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06:54
New Earth science educational app is available for Mac OS X

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

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

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

Earth's Rocks and the Rock Cycle...

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06:43
Passware exposes suspects' Photo Stream to computer forensics

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

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

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

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04:46
PhotoScissors 2.0 for Mac OS X removes image backgrounds faster

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

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



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

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04:46
Splice 2.3.1 is now available in the Mac App Store

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

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

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

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04:42
App Tamer for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mar 25
Apowersoft Mac Screenshot unveiled for Mac OS X

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mar 25
Beezwax announces InspectorPro 5 for FileMaker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mar 25
Fantastical 2 is reimagined for Yosemite

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

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

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

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Mar 25
Sky Battles launches on Steam for Macs, PCs

Peter Lacalamita has launched Sky Battles (http://store.steampowered.com/app/346670), his new indie air combat game on Steam, the online store for Mac and PC games.

Sky Battles features bi-planes and giant titan bosses like krakens, sea monsters and fire breathing dragons to name a few. It also includes a multiplayer mode allowing players to engage in online dogfights.

Sky Battles includes a multiplayer mode allowing players to engage in online dogfights. Steam achievements and leader boards have been implemented to complement the gaming experience.

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Mar 25
RESCUECOM releases 2015 Computer Reliability Report

RESCUECOM’s 2015 Computer Reliability Report brings some interesting shifts among the big names in computer and tablet manufacturers.

Most noteworthy in the 2015 report is the lead Amazon has claimed over the competition. With a higher reliability score than the rest of the manufacturers combined, Amazon holds the top rank. The manufacturer even surpassed well-known names in reliability like Apple and Samsung this year. Amazon’s “A+” grade is due in large part to focusing on one product: the Kindle tablets.

Still, both Samsung and Apple have impressive reliability grades of “A-” for 2015. In fact, these long time contenders for the number one spot almost tied in reliability score. Samsung managed to gain a narrow lead over Apple. The full list of rankings is explained in-depth in the 2015 Computer Reliability Report (http://tinyurl.com/pg4gs2r).

Lenovo and Asus mark the middle ground...

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Mar 25
PDF Checkpoint now supports preflighting of LibreOffice PDF files

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced PDF Checkpoint 1.7.7, a maintenance update to their PDF preflight and conversion solution.

The app automatically preflights, exports as images, splits and optimizes Adobe PDF files. The software can also convert the color of PDF colors, downsample resolution and compress images. The new version lets users preflight PDF documents created with LibreOffice as well as files that underwent GhostScript conversion.

PDF Checkpoint 1.7.7 can be purchased on the Mac App Store and Zevrix website for US$39.95, as well as from authorized resellers. The update is free to licensed users. A demo is available for download. PDF Checkpoint requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

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Mar 24
PDFpen 7.1 adds advanced page numbering, custom stamps, more

Smile has released PDFpenPro 7.1 and PDFpen 7.1, the latest version of its all-purpose PDF editing tool for the Mac. This version brings advanced page numbering options, including control over font, color, formatting, and page range.

PDFpen also allows for the creation of custom stamps, including dynamic stamps with the user’s name and the date the document is stamped. There are also a series of new additional stamps to choose from, such as Paid, Faxed, Copied, and more.

OCR is easier with new auto-deskew, which straightens the text of a scanned document, necessary for accurate OCR results. The German localization has been improved in version 7.1, as has VoiceOver support in forms.

PDFpen retails for US$74.95, and PDFpenPro for $124.95. Family pack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $94.95 for PDFpen and $149.95 for PDFpenPro. Office pack licenses start at $224.95 for PDFpen (five users) and $349.95 for PDFpenPro (five users)....

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Mar 24
FirstBank offers Apple Pay services for customers

FirstBank Holding Company, says it will begin offering Apple Pay mobile payment services for customers. Apple Pay is currently accepted at more than 700,000 businesses and retailers nationwide.

Customers can add their FirstBank debit or credit card by going to settings on their Apple device, opening "Passbook & Apple Pay”" and then selecting "Add Credit or Debit Card." After their debit or credit card information is added, customers can hold their finger on the phone’s Touch ID scan—near the vendor’s contactless reader—to make a purchase.

