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06:25
Duplicacy for Mac is a new deduplication cloud backup tool

Acrosync has launched Duplicacy 1.0, a cross-platform cloud backup tool that’s compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite and El Capitan.

The utility uses a lock-free deduplication method, so it can backup multiple clients to most popular cloud-based storage services without the need for any file locks. The app also offers the ability to perform backups to local hard drives, SFTP servers, and NAS boxes. Duplicity’s graphical user interface features one-page backup configuration.

Duplicacy 1.0 is free for personal use, and is available worldwide exclusively through the Duplicacy website (http://duplicacy.com). Commercial users pay $2.00 per month per computer. A Windows version is also available for download from the Duplicity website.

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06:17
AKVIS updates all its artistic plug-ins and apps

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced updates of their artistic plug-ins and standalone applications: Sketch, OilPaint, AirBrush, Draw, Charcoal, and Points. The new versions bring frames for artworks, new effect presets, an innovative user interface with support for Ultra HD displays, and other changes.

The programs are available to purchase separately as well as in the AKVIS Artistic Bundle for 50% off. They’re compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher.

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Jul 26
Apple’s services revenue grows 19%; App Store hits all-time record

Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 third quarter that ended June 25. The company posted quarterly revenue of $42.4 billion and quarterly net income of $7.8 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share.

These results compare to revenue of $49.6 billion and net income of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 38% compared to 39.7% in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 63 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

“We are pleased to report third quarter results that reflect stronger customer demand and business performance than we anticipated at the start of the quarter,” said CEO Tim Cook. “We had a very successful launch of iPhone SE and we’re thrilled by customers’ and developers’ response to software and services we previewed at WWDC in June.”

Apple sold 40.4 million iPhones (a 15% decrease from the year-ago period), almost 10 million iPads (a 9% increase in sales year-over-year), and 4.3...

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Jul 26
Bare Bones Software Releases TextWrangler 5.5

Bare Bones Software has released TextWrangler 5.5, an update to its general purpose text editor for Mac OS X.

The upgrade offers performance improvements, refinements to fit and finish, and changes to streamline workflow in specific areas, such as Find Differences. In all, this new version includes more than 250 new features, changes to existing features, and fixes for specific reported issues.

TextWrangler 5.5 requires Mac OS X 10.9.5 or later. You can download it free of charge from the Mac App Store or from the Bare Bones Software web site (http://tinyurl.com/ctwmby).

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Jul 26
Tower for Mac adds Visual Studio Team Services support

Fournova has announced Tower 2.4 (http://www.git-tower.com), an update to the company's Git client for Mac.

Tower provides the user with an interface that combines all the important features that Git has to offer. The new version comes with support for Microsoft's Visual Studio Team Services, as well as Team Foundation Server.

Tower 2.4 is a free upgrade for Tower 2 users. New licenses are available for $79.

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Jul 26
SIGGRAPH 2016 brings new Autodesk Design animation

At the SIGGRAPH conference in Anaheim, Aalifornia, Autodesk is showcasing the latest design animation solutions for Maya 2017 and an update to 3ds Max.

Maya 2017 features integrated rendering with Arnold, new motion graphics tools and numerous features and enhancements designed to help artists work faster and easier than ever. Autodesk is also announcing that Solid Angle’s Arnold renderer will support 3ds Max with a plugin called MAXtoA.

Maya 2017 now includes Arnold as its default renderer. This integration of Arnold into Maya 2017 builds on the MAXtoA Arnold plugin and brings advanced rendering capabilities within Maya.

Autodesk is also announcing a new MAXtoA plugin allowing 3ds Max users to take advantage of Arnold's rendering capabilities. The plugin will be available from Solid Angle's website (http://tinyurl.com/hlpab3s) where 3ds Max users can also find details on capabilities...

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Jul 25
LOGICcards support added to the MAX Remote Management iOS app

LOGICnow (www.logicnow.com), a part of SolarWinds MSP and a global market leader in integrated cloud-based IT Service Management (ITSM) solutions, has added LOGICcards to the MAX Remote Management mobile app, a feature allowing managed service providers to receive actionable, data-driven insights into their customers’ IT environment on their iOS and Android® mobile devices.

LOGICcards is a key element of the MAX Remote Management platform, bringing the power of big data and collective intelligence to IT professionals. The solution provides real-time insights derived from billions of data points collected from millions of devices, enabling IT professionals to drive more value from their MAX RM dashboard.

The LOGICcards feature on the MAX RM app allows managed service providers to view relevant customer insights on the move and on site. The cards are automatically filtered and users can snooze, dismiss and...

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Jul 25
MAXON announces Cinema 4D Release 18

MAXON has announced Cinema 4D Release 18 (R18), the next generation of its 3D animation, graphics, VFX, visualization, and rendering software application for OS X, Windows, and Linux systems. Feature highlights include:

° Voronoi Fracture Object – a native feature in the MoGraph toolset in Cinema 4D that works with Dynamics, allows users to tear down walls and create artistic procedural geometry using spline or polygon objects to define the fractured shape;

° Interactive Knife Tools – this enables users to draw lines across a model and tweak the cut with an interactive preview, then lock in new edges or split based on the cut; knife tools are available as separate commands for access to the desired mode via shortcut or Commander;

° Object Motion Tracking – this is the next step in MAXON’s effort to give artists accessibility to dynamic VFX and visualization workflows with expanded tools for integrating Cinema 4D creations into real-world footage.;

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Jul 22
Tasky is a new task scheduler for Mac OS X

Inspiring-Life Technologies has introduced Tasky 1.0 (http://www.inspiringlife.co/tasky/), a task management app for Mac OS X Yosemite and El Capitan. It’s been designed to give you dedicated sections for adding tasks for Today, Tomorrow and Next Week with a built-in calendar to add or browse tasks.

You can mark tasks as complete one by one as you accomplish them. You can also add task categories and sort them in one place.

Tasky 1.0 is available exclusively through the Mac App Store. It costs $3.99 with a 60% discount for a limited time.

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Jul 22
Maintain Serves Up Cocktail 9.3.3 (El Capitan Edition)

Maintain has served up Cocktail 9.3.3 (El Capitan Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running OS X El Capitan 10.11.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Version 9.3.3 is a maintenance release with various bug fixes and enhancements.

Cocktail 9.3.3 (El Capitan Edition) requires OS X El Capitan 10.11 to run. Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) for OS X 10.10, Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from the Maintain website (http://tinyurl.com/p5adypq).

