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06:53
IOGEAR launches portable USB-C Dual DisplayPort Monitor Dock

IOGEAR (www.iogear.com) has launched the $99.95 USB-C Dual DisplayPort Monitor Portable Dock, which enables users to connect two DisplayPort monitors to a USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 laptop such as the 2016 MacBook Pros and MacBooks to create a dual-monitor workstation.

The plug-and-play dock connects to the USB-C port on a laptop to extend the desktop to a single 4K monitor or dual HD monitors. It’s bus-powered and features a wrap-around cable organizer for portability.

The USB-C Dual DisplayPort Monitor Portable Dock has two DisplayPort outputs to create a dual-monitor workstation. One is a USB type-A port for connecting additional peripherals such as keyboards, mice, hard drives or printers. You can also extend a MacBook or USB-C Apple laptop to one additional monitor. The USB-C Dual DisplayPort Monitor Portable Dock supports one 4K Ultra HD monitor or dual HD video monitors at full 1080p HD quality.

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06:29
Jumsoft introduces the Social Media Lab

Jumsoft (http://www.jumsoft.com) has introduced Social Media Lab 1.0, its new template app for Apple’s Pages app. It offers items in four major categories.

Each category is a collection of both brand new and time-tested designs, spanning across many different styles and themes. This collection is optimized for the most popular social platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and some of the most popular blogging services.

Social Media Lab requires macOS 10.11 or later. It costs $19.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category

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06:12
Synology releases DSM 6.1

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


The DSM update delivers better IT efficiency with Active Directory Server, enhances performance with instant SMB server-side copy, ensures reliability with file self-healing, provides stability and security enhancements, and more. Key features of version 6.1 include: a next generation file system; active directory server, shared folder encryption, integration with Seagate’s IronWolf Health Management tool, universal search, the ability to back up files to or from a Synology NAS by simply plugging in a USB storage device, and more.

Synology DSM 6.1 is available for users who own a DiskStation, RackStation, FlashStation, or Embedded DataStation 11-series and onward.

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06:08
SecuritySpy for macOS adds new PTZ controls, more

Ben Software has rolled out SecuritySpy 4.1, an update to the multi-camera CCTV software for the Mac.

With features such as motion detection, flexible video/audio capture, and remote monitoring and configuration, SecuritySpy is designed for demanding video surveillance applications. The new version — a free upgrade for 4.x license holders — provides new, joystick-like PTZ controls, a new email relay service, UPnP support for automatic router configuration, higher-resolution thumbnails for captured footage, improved ONVIF auto-discovery, and more.

Pricing depends on the number of cameras used, ranging from approximately $42 for the single-camera version to $90 for the unlimited-camera version. SecuritySpy supports macOS 10.5 or higher. A 30-day fully-featured trial of SecuritySpy is available for download (www.bensoftware.com).

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05:59
Apple Park to open in April

Apple says that Apple Park, the company’s new 175-acre campus, will be ready for employees to begin occupying in April. The process of moving more than 12,000 people will take over six months, and construction of the buildings and parklands is scheduled to continue through the summer.

Envisioned by Steve Jobs as a center for creativity and collaboration, Apple Park is transforming miles of asphalt sprawl into a haven of green space in the heart of the Santa Clara Valley, according to CEO Tim Cook. The campus’ ring-shaped, 2.8 million-square-foot main building is clad entirely in the world’s largest panels of curved glass.

Jobs would have turned 62 this Friday, Feb. 24. To honor his memory and his enduring influence on Apple and the world, the theater at Apple Park will be named the Steve Jobs Theater. Opening later this year, the entrance to the 1,000-seat auditorium is a 20-foot-tall glass cylinder, 165 feet in diameter, supporting a metallic carbon-fiber roof. The...

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Feb 21
Apple releases Logic Pro X 10.3.1

Apple has updated Logic Pro X — its macOS software for professional songwriting, editing, and mixing — to version 10.3.1. According to Apple, the upgrade:

° Addresses issues that could cause regions to behave unexpectedly while moving them;

° Resolves an issue where regions on inactive Track Alternatives could get deleted;

° Global edits that cut or insert time are now also applied to inactive Track Alternatives;

° Projects using sample rates other than 44.1kHz can now be shared to GarageBand for iOS.
The update for current Logic Pro X users is free and available now through the Mac App Store. For new users the software costs $199.99. It requires macOS 10.11 or later.

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Feb 21
CS Odessa announces Crow’s Foot Notation addition

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced the Crow’s Foot Notation Solution for ConceptDraw Pro 11. The new addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park is a free item for current users of ConceptDraw Pro, and is available immediately.

