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Dec 26
MegaSeg optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite

Fidelity Media has updated MegaSeg (www.megaseg.com/), the DJ mixing app and broadcast automation system made especially for Mac, to version 5.9.4. The upgrade boasts over 60 improvements, including OS X Yosemite optimizations, new Denon controller presets, and an updated sound engine with superior quality pitch-lock and seamless looping.

MegaSeg Pro provides features for pro DJs and VJs, radio and TV stations, and hospitality businesses such as restaurants and hotels. The Pro edition incorporates video playback for ambient visuals, hot keys for instant sound effects, automated music scheduling, ad messaging events, track separation rules, request lists, and more. The DJ edition offers features including visual beat syncing, headphone outputs for preview, MIDI support, automatic volume control, fast category searching, track logging, integrated iTunes playlists and protected audio playback.

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Dec 26
Subtitle Studio for Mac OS X adds full chapter markers

TheKeptPromise has released Subtitle Studio 1.1 (http://tinyurl.com/q5jrxlw), an update of its subtitle adding app for Mac OS X.

To use Subtitle Studio, you drop your movie onto Subtitle Studio. The app will auto-search for missing subtitles. You can sync subtitle with a single button, hit save, and you're done.

Version 1.1 adds a full chapter mark solution and Tap2Sync. To use Tap2Sync, you enter the Tap2Sync mode from the menu. The movie autoplays and presents you the first subtitle. When you hear it, tap space and the subtitle is fixed to this location after being reduced to a preset reaction time. Tap2Sync auto selects the next subtitle and even adjusts all future subtitles, so there's no over lapping. All you need to do is listen and tap space.

Subtitle Studio supports M4V, MOV, AVI, MKV and other files. You can embed your subtitles into a M4V file for the Apple TV, iPhone, iPad...

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Dec 23
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 23

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Ultralab has announced Iceberg Tower. In the free game, players must build a high column by carefully placing sliding ice blocks. In order to get points in Iceberg Tower, one needs to accurately stack ice blocks upon each other in a way that the edges of a new block match the edges of the previous one.

MehtaiPhoneApps has released G-Zone. In the free game, your goal is to control a moon to avoid asteroids and stay alive for as long as you can. Tap and adjust the orbit of a moon to control it and dodge asteroids that are flying across the screen.

Eilean Design has introduced Tic Tacular. It's a free puzzle/strategy game. At the end of each turn a mark disappears. After the marks have finished counting down, the piece disappears allowing a new piece to be placed on that space. You can play against the computer or play against your friend.

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Dec 23
Happy Holidays from MacTech

Happy holiday wishes to all our readers from the MacTech and MacNews gang. We'll be closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 25 for the holidays. News updates will recommence on Friday, Dec. 26.

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Dec 23
FoldersSynchronizer for Mac OS X revved to version 4.2

Softobe (http://www.softobe.com/) has released FoldersSynchronizer 4.2, an upgrade of their tool to sync and backup on Mac OS X.

FoldersSynchronizer lets you sync and backup files, folders, disks and boot disks. It provides options like Timers, Multiple Folders, Filters, Exclude Items, Auto-Mount local and remote volumes, the ability to launch your own AppleScripts, the ability to set how to resolve conflicts, the ability to execute an incremental or an exact copy, the ability to include locked files, a preview panel, log files, and more.

FoldersSynchronizer 4.2 adds a File Versus Folder" option to the Conflict panel (Tab E). You can now set how FS should behave in case of replacing a whole folder by a most recent file with the same filename.

You can set "Replace the folder" (default) or "Skip," and "Ask the user for what to do at running time." Previous versions of FS always skipped and...

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Dec 23
WALTR lets you upload Mac videos, audios to iOS devices

Softorino has released WALTR, a Mac OS X app that uploads any video or audio format from your Mac onto an iPhone or iPad.

The app lets you import and watch MKV, AVI, MP4 videos, or any audio format, on your iDevice without having to convert the files first. Launch WALTR, connect your device, drag a movie or audio onto it, and the app automatically starts uploading into your iPad or iPhone. You can then access the files from your native iOS Music and Videos apps.

WALTR requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and any device with iOS 5 and above. You can download (http://www.softorino.com/waltr) a free, 14-day demo. A lifetime single user license is normally US$29.95, but WALTR is available for $14.95 for seven days.

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Dec 23
RPX Corp. purchases Rockstar patents

RPX Corp. (www.rpxcorp.com) says its subsidiary, RPX Clearinghouse LLC, has executed an agreement to purchase the patent assets controlled by Rockstar Consortium LLC. Rockstar is the entity formed in 2011 by Apple, Blackberry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony to purchase approximately 6,000 patent assets from the Nortel bankruptcy estate.

Approximately 2,000 of these patent assets were previously distributed to various Rockstar owners and aren't part of this transaction. RPX Clearinghouse will receive license payments from a syndicate of over 30 companies, including Cisco and Google.

Upon closing, which is subject to regulatory approval and other customary conditions, syndicate participants will receive non-exclusive licenses to the Rockstar patents, and RPX Clearinghouse will make the patents available for license to all other interested companies under fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms...

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Dec 23
XILS-lab launches plug-in inspired by EMS flagship

XILS-lab has announced the XILS Vocoder 5000, which was inspired by the company's EMS Vocoder 5000 hardware (partial) namesake. It's a vocoder plug-in for Mac OS X (10.6 or higher) and PC (32- and 64-bit, AAX, RTAS, and VST for Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8).

A vocoder is an analysis and synthesis system used to reproduce human speech.  XILS-labs says its software-based vocoder virtually emulates the filtering techniques and circuitry of its analogue predecessor to achieve the same organic sound, precision, and clarity. Just like the EMS Vocoder 5000 before it, XILS Vocoder 5000 can be made to "speak" clearly in English and German.

XILS Vocoder 5000 is available to purchase and download directly from XILS-lab (www.xils-lab.com) as an eLicenser or iLok copy-protected virtual instrument and effects plug-in for an introductory discounted price of approximately US$121 until Jan. 17. After this, the cost will be...

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Dec 23
AppleXsoft File Recovery for Mac now supports e-mail recovery

AppleXsoft Software (www.applexsoft.com) has released a new version (5.5.5.1) of AppleXsoft File Recovery, a do-it-yourself recovery software tool for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds e-mail recovery and more.

Users can now scan and recover deleted or lost emails. AppleXsoft File Recovery supports such e-mail clients as Outlook, Windows Live Mail, Outlook Express, Mozilla, Becky, and Eudora.

File Recovery has been developed to help Mac users to recover accidentally deleted photos from memory cards, CompactFlash, and other storage media. It uses individual scan algorithms for each supported file type and also supports the raw photos of cameras made by Nikon, Sony, Canon, Panasonic, Samsung,  Olympus, Kodak, Fuji and others.

AppleXsoft Photo Recovery for Mac 5.5.5.1 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It costs US$99.95. A demo may be downloaded from the AppleXsoft website.

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Dec 22
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 22

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Silen Games has announced Slice Ballz. It's a free slicing game with three game modes.

Zen is a new, US$1.99 minimalistic puzzle game about cubes and numbers. In the game, you swipe right, left, up or down to rotate the cube.

