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Feb 17
AnyTrans now supports Multi-iCloud Syncing

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

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

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

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Feb 17
AppDelete for macOS revved to version 4.3.2

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

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

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Feb 16
Proactive Support Professional Certification offered at MacTech Pro

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

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

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

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Feb 16
PrimoSync releases Primo iPhone Data Recovery

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

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

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Feb 16
Synology releases DSM 6.1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Feb 15
Maintain serves up Cocktail 10.2.2 (Sierra Edition)

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

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

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

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Feb 15
AKVIS Pastel for macOS revved to version 3.0

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

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

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

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Feb 15
FmPro Migrator 8.01 adds FileMaker 15 merge database compatibility

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

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

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

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Feb 15
PFSOFT release multi-asset trading terminal for macOS

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

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

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

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Feb 14
Rogue Amoeba releases SoundSource for macOS

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

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

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

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Feb 14
Chen Notation added to ConceptDraw Solutions

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

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

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

The entity-...

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Feb 13
Kanex MultiSync Foldable Travel Keyboard available

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

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

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

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Feb 13
Duplicate File FInder & Remover released for the Mac

Cleverfiles (www.cleverfiles.com) has released Duplicate File Finder & Remover for macOS 10.8.5 or higher. It’s available at the Mac App Store for free.

Duplicate File Finder & Remover allows you to scan your Mac for all kinds of duplicates. It also features flexible auto-selection rules, so you won't need to scoop through the duplicates manually. 

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Feb 13
Phase One, LogicKeyboard offer customized keyboard

Phase One (www.phaseone.com), in cooperation with LogicKeyboard, is now shipping an official new keyboard for Capture One Pro, Mac version. It’s designed based on feedback from the Phase One Certified Professional (POCP) program.

The Capture One Pro keyboard for Mac is now available to support three languages (American and British English and German). Additional language support will be available upon request. The Capture One Pro keyboard is priced at $139.

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Feb 13
AutoMounter for macOS gets Bonjour integration

Pixeleyes has released AutoMounter 1.4 (http://tinyurl.com/ju9qqol), an update to their menu item designed to automatically mount your network shares on macOS.

Whenever you change locations, the utility will mount your shares from the available server or Network-attached storage appliance, and they will appear on your Desktop. AutoMounter is secure, uses native macOS frameworks, and doesn't store your credentials. No scripting is required. Version 1.4 adds Bonjour integration, performance enhancements, and bug fixes.

AutoMounter requires macOS 10.11 or later. It costs US$6.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

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Feb 13
Output Factory for Adobe InDesign upgrade improves TIFF image export

Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 1.5.64, a maintenance update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

The utility automates printing, exporting and  preflighting from InDesign. The software offers batch processing, export as single pages, layer versioning and much more. Version 1.5.64 makes Output Factory a 64-bit application and addresses an issue in which blank TIFF images could be created under low memory conditions when exporting oversized InDesign documents.

Output Factory can be purchased from the Zevrix website for $169.95. Theres 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 10.6 or higher and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2017.

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Feb 10
Touch Innovations announces touch tech-driven, ergonomic controller

Touch Innovations has released the Kontrol Master, a touch technology-driven desktop design for speeding up workflow with enhanced ergonomic control of unlimited DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) virtual faders and knobs.

It integrates a user’s second hand into the musical mix using a knob to control virtual knobs, faders, and more. Users can hover the mouse pointer over the object to be controlled and immediately start using that knob for a tactile feel.

The Kontrol Master is available for online purchase (http://tinyurl.com/ze558ar) from Touch Innovations for $299. There’s free shipping in the continental U.S.

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Feb 09
Boris FX and Imagineer Systems team up for Mocha VR

Boris FX, in collaboration with Imagineer Systems, has announced Mocha VR (http://borisfx.com/pages/mocha-vr), a plug-in for Adobe, Avid, and OFX hosts. It’s designed to bring native 360 degree optimized planar tracking, masking, object removal, and horizon stabilization tools to cinematic VR filmmakers.

With Mocha VR, editors and artists can track, roto, create effects, and insert graphics without worrying about equirectangular seams or distorted pixels. It runs as a plug-in inside industry standard editing and effects applications Adobe Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, Avid Media Composer, and NUKE provides an immediate and accessible workflow for 360 degree/VR post tasks. You can render finished shots to your timeline or export tracking and roto data in a variety of formats for flexibility and project sharing.

