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04:22
Tension Software announces Data Extractor 1.4.2

Tension Software has released Data Extractor 1.4.2 for Mac OS X.

The app allows users to extract data in a sparse format contained inside files and collect them in an internal structured table. Collected data can be exported at any time in various format (CSV, TSV, HTML, Custom).

In version 1.4.2, source files visualization can be switched between full path or file name. The upgrade also sport an improved extraction algorithm.

Data Extractor requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $50 and is available at the Tension Software website and the Mac App Store.

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May 05
Apple, SAP partner to ‘revolutionize work’ on the iPhone and iPad

Apple and SAP (www.sap.com), which specializes in enterprise application software, have announced a partnership to revolutionize the mobile work experience for enterprise customers of all sizes, combining native apps for the iPhone and iPad with the capabilities of the SAP HANA platform. This joint effort will also deliver a new iOS software development kit (SDK) and training academy so that developers, partners and customers can build native iOS apps tailored to their business needs.

“This partnership will transform how iPhone and iPad are used in enterprise by bringing together the innovation and security of iOS with SAP’s deep expertise in business software,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “As the leader in enterprise software and with 76% of business transactions touching an SAP system, SAP is the ideal partner to help us truly transform how businesses around the world are run on iPhone and iPad. Through the new SDK, we’...

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May 05
Microsoft’s OneDrive reducing free storage from 15GB to 5GB

Microsoft is making some changes to OneDrive (https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-us/), its file hosting service that allows users to sync files and later access them from a web browser or mobile device.

The amount of free storage that comes with OneDrive will change from 15 GB to 5 GB. Microsoft is also discontinuing the 15 GB camera roll bonus.

As a result of these changes, you will be over your OneDrive storage limit on Aug. 10. To bring your account within the new limits, you can purchase additional storage or choose to remove some files.

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May 05
ETFE solar panels now available to power Apple equipment

Solar Panels New Zealand has announced its new range of ETFE Solar Panels, providing thin, UV resistant panels. The panels support charging of all current generation Apple products either directly from the sun, or via a portable battery.

Charging ports include USB, MagSafe, 30Pin and Lightning. Current generation products include MacBook Pro, MacBook Pro Retina, MacBook, MacBook Air, iPad, iPad Mini, iMad Air, iPad Pro, iPhone 3, iPhone 4, iPhone 5 and iPhone 6.

Solar Panels New Zealand says its not only offers off the shelf sized solar panels but are also able to offer customized solar panels of specific sizes for your project or product. The thin ETFE flexible panels are designed for deployment on boats, cars, RV's, buses, planes and much more. Go to http://solar-panels.nz for more info.

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May 05
QNAP launches 8-bay, quad-core business NAS

QNAP Systems has released its 8-bay business NAS TS-831X that features two built-in 10GbE SFP+ ports to fully support 10GbE high-speed networks as a cost-effective NAS solution.

The TS-831X further supports VJBOD (Virtual JBOD) to introduce an economical way to utilize unused NAS storage space for expanding the storage capacity of other QNAP NAS. It uses an Annapurna Labs Alpine AL-314 quad-core 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A15 processor, and features 8GB/16GB DDR3 RAM (upgradable to 16GB), RAID 5/6 support, hardware-accelerated encryption and an SSD cache. It’s 10GbE-ready with two built-in 10GbE SFP+ ports, and allows users to install a third 10GbE port via the extra PCIe slot for flexible high-speed network deployment.

The TS-831X is a comprehensive storage solution for data storage, backup, sharing and centralized management, supporting Mac OS X and Windows desktop/laptop backup, RTRR (Real-Time Remote Replication) with backup versioning, rsync and backup to cloud storage...

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May 05
Tension Software updates String Replacer for OS X to version 1.3

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has upgraded String Replacer for Mac OS X to version 1.3.

The app allows users to find and replace a list of strings inside files and folders directly or in batch mode. It works with just a single click or by using drag and drop.

Version 1.3 supports: importing Find/Replace strings with automatic encoding recognition, data preview, field selections, destination selections, and exporting of Find/Replace strings with selection of fields to export and various data format available: TSV, CSV, CSV-S, HTML and even a custom format.

String Replacer requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $14.99 and is available at the Tension Software website and the Mac App Store.

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May 05
Hazel 4 for Mac OS X introduces new preview feature

Noodlesoft has announced Hazel 4, an update to its housekeeping utility for Mac OS X.

The utility watches whatever folders you tell it to, automatically organizing your files according to the rules you create. Using Hazel's rule engine, you can easily create workflows that keep your files organized automatically. The app also features options for managing your Trash and includes an app uninstaller.

Hazel 4 introduces a new live preview of your rule while editing it. With the new preview feature, users can quickly see whether their rules are correct before deploying them. This version also includes syncing rules using any file syncing/sharing service such as Dropbox or iCloud drive. Also new is the ability to have Hazel monitor Smart Folders. Version 4 includes other features such as rule search, an expanded status interface, a toggle extension action, and more.

A 14-day demo version is available for download (...

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May 04
LiveCode 8 adds new plug-in architecture

LiveCode Ltd has unveiled LiveCode 8 (www.livecode.com) , representing the next generation of the highly coding environment for iOS, Android, Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and Server platforms. Rewritten from the ground up, LiveCode 8 brings a new plug-in architecture allowing users to drag-drop widgets.

LiveCode Ltd’s recent acquisition of mergEXT means that LiveCode now also ships with 29 readymade iOS add ons. Many of these will be developed into widgets by LiveCode Ltd and made available across all supported LiveCode platforms. In all LiveCode 8 ships with a grand total of 46 externals, libraries and widgets to extend its functionality.

The new LiveCode Builder language is available for the first time for users to build and add their own widgets and extensions. Extensions to LiveCode are now built in LiveCode instead of in lower level and arguably more difficult languages such as C++ or Objective C....

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May 04
CoreCode teams releases TableEdit spreadsheet for Mac OS X

The CoreCode team has announced TableEdit, a spreadsheet app for Mac OS X. It offers features such as charts with cell styling, formatting options, and comprehensive import/export capabilities.

TableEdit features a “world-class” Excel-compatible formula system that has been tested on more than a million formulae from over 20,000 Excel-files, according to Samuel Vimes of the CoreCode team. The tool is built exclusively for OS X and takes full advantage of its latest features and technologies, he adds.

TableEdit requires Mac OS X 10.8 and is free. It’s available at the product website (http://www.corecode.at/tableedit/) and the Mac App Store.

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May 04
Micromat’s MacCheck is new problem-solving and diagnostic utility

Micromat, the company behind the TechTool Pro line of software, has released a new troubleshooting utility called MacCheck. The new product can perform a series of critical tests on Mac systems running OS X 10.6 or higher, helping to isolate what might be wrong with a particular computer.

