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05:28
Over one million Apple Watches sold in China

Sales of the Apple Watch in China have exceeded 1.07 million total devices, according to a big data analysis by a Chinese company called TalkingData — as noted by BusinessInsider (http://tinyurl.com/qdxdsmb).

TalkingData is a mobile app monitoring platform used by 80,000 apps, including China's chat app WeChat. WeChat has over one billion registered users, and 549 monthly active users.

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05:26
Final approval granted to 'anti-poaching' lawsuit involving...

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, has granted final approval to a $415 million settlement that ends a high profile lawsuit in which workers accused Apple, Google and two other Silicon Valley companies of conspiring to hold down salaries, reports Reuters (http://tinyurl.com/n9pv3k2).

She had rejected an earlier settlement offer, saying it didn’t offer enough compensation to about 64,000 workers affected by the case. However, in March Koh said she was satisfied after the companies increased their earlier offer of $324.5 million.

The lawsuit involved about 60,000 Silicon Valley workers who claimed that Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe conspired to drive down wages by agreeing not to “poach” each other’s employees. The complaint sought restitution for lost compensation and treble damages for the anti-competitive employment practices of the aforementioned companies.

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04:25
MAXON announces Cinema 4D Release 17

MAXON (www.maxon.net) has announced the immediate availability of Cinema 4D Release 17 (R17), the newest version of its 3D software solution for motion graphics, visual effects, visualization and rendering.

Cinema 4D R17 delivers new features to increase production pipeline performance and positively impact the creative experience. According to MAXON these include: the new Take System that offers functions above and beyond those of any conventional render layer system; Render Tokens to easily organize rendering tasks and files, with project-file-based names, named object buffers, and folders for each pass; a versatile new Color Chooser; and updated import and export functions. R17 also sports innovative sculpting functions, expanded motion tracking features and completely reworked spline tools that enhance the modeling, sculpting and animation design workflow.

Cinema 4D Release 17 is available at MAXON or its...

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Sep 02
Data Rescue software now available for entry level price of $49

Prosoft Engineering has announced new lower-cost license options with the release of Data Rescue 4.2. These new license options offer entry-level price points that are designed for customers looking to recover just a few files.

Data Rescue is computer recovery software for the Mac.  Data Rescue Free, Data Rescue Lite, and Data Rescue Full offer licensing options based on specific recovery needs. Data Rescue 4.2 is available to purchase directly from www.prosofteng.com.

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Sep 02
WD rolls out the My Book Pro external storage solution

WD has introduced the My Book Pro storage device, providing professionals and enthusiasts who must efficiently manage large amounts of digital content with up to 435 MB/s transfer rates on WD's fastest external storage solution yet. 

It comes in capacity options including 6TB, 8TB, 10TB and 12TB, the power of two 7200 RPM WD drives with Intel's Thunderbolt 2 technology and a hot-swappable hardware RAID controller.

"The My Book Pro device has been designed from the ground up for the creative professional workflow.  We've been able to take the newest, highest capacity 6 TB 7200 RPM drives on the market and marry them with leading technologies to deliver a product you can leverage from the moment you connect it," says Sven Rathjen, vice president of marketing for WD's Content Solutions business. "It really is designed to perform under the most demanding environments." 

The My Book Pro storage device is protected by a three-year limited warranty and is available...

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Sep 02
Apple, Samsung headed back to court in early 2016

The fourth jury trial between Apple and Samsung over alleged patent infringements is set for early 2016, according to The Recorder (http://tinyurl.com/ouur2ez). U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has said that the revised damages will be determined by a jury trial in March or April 2016.

Last month, Samsung moved to put its ongoing patent feud with Apple on hold while it presses its appeal to the Supreme Court. "The questions present issues of enormous importance to patent litigation and the scope of innovation, especially in high-technology industries," Samsung's legal team wrote.

In May the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit adjusted Samsung’s US$930 million penalty, related to its patent infringement suit with Apple. The appeals court decision removed $382 million in damages, but $548 million still remained. Samsung is now challenging $399 million of the balance, which is an award of...

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Sep 02
The latest iOS apps for Sept. 2

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch.

Quark Solutions has announced All My Guitars. The USS$0.99 app allows input of information about individual guitars, along with a sound sample and images. You can create a PDF of your entire guitar collection for documentation, insurance purposes or just to share with other guitar aficionados.

room.me says it's now available across California online and via its newly launched iOS app. By answering questions about interests, opinions, lifestyle and housing needs, room.me's smart algorithm connects potential roommates based on personality matching.

Hai Pham has released WordCaptain. The free app is designed to help you retain and memorize new words in their context. WordCaptain allows you to look up any unfamiliar English words and instantly translate them into your native language when you read on any website from the built-in web browser or...

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Sep 02
CS Odessa announces 25 Typical Orgcharts solution for ConceptDraw Pro

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has released a new solution for Concept Pro 10 to assist users to build organizational chart structures.

Inside the 25 Typical Orgcharts Solution there are (as you might guess) 25 organizational templates. They allow you to depict an array of organizational structure types and to represent any matrix organization structure, functional organizational structure, or business structure.

The 25 Typical Orgcharts Solution contains predesigned samples and vector shape libraries that contain icons for illustrating an organizational structure chart. The 25 Typical Orgchart Solution for ConceptDraw Pro costs US$25.

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Sep 01
Apple plans a 'next generation' retail store in the Memphis,...

Apple is planning to move its Germantown store (in the Memphis, Tennessee area) with a “next generation” design planned for the new location, reports the Memphis Daily News (http://tinyurl.com/pjx8st4).

The Cupertino, California-basec company has applied for a $1.5 million building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for a new storefront and interior renovation at 2031 West St., within the Shops of Saddle Creek South. Apple’s current store (pictured) is at 7615 W. Farmington Blvd., in the Shops of Saddle Creek North.

Rick Millitello, who presented the plan to the design commission on behalf of Apple, said the store will be one of the first to feature Apple’s new store design, notes the Memphis Daily News. He adds that other aspects of the design include a matte granite reinforced panel on the exterior as well as natural oak tables inside. The store will also...

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Sep 01
JixiPix introduces RipPix for Mac OS X, Windows, iOS, Android

JixiPix (www.jixipix.com) has launched a new photo app called RipPix for Mac OS X, Windows, iOS and Android. It applies combinations of texture and tone to photos, then brings focus to the subject in the form of a ripped paper effect.

RipPix lets you create simple collages of friends, blend scenery together, or add focus with cutout objects. It includes 55 worn textures, 34 ages papers, 20 one-touch presets, the ability to replace the foreground photo, the ability to add and remove edges to cut photos, and a Move Image Tool moves and transforms ripped and bordered pieces.

The Mac OS X version of RipPix costs US$4.99 for a limited time (it's regularly $9.99) and is available at the Mac App Store. The iOS version of RipPix costs $0.99 for a limited time (it's normally $2.99) and is available for download at the Apple App Store.

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Sep 01
eFileCabinet announces compatibility with Mac OS X

eFileCabinet, a hosted electronic document management (EDM) solutions provider for small to medium businesses, has announced that SecureDrawer and eFileCabinet Online will be compatible with the Mac platform effective November.

