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20:54
Promise Technology adds new solutions to Pegasus, VTrak products

This week at NAB 2017, Promise Technology (www.promise.com) will showcase a range of solutions for creative professionals, from the independent editor to the largest media and entertainment organizations.

Promise will debut the Pegasus3 M4 Thunderbolt 3 RAID storage with flash devices and VTrak EFA 5310, an all-flash array storage system optimized for high bandwidth and extremely large data ingest rate. Additionally, Promise will showcase how its Apollo Cloud personal cloud storage device and VSkyCube hyperconverged system can be integrated into creative workflows. Promise's complete range of solutions will be on display at the company's product showcase at the NAB 2017 in Las Vegas (booth SL6821) from April 24 - 27.

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20:50
Magma ExpressBox 3T-V3 with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity announced

One Stop Systems (www.onestopsystems.com) has introduced the ExpressBox 3T-V3, an expansion chassis with three full length PCIe slots. It features plug and play installation and can support any combination of x1, x4, x8 and x16 PCIe cards.

The chassis features a hot-swappable cooling fan and users can control fan speed and noise. The EB3T-V3 can provide up to 300W of power. The Magma ExpressBox 3T-V3 is designed to match the throughput available with Thunderbolt 3 and the majority of PCIe cards on the market today. The expansion chassis contains three PCI Express slots connected to the computer through a Thunderbolt 3 cable. Price and availability will be announced at a later date.

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20:42
New developer betas of iOS 10.12.5, iOS 10.3.2, watchOS 3.2.2 available

Apple has seeded the fourth betas of macOS 10.12.5 an iOS 10.3.2 and beta four of watchOS 3.2.2 for developers. The new beta versions can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

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07:50
Ombre 1.0.1 is now available in the Mac App Store

Einstein's legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com) has introduced Ombre 1.0.1, an image transformation tool developed exclusively for macOS. It’s a creative tool for web designers, graphic artists and photographers.

Ombre lets you add radial or linear color gradient overlays to your images without altering the originals. You can drag'n drop (or copy) high-resolution images directly from the software to your application or the Finder. You can create new images using a background process while you continue to work on other projects.

Ombre requires macOS 10.11 or later. It costs $5.99 and is available worldwide from the Mac App Store in the Photography category.

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07:44
Output Factory for InDesign revved to version 1.6

Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 1.6, a feature update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

The software automates printing, exporting and preflighting from InDesign. It offers batch processing, export as single pages, layer versioning, variable file names, multi-format output and other time-saving features. Version 1.6 lets users easily reprint previously processed files directly from history, or convert them to PDF, EPS, HTML and other formats.

Output Factory 1.6 can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $169.95. There’s a “lite” version for $120, and a server version for $700. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $85. Output Factory requires macOS 10.7-10.12 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2017.

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07:40
DEVONthink To Go 2.1.3 uses new declutterer, brings automation

DEVONtechnologies has updatesd DEVONthink To Go, the iOS companion to DEVONthink for Mac, with enhancements and bug fixes.

Version 2.1.3 uses DEVONtechnologies' new decluttering service for clipping web pages and adds new settings for PDFs. It also improves automation with new URL commands and x-callback-url support. A new smart group lists items with comments, and email attachments are now shown separately so that they can be viewed and shared. The Apple Pencil support has been improved too.

DEVONthink To Go 2.1.3 costs $14.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Apple App Store in the Productivity category. Some features require a one-time in-app purchase. Customers find more information about the apps on the DEVONtechnologies website (http://www.devontechnologies.com).

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Apr 21
AppGameKit DLC released to capture GameGuru assets

The Game Creators (www.thegamecreators.com) have released GameGuru Loader for AppGameKit providing a way to convert and load GameGuru levels into AppGameKit.

GameGuru Loader lets you link the building features of GameGuru with the smart coding commands of AppGameKit. Its editor allows you to create 3D scenes and assets such as terrains, skies, vegetation, buildings and everyday objects. Now all these assets can be converted and then loaded in and displayed in AppGameKit.

GameGuru Loader allows you to go mobile too. It includes a converter that scans all your GameGuru media, and optimizes it to a format ideal for mobile use.

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Apr 21
BatchOutput for Microsoft Word adds new options to manage duplicate PDFs

Zevrix Solutions has announced BatchOutput DOC 2.5, a feature update to its output automation solution for Microsoft Word.

The tool automates printing and exporting of multiple documents to PDF, and allows to carry out professional PDF production directly from Word. It offers batch processing, image compression, PDF security, variable file names and other options. Version 2.5 gives users an option to overwrite duplicate PDF files or assign unique names to preserve existing documents.

BatchOutput DOC can be purchased for $39.95 from the Zevrix Solutions website (www.zevrix.com), as well as from authorized resellers and the Mac App Store. A demo is available for download. The update is free for users of version 2 and $20 from version 1. BatchOutput DOC requires macOS 10.6-10.12 and Microsoft Word 2008, 2011 or 2016.

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Apr 21
MetaRaw extends functionality of Adobe Camera Raw under macOS, Windows

The Plugin Site (www.ThePluginSite.com) has announced version 2.50 of MetaRaw, which is the first version that is also available for the Mac.

MetaRaw extends the functionality of the Adobe Camera Raw plug-in in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. It lets you open camera RAW files with Adobe Camera Raw, which are normally not supported by it, and allows applying Adobe Camera Raw to image layers.

In Photoshop Elements MetaRaw provides automatic lens correction and chromatic aberration removal features for Adobe Camera Raw. Additionally MetaRaw includes its own raw converter, which has some advantages over Adobe Camera Raw.

MetaRaw 2.50 now offers a version for macOS 10.6 and higher, which works in Photoshop CS3 to CC 2015 and Photoshop Elements 8 to 15. A future update will include support for Photoshop CC 2015.5 and 2017. With version 2.50 of MetaRaw 145 new camera models were added to the...

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Apr 20
L-com launches 900 MHz UP-series omni-directional antennas

L-com Global Connectivity (www.L-com.com), a manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, has released a new line of Omni-directional antennas for use with 900 MHz wireless LAN, SCADA, wireless video links and 900 MHz cellular band applications.

