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Apple releases sixth developer beta of tvOS 11.3

Apple has released the sixth developer beta of tvOS 11.3. Registered developers can download it from Apple's Developer Center — or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

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Keep It 1.3 adds iCloud folder sharing, PDF annotation and more

Reinvented Software has announced Keep It 1.3 (http://reinventedsoftware.com/keepit/), an update to their notebook, scrapbook and organizer for macOS.

Designed for writing notes, saving web links, organizing documents, and finding them again. Version 1.3 adds iCloud folder sharing, PDF annotation, and more.

Keep It for Mac 1.3 requires macOS 10.12 Sierra or later, and is available as a 15-day trial. A license for Keep It for Mac costs $49.99 and includes all Keep It Version 1.x updates.

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Twocanoes Software releases Certificate Request for macOS

Twocanoes Software has introduced Certificate Request, a utility for the Mac that’s used to request and install digital X.509 certificates directly from Active Directory.

It automatically discovers all the required information from Active Directory. Once authenticated, requesting a digital certificate is reportedly as simple as clicking a single button. The digital certificate can be used for configuring wireless, Mail, VPN, or many other services on macOS.

Certificate Request requires macOS 10.12 or later. It costs $29.99 for a single user license and $299.99 for 30 users. A 14-day trial is available at the product webpage (https://tinyurl.com/yap5ddc9).

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QNAP rolls out new NAS series

QNAP Systems has launched its 4-bay ( TS-473), 6-bay ( TS-673), and 8-bay ( TS-873) TS-x73 series NAS featuring an AMD RX-421ND quad-core CPU with Turbo Core up to 3.4GHz and two PCIe slots for installing a QNAP QM2 card, wireless network card or a graphics card to extend NAS functionalities.

The TS-x73 series provides small and medium businesses with a NAS solution to build a private cloud for applications including high-speed data transfer, backup/recovery, virtualization, media playback and graphics display, according to Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP.

The TS-x73 series is powered by an AMD RX-421ND quad-core 2.1 GHz CPU (Turbo Core up to 3.4 GHz) and 4GB/8GB DDR4 RAM (up to 64GB). With an optional 10GbE network card installed, it delivers up to 1661 MB/s throughput and up to 1575 MB/s with AES-NI hardware-accelerated encryption.

With two built-in M.2 SATA SSD slots and SSD caching (M.2 SSD sold separately), coupled with Qtier auto-tiering technology,...

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Mar 19
Apple releases new developer beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13

Apple has released the sixth developer beta for macOS High Sierra 10.13. Registered developers can download it from Apple's Developer Center — or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

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Mar 19
Mellel 4.1 introduces DOCX support, Tracking, Word Spacing, and more

Mellel has released Mellel 4.1 (https://www.mellel.com/mellel/), an update to its word processor. The upgrade offers a host of new export capabilities and features for both its Mac and iPad versions.

Mellel can now import Microsoft Word DOCX documents. Users can now set letter-spacing easily. A Minimum Word Spacing feature gives a way to squeeze and maximize spacing. Users can now change the color of items in an outline, can truncate outline items so they don’t wrap and more.

You can now set the indent for continuing paragraphs within the Auto-title setup, allowing you to set auto-indent faster and with less clutter. With the new Story Feature, writers can create or draw story points on a line of their own. This makes the points more apparent when displayed, and unobtrusive when hidden. The Auto-title palette now shows the flow level of selected auto-titles in the text or in the...

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Mar 19
QNAP ships its first 3-bay TS-328 RAID 5 NAS

QNAP Systems has rolled out the TS-328, its first quad-core 3-bay NAS that allows for building a RAID 5 array using only three drives. Compared with 2-bay NAS that only allow for building RAID 1 arrays, the TS-328 provides the choice of RAID 5 and can optimize available space while providing high data protection.

The TS-328 provides multimedia applications and video transcoding capabilities, and is an ideal solution for home users to centrally store, backup and manage files and data, according to Dan Lin, product manager of QNAP. He says that 30% of QNAP NAS users prefer using RAID 5 arrays to benefit from optimized storage capacity, higher performance, and data protection.

QNAP’s first 3-bay NAS allows entry-level users to build a RAID 5 array on their NAS for a more cost-effective private cloud storage solution. The TS-328 also supports snapshots, allowing for users to quickly recover data in the event of accidental deletion/modification or ransomware attack....

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Mar 19
Dejal Time Out 2.4 for macOS Adds Statistics and More Options

Dejal has announced Time Out 2.4, an update to their break reminder app for macOS.

Using a computer for hours on end can lead to eye, back, and neck strain. Time Out 2 offers users gentle reminders to take breaks, allowing them to stretch and relax. Version 2.4 adds the ability to get statistics about the number of times a break has been postponed, skipped, and done, disable the postpone/skip buttons briefly, and more.

Time Out 2.4 requires macOS 10.10 or later. It’s free and is available through the Mac App Store in the Health and Fitness category, as well as the Dejal website (http://www.dejal.com/timeout/).

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Mar 16
Apple releases new developer beta of watchOS 4.3

Apple has released the sixth developer beta of an upcoming watchOS 4.3 update. Registered developers can download it from Apple's Developer Center — or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

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Mar 16
Apple releases new developer beta of iOS 11.3

Apple has released the sixth developer beta of an upcoming iOS 11.3 update. Registered developers can download it from Apple's Developer Center — or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

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Mar 16
Syncro Soft Announces Version 20 of the Oxygen XML Editor Suite of...

Syncro Soft has announced version 20 of its Oxygen XML suite of products that include Oxygen XML Editor, Author, Developer, Web Author, WebHelp, as well as the new Oxygen PDF Chemistry.

For the complete list of new features and detailed information, go to https://tinyurl.com/58mkop . A demo of Oxygen 20.0 can be downloaded at https://tinyurl.com/34bhvw, and a demo of Oxygen XML Web Author can found at https://tinyurl.com/ybnyzxld . You can purchase licenses by going to https://www.oxygenxml.com/buy.html .

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Mar 15
Logitech G unveils new gaming speaker, mechanical keyboard

Logitech G, a brand of Logitech, has announced a Mac compatible addition to its family of gaming gear. The Logitech G560 PC Gaming Speaker (https://tinyurl.com/yall2qof) is the first dedicated gaming speaker system with the company’s LIGHTSYNC, a technology that synchronizes both light and sounds to gameplay.

It provides 240 Watts Peak/120 Watts RMS power and 3D audio with DTS:X Ultra 1.0 for in-game positional audio. Together this improves accuracy, and heightens intensity and realism, giving gamers a more immersive and fun experience, according to Ujesh Desai, vice president and general manager of Logitech Gaming.

