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QuarkXPress 2015 will be available April 28

Quark Software says QuarkXPress 2015, the next major version of Quark’s design and layout tool for print and digital publishing, will be available on April 28.

The company says QuarkXPress 2015 will deliver increased performance with a new 64-bit architecture, efficient print and digital production and many of the most user-requested features. The new version of QuarkXPress will continue to be sold as a perpetual license.

Features include: 64-bit performance; verified PDF/X-4 output; larger page sizes, a dedicated orthogonal line tool;l fixed layout interactive ebooks; custom paper sizes; the ability to relink any picture in the usage dialog; the ability to collect for output for a complete project; user-definable shortcut keys on the Mac; tablet styles; a format painter; automatic footnotes and end notes; a faster table tool for Excel integration with table styles; text variables for automatically populating reoccurring fields – such as running headers; and more....

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Mar 30
Adobe launches Comp CC for the iPad

Adobe has released Adobe Comp CC, a free iPad app that enables the rapid creation of layout concepts for mobile, Web and print projects. It's available at the Apple App Store.

With Comp CC, designers can start layout-design projects on an Apple tablet, creating concepts that incorporate previously created assets and then move to the desktop where essential Adobe Creative Cloud tools, including Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC and InDesign CC, can be used to create production-quality work.

Comp CC extends the mobile and desktop workflows enabled by Creative Profile and Creative Cloud Libraries. Creative Cloud Libraries consist of design assets — such as images, colors, text styles, brushes and more — that members have created with Creative Cloud tools. And a member’s Creative Profile surfaces their libraries, as they move from app-to-app and desktop-to-device, in the right context — enabling members to effortlessly work across devices and apps.

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Mar 30
Fuddruckers serves up Apple Pay

Seventy-two of Fuddruckers (http://www.fuddruckers.com) company-owned fast casual restaurants throughout the country are now accepting Apple Pay, a new category of service that transforms mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay.

According to Peter Tropoli, Chief Operating Officer of Luby's, Inc., "We're excited to provide Apple Pay, a convenience-oriented technology that pairs perfectly with our award-winning, fast casual fare," says Peter Tropoli, chief operating officer of Luby's Inc. Luby's operates restaurants under the brands Luby's Cafeteria, Fuddruckers and Cheeseburger in Paradise and provides food service management through its Luby's Culinary Services division.

Apple announced Apple Pay in September 2014, describing it as “a new category of service designed to transform mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay.” It works with the iPhone 6 and...

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Mar 30
GoodTask 2 has been updated for Mac OS X Yosemite

Haha Interactive has released GoodTask 2 (http://goodtaskapp.com/mac), an update to their to-do/task manager application for Mac OS X.

GoodTask works on top of Apple's stock Reminders app. Completely re-imagined to fully feature Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, GoodTask 2 has been rebuilt from the ground to make it more powerful with better usability, according to the folks at Haha.

GoodTask 2 is a free update for existing users and is now on sale at 25% off for a limited time: US$14.99 instead of $19.99). It's available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. It is a free update for existing users.

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Mar 27
Micron, Intel unveil new 3D NAND flash memory advancements

Micron Technology (www.micron.com) and Intel (www.intel.com) have announced the availability of their 3D NAND technology, the world's highest-density flash memory.
 
This new 3D NAND technology, which was jointly developed by the two companies, stacks layers of data storage cells vertically with "extraordinary precision" to create storage devices with three times higher capacity than competing NAND technologies. This enables more storage in a smaller space, bringing significant cost savings, low power usage and high performance to a range of mobile consumer devices as well as the most demanding enterprise deployments, says Brian Shirley, vice president of Memory Technology and Solutions at Micron Technology.
 
Planar NAND flash memory is nearing its practical scaling limits, posing significant challenges for the memory industry. 3D NAND...

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Mar 27
Synium Software releases CleanApp 5

Synium Software has announced CleanApp 5 (http://www.syniumsoftware.com/cleanapp/), an update to their uninstaller and system maintenance tool for Mac OS X. Version 5 has been rewritten from scratch and features a new user interface, improved usability and enhanced algorithms to reclaim disk space.

CleanApp 5 requires OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. It's a free update for customers of CleanApp 4. There's a reduced upgrade pricing of US$4.99 for those using CleanApp 1, 2 or 3. The full version of CleanApp 5 costs US$14.99.

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Mar 27
Paragon releases free Paragon Boot Camp Backup

Paragon Software Group has announced Paragon Boot Camp Backup, a free Mac OS X based backup solution for Windows partitions on Mac computers.

It includes incremental imaging, file-level recovery, a scheduler, the ability to restore to a smaller target disk, automatic check of file system for errors, and more. For a 100GB volume and 22 GB of occupied space, it takes only 12 minutes to back up and 15 minutes to restore the entire system, according to the folks at Paragon.

The backup tools delivered with Mac OS X don't support the Windows native file system NTFS and work on the file level only which has a negative effect on computer performance. Paragon Boot Camp Backup backs up NTFS Boot Camp partitions at the sector level. It creates incremental chains, where each new increment describes the changes between the current state of the backup object and the previous state. Paragon says this saves disk space, speeds backups, and allows recovery to a particular point in...

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Mar 27
AudioBooktoMP3.com announces Audiobook Converter 3.8.1 for Mac OS X

AudioBooktoMP3.com has announced Audiobook Converter for Mac 3.8.1, an update of the audiobook DRM removal software for Mac.

The utility is designed to help users remove DRM protection from iTunes M4B audiobooks and Audible AA, AAX audiobooks while while converting the DRM M4B, M4A, AA, AAX audiobook files to unprotected MP3, AAC, M4A, AIFF, AU, M4R and FLAC. It now supports batch audiobook conversion so that you can convert multiple audiobooks with a single button.

Audiobook Converter requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It's priced at US$29.95 for a personal license.

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Mar 27
IK Multimedia launches SampleTank 3 sound collections, more

IK Multimedia has revved SampleTank (www.sampletank.com), its sample workstation, to version 3.5 has just received a major update in the form of version 3.5.

The update consists of 11 brand new sound collections, which are now also available in IK's new SampleTank Custom Shop. Also introduced are new features that make browsing SampleTank 3's thousands of sounds and patterns faster.

