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10:40
Sonnet introduces new adapters

Sonnet (www.sonnettech.com) has launched its new USB 3.0 + eSATA Thunderbolt Adapter for connectivity to USB 3.0 devices and eSATA storage, and USB 3.0 + Gigabit Ethernet Thunderbolt Adapter for connectivity to USB 3.0 devices and Gigabit Ethernet wired networking.

Both devices leverage Thunderbolt technology to provide a connectivity alternative for Mac and Windows users. For early adopters of Thunderbolt technology, these adapters provide the USB 3.0 connectivity found on today's systems, while the eSATA and Gigabit Ethernet ports enable many more users to connect effortlessly to fast storage and wired infrastructure, says Robert Farnsworth, CEO, Sonnet Technologies.

Both the USB 3.0 + eSATA Thunderbolt Adapter and USB 3.0 + Gigabit Ethernet Thunderbolt Adapter provide one 5.0 Gbps USB 3.0 port for connecting to storage, hubs, and other USB 3.0 devices. In addition, the eSATA Adapter offers a single...

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08:59
Inpaint 6.2 improves texture generation for better image retouching

TeoreX has introduced Inpaint 6.2 (http://www.theinpaint.com/), an upgrade of its multi-platform retouching tool for removal of undesired elements from photos.

The app removes scratches, watermarks, timestamps and even complex objects like strangers, unwanted elements and background debris automatically. Version 6.2 improves texture generation for better results and offers new usability options.



Another improvement is an option to clear the donor area completely. While the program automatically creates default donor areas as soon as a user selects objects to remove, the user may need to redefine them manually if the scene is too complex for auto-retouching. This is simpler now. A user presses Shift+Del and instantly clears the donor area.



Inpaint costs US$19.99 for a license. The program supports Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

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08:01
Brattoo Propaganda Software introduces Duplicate Annihilator for Photos

Apple's Photos — the app that will replace iPhoto and Aperture on Macs — is only available in the latest beta version of Mac OS X Yosemite, but Brattoo Propaganda Software has already introduced Duplicates Annihilator for the software.

Duplicate Annihilator compares the images in your Photos library, using algorithms to make sure that no duplicates escape, says Anders Bjarby, CEO of Brattoo Propaganda Software. He says that the app provides the ability to detect, display and delete duplicate photos, thumbnails, thumbnails of faces, corrupt jpegs and missing image files.

Duplicate Annihilator requires Mac OS X Yosemite and Photos 1.0. It sells for US$7.95) and is available from Brattoo Propaganda Software online (http://brattoo.com/propaganda/).

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07:39
PortAuthority for Mac OS X now up to version 7.0

Code by Kevin has rolled out PortAuthority 7.0 (http://tinyurl.com/3889qb), a GUI [graphical user interface] for the MacPorts Unix software management system for Mac OS X.

MacPorts is a powerful command-line tool for installing and updating a variety of Unix-based applications for the Mac. PortAuthority aims to bring the power of MacPorts to the traditional Mac user by providing a user-friendly graphical interface to MacPorts, according to the folks at Code by Kevin. Using a familiar combination of windows, icons, and menus, PortAuthority users can search, install, update, and remove MacPorts programs and the MacPorts infrastructure itself.

In version 7.0, you can restore native application programming interfaces for elevated privileges. The new version supports Mac-native notifications if Growl isn't installed. There are also improvements in user interface responsiveness.

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04:54
EditReady 1.2 adds AVCHD and HDV camera support to world class...

Divergent Media has revved EditReady (http://tinyurl.com/pcd9poa), a transcoding tool for Mac OS X, to version 1.2. The upgrade adds support for hundreds of the most popular cameras which shoot to AVCHD and HDV transport streams.

In addition to the various AVCHD and HDV cameras supported by ClipWrap, EditReady can transcode footage from MXF and QuickTime cameras such as the GoPro, iPhone, Arri Alexa, Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Sony F7, digital SLRs and more. The app shows thumbnails of clips for at-a-glance review and organization.

EditReady 1.2 is available as a free update for existing EditReady users, and as a $29.95 crossgrade for existing ClipWrap users. For new users the cost is US$49.99.

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04:47
PCalc 4.2 released for the Mac with updated widget

TLA Systems has updated PCalc (www.pcalc.com), for Mac OS X, to version 4.2. It sports several improvements, including a calculator widget.

PCalc is a scientific calculator with support for hexadecimal, octal and binary calculations, as well as an RPN mode, parentheses, programmable functions, and an extensive set of unit conversions. Version 4.2 offers an advanced layout with more of the functionality of the main application. The widget also now supports keyboard shortcuts for all operations.

This is a free upgrade for existing users. For new users the cost is US$9.99. PCalc requires OS X 10.8 and later. It's available at the product website and the Mac App Store.

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04:00
Virtual TimeClock 15 goes green with electronic employee timecards

Redcort Software (www.redcort.com) has announced Virtual TimeClock 15, an update to the timecard management application for Mac and Windows PC computers.

Virtual TimeClock records the exact time as it occurs, removing any guessing or estimating of arrivals, departures, breaks and lunches. Version 15 adds electronic timecard approval system and a suite of data security enhancements to keep pace with today's increased need for data privacy.

Pricing for Virtual TimeClock starts at US$99. Annual software maintenance and support as well as generously discounted upgrade pricing is available.

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Mar 03
PCI Geomatics releases GXL 2015 

PCI Geomatics (www.pcigeomatics.com/GXL) has rolled out GeoImaging Accelerator (GXL) 2015, the latest version of the company’s proven, high-performance, and scalable image processing solution.

GXL technology is designed to provide improvements in automation, speed and efficiency by optimizing and distributing automated workflows.

GXL 2015 brings improvements in color balancing along with an updated and intuitive quality assessment interface, JPS improvements for more flexible workflows, a new airphoto bundle adjustment algorithm, as well as new satellite sensor models to meet the growing requirements of the industry, says David Piekny, product marketing manager at PCI Geomatics.

The color balancing model in GXL 2015 uses an all-new bundle method for more consistent and seamless mosaics while the automatic desaturation mechanism intuitively reduces hot spots, he adds. In addition to these...

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Mar 03
Solar Media Player combines a speaker with a charging case

Secur Products has released the US$49.99 Solar Media Player (www.securproducts.com), a zippered speaker with a built-in solar panel, to protect and charge phones in any outdoor situation without missing a beat.

To use you unzip the Solar Media Player, connect a phone or MP3 player, zip it closed and the Solar Media Player will simultaneously function as a speaker and solar phone charger. It's rainproof, dust proof and shock proof. Once a smartphone or MP3 player is safely stowed inside, it will be protected from the elements and accidents.

The 7.28 inch by 3.74 inch by 1.77 inch Solar Media Player is large enough to hold most smartphones including the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S5. It features two 3-watt stereo speakers, a built in 2000 mAh power bank and a 5.5V solar panel.

When a phone is connected to the Solar Media Player it can draw power from the power bank, or the solar panel can...

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Mar 03
AAS releases Raw sound bank for Ultra Analog VA-2 and AAS Player plug-...

Applied Acoustics Systems (www.applied-acoustics.com) has released the Raw sound bank for the Ultra Analog VA-2 synthesizer and AAS Player plug-ins in collaboration with artist and sound designer Andre Ettema.

This collection of 100 signature presets is divided into six categories: Bass, Effect, Keys, Leads, Movers, and Pads. The regular price is US$39. However, until March 17, the Raw sound bank is available at the special introductory price of US$29.

The instant download delivery package includes both a Ultra Analog VA-2 bank file and the free AAS Player plug-in. The AAS Player plug-in runs on both Mac OS X and Windows systems and supports the VST, Audio Units, AAX Native, and RTAS plug-in formats.

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Mar 03
Red Giant introduces volume licensing program

Red Giant has announced a new Volume Licensing Program (VLP) for its lineup of plug-in suites, designed to meet the demands of larger organizations. Targeted to customers who require 10 or more floating licenses, the Volume Licensing Program is designed to remove the tedium of software deployment and management.

The Volume Licensing Program includes the option to buy an annual subscription to Trapcode Suite, Magic Bullet Suite, Shooter Suite, Effects Suite and Keying Suite. Customers can also buy an annual subscription to the Red Giant Complete Suite, which contains all of the suites at a discounted price. To learn more about Red Giant’s new Volume Licensing Program, go to http://tinyurl.com/kocqt34 .

The program uses a floating license server model called Reprise License Manager (RLM) for easy management. With RLM, Red Giant volume customers requiring 10 or more seats can now “check out”...

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Mar 03
IBM helps developers design mobile apps for people with disabilities

IBM researchers have created a new tool for iOS and Android mobile applications expected to potentially benefit as many as one billion people with disabilities worldwide, including those who are vision and hearing impaired, as well as the elderly. The new Mobile Accessibility Checker (http://tinyurl.com/qccdd37) is an automated test to help strengthen the accessibility features of mobile applications, says Frances West, IBM's chief accessibility officer.

"Our researchers saw an opportunity to address this by inventing technology that identifies and corrects usability issues early in the software development process," West says. "This makes mobile apps easier to use for people with disabilities, helps developers save on costs and satisfy compliance requirements, and drives greater inclusivity in our communities through mobile technology."

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Mar 03
PenFed credit and debit cards now offer Apple Pay

Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed) has joined the growing ranks of financial institutions that now brings Apple Pay. It's offering the Apple payment service to all its PenFed Visa credit and debit cardholders and American Express Cardmembers.

