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10:30
Apple releases new iOS, macOS, tvOS, watchOS developer betas

Apple has released three new developer betas of iOS 10.3, macOS Sierra 10.12.4, tvOS 10.2, and watchOS 3.2. Developers can download the beta through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the App Store.

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10:20
QuickerTek announces Time Capsule performance upgrade

QuickerTek (www.quickertek.com) has announced a new 5TB hard drive upgrade for the Apple AirPort Time Capsule. It also features six external antennas.

Designed as a central backup solution for all of the Mac computers in your home or office, the addition of the 5TB hard drive adds a boost in storage capabilities for those in need of more than the 2TB or 3TB storage offered with the unit alone. To complete this upgrade, QuickerTek first opens the chasis and removes the existing hard drive. Once this is done, the 5TB hard drive is slid into the empty space and plugged into the internal board.

The antenna upgrade not only offers dual-band 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz Wi-Fi, it also triples the range of the Time Capsule. The improved wireless power allows users the ability to arrange and use their Apple wireless anywhere they choose by providing a wider range and blasting through common line of sight objects.

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10:03
Graphic Node launches Universal Kit Mill apps

Graphic Node (http://graphicnode.com/) has introduced Universal Kit Mill for macOS. It’s three separate applications, each specifically designed for Apple's productivity app, as well as Adobe Photoshop and Pixelmator.

Universal Kit Mill provides over 100 templates and textures for creating banners, headers, infographics, and social media items. The collection aims to help Mac users produce modern and polished content without the help of hired designers, says Zivile Unguvaityte, CEO of Graphic Node.

Universal Kit Mill 1.0 requires macOS 10.10 or later and costs $14.99. It’s available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

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07:20
Hyperbolic Software releases DupeZap 4 for macOS

Hyperbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com/) has released DupeZap 4.0, an update of their duplicate finder for macOS. The utility was written specifically to reclaim disk space being taken up by duplicate files and packages.

DupeZap also offers the capability to scan the databases of popular Apple apps such as Photos and iTunes. Version 4.0.0 is completely rewritten.

DupeZap 4.0 requires macOS 10.11 or higher. For a limited time, it can be purchased for $4.99 instead of the regular price of $19.99. It’s available at the Mac App Store.

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06:22
Deliver Express now supports FTP-SSL for secure file transfers

Zevrix Solutions has announced Deliver Express 2.6, a feature update to the company's file transfer app that sends files automatically from watched hot folders with email notifications.

Deliver Express can serve unlimited users on a network and supports FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV, Google Storage and other remote and local services. The new version introduces support for FTP over SSL (FTPS) connection for secure encrypted file transfers to FTP servers.

Deliver Express can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com). The license prices are based on the maximum number of allowed destinations and range from $29.95 to $299.95. The 2.6 update is free for licensed users. A demo is available for download. Deliver Express requires macOS 10.5 or higher.

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06:14
Peninsula Group launches thermal printer label drivers for the Mac

The Peninsula Group has released a series (http://tinyurl.com/hhylq8t) of free macOS-compatible drivers that support thermal printer manufacturers including Zebra, Datamax, Honeywell and Brady with the goal of making it easier to print labels.

Using web based shipping services form companies like UPS, FedEx and DHL is now possible; even Amazon FBA is supported. You can print readable barcodes, text and images from any website or application.

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Feb 17
AnyTrans now supports Multi-iCloud Syncing

iMobie has updated AnyTrans, their all-in-one iPhone manager for macOS.

The tool was specifically created to clone all types of items, including contacts, photos, music, messages, notes, calendar, even customized settings like wallpaper, iCloud account, sounds, and more. The new version adds Multi-iCloud Sync, so users can integrate contents from multi-iCloud accounts to their daily-used one, or move less necessary files from main account to other spare accounts for more free storage.

Users can download AnyTrans from its official homepage (https://www.imobie.com/anytrans/). It costs $39.99 for a personal license and $59.99 for a family license.

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Feb 17
AppDelete for macOS revved to version 4.3.2

Reggie Ashworth has announced AppDelete 4.3.2, an update to his application deletion utility for macOS. Via drag and drop, it will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. The upgrade has been optimized for macOS Sierra and includes a icon and graphics., a new App Reset tool, a new Clear Logs tool, and more.

AppDelete 4.3.2 requires macOS 10.7 or higher. It costs $7.99 for a single-user license. Upgrades from version 2.x and 3.x are $3.99. A demo is available at the product website (http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdelete).

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Feb 16
Proactive Support Professional Certification offered at MacTech Pro

Watchman Monitoring has announced Proactive Support Professional Certification (https://www.proactiveprofessional.com) at MacTech Pro (http://pro.mactech.com) events. Watchman Monitoring is a Proactive Support Software as a Service (SaaS) tool for IT Professionals.

MacTech Pro are regional events designed specifically for technical professionals that support Apple products. Each certification event takes place the day prior to MacTech Pro in nine cities, with special PSP Certification pricing just for MacTech Pro attendees.

MacTech publishes MacTech Magazine, as well as produces highly-regarded events such as MacTech Pro and MacTech Conference. When you provide Proactive Support, you reduce downtime and data loss. The Proactive Support Professional Certification class and exam is geared at helping define...

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Feb 16
PrimoSync releases Primo iPhone Data Recovery

PrimoSync has released Primo iPhone Data Recovery (http://tinyurl.com/jx9ummh), new data recovery software for macOS. Targeted to iOS 10 and iPhone 7/7 Plus users, it helps recover 25 types of deleted, damaged or lost data from an iPhone and iPad.

This utility offers three modes; Recover from iOS Device, iTunes Backup and iCloud Backup. The iOS recovery tool costs $39.99.

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Feb 16
Synology releases DSM 6.1

Synology has released DiskStation Manager (DSM) 6.1 (https://www.synology.com/dsm/6.1) and comprehensive packages, delivering a “more secure, productive, and unified NAS experience.”

The upgrade is designed to deliver better IT efficiency with Active Directory Server, enhance performance with instant SMB server-side copy, ensure reliability with file self-healing, provide stability and security enhancements, and more. Synology DSM 6.1 is available for users who own a DiskStation, RackStation, FlashStation, or Embedded DataStation 11-series and onward.

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Feb 16
2017 Apple WWDC to be held June 5-9

Apple today announced its 28th annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will be held at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. The conference, kicking off June 5, “will inspire developers from all walks of life to turn their passions into the next great innovations and apps that customers use every day across iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and Mac.

Each year during WWDC, developers around the world learn about Apple's platform technologies ranging from programming languages like Swift to developer APIs [application programming interfaces] like SiriKit, HomeKit, HealthKit and CarPlay. Located just minutes from Apple’s new headquarters in Cupertino, California, WWDC 2017 will give developers access to more than 1,000 Apple engineers with opportunities to meet and engage with them throughout the conference.
In addition to the keynote address, get-togethers, sessions and labs for developers, Apple is working with the city of San Jose and local businesses to...