Cocktail costs $19 for a single user license and is available for purchase from the Maintain website. When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch.

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Jul 22
MailButler for Mac OS X adds a 'Snooze' feature

MailButler, the Apple Mail assistant by Feingeist Software G(https://www.feingeist.io/), has added a new feature: ”Snooze,” which allows users to better control their inbox by temporarily making selected emails disappear for a scheduled amount of time.

MailButler allows you to schedule an email to be sent at a specific date and time. For example, you can compose birthday emails ahead of the actual date. You just define the exact date when you want to send the email, and MailButler takes care of the rest.

MailButler also allows you to convert your emails into notes. This includes formatting, file attachments, tags, reminder date and other meta information. Notes contain a direct reference to the source email from which it was created.

MailButler requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. A demo is available for download; registration is $8.95

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Jul 21
DEVONtechnologies enhances all editions of DEVONthink and DEVONote

DEVONtechnologies has enhanced all editions of its intelligent information and document manager with a completely rewritten synchronization. The new system is build for speed, robustness and flexibility.

It works both on the local network and with internet-based services. Strong encryption protects the users' privacy. In addition, the release fixes fix minor bugs and glitches in all editions of DEVONthink and DEVONnote. The update is free and recommended for all users.

DEVONthink 2.9 allows to keep databases synchronized using many means of transport. It transmits them between Macs on the local network or stores them in a syncable form on removable hard drives, USB sticks, or SD cards. If it is necessary to keep them in sync also from or with remote locations, it can create sync stores on Dropbox, any WebDAV server, or in the watched folders of for example iCloud Drive, One Drive, or Google Drive.

DEVONthink 2.9 supports both self-hosted WebDAV servers and...

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Jul 21
JMR unveils SiloStor NVMe Solid State Drive Plug-in Card

JMR Electronics (http://www.jmr.com) has announced the general availability of their latest SSD plug-in offering, SiloStor.

It’s a NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) SSD plug-in card that’s a full-length, half-height PCIe 3.0 x8 drive that adds 2TB or more of high-availability, high performance solid stage storage to any server, computer or work station using the latest flash NAND technology. The card occupies a x8 PCIe slot and can also be connected via Thunderbolt PCIe expansion to those computers offering this capability.

In addition, the plug-in card is designed for long-life and touts an MTBF of 1.5 million hours and an endurance rating of 200 Terabytes Written (TBW). Typical random 4K read speed is 90,000 IOPS (sequential read speed of 2,150 MB/s) with a write speed of 70,000 IOPS (sequential write speed of 1,500 MB/s). Pricing for SiloStor starts at $2,599 for the 2TB card.

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Jul 21
ADATA announces SE730, SC660, and SV620 external solid state drives

ADATA (www.adata.com) has unveiled the SE730, SC660, and SV620 external SSDs. They’re Mac and Windows compatible are designed for use in notebooks, ultrabooks, desktops, and even media boxes and game consoles.

ADATA says the SE730 is the “most compact USB Type-C external SSD in the world.” It offers read/write performance up to 500MB/s and has a reversible USB Type-C connector.

The SC660 boasts a shock resistant build and runs at up to 410MB/s (read/write). Its stylish, super-slim metallic enclosure is just 9.6mm thick. The shock resistant SV620 delivers identical performance, wrapped in an enclosure with raised edges to protect surfaces against scratching. It features a bright blue LED activity indicator to keep users always informed.

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Jul 21
FileGenius announces its unlimited storage option

FileGenius (http://www.filegenius.com), a cloud-based secure file transfer and management exclusively for business, has announced unlimited storage and unlimited user accounts options.

Keith Bumgarner, senior principal of FileGenius, says there’s no installation or IT management required. Unlimited email and phone support is included. Online individual training for each customer is provided free of charge. A demo is available for download.

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Jul 21
Zevrix unveils LinkOptimizer 5 public beta for Adobe InDesign

Zevrix Solutions has announced the public beta release of LinkOptimizer 5, an upgrade to company's workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

LinkOptimizer lets users reduce the size of InDesign links by eliminating excess image data, perform essential image adjustments and convert colors and file formats. The new beta version introduces batch processing of multiple InDesign files, support for InDesign books, as well as numerous improvements of user interface, stability and performance.

The LinkOptimizer 5 public beta can be downloaded from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com). Qualified beta testers will receive a discount on LinkOptimizer 5 (upgrade or new license). Detailed info is included with the beta download. The current stable release, LinkOptimizer 4, can be purchased for $259.95; there’s also a “lite” version available for $179.95). A demo is available for download. LinkOptimizer requires Mac...

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Jul 20
Solar Fusion rolls out Plumeria Smart Creator 3 for Mac

Solar Fusion Software (http://www.solarfusionsoftware.com) has debuted Plumeria Smart Creator 3 for Mac. It uses an artificial intelligence algorithm and a visual interface to stop the top three problems in programming languages: crashing, freezing, and syntax errors.

The interface uses a simulator and a project browser all in one window. PlumeriaSC 3 gives you the ability to drag sliders, change values of popup buttons, and modify 3D graphics all in realtime. It takes the simple interface of an IDE (Integrated Developer Environment) like Xcode and the interaction of a 3D modeling program together.

The download and tutorials are free, but those who would like to save and open files can upgrade to the pro version for $29.95.

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Jul 20
Apple releases second public betas of macOS Sierra, iOS 10

Apple has released the second public betas of macOS Sierra and iOS 10 to public beta testers. The finished versions of the operating system updates are due this fall.

If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can sign up at https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

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Jul 20
Game Creators launch AppGameKit Education Bundle

The Game Creators has launched the AppGameKit Education Bundle. The special pack, specifically developed for the Education market, includes AppGameKit, Giant Asset Packs 1 & 2, Games Pack1 and a 3D Asset Pack.

The free Educational Materials Pack, which compliments the Education Bundle, includes an “Instructors Guide,”written specifically for teachers and tutors, and enables them to develop AppGameKit courses and classes to teach programming and app development. The simple guide includes code exercises with commands, loops, variables, images and sprites.

“Educational establishments considering which engine to use should give serious consideration to this specialist education pack,” Lee Bamber, CEO of The Game Creators, said. “While products like Unity and Unreal are free, they arrive with almost no game assets, requiring the schools, colleges and universities to purchase additional graphics and sound for their class. The AppGameKit Education Pack includes...

