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Nov 21
CS Odessa Announces Update to Timeline Diagrams in ConceptDraw Solutions

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced the new edition of Timeline Diagrams solution for ConceptDraw Pro. The company is introducing a new set of libraries that provide a range of objects to support documentation and graphics that deal with timeline events. The addition to Solution Park is a free item for current users of ConceptDraw Pro 11.

The Timeline Diagrams solution found in the Management section of the Solution Park includes new updated visual objects that support many professional ways to show time at a glance. The new solution provides 2 libraries that contain 36 vector shapes to better show time events.

ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with macOS and Microsoft Windows and retails for $199 per end user license. It is included in ConceptDraw Office 4, which retails for $499.

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Nov 21
PDFConverterOCR for macOS upgraded to version 5.1.0

Cisdem (www.cisdem.com) has updated PDFConverterOCR for macOS to version 5.1.0. The app can help batch convert both native and scanned PDF files to a variety of editable formats, such as Word, Pages, Excel, PPT, Text, etc.

This new version is a maintenance upgrade with bug fixes and performance tweaks. PDF Converter OCR costs $49.99. A demo is available for download.

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Nov 21
New Drum Loop Collection available for DrumCore 4

Dennis Chambers' drum loops are now available for Sonoma Wire Works' DrumCore 4 AAX/VST3/AU plug-in. The first in a series, the Rosanna-ish set includes 62 audio loops and fills for $4.99.

DrumCore 4 is available in three editions that contain the same plug-in. The differences are how it is delivered (download, USB Flash drive, or Solid State drive) and how much content is included by famous drummers who have played with the bands listed below. All editions can be expanded with content by more than 25 drummers in DrumCore 4's built-in store (http://www.sonomawireworks.com/drumcore/).

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Nov 20
Easy Cut Studio for macOS upgraded to version 4.102

EasyCut Studio has updated Easy Cut Studio, its vinyl cutting software, to version 4.102. The app is for designing and outputting vinyl and digital print graphics.

The upgrade adds supports for over 100 new vinyl cutters including Goldcut JK Series, Redsail, Liyu, KingCut, Roland PNC, Secabo, Creation PCut, TENETH, UKCutter, VicSign, Ioline and more. It also adds cut selection only and mirror options for Roland cutting machines.

Easy Cut Studio 4.102 is compatible with any Mac running macOS 10.6 or higher. The 4.102 upgrade is available to all current Easy Cut Studio users at no charge. New users can get all the features and updates for $59.95 ($10 off) for a limited time with a lifetime free upgrade. A fully functional free trial version is available (http://www.easycutstudio.com/).

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Nov 17
Promise Technology introduces new Thunderbolt 3 dock

Promise Technology (https://www.promise.com/us/) has announced the addition of a Thunderbolt 3 dock to its lineup of solutions for rich media workflows.

Through the new dock, users c-an add two 4K displays, charge devices, daisy-chain Thunderbolt 3 hard drives, connect USB devices, transfer SD card content, and more -- over a single connection. The $249 TD-300 brings it all together to expand the capabilities of Thunderbolt 3-enabled macOS and Windows 10 platforms.

Its connectivity options include five USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader and HDMI 2.0. It also features two Thunderbolt 3 ports, Gigabit Ethernet and an audio in/out port. Creative professionals working with iMacs and MacBook Pros can now simply connect the TD-300's Thunderbolt 3 port to any Thunderbolt 3-enabled PC or Mac. There are no drivers to download or install, and no additional utility software is needed.

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Nov 17
Apple Park Visitor Center opens to the public

The Apple Park Visitor Center opened in Cupertino, California, Friday morning, welcoming neighbors and guests from surrounding areas to experience Apple Park’s innovations. It’s is an architectural extension of the new campus (the “spaceship campus”) with similar aesthetics in staircases, stone walls and terrazzo floors.

The Visitor Center’s cantilevered carbon fiber roof appears to float and is only supported by stone clad cores and no other extraneous columns for support. Inviting guests to explore Apple Park in an immersive way, a 3D model of the campus is brought to life by augmented reality technology.

Visitors can learn about the world’s largest naturally ventilated building and view one of the largest on-site solar energy installations in the world. They can also choose to lift the entire roof off the building to peek inside to the collaborative office pod layout.

Guests are also welcome to make their way upstairs to the roof terrace for views of the...

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Nov 17
Apple issues new developer betas of iOS 11.2, watchOS 4.2, tvOS 11.2

Apple has issued the fourth developer betas of iOS 11.2, watchOS 4.2 and tvOS 11.2. Developers can download the betas through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the App Store.

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Nov 17
iHome expands line of Bluetooth Speaker Vanity Mirrors

iHome (www.ihomeaudio.com) is expanding its line of Bluetooth Speaker Vanity Mirrors with the iCVBT10 Reflect Pro model. This flat panel portable telescoping model with Built-in Siri and Google Voice is now available for purchase online and in-store at amazon.com and Bed Bath & Beyond for $199.99.

The biggest mirror in the series (10 x 13 inches) sports a rechargeable battery, includes a distortion-free mirror and has a 3.5-inch removable detail mirror with 10x magnification for the best beauty routine and detailed grooming. With multiple LED lighting options, consumers can listen to music, take phone calls and charge their mobile phones using the iCVBT10.

The iCVBT10 is the latest mirror to join iHome's popular Vanity Mirror line. The iCVBT2, released this summer, is a smaller version and includes built-in Siri and Google Voice ($79.99). Other Vanity Mirrors in the line include the portable,...

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Nov 16
Apple releases iOS 11.1.2

Apple has released iOS 11.1.2, which addresses an issue in which some iPhone X models became unresponsive in cold weather. The update also:

° Fixes an issue where the iPhone X screen becomes temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid temperature drop

° Addresses an issue that could cause distortion in Live Photos and videos captured with iPhone X

The iOS 11.1.2 update can be downloaded for free on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. Go to Settings --> General --> Software Update.

