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Aug 29
ArtRage for Mac OS X gets 64-bit support

ArtRage (www.artrage.com) is shipping now with faster 64-bit support. The upgrade of the painting software for Mac and Windows features a 64-bit engine for speed improvements, larger projects and canvases, and additional features listed below.  

ArtRage 4.5 costs US$50 for new users. However, it's a free upgrade for ArtRage 4.x users and a $25 upgrade for owners of previous version, including OEM versions that came bundled with Wacom tablets worldwide.

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Aug 29
Jettison is ready for OS X Yosemite's 'dark mode'

 St. Clair Software has released Jettison 1.4.1 (http://tinyurl.com/kvonedl), an update to their Mac OS X application that automatically ejects external drives before your Mac goes to sleep.

Jettison eliminates the hassle of manually ejecting Time Machine backup drives, network server volumes and flash drives. Just close the lid of your MacBook and Jettison does it for you. Version 1.4.1 improves the logic for ejecting and remounting all disks, with specific improvements for SD cards and flash drives. It also delivers user interface refinements and support for Yosemite's "dark mode."

Jettison requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is US$4.95.

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Aug 28
Billings Pro for Mac OS X, iOS revved to version 1.8

Marketcircle has unveiled Billings Pro 1.8 (http://www.marketcircle.com/billingspro), an update to its time billing and invoicing solution for Mac OS X and iOS devices.

It's a multi-user time tracking and invoicing application for for multi-user businesses, with a web interface for workers to track time. Version 1.8 is designed to maximize the capabilities of the iPhone and iPad to create a one-stop app for freelancers and working professionals to track their time, expenses, and mileage and to send invoices and track payments.

Billings Pro uses Marketcircle's Apple Design Award Winning desktop interface from Billings 3, as well as an iPhone application based heavily off of their Billings Touch app. The synchronization technology is derived from Marketcircle's Daylite software.

New in Billings Pro is the addition of a web interface called Timecard. Timecard...

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Aug 28
FabFilter releases FabFilter Pro-Q 2 equalizer plug-in

FabFilter has released FabFilter Pro-Q 2, an update to the Pro-Q equalizer plug-in. It sports new features such as full screen mode, natural phase processing, Aauto gain, spectrum gGrab, Gain-Q interaction, and slope support for all filter types.

For Pro-Q 2, FabFilter has redesigned the internal filter engine from the ground up. It's also boosted by user interface innovations.

FabFilter Pro-Q 2 is now available for US$199, supporting both Mac OS X and Windows in VST and VST 3, Audio Units, AAX, RTAS and AudioSuite plug-in formats. Bundles with FabFilter Pro-Q 2 and other FabFilter plug-ins are also available at www.fabfilter.com/shop . Existing FabFilter customers can purchase or upgrade to Pro-Q 2 with very attractive discounts by logging in to their online user account.

System requirements on the Mac are Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with Intel processor and an Audio Units host, VST 2/3 host, or Pro Tools. Both 32-bit and 64-bit hosts are supported.

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Aug 28
Apple officially announces Sept. 9 media event

It's official: Apple is planning a media event on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m. (Pacific). The company has sent out invitations to the press dubbed: "9.9.2014. Wish we could say more."

Almost certainly the company will announce the long-rumored iPhone 6, which is expected to be available in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions. Recent rumors have added that Apple will also unveil a smartwatch, the "iWatch," at the event.

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Aug 28
New StuffIt Deluxe 16 lets Mac users store, share compressed photos,...

Smith Micro Software has launched StuffIt Deluxe 16 for Mac with Cloud Services integration, a new cloud-based file transfer feature that lets users send large files without the dealing with email attachments or FTP. 

With the new release, more than 16 million StuffIt users can share photos, videos, music and more using cloud storage services, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive and SendStuffNow. StuffIt Archive Manager is now more efficient with a new QuickLook search feature; streamlined navigation helps users quickly open, expand, create, verify, and schedule archiving, according to the folks at Smith Micro.

StuffIt Deluxe 16 for Mac is now 64-bit only and the minimum system requirement is Mac OS X 10.8 It costs US$49.99; this includes a six-month subscription to Smith Micro’s SendStuffNow cloud storage service (a $60 value).

Registered users of any previous version of StuffIt Deluxe or StuffIt Standard for Mac can upgrade to the new StuffIt...

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Aug 28
AKVIS Refocus for Mac OS X gets new refocusing algorithm

AKVIS (http://akvis.com) has released AKVIS Refocus 5.0 for Mac OS X and Windows. The software improves sharpness of out of focus images and adds lens blur effects to photos. Version 5.0 provides a new refocusing algorithm.

A 10-day demo is available for download. Registration is US$39.

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Aug 28
myTuner Relax is a new relaxation app for Mac OS X

AppGeneration has introduced myTuner Relax Pro for Mac OS X. It offers more than five hours of relaxing songs encoded at 320 Kbps.

myTuner Relax also allows users to tune the best 85 radio stations that feature relaxing music from all around the globe and to record their favorite songs. Additionally, they can check the top selling relaxing songs in any country.

myTuner Relax requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later. It's available for US$4.99 (for a limited time ) for Mac OS X in the Mac App Store in the Health & Fitness category.

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Aug 28
ConceptDraw Pro revved to version 10

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced the next generation of thier cross-platform business graphics and diagramming software: ConceptDraw PRO 10.

The new version boasts features inspired by customer feedback, such as native round-trip import and export of Visio 2013 files. Now Mac and Windows users alike can use ConceptDraw PRO 10’s features to open and edit files made with the latest version of Visio.

The object connectors have been revamped and expanded to give a new dimension of connector technology. Presentations and drawings made with ConceptDraw PRO 10 also have the option of exporting to the latest versions of PowerPoint.

ConceptDraw PRO is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$199. ConceptDraw PRO 10 is also included in ConceptDraw Office 2, which retails for $499 USD.

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Aug 27
Maintain serves up Cocktail 7.1 (Mavericks Edition)

Maintain (http://maintain.se/cocktail) has served up Cocktail 7.1 (Mavericks Edition). This version is a maintenance upgrade.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories designed to help you manage various aspects of your computer, including Disk, System, Files, Network and the OS X Interface.

Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) requires OS X Mavericks to run. It costs US$19. A demo is available for download.

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Aug 27
LaCie ships new Thunderbolt 2 storage solution

LaCie (www.lacie.com) is shipping the LaCie 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2 in a 48TB capacity. The company says it's the "fastest, highest–capacity" Thunderbolt 2 storage solution on the market with speeds of up to 1330 MB/s and eight Seagate 6 TB 7200 RPM professional hard disks.

Built with 4K video workflows in mind, it delivers enough bandwidth to support 10–bit, 4K footage. Videographers can work directly from RAW files in Apple Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere, get maximum quality from footage and see edits in real time.

The LaCie 8big Rack 48 TB (US$4,999.99) is available now through LaCie and its resellers. The product is also available in four–disk 12 TB ($1,699.99) or eight–disk 24 TB (2,799.99) configurations. Thunderbolt 2 is compatible with the same cables and connectors as first–generation Thunderbolt.

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Aug 27
G5's The Cursed Ship, Collector's Edition comes to the Mac

G5's The Cursed Ship, Collector's Edition (http://tinyurl.com/nu2s5pp) is now available for the Mac. It's being offered for US$4.99 through Aug. 29; the normal price is $6.99.

