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Mad Max rolls onto the Mac

Mad Max for Mac and Linux is now available on the Feral Interactive Store (www.feralinteractive.com), Steam and the Mac App Store.

Players become Max, the lone warrior who must fight for survival against the Wasteland’s savage factions by engaging in all-out melée brawls and vicious vehicular combat. The game requires macOS 10.11.6 or higher and costs $29.99.

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LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign adds macOS Sierra support

Zevrix Solutions has announced LinkOptimizer 5.0.9, a compatibility update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

The software solves the problem of resizing InDesign links to their final dimensions at a target resolution automatically. The app also can also convert colors, perform essential image adjustments and convert image formats Version 5.0.9 makes LinkOptimizer compatible with the recently released macOS Sierra.

LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$259.95 (a “lite” version is available for $179.95). A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 5.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer requires macOS 10.6-10.12 and Adobe InDesign/Photoshop CS5-CC 2015.

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DEVONagent updated for macOS Sierra, supports Qwant

DEVONtechnologies has announced updates to all editions of DEVONagent, its Internet search and research tool for macOS.

Available in three editions, it queries search engines and crawls web sites. It then filters the results again and presents the results in a multitude of ways. The new version brings compatibility changes for macOS Sierra, updated plugins, and workflow enhancements. The updates are free and recommended for all users.

All editions of DEVONagent require an Intel-based Mac and OS X 10.8.5 or later. They can be downloaded from www.devontechnologies.com and be test-driven for free before they need to be properly licensed. All editions of DEVONagent are also available in the App Store; DEVONagent Pro and Express can be bought as part of bundles together with DEVONthink in DEVONtechnologies' online shop.

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Station is a new multilevel dock for macOS

True North Software has introduced Station 1.1, a multilevel (hierarchical) launcher for macOS. It’s designed to promote a more natural organization of applications and documents into folders.

With nested folders, you can arrange items in Station in a way that fits your workflow with an uncluttered look and feel. Scalability is greatly increased through logical groupings thus increasing the sheer number of items that can be added to Station without having to shrink the launcher size, according to the folks at True North Software.

Station requires macOS 10.10 or higher and costs $14.99. It’s available on the True North website (http://www.truenorthsoftware.com) or at the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. A demo version is available from the True North website.

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Oct 19
Apple sends out press invites to a ‘hello again’ event

Apple has sent out invitations to members of the press for an event at its Cupertino, California, headquarters on Thursday, Oct. 27. The invitation is dubbed “hello again”

New MacBooks are almost a certainty. New MacBook Airs and a slightly revamped iMac are likely. A new display to replace the discontinued Thunderbolt Display may see the light of day. And, if we’re lucky, there may be new Mac Pros and Mac minis announced.

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Oct 19
Apple releases new iOS, macOS Sierra betas

Apple has posted the fifth iOS 10.1 beta; it’s the second developer beta released this week. The beta is available to registered developers and public beta testers. Apple has also pushed out beta 5 for macOS Sierra 10.12.1.

The developer betas are available at the Apple Developer Center. Non-developers must be registered with Apple's Beta Software Program to obtain it.

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Oct 19
Tropical Software releases TopXNotes 1.8.3

Tropical Software has releaseds TopXNotes 1.8.3, an update to their personal information manager for macOS.

The app allows you to create, view, organize, and instantly access your Mac notes with TopXNotes. Version 1.8.3 sports a few new features, performance enhancements and bug fixes. And it keeps your notes synchronized between TopXNotes for Mac and TopXNotes for iOS.

You can now "Email Current Note" (or part of a note). The default toolbar icon set has been completely re-arranged. And version 1.8.3 is macOS Sierra ready.

TopXNotes 1.8.3 is available for US$39.95 from the Tropical Software website (www.tropic4.com), the Mac App store, Amazon, and other select Macintosh software resellers. TopXNotes 1.8.3 is a free update to customers who have already purchased version 1.5 or later. Existing customers with an older version (previous to 1.5) can upgrade to version 1.8.3 for $19.95 from the company's...

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Oct 19
Syncro Soft updates Oxygen XML Editor suite of products

Syncro Soft, the developer of the Oxygen XML suite of products, has released version 18.1 of its XML editing suite of products: Oxygen XML Editor, Author, Developer, Web Author, and WebHelp. The company has also announced the addition of a new Oxygen XML Scripting license, allowing some of the processing provided by Oxygen (such as the extensive DITA validation support) to be integrated in your own scripts.

Although Oxygen XML Editor version 18.1 is a maintenance release that focuses on performance and usability improvements, it also adds a variety of new features. Audio and video content in DITA is now fully supported. Oxygen XML Editor 18.1 allows you to insert media objects, play audio, and display video directly in the Author visual editing mode and includes updates to the publishing workflow to handle video and audio objects in the output.

A new Markdown editor allows you to write, preview, and convert Markdown content into HTML or DITA and you can use Markdown-...

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Oct 19
SmartBear releases enhanced support for REST API security testing

SmartBear Software (www.smartbear.com), which specializes in software quality tools for teams, released a major update to its API [application programming interface] readiness platform, Ready! API, focusing on the security of APIs.

SmartBear’s Ready! API is a unified set of graphical and code-based testing tools that includes Secure Pro for dynamic API security testing, SoapUI NG Pro for functional testing, LoadUI NG Pro for load testing, ServiceV Pro for API service virtualization and TestServer for Continuous Integration environments.

“Most of the APIs in the cloud are based on the popular REST methodology, and these are universally accessible and open to threats from hackers,” said John Purcell, vice president of Products, API Readiness at SmartBear. “It has become a priority for organizations to determine and fix security loopholes in their REST APIs, and this new update to Secure Pro allows...

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Oct 18
AKVIS releases SmartMask 9.0

AKVIS has announced SmartMask 9.0, an upgrade of its Mac compatible selection tool. The upgrade offers a number of improvements, including the new Chroma Key and Custom Background modes, as well as the enhancement of previously existing features and other changes.

AKVIS SmartMask is designed to make image area selection fun and simple. The software offers special-purpose modes and tools for different selection types, with both soft and sharp edges. It lets you select fluff, hair, fur, tree branches, glass, or a transparent veil. The software also lets you get rid of the unwanted color shades left on the cutout object by the environment.

Version 9.0’s Chroma Key mode which automatically removes specific colors from an image. It also adds a Custom Background mode with different adjustment options, extended Eraser tool settings, and more.

AKVIS SmartMask, Home license, sells for $69. One license key allows activating and using the software on two computers. The...