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Feb 16
Troi Automatisering releases Troi Dialog Plug-in 6.5.1 for FileMaker...

Troi Automatisering has released Troi Dialog Plug-in 6.5.1 for FileMaker Pro 15. It’s a maintenance update of the plug-in for showing all sorts of dynamic dialogs in FileMaker Pro.

The upgrade improves the appearance of the ListDialog on high resolution displays. Troi Automatisering added a ‑ExtraLineHeight switch to the ListDialog function, which allows you to give extra height to the list items.

A fully functional demo version of Troi Dialog Plug-in 6.5.1 is available for downloading at Troi's website (http://tinyurl.com/zcmv2vf). Troi Dialog Plug-in 6.5.1 works with FileMaker Pro 12 to 15 and is available for macOS10.6.x and higher.

Licenses cost $59 per user. Developer licenses and multi-user packs are also available.

Upgrading to version 6.5.1 is free and recommended for all users of version 6.5: version 6.5.1 works with the same registration as the 6.5 version. Users who...

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Feb 15
Maintain serves up Cocktail 10.2.2 (Sierra Edition)

Maintain has served up Cocktail 10.2.2 (Sierra Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running macOS Sierra.

It’s a general purpose utility for macOS that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. The new version adds the ability to clear WebKit caches and support for additional (en5-en8) network interfaces. It also contains improvements on the "Optimize network" procedure and updated Automator actions as well as updated Help files.

Cocktail costs $19 for a single user license and available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail). When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch.

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Feb 15
AKVIS Pastel for macOS revved to version 3.0

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has updated AKVIS Pastel to version 3.0. The software turns digital images into lifelike pastel paintings. Version 3.0 enhances its functionality with the new Abstract Art tab, additional built-in presets, and other changes including full compatibility with CC 2017.

AKVIS offers a free 10-day trial version. Pastel is compatible with macOS 10.7 and higher. The product is available as a standalone application and as a plugin filter for Adobe Photoshop, Corel PaintShop Pro, and other popular image editors.

An AKVIS Pastel Home license sells for $49, a Deluxe license for $69, and a Business license for $89. One license key allows activating and using the software on two computers.

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Feb 15
FmPro Migrator 8.01 adds FileMaker 15 merge database compatibility

.com Solutions has released FmPro Migrator Developer Edition 8.01 (www.fmpromigrator.com) with support for FileMaker Pro Advanced 15 when using the table conversion feature.

FileMaker developers can use the Merge Database/Table Consolidation process to upgrade older multi-file solutions into easier-to-maintain FileMaker Pro 15 single file solutions. Upgrading to FileMaker Pro 15 also offers developers the opportunity to take advantage of the latest  design, development and security features included with FileMaker Pro Advanced 15 and FileMaker Server 15 including WebDirect.

.com Solutions Inc. has also released the FileMaker automation AppleScript code as open source software. In addition to the AppleScript source file, a LiveCode test harness stack is provided. The test harness stack includes AppleScript handler source code embedded within LiveCode handlers.

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Feb 15
PFSOFT release multi-asset trading terminal for macOS

PFSOFT, a developer of multi-asset brokerage and trading solutions, has released a native trading terminal for macOS. The new front end platform will be included in Protrader solutions package as corresponding to Windows desktop terminal.

According to the folks at PFSoOft, Protrader for Mac contains all the functionality needed for trading many asset classes including FX, CFDs, Futures, Equities, Spread Betting, ETFs and Bonds. The platform contains tools such as market depth, time and sales, seven styles of charts, a watchlist, the ability to trade from a chart, and quit positions/orders management. Eventually, it will contain the same functionality as Protrader Windows desktop terminal including even such sophisticated tools as MAM, Fund management and Option Master, according to Roman Nalivayko, global head of Business Development:

Protrader Mac trading terminal will now be available to PFSOFT's partners for open beta tests with plan to be released in production...

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Feb 14
Rogue Amoeba releases SoundSource for macOS

Rogue Amoeba has unveiled SoundSource (https://rogueamoeba.com/soundsource/), a new macOS tool that provides access to critical audio settings. With it, users can instantly change the audio devices used for input, output, and sound effects, adjust the volume levels of those devices, and more.

SoundSource can be accessed via its icon in the menu bar. Regardless of what application is in the foreground, users can adjust their global audio settings with just two clicks. SoundSource also provides the ability to do soft play-through of audio from input devices to any output.

SoundSource runs on macOS 0.10 and higher. A free fully-functional trial available for download. While in trial mode, SoundSource's features will disable after 10 minutes of use. The unrestricted full version can be purchased for $10. Owners of any current Rogue Amoeba application for Mac are eligible for a...

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Feb 14
Chen Notation added to ConceptDraw Solutions

CS Odessa has released the new Chen Notation Model Solution for the ConceptDraw Solution Park. The Chen Notation Model is a standard and is used in database and software design.

The CS Odessa add-in offers a library providing a range of samples. It’s a free item for current users of ConceptDraw Pro 11 and is available immediately.

In 1976 Dr. Peter Chen, then a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, proposed a new entity-relationship model for database design. His entity-relationship model objective was designed to leverage the advantages of the three entity-data models (network model, relationship model, entity model) in use at the time. The entity-relationship model proposed by Chen is constructed using a more natural view of how the real world comprises entities and the relationships that exist with these identified entities. Chen's model minimizes the semantic ambiguities present in the data models that were in use at the time.

The entity-...

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Feb 13
Kanex MultiSync Foldable Travel Keyboard available

Kanex (www.kanex.com) has released the MultiSync Foldable Travel Keyboard, $49.95 universal keyboard is compatible with iOS, Android and Windows devices . It uses Bluetooth to wirelessly connect to and switch between up to four devices.

Its foldable and compact design making it ideal for travel, and its ergonomic V-shape key layout makes for comfortable typing, according to Andrew Truong of Kanex. The MultiSync technology found in the unit provides one-touch switching between devices. The MultiSync Foldable Travel Keyboard has a built-in rechargeable Lithium ion battery. You can power up via the included micro USB cable.

You’ll know when it's time to charge with the integrated LED indicator. Red means it's time to charge soon. Green means its charged. Blue means you're connected via Bluetooth.

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Feb 20
Enterprise wearable market to reach $22.3 billion by...

The global enterprise wearable market is expected to reach $22.3 billion by 2025, according to a new study conducted by Grand View Research (www.grandviewresearch.com)

The high demand for enterprise wearable devices in the Asia Pacific region is anticipated to drive the industry growth over the next decade, says the research group. The aging population and rising chronic diseases, such as coronary heart diseases and diabetes, in countries such as China, India, and Japan would drive the demand for wearable technology in the region.

Grand View Research says industry players are investing significantly in research and development activities for product innovation, thus catering to the specific needs of the enterprise industry. They’re using strategies such as acquisition, partnerships, and collaborations to maintain market competencies, adds the research group.
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Feb 17
U.S. blasted by 2.3 billion robocalls in January

American consumers and business owners were blasted by an estimated 2.3 billion robocalls in January, a 3% decrease over the total calls received in December but a slight increase over the same month last year. These estimates are based on the YouMail Robocall Index (https://robocallindex.com), a guide that compiles the scope and location of the worst robocalling hotspots across the country by area code.