Mocha VR is available in plug-in ($995) and standalone ($1,995)...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The most popular enterprise apps are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Feb 09
Digital banking users to reach three billion by 2021

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

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

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

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

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Feb 08
Cloud infrastructure market up 49%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Feb 06
PayPal leads in the global wallet wars

Global spending via mobile wallets is expected to rise by nearly 32% this year to $1.35 trillion, a new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found.

The study found that spending is currently concentrated in the Far East and China, due primarily to the success of Alipay and WeChat. However, the research says that moves by PayPal and Apple to offer wallets that can be used both in-store and online means that wallets will increasingly become the default payment mechanism in other markets.

The research highlights PayPal’s decision to introduce an HCE (Host Card Emulation) NFC solution to enable POS payments as a key disruptive moment in the wallet wars. According to Juniper Research, this – allied to the burgeoning success of its social payments subsidiary Venmo – places PayPal in pole position to capitalize on the increased demand for mobile wallets.

The research...

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18:19
Foxconn stock hits decade-high price thanks to...

It’s been proven several times that Apple’s success affects a multitude of different companies and here is the latest example. As detailed in a new report from Bloomberg, Hon Hai Precision, better known as Foxconn, is seeing record share prices thanks to high expectations for the iPhone 8…

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17:10
Apple buys company that specializes in facial...

Apple has acquired Israel’s Realface, a cybertechnology startup whose facial recognition technology can be used to authenticate users, according to the Times of India. The company developed facial recognition software that offers users a smart biometric login.

Realface was launched in 2014 by Adi Eckhouse Barzilai and Aviv Mader. The Tel Aviv-based firm had raised $1 million prior to Apple scooping it up; it employs up to 10 people. 

Apple purportedly paid “a couple of million” for the purchase. This is Cupertino, California’s fourth acquisition in Israel: Anobit (a NAND flash company), PrimeSense (maker of chips that enable 3D machine vision) and LinX (a maker of miniature multi-aperture cameras designed for mobile devices).

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16:58
Rumor: Apple, Broadcom working on a customized...

In a note to clients — as noted by CNBC — JPMorgan analyst Harlan Sur says an upcoming iPhone will probably sportcustomized wireless charging system jointly designed by Apple and Broadcom. Work on the system has purportely been underway for two years.

"We believe the glass back cover [the “iPhone 8 is rumored to sport a back glass cover] is conducive to wireless charging as it reduces signal interference versus a metal casing," Sur wrote. "It is possible for Apple to add proprietary features such as fast charging or extended charging to differentiate itself from the pack and enhance the value of its own hardware ecosystem."

Sur estimated that iPhone charging upgrade could grow to a $500 million to $600 million opportunity for Broadcom, an American fabless semiconductor company that makes products for the wireless and broadband communication industry....

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16:47
Apple drops to fifth place in China smartphone sales

Apple shipped 43.8 million units of iPhones throughout 2015, a year-on-year decrease of 18.2% as local smartphone makers dominated the market according to Canalys. The research group estimates that for the full year 2016, China reached 476.5 million unit shipments, growing year on year at 11.4%.

This swept away the annual growth rate of 1.9% in 2015. China shipments reached 131.6 million units in Q416, which is the highest single quarter total in history, accounting for nearly a third of worldwide shipments.

Canalys research shows that, in 2016, Huawei took the top spot in the market with 76.2 million shipments, a small lead ahead of runner-up Oppo with 73.2 million units, followed by Vivo in third place at 63.2 million units. 

"China and Hong Kong are still the hardest-hit areas in Apple's global top ten market. This directly led to a 7.0% decline in global shipments compared to 2015.,” says Canalys analyst...

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16:34
Apple reportedly snaps up Israeli facial recognition...




Adding weight to the rumors circulating about a future iPhone boasting facial recognition, reports claim that Apple has purchased RealFace -- a machine learning company specializing in the technology.

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16:10
Use Workflow 1.7 for iPhone to quickly save notes...




The latest update to automation app Workflow 1.7 latest update makes it simpler to get started and better to streamline multi-app user processes. AppleInsider walks you through setting up your first workflow, and tailoring it specifically to what you need.

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14:51
Parallels Desktop 12.1.3

Maintenance update for the popular virtualization software resolves several fixes. ($79.99 new for standard edition, $99.99 annual subscription for Pro/Business Edition, free update, 256 MB)

 

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14:14
The new wave of ‘unlimited’ data plans: How Verizon...

