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09:31
It's official; Apple will hold a media event on Sept. 9

It's official. Apple will hold a media event on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 10 am (Pacific), at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. The media invitation came with the teaser: "Hey Siri, give us a hint."

Apple will almost certainly announce new iPhones. Speculation also calls for the unveiling of the next generation Apple TV and perhaps new iPads.

What's a bit unusual about the event is that it's being held in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium instead of the Yerba Buena Center or Cupertino's Flint Center. Apparently, Apple is expecting a big presence as the Civic Auditorium seats 7,000 compared to 1,500 for the Yerba Center and 2,400 for the Flint Center.

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06:38
Apple to hold a September event at SF's Bill Graham Civic...

Apple will hold a September event announcing new iPhones (and perhaps more) at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, reports Hoodline (http://tinyurl.com/o8clrwl).

An unnamed "trusted source, who wished to remain anonymous due to the extreme privacy surrounding the event, has shown us documentation from event logistics indicating that Apple is renting the building through September 12th," the article adds.

Apple is expected to announce new iPhones, an updated Apple TV, and perhaps new iPads sometime next month.

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05:57
Haima Tech releases a Chinese Android emulator for Macs

Beijing's Haima Technology, a Chinese software developer, has released the first Chinese Android emulator for Macs, reports CCTime reported (as noted by BrightWire.com, a global investment newswire).

The emulator lets users develop and test Android applications on Mac computers. (CCTime is a Chinese website that covers telecommunications-related news.)

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04:32
Media 100 launches free educational licensing program for limited time

Boris FX, a developer of visual effects and post-production solutions for film and video, and MacVideo Promo, a promotion company that offers exclusive deals on tools for Mac video editors, have announced a limited-time program that provides free, perpetual Media 100 site licenses to qualified educational institutions. In addition, limited-time discounted pricing is available for qualified students and educators.

Media 100 is video editing software for Mac OS X. Boris RED is integrated 3D titling and visual effects software.

Through Oct. 31, any educational institution that has been accredited by an authorized governmental agency within its applicable local, state, provincial, federal, or national government and has the primary purpose of teaching its enrolled students may apply for a free perpetual Media 100 v2.1.6 site license. A perpetual Boris RED site license is also included with support for Media 100, Adobe Premiere Pro, and standalone rendering on Mac.

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Aug 26
Ex-TSMC employee found guilty of leaking tech secrets to Samsung

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s largest chip foundry, has won a lawsuit against a former employee who leaked secrets including 28-nm process technology to Samsung, reports the EE Times (http://tinyurl.com/osklm3r).

Taiwan’s Supreme Court decided in favor of TSMC against Liang Mong-song, a former senior director of R&D at TSMC's Advanced Modules Technology Division. After leaving TSMC, Liang became Samsung's System LSI division chief technology officer.

The tech leak may have helped Samsung catch up and surpass TSMC in leading-edge 14-nm FinFET chips that foundry customers such as Qualcomm and Apple are designing for next-generation mobile devices, says the EE Times. Samsung has declined to comment on the case.

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Aug 26
Addonics unveils host adapter with up to 20 Gbps throughput

Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) today announced the 6G 4-port eSATA controller, a high performance host adapter that provides total throughput of up to 20 Gbps (20,000 Mbps) via single PCIe 4-lane slot.

The Addonics’ controller supports any SATA hard drive, SSDs or optical drive. All drives appear as individual drives and can be configured to form a RAID group using the RAID utility of the operating system. By attaching four high performance SSDs, a high performance, large capacity storage system can be created by stripping the four drives using the OS RAID utility.

The US$169 plug and play product is compatible with HDD, SSD, Optical Drives and Blu-Ray Drives. It can be installed into the PCI-Express 4 lanes slot (also fits into PCI-Express 8/16 Lane or the graphic card slot). It will fit just about any computing system with a standard full height slot. The controller is compatible with Mac OS X...

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Aug 26
Judge denies request by 'patent troll' to relaunch lawsuits...

US Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal has shut down a non-practicing entity, or "patent troll," seeking to relaunch suits against cellphone manufacturers Sony, Amazon, and Apple, among others, over 4G patents, reports MacNN (http://tinyurl.com/qhyh3e3).

Patent aggregation company Acacia and subsidiary Adaptix has been denied further suits over new products launched by the companies using the same technology. The judge says it must be satisfied with existing lawsuit results and patent agreements in place.

Adaptix sued Apple in 2013 for patent infringement. The company claimed the iPhone 5 and iPad mini infringed upon their 4G technology. (By the way, a "patent troll" is a company that licenses patents to win court rulings limiting product sales.)

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Aug 26
Tim Cook awarded $58 million of Apple stock

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been awarded company stock with a market value close to US$58 million, according to an SEC filing, as noted by Cult of Mac (http://tinyurl.com/nqmc4bf).

The award came with stipulations that Apple’s TSR performance had to be in the top third of S&P 500 companies. The company now ranks 46th, which meant Cook’s stock options were vested. If Apple had wound up in the middle of the S&P 500, Cook’s award would have been reduced to 50 percent, while a placement in the bottom third would have earned him nothing, notes Cult of Mac.

Cook still has 4.76 million outstanding restricted AAPL stock units, which will vest in 2016 and 2021. An additional 1.68 million will vest in six annual installments beginning 2016.

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Aug 26
German court denies uniqueness of Apple's 'swipe to unlock...

The German Federal Court of Justice has canceled Apple's patent for the swipe movement to unlock iPhones and iPads. The court said the patent in question was not a new invention, reports German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (http://tinyurl.com/nzl6hfd).

Judges in the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe said Apple's European patent, which was applied for in 2006 and awarded in 2010, is not new and that a mobile phone from a Swedish company already displayed these characteristics before Apple's devices did.

The Karlsruhe court thus maintained a decision passed by the German patents court, which Apple had pleaded against, declaring the European patent void within Germany. The German Federal Court is the country's highest authority which rules on patents cases.

In May the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit adjusted Samsung’s US$930 million penalty, related to its patent...

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Aug 26
IDC: tablet sales will continue to decline

According to a new forecast from the International Data Corporation (www.idc.com) tablet shipments, inclusive of 2-in-1 devices, are expected to decline -8.0% in 2015, representing a notable slowdown from IDC's previous forecast of -3.8%. Shipments are now expected to reach 212 million with the vast majority being pure slate tablets.

