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04:20
Troi Automatisering releases Troi File Plug-in 8.0.1 for FileMaker Pro...

Troi Automatisering has released Troi File Plug-in 8.0.1 for FileMaker Pro 14. The update of the file management plug-in fixes some problems and improves several functions.

Troi File Plug-in is a very powerful tool for getting access to information outside the FileMaker Pro database. Any files or folders stored on the computer can be accessed through the functions of the plug-in.

A fully functional demo version of Troi File Plug-in 8.0.1 is available for downloading at Troi's Web site (http://www.troi.com/software/fileplugin.html).
Troi File Plug-in 8.0.1 works with FileMaker Pro 12, 13 and 14. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 12, 13 and 14. The plug-in is available for OS X 10.6.x or higher, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Licenses cost US$99 per user.

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Maintain serves up Cocktail 8.4 (Yosemite Edition)

Maintain has served up Cocktail 8.4 (Yosemite Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Yosemite.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Version 8.4 adds ability to clear applications (App Store, Automator, Contacts, Dashboard, Dictionary, Game Center, iBooks, iTunes, Maps, Photos, System Preferences, Xcode) caches and adds compatibility with OS X 10.10.4. It also contains updated Automator actions.

Cocktail 8.4 (Yosemite Edition) requires OS X Yosemite 10.10 to run. 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 Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail). Cocktail 8.4 (Yosemite Edition) costs US$19 for a single user license and is available for purchase from the Maintain...

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May 26
PDFKey Pro for OS X locks, unlocks password-protected PDF docs

Briksoftware has announced PDFKey Pro 4.3 (http://pdfkey.com) for Mac OS X and Windows. It's an upgrade of the utility that locks and unlocks password-protected PDF documents.

PDFKey Pro removes editing and printing passwords by creating exact copies of PDF documents, but without the password. It instantly removes viewing passwords, but only if said password is provided beforehand. You can lock PDF files by creating perfect copies, but protected with either, or both, a viewing password and a password to restrict usage permissions (printing and copying) to the files.

PDFKey Pro 4.3 offers improved support for files with digital signatures, better compatibility with partially corrupted files, enhanced Mac OS X and Windows integration, and simplified usage of the integrated command line tools. It also adds German, French, Dutch and Polish localization

PDFKey Pro isn't designed to defeat DRM systems and...

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May 26
24U Releases 24U SimpleFile Plug-In 3.0 for FileMaker 14

24U Software (www.24usoftware.com/) has launched 24U SimpleFile Plug-In 3.0, an upgrade of the 24U SimpleFile Plug-In for managing files and folders directly from FileMaker Pro or FileMaker Server.

The update adds new features, along with support for 64-bit FileMaker Pro 14 and FileMaker Server 12, 13, and 14. 24U SimpleFile Plug-In 3.0 brings support for running applications from the solution, compressing and decompressing files and folders, and introduces new options for file selection dialogs.

24U SimpleFile Plug-In is available as shareware. Users can install the plug-in and try it out for the period of 14 days free of charge. After this period, 24U SimpleFile Plug-In will stop working and require a registration code.

Licenses start at US$49 per user and $499 per server. Existing customers can upgrade to the new version at 50 % off the regular prices if placing order within 14 days...

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May 26
PageMeUp for Mac OS X upped to version 1.2.1

Softobe has introduced PageMeUp 1.2.1 (http://www.softobe.com/pagemeup.html), an update to the layout editor for Mac OS X 10.9 or higher.

With PageMeUp, you create a document, choose its page format, size and background color, set the margins, bleed, custom guides, rows and columns and even apply RGB or CMYK ICC color profiles. Then you can drag, import or paste images and text onto the PageMeUp document and place/resize them on the page.

As of version 1.2.1, you can export your document to a widget. When exporting to PDF, PageMeUp now properly creates clickable text links with text-color and text-style you defined. The links on the PDF can open an URL with your default browser or send an email with your Email default application.

PageMeUp 1.2.1 costs US$9.99. It's available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.

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May 26
Brattoo Propaganda Software introduces PhotoBee for Mac OS X

Brattoo Propaganda Software has introduced PhotoBee (http://brattoo.com/propaganda/) for Mac OS X. It lets you scan your iMessages for photos and movies, and then download them to keep them along with the rest of your photos.

With PhotoBee, you can select which contacts you wish to scan, as well as choose the destination to save the files. The app will scan through all your messages in iMessages and list all found photos and movies so that you can browse them and choose which ones to save.

PhotoBee requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs US$7.95. A demo is available for download.

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May 26
MacPaw releases new platform for Mac app dev, distribution

MacPaw has released a new platform for app development and distribution that is an essential tool for selling apps outside Mac App Store: DevMate (http://devmate.com/).

It’s a two-fold platform designed to help developers with app distribution, collection of data, and analysis. DevMate consists of its SDK [software development kit] and its Dashboard. The SDK, DevMateKit, is designed to make it easy to integrate activations, update delivery, feedback collection, and crash report collection.

The Dashboard displays application data that gives developers a quick and complete overview of how their app is performing. According to MacPaw, developers can integrate the DevMateKit into their app to make it instantly ready for licensing, crash reporting, update delivery, tracking, and feedback collection.

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May 26
Jony Ive promoted to Chief Design Officer at Apple

With the scope of his design work having gradually expanded over the last few years, Jony Ive, Apple's senior vice president for design, will now hold the title of Chief Design Officer, says Tim Cook in a company memo, as noted by 9to5Mac.com.

At the same time, Ive will hand over "day-to-day managerial responsibilities" for industrial and UI [user interface] design to execs Richard Howarth and Alan Dye on July 1.

Here's Cook's memo: "I have exciting news to share with you today. I am happy to announce that Jony Ive is being promoted to the newly created position of Chief Design Officer at Apple.

"Jony is one of the most talented and accomplished designers of his generation, with an astonishing 5000 design and utility patents to his name. His new role is a reflection of the scope of work he has been doing at Apple for some time. Jony’s design responsibilities have expanded from hardware and, more recently, software UI to the look and feel of Apple retail stores...

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May 26
ChordsMaestro for Mac OS X adds support for left-handed users

Neonway has updated ChordsMaestro (http://neonway.com/apps/chordsmaestro), a music app for Mac OS X, to version 1.5.

The utility enables anyone to play and save chords of their favorite songs on seven different instruments. ChordsMaestro is designed for beginners, hobby musicians, music students, and fun to use for music lovers of all levels. The 1.5 update includes support for left-handed users, volume control, piano photos for right hand and images for flat sign representation.

ChordsMaestro 1.5 costs US$9.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Music category. It requires Mac OS X 10.7 or or higher.

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May 26
Quincy for Mac OS X released

RoGame Software (http://www.rogame.com) has released Quincy for Mac OS X. It's a music composition tool with editing and playback capabilities, plus MIDI integration into sequencers and DAWs alike.

Quincy is a tool for the creation of image-based, interactive, live music. Compositions can be looped and react to mouse input during play. Quincy's core engine is a full implementation of Conway's Game of Life, capable of generating all possible Life variants including HighLife and Seeds. It comes with a Life editor, a large library of patterns, color mixer, features an adjustable grid size, random cell insertion and many display options.

Quincy requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later. It costs US$35.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the music and education categories. Educational discounts are available. To celebrate this first release, Quincy is on sale through the App Store...

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May 26
New Accelsior S PCIe Card Brings 6Gb/s speeds to any system with a...

Other World Computing (OWC) has announced the Accelsior S, a new PCIe card with direct mount support for a 2.5” SATA 6Gb/s SSD. It enables PC, Mac Pro tower and Thunderbolt interface expansion chassis users to add additional storage.  

