles and unlock new characters and new cars. Compete in 21 different tracks against other AI racers and try to be the first to cross the line to collect gold cups and awards.

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Feb 14
Twelve South releases the SurfacePad for iPhone X

Twelve South has released the $49.99 SurfacePad for iPhone X (https://tinyurl.com/zdrx3jd). It protects the front and rear of the smartphone, while providing sleep/wake functionality via magnetized front cover.

The SurfacePad for iPhone X has automatic wake/sleep functionality when opening or closing the front flap. It has a full-grain leather design and is available in black, cognac and deep teal flavors.

The SurfacePad for iPhone X Black is Qi charging compatible so it doesn’t have to be removed for using a wireless charger. It has an incorporated viewing/ isplay stand and a two-card wallet on the front flap.

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Feb 14
Jamf releases Jamf Pro 10.2, earns Gartner recognition in EMM category

Jamf has released Jamf Pro 10.2 (https://www.jamf.com/products/jamf-pro/), its enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution for Apple devices, which expands on the patch management framework by adding support for external patch sources.

Users can now leverage patch reporting, patch notifications and patch policies for any third-party or in-house software titles hosted on an external source, while keeping all third-party software up to date and secure with both Jamf-managed and external patch sources.
 
Additionally, Jamf was recognized alongside Cisco and Google as a 2018 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for EMM Suites, with a 4.6 out of 5 rating based on 135 reviews. The distinction is based on reviews by verified end-user professionals, taking into account both the number of end-user reviews and the overall user ratings.

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Feb 14
New Process Flowcharts Solution available for ConceptDraw Pro

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new Process Flowcharts Solution for ConceptDraw Pro. The new samples and library objects expand a set of tools and features for the software to allow users to diagram business process scenarios.

The new edition of Process Flowcharts Solution includes the CH-1 Business Process Modeling Notation to graphically describe the steps of a business process . It’s available in Solution Park at no charge to owners of ConceptDraw Pro 11, which retails for $199 per end user license and is included in ConceptDraw Office 4, which retails for $499.

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Feb 13
Jumsoft's finance tracker Money 5 gets Direct Downloads, becomes...

Jumsoft (www.jumsoft.com) has updated Money, their popular personal finance management app for macOS, to version 5.3.

The software offers a system designed to help you keep control of your financial life. You can oversee your account balances, track your income and spending, keep budgets, and so much more. Version 5.3 offers direct downloads, local data backups, cryptocurrency support, and more under-the-hood improvements.

Money 5.3 is available as a free download on Mac and iOS app stores. Users of earlier releases of Money 5 will automatically receive a Money Standard activation for a lifetime of unlimited accounts and transactions free of charge, and will be able to opt-in for the Money Premium plan with direct downloads separately.

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Feb 13
Karl Traunmueller rolls out Compositor 1.0 for the Mac

Karl Traunmueller has released Compositor 1.0, a new Mac app that brings WYSIWYG [what you see is what you get] features to the LaTeX document preparation system widely used in academia for preparation of scientific and technical publications.

Editing and viewing are fully integrated. The document is typeset with every keystroke the user makes, and the results are displayed immediately, according to Traunmueller.

Compositor works with macOS 10.11 or newer. A fully-functional 60-day free trial is available for download from the product's website (http://compositorapp.com). Licenses can be purchased from the product's online store at an early-adopter price of $19. The purchase includes all future updates, including major version updates. There are currently no plans to support Windows or Linux platforms, says Traunmueller.

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Feb 13
Howling Moon releases Verdant Skies for macOS and Windows

Howling Moon Software has announced Verdant Skies (http://verdantskies.com), its latest game title for macOS and Windows. It’s a $19.99 life simulation game in which you can customize artwork, dialogue, items, crafting recipes and more.

In Verdant Skies, you're on Viridus Primus, an alien world filled with wildlife and possibility. As you build a home for yourself, you spend your days fishing, painting and combining genes from various crops so they flourish. You make friends with a cast of colonists, deepening your relationships as you work together in this exotic world.

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Feb 13
CPUG Network announces 17th annual Las Vegas SuperMeet

The Creative Pro User Group Network have announced that the 17th Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet will take place on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in the Brasilia Ballroom at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This SuperMeet will celebrate the 17th anniversary of holding SuperMeets in Las Vegas and promises to be the single largest gathering of Adobe, Avid, DaVinci Resolve and FCP X editors, gurus, digital and VR filmmakers and content creators during the 2018 NAB Show. “Early bird” tickets are on sale now.

Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. with the "SuperMeet Vendor Showcase," featuring over 20 software and hardware developers. Stage presentations will begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 10 p.m.

The SuperMeet agenda hasn’t been announced and won’t be until shortly before the event, but will feature user driven presentations from Blackmagic Design, Adobe, Frame.io, HP, Atomos and more. The second half of the show will feature a special guest who will be announced soon....

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Feb 12
AKVIS Decorator for macOS upgraded to version 6.0

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has updated AKVIS Decorator, its smart resurfacing and recoloring tool for macOS (10.7 and higher). Version 6.0 offers new tools, the selection saving feature, full compatibility with Photoshop CC 2018, a number of interface improvements, etc. Also, it’s now possible to apply different textures to the same image.

AKVIS Decorator allows youto alter the surface of any objects such as clothes, furniture, buildings, cars, walls, etc. The built-in library offers more than 1800 textures to suit most needs.

The product is available as a standalone program and as a plugin filter for AliveColors, Adobe Photoshop and other image editors. A Home license is $54. AKVIS subscribers can buy the product at a special reduced price (10% off). One license key allows activating and using the software on two computers.

Version 6.0 is a free update for users who bought Decorator in the last 12 months....

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Feb 12
Cisdem releases iPhone Recovery 4 for the Mac

Cisdem (www.cisdem.com) has updated iPhone Recovery for Mac to version 4.0. The app can recover the photos, messages, contacts, video etc.

According to the folks at Cisdem, the new version enhances the contacts, messages, videos, voice memos, and call history recovery.

Pricing starts at $39.99 for a one-year license. A demo is available for download.

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Feb 09
Gro CRM Launches Apple TV 2.0 Update

Gro Software has updated their Gro CRM Apple TV app to version 2.0. Gro CRM is a Mac CRM software platform for small business contact management, customer relationship management and enterprise resource management made exclusively for Apple users and their devices.