The overall trajectory of the tablet market has not changed significantly over the past year and a half, but the 2-in-1 segment, also referred to as detachables, is starting to gain traction, says IDC. While the 2-in-1 form factor is not new, OEMs [original equipment manufacturers] are getting more serious about this market and as a result, the research group expects the 2-in-1 segment to grow 86.5% year over year in 2015 with 14.7 million units shipped. Although this volume is far below that of the more affordable slate tablet segment, IDC believes these devices appeal to an audience seeking...

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Aug 26
FabFilter releases FabFilter Pro-C 2 compressor plug-in

FabFilter has announced FabFilter Pro-C 2, an update to the FabFilter Pro-C compressor plug-in.

Five brand-new compression styles are designed to make it even easier to set up and more effective in common scenarios such as vocal processing, mastering or EDM pumping. Other new features include lookahead, range, hold, side-chain EQ, oversampling, and a fully redesigned user interface.

FabFilter Pro-C 2 costs US$179 and supports both Mac OS X and Windows in VST and VST 3, Audio Units, AAX, RTAS and AudioSuite plug-in formats. Bundles with FabFilter Pro-C 2 and other FabFilter plug-ins are also available at www.fabfilter.com/shop

Existing FabFilter customers can purchase or upgrade to FabFilter Pro-C 2 with very attractive discounts by logging in to their online user account (www.fabfilter.com/myaccount).

System requirements on the Mac platform are Mac OS X 10.5 or higher...

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Aug 26
Archiware presents P5 Archive App at IBC 2015

At IBC, the trade show for the broadcast and media industry, the Archiware (www.archiware.com) product line P5 will be shown and supported by the largest number of partners ever.

This year, 25 hardware and software companies make up the list of P5 compatible products – with NEC Corporation and NEXSAN by Imation joining the ever-growing partner network. A list of all partners with a map of Exhibition Hall 7 can be found at http://tinyurl.com/pz3rr85 .

At this year’s show, Archiware presents version 5.3 of the P5 Software Suite, now running on Mac, Windows, Linux, Solaris and FreeBSD and including ZFS Snapshot capability. Also coming this fall is the new P5 Archive App. This add-on simplifies the Archiving process by allowing users to archive and restore files directly from Finder via the right-click context menu, without the need...

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Aug 25
Apple updates Logic Pro X and MainStage

Apple has updated Logic Pro X — its software for writing, recording, editing and mixing your own music — to version 10.2. It now includes Alchemy, a sample-manipulation synthesizer.

With it you can quickly find and shape sounds from the massive Alchemy library or create your own with a choice of synthesis engines and advanced morphing tools. You can also produce sounds with analog-modeled filters, multiple modulation sources, an integrated arpeggiator, and a broad range of effects.

Apple has also updated MainStage, the live performance companion app for Logic Pro X, with Alchemy support. The tool turns the Mac into a live rig for bringing sounds from the studio to the concert stage.

Logic Pro X and MainStage 3 are available today from the Mac App Store for US$199.99 and $29.99, respectively. Logic Remote is available today as a free download from the Apple App Store. For a complete list of system requirements and compatible systems, go to...

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Aug 25
VMware ships WorkStation 12 and WorkStation 12 Pro

VMware (www.vmware.com) has updated WorkStation and Workstation Pro to version 12. On the most basic level, Workstation is to a PC what Fusion is to a Mac (see our separate article on the upgrade of VMware Fusion 8 being released).

If you're a former Workstation user, you should note some naming changes. The former Workstation is now dubbed Workstation Pro. The app formerly known as Player Pro now goes by the moniker of Workstation Player. The change was done to reduce confusion.

Workstation Pro is akin to what VMware is doing with Fusion Pro. It's really more about developing and testing virtual machines with different versions of Windows or Linux on one platform. Workstation Player is for less technical users than those of Workstation Pro, including IT administrators, teachers and trainers.

The target audience for Workstation Pro is software engineers/developers; quality assurance teams, IT...

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Aug 25
VMware launches VMware Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro

VMware (www.vmware.com) is launching VMware Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro, an update of its software for running Windows applications on a Mac without rebooting.  The former is for home users; the latter is targeted to users with additional needs: developers and Macs in businesses.

VMware says Fusion 8 (and Fusion 8 Pro) takes virtualization on the Mac to the next level with features designed for technical professionals that want to run Windows applications on a Mac without rebooting into Apple’s BootCamp. Version 8 adds support for the latest operating systems, but a main goal of this release is to improve performance — especially in regards to graphics and suspend/resume functions — while maintaining consistency in the main Windows environment.

Fusion 8 (and Pro) adds support for Windows 10 (including Cortana — Microsoft's answer to Apple's Siri). It's also ready for OS X El Capitan, due this fall. Both flavors...

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Aug 25
AmpliTube MESA/Boogie for Mac/PC is available

IK Multimedia has shipped AmpliTube MESA/Boogie (www.amplitube.com/mesaboogie) on the AmpliTube Custom Shop, from authorized retailers and from the IK Online store.

A collaboration between IK Multimedia and the R&D Team at Mesa Engineering, AmpliTube MESA/Boogie brings some of the legendary amplifiers and cabinets from the original boutique manufacturer to AmpliTube 3 Custom Shop for Mac and PC. It's being offered for US$99.99 for a limited time.

After Sept. 1, AmpliTube MESA/Boogie will cost $149.99.  Individual MESA/Boogie amps and cabinets are available a la carte in the AmpliTube Custom Shop starting at $34.99 for the amps and $€9.99 for the cabinets.

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Aug 25
Nektony releases Memory Cleaner X for Mac OS X

Nektony has announced Memory Cleaner X, a freeware app addressed to those who want to manage and track Random-access memory (RAM) performance in real time.

Memory Cleaner X cleans up inactive memory and displays all memory-consuming applications. Users can find out what apps take the most memory and quit them with the help of the app if necessary.

Memory Cleaner X provides you with the following information: memory used by the system; memory used by applications and processes; the amount of available memory; date and size of latest memory release. It requires OS X 10.9 or later

Memory Cleaner X is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. Go to http://tinyurl.com/nt4e3go for more info.

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Aug 25
Gome to start selling Apple Watch online on Aug. 28

Gome, a Chinese company that sells home appliances and consumer electronic products, will start selling the Apple Watch online on Aug. 28, the Chinese language site ZOL reports (as noted by BrightWire.com, a global investment newswire).