Bob Schlund Studios has released Quizzly for the iPad. The app — available in free and $2.99 versions — offers you the ability to create special quizzes with personalized questions to send as a present to friends and family.

mTouchLabs has introduced Quick Backup Contacts. The $3.99 utility lets you backup and restore your contacts all from your iOS device without needing a computer or synchronization. You can backup all your contacts with a single touch and send them to yourself as a .vcf or .xls attachment via email. And also you can upload to Dropbox directly from within the app.

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Dec 22
Apple releases OS X NTP Security Update

Apple has released security updates for the NTP (network time protocol) service on the the Mountain Lion, Mavericks, and Yosemite versions of Mac OS X. It's available via the Mac App Store.

According to Apple, "This update addresses a critical security issue with the software that provides the Network Time Protocol service on OS X, and is recommended for all users."

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Dec 22
Prep for iMovie teaches iMovie editing on iOS devices

Motion Graphics has introduced Prep for iMovie for iOS 1.0 for Mac OS X. The US$8.99 app is designed to help you learn how to use Apple's iMovie on iOS devices.

Prep for iMovie sports 23 minutes of video lessons. The videos contain subtitles in English, French, Portuguese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese. Prep for iMovie's Window View and text are localized in a total of eight languages. Subtitle selection can be made from the standard QuickTime player controls.

Prep for iMovie for iOS 1.0 is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Photo & Video category. Go to http://tinyurl.com/ngmjbay for more info.

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Dec 22
Voilabits launches PhotoWatermark 3.0 for Mac OS X Yosemite

Voilabits has released PhotoWatermark 3.0 (http://tinyurl.com/kwqfwsd), an update of the Mac OS X app that allows users to batch add a variety of personalized watermark to photos to avoid unauthorized copy, and promote brand identity. The app has been optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite.

PhotoWatermark offers a one-click feature to apply a watermark to several photos at once and to and customize your watermark (text, image, brand logo, etc.). It also lets you save your work to popular image formats and share it via Twitter and

PhotoWatermark is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 and higher. A single license costs US$19.99; a license for five Macs is $39.99.

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Dec 22
ExactScan Pro ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

ExactCODE (http://exactscan.com) has released ExactScan Pro 2.57 for Mac OS X. The version adds support for new scanners, including the Avision AD125 and AD240.

ExactScan Pro also offers: improved support for ImageCapture scanners; improved compatibility with Mac OS X Yosemite; improved scan speed for some scanners;  improved OCR recognition; and other improvements.

ExactScan 2 is available for approximately US$98 and ExactScan 2 Pro for $123 online, Apple's Mac App Store and several distributors and resellers world-wide. Upgrades to the Pro version are available for $61, and from previous versions for $86.

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Dec 22
Scannerz is ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Software and Computer System Company (SCSC) has released a new version (1.9) of Scannerz for Mac OS X. The upgrade is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite.

Scannerz 1.9 also includes the new Performance Probe 2, as well as Phoenix and FSE. This new release can be used on any systems running Mac OS X 10.5 and higher.

All versions of Scannerz come bundled with FSE or FSE-Lite, Phoenix, and Performance Probe. FSE and FSE-Lite are file system event monitors that can track excessive file system activity and identify possibly rogue processes. Phoenix is an operating system extraction tool that can be used to create emergency boot volumes and perform basic cloning operations. Performance Probe monitors system activity, CPU usage, and memory usage, and may be of use isolating processes that are too resource intensive.

SCSC says there's no price change in their product line, with the cost of Scannerz with FSE-Lite being US$39.95 and Scannerz with FSE being $49.95. Scannerz...

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Dec 19
Video Fractal released by Nuclear Nova Software

Nuclear Nova Software (http://nuclearnova.com) has released Video Fractal for the Mac. This is the company's third graphics and media app on OS X, and is on sale during the first week.

Video Fractal is a tool for generating and exploring videos of fractals such as the Mandelbrot and Julia sets. The 2D view allows for surveying and key framing, and the custom script editor can be used to fine tune each video.

With Video Fractal, you can export MPEG-4 videos up to 4096 x 2048 resolution with up to 240 fps and 24 hour lengths using the ffmpeg library. 2D still exports are also available while the 3D view captures spectacular images that can be exported at up to 16-megapixel resolution.

Video Fractal 1.0 costs $11.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. It requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher.

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Dec 19
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 19

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Lucky Clan has announced Video Zoom. The US$1.99 app lets anyone apply zoom to videos from their existing iOS Photo Library. You can use Video Zoom to add zoom effects to existing videos, or just crop the video.

JH Solutions has released Save the Princess - 1D Edition. The free game — inspired by One Direction — takes fans of the band on a journey across a mythical land to save the princess who is being held captive.

Reliance Games has introduced Ultimate Robot Fighting. It's a free, single-player action game with 3v3-style gladiatorial brawling among robots.

Taprrific has unveiled UponPixels. The $0.99 device allows anyone to add beautiful typography and design elements to their photos, then share them with family, friends, or the general public.

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Dec 19
Kosada's new visual toolset lets you create live interactive media

Apple introduced Quartz Composer in 2005, creating an impressive platform for interactive media content creators. Now Kosada has introduced Vuo 1.0, an alternative to Quartz Composer.

Media producers and digital artists have enjoyed the simplicity of using Quartz Composer's visual system of patches and cables to create interactive media and use it in their workflow. Designers could mix audio, video, and 2D and 3D effects in creative and innovative ways.

However, with a last major update in 2009, is Quartz Composer in decline? One group is not waiting to find out. The team that developed a set of Kineme plugins and apps for Quartz Composer decided to write their own tool: Vuo 1.0.

Kosada says its goal is to make Vuo useful to all multimedia artists, producers, and media-making non-programmers who want to create mixed, interactive media. To that end, they have worked extensively on user documentation, tutorial videos, and example compositions to make learning it...

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Dec 19
Rob Papen launches RAW soft synth

Rob Papen Soundware has rolled out RAW, a new Mac (32- and 64-bit, AAX, AU, and VST for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher) and PC (32- and 64-bit, AAX and VST for Windows Vista, 7, and 8) compatible soft synth specializing in "distorted" sounds for electronic dance music production (and beyond)

"RAW has a focus on ‘distorted’ sounds, so this means that it has a different signal setup, synthesizer-wise," says Rob Papen. "We have two oscillators and a filter, but what is new when compared to our other synthesizers is that you have an EQ that can be pre- or post-distortion. After that, there is also a waveshaper and dedicated distortion module with several types of distortion, as well as a low FI control. This is new to this synthesizer, and it’s part of the concept that the distortions are on the voice level, so it’s not just a case of a total signal going into the distortions, but rather each voice has its own waveshaper, distortion, and low FI."

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Dec 19
iMobie rolls out PodTrans and PhoneTrans

iMobie has released PodTrans and PhoneTrans, tools for managing iPod music and iPhone content without iTunes.

With the apps, users can copy all their valued content to any computer. For example, you can transfer iOS content to your Mac for a back-up.

The new versions are combined with Mac OS X Yosemite and Windows 8 interface design. PhoneTrans and PodTrans are free for Mac OS X and Windows and are available at the iMobie website (www.imobie.com).

