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09:54
Heroes & Legends: Conquerers of Kolhar comes to the Mac

Phoenix Online Publishing has released its strategy role-playing game, Heroes & Legends: Conquerors of Kolhar, for Mac, PC and Linux systems.

Features include a full-fledged armor and weapon crafting system, both story-driven and random encounters, over 130 monsters to battle and dozens of unlockable powers and abilities to wield against foes as you fight save Kolhar from an evil prophecy's unfolding.

Players are invited to lead a party of wizards, warriors and assassins into battle now, with the game currently available for USS$9.99 via Steam, the Phoenix Online Store (www.POStudios.com), and other major online retailers. A mobile release is planned for later this year.

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09:46
Juno Power introduces Lightning cable made of cloth

Juno Power (www.JunoPower.com) has announced a new line of Lightning adaptor cables. The Kaebo is an Apple certified charge and sync cable.

Unlike traditional rubber cables, it features high strength cloth that makes it resistant to rips or tears, according to Juno Power CEO Johnson Jeng. The cable’s aluminum build is designed to withstand virtually any type of accidental damage, he adds.

The Kaebo comes fully equipped with an aluminum connector and USB head. The cable comes in three colors (silver, light gold and salt grey). The Kaebo is currently available for US$21.99 at Juno Power and Amazon.

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09:29
Bike2Power launches the MountCase ArmorGuard Kit for iPhone 5/5S

Bike2Power (www.bike2power.com) has announced their newest accessory for the iPhone 5/5S: the US$79.95 MountCase ArmorGuard Kit, which is constructed to exceed military standards for water and particle infiltration.

The MountCase ArmorGuard boasts a slim, compact protective case and can purportedly fit in a pocket as easily as it fits on a bike. It's a total turn-key kit that includes a mount case, outer shell and mounting bracket. The mount also guarantees absolute protection and is rated IPX8 Waterproof Submersible.

The MountCase ArmorGuard can be submersed in water six feet deep for up to 30 minutes, in addition to being 100% rainproof, snow proof, dustproof, dirt proof and sweat proof, says says Ilya Gorbonos, President of Bike2Power.. Additional accessories can be purchased to match your lifestyle, including a RainGuard, Sports Armband Kit, Stoller Mount and Golf Bag Mount.

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09:16
Noteboom Productions introduces Tutor for Filemaker Pro - The Basics

Noteboom Productions (http://www.noteboomproductions.com/) has announced Tutor for Filemaker Pro - The Basics, their latest video tutorial for the Mac. It consists of 49 video chapters averaging five minutes each.

These chapters include Filemaker Pro Terminology to creating a solution to adding tables and fields to adding value lists to creating relationships. By watching the tutorial, the user will have a basic understanding of how to create database solutions using Filemaker Pro.

Users can choose different video chapters to watch as they go through the video tutorial. The tutorial isn't subscription based and includes all 49 tutorials, which are stored on your Mac. Once the app is downloaded, no more bandwidth usage is required. It's available for US$9.99 at the Mac App Store.

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09:02
Intuit releases redesigned Quicken 2015 for the Mac

Intuit has released Quicken 2015 for Mac (http://www.quicken.com/mac), an update of the personal finance software that sports an interface designed specifically for the Mac and new investment capabilities.

The redesigned product also syncs with a free mobile companion app providing the ability to photograph and track receipts so users can more easily stay on top of their money. Quicken 2015 for Mac 2015 links users to more than 14,500 different banks, credit cards, loan and investment accounts, allowing them to view their financial statements in one place. Other familiar features include tracking spending by category, creating budgets and the ability to schedule bills and reminders.

Additional product features and capabilities are expected to be released throughout the year to continuously improve the user experience, according to Barry Saik, senior vice president and general manager of...

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04:19
CourseNotes for Mac OS X adds iCloud Syncing support, more

Dear Panda has released version 5.0.2 of their CourseNotes (http://www.coursenotesapp.com) note-taking app for the Mac. The new version introduces support for audio recording, support for iCloud syncing with CourseNotes on Mac and other iOS devices, and a ton of other new features and improvements.

Students can add underlined, bold and italicized text throughout their notes as well as change font sizes to emphasize sections of the text. Along with CourseNotes' bullet summary mode, students now have a set of tools with which to structure their notes.

CourseNotes 5.0.2 requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and sells for US$4.99. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Education category. Volume discounts are available for educational institutions through Apple's App Store Volume Purchase Program.

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04:07
Tidy Up for Mac OS X revved to version 3.0

Hyperbolic Software (www.hyperbolicsoftware.com) has announced Tidy Up 3.0, the latest version of the US$30 duplicate finder and disk tidying utility for Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. The upgrade features a new interface and more. It's also ready for Mavericks.

Tidy Up locates duplicate items using a wide range of criteria including owner application, time created or modified, name, label, extension and content. Version 3.0 features include: the ability to search for duplicate folders by content; a priority option; the ability to compare only the representation data of the images; results shown as a grid or list; pre-definite smart baskets that show the files by kind; and more.

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Aug 20
Travelpro introduces National Geographic Explorer Cape Town, Leather...

Travelpro (www.travelpro.com), the inventor of Rollaboard luggage, has partnered with National Geographic, one of the world's largest scientific and educational nonprofit organizations, to introduce the new National Geographic Explorer Cape Town and Leather Brief Collections.

The National Geographic Explorer Cape Town Collection features a single and double gusset briefcase (pictured), available in khaki and navy colors. Both briefcases feature comfortably-padded, adjustable shoulder straps, made of sturdy cotton webbing that will stand up to the rigors of world travel, says Scott Applebee, vice president of marketing for the Travelpro family of brands.

A removable, padded sleeve holds laptops up to 15.6-inches (such as the MacBook Pro) while the main compartment lets you store a tablet, file folders and power cords.  he front pocket business organizer holds pens, business cards, a phone and other small...

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Aug 20
Parallels announces Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac with OS X Yosemite...

Parallels has launched Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac (www.parallels.com/upgradepd10) and Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac Enterprise Edition, upgrades of the software for running Windows applications on Macs.

The updates offers new built-in "intelligence" and support for Apple’s latest operating systems – including the upcoming OS X Yosemite. Starting Aug. 20th, current users can upgrade to Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac at www.parallels.com/upgradepd10. For new customers, Parallels Desktop 10 will be available for purchase at retail and online stores worldwide and via the Parallels website starting Aug. 26th.

"Millions of Parallels Desktop for Mac customers have come to expect ingenuity, ease of use and speed from Parallels and they will not be disappointed with Parallels Desktop 10," says...

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Aug 20
Preschool University updates Partners in Rhyme for Mac OS X

Preschool University (http://preschoolu.com) has launched Partners in Rhyme 1.4 for Mac OS X. It's an update of the app designed to help build strong phonemic awareness skills and develop foundational reading skills. Four learning games offer different fun ways to practice and learn rhyming for young children.

Partners in Rhyme requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's free and available at the Mac App Store in the Education category.

