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Nov 23
Happy Thanksgiving!

MacNN and MacNews will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23, and Friday, Nov. 24, as our staff celebrates Thanksgiving with our families. We hope all our readers and sponsors have a wonderful “Turkey Day” and a great weekend. We’ll be back on our regular schedule Monday, Nov. 27.

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Nov 23
Happy Thanksgiving!

MacNN and MacNews will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23, and Friday, Nov. 24, as our staff celebrates Thanksgiving with our families. We hope all our readers and sponsors have a wonderful “Turkey Day” and a great weekend. We’ll be back on our regular schedule Monday, Nov. 27.

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Nov 22
iBarcoder for macOS revved to version 3.9.4

Cristallight Software has released iBarcoder 3.9.4, an update to their barcode maker and label generator for macOS.

The app allows users to create and customize any style, shape, or size barcode and print them as labels, stickers and tags with just a few mouse clicks. The created barcodes are scannable with any stationary, cabled or wireless scanners. Version 3.9.4 brings functionality improvements to the app.

iBarcoder 3.9.4 requires macOS 10.7 or higher. It costs $49.95 and is available at the Cristallight Software website (http://www.cristallight.com/iBarcoder/) or the Mac App Store. A demo is available for download at the Cristallight Software site.

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Nov 22
TouchCopy for Mac updated to backup iPhone music and messages over Wi-...

Wide Angle Software has announced TouchCopy 16 (https://www.wideanglesoftware.com/touchcopy/), an update to the Mac version of their iPod and iPhone transfer software.

The new version of the TouchCopy adds support for Apple's new iPhone 8 and iPhone X. It enables users to backup all iPhone data such as music, photos and messages wirelessly from iPhones and other iOS devices to a Mac.

TouchCopy — usually priced at $29.99 for a one-year, single user license, or $39.99 (USD) for a lifetime, two-computer license, is now available from only $22.50 — through Tuesday, Nov. 30.

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Nov 22
3D4Medical releases Complete Heart for the iPad and Mac

3D4Medical (http://3d4med.com), a developer of 3D medical educational technology, has unveiled the latest addition to its Complete platform with the addition of Complete Heart for the iPad and Mac.

It features new graphical technology from 3D4Medical that brings an interactive beating heart to life in 3D, making it possible to cut through multiple layers of the beating heart as it moves. This allows for a dissection through the model while simultaneously viewing the functions of its internal structures. Complete Heart also features ground-breaking AR technology, allowing the user to study the heart in full 3D on a surface in their environment.

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Nov 21
CS Odessa Announces Update to Timeline Diagrams in ConceptDraw Solutions

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced the new edition of Timeline Diagrams solution for ConceptDraw Pro. The company is introducing a new set of libraries that provide a range of objects to support documentation and graphics that deal with timeline events. The addition to Solution Park is a free item for current users of ConceptDraw Pro 11.

The Timeline Diagrams solution found in the Management section of the Solution Park includes new updated visual objects that support many professional ways to show time at a glance. The new solution provides 2 libraries that contain 36 vector shapes to better show time events.

ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with macOS and Microsoft Windows and retails for $199 per end user license. It is included in ConceptDraw Office 4, which retails for $499.

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Nov 21
PDFConverterOCR for macOS upgraded to version 5.1.0

Cisdem (www.cisdem.com) has updated PDFConverterOCR for macOS to version 5.1.0. The app can help batch convert both native and scanned PDF files to a variety of editable formats, such as Word, Pages, Excel, PPT, Text, etc.

This new version is a maintenance upgrade with bug fixes and performance tweaks. PDF Converter OCR costs $49.99. A demo is available for download.

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Nov 21
New Drum Loop Collection available for DrumCore 4

Dennis Chambers' drum loops are now available for Sonoma Wire Works' DrumCore 4 AAX/VST3/AU plug-in. The first in a series, the Rosanna-ish set includes 62 audio loops and fills for $4.99.

DrumCore 4 is available in three editions that contain the same plug-in. The differences are how it is delivered (download, USB Flash drive, or Solid State drive) and how much content is included by famous drummers who have played with the bands listed below. All editions can be expanded with content by more than 25 drummers in DrumCore 4's built-in store (http://www.sonomawireworks.com/drumcore/).

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Nov 20
Easy Cut Studio for macOS upgraded to version 4.102

EasyCut Studio has updated Easy Cut Studio, its vinyl cutting software, to version 4.102. The app is for designing and outputting vinyl and digital print graphics.

The upgrade adds supports for over 100 new vinyl cutters including Goldcut JK Series, Redsail, Liyu, KingCut, Roland PNC, Secabo, Creation PCut, TENETH, UKCutter, VicSign, Ioline and more. It also adds cut selection only and mirror options for Roland cutting machines.

Easy Cut Studio 4.102 is compatible with any Mac running macOS 10.6 or higher. The 4.102 upgrade is available to all current Easy Cut Studio users at no charge. New users can get all the features and updates for $59.95 ($10 off) for a limited time with a lifetime free upgrade. A fully functional free trial version is available (http://www.easycutstudio.com/).

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Nov 17
Promise Technology introduces new Thunderbolt 3 dock

Promise Technology (https://www.promise.com/us/) has announced the addition of a Thunderbolt 3 dock to its lineup of solutions for rich media workflows.

Through the new dock, users c-an add two 4K displays, charge devices, daisy-chain Thunderbolt 3 hard drives, connect USB devices, transfer SD card content, and more -- over a single connection. The $249 TD-300 brings it all together to expand the capabilities of Thunderbolt 3-enabled macOS and Windows 10 platforms.

Its connectivity options include five USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader and HDMI 2.0. It also features two Thunderbolt 3 ports, Gigabit Ethernet and an audio in/out port. Creative professionals working with iMacs and MacBook Pros can now simply connect the TD-300's Thunderbolt 3 port to any Thunderbolt 3-enabled PC or Mac. There are no drivers to download or install, and no additional utility software is needed.

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Nov 17
Apple Park Visitor Center opens to the public

The Apple Park Visitor Center opened in Cupertino, California, Friday morning, welcoming neighbors and guests from surrounding areas to experience Apple Park’s innovations. It’s is an architectural extension of the new campus (the “spaceship campus”) with similar aesthetics in staircases, stone walls and terrazzo floors.

The Visitor Center’s cantilevered carbon fiber roof appears to float and is only supported by stone clad cores and no other extraneous columns for support. Inviting guests to explore Apple Park in an immersive way, a 3D model of the campus is brought to life by augmented reality technology.

Visitors can learn about the world’s largest naturally ventilated building and view one of the largest on-site solar energy installations in the world. They can also choose to lift the entire roof off the building to peek inside to the collaborative office pod layout.