Now, any of PenFed's Visa and American Express cardholders may now have the ability to add those cards to Apple Pay. By making the service available to cardholders, "they get to enjoy the best in the latest mobile device trends, combined with some of the best cards available in the industry," says Kevyn Myers, executive vice president and chief operating officer with PenFed.

What makes Apple Pay a serious consideration for mobile device users is the amount of retail partners the platform now has, he adds. New stores are increasingly being added. Besides the Apple Store, a PenFed cardholder can use Apple Pay at many brick-and-mortar retail locations or within participating apps.

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Mar 03
Apple overtakes Samsung in smartphone sales

Worldwide sales of smartphones to end users had a record fourth quarter of 2014 with an increase of 29.9% from the fourth quarter of 2013 to reach 367.5 million units, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com) Samsung lost the No. 1 spot to Apple in the global smartphone market in the fourth quarter of 2014. Samsung had been in the top spot since 2011. 

Apple reported its best quarter ever in the fourth quarter of 2014, which saw it sell 74.8 million units and move to the No. 1 position in the global smartphone market. Apple's first ever large-screen phones continued to see huge demand with sales in China and U.S., growing at 56% and 88%, respectively.

Apple's strong ecosystem and its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus drove strong replacements within the iOS base, according to Garner. These new smartphones also offered new users, who are looking for larger screen phones, a strong alternative to Android. ...

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Mar 03
SmartBear launches software developer network

SmartBear Software has created the SmartBear Developer Network (SDN) for its community of users and partners to freely build integrations and plugins to further extend the functionality of the company’s software quality tools.

Customers and partners can build plugins and extensions for most SmartBear products, starting with any of the Ready! API [application programming interface] family of tools, to meet their specific needs. The SDN provides an opportunity for the SmartBear community to collaborate on projects, share ideas and the plugins themselves, says Lorinda Brandon, technical evangelist, API Products at SmartBear.

SmartBear has already collaborated with several API product companies, including 3scale, Apiary, IBM, Mashery, an Intel Company, MuleSoft and Swagger, among others, and expects to add more. Various plugins are currently available on the SDN including RAML, Groovy Console, SSL Workaround for REST Discovery, Apiary's API Blueprint, APIs from 3scale,...

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Mar 03
Package Central update for Adobe InDesign improves email notifications

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced Package Central 1.9, a feature update to its file packaging automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Package Central automates InDesign document collection by processing files from hot folders. The software offloads file packaging to a central system leaving operator workstations free from the collection process. Version 1.9 introduces a new email notification engine with support for SSL connection security and improved performance on OS X Yosemite.

Package Central can be purchased for US$299.95 from the Zevrix website, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. Package Central requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.10 and Adobe InDesign CS4-CC 2014.

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Mar 02
Autodesk adds more tools to Game Development Suite

Autodesk is previewing its new Stingray Game Engine this week at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. The company is also launching Autodesk Maya LT 2016, the latest release of its 3D animation and modeling software for professional indie game developers.

Built using the core technology behind the Bitsquid engine acquired last summer, Stingray is currently in development and comprises intuitive, powerful tools that make it easier for professional and novice developers to bring graphically advanced games to market on a wide range of platforms, says Martin Wahlund, CEO of Fatshark, which is using the new Stingray engine to build their upcoming Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide game.

The technical preview at GDC will highlight several core areas of focus that make it easier for game makers of every level create the next generation of blockbusters., according to the folks at Autodesk. The company will give a live demonstration of several key advances...

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Mar 02
Flying Pig releases Edouard Universe version 2.0 for OS X

Flying Pig (http://flyingpigcorp.com) has released an update of the whole Edouard Universe. Edouard 2.0, Edouard Warehouse 2.0 and Edouard POS 2.0 are now available and 100% cloud based solutions.

The 2.0 version brings major changes to the Edouard universe. Following a registration from the OS X app, users can quickly access their dedicated cloud. These instances are reportedly accessed securely and remotely from anywhere in the world from all of your Edouard client applications.

Edouard is also now cheaper. Subscriptions start at US$29) per slot per month compared to $99 previously. The previously used metric of the connection slot is preserved. As a reminder, connection slots are active connections to the server regardless of the number of user accounts.

Edouard 2.0 also brings other improvements. Among those, users will enjoy new import schemes, new inventory management tools, a new...

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Mar 02
Latest version of MASA LIFE to be showcased at Game Developers...

MASA Group (www.masagroup.com), providers of Artificial Intelligence, will use the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) to demonstrate version 1.10 of its AI technology, LIFE.
 
LIFE enables the authoring and execution of a range of autonomous behaviors for NPCs (Non-Player Characters) in any games or simulations, leveraging decision, spatial reasoning and navigation modules, extensively validated in military 3D simulations.

 LIFE is designed for both designers and developers. It's available as a pre-integrated plug-in for Unity 5 and VBS3, the simulation version of ArmA III.
 
The integration of LIFE with other game engines is done via a software development kit included in the design to ensure optimal ease of use. It has an editor designed for teamwork and created behaviors that can be handled as any other assets.

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Mar 02
Audio Switcher for Mac OS X revved to version 2.5.3

Spike Software (http://www.spikesoft.net) has announced Audio Switcher 2.5.3, an update to its menubar applet utility for Mac OS X.

Audio Switcher allows you to switch your audio input and output between different audio devices. It supports a range of devices, as well as the built-in audio hardware of your Mac desktop or laptop. Version 2.5.3 adds a preference where the audio device's manufacturer's name can appear in the menu.

Audio Switcher requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. Version 2.5.3 costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. Current users can receive the free update via the Mac Store.

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Mar 04
Large format printer shipments Grew 3.5% year-over-...

According to new data from the IDC (www.idc.com) research group, large format printer (LFP) shipments grew 3.5% in 2014 when compared to 2013 while revenue from those shipments declined by less than -1%. Product mix changes and some very aggressive price promotions were responsible for the revenue declines.

"The fourth quarter is often the strongest quarter of the year for the wide format digital printer market in some segments and some geographies, particularly due to the aggressive promotion by major manufacturers and distributors," says Phuong Hang, program director, Worldwide Large Format Printer Tracker, IDC. "Shipment growth is an important indicator for the overall wide format market because even though hardware revenue declined slightly, the vast majority of the decline came from inkjet products, and with inkjet products a great deal of revenue is driven by the consumption of supplies."

Highlights of the IDC...

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Mar 03
Cloud security software market will see aggressive...

TechNavio (www.technavio.com), a tech-focused research firm, says the cloud security software market will see a compound annual growth rate of 48.46% from 2014-2019.

According to the new report, traditional on-site security software has a high total cost of ownership, as it includes high upfront software license and software implementation costs, coupled with high maintenance costs. Cloud security software circumvents these expenses, since cloud vendors are responsible for the implementation, maintenance, updates, and backup of software, thereby reducing the need for internal IT administration.

"Cloud security software eliminates connection-related expenditures because it is offered with a wide variety of connection options," says Faisal Ghaus, vice president of TechNavio.

The new TechNavio report also draws attention towards growing partnerships between cloud service providers (CSPs) and...

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Mar 02
Managing identities, access critical to the success of...

Managing identities and access is critical to the success of the Internet of Things (IoT), but in its current form identity and access management (IAM) cannot provide the scale or manage the complexity that the IoT brings to the enterprise, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).

"IAM leaders must reconsider how traditional approaches to cybersecurity and IAM work in a world where devices and services are so abundant, in so many different forms and positioned at so many different points within the IT ecosystem," sahs Earl Perkins, research vice president at Gartner.

The growth of the IoT means that IAM leaders of digital businesses require a way of defining and managing the identities of "entities" (people, services and things) within a single framework. The IoT is not only about the introduction of different forms of networked devices into digital business moments; it is a transformational approach to...

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Feb 27
Worldwide datacenter install base sees minimal growth

Data from 451 Research reveals that the worldwide datacenter install base grew at +0.2% Y/Y [year-over-year] in Q4 2014 to 4.3 million datacenters and IT sites. The weak demand for new facilities was primarily driven by a decline in traditional enterprise demand, particularly in mature markets, according to the research group.

This decline was offset by the booming demand for large premium and hyperscale facilities from cloud, service provider and multi-tenant datacenter vendors. While datacenters from those organizations are typically very large, from a datacenter count perspective they are still the minority, representing only 5% of the market combined when server closets and rooms are excluded. 

From a square footage perspective, enterprises continue to control the vast majority of the worldwide market, at 83%. MTDC and cloud providers control 12% and 5%, respectively. That balance will continue to shift over time as enterprises invest less in their own datacenter...

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Feb 26
LTE-Advanced coverage reaches 100 million people

LTE-Advanced networks have been actively deployed around the world. At the end of 2014, LTE-Advanced covered its first 100 million people worldwide, just 4 years since the network’s inception. ABI Research (www.abirsearch.com) predicts that the coverage will reach one billion in four more years.

At the end of 2014, there were 49 commercially available LTE-Advanced networks around the world. Western European operators lead the commercialization with 20 operators, followed by 13 in Asia-Pacific; however, North America still commands the largest population coverage at 7.8%.

"All four major operators of the United States have either commercially deployed (AT&T and Sprint) or have been actively deploying (Verizon and T-Mobile) their LTE-Advanced networks," comments Lian Jye Su, research associate of Core Forecasting, ABI Research.

Globally, a number of major auctions are expected to take place...