Gome's offline stores will start offering the wearable a week later, the article adds. The Apple Store on Alibaba's Tmall shopping site started selling Apple Watch on August 6, Sina Tech reported earlier.

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Aug 25
The latest iOS apps for Aug. 24

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

Alex Melman has released AudioBrain. Available in free and US$4.99 versions, the app uses techniques to help arouse under-active brain regions, namely the ones used for processing audio data. Through the use of classical poems, users are able to enliven their remembering process, according to Melman.

Mezmedia has announced Bamba Clock, the eleventh in the Bamba series of educational apps for kids. With the $2.99 app, kids learn to tell the time on an analog clock via a pirate-themed adventures.

Imperative Software has introduced Meetings for the iPad. It enables the recording of notes, agenda items, actions, remarks and more. The free app has a limit of 20 meetings, but customers may make a one time in-app purchase of $24.95 to remove the meetings limit.

inCreWave has launched Jawzle Bali - Jigsaw Puzzles for the iPad. The $0.99 app...

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Aug 25
Multiclock is a new sync box for Mac OS X, Windows

E-RM Erfindungsbüro has announced multiclock — a multi-channel, multi-format sync box that builds a musical bridge between DAWs and external (MIDI, DIN Sync/sync24, and analogue modular) musical gear. It converts clock signals for integration into digital production workflow.

Multiclock is compatible with Mac OS X and Windows. Connectivity comes courtesy of four corresponding DIN sockets, fully configurable to transmit MIDI Clock (MIDI), DIN Sync/sync24 (DIN) or analogue clock (analog) on each channel.

Multiclock is available for approximately US$521 for the classic version and $603 for the USB version. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/n9kprav.

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Aug 27
One in 10 iOS users listens to Apple Music

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABI...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Aug 20
IDC: Early movers will reap rewards from Ripple...

A new IDC Financial Insights (www.idc.com)study builds on recent IDC analysis of the Bitcoin ecosystem by considering the potential of Ripple, an offshoot of Bitcoin which purports to be an open source, real-time payment settlement infrastructure, and the impact it could have on the financial services industry.

Crucially, Ripple concentrates on providing a payments infrastructure, rather than a new currency, in its attempt to overhaul the international payments landscape.
IDC expects payments through Ripple or similar protocols to grow exponentially in the years ahead. As such protocols supersede Bitcoin, the distinction between cryptocurrencies and new payment protocols will become clearer, and the banking industry will embrace the protocols. With the support of Ripple Labs and other interested parties, Ripple is currently best placed to take this market share, according to IDC.

In the short term, more...

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Aug 19
Gartner forecasts 59% mobile data growth this year

Global mobile data traffic is set to reach 52 million terabytes (TB) in 2015, an increase of 59 percent from 2014, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).

The rapid growth is set to continue through 2018, when mobile data levels are estimated to reach 173 million TB, according to the research group. Gartner analysts advise communication service providers (CSPs) to rethink their data caps to meet consumer needs and win market share.

"Mobile data traffic is soaring worldwide, more than tripling by 2018," says Jessica Ekholm, research director at Gartner. "New, fast mobile data connections (3G and 4G) will grow more slowly, from 3.8 billion in 2015 to 5.1 billion in 2018, as users switch from slower 2G connections and consume more mobile data."

In the third quarter of 2014, Gartner conducted a mobile app survey and asked 1,000 smartphone users in the U.S. and 1,000 in Germany about their mobile app...

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Aug 18
Gartner: competition increasing to be the connected...

The hype surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT) in the home is growing rapidly, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com), as the battle for the IoT gateway in the connected home gets underway. 

"The numerous IoT applications for the home include smart stoves, which tell you how to cook a meal and provide recipes; and smart washers and dryers, which help you determine the optimum time to run a load of laundry," says Paul O'Donovan, principal research analyst at Gartner. "Add to that smart lighting, which can be operated remotely and programed to dim or turn on or off at specific times; thermostats, which can have your living space at the desired temperature when you walk in the door; and entertainment devices, which can stream programming to your display whenever you want to watch it." 

As home appliances have increased in smartness, cellular and cable connections improved, and pricing declined, the...

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Aug 17
91% of back-to-school shoppers find online purchasing...

SOASTA, which specializes in performance analytics, has unveiled the findings of its annual SOASTA Back to School Shopping Report Card, which found that nearly all (91%) of parents who plan to shop online for back to school report there are stressors for them when making online purchases for the new school year.

According to SOASTA’s research, back to school online shoppers cited shipping costs (57 percent), out-of-stock inventory (51%) and not being able to see or test the product before buying (50%) among the top stressors when shopping online for back to school. Additional frustrations they’ve experienced include:
 
° Credit card security – 30%;

° Slow load times – 27%;

° Page crashing in the middle of a transaction – 25%;

° Hard-to-navigate websites – 23%;

° Out-of-date website and buying process – 19%.
 
While most back to school online shoppers report feeling stressed while making their online purchases, SOASTA’s...

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Aug 14
System on chip (SoC) market to grow at 11% CAGR to 2019

The system on chip (SoC) market will see a compound annual growth rate of 11% between now and 2019, according to Sandler Research (SandlerResearch.org).

The need to differentiate so as to compete in the increasingly competitive printer market has led to the innovation of 3D printers. 3D printers are increasingly being adopted in key technology-driven markets such as aerospace, automotive, educational, healthcare, and manufacturing sectors, according to the research group. With the increase in the number of functions per IC, ICs have become denser, which helps manufacturers to add more functionality.

Miniaturization also helps reduce the overall cost of a SoC. Miniaturization of electronics is a major trend, as can be seen in the ever-increasing number of sleek smartphones, smart watches and wearables popping up at trade shows. Almost all industry segments, including automotive, healthcare, and industrial vendors are following the trend, which has led to a high...

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11:39
iPhone 6S will come in Apple Watch-like Rose Gold...

Earlier this year, reports began to suggest that Apple would launch the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus in an additional color beyond the Space Gray, Silver, and Gold options that have been available in the popular iPhone 6 and...

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10:37
Instagram no longer thinks it's hip to be square

Ask any photographer: good composition is essential to capturing a great image. Ask that same photographer the most frustrating thing about Instagram, and they'll probably say "aspect ratio." Since its launch, every image or video uploaded to the s...

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09:00
BlueLounge Kosta Apple Watch charging coaster: An...