Guests are also welcome to make their way upstairs to the roof terrace for views of the...

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Nov 17
Apple issues new developer betas of iOS 11.2, watchOS 4.2, tvOS 11.2

Apple has issued the fourth developer betas of iOS 11.2, watchOS 4.2 and tvOS 11.2. Developers can download the betas through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the App Store.

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Nov 17
iHome expands line of Bluetooth Speaker Vanity Mirrors

iHome (www.ihomeaudio.com) is expanding its line of Bluetooth Speaker Vanity Mirrors with the iCVBT10 Reflect Pro model. This flat panel portable telescoping model with Built-in Siri and Google Voice is now available for purchase online and in-store at amazon.com and Bed Bath & Beyond for $199.99.

The biggest mirror in the series (10 x 13 inches) sports a rechargeable battery, includes a distortion-free mirror and has a 3.5-inch removable detail mirror with 10x magnification for the best beauty routine and detailed grooming. With multiple LED lighting options, consumers can listen to music, take phone calls and charge their mobile phones using the iCVBT10.

The iCVBT10 is the latest mirror to join iHome's popular Vanity Mirror line. The iCVBT2, released this summer, is a smaller version and includes built-in Siri and Google Voice ($79.99). Other Vanity Mirrors in the line include the portable,...

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Nov 16
Apple releases iOS 11.1.2

Apple has released iOS 11.1.2, which addresses an issue in which some iPhone X models became unresponsive in cold weather. The update also:

° Fixes an issue where the iPhone X screen becomes temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid temperature drop

° Addresses an issue that could cause distortion in Live Photos and videos captured with iPhone X

The iOS 11.1.2 update can be downloaded for free on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. Go to Settings --> General --> Software Update.

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Nov 16
Apple releases fourth developer beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.2

Apple has released the fourth developer beta version of macOS High Sierra 10.13.2. Registered developers can download it from Apple's Developer Center — or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

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Nov 16
IK Multimedia releases iRig Keys I/O 25 & 49 keyboard controllers

IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com has announced that iRig Keys I/O, a keyboard controller range featuring a built-in audio interface, is now shipping worldwide.

iRig Keys I/O provides users with a flexible way to complete their music productions from start to end using a single piece of equipment. It comes with either 25 or 49 full-size keys offering a synth-action keybed and integrates a 96kHz/24-bit audio interface with a high-performance Class A preamp allowing users to record their instruments and microphones (including condenser mics requiring 48V phantom power) via its combo 1/4"/XLR input.

Plus, it provides controls such as velocity sensitive, multicolored pads, programmable touch-sensitive sliders, buttons and assignable knobs. iRig Keys I/O is Apple certified MFi hardware (Made for iPhone and iPad) which means it works right out of the box with all iOS devices with a Lightning port,...

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Nov 16
DiRT Rally rolls onto the Mac

DiRT Rally is now out for the Mac platform. It’s available from the Feral Store (http://tinyurl.com/y8ym93sw) for $59.99 and will be coming to the Mac App Store soon. DiRT Rally requires macOS 10.13 or higher.

Here’s how the game is described: “Experience all the thrill of racing on the edge in DiRT Rally, the most authentic rally game ever engineered. Strap yourself in and hurtle down the most dangerous tracks in the world, from the drenched pine forests of Wales to the crumbling hillsides of Greece.”

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Nov 16
Mapdiva updates Artboard 2 for macOS High Sierra

Mapdiva has released Artboard 2.0.7 for macOS High Sierra. It’s a maintainance update of the drawing software to create crisp vector graphics, logos, icons, and illustrations.

Artboard features "smart" objects, direct select tool, a powerful style generator and stacked styles that go way beyond simple fill and stroke, providing a wide range of spectacular effects. Templates help people, such as small business owners, students, hobbyist and 2D game designers, get started on their projects.

Artboard 2.0.7 sells for $39.99 directly from Mapdiva and is also available on the Mac App Store. A demo is available from the Mapdiva website (https://www.mapdiva.com/artboard/).

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Nov 16
AKVIS releases Akvis Retoucher 9.0

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced Retoucher 9.0, an upgraded of its photo restoration software. The new version offers a number of Color Correction parameters, the flexible Crop tool, as well as the Vignette option that lightens/darkens the image at its perimeter.

AKVIS Retoucher helps to remove dust, scratches, date stamps and other unwanted details from photos. Also, it’s possible to improve image composition and reconstruct missing parts using the information of the surrounding areas. On the Mac platform, AKVIS Retoucher requires macOS 9.0.12 or higher.

The product is available as a standalone application and as a plugin filter for Adobe Photoshop and other image editors. AKVIS Retoucher, Home license, sells for $87. One license key allows activating and using the software on two computers.

Version 9.0 is free for users who bought Retoucher in the last 12 months. Users, whose license is older and...

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Nov 15
Maintain Serves Up Cocktail 11.1 (High Sierra Edition)

Maintain has served up Cocktail 11.1 (High Sierra Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running macOS High Sierra.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for macOS that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. This version adds the ability to clear Twitter caches and macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 compatibility. It also has performance tweaks and bug fixes.

Cocktail costs $19 for a single user license. A demo is available for download (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail).

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Nov 23
Mobile-based proximity payments gaining momentum in...

Mobile-based proximity payments are gaining prominence in the U.S. Although mobile payments are still small compared to well-established payment methods such as payment cards, they reached a new milestone with the launch of Apple Pay, Alipay, Android Pay, and Samsung Pay, according to a new report from Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com)

Increasing consumer awareness of mobile payment solutions and rising penetration of contactless terminals are likely to drive further growth in mobile-based proximity payments, adds the research group. The U.S. is the second-largest e-commerce market in the world, with a total of $742 billion spent by consumers online in 2017.

Debit and credit cards remain the preferred method of payment for e-commerce purchases, and accounted for 24.5% of total e-commerce transaction value in 2017. In addition to payment cards, emerging payment methods...

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Nov 23
SDDC market to hit $90 billion by 2022

The software defined data center (SDDC) market is estimated to witness a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 19.88% to reach a total market size of $90.416 billion by 2022, up from $36.517 billion in 2017, according to new data from Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com).

The upsurge in the use of the Internet and networking has heightened the demand for storage space, computing power, and complex networking, according to the research group. This increased demand has given rise to scaling up of infrastructure across various data centers and incremental budget allocation towards meeting the burgeoning IT infrastructure requirement.

SDDC is a sophisticated concept that allows the data centers to seamlessly scale up their infrastructure plus it helps the in the simplified management of all resources and unification of networking and server storage. It is cost effective, allows...

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Nov 22
Smart home devices to be popular this holiday season

The holiday shopping report from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) shows millennials will lead the smart home and CE purchasing the holiday season, with 46% reporting high intentions to buy at least one device and 36% planning to give one as a gift.