The entity-relationship model is comprised of a number of 2D representational shapes and some visual conventions to describe data and data structures. CS Odessa has released a free Crow's Foot Notation library and samples that are available for use with ConceptDraw PRO v11. This new Crow's Foot Notation solution can be downloaded from Solution Park located on the ConceptDraw web site. The Crow's Foot notation is widely used in software engineering and database design. With its help, it is easy to create clear and accurate ER diagrams with large number of attributes

ConceptDraw Pro 11 is compatible with macOS and Microsoft Windows. It retails for $199. It’s also included...

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Feb 21
Command-Tab-Plus for macOS gets redesigned interface

Note-Ify Apps has revved Command-Tab Plus (http://commandtab.noteifyapp.com), an alternative for the Mac's built-in Command-Tab app switcher, to version 1.1.0.

With Command-Tab Plus, you use icon numbers to quickly select and switch between apps. To do that, use a shortcut to open the switch window and simply press the app number on the keyboard. Version 1.1.0 features a redesigned interface with improvements to keyboard shortcuts for fast switching, and adds the capability to instantly switch between windows of the selected app.

Command-Tab Plus requires macOS 10.9 or later. It’s free to download and install and is fully-functional for seven days. After this, it remains fully-functional but will occasionally ask you to register. Users can take advantage of an introductory registration price of $7.95 through the end of February Upon registration, Command-Tab Plus will no longer ask...

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Feb 21
ChronoSync Express for macOS gets stability improvements

Econ Technologies (www.econtechnologies.com) has updated ChronoSync Express to version 1.0.6. It's the entry-level version of ChronoSync, the complete synchronization and backup utility for macOS.

ChronoSync Express can synchronize or backup to almost anything you can connect to your Mac, including folders on your Mac, other Macs, PC's, and external drives. With ChronoSync Express you can schedule or manually run your syncs or backups, even run trial synchronizations to see what will happen before it happens. ChronoSync Express costs $24.99 and is available exclusively at the Mac App Store. Version 1.0.6 offers stability improvements, including a fix for sending email notifications through Office365 mail servers and more.

The standard version of ChronoSync is $49.99. ChronoSync Express, just like ChronoSync, is fully compatible with ChronoAgent, which gives full access to all files and...

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Feb 20
Apple releases new iOS, macOS, tvOS, watchOS developer betas

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

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Feb 20
QuickerTek announces Time Capsule performance upgrade

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

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

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

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Feb 20
Graphic Node launches Universal Kit Mill apps

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

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

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

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Feb 20
Hyperbolic Software releases DupeZap 4 for macOS

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

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

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

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Feb 20
Deliver Express now supports FTP-SSL for secure file transfers

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

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

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

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Feb 20
Peninsula Group launches thermal printer label drivers for the Mac

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

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

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Feb 17
AnyTrans now supports Multi-iCloud Syncing

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

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

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

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Feb 17
AppDelete for macOS revved to version 4.3.2

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

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

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Feb 16
Proactive Support Professional Certification offered at MacTech Pro

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

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

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

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Feb 16
PrimoSync releases Primo iPhone Data Recovery

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

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

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Feb 16
Synology releases DSM 6.1

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

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

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Feb 22
Smart one automation, monitoring devices to excel 770...

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) forecasts that smart home automation and monitoring devices will grow to over 770 million globally by 2021, representing an eleven-fold rise from just 68 million estimated in 2016.

The new research found that increasing adoption of platform evangelism and openness to partnerships is boosting third party development of devices, especially in developed markets. North America, Far East & China and West Europe will account for almost 75% of all households adopting the technology in 2021.

Juniper Research found that home automation hardware sales are rapidly outstripping subscription services, such as AT&T’s Digital Life offering. The research group forecasts that while homes adopting this payment model will increase, a one-off purchase model will see faster growth over the next five years. It found that revenues from hardware...

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Feb 22
Smart glasses predicted to resurge over the next five...

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has identified smart glasses as the highest growth sector of the consumer wearables segment over the next five years, reaching 11% of the overall wearables market by 2021. Revenues are forecast to grow from $327m this year, to $9bn in 2021 as the new generation of smart glasses emerges.

The new research also found that the dominant wearables categories of smartwatches and fitness wearables, have begun to slow. They will claim just over 50% of wearables revenue by 2021, compared to an expected 75% this year, according to Juniper.

In contrast, more ambitious wearable devices, which require new modes of interaction, will bring more and better devices to consumers in the near future, notes the research group. Smart glasses are being repositioned away from their technological roots to appear more like conventional glasses; new products...

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Feb 21
Public cloud services spending to reach $122.5 billion...

A new from IDC (www.idc.com) shows that worldwide spending on public cloud services and infrastructure will reach $122.5 billion in 2017, an increase of 24.4% over 2016.

Over the 2015-2020 forecast period, overall public cloud spending will experience a 21.5% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) – nearly seven times the rate of overall IT spending growth, according to the research group. By 2020, IDC forecasts public cloud spending will reach $203.4 billion worldwide.