January marked the fifth straight month that the nation's robocall volume has fallen slightly month-over-month. The country's monthly robocalling total has dropped by 14.4% over the past half-year since August 2016 – a potential sign that the robocalling trend may be stabilizing due to a growing consumer backlash and the adoption of more robo-blocking services.

YouMail provides iPhone and Android apps that serve as an automated virtual assistant to replace the mobile voicemail service of its...

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Feb 16
Digital gaming to be a $100 billion industry by end of...

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that revenues from the global digital games market are set to reach the $100 billion milestone by the end of this year.

The research group found that, contrary to previous concerns, the PC market has seen reinvigoration via F2P (Free to Play) games. Coupled with the continued growth of mobile, the industry will see total revenues reach $132 billion by 2021.

Juniper found Supercell to be the clear market leader, effectively monetizing consumers through engaging games, highly rated by consumers. The research advised that publishers such as Niantic must create longevity and engagement, lest they see drop-off in terms of active users.

The outlook for the mobile industry is positive, according to Juniper. Publishers are now seeking to integrate in-game advertising. The research found that this will be most effective when...

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Feb 15
Nearly 80% of enterprises use more than 10 mobile...

The use of mobile apps for business is heating up with nearly 80% of companies using more than 10 apps for business, according to MobileIron (www.mobileiron.com), a company “founded on the idea that mobile apps and data would become fundamental to mobilizing business workflows.”

The most popular enterprise apps are:

° Adoption metrics for Apple's Volume Purchase Program (VPP) and Device Enrollment Program (DEP);

° Enterprise security trends for Australia and the Netherlands in addition to Belgium, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, the UK and the US;

° Specific information about healthcare and financial services industries, in addition to government,

The state of enterprise apps 79% of the organizations in MobileIron's global customer base have more than 10 enterprise apps installed. Nearly one in five organizations (18%) uses VPP to streamline enterprise app deployment to users. The...

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Feb 14
Mobile operators eye $85 billion non-core services

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has calculated that mobile network operators can realize an additional $85 billion in revenues over the next five years through the deployment and enhancement of non-core services including Big Data analytics and IoT (Internet of Things) enablement.

The new research says there is a significant opportunity for operators to move beyond connectivity provision through selling customer data to clients in both raw and packaged (analysed) forms. According to Juniper Research, operators can monetize data models including pay-per usage, metered usage and results-based fees. In turn, clients will benefit from significant cost efficiencies and/or additional value per customer, resulting in a demonstrable ROI (return on investment) on the analytics package.

The research added that for operators to maximize their monetization potential from IoT...

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Feb 13
Gartner: almost three million irons will ship this year

Production of drones for personal and commercial use is growing rapidly, with global market revenue expected to increase 34% to reach more than $6 billion in 2017 and grow to more than $11.2 billion by 2020, according to a new forecast from the Gartner, Inc (www.gartner.com) research group.

Almost three million drones will be produced in 2017, 39% more than in 2016.
While the civil markets (personal and commercial) have been wading through regulation by various governments, drones' popularity in these markets has not diminished. The overall drone market will see substantial growth, but the dynamics of the personal and commercial submarkets are very different, Gartner analysts said.

Personal drones will continue to increase in popularity as an affordable extension of consumers' smartphones for taking photographs and selfies and for other entertainment options. They can fly a short distance and time,...

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Feb 10
IT spending to grow more than 3% through 2020

Worldwide revenues for information technology (IT) products and services are forecast to reach nearly $2.4 trillion in 2017, an increase of 3.5% over 2016, according to IDC. The research group estimates that global IT spending will grow to nearly $2.65 trillion in 2020. This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.3% for the 2015-2020 forecast period.

Industry spending on IT products and services will continue to be led by financial services (banking, insurance, and securities and investment services) and manufacturing (discrete and process). Together, these industries will generate around 30% of all IT revenues throughout the forecast period as they invest in technology to advance their digital transformation efforts.

The telecommunications and professional services industries and the federal/central government are also forecast to be among the largest purchasers of IT products and services. The industries that will see the fastest spending growth over...

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Feb 09
Digital banking users to reach three billion by 2021

New research from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) forecasts that, by 2021, nearly three billion users will access retail banking services via smartphones, tablets, PCs and smartwatches, up 53% from this year.

The research group finds that usage will continue to rise as consumers increasingly opt for banks offering the convenience of rapid, multi-channel digital services. This means that banks will need to focus on providing a more frictionless digital experience to their customers, especially if they are to remain market leaders.

The new research found that while traditional banks have so far remained a step behind in delivering innovation and maintaining their competitive edge against new fintech players, the situation is gradually changing.

“Technology is currently the big differentiator for all types of banks; including traditional banks and the so-called challenger banks...

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Feb 08
Cloud infrastructure market up 49%

The worldwide cloud infrastructure services market grew 49% annually, reaching $10.3 billion within the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2016, according to the Canalys (www.canalys.com) research group.

AWS continued to dominate with a 33.8% global market share, while its three nearest competitors – Microsoft, Google and IBM - together accounted for 30.8% of the market. The four leading service providers were followed by Alibaba and Oracle, which made up 2.4% and 1.7% of the total. Canalys forecast the market will hit $55.8 billion in 2017, representing a 46% growth from the total value of $38.1 billion in 2016.

Continuing demand is driving the adoption of cloud infrastructure services, which accelerated the cloud data center expansion among key service providers in Q4 2016. AWS launched 11 new availability zones globally in 2016, four of which were established in Canada and the UK in this quarter. IBM also opened its...

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Feb 08
8.4 billion connected ‘things’ will be in use in 2017

Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com) forecasts that 8.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2017, up 31% from 2016, and will reach 20.4 billion by 2020. Total spending on endpoints and services will reach almost $2 trillion in 2017, according to the research group.
 
Regionally, Greater China, North America and Western Europe are driving the use of connected things and the three regions together will represent 67% of the overall Internet of Things (IoT) installed base in 2017. The consumer segment is the largest user of connected things with 5.2 billion units in 2017, which represents 63% of the overall number of applications in use. Businesses are on pace to employ 3.1 billion connected things in 2017.

"Aside from automotive systems, the applications that will be most in use by consumers will be smart TVs and digital set-top boxes, while smart electric meters and commercial security...

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Reviews and Kool Tools

Link Corporation’s $199.99 Omna 180 Cam HD (http://us.dlink.com/home-solutions/omna/) is the first in D-Link's Omna family of HomeKit enabled devices and provides an easy way for users to monitor their homes. Omna’s... Read more »
QNAP’s (www.qnap.com) TS-431X NAS is a new dual-core business NAS supporting four drives, one built-in 10GbE SFP+ port, and hardware-accelerated encryption. Along with its application-aware design and abundant... Read more »
Pyle USA’s Street Blaster FX is a full range stereo speaker system packing 600 watts of power with a customized lighting show feature. It features both Bluetooth and Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, compatible... Read more »
GEAR4’s (www.gear4.com) Buckingham iPad TPU flip case range for the iPad boasts D3O shock absorbing technology for enhanced impact protection. It’s available for the iPad mini 4, Air2/Pro 9.7 inch and Pro 12.9 inch. The... Read more »

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15:32
Apple’s newest iPhone 7 ‘One Night’ ads focus on low...