SampleTank 3 sports a 33GB library of "bread-and-butter" sounds (with over 4,000 instruments from every category), 55 effects, MIDI patterns, groove tools and an enhanced sample engine. The latest update is complimentary for current users of all existing SampleTank 3 versions. SampleTank 3 and SampleTank 3 SE users can purchase the new Beats Series and Elektronika Series sound libraries from the IK online store for $39.99 each or 50 Gear Credits in the IK Custom Shop.

The full version of SampleTank 3 is available...

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Mar 26
New Earth science educational app is available for Mac OS X

Tasa Graphic Arts (http://www.tasagraphicarts.com) has announced Earth's Rocks and the Rock Cycle, a new Earth science app available for Mac OS X.

It provides teachers, students, and parents with Earth science content about rocks and the rock cycle. Photographs of rocks and their environments plus animations are designed to help students visualize the processes that change Earth over time. Scored quizzes and essay questions are included to encourage exploration, independent study, and written communication.

Users can use what they've learned about composition, texture, and color to identify rocks. Animations show the geologic processes in action: volcanic eruptions, flowing lava, weathering of rocks, streams transporting sediment, glaciers moving, caverns being formed by water, rocks being deformed by intense heat and pressure deep underground.

Earth's Rocks and the Rock Cycle...

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Mar 26
Passware exposes suspects' Photo Stream to computer forensics

Investigators now have a unique tool that leverages Passware's research in live-memory analysis for over-the-air acquisition of Apple Photo Stream contents without an Apple ID or password.

Passware — a provider of password recovery, decryption, and electronic evidence discovery software for computer forensics, law enforcement organizations, government agencies, and private investigators — has announced version 2 of its flagship encrypted electronic evidence discovery product, Passware Kit Forensic 2015. This new release now acquires suspects' iPhone and iPad photos without Apple ID or password, provided the physical access to the computer with iCloud application installed.

According to Apple, "Your new photos appear automatically on the iOS devices, computers, and Apple TV you set up with My Photo Stream, no matter which iOS device or computer you use to take or import new photos." This also concerns shared photo stream where photos and videos of trusted contacts are...

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Mar 26
PhotoScissors 2.0 for Mac OS X removes image backgrounds faster

TeoreX has announced PhotoScissors 2.0 (http://www.photoscissors.com/download.html). The cross-platform application removes unwanted backgrounds from photos.

Version 2.0 provides improvements to further enhance results and reduce time required to obtain them. In particular, the improved edge feathering algorithm plus the "Offset Boundary" option allow for neater and more precise contours of the cut out object. The "Shadow" option applies a transparent shadow to the picture. A new interactive processing mode optionally allows applying all changes to the image in real time.



The price for a single license of PhotoScissors is US$19.99. PhotoScissors is available both for Mac OS X and Windows users.

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Mar 26
Splice 2.3.1 is now available in the Mac App Store

Einstein's legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com) has released Splice 2.3.1, an update to their movie management utility for Mac OS X.

Splice is designed for professional and amateur video content creators who need a simple tool for organizing and joining a collection of video clips together into a single movie. Version 2.3.1 introduces enhanced full screen support, tighter integration with the User Notification Center, improved progress reporting and better error handling.

Splice 2.3.1 is available for US$9.99 from the Mac App Store (in the Video category). It requires Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite or higher.

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Mar 26
App Tamer for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0.5

St. Clair Software (http://www.stclairsoft.com/) has introduced an update for App Tamer, its Mac utility that manages applications to deliver more efficient CPU usage, increased battery life and quieter operation.

App Tamer's AutoStop capability automatically slows down or pauses applications when you switch away from them, and then restarts them when you click back to them. Version 2.0.5 fixes a compatibility issue with Safari and improves its user interface and usability.

App Tamer now offers its CPU history graph with a logarithmic scale. This mode shows much more detail when CPU usage is a lower percentage of total capacity, a common occurrence on 8- and 16-core Macs

App Tamer comes pre-configured to automatically manage Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Spotlight, Time Machine, Word and other apps when they're in the background. Customizing it for other applications is just a mouse click...

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Mar 25
CircleIcons lets developers create icons for iOS, Mac, WatchKit apps

Bayhoff Software (http://www.bayhoff.com) has introduced CircleIcons 1.0 for OS X, a new app designed to make it easy for developers to create "circle icons" for their iPhone, iPad, Mac, and WatchKit apps without the need to hire a graphic designer.

Developers can choose between three icon types, including App, Document and Folder, as well as numerous color collections or even resize pre-existing icons. They can export an icon as a Xcode asset catalog, favicon, App Store icon and more.

CircleIcons 1.0 requires OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later. It costs US$9.99 and is available exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Developer Tools category.

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Mar 25
Apowersoft Mac Screenshot unveiled for Mac OS X

Apowersoft (http://www.apowersoft.com/) has announced Apowersoft Mac Screenshot, a screenshot utility for Mac OS X.

It's designed for those who want to take snapshots of anything displayed on their Mac. The screen capture tool can be used to make quick edits, upload screenshot to free cloud space and share image online. It provides image annotation, allowing you to add arrows, line, circle, text, highlight and more based on their needs.

Additionally, Apowersoft Mac Screenshot allows you to upload the screenshot to free cloud space provided by screenshot.net. Once it's uploaded, four image links are provided for sharing. Aside from the image uploading feature, it also supports saving as an image file to local disk in PNG, JPG, GIF, TIFF and BMP formats.

Apowersoft Mac Screenshot requires Mac OS 10.6 or above. It's priced at US$39.95 for a personal license and $99.95 for a commercial...

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Mar 25
4DX Games releases Weasel Woodpecker for OS X, iOS devices

4DX Games has unleashed Weasel Woodpecker, their newest game title on Mac OS X, iOS, Android, PC, and Facebook platforms.

You can play the game for free on each platform. You've seen the already iconic photo of a weasel riding on a woodpeckers back. Now you can re-enact the photo by becoming a weasel, trying to hitch a ride from the unsuspecting woodpecker. You soar through the skies, dodging trees and collecting acorns.

Weasel Woodpecker consists of randomly generated levels. The gameplay follows the "simple to control, hard to master" ideology. You start by controlling the weasel. By timing your jump correctly, the weasel lands on the woodpecker's back. Once you've managed to hitch a ride, you control the woodpecker, avoiding obstacles and collecting acorns along the way. When you see a ledge at the end of the level, you will need to jump off. Be careful not to miss the platform.

Weasel Woodpecker is available at the Mac App Store and the Apple App Store....

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Mar 25
Beezwax announces InspectorPro 5 for FileMaker

Beezwax Datatools (http://www.beezwax.net) has rolled out InspectorPro 5, an update of its developer tool for FileMaker solution analysis.