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Oct 18
ChronoSync 4.7 adds direct cloud connections

Econ Technologies (www.econtechnologies.com) has released ChronoSync 4.7 featuring direct cloud support.

ChronoSync is an US$49.99 sync, backup, and bootable backup app for the Mac. It can back up and sync to anything you can connect to a Mac, including external drives, thumb drives, NAS drives, remote Macs, PC's and now cloud services. Version 4.7 includes direct cloud connections for Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, and SFTP file servers. Additional cloud services will be added in future releases.

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Oct 18
mStand and mStand360 available in new colors

Rain Design’s (http://www.raindesigninc.com/) mStand ($49.90) and mStand360 ($59.90) are now available in three Apple matching colors: silver, gold and space gray.

Created for MacBooks, MacBook Airs and MacBook Pro, they raise your laptop to a better ergonomic height, so that you can use your laptop comfortably and safely. A cable hole in the back of the stand routes wires to reduce clutter.

mStand360's has the added feature of an aluminum rotating base that allow you to share the screen and access ports. Its body is a single solid piece of aluminum with a sand-blasted and silver-anodized finish that matches Apple laptops.

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Oct 18
Paragon’s Hard Disk Manager ready for macOS Sierra

Paragon Software Group (PSG) has updated Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac — its tool to protect, maintain, and manage your Mac — adding full support for macOS Sierra. The software tool, which covers every aspect of a Mac’s computer life cycle, from drive partitioning and regular backup to system migration, flexible disaster recovery options, and secure wiping of recycled storage.

Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac is available for immediate download as a free 10-day trial or can be purchased direct for $39.95 at http://www.paragon-software.com/home/hdm-mac/. For current users of Paragon Hard Disk Manager, the update to the version supporting macOS Sierra is free.

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Oct 18
Output Factory for Adobe InDesign now supports macOS Sierra

Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 1.5.58, a compatibility update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory automates printing, exporting and preflighting of InDesign documents, and offers batch output, single page export, variable file names, layer versioning, detailed history and more. Version 1.5.58 makes Output Factory compatible with the recently released macOS 10.12 Sierra and is offered as a free update to licensed users.

Output Factory can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$169.95 (there’s a “lite” version for $120), as well as from authorized resellers and Adobe Exchange. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $84.97. Output Factory requires macOS 10.6-10.12 and Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2015.

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Oct 17
Fourth iOS 10.1 beta released

Apple has released a fourth iOS 10.1 beta to registered developers, as well as the general public. The developer beta is available at the Apple Developer Center. Those already beta testing iOS 10.1 can download the new beta as an over-the-air update. Non-develoers must be registered with Apple's Beta Software Program to obtain it.

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Oct 17
AutoMounter for macOS upgraded to version 1.2.2

Pixeleyes has released AutoMounter 1.2.2 (http://tinyurl.com/ju9qqol), an update to their menu item designed to automatically mount your network shares on macOS.

Whenever you change locations, the utility will mount your shares from the available server or Network-attached storage appliance, and they will appear on your Desktop. AutoMounter is secure, uses native macOS frameworks, and doesn't store your credentials. No scripting is required. Version 1.2.2 offers bug fixes, optimizations and more.

AutoMounter requires macOS10.11 or later. It costs US$9.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. For more information, please contact Andrew Hamer-Adams.

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Oct 17
ONLYOFFICE opens source code of desktop document editors for macOS

Ascensio System SIA says they have opened the source code of its ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors, presenting a free and open source alternative to Microsoft Office for macOS.

ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors is an office suite that combines text, spreadsheet and presentation editors, allowing anyone to create, view and edit documents offline. Being fully compatible with MS Office, the editors support all the popular document formats, including ODF.

The app features allows users to edit complex documents as well as switch to online mode and collaborate on documents with colleagues or teammates. The collaborating features include real-time co-editing in two modes, reviewing and tracking changes, commenting, built-in chat. The editors also support connecting third-party plugins. Developers can use these plugins to add specific functions they need to the editors.

ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors works with macOS 10.10 or higher. Version ONLYOFFICE 4.1.1 is now free and available...

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Oct 14
RecoveryFix introduces a new migration platform

RecoveryFix has introduced a new migration platform: RecoveryFix for MBOX to PST converter (http://tinyurl.com/z5znnfl), which features advanced migration solution for a totally user- centric migration solution. It’s designed to offer a MBOX-related total migration solution under a single roof.

The software is all set to target 20 different MBOX-supported email clients (including Apple Mail, Thunderbird, Opera and more) for a migration to Office 365 platform and to all versions of Microsoft Outlook (including 2016). The release is also introduced with free demo variant for gaining quick insight of the tool’s functioning and response, in a completely safe and cost-free manner.
The MBOX to PST migrator features conversion options to save MBOX files in any of these formats: EML, MSG and PST files. It also extends the migration facility with advanced filtration according to specific...

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Oct 14
Maxprog rings up iCash 7.5.9 for macOS

Maxprog (http://www.maxprog.com) has released iCash 7.5.9, an update to their personal finance solution for macOS and Windows. The $49 app was designed specifically to track incomes, expenses, credits, debts and banks transactions.

iCash offers unlimited categories, multiple accounts, multiple currencies, a SQL backend engine, password protection, export/import routines, search functions, and drag & drop support. Version 7.5.9 offers several new features, improvements, and is now available in several new languages.

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Oct 14
WaterField announces a sleeve for the anticipated MacBook Pro update

In anticipation of a MacBook Pro update, WaterField Designs has announced the upcoming Maxwell MacBook Pro Sleeve (http://tinyurl.com/jgpyrgj). It’s a custom-fit case with magnetic enclosure and water-repellant material in new colors.

This sleeve will be available in vertical or horizontal orientation. An optional strap converts the sleeve into minimalist stand-alone solution. It will be available for pre-order at an early bird price until the MacBook Pro is announced at an Oct. 27 event, according to WaterField Designs owner, Gary Waterfield (though Apple has officially to announce such an event).

Locally-manufactured LUNA textiles on the case's exterior combine with an acrylic backing, a layer of ballistic nylon, and shock-absorbing neoprene internal padding. These textiles - in Kelly green, Crimson red, Cobalt blue or Slate black - are treated with patented Nano-Tex coating for extreme...

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Oct 20
61% of shoppers expect to spend more this holiday...

While it may be an election year often signaling uncertainty when it comes to shopping and spending, a new survey conducted by Kelton Global on behalf of savings destination RetailMeNot (www.retailmenot.com) reports that 61% of shoppers plan to spend more this holiday season than last. In fact, nearly one in three shoppers plan to spend at least $200 more.