The 900 MHz UP-series antennas are low-profile, high-performance, Omni-directional antennas designed for the 900 MHz ISM band. They feature an integral N-female-type connector and a slim, 20 mm diameter, white, UV-stable, fiberglass radome for added durability. These antennas are designed with a sealed, aluminum end cap and drain holes at the base to help prevent condensation build-up inside the antenna, which helps ensure reliable performance, says L-com Product Manager Mark Blackwood.

These antennas feature a rugged, industrial-grade design for all-weather performance. They include a mast mounting kit that consists of an extruded aluminum bracket and a...

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Apr 20
ATTO Technology ships new ThunderLink devices

ATTO Technology (www.atto.com) has launched new ThunderLink Thunderbolt 3 connectivity devices for both 16GB and 32GB Fibre Channel. The new devices allow customers to take full advantage of the increased bandwidth of Thunderbolt 3 with speeds of up to 2750 MB/s.

They sport ATTO’s proprietary Advanced Data Streaming (ADS) and MultiPath Director technologies. The introduction of ATTO’s 3322 Thunderbolt 3 to 32Gb Fibre Channel device and 3162 Thunderbolt 3 to 16Gb Fibre Channel device also enables users to future-proof their infrastructures, taking full advantage of 4K workflows while also benefitting from the latest generation of Fibre Channel connectivity.

SFP+ modules are included and have been tested for interoperability. The ThunderLink devices — compatible with macOS and Windows — come with a configuration tool to manage and monitor Thunderbolt products and ATTO HBAs from a single pane of glass.

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Apr 20
Aircharge to support iPhone wireless integration

Aircharge and the BMW Group have signed a global deal to provide an exclusive, customised Wireless Charging Case for iPhone to take full advantage of the new in-car wireless ecosystem, which debuted in the new BMW 5 Series Sedan earlier this year.

The 2017 BMW 5 Series is the first car on the market to be released with a completely wireless infotainment solution, meaning iPhones are able to wirelessly integrate with the BMW iDrive system by connecting to the car over Bluetooth instead of through a traditional Lightning cable.

Integrating the smartphone into the vehicle's system allows the iPhone to be operated directly via the screen in the car, the iDrive Touch Controller, voice commands or gestures, avoiding potential distractions whilst at the wheel. Where heavy usage of apps, navigation and music may translate in a drained battery at the end of the drive, the addition of wireless charging solves this issue by keeping the device fully powered whilst in operation....

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Apr 20
MovieMerge+ 3.0.1 available in the Mac App Store

Einstein's legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com) has announced MovieMerge+ 3.0.1, a feature update to the video combination tool for macOS.

It’s designed to help video content creators who need a tool for organizing and joining a collection of video clips together into a single movie. Version 3.0.1 includes a variety of user interface updates, gesture-based tray management, and new sharing and preview options.

MovieMerge+ 3.0.1 requires macOS 10.11 or later. It costs $9.99 and is available for $9.99 at the Mac App Store in the Video category.

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Apr 19
CNS Plug-ins releases FTPit Pro 3.0

CNS Plug-ins has released FTPit Pro 3.0, an update of its FileMaker Pro plug-in that adds 64-bit support, a FTP over SSH option, and more enhancements.

FTPit Pro is a FileMaker plug-in that uses FTP to transfer files to and from your computer. You can use it to upload static web pages to a website, download database upgrades from a centralized server, or write a complete FTP client within FileMaker itself. You can transfer text directly to or from fields in your database, and you can upload files that reside in container fields.

The Server Edition of FTPit Pro allows you to install and use the plug-in on FileMaker Server with all its capabilities. For example, you can now do things like transfer database backups to an offsite server directly from the FileMaker Server machine, use the plug-in with Web Direct, or harness Perform Script On Server from FileMaker Go devices. Download a copy today to explore the many features of this plug-in.

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Apr 19
Mach Software Design introduces Alien News for macOS

Mach Software Design (http://machsoftwaredesign.com/) has introduced Alien News 1.0 for macOS, a news reader app. Built from the ground up for tab and Touch Bar support, Alien News provides unlimited windows and Reddit accounts.

Users can search with a single click, leave comments, view their private messages, view saved articles, even view recent user activity and more. If you have a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, top news stories will automatically scroll across the Touch Bar, mimicking the scrolling headlines on television news programs.

You can browse your favorite subreddits and discover new subreddits and articles under the Explore View. Virtually every button you see in the app can be Command-Clicked to open it in a new Tab. You can also right-click to open articles, comments, web pages, and subreddits in new windows. What’s more, Alien News includes a Dark Mode that switches the...

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Apr 19
Sonnet's Echo Express III-D, Echo Express III-R available with...

Sonnet Technologies (www.sonnettech.com) has announced that its $899 Echo Express III-D (desktop) and $999 Echo Express III-R (rackmount) Thunderbolt-to-PCI Express (PCIe) three-slot expansion chassis are now shipping with full support for Thunderbolt 3.

With the new interface, both systems enable users of Mac® computers equipped with 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, such as the new MacBook Pro, to take advantage of Thunderbolt 3's 2750 MB/s of PCI Express bandwidth to support more fully even the most demanding, highest-performance adapter cards, says Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies.

The Echo Express III-D and Echo Express III-R Thunderbolt 3 Editions provide one x16 and two x8 PCIe 3.0 slots to support three full-length, full-height, single-width PCIe cards. The III-D and III-R Thunderbolt 3 editions support the use of every Thunderbolt 3- and macOS-compatible PCIe card available,...

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Apr 19
Splitt 1.1.1 is now available in the Mac App Store

Einstein's legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com) has released Splitt 1.1.1, a feature update to the video splicing application for macOS. 



The app lets you cut your movies into an arbitrary number of segments. Splitt features include organization, segment previews and precise navigation mode, which gives you frame-accurate control over the length of each segment. Version 1.1.1 features a new segment preview panel, individual segment sharing and greater feedback for preventing errant segment creation.

Splitt 1.1.1 requires macOS 10.11 or higher. It’s available for $9.99 at the Mac App Store in the Video category

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Apr 19
Theme Inn revamps bundle for MS Office template app

Theme Inn (http://themeinn.com/) has announced Office Mill - Templates Bundle for MS Office 5.9.5, an update to the theme app for macOS.

It offers over 2,900 designs for Word documents, 320 spreadsheet templates for Excel, 210 slideshow themes for PowerPoint, and 2,000 images for illustrating just about any content. Version 5.9.5 features over 150 previously unreleased designs as well, as a new product icon.

