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Orb is a new drag and drop radial contextual menu for OS X

ZoomingCube Interactive (http://zoomingcube.com) has introduced Orb 1.0 for Mac OS X. It’s a $5 drag and drop, radial contextual menu that allows you to open files with various applications without having to drag them all the way to your Dock.

Orb features a special Preview that displays an enlarged preview of image at the center of the menu. A Direction Sensing feature allows default application to be placed in the direction of gesture.

Orb integrates itself with Finder on Mac OS X. It’s compatible with OS X 10.7 and higher, However, although it’s compatible with El Capitan, it requires disabling SIP in order to function.

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24U releases 24U Appearance OSAX 4.0.1 for OS X

24U Software has announced 24U Appearance OSAX 4.0.1 for Mac OS X. The scripting addition allows AppleScript script writers to interact with users via dialogs, notifications, alerts, progress indicators, and floating messages without the need to use a complex development tool, such as Xcode.

Version 4.0.1 ensures that scripts created on older OS X will still work, even on the new OS version. It also brings support for OS X 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, and 10.11, improved memory management and more.

24U Appearance OSAX requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It’s available as shareware. You can install 24U Appearance OSAX, and try it out for 14 days for free. After this you’ll need to register. Licenses for 24U Appearance OSAX start at US$49 per user.

Version 4.0.1 is a free update for owners of version 4.0. Existing customers of version 3 can upgrade to the new version at 30 percent off the regular price. Optional Premium Support and Implementation service are available with...

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Tidy Up! ready for El Capitan

Hyperbolic Software has rolled out Tidy Up 4.1.8, the latest version of its duplicate finder and disk tidying utility for Mac OS X.

It locates duplicate items using a wide range of criteria including owner application,time created or modified, name, label, extension and content. Version 4 introduces full El Capitan compatibility, a new view by duplicate group, a quick “auto-check” feature, and new smart search methods. It also sports a rewritten search engine.

Tidy Up 4.1.8 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later. It costs US$29.99. Users of Tidy Up version 3.x can upgrade for a special price. Go here (http://tinyurl.com/a3lppc) for details.

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BatchOutput for Microsoft PowerPoint now supports El Capitan

Zevrix Solutions has announced BatchOutput PPT 2.2.1, a compatibility update to its output automation solution for Microsoft PowerPoint on Mac OS X.

In addition to batch printing, the software lets users carry out automated professional PDF production directly from PowerPoint eliminating the need for time consuming post-processing. Users can reduce PDF file size, optimize images and encrypt PDF files. The new version makes BatchOutput PPT compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

BatchOutput PPT can be purchased for US$39.95 from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com). A demo is available for download. BatchOutput PPT requires Mac OS X 10.5 - 10.11 and Microsoft PowerPoint 2008, 2011 or 2016.

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Nov 25
OWC Drive Dock is a new, two-drive dock with USB, Thunderbolt 2 ports

Other World Computing (OWC) is shipping the OWC Drive Dock, a new docking station that allows creative professionals and other users of large amounts of data to hot-swap, and quickly access, store and transfer information from bare SATA drives.

The OWC Drive Dock is compatible with both Mac and PC systems, and provides two drive bays that each can accommodate either 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drives.  The two drives can be accessed simultaneously for improved data access and transfer speed, ensuring convenient access to multiple drives.

The OWC Drive Dock sports an aluminum enclosure and quiet, fanless operation. It also has internal universal auto-switching power supply, so no external power brick needed.

The OWC Drive Dock is available now for same-day shipping at http://tinyurl.com/qzsp3lx. The Drive Dock is priced at $247.99, which includes a one meter Thunderbolt cable and a 0.6 meter...

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Nov 25
NetShred for Mac OS X adds support for Firefox 42

Mireth Technology Corp. has released version 4.8.7 of NetShred X (http://tinyurl.com/plqvu8s), its Internet eraser app that erases browsing data: internet cache, history, mail and more.

The upgrade adds support for Firefox 42. NetShred X is designed to run automatically, without user intervention. Since erasing temporary internet files can take some time, its runs in the background.

NetShred X is available for immediate download, or on CD-ROM, starting at $24.95 for an annual subscription. Educational pricing and volume discounts are available. NetShred X runs on Mac OS X 10.3 and higher.

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Nov 24
Thief steals on to the Mac today

Feral Interactive says Thief is out now for the Mac via Steam, with the Mac App Store version set to arrive in December. Developed by Eidos-Montréal and published by Square Enix for consoles and PC, Thief is the first game in this series to ever come to the Mac.

In Thief, players are challenged to combine stealth, gadgetry and exploration as Garrett, a Master Thief with mysterious skills that make him the most wanted man in a forsaken city. Players will pick locks, crack safes and solve cunning mechanical puzzles to pocket rare treasures, all while keeping clear of The City’s ever-vigilant guards.

Thief: Master Thief Edition retails on Steam for US$32.99. Thief: Shadow Edition will retail on the Mac App Store for $34.99. A minisite dedicated to the game is available now at http://tinyurl.com/pywbwnt.

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Nov 24
2017 Mitsubishi Mirage will support Apple CarPlay

Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) has announced details for the fuel-2017 Mitsubishi Mirage featuring Apple CarPlay support, a new exterior design, improved performance and enhanced interior appeal. The Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback will be available at dealers in spring 2016.

CarPlay gives iPhone users a way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch. Users can control CarPlay from the car’s native interface or just push-and-hold the voice control button on the steering wheel to activate Siri without distraction.

"CarPlay has been designed from the ground up to provide drivers with an incredible experience using their iPhone in the car," says Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing. "iPhone users always want their content at their fingertips and CarPlay lets drivers use their iPhone in the car with minimized distraction."

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Nov 24
UPPERCASE introduces keyboard protector for the 12-inch MacBook

UPPERCASE Design has introduced the Premium Ultra Thin Keyboard Protector and its Palm Rest Protector Set for the new 12-inch MacBook. The accessories provide protection for the laptop’s keyboard and surface and are styled to perfectly match the new MacBook in fit and appearance.

The Premium Ultra Thin Keyboard Protector guards against spills, dust, other contaminants and accidents. UPPERCASE Designs' Palm Rest Protector Set provides durable shielding against dirt, grease, sweat and abrasion and scratching from watches or jewelry.

The UPPERCASE Designs Premium Ultra Thin Keyboard Protector for the 12-inch MacBook has a suggested retail price of $12.99. The Palm Rest Protector Set carries a suggested retail price of $9.99. Both products are currently available from gouppercase.com and Amazon.com.

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Nov 24
Troi Automatisering releases Troi File Plug-in 8.0.5 for FileMaker Pro...

Troi Automatisering has released Troi File Plug-in 8.0.5 for FileMaker Pro 14/ The updated file management plug-in for FileMaker Pro 14 fixes problems and improves several functions.