Despite the increase in spending, consumers will be taking advantage of deals and offers by seeking out savings prior to shopping either in-store or online, especially on the bigger ticket items like electronics that are on many wish lists. Seven out of ten consumers look for deals on holiday gifts year round, but 40% still feel they will find the best discounts on Black Friday. 

Searching for deals year round is certainly a successful strategy, but shoppers should reconsider making all purchases at one time, as category deals ebb and flow between...

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Oct 19
The market is bright for power amps in phones

LTE smartphones led to a bump in sales of RF power amplifiers in 2015 and the first half of 2016, according to Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) Over the next five years, highly integrated multiband PA modules that include switch and filter content similar to the PAs used today in the flagship Apple iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 will ship in increasing numbers into lower-tier smartphones.

According to Christopher Taylor, author of the report and director, RF & Wireless Components, Strategy Analytics: ”The need for smartphones with more LTE bands has led to multiband PAs that contain more RF filters and switches, capturing more front-end phone content for the suppliers, contributing to a growth of the PA market that will continue at least until 2020 and 5G."

Eric Higham, Director of Advance Semiconductor Applications at Strategy Analytics, adds: "Gallium arsenide forms...

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Oct 18
Mobile developer population reaches 12 million...

The number of developers involved with development of mobile apps reached 12 million in 2016, according to Evans Data Corp’s (www.evansdata.com) “Global Development Population and Demographics Study.”

It also found that the number of developers writing for mobile devices has increased by more than five times since Evans began measuring developer participation in mobile development in 2006, when just slightly less than two million developers were targeting mobile. At 12 million, the population of developers targeting mobile is more than half of the total worldwide population of 21 million developers.
The study, which is now in its 20th edition, estimates not only current software developer populations across four major regions and 40 different countries, but also overlays global primary research onto the population numbers to show numbers of developers forecast to adopt technologies now and in the future....

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Oct 18
Shipments of 3D printers to grow 108% in 2016

Worldwide shipments of 3D printers will reach 455,772 units in 2016, more than doubling the 219,168 units shipped in 2015, according to Gartner, Inc.'s latest forecast. Despite slowing growth rates after the market's initial growth spurt, the increase in 3D printer shipments over the next four years will see the number of units shipped in 2020 total more than 6.7 million.

"Once a niche market, 3D printing has continued its rapid transformation into a broad-based mainstream technology embraced by consumers and enterprises around the world," said Pete Basiliere, research vice president at Gartner (www.gartner.com). "The evolution of hardware and software along with an ever-expanding collection of usable materials has driven growth in both the consumer and enterprise 3D printing markets.”

3D printing is now experiencing widespread acceptance beyond its application in specialist industries. Today, 3D printing is...

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Oct 17
Service robots replacing human workers globally

As technology improves and as prices fall, professional service robots are increasingly doing jobs formerly handled by human workers. Revenue from professional service robots reached $2.6 billion, with around 20,000 units shipped in 2015, according to a new report from IHS Markit (www.ihsmarkit.com),which specializes in critical information, analytics and solutions.

The emerging market for professional service robots is forecast to increase very quickly, with a unit-shipment compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 46%, from 2015 to 2020, the report says. After 2020, the global market for professional service robot markets will grow even faster, with more robots moving from prototype to commercialization in various applications.

“The various demands on the professional service applications are multi-billion dollar opportunity for the professional service robot markets,” said Wilmer Zhou, senior analyst,...

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Oct 14
Bots, natural language interfaces to drive mobile...

New findings from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) claim that merchant integration of technologies such as bots and natural language interfaces will lead to remote goods purchases by mobile totaling $2.1 trillion by 2021. This represents a 100% increase from this year’s projection for spend on physical and digital goods.

The research found that rising smartphone use in digital retail was the underlying cause for stakeholder development in Bots, natural language processing, and disruption at the payment gateway. The new study found that shoppers would be driven away from merchants where keyword search and menu-driven systems were in place.

It suggested that where merchants deployed conversational interfaces, such as bots and natural language search, they would be able to far better understand the consumer’s intent. The North Face, for example, has developed an intelligent digital...

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Oct 13
Security tech revenue to surpass $100 billion in 2020

The first Worldwide Semiannual Security Spending Guide from International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts worldwide revenues for security-related hardware, software, and services will grow from $73.7 billion in 2016 to $101.6 billion in 2020.

This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.3%, more than twice the rate of overall IT spending growth, over the five-year forecast period. The new spending guide expands on IDC's previous security forecasts by offering greater detail on spending by geography, industry, and technology.

"Today's security climate is such that enterprises fear becoming victims of the next major cyberattack or cyber extortion," said Sean Pike, program vice president, Security Products, IDC (www.idc.com). "As a result, security has become heavily scrutinized by boards of directors demanding that security budgets are used wisely and solutions operate at peak efficiency.”


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Oct 12
Devices with wireless charging forecast to jump 40%...

The number of devices enabled with wireless charging will exceed 200 million units a year for the first time in 2016, according to the latest IHS Markit (www.ihs.com) forecast.  Driven by shipments in mobile phones and wearables, this represents a 40% increase over 2015 levels as more consumers experience wireless charging for the first time, according to the research group.

Earlier this year, the IHS Markit consumer survey showed that one in four people has now used wireless charging and more than 98% of those would choose the feature again on their next phone. Both consumer demand for the feature and the volume of enabled devices are growing each year.

However, the market will still fall short of original expectations that it could have reached 250 million receivers shipped this year.  A combination of reasons drove this, in particular the exclusion of wireless charging on flagship mobile phones (such as the...

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Oct 11
VR gambling to grow 800% by 2021

New data from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that gross wagers from VR (Virtual Reality) gambling will grow from just over $58.5 million this year, to just under $520 million by 2021, representing an increase of 800%.

Juniper’s latest research found that VR gambling deployments over the next five years will be concentrated in the casino space, which will potentially offer immersive, real-world VR locations. However, the research group cautioned that the high cost of VR devices would inhibit the extent of user adoption, with the addressable base in the short and medium term largely limited to early adopters.

Nevertheless, research author Lauren Foye argued that the initial user base would primarily comprise of smartphone VR players, alongside users of top-end personal computers seeking the highest fidelity experience. According to Foye, “These will be coupled with a niche...

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Oct 10
Easy passwords and free Wi-Fi can cost you plenty

There are many ways to ensure your safety and prevent becoming an unwitting victim of cybercrime that could cost you thousands of dollars, according to security experts and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

Using a weak password while on a free Wi-Fi network can make your device more susceptible to cyber theft. You can strengthen your password by including a variety of symbols, letters and numbers. Try a minimum length of eight characters and use a combination of upper and lower case letters and at least one number. You should also commit your passwords to memory and don't store them on your computer or mobile devices.