Office Mill - Templates Bundle for MS Office requires macOS 10.10 or higher. It costs $39.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

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Apr 19
LaCie previews the 2big Dock Thunderbolt 3

LaCie (www.lacie.com) has previewed the next version of its 2big professional 2-bay RAID storage solution, which adds Thunderbolt 3 technology. Designed by Neil Poulton, it’s also a docking station that provides ports for connecting other devices.

Through a single cable, the LaCie 2big Dock simplifies and centralizes the desktop by directly connecting to a laptop, SD Cards, Compact Flash Cards and other devices. With up to 20TB of storage—a 25% increase over the previous version—the LaCie 2big Dock offers professionals enough space for large video and photo libraries including up to 650 hours of 4K 30fps footage or 200,000 raw images. With speeds of up to 440MB/s, users can transfer one hour of 4K footage in one minute.

Front-facing SD and CF Card slots allow users to directly ingest files off memory cards from a drone, DSLR, GoPro and other devices into Adobe Lightroom or Premiere Pro. The USB 3.0 hub charges a...

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Apr 18
Matrox announces new IP KVM technology

Matrox (www.matrox.com) has launched the Matrox Extio 3, which it describes as the world’s first IP KVM product supporting 4K60 4:4:4 video, keyboard, and mouse, as well as USB 2.0 and audio at low bit rates over standard Gigabit Ethernet. Complementing the current Matrox Extio and Avio product lines, the Extio 3 advances Matrox's offerings in high-performance KVM products for knowledge workers, says Caroline Injoyan, the company’s business development manage.

The Extio 3 is purportedly capable of providing 4K60 4:4:4, desktop-quality video at 5% of the bandwidth required by most other solutions available in the market today. It supports DisplayPort 1.2 connectivity with a maximum resolution of 3840x2160@60Hz in true color.


Compatible with existing network infrastructure, Extio 3 offers flexible deployment options; supporting both standard copper and fiber optic cabling. Integrable as a either a point-to-...

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Apr 24
NSS Labs announces data center firewall group test...

NSS Labs (www.nsslabs.com), which specializes in operationalizing cybersecurity, has announced the results of its Data Center Firewall (DCFW) Group Test. Seven products from five vendors were tested. All seven products scored 100% in firewall policy enforcement testing, but no product demonstrated the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) across all tested scenarios.

Enterprises store vast quantities of sensitive, business-critical information in modern data centers. Growth in the deployment of mobility and cloud computing technologies in data centers has transformed traffic patterns from a predominantly business-to-business (B2B) model with long duration connections commonly found in software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications to a business-to-consumer (B2C) model with short lived, high-volume connections, such as e-commerce transactions. When selecting DCFWs to support these use cases, enterprises look for products...

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Apr 21
Global market of Artificial Intelligence to grow 60%...

The global market of artificial intelligence is anticipated to grow at a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of over 60% during 2017-2022, according to Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com).

On the basis of application, global artificial intelligence market has been broadly segmented into image recognition, natural language processing, speech recognition, gesture control and others, according to the research group. Among these categories, image recognition dominated global artificial intelligence market in 2016, and the segment is expected to maintain its dominance over the next five years as well.

These machines are also capable of taking decisions by self-learning from the nearby environment. Global artificial intelligence market is expected to grow at a robust pace over the next five years, owing to its widespread implementation in numerous industries, such as automobile,...

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Apr 20
Mobile location-based advertising will be worth € 10.7...

According to a research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight (www.berginsight.com), the total value of the global real-time mobile location-based advertising and marketing (LBA) market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 54% to € 10.7 billion in 2018.

This will then correspond to 38.6% of all mobile advertising and marketing. Location-based advertising and marketing will thus represent around 7% of digital advertising, or 2 percent of the total global ad spend for all media, according to the research group.
 
The past year has seen a number of significant developments in the real-time mobile LBA space. One example is the concept of beacons based on Bluetooth low energy (BLE).

"The concept of Bluetooth marketing has been reinvigorated following Apple’s introduction of iBeacon in 2013,"says Rickard Andersson, senior analyst, Berg Insight.

While so far...

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Apr 18
Survey finds most feeling they're behind in...

Data Conversion Laboratory, Inc. (DCL) and the Center for Information Development Management (CIDM), have released the results of the 5th annual "Following the Trends – Is Your Content Ready?" survey, and the results show, among many other insights, that a surprising 51% of those polled responded "No," that their content is not ready – a 21% increase over last year.  

Each year the survey's goal is to probe and track how, and if, organizations or individual professionals are adapting their processes and content to be more viable in an increasingly electronic world. Questions covered a wide range of topics around content, including types of content being developed (User Manuals, Release Notes, Training Materials), authoring tools (XML author, MS Word, FrameMaker), and mobile strategies, as well as classic concerns like staff, budgets, and time.

Spanning five years, this survey has attracted almost 1900 respondents with 2017's drawing in 369 professionals. "There is...

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Apr 18
Shift away from cash could save developed economics...

Citi says that the affordability of financial services fell by 3.2% in high-performing countries, but grew by 2.3% in emerging ones – highlighting that many countries in the developed world are still struggling to bring their unbanked and underbanked in to the digital fold.

“The efficiencies and cost savings of moving to digital money are potentially staggering,” says Greg Baxter, Citi’s global head of Digital, “and the social benefits from wider financial inclusion enormous. It is therefore a concern that the Index is highlighting a risk that some low-income countries and potentially even low income segments within developed countries could fall irretrievably behind in the digital economy.”

Citi’s research finds that true adoption of digital money can only happen when there is a concerted, holistic effort that includes a supportive institutional environment, financial and ICT infrastructure, digital money solutions from government and the private sector, and...

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Apr 18
Semiconductor revenue to increase 12.3% in 2017

Worldwide semiconductor revenue is forecast to total $386 billion in 2017, an increase of 12.3% from 2016, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).

Favorable market conditions that gained momentum in the second half of 2016, particularly for commodity memory, have accelerated and raised the outlook for the market in 2017 and 2018, according to the research group. However, the memory market is fickle, and additional capacity in both DRAM and NAND flash is expected to result in a correction in 2019.

