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Aug 29
Apple debuts new developer and public betas of macOS Sierra

Apple has released the eighth beta of macOS Sierra for developers and the seventh beta for public beta testers. The final version is due this fall.

The developer version can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center. If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here (http://tinyurl.com/pffuwnz). The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

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Aug 29
Sonoma Wire Works ships OS X compatible DrumCore 4

Sonoma Wire Works (www.sonomawireworks.com)— makers of RiffWorks recording software, the FourTrack iOS recording app, and the GuitarJack Stage StudioJack Mini iOS audio interfaces — has released DrumCore 4, an AAX/VST3/AU plug-in for Mac OS X and Windows.

An upgrade to the DrumCore 3 and KitCore 2 plug-in drum instruments, DrumCore 4 now works with most popular 64-bit recording software, and includes 24-bit audio loops, MIDI loops, multi-velocity sampled drum kits, groove browser, song timeline, mixer, effects and more. Royalty free recordings of celebrity drummers are provided as tempo-adjustable GrooveSets in a wide variety of styles.

Users can create their own grooves using the included drum kits, which are MIDI-mapped and customizable, so DrumCore can be used with external controllers. Pricing starts at $49 for the “lite” version.

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Aug 29
Apple announces special event for Sept. 7

Press invitations have gone out for an Apple event to be held Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m. (Pacific). The invite reads “See you on the 7th.”

The iPhone 7 is almost certain to be announced at the event. An Apple Watch 2 is likely to debut. Also possible is a revamped MacBook Pro line-up. This is the fifth consecutive year Apple has held an early-September product event.

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Aug 29
Mac Backup Guru update means faster backups

MacDaddy has released Mac Backup Guru 6.0, an update to their backup app that offers Mac users direct drive cloning, synchronization, and incremental snapshots of their data.

The utility provides the ability to backup everything from individual files, data, and directories, as well as entire drives full of data. Version 6.0 brings faster backups, user interface improvements, an updated copy engine, and an improved incremental backup process.

Mac Backup Guru 6.0 costs $29 and requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It’s available directly from the product website. (http://macdaddy.io) A free trial download is also available.

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Aug 29
Check Writer for Mac OS X revved to version III

Match Software has announced Check Writer III for OS X. The app lets you create and print checks, as well as their accompanying letter, from any Mac.

Checks can be highly customized and printed on regular letter-size paper or  professional looking check refill paper available from fine office supply and online stores. Checks layout can be modified with choice of fonts, and each element of the check can be moved at will.

Check Writer III costs $19.99. It’s available in the Mac App Store, as well as on the CheckWriter-Printer site (http://tinyurl.com/h5n63ot), where you can download a free evaluation copy. Check Writer III is offered in English, French and Spanish.

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Aug 26
New developer, public betas of iOS 10 released

Apple has released the eighth beta of iOS 10 to developers and the seven beta for public beta testers. The finished version of the operating system is due this fall.

Developers can download the beta through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the App Store. If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do sign up at https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/ . The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

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Aug 26
File Extractor is a new file extraction tool for the Mac

MacDaddy (http://macdaddy.io/) has introduced File Extractor 1.0, a file extraction utility for Mac OS X. It allows you to find and extract files from any selected file, folder, or browser cache.

You can recover and save files that wouldn’t normally be accessible from the Finder. File Extractor finds files inside PDFs, disk images, and even complex file types such as Adobe Photoshop documents. The app can extract text, graphics, video, and other types of files with just a few clicks of the mouse.

File Extractor can also recover corrupted or deleted files that may have been thought to be lost forever from camera SD cards, hard drives, and other media types. Users simply create a .dmg image file of the storage media they wish to search, and then File Extractor can go to work.

Users of Safari, Firefox, and Chrome browsers can also make use of the app’s ability to find and recover images, text, video,...

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Aug 25
Apple releases iOS 9.3.5, an ‘important’ security update

Apple has posted iOS 9.3.5, an “important security update” that’s recommend for all users.

iOS 9.3.5 is available via the Software Update tool on iDevices. It can also be installed through iTunes on a connected Mac or PC.

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Aug 25
New Assets Generator Plus for OS X lets you create icon asset catalogs

Accesources Pty (http://www.accesources.com) has introduced Assets Generator Plus 1.0, an icon generation tool developed exclusively for the Mac. It allows developers to create icon asset catalogs for iOS, OS X or Android apps.

Simply drag and drop your icon into to Assets Generator Plus and click create asset catalog to get the job done in seconds. It provides automatic image naming.

Assets Generator Plus 1.0 is available for $1.99 at the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher.

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Aug 25
AIC to launch all-flash VMware Virtual SAN Ready Node solutions

AIC (www.aicpc.com) will demonstrate its new all-flash VMware Virtual SAN Ready Node Solution at VMworld 2016 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas beginning Aug. 28. The new line of all-flash array hardware is built with memory and solid-state disks (SSDs) from Micron along with SAS host bus adapters from ATTO.

IC's new solution takes advantage of solid-state disks. The Micron SSDs are fully optimized for VMware Virtual SAN. Organizations looking to maximize their workload performance can either integrate the solution into their existing VMware cluster or to build a new cluster using a minimum of three nodes.

The solution from AIC comes in two versions, both supporting 12 processor cores. The SDS-V110 is available with 64 GB and 128 GB RAM options, while the SDS-V224 comes in 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB RAM options. End users get 10 hot-swap drive bays in the SDS-V110 and 24 bays in the SDS-V224. Raw...

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Aug 25
Apple Music Festival returns to London in September

Apple’s Apple Music Festival will return to London's legendary Roundhouse this September for a 10th anniversary celebration of live music, curated exclusively by Apple Music for fans around the world.

The full lineup was announced today by Julie Adenuga, the London voice of Beats 1, an Apple Music radio station that celebrates the best new music every day. She says Apple Music lets fans get even closer to their favorite performers during the Apple Music Festival with exclusive playlists, artist news and backstage interviews throughout September. The 10 spectacular nights of live performances will be made available live and on-demand to Apple Music members in 100 countries on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, Apple TV and Android phones. 

“Over the past decade, the Festival has brought the biggest and best artists from all over the world to London and into the homes of millions of music fans,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of International Content...

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Aug 24
Portrait Pro is new Mac compatible body photo editing software

Anthropics Technology has launched PortraitPro Body (www.portraitprobody.com), dedicated full body retouching software. The new software is designed to simplify and speed up body photo editing.