Powered by advanced LIGHTSYNC technology, the Logitech G560 synchronizes RGB lighting and audio in real time to match on-screen gameplay action, he adds. Light and animation effects can be customized across approximately 16.8 million colors, with four lighting zones. The...

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Mar 15
StarTech debuts new Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station 

StarTech.com has released the $405 Thunderbolt 3 Dual-4K Docking Station with SD Card Slot that provides 85W of USB power delivery, support for two 4K DisplayPort displays, a SD card slot, and six USB 3.0 ports. 
The docking station comes equipped with a DisplayPort video output and USB-C to DisplayPort cable for connecting the Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port to an additional DisplayPort display. Users can also connect to more devices and peripherals with the dock’s five USB-A ports, one USB-C port, and card reader slot.

The dock allows MacBook Pro and Windows PC users direct access to the content on their SD or microSD Flash cards. The SD card slot could also be used for additional storage and backup through macOS X Time Machine or Windows File History. 

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Mar 15
Paragon Software debuts new version of Hard Disk Manager for Mac

Paragon Software, has released a new version of Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac, software to protect and manage your macOS system. It now provides macOS High Sierra 10.13 and APFS (Apple File System) support.

This utility covers all aspects of Mac’s life cycle from drive partitioning and regular backup to system migration, flexible disaster recovery options, and secure wiping of recycled storage. The new edition allows users to bypass System Integrity Protection (SIP) limitations, so Hard Disk Manager operations are no longer inhibited by it.

Any operation with a system disk can be performed, even when SIP is enabled. The current release doesn’t yet include APFS backup functionality, which is anticipated in the next product update.

Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac requires macOS 10.7 or later. It costs $39.95. A demo is available for download at https://tinyurl.com/y929vxbp ....

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Mar 15
IK Multimedia announces Total Studio 2 MAX

IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com) has released the Total Studio 2 MAX bundle, a studio collection of software instruments and FX. It brings together 94 products in one single suite for macOS and Windows systems.

Total Studio 2 MAX is designed for composers as well as engineers, creative sound designers, producers, performers, multimedia artists, broadcast professionals, and others. Features include full orchestral arrangements for TV, cinema and video games, as well as full-blown tracks in any style and genre.

Total Studio 2 MAX and its entry-level version, Total Studio 2 DELUXE, are now available. They cost $999.99 and $499.99, respectively.

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Mar 15
Art Institutes, Woz U to offer tech curriculum

The Art Institutes system of schools (Ai) and technology-based education start-up, Woz U, have announced a new partnership “that serves as the intersection of technology and creativity in education.”

The Art Institutes is a system of non-profit schools through the U.S. Inspired by Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, Woz U specializes in technology and career-based programs designed to get people into the workforce quickly and affordably.

“For more than 80 years, The Art Institutes have served as an important source for design, culinary, fashion and media arts professionals,” said Claude Brown, president of the non-profit Art Institutes system of schools. “Traditionally, our programs focused on the intersection of technology and creativity. With careers combining creativity and technology growing in demand, we are excited to meet the need for qualified technology professionals with The Art Institutes’ Woz U Academy.”

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Mar 14
Xojo Pi licenses are now free 

Xojo, Inc. (www.xojo.com) — the company that makes Xojo, a cross-platform development tool for developing native apps for the desktop, web, iOS and Raspberry Pi — has announced that in honor of Pi Day 2018, Xojo Pi licenses will be free, today and every day. Xojo Pi licenses allow you to build console apps for Linux ARM for use with Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3.

"Back in 2015 at the Xojo Developer Conference when we announced Xojo would be adding support for the Raspberry Pi, we thought it was a fun extra for Xojo users," says Geoff Perlman, Xojo founder and CEO. "We were not expecting the overwhelming excitement and interest from the Xojo community and makers around the world! To celebrate Pi Day we're making Xojo Pi licenses free from Pi Day forward!"

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Mar 14
OWC introduces the Mercury Elite Pro Quad

OWC (www.MacSales.com) has introduced the OWC Mercury Elite Pro Quad, an external storage solution that offers four drive bays to provide massive amounts of storage from a single USB-C connection, with the flexibility to be utilized in Mac, PC and mixed Mac/PC environments.

It’s designed for users who require high capacity storage with fast transfer speeds, such as those in post- production firms, photographers, creative agencies, higher education programs, and small businesses. The Mercury Elite Pro Quad's USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface and USB-C port work universally with any USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 equipped Mac or Windows PC. The included USB-C to USB-A adapter cable provides the ability to connect to any USB equipped computer. And it packs a heat-dissipating aluminum enclosure, quiet fan and vibration-absorbing feet.

The Mercury Elite Pro Quad is available in two versions of the SoftRAID engine for Mac users...

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Mar 14
Wakefy turns your Mac into a Spotify alarm clock

Javier Ramirez has introduced Wakefy (https://wakefy.com) for macOS 10.12 or later. It’s a free app that turns your Mac into a Spotify alarm clock.

Wakefy forces you to actually get up and walk to turn off the alarm, and allows you to wake up to your favorite Spotify tunes. It works even if your Mac isn’t awake. The utility lives in your menu bar and only pops up when you need it. You can set it once, then forget about it.

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Mar 13
Early, Early Bird discount for FileMaker conference ends Thursday

The $200 Early, Early Bird discount for the FileMaker Developer Conference 2018 (https://tinyurl.com/ydaek9lw) expires this Thursday, March 15.

This year FileMaker DevCon takes place Aug.6-9, 2018 in Dallas Texas. Attendees can choose from more than 80 sessions ranging from beginner topics to advanced level sessions.

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Mar 20
Smart applicants market poised for growth

A new report from Navigant Research (www.navigantresearch.com) looks at the shift in the smart appliances market as a subset of the smart home Internet of Things (IoT) trend, examining factors behind the market growth cycle and providing recommendations to key stakeholders.

While a variety of smart home products like smart thermostats, connected lighting, and smart locks are experiencing a wave of adoption, smart appliances haven’t found the same success. Consumers have mostly avoided smart appliances due to higher price points and a lack of perceived value, but this is starting to change, according to Navigant Research.

“The growing smart home IoT market is helping drive new interest in the typically sluggish smart appliances subsegment,” said Neil Strother, principal research analyst with the research group. “The smart appliance market segment is now ready for a healthy growth spurt over...

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Mar 20
Toxins return in electronics and electrics

There is a flood of new electronic and electrical devices reintroducing toxins very similar to those in tobacco smoke, diesel fumes, asbestos and other killers, according to IDTechEx.

Some of these devices will sell in up to billions yearly but there has been no tracking of the big picture of imminent toxic threat from the balance of virulence, morphology and likely prevalence of these toxins. Something only moderately toxic is a threat if it is widely deployed in millions yearly and has uncontrolled disposal.

