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06:12
Apple has highest growth of laptop makers

The TrendForce research group (www.trendforce.com) says laptop shipments totaled 175.5 million in 2014, representing a year-on-year growth of 3.6%. HP was the top vendor, but Apple saw the most growth.

Apple had the biggest gain in 2014 owing to its price-lowering strategy that made its takeover of the midrange and premium market complete. Apple posted a spectacular year-on-year growth of 46.4% and increased its market share to 9.3%. It shot past Toshiba to become number six worldwide and closing in on Acer in terms of shipments. 

HP experienced an improvement in its first quarter notebook shipments, and in the subsequent quarters it posted positive growth, according to TrendForce. Overall, the company increased its shipments by 19.5% compared with 2013 and put itself in the first place with 20.1% of the market share. 

Lenovo (excluding its acquired brands) occupied the second place in the 2014...

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06:01
Apple tied with Samsung as world's largest smartphone vendor

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com), global smartphone shipments grew 31% annually to reach a record 380 million units in the fourth quarter of 2014 [Q4 2014].

Apple tied with Samsung to become the world’s largest smartphone vendor.
Global smartphone shipments grew 31% annually from 290.2 million units in Q4 2013 to a record 380.1 million in Q4 2014. An impressive 1.3 billion smartphones were shipped worldwide in 2014, with very strong growth seen last year in emerging markets such as China, India and Africa, says ABI Research.

Apple shipped 74.5 million smartphones worldwide and captured a record 20% marketshare in Q4 2014, increasing from 18% a year earlier, notes the research group. Apple’s new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models are proving wildly popular in China, United States and Europe. Apple tied with Samsung to become the world’s...

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04:57
AKVIS Draw for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has unveiled AKVIS Draw 2.0, the latest version of its standalone application and Photoshop plugin for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) and Windows.

The software creates hand drawn pencil sketches and line art pictures from photos. The program makes both B&W and color drawings. The new version adds the presets quick preview and other features.

A demo is available at the AKVIS website. Registered users of AKVIS Draw can upgrade to the new version for free. A home license costs US$49.

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04:00
eMedia Music releases Singing For Dummies Level 2

eMedia Music Corp. has released eMedia Singing For Dummies Level 2 and an upgrade to the eMedia Singing For Dummies software.

The new Performance Evaluation feature in eMedia Singing For Dummies Level 2 and the upgraded eMedia Singing For Dummies software is designed to make it easier to learn to sing by showing where you sang flat, sharp, or in tune, and grades your performance for an entire piece.

Professional singer and voice teacher Ory Brown, M.M., guides you through more than 80 step-by-step voice lessons. eMedia Singing For Dummies also features eMedia’s Interactive Feedback and new Performance Evaluation and over 35 songs including hits from Diana Ross and John Lennon. eMedia Singing For Dummies Level 2 builds on the lessons found in eMedia Singing For Dummies by adding over 90 more singing lessons created by professional voice instructor, Ory Brown, M.M.

These lessons are designed to take your singing to a new level by teaching you how to clearly...

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Jan 28
DearMob releases 5KPlayer for Mac OS X

DearMob has introduced 5KPlayer, a free multipurpose player for Mac OS X. It's designed to let you play high quality videos and music with functional integration of the AirPlay receiver/sender and online audio video downloader.

5KPlayer supports 180-plus video and 60-plus audio formats, 3D videos and radio. According to Houston Xu, product manager of DearMob, the basic features of 5KPlayer include:

° The ability to play video and music in formats such as MKV, AVI, MP4, WMV, FLV, MP3, AAC, APE and FLAC, play DVDs (even with region codes and copy protections), 3D videos and radio.

° The ability to make your Mac perform as an AirPlay sender and AirPlay receiver to stream movies and music from an iPad, iPhone and iPod to a Mac.

° The ability to download any videos and MP3 music from 300  online video sites ,including YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimeo, Vevo and Facebook.

° Support for 5K, 4K, 1080p and 720p videos and features a personal multimedia library...

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Jan 28
MovieConverter-Studio Pro for Mac OS X gets new "Easy" mode

MovieConverter (www.movieconverter-studio.com) has launched MovieConverter-Studio Pro 3.0, an update to their video converter software for Mac OS X.

Featuring support for all modern codecs, users can change aspect ratio of any video source from square screen to wide screen, and vice versa. Version 3.0 offers a new "easy mode" for beginners and more.

There are also new outputs for non-Apple devices, from mobile devices to your game hub, including a connected TV, and more. For expert users, version 3 adds two new "special effects" with the ability to hide the logo of a television channel, as well as "Selective Crop."

MovieConverter-Studio Pro requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. Version 3.0 costs US$32.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Video category.

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Jan 28
ChronoSync for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

Econ Technologies has released ChronoSync to version 4.5.5, an update of the automated synchronization and backup application for Mac OS X that can synchronize, backup, and create bootable backups.

This release features performance and behavior improvements on Mac OS X Yosemite, as well as changes that improve stability and reliability. This maintenance release also includes Package File analysis improvements and several minor bug fixes.

For new users the cost is US$40. A demo is available for download from the Econ Technologies web site (http://www.econtechnologies.com).

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Jan 28
ATTO expands 12Gb ExpressSAS HBA line

ATTO Technology (www.attoteach.com) has expanded its line of 12Gb ExpressSAS Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) with three new models. 

Each of these new products provide both internal and external ports for connecting up to 2048 devices while occupying a single PCIe slot. They're designed for high-performance computing environments.

These low profile adapters offer the ability to connect JBOD, RAID storage, tape, SSD and HDD on the same adapter. ATTO integrates RAID 0,1, 1e and 10 into select model 12Gb HBAs.

For the most complex storage ecosystems, ATTO’s 16-port 12Gb HBAs provide internal and external connectivity to provide the lowest latency, and the highest – density connections, the company claims. The line boasts hundreds of product certifications with dozens of partners for hardware and software applications including, disk storage devices, removable tape, optical storage, hard disk drives, and...

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Jan 28
FileMaker Developer Conference Early Bird discount registration open

Early early bird discount registration (http://www.filemaker.com/r/devcon) for the 20th anniversary edition of the FileMaker Developer Conference, the worldwide gathering for corporate and independent FileMaker solution developers, is now open. The 2015 FileMaker Developer Conference takes place July 20-23, 2015, at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Nevada.

The conference is for anyone who wants to acquire new skills, improve current skills or advance their careers by using the FileMaker Platform to build compelling custom business solutions for Mac OS, iOS, Windows and web browsers.  

Conference attendees will save US$800 off the full price ($2,095 after May 26), paying $1,295 by taking advantage of the early early bird discount, available now through March 31, 2015; or save $500 off the full price by paying $1,595 by May 26, 2015 with the early bird discount. All paid conference...

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Jan 28
EditShare ships Geevs 7 Video Server

EditShare (www.editshare.com) has released version 7 of its Geevs range of ingest and playout video servers. Geevs 7 adds such new features as enhanced integration with EditShare’s shared storage and Flow media asset management solutions.

Tara Montford, EditShare’s managing director, says Geevs Broadcast Servers have a long history of success within a wide range of demanding workflows including newsroom scheduling, live sports with instant replay, and multi-camera studio ingest. She adds that Geevs 7 provides a host of increased functionality and features for the standard Geevs Client license, including:

° Playback and recording of channels across multiple Geevs servers from a single client;

° Descriptive markers while recording for fast content tagging;

° A Channel Viewer and Administrator interface redesign;

° Local playback of clip files for reduced network bandwidth

° A "...

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Jan 28
Tension Software announces AutoMailer 2.2 for Mac OS X

Tension Software has announced AutoMailer 2.2, an update of its Mac OS X app that allows you to send personalized emails to multiple addresses, in text or web format, each merged with data from an internal database. It's been optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite.

AutoMailer lets you prepare and  send an unlimited quantity of emails with a single click. Each email can have custom content depending on whom the recipient is. People receiving the emails won't notice any difference compared to standard emails and they will be able to reply to them as usual, according to the folks at Tension Software.

Version 2.2 sports: a new connection module with improved mail server connections; the ability select the type of connection (Plain, StartTLS or Plain-StartTLS: functionality to test a mail server connection (without sending); an improved Import-Export module; alternate custom text for Web/Html email; and an upgraded manual.

AutoMailer 2.2 requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher...

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Jan 27
Apple reports record first quarter results

Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 first quarter that ended Dec. 27, 2014. The company posted record quarterly revenue of $74.6 billion and record quarterly net profit of $18 billion, or $3.06 per diluted share.

These results compare to revenue of $57.6 billion and net profit of $13.1 billion, or $2.07 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.9% compared to 37.9% in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 65 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

The results were fueled by all-time record revenue from iPhone and Mac® sales as well as record performance of the App Store. iPhone unit sales of 74.5 million also set a new record.