The Internet of Things (IoT) research firm, which surveyed U.S. broadband households on their purchase intentions for this holiday season, found one-third of U.S. broadband households report a high intention to purchase a CE or smart home device this holiday season.

"Consumer marketing strategies and technology evangelism by Amazon and Google have created attention for smart home and connected CE devices, creating an opportunity for a big jump in these products this holiday season," said Elizabeth Parks, SVP, Parks Associates. "Fourteen percent of U.S. broadband households intend to purchase a smart video doorbell, potentially driving...

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Nov 22
Study: mobile-assisted worker increase sales

With the holiday shopping season in full-swing and Black Friday right around the corner, traditional brick-and-mortar retailers are hoping their in-store strategies will help attract a greater share of consumer spend.

For consumers – who expect frictionless and enjoyable shopping experiences – a knowledgeable and fully capable sales associate can be the difference between being delighted and leaving frustrated with no purchase. In fact, according to a new retail store associate survey by Tulip (www.tulip.com), a mobile application provider focused on empowering workers in retail stores, mobile-assist devices help workers increase sales and improve the overall customer experience.

While this may be the case, the survey also found that 61% of store associates are actually not armed with mobile devices and only 17% are interacting with customers and expanding the relationship beyond the four walls of the store. ...

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Nov 21
73% of Canadian organizations have moved to the cloud

According to a study by Scalar Decisions (www.scalar.ca), an information technology solutions provider, almost three quarters of Canadian organizations have migrated at least some of their IT delivery to the cloud. That's up from 59% in 2016.

Scalar's second annual Cloud Study shows Canadian organizations have moved past security concerns as a barrier to adoption, and are now focused on maximizing the return on their investment in cloud delivery. According to the study, highly publicized security breaches haven’t caused organizations to avoid adopting cloud-based delivery. While 35% of companies saw security as a factor in determining how much to use the cloud, 90% of respondents overcame those concerns to move forward with some level of cloud integration.

"The cloud has become not just a standard IT delivery model, but THE standard IT delivery model," says Rene Heroux, chief technology officer, Scalar...

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Nov 20
Gartner: intelligent automation will transform...

Intelligent automation will transform workplace outsourcing according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). Sourcing and vendor management leaders must prepare to restructure these services and renegotiate contracts to leverage intelligent automation, according to the research group.

Gartner defines intelligent automation services as the umbrella term for a variety of strategies, skills, tools and techniques that service providers are using to remove the need for labor, and increase the predictability and reliability of services while reducing the cost of delivery.

“Intelligent automation will alter the provision of managed workplace services over the next few years, increasing service quality at a lower price,” said DD Mishra, research director at Gartner. “Sourcing and vendor management leaders must prepare to restructure these services and renegotiate contracts to leverage intelligent automation. Automation...

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Nov 17
Amazon Echo, Google Home to reside in over 50% of U.S...

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that smart speakers such as Amazon Echo, Google Home, and the Sonos One will be installed in over 70 million US households by 2022, reaching 55% of all homes. Total installed devices will exceed 175 million.

Juniper forecasts that voice assistant devices across all platforms - smartphones, tablets, PCs, speakers, connected TVs, cars and wearables, will reach 870 million devices in the US by 2022, an increase of 95% over the 450 million estimated for 2017. The research group found that the ability to pass information between device platforms will become critical for digital assistants in future, due to many users engaging multiple assistants.

However, despite rising numbers of smart home assistants, Juniper forecasts that most voice assistant usage will be on smartphones, with over five billion in use globally by 2022....

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Nov 16
UMD market to be worth $267.37 billion by 2025

Ultra-mobile devices (UMD) are on the verge of becoming mainstream from being a niche product category, according to a new report from Transparency Market Research (www.transparencymarketresearch.com).

Their sales are soaring with companies banking on new product launches to entice the rising crop of tech savvy consumers, according to the research group. A prominent characteristic of the global ultra-mobile devices market is the presence of numerous suppliers for similar components which makes it easier for buyers to switch suppliers at low costs.

Transparency Market Research forecasts the global ultra-mobile devices market to rise at a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 6.1% during the period between 2017 and 2025 to become worth $267.37 billion by 2025. That’s up from $157.10 billion in 2016.

The different types of ultra-mobile devices purveyed in the market...

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Nov 15
What are consumers buying online? Everything

Adtaxi (www.adtaxi.com), a digital marketing agencies, has released the results of its inaugural “State of Ecommerce” in America survey, an in-depth look at ecommerce trends and consumer preferences nationwide. From small inexpensive household items to mega, high-priced purchases such as automobiles, the scope and willingness of consumers to make purchases online has proven to be powerfully pervasive.

The survey reveals just how often consumers are making purchases online, what they are purchasing and the method in which they are purchasing them. Highlights of the survey:

° A majority of consumers (55%) would be happy to purchase everything online.

° Convenience was the number one reason (50%) people shop online.

° Seventy-two percent of consumers purchase something online at least once a month.

° A third of consumers (32%) would purchase a car online.

° Three out of five (59%)...

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Nov 14
Digital content revenues to pass $200 billion next year

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that global consumer spend on digital content will reach $202 billion in 2018, up by 10% on this year’s total of $184 billion.

The research found that SVoD (Subscription Video on Demand) services will be a key driver of growth, with major OTT (Over The Top) players such as Netflix and Amazon committing budgets of more than $5 billion to original content over the coming year. Meanwhile, Apple and Facebook are each expected to invest at least $1 billion for the first time.

According to Juniper Research, 35% of UK households now subscribe to one or more SVoD services, a proportion which rises to 76% in the US. Furthermore, the research group says that the trend towards multiple subscriptions per household was increasing, leading to a greater opportunity for content aggregation and curation.

Meanwhile, there are...

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Reviews and Kool Tools

HEX (www.hex.echoscomm.com) has returned with a slate of new cases and wallets for Apple's new iPhone X. They’re available now The collection features three of HEX's models: The Icon, The Solo, and The Focus. Each is... Read more »
The Encore+ Stereo Wi-Fi Music Player, Grace Digital’s latest Internet radio, features a 3.5-inch color display along with an internal speaker system, Chromecast built-in, multi-room functionality, clock and alarm,... Read more »
ATTO Technology’s (www.atto.com) ATTO XstreamCORE ET 8200 storage controller is a top-of-rack controller with base functionality of a high performing protocol bridge that enables multiple client servers to remotely... Read more »
Urbanears’ Plattan 2 Bluetooth is a headphone modeled after their bestselling headphone of all times but with one important difference: It cuts ties with the cord entirely, and goes beyond the industry standard with 30-... Read more »

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Friday November 24

03:50
As promised, iPhone X now on sale in 13 more...