"Mac support was a major strategic goal and fills a gap that our customers were requesting," says Matt Peterson, CEO of eFileCabinet. "With the added compatibility, we are able to target a whole new market of SMB customers and provide them with a solution to make sure their document management needs are more accessible and manageable while meeting all regulations and compliance standards, ultimately helping them to be more efficient and profitable."

eFileCabinet products are used by more than 150,000 users worldwide to provide simple but effective document management solutions to store, categorize, search, manage, and share, all with the required security to protect content in transit and at rest for audits. To learn more about eFileCabinet and...

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Sep 01
Seagate develops world’s highest density mobile hard drive technology

Seagate Technology (www.seagate.com) says it's achieved a major milestone in areal density with a new hard disk that can offer as much as 2TB of capacity in a slim 7mm package.

This achievement is significant because in final product form it will give OEMs [original equipment manufacturers] the freedom to design a new generation of elegant mobile products that are extremely thin and stylish, light-weight, fast, power-efficient and cost-effective, says Mark Re, Seagate’s chief technology officer. Combining new mechanical firmware architectures, with state of the art heads, media and electronic design, this technology is a real game changer- providing four times more capacity than a 0.25TB SSD at a substantially lower cost," he adds.

The new drive technology is the first to incorporate recording-subsystem components—head, media, preamp, channel—to achieve even greater areal densities. It weighs just 3.17...

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Sep 01
WaterField Designs unveils the Cosmzo 2.0 laptop briefcase

WaterField Designs (www.sfbags.com) has announced the Cozmo 2.0, an all-leather laptop briefcase.

You can stow your laptop in the padded laptop compartment and have plenty of room for lots more gear. The Cozmo’s naturally-tanned, distressed, full-grain leather—sourced from a US Tannery—is soft and luxurious, says Gary Waterfield, owner of WaterField Designs. A deep outside front pocket secures shut with a leather tab and classic metal screw stud.

There are waterproof zippers. A stiff (hidden) plate lines the bottom of the bag giving it structure to stand on its own. Additional features address professionals’ daily needs. Dual zippers open the main compartment wide for access to the interior. A gold liner brightens the main compartment as if someone “turned a light on” inside.

A padded laptop compartment lines one side; on the other, two internal hanging pockets add organization capability, and a key...

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Sep 01
New work life conference announced for FileMaker consultants

The Find Your Moose conference (https://findyourmoose.com/), a work/life conference for FileMaker developers and consultants will be held Oct. 28-29, in downtown Chicago. Attendees who register by Aug. 31 will receive an "early bird" discount that saves US$100 on the usual conference fee.

The conference is hosted by Elusive Moose, an organization led by FileMaker developers Molly Thorsen Connolly and Jason Mundok. They designed the conference "to help independent consultants and owners of consulting firms find the balance required to enjoy life as successful entrepreneurs."

Topics cover work life balance, including sessions on optimizing sales and marketing; effective time and project management; networking; managing personal and business finances, reducing stress, and aligning personal and work cultures. There are over 15 sessions to choose from over the course of two days.

Find Your...

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Sep 01
The latest iOS apps for Sept. 1

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch.

Andrew Kaz has introduced TurnTable, which provides a new graphical interface for music. The app lets you scroll through a quilt of albums, flick through full-screen Records, and scroll through charts of Artists, and their discographies. Tap an Album, and it's just like an album; the track titles "printed" right on full-screen album art. TurnTable is being offered for US$2.99 for a limited time.

Zach Gage has announced Sage Solitaire. It's a free solitaire variant that combines the luck and joy of Klondike Solitaire with the depth of poker.

Newtronium has released SkillShot. In the game players engage in a squash-like single-player experience by trying to hit the ball against the wall as many times as possible, without hitting the floor twice in a row or going out of bounds. SkillShot is available in a free, ad-supported version and an $0.99...

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Aug 31
Apple, Cisco partner on enterprise venture

Apple and Cisco have nnounced a partnership to create a "fast lane" for iOS business users by optimizing Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps, integrating the iPhone with Cisco enterprise environments and providing unique collaboration the on iPhone and iPad.

"Ninety-five percent of companies in the Fortune 500 count on Cisco Collaboration and Cisco networks to help their teams be more productive," says Cisco Executive Chairman John Chambers. "Through this engineering and go-to-market partnership, we’re offering our joint customers the ability to seamlessly extend that awesome Cisco environment to their favorite iOS devices. Together, we’re going to help teams achieve higher levels of productivity and effectiveness."

To address the ever-increasing demands on corporate infrastructure, Cisco networks and iOS devices will be optimized so that they work together more efficiently and reliably with the goal of providing users with even greater performance, he adds. What'...

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Aug 31
Apple releases eighth beta of El Capitan for developers

Apple has made available the seventh beta of Mac OS X El Capitan to developers for testing purposes. It's available through the Software Update section of the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center (https://developer.apple.com).

The new beta focuses on performance enhancements not new features. OS X 10.11 El Capitan is currently available to both registered developers and public beta testers. Apple plans to release El Capitan to the public in the fall.

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Aug 31
Yoink for Mac OS X upgraded to version 3.1

Matthias Gansrigler has updated his drag and drop "helper" Mac app, Yoink, to version 3.1.

Yoink is designed to simplify drag and drop between windows, spaces and (full screen) apps by providing a "shelf" where dragged files can be placed, to free the mouse for other actions like navigating. Version 3.1 sports a less cluttered interface, improved support for some apps (such as Mail and Photos), and reduced CPU usage.

Yoink's window can now be resized or automatically adjusted in height based on the number of files in it. You can now quickly view files in a file-stack in the app by right-clicking onto it. There are also improvements and bug fixes, like better QuickLook Previews, cleaned-up preferences and better localization of filenames and paths.

Yoink is available on the Mac App Store for $4.99. It requires OS X Lion or newer. A free 15-day trial is available on the product website (...

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Aug 31
Shimo VPN Client for Mac OS revved to version 4

Feingeist Software has announced Shimo 4, the latest update to its virtual private network client for Mac OS X.  

Shimo integrates seamlessly with OS X Yosemite and El Capitan. There's no need for an additional window to have full control over VPN connections. With Shimo, you can connect and disconnect, access statistics and information straight from the drop down menu bar on OS X. Version 4 offers increased security and user productivity.

For more information and to get Shimo 4, visit Feingeist online (www.feingeist.io/) . A 30-day demo is available for download.

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Aug 31
Survey: Apple devices at work are a security threat

PC Advisor (http://tinyurl.com/navms3s) reports that a new survey by Dimensional Research (http://www.dimensionalresearch.com), commissioned by cyber-threat security company, Centrify Corp., has found that user-owned Apple devices are massive security threat to businesses.

Of the 2249 US workers surveyed, 45 percent said they used at least one Apple device for work. Results showed the majority of devices (63 percent) were owned by the user as opposed to the company, and are used to access work email, corporate documents and business applications.

The study also discovered that 59 percent of Macs are used to access confidential company information and 65 percent are used to access regulated customer information. What's more, 51 percent of iPhones in the workplace are used to gain access to business...

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Sep 03
Medical apps are leading advancement in 3D printing

Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com) says that 3D printing (3DP) technology has progressed rapidly in recent years, and that medical applications are leading to some of the most significant deployments of 3DP technology.

New data from the research group reveals that 3DP of medical devices has reached the Peak of Inflated Expectations, but certain specialist applications are already becoming the norm in medical care.