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Feb 25
Global pay-TV subscriber base to surpass 924.4 million

The worldwide pay-TV market is expected to have grown 5% in 2014, surpassing 924.4 million subscribers, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

"IPTV is expected to grow a market leading 14% in 2014, followed by satellite TV platform at 7%. The growth rates of cable and terrestrial TV platforms are expected to slow to around 3%," comments Jake Saunders, vice president and practice director of Core Forecasting at the research group.

Global cable TV market growth is driven by the Asian-Pacific and Latin American markets. A combination of the two regions is likely to add over 13 million subscribers in 2014 while the cable TV market in North America is expected to decline approximately 1% in 2014. In 3Q 2014, major cable TV operators in North America lost over 400,000 TV customers, although cable companies are doing well in broadband.

Video streaming services such as Netflix and TiVo,...

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Feb 24
Global 2D gesture recognition market will post a CAGR...

Increased demand for gesture recognition solutions in the healthcare sector has resulted in the unprecedented growth of the global 2D gesture recognition market, which will post a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 32.12% from 2014-2019, says research firm TechNavio (www.technavio.com).

According to the latest report by the research group, gesture recognition in video games has enabled otherwise inactive individuals to participate in physical activity to a certain extent. These games are ideal for elderly people who should have a minimum amount of physical activity every day for their overall health. The TechNavio report also draws attention to the increasing demand for gesture-enabled electronic devices, which are being increasingly used for human-device interaction.

"Vendors are constantly upgrading gesture-enabled consumer electronics to make the interaction between devices and humans simpler and...

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Feb 23
Worldwide personal, entry level Storage market...

The worldwide personal and entry-level storage (PELS) shipments remained flat year over year in 2014, finishing the year with 75.7 million units, according to the IDC (www.idc.com) research group.

Annual shipment values were down -1.5% year over year to $6.6 billion. Unit shipments were down slightly in the fourth quarter (4Q14), declining -0.9% from a year ago to 20.5 million units, while 4Q14 shipment values were also down, declining -5.2% to $1.7 billion.

"The personal and entry-level storage market finished 2014 flat, despite strong growth during the previous quarter," says Jingwen Li, research analysts, Storage Systems, IDC. "The entry-level portion of the market showed consistent growth throughout the year, but it remains too small to drive growth for the entire market. The largest market segment, personal storage, fell victim to continued price declines, increased competition from public cloud providers, and...

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Feb 20
Smart city traffic systems to reduce congestion for...

A new report from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) forecasts that smart city traffic management and parking projects will reduce cumulative global emissions in the order of 164 MMT (million metric tonnes) CO2 between 2014 and 2019, equivalent to the annual emissions produced by 35 million vehicles.

Not only will this benefit the environment, but it will also significantly impact the quality of city dwellers’ lives, with some 700 million automobiles projected to be on city roads by 2019, says the research group. The report found that high levels of city traffic congestion combined with advancements in the "Internet of Things" sensors and software solutions has driven plans to reduce high traffic levels through smart initiatives.

Juniper Research says the establishment of a sensor-networked and monitored city communications infrastructure, efficiently phasing traffic lights and...

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Feb 19
Home care/lawn care robotics market to reach $2.9...

The home care/lawn care robotics market will surpass US$2.9 billion by 2019, up from US$1.2 billion in 2014, according to a new study published by ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com). Approximately seven million robotic home care/lawn care products will be sold in 2019, up from 3.4 million in 2014, representing a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 15.6%, notes the research group.

"The home care/lawn care sector is the largest, fastest growing, and most dynamic component of the overall consumer robotics marketplace, and this will remain so for the foreseeable future," says Dan Kara, practice director, Robotics at ABI Research. "Moreover, the addressable markets for these devices are substantial, penetration levels are nowhere near saturation, and in some cases markets are virtually untouched. New advances in low-cost, highly functional, consumer class enabling technology, coupled with greater levels of...

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17:50
Decades-Old Legacy Encryption Found in iOS, OS X,...

Legacy encryption technology has been found in iOS, OS X, and Android that allows malicious hackers to potentially sniff data going to and from servers that appear to be secure. The vulnerability has been dubbed FREAK by researchers, and Apple said, "We have a fix in iOS and OS X that will be available in software updates next week."


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16:30
ACM 296: Apple’s Spending Restraint, Disconnected...

Apple may be the most valuable company in the world, but it isn't spending like it is. Jeff and Bryan take a look at Apple's fiscal restraint, plus they have some thoughts on a report that Apple's stock will tank because it can't sustain iPhone sales, and they also dive into Google's plans to start its own cell service as an MVNO.


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16:23
Pay What You Want: Front-End Developer Bundle

We have another pay-what-you-want deal for you, this one's called the Front-End Developer Bundle. Pay whatever you want and get two course, one for CSS and HTML, and another for designing Web sites. If you beat the average price, which is just $6.84 as of this writing, you get five more course, including a jQuery course, a course on front end development, Javascript, CSS3, and more. Plus, 10 percent of your purchase price goes to benefit Creative Commons, a great charity. Check it out.


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16:00
Today in the App Store -- Crazy Taxi City Rush,...

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 Octagon, Orderly and a fun Crazy Taxi City Rush update that Hot Wheels fans will love. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

Octagon - A Minimal Arcade Game with Maximum Challenge [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] You are trapped inside the Octagon, a megaplex of hallways, platforms, and gaps—and the clock is running. Can you survive the mad race through this trippy 8-sided tunnel?

Phone Book Pro - Easy contact management [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99]This app will help bring order to...

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14:45
Bloomberg: Apple pushes back 12.9-inch iPad Pro...

The 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” that was expected to make its first public appearance around April before being pushed back to Q2 has been postponed yet again, a new Bloomberg report says. The new release date is reportedly some time in September, right around the next-gen iPhone launch.

This delay is said to be the result of display panel supply problems…

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14:45
AWT News Update: March 4, 2015

HBO/Macall B. Polay

On today's AWT News Update podcast: 

  • Apple and HBO are in talks to bring the new HBO Now subscription service to Apple TV
  • San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is being decorated in preparation for Monday's Spring Forward Event
  • Apple wins the dubious Overall Product Placement title in Brandchannel's Brandcameo Product Placement Awards
  • Rumors abound about new MacBook Airs, although those spreading the rumors aren't able to determine if they will just have new processors or if the new laptop will be totally redesigned

Listen to the AWT News Update every weekday for a quick overview of stories we may not have published on the blog. Be sure to join the AWT Team at 10 AM PT/1 PM ET on March 9th for our liveblog of the Apple Event. 

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13:40
Intuit Hoses Quicken (Mac) Users…Again

Intuit recently sent a message to users of Quicken Essentials for Mac: âYour connected services will be discontinued on 4/30/15. Upgrade to maintain services. Donât worry - weâve got you covered." But that's only part of the story...


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13:40
Q Card Case for iPhone 6 Plus Uses Credit Card Slot...

The Q card case for iPhone 6 Plus from CM4 holds three cards/cash, provides drop protection, and has a very clever way to provide a kickstand with two position options. A screen protector and a micofiber cleaning cloth are provided. It comes in five colors, and Nancy liked it.


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13:05
Judge approves $415m settlement in Apple/Google non-...

Apple has settled a long-running class action lawsuit by workers that accused the company along with Google and other tech companies of entering illegal non-poaching agreements.

Associated Press reports that a judge has given the green light to a $415 million settlement after rejecting an earlier settlement as inadequate.

Judge Lucy Koh had rejected an earlier settlement offer, saying it didn’t offer enough compensation to about 64,000 workers affected by the case. She cited evidence of a corporate conspiracy to make it difficult for tech workers to negotiate better jobs at rival companies… Koh said she was satisfied this week after the companies increased their earlier offer of $324.5 million. She invited final comments on the deal before she grants final approval at a hearing on June 9.

If the...

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13:00
Inateck BTSP-10 Plus Mini HiFi Bluetooth Speaker:...

Last year, I began to receive review products from a company I had never heard of before -- Germany's Inateck. Since there are a lot of accessory companies that have been around the States for a while, it was surprising to me to find that this company was making some pretty high quality products. A current example is the Inateck BTSP-10 Plus Mini HiFi Bluetooth Speaker (US$49.99), a portable speaker with excellent sound quality. Let's check it out.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 6.5 x 2.4 x 2 inches (16.5 x 6 x 5 cm)
  • Weight: 13.75 ounces (390 grams)
  • Battery life (fully charged): 9 to 15 hours, 2100 mAh battery
  • Bluetooth Version 4.0
  • Includes: USB charging cable, 3.5mm audio cable, carrying bag

Design

The BTSP-10 Plus is definitely made for...

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12:56
Apple Will Reportedly Announce MacBook Air with...

In case you haven't heard, Apple's holding an event on March 9. Some sources have leaked information about the content of that event, and Kelly weighs in on those claims.


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12:30
Why Some Observers Think Apple Watch Won’t Succeed

Most of the connected and astute observers of Apple are confident that the Apple Watch will succeed. Perhaps brilliantly. Apple has the savvy, resources, engineering talent and executive leadership to make it a success. So why are there pockets of observers who are sure this new product from Apple will fail? John Martellaro ponders the negative reactions surrounding the Apple Watch, before we have even a hint of sales success.


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12:22
HBO reportedly in talks to debut $15/month...