BlueLounge Kosta. Photo ©2015, Steven Sande. All Rights Reserved.

Here's a riddle for you: What's both a coaster and an Apple Watch charger? Well, you won't want to use it as a coaster once you've tried it as an Apple Watch charger, but the BlueLounge Kosta (US$14.95) is a stylish and functional little stand that is pure design genius.

It's made out of silicone in dark grey, light grey, or green. It's about 3.25 inches (8.25 cm) in diameter, and only about .5 inch (1.27 cm) in height. There's even a little rim around the top of the Kosta, which you might think is a design nod to catching condensation from a cold glass. 

BlueLounge Kosta. Photo ©2015, Steven Sande. All Rights Reserved

But the Kosta is not a drink coaster; it's a charging coaster. Grab your Apple Watch charging cable (as with most chargers, it's not included), snake the puck end through a small slot on the top of the...

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08:00
An Apple event on September 9 is looking more likely...

Photo by Brittany Hopkins/Hoodline

It appears that September 9, 2015 will be the date that Apple holds a press event to release the newest iPhones and possibly a new Apple TV. Rumors had been flying about a "reservation" made by an unknown company for a "trade show" to be held at the 7000-seat Bill Graham Civic Center in San Francisco between September 4 - 10. 

San Francisco neighborhood news source Hoodline heard from a "trusted source" that activity has begun already at the site and that it is indeed Apple that's behind the arrival of heavy equipment and security personnel. 

Whatever Apple's planning, they're also going to shut down traffic on a few streets. Grove Street in front of auditorium will close down to traffic at 6 PM on Tuesday, Sept. 8, reopening at 11:59 PM on Thursday Sept. 10. Fulton Street then be closed on the planned...

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07:30
Here's another optical disc format that Apple...

Sony and Panasonic's "Archival Disc," which is described as "a new standard for professional-use, next-generation optical discs, are due in the second half of the year. The objective is to "expand the market for long-term digital data storage." Will Apple support it?

Optical discs have excellent properties to protect themselves against the environment, such as dust-resistance and water-resistance, and can also withstand changes in temperature and humidity when stored. They also allow inter-generational compatibility between different formats, ensuring that data can continue to be read even as formats evolve. 

Recognizing that optical discs will need to accommodate much larger volumes of storage going forward, particularly given the anticipated future growth in the archive market, Sony and Panasonic have been engaged in the joint...

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07:00
Why the Older, Slower 3G Network is Sometimes Better...

All of those cellular company commercials tell us that 4G is amazing, fast, and the best thing since sliced bread. So why would you ever want to use 3G on a 4G phone? Read on to find out why Mac Geek Gab listener Andrew suggests this seemingly nonsensical advice, and why John and Dave agree with him.


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06:52
Latest guesstimate pegs Apple Watch at 3.6M units...

Though Apple still hasn't announced sales of its wrist-worn Apple Watch, that hasn't stopped yet another research firm from throwing their hat into the ring, estimating that Apple debuted at second place in the wearable device market behind Fitbit.

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06:22
Another Reason to Update to iOS 8.4.1: Ins0mnia

Ins0mnia is a serious security flaw in iOS 8 that could let hackers run what appear to be legit apps in the background to steal user's data, and it's a perfect example of why updating to iOS 8.4.1 is so important. The vulnerability was patched in the update, but instead of letting iPhone and iPad owners know about the critical fixes, Apple focused only on making sure everyone new about Apple Music improvements.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple is going only half way with its security updates. Patching security flaws is important, but so is letting users know so they'll install the updates.


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06:16
IDC: the Apple Watch is now number two in the global...

In its first appearance in the wearables market, Apple finds itself within striking distance of the established market leader, Fitbit. According to the International Data Corporation, Apple shipped a total of 3.6 million units in the second quarter of 2015 (2Q15), just 0.8 million units behind Fitbit's 4.4 million units. Total shipment volume for the quarter came to 18.1 million units, up 223.2% from the 5.6 million units shipped in 2Q14.

"Anytime Apple enters a new market, not only does it draw attention to itself, but to the market as a whole," says Ramon Llamas, research manager for IDC's Wearables team. " … Now that Apple is officially a part of the wearables market, everyone will be watching to see what other wearable devices it decides to launch, such as smart glasses or hearables."

Apple's arrival had the greatest impact on the smart wearables category, or those devices capable of...

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06:09
iPhone sales down in Japan, but Apple remains the...

Cell phone shipments in Japan fell 1.9% year-over-year to 7.23 million units in the second quarter of 2015 (April to June), according to a study by IDC Japan. However, Apple remains the top seller of phones in the country.

The decrease (as noted by BrightWire.com, a global investment newswire) was attributed to feature phones. Smartphone shipments rose 23.6% year-over-year to 6.08 million, and accounted for 84% of the total.

Apple's share of the shipments fell six percentage points to 32.9%, but remains the top-selling brand. Sharp was second with a 14% share. Kyocera had a 10.5% share and Samsung had a 10.1% share.

IDC Japan predicts that current feature phone users may again purchase the new generation of feature phones before 2017. The research group says that vendors need to "greatly" reduce service fees to attract users to switch to smartphones...

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05:50
Apple working on ways to implement better privacy in...

Apple's AirPlay lets you wirelessly stream what’s on your iOS devices and Macs to an HDTV and speakers. The company has filed for a patent (number 20150242062) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for "selectively broadcasting audio and video content" that would involve changes in the technology, especially long the lines of privacy.

The patent mention, among other things, techniques that let you create one or more "broadcast profiles," where each broadcast profile, when applied on your iOS or OS X device, that lets you stream content without exposing personal data. 

In the patent filing, Apple says that portable computing devices such as Mac laptops and iPhones are commonly being used to broadcast content to auxiliary displays (e.g., projectors and televisions). A common use-case scenario involves a user loading a slideshow presentation onto his or her iOS or OS X device,  connecting the portable computing device to an...

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05:30
Apple looks to improve wireless headsets for iOS, OS...

Apple is considering advanced bone conduction technology that would improve voice communications in a wireless earphone system. The company has filed for a patent (20150245129) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for a "system and method of improving voice quality in a wireless headset with untethered earbuds of a mobile device."

The invention would determine which of the earbuds should transmit the acoustic signal and the inertial sensor output to the mobile device. The determination could be based on a noise and wind level captured by the microphones in each earbud, the inertial sensor output from the inertial sensors in each earbud, the battery level of each earbud, and the position of the earbuds. 