Utilizing the PCIe architecture, the Accelsior S card offers both storage expansion and 6Gb/s speeds up to 550MB/s -- more than double the performance of SATA 3Gb/s. When equipped with the Accelsior S PCIe card and an SSD, Mac Pro tower and PC users can launch, capture, render and process I/O-intensive apps without long wait times, says Larry O’Connor, founder and CEO, Other World Computing.  The Accelsior S PCIe card is also extremely easy to install--no drivers or software are required, he adds.

OWC’s new Accelsior S PCIe Card is available for US$57.75. For more information go to http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/SSDACL6G.S...

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May 25
Remember our soldiers on Memorial Day

MacNews and MacTech will be running a limited update schedule today in honor of Memorial Day. Originally called Decoration Day, is a day to remember those who have died in our nation's service. Remember our soldiers, past and present, and have a safe and wonderful holiday.

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May 22
iNotepad for OS X lets you write and manage multiple texts

Apimac has released iNotepad, a new app for Mac OS X that let you write and manage hundreds (or even thousands) of texts in one single document. With iNotepad, you have everything in one place.

You can write texts and format them as you like, enhance them with images and export them into various standard file formats. iNotepad features tools for organizing options, tag view, and more. You can find what you are looking for with basic or advanced search.

iNotepad is available today from the Apimac web site (www.apimac.com) at a cost of IS$24.99. Early adopters can get a 30% discount providing the coupon code "EARLYDSCNT877100" during the purchasing procedure. Owners of Apimac Notepad 9.9 are entitled a discount when purchasing the new app.

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May 22
ArtHandler for Mac OS X gets new export functionality, more

Martin Walk has announced ArtHandler 1.4 (http://arthandlerapp.com), a new version of the artist's record book application for Mac OS X.

ArtHandler is built for artists who need to remember titles, dimensions and dates of their artworks. It archives images of each artwork and makes them accessible for future use. Version 1.4 brings export functionality and the possibility to set a default artist's name for all newly added artworks.

ArtHandler 1.4 costs US$14.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the  Graphics & Design category. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later.

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May 22
Construction Estimator 1.1 released for OS X -

MICOM Software (http://www.micomsoftware.com) has introduced Construction Estimator 1.1, an update of the estimating program developed exclusively for Mac OS X.

Designed for professional contractors, homeowners and students alike, it can help users estimate materials and the cost of just about any project. Just press the button next to the function that you want to estimate, answer a few questions and the quantities and cost totals are displayed.

Construction Estimator 1.1 costs US$6.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. It requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later.

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May 22
FreeFileSync for Mac OS X revved to version 7

FreeFileSync (http://www.freefilesync.org) has released version 7 of its free, open source file synchronization utility for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. The new release runs under all modern versions of these operating systems, including Yosemite and Windows 10.

Version 7 supports media transfer protocol (MTP), making it easy for users to synchronize files and folders between their PCs and their iPhone, iPad, Android smartphone or tablet, digital camera, and other MTP devices. In addition to transferring image files, FreeFileSync's MTP support facilitates transfer of music files stored on digital audio players, text files stored on personal digital assistants (PDAs), and files on any device that supports the new MTP protocol.

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May 21
ThinPrint brings Wi-Fi printing to iPhones, iPads

ThinPrint has released a new version of its free app ThinPrint Cloud Printer. With the update iPhone, iPad and Android users print documents and photos to any printer in their current Wi-Fi network. A PC or Mac isn't needed.

If a user wants to print a document, photo or another file from his iPhone, iPad or Android device, the cloud-based app automatically shows which printers are available in the current Wi-Fi network. Once a printer is selected, the printout is sent through their smartphone or tablet to the printer. If a Wi-Fi printer isn’t available, the user can still turn any printer into a cloud printer and print via a PC or Mac connected to the printer.

“With the latest version, we have made significant progress in our goal of providing users with a mobile printing solution that can be used easily and spontaneously in any situation,” says Thién D. Nguyen, product manager ThinPrint Cloud Printer at ThinPrint. “By being fully manufacturer-independent, users with...

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May 21
FreeFileSync for Mac OS X revved to version 7

FreeFileSync (http://www.freefilesync.org) has released version 7 of its free, open source file synchronization utility for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. The new release runs under all modern versions of these operating systems, including Yosemite and Windows 10.

Version 7 supports media transfer protocol (MTP), making it easy for users to synchronize files and folders between their PCs and their iPhone, iPad, Android smartphone or tablet, digital camera, and other MTP devices. In addition to transferring image files, FreeFileSync's MTP support facilitates transfer of music files stored on digital audio players, text files stored on personal digital assistants (PDAs), and files on any device that supports the new MTP protocol.

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May 21
Telestream ships Episode 6.5 multiformat encoding software

Telestream (www.telestream.net) says version 6.5 of its Episode multiformat encoding software is now available. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher; pricing starts at US$594.

Version 6.5 includes support for closed captions, the latest formats, multi-bitrate encoding, and multi-track audio. Episode provides transcoding for individuals and workgroups.

Its transcoding engine is designed for the entire production workflow – maintaining high quality files from the camera to edit and all the way to final delivery. Episode also provides built-in collaboration and clustering to join multiple Mac and PC machines together.

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May 21
iCloud users experiencing multiple service problems

iCloud users globally have been experiencing trouble and multiple service glitches, although it's not clear why. Apple's System Status webpage (http://www.apple.com/support/systemstatus/) is still showing ongoing interruptions to various services as of this writing.

The page also says that "users may have experienced slower than normal response time when using iCloud services." The problems affect such services as The problems have reached into 11 services from Apple's online cloud offering, including iCloud Drive, iCloud Keychain syncing, iCloud Mail syncing, Documents in the Cloud, iCloud Backup, Back to My Mac, Photos, Find My iPhone/iPad/iPod touch/Mac, iMovie Theater, iCloud sign-in, and the iWork for iCloud beta.

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May 27
IoT market to grow 19% this year

The worldwide Internet of Things (IoT) market is expected to grow 19% in 2015, led by digital signage, according to a new forecast from International Data Corporation (www.idc.com). The second annual forecast focuses on growing IoT use in 11 vertical industries, including consumer, retail, healthcare, government, manufacturing, transportation, and other industries, while also sizing IoT opportunities for 25 vertical-specific use cases.

Unlike any other research in the industry, the new forecast specifically highlights worldwide spending across IoT use cases, including smart appliances, automated public transit, remote health monitoring, digital signage, connected vehicles, and air traffic monitoring, among others. Key findings include:

° The IoT market in manufacturing operations will grow from US$42.2 billion in 2013 to $98.8 billion in 2018, a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.6%. Growth will be...

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May 27
Maintain serves up Cocktail 8.4 (Yosemite Edition)

Maintain has served up Cocktail 8.4 (Yosemite Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Yosemite.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Version 8.4 adds ability to clear applications (App Store, Automator, Contacts, Dashboard, Dictionary, Game Center, iBooks, iTunes, Maps, Photos, System Preferences, Xcode) caches and adds compatibility with OS X 10.10.4. It also contains updated Automator actions.

Cocktail 8.4 (Yosemite Edition) requires OS X Yosemite 10.10 to run. 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 Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail). Cocktail 8.4 (Yosemite Edition) costs US$19 for a single user license and is available for purchase from the Maintain...

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May 26
Apple loses tablet share for second successive quarter

For the second quarter in a row, Apple lost a substantial share of the tablet market as shipments declined and growth of the overall market remained stagnant, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

For the fourth quarter (4Q) 2014, Apple shipped 21.42 million iPads, causing the company to experience an 18% year-over-year (YoY) decline. In its most recent quarter, the results for 1Q 2015 depicted the company only shipping 12.62 million iPads, resulting in a 23% year-over-year (YoY) decline.

Apple is not the only company to report declining shipments. Samsung also reported a YoY decline of 30% for 1Q 2015. In total, overall market shipments of OEM branded tablets experienced a YoY decline of 13%.

"There is no denying the market is losing its momentum," says ABI Research Analyst Stephanie Van Vactor. "The market is in the process of going through a transition as developed markets...