Here's how the game is described: "The Ondine, the biggest and most luxurious cruise ship ever built, departed on her maiden voyage long ago. But her enormous pools, ornate casinos and grand ballroom were never seen again. Now the Trident Corporation has sent you to locate the ship and rescue its remains. During this dangerous mission, you lose all forms of contact and collide with the Ondine.

"Very soon you discover that the disappearance has something to do with the odd green fumes that cover the decks and rooms of the vessel as well as the Insanes, its invaders. Moreover, through a mysterious mirror you move to a very odd place, where everything happening around you is somehow occurring in two parallel worlds!

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Aug 27
Brawlerz : Nitro for Mac and PC is now on Steam Greenlight

Bail! Enemy Jet and Rum Theory has announced their new Steam Greenlight project for Brawlers : Nitro. It's compatible with Mac, Windows and Linux systems.

Here's how Brawlers : Nitro is described: "The game offers fast paced retro arcade style gameplay, RPG elements and multiplayer all rolled into one super slick package. Choose the car that suits your strategy: it's a reflection of your inner maniac. This isn't a death race or rally, it's a fight to the death, pure and simple! The game supports Mac, Linux and Windows computers.

"Choose the car that suits your strategy. The fast-paced Buggy for quick attack and fast retreat? The mammoth Truck for crushing your enemies head on? Or perhaps you're someone who enjoys seeing your enemies burn in eternal hellfire (yes, there's a Pyro car!)."

For more updates and information on the progress of Brawlerz : Nitro, go to http://tinyurl.com/pfop5a2...

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Aug 27
GoodTimes update for Mac OS X focuses on weddings

TheKeptPromise (http://thekeptpromise.com/) has revved GoodTimes, its collage and layout app for Mac OS X, to version 1.3. The upgrade is focused exclusively on weddings, offering many wedding specific themes, objects and backgrounds.

With GoodTimes, you can send "Thank You!" cards, post on Facebook and more. It provides tools for tool capture a photo gallery, preparing your frames and test driving your photos in them.

GoodTimes 1.3 costs US$19.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. It requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

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Aug 26
STM introduces the Cable Wrap cable management system

STM (www.stmbags.com) has created the US$24.99 Cable Wrap. Designed with a "dedicated space for everything," it's built to offer a way to store flash drives, chargers, cable adapters, headphones, backup batteries and other electronic device accessories.

Made with water resistant fabric, the Cable Wrap unfolds to reveal four storage panels. One end of the wrap features a large mesh pocket for securing small items such as flash drives, adapters for universal chargers, lip balm, even spare change.

The two center panels are divided into three small pouches and three medium pouches with elastic bindings. The center panels are designed for storing a laptop power brick, rolled up charging cables or headphones individually so cords can no longer become tangled together. The smaller pouches can also house an emergency pen for those times when all other writing utensils disappear from a bag.

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Aug 26
BRAVEN colors the audio world with 705 speakers for under $100

BRAVEN (www.braven.com) is shipping the 705 portable Bluetooth speaker, which is available in eight colors. Battery powered, it provides sound for over 12 hours.

The BRAVEN 705 doubles as a portable battery to charge your smartphone and other USB devices. It's clutch-sized and sports a unibody design.
 
BRAVEN 705 speakers are weatherproof and water resistant, with an IPX5 rating capable of surviving accidental splashes, drops, and bumps. They also sport features including an integrated noise-canceling microphone to make and take calls and BRAVEN’s TrueWireless Technology that allows pairing of any two 7-series BRAVEN speakers for left and right channel stereo sound.
 
The BRAVEN 705 is now available in bright cyan, magenta, yellow, purple, and teal as well as bold black, grey, and white color options for US$99.99. 

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Aug 26
SANS Institute announces Apple, Mac, iDevice forensic analysis course

To help digital forensic and incident response (DFIR) professionals take on any Apple case, the SANS Institute today introduced the new FOR518: Mac Forensic Analysis course. This hands-on forensic analysis course is designed to help Windows-based investigators broaden their analysis capabilities and achieve the confidence and knowledge needed to comfortably analyze any Mac or iOS system without hesitation.

SANS will debut the new FOR518: Mac Forensic Analysis course at SANS Crystal City in Virginia, Sept. 8-13. A second run course will be offered at SANS Seattle 2014, Sept. 29- Oct. 6.

"From coffee shops to corporate boardrooms, Apple devices can be found nearly everywhere. As these devices continue to grow in popularity, digital forensic investigators and analysts must start paying more attention to them," says Sarah Edwards, SANS Course Author  and Digital Forensic Analyst. "The goal of the FOR518: Mac Forensic Analysis course is to help form well-rounded...

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Aug 26
Seagate ships world’s first 8TB hard drives

Seagate Technology (www.seagate.com) is shipping the world’s first 8TB hard disk drive. It delivers bulk data storage solutions for online content storage providing customers with the highest capacity density needed to address an ever increasing amount of unstructured data in an industry-standard 3.5-inch HDD, says Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of marketing.

Outfitted with enterprise-class reliability and support for archive workloads, it features multi-drive RV tolerance for consistent enterprise-class performance in high density environments, he adds. The drive also incorporates a SATA 6Gb/s interface for system integration in both private and public data centers. Seagate is shipping drives to select (think enterprise) customers now with wide scale availability next quarter. Pricing hasn't been announced.

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Aug 26
TypeBook Creator for Mac OS X gets new interface

Veenix Software has updated TypeBook Creator (http://tinyurl.com/yjew3jw), professional font cataloging and specimen printing software for the Mac. The new version features a modern, streamlined interface that emphasizes key features of the software and compliments the look of the latest Mac operating systems.

TypeBook Creator features automatic font categorization, 16 specimen page layouts and numerous customization options. It uses a proprietary algorithmic process that can distinguish between 16 font classifications of Western Roman fonts, including: serif and sans serif fonts, picture, script &and thematic fonts, text fonts, mono-spaced fonts, wide and narrow fonts, and more.

Fonts are analyzed as they're added to the database and tagged with appropriate categories. Users can also manually add their own categories, and recategorize fonts as they see fit. The automatic font...

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Aug 25
Pocket Watch's cloud server lets you print from smart devices

Pocket Watch (http://www.pocketwatchllc.com) has announced availability of its US$149.95 ActivePrint Cloud Server Powered by Raspberry Pi.

With this small, standalone box almost any USB printer or available network printer will become compatible with iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. This is done by making each printer available through AirPrint, ActivePrint Cloud Print, and Google Cloud Print services simultaneously.

The ActivePrint Cloud Server is about the size of a couple of iPhones stacked together and runs on less electricity than most energy efficient lightbulbs, according to the folks at Pocket Watch.. Despite its small size it has a lot of capabilities. Plug it in to an internet connected router or a cable/DSL modem, and it is ready to go.

Printers can be connected to the ActivePrint Cloud Server either over the Local Area Network or directly to its two USB ports....

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Aug 29
Connected management mega-trend drives the global...

According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight (www.berginsight.com), the global number of mobile network connections used for wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) communication will increase by 21% in 2014 to reach 213.9 million at the year-end.

East Asia, Western Europe and North America are the main regional markets, accounting for around 75% of the installed base. In the next five years, the global number of wireless M2M connections is forecasted to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.9% to reach 599.7 million in 2019. The mega-trend driving technology adoption in Europe and North America is what Berg Insight calls the concept of connected management.