Apple announced earlier this month that the iPhone X would go on sale in 13 more countries as of today, and it is now available in these new markets.

The flagship new iPhone is now available in a total of 70 countries …

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03:15
iPhone X shipping times improve, drop to 1 to 2...

If you’re attempting to buy an iPhone X for someone in Europe or Asia for the holidays, your odds have improved.

A number of users have reported that shipping estimates for the iPhone X have improved across Europe and Asia on Thursday. As a result, many regional online Apple stores now quoting delivery within the first eight days of December.

France, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Czech Republic, and the United Kingdom now all show shipping dates between December 1st and December 8th, suggesting that Apple’s boost in iPhone X production seems to be paying off.

Shipping dates also appear to have improved for other European countries, including Italy and Spain, which now show shipping estimates between December 1st and December 11th. Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, and Switzerland currently give a 1 to 2 week shipping estimates.

In Asia, regional online stores such as those in Japan, China, and Singapore show shipping...

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03:00
Black Friday 2017 roundups begin to go live, savings...

It’s that time again.

With Black Friday underway, the savings abound and the cool cats at AppleInsider have published a pretty huge roundup of deals from assorted Apple authorized resellers. The lineup includes Macs, iPads, iPhones, Apple Watched, Apple TV 4K units, headphones, drones and other accessories and notes no sales tax within the lower 48 states (excluding New York and New Jersey).

The roundup includes deals from vendors such as Adorama, B&H Photo, Abt Electronics, Amazon, MacMall and Best Buy.

Check out the link below and if you’re able to find a truly excellent deal somewhere, please let us know in the comments.

Via AppleInsider

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01:00
Black Friday Deal: ECOVACS DEEBOT N79 robotic vacuum...

You've always wanted a robotic vacuum cleaner that you can control or schedule from your iPhone, right? But the price tag on some of these devices can be prohibitively high, so you've probably put off the purchase. ECOVACS has partnered with Apple World Today on a bunch of Black Friday specials on its line of iOS-controlled robot vacuum cleaners that will have you pulling out your wallet to make the purchase. 

My very own ECOVACS DEEBOT N79, standing ready to clean up!

The deals start with the ECOVACS DEEBOT N79 at 25% off -- that's $149.98. This is the same vacuum that got a 5-star review earlier this year from Apple World Today. This little robot cleans the upstairs part of our house several times a week, returning to its charging dock...

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00:04
Apple’s official Black Friday ‘deals’ are here, but...

Apple has officially launched its Black Friday promotions in the United States. As usual, the company isn’t offering straight cash discounts on any of its products, but rather rewarding customers with an Apple Store gift card with select purchases.

You can get up to a $150 gift card with your purchase, but that hardly compares to deals we’re seeing elsewhere. We’re also seeing significant accessory deals across the web

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00:01
Check out our Black Friday deals...and get another...

It's finally here - Black Friday, and you're hopefully sitting in front of your Mac or lounging in bed with an iPad instead of standing in a crowd in front of a big box store. We've got a TON of deals for you that are already incredibly good, but if you use the coupon code BFRIDAY20 you'll be able to take another 20% off the price tag at checkout. Remember, when you buy from the Apple World Today Deals Shop, you're also supporting the site.

Let's get rollin' on the Black Friday deals!

Our readers LOVE this 3-pack of 10-foot MFi-certified Lightning Cables and it's been one of our biggest sellers in the AWT Deals Shop. Our Black Friday...

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00:00
The Apple Store is back online!

The Apple Store is back online! The Store was down for 4 hours.

Apple Store

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Thursday November 23

22:00
Apple Black Friday 2017: Find the best deals and...




Black Friday deals are here and Apple authorized resellers are slashing prices on your favorite Macs, iPads, iPhones, Apple Watches, Apple TV 4K devices and headphones. From exclusive coupon deals to instant cash rebates, shoppers can save hundreds of dollars with no sales tax collected in 48 states on many items, as well as no interest financing incentives on popular products.

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21:04
Flash Deal: Apple's 15" MacBook Pro for $1...




For 48 hours only, and while supplies last, shoppers can grab Apple's Late 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro in Silver for $1,599, the absolute lowest price ever on this quad-core notebook. In addition to the instant $800 discount, expedited shipping to the contiguous U.S. is free with no sales tax on orders shipped to addresses outside NY and NJ.

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21:02
Killer Deals: Save $70 to $350 instantly on Apple...




New, lower prices for Black Friday! AppleInsider readers can take advantage of exclusive coupons and instant discounts this week to instantly save between $70 and $350 on every Mid 2017 MacBook Pro, including Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. Plus, sales tax will not be collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ and systems qualify for 0% financing offer

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21:01
B&H's Apple Black Friday sale delivers 13...




First come, first served! B&H's Black Friday sale starts now with cash discounts of up to $800 off MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs, Mac minis, iPads, Beats headphones and 27" iMac 5Ks. Each device qualifies for free shipping with no sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ. Don't delay, many of these deals are valid today only.

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20:00
The Apple Store is down!

The Apple Store is down! The average Store downtime is about 3 hours and 19 minutes.

What to do next?

Fastest:
Fast:
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Slowest:
Open the alarm page in your browser to know exactly when the Apple Store comes back online
Follow @IsTheStoreDown on twitter
Install our Dashboard widget for Mac OS X
Subscribe to the email function to receive an email when the Store status changes
Check the store yourself later
Wait for the media to report anything new
Please feel free to share this information with your friends :-)

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13:57
Lowest price ever: Apple's high-end 15"...




Apple authorized reseller Adorama is taking $1,000 off the Late 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro with an upgraded 2.9GHz processor and top of the line Radeon 460 graphics. This Space Gray notebook also qualifies for free expedited shipping and no tax outside NY and NJ. Adorama is also offering no interest if paid in full within 12 months using the store card.

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13:54
Apple handing out gift cards for Black Friday...




As expected, Apple's annual Black Friday shopping event went live in the US early Friday, offering holiday gift buyers gift cards worth up to $150 with the purchase of a new Mac, iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.

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13:53
Surviving Thanksgiving: Fight to keep those extra...




Gorging on turkey and pie may feel good at the time, but overindulgence may turn the traditional Thanksgiving dinner into the traditional Thanksgiving pounds. Instead of waiting until January and making a new year's resolution that will inevitably be forgotten about within weeks, fight the weight gain now with the App Store's plethora of fitness apps.

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13:22
Ulysses writing app gets a makeover for iPhone X

The subscription-based cross-platform writing app Ulysses received a big update today. Version 12.1 brings a redesign that works with the bezel-free display of the iPhone X, supports Face ID authentication, and more...