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Aug 20
PopChar X for Mac OS now supports version 7.0 of the Unicode standard

Ergonis Software has announced PopChar X 6.6, an update to their tool for exploring fonts as well as finding and inserting special characters. The upgrade supports the version 7.0 of the Unicode standard.

With the tool, you pop up the PopChar window, click the desired character, and the character appears in your current document right away. Version 6.5 introduces a new custom insertion technique, which leads to faster character insertion for many applications, and more.

PopChar X 6.5 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or newer. It can be purchased the Ergonis Software website (http://www.ergonis.com/). The upgrade to PopChar 6.5 is free for anyone who owns a valid license for PopChar X 6. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. For new users the cost is approximately US$41.

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Aug 19
Ephnic releases Ephnic Movie Maker for Mac 2.2.0

Ephnic Software has launched a new version (2.2) of its flagship application, Ephnic Movie Maker, for Mac OS X. The app helps users make home movies out of their favorite photos, video clips and music with transitions and theme effects.

The new version comes with a interface and supports 64-bit CPUs. Now users can add two soundtracks and subtitle tracks for their movie and preview the whole project in full-screen mode.

Ephnic Movie Maker is now available on Ephnic's website (http://tinyurl.com/lxhc29d) for US$29.99. A demo is available for download.

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Aug 19
D-Link now shipping 802.11ac unified wireless access point

D-Link has announced the DWL-8610AP (www.dlink.com/dwl-8610ap), a high power, 802.11ac unified wireless access point. Sporting advanced radio management and security features, the DWL-8610AP is designed to allow IT professionals to get the most of their wireless network and maximize their users’ experience.
 
The DWL-8610AP — which has a suggested retail price of US$929 — delivers wireless performance using the latest 802.11ac standards with maximum wireless signal rates of up to 450 Mbps using the 2.4 GHz band, and 1300 Mbps using the 5 GHz band. It supports impressive device densities and offers optimal range and coverage over both bands, according to the folks at D-Link.
 
The DWL-8610AP can be powered using the included AC to DC adapter, or directly through the network cable using Power over Ethernet from any switch or midspan injector that supports IEEE 802.3at. 

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Aug 19
CS Odessa announces new software engineering solutions in ConceptDraw...

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new enhancement for ConceptDraw Pro 9: a set of libraries that provides a solution for software engineering diagrams.

The Software Development Area in the ConceptDraw Solution Park includes the Entity-Relationship Diagrams Solution, Data Flow Diagrams Solution, IDEF0 Diagrams Solution, and the improved Rapid UML Solution. These new additions to the ConceptDraw Solution Park are free for current users of ConceptDraw Pro.

The new Solutions in the Software Development Area of the ConceptDraw Solution Park include collections of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils and icons that support software engineering diagrams of any level of complexity.

ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$199 USD. ConceptDraw Pro 9 is also included in ConceptDraw Office 2, which retails for $499.

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Aug 19
Genius announces new Bluetooth stereo headphones

Genius (http://www.geniusnet.com.tw) has announced a "premium" Bluetooth headset, the HS-920BT, available in five stylish colors and sporting 40mm drivers. It's available at the suggested retail price of US$49.99

With a built-in microphone and Bluetooth AVRCP, users can switch from listening to music to taking phone calls with a touch of a button. A built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery allows for

With Bluetooth A2DP and AVRCP, users can access music and take calls whether their phone or tablet is in their hand or across the room. You can control music volume, change tracks, and answer calls by touching the multifunction control pad on the earpiece.

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Aug 19
WD introduces new design, limited anniversary edition of My Passport...

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of its My Passport line of portable external hard drives, WD (www.wdc.com) is introducing a new design for its external hard drive lines.

The My Passport Ultra - Metal Edition drive and My Passport Ultra - Anniversary Edition drive represent a decade of refinement for WD's portable drive line, according to Tony Tate, vice president and general manager of WD's Content Solutions unit. They feature metal exteriors, up to 2TB capacities in smaller enclosures, content protection, including backup, and cloud integration for anywhere access to personal content.

The My Passport Ultra – Metal Edition and Anniversary Edition drives incorporate a unique and innovative radial-spin-design aluminum enclosure, which provides attractive styling and extra protection against the everyday knocks experienced in the hands of today's mobile consumer, says Tate. In addition, the drive offers users...

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Aug 19
Flexera Software's InstallAnywhere 2014 simplifies multi-platform...

Flexera Software, a provider of next-generation software licensing, compliance and installation solutions for application producers and enterprises, announced today the launch of InstallAnywhere 2014 (http://tinyurl.com/lyfryw9). The new release is designed to simplify deployment of multi-tier applications and adds support for the latest versions of Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and virtual applications. 

InstallAnywhere 2014 can automatically detect and remove previous versions of an application, and correctly upgrading a previous version on an existing customer's computer. In addition, it's the first multi-platform installation solution to provide out-of-the-box support for the latest versions of MySQL and its supporting user dialogs.  This allows developers to install databases and supporting panels to MySQL locally and remotely in a simplified environment. 

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Aug 18
Moshi launches urban inspired bag line

Moshi has released its urban-inspired Venturo and Urbana bags. They're meant to complement the mobile lifestyle and carry your essential accessories.

The Venturo is a single-strap laptop backpack influenced by the style and function of messenger bags. The crossbody design features one strap. Its interior boasts cushioned compartments to secure an up to 15-inch laptop and an iPad or tablet. Additional pockets can organize your cables, accessories and other necessities.

The Venturo collection is crafted with a combination of high-resilience materials and PU leather, with a splash-repellent outer surface. It's available for $119.95 in charcoal black or steel blue and for $149.95 in titanium gray or navy blue with a special coating for enhanced durability and weather-resistance.

Like the Venturo, The Urbana’s ultra-slim profile features an interior large enough to fit up to a 15-inch laptop and iPad or tablet with room to spare. The bag’s proprietary ViscoStrap...

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Aug 18
TYLT introduces USB cable with Lightning, micro-USB connectors

TYLT has introduced the Syncable-Duo a universal cable solution for charging and syncing data to smartphones and tablets. It eliminates the need for multiple cables by incorporating both micro-USB and Apple Lightning connectors into one product.

The Syncable-Duo’s micro-USB connector can be instantly transformed into an Apple MFi certified Lightning cable by plugging it into the Lightning extension that comes tethered to the Syncable-Duo. To charge your device, attach it to the appropriate connector and plug the other end into any USB power source. Once connected, the tangle-free flat cable syncs and transfers data such as music and video to and from any Android or Apple Lightning device.

The Syncable-Duo is now available for purchase in black, blue, red or neon green at the following price points: one foot (US$24.99), 2 feet ($26.99), 1 meter ($29.99). You can purchase your Syncable-Duo at TYLT’s website (www.tylt....

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Aug 18
Power Manager get OS X Yosemite support

DssW (http://tinyurl.com/knfa6hf) has announced Power Manager 4.3 for Mac OS X. This release lets users connect to and remotely manage multiple Macs running Power Manager. Also improved is support for Apple's upcoming Mac OS X Yosemite.