Wi-Fi connections present risks at home and on the road. Wi-Fi hotspots are common targets for identity thieves as they are often unsecure and accessible to anyone. Unless you are using a secure web page, you should never send or receive private information when using public Wi-Fi. Avoid conducting financial or corporate transactions on these...

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Thursday October 20

MacBook Pro’s Function Touch Strip Called Magic...

We already have the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad, and soon we’ll have the Magic Toolbar, too. A just uncovered trademark filing seems to confirm the MacBook Pro really is getting a touch sensitive bar to replace the keyboard’s row of function keys.

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The secret behind Italy’s rarest pasta

I never thought there would be kinds of food that would be endangered in this manner. After reading this story, I want to go to Italy and try the “threads of God”.

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Jony Ive and Marc Newson to design Christmas tree...

Every year, London’s famous Claridge’s hotel kicks off its holiday season with a decorative showstopper Christmas tree in the foyer. As you might imagine, the 5-star hotel in Mayfair goes far beyond what most people imagine as a ‘Christmas tree’ roping in world-renowned designers and architects to imagine incredible visual displays.


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Debate over: IBM confirms that Macs are $535 less...

Those of you who have worked in IT probably already knew this and many of us have known or suspected it for years. When I worked for Apple 20+ years ago, we had a slide deck that showed this ROI. I never understood why Apple never took advantage of the data they had on it.

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News: Automatic releases new Automatic Lite version...

Automatic Labs has released Automatic Lite ($80), a new lower-cost version of its Automatic Pro vehicle monitoring and diagnostic solution. Automatic Lite includes the same trip logging, engine diagnostics, and mileage and fuel tracking features as the more expensive Pro model, while eliminating the 3G data plan in favor of direct Bluetooth syncing with an iOS device. Due to the lack of 3G connectivity, Automatic Lite also omits crash alerts, parking…

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News: Apple releases fourth tvOS 10.0.1 beta

Apple has released a fourth developer beta of tvOS 10.0.1, following a new iOS 10.1 beta earlier this week. The release notes, along with the minor version number, indicate that this beta is focused primarily on bug fixes and performance improvements to tvOS 10. Registered developers can download the tvOS beta directly from Apple’s developer site or install a configuration profile to update to the latest beta version via the built-in Software…

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A Sprocket in your pocket: Hands-on with HP's...

Back when I was growing up in the 60s and 70s, taking selfies wasn't done with an iPhone. Instead, we usually had at least one friend who owned a Polaroid camera -- usually the Polaroid Swinger that was popular with teens. There's something really engaging about having a hands-on printed picture that you can keep or give to someone, and that's the idea behind the $129.99 HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer (affiliate link).

HP Sprocket photo printer, iPhone 7 Plus, and a printed photo. Photo ©2016, Steven Sande


You always have your camera with you with the iPhone, and the HP Sprocket can fit easily into another pocket. It's smaller in terms of surface area than the iPhone Plus models (4.53 x 2.95 inches) and .87 inches thick. Weighing in at just 6.5 ounces with 10 sheets of paper...

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tvOS 10.0.1 beta 4 for Apple TV now available for...

Apple has released the fourth developer version of tvOS 10.0.1. The upcoming software update for fourth-gen Apple TVs follows the more featured packed tvOS 10 release from September.


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TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-20: Apple’s ‘hello...

Apple is hosting a media event on Thursday, October 27th, titled “hello again.” Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on whether or not we’ll finally see a refresh to the aging Mac Pro. They also offer up predictions on what else may or may not get announced, and generally hammer on Bryan for his Mac Pro hopes.

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Kanye West blames conflict between Apple Music...

Business conflicts between Apple Music and Tidal are have been blocking some potentially popular projects from happening, rapper Kanye West claimed in surprise comments during a Seattle concert on Wednesday.

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China Overtakes the US in iOS App Store Revenue

Sarah Perez, writing for TechCrunch: China has now overtaken the U.S. to become the largest market in the world for App Store revenue, according to a new report out this morning from app intelligence firm App Annie. The country earned over $1.7 billion in Q3 2016, which puts it ahead of the U.S. by over 15 percent. The U.S. had been the number one iOS market since 2010, the report notes. Today, Chinese consumers spend more than 5 times the amount they were spending compared with just two years prior. In addition, the report predicts that China will drive the largest absolute revenue growth for any country by 2020. The estimations are likely accurate -- App Annie had said at the beginning of the year that if China's rapid App Store revenue growth continued at the same pace, it would overtake the U.S. by year's end. And that has now occurred. This growth is largely being driven by games, and here, China's lead has also widened over the U.S. during the past quarter. Games drive 75...

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: $100 off 12.9″ iPad Pro, 13.3...

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.


Best Buy launches massive 3-day sale w/ $100 off 12.9-inch iPad Pro, Mac accessories, home theater deals, more

You can grab a high-end 13.3-inch MacBook Pro w/ Retina...

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PCWorld founder David Bunnell remembered: The mutiny...

David Bunnell staged the mutiny that started PCWorld—and he once famously wore a Chairman Mao suit to a company meeting. As we mourn Bunnell’s passing on Tuesday night, PCWorld’s launch and the Mao stunt surface most among the editors who knew him. We’ve started collecting memories about Bunnell, and will add to this story as we reach out to compatriots who worked with David over the years.

Bunnell and Cheryl Woodard put out the first issue of PC Magazine in January, 1982, only to leave later that year with most of the staff after the publication was sold to Ziff-Davis without their consent. With funding from our parent company, IDG, that staff started PC World (as the print magazine was then spelled) with founding editor Andrew Fluegelman. The magazine quickly grew to be a leader in technology journalism. Bunnell went on to co-found Macworld and other technology publications for IDG, and eventually left for other ventures.


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Nintendo doubles down on portables, reveals Nintendo...

Alongside mobile ambitions with iOS, Nintendo's new console called the "Nintendo Switch" has debuted, and a promotional video shows a Tegra-powered game console able to be hooked up to a television in a dock, with controller connectors that when connected strongly resemble the older GameVice iPad and iPhone peripheral.

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Skylink's ATOMS Garage Door Opener boasts IFTTT...

