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07:29
Mophie introduces waterproof battery case

Mophie has announced the juice pack H2PRO for the iPhone 6. It's the company's first waterproof battery case and provides more than 100% extra battery life, says Daniel Huang, company co-founder and CEO.

In addition to waterproof protection, the juice pack H2PRO exceeds industry standards with top protection ratings, he adds. It's equipped with a 2,750mAh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery that reportedly allows users to enjoy up to 14 additional hours of talk time, 10 additional hours of web browsing, 11 additional hours of video playback, and 50 additional hours of music playback.

Featuring mophie's Priority+ charge and sync, the juice pack H2PRO allows the iPhone 6 to charge before the juice pack itself, and enables pass-through charge and sync while connected to a Mac or PC. It'sesigned with pass-through volume and power buttons, as well as mophie's proprietary mute switch. The mophie juice pack H2PRO made for iPhone 6 is currently available for pre-order at...

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07:18
ShowStoppers, MacTech partner to showcase Apple developers to...

ShowStoppers is partnering with MacTech to create a new event that enables developers, accessory vendors and device makers to showcase, demonstrate and announce new software, services, hardware and devices for work, home and play to key journalists traveling to San Francisco to learn about the future of iOS and OS X.

ShowStoppers/MacTech DevFocus is scheduled for Sunday, June 7, in San Francisco from 5-7 pm.

"This new event is focused on helping journalists discover some of the most creative technologists on the planet -- the engineers, developers and programmers who create, design, build and market new technologies and products for use with iOS and OS X," says Neil Ticktin, editor-in-chief and publisher of MacTech Magazine, the journal of Apple technology, the oldest publication in the Apple market. "This event enables developers and journalists alike to cut through the torrent of announcements that always take place this time of year, as Apple maps its own way...

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May 04
Redpark shipping an Ethernet cable for the iPhone, iPad

Redpark Product Development says it's shipping the industry’s first Ethernet cable for the iPad and iPhone.

The Redpark Ethernet Cable (http://tinyurl.com/mn8c2nk) is a specialty version of USB to Ethernet adapter. It provides a general purpose ethernet connection — however, throughput is limited to 5 Mbps and only apps which use Redpark’s RedSocket SDK are able to communicate with the cable.

"We’ve designed the Ethernet Cable for use in field service applications," says Redpark President Mike Ridenhour. "It enables field technicians to use Ethernet to connect an iPad or iPhone to equipment in the field in order to configure or troubleshoot the equipment."

The Ethernet Cable has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US $89 and is available today.

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May 04
Apple hires new general contractor for its 'spaceship' campus

Apple is bringing on a new general contractor to finish its multi-billion-dollar "spaceship" building at Apple Campus 2, "amid questions about whether the huge project remains on track for a late-2016 completion," reports the Silicon Valley Business Journal (http://tinyurl.com/oubp2ku).

Rudolph & Sletten Inc., a veteran Silicon Valley builder, will complete the ring-shaped structure’s interior build-out, the article says, quoting unnamed "multiple people with knowledge of the situation. Until now, a joint venture of DPR Construction Co. and Skanska USA, which is heading up the project, was expected by many in the construction industry to take it through to completion.

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May 04
Apple releases Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.04

Apple has released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.04. The update adds RAW image support to Mac OS X Yosemite for 18 new cameras from Canon, Fujifilm, Hasselblad, Leica, and Nikon.

The update is a 7.7MB download. You can upgrade via the Updates tab at the Mac App Store. Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.04 requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher and iPhoto 9.6 or Aperture 3.6.

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May 01
Analyst: folks aren't that interested in the Apple Watch (yet)

In a note to clients — as reported by Barron's (http://tinyurl.com/ob8bgmz) — UBS analyst Steve Milunovich says his research indicates that people aren't that interested in the Apple Watch. At least not yet.

"Search interest has deviated lower relative to an index of 30 consumer electronics introductions and the first iPad and iPhone releases—the week of launch, the Watch is about 20% of iPad and iPhone interest," says Milunovich. "We now think about 7% rather than 10% of the expected iPhone 5/6 average installed base of 430 million in F16E is likely to buy a Watch."

Still he says that UBS is "long-term bullish" on the Apple smartwatch. Milunovich’s evidence comes from an index of search requests:

"We created an index of search interest for 30 consumer electronics launches in the US as well as for the first iPhone and iPad (Figure 3). The initial value is based on search interest at the...

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Apr 30
IHS: Apple Watch costs only about 24% of MSRP

The Apple Watch has the lowest hardware costs compared to retail price of any Apple product IHS Technology has researched, according to a preliminary estimate by IHS (www.ihs.com) and its Teardown Mobile Handsets Intelligence Service.

The teardown of the Apple Watch Sport by IHS Technology estimates that the actual hardware costs are only about 24%of the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP). Estimated hardware cost to MSRP ratios for other Apple products reviewed by IHS are in the range of 29% to 98%.

The teardown of the Apple Watch Sport 38 mm by IHS Technology shows a bill of materials of US$81.20 with the cost of production rising to $83.70 when the $2.50 manufacturing expense is added. The retail price of the Apple Watch Sport 38 mm is $349. The IHS Technology analysis does not include logistics, amortized capital expenses, overhead, SG&A, R&D, software, IP licensing and other variables...

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Apr 30
Apple, Japan Post, IBM help connect elderly to family and services

Japan Post Group, IBM and Apple have announced an initiative aimed at improving the quality of life for millions of Japanese senior citizens.

Built on the global partnership Apple and IBM announced last year, the new initiative will deliver iPads with IBM-developed apps and analytics to connect millions of seniors with services, healthcare, community and their families. After piloting iPads and apps custom developed for the elderly, Japan Post Group will expand the service in stages with the objective of including four million to million million customers in Japan by 2020. Today more than 33 million seniors make up about 25% of Japan’s population, projected to grow to 40 percent over the next 40 years.

"We are joining with two of the world’s most respected leaders in technology to bring our elderly generation into the connected world, expand our businesses by deepening relationships, and discover new ways to strengthen the fabric of our society and economy," says...

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Apr 30
Global tablet market continues to contract

Worldwide tablet shipments recorded a year-over-year decline for the second consecutive quarter in the first quarter of 2015 (1Q15). Overall shipments for tablets and 2-in-1 devices fell to 47.1 million in 1Q15, a -5.9% decline from the same quarter a year ago, according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (www.idc.com).

"The market slowdown that we witnessed last quarter is continuing to impact the tablet segment, but we see some growth areas that are starting to materialize," says Jean Philippe Boucharge, research director, Tablets, IDC. "Cellular-enabled tablets are outgrowing the rest of the market, providing an additional revenue stream for OEMs and mobile operators. In addition to driving higher usage than Wi-Fi-only tablets, cellular-enabled tablets also help position the segment as true mobile solutions rather than stay-at-home devices."