InspectorPro works to identify hard-to-find issues, compare database versions for changes, and identify all dependencies, unreferenced items and more. Version 5 offers 64-bit DDR parsing, detailed version comparison highlighting, three new interactive visualization tools, WebDirect compatibility reports and a streamlined user interface.

InspectorPro 5 analyzes solutions built on the FileMaker Platform 12 or 13, and is available now for Mac OS X 10.7 or later, and Windows 7, 8 or later. FileMaker Pro Advanced is required for a developer to generate the DDR (Database Design Report) to be used for analysis.

InspectorPro 5 is priced at US$495 for new customers, and is available for purchase and immediate download from Beezwax online. A Team License (for up to...

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Mar 25
AKVIS Points 1.0 lets you apply pointillism effects to your photos

AKVIS has released AKVIS Points 1.0 for Mac OS X and Windows. It turns images into pointillism paintings. This painting technique is characterized by applying of separate brush strokes in the form of dots or spots.

A complex hue is decomposed into individual colors, which are displayed on the canvas as dotted strokes, small dabs of paint of pure color. The optical mixing of these dots provides a visual perception of an entire painting.

The software runs on Mac OS X 10.6 and higher Windows XP/Vista/Win7/Win 8 and on Mac OS X 10.6-10.10. It is available as a standalone program and as a plugin filter for Adobe Photoshop, Corel PaintShop Pro, and other image editors.

AKVIS Points, Home license, sells for US$49. The functionality of the program depends on the license type. Consult the official website (http://akvis.com/en/points/index.php) for more details about license...

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Mar 25
Fantastical 2 is reimagined for Yosemite

Flexibits has introduced Fantastical 2 (http://flexibits.com/fantastical), an update of the OS X calendar app.

Designed exclusively for OS X Yosemite, Fantastical 2 for Mac includes features such as a full calendar window (with day, week, month, and year views), an intuitive parsing engine, iCloud reminders support, light theme, time zone support, birthday reminders, and more. The upgrade sports a new design and includes OS X Yosemite features, including a Today Widget, Action & Share Extensions, plus Handoff support to provide continuity between Fantastical 2 for Mac, Fantastical 2 for iPhone, and Fantastical 2 for iPad.

iCloud Reminders are even better as users can now see their events and dated reminders together in the main list. Reminders can be quickly created by starting sentences with "reminder", "todo", "task", or "remind me to." Users can also add dates, times, and...

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Mar 31
Chromebook’s computing style disrupts low-end PC,...

Chromebooks: cloud-centric, budget-friendly, fast-booting, secure computing devices that are more functional than tablets and less expensive than the average laptop PC are market changers, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

In 2014, Chromebooks gained traction in North America, and are set to continue growing as streaming devices become more popular among consumers and purchasing entities. According to ABI Research, Chromebooks experienced 235% growth between 2013 and 2014, with shipments reaching 4.87 million in 2014.

"The rollout of cloud services and the 2009 global economic collapse created the opportunity for developers to provide a budget-friendly solution for consumers,”" says Research Analyst Stephanie Van Vactor. "Chromebooks were the result, and the ‘anytime anywhere’ access to content is a mobile-centric game changer."

Deployments in the education market have...

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Mar 30
Global devices shipments to grow 2.8% this year

Worldwide combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are estimated to reach 2.5 billion units in 2015, an increase of 2.8% over 2014, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). In spending terms, the global computing devices market (PCs and ultramobiles) is on pace to reach US$226 billion, a 7.2% decline in current U.S. dollars, says the research group.

Stripping out the impact of exchange-rate movements (constant U.S. dollars), the global computing devices spending will decrease 3.1 percent in 2015. The global PC market is on pace to total 306 million units in 2015, a 2.4 percent decrease over 2014. 

"The fall in PC purchases is primarily due to expected price increases by vendors in Europe and other regions, which is forced by local currency depreciation against the dollar," says Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner. "The currency squeeze is forcing PC vendors to...

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Mar 27
Public Wi-Fi hotspots to reach 7.8 million this year

Worldwide public Wi-Fi hotspot deployments have reached a total of 5.69 million in 2014, and will grow at a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 11.2% between 2015 and 2020, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

This includes public Wi-Fi hotspots deployed by mobile and fixed-line carriers as well as third-party Wi-Fi service providers. ABI Research expects the number of worldwide carrier Wi-Fi hotspots will reach 13.3 million in 2020.

"Wi-Fi hotspot deployments have been surprisingly robust; more and more public locations have signed up on a free or 'freemium' basis. This has discouraged the participation of third-party operators in some locales because there is a need for the upgrade of service, coverage and legacy equipment, which is only beneficial for operators with significant economies of scale," comments Lian Jye Su, research associate at ABI Research,

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Mar 26
Smart cities will use 1.1 billion connected things in...

Increasing urbanization is putting unprecedented pressure on city mayors to constantly balance the challenge of resource constraints against environmental sustainability concerns.

Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com)estimates that 1.1 billion connected things will be used by smart cities in 2015, rising to 9.7 billion by 2020. 

Smart homes and smart commercial buildings will represent 45% of total connected things in use in 2015, due to investment and service opportunity. Gartner estimates that this will rise to 81% by 2020, according to the research group.

"Smart cities represent a great revenue opportunity for technology and services providers (TSPs), but providers need to start to plan, engage and position their offerings now," says Bettina Tratz-Ryan, research vice president at Gartner. 

Gartner defines a smart city as an urbanized area where multiple sectors cooperate to achieve sustainable...

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Mar 25
Report: global headphones market to grow at 12.70%...

According to the Sandler Research group (www.sandlerresearch.com), the global headphones market will see a 12.70% CAGR [compound annual growth rate] between now and 2019.

According to the report, one key trend being witnessed in the market is the rapid adoption of over-ear headphones. The rise in disposable income, especially among individuals in developed countries, the proliferation of smartphones, and the availability of headphones with advanced features, has increased the purchase of over-ear headphones.

In terms of volume, the global headphone market is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 4.1%. Sandler Research says one major factor propelling this market's growth is advances in technology. The availability of various technologies such as noise cancellation, SRS Wow effect, and extra bass in headphones has resulted in a huge demand for these advanced headphones worldwide.

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Mar 24
Increasing number of data breaches will impact...

According to the latest report by the TechNavio (www.technavio.com) research group, the number of data breaches has increased in recent years.