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Dec 26
Indoor location deployments on course to hit 25,000 in...

It has been a breakthrough year for indoor location for retail, with ABI Research’s quarterly indoor location technology tracker forecasting deployments to approach 25,000 by the end of 2014, up more than 100% on 2013.

"Vertically, the bulk of deployments are in clothing, big box, grocery, and shopping malls in 2014, driven by a variety of applications such as customer analytics, offers/coupons, product search, staff management, and navigation," says ABI Research Senior Analyst Patrick Connolly. "Looking into 2015, we can expect to see the quick serve restaurant (QSR) market growing with a significant demand for queue management technologies as illustrated by companies like Starbucks and Taco Bell which launched queue-skipping smartphone applications in 2014.”

He adds that we're seeing growth across all major technologies, including BLE, Wi-Fi, and audio, with 2015 being an important year for handset-based location, sensor fusion, magnetic field, and LED. Regionally,...

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Dec 23
Mobile financial transactions valued at US$1.8 trillion

Mobile technology is transforming the global payment and banking industry, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com). While recent advances in smartphone technology have accelerated the trend, mobile payments have been around for quite some time. Mobile payment applications such as mobile wallets are growing in popularity as they address changing needs of merchants and consumers.

Despite the widespread availability, current mobile payment adoption has failed to take off, says ABI Research. Security represents one of the primary points of concern with mobile payments, be it via processing services or NFC. As more consumers carry out financial activities on their smartphones and tablets, it is critical that these activities are processed in a secure environment.

ABI Research calculates the total value of transactions conducted via mobile handsets and tablets will reach US$1.8 trillion by the end...

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Dec 22
Connected cars market to reach $141 billion by 2020

According to a new report by Allied Market Research (www.alliedmarketresearch.com) the global connected cars market is forecast to reach $141 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 32.7% during the period (2014 - 2020).

Integrated connectivity solutions segment is expected to emerge as a preferred connectivity solutions for connected cars, surpassing embedded connectivity solutions segment in 2016. North America currently garners major market share and would maintain the position throughout the forecast period.

The availability of faster communication networks, advanced connectivity solutions and a user friendly interface should drive global connected car market, says Allied Market Research. Also, an enhanced driving experience, offered by connected cars and favorable rules and regulations across numerous countries will fuel the market growth.

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Dec 19
U.S. most committed to cybersecurity

The final results of the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) have been officially announced at the ITU Telecom World 2014 taking place in Doha, Qatar. The GCI ranks the United States as the country with the highest national cybersecurity commitment, followed by Canada in second place.

Jointly in third position are Australia, Malaysia, and Oman. The GCI is a joint project between private sector firm ABI Research and the UN specialized agency, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The aim of the project is to drive the issue of cybersecurity to the forefront of national agendas. The GCI provides insight into the cybersecurity engagement of sovereign nation states.

Rooted in the ITU’s Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA), the GCI looks at the level of commitment in five areas: legal measures, technical measures, organizational measures, capacity building, and cooperation. The result is a country-level index and global ranking of cybersecurity readiness. The...

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Dec 18
5G in 2020 will be rare

According to a new Market Data forecasts from ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com), it will take more than five years for 5G to reach 100 million subscriber mark — two years longer than 4G.

4G subscriber growth was much faster than with previous generations, fueled by the capabilities of increasingly powerful smartphones and the availability of 4G devices. 5G subscriber growth will likely be a bit more muted at first due to the increased complexity of 5G cells and networks, but will pick up in 2023.

"There are a number of commonalities between countries that are early builders of 5G networks. They have a large population, of which a large percentage is living in urban areas. They also have many companies pushing the envelope with IoT strategies. These countries will drive 5G subscriber volumes" says Research Director Philip Solis. "These are the United States, China, Japan, South Korea, and the United...

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Dec 17
Wearable devices to spur growth of healthcare LBS...

With growing adoption of location based applications, the global LBS market in the healthcare industry is expected to grow at a CAGR [compound annual return rate] of 31.23% from 2015-2019, says research firm TechNavio (www.technavio.com).

Real-time performance monitoring (RPM) has been gaining popularity in the healthcare industry, as it assists both patients and doctors, and helps increase hospital efficiency. These days, wearable devices like activity trackers, smart watches, health monitors and pedometers are being used to track the activities of doctors, staff and patients.

"In 2014, around 10 million units of wearable devices were sold worldwide and this number is expected to grow nearly tenfold in the coming years," says Faisal Ghaus, vice president of TechNavio. "The constant use of wearable devices in the healthcare industry is anticipated to reduce hospital costs by a significant amount over the...

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Dec 16
5G standardization begins as companies lay royalties...

Work on new technologies that will form the foundation of 5G standards has been occurring for the last few years; however, the formal standards process has just begun, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

The research group says a range of major vendors are working on all aspects of 5G including; Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei, and Nokia Networks and device, semiconductor, and IP vendors including Intel, InterDigital, Qualcomm, Samsung, various mobile operators, academic bodies, and start-ups as well.

"These companies are all waving their 5G flags, although 5G definitions and visions remain very vague," says Research Director Philip Solis. "But this is not merely marketing. These companies are most certainly putting a stake in the ground with regards to contributions to 5G that will leverage their work, competitive strengths, and most crucially, patents. But this is not merely...

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Dec 15
Strategy Analytics: 93% are impressed with Ultra HD TVs

Consumer awareness of Ultra HD or 4K TV is growing steadily, and 93% of those who have seen the technology found it extremely or somewhat impressive. These are some of the key findings from the latest wave of Strategy Analytics’ ConsumerMetrix survey (www.strategyanalytics.com), which conducted online interviews with 2001 US participants in November 2014.

The percentage of respondents who are aware of the term "Ultra HD"rose from 39 % in January 2014 to 57% in November. Awareness of the other terms, "4K TV" and "UHD," has also risen but remains lower than "Ultra HD."
 
Twenty-three percent of respondents claim to have watched TV or video on an Ultra HD/4K TV, either in a retail store, in a home or somewhere else. Of those who have seen it, 53% rated the video quality as "extremely impressive" and 40% as "somewhat impressive."
 
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Dec 12
Encryption remains a necessity for major industries

The debate between individual privacy and public welfare continues to escalate in the aftermath of Apple’s release of the iPhone 6, which gained heightened attention for revealing that this latest smartphone will include automatic, end-to-end encryption.

When an iPhone owner now uses any feature of an iPhone 6 operating system, their communications will be securely encrypted—essentially unreadable to anyone who didn’t send, receive or store data on the phone. So secure is this new privacy provision, Apple itself can’t access the contents of an iPhone 6, even if access is requested by law enforcement.  Google’s recently released Android smartphone provides data encryption as well.

While enhanced commitments to privacy and security from Apple and Google have been largely met with open arms, law enforcement has strongly opposed encryption, arguing it will impede criminal investigations and threaten national security. The Ddirector of the FBI and the Attorney General...

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Dec 11
TBR expects private cloud adoption rate to hit 85% by...

Technology Business Research Inc.’s (TBR) 2H14 cloud customer research reports found end users globally are engaging cloud professional services vendors at twice the rate of private and public cloud vendors, indicating cloud professional services are typically the entry point as enterprises make the decision to migrate to cloud and consultants provide guidance and education to prospective cloud customers.

