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14:17
Apple updates Pages, Numbers, Keynote

Along with iOS 10.3 and macOS Sierra 10.12.4, Apple has posted updates for Pages, Numbers, and Keynote on both the iOS and macOS platforms.

The word processor, spreadsheet creator, and presentation tool have received Touch ID support on both platforms, allowing you to quickly open password-protected documents.
The Mac versions add support for the Touch Bar introduced with the 2016 MacBook Pro, as well as new leader lines that make pie charts easier to read and a simpler method for replacing fonts through an entire document.

Pages on both platform gets the ability to add math equations to documents using either LaTeX or MathML notation. You can add bookmarks to link from one part of a doc to another. You can import and export in Rich Text Format. New stock and currently functions provide up-to-date securities data in tables.

Numbers now lets you add current or historical stock information to your spreadsheets. You can use the new My Stocks Template to...

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10:24
Apple rolls out iOS 10.3, macOS Sierra 10.12.4, watchOS 3.2, tvOS 10.2

Apple has released iOS 10.3 and macOS Sierra 10.12.4.

iOS 10.3 updates the file structure on an iOS device to the Apple File System (APFS). AFPS is optimized for Flash/SSD storage and features “strong encryption, copy-on-write metadata, space sharing, cloning for files and directories, snapshots, fast directory sizing, atomic safe-save primitives, and improved file system fundamentals.”

The upgrade also includes a new "Find My AirPods" ability, additions to Siri, CarPlay improvements, and some changes to Maps. Also, developers will be able to respond to customer reviews on the Apple App Store.
The iOS 10.3 update can be performed "over the air" through the software update feature on compatible iOS devices. Or you can download it via iTunes, then install it on a connected device.

macOS 10.12.4 brings iOS's Night Shift mode to the Mac, allowing users to cut down on blue light exposure. It also includes Shanghainese dictation support, cricket scores for Siri...

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09:22
ProjectWizards conjure up Merlin Project 4.2

ProjectWizards (https://projectwizards.net/en) has conjured up Merlin Project 4.2, an update to their project management software for macOS.

Project managers who use multiple devices, or who work in small working groups, can now keep their projects updated via iCloud Drive or Dropbox — even if they're not running Merlin Server themselves. What’s more, Merlin Project 4.2 synchronizes all changes automatically, making them available to every project participant.

Merlin Project 4.2 is free for any licensed Merlin Project 3 or Merlin Project 4 user to update to version 4.2. The latest version of Merlin Project Go will be made available automatically via the Mac App Store. If you're a project manager and you're interested in trying out Merlin Project 4.2 for Mac, you test drive it for 30 days.

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07:13
WWDC ticket lottery for developers starts today

Registered Apple Developer Program members can toss their names into the ticket lottery for this year’s Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) today at 10 a.m. (Pacific) at the Apple Developer website (https://developer.apple.com/wwdc/tickets/).

The 28th annual WWDC will be held at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. The conference will run June 5-9 and will focus on the latest versions of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

WWDC allows developers from around the world to learn about Apple's platform technologies ranging from programming languages like Swift to developer APIs [application programming interfaces] like SiriKit, HomeKit, HealthKit and CarPlay. Developers will access to more than 1,000 Apple engineers with opportunities to meet and engage with them throughout the conference.

In addition to the keynote address, get-togethers,...

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06:48
DupeZap for macOS zapped to version 4

Hyperbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com/) has revved DupeZap, their modern duplicate finder developed exclusively for macOS, to version 4. The update was written specifically to reclaim disk space being taken up by duplicate files and packages.

Version 4.0 of DupeZap 4 requires macOS 10.11.0 or later. For a limited time, it’s available for $0.99 instead of the regular $19.99 at the Mac App Store.

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06:44
FileWave announces support for upcoming Apple OS releases

FileWave (https://www.filewave.com) — which specializes in multi-platform device management, has announced support for Apple's upcoming release of iOS 10.3, macOS Sierra 10.12.4, and tvOS 11.2.


In addition to supporting the new features available in iOS, macOS, and tvOS, the company says FileWave 12 will build upon FileWave's long-time commitment to multi-platform support by adding Chrome OS to the list of supported operating systems. FileWave administrators can already manage macOS, iOS, Windows, and Android devices, and soon will be able include Chromebook devices – all from one console. Other features coming with the release of FileWave 12 include native UEFI imaging support and numerous improvements to FileWave Admin.

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06:20
PhoneClean for macOS gets new user interface, more

iMobie has released PhoneClean 5, an update to their Mac utility for to removing all iPhone data permanently.

Before giving away or selling your old iPhone, the utility permanently wipes everything in it for absolute safety, including photos, messages, contacts, emails, browsing data, as well as your custom wallpaper, ringtones, and more. It also allows you to selectively eliminate sensitive data. Version 5.0 sports a new user interface and an Erase Clean feature.

PhoneClean runs on both macOS and Windows system. There’s a free version for basic cleanup and a pro version for more advanced solutions. The latter costs $29.99 for a personal license and $39.99 for a family license from iMobie's online store (http://www.imobie.com/phoneclean).

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06:12
Package Central update for Adobe InDesign improves email handling

Zevrix Solutions has announced Package Central 1.9.17, a maintenance update to its packaging workflow automation tool for Adobe InDesign.

The app automatically collects InDesign documents along with their fonts and links from watched hot folders and offers customizable workflows, variable folder names, email notifications, preflighting and more. Version 1.9.17 addresses some stability and performance issues related to email delivery, metadata retrieval, and UI updates during error processing.

Package Central can be purchased for $149.95 from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com), as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. Package Central requires macOS 10.7-10.12 and Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2017.

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Mar 24
MacX MediaTrans 3.5 gets a tweaked user interface

MacXDVD Software has updated MacX MediaTrans (https://www.macxdvd.com/mediatrans/) to version 3.5. The tool offers extensive data transfer between Macs and iOS devices.

The redesigned user interface in version 3.5 provides improved responsiveness, extensive usability and cleaner navigation, empowering users to transfer movies, videos, songs, iTunes purchases and other data between iDevices and Macs quickly and easily, according to the folks at MacXDVD Software. I also supports iTunes 12.6 and iOS 10.3.

MacX MediaTrans is normally priced at $59.95 for a single license copy with life time free upgrade. However, it’s being offered for 76% off for a limited time.

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Mar 24
Apple’s online store offline until 8:01 a.m. (Pacific)

Apple’s online store is offline until 8:01 a.m. (Pacific), when the (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus announced earlier this week goes on sale in more than 40 countries and regions around the world.