Apple still leads the overall market despite...

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Apr 30
Default Folder for Mac OS X gets maintenance upgrade

St. Clair Software (http://tinyurl.com/2gm24v) has released Default Folder X 4.7.1, an update to their utility for Mac OS X.

Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. Its custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. It provides fast navigation to your files, convenient previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Version 4.7.1 fixes a bug in Mac OS 10.10.3, as well as offering a number of feature improvements.

Default Folder X 4.7.1 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's is a free update for existing version 4 users. It costs US$34.95 for new users.

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Apr 29
Microsoft introduces the Edge web browser

Microsoft has announced the Edge web browser at this week's Microsoft Build conference, reports re/code (http://tinyurl.com/ktnutgr/). It's the replacement for the long-in-the-tooth Internet Explorer.

Edge will be the primary/default browser built into Windows 10. Details are still light on of what’s unique to Edge, but TechCrunch (http://tinyurl.com/keuu277) says here’s what is known:

° It has built-in Cortana support.

° It has built-in reader, note-taking and sharing features.

° The design focuses on simplicity and minimalism.

° The rendering engine is called EdgeHTML.

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Apr 29
iPad app glitches delays some American Airlines flights

Some American Airlines flights were grounded as an app issue with the on-board iPads used by pilots made it impossible to take off, reports the Verge (http://tinyurl.com/pxsdkm2).

"Some flights are experiencing an issue with a software application on pilot iPads," American Airlines spokesperson Andrea Huguely told The Verge. "In some cases, the flight has had to return to the gate to access a Wi-Fi connection to fix the issue. We apologize for the inconvenience to our customers. We are working to have them on the way to their destination as soon as possible."

Another spokesperson said that the issue affected "a few dozen flights" across the airline. "We've identified the issue, we've identified the solution, and we are working on it right now," he told the publication.

In 2012 American Airlines became the first commercial carrier to receive FAA approval to use the Apple iPad in the...

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Apr 29
Brett Terpstra introduces StretchLink for Mac OS X

Developer Brett Terpstra has introduced StretchLink 1.0 (http://stretchlinkapp.com), his new URL utility for Mac OS X.

StretchLink was developed exclusively for expanding shortened URLs, removing redirects, and cleaning out referrer junk so that you can share URL without any baggage. Whether you're sending links to friends or publishing a blog, you want to protect your friends and readers from redirects and privacy issues that can be caused by unintentionally publishing a shortened link, says Terpstra.

StretchLink runs in the OS X menu bar. Click the icon to open the main panel from which it can expand and clean links on demand with a single click, or can be set to silently watch your clipboard.

StretchLink 1.0 costs US$1.99. An introductory sale of $0.99 (50% off) will take place through the month of May.

[Ed. Note: Expanding URLs can cause unintended issues as parameters, and...

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Apr 29
BBEdit 11.1 Introduces Git and EditorConfig Support

Bare Bones Software (www.barebones.com) has announced BBEdit 11.1, an update to its professional strength HTML and text editor.

The new version introduces built-in support for Git and for EditorConfig. In addition, the BBEdit 11.1 update also introduces a new CSS/SCSS language module, a new Arrange submenu and a new Save All in Window command, plus enhanced command-line tools and INI support, refined navigation, file management and preferences, and more.

BBEdit 11.1 requires Mac OS X 10.8.5 or later. This update is free of charge to all BBEdit 11 customers. For new uses the cost is US$49.99 for a single user license.

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Apr 29
Strategy Analytics: Samsung overtakes Apple as world's largest...

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com), global smartphone shipments grew 21% annually to reach 345 million units in the first quarter of 2015. Samsung overtook Apple to recapture first position as the world's largest smartphone vendor by volume, says the research group.

"Global smartphone shipments grew 21% annually from 285.0 million units in Q1 [the first quarter] 2014 to a 345.0 million in Q1 2015," says Linda Sui, director at Strategy Analytics. "Global smartphone growth on an annualized basis has slowed slightly from 33% to 21%t during the past year, due to increasing penetration maturity in major markets of the US, Europe and China."

Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics, adds: Samsung shipped 83.2 million smartphones worldwide and captured 24% marketshare in Q1 2015, dipping from 31% a year earlier. Samsung continued to...

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Apr 29
Jive Releases real-time messaging app for Mac OS X, iOS

Jive Software (www.jivechime.com) has released Jive Chime, an app that connects coworkers in real time. It's available for Mac OS X, iOS, Windows and Android systems.

Employees can instantly start 1:1 or group conversations with coworkers, teams and departments, whether at their desks or on the go, says Elisa Steele, CEO and president, Jive Software. An employee can start a conversation from their phone while on the go and then easily pick up the conversation from their desktop later on. Any employee can connect with anyone inside their company without needing their email or phone number saved as a contact.


Employees can set notification preferences according to their individual needs to stay in the loop without getting bombarded by alerts. People can create and name Jive Chime groups, add and remove coworkers from conversations, see when messages are read and when team members are responding, and send...

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Apr 29
Maintain serves up Cocktail 8.3.1 (Yosemite Edition)

Maintain has served Cocktail 8.3.1 (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 8.3.1 fixes compatibility issues with 1Password and Evernote browser extensions. It also contains improvements on the network optimization feature and updated Automator actions.

Cocktail 8.3.1 (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.

Cocktail 8.3.1 (Yosemite Edition) costs US$19 for a single user license. It's available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail).

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Apr 29
ConceptDraw Pro 10 has a new ATM UML Diagrams solution

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has launched a new ATM UML Solution in ConceptDraw Solution Park. Developed exclusively for banking industry software specialists who design and build ATM solutions and systems.

The new solution is designed to turn ConceptDraw Pro into an effective UML diagram creator with image libraries enabling you to visually represent ATM processes, as well as any type of banking system. The UML solution for banking is comprised of 14 libraries which contain 182 objects.

ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows and retails for US$199. It's also included in ConceptDraw Office 3, which retails for $499.

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Apr 28
Cosentry Extends Managed Cloud Services to Microsoft Azure

Cosentry (www.cosentry.com), a provider of IT solutions in the Midwest, has extended its managed cloud services to Microsoft Azure.

The new service provides expertise in connecting to Microsoft Azure, with a focus on utilizing Azure for SQL Server testing and development, SQL Server backup and SQL Server disaster recovery environments. Cosentry has more than a decade of experience supporting SQL Server database environments, primarily those running on a private cloud; this new offering focuses on expanding support to hybrid cloud solutions, says CEO Brad Hokamp. Electrical Components International Inc. (ECI) has engaged with Cosentry to gain new efficiencies leveraging Azure as part of a hybrid cloud environment.

"Their expertise in SQL Server and managed cloud services will be leveraged to enhance our implementation while giving me the peace-of-mind that ECI has one of the best customer support teams in...