Public, private and hybrid cloud integration will follow cloud professional services growth in coming years, as adoption rates have increased. TBR expects the private cloud adoption rate to reach 85% by 2018.

TBR’s 2H14 Private Cloud Customer Research report shows a shift in the type of private clouds adopted, with a 65% to 35% split of third-party-delivered private clouds to self-built private clouds. It's a minor but telling shift from the 70% to 30% split in 2013 and 1H14 that indicates enterprises are more comfortable with and educated on cloud and are growing...

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Sunday December 28

06:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Holiday shopping for your...

Holiday shopping for your iPad

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases features a variety of options for your post-holiday shopping—because every iPad needs a good case.

Brydge

The Brydge Air (iPad Air and Air 2; $189) comes with a built-in wireless keyboard with backlit keys. According to the Brydge, the keyboard’s rechargeable battery lasts up to three months under normal usage. Made from aluminum, the case includes built-in dual stereo speakers as well.

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Saturday December 27

16:55
Apple not offering '12 Days of Gifts'...

Since 2008, Apple has given away songs, apps, movies and other digital goodies as part of a holiday tradition dubbed the "12 Days of Christmas," or "12 Days of Gifts" for U.S. users, but this year the company has apparently opted to call off the promotion.

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12:00
My top five products of 2014: Mike Rose

It's been all apps, all the time around here as we wrap up our favorites of 2014. For a change of pace, I thought I'd pull together my favorite five products that don't necessarily require a visit to the App Store.

Apple Pay & Touch ID (included wit...

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10:59
Xbox, PlayStation networks attacked

Microsoft Corp’s Xbox Live and Sony Corp’s PlayStation Network, Internet services that video gamers use to play online, were hit by connection failures on Christmas Day, with the hackers Lizard Squad claiming responsibility.

That would really piss me off.

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10:00
Artful for Mac: Desktop art that matches your taste

Artful (U.S. $4.99) is a well thought out app that lets you have any of thousands of public domain artworks as your desktop based on parameters you select.

The app works as a menu item, and you pull it down to get a nice control panel letting you ve...

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09:39
Before and after VFX shots from movies and tv series

Bored Panda:

We all know that movie and TV producers use VFX (short for visual effects), but you’ll be surprised to learn just how extensively they’re used to create movie magic! These photos reveal just how much your favorite shows and movies rely on the magic of VFX.

These effects shots always fascinate me. I’m a sucker for any DVD that includes “here’s how we do it” extras.

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08:35
More iOS App deals for those last-minute gifts (...

Although we have mentioned some app bargains in our "beyond the last minute" gift guide this morning, the elves at MacNN and Electronista have been hunting up some additional discounts by shaking the App Store tree and seeing what falls out. We found a few more, so click through to save a bundle on some awesome app deals -- and don't forget to check back with us regularly for DealNN reports, Apple refurb store bargains, and our usual Friday Deals all year long!...



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07:46
Hands On: iStat Menus 5 (OS X)

This is a Mac troubleshooting app that once you've used it to track down one problem, you'll simply leave it running all the time. It gives you at-a-glance access to details about your Mac that vary from a little bit geeky to very geeky – but always useful. This is not something every user will need and it's not something that should come supplied on every Mac, but you'll wish it were. The latest iStat Menus is one utility that gives you immediate and constantly updated details of what your Mac is doing. It tells you how fast you're uploading to the internet and how much, it tells you how ve...



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07:29
Music

Forums: General FCS Discussion

Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens. - Paramount Song

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07:28
Do not Worry

Forums: General FCS Discussion

So don't you worry your pretty little mind because people throw rocks at things that shine. - Paramount Song

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07:00
Caturday: Oliver, Dice, and Apple products vie for...

While we're on a bit of a holiday hiatus, here are some happy photos of cats and dogs living in harmony together to remind you of the season. That fellow above using screen cleaners as a pillow is Oliver, a handsome cat who owns his human Benjamin Ra...

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06:30
Stayful is a must-have money saver for travelers

Stayful is a travel app that finds hotels in a number of cities across North America based on exactly what you're looking for, then gets you the best price possible. Browse photos of the hotels, view a list of amenities and reasons why you might like...

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06:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Post-holiday treats for...

Post-holiday treats for your new iPhone

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings you an assortment of picks to match that shiny new iPhone you found under you Christmas tree.

CM4

The QCard (iPhone 6 Plus; $40) features an ultra-slim design with plenty of storage options, thanks to a handy compartment that can hold credit cards and cash.

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04:30
Cubes Challenge: The elusive cube of illusion

Players sort through rows of cubes that create a mesmerizing optical illusion to find the one that is different in Cubes Challenge. Players have 60 seconds to get as far as they can in the run. The farther players get, the more cubes they have to sor...

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Friday December 26

17:13
What we think

Forums: General Xsan Talk

I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music. - Paramount Song

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17:10
Music

Forums: General FCS Discussion

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. - Paramount Song

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16:34
Editorial: Seeing Sony's 'The Interview...

To much fanfare, and terrible reviews, Sony Pictures finally released The Interview -- a contentious, and some say trite, light comedy vehicle where a pair of bumbling reporters are recruited by the CIA to assassinate the leader of North Korea. Conventional media, and governmental figures, have put this forth as a victory for the US' right to freedom of expression, and a defiant Sony agrees. However, viewing the picture isn't the act of defiance and patriotism that Sony wants you to think it is - in fact, viewers are now supporting a company that has called for censorship of journalists and US...



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15:12
Apple Japan to start 'Lucky Bag' promotion...

Apple Japan will begin its traditional promotion for Japanese retail buyers, known as Fukubukuro or "Lucky Bags," starting on January 2, the company has announced. The promotion involves customers buying one of several "grab bag" gift boxes for a set price -- last year it was about 36,000 yen, or roughly $300 in current US dollars -- that could contain very valuable gifts, and usually at least top the value of the list price. Some of the boxes contained iPads or MacBook Airs, for example....



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14:50
Apple confirms ‘Lucky Bag’ sale returning to...


Apple’s annual “Lucky Bag” sale will begin in Japanese retail stores on January 2nd, the company confirmed today through a page on its website. Shoppers will be able to purchase a mystery bag containing an assortment of products at much lower than the actual cost of those items.

Last year’s Lucky Bags included a $99 Incase backpack and a Mophie Juice Pack, each with a custom design to match the bags. Each bag also came with one of...

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14:30
Logitech Harmony Universal Remote Finally Gets It...

For years Iâve been searching for the perfect universal remote control, one that was easy to set up and manage, able to control all aspects of all of my audio and video components, and reliable enough that I could throw the deviceâs original remote in a drawer and never miss it.

I finally found one -- and it's awesome -- but you'll have to read the column if you want to know more...


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14:22
Apple Japan announces annual 'Lucky Bag'...

Apple on Friday announced its "Lucky Bags" promotion for Japan, a New Year's retail tradition that consistently nets customers visiting brick-and-mortar Apple Stores hundreds of dollars' worth of savings.

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14:09
Pre-Order Exclusive for Limited Edition Code Black...