"In the healthcare industry, 3DP is already in mainstream use to produce medical items that need to be tailored to individuals, such as hearing aids and dental devices," says Pete Basiliere, research director at Gartner. "All of the major hearing aid manufacturers now offer devices that are personalized to the shape of the customer's ear. This is evidence that using 3DP for mass customization of consumer goods is now viable, especially given that the transition from traditional manufacturing in this...

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Sep 02
The Northern Spy: Modula-2 R10 Templates

By Rick Sutcliffe

Modula-2 R10 has been the Spy's meat and potatoes in this space for a few months now. It is the fully modern dialect of Niklaus Wirth's Modula-2 that he and Telecom engineer Benjamin Kowarsch have developed to address serious software engineering issues of safety, security, reliability, and extensibility. This month we consider the use of Generic templates to reach toward the software engineering grail of reusable code.

Modern programming practice first saw Generics in Modula-3, C++, and Java. The Modula-3 technique was then modified somewhat by the Spy as part of a proposal to the ISO committee for Modula-2 and this became a supplementary standard to that work, subsequently implemented by most vendors.

Generic facilities address two common situations with a lightweight solution for which using class types and their objects is overkill. These are:

1. the implementation of algorithms...

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Sep 01
Production printer market grows in the second quarter

The worldwide production print market enjoyed 9.4% year-over-year growth in unit shipments in the second quarter of 2015 (2Q15), according to new data from IDC.

According to the research group, shipments grew to approximately 9,279 units (printers and MFPs) and shipment value increased 6.0% to nearly US$1.1 billion in the same time period. All of IDC's regional markets saw positive year-over-year unit growth in the production print space. Key contributors to the worldwide growth were Latin America (32.7%), Middle East & Africa (30.7%), and Western Europe (19.7%).

All categories in the production print market recorded year-over-year gains. Mid-Production shipments grew 5.8% year over year while Production shipments increased 25.8% and Label & Packaging was up 18.3%. Color laser shipments grew 24.8% year over year in 2Q15. The Xerox Versant 2100 Press and Konica Minolta bizhub Press C1100/C1085 have each made strong gains in this segment and contributed...

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Aug 31
Publishers struggle as digital ad budgets grow

As the number of screens and ad impressions continue to proliferate, advertising dollars are moving from traditional to digital environments at a staggering rate.

An important key to capturing share of the growing digital spend comes down to the ability for publishers to leverage real-time data, according to Forrester Consulting (www.forrester.com). The research group found that 65% of publishers report that they used SSP/exchange analytics data for critical operational decisions.

Further, the study found that 67% of publishers – large and small – believe that real-time data is important to their efforts, and 62% find that it leads to an increase in revenue, yet only 27% report receiving data in real-time. As publishers grow, their appetite for data and actionable insights increase too.

The study also found that the majority of larger publishers, with over 500 employees, experience challenges...

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Aug 28
Mobile services market to reach $21.4 billion this year

Spending on mobile services will grow 4% to reach US$21.4 billion in 2015, according to Gartner Inc. (www.gartner.com).

Spending on mobile services will be driven by data services, which is expected to grow 15% to reach $6.5 million in 2015, says the research group. A large chunk of this growth will be driven by the increasing use of cellular services on data-centric devices, such as tablets and notebooks, through either embedded cellular modems or USB sticks.

"In India, the rise in spending on data-only connections will be driven by two user scenarios – first, to complement their fixed broadband connectivity, so they can use their larger-screen data-centric devices on the go. In other use cases, data-only connections will be the way for consumers to access broadband connectivity because of a lack of fixed networks," says Neha Gupta, senior research analyst at Gartner.

Newer and faster networks, a...

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Aug 27
One in 10 iOS users listens to Apple Music

According to a new research study conducted by MusicWatch (http://www.musicwatchinc.com), a company providing consumer research for the music industry, three quarters (77%) of Apple’s iOS users in the United States are aware of Apple Music, and 11% reported they are currently using Apple Music.

That usage level is similar among consumers who purchase music from iTunes or use iTunes to manage their music collections. Among users of iTunes Radio, Apple’s earlier music streaming service, listening to Apple Music reached 18 percent. The study measured trial, awareness and use of Apple Music across a representative sample of U.S. consumers.

Among people who had tried Apple Music, 48% reported they are not currently using the service. More than one quarter (28 percent) of Spotify Premium customers also use Apple Music, but the draw from popular ad-supported services is more modest: Just 11% of...

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Aug 26
Portable computer shipments are expected to be flat...

According to the latest market data findings from ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com), total system shipments for portable computing are predicted to reach 165 million units for full-year 2015, which is essentially flat compared to 2014 levels.

Assuming that the free upgrade promotion to Windows 10 OS offered by Microsoft is successful, much of the Windows installed base are likely to use their current computer hardware for at least a while longer. (The portable notebook PC category consists of four segments: netbooks, laptops, Chromebooks, and ultraportable PCs.)

"Segment growth is occurring in Chromebooks, much in part due to purchases by schools," says Research Director Jeff Orr. "Growth for 2015 is also in ultraportable PCs where thin and light designs are looking to tackle more mobile use cases by reversing the display panel flat like a tablet or having the screen separate entirely."

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Aug 25
IDC: personal storage market declined in the second...

Worldwide personal and entry-level storage (PELS) shipments declined by -9.7% year over year and -13.8% sequentially, finishing the second quarter of 2015 (2Q15) with 15.1 million units, according to the IDC research group (www.idc.com) Shipment values declined along with unit shipments, down -16.1% from a year ago to $1.2 billion.

"The personal and entry-level storage market has been showing seasonality since 2013, indicating that it has become a mature market and is no longer immune to macro trends," says Jingwen Li, Research Analyst, Storage Systems, IDC. "Competition from cloud offerings and shift of media consumption preferences within mature markets are negatively impacting demand within the personal storage space, making high growth emerging markets more critical than ever."

According to IDC, personal storage, which accounted for over 98% of the market shipments, continued to experience decline in the second...

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Aug 24
Strategy Analytics: 2-in-1 tablet sales are taking off

While the overall tablet market contracts in 2015, 2-in-1 detachable tablets have become a bright spot, according to Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com).

Traditional PC vendors like Asus, Acer, and HP have found a niche in which they can credibly compete against mobile device heavyweights, as the segment is forecast to grow 91% over the next five years due to lower prices and better designs, according to the research group.

By 2019, 2-in-1 tablet growth will show a five-year compound average growth rate (CAGR) of 57% while slate tablet growth will amount to a 2% five-year CAGR, says Strategy Analytics. The overall tablet market is set to decline 4% in 2015, with modest growth returning in 2016 due to more innovative designs and enabling technology in 2-in-1 and slate tablets alike.

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Aug 21
IEEE: young generations playing video games for...

One of the most common behaviors of gaming aficionados over the years has been to sit for hours at a time playing with, or against, fellow gamers across the world, but recent findings from IEEE (www.ieee.org), a professional organization "dedicated to advancing technology for humanity," has dispelled myths of the "traditional" gamer.

IEEE today revealed data on the past and future of gaming, based on input from an interactive timeline. Gamers from around the world were invited to view and participate in the interactive timeline launched on Facebook from June 11 – July 13.

The timeline revealed that younger generations of gamers are actually playing for a shorter period of time. Respondents aged 18-24 years shared that they have only played five to eight hours, at most, in one sitting, while respondents aged 25-34 years indicated that the longest they have played videos games in one sitting was 15+ hours, more...