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Apr 28
LastPass launches Apple Watch app

LastPass, a password manager, has launched an app for the Apple Watch.
 
The iOS app, which is part of LastPass’ Premium service, provides quick access to passwords and data stored in the Vault to ensure users always have their passwords no matter where they are or which device they are using.

"Consumers need access to passwords and secure information wherever they are and on whatever device they are using," says Joe Siegrist, CEO and co-founder of LastPass. "The launch of the Apple Watch is significant because it provides another channel for LastPass to provide our users with the important data they need every day. With just a few taps of the wrist, LastPass users can see their password information in a simplified format without ever having to take out their phones or computers."

The LastPass app for Apple Watch ensures users always have their passwords on hand with access to the data stored in their LastPass Vault. They can look up passwords on the go or...

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May 05
Smart Home System Revenues to Hit US$34 Billion in 2020

Global revenues from smart home automation systems will grow at a 21% CAGR [compound annual growth rate] between 2015 and 2020, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com). North America will account for the lion’s share of the smart home automation system revenues in 2020, contributing close to 46% globally, followed by Europe and Asia-Pacific, says the research group.

"Higher quality of service assurance and longer battery life are primary drivers for the continued adoption of proprietary technologies in smart home security”
“Smart home automation system revenue was primarily driven by mass consumer adoption of smart home security systems but the market is also witnessing strong revenue growth from the adoption of smart plugs and smoke and air quality monitors," says ABI Research Senior Analyst Adarsh Krishnan.

Regional differences are also reflected in device adoption. In 2014, North...

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May 04
802.11ac Wi-Fie CPE shipments to reach 71 million...

The worldwide consumer Wi-Fi equipment market increased 5% in 2014, surpassing 166.1 million unit shipments, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

"Shipments of devices which support the 802.11ac standard grew significantly in 2014, representing more than 11% of total access point shipments," says Jake Saunders, vice president and practice director, ABI Research. "In 2014, total shipments of consumer Wi-Fi devices with the 802.11n standard declined 3% from 2013. New generation 802.11ac products are expected to gain market share in the years to come. ABI Research expects that nearly 71 million 802.11ac access points will be shipped in 2015."

Since 802.11ac device shipments started to accelerate, the market share of devices with older generation Wi-Fi standards has started to decline. In 2014, total shipments of consumer Wi-Fi devices with the 802.11n standard declined 3% from 2013. New...

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May 01
Low-cost tablets to help grow global touchscreen market

The Technavio (www.technavio.com) research group has published a report saying the global tablet touchscreen market is expected to grow at a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 11.5% from 2015-2019.

The report draws attention towards the availability of low-cost tablets as well as increased internet penetration in emerging markets like China and India, which has led tablet shipments to increase by a significant amount.

"A number of local market participants have started introducing tablets in their respective countries, which is expected to increase tablet sales considerably over the forecast period," says Faisal Ghaus, vice president of Technavio.

The new Technavio report also emphasizes the emergence of multi-touch screens, which is expected to propel market growth in the coming years. Multi-touch is seen only in capacitive touchscreen displays and not in resistive touchscreen displays, and...

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Apr 28
Broadband households have privacy, security concerns...

Research firm Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) reports 47% of U.S. broadband households have privacy or security concerns about smart home devices. The connected home industries need to formalize strategies, such as consumer privacy rights, in order to push these markets forward, according to the research group.

"Recent high-profile media reports of hacks into smart baby monitors and connected cars, whether valid or not, have heightened consumer concerns over privacy and security for connected home systems," says Tom Kerbersaid, director of Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates. "Companies need to move quickly to reinforce the security of their solutions as well as ensure the consumer's right to privacy."

Parks Associates says that if firms offer a bill of rights to consumers, specifically the rights to be invisible, to approve who uses the data, and to be erased,...

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Apr 24
Video infrastructure markets to grow 75% over the next...

Video infrastructure markets, including broadcast pre- and post-production, video encoding, and VOD and CDN hardware, continue to grow at a relatively healthy pace of 37% over the next five years, despite the impact of virtualization separating hardware and software requirements, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

"Broadcasters and operators virtualizing their workflow are likely to buy classic IT servers, while continuing to rely on video specialists for their application and software requirements," says ABI Research Practice Director Sam Rosen. "In theory, this means that video vendors are supplying less of the total solution; however, rising overall business complexity of areas, including ad workflows and over-the-top delivery, are offsetting this downward pressure on revenues."

"The encoder and transcoder market represents the brightest spot in the video industry. Growth in this sub...

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Apr 23
Amazon Web Services,VMware are market leaders

According to the latest 451 Research Vendor Window from 451 Research (www.451Research.com), Amazon Web Services (AWS) remains the leader in Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) adoption among enterprise IT buyers.

These findings are based on responses from over 1,500 global IT professionals, including 1,000 unique vendor evaluations. The 451 Research Vendor Window assessment is based on both overall enterprise adoption rates and customer ratings of vendor performance.  

AWS is used by the majority of enterprise IaaS customers in the study (57%) and is also cited as the most important IaaS provider by 35% of these current IaaS customers. Additionally, AWS received some of the highest ratings overall for its ability to fulfill customer needs, particularly in terms of experience and technical innovation. Other important findings from the 451 Research Vendor Window for IaaS include:

° Microsoft...

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Apr 22
Gartner: worldwide IT spending to decline 1.3% this...

Worldwide IT spending is set to shrink to US$3.66 trillion in 2015, a 1.3% decrease from 2014, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). The research group says that the rising dollar is chiefly responsible for the slowdown. 

"We forecast U.S.-dollar-valued worldwide IT spending in 2015 to shrink by 1.3%, down from 2.4% growth forecast in last quarter's update," says John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner. "However, this is not a crash, even if it looks like one. The recent rapid rise in the value of the U.S. dollar against most currencies has put a currency shock into the global IT market."

Taking out the impact of exchange rate movements, the corresponding constant-currency growth figure is 3.1%, only off 0.6% from last quarter's update. Such are the illusions that large swings in the value of the dollar versus other currencies can create.

"However, this...

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Apr 21
Data captured by IoT connections to top 1.6 Zettabytes...

A new report from ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) estimates that the volume of data captured by IoT-connected devices exceeded 200 exabytes in 2014. The annual total is forecast to grow seven-fold by the decade’s end, surpassing 1,600 exabytes—or 1.6 zettabytes—in 2020. For scale, 1 zettabyte = 1000exabytes = 1 billion terabytes = 1 trillion gigabytes.

"The data originating from connected products and processes follows a certain journey of magnitudes. The yearly volumes that are generated within endpoints are counted in yottabytes, but only a tiny fraction of this vast data mass is actually being captured for storage or further analysis," ABI Research Principal Analyst Aapo Markkanen says. "And of the captured volume, on average over 90% is stored or processed locally without a cloud element, even though this ratio can vary greatly by application segment. So far, the locally dealt data has typically...