FirstBank (www.efirstbank.com) serves more than 650,000 customers and operates more than 115 locations in Colorado, Arizona, and California. A majority of its stock is owned by management and employees.

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Mar 24
Three new channels added to the Apple TV

Three new channels have been added to the Apple TV: Young Hollywood, Tastemade, and TED Talks.

Young Hollywood (www.yhworldwide.com), which targets Millennials — has launched celebrity-focused programming. It will premiere seven new original half-hour series this month totaling over 100 episodes. After the initial launch, Young Hollywood will continue to regularly debut new series on Apple TV, including the launch of a new weekly flagship entertainment news show “Young Hollywood Now.”

Tastemade (www.tastemade.com), "a video network built for the connected generation," is also launching on the Apple TV, marking its Apple TV, marks the foray into programming dedicated to food and travel. It provides hundreds of episodes of its original programming to millions of users of Apple's set-top box. Tastemade doesn't require authentication and ...

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Mar 24
Tune-Instructor for Mac OS X updated with 25 workflow options

Tibor Andre has announced Tune-Instructor 3.5 for Mac OS X, an update that provides 25 workflow options for organizing iTunes files, plus playback controls.

An interactive widget permits rating, playback, progress and title information within the notification center. The app allows for custom editing of the ID3-Tag, which contains all metadata of an MP3 file. Users can organize their song libraries, lyrics, artwork, files, and folders however they wish.

Tune-Instructor 3.5 (http://www.tune-instructor.de/en/start.html) requires Mac OS X 10.10 or later and iTunes 8.2 or later. It's donationware .

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Mar 23
Cyberpunk 3776 available on Steam

Peter Hann is releasing Cyberpunk 3776 (http://www.cyberpunk3776.com) on the Steam platform with added features. The original release is currently available for Mac OS X and PC systems.

Here's how the game is described: "Cyberpunk 3776 is a side-scrolling shooter set in a dystopian future world where you are the last of all of humanity. Avarice and indifference have brought about the end of days and an extraterrestrial force has come to declare war in a showdown to the end.

"With gameplay based on the golden-age of arcade shooters, the controls have been simplified and the playthrough streamlined. The driving force behind the game is its dark themes of life and its eventual end, portrayed as monologue by voice actor Nico Uusitalo."

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Mar 23
App Wrapper updated to version 3.5

Ohanaware (www.ohanaware.com) has released App Wrapper 3.3, an update to their App Store preparation tool.

It was designed to simplify the process of preparing applications for submission to the Mac App Store and deploying on web sites. App Wrapper features a graphical user interface for adding the required App Store properties, creating high resolution icons, code signing an application, placing an app into a App Sandbox and packaging it in a signed installer or creating a zip file, and more.

App Wrapper 3.3 adds a UTI control option, either Merge, Replace or Disable for controlling App Wrapper's UTI handling. It also adds code to deal with app icon names not ending with .icns.

There are three pricing options (owners of App Wrapper Mini and App Wrapper 2.x are entitled a discount when upgrading): US$49.99 - 1-Year Update Plan; $9.99 - 30-Day Pay As You Go; and $199.99 - 1-Year Small Team Update...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mar 16
Production printer shipments see double digit growth

The worldwide production print market enjoyed double-digit year-over-year shipment growth in the fourth quarter of 2014 (4Q14). Unit shipments grew 17.1% to approximately 11,650 units (printers and MFPs) and shipment value increased 4.5% to nearly $1.4 billion in the same time period, according to the IDC (www.idc.com) research group.

With exception of Japan, all of IDC's regional markets saw positive year-over-year shipment growth in the production print space. Among the regions, North America grew 19.4% year over year, EMEA grew 23.2%, and Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) was up 14.7%.

All categories in the production print market recorded double-digit year-over-year growth. Production had year-over-year shipment growth of 50.1%, followed by Label & Packaging at 25.0% and Mid-Production with 10.2%.

Color laser grew by 44.8% on an annual basis while high speed inkjet saw a 27.9% year-over-year increase and...

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Mar 13
Worldwide LAN market shows slower growth in the fourth...