Encryption software encrypts data, files, folders and software with a secret code that only registered users can access. With encryption software, organizations can store sensitive data in secure storage in the cloud, which can be accessed only by authorized users.

"Because data breaches can be catastrophic for an organization, encryption software is being adopted increasingly to control these violations and create a secure information environment," says Faisal Ghaus, vice president of TechNavio.

What's more, the new TechNavio report emphasizes the growing adoption of BYOD policies as a key driver for market growth. BYOD policy offers enterprises various benefits like improved productivity, employee satisfaction and cost saving options, but it can also open...

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Mar 23
Older mobile users spur data traffic growth in the U.S.

According to Strategy Analytics’ AppOptix Telemetry Intelligence Platform (www.strategyanalytics.com), the total data traffic (Wi-Fi andcellular combined) doubled between the first quarter [Q1} 2014 and Q4 2014, with the bulk of the growth coming from an older demographic.

The analysis is based on over one million individual application sessions from 3000+ panel members in the US. The results are powered by Strategy Analytics’ elemetry Intelligence Platform. Additional findings from the study include:

° Between Q1 2014 and Q4 2014, social media use has emerged as the top category in three out of four age groups.
 
° Data traffic through the browser remains consistent across all age groups – highlighting the universal appeal of browsing across all users.

"Over the past four quarters, there has been a significant shift in traffic priorities by application categories,"...

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Mar 19
Strategy Analytics: sponsored data not hurt by Net...

Sponsored data business models benefit consumers by expanding the mobile ecosystem to new partners that want to foot part of the bill for consumers to use wireless data — according to the Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) Wireless Operator Strategies (WOS) service report, "Measuring the Success of Sponsored Data."

There are two main types of sponsored data—offers that provide free access or zero-rated data traffic, and campaigns that reward the consumer with a free data allocation. AT&T has been enabling brands, developers and other companies to explore the potential of sponsored data, in partnership with leading US startups like Aquto, DataMi and Syntonic  that provide cloud-based solutions with rich analytics for tracking success, according to the research group. Key findings from the report:

° Sponsored data use cases gaining traction today range from advertising, free...

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Mar 18
Top US pay TV operators added 101,000 subscribers in...

The top pay TV operators in the United States added 101,000 new subscribers during the fourth quarter to end a roller coaster year in 2014 according to the latest data from Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com)

The declining trend in pay TV subscribers in North America, seen during the second and third quarters, reversed in the fourth quarter, with overall growth in both the US and Canada.

The 19 tracked operators in the US added 101,000 subscribers while operators in Canada added 5,000. In the US, the increase in the fourth quarter brought the total tracked subscribers to 96.1 million, representing more than 95% of the total US market. Digital subscriber growth has continued throughout 2014, ending the year at nearly 95 million.

"2014 started and finished strong, with growth in Pay TV subscribers in both the first and fourth quarters," says Jason Blackwell, director of...

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Mar 17
App users regularly use 7-8 apps on mobile devices

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) shows that smartphone and tablet app users regularly use nearly eight apps on their smartphone and nearly seven apps on their tablet.

The average user spends 3.3 hours per week using social networking apps on a smartphone, while gaming and music apps score 2.7 and 2.6 hours per week, respectively. Fourteen percent of smartphone users and 26% of tablet users do not regularly use an app.

"Although the number of smartphone users has greatly expanded since 2012, the average app use among smartphone users has held relatively constant," says Harry Wang, Director, Health & Mobile Product Research, Parks Associates. "This leaves an increasingly wide variety of apps competing for the finite attention span of the consumer."

Parks Associates' research shows smartphone penetration increased rapidly over the past few years. Smartphone...

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Tuesday March 31

06:48
How the Apple Watch changed Jean-Louis Gassée’s mind...

The Apple Watch manufacturing process moves Jean-Louis Gassée from pure skeptic to embracing the idea of an Apple Car.

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05:43
Tim Cook’s Washington Post editorial

Links to Tim Cook’s editorial for the Washington Post, adding a link to the original text from the Indiana law it protests.

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05:05
∞ Standing in front of Susan Kare’s original Apple...

An image from Susan Kare’s original sketch book, on display at MoMA in New York City until January 31, 2016.

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04:57
ITC agrees to Ericsson’s request to investigate...

Ericsson’s attempt to have the iPhone banned from US sale over a patent dispute moved one step forward yesterday as the ITC agreed to investigate. Ericsson claims that iPhones infringe a number of its patents for fundamental cellphone technologies, including both GSM and LTE. Apple denies any infringement, and says that Ericsson is in any case demanding unreasonable amounts.

In an attempt to up the ante, Ericsson called on the U.S. International Trade Commission to block imports of the iPhone into the country, and the ITC has now agreed to carry out an investigation, reports PC World.

The ITC did...

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04:44
The Books of Jobs

It is being billed as the epic battle of the books, with the winner defining how Steve Jobs will be remembered, but Schlender and Tetzeli’s “Becoming Steve Jobs” and Walter Isaacson’s “Steve Jobs” are not really at war.

 

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Monday March 30

19:57
Ozzy going for surgery, cancels Ozzfiesta

Like you, we were very excited about the event. However, Ozzy is having surgery, scheduled for May, following his South American tour. He requires at least four weeks of recovery time. We are very disappointed that we need to cancel.

I hope Ozzy is okay.

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19:50
[Sponsor] Igloo

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Sound too good to be true? Sign up now and try Igloo yourself.

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18:23
Apple Maps Connect services branch out to Italy,...

Apple on Monday expanded the reach of its Maps Connect service for small businesses to three more countries, namely Italy, Mexico, and Switzerland.

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18:12
Musicians Launch ‘Tidal’ Streaming Music Service to...

A coterie of top shelf musicians officially launched Tidal on Monday. Tidal is a music streaming service going head to head with Spotify and a host of other services, but Tidal's stated goal is to restore the value of music in the eyes of consumers.


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17:40
Apple Retail Expands Trade-Ins to Non-Apple Phones

Apple has expanded its in-store trade-in program to include non-Apple smartphones. That trade-in program will now accept even that lame Android device you weren't able to give away to your friends and family.

The Mac Observer Spin: People are already switching from Android to iOS in impressive numbers, this is just another way for Apple to pave the road to iOS.