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Nov 16
Apple releases fourth developer beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.2

Apple has released the fourth developer beta version of macOS High Sierra 10.13.2. Registered developers can download it from Apple's Developer Center — or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

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Nov 16
IK Multimedia releases iRig Keys I/O 25 & 49 keyboard controllers

IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com has announced that iRig Keys I/O, a keyboard controller range featuring a built-in audio interface, is now shipping worldwide.

iRig Keys I/O provides users with a flexible way to complete their music productions from start to end using a single piece of equipment. It comes with either 25 or 49 full-size keys offering a synth-action keybed and integrates a 96kHz/24-bit audio interface with a high-performance Class A preamp allowing users to record their instruments and microphones (including condenser mics requiring 48V phantom power) via its combo 1/4"/XLR input.

Plus, it provides controls such as velocity sensitive, multicolored pads, programmable touch-sensitive sliders, buttons and assignable knobs. iRig Keys I/O is Apple certified MFi hardware (Made for iPhone and iPad) which means it works right out of the box with all iOS devices with a Lightning port,...

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Nov 16
DiRT Rally rolls onto the Mac

DiRT Rally is now out for the Mac platform. It’s available from the Feral Store (http://tinyurl.com/y8ym93sw) for $59.99 and will be coming to the Mac App Store soon. DiRT Rally requires macOS 10.13 or higher.

Here’s how the game is described: “Experience all the thrill of racing on the edge in DiRT Rally, the most authentic rally game ever engineered. Strap yourself in and hurtle down the most dangerous tracks in the world, from the drenched pine forests of Wales to the crumbling hillsides of Greece.”

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Nov 16
Mapdiva updates Artboard 2 for macOS High Sierra

Mapdiva has released Artboard 2.0.7 for macOS High Sierra. It’s a maintainance update of the drawing software to create crisp vector graphics, logos, icons, and illustrations.

Artboard features "smart" objects, direct select tool, a powerful style generator and stacked styles that go way beyond simple fill and stroke, providing a wide range of spectacular effects. Templates help people, such as small business owners, students, hobbyist and 2D game designers, get started on their projects.

Artboard 2.0.7 sells for $39.99 directly from Mapdiva and is also available on the Mac App Store. A demo is available from the Mapdiva website (https://www.mapdiva.com/artboard/).

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Nov 16
AKVIS releases Akvis Retoucher 9.0

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced Retoucher 9.0, an upgraded of its photo restoration software. The new version offers a number of Color Correction parameters, the flexible Crop tool, as well as the Vignette option that lightens/darkens the image at its perimeter.

AKVIS Retoucher helps to remove dust, scratches, date stamps and other unwanted details from photos. Also, it’s possible to improve image composition and reconstruct missing parts using the information of the surrounding areas. On the Mac platform, AKVIS Retoucher requires macOS 9.0.12 or higher.

The product is available as a standalone application and as a plugin filter for Adobe Photoshop and other image editors. AKVIS Retoucher, Home license, sells for $87. One license key allows activating and using the software on two computers.

Version 9.0 is free for users who bought Retoucher in the last 12 months. Users, whose license is older and...

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Nov 15
Maintain Serves Up Cocktail 11.1 (High Sierra Edition)

Maintain has served up Cocktail 11.1 (High Sierra Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running macOS High Sierra.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for macOS that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. This version adds the ability to clear Twitter caches and macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 compatibility. It also has performance tweaks and bug fixes.

Cocktail costs $19 for a single user license. A demo is available for download (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail).

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Nov 15
KeyCue 8.6 for macOS comes with new and improved themes

Ergonis Software has released KeyCue 8.6, a new version of the keyboard shortcut “cheat sheet” for the Mac.

KeyCue displays an instant overview of the currently available keyboard shortcuts; application-specific menu shortcuts as well as system-wide hotkeys and user-defined shortcut descriptions. Version 8.6 ships with new Tioga and Tenaya themes and offers improvements with regard to installation, usability, speed, and overall stability.

KeyCue 8.6 requires macOS 10.6 or higher. The upgrade to version 8.6 is free for anyone who owns a license for KeyCue 8 or who purchased a license for KeyCue 7 on or after March 1, 2015. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. For new users the price is $19.99.

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Nov 14
Star Micronics announces Apple Certified AirPrint POS Printer

POS printer manufacturer Star Micronics (http://star-emea.com) has officially received certification for the first Apple AirPrint POS printer: the $376 Star TSP654II AirPrint. This company says it’s the first 80 and 58mm receipt and ticket POS printer on the market to be Apple AirPrint certified.
 
AirPrint provides mobile printing solutions for Apple’s iPad, iPhone, iPod and MacBook users on any private network with the key objective to be able to wirelessly print via the customer’s network without installing specific printer drivers. With AirPrint support pre-installed on iOS devices, the user is able to connect to and print from the required printer.
 
Star’s TSP654II boasts a 300mm/second print speed, 203 dpi print output, and a compact footprint. The printer can be used in vertical or horizontal mode and includes a wall mount bracket in the box as standard. Available in charcoal black or...

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Nov 14
Foundry376 launches Mailspring for macOS High Sierra

Foundry376 has launched Mailspring (https://getmailspring.com), a desktop email client designed for macOS High Sierra.

It sports features such as an unified inbox, snoozing, reminders, templates, offline search, and support for Gmail labels. It comes with six built-in themes. The app offers mail rules and customizable keyboard shortcuts.

Mailspring is free and supports all IMAP providers, including Gmail, Office 365 and iCloud. You can swipe to triage mail, see Quicklook thumbnails for attachments, and reply to emails directly from the Notification Center. Mailspring’s email sync has been built from the ground up to use macOS features like App Nap, ensuring it keeps your mailbox up to date without draining your battery, according to the folks at Foundry376.

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Nov 13
Acclivity releases AccountEdge Pro 2018 for macOS, Windows

Acclivity has released AccountEdge Pro 2018, an upgrade of the small business accounting native desktop software for macOS and Windows.

“Since Intuit announced that QuickBooks for Mac will be discontinued, we’ve been more focused than ever on investing in our desktop accounting software,” says Scott Davisson, Acclivity’s co-founder. “Cloud computing is great, and we have AccountEdge Connect, our optional cloud-based add-on, but there are thousands of small businesses who still want the choice of using native desktop accounting software. AccountEdge 2018 is another big step in that direction.”

With AccountEdge 2018, detailed guides are available to help the transfer of key financial data and a $100 rebate is available for previous QuickBooks owners switching to AccountEdge Pro. Resources and more information are available online (accountedge.com/quickbooks-alternative/). Other new features in AccountEdge 2018:

° You can view all your job details in one window...