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May 21
Security monitoring services will reach 15 million...

A growing roster of smart home services and device providers are using home security monitoring as a beachhead to introduce home automation services. In the key U.S. market, a bellwether for developed markets around the world, some 15 million more U.S. homes will invest in new connected home security services in the next 5 years, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

"After decades where penetration into U.S. households stalled, home security adoption is set for significant growth. However, it will not be the sole preserve of traditional professionally monitored home security providers. Consumers can now choose from an array of non-traditional suppliers, new technologies, and innovative services that balance value with cost," says Jonathan Collins, principal analyst, ABI Research.

Through managed smart home offerings from retailers such as Lowes and Staples as well as standalone devices...

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May 20
Survey sees growing mobile payment opportunity for...

Harbortouch (www.harbortouch.com), a supplier of point of sale (POS) systems, has published the results of a recent survey investigating the changing attitudes consumers have toward mobile payments technology.

The results of the survey of 1,000 U.S. adults, fielded in April 2015, examined the current state of mobile payment adoption, and demonstrated a shift in consumers' comfort level and acceptance, with a greater focus on interface and experience.

Mobile payment applications like Apple Pay and Google Wallet are enabling consumers to leave their cash, credit and debit cards at home, and pay for dinner or shop with friends all by simply using a mobile device. Early adopters are already reaping the benefits of this technology.

The Harbortouch survey took a deeper look into the current mobile payment landscape. Some of the more interesting findings include:

° Out of seven categories,...

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May 19
Mobile devices to generate the equivalent of 10...

Mobile data traffic, generated by smart phones, feature phones and tablets will approach almost 197,000 PB (Petabytes) by 2019, equivalent to over 10 billion Blu-ray movies, according to Juniper Research (www.juniperrsearch.com).

However, the research group found that only 41% of the data generated by these devices will be carried over cellular networks by 2019, with the majority of mobile data traffic offloaded to Wi-Fi networks. Juniper Research estimates that the average monthly data usage by smartphone and tablet users will double over the next four years. The daily media consumption by mobile users will continue to rise, bolstered by the rise in 4G adoption and factors such as HD video usage.

“"Certainly, video is forming an ever-greater proportion of network traffic. For example, Juniper Research anticipates that video traffic over smartphones will increase by nearly 8 times between 2014...

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May 19
Survey: Millennials represent the biggest threat to...

A survey by Absolute Software Corp. (www.absolute.com) — which specializes in endpoint security and management solutions for computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones — says Millennials prove to be a greater risk to data security as compared to other user categories.

The report provides insight into employee attitudes toward IT security and their behaviors on corporate-owned mobile devices. Based on usage preferences and content accessed, the results offer an eye-opening perspective on the security risks associated with employee mobile device usage, depending on company size, employee age, their role, and the number of devices they use. The report demonstrates clear differences in generational behavior and associated risks related to data security.

Millennials versus Baby Boomers:
° 64% of Millennials use their employer-owned device for personal use, as opposed to 37% of Baby Boomers.

° 35%...

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May 18
Smartphone ownership exceeds desktop ownership in U.S...

More U.S. households now own a smartphone than a desktop, according to new research that Parks Associates (www.parkassociates.com) will discuss at the 19th-annual CONNECTIONS: The Premier Connected Home Conference. The conference runs May 19-21 in San Francisco.

In the last five years, desktop adoption declined from 90% to 69% among U.S. broadband households, while smartphone adoption increased from 36% to 78%, according to the research group. Tablet adoption increased from 7% to 63%.

"The U.S population has made a dramatic shift to mobile devices and services, which they are using to access content in the cloud and check the smart devices in their connected home," saysStuart Sikes, president, Parks Associates. "At CONNECTIONS, we will analyze the implications of this new post-desktop world."

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May 15
Why is Verizon buying AOL? This is about reinventing...

The traditional telecom business has become a challenging environment to find growth and sustain profits. Beyond subscriber saturation (no one new to sell things to), this situation is exacerbated by pricing wars for traditional services (driven by T-Mobile/Sprint) and encroachment from OTT players into traditional communication services (Skype/WhatsApp). 

New revenue growth initiatives must be developed for the future. Verizon buying AOL is one such example of how telecom operators will seek to transform themselves and take different positions higher up the stack in the digital ecosystem, according to 451 Research (www.451research.com).  

AOL has seen its fortunes shift (as in steady revenue growth) in the past couple of years on the back of its programmatic advertising platform. Programmatic advertising describes a highly automated platform for buying, placing and optimizing media inventory to...

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May 13
Parks Associates estimates 1.6 billion video viewers...

There will be 1.6 billion video viewers worldwide at end of 2015, increasing to 1.9 billion in 2019, according to new data from the Parks Associates research group (www.parksassociates.com).

The global LTE user base will top 700 million in 2015, led by substantial subscriber gains in the U.S., Europe, China, and Latin America. The research firm based its findings on in-depth calculations from NUMBERS, a service forecasting adoption and revenue growth for connected products and services within the connected home ecosystem. 

"With the proliferation of content and streaming options, providing a best-in-class user experience becomes increasingly critical to pay-TV providers and CE manufacturers in terms of increasing sales, subscriptions, and usage," says Barbara Kraus, director of Research, Parks Associates. "Access to desired content is critical, as is ease and speed of search, sufficient broadband...

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Reviews and Kool Tools

MacItBetter's (http://macitbetter.com/) BetterZip 3, an archiving solution for Mac OS X, has been revved to version 3. The biggest new feature is the Direct Mode, which speeds up working with large archives by making... Read more »
MacDaddy's Duplicate 1.0 is a Mac OS X Yosemite application that enhances the Finder's standard copy and paste functionality by making them more efficient, as well as performing approximately 10% faster than stock copy... Read more »
Insider Software's Expo is a new asset manager for Mac OS X. It allows creative and marketing professionals to discover, manage and utilize images, fonts, icons, multimedia and application documents in their projects.... Read more »
WaterField Designs' (www.sfbags.com) upgraded Gear Pouch, designed for the busy professional, is great for stashing everything from tech or personal items to travel documents. Three sizes and four color choices let you... Read more »

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Wednesday May 27

03:13
70,000 pictures make up this panorama of Europe...

This is a photo of Mont Blanc, the tallest mountain in the European Union. But it's not just any photo: it's actually just a small part of a panorama comprised of 70,000 pictures and 365 gigapixels. In 2014, a team of photographers led by Filippo Ble...

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02:02
Oculus VR bought a firm that reconstructs 3D scenes...

I'm willing to bet that one of the best things about having Facebook in your back pocket is that your pocketbook is likely bottomless. How's that? Well, Oculus has acquired yet another company on its path to a retail model. This time it's Surreal Vis...

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01:00
Wake up to the smell of money, not farts

If we were rich, we'd pay gourmet baker Richard Bertinet to rouse us every day with the scent of his freshly baked bread. Unfortunately, we're not, which is why SensorWake's smell-based alarm clock is such an exciting prospect. Rather than waking use...

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Tuesday May 26

23:04
Silk Road creator could spend decades behind bars

Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht aka Dread Pirate Roberts will be an old man by the time he gets out of prison. The 31-year-old is already expected to serve a minimum of 20 years after being found guilty on seven charges, including money laundering an...

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21:10
iOS bug causes Messages to crash, iPhone to reboot...

A newly found bug surrounding iOS and Messages has emerged this evening that causes the app to continuously crash when a certain text is received. If the text is received while the phone is on the lock screen, it also causes your iPhone to reboot without any notice or explanation.

This isn’t the first time a bug like this has emerged, in fact it has happened several times in the past. Apple usually fixes the issue in a timely matter, but until it’s fixed it is a rather malicious problem. Thankfully, the ability to crash Messages and reboot someone’s iPhone is limited to iPhone to iPhone communication and a certain specific strand of text. Since the characters strand is so specific, most...