Our friends at Stack Social got access to a limited number of pre-order units for the Code Black Drone + HD Camera. It ships in February, and this preorder lets you get it for $89-it will increase to $99 once it ships in volume. The Clode Black Drone is a very cool-and very small-quadcopter. This version also includes an HD camera on the nose. I've got one equipped with the SD camera, and it's a lot of fun. Check it out!


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Rumor Scanner

Saturday December 27

08:12
Samsung's iPhone 5 Clones Failed to make a Dent again...

A new Korean report published late yesterday told us that Samsung's iPhone 5 clones will now drop out of the premium phone market as their goal of challenging the iPhone failed to materialize in any way shape or form.

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Friday December 26

16:52
Apple Japan Announces 2015 'Lucky Bag' Promotion...

During the New Year in Japan, many retailers often offer a Fukubukuro, also known as a "mystery bag" or "lucky bag", which is a grab bag filled with an assortment of products usually sold at a steep discount. Apple Japan has once again announced that it'll take part in the promotion, which begins January 2 in Apple Retail Stores across Japan.

Last year, Apple's Lucky Bags sold for 36,000 yen, or $345, and usually contained items like iPods, headphones and t-shirts. Purchasers of the Lucky Bags don't know what's inside the bag, and cannot get a refund unless a product is defective. Some fortunate customers have received...

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Thursday December 25

08:44
Apple's Esthetic Police have invented a Method to Cam...

Apple's esthetic police headed by Jonathan Ive have hard at work inventing ways to kill off device housing apertures for good. Apple has been thinking of killing off iDevice speaker grills by having sound carry through specialized cover glass. They're switching to the audio connector working with the Lightning port to kill off the standard audio jack aperture. And now Apple wants to add to their collection of aperture killing methods by having light transmissive fillers fill holes ...

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06:36
Apple Invents a Highly Advanced Air-Gesturing System for F...

Earlier today we posted a report titled "Apple Patent Reveals a 3D Zoom-Based Gesture User Interface." That particular patent application stemmed from Apple's acquisition of PrimeSense, the company whose technology was used in Microsoft's Kinect. To show you that Apple is serious about air-gesturing, another patent application has surfaced today that has nothing to do with PrimeSense's technology and yet shares the same vision. This time air-gesturing is being considered and aimed at iDevices ...

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03:37
Apple Patent Reveals a 3D Zoom-Based Gesture User Interfac...

On Christmas day 2014 the U.S. Patent and Trademark office reveals one of PrimeSense's key technologies relating to a 3D sensing device that is operated using a unique in-air gesturing system and ...

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Wednesday December 24

17:25
Patently Apple Wishes you a Merry Christmas & Happy Ne...

Patently Apple would like to wish all of our fans, friends and industry colleagues from around the globe a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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11:00
Sony's Movie "The Interview" Available late...

Sony Pictures Entertainment announced that The Interview will be available online across the United States starting today, Christmas Eve. According to Sony's press release, Apple fans will be able to access the movie on their Apple TV box available via ...

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10:33
Apple Invents a Display Process to Diminish Bright Reflect...

Earlier this morning I discovered a newly published patent application from Apple in Europe dated today that covers the basic theme of reducing bright backlight reflections using a special blue filter. Without recently bumping into the BenQ information, I wouldn't have understood the potential benefit of using such a special blue filter in a display.

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07:52
Ah, Samsung Executives to Get Pay Cut due to Disastrous Q3

In July we posted a report titled "Angry Samsung Takes Back Billions in Bonuses from 100 Samsung Mobile Division Executives for Poor Performance." Since that time, Samsung's sales have declined further and in the last quarter, profits dramatically collapsed, especially ...

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06:56
Apple Seeks U.S. Trademarks for New Mac Logo in B/W &...

Last weekend we reported that Apple had filed a trademark application in Hong Kong for their revised Mac logo. Today the U.S. Patent Office published two trademark applications from Apple for the same logo in color and black and white. The new Mac Logo ...

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05:28
Apple's iPhone 6 is the Number One Smartphone in Taiw...

A new report this morning states that Apple iPhone 6 ranked as the number one smartphone and Apple the number one vendor in the Taiwan market in November, in terms of both sales volume and sales value,...

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04:08
Samsung's Flagship Store in London Closes, Can't...

According to both a new UK report and a UK Twitter user, Samsung has shut down operations of one of its biggest shops in Stratford’s Westfield, as sales plunge and shoppers said that the store never matched the Apple experience that it was apparently trying to copy.

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Tuesday December 23

23:46
Apple Said to Have Declined Offer From Sony to Host '...

Sony Pictures recently attempted to enter talks with Apple over distributing its highly-anticipated film "The Interview" on iTunes, reports The New York Times. The report notes that Apple showed no interest in the offer, which came shortly after Sony Pictures announced that it would be canceling the wide theatrical release of the movie after being threatened by hackers. It remained unclear, however, whether any on-demand service would take "The Interview." According to people briefed on the matter, Sony had in recent days asked the White House for help in lining up a single technology partner — Apple, which operates iTunes — but the tech company was not interested, at least not on a speedy time table. An Apple spokesman...

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14:15
GTAT Actively Pursuing Sapphire Furnace Sales and Xiaomi i...

Today, GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) announced that following the Bankruptcy Court's recent approval of its Settlement Agreement with Apple, GT is now pursuing Advanced Sapphire Furnace opportunities for sapphire cover glass applications across the broader smartphone market as well as ongoing opportunities in the LED and Industrial markets.

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14:03
Top Downloaded iOS Apps of 2014 Include Minecraft, YouTube...

Apple today shared cumulative lists of the best performing apps in the App Store across 2014 with various media sites, highlighting the iPad Top Paid, iPad Top Free, iPhone Top Paid, and iPhone Top Free apps that were most popular with consumers this year.

The number one free iPhone app in 2014 was Facebook Messenger, which continues to have a two and a half star rating in the App Store due to Facebook's unpopular decision to remove messaging capabilities from the main Facebook app in an effort to get users to download the standalone Facebook Messenger app. Other popular free iPhone apps included Snapchat, Instagram, and Google Maps, with the top 10 listed below.

1. Facebook...

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12:58
iPhone 6 Demand Remains Strong As Supply Improves

Demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has been growing even as Apple has significantly boosted available supply, according to a new survey conducted by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. According to Munster, who surveyed 1,004 U.S. consumers about their upcoming smartphone purchase plans, demand for the iPhone has only increased since the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launched in September.

Of consumers surveyed who plan to buy a smartphone in the next three months, 50 percent said they planned to buy an iPhone. In a similar survey conducted in September, only 47 percent were planning on purchasing an iPhone. In 2013, demand for the iPhone 5s fell following the device's launch, whereas demand for the iPhone 6 appears to be rising.

We conducted a survey of 1,004 US consumers. Of those looking to purchase a smartphone in the next three months,...

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08:51
Tim Cook Named 'CEO of the Year' by CNN

CNN has named Tim Cook as "CEO of the Year" for 2014, pointing towards a hefty rise in stock price and some record-breaking product launches as the main reasons behind the award. Cook sits in first place ahead of a number of other high-profile CEOs, including John Chen of BlackBerry, Mary Barra of GM, and Meg Whitman of HP.

