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Adobe announces new mobile apps, desktop tools

At Adobe MAX 2015, Adobe has outlined its vision for Creative Cloud -- a "connected creative canvas" where people create and share their work from anywhere.

Adding to Creative Cloud momentum, the company today shipped two new mobile apps, Photoshop Fix and Capture CC, enabling quick retouching and asset capture on the go and announced new Touch capabilities across Creative Cloud desktop applications including Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC and Premiere Pro CC. Adobe is also highlighting its patented CreativeSync technology, which powers connections between desktop and mobile apps and the assets creatives use every day. In addition, video content is coming soon to Adobe Stock, the company’s royalty-free collection of high-quality photos, illustrations and graphics.

"Creative Cloud has become the de facto platform for all creatives, providing the tools and services to fulfill every creative need. With this latest release, we’re giving our creative customers the freedom...

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Dialog Semiconductor announces Bluetooth support for Apple HomeKit

Dialog Semiconductor, a provider of integrated power management, AC/DC power conversion, solid state lighting (SSL) and Bluetooth Smart technology, has announced a Bluetooth Smart development kit, with full support for Apple HomeKit, to accelerate development of smart home accessories.

In a recent report on the connected home, BI Intelligence predicts that the smart home market will grow at an annual rate of 67% between now and 2019, resulting in 1.8 billion accessories being shipped in that year.

"HomeKit is unifying smart home accessories with a common set of controls, user interface elements and end-to-end encryption which is an important step for the home automation market," says Sean McGrath, senior vice president and general manager, Connectivity, Automotive & Industrial Business Group at Dialog. "
Dialog's Bluetooth Smart development kit, based on its SmartBond(TM) DA14580 System-on-Chip (SoC), will help create accessories with the fastest response...

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MediaTek announces two software development kits for Apple HomeKit

MediaTek (www.mediatek.com), a fabless semiconductor company, has released two software development kits (SDKs) that support Apple HomeKit. Apple HomeKit is a framework built into iOS that enables secure home control from iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple Watch and lets home accessories work together in smart ways.

"By adding HomeKit support, MediaTek takes another step in our mission to connect the world's next billion people," says SR Tsai, general manager of MediaTek's Wireless Connectivity and Networking Business Unit. "Customers have been looking for innovative, simple and secure technologies that power their home and our new SDKs with HomeKit support delivers that to them."<

MediaTek's new SDKs support two SoCs, the MT7688 and MT7687. The MT7688, for smart appliances runs on Linux and powers higher performance, more complex use cases, such as wireless speakers and webcams. The MT7687 is a low-...

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RE:Vision Effects releases DE:Flicker with GPU support for Premiere Pr

RE:Vision Effects has released DE:Flicker for the OpenFX plug-in hosts Nuke, Vegas Pro, Fusion, HitFilm, Scratch, Natron and Nucoda. And it continues to be available for After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X and Motion, which requires a separate license.

DE:Flicker is designed to smooth out flicker and artifacts when shooting high frame rate or timelapse video. It not only fixes flicker from artificial light sources but also fixes flicker on multiple objects, even when those objects flicker at different rates. DE:Flicker also minimizes problems when shooting directly at light sources, causing them to "breathe" and change size when shot at higher frame rates.

DE:Flicker will also help transform your timelapse photography so that viewers watch the footage you intended them to watch and not the pops that often accompany timelapse photography. It handles the common problems of color shifts, exposure and other camera setting and lighting inconsistencies that may...

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Oct 02
Exploit discovered that can get around the Mac's malware gatekeeper

A security researcher has uncovered an exploit that can get around the Mac’s malware gatekeeper. The malware uses a binary file already trusted by Apple to get around the gatekeeper and can then execute malicious files including password loggers, apps that capture audio and video or botnet software, according to Ken Westin, security analyst for Tripwire, a software company that develops, markets and sells information technology solutions that provide security and compliance automation.

"To mitigate the potential damage from the continual barrage of endpoint vulnerabilities organizations need rigorous security analytics," he says. "The only way to detect anomalous behavior that can indicate a system has been compromised is through the correlation of endpoint and network activity.”
To mitigate the potential damage from the continual barrage of endpoint vulnerabilities organizations need rigorous security analytics, Westin adds. The only way to detect anomalous...

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Oct 02
ATTO Technology announces support for OS X El Capitan

ATTO Technology has announced driver support for El Capitan, the latest update to Mac OS X. Customers can download the new drivers immediately.

The announcement of El Capitan support follows ATTO’s release of Xtend SAN 4.0. ATTO’s Mac OS X iSCSI initiator has been the market standard for OS X for over 10 years. Optimized for OS X 10.11, Xtend SAN 4.0 represents a major overhaul and includes a refreshed graphical user interface and other enhancements to ensure optimal performance of block-based iSCSI transfers in OS X environments. Products included in ATTO’s portfolio of Mac OS X 10.11 supported solutions:

° Celerity 16 and 8Gb Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) with MultiPath Director;

° ExpressSAS 6Gb SAS/SATA HBAs and 6Gb RAID Adapters;

° Thunderbolt technology enabled ThunderLink and ThunderStream Desklink Devices;

° FastFrame 10GbE Network Interface Cards (NICs);

° Software including ATTO ConfigTool, CLI Tools, Xtend SAN iSCSI...

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Oct 02
Noteboom Productions introduces Tutor for Mac OS X El Capitan

Noteboom Productions has introduced Tutor for Mac OS X El Capitan, their latest video tutorial for the Mac.

Tutor for Mac OS X El Capitan consists of 75 video lessons designed to give users a better understanding of how to effectively use Apple's latest operating system for the Mac. It also includes lessons on setting up OS X default behaviors through System Preferences, installing and uninstalling apps, working with documents, and what's new in El Capitan applications.

Tutor for Mac OS X El Capitan is included in membership to NoteboomTutorials online (www.noteboomtutorials.com). Membership is available for US$8 a month, $19 a quarter, and $59 a year.

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Oct 02
'Beginner’s Guide to Content Automation' available

Quark has published "The Beginner’s Guide to Content Automation,"(http://tinyurl.com/qfsxley) a free eBook for professionals focused on solving challenges related to the creation, management, publishing, and delivery of multi-channel content. Topics covered in the book include:

° Understand the difference between traditional content workflows and content automation;

° Discover the benefits that enterprise content automation brings to organizations;

° Assess whether content automation can help your business or organization
Content automation is best deployed for business-critical content that has one or more of the following characteristics:

° A high volume of similar documents;

° A high volume of revisions;

° Frequently repeated creation processes;

° Government-regulated or corporate-regulated documents;

° A high possibility of reusing content...

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Oct 02
BatchOutput PDF now supports custom paper sizes

Zevrix Solutions has released BatchOutput PDF 2.2.16, a feature update to its solution to automate PDF printing with watched hot folders on OS X.

With BatchOutput PDF, users only need to drop PDFs into hot folders and the files will be printed automatically using the assigned output preset, saving users the time and effort of printing the files manually. Version 2.2.16 supports custom paper sizes defined in system's Page Setup dialog and addresses some performance and stability issues.

BatchOutput PDF can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$24.95 (there's a server version for $99.95), as well as from authorized resellers and Mac Apple Store. The 2.2.16 update is free for licensed users of version 2. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput PDF requires Mac OS X 10.5-10.11 (some features require Mac OS X 10.7 or later).

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Oct 02
The latest iOS apps for Oct. 2

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch.

Zuhanden has announced Gravity Jack. It's an US$0.99 run and jump game.

Microids has released My Farm. It's an US$2.99 game in which players must manage their virtual farm.