Small particles are more reactive and penetrating and researchers suspect that some can magnify the toxicity of others: small volume, big danger? The IDTechEx report, “Toxic Materials and Alternatives in Electronics/ Electrics 2018-2028” looks at all of this.

This report has a timeline of planned introduction of “toxins of concern” into electronics and electrics 2018-2028 and analyses those deployed today and those being researched in new devices....

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Mar 19
Full-screen smartphones will rule this year

According to WitsView, a division of the TrendForce (www.trendforce) research group, full-screen smartphones will become the trend in market this year. The pursuit of narrower bezels and notch designs has emerged, bringing about solutions of under-display fingerprint sensor and applications combining camera modules and facial recognition.

According to Boyce Fan, research director of WitsView, full-screen smartphones have become the focus of market since 2017. The new models launched by Apple and Samsung have led to designs of higher screen-to-body ratio. Smartphone brands will be changing the overall appearance of their devices as a way to upgrade hardware specifications, especially in the situation that smartphone market goes saturated and replacement purchases decrease.

In addition to Samsung, LG Electronic and many Chinese brands who already have active layout, even Sony, who tends to be more conservative...

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Mar 19
Worldwide server revenue grew 25.7% in quarter four of...

The worldwide server market continued to grow through 2017 as worldwide server revenue increased 25.7% in the fourth quarter of 2017, while shipments grew 8.8 percent year over year, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). In all of 2017, worldwide server shipments grew 3.1% and server revenue increased 10.4% compared with full-year 2016, adds the research group.

"Server growth was driven by relatively strong economies for the quarter across the globe," said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner. "This was a somewhat surprising quarter because the strength was exhibited in a variety of positive server shipment and revenue mixes in almost all geographies.”

Dell EMC and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) were neck-and-neck in the worldwide server market based on revenue in the fourth quarter of 2017. Dell EMC ended the year in the No. 1 spot with 19.4% market share, followed closely by HPE...

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Mar 16
Facebook loses favorite brand connectivity with...

Moosylvania (https://moosylvania.com/), a brand building agency, recently asked consumers from 18-38, how they’re relating to their favorite brands – and on which channels they connect.

“We know they are on the channels talking with their friends. What we want to know is how and where they are connecting with their favorite brands,” said CEO Norty Cohen.

The average millennial checks their phone more than 150 times per day – but how often and where are they checking in with their favorite brands? Moosylvania asked consumers, via a mobile-only survey, in January of 2018 was, “You’ve just told us your favorite brand – how do you connect with them on your smartphone?”
The survey compared reactions from 2017 to 2018 and saw significant changes within just 12 months.

“The big news is the change on Facebook – down from 52% to 40% with younger millennials (17-27) and from 48% to 33% (28-38)...

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Mar 16
By 2020, 50% of workers will be working remotely

Per Amr Ibrahim, CEO of ULTATEL (https://www.ultatel.com), which makes telecom solutions for businesses and service providers, says that, by 2020, 50% of all workers will be working remotely.
Currently, 3.7 million employees work from home at least 50% of the time. Since 2005, the remote worker population has increased by 115%, almost 10x more than the rest of the workforce. Up to 90% of the workforce reports that working remotely 2-3 days a week is ideal, with most believing remote work to be the right balance for concentrative work away from the office, as well as collaborative work at the office. Ibrahim says a vital component to making remote work possible is the Cloud.
"Cloud-based technology is allowing workers to access their information and customer base from anywhere at any time and is imperative for working remotely both now and in the future,” he says.

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Mar 15
Global video revenue hit $70 billion in 2017

Online services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video have transformed the video business in recent years, but according to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com), revenue increases will be even higher in the next four years than in the previous four years.

The research group concludes that global video revenues, including online, physical media and advertising, reached $70.2 billion in 2017, an increase of $29.4 billion since 2013. Over the next four years the increase in dollars, $36.3 billion, will be even greater, taking total industry revenues to $106.5 billion in 2021.
Other key findings from the research include:

° In 2017 online revenues, including consumer spending and advertising, accounted for 84% of the total video market, compared to 52% in 2013.

° Subscription VOD revenues rose by more than a third in 2017 and are forecast to...

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Mar 15
Citizen engagement crucial to smart cities’ success

Citizen engagement is critical to the success of smart cities, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). Smart city initiatives are no longer about optimized traffic patterns, parking management, efficient lighting and improvements to public works, says the research group.

"The way forward today is a community-driven, bottom-up approach where citizens are an integral part of designing and developing smart cities, and not a top-down policy with city leaders focusing on technology platforms alone," said Bettina Tratz-Ryan research vice president at Gartner.

For smart citizens the focus is not just about the use of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and smart machines, but the enhancement of services and experience. Therefore, citizen-government dialogue is a key component that will ensure that the right issues are tackled.

To keep pace with the changing needs of citizens, and the...

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Mar 14
Cyber attacks becoming the number one business risk

SonicWall (www.sonicwall.com), a security partner protecting more than one million networks worldwide, has announced research and intelligence from its 2018 Cyber Threat Report. In sum, the company recorded 9.32 billion malware attacks in 2017 and saw more than 12,500 new Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) reported for the year.

“The cyber arms race affects every government, business, organization and individual. It cannot be won by any one of us,” said SonicWall CEO Bill Conner. “Our latest proprietary data and findings show a series of strategic attacks and countermeasures as the cyber arms race continues to escalate. By sharing actionable intelligence, we collectively improve our business and security postures against today’s most malicious threats and criminals.”

The annual threat report frames, compares and contrasts advances made by both cybersecurity professionals and global...

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Mar 14
4K UHD tech to have CAGR of 20.5% through 2022

Globally, 4K UHD technology is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.5% through 2022, according to a new report from Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com).

Ultra-high definition is the term used for resolutions over HD (1080p). It includes both 4K and 8K screen resolutions. However, Research and Markets’ report only includes 4K technology, which has garnered far more acceptance and popularity among end users.

4K UHD has witnessed a significant price drop and increased innovation in terms of screen size. This has led to a significant rise in the demand for 4K UHD televisions. The market for 4K UHD is segmented on the basis of screen size, screen technology and end use. In terms of screen size, the market is segmented into screens that are less than 40 inches, 40-49 inches, 50-60 inches, 60-65 inches and 70+ inches.

In terms of screen...

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Audioengine’s new A5+ Wireless Music System is an evolution of the company’s award-winning A5 speakers. With upgraded aesthetics and A5+ signature sound, the A5+ Wireless isn’t just a pair of powered stereo speakers but... Read more »
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How to deactivate/delete your Facebook account or...