"While price increases for both DRAM and NAND flash memory are raising the outlook for the overall semiconductor market, it will also put pressure on margins for system vendors of smartphones, PCs and servers," said Jon Erensen, research director at Gartner. "Component shortages, a rising bill of materials, and the prospect of having to counter by raising average selling prices (ASPs) will create a volatile...

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Apr 17
Manufacturers unite to shape the future of augmented...

UI LABS (uilabs.org) and The Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance (AREA) have released first augmented reality (AR) hardware and software functional requirements guidelines, which will help AR technology companies develop products for industrial users.

These AR functional requirements documents are designed to lead to technology that improves the performance and efficiency for manufacturers in a number of areas, including employee training and safety; factory floor and field services operations; machine assembly, inspection and repair; manufacturing space and product design; and much more.

Lockheed Martin, Caterpillar and Procter & Gamble initiated the guidelines development process as part of a project through the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration. Recently, 65 organizations — including industry, AR providers, universities, and government agencies — came together for a workshop to offer insight into their...

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Apr 13
Wireless power market surges forward in 2017

IHS Markit (www.ihs.com) — an information, analytics and solutions firm — says the market for wireless power and charging is expected to grow in 2017, with global  receiver shipments reaching 325 million units by year end. The market grew approximately 40% in 2016.

According to the new report, mobile phones remain the primary driver for development of wireless power technology and mobile phones, laptops and wearable devices will drive receiver market growth. Receiver unit shipments are expected to climb this year as demand increases; Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) make their decision on specifications; and the market moves towards glass-backed phones.

In 2016, the flagship Samsung handset made the biggest single contribution to enabled receiver shipments, according to IHS Markit. Samsung’s decision to retain wireless charging on the Galaxy S7, and LG’s decision to add the technology to its new G6 device (U....

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Apr 12
Online consumer payments are biggest growth market in...

Online consumer payments remain the biggest growth market in payments, and will continue growing strongly as more consumers gain access to the Internet and to tools that can be used online, according to Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com).

Developing countries, particularly China, are expected to be at the forefront of this growth, although even the most developed online commerce markets will grow strongly over the next five years, adds the research group. In fact, China overtook the US as the world's largest online commerce market in 2015, with Chinese consumers spending a total of $699 billion online that year.

According to Research and Markets, 20% of the total value of online commerce transactions across all markets will be accounted for by m-commerce by 2020, with the market recording a compound annual growth rate of 17% from 2015 to 2020. Consumer spending patterns...

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Apr 11
What’s next for Internet privacy after ISPs celebrate...

On April 3, President Trump allowed Internet Service Providers to collect and sell user data. Many experts feel that this was just the beginning - and the signs of new developments are already visible.
 
A notice has already been served by Trump administration that net neutrality - which guarantees that all content is equally accessible - will be possibly revoked. If that happens, ISPs will also be able to control which content users see, giving preference to more lucrative options, and making it harder for independent streaming services or smaller sites to compete.

As a result of the rights given to Internet Service Providers, a new type of an ISP might emerge: an ISP that is also an ad network and content company, taking full advantage of data it receives from its tracking supercookies and other methods.
 
According to Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the founder of World Wide Web, the measure repealing the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) online...

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18:42
Apple delays release of Carpool Karaoke spin-off...

Apple’s Carpool Karaoke adaptation was originally slated to debut this month on Apple Music, but the company has apparently delayed that premiere. According to a report from Reuters, the release of Carpool Karaoke has been pushed until “later this year,” but without any specific reason.

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18:17
Apple pushes 'Carpool Karaoke' launch back...




It appears Apple's first foray into original video content, "Carpool Karaoke," will not make its scheduled April debut, as the company on Monday again postponed a launch party initially slated for March.

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17:47
Google Photos now streams photos, video to Apple TV...




Google on Monday updated its Google Photos app for iOS with integrated AirPlay support, meaning users can stream photos and video to the big screen with Apple TV.

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17:14
Apple hires NASA AR/VR expert Jeff Norris to work on...




Apple has reportedly hired Dr. Jeff Norris, an augmented and virtual reality specialist who founded the Mission Operations Innovation Office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to be part of a special projects team working to bring augmented reality to the masses.

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17:14
That Time Tim Cook Spanked Uber CEO Kalanick for...

You ever hear the one about Tim Cook bending Uber CEO Travis Kalanick over his knee and spanking him? It happened in 2015, but went unreported until Monday. The New York Times offered an account of Tim Cook threatening to pull Uber’s app from the App Store if it didn’t stop behaving like a spoiled bully on at least one front. And, according to the story, Mr. Kalanick cried uncle.


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16:42
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16:32
Apple Snags Another AR/VR Expert, this Time from NASA

Apple has hired another expert in the fields of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). Bloomberg reported that Apple has hired Jeff Norris, an 18-year veteran of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).


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16:10
Apple reportedly hires NASA veteran to join its...

As Apple continues to ramp up its focus on augmented reality, the company has recently hired a specialist from NASA for its efforts. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple has hired Jeff Norris, a specialist in new technology at NASA…

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16:08
ABC affiliate deal makes it easier to livestream...

Disney has signed deals with more than 160 television stations that will finally enable them to stream their local content. Most of the affiliates will now use services like DirecTV Now, Sony PlayStation Vue and YouTube TV to broadcast their own show...

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15:41
ecobee4 HomeKit Smart Thermostat Teased Ahead of May...

Smart thermostat maker ecobee is teasing its upcoming ecobee4, which is set to debut on May 3rd. The new model is rumored to include a built-in microphone and speaker with Amazon Alexa voice control built-in. ecobee4 will reportedly have a sleeker, yet familiar, design and the separate room sensors are said to be silver instead of white. The company also lowered the ecobee3 price ahead of next week’s announcement from US$249 to $199. That’s a pretty sweet deal for a full-features smart thermostat that’s also HomeKit compatible. If you want to follow along with ecobee’s announcements next Wednesday you’ll need to head over to the company’s Facebook page.


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15:40
Siri Could Access Federal Information One Day

The General Services Administration is launching a pilot program aimed at opening up access to federal information to third-party virtual assistants. Agencies include the departments of Energy, Homeland Security and Housing and Urban development. The purpose is to make it easier for American citizens to find governmental information they need.