Ateam has introduced Big Bang Galaxy. The free game tasks players with leading a military campaign in outer space.

Full Fat has launched Flick Quarterback. In the free game, you're the quarterback. Pass to receivers, dodge blitzing defenders, score touchdowns and throw amazing trick shots. Earn free boosts, cheerleaders, player upgrades, fireworks and even new game modes.

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Oct 01
James Bell joins Apple’s Board of Directors

Apple has announced that James A. Bell, former chief financial officer and corporate president of The Boeing Company, has been elected to Apple’s board of directors.

Bell brings more than four decades of experience in finance, strategic planning and leadership in complex organizations. During his 38-year career at Boeing, he also oversaw Boeing Capital Corporation and Boeing Shared Services, and was interim CEO of The Boeing Company in 2005.

"James brings a wealth of global, financial and industrial experience from his successful career at Boeing as corporate president and CFO," says Apple CEO Tim Cook. "I am thrilled to welcome him to Apple’s board of directors and I look forward to working with him."

Bell is a member of the board of directors of JP Morgan Chase, Dow Chemical Company, CDW, and a Trustee of Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center. He has also worked with New Leaders for New Schools to help develop talented teachers and principals, and served...

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Oct 01
ChronoSync updated with El Capitan support

Econ Technologies (www.econtechnologies.com) has updated ChronoSync to version 4.6.4 with fixes related to OS X El Capitan.

ChronoSync is a Mac backup, bootable backup, and folder synchronizing app. It works with any device you can connect to a Mac, such as external drives, thumb drives, network volumes, remote Macs, or even a PC. Additionally the 4.6.4 update — free to registered users — includes fixes to problems with establishing IPv6 network connections. Whether it's a minor or major update all existing users update for free.

For new users ChronoSync costs US$49.99. A demo is available for download.

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Oct 01
The latest iOS apps for Oct. 1

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch.

Red Camel Studios has announced 4 or More. While progressing through the game, players will be introduced to a variety of game modes. Play at your own pace, race against time, melt ice blocks, and sink anchors. 4 or More is free, but does offer in-app purchases.

Day2Life has released JUNE. It's a free mobile planner app shows your whole agenda on the small screen of your smartphone. JUNE lets you drag and drop schedules with a swipe of your finger.

Note-Ify Apps has introduced EasyDocScan. It's an US$2.99 (for a limited time) app for quick scanning and recognition of short texts, documents or checks without complicated settings or long-term training.

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Oct 01
SyncMate 6.1 supports sync with Outlook and Office 365 accounts

Eltima Software has releasedSyncMate 6.1 for Mac OS X. It's an upgrade of the tool for syncing Mac data with iOS and Android devices, other Macs, MTPs, as well as with online storage accounts such as Google, Dropbox, iCloud and Outlook.

SyncMate offers Mac users to sync Calendar entries, Contacts, any folders and files, iTunes and Photos.app libraries, and do it all automatically in the background. The newest version of this universal syncing tool offers expanded functionality and customizable settings.

SyncMate 6.1 brings in the long-awaited sync with Microsoft solutions. They include Live Outlook, Office 365 Home and Business accounts. From now on SyncMate enables users to sync much more than just personal data. The app supports OneDrive integration, the content of your iTunes and iPhoto libraries can now be transferred to 1 TB cloud storage space. Users can sync folders and files and mount OneDrive as another Mac disk.

SyncMate 6.1 boasts a number of other...

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Oct 01
Twocanoes releases Winclone 5.4 with El Capitan compatibility

Twocanoes Softwarehas released Winclone 5.4 with support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

Winclone is a solution for cloning Windows on a Mac Boot Camp partition. It clones Windows for backup or migration to a new Mac. Winclone 5 is available in Basic, Standard and Pro editions.

Winclone System 5.4 requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It's a free upgrade for current Winclone 5 customers and customers with active Maintenance Contracts. Contact Twocanoes (www.twocanoes.com) for pricing on Winclone and support and maintenance options.

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Oct 01
'MacVoices' looks at taking control of Apple Mail

On the new MacVoices TV, host Chuck Joiner talks with author Joe Kissell about his book, "Take Control of Apple Mail."

He covers Mail in both iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan. While there haven’t been major changes to either, there are enough small changes that you will want to get Kissell's advice on how they make devices more powerful and your life easier. From El Capitan’s new activity window to automating your email to customizing the applications to your specifications, his hours of research pay off in this comprehensive guide to Mail on both platforms.

You can watch the video here (http://tinyurl.com/qgrn2du). Joiner is the producer and host of MacVoices, part of The MacVoices Group.

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Sep 30
Prosoft releases Data Rescue ONE All-In-ONE Recovery Solution

Prosoft Engineering has released Data Rescue ONE for Mac OS X (10.7.5 or higher), which combines software, hardware and services into one product.

Data Rescue ONE is a self-contained computer hard drive recovery solution. Designed to be easy to use, it doesn’t require any special technical expertise, nor do you need to download or install software, says Prosoft CEO Greg Brewer. Data Rescue ONE can recover your photos, music, emails, videos and important documents in just one click.
Data Rescue ONE is available to purchase directly from www.prosofteng.com in four sizes, including a professional version. Pricing starts at US$59.

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Sep 30
Mail Designer Pro 2.5 optimized for OS X El Capitan

Equinux has revved Mail Designer Pro for Mac OS X to version 2.5. It's compatible with OS X El Capitan. The upgrade also sports a new sidebar that offers quick access to content and formatting controls.

The new paragraph style feature in Mail Designer Pro 2.5 gives you an instant control over the look and feel of your entire mail document. You can make adjustments to a style and instantly preview the changes across your entire design . You'll even be able to see what it'll look like on an iPhone or iPad. What's more, version 2.5 is packed with artwork and tools for building email newsletters.

Existing Mail Designer Pro users get the new features and can update to 2.5 free-of-charge now on the Mac App Store and at the equinux website (http://tinyurl.com/o9kljsg). Mail Designer Pro 2.5 is available for US$49.99 for a limited time. Normally, it's $89.99.

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Sep 30
Bare Bones Software releases TextWrangler 5.0 for El Capitan

Bare Bones Software has released TextWrangler 5.0, an upgrade to its general purpose text editor for Mac OS X. It's built on a new, modernized foundation and compatible with OS X El Capitan.

TextWrangler 5.0 also introduces newly overhauled systems for Find Differences and syntax coloring. In addition, the upgrade introduces new built-in support for EditorConfig and adds dozens of other enhancements and new features.

"With this new release, TextWrangler gains the latest advancements and extensive modernization that we did for BBEdit 11," says Rich Siegel, founder and CEO of Bare Bones Software, Inc. "This new foundation supports Mac OS X back to Mountain Lion while being compatible with the newly released El Capitan, sets the stage for ongoing development, and enhances TextWrangler's usability and power in ways that our customers can appreciate right now."

TextWrangler 5.0 requires Mac OS X 10.8.5 or later. You can download TextWrangler 5.0 free of charge from...

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Sep 30
Commander One 1.1 supports OS X El Capitan

Eltima has revved Commander One, their first product developed entirely in Swift, to version 1.1.

The tool is a dual pane file manger. Commander One 1.1 is fully compatible with El Capitan, the latest major upgrade to OS X.

Commander 1.1 requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later. The free edition of the app is available for download from Eltima Software (www.eltima.com). The Pro Pack is now available in a demo version; registration is US$29.95.

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Oct 05
Majority of gamers lack confidence in developers...

PlayFab (www.playfab.com), a backend service to build, launch and grow live games, has announced findings from its recent survey on cybersecurity concerns and awareness among gamers.