PortraitPro Body allows you to retouch upper body and full-length portrait photos,. Its technology is based on academic research into human appearance and on extensive training in human body shape and beauty, which ensures fast automation and the most appropriate, fully adjustable results, according to the folks at Anthropics Technology.

PortraitPro Body retouching software is available in two editions - the $39.95 Standard (standalone) and $59.95 Studio (standalone and plugin for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Lightroom). It’s compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

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Aug 24
Jackery introduces its 2-in-1 Lightning Power Cable

Jackery has announced its Apple MFi certified product that combines a compact, built-in external portable charger and battery in a single Lightning power cable. It’s designed to extend iPhones' and iPads' battery power, allow charging from any USB power outlet, and be used to transfer files to computers or other devices.

The $19.99 Jackery Jewel (http://www.jackery.com/jackery-jewel) can be plugged into a mobile device for up to 20% extra battery power while on the go and can also be used as the primary power and charging cord, says Julie Wang of Jackery. The 39.4 in lightweight cable features a polymer lithium ion battery and a high-efficiency circuit board embedded in a nine-layer protective shell.

The battery can purportedly keep an iPhone 6S charged for up to three extra hours of standby time. The battery and circuit board are encased in a rugged plastic shell.

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Aug 23
Pyle introduces a high speed 4K HD action sports camera

Pyle Audio has introduced the High Speed 4K HD Action Camera for action sport enthusiasts. It’s available in black, blue or grey for $79.99 at PyleUSA.com.

The High Speed 4K HD Action Camera boasts 16 megapixels and is complete with CMOS image sensor technology. Recording at 120 frames-per-second, this camera/camcorder produces high speed, high quality videos. Features such as 4X zoom and invertible screen display, are controlled via a two-inch LCD touch screen. The camera can also be operated by a Wi-Fi remote control or smartphone to wirelessly snap pictures and record video.

The High Speed 4K HD Action Camera comes equipped with a variety of accessories including a waterproof case and multiple mounts and clips, allowing the compact camera to be mounted to bike handlebars, armbands, helmets, snorkel masks and more. It packs a two-hour Lithium rechargeable battery and USB or car charging cables.

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Aug 23
Kanex ships the GoPower battery pack for the Apple Watch

Kanex has shipped the $99.95 GoPower battery pack (http://tinyurl.com/zwyjtbt) for the Apple Watch. It contains a 4,000mAh cell, which can recharge the smartwatch around 10 times before it’s entirely out of juice.

It has the inductive charging disc built in, so there’s no need to mess around with yours or hide the cable inside the casing. The GoPower, which can be held in the palm of your hand, can also charge an iPhone along with your iPad.

The LED indicator displays battery levels and charge status. And your watch lays flat on the charger, making it easy to use it’s touchscreen and other features while charging.

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Aug 23
Typinator for OS X adds over 50 new features

Ergonis Software (www.ergonis.com) has announced Typinator 6.10, a new version of their text expander for Mac OS X.

It’s a tool for automating the process of inserting frequently used text and auto-correcting typing errors. According to the folks at Ergonis, version 6.10 comes with 50 improvements, including new features, compatibility enhancements, as well as fixes and workarounds for known issues. Among the new features are highlighting of markers in expansions, a built-in Case function for selecting different text fragments depending on an input value, support for logical values in calculations, new and extended arithmetic functions like min, max, round, and more.

Typinator requires Mac OS X 10.6 or newer. The upgrade to Typinator 6.10 is free for anyone who owns a valid license for Typinator 6.x. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. For new users the price is $24.99.

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Aug 23
SuperTab brings Voice Control to the Mac

SpriTec Software has announced SuperTab 2.2 (http://www.supertab.me/SuperTab.html), an upgrade of its utility application for OS X.

The app enhances and extends the Mac's built-in Command-Tab Application Switcher. SuperTab builds upon the Mac's built-in App Switcher by providing users with instant access to more than just their Active Apps. Version 2.2 adds voice control. This let users simply use their voice to launch apps, open files, take screen shots, type commonly-used phrases and more.

According to the folks at SprTech, you don’t have to upgrade to macOS Sierra, due this fall, to get voice control. SuperTab 2.2 brings it to Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10) and El Capitan (10.11). However,, SuperTab's Voice Control will purportedlywork alongside Siri in macOS Sierra.

SuperTab 2.0 runs on Mac OS X 10.8 later. Version 2.2 is free to download and install and is fully-...

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Aug 22
Apple releases new developer and public betas of macOS Sierra

Apple has released the seventh beta of macOS Sierra for developers and the six beta for public beta testers. The final version is due this fall.

The developer version can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center. If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here (http://tinyurl.com/pffuwnz). The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

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Aug 22
Acronis True Image 2017 launches with wireless backup for mobile...

Acronis, a provider of hybrid cloud data protection, has debuted Acronis True Image 2017, the latest release of the company’s personal backup software.

The upgrade offers full image local and cloud backup for computers with new wireless backup for mobile devices to local Windows computers or the Acronis Cloud, support for an unlimited number of mobile devices, and complete backup of Facebook account data.

Acronis True Image 2017 is available for purchase starting at $39 for a single computer subscription, and $49 for a single computer license. Go to http://www.acronis.com/en-us/ for more info.

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Aug 22
Agenda announced for the ninth annual Amsterdam SuperMeet

The agenda has been set for the Ninth Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet, which will take place during IBC2016 on Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Hotel Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam, NL.

The agenda will feature presentations on 360 VR filmmaking, including the making of "Pure McCartney VR." Also on stage will be user driven presentations from Blackmagic Design, Adobe, HP/NVIDIA, Lumaforge, and fayteq. To purchase tickets and for complete details, visit the SuperMeet website (http://supermeet.com).

HP and NVIDIA will present the VR experience "GIANT." Inspired by real events, this immersive virtual-reality experience, which mixes both game engine and live-action video, transports the viewer into the family's makeshift basement shelter.

Blackmagic Design will present the making of "Playing with Fire." Cinematographer Klaus B. Pedersen will be the presenter and give us an exclusive preview of his documentary short...

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Aug 29
Worldwide IT spending forecast to reach $2.7 trillion...

New data from International Data Corporation (IDC) finds that worldwide revenues for information technology products and services will grow from nearly $2.4 trillion in 2016 to more than $2.7 trillion in 2020. This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.3% for the 2015-2020 forecast period.

Among the trends in the forecast is the positive momentum displayed in big industries like financial services and manufacturing, where companies continue to invest in third Platform solutions (e.g. cloud, mobility, and big data) as part of their digital transformation efforts, according to IDC (www.idc.com). The telecommunications industry is forecast to remain relatively sluggish, although spending levels are expected to gradually improve compared to the past several years, according to the research group.