Hot on the heels of a report claiming that Apple was shifting its ad focus to more regional campaigns, the company has shared four new videos on its YouTube channel, each focused on a specific city. All of the new videos are apart of the “One Night” series that the company had previously unveiled.

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15:22
Apple Daily Report for February 20, 2017

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, takes a trip. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

Apple has filed its appeal with the European court of appeals, all declaring that the European Commission's decision to levy $14 billion in taxes on Apple on behalf of the EU is erroneous, against the rule of law, and should be stricken.

Apple has added complete translations and custom explainer graphics to Apple Pay support documents on its regional websites in German and Italy, suggesting the payments service might soon launch in those countries. 

Password manager 1Password for Mac has been failing to...

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15:13
TIME: Apple has no interest in an Amazon Echo-like...

Last May it was reported that Apple was working on "an Amazon Echo-like device with a speaker and microphone that people can use to turn on music, get news headlines or set a timer” that will be powered by Siri, its personal digital assistant. However, now TIME says Apple isn’t building an Amazon Echo rival.

“After talking with Apple executives, I've come away with the impression that they're more interested in turning Siri into an omnipresent AI assistant across devices, rather than designing a single device specifically to serve as a Siri machine,” Tim Bajarin writes. “Apple is also very interested in positioning Siri as a control hub for smart home devices, as evidenced by a recent and impressive HomeKit demo I observed.”

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14:53
Returning to U.S. With iPhone? What Are Your Rights?

When returning to the U.S. from travel, border agents may select you for various reasons for a more detailed questioning. Your smartphone may be requested. You may be asked to unlock it for agents to inspect. What are your rights in this case?  Two interesting articles at The New York Times and ars technica go into considerable legal detail about what might happen if you refuse to cooperate. The links and more are on page 2 of Friday’s Particle Debris.


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14:46
Apple Pay comes to new Australian banks as Apple’s...

Apple Pay has slowly been making its way around the world, but there are still a variety of countries where the service hasn’t launched. Today, however, Polish website iMagazine discovered a handful of hints on Apple’s website that suggest Apple Pay may soon be coming to Germany and Italy.

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14:24
Apple's files 14-point appeal against European...




Apple has filed its appeal with the European court of appeals, all declaring that the European Commission's decision to levy $14 billion in taxes on Apple on behalf of the EU is erroneous, against the rule of law, and should be stricken.

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14:06
How to print from your iPhone and iPad with or...

Whether you’ve just gotten your first iPhone or iPad or have had iOS devices for a long time and need a quick refresher, it’s useful to know how to print directly from your device. Read on for a couple of options to easily print directly from iPhone and iPad.

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13:50
How to disable word predictions on the MacBook Pro...




Students who own Apple's new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar may not be able to use its dynamic function row in public examinations as industry officials believe its integrated predictive text feature and other capabilities could give them an unfair advantage. Here's how to disable it.

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13:48
Hidden Folks is the Whimsically Fun Hidden Object...

My free time over the weekend was taken up by a new iPhone and iPad game that just came out called Hidden Folks, so now I’m ruining your productivity, too. It’s a clever hidden object game with it’s own charm thanks to the hand-drawn graphics and sound effects that are clearly some guy who decided his mouth is a complete foley studio. His ba-doo-be-doop, skrintch, and pop sounds are important to the game, as are the little animations. Tapping objects triggers actions sounds and actions. Sometimes that’s clearing away a bush or moving a boat, and can reveal the elusive objects and characters you need to find. Hidden Folks is great for a quick diversion or a couple hours exploring new levels. You can get it for your iPhone and iPad at Apple’s App Store for US$3.99.


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13:31
macOS Sierra: Delete And Reinstall 1Password To...

Agilebits announced that 1Password users were getting an error message when trying to start the app. This error is due to the expiration of the developer certificate this past Saturday. The company knew the certificate was expiring but didn’t realize it would cause an issue with the software.


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13:23
Review: Sony’s XAV-AX100 CarPlay receiver pairs...

Sony XAV-AX100 is the company’s first aftermarket receiver that works with Apple CarPlay. Priced competitively at $499, XAV-AX100 features a 6.4-inch resistive touch display that rivals larger capacitive touch screens in quality. Sony has also integrated CarPlay in better ways than other aftermarket receivers available so far. Read on for our full review…

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13:05
TMO Background Mode: Interview with Open Source...

Jordan Hubbard, the co-founder of FreeBSD, spent a dozen years at Apple bringing coherence to the UNIX core of Mac OS X. Apple calls it macOS today, but in the early years, there were lots of rough spots integrating the partly FreeBSD core into a viable consumer Mac OS X. Jordan was also instrumental in modernizing Mac OS X with features like MacPorts, Launchd, Grand Central Dispatch and application sandboxing. Today, his work complete at Apple, Jordan is an open source developer. We talked about the early development of Mac OS X derived from NeXT and even the earliest BSD origins. Along the way, we also chatted about Jordan’s childhood memories as an 8-year old being an electronics geek with Radio Shack as his Mecca. If you love macOS, don’t miss this insightful historical tour.


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12:32
Hands-on with the Dart-C: a compact 65W charger that...

Finsix, the company behind the Dart-C charger, claims that it’s got the world’s smallest laptop charger and after going hands-on with one of the units, it’s hard to argue against that claim.

The Dart-C is indeed one of the more petite laptops chargers that I’ve ever seen. The 13-inch MacBook Pro charger is already relatively diminutive, but the Dart-C is considerably more compact than the stock MacBook charger. Have a look at our brief hands-on video walkthrough as we take the Dart-C for a test drive. more…

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12:26
macOS Sierra 10.12.4 third developer's beta now...




In addition to betas for iOS, tvOS, and watchOS, Apple on Monday also deployed its third developer-centric beta of macOS 10.12.4 with Night Shift, and other bug fixes.

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12:10
The World’s Worst Cocktail: The Alexa Martini

Speaking of martinis, out of curiosity I tried asking my Amazon Echo “How do you make a martini?” The answer was appalling:

“The martini is a cocktail made with 1 part gin and 6 parts vermouth.”

Those of you who enjoy a martini know that that recipe is backwards, and would make for a truly wretched drink — the International Bartenders Association standard recipe for a dry martini calls for 6 parts gin to 1 part vermouth. If anything, many martini aficionados prefer less vermouth than the IBA recipe.

Given the same query, Siri tells you (rather ungrammatically) “The main ingredient in martini (cocktail) is gin”, and points you to Wikipedia, which offers the IBA...