The new update for Apple TV includes a new look and updates for tvOS11, streaming history, in/out employee tracking and more. Gro CRM 2.0.1 for AppleTV is available as a free download through the Apple App Store. and on the Gro CRM website. The download is free but requires a monthly or annual subscription.

Solo subscriptions are available for $14.99/seat/month, Basic subscriptions are available for 24.99/seat/month and Pro subscriptions are available for $49.99/seat/month. A 14-day free trial is available on the Gro CRM website (www.grocrm.com).

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Feb 08
DEVONagent 3.10 searches Google Scholar for case law,

DEVONtechnologies (www.devontechnologies.com) has updated all editions of its smart research tool DEVONagent. The update brings a plug-in for searching Google Scholar for case law and supports DuckDuckGo Bangs in its integrated web browser.

It also adds more formats for sending results to DEVONthink. Extended plug-in and AppleScript API [application programming interface] enhance the options for automation. The updates for all three editions of DEVONagent are free and recommended for all users.

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Feb 08
StarTech releases new hard drive eraser

StarTech has released a new 4-Bay Hard Drive Eraser for 2.5” or 3.5” SATA Drives (https://tinyurl.com/create.php) that erases four SATA drives simultaneously. It’s designed to offer an efficient way for users to securely erase sensitive data and information from hard drives in batches, ultimately saving time.

The $814.99, 4-bay drive eraser is made for the IT professional and technician, but also the tech minded business professional who wants to quickly erase sensitive data from SSDs and HDDs to repurpose them, according to the folks at StarTech. With several industry-recognized erase modes, users can erase the contents of their drives and confirm completion by connecting the eraser to a serial printer to print a receipt.

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Feb 08
Train Crisis game now available at Steam

U-Play Online has released Train Crisis for Mac and PC systems today. The game's full price on the Steam store (https://tinyurl.com/yabyetg6) is $4.99, but you can get it for 15% off for a limited time.

Here’s how the game is described: “Train Crisis is a demanding puzzle strategy game in which you have to guide trains with a different color each towards their corresponding destination. The game is set in 4 distinct historical contexts such as the Industrial Revolution, the Far West, the Modern Era and the Future. It contains 168 levels and it brights with stylized 3D visuals. The direction of the trains can be modified by changing junctions, timing traffic lights, avoiding traps in tunnels, and blowing up barriers.”

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Feb 08
iPhone source codes gets leaked online

Source code for “iBoot,” one of the most critical iOS programs, was anonymously posted on GitHub, which could pave the way for hackers and security researchers to find vulnerabilities in iOS and make iPhone jailbreaks easier to achieve, according to Motherboard (https://tinyurl.com/ya4h2hfm).

iBoot is the program that loads iOS, the very first process that runs when you turn on your iPhone or iPad. It loads and verifies the kernel is properly signed by Apple and then executes it.

Apple takes special care to keep iBoot secure and its code private; bugs in the boot process are the most valuable ones if reported to Apple through its bounty program, which values them at a max payment of $200,000.

“This is the biggest leak in history,” Jonathan Levin, the author of a series of books on iOS and macOS internals, told Motherboard. “It’s a huge deal.”

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Feb 07
Maintain serves up Cocktail 11.3 (High Sierra Edition)

Maintain has served up Cocktail 11.3 (High Sierra Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running macOS High Sierra.

It’s a general purpose utility for macOS that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. The new version adds ability to thin or delete local Time Machine snapshots and offers some bug fixes and performance improvements.

Cocktail costs $19 for a single user license and available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail/). When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch.

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Feb 07
Open Screen Ltd. releases Archisketch 2.9 for iPad

Open Screen has released Archisketch 2.9 (http://www.archisketch.eu), the latest version of its scale-aware sketching app for the iPad.

With its freehand sketching features and solid line drawing tools, Archisketch provides an early-stage design and development solution with, according to the folks at Open Screen, none of the complications of the CAD and BIM software traditionally used in the design industry.

Archisketch 2.9 is available immediately from the Apple App Store as a free download for use with up to 50 shapes in two projects, with an in-app purchase for unlimited shapes and projects for $9.99. Version 2.9 requires iOS 11 or later on an iPad, iPad Air or iPad Pro. Support for Apple Pencil requires an iPad Pro.

What’s more, Open Screen is now accepting submissions to it's "Archisketch Drawing Contest," with more than $2500 in prize monies to be won.

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Feb 19
Online Gambling Wagers to Surpass $1 Trillion by 2022

New data from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that a combination of increased uptake in digital products, coupled with new, positive regulation, will drive a surge in online gambling wagers.

The research group adds that they will reach a total of $1 trillion globally in 2022, more than the annual deficit being added to US national debt; total online wagers are expected to reach $700 billion this year, up from just over $620 billion in 2017.

Juniper says the online casino industry will drive a surge in wagers placed digitally, with this segment comprising over 40% of online wagers by 2022. This growth in the casino market will be aided by new technologies.

“We believe new channels, such as chatbots, have the potential to drive customer engagement, through delivery of personalized offers, alongside 24/7 player support,” says research author Lauren Foye.

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Feb 19
DRAM revenue predicted to grow by more than 30% this...

According to DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce (www.trendforce.com) the DRAM revenue for the fourth quarter of 2017 (4Q17) grew by 14.2% qurater-over-quarter (QoQ) to a new high, and the DRAM revenue for the entire 2017 grew by 76% year-over-year (YoY).

The main reasons are the rising mobile DRAM prices and opportunities provided by the year-end busy season and the releases of new flagship smartphones in 4Q17, according to the research group. Samsung in particular led the charge in hiking up the quotes of mobile DRAM products.

Depending on density specifications, prices of mobile DRAM products rose by 5-20% QoQ in 4Q17. DRAM products of other application types also saw price increases in the range of 5-10% QoQ in 4Q17.

“As for 1Q18, the latest survey of PC DRAM contracts for 1Q18 reveals that the PC DRAM prices set by the top three suppliers in January were on average US$33, showing a 5%...

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Feb 15
63% of smartphone users have one or more financial apps

Sixty-three percent of U.S. adults who use a smartphone have at least one financial app, according to a new Bankrate.com report. The average smartphone user has 2.5 financial apps. Among millennials (18-37 year-olds), the average is 3.6. It drops to 2.3 for Gen X (ages 38-53) and 1.4 for Baby Boomers (ages 54-72).

The most common financial apps are full-service banking apps; 55% of U.S. adults who have a smartphone have at least one full-service banking app, including 23% who have at least two.