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20:59
Bug in iOS Unicode handling crashes iPhones with a...

A peculiar iOS bug apparently that allows pranksters to crash a victim's iPhone by sending a text message from their own iPhone containing what appears to be a single line of seemingly innocuous Arabic script.

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20:54
Cox is bringing VOD to select TiVo boxes in July

Cox and TiVo have been making noise about joining forces and making the cable provider's extensive Video-On-Demand catalog available on retail TiVo set-tops for nearly five years now. Following a recent post by ZatzNotFunny, however, Cox confirmed ea...

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17:38
FuzzMeasure

FuzzMeasure is an audio and acoustic measurement tool to produce, analyze, and publish beautiful graphs. It delivers a comprehensive suite of features for professionals in research, acoustics, live sound, room design, and pro audio. By combining sophisticated technology with an elegant user interface, FuzzMeasure offers an unparalleled experience.

I’ve talked to the developer about FuzzMeasure quite a bit over the years. Great to see this update.

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17:36
Snapchat CEO says that holding down Snaps to View...

Speaking at the Code Conference south of Los Angeles this evening, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel revealed that the key Snapchat feature of needing to hold down the display to view a photo or a video will go away in the future. Asked by Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg about needing to hold down on the display to view content, Spiegel said that the feature was originally designed to circumvent the lack of a Screenshot API on the iPhone…

Without developer access to the screenshot control, Snapchat used the holding down on the display mechanism to block people from being able to take screenshots of Snapchat photos and videos they were sent. Now that iOS has a Screenshot API, Spiegel hinted that the need to hold down on content to...

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17:33
Amazon Prime an EcoCrime

There was nothing unique about these items—they were puny in size and yet they arrived in a giant box bursting with air-filled packaging material. And I looked at that box with absolute and complete disgust, wondering, Is Amazon Prime actually an EcoCrime? Others on Twitter agreed with that take, which only reaffirmed my guilt for using Prime—for being an unwitting enabler of waste.

I’m not a member of Amazon Prime, but I know a lot of people, like Om, that are. I can’t wait to hear the explanation for the oversized packaging from Amazon.

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16:00
AWT News Update: May 26, 2015

We hope you had a nice Memorial Day (US) or Bank Holiday (UK) weekend. Here are some top stories for this Tuesday:

  • Facebook adds restaurant reviews written by professional food critics to mobile Facebook Pages for thousands of restaurants
  • The Apple facility in Mesa, AZ caught on fire today... but all damage seems to be limited to the roof
  • Marriott has an Apple Watch app for check-ins and more
  • iOS 9 may include transit service routes and navigation in the Maps app
  • A new Mac game offers auto racing for blind and low-vision users

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15:45
Daily Deals for May 26, 2015, featuring Carbo

It’s time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring highlighted deals for AWT readers, hardware discounts and our own handpicked iOS and OS X sales. All prices are USD and subject to change. Please check prices before you purchase as some deals may expire quickly.

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  • Carbo - Handwriting in the Digital Age [$7.99 → $3.99] Carbo lets you capture and organize handwritten notes and sketches, bringing handwriting in the digital age, right on your iPhone and iPad.

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15:02
Gadget Ogling: A Mighty Little Amp, a Credit Card-...


Thankfully, tinny, terrible laptop speakers seem a relic of the past, but there are still occasions when the built-in audio from your portable computer's speakers or audio jack just doesn't quite cut it. Let's say you're an electronic music luminary traveling the world without the comforts of one's home studio but with an album deadline to meet. You need to hear what's going on. So here's the Apogee Groove, a portable USB amplifier that apparently improves audio all the way from low-bitrate WAV files to high-quality FLAC files.

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14:52
New OS X beta dumps discoveryd, restores...

Apple has fixed a bunch of OS X Yosemite's bugs since releasing it last fall, but one big one remained: the error-prone discoveryd DNS service was still present in 10.10.3, and it was still causing problems.

Today, Apple released a new beta build of the OS X 10.10.4 update, and it turns out that Apple's fix for the problem was the same as ours: 9to5Mac reports that the discoveryd service is gone, and it's been replaced by the mDNSResponder service that handled DNS in Mavericks and older versions. That doesn't mean discoveryd is gone for good—Apple could try to fix its bugs and reinstate it in a future update, or it...

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14:42
Report: iOS 9 Maps will finally bring mass transit...

For iPhone users living in a big city where public transportation is oftentimes the quickest way to get around, navigating using Apple’s Maps app has been less than ideal.

According to 9to5Mac, Apple’s Maps app will finally include mass transit service routes and navigation in iOS 9, coming in the fall. The long-awaited Maps integration will allow iPhone users to get directions that take into account bus routes, subway maps, and train schedules. In addition, transit spots like subway stations will be easily visible on the map, and there will be a Transit map view available alongside Standard, Hybrid, and Satellite. Apple is rumored to be announcing these upgrades to Maps during WWDC on June 8.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment,...

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14:07
Apple drops discoveryd in latest OS X beta following...

After many complaints from the developer community about poor networking performance on Yosemite, the latest beta of OS X 10.10.4 has dropped discoveryd in favor of the old process used by previous versions of the Mac operating system. This should address many of the network stability issues introduced with Yosemite and its new networking stack.

The discoveryd process has been subject to much criticism in recent months as it causes users to regularly drop WiFi access and causes network shares to list many times over, due to bugs. Many developers, such as Craig Hockenberry, have complained about the buggy software and workarounds have been found to include substituting the older system (called mDNSResponder) back into Yosemite.

...

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13:46
News: iOS 9 Transit feature to launch in select...

Following an earlier report that Apple Maps will be adding Transit in iOS 9, a follow-up report by 9to5Mac provides more details on Apple’s initial rollout plans, indicating that at launch the service will be limited to a handful of cities around the world. According to sources familiar with the project, Apple’s Transit service will be coming to only a half-dozen cities at first, with the list including San Francisco and New York in the…

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13:32
Facebook adds restaurant reviews from actual food...

In this post-Yelp era, everyone’s become a food critic. But now Facebook is looking to showcase reviews from people who actually get paid to eat for a living, above the crowdsourced noise.

On Tuesday, The Verge first reported that thousands of restaurants will start integrating reviews from actual food critics on their mobile Facebook Pages. Facebook has partnered with five established publications to source these professional reviews, including Bon AppetitConde Nast Traveler, Eater, New York magazine, and the San Francisco Chronicle. The “Critic Reviews” section is now right above user reviews and includes images and a short blurbs pulled right from media outlet. Clicking on the critic the module takes you to the full review on the publisher’s website.

...

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13:30
Tip of the Day: Showing badge count for only...

Sometimes dealing with email can be an overwhelming task, and the default settings in the iOS Mail app — showing every unread message on your icon badge — doesn’t make things any easier in that regard. Especially if you’re the sort of person who feels that every red indicator on your home screen has to be dealt with as soon as possible. While alternative email applications and services often do a better job of filtering out and only…

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13:11
Opinion: Here’s how Apple can solve its 3 big,...

If you’re reading this article, you already know Apple’s pre-order drill for major new releases: Apple announces a new product, says advance online orders will start at 12:01am on a specific day, and then — when most of its customers are either exhausted or groggy — re-opens its online store to a pent-up frenzy of reservations. Virtually every time, Apple’s most dedicated customers deal with delays and web site loading problems. Sometimes, even if their orders were placed in the first hour or two of sales, they may also face uncertainty over adequate supplies for launch day deliveries.

Despite Apple CEO Tim Cook’s suggestion that the Apple Watch rollout could not be going better, his customers have widely deemed it a disaster: some unlucky people who pre-ordered Apple Watches in the first 10 minutes still haven’t received anything a full month later. Meanwhile...

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12:55
iOS 9 Transit Maps to launch in a handful of cities...