You're putting together the ultimate smart home, but there's just one piece you haven't figured out yet -- the garage door. Skylink today announced a $299 garage door opener that's designed with compatibility with IFTTT in mind. While it's not Apple HomeKit-compatible, the huge number of channels available on IFTTT means that you can work up some amazing "recipes" that can operate the Skylink ATOMS Garage Door Opener

Working through the SkylinkNet Internet Hub, IFTTT recipes can do some surprising things:

  • Open or close the ATOMS Garage Door Opener with geofencing
  • Control your ATOMS Garage Door Opener with the IFTTT iPhone or Apple Watch apps
  • If a Nest Protect CO detector is activated, open the garage door to improve ventilation
  • Turn a Philips Hue bulb yellow when the garage door is open


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Automatic Lite is a more affordable smart car...

Automatic is out today with a new version of its Bluetooth smart car adapter at its lowest price yet. Automatic Lite retails for $79.95 and features subscription-free Check Engine Light diagnosis, automatic trip tagging, and gas price tracking for capturing business expenses. Automatic Lite connects to your car’s OBD (on-board diagnostics) port and connects to the Automatic app on your smartphone over Bluetooth.


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Apple's iPhone leads in JD Power satisfaction...

In terms of customer satisfaction Apple is the most popular smartphone brand among U.S. carrier subscribers, according to two new J.D. Power studies, though that position isn't absolute.

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Sad that you don't have a Galaxy Note 7? Get...

While Samsung stands to lose billions of dollars because of the Galaxy Note 7's tendency to spontaneously combust, one company stands to make some money off of the Korean manufacturer's woes. UniqFind makes all sorts of skins and cases for Mac notebooks and iOS devices, selling them on Amazon. Their latest -- the Explo-Sung iPhone Skin -- is designed to make your iPhone look just like an exploded Galaxy Note 7.

This protective wonder can be purchased on Amazon in either a $24.95 skin version or a skin + hard case combo for $34.99. UniqFind refers to the Explo-Sung as "our hottest skin yet."

There are versions for all iPhones from the iPhone 5 through the 7 Plus, and the company is taking pre-orders now for delivery in early November. It's too bad the case won't be available for Halloween -- it's pretty scary!

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Watch a fully-autonomous Tesla drive through the...

[VIDEO]: The Verge:

The self-driving software is not finished and has yet to be approved by regulators, but the four-minute clip is nonetheless impressive, showing a Tesla leaving a garage, driving across town, and finding its own parking spot — all autonomously. There is someone sat in the driver’s seat, as per current legal requirements, but they never touch the wheel. Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who posted the clip to Twitter, notes that the car is even smart enough to driver past a disabled parking spot, knowing it’s not allowed to park there.

Add to that, this Elon Musk tweet:

When you want your car to return, tap Summon on your phone. It will eventually find you even if you are on the other side of the country.

The video (click through to the main Loop page) is mesmerizing. Are we ready for this?

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That MacBook Pro OLED touch panel is called the...

Magic Toolbar Rendering by Martin Hajek

The magic continues at Apple in the run up to next Thursday's Mac event. For several months, one of the suggested features of the new MacBook Pro has been an OLED touch panel at the top of the keyboard that's reconfigurable based on the app that's currently being used. According to trademark agent Brian "The Trademark Ninja" Conroy, that touch panel is likely to have the name "Magic Toolbar". 

Now there's a lovely little twisty path that leads to this conclusion. Conroy found a trademark filing for "Magic Toolbar" that was granted in several European countries by what appears to be a dummy company named "Presto Apps America LLC" that was incorporated two weeks before the filing. 

Apple, of course, has a lot of "Magic" trademarks -- Magic Mouse, Magic...

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∞ Apple will live-stream the October 27th “hello...

Here’s a link to the official live-stream page. Bookmark it and pass it along.

The event is a week from today at 10a PT, 1p ET.

Very exciting.

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∞ Nintendo announces next generation Nintendo Switch...

Introducing Nintendo Switch! In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system also enables gamers to play the same title wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose. The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system to enable unprecedented new video game play styles.

Nintendo Switch (formerly known by the code name Nintendo NX) is a gaming system that embeds a portable system into a dock, making it easy to switch between console and portable without exiting your game. I look forward to taking this system for a spin, playing the next-gen Zelda title on the road.

From the Nintendo Switch Wikipedia page:

The Nintendo Switch is described as a console/handheld hybrid system, allowing players to alternate between playing...

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Thursday October 20

iPhone 7 Plus Qualcomm LTE Modem Outperforms Intel LTE M...

With the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, Apple elected to use LTE modems from two different sources, Qualcomm and Intel. The A1778 and A1784 iPhone models use a GSM-only Intel XMM7360 modem while the A1660 and 1661 iPhone models use a GSM/CDMA-compatible Qualcomm MDM9645M modem.

Apple's decision has already caused some disappointment among customers because the GSM-only Intel modem is not compatible with as many carrier networks as the GSM/CDMA Qualcomm modem, and now independent testing conducted by Cellular Insights suggests there are some significant performance differences between the two modems, with the Qualcomm modem outperforming the Intel modem.

Using an R&S TS7124 RF Shielded Box, two R&S CMW500, one R&S CMWC controller, and four Vivaldi antennas,...

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Evidence in Trademark Filing Points to MacBook OLED Pane...

A week before Apple's just-announced October 27 Mac-centric event, a newly discovered trademark filing has been unearthed online, suggesting a potential name for the OLED panel on the new MacBook Pro. According to information rounded up by Brian Conroy at The Trademark Ninja (via The Next Web), a trademark filed by a company called "Presto Apps America LLC" for a device dubbed the "Magic Toolbar" could be Apple's name for the touch bar panel on its new MacBook Pro line.

Conroy lays out a line...

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Apple Invention may shed some Light on next MacBook Pro...

With Apple's Mac event set for next week, it was interesting to see a patent application from Apple today published by the US Patent & Trademark Office that discusses a new dimension being considered for a future MacBook keyboard that would seemingly provide users with a way to customize key sensitivity and feel.

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Patriots Coach can't take it anymore and Ditches hi...

Microsoft has their big PC event scheduled for the day before Apple's Mac event and it's highly expected that they'll be extending their Surface line of computers to include an all-in-one (AIO) desktop to take on Apple's iMac. To date neither of Microsoft's Surface products, tablets or notebook (Surface Book), haven't made a dent in Apple's sales. In fact earlier this week Patriot's coach ditched his Surface tablet in disgust ...

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Wednesday October 19

Rumor suggests that Apple may be attending the 2017 Mobi...

It was reported in London today by two blogs that Apple's presence on the Mobile World Congress exhibition catalog shows that Apple would be attending/presenting in three meeting rooms.

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Apple's Not-So-Secret Mac Event is on for Next Thur...