Peer-to-peer payments apps (such as Venmo, PayPal and Square Cash) are the second most common. 41% of smartphone users have at least one of these and 15% have more than one.

Standalone budgeting and investing apps are less common; they can be found on just 18% and 17% of smartphones, respectively. Mint, Clarity Money and Wally are among the best-known budgeting apps. Stash, Acorns and Betterment are popular for investing.

People with banking apps are the most...

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Feb 15
Global consumer markets quick to adopt to latest...

The way consumers globally pay is changing, according to Market News Update (www.marketnewsupdate.com). As shopping habits evolve, e-commerce and m-commerce methods such as in-app and one-click ordering are becoming increasingly popular.

In addition, the exponential growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) is introducing a wealth of new payment use-applications, says Market News Update. The promise of frictionless, secure transactions in real time from any payment device (be it a kiosk, smartphone, computer or payment terminal) is one that gives the consumer complete control over their purchasing experience, adds the research group.

Electronic wallets and mobile ecommerce are continually gaining popularity due to rise of easy to use mobile apps while the market is driven by tech firms introducing new and secure devices and applications and by banks developing their own apps and providing on...

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Feb 14
Specialist wearables to grow over 25 times faster than...

A new research report from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) forecasts that specialized fitness wearables integrated into clothing and ear-based “hearables” will grow from an expected 4.5 million shipped in 2018 to nearly 30 million in 2022, an increase of more than 550%. By contrast, conventional activity tracker shipments will only grow by 20% in that time, according to the research group.

The new research found that as growth in basic trackers has slowed, session specific wearables, for example those monitoring gym or training sessions, have multiplied. Devices from companies like Under Armour, Sensoria, Gymwatch, Atlas and Jabra provide more granular metrics, without the additional messaging and call-handling functions of more general wearables.

Juniper says that the key battleground for fitness wearables is now data, which will ultimately become device-agnostic, thanks to...

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Feb 13
Robotic process software, services revenue to rise...

New data from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that banking RPA (robotic process automation) software and services revenue will reach close to $900 million by 2022. The research group expects the market value, estimated at $214 million in 2018, to expand over four times by 2022.

RPA was traditionally limited to replicating simple or repetitive tasks that require high accuracy, such as data entry. The market currently represents a ‘perfect storm’ created by the convergence of chatbots, AI-driven RPA software and banks’ digital transformation strategies. Juniper found that this has created renewed interest in RPA for financial services, driving market spending.

The research found that where AI is combined with automation tools, the potential for RPA in the banking industry is far-reaching. Use cases include compliance, digital on-boarding, and personalized cross- or upsell...

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Feb 12
Cloud infrastructure market grows 45% in 2017

The worldwide cloud infrastructure services market grew 46% year on year in the fourth quarter (Q4) 2017 to reach $16 billion. This brought 2017’s full-year growth to 45%, according to Canalys (www.canalys.com).

Amazon Web Services (AWS) remained the leading vendor for the quarter, accounting for 32% of the total worldwide market, notes the research group. Microsoft, Google and IBM also held their positions among the largest global cloud service providers, representing 14%, 8% and 4% of the market respectively.

The top four’s dominance grew, driven by their robust performances during the quarter. Microsoft (up 98%) grew the most, while Google (up 85%), AWS (up 45%) and IBM (up 9%) maintained momentum. Canalys expects the cloud market to keep growing in 2018, but there will be challenges ahead.

“2018 will be a disruptive year for the cloud infrastructure services market, which will affect the leading...

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Feb 12
Organizations are slow to advance in data, analytics

A worldwide survey* of 196 organizations by Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com) showed that 91% of organizations have not yet reached a "transformational" level of maturity in data and analytics, despite this area being a number one investment priority for CIOs in recent years.

"Most organizations should be doing better with data and analytics, given the potential benefits," said Nick Heudecker, research vice president at Gartner. "Organizations at transformational levels of maturity enjoy increased agility, better integration with partners and suppliers, and easier use of advanced predictive and prescriptive forms of analytics. This all translates to competitive advantage and differentiation.”

The global survey asked respondents to rate their organizations according to Gartner's five levels of maturity for data and analytics. It found that 60% of respondents worldwide rated themselves in the lowest three levels...

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Feb 09
Cloud infrastructure market grows 45%

The worldwide cloud infrastructure services market grew 46% year on year in the fourth quarter (Q4) 2017 to reach $16 billion.

According to Canalys (www.canalys.com), this brought 2017’s full-year growth to 45%. Amazon Web Services (AWS) remained the leading vendor for the quarter, accounting for 32% of the total worldwide market. Microsoft, Google and IBM also held their positions among the largest global cloud service providers, representing 14%, 8% and 4% of the market respectively.

The top four’s dominance grew, driven by their robust performances during the quarter. Microsoft (up 98%) grew the most, while Google (up 85%), AWS (up 45%) and IBM (up 9%) maintained momentum. Canalys expects the cloud market to keep growing in 2018, but there will be challenges ahead.

“2018 will be a disruptive year for the cloud infrastructure services market, which will affect the leading vendors’ costs,” said...

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Feb 09
Enterprise investments will drive worldwide ICT market...

Worldwide spending on information and communications technology (ICT) will be nearly $4.0 trillion in 2018, according to new data from IDC (www.idc.com).

The explosive growth of smartphones in recent years means that consumer spending will account for the largest proportion of that total, but growth will be driven by enterprise spending on cloud, software and infrastructure related to third platform solutions, according to the research group.

IDC says the consumer market will account for more than $1.5 trillion in ICT spending in 2018 and will deliver more than one third of all worldwide spending throughout the forecast. Consumer spending will also experience the slowest growth over the forecast period with a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 1.2%. Roughly 80% of consumer spending will go to devices and mobile telecom services.

Banking, discrete manufacturing, telecommunications, and professional services...

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08:08
Apple’s 2018 WWDC May be June 4-8 at McEnery...

Apple’s 2018 Worldwide Developer Conference will reportedly be at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose again, from June 4th through the 8th. Apple hasn’t, however, officially confirmed the venue or dates yet.


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07:52
iPhone and Apple Watch Emergency SOS feature save...




After a horrifying collision with a drunk driver at a stoplight, a woman saved her life by calling for help with her Apple Watch with its SOS feature.

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07:42
Huge crack in glass of flagship Chicago Apple Store...

A huge crack in the glass at Apple’s flagship retail store in Chicago has been present now for several weeks, and appears to be growing …

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07:32
∞ How iFixit became the world’s best iPhone teardown...