In fact, the "more" is what's really different and important. The developers redesigned the object editors that are used to display links, images and footnotes in the text editor. A tap opens corresponding views, making it much faster to see what you've added in terms of photos. On iPhone, images and other items show up in a slideover that comes up from the bottom of the display, while on iPad objects are presented in a popover screen. With images, a tap lets you QuickLook and a swipe sets up deletion or replacement of the image.

Ulysses also comes with another theme called D12. This is a very streamlined theme designed with high contrast and a focus on typography. The...

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12:44
Review: KEF Q300 Bookshelf Speakers

If you've ever shopped for speakers before, KEF likely needs no introduction. This British company has been making home audio components for over 50 years, and has been a favorite of audiophiles for about as long. In anticipation of KEF's recent update to its Q-Series speakers, we're taking a look at a bookshelf speaker that has become one of the go-to recommended speakers in the audiophile community: the Q300. Though the Q350 has been announced, the Q300 is still available and can be purchased for about half the price of the new model. We think the Q300 is one of the best ways to get started in this hobby.{/exp:char_limit}
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11:31
Apple Black Friday 2017: Find the best deals and...




Black Friday deals are here and Apple authorized resellers are slashing prices on your favorite Macs, iPads, iPhones, Apple Watches, Apple TV 4K devices and headphones. From exclusive coupon deals to instant cash rebates, shoppers can save hundreds of dollars with no sales tax collected in 48 states on many items, as well as no interest financing incentives on popular products.

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11:17
How to score the best Apple deals on Black Friday




With Black Friday on the horizon, we're rounding up the best deals and lowest prices on Apple devices, and this year shoppers can save up to $1,000 on Macs from top Apple authorized resellers.

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09:37
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Amazon Echo deals from $30,...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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09:08
Apple's South Korean offices raided by...




South Korean authorities have reportedly conducted a raid of Apple's offices in the country earlier this week, with investigators said to have questioned the company about its business affairs just days before the launch of the iPhone X in the country, which could raise questions concerning the government's animosity for competitors of local manufacturers, such as main rival Samsung.

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09:05
Logic Pros: Grab Apple’s Logic Pro X audio suite at...

As we have mentioned in the past, Apple’s Logic Pro X flagship music production software basically never goes on sale. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get it for less than the already rock-bottom price (considering what you get here). more…

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Friday November 24

03:45
Apple Fans in South Korea Jam SK Telecom Store to the ge...

Patently Apple reported earlier this month that the iPhone X would be on sale in 14 more countries on November 24 and one of the countries listed was South Korea. Despite the government raid on Apple yesterday in an effort to mar the iPhone X's launch today, it didn't work ...

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03:10
Samsung to Showcase 150 Inch Micro-LED TV at CES 2018

On Monday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Working with TSMC on Tough Phase of Next-Gen Micro-LED Displays." Apple has moved the research into a positive stage of development with the help of TSMC. To psychologically get ahead of Apple, Samsung will showcase a 150 inch micro-LED home theater TV at CES 2018 in January.

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Thursday November 23

23:07
Black Friday 2017: The Best Deals on iPhones, iPads, App...

Thanksgiving is well underway in the United States, and Black Friday deals online and at brick and mortar stores are starting to go live across the country. Major retail stores like Target, Best Buy, and Walmart will be opening their doors this evening, while many online-only deals are already live.

Below, we've rounded up some of the best deals we've come across on Apple products like iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Macs, and accessories, and many, many more deals can be found in our dedicated Black Friday roundup.

iPhone

Walmart is offering a $300 Walmart Gift Card with the purchase of an iPhone X, iPhone 8,...

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20:05
Apple's Black Friday Event Launches in the US With...

Apple's annual Black Friday shopping event has kicked off in the United States, with Apple offering customers Apple Store gift cards worth up to $150 with the purchase of select devices including Macs, iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches.

Apple is offering gift cards for a range of products, but many newer devices, including the iPhone X and the Apple Watch Series 3, are not included in the promotion. Gift card amounts by product:

- iMac, Mac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air - $150 gift card

- iPhone 6s and 6s Plus - $50 gift card

- iPhone 7 and 7 Plus - $50 gift card

- Apple Watch Series 1 - $25 gift card

- 5th-generation iPad - $50 gift card

- iPad mini 4 - $50 gift card

- iPad Pro - $100 gift...

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10:07
Black Friday 2017: The Best Deals on iPhones, iPads, App...

Thanksgiving is well underway in the United States, and Black Friday deals online and at brick and mortar stores are starting to go live across the country. Major retail stores like Target, Best Buy, and Walmart will be opening their doors this evening, while many online-only deals are already live.

Below, we've rounded up some of the best deals we've come across on Apple products like iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Macs, and accessories, and many, many more deals can be found in our dedicated Black Friday roundup.

iPhone

Walmart is offering a $300 Walmart Gift Card with the purchase of an iPhone X, iPhone 8,...

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10:06
Two Major Cydia Hosts Shut Down as Jailbreaking Fades in...

ModMy today announced it has archived its default ModMyi repository on Cydia, which is essentially an alternative App Store for downloading apps, themes, tweaks, and other files on jailbroken iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices.

A jailbroken iPhone running iOS 6 via New Atlas

ZodTTD/MacCiti also shut down last week, meaning that two out of three of Cydia's major default repositories are no longer active as of this month. ModMy recommends developers in the jailbreaking community use the BigBoss repository, which is one of the last major Cydia sources that remains functional.

The closure of two major Cydia repositories is arguably the result of a declining interest in jailbreaking, which provides root filesystem access and allows...

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06:20
South Korean Authorities have Raided Apple's Office...

Last Tuesday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Korea's FTC Investigating Wireless Carrier Complaints about Apple's Unfair Advertising Policies." Then last Wednesday we posted another report titled "South Korea Authorities are Close to pushing the 'Recall' button on Apple's iPhone 8 if another Problem arises in their Country." If you weren't convinced with those two report that the South Korean government is oddly targeting Apple's business, then think again. It's being reported today that "South Korean authorities have raided Apple’s offices in Seoul as it prepares to launch the iPhone X.

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05:27
Apple's Black Friday Event Begins in Australia and...

Apple's one-day Black Friday shopping event is now live in Australia and New Zealand, offering customers free Apple Store gift cards worth up to A$210 or NZ$210 with the purchase of selected new Apple products today.

The deals are available through Apple's online store, and at Apple retail stores in Australia, through November 24. Apple's terms and conditions state each customer is limited to two gift cards per product category.

For the Mac, eligible models include any new 12-inch MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, and Mac Pro, including custom configurations ordered online. Mac mini and refurbished Macs do not qualify.

Australia

• 9.7-inch iPad: $70 gift card

• iPad mini 4: $70 gift card...

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05:10
iPhone X Shipping Estimates Improve to 1 to 2 Weeks Acro...