The PRODUCT(RED) iPhone 7 and will be available in 128GB and 256GB models for $749 and $869. The (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 Plus will be available for $849 and $969 prices.
Apple is also offering a lower priced 9.7-inch iPad to replace the iPad Air 2, as well as rolling out new storage tier options for the iPhone SE and the iPad mini 4.

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Mar 23
MegaSeg 6.0.2 for macOS has over 30 improvements, fixes

Fidelity Media has released MegaSeg 6.0.2 (http://www.megaseg.com), an upgrade to the radio automation and DJ mixing system for macOS 10.6 and higher. The update features over 30 improvements and fixes including a new preset for Pioneer’s DDJ-SX2 controller, snappier segues, and many usability and interface optimizations.

MegaSeg is available in two editions. The $99 DJ edition focuses on core live mixing features with visual beat syncing via multitouch gestures, multiple outputs for headphone preview, MIDI control, automatic volume, advanced categorization, track logging, and integrated iTunes playlists. MegaSeg Pro ($199) adds video playback with ambient visuals, hot keys for triggering sound effects, automated music scheduling, advertisement messaging events, rules for applying artist separations, request lists with reminder notes, and more advanced features for professional DJs and VJs, radio stations,...

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Mar 23
Tango Networks enhances iPhone user experience for UC Systems

Tango Networks (www.tango-networks.com), a technology provider extending full-featured enterprise mobility solutions for Unified Communications (UC) and voice applications, has announced iOS Apple CallKit availability for iPhone devices connected to UC systems.

Tango Networks’ Kinetic Communications Platform integration with iOS Apple CallKit extends enterprise communications to iPhone devices and works across any UC environment, allowing employees to use their iPhone’s native dialer for business calls. Tango Networks iOS 10 CallKit solution enables:

° The iPhone to be a mobile endpoint of any UC system.

° Users to make and receive business calls from the iPhone’s native dialee.

° Direct access to corporate directory and rich UC features.

° Enterprise enforcement and control over mobile business calls.

° Business calls made through high quality cellular networks.

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Mar 23
MacX DVD Ripper Pro revved to version 5.5

MacXDVD (www.macxdvd.com) has released MacX DVD Ripper Pro 5.5, an upgrade to its flagship DVD ripper. The update extends the tool’s reach to non-UDF discs and main title check mechanisms. Plus, it’s faster.

The upgrade is available to all current MacX DVD Ripper Pro users at no charge. New users can get all the features and updates for $29.95 (50% off) for a limited time.

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Mar 23
PopChar for macOS gets a maintenance upgrade

Ergonis Software (www.ergonis.com) has rolled out PopChar X 7.7, an improved version of the Mac tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts.

Version 7.7 offers metrics adjustments for eight new fonts, in particular some of Google's Noto fonts. This is scheduled to be the last maintenance release for PopChar 7, while Ergonis is already preparing to release the major new version PopChar 8 later this year.

PopChar X 7.7 requires macOS 10.6 or newer. It can be purchased on the Ergonis Software website. The upgrade to PopChar X 7.7 is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7. All PopChar X purchases made in or after September 2016 also include the upgrade to the major new version PopChar X 8.0 and all subsequent 8.x upgrades.

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Mar 22
Comm-Unity releases version 2.1 of its CNS Image FileMaker Pro plug-in

Comm-Unity Networking System has updated its CNS Image FileMaker Pro plug-in to version 2.1 which includes bug fixes, more thread-safety, and ] CNS Core updates. It’s available immediately at http://cnsimage.cnsplug-ins.com/ for both macOS and Windows.

CNS Image is a FileMaker plug-in for working with images stored in container fields or stored on the hard drive. On the most basic level, you can use CNS Image to import images from the hard drive into FileMaker container fields and Export images from container fields to the hard drive using hard-coded paths or dialogs.

However, Importing and Exporting images is only the beginning of CNS Image. The plug-in can do so much more with your images. You can rotate images; you can create small thumbnails in your database of a much larger images on the hard drive. You can split PDFs into multiple images and browse through them all from...

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Mar 22
Lucid Auction Lister for macOS gets improved interface, more

Lucid Sky Software has released Lucid Auction Lister 1.1.0 (http://www.lucidskysoftware.com), an update to the eBay auction manager application for macOS. Users can create listings, sell on eBay and manage sales with this auction lister.

You can manage and organize your current and past eBay listings. You can compare listing details, duplicate past listings, re-list auctions that have ended, revise running auctions and end auctions early. Lucid Auction Lister 1.1.0 sports an improved user interface with better list view readability. It also fixes minor bugs with overall enhanced functionality, as well as adds the ability to list, re-list and revise in batch. Users can also download and view eBay order information to help manage sales.

Lucid Auction Lister requires macOS 10.7 or later. It costs $7.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the...

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Mar 22
Agile Tortoise releases Interact Scratchpad for the Mac

Agile Tortoise has announced Interact Scratchpad 1.0 (http://agiletortoise.com/interact/mac ) for the Mac. The menubar app brings the popular natural language contact creation tools of Interact for iOS to macOS.

You can type or paste in blocks of text with contact information and let Interact parse names, addresses, phone numbers into a complete contact record in your default Contacts account. This lets you create new contacts, or add information to existing contacts quicker than ever, according to the folks at Agile Tortoise.

Interact Scratchpad is available for macOS 10.11 or higher. It’s available exclusively at the Mac App Store. To celebrate the release, it’s on sale for 50% ($1.99) through March 29.

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Mar 22
ScaleMaster 2 released for macOS

RoGame Software (www.rogame.com) has announced ScaleMaster 2, an upgrade to the music app for macOS. The software was specifically designed to help with scales in a theoretical and practical context.

Serving as a practice environment and reference for over 200 scale types, ScaleMaster 2 includes 9 virtual instruments, a music notation interface, a full GM sound library and much more. Version 1.0.3 has been re-designed from the ground up with a modern interface.

ScaleMaster 2 (v1.0.3) costs $19.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Education and Music categories. Educational discounts are available.

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Mar 21
Apple releases iTunes 12.6 for iOS 10.3 and tvOS 10.2

Apple has updated iTunes for iOS and tvOS to version 12.6, which lets you rent videos once and watch them on multiple screens. However, it requires iOS 10.3 and tvOS 10.2, both of which are in beta testing.

With the “rent once, watch anywhere” capability, you can rent a movie on one device (iPhone, iPad or Apple TV), then finish watching it on another (iPhone, iPad or Apple TV). Prior to iTunes 12.6 you had to finish watching a film on the device from which you first rented it.