"We’d like to thank our customers for an incredible quarter, which saw demand for Apple products soar to an all-time high," said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a press release. "Our revenue grew 30%over last year to $74.6 billion, and the execution by our teams to achieve these results was...

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Jan 27
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.10.2, iOS 8.1.3

Apple has released Mac OS X 10.10.2 and iOS 8.1.3. Mac OS X 10.10.2 is a free download at the Mac App Store. According to Apple, the upgrade:

° Resolves an issue that may cause Wi-Fi to disconnect;

° Resolves an issue that may cause web pages to load slowly;

° Fixes an issue that caused Spotlight to load remote email content when the preference was disabled in Mail;

° Improves audio and video sync when using Bluetooth headphones;

° Adds the ability to browse iCloud Drive in Time Machine;

° Improves VoiceOver speech performance;

° Resolves an issue that causes VoiceOver to echo characters when entering text on a web page;

° Addresses an issue that may cause the input method to switch languages unexpectedly.

iOS 8.1.3 is available for download through the Software Update section of the native Settings app on your iOS device. According to Apple, the upgrade:

° Reduces the amount of storage required to perform a...

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Jan 27
New visual planning software launched for the Mac

Oryx Digital has introduced Hyper Plan 1.0.1, its new planning solution for Mac OS X and Windows. It allows anyone to create cards with user-defined properties, such as status, priority, assigned to and budget.

The cards can then be arranged and colored according to these properties. Users can arrange cards in rows by priority, or even colored by who they have been assigned to. Hyper Plan can also arrange cards in a timeline and total numerical properties by row and column.

Hyper Plan allows you to create cards with properties such as status, priority, assigned to and budget. The cards can then be arranged and colored according to these properties. For example, you could arrange cards into columns to do, doing, done and waiting with rows for each member of staff, and colored according to priority.

Or you could arrange them in rows by priority, colored by who they have been assigned to. You can switch between views with a mouse click. Hyper Plan can also...

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Jan 27
Western Union adds support for Apple Pay

Western Union (www.westernunion.com), which specializes in global payment services, has announced it will offer Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payment solution, at Western Union’s flagship locations, to provide consumers yet another way to fund global money transfers and bill payments in the United States.

Consumers making Western Union transactions at kiosks in over 7,600 Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide also have the ability to utilize the Apple Pay service. Odilon Almeida, Western Union president, Americas and European Union, says the company's analysis shows that international money transfer senders, particularly recent immigrants, are as mobile-savvy and digitally motivated as the general population with nearly six out of 10 migrants owning a smartphone, moving it from a luxury device to an irreplaceable everyday necessity.

Over two thirds of migrant international money transfer...

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Jan 27
HYPER Kickstarting the iPin laser pointer for iOS

HYPER has a new Kickstarter project to launch the iPin: "The World's Smallest Laser Pointer and Wireless Presenter" for iPhone/iOS and Android. The Kickstarter project ends in 15 days time on Feb. 9.
 
HYPER says the iPin is the world’s smallest laser pointer attachment for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. As the name suggest, it's as tiny as a pin that disappears completely into the audio jack of the iOS device with almost no protruding parts. It turns the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch into a laser pointer and wireless presenter.
 
The new iPin for Android connects to the micro USB port of compatible Android devices. Like the iPin for iOS, it comes with a free app that can be downloaded from the Google Play store that turns the iPin connected Android device into a powerful laser pointer and wireless presenter. T
 
The new BTtogo adds another level of convenience to the iPin, according to the folks at HYPEr. Traveling to another office and...

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Jan 27
FontAgent Pro Server 6 adds usage/license compliance reports, more

Insider Software has released FontAgent Pro Server 6 for Macintosh. The new release of the font server introduces: 


• Unique, highly detailed font usage and license compliance reports
• An all-new browser-based dashboard and admin tools
• Architecture, performance and directory services enhancements
• Support for Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite
• Customizable web previews of server-based fonts.

FontAgent Pro Server 6 also introduces an all-new dashboard that enables admins to:

• Create and manage users and groups
• Distribute font libraries to users and groups with two clicks
• Receive alerts when fonts are distributed beyond their license limits
° Instantly access the Inside Scoop blog.

FontAgent Pro Server 6 runs on Mac OS X 10.8 and later. It serves PostScript Type 1, OpenType, dfont, and Mac and Windows TrueType font formats; and supports both Mac and Windows users of FontAgent Pro Connected Edition.

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Jan 27
AssistiveWare introduces new Mac word processor

AssistiveWare (http://www.assistiveware.com) has released Wrise 1.0, its latest Mac OS X application that will be introduced at this week's ATIA conference in Orlando, Florida.

Wrise is a text-to-speech-powered word processor designed to make reading and writing accessible for everyone. Offering word highlighting, zoom and EasyReading mode, texts become more comprehensible and easier on the eyes, says says David Niemeijer, CEO and founder of AssistiveWare. With Speak as you Type, Word Prediction and speech tags, writing effort is significantly reduced, he adds.

Wrise is fully customizable and can be used to read selected text aloud in any Mac application. Users can personalize their reading experience by selecting their preferred voice, adjusting its speech rate and even fine-tuning the pronunciation of words. What's more, it allows import of a variety of document types including PDF,...

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Jan 27
CADintosh for Mac OS X revved to version 8.1

Lemke Software has announced CADintosh 8.1, an update to its 2D CAD program for Mac OS X (10.6.8 or higher).

CADintosh provides a selection of tools to develop technical, mechanical, and architectural drawings. Designed especially for technical draftsmen and designers, version 8.1 includes new and updated features such as improved pen options, the addition of a large crosshair cursor option, and the ability to export the visible drawing as DXF is added. An open/save of sets featured has been added as well.

CADintosh 8.1 costs US$33.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. It can also be directly purchased online from the Lemkesoft website (http://www.lemkesoft.de/en/lemkesoft/) for $32. Version 8.1 is a free update for all CADintosh 8.x users. The upgrade from 1.x-7.x to 8.x is $19.95 (USD) on the Lemke website.

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Jan 26
Digital-Tutors opens up online training library for 72 hours

From Monday, Jan. 26, to Friday, Jan. 30 at 12 p.m. (Eastern) anyone can sign up and start their 72 hour free membership by registering on Digital-Tutors + Pluralsight (http://tinyurl.com/otgsjvj) and/or Code School (http://tinyurl.com/kngdrjg).

During a 72-hour window that starts at sign up, registrants can watch over 4,000 creative and tech. courses in VFX, CAD, HTML, and IT. Training options include everything from Photoshop, Maya, Nuke and V-Ray plus various programming languages with Code School’s signature interactive training.

"We recognize there are numerous ways to learn and are committed to bringing new learning styles to the Pluralsight family of products," saysAaron Skonnard, CEO and co-founder of Pluralsight. "Together we will continue to help professionals remain relevant and ensure businesses stay on...

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Jan 29
E-waste management market to reach $49.4 billion by...

A new report from Allied Market Research (www.alliedmarketresearch.com) says that the global E-waste management market will reach an amount of US$49.4 billion by 2020, registering a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 23.5% during 2014-2020.

The ever-growing need for adapting the latest technology is the prime factor for a large volume of E-waste generated across the globe, says the research group. The Asia Pacific region contributes to the largest revenue share in the global E-waste management market, followed by European countries. Analysis of the market indicates that the global volume of E-waste accounted for 57.7 million tons in 2013.

StEP (Solving the E-waste problem) is a German based establishment that manages the processing of E-Waste in developed countries. Ruediger Kuehr, executive secretary of StEP, states that Rapid product innovations and replacements for electronic...

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Jan 28
One-in-four to buy new TVs in 2015 (and spend more...

Year-over-year survey results from FatWallet.com show consumers flip flop on when to find best TV deals, ranking Black Friday just ahead of Super Bowl sales this year, while 1 in 4 now choose to stream TV programming.
 
The survey reports 26% said they will purchase a new TV this year (38% under age 30) and only Black Friday ranks higher than Super Bowl sales when asked when they’re most likely to make a TV purchase. The survey also reveals that their purchasing decisions are influenced most by price (45%), and one-in-four now stream the majority of their TV programming.

Key survey results for those that said they will purchase a new TV this year:
° 25% will buy during Black Friday; 17% will buy during Super Bowl sales (32% in 2014); 4% during Cyber Monday.

° 53% will spend $500+ (up 18% over 2014); 28% will spend $700+ (up 17% over 2014), 43% with annual income +$75k; 19% will spend less than $300 (up 26% over 2014), 33% with annual income under $30k....

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Jan 26
Annual IT spending by Western European healthcare...