The findings, which include responses from 500 participants that play video games more than four hours per week, revealed that 83 percent of respondents believe game developers should be responsible for securing players' personal data, however fewer than 40 percent said they feel confident in current safeguards.
What's more, while 86 percent of participants expressed concern with protecting personal data on the Internet, data security ranked as one of the lowest priorities when making game purchases for nearly half of all respondents, indicating a disparity between beliefs and actions.

Despite the steady succession of high-profile data breaches over the last year, many businesses and consumers are still not taking...

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Oct 02
Remote device controls feature highly in consumer...

Consumers are looking to their mobile devices to do more and more of what their home PCs or laptops do; this in turn has led to similar security concerns on their mobile devices.

A new report from the Media and Services UX (MSX) group at Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) has found that consumers are increasingly turning to mobile security app services to not only protect their phones and make them feel safer when using them, but also to help recover them and protect their data if their phones are ever lost or stolen. 
Services that come pre-installed on mobile phones become the low-hanging fruit for users – especially those who are unaware that they exist, according to the research group This creates tremendous opportunity for both mobile operators and device OEMs [original equipment manufacturers]alike, providing users with an immediate security service that comes on their...

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Oct 01
The Northern Spy: Back Up To The Old Tricks

By Rick Sutcliffe

Much has happened worth commenting upon in the months that this space has been devoted to explicating some of the features of Modula-2 R10 that make it safe, reliable, and extensible as a problem solving tool. For one thing, a few errors were noted in the June article. R10 uses NOT, but ~ is not a synonym, [DESCENDING] was removed for FOR loops and replaced by FOR selector--, and two escape sequences for strings were omitted due to a misunderstanding. Fixed.

Meanwhile, amidst a new Federal election and accompanying rhetoric, Apple released the iPhone 6s and 6s+ to great anticipation, and wicked-fast sales amounting to thirteen million units in the first weekend. The Spy suspects many of these users are either upgrading old iPhones (pre-6) or switching from other platforms they have come to realize are inconsistent or inadequate for their needs.

Oh, there are some fair enough phones for the budget conscious without extensive...

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Sep 30
Patent options expand with mobile healthcare apps

The number of mobile health applications available to consumers now surpasses 165,000, as developers incorporate innovative data collection features linked to sensors and wearables, according to a new report released today by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.

While most available apps focus on overall wellness, healthcare systems and professionals are expressing greater interest and excitement in broader app use as barriers to mainstream adoption of mHealth are removed—especially in the area of chronic disease management.

The IMS Institute study (http://tinyurl.com/oqzeo8n) found that one in 10 apps now has the capability to connect to a device or sensor, providing biofeedback and physiological function data from the patient and greatly extending the accuracy and convenience of data collection. Nearly a quarter of consumer apps are now focused on disease and treatment management,...

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Sep 29
Gartner: more than 75 percent of companies investing...

Investment in big data continues to increase in 2015, but not as rapidly as in previous years. More than three-quarters of companies are investing or planning to invest in big data in the next two years, a three percent increase over 2014, according to a recent survey of IT and business leaders by Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).

The survey, which was conducted among 437 Gartner Research Circle Members in June 2015, included global organizations across all industries, both Gartner clients and non-clients.

"This year begins the shift of big data away from a topic unto itself, and toward standard practices," says Nick Heudecker, research director at Gartner. "The topics that formerly defined big data, such as massive data volumes, disparate data sources and new technologies are becoming familiar as big data solutions become mainstream. For example, among companies that have invested in big data technology, 70...

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Sep 28
The web is turning its back on Flash

During his lifetime, Steve Jobs, Apple’s co-founder and former CEO, was known to be one of the most opinionated figures in the tech world. And while he certainly wasn’t right about everything, there’s one thing he got right years before many others: his famous rejection of Flash.

Five years after Jobs published an open letter defending his company’s decision to leave Flash off its mobile devices and slamming Flash as unreliable and unsafe, the majority of the internet industry has come to the same conclusion.

Flash is now widely regarded as a performance-hampering safety hazard and more and more companies are turning their back on what was once the industry standard: Citing security concerns, Mozilla recently disabled the Flash plugin in its Firefox browser by default; Amazon has banned it from its advertising network and other companies are following suite. In August 2015, just 22 percent of websites in the Alexa Top 10,000 used Flash, down from almost 50 percent...

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Sep 25
Strategy analytics: consumer usage of smartphone...

Navigation tasks are vitally important use-cases for the in-vehicle consumer. Regardless of device type (embedded or portable), a well-put-together and usable connected navigation system must provide information which is timely, relevant, and easily-consumed. A new report from the In-vehicle UX (IVX) group at Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) has found key differences in usage and satisfaction among owners of embedded, dedicated portable and smartphone-based navigation systems.

Surveying owners in the US, Western Europe, and China, Strategy Analytics found overall satisfaction to be highest among owners of embedded navigation systems, particularly in the US. However, while usage of embedded navigation systems remains high, the prevalence of smartphone-based app navigation is becoming increasingly ubiquitous. Even so, findings from the survey suggest that users are still most...

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Sep 24
Tips to breathe new life into old Macs

US computer memory experts, Data Memory Systems (www.datamemorysystems.com), have offered some tips for those whose Mac computers might be letting them down, performance-wise. From conducting a clean install to switching to an SSD, the team at Data Memory Systems have offered their advice for anyone hoping to give their flagging Mac a new lease of life.

After a few years of continuous use, all computers become sluggish, much to the chagrin of many users. But luckily there are ways in which performance can be boosted – from installing new hardware to offloading files.

The first step to enhance any Mac’s performance is to head into the Activity Monitor and get a better understanding of why the device is sluggish. This built-in app shows the user which applications are placing the most pressure on your main processor and RAM. Note the functions and applications that are demanding the most...

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Sep 23
IDC: wearable shipments to reach 173.4 million by 2019

A growing list of vendors, a proliferation of devices, experiences, and price points, and steady consumer adoption will fuel growth in the worldwide market for wearable devices. According to IDC (www.idc.com), wearable device shipments will reach 76.1 million units in 2015, up 163.6% from the 28.9 million units shipped in 2014.

By 2019, worldwide shipments will reach 173.4 million units, resulting in a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.9%. Total shipments include both basic and smart wearables, which are two very different product categories in many aspects, adds the research group.

"Smart wearables only account for about a third of the total market today while basic wearables, led by fitness trackers, account for the rest," says Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst for IDC's Mobile Device Trackers. "Driven by advancements in user interface (UI) and features, smart wearables are on track to...

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Sep 22
Global mobile media to approach $425 billion

Consumer and advertising expenditure on handset-based mobile media will rise 12 percent in 2015, and approach US$425 billion by 2021, according to Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com).

Strong growth in smartphone penetration, combined with ubiquitous data connectivity via mobile and WiFi networks, and latent consumer demand to access popular internet services continues to drive the consumption of content on mobile devices, says the research group. With advertisers increasingly targeting mobile phone users, mobile advertising is set to account for 24 percent of total digital advertising expenditure in 2015.

Consumer demand for accessing popular internet services and apps on mobile phones, including Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, and mobile games, among others, continues to increase, supported by the growing penetration of rich media smartphones and improving data connectivity, via...

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With "Steve Jobs" on screens later this...


On October 9, the movie "Steve Jobs" -- directed by Danny Boyle and scripted by Aaron Sorkin from the biography by Walter Isaacson -- opens at theaters nationwide. With a crop of films about the Apple co-founder having been released over the past four years since Jobs' death, many have felt that the movies tend to focus on the negatives of the man rather than what he accomplished in his lifetime. Sadly, it appears that even his close friends and family can't agree on whether they like or hate the upcoming movie.

First, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Jobs' widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, tried to block the production of the movie repeatedly, saying that the movie and others focus on Jobs as being...

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Siri, Turn on My Lights: Philips Hue gets HomeKit...

Philips is finally on board with Apple's HomeKit platform thanks to a new version of its Hue LED light hub. The new model works just like the original version, but adds in Siri voice control support and Apple's required HomeKit security features.

The Mac Observer Spin: Finally! Hue gets HomeKit support! There wasn't any way to update the original Hue Bridge to support HomeKit support, so it's nice that Philips is offering current customers a discounted price on the new hub.

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Apple officially launches Hermès Watch collection,...

If you haven’t yet found your perfect Apple Watch strap among the company’s own offerings or the numerous third-party options, Apple has today officially launched its partnership with French leather fashion company Hermès.

Uncompromising craftsmanship. Pioneering innovation. Groundbreaking functionality. Apple Watch Hermès is the culmination of a partnership based on parallel thinking, singular vision and mutual regard. It is a unique timepiece designed with both utility and beauty in mind. With leather straps handmade by Hermès artisans in France and an Hermès watch face reinterpreted by Apple designers in California, Apple Watch Hermès is a product of elegant, artful simplicity — the ultimate tool for modern life.

Splashing out between...

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Advertising Malware Affects Non-Jailbroken iOS...

An anonymous reader writes: Malware called YiSpecter is infecting iOS devices belonging to Chinese and Taiwanese users, and is the first piece of malware that successfully targets both jailbroken and non-jailbroken devices, Palo Alto Networks researchers warn. What's more, the techniques it uses for hiding are making it difficult to squash the infection. YiSpecter's malicious apps were signed with three iOS enterprise certificates issued by Apple so that they can be installed as enterprise apps on non-jailbroken iOS devices via in-house distribution. Through this kind of distribution, an iOS app can bypass Apple's strict code review procedures and can invoke iOS private APIs to perform sensitive operations.


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Apple tops Interbrand's 'Best Global...

Apple tops Interbrand's "Best Global Brands" list for the third time. The company has appeared on Interbrand's Best Global Brand ranking since 2000, when the ranking first debuted.

In 2000, Apple ranked #49 and had a brand value of US $5.5 billion. Today, Apple's brand value is $170.3 billion. 

Other companies in the top 10 are Google, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, IMB, Toyota, Samsung, GE, and McDonald's. Valuation is calculated based on a company's financial performance, a brand's ability to influence customer purchases, and the extent to which it can support premium pricing. (Interbrand is a brand consultancy firm.)

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Apple Pay transactions seeing ‘continued, double-...

Apple has declared that Apple Pay is off to a “great start” almost a year after its launch with the company seeing steady growth in Apple Pay transactions every month. In a statement to Bloomberg, the company said:

“We’re off to a great start and we are seeing continued, double-digit monthly growth in Apple Pay transactions since launch,” Apple said in an e-mailed statement.

Apple Pay launched last year with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the US. The service expanded to the UK a few months ago. In Apple’s January investor call, Cook claimed 2015 was “the year of Apple Pay”. However, Bloomberg notes that not everyone is as thrilled with...

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Review: Prong’s iPhone 6 PWR Case adds folding wall...

I’ve tested lots of iPhone battery cases since 2007, and quite a few great iPhone 6 battery cases over the past year. It’s extremely rare to find a battery case with integrated wall plugs that recharge both the battery and iPhone, but a company named Prong is now on its second-generation version of exactly that product. Prong’s first iPhone cases had no batteries, but included wall plugs so you could recharge wherever you found a standard wall outlet. Then it took the next logical step and...

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Latest 4K drone footage of Campus 2 shows huge glass...

With the construction of Apple’s new Spaceship campus now showing rapid progress, new 4K drone footage (below) shows huge glass panels in the staging area close to the metal sections.

The circular Campus 2 building is really taking shape now above ground level, even when compared to footage from just three weeks ago, and we get a sense of the scale of the excavation from the sizeable pyramid of excavated dirt just outside the ring … 

The campus, which will provide workspace for around 13,000 employees, is scheduled to see the main building completed in late 2016, with the surrounding building works completing early the following year.

Although the finished building...

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Study: the iPad Pro and others like it could turn...

Strategy Analytics says there is "immense opportunity" for new and replacement sales of tablets, reversing a four percent decline in shipments in 2015 to seven percent growth in 2016. Part of that growth will be due to Apple's iPad Pro and other, "super-sized" tablets, according to the research group.

Consumer surveys show that tablets and personal computers are nearly equally desired among owners of both devices and with over 700 million of these devices beyond the midpoint of their lifecycles in 2015. The "hard work put in by vendors like Apple, Microsoft, and Samsung to redefine the tablet will bear fruit in 2016," according to Strategy Analytics.

The iPad Pro, due next month, sports a 12.9-inch Retina display with 5.6 million pixels, the most ever in an iOS device. It also packs a new 64-bit A9X chip, which Apple says rivals "most portable PCs." A four-speaker audio design provides stereo sound.

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Apple Snaps Up Natural Speech Tech Company Vocal IQ

Your next iPhone may be a lot more conversational because Apple has purchased Vocal IQ, a London-based company that specializes in natural language technology. The company's tech could be used to make talking to Siri much more like interacting with Tony Stark's JARVIS, or the computer system on Star Trek's USS Enterprise.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's Vocal IQ purchase gets us another step closer to my dream device: the Knowledge Navigator.

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News: Daily Deal: Resuming Résumé Creator Lifetime...

Today in iLounge Deals you can get a lifetime subscription to Resumonk Résumé Creator for only $24.99 – that’s 57% off the regular price. This tool helps you create a résumé that will stand out from the crowd, helping you build a professional résumé and cover letter, saving you hours of formatting your résumé in Microsoft Word or Apple’s Pages and leaving you with more time to focus on the job search itself. The package includes…

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Adobe debuts Photoshop Fix + Capture CC, Mix +...

With Adobe Max Creative Conference kicking off later today, it’s time for the wraps to come off the latest advancements in Creative Cloud including new apps for iPhone and iPad.

New from Adobe this year is the Photoshop Fix image retouching iOS app (seen above), Capture CC for iOS and Android which turns images into color themes and brushes, enhanced versions of Photoshop Mix for image composition and ...

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In wake of unflattering movies, Tim Cook emails...

Tim Cook has emailed Apple staff on the 4th anniversary of the passing of Steve Jobs, thanking them for “remembering both who he was and what he stood for,” reports the Telegraph. Cook said that Jobs was “a brilliant person” who left an incredible legacy.

What is his legacy? I see it all around us: An incredible team that embodies his spirit of innovation and creativity. The greatest products on earth, beloved by customers and empowering hundreds of millions of people around the world. Soaring achievements in...

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Apple tops Interbrand’s list of the world’s most...

Interbrand has named Apple as the world’s most valuable brand for the third year running, estimating that it increased its total value by 43% in the past year to hit $170B. The company bases its estimates on a mix of the financial performance of the company, its ability to influence purchase decisions and the degree of brand loyalty it enjoys.

Google again took second place, seeing its value climb by 12% to $120B. Tech companies made up half of the top 10, Microsoft at #4, IBM at #5 and Samsung retaining 7th place. A similar brand equity ranking by Millward Brand back in May also gave Apple and Google the top two slots.

Apple first knocked Coca-Cola...

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New Philips Hue Bridge brings support for Apple...