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Reviews and Kool Tools

FabFilter Pro-C 2 is a major update to the FabFilter Pro-C compressor plug-in. Five brand-new compression styles make it even easier to set up and more effective in common scenarios such as vocal processing, mastering... Read more »
Amped Wireless' US$189.99 TITAN HighPower AC1900 Wi-Fi Router (http://tinyurl.com/oxkekt6) is designed to meet the needs of demanding, multiple device households and provides enough horsepower to manage music downloads... Read more »
Belight Software's Swift Publisher 4 for Mac allows users to design various documents that can be published online or printed. Sporting an intuitive interface, powerful page layout, customizable templates and profound... Read more »
WD's Black line of hard drives have always been great devices. Now they're even better as they're available in up-to-6TB models. The 3.5-inch, 7200 RPM drive is an excellent solution for gamers and professionals in need... Read more »

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Thursday September 3

00:33
Apple supplier Japan Display alludes to increased...

Japan Display CEO Mitsuru Homma dropped some clues regarding Apple's upcoming iPhone release on Thursday, saying his company's biggest client, widely thought to be Apple, is increasing orders despite a soft Chinese market.

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Wednesday September 2

23:33
Judge approves $415M settlement in Silicon Valley...

A federal court judge has green-lit a joint $415 million settlement in an anti-poaching lawsuit involving Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe, officially bringing the years-long case to a close.

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21:14
JetBlue mechanics choose iPad mini 3 for digital...

After putting iPad 4 into operation as an electronic flight bag in 2013, then iPad mini 3 for in-flight cabin services this year, U.S. airline JetBlue is turning to Apple's tablet platform to aid aircraft maintenance technicians.

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19:20
ACM 322: Apple’s TV Shows, Ian Rogers’ New Job,...

Apple is reportedly looking to create original content for Apple TV in the form its own TV shows and movies. Jeff and Bryan offer up their thoughts on whether or not Apple is in a position to make that happen, plus they look at Ian Rogers' unexpected departure from Apple Music, and why jailbreaking your iPhone may not be such a good idea.


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17:41
Facebook, casual games dominate list of most popular...

According to fresh statistics from analytics firm App Annie published on Wednesday, social media giant Facebook is responsible for four of the top ten most downloaded iOS apps of all time, with Google and Apple titles in tow.

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17:03
"Extremely Critical" OS X Keychain...

Mark Wilson writes: Two security researchers have discovered a serious vulnerability in OS X that could allow an attacker to steal passwords and other credentials in an almost invisible way. Antoine Vincent Jebara and Raja Rahbani — two of the team behind the myki identity management security software — found that a series of terminal commands can be used to extract a range of stored credentials. What is particularly worrying about the vulnerability is that it requires virtually no interaction from the victim; simulated mouse clicks can be used to click on hidden buttons to grant permission to access the keychain. Apple has been informed of the issue, but a fix is yet to be issued. The attack, known as brokenchain, is disturbingly easy to execute. Ars reports that this weakness has been exploited for four years.

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16:41
Internet-connected baby monitors are vulnerable to...

Don't call a priest just yet if you hear strange voices coming out of your child's baby monitor -- it's more likely a hacker than some kind of supernatural entity. Security firm Rapid 7 has released a study that shows just how vulnerable at least n...

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16:21
New 'iPhone 6s' photos reportedly confirm...

A set of photos posted to the Web on Wednesday supposedly show a next-generation iPhone partially assembled from leaked parts being measured with a pair of calipers, revealing the device is slightly larger than current models in all dimensions.

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15:46
US will pay over $133 million to protect OPM data...

That massive data breach at the US Office of Personnel Management is going to cost the country a lot more than you might think. Officials have awarded ID Experts a contract to protect the 21.5 million affected government workers against identity th...

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15:17
Panasonic is reviving Technics' legendary DJ...

Ask DJs about their favorite turntables and they'll frequently swear by Technics' SL-1200 -- even though it hasn't been made since 2007, the super-reliable deck is still the gold standard for vinyl spinners. If you're one of those enthusiasts, you...

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15:02
Google Nexus event rumored for Sept. 29 with new...

Google is reportedly planning to host a Sept. 29 press event in San Francisco, at which it will reveal two new Nexus smartphones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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14:52
WD's latest cloud tech gives you a reason to...

Let's be honest: the cloud features bundled with hard drives tend to suck. They're seldom more than nice freebies that you ignore while you set up Dropbox, Google Drive or another more sophisticated option. However, WD (aka Western Digital) might g...

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14:41
Attacks accessing Mac keychain without permission...

On Tuesday, Ars chronicled an OS X technique that's being actively used by an underhanded piece of adware to access people's Mac keychain without permission. Now there's evidence the underlying weakness has been exploited for four years.

As documented by Twitter user @noarfromspace, the keychain-penetrating technique was carried out in 2011 by a piece of malware known as DevilRobber. The then new threat caught the attention of security researchers because it commandeered a Mac's graphics card and CPU to perform the mathematical calculations necessary to mine Bitcoins, something that was novel at the time. Less obvious was the DevilRobber's use of the...

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14:39
The Weeknd, The Chemical Brothers, James Bay, more...

Apple on Wednesday revealed more information about its upcoming Apple Music Festival slated to kick off later this month, adding The Weeknd, The Chemical Brothers, James Bay, Leon Bridges and Take That to the list of artists set to perform live in front of UK fans.

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14:36
More Apple Music Festival performers revealed...

Apple officially confirmed its Apple Music Festival two weeks ago, announcing that the event will take place from September 19th through September 28th in London. At the time, the company announced artists such as One Direction,  Disclosure, Pharrell, and Florce + The Machine would be performing at the event. This evening, however, Apple has announced a handful of new artists for its annual festival…

In tweets and on Julie Adenuga’s Beats 1 show, Apple has announced that The Weeknd, The Chemical Brothers, Take That, Leon Bridges, and James Bay are all now slated to perform at the Apple Music Festival. While The Weeknd, The Chemical Brothers, and Take That will perform their own headlining sets, Leon Bridges will perform with Pharrell, while...

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14:30
Frozen: How to Force Quit an OS X App Showing a...

From time to time, an app may lock up with a spinning beachball of death. Because you have no control of the cursor to activate a Force Quit or launch Activity Monitor, it's necessary to invoke a keyboard command. John delves, lightly, into a handy trick.


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14:30
The Week in Mac Accessories: Stands, sleeves, bags,...

Stands, sleeves, bags, and more

We’ve got a little bit of everything in this week’s roundup.

Codi

The $150 CT3 Apex X2 17-inch Backpack is big—it holds laptops up to 17 inches in size—and rugged, with case compartments hinged by “military-grade nylon.” And it’s comfortable, featuring a padded back to reduce your fatigue.

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14:27
Machinima settles FTC charges over paid Xbox One...

Ever watch a YouTube review of a game or console and worry that the reviewer was a little too enthusiastic? You're not alone. Machinima has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it mislead gamers by failing to disclose that Xbox On...

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14:02
3D printing resurrects Iron-Age Irish musical...

While 3D printing is often used for advancements in medicine or science, such as FDA-approved drugs or rocket pumps, this week it made an academic one. A PhD student at the Australian National University recently used a 3D printer to duplicate an I...

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13:46
Review: Nest’s 3rd Gen Learning Thermostat adds a...

