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09:33
Pixel Film Studios releases ProClone for Final Cut Pro X

Pixel Film Studios has released ProClone (/) for Apple’s Final Cut Pro X. It’s a $29.95 repeating media tool plug-in that allows users to add layers of duplicated footage on top of an original source.
http://tinyurl.com/htbjur6) You can add some extra stylization to videos using ProClone’s duplicating tools. You can emphasize dynamic shots by adding extra layers of action.

To use ProClone, select a preset and drop it on top of a video or photo in the timeline. Squash, stretch and/or position the the title layer in the timeline to adjust how long the clones appear on screen for as well as when they begin and end.

ProClone gives users the options to add anywhere from one to eight layers of repeated media to footage. You can edit the spread of clone layers to be close together, or far apart and reposition where the clone layers begin using a simple slider. You can adjust the slant slider...

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06:37
LightTable for macOS adds gesture-based manipulation

einstein's legacy has released LightTable 3.0.1 (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com), an update of its unlimited virtual canvas app for macOS X.

It lets users layout, inspect and compare images. Images can be resized, repositioned, layered and aligned allowing users to discover different storytelling perspectives. Version 3.0.1 introduces gesture-based manipulation of canvas items, consolidates the user interface and provides several stability enhancement bug fixes.

LightTable 3.0.1 require macOS 10.11 or higher and costs $19.99. It’s available worldwide from the Mac App Store in the Photography category.

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06:33
Mac Data Recovery Guru 4.0 Has Ability to Scan Unmountable Disk Images

Mac OS X File Recovery has announced Mac Data Recovery Guru 4.0, an update to its data recovery utility for macOS. The app can recover all common file types from any Mac drive or volume.

Mac Data Recovery Guru scans any drive, and displays a list of all recoverable files on the disk. Users then select the files they wish to recover, select a destination drive, and click the "Recover" button. Version 4.0 offers the ability to scan disk images that can't mount for file recovery.

Mac Data Recovery Guru requires macOS 10.7 or higher. It costs $89 and is available directly from the publisher's website (https://macosxfilerecovery.com). A free scan-only download is also available.

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06:26
ChargeTech launches the PLUG battery pack

ChargeTech has launched its PLUG battery pack, which sports 48,000m Ah battery capacity and 250 watts of power.

“This means users can choose to charge laptops up to three times, tablets up to seven times, smartphones up to 28 times, TVs up to four hours, drones up to three times, DSLR cameras up to 30 times, mini-fridges up to eight hours, hoverboards up to two times, and more,” says Jeffrey Maganis, CEO of ChargeTech. “ The variety of devices that PLUG can power up include all laptops, iPhones and other mobile devices, iPads, CPAP machines, medical devices, desktop computers, printers, flat screen TVs, PS4, Xbox ONE, Wii U, video gaming consoles, mini fridges, cameras, drones, hoverboards, and more.”

PLUG has international worldwide compatible outlets with power outputs of 120V to 240V. Its pass-through capabilities allow both the the charger and other devices to charge simultaneously. PLUG Has an USB-C charging port that works with the 12-inch MacBook and an...

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Sep 23
Duplicate Sweeper free for a week to celebrate macOS Sierra’s launch

To celebrate the launch of macOS Sierra, Wide Angle Software has announced that its duplicate file finder software, Duplicate Sweeper, is now available for free for a week at the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

Duplicate Sweeper allows you to find and remove duplicate photos, music, documents and other files on your Mac quick and easy. It’s compatible with macOS Sierra, as well as all 64-Bit Macs running OS X 10.8 or higher. Duplicate Sweeper 1.02 normally retails at $19.9 from Wide Angle Software's website (https://www.wideanglesoftware.com).

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Sep 23
Apple releases iOS 10.0.2

Apple has released iOS 10.0.2. It addresses an issue that could prevent headphone audio controls from temporarily not working.

It also resolves an issue that caused Photos to quit for some users when turning on iCloud Photo Library and fixes an issue that prevented enabling some app extensions. iOS 10.0.2 can be installed through Software Update within the iOS Settings app, or by connecting an iPhone or iPad to iTunes on a Mac or PC.

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Sep 23
SuperTab for Mac now integrates with Snagit

SpriTec Software has announced SuperTab 2.3 (http://www.supertab.me/SuperTab.html), an update to its utility application for macOS.

SuperTab enhances and extends the Mac's built-in Command-Tab Application Switcher. Version 2.3 now integrates with the Snagit screen capture app. The update also adds an in-app preview of MP4 and .mov videos, enabling Snagit users to preview their video captures, as well as to preview MP4 and .mov files within SuperTab.

SuperTab 2.3 is free to download and install and is fully-functional for 30 days. After 30 days, it remains fully-functional but will occasionally ask users to register. Users can take advantage of a special 50% off sale price of $10 through Oct. 31. SuperTab 2.3 is a free upgrade for SuperTab 2.x users. Users of earlier 1.x versions of SuperTab can upgrade to 2.3 for $2.99.

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Sep 23
PDF Decryptor Pro for macOS gets improve optimization

Adeptshare has released PDF Decrypter Pro 2.2 for macOS, an update of their utility designed to decrypt password protected PDF files.

Once decrypted, the PDF file can be edited, printed, and have text and graphics selected and copied into other documents. Users can also edit any annotations and form fields. The decrypted PDF file can be edited in any PDF editor. All versions of Adobe Acrobat are supported, but Acrobat isn’t required for its operation. Version 2.2 offers improved optimization.

PDF Decrypter Pro 2.2 requires macOS 10.6.6 or later and costs $29.99. It’s available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category and via the PDF Decrypter website (http://www.pdfdecrypter.com).

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Sep 22
Cocoatech releases Path Finder 7.4 (macOS Sierra Edition)

Cocoatech has announced Path Finder 7.4 (http://www.cocoatech.com/) , a free update of their file browser for users running macOS Sierra 10.12.

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 much more. P

You can try Path Finder 7.4 — which requires macOS 10.7 or later — for free for 30 days with all the features available to you during that period. Path Finder costs $39.95 for a single user license applicable for up to three user-owned computers. The software is available for purchase from the Cocoatech online store or from within the application itself. Volume license discounts are available.

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Sep 22
iOS 10.1, macOS Sierra 10.12.1 public betas now available

Apple has posted public beta versions of iOS 10.1 and macOS 10.12.1 to eligible participants.

The goal of the public beta program is to get feedback on bugs and features from a large number of users. If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here (https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/).

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Sep 22
Winclone, Boot Runner and SD Clone are macOS Sierra ready

Twocanoes Software (www.twocanoes.com) says Winclone, Boot Runner and SD Clone are macOS Sierra ready. 

Winclone is a solution for cloning and migrating Boot Camp on the Mac; pricing starts at $19.99. Boot Runner is a dual-boot startup control and boot management utility for enterprise Macs; pricing starts at $9.99. SD Clone offers a way to clone SD and other media cards on the Mac; pricing starts at $99.99.

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Sep 22
HoudahGeo 5.1 adds locations to photos

Houdah Software has unveiled HoudahGeo 5.1, an upgrade to the photo geotagging tool for Mac.