Version 8.0.5 is a maintenance update of the plug-in for manipulating external files and folders directly from FileMaker Pro. In this version Troi Automatisering improved the working of the CreateThumbnail, Substitute and CopyFile functions and fixed some problems in the DragAndDrop and the GetDateCreated and GetDateModified functions.

A fully functional demo version of Troi File Plug-in 8.0.5 is available for downloading at Troi’s website (http://tinyurl.com/35alat6). Licenses cost US$ 99 per user. Details on developer licenses and multi-user discounts can be found on the product web site.

Upgrading to version 8.0.5 is free for all users of version 8.0 to 8.0.4: version 8.0.5 works with the same...

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Nov 24
LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign gets maintenance upgrade

Zevrix Solutions has announced LinkOptimizer 4.9.51, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

The software allows users to reduce InDesign link size and speed up output by eliminating excess image data. LinkOptimizer also performs image adjustments, converts file formats and helps repurpose InDesign files for web and mobile devices. Version 4.9.51 addresses an issue in which duplicate links in InDesign document weren't processed under certain conditions.

LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$259.95; there’s a “lite” version for $179.95). A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC 2015.

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Nov 23
MoneyWiz 2.2 adds 3D Touch and is iPad Pro ready

SilverWiz has conjured ups MoneyWiz 2.2 (http://moneywizapp.com), an update of the money manager for iOS and Mac OS X.

The app offers reports, worldwide online banking and instant sync between all your devices. For iOS, MoneyWiz 2.2 adds support for 3D Touch, iPad Pro, and iPad Split Screen.

MoneyWiz costs US$4.99. It’s available worldwide exclusively at the Apple App Store (for iOS) and Mac App Store (for OS X) in the Finance category.

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Nov 23
Eltima releases newest version of Commander One, an OS X file manager

Eltima Software has launched Commander One 1.2, the latest version of their dual-pane file manager for OS X.

Apart from basic file management operations, the app features a built-in FTP client, integrating Dropbox accounts and accessing data on iOS and Android devices, supports multiple archive formats, and more. Version 1.2 migrates to Swift 2.0 and is compatible with El Capitan.

Commander One 1.2 is compatible with OS X 10.9 and higher. The app is available in two editions - free and paid. The latter is known as Pro Pack and costs $29.95. Both editions are available for download from Eltima's website (http://commander-one.tumblr.com/).

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Nov 23
Local sellers accepting mobile payments with Square's new Reader

Starting today, 100 local business owners across the country are the first to accept chip cards and payments like Apple Pay from their customers with Square's new reader, giving their customers a simple, fast, and secure payment experience.

The first group of businesses to use Square's new reader include Honey Butter Fried Chicken in Chicago, Philz Coffee in San Francisco, Sump Coffee in St. Louis, Cafe Grumpy in New York City, and all 20+ merchants in the Urbanspace Vanderbilt food hall in New York.

"We've always wanted to offer our customers the option to pay with Apple Pay and we're thrilled that Square has helped us make this a reality," says Joshua Kulp, Executive Chef of Honey Butter Fried Chicken in Chicago.

"Our customers have been asking about contactless payments. Now it's here -- with one tap, customers at our Grand Central location can grab a coffee right before they jump on the train!" adds Caroline Bell, Owner of Cafe Grumpy in New York City....

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Nov 23
Archiware releases one-click archiving tool

Archiware, manufacturer of the data management software suite Archiware P5, is launching its P5 Archive app and version 5.3 of the Archiware P5 Software Suite, including Snapshot support and LTO-7 capability.

The P5 Archive app is designed to simplify the Archiving process by allowing users to archive and restore files directly from Finder via the right-click context menu, without the need to open P5 Archive itself. Final Cut Pro X projects are archived and restored including all media used in the project.

Archived files and folders are represented by a link file which displays metadata and previews on double-click. Metadata can be added during archiving. All jobs are listed in a monitoring window for verification. The P5 Archive App will be available for Mac OS X initially, with more platforms to follow in the future.

Until May 31st, 2016, an introductory offer with a 50 percent discount is available for a package including the P5 Archive App and 5 Workstation...

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Nov 23
AKVIS releases NatureArt 8.0: Aurora Borealis Effect

AKVIS has released AKVIS NatureArt 8.0, for Mac OS X and Windows. It’s a collection of nature effects for images. Version 8.0 adds the new Aurora effect.

NatureArt 8.0 now includes 10 basic effects: rain, sun, water, lightning, clouds, frost, rainbow, aurora, fire, and ice. Each has a number of presets for creating a variety of natural phenomena.

A demo of NatureArt 8.0 is available for download at the AKVIS website (www.akvis.com). On the Mac platform, it requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. The product is available as a standalone application and as a plugin filter for Adobe Photoshop and other image editors.

A home license sells for US$72. Version 8.0 is a free upgrade for recent buyers. Users whose license is not valid for the new version can get NatureArt 8.0 with the Aurora effect for $14.95.

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Nov 23
Aura, the Mac app for Gmail, is updated for El Capitan

Crosscoded has announced Aura 1.2.0, an update to the Mac app for Gmail. Aura is the “missing link” between a web app and a native client for Gmail users, with support for up to six accounts, global hotkeys, native notifications, selective notifications for important messages and per-account unread message counts in your menubar.

Version 1.2.0 adds support for Mac OS X El Capitan. It also now gives users global hotkeys for creating new e-mails, open e-mail links in your default e-mail account and more.

Aura 1.2.0 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It’s free (but does offer in-app purchases) and is and available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/pq37d69) in the Productivity category.

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Nov 20
Path Finder upgrade adds Saved Searches

Cocoatech has announced Path Finder 7.3, a free update of their file browser for Mac OS X. The update includes a long requested feature: Saved Searches.

Path Finder allows you to view hidden files, compare, merge and synchronize folders, batch rename and batch select files, use Dual Pane and full keyboard navigation to browse your file system and more. With version 7.3, you can save search results and criteria as smart folder. It also has improved discovery of SMB/CIFS shares/volumes in the local network, as well as performance and stability tweaks.

Path Finder 7.3 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. A 30-day demo is available for download. Registration is normally $39.95 for a single user license applicable for up to three user-owned computers. However, to celebrate the software’s 14th anniversary Cocoatech is offering 35 percent OFF the regular price. Use the coupon code ANNIVERSARY at the Cocoatech online store (...

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Nov 20
Candy Apple update for Mac OS X fixes printing issue

128bit Technologies has served up Candy Apple 1.8, an update to their vector based graphic design and illustration app for Mac OS X.

It allows you to create drawings, logos, banners, buttons, icons and more. Version 1.8 fixes a printing issue that would only partially print the design.

Candy Apple requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher available on both the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/nrbhf4o) and the MacAppware website (www.macappware.com) for a limited time discount of $14.99. That’s a savings of 50 percent off the full price of $29.99.

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Nov 19
Apple Pay now available to merchants on the GlobalOnePay platform

GlobalOnePay, a provider of omni-channel payment processing technologies and merchant services, now supports Apple Pay. GlobalOnePay merchants will now have another payment method in Canada to offer buyers.