Whether you’ve been considering changing how you use Facebook for a while or the latest news about how the social media service has shared user data has caused some concerns, there are some easy ways make some adjustments. Follow along for how to deactivate or delete your account, or dial in your privacy settings.


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Linea Sketch 2.0: elegant, approachable sketching...

Along with the slight name change, the app comes with a bunch of cool features.

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'Subscribe with Google' attempts to...

Google is launching a new initiative to make it easier for users to subscribe to their favorite news sites, without leaving the service, or engaging in a lengthy sign-up process.

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Apple's fleet of self-driving vehicles almost...

Apple's fleet of self-driving vehicles has almost doubled over the past two months, according to the Financial Times (which requires a subscription). The article says that, based on figures provided by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, the tech giant now has permits for 45 autonomous vehicles, up from 27 in January.

Apple's fleet is now the second largest in California, behind only General Motors subsidiary Cruise Automation and its 110 cars, according the Financial Times. Google-owned Waymo has 24 self-driving test cars in the state, while Tesla has 39.

Last June Apple CEO Tim Cook...

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Pay What You Want for the 2018 Arduino Enthusiast E-...

We have a great deal for Arduino fans, a collection called the 2018 Arduino Enthusiast E-Book Bundle. Better yet, you can pay what you want. Pay anything, even a penny, and get one of the ebooks. Beat the average price ($10 as of this writing), and you’ll get all ten ebooks in the bundle. Beat the leader’s price, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a Surface Book.

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News: Apple changes policy to force developers to go...

According to a policy update from Apple, developers will soon no longer be able to change support URLs and the text in the “What’s New” section on the App Store without going through the company’s App Review process again, 9to5Mac reports. Changes to that metadata will now require developers to submit an entirely new app update where up until now the app support URL, marketing URL and update notes were able to be edited at…

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FT: Apple ramping self-driving car testing, more CA...

Apple doesn’t appear to be slowing down on its mysterious self-driving car technology testing. As noted in a new report on Uber’s fatal accident involving an autonomous vehicle, the Financial Times includes new data on how many self-driving cars Apple may be testing in California.


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Here’s How to Block Facebook Platform Data Sharing

Cambridge Analytica worked Facebook’s own system to harvest millions of profiles and then used that data in Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign. That was all thanks to Facebook Platforms, which is a feature you can disable. Read on to learn how.

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Apple HomeKit showcased in giant Westfield London...

UK retailer John Lewis is opening a new 230,000 sq. ft. location in the Westfield London shopping center today, and on display in the giant new department store is a full display dedicated to Apple HomeKit. HouseBeautiful got a sneak peek at the setup before the doors opened to the public…


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ElevationLab launches CordDock for iPhone, a unique...

ElevationLab has today released its newest iPhone accessory, CordDock. The idea behind this product is an iPhone stand that allows users to dock and undock their iPhone easily while effortlessly being able to choose to keep it charging/syncing via an included MFi Lightning cable or to disconnect it totally. Video and more details after the break.


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Technogym claims first 5,000 GymKit-enabled cardio...

As part of the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association’s annual conference, Technogym is touting a new number for how many Apple GymKit-enabled cardio machines the company has deployed: over 5000. GymKit lets users instantly sync workout data between fitness equipment and Apple Watch to provide the most accurate readings.


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Telegram loses Supreme Court appeal in Russia, must...

Not long after Telegram was pulled from the App Store when Apple learned it was serving child pornography, the encrypted messaging app has lost a Supreme Court appeal in Russia, and been ordered to share its encryption keys with KGB successor, the Federal Security Service (FSB) …


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HomePod Diary: I want another one for sure, maybe...

I wrote last time that one of the tests of truly useful technology is how quickly it stops feeling like a luxury and starts feeling like something you wouldn’t want to live without.

For me, streaming music started out as a luxury – something I used to supplement my own collection of music – and has turned into my primary music source. Not just because it gives me access to music that would otherwise have cost me a fortune, but also because For You playlists have introduced me to more new artists than I could count.

I’m finding that HomePod is moving rather rapidly into the same category: a gadget I wouldn’t want to be without.

A month on, I can report that HomePod has definitely completed that transition …


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How to teach Siri to pronounce a name correctly

Lory Gil, iMore:

Siri’s voice pitch and natural language has improved significantly over the years. But, just like humans, she can sometimes mispronounce a name. You can teach her how to pronounce names correctly. Here’s how.

If you’ve never gone through this exercise, this is well worth your time, a tip updated to the latest and greatest version of iOS.

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French App Store macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 listing...

The French app store let the High Sierra release notes slip a little early, suggesting that the most recent beta is extremely close to release and will include official support for external GPU technology.

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Beware taking your Mac running High Sierra to the...

Charles Arthur, The Overspill:

I wrote a while back about the problems I had with my 2012 retina MacBook Pro, and its strange shutdowns – which I suspected, but couldn’t absolutely prove, were due to the graphics card problem that these models have been known to suffer from: when the discrete graphics card was activated, there was a chance it would go completely off the rails.

Finally it shut down and didn’t seem to want to start.


The only way to absolutely prove that the problem with the computer was the graphics card, of course, was to take it to a Genius Bar. After eventually getting an appointment (the Mac Geniuses are rare, compared to the iPhone/iPad Geniuses), I turned up with the rMBP which I’d left for dead.

If you’ve got a Mac, especially if you are running High Sierra, take a few minutes to read this story.

My hope is that this is specific to Charles’ Apple Store and not a symptom of a much wider problem. And I do take heart...

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Apple poised to jump into video, with over 50...

According to a new digital media trends survey, Americans spend more than $2 billion per month on streaming subscriptions, and Apple appears ready to capture some of that in the near future with its aggressive content creation moves.

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Apple tweaks developer policy regarding iTunes...

Apple has told developers that there’s a new policy regarding iTunes Connect. Starting next month, the “What’s New In This Version” text and the support URLs in App Store listings will no longer be able to changed at will, according to 9to5Mac.

Changes to this metadata will now require a new app update to be submitted to the App Store. Previously, the app support URL, marketing URL and update notes were editable by the developer at any time. 

iTunes Connect is a suite of web-based tools for managing content sold on iTunes, the iBooks Store, and the various app stores. 

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Apple leaks official release notes for macOS 10.13.4...

For the latest macOS 10.13.4 beta seed, the update notes merely say ‘This is the latest version of the macOS High Sierra developer beta and is recommended for all Apple developers’ in English locales as normal for pre-release builds. However, it seems Apple has accidentally published the final full release notes in some other languages.

The release notes indicate that iMessage Business Chat will be available on macOS, as well as formally supporting external GPU (eGPU) systems. You can read the full French release notes for the upcoming High Sierra update, with an English translation, after the jump …


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Apple grows carrier billing options in UK, France,...