Combined, these four industries (banking, discrete manufacturing, process manufacturing, and...

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Aug 26
Global digital map market to hit $5.57 billion by 2020

According to the latest market study released by Technavio (www.technavio.com), the global digital map market is expected to reach $5.57 billion by 2020, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of nearly 14% during the forecast period.

This research group says, that over the years, the adoption of location-based application-enabled smartphones has gained popularity. Previously, mobile devices were merely used as communication devices. However, with the increasing functionalities and processing capabilities of smartphones and tablets, users are able to use their mobile devices to obtain real-time directions to nearby locations, weather forecasts, and traffic updates.

Since location-based advertising is cost-effective, many mobile advertisers are targeting smartphone users in their product and service marketing. All these location-based service applications and devices are built on digital maps,...

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Aug 25
Wireless network problems higher in urban areas

Wireless customers living in urban areas experience the highest number of overall network problems and have lower tolerance of those problems, according to the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Wireless Network Quality Performance Study—Volume 2. The finding underscores the importance of continued investment by carriers in urban areas as the use of 4G LTE compatible smartphones grows and customers expect faster data speeds.
 
Now in its 14th year, the semiannual study is based on 10 problem areas of the customer experience: dropped calls; calls not connected; audio issues; failed/late voicemails; lost calls; text transmission failures; late text message notifications; Web/app connection errors; slow downloads/apps; and email connection errors. Network performance issues are measured as problems per 100 (PP100) connections, with a lower score reflecting fewer problems and higher overall performance.
 
According to the study, customers living in urban areas experience the...

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Aug 24
Smart speakers are the next battleground for digital...

A new study by Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that revenue from smart audio hardware will more than triple over the next four years, rising from an estimated $1.4 billion this year to over $5.5 billion by 2020.

While the research group expects part of this to be driven by ear-based wearables like the Bragi Dash and HERE Active Listening, the category will be most successful in the smart home space, with Amazon Echo, Google Home and other unit-based smart audio devices vying for popularity as the next platform for smart devices. Juniper found that the reason for the dominance of home-based smart audio is two-fold: consumers are not yet willing to talk to machines in public, and also that smartphones can provide similar functions through simple earphones with a mic. These factors combine to limit the market for people who want a digital assistant device with them on-the-go.

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Aug 23
‘iOS or Android: Which One for App Development?”

APPSPIRE.me has released an infographic dubbed "iOS or Android: Which One for App Development?" that reveals insights to consider when choosing a platform for development. The infographic compares the positives and negatives of both iOS and Android development including development costs, user market, and return on investment.

The infographic lists over 15 pros and cons of development through iOS and Android. It also touches on the importance of target audience and also mentions the issues with fragmentation.

“Thirty-seven percent of mobile app owners are developing their app on both iOS and Android, and that number is continuing to grow," says Carson Barker, founder and CEO of APPSPIRE.me. "However, it is crucial to understand how differently iOS and Android are in developers' perspective. "Before development starts, it's important to research different developers to match what your specific goals are with your app. We wanted to give app owners a start on that...

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Aug 22
Embedded SIM cards to increasingly dominate the M2M...

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that embedded SIM cards will increasingly dominate the M2M (Machine to Machine) space, accounting for more than 50% of connections by the end of the decade.
New Opportunities & Business Models

According to the new study, the introduction of the GSMA’s embedded specification is likely to fuel the opportunity for service providers to offer remote provisioning of SIM cards. The study claimed that this in turn would greatly enhance the capabilities of service providers to update and augment offerings and subscriptions.

Additionally, Juniper Research says that migration to OTA (Over The Air) provisioning would facilitate a range of new business models, potentially increasing the lifetime value of M2M subscription while also reducing costs. The report highlighted the increased benefits that embedded SIMs would offer to...

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Aug 17
Most people believe free Wi-Fi networks are dangerous

Free public Wi-Fi stats from American ITRC (Identity Theft Resource Center) show that 78.5% of people who connect to publically available Internet networks believe that using public Wi-Fi can lead to identity theft. Yet only 26.7% percent use VPN, the most reliable tool for personal online protection that encrypts all traffic between Internet and device into a secure tunnel.
 
Research shows that Wi-Fi user fears aren’t unfounded, since public Wi-Fi can be hacked into very easily. Hackers often position themselves as Wi-Fi hotspots and easily steal personal information of each individual that logs in. In addition, identity thieves have lately been using wireless sniffers, a software designed to intercept and decode data when it is transmitted over a network.
 
Anyone who is shopping online or doing online banking by using a wireless network is especially vulnerable to hacking attacks that can steal one’s credit card data or identity. There’s no lack of...

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Aug 16
IoT platform revenues will grow to € 3 billion...

According to a new research report from the M2M/IoT analyst firm Berg Insight (www.berginsight.com), the global third party Internet of Things (IoT) platform market increased 36% to € 610 million in 2015.

Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30.8 percent, revenues are forecasted to reach € 3.05 billion in 2021. There is a wide range of software platforms available, intended to reduce cost and development time for IoT solutions by offering standardized components that can be shared across many industry verticals to integrate devices, networks and applications.

Most IoT platforms available on the market today can be categorized as being a connectivity management platform, a device management platform or an application enablement platform, although there are many products that offer overlapping functionality or other unique features.
 
Many enterprises and organizations have...

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Aug 15
OTT content users to surpass 189 million globally by...

New data from Juniper Research has found that 4K OTT (over-the-top) content will finally see mass-market appeal, with adoption set to soar over the next five years.

The research group found that 4K OTT services will attract over 189 million unique users globally by 2021, up from just 2.3 million this year, driven by greater content availability and compatible devices. In the U.S., this means that 1 in 10 residents will be watching 4K online compared with just 1one in 500 this year. While connected TV will be the dominant channel, viewership will take place through a range of devices, including smartphones, tablets, and PCs.

The new research found that although YouTube, Netflix and Amazon already offer some 4K video, network providers have been waiting for a critical mass of content to become available before launching their own 4K offer. However, 2016 has seen roll-out of a number of new 4K offerings, such as the launch of the Sky Q 4K service in the UK, coupled with...

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Aug 15
Worldwide info security spending to grow 7.9% this year

Worldwide spending on information security products and services will reach $81.6 billion in 2016, an increase of 7.9% over 2015, according to the latest forecast from Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).