According to a new IT spending forecast report published by IDC Health Insights (www.idc.com), IT investment by the Western European healthcare sector is forecast to grow from US$13.2 billion in 2013 to $14.6 billion in 2018.

Growth will be driven especially by software (4.6%), while investments in IT services will grow more slowly (1.6%). Hardware spending is expected to decrease over the 2017 horizon (-1.0%), according to the IDC research group. The Western European healthcare provider market continues to show moderate IT spending growth.

"Financial constraints in the market are still a major barrier to sustainable growth, but health authorities and decision makers are turning to digital transformation to reform healthcare systems, with the objective of achieving a balance between ensuring access and quality of healthcare services and ensuring long-term financial sustainability. Integrated care initiatives and...

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Jan 26
Global embedded telematics increasingly appearing in...

Market intelligence firm ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) finds the penetration of embedded telematics in new vehicles will increase from 13.4% in 2014 to 52% in 2020.

"While penetration levels of embedded connectivity in vehicles continue to grow steadily, it remains challenging for car OEMs to convince users to pay for built-in connected car services," says says vice president and practice director, Dominique Bonte. "While initiatives such as allowing adding connected car systems to shared data plans by GM in the United States are definitely going to boost uptake, full penetration is unlikely to be achieved solely through consumer-led drivers."

Perceived value of safety services or in-car Wi-Fi hotspots simply aren't big enough (yet), especially with free smartphone integration "tethering" standards such as CarPlay and Android Auto expected to become widespread in the next years, he adds. ABI...

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Jan 23
SIM card market reached 5.2 billion units in 2014

ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) forecasts that global SIM card shipments will reach 5.2 billion units in 2014, marking a revitalizing 5.32% increase from 2013. LTE, NFC, and M2M have successfully paved their way into the industry and are considered the trends for the next few years.

The research group says that large markets like India, China, and Saudi Arabia are currently among the last countries to undergo ID registration regulations. Among them only India saw a massive decline in shipments during 2013 but data from 2014 show that the market has successfully stabilized and steady growth is expected from 2015 onwards.

The era of technological advances brings forth renewed competition while the market share battle rages on. In one of the major highlights of 2014, European Union (E.U.) vendors are pushing forward with new product developments in an effort to claim a bigger portion of the market...

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Jan 22
Ease of use is vital for companies to communicate with...

A new survey from the IDC research group (www.idc.com) revealed that the most important characteristic to ensure satisfaction in communicating with a company is the ease of use/simplicity of process.

According to the survey, on average, 65% of respondents said they were satisfied with the communication options available. The 18-24 and 25-34 year age groups were the least satisfied, both with 62% satisfaction with the breadth of channel options compared to 65% overall. Seventy-one percent of respondents said that communicating with a company using their preferred channel is very important.

"Companies need to support the communication needs for all of their customers as they have a wide range of preferences. This means ensuring customers are supported on 'newer' channels, such as social media, as well as on 'traditional' channels, even as newer channels grow and evolve," says Melissa O'Brien, research analyst,...

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Jan 20
Business needs to reset its purpose to attract...

Business should focus on people and purpose, not just products and profits in the 21st century according to Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited's (Deloitte Global) fourth annual Millennial Survey. This and other findings from the survey suggest businesses, particularly in developed markets, will need to make significant changes to attract and retain the future workforce. 

Deloitte Global surveyed tomorrow's leaders, from 29 countries, on effective leadership, how business operates and impacts society. Millennials overwhelmingly believe (75%) that businesses are focused on their own agenda rather than helping to improve society.

"The message is clear: when looking at their career goals, today's Millennials are just as interested in how a business develops its people and how it contributes to society as they are in its products and profits," says Barry Salzberg, CEO of Deloitte Global. "These findings should be viewed as a wake-up call to the business community,...

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Jan 19
TV, movies drive the online video market

User-generated content (UGC) or more broadly speaking, short-form video (from services like YouTube and Dailymotion), has become far more than cats playing the piano, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

Companies are using viral ads to extend brands and reach a wider breadth of customers than traditional media channels. Professionally generated short-form content also allows consumers to view video (e.g. news) in bit-sized manageable chunks, ideal for today’s hectic lifestyle. The revenue potential for short-form video is expected to approach US$13 billion by 2019, carrying a six-year CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 18.5%.

"As the overall online video market evolves we anticipate the value for short-form video will rise in kind. Multi-channel networks (MCNs) that work with content contributors and advertising agencies targeting services like YouTube are finding suitors and...

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Jan 19
Market for IoT analytics to reach US$5.7 billion in...

A new market analysis by ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) finds that the revenues from integrating, storing, analyzing, and presenting Internet of Things (IoT) data will reach US$5.7 billion in 2015. In the next five years, the market will expand dramatically, to an extent that in 2020 it is estimated to account for nearly one-third of all big data and analytics revenues.

"About 60% of this year’s revenues come from three key areas: energy management, security management, as well as monitoring and status applications. Within these segments, we can generally find analytic applications that reduce the cost base of asset-intensive operations (condition-based maintenance), automate routine workflows (surveillance), or even enable new business models (usage-based insurance)," ABI Research principal analyst Aapo Markkanen says. "These early growth drivers also have in common the fact that the economics of IoT...

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Jan 16
Worldwide semiconductor spending to increase 0.8% this...

Despite strong growth of 12.9% in 2014, worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to only grow 0.8% in 2015, to US$65.7 billion, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). Capital equipment spending will increase 5.6% in 2015, down from 11.3%in the third quarter 2014 forecast, as the largest spenders adopt conservative investment strategies, notes the research group.

"Equipment spending outperformed capital spending in 2014 and will continue to do so in 2015, a situation that will reverse in 2016. Total capital spending will grow 0.8% in 2015, compared with 8.8% in our previous forecast," says Bob Johnson, research vice president at Gartner. "As we get better visibility into individual company spending plans for 2015, it is apparent that caution is a prevailing sentiment, with the exception of memory where manufacturers are adding capacity in response to favorable market conditions."

In 2015,...

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Thursday January 29

04:34
China accused of protectionism through new...

The NY Times reports that the Chinese government has adopted a set of supposed cybersecurity regulations on western companies selling technology to banks. These requirements are so absurd that it would be impossible for companies like Apple to comply.

The Chinese government has adopted new regulations requiring companies that sell computer equipment to Chinese banks to turn over secret source code, submit to invasive audits and build so-called back doors into hardware and software, according to a copy of the rules obtained by foreign technology companies that do billions of dollars’ worth of business in China.

The paper reports that while the regulations are so far limited to sales to Chinese banks, they are merely the first in a series of new cybersecurity policies expected to be introduced in the coming months...

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03:55
Apple now leads the luxury gift market in China,...

Apple is on rather a roll at the moment. A new world record for quarterly profitsBest-selling smartphone maker in China. Joint leader of the global smartphone market. Record-breaking app store earnings. Now Reuters reports that it’s picked up a new accolade, leading the luxury goods market in China.

Apple Inc has taken the number one luxury gifting spot in China from designer goods maker Hermès International SCA, according to a Hurun luxury report on Thursday, reflecting the iPhone maker’s recent hot streak in...

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00:19
Microsoft launches revamped Outlook mail app based...

Microsoft announced plans today to launch a new app for its Outlook email service on iOS. The app is based on the Acompli software that the company purchased in December for $200 million. The app includes “email triage” features found in the old app as well as new features to help appeal to a wider audience, such as the ability to toggle threaded conversation views.

The Outlook iOS app will also support mail from third-party services beyond Microsoft’s. iCloud, Gmail, and Yahoo email accounts can be plugged into the app, and attachments can be added to messages from cloud services like Google Drive and Dropox.

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00:00
Acompli-based Outlook for iOS, Android promises to...

Microsoft has updated its Outlook clients for iOS and Android today. The clients—a stable release for iOS, a preview for Android—work with Exchange, Outlook.com, Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, as well as standards-based mail.

Redmond has had Outlook clients for the mobile platforms before, but these have been front-ends for the Outlook Web App, Microsoft's HTML front-end to Exchange. The new client is something new: it's based on the Acompli e-mail and calendaring client. Microsoft bought the then 18-month old Acompli late last year for an estimated $200 million.

Announcing the app's availability, former Acompli CEO Javier Soltero, now on the Outlook team, said that Acompli users dip into the app for, on average, 24 seconds at a time. Much of the time, they perform what Microsoft calls e-mail triage: deciding whether an e-mail should be deleted, flagged for follow-up, or merely marked as read. Similarly, meeting invitations can be quickly accepted,...

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Wednesday January 28

20:26
Apple, Samsung now tied for the title of world'...

The 74.5 million iPhones sold over the last three months of 2014 didn't just help Apple report the highest quarterly profit of any publicly-traded company in history, they also propelled the Cupertino giant into a first-place tie with Samsung as the largest smartphone maker in the world.