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17:00
Today in the App Store -- Wunderlist, Compass Point...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today's notable apps include a discount on Screens VNC, the new Compass Point: West game and a major update to Wunderlist. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

SafeTrek [Now free, down from $1.99] SafeTrek is a personal safety app that enables citizens to be proactive in their safety by bridging the gap between doing nothing and calling 911 in an unsafe situation.

DOOO [Now free, down from $0.99]...

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16:13
ifoAppleStore Calls it Quits, ‘My Work Is Done’

ifoAppleStore's Gary Allen announced over the weekend that he was calling it quits on regular coverage of Apple's fleet of retail stores. In an announcement titled "My Work Is Done," Mr. Allen said that when he started, there was little detailed coverage of Apple Stores, but that now, even mainstream coverage on Apple's retail goings on is extensive.


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16:00
Apple to announce Q2 2015 earnings on April 27th

Apple today updated its investor relations page to confirm that it will announce its quarterly earnings for Q2 2015 on Monday April 27th [Via MacRumors]. The quarterly earnings statement will be released at approximately 1:30 PM PDT/4:30 PM EDT followed by an earnings call to discuss the results at 2:00 PM PDT/5:00 PM EDT. Apple World Today will hold a liveblog with commentary on the call.

The earnings report will include iPhone, iPad and Mac sales in the first three calendar months of 2015. It will not include the Apple Watch, which will go on sale three days before the earnings release.

Our take on the news:

Last quarter, Apple announced record revenue from iPhone and Mac sales thanks to strong holiday sales. Most companies show a decline due to the post-Holiday slump in sales, so it'll be interesting to...

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15:46
Apple Will Announce Q2 Earnings April 27th

Apple set the date for its Q2 earnings report for April 27th. The company said on Monday it will host its quarterly conference call with analysts starting at 5:00 PM EDT. All eyes will be on iPhone numbers.


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15:30
Facebook Messenger update brings support for third-...

Facebook last week announced its new Messenger platform, which brings third-party apps to the messaging tool. Today, the company rolled out an update to Facebook Messenger that brings GIFs, collages, videos and more to your messaging stream.  While GIF curator and creators are the most popular apps, third-party Messenger apps available at launch also include ESPN, Action Movie FX, Pic Stitch, GIPHY and others.  

The new apps are available when you are composing a new message in Messenger. Just tap on the "More" icon (three dots) and select the app your want to use. This action will launch the App Store and prompt you to download the app. Once installed, the app will be available on the iOS homescreen and within Facebook.

To send a message using the newly installed app, you'll need to open the compatible app either by tapping on the app from the homescreen or launching it with Facebook...

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15:01
Tesla Will Announce New Product Line April 30th -...

Tesla announced Monday that it will unveil a new product on April 30th. CEO Elon Musk tweeted that his company would unveil a new product line at 8:00 PM PDT at the Tesla Design Studio in Hawthorne, California. He made the point of stressing that it wasn't a car, and speculation is that it will be a stationary battery storage system.


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15:00
AWT News Update: March 30, 2015

Today's Apple News:

  • 1Password for iOS receives a significant update providing new features and more speed.
  • 9to5Mac reports on the special 'kid glove" treatment that will be provided for those who plan to purchase the gold Apple Watch Edition.

We're now broadcasting the AWT News Update live on Periscope; be sure to follow @AppleWorldToday to be notified when a broadcast begins -- replays are available for 24 hours after the broadcast.

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14:59
GitHub Defenses Hold in 4-Days-and-Counting Battle


After battling a DDoS attack for four days, GitHub has restored normal service levels. The primary target of the assault is GreatFire.org, which is hosted on GitHub. GreatFire has attracted the ire of the Chinese government for offering anticensorship tools. "Very clearly, the Cyberspace Administration of China is behind both of the recent DDoS attacks," said GreatFire Co-founder Charles Smith. The attack used malicious code inserted in Baidu Analytics to turn millions of unwitting users into procreators of crippling DDoS traffic.

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14:59
Apple announces live Q2 2015 earnings call for April...

Apple has scheduled its Q2 2015 earnings call for April 27th. The call will be held at 2PM Cupertino time, and will cover the company’s earnings for the second quarter of the fiscal year. As usual, the live audio of the call will be available on Apple’s website.

Prior to the call, the company will release its Q2 earnings report, then the executive team will break down the numbers in a bit more detail for investors and members of the media on its quarterly conference call. A Q&A session will provide a chance for the executives to cryptically hint at future plans while going into even further detail on specific points.

During the previous call, Apple announced that it had reached a major milestone by shipping its 1 billionth iOS device and sold 74.4 million iPhones, 21.4 million iPads, and 5.5 million Mac computers, raking in a...

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14:00
Twelve South BaseLift for MacBook: Ultra-portable...

Twelve south baselift for Macbook. Photo via Twelvesouth.com

On the first day Apple World Today was open for business (Feb. 9, 2015), our first published review was about the Twelve South ParcSlope (US$49.95, affiliate link), an aluminum stand for MacBook. While the ParcSlope gathered a five-star rating from AWT for its sleek design and solid construction, it's hardly a stand that you can take with you everywhere. Little did we know at the time that Twelve South had another, much more portable MacBook stand waiting in the wings. The BaseLift for MacBook ($39.99) is now available from Twelve South, and it can be used anywhere to give your laptop a lift and your thighs some insulation from the heat (...

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13:17
Tip of the Day: Adding RSS Feeds to Safari in iOS 8

When iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks debuted about two years ago, one of the smaller features that made its way into Safari was support for “Shared Links” — an aggregate of all of the links in the user’s Twitter feed that could be accessed from a third panel over from the Bookmarks and Reading List sections. While the feature received little fanfare even then compared to the overall UI design and other sweeping changes, when iOS 8 came…

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13:14
Gear: Griffin Ribbon Wristband, Shoe Pouch, Sleep...

We first saw Griffin’s new accessories for wearables at CES, and most of these products are now available. All of these products work with existing fitness trackers, enabling the trackers to be worn on different areas of the body while adding a bit of flair. Ribbon Wristband ($20) is a nylon ribbon which securely hides a Fitbit Flex, Fitbit One, or Sony SmartBand. Sleep Sport Band ($20) is compatible with six different trackers and is designed…

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Rumor Scanner

Tuesday March 31

06:32
Microsoft Announces Intel Atom-Based Surface 3 With Wind...

Microsoft on Tuesday announced the Surface 3 tablet with Windows 8.1, available in May for a starting price of $499. The latest iPad competitor is designed to be a laptop replacement, running full Windows, including desktop applications, and delivering all-day battery life. Surface 3 comes with 64GB storage and 2GB of RAM for $499, while a 128GB option with 4GB of RAM costs $599. Both Wi-Fi only and 4G LTE models are available.