"The IT-revolution has created new opportunities to collect and analyse data for the purpose of managing objects and behaviours," says Tobias Ryberg, senior analyst, Berg Insight. "Connected management is based...

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Aug 28
64% of all smart devices are part of a security or...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) says that nearly 4% of U.S. households will have a smart home controller by the end of 2014, with an estimated increase to nearly 6% by 2015.

The research group's study, which includes data from a 1Q 2014 survey of 10,000 U.S. broadband households, also reports 64% of all smart devices currently in households operate as part of a security or home controls system. Smart devices include motorized door controls, lighting controls, networked security camera, and programmable thermostats, among other devices.

"The smart home is an emerging market with multiple channels, from service channels to retailers such as Staples and Lowe's," says Tom Kerber, director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates. "The majority of smart devices installed today were acquired as part of a security or home controls system deployed by providers...

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Aug 27
Indoor location market worth $3.9 billion by 2019

MarketsandMarkets (www.marketsandmarkets.com) says the indoor location market will be worth US$3.9 billion by 2019. The pressing needs from the end customers for location based services are playing the major role in defining the future of the market, adds the research group.

The advent of hybrid positioning systems, location based analytics and real time tracking and navigation solutions are the products of huge demand for indoor location based products. Companies are putting sincere efforts in building customer specific products. Major players in this market are Apple, Broadcom, Cisco, Ericsson, Google, Nokia, Microsoft, Motorola, Qualcomm and Siemens.

MarketsandMarkets has segmented the global Indoor Location Market by type of software solutions: indoor maps and navigation and indoor location-based analytics; by type of positioning systems: network-based positioning, independent...

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Aug 26
Worldwide sales of connected digital fitness trackers...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) says that the number of connected digital trackers sold worldwide rose from 6.6 million in 2012 to 13.6 million in 2013 and will double again in 2014 to exceed 22 million. Factors driving consumer adoption of these device include the impact of new solutions such as the Fitbit, Google Fit, and Apple's HealthKit.

"Connected trackers will account for 52% of all digital fitness tracker unit sales in 2014 and reach 81% by 2018 (66 million units)," says Harry Wang, director, Health & Mobile Product Research, Parks Associates. "Smart watches are another wearables category poised for tremendous growth, with sales of almost 18 million units worldwide in 2014 and 121 million in 2018. These connected devices open new avenues for new fitness apps, health solutions, and data analytics. Connected Health Summit features multiple sessions with industry...

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Aug 22
OTT video services see opportunity to differentiate...

4K or Ultra HD is the future, but it’s a marathon, not a sprint to higher resolutions.  And while 1080p TV screens are the norm and mobile screen resolutions continue to climb, plenty of streamed HD content is still distributed in 720p or lower.  Over-the-top (OTT) services such as Netflix, VUDU, and M-GO, which exclusively distribute content over the Internet, are more eager to embrace 1080p and Ultra HD for connected CE devices in order to appear more innovative, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

Meanwhile, traditional distributors, with regards to TV Everywhere content, are more likely to settle for 720p as they consider smartphones and tablets the primary targets; continuing to leverage existing Pay TV services as their "main" distribution channel for TVs – OTT operators likewise favor lower resolutions for mobile devices.

OTT (over-the-top) streamer shipments are forecast to rise...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday August 30

00:00
Review: Logitech Hyperion Fury mouse

Selecting the correct gaming mouse comes down to finding a device that balances the needs of a user with a price they can afford. Often the features break down to styles of play, allowing manufacturers to design and market peripherals for specific genres of games. For first person shooters (FPS) the market is especially competitive, forcing companies to innovate and push themselves to come up with something new that gamers can't resist. Logitech Gaming recently released the Hyperion Fury, a mouse created fit the needs of demanding FPS players. But does the Hyperion Fury have what it takes to l...



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Friday August 29

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Reviews: Logitech Hyperion Fury mouse

Selecting the correct gaming mouse comes down to finding a device that balances the needs of a user with a price they can afford. Often the features break down to styles of play, allowing manufacturers to design and market peripherals for specific genres of games. For first person shooters (FPS) the market is especially competitive, forcing companies to innovate and push themselves to come up with ......



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21:08
Briefly: RHA T10i headphones, 8big Rack Thunderbolt...

British headphone producer RHA has announced the upcoming release of its latest in-ear headphones, the T10i. Featuring handmade dynamic drivers, the noise-cancelling headphones possess a custom tuning filter system that allows for frequency response adjustment. Filter adjustments are also included for bass and treble response. Each high fidelity driver is encased in an ergonomic stainless steel housing; other features include a multi-core, 1.35m oxygen-free copper cable with 3-button remote and microphone (suitable for Apple devices) and mouldable over-ear hooks. Priced at $200, the T10i headp...



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20:14
Developer finds evidence supporting 3x resolution...

It has been speculated for some time that if Apple does decide to make larger iPhone screens as it now appears to be doing, that resolution would have to increase dramatically, which could cause headaches for developers. However, new testing by Dragthing creator James Thompson has revealed that Apple may instead rely on pixel-tripling, asking developers only to provide assets at 1x, 2x, and 3x the logical screen resolution. This could yield Retina-quality images on devices with larger displays....



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18:37
Company compiles Apple's Swift for use with...

A compiler company called RemObjects has created a new front end for its own Elements compiler called Silver that allows developers to write code hooking into APIs and frameworks outside iOS, letting them write native apps for iOS and Android. The project has also been made to work with both the Fire IDE and .NET, allowing Windows Phone developers to use Swift through the Visual Studio IDE. While not a universal write-once-run-anywhere solution, Silver could prove to be a boon for small developers who want to create Android and Windows Phone versions of their iOS apps written in Swift....



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17:37
Peach OSI Is Fresh and Juicy


Peach OSI is a new Linux distro that stands apart from the crowd. Its first stable version was just released in June -- yet it displays more performance traits and sophistication than many Linux distros that have been searching for an audience for years. In the crowded Linux distro field, it is very rare to find a newcomer that is not like any of the others. It is also rare to see a first stable release offer the kind of smooth performance and expansive feature set as Peach OSI. Peach OSI is a great starting point for Linux newcomers.

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17:03
Millions of historic images posted to Flickr

BBC:

An American academic is creating a searchable database of 12 million historic copyright-free images.

Kalev Leetaru has already uploaded 2.6 million pictures to Flickr, which are searchable thanks to tags that have been automatically added.

The photos and drawings are sourced from more than 600 million library book pages scanned in by the Internet Archive organisation.

Do not go to the linked Flickr page unless you have a lot of time on your hands. I just lost an hour of my life to it.

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17:00
Get Free Bitcoins with 45 Website Faucets that...

I've gathered 45 different Bitcoin "faucets"-websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads-and tested them to make sure they actually pay out. I started off with eight sites, but this update adds several more and removes some faucets that have gone dark for a total of 41 different Bitcoin faucets that really pay, plus a Dogecoin faucet and a Litecoin faucet.


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16:56
Level Up Contacts with Contact Center

Everybody has their complaints about the iOS (and Mac OS) Contacts app. They're all different, but I don't know a single person who LIKES it, but we all grit our teeth and get by. Now Contrast, the folks behind Launch Center, are taking on the challenge of using contacts with a new app called Contact Center. It has shortcuts that can be customized per contact, making it easy to interact with your contacts in the ways that make sense for each of them. It's a free app in the US App Store now. I can't wait to spend some time with this, Launch Center is a wonderful utility so I'm betting their contact interaction will also be pretty great. See it in use below.