Power Manager is an energy saving solution for Mac OS X 10.7 and higher. It enables users to create energy saving schedules and to automate time-consuming tasks. It can power on a Mac, run a series of tasks, and power off the Mac without requiring any interaction.

Power Manager is available through the DssW web site for approximately US$54. Version 4.3 is a free upgrade for users of Power Manager 4.x. Existing users can update using Power Manager's automatic software update. A demo is available at the DssW web site.

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Aug 21
ABI Research: high profile data breaches drive $1.7...

Cyber-attacks directed against enterprises have grown both in numbers and sophistication over the past decade to a point where breach and data theft have become inevitable, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com). In 2013, more than 800 million records were exposed as a result of data breach incidents.

A number of organizations including online auction site eBay, U.S. retailer Target, telecom operator AT&T, and social networking sites Facebook, Gmail, YouTube, Twitter, and LinkedIn have reported massive data breaches in recent months, according to the research group. Hacking remains the leading cause for most attacks followed by malware and physical attacks such as point-of-sale intrusions and card skimming.

A data breach incident can have disastrous consequences on all businesses resulting in millions of dollars in lost revenue and potential fines, not to mention the lingering impact on...

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Aug 20
U.S. video entertainment spending to hit $123 billion...

The overall US video entertainment market (subscription Pay-TV, box office, packaged home video, Pay-TV VoD and paid-for online video) continues to grow in low single digits, reaching $120 billion in 2013 — a 2% increase on 2012 — and is on track to peak at $123 billion in 2015, according to the latest industry report from Futuresource Consulting (www.futuresource-consulting.com).

"At $120 billion, this approximates to an average of $1,000 being spent on video entertainment by every US household," says David Sidebottom, senior market analyst, Futuresource Consulting. "This is by far the highest in the world, and significantly higher than any European country."

The US video market commands a unique position on the world stage, driven by an extensive choice of viewing options and a strong culture of new technology adoption: digital video spend in the US is larger than the rest...

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Aug 19
IDC: Worldwide IT market showing tentative signs of...

According to new data from the IDC research group (www.idc.com), recent volatility will gradually give way to a more positive outlook for IT spending in the second half of 2014.

With the U.S. and other mature economies mostly heading in the right direction and a significant commercial PC refresh cycle already underway, improvements in business confidence are set to drive a moderate infrastructure upgrade cycle over the next 12-18 months, while investments in software and services will continue to accelerate, says the research group.

Worldwide IT spending is now forecast to increase by 4.5% in 2014 at constant currency, or 4.1% in U.S. dollars. A significant proportion of this growth is still being driven by smartphones – IT spending excluding mobile phones will increase by just 3.1% this year in constant currency (2.8% in U.S. dollars).

Aside from smartphones, the strongest growth will come from software,...

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Aug 18
Data center end user take-up has doubled year-on-year

New research just released by GVA Connect (gatewaydatacentre.co.uk), the data center specialist division of property adviser GVA, showed that the take-up of data center space by end users such as corporate occupiers, government agencies and IT Integrators more than doubled in the first half of 2014 compared to this time last year.
 
"With continued acquisition by data center operators through 2013 and a sharp increase of end user take up in Q1/2014, our research shows the continued growth in take up of both co-location and wholesale data centre space by end users which is rewarding those commitments by operators to expand existing sites as well as developing new sites," says GVA Connect director Charles Carden.
 
Total take up (including operators and end users) in H1/2014 increased by 14% compared to the same period in 2013. Within that, the volume of end user transactions more than doubled from a total of 13MW in H1/2013 to 30MW in H1/2014.

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Aug 15
Mobile media revenue to approach $380 billion by 2018

The Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) predicts spending on consumer mobile media services consumed via the handset (which excludes tablet spend) including handset browsing, mobile applications, mobile games, mobile music, mobile video, mobile TV, ringtones, wallpapers and alerts will rise from just above US$236 billion in 2013 to approach $380 billion by 2018.

Mobile operators will remain the main beneficiaries with spending on mobile data accounting for over $254 Billion, or 67.3 percent, of total mobile media revenue by 2018. Strong mobile advertising revenue growth will eclipse consumer spend on premium content, rising at just below 20% CAGR (compound annual growth rate) over the next five years.

In advanced mobile media regions, like North America and Western Europe, demand for web browsing, games, apps and social media services will continue to drive mobile data...

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Aug 14
Will TV providers get beaten to the punch by Smart TVs...

Smart applications and more interaction with the TV, both with different devices and for better navigation without a cumbersome TV remote, are priorities for consumers’ next TV purchase in the UK and US.

A recent study from the Digital Home Observatory (DHO) at Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) surveying consumers in the UK and USA, found that functionalities such as being able to mirror a smartphone’s display, or providing a simplified human-machine interface (HMI), for example through voice or gesture control, were highly appealing features. However, such capabilities come at a cost. Rather than snapping up a more expensive smart TV, consumers are now looking to less costly media solutions such as Google Chromecastor and Roku, to provide such features.
 
"As traditional TV continues to be threatened by over-the-top subscription based video-on-demand (OTT SVOD), TV...

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Aug 13
Study: consumers want innovation, customization in...

Mobile phone users are ready for new options in data pricing and on-device solutions that provide them with more ability to control and personalize their mobile service, according to Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com).

The survey reveals 60% of mobile phone owners want to be able to customize their plans, and 50% are interested in the ability to directly purchase more data in real-time from their device. Strategy Analytics surveyed over 500 mobile phone users in each of six mobile markets (China, France, Germany, Spain, the UK and the U.S.). Key findings include:

°  60% of mobile phone users are interested in customization of their service plan, with particularly high interest in China (74%) the US (67%) and the UK (58%).

° 50% express interest in a real-time, on-device option to monitor data use and purchase more data.

° In China, interest in plan option for...

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Aug 12
Report: Iliad's T-Mobile bid risks US wireless...

Iliad’s surprise bid for T-Mobile would leave Sprint the least able to compete if wireless prices tumble, according to the "Strategy Analytics Wireless Operator Strategies (WOS)" service report (http://bit.ly/1kqfg6V).

While Strategy Analytics believes the bid will ultimately fail, it represents a wake-up call for all the carriers in the increasingly saturated market. Key findings from the report:

° Iliad’s Free has had a dramatic impact on the French market, driving a 29% decline in service revenue and 19% decline in EBITDA since its launch.

° Iliad’s founder, Xavier Niel, is also an investor in Israel’s Golan Telecom, who’s aggressive mobile launch two years’ ago has had an equally dramatic impact on the market.

° Despite good logic to a bid by an operator keen to play outside the contracting European market, Iliad is unlikely to have an appetite for a bidding war with Softbank.

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Aug 11
Consumers find cloud DVR technology appealing

Over 45% of U.S. pay-TV subscribers find cloud DVR technology very appealing, according to new research from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) notes that consumers show particular interest in unlimited storage space and two-week catch-up services for video.

With the Supreme Court omitting cloud DVR in its 2014 Aereo ruling, pay-TV providers can experiment with these cloud services as strategies to build subscriber loyalty and increase revenues.