The announcement for Apple's World Wide Developer Conference held in June was titled "Hello, WWDC16" and Apple's invitation for their October 27 event is interestingly called "Hello again." Whether that's a reference to another Siri announcement or just a reference to the event being the second for the year is unknown at this time.

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Apple and IBM have launched their First MobileFirst App...

Today Harriet Green, general manager, IBM Watson Internet of Things, Commerce & Education stated in a press release that "IBM and Apple are launching Watson Element to help teachers gain insights into each student's skills, preferences and interests to transform personalized learning experiences that are unique to all." Apple will offer the Watson Element app as part of its broad...

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Apple Invites Media to 'Hello Again' October 2...

Apple today sent out media invites for a Mac-centric event that will be held on Thursday, October 27 at 10:00 a.m. at Apple's Cupertino campus.

The October event is expected to focus on the introduction of new Macs, headlined by a much-rumored and highly anticipated revamped MacBook Pro. According to rumors, the new MacBook Pro will feature the first redesign to the machine since 2012.

A thinner, lighter body is expected, with a wider, pressure-sensitive trackpad and a flatter MacBook-style keyboard with the same butterfly key mechanism. The MacBook Pro will be available in the same 13 and 15-inch size options, and will feature USB-C with USB 3.1 support for faster transfer speeds, Thunderbolt 3, and Touch ID...

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Google Signs Deal With CBS for Upcoming YouTube Streamin...

Google has inked a deal with CBS for its upcoming web-based streaming television service, reports The Wall Street Journal. Called "Unplugged," the paid subscription service, available on YouTube, will see Google offering a bundle of several channels for a set price of $25 to $40 per month.

CBS, a major network, is now on board, and Google is also said to be close to reaching deals with both 21st Century Fox and Disney, putting it one step closer to establishing a streaming service. Google plans to launch "Unplugged" in early 2017 and has already built out the necessary infrastructure.

Google's YouTube Unplugged offering is aimed at cord cutters and is the type of television service that Apple was...

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Apple Listed as 2017 Exhibitor at Mobile World Congress

Apple Inc. has been listed as a 2017 exhibitor at Mobile World Congress, which is an oddity given the company's trade show presence has been virtually nonexistent since the company's final appearance at Macworld in 2009.

If the listing is accurate, it would mark Apple's first time attending Mobile World Congress, the world's largest exhibition and conference for the mobile industry. MWC 2017 runs between February 27, 2017 and March 2, 2017.

Babel PR pointed us towards Apple's exhibitor listing, which shows the company has booked space in the App Planet in Hall 8.1, as well as two spaces in the upper level that runs above Hall 2 in the Fira Gran Via Conference Centre.

App Planet is described as "a unique area focusing on the latest technology from the fast-moving apps industry," so Apple's presence could be related to promoting the...

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Home Automation: Apple Keeps their Eye on the Prize

When Apple's CEO Tim Cook spoke with NBC's Brian Williams back in 2013 about the future of TV, Cook noted that TV was a "market that we see that has been left behind. I used to watch the Jetsons as a kid. I loved the Jetsons. We're living the Jetsons with this [holding up an iPhone]." Well, Apple's been working for some time now to make Home Automation a reality with HomeKit and they want to take that jetsons vision to where it all begins, when building new homes.

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Apple Seeds Fifth macOS Sierra 10.12.1 Beta to Developer...

Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming macOS Sierra update to developers and public beta testers, just over one week after seeding the fourth beta and a month after releasing the new macOS Sierra operating system to the public.

macOS Sierra 10.12.1 beta 5 can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or through the Software update mechanism in the Mac App Store for those who already have an earlier 10.12.1 beta installed.

macOS Sierra 10.12.1 appears to focus on bug fixes and under-the-hood performance improvements to address issues that have been found since the operating system’s release, and it’s also likely adding features designed for next-generation...

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Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of iOS 10.1 for iPhone 7 to Devel...

Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming iOS 10 update to developers and public beta testers for testing purposes, two days after seeding the fourth iOS 10.1 beta and more than a month after releasing iOS 10 to the public.

Today's beta appears to be available only for the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, suggesting it perhaps has the LTE bug fix that was bundled into iOS 10.0.3, released on Monday.

Registered developers can download the iOS 10.1 beta 5 from the Apple Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile is installed. Public beta testers can download the update over-the-air after installing the configuration profile from...

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Apple Files $2 Million Lawsuit Against Firm Selling Dang...

Apple has filed a lawsuit against Mobile Star LLC, accusing the firm of infringing upon its registered trademarks and copyrights by selling counterfeit 5W USB Power Adapters and Lightning to USB cables on Amazon and Groupon, according to court documents published electronically this week.

Apple said the counterfeit power products pose a significant danger to consumer safety because, among other things, they lack adequate insulation and/or have inadequate spacing between low voltage and high voltage circuits, creating risks of overheating, fire, and electrical shock.The safety of Apple’s customers is of paramount importance to Apple, and Apple devotes significant resources to ensuring its power products meet industry safety standards and are subjected to rigorous testing for safety and reliability. Apple brings this suit to stop Mobile Star from any further distribution of counterfeit Apple products to the public.The legal complaint says the products, shipped and sold by...

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T-Mobile to Pay $48 Million For Lack of Transparency Abo...

The FCC today announced it has reached a $48 million settlement with T-Mobile, including a $7.5 million fine and $35.5 million in consumer benefits, following an investigation into whether the carrier adequately disclosed speed and data restrictions for its so-called "unlimited" data plan subscribers.

FCC investigators determined that ads and other disclosures from T-Mobile, and its prepaid brand MetroPCS, failed to adequately inform customers about its policy that de-prioritizes the top 3% of its heaviest data users during times of network contention or congestion, resulting in slower network speeds.“Consumers should not have to guess whether so-called ‘unlimited’ data plans contain key restrictions, like speed constraints, data caps, and other material limitations,” said FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc. “When broadband providers are accurate, honest and upfront in their ads and...

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Samsung to Quickly Compensate Top Note7 Suppliers While...

Samsung has already agreed to compensate their Note7 component partners so that they don't lose financially for Samsung's battery issues. Well, in part at least. But when it comes to Note7 customers who had their homes damaged by Note7 fires, that's another matter all together

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Apple Working With Home Builders to Bolster HomeKit Adop...

Apple is partnering with various building companies to integrate its HomeKit platform directly into homes from the get-go, with the hopes that such ingrained smart home features will convince prospective buyers into sticking with the Apple ecosystem for the long haul. The news comes in a report by Bloomberg, which looked specifically at a four-bedroom stucco house in Alameda, California as one of Apple's many HomeKit-enabled properties coming to the market.