Shipping estimates for the iPhone X have improved across Europe and Asia today, with many regional online Apple stores now quoting delivery within the first eight days of December.

France, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Czech Republic, and the United Kingdom now all show shipping dates between December 1 and December 8, suggesting Apple's production ramp-up efforts are paying dividends well beyond U.S. shores.

Slight variations in shipping dates can be found in other European countries such as Italy and Spain, which show estimates between December 1 and 11. Meanwhile, Denmark, ...

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04:16
Future Foldable iPhone may use a micro-LED Display and L...

On Thanksgiving 2017 the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to a possible foldable iPhone model. With Samsung and others talking up foldable smartphones, we're seeing more Apple patents surfacing of late covering this theme. One surfaced a year ago covering a bendable smartphone using advanced carbon nanotube structures, which once again today is listed as one of the materials used as an anti-corrosion additive to prevent corrosion of any sensitive structures in the foldable display.

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Wednesday November 22

16:31
Apple was the overall Smartphone Champ in the UK in Q3 w...

Apple's CEO said during Apple's financial conference for calendar Q3 (fiscal Q4) earlier this month that "iPhone sales exceeded our expectation." Apple regained their lead in the U.S. over Samsung with iPhones taking the top six positions and iPhone sales in Russia grew an amazing 56% year over year. One of the last stats to come in for Q3 are from the UK where Apple was the overall winner with the iPhone 7 noted as the #1 smartphone.

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13:32
iPhone X Shipping Estimates Improve to 1 to 2 Weeks in U...

Shipping estimates for the iPhone X have improved to 1 to 2 weeks in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, suggesting Apple's efforts to ramp up production have successfully resulted in greater supply.

The 1 to 2 week shipping estimates are an improvement over the previous 2 to 3 week shipping estimates that have been available since November 15. iPhone X models ordered today in the United States and Canada will now arrive by early December, well ahead of the holidays.

For Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East, iPhone X shipping estimates are still at 2 to 3 weeks, but those estimates should also improve over the course of the next few days.

In addition to improving shipping estimates for devices purchased now from the online Apple Store, Apple has also been sending out iPhone X pre-orders more quickly than expected. Many MacRumors readers who had...

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12:24
Apple Shares New 'Sway' Holiday Ad Featuring A...

Apple traditionally shares a touching holiday ad in November or December, and this year's spot, Sway, was uploaded to the company's YouTube channel this afternoon.

The ad shows off both the iPhone X and the AirPods, featuring a woman dancing through a snowy city to the song "Palace" by Sam Smith. She runs into a partner, imagines sharing an AirPod with him, and the two of them go on to briefly fall in love before returning to reality where they pass by each other in the street.

Past Apple holiday ads have been well-received and have even won awards, including the company's 2013 ad "Misunderstood," featuring an iPhone 5s being used to capture holiday activities like baking cookies and decorating a Christmas tree.

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08:37
Work on Apple's First Flagship Store in a Trendy Sh...

The talk of Apple seriously considering an Apple Store in South Korean was covered in our report posted in December last year. Then in early January of this year Apple confirmed that their first flagship store in South Korea was to open as early as the end of the year. The store's location will be in the hip Garosugil Shopping...

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07:14
Apple Research Paper Touts VoxelNet as being Superior to...

Apple has decided of late to expose more of their engineering side to the world for some reason after being secretive about all current work in progress on any project. Developer discussions were pretty much restricted to their World Wide Developer Conferences. Yet Apple has recently published a couple of Machine Learning Journal issues about Siri and face detection and we now learn the published a research paper touting VoxelNet over the well known LiDAR system for 3D detection of objects for autonomous vehicles and robots.

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05:48
iPhone SE 2 Again Rumored to Launch in First Half of 201...

Apple will release a second-generation iPhone SE in the first half of 2018, according to China's Economic Daily News.

The report claims the tentatively named iPhone SE 2 will be assembled exclusively by Taiwanese manufacturer Wistron at its factory in Bengaluru, India, where some assembly of the current iPhone SE occurs.

The rumored release date window lines up with an earlier report from Focus Taiwan claiming a new iPhone SE will ship in the first quarter of 2018, which encompasses January through March of next year.

Apple introduced the current iPhone SE at a media event on March 21, 2016, and the device launched later that month. Given the rumored launch dates...

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04:47
Apple Reportedly Acquired Montreal Based Vrvana, a Mixed...

It's being reported that Apple has acquired Montreal based Vrvana a mixed reality headset company that won the best in its category at CES 2017 for its Totem AR/VR headset. Vrvana's Totem headset offers custom lenses that provide a significantly wider field of view that makes it a hit with customers. Our report provides graphics and two videos about Vrvana's technology.

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03:01
Apple Shares Research into Self-Driving Car Software Tha...

Apple computer scientists working on autonomous vehicle technology have posted a research paper online describing how self-driving cars can spot cyclists and pedestrians using fewer sensors (via Reuters).

The paper by Yin Zhou and Oncel Tuzel was submitted to online independent journal arXiv on November 17, in what appears to be Apple's first publicly disclosed research on autonomous vehicle technology.

The paper is titled "End-to-End Learning for Point Cloud Based 3D Object Detection", and describes how new software developed by Apple scientists improves the ability of LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) systems to recognize objects including pedestrians and cyclists from a distance.

Self-driving cars typically use a combination of...

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Tuesday November 21

18:10
2018 iPhones to Feature Upgraded Antenna Design to Boost...

Apple's upcoming 2018 iPhones will feature upgraded liquid crystal polymer (LCP) antenna modules that will contribute to faster LTE transmission speeds, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said tonight in a note that was sent out to investors.

Kuo says new iPhone models will use at least two LCP LTE antenna modules, much like the iPhone X, but with improvements to support 4x4 MIMO standards.

Antenna design upgrade a key factor in anticipated boost to LTE transmission speed in new 2H18F iPhone models. As a LTE antenna FPCB material, LCP is superior to PI in properties related to high-frequency, thermal performance and moisture resistance. We predict 2H18 new iPhones will be equipped with two LCP LTE antenna modules same as iPhone X or more, but with higher specs to support 4x4 MIMO standards.Last week, Kuo said Apple is expected to use Intel XMM 7560 and...

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16:00
Apple Bought Augmented Reality Headset Company Vrvana

Apple recently purchased Vrvana, a company that developed an augmented reality headset called Totem, reports TechCrunch.

Two sources with knowledge of the deal confirmed the acquisition, but Apple declined to comment and did not provide its usual acquisition statement. TechCrunch says Apple did not deny the story, though, and several employees who were previously with Vrvana are now with Apple.

Apple is said to have paid $30 million for Vrvana, and the deal may have taken place this summer. Vrvana's website is still up and running, but social media accounts ceased updates in August.