The app tags photos with location coordinates and names. Standard EXIF, XMP and IPTC geotags allow photo cataloging tools to organize and later find photos by location. HoudahGeo integrates with Apple Photos, iPhoto, Aperture and Adobe Lightroom. Version 5.1 adds locations to photos in the Apple Photos library on macOS Sierra, as well as offers Apple Maps in addition to MapBox maps.

HoudahGeo 5.1 costs $39 for a single-user license. A full-featured demo version is available. Licenses are available from the Houdah Software store (https://www.houdah.com/houdahGeo/). Upgrades from HoudahGeo 4 start at $19. Upgrades are available through in-app purchases. HoudahGeo licenses purchased on or after December 1, 2015 remain valid for HoudahGeo 5.

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Sep 21
Apple releases new developer betas of macOS Sierra, iOS, watchOS, and...

Hot on the heels of Tuesday’s release of macOS Sierra, Apple has released the first developer betas for version 10.12.1. iOS 10.1, watchOS 3.1, and tvOS 10.0.1. They can downloaded from the Apple Developer Center.

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Sep 21
Together 3.6 introduces iCloud for all with macOS Sierra

Reinvented Software has updated Together for Mac (http://reinventedsoftware.com/together/) to version 3.6. The app is for collecting, organizing and searching all kinds of files.

Just about anything can be added to Together for safe keeping, tagged, previewed, collected together in different ways and found again instantly. With version 3.6’s iCloud support, Together libraries can be seamlessly shared with other Macs and iOS devices. Changes made on one device will automatically appear on others.

Together 3.6 for Mac costs $49.99 and requires macOS Sierra. It’s a free upgrade for all Together 3 users. A 15-day trial is available for download from the Reinvented Software website. Together 1.6 for iPad and iPhone is $9.99 and is available at the Apple App Store.

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Sep 21
Paragon Software offers a UFSD Value Pack

Paragon Software Group has released Paragon UFSD (Universal File System Driver) Value Pack (http://tinyurl.com/jxbdg4c), a bundle of five cross-platform tools: NTFS for Mac, ExtFS for Mac, HFS+ for Windows, ExtFS for Windows, and NTFS-HFS Converter.

The $49.95 UFSD Value Pack has been developed for users working with multiple operating systems to instantly solve compatibility issues. It comes with a lifetime free upgrade guarantee. For existing Paragon NTFS for Mac customers, the UFSD Value Pack is available for $19.95.
 
Paragon UFSD Value Pack includes tools for read and write access to NTFS, HFS+, and ExtFS partitions from macOS or Windows-based systems. With Paragon UFSD Value Pack installed, dual-boot users can write files to NTFS-formatted USB flash drives, SSDs, or traditional hard drives, and copy data to NAS-based storage from a macOS-based computer.

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Sep 21
MovieMerge+ for macOS gets expanded undo support, more

einstein's legacy has upgraded MovieMerge+, their video combination tool developed for macOS, to version 2.7.1.

The app is designed for professional and amateur video content creators who need a tool for organizing and joining a collection of video clips together into a single movie. Version 2.7.1 includes expanded undo support, timeline presets, swipe-to-delete and a variety of other minor user interface enhancements.

MovieMerge+ 2.7.1 requires macOS 10.11 or higher and costs $9.99. It’s available worldwide exclusively from the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/zmyl526) in the Video category.

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Sep 21
Check Print'R for macOS revved to version 3.21

Match Software has released Check Print'R 3.21, an update to their check printing application for macOS. The app allows anyone to create and print checks for up to 15 separate bank accounts.

Check Print'R can print checks to plain letter-sized paper, or to check refill paper available at most office supply stores. Version 3.21 brings the ability to print the contents of the check register in either portrait or landscape format.

Check Print'R 3.21requires macOS 10.7 or later and costs $15.99. It’s available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Finance category. The app is also available for purchase from the Check Print'R website (http://tinyurl.com/jaonr8s).

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Sep 21
Mediunic gets a major update for macOS Sierra

Guilherme Rambo has announced Mediunic 1.2, an update to his Medium Client developed exclusively for macOS. The new version is ready for macOS Sierra.

Mediunic is a simple app that allows users to read Medium stories on a clean, distraction-free interface. With version 1.2, users can now enjoy the same experience when writing on Medium, since the app now supports writing stories as well.

Mediunic 1.2 costs $1.99 and requires macOS 10.11 or later. It’s available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/hdvs2d3).

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Sep 21
Openwave Mobility launches SmartidM

Openwave Mobility has launched SmartidM for mobile operators to effectively manage their subscribers’ data, and launch new services. SmartidM is part of the company’s Subscriber Data Management (SDM) portfolio of products. Use cases for SmartidM include centralized ID management for fraud prevention, delivering BingeOn type services and introducing micropayments that require collaboration between mobile operators and OTTs.
 
SmartidM (http://tinyurl.com/hd8y2r7) is able to handle both encrypted and non-encrypted sessions and a number of operators are deploying Openwave Mobility’s technology ahead of Apple’s deadline for new protocols. Starting Jan. 1 2017, Apple will force all apps to comply with its App Transport Security (ATS) HTTPS encryption protocols.

This will adversely impact mobile operators that do not have the technology to manage encrypted traffic, according to Indranil...

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Sep 20
Monotype debuts FontExplorer X

Monotype has announced the availability of FontExplorer X Pro 6, the latest version of its popular font management software. Among other new features, it now includes the ability to apply more classifications to fonts for better organization and easier searching, as well as the ability to test fonts and edit website text in a web preview mode, helping customers quickly find and use the right font for their project.

New features in FontExplorer X Pro 6 include:

° Enhanced font classifications in granular subcategories like: newspaper, graffiti, display, brush, casual script and handwriting, among others;

° Plug-in support for use of fonts in Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.5 and Illustrator CC 2015.5, and QuarkXPress 2016;

° Automatic placement of typeface files into the macOS User Directory to adhere to new security policies and eliminate the need for manual management;

° Expanded language support displays localized font information (where available) for...

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Sep 26
Global PCIe SSD market to grow 33.24% by 2020

A new report from Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com) report forecasts that the global peripheral component interconnect express (PCIe) SSD market to grow at a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 33.24% during the period 2016-2020.

The report has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The research group says the need for managed service data centers will be a key driver for market growth. It is advantageous for an enterprise to operate a colocation facility rather than to build a data center. Data center colocation allows enterprises to rent computing storage, servers, and network. It enables minimal utilization of power and bandwidth and enhances the security of enterprise IT equipment.

Further, Research and Markets states that the lack of availability of constant low latency is a major challenge. Write latency can be...

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Sep 23
Cyber attacks against smart city services may pose...

Tripwire (www.tripwire.com), a provider of security and compliance solutions for enterprises and industrial organizations, has announced the results of a survey conducted on behalf of Tripwire by Dimensional Research.

The June survey assessed cyber security challenges associated with smart city technologies. Survey respondents included over 200 IT professionals working for state and local governments.

When asked if a cyber attack targeting critical city infrastructure posed a threat to public safety, 83% of the respondents said, “yes.” In addition, 78% percent of the respondents stated there would likely be a cyber attack against smart city services in 2016.