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Nov 13
Apple releases four new developer betas

Apple has released new developer betas of macOS 10.13.2, iOS 11.2, watchOS 4.2, and tvOS 11.2 Developers can download the betas through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the App Store.

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Nov 22
Smart home devices to be popular this holiday season

The holiday shopping report from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) shows millennials will lead the smart home and CE purchasing the holiday season, with 46% reporting high intentions to buy at least one device and 36% planning to give one as a gift.

The Internet of Things (IoT) research firm, which surveyed U.S. broadband households on their purchase intentions for this holiday season, found one-third of U.S. broadband households report a high intention to purchase a CE or smart home device this holiday season.

"Consumer marketing strategies and technology evangelism by Amazon and Google have created attention for smart home and connected CE devices, creating an opportunity for a big jump in these products this holiday season," said Elizabeth Parks, SVP, Parks Associates. "Fourteen percent of U.S. broadband households intend to purchase a smart video doorbell, potentially driving...

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Nov 22
Study: mobile-assisted worker increase sales

With the holiday shopping season in full-swing and Black Friday right around the corner, traditional brick-and-mortar retailers are hoping their in-store strategies will help attract a greater share of consumer spend.

For consumers – who expect frictionless and enjoyable shopping experiences – a knowledgeable and fully capable sales associate can be the difference between being delighted and leaving frustrated with no purchase. In fact, according to a new retail store associate survey by Tulip (www.tulip.com), a mobile application provider focused on empowering workers in retail stores, mobile-assist devices help workers increase sales and improve the overall customer experience.

While this may be the case, the survey also found that 61% of store associates are actually not armed with mobile devices and only 17% are interacting with customers and expanding the relationship beyond the four walls of the store. ...

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Nov 21
73% of Canadian organizations have moved to the cloud

According to a study by Scalar Decisions (www.scalar.ca), an information technology solutions provider, almost three quarters of Canadian organizations have migrated at least some of their IT delivery to the cloud. That's up from 59% in 2016.

Scalar's second annual Cloud Study shows Canadian organizations have moved past security concerns as a barrier to adoption, and are now focused on maximizing the return on their investment in cloud delivery. According to the study, highly publicized security breaches haven’t caused organizations to avoid adopting cloud-based delivery. While 35% of companies saw security as a factor in determining how much to use the cloud, 90% of respondents overcame those concerns to move forward with some level of cloud integration.

"The cloud has become not just a standard IT delivery model, but THE standard IT delivery model," says Rene Heroux, chief technology officer, Scalar...

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Nov 20
Gartner: intelligent automation will transform...

Intelligent automation will transform workplace outsourcing according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). Sourcing and vendor management leaders must prepare to restructure these services and renegotiate contracts to leverage intelligent automation, according to the research group.

Gartner defines intelligent automation services as the umbrella term for a variety of strategies, skills, tools and techniques that service providers are using to remove the need for labor, and increase the predictability and reliability of services while reducing the cost of delivery.

“Intelligent automation will alter the provision of managed workplace services over the next few years, increasing service quality at a lower price,” said DD Mishra, research director at Gartner. “Sourcing and vendor management leaders must prepare to restructure these services and renegotiate contracts to leverage intelligent automation. Automation...

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Nov 17
Amazon Echo, Google Home to reside in over 50% of U.S...

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that smart speakers such as Amazon Echo, Google Home, and the Sonos One will be installed in over 70 million US households by 2022, reaching 55% of all homes. Total installed devices will exceed 175 million.

Juniper forecasts that voice assistant devices across all platforms - smartphones, tablets, PCs, speakers, connected TVs, cars and wearables, will reach 870 million devices in the US by 2022, an increase of 95% over the 450 million estimated for 2017. The research group found that the ability to pass information between device platforms will become critical for digital assistants in future, due to many users engaging multiple assistants.

However, despite rising numbers of smart home assistants, Juniper forecasts that most voice assistant usage will be on smartphones, with over five billion in use globally by 2022....

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Nov 16
UMD market to be worth $267.37 billion by 2025

Ultra-mobile devices (UMD) are on the verge of becoming mainstream from being a niche product category, according to a new report from Transparency Market Research (www.transparencymarketresearch.com).

Their sales are soaring with companies banking on new product launches to entice the rising crop of tech savvy consumers, according to the research group. A prominent characteristic of the global ultra-mobile devices market is the presence of numerous suppliers for similar components which makes it easier for buyers to switch suppliers at low costs.

Transparency Market Research forecasts the global ultra-mobile devices market to rise at a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 6.1% during the period between 2017 and 2025 to become worth $267.37 billion by 2025. That’s up from $157.10 billion in 2016.

The different types of ultra-mobile devices purveyed in the market...

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Nov 15
What are consumers buying online? Everything

Adtaxi (www.adtaxi.com), a digital marketing agencies, has released the results of its inaugural “State of Ecommerce” in America survey, an in-depth look at ecommerce trends and consumer preferences nationwide. From small inexpensive household items to mega, high-priced purchases such as automobiles, the scope and willingness of consumers to make purchases online has proven to be powerfully pervasive.

The survey reveals just how often consumers are making purchases online, what they are purchasing and the method in which they are purchasing them. Highlights of the survey:

° A majority of consumers (55%) would be happy to purchase everything online.

° Convenience was the number one reason (50%) people shop online.

° Seventy-two percent of consumers purchase something online at least once a month.

° A third of consumers (32%) would purchase a car online.

° Three out of five (59%)...

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Nov 14
Digital content revenues to pass $200 billion next year

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that global consumer spend on digital content will reach $202 billion in 2018, up by 10% on this year’s total of $184 billion.

The research found that SVoD (Subscription Video on Demand) services will be a key driver of growth, with major OTT (Over The Top) players such as Netflix and Amazon committing budgets of more than $5 billion to original content over the coming year. Meanwhile, Apple and Facebook are each expected to invest at least $1 billion for the first time.

According to Juniper Research, 35% of UK households now subscribe to one or more SVoD services, a proportion which rises to 76% in the US. Furthermore, the research group says that the trend towards multiple subscriptions per household was increasing, leading to a greater opportunity for content aggregation and curation.