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Apr 20
Tapping into OTT video’s 24% projected growth is key...

The pay TV market has been struggling with increasing customer churn and maintaining ARPU [average revenue per user], and is forecast for only 3.7% CAGR [compound annual growth rate] through 2020, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

In contrast, OTT [over-the-top] video continues its strong growth, and should see around 26% total revenue growth in 2015, with 24% CAGR through 2019, says the research group. With the growing popularity of independent OTT services, such as Netflix and HBO Go, customers are starting to demand a similar experience from their pay TV subscriptions, including features such as content search and recommendation and mobile device support.

"Comparatively high priced pay TV bundles are losing customers to more inexpensive, IP-delivered content," says Eric Abbruzzese, research analyst, ABI Research. "Operators can combat this with rollouts of new STB technologies...

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Apr 17
World's largest companies spent $895 billion in...

IDC research group (www.idc.com) estimates that, including internal spending, the world's largest companies spent US$895 billion on technology in 2014.  IT vendors of all flavors long to harness a share of their hefty IT wallets not only for the revenue gains, but also for the bragging rights. 

The activities of the largest IT spenders provide a glimpse into how these industry leaders are taking steps to transform their businesses for 2015 and beyond, says the research group. As we enter the "innovation stage" of the third platform, IDC expects to see these companies focusing on value creation on top of their current technology foundation.  Key findings of the report include:

° Wal-Mart was the largest IT spender worldwide in 2014. Bank of America placed second, followed by Citigroup, AT&T, and JPMorgan Chase & Co.

° Nine out of ten spenders increased their IT spending from 2013 to 2014.

° On...

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Tuesday May 5

07:51
'CBS Sports' & 'USA Now'...

Apple continues to gradually expand the channel options available on its Apple TV set-top box, with both "CBS Sports" and "USA Now" automatically arriving on second- and third-generation devices on Tuesday.

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07:16
EU delays judgement on Apple's Irish tax deal...

Initially slated for mid-June, the European Commission's investigation into Apple's tax arrangement with Irish authorities will not be completed until later in the year, Europe's competition chief said Tuesday.

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06:59
Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts was America'...

Though she was only an Apple employee for about half of the year, Angela Ahrendts earned nearly $83 million last year, making her the highest paid female executive in America.

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05:45
How to sync a music playlist to Apple Watch

Complementing great fitness tracking and workout features, Apple Watch users can save and play back music locally on their device, meaning they can leave their iPhone at home.

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05:32
Your friends not yet got Apple Watches? You can...

Cautionary note: the digital touch drawing you receive may not be a flower …

It’s the ultimate 1st world geek problem: you can’t explore all the capabilities of your shiny new Apple Watch because you’re such an early adopter none of your friends yet have one. Digital touch – the ability to send taps, drawings or heartbeats to someone else – of course only works with other Apple Watches.

Fortunately, the ultimate geek solution exists: there’s a Reddit thread for that … 

r/lonelyheartbeats lets you post your email address so that strangers can send you...

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04:34
T-Mobile hits back at Verizon’s ‘Never settle’ ads,...

T-Mobile is hitting back at Verizon’s ‘Never settle’ ad campaign, offering to lend Verizon customers a new smartphone and port their existing number to it for a 14-day trial. If customers prefer T-Mobile’s service, the company will pay off Verizon’s Early Termination Fees up to a maximum of $650.

Any outstanding payments on your phone are also paid off, within the same overall limit, when customers choose to trade in their old phone for a new one on T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plan.

T-Mobile promises you won’t lose out if you choose to stay with Verizon. You always retain your existing phone, the carrier will refund any fees incurred on its own network and will pay any costs for switching back to Verizon.

The offer opens on 13th May, running until the end of the month. Visit t-mobile.com...

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04:09
Paypal partner Home Depot quietly drops support for...

Home Depot appears to have quietly stopped accepting Apple Pay. Although never officially named as a partner, the company has supported contactless payment and Apple Pay used to work in at least some of its stores. An Apple support document updated last week lists Home Depot as one of the stores that “might not currently be set up” to accept Apple Pay.

The change appears to be related to Home Depot’s deal to accept PayPal as a payment method both in store and online … 

The company highlighted PayPal in a response to an Apple Pay user who queried the change.

We currently do not accept Apple Pay in our local stores or online. We do have the option of using PayPal, in store or online...

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01:41
Apple Watch 'particle cloud' pairing...

Lost amidst a sea of flashy technologies introduced with Apple Watch -- Force Touch, Digital Crown, haptic feedback -- was an Apple invention capable of transferring machine readable code hidden in a dynamic background image, in this case a "particle cloud" carrying data for iPhone pairing.

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Monday May 4

22:03
Apple launches program for third-party Watch strap...

There's already a number of Apple-made and third-party Watch bands out there, but Cupertino wants more -- and it wants products that follow its exact specifications. The company has launched a "Made for Apple Watch" program, which gives makers a list...

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21:39
Star Wars music played on Parliament Hill carillon...

CBC News:

To mark Star Wars Day, as May the 4th has come to be known, the carillon bells inside the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill rang out the Imperial March music for Star Wars, among other space-related tunes.

It was part of a 15-minute carillon concert with a space theme that began at noon.

The concert included the Star Wars theme by John Williams, arranged by Janet Dundore; Princess Leia’s Theme, arranged by Janet Dundore and Andrea McCrady; and The Imperial March, arranged by Andrea McCrady.

There’s nerdy and there’s cool. Rarely do the two intersect but this is definitely Nerd Cool.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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20:43
New military goggles combine nightvision and thermal...

Nightvision and thermal imaging play similar -- but very distinct -- roles on the modern battlefield. Soldiers utilize night vision to illuminate their darkened surroundings while thermal imaging is employed to illuminate darkened targets. But until ...

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20:21
My MacBook runs a little toasty… 109 degrees to be...

I was using my new 2015 MacBook (the 12-inch model) for about 30 minutes tonight when it got uncomfortably hot on my lap. Instead of reaching for a laptop riser/cooling stand I grabbed my favorite tool – an IR thermometer (a Fluke 561).

Here’s what I found:

An area near the center-top of the bottom, near the serial number (just above the CPU component) measured a toasty 109.3 degrees Fahrenheit (around 43 Celsius).

After a little poking around I...

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19:37
Apple publishes Apple Watch band design guidelines...

Apple on Monday posted to its website a previously unreleased document detailing Apple Watch band design guidelines for third-party manufacturers interested in making aftermarket straps for the device.

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18:20
Using Activity Monitor to check CPU activity

When an app isn’t responding or working correctly, it might use more of the processor (CPU) than it should, even when the app doesn’t seem to be doing anything. As the CPU gets busier, it uses more energy, which reduces the length of time that your Mac can run on battery power. It also generates heat, which can cause the fans in your Mac to spin faster. 