To get iTunes 12.6, launch the App Store app and click on the Updates tab at the top. You’ll see the iTunes 12.6 update, which is a free download.

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Mar 21
Matrox unveils the Maevex 6150

Matrox Graphics (www.matrox.com) has previewed an all-new multi-4K capable stand-alone encoding appliance: the Maevex 6150 quad 4K encoder appliance. It affords the full feature set of the Maevex 6100 quad encoder PCI Express card, delivering quad 4K capture plus multiple encodes to stream and/or record at low bit rates.

Offering four or more channels simultaneously, the Maevex 6150 provides an all-in-one, dual density form factor with the additional IO befitting an appliance.
With flexible encoding administration options, the Maevex 6150 can be programmed and controlled with the included Matrox PowerStream Plus software, managed via custom applications using the PowerStream Plus API [application programming interface], or started/stopped directly on-device with designated on-appliance buttons.

According to Ron Berty, business development manager, Matrox Graphics, other Maevex 6150 features include:...

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Mar 27
Majority of PC users are at risk due to outdated...

Avast (www.avg.com), which specializes in digital security products for business and consumers, revealed that more than half (52%) of the most popular PC applications running on PCs around the world, including Flash and Java are out-of-date.

The Avast PC Trends Report Q1 2017, based on insights from the company’s AVG TuneUp product, highlights the top 10 outdated applications, the most used programs and hardware, and shows the problems people face by not keeping their PC up-to-date. Most critically, people are exposing their PC and their personal data to risks, as malware targets older versions of software to exploit vulnerabilities.
Gathered anonymously from 116 million Windows® desktop and laptop users running AVG TuneUp’s Automatic Software Updater feature, Avast found the most out-of-date programs include:

1. Java (Runtime 6,7), Oracle Corporation
2. Flash Player (Active X), Adobe Systems
3....

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Mar 24
There's a 1-in-3 chance your family's...

Nearly 96 million Americans (or 31% of the population) have had their Internet network, e-mail, or computer hacked or compromised. That's according to the results of the Ooma.com Internet Security Survey—a survey of 1,000 Americans conducted by Ooma.

Notable findings of the study include: 

° 172 million Americans (or 54% of the population) have accidentally visited a website that infected their computer with a virus. A lack of awareness of which websites are phishing for their personal information or contain spyware, malware, or other threats leaves users exposed.

° 70 million Americans (or 22% of the population) wish their devices were protected from online threats such as viruses, phishing, and malware. Other users are either unaware that such threats exist, or don't know how to conduct safe searches, blacklist or whitelist domains, or filter content. 

° 38 million American parents (or 12%) wish they could block access to certain websites for their...

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Mar 23
Smartphone size preference size remains stable at 5-5....

In the first half of 2016, US and UK smartphone users were most likely to be interested in purchasing a device with a 5.3-inch or 5.0-inch display, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com).

The study also found that males showed a preference for larger devices than females, while Android owners still preferred larger devices than Apple owners. As in 2015, current smartphone owners are also more likely to prefer a thicker prototype with a longer battery life over a thinner phone.

Smartphone size preference remained stable in the first half of 2016, within the range of 5 to 5 inches. However, this was slightly smaller than in the first half of 2015, as the 5.3-inch smartphone was previously most preferred.

As in 2015, almost half of respondents in this study also expressed interest in a smartphone with a display size only slightly larger than...

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Mar 22
Five trends, factors that continue to impact cyber...

It’s become news that’s not unexpected any more. We awaken to learn that yet another national retailer has been hacked and once again credit-card information for millions of customers is at risk.
Yet, despite all the publicity these security breaches receive and all the warning consumers hear, cyber criminals still achieve success and seem more brazen than ever.

“Sometimes it can feel like the cyber criminals are working harder than the people who are supposed to be protecting our information,” says Gary S. Miliefsky, CEO of SnoopWall (www.snoopwall.com), a company that specializes in cyber security.
But when consumers and businesses are vigilant, he says, they can foil those cyber criminals despite all their scheming. To that end, Miliefsky says some cyber security trends and factors worth knowing about for the rest of 2017 and beyond include:

• Serious breaches still take too long to...

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Mar 22
Retail IoT platforms to connect 12.5 billion assets by...

New data from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that retailers will connect 12.5 billion business assets, such as products, digital signs and Bluetooth beacons, to IoT platforms by 2021. This figure is expected to rise from 2.7 billion in 2016, representing a 350% increase, according to the research group.

Juniper predicts that RFID (radio-frequency identification), will re-emerge as the industry’s “killer app,” becoming the key factor in the IoT retail ecosystem. RFID tags, used to identify and locate retail assets in real-time, are now at a low enough price point for mass deployment and integrate well with new IoT systems and analytics. New services, such as dynamic pricing or enabling promotional offers via in-store digital signs are also poised for growth.

Juniper’s latest research argues that “next-gen” processes, such as personalized retail, could be achieved by...

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Mar 21
Video is reshaping modern marketing

With its ability to reach and engage multiple audiences worldwide, video is becoming a vital component of the marketing toolkit. In 2017, video content is expected to account for 74% of all Internet traffic.

Research indicates that businesses that use video to market grew revenue 49% faster year-over-year than businesses that did not. When it comes to attracting an audience, four times as many customers would prefer to watch a product video rather than read about it. Asad Khan, founder of ePlanet Communications, Inc. (http://www.eplanetcom.com/), a global business process outsourcing provider, points out that the use of video in marketing is a vital part of an overall strategy.
 
Research has shown that video marketing offers a significant return on investment and increases the likelihood of a sale. While it costs an average of $115 in marketing funds to convert a sales lead using non-...

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Mar 21
Solar-Tectic LLC develops inexpensive sapphire glass

In 2015 Solar-Tectic (www.solar-tectic.com) announced plans to develop sapphire glass. Now the company has announced that it’s succeeded in developing this sapphire glass using its patent pending technique, which was reported on in “Materials Letters,” a peer reviewed journal.

The new sapphire glass technique involves the deposition of a highly transparent crystalline Al2O3 (aluminum oxide) thin-film on ordinary soda-lime glass, via a thin buffer layer, using a simple and common deposition technique (e-beam evaporation), thus achieving a breakthrough material which is much less expensive and much lighter than single crystal sapphire, and easily scalable for manufacturing and commercialization.

The sapphire film is extremely thin which is important for cost reduction in manufacturing. In recent years Apple Inc. and others have tried without success in making cost effective sapphire glass for...

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Mar 20
Research reveals content challenges to asset...