Vrvana developed a sort of mixed reality headset called Totem, which was never released. It was designed to combine both augmented and virtual reality technologies in a single headset, merging full VR capabilities with pass-...

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Sunday November 19

16:05
Episode 59 of the MacAdmins Podcast: Personalizing...

Thursday November 16

13:10
My Presentation from MacTech 2017
13:00
Update Your watchOS Apps

Enable your watchOS apps to connect anywhere and anytime, even without a phone nearby, by updating for watchOS 4 and Apple Watch Series 3. Take advantage of increased performance, new background modes for navigation and audio recording, built-in altimeter capabilities, direct connections to accessories with Core Bluetooth, and more. In addition, the size limit of a watchOS app bundle has increased from 50 MB to 75 MB.

Please note that starting April 1, 2018, updates to watchOS 1 apps will no longer be accepted. Updates must be native apps built with the watchOS 2 SDK or later. New watchOS apps should be built with the watchOS 4 SDK or later.

Learn about developing for watchOS 4.

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13:00
Update Your watchOS Apps

Enable your watchOS apps to connect anywhere and anytime, even without a phone nearby, by updating for watchOS 4 and Apple Watch Series 3. Take advantage of increased performance, new background modes for navigation and audio recording, built-in altimeter capabilities, direct connections to accessories with Core Bluetooth, and more. In addition, the size limit of a watchOS app bundle has increased from 50 MB to 75 MB.

Please note that starting April 1, 2018, updates to watchOS 1 apps will no longer be accepted. Updates must be native apps built with the watchOS 2 SDK or later. New watchOS apps should be built with the watchOS 4 SDK or later.

Learn about developing for watchOS 4.

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08:00
Microsoft 365 helps businesses increase trust and...

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

The evolution of technology and cloud innovation are democratizing data and in turn fueling digital transformation. Embracing every facet of this digital transformation offers organizations an opportunity to better engage with customers, empower employees, and optimize the creation and delivery of products and services. However, with the increased use of personal data to customize user experiences, new compliance laws—such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)—are a logical policy component of our technology landscape. Microsoft 365 offers a complete cloud solution to help you with GDPR compliance, while Compliance Manager helps you assess and manage your compliance risk.

Compliance promotes innovation by building customer trust in technology

At its core, the GDPR strengthens personal privacy rights for individuals in the EU and requires organizations to...

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Wednesday November 15

12:54
About the security content of iOS 11.1.2

This document describes the security content of iOS 11.1.2.

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Tuesday November 14

11:00
TA17-318B: HIDDEN COBRA – North Korean Trojan:...

Original release date: November 14, 2017
Systems Affected

Network systems

Overview

This joint Technical Alert (TA) is the result of analytic efforts between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Working with U.S. government partners, DHS and FBI identified Internet Protocol (IP) addresses and other indicators of compromise (IOCs) associated with a Trojan malware variant used by the North Korean government—commonly known as Volgmer. The U.S. Government refers to malicious cyber activity by the North Korean government as HIDDEN COBRA. For more information on HIDDEN COBRA activity, visit https://www.us-cert.gov/hiddencobra.

FBI has high confidence that HIDDEN COBRA actors are using the IP addresses—listed in this report’s IOC files—to maintain a presence on victims’ networks and to further network exploitation. DHS and FBI are distributing these IP...

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10:09
TA17-318A: HIDDEN COBRA – North Korean Remote...

Original release date: November 14, 2017
Systems Affected

Network systems

Overview

This joint Technical Alert (TA) is the result of analytic efforts between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Working with U.S. government partners, DHS and FBI identified Internet Protocol (IP) addresses and other indicators of compromise (IOCs) associated with a remote administration tool (RAT) used by the North Korean government—commonly known as FALLCHILL. The U.S. Government refers to malicious cyber activity by the North Korean government as HIDDEN COBRA. For more information on HIDDEN COBRA activity, visit https://www.us-cert.gov/hiddencobra.

FBI has high confidence that HIDDEN COBRA actors are using the IP addresses—listed in this report’s IOC files—to maintain a presence on victims’ networks and to further network exploitation. DHS and FBI are...

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Monday November 13

19:22
The Apple Toolchain

A brief list of common tools used to manage Apple devices. Do you use something that isn’t on this list? Comment it and I’ll try and add it! In order to remain vendor agnostic I am trying to list solutions in alphabetical order by category. 
Backup

  • Archiware
  • Acronis
  • Backblaze
  • Carbon Copy Cloner
  • Crashplan
  • Datto
  • Druva

Collaboration Suites and File Sharing

  • Atlassian
  • Box
  • Dropbox
  • Egnyte
  • G Suite
  • Kerio Connect
  • macOS Server
  • Netatalk
  • Office 365
  • Promise
  • Synology
  • Xsan

Directory Services and Authentication Tools

  • Apple Enterprise Connect
  • AdmitMac
  • Centrify
  • Duo Mobile
  • JumpCloud
  • LDAP
  • Microsoft Active Directory
  • NoLo
  • NoMAD
  • NoMAD Pro
  • Okta
  • OneLogin

Imaging and...

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15:50
Websites on iPhone X

Your websites will automatically display properly on the Super Retina screen on iPhone X, as Safari automatically insets your content within the safe area so it’s clear of the rounded corners and sensor housing. If your website is designed with full-width horizontal navigation, you can choose to take full advantage of the edge-to-edge display by using a new WebKit API introduced in iOS 11.2. Start testing your website today with the iPhone X simulator, included with Xcode 9.2 beta.

Learn more about designing websites for iPhone X.

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15:50
Websites on iPhone X

Your websites will automatically display properly on the Super Retina screen on iPhone X, as Safari automatically insets your content within the safe area so it’s clear of the rounded corners and sensor housing. If your website is designed with full-width horizontal navigation, you can choose to take full advantage of the edge-to-edge display by using a new WebKit API introduced in iOS 11.2. Start testing your website today with the iPhone X simulator, included with Xcode 9.2 beta.

Learn more about designing websites for iPhone X.

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09:00
Henkel advances digital transformation journey with...

Today’s post about Office 365 was written by Markus Petrak, corporate director at Henkel.

Henkel is looking at more than 140 years of company success—founded in 1876, our brands such as Schwarzkopf, Persil, and Loctite are well known among customers globally. As our environment evolves from a mere brick-and-mortar business to one where we see new sales records in e-commerce for beauty care products in a single day, it’s clear that as a company we must adapt to ongoing change. Today, digitalization is a major driver that is transforming our organization, capturing the ingenuity and dedication of more than 50,000 employees around the world. And of course, digital transformation is unthinkable without the constant development of our IT landscape. Three years ago, Henkel...