I’ve used this from time to time to see if an app was dragging the system down.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:16
Apple Maps Connect updated with support for five new...

Continuing its internal mapping initiative, Apple on Monday added Maps Connect support to five new regions, allowing users in those countries to add and edit points of interest.

| Read more »
18:04
Apple launches official ‘Made for Apple Watch’ third...

In line with our report from a couple of weeks ago, Apple has just debuted an official program for third-party accessory developers to design and launch bands for the Apple Watch. In line with the MFi program for iPhone, iPads, and iPod accessories, this new program is called “Made for Apple Watch.” One of the device’s marquee features is its ability to connect to different straps by way of a standard connector on either side of the Watch, and now, much like with iPhones and iPads, accessory makers will be able to make good use of the product…

On a new website...

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17:29
Apple updates Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines...

Apple on Monday updated the Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines website with a refreshed look and new software design resources for app developers.

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17:06
Apple redesigns Apple Watch interface guidelines...

Apple today has published a redesigned version of its Human Interface Guidelines website for Apple Watch WatchKit application development. The new website is far cleaner than the previous website, and introduces lengthier and more interactive descriptions of the different Apple Watch interface paradigms…

The new website includes short video tours of specific Apple Watch input elements, such as Force Touch, the Digital Crown, and the side button, in order to provide developers with a better look at how WatchKit apps should be developed. Like the previous version of the website, design categories are organized into five sections: Overview, App...

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16:58
Star Wars at Amazon

I’m not a huge Star Wars fan, but obviously the people at Amazon are. They are selling everything from toys to dog outfits in the Star Wars theme.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:53
Apple Maps Connect travels to five additional...

Apple this week has expanded its Apple Maps Connect service to five additional regions in Europe: Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, and The Netherlands. The additions were noted in an email to users of the platform and on the Apple Maps Connect website. For those unfamiliar, Apple Maps Connect allows business owners to both manage existing Apple Maps listings and add additional listings to the platform. This service works closely with the Apple Indoor Mapping feature, which aims for businesses to help Apple build up a portfolio of indoor mapping data. Apple earlier expanded Apple Maps Connect via service updates in...

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16:49
Apple TV remote control to get touch pad when new...

According to a report on Monday, the Apple TV isn't the only piece of hardware in line for a redesign this year, as the device's long-in-the-tooth remote control is now expected to come with a built-in touch pad.

| Read more »
16:41
Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines

As you design your Apple Watch app, understand the foundations on which Apple Watch itself was designed:

Some great information posted on Apple’s developer Web site.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Rumor Scanner

Tuesday May 5

07:14
CBS Sports and USA NOW Channels Now Available on Apple T...

The Apple TV has gained two new channels today CBS Sports and USA NOW, bringing on-demand sports, drama, comedy, sitcoms and more programming to the set-top box in the United States. The new channels should be appearing on the Apple TV for all users beginning today, with USA NOW requiring cable-based authentication for most content and CBS Sports offering free sports clips for all users.

CBS Sports for Apple TV
The new channels arrive less than six weeks before Apple is expected to announce its next-generation Apple TV alongside a full-fledged streaming TV service at WWDC in June. The new A8-based set-top box will reportedly feature both an App Store and Siri, in addition to a redesigned remote control and significantly higher internal storage than the current 8GB model.

USA NOW for Apple TV
Apple's much-rumored streaming TV service would consist of...

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03:29
Apple has been Granted an Invisible Optical Label Patent...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 38 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention of using invisible optical labels to pair devices like an iPhone to Apple Watch without the need of using a cloud ...

| Read more »
02:20
Apple Granted a Patent for Maps with Interactive 3D View...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 38 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's Maps with interactive 3D Views ...

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Monday May 4

19:28
Third-Party Apple Watch Bands May Be Coming Soon Followi...

Apple today debuted a new developer site (via Macotakara) titled "Creating Bands for Apple Watch", which includes band design guidelines for third-party companies looking to make bands for the Apple Watch. The design guidelines include requirements for the bands to achieve Apple certification in the new Made for Apple Watch program, which is similar to the already established Made for iPhone program.

Apple Watch bands are easily changed with simple release buttons and lugs that secure the band to the Apple Watch case. When creating your custom bands, refer to the band design guidelines and lug profile. Apple Watch lugs will be available soon through the Made for Apple Watch program.Firstly, the bands must integrate with the two lugs that mate with...

| Read more »
16:52
Remote for Next-Generation Apple TV to Include 'Tou...

Apple's next-generation Apple TV will include a new touch-based remote with a revamped design, reports The New York Times, citing sources with knowledge of Apple's plans. Described as being "slightly thicker" than the current version, the new Apple TV remote will gain a "touch pad" that will be used for scrolling, along with two physical buttons.

The touch pad will likely replace the circular click-wheel style control that's on the existing remote, giving users an easier way to scroll through content on the Apple TV. Currently, navigating through content on a channel like Netflix with the Apple TV remote requires users to click multiple times on the click wheel.

A touch-based control area on the remote would likely function similarly to the Apple Remote apps...

| Read more »
16:48
Gold Plate your $399 Apple Watch and Look Rich

If $17,000 is a little out of your price range for the Apple Watch Edition Gold, then there are options available to you ...

| Read more »
12:37
Apple Hires New General Contractor for Apple Campus 2, S...

As construction on its "spaceship" campus in Cupertino continues, Apple has hired a new general contractor, sparking rumors questioning whether the new campus will be finished by the company's prospective 2016 completion date.

According to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, Silicon Valley company Rudolph & Sletten Inc. will take on the buildout of the Campus 2's interior structure, a job that was previously thought to be going to DPR Construction Co. and Skanska USA, the two companies heading up the construction project.

Most recent image of the ongoing construction of Apple Campus 2, from the City of Cupertino.It's unclear why Rudolph & Sletten is being brought in and exactly what DPR/Skanska's involvement will be going forward. Two sources said the DPR-...

| Read more »
11:55
Apple Painted as an Evil Force against Freemium Music Se...

The Verge is reporting today that "The Department of Justice is looking closely into Apple’s business practices in relation to its upcoming music streaming service, according to multiple sources." The report further notes that "The Verge has learned that Apple has been pushing major music labels to force streaming services like Spotify to abandon their free tiers ...

| Read more »
11:13
General Electric to Produce an LED bulb Compatible with...

According to a new report published today, General Electric announced collaborations with Apple and Qualcomm today as it uses digital technology and the growing appetite for data to reinvigorate its 130-year-old lighting business.

| Read more »
10:06
GE to Create Intelligent LED Lightbulbs Compatible with...

GE today announced plans to take advantage of Apple's HomeKit platform, creating intelligent, color-changing LED lightbulbs that will interface with iOS devices. GE's HomeKit-compatible LED lightbulbs will include GE's Align technology, which aims to improve sleep through controlling blue light output at critical times.