MacCheck is being offered free of charge and is available for download immediately (https://www.micromat.com/products/maccheck). The program tests many of the critical systems in a Mac, including RAM, I/O, Volume Structures, Partition Maps, Batteries, RAID systems and more. The program allows users to quickly verify the overall health of their Mac with one click of a button, according to Micromat president Jeff Baudin.

“For many years, we always offered our free TechTool Lite product and it was very a popular way to introduce Macintosh users to troubleshooting,” he says. “We...

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May 04
Tension Software revs TS Calc for the Mac to version 1.5

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated TS Cal for Mac OS X to version 1.5.

It’s a document based application; its documents can be realized and used as calculation models for specific mathematical technical problems. Version 1.5 provides better import of variables with a Cascade Assignment feature and improved undo support in variables, constants and functions management.

TS Cal requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $14.99 and is available at the Tension Software website and the Mac App Store.

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May 04
CNS Barcode revved to version 2.0

Comm-Unity Networking has released version 2.0 of CNS Barcode for FileMaker Pro.

This version finalizes the transition to 64-bit FileMaker plug-ins with full, cross-platform, 64-bit GUI support. It also includes some important bug fixes. CNS Barcode is available (http://cnsbarcode.cnsplug-ins.com/) for both Mac OS(R) X and Windows.

If you purchased CNS Barcode after May 3, 2015, you can install this latest version free of charge. If you purchased CNS Barcode any time between May 3, 2014, and May 2, 2015, you can renew your license for 50% off the current price. If you purchased CNS Barcode any time before May 3, 2014, you can renew your license for 25% off the current price.

For new users CNS Barcode prices range from a single user license for $85 to a world license for $1,425 (which includes a free server license). A server license of CNS Barcode for use with...

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May 03
ADATA launches line of certified accessories for Apple devices

ADATA Technology has launched its Apple Series in North America. The accessories are designed specifically for iOS and OS X devices, including the iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Mac.

The initial five products are: the Lightning card reader, i-Memory flash drive UE710, i-Memory storage expansion card, USB type-C OTG flash drive, and Lightning cables. Fully Apple MFi certified, the ADATA Lightning card reader gives users convenient interconnectivity, as it’s the first product of its type with two-way data transfer (read and write), enabling users to freely move content to, from or among Apple, Android and digital camera devices, says Robert Chen, managing director of North America at ADATA.

It’s also the first reader to combine SD and microSD on one unit. The Lightning card reader comes bundled with a free interface app for content management and media playback. In addition to its Apple compatibility, it supports other multimedia formats, including RAW, MKV, WMV, AVI, RMVB...

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May 03
Retrospect: 52% of small businesses have suffered data loss

A new survey sponsored by Retrospect (www.retrospect.com), makes of Retrospect Backup & Recovery software, finds that more than half of small businesses have suffered data loss, through accident, loss, failure, theft, or disaster. The survey was conducted with Google Consumer Surveys across a sample of 1,000 small businesses.
 
The survey respondents reported accidents to be the most common form of data loss at 36%. Behind that, they reported loss at 21%, theft at 15%, disaster at 7%, and other at 6%. Under “Other,” respondents included "drive failure,”manufacturer erasing the hard drive during a warranty repair” and "employees doing things they shouldn’t.” And with the ability to select more than one form of data loss, 2% reported that they were unlucky enough to suffer from all four types.
 
According to a Gartner research group study of companies experiencing a "major loss" of computer...

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May 03
AAS releases Epicycles sound bank for Chromaphone 2, AAS Player plug-...

Applied Acoustics Systems has released the Epicycles sound bank (www.applied-acoustics.com/epicycles/) for the Chromaphone 2 synthesizer and AAS Player plug-ins in collaboration with artist and sound designer Richard Devine.

After his Microsound Textures compendium, Devine revisits Chromaphone in its second incarnation and presents an opaque collection of new sounds. The 111 Epicycles presets delve into enigmatic and uncertain lands. Nine categories structure the series of patterns and textures: Soundscapes, Basses, Plucked Strings, Keys, Synths, Strings and Pads, Percussions, Arps, and Effects.


The Epicycles sound bank is available through May 31 at the introductory price of $29 (the regular price is $39) and is bundled with every purchase of the new Chromaphone 2 acoustic object synthesizer. The instant download delivery package includes both a Chromaphone 2...

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May 03
MailButler for OS X Mail gets Follow-Up feature

MailButler (https://www.feingeist.io/mailbutler), the Apple Mail assistant by Feingeist Software GmbH, has added a new feature on its list.

It's called Follow-Up, and it allows users to schedule a follow-up reminder that will notify them when there is no response to a particular email. Once the email is written, the user can just tell MailButler when he wants to be reminded, and the notification will appear on his preferred date and time. MailButler simplifies, optimizes and streamlines working with emails.

The app requires Mac OS X 10.10 or later. A demo is available for download; registration is $8.95.

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May 03
Mail Designer Pro 2.6 for OS X gets expanded Mobile Preview

equinux has released Mail Designer Pro 2.6 for OS X with expanded Mobile Preview and automatic preflight link check.

The app lets you create and optimize responsive HTML newsletters for the newest Apple devices. The Mobile Preview in Mail Designer Pro simulates in real time how your newsletter appears on a smartphone or tablet. Mail Designer Pro 2.6 now includes a Mobile Preview for the iPhone SE and the iPad Pro (12,9" and 9,7"). In order to view the simulation for the larger sized iPad Pro on a MacBook Air, the Mobile Preview can now be scaled down making it possible to optimize newsletters for all mobile devices.

Current users of  Mail Designer Pro 2 can download a free update to version 2.6.  For all new users, Mail Designer Pro 2 is now available at a special introductory price of only $49.99 in the  equinux Online Store (www.equinux.com/maildesignerpro) and in the Mac...

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May 03
Calcine for OS X gets improved import dialog

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Calcine for Mac OS X to version 4.2.1. The new version has an improved import dialog.


The app allows you to have an algebra solver in small stripe window taking just a small portion of your Mac screen. You can use it for simple additions or for complex formula using and assigning variables and constants

Calcine 4.2.1 requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher and costs $4.99. It’s available at the Tension Software website and the Mac App Store.

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May 02
VideoTweet for OS X designed to imply sending videos to Twitter

VideoTweet (http://www.arcticwhiteness.com/videotweet/) is a new app for Mac OS X with one objective – to provide a simple way of sending videos to Twitter.

It’s designed to handle all the details of uploading a video with your tweet. Videos can be dragged to the standalone application. However, it also supports sharing from iPhoto, QuickTime and Final Cut Pro. X

VideoTweets is free; however, tweets will contain a link back to the developers site. Register for approximately $3.45, and the link will disappear.