Consulting and IT outsourcing are currently the largest categories of spending on information security. Until the end of 2020, the highest growth is expected to come from security testing, IT outsourcing and data loss prevention (DLP), according to the research group.

Preventive security will continue to show strong growth, as many security practitioners continue to have a buying preference for preventive measures. However, solutions such as security information and event management (SIEM) and secure web gateways (SWGs) are evolving to support detection-and-response approaches. Gartner expects the SWG market will maintain its growth of 5 to 10 percent through 2020 as organizations focus on detection and...

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Tuesday August 30

04:00
Art Text lets you create high quality art on your Mac

By Frank Petrie

Time for another OTP (One Trick Pony). But this one is from a line of ponies that goes almost back to the very early days of GUI [graphical user interface] computing.

When the Macintosh ushered in the ability for the average person to produce "professional" looking newsletters and such, that was a game changer, Suddenly, civic organizations, church groups, computer clubs and what-have-you, could produce great looking flyers in an instant. And websites, too.

The pieces of software that made this possible were text apps. They allowed you to change fonts, play with the text's orientation, add drop shadows and the like. Today, most people are familiar enough with graphics programs that they can knock out what they need from within those.

But there are still many people with computers who don't use their machines that extensively. They know how to answer emails, browse the web and maybe tweet. That's about it and they're...

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01:59
Apple linked to 'AirPods,' unannounced...

A series of regulatory filings published by the Eurasian Economic Commission on Monday suggests Apple is readying a pair of wireless headphones dubbed "AirPods," two new iPhone models and a total of ten Apple Watch models.

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Monday August 29

20:39
Apple calls Australian banks' request to...

Apple in a recent filing with Australia's antitrust watchdog slammed a request from the country's three top banks for collective negotiations over third-party access to Apple Pay NFC technology, saying a threatened boycott would not only harm consumers, but hinder mobile wallet adoption and innovation.

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19:40
Bragi teases ‘big’ announcement happening next week...

Earlier today, Apple officially sent invites to its iPhone 7 announcement event that will be held next week on September 7th. Shortly after Apple’s announcement, wireless headphone company Bragi announced that it has its own big news coming next week, lending some to believe that Apple might be in the picture…

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18:55
Ahead of Apple’s upcoming 5K offering, LG unveils...

LG today has taken the wraps off of a pair of new 21:9 monitors that it will show off at the IFA conference in Berlin this week. Both of the displays offer the UltraWide technology that LG has become known for over the years, while one also features USB-C support. The first comes in at 38-inches with the model number 38UC99, while the second comes in at 34-inches and carries the 34UC79G identifier.

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18:43
LG delivers three new super-sized ultrawide monitors

LG has continued to push the limits of 21:9 aspect ratio monitors over the years and its latest three additions are something to behold. Ready to debut at IFA and coming to the US this fall, they include the "world's largest" 38-inch curved 38UC99 mo...

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18:40
C Programming Language Hits a 15-Year Low On The...

Gamoid writes: The venerable C programming language hit a 15-year low on the TIOBE Index, perhaps because more mobile- and web-friendly languages like Swift and Go are starting to eat its lunch. "The C programming language has a score of 11.303%, which is its lowest score ever since we started the TIOBE index back in 2001," writes Paul Jansen, manager of TIOBE Index. With that said, C is still the second most popular programming language in the world, behind only Java. Also worth noting as mentioned by Matt Weinberger via Business Insider, "C doesn't currently have a major corporate sponsor; Oracle makes a lot of money from Java; Apple pushes both Swift and Objective-C for building iPhone apps. But no big tech company is getting on stage and pushing C as the future of development. So C's problems could be marketing as much as anything."

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18:03
Apple Music’s Carpool Karaoke Will Feature Broader...

BusinessInsider has a piece on the Carpool Karaoke series Apple is working on for Apple Music. According to Ben Winston, co-founder of series producer Fulwell 73 Productions, the show is going to open up guest spots to celebrities who aren’t musicians. He also said the deal came together because of Jimmy Iovine, and that CBS will limit Carpool Karaoke‘s exposure on The Late Late Show with James Corden to keep it fresh. Carpool Karaoke could be a breakout hit for Apple. For context, the episode featuring Adele (below) has 124.6 million views on YouTube. Mr. Corden is executive producer of the Apple Music spinoff, but won’t be hosting it. There’s more in the full BI piece.


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17:20
European Commission To Issue Apple An Irish Tax Bill...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: The European Commission will rule against Ireland's tax dealings with Apple on Tuesday, two source familiar with the decision told Reuters, one of whom said Dublin would be told to recoup over 1 billion euros in back taxes. The European Commission accused Ireland in 2014 of dodging international tax rules by letting Apple shelter profits worth tens of billions of dollars from tax collectors in return for maintaining jobs. Apple and Ireland rejected the accusation; both have said they will appeal any adverse ruling. The source said the Commission will recommend a figure in back taxes that it expects to be collected, but it will be up to Irish authorities to calculate exactly what is owed. A bill in excess of 1 billion euros ($1.12 billion) would be far more than the 30 million euros each the European Commission previously ordered Dutch authorities to recover from U.S. coffee chain Starbucks and Luxembourg from Fiat Chrysler for their...

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16:59
Alphabet executive steps down from Uber board as...

Alphabet executive David Drummond, leads a number of Google investment arms including GV, recently stepped down from Uber's board as the two companies work to bring their respective self-driving car projects to market.

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16:54
MOS Pack Backpack Charges Multiple Devices with One...

Here’s something cool for techies on the go, especially the back-to-school crowd. It’s called MOS Pack, a backpack with a built-in portable charging station for all your gadgets. It has pockets for iPhones (or other smartphones), iPads, your passport, and a spot for a water bottle. On the charging side, the MOS pack doesn’t have a built-in battery—which you’d have to lug around—but instead has a charging station that distributes power to all your gadgets from one plug. Inside it has a cable management system you feed to each gadget in each pockets, and you’re charging everything without having to pull them out. I thought it quite clever at $99.


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15:51
Report: Apple could release new Macs in October

Now that Apple’s next event is officially on the books for September 7, speculation can build about what won’t be announced, and when Apple might get around to updating those things: namely Macs, but also the iPad Pro. Bloomberg is reporting that, according to anonymous sources, Apple plans to refresh several Mac models and introduce new software features for the iPad Pro at an event in October.

This is plausible—Apple often has one event in September for new iPhones and another in October for new iPads. Last year broke this cycle, with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro announced alongside the iPhone 6s in September 2015, and the smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro and 4-inch iPhone SE announced in March 2016. But with so many of its products...