HBO is reportedly negotiating with Apple to have the Apple TV included as a launch device when the network’s new standalone streaming service launches next month. International Business Times reports Apple has been “aggressive” in pushing to get access to the new service as HBO reportedly plans a launch by mid-April in time for the latest season of hit show Game of Thrones:

HBO is in talks with Apple to make Apple TV one of the launch partners for its highly anticipated streaming service when it debuts next month. HBO and streaming partner Major League Baseball Advanced Media are working to have the standalone service, called “HBO Now,” ready to launch in April...

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11:44
How-To: Boost your Mac’s speed and prolong its...

As I’ve spotlighted over the past month, the best way to dramatically speed up an older Mac is to replace its old hard drive with a new solid state drive (SSD). The process is super-easy on MacBooks and Mac Pros, surprisingly manageable on iMacs, and challenging on Mac minis, yielding 3X to 5X speed boosts. But there’s another option that can speed things up with relatively little effort or expertise: upgrading your Mac’s RAM.

RAM upgrades are easy and cheap. You can expect to pay...

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11:20
Alleged specs of refreshed 13-inch MacBook Air w/...

Specs of what appears to be an unannounced, refreshed MacBook Air have surfaced via screenshots posted to Chinese forums Feng.com.

The images show system specs for a 13-inch “MacBookAir7,2” with similar internals to the existing model but with a couple upgrades. A new Intel Broadwell Core 1.6GHz i5-5250U processor and Intel HD Graphics 6000 shown in the images would be an upgrade from the 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 and Intel HD Graphics 5000 shipping in the current 13-inch MacBook. Also present is in the specs is a slightly larger 7422mAh battery. 

Other specs in the screenshot include 4GB of RAM and a 1440×900 resolution display, both of which are the same as the current generation MacBook Air.

...

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11:15
News: Report: Next-gen ‘iPhone 6s’ to feature 2GB...

Apple plans to increase the RAM in the next-generation iPhone — likely to be dubbed the ‘6s’ — to 2GB, according to AppleInsider. This would provide more working memory to allow for apps to stay open and preserve data in the background, although at a potential battery cost. While Apple has defied expectations thus far in maintaining the iPhone RAM at 1GB in recent years, the iPad Air 2 received a RAM bump to 2GB last year, suggesting…

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10:39
Nvidia to take on Apple TV with Shield set-top box...

The latest major company to step into the crowded set-top box market, where the Apple TV competes, is Nvidia, whose upcoming Shield media player will be powered by Google's Android TV platform.

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10:01
Apple's new Maps patent guides your car around...

Every day when I drive over the Bay Bridge, I lose my wireless signal, just briefly. This is the firstest of first-world problems, and some days I don’t notice, but often I’m streaming music on a shuffle, and the track tries to change, and it just…can’t. It’s super annoying.

Driving around the entire San Francisco Bay is obviously not an option, but if Apple follows through on a patent it received Tuesday, someday your Apple in-dash navigation system could steer you in the direction of a strong wireless signal, so you never lose touch.

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10:00
Monument Valley picks up top prize at 11th Mobile...

Until the awesome Alto's Adventure appeared on the scene, the one game that attracted the attention of all of us here at Apple World Today was the beautiful puzzler Monument Valley (US$3.99). Featuring stunning artwork, Escher-like architecture, and mind-bending gameplay, the app pulls you into the world of Princess Ida and the crows for hours on end. We're happy to announce that Monument Valley was awarded the "Grand Prix" prize for best Mobile Game of 2014 at the 11th International Mobile Gaming Awards held last night.

Monument Valley first appeared in the App Store on April 3, 2014 and was an immediate hit. On November 12, 2014, Forgotten Shores -- a $1.99 in-app purchase for an expansion pack to the game -- added eight more levels to the ten in the original game...

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09:05
Gadget Ogling: A Lovely Sky Snapper, a Grotesque...


There's a new Nikon camera that actually won't work for parents eager to flash their cash at a kid's birthday party with an expensive DSLR when a camera phone would work just fine.
The D810A has an infrared filter that might -- probably will -- result in distorted colors when used for everyday purposes. So you might not want to use it for that cute shot of a butterfly nestling on a poppy. However, for nebulas in bloom, this camera apparently comes alive.

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09:03
Podcast: Watching and waiting for the Apple Watch

This week, Susie and Glenn are watching and waiting for the Apple Watch, and discuss what Apple needs to reveal at Monday's special event. It's only been a week since we last talked about mobile payments, but in that time two new players emerged at Mobile World Congress—the creatively monikered Android Pay and Samsung Pay. Let us know what you think of this week's podcast!

Show notes

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09:00
App Camp For Girls announces 2015 registration, new...

App Camp For Girls Portland, July 2014: Image courtesy of App Camp For Girls

App Camp For Girls is an amazing non-profit organization designed to provide girls who will be entering 8th or 9th grade in the Fall 2015 with fun and accessible educational programs in iOS development. Jean MacDonald, the founder of AC4G, let us know that the camps are expanding this year and also that the program is now open for applications.

The locations and dates are:

  • Vancouver, BC: July 6-10, 2015
  • Seattle, WA: July 13-17, 2015
  • Martinsville, NJ: July 20-24, 2015
  • Portland, OR (2 sessions): July 27-31 and August 17-21, 2015

Tuition for camp is US$375 for the US locations and CAD$375 for the Vancouver session. Space is limited and the...

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Wednesday March 4

12:29
HBO and Apple in Talks for $15/Month Apple TV Streaming...

HBO is in talks with Apple over a partnership that would see its upcoming standalone web-only subscription television package available on the Apple TV, reports Michael Learmonth, writing for International Business Times. CNBC has also confirmed that Apple and HBO are in talks in the video tweet posted below.

BREAKING: Sources tell @JBoorstin that Apple & HBO are in talks for Apple TV to be a launch partner for 'HBO Now'.
https://t.co/hQd9AzA3Xr

— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) March 4, 2015
Apple could potentially be one of HBO's...

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08:53
The Apple Watch Wins the International Forum Design...

Since 1953 the International Forum Design Awards (known as "iF") has been hosting one of the most renowned design award events in the world. This year's 2015 Gold Winner for best industrial design for a watch was awarded to Apple.

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08:06
The People of Zhongjie Joy City China Love Apple's...

Earlier we posted a report titled "Apple's iPhone Hits Record High in China with 25% Market Share," for January. And with Apple roaring into February with four new Apple Stores, sales of the iPhone 6 will likely get another boost. Yet one thing is for sure ...

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05:30
Apple's iPhone Hits Record High in China with 25% M...

A new report published this morning from Kantar for the three months ending in January 2015, show that Apple’s iOS reached its highest ever share in urban China ...

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Tuesday March 3

17:06
Apple Already Working on a Settlement with Lithium Batte...

On February 19 we posted a Patently Legal report covering the lawsuit filed against Apple by the advanced lithium battery maker known as A123 Systems ...

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15:36
Rumor Suggests 12-Inch Retina MacBook Air Could Launch D...

Apple could be planning to introduce the much-rumored 12-inch Retina MacBook Air during its March 9 Apple Watch event, according to one site that claims to have sources within Apple. The Michael Report believes Apple will use the event to debut the ultrathin MacBook, which is rumored to have a Retina display and a redesigned chassis.Many are expecting Apple talk more about the Apple Watch. However, sources familiar with the matter within Apple have exclusively told The Michael Report that Apple plans to unveil the long-awaited Retina MacBook Air at the same event. The Michael Report has independently verified this information to be highly credible.While there have been no concrete rumors from major sites linking the Retina MacBook Air to Apple's March 9 event, previous rumors have indicated that Apple is planning for a spring release. Apple supplier Quanta is said to have...

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12:06
Luxury Sports Car Brand Koenigsegg Announces New Regera...

Swedish car manufacturer Koenigsegg is known for its high-priced luxury sports cars, often called hypercars. At the Geneva Motor Show today, Koenigsegg showed off its latest car -- an ~1,800 horsepower hybrid vehicle with built-in support for Apple's CarPlay service.

Called the Regera, which translates to "to reign" in Swedish, the car can go from 0 to 250 miles per hour within 20 seconds, and it tops out at a speed of 255 miles per hour. It's equipped with a 5.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine along with three electric motors. One motor replaces the standard transmission with the Koenigsegg Direct Drive system, and there's a motor dedicated to each rear wheel.

Inside, the Regera is equipped with an infotainment system that includes a 9-inch infrared...

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11:04
Gartner Finally Acknowledges that Apple was the Number O...

According to a new Gartner report, Apple reported its best quarter ever in the fourth quarter of 2014, which saw it sell 74.8 million units and move to the number 1 position in the global smartphone market. While we've basically known this for weeks, it's always nice to see new stats put it in black and white for all to see, especially Samsung.

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11:04
Researchers Find New 'FREAK' Security Flaw, Ap...

Researchers have recently uncovered a major security flaw in software created by companies like Google and Apple, leaving many devices vulnerable to hacking attempts, reports The Washington Post. Called "FREAK" (Factoring Attack on RSA-EXPORT Keys), the vulnerability stems from a U.S. government policy that once prevented companies from exporting strong encryption, requiring them to instead create weak "export-grade" products to ship to customers outside of the United States.

These restrictions were lifted more than a decade ago, but the weaker encryption has continued to be used by software companies as a result of the old policy and it has even been built into software in the U.S. The existence of lingering "export-grade" encryption was unnoticed until this year, when researchers found they could force...

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10:02
Apple Introduces New MobileFirst Energy and Utilities Ap...

Today, Apple introduces the first of the three new industry sectors that Tim Cook spoke of: Energy. Additionally, MobileFirst has introduced ...