Meanwhile, there are...

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Nov 14
Public cloud services revenue growth remains strong

The worldwide public cloud services market grew 28.6% year over year in the first half of 2017 (1H17) with revenues totaling $63.2 billion, according to new results from the International Data Corporation (IDC) research group.

"Public cloud adoption is accelerating in large part as enterprises recognize that the cloud has become the launchpad for virtually every new IT innovation in the last 24 months – including AI, blockchain, quantum computing and more. Organizations not on the public cloud will be increasingly isolated from the world of tech innovation," said Frank Gens, senior vice president and chief analyst at IDC (www.idc.com).

While stronger than expected growth was seen across all regions, Asia/Pacific saw the highest regional growth at 38.9% and Asia/Pacific now represents 11.5% of all public cloud services revenues. A big part of this was driven by strong public cloud spending in China, which saw 55.6%...

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Nov 13
More than 40% of U.S. broadband households plan to buy...

New research from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) shows that 41% of U.S. broadband households plan to purchase a smart home product in the next 12 months, including 27% with high purchase intentions.

The most popular devices include smart smoke/CO detectors, thermostats, and lightbulbs. Additional Parks Associates research shows that:

° Sixty percent of U.S. broadband households with insurance are interested in a smart home product that can detect, notify, or prevent damage or loss from water or fire or theft.

° Approximately 75% of U.S. broadband households with insurance who are interested in smart products are willing to let the devices automatically communicate with insurance companies.

° More than one-third of consumers in the market for a smart home device would find a recommendation from an insurance company "very important."

° The security industry is...

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Wednesday November 22

10:54
Holiday Tech and Travel Tips – TMO Daily...

Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share tips for handling tech questions at holiday events, plus they have some travel apps to share, too.


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10:39
∞ Inside The Museum of Modern Art

I’m not a huge fan of modern art but I visited the MoMA every time I was in New York City. I love the “quietness” of these videos – there’s no narration or voiceover. Just the sounds of the city and the MoMA staff going about their jobs.

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09:53
Amazon’s Black Friday deals

As you would expect, Amazon has Black Friday deals on a ton of items. This page will help get you started.

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09:49
What Face ID means for accessibility

This is a great article by Steven Aquino on how Face ID stacks up in his uses on the iPhone X.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:45
Text of FCC 'Proposal to Restore Internet...




As promised, the U.S. Federal Communcations Commission has released the full text of the "Proposal to Restore Internet Freedom" which completely removes restrictions on throttling or prioritizing content, and explicitly allows paid prioritization of content.

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09:40
Apple scientists disclose self-driving car research

Research by Apple Inc computer scientists on how self-driving cars can better spot cyclists and pedestrians while using fewer sensors has been posted online, in what appears to be the company’s first publicly disclosed paper on autonomous vehicles.

So interesting that Apple would do this.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch Series 1 $179,...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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09:25
Apple Only Wants To Put Its Stores Where White...

Brian Josephs, writing for The Outline: New York's northernmost borough is the city's most diverse, has the lowest income per household, and is the only borough without an Apple Store after one opened up in Brooklyn's predominantly white neighborhood of Williamsburg last year. This trend holds true on a national scale. That means 251 of the 270 stores, or 93 percent, are located in majority-white ZIP codes. Of the 19 that are not located in majority-white ZIP codes, eight are in ZIP codes where whites are still the largest racial bloc. For context, Garden City, New York, a city with a population of around 22,000 that is 94 percent white, has an Apple Store. Lake Grove, New York, which has a population of around 11,000 and is 89 percent white, has an Apple Store. By comparison, nearly 1.5 million people live in the densely-packed Bronx, which is only 21 percent white. Bronx residents must travel either north to Ridge Hill or down to the Upper East Side to get to an Apple store....

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09:17
News: Apple rumored to be releasing second-...

After rumors about an updated iPhone SE went nowhere this year, China’s Economic Daily News is again claiming that there will be a second-generation version of the device coming, this time in the first half of 2018. The new assembly plant in Bangalore, India that helped Apple get its foot in the door in India is now rumored to be the likely site to produce the new model as well. While Apple skipped updating the iPhone SE in 2017, markets like…

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08:51
FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds: $20.36

Check out the FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds. They’re water and sweat resistant, and automatically pair to your phone when pulled apart so you don’t have to go through any setup. They fully charge in 90 minutes, and offer up to 10 hours of playback. You can get them for $23.95 through our deal, but coupon code BFRIDAY20 will get you another 20% off for a final price of $20.36.


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08:44
Apple Buys Virtual Reality Headset Designer Vrvana

Apple just bought Vrvana, a company that specializes in virtual reality and maker of the Totem VR headset.


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08:21
OtterBox releases official Star Wars iPhone case...

OtterBox today has released a new Star Wars collection for its Symmetry Series cases for iPhone. There are five different designs that are sure to please any Star Wars fan while protecting your iPhone 7/8 or 7/8 Plus.

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08:12
News: OtterBox reveals Star Wars-themed cases ahead...

OtterBox has released five Star Wars-themed versions of its Symmetry Series cases ahead of the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” The cases are available for the iPhone 7/8 ($45) and iPhone 7 Plus/8 Plus ($55), but not the iPhone X. The cases feature stylized versions of the Star Wars logo, a Storm Trooper, lovable robot BB-8, protagonist Rey and the ultimate villain Darth Vader and include the trademark OtterBox raised beveled edge…

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08:07
How to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade...




One of the traditions of Thanksgiving is to watch Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, which features a variety of floats and giant balloons floating through New York for the entertainment of everyone watching from the street. The 91st parade features 26 floats and 45 balloons, with new additions including Olaf from Frozen, characters from PAW Patrol, and Dr. Seuss' The Grinch.

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07:44
249 coding lessons for $10? Get The Complete iOS 11...

One of our most popular deals is back for the week of Black Friday, and if you would like to learn how to program apps for iOS 11 using Apple's Swift programming language, you're going to love it. Rob Percival's "The Complete iOS 11 & Swift Developer Course" is available for a limited time in the Apple World Today Deals Shop for just $10. 