During the day, the Align technology is able to mimic daylight to suppress the production of melatonin for a more awake feeling, adding bright blue tones to white light, and at night, blue light is reduced to promote melatonin production and avoid disrupting circadian sleep rhythms.

"As we continue to grow our infrastructure business by connecting our brilliant industrial machines to the Internet, it is...

| Read more »
09:32
Samsung just can't Resist Mirroring Apple's De...

Samsung has mocked the iPhone and Apple's fan base for years in ads like the one called the wall huggers. They've mocked the iPhone for not being able to ....

| Read more »
07:00
Apple Urging Music Labels to Stop Licensing Free Songs o...

Apple has been leveraging its power within the music industry in an attempt to push music labels to stop licensing freemium tiers offered by Spotify and other streaming music services, according to The Verge. The company has also reportedly offered to pay YouTube's music licensing fee to Universal Music Group if the label stops allowing its songs on the website, a popular destination for music videos.

The report claims that U.S. Department of Justice officials are looking into Apple's business practices in relation to its upcoming streaming music service, expected to be a rebranded version of Beats Music that will debut at WWDC next month. "DOJ officials have already interviewed high-ranking music industry executives about Apple’s business habits," the report claims.

Apple's much-...

| Read more »
05:03
Carl Icahn: Every 50 Years we get a Company like Apple

Carl Icahn stated this weekend that 'Apple is the sort of company that only comes along twice in a century," adding that he was still pushing the group to use its cash to buy back more shares.

| Read more »
04:19
WSJ: Data-Breach Alert Laws May Be Eased

With the Republicans now in control of both houses, they're getting down to the business of rewarding their supporters in the business community by weakening consumer rights. According to a new ...

| Read more »
03:07
Apple Remains the Number Two Smartphone Vendor in China...

Smartphone shipments to China totaled 109.8 million units in the first quarter of 2015, rising 17% from 93.6 million units a year earlier ...

| Read more »

Sunday May 3

11:17
Inventors of Medical Apps Sue Apple over HealthKit and H...

A New Jersey company by the name of LMG 3 Marketing and Development Corp. has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's HealthKit and Health App. The company, which isn't a patent troll, has two legitimate granted patents on record and has been selling and/or licensing their products to customers like the retailer Target.

| Read more »
06:37
Apple Sued for Allegedly Infringing 7 Patents from STMic...

STMicroelectronics is a French-Italian multinational electronics and semiconductor manufacturer headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is commonly called ST, and it is Europe's largest semiconductor chip maker based on revenue. The company sold Apple low-powered three-axis gyroscope for the iPhone 5. But when it came to...

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Friday May 1

19:49
Samsung Debuts Apple-Like Design Video for Galaxy S6 Edg...

Earlier today Samsung debuted a new video on its YouTube channel called "Designing Possible", detailing the design process of the brand new Galaxy S6 Edge (via iMore). However, the video bears a striking resemblance to Apple's video on how the company designed the gold Apple Watch Edition.

Both videos feature men with English accents talking about the design process of the companies' devices while showcasing the manufacturing processes. The two videos also share similar cinematography, with both of them including almost identical images of lined up components in a dark area as a light zooms over them. The intent for both ads also appears to be the same, making sure people understand the kind of thought and detail that goes into the...

| Read more »
10:03
iFixit Posts Apple Watch Repair Manuals for Battery, Scr...

iFixit has released Apple Watch repair manuals for various components of the device, including the battery, screen, adhesive, and NFC antenna. The guides provide step-by-step instructions on how to replace the Apple Watch's OLED display and battery, alongside additional steps for repairing the adhesive and NFC antenna that can be damaged as a result of opening the casing.

The steps required to replace the OLED display and fused glass digitizer, in simplified terms, include separating the screen from the watch body with a sharp, curved knife and opening pick, prying and removing the internal...

| Read more »
08:52
Apple Files European Patent Regarding Work on Unified Co...

On May 01, 2015, the World Intellectual Property Organization published a patent application from Apple regarding a unified connector for multiple interfaces which may be considered Apple's work regarding USB-C.

| Read more »

Documentation Scanner

Monday May 4

16:35
Apps can affect Mac performance, battery runtime,...

You can use Activity Monitor to see whether a Mac app is using more of the CPU than it should.

| Read more »
10:05
Announcing first network partners to offer...

Today’s post was written by Paul Andrew, technical product manager for Datacenter and Networking on the Office 365 team.

In March we announced Azure ExpressRoute connectivity to Office 365, which enables Office 365 customers to use Azure ExpressRoute to establish a private, managed connection to Office 365 for highly predictable performance and the reliability that comes with dedicated connectivity.

A key part of delivering ExpressRoute for Office 365 are the network partners that provide connectivity between Office 365 services and your on-premises network. Network Service Providers manage and extend the customer’s WAN, routing it for direct connectivity to Office 365 and Azure services. Exchange Providers offer connectivity at the carrier neutral facilities where ExpressRoute is available. You can have a layer 3 connection directly at the carrier...

| Read more »
10:00
Designing for Apple Watch

Apple Watch represents a new chapter in the way people relate to technology. Learn how to make your WatchKit apps seamlessly integrate with the user experience of Apple Watch by getting the latest design details and development resources from the updated Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines.

| Read more »
10:00
Designing for Apple Watch

Apple Watch represents a new chapter in the way people relate to technology. Learn how to make your WatchKit apps seamlessly integrate with the user experience of Apple Watch by getting the latest design details and development resources from the updated Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines.

| Read more »
07:30
Modern productivity–Office news at Ignite

Today’s post was written by Julia White, general manager for the Office Marketing team.

Today, at our first-ever Ignite Conference in Chicago, we announced new capabilities and solutions from across the company, all of which help IT Pros fuel innovation and transformation within their organizations. I was thrilled to join corporate vice president of Skype engineering Gurdeep Singh Pall on stage during today’s keynote to showcase the innovation we’re delivering across Office to empower IT Pros.

For Office, our focus is on reinventing productivity for people and organizations. All of the new and coming Office capabilities we showed today at Ignite extend from our belief that productivity is at the heart of business success. But, how we work, where we work, with whom we work is changing rapidly and the technology must enable this modern workplace. Successful organizations have...

| Read more »
07:30
Skype for Business gains momentum

Last month, we announced that the new Skype for Business client for Windows desktop and the online service in Office 365 have begun rolling out. Continuing the momentum, today at the Microsoft Ignite conference, we talked about modern meetings, which require that participants in any location can see, hear and collaborate within the meeting as easily as if everyone is sitting in the same room. We announced today that later this year we will deliver the ability to broadcast Skype for Business meetings to up to 10,000 people at a time. We also showed two new features coming this summer to Skype for Business: pre-loaded meeting attachments, which speeds meeting start times by having meeting content...

| Read more »
07:30
Sway is coming to Office 365 for business and...