Philips on Monday officially debuted its second-generation Hue Bridge which, through compatibility with Apple's HomeKit protocol and Siri, acts as a central control hub for connected devices like lights, door locks and more.

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Philips officially unveils Bridge 2.0, bringing Siri...

Siri voice control is finally coming to Philips Hue connected light bulbs thanks to promised HomeKit support and a new bridge product. Details have been surfacing over the last month with product listings going up a day early, and today Philips is ready to officially reveal how it’s bringing HomeKit support to Hue bulbs and lamps. As expected, Hue bulb owners will be able to upgrade to the new Philips Hue Bridge 2.0 to enable using Siri to control Hue lights. The new, square-shaped bridge works similar to the old, round bridge...

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Laurene Powell Jobs tried to block the Steve Jobs...

The WSJ reports that Steve Jobs’ widow Laurene Powell Jobs repeatedly tried to block production of the Sorkins/Boyle movie Steve Jobs.

Ms. Jobs repeatedly tried to kill the film, according to people familiar with the conversations. She lobbied, among others, Sony Pictures Entertainment, which developed the script but passed on the movie for financial reasons, and Universal Pictures, which is releasing the $33.5 million production on Friday … 


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Mail Designer Pro 2.5: Perfect for creating fancy...

If you need to design more than your run-of-the-mill emails and newsletters, Mail Designer Pro from equinux needs to be in your software arsenal. Compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 and later, it allows you to create eye-popping emails — including HTML emails — quickly and easily without knowing anything about HTML coding. With version 2.5, Mail Designer Pro works with OS X El Capitan and all of its features such as Split View.

Mail Designer 2.5 plays nice with other Apple apps. You can design your own multi-column newsletters using drag and drop, then send them via the OS X Mail app. You can add photos and pictures from a variety of sources, such as the El Capitan Photos app. You can also design buttons for your emails and newsletters, as well as create headers and badges. A variety of social media buttons, artwork and tools are included with Mail Designer Pro.

In addition to El Capitan compatibility, version 2.5 sports a new sidebar that offers quick access to content and...

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Microsoft OneNote 15.14.2

Adds support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan and switches to using the CPU (rather than GPU) to preserve battery life. (Free, 334 MB)


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Skype 7.13

Adds support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan and its Split View mode. (Free, 38.8 MB)


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Apple co-founder’s allies take aim at Hollywood over...

The Wall Street Journal:

Four years after Steve Jobs’s death, a new movie is reopening a debate over the Apple Inc. co-founder’s legacy.

Mr. Jobs’s allies, led by his widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, say the film “Steve Jobs,” and other recent depictions, play down his accomplishments and paint Mr. Jobs as cruel and inhumane. Ms. Jobs repeatedly tried to kill the film, according to people familiar with the conversations. She lobbied, among others, Sony Pictures Entertainment, which developed the script but passed on the movie for financial reasons, and Comcast Corp.’s Universal Pictures, which is releasing the $33.5 million production on Friday.

“A whole generation is going to think of him in a different way if they see a movie that depicts him in a negative way,” said Bill Campbell, a longtime Apple board member and friend of Mr. Jobs. Mr. Campbell hasn’t seen the film.

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Monday October 5

Interbrand Lists Apple as the Number One Global Brand fo...

Madison Avenue may be the center of the advertising industry, but Silicon Valley is home to the most valuable brands. For the third consecutive year, Apple tops the annual Interbrand Best Global Brands report.

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Sunday October 4

Drama from Steve Jobs Movie Director: Companies like App...

English film Director, producer and screenwriter Daniel Boyle who directed the biographical drama based on the life of Steve Jobs has quite the dramatic flair. After Aaron Sorkin put a bullet in the film 'Steve Jobs' by lashing out at Apple's current CEO Tim Cook recently, Boyle was out in full force ...

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CNET Writer: Why I Ditched Apple Music for Spotify

CNET's Sarah Mitroff wrote today that "After signing up, I decided to make Apple Music my only music service during its initial three-month trial period. I canceled my Spotify subscription and worked on personalizing Apple [Music] to suit my ...

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Phillip Elmer-Dewitt: 7 Things I can't Image Steve...

Fortune's Phillip Elmer-Dewitt wrote today that it was hard for him to watch Tim Cook's acceptance speech last night at the Human Rights Campaign "on the anniversary of Steve Jobs’ death and not think ...

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Tim Cook Clarifies Universal Search in New Apple TV

When Apple’s next-generation Apple TV arrives at market in October it will include a new universal search feature that will allow you to search for a movie or TV show once, and see results from all sorts of different sources

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Vice President Joe Biden Praised Tim Cook Last Night dur...

Apple CEO Tim Cook was honored at the Human Rights national dinner last night and praised by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden as noted in our report's opening video clip. Cook received the LGBT advocacy organization's Visibility Award ...

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Saturday October 3

Apple to Open Up Apple TV's Universal Search to Add...

One of the key features of the new Apple TV set to launch later this month is universal search, which allows users to find content across a number of different services using text entry or, in some countries, Siri voice search. Universal search will work across iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and Showtime at launch, but it was initially unclear whether the feature would be expanded to include additional content sources over time.

In a follow-up story on his interview with Tim Cook last month, BuzzFeed's John Paczkowski relates some additional details on Apple TV shared by Cook, including word that developers will indeed be able to make their content available to universal search via an API.“At launch we’ll have iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, Showtime, and HBO — so we’ll have five major inputs into universal search initially,”...

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Microsoft Likely to Introduce New Iris Scanner for Next-...

Now that Apple and Google have updated their hardware for the Christmas season, it's now Microsoft's turn to do so this coming Tuesday. They'll be introducing next-gen ...

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SquareTrade Kicks the Hell out of the iPhone 6s in New T...

SquareTrade, famous for their device testing, released their torture tests on the new iPhone 6 line this week.

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Friday October 2

Apple Bull Kevin O'Leary is 'Bitterly disappoi...

"Shark Tank" Investor and O'Leary Financial Group Chairman Kevin O'Leary defends his bullish Apple position against short seller Don Kaufman – but is currently bitterly disappointed in Apple.

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Apple has Acquired Vocal IQ, a Company with Amazing Focu...

As our cars, mobile devices and wearables become more powerful and feature-rich, our current interaction paradigms are becoming a hindrance - and in some cases, even dangerous. That's what Vocal IQ states on one of their company webpages. This is the company that Apple has just acquired. Vocal IQ stated that in one of their blogs that existing digital assistants have fallen 'well short of consumer expectations," singling out Siri as a mere "toy."

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Apple Acquires Speech Technology Startup VocalIQ

Apple has purchased VocalIQ, a startup located in the United Kingdom that has developed a natural language API to allow computers and people to have a more natural dialogue, reports Financial Times. According to VocalIQ's website, the company has developed a self-learning dialogue API built on 10 years of natural language research, belief tracking, decision making, and message generation.

It's not always clear how Apple uses the technology from companies that it purchases, but with this acquisition, it's likely Apple will use the API to improve its voice-based personal assistant, Siri. Financial Times also believes Apple could use the technology for its upcoming car project, as VocalIQ specialized in in-car applications among other things.

While VocalIQ's speech processing and machine learning technology could be...

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New Apple TV Only Supports Two Bluetooth Controllers at...

Apple's fourth-generation Apple TV includes support for a full App Store, making it possible for developers to create games and apps for the device for the first time. A platform like the Apple TV seems well-suited to multiplayer games, but it appears the new Apple TV will only support two Bluetooth controllers at once and three Bluetooth-connected devices total.

Our sister site TouchArcade got in touch with several developers who have Apple TV Dev Kits to test the limits of multiplayer gameplay on the devices, and these developers found they were only able to connect two controllers in addition to the Apple Remote control.