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May 02
MOP: Operation Cleanup is new arcade runner for OS X

Ensenasoft (www.ensenasoft.com) has introduced MOP: Operation Cleanup 1.0, an arcade runner for Mac OS X.

To save the world players must sweep the area for trash and run, jump, swim and slide their way through each world, destroying enemies and obstacles blocking their path. You can explore five worlds with 50 missions.

MOP: Operation Cleanup 1.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs $4.99 and is available at the Mac App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/app/mop-operation-cleanup/id1064622094).

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May 06
Worldwide IoT security spending to reach $348 million...

Worldwide spending on Internet of Things (IoT) security will reach $348 million in 2016, a 23.7% increase from 2015 spending of $281.5 million, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).

Spending on IoT security is expected to reach $547 million in 2018, adds the research group. Although overall spending will initially be moderate, Gartner predicts that IoT security market spending will increase at a faster rate after 2020, as improved skills, organizational change and more scalable service options improve execution.

"The market for IoT security products is currently small but it is growing as both consumers and businesses start using connected devices in ever greater numbers," said Ruggero Contu, research director at Gartner. "Gartner forecasts that 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2016, up 30 percent from 2015, and will reach 11.4 billion by 2018. However, considerable variation...

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May 05
Downturn in national customer satisfaction hits eight...

The steep downward trajectory in national customer satisfaction continues, as the free fall of the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) reaches the two-year mark. The aggregate ACSI (theacsi.org) score for the fourth quarter of 2015 is down 0.5 percent to 73.4 on a 100-point scale, its lowest score in a decade after eight consecutive quarters of decline.

“Consumer spending and retail sales in the fourth quarter were disappointing but actually predictable, given the extended weakening of customer satisfaction and lack of wage growth,” says Claes Fornell, ACSI chairman and founder. “Unless both wages and customer satisfaction improve, consumer demand is not likely to pick up enough to lift the economy from its sluggish pace of growth.”

The cause of the sustained decline in customer satisfaction is unclear, though it does coincide with a weakening of corporate earnings and with a reduction in unemployment. When unemployment is high, the job market is more...

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May 04
IDC: VR hardware to soar past the $2 billion mark this...

Worldwide shipments of virtual reality (VR) hardware will skyrocket in 2016, with total volumes reaching 9.6 million units, according to IDC. Led by key products from Samsung, Sony, HTC, and Oculus, the category should generate hardware revenues of approximately $2.3 billion in 2016, adds the research group.

While VR will drive nearly all of the hardware volume in 2016, Augmented Reality (AR) hardware is forecast to ramp up over the next few years. According to the first worldwide AR/VR forecast from IDC, the combined device markets will see hardware shipments surge past 110 million units in 2020.

IDC has identified three major device categories across the augmented and virtual reality markets. They include: screenless viewers that use the screen of specific smartphones to drive an AR/VR experience (example: Samsung Gear VR); tethered head mounted displays (HMDs) that utilize an existing compute device such as a PC, game console, or even a smartphone to drive a head-...

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May 03
IHS: automotive touch screens on the rise

With consumers becoming increasingly comfortable using smartphones and tablet PCs, touch screens are now increasingly making their way into their vehicles, too. In fact, the automotive touch panel market is expected to expand from 28 million units shipped in 2013 to 86 million in 2021, according to IHS Inc. (www.ihs.com), the leading global source of critical information and insight.

“Projected capacitive touch technology is commonly found in consumer smartphones and tablets, which consumers have grown very comfortable using,” said Shoko Oi, senior display analyst at IHS Technology. “Although there are concerns about how direct touch operations could affect safety while driving, automotive touch panels are becoming a standard feature in new vehicles coming to market.”

The content shown on automotive displays now comes from a variety of sources, both inside and outside the car. Many of these applications require...

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May 02
The Northern Spy: Quo Vadis

By Rick Sutcliffe

The Apple haters and doomsayers will slither from beneath their rocks in force now that Apple has suffered its first quarterly year-over-year decline in revenue in 13 years. No company can grow its sales indefinitely, so this day had to come. Mind, the company still had revenues of over $50 billion, so it's not about to become a corporate food bank client. This does mark a watershed for the iPhone business, however, as it may indicate, if not market saturation, at least a flattening of the growth curve--not just for Apple but for the whole sector.

Is this "a cloud the size of a man's hand" on the horizon? Only if Apple abdicates its technology leadership role and fails to introduce yet another iconic game changing product. What of the second AppleTV and the Apple Watch? The Spy says "yawn". Both entered an already crowded market--one to which neither contributes significantly, much less redefines. Moreover, watches...

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Apr 29
Gartner: half of CEOs expect their industries to...

CEOs have underlined that growth will be their top business priority for 2016, according to a recent survey by Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).

The 2016 Gartner CEO and senior business executive survey found that despite indications that the global economy is struggling in early 2016, CEOs don’t plan to significantly change their priorities. After growth (54%), the second and third business priorities are customers (31%) and workforce (27%). The Gartner CEO and senior business executive survey of 400 senior business leaders in user organizations worldwide was conducted in the fourth quarter of 2015, asking questions about 2016/2017.

Most responding organizations were those with annual revenue of $1 billion or more. The survey results show that while business conditions are challenging, CEOs remain confident enough to sanction strategic investments, particularly when it comes to digital business...

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Apr 28
U.S. carriers score poorly on ‘app experience’...

Apteligent (www.apteligent.com) and analyst firm, STL group, have put together a report quantifying the customer “app experience” on 27 mobile networks in 7 countries. The findings on U.S. carrier providers was especially surprising considering analysts and market observers often cite the U.S. as a mobile market that has achieved higher broadband prices owing to its operators’ network investment. 

So how do U.S. carriers Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T measure up?

° All four of the major US mobile operators are in the bottom half of the ranking table.

° The best-performing US operator, T-Mobile, only scores 45 – a full 31 points below Bouygues Telecom (France) and 4 points below the median operator. 

° Verizon and AT&T, the U.S. market leaders, score only 43 and 37 respectively and Sprint, as already noted, is in the bottom 5 with 33.

° All the U.S. operators perform...

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Apr 27
Organizations failing to harness benefits of agile...

Organizations are far less willing than their employees to adopt agile working methods and are missing out on the benefits such as earlier delivery of projects and return on investment, according to a new global survey published by AXELOS (www.axelos.com).
 
The survey of more than 2,400 professionals found that more than three-quarters (81%) of respondents – across all job roles and industry sectors surveyed – now see value in working in an agile way. In fact, the appetite to use agile methods among individual professionals is on average 37% greater than their employer’s.
 
The lack of appetite among organizations for agile working exists despite the finding that people in senior management roles were among the most enthusiastic for it, with 83% acknowledging its value. AXELOS’ research also showed how more professionals with a PRINCE2 certification than those without see the value of agile working...