In October 2014, we introduced Office Sway to the world as a brand new app joining the Office family. It’s been inspiring to see the variety of ways people have used Sway in their educational, professional, and personal lives. People all over the world tell us how excited they are to quickly create and share their ideas with a variety of multimedia using Sway’s polished, interactive, web-based canvas. Sway Preview has been an awesome journey as we’ve been listening intently to our customers and taking direction from their input. We’ve made significant improvements over the last few months based on that feedback; our customers really have shaped this product with us! Of course, there is so much more we can do and we’re not done taking feedback, in fact—we’ll always continue to listen! Today, we are excited to address a very popular request by announcing the start of...

| Read more »
07:30
Office 2016 Public Preview now available

Today’s post was written by Jared Spataro, general manager for the Office marketing team.

Over the last 12 months, we’ve transformed Office from a suite of desktop applications to a complete, cross-platform, cross-device solution for getting work done. We’ve expanded the Office footprint to iPad and Android tablets. We’ve upgraded Office experiences on the Mac, the iPhone and on the web. We’ve even added new apps to the Office family with Sway and Office Lens. All designed to keep your work moving, everywhere. But that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten where we came from. While you’ve seen us focus on tuning Office for different platforms over the last year, make no mistake, Office on Windows desktop is central to our strategy.

In March we introduced an IT Pro and Developer Preview for the 2016 release of our Office desktop apps on Windows, and now—as a next...

| Read more »

Friday May 1

19:30
Adjust the intensity of haptic alerts on your Apple...

Apple Watch taps you on the wrist whenever you receive an alert or notification. Follow these steps to adjust the intensity of haptic alerts. 

| Read more »
19:16
Make a call over Wi-Fi

Learn about making a voice call over Wi-Fi using the Wi-Fi Calling feature on your iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus. 

| Read more »
19:07
Calibrating your Apple Watch for improved Workout...

Apple Watch uses the personal information you provide (age, gender, height, and weight) to help calculate a variety of metrics for your workouts and daily activity. Additionally, you can calibrate your Apple Watch for even more accuracy.

| Read more »
14:09
Find the serial number of your Apple hardware product

Learn how to find the serial number of an iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, or other Apple product.

| Read more »
11:02
Create an ISO image for Boot Camp from a Windows...

When installing Windows 7 or Windows 8 using an installation DVD, you might see the message "press any key" or your Mac might restart to OS X.

| Read more »
10:38
Change a Mac client's default save location...

If you're an IT professional managing a number of Mac clients, you can use Profile Manager to change the default save location from iCloud to local storage.

| Read more »
09:00
Our secret weapon—OneNote for sharing, collaborating...

This post was written by Steffi Svendsen, teacher and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert at the Skjetten Primary School in Norway.

Living in the 21st century, the use of technology plays an important role in education. And I can understand why school leaders, educators, students and parents feel overwhelmed when they are introduced to new tools, programs, apps and so forth if the main focus is on the shifting to the new technology, rather than implementing the right technology. However, at Skjetten Primary School we all have one secret weapon—OneNote!

From my perspective, OneNote is the best educational tool, with so many useful tools just waiting to be discovered and used in new and exciting ways. However, I would also like to bring the school as a whole into this educational use of OneNote. Not only are OneNote notebooks easily shared, through Office 365, but OneNote also has a lot of nifty collaboration and assessment features;...

| Read more »
07:33
Find the OS X version and build information on your...

The OS X version and build number on your Mac can be helpful if you're trying to determine if the installed version of OS X is up to date.

| Read more »

Thursday April 30

18:25
Wi-Fi Quick Assist

With Wi-Fi, you can connect wirelessly to the Internet, email, local servers, and shared printers. If your Mac has Wi-Fi built in, or an AirPort card, it can access nearby Wi-Fi networks or hotspots.

| Read more »
17:49
TA15-120A: Securing End-to-End Communications

Original release date: April 30, 2015
Systems Affected

Networked systems

Overview

Securing end-to-end communications plays an important role in protecting privacy and preventing some forms of man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks. Recently, researchers described a MITM attack used to inject code, causing unsecured web browsers around the world to become unwitting participants in a distributed denial-of-service attack. That same code can be employed to deliver an exploit for a particular vulnerability or to take other arbitrary actions.

Description

A MITM attack occurs when a third party inserts itself between the communications of a client and a server. MITM attacks as a general class are not new. Classic MITM attacks (e.g., ARP Spoofing) focus on redirecting network communications. By definition, network infrastructure under attacker control is vulnerable to MITM. However, as technology evolves, new methods for performing MITM attacks...

| Read more »
16:38
Unpair your Apple Watch and iPhone

In some cases, you might need to unpair your Apple Watch and iPhone. 

| Read more »
16:35
Find the right power adapter and cord for your Mac...

Learn which power adapter, cord, and plug comes with your Mac notebook.

| Read more »
14:20
Volume Purchase Program: Requesting free iLife and...

Follow these instructions to request iLife and iWork for Mac applications on your Volume Purchase Program (VPP) account.

| Read more »
12:35
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 043 on Build...

In this episode, Jeremy Thake and Richard DiZerega talk to Rob Howard and Chakkaradeep Chandran about the announcements from Build 2015.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP43.mp3

Download the podcast.

Show notes

Got questions or comments about the show? Join the O365 Dev Podcast on the Office 365 Technical Network.

The podcast RSS has been submitted to all the stores and marketplaces but takes time,...

| Read more »

Documentation Scanner

Monday May 4

16:35
Apps can affect Mac performance, battery runtime,...

You can use Activity Monitor to see whether a Mac app is using more of the CPU than it should.

| Read more »
10:05
Announcing first network partners to offer...

Today’s post was written by Paul Andrew, technical product manager for Datacenter and Networking on the Office 365 team.

In March we announced Azure ExpressRoute connectivity to Office 365, which enables Office 365 customers to use Azure ExpressRoute to establish a private, managed connection to Office 365 for highly predictable performance and the reliability that comes with dedicated connectivity.

A key part of delivering ExpressRoute for Office 365 are the network partners that provide connectivity between Office 365 services and your on-premises network. Network Service Providers manage and extend the customer’s WAN, routing it for direct connectivity to Office 365 and Azure services. Exchange Providers offer connectivity at the carrier neutral facilities where ExpressRoute is available. You can have a layer 3 connection directly at the carrier...

| Read more »
10:00
Designing for Apple Watch

Apple Watch represents a new chapter in the way people relate to technology. Learn how to make your WatchKit apps seamlessly integrate with the user experience of Apple Watch by getting the latest design details and development resources from the updated Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines.

| Read more »
10:00
Designing for Apple Watch

Apple Watch represents a new chapter in the way people relate to technology. Learn how to make your WatchKit apps seamlessly integrate with the user experience of Apple Watch by getting the latest design details and development resources from the updated Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines.

| Read more »
07:30
Modern productivity–Office news at Ignite

Today’s post was written by Julia White, general manager for the Office Marketing team.