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Jul 20
iPhoneRecovery for Mac revved to version 3

Cisdem has released iPhoneRecovery 3 for Mac. It’s an upgrade of the iPhone data recovery software for retrieving lost or deleted iOS data.

iPhoneRecovery can help recover multiple files, including lost photos, videos, messages, contacts, call history, Safari bookmarks, notes, calendar, and more. Version 3.0 offers performance improvements and a revamped user interface.

Cisdem iPhoneRecovery 3 is available here: http://tinyurl.com/hmpvacu. The price for a single user license is $49.99. Discounts are offered for approved schools, churches, government entities and charitable organizations.

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Jul 27
Security software market grew 3.7% in 2015

Worldwide security software revenue totaled $22.1 billion in 2015, a 3.7% increase in from 2014, according to Gartner, Inc.

Security information and event management (SIEM) remained the fastest-growing segment in 2015, with 15.8 % growth, while consumer security software showed the sharpest decline at 5.9% year-on-year. In 2015, the top five vendors together accounted for 37.6% of the security software revenue market share, down 3.1 percentage points from 2014. These vendors also displayed a collective decline of 4.2% in 2015, while the rest of the market (Others) grew strongly at 9.2% year-on-year.

"The below-market growth seen by these large vendors with complex product portfolios is in contrast to the market growth and disruption being introduced by smaller, more specialized security software vendors," said Sid Deshpande, principal research analyst at Gartner.

Symantec maintained the No. 1 position despite the company suffering its third consecutive year of...

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Jul 26
Consumer NAS market to grow 11.01% by 2020

New data from Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com) says that the global consumer NAS market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 11.01% during the period 2016-2020.

The research group says a trend that’s positively impacting the market is the reduction in prices of individual consumer NAS devices. The cost of devices such as computers, tablets, smartphones, and hard drives is reduced on a YoY basis or when a powerful alternative to a device is released by vendors. Few individual consumers are unaware of NAS appliances being an alternative to external hard drives and DAS.

According to the Research and Markets report, a key growth driver is the increase in the number of connected home devices. Many individuals use Wi-Fi-enabled devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops, to communicate for personal and professional purposes on a global scale.

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Jul 25
Two-fifths of IT pros: our organization is ready for...

A recent Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com) survey found that 41% of surveyed IT professionals believe their IT organization to be ready for the digital business of the next two years. Twenty nine percent of those surveyed said that engagement with the demands of digital business would be their primary duty or a significant part of their duties.

In the first quarter of 2016, Gartner surveyed 948 Gartner clients across 30 countries. Those surveyed were IT professionals representing many job categories and technology disciplines and were asked about their role in their organization’s efforts to transform itself in order to meet the challenges of digital business.

"IT professionals indicate that their investment priorities, infrastructure changes, skills development and business-IT interactions are in flux, and that they are unsure how their IT organization will make it through any digital transformation," said...

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Jul 22
Index AR Solutions: AR market for U.S. enterprise to...

Augmented reality is projected to be a $105 billion market for U.S.enterprise within 15 years, with early adopters of the disruptive technology gaining a competitive advantage in their industries, according to a market perspective released by Index AR Solutions (www.indexarsolutions.com). The projected $105 billion in revenue includes $49 billion in hardware, $11 billion in software and $45 billion in services.

These are among the key findings of an Index AR Solutions market perspective researched and written by the firm's executive team and released today. Authors of the market perspective are Index AR Solutions President and CEO Dan Arczynski, Executive Vice President and COO Dexter Lilley and Director of Operations John Arczynski.

"This market perspective is a must read for companies and organizations considering augmented reality," Arczynski said. "Augmented reality is an investment in...

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Jul 21
Global mobile data revenues to reach $630 billion by...

A new report from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) estimates global mobile data revenue will increase from $386 billion in 2015 to $630 billion in 2020, with most of the revenue growth in the Asia & Pacific region and the rest of the world.

The research group says North America and Western Europe will see only minimal growth, and in the U.S. especially, alternatives such as Wi-Fi have drawn consumer interest to reduce their mobile data bills. Cable operators are promoting Wi-Fi hotspots, and roughly 70% of U.S. mobile consumers are interested in Wi-Fi-only data plans.

"The IoT [Internet of Things] market represents significant revenue potential for mobile operators, who are looking to the IoT to complement traditional smartphone-driven mobile data revenues," said Harry Wang, senior director of Research, Parks Associates. "5G data service ARPU has limited room for expansion from...

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Jul 20
Content billing opportunity to reach $47 billion by...

A new study by Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) as found that the value of digital content transactions paid for by carrier billing is expected to reach $47 billion by 2020, more than 4 times 2015’s figure of just under $11.3 billion.

According to the new research Apple’s decision to test carrier billing in Germany and Russia is likely to herald a substantial number of further deployments in the medium term. Juniper says the move will be essential if Apple is to monetize unbanked owners of refurbished devices in emerging markets, who would otherwise be limited to paying for content via iTunes gift cards.

The report also says that carrier billing solutions could be a key means of monetizing content purchased within an array of environments, including connected cars and for in-flight infotainment. However, the research found that the operator practice of setting daily or monthly...

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Jul 19
IT spending to be flat in 2016

Worldwide IT spending is forecast to be flat in 2016, totaling $3.41 trillion, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). This is up from last quarter's forecast of negative 0.5 percent growth. The change in the forecast is mainly due to currency fluctuations, notes the research group.

"The current Gartner Worldwide IT Spending Forecast assumes that the U.K. would not exit the European Union. With the U.K.'s exit, there will likely be an erosion in business confidence and price increases which will impact U.K., Western Europe and worldwide IT spending," said John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner.

While the U.K. has embarked on a process to change, that change is yet to be defined. The "leave" vote will quickly affect IT spending in the U.K. and in Europe while other changes will take longer. Staff may be the largest immediate issue. The long-term uncertainty in work status will make the...

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Jul 18
Federal government IT pros are overconfident in...

Tripwire (www.tripwire.com), a global provider of endpoint detection and response, security and compliance solutions, has announced the results of a study conducted for Tripwire by Dimensional Research.

The Tripwire study evaluated the confidence of IT professionals regarding the efficacy of seven key security controls, which must be in place to quickly detect a cyber attack in progress. Study respondents included 763 IT professionals from various industries, including 103 participants from federal government organizations.

Despite the persistent issues surrounding privileged access, almost one-third (thirty percent) of federal government respondents in Tripwire’s survey disclosed they are not able to detect every non-privileged user’s attempt to access files. In addition, seventy-three percent of federal government respondents assume their system would generate an alert or email within hours if a user...

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Jul 15
IT infrastructure spending by cloud environments to be...