Apple says that, currently, a number of consumer electronic devices are adapted to receive speech via microphone ports or headsets. While the typical example is an iPhone, with the advent of Voice over IP (VoIP), desktop...

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05:17
Consumer wearable market report bodes well for the...

The wearables market in the U.S. from 2014 through the first half of 2015 has shown fast growth in year-over-year volume of consumer feedback. Hhowever after peaking post-holidays in January 2015, demand growth has slowed significantly, according to a new report from Argus Insights. However, things look good for the Apple Watch.

Over the last 18 months, the wearables market has started to mature and has grown considerably with new players entering the market with numerous products such as fitness bands, smartwatches, smart glasses, and other sensor-enabled devices, according to the research group. Using data compiled from approximately 328,000 consumer reviews since January 2014, the Argus Insights report reveals that after the holiday season of 2013, consumers briefly lost interest in wearables before steadily increasing demand reached its high point in January of this year where it was four...

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04:44
82% think it’s rude to use a smartphone at a social...

A Pew study on mobile etiquette found that 82% of Americans think it hurts the conversation when people use smartphones at social gatherings, but 89% did so anyway at the most recent one they attended.

When asked for their views on how mobile phone use impacts group interactions, 82% of adults say that when people use their phones in these settings it frequently or occasionally hurts the conversation […]

In spite of this […], 89% said that they themselves used their phone during their most recent time with others.

Many do at least have the excuse that some of the smartphone use is related to the gathering, 45% posting a photo or video taken there, 41% sharing something that happened there and 38% getting information...

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04:27
Many Drivers Never Use In-Vehicle Tech, Don't...

Lucas123 writes: Many of the high-tech features automakers believe owners want in their vehicles are not only not being used by them, but they don't want them in their next vehicle, according to a new survey by J.D. Power. According to J.D. Power's 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience (DrIVE) Report, 20% of new-vehicle owners have never used 16 of 33 of the latest technology features. The five features owners most commonly report that they "never use" are in-vehicle concierge (43%); mobile routers (38%); automatic parking systems (35%); heads-up display (33%); and built-in apps (32%). Additionally, there are 14 technology features that 20% or more of owners don't even want in their next vehicle. Those features include Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto, in-vehicle concierge services and in-vehicle voice texting. When narrowed to just Gen Yers, the number of vehicle owners who don't want entertainment and connectivity systems increases to 23%.

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00:45
Rumor: Unlikely 'iPhone 6s Plus' retail...

A highly suspect photo out of East Asia on Thursday purportedly offers a first look at retail packaging for the next-generation "iPhone 6s Plus," though a closer inspection of its contents reveals a number of design choices inconsistent with Apple's usual aesthetic.

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Wednesday August 26

19:17
Eat24 finds iPhone customers healthier than their...

Congrats, iPhone owners: Popular online food ordering service Eat24 has determined that you are healthier than users of Google’s Android. That’s based on data it collected from its mobile app over a three month period, tracking information regarding how ordering habits differed across the rival platforms.

To come to its conclusion, Eat24 first looked at its filters used for narrowing down local restaurant choices. Here, the company found that 27% of iPhone users whittle down their options to only the “Healthy” variety before choosing any other filters. That’s...

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18:57
Kelly Guimont on MacBreak Weekly

Kelly Guimont appeared on this week's episode of MacBreak Weekly, over on TWiT TV. Kelly spoke with Leo, Rene Ritchie of iMore, and Andy Ihnatko of the Chicago Sun Times about a variety of news items from throughout the week, and witnessed the disaster that is Samsungâs penghazi in action.


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18:56
At 24, Linux Has Come Out of the Basement


Happy Birthday, Linux Project -- this week you turned 24. The Linux OS has grown up everywhere. Its code and the open source model are found worldwide. People often use linux without knowing it -- when they search on Google, buy metro tickets or surf the Web. Linux powers all of that infrastructure. Linux travels worldwide on airplanes, and it's embedded in many of the smart devices that bring ultra convenience to our homes and cars. It runs our WiFi routers and our Android phones and tablets.

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18:00
Apple expected to hold Sept. 9 iPhone/Apple TV event...

Earlier this week, whispers started arising that Apple was planning to hold its September 9th iPhone event at the Bill Graham Civic Center Auditorium in San Francisco. At the time, however, there was very little evidence to support the claims. Today, San Francisco news outlet Hoodline reports that a “trusty source” has confirmed that Apple is indeed hosting its event at the Bill Graham Civic Center.

The Planning...

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17:25
iOS code suggests 'iPhone 6s' will feature...

Code discovered in a recent iOS build suggests Apple is testing implementations of pressure-sensitive Force Touch gesture technology in its next-generation smartphone hardware, anticipated to launch in the coming weeks.

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16:44
Griffin unveils two new Apple Watch cases, the...


Griffin today has taken the wraps off a pair of new cases for Apple Watch, the company’s first venture into the Watch case market. The company touts that the two cases, dubbed the Survivor Tactical Case and Ultra Thin Case, are slim and stylish, while still offering an added layer of protection to your Apple Watch.

The Survivor Tactical Case offers an easy snap-on/snap-off design that allows the case to be seamlessly removed and applied without first removing the watch band. The Digital Crown is protected from above, while still being...

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Thursday August 27

05:54
Apple's Latest Invention Focuses on Voice Quality A...

Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "To shake things Up, Apple may Add Cellular Voice Capabilities to the iPad via a new Wireless headset." Today, Apple continues on that same theme by focusing on improved voice quality in a wireless headset that could be used for telephony on Apple's desktops and mobile devices including ...

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04:23
Apple Advances their Work on Wireless Charging Systems F...

Apple revealed details of a highly sophisticated wireless charging system back in 2013 that utilizes near field magnetic resonance (NFMR) power supply. It's likely the long term approach that Apple will eventually introduce. Today a new patent application was published by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office that reveals ...

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Wednesday August 26

21:16
Sketchy Photo of Claimed 'iPhone 6s Plus' Box...

A new photo obtained by cnBeta [Google Translate] (via Macotakara [Google Translate]) allegedly shows off what appears to be the packaging of the upcoming iPhone 6s Plus. The photo depicts a standard white iPhone box, similar to what Apple has used as packaging for previous phones.

The box is unfolded...

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16:54
Jony Ive and Jimmy Iovine to be Interviewed at this Year...