Smart cities use IT solutions to manage a wide range of city services, including smart grids, transportation, surveillance cameras, wastewater treatment and more. Navigant Research anticipates that global smart city technology revenue will...

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Sep 22
Contactless POS terminal retail transactions to boom

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that the global value of contactless POS (point of sale) terminal transactions, conducted in-store via cards, mobile and wearables, will approach $500 billion annually by 2017. This is up from an estimated $321 billion this year.

However, the low value nature of contactless payments means that it will only represent just 5% of the total value of all POS transactions in 2017. According to the new research the surge in contactless-enabled POS terminals in 2015, allied to retailer obligations to card companies in many markets to ensure that all terminals will be contactless ready by 2020, is likely to prompt an upsurge in migration to contactless payment. For example, Visa announced more than 3.2 million contactless terminals in Europe as of April 2016, up 23% from 2.6 million at the end of April 2015.

Contactless terminals...

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Sep 21
Nearly half of U.S. consumers look forward to...

As the race for self-driving cars accelerates, new data shows that 43% of U.S. consumers would buy or ride in autonomous vehicles (AV) if they were broadly available today, according to the survey released today by Altman Vilandrie & Company (http://www.altvil.com). However, the survey reveals widespread concerns about the safety of self-driving cars: 64% of consumers say they would not buy an AV because they believe AVs are dangerous.

As part of the survey, Altman Vilandrie & Company also interviewed more than 20 industry experts, including those in auto manufacturing, car technology and mobile communications, who on the whole are very bullish on the future of AVs. The survey comes as activity related to autonomous cars has reached an inflection point, with leading carmakers (Audi, GM, Tesla), technology titans (Google, Apple), numerous startups, and ride sharing companies like Uber announcing plans...

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Sep 20
More than 30% of Application to Person (A2P) traffic...

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that global operator revenue loss from “grey route” A2P traffic will amount to $62 billion over the next 6six years, despite the increased deployment of firewalls and other security measures.

The research argued that in part the high levels of grey route traffic – essentially A2P messages masquerading as P2P (Person to Person) messages and delivered via non-interconnected routes – could be attributed by the scale of the price differential between A2P and P2P. It pointed out that the trend has become more pronounced as operators have offered high-volume, low cost SMS bundles to cope with the challenge of OTT (Over The Top) messaging services, with grey route traffic now accounting for more than 30% of all A2P messages.

According to the research, the typical cost of an A2P message using grey routes was often just 25% of a...

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Sep 19
Users rush to migrate from Linear TV Services

New data from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that revenues from SVOD (subscription video on demand) services, such as Netflix and Amazon, are set to more than double from $14.6 billion this year, to $34.6 billion in 2021. Netflix now sees US subscriber numbers level with leading network providers DirecTV & Comcast (47 million and 47.7 million respectively).

Juniper’s latest research found that SVOD providers can expect to see substantial returns on their expansion and growth strategies, as more countries and markets move to this method of video consumption, in a continual move away from linear, scheduled TV.

Whilst SVOD continues to draw customers away from traditional providers, networks are now seeking to diversify and adapt through “cord shaving,” with services such as YouTube and Hulu seeking to offer some linear cable streaming as part of subscription packages...

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Sep 16
Worldwide WLAN Market sees robust growth in quarter two

The combined consumer and enterprise worldwide wireless local area network (WLAN) market segments increased 6.7% year over year in the second quarter of 2016 (2Q16), and increased 6.7% on a sequential basis.

According to new data from the IDC research group (www.idc.com), the enterprise segment grew 9.4% year over year in 2Q16, representing its strongest growth in over two years. The sustained growth observed so far in 2016 can be attributed to refresh cycles and the funding of digital transformation initiatives in many enterprises.

The 802.11ac standard has achieved market dominance and now accounts for 59.9% of dependent access point unit shipments and 77.4% of dependent access point revenues, representing a noticeably faster adoption rate from 802.11n than what we saw with the 802.11a/b/g to 802.11n transition several years ago.

Meanwhile, consumer WLAN market revenue saw growth for the first time since...

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Sep 15
Study: mobile coupons will be a major focus next year

3Cinteractive.com — a provider of mobile  marketing services — has unveiled its 2017 Mobile Marketing & Planning Report, which identifies key trends where brand marketers are placing their focus on mobile initiatives in 2017.

The report is based largely on an online survey 3C commissioned during July, 2016, which was presented to roughly 3,000 brand marketers across a variety of industries. Survey participants represent retail (29%), restaurants (21%), hospitality/tourism/travel (17%), financial services (14%), and a host of other industries as well.

Among the primary objectives in 2017, brand marketers cite “increase coupon redemption” (19%), and “customer loyalty acquisition” (19%). What’s more, “coupon delivery” (36%) “represent the largest share of tactics marketers plan to deploy to grow their mobile marketing impact.

Mobile coupons have become a focal point for many coupon-friendly industries, such as grocery and retail, because of the ability to...

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Sep 14
Gartner: worldwide server revenue dipped 0.8% in...

In the second quarter of 2016, worldwide server revenue declined 0.8% year-over-year while shipments grew 2% from the second quarter of 2015, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).

There was some shuffling among the top vendors in the second quarter, as Dell moved into the top spot in shipments, while Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) remained the worldwide leader in server revenue, notes the research group.

"The second quarter of 2016 produced some continued growth on a global level compared with the first quarter, although there were some varied results regionally," said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner.

All regions showed a decline in shipments except Asia/Pacific and North America, which posted growth of 5.6% and 3%, respectively. In terms of revenue, all regions except for Asia/Pacific and Eastern Europe exhibited a decline. Asia/Pacific grew by 6.1% and Eastern Europe...

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Sep 13
Three quarters of companies feel they are secure from...

Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has released a report into the business attitudes towards and experiences of cyber security and cyber attacks in SMEs and enterprises. The research revealed that three quarters of companies feel they are currently secure, even though half of those businesses also reported having previously experienced a cyber attack.

Increasingly, businesses are moving critical infrastructure online, making them more vulnerable to digital threats. Yet, the study found that despite increased concern and spend on cyber security over the last year, there is a high degree of complacency, with few common practices in response to this threat. Overall, 86% of respondents believe they are doing enough to mitigate the impact of cyber attacks. Most respondents still think it’s enough to have the IT or security department involved in mitigating the effect of cyber attacks, with 33%...

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Pyle Audio's (pyleusa.com) $289.99 Smart Robot Vacuum with Built-in Camera features six different cleaning modes. Users have the ability to control the Smart Vacuum from a smartphone to view the vacuum, change its... Read more »
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10:26
HPE and Apple: The Speed of Image Transformation


Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Apple are very different companies this decade, having shifted their models from a strategic customer/innovation focus to one that's more tactical -- and tied far more closely to quarterly profit. They are hardly alone, and this speaks to why Michael Dell and Joe Tucci worked so hard to take their companies private, because this unfortunate trend is not tied to any one industry or any one country. Both HPE and Apple increasingly are defined not by creative products but by complaining customers.

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10:22
You shouldn’t get the iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case...

The iPhone 7 is Apple’s first officially water resistant phone. We put this water resistance to the test on video in our recent post about the top iPhone 7 features. Some people have also wondered how cases might fare when subjected to water. A case like Apple’s iPhone 7 Silicone Case would be okay, but I certainly wouldn’t recommend submerging Apple’s iPhone 7 Leather Case.