David Kaiserman, president of the technology division at construction company Lennar Corporation, walked Bloomberg through the potential advantages of buying a smart home from the start, mainly centering around the sometimes frustrating installation of devices like smart blinds and locks. In the home in Alameda, Siri responded...

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Qualcomm Likely to switch 10nm Snapdragon Processor Orde...

Yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung to Kick-Off 2017 with the World's First 10nm CPU Powering their Galaxy S8." In that report we noted that the Korean source had hyped-up Samsung's victory by stating that Industry analysts are "are predicting that Samsung Electronics will mass-produce new Exynos series, which is its own AP, and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 830 series (835) through 10-nano logic process." Today we learn that might have been a hasty presumption because Qualcomm may have other plans on the table.

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Sonder's Customizable E-Ink Keyboard Again Rumored...

In an ongoing story surrounding the alleged talks between Apple and Australian startup Sonder, The Wall Street Journal is today adding its own set of "people familiar with the plans" to the report. The new article reiterates a 2018 launch window for customizable e-ink keyboards on Apple's MacBook line, which was mentioned in a now-deleted Reddit post that began the rumors last week.

In response to the increasing amount of rumors surrounding Apple and Sonder, the latter company this week has confirmed that it never met with Apple during Tim Cook's travels in...

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Compounding Problems for Samsung Could Escalate into a W...

A new report today claims that owners of the twice-recalled Galaxy Note 7 say that exploding phones caused extensive damage to their homes, but Samsung isn't playing ball. And in Korea, the class action lawsuits are mounting.

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Thursday October 20

tvOS 10.0.1 beta 4 (14U71) Now Available

tvOS 10.0.1 beta 4 (14U71) Now Available

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tvOS 10.0.1 beta 4 (14U71) Now Available

tvOS 10.0.1 beta 4 (14U71) Now Available

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6 ways to make virtual meetings more efficient

When was the last time you had an in-person meeting? Let’s face it: today’s work rendezvous are becoming increasingly more electronic. While online or virtual meetings can be convenient, they also detract from participant accountability by providing more room to lose people’s attention. When people are distracted, meetings lose focus and require more time for repetition.

To keep your meetings—and your schedule—on track, consider these six tips and transform your routine.

  1. Agenda action—Whether your meeting participants are located across the building or the world, it’s important to get everyone on the same page. While formal agendas may not be as in vogue as they once were, reinstate the practice. Include the meeting’s topics in the body of your calendar invite or email out a document 24-48 hours before the designated time. This will provide...
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4 ways OneDrive can help you eliminate the version...

Successfully working on a team requires seamless collaboration—no matter where you are. You need to communicate effectively with all your team members and keep everyone on the same page. This can get chaotic during busy workdays, even for the most organized employees. The rise of remote workers has presented even more challenges for the modern-day workforce.

Businesses rely heavily on digital communication to collaborate beyond office walls, which poses new challenges for your team—especially without the right technical infrastructure in place. For smoother workflows across your company, it’s important to keep collaboration tight and file versioning to a minimum. Is your team experiencing any of the following versioning woes?

The version control problem

How many times have you seen files going from “v1_draft” to “v1_update” to “v2” to “final_FINAL.” Passing documents around to collect with everyone’s latest notes is sure to cause versioning anxiety. Even the...

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macOS Server 5.2 Guide

The macOS Server5.2 Guide is basically complete. There are a number of services in the server, each explored here: http://krypted.com/guides/os-x-server-5-2-sierra/. Good luck out there!

The post macOS Server 5.2 Guide appeared first on krypted.com.

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Wednesday October 19

macOS Sierra 10.12.1 beta 5 (16B2553a) Now Available

macOS Sierra 10.12.1 beta 5 (16B2553a) Now Available

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iOS 10.1 beta 5 (14B72c) Now Available

iOS 10.1 beta 5 (14B72c) Now Available

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macOS Sierra 10.12.1 beta 5 (16B2553a) Now Available

macOS Sierra 10.12.1 beta 5 (16B2553a) Now Available

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iOS 10.1 beta 5 (14B72c) Now Available

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One-stop shop for enterprise/IT pro content about...

Are you in charge of getting your enterprise organization onto Office 365? We have the information you need to plan, deploy and manage Office 365 and hybrid environments. Find content about core Office 365, Office client deployment and Office 365 services (including Exchange Online, Skype for Business Online, SharePoint Online and more) all in one place at aka.ms/O365ITPro.

We consolidate trusted, authoritative content from multiple Microsoft content sources into one convenient experience so that you can browse to the information you need:

  • Learn what’s included in Office 365 by reviewing the service descriptions.
  • Discover the types of scenarios you can support with Office 365 and hybrid environments versus on-premises server environments, and what else you can do if you integrate with Microsoft Azure.
  • View cloud architecture resources for identity, security, storage and networking and use...
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Guide to inbox management

With hundreds (or thousands) of messages coming and going from your inbox each month, it can quickly get unruly. Outlook helps you take control and stay on top of what’s important. Here are seven Outlook tips and tools to help you overcome business email overload.

Focused Inbox

Your inbox should be your command center—helping you plan your day by staying on top of what matters. That’s why our Outlook team spends so much of their time improving your email experience. One of Outlook’s newest features, Focused Inbox, helps you focus on the emails most important to you. This feature separates your email into two tabs: Focused and Other—determined by an email’s content and the contacts you communicate with most. That way, all your less important emails are saved but out of the way, enabling you to focus on what’s most important first. To fine-tune...

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Accessibility in the classroom—tools that impact my...

Today’s post was written by Robin Lowell, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, special education, science and mathematics teacher, as well as teacher of blind and visually impaired students.

Creating a collaborative, inclusive classroom has many moving parts and pieces—and finding the right balance can be challenging. As a special education teacher, I am constantly on the hunt for technology and tools that give students with disabilities an environment that is personalized, differentiated and yet as close to their peers’ experience as possible. I have been an itinerant teacher, a distance education math teacher at a residential school and currently a resource room teacher—without the resource room. One goal of an inclusive classroom is to have all students working and collaborating throughout the day as much as possible, which takes planning, tools and creativity. When I work with my students and determine how to meet their needs, I think a lot about their...

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Writing a book with Office—how Maxie McCoy does it

We recently caught up with inspirational writer, speaker and millennial expert Maxie McCoy, who’s a self-professed Office enthusiast (“I live in Office. Always. Period.” )—to get her take on Researcher and Editor, two new cloud-powered services designed to help you do your best writing in Word. Both features are exclusive to Office 365.