By now, Nest’s story is quite well known: founder Tony Fadell left Apple after co-inventing the original iPod, founding Nest to re-imagine neglected home devices with modern designs and features. Nest started with the Nest Learning Thermostat, which made HVAC programming and remote management easy — really for the first time — then released the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, and after acquiring Dropcam, the...

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13:46
Gear: IK Multimedia iRig PowerBridge

IK Multimedia’s new iRig PowerBridge ($70) is a new accessory that solves an issue we’ve had with IK’s Lightning-connected studio accessories for a while — the problem of powering your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch while using them. Devices such as the iRig PADS, iRig KEYS, and iRig Mic HD connect to the Lightning port, so you can’t normally connect your iOS device to power at the same time. While this is fine for casual use,…

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13:44
Baby Monitors Riddled With Security Holes


Rapid7 on Wednesday released a report on an assortment of new vulnerabilities in baby monitors from several manufacturers: predictable information leaks; backdoor credentials; reflective, stored XSS; direct browsing; authentication bypass; and privilege escalation. "Many of the issues would allow video and audio from the device to be viewed by an attacker, whether from a live stream or previously recorded clips," said Mark Stanislav, senior security consultant for global services at Rapid7.

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Rumor Scanner

Thursday September 3

04:19
Samsung Introduced SleepSense at their Pre-IFA 2015 Keyn...

Samsung didn't cover their new Gear S2 smartwatch at their pre-IFA keynote which explains why they simply published a press release this week. Instead, the focus of the Samsung event was on all-things related to the Internet of Things...

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02:42
Apple Patent reveals new In-Store Display Fixture for th...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their new retail product demonstration fixtures...

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01:42
Most of Apple's Hottest Products like the iPhone be...

Before most of Apple's new product category products ever came to market, there was a patent that was discovered that opened the door and conversation to what could be. That goes for the iPhone, the iPad, the Apple Watch, iWallet/NFC and now the iPad Pro ...

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Wednesday September 2

13:55
'iPhone 6s' Measures Slightly Thicker and Larg...

For months, rumors have indicated the upcoming "iPhone 6s" may be slightly thicker and larger than its predecessor, likely due to several factors including a change in the aluminum being used for the shell, thickening of weak spots in the case to help address concerns over bending, and new support for Force Touch functionality in the display. The size increase is expected to be only a fraction of a millimeter in each dimension, making it virtually unnoticeable to users and allowing most iPhone 6 accessories to continue to work with the iPhone 6s.

MacRumors has now received several photos showing an iPhone 6s assembled from parts, allowing full measurements of the device to be taken. Of most interest has been the thickness of the device, and photos show the iPhone 6s measuring 7.08 mm thick compared to Apple's official measurement of 6.9 mm on the iPhone 6. This is in line with previous rumors...

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12:19
How to Get the Best Resale Price for Your iPhone 6, 6 Pl...

With the "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" expected to be announced at Apple's September 9th media event, and released a few weeks later, now is the time for prospective upgraders to begin exploring trade-in and resale options for their current iPhone or Android-based smartphone.

Getting the best value for your iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s or other current smartphone can help offset a significant portion of your next iPhone purchase, but resale and trade-in prices will drop significantly between now and the launch of new iPhones, so it is best to move fast.

MacRumors compared iPhone trade-in prices from various services using a 16GB iPhone 6 from AT&T as a baseline.

Trade-In Programs
Gazelle announced today that it is offering a Best Price Guarantee on...

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11:00
Apple Likely to Introduce iPad Pro and iPad Mini 4 at Se...

Along with unveiling the next-generation iPhones, the revamped Apple TV, and new Apple Watch Sport bands at its September 9 event, Apple is also likely planning to introduce the updated iPad mini 4 and the much-anticipated larger-screened iPad Pro, reports 9to5Mac.

While the event will see the debut of the 12.9-inch tablet, Apple does not plan to ship it until November, following late October pre-orders. A September introduction for new iPads is not in line with Apple's past iPad updates, which have come in October for several years running, but Apple may be introducing the iPad Pro several months early in order to give developers time to create apps for the new device.

Apple also plans to introduce the iPad mini 4, a significant update that brings the 7.9-inch tablet in line with the...

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10:33
CBS Sports Announces that Super Bowl 50 will be Streamed...

CBS has announced that CBS Sports will stream more NFL ON CBS game coverage than ever this season through select Connected TV devices such as Apple TV ...

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10:06
Apple to Debut New Apple Watch Sport Bands at September...

At its upcoming iPhone-centric event on September 9, Apple will debut new Apple Watch Sport bands in a variety of new colors, MacRumors can confirm. News of the new bands was shared by 9to5Mac this morning, and we've also been hearing similar rumors about Apple's plans to introduce additional band options.

It is not clear what colors Apple is planning to introduce, but it's possible the company will focus on darker colors to complement the neon-like shades of the existing Apple Watch Sport bands, which come in bright pink, green, and blue, along with black and white.

Apple has already produced Sport Bands in additional colors, which were initially shown off by Jony Ive at the Milan Design Week in April shortly before the Apple Watch launched. At that event, he displayed a selection of...

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08:27
Will Apple use Intel's Next-Gen Skylake Processors...

Late yesterday Intel announced their new 6th Generation Intel Core processor family, Intel’s best processor ever, setting a new standard with sleek designs that are thinner than ever, are capable of starting up to 4 times faster and offer more than double the performance and triple the battery life ...

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07:52
New Apple TV to Start at $149, Feature Universal Search...

Apple is set to introduce the next iteration of its Apple TV lineup at next week's September 9 media event, alongside the expected announcement of new iPhones, and a previously rumored feature is gaining additional traction today with a report from BuzzFeed claiming the new Apple TV will have universal search functionality, letting users search once and get hits from multiple sources, not just iTunes.

Universal search feature will reportedly be a "cornerstone" of the new Apple TV, allowing users to, for example, search for one movie across services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and iTunes, among others. The ability to search for actors and directors will also be included in the search options, and won't limit users to just movie or television show titles.Sources familiar...

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06:11
New Report Reveals that 27% of Android Smartphone Owners...

According to a new analytical report published today, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus have so far combined to make up 24% of all iPhones in use in both the US and China, Apple’s two most important markets. These numbers only confirm how strong the demand for these two products has been.

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04:49
The Rumor Continues that the iPhone 7 could be Bezel-Fre...

In June we posted a report titled "Apple Rumored to be Changing Glass Technologies to allow for Bezel-Free iPhones." Today, we're learning that this could be a reality for Apple's 2016 iPhone 7.

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Tuesday September 1

22:35
Intel Unveils Full Lineup of Skylake Processors for Note...

Intel has released detailed information about its upcoming Skylake processors for notebooks and desktops ahead of IFA 2015 in Berlin (via Ars Technica). The sixth-generation chips will deliver CPU and GPU performance improvements and longer battery life, and are likely to power future MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac models released over the next year.

Retina MacBook

Intel's new lineup of Core M processors appropriate for the 12-inch Retina MacBook will provide up to 10 hours of battery life, between 10%-20% faster CPU performance and up to 40% faster graphics compared to equivalent Broadwell chips.

CPU World accurately shared Core m3, Core m5 and Core m7 specifications last week, with all three families...

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12:42
Apple Continues to Recruit Talent to Join Secretive Auto...