Quark Software (www.quark.com) and TSAM (tsamlondon.com) have announced the results of joint research on how asset management companies approach content creation, management, publishing, and delivery.

The research uncovers universal content challenges asset management companies face – from reliance on outdated technology solutions to increasing demand for Web and mobile content. The findings highlight how content teams struggle to effectively produce and provide multi-channel information to internal and external audiences.
 
“The way we consume content has changed dramatically in the past decade, but the tools financial services firms use to create and manage content have changed very little,” Gavin Drake, vice president of Marketing for Quark Software. “\ This makes it almost impossible to keep up with the demand to deliver timely and accurate multi-channel content, which is a requirement for firms that...

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Mar 17
AIM market grows faster than overall infrastructure...

The worldwide application integration and middleware (AIM) software market continues to grow faster than the overall infrastructure software market, with revenue on pace to surpass $27 billion in 2017, an increase of 7% from 2016, according to the Gartner, Inc (www.gartner.com) research group.

"Established approaches to application infrastructure are too rigid, closed and cumbersome to support many digital business requirements," said Fabrizio Biscotti, research vice president at Gartner. "Growth in mobile, big data, analytics, in-memory computing, cloud and Internet of Things initiatives is associated with digital business and requires application and integration professionals to invest in new AIM technologies. This in turn drives fresh integration approaches with new AIM technologies at their core, such as application programmable interface management and integration platform as a service.”

Three main...

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Mar 16
Study: Tech sector’s diversity problems run deep

The number of new devices connected to the Internet is estimated to reach 21 billion by 2020, but recent reports indicate that the tech sector’s diversity and inclusion practices have failed to meet a commensurate level of innovation.
 
From a 2016 report by Intel and Dalberg Global Development Advisors, almost two-thirds of tech workers are white. The industry could, however, generate an additional $300-$370 billion annually if the racial/ethnic diversity of their workforces reflected that of the national talent pool.
 
“The problem isn’t going away, and it will take some intense soul-searching on the part of tech leadership to get to the root of what ails it,” said Bill Proudman, co-founder and CEO of leading diversity and inclusion consulting firm White Men As Full Diversity Partners (http://www.wmfdp.com/) (WMFDP), which has worked extensively with Dell and other Fortune 500 tech companies...

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Sharp Electronics Corporation (www.sharpusa.com) has a new addition to their multifunction printer (MFP) line up. The MX-M905, the newest high-speed, light production monochrome document system from Sharp, is designed... Read more »
QNAP Systems (www.qnap.com) and ABBYY (www.abbyy.com) — a provider of document recognition, data capture and language-based text analytics technologies — have teamed up to introduce a file digitization offering that... Read more »
Epson’sExpression Home XP-440 Small-in-One is a new, ultra-compact all-in-one designed to meet the everyday printing needs of students and families. With features including a hi-res 2.7-inch color LCD for easy setup... Read more »
The Polar H10 is Polar’s most accurate heart rate sensor to date. Tapping into 40 years of heart rate and performance technology expertise, the company’s team of engineers advanced the company’s heart rate algorithm and... Read more »

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14:36
AWT News Update: March 27, 2017

Monday brought us a bumper crop of updates for operating systems and apps:

  • Remember to join us for AWT TV tonight at 6:30 PM PT/9:30 PM ET
  • iOS has been updated to version 10.3, changing all iOS devices to the new AFPS file system. Hear about the other OS changes for Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV.
  • Apple developers have until Friday morning to sign up for the WWDC ticket lottery
  • Facebook Messenger for iOS adds a live location sharing feature

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Note to Apple News readers: you’ll need to visit Apple World Today in order to listen to the podcast.

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14:22
Apple updates Pages, Numbers, Keynote on iOS and...

Along with iOS 10.3 and macOS Sierra 10.12.4, Apple has posted updates for Pages, Numbers, and Keynote on both the iOS and macOS platforms.

The word processor, spreadsheet creator, and presentation tool have received Touch ID support on both platforms, allowing you to quickly open password-protected documents. 

The Mac versions add support for the Touch Bar introduced with the 2016 MacBook Pro, as well as new leader lines that make pie charts easier to read and a simpler method for replacing fonts through an entire document.

Pages on both platform gets the ability to add math equations to documents using either LaTeX or MathML notation. You can add bookmarks to link from one part of a doc to another. You can import and export in Rich Text Format. New stock and currently functions provide up-to-date securities data in tables. 

Numbers now lets you add current or historical stock information to your spreadsheets. You can use the new My Stocks Template to...

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13:58
Apple TV Remote app gets an iPad interface

To accompany iOS 10.3, Apple has updated the Apple TV Remote app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The 1.1 upgrade adds a specific iPad interface for the first time.

The free app allows you to control your Apple TV with your iOS device, foregoing the necessity to use the Siri Remote device. You can control Apple’s set-top box with a swipe of your finger or use the keyboard to enter text. Plus, you can use the app along with the Siri Remote. 

Apple TV Remote 1.1 offers an enhanced “Now Playing” experience with lyrics and playlists for music and chapters, audio tracks, and captions selection for movies and TV shows. It also offers general performance and stability improvements.

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13:56
Verizon plans to test 4K TV for its FiOS customers

Verizon has been relatively late to 4K TV (its competitors hopped aboard a while back), but it's at least making up for lost time. The carrier and its partner SES have confirmed that they'll soon test 4K delivery to FiOS TV customers. There's no ment...

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13:52
Notable apps and app updates for March 27, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Sun And Moon Apps has debuted Hero! 1.0. In the free game, you’re the hero of your choice. Decide from a range of different characters as you journey through the unknown. You must find the key to unlock the dungeon door and escape. Along your way you must battle different types of enemies that can jump and shoot. The better you get with your sling blade the better your chances of escaping the dungeon alive.

Nexx Studio has debuted Temple Jump 1.0. It’s a retro-flavored pixel art game in which players must jump from platform to platform while collecting...

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13:51
Apple Releases macOS 10.12.4, watchOS 3.2, and tvOS...

The most significant release of the day may have been iOS 10.3, but Apple showed some love to its other three operating systems as well, adding a new feature or two and providing some bug fixes and other under-the-hood improvements.

 

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13:46
Apple releases Classroom iPad app version 2.0 w/...

Alongside public releases for iOS 10.3, macOS 10.12.4, watchOS 3.2, and tvOS 10.2 today, Apple has officially released version 2.0 of its Classroom app for iPad previously in beta.