"The Aereo case left licensing for cloud DVR rights largely unaffected, allowing pay-TV providers to move forward with cloud DVR development and implementation," says Glenn Hower, research analyst, Parks Associates. "For example, Comcast recently launched in Atlanta its X1 DVR service, which allows, among other capabilities, subscribers to access DVR recordings on their mobile devices. As content owners and providers experiment with cloud...

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Aug 08
Smart cities to rise fourfold from 2013 to 2025

The number of smart cities worldwide will quadruple within a 12-year period that started last year, proliferating as local governments work with the private sector to cope with a multitude of challenges confronting urban centers, according to a new report from IHS Technology (http://www.ihs.com). 

There will be at least 88 smart cities all over the world by 2025, up from 21 in 2013, based on the IHS definition of a smart city, according to the research group. While the combined Europe-Middle East-Africa (EMEA) region represented the largest number of smart cities last year, Asia-Pacific will take over the lead in 2025. In all, Asia-Pacific will account for 32 smart cities of the total in nine years’ time, Europe will have 31, and the Americas will contribute 25.

"Smart cities encompass a broad range of different aspects, but IHS has narrowed the definition of the term to describe cities that have deployed—or...

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18:44
First Look: SETA stand for iPad with NanoSuction pads

After finding Kickstarter success with an iPhone stand last year, 1.0 Innovations is looking to fund two super-sized models with more NanoSuction stick for iPads and phablets.



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18:39
Apple removes Secret app from Brazilian App Store...

Following a recent ruling that Apple would have ten days to remove the anonymous social app Secret from its Brazilian App Store, Apple has complied with the order. The justification for the removal, according to a source close to the situation, can be found in section 22.1 of the App Store Guidelines:

Apps must comply with all legal...

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18:35
Apple CEO Cook visits iPad-using VA hospital in Palo...

One day after US Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald called the Palo Alto Veterans Administration hospital one of the "crown jewels" of the VA healthcare system," the facility received a visit from Apple CEO Tim Cook, who tweeted that he was "honored" to meet doctors alongside California legislator Anna Eshoo, noting that the facility is "now using iPads to help treat vets and families." The message was accompanied by a photo of Cook with an iPad-using staffer....



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18:23
Hack Day Produces Oculix, a Mind-Blowing Trip...


A team of Netflix programmers merged the company's videos with the virtual reality capability offered by the Oculus Rift headset as a fun project on Netflix Hack Day. The Oculix media app lets users browse a floating 3D Netflix video catalog using head turning movements and hand gestures. Once a selection is made, the user can watch the video in a VR theater setting. "This new user experience is potentially a very compelling differentiator," said Strategy Analytics' Eric Smith.

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17:20
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

Where To? [iPhone; Now...

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17:02
Week of Who, Day Four: Inspector Spacetime

Day Four of my Week Of Who commences with a small Doctor tribute that has snowballed. On the TV show Community, a couple of characters are obsessed with the show Inspector Spacetime, a British show about a guy who travels through time and space in a phone booth. NBC decided not to make the show, so the actor cast as Inspector Spacetime started a web series. NBC would not let him continue, so he started a different show called Untitled Web Series About A Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time. It's fun to watch and clever references make it even more enjoyable. Start with the first episode below:


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17:00
Apple issues minor updates to OS X iMovie, iWork...

On Thursday, Apple issued minor updates to its OS X versions of iMovie, Pages, Keynote and Numbers. The most significant of the updates appears to be for iMovie, updated to version 10.0.5 that offers iCloud compatibility improvements for iMovie Theater, though there is still no fix for the program under the Yosemite Public Beta. Also updated were Keynote (to v6.2.2), Pages (to 5.2.2), and Numbers (to version 3.2.2)....



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16:43
Twitter details how it fights off spam with BotMaker...

Twitter offered details on how it battles with spam on the service, showing off a specialized tool that the company made in the process. BotMaker was built by the team, which has so far been responsible for a reduction of 40-percent "in key spam metrics" since its launch. The company went into spill some of the specifics of its creation, something it needed to make since it offers real-time interactions and an exposed developer API....



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16:23
Nook Redux: Is B&N Shooting Itself in the Foot?


After Barnes & Noble bled serious cash trying to create its own Nook e-reading tablets to compete with Amazon's Fire and Apple's iPad -- eventually, scrapping most of the Nook-building unit -- I figured it was pretty much down for the count. The announcement in June of its deal to let Samsung give select tablets the "Nook" brand seemed more like a cry for help them a business decision that had much chance of success. I have to admit that I utterly missed how important this little summertime move really was, and will prove to be.

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16:20
Tim Cook pays a visit to VA hospital in Palo Alto...

Tim Cook took some time to visit a VA hospital in Palo Alto today, accompanied by Rep. Anna Eshoo of the CA-18 congressional district, according to a photo the executive tweeted. The Palo Alto VA hospital is one of many medical facilities around the country using Apple’s iPads to help treat members of the U.S. armed forces.

Honored to meet doctors & Veterans with @RepAnnaEshoo at @VAPaloAlto, now using iPads to help treat Vets & families....

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16:00
Pic Navi shows you the 'when' and '...

Your iPhone tags photos with all sorts of information: your location, the time and date the photo was taken, even exposure information. This tagging function can be turned on or off under Privacy > Location Services in your iPhone settings....

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15:54
Tim Cook visits veterans and doctors at Palo Alto VA...

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday tweeted out a photo and brief message highlighting a recent visit to the Veterans Affairs hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., saying he was happy to meet with doctors who now use iPads to treat patients.



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15:52
Apple Releases Keynote 6.2.2 with ‘Stability...

Apple released Keynote 6.2.2 on Thursday. The patch notes are particularly sparse, noting only that, "This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes."


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15:45
Apple Releases iMovie 10.0.5 for iCloud and iMovie...

Apple released iMovie 10.0.5 on Thursday. The patch notes say the update addresses unspecified iCloud and iMovie theater issues.


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15:30
It is time to bug the aliens in Bugs vs. Aliens

Bugs vs. Aliens is a quirky endless runner where you play as a leader bug tasked with saving other bugs and attacking aliens while avoiding perilous traps. You can also pick up coins to buy boosters that help you get further in the level faster or...

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15:27
Antminer S3 453 GH/s Bitcoin Mining Rigs Improve...

As Bitcoin mining gets ever-more competitive, energy efficiency has become just as important as price. Accordingly, I took note of the Antminer S3 miners being offered at ZoomHash. They're 453 GH/s miners that use just 355 watts of power at the wall. In comparison, the S1 units I reviewed in March do 180 GH/s at 360 watts. At $349 for the S3 (on sale for pre-order), that makes them one of the most energy-efficient miners on the market, especially at that price. The 800 GH/s to 1 TH/s devices on the market typically need 800-1000 watts of power. That said, this is a pre-order price. They ship on September 20th from Hong Kong, and they'll take 3-4 business days to arrive in the U.S. (check for details on your location)-waiting a month will have an affect on your ROI, and mining is always a gamble. To help even that gamble, ZoomHash set up a 5 percent coupon for our readers (coupon code MacObserver). Just enter that coupon during the checkout process. I'll be posting a review once I...