Apple continues to recruit talent to bolster its "Project Titan" team, which is rumored to be researching an electric vehicle. Over the past several weeks, the company has hired multiple employees from Tesla Motors, Texas Instruments, and other companies in the automotive and technology industries, likely to join hundreds of others already working on the so-called "Apple Car."

Apple hired former Tesla Motors engineering manager Hal Ockerse last month to join its own software engineering team, according to his LinkedIn profile. Ockerse was employed at Tesla between July 2014 and August 2015, working on hardware architecture and advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) components, including cameras, radars, LiDAR, and engine control units (ECUs).

Ockerse does not list his responsibilities at Apple, but it is likely that he...

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11:21
As Xiaomi Prepares to Invade North America they're...

Xiaomi won the Chinese market by offering smartphones with high specifications at low-ball pricing along with a custom user interface that was superior to most selling Android phones. Now Xiaomi is preparing to take on the high end notebook market ...

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09:58
Apple Watch Could Launch in Austria, Denmark and India T...

Apple is expected to provide additional details about watchOS 2 at its September 9th media event in San Francisco. Alongside that announcement, a trio of rumors hint towards Apple expanding Apple Watch sales to Austria, Denmark, India and possibly other countries later this month.

Austrian website MacMania claims that the Apple Watch will be available in Austria starting September 15, citing information it received over Facebook Messenger from a reputable source working for an undisclosed large electronics chain in the country. Apple does not have an official retail presence in Denmark.

MacMania reports the Apple Watch will launch in Austria on September 15
Danske Bank, the largest bank in Denmark, also...

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06:16
Apple's Ian Rogers Departed for LVMH & likely t...

Last week we reported that former beats CEO left Apple abruptly. Today we learn where Rogers ended-up and it may not be as unrelated as was reported.

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05:40
Apple Granted 4 Design Patents Covering Control Center...

Apple was granted 4 design patents today covering the Genius Bar Display System that is found in all Apple Stores along with two iPhone user interfaces representing Control Center and FaceTime.

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04:58
Apple Granted 38 Patents Today Covering Advanced FaceTim...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 38 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. Yesterday we reported on the new Apple-Cisco Partnership for the enterprise that includes Cisco's famous tools such as Cisco Telepresence and WebEx video conferencing for meetings. Apple was granted a high level patent on enterprise level video conferencing ...

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02:36
Apple Granted a Patent for Fused Glass Housings for an i...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 38 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention relating to fused glass device housings. As noted in cover graphic, the process could possibly cover a future Apple TV and/or a future iMac replacing today's long standing aluminum finish.

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Documentation Scanner

Wednesday September 2

13:30
Video conferencing for startups and small businesses...

Whether you operate a startup on a shoestring budget or have a successful small business, chances are good that you’re always looking for ways to save money, maximize your investments and get your clients, customers and your team excited about what you do. In order to do that, sometimes meeting face to face is necessary—but it can also be cost prohibitive. Between trains, flights and/or the cost of driving a car, plus the actual time you’ll spend traveling (which can be pretty unproductive even when you have the luxury of being able to work on the go), sometimes the benefits of seeing a client in-person just don’t add up.

That’s where video conferencing comes in. It gives you the power to bring everyone together—without the cost of a plane ticket. That said, video conferencing can have its pitfalls and...

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10:23
New school year brings new security features to...

As schools prepare for the start of another school year and teachers get their classrooms ready to welcome students, we are introducing additional features to meet the needs of schools, teachers and students.

Today we are announcing changes to Office 365 Education that will make it easier for schools to meet their security and compliance needs at a time when teaching and learning are becoming increasingly collaborative and cloud-connected.

With today’s update we simplified our education lineup, moving to a single, free plan for all academic institutions and added several new features to help schools meet their security and compliance requirements.

In addition to the basic services—Office Online, 1TB of OneDrive storage, Exchange email and Skype—free Office 365 Education now includes...

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09:00
Firm improves service and reduces costs with...

DeKalb Mechanical empowers employees with mobile access to the information they need to work more efficiently, thanks to Microsoft Office 365 cloud-based productivity services. Instead of waiting to receive information from the office, employees use tablets to retrieve mechanical specifications and equipment submittal data, which saves US $156,000 a year in lost productivity. Employees also use Office 365 online collaboration sites to automate project bids, saving $10,400 in annual printing and couriering costs.

Here’s what Stephen Doonan, president of DeKalb Mechanical had to say:

“By adopting a forward-looking cloud solution like Office 365, we’re able to compete more effectively in the marketplace. It’s like we invested in the future, and it’s already paying us back. After equipping 17 field crew members with tablets to access information from the cloud-based storage in Office 365 … we are avoiding approximately $3,000 a week, or $156,000 a year, in...

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Tuesday September 1

09:00
Get the free eBook for teachers: “Liberating Genius...

Today, in an effort to help globally launch and inspire “Genius Hour” in classrooms all over the world, Angela Maiers and Choose2Matter, Inc. in collaboration with Microsoft are providing teachers with the free, customizable and interactive eBook: “Liberating Genius: The First 20 Days.” This free eBook, authored by Angela Maiers and Mark Moran, guides teachers through the introduction of Genius Hour.

 “Since classrooms began adopting Genius Hour five years ago, I’ve had thousands of educators ask me for advice on the best way to do so. This book contains lesson plans for the first 20 days and also curates the best advice from the vibrant community of passionate educators at the forefront of this movement.”

—Angela Maiers, founder of Choose2Matter

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09:00
Office 365 gives Tastea the freedom to focus

Tastea—an innovative beverage retailer based in Orange County, California—wanted to prepare for expansion while maintaining high levels of quality and service. The company decided that a key to creating a repeatable customer experience across stores was to standardize operations while opening up clearer lines of communication. The company now relies on Office 365 for everything from inventory management to customer service. Tastea believes that it will open more stores and have greater business success with Office 365.

Here’s what Tastea co-founder, Ted Vu, had to say:

“Our ability to quickly expand and open new franchises would not be possible without the turnkey capabilities enabled by Office 365. I keep learning more and more about what I can do with Office 365—it’s been like a shopping spree for me. I just wish I’d switched to Office 365 sooner!”

Watch this video to learn more about how Tastea uses Office 365:

A budding idea

Ted Vu...

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09:00
What’s new: August 2015

August brought new Outlook partner add-ins, new wearable productivity apps, Sway for Windows 10, a new community GitHub project for Office IT Pro Deployment Scripts and a new Snack video showcase for developers. Plus, you can now preview the Skype for Business apps for iOS and Android and real-time coauthoring in OneDrive. There were lots of updates too, including: improvements in Excel 2016 for Mac that make working with external data easier, deeper integration between Office documents and Outlook for iOS, and easier access to OneNote Staff Notebooks for school administrators. Several posts this month give you a close look at the new business analytics features in Excel 2016 and show you what you can do with six new Excel 2016 charts. Leave us a comment to let us know what your favorite new feature is. If you missed last month’s updates, see What’s new: July 2015.

Office 365 Personal,...

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Monday August 31

15:00
Sports apparel designer gears up for mobile...

Dakine, maker of accessories and apparel for action sports, needed new business technology that matched the expectations of its mobile workforce—and chose Microsoft Office 365. Today, Dakine employees use the cloud-based communication and collaboration services to stay connected with the business, driving productivity while minimizing IT infrastructure costs.