[VIDEO] This is a terrific story, well told by Jason Koebler and the Motherboard team. From the video description:

Every year there’s a race to become the first to tear down the phone, with teams from around the world flying to Australia—where it’s first released—to compete to be the first to look inside the world’s most coveted new phone.

This video (embedded in the main Loop post) is riveting, well worth your time. If this sort of thing interests you, you might check out this Twitter thread, where Jason tells the story about dropping his MacBook, cracking the screen, and encountering iFixit for the first time.

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07:16
Facebook Shows Why SMS Isn’t Ideal for Two-Factor...

Facebook is sending its two-factor authentication users text messages they don’t want. This situation provides yet another reason why you should use a dedicated app for generating two-factor authentication codes instead of SMS.

 

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07:14
New video shows drone crashing onto roof at Apple...




Illustrating the risks of flying over Apple Park, a pilot crashed a drone into the complex over the weekend, requiring the help of a fellow pilot to locate the wreckage.

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06:58
Apple launches “Close Your Rings” page, and a Stand...

I kind of love the look of Apple’s new Close Your Rings page. The design matches the Activity app icon, with lots of red, green, and that “Stand” shade of pale blue.

While we’re on the subject of Stand, I’d love to see Apple add just a bit more functionality to Stand tracking. As is, there’s a “you’ve not reached your Stand goal for the hour” and “You did it”. But nothing in between. The Activity app does show the individual stand status on a time line, but the current hour is either filled in (you reached the hour’s Stand goal) or faded (you’re not there yet).

I’m suggesting more of a status bar, something that fills up so I can see how close I am to my goal for the hour. As is, it’s a bit of a mystery how close I am. Sometimes, I get the “You did it” message and wrist tap when I reach the Stand goal, but often I do not get that completion message. Some sort of progress...

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06:56
Hands on: Promise Apollo Cloud 2 Duo provides...




Promise's Apollo Cloud 2 Duo has a simple setup process on the iPhone that just about anybody can handle, and is the closest thing we've seen yet to network storage as an appliance -- and we've got one on our test bench.

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06:14
Apple should’ve caught the HomePod ‘white ring’...

The "white ring" problem that affects Apple HomePods placed on certain kinds of wood furniture relates to the interaction between silicone and wood and doesn’t appear to be Apple-specific. Still, some industrial design experts that Business Insider spoke to were surprised that the tech giant, which prides itself on attention to every detail, didn’t catch the issue in quality assurance testing.

The silicone attached to the bottom of the HomePod reacts with oil-coated wood as a result of sound vibrations, leaving a white “footprint.” On the bright side, the problem probably wont be costly or time consuming to fix. Cesar Viramontes, a Senior Industrial Designer at Y Studios, a San Francisco...

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06:00
Take advantage of a price drop on a VPN Unlimited...

One of our favorite deals over the past year has been for VPN Unlimited -- a top virtual private network provider. What's the big deal about VPNs? Well, they encrypt your internet usage end to end, keeping all of your work from the prying eyes of hackers...or governments. Today's deal gets you a lifetime subscription to VPN Unlimited for $39.99 - a drop of $10 from the previous price tag and a huge drop from the regular price of $499.99!

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06:00
News: Happy Presidents’ Day from iLounge

Happy Presidents’ Day from all of us here at iLounge! In observance of the U.S. holiday, alongside Family Day in Canada, we’ll be on a limited publishing schedule today. We will be back to normal updates tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 20. Thanks for reading!...

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05:59
News: Daily Deal: Live Home 3D Pro for Mac

For Monday’s iLounge Deal, you can get Live Home 3D Pro for Mac for only $24.99 — that’s 64% off the regular price. This award-winning software helps you make any home design project a breeze, whether you’re simply remodelling your kitchen or building your dream home. Intuitive point and click drafting tools let you design advanced 2D floor plans, and then access an elevation view to see a 2D side view where you can visualize wall,…

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05:28
Idiots are tweeting the Teluga character to crash...

It was last week discovered that receiving a single Telugu (Indian language) character would cause iPhone, Mac and Apple Watch apps to crash – and it of course wasn’t long before idiots started doing it deliberately …

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05:00
Apple wants to help you get a good night’s sleep

Apple wants to help you get a better night’s sleep. The company has been granted a patent (number 20180042547) for “adjusting alarms based on sleep onset latency.”

In some implementations, an iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch can adjust an alarm setting based on the sleep onset latency duration detected for a user of the device. For example, sleep onset latency can be the amount of time it takes for the user to fall asleep after the user attempts to go to sleep (e.g., goes to bed). 

The iOS or watchOS device can determine when the user intends or attempts to go to sleep based on detected sleep ritual activities. Sleep ritual activities can include those activities a user performs in preparation for sleep. The Apple device can determine when the user is asleep based on detected sleep signals (e.g., biometric data, sounds, etc.). In some implementations, it can determine recurring patterns of long or short sleep onset latency and present suggestions that might help the user...

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04:56
Your old iPod is a time capsule of your former...

If you have any of your old iPods in the depths of a desk drawer somewhere, they could act as an interesting time capsule of your musical tastes in your earlier life …

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04:33
‘A Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia’ coming to...

Feral Interactive has announced that the latest game in the Total War franchise is coming to macOS and Linux sometime around the end of April.

A Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia is described as an epic historical strategy game, and the first of a series of standalone Total War games …

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04:30
Install Disk Creator makes it easy to create macOS...

MacDaddy’s Install Disk Creator, a free installer disk utility for macOS, simplifies the process of creating a bootable macOSinstaller from Mac App Store installation files, which can then be used to install the Mac operating system on any compatible Mac.

The application — compatible with macOS 10.7 and higher (including 10.3 High Sierra) makes creating an operating system install disk a simple process: you just  download the macOS installer from the Mac App Store, run the Install Disk Creator app, and select a drive to create the installation disk on.

Install Disk Creator presents a clean, simple interface that guides users through the process of creating a macOS installation disk. Novice users will appreciate the application's ease of use, while power users will appreciate the ability to create installation disks without the need to remember the entire series of commands that were once required...

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04:03
HomePod’s white ring problem should be easy to solve...

The HomePod wasn’t available for long before some owners started noticing that it can leave a white ring on some types of wood.

Industrial designers have said that it’s surprising that Apple didn’t catch the issue during testing, but the good news is that it shouldn’t be hard for the company to resolve …

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04:00
How to listen to podcasts on a HomePod

It’s easy to listen to podcasts on a HomePod. There are hundreds of thousands of free podcasts to choose from.