According to the latest forecast from IDC (www.idc.com), total spending on IT infrastructure products (server, enterprise storage, and Ethernet switches) for deployment in cloud environments will increase by 15.5% in 2016 to reach $37.1 billion. This amount excludes double counting between storage and servers, according to the research group.

In comparison, spending on enterprise IT infrastructure deployed in traditional, non-cloud, environments will decline by 4.4% in 2016, but will still account for the largest share, 63.4%, of end user spending. Spending on private cloud IT infrastructure will grow by 10.3% year over year to $13.8 billion with more than 60% of this amount contributed by on-premises private cloud environments. Spending on public cloud IT infrastructure will increase by 18.8% in 2016 to $23.3 billion.

All regions are expected to increase spending on cloud IT infrastructure in 2016 with investments...

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Jul 14
Bitcoin transaction values to triple this year

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that the total value of Bitcoin transactions is expected to exceed $92 billion this year, up from less than $27 billion in 2015. The research found that transaction volumes continued to be concentrated overwhelmingly on the exchanges, with Bitcoin now trading at values almost 50% higher than at the beginning of the year.

According to the new research, the rise in values could be attributed to three key factors:
 
° Uncertainty over Brexit – the research argued that Bitcoin’s value is to a significant extent dependent upon economic uncertainty and political instability as investors seek safe havens for their assets. Bitcoin’s price rose in the weeks leading up to the referendum, dipped briefly but sharply when it appeared that Britain would vote to remain in the EU, before recovering when the true result became apparent...

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Wednesday July 27

06:48
Microsoft’s new iOS camera has no settings but...

Microsoft is taking on Apple’s own camera app with an iOS app it claims is smarter. Microsoft Pix has no user controls, but is instead controlled by AI software, which attempts to work out what you are photographing and automatically adjust the settings to give the best results. It also automatically enhances your photos, and shows you the before-and-after to allow you to pick the version you prefer.

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06:38
Happy Hour Podcast 077 | Carpool Karaoke, iPhone 7...

This week Benjamin and Zac talk about Apple’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ purchase, the rumored iPhone 7 release date in context, and Apple’s latest earnings report. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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06:38
News: Apple turning ‘Carpool Karaoke’ into an Apple...

Apple is turning James Corden’s popular “Carpool Karaoke” segment into its own series, set to air as an Apple Music exclusive, The Hollywood Reporter reports. The series will expand on the current format, with celebrity guests singing along to their favorite songs and surprising fans during the ride, but will likely feature a host other than Corden. The 16-episode series will be released weekly on Apple Music, but no premiere date…

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06:36
Apple opens at $103, up 7%, after the company...

Following the earnings report yesterday, Apple company stock has popped 7% as investors were pleased with Apple’s guidance for the September quarter and total revenue drop for fiscal Q3 was lower than anticipated.

This means Apple stock is back into triple digits, after fleeting the $101 mark briefly last week. The stock opened this morning at $103, up significantly from yesterdays close os ~$97

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: KOAR Bone Conduction Bluetooth...

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering the KOAR Bone Conduction Bluetooth Headset for only $76.99 — that’s 48% off the regular price. Boasting patented transducers that use bone conduction technology to convey crystal clear sound directly to your inner ears, these futuristic headphones allow you to fully hear your surroundings and talk with friends while you listen to your music. A sealed design with IP67 water resistance and…

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05:55
AAPL breaks $100 in after-hours trading, as analysts...

Update: That $103 price is holding steady in early trading this morning.

While Apple’s earnings weren’t fantastic, with particularly bad news in China, the market view appears to be that the numbers were better than feared. The stock price climbed sharply in the first hour of after-hours trading, jumping from $97.34 to more than $103, and has so far maintained this new level.

Business Insider did a roundup of analyst reactions, and found that with the single exception of Deutsche Bank, which rates the stock a Hold, all the...

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05:30
Australian banks demand access to NFC chip on iPhone...

Australia’s three biggest banks are claiming that Apple is in breach of antitrust laws by not allowing third-party mobile payment apps to use the NFC chip used by Apple Pay for contactless payment.

Reuters reports that the banks have initially requested permission from regulators to jointly negotiate with Apple – ironically, because they might themselves be in breach of antitrust laws if they clubbed together to negotiate without clearance to do so …

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04:50
First Singapore Apple Store looks set for November...

The first Apple Store in Singapore looks set to open in November, according to a construction works plate on the site. The plate says that the anticipated completion date of the additions and alterations to the building is 31st October, suggesting that it is likely to open sometime the following month …

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04:30
Horcrux makes it a breeze to backup, migrate email...

By Aaron Lee

Questions about data sovereignty, data security and cloud computing are important issues are important for every person who has an email account — and that includes you. Technichor's Horcrux Email Backup for Mac users lets you automatically keep you data rather than surrendering it to third party services.

The data stored with some email providers actually belongs to the provider, not to the user. As a result, some folks have been surprised to discover that they've lost access to their data without any recourse.

Horcrux is a background app that takes daily snapshots of email account states similar to the way Apple's Time Machine works with your Mac. The app allows you to browse the emails and undelete specific emails. In case you accidentally delete an important email, you can undelete it with a click.

Another feature of Horcrux is the option it gives people to change email providers without losing all prior data. Horcrux...

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04:18
Apple’s Chinese revenue falls 33% as local brands...

While most of the numbers announced yesterday were broadly in line with analyst expectations, there was one particularly disappointing element: revenue from China. This was down 29% on the previous quarter, and a full 33% year-on-year – from $13.2B in Q3 2015 to $8.8B the same quarter this year.

CEO Tim Cook pointed to slowing growth in the Chinese economy as a factor, but there are two other factors at play …

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04:00
Tractica: the future looks bright for combos like...

Digital payments using wearables devices such as the combination of Apple Pay and the Apple Watch will drive more than $500 billion in transaction volume annually by 2020, according to Tractica. That will be up from $3.1 billion in 2015.

The market intelligence firm anticipates that, by 2020, wearable payments will represent approximately 20% of the total mobile proximity transaction volume and about 1% of total cashless transactions in retail.

“Wearable payments are just getting started,” says research director Aditya Kaul. “Apple Pay for the Apple Watch is the first big effort at enabling payments with the wrist.”

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00:20
Xiaomi's first laptop is the $750 Mi Notebook...

It wouldn't be a Xiaomi event if it was just announcing one product. In addition to the new Redmi Pro smartphone, the Chinese company threw in a huge surprise by launching its first-ever laptop line, the Mi Notebook Air, running on Windows 10. It com...