Today, at our first-ever Ignite Conference in Chicago, we announced new capabilities and solutions from across the company, all of which help IT Pros fuel innovation and transformation within their organizations. I was thrilled to join corporate vice president of Skype engineering Gurdeep Singh Pall on stage during today’s keynote to showcase the innovation we’re delivering across Office to empower IT Pros.

For Office, our focus is on reinventing productivity for people and organizations. All of the new and coming Office capabilities we showed today at Ignite extend from our belief that productivity is at the heart of business success. But, how we work, where we work, with whom we work is changing rapidly and the technology must enable this modern workplace. Successful organizations have...

| Read more »
07:30
Skype for Business gains momentum

Last month, we announced that the new Skype for Business client for Windows desktop and the online service in Office 365 have begun rolling out. Continuing the momentum, today at the Microsoft Ignite conference, we talked about modern meetings, which require that participants in any location can see, hear and collaborate within the meeting as easily as if everyone is sitting in the same room. We announced today that later this year we will deliver the ability to broadcast Skype for Business meetings to up to 10,000 people at a time. We also showed two new features coming this summer to Skype for Business: pre-loaded meeting attachments, which speeds meeting start times by having meeting content...

| Read more »
07:30
Sway is coming to Office 365 for business and...

In October 2014, we introduced Office Sway to the world as a brand new app joining the Office family. It’s been inspiring to see the variety of ways people have used Sway in their educational, professional, and personal lives. People all over the world tell us how excited they are to quickly create and share their ideas with a variety of multimedia using Sway’s polished, interactive, web-based canvas. Sway Preview has been an awesome journey as we’ve been listening intently to our customers and taking direction from their input. We’ve made significant improvements over the last few months based on that feedback; our customers really have shaped this product with us! Of course, there is so much more we can do and we’re not done taking feedback, in fact—we’ll always continue to listen! Today, we are excited to address a very popular request by announcing the start of...

| Read more »
07:30
Office 2016 Public Preview now available

Today’s post was written by Jared Spataro, general manager for the Office marketing team.

Over the last 12 months, we’ve transformed Office from a suite of desktop applications to a complete, cross-platform, cross-device solution for getting work done. We’ve expanded the Office footprint to iPad and Android tablets. We’ve upgraded Office experiences on the Mac, the iPhone and on the web. We’ve even added new apps to the Office family with Sway and Office Lens. All designed to keep your work moving, everywhere. But that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten where we came from. While you’ve seen us focus on tuning Office for different platforms over the last year, make no mistake, Office on Windows desktop is central to our strategy.

In March we introduced an IT Pro and Developer Preview for the 2016 release of our Office desktop apps on Windows, and now—as a next...

| Read more »

Friday May 1

19:30
Adjust the intensity of haptic alerts on your Apple...

Apple Watch taps you on the wrist whenever you receive an alert or notification. Follow these steps to adjust the intensity of haptic alerts. 

| Read more »
19:16
Make a call over Wi-Fi

Learn about making a voice call over Wi-Fi using the Wi-Fi Calling feature on your iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus. 

| Read more »
19:07
Calibrating your Apple Watch for improved Workout...

Apple Watch uses the personal information you provide (age, gender, height, and weight) to help calculate a variety of metrics for your workouts and daily activity. Additionally, you can calibrate your Apple Watch for even more accuracy.

| Read more »
14:09
Find the serial number of your Apple hardware product

Learn how to find the serial number of an iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, or other Apple product.

| Read more »
11:02
Create an ISO image for Boot Camp from a Windows...

When installing Windows 7 or Windows 8 using an installation DVD, you might see the message "press any key" or your Mac might restart to OS X.

| Read more »
10:38
Change a Mac client's default save location...

If you're an IT professional managing a number of Mac clients, you can use Profile Manager to change the default save location from iCloud to local storage.

| Read more »
09:00
Our secret weapon—OneNote for sharing, collaborating...

This post was written by Steffi Svendsen, teacher and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert at the Skjetten Primary School in Norway.

Living in the 21st century, the use of technology plays an important role in education. And I can understand why school leaders, educators, students and parents feel overwhelmed when they are introduced to new tools, programs, apps and so forth if the main focus is on the shifting to the new technology, rather than implementing the right technology. However, at Skjetten Primary School we all have one secret weapon—OneNote!

From my perspective, OneNote is the best educational tool, with so many useful tools just waiting to be discovered and used in new and exciting ways. However, I would also like to bring the school as a whole into this educational use of OneNote. Not only are OneNote notebooks easily shared, through Office 365, but OneNote also has a lot of nifty collaboration and assessment features;...

| Read more »
07:33
Find the OS X version and build information on your...

The OS X version and build number on your Mac can be helpful if you're trying to determine if the installed version of OS X is up to date.

| Read more »

Thursday April 30

18:25
Wi-Fi Quick Assist

With Wi-Fi, you can connect wirelessly to the Internet, email, local servers, and shared printers. If your Mac has Wi-Fi built in, or an AirPort card, it can access nearby Wi-Fi networks or hotspots.

| Read more »
17:49
TA15-120A: Securing End-to-End Communications

Original release date: April 30, 2015
Systems Affected

Networked systems

Overview

Securing end-to-end communications plays an important role in protecting privacy and preventing some forms of man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks. Recently, researchers described a MITM attack used to inject code, causing unsecured web browsers around the world to become unwitting participants in a distributed denial-of-service attack. That same code can be employed to deliver an exploit for a particular vulnerability or to take other arbitrary actions.

Description

A MITM attack occurs when a third party inserts itself between the communications of a client and a server. MITM attacks as a general class are not new. Classic MITM attacks (e.g., ARP Spoofing) focus on redirecting network communications. By definition, network infrastructure under attacker control is vulnerable to MITM. However, as technology evolves, new methods for performing MITM attacks...

| Read more »
16:38
Unpair your Apple Watch and iPhone

In some cases, you might need to unpair your Apple Watch and iPhone. 

| Read more »
16:35
Find the right power adapter and cord for your Mac...

Learn which power adapter, cord, and plug comes with your Mac notebook.

| Read more »
14:20
Volume Purchase Program: Requesting free iLife and...

Follow these instructions to request iLife and iWork for Mac applications on your Volume Purchase Program (VPP) account.

| Read more »
12:35
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 043 on Build...

In this episode, Jeremy Thake and Richard DiZerega talk to Rob Howard and Chakkaradeep Chandran about the announcements from Build 2015.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP43.mp3

Download the podcast.

Show notes

Got questions or comments about the show? Join the O365 Dev Podcast on the Office 365 Technical Network.

The podcast RSS has been submitted to all the stores and marketplaces but takes time,...

| Read more »

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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