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Thursday November 9

08:12
About the security content of iOS 11.1.1

This document describes the security content of iOS 11.1.1.

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Wednesday November 8

10:00
Sutter Health moves to Office 365 to help strengthen...

Today’s post was written by Wes Wright, corporate CTO for Sutter Health.

In our industry, the less time our employees spend interfacing with technology, the more time they’re able to spend with patients. That’s why my role as the corporate chief technology officer at Sutter Health revolves around one goal: provide nearly 52,000 employees with software that maximizes the amount of time they devote to patient and family care. For a not-for-profit health system as large and diverse as Sutter Health—with 24 acute care hospitals and care centers serving more than 100 communities in California—achieving this goal starts with standardizing IT on a leading-edge communication and collaboration platform. We invested in technology that was intuitive and deeply...

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09:00
Bringing AI to job seekers with Resume Assistant in...

Today’s post was written by Bryan Goode, general manager for Office 365.

Today, at LinkedIn’s headquarters in San Francisco, we announced Resume Assistant, a new feature in Microsoft Word to help Office 365 subscribers craft compelling resumes with personalized insights powered by LinkedIn. With over 80 percent of resumes updated in Word, Resume Assistant helps job seekers showcase accomplishments, be more easily discovered by recruiters, and find their ideal job.

The workplace is changing, impacting not only how people work, but also the frequency with which they change roles, introducing new challenges for job seekers. Nearly 70 percent of people say they have difficulty portraying their work experience effectively, and 50 percent struggle to tailor their resume to a specific job opportunity. Furthermore...

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Friday November 3

15:45
New App Store Marketing Guidelines and Resources

You can now download App Store badges with updated fonts and options, as well as images of iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Apple Watch Series 3, and Apple TV 4K to use in marketing materials for your apps on the App Store. Marketing guidance has also been updated. Visit the App Store Marketing Guidelines.

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15:45
New App Store Marketing Guidelines and Resources

You can now download App Store badges with updated fonts and options, as well as images of iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Apple Watch Series 3, and Apple TV 4K to use in marketing materials for your apps on the App Store. Marketing guidance has also been updated. Visit the App Store Marketing Guidelines.

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Thursday November 2

07:30
Check the EFI Version of a Mac

I’d written an efi version checker. But the lovely Andrew Seago texted me one that’s better than mine. So I present it here:

current_efi_version=`/usr/libexec/efiupdater | grep "Raw" | cut -d ':' -f2 | sed 's/ //'`
echo "current_efi_version $current_efi_version"
latest_efi_version=`ls -La /usr/libexec/firmwarecheckers/eficheck/EFIAllowListShipping.bundle/allowlists/ | grep "$current_efi_version"`
echo "latest_efi_version $latest_efi_version"
if [ "$latest_efi_version" == "" ]; then
echo "EFI FAILED"
exit 1
else
echo "EFI PASSED"
exit 0
fi

The post Check the EFI Version of a Mac appeared first on krypted.com.

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Tuesday October 31

20:00
Grow your small business with business apps from...

Today, we announced that Microsoft Connections, Microsoft Listings, Microsoft Invoicing, and the Office 365 Business center are now generally available as part of Microsoft 365 Business and Office 365 Business Premium. The new apps are rolling out to customers in the U.S., U.K., and Canada.

These apps—together with Microsoft Bookings, Outlook Customer Manager, and MileIQ—bring you seven new ways to manage your customer relationships and build your business. We’re also announcing new intelligence features for MileIQ that automatically classify drives as business or personal on your behalf.

Let’s take a closer look at how the apps can help you grow your business by acquiring new customers and nurturing existing ones, and help you run your business with simple ways to invoice, schedule appointments, and track...

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20:00
Empower your team and safeguard your business with...

Today we’re announcing general availability of new solutions purpose-built for small and medium-sized businesses with up to 300 employees. Available worldwide today, Microsoft 365 Business includes the Office 365 suite of productivity and collaboration tools, as well as device management and security tools to safeguard company information across Windows 10 PCs, mobile devices, and apps. It is an integrated solution designed to simplify IT for small and medium-sized businesses.

We’re also announcing general availability of three new business apps—Microsoft Connections, Microsoft Listings, and Microsoft Invoicing—which join Microsoft Bookings, Outlook Customer Manager, and MileIQ to create a suite of capabilities to help small businesses grow...

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10:04
About the security content of iCloud for Windows 7.1

This document describes the security content of iCloud for Windows 7.1.

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09:45
About the security content of iTunes 12.7.1 for...

This document describes the security content of iTunes 12.7.1 for Windows.

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BLACK FRIDAY Apple has posted their Black Friday deals for 2017. Receive a $150 Apple gift card with the purchase of select Macs and up to $100 with various iPads, iPhones, and Apple Watches. The... Read more
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B&H Photo has 15″ and 13″ MacBook Pros on sale for up to $200 off MSRP as part of the Black Friday and Holiday sale. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax for NY & NJ residents only... Read more
Black Friday 2017: Where to find the best dea...
B&H Photo has 12″ MacBooks on sale for $150 off MSRP as part of the Black Friday and Holiday sale. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax for NY & NJ residents only: – 12″ 1.2GHz... Read more
Black Friday 2017: Where to find the best dea...
B&H Photo has 10.5″ iPad Pros in stock today and on sale for up to $130 off MSRP. Each iPad includes free shipping, and B&H charges sales tax in NY & NJ only: – 10.5″ 64GB WiFi iPad Pro... Read more
Black Friday 2017: Where to find the best dea...
B&H Photo has 13″ MacBook Airs on sale for up to $150 off MSRP as part of the Black Friday and Holiday sale. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax for NY & NJ residents only: – 13″... Read more
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B&H Photo has 27″ and 21″ iMacs on sale for up to $200 off MSRP as part of the Black Friday and Holiday sale. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax for NY & NJ residents only: – 27... Read more
Black Friday 2017: Where to find the best dea...
B&H Photo has Mac minis on sale for $100 off MSRP as part of their Black Friday sale, each including free shipping plus NY & NJ sales tax only: – 1.4GHz Mac mini: $399 $100 off MSRP – 2.6GHz... Read more
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Black Friday: 27″ 3.4GHz iMac for $1599, save...
Amazon has the 27″ 3.4GHz Apple iMac on sale for $1599.99 as part of their Black Friday sale. That’s $200 off MSRP, and shipping is free. Their price is currently the lowest price available for this... Read more
Black Friday: 13″ 2.3GHz/256GB MacBook Pro fo...
Amazon has the 13″ 2.3GHz/256GB Apple MacBook Pro on sale for $1299.99 as part of their Black Friday sale. Shipping is free: – 13-inch 2.3GHz/256GB Space Gray MacBook Pro (MPXT2LL/A): $1299.99 $200... Read more

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