Over the last week, all four of the major United States carriers either announced new unlimited data plans or made changes to existing plans in an effort to better compete. With all four carrier offering some form of unlimited data, now be as good of a time as ever to analyze your current plan and think about switching.

Read on for a breakdown of what each plan has to offer…

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10:53
EduTech: The best iOS apps for keeping track of...

EduTech is a new 9to5Mac weekly series that will focus on technology’s application in education, lower and higher level, both for productivity and enjoyment. If you have suggestions for topics or specific questions you’d like to see answered, feel free to let me know. Catch up on past installments here

In this week’s installment of EduTech, we’re going to break down the best apps on iOS stay organized, keep track of assignments, and more. Some of these apps are specifically made with education in mind, while others were developed with a broader focus yet still offer benefits to educators and students alike.

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10:51
Things I learned covering the Westminster dog show

I’ve never been behind the scenes at the Westminster show but have been for other much smaller shows and many of the things mentioned here are common throughout. It’s a fascinating world.

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10:45
The story of a biker’s Sunday

Richard Hammond, of “Top Gear” and “The Grand Tour” fame, is not just a car guy. He also loves motorcycles. If you’ve ever wondered why those of us who ride do this incredibly dangerous thing, read this article. The feelings he describes in the beginning of the piece are bang on for many of us, as is the camaraderie you have with random other riders – they may be complete strangers but you have the “brotherhood” that ties you to each other in ways hard to understand or describe.

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10:31
The difficult journey of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of...

Khan is arguably the best Star Trek movie. At least, I think of it as being the most enjoyable out of a long list of pretty mediocre movies in the franchise. I won’t ever watch it again because I’m afraid it’s not as good as I remember it to be.

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10:10
∞ Could you survive a falling elevator?

Sounds like Bugs Bunny lied to us.

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09:16
Don’t Fear The Wi-Fi – Mac Geek Gab 645

Inexpensive quasi-mesh Wi-Fi, cloud management for your videos, changing your Finder icons and upgrading your Mac’s Wi-Fi to the latest standards are just how this show starts out! From there it’s on to answering your questions about monitoring iOS data usage, looking at PDF data – all of it! – and then your geeks dive into the Wi-Fi danger conspiracy! We promise you’ll learn at least four new things!


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08:57
Logic Pros: Using MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar w/...

With Logic Pro X 10.3, Apple introduced support for the new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar, the small touchscreen panel that debuted on the device last fall. Logic users might have had to wait longer than Final Cut Pro or even GarageBand users as one of Apple’s main apps that didn’t get support right at launch, but what it did end up getting is some of the best Touch Bar support yet. Let’s take a look.

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07:18
As rumors of new biometric features continue, Apple...

According to a report from Israeli financial website Calcalist, Apple has acquired facial recognition company RealFace. News of this acquisition comes as rumors regarding face recognition for iOS have increased ahead of the upcoming release of the iPhone 8 later this year.

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Saturday February 18

23:32
Self-driving car race finishes with a crash

Fans attending Formula E's Buenos Aires ePrix got a nice treat: the first 'race' between self-driving cars on a professional track, courtesy of a test from Roborace. Only... it didn't quite go according to plan. Roborace's two test vehicles (known...

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20:57
Shia LaBeouf's anti-Trump livestream is reborn...

Shia LaBeouf's anti-Trump livestreaming art piece in New York City was ignominiously shut down just a few weeks into its planned 4-year run, but it's getting a revival... albeit nowhere near its original home. LaBeouf and his artist partners have re...

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20:49
Apple's iPhone drops to fifth place in Chinese...




Apple continued to struggle for ground in China during the December quarter, ceding fourth place in the country's smartphone market under pressure from local brands like Huawei and Xiaomi, according to new research data.

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19:30
Intel made a drone to help an NBA player in the Slam...

Orlando Magic player Aaron Gordon took things to a whole new level in tonight's NBA Slam Dunk Contest, one of the main events during the league's All-Star Weekend. The 21-year-old worked with Intel on a drone to use an assist prop for his first dunk...

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18:32
The best Warhammer 40,000 games for the iPhone and...




There are dozens of Warhammer 40,000 games available for iOS, but which are the must-plays? AppleInsider examines them, and purges the heretical ones.

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18:00
Batmobile toy uses augmented reality to show the...

Batman's got plenty of wonderful toys bearing his name, from his trusty Batarangs to his super Batcomputer. However, none are more famous than the Batmobile. And, while diehard fans might be a little down on the design of the latest version as seen i...