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20:02
Apple ties for title of world’s largest smartphone...

Following on the heels of a record-breaking quarter for Apple, Strategy Analytics has crunched the numbers and crowned Apple the king of the smartphone vendors for Q4 2014—or rather, one of the kings. It seems the Cupertino company managed to tie rival Samsung for the title.

Both companies shipped 74.5 million handsets during the quarter, though Samsung still outsold Apple in terms of the annual total by a hefty margin. Those quarterly sales gave both companies an equal marketshare of 19.6%.

Strategy Analytics notes that this is the first time since...

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19:21
Samsung's mobile profits plunge 64.2% after...

Samsung Electronics reported overall Q4 operating profits of 5.29 trillion won ($4.9 billion)--a 36 percent year-over-year drop--but its Mobile division suffered a 64.2 percent drop in profits, falling from $5 billion in the year ago quarter to $1.8 billion in the December quarter.

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19:14
Amplified: “I can’t back this up with facts but…”

Jim, Shawn and our Special Guest, Dave Mark, talk Apple earnings, Swift programming, NAMM and “digital music”.

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18:00
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

Gentlemen...Ricochet! [...

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17:00
Sundance hit Tangerine was shot on iPhone 5s with a...

Given the spread of affordable high-quality video cameras in the modern world, there's probably never been a better time to be an amateur filmmaker. You don't even need more than a nice smartphone if Tangerine is any indication. The Sundance Film Fes...

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16:40
ACM 291: Apple’s Massive Numbers and the Rosetta...

Apple turned in some big numbers on Tuesday-really big. Jeff and Bryan talk about the Macs and the iPhones and the fact that we won't hear about iPods any more.They also delve into the billion iOS devices Apple has sold and speculate on whether Tim Cook gave himself a prize for getting that billionth unit. One of the most interesting things from Apple's conference call, however, had to be when Mr. Cook revealed the Rosetta Stone for understanding Apple's timing.


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16:38
Jawbone introduces marketplace for partner apps and...

Fitness gadget maker Jawbone announced today that it has launched a new “partner marketplace” for third-party apps and hardware that work together in an attempt to embrace the “Internet of Things.”

The new store features “smart home” products like the Nest Learning Thermostat and other automation tools, such as Automatic’s driving assistant. Software, like the Sleepio app, are also available.

The offerings in the store are very limited at the moment, and Jawbone says that’s...

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16:37
There's a GHOST in Linux's Library


Patches for GHOST, a critical vulnerability in glibc, the Linux GNU C Library, now are available through vendor communities for a variety of Linux server and desktop distributions. Qualys earlier this week reported its discovery of GHOST, a vulnerability that allows attackers to remotely take control of an entire system without having any prior knowledge of system credentials. Qualys security researchers found the GHOST flaw and worked closely with Linux distribution vendors in a coordinated effort to develop a patch for all affected systems.

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16:21
How Facebook is using autoplaying videos and ad tech...

Scrolling slowly through News Feed, you’ll see a slew of videos. Some are from your friends. Others are ads from brands you like. All of them play automatically. Facebook now sees 3 billion video views a day, a fun fact that could have a huge effect on the network’s bottom line.

More than 50 percent of American Facebook users who visit the network daily watch one video per day, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said in the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call on Wednesday. (It counts as a view if you watch a clip for three seconds or more.) And as Facebook decreases the number of ads it shows, it has to make sure the ads you do see are high-quality, ones that you’ll actually respond to. The network is now commanding 335 percent more money for fewer ads based on the power of its ad targeting tech, which hooks into a level of detail about you that only Facebook (and maybe your best friend) has access to. Video ads, which...

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16:13
Qualcomm lowers revenue forecasts as Apple squeezes...

Chipmaker Qualcomm on Wednesday revised its revenue forecast downward for 2015, lopping nearly $1 billion off of its high-end estimate and seemingly blaming the change in part on Apple's annexation of market share with the iPhone 6.

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15:42
Apple's R&D spending shoots up 42% year-...

Apple does not appear to be resting on its laurels despite record sales of its iPhone and Mac, as the company spent nearly $2 billion on research and development in the first fiscal quarter of 2015, an increase of more than 40 percent over the year-ago figure.

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15:30
Set healthy goals with iHydrate

Despite the numerous studies about how drinking more water keeps us focused and energized and does things like help us fight off colds and stave off migraines, most of us fail at drinking the recommended eight glasses of water a day. iHydrate, US$1.9...

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15:00
Now that YouTube has jumped to HTML5, here's...

Today, YouTube announced it will now default to HTML5 when a video is loaded rather than using Flash. For years, Apple has been criticized for not allowing Flash on its iOS devices, leading Steve Jobs in April 2010 to release an open letter explainin...

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14:38
China to demand source code access, backdoors in...

China's central government has introduced new procurement regulations that would force technology companies wishing to do business with the country's banks to submit source code for review and build government-accessible backdoors into their products, according to a Wednesday report.

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14:30
One Way Apple Could Help Us Find Apple Pay Locations

Apple Pay is, by all accounts, a success. Adoption has been rapid by both payers and payees, and Tim Cook has declared 2015 the year of Apple Pay. Our own Adam Christianson has an idea about how to make it even easier to find.


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14:19
GoDaddy fucks up again

In the ad, the lost puppy returns home only to find that his owners have sold him using a website made with GoDaddy.

So now puppy mills are okay with GoDaddy. What’s wrong with this company?

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14:00
Apple Remote Desktop admin tool is updated for the...

There was one other Apple software update that came out yesterday, though it got lost in the shuffle between OS X and iOS system updates and record-breaking financial results. The venerable Apple Remote Desktop (ARD) application has been bumped from version 3.7.2 to version 3.8. Version 3.7.2 was a relatively minor update issued in March of 2014, and version 3.7 goes all the way back to October of 2013.

ARD is pretty far off the...

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Thursday January 29

02:56
Samsung's Mobile Division Profits Suffer another Majo...

As Apple's historic holiday revenues announcement is still reverberating throughout the tech sector, the flipside of that monster quarter has led to yet another profits crash for South Korea's Samsung.

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Wednesday January 28

19:28
Apple and Samsung Tied as World's Largest Smartphone...

The latest numbers from Strategy Analytics reveal that Apple tied Samsung during Q4 2014 to become the world's largest smartphone maker based on global shipments. According to the report, both Apple and Samsung shipped 74.5 million smartphones during the three-month period of October through December. Apple's number is an official figure from its financial results, while Samsung's number is an estimate since the company stopped reporting smartphone shipments a few years ago. The research firm adds that Apple and Samsung were last tied in smartphone market share in Q4 2011.

Apple experienced a record-breaking first quarter of the fiscal year because of strong demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The larger screen sizes of the two new smartphones were a major selling...

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17:30
Following Apple's Record Quarter Announcement, Samsun...

On the heels of an earnings call that saw Apple announcing record earnings, rival phone maker Samsung today announced its own results for the October to December period, reporting a 27 percent quarterly decline in earnings.

Samsung saw net profit of 5.3 trillion won ($4.9 billion), compared to 7.3 trillion won last year, marking its first annual earnings decline in three years and its fifth consecutive quarter of decline. Apple, meanwhile, announced record earnings of $18 billion, largely due to the success of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Overall, Samsung's 2014 profit was at 25 trillion won, down from 36.8 trillion won in 2013. Samsung did not announce mobile sales numbers, but Apple sold a record 74.5 million iPhones during the...

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16:06
China has Adopted new Rules that Could Require Apple to Bu...

Last week we posted a report titled "Apple is the First U.S. Company Agreeing to have their Products Submitted to Chinese Authorities for Web Security Evaluations." In that report ...

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15:01
Apple's iPhone Targeted in a Patent Lawsuit Filed by...

An Illinois company by the name of Rosetta Wireless is suing Apple for patent infringement. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns a number of Apple iPhone models.

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13:33
Sony Partners with Spotify to Bring Music to 41 Markets Gl...

Sony has announced today that they're absolutely thrilled to introduce a new music destination called PlayStation Music, with Spotify as their exclusive partner. They've partnered with their friends at Spotify to bring its award-winning digital music service to PlayStation Network this spring in 41 markets around the world. Sony states that they know how important music is to their community...

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13:01
Samsung's Marketing Trickery Skews Chitika's Web...

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is a line of upper mid-range Android-based tablet computers that were first introduced on in September 2010 at the IFA in Berlin. Four plus years after their introduction, they've finally broken the 10% share mark of North American web traffic, according to a new Chitika survey.

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10:57
New App Annie Report Reveals that Apple's App Store T...