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13:29
Sarah Silverman is hosting a weekly talk show on Hulu

The success of new shows like John Oliver's Last Week Tonight on HBO, Chelsea Handler's Chelsea on Netflix and Samantha Bee's Full Frontal on TBS show there's a pretty big market for comedians giving funny and impassioned takes on the news. Get ready...

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13:28
Analyst: Higher iPhone 8 price to help control high...

A new analysis shared today by Business Insider from JP Morgan’s Rod Hall shows further proof that an iPhone ‘supercycle’ is imminent. A larger than normal amount of users on older generation models are expected to finally upgrade to Apple’s newest device later this year.

In Hall’s analysis today, he believes the new iPhone 8 is expected to have a higher price point helping to curb some of the device’s inevitable high demand. Hall believes features like wireless charging, a larger display, and improved camera tech will convince those lagging behind to finally upgrade.

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13:26
Facebook updates Messenger for Apple's iPhone...




Facebook on Monday began rolling out a new feature -- Live Location -- to its Messenger apps for iOS and Android, just days after Google announced a similar feature for Google Maps.

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13:02
Apple knows you keep losing your AirPods

If you're an AirPod owner, you've probably felt a twinge of panic or two over the thought of losing one on your daily commute. Luckily, Apple now has a solution. As part of the company's fresh 10.3 iOS update, you can now track down a missing earbud...

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12:57
TMO Background Mode Interview with Microsoft Chief...

Ben Rudolph is a Microsoft Chief Creative Architect. That means he’s responsible for consumer, retail marketing. In Ben’s words, “his team … builds the experience that turns shoppers … into fans of Microsoft. That involves everything about how the Microsoft brand shows up to consumers in the retail environment.” That may not have been of interest to Apple fans just a few years ago, but the arrival of CEO Satya Nadella has changed all that. Ben and I chatted about his early career interest in being a physician and the path that led him, instead to Microsoft. Then we got into the Microsoft’s Surface Studio that sent shock waves through the Apple community last year. We also discussed the refreshing new corporate mission of Microsoft under Mr. Nadella. This interview will take Apple fans where they’ve never gone before.


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12:56
News: Report: 10.5” iPad Pro could still arrive this...

Despite the release of an updated 9.7” iPad model last week, multiple sources are suggesting that the much-rumoured 10.5” iPad Pro may still be just around the corner. A new report in Forbes cited IHS Markit analyst Rhoda Alexander indicating that the production of the new 10.5” iPad Pro model is expected to commence this month, although she noted that an April launch “still looks somewhat tentative.” This is largely…

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12:42
Facebook hires former Apple designer Michael Hillman...




Facebook is taking on Michael Hillman -- a person with 15 years at Apple, including key work on the company's Mac desktops -- as the head of hardware at its Oculus VR division.

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12:40
News: Apple’s Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps gain...

Along with the release of iOS 10.3 earlier today, Apple has also updated its iWork suite of productivity apps with several new features, including the ability to open password-protected documents in each app using Touch ID and format text as superscript of subscript and change text background color. Pages 3.1 also allows users to bookmark document sections, use LaTeX and MathML notation, and import and export RTF documents. Numbers 3.1 improves the…

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12:33
Air pollution makes surprisingly good art supplies

Plumes of diesel exhaust contain a mixture of things both nasty and harmless. A lot of it, however, is carbon. Carbon can be useful and (as you might recall from school) is often jet black in color. Start-up Graviky has created an exhaust filter that...

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12:30
A tour of iOS 10.3: Checking out APFS, the Settings...

Enlarge / An iPhone 5 running iOS 10. Version 10.3 is likely to be its last big update. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple has just released iOS 10.3 to the general public, an update which is likely to be the last major release of iOS 10; at this point in the year, work usually begins in earnest on the next major release of iOS, which will be revealed at WWDC in June. The update is available for everything that runs iOS 10: the iPhone 5 and newer, the fourth-generation iPad and newer, the iPad Mini 2 and newer, both iPad Pros, and the sixth-generation iPod Touch.

The update has been going through the beta process for a couple of months now, and since it’s likely to be iOS 10’s last major update, we’ll spend some extra time with a few of the high-profile features. I’ve also spent a tiny...

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12:27
Britain’s Home Secretary Pushes for Encryption Back...

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd says it’s time for technology companies to give law enforcement a way to decrypt private communications because terrorists shouldn’t have a way to secretly chat. Her comments come in the wake of a terrorist attack in London where five people were killed.


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12:19
Review: AudioQuest NightOwl Carbon Headphones

You should hear the AudioQuest NightOwl Carbon. At $700, it might cost more than you plan on spending, but you should hear it. When you do hear them, you might think they sound too dark or even dull, but you should keep listening. The NightOwl was a challenge to review – it asks for time, re-listening, and re-calibration of expectations about what it means for a headphone to sound “accurate.” It appears that the NightOwl was designed thoughtfully and purposefully, such that the sound coming through its drivers is exactly what AudioQuest wanted us to hear. Though the NightOwl’s tone is an acquired taste, we feel that it is a headphone that sounds like its’ designer’s choices rather than compromises; a rare bird indeed.
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12:13
macOS 10.12.4 update brings Night Shift to the Mac...

Enlarge / The $1,499 MacBook Pro running macOS Sierra.

Apple has just released macOS 10.12.4, the fourth major update for Sierra since the operating system was released last September. In addition to the typical bug fixes and security patches, the update brings over one minor feature from iOS: Night Shift, which can subtly change your screen's color from a cooler blue tone to warmer yellow tones in an effort to help you sleep better.

Night Shift was originally introduced in iOS 9.3 about a year ago. Since then, Google has added a similar feature to Android 7.0, and Microsoft is going to include a version of it in...

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12:03
Intel's extra-fast 3D storage comes to your...

It didn't take long for Intel's 3D Optane storage to reach a product you can realistically buy. The chip maker has introduced Optane modules designed to boost the performance of your desktop PC. They're strictly cache drives that only hold 16GB or 32...

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12:02
Apple TV Remote app updated, adding iPad support and...




Once iPhone and iPod Touch only, Apple has updated the standalone Apple TV remote app, and for the first time has a specific iPad interface.

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Rumor Scanner

Monday March 27

11:59
10.5-Inch iPad Pro Entering Limited Production, But Spri...

Apple's manufacturing partners will begin limited production of the rumored 10.5-inch iPad Pro this month, according to IHS Markit analyst Rhoda Alexander, who spoke with Forbes over the weekend.

At this point, however, it remains unclear whether the 10.5-inch iPad Pro will be announced later this spring, at WWDC 2017 in June, or in the fall or later, and rumors are lacking consensus.