That means that at the current time, the Apple TV supports a total of three players for local gameplay using controllers, which will likely be the preferred method of control for games like first person...

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Apple's new Sunnyvale Campus Reflects Tim Cook...

When Apple's CEO Tim Cook spoke with NBC's Brian Williams back in 2013 about the future of TV, Cook noted that TV was a "market that we see that has been left behind. I used to watch the Jetsons as a kid ...

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AT&T Delays Wi-Fi Calling Support Amid Wait for FCC...

Originally tested in an iOS 9 public beta back in August, AT&T ultimately held back on a wide public release for Wi-Fi calling due to its decision to wait for an FCC waiver that would temporarily relieve the carrier of needing to offer support options for deaf and hard-of-hearing people. The Federal Communications Commission's rules state that all calling services need support for a teletypewriter (TTY) service for the deaf, but AT&T wants the old-fashioned TTY replaced with real-time text (RTT) support instead.

Both TTY and RTT offer support for the deaf and hard-of-hearing to conduct non-voice conversations, but AT&T's RTT service wouldn't be ready until 2016, leading to the carrier's request for a temporary waiver from needing to implement TTY support until then. Yesterday, AT&T resubmitted its request for...

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While TSMC is seen as a Leading A10 Chip Supplier in 201...

Looking to next year's iPhone 7, the Chinese media wasted no time in claiming that TSMC would be the exclusive iPhone-7 A10 chip supplier. Yet "GlobalFoundries plans to develop 10nm process technology in-house ...

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Apple is Considering a Shift in Display Technology for 2...

Apple is considering a shift in display technology for 2017. Apple is expected to continue exploring other possible solutions such as switching ...

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Apple Watch to Be Sold at All U.S. Target Stores by Octo...

Popular retailer Target this morning announced that the Apple Watch would begin arriving at some of its stores this week, with a plan to have the wearable device available at all of its United States retail locations by October 25. Customers who are interested in buying the device online on Target's website can do so beginning October 18. The move sees Target gearing up for the holiday season, calling Apple's wearable "one of the season’s hottest gift items."

The retailer says it will carry a total of 20 models of the Apple Watch, in both 38mm and 42mm sizes, specifically noting the availability of space gray and rose gold color options. "Select models and bands" will be available for customers at Target's physical locations, but the company notes that an "expanded assortment" of Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport will be found online. Prices are said to range from $349 to $599, so undoubtedly customers...

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Thursday October 1

Some iPhone 6s Owners Seeing Their Phones Randomly Turn...

Since the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have been available on September 25, many users have begun reporting that their 6s or 6s Plus will randomly turn itself off, even when it's left unattended. It's unknown what causes the shut off, but some users have also reported their home button feels warm to the touch.

Users on Reddit, the Apple support communities and the MacRumors forums have experienced the issue. While 6s and 6s Plus users have seen the majority of incidents, some iPhone 6 users have also reported the issue, indicating that iOS 9 may the root of the problem.

After the bug turns off the phone,...

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Tim Cook Addresses Privacy, Government Requests in New N...

Just days after Apple updated and expanded its privacy site to explain how it handles personal information, CEO Tim Cook sat down with NPR's Robert Siegel to talk about how the Cupertino company protects user data and when and where it uses that information.

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Cook starts off by noting that Apple designs its products with privacy in mind after being asked about government data requests. Apple wants the user to control the data and who gets to see or use it.
However, we design our products in such a way that privacy is designed into the product. And security is designed in. And so if...

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Monday October 5

Use dnsconfig in OS X Server 5

DNS is DNS. And named is named. Except in OS X Server. Sometimes. The configuration files for the DNS services in OS X Server are stored in /Library/Server/named. This represents a faux root of named configuration data, similar to how that configuration data is stored in /var/named on most other platforms. Having the data in /Library/Server/ makes it more portable across systems. The current version of BIND is 9.9.7-P2.

Traditionally, you would edit this configuration data by simply editing the configuration files, and that’s absolutely still an option. In OS X Server 5 (for El Capitan and Yosemite), a new command is available at /Applications/Server.app/Contents/ServerRoot/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/DNSManager.framework called dnsconfig. The dnsconfig command appears simple at first. However, the options available are actually far more complicated than they initially appear. The verbs available include help (show help information), list (show the contents of...

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Sunday October 4

statshares in OS X Server 5

I wrote about using the smbutil for DFS in Lion awhile back. I haven’t needed to write anything else as it hadn’t changed since. But in OS X 10.11 El Capitan, a new option for smbutil appears: statshares. The statshares option has an -m option to look at a mount path for showing the path to the mount (e.g. if the mount is called krypted this should be something like /Volumes/krypted):

smbutil statshares -m /Volumes/krypted

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

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

smbutil statshares -a

Overall, this is a nice health check type of verb to...

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Delete User Configurable nvram In El Capitan

A nifty little feature of nvram is the ability to delete all of the firmware variables you’ve created. This can get helpful if you’ve got a bunch of things that you’ve done to a system and want to remove them all. If you run nvkram followed by a -p option you’ll see all of the configured firmware variables:

nvram -p

If you run it with a -d you’ll delete the given variables that you define (e.g. boot-args):

nvram -d boot-args

But, if you run the -c you’ll wipe them all:

nvram -c

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Install OS X Server On A Fresh Computer

The first thing you’ll want to do on any server is setup the networking for the computer. To do this, open the System Preferences and click on Network. You usually want to use a wired Ethernet connection on a server, but in this case we’ll be using Wi-Fi. Here, click on the Wi-Fi interface and then click on the Advanced… button.

At the setup screen for the interface, provide a good static IP address. Your network administrator can provide this fairly easily. Here, make sure you have an IP address and a subnet mask. Since we need to install the Server app from the Mac App Store, and that’s on the Internet, you’ll also need to include a gateway, which provides access to the Internet and using the DNS tab, the name servers for your Internet Service Provider (ISP).


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Saturday October 3

Navigating accountsd in OS X

The directory services options in OS X has quietly been going through some slow changes over the past couple of years. Many of the tools we use to manage accounts look similar on the outside but sometimes work a little differently under the hood. Account information is still stored in the /var/db/dslocal/nodes directory. Here, the local directory service pulls files from within directories recursively when accountsd loads. You can still create a second instance of the local directory service by copying the Default directory. For example, here we’ll copy the Default directory node to a directory node called NEW:

sudo cp -prnv /var/db/dslocal/nodes/Default /var/db/dslocal/nodes/NEW

If you killall accountsd then wait (this is slower than doing a killall of DirectoryService was), you’ll then see and be able to use this new directory node:

sudo killall accountsd

This is one way to go about forklifting large collections of accounts from one system to another....

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Manage Groups in OS X Server 5

There are a number of ways to create groups in OS X Server 5, running on Yosemite or El Capitan. The first is using the Server app, the second is using Workgroup Manager (which requires a little work to get working in El Capitan), the third is using the Users & Groups System Preference pane and the fourth is using the command line. In this article we will look at creating groups in the Server app.

Once a server has been an Open Directory Master all user and group accounts created will be in the Local Network Group when created in Server app. Before that, all user and group objects are stored locally when created in Server app. Once promoted to an Open Directory server, local groups must be created in Workgroup Manager, the Users & Groups System Preference pane or using a command line tool appropriate for group management.

 To create a new group, open the Server app and then click on Groups in the ACCOUNTS list of the Server app sidebar. From here, you can...

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Friday October 2

Office 365 news roundup

The worldwide release of Office 2016 for Windows on September 22 was another milestone in pursuit of Microsoft’s company ambition to reinvent productivity and business processes.