Here’s what Nic Richards, IT manager at Dakine, had to say:

“As the global IT Manager, I need to be able to react quickly from wherever I am, be it on the slopes, the trails or the beach. Microsoft Office 365 cloud-based services give me that flexibility. We have reduced the average time to answer a customer query by 30 percent. Before Office 365, it could take one or two days to equip a new employee with email—now I’m done in just five minutes.”

It’s a crisp, clear day on the slopes of Mt. Hood Meadows and Nic Richards is “shredding pow.” Snowboarding on powder may not sound like work, but in a...

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13:06
Minneapolis Breweries and Distilleries List

I noticed a page go up on JAMF Nation inviting people to setup their own birds of a feather/mini-events. As with many cities, one of the things that’s great about Minneapolis is the vibrant craft brew movement here. So, I decided to build a list, with contact information and the distance to the Guthrie. Happy times setting up events. Or if you visit in the future, hope you find it useful! The list is available here.

 

Eventually I’ll try and write up a description of each. I omitted any place that isn’t actually a brewery, but there are some really great tap rooms as well!

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11:35
Reinvent Productivity webcast series

Join us for a virtual event series live from a Microsoft Technology Center to learn how to empower your employees and organization with tools from Office 365.

With the industry’s most advanced productivity suiteOffice 365—Microsoft is focused on reinventing productivity to help you become more productive, mobile, collaborative and intelligent without sacrificing trust or security. We are making weekly, monthly and quarterly updates to all parts of the cloud service, ensuring your users have “the right tool” at “the right time.” As a result of the continued enhancement of our productivity suite, we’ve built a four-part webcast series delivered from Microsoft Subject Experts live from a Microsoft Technology Center to keep you informed on the latest capabilities you can bring your...

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10:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 8 Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 8 Now Available

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10:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 8 Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 8 Now Available

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09:00
We’re making our in-house legal software—Matter...

Over the past two years, Microsoft’s legal department set out to create an internal tool that didn’t exist—a way to organize its legal matters and collaborate on documents within the familiar Office 365 tools attorneys use most. So last year our Legal & Corporate Affairs Group (LCA) shared its vision for an Office 365 Add-in that would do just that. Since then, LCA has worked to turn this concept into Matter Center for Office 365, an Office 365 Add-in currently in use internally at Microsoft, and is becoming available to legal professionals at law firms and in-house departments of all sizes.

In fact, we have already shipped Matter Center to IT solutions providers who specialize in serving the legal community. These Microsoft partners are now offering Matter Center on a limited basis, and will begin offering it broadly in the coming weeks. These partners...

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09:00
Introducing Office UI Fabric—your key to designing...

Today we are announcing the general availability of Office UI Fabric on GitHub. Office UI Fabric is a responsive, mobile-first, front-end framework for developers, designed to make it simple to quickly create web experiences using the Office Design Language. It’s simple and familiar to get up and running with Office UI Fabric—whether you’re creating a new app from scratch or adding new features to an existing one.

With Office UI Fabric you can apply simple CSS styles to make your web applications look and feel like the rest of Office. The styling takes into account typography, color, icons, animations, responsive grid layouts and localization.

Along with styling, there are reusable components such as input, layout, navigation and content (persona card, list item and table views).

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Friday August 28

15:50
Supporting IPv6 in iOS 9

At WWDC 2015 we announced that iOS 9 will support IPv6-only network services. All apps submitted to the App Store must support IPv6 starting in early 2016. To make sure your app is compatible, use the networking frameworks (e.g., “NSURLSession”), avoid use of IPv4-specific APIs, and avoid hard-coded IP addresses. Before submitting your app, test for compatibility.

To learn more, read Supporting IPv6 DNS64/NAT64 Networks and watch Your App and Next Generation Networks.

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15:50
Supporting IPv6 in iOS 9

At WWDC 2015 we announced that iOS 9 will support IPv6-only network services. All apps submitted to the App Store must support IPv6 starting in early 2016. To make sure your app is compatible, use the networking frameworks (e.g., “NSURLSession”), avoid use of IPv4-specific APIs, and avoid hard-coded IP addresses. Before submitting your app, test for compatibility.

To learn more, read Supporting IPv6 DNS64/NAT64 Networks and watch Your App and Next Generation Networks.

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10:31
TA15-240A: Controlling Outbound DNS Access

Original release date: August 28, 2015
Systems Affected

Networked systems

Overview

US-CERT has observed an increase in Domain Name System (DNS) traffic from client systems within internal networks to publically hosted DNS servers. Direct client access to Internet DNS servers, rather than controlled access through enterprise DNS servers, can expose an organization to unnecessary security risks and system inefficiencies. This Alert provides recommendations for improving security related to outbound DNS queries and responses.

Description

Client systems and applications may be configured to send DNS requests to servers other than authorized enterprise DNS caching name servers (also called resolving, forwarding or recursive name servers). This type of configuration poses a security risk and may introduce inefficiencies to an organization.   

Impact

Unless managed by perimeter technical solutions, client systems and...

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Thursday August 27

09:00
Episode 060 on the new Office Add-in Yeoman...

In this episode, Jeremy Thake and Richard DiZerega talk to Andrew Connnell about the new Office Add-in Yeoman Generator.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP60_Yeoman.mp3

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Weekly updates

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09:00
What’s new for business analytics in Excel 2016

Earlier this week we explained how Excel—the world’s most widely used and familiar data analysis tool—works with the new Power BI and Power BI Desktop to provide business analysts with a powerful portfolio of analytic tools unique in the industry. Today we unbox Excel 2016’s new and improved business analytics features, so you can take full advantage of each capability as it applies to your unique business needs. Excel 2016 improvements have been designed with the analyst’s journey in mind, from gathering to consuming data:

Faster and easier ways to get data

Before analysis can begin, you must be able to bring in the data relevant to the business question you are trying to answer. Excel 2016 now comes with built-in...

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07:00
List of all the Swarm Stickers

Yup, more social media weird lists. If you’ve ever wondered what you have to do to get that one sticker on Foursq… er, Swarm, here goes: http://krypted.com/utilities/list-of-all-swarm-sticker/.

A few things I’ve learned about these things:

  • You get stickers if you check-in through third party apps that have API plug-ins to Swarm (such as Untappd).
  • You get stickers if you check-in through the Foursquare app instead of Swarm.
  • The distance limitation for stickers seems to be removed (so if your GPS picks you up a mile from a spot and you are checking in there, you’ll still get a sticker if appropriate).
  • There are no more levels of stickers/badges like there were in Foursquare.
  • You can be mayor again, if you’re into that sort of thing...
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Wednesday August 26

11:51
Sessions For JNUC Getting Posted

As the largest Apple IT gathering in the world rapidly approaches, we want to give you an early glimpse into the great presentations at the JAMF Nation User Conference (JNUC).

We are excited to announce that we’ve added the first ten JNUC sessions to our site. With sessions for education and commercial organizations, you’re sure to find presentations to meet your needs. Highlights include best practices for preparing Macs for online testing, ways to bring Apple’s Volume Purchase Program (VPP) and Device Enrollment Program (DEP) to life in your environment, and methods for mitigating and addressing Mac security threats.

Haven’t registered yet? There’s still time, but hurry. We’re nearing our capacity. 

Secure your spot and start making...

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09:00
Helping business analysts take full advantage of...