What about the iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case? It features the same material used in the silicone case, yet includes a 2365 mAh battery sealed inside. Is it safe to get the Smart Battery Case wet? Apple’s official response to that question is a very unambiguous no. Yet, that didn’t stop AirParrot Remote developer,...

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10:08
News: Sonos speakers available on Apple’s online...

Sonos announced today on Twitter that its wireless speakers will be listed on Apple’s online store today and sold in Apple Stores starting October 5. Customers buying a Sonos system through Apple’s website or in an Apple Store before December 31 will receive a gift card giving them three months of Apple Music for free (ostensibly on top of the three-month free trial Apple already offers to new users). The deal further solidifies Sonos’…

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10:00
Apple released a new Software Update

Apple just released a new Software Update:

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09:49
Apple will begin selling Sonos wireless speakers...

Sonos wireless speakers have touted Apple Music compatibility in beta since last year and officially since this year, and now Apple is selling Sonos speakers for the first time. Apple’s online store will begin selling the Play:1 ($199) and Play:5 ($499, reviewed) later today, and Apple’s physical stores will carry the two speakers starting October 5.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: APC 6-Outlet UPS System $30,...

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08:55
News: Apple lacks lobbying power in fight with EU

Apple is fighting with the European Union over $14.5 billion in taxes without the usual lobbying force of a major company, The Wall Street Journal reports. The company spent just over $1 million in 2015 lobbying the EU, when Google parent company Alphabet dropped $4.5 million and employs more than 10 full-time lobbyists. American companies lack direct national representation within EU institutions, leaving them at a disadvantage when competing against…

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08:37
Hands-on with the new ceramic Apple Watch Edition...

Today we’re taking a look at the new Apple Watch Edition. This year, Apple switched it up and ditched the all gold models in favor of ceramic. Why ceramic you might ask? Well first off, it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than solid gold, but it’s also four times stronger than stainless steel, which makes it the most scratch resistant Apple Watch available…

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08:21
Photos show Apple's newly relocated &...

As planned, Apple reopened its Brea Mall outlet in California on Saturday, and photos shared with AppleInsider show that the location is steeped in Apple's latest fashion-oriented design aesthetic. [Updated with more info about weekend store openings]

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08:00
Daily Deal: Develop your own apps with the iOS 10...

Whether you're looking for a new career as an app developer, want to keep your skills as an existing developer sharp, or are just curious about what makes apps tick, we've got a heck of a deal for you this Monday morning. The iOS 10 & Swift 3 Starter Bundle brings a ton of lectures and hours of instruction to you 24/7, and it's only $45. Even better, use the promo code IOS10 while checking out, and you'll get another $10 off!

The bundle includes five complete courses for $45 (or $35 with that promo code!):

The Complete iOS 10 Developer:  Usually priced at $249, this course will help you to

  • Learn the Apple iOS development process as it really is
  • Create useful apps like GPS maps & clocks
  • Discover how to incorporate...
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07:50
News: Apple to offer ‘Spoken Editions’ of written...

Apple will soon offer “Spoken Editions” of written content from some publishers through iTunes, TechCrunch reports. Early versions of podcasts branded Spoken Editions from brands like Time, Wired, and Forbes have begun appearing on iTunes, offering users the ability to get the written news delivered in audio form so they can listen while doing other things....

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07:40
How to Stream the Clinton/Trump Presidential Debate...

The first presidential debate between Democrate candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump is scheduled to start at 9PM easter time on Monday, September 26th, and there are plenty of ways to watch even if you don’t have a cable TV subscription. Read on to see which iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV apps are ready to keep you in the political loop.


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07:21
Feature Request: Siri’s arrival on Mac makes it all...

Now that Siri has finally arrived on the Mac, Apple’s intelligent assistant just got a whole lot more useful. But some users are finding that this has only increased their frustration – because the service is unable to cope with more than one language.

Making Siri bilingual might, at first glance, seem an unreasonable request. After all, it’s taken speech recognition a very long time indeed to reliably understand one language at a time. I first tried a prototype system way back in the 1980s, when it was utterly hopeless. I’d try another one every few years, but it’s only in the past seven or eight years that it’s been any good.

But there are many places in the world where it’s extremely common to speak more than one language. In particular, speaking English and a local language is the norm in many countries. Which means that you may well be...

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07:11
Plex Cloud beta puts your media server in the cloud...

Plex today announced the launch of its new Plex Cloud service that allows users to store and access their media library via the cloud.

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07:10
News: Apple working to turn HealthKit into diagnosis...

Apple is making a big push to turn HealthKit into a diagnostic tool, Bloomberg reports. The app currently collects fitness data from a user’s devices, but people familiar with Apple’s plans said the company has scores of health-care experts building improved software to analyze and understand the implication’s of patient information. The team is also working on new apps for the Apple Watch, including one that tracks sleep patterns…

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06:56
Apple's health hires geared towards sharing,...

Apple's continued hiring of health experts -- and its takeover of Gliimpse -- are all geared toward building better electronic health records, and turning that data into advice for both doctors and device owners, a report indicated on Monday.

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06:38
Piper Jaffray downplays reports of bad iPhone 7...

Another analyst firm has chimed in on negative reports of Apple iPhone 7 first week sales, and instead views trends as similar to the record-breaking iPhone 6 launch of 2014.

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06:34
News: Hackers expose security flaw in iOS 10’s local...

Apple has acknowledged claims that iOS 10 has weaker password security for local backups and promised it is looking into a fix, Forbes reports. Russian forensics company Elcomsoft discovered that the new iOS uses weaker password protection than previous versions when it comes to manual backups via iTunes. “We discovered an alternative password verification mechanism added to iOS 10 backups,” Elcomsoft’s Oleg Afonin wrote in a blog post.…

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06:17
Rumor: Apple’s plans are to turn HealthKit into a...

So far Apple’s HealthKit has mostly collected fitness data from its devices, however, in the future, the software may interpret that information, turning it into advice for users, doctors and others, according to Bloomberg.

“Scores” of health-care experts hired by Apple in recent years are building improved electronic health record software that can better analyze and understand the implications of patient data, the article adds, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the team’s plans.” The ultimate goal is to turn HealthKit into a tool that improves diagnoses, they added.

“The system could chip away at two problems that plague the industry and have stumped other specialist firms in the field:...

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06:02
Apple developing new Apple Watch sleep tracking and...

Apple has said many times that it sees medical and health initiatives as a big area for expansion in the future. Some of these plans are now actively being developed, according to Bloomberg. Firstly, Apple is working on new sleep tracking and fitness apps for Apple Watch that take advantage of the heart rate sensor for insight.

Apple is yet to offer sleep analysis of any kind in its wearable and its current Heart Rate app in watchOS 3 is very limited. The report says the new heart rate app will be more advanced, measuring a person’s fitness by observing the amount of time it takes for a heartbeat to fall from a peak to resting rate. The company is also apparently exploring ways to dramatically expand the functionality of...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Avantree PowerHouse 4 Port Fast...