Japanese blog Mac Otakara previously said Apple would unveil its new iPad Pro lineup at a March event, but that rumor failed to materialize. Instead, Apple last week announced a low-cost 9.7-...

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11:34
Reuters Confirms that Samsung Intends to Sell Refurbishe...

Patently Apple posted a report mid-February titled "Samsung Backtracks and is Reportedly Planning to Sell Refurbished Note 7 Smartphones in Q3." After the Note 7 disaster Samsung debated back and forth furiously as to whether they should refurbish to recalled units or scrap them in November. Reuters confirms that the project is a go.

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11:19
Low-Cost iPad Not Among the New iPad Models Spotted in D...

Back in mid-March, mobile marketing company Fiksu spotted four new iPad identifiers in its device data, hinting at the imminent release of new hardware.

We did indeed see a new low-cost 9.7-inch iPad introduced via press release on Tuesday, March 21, but as it turns out, the identifiers for the new 9.7-inch iPad don't match up with the iPads Fiksu saw, suggesting there could still be additional iPad models set to be released in the not-so-distant future.

The new iPad's identifier is "iPad6,11" and "iPad6,12," with one number each for for Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular models. Fiksu, meanwhile, saw the following identifiers in its device logs:

- iPad7,1

- iPad7,2

- iPad7,3

- iPad7,4

These numbers...

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10:56
Facebook's Messenger App just added Live Location S...

If you happen to be using Facebook's Messenger app on your iDevices, then note that earlier today they added a new feature allowing you to share your location continuously for up to an hour.

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10:11
Apple's Lottery for 2017 Worldwide Developers Confe...

Developers hoping to attend Apple's 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California can now apply for a chance to purchase a ticket, with Apple's lottery having kicked off at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Tickets are priced at $1,599.

Tickets will be doled out using a random selection process, implemented because in past years, tickets sold out within a matter of minutes. Approximately 5,000 attendees are expected at the conference, which will also be attended by Apple executives and more than 1,000 Apple engineers.

The 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference will start on Monday, June 5, and will last through Friday, June 9. Apple announced the conference in mid-February this year, as it is the first that will be held outside of San Francisco in many years. In 2017,...

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10:01
Apple Releases macOS Sierra 10.12.4 With New Night Shift...

Apple today released macOS Sierra 10.12.4, the fourth major update to the macOS Sierra operating system that launched on September 20. macOS Sierra 10.12.4 has been in testing since January 24, with Apple having seeded eight betas ahead of its public release.

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 is a free update for all customers who are running macOS Sierra. The update can be downloaded using the Software Update function in the Mac App Store.

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 brings iOS's Night Shift mode to the Mac for the first time. Night Shift, first introduced on iOS devices in iOS 9.3, is designed to gradually shift the display of a device...

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09:55
Apple Releases iOS 10.3 With Find My AirPods, APFS, App...

Apple today released iOS 10.3 to the public, marking the launch of the third major update to the iOS 10 operating system since it launched on September 13, 2016. iOS 10.3 has been in testing since January 24 and Apple seeded seven betas to developers and public beta testers before releasing the software.

iOS 10.3 is available as a free over-the-air update for all iOS 10 users, and it can also be downloaded via iTunes. Xcode 8.3 with support for Swift 3.1, iOS 10.3, macOS Sierra 10.12.4, tvOS 10.2, and watchOS 3.2 is also available today.

As a major 10.x update, iOS 10.3 includes both significant additions and more minor design tweaks and changes. The biggest new consuming-...

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08:55
President Trump to announce new 'Office of American...

Back in late January Apple's CEO Met with Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner in Washington. What the dinner-meeting was all about remained a mystery until now perhaps. President Trump plans to unveil a new White House office on Monday with sweeping authority to overhaul the federal bureaucracy. The new White House Office of American Innovation will operate ...

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07:56
Jumbo Photos of new Apple Store Openings in China, Germa...

Apple opened its doors to customers on Saturday at new stores in Nanjing China, Cologne Germany and Miami Florida, bringing Apple’s latest retail innovations to the heart of each city. Our report provides with a series of jumbo photos of the three store openings.

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07:56
Apple Increasing Focus on Augmented Reality Eyewear, Any...

Apple is "stepping up" its augmented reality eyewear efforts, with an eventual goal of releasing a consumer-facing product, according to the Financial Times.Apple first began to build a team to examine the feasibility of a head-worn device more than a year ago. Now, it is devoting more resources to its augmented-reality efforts, with the aim of taking it from a science project towards a consumer product, according to people familiar with the company’s plans.Don't expect to be wearing a pair of Apple-branded augmented reality glasses in the near future, however, as the report said any potential launch remains at least a year away, or "perhaps much longer."

Bloomberg was first to report that Apple is exploring digital glasses that would connect wirelessly to iPhones and "show images and other...

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06:43
Apple Supplier TSMC Planning to Roll out 100 Million A11...

Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Supplier Considers U.S. for 3nm Chip Plant because Taiwan Power Supply is Unstable." In the shorter term we learn today that "Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will begin volume production of Apple's A11 chips in April

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05:34
Apple Continues their Race with Competitors for Hardware...

Last January 2016 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's 'Secret' VR Team isn't that Secret Anymore." In that report we noted that Apple had just hired a top U.S. researcher from Virginia Tech with VR experience in gaming, sports, 3D user interfaces and more. The Financial Times at that time noted that Apple was amassing a major new team of VR experts that are already prototyping future VR headsets to keep up with Facebook's lead with the Oculus Rift and Microsoft's HoloLens. Today a new report tells us that ...

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03:45
Beats 1 is 'the Biggest Radio Station in the World...

Apple Music executives Jimmy Iovine, Zane Lowe, Robert Kondrk, and Larry Jackson spoke to The Verge over the weekend about their work with the musician Drake and the success of Beats 1 radio station, which launched in tandem with the Apple Music app in 2015.

Republic Records told The Verge that Drake's new album More Life was streamed 300 million times worldwide in its first week on Apple Music. It has already eclipsed his previous album, Views, which was an Apple Music exclusive and streamed around 250 million times in its first week. More Life also streamed 89.9 million times during its first 24 hours, breaking single-day album streaming records for all music services...

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Sunday March 26

12:05
Samsung Invents a Future Smartwatch with a Unique Second...

Last week the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Samsung that puts a new twist to flexible displays. On Thursday a Samsung patent came to light that illustrated a secondary display being added to the rim of Samsung's Gear smartwatch.

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07:56
Nokia Seeks International Judicial Assistance to Obtain...