While Apple plans to debut its own mass transit directions service for Maps in iOS 9 as soon as June, the rollout will not be as ambitious as some users may have hoped. In its first iteration, Apple’s Transit service will only support approximately a half-dozen cities across the United States, Canada, and Europe, in addition to China, according to sources…

In the United States, the planned launch cities are San Francisco and New York, two major metropolitan areas that are known for public transportation, while Toronto will be likely Canada’s sole representative for the iOS 9 Maps Transit feature at...

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12:42
External Link: Charter Sets Its Sights on Time Warner

With regulators having nixed Comcast’s bid to purchase Time Warner Cable, rival Charter Communications has stepped in with a $56.7 billion bid. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year. While the acquisition will face regulatory scrutiny, it’s not expected to be as intense as that experienced by Comcast when it attempted to buy Time Warner.

 

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Rumor Scanner

Wednesday May 27

02:54
Apple's "Siri" & "App Store...

On May 27, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Granted Apple five registered trademark certificates covering two Apple icons.

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Tuesday May 26

20:34
New iOS Bug Crashing iPhones Simply by Receiving a Text...

A new bug has been discovered in the Messages app, allowing a string of characters sent to a person via iMessage or text message to crash an iPhone and cause the Messages app to fail to open. The bug, which requires a specific string of characters, was first noticed on reddit earlier this afternoon and has been spreading around the Internet since then.

Sending the string of characters to an iPhone results in an immediate respring, causing an iPhone to crash and quickly reboot, and then it prevents the Messages app from being opened again.

If you receive one of these messages, there's a quick way to fix it. The Messages app appears to be able to be opened to the last conversation where the offending message was sent from, so sending another message (or having a person send you a message) in this conversation clears the bug and returns functionality to normal...

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17:13
Leading Research Agency Millard Brown Lists Apple as Top...

Millward Brown is a leading global research agency specializing in advertising effectiveness, strategic communication, media a branding equity research. The company has just published their extensive report covering the most valuable global brands for 2015. The number one brand for 2015 is Apple who took a gigantic leap in brand value over last year.

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15:57
Samsung's Gear VR Patent Surfaces Describing a Wide...

Recently the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published the original Samsung Gear VR patent which provides us with a basic roadmap of some of the features that could be coming to Gear VR over time. The patent reveals such things as integrating mobile TV ...

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15:06
Apple Replaces Problematic 'Discoveryd' Proces...

In today's fourth OS X 10.10.4 beta, Apple made a significant behind-the-scenes change that could result in improved networking performance for some users -- the removal of the "discoveryd" process. As noted by MacRumors forum members and 9to5Mac, in OS X 10.10.4 beta 4, the discoveryd process has been replaced by mDNSresponder.

Since OS X Yosemite debuted in October, there have been ongoing complaints about discoveryd consuming CPU resources, draining battery life, and causing issues with Wi-Fi. These problems have...

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09:54
Cowen Analyst Bullish on Apple due to the Strong Perform...

According to a new report this morning, Cowen’s Apple analyst, Timothy Arcuri, projects that Apple could sell 50 million iPhones in the June quarter which would offset continued iPad weakness ...

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09:09
IDC's 2015 Smartphone Forecast Looks Bad for Androi...

According to a new smartphone forecast from IDC, shipments are expected to grow 11.3% in 2015, which is down from 27.6% in 2014. IDC sees bad news ahead for Android but great news for Apple.

| Read more »
08:53
iOS 9 to Feature Force Touch With Haptic Feedback, New K...

Following a recent report suggesting that iOS 9 could feature "Rootless" security, "Trusted Wi-Fi" and support for legacy A5-based devices, today 9to5Mac reiterated on a few smaller-scale improvements to Apple's next major software version that could have a big impact on the overall experience for iPhone and iPad users.

The next-generation iPhone will feature some form of Force Touch as one of the biggest new additions to the hardware, a rumor that has been circulating since the beginning of the year and only gaining forward...

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07:57
Windows 10 users working with an iPhone will be able to...

Microsoft is announcing today that a "Phone Companion" app that's built-in to Windows 10 will help users connect their Windows PC to whatever phone they own, be it a Windows phone, an iPhone or one that uses Android. The video below explains their new app.

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07:06
Samsung may shake-up the Credit Card Industry by Departi...

Credit card companies are keeping a close watch on Samsung's moves, since Samsung Pay has the potential to make the supply network of terminals at affiliated stores powerless with its own NFC technique.

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06:32
Microsoft Announces Cortana For iPhone Available Later T...

Microsoft today announced that its Cortana personal digital assistant will be available for iPhone and Android smartphones later this year, after multiple rumors hinting at cross-platform expansion of the service over the past year. Windows 10 will also feature a new "Phone Companion" app as a central place for PC users to install Cortana and other Windows-related apps for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone.

Microsoft unveiled Cortana on Windows Phone 8.1 last April as the company's answer to Siri and Google Now, and the company is also bringing the personal digital assistant to the desktop as part of Windows 10 this...

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06:21
Apple Granted 44 Patents Today Covering Vehicle Location...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's patent relating to the future CarPlay service of locating your car in a parking lot. We also cover ...

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04:04
A Unique Collage of Jony Ive Photos

In today's report we present a collage of photos highlighting Jony Ives ...

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03:39
Beats Headphone Suppliers are trying to Break into Apple...

Although some of Merry Electronics acoustic components have been verified by Apple, the Taiwan-based headset component maker needs to exert more effort in order to enter Apple's iPhone supply chain.

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03:26
Simplo Technology Under Pressure by Chinese Companies fo...

According to a new supply chain rumor, Taiwan-based Simplo Technology is coming under strong pressure from China makers in competition for Apple's battery orders for the next-generation iPhone.

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03:09
Apple is granted a Patent for a Dual-Purpose Fusion Keyb...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention related to a new kind of dual purpose keyboard that Apple refers to as a "fusion keyboard."

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Monday May 25

18:12
Sir Jonathan Ive is now Officially Apple's Chief De...

Until now, Ive’s job title has been Senior Vice President of Design. Today that officially changed to Chief Design Officer.

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18:05
Jony Ive Named Chief Design Officer at Apple, Alan Dye a...

Apple today announced the appointment of Jony Ive to a newly created position of Chief Design Officer, allowing him to continue overseeing design aspects of numerous projects within the company while turning over the day-to-day management of the design teams to Richard Howarth and Alan Dye, who have both been elevated to vice president positions. Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the changes today in a company-wide email.

Alan Dye, Jony Ive, and Richard Howarth (Gabriela Hasbun for The Telegraph)Team,

I have exciting news to share with you today. I am happy to announce that Jony Ive is being promoted to the newly created position of Chief Design Officer at Apple.

Jony is one of the most talented and accomplished designers of his generation, with an astonishing 5000 design and utility patents to his name. His new role is a reflection of the scope of work he has been doing at Apple for some time. Jony’s design responsibilities have expanded from hardware and,...

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17:24
Microsoft is Exploring ways to Bring Next-Gen Holographi...

Microsoft introduced a possible Oculus Rift killer in January called the HoloLens. Whether they can get that to market for Xbox games in a timely manner is another matter. Microsoft updated and discussed their HoloLens device last month during their BUILD developer conference. Now a patent application has been discovered by Patently Mobile that illustrates how Microsoft is trying to bring a part of their HoloLens experience ...

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08:04
The Korean Press Sift through Patent Statistics in an Ef...

A Korean report published today is trying to figure out what Apple is up to in the future and they've turned to studying Apple's patent statistics for 2014 to achieve that.

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Documentation Scanner

Monday June 1

10:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E26a) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E26a) Now Available

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Tuesday May 26

14:50
If you see Error 3194, Error 17, or 'This...