For Monday’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering the Avantree PowerHouse 4 Port Fast USB Charging Station for only $35.99 — that’s 28% off the regular price. This 4.5A/22.5W charging station can charge up to four devices at once, without cluttering up your desk. A handy Velcro system helps you manage and hide cables to keep your desk tidy, and Smartport technology recognizes how many amps are needed to charge each mobile device, auto-adapting…

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05:44
Pegatron CEO slams analysts, 'cautiously...

The CEO of Apple's manufacturing partner Pegatron notes that the iPhone 7 is exceeding estimates on the strength of the phone alone, and does not believe that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall is inflating sales numbers artificially.

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Monday September 26

09:32
Sonos Speakers Coming to Apple Online Store Today, Retai...

Sonos today announced an expanded partnership with Apple, which will see its popular PLAY:1 and PLAY:5 speakers available for purchase from Apple's online store and Apple retail locations around the world.

Sonos is a popular brand known for offering Wi-Fi connected speakers that are excellent for multi-room home speaker systems. The PLAY:1 ($199) and the PLAY:5 ($499) are expensive speakers, but the simple setup, ease of use, and sound quality can't be beat.

"Our expanded collaboration with Apple is a great example of our ongoing work with our full ecosystem of partners to make it easier than ever to listen to music out loud at home," said Patrick Spence, president of Sonos. "Apple Music on Sonos is a powerful experience, one we're proud to bring directly...

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07:54
Apple to Transform HealthKit from a Simple Tracker to be...

A new report today notes that while Apple's HealthKit has mostly collected fitness data from its devices to date, that's likely to change in the not too distant future wherein the software will interpret your collected fitness information and turn it into advice.

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07:14
Jet Black iPhones Face Global Shortage as New Color Prov...

Apple's new Jet Black color is a popular choice among early iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus adopters, but the new models face a global shortage as the new high-gloss finish has proven challenging for the company's manufacturers.

Jet Black models suffer from a low casing production yield rate of 60-70%, meaning that 30-40% of units do not pass Apple's quality standards and must be retooled, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Apple says the high-gloss Jet Black finish is achieved through a precision nine-step anodization and polishing process.

When pre-orders began on September 9, shipping estimates for Jet Black models quickly slipped to November, but some...

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06:39
Apple Working to Transform HealthKit Into Diagnosis Tool...

Apple has hired "scores of healthcare experts" in recent years to develop improved electronic health record software, with an ultimate goal of transforming HealthKit into a tool that improves diagnoses, reports Bloomberg.

The system could chip away at two problems that plague the industry and have stumped other specialist firms in the field: interoperability -- allowing data to be transferred from hospital to hospital across different databases; and analysis -- making it quick and easy for physicians to extrapolate salient information from mountains of data.If the efforts are successful, HealthKit could eventually interpret health and fitness data and provide advice to patients, doctors, and others accordingly.

The collection of health and fitness data will be aided by the Apple Watch, including two new apps that will help users track...

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06:39
Apple Supplier Pegatron Hints of Higher iPhone 7 Demand...

A new report out of Asia this morning notes that the head of Pegatron, a key iPhone assembler in Taiwan, has hinted at better than expected demand for the latest iPhones

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05:19
Foxconn Permitted to Conduct Maintenance on Retail iPhon...

It's being reported today that Foxconn Electronics' (Hon Hai Precision Industry) subsidiary in Shanxi, China has been permitted by the local government to conduct maintenance services for Apple's iPhone products,...

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05:00
Apple's First Store Opened in Mexico on Saturday wh...

On September 16 when the iPhone went on sale in Apple Stores, we posted a report showing the joy on a number of Apple fan faces. On Saturday, Apple fans in Sante Fe Mexico finally got to join in on all the fun that other fans around the world have known for years: getting their hands on a new iPhone model first.

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03:42
New Samsung Note 7 Battery Issues Surface with Recall Re...

A Troubling report surfaced in South Korea today stating that even after the recall, Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 batteries are displaying new problems.

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Sunday September 25

11:11
Apple wins 6 Design Patents for Magic Keyboard in China

Apple was granted six design patents on Friday from the Hong Kong Patent and Trademark Office for the Magic Keyboard ...

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10:23
Samsung Files Patent for 3D Touch Copycat Feature while...

Ever since Apple introduced 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s there's been speculation that Samsung would eventually copy this Apple feature. Apple released their 3D touch on September 9, 2015. A Month later Synaptics announced their new Android solution to match Apple's latest feature was called ClearForce sensing solution. That never materialized this year on Samsung smartphones. Now Patently Apple has discovered a Samsung patent that could be used to copy Apple's 3D Touch.

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Saturday September 24

16:19
Former Epic Records Executive Joins Apple Music Team

It has been reported by Muisc Business Worldwide that Scott Seviour, former head of markting at L.A.. Reid's Epic Records has joined Apple Music in L.A. in a position that focuses on creating original content.

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12:13
iTunes Backup Passwords 'Much Easier' to Crack...

iOS 10 uses a new password verification mechanism for iTunes backups that makes them easier to crack, according to testing performed by Elcomsoft, a company that specializes in software designed to access iPhone data.

Encrypted iTunes backups created on a Mac or PC are protected by a password that can potentially be brute forced by password cracking software. The backup method in iOS 10 "skips certain security checks," allowing Elcomsoft to try backup passwords "approximately 2500 times faster" compared to iOS 9 and earlier operating systems.

Obtaining the password for an iTunes backup provides access to all data on the phone, including that stored in Keychain, which holds all of a user's passwords and other sensitive information.At this time, we have an early implementation featuring CPU-...

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Friday September 23

21:06
Snapchat Announces 'Spectacles,' $130 Sunglass...

Snapchat has announced its first hardware product, a one-size-fits-all pair of sunglasses called Spectacles that can record 10 seconds of video at a time, reports The Wall Street Journal. The glasses will cost $130 and launch this fall in three colors: teal, black and coral. Video will sync wirelessly to a paired iPhone or other smartphone.

Snap CEO Evan Spiegel in Spectacles, Photo by The WSJ

The glasses record when you tap a button near the hinge, and each tap records 10 seconds of video footage from its 115-degree-angle lens. The lens was designed to be wider than smartphone cameras, more closely mirroring the natural view of human eyes. The video is recorded in a circular format, as Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel argues that the square...

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16:32
Apple to Offer 'Spoken Editions' of Written Ne...

Apple is planning on turning news stories and articles from popular news sites into audio podcasts called "Spoken Editions," reports TechCrunch. Spoken Editions will be short broadcasts that transform content from publishers into spoken word instead of written word, making it possible for customers to listen to their favorite news sites.

An early leak on iTunes suggests Apple has already teamed up with several publishers, including Wired, TIME, and Forbes, offering dedicated "Spoken Edition" sections on company iTunes pages.

Wired, for example, will launch Spoken Editions for "Business," "Science," and its homepage. TIME has will offer a Spoken Edition called "The Brief." Forbes, .Mic, Bustle, Playboy, OZY, and - yep - TechCrunch (which I discovered while browsing our iTunes page, of all things), will have Spoken Editions, it seems, as all...

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14:57
Apple Restricts iPhone 7 Reservations to Upgrade Program...