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15:32
Rumor (and my take on it): Apple's big upgrade...

Apple is developing new Mac laptops and desktops, which we should see in October, and has some big plans for the iPad Pro, according to Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter.” As other rumors have suggested, a thinner MacBook Pro with a flatter keyboard is in the pipeline.

The standout feature will be a digital function key display above the keyboard that allows for common tasks to be done more quickly for whatever program is being used. Bloomberg says that iMacs with an option for new graphics chips from AMD and MacBook Airs with USB-C ports are also coming.

A collaboration with LG Electronics is reportedly in the works to produce a high-resolution 5K standalone monitor, the article adds.

Software upgrades for iPad, including broader stylus support, are also coming, according to Bloomberg....

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15:25
Apple hit with class action lawsuit over iPhone 6 ‘...

Last week, repair guide website iFixit published a detailed blog post discussing an issue plaguing a growing number of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users. Referred to as “Touch Disease,” a hardware problem causes iPhone displays to become unresponsive and feature a thin gray flickering line along the top.

Now, a trio of iPhone users have filed a class action lawsuit against Apple over the issue, claiming that Apple has refused to repair devices that are affected for free…

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15:23
Appeals court dismisses FTC lawsuit over AT&T...

On Monday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ordered the dismissal of a 2014 Federal Trade Commission lawsuit against AT&T, which had accused the company of misleading marketing in throttling data plans it sold to the public as "unlimited."

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15:17
Apple to debut standalone 5K monitor, MacBook Air...

Apple is working to release a fresh batch of Mac hardware including a standalone 5K display made in partnership with LG, MacBook Air and iMac refreshes, and new iPad Pro software catering to professional users, according to a report on Monday.

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15:00
Report: New MacBook Air, iMac & 5K display...

We already know a lot about Apple’s upcoming iPhone and MacBook Pro refreshes, but a new report today from Bloomberg details a bit more about what the company has up its sleeve for the rest of the year. The report claims that in addition to the new iPhone and MacBook Pro lineups, Apple is planning to refresh the iMac and MacBook Air and will also introduce a new 5K display, as we’ve reported in the past, in partnership with LG. On the software side of things, Apple is reportedly working on a variety of new features for the iPad Pro.

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14:59
Notable apps and app updates for Aug. 29, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Match Software has announced Check Writer III for OS X. The app lets you create and print checks, as well as their accompanying letter, from any Mac. 

Checks can be highly customized and printed on regular letter-size paper or  professional looking check refill paper available from fine office supply and online stores. Checks layout can be modified with choice of fonts, and each element of the check can be moved at will.

Check Writer III costs $19.99. It’s available in the Mac App Store, as well as on the CheckWriter-Printer site, where you can download a free evaluation copy. Check Writer III is offered in English,...

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14:45
Blood in the Macintosh Water: Apple’s Competitors...

Apple’s competitors are sensing Macintosh weakness and are making bold moves. The MacBook Air hasn’t been updated since March, 2015. The Mac Pro, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini are very long of tooth. The latest iMac is coming up on a year old, and only the MacBook looks fresh. Soon, there may be much blood in the water.


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14:30
AWT News Update: August 29, 2016

Apple announces the September 7 event for the "iPhone 7", so today's show speculates on what we're likely to hear about:

  • The new iPhone might include a wireless charging technology, based on interest in Energous just after today's Apple announcement
  • The Apple Watch 2 is expected to have 35% more battery capacity, but don't expect longer battery life
  • It's unlikely that any new Macs will be announced at the event
  • Siri starts giving snarky responses when you ask about September 7

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 29, 2016. Here are several of today’s Apple news highlights...

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14:29
FresheTech Splash Tunes Bluetooth Shower Speaker: $...

Check out the FresheTech Splash Tunes Bluetooth Shower Speaker. The name tells you what it is, but if you look at the image you’ll see a suction cup you can use to stick it to a mirror or even the wall in your shower. It has a nine-hour battery life, and you recharge via an included microUSB cable. You can get it through our deal for $19.99.


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14:20
∞ Gene Wilder flips his shit

[VIDEO] Fan of Gene Wilder? These scenes will make you laugh, take you through some old times.

Not sure who he is? These scenes go to the heart of Gene Wilder.

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Tuesday August 30

02:47
Apple Wins Patent for their Original Head Mounted Displa...

Apple began to explore a head mounted display system and filed their first patent for one back in 2006 which was published in 2008. Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple a patent for a head mounted display system ...

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02:44
Apple Granted Eurasian Certificates for 'AirPods...

The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEC) has issued new certificates for Apple products that suggest the company is set to release wireless earphones and multiple new versions of Apple Watch alongside the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

Manufacturers are required to certify electronic devices for sale in countries that are signed up to the EAEC treaty (ratified last year), which includes Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Armenia. Russian website iPhones.ru found a reference to "AirPods" along with other Apple certificates added to the regulatory body's digital products registry yesterday.

Last month, MacRumors revealed that an "AirPods" trademark filing discovered last October seemingly confirmed Apple's work on upcoming...

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02:04
Apple Wins Patent for Air Bag-Like Shock Absorbing Syste...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 59 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's granted patent for a tunable shock mount system ...

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02:00
VMware Announces Fusion and Fusion Pro 8.5 With Sierra a...

VMware today announced Fusion 8.5, Fusion Pro 8.5, Workstation Player 12.5 and Workstation Pro 12.5, the latest versions of its visualization software for running Windows on a Mac without using Boot Camp. Fusion and Fusion Pro 8.5 come with macOS Sierra support while both Fusion and Workstation suites come with Windows 10 Anniversary support.

Windows 10 Anniversary is a large upgrade to Microsoft's operating system, making Cortana smarter, allowing interactions with Android and Windows phones, more desktop apps and games in the Windows Store, a dark theme, Windows Edge extensions, click-to-play Flash and more.

Both Fusion 8.5 and Workstation 12.5 include Windows 10 Anniversary support and Windows 10 server support in addition to various bug fixes and performance improvements. The Fusion...

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Monday August 29

21:51
Apple Says Australian Banks' Apple Pay Challenge Ha...

Apple today made a submission to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC), arguing that Australia's "Big Three" banks' request to collectively negotiate over Apple Pay is ultimately harmful to consumers, would stifle innovation in mobile payments, and would avoid competitive dynamics (via AppleInsider).

The Cupertino company argues that each of the big three banks (Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank (NAB) and Westpac) have resisted "serious engagement" with Apple on Apple Pay for the past two years.