People wanting to take advantage of carrier billing for Apple Music, the App Store, and other Apple online services now have further options in several European countries.

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Analyst: iPhone X production meets expectations,...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — Cowen and Company analyst Karl Ackerman says production for the iPhone X has met expectations but may drop lower than anticipated. He adds that a revamped iPhone SE is likely, but not guaranteed.

Ackerman projects that 53 million iPhone X units were built in the first quarter of 2018, which is "largely in line" with an estimate made 30 days ago, suggesting the production would produce 52.5 million units. The analyst forecasts that 42.5 million Apple smartphone units will be produced in the second quarter. This includes nine million iPhone X units, but is down overall from Cowen and Company’s preliminary estimate of between 13 and 16 million units. 

Regarding an iPhone SE 2, Ackerman says that Apple has apparently planned a second generation of the...

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How to reset your Mac’s Bluetooth module to fix...

Tim Hardwick, MacRumors:

Bluetooth is what your Mac uses to connect to wireless devices like keyboards, mice, trackpads, speakers, and other peripherals. Generally, it’s a reliable technology. At some point however, the chances are you’ll run into difficulty establishing a Bluetooth connection with one or more of your devices.

Most problems can be fixed by unpairing and repairing the Bluetooth device, changing its batteries, rebooting your Mac, or performing an SMC reset. But if none of these methods work, you can always try resetting your Mac’s Bluetooth module. Here’s how to do it in macOS using the hidden Bluetooth Debug menu.

Great tip, well documented.

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Tuesday March 20

Apple Won 49 Patents Today Covering an iPhone with a Liq...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 49 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover Apple's patent wins for a possible future iPhone with a wraparound display made from liquid metal glass, another one for an advanced Apple Pencil along with a few design patents covering MacBook and more. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.

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Apple's Fleet of Self-Driving Vehicles Has Almost D...

Apple's fleet of self-driving vehicles has almost doubled over the past two months, according to the Financial Times, as the iPhone maker continues to accelerate its research and development of autonomous technologies.

The report claims Apple now has permits for 45 autonomous vehicles, up from 27 in January, based on figures provided by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Apple has been expanding its fleet rapidly since receiving permits to test just three autonomous vehicles in California last April.

$AAPL scooplet: Apple now has 45 cars testing autonomous systems in California, up from 27 in Jan...

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Apple Granted another Augment Reality Patent that suppor...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 49 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we specifically cover Apple's latest patent win relating to Augmented Reality. It's an invention that may have been incorporated into Apple's ARKit being that Apple acquired Metaio's intellectual property and engineering for their leadership in augmented reality. Today's patent is about a method of creating AR for use with devices like Apple's iPhone, iPad and future smartglasses which this patent describes.

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Apple Granted a Patent for the MacBook Pro's Touch...

Apple's fourth generation MacBook Pro was announced on October 27, 2016. It replaced the function keys with an interactive, multi-touch "Touch Bar" and a Touch ID sensor integrated into the Power button as noted in our cover graphic. Today the U.S. Patent Office granted Apple a patent for the Touch ID button built-into Apple's Touch Bar

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Apple and IBM expand their Business Relationship by addi...

In July 2014 Patently Apple posted a report titled "A New Landmark Partnership between Apple and IBM is about to transform the Way Work gets done." The Apple-IBM MobileFirst program has been growing over the past four years and we've covered their partnership in various reports. We're now learning that Apple and IBM have teamed up on an artificial intelligence service that is intended to make it easier for business customers to create apps.

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Apple's Focus on Securing VCSEL Lasers for iPhones...

As a technology leader, Apple thinks about new technologies years ahead of time as Apple's SVP of Hardware Technologies Johny Srouji confirmed back in November. Scrouji noted that "Apple is about focus. We focus on the things where we're going to just double-down and deliver." One of the technologies that Apple focused on is 3D sensing and their ability to secure sufficient supply of VCSEL lasers has given them at least a 2 year lead over their competitors.

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Apple Has Two-Year Lead Over Smartphone Rivals in 3D Sen...

Apple has gained a two-year lead over its rivals in the smartphone industry in the area of 3D sensing technology, according to a new report on Tuesday.

Following talks with three major parts suppliers, Reuters estimates that Android phone makers will have to wait until 2019 to duplicate the 3D sensing feature behind Apple's Face ID security, which debuted last year in the iPhone X.

According to parts manufacturers Viavi Solutions Inc, Finisar Corp and Ams AG, bottlenecks on key parts will mean mass adoption of 3D sensing will not happen until next year, disappointing earlier expectations.

That means that China's Huawei, Xiaomi and others could be a total of almost two years behind Apple, which launched Face ID with its iPhone X anniversary phone last September.Android producers are reportedly struggling to source...

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Monday March 19

Galaxy S9 and S9+ Beat iPhone X in Drop Tests, But Still...

Samsung's Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are using 20 percent thicker glass and a stronger aluminum frame, both of which are designed to cut down on damage from drops. Samsung says the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are more durable than previous devices thanks to the new materials.

SquareTrade today conducted its traditional breakability tests on the Galaxy S9 devices to test Samsung's claims. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ did indeed manage to beat out the iPhone X and older Galaxy devices, but they still didn't fare well when dropped.

In every drop test, conducted from a height of six feet, the Galaxy S9 and the S9+ shattered. The two devices bent at 230 and 210 pounds, respectively, and both were cracked in a 60 second tumble test. The Galaxy S9 earned an overall breakability score of 71, while the larger Galaxy S9+ earned a score of 76.

Back in November, SquareTrade conducted the same tests on the...

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Quick Takes: Audiophile Calls AirPods Best Truly Wireles...

In addition to our standalone articles covering the latest Apple news and rumors at MacRumors, this Quick Takes column provides a bite-sized recap of other headlines about Apple and its competitors on weekdays.

Monday, March 19


1. AirPods: the audiophile review: The Verge's Vlad Savov finally got around to testing a pair of AirPods, over a year after they launched, and now understands why so many people are fans of Apple's wireless earphones. Once dismissive of them, he now thinks AirPods are the best truly wireless earbuds he's heard.I say the AirPods aren't technically amazing, but that's only when comparing against existing standards for sound quality. In the category of truly wireless earbuds, the AirPods are the best I've yet heard. Bragi's The...

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Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Pedestrian in Arizona, Accid...

An autonomous test vehicle being tested by Uber struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona late Sunday night, marking what appears to be the first pedestrian killed by an autonomous vehicle, reports The New York Times.

The Uber vehicle in question was in an autonomous driving mode with a human safety driver at the wheel, and the woman who was struck was crossing the street outside of a crosswalk, according to local police. No other details on the accident are available at this time.