Apple recently updated the confirmation email it sends to customers who reserve an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus to clarify that in-store reservations are now limited to iPhone Upgrade Program members in the United States.

Apple allows upgraders to reserve an iPhone through its iPhone Upgrade Program reservation system for pick up in store, but many customers were able to bypass the program and pay in full or with carrier financing instead upon arriving at their local Apple retail store.

Old wording:Can I change to a different form of payment for the iPhone Upgrade Program?

Yes. You can also upgrade your iPhone to carrier...

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12:21
Apple Watch Series 2: A Swimmer's Perspective

As a lifelong swimmer, I found the addition of 50-meter water resistance and swim workout tracking in the Apple Watch Series 2 to be a welcome improvement that made the new watch a must-have upgrade for me. While the original Apple Watch was not rated for swimming, many users had no issues regularly using it in the water, although its lack of built-in swim tracking features limited its usefulness.

With Apple Watch Series 2, Apple has not only upgraded the water resistance with new gaskets and seals to make it suitable for swimming, but added new Pool Swim and Open Water Swim workouts to help track your progress. As part of the Apple Watch Series 2 introduction earlier this month, Apple highlighted how it worked with swimmers in the company's fitness labs...

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11:57
UPS Working to Expedite iPhone 7 Deliveries Following We...

Yesterday, we reported that some iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus shipments have experienced irregular movement or delays during delivery between China or South Korea and their final destinations in the United States.

UPS has since confirmed to MacRumors that a small number of deliveries were impacted due to a mechanical problem and weather delay, while it is still investigating the reason for erroneous tracking notices.UPS experienced a mechanical problem on one flight and a weather delay on another flight containing iPhones. The cargo was redirected, but not in time to avoid minor delays in residential deliveries of these packages. None of the phones were returned to their origin or routed on extraneous legs of the journey to their final destination.

We are still investigating the reason for the erroneous tracking notices...

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11:25
Second Wave iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Launch Kicks Off in Doze...

Following their September 16 debut in more than 25 countries around the world, the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus are seeing their second wave launch today, debuting in a number of additional countries across Europe and the Middle East.

The iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus are now available for purchase in the following locations: Andorra, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Monaco, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, and Slovenia.

With today's second wave launch, Apple's latest devices have rolled out to more than 55 countries, and will expand to India in the near future with an October 7 launch date planned.

In many countries, supplies of the iPhone 7 and especially the iPhone 7 Plus are likely to be...

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09:26
Apple Submits Mystery 'Wireless Device' With B...

Earlier this week, we spotted an Apple filing for a nondescript "wireless device" pass through the FCC ID database. Apple characteristically requested permanent confidentiality for most of the documents in the filing, including photos, user manuals, and schematics, so the entry largely remains a mystery.

What we do know is the device has a model number of A1844, which does not line up with any existing Apple products. A regulatory label shows the device has two Torx screws on the back plate of the device, which appears to have at least two slightly curved edges. The device has an electrical rating of 5.5V to 13.2V.

Test reports completed by UL Verification Services also reveal the wireless device has Bluetooth and NFC, although Wi-Fi is not mentioned.

Some websites have speculated the filing could represent a new Apple TV,...

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08:59
What's New? Another 'Fair Trade Commission...

Asia seems to be on the same page in how to attack Apple so that their local manufacturers or services companies could get the leg up on Apple. The latest 'Fair Trade Commission' to investigate Apple was made known today.

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Monday September 26

08:00
Office 365 news in September at Ignite—intelligence...

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

Today, at Microsoft’s Ignite Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, we announced updates across Office 365 to help IT professionals drive digital transformation within their organizations. I was excited to showcase new intelligent cloud services that help make your employees more productive and your organization more secure. Here’s a breakdown of today’s key news, including new services for Office apps like Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as new security capabilities, richer communication features and enhancements for team collaboration across Office 365.

Lighting up Office apps with new intelligent services

Building on innovation...

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07:50
Major OneDrive updates at Ignite 2016 include...

OneDrive and SharePoint work together to make storing and accessing all your files simple and powerful. We recently outlined a vision for file management in Office 365 that included a set of new features, such as simplified file sharing (both inside and outside your organization), the ability to copy files directly from OneDrive to SharePoint, mobile access to all your Office 365 files on iOS and the innovative Discover view that uses Microsoft Graph to suggest relevant and trending files.

Today at Ignite, we’re proud to announce new sync, browser, mobile and IT capabilities for you!

New sync capabilities include:

  • Ability to sync SharePoint Online document libraries and OneDrive folders shared with you (preview available today).
  • An “activity center” has been added to the OneDrive sync client to allow you to view synchronization and file activity at a glance (preview available today).

New browser capabilities include:

  • ...
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07:50
Announcing Feature Pack 1 for SharePoint Server 2016...

Last May, we announced our vision, strategy, timeline and investment areas for SharePoint in Office 365 and on-premises. We unveiled our plan to bring cloud-born innovation to SharePoint Server 2016. Today, we’re excited to announce details for Feature Pack 1.

We’re pleased to announce that we’re ahead of schedule with our inaugural Feature Pack for SharePoint Server 2016. Feature Pack 1, available in November, brings several enhancements driven by recent innovation in Office 365 and feedback from you on UserVoice, including:

  • Logging of administrative actions performed in Central Administration and with Windows PowerShell.
  • Enhancements to MinRole to support small environments.
  • A new OneDrive for Business user experience.
  • Custom tiles in the SharePoint app launcher.
  • Unified auditing across site collections on-premises and in Office 365.
  • Unified taxonomy...
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07:50
Enhanced conditional access controls, encryption...

Microsoft understands that enterprise security is critical. Trust is not a product—it’s a value that must be earned. Our approach to SharePoint and OneDrive security, privacy and compliance is simple: It’s your data. You own it. You control it. We’re just caretakers. We give you controls to manage the data, paired with our own controls for securing and running our services. Policy governs every stage of a file’s journey, from conception to deletion.

Our investments are focused on five core pillars.

  • Platform security—Protect information at rest and in transit with layered encryption, Microsoft datacenter procedures and customer controls for access and key management.
  • Secure access and sharing—Ensure sensitive data remains secure with managed access and sharing settings.
  • Awareness and insights—Track account and file activity with full transparency using reports and alerts.
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07:50
Create better work habits with MyAnalytics (formerly...

Today, we’re excited to announce the evolution of personal analytics in Office 365 with Microsoft MyAnalytics, formerly known as Delve Analytics. MyAnalytics helps you focus on what matters most by providing personalized insights about how you spend your time at work. In addition to the capabilities that had been available in Delve Analytics, MyAnalytics will allow you to stay up-to-date with important contacts, share key metrics with a coach and help you prioritize the time you spend with different groups.

Read on to learn more.

Stay up-to-date with important contacts

You can soon pin important contacts from inside and outside your organization to your MyAnalytics dashboard to get insights into how you are collaborating. For example, you might see that you’re losing touch with a colleague even though she has a critical role in an upcoming project milestone. With this visibility, you can take action and reach out to her to make sure that you’re both up-to-date...

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07:50
Yammer strengthens team collaboration through...