Apple claims that they have tried and failed to negotiate with all of the banks, save for one bank who refuses to sign a confidentiality...

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15:35
Apple to Release New MacBook Pro and Air as Early as Oct...

Apple is planning to refresh its Mac lineup, including the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, as early as October, according to Bloomberg. The report also claims Apple is working on a standalone 5K display in partnership with LG Electronics, while it plans to update iMac models with an option for new graphics chips from AMD.

The report reiterates that the new MacBook Pro will be thinner and include an OLED-based touchscreen strip along the top of the flatter keyboard, which will present functions that...

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15:34
New iPad Pro With Faster Display and Wider Apple Pencil...

Apple is planning new hardware and software features for iPad that cater to professional users, according to Bloomberg, including a a new iPad with faster display technology that allows for smoother on-screen zooming, panning, and scrolling.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously said Apple would release a 10.5-inch iPad Pro model next year alongside a 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 and a "low-cost" 9.7-inch iPad model. The fate of the iPad mini remains uncertain, but it is presumable that Apple could discontinue the 7.9-inch tablet due to its lack of Apple Pencil support and relatively close...

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13:22
Apple Seeds Eighth Beta of macOS Sierra to Developers an...

Apple today released the eighth beta of macOS Sierra, the newest operating system designed for the Mac, to developers. Public beta testers have also been provided with their seventh beta version. macOS Sierra beta 8 comes one week after the release of the seventh beta and more than two months after the software was first unveiled at Apple's 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference.

Developers and can download today's update through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store or from the Apple Developer Center.

macOS Sierra is a major update that brings Siri to the Mac for the first time, allowing users to conduct voice searches to quickly find files, look up information, and more. New Continuity features...

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11:50
Siri Offers Witty Responses About September 7 Event

Ahead of Apple's "See You on the 7th" special event next Wednesday, September 7 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, Siri is now offering up some traditionally witty responses to users that mention the tagline for the upcoming event. iPhone users can test Siri themselves by saying "see you on the seventh."

Apple sent out media invites earlier today for the event, to be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. There, Apple CEO Tim Cook and other senior executives are expected to announce the iPhone 7 and possibly a second-generation Apple Watch. Less likely is a new...

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11:14
Apple Confirms Wednesday Sept. 7 for their iPhone Event

As rumored, Apple's iPhone 7 event is conveniently set for, you guessed it, September 7 as noted in the invitation in our cover graphic.

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10:53
European Commission Rules Apple Received Illegal State A...

The European Commission on Tuesday will rule that Apple received illegal state aid from Ireland, according to a 130-page judgment known by Financial Times.Competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager circulated the final ruling to her counterparts in the EU’s executive branch only on Monday morning, deploying a fast-track procedure in a bid to minimize leaks. The usual notice period is two weeks.The ruling follows a three-year investigation into Apple's tax arrangements in Ireland, where it has reportedly paid around 2% or less in taxes compared to the country's headline 12.5% corporate tax rate.

The commission's ruling asks Dublin to raise a new tax assessment on Apple, which could have to restate its accounts as a result of the ruling, according to the report. One area of focus is Apple's tax...

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10:46
Class Action Launched against Apple for the iPhone'...

When a story from iFixit arose last week titled "A Design Defect Is Breaking a Ton of iPhone 6 Pluses," talking about what they described and dubbed the iPhone 6 Plus "Touch Disease" you knew that it would only be a matter of time before a lawsuit was launched.

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10:00
Apple Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Unresponsive iPhon...

Thomas Davidson of Pennsylvania, Todd Cleary of California, and Jun Bai of Delaware have filed a class action lawsuit against Apple over an alleged defect that causes iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus touchscreens to become unresponsive and fail, according to court documents filed electronically this week.

The class action complaint, filed with the U.S. District Court for Northern California, accuses Apple of violating California's consumer fraud statutes, through fraud, negligent misrepresentation, breach of implied warranty, unjust enrichment, and for violations of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act.Apple has long been aware of the defective iPhones. Yet, notwithstanding its longstanding knowledge of this design defect, Apple routinely has refused to repair the iPhones without charge when the defect manifests. Many other iPhone owners have communicated with Apple's employees and agents to...

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09:33
New Era of Digital Convergence will Begin with Next-Gen...

In July we posted a report titled "Apple Supplier LG Racing to Develop Foldable Displays for Future Smartphones and Tablets," wherein we noted Peter Monsberger, CEO of IGNIS Innovation stating that "People are going to witness foldable Smartphones that can become tablets when they are spread open within a couple years." Late last week a leading Korean OLED Display analyst UBI Research gave a presentation on the subject of the foldable smartphone/tablet hybrid.

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09:12
Apple Invites Media to September 7 Event: 'See You...

Apple today sent out media invites for an iPhone-centric event that will be held on Wednesday, September 7 at 10:00 am at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. Media invites (via The Verge) offer up a first look at the theme of the event and feature the simple tagline: "See you on the 7th."

The fall 2016 event is expected to see the debut of the next-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which are rumored to feature improved cameras, better processors, and improved water resistance, implemented through the removal of the headphone jack and the introduction of a new flush, pressure-sensitive home button. Both devices are said to look similar to the iPhone 6s, with the same general size and shape, but with relocated antenna bands that no...

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08:50
Apple May Use OLED Only Briefly Until Micro-LED Displays...

While several rumors point towards Apple releasing its first iPhone models with OLED displays next year, the head of LCD manufacturer Innolux Wang Jyh-chau believes that OLED is unlikely to fully replace LCD technology in terms of performance-cost ratio and reliability long term, according to DigiTimes.

Instead, a new display technology called Micro-LED could eventually replace LCD to become the mainstream display technology, as noted by Innolux vice president and mobile product general manager Yang Hung-wen.In response to market speculation that Apple will adopt OLED for its new iPhone to be launched in 2017, Innolux vice president and mobile product general manager Yang Hung-wen indicated that in order for product differentiation, Apple is likely to do so but it is uncertain whether it will be on a long-term basis,...

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06:33
Ireland Bracing for the EU's Apple Tax Ruling this...

The Irish Times is reporting today that the European Commission is expected to make public in the coming days – perhaps as early as tomorrow or Wednesday – a ruling that Apple’s tax arrangements in Ireland constituted illegal state aid.

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05:49
Samsung to Introduce the World's first Quantum Dot...

Just as Apple is officially discontinuing their high-end Thunderbolt Display, Samsung Electronics said on Monday it plans to unveil three types of curved quantum dot monitors at the IFA 2016 event starting on Friday.