One of Apple's autonomous test vehicles

Uber is cooperating with Tempe police and has suspended all of its self-driving vehicle tests in Tempe, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Toronto at the current time. Uber's autonomous vehicles have previously been...

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Sketchy Rumor Suggests Apple Still Plans to Sell iPhone...

Apple is still planning to release the iPhone X in a so-called Blush Gold color, according to well-known leaker Ben Geskin.

iPhone X in gold rendered by Michael Flux

Geskin tweeted a photo of an iPhone X and an accompanying SIM card tray in the new color earlier today. He said the device is "in production," with a codename of D21A. In a follow-up tweet, he added that the "color is real" and said Apple just "saved it for later," but hedged that "stuff can be canceled."

D21A - “Blush Gold” iPhone in production. pic.twitter.com/l2xGYIYsCh

— Ben Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) March 19, 2018

Geskin has gained a reputation for leaking dummy models,...

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Apple's next flagship Apple Store to open in Tokyo...

Apple has officially announced the opening of Apple Shinjuku in Tokyo (Japan) for Saturday, April 7, 10am. Apple opened their first Apple Store in Japan way back in 2003. It was Apple's first Apple store outside the U.S. Apple's Current List of Apple Stores in Japan List of Stores Source: Apple Apple's iPhone took a commanding 60% market share in...

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Samsung's Galaxy S9 went on sale in Korea over the...

On March first Patently Apple posted a report titled "Out of the Gate, Korean Sources Claim that Pre-Orders for the Galaxy S9 are below Expectations." Eighteen days later and it's being reported in Korea that local consumers weren't enthusiastic about the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus as they went on sale over the weekend.

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Apple Outguns Samsung and LG in Filing micro-LED Patents...

Earlier today Patently Apple posted a report titled "The Discovery of Apple's Secret Micro-LED Display Testing Plant in California Rattles Display Maker Stocks in Asia." Now we're learning that Apple and its subsidiary LuxVue Technology have applied for more Micro-LED patents in South Korea than Samsung and LG.

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Taiwan's Panel Industry Predicts that Apple will Pr...

Apple is expected to procure a total of 250-270 million flat panels for the production of iPhone devices in 2018. Apple sold 243 million iPhones in the last four quarters.

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The Discovery of Apple's Secret Micro-LED Display T...

Patently Apple has been covering Apple's work on micro-LEDs for some time now. Apple's patents have shown that one of their display teams have worked on micro-LEDs with Quantum dot technology and in context with next-gen AR smartglasses and much, much more. Today we're learning that Apple's secret plant for micro-LED testing was discovered in ...

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Sunday March 18

Samsung Files a Patent for a new Smartphone that could p...

Last week the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Samsung that reveals a twist on their past scrollable device patents that we covered here and here. One of Samsung's latest patents centers on a traditional smartphone body that could greatly expand its display to watch wide screen content by simply ...

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Apple Developing Its Own MicroLED Displays for Future De...

Apple has a secret manufacturing facility in Santa Clara, California, where it is designing and producing test samples of its own displays, reports Bloomberg. The company is reportedly using MicroLED technology in an effort to replace Samsung's OLED displays in future devices.

Apple's MicroLED facility in Santa Clara (Bloomberg)The technology giant is making a significant investment in the development of next-generation MicroLED screens, say the people, who requested anonymity to discuss internal planning. MicroLED screens use different light-emitting compounds than the current OLED displays and promise to make future gadgets slimmer, brighter and less power-hungry.Apple's desire to expand its supply chain beyond Samsung has been extensively rumored, with Apple reportedly spending billions of dollars to help LG get its own OLED...

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Apple files Patent Describing a new Water Resistant Coat...

Yesterday Patently Apple posted a patent report titled "Apple Files Patent for a new Temperature Sensor tied to a new Interactive Battery Indicator." This morning Patently Apple discovered yet another European patent filing from Apple that describes new ways of waterproofing iDevices.Currently the Samsung Galaxy S9 has waterproof rating of IP68 while Apple's iPhone X is a little behind with an IP67 rating. Today's patent illustrates that Apple is aiming for at least an IP68 rating for future iPhones.

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Saturday March 17

Apple Files Patent for a new Temperature Sensor tied to...

Today, Patently Apple discovered a new Apple patent filing published in Europe that was originally filed in December 2016. The filing reveals that Apple has been working on adding a new environmental temperature sensor for iDevices and MacBooks along with a new interactive ...

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Tuesday March 20

Introducing IBM Watson Services for Core ML

Discover new ways to build intelligence into your iOS apps. With IBM Watson Services for Core ML, it’s easy to build apps that access powerful Watson capabilities right from iPhone and iPad, so you can provide dynamic, intelligent insights that improve over time. Your apps can quickly analyze images, accurately classify visual content, and easily train models using Watson Services.

Learn about IBM Watson Services for Core ML.

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Introducing IBM Watson Services for Core ML

Discover new ways to build intelligence into your iOS apps. With IBM Watson Services for Core ML, it’s easy to build apps that access powerful Watson capabilities right from iPhone and iPad, so you can provide dynamic, intelligent insights that improve over time. Your apps can quickly analyze images, accurately classify visual content, and easily train models using Watson Services.

Learn about IBM Watson Services for Core ML.

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Replace the macOS Server DHCP Service with bootp

View Your Old SettingsThe first step to moving services from macOS Server for pretty much all services is to check out the old settings. The second step is to probably ask if where you’re going to put the service is a good idea. For example, these days I prefer to run DHCP services on a network appliance. But it can absolutely be run on a Mac. And so let’s look at how to do that. Here, we’ll use the serveradmin command to view the settings of the DHCP service:

/Applications/Server.app/Contents/ServerRoot/usr/sbin/serveradmin settings dhcp

The output is an array of subnets with different settings per subnet.

dhcp:static_maps = _empty_array
dhcp:subnets:_array_id:22217FF5-4DDB-4841-A731-EF5DA080E672:WINS_primary_server = ""
dhcp:subnets:_array_id:22217FF5-4DDB-4841-A731-EF5DA080E672:dhcp_router = ""
dhcp:subnets:_array_id:22217FF5-4DDB-4841-A731-EF5DA080E672:WINS_secondary_server = ""

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Monday March 19

Configure Access To File Shares On WD MyCloud

The WD MyCloud is a pretty single-purpose device. It’s a disk with a network interface, and as with Direct Attached Storage, the MyCloud Network Attached Storage is pretty easy to connect to.

First, let’s look at connecting to the web interface via the menu item, where you can drag and drop files to the device. Once the device is configured, use the WD menu item to see your device. From there, click on the name of your device.

Alternatively, you could visit mycloud.com and sign into the web interface there. 

In both cases, you’ll see a list of files and then in the sidebar, you’ll see those options to configure settings, add integrations, view active its, and view photos that are on the device. 