  • How to listen to a podcast. Say, for example, “Hey Siri, play the podcast Myths & Legends.”
  • How to subscribe to a podcast. Say “Hey Siri, subscribe to this podcast” to add it to your library. When new episodes are available, they appear in Listen Now in the Podcasts app on your iOS device and Apple TV.
  • How to change the playing speed. Say “Hey Siri, play this faster,” or “Hey Siri, play this slower” to listen to news and podcasts at a pace you’re most comfortable with.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 19, 2018

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates

Kiupe has launched Math Mathews Fractions. Developed for children ages 9 to 12, the $2.99 app is designed to help kids learn about fractions, and is packed full of puzzles, treasure, and swashbuckling pirates. There are 12  modules that cover all of the concepts relating to fractions.

Kalypso Media has releases Ski Jumping Pro, an update of its winter sports title. The app now boasts an entirely new graphics engine, revamped multiplayer mode, additional courses and improved character models and environments. Ski Jumping Pro is free...

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03:15
Rumor: Apple to possibly host WWDC from June 4-8 at...

If you’re looking to attend Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference this year, you might be headed to San Jose.

A current rumor has it that the 2018 WWDC may take place between Monday, June 4 and Friday, June 8 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, the same venue where WWDC 2017 was hosted.

The conference was hosted at the Moscone Center in San Francisco between 2003 and 2016.

In addition, the McEnery Convention Center is already booked with other events during the second, third, and fourth weeks of this June, leaving the first full week of the month as the only available window for WWDC 2018, barring the rare possibility that Apple shares the space with other events simultaneously.

WWDC has typically occurred during June since the 2000s and tends to fall within the first half of the month. Apple has yet to finalize the dates, though the announcement generally occurs in April.

WWDC is where Apple unveils the latest...

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03:00
Twitter announces plans to discontinue Mac version...

In less than a month, Twitter’s Mac client will no longer be available.

Per an announcement from @TwitterSupport on Friday, the company said Twitter for Mac is no longer available for download starting now, and that it will not supported at all in 30 days.

The company offered the following explanation as to why its web-based client is better than the Mac client:

We’re focusing our efforts on a great Twitter experience that’s consistent across platforms. So, starting today the Twitter for Mac app will no longer be available for download, and in 30 days will no longer be supported.

Twitter has long made it clear it would rather we use a browser on the desktop, a view that has caused controversy for much of its user base.

Definitely not a popular move.

Please let us know what you make of this in the comments.

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Monday February 19

08:30
Could Apple's move into Health Care be a Game Chang...

Last week Apple's CEO Tim Cook talked up the company's ambitions in the health-care sector by hinting that it will move beyond wellness apps and devices, like its step-tracking Apple Watch. Today a major tech publication lists three reasons why Apple's move into health care could be a game changer.

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07:01
Apple Widens the Smartphone Profit Gap with Samsung and...

Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "The Success of Apple's Holiday Quarter Continues with the iPhone Capturing 51% of Global Smartphone Revenue Share." The data was from Strategy Analytics. Today a new report from a second analytical company goes one step further and shows us the profit breakdown across various markets that's even more impressive. One chart, as noted in-part above, shows us that the profit gap between Apple and Samsung is getting much wider.

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05:55
Industrial Design Experts Say HomePod's White Ring...

Last week, Apple confirmed that the HomePod can potentially leave white rings on the surface of wooden furniture with oil or wax finishes. In an effort to help users prevent seeing these rings appear on their own furniture, Apple shared a support document on "Where to place HomePod," detailing how the interaction between the HomePod's vibration-dampening silicone base and a wooden surface has the chance to result in a white ring.

Business Insider recently spoke with a few industrial design experts who believe that the problem "shouldn't be too hard to fix" for Apple." Gregor Berkowitz, a product development consultant for numerous consumer electronics brands, expects Apple to "re-tool" its HomePod manufacturing process to address the issue with the...

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02:48
APFS Bug in macOS High Sierra Can Cause Data Loss When W...

Apple's APFS file system included in macOS High Sierra suffers from a disk image vulnerability that in certain circumstances can lead to data loss, according to the creator of Carbon Copy Cloner.

In a blog post last Thursday, software developer Mike Bombich explained that he had uncovered the data writing flaw in the Apple File System, or APFS, through his regular work with "sparse" disk images.

For those who aren't familiar with the term, a sparse disk image is basically a file that macOS mounts on the desktop and treats as if it was a physically attached drive with a classic disk volume structure. The flexibility of sparse disk images means they are commonly used in the course of performing backup and disk cloning operations, hence Bombich's extensive experience with them.

Earlier this week I noticed that an APFS-formatted sparsebundle disk image volume...

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Sunday February 18

12:36
Apple's iPhone X is the Instant Scapegoat for Samsu...

A story out of Japan on Friday stated that "Other smartphone makers, who Samsung had hoped would incorporate OLED panels, have been slow to make the transition due to their expense and are sticking to liquid crystal displays." Apparently that reality doesn't sell stories, so the Nikkei Asian Review decided to just throw in Apple as being Samsung's problem to make the story a mover.

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08:24
The City of Providence Sues Intel over Meltdown and Spec...

While Class Action lawsuits against Apple over intentionally slowing older iPhones have sailed past 55 thus far, Intel made it public on Friday that they've been hit with 32 class actions over Meltdown and Spectre as of February 15, 2018. One of the Class Actions in that group was filed last Monday by the city of Providence who is demanding $5 billion.

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03:48
Creepy Robotic Smart Dogs and Apple Slapstick become Tec...

I'm a sucker for slapstick, hands down. One of this week's craziest stories that we heard about was Apple filming a slapstick series at Apple Park that turned out to be reality. The second craziest story or creepiest, depending how you view it, is about AI security dogs. You'll either want one, or fear the very thought of ever running into one.

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Friday February 16

15:47
Apple Shares New Video on Getting the Most From HomePod

Apple this afternoon shared a new HomePod tutorial video on its Apple Support YouTube channel, which is designed to help new HomePod users get the most out of their new speakers.

The three minute video covers various Siri commands for accessing music, podcasts, news, and personal requests, using the iPhone as a HomePod remote, using the HomePod as a speakerphone, controlling HomeKit devices, and more.

As a warning, this video does include "Hey Siri" commands that have the potential to activate your own HomePod when you watch it, so you might want to watch with headphones.