The combined consumer and enterprise worldwide wireless local area network (WLAN) market segments increased 7.0% year over year in the fourth quarter of 2014 (4Q14), according to new data from IDC (www.idc.com).

The enterprise segment continued to grow at a steady rate and increased another 7.4% over the same period last year, notes the research group. After an uptick in year-over-year growth in 3Q14 (9.4%), the enterprise WLAN market growth rate resumed a pattern of incremental growth rate decreases. For the full year 2014, the enterprise WLAN market grew 8.5% year over year, significantly lower than the gains seen in the last few years.

The 802.11ac standard continues to see adoption at a breakneck pace in the enterprise segment. After six full quarters of product availability, the 802.11ac standard already accounts for just over 30% of dependent access point shipments and 44% of dependent access point revenues,...

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Mar 12
Tablet adoption in commercial segment to drive growth...

According to figures published by the IDC research group (www.idc.com), the commercial tablet market will reach more than 11 million units by 2019 in Western Europe, achieving more than 130% growth. Tablets continue to represent a significant opportunity for device makers in the coming years.

Since their launch in 2010, tablets have been strong in the consumer segment and have benefited from early adopters in enterprises. The introduction of tablets contributed to an ever-growing number of computing devices increasingly differentiated in terms of screen size and product features as demand is influenced by end users' differing mobility needs.

Among other things, innovation has brought new product designs, with devices becoming lighter and better connected, and with greater input options, including keyboards, according to IDC. With traditional PC vendors expanding their offerings to include tablets, devices are...

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Thursday March 26

16:32
App Store, iTunes, Apple TV and more experiencing...

Update: Apple says all services are restored.

Following an outage of many Apple services earlier this week, several of Apple’s iTunes and App Store services are again today experiencing disruptions, according to Apple’s system status page.

Apple is currently listing outages for the App Store, Apple TV, iBooks Store, iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, iTunes Radio, iTunes Store, iTunes U, Mac App Store, and OS X Software Update.

The company says that only some users are affected and currently “unable to access multiple services and stores or...

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16:00
AWT News Update: March 25, 2015

MLB.COM AT BAT ON Apple Watch. Via Apple.com/Watch

It's your favorite Apple news podcast, which also streamed live over the new Twitter Periscope app today. What did viewers see? Apple World Today editor Steve Sande reading this news:

  • iPhone apps supporting the Apple Watch began appearing in the App Store today, with a number of familar apps updating to provide a wrist-borne interface
  • Backblaze announced an update to version 4.0 of their Mac backup app that should speed things up for a number of users
  • Twitter released Periscope today
  • Microsoft is rolling out invitations to a beta of Skype for Web

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15:08
The New MacBook Giveaway

I'm pretty stoked about announcing our MacBook giveaway with our friends at Stack Social. That's the new MacBook. The one that is insanely thin, has a Retina Display, and comes in three colors. We're giving one away. All you have to do is register to receive our daily email deals, and if you've already done so, just hit the register button for this (and all the other great giveaways we do on our Deals site). There are ways of sharing the link, too, and earning yourself more entries, so get on it.


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14:15
The flood of Apple Watch apps begins

With just a few weeks left until we're able to get our hands on Apple Watches -- for try-on purposes, of course - a number of iOS apps are being updated to provide support for the Watch. At the present time, Apple Watch apps are part of existing iPhone apps since the iPhone provides the brain power for the app while the Watch provides a simple user interface. Apple says that eventually apps that run solely on the Watch will be provided as well, but that day may be far off.

MacRumors compiled a list of apps that are available with Apple Watch support, along with descriptions of what users can do with those apps. We're providing a shortened list with comments here - for a more comprehensive list please visit their post.

  • Evernote: According to Evernote, you'll be able to "dictate notes in Apple Watch and they'll be transcribed and synced to Evernote; See...
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13:58
Turn on "three finger drag" for your Force...