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00:13
Nintendo's lack of breakthrough games hits...

Despite Nintendo's attempts to lower expectations ahead of announcing its financial results, its latest quarterly earnings aren't good. At all. Net sales are down 31 percent compared to the same quarter last year, down to 62 billion yen ($587 million...

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Tuesday July 26

23:50
Xiaomi's Redmi Pro does OLED and dual camera on...

Just because Xiaomi is selling Segways, drones, bicycles and rice cookers these days doesn't mean that it's forgotten what it started off with years ago: mobile phones. Today, the Chinese company announced the Redmi Pro which is the latest smartphone...

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23:18
3D imaging helps map tiny connections in the brain

Mapping brain connections is tricky -- chemicals can destroy the very structures you're trying to map, and an electron microscope can only tell you so much. MIT researchers aren't daunted, however. They've developed a new 3D imaging technique that le...

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22:53
Apple preps first Mexican Apple Store ahead of push...

While Apple's growth, or lack thereof, in Greater China grabs headlines, work continues on a planned expansion into untapped markets like Mexico, where the company is poised to open its first retail store later this year.

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22:28
Check out Lockheed Martin's robotic blimp...

Lockheed Martin's hybrid airships are as big as a football field, and it's a huge challenge making sure their surfaces are don't have tiny pinholes in them. That's why the company developed a robot called Self-Propelled Instrument for Damage Evaluati...

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21:55
Solar-powered machine turns urine into drinkable...

Scientists from a Belgian university have built a solar-powered machine that can turn urine into drinkable water. They deployed it at a 10-day music and theater festival in central Ghent, Belgium. The experiment was a success as the scientists were a...

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21:21
Australian banks say Apple Pay is anticompetitive,...

Three of Australia's major banks on Wednesday filed a joint application with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to force Apple into negotiations over the installation of third-party mobile payments software on iPhone.

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21:21
LG Display invests $1.75 billion for flexible OLED...

The South Korean-based LG Display announced it will be investing $1.75 billion in an attempt to meet the growing demand for flexible OLED displays, which are expected to replace LCDs for smartphones and other similar tech in the future.

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20:40
'Destiny' splits off from PlayStation 3...

If you're still playing Destiny on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, today's update is the last you'll see. That's aside from any emergency fixes, according to a post on Bungie.net. The patch also addresses a number of minor glitches involving loot, gear a...

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19:29
Porsche will hire over 1,400 employees to build its...

Porsche first unveiled its electric car, the Mission E, last December as a luxury model fit to compete with Tesla's Model S. 1,000 new jobs would be created to bring the concept vehicle to life, but today they increased the total to more than 1,400,...

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Wednesday July 27

04:32
Videos: Five Analysts Weigh in on Apple's Positive...

As the market gets ready to open, Apple's stock AAPL is likely to open at +6.75% higher on relief that their third quarter financials weren't as bad as Wall Street had expected and the sell off prior to Apple's announcement was overkill. As some analysts have had time to digest their financials, opinions are beginning to roll in. Below are a few video interviews with some pretty interesting points and optimism ...

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03:39
Australian Banks Challenge Apple Over Mobile Payment App...

Three of Australia's biggest banks have lodged a joint application with anti-trust regulators to negotiate with Apple over gaining access to the NFC-based mobile payment hardware in its smartphones (via Reuters).

Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank (NAB), and Westpac have so far resisted signing deals to use the company's Apple Pay mobile payment system, because they want their customers to be able to use digital wallets they have already financed and developed.

However, they don't want to be accused of violating anti-competition law by jointly negotiating a deal, which is where the application comes in.

If the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) lets the banks collectively negotiate with Apple under the terms of the application, it would enable them to undertake "a limited form of...

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Tuesday July 26

15:43
Apple CEO Tim Cook on Augmented Reality: 'We Contin...

Apple CEO Tim Cook today told investors that Apple is continuing to invest in augmented reality, and that the company is "high on AR in the long run." Cook's comments came after he was questioned about Pokémon Go, the hit augmented reality game developed by Niantic Labs, Nintendo, and The Pokémon Company.

Cook, who continually referred to "Pokémon" as "Pokemans," said Pokémon Go is a "testament to what happens to innovative apps," giving the App Store credit for empowering developers to "press a button" and "offer a product around the world." He went on to say that augmented reality offers a great commercial opportunity and great opportunities for consumers.

AR can be really great. We have been and continue to invest a lot in this. We're high on AR in the long run and we think there are great things for customers and a great commercial opportunity. The...

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15:24
Tim Cook 'Optimistic' About iPhone 7 Sales, Se...

During today's third quarter earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook told investors that he's "very optimistic" about prospective iPhone sales this fall, despite rumors suggesting the device will introduce only minor changes.

In response to a question about speculation that iPhone upgrade rates will be low in 2016 based on circulating rumors that the iPhone 7 will mark only a modest update to the iPhone 6s, Cook said he sees "so many signs that are positive" that point towards solid sales numbers.

A mockup of the iPhone 7I don't want to talk about new phones that aren't announced. That aside, what we have seen -- in past tense or in current tense -- on the upgrade...

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14:21
Apple Reveals that Sales in China Tumbled another 26% in...

Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 third quarter ended June 25, 2016. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $42.4 billion and quarterly net income of $7.8 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share.

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13:39
Apple Reports Q3 2016 Earnings of $7.8B on $42.4B in Rev...

Apple today announced financial results for the third fiscal quarter (second calendar quarter) of 2016. For the quarter, Apple posted revenue of $42.4 billion and net quarterly profit of $7.8 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share, compared to revenue of $49.6 billion and net quarterly profit of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. As expected, the results represent the second consecutive year-over-year declines in quarterly revenue and iPhone sales.

Gross margin for the quarter was 38 percent compared to 39.7 percent in the year-ago quarter, with international sales accounting for 63 percent of revenue. Apple also declared a quarterly dividend payment of $0.57 per share, payable on August 11...

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13:22
iPhone 7 May Include Flush '3D Touch' Home But...

Apple's iPhone 7 may not include a physical home button, instead adopting a touch-sensitive "3D Touch" home button, reports Mac Otakara [Google Translate]. Such a home button would be flush with the body of the iPhone and would not actually depress when a finger is placed on it.

Instead, when a user presses on the home button, haptic feedback will mimic a press, much like the Force Touch trackpad on Apple's most recent MacBooks. Through haptic feedback, iPhone users will feel the sensation of pressing on a button even though there's no actual button to press.