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Apr 26
MWR research confirms risk of NFC enabled card theft

With contactless payments increasing in popularity, MWR InfoSecurity (www.mwrinfosecurity.com) has today warned consumers to be aware of the dangers from contactless cards. It also issued a reminder to retailers and banks that not all fraudulent card theft is the fault of the card owner and more needs to be done to thwart scammers.
 
MWR has developed an application that uses NFC (near field communication) to read the information stored in the contactless chip embedded in credit and debit cards. Google Play currently has a number of similar apps available via its store that claim to do the same thing, plus the source code isn’t too difficult to find.

Explaining the process MWR senior research consultant, Nick Walker explained: “Brushing past someone, the app sends a signal to the chip in the card to query the data stored. Depending on the card type will determine just what information is...

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Apr 25
Video banking reaches inflection point

More than 80% of banks surveyed recognize that online and mobile banking channels improve customer engagement, and 93% of banks expect customer satisfaction to improve if a high quality video banking service were to be implemented.
 
A newly released research report, co-sponsored by Efma (www.efma.com), a not-for-profit association of 3,300 retail financial services companies in more than 130 countries and Vidyo, Inc. (www.vidyo.com), which specializes in video collaboration, aims to bring clarity to the role that video banking plays in the digital transformation of banks. The research results uncovered massive support for video banking among financial organizations worldwide, with nearly 80% of all banks planning to offer video-enabled banking services. The research from Vidyo and Efma also found:

° Nearly 70% of banks prioritize video banking...

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Friday May 6

05:23
Apple begins offering half-price $4.99 Apple Music...

Starting today, students enrolled in an eligible college or university will today be able to subscribe to Apple Music at a discounted price, as Apple is offering half off the standard subscription rate for its streaming music service.

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05:04
AppleInsider podcast talks 'Apple Pencil 2,...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, we discuss Apple's stock, the 'iPhone 7' and rumors of the headphone jack reappearing, a patent for a possible 'Apple Pencil 2', smart voice assistants, Fitbit's performance, and more.

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03:58
Apple seeking 800,000-sq feet of space for car...

One of the largest property companies in the San Francisco Bay Area has said during an investor call that Apple is seeking around 800,000 square feet of space in the area to expand its car project. The WSJ quotes Hudson Pacific Properties CEO Victor Coleman talking about rising demand for space for car R&D in the area.

We’re seeing the Toyotas of the world, the Teslas of the world, BMWs, Mercedes. Ford now is out in the marketplace looking for space. I haven’t even mentioned the 400,000 square feet that Google’s looking to take down and the 800,000 square feet that Apple’s looking to take down for their autonomous cars as well.

That would be almost a third the size of the spaceship campus Apple is currently building, which is...

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02:50
Report: Tim Cook to visit China later this month to...

Reuters is reporting that Apple CEO Tim Cook will visit China later in May to meet with government officials and address current tensions between Apple and China, seen by many as the main driver of revenue growth for the company going forward.

Apple has faced some significant setbacks in China in the last few weeks. The company has had to stop selling iBooks and iTunes Movies in the region following new governmental policy that restricts online publishing. Apple also ceded exclusive rights to the iPhone trademark after losing a court case, although it...

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01:13
Apple Music adds student membership subscription at...

Apple is today introducing an Apple Music plan aimed at students. The service is identical in features to the standard plan but rather than paying $9.99 per month, qualifying students can subscribe to Apple Music for $4.99 per month. The offering is rolling out today in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and more countries (via TechCrunch). Prices vary per region but the discount should be around 50% of the normal Apple Music price.

To qualify, students must be currently attending an eligible university or college and gain the discount for up to four years. Apple has partnered with UNiDAYs to verify people who sign up to the student plan are legitimate students attending a school.

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00:00
Hot deals on the Bobine Blackout Auto and Flexible...

Have we got a deal for you! Or more accurately, we have two deals for you today. Fuse Chicken makes the funky, flexible and fun Bobine charging docks for iPhone and Apple Watch, and today we're bringing you two of those docks -- the Bobine Blackout Auto iPhone Charging Dock and Bobine Blackout Flexible iPhone Charging Dock -- at 25 percent off the regular $40 price; that's just $29.99 with free shipping.

These curvy flexible docks are handy whether you're charging your iPhone in...

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Thursday May 5

23:02
Apple VP of Online Retail Bob Kupbens leaves company

Bob Kupbens, the Vice President in charge of Apple’s growing online retail business, resigned from the company last week to take on a new position elsewhere, according to multiple sources. Kupbens joined Apple in 2014 and has been in charge of all online-based Apple retail initiatives, ranging from the recently redesigned online store, its integration into the main Apple website, the online iPhone upgrade program and newfound connectivity with Apple’s physical retail stores.

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19:09
Apple eyeing 800,000-square-foot property for...

Apple, Google parent company Alphabet and a number of established car makers are reportedly on the hunt for prime real estate in the San Francisco Bay Area to serve their respective autonomous vehicle projects, with Apple in particular said to be looking at an 800,000-square-foot plot.

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18:44
∞ Cupertino Mayor loses his mind

I don’t even know what to say about Cupertino Mayor, Barry Chang. He complains in an article The Guardian that he showed up unannounced at Apple’s headquarters and was denied a meeting—I assume with Tim Cook–he was asked to leave. [...]

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17:39
Apple hires former Google inventor with background...

Another recent Apple hire has been linked to the company's rumored "Project Titan" automotive initiative, as a report on Thursday uncovered a Google patent application for electric vehicle charging systems co-invented by current Apple employee Kurt Adelberger.

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17:34
Opinion: A visual refresh will help Apple Music, but...

Earlier this week, we reported on an upcoming design refresh coming to Apple Music with iOS 10. Mark reported that the update would focus on “a redesigned user-interface, a few new functions, and reorganization as well as simplification of existing features.” The new interface is said to ditch the colorful translucent look of the current app in favor of a more simplistic look with a focus on album art and black & white design.

While I certainly won’t reject an interface refresh for Apple Music, I think there are a variety of things that need to change too (or even first). Read on as I breakdown what needs to be changed…

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16:59
Immersion expands patent lawsuit against Apple over...

Earlier this year Immersion Corporation, one of the leading companies in haptic feedback technology, filed a lawsuit against Apple over haptic technology used in the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and Apple Watch. Today, the company has filed a second lawsuit against Apple and AT&T in which it says the MacBook and MacBook Pro violate one patent relating to haptic feedback. Additionally, Immersion says the iPhone 6s infringes on three more of its patents not mentioned in the first lawsuit.

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16:50
LAPD Hacked An iPhone 5s Before The FBI Hacked San...