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15:13
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-21

Samsung doesn't have to pay Apple's patent infringement trial legal costs because the iPhone wasn't famous when the company copied it. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to try to sort out Judge Lucy Koh's logic, plus they take a look at Amazon's new Android-based Fire smartphone.


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15:12
Most people don’t use phonebooks. So why do we still...

Vox:

Each year, you probably get a fat new yellow pages phone book delivered to your doorstep. It’s possible you also get the white pages either as a separate volume or combined as one book.

And if you’re like 70 percent of Americans, you probably don’t even open the phone book before the next year’s batch arrives.

For many of us, these are a giant PITA and just one more unwanted thing we need to deal with. Mine go straight into the recycling bin.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:01
Apple updates iMovie for Mac, iWork suite for OS X...

In what appears to be a routine maintenance update, Apple on Thursday rolled out minor iWork app point releases for both Mac and iOS, bringing stability improvements and bug fixes to the company's multi-platform productivity suite.



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15:00
Divoom Voombox Ongo: Rugged and bike-friendly...

Divoom is getting a name for itself for making inexpensive Bluetooth speakers. While the company is probably best known for the little Bluetune Bean and Solo speakers, they've just come out with a new speaker that adds weather resistance, long...

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14:37
Apple in talks with insurance companies about...

Apple is talking with at least two insurance companies about its HealthKit platform in iOS 8, according to Bloomberg. These include Humana, and UnitedHealth, the US' biggest such firm. It's not clear, though, what the parties might have in mind....



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14:30
The adorable MacBook bear

I'm enormously jealous of the bear on the right. Not because he's adorable, leads a carefree life, and has a friend he surfs the internet with -- no, that's all fine. I'm jealous of him because he has a black MacBook, and I don't.

[Photo credit:...

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Thursday August 21

11:30
Apple in Talks With Insurance Companies Over HealthKit Par...

In addition to seeking partnerships with several different hospitals and health institutions for its HealthKit initiative, Apple is also speaking with major U.S. insurance companies like UnitedHealth and Humana.

In a report on rising medical costs and partnerships between insurance providers, corporate employers, and fitness device makers, Bloomberg suggests that Apple has spoken with insurance companies about HealthKit, but no specifics on the conversation were provided.

The focus of the piece, highlighting the insurance perks that companies can offer to employees with healthy habits, implies that Apple may be exploring partnerships that would possibly allow its collected data to be shared with insurance companies and other medical providers.Under the Affordable Care Act, the new national health-care law, companies can spend as much as 30...

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10:47
Apple Job Postings Point Towards Continued Work on Voice O...

Several new job listings suggest Apple is continuing to work on building support for Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) into its line of mobile devices. VoLTE is designed to allow carriers to send voice calls over LTE networks, right alongside data. On the consumer end, this results in higher quality voice calls and faster call connection times.

Subscribers on CDMA networks (Sprint and Verizon) will further benefit from VoLTE, as it allows the simultaneous use of data and voice, something that's not currently possible.

First discovered by LightReading (via Gigaom) job openings at Apple include Cellular Systems Protocol Engineer and...

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10:16
Apple Releases Second OS X Yosemite Public Beta, iTunes 12...

Apple today released the second Yosemite public beta for beta testers, following the release of the sixth Developer Preview earlier this week. Apple has also released a new version of iTunes 12 for Yosemite.

The software update can be downloaded through the software update function of the Mac App Store.

It's likely the new public beta bundles the content introduced in the last several developer updates, including multiple design changes added with DP 6. The last beta included new wallpapers, new System Preferences icons, and more.

Apple is expected to release OS X Yosemite to the general public later this year, possibly following an October event that may also introduce both the iWatch and new iPads.

Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories
•...

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10:04
Apple Introduces Sensor-Assisted Location Technology that...

Earlier today we posted a report titled "Apple Advances Automatic Vehicle Location Services for Parking." It was one of three new location based patent filings revealed today by the US Patent Office. In a third filing today titled "Sensor-Assisted Location Fix," Apple describes location scenarios beyond parking and discusses location-centric problems and solutions associated with driving in urban canyons, which is a powerful image when you think of cities like New York, Hong Kong, Osaka, Beijing, Toronto, Vancouver, Chicago and others that have massive buildings in their downtown business cores.

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08:51
Lawyers Researching Possible Class Action Lawsuit Over 201...

Back in January, we profiled growing concerns from owners of 2011 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models over failing graphics chips and system crashes. While Apple has assisted some customers with logic board replacements, the issues have been known to reoccur after servicing and some users have been faced with expensive repair bills to address the problem.

With a Facebook group exceeding 2,200 members and a change.org petition requesting a more substantial response from Apple having surpassed 10,000 signatures, the issue appears to be a fairly widespread one, and now lawyers are getting involved in the situation.

Attorneys from Washington, DC-based Whitfield Bryson & Mason LLP have...

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08:37
Apple Reveals Furthers Details on Reversible USB Cable Wit...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today published another Apple patent application that describes a reversible USB connector with a "double orientation design." (Via AppleInsider) Today's patent application, filed in February and titled "Reversible USB Connector with Compliant Member to Spread Stress and Increase Contact Normal Force," differs slightly from a separate application made a few weeks earlier by highlighting a key design detail that adds flexibility to the USB connector contacts.

According to the patent...

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07:49
Apple Invents an Intelligent Home Screen for iOS

On August 21, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals the addition of a new intelligent dimension to a future iOS Home Screen.

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06:25
Leaked Schematics Suggest 128 GB Storage Option for iPhone...

Leaked schematics from phone repair company GeekBar (via G 4 Games) suggest Apple may be preparing to release a 128 GB iPhone 6 model. An accompanying part supply list contains entries for NAND flash modules from Toshiba and Hynix in capacities of 16 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB. The 32 GB storage option is notably absent from the list, although the reason for its exclusion is unknown.

Previous rumors have suggested Apple has been working on a 128 GB iPhone model, with one rumor claiming the higher capacity module would debut in the 5.5-inch model only. The same leak also predicted Apple would drop the 16 GB option, introducing a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model with two storage options (32 and 64 GB) and a 5.5-inch model with three storage capacities (...

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06:12
Apple's Second Reversible USB Connector Invention Sur...

In late July we posted a report titled "Apple Invents a Reversible USB Connector." Shortly thereafter a rumor of Apple preparing to launch this connector in connection with the upcoming iPhone 6 surfaced and a second rumor came to light this past Monday. I don't know about the iPhone 6, but having a reversible USB connector coming to market for Macs is ...

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05:25
Apple Advances Automatic Vehicle Location Services for Par...

Apple's intent to create a parking app for future iDevices began to surface with a pair of inventions (one, two) that we reported on back in 2013. Since that time there have been two follow-up patents in 2014 including this one and an important second one that we'll point to later in this report. Today, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's third patent application of the year that relates to finding your car or any vehicle in an outside parking lot, a marina, inside a Parkade and beyond. Last Saturday we posted a report titled "Apple and Google Headed for an Indoor Location Services War" illustrating that indoor location services are going to go far beyond just parking applications. Yet for now, we have to wonder if Apple's new parking location app will make it into iOS 8 for the iPhone 6. The good news is that we'll get the answer to that question in just a few weeks' time.