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12:09
Apple rolling out macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 3 for Mac

Apple is rolling out the third macOS 10.12.4 beta for developer testing. The upcoming version of macOS Sierra is the first to bring Night Shift to the Mac.

more…

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11:59
As Apple explores truly wireless iPhone charging,...




Disney Research has showcased an automatic, unaided charging platform that would enable purpose-built structures -- such as cabinets, rooms or even entire warehouses -- to generate and deliver power to mobile receivers in close proximity.

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11:15
Alto’s Odyssey is coming this summer, catch the...

From 9to5Toys

Two years after releasing Alto’s Adventure, Built by Snowman has revealed the first trailer for the sequel of the award winning title, Alto’s Odyssey. Slated for launch this summer on iOS and, presumably Android, the next rendition continues with visually appealing gameplay. The teaser trailer is quick, but we do get a glimpse of the scenery, which appears to be a desert. There aren’t many more details at this time, but we expect for Snowman to roll out more info over the coming months.

In conjunction with today’s announcement, the original Alto’s Adventure has gone on sale for $1.99 (Reg. $5). You’ll find that and all the rest of today’s best iOS deals...

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11:14
Apple unlikely to develop an Echo-like standalone...




Apple doesn't appear interested in developing a standalone Amazon Echo-like speaker utilizing Siri, as the company's vision is instead linked to devices like the iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods.

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11:10
Apple’s Facial Recognition Plans, the AI Race – TMO...

Apple buying RealFace has people talking even more about using facial recognition to unlock our iPhones. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple’s potential plans and what they think the company has in store for facial recognition technology. They also look at Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa and the race for mainstream artificial intelligence.


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10:36
How to Mod a Porsche 911 or Other Car to Run Doom in...

So it turns out you can run Doom on your Porsche 911. What’s that? You don’t have a Porsche 911? No worries, it will supposedly work on some other cars, too. No, really. YouTuber Vexal posted a how-to and demonstration of doing this terrible idea. I mean…you play by turning your steering wheel, accelerating, changing gears, and honking your horn. What could go wrong, right? By which I mean, don’t do this at home. Or anywhere. But do, absolutely, watch Vexal play the game. And if you’re wondering about that toaster in the passenger seat, be sure to watch Vexal’s video on modding a toaster to be a Doom controller


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10:27
This image of terror should not be photo of the year

I’ve been following this discussion since the photo was given the “World Press Photo of the Year” award. It’s been a fascinating discussion on several levels. I honestly can’t decide on which side of the fence I fall. I can see the excellent points both arguments make.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Monday February 20

12:11
Apple Seeds Third macOS Sierra 10.12.4 Beta to Developer...

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming macOS Sierra 10.12.4 update to developers, two weeks after seeding the second macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta and just under a month after releasing macOS Sierra 10.12.3.

The third macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta is available for download through the Apple Developer Center or the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store for those who have previously installed a beta.

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 brings iOS's Night Shift mode to the Mac for the first time. First introduced on iOS devices with iOS 9.3, Night Shift is designed to gradually shift the display of a device from...

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10:03
Apple Seeds Third Beta of iOS 10.3 to Developers

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming iOS 10.3 update to developers, two weeks after seeding the second beta of iOS 10.3 and more than a two months after the release of iOS 10.2, the last major update to the iOS 10 operating system.

Registered developers can download the third iOS 10.3 beta from the Apple Developer Center or over-the-air with the proper configuration profile installed.

iOS 10.3 is a major update, introducing several new features and changes to the iOS 10 operating system. The biggest new consumer-facing feature is "Find My AirPods," which is designed to help AirPods owners locate a lost earphone. Find My AirPods records the last known...

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07:12
Competing Smartphone OEMs are Racing to Match the iPhone...

Yesterday we reported on Apple's latest acquisition of RealFace, a facial recognition company out of Israel. Many in the industry believe that Apple is likely to add a security level to the upcoming iPhone 8 so that users will be able to authenticate themselves using facial recognition via a new iris scanner and Touch ID via a new method ...

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06:11
Apple Said to Debut New iPad Pro Lineup, 128GB iPhone SE...

Apple will host a March event to introduce a new iPad Pro lineup and other products, according to Japanese website Mac Otakara.

In terms of the new iPad Pro lineup, the report claims Apple will announce new 7.9-inch, 9.7-inch, 10.5-inch, and 12.9-inch models.

If the report is accurate, it would suggest Apple plans to refresh the iPad mini 4 with a new 7.9-inch iPad Pro model, update its existing 9.7-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, and introduce an all-new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, which is widely rumored to feature an edge-to-edge display without a Home button.

Mac Otakara previously said the 10.9-inch iPad Pro—it now says 10.5-inch—will have the same overall footprint...

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06:08
Apple is Smartly Shifting their Advertising Focus to Pro...

According to new report, Apple has restructured its relationship with its ad agency, TBWA\Media Arts Lab, to focus more on creating digital and regional campaigns—and less on translating, or 'localizing' big brand campaigns for global markets.

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05:32
The Latest Harris Reputation Ratings Poll Reveals Samsun...

Samsung just can't shake off the bad string of news lately. According to a new report published today, the reputation of the Samsung brand in the US has plummeted to #49 in a top 100 list of top brands from #3 in 2015

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03:43
Apple Comes Fifth, Amazon Ranked Top, in Company Reputat...

Apple is the fifth most reputable major company active in the U.S. according to an annual poll that gauges public perception of 100 consumer brands (via The Korea Herald).

The Reputation Quotient Ratings from the 2017 Harris Poll are based on an online survey completed by over 30,000 adults in the U.S. The survey analyzes brand reputation across six gauges: social responsibility, vision and leadership, financial performance, products and services, workplace environment, and emotional appeal.

The Reputation Quotient Ratings saw Apple fall three places from the previous year, losing ground to Wegmans, Publix Super Markets, and Johnson & Johnson. Amazon meanwhile maintained its 2016 position at the top of the table, but the effects of the exploding Note7 phone debacle saw Samsung slump to 49th after last year ranking at...

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01:03
Expiring Developer Certificates Causing Some Mac Apps to...

A number of Mac apps failed to launch for users over the weekend because of a change to the way Apple certifies apps that have not been bought directly from the Mac App Store.

Several users of apps including Soulver and PDFPen who had downloaded the apps from the developers' websites all reported immediate crashes on launch. Developers of the apps quickly apologized and said that the issue was down to the apps' code signing certificates reaching their expiration date.

Apple issues developer signing certificates to assure users that an app they have downloaded outside of the Mac App Store is legitimate, comes from a known source, and hasn't been modified since it was last signed. In the past, the expiration of a code signing certificate had no effect on already shipped software, but that changed since the release of Sierra last year, when Apple...

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Sunday February 19

10:25
Apple's First 'Touch Bar' Patent covering...

In December Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Patent Filing Shows new MacBook Pro Touch Bar Possibly coming to their Magic Keyboard and beyond. Today Patently Apple has discovered a new patent filing that was made in Europe this week that covers Apple's Touch Bar. It's made abundantly clear that Touch Bar will go beyond the MacBook to ...