The GlobalOnePay payments processing platform is already accepting Apple Pay in the United States and United Kingdom, where the mobile payment service was already operating. To begin accepting Apple Pay, Canadian GlobalOnePay merchants just need to show buyers that Apple Pay is now an accepted form of payment for American Express cardholders in-store or within apps.  Apple Pay transaction processing has been built into the GlobalOnePay payment gateway and requires no additional software development or integration between the merchant and GlobalOnePay.

“Many consumers want additional, convenient payment methods, and GlobalOnePay is committed to ensuring our merchants can meet those demands,” says Philip Fayer, president and chief executive officer of...

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Nov 25
Personal storage market continues to shrink

Worldwide personal and entry-level storage (PELS) shipments declined -13.4 percent year over year to 16.7 million units in the third quarter of 2015 (3Q15), but were up 10.3 percent compared to the previous quarter, according to the International Data Corporation. Shipment values declined along with unit shipments, down -19.8 percent from a year ago to $1.3 billion, notes the research group.

“The personal and entry-level storage market was stagnant in 2014 and started to show signs of decline in 2015," says Jingwen Li, senior research analyst, Storage Systems, IDC (www.idc.com). "The adoption of cloud storage has been gaining traction in the consumer space with its easy data access and mobile device integration. One of the negative impacts of cloud storage deployment leads to shrinking demand within the PELS market.”

Personal storage remained the dominant component of the PELS market and accounted for over 98% of...

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Nov 24
One in five consumers: paying with chip-enabled credit...

HarborTouch (www.harbortouch.com), a point of sale (POS) system and merchant services provider, has published the results of a national survey examining consumer sentiment and usage trends among early adopters of EMV or “chip” enabled credit cards.

Just one month after the Oct. 1 EMV transition deadline, the survey of more than 5,000 U.S. adults found that one in five consumers consider transaction time as their top concern when using an EMV-enabled credit or debit card. These concerns could spell trouble for brick-and-mortar retailers this holiday season. This is especially true for big-box stores like Target, Best Buy and Walmart, which depend on in-store holiday transactions and have made EMV adoption the centerpiece of their store payment security strategies.

“On average, it takes between seven to 10 seconds to pay using a chip card versus two to three seconds to pay using a traditional swipe...

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Nov 23
Archiware releases one-click archiving tool

Archiware, manufacturer of the data management software suite Archiware P5, is launching its P5 Archive app and version 5.3 of the Archiware P5 Software Suite, including Snapshot support and LTO-7 capability.

The P5 Archive app is designed to simplify the Archiving process by allowing users to archive and restore files directly from Finder via the right-click context menu, without the need to open P5 Archive itself. Final Cut Pro X projects are archived and restored including all media used in the project.

Archived files and folders are represented by a link file which displays metadata and previews on double-click. Metadata can be added during archiving. All jobs are listed in a monitoring window for verification. The P5 Archive App will be available for Mac OS X initially, with more platforms to follow in the future.

Until May 31st, 2016, an introductory offer with a 50 percent discount is available for a package including the P5 Archive App and 5 Workstation...

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Nov 23
Juniper Research’s top 10 Tech Predictions for 2016

As 2015 draws to a close Juniper Research has drawn up a list of predictions for the coming year, all neatly wrapped up as the top trends for the technologies industries for 2016. A free report detailing the findings is available to download from the Juniper website.

Juniper has identified 2016 as the watershed year for VR headsets, both in terms of product launches and consumer roll outs. Oculus, Sony, and HTC are among the leading players expected to launch key VR products over the next 12 months. The recent attention to and investment into virtual reality is helping to revitalize the industry and with major brand commercial launches imminent, there is huge potential for rapid market expansion.

As a result, Juniper expects significant VR uptake over the next five years as consumers benefit from a combination of improved VR technology allied to immersive applications, as well as reduced prices. Consequently, the technology is now poised to transform the entertainment...

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Nov 20
Gartner: 6.4 billion connected ‘things’ will be in use...

Gartner, Inc., (www.gartner.com) forecasts that 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2016, up 30 percent from 2015, and will reach 20.8 billion by 2020. In 2016, 5.5 million new things will get connected every day.

Gartner estimates that the Internet of Things (IoT) will support total services spending of $235 billion in 2016, up 22 percent from 2015. Services are dominated by the professional category (in which businesses contract with external providers in order to design, install and operate IoT systems), however connectivity services (through communications service providers) and consumer services will grow at a faster pace.

"IoT services are the real driver of value in IoT, and increasing attention is being focused on new services by end-user organisations and vendors," says Jim Tully, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner.

In terms of hardware spending,...

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Nov 19
U.K. broadband households not doing a lot of cable...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) shows that only about three percent of U.K. broadband households cancelled a subscription to an OTT video service in the past 12 months, while 33 percent of U.K. broadband households currently pay for an OTT subscription.

In the U.S., approximately nine percent of U.S. broadband households have recently cancelled an OTT service subscription, while 59 percent currently subscribe. The research firm finds that service cancellations and switching are an evolving part of viewer consumption and buying habits in the U.S. market, a trend that is beginning to emerge in Western Europe.

"U.S. consumers who cancel an OTT service often have a subscription to other OTT video services. They also spend an above-average volume of time watching video on a connected device," Brett Sappington, director, research, Parks Associates, says. “Their weekly...

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Nov 18
336 million earphones, headphones expected to ship in...

Global shipments of earphones and headphones are expected to reach 336 million units by 2016, up from an estimated 324 million in 2015. In terms of revenue, the market is expected to surpass $13 billion by the end of 2016, according to new data from Future Marketing Insights (www.futuremarketinginsights.com).

FMI has segmented the global earphones and headphones market into personal, gaming, media and entertainment, corporate, and sports. Demand for earphones and headphones for personal use is the highest, accounting for US$4.32 billion in revenues in 2014. FMI estimates revenues from personal segment to surpass $5 billion by 2016.

Robust smartphone and tablet sales in Asia Pacific, combined with proliferation of music streaming services is driving demand for earphones and headphones for personal use, according to the research group. Demand for earphones and headphones is also...

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Nov 16
Smart home device adoption highest among 25-34...

New research from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) shows U.S. broadband households with a head of household ages 25-34 have the highest adoption rate for smart home devices at nearly 30 percent.

Among heads of household ages 35-44, adoption is only 21 percent, but they own the highest number of smart home product categories, with an average of two different smart products. Networked security cameras, smart thermostats, and smart door locks are the leading categories of smart home devices.

"Nearly 40% of U.S. broadband households with a security system also own a smart home product," said Stuart Sikes, president, Parks Associates. "Safety and security are the leading value propositions for the connected home, so we will see many innovative solutions at CES 2016 coming from partnerships among security companies, service providers, app developers, and device manufacturers.”


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Nov 13
Online eSports audiences expected to exceed 310...