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Sunday February 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday February 18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday February 17

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

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

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

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

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

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

iPhone 8 concept image via Thadeu Brandão

Past rumors have suggested wireless charging...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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09:46
Apple Launches New Twitter-Based Ad Series Promoting iPa...

Apple today shared four new iPad Pro ads on its YouTube channel, which are focused on highlighting the features of the tablet and pointing out its benefits over a computer.

Each of the four ads is 16 seconds in length and starts out with a tweet a user has shared, either about the iPad Pro itself or a situation where an iPad Pro would be useful.

The first video opens with a person holding up a printed tweet that reads "An iPad Pro is not even close to being a computer." Apple's voiceover explains the benefits of the iPad Pro, pointing out LTE, the touchscreen that supports the Apple Pencil, and its speed.

Well, iPad Pro isn't a computer. It's actually faster than most laptops, has LTE like your phone, and a touchscreen you can write on. So you're kind of right.The second video also focuses on the iPad Pro's LTE functionality, allowing users to...

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08:41
Here's the 'Stealth' Case Apple Uses to C...

Long before Apple takes the wraps off a new iPhone, the smartphone goes through months of design work, testing, and production between Apple's headquarters in Cupertino and its manufacturing partners in China.

It is during this time that iPhone parts usually begin to leak, despite Apple's best efforts to double down on secrecy. Nevertheless, noted leaker Sonny Dickson has provided MacRumors with a closer look at a few known measures the company takes to hide iPhone prototypes and prevent potential leaks.

Foremost, Dickson said an iPhone prototype travels across the world in a "stealth" case designed to prevent onlookers from seeing how it looks. The case conceals most of the iPhone, while it has yellow "security" tape along the sides that would show any tampering by somebody trying to get it open.

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08:06
Key Apple Touch Module Supplier sees a Bright 2017 with...

Did TPK's CEO let the cat out of the bag about a new Apple iPhone 8 feature coming later this year?

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06:36
Apple Store in Sydney Australia Evacuated due to Suspect...

Today it's being reported that the the Apple store in Sydney Australia was evacuated ...

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05:24
While Apple's iPad remained the Leader in Tablets f...

While Apple toppled iPad expectations for 2016, the fact remains that for the year iPad sales dropped 14.1%, more than double the industry as a whole which fell 6.6%, according to the latest TrendForce report covering the tablet market. Apple's total shipment for 2016 came in at ...

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01:20
Samsung Chief Arrested on Bribery Charges in Corruption...

Samsung chief Jay Y Lee has been arrested over his alleged role in an influence-peddling scandal that reaches to the highest levels of the South Korean government, it was reported on Friday.

Reuters said the 48-year-old vice-chairman and heir-apparent of Samsung was taken into custody at the Seoul Detention Center on Friday morning, after waiting there overnight for the decision.

Image via Reuters

South Korea's special prosecutor's office accuses Lee of bribing a close friend of President Park Geun-hye – who is currently facing impeachment over the scandal – in order to win favors related to leadership succession at Samsung Group. Lee now faces charges including bribery, embezzlement, hiding assets overseas, and perjury. Both Geun-hye and Lee have...

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Thursday February 16

16:34
Korean Court Issues Arrest Warrant for Samsung's He...

It began again on Sunday with Korean Prosecutors announcing that they planned to Summon Samsung's Heir Lee Jae-yong once again in respect to bribery. They didn't hide the fact that they could once again seek an arrest warrant from the Court. On Tuesday the Special Prosecutors grilled the Samsung Heir and afterwards filed for another arrest warrant for Lee. The first arrest warrant that they sought was denied because of lack of evidence. But this time around the Special Prosecutors had discovered new evidence ...

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15:45
Apple Continues to Advance their Fuel Cell Technology

Apple has thus far been granted two fuel cell patents. Their first fuel cell patent was granted back in 2015 and their second patent granted in 2016. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals advancements made to their previous patents.

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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.
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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

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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.

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11:00
Developer Insights Series: Managing a Community

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

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11:00
Developer Insights Series: Managing a Community

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

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Tuesday February 14

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

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NASCAR races forward with Office 365

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

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

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04:00
Basic Bash Inputs

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

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

Read also has a number of flags available to it:

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

10:30
About the security content of GarageBand 10.1.6

This document describes the security content of GarageBand 10.1.6.

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

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

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

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

Jeff Henderson,...