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09:37
Apple Shifting Security Team From Contractors to Full-Ti...

Apple has decided to hire the majority of its day-to-day security staff in Silicon valley as full-time employees, a company spokeswoman confirmed to the San Jose Mercury News. Many of the security guards that Apple has hired in the past as contractors will become part of the company's expanded in-house security team and receive the same benefits as other employees, including full health insurance, retirement contributions and a leave of absence for new parents.

Apple security guard in dispute with photographer at iPad event (via The Australian)
Apple will continue using contractors as security guards for special events, such as the upcoming...

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08:26
Apple Surpassed Samsung as World's Largest Smartpho...

The latest numbers from research firm Gartner reveal that Apple surpassed Samsung in worldwide smartphone sales during the fourth quarter of 2014 to become the world's largest smartphone maker. Samsung lost the top spot to Apple for the first time since 2011.

Apple narrowly edged Samsung as the two rivals had quarterly sales of 74.8 million and 73 million smartphones respectively. Apple's 20.4% market share was also marginally higher than Samsung's 19.9% share during the three-month period ending December."With Apple dominating the premium phone market and the Chinese vendors increasingly offering quality hardware at lower prices, it is through a solid ecosystem of apps, content and services unique to Samsung devices that Samsung can secure more loyalty and longer-term differentiation at the high end of the market," said Roberta Cozza, research director at Gartner.Strategy Analytics reported in January that Apple and...

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07:44
Apple Files Trademarks in Europe for "Digital Crown...

Today the European Trademark Office published two of Apple's trademark applications for "Digital Crown" and "Watch OS" that were originally filed yesterday. Apple's legal team has been on a steady roll filing Apple Watch related trademarks throughout February and now into March.

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07:17
Google Reportedly Preparing Android Wear for iPhone and...

Google is reportedly preparing to release an Android Wear app on the App Store for iPhone and iPad, according to French technology website 01net [Google Translate] (via iPhon.fr).

The report claims Android Wear with extended iOS support could be announced at Google's I/O developer conference in late May, although Google may push the agenda depending on sales of the Apple Watch.

Google may be interested in capitalizing on iPhone and iPad users that are not planning to purchase an Apple Watch when the wrist-worn device is released in April, the...

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06:25
Apple Granted 52 Patents Today Covering Major Multitouch...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 52 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover two major Apple multitouch patents. The first was the force behind the original iPhone launched in 2007 when Apple's CEO Steve Jobs introduced ...

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05:13
Apple-Google Anti-Poaching Lawsuit Nearing $415 Million...

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in a San Jose, California courtroom on Monday raised no objections about a $415 million settlement that would end an ongoing anti-poaching class-action lawsuit involving Apple, Google and other large tech companies. Koh rejected a previous $324.5 million settlement last August after one of the plaintiffs in the case objected because the deal was too low, according to Reuters.

Tech workers filed the antitrust class-action lawsuit in 2011 against Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel, alleging that the four companies reached anti-poaching agreements that resulted in less job mobility and lower salaries. Apple and Google were accused of signing one of the earliest wage...

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03:22
Apple Granted a Patent for a New Wireless Antenna System...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 52 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a single granted patent relating to a new magnetic antenna mounting system that could one day bring cellular connectivity to the iMac and ...

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01:42
Apple Granted a Patent for a Robotic Wireless Testing Sy...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 52 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a granted patent for a robotic arm system for testing iPhones.

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Monday March 2

18:04
Apple Launches Worldwide 'Shot on iPhone 6' Ad...

Apple has launched a worldwide "Shot on iPhone 6" advertising campaign involving 77 photographers, 70 cities and 24 countries, with iPhone 6 photography to be featured in magazines, newspapers, billboards, transit posters and more. The large-scale marketing initiative has started rolling out in several countries across the world this week, including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Thailand, Malaysia, Tokyo and United Arab Emirates.

"Shot on iPhone 6" photo on billboard in Los Angeles (via Twitter)
A number of "Shot on iPhone 6" advertisements have begun surfacing on Twitter and Instagram over the past few days, with spots appearing on the back cover of The New Yorker magazine, horizontal posters in London's Euston Square...

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13:46
Upcoming Steve Jobs Book Promises 'Sensational...

There's a new Steve Jobs book set to be published later this month, penned by Brent Schlender, a reporter who interviewed Jobs several times throughout his life and became close to him, and Rick Tetzeli, Executive Editor at Fast Company. Called Becoming Steve Jobs, the book aims to go beyond existing myths and stereotypes about Jobs, giving a look at a man who was only human, who "wrestled with his failings and learned to maximize his strength over time."

The book explores the story of how Steve Jobs made the transformation from an arrogant young man exiled from Apple to the visionary leader that skyrocketed Apple to fame. Schlender and Tetzeli interviewed many of Steve Jobs' friends, family, and inner circle, to get access to never-before-told stories. Tim Cook, Jony Ive, Eddy Cue, Ed Catmull, John Lasseter, and Robert Iger all contributed to the book. It also draws on the experiences Schlender had with Jobs in interviews across many years.Schlender and Tetzeli...

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Documentation Scanner

Wednesday March 4

09:15
A new foundation for connected business processes at...

Today’s Office 365 post was written by Dr. Matthias Geselle, a Vice President, member of the IT leadership team at Merck. Merck is the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company and is operating in 66 countries. Since 1668 the name has stood for innovation, business success and responsible entrepreneurship. It does business as EMD Millipore and EMD Serono in the United States and Canada.

Connect 15 is Merck’s companywide program to replace the fragmented landscape of collaboration, messaging, and communication tools into a unified Microsoft technology, which simplifies communications around the world and facilitates collaboration between our employees, partners, and customers. When everything is implemented Connect 15 will enable a new way of working within Merck. The first step in our initiative was updating our Office suite from Office 2007 to Office 365 ProPlus,...

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01:00
What’s new: February 2015

February may be a short month, but it was packed with Office 365 updates. You can now preview the next chapter of Office on Windows, scan documents into PDF files from your Windows Phone, work with Office files stored in third-party cloud storage, handwrite and draw in OneNote for iPad and much more. There’s a host of improvements for business, too. Two new compliance capabilities and a new admin mobile app were added, Yammer and Power Map for Excel both got new features, and many security improvements were added for password-protection on mobile device, identity and access management, and encryption. And for millions of eligible students around the world, it’s now easy to sign yourself up to get free Office from your school. Leave us a comment to let us know what your favorite new feature is. If you missed last month’s updates, see What’s new: January 2015.

Office 365 Personal, Office 365 Home and...

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Tuesday March 3

09:39
Learning iOS Security Now Shipping

The latest book, Learning iOS Security is now available on Amazon, Packt, etc. One of my better writing experiences, so thanks to all for making it so! Buy it here, if you’re into iOS Security and all that kind of fun stuff.

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09:00
Sway now lets you add your OneNote images, use more...

The promise of Sway is to make it easy for you to add, visualize and share your content in new, interactive and exciting ways. We’ve been continuously making updates during Sway Preview based on your feedback. Today we’re excited to announce a set of changes across the major phases of the Sway creation and sharing process. Check out the details below!

  • Add your OneNote images to Sway
  • More third-party sources for embeddable web content
  • Suggested searches is more powerful
  • New interactive photo options
  • More ways to share and grow your audience

Add your OneNote images to Sway

Millions of people love using OneNote to capture and organize information. Teachers in particular love OneNote for organizing lesson plans and other information about their classroom. Today, we’re introducing the first version of OneNote integration in Sway—to help you capture,...

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01:00
Making Clutter in Office 365 even better

Today’s post was written by Brian Shiers, senior product marketing manager and Kumar Venkateswar, senior program manager on the Exchange team.

Clutter is a feature in Office 365 designed to help you focus on the most important messages in your inbox by moving lower priority messages out of your way and into a new Clutter folder. We began rolling out Clutter to Office 365 last November for English-speaking customers worldwide and we’re working on expanding to other languages.

Today we are announcing new capabilities for Office 365 administrators to better manage how Clutter works.

Ensuring critical messages make it into the inbox

Clutter uses machine learning and user interactions to determine which email messages to filter and move from the inbox into the Clutter folder. However, what if you have a critical email that should not be filtered and should remain in your...

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Monday March 2

09:00
World’s largest SharePint? It will happen ‘all week...

As promised in our blog post on the evolution of SharePoint a few weeks ago, this morning we released the complete list of SharePoint-related sessions that will be offered at Microsoft Ignite in Chicago, IL, May 4-8 2015.  Ignite is the premier Microsoft event for IT pros, and the only one that brings the vast community of people who work with SharePoint every day together with the people at Microsoft who build SharePoint. Be there as we lift the curtain on SharePoint 2016, announce new Office 365 innovations...

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09:00
Success with Enterprise Mobility webcast: Protect...

Over the last three webcasts, Brad Anderson, corporate vice president for Enterprise Mobility, has discussed how companies can successfully (and cost effectively) manage all devices in their infrastructure. It’s a topic he’s written about at length and on Tuesday March 3, at 10:30 a.m. PST, he’ll conclude this webcast series with a look at two things only Microsoft can offer—self-protecting files and hybrid identity management.

This webcast takes an in-depth look at the...