With its mix of muscular journalism, stunning photography, in-depth reporting, and memorable profiles of the movers and shakers of the day ...

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15:52
New Evidence Points Towards Bill Graham Civic Auditorium...

Earlier this week, there was some speculation that Apple might be planning to hold its upcoming September 9 iPhone event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, and now there are new details that further hint towards Apple's involvement with the site.

Beginning on Monday, SFPD officers and private security guards began patrolling the grounds at the auditorium, prompting San Francisco news site Hoodline to do some digging into what was going on. It turned out the auditorium was booked for a "trade show" set to run from September 4 until September 10, but because it was registered to a company called "Adams and Associates," nothing linked the booking back to Apple.

A police officer outside the auditorium, via...

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14:14
Facebook Introduces their New Digital Assistant called...

Apple's Siri was first introduced with the launch of the iPhone 4s on October 14, 2011. Facebook is now entering the market with their own digital assistant. Today Facebook launched "M" nested inside Messenger, Facebook's messaging app.

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11:03
Apple Starts Selling Third-Party Apple Watch Accessories...

As of today, Apple has begun selling third-party Apple Watch accessories in its retail stores. The first third-party Apple Watch product Apple is offering on store shelves is ElevationLab's NightStand for Apple Watch.

Priced at $29.95, the NightStand is a simple, affordable Apple Watch stand that was one of the first Apple Watch stands on the market. The NightStand was originally offered only in blue, black, and red, but it appears the company partnered with Apple to offer stands that match each of the Apple Watch Sport bands. Apple is selling the NightStand in pink, blue, green, black, and white.

We visited an Apple Store in North Carolina, where the NightStands are on display next to the Apple Watch Sport bands, Apple Watch chargers, and matching Beats headphones.

The NightStand is one of the few Apple Watch stands...

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08:23
Tim Cook and Eddy Cue Receive Combined $94 Million in Ap...

Apple CEO Tim Cook and Senior Vice President Eddy Cue received 560,000 and 350,000 restricted stock units respectively this week, worth a combined $93.8 million based on AAPL's closing price of $103.12 on Monday, according to a pair of filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Tim Cook and Eddy Cue at an Apple Store in 2014 (Image: Bloomberg)
Cook was awarded with 280,000 performance-based restricted stock units in full based on Apple's performance relative to the other companies in the S&P 500 over a two-year period ending August 24. Apple needed to achieve a total shareholder return (TSR) of at least 41.36% to place in the top third of companies in the index, and Apple's TSR for the two-year period was 76.76%.

Cook and Cue did not...

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07:52
Will Foxconn's Latest Joint Venture Lead to new App...

It was announced late yesterday that Cima NanoTech, a developer and manufacturer of transparent conductive film solutions has entered into a joint venture with Foxconn ...

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06:58
TSMC wins Spy Case against a Former Employee who gave Se...

In February we posted a detailed report titled "TSMC Sues Former Employee for Giving Samsung Trade Secrets." Today, Taiwan's highest court ruled in favor of TSMC. Yet the punishment dished out for his crime was so pathetic that it tells those involved in corporate espionage ...

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05:06
Apple to lead the way for Next-Gen Low Powered Oxide TFT...

A technical report released this week in Asia noted that Oxide (Oxide semiconductor) TFT display, which its strengths are low-power design and miniaturization, is rapidly expanding its influence in market. As Apple is planning to release iPad Pro ...

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Tuesday August 25

13:13
'iPhone 6s' Display and Logic Board Shown Boot...

We've already seen a number of part leaks from the upcoming "iPhone 6s", and a source has now provided MacRumors with several photos and videos showing how those parts can be combined to build a partially functioning iPhone. Specifically, the new photos and videos reveal an iPhone 6s logic board and display assembly paired with a number of iPhone 6 components such as the rear shell and battery to create a device that starts up enough to be able to display a screen showing a gear icon.

The video shows the device booted to the gear screen and then opened, showing the various iPhone 6s and 6 components laid out and connected inside the rear shell. Several components such as the rear camera are missing, but there are enough parts present to deliver data to the iPhone 6s display.

One heavily rumored feature for the iPhone 6s is support for Force Touch, allowing the device to sense how hard the user is pressing on the display and activate differential controls depending...

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12:47
Germany's Highest Appeals Court Rules Apple's...

It's being reported this afternoon that Apple patents covering the "slide to unlock" feature on smartphones are invalid ...

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11:51
Samsung's rushed Note 5 Smartphone has a Mechanical...

It's being reported today by TechRadar that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 already has a problem.

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11:29
For Patently Apple, Twitter is both a Blessing and a Cur...

Twitter has a lot of problems with finding the right CEO to run the company and their stock price keeps falling due to a lack of profits. Twitter's Interim CEO Jack Dorsey said earlier this month that "Twitter has not done enough to make the platform easier to use and added that attempts to spur user growth have stalled."

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10:58
Logic Pro X and MainStage Updated With Alchemy Integrati...

Early this year, Apple acquired popular music plug-in and effect maker Camel Audio, largely known for its Alchemy software, which bundled a range of plug-ins, synthesizers, effects, and sound libraries. Alchemy's powerful audio manipulation tools have now been built into Apple's own music software, Logic Pro X and MainStage 3, via updates that are available today.

Described by Apple as "the ultimate sample manipulation synthesizer," Alchemy introduces additive, spectral, formant, granular, sampler, and virtual analog sound generators, along with 3,000 presets for electronic music ranging from electronic dance to hip hop and rock.

There's a built-in preset browser built around keywords that's designed to let users find sounds quickly, and reshaping them can be done with the Transform Pad. Up to four synth modules...

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10:21
Michael Stuhlbarg Speaks on Filming Steve Jobs Movie:...

Michael Stuhlbarg, who plays early Apple employee Andy Hertzfeld in Aaron Sorkin's upcoming Steve Jobs movie, spoke with Collider about his experience shooting the movie and shared some insight into the three-act structure of the film.

According to Stuhlbarg, the Steve Jobs movie was a "very unique project" with a rehearsal process that was split between each of the acts, with the actors spending two weeks rehearsing and then two weeks shooting the movie at each different location where the product unveilings took place. The film is centered around three product launches for the original Mac, the NeXT Computer, and the iMac.