Software as a Service (SaaS) will remain the dominant cloud computing type, capturing nearly two thirds of all public cloud spending in 2017 and roughly 60% in 2020. SaaS spending, which is comprised of applications and system infrastructure software (SIS), will in turn be dominated by applications purchases, which will make up more than half of all public cloud spending throughout the forecast period. However, spending on Infrastructure as a Service (...

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Feb 21
Business intelligence, analytics market to reach $18.3...

Global revenue in the business intelligence (BI) and analytics software market is forecast to reach $18.3 billion in 2017, an increase of 7.3% from 2016, according to the latest forecast from Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com) By the end of 2020, the market is forecast to grow to $22.8 billion.

According to the research group, modern BI and analytics continues to expand more rapidly than the overall market, which is offsetting declines in traditional BI spending. The modern BI and analytics platform emerged in the last few years to meet new organizational requirements for accessibility, agility and deeper analytical insight, shifting the market from IT-led, system-of-record reporting to business-led, agile analytics including self-service.

The modern BI and analytics market is expected to decelerate, however, from 63.6% growth in 2015 to a projected 19 % by 2020. Gartner believes this reflects data and...

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Feb 21
Small, medium enterprises optimistic about business...

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the U.S. and worldwide are optimistic about the economy and confident about their future business performance, according to the inaugural American Express Global SME Pulse (business.americanexpress.com).

The new survey of senior executives and decision makers from SMEs across 15 countries reveals these businesses in the U.S. are even more optimistic about the global economy than their foreign counterparts. More than half of U.S. executives (54%, vs. 39% overall) are positive about the global economic outlook over the next 12 months. When asked to consider the local economic environment, they are even more upbeat, as nearly six in ten are positive (59% vs. 45% overall).

Executives are also confident in their ability to deliver increased revenues and profitability. More than two -thirds of the U.S. SMEs surveyed (69%, vs. 58% overall) expect significant revenue growth of at least 4 percent over the next 12 months. Forty two...

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

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

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

Grand View Research says industry players are investing significantly in research and development activities for product innovation, thus catering to the specific needs of the enterprise industry. They’re using strategies such as acquisition, partnerships, and collaborations to maintain market competencies, adds the research group.
The rising enterprise...

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Feb 17
U.S. blasted by 2.3 billion robocalls in January

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The most popular enterprise apps are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Reviews and Kool Tools

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

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14:34
What a Digital Avatar Patent Might Mean for Apple...

The latest patent filing (via RedmondPie) that the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office granted Apple is centered around digital avatars. It mentions how an editing environment could let people create a “representation of their alter ego.” It sounds like Apple has bigger ideas though. Andrew Orr dives in and gives us his speculations.


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14:33
ColorWare introduces ability to customize AirPods in...

One of the more common requests for AirPods has been additional color options. Apple only offers them in the standard white option, but concepts have imagined AirPods in such colors as Jet Black.

Now, popular aftermarket coloring service ColorWare has announced the ability to customize AirPods with 58 different color options…

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

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14:24
Hands-on: Transcend’s JetDrive Go brings Lightning-...

If you own an iOS device with a lower tier of storage — 16, 32, or even 64 GB — then you may know how annoying it is to have to micromanage your device’s storage. Not only can managing storage be tedious, but it can be downright frustrating when you don’t have enough storage space to take a photo or video.

Unfortunately, once you’ve decided on a particular amount of storage, you’re stuck with that decision for the lifetime of the device. That’s where a product like Transcend’s JetDrive Go hopes to supplement your iPhone’s meager storage capacity, as it brings Lightning-enabled external flash storage to iOS devices. more…

Filed under: Apple ...

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14:18
Fitbit paid just $23 million for Pebble

The price tag was just $23 million, according to figures disclosed Wednesday as part of Fitbit’s quarterly earnings report. Fitbit also spent $15 million on the assets of Vector Watch, another smartwatch company.

I’m not sure that Fitbit can do any more with Pebble than what Pebble did.

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14:16
Tristar Capital buys 15-acre office campus currently...

Tristar Capital has paid $290.7 million for a 15-acre office campus in Sunnyvale currently leased by Apple, reports the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Rockwood Capital was the seller and Palo Alto-based Dostart Development Co. managed the property. The buildings are located at 410-430 North Mary Ave. in Sunnyvale. It’s likely that Apple sold the property to move personnel and assets into its Apple Park campus, which will open in April.

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14:07
5 iMazing Tricks Make Syncing Your iOS Device Fun

When you get right down to it, iTunes is pretty bloated for the limited usefulness is provides. Jeff Butts has been exploring iMazing, a potential replacement for synchronizing iOS devices with the desktop, and has some tips and tricks that show how powerful this iTunes alternative can be.


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13:53
Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 22, 2017

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

macOS Apps/Updates

Ben Software has rolled out SecuritySpy 4.1, an update to the multi-camera CCTV software for the Mac.