In the description of the video, Apple links to multiple HomePod support documents, which are useful for HomePod owners who are still learning the ins and outs of the HomePod. These documents cover topics like using the Home app, using VoiceOver, listening to Podcasts, AirPlaying audio, and more.

This is the...

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11:01
HP now Offers Apple Devices to Enterprise Clients as a S...

Under Apple's late CEO and Co-Founder, the company was deadly focused on the consumer side of the market. Unless you've been living under a rock, Apple's current CEO has been steadily moving deeper into the enterprise market with partners like IBM, Cisco, SAP, Deloitte, GE, Accenture and others. This week HP announced they've expanded Device as a Service (DaaS) to now offer Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod and Macs) to enterprise customers.

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10:10
WWDC 2018 Dates Possibly June 4-8 at San Jose Convention...

Apple has yet to announce dates for the 2018 edition of its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, but there's evidence to suggest the event may take place between Monday, June 4 and Friday, June 8 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, the same venue where WWDC 2017 was hosted.

First, we've heard from a reliable source who says WWDC will in fact return to the McEnery Convention Center for the second consecutive year, after having been hosted at the Moscone Center in San Francisco between 2003 and 2016.

Next, we've discovered that the McEnery Convention Center is already booked with other events during the second, third, and fourth weeks of this June, leaving the first full week of the month as the only available window for WWDC 2018, barring the rare possibility that Apple shares the space with other events simultaneously.

- June 4-8: WWDC 2018 (?)
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08:50
Iranian Spyware Designed to Follow Iranians and Iranian...

In an explosive new report published today they claim that spyware-enabled messaging apps are being used by the Iranian regime to spy on their citizens and Iranian expats in the West. Iran could be spying on Brits and Americans using 'weaponized' apps which are available on Apple's App Store and Google's online store.

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07:53
The Hong Kong Patent Office Grants Apple Seven HomePod D...

If you're an Apple Music subscriber, then the new HomePod is the ultimate smart speaker.

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Thursday February 15

14:15
Apple Renews 'Carpool Karaoke: The Series' for...

Apple has renewed "Carpool Karaoke: The Series" for a second season, CBS CEO Les Moonves announced this afternoon (via The Hollywood Reporter). Positioned as Apple's second original TV show after "Planet of the Apps," "Carpool Karaoke: The Series" season 1 debuted last August.

"Carpool Karaoke: The Series" is based on the Carpool Karaoke segment made popular by "The Late Late Show With James Corden." Apple's TV show pairs up different celebrities, musicians, athletes, putting them together in a car to sing popular songs.

In season 1, featured celebrity pairings included Will Smith and James Corden; Miley, Noah, Billy Ray and the entire Cyrus family; Shakira and Trevor Noah; Game of Thrones stars Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams; Queen Latifah and Jada...

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12:26
Apple to Fix Telugu Character Bug Causing Devices to Cra...

Apple has confirmed that a fix for a recently discovered bug that causes apps like Messages to crash on iPhone, iPad, and Mac has been included in iOS 11.3, macOS 10.13.4, watchOS 4.3, and tvOS 11.3, updates that are currently being beta tested ahead of a release this spring.

Furthermore, Apple told iMore's Rene Ritchie that the bug will also be addressed in an upcoming iOS update that will be released in the near future, ahead of iOS 11.3, so customers won't need to wait several weeks for a fix. Minor updates for other operating systems will likely come at the same time.

The bug, induced by sending a specific character in the Indian language Telugu, causes certain apps on iPhones, iPads, and Macs to freeze up and become unresponsive. Messages, Safari, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and...

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11:09
Apple's First Flagship Store in Thailand Appears to...

It's being reported today by Germany's Storeteller site that the city panorama of Bangkok gets a new landmark with ICONSIAM. Should the illustration adequately reflect the future luxury shopping mall, Apple will be exposed to the first Apple store in Thailand on the banks of the Chao Phraya. (CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE) Other concept drawing below show different views...

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10:04
The Success of Apple's Holiday Quarter Continues wi...

A quick peek at our recent reports covering Apple product market statistics for the holiday quarter will show you that Apple was running hot on all cylinders. Today we learn about the most important statistic by far. Apple generated more profit than the whole industry combined. It's not about iPhone volume down 1%, it's about showing the market the money!

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10:01
Like HomePod, Sonos One Leaves White Rings on Some Furni...

The HomePod's silicone base can leave white rings on some wood surfaces that have an oil or wax finish, a problem that Apple yesterday said was "not unusual." As it turns out, Apple wasn't incorrect -- the Sonos One, a competing smart speaker, also leaves white rings on furniture.

Tom's Guide reviewer Mike Prospero read about the HomePod causing rings on furniture yesterday and went to check his wood cabinet, where he did indeed discover a ring caused by the HomePod. But next to it, he found smaller square shaped marks, which had been caused by the Sonos One located near the HomePod.

Image via Tom's GuideWhen I got home, I saw a large white ring, a telltale indication that the HomePod's silicone...

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09:16
Apple Patent Reveals a Vital Signs Monitoring System Int...

During Apple's shareholder meeting Apple's CEO stated that "We can make a 'significant contribution' in health care." Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to health care titled "Vital Signs Monitoring System." Apple acquired Beddit in early 2017 and I thought today's patent could have derived from them. But that proved not to be the case as the inventors have been long standing Apple engineers.

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09:10
Apple Recorded More Than Half of Total Smartphone Indust...

Apple captured a record 51 percent share of revenue in the worldwide smartphone industry last quarter, which encompassed the launch of the iPhone X, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.

iPhone revenue totaled $61.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2017, as Apple disclosed in its earnings report earlier this month. Strategy Analytics estimates Apple's smartphone revenue was three times higher than its nearest rival Samsung and seven times more than Chinese competitor Huawei.

Apple accounted for more smartphone revenue than the rest of the entire industry combined in the quarter, driven by "solid demand" for the iPhone X, said...

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07:40
Apple Patent Updates their Transparent Display Invention...

Apple was granted a patent for specialty Augmented Reality display back in November 2017. We covered this development in a report titled "Apple Wins Patent for a Possible Future Augmented Reality Display Designed for Macs & Beyond." Today, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application / continuation patent regarding this invention with a new theme being added to its patent claims.