As always, App Annie's retrospective reports about the top trends in apps of any given year is always interesting and this year is no exception. Our report today covers a few of the key trends such as Apple's iOS App Store vs. Google Play, emerging market app store trends, music trends and much more.

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10:38
FTC Levies $40M Fine Against TracFone for Throttling Unlim...

In recent months, the Federal Trade Commission has taken a significant interest in carrier throttling practices and today handed down a ruling that could have future ramifications for carriers who throttle their unlimited customers.

As reported by Re/code, the FTC has ordered prepaid wireless carrier TracFone to pay $40 million to consumers who paid for unlimited service and were then throttled after reaching certain data limits.

TracFone advertised "unlimited text, talk, and data" for $45 a month under the brands Straight Talk, Net10, Simple Mobile, and Telcel America, and until September 2013...

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08:57
Sony's 'Music Unlimited' Service Shutting D...

Sony announced on Wednesday that it will be shutting down its Music Unlimited on-demand streaming music service ahead of launching Spotify on PlayStation Music. Music Unlimited will shut down in all 19 countries it operated on March 29, 2015, with nearly all of the countries among the 41 regions that Spotify for PlayStation Music will be available upon launch, including the United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil.

Music Unlimited launched in December 2010 on PlayStation Network in several countries worldwide, and the service was later extended to iPhone [Direct Link], Android, PlayStation Vita and other devices and platforms. In February 2011, it was reported that Sony...

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07:50
Marissa Mayer Says Yahoo Would 'Welcome the Opportuni...

Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer, during the company's quarterly earnings call on Tuesday, expressed interest in Yahoo becoming the default search engine in Safari. Mayer recognized the significance that getting Yahoo in front of Mac, iPhone and iPad could have for the search engine, referring to Apple's default web browser as "one of the premier search deals in the world if not the premier search deal in the world.""The Safari platform is basically one of the premier search deals in the world if not the premier search deal in the world," Mayer told RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Mahaney. "We're definitely in the search distribution business. I think that we've stated that really clearly in the past and I think with Mozilla and also in addition we brought Amazon eBay on board with smaller distribution partnerships in Q4."Google...

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06:40
Today, the Tech World is in Awe of Apple's Historic R...

The accolades are ringing in from around the world about Apple's mind boggling monster quarter. Last night we reported on some of the facts behind Apple's iPhone 6 mania that drove profits to historic highs along with other colorful commentary from Tim Cook about calendar Q4 and what's ahead for Apple in 2015. In the end, the one fact that Tim Cook stated that captured Apple's historic quarter succinctly is this: Apple ...

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Tuesday January 27

20:58
Quad-Core 2012 Mac Mini Mysteriously Reappears on Apple...

Apple today has mysteriously added back a 2012 model Mac mini to the Apple Online Store for $699. The over two-year-old machine still has the same hardware specifications as it did in 2012, including a 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and Intel HD Graphics 4000. The listing also shows that the computer ships with OS X Mavericks installed.

It is unknown if the outdated Mac mini has mistakenly resurfaced on the Apple Online Store, or if Apple intentionally reintroduced the model on its website. One plausible reason that Apple may be making this older Mac mini available for purchase again is to provide customers with a quad-core option, as the existing 2014 models are each powered by dual-core Intel Core i5 processors.

The entry-level Mac is listed as out of stock in the United States, and MacRumors could not find the model...

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19:03
Apple's iPhone 6 Mania Drove Apple to Historic Revenu...

The news out of Apple's Financial Conference Call was nothing short of amazing today. Apple's iPhone 6 mania most definitely swept the globe without mercy crushing all competitors that challenged them this holiday season. Earlier today we reported ...

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14:57
USA Technologies Announces Support for Apple Pay at Nearly...

Today Apple's CEO Tim Cook stated during the company's Financial Conference call that this was going to be the year of Apple Pay. One of the latest announcements concerning Apple Pay came from USA Technologies earlier today. USA Technologies, a leader of wireless, cashless payment and M2M/IoT solutions for small-ticket, self-serve retailing industries, announced a nationwide rollout ...

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14:16
Tim Cook: Apple Watch on Schedule to Ship in April

During today's earnings call covering the first fiscal quarter of 2015, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared some new details on the prospective launch date of the Apple Watch. According to Cook, Apple Watch development is currently on schedule, and the company is planning to ship the device in April.

Development for Apple Watch is right on schedule, and we expect to begin shipping in April.When the Apple Watch was announced, Apple gave a vague "Early 2015" launch date for the device, making it unclear when it would actually ship. Several rumors recently pointed towards a March launch date for the device, but it appears it will actually begin shipping out to consumers a month later, in April.

Cook confirmed that the Apple Watch's April shipping date was within the expected range of early 2015, which Apple...

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14:15
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Brought More Android Switchers, New Cu...

During today's earnings call covering the first fiscal quarter of 2015, Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked about the sales split between the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. He declined to provide specific numbers on the split, but he did confirm that the iPhone 6 was the most popular device.

"Obviously to sell 74.5 million devices, they were all popular," Cook said. "Both did incredibly well. We're really proud of them, along with the iPhone 5s and 5c."

According to Cook, there was some clear geographical preference for the iPhone 6 vs the iPhone 6 Plus. Some locations skewed higher to iPhone 6 Plus preference, while others preferred the iPhone 6. He didn't specify which regions preferred which devices, but data has suggested Asian countries favored the iPhone 6 Plus.

During the call, Cook also mentioned...

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13:57
Apple Posts $74.6 Billion Revenue Fueled by All-Time Recor...

Wall Street was looking for Apple to do more than just beat expectations – they wanted Apple to crush them without mercy – and that's exactly what Apple delivered.

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13:34
Apple Reports Record Earnings and iPhone Sales: $18B Profi...

Apple today announced financial results for the first fiscal quarter of 2015, which corresponds to the fourth calendar quarter of 2014. For the quarter, Apple posted revenue of $74.6 billion and net quarterly profit of $18 billion, or $3.06 per diluted share, compared to revenue of $57.6 billion and net quarterly profit of $13.1 billion, or $1.98 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter.

Gross margin for the quarter was 39.9 percent compared to 37.9 percent in the year-ago quarter, with international sales accounting for 65 percent of revenue. Apple also declared an upcoming dividend payment of $0.47 per share, payable on February 9 to shareholders of record as of February 12. The company currently holds $178 billion in cash and marketable securities.

Apple sold a record 74.5 million...

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12:56
Historic Milestone for the iPhone: Ships more Smartphones...

We reported yesterday that the Financial Times was boldly predicting that iPhone shipments may have passed a milestone selling more phones in China than the U.S., highlighting the shifting power balance of the smartphone market. Today, data firm Canalys is making a bolder claim.

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Thursday January 29

00:00
The future of mobile email—how much can you...

Today Microsoft released new Outlook apps for iOS and Android, which is both the culmination of several years’ of work and the first step in a greater journey to bring a true Outlook email experience to every mobile platform.

With roots back to the mid-1960s, email has been part of the fabric of the Internet since the beginning. Its foundation of open standards means that a message sent from an iPhone today can still be theoretically read on a Commodore 64. It is one of the most open, available communications technologies on Earth.

That fact goes a long way toward explaining why, even with such a long history, email has never lost relevance. Despite claims in the industry about its imminent demise—email usage is going up, not down. Last year there were 1.1 billion email subscribers and according to the analyst firm Radicati that number should double by 2018. In the business world, email will always have a critical role...

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00:00
The Office you love is now on your Android tablet

At Microsoft, we are working hard to reimagine the Office experience for a cloud-first, mobile-first world. On January 21st we previewed versions of Office for Windows 10 fully optimized for touch and mobile devices. Today, we are proud to announce the general availability of Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Android tablets.

Similar to Office for Windows 10, Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Android tablets are built from the ground up for touch and are perfect for mobile productivity. Consider a pharmaceutical sales rep on a train in Chicago, updating her monthly budgets in Excel. Or a student in a Madrid coffee shop writing a paper in Word, while collaborating with other students back at the dorm. Or a consultant from Bangalore at his client’s site, wirelessly projecting a PowerPoint presentation to a large screen. These are just a few scenarios our engineering teams anticipated when we designed the apps—for touch, on the go and...

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00:00
A deeper look at Outlook for iOS and Android

Today, we announced the release of Outlook for iOS and a preview of Outlook for Android. If you have an iPhone, iPad, Android phone or Android tablet, chances are that you’re using the built-in email and calendaring capabilities of your device. Why use the new Outlook app instead? We’re glad you asked!

Despite the smartphone becoming a primary screen for reading email, most of us perform only basic email triage on the phone, delaying the rest to deal with on the computer. Activities like sorting through large amounts of email, managing your calendar, and sharing files require too many steps or multiple apps that don’t work together well on the phone.  The new Outlook app brings together the core tools you need to get things done—your email, calendar, contacts and files—helping you get...