With features such as motion detection, flexible video/audio capture, and remote monitoring and configuration, SecuritySpy is designed for demanding video surveillance applications. The new version — a free upgrade for 4.x license holders — provides new, joystick-like PTZ controls, a new email relay service, UPnP support for automatic router configuration, higher-resolution thumbnails for captured footage, improved ONVIF auto-discovery, and more.

Pricing depends on the number of cameras used, ranging from approximately $42 for the single-camera version to $90 for the unlimited-camera version....

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13:40
Review: PureGear PureSwitch HomeKit-enabled Wireless...

One of the interesting things we've seen with HomeKit is how many small but established iOS accessory makers have chosen to branch out beyond their core business of speakers and cases and dip their feet into the home automation space that was once only the purview of the large home technology companies. The most recent example of this is PureGear, a company well known for its wide range of iPhone cases and screen protectors, which has now released its first electronic accessory in the form of the PureSwitch Wireless Smart Plug ($40), a HomeKit-enabled power outlet that can be used to control any appliance that plugs into a standard outlet. {/exp:char_limit}
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12:50
Apple's New Spaceship Campus Gets a Name, Lifts...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Apple has been building its giant new "spaceship" campus in the company's hometown of Cupertino, California, since December of 2013, and since then fans have paid obsessive attention to the structure. It gets buzzed by drones constantly, and the most popular YouTube videos of the building in progress have amassed well over half-a-million views apiece. The company announced today that the campus will be open to employees starting in April and that the building and environs now have a name: Apple Park. Apple says that moving the 12,000 employees who will work at the campus will take more than six months, and landscaping and construction on some buildings won't be done until the summer. The new campus mostly replaces the university-style Infinite Loop campus Apple has used since 1993, though Apple has said that it will also be keeping the older buildings. The new campus' cost has been estimated at around $5 billion. Apple will...

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12:49
News: ResearchKit study conducted using Apple Watch...

The American Academy of Neurology has announced the recent conclusion of a ResearchKit study in which an Apple Watch app was used to track seizures in people with epilepsy. According to a preliminary study of the results scheduled to be presented at the Academy’s Annual Meeting in April, the research found that the most frequent triggers for seizures were stress and missed sleep. The ten-month study involved 598 volunteers who agreed to use…

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12:48
The Pros and Cons of Legacy Apple Products Going...

It seems that there is just as much fuss about Apple products that seem to be on the verge of extinction as there is about exciting new products. John looks at the economics and psychology of Apple dropping beloved products like certain Macs, Airport base stations, displays and other devices that we’ve come to depend on. Are we on the verge of a new age of Apple?


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12:48
Instagram's iPhone app adds support for...




Facebook's Instagram on Wednesday announced support for uploading up to 10 photos and videos in a single post, potentially radically changing how people use the social network.

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12:19
∞ 81 year old’s amazing guitar playing

Damn, I hope to still be walking at 81. Much respect.

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12:06
Rich Content Makes WhatsApp Look a Lot More Like...


Facebook has rolled out a WhatsApp update that could threaten Snapchat's share of the mobile app messaging market. The update allows WhatsApp users to share photos and videos through the app's status area. Moreover, like WhatsApp text messages, content shared through status updates is protected by end-to-end encryption. End-to-end encryption is a key distinction between WhatsApp and its competitors, noted Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT. "That's an important point for people sharing private messages with individuals and groups."

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12:04
Amazon gives everyone a discount on purchases today

Celebrating its 86.27 score in the Harris Corporate Reputation Poll, Amazon is giving everyone a discount of $8.62 on orders of $50 or more today only. Hey, celebrate whatever you want if I can save money.

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12:04
How to make your Apple Watch battery last longer




For some heavy Apple Watch users constantly checking their wrists, Apple's wearable device may not quite provide the 18-hour battery life the company advertises. For Apple Watch addicts, AppleInsider offers a handful of simple things you can do to squeeze some extra time out of your battery.

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12:04
New ransomware program for macOS dubbed ‘Patcher’...

A new file-encrypting ransomware program for macOS is being distributed through BitTorrent websites, and users who fall victim to it won’t be able to recover their files, even if they pay, reports Macworld.

Written in Apple’s Swift programming language and dubbed “Patcher,” OSX/Filecoder.E masquerades as a cracking tool for commercial software like Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Microsoft Office for Mac and is being distributed as a BitTorrent download, the article adds. 

The application is generally poorly coded, ESET researchers said in a blog post. The window has a transparent background, which can be quite distracting or confusing, and it’s impossible to reopen the window if it is closed.

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11:44
iOS: Turn Safari Into a Simple RSS Reader

If you’ve found modern feed readers too cumbersome or full-featured for your use, you might be in the camp that just needs a bare-bones feed reader. Thanks to an often-overlooked feature in Safari for iOS, you’ve already got one. Jeff Butts shows you how to use it in this Quick Tip.


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11:22
Hands-on with Nomad’s Midnight Blue Horween Leather...