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Thursday February 15

09:53
Migrating the Mail Service From macOS Server

Migrating from macOS Mail Server is going to be one of the stranger migrations you might do. Why? Unless you’re moving to basically a custom build of the same tools used in macOS Server (which you’d do by forklifting /Library/Server/Mail/ into a postfix environment and putting the various components Apple changed at compile-time back together), the process for moving to a modern system is going to rely on IMAP and look a little like this:

  • Get a list of accounts
  • Provide the password for each account
  • Setup an initial sync of mailbox contents
  • Look for errors
  • On the day that you cut MX records, do another sync
  • On the day that you cut MX records, migrate local accounts
  • Do a final sync
  • Archive the spam account
  • Take the server offline

You can do this with less effort (e.g. users need to backup their mailboxes, do the sync once, etc), but in my experience the above process has produced the...

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Wednesday February 14

11:14
About the security content of macOS High Sierra 10.13

This document describes the security content of macOS High Sierra 10.13.

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11:12
About the security content of Safari 11

This document describes the security content of Safari 11.

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Tuesday February 13

04:00
Node Plugin To Embed Device Details From Jamf Pro...

Been working on a new plugin to embed device details from Jamf Pro into Jira Service Desk. It looks a little like this:


To access the plugin, see the links below.

Inserting a name or serial of a device from Jamf Pro when creating a Jira ticket and then see device details once the ticket is created.
https://github.com/krypted/Jira-Device-Lookups-in-Jamf
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Monday February 12

04:00
Configuring The New HomePod

Last week, Apple finally shipped my new HomePod (and by finally, I mean exactly when they said they would). And setting it up couldn’t have been easier. Even easier than setting up my first Echos. So here’s the deal. Plug in the HomePod and then when it boots up you’ll see an overlay on an iOS device (iPhone, iPad, etc). You’ll want to use the device that has an AppleID you want to use on the HomePod (e.g. the one that your Apple Music account is using). When you see the Set Up button, tap it.

You can then select a location for the HomePod. This is important mostly if you’re going to have multiple HomePods around. Select a location and then tap Continue.

At the Personal Requests screen, tap Enable Personal Requests if you want the device to allow...

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Friday February 9

08:56
Getting Started with Autopkgr

Autopkgr is basically a small app that allows you to select some repositories of recipes and then watch and run them when they update. It’s a 5 minute or less installation, and at its simplest will put software packages into a folder of your choosing so you can test/upload/scope to users. Or you can integrate it with 3rd party tools like Munki, FileWave, or Jamf using the JSSImporter. Then if you exceed what it can do you can also dig under the hood and use Autopkg itself. It’s an app, and so it needs to run on a Mac. Preferably one that doesn’t do much else. 

Installing Autopkgr

You can obtain the latest release of Autopkgr at https://github.com/lindegroup/autopkgr. To install, drag the app to the Applications folder. 

When you open...

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Thursday February 8

08:16
Migrating Data From The Apple Wiki Server

“Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

The Apple Wiki Server is sadly going away. I always liked this service. It was thoughtfully designed and looked much nicer than most of the other tools available out there. Sure, you couldn’t write articles offline, write in markdown, or do a lot of other things that I’ve learned to both love and hate from other solutions, but honestly it always felt the most Apple of services in macOS Server because it didn’t have every-single-checkbox. So, I’ll pour a little Jaëger on the ground in memory of the wiki server and then… export some stuffs and move on.

Before we get started, let’s talk about where you’re going to be putting this stuff. You can export in three formats (in order of the likelihood you’ll use them): 

  • wxr: the native WordPress format that can also be used by a variety of other solutions as WordPress is their...

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Wednesday February 7

07:00
Craft a compelling resume with Resume Assistant,...

Last November, we announced Resume Assistant, a new feature in Microsoft Word to help you craft a compelling resume with personalized insights powered by LinkedIn. Today, this new experience begins rolling out to Office 365 consumer and commercial subscribers on Windows.

Writing a compelling resume can be a difficult process, but we’ve heard from customers already using Resume Assistant that the new experience is helping them:

“I absolutely love it; I’ve never seen anything like this!”

“I have been struggling trying to figure out how to brush up my resume and these tips took some of the burden off my shoulders.”

“It’s very helpful to have suggestions on the wording to use.”

With over 80 percent of resumes updated in Word, Resume Assistant helps job seekers showcase accomplishments, be...

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Tuesday February 6

09:00
Make the switch to OneDrive for improved...

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

OneDrive makes sharing and file management easier in the cloud, enabling people to securely store, access, and share their files and photos from anywhere, across their devices. Choosing to store your files in OneDrive instead of other cloud storage providers allows you to work faster and smarter with Office 365. It’s the only service that provides real-time co-authoring within Office Online and the Office 2016 apps for mobile, PC, and Mac—as well as personalized search and discovery powered by the Microsoft Graph.

Customers like Accenture, DBS Bank, Textron, and Lowe’s have adopted OneDrive to reduce costs and improve teamwork and mobile productivity, while making it easier to protect and manage company data. Now your organization can switch to OneDrive for free—read on for all the details.

New offer to...

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09:00
PayPal defines the future of collaboration with...

 

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

Since 1998, PayPal has been empowering people and businesses to join and thrive in the global economy. The company’s vision to democratize financial services—providing safe, easy access to transaction services through an open digital payments platform—has created untold opportunities for business everywhere. So when one of Silicon Valley’s flagship companies sees the potential for empowering its own employees with a Microsoft 365 intelligent, highly secure business solution, it’s an exciting endorsement.

PayPal is building workplaces of the future—digital, collaborative, agile, and mobile—to capture the opportunities of the future. From programmers to engineers to marketers, the company is engaging and retaining employees through a comprehensive set of tools that...

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Monday February 5

09:00
Conquer time with new features in Microsoft Planner

Teams and individuals depend on Microsoft Planner to get organized quickly, work together effortlessly, and stay on the same page—no matter how large or small the project. Four new features for Planner will give you greater visibility into project schedules, let you group and filter tasks, allow you to receive notifications of upcoming deadlines, and soon you will be able to publish tasks to your Outlook calendar.

Here is an overview of the four new features.