New data from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that online eSports services, such as Twitch, will grow to over 310 million by 2020, increasing from 133 million this year and bringing in almost $1 billion in revenues from subscriptions alone. By comparison, 2020 will see eSports audiences surpass the levels of the NFL tournament and approach that of Formula 1/

Juniper Research forecasts that eSports is on the cusp of significant growth, with tournaments and prize pools expanding in size and value. Key eSports tournaments such as last year’s League of Legends World Championships final drew in over 27 million viewers.

In particular, advertisers are set to benefit, with revenues forecast to increase by almost 250% from 2015 to 2020. This will mirror an increased willingness by consumers to subscribe to online eSports channels and broadcasters, with subscription revenues...

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Nov 12
Households very concerned about security/privacy when...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) finds that 76 percent of U.S. broadband households are very concerned about their data security and personal privacy when using connected devices. The report shows identity and data theft are among the highest security concerns when using connected devices, but only 6 percent of U.S. broadband households have experienced those problems in the last year.

"Broadband households in the U.S. now own an average of more than seven Internet-connected computing and entertainment devices, and nearly one-fifth own a smart home device," said Patrice Samuels, research analyst, Parks Associates. "As consumers acquire more connected devices for their homes, the more exposure they feel, either through experience or from hearing about high-profile security breaches in the media. As a result, they are seeing high value in security and privacy support either as...

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Apple patent application highlights active shutter...

Somewhere down the line, this could really come in handy.

An Apple patent application published Thursday describes a powered shutter system that automatically blocks access to speaker, microphone and other iPhone and iPad port openings, protecting the sensitive components within.

The patent application, known as Apple’s “Electronic devices with housing port shutters” application, describes a system of electrically controlled shutters disposed over the openings of critical components like speaker boxes and microphones. At the command of an onboard logic board, these shutter mechanisms can quickly block acoustic pathways — portholes — from...

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News: Some Apple Music and iTunes Match services may...

The U.K. Intellectual Property Office has officially abandoned a private-copying exemption that made it legal for users to back up their music, putting a spotlight on possible problems ahead for Apple Music and iTunes Match users in the country, 1709 reports. The exemption was put in place last year to protect users backing up their own legally purchased music from the punishments faced by those pirating music online. The IPO’s decision not…

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Rumor: Apple to migrate devices from LCD displays to...

Apple is expected to begin shifting its iPhones from LCD displays to improved OLED screens as of 2018. The OLED display technology, which is currently only in use on the Apple Watch, benefits from greater contrast levels and much deeper blacks as the display only illuminates to present color. This offers energy efficiency that leads to improved battery life compared lighting up the entire display each time.

Current rumors state that Apple has notified its suppliers that it wants to move to OLED iPhones in 2018, but adds that a mix of LCD and OLED iPhones are expected initially due to iPhone demand and OLED production limitations. Apple is apparently weighing how well OLED...

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News: Australian banks accused of anti-competitive...

While Apple Pay officially launched in Australia last week, the country’s banks are still refusing to link their cards to the digital payment system, prompting calls for the Reserve Bank to examine banks for potential anti-competitive behavior, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. Apple’s fees for using the service have been a sticking point in negotiations for months, with the company reportedly demanding the same 15 cents on every $100…

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Apple TV has 20 percent of the global digital media...

As of the third quarter of 2015, the Apple TV has 20 percent of the global digital media streamer market share, according to new data from Strategy Analytics.

However, the fourth generation Apple TV didn’t go on sale until October, so had little impact on these stats. Look for Apple’s set-top box to garner a bigger share of the digital media streamer market in quarter four. Google’s Chromecase has 45 percent, Amazon Fire TV has 16 percent, Roku has 16 percent, and “others” have 13 percent, the research group says. The new report from Strategy Analytics also notes that:

Global shipments of all connected TV devices (including smart TVs, Blu-ray players, game consoles and digital media streamers) reached 53 million units in the third quarter and are on target to hit 221 million units for the full year, representing growth of 17 percent.


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Australian banks refusing to sign up for Apple Pay

Australian banks are reportedly refusing to sign up for Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile payment system, and allowing customers to link their bank accounts to their iPhones.

The country’s Reserve Bank has been urged to examine potential anti-competitive behavior in the emerging card-free payments market amid claims the banks have frozen out Apple Pay, which was recently introduced in the country, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. Labor's spokesman on digital innovation, Ed Husic, has written to the RBA and the Australian Bankers' Association, raising his concern that Australians are being "denied choices" in digital payments, the article adds.

Apparently, banks in Australia aren’t too keen on the idea of giving Apple a bit of the US$2 billion they earn annually from interchange fees. In the US, Apple earns close to 15¢ on every $100 of transactions. Apple’s trying for a similar...

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Apple works on ‘bumper system’ to protect iOS...

Earlier this month Apple applied for a patent for a “life vest” for iPhones so they won’t sink if dropped in water. Now Apple has applied for a patent (number 20150341070) ) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for a “bumper system” for iOS devices and Mac laptops.

In the filing for the patent, dubbed “screen protection using actuated bumper,” Apple notes the screens of portable electronics devices include one or more fragile elements such one or more layers of glass. Such devices are commonly dropped. 

For example, an electronic device may be dropped by a user, fall from a table, fly from a user's hand when a user trips, and/or otherwise free fall to the ground or other surface. Drop events of these or other kinds may damage fragile elements of screens such as glass layers and repairing damage to screens may be “burdensome, expensive, and/or impractical,” according...

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News: Black Friday Deals from iLounge

Black Friday is here, and so are today’s Black Friday iLounge Deals! For today only, you can get 15% off almost anything in the iLounge Deals store simply by using the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY. We’re still offering some great deals on cool products like the Powerbeats 2 WIRED In-Ear Headphones, the Sound Rise Bluetooth Speaker and Alarm Clock, and the Bobine’ Flexible iPhone Charging Dock, but for today, you can get an even better…

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Black Friday Blowout 15% Discount on TMO Deals

Our friends at Stack Social have pulled out the stops for Black Friday by offering 15 percent off all our deals. Just use the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout and you will get the additional discount. Tutorials, portable batteries, drones, gadgets, toys, storage, styluses, speakers, headphones, app bundles, and a whole lot more. Check out the Black Friday landing page on our deal site for details-there are some exclusions, but these are some killer prices.

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iMac shipments expected to grow five percent in 2016

iMac shipments are expected to grow five percent on year in 2016. iMac's main manufacturer, Quanta Computer, reportedly has increased its personnel for the product line for 2016, according to DigiTimes.

In the third quarter, Apple sold about 5.7 million iMacs and MacBooks, up four percent from the same quarter a year ago. The news isn’t as good for everyone else. 

All-in-one PC shipments may drop a double-digit percentage on-year in 2015 due to weaker-than-expected demand. Shipments in 2016 are unlikely to see any major growth and may stay flat from 2015, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

“However, compared to Apple, which continues to add new innovations to its iMac products, other all-in-one PC vendors have mainly focused on competing over price which could create a negative impact on their gross margins,” says DigiTimes.