Last fall we showed you Nomad’s Horween Leather Case for iPhone 7 Plus which is a sturdy alternative to Apple’s similar cases, and now Nomad is back with a new Midnight Blue color joining the existing Rustic Brown option. This time we’re checking out Nomad’s $50 Leather Folio Wallet iPhone 7 Plus case which is wrapped in Horween Leather with Nomad’s new blue.

more…

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11:19
Field Notes Utility Edition

“Utility” features your choice of two often-requested but rarely-available body pages: Engineer Graph or Ledger. Engineer Graph features an 1/8-inch grid with bolder lines each half-inch. It awaits your schematics, assembly drawings, geometry homework, or dungeon maps. The Ledger version, of course, is ultra-handy for mileage logs, parts lists, to-do lists, or any sort of handwritten accounting.

I’ve used these notebooks for years for all of my interviews and notes while on the road. I’d highly recommend them.

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11:10
iPhone Owners in US Spent $40 Each on Apps in 2016

Zoey Chong, writing for CNET: iPhone users in the US are spending more and more on apps and in-app purchases. Spending climbed to an average of $40 per person last year, according to research released Monday by Sensor Tower. This is up from $35 in 2015. Gaming continued to lead the way, accounting for more than 80 percent of Apple App Store revenue in the US. Spending in that category increased from $25 on average per person in 2015 to $27 last year. This may not be the biggest surprise, given that 2016 witnessed the rise of Pokemon Go, which crossed $1 billion in revenue worldwide last month.


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11:06
Verizon to offer 5G to select customers

New 5G networks are expected to provide speeds at least 10 times and up to maybe 100 times faster than today’s 4G networks, with the potential to connect at least 100 billion devices with download speeds that can reach 10 gigabits per second.

Those are impressive speeds.

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Wednesday February 22

08:01
AMD's New Ryzen Desktop Processors to Launch Next W...

It's being reported today that chipmaker AMD is launching its first serious challenge to Intel in the powering of desktop PCs for almost a decade, with a new generation of processors it claims offers better performance at a much lower price.

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07:18
iOS 10 Now Installed on Nearly 80% of Active iOS Devices

Just over five months after iOS 10 was released to the public, the operating system is installed on 79% of active iOS devices, according to the latest adoption data shared by Apple.

iOS 9 remains installed on 16% of active iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices, while 5% of devices are running an earlier iOS version, as measured by the App Store on February 20.

iOS 10 adoption appears to be slightly outpacing iOS 9 adoption over the same time period. iOS 9 adoption briefly stalled at 77% of active devices last February.

iOS 10 could see further adoption when iOS 10.3, which is currently in beta for...

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06:53
Apple's Spectacular New 'Apple Park Campus...

Apple's new headquarters plan was approved back on October 16, 2013 . Today Apple officially announced that Apple Park, the company’s new 175-acre campus, will be ready for employees to begin occupying in April.

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05:08
Apple Campus 2 Officially Named 'Apple Park',...

Apple today announced that Apple Campus 2 will be open and ready for employees to begin moving in this April, while also officially naming the site "Apple Park." Moving more than 12,000 employees to the site will take more than six months, the company said, and some smaller building construction and landscaping will continue into the summer.

In honor of the late CEO Steve Jobs -- who would have turned 62 on Friday, February 24 -- Apple announced that the theater at Apple Park will be named the "Steve Jobs Theater." The theater will be one of the buildings that opens later this year, and is situated at one of the highest point on the campus, overlooking the nearby meadows and the large, circular main building at Apple Park.

"Steve’s vision for Apple stretched far beyond his time with us. He intended Apple...

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05:04
TrendForce sees the Next iPhone Wave to be Huge due to M...

The next major iPhone release will certainly be one of the most anticipated events in the global consumer electronics market in the second half of 2017. The significant innovations in the latest iPhone refresh are designed to attract the large group consumers

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04:19
Apple Finally reveals that they indeed have a Siri Team...

News out of Cambridge England today shows us that Apple has finally decided to step out from the shadows and finally put their logo outside a building that their Siri team is housed in.

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03:29
Apple Invented a Laser System that Could Accurately Colo...

Rumors claim that one of Apple's 2017 iPhones will be made of a glass substrate which could be ceramic, sapphire, liquid metal based glass, zirconia or other similar material. Recent patents have described a 'transparent display cover structure,' 'sapphire coating equipment' and 'laser polishing system for a ceramic iPhone. Yesterday the US Patent & Trademark Office published an Apple granted patent that generally relates to sapphire materials, and more particularly, to laser-colored sapphire material

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Tuesday February 21

17:11
Apple Purchases iCloud.Net Domain, Shuts Down 'iClo...

Apple recently purchased the iCloud.net domain, one of the last major iCloud-related web addresses that wasn't in its possession, reports TechCrunch.