According to recently released court papers, Los Angeles police investigators found a way to break into a locked iPhone 5s belonging to April Jace, the slain wife of "The Shield" actor Michael Jace. The detectives were able to bypass the security at around the same time period the FBI was demanding Apple unlock the iPhone 5c belonging to San Bernardino terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook. LAPD detective Connie Zych wrote on March 18, the department found a "forensic cellphone expert" who could "override the locked iPhone function," according to the search warrant. There's no mention of how the LAPD broke into the iPhone or what OS the iPhone was running (Note: iOS 8, which features improved encryption and security features, came out months after the killing). The information stored on the iPhone should help in the criminal case against Jace's husband, who is charged with the May 19, 2014, killing.

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15:50
SAP Partners With Apple To Expand iOS In The...

SAP has announced a partnership with Apple to bring iOS to SAP's enterprise customers. Steve Lucas, president for SAP's Digital Enterprise Platform, says SAP is firmly an enterprise company which has built a cloud platform to access all the software it has developed -- ERP product, SuccessFactors or Concur. With the new deal, Apple hopes to take a bite out of Microsoft's territory by selling hardware to companies who traditionally shop for PCs. In an effort to push iOS to its customers, SAP has announced a new set of apps for the iPhone and iPad that take advantage of data stored in SAP tools. They're providing an iOS SDK for its in-memory database product, SAP HANA, to allow organizations to build their own customized apps using the data stored in HANA. SAP is also offering SAP Academy for iOS as a way for SAP programmers to learn to use the HANA iOS SDK. The deal between Apple and SAP echoes the deal from a couple years ago between Apple and IBM.

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15:42
ISIS Cyberthreat: Puny but Gaining Power


The Islamic State group's cyberwar capabilities are unsophisticated, but they won't be that way for long. That was the conclusion of a 25-page report released last week by Flashpoint.
The report, "Hacking for ISIS: The Emergent Cyber Threat Landscape," found that the Islamic State's "overall capabilities are neither advanced nor do they demonstrate sophisticated targeting." However, the severity of the attacks by the groups supporters isn't likely to remain unsophisticated, it added.

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15:35
AWT News Update: May 5, 2016

It's a really short News Update today...

  • Women are buying more Apple Watches for themselves
  • Tim Cook's charity auction nets $515,000 for the RFK Center
  • Microsoft OneDrive users beware! You're about to start getting charged for that 15GB of space you were getting for free

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 5, 2016.

Slice, a company that does e-commerce analytics, has been looking at users of the Apple Watch since the device came out last April and its data show that early adopters of the device were overwhelmingly male — about 80%. However, as time has passed, females are now buying more and more of the devices, to the...

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15:24
Apple Watch iMessage Canned Responses Are...

Did you know iMessages on your Apple Watch can be multilingual for you? Adam Christianson noted (and told em) that if you get an iMessage in a language other than your primary language on your Apple Watch, the canned responses when you hit "Reply" will automatically be in that same language.


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15:09
New Immersion lawsuit adds Apple's iPhone 6s,...

Immersion Corporation, a leader in haptic feedback technology, expanded its legal battle against Apple on Thursday with a new patent infringement suit targeting technology built into iPhone 6s and various MacBook models.

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14:50
How to Save Money on Subscriptions to Netflix,...

Earlier this week, we explained some of the ways to get discounted iTunes Gift Cards. That saves you money on your iTunes Stores and App Store purchases, but you can also use it to save money on many subscriptions, including Netflix, Pandora, Spotify, and others, not to mention subscriptions to newspapers and magazines.


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14:29
Apple partners with SAP in new enterprise push

Apple has stepped up its efforts to target enterprise customers through a new partnership with SAP.

The companies will deliver native apps for the iPhone and iPad that tap SAP’s Hana in-memory computing platform, as well as a new iOS software development kit (SDK).

“SAP is the ideal partner to help us truly transform how businesses around the world are run on iPhone and iPad,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook.

As part of the deal, SAP will develop native iOS apps using Apple’s Swift programming language. An app might enable a field maintenance worker to order parts or schedule service, for example; another might allow a doctor to share the latest patient data with other healthcare workers.

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14:18
AluPen Digital Fine-Point Stylus: $34.95

We have a deal for you today on the AluPen Digital Fine-Point Stylus—as the name says, it's a fine point stylus designed to give you fine control over your work. You twist the stylus to reveal the nib, too, meaning it's protected inside the stylus when you're using it. Check out the details on the deal listing—our price is $34.95.


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14:08
Tim Cook charity auction raises $515K for human...

Apple CEO Tim Cook's latest charity auction closed on Thursday, with the winning bid raising$515,000 for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights.

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Friday May 6

05:16
Apple Gets Aggressive with new Apple Music Subscriptions...

Today we learn that Apple is shaking up the standard streaming music industry pricing structure by introducting the "Apple Music Student Membership" at half the going subscription price in seven countries...

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03:54
Apple's CEO Set to meet with Senior Chinese Officia...

In a report that we posted on Sunday titled "Apple's CEO doesn't see Carl Icahn's Dark Cloud Over their business in China, he sees Growth Ahead," we noted that "China's crackdown on iTunes at the moment is limited in its scope and it appears to be a cultural conflict on the types of content being available. oday we're learning that Apple's CEO will be going to China ...

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03:14
TSMC is already Preparing Apple's 2017 iPhone A11 C...

With TSMC being Apple's number one supplier for the iPhone 7's A10 chip, a new supply chian report published today claims that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has recently begun to ...

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00:37
Apple Introduces Apple Music Student Membership Option W...

Apple will today introduce an Apple Music student plan that discounts the streaming service by 50 percent for those who are enrolled in an eligible college or university (via TechCrunch).

The new plan means any academic student in the United States can now pick up an individual Apple Music membership for $4.99 a month, rather than pay the standard $9.99 subscription rate.

U.S. students won't be the only ones to benefit though, as the plan is also open to students in the U.K., Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. The actual cost is expected to vary slightly from country to country, but all markets will see 50 percent off the standard subscription rate.

The student discount is offered for up to four continuous or non-continuous years after sign-up, so...

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Thursday May 5

19:37
Apple Seeking 'Large Expanses of Real Estate'...

Apple is looking to purchase "large expanses of real estate" in the San Francisco Bay Area for its much-rumored car project, codenamed Project Titan, according to The Wall Street Journal. Google parent company Alphabet and several car manufacturers, such as Tesla and Mercedes Benz, are also on the hunt for more space, according to Hudson Pacific, one of the Bay Area's largest landlords.

Map of Apple's newly-purchased real estate in San Jose“We’re seeing the Toyotas of the world, the Teslas of the world, BMWs, Mercedes. Ford now is out in the marketplace looking for space,” [Hudson Pacific Properties CEO Victor Coleman] said on the landlord’s quarterly investor call. “I haven’t even mentioned the 400,000 square feet that Google’s looking to take down and the 800,000 square feet that Apple’s looking to take down for their...