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09:00
Visio webcast series–Visio 2013 advanced concepts

Join us this Tuesday, March 3rd at 9 a.m. PST/12 p.m. EST for a webcast designed to help turn you into a Visio power user. We will explore advanced diagramming concepts such as layers, hyperlinks and custom templates. Then we will demonstrate one of the key capabilities of Visio—linking data to diagrams—and how to get insights from data linked diagrams and shapes. You will also learn how to interface Visio 2013 with the entire stack of Microsoft technologies and applications including Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, SharePoint and Project

These tools and techniques will dramatically increase your productivity and diagraming efficiency—turning Visio generalists into Visio power users.

Critical features demonstrated in this session include:

Visio Layers; Visio Guides; Visio Hyperlinks; Multi-Page Diagrams; Multiple Windows; External Data Sources; Connecting to External Data; Visio Data Graphics; Data Graphic Legends; Data Refresh; Visio Timeline Diagrams; Visio...

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Sunday March 1

12:30
Music IO: MIDI over USB (Music)

Music IO: MIDI over USB 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Music
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Download the Mac server from the MusicIOapp.com web site. We hope to have this available through the Mac App Store shortly.
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Send and receive MIDI between your Mac and your iOS device via USB. It's simple, reliable, and near-zero latency.

THREE TEAMS
Music IO is a joint effort by three of the most respected iOS music app development teams. Confusion Studios makes MIDI Designer Pro, the most-respected MIDI controller platform for iOS. MIDI Designer is adored by users, loved by Music Industry press, and trusted on stages and in studios around the World. Audeonic Apps makes the pioneering MidiBridge app, an essential tool for routing and filtering MIDI messages on iOS; they also provide the MidiBus software library, which powers...

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06:18
Yet Another Awesome Kickstarter

$8,782,571 funded from a $10,000 goal. Sweet.

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Saturday February 28

12:10
midimux (Music)

midimux 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Music
Price: $9.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

midimux talks MIDI to your Mac - using the standard usb to lightning or 30 pin cable.
Finally.

With midimux, you are no longer forced to rely on wifi-packets or external hardware to communicate MIDI data between a Mac and an iOS Device.
It seamlessly integrates your iPad/iPhone into your studio. worry-free, reliable and at an ultra low-latency.
And it works with all apps that speak MIDI.

midimux lets you..

- control iOS apps with hardware controllers that are connected to your Mac.
- sequence and play iOS apps using a DAW running on your Mac.
- control Mac applications or hardware connected to it, using Lemur, TouchOSC or any other app that uses MIDI.
- use iOS apps to play and sequence hardware instruments that are connected to your Mac...

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Friday February 27

11:20
Religion Simulator (Games)

Religion Simulator 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Religion Simulator is a unique strategy game. It gives you an opportunity to build your own religion and decide about its structure and philosophy.

The game consists of two elements:

1. THE GLOBE - You develop your religion on the globe, where you need to take over tiles by adding expansions, temples and other buildings. The more tiles belong to your religion, the more gold you receive and your religion becomes stronger. When making decisions you need to take into account various aspects like population, education and wealth. There are other religions on the globe and your goal is to dominate the world! You can also use various weapons like bombs and thunderstorms to destroy your opponents, but the most important strategy is to give the right directions...

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10:40
BlastBall MAX (Games)

BlastBall MAX 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

BlastBall MAX is the ultimate challenge for puzzle fans, bringing you an ALL NEW puzzle mechanic.

BlastBall does not feature timer based gameplay, constant random factors, Pay to Win features or tacked-on gameplay mechanics. Our game focusses on one thing: delivering pure puzzle gameplay.

Boardgame roots!
The BlastBall puzzle mechanic was co-created by abstract boardgame designer legend Kris Burm. He's known for boardgame classics like GIPF, DVONN, TSAAR, YINSH and ZERTZ, BlastBall aims to be the ULTIMATE puzzle experience. So put on your thinking cap, and give it a try.

BlastBall MAX features:
- An amazing and ALL NEW puzzle mechanic
- 90 missions that’ll help you conquer its deep gameplay
- Universal iPad & iPhone support
-...

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09:00
Next on Modern Workplace—cybersecurity

The number of detected cyberattacks in 2014 almost doubled from the year before, leaving many organizations with significant financial losses and elevating cybersecurity from a server room issue to a boardroom issue. With ever-evolving cyber threats, businesses need to know how to develop strategies to address their vulnerabilities and keep their data accessible, yet safe, in today’s digital world.

Register now to watch Modern Workplace live on March 3rd and hear directly from cybersecurity experts about what you can do to protect your organization from a hacker’s touch. Plus, find out how the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit is using Office 365 tools in their work with global law enforcement agencies to monitor, analyze and fight cybercrime.

Cybersecurity: How Safe are You?

March 3rd | 8:00 a.m. PST / 4:00 p.m. GMT...

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09:00
Office Mix, e-Learning and SCORM

Office Mix was originally created to help educators implement new teaching methods, using the simplicity of PowerPoint. Today, we’re proud to announce that Office Mix brings the same benefits to the professional e-Learning community, with support for SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model), the industry standard for packaging of digital learning content.

Superpowers for PowerPoint

Office Mix enables you to create interactive online videos using PowerPoint. With Office Mix, you can use PowerPoint to record audio or video using a webcam and microphone, and add digital ink to your slides. You can also embed assessments, polls, interactive simulations and online videos to your mix to increase engagement and assess comprehension by your audience.

...

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Thursday February 26

16:00
Rocket Joust (Games)

Rocket Joust 1.0.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Battle your friends for aerial supremacy in Rocket Joust! Jump in with up to 4 human or AI competitors on the one device, in a wild contest to knock each other from the sky. Play across multiple levels and modes, using a host of quirky characters, and show your friends who the best jouster is!

FEATURES
+ Fun and addictive multiplayer rocket-jousting!
+ Simple one-button gameplay supporting up to 4 players on a single device
+ Three fun modes: Free For All, Team Joust, and King Mode
+ Five uniquely awesome characters
+ Whacky ragdoll physics
+ Multiple levels to joust in
+ Crazy powerups shake up the competition
+ Optional CPU players to join the battle when you need them
+ Game Center achievements to unlock

Welcome to...

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13:51
Infinite Cosmos (Games)

Infinite Cosmos 1.0.1
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes)

Description:

Years of intergalactic struggle, planetary annihilation and constant privateering have left space a ghastly mess. It is your destiny to pilot the “Photon” through an array of space junk, left over planet debris and all sorts of wonders from the intergalactic fun, of which you will not be a part.

Good luck out there – I hear there are many other pilots looking to find the odd bit of hidden loot to upgrade their measly ships.

Features:
-Retro inspired pixel graphics
-Endless gameplay
-5 Hyper modes
-A menagerie of enemies to pew pew
-High Score chasing thrill ride
-A multiplier, to multiply your score!
-Original Chip-Tune-inspired OST
-NO ADS
-NO IAP
-an INFINITE COSMOS

Permissions:
Wake Lock - to...

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12:11
Mayhem! (Games)

Mayhem! 0.0.19
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $.99, Version: 0.0.19 (iTunes)

Description:

MAYHEM! is the frantic, frenzied 2D arcade game.

Dodge lasers, sidestep mines and collect cash pickups in the Global Smash Hit Game Show: MAYHEM! 

Can you beat the clock to conquer all Zones, become the ultimate contestant, unlock Endless Mode and top the leaderboard?

Warning: As with all the best arcade games, some players might find MAYHEM! EXTREMELY DIFFICULT!

MAYHEM! features pixel art from leading UK artist, Gary J Lucken - Army of Trolls;

Plus:
→ 3 x MAYHEM! Zones
→ 1 x Endless Zone
→ 12 x Achievements
→ Left & Right handed controls
→ Game Center Enabled (of course! - it’s a game after all)
→ Soundtrack by Grandscale Music

Please show your support by rating MAYHEM!

Thank you. DEADJAM

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11:31
Air Display 3 (with USB and Wi-Fi) (Utilities)

Air Display 3 (with USB and Wi-Fi) 3.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Utilities
Price: $14.99, Version: 3.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Air Display 3 turns your iOS screen into a wireless (or USB!) display for your Mac. Increase your productivity with extra screen real estate or mirror your Mac computer display to your iOS device. (Windows users, stay tuned. For now, you want Air Display 2.)

“You have a bunch of different options to turn your iPad into a second display, but we prefer Air Display as the easiest option.” — Lifehacker

Now with Air Display 3 you can also connect via USB for buttery smooth graphics performance.

Air Display consists of this iOS app and a separate free host app that you install on your Mac.

KEY FEATURES

NEW: USB Connection — For even faster, more reliable performance, you can connect your iOS device and...

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09:21
MATE.. (Games)

MATE.. 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Experience visual bliss that will take your emotions to multiple states, from joy to frustration within a split second.

A hypnotic avoidance game where your reaction and reflex skills will be tested to the limit. Avoid sequences of rotating obstacles while experiencing stunningly beautiful scenarios and gameplay. A total thrill and rush of multiple energies at once.

Can you handle it MATE?

Minimalistic touch controls, pick up and play instantly. How far can you go? Let’s do this!

MATE..

MATE..

| Read more »
09:00
OneNote for Teachers interactive guides now...

In case you haven’t visited OneNoteforTeachers.com yet, we encourage you to do so and see how this new site, developed exclusively for educators, is helping new OneNote users become “OneNote Ninjas” without any cost to them or their school—in about an hour. Since launching this training-focused website, we have heard feedback from global educators about the need to have the guides in their own native language.

So due to popular demand from our worldwide teachers, we have now translated the 10 interactive guides on found on OneNoteForTeachers.com into 5 common languages: Spanish, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, French and German. We hope this will help you become a better user of OneNote in the classroom...

| Read more »
09:00
Catching a comet with Excel Power Map

Today’s post was written by Thomas Nhan, program manager on the Excel team.