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15:28
Judging Apple Watch’s Success

Mike Murphy, writing for Quartz, “Two Years After Its Launch, the Apple Watch Hasn’t Made a Difference at Apple”:

Apple’s biggest launch since the iPad in 2010, the Apple Watch was
expected to be a hit: Given the massive financial success of the
iPhone, it stood to reason that a companion device might be
something customers craved.

Not so much. Apple has never shared hard numbers on how many
wearables it has sold, and doesn’t even break out Watch sales in
its quarterly earnings report. Instead, the device is bundled into
Apple’s “Other products,” which the company says includes, “Apple
TV, Apple Watch, Beats products, iPod and Apple-branded and
third-party accessories.”

These articles come out like clockwork every 3 months, as Apple’s earnings report draws near. Apple told us they...

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15:02
AWT News Update: April 24, 2017

We have a variety of Apple and industry related news for you today on the AWT News Update:

  • Sling TV announces Cloud DVR support for the Apple TV
  • Happy birthday, Apple Watch! It's the second birthday of the beloved timepiece, and we'll be discussing it tonight (6:30 PM PDT/9:30 PM EDT) on AWT TV.
  • Some of Apple's self-driving car software testers are rocket scientists...really!
  • A problem with the flagship Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ has some users seeing red, and they probably won't be happy with the "fix"

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Note to Apple News readers: you’ll need to visit Apple World Today in order to listen to the podcast.

Text Version

This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today,...

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14:58
Google Photos for iOS beams images to your TV with...

Google has been improving its Photos app for a while now, adding features like automatic white balance, compensation for wobbly video, social photo editing tools and even improving Apple's own Live Photos. The one thing it's been missing, however, is...

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14:52
Apple releases fourth iOS 10.3.2 and macOS 10.12.5...

Earlier today, Apple released the fourth betas of macOS 10.12.5 and iOS 10.3.2 to developers. Now, the company has released the betas to public beta testers too, as it usually does following the initial release to developers…

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14:38
Latest ‘bug’ causes iOS to crash when certain...

Every so often, weird bugs emerge in iOS that cause the operating to crash or restart when a certain string of actions are performed. Now, a new “bug” has emerged that causes iOS to freeze and re-spring, but don’t expect it to become a major problem or for Apple to even address it…

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14:37
A Network Scanner Helps You Secure Your Wi-Fi Router

When you secure your Wi-Fi or wired router, a network scanner is an essential utility you should have on your Mac and iOS device. Jeff Butts has explored several options for letting you know what devices are connected to your network, and gives you an overview of what they can and cannot do.


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14:37
FCC may unveil softer net neutrality rules this week

Like it or not, the FCC may be close to divulging its plans for relaxing net neutrality rules. Recode contacts claim that Chairman Ajit Pai may talk about the softer regulation as soon as April 26th, when he speaks at a conservative group's event. Th...

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14:16
Stephens College is the first all-women's...

Last Thursday, Stephens College made history when it officially created the first varsity-level eSports team at an all-women's school. The program's 12-player squad will begin digitally competing in collegiate Overwatch leagues this fall.

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14:00
Apple Cuts Affiliate Commissions on Apps and In-App...

From a report on Mac Stories: Today, Apple announced that it is reducing the commissions it pays on apps and In-App Purchases from 7 percent to 2.5 percent effective May 1st. The iTunes Affiliate Program pays a commission from Apple's portion of the sale of apps and other media when a purchase is made with a link that contains the affiliate credentials of a member of the program. Anyone can join, but the Affiliate Program is used heavily by websites that cover media sold by Apple and app developers.


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13:54
Sling TV's Cloud DVR records your guilty...

Two weeks after Sling TV rolled out its Cloud DVR feature to Android and Roku users, the streaming service is now doing the same for people who own an Apple TV. "First Look," which was introduced last November, lets Sling TV subscribers get 50 hours...

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13:52
Western Digital G-Technology line gets Thunderbolt 3...

Rear view of G-Technology G-DRIVE with Thunderbolt 3

At the 2017 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Western Digital Corporation announced upgrades to the G-Technology product line targeted at creative professionals. The big news is the addition of Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C technologies to the product family to optimize the speed and performance of the G-Technology product lines.

G-DRIVE with Thunderbolt 3

The G-Drive for Thunderbolt 3 is now available at $699.95 for 10TB (12TB coming next quarter at $799.95) and less for smaller capacities. This drive has dual Thunderbolt 3 ports and a USB-C port that supports USB 3.1 Gen 1. Up to five of the devices can be daisy-chained in order to move HD videos or 4K footage to multiple drives with a single connection. The drive uses the HGST Ultrastar 7200RPM Enterprise-class hard drive mechanism. 

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Monday April 24

18:13
Apple Delays Launch of 'Carpool Karaoke' Serie...

Apple has delayed the release of "Carpool Karaoke: The Series," its first original television series, reports Reuters. The series, which will premiere on Apple Music, was supposed to launch in April, but its debut has been delayed.

Apple, a company known for its precisely coordinated product launches, declined to explain the delays, but said in a statement that "Carpool Karaoke: The Series will premiere on Apple Music later this year."Apple was originally planning to hold a premiere party for "Carpool Karaoke" in March, but the party was postponed. The party was then supposed to take place on Monday, but it was again pushed back due to the show's delayed launch.

"Carpool Karaoke: The Series" is based on the popular Carpool Karaoke segment from "The Late Late Show with James Corden." Apple...

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15:43
Apple Hires NASA Augmented Reality Expert Jeff Norris

Apple has hired Jeff Norris, an augmented reality expert who founded the Mission Operations Innovation Office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, reports Bloomberg.

Norris has reportedly joined Apple as a senior manager working on the augmented reality team led by Mike Rockwell, who formerly ran Dolby Labs. The team is said to be working on the previously-rumored augmented reality smart glasses as well as AR features for future versions of the iPhone.

Prior to joining Apple, Norris worked at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he was employed since 1999. Along with founding the Mission Operations Innovation Office, he founded the JPL Ops Lab for developing human-system interfaces for mission operations, and he led...

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13:14
'CBS This Morning' to Interview Apple's S...

It's being announced on CBS that Angela Ahrendts, senior vice president of retail at Apple will be on "CBS This Morning" tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET/PT on CBS. This afternoon CBS gave us a snippet of tomorrow's interview.

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11:00
Galaxy S8 Preorders Were Samsung's 'Best Ever...