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16:37
Immersion Misses Q1 Earnings & Announces their Litig...

Today, Immersion reported on their financials where they noted that they're down 16% from Q1 2015. To mask some of their pain, their press release updated their ongoing litigation with Apple, Samsung and Sony. With Apple, Immersion is adding MacBooks to the list of products that allegedly infringe upon Immersion's IP as well as extend their list of patents involved in the case.

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16:07
Immersion Files Second Haptic Feedback Lawsuit Against A...

Immersion, a company that develops and licenses haptic touch feedback technology, today filed a second lawsuit against Apple and AT&T, accusing the MacBook and MacBook Pro of violating one patent and the iPhone 6s of violating three additional patents not mentioned in the original lawsuit.

According to Immersion, iPhone 6s and MacBook features like 3D Touch and the Force Touch trackpad infringe on its intellectual property. The four patents included in today's lawsuit are as follows:

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13:13
Apple Rocks the Enterprise Market with New SAP Partnersh...

On July 15, 2014 Apple and IBM formed a landmark partnership to transform the way work got done in the enterprise. Today Apple takes the iPhone & iPad revolution to new heights. Apple and SAP have announced a partnership to revolutionize the mobile work experience for enterprise customers of all sizes ...

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13:12
Tim Cook's Charity Lunch Auction Raises More Than $...

Apple CEO Tim Cook's fourth annual CharityBuzz auction ended this afternoon, raising more than $500,000 for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. The auction, which garnered more than 40 bids, includes a one hour lunch date with Tim Cook At Apple's Cupertino headquarters along with passes to a forthcoming Apple keynote event.

Two people are able to attend the lunch meeting with Cook, with the experience set to last for approximately one hour. While lunch is included in the price of the auction, travel and accommodations are not. The offer expires on May 5, 2017, and the winner will be able to schedule their appointment on a "mutually agreed upon date."

In the final hours of the auction, bidding ramped up significantly, jumping from $275,000 yesterday afternoon to the more...

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11:48
Apple and SAP Announce New Enterprise Partnership

Apple today announced a new partnership with SAP to "revolutionize" the mobile work experience for its enterprise customers by combining native iPhone and iPad apps with the SAP HANA Cloud Platform. Under the partnership, Apple and SAP will create a new software development kit and training academy to help developers and enterprise customers create tailored business-focused iOS apps.

"This partnership will transform how iPhone and iPad are used in enterprise by bringing together the innovation and security of iOS with SAP's deep expertise in business software," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "As the leader in enterprise software and with 76% of business transactions touching an SAP system, SAP is the ideal partner to help us truly transform how businesses around the world are run on iPhone and iPad....

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09:15
Apple Granted RTM Certificate for 'Final Cut Pro...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark application for the figurative version of 'Read it on Apple News' that was originally filed last week. Apple also received ...

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08:03
As India's Middle Class Grows, Apple's Brand i...

Earlier today we posted a report titled "Apple is the Second Fastest-Growing Smartphone Vendor in India while Samsung Plunged in Q1." Now a second report has surfaced in India noting that Apple is appealing to the growing middle class in that country.

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06:39
Cupertino Mayor at War with Apple saying that they'...

Cupertino's current Mayor Barry Chang bluntly says that Apple abuses their fine city. Many in Cupertino, a 60,000-person town in the heart of Silicon Valley, are beginning to organize around their overburdened city. They claim ...

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05:14
Apple is the Second Fastest-Growing Smartphone Vendor in...

A new report this morning notes that India's smartphone market grew 12% on year to 24.4 million units in the first quarter of 2016. Among the top-10 vendors during the quarter, Lenovo grew the most with shipments up 63%, while Apple saw its shipments climb ...

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04:38
App Store Experiencing Widespread Search Issues [Updated...

A significant number of users on Reddit and Twitter, corroborated by multiple tips we have received, are affected by an ongoing App Store issue preventing a number of popular iOS apps from showing up in search results unless already installed, including Google, Periscope, Spotify, Tidal, Tumblr, Uber, Vine, Waze, and many others.

The search issues appear to be widespread, affecting iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch customers throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Hong Kong, and elsewhere since early Thursday morning. Apple has yet to update its System Status page with any reported issues as of 6:00 a.m. Pacific, but it has historically been slow in reflecting outages.

Update: The search issues also appear to extend to iTunes and the...

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04:19
L.A. Police Investigators Find Forensic Cellphone Expert...

Los Angeles police investigators obtained a method to open the locked iPhone belonging to the slain wife of 'The Shield' actor Michael Jace.

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03:26
The Secret behind the iPhone 6's Speedier Touch ID...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals the invention behind Apple's secret to making the iPhone 6s Touch ID work twice as fast.

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02:53
Hardened Security Features of iPhone 5s Successfully Hac...

Los Angeles police investigators have discovered a workable method to bypass the hardened security features of a locked iPhone 5s, according to The Los Angeles Times.

In court documents seen by the newspaper yesterday, LAPD detectives found a "forensic cellphone expert" who could unlock the iPhone 5s belonging to April Jace, the slain wife of "The Shield" actor Michael Jace, who is accused of killing her at their L.A. home in 2014.

The claim appeared in a search warrant filed during the same period that the FBI was demanding Apple unlock the earlier model iPhone 5c of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook. In that high-profile case, the FBI eventually unlocked the phone with the help of professional hackers, paying them up to $1 million for a tool exploiting...

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Wednesday May 4

16:02
Siri Creators Debuting New AI Assistant 'Viv'...

Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer, co-founders of Siri, the virtual assistant now built into all of Apple's iOS devices, are set to demonstrate their newest artificial intelligence project on Monday, reports The Washington Post. Viv, the name of the AI bot, is more advanced than Siri and is able to carry out complex tasks by mimicking the "spontaneity and knowledge base" of a human assistant.

Viv can, for example, set up a dinner reservation and purchase movie tickets all based on one query, parsing ticket prices to find deals and offering suggestions if a movie is sold out or a restaurant has no seating available. Completing the same task with Siri would require multiple commands and human interaction. In an example given by The Washington Post,...

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14:32
New Class Action Filed Against Apple over iTunes Violati...

Thomas Silkowski, a citizen of the State of New Jersey, has filed a class action law suit against Apple alleging violations of the New Jersey Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA). Mr. Silkowski alleges that Apple's iTunes violates the New Jersey Act.

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Thursday May 5

11:35
HuffPost Article On Cool Things To Do With Google...