Mac Otakara's report refers...

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12:57
Apple Buys Unscripted TV Series 'Carpool Karaoke...

Apple has purchased an unscripted television series based on the highly popular "Carpool Karaoke" segment from "The Late Late Show With James Corden," reports Variety. The upcoming television show will be distributed via Apple Music and is said to be seen as a way to "drive online activity" for the streaming music service.

It is not clear how closely the "Carpool Karaoke" show Apple has purchased will mirror the segment popularized by Corden. On The Late Late Show, Corden drives around and sings hit songs with celebrities and public figures that have included Michelle Obama, Selena Gomez, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Demi Lovato, Gwen Stefani, and more.

Apple has licensed 16 episodes of the show from CBS TV Studios, which will be executive produced by Corden and Ben Winston.

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10:31
Second-Generation Apple Watch Expected This Fall

Apple is planning to unveil the second-generation Apple Watch in September or October, according to a new report from DigiTimes citing supply chain sources in a wider piece on weakening demand for tablets and wearables.

Component makers and Apple suppliers are said to be seeing "rather conservative orders" for the new Apple Watch despite its upcoming release date, information that directly conflicts with a June DigiTimes report that pointed towards "higher-than-expected" orders. Given the confusion over the second-generation Apple Watch in the supply chain, DigiTimes' information does not offer a clear picture of the demand Apple expects to see for the device.

Rumors suggest the second-generation Apple Watch will see under-the-hood spec improvements and...

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08:08
What to Expect From Apple's Third Quarter Earnings...

Apple today will release its fiscal third quarter earnings results, reflecting a three-month period that ended in late June, and the consensus among analysts is that the company will report a second consecutive decline in iPhone sales and overall revenue. That same scenario played out last quarter for the first time since 2003.

In fact, some analysts have forecasted that iPhone sales may be as low as 38 million to 40 million units, a decline of up to 20 percent compared to the year-ago quarter. If the estimates prove to be accurate, it would mark Apple's worst quarter of iPhone growth ever in the smartphone's nine-year history.

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06:14
New National Guidelines Could Halt Use of SMS for Two-Fa...

The US National Institute for Standards and Technology has released a new draft of its Digital Authentication Guideline, which sets the rules that all authentication software eventually follows. In the document, NIST deprecates the implementation of SMS as a method with which users validate a second level of security on various accounts, "no longer" allowing its use in future guidelines as it is considered not secure enough (via TechCrunch).

Two-factor authentication via SMS (left) and an alternative trusted iOS device (right)

Setting up two-factor authentication through text messages is one of the most popular ways users add another layer of security onto an account, on top of a basic password, including those for Apple's own software,...

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04:15
Apple Granted 32 Patents Today Covering Force Touch, Inv...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 32 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. Earlier today we covered granted patents relating to an iPhone projector and the Apple Pencil working with Apple's next-gen Magic Trackpad-3. Some of the other patents worth noting today cover force touch for the MacBook's trackpad and beyond, disappearing buttons ...

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03:14
Apple Wins Patent for Apple Pencil working with Future M...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 32 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover an Apple Pencil related invention. Apple's patent only came to light in May and has already been granted to them. The invention covers Apple bringing their new Apple Pencil to the Mac via a future version of their Magic Trackpad

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02:47
Apple Wins a Projector Patent allowing Hand Gestures to...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 32 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover an invention that Apple's Israeli PrimeSense team invented. The invention covers a pattern projector embedded into an iOS device like an iPhone ...

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Monday July 25

14:37
Safari in iOS 10 Offers Improved Animated GIF Viewing an...

In iOS 10, Apple plans to make some changes to the way videos are handled, putting a stop to irritating autoplay videos and offering improvements to animated GIFs. The changes will come in the form of updated policies for "video" elements, as outlined today by Apple software engineer Jer Noble on the Webkit blog

As iOS 8 and iOS 9 users know, an animated GIF encoded using "video" tags requires users to tap on the GIF to play it as a video would play, creating a frustrating user experience. When viewing such a GIF, it's currently necessary to load the image, tap it to play, and wait for it to be displayed full screen. In iOS 10, the user experience is being simplified.

Going forward, Webkit will allow videos with no audio element or a muted audio element to honor autoplay attributes, so GIFs...

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09:55
iPhone Rumored to Include Iris Scanning Capabilities Sta...

Apple is working on iPhones with iris scanning capabilities that could debut in 2018, reports DigiTimes in a wider piece about increasing interest in advanced biometric functionality in smartphones.

Iris scanning would potentially be used in place of Touch ID as a way to verify a user's identity, performing functions like making payments and unlocking an iOS device. Each person's iris, or the circular colored muscle of the eye, contains a complex and random pattern that is unique to each individual, much like a fingerprint.

An iris recognition machine at the Schiphol Airport

Apple has been rumored to be looking into iris scanning in the past and it is a technology that is...

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08:46
Apple may have Appointed Bob Mansfield to Head Apple...

According to a new report by the Wall Street Journal, Apple Inc. has tapped a highly-regarded senior executive who helped bring to market many of Apple’s signature products to oversee Apple's automobile Project Titan Project ...

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08:08
Apple wins Two Design Patents for a User Interface Eleme...

Over the weekend Patently Apple posted as series of design patent reports covering iOS Maps, the Apple Watch magnetic charging dock, Apple Pencil replacement tips and the Apple Store's 'Grove'. The last two in the group of granted design patents from Hong Kong relate to Apple's iMessage. The designs focus ...

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08:06
Apple Appoints Bob Mansfield to Oversee Electric Vehicle...

Apple has appointed former longtime executive Bob Mansfield, who last served as Senior Vice President of Technologies at the company, to oversee development of its widely rumored electric vehicle, according to The Wall Street Journal. All senior managers on the project now report to him.

Apple announced that Mansfield was retiring in June 2012, but a few months later said he would remain with the company as an advisor. He last worked on Apple's...

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07:09
Apple Stock Forecasted to Rise as Lifetime iPhone Sales...

Apple will report its fiscal third quarter earnings results tomorrow, and both the company and analysts project a year-over-year decline in iPhone sales and overall revenue for a second consecutive quarter.

Apple expects third quarter revenue of between $41 billion and $43 billion, which would be up to 18 percent lower than the $49.6 billion in revenue it posted in the year-ago quarter. The consensus among analysts is around $42.1 billion in revenue, which is essentially the midpoint of Apple's guidance.