Surface 3 is powered by a quad-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, a significant shift from ARM processors used in previous models. The tablet also features a 10.8" full HD display at 1,920×1,280 pixels resolution, full-size USB 3.0 port, Mini DisplayPort, microSD card reader, headphone jack, cover port, micro USB charging port, Bluetooth 4.0 and three-position kickstand. The tablet will receive a free upgrade to Windows 10 when available, and includes a one-year Office 365...

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Monday March 30

17:13
U.S. ITC to Investigate Apple After Ericsson Patent Infr...

The ongoing conflict between Apple and Ericsson escalated this afternoon as the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) agreed to launch an investigation into claims that Apple infringed on as many as 41 of Ericsson's cellular technology patents with its iPad and iPhone devices, reports PCWorld.

Apple and Ericsson first clashed in January, after the expiration of a 2008 licensing agreement between the two companies. Despite two years of negotiations, the companies failed to establish a new agreement that would let Apple use Ericsson's cellular technology patents.

Apple filed a complaint suggesting Ericsson was both demanding excessive royalties for LTE...

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16:07
The New Tidal Music Streaming Service Launched Today to...

Hip-hop mogul Jay Z, who recently purchased Tidal, a Scandinavian-based music service, held an event in New York this afternoon introducing the "owners" of Tidal. While Tidal is a lesser-known competitor to music streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora, it's suddenly on the market ahead of Apple's revamped music streaming service and it has the potential of causing Apple a headache.

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15:41
U.S. International Trade Commision to Investigate Apple...

On February 27 we posted a report titled "In Court Filing Details First of Two Ericsson Patent Lawsuits against Apple," and quickly filed a follow-up report ...

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14:52
Apple's Q2 FY15 Financial Conference Call is set fo...

Apple has just announced the timing of their Q2 FY15 Earnings Release.

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14:02
Apple Seeds Sixth OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite Beta to Develope...

Apple today seeded a new beta of OS X Yosemite to developers and public beta testers, a week after seeding the fifth OS X Yosemite beta and almost two months after releasing the first OS X 10.10.3 beta.

The new beta, build 14D127a, is available for registered developers through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Mac Developer Center. OS X Yosemite Recovery Update 1.0 is also available, improving the reliability of Yosemite Recovery when restoring from a Time Machine backup.

OS X 10.10.3 includes several new features, like the Photos for OS X app. Designed to integrate with iCloud Photo Library and the Photos app on iOS, the Photos for OS X app is a replacement for both iPhoto and Aperture. Reviews have suggested that while Photos is a suitable replacement for iPhoto, with...

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10:36
iPad Pro Dummy Points Towards Dual Lightning Ports or US...

Images of what appear to be a mockup version of the upcoming larger-screened "iPad Pro" depict either a secondary Lightning port or a USB-C port on one side of the device, suggesting it could potentially have multiple methods of charging and/or the ability to support accessories like keyboards and mice. The pictures, which show the mystery port, a headphone jack/speakers, and the camera, originated on microblogging site Sina Weibo and were shared by Italian site HDBlog.

Case manufacturers and other accessory makers often create dummy models of upcoming Apple devices to get an early start on the development process, and the tablet pictured in the photos is likely one of these mockups. Most of these models are based on rumors and leaked schematics, and while they're frequently accurate, there...

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08:21
Leaked Images Provide First Look at Purported Rear Shell...

Chinese parts supplier Future Supplier (via Nowhereelse.fr) has posted leaked images of what it believes could be the rear shell for the so-called "iPhone 6c." The rear housing looks similar to the plastic iPhone 5c, with two notable differences being a pill-shaped LED flash cutout and two rows of speaker grilles on the bottom of the smartphone. The size of the rear shell indicates that the device's screen size could fall within the 4-inch range.

The pill-shaped LED flash design and two rows of speaker grilles are also found on the iPhone 5s, indicating that the iPhone 6c could have the same internals as the two-generation-old smartphone with a plastic shell. The smartphone would likely be positioned at the low end of the iPhone lineup as Apple's free smartphone, alongside the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and next...

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06:52
FDA Takes an Almost Hands-off-Approach to Apple Watch He...

It's being reported today that With Apple and fellow Silicon Valley companies edging further into health care, the U.S. agency in charge of oversight says it will give the technology industry leeway to develop new products without aggressive regulation.

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06:17
Hon Hai's Net Profits Rise 22% on Strong Sales of t...

According to NASDAQ, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the world's largest manufacturer of electronics said its 2014 net profit rose 22% from a year earlier, thanks to strong sales of larger-screen Apple Inc. iPhones.

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05:34
Samsung Display Creates a Specialty Team to Slavishly Ca...

A somewhat odd report surfaced in Korea this morning. According to this new report "Samsung Display is creating an exclusive group for focusing only on Apple’s product development and management." To clarify ...

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05:16
Tim Cook Calls 'Religious Freedom' Legislation...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has called recent "religious freedom" legislation passed in Indiana and Arkansas "very dangerous" in a public op-ed letter published by The Washington Post. Cook argues that there are nearly 100 pro-discrimination bills in the United States that "go against the very principles" the country was founded on and "have the potential to undo decades of progress towards greater equality."

Cook's letter comes in response to Indiana governor Mike Pence passing the controversial Religious Freedom...

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Sunday March 29

20:21
Apple Won't Allow Swapping of Bands at Apple Watch...

The Apple Watch will be available for in store previews and Try-On appointments starting on April 10th. The Apple Watch comes in a variety of sizes, colors, and band-types which can make the decision of how to pick a band and Apple Watch combination complicated.

Apple has a number of recommended combinations highlighted on their online store, but also sells bands separately, allowing customers to potentially mix and match between the various Apple Watches and bands. Some combinations could yield a mix of materials that readers feared may not look natural together, such as an aluminum Apple Watch Sport and a stainless steel accented band. The stainless steel Apple Watch is the most...

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13:46
Apple Watch for Sale in Retail Stores by Reservation Onl...

As the Apple Watch launch approaches, details have been leaking out about how Apple will be handling sales of their new device. According to leaked Apple documentation, the company will not be selling the Apple Watch to walk-in customers at launch.