I’ve been a huge fan of Google Apps for awhile. For this piece, I got a bit more specific and tried to focus on Google Drive. Obviously, there’s a lot of tie-ins with Google’s other products, given how much integration there is there. But, what I did here was really focus on the Google Drive bits. Hope you enjoy it!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charles-edge/22-cool-things-you-can-do_b_9843122.html

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09:00
How the Browning Law Group helps safeguard client...

Today’s post was written by John Browning, president of the Browning Law Group, APC.

I started my own law practice in 1999 because I wanted to help people negotiate their legal issues and because I wanted to become an entrepreneur. I’ve made a pretty good career out of solving the problems that businesses face every day and now the Browning Law Group represents scores of businesses throughout Orange County, California.

To succeed in almost any business, you need the right technology. So in 2015, the Browning Law Group adopted Microsoft Office 365 to manage collaboration and communication from the Microsoft cloud. Allow me to explain why we made that choice and how it’s helped us protect our relationships with our clients.

The right technology for today’s connected business world

Running my own practice is very rewarding, but it’s not always easy. I have to manage cash flow, keep track of payables and receivables, make payroll and at the same...

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09:00
Project Server 2016—born in the cloud

We’re pleased to announce general availability of Project Server 2016, which provides significant project and portfolio management (PPM) value to our on-premises customers.

Customers who would like to evaluate the capabilities of Project Server 2016 can download trial versions at this website.

Project Server 2016 value

Project Server 2016 delivers value in the following areas:

  • Evolution of resource management—Project Server 2016 introduces a new interaction model between project managers and resources managers. This new feature is called Resource Engagements and it helps facilitate coordination and commitments around resources and the projects they spend their time on. In addition, resource managers also get a new feature called Capacity and Engagements Heatmap that provides a visual view of the capacity of their resources, so they can make informed allocation decisions...
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09:00
OneNote, ELL and special education at Sammamish High...

Today’s post was written by Rachel Pinter, special education teacher at Sammamish High School.

When a school or district invests in a 1:1 technology program, the decision yields hundreds of questions. What device would best serve students? What grades should have access to YouTube or other helpful (but potentially distracting) resources? Do we teach keyboarding to our students? If so, who does that? (Does anyone want to do that?) And then there’s the big question: how do we connect this massive investment to our greater district purposes of academic success, college and career readiness, and a positive and productive life?

At the heart of the issue, we want our students to be successful. Our belief is that investing in technology increases that likelihood because we are providing them with better tools and experiences. If we do better, they’ll do better. But some groups of students have educational needs that can be overlooked—or even inadvertently...

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09:00
What’s new in Office 365 administration—April roundup

April was a busy and exciting month for the Office 365 admin center team. We started to roll out a variety of new features in the new admin center, including new reporting capabilities, customization options and user management improvements.

Since we started our work to rebuild the admin center in September 2015, our goal—to build a more intuitive management solution that provides additional functionality while making it easier, faster and more efficient for you to manage Office 365—hasn’t changed.

It’s great to see it all come together as admins around the world start using the new admin center.

We could not have done it without you! We can’t thank you often enough for the detailed and highly valuable feedback that you share with us every day. Your feedback continues to help us prioritize our work, fix bugs and improve the overall experience and...

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08:59
Episode 092 on The Future of SharePoint—Office 365...

In this episode, Richard DiZerega talks with long time SharePoint MVP Eric Shupps about the developer announcements at The Future of SharePoint event.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP92_EricShupps.mp3

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00:01
Using Windows Live Mail 2012 with Outlook.com? Time...

Today’s post was written by Javier Soltero, corporate vice president for the Outlook team.

Earlier this year we introduced a new Outlook.com and began rolling out an exciting new email and calendar experience to users worldwide. So far we’ve upgraded more than 175 million accounts and each week millions more people are using the new Outlook.com to collaborate effortlessly, focus on what matters and get more done.

To provide you an email experience with enhanced performance, security and reliability, the new Outlook.com has been built upon our latest Office 365 infrastructure. Because the Windows Live Mail 2012 email application doesn’t support the protocols used by this new infrastructure, you will not be able to send or receive Outlook.com email from Windows Live Mail 2012 after your account is upgraded. This means the time has come for you to upgrade to a new...

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Wednesday May 4

14:03
Lists of available trusted root certificates in OS X

The OS X Trust Store contains trusted root certificates that are preinstalled with OS X.

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12:00
Supporting IPv6-only Networks

At WWDC 2015 we announced the transition to IPv6-only network services in iOS 9. Starting June 1, 2016 all apps submitted to the App Store must support IPv6-only networking. Most apps will not require any changes because IPv6 is already supported by NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs.

If your app uses IPv4-specific APIs or hard-coded IP addresses, you will need to make some changes. Learn how to ensure compatibility by reading Supporting IPv6 DNS64/NAT64 Networks and watch Your App and Next Generation Networks.

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12:00
Supporting IPv6-only Networks

At WWDC 2015 we announced the transition to IPv6-only network services in iOS 9. Starting June 1, 2016 all apps submitted to the App Store must support IPv6-only networking. Most apps will not require any changes because IPv6 is already supported by NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs.

If your app uses IPv4-specific APIs or hard-coded IP addresses, you will need to make some changes. Learn how to ensure compatibility by reading Supporting IPv6 DNS64/NAT64 Networks and watch Your App and Next Generation Networks.

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11:00
Announcing simple and powerful file sharing and...

Effectively managing and sharing files is critical to almost every organization. Today, we’re announcing a bold new vision for file management in Office 365 across OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online, and new ways for you to share and collaborate on all your files on any device. We’ll also talk about how we’re moving beyond utility file sync and share by bringing intelligent discovery to recommend content, as well as providing insights on the impact and reach of your work.

OneDrive recap

It’s been a breakthrough year for OneDrive. We’ve made important advances with rock-solid, reliable sync on your PC and Mac, deep Office integration, four-star and above–rated mobile apps and a fast, intuitive browser experience. Additionally, we’ve built lots of new admin and security controls for IT to protect critical corporate data. Great progress, but as always, there is more to do! Later this year, we’ll make it possible for you to sync files stored in any SharePoint...

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09:30
The SharePoint Framework—an open and connected...

Today, we announced The Future of SharePoint, which detailed our vision, roadmap and significant investments across the user experiences in SharePoint Online. We’re excited by the potential and ability for our customers and professional developers to innovate on these scenarios and drive them to the next level.

Our partners, customers and independent developers have created innovative solutions using SharePoint’s Page and Web Part model, which was largely implemented in .NET and, like many content and collaboration systems, was designed and matured in the server-rendered era.

Server-side development.

As technologies and connectivity have evolved, JavaScript language and performance have advanced substantially. We can go back to distributed computing and build rich, fast, interactive user experiences on the client. And we can build responsive interfaces that run...