"Three finger drag" is a Multi-Touch gesture in OS X. It lets you use three fingers to move the active window on your screen.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204609

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13:58
Twitter's Periscope Allows Live Stream Replays


Twitter on Thursday unveiled Periscope, the live-streaming app developed by a company it acquired earlier this year, reportedly for just under $100 million. It's a big bet for an app that's in a genre that already has matured, but Twitter is counting on the mobile world's appetite for more video. Periscope is a lot like the popular new app Meerkat, with the biggest difference being Periscope's support for broadcasting replays of streamed content. Both allow broadcasters to store copies of their feeds locally, but Meerkat doesn't allow reruns.

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13:11
Apple Watch support comes to flurry of iPhone apps...

A collection of iPhone apps -- such as Evernote, Dark Sky, and the New York Times -- were updated today to support the Apple Watch, even though the wearable isn't shipping until April 24.

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12:55
About the OS X Server v3.2.1 Update (Apple KB)

This software updates OS X Server versions 3.0 through 3.1.2. It requires OS X Mavericks v10.9.5.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201096

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12:53
Get help receiving receipts (Apple KB)

Learn where your receipts go and how to get them.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201090

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12:47
OS X Mavericks: Sophos Anti-Virus on-access scanner...

Sophos Anti-Virus on-access scanner versions 8.0 - 9.1 may cause OS X Mavericks to unexpectedly restart (kernel panic).

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT200555

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12:46
OS X Mavericks: Unexpected restart when Tuxler 1.0...

Version 1.0 of "Tuxler" may cause OS X Mavericks to unexpectedly restart (kernel panic).

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT200554

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12:43
OS X: When your computer spontaneously restarts or...

In rare situations, your Mac may do one or more of the following: spontaneously restart, become unresponsive, turn off, display a message "Your computer restarted because of a problem." or display a message "You shut down your computer because of a problem.".

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT200553

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12:40
Create your own iTunes Radio station (Apple KB)
12:38
Arrange apps on your iPhone (Apple KB)
12:36
External ports and connections on your Mac mini (...

Learn about the different ports and types of connectors on your Mac mini (Late 2014) computer.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204292

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12:36
Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation): Resolve issues...

Your Apple TV might not respond to Apple Remote, or your Apple Remote might unexpectedly start to control your Mac computer. Learn to resolve these issues.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT200220

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12:00
X-Doria Defense Metal Series for iPhone 6/6 Plus:...

X-Doria has a complete line of cases for iPhones and other smartphones, and their latest protective series is the Defense Metal Series for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, consisting of a bumper called the Defense Gear (US$39.99) and a case called the Defense Shield ($49.99). Today we're taking a look at both of these new lightweight aluminum products for your favorite new iPhone. Note that as of publication time, X-Doria had not updated its website to include this series.

Defense Gear

Defense Gear is an aluminum bumper for your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. As such, it offers no protection for the front or back of your device other than a raised lip to provide protection against flat drops. If the iPhone and bumper is dropped onto the edges that are protected by Defense Gear, you're in luck -- it exceeds MIL-STD-810G for drops, meaning that it is certified to survive 6.6 foot (2 meter) drops onto concrete. That protection...

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11:18
Is the Apple Watch a Useful Medical Device? (Video)

Let's kill the suspense right away by answering the title question, 'Probably not.' For one thing, according to interviewee Alfred Poor, the Apple Watch is in no way linked to the Apple Research Kit. Dr. Poor is editor of the Health Tech Insider website, so he follows this kind of thing more carefully than most people. And the Apple watch is not the only device mentioned in this video (or transcript, if you prefer reading to listening). If you want to ruminate about the possibility of direct mind control, for instance, you need to know about the Thync, whose vendor calls it 'A groundbreaking wearable device that enables you to shift your state of mind in minutes.' They say it 'induces on-demand shifts in energy, calm, or focus.' It even has a 'pleasure' setting. Crank that to 11 and you might happily spend your days prone, being fed by a drip and emptied by a catheter, moving only when an attendant turns you over to keep bedsores from developing -- not that you'll care if they do...