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16:42
Apple tells developers they may not sell personal...

The Guardian:

Apple has tightened its privacy rules relating to health apps ahead of next month’s product launch, which is expected to see the unveiling of an updated iPhone and could include new wearable technology.

The technology firm has told developers that their apps, which would use Apple’s “HealthKit” platform on the forthcoming products, must not sell any personal data they gather to advertisers. The move could stave off concerns users might have around privacy as Apple seeks to move into the health data business.

This is one of the ways and reasons why Apple has a leg up on other developers. While I wouldn’t trust them implicitly, I certainly trust them to take care of my data more than any other technology company.

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16:30
Swing better and lower your scores with Golfer Setup

If you play golf you know how frustrating the game can be. Golfer Setup, a US$.99 Universal app runs on iOS 7.1 and could help you eliminate some of those frustrations.

First be aware the developer of this app is not a golf professional. He claims...

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16:00
Slices of Apple episode 3: Customer Service

In episodes one and two of Slices of Apple, we looked at where Apple came from. We toured the crucible of design and engineering that forged Silicon Valley, and examined the fall of a titan in the 1990s when Apple devalued its brand before Steve Jobs...

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15:40
8 Predictions for Apple’s September 9 Media Event

Unless you live in an isolation tank, it's no secret that Apple is hosting a big media event on September 9 in Cupertino where we will likely see an impressive list of announcements from the likes of Tim Cook, Phil Schiller, and Craig Federighi. Apple isn't saying what they have in store, so I came up with some of my ideas and I turned to the TMO staff to see what they're expecting, too.


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15:30
Rare Candy makes habit and skills tracking fun

A Rare Candy can be used to level up a Pokémon by one level (in the many forms of the Nintendo DS Pokémon series). The Rare Candy App, US$1.99 (free trial version available) and designed for iPhone 5 and up and iOS 7 and up, can be used to level up...

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15:00
Sonos Play:3 and Play:5 wireless speakers review for...

A little while ago I reviewed the Sonos Play:1 speaker. I was thrilled with how the speaker packed a real punch in sound, performance and design. Over the last few weeks I've had the addition of the the Sonos Play:3 (US$299) and Play:5 (US$399) to...

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14:30
Say hello to the fully reversible Apple Lightning to...

You may have recently read about Apple's patent application for a reversible USB cable, and wondered "how would that work?" Well, wonder no longer. Truffol have released its own reversible Apple Lightning to USB cable and the YouTube channel...

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14:15
How To Tell iMessages From Text Messages

Kelly shares a handy tip for how to sort out text messages vs iMessages and why some of your messages don't show up on your Mac at all.


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14:08
Shares of Apple end week at all-time high with...

Apple stock reached an all-time high in trading on Friday, and also finished the day at its highest-ever closing price, as investors and customers alike are clamoring to see what the secretive company has up its sleeve for a Sept. 9 media event.



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14:02
Apple to appeal blocked injunction against Samsung...

Apple will appeal a recent court decision which denied a permanent injunction against a variety of Samsung products, according to the New York Times. If imposed, an injunction would prevent several devices -- like the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II -- from being sold in the US. The financial impact on Samsung would be minor, since the products in question are outdated and/or no longer being sold....



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14:02
2 Deals and 4 Freebies

It's a holiday weekend, and I thought I'd round up a bunch of deals for your convenience. So how about two deals and four freebies, courtesy of our friends at Stack Social?

Deal - The Productive Entrepreneur Freebie Bundle
Deal - Rosetta Stone Exclusive: Coupon For Up To $270 Off Select Language Sets
Free - The 4-Hour Chef Freebie (Audiobook)
Free - Learn Tech With SkillFeed - Free for 45 Days
Free - The Summer Freebie Design Bundle
Free - Improve Your Designs With 100 Free Hi-Res Images From Bigstock

Pretty cool, right?


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14:00
The $5 PowerBook

I love my MacBook Air, but I couldn't possibly turn down a deal like this. A fiver for a gorgeous machine like that? Look at that screen, those massive hinges, and that classic trackball embedded right in the center. What a beauty.

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13:45
Steve Jobs gets posthumous design patent on iconic...

The original design of Apple's 5th Avenue NYC store, which stood from 2006 until 2011.

Flodigrip / flickr

The late Apple CEO Steve Jobs and several other Apple employees are listed as inventors on a newly granted design patent, which describes the design of the company's flagship New York City retail outlet. Jobs is listed as one of the seven co-inventors of the design, although he passed away about a year before the application was filed in October 2012.

The company is an enthusiastic proponent of patenting and trademarking just about everything it can, and its retail stores are no exception. Apple actually acquired a US...

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Friday August 29

15:31
Apple's iWatch Cryptozoologist has lost his Way

Just two days ago Re/code reporter John Paczkowski clearly stated that "Apple now plans to unveil a new wearable alongside the two next-generation iPhones we told you the company will debut on September 9th." Now, in a total turn around, Paczkowski writes, "Look Daddy! Santa Gave Me an iWatch Rain Check." He went on to say

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13:38
4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Logic Board Equipped With Qualcomm'...

Amid all of the leaks today based on photos and videos from luxury modified iPhone vendor Feld & Volk [Instagram page], one additional point worth mentioning is the device's LTE modem. While photos posted to reveal the existence of an NFC chip from NXP has seen identifying marks on many of the other components blurred, a portion of the text printed on the LTE modem is visible, confirming the board does indeed contain Qualcomm's MDM9625M as had been previously rumored.

MDM9625M boxed in red
The MDM9625 is a Category 4 LTE modem, supporting speeds of up to 150 Mbps, compared to the MDM9615 Category 3 modem at up to 100 Mbps, which is found in the iPhone 5s, 5c, and 5. Some observers had been holding out hope that Apple...

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11:45
A8 Chip From 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Appears to Carry 1 GB of RA...

Last week, a wiring schematic said to be for the iPhone 6 was initially interpreted to be referring to the device's RAM, showing the same 1 GB of memory for the A8 as found in the current A7 chip. That was quickly determined to be an incorrect interpretation of component being shown in the schematic, however, and Apple's plans for RAM in the iPhone 6 have remained uncertain.

A new photo leak from Feld & Volk [Instagram page] and Sonny Dickson showing an assembled logic board from the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 has revealed a number of pieces of information already, and it appears from one of the photos that the A8 chip on the board does indeed include 1 GB of LPDDR3 RAM.

As...

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11:32
Inside Apple's PR Practices, From Media Control to At...

In a lengthy 9 part exposé, 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman delves into the inner workings of Apple's PR team. While much of what Gurman covers is already fairly well known, his coverage provides an expansive look at the way Apple's PR team operates, from its organizational structure to its efforts to control Apple's perception through media manipulation.

Despite Apple's size and its position as one of the most profitable companies in the world, its PR team is relatively small, comprised of approximately 30 employees in Cupertino along with a few dozen scattered around the world. In Cupertino, Apple PR is divided into seven teams: Momentum, Mac, Corporate Communications, iPhone, iPad, iTunes, and Events.

Along with organizing events and...

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11:04
iPhone 6 Built From Parts Apparently Shown Booting to...

Following its leak of photos showing the iPhone 6 logic board that have revealed the device's NFC chip and 16 GB of storage, luxury modified iPhone vendor Feld & Volk [Instagram page] has now shared some photos and a video showing the device in operation and booting to a black screen requesting the user to connect the device to iTunes.