Analysts estimate that Apple sold at least another 40 million iPhones during the June quarter, raising lifetime sales of the smartphone to some 987 million. Applying that sales rate to July --...

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Wednesday July 27

05:00
Things to Do in Gothenburg in the Fall

Early fall is a great time to visit Gothenburg, Sweden. The students are back at the local universities, which gives any city a certain energy. You’ll also find fewer crowds than other times of the year, agreeable weather, some of the best people in the world, and plenty of serious awesomeness to see and do.

Sweden’s second largest city is an important port city, quickly growing in popularity due to a variety of attractions including of course, MacSysAdmin. In addition to popular tourist destinations, there are special events held in September, charming canals that stretch through the city and beautiful neo-classical architecture everywhere you look. Great food at every corner, a vibrant shopping scene, and all the nature you can ask for right at your doorstep are just a handful of reasons that make Gothenburg so unique.

Walk and Ride Around the City

Much of Gothenburg can be explored by walking. I usually register at least 10 kilometers a day when I’m there,...

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Tuesday July 26

06:00
Outlook helps you focus on what matters to you

We are being inundated with more information, more communication and more email vying for our attention. It is more critical than ever to have tools that help us cut through the noise and focus on what matters most. Today, Outlook is expanding the availability of two new experiences to do just that—Focused Inbox and @mentions.

These new experiences add to several recently released features, all aimed at helping you take control of your mailbox. In December, Outlook began automatically adding events from your email to your calendar. And last month we added simplified summary cards in your inbox and calendar for travel reservations and package deliveries. Combined, these features help deliver on Outlook’s core mission...

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06:00
New to Office 365 in July—new intelligent services...

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

This month, we are releasing a new set of cloud-powered intelligent services in Office apps designed to save you time and produce better results. These features help you improve your writing in Word, deliver dynamic presentations in PowerPoint and prioritize the emails that matter most to you in Outlook.

Introducing Researcher—accessing credible sources and cited content just got easier

Researcher is a new service in Word that helps you find and incorporate reliable sources and content for your paper in fewer steps. Right within your Word document you can explore material related to your topic and add it—and its properly-formatted citation—in one click. Researcher uses the Bing Knowledge Graph to pull in the appropriate content from the web and provide structured, safe and credible information.

We’ll continue expanding...

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Monday July 25

09:00
July 2016 updates for Get & Transform in Excel...

Excel 2016 includes a powerful new set of features based on Power Query technology, which provides fast, easy data gathering and shaping capabilities and can be accessed through the Get & Transform section on the Data ribbon.

Today, we are pleased to announce 12 new data transformation and connectivity features that have been requested by many customers. These updates are available as part of an Office 365 subscription. If you are an Office 365 subscriber, find out how to get these latest updates. If you have Excel 2010 or Excel 2013, you can also take advantage of...

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09:00
Modern SharePoint lists are here—including...

Earlier this year, we unveiled a new cloud-first, mobile-first vision and roadmap for SharePoint, which included innovations that empower people, teams and organizations to intelligently discover, share and collaborate on content from anywhere and on any device. Today, we’re pleased to announce the rollout of modern SharePoint lists to SharePoint Online, along with one-click integration of PowerApps and Microsoft Flow. These enhancements will begin rolling out to Office 365 First Release customers the first week in August 2016.

What’s new with modern SharePoint lists

Modern SharePoint lists provide a powerful way for people to collaborate on structured data directly from their team site to help teams organize content—such as investment account onboarding details,...

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Friday July 22

13:25
Office 365 news roundup

At the annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) last week, Microsoft partners from every part of the globe heard about our newest innovations and how they can use Office 365 to transform their customers’ businesses while building their own. One of the highlights at WPC was when Facebook CIO Tim Campos took the stage to explain why his fast-growing company is using Office 365 to enhance productivity, collaboration and mobility for its global workforce.

One of the great things about WPC and the other conferences that Microsoft hosts throughout the year is that they bring together a community of like-minded people who want to learn more about Office 365 and our other products. Yet, as valuable as those conferences are, they are not the only good way for you to...

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09:00
Automatic albums, improved search, Pokémon and more...

Photos are one of the most popular and most important file types that our users save to OneDrive. We’ve been working on improving the OneDrive photos experience across the web and in our mobile apps.

Here’s a look at new features we are rolling out:

Automatic albums

You upload photos to OneDrive so you can easily find and relive memories—whether from another device or by sharing them with friends and family. With automatic albums, this experience is now even easier.

OneDrive detects whenever you take a few photos in a short period of time, in a particular location. The highest quality photos are then selected and put into an album. You are even notified when they’re ready to view and share on OneDrive.com, in our mobile apps or via the Windows 10 Photos app. In addition, to celebrate all of the fun stuff you do over the weekend, on Monday morning albums from your weekend photos are automatically created.

On this day…

On OneDrive.com, you’...

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Thursday July 21

11:00
Take your teamwork to the next level with Office 365...

Test drive Office 365 and Windows 10 from the comfort of your own office.

An online immersion session is not your typical online event. These 90-minute interactive sessions start with an online roundtable discussing your business challenges and then launch into a live environment in the cloud. A skilled facilitator guides you through simulated business scenarios that are customized to your interests.

We will send you a link to connect your own device to a remote desktop loaded with our latest and greatest technology, so you can experience first-hand how Microsoft tools can solve your biggest challenges in a collaborative, fun environment.

Online immersion sessions help you discover how to:

  • Keep information secure while being productive—Make it easier to work securely and maintain compliance without inhibiting your workflow.
  • Capture, review and share notes from anywhere—Boost your team’s productivity by...
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09:00
3 urgent truths about cloud computing in a mobile...

In a constantly evolving world transformed by cloud, social and mobile technologies, companies are focused on strategic platforms for streamlining processes, reaching customers and expanding sales. Cloud computing has been—and will continue to be—a big player in the game, impacting every aspect of our business processes. Global spending on Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is expected to reach $16.5 billion this year, while the global Software as a Service (SaaS) market is projected to grow to $67 billion by 2018. So what lies ahead for 2016 and beyond? Here are three facts you should know about cloud computing:

  1. Going hybrid is not just for cars—Companies looking for enterprise...
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09:00
Sway accessibility milestones

The Microsoft mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, and we on the Sway team take this mission to heart.

We built the Sway app to make it easy to bring in content from multiple sources, so you can convey a richer story with photos, videos and other multimedia. Our built-in design engine instantly puts your creations into cohesive layouts and designs, so you don’t have to spend hours on formatting. And our digital format makes it easy to share your Sway with a link and ensures that it adapts to different screens.