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11:17
Gear: PowerSkin PowerStand Boost

PowerSkin’s PowerStand Boost ($25) is a tiny 2600 mAh battery pack. PowerStand Boost has a small built-in rubber mat, which can be unrolled and used as a viewing stand for an iPhone. While we found it had no problems holding up an iPhone 6, an iPhone 6 Plus proved too big for the stand. PowerStand Boost’s battery capacity should also deliver a full charge to an iPhone 6. PowerSkin’s small cylindrical charger includes both a 1A USB…

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11:08
CAPTCHAs May Do More Harm Than Good


If an annoyance contest were held between passwords and CAPTCHAs, passwords would probably win, but not by much. CAPTCHA -- Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart -- was created to foil bots attempting to mass-create accounts at websites. Once created, those accounts could be exploited by online lowlifes for malicious ends, such as spewing spam. However there are signs that the technology that uses distressed letters to weed out machines from humans may have outlived its usefulness.

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11:00
How Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp...

Facebook’s $22 billion acquisition of popular messaging app WhatsApp last year raised some eyebrows. Facebook already has a popular messaging app, the in-house Facebook Messenger, not to mention a popular photo-sharing app, Instagram. Why did it need to bring yet another app into the fold? Wouldn’t the three apps end up cannibalizing each other?

But as WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram continue to grow, with monthly active user numbers swelling to 700 million, 600 million, and 300 million respectively, Facebook has proved that naysayers know nothing about what people want from the apps they use every day. Product chiefs of WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram took the stage at Facebook’s annual F8 developers conference in San Francisco on Thursday to dispel any myths about rivalry between the three apps—and hinted deeper cooperation (or integration...

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08:48
News: Apple retail stores to have very limited Apple...

Perhaps not surprisingly, most Apple Stores are expected to have limited stock of the Apple Watch for the initial launch, 9to5Mac reports. Sources at Apple Stores have noted that priority will be given to reservations as well, limiting stock even further for walk-in purchases, and employees have been told to treat launch day as if there is no walk-in stock available at all. This problem will be exacerbated by the wide variety of models available,…

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Rumor Scanner

Thursday March 26

09:03
Tim Cook and Apple Sued by Resident of South Carolina fo...

Pro se legal representation means advocating on one's own behalf before a court, rather than being represented by a lawyer. With that understanding, Christopher Lee Johnson filed a civil action against Tim Cook ...

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08:13
Two Apple Camera Related Inventions Reveal Aspects of Au...

In 2013 Apple updated iMovie with a new Rolling Shutter feature. Apple noted on their support page that "Many camcorders record video in a way that can cause image distortion if the camera moves a lot during recording (especially quick panning movements), or if the camera is recording fast motion. A video clip may appear wobbly or skewed in these...

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06:25
Apple Invents a Thinner Display Structure for iDevices t...

On March 26, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals methods of thinning down iDevices with a new display assembly method. The invention also covers a ceramic or sapphire surface glass having an electrically energized component embedded ...

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04:08
Apple Invents Smart Packaging that's Able to Set Up...

On March 26, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals smart packaging that can assist in performing personalization of a new electronic device while still in the packaging ...

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02:28
Foxconn and Apple to Introduce a New iPhone Trade-in Pro...

A new report claims that Chinese consumers will be able to take their older iPhones or Android smartphones to Apple stores in China for credit against the company’s products ...

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02:11
News Confirms Apple will Tap into Emerging Markets with...

On March 14 we were the only Apple blog to report that Apple was working with Intel on a new special smartphone for emerging markets. Today the news is flooding in from supply chain insiders that Apple reportedly has plans to release a new 4-inch iPhone model, tentatively referred to as iPhone 6C ...

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01:45
TSMC Reportedly Wins the Bulk of Apple's iPhone Chi...

On March 14, Daiwa Securities' Rick Hsu and Olivia Hsu came out and directly contradicted all previous rumors supporting the position that Samsung had already won Apple's A9 business and claimed that it was TSMC that would win the bulk of Apple's business. Today supply chain news is supporting that position.

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Wednesday March 25

20:53
iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and 4-Inch iPhone 6C Rumored f...

Apple is planning on releasing three new iPhone models in the second half of 2015, according to a new report from DigiTimes. The site claims that a 4-inch iPhone model will join the 4.7-inch iPhone 6s and 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus.