That's even less expensive than our last deals on this course! Get through this set of 249 lessons and you're gaining a life skill that can get you a job or make you an indie developer. Here are the course modules:

  • Getting Started

  • Getting Started With Xcode 9 and...

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07:44
News: Freedom Mobile to begin offering iPhones on...

Freedom Mobile is set to begin offering new iPhones for the first time, MobileSyrup reports. Freedom will provide the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X at all of its retail locations across Canada, alongside other older models in its western stores. Network upgrades have hindered the roll out of the older devices in eastern Canada, with Freedom promising to support those by “early 2018.” All of the iPhones are available for no money…

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07:36
Fresh report supports launch of iPhone SE refresh...

We first heard talk of a new iPhone SE model back in August, and a new report today echoes this. Labelling it the iPhone SE 2, the Chinese report suggests that it will be exclusively manufactured by Wistron in India, though for worldwide sale …

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07:25
Apple's 'iPhone SE 2' rumored to ship...




Apple is reportedly planning to ship a second-generation iPhone SE in the first of half of next year, assembled by Wistron at facilities in Bangalore, India.

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07:24
News: Sega makes Sonic The Hedgehog 2 free to play...

In honor of Sonic The Hedgehog 2’s 25th anniversary, Sega has made the game free to download on iOS. The free version is ad-supported and gives users new features like leader boards, cloud saves, and controller support. For those who want an ad-free experience, they can pay $2 in the app itself to remove them....

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07:15
Winners of the 2017 Epson International Pano Awards

There’s approximately a million “photo contests/awards” nowadays and I avoid posting about most of them but these images are spectacular and I had to share.

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06:59
News: Apple acquires AR headset company Vrvana

As Apple reportedly plugs away at getting a wearable augmented reality device to market by 2020, the company has bought another startup that could prove useful in the development, TechCrunch reports. Apple has purchased Canadian AR headset startup Vrvana for around $30 million according to two sources familiar with the deal. Vrvana gained notoriety with its Totem headset — which combines both AR and VR technologies to create an “extended…

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06:56
∞ Big picture of the iPhone X projected IR dot...

Fascinating project from Oliver Thomas. He bought a high resolution camera that can capture infrared images. He set the camera up on a tripod and shot the IR dot pattern projected by the iPhone X. […]

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Wednesday November 22

08:37
Work on Apple's First Flagship Store in a Trendy Sh...

The talk of Apple seriously considering an Apple Store in South Korean was covered in our report posted in December last year. Then in early January of this year Apple confirmed that their first flagship store in South Korea was to open as early as the end of the year. The store's location will be in the hip Garosugil Shopping...

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07:14
Apple Research Paper Touts VoxelNet as being Superior to...

Apple has decided of late to expose more of their engineering side to the world for some reason after being secretive about all current work in progress on any project. Developer discussions were pretty much restricted to their World Wide Developer Conferences. Yet Apple has recently published a couple of Machine Learning Journal issues about Siri and face detection and we now learn the published a research paper touting VoxelNet over the well known LiDAR system for 3D detection of objects for autonomous vehicles and robots.

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05:48
iPhone SE 2 Again Rumored to Launch in First Half of 201...

Apple will release a second-generation iPhone SE in the first half of 2018, according to China's Economic Daily News.

The report claims the tentatively named iPhone SE 2 will be assembled exclusively by Taiwanese manufacturer Wistron at its factory in Bengaluru, India, where some assembly of the current iPhone SE occurs.

The rumored release date window lines up with an earlier report from Focus Taiwan claiming a new iPhone SE will ship in the first quarter of 2018, which encompasses January through March of next year.

Apple introduced the current iPhone SE at a media event on March 21, 2016, and the device launched later that month. Given the rumored launch dates...

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04:47
Apple Reportedly Acquired Montreal Based Vrvana, a Mixed...

It's being reported that Apple has acquired Montreal based Vrvana a mixed reality headset company that won the best in its category at CES 2017 for its Totem AR/VR headset. Vrvana's Totem headset offers custom lenses that provide a significantly wider field of view that makes it a hit with customers. Our report provides graphics and two videos about Vrvana's technology.

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03:01
Apple Shares Research into Self-Driving Car Software Tha...

Apple computer scientists working on autonomous vehicle technology have posted a research paper online describing how self-driving cars can spot cyclists and pedestrians using fewer sensors (via Reuters).

The paper by Yin Zhou and Oncel Tuzel was submitted to online independent journal arXiv on November 17, in what appears to be Apple's first publicly disclosed research on autonomous vehicle technology.

The paper is titled "End-to-End Learning for Point Cloud Based 3D Object Detection", and describes how new software developed by Apple scientists improves the ability of LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) systems to recognize objects including pedestrians and cyclists from a distance.

Self-driving cars typically use a combination of...

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Tuesday November 21

18:10
2018 iPhones to Feature Upgraded Antenna Design to Boost...

Apple's upcoming 2018 iPhones will feature upgraded liquid crystal polymer (LCP) antenna modules that will contribute to faster LTE transmission speeds, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said tonight in a note that was sent out to investors.

Kuo says new iPhone models will use at least two LCP LTE antenna modules, much like the iPhone X, but with improvements to support 4x4 MIMO standards.

Antenna design upgrade a key factor in anticipated boost to LTE transmission speed in new 2H18F iPhone models. As a LTE antenna FPCB material, LCP is superior to PI in properties related to high-frequency, thermal performance and moisture resistance. We predict 2H18 new iPhones will be equipped with two LCP LTE antenna modules same as iPhone X or more, but with higher specs to support 4x4 MIMO standards.Last week, Kuo said Apple is expected to use Intel XMM 7560 and...

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16:00
Apple Bought Augmented Reality Headset Company Vrvana

Apple recently purchased Vrvana, a company that developed an augmented reality headset called Totem, reports TechCrunch.

Two sources with knowledge of the deal confirmed the acquisition, but Apple declined to comment and did not provide its usual acquisition statement. TechCrunch says Apple did not deny the story, though, and several employees who were previously with Vrvana are now with Apple.

Apple is said to have paid $30 million for Vrvana, and the deal may have taken place this summer. Vrvana's website is still up and running, but social media accounts ceased updates in August.

Vrvana developed a sort of mixed reality headset called Totem, which was never released. It was designed to combine both augmented and virtual reality technologies in a single headset, merging full VR capabilities with pass-...