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04:16
New Photos Claim to Show Various Internal Parts from iPad...

New photos shared by French Apple news website iPhonote (Google Translate) claim to show a number of components for the upcoming iPad Air 2, including the device's GPS antenna, microphone, and Wi-Fi module. While previous leaks have shown off the device's front panel and rear shell, these images could be the first look at the various internal components in the iPad Air 2.

Purported iPad Air 2 GPS antenna, microphone, and WiFi module
The website...

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03:08
Apple invents a 3D Feature for Future iPhone Camera

In 2012 we posted a patent report titled "Apple Invents a Killer 3D Imaging Camera for iOS Devices" which was way ahead of Google's Project Tango. Interestingly Project Tango is shone to be using Apple's new technology acquired from PrimeSense. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals techniques for manipulating mobile device imagery in a 3D space on future iDevices and Macs.

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01:52
New Research Claims iMessage Accounts for 30% of Mobile Sp...

iMessage is responsible for more than 30% of all spam messages on mobile devices, according to research done by security expert Tom Landesman and anti-spam company Cloudmark (via Wired). The researcher notes that there are multiple reasons as to why the platform has become a prime choice for spammers, stating that iMessage's reach across the iPhone, iPad, and Mac along with its accessibility have made it easy to target users: That fusion of the desktop and mobile world makes it particularly easy for scammers to write a Mac OS script that can send messages to all types of devices just as fast as Apple will allow. “It’s almost like a spammer’s dream,” says Landesman. “With four lines of code, using Apple scripts, you can tell your Mac machine to send message to whoever they want.”
With iMessage, spammers can send unwanted messages to a user's associated emails and phone...

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Wednesday August 20

17:47
Will Apple Address the Growing Trend Towards Hybrid Device...

In June we reported that Apple's iPhone 5S was the number one smartphone in the world as reported by research firm Counterpoint. That particular report further noted that 3 out of the top smartphones were in the phablet category which marked a 40% increase in just the past year. That's great news as Apple is about to ride that surging wave come September and take those stats to new historical highs. Yet just as Apple is tackling that market segment that they originally missed, IDC is now reporting that the phablet market will begin to drop as 7" tablets with built-in telephony will rule the day in the Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) region.

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16:15
Photo of Possible 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Rear Shell Surfaces

While we've seen dozens of part leaks for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, parts for the rumored 5.5-inch version of the device have thus far been scarce, possibly due to the fact that the larger iPhone 6 is said to have entered production later than the 4.7-inch iPhone 6.

Photos depicting what might be the rear shell of the larger device have finally surfaced, however, and have been shared by Evasi0nJailbreak.com. According to the site, the photos have been sourced from "deep within Apple's supply chain in China," and may be only a prototype of the final rear shell.

Outside of 5.5-inch iPhone 6 rear shell compared to inside of 4.7-inch rear shell
That said, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 rear shell images, which are compared in the photos to the rear shell of a 4.7-inch iPhone, do resemble...

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11:12
Second-Generation iPad Air May Get Memory Boost to 2 GB

Apple's second-generation iPad Air may get a memory upgrade, bumping it up to 2 GB of RAM instead of the 1 GB in the current-generation device, reports Taiwan's TechNews [Google Translate] (via iPhone in Canada). According to the site, the increased RAM will be limited to the iPad Air, as the second-generation Retina iPad mini is expected to continue to offer 1 GB of RAM.

Apple began offering 1 GB of RAM with the third generation iPad, keeping the same amount of memory in the fourth-generation device and the fifth-generation iPad Air. With such a long span of time between memory upgrades, customers have...

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10:06
'NFL Now' Launches on Apple TV With Breaking Foo...

The National Football League earlier this month officially launched its NFL Now service, its next-generation video streaming service that provides access to the largest digital library of NFL videos available online. The video content can be viewed on the iPhone, iPad, Mac (via a web browser) and other connected devices such as Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and as of today, the Apple TV channel that was leaked earlier in the month.

The NFL Now service delivers historic videos, breaking news, game highlights and original programming from the NFL Now studios. Personalization is a key feature -- allowing users to follow...

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08:58
Apple's "OS X Mavericks" is now a Registere...

With Apple's next generation OS X Yosemite due to arrive this fall, the US Patent & Trademark Office has published Apple's "OS X Mavericks" as a Registered Trademark (RTM) today under registration number 4,590,319. As the saying goes, "it's better late than never." In other trademark news, Apple has ...

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08:02
Apple Dominates New EPEAT Tablet Registry After Nearly Wit...

After almost removing itself from the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) registry two years ago, Apple is now leading the charge into the program's new Tablets/Slates category.

As of today, Apple's four iPad models account for 134 of the 135 tablets on the list, although the number of entries appear to be growing nearly by the minute. While Apple is represented by the various configurations of the iPad Air, the iPad mini, the iPad with Retina display and the iPad mini with Retina display, the sole non-iPad model currently on the list is the Dell Venue 11 Pro.

In a blog post announcing the new category earlier this week, Green Electronics Council CEO Robert Frisbee hailed the early inclusion of more than 100 tablets without mentioning that essentially...

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07:44
Parallels Brings OS X Yosemite Coolness to Windows

The next generation Parallels has just been launched. The Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac and Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac Enterprise Edition upgrades are available today and the packaged software version will debut worldwide on August 29. Parallel notes in their promotional video that ...

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Thursday August 21

09:00
Meet the new Office Dev Center

We are excited to announce that the Office Dev Center has gone through a major redesign and content overhaul, as we create a home for the Microsoft Office 365 developer audience. This site not only speaks to developers, but also to the technical and business decision makers by highlighting the opportunity and the getting started experience for building on Office 365. We also want to make sure that we provide the essential training and guidance for developers who are transforming solutions to the cloud.

We also heard the resounding feedback that developers had to constantly hunt and peck for key resources, such as the various events and recordings of our latest announcements and launches....

| Read more »
09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 012 with Alex...

In episode 12, Jeremy Thake chats to Alex Randall about SharePoint workflow in Visual Studio and some of his open source projects.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP12_AlexRandall.mp3

Download the podcast here directly

Weekly updates

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09:00
Logic Pro X, MainStage 3: Issues installing...

Installing the Logic Pro X or MainStage 3 additional content may not complete, or the estimated time may be longer than you expect.

| Read more »
08:57
Logic Pro X : Using shared network volumes

If you store a project or it's audio files on a shared network volume, the following issues could occur: 

Audio files might not be edited in the Audio File Editor. 
Fades might not be created or updated. 
Playback may stutter or have other issues. 

| Read more »

Wednesday August 20

15:00
Safari 7.1 beta 3 and Safari 6.2 beta 3 Now Available

Safari 7.1 beta 3 and Safari 6.2 beta 3 Now Available

| Read more »
15:00
Safari 7.1 beta 3 and Safari 6.2 beta 3 Now Available

Safari 7.1 beta 3 and Safari 6.2 beta 3 Now Available

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09:00
Legal firm embraces cloud computing, wins case for...