In late December Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple files a major Antitrust Case against Acacia Research Corporation Pointing to a Conspiracy with Nokia Corporation." That in turn put Nokia into high gear to launch a lawsuit against Apple alleging 32 counts of patent infringement. Days later Nokia struck out against with two additional lawsuits (one and two). Today we learn that Nokia is now seeking documents and deposition testimony from Samsung Electronics in their case against Apple.

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Saturday March 25

14:46
A Grieving Family Lashes out at Apple over Denial of Acc...

A new report published by the Daily Mail is yet another heartbreaking story – and one that could even anger some. Liam Wright, 18, who died of bone cancer in December, had noted his last wishes on his iPad because he couldn't bear to talk about it in person with his family ....

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11:14
(PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 Plus Gets Black Front in New Part...

Apple's new (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, released yesterday, feature a bright red aluminum casing that many are a fan of. Unfortunately, it comes equipped with a white front plate, much like the Gold, Silver, and Rose Gold iPhones, something that's been a point of criticism for people who think it would have looked better with a black front plate.

YouTuber Danny Winget recently tore apart a red iPhone 7 Plus and replaced its logic board and front plate with parts taken from a Jet Black iPhone 7 Plus, giving us a glimpse at what an actual (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 Plus with a black front would have looked like.

Winget had to replace not only the front plate but also the logic board because if he swapped just the front portion of the device, the...

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10:54
A Report Ranking Leading Tech Companies on Digital Right...

A new report scoring Tech Company's support for digital rights came to some rather surprising conclusions, with the one of most interest ranking Google above Apple. In fact, Apple ranked seventh in the top twelve in the 'Internet and Mobile' sector of the report.

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09:50
A Beijing Court Overturns Ruling that the iPhone 6 Desig...

In June 2016 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Beijing Court Rules that Apple's iPhone 6 Models Violate Chinese Design Patent and may be Banned." Yesterday a court in Beijing overturned a ruling that Apple had infringed the design of a competitors smartphone.

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Friday March 24

14:12
Hands-On With Apple's New (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7

Apple's new (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and 7 Plus went on sale online and in retail stores around the world today, and after a short wait in line, we managed to get our hands on one of the new devices.

Made from a matte red aluminum, the red iPhone 7 is super pigmented and bright in real life, but aside from its snazzy new casing, it's identical to existing devices. Check out the video below for our detailed look at Apple's first red iPhone.

The new red iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus can be purchased from the online Apple Store and in retail locations, where supplies seem to be plentiful. There were lines at many stores around the country, however, so it could potentially sell out.

Prices for the red iPhone 7 start at $749, with the device...

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Documentation Scanner

Monday March 27

11:22
Tethered Caching of iOS Assets from macOS 10.12.4

There is a new service in macOS, called Tetherator. Tethered-caching is a script that allows you to easily and quickly interact with the tethered-caching service, which has a few kinda’ cool options. This is on a client, and really speeds up all that crazy provisioning stuff you do. It can also check for the presence of a macOS Caching Server and use that as a source for the cache. The tethered-caching script is located at /usr/bin/tethered-caching.

Before you do anything with the service, check the status. That’s done with the -s option (there’s also a -v option to get verbose):

tethered-caching -s

The results before activated should be as follows:

2017-02-28 10:44:45.730 AssetCacheTetheratorUtil[3665:182657] Tetherator is disabled: (no error)
2017-02-28 10:44:45.746 AssetCacheActivatorUtil[3666:182664] Built-in caching server can be activated.
2017-02-28 10:44:45.762 AssetCacheActivatorUtil[3667:182673] Built-in caching server is...

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11:06
About the security content of iOS 10.3

This document describes the security content of iOS 10.3.

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10:00
New Downloads Now Available

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

  • macOS Sierra 10.12.4 (16E195)
  • iOS 10.3 (14E277)
  • watchOS 3.2 (14V249)
  • tvOS 10.2 (14W265)
  • Xcode 8.3 (8E162)

View all downloads.

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10:00
New Downloads Now Available

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

  • macOS Sierra 10.12.4 (16E195)
  • iOS 10.3 (14E277)
  • watchOS 3.2 (14V249)
  • tvOS 10.2 (14W265)
  • Xcode 8.3 (8E162)

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10:00
WWDC 2017 Registration Now Open

The opportunity to buy tickets to this year’s conference is offered by random selection. Register by Friday, March 31 at 10:00 a.m. PDT for your chance to join thousands of others coming together to change the world.

Learn more about WWDC 2017.

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10:00
WWDC 2017 Registration Now Open

The opportunity to buy tickets to this year’s conference is offered by random selection. Register by Friday, March 31 at 10:00 a.m. PDT for your chance to join thousands of others coming together to change the world.

Learn more about WWDC 2017.

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08:40
Add current stock quotes and currency exchange rates...

Whether you are tracking investments for retirement, saving for college, or doing financial research, use Numbers to create spreadsheets that pull current and historical stock performance and live exchange rates directly from the internet. 

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08:03
log, logs, and logger

This is the first page of a 5 page piece I just finished writing for MacTech. After the last episode of the MacAdmins podcast though, I wanted to go ahead and get some of the information out there. For a much more detailed analysis, check out MacTech!

Apple has a number of different logging APIs. For the past few releases, Apple has tried to capture everything possible in logs, creating what many administrators and developers might consider to be a lot of chatter. As such, an entirely new interface needed to be developed to categorize and filter messages sent into system logs.

Writing Logs

The logger command is still used to create entries in system logs. However, if you are then using tail to view /var/log/system.log then you will notice that you no longer see your entry being written. This is because as the logs being created in macOS have gotten more complex, the tools to read and write those logs has gotten more...

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07:24
Use the object list to manage objects on Keynote...

Learn how to use the object list to select objects, move up and down in the layering order, group, or delete them.

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06:00
Skype for Business drives digital transformation

Today’s post was written by Ron Markezich, corporate vice president for Office 365 Marketing.

Office 365 is a universal toolkit for collaboration with more than 85 million monthly active users, designed to address the unique workstyle of every group. Through integration with Outlook for email, SharePoint for intelligent content management, Yammer for networking across the organization, and Microsoft Teams for high-velocity, chat-based teamwork—Skype for Business is the backbone for enterprise voice and video meetings in Office 365.

As communication and collaboration become increasingly vital to the way work gets done, customers are turning to Skype for Business in Office 365 for all of their conferencing and calling needs. People around the globe conduct over one billion meetings per year on the Skype network, and usage of Skype for Business Online...