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09:30
SharePoint Server 2016—your foundation for the future

“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement and success have no meaning.”
—Benjamin Franklin

We’re pleased to announce general availability of SharePoint Server 2016, which provides SharePoint customers a foundation for modern, intelligent intranets and content collaboration. SharePoint Server 2016 delivers foundational improvements that enhance the quality of your on-premises SharePoint solutions and enable you to take advantage of innovations we introduce to Office 365 and SharePoint Server moving forward.

Customers who would like to evaluate the capabilities of SharePoint Server 2016 can download trial versions at the SharePoint Server 2016 website.

In addition to general availability of SharePoint Server 2016, today we announced a new vision for SharePoint and significant new innovations across SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. You can...

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09:30
The Future of SharePoint

Today’s post was written by Jeff Teper, corporate vice president for the OneDrive and SharePoint teams.

Today, at our Future of SharePoint event in San Francisco, we unveiled a new cloud-first, mobile-first vision and roadmap for SharePoint, along with innovations that empower people, teams and organizations to intelligently discover, share and collaborate on content from anywhere and on any device. We also announced general availability of SharePoint Server 2016, which includes new hybrid capabilities that enable on-premises customers to tap into the innovation we’re delivering in Office 365.

For over a decade, our customers—including...

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09:30
SharePoint—the mobile and intelligent intranet

The intranet is at the epicenter of many organizations, as the place where employees can get company news and information, plus search for people and content.

Now, we will make the intranet a more personalized experience, one that is where you need it, when you need it. Welcome to the mobile and intelligent intranet. Spanning on-premises and Office 365, the mobile and intelligent intranet brings together the productivity of SharePoint Team Sites, the broadcast reach of publishing sites and portals, and the mission criticality of your most important business applications—accessible from your desktop to your mobile phone—and powered by the Office Graph, so information finds you, instead of you having to find information.

Today, we announced The Future of SharePoint, which detailed our vision and innovations, including the new SharePoint mobile app, a new SharePoint home in Office...

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09:00
Office Online Server now available

We are excited to announce the release of Office Online Server (OOS), which allows organizations to deliver browser-based versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote, among other capabilities. Microsoft recognizes that many organizations still value running server products on-premises for a variety of reasons. With OOS, you get the same functionality we offer with Office Online in your own datacenter. OOS is the successor to Office Web Apps Server 2013.

OOS scales well for your enterprise whether you have 100 employees or 100,000. The architecture enables one OOS farm to serve multiple SharePoint, Exchange and Skype for Business instances. OOS is designed to work with SharePoint Server 2016, Exchange Server 2016 and Skype for Business Server 2016. It is also backwards compatible with SharePoint Server 2013, Exchange Server...

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08:15
Marks & Spencer uses Office 365 to boost...

Today’s post was written by Carl Dawson, IT director for Marks & Spencer.

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has come a long way from the Penny Bazaar stall opened by Michael Marks in Leeds Kirkgate Market back in 1884. Today, we sell quality products at great value to 33 million customers through our 900 stores in the United Kingdom. The M&S brand is internationally recognized, with an additional 460 stores across 58 territories in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. And more than 7 million registered users do their online shopping through M&S.com.

To ensure we’re putting customers at the heart of our business, it’s really important that we’re agile and responsive. Three years ago, we embarked on a new journey to find the right technology tools to support a new business culture—modern, agile, connected and collaborative—that’s defined by a digital mindset.

We chose Microsoft Office 365 cloud-based productivity tools to enable this change in our...

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Tuesday May 3

11:00
tvOS 9.2.1 beta 4 (13Y772) Now Available

tvOS 9.2.1 beta 4 (13Y772) Now Available

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11:00
iOS 9.3.2 beta 4 (13F68) Now Available

iOS 9.3.2 beta 4 (13F68) Now Available

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11:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 4 (15F31a) Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 4 (15F31a) Now Available

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11:00
tvOS 9.2.1 beta 4 (13Y772) Now Available

tvOS 9.2.1 beta 4 (13Y772) Now Available

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iOS 9.3.2 beta 4 (13F68) Now Available

iOS 9.3.2 beta 4 (13F68) Now Available

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Model 15 (Music)
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Angry Birds Action! is a physics-based puzzler in which you're tasked with dragging and launching birds around an obstacle-littered field to achieve a set objective. It's simple enough at first, but when wind gets introduced things can get pretty... | Read more »
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Angry Birds Action! is, essentially, a pinball-style take on the pull-and-fling action of the original games. When you first boot it up, you'll likely be wondering exactly what it is you have to do to get a good score. Well, never fear as 148Apps... | Read more »

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B&H Photo has the 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pro on sale for $999 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $100 off MSRP. Read more
Apple refurbished 2015 iMacs available for up...
Apple now has a full line of Certified Refurbished 2015 21″ & 27″ iMacs available for up to $350 off MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free. The following models are... Read more
Indian Smartphone Market Grows Annually by 12...
India’s smartphone market grew by 12 percent year-over-year, with 24.4 million units shipping in Q1 2016. The top five vendors stayed the same, with Samsung in the lead, followed by Micromax, Intex... Read more
Get Notifications When Your Friend’s Phone Ba...
Calgary, Canada based Stonelight Pictures has announced the release of Battery Share 1.0.1, its new utility for iOS 9 supported devices. The company notes that people are spending more time on their... Read more
11-inch 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air on sale for...
Amazon has the current-generation 11″ 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air (sku MJVM2LL/A) on sale for $749.99 for a limited time. Their price is $150 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this model... Read more
Price drops on clearance 2015 13-inch MacBook...
B&H Photo has dropped prices on clearance 2015 13″ MacBook Airs by up to $250. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 13″ 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB MacBook Air (MJVE2LL/A): $799, $200... Read more
Mac minis on sale for up to $100 off MSRP
B&H Photo has Mac minis on sale for up to $100 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 1.4GHz Mac mini: $449 $50 off MSRP - 2.6GHz Mac mini: $649 $50 off MSRP - 2.8GHz Mac mini... Read more

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*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions (US) - A...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
Restaurant Manager (Neighborhood Captain) - A...
…in every aspect of daily operation. WHY YOU'LL LIKE IT: You'll be the Big Apple . You'll solve problems. You'll get to show your ability to handle the stress and Read more
Automotive Sales Consultant - Apple Ford Linc...
…you. The best candidates are smart, technologically savvy and are customer focused. Apple Ford Lincoln Apple Valley is different, because: $30,000 annual salary Read more
Restaurant Manager (Neighborhood Captain) - A...
…in every aspect of daily operation. WHY YOU'LL LIKE IT: You'll be the Big Apple . You'll solve problems. You'll get to show your ability to handle the stress and Read more
Simply Mac *Apple* Specialist- Service Repa...
Simply Mac is the largest premier retailer of Apple products in the nation. In order to support our growing customer base, we are currently looking for a driven Read more
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