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07:00
Apple Acquires Israeli based Facial Recognition Company...

There was a period between 2012 and 2014 where Apple was clearly working on facial recognition software prior to shifting gears quickly to biometrics via fingerprint recognition. With the advent of cheaper Iris camera modules now available, smartphone vendors like Samsung and now Apple are looking to Facial Recognition as a secondary mode of user authentication.

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05:31
Apple Acquires Israeli Firm RealFace Specializing in Fac...

Apple has bought Israeli startup RealFace, a cybersecurity and machine learning firm specializing in facial recognition technology.

The Times of Israel reported on Sunday that the Tel Aviv-based company, founded in 2014, was snapped up by Apple for an estimated $2 million, while Hebrew-language Calcalist said the deal was worth "several million dollars".

RealFace's website is currently offline, but according to promotional material, the startup had developed a unique facial recognition technology that integrates artificial intelligence and "brings back human perception to digital processes". RealFace's software is said to use proprietary IP in the field of "frictionless face recognition" that allows for rapid learning from facial features.

The Israeli...

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04:27
Apple Wins another 7 Design Patents Covering Beats Headp...

It's another big day for Apple at the Hong Kong Patent Office. Yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple wins a Design Patent for a Next-Gen Apple Store Display Structure for Apple TV." In this second design patent report we cover another seven patents related to Beats EP headphones and a new kind of Apple Store display ....

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Saturday February 18

11:55
Apple wins a Design Patent for a Next-Gen Apple Store Di...

Most Apple Stores today present Apple TV as presented in our cover graphic. Apple has been experimenting with a new Apple TV display structure such as the one noted below in our report. Late yesterday the Hong Kong Patent and Trademark Office published a series of new design patents issued to Apple for display structures and more. The first ...

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08:41
Another Analyst Report Confirms that Apple was Pounded i...

In Q3 2016 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Oppo Flies to top Smartphone Vendor in China for Q3 with Apple landing in Fifth Spot." With Apple releasing their new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus with a cool new dual lens camera it was expected to see Apple rebound in China in Q4 2016. While Apple had a record breaking quarter for the iPhone, it didn't even make the slightest dent in China ...

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06:46
Apple will Reportedly Bank on their Cheapest iPhone SE t...

In the coming months Apple will start assembling its lower-priced iPhone SE models at a contract manufacturer's plant in the southern Indian technology hub of Bengaluru. The rumor is that Apple will kick start production of the iPhone SE first because it's the least expensive iPhone ..

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03:54
Apple Loses Fourth Place to Xiaomi in Booming China Smar...

Apple has fallen to fifth place in China's booming smartphone market, where combined sales reached 131.6 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016, accounting for nearly a third of worldwide shipments. The Q4 figure confirmed the highest ever annual amount of smartphones sold in China, according to market research firm Canalys, with shipments for the year reaching 476.5 million units, rising 11.4 percent from 2015 levels.

Huawei shipments of 76.2 million units took the top spot in China's smartphone market in 2016, followed by Oppo with 73.2 million units and Vivo with 63.2 million. Apple meanwhile shipped 43.8 million units, down 18.2 percent year on year, influencing the company's 7 percent decline in global shipments compared to 2015. Apple also lost fourth place to Xiaomi, despite the Chinese maker also experiencing declines in the country.

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Friday February 17

16:57
Samsung Files U.S. Trademarks for 'Galaxy S8'...

The Mobile World Congress kick starts on February 27, 2017 in Barcelona. While Samsung will not be launching the Galaxy S8 at the event, the U.S. Patent Office reveals that they filed for the Galaxy S8 trademark in January 2017 as noted below. The more interesting trademark that was discovered today was one filed on January 26 for Gear Fit Pro which is the first Samsung trademark to mention 'digital assistant.'

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14:44
Future iPhone May Use Customized Wireless Charging Syste...

A future version of the iPhone could use a customized wireless charging system created in partnership with Broadcom, according to JPMorgan analyst Harlan Sur (via CNBC).

While Apple and Broadcom have reportedly been working together on a wireless charging solution for approximately two years, Sur is not sure whether the feature will be included in the 2017 iPhone due to "caution around the battery-related recall" of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

Despite Harlan's caution, the upcoming 2017 "iPhone 8" is widely rumored to include some kind of wireless charging solution, but details on how it is being implemented and whether or not Apple is working with a partner like Broadcom remain unknown at this time.

iPhone 8 concept image via Thadeu Brandão

Past rumors have suggested wireless charging...

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12:33
A New Batch of iPad Pro Ads are now out with one Dissemi...

Apple published a new round of iPad Pro TV commercials with one of them being about no viruses on iPad. That could be a stretch if not ...

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12:13
Sprint and T-Mobile Merger Back on the Table as SoftBank...

Sprint parent company SoftBank is prepared to sell Sprint to T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom, reviving a potential merger between the two companies, reports Reuters.

According to unnamed sources that spoke to the site, SoftBank is reportedly frustrated with Sprint's growth in the United States and is ready to surrender control of the company and take a minority stake in T-Mobile.

Back in 2013, before T-Mobile soared in popularity, the situation was reversed. Sprint was prepared to purchase T-Mobile in a deal said to be worth more than $20 billion, but Sprint abandoned its plans in 2014...

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Monday February 20

10:35
Cookie Management With Curl

To tell curl that you can read and write cookies, first we’ll start the engine using an empty cookie jar, using the -b option, which always reads cookies into memory:

curl -b newcookiejar http://krypted.com

If your site can set cookies you can then read them with the -L option

curl -L -b newcookiejar http://krypted.com

The response should be similar to the following:

Reading cookies from file

Curl also supports reading cookies in from the Netscape cookie format, used by defining a cookies.txt file instead:

curl -L -b cookies.txt http://krypted.com

If the server updates the cookies in a response, curl would update that cookie in memory but unless you write something that looks for a new cookie, the next use will read the original cookie again.

...

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09:00
New Beta Downloads Now Available

Xcode 8.3 beta 3 is now available, and includes Swift 3 and SDKs that you can use to build and test apps for the latest release of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

  • macOS 10.12.4 beta 3 (16E163f)
  • iOS 10.3 beta 3 (14E5249d)
  • watchOS 3.2 beta 3 (14V5224d)
  • tvOS 10.2 beta 3 (14W5241c)
  • Xcode 8.3 beta 3 (8W132p)

View all downloads.

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09:00
New Beta Downloads Now Available

Xcode 8.3 beta 3 is now available, and includes Swift 3 and SDKs that you can use to build and test apps for the latest release of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

  • macOS 10.12.4 beta 3 (16E163f)
  • iOS 10.3 beta 3 (14E5249d)
  • watchOS 3.2 beta 3 (14V5224d)
  • tvOS 10.2 beta 3 (14W5241c)
  • Xcode 8.3 beta 3 (8W132p)

View all downloads.