Samsung's trouble with the Galaxy Note 7, which notably caused several fires due to battery troubles and led to a full recall, hasn't affected demand for its newly launched Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

According to a statement released this morning by Samsung (via VentureBeat), Samsung saw 30 percent year-over-year growth in preorders compared to the Galaxy S7. While Samsung did not give specific sales numbers, the company said it saw its "best ever" preorder period.

"We are delighted to see the response to the Galaxy S8 and S8+," remarked Samsung Electronics America president Tim Baxter. "The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are a result of that recommitment and the market has responded -- with a more...

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09:58
Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.5 to Devel...

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming macOS Sierra 10.12.5 update to developers, one week after seeding the third beta and one month after releasing macOS Sierra 10.12.4, which introduced Night Shift for the Mac.

The fourth beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.5 can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

According to the release notes accompanying the beta, the update "improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac."

Apple's release notes don't often provide a lot of insight into what's included in new beta...

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09:57
Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of iOS 10.3.2 to Developers

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming iOS 10.3.2 update to developers, one week after seeding the third iOS 10.3.2 beta and one month after introducing iOS 10.3, which included features like a new Find My AirPods feature and Apple File System. Apple also released a minor iOS 10.3.1 update in early April, which focused on security improvements.

Registered developers can download the fourth iOS 10.3.2 beta from the Apple Developer Center or over-the-air with the proper configuration profile installed.

Apple doesn't typically provide detailed release notes for its iOS updates, so we don't yet know what...

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05:33
Ming-Chi Kuo Agrees iPhone 8 Will Launch in September Wi...

As more alleged design schematics and dummy models of the "iPhone 8" leak online, one of the biggest questions remains the smartphone's actual launch date. Although some industry sources believe the tenth-anniversary iPhone will still launch in September -- perhaps in very short supply -- Japanese site Mac Otakara earlier this year suggested the OLED iPhone 8 would launch "very much" behind the the LCD models.

Today, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has published a report supporting the theory that Apple will debut the OLED iPhone in September, but the device will...

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05:24
Apple's OLED Display is on Schedule to Deliver a La...

Today we learn that Samsung Display is expected to start shipping OLED panels for Apple’s iPhone in June as planned, brushing off market rumors that the launch of the first OLED iPhone could be delayed due to supply shortage.

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04:44
Apple likely to use OLED displays with Important Blue Pi...

Idemitsu Kosan Co. is a Japanese petroleum company. Smartphones from Samsung and Google likely use OLED displays using Idemitsu's patented blue pixel technology and Apple is likely to be next.

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04:36
Dummy 'iPhone 8' Images Appear Online Suggesti...

Pictures of a dummy "iPhone 8" model appeared on social media over the weekend depicting a handset with a front and rear made of what looks like 2.5D curved glass and a stainless steel edge design.

The dummy device is purportedly a "CNC model according to Foxconn", according to the original Twitter poster, but there's no way to verify the claim one way or the other, so take the following with a big pinch of salt.

The front of the device appears to have an edge-to-edge screen with no discernible bezels, while around the back there's a vertically aligned dual-lens camera, but no other identifiable markings. That includes no rear-mounted Touch ID sensor, but also no Apple logo, either.

The sides look like stainless steel, similar to those of the iPhone 4. There are volume...

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03:00
Tim Cook Threatened to Remove Uber From the App Store Ov...

Apple CEO Tim Cook threatened to pull Uber's app from the App Store in early 2015 after discovering the ride-hailing company was secretly "fingerprinting" iPhones that used the app, it emerged on Sunday.

The claim appeared in a New York Times report profiling Uber's risk-taking chief executive Travis Kalanick, who was apparently summoned to Apple's campus for a face-to-face meeting with Cook over the app's behavior.

Travis Kalanick (left) and Tim Cook at a 2016 fashion gala (Image: Reuters)

According to the report, Uber was trying to prevent fraudsters from creating multiple fake accounts on the same device to collect new account bonuses, but to do this it had been recording the UUID serial numbers of...

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Sunday April 23

07:28
Apple has catapulted a Tiny Canadian Gaming Studio into...

What Apple fan doesn't like to hear about a tiny company working out of a garage do well right? Thanks to Apple and a group of talented video game designers from Saskatoon ...

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06:46
Inventor of G-Hold for Apple's iPad and Microsoft...

A UK report today reveals that the inventor of a tablet holder rejected by Dragons' Den has clinched money-spinning deals with Apple and Microsoft. Single mum Alison Grieve, who launched G-Hold three years ago, was signed up after attending a trade show in America. Grieve was able to impress Microsoft specialists who asked her to design a device for their...

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05:53
The UK's Guardian Pulls out of Apple News and Faceb...

A U.K. report has revealed that the 'Guardian' has pulled out of Apple News and Facebook Instant Articles. The UK newspaper was one of Apple’s launch partners and had included every single story on their platform.

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Saturday April 22

07:31
Apple Patents and Groundwork on an Autonomous Vehicle Pl...

There have been many reports on the progress of Apple's Project Titan over the last year. We've learned about their new team in Canada working on advanced system software or a smart car platform. We're presented a couple of patents covering parts of their new system and more. Yesterday more revelations came to light about the testing Apple has to perform and pass to be in line with California's DVM guidelines. Each piece of the puzzle is interesting, but we're still no closer to knowing Apple's game plan.

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Friday April 21

15:46
Apple may be Backing Boeing's Low-Earth Satellite C...

In a new report this afternoon we learn that at the annual Satellite 2017 conference in Washington D.C. last month, industry insider Tim Farrar said Boeing's low-earth satellite project was being funded by Apple. Although the project could 6 or 7 years to get off the ground, some of Apple's fiercest competitors are working on new satellite services and Apple will likely have a plan to enter this market as well.

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13:12
Apple Autonomous Driving Training Program Confirms Self-...

Apple has developed a training program to instruct employees on how to handle cars being used to test its autonomous driving software platform, according to documents obtained by Business Insider.

The company's "Development Platform Specific Training" document references an "Apple Automated System" and a "Development platform," alluding to the self-driving software platform Apple is rumored to be building after plans for a full autonomous electric vehicle fell through.

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11:06
Apple Hires Two Google Executives With Satellite Experti...