Feld & Volk says it has been able to piece together this iPhone from various components it has obtained as part of its effort to build its own luxury version of the iPhone 6 for its customers, and remarkably enough, the device is at least capable of turning on.

While it seems surprising that a functional iPhone 6 could be built from individual components, Feld & Volk has demonstrated that it...

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10:43
Intel Launches first 8 Core Processor for PC Gamers &...

Today, Intel Corporation unveiled its first eight-core desktop processor, the Intel Core i7-5960X processor Extreme Edition, formerly code-named "Haswell-E," targeted at power users who demand the most from their PCs. Unfortunately Apple has never entertained the enthusiast market. You're either in the consumer camp or the pro camp and nothing in between. With traditional PC sales being flat at best, Apple's desktop ...

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10:05
4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Logic Board Shown With 16 GB Flash Stora...

Over the past several months, there have been a few rumors of Apple increasing storage capacities for the iPhone 6, perhaps doing away the 16 GB option at the low end and introducing a 128 GB model at the high end, at least for one of the two rumored models.

A set of schematics leaked in pieces over the past week and a half has included reference to various 16, 64, and 128 GB flash storage modules from several vendors for the iPhone 6, although it is unclear why there is no 32 GB option included on that list.

A new set of photos from Feld & Volk and Sonny Dickson today that revealed the NFC chip present on the logic...

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09:32
NFC Chip From NXP Confirmed for iPhone 6

With rumors claiming the iPhone 6 will include a near field communications (NFC) chip from NXP to potentially support a mobile payments initiative from Apple flying in recent days, the existence of the chip now appears to have been confirmed. Russian luxury modified iPhone vendor Feld & Volk, which has shared a number of claimed parts from the iPhone 6 in recent weeks, has now gotten its hands on a complete logic board for the device.

iPhone 5s logic board (left) and 4.7-inch iPhone 6 logic board (right)
The firm has shared a few photos of the logic board with Sonny Dickson, revealing the board's NFC chip from NXP.

Apple has confirmed that it will be holding a media event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino on September 9, and the company is naturally expected to introduce the iPhone 6 at the event with a...

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08:59
Confidence in Samsung is Collapsing as Apple's iPhone...

In early July we reported that Samsung's profits had plummeted 24% on slow smartphone sales. In mid-July we followed-up with a report on Samsung taking back executive bonuses for poor performance resulting in a round of infighting taking hold at the company. Today it's being reported that with Samsung's calendar year winding down on August today, shares in South Korea’s biggest stock are down about 8.1% for the month, for a total decline of 16% from their June 3 highs. This is in stark contrast to Apple's stock which hit a record high on August nineteenth and has continued to climb ever since.

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08:53
Apple's Upcoming Wearable Device Not Likely to Ship U...

While Apple is expected to unveil its new wearable device, popularly referred to as the iWatch, at its media event scheduled for September 9, the device will likely not begin shipping until early next year, according to Re/code.Sources in position to know tell me it won’t arrive at market for a few months. “It’s not shipping any time soon,” said one. So when does Apple plan to ship its eagerly anticipated wearable? That’s not clear, but my understanding is that we’re unlikely to see it at retail until after the holiday season — think early 2015.Word of a significant gap between unveiling and launch is not a surprise, considering the company's history when entering new product segments. The iPhone and iPad both launched a number of months after their unveilings. With no existing Apple product of its type to see sales plummet ahead of a launch, Apple has more flexibility to announce early and...

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08:25
Sapphire's Durability Put to the Test Head-to-Head Ag...

Repair experts at uBreakiFix have examined the impact resistance, scratch resistance and strength of sapphire glass in a series of tests that were published today. The tests were designed to determine whether sapphire is suitable for use as a smartphone display.

The repair technicians conducted three different tests -- a scratch resistance comparison using a tungsten carbide drill bit, a drop test with the sapphire display of the newly released Kyocera Brigadier, and a a four-point bend test to compare the failure stress and strain of sapphire glass with that of Gorilla Glass.

The...

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06:53
Apple's iPhone 6 may use NXP's Next-Gen NFC Tech...

In July we reported on a couple of fresh iWallet rumors that had surfaced stemming from developments occurring at Visa Digital Solutions. Then yesterday we reported on the Wired based rumor claiming that Apple's iPhone 6 would include NFC technology for an iWallet application. As the saying goes, where there's smoke there's fire. Today a new report from The Financial Times is claiming that Apple is working with Dutch chipmaker NXP to add secure short-range wireless technology into the next iPhone ...

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04:27
More High-Quality Photos Show 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Rear Shell...

New high-quality photos of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6's rear shell have been shared by Nowhereelse.fr (Google Translate), showing us what may be a finished back from the space grey version of the device. Notably, this newest component appears to have its rear bands colored in to fit with the rest of the device, perhaps suggesting that the different color options of the iPhone 6 will feature a similar treatment.

Besides its colored bands, the rear shell shown in the photos appears to be consistent with previous looks at the component, displaying a rounded chassis, embedded rear logo,...

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02:44
Samsung Asks NYC Street-Goers to Compare Galaxy Tab S and...

Samsung has debuted a new video on its YouTube channel comparing its new Galaxy Tab S to the iPad Air on the streets of New York City. As first spotted by iGeneration (Google Translate), the video involves a host asking street-goers to use the Galaxy Tab S, highlighting the tablet's display, weight, and camera.

When matched up side-by-side, some users claim that the Galaxy Tab S is "definitely thinner", while others express that the tablet's screen "looks brighter" when compared to the iPad Air. The host claims that the Galaxy Tab S has "one million more pixels than the iPad Air", which is presented alongside small text on the...

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00:48
Another Report Suggests NFC Support for iPhone 6, Chip to...

Apple will feature near field communication (NFC) technology in the iPhone 6 with a chip provided by Dutch company NXP Semiconductors, according to a report from the Financial Times. The chip will allow the iPhone to be scanned by payment terminals and ticket systems, while also allowing for further integration with other methods.

Throughout the past week, a number of rumors and reports from various sources have claimed that the iPhone 6 will gain NFC support. Evidence of NFC capabilities provided by NXP first surfaced earlier this week in a claimed schematic, which showed the company's PN65 chip on the iPhone 6's logic board.

Yesterday, technology news website WIRED and Apple blogger...

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Thursday August 28

15:40
Apple Blogger John Gruber Hints at NFC For iPhone 6

Following a report from Wired suggesting NFC-based mobile payments will be a "hallmark" feature of the iPhone 6 and a confirmation from Re/code, Apple blogger John Gruber has now thrown in his two cents, with a cryptic post hinting Apple is indeed planning on including NFC in the iPhone 6 as part of a new mobile payment solution.

Gruber's post references an earlier "joke" that pointed towards a wearable device debut in September, which turned out to be accurate in light of recent rumors also suggesting a September introduction for the device. I've been working on a new joke --...

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14:13
More Claims of September 9 Debut for Apple's Wearable...

Yesterday, Re/code broke the news that Apple planned to introduce its upcoming wearable device alongside the iPhone 6, and now Bloomberg is seconding that rumor, pointing towards a simultaneous debut of two different iPhones and a wearable device at Apple's September 9 event.

According to Re/code, Apple had originally planned to introduce its wearable device at an October event separate from its September iPhone event, but later ended up changing its plans. Bloomberg speculates that Apple's plan to debut the wearable device alongside the iPhone may be the company's way of limiting expectations for the device, positioning it more as an iPhone accessory rather than a standalone device.Apple will give the new wearable a boost by pairing its debut with its...