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14:42
Hackers Stole Data From 57 Million Uber Drivers and Cust...

Uber suffered a massive data breach last year that exposed the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers, reports Bloomberg. The attack occurred in October of 2016 and included personal information from 50 million Uber riders and 7 million Uber drivers.

Two hackers reportedly accessed a private GitHub repository used by Uber's software engineers and then used those credentials to breach an Amazon Web Services account that contained an archive of rider and driver information.

Email addresses and phone numbers were stolen from riders, while hackers were able to obtain email addresses, phone numbers, and driver's license numbers from drivers. Uber says social security numbers and trip location data were not accessed in the attack.

Rather than disclosing the attack when Uber learned of it in November of 2016, the company...

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12:04
Nearly Completed Apple Park Campus Shown Off in New Dron...

Work on Apple Park is nearing completion, and the latest drone video shared today by drone pilot Matthew Roberts shows off recent progress and finishing touches that are being put in place on buildings and outdoor areas.

Today's video features the now-completed Apple Park Visitor's Center, located across the street from the main ring-shaped building. The Visitor's Center, which boasts a huge carbon fiber roof and is made from the same materials that were used for the main building, opened last Friday.

The Visitor's Center features an indoor area with a replica of Apple Park that comes to life using an augmented reality app, a rooftop viewing deck that gives some obscured views of the main campus, a cafe that serves coffee, tea, and snacks, and an Apple Store that sells standard Apple products and some exclusive Apple Park gear like t-shirts, hats, tote bags, and postcards.

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11:53
Amazon's Echo Blindsided Apple and pushed their Aud...

Yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled "While Apple's First-Gen HomePod is set to arrive in 2018, Amazon may Advance Echo with added Pico Projector." Our report pointed news coming out of Taiwan that Amazon was rapidly advancing their Echo smart speaker with a pico projector for 2018. Today, a new report published by Bloomberg reveals that "Apple audio engineers had been working on an early version of the HomePod speaker for about two years in 2014 when they were blindsided by Amazon's Echo ...

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09:40
FCC Expected to Repeal Net Neutrality Rules in Vote Next...

FCC chairman Ajit Pai today announced that his controversial Restoring Internet Freedom order is headed to vote on December 14.

The order, proposed in May, would roll back the Barack Obama administration's classification of internet service providers as "common carriers" under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.

As common carriers, internet providers are required to act as neutral gateways to the internet. In other words, companies like Comcast are not allowed to speed up or slow down content passing through their networks.

If the order passes, ISPs will be reclassified as "information service" providers, as they were between February 1996 and February 2015.For almost twenty years, the Internet thrived under the light-touch regulatory approach established by President Clinton and a Republican Congress. This...

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08:55
Apple wins a Patent for an iPhone Display that supports...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In our third granted patent report of the day we focus on a single. Apple's granted patent is unique in that it envisions a future iPhone or iPad with a flexible OLED display that integrates speaker grill to form an almost invisible speaker. A second twist to this invention is that it describes what could be a hybrid iPhone display that allows for an upper portion of the display to act as a clear see-through augmented reality window.

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07:34
Apple's Early Version of HomePod Stood Three Feet T...

While the HomePod was only unveiled five months ago, a team of Apple audio engineers developed several speaker prototypes as a side project over the past five years or so, according to Bloomberg.

HomePod was originally a side project cooked up about five years ago by a group of Mac audio engineers, who wanted to create a speaker that sounded better than the ones sold by the likes of Bose, JBL, and Harman Kardon. Side projects aren't uncommon at Apple, where employees are encouraged to follow their muse so long as their day jobs come first.The report claims one of the prototypes stood three feet tall, roughly five times as tall as the current HomePod, and was equipped with dozens of speakers. Another supposedly looked like a flat panel with a mesh screen on the front.

The side project was reportedly canceled and revived several times. It...

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06:26
Apple Granted 44 Patents Today Covering the Face ID Dot...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover two specific patents. The first covers yet another of Apple's dot projector patents that relates to the new iPhone X Face ID feature. The second patent covers yet another AirPods patent, this time relating to the inductive charging case. Apple was also granted an iPhone design patent for ...

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05:03
Apple Taking Action After Students Worked Overtime to As...

Apple and its manufacturing partner Foxconn have confirmed instances of students working overtime to assemble the iPhone X, and both companies are now taking remedial action, as reported by the Financial Times.

A technician inspecting iPhone components at a factory

Apple conducted an audit and confirmed "instances of student interns working overtime at a supplier facility in China," according to the report. "We've confirmed the students worked voluntarily, were compensated and provided benefits, but they should not have been allowed to work overtime," it added.

Foxconn said that "all work was voluntary and compensated appropriately," but admitted that the interns "did work overtime in violation of our policy," which reportedly prohibits interns working more than 40 hours per week.

The statements from Apple and Foxconn come after six high school students...

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04:57
Foxconn Plant used Student Labor for iPhone X Assembly w...

A new report today claims that Apple’s main supplier Foxconn has been employing students illegally working overtime to assemble the iPhone X, as it struggles to catch up with demand after production delays. Six high school students have come forward to say that they routinely work 11-hour days assembling the iPhone X at a factory in Zhengzhou, China, which constitutes illegal overtime for student interns under Chinese law.

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04:31
Google's Secretive Next-Gen OS called 'Fuchsia...

A report on an Android blog today notes that "Google's in-development operating system, named 'Fuchsia,' first appeared over a year ago. It's quite different from Android and Chrome OS, as it runs on top of the real-time 'Zircon' kernel instead of Linux. The new OS will reportedly support Apple's Swift programming language.

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03:58
iMac Pro Could Include Mobile Connectivity for 'Alw...

A new blog post over at Pike's Universum, a site known for digging deeper into Mac firmware files, claims to have found data relating to some form of mobile connectivity in the upcoming iMac Pro that could be used for "advanced theft protection" similar to Apple's Find my iPhone service.

Even the cheapest iMac Pro costs $4999 and is thus far more expensive than any other iMac model that is now available, let alone the top of the line one with a price tag north of $15K, and it is so easy to walk away with a 27-inch computer, and that may be why Apple is going to introduce a new kind of “Find my iMac Pro” type of theft protection. One that phones home to report the exact GPS location. And there’s no way of switching it off…The post goes on to suggest that the data could alternatively relate to a new feature in the iMac Pro that uses a SIM card to make phone calls. "Or perhaps the...