 

Lawyers at RTR, a criminal defense firm in Miami, Florida, had been using faxes, couriers, and an unreliable server—which impeded productivity. Then one of its lawyers introduced Microsoft Office 365, mobile devices, and smartphones. Now documents are stored online, lawyers access case files in court and at home, on any device, and they use simultaneous coauthoring to create briefs. Productivity is up by an estimated 25 percent.

For more, read the RTR case study.

 

The post Legal firm embraces cloud computing, wins case for mobile productivity appeared first on Office Blogs.

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09:00
Register now for October 8 Access Day in Denver, CO

Are you a developer or user of Microsoft Access, or know someone who is?  Interested in the new web capabilities in Access 2013 or how to improve your Access client applications?

After successful one-day conferences in Bellevue and Irvine,
J Street Technology is taking Access Day to Denver!  Join us Wednesday, October 8 in Denver, CO for the next Access Day, featuring internationally-respected presenters, including Access MVPs, book authors, and even a member of the Access development team at Microsoft.

Access Day will include sessions by Kevin BellAlison BalterAndy Tabisz, George Young, and Armen Stein that cover a mix of Access client techniques and new Access 2013 Web App development.

Here’s what...

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09:00
Integreon connects every part of its global business...

Bob Gogel is CEO of Integreon.

To provide our clients with highly scalable legal, research, and document support services from our 17 office locations around the world, we depend on fast, flexible communication technology.

 

For a number of years, we relied on separate software systems for voice, instant messaging, content sharing, and video conferencing that simply didn’t provide the ease of use that our people needed. Our employees found that constantly switching between productivity tools, email, and a separate web conferencing application was a hassle. They also felt tethered to their computers, because they lacked the freedom to collaborate from anywhere through their smartphones or other mobile devices.

Beyond these usability concerns, cost was also a major issue. We couldn’t justify the expense of a standalone web conferencing...

| Read more »
08:00
Garage Series Under the Hood: Continually...

In this special edition of Garage Series Live Under the Hood, Jeremy Chapman goes deep on the operational side of information protection with lead engineer Matt Swann – from Office 365′s blue team – responsible for detecting and analyzing anomalies in the service. They discuss how the service is architected for security across physical, network, access and data vectors then Matt demonstrates how the cloud is used to protect the cloud with real intrusion and anomaly detection examples.

Last week we concluded our Garage Series Road Trip with our final stop in Dubai, where we saw how businesses in the booming Gulf region are using Office 365 and we took a tour of Project, offline support in OWA and OneDrive for Business and saw a video call using Lync from a watch. This week revisit the conversation of trusting the Office 365 service with one of our...

| Read more »
07:00
Setting Up an iOS 7 On-Demand VPN

I'm writing a detailed set of instructions for getting VPN 'on-demand' working with iOS 7.



See Setting Up an iOS 7 On-Demand VPN for the details (it's way too much stuff to post via MacOSXHints, as much as I've been a fan of this site for many years).



The complete set of instructions include:

A few comments about this work:

  • One of the primary objectives was to document a...
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Tuesday August 19

15:36
Courses to study for the ACMT 9L0-011 exam

This article lists the courses that you should review for the 9L0-011 ACMT exam. 

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15:31
Courses to study for the ACMT 9L0-065 exam

This article lists the courses that you should review for the 9L0-065 exam.

| Read more »
13:42
Motion version 5.1.2: Release notes

Learn about current and previous Motion updates.

| Read more »
10:00
OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F18) Now Available

OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F18) Now Available

| Read more »
10:00
OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F18) Now Available

OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F18) Now Available

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08:00
Delivering improved handwriting capabilities,...

Just in time for back to school, we are releasing OneNote for Android tablets with handwriting capabilities, along with several OneNote handwriting improvements for Windows 8 and partner devices.

Even in the digital age, some folks still find handwriting more natural than typing. Beyond the benefits of comfort, The New York Times recently reported on research that suggests students are better able to generate ideas and retain information when they write versus type.

We’ve made improvements for handwriting in OneNote that reflect our vision for how people can take advantage of software and the cloud, without compromising the comfort and benefits of pen and paper.

Here’s what’s new:

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08:00
OneNote updates Windows Store app to support...

Today the team is proud to announce updates to the OneNote Windows Store app, including printing, file insertion, and highlighting. These updates significantly improve the OneNote experience for students and help ease the transition to the upcoming school year.

Print your notes

We’ve heard from many customers—students in particular—that they need to print their notes from time to time. In fact, printing is the single biggest feature request. With this update, it’s a breeze to print your notes, and OneNote supports all of the features you’d expect including beautiful full color page previews, portrait and landscape orientations, multiple copies, duplex printing, and more.

To print your pages, swipe from the right to display the Devices charm, then select Devices and then Print.

...

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07:59
OneNote for Android: now with handwriting support,...

Today’s post was written by Ayush Rastogi, on behalf of the entire OneNote team. 

We have been hard at work on an update for OneNote for Android, which enables you to take handwritten inked notes, have a tablet optimized experience, and personalize and format your notes.  We are sure you will love it.

If you’re going back to school or know someone who is, check out this updated version of OneNote—the finest note taking application to help you organize your daily work, take class notes, finish homework, research and more.

With this update of OneNote for Android you won’t be able to put down your pen.

Handwriting support

Handwriting support has been the biggest feature request and we have listened to your feedback!  If you have an...

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Monday August 18

18:00
Xcode 6 beta 6 Now Available

Xcode 6 beta 6 Now Available

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18:00
Xcode 6 beta 6 Now Available

Xcode 6 beta 6 Now Available

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10:55
SharePoint Online simplifies storage management

Mark Kashman (@mkashman) is a senior product manager on the SharePoint marketing team.

The journey to simplify the admin experience in Office 365 continues. Previously, we increased all OneDrive for Business users’ storage allotment to 1 TB. Along with this adjustment, we removed the OneDrive for Business quota management tab from the SharePoint Online admin center.

Today we are introducing a new storage model based on usage, making it easier to manage availability of storage across your SharePoint Online team sites. In addition, we increased the number of site collections limits to parallel and adjust the new usage model.

Let’s dive into the details.

The new usage model

The first thing administrators will notice is they reclaim a lot more...

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Documentation Scanner

Thursday August 21

09:00
Meet the new Office Dev Center

We are excited to announce that the Office Dev Center has gone through a major redesign and content overhaul, as we create a home for the Microsoft Office 365 developer audience. This site not only speaks to developers, but also to the technical and business decision makers by highlighting the opportunity and the getting started experience for building on Office 365. We also want to make sure that we provide the essential training and guidance for developers who are transforming solutions to the cloud.

We also heard the resounding feedback that developers had to constantly hunt and peck for key resources, such as the various events and recordings of our latest announcements and launches....

| Read more »
09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 012 with Alex...