Apple will begin offering online pre-sales of the Apple Watch starting on April 10th, with the first deliveries occurring on April 24th, the official Apple Watch launch date. During those two weeks, customers will be able to have hands-on "try-on" appointments at Apple retail stores in order to help make up their mind.

However, according to training documents that MacRumors has received, Apple is not allowing any walk-in retail purchases for the Apple Watch at launch. Instead customers must make an online "Product Reservation" to hold a specific Apple Watch model at a retail store. This new "Product Reservation" system is used instead of Apple's "...

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09:29
Samsung Invents Biosignal ID for their Smartwatch to Ass...

Samsung has had some problems with their fingerprint scanner over time, and while they're working on improving that feature for smartphones and tablets, they've also been working on how to perform user authentication on their Gear smartwatch.

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Saturday March 28

18:52
UK's Boots Pharmacy Chain Onboard with new Apple-IB...

In July 2015 we posted a report titled "A New Landmark Partnership between Apple and IBM is about to transform the Way Work gets done." Eight months after Apple and IBM began working together on building mobile apps for businesses ... the UK pharmacy chain Boots that has begun equipping store employees with iPads to serve shoppers in the aisles.

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18:17
Air Canada Exited to Offer new Apple Watch App Next Mont...

top of the month we posted a report titled "Apple-IBM Showcase Air Canada using MobileFirst Apps at Barcelona Trade Show." Late yesterday Air Canada announced in Montreal that it has developed an app for the recently unveiled Apple Watch...

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09:27
Apple Granted Two Design Patents for their Apple Store i...

Over the years Apple has been granted several design patents for their famous Flagship Apple Stores including the one on Fifth Avenue in New York City along with one in Shanghai China. In this report we cover Apple's Hong Kong granted design patent for their Flagship Store in Zhongjie Joy City.

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08:24
Hong Kong Patent Office Grants Apple 8 Design Patents fo...

Over the years Apple has been granted several design patents for their famous Flagship Apple Stores including the one on Fifth Avenue in New York City along with one in Shanghai China. Surprisingly late yesterday the Hong Kong Patent Office granted Apple 8 design patents for their latest West Lake China ...

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Friday March 27

13:38
Hands-On With the Apple Watch: A Developer's Experi...

Earlier this month, Apple began inviting a select number of developers to an Apple Watch development lab in Sunnyvale, California, located near the company's main Cupertino campus. Developers were invited to reserve a testing appointment to test their Apple Watch apps on actual Apple Watch devices to get ready for the device's April 24 launch.

One of the developers who had a chance to visit Apple's WatchKit lab and get hands-on time with the Apple Watch shared his testing experience with MacRumors and gave us some of his thoughts on the device after spending all day using it.

Apple maintained strict control over the Apple Watches that developers were allowed to use for testing. Security guards were on hand, and developers were not allowed into the room until receiving a badge, which had to be worn at all times. Entering into the lab was done through two doorways, each of which was locked and could only be opened via an electronic keycard.

...

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Documentation Scanner

Monday March 30

15:34
Contact Apple for support and service

See a list of Apple phone numbers around the world.

| Read more »
13:14
iTunes Store reporting error - 3259

This may occur if you are using an older version of iTunes, having a network connection issue, or when a Firewall protection system on the computer is blocking some communication ports that iTunes need to have open for full functionality.

| Read more »
13:11
iCloud: Why am I getting junk mail (spam)?

Unsolicited bulk email messages are commonly called junk mail or spam. Here's why you might get junk mail, and what you can do about it.

| Read more »
13:08
iTunes for Windows: iTunes can't contact the...

When you try to update or restore an iPhone, iPad, or iPod in iTunes, one of the following alert messages appears

| Read more »
13:05
Resolve issues between iTunes and third-party...

If you can’t open iTunes, download content, sync your device, or use Home Sharing, your security software might be the cause. 

| Read more »
13:03
Set up and use iCloud for Windows

With iCloud for Windows, the photos, documents, and bookmarks on your PC are updated automatically to your Apple devices.

| Read more »
13:00
Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online now available...

Today, we are pleased to announce the general availability of Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online from Australian datacenters. In addition, Microsoft Office 365 has just completed a formal security assessment for Unclassified Sensitive government data via Australian Government’s Independent Registered Assessors Program (IRAP). These announcements will help ensure that customer data will be protected, easily managed and compliant—all from trusted foundations in private clouds, hybrid clouds and public clouds.

Microsoft Office 365 is the first cloud productivity service to provide IRAP assurance in Australia, with  Dynamics CRM Online currently under a similar IRAP assessment. Our comprehensive approach to global and local certifications provides the gold standard in security to federal government agencies, state government, education, healthcare, and commercial enterprises in Australia—...

| Read more »
12:59
Deregister iMessage: Frequently Asked Questions

Learn how and why to deregister iMessage.

| Read more »
12:58
iPad USB power adapter certifications

Every iPad comes with an Apple USB power adapter that is certified to meet government safety standards in countries where iPad is available. Many of these countries, including the United States, have adopted the Safety of Information Technology Equipment standard, IEC/UL 60950-1. Learn about the certifications for iPad USB power adapters.

| Read more »
12:57
Recommended settings for Wi-Fi routers and access...

These Wi-Fi router (or Wi-Fi base station) settings are for all Macs and iOS devices. These settings will give you the best performance, security, and reliability when using Wi-Fi.

| Read more »
09:00
Buckman finds the right communications chemistry by...

Buckman is a specialty chemical company based in Memphis, TN, which produces chemistries for water treatment and for the paper and leather industries. With people, factories and customers all over the world, Buckman communicates across geographies, teams and time zones all the time. It recently swapped a complex multi-vendor communications and collaboration toolset for Microsoft Office 365. The result has been smoother, more effective collaboration among the company’s 1,700 associates, higher reliability, lower costs and tighter control over email and data. We recently sat down with Tim Meek, vice president of Global Information Technology at Buckman, and Paul Grassel, director of Global IT Computer Services, to learn more about why Buckman switched to Office 365.

Q: Give us a brief history of your communications and collaboration landscape.

Meek: Microsoft Outlook has been our standard for a long time. Even as our email...

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Saturday March 28

05:08
Solutions for connecting to the Internet, setting up...

This article covers solutions for connecting to the Internet, setting up a small network, and troubleshooting.

| Read more »

Friday March 27

16:37
Get help using iCloud Contacts

Learn what to do if you’re having issues using iCloud Contacts. For example, you might make changes to Contacts that don't update across all of your devices.

| Read more »
16:10
Frequently asked questions about using a Retina...

