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06:21
Achroma is new image manipulation tool for the Mac

einstein's legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com) has created Achroma 1.0.1, an image manipulation tool developed exclusively for macOS.

The app lets you removes colors from your images by providing two conversion modes; you can select from a set of preset color ranges or create your own collection of user-defined color ranges for processing. Achroma also lets you export images in a variety of formats, create interactive slideshow presentations and share images using various internet services.

Achroma requires macOS 10.11 or higher. It’s available for $9.99 from the Mac App Store in the Photography category.

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06:10
New Webfonts added to 1000 OpenType Fonts

128bit Technologies has rolled out 1000 OpenType Fonts 4.0 on its MacAppware website (www.macappware.com) and the Mac App Store. This font collection includes 240 unique font family styles, with a total of 1,000 fonts in all.

Webfont versions and a PDF sample book of the font families were just added to 1000 OpenType Fonts. For a limited time, you can save 70% on Premium Fonts 7.0. You can download the newest creative font designs, each with a 10-computer commercial use license for $29.99.

Each font is in OpenType font format and can be used for any personal and business project on both Mac and PC computers. International character support is standard for nearly every font (bar code fonts and wingding fonts don’t include international character support).

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Sep 26
Pixel Film Studios releases ProClone for Final Cut Pro X

Pixel Film Studios has released ProClone (http://tinyurl.com/zhuqok4) 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. 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 to change...

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Sep 26
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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Sep 26
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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Sep 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 27
The Shortage of Cybersecurity Experts is a National...

It’s estimated that the global cybersecurity job postings is around one million and more than 200,000 cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. alone were unfilled in 2015 which was up 74% over the previous five years.  The cybersecurity market is expected to grow from $75 billion in 2015 to $170 billion by 2020 according to recent industry reports and it is estimated that the global cybersecurity workforce will have 1.5 million jobs unfilled by 2019, according to Identity Management Institute (http://www.identitymanagementinstitute.org).

Cybersecurity is a new buzz name for computer and network security which has existed for many years. However, due to the increasing connectivity of many devices and networks, the computer security risk landscape is expanding and is frequently referred to as cybersecurity.

One of the main objectives of cybersecurity is to protect data but...

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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.

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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.

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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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Reviews and Kool Tools

BusyMac’s BusyCal 3, a calendar app, not supports macOS Sierra and iOS 10. It also sports a redesigned user interface. BusyCal displays calendars in day, week, month, year and list views and syncs with iCloud, Google... Read more »
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 »
SCOTTeVEST has announced its Off The Grid (OTG) Jackets for Men and Women. The jackets feature 29 pockets including two front Rapid Access Panels, which reveal massive compartments that can hold a laptop (except Women’s... Read more »
The $229 Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt (www.schlarge.com) has opened possibilities for homeowners to enjoy the convenience of a connected home through its Apple HomeKit compatibility. An update to the Schlage Sense app... Read more »

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08:50
DJI launches ultraportable iOS-connected Mavic Pro...

Drone maker DJI on Tuesday unveiled its latest flying camera --?a foldable, portable, sub-$1,000 device dubbed the Mavic Pro. AppleInsider went hands-on with the all-new aerial camera, and offers a closer look.

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08:06
MLB At Bat adds video highlights in Notification...

Major League Baseball has updated its At Bat app for iOS, adding several iOS 10-related features, particularly the ability to watch video highlights from notifications without opening the app itself.

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07:52
Apogee introduces new Element Series Thunderbolt...

I’ve been a longtime Apogee user and currently use the company’s excellent Quartet as my main audio interface for my Mac and home studio. Today Apogee introduces its latest line of audio interfaces, the Element Series, introducing Thunderbolt connectivity and a new design somewhere between its more expensive pro line and its popular prosumer products like the Quartet and Duet.

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07:45
Apple Q4 Earnings Call to be held on October 27, 2016

Time flies. It seems like it was just a couple of weeks ago that Apple held its Q3 earnings call, and now it has announced that the final earnings report of the 2016 Apple fiscal year will be released on October 27, 2016. 

As usual, the company will release earnings after the close of the stock markets on that date, followed shortly thereafter by the live streamed earnings call. If you're not familiar with the format, Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri both point out highlights of the previous quarter's financial performance before answering questions from leading Wall Street analysts. 

Expect to hear news on how well the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are selling, as well as hints on how well the Apple Watch Series 2 is doing (Apple never discloses how many are sold). Likewise, if there is a Mac/iPad announcement before October 27, we'll be sure to hear about the early sales performance of those devices.

We'll remind you of the earnings call before the 27th, and...

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07:25
iPhones and iPads have highest SAR of gadgets sold...