To help making upgrading to Office 2016 a seamless experience for Office 365 customers, we also delivered resources to assist users, developers and IT pros, including a set of Quick Start Guides to introduce users to the newest versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote. We also provided guidance for businesses and introduced a new model to help administrators manage and deploy regular updates. And we...

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Disable Automatic Updates On OS X Servers

By default, OS X now updates apps that are distributed through the Mac App Store (MAS). OS X Server is really just the Server app, sitting on the App Store. If the Server app is upgraded automatically, you will potentially experience some adverse side effects, especially if the app is running on a Metadata Controller for Xsan, runs Open Directory, or a major release of the Server app ships. Therefore, in this article we’re going to disable this otherwise sweet feature of OS X.

To get started, first open the System Preferences. From there, click on the App Store System Preference pane.

From the App Store System Preference pane, uncheck the following boxes:

  • Automatically Check For Updates: Unchecking this box disables the download in the background option and the installation of app updates.
  • Automatically Download Apps...
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7 secrets to successful online collaboration

In a world where more than 30 million people work from home at least one day a week, the virtual workforce is rapidly becoming the rule, rather than the exception. And whether you work from your home office, your favorite coffee shop or your kitchen table, chances are good that online collaboration is critical to just about everything you do.

Of course, working with people who may be a city, state, time zone or country away can be tricky, but with a few simple tips, a little patience and a steaming mug of caffeinated goodness, you can probably get more done at home than at the office. In fact, according to a study by the Telework Research Network, more than two-thirds of employers report increased productivity among their teleworkers.

So let’s take a look at seven of the best ways to make seamless online collaboration a reality:

  1. ...
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Demote An Open Directory Server In OS X Server 5

OS X Server, Server 5, El Capitan Server can have problems with Open Directory. Sometimes, you just need to reset your directory service. You can demote and restore the server if needed. But buyer beware, you may end up screwing things up while the directory server is being demoted and you’re restoring a backup. Or if you haven’t built out the directory server, you may end up just demoting the server and starting over. In this article, we’ll look at demoting the server.

To get started demoting the Open Directory master, first open the Server app and then click on Open Directory.

From the Open Directory screen, click on the minus button in the Servers section. When prompted to Delete the directory service, click on the Delete button.


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Thursday October 1

Your top 10 questions about Office 2016 answered

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

We are thrilled to see the positive response for the launch of Office 2016 last week. We’ve received a ton of great feedback and wanted to address some of your top questions:

  1. How do I get Office 2016 for Windows if I’m an Office 365 customer?

As an existing Office 365 subscriber, Office 2016 is immediately available to you, and based upon your plan, you can choose to manually update or wait for the scheduled automatic update. Below are links to instructions to manually update to Office 2016:

  • Office 365 Home, Personal or University customers will receive automatic update notifications in the coming weeks. For manual update instructions, please see...
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Promote an OS X Server 5 Open Directory Replica To...

You’ve got Open Directory running and humming beautifully in OS X Server 5 (running on OS X Yosemite or OS X El Capitan). You show up to work and the hard drive has died on that perfectly configured Open Directory Master. Luckily, you have a replica and you have an archive of your Master. You can restore or you can promote your Replica to a Master. What to do? Well, I can’t tell you what you should do, but I can tell you that Apple has planned for this. Here, we’re going to look at promoting that Replica to a Master. Because after all, hard drives fail. Let’s look at what all this looks like.

Create An Open Directory Archive

In order to properly restore an Open Directory Master or promote a Replica to a Master, you’ll need the SSL keys. You should also just keep archives of your Open Directory environment around (albeit in a secure location) because you really never know. To create an Open Directory Archive, which has the keys in it as well as data...

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The new Visio is here—work visually

Visio is the industry-leading diagramming solution used by over 12 million users, and today we’re thrilled to share our latest innovations with you.

Visio 2016 makes it easier for everyone to define business processes, document best practices, visualize the future state of transformative initiatives and stay on top of operational insights. Using Office 365, you can share these Visio diagrams with everyone and communicate one version of the truth to drive organization-wide alignment.

Visio 2016 offers starter diagrams, hundreds of smart shapes, one-step data linking, Information Rights Management (IRM) for compliance and so much more. Working visually is now faster and easier than ever.

Get started quickly

When starting out, the new Visio offers a set of pre-crafted starter diagrams and contextual tips and tricks to help you easily create, edit and complete your diagram.


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Office Delve adds Praise, Favorites and enhances...

“Recognition is the greatest motivator.” —Gerard C. Eakedale

Organizational productivity and morale improve when individuals and teams are recognized for their work. The best productivity tools help people to easily share their knowledge and ideas, make their work discoverable inside their organization, and enable colleagues to show their appreciation and recognize each other’s work. As the modern workplace evolves, Office 365 is also evolving to help people collaborate, share and discover information more easily.

Today we are excited to announce new “people experiences” in Office Delve, which include the new Praise feature, the ability to create modern pages in SharePoint Online and add Favorites from across Office 365.

Let’s dive into the details.

Recognize your peers by giving Praise

With the new Praise feature in Delve, you are...

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Exchange Server 2016 for on-premises customers now...

Last week, we launched the new Office, a set of integrated apps and services that empowers teams to do and achieve more. Today we announced the release of Exchange Server 2016, which brings key innovations in email, collaboration and calendaring in this Office release to on-premises customers.

There’s a lot to like in the new Exchange for both users and IT admins. It integrates with Outlook, SharePoint and OneDrive for Business to enable new collaboration capabilities related to sharing, editing and receiving documents without ever having to leave Outlook. Inbox enhancements in Outlook 2016 and Outlook on the web, such as inline previews for URLs and video, help you stay focused and productive. Enhanced search capabilities deliver faster...

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King Saud University gains speed and reduces...

Today’s Microsoft Office post was written by Saeed Al-Shahrani, systems and operations director at King Saud University.

At King Saud University, we are proud of our technological leadership and we strive to provide our students, faculty and staff with the most advanced solutions available. Because email is the primary method of communication for our 35,000 faculty and staff, we recently upgraded to Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 to help maximize their productivity. Exchange Server also serves as a repository for documents and conversations, preserving critical organizational knowledge and helping faculty and staff manage their appointments.

We found Exchange Server 2016 now makes it easy and inexpensive to provide 20GB mailboxes to all our faculty, but tracking down details within those mailboxes could be a challenge. Luckily, Exchange Server 2016 offers many improvements that help faculty and staff work more effectively, such as search. Search is a...

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Apple Music, iTunes and iBooks Now In China

Like the title says, Apple Music, iTunes, and iBooks are now available in China. This brings a whole new set of content to one of the worlds largest markets. This will also likely result in a lot of new content being added to the store.

If you are an iTunes affiliate, you’ll also be pretty stoked to know that you are now able to provide affiliate links for Apps and content in China as well! And if you’re a Chinese site and don’t yet have an iTunes Affiliate account, I’d look to sign up for one now.

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Apple Configurator 2

Apple Configurator 2 is now out and there are some really cool new features available to people deploying Apple Configurator. Apple Configurator 2 now supports feature called Blueprints. A Blueprint is a set of configuration options (such as profiles, apps, etc) that are easily applied to devices by applying a given Blueprint. So basically a canned set of options that can be configured on a device. For example, you can have a Blueprint called Training that have training apps and settings for a training room network and then you can have another Blueprint for Kiosks, that have different apps for a kiosk, one app for a kiosk, an SSID for a kiosk wireless network, and throw that single app into Single User Mode. Pretty cool, since before you needed to have all this stuff in, select the appropriate options and then deploy them. Now, you can more quickly train student workers or deployment staff to get devices initially configured before deployment them in a school or company.