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Blue Origin Rocket Sticks Landing

Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket this week made history when it landed intact in Texas. The unmanned crew capsule returned safely from a test flight that took it 330,000 feet into the air. The New Shepard could become the first reusable booster -- it's scheduled to return to space in a few months. It's now tucked into a storage facility at a launch site in West Texas. Blue Origin, founded by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, aims to lay the foundation for an enduring human presence in space -- a goal that reusing rocket boosters could help to achieve.

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Australian banks accused of anti-competitive...

If you’re wondering why Apple Pay is as yet only available for Amex cards in Australia, it’s not because Apple isn’t working hard enough to introduce it there: it’s because Australian banks are refusing to sign up for it. The opposition Labor Party spokesman on digital innovation is now suggesting that this refusal may constitute anti-competitive behaviour, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

The Reserve Bank has been urged to examine potential anti-competitive behaviour in the emerging card-free payments market amid claims the banks have frozen out newcomer Apple Pay […]

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Audioengine's D3 Premium 24-bit DAC will beef...

If you want to really improve the audio on your Mac's speakers or headphones, plug in the $149.99 D3 Premium 24-bit DAC (digital-to-analog converter) from Audioengine. It bypasses your computer’s headphone jack and sends music directly through USB. The result: a noticeable improvement in the sound coming from your music, movies and games.

I have my SoundSticks speakers plugged into the D3, which is about the size of a flash drive. They sounded good before; they sound great now.

No special software is needed to set up the Audioengine DAC. The D3, housed in an aluminum case, plugs directly into an USB port on your Mac (or PC) and the output connects to headphones, speakers, or any audio system.

Once it's connected, you'll tell the difference immediately. Music, vocals, sound effects and, well, pretty much any type of audio is more nuanced, crisp, and clarity. Plus, bass...

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Image Viewer does one job, but does it reasonably...

If you need to quickly view an entire folder of images, Image Viewer from Abacus does the job. It's a one-trick pony for Mac OS X (10.7 and higher), but does its trick well. Plus, it's only US$2.99 at the Mac App Store.

With Image Viewer, you can open a file and then view all image files in that folder by clicking the mouse or pressing the keyboard. This isn't something I normally do very often, but your needs may differ.

If you use Image Viewer frequently, you can make it your default app for viewing pictures. The interface is simple. You can view images and navigate with keyboard arrow keys, toolbar buttons, or the main menu. You can do the same with thumbnails. For example, double clicking a thumbnail will also open the image in single view mode. 

You can open images by selecting Open from the main menu, right clicking in...

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Sony plans to enable you to play PS4 games on your...

If you own a PS4 but end up fighting for access to the big TV when other family members want to use it for watching TV shows or movies, Sony is working on an app for that. Sony’s president of worldwide studios Shuhei Yoshida tweeted that the company is working on an app to stream games to both PCs and Mac.

Some people asked if we plan to provide Remote Play function to PC, and yes, we are indeed working on an official application for PC/Mac. :D

Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) November 27, 2015

The games console already has Remote Play functionality built in, but it’s of very limited use as yet … 

Remote Play currently only streams game play to a small number of Sony...

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Rounding up the best Apple MacBook, iMac, iPad, and...

With the 2015 shopping season now officially in full swing, finalized Apple Black Friday deals are now live. We've curated the creme of the crop in this roundup that highlights $50-$100 off Apple Watch, $25-$150 off current iPads, up to $650 off MacBooks, up to $500 off iMacs, and much, much more.

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Relocate Your Home or Business Easily - General...

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Shift Your Office or Home Easily - General...

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No person really wants to make the move from other set up spot. However sometimes they need to carry this specific soreness thanks just one or perhaps additional motive. It truly is effectively idea that shifting house or maybe enterprise is actually uninteresting, strenuous in addition to demanding. You've to perform a great deal of do the job over the means of move whether it be home or even business. Separation will probably produce topsy-turvy and also tense-like scenario. To flee with this distressing work you could get in touch with several transferring firms. Relocating companies can make your hard work less complicated. However based fully about them may show very expensive to you personally. In order to proceed in the economy then you definately have to take on several tasks. You are able to acquire partially support from your firm...

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Pandora is streaming Adele’s 25 and her label can’t...

The Verge:

Adele’s 25 is the biggest album in the world right now, and it’s made it there all without a single stream on Spotify. In fact, it might have made it there because there hasn’t been a single stream on Spotify: Adele and her label made the decision not to stream 25 anywhere online, encouraging people to actually buy the album or its songs outright. But despite the ban, some services have songs from 25 up streaming.

25 isn’t on Pandora because Adele specifically wanted it there. It’s on Pandora because Adele and her label don’t have a say.

This is a great example of the giant hairball that is streaming services and the confusion that consumers have with regards to which service does what and how they play you music.


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Thursday November 26

How to find the lowest prices on Apple's Macs,...

While Apple has again chosen to forgo offering discounts on its products this Black Friday, many Apple Authorized Resellers and big-box retailers are competing aggressively for the business of Apple shoppers. Here's how to quickly and easily find the lowest prices anywhere on your iPad, Mac, AppleWatch and Apple accessories of choice.

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Apple Black Friday Gameplan – knockout holiday...

As the Thanksgiving turkey and wine buzz starts to wear off and we head into the pinnacle of American consumerism known as Black Friday, we here at 9to5mac have some tips which should make the shopping experience pleasant, efficient and productive. Over the next 24 hours, everything Apple related will be at the lowest prices of the year. We’re going to guide you to getting in, saving a bunch of cash and getting on your way.

First some don’ts:

  • Don’t for any reason actually go to a physical store. The 2-3 $150 50″ Best Buy TVs per store isn’t worth being in the vicinity of Black Friday shoppers and the “Door Busting”. It’s a nightmare out there. Go to a park. Play with your kids. Spend a few minutes with us and we’ll knock out that gifting.
  • Don’t actually buy anything online tonight. Prices keep dropping...
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Apple Looks To Introduce OLED Displays In iPhone...

An anonymous reader writes: Apple is expected to integrate organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display technology in its iPhone handsets from 2018. The Cupertino-based giant will jump from liquid crystal display (LCD), which has been used in iPhones since 2007, to OLED – turning to suppliers like LG Displays, according to Japanese reports. The switch follows the steps of other smartphone makers such as Samsung and LG, which have both already integrated OLED technology in their mobile device ranges.


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Friday November 27

Apple has Reportedly Notified their Supply Chain of its...

This has definitely been a year full of rumors about Apple contemplating a switch to OLED displays for future iPhones and iPads. Today, the rumor mill is in high gear claiming that Apple is now notifying their supply chain that it will switch to OLED displays for future iterations of the iPhone.

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Thursday November 26

Remarkable Deal: Colette Offering 50% Off Many Apple Wat...

French boutique retailer Colette has launched an online sale offering many stainless steel Apple Watch and 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition models for around 50% off, by far the lowest prices available for those Apple Watch models this Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Due to the significant savings, stock will likely be depleted very quickly.