Apple's iPhones and iPads have the highest electromagnetic radiation specific absorption rate (SAR) of electronic devices sold in South Korea, according to Choi Myung-gil of the country's telecom committee — as noted by ZDNet

He said data from the National Radio Research Agency shows the average radiation SAR for iPhones was 1.166 watts per kilogram (W/kg). Samsung's, in comparison, showed an average of 0.517W/kg, for products launched this year.

SAR is a measure of the rate at which energy is absorbed by the human body when exposed to a radio frequency (RF) electromagnetic field. For handsets, it measures the rate of absorption when placed near the ear. In the U.S. the SAR for cell phone radiation has been set by the Federal Communications Commission at a maximum of 1.6 watts of energy absorbed per kilogram of body weight.

The SARs...

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07:14
Epic iPhone 7 cinematic 4K camera test [Video]

One of the bigger features with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is definitely the improved optics and camera quality, but exactly what does this boil down to for video enthusiasts? There’s no doubt that the iPhone 7 takes some amazing photography, but its video capabilities are far superior in my opinion. Don’t believe me? With 4K video recording, optical and digital image stabilization, and an f1.8 aperture, these new iPhones are pretty incredible…

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07:14
Inside the iPhone 7: Apple's Taptic Engine,...

Apple has moved the Taptic Engine to its third device -- the iPhone 7. The new technology replaces the older linear actuator, and will ultimately bring a world of force feedback sensations to the user, as developers implement the technology in their own apps.

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06:57
New Galaxy Note 7 fire raises worries Samsung didn...

A Chinese man's Galaxy Note 7 reportedly exploded on Monday morning, potentially signalling that batteries in newer versions of the phone still pose a risk.

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06:47
Apple continues to lead in personal computer...

Customer satisfaction with personal computers halts a three-year slide, according to new data from the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). The ACSI Household Appliance and Electronics Report 2016 includes desktops, laptops, and tablet computers, as well as household appliances, televisions and computer software.

With its Mac, Apple remains the overall leader in the personal computer industry, unchanged at 84, but Samsung leaps 6% to 83 in its second year of ACSI tracking. Amazon, which manufactures only tablets, gets a 3% boost to 80, while Acer, ASUS and Dell tie for the next spot at 78. HP gains 5% to 77, followed by Lenovo (+3%) and Toshiba (+4%) at 76. The combined score for all other, smaller PC manufacturers falls 4% to the bottom of the category at 73. The Mac has topped the list for over 10 years.

Personal computers gain 1.3%  to 78 on ACSI's 100-point scale. Tablets improve by 4% to 78, reclaiming a slight edge...

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06:38
macOS Sierra: Using Tapback in Messages

Today’s Quick Tip is all about how to use those funny little Tapback icons from iOS 10 within the Messages app in Sierra, too. So if you’ve just gotta give someone a thumbs up or a heart, you can do that, and we’ll tell you how.


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06:32
Fujitsu warns ScanSnap owners not to use scanners...

Fujitsu has taken the rather extreme step of warning owners of its entire ScanSnap scanner range to cease using the device if they are on macOS Sierra until a major bug is fixed. The bug can result in scanned pages being turned into blank pages, and even existing scanned pages can be deleted in some circumstances.

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06:25
The tech in two iPhone-related patents could be...

Two Apple patents have popped up that could — and let me emphasize COULD — be related to the Project Titan project, which is rumored to involve an Apple car.

Patent number 9,453,734 is for smart loading of map tiles. Systems and methods are provided for displaying a portion of a map on a mobile device of a user while the user is traveling along a route. Of course, this mobile device is probably an iPhone, but the tech could be utilized in an iPad, CarPlay system, or the dashboard of an Apple automobile.

Whatever the device is, according to the granted patent, it can use a selected route and a current location of the device to load map tiles for parts of the map that are upcoming along the route. In this manner, the user can have quick access to the portions of the map that the user likely will want to view. For example, the map tiles can be loaded for the next 50 Km, and then when the stored tiles reaches only 25 Km ahead, another 25 Km of tiles can...

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06:24
Notable apps and app updates for Sept. 27, 2016

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Vitaly Pronkin has introduced DIY Blocky Stickers 1.0. It’s a $0.99 iMessage app exclusively for iOS 10. DIY Blocky Stickers allows you to create your own unique blocky style stickers. Two block sizes and a block split function allow to create highly detailed objects or add finishing touches.

Intellipath Games has launched DetecThink 1.0. In the free game, players areimmersed in a world of detective case work by solving a series of the interactive assignments that include freeing a princess, unlocking a secret suitcase and...

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06:11
News: Apple Q4 earnings call set for October 27

Apple has announced that it will release its Q4 financial results on Thursday, October 27. As usual, the company will conduct its conference call at 5 p.m. Eastern time that day. Apple previously provided guidance for Q4 of revenue between $45.5 billion and $47.5 billion, and gross margin between 37.5 percent and 38 percent. As always, iLounge will provide coverage of the results....