Though CNN mainly points to Apple being the "apple of Wall Street's eye again," with its stock up 40 percent this year, individual factors contributing to the rising stock price are taken into account as well.

CNN argues Cook did "an amazing job" this year, ushering the company through major events such as the successful launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as the growing ubiquity of Apple Pay. The crescendo of excitement...

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08:00
Apple Campus 2 Construction Progresses as Parking Garage a...

As work on Apple's Campus 2 in Cupertino has continued throughout the fall, the spaceship-shaped structure has rapidly grown from basic foundations to the beginnings of an actual structure. Now, thanks some aerial shots recently taken by AppleInsider's DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus drone, the construction site appears to be moving along rapidly with concrete slab poured around the ring of the structure and a few dozen cranes working across the site.

As noted by AppleInsider, the earth-built ramps previously used to gain access to the site are now gone following the installation of the concrete floor. Instead, work on an underground channel access has begun, with plans to connect the...

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06:34
China Stepping into Royalty Battle with Qualcomm

Last week we posted a report titled "Apple, HP, Microsoft and Intel await Important IEEE Vote this Saturday on the Future of Wireless Technology Licensing Fees." While we await the official verdict of that vote, it's being revealed today that China is putting the screws to Broadcom over licensing fees set for smartphone makers in their country. This will put pressure on the IEEE decision,

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05:17
CNNMoney Votes Apple's Tim Cook as CEO of the Year

Apple is the apple of Wall Street's eye again. And that's why Tim Cook is CNNMoney's choice for best CEO of 2014.

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Documentation Scanner

Sunday December 28

05:00
Show Volumes On The OS X Desktop

I spent a lot of time on Windows a long time ago. And one of the things I got used to was having hard drives on the desktop. And I liked it. So when Apple took them off the desktop I started running these commands on new accounts only own systems. The other day when I gave them to someone, they said I should post them. So here goes…

To show removable media (cards, etc):

defaults write com.apple.finder ShowRemovableMediaOnDesktop -bool true

To show external hard drives (USB, Thunderbolt, firewire, etc):

defaults write com.apple.finder ShowExternalHardDrivesOnDesktop -bool true

To show mounted servers (AFP, SMB, NFS, etc):

defaults write com.apple.finder ShowMountedServersOnDesktop -bool true

To show internal hard drives:

defaults write com.apple.finder ShowHardDrivesOnDesktop -bool true

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Saturday December 27

06:00
Command Control Power Podcast

Recently, I had the pleasure of doing a Podcast with Command Control Power. We laughed, we cried and we talked about Yetis. Fun times. Check it out at 082: Interview with Charles Edge of JAMF Software and Krypted.com.

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Friday December 26

06:00
Be A Good Patriotic American By Renting Sony’s The...

Recently I’ve read a lot of things about the attacks against Sony. I’ve read that they’re nothing more than extortion attempts by hackers that probably live in their parents basements (based on the fact that the initial demands didn’t mention North Korea at all). I’ve read they were orchestrated by China by people who felt North Korea was being picked on and couldn’t stand up for themselves. I’ve read highly unconvincing reports from the FBI that they were orchestrated by North Korea. No one really knows. I can send traffic to servers from anywhere in the world. Anyone can anonymize their web traffic as easily as using a ToR plug-in with Firefox. I’ve also spoken to friends at Sony that told me that they’re concerned about the future viability of Sony due to the business impacts of these attacks. I’ve also spoken with people at other studios freaking out about not wanting to “be the next Sony.”

But in all of it, there’s something kicking in the back of my head. You see, if...

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Thursday December 25

09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 027 update...

In this episode, Jeremy Thake talks to the rest of the Office 365 Developer marketing team about what they’ve been most proud of this year and what they are planning to do next year. Get to hear from Chris Johnson, Dave Pae, Sonya Koptyev and Jim Epes.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP27_Team.mp3

Download the podcast.

Weekly updates

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06:00
The 12 Days Of Krypted

Merry Christmas ya’ll!

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me one 32 gig iPad

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me two bash one-liners

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me three Red Hat servers

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me four email blasts

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me five retweets

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me six regular expressions

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me seven lines of perl

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me eight app store apps

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me nine AWS instances

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me ten Active Directory forests

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me 11 crappy python scripts

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me 12...

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Wednesday December 24

20:00
Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas and to all a good night!

Merry Christmas

function MerryChristmas()
{
alert ("Merry Christmas!");
}

MerryChristmas

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Tuesday December 23

07:35
If you can't send or receive messages on your...

You might see an exclamation mark next to a message you try to send, or you might not receive messages that someone sends to you. These steps can help. 

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06:00
12 days of Mixes–day 12

As we wrap up the 12 days of Mixes series, we take a look to the future and the secrets of the living brain being revealed by a battery of high tech brain scans devised by physicists.

Today’s mix: Dr. Michio Kaku, “The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind.”

Watch now, share and follow us @OfficeMixTeam! 

Happy Holidays and Happy Mixing!

The post 12 days of Mixes–day 12 appeared first on Office Blogs.

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05:00
Disable Natural Scrolling With a Script

I guess it’s a sign of my age. But I can’t stand that whole natural scrolling thing. So I disable it as a part of my imaging process. To do so, set the com.apple.swipescrolldirection global domain to false using defaults, as follows:

defaults write NSGlobalDomain com.apple.swipescrolldirection -bool false

To set it back:

defaults write NSGlobalDomain com.apple.swipescrolldirection -bool true

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Monday December 22

20:59
Disable The Startup Sound In OS X

Sometimes you have to reboot on an airplane or with someone sleeping close by. When this happens, it helps if you’ve disabled the startup sound in OS X. To do so, run the following command to set nvram with an empty SystemAudioVolume:

sudo nvram SystemAudioVolume=” “

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12:48
About OS X NTP Security Update

This document describes the security content of OS X NTP Security Update.

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09:00
10 great Office timesavers

The Microsoft Office 15-Minute Webinar team delivered a webinar-style talk on “10 great Office timesavers,” at the Microsoft Store in Bellevue Square.

10 Office timesaver tips

  1. Quick shortcut to undo, redo and repeat
  1. The Format Painter
  1. Search in Windows 8.1
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06:00
12 days of Mixes–day 11

As we near the completion of the 12 days of Mixes series, we’re treated to an inside look and reading of “The Rosie Project,” the story of a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife.

Today’s mix: Graeme Simsion, “The Rosie Project.”

Watch now, share and follow us @OfficeMixTeam to see what tomorrow’s mix will be! 

Happy Holidays and Happy Mixing!

The post 12 days of Mixes–day 11 appeared first on Office Blogs.

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Sunday December 21

06:00
12 days of Mixes–day 10  

Traveling along in our 12 days of Mixes series, we’re presented with a step-by-step guide to help us assess our unique strengths, develop a compelling personal brand, and ensure that others recognize the powerful contribution we can make.

Today’s mix: Dorie Clark, “Reinventing You.”

Watch now, share, and follow us @OfficeMixTeam to see what tomorrow’s mix will be! 

Happy Holidays and Happy Mixing!