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13:20
Despite Slower Smartphone Growth in Mature Markets, IDC Se...

According to a new IDC report, Phablets in the 5.5" to 7" range will grow from 14% of the market to almost one third of the market by 2018.

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11:35
Apple's Milestone Event Will be Held at the Flint Cen...

Apple officially sent out invitations for the Apple event occurring on September ninth. The venue being the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino instead of the Apple campus or Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco may be hinting that the event is going to be a milestone. After years of incremental product updates, it appears that Apple is preparing to launch some new products to markets beyond the iPhone.

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10:12
The Issue of Smartphone Subsidy Cuts is heating up in Chin...

Today, it's being reported by Bloomberg that "China’s state-run wireless operators are slashing subsidies they pay to make devices more affordable for consumers just as the biggest phone-makers are set to introduce upgraded products."

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Friday August 29

12:00
Office 365 news round-up

One great advantage of our Office 365 cloud-based productivity suite is that you no longer have to wait months or years, until a new version of Office is released to receive software updates and improvements. You get new features immediately, as part of your Office 365 subscription, as soon as they are available and ready to use.

Microsoft developers are the source of those ongoing improvements and new features—and not only our internal developers. Office 365 is a platform as well as a product, and there is a growing community of developers who are building new applications for Office 365, and creating new solutions to enhance the service and tailor it to the needs of their organizations. During the past two weeks, we took two important steps to provide additional resources and support for Office 365 developers. First, we launched the newly redesigned Office Dev Center, to provide essential training...

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06:08
Join us for Tuesday’s webinar: Archiving items in...

Old emails can be wrapped up for safe keeping in Outlook. You can think of archiving as a way to clean up your inbox (especially if you’re running into limits) or as a backup. We’ll show you what you need to know about automatic and manual archiving in Outlook.  Join us for our Office 15-Minute Webinar at 9:15 am Pacific Time. There’s also a 20-minute Q&A afterwards. You will need to register for this webinar (it takes only a few seconds).

Register and attend
https://microsoft.eventbuilder.com/event2.asp?eventID=2r2i7h1p

Doors open at 9:00 am Pacific Time and we start promptly at 9:15 am. Immediately following will be a 20-minute Q&A....

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Thursday August 28

10:00
Submitting Apps that Use the Advertising Identifier

When submitting your app for review, you’ll be asked whether your app uses the Advertising Identifier (IDFA) to serve advertisements. If you indicate that your app uses the IDFA, but it does not have ad functionality or does not display ads properly, your app may be rejected. Make sure to test your app on an iOS device to verify that ads work correctly. Similarly, if you indicate that your app does not use the IDFA, but it does, your app will be put into the “Invalid Binary” status. Learn more about the IDFA in the iTunes Connect Developer Guide.

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10:00
Submitting Apps that Use the Advertising Identifier

When submitting your app for review, you’ll be asked whether your app uses the Advertising Identifier (IDFA) to serve advertisements. If you indicate that your app uses the IDFA, but it does not have ad functionality or does not display ads properly, your app may be rejected. Make sure to test your app on an iOS device to verify that ads work correctly. Similarly, if you indicate that your app does not use the IDFA, but it does, your app will be put into the “Invalid Binary” status. Learn more about the IDFA in the iTunes Connect Developer Guide.

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09:20
Use an ipsw to Manually Upgrade an iOS Device

Recently, I needed to test the behavior of something during the upgrade process of an iOS device. The device was running the latest version of iOS so I needed to use an ipsw to load a specific version of the OS. Usually I use Configurator for running a lot of updates, but I didn’t want to restore the device, so I used iTunes. After I backed up the device, here’s what I did:

  • Download the ipsw file from Apple for that specific device
  • Connect the device (make sure Configurator isn’t open, enter a passcode if needed and then launch iTunes
  • Click on the device in iTunes (You might need to show sidebar if you don’t initially see it)
  • Click on the Summary tab
  • Option-Click on Check for Update (Alt-Click on Windows)
  • Select the ipsw previously downloaded
  • When prompted, click Update
  • When the device...
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09:00
Open sourcing Exchange Web Services (EWS) Java API

Victor Boctor is a principal architect on the Exchange team.

Our last release of Exchange Web Services Java API was in January 2013 (see blog post). Since then, we’ve received feedback about several issues with our model for supporting the Java client APIs. These issues include:

  • License is restrictive. It doesn’t allow sharing of source code modifications except with Microsoft.
  • Hard to contribute. The project doesn’t utilize collaboration platforms like CodePlex or GitHub to facilitate the process for contributing bugs, reports, patches, and other kinds of contributions.
  • Release cycle. There should be a more regular release rhythm, with more fixes and improvements.

Based on this feedback, we decided...

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 013 with...

In episode 13, Jeremy Thake chats to Chakkaradeep Chandran about the Office 365 APIs in Visual Studio and some of his open source projects.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP13_ChakkaradeepChandran.mp3

Download the podcast.

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09:00
Expanding the classroom to global proportions with...

Lindsay Parenteau, senior student, University of Massachusetts, shares her experience with Office 365.

It wasn’t until my senior year as a biochemistry student at UMass that I experienced the potential of cloud computing. I had signed up for an elective course called Decision Making in the Age of Cloud Computing. It’s a combination of biology and business studies where we work with students from around the world to research the efficacy of different biotech companies. We used productivity tools to literally erase the geographical and time zone barriers of working with team members in Russia, Egypt, and Ireland. It was as if our classroom expanded to global proportions to offer an experience that I didn’t think was possible without studying abroad.

My first impression of Office 365 was how intuitive it is to use the cloud-based tools—email, shared calendars, video conferencing, instant messaging, and a collaborative online portal. We went to the portal to get...

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08:28
Access your work files with the new OneDrive for...

Reuben Krippner is a director of product management for Office 365.

The lines between work and personal life have blurred. People use the same devices for work and personal purposes. Anywhere and anytime, people need to be able to easily access, share, edit and collaborate on the files that matter to them.  

Today we are excited to announce the first OneDrive for Business native experience on Android, part of a significant update to the existing personal OneDrive app. It’s our first app that brings together OneDrive and OneDrive for Business in a single experience. Now, people who use Android phones and tablets can seamlessly navigate between personal and work files within the same app. Everything you save to your personal OneDrive remains separate and distinct from everything you save to your OneDrive for Business, but switching between the two is simply one tap away.  

You can read more about the new and improved...

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Wednesday August 27

14:00
OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F24) Now Available

OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F24) Now Available

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14:00
OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F24) Now Available

OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F24) Now Available

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09:00
Search for sensitive content in SharePoint and...

Wesley Holley is a program manager on the Office 365 team and Shobhit Sahay is the technical product manager on the Office 365 team.

Responsible organizations today use a variety of controls and policies to keep their data safe and secure. These controls become even more crucial if the data involved is sensitive information, which can range from industry-wide data (such as credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, or customer information) to proprietary information (such as patents or confidential documents). Protecting this sensitive data is important because it enables organizations to comply with industry, government, and other regulations.

Office 365 already provides these necessary capabilities for email with Data Loss Prevention (DLP) in Exchange, Outlook, and OWA, along with a...

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09:00
Operation Smile: Nonprofit changes lives with help...