A total of thirteen Apple Watch and six Apple Watch Edition models have been listed for half price, although some models appear to have already sold out. Colette is also selling individual stainless steel Link Bracelets and Milanese Loops for half price during the limited time promotion.

The list below compares Apple's regular price to Colette's sale price for each Apple Watch model. All prices are listed in U.S...

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A Future 'Magic Keyboard' may include Multiple...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a possible future iteration of the Magic Keyboard. According to Apple's patent filing, the new keyboard design will support multiple LEDs per key. The design will allow for ...

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The Best Black Friday Deals on Macs, iPads, iPhones, App...

With the Thanksgiving holiday well underway in the United States, Black Friday deals at both online and brick and mortar stores are starting to go live. Many major retail stores like Target, Best Buy, and Walmart will be opening up in the early evening, and most online-only deals are already live.

We've rounded up a few of the absolute best deals that can be had on products like the iPad, iPhone, MacBook, iMac, and Apple Watch below, and even more deals can be found in our full Black Friday roundup, which has a long list of retailers that are offering discounts.

Apple Watch

Both Target and Best Buy are offering Apple Watch deals. At...

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The Patent behind Apple's New MacBook Surfaces

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published Apple's patent application for the new MacBook with USB-C and Force Touch. The application is extremely detailed ...

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Black Friday Deals: Apple Accessories, Cases, Docks, Hom...

In addition to Black Friday deals from Best Buy, MacMall and other major retailers, many smaller companies are offering discounts on Apple products, accessories and apps for U.S. Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

A number of those deals are highlighted below, with most beginning to go live, and more can be found in our Black Friday roundup. Please note that product availability may be limited, and prices are subject to change.

Intrepid Bag Co.

The Intrepid Bag Co., a site that makes high-quality leather bags, has an exclusive discount code for MacRumors readers. Between now and December 2nd,...

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Apple Invents Instantaneous Speech of Content on a Displ...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple titled "Instantaneous Speaking of Content on Touch Devices." Apple's invention relates to systems and processes for initiating and controlling 'content speaking' on touch-sensitive devices.

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Apple Invents a Touch Screen that users will finally be...

Today, Patently Apple is first to report that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published a patent application from Apple that's titled "Glove Touch Detection."

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Wednesday November 25

MacMall's 60-Hour 2015 Black Friday Sale Kicks Off...

MacMall's annual 60-hour Black Friday sale [PDF] on a variety of Apple products starts today, November 25, at 12:01 p.m. Pacific Time and lasts through 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, November 28.

As it does every year, MacMall is offering significant discounts on a huge selection of Apple Macs and iPads. The Retina MacBook Pro is available at up to $250 off, while the MacBook Air is available for up to $101 off. The 27-inch iMac is available at up to $201 off, and the Mac mini is available at $100 off.

MacMall sells a range of stock Apple Macs and custom build-to-order models. We've listed a selection of the more popular discounted models below, but the full range of discounts are available on the MacMall website.

2015 Retina MacBook

- 1.1GHz/8GB/256GB...

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iPhones Expected to Have OLED Displays Starting in 2018

Apple plans to switch to OLED displays for iPhones starting in 2018, according to Japanese website Nikkei. The report claims Apple has notified its suppliers about its future plans, with LG Display already planning capacity upgrades for high-volume OLED display production.

LG Display and Samsung Electronics will likely share a large portion of the OLED panel production for future iPhones, according to the report. Apple's shift to OLED displays could have "major implications" for Apple's current LCD display suppliers Sharp and Japan Display, the latter of which relies on Apple for 30% of its business.Samsung Electronics is currently the only company that can reliably mass-produce OLED smartphone screens. LG Display has a track record for producing OLEDs for television screens. Given this, the two companies will likely supply a large portion of Apple's displays...

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Target's Black Friday Early Access Sale Now Live Wi...

Target is hosting a one-day Early Access sale ahead of the Black Friday shopping holiday, making some of its most appealing Black Friday deals available early. Deals are available in Target retail stores and online on Wednesday, November 25.

Like Best Buy, Target is one of the retailers offering deals on the Apple Watch. As of today, when purchasing one of the 20 Apple Watch or Apple Watch Sport models Target offers, customers can get a free $100 Target gift card. Pricing on the Apple Watch at Target starts at $349 for the 38mm Apple Watch Sport.

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Apple Releases Holiday TV Ad with Stevie Wonder & An...

With the US Thanksgiving holiday starting tomorrow and Black Friday just days away, Apple releases a new TV ad ...

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UnionPay & Apple have Reportedly Reached a Prelimina...

Yesterday we posted a report titled "Apple hoping to have Apple Pay Kick Start in China in Q1 2016," wherein the Wall Street Journal had claimed that Apple had reportedly struck deals with China's big four state-run banks. Today, ...

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Black Friday App Deals Include Pixelmator, Linky, Lost W...

Just ahead of Thanksgiving and the busy Black Friday shopping holiday in the U.S., some app developers have discounted their iOS and Mac apps for a limited time.

We have been tracking App Store price drops on our sister website AppShopper and found early deals on popular apps Pixelmator, Linky, Lost Within and more.

Pixelmator for iOS [Direct Link] has been discounted from $4.99 to $1.99, which is 60% off and the image editing app's lowest price since it went on sale for 99 cents in July 2015.Pixelmator is a powerful, full-featured, layer-based image editor that lets you touch up and enhance images, sketch and paint, as well as create advanced image compositions on iPad and iPhone alike....

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Apple Shares 'Someday At Christmas' Ad With St...

A day before Thanksgiving is celebrated in the United States, Apple this morning shared a new Christmas-themed ad for 2015, starring artists Stevie Wonder and Andra Day. The 90-second ad centers on Wonder performing his 1967 holiday classic "Someday At Christmas" with family members.

The iconic artist uses a handful of Apple products and apps -- like a MacBook and GarageBand -- to perform his heartfelt song "Someday at Christmas" alongside Day and presumably some younger members of his family. Day can be seen wearing an Apple Watch about one minute into the advertisement.

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Apple Files Trademarks for 'GameplayKit' and...

Today the European Patent and Trademark Office published three of Apple's latest trademark filings that were officially filed yesterday. All three trademarks were filed under the same International Class ...

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China's Largest Semiconductor Packaging Provider ha...

A new supply chain report today claims that Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology (JCET), China's largest semiconductor packaging and test services provider, has reportedly grabbed assembly orders for SiP (system-in-package) modules from Apple ...

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T-Mobile Offers Sprint Customers $200 Credit Per Line to...

T-Mobile has announced a second "Un-carrier Unwrapped" promotion that offers Sprint customers a $200 bill credit for each line switched to a T-Mobile Simple Choice postpaid plan starting Thursday, November 26.

The offer is valid for Sprint, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile postpaid and prepaid customers, with no device trade-in required for the bill credit.