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03:55
Apple wins one of their First Augmented Reality Patents...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's newly granted patent that relates to the Augmented Reality (AR) field. More particularly, the present invention relates to a method and system for compositing an AR scene from AR content which is embedded within an image.

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Monday November 20

16:27
Samsung won't be able to Copy Apple's 3D Face...

A new Korean rumor report surfacing today revealed some of the specifications coming to their Galaxy S9 launching in Q1 2018 and the publication thought that they were rather boring. To start with, the S9 won't be able to match Apple's Face ID that fans were hoping for ...

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Sunday November 19

16:05
Episode 59 of the MacAdmins Podcast: Personalizing...

Thursday November 16

13:10
My Presentation from MacTech 2017
13:00
Update Your watchOS Apps

Enable your watchOS apps to connect anywhere and anytime, even without a phone nearby, by updating for watchOS 4 and Apple Watch Series 3. Take advantage of increased performance, new background modes for navigation and audio recording, built-in altimeter capabilities, direct connections to accessories with Core Bluetooth, and more. In addition, the size limit of a watchOS app bundle has increased from 50 MB to 75 MB.

Please note that starting April 1, 2018, updates to watchOS 1 apps will no longer be accepted. Updates must be native apps built with the watchOS 2 SDK or later. New watchOS apps should be built with the watchOS 4 SDK or later.

Learn about developing for watchOS 4.

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13:00
Update Your watchOS Apps

Enable your watchOS apps to connect anywhere and anytime, even without a phone nearby, by updating for watchOS 4 and Apple Watch Series 3. Take advantage of increased performance, new background modes for navigation and audio recording, built-in altimeter capabilities, direct connections to accessories with Core Bluetooth, and more. In addition, the size limit of a watchOS app bundle has increased from 50 MB to 75 MB.

Please note that starting April 1, 2018, updates to watchOS 1 apps will no longer be accepted. Updates must be native apps built with the watchOS 2 SDK or later. New watchOS apps should be built with the watchOS 4 SDK or later.

Learn about developing for watchOS 4.

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08:00
Microsoft 365 helps businesses increase trust and...

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

The evolution of technology and cloud innovation are democratizing data and in turn fueling digital transformation. Embracing every facet of this digital transformation offers organizations an opportunity to better engage with customers, empower employees, and optimize the creation and delivery of products and services. However, with the increased use of personal data to customize user experiences, new compliance laws—such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)—are a logical policy component of our technology landscape. Microsoft 365 offers a complete cloud solution to help you with GDPR compliance, while Compliance Manager helps you assess and manage your compliance risk.

Compliance promotes innovation by building customer trust in technology

At its core, the GDPR strengthens personal privacy rights for individuals in the EU and requires organizations to...

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Wednesday November 15

12:54
About the security content of iOS 11.1.2

This document describes the security content of iOS 11.1.2.

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Tuesday November 14

11:00
TA17-318B: HIDDEN COBRA – North Korean Trojan:...

Original release date: November 14, 2017
Systems Affected

Network systems

Overview

This joint Technical Alert (TA) is the result of analytic efforts between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Working with U.S. government partners, DHS and FBI identified Internet Protocol (IP) addresses and other indicators of compromise (IOCs) associated with a Trojan malware variant used by the North Korean government—commonly known as Volgmer. The U.S. Government refers to malicious cyber activity by the North Korean government as HIDDEN COBRA. For more information on HIDDEN COBRA activity, visit https://www.us-cert.gov/hiddencobra.

FBI has high confidence that HIDDEN COBRA actors are using the IP addresses—listed in this report’s IOC files—to maintain a presence on victims’ networks and to further network exploitation. DHS and FBI are distributing these IP...

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10:09
TA17-318A: HIDDEN COBRA – North Korean Remote...

Original release date: November 14, 2017
Systems Affected

Network systems

Overview

This joint Technical Alert (TA) is the result of analytic efforts between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Working with U.S. government partners, DHS and FBI identified Internet Protocol (IP) addresses and other indicators of compromise (IOCs) associated with a remote administration tool (RAT) used by the North Korean government—commonly known as FALLCHILL. The U.S. Government refers to malicious cyber activity by the North Korean government as HIDDEN COBRA. For more information on HIDDEN COBRA activity, visit https://www.us-cert.gov/hiddencobra.

FBI has high confidence that HIDDEN COBRA actors are using the IP addresses—listed in this report’s IOC files—to maintain a presence on victims’ networks and to further network exploitation. DHS and FBI are...

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Monday November 13

19:22
The Apple Toolchain

A brief list of common tools used to manage Apple devices. Do you use something that isn’t on this list? Comment it and I’ll try and add it! In order to remain vendor agnostic I am trying to list solutions in alphabetical order by category. 
Backup

  • Archiware
  • Acronis
  • Backblaze
  • Carbon Copy Cloner
  • Crashplan
  • Datto
  • Druva

Collaboration Suites and File Sharing

  • Atlassian
  • Box
  • Dropbox
  • Egnyte
  • G Suite
  • Kerio Connect
  • macOS Server
  • Netatalk
  • Office 365
  • Promise
  • Synology
  • Xsan

Directory Services and Authentication Tools

  • Apple Enterprise Connect
  • AdmitMac
  • Centrify
  • Duo Mobile
  • JumpCloud
  • LDAP
  • Microsoft Active Directory
  • NoLo
  • NoMAD
  • NoMAD Pro
  • Okta
  • OneLogin

Imaging and...

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15:50
Websites on iPhone X

Your websites will automatically display properly on the Super Retina screen on iPhone X, as Safari automatically insets your content within the safe area so it’s clear of the rounded corners and sensor housing. If your website is designed with full-width horizontal navigation, you can choose to take full advantage of the edge-to-edge display by using a new WebKit API introduced in iOS 11.2. Start testing your website today with the iPhone X simulator, included with Xcode 9.2 beta.

Learn more about designing websites for iPhone X.