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Sunday March 18

Install mySQL on macOS

macOS might be the easiest platform to install MySQL on. To do so, simply download the MySQL installation package from the MySQL Download site. I like to use the third link (the DMG).

Once downloaded, run the package. The package will ask you a few questions and you can easily just select the default choice during the installation process.

Once installed, you’ll be prompted that a temporary password has been used for your MySQL instance.

The password will get you in the first time, so you can change it. Once you have documented the...

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Thursday March 15

Basic Synology NAS Setup

Over the years, I’ve setup dozens of Synology Network Appliances for customers and friends. But I never thought of doing much writing in the NAS space, be it for ReadyNAS, Thecus, Buffalo, etc. The interfaces seemed to change too fast and my focus was always on the management and connectivity of Apple devices. Slowly, over the years, small business servers have gone from being something you could make a decent living to something that should probably be hosted in the cloud.

Unless you have a design requirement that just can’t work in the cloud. And for that, there are a ton of options. Today we’ll cover the basic setup of a Synology to fill one of those options. Synology has a number of models. There are those that have multiple drive bays that allow you to run a RAID 50 and there are those with just two drive bays, that allow you to run RAID 1, or 0. But most have a similar, and sleek setup process. Start by putting all the drives in the bays and then powering up your...

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TA18-074A: Russian Government Cyber Activity...

Original release date: March 15, 2018
Systems Affected

  • Domain Controllers
  • File Servers
  • Email Servers


This joint Technical Alert (TA) is the result of analytic efforts between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). This alert provides information on Russian government actions targeting U.S. Government entities as well as organizations in the energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing sectors. It also contains indicators of compromise (IOCs) and technical details on the tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) used by Russian government cyber actors on compromised victim networks. DHS and FBI produced this alert to educate network defenders to enhance their ability to identify and reduce exposure to malicious activity.

DHS and FBI characterize this activity as a multi-stage intrusion campaign by Russian...

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Wednesday March 14

About the security content of iTunes 12.7.2 for...

This document describes the security content of iTunes 12.7.2 for Windows.

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About the security content of macOS High Sierra 10....

This document describes the security content of macOS High Sierra 10.13.2, Security Update 2017-002 Sierra, and Security Update 2017-005 El Capitan.

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Replace the VPN Server from macOS Server

Export macOS Server Data
We’re not going to import this, as it only takes a few seconds to configure new settings. Additionally, if you have outstanding services built on macOS Server, you might be able to pull this off without touching client systems. First, let’s grab  which protocols are enabled, running the following from Terminal:

sudo serveradmin settings vpn:Servers:com.apple.ppp.pptp:enabled

sudo serveradmin settings vpn:Servers:com.apple.ppp.l2tp:enabled

Next, we’ll get the the IP ranges used so we can mimic those (or change them) in the new service:

sudo serveradmin settings vpn:Servers:com.apple.ppp.pptp:IPv4:DestAddressRanges

Now let’s grab the DNS servers handed out so those can be recreated:

sudo serveradmin settings vpn:Servers:com.apple.ppp.pptp:DNS:OfferedServerAddresses:_array_index
sudo serveradmin settings vpn:Servers:com.apple.ppp.l2tp:DNS:OfferedServerAddresses:_array_index

Finally, if...

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Tuesday March 13

WWDC18 Registration Now Open

Register by Thursday, March 22 at 10:00 a.m. PDT for your chance to join us and thousands of talented minds from around the world in San Jose, June 4-8.

Learn more about the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference.

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WWDC18 Registration Now Open

Register by Thursday, March 22 at 10:00 a.m. PDT for your chance to join us and thousands of talented minds from around the world in San Jose, June 4-8.

Learn more about the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference.

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Using Managed App Config with Jamf Pro

Hey look, there’s a new category on the Jamf Marketplace, available at https://marketplace.jamf.com/apps/#category=AppConfig! The new AppConfig category gives administrators of any MDM that supports AppConfig access to a set of apps that support AppConfig. If you have an app that isn’t listed here, feel free to let me know. 

What does this mean? Well, AppConfig is a way of sending data into an app. App config allows a customer to deploy settings into applications on iOS devices in much the same way that settings can be sent into a Mac app via the defaults command. This means an end user could get an app installed on their device from the iOS App Store, a custom app, or a B2B app and that app would have any settings the user might need to connect to servers or configure...

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Monday March 12

Replace Time Machine Server on macOS Server with WD’...

The past couple of years has forced me to rethink many of my recommendations for how you backup computers in small office and home environments. Previously, I would have said that you could use a disk attached to an Apple AirPort. But the AirPort Base Station is no longer being made. Previously, I would have said you could use Time Machine Server, a service built into macOS Server in 5.4 and below. But that service is no longer being made by Apple. Previously, I might have even said to use the home edition of CrashPlan, which could have backed up to their cloud and/or a home server. But that plan is no longer being offered by Code 42.

So what are we to do? Well, luckily now the offerings out there are just endless. One of those offerings is so easy, you can run out to Best Buy, return home with a WD (Western Digital) MyCloud.com drive, and be up and running in about 5 minutes. I’ll cover other options when I cover file services and Synology. But in the meantime, let’s look...

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Sunday March 11

Embracing (and managing) tech for your iGen child

I have a new article for Thrive Global (another Arianna Huffington property) available at https://www.thriveglobal.com/stories/22889-embracing-and-managing-tech-for-your-igen-child. This one is on “Tools and best practices on monitoring and teaching your kids responsible mobile device use.” It starts out like this:
My world changed when I awoke one day to find my 4-year-old daughter with a tablet in her hands, watching Transformers. The sight unleashed a handful of worries I hadn’t before experienced. Prior to that morning, I knew her to be fan of Star Wars figures, Legos and stuffed animals. And while I wasn’t displeased by her choice to watch a Michael Bay movie, I did start thinking about what else she could access on the device.Click here to read more…


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Saturday March 10

Replace the Web Services in macOS Server with MAMP...

In an earlier article, I mentioned that MAMP Pro was still the best native GUI for managing web services on the Mac, now that macOS Server will no longer serve up those patchy services. After we cover the management in this article, you’ll likely understand why it comes it at $59. 

So you’ve installed MAMP. And you need more than the few basic buttons available there. So MAMP Pro came with it and you can try it for a couple of weeks for free. When you open MAMP Pro, you’ll see a screen where you can perform a number of management tasks. This is a more traditional side-bar-driven screen that will look like what Server Admin might have looked like before the web services screen got simplified in macOS Server.

The Hosts item in SETTINGS will show you each host installed on the server. Think of a host as a site. Each web server can serve up a virtually unlimited number of websites. You can configure an IP binding to the site, or hav

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Friday March 9

Install the ask command-line interface for Alexa on...