This shooting method, says Stuhlbarg, was "unlike anything I've ever done to this point and probably unlike anything I'll ever do again. He said it brought the actors together "in an extraordinary way."Also, it kind of gave us something...

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09:14
IDC: Apple's iOS Market Share to Steadily Drop by 2...

IDC reports today that despite Apple's continued success with its variants of the iPhone, the story among operating systems is not expected to change throughout the forecast period between 2015 and 2019...

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08:47
Best Buy CEO Says Apple Watch Sales are So Strong that t...

Best Buy's latest quarterly results delivered a rise of sales by 3.8% for their second quarter which was well ahead of Wall Street's expectations and posted a better than expected profit. Surprisingly Best Buy pointed to Apple products being hot ...

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08:18
Best Buy Accelerating Apple Watch Rollout to All 1,050 S...

Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly today announced that the company plans to accelerate support for the Apple Watch by having the wearable device be sold in every one of its 1,050 retail locations across the United States "by the end of September" (via Fortune).

The move follows Best Buy's initial plan to deploy retail support for the Apple Watch in just 300 of its stores by the holiday season, but recent strong sales of the device have encouraged the retailer to back Apple in not just Apple Watch support, but with all of the Cupertino company's products.

Currently undergoing renovations at 740 locations in the United States are the Apple branded sections of Best Buy's retail stores, "including new fixtures and more display tables for phones, computers, and tablets." The company has already completed the update at 350 of...

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Wednesday August 26

11:51
Sessions For JNUC Getting Posted

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

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

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

Secure your spot and start making...

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

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

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

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Monday August 24

10:00
Xcode 7 beta 6 Now Available

Xcode 7 beta 6 Now Available

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10:00
Xcode 7 beta 6 Now Available

Xcode 7 beta 6 Now Available

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08:55
Announcing availability of SharePoint Server 2016 IT...

Today’s post was written by Bill Baer, senior technical product manager for the SharePoint team.

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” —Walt Disney

In April, we broadly announced our vision, strategy, timeline and investment in three major areas: familiar and intuitive user experiences, cloud-inspired infrastructure with hybrid at the core and robust security and compliance for SharePoint Server 2016.

Today we’re excited to announce availability of both SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview and the new cloud hybrid search preview for SharePoint Server 2013 and 2016. As we continue to develop SharePoint Server 2016, we’re paying close attention to trends in content management, team collaboration, user experiences across devices, and how the cloud can be blended into...

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Saturday August 22

07:00
Copy OS Updates Between Apple Configurator Machines

One of the things that is awesome and sometimes frustrating about Apple Configurator is that when you do certain tasks, you end up updating the OS on devices. The reason this is awesome is that it allows you to centralize operations. The reason this can be frustrating is that if you’re on a limited bandwidth connection, you may find that you can’t do very basic tasks before downloading a large OS update. And if you’ve got a bunch of Apple Configurator workstations, and you are running a training session, this can get infinitely more annoying.

In these types of lab environments, you’re in luck. If you have an ipsw (the iOS OS update file), you can copy the file from ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.configurator/Data/Library/Caches/com.apple.configurator/Firmware/ onto another machine. To copy them onto a USB drive called bananarama for example, use the following command:

cp -R ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.configurator/Data/Library/Caches/com.apple.configurator/Firmware...

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Friday August 21

14:30
Office 365 news roundup

“There is nothing so stable as change.” —Bob Dylan

One thing is certain: the advent of the Office 365 service has brought an unprecedented amount of innovation and change to our productivity and collaboration products. We’re constantly improving it, too—responding to customer demand and feedback and maintaining a tireless pursuit to reinvent productivity and provide the best set of services to help people work together. Over the past year, we released more than 450 updates to Office 365, both large and small. So many updates can be hard to keep track of, so we’re making improvements to the tools and processes you can use to keep up to speed on all...

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10:45
Office 365—monthly Dev Digest for August

This month’s Office 365 Dev Digest was written by Jeremy Thake, technical product manager for the Office 365 Dev team.

Welcome to the sixth edition of Dev Digest, designed to help you—the Office 365 developer—keep up-to-date with what’s new in Office 365 development.

It has been another busy month for the team, with some great strides to get new developers started with our APIs and add-ins. You can check this out yourself by navigating to dev.office.com/getting-started. From this page, you can follow the page flow, sign in with your Office 365 credentials, create an Azure application, and then download a code sample pre-filled with the client ID and secret, so you can immediately run your sample in your environment. We’ve targeted Android, ASP.NET MVC, iOS, Node.js, PHP, Python and Ruby with this first release for the API flow. The team will continue to iterate on this to make it even easier...

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Thursday August 20

11:20
Deeper integration between Office documents and...

Today, we are excited to announce deeper integration between Outlook and our other key Office apps for iPhone and iPad—Word, Excel and PowerPoint—designed to make it easier than ever to collaborate on and share Office documents on the go. In many organizations, Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents capture the bulk of the knowledge and experiences that information workers produce—strategy documents, sales presentations, contracts, market analyses, etc. In our personal lives, these documents contain to-do lists, travel itineraries, monthly budgets and more. This information is then frequently shared with others in email using Outlook.

Outlook for iOS now opens Office documents sent as attachments directly in their respective apps, replacing the simple viewers we previously used. We’ve also streamlined the steps required to collaborate on files sent as attachments. These updates, combined with Outlook’s...

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09:00
Episode 059 with Jason Himmelstein on Power BI...
09:00
Working with external data in Excel 2016 for Mac

These days we all live and work in a multi-device, multi-platform world, and so when building Office 2016 for Mac, one of our key objectives was to make it as easy as possible to transition from using Office for Windows to using Office for Mac and back again. That’s why you’ll notice an interface that’s consistent with what you’d expect when using Office 2016 for Windows, and why we added support for virtually all of the Windows Excel Ctrl keyboard shortcuts. So when it came to working with external data, we applied that same logic: how can we make the experience great and working cross platform easier than ever?

External data in Excel 2016 for Mac

We examined how we could improve external data for Excel 2016 for Mac and made the following changes:

  • Excel 2016 for Mac comes with a pre-installed and integrated SQL Server ODBC driver, which we worked hand-in-hand with Simba Technologies to provide.
  • ...
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09:00
Make your own custom shapes in PowerPoint

Shapes can be used to add interest to a presentation, to emphasize a point, or just to make your presentation look a bit more exciting. PowerPoint’s shapes are great because you can format them with colors, 3-D effects and shadows, and they always look perfect, even when you scale them really large or very small. With just a few simple tricks you can add a little variety and a unique feel to your shapes.