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Thursday March 23

15:30
Swift Playgrounds 1.2 Now Available

Swift Playgrounds, the revolutionary app for iPad that helps students learn to code, is now localized in Simplified Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Latin American Spanish, making it even easier for more students around the world to learn and experiment with code.

Read the full press release.

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15:30
Swift Playgrounds 1.2 Now Available

Swift Playgrounds, the revolutionary app for iPad that helps students learn to code, is now localized in Simplified Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Latin American Spanish, making it even easier for more students around the world to learn and experiment with code.

Read the full press release.

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10:15
Episode 123 on the Excel Bot with Jakob Nielsen—...
09:56
Jamf Pro 9.98 Now Available

The next release of iOS (10.3), macOS (10.12.4), and tvOS (10.2) bring us a host of new management features. These include DEP configuration, remote wipe, single app mode, conference room mode, and remote reboot for Apple TVs. The next evolution of iOS brings us sounds in lost mode, the ability to prevent users from connecting to unmanaged wireless networks (just make sure to push that policy after sending down the actual managed wireless networks – or eek), the option to remotely shut down and reboot devices,

The Mac options includes some of the above but also restricting the feature to unlock macOS devices with Touch ID, restrict documents and desktop syncing with Apple’s iCloud service. Shared iPad environments also get new passcode policies.

Jamf Pro 9.98 has also comes with Symantec PKI integration and lots, and lots, and lots of resolutions to product issues. For more, see https://www....

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Wednesday March 22

13:59
Unravelling Undocumented Middleware

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Some tasks are like the Labrynth. You walk around a corner, mark a block in chalk so you can go back, and then a goblin switches your arrow to a different direction. Or you go through a door and fall down an oubliette. But hey, if you write a few more scripts, you can always bring sanity to those you already have but don’t know exist, right?

The post Unravelling Undocumented Middleware appeared first on krypted.com.

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12:52
Office Store brings you Power BI custom visuals

The Office Store is introducing Power BI custom visuals to download and use in Power BI service reports and Power BI Desktop. Users will be able to easily discover and quickly download BI visualizations that interact with data to find key insights and drive important business decisions. Power BI custom visuals provide compelling data visualizations created by members of the community and by Microsoft. They behave just like the native rich visualizations already included with Power BI but can also be filtered, highlighted, edited and shared.

Here are some examples:

  • Word Cloud—Visualize the text in your data in a beautiful way.

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Tuesday March 21

16:00
Xcode 8.3 beta 5 (8E161) Now Available

Xcode 8.3 beta 5 (8E161) Now Available

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16:00
Xcode 8.3 beta 5 (8E161) Now Available

Xcode 8.3 beta 5 (8E161) Now Available

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09:00
Reducing complexity and boosting creativity with...

Architects have the unique challenge of balancing creativity and business needs to create something beautiful—and profitable. While the profession is known for vision and creativity, bringing a building to life also requires extensive planning and coordination. The assembly, tracking and accounting of nuts, bolts, beams and every other material needed—can make or break a project.

Tools that ease project planning and let architects and staff focus on the creative work are essential. Ian Butcher, owner of the small architectural firm Best Practice Architecture and Design, knows this well.

For Ian, becoming an architect was a near-lifelong dream. Naturally, it was the artistic side and not the business side of the profession that captivated him. “I grew up in the suburbs. All I knew were suburban houses and strip malls. But in 8th grade we went on a field trip to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. Our group was so large that we entered through the freight elevator. When...

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09:00
Announcing the SharePoint Virtual Summit

I am excited to announce the SharePoint Virtual Summit—a free, global online event—will be on May 16, 2017.

With more than 85 million active users, Office 365 empowers individuals, teams and entire organizations with the broadest and deepest toolkit for collaboration. Office 365 is designed to meet the unique workstyle of every group with purpose-built, integrated applications: Outlook for enterprise-grade email; Yammer for networking across the organization; Skype for Business as the backbone for enterprise voice and video; Microsoft Teams, the new chat-based workspace; and SharePoint for intelligent content management and intranets.

Last May, at the Future of SharePoint virtual event—viewed by over 50,000 people—we unveiled a new vision and roadmap for SharePoint and OneDrive. Over the last year, we have delivered on new innovations,...

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09:00
Scott Photography evolves with Office 365

In an era of filtered perfection and disappearing selfies, Louis Scott has made a living by photographing the authentic, “raw” versions of his subjects. The mission of Scott Photography (located in San Antonio, TX) is to help individuals and businesses grow through the art of portraiture.

Since founding his business in 2012, Scott has depended on Microsoft Office for operating his business. Whether it’s a corporate client in need of headshots for the employees who make their product possible––or an aspiring actor, hoping to be the next big thing––Office helps Scott to always be ready.

Scott has also taken more time for personal projects as his business grows. He created the Human Uniqueness Project, which includes The Firefighter Initiative—portraitures of firefighters in day-to-day life, rather than in the acts of heroism that characterize their work. The Firefighter...

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Monday March 20

11:00
macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 8 (16E192b) Now Available

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 8 (16E192b) Now Available

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Apple Pages 6.1 - Apple's word proc...
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The best deals on the App Store this wee...
Deals, deals, deals. We're all about a good bargain here on 148Apps, and luckily this was another fine week in App Store discounts. There's a big board game sale happening right now, and a few fine indies are still discounted through the weekend.... | Read more »
The best new games we played this week
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Orphan Black: The Game (Games)
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The Elder Scrolls: Legends is now availa...
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Robot Circus launched Ticket to Earth as part of the App Store's indie games event last week. If you're not quite digging the space operatics Mass Effect: Andromeda is serving up, you'll be pleased to know that there's a surprising alternative on... | Read more »
Leap to victory in Nexx Studios new plat...
You’re always a hop, skip, and a jump away from a fiery death in Temple Jump, a new platformer-cum-endless runner from Nexx Studio. It’s out now on both iOS and Android if you’re an adventurer seeking treasure in a crumbling, pixel-laden temple. | Read more »
Failbetter Games details changes coming...
Sunless Sea, Failbetter Games' dark and gloomy sea explorer, sets sail for the iPad tomorrow. Ahead of the game's launch, Failbetter took to Twitter to discuss what will be different in the mobile version of the game. Many of the changes make... | Read more »
Splish, splash! The Pokémon GO Water Fes...
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Death Road to Canada (Games)
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Bean's Quest Beginner's Guide:...
Bean's Quest is a new take on both the classic platformer and the endless runner, and it's free on the App Store for the time being. Instead of running constantly, you can't stop jumping. That adds a surprising new level of challenge to the game... | Read more »

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