Apple has recently hired John Fenwick and Michael Trela, two Google satellite executives, reports Bloomberg. Fenwick led Google's spacecraft operations, while Trela was head of satellite engineering.

Both Trela and Fenwick are reporting to Greg Duffy, the former co-founder of camera company Dropcam. What the two are doing at Apple is unclear, but Bloomberg speculates they're either working on satellites for image collection or satellites for communications.

Rumors have suggested Apple is using a fleet of drones to collect data to improve Apple Maps, with the company having filed for an FAA permit to be able to fly drones for commercial purposes. Apple also acquired...

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10:52
iPhone 8 Shell Render Features Vertical Dual-Lens Camera...

Multiple design renders of Apple's much-rumored 5.8-inch OLED iPhone have surfaced over the course of the last two weeks, giving us our first look at what the device might look like.

Apple is testing multiple prototypes so we have seen several designs, but two of them have focused on a device with an aluminum frame, a vertical dual-lens camera, and a mysterious hole on the back below the Apple logo.

Now a third render has popped up featuring the same general design, but this time, it's a render of a full rear casing, which provides a clearer look at what the "iPhone 8" might look like at launch, should this be the design Apple chooses to use.

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08:50
Apple Now Selling Refurbished 13-Inch MacBook Pro With T...

Apple has added select 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models to its refurbished store for the first time.

The base model with a 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 256GB flash storage, 8GB of RAM, and Intel Iris Graphics 550 is available for $1,529 in the United States, reflecting savings of $270 off Apple's regular price of $1,799. Available colors include both Silver and Space Gray.

The base model is also available with an upgraded 16GB of RAM for $...

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Monday April 24

10:00
New Beta Downloads Now Available

Test your apps with the latest release of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

  • macOS Sierra 10.12.5 beta 4 (16F67a)
  • iOS 10.3.2 beta 4 (14F5086a)
  • watchOS 3.2.2 beta 4 (14V5485a)
  • tvOS 10.2.1 beta 4 (14W5583a)

View all downloads.

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10:00
New Beta Downloads Now Available

Test your apps with the latest release of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

  • macOS Sierra 10.12.5 beta 4 (16F67a)
  • iOS 10.3.2 beta 4 (14F5086a)
  • watchOS 3.2.2 beta 4 (14V5485a)
  • tvOS 10.2.1 beta 4 (14W5583a)

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09:00
Outlook Customer Manager now rolling out worldwide...

The Outlook Customer Manager provides an easy way for small businesses to track and grow customer relationships from right within Outlook. Today, we are pleased to announce the Outlook Customer Manager is now rolling out to all Office 365 Business Premium subscribers worldwide, and is also now available for Outlook on the web and Outlook for iOS. In addition, we’ve enhanced the Outlook Customer Manager to help you manage customer relationships more effectively, including intelligent reminders and integration with Bing, Cortana and Microsoft Flow.

More ways to access Outlook Customer Manager

Last November, we released Outlook Customer Manager for Outlook for Windows desktops and since then we have been working to...

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09:00
New to Office 365 in April

Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team.

Several Office 365 updates this month can help companies of all sizes accelerate the digital transformation within their organization. We released Outlook Customer Manager, introduced Microsoft To-Do in Preview, extended Designer to PowerPoint on iPad, added support for Office 365 Groups in additional Office apps and more. Read on for the details.

Outlook Customer Manager is rolling out worldwide

Outlook Customer Manager makes it easy for small businesses to track and grow customer relationships without leaving Outlook. Today’s rollout includes several new capabilities based on feedback we received during the First Release of Outlook Customer Manager. It’s easier to manage...

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Friday April 21

11:14
Episode 32: iOS 10.3 and Classroom 2.0 with Fraser...
09:00
The future of work on Modern Workplace

Register to watch the latest Modern Workplace episode, “The Future of Work: Build, attract, connect,” which aired April 11, 2017.

  • Jacob Morgan—speaker, futurist and author—presents five factors affecting the future of work. He describes how, as a futurist, he helps people not be surprised by what the future will bring.
  • Angela Oguntala—futurist, designer and director at Greyspace—adds her perspective on how companies need to think about the future differently. Too often people confidently state, “This is what the future will be,” and organizations listen to them. But instead of trying to predict the future, organizations should consider different options and how their core processes could be affected.

Also, see a demo of the new Microsoft Teams enhancements, available to all Office 365 business users, and get an exclusive tour of the Microsoft Envisioning Center, where you’ll see how Microsoft is planning for the future of productivity.

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08:44
Show MySQL Settings

MySQL usually pulls settings from a my.cnf file. However, you can end up with settings in include files, which can be defined in the my.cnf using the following directives:

include /home/mydir/myopt.cnf
includedir /home/mydir

Because of this, and the fact that you might not have access to all locations of .cnf files on a filesystem, you can also grab them using the SHOW VARIABLES option within SQL, obtained by

/usr/local/mysql/bin/mysql -uroot -p mypassword -e "SHOW VARIABLES;" > /tmp/SQLSettings.txt

In the above command, -uroot defines we’ll be accessing with the root user, -p defines the password (listed as mypassword) and the -e defines that we want to execute a command and then quit. We then use > to dump the output into the defined file.

The post Show MySQL Settings appeared first on krypted.com.

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Thursday April 20

11:00
Episode 127 on the new Script Lab Office add-in with...

In Episode 127 of the Office 365 Developer Podcast, Richard diZerega and Andrew Coates talk with Michael Zlatkovsky and Bhargav Krishna about the new Script Lab Office add-in.

https://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP127_ScriptLab.mp3

Download the podcast.

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11:00
Introducing LivePhotosKit JS

This new JavaScript-based API makes it easy to embed Live Photos on your websites. In addition to enabling Live Photos on iOS and macOS, you can now let users display their Live Photos on the web.

Learn more about Live Photos.

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11:00
Introducing LivePhotosKit JS

This new JavaScript-based API makes it easy to embed Live Photos on your websites. In addition to enabling Live Photos on iOS and macOS, you can now let users display their Live Photos on the web.

Learn more about Live Photos.

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09:00
Venue management firm reduces costs, improves...

Today’s blog post was written by John Hornby, chief operating officer at the NEC Group, a venue management company based in the United Kingdom.