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Wednesday January 28

21:10
Radiation Island (Games)

Radiation Island 1.0.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Radiation Island is a survival adventure game where you craft your own destiny in a huge open world environment. As part of the Philadelphia Experiment you have become stranded in a parallel, alternate reality. Discover this new and mysterious world, with all its surprises. Use everything you find to survive it and solve its puzzle to get back to the real world.

Follow your own path in an environment of breathtaking beauty and gigantic scope. Explore huge forests inhabited by dangerous wolves, bears and mountain lions. Investigate abandoned villages and old military compounds where zombies guard vital tools, weapons and clues to the secrets of this world. You can even swim and dive, if you can avoid the hungry crocodiles.

Hunt wild animals, fish or...

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20:40
Exiles (Games)

Exiles 1.1
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $4.99, Version: 1.1 (iTunes)

Description:

Launch sale - over 20% off! Limited time only.

From the creators of the award winning Ravensword: Shadowlands comes EXILES, a beautiful Sci-Fi 3D role playing game that takes place on a distant world.

In the near future, a colony on a distant planet has been driven to isolation and desolation, as a corrupt government tries to enslave it with a lethal virus.

Become one of the Elite Enforcers, and go on various missions that will unravel the secrets behind the plot to enslave the world. Unleash a large arsenal of weapons and items against vicious aliens and mechanized enemies.

Features:

Explorer a huge and open world, full of alien hives, underground temples, and caves
A large colony with various interior locales
Choose from 3 different character...

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20:30
Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered (Games)

Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered 1.0.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $9.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes)

Description:

IMPORTANT: Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered has an extremely large file size. Please be patient while downloading via WiFi, and please ensure you have 6GB of storage space on your iOS device.

Guilt is a chilling feeling…

Originally released in 2005, Fahrenheit (known as Indigo Prophecy in North America) was a breakthrough in interactive narrative, teetering between the worlds of cinema and gaming while also embracing them, carving its own unique genre in the entertainment landscape. This newly remastered edition features updated graphics, a streamlined user interface custom-made for the touch screen, and full controller support.

With a rich multilayered narrative, innovative presentation, and a...

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12:30
OneDrive for Business comes to Mac and iOS devices

Today’s post was written by Reuben Krippner director on the Office 365 team.

Today we’re excited to announce new ways that you can access and manage your OneDrive for Business files from your Mac and iOS devices.

In the last few months we’ve rolled out new mobile experiences across Android and Windows Phone, which allow people to connect to both their personal and business OneDrive storage from a single app. We’re excited to announce that today we released an updated OneDrive app for iOS that provides access to personal and work storage. This release rounds out the first phase of our mobile investments that deliver a single OneDrive experience across work and life.

We also heard the feedback from Mac users wanting to be able to easily access and take their OneDrive for Business files offline. Today we released the public preview of our OneDrive for Business sync client for Mac, which provides a simple and secure way to manage and sync your files...

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09:00
Sway feature updates—Internet embeds and more!

It’s been a little over a month since we expanded Sway Preview so anybody could create Sways and help us shape and improve Sway together. It’s been exciting to get more feedback from broader usage. And we’ve been hard at work making Sway even better, based on how our customers are telling us they want to use it to reimagine how their ideas come to life.

In addition to making Sway for iPhone available more broadly in January (now available in the U.S. and many other countries where English is an official language), we’ve been working on some exciting new capabilities for Sway on the web.

Here’s a rundown of the most recent updates:

Add your content from third-party sites via embed codes

With Sway...

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08:10
Lamp And Vamp (Games)

Lamp And Vamp 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Lamp and Vamp is a roguelike game where you play as a Vampire seeking the castle of his dreams.

Your Vampire is alone against the world! You will need to master the dark arts to find your way to the tomb in each level, where you will
acquire new powers. Choose them wisely: there are many paths to success, but the slightest mistake can be fatal!

Winner of "Best Game" and "Best Art" at http://proceduraldeathjam.com/ in March 2014.

Tom Christiansen, http://www.gamezebo.com/2014/03/29/browser-pick-lamp-and-vamp/
"Lamp and...

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08:00
Introducing the Microsoft Ignite session catalog

This morning, we announced the availability of the session catalog for Ignite, Microsoft’s new, premier enterprise technology event. This provides the first in-depth look at the hundreds of sessions that will be available at the event covering deep technical information on products as well as strategy, guidance and best practices on security, deployment and usage. If you haven’t already, register now for Ignite. 

What to expect at Ignite

Ignite builds on the best of past events including the SharePoint, Exchange, Lync and Project conferences. Hear from Microsoft General Manager, Julia White, about what to expect in terms of the remarkable content and community experience at Ignite.

 

Mark your...

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07:40
Particle Mace (Games)

Particle Mace 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Now on iOS!

PARTICLE MACE is a game by Andy Wallace about defending yourself in a hostile universe by swinging particles into enemies.
Experience the thrill of classic arcade games with a new, physics based mechanic.
PARTICLE MACE is a game about trying not to die, but that’s impossible.

Photosensitive Warning: flashing colors.

◥ Features ◤
▴ 3 Endless and Brutal Arcade Modes
▴ 150 missions to complete
▴ Killer OST
▴ Reach a zen-like state as you master the art of swinging trash in great arcs to kill enemies
▴ Unlock 9 new ships with different attributes
▴ Colorblind mode

◥ Showcased At ◤
▴ Indiecade, Night Games & eSports Showcase 2014
▴ MAGFest 2015
▴ Gamercamp 2014
▴ Out Of Index...

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00:01
First look at the new Power BI Preview

This week Michael Tejedor joins Jeremy Chapman on Office Mechanics to give a first look at the updates to Power BI. The preview announced yesterday adds a number of new Power BI capabilities, including dashboards, new visualizations, support for popular software-as-a-service applications, a native iPad app and live “hybrid” connectivity to on-premises SQL Server Analysis Services tabular models. Michael demonstrates all this and more on the show and explains how to establish a secure connection to on-premises data using Power BI.

For those not familiar with Power BI, it is a cloud-based business analytics service for non-technical business users. With just a browser or a Power BI mobile app, you can keep a pulse on your business via live operational dashboards or explore business data through interactive visual reports.

Now you can even try the preview of the new Power BI for free....

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Tuesday January 27

14:00
New Swift Development Courses Available on iTunes U

Stanford University's iOS programming course, one of the most popular on iTunes U with over 1.2 million downloads, is now being taught using Swift. Learn how to build apps with this exciting new programming language by following Stanford's curriculum: Developing iOS 8 Apps with Swift. The first two lectures for the winter 2015 quarter are now live and additional lessons will be added as they are taught. Swift courses from other internationally recognized universities, such as Plymouth University in the UK, are also now available on iTunes U with more courses from other top educational institutions coming soon.

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14:00
New Swift Development Courses Available on iTunes U

Stanford University's iOS programming course, one of the most popular on iTunes U with over 1.2 million downloads, is now being taught using Swift. Learn how to build apps with this exciting new programming language by following Stanford's curriculum: Developing iOS 8 Apps with Swift. The first two lectures for the winter 2015 quarter are now live and additional lessons will be added as they are taught. Swift courses from other internationally recognized universities, such as Plymouth University in the UK, are also now available on iTunes U with more courses from other top educational institutions coming soon.

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09:20
Alfred Remote (Productivity)

Alfred Remote 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Productivity
Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Alfred Remote is your personal command centre for Alfred 2 for Mac. Your iPhone or iPad now becomes a perfect day-long companion to your Mac; Whether at work or play, be more productive than ever!

Alfred 2 for Mac is available from http://www.alfredapp.com/

WHAT CAN I DO WITH REMOTE?

With a single touch on your iOS device, you can control many Alfred 2 actions on your Mac, including:
- Show Alfred 2 on your Mac
- System Commands: Lock, restart, shut down, log out or sleep your Mac, eject all devices, quit all apps and empty trash
- Launch Applications and System Preferences on your Mac
- Open files and folders you've defined on your Mac
- Open websites...

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09:00
About the security content of Apple TV 7.0.3

This document describes the security content of Apple TV 7.0.3.

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09:00
US Virgin Islands government connects dispersed...

Today’s post was written by Reuben D. Molloy, director of the Bureau of Information Technology and chief information technology officer for the Government of the US Virgin Islands.

Within the government of the United States Virgin Islands, the Bureau of Information Technology (BIT) works hard to make it easier for government employees to do their jobs effectively. One way we do this is by actively exploring and implementing innovative new technologies. One of our big successes was deploying 3,350 seats of Microsoft Office 365 to give our users access to a robust suite of cloud-based applications for email, collaboration, document sharing  and communication.