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Sunday February 19

12:31
Office Meditation

My latest Huffington Post article is available, at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/office-meditation-made-easy_us_58ab05f8e4b0b0e1e0e20dcc?ncid=engmodushpmg00000004. This one is on meditating in the office.

The post Office Meditation appeared first on krypted.com.

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Friday February 17

09:00
Get more done faster with Microsoft Teams

Around the world teamwork is on the rise. Research suggests employees now work on nearly double the number of teams than they did just five years ago. This means more than ever people are reliant on their peers to help get things done. But a “one size fits all” approach does not work when it comes to group collaboration—different tools appeal to different groups and address unique needs.

This is not your typical online event

Each 90-minute session starts with an online business roundtable discussing your biggest business challenges with a trained facilitator and then transitions into a live environment in the cloud. You will receive a link to connect your own device to a remote desktop loaded with our latest and greatest technology so you can experience first-hand how Microsoft tools can solve your biggest challenges.

U.S. customers: Register here.
Outside the U.S.?...

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Thursday February 16

10:30
Episode 118 on Building Contextual Bots in the...

In episode 118 of the Office 365 Developer Podcast, Richard diZerega discuss delivering contextual bots using the SharePoint Framework and the Bot Framework “back channel.”

https://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP118_BotsSPFx.mp3

Download the podcast.

Weekly updates

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09:00
Advice to help prevent data breaches at your company

A data breach can be your worst nightmare. Not only could it be disastrous for your company’s brand, it could lead to significant revenue losses and regulatory fines.

Watch the latest Modern Workplace episode, “Cyber Intelligence: Help Prevent a Breach,” to get advice on how to best approach cyber security at your company from two chief information security officers (CISO)—Vanessa Pegueros, CISO at DocuSign, and Mike Convertino, CISO at F5 Networks. Learn how these seasoned security executives make decisions on security spending and how they justify security investments to skeptical executives who may not have ever experienced a security breach.

Every company has cyber security risks and needs to be aware of them—but understanding your company’s risk profile is just the beginning. You also need to know what you are trying to protect. As Convertino explains, “The value proposition of the company needs to be the thing that you base your protections and recommendations...

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06:03
Announcing WWDC 2017

Apple’s developer community will come together at WWDC 2017 in San Jose, California from June 5 to 9 to learn about the future of Apple platforms and connect with thousands of developers from all around the world. In addition to the activities planned for conference attendees, a variety of other exciting developer events will take place throughout the city. Learn more about WWDC.

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06:03
Announcing WWDC 2017

Apple’s developer community will come together at WWDC 2017 in San Jose, California from June 5 to 9 to learn about the future of Apple platforms and connect with thousands of developers from all around the world. In addition to the activities planned for conference attendees, a variety of other exciting developer events will take place throughout the city. Learn more about WWDC.

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06:00
New Virtual Health Templates extend Skype for...

Modern healthcare providers are constantly looking for innovative ways to service and connect their patients and care teams. We are excited to announce the publication of new developer templates that extend Skype for Business as a platform for virtual healthcare. Office 365 with Skype for Business Online addresses the critical communication needs of healthcare providers, and these templates enable new mediums for care coordination for patients without requiring an Office 365 subscription.

The Office 365 Virtual Health Templates allow you to accelerate building your virtual consult experiences by providing an open source solution using the Skype for Business SDKs announced earlier in 2016. These SDKs are powered by Office 365 and Skype for Business Online and support building web and mobile experiences that integrate presence, chat, audio and video with custom business experiences. Publishing these open source templates is a continuation of our investment in making Skype for...

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Wednesday February 15

21:40
Perfecting Your Sales Pitch

My latest Inc.com piece is up. This one focuses on perfecting your sales pitch. It starts as follows:

It’s hard to make a sale if you have a lousy sales pitch. Delivering fresh pitches that allow your product or service to stand out from the others is job number one in sales.

So how do you incite interest rather than yawns? Here are six simple tips.

You can find the rest of the article here: http://www.inc.com/charles-edge/how-to-pitch-your-product-in-6-easy-steps.html.

The post...

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11:00
Developer Insights Series: Managing a Community

Super Evil Megacorp, the developer behind the mobile-first multiplayer game Vainglory, shares its approach to community management, and how it evolves the game by listening to player feedback. Learn more.

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11:00
Developer Insights Series: Managing a Community

Super Evil Megacorp, the developer behind the mobile-first multiplayer game Vainglory, shares its approach to community management, and how it evolves the game by listening to player feedback. Learn more.

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Tuesday February 14

09:00
From pit stop to checkered flag—NASCAR drives...

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NASCAR races forward with Office 365

Today’s post was written by Stephen Byrd, director of Technology Integration and Development at NASCAR.

In the midst of the deafening noise and speed of a NASCAR race, even mundane tasks like changing a tire become heroic. It’s the same with the technology we employ; simple tasks like...

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04:00
Basic Bash Inputs

Recently someone asked me about accepting bash inputs. So I decided to take a stab at writing a little about it up. For the initial one we’ll look at accepting text input. Here, we’ll just sandwich a read statement between two echo commands. In the first echo we’ll ask for a name of a variable. Then we’ll read it in with the read command. And in the second echo we’ll write it out. Using the variable involves using the string of the variable (myvariable in this case) with a dollar sign in front of it, as in $myvariable below:

echo "Please choose a number: "
read myvariable
echo "You picked $myvariable"

Read also has a number of flags available to it:

  • -a assigns sequential indexes of the array variable
  • -d sets a delimiter to terminate the input
  • -e accepts the line.
  • -n returns after reading a specified number of characters
  • -p prompts without a trailing newline, before attempting to read any input
  • -r...
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Monday February 13

10:30
About the security content of GarageBand 10.1.6

This document describes the security content of GarageBand 10.1.6.

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09:00
TD banks on the security of the cloud with Office 365

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

When customers in highly regulated industries choose the Microsoft Cloud, it’s because they feel confident that our security capabilities will meet their needs. Microsoft has made great strides in securing approvals from global financial regulatory bodies to help them meet their compliance requirements. That’s one reason why TD Bank Group (TD)—a prominent North American financial institution with more than 90,000 employees worldwide—took a leadership role in the financial services industry with their move to Microsoft Office 365.

TD thoroughly tested the built-in security capabilities of Office 365. It also researched and confirmed that the Microsoft Cloud complies with Canadian financial regulatory requirements. And to maintain explicit control over access to their data during Microsoft service operations, they acquired Customer Lockbox for Office 365.

Jeff Henderson,...

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09:00
Work smarter, not harder with Office 365—free live...

With our modern-day mobile workforce, more and more employees are working from home and on the go. We’ve become accustomed to hosting online meetings and collaborating in the cloud. To help expand the digital capabilities of your team, join us for our Office 365 live demo webinar series.

These free 30-minute live webinars show how you and your remote teams can work smarter and more efficiently using Office 365 apps.