Excel is the world’s most widely used and familiar data analysis tool and for good reason! It provides flexibility at each stage of your analytic journey, with tools that support both quick ad hoc calculations and exploration across large data sets. Last month, Microsoft expanded its BI offerings by releasing the latest version of Power BI, a groundbreaking cloud-based business analytics service, which has gained over 500,000 unique users, from 45,000 companies and across 185 countries during the public preview. One question we are asked a lot is, “How does Excel work with Power BI?” Here is an overview of how these tools work together to solve your analytics needs.

Excel 2016 and Power BI are a portfolio of tools that is unique in the industry. Together, they provide a broad set of...

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Monday August 24

10:00
Xcode 7 beta 6 Now Available

Xcode 7 beta 6 Now Available

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Technology Showcase

Sep 17
Video showcases iOS app built with Xojo

Xojo Inc., the company formerly known as Real Software, has posted a video of an iOS app that was built with Xojo. Xojo is an object-oriented, cross-platform software development tool that enables developers to create software for OS X, Windows, Linux, the web and mobile.

The video showcases all the native controls and gives an overview of Xojo's support for building iOS apps. Building native iOS apps with Xojo is the same as building a web or desktop app as you do today. You can view the video at http://tinyurl.com/nvexpk7 .

Developers can use the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) of Xojo for free, and will only need to purchase a license once they want to build a distributable version of their application. Licenses are purchased per target platform, including Web, Desktop, Database, Console, and Xojo Pro, which is a bundle license that includes all deployment licenses plus an added...

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Feb 14
A look at SkySafari for iOS, Mac OS X and 2012 DA14

This Friday, Feb. 15, a 180,000-ton asteroid with the thrilling name of "2012 DA14" will fly past the Earth. Don't worry, we're not talking a "Deep Impact" scenario. Which is good, right? And you can follow the asteroid using Apple devices.

The 50-meter space rock will come within 17,200 miles of earth -- that's closer than our orbiting geosynchronous communication satellites. Although we don't have to worry about a collision, the passage of 2012 DA14 is a record close approach to the Earth for an object of this size.

Southern Stars has released update to its SkySafari Plus and Pro apps for iOS, Mac OS X, and Android to let you track 2012 DA14. If you want to track the asteroid you'll want the updated apps. Why? Because the Earth's gravity affects the asteroid's orbit so severely, most desktop planetarium programs -- and all other mobile apps -- will completely fail to predict the asteroid's position correctly, says Southern Stars founder Tim DeBenedictis.

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Jan 05
Fusion Drive now available on entry-level iMacs

Apple's Fusion Drive Apple is available as a build-to-order option for the 21.5-inch, 2.7GHz 21.5-inch iMac model. Previously, it was only offered for the high-end 21.5-inchers and the 27-inch iMac.

Apple says the Fusion Drive gives customers the performance of flash storage and the capacity of a hard drive. It combines 128GB of flash with a standard 1TB or 3TB hard drive to create a single storage volume that intelligently manages files to optimize read and write performance. Apple says the Fusion Drive adapts to the way you use your iMac and automatically moves the files and apps you use most often to flash storage to enable faster performance and quicker access.

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May 02
Satechi Divoom iBase Dock Station available for iOS...

Satechi (http://www.Satechi.net) has released the Divoom iBase Dock Station for the iPod, iPhone or iPad. The US$44.99 device combines a speaker system and docking station.

The Satechi Divoom iBase Dock Station features four full range neodymium dynamic drivers and a 20.6 ounce speaker. Additionally, it has a vertical support to ensure the iOS device is secured in place. The Satechi Divoom iBase Dock Station is also compatible with other MP3 players via the 3.5mm line-in jack.

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Dec 16
Appcelerator offers '4 Steps to creating a mobile...

Appcelerator has published a white paper on "4 Steps to creating a mobile development strategy."

"Companies now have a window of opportunity to think about how mobile can transform their business as radically as the web did," says AppCelerator. "By making mobile a part of their overall digital strategy, companies can transform their relationships with their customers in even greater ways than they did with the web."

The white paper tells you how this can be accomplished. Appcelerator (http://www.appcelerator.com/) is a company that helps web developers create mobile, tablet and desktop applications.

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Sep 19
InterMapper publishes white papers on network...

InterMapper has published four white papers on network monitoring, mapping and alerting and InterMapper. You can find them all at
http://www.intermapper.com/resources/whitepapers.aspx .

The papers look at "Top 8 reasons SMBs need to monitor their networks," "top 8 considerations for selecting SMB network monitoring software," "10 steps to streamline the deployment of network monitoring software for SMBs," and "6 ways to calculate returns from your networking monitoring investment."

InterMapper is Mac OS X compatible network monitoring software. It uses SNMP to monitor the network infrastructure, and has probes for monitoring many kinds of servers, including web, mail, LDAP, FTP, etc. More information and a free 30-day demo are available at the product Web site (...

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Aug 11
Video tour of new Data Rescue Center headquarters...

The Data Rescue Center, a a data recovery company founded in 2009 and a division of Prosoft Engineering, recently opened a new state-of-the-art headquarters in Livermore, California. You can get a video tour of it at http://www.thedatarescuecenter.com/company_background.html .

In June of 2010, the Data Rescue Center and Prosoft Engineering finalized the purchase of a building in Livermore near the Lawrence Livermore National Lab. Work immediately began on the design and construction of the new recovery lab facility.

In late January of 2011, both The Data Rescue Center and Prosoft Engineering moved all operations to this new facility. It boasts a Class 2 UL-Listed Vault and extensive security features.

The ISO 5 / Class 100 Cleanroom exceeds all manufacturers specifications for cleanroom recovery environments, according to...

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Mar 11
Video looks at 'Fixing Flat Color in Final Cut...

Future Media Concepts has posted a video on "Fixing Flat Color in Final Cut Pro." It teaches you how to make your colors "pop" in footage in Final Cut Pro. You can find it at
http://www.fmctraining.com/fmc.asp?w=blip_AYHdkS4C .

Future Media Concepts is a digital media training center representing the leading software manufacturers, including Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Avid, Boris FX, Digidesign, NewTek and Softimage. Headquartered in New York City, FMC now operates 5 additional digital media training facilities located in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Orlando and Chicago.

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Oct 04
Video showcases Zco's services

Zco Corp. (http://www.zco.com) has posted an overview video for their technology showcase. You can view it here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzE89z-jexA .

Zco can help you build custom software, as well as market it. The company developsb oth industrial strength backend applications using .NET, PHP and Java as well as apps for all major mobile platforms, including the iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone 7, WebOS and Symbian.

Zco can also help you promote your products and services using search engine optimization and social media optimization techniques, HD video, stunning graphics, 3D animation and video effects, press releases, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Google, Yahoo and Bing.

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Aug 26
Video looks at digital storytelling features of...

A new online video (http://www.memoryminer.com) shows some of the best ways for using MemoryMiner, a digital storytelling application for Mac OS X. Designed an an complement the iLife suite, the software is all about capturing and exploring your life memories.

MemoryMiner allows anyone to zero in on the stories depicted in their photos by linking them to each other based on people, places and time. While photos are used as the starting point, the goal is always uncovering the backstory.

With MemoryMiner, you can directly record audio or video to capture the backstory of a photo. You can attach documents, web URL's, or other media to add depth and context. Each photo becomes a frame in a storyboard that can be browsed by periods in a person's life, where people overlap, by place, by time, or any combination.

MemoryMiner requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs...

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