Operation Smile provides free surgeries to correct facial deformities for thousands of children every year. The nonprofit organization wanted to expand the reach of its work, but it needed better technology tools to support growth. The organization adopted Microsoft Office 365 to remove technological barriers and streamline collaboration. Operation Smile can now put the pieces in place to significantly increase its number of surgeries each year and make a difference in the lives of even more children.

For more on Office 365 at Operation Smile see the case study.

The post Operation Smile: Nonprofit changes lives with help from Office 365 appeared first on Office Blogs.

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09:00
Operation Smile consolidates on OneDrive for Business

“OneDrive for Business has allowed us to consolidate all sorts of products, like Box and Dropbox, and aggregate all our content into one easy, consistent location. There’s plenty of space, and we can control it.”

Frank Byrum, Chief Technology Officer at Operation Smile

For more on Office 365 at Operation Smile see the case study.

The post Operation Smile consolidates on OneDrive for Business appeared first on Office Blogs.

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07:00
10.8: Open a specific browser based on the URL

Usually I want to open Gmail in Chrome and URLs pointing to my development server in Firefox. For everything else I use Safari.



There is this nifty free app called LinCastor that enables you to register your own handler for an URL. Although it had beed designed to register your own non-standard URL schemes, it can intercept standard http and https as well.



In LinCastor (which you need to double-click twice to fully open for editing):

  • Add a new URL scheme
  • Choose AppleScript handler

Paste the following code in, (replacing the stub code at the bottom):

on handle_url(args)
if (|URL| of args starts with "https://mail.google.") then
tell application "Google Chrome"
open location |URL| of args
...

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06:30
Scrum Master vs Product Manager

 

PS – You have to click on it.

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Tuesday August 26

21:03
Use Get Info to See Information About Multiple Files...

When doing a regular get info, you will have a screen (the Inspector) that shows you some basic information about a file or folder. This screen changes as the file changes, so if you were downloading a file, as the download completes, the file displays an ever increasing size. To see this screen, use the Command key and the i key (Cmd + i). If you have multiple objects selected when using the key, you’ll see each show a summary in its own screen.

However, at times you’ll want to see a Summary Info screen, which shows information about multiple selected objects. This screen doesn’t change as the files that are selected change. To see this screen, highlight a number of files and then use the Command, Control and i keys concurrently (⌘^i) to see a screen as follows.

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13:00
iAd Has Expanded to Russia and Switzerland

You can now promote your apps in 16 countries or regions on the iAd App Network. With iAd Workbench, you can choose your audience, set your price, and create a campaign that drives downloads. Learn more about iAd Workbench.

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13:00
iAd Has Expanded to Russia and Switzerland

You can now promote your apps in 16 countries or regions on the iAd App Network. With iAd Workbench, you can choose your audience, set your price, and create a campaign that drives downloads. Learn more about iAd Workbench.

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13:00
Generate More Revenue with New Ad Formats from iAd

Now you can deliver highly engaging ads from leading brands. Optimized for your app, pre-roll video and full-screen interstitial banner ads are now available on iOS. Learn how to integrate them into your app by reading Implementing iAd in Your iOS Apps.

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13:00
Generate More Revenue with New Ad Formats from iAd

Now you can deliver highly engaging ads from leading brands. Optimized for your app, pre-roll video and full-screen interstitial banner ads are now available on iOS. Learn how to integrate them into your app by reading Implementing iAd in Your iOS Apps.

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12:00
Visio webcasts are back! Register now for Visio...

Join us Tuesday, September 2nd, at 9:30 a.m. PT/12:30 p.m. ET to kick off the new Visio webcast series with a session all about organizational diagramming.

This highly customizable session contains tools and techniques that can dramatically increase the understanding, efficiency, and productivity of Visio users, turning Visio generalists into true Visio power users.

In this session, you will learn about the following critical features and common tasks:

  • Understanding the OrgChart template
  • OrgChart versus OrgChart wizard
  • Manually creating an OrgChart
  • Re-layout nodes
  • Team frame
  • Dotted-line reports
  • Adding pictures
  • Backgrounds
  • Manual updating
  • Understanding the OrgChart wizard
  • Configuring the external data source
  • Using data graphics
  • Data graphic legends
  • Updating the OrgChart
  • Re-attaching to the external data
  • New, modified and...
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Friday August 29

12:00
Office 365 news round-up

One great advantage of our Office 365 cloud-based productivity suite is that you no longer have to wait months or years, until a new version of Office is released to receive software updates and improvements. You get new features immediately, as part of your Office 365 subscription, as soon as they are available and ready to use.

Microsoft developers are the source of those ongoing improvements and new features—and not only our internal developers. Office 365 is a platform as well as a product, and there is a growing community of developers who are building new applications for Office 365, and creating new solutions to enhance the service and tailor it to the needs of their organizations. During the past two weeks, we took two important steps to provide additional resources and support for Office 365 developers. First, we launched the newly redesigned Office Dev Center, to provide essential training...

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06:08
Join us for Tuesday’s webinar: Archiving items in...

Old emails can be wrapped up for safe keeping in Outlook. You can think of archiving as a way to clean up your inbox (especially if you’re running into limits) or as a backup. We’ll show you what you need to know about automatic and manual archiving in Outlook.  Join us for our Office 15-Minute Webinar at 9:15 am Pacific Time. There’s also a 20-minute Q&A afterwards. You will need to register for this webinar (it takes only a few seconds).

Register and attend
https://microsoft.eventbuilder.com/event2.asp?eventID=2r2i7h1p

Doors open at 9:00 am Pacific Time and we start promptly at 9:15 am. Immediately following will be a 20-minute Q&A....

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Thursday August 28

10:00
Submitting Apps that Use the Advertising Identifier

When submitting your app for review, you’ll be asked whether your app uses the Advertising Identifier (IDFA) to serve advertisements. If you indicate that your app uses the IDFA, but it does not have ad functionality or does not display ads properly, your app may be rejected. Make sure to test your app on an iOS device to verify that ads work correctly. Similarly, if you indicate that your app does not use the IDFA, but it does, your app will be put into the “Invalid Binary” status. Learn more about the IDFA in the iTunes Connect Developer Guide.

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10:00
Submitting Apps that Use the Advertising Identifier

When submitting your app for review, you’ll be asked whether your app uses the Advertising Identifier (IDFA) to serve advertisements. If you indicate that your app uses the IDFA, but it does not have ad functionality or does not display ads properly, your app may be rejected. Make sure to test your app on an iOS device to verify that ads work correctly. Similarly, if you indicate that your app does not use the IDFA, but it does, your app will be put into the “Invalid Binary” status. Learn more about the IDFA in the iTunes Connect Developer Guide.

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09:20
Use an ipsw to Manually Upgrade an iOS Device

Recently, I needed to test the behavior of something during the upgrade process of an iOS device. The device was running the latest version of iOS so I needed to use an ipsw to load a specific version of the OS. Usually I use Configurator for running a lot of updates, but I didn’t want to restore the device, so I used iTunes. After I backed up the device, here’s what I did:

  • Download the ipsw file from Apple for that specific device
  • Connect the device (make sure Configurator isn’t open, enter a passcode if needed and then launch iTunes
  • Click on the device in iTunes (You might need to show sidebar if you don’t initially see it)
  • Click on the Summary tab
  • Option-Click on Check for Update (Alt-Click on Windows)
  • Select the ipsw previously downloaded
  • When prompted, click Update
  • When the device...
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09:00
Open sourcing Exchange Web Services (EWS) Java API

Victor Boctor is a principal architect on the Exchange team.