“I’ve always loved to write,” Maxie explains. “My parents have ‘books’ of my writing I created as a young kid where I wrote about all the things I wanted to grow up and be (not sure any of those included being a writer!). However, the moment I first saw myself as a ‘writer’ was during a long-form, magazine writing class in college. I noticed how much gratification I got in nailing a perfect transition or putting together two words to describe exactly the feeling I hoped to communicate. It was clear to me then that not only did I have a knack for this style of communication, it brought me immense joy. That has continued to be a guiding tenant...

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Configure NetInstall Services In macOS Server 5.2...

The NetBoot service allows administrators of Apple computers to leverage images hosted on a server to boot computers to a central location and put a new image on them, upgrade them and perform automations based on upgrades and images. Since the very first versions of OS X, the service has been called NetBoot and so the name remains at the command line, but is listed as NetInstall in the Server app. In the Server app, Apple provides a number of options surrounding the NetInstall service, based on Automator-style which we’ll explore further in this article.

The first step to configuring the NetInstall service is to decide what you want the service to do. There are three options available in System Image Utility (available under the Tools menu of the Server app in OS X Server):

  • Create a NetBoot Image: Allows Macs to boot over the network to a disk image hosted on a server.
  • Create a NetInstall Image: Leverage NetBoot as a boot disk so that an image hosted...
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Connect Microsoft Bookings to your Facebook Page and...

Microsoft Bookings, a new service available in Office 365 Business Premium, makes it easy for your customers to schedule appointments with you in your own online Bookings Page. We’re pleased to announce you can now integrate your Bookings Page with your business’s Facebook Page too.

Once Bookings is set up on your Facebook Page, your customers simply click the Book Now button and select the service and time that works for them. Their contact information is automatically filled in for them, and once they click Book, they’re done.

All your bookings are still in one place

After your customer clicks Book Now, the same scheduling process—confirmation, notification, appointments, reminders, etc.—happens as if they were using your...

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Tuesday October 18

Engage virtually using Office 2016 and Windows 10

Lead highly interactive remote meetings using voice, video and screen sharing.

An online immersion session is not your typical online event. Each 90-minute interactive session starts with an online roundtable discussing your business challenges and then launches you into a live environment in the cloud. A skilled facilitator will guide you through simulated business scenarios that are customized to your interests.

We will send you a link to connect your own device to a remote desktop loaded with our latest and greatest technology, so you can experience first-hand how Microsoft tools can solve your biggest challenges in a collaborative, fun environment.

Online immersion sessions help you discover how to:

  • Keep information secure while being productive—Make it easier to work securely and maintain compliance without inhibiting your workflow.
  • Capture, review and share notes from anywhere—Boost your team’s...
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OneNote October roundup

This month, the OneNote team focused on updating our Android app to launch new features and bring back some fan favorites. We are also introducing new ways to embed content types and improving usability on shared devices.

New to the OneNote for Android app

Password protected sections—Now you can open sections that have been password protected on other devices, letting you access sensitive information on the go. We’re happy to make this top user request available.

Multi-window support—OneNote works side-by-side with other Android apps that have multi-window support. For example, now you can take notes on a PowerPoint deck you’re reading or while doing research on the web.

Available again in the Android app

Audio recording—OneNote works the way you want, letting you...

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Land O’Lakes: advancing agriculture for a new...

Today’s Microsoft Office 365 post was written by Tony Taylor, senior director of IT Services at Land O’Lakes.

When you consider that farmers will need to feed an estimated global population of close to 10 billion people by 2050, you begin to understand how big the agriculture business really is. To meet that future demand, we can’t rely on antiquated methods or keep one foot in the past.

At Land O’Lakes, we have embraced technology in every facet of our business. We are a farmer-owned business operating in 50 US states and 50 countries, with US $13 billion in net sales annually among our dairy, agriculture services and feed businesses. Our farmers keep those numbers growing while continuing to feed the world.

Because we operate on such a large scale, we need to build in efficiencies wherever we can. In fact, we developed an app that uses satellite imagery and collects data from combines and tractors to generate planting recommendations for a greater...

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Run An Apache Web Server On macOS Server 5.2

Web Services in macOS Server, Linux and most versions of Unix are provided by Apache, an Open Source project that much of the Internet owes its origins to. Apache owes its name to the fact that it’s “a patchy” service. These patches are often mods, or modules. Configuring web services is as easy in macOS Server 5.2, running on Sierra (10.12), as it has ever been. To set up the default web portal, simply open the Server app, click on the Websites service and click on the ON button.

After a time, the service will start. Once running, click on the View Server Website link at the bottom of the pane.

Provided the stock macOS Server page loads, you are ready to use macOS Server as a web server...

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How the Office 365 U.S. Government Cloud meets the...

Today’s post was written by Ron Markezich, corporate vice president for Office 365.

In talking with customers every day, I see digital transformation taking place at organizations around the world—and it’s moving fast. As a cloud-based productivity suite that’s built to address the security and compliance needs of even the most highly regulated organizations, Office 365 is helping our customers transform the way they work. I am especially proud of the work we’ve done to bring Office 365 to U.S. Government customers because meeting their needs is a testament to the security and compliance capabilities of the Office 365 service.

We are continually investing to deliver a complete, compliant and secure Office 365 U.S. Government Cloud. Today, we announced the Office 365 U.S. Government Defense compliance service, which makes...

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Monday October 17

iOS 10.1 beta 4 (14B72 | 14B72b) Now Available

iOS 10.1 beta 4 (14B72 | 14B72b) Now Available

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Box Sync gives you a hard-drive in the Cloud for online storage. Note: You must first sign up to use Box. What if the files you need are on your laptop -- but you're on the road with your iPhone? No... Read more
Cosmo Run 2.5.1 - Arcade game with ever-...
Cosmo Run is an arcade game with ever-changing aspect of the play-world. Survive long enough and you will meet special alternative paths - both hardcore and rewarding. Are you worthy to command the... Read more
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Delicious Library allows you to import, browse, and share all your books, movies, music, and video games with Delicious Library. Run your very own library from your home or office using our... Read more
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Happy anniversary Game of Dice
It’s been a great year for JoyCity, as its hit game Game of Dice has just celebrated its one year anniversary in spectacular style. First released in October 2015, the game has been an enormous success - ranking in the top five of the highest... | Read more »
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Apple has Certified Refurbished 2016 13″ MacBook Airs available starting at $849. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and shipping is free: - 2016 13″ 1.6GHz/8GB/128GB MacBook... Read more
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