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06:05
Here’s a video of in-screen fingerprint reader...

We’ve been hearing for some time now that Apple is working on an all-glass front for next year’s iPhone, with the Home button and Touch ID sensor built into the display itself. The touch-sensitive Home button on the iPhone 7 is likely intended as a stepping stone toward that goal, and an Apple patent published back in May described the technology Apple is most likely to adopt: ultrasonic imaging.

Demonstrating that this is not just a concept but technology that works in the real world, Chinese brand Xiaomi has today launched a new phone that uses that exact type of embedded...

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06:03
Future Macs may watch you watching them thanks to a...

Future Macs may watch you watching them. Let me explain. Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,454,225) for “gaze-based display control.” It involves a method for receiving an image such as the eye of someone looking at a Mac, and identifying, based the image of the eye, a direction of a gaze performed by the user. 

Based on the direction of the gaze, a region on a display coupled to the computerized system is identified, an operation is performed on content presented in the region. The invention relates generally to human-machine interfaces, and specifically to interfaces that combine multiple user interaction modalities. 

In the patent filing, Apple notes that a number of different types of user interface devices and methods are available. Common tactile interface devices include a computer keyboard, a mouse and a joystick. Touch screens detect the presence and location of a touch by a finger or other object within the display area. Infrared remote controls are...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Pay What You Want — The Award-...

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering the Pay What You Want: The Award-Winning Mac Bundle, with thirteen powerful apps to make your Mac a productivity powerhouse. Pay whatever you want for Screen Grabber Pro, eXtra Voice Recorder, and Photo Stitcher, and if you beat the average price you’ll receive the complete set of apps, including Drive Genius 4, The Hit List, Aurora HDR, and more. Get the Pay What You Want Award-Winning Mac Bundle now...

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05:15
Apple announces Q4 2016 earnings call for Thursday,...

Apple on Monday noted that it would hold its fourth quarter earnings call on Thursday, October 27th. The call will be held at the standard time of 2PM PT/5PM ET, with the earnings release itself being sent out roughly thirty minutes before then.

The earnings call will be important in that it can show how the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are doing as products. While Apple generally offers first weekend sales numbers for new iPhone models, the company said this year that it wouldn’t due to the supply contrasts surrounding the new devices. Many analysts, including KGI, expect that Apple will report slower iPhone 7 sales than it did iPhone 6s sales at this time last year, despite increased popularity of the iPhone 7 Plus and the Jet Black color.

Last quarter, Apple posted...

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05:00
Some iPhone users fall for tutorial video, attempt...

This started as a joke.

And then some people took it seriously, thereby damaging their new iPhone 7 handsets and violating their warranties in the process.

A recently released tutorial video claims to show a user securing his iPhone 7 with a clamp, then drilling into the iPhone 7’s case with a 3.5 millimeter drill bit to fabricate a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack.

While this technically does produce a hole into which one might insert a headphone plug, it will not make a headphone jack. And it will leave a hole in your phone. And, if you’re not skilled with the drill, you can damage the internals of your iPhone.

And it certainly voids the warranty.

“I tried this and ended up with display destruction and it not...

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04:30
iPhone 7/7 Plus TENC case — AutoHeal thyself

If you like Just Mobile’s AutoHeal screen protector for the iPad Pro you’ll also appreciate the company’s TENC, a near-invisible, “self-mending” case for the iPhone 7/7 Plus. 

It sports the same “auto-healing smart materials with an advanced fingerprint and dust-resistant smooth-touch coating that consigns sticky-feeling screen protectors to the dustbin of history” and which repairs minor scratches to the case. And it does this while showing your Apple smartphone in all its glory 

The very-reasonably-priced ($24.95) TENC — available in crystal clear, matte clear and matte black — perfectly lines up with the iPhone’s edges (the top two corners are completely covered, and the bottom two corners are covered to the curve). It offers protection while offering easy access to all ports, buttons, switches. 

The TENC’s abrasion resistant coating keeps the case looking sharp. And its...

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04:26
Upcoming YouTube Go app minimizes data usage with...

If you love watching YouTube videos on the move but hate large data bills, Google has good news for you: it is introducing YouTube Go, an app specifically designed to minimize mobile data usage.

The bad news is that YouTube Go will initially be available only in India, but the company has said that it will be rolled out to other countries later, and hinted that both the U.S. and Europe are on the list.

The app seems pretty clever, offering four separate ways to reduce mobile data usage …

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

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04:00
Apple should consider buying a 'smart glass...

Disruptive technologies like touch sensitive screens and smart glass everywhere will be one of the larger competitive issues for Apple in the not-too-distant future. However, purchasing a smart glass manufacturer -- perhaps even Corning itself-- would give Apple a competitive advantage for an "iOS everywhere" type approach. 