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15:50
Websites on iPhone X

Your websites will automatically display properly on the Super Retina screen on iPhone X, as Safari automatically insets your content within the safe area so it’s clear of the rounded corners and sensor housing. If your website is designed with full-width horizontal navigation, you can choose to take full advantage of the edge-to-edge display by using a new WebKit API introduced in iOS 11.2. Start testing your website today with the iPhone X simulator, included with Xcode 9.2 beta.

Learn more about designing websites for iPhone X.

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09:00
Henkel advances digital transformation journey with...

Today’s post about Office 365 was written by Markus Petrak, corporate director at Henkel.

Henkel is looking at more than 140 years of company success—founded in 1876, our brands such as Schwarzkopf, Persil, and Loctite are well known among customers globally. As our environment evolves from a mere brick-and-mortar business to one where we see new sales records in e-commerce for beauty care products in a single day, it’s clear that as a company we must adapt to ongoing change. Today, digitalization is a major driver that is transforming our organization, capturing the ingenuity and dedication of more than 50,000 employees around the world. And of course, digital transformation is unthinkable without the constant development of our IT landscape. Three years ago, Henkel...

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Thursday November 9

08:12
About the security content of iOS 11.1.1

This document describes the security content of iOS 11.1.1.

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Wednesday November 8

10:00
Sutter Health moves to Office 365 to help strengthen...

Today’s post was written by Wes Wright, corporate CTO for Sutter Health.

In our industry, the less time our employees spend interfacing with technology, the more time they’re able to spend with patients. That’s why my role as the corporate chief technology officer at Sutter Health revolves around one goal: provide nearly 52,000 employees with software that maximizes the amount of time they devote to patient and family care. For a not-for-profit health system as large and diverse as Sutter Health—with 24 acute care hospitals and care centers serving more than 100 communities in California—achieving this goal starts with standardizing IT on a leading-edge communication and collaboration platform. We invested in technology that was intuitive and deeply...

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09:00
Bringing AI to job seekers with Resume Assistant in...

Today’s post was written by Bryan Goode, general manager for Office 365.

Today, at LinkedIn’s headquarters in San Francisco, we announced Resume Assistant, a new feature in Microsoft Word to help Office 365 subscribers craft compelling resumes with personalized insights powered by LinkedIn. With over 80 percent of resumes updated in Word, Resume Assistant helps job seekers showcase accomplishments, be more easily discovered by recruiters, and find their ideal job.

The workplace is changing, impacting not only how people work, but also the frequency with which they change roles, introducing new challenges for job seekers. Nearly 70 percent of people say they have difficulty portraying their work experience effectively, and 50 percent struggle to tailor their resume to a specific job opportunity. Furthermore...

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Friday November 3

15:45
New App Store Marketing Guidelines and Resources

You can now download App Store badges with updated fonts and options, as well as images of iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Apple Watch Series 3, and Apple TV 4K to use in marketing materials for your apps on the App Store. Marketing guidance has also been updated. Visit the App Store Marketing Guidelines.

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15:45
New App Store Marketing Guidelines and Resources

You can now download App Store badges with updated fonts and options, as well as images of iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Apple Watch Series 3, and Apple TV 4K to use in marketing materials for your apps on the App Store. Marketing guidance has also been updated. Visit the App Store Marketing Guidelines.

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Thursday November 2

07:30
Check the EFI Version of a Mac

I’d written an efi version checker. But the lovely Andrew Seago texted me one that’s better than mine. So I present it here:

current_efi_version=`/usr/libexec/efiupdater | grep "Raw" | cut -d ':' -f2 | sed 's/ //'`
echo "current_efi_version $current_efi_version"
latest_efi_version=`ls -La /usr/libexec/firmwarecheckers/eficheck/EFIAllowListShipping.bundle/allowlists/ | grep "$current_efi_version"`
echo "latest_efi_version $latest_efi_version"
if [ "$latest_efi_version" == "" ]; then
echo "EFI FAILED"
exit 1
else
echo "EFI PASSED"
exit 0
fi

The post Check the EFI Version of a Mac appeared first on krypted.com.

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Tuesday October 31

20:00
Grow your small business with business apps from...

Today, we announced that Microsoft Connections, Microsoft Listings, Microsoft Invoicing, and the Office 365 Business center are now generally available as part of Microsoft 365 Business and Office 365 Business Premium. The new apps are rolling out to customers in the U.S., U.K., and Canada.

These apps—together with Microsoft Bookings, Outlook Customer Manager, and MileIQ—bring you seven new ways to manage your customer relationships and build your business. We’re also announcing new intelligence features for MileIQ that automatically classify drives as business or personal on your behalf.

Let’s take a closer look at how the apps can help you grow your business by acquiring new customers and nurturing existing ones, and help you run your business with simple ways to invoice, schedule appointments, and track...

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20:00
Empower your team and safeguard your business with...

Today we’re announcing general availability of new solutions purpose-built for small and medium-sized businesses with up to 300 employees. Available worldwide today, Microsoft 365 Business includes the Office 365 suite of productivity and collaboration tools, as well as device management and security tools to safeguard company information across Windows 10 PCs, mobile devices, and apps. It is an integrated solution designed to simplify IT for small and medium-sized businesses.

We’re also announcing general availability of three new business apps—Microsoft Connections, Microsoft Listings, and Microsoft Invoicing—which join Microsoft Bookings, Outlook Customer Manager, and MileIQ to create a suite of capabilities to help small businesses grow...

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10:04
About the security content of iCloud for Windows 7.1

This document describes the security content of iCloud for Windows 7.1.

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09:45
About the security content of iTunes 12.7.1 for...

This document describes the security content of iTunes 12.7.1 for Windows.

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*Apple* Professional Learning Specialist - A...
# Apple Professional Learning Specialist Job Number: 112953711 Houston, Texas, United States Posted: 07-Sep-2017 Weekly Hours: 40.00 **Job Summary** The Apple Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
Product Manager - *Apple* Pay on the *Appl...
Job Summary Apple is looking for a talented product manager to drive the expansion of Apple Pay on the Apple Online Store. This position includes a unique Read more
*Apple* Pro/Consumer Apps Support Engineer -...
…exemplify AppleCare's expert technical support paired with exceptional customer service for Apple 's software apps. This person is a problem solver, who understands Read more
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