In episode 12, Jeremy Thake chats to Alex Randall about SharePoint workflow in Visual Studio and some of his open source projects.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP12_AlexRandall.mp3

Download the podcast here directly

Weekly updates

| Read more »
09:00
Logic Pro X, MainStage 3: Issues installing...

Installing the Logic Pro X or MainStage 3 additional content may not complete, or the estimated time may be longer than you expect.

| Read more »
08:57
Logic Pro X : Using shared network volumes

If you store a project or it's audio files on a shared network volume, the following issues could occur: 

Audio files might not be edited in the Audio File Editor. 
Fades might not be created or updated. 
Playback may stutter or have other issues. 

| Read more »

Wednesday August 20

15:00
Safari 7.1 beta 3 and Safari 6.2 beta 3 Now Available

Safari 7.1 beta 3 and Safari 6.2 beta 3 Now Available

| Read more »
15:00
Safari 7.1 beta 3 and Safari 6.2 beta 3 Now Available

Safari 7.1 beta 3 and Safari 6.2 beta 3 Now Available

| Read more »
09:00
Legal firm embraces cloud computing, wins case for...

 

Lawyers at RTR, a criminal defense firm in Miami, Florida, had been using faxes, couriers, and an unreliable server—which impeded productivity. Then one of its lawyers introduced Microsoft Office 365, mobile devices, and smartphones. Now documents are stored online, lawyers access case files in court and at home, on any device, and they use simultaneous coauthoring to create briefs. Productivity is up by an estimated 25 percent.

For more, read the RTR case study.

 

The post Legal firm embraces cloud computing, wins case for mobile productivity appeared first on Office Blogs.

| Read more »
09:00
Register now for October 8 Access Day in Denver, CO

Are you a developer or user of Microsoft Access, or know someone who is?  Interested in the new web capabilities in Access 2013 or how to improve your Access client applications?

After successful one-day conferences in Bellevue and Irvine,
J Street Technology is taking Access Day to Denver!  Join us Wednesday, October 8 in Denver, CO for the next Access Day, featuring internationally-respected presenters, including Access MVPs, book authors, and even a member of the Access development team at Microsoft.

Access Day will include sessions by Kevin BellAlison BalterAndy Tabisz, George Young, and Armen Stein that cover a mix of Access client techniques and new Access 2013 Web App development.

Here’s what...

| Read more »
09:00
Integreon connects every part of its global business...

Bob Gogel is CEO of Integreon.

To provide our clients with highly scalable legal, research, and document support services from our 17 office locations around the world, we depend on fast, flexible communication technology.

 

For a number of years, we relied on separate software systems for voice, instant messaging, content sharing, and video conferencing that simply didn’t provide the ease of use that our people needed. Our employees found that constantly switching between productivity tools, email, and a separate web conferencing application was a hassle. They also felt tethered to their computers, because they lacked the freedom to collaborate from anywhere through their smartphones or other mobile devices.

Beyond these usability concerns, cost was also a major issue. We couldn’t justify the expense of a standalone web conferencing...

| Read more »
08:00
Garage Series Under the Hood: Continually...

In this special edition of Garage Series Live Under the Hood, Jeremy Chapman goes deep on the operational side of information protection with lead engineer Matt Swann – from Office 365′s blue team – responsible for detecting and analyzing anomalies in the service. They discuss how the service is architected for security across physical, network, access and data vectors then Matt demonstrates how the cloud is used to protect the cloud with real intrusion and anomaly detection examples.

Last week we concluded our Garage Series Road Trip with our final stop in Dubai, where we saw how businesses in the booming Gulf region are using Office 365 and we took a tour of Project, offline support in OWA and OneDrive for Business and saw a video call using Lync from a watch. This week revisit the conversation of trusting the Office 365 service with one of our...

| Read more »
07:00
Setting Up an iOS 7 On-Demand VPN

I'm writing a detailed set of instructions for getting VPN 'on-demand' working with iOS 7.



See Setting Up an iOS 7 On-Demand VPN for the details (it's way too much stuff to post via MacOSXHints, as much as I've been a fan of this site for many years).



The complete set of instructions include:

A few comments about this work:

  • One of the primary objectives was to document a...
| Read more »

Tuesday August 19

15:36
Courses to study for the ACMT 9L0-011 exam

This article lists the courses that you should review for the 9L0-011 ACMT exam. 

| Read more »
15:31
Courses to study for the ACMT 9L0-065 exam

This article lists the courses that you should review for the 9L0-065 exam.

| Read more »
13:42
Motion version 5.1.2: Release notes

Learn about current and previous Motion updates.

| Read more »
10:00
OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F18) Now Available

OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F18) Now Available

| Read more »
10:00
OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F18) Now Available

OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F18) Now Available

| Read more »
08:00
Delivering improved handwriting capabilities,...

Just in time for back to school, we are releasing OneNote for Android tablets with handwriting capabilities, along with several OneNote handwriting improvements for Windows 8 and partner devices.

Even in the digital age, some folks still find handwriting more natural than typing. Beyond the benefits of comfort, The New York Times recently reported on research that suggests students are better able to generate ideas and retain information when they write versus type.

We’ve made improvements for handwriting in OneNote that reflect our vision for how people can take advantage of software and the cloud, without compromising the comfort and benefits of pen and paper.

Here’s what’s new:

| Read more »
08:00
OneNote updates Windows Store app to support...

Today the team is proud to announce updates to the OneNote Windows Store app, including printing, file insertion, and highlighting. These updates significantly improve the OneNote experience for students and help ease the transition to the upcoming school year.

Print your notes

We’ve heard from many customers—students in particular—that they need to print their notes from time to time. In fact, printing is the single biggest feature request. With this update, it’s a breeze to print your notes, and OneNote supports all of the features you’d expect including beautiful full color page previews, portrait and landscape orientations, multiple copies, duplex printing, and more.

To print your pages, swipe from the right to display the Devices charm, then select Devices and then Print.

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OneNote for Android: now with handwriting support,...

Today’s post was written by Ayush Rastogi, on behalf of the entire OneNote team. 

We have been hard at work on an update for OneNote for Android, which enables you to take handwritten inked notes, have a tablet optimized experience, and personalize and format your notes.  We are sure you will love it.

If you’re going back to school or know someone who is, check out this updated version of OneNote—the finest note taking application to help you organize your daily work, take class notes, finish homework, research and more.

With this update of OneNote for Android you won’t be able to put down your pen.

Handwriting support

Handwriting support has been the biggest feature request and we have listened to your feedback!  If you have an...

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Xcode 6 beta 6 Now Available

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SharePoint Online simplifies storage management

Mark Kashman (@mkashman) is a senior product manager on the SharePoint marketing team.

The journey to simplify the admin experience in Office 365 continues. Previously, we increased all OneDrive for Business users’ storage allotment to 1 TB. Along with this adjustment, we removed the OneDrive for Business quota management tab from the SharePoint Online admin center.

Today we are introducing a new storage model based on usage, making it easier to manage availability of storage across your SharePoint Online team sites. In addition, we increased the number of site collections limits to parallel and adjust the new usage model.

Let’s dive into the details.

The new usage model

The first thing administrators will notice is they reclaim a lot more...

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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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