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04:46
Microsoft Keeps Embarrassing themselves Comparing a Surf...

Microsoft's Corporate VP for Surface Panos Panay is obsessed at comparing a Surface tablet with a MacBook Air. This obsession began 27 months ago when they first introduced their Surface Pro 3. considering that their Surface tablet line-up isn't selling well, why would they now decide to once again embarrass themselves with a new ad compaign comparing a tablet to a MacBook?

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03:19
New Surface Pro 4 Ad Compares Tablet PC With MacBook Air

Microsoft today launched a new commercial for its Surface Pro 4, directly comparing the tablet computer to Apple's MacBook Air.

The ad, titled "Surface Pro 4 is the one for me", was posted on YouTube and features a woman trying out some of the features of the Surface Pro 4 and then attempting to replicate the functionality on a MacBook Air, to no avail. All the while, a melody man plays a musical keyboard and quirkily sings the praises of Microsoft's PC offering against the Apple machine, which he calls "less useful, like a hat for your cat".

The lighthearted ad plays upon the Surface Pro 4's signature features like the detachable keyboard, pen, and touchscreen, as well as the machine's relative lightness compared to the MacBook Air, which is "slower, heavier, and a bit square," sings the keyboard player. The ad ends with the tagline: "Surface does more. Just like you."

The commercial follows a...

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Documentation Scanner

Saturday August 27

06:00
There is a

There is a little tool in OS X called opendiff. This command can be used to bring up a quick and dirty graphical view of changes in a file. For example, if you run opendiff followed by two file names, you’ll see what’s different in the two files and what’s the same:

opendiff test test1

The result then looks as follows.

Note that in the above screenshot, a and b are in white lines and the others are grey, as those are consistent in the two files and the c has been removed and replaced with the four lines on the left. In larger files, this is pretty useful as it provides quick insight into what is different between two files, like what changed in a script between two different versions.

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Friday August 26

16:00
Grundfos makes global business happen withOffice 365

Today’s post was written by Jens Hartmann, CIO and group vice president at Grundfos Holding.

About eight years ago, Grundfos began its globalization journey. To address the demands of our expanding markets and the increasing numbers of global customers, we opened offices and cost-effective production sites around the world. Today, the Grundfos Group consists of 83 companies in 56 countries, and our annual production of more than 16 million pump units makes us one of the world’s leading pump manufacturers in the world.

That we have reached this point is testament to the talents of our people. At Grundfos, we believe everyone has passion and potential. And it’s the job of IT to provide productivity tools for employees to use to increase their influence and their voice within the company—especially during our global growth phase. That’s why we chose Office 365 to be the foundation of a modern, connected workplace for more than 18,652 employees around the world....

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11:00
iOS 10 beta 8 (14A5346a) Now Available

iOS 10 beta 8 (14A5346a) Now Available

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11:00
tvOS 10 beta 7 (14T5329a) Now Available

tvOS 10 beta 7 (14T5329a) Now Available

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11:00
iOS 10 beta 8 (14A5346a) Now Available

iOS 10 beta 8 (14A5346a) Now Available

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11:00
tvOS 10 beta 7 (14T5329a) Now Available

tvOS 10 beta 7 (14T5329a) Now Available

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09:00
August 2016 updates for Get & Transform in Excel...

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

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

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

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08:04
Scripting Around Dropping Network Connections In OS X

Dropping network connections can be incredibly frustrating. And finding the source can be a challenge. Over the years, I’ve found a number of troubleshooting methods, but the intermittent drop can be the worse to troubleshoot around. When this happens, I’ve occasionally resorted to scripting around failures, and dumping information into a log file to find the issue. For example, you may find that when a network connection fails, you have a very strong signal somewhere, or that you have a very weak signal on all networks.

I’ve found there are three pretty simple commands to test joining/unjoining, and using networks (beyond the standard pings or port scans on hosts). The first is the airport command, along with –disassociate. This just unjoins all networks:

sudo /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Apple80211.framework/Versions/A/Resources/airport --disassociate

The second is a quick scan. Here, I’ve grep’d out the network I’m after (aka SSIDofNetwork – a very...

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Thursday August 25

10:09
About the security content of iOS 9.3.5

This document describes the security content of iOS 9.3.5.

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09:50
Help with Office 365 advanced security capabilities...

Do you have Office 365 E5 and/or Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) suite and need help to fully implement your plans? Are you going to Ignite 2016? Nominate your organization for a customer solution session!

The Office 365 content team—together with subject-matter experts—is hosting individual customer solution sessions at Ignite in Atlanta, September 26-30. These sessions are designed to help IT teams plan and implement advanced capabilities with Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) suite.

Each session is 60 minutes. If you are selected, you will meet with one or more product experts (Microsoft product team members, consultants or MVPs) and one or more Office 365 content team members to discuss your goals, get advice on current challenges and envision how to enhance your solution using Office 365 and EMS.

This year, we’re offering sessions in two main focus areas: enterprise security and mobility.

Enterprise security

Do you...

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09:30
Episode 105 with SharePoint Dev Kitchen winners Jeff...

In episode 105 of the Office 365 Developer Podcast, Andrew Coates talks with SharePoint Developer Kitchen winners Gerald de Run and Jeff Nowland about the new SharePoint Framework.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP105_DevKitchenWinners.mp3

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Great SPFx posts by Waldek Mastykarz

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09:00
Productivity and inclusion—Office 365 accessibility...

John Jendrezak, accessibility lead and partner director of program management for the Office Engineering team.

Over the past year, hundreds of engineers from the Office 365 team have been working hard to make progress towards the plans outlined in our 2016 accessibility roadmap. Key enhancements releasing this quarter bring us closer to two goals:

  • People with disabilities can communicate, consume and create content on any device.
  • Everyone can easily create content that is accessible for all people.

As we make Office 365 accessible by design and make it easy for everyone to create accessible content, we hope that people of all abilities will feel empowered to achieve more with our productivity technologies, have equal access to digital information and have fulfilling interactions with each other.

...

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Wednesday August 24

13:00
Safari Extensions in Safari 10

Create Safari Extensions that give users access to your app’s best features as they browse the web. Xcode makes it simple to add Safari Extensions to your existing app by using an App Extensions template. Easily develop your extensions using powerful, native APIs and web technologies. And coming this fall with macOS Sierra, you can sell and distribute apps with Safari Extensions on the Mac App Store. Learn more about Safari Extensions.