Because government employees are spread across 30 different agencies on three of our islands, we need to give them tools that make it easy to work closely together, even if they are physically far apart. With...

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08:59
About the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10.2...

This document describes the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10.2 and Security Update 2015-001

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08:57
About the security content of iOS 8.1.3

This document describes the security content of iOS 8.1.3

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08:50
About the security content of Safari 8.0.3, Safari 7...

This document describes the security content of Safari 8.0.3, Safari 7.1.3, and Safari 6.2.3. 

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02:50
Combo Queen (Action RPG Hybrid) (Games)

Combo Queen (Action RPG Hybrid) 1.0.1
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes)

Description:

GET READY FOR A CHALLENGING GAME!

Combo Queen is a fast-paced hack and slash action RPG hybrid runner. The game features a unique combo and parry system which involves precise timing and reaction based gameplay. Your main objective is to plow through as many monsters as possible while taking on numerous challenges. Level up, learn new combo sets, and unlock a variety of powerful equipment for the main character, Queen! If you’re up for the challenge, download Combo Queen and conquer the Giant Clan!

Features:
- Unique combo and parry system
- Timing and reaction based gameplay
- Beautiful pixel art
- Intuitive controls
- RPG elements
- Many different monsters including rare ones
- In-game...

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Monday January 26

09:00
Quick updates to OneNote for iPhone  

The OneNote team is always thinking about new ways to help you capture important information quickly and make it easily available to you wherever you are. These are two essential elements that we focus on so you be more productive with OneNote. I’m excited to share that we recently published an update to OneNote for iPhone with two features we think will really help out as you strive to capture and recall information on the go.

Quick capture your thoughts from Notification Center

One of the most exciting additions to iOS 8 was the ability to install widgets in Notification Center, allowing you to quickly get a glance of new information or perform quick actions without needing to open the app.

OneNote wants to make it as seamless as possible for you to jot down what you want to remember and get back to what matters most. This is where the OneNote Today widget comes in—...

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Thursday January 29

00:00
The future of mobile email—how much can you...

Today Microsoft released new Outlook apps for iOS and Android, which is both the culmination of several years’ of work and the first step in a greater journey to bring a true Outlook email experience to every mobile platform.

With roots back to the mid-1960s, email has been part of the fabric of the Internet since the beginning. Its foundation of open standards means that a message sent from an iPhone today can still be theoretically read on a Commodore 64. It is one of the most open, available communications technologies on Earth.

That fact goes a long way toward explaining why, even with such a long history, email has never lost relevance. Despite claims in the industry about its imminent demise—email usage is going up, not down. Last year there were 1.1 billion email subscribers and according to the analyst firm Radicati that number should double by 2018. In the business world, email will always have a critical role...

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00:00
The Office you love is now on your Android tablet

At Microsoft, we are working hard to reimagine the Office experience for a cloud-first, mobile-first world. On January 21st we previewed versions of Office for Windows 10 fully optimized for touch and mobile devices. Today, we are proud to announce the general availability of Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Android tablets.

Similar to Office for Windows 10, Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Android tablets are built from the ground up for touch and are perfect for mobile productivity. Consider a pharmaceutical sales rep on a train in Chicago, updating her monthly budgets in Excel. Or a student in a Madrid coffee shop writing a paper in Word, while collaborating with other students back at the dorm. Or a consultant from Bangalore at his client’s site, wirelessly projecting a PowerPoint presentation to a large screen. These are just a few scenarios our engineering teams anticipated when we designed the apps—for touch, on the go and...

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00:00
A deeper look at Outlook for iOS and Android

Today, we announced the release of Outlook for iOS and a preview of Outlook for Android. If you have an iPhone, iPad, Android phone or Android tablet, chances are that you’re using the built-in email and calendaring capabilities of your device. Why use the new Outlook app instead? We’re glad you asked!

Despite the smartphone becoming a primary screen for reading email, most of us perform only basic email triage on the phone, delaying the rest to deal with on the computer. Activities like sorting through large amounts of email, managing your calendar, and sharing files require too many steps or multiple apps that don’t work together well on the phone.  The new Outlook app brings together the core tools you need to get things done—your email, calendar, contacts and files—helping you get...

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Wednesday January 28

21:10
Radiation Island (Games)

Radiation Island 1.0.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Radiation Island is a survival adventure game where you craft your own destiny in a huge open world environment. As part of the Philadelphia Experiment you have become stranded in a parallel, alternate reality. Discover this new and mysterious world, with all its surprises. Use everything you find to survive it and solve its puzzle to get back to the real world.

Follow your own path in an environment of breathtaking beauty and gigantic scope. Explore huge forests inhabited by dangerous wolves, bears and mountain lions. Investigate abandoned villages and old military compounds where zombies guard vital tools, weapons and clues to the secrets of this world. You can even swim and dive, if you can avoid the hungry crocodiles.

Hunt wild animals, fish or...

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20:40
Exiles (Games)

Exiles 1.1
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $4.99, Version: 1.1 (iTunes)

Description:

Launch sale - over 20% off! Limited time only.

From the creators of the award winning Ravensword: Shadowlands comes EXILES, a beautiful Sci-Fi 3D role playing game that takes place on a distant world.

In the near future, a colony on a distant planet has been driven to isolation and desolation, as a corrupt government tries to enslave it with a lethal virus.

Become one of the Elite Enforcers, and go on various missions that will unravel the secrets behind the plot to enslave the world. Unleash a large arsenal of weapons and items against vicious aliens and mechanized enemies.

Features:

Explorer a huge and open world, full of alien hives, underground temples, and caves
A large colony with various interior locales
Choose from 3 different character...

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20:30
Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered (Games)

Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered 1.0.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $9.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes)

Description:

IMPORTANT: Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered has an extremely large file size. Please be patient while downloading via WiFi, and please ensure you have 6GB of storage space on your iOS device.

Guilt is a chilling feeling…

Originally released in 2005, Fahrenheit (known as Indigo Prophecy in North America) was a breakthrough in interactive narrative, teetering between the worlds of cinema and gaming while also embracing them, carving its own unique genre in the entertainment landscape. This newly remastered edition features updated graphics, a streamlined user interface custom-made for the touch screen, and full controller support.

With a rich multilayered narrative, innovative presentation, and a...

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12:30
OneDrive for Business comes to Mac and iOS devices

Today’s post was written by Reuben Krippner director on the Office 365 team.

Today we’re excited to announce new ways that you can access and manage your OneDrive for Business files from your Mac and iOS devices.

In the last few months we’ve rolled out new mobile experiences across Android and Windows Phone, which allow people to connect to both their personal and business OneDrive storage from a single app. We’re excited to announce that today we released an updated OneDrive app for iOS that provides access to personal and work storage. This release rounds out the first phase of our mobile investments that deliver a single OneDrive experience across work and life.

We also heard the feedback from Mac users wanting to be able to easily access and take their OneDrive for Business files offline. Today we released the public preview of our OneDrive for Business sync client for Mac, which provides a simple and secure way to manage and sync your files...

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09:00
Sway feature updates—Internet embeds and more!

It’s been a little over a month since we expanded Sway Preview so anybody could create Sways and help us shape and improve Sway together. It’s been exciting to get more feedback from broader usage. And we’ve been hard at work making Sway even better, based on how our customers are telling us they want to use it to reimagine how their ideas come to life.

In addition to making Sway for iPhone available more broadly in January (now available in the U.S. and many other countries where English is an official language), we’ve been working on some exciting new capabilities for Sway on the web.

Here’s a rundown of the most recent updates:

Add your content from third-party sites via embed codes

With Sway...

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08:10
Lamp And Vamp (Games)

Lamp And Vamp 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Lamp and Vamp is a roguelike game where you play as a Vampire seeking the castle of his dreams.

Your Vampire is alone against the world! You will need to master the dark arts to find your way to the tomb in each level, where you will
acquire new powers. Choose them wisely: there are many paths to success, but the slightest mistake can be fatal!

Winner of "Best Game" and "Best Art" at http://proceduraldeathjam.com/ in March 2014.

Tom Christiansen, http://www.gamezebo.com/2014/03/29/browser-pick-lamp-and-vamp/
"Lamp and...

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08:00
Introducing the Microsoft Ignite session catalog

This morning, we announced the availability of the session catalog for Ignite, Microsoft’s new, premier enterprise technology event. This provides the first in-depth look at the hundreds of sessions that will be available at the event covering deep technical information on products as well as strategy, guidance and best practices on security, deployment and usage. If you haven’t already, register now for Ignite. 

What to expect at Ignite

Ignite builds on the best of past events including the SharePoint, Exchange, Lync and Project conferences. Hear from Microsoft General Manager, Julia White, about what to expect in terms of the remarkable content and community experience at Ignite.

 

Mark your...