Buying a base product manufacturer like Corning wouldn't be outside the realm of what Apple occasionally does. Acquiring a glass manufacturer -- specifically a smart glass manufacturer -- would be right in line with Apple's history and offer the potential for a strategic future. Our favorite tech company could continue its fully integrated approach to extending the Apple ecosystem everywhere.

Corning, especially, would be a great choice. Apple’s iPads and iPhones could be more impact resistant by using the company's Gorilla glass. The company's Willow Glass could enable even thinner Mac displays.

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Tuesday September 27

04:59
Apple Granted 48 Patents Today Covering Optical Connecto...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 48 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's Smart Connector patent or a future form of it which Apple refers to as an optical connector; one that could one day be applied to the iPhone, iPad and beyond. Apple was also granted another patent for a cellular antenna ...

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03:31
Apple Granted a Patent Covering iOS Devices with Built-I...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 48 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover yet another Apple invention related to mapping environments. Prior to acquiring PrimeSense who specialized in 3D depth mapping, Apple was exploring this technology a little differently, but leading to the same type of technology.

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02:04
Apple Granted a Patent for Controlling a Future TV or iM...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 48 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's work on 3D mapping in relation to controlling a TV or computer display radial menu to access games, mail, Safari, office and general applications.

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00:04
Apple's FY 2016 Fourth Quarter Results Scheduled fo...

Apple announced that their Fiscal Year 2016 fourth quarter results and conference call will take place on Thursday, October 27, 2016...

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Monday September 26

17:03
Jimmy Iovine Talks Apple Music Exclusives Criticism, Say...

Apple Music executives Jimmy Iovine and Bozoma Saint John spoke with BuzzFeed News in a new feature about the redesign of Apple's music streaming service, revealing the thinking behind some new features and responding to criticism over music exclusives.

Shortly after launch of Frank Ocean's latest album "Blonde," Universal Music Group banned exclusive music streaming as Ocean's deal with Apple allowed him enough capital to publish his music independently. Iovine told BuzzFeed News that Apple has no plans to become a music label, but that he doesn't know how to run Apple Music any other way than helping make and...

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13:18
Drake's 'Views' Album Becomes First to Re...

Canadian rapper Drake's hit album "Views" has become the first album on Apple Music to be streamed more than 1 billion times, according to an award Drake shared on Instagram this morning.

Drake received the news from Apple CEO Tim Cook, iTunes chief Eddy Cue, and his former manager Cortez Bryant, all of whom he posed with for a second photo that was also uploaded to his Instagram account.

Released on April 29, "Views" was an Apple Music exclusive for one week before it became available on other streaming music services like Spotify and it sold...

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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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Tuesday September 27

11:00
macOS Sierra 10.12.1 beta 2 (16B2333a) Now Available

macOS Sierra 10.12.1 beta 2 (16B2333a) Now Available

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06:00
Setup And Manage Profile Manager On macOS Server 5.2

Profile Manager first appeared in OS X Lion Server as the Apple-provided tool for managing Apple devices, including Mobile Device Management (MDM) for iOS based devices as well as Profile management for OS X based computers, including MacBooks, MacBook Airs, Mac Minis, Mac Pros and iMacs running Mac OS X 10.7 and up. Profile Manager has seen a few more updates over the years, primarily in integrating new MDM options provided by Apple and keeping up with the rapidly changing MDM landscape. Apple has added DEP functionality, content distribution, VPP, and other features over the years. In El Capitan Server, there are plenty of new options, including the ability to deploy VPP apps to devices rather than Apple IDs.

In this article we’ll get Profile Manager setup and perform some basic tasks.

Preparing For Profile Manager

Before we get started, let’s prep the system for the service. This starts with configuring a static IP address and properly...

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Monday September 26

10:00
statshares in Server 5.2 for macOS Sierra

I wrote about using the smbutil for DFS in Lion awhile back. I haven’t needed to write anything else as it hadn’t changed since. The statshares option has an -m option to look at a mount path for showing the path to the mount (e.g. if the mount is called krypted this should be something like /Volumes/krypted):

smbutil statshares -m /Volumes/krypted

When run, you see a list of all the attributes OS X tracks for that mount path, including the name of the server, the user ID (octal), how SMB negotiated an authentication, what version of SMB is running (e.g. SMB_1), the type of share and whether signing, extended security, Unix and large files are supported.

Additionally, if you’d like to see the attributes for all shares, use the -a option after statshares:

smbutil statshares -a

Overall, this is a nice health check type of verb to the smbutil command that can be added to any monitoring or troubleshooting...

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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

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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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The new Clash of Kings is just for Weste...
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Frost - Survival card game (Games)
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How to win every race in Dog Sled Saga
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Let the war games commence in Gunship Ba...
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How to get a high score in Fired Up
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NBA 2K17 (Games)
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Dog Sled Saga (Games)
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