If iTunes can’t communicate with Apple's software update server, you might see one of these messages.

| Read more »
14:48
Family purchases and payments

Are you the family organizer? Learn how purchases work with Family Sharing, what you're responsible for, and how to manage family purchases and payments.

| Read more »
13:12
About the Apple Lightning docks

You can listen to music, and you can charge and sync an iPhone or iPod touch with an Apple Lightning dock. Learn which iOS device models work with each dock, and how to know which model you have.

| Read more »
13:10
Charge your iPhone and iPod touch

Find out what you need to charge the battery and what to do if you see a low-battery alert on your device. 

| Read more »
10:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E26a) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E26a) Now Available

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10:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E26a) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E26a) Now Available

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09:00
How OneNote can evolve education

Today’s post on OneNote was written by Michael Williams, Social Science teacher at Weston Ranch High School, Manteca USD.

I am a young educator who grew up in an educator family and have seen many movements to increase the amount of technology used in the classroom—but many of these were short term blips. Education has essentially been conducted in the same manner for thousands of years. A teacher passes on knowledge of a topic to the student and the student writes down the information. The student then studies the information to master the content. OneNote is the next technology step in the classroom evolution.

OneNote allows me to adapt learning to each of my students needs by being able to check on my students work at any time. I can assess instant progress so I can adapt my teaching to better serve each student’s needs. It allows the student to create their own database of information and to become less dependent on the instructor.

...

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09:00
Driving Yammer adoption, one business team at a time

Today’s post was written by Andy Jankowski, founder and managing director for Enterprise Strategies, a Microsoft partner.

When I first read Gartner’s prediction that,” Through 2015, 80 percent of social business efforts will fail to achieve the intended benefits due to an overemphasis on technology and inadequate leadership involvement*,” I laughed and then, I cried. For the last five years, my company, Enterprise Strategies has helped Fortune 500 organizations roll out enterprise social networks and establish a new, more social way of working. It all started when a group of ex-management consultants recognized the potential of social inside of companies, and thought they could make a dent in the information silos, broken communication chains, and inefficient or non-existent collaboration processes of large corporations. What we didn’t realize is that what seemed so obvious to us, was viewed by many as not important...

| Read more »
06:00
Improve The Battery Performance On Your Apple Watch

When I first got it, the battery on my Apple Watch didn’t last throughout a day. I knew that I had to charge it every night before I bought it, but I thought it would have lasted me all day. Now it does. Don’t kill the functionality that you want from an Apple Watch.

Instead, pick and choose the things you don’t mind loosing, otherwise the watch might just be somewhat useless to you. So here’s a list of the things I experimented with:

  • Put the device into Power Saving Mode: OK, so this basically kills the use of the watch. You could also put the watch into airplane mode. This stuff is really if you won’t be using the watch for awhile. You know, like on a flight.
  • Disable the heart-rate monitor on the watch during your workouts. This only helps during workouts and has a negative impact in that you aren’t tracking heart rate and you get...
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Monday May 25

13:38
Get help using iCloud Calendar

Learn what to do if you’re having issues using iCloud Calendar. For example, the changes that you make to a calendar might not appear on all of your devices.

| Read more »
06:00
A Krypted.com Guide To The Apple Watch

And so ya, I guess I have an Apple Watch… Here’s my own little guide on the darn thing. It’s fun.

http://krypted.com/guides/apple-watch/

| Read more »

Sunday May 24

06:00
Sync Music To Your Apple Watch So You Can Listen...

By default, the Apple Watch acts as a control mechanism for the Music app on your iPhone. The Apple Watch can play music without an iPhone present as well. But first you’ll need to sync a playlist to the watch. To do so, open the Apple Watch app and scroll down to the Music app listing.

From there, you’ll see an option for Playlist Limit and Synced Playlist. First, we’ll limit the amount of space on you watch that the music from your playlist can take up. Tap Playlist Limit in the MUSIC STORAGE section.

Here, I’ll tap on 2.0 GB. This will limit the amount of storage that can be taken up by the music from the playlist that we sync to the device. Then tap < Music to go back to select a playlist.

...

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Saturday May 23

06:00
Manage Notifications on the Apple Watch

The Apple Watch will display notifications for any app that can push notifications to the watch. You can configure which can, by opening the Apple Watch app on your phone and tapping on the Notifications section. From here, you’ll be able to disable Notifications on the watch and control each app.

The app with the most options is Activity. This is where you can disable stand reminders, progress updates, indications that the goals are complete, summaries and of course achievement notifications.

Most of the other built-in apps can mirror an iPhone or be disabled. You can also manually control the built-in apps, which by default mirror alerts from your iPhone.

The Notifications Indicator option in that Apple Watch app will disable the whole red dot at the top of the screen thingy. I don’t recommend that. If you get a lot of notifications, the better thing to...

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Friday May 22

12:40
Mac Basics: AirDrop lets you send files from your...

AirDrop makes it easy to send files wirelessly from your Mac to other Mac computers, and with OS X Yosemite you can also share with iOS devices.

| Read more »
11:29
Mac notebooks: Determining battery cycle count

Use this article to determine the cycles on your Mac notebook's battery.

| Read more »
11:22
If you see the "Connect to iTunes" screen...

Learn what to do when your Apple TV displays the "Connect to iTunes" screen.

| Read more »
10:00
Announcing a new way to create connectors in Office...

Over the past few years, you’ve provided feedback on how we could improve the experience for creating connectors to set up mail flow in Office 365. We heard you loud and clear…

Out with old, in with the new. We completely overhauled the connector experience in Office 365 to provide you with better guidance, a simplified user interface and an easier way to check that everything works as expected.

This topic digs into all the details, but here are a couple highlights.

No more guess work

Setting up mail flow can be complex given the number of systems that can be involved on a mail path. Here’s a quick look at the different mail flow scenarios in Office 365:

Depending on your scenario, you may or may...

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09:00
OneNote welcomes three new partners—cloudHQ, Equil...

Just over a year ago we launched the OneNote partner ecosystem and a new service for developers to connect their products to OneNote via an API (the technical pipeline between an app on your phone or tablet and a cloud service like OneNote).

Since then, our ecosystem has grown to include a wide variety of complimentary partner experiences that extend the power of OneNote to a range of apps, devices and services, such as hardware and software scanners, mail apps, web clippers, news readers and tools.

Heading into our second year, we’re excited to welcome three new partners into the fold, including cloudHQ, Equil and WordPress.

cloudHQ

When you deal with a lot of cloud services on a daily basis—it’s great to be able to connect them all together to easily share files, notes and pictures. cloudHQ offers a...

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06:22
One way to be autopkging the Jenkins

Picking up where we left off with Jenkins, let’s look at one possible workflow to get autopkg projects working. Specifically when paired with Munki, this requires a bit more thought, but the Jenkins ‘workspace’ model and sane use of variables allows us to make one all-purpose script for most contingencies we’d deal with. As those that have been following my saga trying to support the Lync recipe may be aware, upstream ahem changes (read: drunken interns wildin’ out on the XML) can cause recipes to fail. If you’re used to running autopkg with the list verb, and one recipe succeeds before another fails in a new and exciting way that isn’t yet caught by error-handling, you could have products that already were pushed to the munki repo but the MakeCatalogs recipe never ran. Since the catalog isn’t rebuilt, this leads to the dreaded __1 naming getting appended to the product… without it actually being available to customers.

One way to remove points of failure is to...

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06:00
Setup Bluetooth Headphones And Speakers On Your...

You can sync music to your watch. You can then play that music over a bluetooth speaker or headset. To configure that speaker or headset, open the Settings app on your Apple Watch. Then tap on Bluetooth.

From the Bluetooth screen, the watch will search for devices and then list any devices located. Speakers and headphones both seem to appear as headsets rather than show their Bluetooth identifiers. When it opens, tap on the device name.

Once you’ve configured a speaker, open up the Music app from your home screen.

Then play music. Enjoy.