Around the world, teamwork is on the rise. Our 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. Already in use by 85 percent of the Fortune 500 as part of Office 365, Yammer is the social network built for work. Yammer connects teams across your organization, enabling the open exchange of ideas that results in better decisions, faster.

Today, we’re pleased to announce that Yammer is integrating with Office 365 Groups, bringing together the power of open collaboration with the productivity tools millions rely on every day. With this integration, Yammer users can easily turn ideas into action with access to SharePoint sites and document repositories, a shared OneNote notebook, and...

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07:50
Applying intelligence to security and compliance in...

Today’s post was written by Alym Rayani, director for Office Security and Compliance.

Given the explosive growth in data production, IT is tasked with securing a volume of corporate data that is growing exponentially. To stay ahead of the evolving threat landscape, companies need the ability to analyze and learn from that data in order to identify, intercept and respond to threats. Office 365 provides unmatched security intelligence to help customers protect, detect and respond to threats.

As part of the Office news that Kirk Koenigsbauer announced today at the Microsoft Ignite conference, we are pleased to introduce the following new security and compliance capabilities in Office 365:

Improvements to Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection

Since...

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07:50
Connect to expertise and content with new people...

Customers tell us they are faced with information and document overload. And the adage “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” rings true. What truly counts is what you discover based on what others know. Office 365 people experiences let you tap into the power and value of the people around you to promote intuitive, proactive knowledge sharing based on the intelligence of the Microsoft Graph.

Today at Ignite, we’re pleased to announce the rollout of innovative people experiences:

  • A new Delve app for Windows 10 desktop and mobile (available today).
  • People cards that surface profile information and content throughout Office 365 (rolling out now).
  • Updates to the Office 365 profile (rolling out to first release today).

These new people experiences in Office 365 help you stay in the know. No matter what app you are using, you can discover content through people, share expertise more easily, and connect with each other...

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07:50
Enriching the mobile and intelligent intranet with...

The intranet is the publishing center of all things happening throughout your company. It is where people keep up with news and discover what’s happening around them at work. It’s time, now, to further empower employees—more precisely, give them a way to broadcast their work.

Today at Ignite, we are pleased to announce the newest waves of innovations to your mobile and intelligent intranet, powered by SharePoint, including:

  • Team news for SharePoint Online modern team sites (announced today).
  • SharePoint mobile apps for Android and Windows 10 Mobile (in preview today).
  • News roll-up tab within the SharePoint mobile app for iOS (announced today).
  • Create a modern team site and an associated Office 365 group from the SharePoint home (announced today).
  • New people experiences within SharePoint Online team sites, document...
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07:50
Outlook for iOS and Android is now fully powered by...

We’re thrilled to announce that Outlook for iOS and Android is now powered by the Microsoft Cloud for Office 365 commercial users! This means that all your data is now fully delivered through Microsoft services that provide a strong commitment to security, privacy and compliance. There has never been a better time to make your move to Outlook and join the 42-million active users already enjoying the only mobile email and calendar app designed to work with the best features of Office 365.

No matter which industry you’re in—from banking to the public sector—we’re committed to help you address your legal, regulatory and compliance needs while still providing you with the best mobile experience.

Here’s a peek into our recent changes.

A look into Outlook’s new architecture

Outlook for iOS and Android now supports Exchange Online mailboxes natively, which means that none of the data of your mailboxes is cached outside of Office 365. Data simply stays in its...

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07:50
Office platform news at Ignite 2016

Over the past year, Office has gained incredible momentum, with people around the world using our apps and services in the cloud and on all devices to be more productive wherever they go. Along with this period of usage growth, Office has also grown tremendously as a platform. For example, the share of users connecting third-party apps and services to Office 365 has quadrupled over the last 12 months. This is a testament to the fact that—as useful as Office is on its own—we can help people be even more productive by partnering with developers to build solutions tailored to our customers’ business needs.

At Ignite this week, we are announcing the next set of Office platform functionality, giving developers the tools they need to build even more compelling productivity applications with the Office platform.

You’ll find a brief summary of the news below, and you can read through our full set of announcements at...

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07:50
SharePoint innovations further advance intelligence...

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

Last May, we unveiled a cloud-first, mobile-first vision and roadmap for SharePoint and OneDrive to empower people, teams and organizations to intelligently discover, share and collaborate on content from anywhere and on any device.

We promised to make file sharing both simple and powerful, to establish the mobile and intelligent intranet, to accelerate productivity with experiences that surface relevant, high-value information in the context of your work. We promised our developers an open and connected platform that embraces modern web development and open standards. And we promised IT an ongoing commitment to security, privacy and compliance.

Over the last weeks and months, we have been delivering on those promises to you. We built a new home for SharePoint in Office 365. We modernized team sites, document libraries, lists and pages to be simple and...

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07:50
Move all your communications to Skype for Business...

Today’s post was written by Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate vice president for the Skype team.

Today, at the Microsoft Ignite Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, we announced several new Skype for Business innovations that enhance the Office 365 collaboration experience across devices and empower IT professionals to deliver modern communications to their end users. Read on for more about what we announced today.

The best user experience for workplace communication

Over the past year we’ve been working on making the best experience for communicating with others, across all the devices you use for work. We are excited to announce that the new Skype for Business for Mac will be available in October. The new client has been written from the ground up using the modern Mac programming language, Swift. It provides high-definition audio and video, in addition to features like one-click join for meetings and...

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07:50
Announcing the public preview of Microsoft StaffHub—...

We’re pleased to introduce Microsoft StaffHub—the go-to app for deskless workers to manage their life at work. With Microsoft StaffHub, it’s easy to create and manage shift schedules for your team and provide relevant information needed for the job. For deskless workers, their work schedule, and other important information, is right at their fingertips—on their mobile device. Starting today, Microsoft StaffHub is available in public preview for Office 365 customers. Learn more at staffhub.ms.

Deskless workers—the unsung heroes

There are hundreds of millions of deskless workers around the world working in hotels, restaurants, retail stores, on construction sites and in manufacturing and other service-related industries. These team members are often the public face of the company—interacting with customers and making things happen. While critical to the company, deskless workers typically don’t have a dedicated work...

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06:00
Install The Server 5.2 App On macOS Sierra

The first thing you’ll want to do on any server is get all software updates installed on the server (done using the App Store app). Then setup the networking for the computer so you’re not changing IP addresses and stuff like that, once the server is installed. To do so, open System Preferences (aka the Settings app, some day) and click on the Network System Preference pane. You will almost always want to use a wired Ethernet connection on a server, but in this case we’ll be using Wi-Fi. Here, click on the Wi-Fi interface and then click on the Advanced… button.

At the setup screen for the interface, provide a good static IP address. Your network administrator can provide this fairly easily. Here, make sure you have an IP address and a subnet mask. Since we need to install the Server app from the Mac App Store, and that’s on the...

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Sunday September 25

14:00
Show The Software Update Service In Server 5.2 for...

By default, the Software Update Service, long a part of OS X Server, is hidden. This indicates the service is not likely to be long for this world. However, many an organization still likes to leverage cooling off periods for their Mac fleet. To see the service, once you’ve installed the Server app, open the Server app and then from the View menu, select Software Update.

You’ll then see the Software Update service. If you click off of the service and close the app, it will be hidden again. If you enable the service, you will then see it each time you open the Server app. We’ll get into enabling the Software Update service in a bit.