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07:40
Particle Mace (Games)

Particle Mace 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Now on iOS!

PARTICLE MACE is a game by Andy Wallace about defending yourself in a hostile universe by swinging particles into enemies.
Experience the thrill of classic arcade games with a new, physics based mechanic.
PARTICLE MACE is a game about trying not to die, but that’s impossible.

Photosensitive Warning: flashing colors.

◥ Features ◤
▴ 3 Endless and Brutal Arcade Modes
▴ 150 missions to complete
▴ Killer OST
▴ Reach a zen-like state as you master the art of swinging trash in great arcs to kill enemies
▴ Unlock 9 new ships with different attributes
▴ Colorblind mode

◥ Showcased At ◤
▴ Indiecade, Night Games & eSports Showcase 2014
▴ MAGFest 2015
▴ Gamercamp 2014
▴ Out Of Index...

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00:01
First look at the new Power BI Preview

This week Michael Tejedor joins Jeremy Chapman on Office Mechanics to give a first look at the updates to Power BI. The preview announced yesterday adds a number of new Power BI capabilities, including dashboards, new visualizations, support for popular software-as-a-service applications, a native iPad app and live “hybrid” connectivity to on-premises SQL Server Analysis Services tabular models. Michael demonstrates all this and more on the show and explains how to establish a secure connection to on-premises data using Power BI.

For those not familiar with Power BI, it is a cloud-based business analytics service for non-technical business users. With just a browser or a Power BI mobile app, you can keep a pulse on your business via live operational dashboards or explore business data through interactive visual reports.

Now you can even try the preview of the new Power BI for free....

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Tuesday January 27

14:00
New Swift Development Courses Available on iTunes U

Stanford University's iOS programming course, one of the most popular on iTunes U with over 1.2 million downloads, is now being taught using Swift. Learn how to build apps with this exciting new programming language by following Stanford's curriculum: Developing iOS 8 Apps with Swift. The first two lectures for the winter 2015 quarter are now live and additional lessons will be added as they are taught. Swift courses from other internationally recognized universities, such as Plymouth University in the UK, are also now available on iTunes U with more courses from other top educational institutions coming soon.

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14:00
New Swift Development Courses Available on iTunes U

Stanford University's iOS programming course, one of the most popular on iTunes U with over 1.2 million downloads, is now being taught using Swift. Learn how to build apps with this exciting new programming language by following Stanford's curriculum: Developing iOS 8 Apps with Swift. The first two lectures for the winter 2015 quarter are now live and additional lessons will be added as they are taught. Swift courses from other internationally recognized universities, such as Plymouth University in the UK, are also now available on iTunes U with more courses from other top educational institutions coming soon.

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09:20
Alfred Remote (Productivity)

Alfred Remote 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Productivity
Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Alfred Remote is your personal command centre for Alfred 2 for Mac. Your iPhone or iPad now becomes a perfect day-long companion to your Mac; Whether at work or play, be more productive than ever!

Alfred 2 for Mac is available from http://www.alfredapp.com/

WHAT CAN I DO WITH REMOTE?

With a single touch on your iOS device, you can control many Alfred 2 actions on your Mac, including:
- Show Alfred 2 on your Mac
- System Commands: Lock, restart, shut down, log out or sleep your Mac, eject all devices, quit all apps and empty trash
- Launch Applications and System Preferences on your Mac
- Open files and folders you've defined on your Mac
- Open websites...

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09:00
About the security content of Apple TV 7.0.3

This document describes the security content of Apple TV 7.0.3.

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09:00
US Virgin Islands government connects dispersed...

Today’s post was written by Reuben D. Molloy, director of the Bureau of Information Technology and chief information technology officer for the Government of the US Virgin Islands.

Within the government of the United States Virgin Islands, the Bureau of Information Technology (BIT) works hard to make it easier for government employees to do their jobs effectively. One way we do this is by actively exploring and implementing innovative new technologies. One of our big successes was deploying 3,350 seats of Microsoft Office 365 to give our users access to a robust suite of cloud-based applications for email, collaboration, document sharing  and communication.

Because government employees are spread across 30 different agencies on three of our islands, we need to give them tools that make it easy to work closely together, even if they are physically far apart. With...

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08:59
About the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10.2...

This document describes the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10.2 and Security Update 2015-001

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08:57
About the security content of iOS 8.1.3

This document describes the security content of iOS 8.1.3

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08:50
About the security content of Safari 8.0.3, Safari 7...

This document describes the security content of Safari 8.0.3, Safari 7.1.3, and Safari 6.2.3. 

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02:50
Combo Queen (Action RPG Hybrid) (Games)

Combo Queen (Action RPG Hybrid) 1.0.1
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes)

Description:

GET READY FOR A CHALLENGING GAME!

Combo Queen is a fast-paced hack and slash action RPG hybrid runner. The game features a unique combo and parry system which involves precise timing and reaction based gameplay. Your main objective is to plow through as many monsters as possible while taking on numerous challenges. Level up, learn new combo sets, and unlock a variety of powerful equipment for the main character, Queen! If you’re up for the challenge, download Combo Queen and conquer the Giant Clan!

Features:
- Unique combo and parry system
- Timing and reaction based gameplay
- Beautiful pixel art
- Intuitive controls
- RPG elements
- Many different monsters including rare ones
- In-game...

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Monday January 26

09:00
Quick updates to OneNote for iPhone  

The OneNote team is always thinking about new ways to help you capture important information quickly and make it easily available to you wherever you are. These are two essential elements that we focus on so you be more productive with OneNote. I’m excited to share that we recently published an update to OneNote for iPhone with two features we think will really help out as you strive to capture and recall information on the go.

Quick capture your thoughts from Notification Center

One of the most exciting additions to iOS 8 was the ability to install widgets in Notification Center, allowing you to quickly get a glance of new information or perform quick actions without needing to open the app.

OneNote wants to make it as seamless as possible for you to jot down what you want to remember and get back to what matters most. This is where the OneNote Today widget comes in—...

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Technology Showcase

Sep 17
Video showcases iOS app built with Xojo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jan 05
Fusion Drive now available on entry-level iMacs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sep 19
InterMapper publishes white papers on network...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oct 04
Video showcases Zco's services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Storm & Skye – Magical Adventure Sto...
Storm & Skye – Magical Adventure Story For Kids Review By Amy Solomon on January 28th, 2015 Our Rating: iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad The first book in the Storm & Skye series includes... | Read more »
New WOTA: U-Boat Compass ‘Wets’ Your App...
New WOTA: U-Boat Compass ‘Wets’ Your Appetite for WOTA: Wolves of the Atlantic. Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 27th, 2015 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
Warship Solitaire Review
Warship Solitaire Review By Nadia Oxford on January 27th, 2015 Our Rating: :: A WAR OF NUMBERSUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Warship Solitaire might lack frills and looks, but it offers some thought provoking... | Read more »
Keep Track of Your Hectic Work Schedule...
Keep Track of Your Hectic Work Schedule With Shifts Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 27th, 2015 [ permalink ] iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad | Read more »
All Star Quarterback Review
All Star Quarterback Review By Campbell Bird on January 27th, 2015 Our Rating: :: PLAY YOUR PARTUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Train your way to the Super Bowl in this free-to-play sports management game.   | Read more »
Sentinel 4: Dark Star Adds New Campaign...
Sentinel 4: Dark Star Adds New Campaign and More Posted by Ellis Spice on January 27th, 2015 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
Wheel & Deal Review
Wheel & Deal Review By Tre Lawrence on January 27th, 2015 Our Rating: :: SIMPLE FUNUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad A simple arcade shooter that has a retro feel.   | Read more »
Join the NAVY in a Big New Update for WW...
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Earthworm Alchemy Review
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New Good Management Suite Simplifies Enterpri...
Good Technology has announced the availability of the Good Management Suite, a comprehensive cross-platform solution for organizations getting started with mobile business initiatives. Built on the... Read more
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The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished previous-generation 15″ 2.0GHz Retina MacBook Pros available for $1489 including free shipping plus Apple’s standard one-year warranty. Their price is... Read more
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Five years ago this week, the late Steve Jobs took the stage at an Apple special press event to unveil the first Apple iPad — a slab-shaped, hand-holdable device that was to shake the personal... Read more
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Apple refurbished Mac minis for up to $150 of...
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Apple Releases New Tranche Of OS Updates For...
Apple has released incremental bugfix and security updates for its most recent Mac and iOS versions. OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Update Apple says this update includes the following improvements: Resolves... Read more
Samsung To Be Main Supplier Of A9 Chips For i...
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*Apple* Solutions Consultant - Retail Sales...
**Job Summary** As an Apple Solutions Consultant (ASC) you are the link between our customers and our products. Your role is to drive the Apple business in a retail Read more
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