  • Schedule view—Meet deadlines, plan ahead, and understand project status with the ability to view your task schedule. In addition, weekly and monthly task views allow drag-and-drop scheduling. Read the support article for more details.
  • Group and Filter options—The Group and Filter options in Planner give you deeper insights into your tasks to help you meet key...
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Friday February 2

07:08
Enable SMB Sharing For Specified Users In macOS

In this article, I looked at enabling SMB and AFP shares via the command line for macOS:

Setup the File Sharing Service in macOS 10.13, High Sierra

One thing I din’t cover is enabling SMB sharing for a specific user. This is different as passwords need to be stored in an SMB hash. And you can set that hash type with the pwpolicy command. So to do so, we’ll run the command with the -u option so we can supply the username, the -sethashtypes followed by SMB-NT as the hashtype followed by “on” as can be seen here:

pwpolicy -u charles.edge -sethashtypes SMB-NT on

The interpreter then asks for a password (which can be supplied programmatically with expect if this is done while creating the account:
Password for authenticator charles.edge:Setting hash types for user

The post...

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Thursday February 1

17:24
Use the Home app on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

With the Home app, you can securely control the products you use in your home—all from your iOS device.

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10:00
Office and Windows servicing and support updates

As part of our ongoing commitment to help our enterprise customers with their deployment and maintenance of Office 365 ProPlus and Windows 10, today I join my colleague Bernardo Caldas in sharing news about servicing and support changes. You can read more about the details on our TechNet blog.

—Jared Spataro

The post Office and Windows servicing and support updates appeared first on Office Blogs.

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Wednesday January 31

12:58
Mastercard disrupts payment industry with innovation...

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

Disruption in the payment industry is all about simplification, expedience, and secure global connections. Mastercard is leading the charge to a “world beyond cash,” creating products and services such as the company’s new digital wallet, Masterpass, and tokenization solutions that improve the security of digital payments. These advances continue the company’s long history of innovation, rooted firmly in its culture and people. That’s why it’s so exciting that Mastercard uses Microsoft 365 to incentivize and engage its employees through highly secure, modern workplaces—where creative collaboration happens as quickly and seamlessly as any Mastercard payment.

Here’s what Ed McLaughlin, president of Mastercard Operations and Technology, has to say about the company’s adoption...

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12:00
Upload App Previews with Transporter

You can now use Transporter, Apple’s command-line delivery tool, to upload app previews to iTunes Connect. Transporter integrates with your content management system to deliver your app metadata in bulk using XML, which is especially useful for adding and managing multiple localizations. For details on using Transporter to upload app previews, see the App Metadata Specification.

Learn more about app previews.

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12:00
Upload App Previews with Transporter

You can now use Transporter, Apple’s command-line delivery tool, to upload app previews to iTunes Connect. Transporter integrates with your content management system to deliver your app metadata in bulk using XML, which is especially useful for adding and managing multiple localizations. For details on using Transporter to upload app previews, see the App Metadata Specification.

Learn more about app previews.

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Tuesday January 30

09:00
New in January—enriching teamwork across devices

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

We’re launching into 2018 by bringing great new value to Office 365 subscribers, with updates that enhance how teams work together and unlock new ways to create and manage content across devices. Read on for details.

Get more done in Microsoft Teams

New features for Microsoft Teams enable you to interact with apps in new ways, customize your personal workspace, and take quick actions.

Find and use apps in new ways—Now you can include interactive cards from apps in conversations the same way you would add an emoji or GIF. With one click, you can bring important information, like a task from Trello, into a channel conversation or chat. Finding new apps and services in Teams is now easier with the...

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Monday January 29

12:00
Digital transformation on a global scale—Accenture...

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

I have known Andrew Wilson since he became Accenture CIO more than four years ago, and I continue to be impressed by what a strong IT organization he has built. Andrew not only motivates the IT organization, but he also takes a strong leadership role across the company, encouraging everyone to adopt new technology to transform the business. Just look at the stats. More than 420,000 Accenture employees in 120 countries embody the digital transformation experience. One of the first global corporations to migrate to Office 365, Accenture has 484,000 Exchange Online mailboxes. Consultants work in creative teams and stay engaged with the company through 20,000 SharePoint Online sites, and more than 25,000 employees are enthusiastic early adopters of Microsoft Teams. Cloud-first file storage is...

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09:00
New ways to use apps and get more done in Microsoft...

New features in Microsoft Teams make it an even more powerful hub for teamwork by enabling you to use apps in new ways—including the ability to command apps and take quick actions from the command box, as well as include content from an app in a conversation. This marks the biggest single release of new functionality since Teams launched last March.

You can now include content from apps—like a news article—directly in a conversation.

Use your favorite apps in new ways in Teams

Teams brings together everything a team needs in one place. You can integrate the apps and services you need, including Office 365 apps like Excel, and ones from our partners, including Trello, InVision, and SurveyMonkey.

Today, we’re introducing new ways you can use apps in Teams:

Include information from an app in a conversation—Now...

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Thursday January 25

09:49
macOS Server Changes Coming Soon To A Server Near You

Many of the people that read my articles undoubtedly arleady know this, but Apple has announced a sharp reduction in the number of services provided. Per this article, the Calendar, Contacts, DHCP, DNS, Mail, Messages, NetInstall, VPN, Websites, and Wiki services are being deprecated and Apple has provided a few services, per service, that they recommend moving to. Those services, per the above article, include the following:

Calendar

Contacts

DHCP...

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Wednesday January 24

13:00
New Tools for 64-bit Support in Xcode 9.3 Beta

The last macOS release to support 32-bit apps without compromise is macOS High Sierra. Make sure future releases of your app are 64-bit compatible by using new diagnostic tools in Xcode 9.3 beta and testing on macOS 10.13.4 beta. This version of Xcode also builds 64-bit apps by default.

Download Xcode 9.3 beta.

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B&H Photo has Silver 15″ Apple MacBook Pros on sale for $200 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax for NY & NJ residents only: – 15″ 2.8GHz Touch Bar MacBook Pro Silver (... Read more
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B&H Photo has 12″ #iPad Pros on sale for up to $150 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax in NY & NJ only: – 12″ 64GB WiFi iPad Pro: $719 $80 off MSRP – 12″ 256GB WiFi... Read more
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Apple has Certified Refurbished 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pros available for $1699. That’s $300 off MSRP for this model, and it’s the lowest price available for a 15″ MacBook Pro currently offered by... Read more
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Amazon has the Silver 13″ 3.1GHz/256GB Touch Bar MacBook Pro (MPXX2LL/A) on sale for $1649.99 including free shipping. Their price is $150 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for a new 13″... Read more
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Amazon has the 13″ 1.8GHz/256B Apple MacBook Air on sale today for $250 off MSRP including free shipping: – 13″ 1.8GHz/256GB MacBook Air (MQD42LL/A): $949.99, $250 off MSRP Their price is the lowest... Read more
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