The recent news that the Rosetta spacecraft made the closest approach ever to the Comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko  (Comet 67P), inspired the Excel Power Map team. Rosetta was launched on March 2, 2004 to reach Comet 67P by following the Comet’s path from the outer edge back to Sun. And although Power Map is widely used to map Earth-bound geographical data, we used the custom map feature to plot the trajectory of Earth, Mars, Comet 67P and Rosetta, by visualizing their paths through time (well, since 2004). And then we created a video of Rosetta probe’s rendezvous with Comet 67P:

Our first step was to use Power Query to download the NASA orbital data, along with velocity vector at each location, into Excel.

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) site for...

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Wednesday March 4

09:15
A new foundation for connected business processes at...

Today’s Office 365 post was written by Dr. Matthias Geselle, a Vice President, member of the IT leadership team at Merck. Merck is the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company and is operating in 66 countries. Since 1668 the name has stood for innovation, business success and responsible entrepreneurship. It does business as EMD Millipore and EMD Serono in the United States and Canada.

Connect 15 is Merck’s companywide program to replace the fragmented landscape of collaboration, messaging, and communication tools into a unified Microsoft technology, which simplifies communications around the world and facilitates collaboration between our employees, partners, and customers. When everything is implemented Connect 15 will enable a new way of working within Merck. The first step in our initiative was updating our Office suite from Office 2007 to Office 365 ProPlus,...

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01:00
What’s new: February 2015

February may be a short month, but it was packed with Office 365 updates. You can now preview the next chapter of Office on Windows, scan documents into PDF files from your Windows Phone, work with Office files stored in third-party cloud storage, handwrite and draw in OneNote for iPad and much more. There’s a host of improvements for business, too. Two new compliance capabilities and a new admin mobile app were added, Yammer and Power Map for Excel both got new features, and many security improvements were added for password-protection on mobile device, identity and access management, and encryption. And for millions of eligible students around the world, it’s now easy to sign yourself up to get free Office from your school. Leave us a comment to let us know what your favorite new feature is. If you missed last month’s updates, see What’s new: January 2015.

Office 365 Personal, Office 365 Home and...

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Tuesday March 3

09:39
Learning iOS Security Now Shipping

The latest book, Learning iOS Security is now available on Amazon, Packt, etc. One of my better writing experiences, so thanks to all for making it so! Buy it here, if you’re into iOS Security and all that kind of fun stuff.

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09:00
Sway now lets you add your OneNote images, use more...

The promise of Sway is to make it easy for you to add, visualize and share your content in new, interactive and exciting ways. We’ve been continuously making updates during Sway Preview based on your feedback. Today we’re excited to announce a set of changes across the major phases of the Sway creation and sharing process. Check out the details below!

  • Add your OneNote images to Sway
  • More third-party sources for embeddable web content
  • Suggested searches is more powerful
  • New interactive photo options
  • More ways to share and grow your audience

Add your OneNote images to Sway

Millions of people love using OneNote to capture and organize information. Teachers in particular love OneNote for organizing lesson plans and other information about their classroom. Today, we’re introducing the first version of OneNote integration in Sway—to help you capture,...

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01:00
Making Clutter in Office 365 even better

Today’s post was written by Brian Shiers, senior product marketing manager and Kumar Venkateswar, senior program manager on the Exchange team.

Clutter is a feature in Office 365 designed to help you focus on the most important messages in your inbox by moving lower priority messages out of your way and into a new Clutter folder. We began rolling out Clutter to Office 365 last November for English-speaking customers worldwide and we’re working on expanding to other languages.

Today we are announcing new capabilities for Office 365 administrators to better manage how Clutter works.

Ensuring critical messages make it into the inbox

Clutter uses machine learning and user interactions to determine which email messages to filter and move from the inbox into the Clutter folder. However, what if you have a critical email that should not be filtered and should remain in your...

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Monday March 2

09:00
World’s largest SharePint? It will happen ‘all week...

As promised in our blog post on the evolution of SharePoint a few weeks ago, this morning we released the complete list of SharePoint-related sessions that will be offered at Microsoft Ignite in Chicago, IL, May 4-8 2015.  Ignite is the premier Microsoft event for IT pros, and the only one that brings the vast community of people who work with SharePoint every day together with the people at Microsoft who build SharePoint. Be there as we lift the curtain on SharePoint 2016, announce new Office 365 innovations...

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09:00
Success with Enterprise Mobility webcast: Protect...

Over the last three webcasts, Brad Anderson, corporate vice president for Enterprise Mobility, has discussed how companies can successfully (and cost effectively) manage all devices in their infrastructure. It’s a topic he’s written about at length and on Tuesday March 3, at 10:30 a.m. PST, he’ll conclude this webcast series with a look at two things only Microsoft can offer—self-protecting files and hybrid identity management.

This webcast takes an in-depth look at the...

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09:00
Visio webcast series–Visio 2013 advanced concepts

Join us this Tuesday, March 3rd at 9 a.m. PST/12 p.m. EST for a webcast designed to help turn you into a Visio power user. We will explore advanced diagramming concepts such as layers, hyperlinks and custom templates. Then we will demonstrate one of the key capabilities of Visio—linking data to diagrams—and how to get insights from data linked diagrams and shapes. You will also learn how to interface Visio 2013 with the entire stack of Microsoft technologies and applications including Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, SharePoint and Project

These tools and techniques will dramatically increase your productivity and diagraming efficiency—turning Visio generalists into Visio power users.

Critical features demonstrated in this session include:

Visio Layers; Visio Guides; Visio Hyperlinks; Multi-Page Diagrams; Multiple Windows; External Data Sources; Connecting to External Data; Visio Data Graphics; Data Graphic Legends; Data Refresh; Visio Timeline Diagrams; Visio...

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Sunday March 1

12:30
Music IO: MIDI over USB (Music)

Music IO: MIDI over USB 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Music
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Download the Mac server from the MusicIOapp.com web site. We hope to have this available through the Mac App Store shortly.
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Send and receive MIDI between your Mac and your iOS device via USB. It's simple, reliable, and near-zero latency.

THREE TEAMS
Music IO is a joint effort by three of the most respected iOS music app development teams. Confusion Studios makes MIDI Designer Pro, the most-respected MIDI controller platform for iOS. MIDI Designer is adored by users, loved by Music Industry press, and trusted on stages and in studios around the World. Audeonic Apps makes the pioneering MidiBridge app, an essential tool for routing and filtering MIDI messages on iOS; they also provide the MidiBus software library, which powers...

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06:18
Yet Another Awesome Kickstarter

$8,782,571 funded from a $10,000 goal. Sweet.

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Saturday February 28

12:10
midimux (Music)

midimux 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Music
Price: $9.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

midimux talks MIDI to your Mac - using the standard usb to lightning or 30 pin cable.
Finally.

With midimux, you are no longer forced to rely on wifi-packets or external hardware to communicate MIDI data between a Mac and an iOS Device.
It seamlessly integrates your iPad/iPhone into your studio. worry-free, reliable and at an ultra low-latency.
And it works with all apps that speak MIDI.

midimux lets you..

- control iOS apps with hardware controllers that are connected to your Mac.
- sequence and play iOS apps using a DAW running on your Mac.
- control Mac applications or hardware connected to it, using Lemur, TouchOSC or any other app that uses MIDI.
- use iOS apps to play and sequence hardware instruments that are connected to your Mac...

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Friday February 27

11:20
Religion Simulator (Games)

Religion Simulator 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Religion Simulator is a unique strategy game. It gives you an opportunity to build your own religion and decide about its structure and philosophy.

The game consists of two elements:

1. THE GLOBE - You develop your religion on the globe, where you need to take over tiles by adding expansions, temples and other buildings. The more tiles belong to your religion, the more gold you receive and your religion becomes stronger. When making decisions you need to take into account various aspects like population, education and wealth. There are other religions on the globe and your goal is to dominate the world! You can also use various weapons like bombs and thunderstorms to destroy your opponents, but the most important strategy is to give the right directions...

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10:40
BlastBall MAX (Games)

BlastBall MAX 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

BlastBall MAX is the ultimate challenge for puzzle fans, bringing you an ALL NEW puzzle mechanic.

BlastBall does not feature timer based gameplay, constant random factors, Pay to Win features or tacked-on gameplay mechanics. Our game focusses on one thing: delivering pure puzzle gameplay.

Boardgame roots!
The BlastBall puzzle mechanic was co-created by abstract boardgame designer legend Kris Burm. He's known for boardgame classics like GIPF, DVONN, TSAAR, YINSH and ZERTZ, BlastBall aims to be the ULTIMATE puzzle experience. So put on your thinking cap, and give it a try.

BlastBall MAX features:
- An amazing and ALL NEW puzzle mechanic
- 90 missions that’ll help you conquer its deep gameplay
- Universal iPad & iPhone support
-...

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09:00
Next on Modern Workplace—cybersecurity

The number of detected cyberattacks in 2014 almost doubled from the year before, leaving many organizations with significant financial losses and elevating cybersecurity from a server room issue to a boardroom issue. With ever-evolving cyber threats, businesses need to know how to develop strategies to address their vulnerabilities and keep their data accessible, yet safe, in today’s digital world.