The iCloud.net domain, which now appears to be registered to Apple, was the home of the "iCloud Social Network," a dubious-looking social networking platform designed to allow people to share activities, pictures, music, videos, and other content.

It's not clear how many users iCloud.net had before Apple purchased the domain, but the site now states that the iCloud.net services will be shut down at the end of February 2017, and data will be destroyed in March. It has apparently existed since 2011, and in a blog post, the site's owner said...

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15:24
Data Plan Comparison: Unlimited Options From T-Mobile, V...

T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint, the four major carriers in the United States, all offer unlimited data plan options as of last week, allowing customers to forget about traditional data caps.

With so many options now available for unlimited data, we thought we'd do an in-depth video comparing the plans offered by the four companies to figure out the best value based on price and coverage.

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Unsurprisingly, Sprint offers the lowest prices, but many people choose not to use Sprint because its LTE coverage is poorer than other carriers. Eliminating...

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12:09
Some 2016 MacBook Pro Owners Experiencing Keyboard Probl...

Apple's latest line of notebooks introduced an entirely revamped keyboard featuring flatter keys built using a second-generation butterfly mechanism, designed to optimize for stability while also maximizing travel. The butterfly mechanism was originally introduced in the ultra thin MacBook, but a newer version was implemented in the MacBook Pro.

There have been mixed opinions about the keyboard of the 2016 MacBook Pro due to its vastly different feel compared to previous-generation MacBook Pro models, and it appears the new butterfly mechanism may also be less reliable compared to older construction techniques.

A growing number of customers who have purchased a 2016 MacBook Pro are running into issues with the keyboard, including non-...

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11:29
Qualcomm's and Intel's Latest LTE Modems for S...

Ahead of Mobile World Congress next week, Qualcomm and Intel have separately announced the latest LTE modems for smartphones with theoretical download speeds exceeding so-called "Gigabit LTE," aka 1 Gbps. Apple sources LTE modems for iPhones from both chipmakers.

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon X20 modem is the first-announced modem to support Category 18 download speeds up to an ultra fast 1.2 Gbps, with Category 13 upload speeds of up to 150 Mbps. That builds upon Qualcomm's Snapdragon X16, which has a peak download speed of 1 Gbps.

Qualcomm said the Snapdragon X20, built on a leading-edge 10nm FinFET process, supports more combinations of LTE carriers and a higher number of total LTE spatial streams. This "vastly expanded flexibility" will for more operators around the...

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10:13
Apple Releases Third iOS 10.3 Public Beta to Public Beta...

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming iOS 10.3 update to public beta testers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the second public beta and one day after providing the third iOS 10.3 beta to developers.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will receive the iOS 10.3 beta update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on their iOS device.

Those who want to be a part of Apple's beta testing program can sign up to participate through the beta testing website, which gives users access to both iOS and macOS Sierra betas. Betas are not stable and include many bugs, so they should be installed on a secondary device....

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08:27
Samsung Backtracks and is Reportedly Planning to Sell Re...

Back in November 2016 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung Holds Needed Pep Rally and Decides Not to Destroy Millions of Note7's in 'Burning Ceremony."' The report noted that Samsung Electronics would dispose of all their Galaxy Note 7s collected due to discontinuation. Right up to the last moment when the decision was made to discontinue the Note7, Samsung was actually preparing to sell refurbished Note 7's to developing countries such as Africa. The idea was scrapped while the heat was on Samsung but has now apparently decided to give the project the green light.

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07:51
New Touchscreen for 'Apple Watch Series 3' Sai...

The tentatively named "Apple Watch Series 3" will feature a new glass-film touchscreen in place of the current touch-on-lens solution, with shipments to begin in the second half of this year, according to Taiwan-based DigiTimes.

While it remains unclear if the switch to a film-based solution will have any obvious consumer-facing benefits, this is more interestingly the first rumor to surface about the supply chain ramping up for the next Apple Watch.

The timeline matches a Chinese report last month that claimed the third-generation Apple Watch will be unveiled in the third quarter of 2017 with battery life and performance improvements. The report said Series 3 models, to be manufactured by Quanta, will lack any significant hardware changes.

Few other details are known about the next Apple...

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07:01
iPhone 8 Said to Have 3GB of RAM and 64GB/256GB Storage...

The widely rumored 5.8-inch iPhone with an edge-to-edge OLED display will match the iPhone 7 Plus with 3GB of RAM and come in two storage options, 64GB and 256GB, according to Chinese research firm TrendForce.

The report, which outlines several already-rumored features, added that the so-called "iPhone 8" will not have a fully curved display due to production and drop test issues with 3D glass. Instead, the high-end device will adopt the same slightly curved 2.5D cover glass used since the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 2014.

TrendForce said Apple will remove the Home button on the iPhone, as widely rumored, and integrate the related functions into the display. If that fact is accurate,...

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06:56
Apple Watch Reportedly Shifting to Glass-Film Touch Solu...