Apple will release three different iPhones in the second half of 2015, the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and a 4-inch device currently being referred to as iPhone 6C, according to industry sources.A new 4-inch iPhone was also rumored in December 2014, with a report claiming that the device would be aimed toward female users. However, even if a new 4-inch iPhone isn't introduced, Apple will presumably have the iPhone 5s to offer for free on a two-year contract once the current models slide down.

DigiTimes notes the 4-inch iPhone 6c is likely to be manufactured by Wistron while both the 6s...

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17:21
Apple fails to get Pricing Concessions from Record Label...

The New York Times is reporting this evening that Apple is pressing ahead with a sweeping overhaul of its digital music services that would allow the company to compete directly with streaming upstarts like Spotify.

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17:19
Facebook Turns Messenger Into a Platform, Allows Third-P...

At today's F8 Facebook Developer Conference, Facebook debuted its new Messenger Platform, a major update to the Messenger service that allows users to send content like GIFs, photos, videos, and more from third-party apps within the Facebook Messenger app for iOS.

Beginning today, iOS app developers can build Facebook Messenger support into their apps, making them directly accessible within the Facebook Messenger app. Facebook has already worked with more than 40 developers, so apps with Messenger support are already available in the iOS App Store.

Apps can be accessed in the Facebook Messenger app for iOS when the "More" icon is tapped within a conversation. This opens up a list of available apps that can be installed, and when tapping install, you'll be taken to the app's install page in the iOS App Store.

The way third-party apps work with...

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17:02
Apple creates new Apple Pay Merchant Website for Orderin...

Merchants supporting Apple Pay can now order Apple Pay decals for their store front windows and registers to let their customers know that ...

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16:19
Former Beats Execs Jimmy Iovine and Trent Reznor Leading...

Rumors about a revamped Apple-branded Beats streaming music service have been circulating since September of last year, but as the launch of the service draws nearer, information on pricing and content has been leaking out.

In a detailed report on the upcoming service published today, The New York Times confirms some previously known information and adds new details on the roles Trent Reznor and Jimmy Iovine are playing in the development of the music service. The report also divulges some information on Apple's interest in exclusive album releases and the company's work on an iTunes Radio revamp.

Apple's upcoming streaming music service is said to take on many of the characteristics of the existing Beats Music service,...

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15:11
China's Proposed Cutback on Business Tax Breaks Cou...

A new report this afternoon states that Foxconn and other foreign businesses in China are fighting to save tax breaks and other benefits promised by Chinese cities ...

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14:29
MasterCard's Global Chief Downplays Apple Pay'...

At the end of an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald MasterCard's global chief, Ajay Banga admitted that if banks don't issue cards, MasterCard's revenue will decline. Understanding the bottom line, we can understand why 95% of the article downplays Apple Pay.

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13:47
Today Apple TV added the CNNgo Channel for U.S. Market O...

While Apple TV added new channels like TED, Tastemade and Young Hollywood for the U.S. and Canada recently, today Apple TV gains the CNNgo channel – but for the U.S. market only.

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13:11
Apple Adds CNNGo Channel to Apple TV

Just a day after adding TED, Tastemade, and Young Hollywood channels to the Apple TV, Apple has added yet another new channel to its set-top box -- CNNGo.

CNNGo is CNN's service that lets users watch live news coverage and see segments from the past 24 hours. It also includes recent CNN coverage and films on demand. The service has previously been available on CNN.com and via the CNN iPad app.

Much of the content within CNNGo requires authentication through a cable provider. Live television and full shows require authentication, but clips can be watched without a cable subscription.

Today's new CNNGo channel comes as Apple is preparing to reveal both a new set-top box and a new television service at the Worldwide Developers...

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12:13
Gold Apple Watch Buyers to Get Special Purchasing Experi...

As of April 10, Apple will begin scheduling appointments in its retail stores for customers who are interested in trying on the Apple Watch before deciding to pre-order or make a purchase. We've known that most try-on appointments will be scheduled in 15-minute intervals to allow Apple employees to get to as many customers as possible, but it seems that customers who are interested in purchasing the Gold Apple Watch Edition will get some extra time with the device.

According to the International Business Times, two Apple Stores in Manhattan have confirmed that customers looking to spend upwards of $10,000 on an Apple Watch Edition will get 30 minute appointments with Apple employees instead of 15 minute appointments.