Enjoy.

The post Show The Software Update Service In Server 5.2 for macOS Sierra...

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Saturday September 24

13:10
Enable The Caching Service Using Server 5.2 on macOS...

The Caching Server in OS X Server 5.2 (for Sierra) does content, apps, and software updates. The Software Update service is hidden by default indicating it will likely be removed from the Server app in a future update, although when is kinda’ up in the air. The Software Update service can still be enabled for now, which we’ll look at later. The Caching service on the Server app works like a proxy. When 10 of your users download that latest Nicholas Sparks book and movie, you only sacrifice your WAN pipe to download it once, and the other 9 people piggy-back off that. And when 10.12.1 ships, you only need to download it over the WAN once, and the other local users will pull off that spiffy Caching server sitting in your office. Pretty sweet, right?

So, how do you use this ultra-complicated service? It looks and feels kinda’ like an iPad app. Which is to say that as far as server stuffs go, this thing is pretty darn easy to use. To get started, open the Server app and...

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Friday September 23

13:45
New Apple Product Images and Messaging Guidelines

Images of iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and Apple Watch Series 2 are now available for you to use in marketing materials for your apps on the App Store. You can also get guidance on marketing and messaging iMessage apps, as well as showing your app’s screen content within Apple products such as Siri and Maps. Download the images and read the updated information in the App Store Marketing Guidelines.

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13:45
New Apple Product Images and Messaging Guidelines

Images of iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and Apple Watch Series 2 are now available for you to use in marketing materials for your apps on the App Store. You can also get guidance on marketing and messaging iMessage apps, as well as showing your app’s screen content within Apple products such as Siri and Maps. Download the images and read the updated information in the App Store Marketing Guidelines.

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08:50
About the security content of iOS 10.0.2

This document describes the security content of iOS 10.0.2.

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Thursday September 22

20:12
Signs You’ve Hit Your Stride In IT

My latest post is up over on Huffington Post. It starts a little like this:

You work hard, you work harder, and then you get a montage. The montage starts when you get hit in the face with a pizza by the other engineers on your team. Then you get a little better as Bon Jovi or Tina Turner belt out a power ballad just for you. Then things start to click. You catch the bugs before you compile, you close all the tickets in your queue, and finally you get carried out of the office door on the shoulders of your coworkers, given the key to the city, and promoted to Grand Puba. It’s awesome.

Read more at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charles-edge/signs-youve-hit-your-stri_b_12107664.html.

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MYStuff Pro is the most flexible way to create detail-rich inventories for your home or small business. Add items to MYStuff by dragging and dropping existing information, uploading new images, or... Read more
MarsEdit 3.7.8 - Quick and convenient bl...
MarsEdit is a blog editor for OS X that makes editing your blog like writing email, with spell-checking, drafts, multiple windows, and even AppleScript support. It works with with most blog services... Read more

The new Clash of Kings is just for Weste...
If you’ve played the original Clash of Kings, you’ll probably recognise the city building, alliance forging and strategic battles in Clash of Kings: The West. What sets this version apart is that it’s tailor made for a Western audience and the... | Read more »
Frost - Survival card game (Games)
Frost - Survival card game 1.12.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $3.99, Version: 1.12.1 (iTunes) Description: *Warning: the game will work on iPhone 5C and above and iPad Pro / 4. Other devices are not supported* | Read more »
How to build and care for your team in D...
Before you hit the trail and become a dog sledding legend, there’s actually a fair bit of prep work to be done. In Dog Sled Saga, you’re not only racing, you’re also building and caring for a team of furry friends. There’s a lot to consider—... | Read more »
How to win every race in Dog Sled Saga
If I had to guess, I’d say Dog Sled Saga is the most adorable racing game on the App Store right now. It’s a dog sled racing sim full of adorable, loyal puppies. Just look at those fluffy little tails wagging. Behind that cute, pixelated facade is... | Read more »
Let the war games commence in Gunship Ba...
Buzz Lightyear famously said, “This isn’t flying, this is falling – with style!” In the case of Gunship Battle: Second War, though, this really is flying - with style! The flight simulator app from Joycity puts you in control of 20 faithfully... | Read more »
How to get a high score in Fired Up
Fired Up is Noodlecake Games’ high score chasing, firefighting adventure. You take control of a wayward firefighter who propels himself up the side of a highrise with blasts of water. Sound silly? It is. It’s also pretty difficult. You can’t... | Read more »
NBA 2K17 (Games)
NBA 2K17 1.0 Device: iOS iPhone Category: Games Price: $7.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Following the record-breaking launch of NBA 2K16, the NBA 2K franchise continues to stake its claim as the most authentic sports video... | Read more »
Dog Sled Saga (Games)
Dog Sled Saga 1.0.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes) Description: A game by Dan + Lisa As a rookie musher, foster a dogsledding team whose skills will grow if they're treated right. Week by... | Read more »
60 Seconds! Atomic Adventure (Games)
60 Seconds! Atomic Adventure 1.2 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.2 (iTunes) Description: 60 Seconds! is a dark comedy atomic adventure of scavenge and survival. Collect supplies and rescue your family... | Read more »
Tons of Bullets! (Games)
Tons of Bullets! 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Tons of BulletsA retro 2D pixel platformer infused with tons of bullets and tons of features!Fight as Kenji the Ninja and... | Read more »

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21-inch iMacs on sale for up to $120 off MSRP
B&H Photo has 21″ iMacs on sale for up to $120 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 21″ 3.1GHz iMac 4K: $1379 $120 off MSRP - 21″ 2.8GHz iMac: $1199.99 $100 off MSRP - 21″ 1... Read more
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Amazon.com has the 13″ 2.7GHz/256GB Retina Apple MacBook Pro on sale for $151 off MSRP including free shipping: - 13″ 2.7GHz/256GB Retina MacBook Pro (sku MF840LL/A): $1348 $151 off MSRP Read more
Apple TVs on sale for up to $50 off MSRP
Best Buy has 32GB and 64GB Apple TVs on sale for $40-$50 off MSRP on their online store. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale prices for online orders only, in-store... Read more
Apple refurbished 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 13″ Retina MacBook Pros available for up to $270 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free: - 13″ 2.7GHz... Read more
Duplicate Sweeper Free On Mac App Store For O...
To celebrate the launch of Apple’s latest macOS Sierra, Stafford, United Kingdom based Wide Angle Software has announced that its duplicate file finder software, Duplicate Sweeper, is now available... Read more
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Citing a job description for a Project Lead position at Apple’s Austin, Texas engineering labs, Motley Fool’s Ashraf Eassa deduces that development is progressing well on Apple’s next-generation in-... Read more
Check Print’R for macOS Allows Anyone to Easi...
Delaware-based Match Software has announced the release and immediate availability of Check Print’R 3.21, an important update to their easy-to-use check printing application for macOS. Check Print’R... Read more
Apple refurbished 11-inch MacBook Airs availa...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 11″ MacBook Airs (the latest models), available for up to $170 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and shipping is... Read more
Apple refurbished 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2015 15″ Retina MacBook Pros available for up to $380 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free: - 15″ 2... Read more

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