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

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

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

Here are a few upcoming topics we will cover:

Work smarter with Microsoft Delve

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

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Saturday February 11

14:34
Effectively Wielding Political Capital

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

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

No.

Hope you enjoy.

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Friday February 10

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

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

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

Thursday February 9

16:43
Dealing with Disappointment at Work

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

It starts off a bit like this:

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

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

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

Read more at...

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16:38
APNs Logs on macOS

I originally wrote this back in 2015 as an article for troubleshooting APNs traffic on a Profile Manager server. But it turns out that troubleshooting push notification communications between macOS Server and Apple’s Push Notification is basically the same as troubleshooting the apsd client on macOS. Basically, we’re gonna’ put the APNs daemon, apsd, into debug mode. To enable APNS debug logging, run these commands:

defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.apsd APSLogLevel -int 7
defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.apsd APSWriteLogs -bool TRUE
killall apsd

Then use tail -f to watch the apsd.log file at /Library/Logs/apsd.log. Be wary, as this can fill up your system. So to disable, use these commands:

defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.apsd APSWriteLogs -bool FALSE
defaults delete /Library/Preferences/com.apple.apsd APSLogLevel...

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11:00
Episode 117 with Jeremy Thake on Microsoft Teams and...

In episode 117 of the Office 365 Developer Podcast, Richard diZerega and Andrew Coates are joined by Jeremy Thake to discuss Microsoft Teams and extensibility.

https://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP117_Thake.mp3

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The OneNote REST API now supports application-level...

The OneNote API team is pleased to announce that we have enabled application-level permissions support for the OneNote API. Until now, OneNote API calls could only be made with user-delegated permissions. This meant that your application would be restricted to scenarios that required a user to be signed in. With application-level permissions support, your application now supports scenarios that do not require a user to be signed in! Read the MSDN article for details of the OneNote API application-level permissions support.

With the availability of OneNote API application-level permissions support, many new scenarios that weren’t possible earlier are now enabled. Some example scenarios include:

  • Analytics (based on OneNote metadata and content exposed by the OneNote API).
  • Dashboards (based on OneNote metadata and content exposed by the OneNote API).
  • Background provisioning of...
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09:00
Track your Office knowledge and skills with Office...

Today, we are releasing Office Training Roadmaps to help your company set training expectations and track progress for six Office apps. The training roadmaps help you quickly find what you need to learn and are available both online and as printable posters for Office 365, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word and Access 2016.

Also, if you or your company needs help getting started with Office apps, we have expanded our Quick Start Guides to include Excel, Outlook and Sway. All of these free resources can be found at the...

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13-inch 1.6GHz/256GB MacBook Air on sale for...
Newegg has the 13″ 1.6GHz/256GB MacBook Air (MMGG2LL/A) on sale for $1029.99 including free shipping. Their price is $170 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this model. Choose Newegg... Read more
Save up to $600 with Apple refurbished Mac Pr...
Apple has Certified Refurbished Mac Pros available for up to $600 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each Mac Pro, and shipping is free. The following... Read more
12-inch 1.1GHz Retina MacBooks on sale for $1...
B&H has 12″ 1.1GHz Retina MacBooks on sale for $150 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 12″ 1.1GHz Space Gray Retina MacBook: $1149 $150 off MSRP - 12″ 1.1GHz... Read more
InTouch Health Expands iOS And Windows Produc...
Specialty telehealth enterprise provider InTouch Health has announced an expanded range of FDA Class I listed medical devices and software solutions for ambulatory, non-acute and non-emergent... Read more
iMobie Airs World’s 1st iCloud Manager with M...
iMobie Inc., an Apple-related software company, announced their newly-updated iPhone manager AnyTrans with exclusive feature to sync and manage contents across multiple iCloud accounts. With it,... Read more
New Proactive Apple Support Professional Cert...
Watchman Monitoring has announced Proactive Support Professional Certification at MacTech Pro. Watchman Monitoring is a premier Proactive Support Software as a Service (SaaS) tool for IT... Read more
13-inch 2.7GHz Retina MacBook Pro on sale for...
B&H Photo has the 2015 13″ 2.7GHz/128GB Retina Apple MacBook Pro on sale for $100 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY tax only: - 13″ 2.7GHz/128GB Retina MacBook Pro (MF839LL/A): $... Read more
Back in stock: Apple refurbished 13-inch Reti...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2015 13″ Retina MacBook Pros available for up to $360 off original MSRP, starting at $1099. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is... Read more

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