Here are a few upcoming topics we will cover:

Work smarter with Microsoft Delve

Join this live demo on Wednesday, February 15 at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m PT and:

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Saturday February 11

14:34
Effectively Wielding Political Capital

My latest Huffington Post article, “Effectively Wielding Political Capital” is now available at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/589f8d10e4b0e172783a9d1e. It starts a little like this:

You do a favor for someone. Because then they owe you. That’s how it works, right?

No.

Hope you enjoy.

The post Effectively Wielding Political Capital appeared first on krypted.com.

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Friday February 10

10:00
New Office 365 capabilities help you proactively...

Missing a key security signal could mean not catching a breach, but the number of security signals is increasing exponentially. It’s becoming impossible to manually prioritize them. That’s why Office 365 applies intelligence to help you proactively manage risk and ward off threats. Today, we’re pleased to introduce several new capabilities in Office 365 that help you manage risk and stay ahead of threats:

  • Office 365 Secure Score—A new security analytics tool that applies a score to Office 365 customers’ current Office 365 security configuration.
  • Office 365 Threat Intelligence Private Preview—Service that leverages billions of data points from the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph to provide actionable insights to the global threat landscape and help customers stay ahead of cyber threats. Office 365 Threat Intelligence is now in private preview, with general availability planned for later this quarter.
  • ...
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06:55
Episode 23: Live at Mac AD UK with Henry...

Thursday February 9

16:43
Dealing with Disappointment at Work

My latest article for Inc Magazine is now available, called “8 Ways to Deal with Disappointment in Business”

It starts off a bit like this:

Disappointment is inevitable in business. Everything can’t go your way all the time.

Maybe you didn’t close that one sale you wanted. Maybe your budget didn’t get the increase you wanted. Maybe you got passed over for that promotion.

So how you deal with disappointment is as important a business skill as understanding finance or being a good leader. It keeps you steady when times get tough, it strengthens you to stay in the game for great opportunities in the future.

Read more at...

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Dash is an API documentation browser and code snippet manager. Dash helps you store snippets of code, as well as instantly search and browse documentation for almost any API you might use (for a full... Read more
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Bookends is a full-featured bibliography/reference and information-management system for students and professionals. Bookends uses the cloud to sync reference libraries on all the Macs you use.... Read more
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TrailRunner is the perfect companion for runners, bikers, hikers, and all people wandering under the sky. Plan routes on a geographical map. Import GPS or workout recordings and journalize your... Read more
iFFmpeg 6.2.5 - Convert multimedia files...
iFFmpeg is a comprehensive media tool to convert movie, audio and media files between formats. The FFmpeg command line instructions can be very hard to master/understand, so iFFmpeg does all the hard... Read more
DaisyDisk 4.4 - $9.99
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DaisyDisk 4.4 - $9.99
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BetterTouchTool adds many new, fully customizable gestures to the Magic Mouse, Multi-Touch MacBook trackpad, and Magic Trackpad. These gestures are customizable: Magic Mouse: Pinch in / out (zoom... Read more
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BetterTouchTool adds many new, fully customizable gestures to the Magic Mouse, Multi-Touch MacBook trackpad, and Magic Trackpad. These gestures are customizable: Magic Mouse: Pinch in / out (zoom... Read more
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BetterTouchTool adds many new, fully customizable gestures to the Magic Mouse, Multi-Touch MacBook trackpad, and Magic Trackpad. These gestures are customizable: Magic Mouse: Pinch in / out (zoom... Read more

Alto's Odyssey gets its first trail...
There's finally video evidence of Alto's Odyssey, the follow up to the 2015 App Store hit, Alto's Adventure. It looks just as soothing and atmospheric as Alto's last outing, but this time players will be journeying to the desert. Whereas Alto's... | Read more »
Last week on Pocket Gamer
What’s going on in the wider world of portable gaming? Each week we ask that question of our sister website Pocket Gamer. The PG team covers iOS gaming, just like 148Apps, but it also strays into the world of Android games and handheld consoles... | Read more »
Pokémon GO Generation 2 evolution guide
At long last, Niantic Labs finally unleashed the Generation 2 Pokémon into the wild. Pokémon GO trainers are scrambling to grab up this new set of 80 Pokémon. There are some special new tricks required to catch all of these new beasties, though.... | Read more »
The best new games we played this week
It feels as though the New Year got off to a creaking start as far as mobile games go, but that's changed over the past few weeks. The last few days alone have seen the debut of a number of wonderful games, so we thought we'd take the time to... | Read more »
Recruit more scallywags and discover new...
Get ready to show off your sea legs all over again in Oceans & Empires’ new grand update, which aims to make the act of rising to the role of seven seas ruler even more fresh and appealing, thanks to a richness of new content on both iOS and... | Read more »
Mage the Ascension: Refuge (Games)
Mage the Ascension: Refuge 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: The groundbreaking roleplaying game Mage: The Ascension manifests in our turbulent present with Refuge, an... | Read more »
Vampire: Prelude (Games)
Vampire: Prelude 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: The classic roleplaying game Vampire: The Masquerade returns to digital games with a Prelude of things to come. Experience a... | Read more »
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Adorama has the non-Touch Bar 13″ 2.0GHz Space Gray MacBook Pro in stock today for $100 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and Adorama charges NY & NJ sales tax only: - 13″ 2.0GHz MacBook Pro Space Gray... Read more
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B&H Photo has select 2016 Apple 13″ Touch Bar MacBook Pros in stock today and up to $100 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 13″ 2.9GHz/512GB Touch Bar MacBook... Read more
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KSI has unveiled a new, innovative medical keyboard, the KSI-1802R SX, at HIMSS 2017, running February 19-22 in Orlando, Florida. KSI-1802R SX is the only keyboard that combines dual factor... Read more
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Amazon has 15″ Touch Bar MacBook Pros in stock today and on sale for up to $150 off MSRP including free shipping: - 15″ 2.7GHz Touch Bar MacBook Pro Space Gray: $2720.38 $79 off MSRP - 15″ 2.7GHz... Read more
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Purchase a new Mac or iPad using Apple’s Education Store and take up to $300 off MSRP. All teachers, students, and staff of any educational institution qualify for the discount. Shipping is free: -... Read more
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Newegg has the 13″ 1.6GHz/256GB MacBook Air (MMGG2LL/A) on sale for $1029.99 including free shipping. Their price is $170 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this model. Choose Newegg... Read more
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Apple has Certified Refurbished Mac Pros available for up to $600 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each Mac Pro, and shipping is free. The following... Read more
12-inch 1.1GHz Retina MacBooks on sale for $1...
B&H has 12″ 1.1GHz Retina MacBooks on sale for $150 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 12″ 1.1GHz Space Gray Retina MacBook: $1149 $150 off MSRP - 12″ 1.1GHz... Read more
InTouch Health Expands iOS And Windows Produc...
Specialty telehealth enterprise provider InTouch Health has announced an expanded range of FDA Class I listed medical devices and software solutions for ambulatory, non-acute and non-emergent... Read more
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iMobie Inc., an Apple-related software company, announced their newly-updated iPhone manager AnyTrans with exclusive feature to sync and manage contents across multiple iCloud accounts. With it,... Read more

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