The post 12 days of Mixes–day 10   appeared first on Office Blogs.

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Saturday December 20

06:00
12 days of Mixes–day 9

Next up in our 12 days of Mixes series, we recognize techniques that top TED speakers use are the same ones that will make any presentation more dynamic.

Today’s mix: Carmine Gallo, “Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds.”

Watch now, share, and follow us @OfficeMixTeam to see what tomorrow’s mix will be! 

Happy Holidays and Happy Mixing!

The post 12 days of Mixes–day 9 appeared first on Office Blogs.

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06:00
Securely Empty The Trash By Default

You can empty the OS X trash securely by choosing the Secure Empty Trash option from the Finder menu. However, you can configure the empty trash option to be a Secure Empty Trash operation. To do so, write an EmptyTrashSecurely key into the com.apple.finder.plist. Use defaults to write the key into this plist as follows:

defaults write com.apple.finder EmptyTrashSecurely -bool true

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Friday December 19

15:37
Apple Web Server notifications

This article provides credit to people who have reported potential security issues in Apple's web servers.

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12:00
Office 365 news round-up

2014 has been a big year for innovation on Office 365, with Office Mix, Delve and Sway showing just a few of the ways we’ve added more value to Office 365. We’ve added functionality across other platforms, getting great reviews for the Office 365 iOS apps and moving toward general availability for Android tablets in early 2015.

With the work we’ve done, we could easily coast until January,...

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09:00
Sharing the world’s wishes through OneNote

Every year children from the age of two to ninety-two put pen, pencil or crayon to paper and write their holiday wish list. Earlier this month, we let you in on a little secret—that our nation’s letters to Santa go to a small post office in the tiny town of Santa Claus, Indiana.

More than 13,000 of these wish lists find their way to Santa Claus (the town) every year where a group of Santa’s Elves—local volunteers who don elfin hats and jolly knitwear—diligently open read and reply to each one. But this year, the Elves did things a bit differently and built a giant, digital wish list with OneNote.

Starting today, you can see Santa’s list and use the power of OneNote to see what’s popular, find last minute gift ideas, or simply discover the unusual things people want from Santa.

“OneNote is the absolute best tool for...

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07:39
TA14-353A: Targeted Destructive Malware

Original release date: December 19, 2014
Systems Affected

Microsoft Windows

Overview

US-CERT was recently notified by a trusted third party of cyber threat actors using a Server Message Block (SMB) Worm Tool to conduct cyber exploitation activities targeting a major entertainment company.  This SMB Worm Tool is equipped with a Listening Implant, Lightweight Backdoor, Proxy Tool, Destructive Hard Drive Tool, and Destructive Target Cleaning Tool.

SMB Worm Tool: This worm uses a brute force authentication attack to propagate via Windows SMB shares. It connects home every five minutes to send log data back to command and control (C2) infrastructure if it has successfully spread to other Windows hosts via SMB port 445. The tool also accepts new scan tasking when it connects to C2. There are two main threads: the first thread calls home and sends back logs (a list of successful SMB exploitations), and the second thread attempts to guess passwords for...

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06:00
12 days of Mixes – day 8

Continuing onward with our 12 days of Mixes series, we analyze what it means to “lead from the back” in data science.

Today’s mix: John Foreman, “Leading from the Back: Making Data Science Work at a UX-driven Business.”

Watch now, share, and follow us @OfficeMixTeam to see what tomorrow’s mix will be! 

Happy Holidays and Happy Mixing!

The post 12 days of Mixes – day 8 appeared first on Office Blogs.

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06:00
2 New Take Control Books

From Take Control:

Apple Mail. It’s hard to get by on a Mac or iOS device without it. But living with Mail can be a recipe for hair-pulling frustration, whether because of connection failures caused by Mail’s mysteriously unreliable automatic settings detection or trying to figure out the difference between long and short swipes in the iOS version. No one knows more about Mail than Joe Kissell, and he has distilled his most important advice into the second edition of “Take Control of Apple Mail,” now completely revised and updated to explain Mail in 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8. 183 pages of goodness is only $15.

Point others here > http://tid.bl.it/tco-apple-mail

Apple’s Pages word processor built a loyal following because it wasn’t Microsoft Word, but Apple threw us a curveball with the release of Pages 5 for the Mac and Pages 2 for iOS, removing numerous features and shuffling the interface around. Michael Cohen...

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Documentation Scanner

Sunday December 28

05:00
Show Volumes On The OS X Desktop

I spent a lot of time on Windows a long time ago. And one of the things I got used to was having hard drives on the desktop. And I liked it. So when Apple took them off the desktop I started running these commands on new accounts only own systems. The other day when I gave them to someone, they said I should post them. So here goes…

To show removable media (cards, etc):

defaults write com.apple.finder ShowRemovableMediaOnDesktop -bool true

To show external hard drives (USB, Thunderbolt, firewire, etc):

defaults write com.apple.finder ShowExternalHardDrivesOnDesktop -bool true

To show mounted servers (AFP, SMB, NFS, etc):

defaults write com.apple.finder ShowMountedServersOnDesktop -bool true

To show internal hard drives:

defaults write com.apple.finder ShowHardDrivesOnDesktop -bool true

| Read more »

Saturday December 27

06:00
Command Control Power Podcast

Recently, I had the pleasure of doing a Podcast with Command Control Power. We laughed, we cried and we talked about Yetis. Fun times. Check it out at 082: Interview with Charles Edge of JAMF Software and Krypted.com.

| Read more »

Friday December 26

06:00
Be A Good Patriotic American By Renting Sony’s The...

Recently I’ve read a lot of things about the attacks against Sony. I’ve read that they’re nothing more than extortion attempts by hackers that probably live in their parents basements (based on the fact that the initial demands didn’t mention North Korea at all). I’ve read they were orchestrated by China by people who felt North Korea was being picked on and couldn’t stand up for themselves. I’ve read highly unconvincing reports from the FBI that they were orchestrated by North Korea. No one really knows. I can send traffic to servers from anywhere in the world. Anyone can anonymize their web traffic as easily as using a ToR plug-in with Firefox. I’ve also spoken to friends at Sony that told me that they’re concerned about the future viability of Sony due to the business impacts of these attacks. I’ve also spoken with people at other studios freaking out about not wanting to “be the next Sony.”

But in all of it, there’s something kicking in the back of my head. You see, if...

| Read more »

Thursday December 25

09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 027 update...

In this episode, Jeremy Thake talks to the rest of the Office 365 Developer marketing team about what they’ve been most proud of this year and what they are planning to do next year. Get to hear from Chris Johnson, Dave Pae, Sonya Koptyev and Jim Epes.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP27_Team.mp3

Download the podcast.

Weekly updates

| Read more »
06:00
The 12 Days Of Krypted

Merry Christmas ya’ll!

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me one 32 gig iPad

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me two bash one-liners

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me three Red Hat servers

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me four email blasts

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me five retweets

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me six regular expressions

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me seven lines of perl

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me eight app store apps

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me nine AWS instances

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me ten Active Directory forests

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me 11 crappy python scripts

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me 12...

| Read more »

Wednesday December 24

20:00
Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas and to all a good night!