Sprint customers can still take advantage of T-Mobile's Carrier Freedom offer, which provides up to $650 towards a balance owing or to pay off early termination fees (ETFs) with an eligible device trade-in.Just switch any Sprint number – including postpaid, prepaid, Boost and Virgin Mobile – over to a T-Mobile Simple Choice postpaid plan starting this Thursday, November 26 and you’ll automatically get a $200 credit on your bill. That’s $200 multiplied by as many...

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Next-Gen Wireless Standard 802.11ay Could be ready as ea...

Apple's latest iDevices come with the wireless standard 802.11a/b/g/n/ac. So what's next for the 802.11 standard? The next-gen standard that is in the works is IEEE 802.11ay. It is an amendment that defines ...

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Another Rumor Claims to Confirm Apple's Acquisition...

In the video below Faceshift’s Brian Amberg (CTO) and Nico Scapel (Creative Director) talk about face tracking to bring virtual characters to life, using Intel's RealSense depth camera. We first reported on this story that claimed that Apple may have possibly acquired this Swiss start-up back in September. Late yesterday ...

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Thursday November 26

The Best Thanksgiving Movies For Your Thanksgiving...

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. A true classic. Especially here in Minnesota, where it all started. Woodstock and Snoopy save the day, you learn a simple lesson about the pilgrims. And of course, Thanksgiving dinner served up on a ping-pong table. Classic.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Steve Martin and John Candy in their prime. Traveling across the country to get home for Thanksgiving. “Those aren’t pillows” is still a classic line from a classic movie. It is a different time. 1987. And a few of the jokes might not be as PC today as they were just before Jeremy Piven made it where it was only PC to wear flannel in PCU. Another classic. But Planes, Trains and Automobiles is on Netflix; PCU isn’t. And PCU isn’t about Thanksgiving.


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Wednesday November 25

How Big Is My Journal And Where Is It?

Back when I worked with Xsan a lot more than I do now, one of the things we spent a lot of time doing was working with metadata and journal data on Xsan volumes. You can also view journal data for non-Xsan volumes. The hfs.util binary is used to view journal data about volumes. In this example, we’ll look at the journal size and location the boot volume of our system:

/System/Library/Filesystems/hfs.fs/Contents/Resources/hfs.util -I /Volumes/Macintosh\ HD

The output shows the size of the journal and the location, as follows:

/Volumes/Macintosh HD : journal size 40960 k at offset 0x1a38b000

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Tuesday November 24

What Office Ninjas Need To Know About IT

Another article up on a site. This one part of a series I’m doing for Office Ninjas, a nifty little site for people who wear a lot of hats in Small Business office environments. Access it here!

I really enjoy supplementing the work I do on krypted with some of these types of articles. Look for more soon!

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It’s About Time For A Warcraft Movie

Monday November 23

When you nail it, you know
Announcing Office 365 customer security...

Office 365 provides customers with a continuous stream of innovative features that provide significant productivity improvements while keeping information highly secure. We are working on resources and tools to help you leverage Office 365 information security features and controls, so you can manage security in your Office 365 tenant. The Office 365 Service Trust Portal (STP), launched earlier this year, is an example of a feature that provides deep insights into how Office 365 services are operated and independently audited.

Now we are pleased to present the customer security considerations (CSC) workbook that can be used to facilitate a quick review and implementation of the security controls available in Office 365. The CSC workbook is designed to provide you with information on key security and compliance features to consider when adopting, deploying and...

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The hostinfo command displays information about your host; namely your kernel version, the number of processors the kernel is configured for, the number of physical processors active, the number of logical processors active, the type of those processors, which ones are active, the amount of memory available, tasks, threads, and average load.

Run hosting without any arguments or options:


The output would be as follows (ymmv per system):

Mach kernel version:
Darwin Kernel Version 15.0.0: Wed Aug 26 19:41:34 PDT 2015; root:xnu-3247.1.106~5/RELEASE_X86_64
Kernel configured for up to 4 processors.
2 processors are physically available.
4 processors are logically available.
Processor type: x86_64h (Intel x86-64h Haswell)
Processors active: 0 1 2 3
Primary memory available: 16.00 gigabytes
Default processor set: 395 tasks, 1711 threads, 4 processors
Load average: 1.78, Mach factor: 2.21


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Sunday November 22

Repair Permissions Using The Command Line In El...

Repair permissions was unceremoniously removed from OS X in El Capitan. This staple of the Mac gurus toolkit disappeared. There was no 21 gun salute, there was no flaming casket sent out to sea and there was no sweet, sweet wake to get drunk at. Instead, there was pain. There was pain, because when the button disappeared, the need did not. Need proof? If you haven’t yet run it, let’s check your system to verify the permissions of the standard packages:

sudo /usr/libexec/repair_packages --verify --standard-pkgs --volume /

In the above command, we used the repair_packages binary, which has not changed in awhile. We then feed that the –verify option and the –standard-pkgs option, finally providing the volume of the current boot volume using –volume followed by the /. Pretty straight forward. Assuming there’s something to repair, the below will actually run that repair operation:

sudo /usr/libexec/repair_packages --repair --standard-pkgs --volume /


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Saturday November 21

Fitbit FitForGood Charity Campaign

Fitbit is giving away a million bucks to worthy causes. To quote them about this:

From November 9-20, the charity that collects the most steps claims the grand prize of $500,000. Second place gets $350,000 and third takes home $150,000. So everybody wins, but only one charity wins the biggest piece of the pie.

Overall, it’s great, and for those who are badge crazy, it’s a good way to do a tad bit of good while earning more badges. Badges earned using the FitForGood campaign include the following:

  • DoGooder: Join the FitForGood challenge at fitforgood.fitbit.com
  • FitForGood: Join the FitForGood challenge and get 25,000 steps afterwards
  • Helping Hero: Join the FitForGood challenge and get 60,000 steps afterwards
  • Charity Champion: Join the FitForGood challenge and get 100,000 steps afterwards


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Friday November 20

Get Your Apps Ready for the Holidays

The busiest season on the App Store is almost here. Make sure your apps are up-to-date and ready for the winter holidays. New apps and app updates will not be accepted December 22-29, so any releases should be submitted, approved, and scheduled in advance. Other iTunes Connect functionality will remain available.

Because of your incredible apps, the App Store crossed 100 billion cumulative downloads. Revenue from the App Store increased 25% year over year, and the number of transacting customers grew 18%, setting a new all-time record. We want to thank you for all your hard work and dedication to our platforms.

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Get Your Apps Ready for the Holidays

The busiest season on the App Store is almost here. Make sure your apps are up-to-date and ready for the winter holidays. New apps and app updates will not be accepted December 22-29, so any releases should be submitted, approved, and scheduled in advance. Other iTunes Connect functionality will remain available.

Because of your incredible apps, the App Store crossed 100 billion cumulative downloads. Revenue from the App Store increased 25% year over year, and the number of transacting customers grew 18%, setting a new all-time record. We want to thank you for all your hard work and dedication to our platforms.