While Apple supplier TPK is all charged up for 2017 due to being contracted to supply Apple with next gen 3D touch modules for new iDevices, the company is getting out of the Apple Watch touch panel business due to poor yield rates for Touch on Lens (TOL). Apple is shitting to ....

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05:34
Apple Wins 58 Patents Today Covering a Next-Gen iPhone D...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 58 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a possible next-gen iPhone dock that works with in-air and sound based gestures and more.

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04:55
Upcoming OLED iPhone Will Include 'Revolutionary...

The upcoming OLED model of the 2017 iPhone 8 will gain a "revolutionary" front-facing camera system that consists of three modules and have fully-featured 3D sensing capabilities, according to new predictions shared by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The upgraded camera system will be fueled by PrimeSense algorithms, which Apple acquired in 2013.

The three modules include an existing front camera module of current iPhone models, an infrared transmitting module, and an infrared receiving module. Using these advancements, the camera will be able to find the location and depth of objects placed in front of it, "with potential applications including facial and iris recognition."

The camera will function by merging the depth...

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03:44
Apple Wins Patent for Next-Gen Force Sensors for Apple P...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 58 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention of adding new force sensors to the Apple Pencil body. The stylus may have input-output devices such as buttons, may have force sensors to detect tip and eraser press events. It may offer zoom and scrolling features via touch sensors and more.

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02:46
European Commission Made 'Fundamental Errors'...

Apple has claimed that the European Commission made "fundamental errors" when it ruled last year that the company owed Ireland 13 billion euros ($13.7 billion) in unpaid taxes plus interest.

Apple appealed the commission's decision in December, but on Monday the company published a piece in the Official Journal of the European Union detailing 14 pleas in law to support its action, according to The Irish Times.

The European Commission argues that Irish revenue commissioners gave Apple unfair advantage between 1991 and 2007 by allowing the company to move income from the European market through two "non-resident" head office subsidiaries based in Ireland.

Apple and the Irish government, which has...

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Wednesday February 22

09:00
OneNote Class Notebook add-in now includes grade...

Since launching the OneNote Class Notebook add-in a year ago, hundreds of thousands of teachers have downloaded and started using the add-in. Teachers all over the world have saved time in distributing assignments, individualizing learning, connecting to their existing systems’ assignments/grades and reviewing student work all within Class Notebooks.

First-grade teacher at the Ashton Elementary School,...

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09:00
Willis Towers Watson—increasing business agility...

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

When Willis Group and Towers Watson merged in January 2016, Willis Towers Watson (WTW) became a leading advisory, broking and solutions company operating in more than 140 countries. The merger created an opportunity for WTW to streamline its IT environment, consolidate vendors and commit to a business productivity platform that empowers every one of its 40,000 employees.

According to Eoghan Doyle, global head of Infrastructure and Operations at WTW, the overall utilization of Microsoft technologies is also driven by the business value of a common platform that enables digital transformation:

“Willis Towers Watson drives business performance for our clients by helping them unlock potential. We aim to do the same for our global workforce. The Microsoft Secure Productive Enterprise E5 solution provides the advanced enterprise security, collaboration and intelligence from...

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05:00
Management: Transition Teams Aren’t Just For...

My latest article for Inc, on building a management transition team (since you know, transition teams aren’t just for presidents) is available at http://www.inc.com/charles-edge/when-managers-change-tips-for-the-new-boss.html. It starts like this:

“The only thing that never changes is that everything changes,” author Louis L’Amour wrote.

Nowhere is this truer than in business. Managers leaveget promoted or are transferred to different jobs.

As an incoming manager, you face a special challenge when taking the reins from someone who may have led the team for a long time. As the “new...

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Tuesday February 21

11:11
About the security content of Logic Pro X 10.3.1

This document describes the security content of Logic Pro X 10.3.1.

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09:00
What I wish I knew—learn from the founder and...

This week, as we celebrate entrepreneurs across the U.S., we have the opportunity to recognize the work they put into their small businesses, the challenges they have faced and the growth they’ve achieved.

Being an entrepreneur is no easy feat. It takes an extraordinary amount of time, thought and energy to overcome hurdles that get in the way while getting started. It is important for entrepreneurs not only to learn from each other but also know how to build their business and their team. They must ensure they have the right tools to bring the two together. There are technology solutions that can make an entrepreneur’s day-to-day tasks easier. From staying connected with their clients through Skype for Business, to easily sharing their work with their team through...

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05:00
Export All Profile Manager Data Into CSV

If you fire up a connection to Postgres on a Profile Manager server, you can see a list of all the databases and tables on the server, respectively:

sudo -u _devicemgr psql -h /Library/Server/ProfileManager/Config/var/PostgreSQL devicemgr_v2m0
devicemgr_v2m0=# \list
devicemgr_v2m0=# \dt

The list of tables is as follows:

Name | Owner | Encoding | Collate | Ctype | Access privileges
----------------+------------+----------+---------+-------+---------------------------
devicemgr_v2m0 | _devicemgr | UTF8 | C | C |
postgres | _devicemgr | UTF8 | C | C |
template0 | _devicemgr | UTF8 | C | C | =c/_devicemgr +
| | | | | _devicemgr=CTc/_devicemgr
template1 | _devicemgr | UTF8 | C | C | =c/_devicemgr +...