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Configure the Calendar Server In El Capitan Server

Configuring Calendar Server in OS X Server 5 (running on El Capitan or Yosemite) is a fairly simple and straight forward process. The Calendar Server is a CalDAV Server, leveraging HTTP and HTTPS, running on ports 8008 and 8443 respectively. To enable the Calendar service in OS X Server (Server 5), open the Server application and click on Calendar in the SERVICES section of the sidebar.

Once open, click on Enable invitations by email to enable email notifications of invitations in the Calendar Server. Provide the email address and then click on the Next button.

At the Configure Server Email Address screen, provide the type of incoming mail service in use, provide the address of the mail server and then the port...

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Wednesday September 30

About the security content of OS X El Capitan v10.11

This document describes the security content of OS X El Capitan v10.11.

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About the security content of iOS 9.0.2

This document describes the security content of iOS 9.0.2.

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Note: Most recent release available only within OS X 10.11 El Capitan update. Use AirPort Utility to set up and manage your Wi-Fi network and AirPort base stations, including AirPort Express, AirPort... Read more
Quicksilver 1.3.1 - Application launcher...
Quicksilver is a light, fast and free Mac application that gives you the power to control your Mac with keystrokes alone. Quicksilver allows you to find what you need quickly and easily, then act... Read more
Tidy Up (Five Users) 4.1.5 - Find duplic...
Tidy Up is a complete duplicate finder and disk-tidiness utility. With Tidy Up you can search for duplicate files and packages by the owner application, content, type, creator, extension, time... Read more
Mellel 3.4.3 - The word processor of cho...
Mellel is the leading word processor for OS X and has been widely considered the industry standard since its inception. Mellel focuses on writers and scholars for technical writing and multilingual... Read more
Skype - Voice-over-internet p...
Skype allows you to talk to friends, family and co-workers across the Internet without the inconvenience of long distance telephone charges. Using peer-to-peer data transmission technology, Skype... Read more
Bookends 12.6.0 - Reference management a...
Bookends is a full-featured bibliography/reference and information-management system for students and professionals. Access the power of Bookends directly from Mellel, Nisus Writer Pro, or MS Word (... Read more
Apple iBooks Author 2.4 - Create and pub...
Apple iBooks Author helps you create and publish amazing Multi-Touch books for iPad. Now anyone can create stunning iBooks textbooks, cookbooks, history books, picture books, and more for iPad. All... Read more
Web Snapper 3.3.9 - Capture entire Web p...
Web Snapper lets you capture Web pages exactly as they appear in your browser. You can send them to a file as images or vector-based, multi-page PDFs. It captures the whole Web page - eliminating the... Read more
Tunnelblick 3.6beta10 - GUI for OpenVPN...
Tunnelblick is a free, open source graphic user interface for OpenVPN on OS X. It provides easy control of OpenVPN client and/or server connections. It comes as a ready-to-use application with all... Read more
EtreCheck 2.5.1 - For troubleshooting yo...
EtreCheck is a simple little app to display the important details of your system configuration and allow you to copy that information to the Clipboard. It is meant to be used with Apple Support... Read more

Camel Up (Games)
Camel Up 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
The Martian: Bring Him Home (Games)
The Martian: Bring Him Home 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Based on the best selling novel and critically acclaimed film, THE MARTIAN tells the story of Astronaut Mark... | Read more »
This Week at 148Apps: September 21-30, 2...
Leap Into Fall With 148Apps How do you know what apps are worth your time and money? Just look to the review team at 148Apps. We sort through the chaos and find the apps you're looking for. The ones we love become Editor’s Choice, standing out above... | Read more »
Tweetbot 4 for Twitter (Social Networki...
Tweetbot 4 for Twitter 4.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Social Networking Price: $4.99, Version: 4.0 (iTunes) Description: *** 50% off for a limited time. *** | Read more »
Mori (Games)
Mori 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Stop, rewind and unwind with Mori. Time is always running, take a moment to take control. Mori is an action puzzle game about infinitely... | Read more »
100 Years' War (Games)
100 Years' War 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
Tower in the Sky (Games)
Tower in the Sky 0.0.60 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 0.0.60 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
hocus. (Games)
hocus. 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: New, polished, mind-bending, minimal puzzle game with dozens of levels and extra-ordinary design Features:- Beautifully crafted... | Read more »
Mos Speedrun 2 (Games)
Mos Speedrun 2 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Mos is back, in her biggest and most exciting adventure ever! Wall-jump to victory through 30 mysterious, action packed levels... | Read more »
3D Touch could be a game-changer, but it...
Were you one of the lucky/financially secure enough ones to buy a new iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus over the weekend? Yup, me too (I’m not convinced I was either of those two things, but let’s go with lucky for now), so I thought I’d delve into just... | Read more »

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Bare Bones Software Releases TextWrangler 5.0...
Bare Bones Software has announced the release and immediate availability of TextWrangler 5.0, a major upgrade to its free, high performance, general purpose text editor for Mac OS X. Built on a new,... Read more
Apple refurbished iPad Air 2s available for u...
Apple has Certified Refurbished iPad Air 2s available for up to $140 off the price of new models. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free: - 128GB Wi-Fi iPad Air 2... Read more
Save up to $100 on Mac AppleCare Protection P...
Adorama has 3-Year AppleCare Warranties on sale for up to $100 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY & NJ sales tax only: - Mac Laptops 15″ and Above: $249 $100 off MSRP - Mac Laptops 13″ and... Read more
Updated Mac Price Trackers
We’ve updated our Mac Price Trackers with the latest information on prices, bundles, and availability on systems from Apple’s authorized internet/catalog resellers: - 15″ MacBook Pros - 13″ MacBook... Read more
27-inch 3.5GHz 5K iMac on sale for $81 off MS...
Adorama has the 27″ 3.5GHz 5K iMac on sale for $2218.99, $81 off MSRP, including a free copy of Apple’s 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plan, plus a free external DVD/CD drive, and a copy of Corel... Read more
12-inch MacBooks in stock for up to $120 off,...
Adorama has 12″ Retina MacBooks in stock for up to $120 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY & NJ sales tax only. For a limited time, Adorama will include a free Apple USB-C to USB Adapter,... Read more
EasyDocScan Turns your iPhone or iPad into a...
Note-Ify Apps has announced the release and immediate availability of EasyDocScan 1.0, their new business app developed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. EasyDocScan is a simple application... Read more
15-inch 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro on sale for...
Amazon.com has the 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro on sale for $1799 including free shipping. Their price is $200 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this model (except for Apple’s $1699... Read more
2.8GHz Mac mini available for $988, includes...
Adorama has the 2.8GHz Mac mini available for $988, $11 off MSRP, including a free copy of Apple’s 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plan. Shipping is free, and Adorama charges sales tax in NY & NJ... Read more
iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Feature Improved Durabi...
Upgraded components in the new iPhone 6s Plus cost $16 more than the components in the earlier iPhone 6 Plus according to a preliminary estimate from IHS Inc. The bill of materials (BOM) for an... Read more

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Senior Payments Security Manager - *Apple*...
**Job Summary** Apple , Inc. is looking for a highly motivated, innovative and hands-on senior payments security manager to join the Apple Pay security team. You will Read more
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**Job Summary** As an Apple Solutions Consultant (ASC) you are the link between our customers and our products. Your role is to drive the Apple business in a retail Read more
*Apple* Site Security Manager - Apple (Unite...
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