Register now to watch Modern Workplace live on March 3rd and hear directly from cybersecurity experts about what you can do to protect your organization from a hacker’s touch. Plus, find out how the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit is using Office 365 tools in their work with global law enforcement agencies to monitor, analyze and fight cybercrime.

Cybersecurity: How Safe are You?

March 3rd | 8:00 a.m. PST / 4:00 p.m. GMT...

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09:00
Office Mix, e-Learning and SCORM

Office Mix was originally created to help educators implement new teaching methods, using the simplicity of PowerPoint. Today, we’re proud to announce that Office Mix brings the same benefits to the professional e-Learning community, with support for SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model), the industry standard for packaging of digital learning content.

Superpowers for PowerPoint

Office Mix enables you to create interactive online videos using PowerPoint. With Office Mix, you can use PowerPoint to record audio or video using a webcam and microphone, and add digital ink to your slides. You can also embed assessments, polls, interactive simulations and online videos to your mix to increase engagement and assess comprehension by your audience.

...

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Thursday February 26

16:00
Rocket Joust (Games)

Rocket Joust 1.0.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Battle your friends for aerial supremacy in Rocket Joust! Jump in with up to 4 human or AI competitors on the one device, in a wild contest to knock each other from the sky. Play across multiple levels and modes, using a host of quirky characters, and show your friends who the best jouster is!

FEATURES
+ Fun and addictive multiplayer rocket-jousting!
+ Simple one-button gameplay supporting up to 4 players on a single device
+ Three fun modes: Free For All, Team Joust, and King Mode
+ Five uniquely awesome characters
+ Whacky ragdoll physics
+ Multiple levels to joust in
+ Crazy powerups shake up the competition
+ Optional CPU players to join the battle when you need them
+ Game Center achievements to unlock

Welcome to...

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13:51
Infinite Cosmos (Games)

Infinite Cosmos 1.0.1
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes)

Description:

Years of intergalactic struggle, planetary annihilation and constant privateering have left space a ghastly mess. It is your destiny to pilot the “Photon” through an array of space junk, left over planet debris and all sorts of wonders from the intergalactic fun, of which you will not be a part.

Good luck out there – I hear there are many other pilots looking to find the odd bit of hidden loot to upgrade their measly ships.

Features:
-Retro inspired pixel graphics
-Endless gameplay
-5 Hyper modes
-A menagerie of enemies to pew pew
-High Score chasing thrill ride
-A multiplier, to multiply your score!
-Original Chip-Tune-inspired OST
-NO ADS
-NO IAP
-an INFINITE COSMOS

Permissions:
Wake Lock - to...

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12:11
Mayhem! (Games)

Mayhem! 0.0.19
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $.99, Version: 0.0.19 (iTunes)

Description:

MAYHEM! is the frantic, frenzied 2D arcade game.

Dodge lasers, sidestep mines and collect cash pickups in the Global Smash Hit Game Show: MAYHEM! 

Can you beat the clock to conquer all Zones, become the ultimate contestant, unlock Endless Mode and top the leaderboard?

Warning: As with all the best arcade games, some players might find MAYHEM! EXTREMELY DIFFICULT!

MAYHEM! features pixel art from leading UK artist, Gary J Lucken - Army of Trolls;

Plus:
→ 3 x MAYHEM! Zones
→ 1 x Endless Zone
→ 12 x Achievements
→ Left & Right handed controls
→ Game Center Enabled (of course! - it’s a game after all)
→ Soundtrack by Grandscale Music

Please show your support by rating MAYHEM!

Thank you. DEADJAM

... | Read more »
11:31
Air Display 3 (with USB and Wi-Fi) (Utilities)

Air Display 3 (with USB and Wi-Fi) 3.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Utilities
Price: $14.99, Version: 3.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Air Display 3 turns your iOS screen into a wireless (or USB!) display for your Mac. Increase your productivity with extra screen real estate or mirror your Mac computer display to your iOS device. (Windows users, stay tuned. For now, you want Air Display 2.)

“You have a bunch of different options to turn your iPad into a second display, but we prefer Air Display as the easiest option.” — Lifehacker

Now with Air Display 3 you can also connect via USB for buttery smooth graphics performance.

Air Display consists of this iOS app and a separate free host app that you install on your Mac.

KEY FEATURES

NEW: USB Connection — For even faster, more reliable performance, you can connect your iOS device and...

| Read more »
09:21
MATE.. (Games)

MATE.. 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Experience visual bliss that will take your emotions to multiple states, from joy to frustration within a split second.

A hypnotic avoidance game where your reaction and reflex skills will be tested to the limit. Avoid sequences of rotating obstacles while experiencing stunningly beautiful scenarios and gameplay. A total thrill and rush of multiple energies at once.

Can you handle it MATE?

Minimalistic touch controls, pick up and play instantly. How far can you go? Let’s do this!

MATE..

MATE..

| Read more »
09:00
OneNote for Teachers interactive guides now...

In case you haven’t visited OneNoteforTeachers.com yet, we encourage you to do so and see how this new site, developed exclusively for educators, is helping new OneNote users become “OneNote Ninjas” without any cost to them or their school—in about an hour. Since launching this training-focused website, we have heard feedback from global educators about the need to have the guides in their own native language.

So due to popular demand from our worldwide teachers, we have now translated the 10 interactive guides on found on OneNoteForTeachers.com into 5 common languages: Spanish, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, French and German. We hope this will help you become a better user of OneNote in the classroom...

| Read more »
09:00
Catching a comet with Excel Power Map

Today’s post was written by Thomas Nhan, program manager on the Excel team.

The recent news that the Rosetta spacecraft made the closest approach ever to the Comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko  (Comet 67P), inspired the Excel Power Map team. Rosetta was launched on March 2, 2004 to reach Comet 67P by following the Comet’s path from the outer edge back to Sun. And although Power Map is widely used to map Earth-bound geographical data, we used the custom map feature to plot the trajectory of Earth, Mars, Comet 67P and Rosetta, by visualizing their paths through time (well, since 2004). And then we created a video of Rosetta probe’s rendezvous with Comet 67P:

Our first step was to use Power Query to download the NASA orbital data, along with velocity vector at each location, into Excel.

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) site for...

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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.

| Read more »
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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daWindci Deluxe Review By Campbell Bird on March 4th, 2015 Our Rating: :: BLUSTERY PUZZLESUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad This updated puzzle game offers some creative gameplay and new mechanics, but still suffers from... | Read more »
Dungeon Hunter 5 Coming on March 12
Gameloft has excitedly announced that Dungeon Hunter 5 is on its way! Once again, you will adventure across the land of Valenthia exploring dungeons and fighting monsters. The game will have a new asynchronous multiplayer mode called Strongholds... | Read more »
GDC 2015 – The Sandbox 2 is Coming, and...
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Warner Bros. Interactive Announces Mort...
Mortal Kombat X, by Warner Bros. and NetherRealm Studios, will be a a free-to-play fighting/card-battle Mortal Kombat game. The game promises card collecting, multiplayer team combat, classic characters such as Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Raiden, and the... | Read more »
GDC 2015 – Piloteer is Whitaker Trebella...
GDC 2015 – Piloteer is Whitaker Trebella’s Latest Project, and it’s Definitely Something DIfferent Posted by Rob Rich on March 3rd, 2015 [ permalink ] You know | Read more »
PangoLand Review
PangoLand Review By Amy Solomon on March 3rd, 2015 Our Rating: :: COME VISIT PANGO AND FRIENDSUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad PangoLand is an open-ended world full of familiar characters, bright colors and interactive... | Read more »

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It’s good to hear someone saying positive things about the iPad. I’ve been trying to bend my mind around how Apple’s tablet could have gone from zero to bestselling personal computing device on the... Read more
Mac Pros on sale for up to $279 off MSRP
Amazon has Mac Pros in stock and on sale for up to $279 off MSRP. Shipping is free: - 4-Core Mac Pro: $2725.87, $273 off MSRP (9%) - 6-Core Mac Pro: $3719.99, $279 off MSRP (7%) Read more
Sale! 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros for up to $...
B&H Photo has 13″ Retina MacBook Pros on sale for up to $205 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 13″ 2.6GHz/128GB Retina MacBook Pro: $1219.99 save $80 - 13″ 2.... Read more
Another Tranche Of IBM MobileFirst For iOS Ap...
IBM has announced the next expansion phase for  its IBM MobileFirst for iOS portfolio, with a troika of new apps to address key priorities for the Banking and Financial Services, Airline and Retail... Read more
Sale! 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros for up to $...
B&H Photo has the new 2014 15″ Retina MacBook Pros on sale for up to $250 off MSRP for a limited time. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro: $... Read more
WaterField Designs Introduces the Minimalist...
With Apple Pay gaining popularity, Android Pay coming in May 2015, and loyalty cards and receipts that can be accessed from smartphones, San Francisco’s WaterField Designs observes that it may be... Read more
Sale! 15-inch 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro for $...
 Best Buy has the 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro on sale for $1774.99 $1799.99, or $225 off MSRP. Choose free home shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Price valid for online orders... Read more
13-inch 2.5GHz MacBook Pro (refurbished) avai...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pros available for $170 off the cost of new models. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free: - 13″ 2.5GHz... Read more
13-inch 2.5GHz MacBook Pro on sale for $100 o...
B&H Photo has the 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pro on sale for $999.99 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $100 off MSRP. Read more
27-inch 3.5GHz 5K iMac in stock today and on...
 B&H Photo has the 27″ 3.5GHz 5K iMac in stock today and on sale for $2299 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $200 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for... Read more

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