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Monday February 20

10:35
Cookie Management With Curl

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

curl -b newcookiejar http://krypted.com

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

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

The response should be similar to the following:

Reading cookies from file

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

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

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

...

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09:00
New Beta Downloads Now Available

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

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

View all downloads.

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09:00
New Beta Downloads Now Available

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

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

View all downloads.

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Sunday February 19

12:31
Office Meditation

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

The post Office Meditation appeared first on krypted.com.

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Friday February 17

09:00
Get more done faster with Microsoft Teams

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

This is not your typical online event

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

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

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Thursday February 16

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

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

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

Download the podcast.

Weekly updates

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

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

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

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

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06:03
Announcing WWDC 2017

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

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06:03
Announcing WWDC 2017

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday February 15

21:40
Perfecting Your Sales Pitch

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

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

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

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

The post...

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11:00
Developer Insights Series: Managing a Community

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

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11:00
Developer Insights Series: Managing a Community

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

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Tuesday February 14

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

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NASCAR races forward with Office 365

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

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

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04:00
Basic Bash Inputs

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

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

Read also has a number of flags available to it:

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

10:30
About the security content of GarageBand 10.1.6

This document describes the security content of GarageBand 10.1.6.

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Developer Webzen are looking to take their highly popular fantasy battler MU Origin to the next level this month, with its most ambitious overhaul yet. The latest update introduces the long sought after Server Arena, new treasure dungeons, and much... | Read more »
RPG Djinn Caster (Games)
RPG Djinn Caster 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: SPECIAL PRICE 38% OFF(USD 7.99 -> USD 4.99)!!!A Fantasy Action RPG of far foreign lands! Summon the Djinns and rise to... | Read more »
Alto's Odyssey gets its first trail...
There's finally video evidence of Alto's Odyssey, the follow up to the 2015 App Store hit, Alto's Adventure. It looks just as soothing and atmospheric as Alto's last outing, but this time players will be journeying to the desert. Whereas Alto's... | Read more »
Last week on Pocket Gamer
What’s going on in the wider world of portable gaming? Each week we ask that question of our sister website Pocket Gamer. The PG team covers iOS gaming, just like 148Apps, but it also strays into the world of Android games and handheld consoles... | Read more »
Pokémon GO Generation 2 evolution guide
At long last, Niantic Labs finally unleashed the Generation 2 Pokémon into the wild. Pokémon GO trainers are scrambling to grab up this new set of 80 Pokémon. There are some special new tricks required to catch all of these new beasties, though.... | Read more »
The best new games we played this week
It feels as though the New Year got off to a creaking start as far as mobile games go, but that's changed over the past few weeks. The last few days alone have seen the debut of a number of wonderful games, so we thought we'd take the time to... | Read more »

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Free Verbum Catholic Bible Study App For iOS
The Verbum mobile app runs on Logos’ powerful Bible software and is an advanced resource for mobile Catholic study. The Verbum app surrounds the Bible with the Tradition. Verbum comes with 15 free... Read more
27-inch Apple iMacs on sale for up to $200 of...
B&H Photo has 27″ Apple iMacs on sale for up to $200 off MSRP, each including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 27″ 3.3GHz iMac 5K: $2099.99 $200 off MSRP - 27″ 3.2GHz/1TB Fusion iMac 5K: $... Read more
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Amazon has 2015 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pros (MJLQ2LL/A) available for $1849.99 including free shipping. Apple charges $1999 for this model, so Amazon’s price is represents a $150 savings. Read more
Apple refurbished iPad Air 2s available start...
Apple has Certified Refurbished iPad Air 2 WiFis available for starting at $319 including free shipping. A standard Apple one-year warranty is included: - 16GB iPad Air 2 WiFi: $319 $60 off original... Read more
Apple refurbished iPad Pros available for up...
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Apple restocks refurbished 2015 and 2016 13-i...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2015 and 2016 13″ MacBook Airs available starting at $759. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and shipping is free: - 2016 13″ 1.6GHz/8GB/128GB... Read more
13-inch 2.5GHz MacBook Pro (Apple refurbished...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pros (MD101LL/A) available for $829, or $270 off original MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free: - 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook... Read more
QuickerTek Announces 5TB Apple AC AirPort Tim...
QuickerTek Inc. has announced their new 5TB hard drive upgrade for Apple’s AC AirPort Time Capsule. By customer request, this upgrade also features six external antennas and offers the highest... Read more
Apple Certified Refurbished iMacs available f...
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