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Apple Pay Has Expanded to Canada and Australia

You can now support Apple Pay for your customers in Canada and Australia, providing an easy and secure way for them to pay using American Express. Apple Pay lets users buy physical goods and services within your app with a single touch. Learn more.

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Apple Pay Has Expanded to Canada and Australia

You can now support Apple Pay for your customers in Canada and Australia, providing an easy and secure way for them to pay using American Express. Apple Pay lets users buy physical goods and services within your app with a single touch. Learn more.

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Two-Step Verification Now Available for Developer...

You can now use two-step verification on the Apple Developer website, Xcode, iTunes Connect, and more. This additional security feature helps prevent others from accessing your account, even if they know your password. Learn more about two-step verification.

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Two-Step Verification Now Available for Developer...

You can now use two-step verification on the Apple Developer website, Xcode, iTunes Connect, and more. This additional security feature helps prevent others from accessing your account, even if they know your password. Learn more about two-step verification.

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EU Model Clauses and HIPAA BAA update now available...

Today’s post was written by Juliet Wei, senior product marketing manager for the Yammer team.

Yammer’s mission is to enable open team collaboration, and we recognize that sharing goes hand in hand with the right levels of privacy, security and compliance. With more than 85 percent of the Fortune 500 using Yammer to collaborate, our goal is to provide customers with industry-leading privacy and security commitments.

Today I’m thrilled to announce that Yammer has achieved a major compliance milestone to enhance its commitment to the protection of personal data for European customers. Effective immediately, all customers can obtain a Data Processing Agreement with the European Commission’s standard contractual clauses for data processors, known commonly as the “EU Model Clauses (EUMC).” This provides customers with an alternative to transfer personal data from the European Union to the United States.

Additionally, the standard HIPAA Business Associate...

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Setup A Medical ID To Be Prepared For Emergencies...

I was going through Red Cross training recently, and one thing that was mentioned was whether we have Medical IDs setup on our iPhones. I do. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I’d set it up a long time ago. I then asked around and no one else had one setup. So I grabbed my testing iPhone and decided to write it up.

To get started setting up your Medical ID on your iPhone, open the Health app. From the Health app, tap on Medical ID and then tap on Create Medical ID.

At the Medical ID screen, enter allergies, medications you are on, add emergency contacts, provide your blood type, define if you wish to be an organ donor, and add your weight. Viola, you’ve now given all this information to first responders and medical professionals should they need it.


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Thursday November 19

Office 365—monthly Dev Digest for November

This month’s Office 365 Dev Digest was written by Jeremy Thake, technical product manager for the Office 365 Dev team.

Welcome to the ninth edition of Dev Digest, designed to help you—the Office 365 developer—keep up to date with what’s new in Office 365 development.

This week has been an exciting week, with the Microsoft Graph being announced as generally available. It’s a great time for developers to start exploring our production ready APIs and also to start experimenting with the new APIs that have been introduced into Preview. There is a ton of great content published on the Connect(); Channel 9 site that can be consumed in video format too.

I have attended some hackathon events...

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11 features to get the most out of your business...

In the world of work, email is a mainstay. It allows us all to communicate at lightning-fast speeds—without having to pick up the phone. It gives us the power to thoughtfully consider projects, questions, answers, opinions, requests and feedback, all of which opens the door to better communication. And it gives us the ability to see the progression of conversations without digging through a mountain of individual messages. However, most people aren’t taking full advantage of what their email systems offer. Sure, they know how to send messages, set tasks, make notes, block their calendars and schedule reminders, but there are also some pretty great features (and hacks) that you may not know about that could just transform the way you use business email. Let’s take a look:

  1. Future delivery/delayed delivery: Whether you...
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Episode 072 on SharePoint dev with Chris O’Brien—...
Updated Office 365 modern authentication public...

Today’s post was written by Paul Andrew, technical product manager for Identity Management on the Office 365 team.

We have made a lot of improvements to the Office 365 modern authentication public preview program recently and to represent these we’ve renamed it from the Office 2013 modern authentication public preview to the Office 365 modern authentication public preview.

Here’s a summary of the updates:

  • Modern authentication in the Office 2013 Windows client and in the Office 2016 Windows client are complete and at GA.
  • All users of Office 365 modern authentication can now get production support through regular Microsoft support channels.
  • Use of Office 365 modern authentication is now on by default for Office 2016.
  • No form is required for using modern authentication with SharePoint Online or Exchange Online. However, a Microsoft connect form is still used for requesting enablement of modern authentication against Skype...
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One Button Travel 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: “To cut a long story short, If you like interactive fiction, just go buy this one.” - Toucharcade.com “Oozes the polish that... | Read more »
Light Apprentice Volume 1 (Games)
Light Apprentice Volume 1 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Light Apprentice Volume 1 includes Chapters 1 to 4, all gathered in a new exclusive game. When life in the world of... | Read more »
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iMobie Inc. has announced the new update of PhoneClean 4, its iOS cleaner designed to reclaim wasted space on iPhone/iPad for use and keep the device fast. Alongside, iMobie hosts a 3-day giveaway of... Read more
Black Friday deals on the Apple Watch and App...
Apple resellers are offering discounts and bundles with the purchase of an Apple Watch this Black Friday weekend. Below is a roundup of the deals being offered by authorized Watch resellers: Apple... Read more
Early Black Friday sale at B&H Photo, up...
B&H Photo has all new Macs on sale for up to $500 off MSRP as part of their early Black Friday sale including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro: $1699 $300 off... Read more
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http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/CyberSpecials • Free Shipping available on nearly EVERYTHING on orders $35.00 & up within USA + • International Delivery Specials from $2.99+ Special Purolator... Read more
Walmart Black Friday deals: $100 off select i...
Walmart has released their Black Friday deals for 2015, now available online. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available): - 16GB iPad Air 2: $399, $100 off MSRP - 16GB iPad Air: $... Read more
Photo Cleaner 1.0 Reclaims iPhone Storage Spa...
Seoul, Korea based mix1009 has announced the release and immediate availability of Photo Cleaner 1.0, their handy iPhone app that deletes the video portion of Live Photos, in order to reclaim space... Read more
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Best Buy Black Friday deals: Up to $200 off M...
Best Buy has posted their Black Friday sale prices for 2015. Save on MacBook Pros, MacBooks, MacBook Airs, iMacs, iPads, and Apple Watches. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if... Read more
Save $30-$40 on new Apple TVs after rebate
Adorama has new Apple TVs on sale for up to $40 off MSRP after mail-in rebate, good through December 15th. Shipping is free, and Adorama charges NY & NJ sales tax only: - 32GB Apple TV: $119.99... Read more
13-Inch Haswell MacBook Air At Two Years – Th...
The 13-inch mid-2013 “Haswell” MacBook Air I ordered in Apple’s November 2013 Black Friday sale was my first new Mac in four and a half years — the longest interval I’ve gone between system upgrades... Read more

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