Merry Christmas

function MerryChristmas()
{
alert ("Merry Christmas!");
}

MerryChristmas

| Read more »

Tuesday December 23

07:35
If you can't send or receive messages on your...

You might see an exclamation mark next to a message you try to send, or you might not receive messages that someone sends to you. These steps can help. 

| Read more »
06:00
12 days of Mixes–day 12

As we wrap up the 12 days of Mixes series, we take a look to the future and the secrets of the living brain being revealed by a battery of high tech brain scans devised by physicists.

Today’s mix: Dr. Michio Kaku, “The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind.”

Watch now, share and follow us @OfficeMixTeam! 

Happy Holidays and Happy Mixing!

The post 12 days of Mixes–day 12 appeared first on Office Blogs.

| Read more »
05:00
Disable Natural Scrolling With a Script

I guess it’s a sign of my age. But I can’t stand that whole natural scrolling thing. So I disable it as a part of my imaging process. To do so, set the com.apple.swipescrolldirection global domain to false using defaults, as follows:

defaults write NSGlobalDomain com.apple.swipescrolldirection -bool false

To set it back:

defaults write NSGlobalDomain com.apple.swipescrolldirection -bool true

| Read more »

Monday December 22

20:59
Disable The Startup Sound In OS X

Sometimes you have to reboot on an airplane or with someone sleeping close by. When this happens, it helps if you’ve disabled the startup sound in OS X. To do so, run the following command to set nvram with an empty SystemAudioVolume:

sudo nvram SystemAudioVolume=” “

| Read more »
12:48
About OS X NTP Security Update

This document describes the security content of OS X NTP Security Update.

| Read more »
09:00
10 great Office timesavers

The Microsoft Office 15-Minute Webinar team delivered a webinar-style talk on “10 great Office timesavers,” at the Microsoft Store in Bellevue Square.

10 Office timesaver tips

  1. Quick shortcut to undo, redo and repeat
  1. The Format Painter
  1. Search in Windows 8.1
| Read more »
06:00
12 days of Mixes–day 11

As we near the completion of the 12 days of Mixes series, we’re treated to an inside look and reading of “The Rosie Project,” the story of a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife.

Today’s mix: Graeme Simsion, “The Rosie Project.”

Watch now, share and follow us @OfficeMixTeam to see what tomorrow’s mix will be! 

Happy Holidays and Happy Mixing!

The post 12 days of Mixes–day 11 appeared first on Office Blogs.

| Read more »

Sunday December 21

06:00
12 days of Mixes–day 10  

Traveling along in our 12 days of Mixes series, we’re presented with a step-by-step guide to help us assess our unique strengths, develop a compelling personal brand, and ensure that others recognize the powerful contribution we can make.

Today’s mix: Dorie Clark, “Reinventing You.”

Watch now, share, and follow us @OfficeMixTeam to see what tomorrow’s mix will be! 

Happy Holidays and Happy Mixing!

The post 12 days of Mixes–day 10   appeared first on Office Blogs.

| Read more »

Saturday December 20

06:00
12 days of Mixes–day 9

Next up in our 12 days of Mixes series, we recognize techniques that top TED speakers use are the same ones that will make any presentation more dynamic.

Today’s mix: Carmine Gallo, “Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds.”

Watch now, share, and follow us @OfficeMixTeam to see what tomorrow’s mix will be! 

Happy Holidays and Happy Mixing!

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Securely Empty The Trash By Default

You can empty the OS X trash securely by choosing the Secure Empty Trash option from the Finder menu. However, you can configure the empty trash option to be a Secure Empty Trash operation. To do so, write an EmptyTrashSecurely key into the com.apple.finder.plist. Use defaults to write the key into this plist as follows:

defaults write com.apple.finder EmptyTrashSecurely -bool true

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Friday December 19

15:37
Apple Web Server notifications

This article provides credit to people who have reported potential security issues in Apple's web servers.

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12:00
Office 365 news round-up

2014 has been a big year for innovation on Office 365, with Office Mix, Delve and Sway showing just a few of the ways we’ve added more value to Office 365. We’ve added functionality across other platforms, getting great reviews for the Office 365 iOS apps and moving toward general availability for Android tablets in early 2015.

With the work we’ve done, we could easily coast until January,...

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09:00
Sharing the world’s wishes through OneNote

Every year children from the age of two to ninety-two put pen, pencil or crayon to paper and write their holiday wish list. Earlier this month, we let you in on a little secret—that our nation’s letters to Santa go to a small post office in the tiny town of Santa Claus, Indiana.

More than 13,000 of these wish lists find their way to Santa Claus (the town) every year where a group of Santa’s Elves—local volunteers who don elfin hats and jolly knitwear—diligently open read and reply to each one. But this year, the Elves did things a bit differently and built a giant, digital wish list with OneNote.

Starting today, you can see Santa’s list and use the power of OneNote to see what’s popular, find last minute gift ideas, or simply discover the unusual things people want from Santa.

“OneNote is the absolute best tool for...

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07:39
TA14-353A: Targeted Destructive Malware

Original release date: December 19, 2014
Systems Affected

Microsoft Windows

Overview

US-CERT was recently notified by a trusted third party of cyber threat actors using a Server Message Block (SMB) Worm Tool to conduct cyber exploitation activities targeting a major entertainment company.  This SMB Worm Tool is equipped with a Listening Implant, Lightweight Backdoor, Proxy Tool, Destructive Hard Drive Tool, and Destructive Target Cleaning Tool.

SMB Worm Tool: This worm uses a brute force authentication attack to propagate via Windows SMB shares. It connects home every five minutes to send log data back to command and control (C2) infrastructure if it has successfully spread to other Windows hosts via SMB port 445. The tool also accepts new scan tasking when it connects to C2. There are two main threads: the first thread calls home and sends back logs (a list of successful SMB exploitations), and the second thread attempts to guess passwords for...

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12 days of Mixes – day 8

Continuing onward with our 12 days of Mixes series, we analyze what it means to “lead from the back” in data science.

Today’s mix: John Foreman, “Leading from the Back: Making Data Science Work at a UX-driven Business.”

Watch now, share, and follow us @OfficeMixTeam to see what tomorrow’s mix will be! 

Happy Holidays and Happy Mixing!

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2 New Take Control Books

From Take Control:

Apple Mail. It’s hard to get by on a Mac or iOS device without it. But living with Mail can be a recipe for hair-pulling frustration, whether because of connection failures caused by Mail’s mysteriously unreliable automatic settings detection or trying to figure out the difference between long and short swipes in the iOS version. No one knows more about Mail than Joe Kissell, and he has distilled his most important advice into the second edition of “Take Control of Apple Mail,” now completely revised and updated to explain Mail in 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8. 183 pages of goodness is only $15.

Point others here > http://tid.bl.it/tco-apple-mail

Apple’s Pages word processor built a loyal following because it wasn’t Microsoft Word, but Apple threw us a curveball with the release of Pages 5 for the Mac and Pages 2 for iOS, removing numerous features and shuffling the interface around. Michael Cohen...

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Sep 17
Video showcases iOS app built with Xojo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jan 05
Fusion Drive now available on entry-level iMacs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sep 19
InterMapper publishes white papers on network...

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

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

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

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Aug 11
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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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