The NEC Group got its start in 1976 when Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England. Since then, we’ve grown to become one of the world’s leading venue management companies. The NEC Group now operates five major venues in Birmingham, plus conference facilities at Resorts World Birmingham at the NEC, one of the largest integrated leisure and entertainment complexes in the United Kingdom. Each year, we welcome approximately 7 million people to more than 750 events—from concerts to conventions. Our company also operates a national ticketing agency, an award-winning catering business, a leading hospitality brand and several other businesses. Combined, our business activities contribute more than £$2.1 billion (approximately US$2.6 billion) annually to the local economy.

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08:55
Office 365 ProPlus updates

Today’s post was written by Ron Markezich, corporate vice president for the Office commercial marketing team.

Office 365 ProPlus delivers cloud-connected and always up-to-date versions of our most valuable enterprise apps. Today, we’re making three important announcements related to ProPlus: changes to the Office 365 system requirements; improvements to the ProPlus update model, including alignment with Windows 10; and new tools and programs to manage ProPlus application compatibility.

Changes to the Office 365 system requirements

Office 365 ProPlus is the very best way to experience the Office 365 services. For IT, ProPlus delivers the most secure and most complete suite of productivity apps available. And because the apps are cloud-connected and always up-to-date, they’re continually getting better—with new security features, new telemetry and new management capabilities. For end users, ProPlus brings the Office 365 services to life. When a...

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Wednesday April 19

16:30
Search Ads is Expanding to the UK, Australia, and...

Starting April 25, 2017 at 10 a.m. PDT, Search Ads will be available on the App Store in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, providing an efficient and easy way to promote your app at the top of relevant search results in more markets. Get started with your campaigns today.

Learn more about Search Ads.

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16:30
Search Ads is Expanding to the UK, Australia, and...

Starting April 25, 2017 at 10 a.m. PDT, Search Ads will be available on the App Store in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, providing an efficient and easy way to promote your app at the top of relevant search results in more markets. Get started with your campaigns today.

Learn more about Search Ads.

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09:00
OneNote Class Notebook updates include read-only...

Over the last year, our team has been working with and listening to educators to learn how they are using OneNote Class Notebooks. We are continuously impressed by the passion and creativity of teachers and students who are using our tools. A common theme we heard was how OneNote continues to save teachers time and enhance collaboration in the classroom. In our conversations, we learned that parents and guardians are also curious to learn more about OneNote to help engage with their students’ learning progress.

To address the top requests we heard from teachers, administrators and parents/guardians, we’re pleased to announce the release of four new features in OneNote Class Notebook:

Parent or guardian access to Class Notebook (read-only links)—Teachers now can quickly and easily generate read-only links to both the Content Library and individual student notebooks. A parent or...

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08:00
Introducing Microsoft To-Do—now available in Preview

Today’s post was written by Ori Artman, general manager of Microsoft To-Do.

Today we’re excited to introduce a new, intelligent task management app that makes it easy to plan and manage your day. Say hello to Microsoft To-Do—now available in Preview.

To-Do comes from the team behind the Wunderlist app, and delivers a smarter, more personal and intuitive way to help people stay organized and get the most out of every day. Powered by Office 365 integration and an intelligent algorithm, it is the first step on our journey to simplify task management and help you achieve more.

All your to-dos in one place

To-Do helps you create a list for anything—for work, home projects or just your groceries. You can keep track of deadlines by adding reminders, due dates and notes, and personalize each list with colourful themes. You can access your lists from anywhere with the To-Do apps for iPhone, Android phone, Windows 10 devices and the web.

Plan...

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Tuesday April 18

15:00
Xcode 8.3.2 (8E2002) Now Available

Xcode 8.3.2 (8E2002) Now Available

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15:00
Xcode 8.3.2 (8E2002) Now Available

Xcode 8.3.2 (8E2002) Now Available

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11:55
Redirected to HT207524 (was If you can't burn a...

Learn what to do if you see an alert and your hard disk has sufficient space.

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09:00
3 tips for how sales managers can use Office 365 to...

If you’re like Jenn Schaal, a busy sales manager for an international trade association, your day is filled with client connections, budgets to hit and leads to generate—on top of day-to-day fires to put out. Hitting the end goal—whether it’s a sales target or a client win—takes time and effort. Office 365 helps shave off time throughout the day, so sales managers can meet their goals.

Taking a note from her powerlifting hobby, Jenn wanted to carry over the sense of feeling strong and in charge into her job. She found three ways Office 365 helps her save time, work smarter and be more efficient on the go.

1. Take the hassle out of travel with OneDrive for Business

Travel is almost synonymous with sales, and while it’s invaluable for meeting clients or attending trade events, it can be challenging to stay in sync with reports and presentations being updated back in the office. Jenn knows this all too well. With most of her clients in different...

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09:00
Office Online Server April 2017 release

We are excited to announce our second major update to Office Online Server (OOS), which includes support for Windows Server 2016 as well as several improvements. OOS allows organizations to provide users with browser-based versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote, among other capabilities offered in Office Online, from their own datacenter.

In this release, we officially offer support for Windows Server 2016, which has been highly requested. If you are running Windows Server 2016, you can now install OOS on it. Please verify that you have the latest version of the OOS release to ensure the best experience.

In addition, this release includes the following improvements:

  • Performance improvements to co-authoring in PowerPoint Online.
  • Equation viewing in Word Online.
  • New navigation pane in Word Online.
  • Improved undo/redo in Word Online.
  • Enhanced W3C accessibility...
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08:30
Introducing Groups in Outlook for Mac, iOS and...

More than 10 million people rely on Groups in Outlook every month to work together and get things done. Groups is proving useful to our customers. And for that, we couldn’t be more thankful. Groups in Outlook offers huge improvements over traditional distribution lists, with a shared space for group conversations, calendars, files and notebooks, the convenience of self-service membership and much more.

Today, we’re pleased to announce Groups is now rolling out to Outlook for Mac, iOS and Android. Groups is already available in Outlook for Windows and on the web—so now you can access your group conversations and content no matter which platform you use.

With these updates, you can:

  • View your group list.
  • Read and reply to group conversations.
  • Add...
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Terra Mystica 1.03 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $9.99, Version: 1.03 (iTunes) Description: Short Summary:≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈ | Read more »
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Ms. Spell 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Cast spells and battle monsters in this turn based game, that has you delving into ever the changing Dreadwood to retrieve the lost... | Read more »

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