All of the shapes below were created in PowerPoint and can be resized, copied and reused in any Office application. As you can see, they are all geometric shapes with added effects, such as shadowing.

Making these shapes is simple and fun. Here, for example, is how to create the Celtic knot in the example above.

Create a shape

First, add a circle to a blank page. Make it fairly big, so you can work with it easily, but...

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07:00
Every Mac Comes With Tetris, Pong, Snake, and A...

Emacs (not eMacs) is an open source project, bundled with every version of OS X. And it can’t be altered. I wrote about the Cookies recipe that Richard Stallman bundled with Emacs long ago. He also has some somewhat sexist dating tips and a bunch of other weird rantings that he bundled in there. But perhaps the best contribution is the games that Emacs comes with. These include doctor, dunnet (which would have been a great MMPORG), pong, snake, solitaire, tetris and the ever-so-popular gomoku.

These games are located in the /usr/share/emacs/22.1/lisp/play directory. But you don’t access the games directly. Instead, you use the emacs command. To get started, fire up Terminal, then run the emacs command:

emacs

At the “Welcome to GNU Emacs” screen (see below), you’re going to need to be very specific about the keys you use. Hit the Escape key.
...

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Wednesday August 19

09:00
Introducing the Office IT Pro Deployment Script...

PowerShell has quickly become an indispensable skill for Office 365 administrators, and if you’re like me, you are starting to gather a toolbox of useful scripts. If you are new to PowerShell for Office 365, make sure you check out our PowerShell for Office 365 site with common scenarios and sample scripts available to download.

But perhaps you are looking for some more advanced scenarios, or you’re thinking about how to streamline your Office client deployment process. If that sounds like you, check out our new community GitHub project for Office IT Pro Deployment Scripts. Office 365 experts from around the world are contributing to a collection of PowerShell scripts that are designed to automate various procedures that would normally require manual intervention from an IT pro. All of the scripts are stored in a repository...

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09:00
Beyond MDM—how to protect your data with BYOD and...

Cloud hosted apps and bring your own device (BYOD) trends enable corporate employees to access SaaS applications and data on their personal devices almost anywhere and at any time—but with that mobility and convenience comes the challenge of protecting business data while enabling users to be productive on the go. During Microsoft Ignite, Nasos Kladakis, an expert in private and public cloud solutions, provided the definitive overview on how IT departments can protect their corporate data and continue delivering the mobility and productivity benefits that employees expect and need.

Managing mobile devices goes beyond mechanisms to apply policy or provision software on a device. As discussed on the show, many organizations really have the goal to protect information—which is done via controlling access, ensuring that devices are managed, and then applying rules, policies and controls to the data itself. Check out our...

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07:00
Remotely and Silently Install A Windows MSI Via...

One of the easiest things to do in OS X is to remotely run an installation package using the installer command. You can do some similar tasks in Windows, although the commands aren’t quite as cut and dry. The Start-Process command can be used to kick off an executable. Here, we will kick off the msiexec.exe and feed it an argument, which is the msi file to install silently. We’ll then wait for it to complete:

{Start-Process -FilePath "msiexec.exe" -ArgumentList "/i TEST.msi /qb" -Wait -Passthru}

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Tuesday August 18

15:20
Visualize statistics with Histogram, Pareto and Box...

So far, we introduced you to our new chart types across Office 2016 and then dove deeper into a few of them. We showed the effectiveness of the Waterfall chart in visualizing financial statements and how hierarchical chart types, like Treemap and Sunburst, can help you explore complex data with multiple levels and categories. Now, we will take a closer look at the last group of new chart types—statistical charts.

Statistical charts, which include Histogram, Pareto and Box and Whisker, help summarize and add visual meaning to key characteristics of data, including range, distribution, mean and median. There are many different approaches and opinions on how to summarize statistical data. In this blog article, we will explain how these new charts can help represent your statistical data in a way that works best for your needs. Download the Office 2016 Public Preview and try out the new charts...

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13:00
If you see the message, "An error occurred...

When you update your server to OS X Yosemite v10.10.5, you should also update to OS X Server v4.1.5.

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08:40
About the security content of QuickTime 7.7.8

This document describes the security content of QuickTime 7.7.8.

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08:02
Make Changes to the Chromium rootfs

By default, the Chromium OS rootfs is read-only. If you boot the system in developer mode, you will be able to disable rootfs verification and modify existing files or write new files into the file system. Before you do this, note that your file system will no longer be verifiable (won’t checksum properly) and you’ll end up needing to restore a recovery image in order to get back to normal mode. So this might be a bit dangerous if you’re not using the device for something like regression analysis (why I needed to do this).

To make the file system writeable, first fire up a command prompt via crosh, by using Control-Alt-T and then running the shell command at the shell prompt:

shell

Then run the following shell script to remote rootfs verification and make the file system writeable:

sudo /usr/share/vboot/bin/make_dev_ssd.sh --remove_rootfs_verification

 

Then you can reboot and do whatever it is you need to do. For example, install a vine...

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07:00
The Take Control Back To School Sale Is On!

Take Control is here to support you! So through August 24th, you can add any number of our books to your Take Control library for 50% off the cover price. All our books are DRM-free and available in PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket (Kindle) formats, so you can read wherever, whenever, and on whatever device you like. Use this link to pick the titles you need to stay up to date:

http://tid.bl.it/50-percent-off-back-to-school-sale-2015

(We expect everything to work properly, but if our newly redesigned site is overloaded by sale traffic, try again later in the day when things have settled down.)

Remember, there’s no need to read a Take Control title from front to back; instead, each book has a Quick Start that helps you jump instantly to the information you need.

We have books that will help with numerous Apple-related technology tasks and projects, including...

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Monday August 17

07:00
My Own List of Common Apple Ports

I’ve been underwhelmed (if that’s a word) by the list of common ports used on the Apple platform recently, so I started my own. It’s available at http://krypted.com/guides/common-apple-ports/ if you’re interested. It’s also under the Tools menu of the site. And yes, I’m aware that I can cat /etc/services; this includes some rudimentary notes.

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Sep 17
Video showcases iOS app built with Xojo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jan 05
Fusion Drive now available on entry-level iMacs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sep 19
InterMapper publishes white papers on network...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oct 04
Video showcases Zco's services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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