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13:00
Safari Extensions in Safari 10

Create Safari Extensions that give users access to your app’s best features as they browse the web. Xcode makes it simple to add Safari Extensions to your existing app by using an App Extensions template. Easily develop your extensions using powerful, native APIs and web technologies. And coming this fall with macOS Sierra, you can sell and distribute apps with Safari Extensions on the Mac App Store. Learn more about Safari Extensions.

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09:00
OneNote Class and Staff Notebooks are now available...

With back-to-school season in full swing or just about to get going in many countries, it’s a good time to reflect on the excitement around OneNote Class Notebooks and Staff Notebooks. The original OneNote Class Notebook app was in preview release during the summer of 2014 and went to general availability in October of 2014. Since then, we’ve had hundreds of thousands of teachers using the app in Office 365—resulting in millions of student notebooks created. We also just released some big updates for the 2016/2017 school year. In just one...

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Tuesday August 23

15:00
Get Your iMessage Apps Ready

Take advantage of the new Messages framework in iOS 10 to create an app extension that lets people interact with your iOS app directly within Messages. Users can easily create and share content, add stickers, make payments, and more, without leaving their conversations. And coming this fall, you can make iMessage apps available for download directly on the App Store for iMessage. Learn more about iMessage apps.

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15:00
Get Your iMessage Apps Ready

Take advantage of the new Messages framework in iOS 10 to create an app extension that lets people interact with your iOS app directly within Messages. Users can easily create and share content, add stickers, make payments, and more, without leaving their conversations. And coming this fall, you can make iMessage apps available for download directly on the App Store for iMessage. Learn more about iMessage apps.

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09:00
Assurant: transforming a risk management solutions...

Today’s post about Office 365 was written by Robert Lewis, chief information officer at Assurant.

From the outset, Assurant—a global provider of specialty risk management solutions—looked at Microsoft cloud technologies not so much as an IT upgrade, but as an integral component of a business transformation. We needed cloud-based business tools for employees across the United States and our international offices. With a new focus on our core competencies and drive for profitable growth in the housing and lifestyle markets, it was also important that we streamline how we work with customers.

This digital transformation of our workplace is how we meet the real-time service demands of customers for insurance and risk management products and services, where all-day, everyday service through online markets is becoming the new normal. With Office 365, plus mobility solutions like Microsoft Intune, we have the tools required to deliver a competitive level of service...

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06:52
Proactive Mac Security: osquery

There are two reputations(at least) that your faithful writer is hoping to shake: #1, I do not work for Google. #2, I am not the ‘osquery guy’. I don’t even know any C++! (I’m going to make time for this eventually, though.) However, for three events over the course of three months earlier this year I was invited to talk about osquery on the Mac. For the U of Utah, while illustrating how I approached my security team with this (among other FOSS tools), I used a chestnut by a certain AFP548 alumni about the concept of ‘fences, not walls’. Don’t lock a machine down until it loses any chance of actual productivity or creative use, which ignores the fact that physical access is total access, anyway. Instead, think of your management enforcement attempts as...

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06:00
Choose An Existing Supervision Identity in Apple...

When using Apple Configurator, you can assign an existing supervision identity to be used with devices you place into supervision. To do so, first open Apple Configurator and click on Organizations.

From Organizations, click on the plus sign (“+”).

From the Create an Organization screen, click Next.

When prompted to provide information about your organization, provide the name, phone, email, and/or address of the organization.

...

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Monday August 22

14:00
macOS Sierra beta 7 (16A304a) Now Available

macOS Sierra beta 7 (16A304a) Now Available

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macOS Sierra beta 7 (16A304a) Now Available

macOS Sierra beta 7 (16A304a) Now Available

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9-inch 32GB iPad Pros on sale for $70 off MSR...
B&H Photo has 9″ 32GB WiFi Apple iPad Pros on sale for $70 off MSRP, each including free shipping. B&H charges sales tax in NY only: - 9″ Space Gray 32GB WiFi iPad Pro: $529 $70 off MSRP - 9... Read more
Mac minis on sale for up to $140 off MSRP
Adorama has Mac minis on sale for up to $100 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY & NJ sales tax only: - 1.4GHz Mac mini: $449 $50 off MSRP - 2.6GHz Mac mini: $649 $50 off MSRP Amazon has the... Read more
Back To School with OtterBox Essentials
Back to school means back to an environment that is tough on tech. OtterBox has the back to school essentials you need to keep tech safe from drops, bumps, scratches and hallway havoc. Check out the... Read more
VRS Design Releases New iPhone 7 Plus Case Li...
With a device as large and costly as the iPhone 7 Plus, it is primal instinct to protect it from potential damage. According to a study by SquareTrade in 2012, iPhone damages cost Americans roughly $... Read more
MacBook Airs on sale for up to $101 off MSRP
Amazon has 11″ and 13″ MacBook Airs on sale for up to $101 off MSRP for a limited time. Shipping is free: - 11″ 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air (model MJVM2LL/A): $798 $101 off MSRP - 11″ 1.6GHz/256GB... Read more
Apple certified refurbished iPad mini 4s avai...
Apple has certified refurbished iPad mini 4s now available for up to $120 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each iPad, and shipping is free. The following models... Read more
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Scan our Apple Price Trackers for the latest information on sales, bundles, and availability on systems from Apple’s authorized internet/catalog resellers. We update the trackers continuously: - 15″... Read more
Global Tablet Shipments Projected to Increase...
Digitimes’ Jim Hsiao reports that global tablet shipments will increase by 16.3 percent sequentially to reach nearly 47 million units in 2016′s third quarter, but that volume will still be down over... Read more
Apple’s 2016 Back to School promotion: Free B...
Purchase a new Mac or iPad using Apple’s Education Store and take up to $300 off MSRP. All teachers, students, and staff of any educational institution qualify for the discount. Shipping is free, and... Read more
Apple refurbished iPad Air 2s available start...
Apple has Certified Refurbished iPad Air 2 available starting at $339. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free: - 128GB Wi-Fi iPad Air 2: $499 - 64GB Wi-Fi iPad... Read more

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*Apple* /Mac Support Engineer - GFI Digital,...
FI Digital, Inc. is currently seeking candidates for a full time Apple Support Engineer to add to our Maryland Heights, Missouri IT team. Candidates must be dynamic Read more
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Apple Solutions ConsultantJob Number: 51218534Pleasant Hill, California, United StatesPosted: Aug. 18, 2016Weekly Hours: 40.00Job SummaryAs an Apple Solutions Read more
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