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01:00
Office 365 news roundup

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.” —Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin had it right. And in a sense, the concept he expressed so eloquently is also the foundation of our work on Office 365. Office 365 is about productivity, and productivity is about helping you save time and spend more of your life on the things that matter most to you.

Recently, we made some key improvements to Clutter, which keeps your email inbox organized and allows you to stay focused on what’s important. People who use Clutter save 82 minutes per month on average. Starting in June, Clutter will be turned on by default, which will enable even more people...

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Documentation Scanner

Monday June 1

10:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E26a) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E26a) Now Available

| Read more »

Tuesday May 26

14:50
If you see Error 3194, Error 17, or 'This...

If iTunes can’t communicate with Apple's software update server, you might see one of these messages.

| Read more »
14:48
Family purchases and payments

Are you the family organizer? Learn how purchases work with Family Sharing, what you're responsible for, and how to manage family purchases and payments.

| Read more »
13:12
About the Apple Lightning docks

You can listen to music, and you can charge and sync an iPhone or iPod touch with an Apple Lightning dock. Learn which iOS device models work with each dock, and how to know which model you have.

| Read more »
13:10
Charge your iPhone and iPod touch

Find out what you need to charge the battery and what to do if you see a low-battery alert on your device. 

| Read more »
10:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E26a) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E26a) Now Available

| Read more »
10:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E26a) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E26a) Now Available

| Read more »
09:00
How OneNote can evolve education

Today’s post on OneNote was written by Michael Williams, Social Science teacher at Weston Ranch High School, Manteca USD.

I am a young educator who grew up in an educator family and have seen many movements to increase the amount of technology used in the classroom—but many of these were short term blips. Education has essentially been conducted in the same manner for thousands of years. A teacher passes on knowledge of a topic to the student and the student writes down the information. The student then studies the information to master the content. OneNote is the next technology step in the classroom evolution.

OneNote allows me to adapt learning to each of my students needs by being able to check on my students work at any time. I can assess instant progress so I can adapt my teaching to better serve each student’s needs. It allows the student to create their own database of information and to become less dependent on the instructor.

...

| Read more »
09:00
Driving Yammer adoption, one business team at a time

Today’s post was written by Andy Jankowski, founder and managing director for Enterprise Strategies, a Microsoft partner.

When I first read Gartner’s prediction that,” Through 2015, 80 percent of social business efforts will fail to achieve the intended benefits due to an overemphasis on technology and inadequate leadership involvement*,” I laughed and then, I cried. For the last five years, my company, Enterprise Strategies has helped Fortune 500 organizations roll out enterprise social networks and establish a new, more social way of working. It all started when a group of ex-management consultants recognized the potential of social inside of companies, and thought they could make a dent in the information silos, broken communication chains, and inefficient or non-existent collaboration processes of large corporations. What we didn’t realize is that what seemed so obvious to us, was viewed by many as not important...

| Read more »
06:00
Improve The Battery Performance On Your Apple Watch

When I first got it, the battery on my Apple Watch didn’t last throughout a day. I knew that I had to charge it every night before I bought it, but I thought it would have lasted me all day. Now it does. Don’t kill the functionality that you want from an Apple Watch.

Instead, pick and choose the things you don’t mind loosing, otherwise the watch might just be somewhat useless to you. So here’s a list of the things I experimented with:

  • Put the device into Power Saving Mode: OK, so this basically kills the use of the watch. You could also put the watch into airplane mode. This stuff is really if you won’t be using the watch for awhile. You know, like on a flight.
  • Disable the heart-rate monitor on the watch during your workouts. This only helps during workouts and has a negative impact in that you aren’t tracking heart rate and you get...
| Read more »

Monday May 25

13:38
Get help using iCloud Calendar

Learn what to do if you’re having issues using iCloud Calendar. For example, the changes that you make to a calendar might not appear on all of your devices.

| Read more »
06:00
A Krypted.com Guide To The Apple Watch

And so ya, I guess I have an Apple Watch… Here’s my own little guide on the darn thing. It’s fun.

http://krypted.com/guides/apple-watch/

| Read more »

Sunday May 24

06:00
Sync Music To Your Apple Watch So You Can Listen...

By default, the Apple Watch acts as a control mechanism for the Music app on your iPhone. The Apple Watch can play music without an iPhone present as well. But first you’ll need to sync a playlist to the watch. To do so, open the Apple Watch app and scroll down to the Music app listing.

From there, you’ll see an option for Playlist Limit and Synced Playlist. First, we’ll limit the amount of space on you watch that the music from your playlist can take up. Tap Playlist Limit in the MUSIC STORAGE section.

Here, I’ll tap on 2.0 GB. This will limit the amount of storage that can be taken up by the music from the playlist that we sync to the device. Then tap < Music to go back to select a playlist.

...

| Read more »

Saturday May 23

06:00
Manage Notifications on the Apple Watch

The Apple Watch will display notifications for any app that can push notifications to the watch. You can configure which can, by opening the Apple Watch app on your phone and tapping on the Notifications section. From here, you’ll be able to disable Notifications on the watch and control each app.

The app with the most options is Activity. This is where you can disable stand reminders, progress updates, indications that the goals are complete, summaries and of course achievement notifications.

Most of the other built-in apps can mirror an iPhone or be disabled. You can also manually control the built-in apps, which by default mirror alerts from your iPhone.

The Notifications Indicator option in that Apple Watch app will disable the whole red dot at the top of the screen thingy. I don’t recommend that. If you get a lot of notifications, the better thing to...

| Read more »

Friday May 22

12:40
Mac Basics: AirDrop lets you send files from your...

AirDrop makes it easy to send files wirelessly from your Mac to other Mac computers, and with OS X Yosemite you can also share with iOS devices.

| Read more »
11:29
Mac notebooks: Determining battery cycle count

Use this article to determine the cycles on your Mac notebook's battery.

| Read more »
11:22
If you see the "Connect to iTunes" screen...

Learn what to do when your Apple TV displays the "Connect to iTunes" screen.

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10:00
Announcing a new way to create connectors in Office...

Over the past few years, you’ve provided feedback on how we could improve the experience for creating connectors to set up mail flow in Office 365. We heard you loud and clear…

Out with old, in with the new. We completely overhauled the connector experience in Office 365 to provide you with better guidance, a simplified user interface and an easier way to check that everything works as expected.

This topic digs into all the details, but here are a couple highlights.

No more guess work

Setting up mail flow can be complex given the number of systems that can be involved on a mail path. Here’s a quick look at the different mail flow scenarios in Office 365:

Depending on your scenario, you may or may...

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09:00
OneNote welcomes three new partners—cloudHQ, Equil...

Just over a year ago we launched the OneNote partner ecosystem and a new service for developers to connect their products to OneNote via an API (the technical pipeline between an app on your phone or tablet and a cloud service like OneNote).

Since then, our ecosystem has grown to include a wide variety of complimentary partner experiences that extend the power of OneNote to a range of apps, devices and services, such as hardware and software scanners, mail apps, web clippers, news readers and tools.

Heading into our second year, we’re excited to welcome three new partners into the fold, including cloudHQ, Equil and WordPress.

cloudHQ

When you deal with a lot of cloud services on a daily basis—it’s great to be able to connect them all together to easily share files, notes and pictures. cloudHQ offers a...

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06:22
One way to be autopkging the Jenkins

Picking up where we left off with Jenkins, let’s look at one possible workflow to get autopkg projects working. Specifically when paired with Munki, this requires a bit more thought, but the Jenkins ‘workspace’ model and sane use of variables allows us to make one all-purpose script for most contingencies we’d deal with. As those that have been following my saga trying to support the Lync recipe may be aware, upstream ahem changes (read: drunken interns wildin’ out on the XML) can cause recipes to fail. If you’re used to running autopkg with the list verb, and one recipe succeeds before another fails in a new and exciting way that isn’t yet caught by error-handling, you could have products that already were pushed to the munki repo but the MakeCatalogs recipe never ran. Since the catalog isn’t rebuilt, this leads to the dreaded __1 naming getting appended to the product… without it actually being available to customers.