You’ve written an Alexa skill. Now you want to upload it to Alexa and submit for certification. Before you do anything, you’ll want to make sure you have a developer account setup and that you’ve accepted the EULA for the Alexa developer program at https://developer.amazon.com/alexa. To do so, simply go there and click sign in and it’ll take you through the prompts. You’ll need this as when you init your session, you’ll be prompted to link an account through the Amazon website.

Once done, let’s get the technical stuff out of the way. First, install the latest version of node from https://nodejs.org/dist/v6.10.0/node-v6.10.0.pkg (it’s a package so follow the defaults to install the package). Once that’s done, verify that the version of node.js is modern using the –...

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Thursday March 8

Replace macOS Server Web Services with MAMP

The most customizable way to replace web services for macOS with another solution is to custom-build your own Apache or nginx. You can even get a GUI for Apache on the Mac. If you want a one-button installation, the closest thing is likely to be IIS running on a Windows Server. But there are other alternatives that let you keep the Mac hardware and run sites on a Mac without the macOS Server GUI. In this article we’ll look at moving forward with a tool that’s been around long enough for me to mention it in about a dozen books: MAMP. Before writing this article, I tried out all of the tools available on the App Store and a few others. I still prefer running sites from cloud services, especially if it’s just going to need to run a single portal like WordPress or Drupal. But if you want a simple Apache install with a GUI, MAMP seems to still be...

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Monday March 5

Stuck in the past? Your time may get warped, too

If the recent kerfluffle among autopkg folks (over GitHub shutting off TLS less-than 1.2) is any indication, a lot of people are still on 10.12.6. If I may editorialize for a second, this is probably contributed to by Apple’s less-than-ideal planning, execution, and communication around the High Sierra release.

What makes me come out of an unintentional blogging sabbatical to talk about 10.12? Well, a pretty widespread issue we saw is time went out of sync all of a sudden recently, across a bunch of networks and even with a known-good image. NTP as a protocol is supposed to be lossy and expensive, so it should be resilient to failure to the point that you may not notice it skewing for quite some time, and querying it even shows a ‘resolution’ or tolerance that is measured across the various command line tools in 5+ digits/decimal places. Some implementations can’t even correct themselves if you’re off by greater...

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Sunday March 4

Bash: if, then, else, and expressions

One of the most important skills in any language is to know how a basic if then statement works. You set a variable, you say if that variable matches a given pattern (or doesn’t) then do something or else do something different. If/then/else. Other than that, it’s just syntax, and the annoyance of figuring out the operators and syntax. 

So let’s go through the below script (which checks a Mac to see if grayscale is enabled in Universal Access), line-by-line:

  • Line 1: we’re first going to create a variable called grayscale. We’ll fill it with a 0 or 1, the output of a simple “defaults read com.apple.universalaccess grayscale” command
  • If that grayscale variable matches 0 execute whatever is after the then
  • One line just for then followed by the command in the next line (which will optionally allow for an else)
  • Use echo to display the text on the screen that indicates Grayscale is disabled to stdout (which could be redirected if you want to do...

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Friday March 2

Get The Title Of An App From Apple App Store URLs

When you’re building and manipulating apps in the Apple App Stores, it helps to be able to pull and parse pieces of data. Here, we’ll look at two strategies that you can use to do so. It’s worth noting that the purpose of this was to use the URL of an app from an MDM and then be able to script updating metadata about the app, given that vendors often change names of the display name of an app (e.g. Yelp is actually called “Yelp: Discover Local Favorites on the App Store”).

First, we’ll grab a URL. This one is for Self Service:


If you don’t know the URL then you can get it based on the ID by parsing the json from:

curl ...

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Wednesday February 28

Logic Pro X 10.4 release notes

Learn about Logic Pro X 10.4. 

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Sam Barlow’s follow up to Her Story is #WarGames, an interactive video series that reimagines the 1983 film WarGames in a more present day context. It’s not exactly a game, but it’s definitely still interesting. Here are the top things you should... | Read more »
Pixel Plex Guide - How to Build Better T...
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Fortnite Will Be Better Than PUBG on Mob...
Before last week, if you asked me which game I prefer between Fortnite Battle Royale and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), I’d choose the latter just about 100% of the time. Now that we know that both games are primed to hit our mobile screens... | Read more »

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Apple has Certified Refurbished 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pros (MD101LL/A) available for $829, or $270 off original MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free: – 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook... Read more
Apple restocks Certified Refurbished 2017 13″...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2017 13″ MacBook Airs available starting at $849. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and shipping is free: – 13″ 1.8GHz/8GB/128GB MacBook Air (... Read more
8-Core iMac Pro on sale for $4699, save $300
Amazon has the 8-core iMac Pro on sale for $4699 including free shipping. Their price is $300 off MSRP, and it’s the currently lowest price available for an iMac Pro. For the latest up-to-date prices... Read more
10″ 512GB WiFi iPad Pros on sale for $849, sa...
B&H Photo has Space Gray and Rose Gold 10.5″ 512GB WiFi iPad Pros on sale for $849. Their price is $150 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for these models, new, from any Apple... Read more
MacBook Pro sale! B&H drops prices on new...
B&H Photo has dropped prices on new 2017 13″ MacBook Pros, with models now on sale for up to $200 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax for NY & NJ residents only. Their... Read more
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B&H Photo has 13″ MacBook Airs on sale for $100-$150 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax for NY & NJ residents only: – 13″ 1.8GHz/128GB MacBook Air (MQD32LL/A): $899, $... Read more
Huge iMac sale! Apple reseller now offering 2...
B&H Photo has new 2017 21″ & 27″ iMacs on sale today for up to $300 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax for NY & NJ residents only: – 27″ 3.8GHz iMac (MNED2LL/A): $... Read more
Sale! 1.4GHz Mac mini for $399, $100 off MSRP
B&H Photo has the 1.4GHz Mac mini on sale for $399 for a limited time. Their price is $100 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for a mini from any Apple reseller: – 1.4GHz Mac mini (... Read more
Sale of the year continues as Apple resellers...
Adorama has new 2017 15″ MacBook Pros on sale for $250-$300 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and Adorama charges sales tax in NJ and NY only: – 15″ 2.8GHz Touch Bar MacBook Pro Space Gray (MPTR2LL/A): $... Read more
iPad sale continues! 9″ WiFi iPads for $50-$8...
Walmart has 9.7″ Apple iPads on sale for $50-$80 off MSRP for a limited time. Sale prices are for online orders only, in-store prices may vary: – 9″ 32GB iPad: $249.99 $80 off – 9″ 128GB iPad: $379 $... Read more

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