Review frequently asked questions about using a Retina display.

| Read more »
16:00
Resetting an AirPort base station FAQ

This article answers questions about resetting AirPort base stations including AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule. It also includes steps for how to reset your AirPort base station.

| Read more »
15:48
How to identify Mac mini models

Use the information below to help determine which Mac mini model you have.

| Read more »
15:46
Compatibility of Apple wired headset models with...

The features of Apple wired headsets can vary between iPhone, iPad, and iPod models. Most headsets can play back audio, but some headsets have features, such as a mic or buttons to control iPod functions, that work only on newer models.

| Read more »
15:37
iTunes: Frequently asked questions about viewing and...

You can play videos and even sync them to iPad, iPhone, and some iPod models. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about video playback in iTunes and on mobile devices.

| Read more »
15:27
iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, and iTunes Radio...

Find out which content types are supported for iTunes in the Cloud by country and where iTunes Match and iTunes Radio are available.

| Read more »
13:54
Browse and buy books from the iBooks Store and the...

You can browse and buy books on on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and on your computer.

| Read more »
13:53
Mac Basics: Notifications keep you informed

The Notifications feature of OS X helps you keep track of what's new.

| Read more »
08:55
Create a new book in iBooks Author with the same...

Learn how to create a template that includes the styles of a previous book.

| Read more »

Documentation Scanner

Monday March 30

15:34
Contact Apple for support and service

See a list of Apple phone numbers around the world.

| Read more »
13:14
iTunes Store reporting error - 3259

This may occur if you are using an older version of iTunes, having a network connection issue, or when a Firewall protection system on the computer is blocking some communication ports that iTunes need to have open for full functionality.

| Read more »
13:11
iCloud: Why am I getting junk mail (spam)?

Unsolicited bulk email messages are commonly called junk mail or spam. Here's why you might get junk mail, and what you can do about it.

| Read more »
13:08
iTunes for Windows: iTunes can't contact the...

When you try to update or restore an iPhone, iPad, or iPod in iTunes, one of the following alert messages appears

| Read more »
13:05
Resolve issues between iTunes and third-party...

If you can’t open iTunes, download content, sync your device, or use Home Sharing, your security software might be the cause. 

| Read more »
13:03
Set up and use iCloud for Windows

With iCloud for Windows, the photos, documents, and bookmarks on your PC are updated automatically to your Apple devices.

| Read more »
13:00
Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online now available...

Today, we are pleased to announce the general availability of Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online from Australian datacenters. In addition, Microsoft Office 365 has just completed a formal security assessment for Unclassified Sensitive government data via Australian Government’s Independent Registered Assessors Program (IRAP). These announcements will help ensure that customer data will be protected, easily managed and compliant—all from trusted foundations in private clouds, hybrid clouds and public clouds.

Microsoft Office 365 is the first cloud productivity service to provide IRAP assurance in Australia, with  Dynamics CRM Online currently under a similar IRAP assessment. Our comprehensive approach to global and local certifications provides the gold standard in security to federal government agencies, state government, education, healthcare, and commercial enterprises in Australia—...

| Read more »
12:59
Deregister iMessage: Frequently Asked Questions

Learn how and why to deregister iMessage.

| Read more »
12:58
iPad USB power adapter certifications

Every iPad comes with an Apple USB power adapter that is certified to meet government safety standards in countries where iPad is available. Many of these countries, including the United States, have adopted the Safety of Information Technology Equipment standard, IEC/UL 60950-1. Learn about the certifications for iPad USB power adapters.

| Read more »
12:57
Recommended settings for Wi-Fi routers and access...

These Wi-Fi router (or Wi-Fi base station) settings are for all Macs and iOS devices. These settings will give you the best performance, security, and reliability when using Wi-Fi.

| Read more »
09:00
Buckman finds the right communications chemistry by...

Buckman is a specialty chemical company based in Memphis, TN, which produces chemistries for water treatment and for the paper and leather industries. With people, factories and customers all over the world, Buckman communicates across geographies, teams and time zones all the time. It recently swapped a complex multi-vendor communications and collaboration toolset for Microsoft Office 365. The result has been smoother, more effective collaboration among the company’s 1,700 associates, higher reliability, lower costs and tighter control over email and data. We recently sat down with Tim Meek, vice president of Global Information Technology at Buckman, and Paul Grassel, director of Global IT Computer Services, to learn more about why Buckman switched to Office 365.

Q: Give us a brief history of your communications and collaboration landscape.

Meek: Microsoft Outlook has been our standard for a long time. Even as our email...

| Read more »

Saturday March 28

05:08
Solutions for connecting to the Internet, setting up...

This article covers solutions for connecting to the Internet, setting up a small network, and troubleshooting.

| Read more »

Friday March 27

16:37
Get help using iCloud Contacts

Learn what to do if you’re having issues using iCloud Contacts. For example, you might make changes to Contacts that don't update across all of your devices.

| Read more »
16:10
Frequently asked questions about using a Retina...

Review frequently asked questions about using a Retina display.

| Read more »
16:00
Resetting an AirPort base station FAQ

This article answers questions about resetting AirPort base stations including AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule. It also includes steps for how to reset your AirPort base station.

| Read more »
15:48
How to identify Mac mini models

Use the information below to help determine which Mac mini model you have.

| Read more »
15:46
Compatibility of Apple wired headset models with...

The features of Apple wired headsets can vary between iPhone, iPad, and iPod models. Most headsets can play back audio, but some headsets have features, such as a mic or buttons to control iPod functions, that work only on newer models.

| Read more »
15:37
iTunes: Frequently asked questions about viewing and...

You can play videos and even sync them to iPad, iPhone, and some iPod models. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about video playback in iTunes and on mobile devices.

| Read more »
15:27
iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, and iTunes Radio...

Find out which content types are supported for iTunes in the Cloud by country and where iTunes Match and iTunes Radio are available.

| Read more »
13:54
Browse and buy books from the iBooks Store and the...

You can browse and buy books on on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and on your computer.

| Read more »
13:53
Mac Basics: Notifications keep you informed

The Notifications feature of OS X helps you keep track of what's new.

| Read more »
08:55
Create a new book in iBooks Author with the same...

Learn how to create a template that includes the styles of a previous book.

| Read more »

Technology Showcase

Sep 17
Video showcases iOS app built with Xojo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...

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Jan 05
Fusion Drive now available on entry-level iMacs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

| Read more »
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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