On top of these, we’ve been working on several features to help users with vision, mobility and cognitive impairments use Sway in their personal and work lives. All of the following enhancements are now available on the Sway web and Windows apps.

Accessibility Checker

We’re excited to launch the Accessibility Checker to help authors:

  • Identify images or videos with missing alternative...
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09:00
OneNote July roundup

This month the OneNote team is pleased to release new capabilities to enhance inking, clipping content from the web and working with others. We have a lot of great things to share with you, so let’s dive right in.

Inking with OneNote

Ink effects—Sometimes a simple color isn’t enough to get your idea across. Now you can jazz up your notes and drawings with new ink effects like rainbow, galaxy, gold and silver to make anything you write more unique and even more fun. We were inspired to create these new ink effects in response to requests we heard from students when we visited their classrooms. During beta testing, we were pleased to see the smiles brought to everyone’s faces—young and old alike. Ink effects are now available for Office 365 subscribers in OneNote on Windows 10.

Inking in OneNote for Mac—Today, we’re launching ink in OneNote for Mac for the first time, bringing to life one of our top...

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09:00
Episode 100 with Corporate Vice President Jeff Teper...

In episode 100 of the Office 365 Developer Podcast, Richard diZerega and Andrew Coates are joined by Jeff Teper, the Corporate Vice President of SharePoint and OneDrive. They discuss Jeff’s long and influential history with SharePoint and the future of the platform. Former host Jeremy Thake also makes a surprise appearance.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP100_JeffTeper.mp3

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Wednesday July 20

09:00
IM on it—why instant messaging is collaboration’s...

Implementing an instant messaging platform is important for productivity for teams of all sizes. Enabling a system for quick, informal, easy-to-reference and mobile chats keeps teams connected for nimble collaborations—resulting in a major value-add to your business.

How much value, exactly? Businesses that have embraced instant messaging practice have seen remarkable improvements in productivity and streamlined communication. According to a survey of employees using chat services conducted by SoftwareAdvice.com, 75 percent saw decreased call and email volume, and 66 percent noticed quick resolution for simple questions. When it comes to productivity, 21 percent noted either moderate or significant increase.

As company-wide IM benefits become clear, more and more businesses are getting on board. If you’re interested in these benefits but are wary to ensure proper...

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09:00
Yammer updates—from new user experiences to new IT...

The Yammer team is continually delivering new capabilities for users and admins as well as deeper integration with Office 365. Today, we take a detailed hands-on look at updates to Yammer for enterprise social—from enhanced security and compliance to greater team productivity. Angus Florance, from the Yammer team, joins me to demonstrate new integrated experiences, including Office 365 Video and Delve. And for admins, we’ll show you new controls for merging networks, managing users and tracking usage.

If you’ve been using Yammer, you would have noticed constantly improving integration with Office 365. It not only shares common sign-in backed by Azure Active Directory and ability to get to Yammer experiences via the Office 365 app launcher, but Yammer also meets the same compliance standards as other Office 365 services.

Along with the work to update and integrate Yammer’s...

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09:00
Bring in business 24/7 with Microsoft Bookings

As a business owner, you know that scheduling appointments with customers can take a lot of your time. Sending emails back and forth, playing phone tag and reminding people to show up can clutter your day and keep you from the more important work of growing your business. To help make appointment scheduling simpler and more efficient for you, your staff and your customers, we’re introducing a new Office 365 service called Microsoft Bookings.

Customers can schedule your business directly online

Bookings provides your business a unique web page that your customers can use to schedule appointments, even when you’re not around to pick up the phone or respond to an email. The web page is simple to use: the customer first selects the service they want and, based on availability you provide, chooses a day and time when you or one of your staff is available, enters their contact information and books the appointment.

The web page looks great on both larger screens and...

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Tuesday July 19

17:00
Apple Pay Has Expanded to France and Hong Kong

You can now support Apple Pay for your customers in France and Hong Kong, providing an easy and secure way for them to pay for physical goods and services within your app with a single touch. Learn more about Apple Pay.

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17:00
Apple Pay Has Expanded to France and Hong Kong

You can now support Apple Pay for your customers in France and Hong Kong, providing an easy and secure way for them to pay for physical goods and services within your app with a single touch. Learn more about Apple Pay.

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Monday July 18

16:28
About the security content of iCloud for Windows 5.2...

This document describes the security content of iCloud for Windows 5.2.1.

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12:16
About the security content of Safari 9.1.2

This document describes the security content of Safari 9.1.2.

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12:12
About the security content of tvOS 9.2.1

This document describes the security content of tvOS 9.2.1.

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12:02
About the security content of watchOS 2.2.2

This document describes the security content of watchOS 2.2.2.

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11:59
About the security content of OS X El Capitan v10.11...

This document describes the security content of OS X El Capitan v10.11.6 and Security Update 2016-004.

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13-inch 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air on sale for...
Amazon has the 13″ 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air on sale for $200 off MSRP for a limited time. Shipping is free: - 13″ 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air (sku MMGF2LL/A): $799.99 $200 off MSRP Their price is the... Read more
13-inch 1.6GHz/256GB MacBook Air on sale for...
Amazon has the 13″ 1.6GHz/256GB MacBook Air on sale for $200 off MSRP for a limited time. Shipping is free: - 13″ 1.6GHz/256GB MacBook Air (sku MMGG2LL/A): $999.99 $200 off MSRP Their price is the... Read more
Free iOS Business App notably* Helps Service...
PayStudio Inc. has introduced their new business app notably* 1.0, developed for iPhone and iPod touch. notably* was specifically developed to help service and trade professionals go digital and... Read more

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*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions, Willow...
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*Apple* Evangelist - JAMF Software (United S...
The Apple Evangelist is responsible for building and cultivating strategic relationships with Apple 's small and mid-market business development field teams. This Read more
*Apple* Solutions Consultant - APPLE (United...
Job Summary As an Apple Solutions Consultant, you'll be the link between our future customers and our products. You'll showcase your entrepreneurial spirit as you Read more
*Apple* Professional Learning Specialist - A...
Job Summary The Apple Professional Learning Specialist is a full-time position for one year with Apple in the Phoenix, AZ area. This position requires a high Read more
*Apple* Picker - Apple Hill Orchard (United...
Apple Hill Orchard, Co. Rte. 21,Whitehall, NY 9/7/16-10/228/16. Pick fresh market or processing apples Productivity of 60 boxes and 80 boxes processing fruit per Read more
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