One way to remove points of failure is to...

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06:00
Setup Bluetooth Headphones And Speakers On Your...

You can sync music to your watch. You can then play that music over a bluetooth speaker or headset. To configure that speaker or headset, open the Settings app on your Apple Watch. Then tap on Bluetooth.

From the Bluetooth screen, the watch will search for devices and then list any devices located. Speakers and headphones both seem to appear as headsets rather than show their Bluetooth identifiers. When it opens, tap on the device name.

Once you’ve configured a speaker, open up the Music app from your home screen.

Then play music. Enjoy.

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01:00
Office 365 news roundup

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.” —Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin had it right. And in a sense, the concept he expressed so eloquently is also the foundation of our work on Office 365. Office 365 is about productivity, and productivity is about helping you save time and spend more of your life on the things that matter most to you.

Recently, we made some key improvements to Clutter, which keeps your email inbox organized and allows you to stay focused on what’s important. People who use Clutter save 82 minutes per month on average. Starting in June, Clutter will be turned on by default, which will enable even more people...

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Technology Showcase

Sep 17
Video showcases iOS app built with Xojo

Xojo Inc., the company formerly known as Real Software, has posted a video of an iOS app that was built with Xojo. Xojo is an object-oriented, cross-platform software development tool that enables developers to create software for OS X, Windows, Linux, the web and mobile.

The video showcases all the native controls and gives an overview of Xojo's support for building iOS apps. Building native iOS apps with Xojo is the same as building a web or desktop app as you do today. You can view the video at http://tinyurl.com/nvexpk7 .

Developers can use the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) of Xojo for free, and will only need to purchase a license once they want to build a distributable version of their application. Licenses are purchased per target platform, including Web, Desktop, Database, Console, and Xojo Pro, which is a bundle license that includes all deployment licenses plus an added...

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Feb 14
A look at SkySafari for iOS, Mac OS X and 2012 DA14

This Friday, Feb. 15, a 180,000-ton asteroid with the thrilling name of "2012 DA14" will fly past the Earth. Don't worry, we're not talking a "Deep Impact" scenario. Which is good, right? And you can follow the asteroid using Apple devices.

The 50-meter space rock will come within 17,200 miles of earth -- that's closer than our orbiting geosynchronous communication satellites. Although we don't have to worry about a collision, the passage of 2012 DA14 is a record close approach to the Earth for an object of this size.

Southern Stars has released update to its SkySafari Plus and Pro apps for iOS, Mac OS X, and Android to let you track 2012 DA14. If you want to track the asteroid you'll want the updated apps. Why? Because the Earth's gravity affects the asteroid's orbit so severely, most desktop planetarium programs -- and all other mobile apps -- will completely fail to predict the asteroid's position correctly, says Southern Stars founder Tim DeBenedictis.

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Jan 05
Fusion Drive now available on entry-level iMacs

Apple's Fusion Drive Apple is available as a build-to-order option for the 21.5-inch, 2.7GHz 21.5-inch iMac model. Previously, it was only offered for the high-end 21.5-inchers and the 27-inch iMac.

Apple says the Fusion Drive gives customers the performance of flash storage and the capacity of a hard drive. It combines 128GB of flash with a standard 1TB or 3TB hard drive to create a single storage volume that intelligently manages files to optimize read and write performance. Apple says the Fusion Drive adapts to the way you use your iMac and automatically moves the files and apps you use most often to flash storage to enable faster performance and quicker access.

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May 02
Satechi Divoom iBase Dock Station available for iOS...

Satechi (http://www.Satechi.net) has released the Divoom iBase Dock Station for the iPod, iPhone or iPad. The US$44.99 device combines a speaker system and docking station.

The Satechi Divoom iBase Dock Station features four full range neodymium dynamic drivers and a 20.6 ounce speaker. Additionally, it has a vertical support to ensure the iOS device is secured in place. The Satechi Divoom iBase Dock Station is also compatible with other MP3 players via the 3.5mm line-in jack.

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Dec 16
Appcelerator offers '4 Steps to creating a mobile...

Appcelerator has published a white paper on "4 Steps to creating a mobile development strategy."

"Companies now have a window of opportunity to think about how mobile can transform their business as radically as the web did," says AppCelerator. "By making mobile a part of their overall digital strategy, companies can transform their relationships with their customers in even greater ways than they did with the web."

The white paper tells you how this can be accomplished. Appcelerator (http://www.appcelerator.com/) is a company that helps web developers create mobile, tablet and desktop applications.

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Sep 19
InterMapper publishes white papers on network...

InterMapper has published four white papers on network monitoring, mapping and alerting and InterMapper. You can find them all at
http://www.intermapper.com/resources/whitepapers.aspx .

The papers look at "Top 8 reasons SMBs need to monitor their networks," "top 8 considerations for selecting SMB network monitoring software," "10 steps to streamline the deployment of network monitoring software for SMBs," and "6 ways to calculate returns from your networking monitoring investment."

InterMapper is Mac OS X compatible network monitoring software. It uses SNMP to monitor the network infrastructure, and has probes for monitoring many kinds of servers, including web, mail, LDAP, FTP, etc. More information and a free 30-day demo are available at the product Web site (...

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Aug 11
Video tour of new Data Rescue Center headquarters...

The Data Rescue Center, a a data recovery company founded in 2009 and a division of Prosoft Engineering, recently opened a new state-of-the-art headquarters in Livermore, California. You can get a video tour of it at http://www.thedatarescuecenter.com/company_background.html .

In June of 2010, the Data Rescue Center and Prosoft Engineering finalized the purchase of a building in Livermore near the Lawrence Livermore National Lab. Work immediately began on the design and construction of the new recovery lab facility.

In late January of 2011, both The Data Rescue Center and Prosoft Engineering moved all operations to this new facility. It boasts a Class 2 UL-Listed Vault and extensive security features.

The ISO 5 / Class 100 Cleanroom exceeds all manufacturers specifications for cleanroom recovery environments, according to...

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Mar 11
Video looks at 'Fixing Flat Color in Final Cut...

Future Media Concepts has posted a video on "Fixing Flat Color in Final Cut Pro." It teaches you how to make your colors "pop" in footage in Final Cut Pro. You can find it at
http://www.fmctraining.com/fmc.asp?w=blip_AYHdkS4C .

Future Media Concepts is a digital media training center representing the leading software manufacturers, including Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Avid, Boris FX, Digidesign, NewTek and Softimage. Headquartered in New York City, FMC now operates 5 additional digital media training facilities located in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Orlando and Chicago.

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Oct 04
Video showcases Zco's services

Zco Corp. (http://www.zco.com) has posted an overview video for their technology showcase. You can view it here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzE89z-jexA .

Zco can help you build custom software, as well as market it. The company developsb oth industrial strength backend applications using .NET, PHP and Java as well as apps for all major mobile platforms, including the iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone 7, WebOS and Symbian.

Zco can also help you promote your products and services using search engine optimization and social media optimization techniques, HD video, stunning graphics, 3D animation and video effects, press releases, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Google, Yahoo and Bing.

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Aug 26
Video looks at digital storytelling features of...

A new online video (http://www.memoryminer.com) shows some of the best ways for using MemoryMiner, a digital storytelling application for Mac OS X. Designed an an complement the iLife suite, the software is all about capturing and exploring your life memories.

MemoryMiner allows anyone to zero in on the stories depicted in their photos by linking them to each other based on people, places and time. While photos are used as the starting point, the goal is always uncovering the backstory.

With MemoryMiner, you can directly record audio or video to capture the backstory of a photo. You can attach documents, web URL's, or other media to add depth and context. Each photo becomes a frame in a storyboard that can be browsed by periods in a person's life, where people overlap, by place, by time, or any combination.

MemoryMiner requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs...

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