Our last release of Exchange Web Services Java API was in January 2013 (see blog post). Since then, we’ve received feedback about several issues with our model for supporting the Java client APIs. These issues include:

  • License is restrictive. It doesn’t allow sharing of source code modifications except with Microsoft.
  • Hard to contribute. The project doesn’t utilize collaboration platforms like CodePlex or GitHub to facilitate the process for contributing bugs, reports, patches, and other kinds of contributions.
  • Release cycle. There should be a more regular release rhythm, with more fixes and improvements.

Based on this feedback, we decided...

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 013 with...

In episode 13, Jeremy Thake chats to Chakkaradeep Chandran about the Office 365 APIs in Visual Studio and some of his open source projects.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP13_ChakkaradeepChandran.mp3

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09:00
Expanding the classroom to global proportions with...

Lindsay Parenteau, senior student, University of Massachusetts, shares her experience with Office 365.

It wasn’t until my senior year as a biochemistry student at UMass that I experienced the potential of cloud computing. I had signed up for an elective course called Decision Making in the Age of Cloud Computing. It’s a combination of biology and business studies where we work with students from around the world to research the efficacy of different biotech companies. We used productivity tools to literally erase the geographical and time zone barriers of working with team members in Russia, Egypt, and Ireland. It was as if our classroom expanded to global proportions to offer an experience that I didn’t think was possible without studying abroad.

My first impression of Office 365 was how intuitive it is to use the cloud-based tools—email, shared calendars, video conferencing, instant messaging, and a collaborative online portal. We went to the portal to get...

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08:28
Access your work files with the new OneDrive for...

Reuben Krippner is a director of product management for Office 365.

The lines between work and personal life have blurred. People use the same devices for work and personal purposes. Anywhere and anytime, people need to be able to easily access, share, edit and collaborate on the files that matter to them.  

Today we are excited to announce the first OneDrive for Business native experience on Android, part of a significant update to the existing personal OneDrive app. It’s our first app that brings together OneDrive and OneDrive for Business in a single experience. Now, people who use Android phones and tablets can seamlessly navigate between personal and work files within the same app. Everything you save to your personal OneDrive remains separate and distinct from everything you save to your OneDrive for Business, but switching between the two is simply one tap away.  

You can read more about the new and improved...

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Wednesday August 27

14:00
OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F24) Now Available

OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F24) Now Available

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OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F24) Now Available

OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F24) Now Available

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09:00
Search for sensitive content in SharePoint and...

Wesley Holley is a program manager on the Office 365 team and Shobhit Sahay is the technical product manager on the Office 365 team.

Responsible organizations today use a variety of controls and policies to keep their data safe and secure. These controls become even more crucial if the data involved is sensitive information, which can range from industry-wide data (such as credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, or customer information) to proprietary information (such as patents or confidential documents). Protecting this sensitive data is important because it enables organizations to comply with industry, government, and other regulations.

Office 365 already provides these necessary capabilities for email with Data Loss Prevention (DLP) in Exchange, Outlook, and OWA, along with a...

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09:00
Operation Smile: Nonprofit changes lives with help...

Operation Smile provides free surgeries to correct facial deformities for thousands of children every year. The nonprofit organization wanted to expand the reach of its work, but it needed better technology tools to support growth. The organization adopted Microsoft Office 365 to remove technological barriers and streamline collaboration. Operation Smile can now put the pieces in place to significantly increase its number of surgeries each year and make a difference in the lives of even more children.

For more on Office 365 at Operation Smile see the case study.

The post Operation Smile: Nonprofit changes lives with help from Office 365 appeared first on Office Blogs.

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09:00
Operation Smile consolidates on OneDrive for Business

“OneDrive for Business has allowed us to consolidate all sorts of products, like Box and Dropbox, and aggregate all our content into one easy, consistent location. There’s plenty of space, and we can control it.”

Frank Byrum, Chief Technology Officer at Operation Smile

For more on Office 365 at Operation Smile see the case study.

The post Operation Smile consolidates on OneDrive for Business appeared first on Office Blogs.

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07:00
10.8: Open a specific browser based on the URL

Usually I want to open Gmail in Chrome and URLs pointing to my development server in Firefox. For everything else I use Safari.



There is this nifty free app called LinCastor that enables you to register your own handler for an URL. Although it had beed designed to register your own non-standard URL schemes, it can intercept standard http and https as well.



In LinCastor (which you need to double-click twice to fully open for editing):

  • Add a new URL scheme
  • Choose AppleScript handler

Paste the following code in, (replacing the stub code at the bottom):

on handle_url(args)
if (|URL| of args starts with "https://mail.google.") then
tell application "Google Chrome"
open location |URL| of args
...

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06:30
Scrum Master vs Product Manager

 

PS – You have to click on it.

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Tuesday August 26

21:03
Use Get Info to See Information About Multiple Files...

When doing a regular get info, you will have a screen (the Inspector) that shows you some basic information about a file or folder. This screen changes as the file changes, so if you were downloading a file, as the download completes, the file displays an ever increasing size. To see this screen, use the Command key and the i key (Cmd + i). If you have multiple objects selected when using the key, you’ll see each show a summary in its own screen.

However, at times you’ll want to see a Summary Info screen, which shows information about multiple selected objects. This screen doesn’t change as the files that are selected change. To see this screen, highlight a number of files and then use the Command, Control and i keys concurrently (⌘^i) to see a screen as follows.

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13:00
iAd Has Expanded to Russia and Switzerland

You can now promote your apps in 16 countries or regions on the iAd App Network. With iAd Workbench, you can choose your audience, set your price, and create a campaign that drives downloads. Learn more about iAd Workbench.

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13:00
iAd Has Expanded to Russia and Switzerland

You can now promote your apps in 16 countries or regions on the iAd App Network. With iAd Workbench, you can choose your audience, set your price, and create a campaign that drives downloads. Learn more about iAd Workbench.

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13:00
Generate More Revenue with New Ad Formats from iAd

Now you can deliver highly engaging ads from leading brands. Optimized for your app, pre-roll video and full-screen interstitial banner ads are now available on iOS. Learn how to integrate them into your app by reading Implementing iAd in Your iOS Apps.

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13:00
Generate More Revenue with New Ad Formats from iAd

Now you can deliver highly engaging ads from leading brands. Optimized for your app, pre-roll video and full-screen interstitial banner ads are now available on iOS. Learn how to integrate them into your app by reading Implementing iAd in Your iOS Apps.

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12:00
Visio webcasts are back! Register now for Visio...

Join us Tuesday, September 2nd, at 9:30 a.m. PT/12:30 p.m. ET to kick off the new Visio webcast series with a session all about organizational diagramming.

This highly customizable session contains tools and techniques that can dramatically increase the understanding, efficiency, and productivity of Visio users, turning Visio generalists into true Visio power users.

In this session, you will learn about the following critical features and common tasks:

  • Understanding the OrgChart template
  • OrgChart versus OrgChart wizard
  • Manually creating an OrgChart
  • Re-layout nodes
  • Team frame
  • Dotted-line reports
  • Adding pictures
  • Backgrounds
  • Manual updating
  • Understanding the OrgChart wizard
  • Configuring the external data source
  • Using data graphics
  • Data graphic legends
  • Updating the OrgChart
  • Re-attaching to the external data
  • New, modified and...
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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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