Given the high price of the Apple Watch...

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11:35
'Becoming Steve Jobs': Rare Insights into Stev...

After an initial teaser post from John Gruber earlier this month and several leaks and excerpts, the new Steve Jobs biography Becoming Steve Jobs debuted yesterday, and we've had a chance to read through the book that offers a new look into the life of the Apple co-founder. While Walter Isaacson's best-selling 2011 biography of Jobs was undertaken with Jobs' authorization and participation, many close to him felt it didn't offer an accurate reflection of his personality.

In the wake of that book's debut, former Fortune and Wall Street Journal reporter Brent Schlender, who interviewed Jobs numerous times over the final 25 years of Jobs' life, teamed up with former Fortune colleague and current Fast Company executive editor...

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10:02
2015 MacBook Air Can Drive 4K Displays at 60Hz

The recently refreshed 2015 MacBook Air can drive 4K external displays at a refresh rate of 60Hz, as confirmed by Ars Technica. The report claims that Intel's new Broadwell processors with integrated Intel HD Graphics 6000 support 4K output at 60Hz using a DisplayPort 1.2 cable, whereas previous-generation notebooks with Haswell processors were limited to lower resolutions at 30Hz.

Apple's tech specs page for the new MacBook Air lists the notebook as capable of supporting one external display at up to 2,560×1,600 pixels, which clearly is not the case. Apple may be electing not to advertise 4K support for the new MacBook Air on purpose, however, as performance can still be somewhat laggy or jerky and the company has a shortlist of supported displays and...

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08:13
Santa Clara Valley Approves Recycled Water Project for A...

According to a new report this morning, the Santa Clara Valley Water District board approved a $17.5 million project last night that will ...

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Documentation Scanner

Wednesday March 25

16:14
Contact Apple TV content providers

Learn how to get information or support from a third-party content provider.

| Read more »
14:40
Apple security updates (2011, 2012)

For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss or confirm security issues until a full investigation has occurred and any necessary patches or releases are available.

| Read more »
14:00
OS X Server 4.1 Developer Preview (14S1073d) Now...

OS X Server 4.1 Developer Preview (14S1073d) Now Available

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14:00
OS X Server 4.1 Developer Preview (14S1073d) Now...

OS X Server 4.1 Developer Preview (14S1073d) Now Available

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13:19
Mac Pro: External ports and connectors

The external ports and connectors of a Mac Pro can be found on both the front and the back of the computer.

| Read more »
13:18
iPhoto: Troubleshooting Camera Connections

iPhoto does not recognize a camera connected to the computer.

| Read more »
13:17
iPhoto: Network alert when ordering prints or books

If the computer's date and time are not correct, you may not be able to place an order from iPhoto.

| Read more »
13:16
iMovie: Using Flip Mino and Flip Ultra camcorders

Video clips from Flip Ultra and Flip Mino camcorders cannot be imported or played back properly in iMovie unless the latest version of the 3ivx QuickTime component is installed.

| Read more »
13:10
iMac (Late 2006): External Ports and Connectors

In this article we'll describe the external ports and connectors on the iMac (Late 2006) model of computers:

| Read more »
13:09
iDVD: Setting Encoding preferences

The Encoding settings and DVD Type setting in iDVD Preferences > Projects sets the default setting for new projects. It does not alter the current project you are editing, or projects you may have previously created.

| Read more »
13:06
Aperture: Working with stacks

During a typical photo shoot, you may capture multiple images that are very similar to each other. For example, you might have five almost identical headshots or two similar cake-cutting images. You know you'll only use one of them, but you keep the others around just in case you change your mind.

| Read more »
12:03
If you can't back up or restore your Mac using...

Check these things if you see an alert that Time Machine is unable to back up your data, or if you can't select your backup disk in Time Machine preferences.

| Read more »
11:05
Dictation on your Mac might not work if your...

In order for Dictation to work, it needs to access certain Apple servers using your Internet connection.

| Read more »
10:20
Unsubscribing from Apple email subscriptions

You can update your Apple email subscription preferences by following these steps.

| Read more »
09:00
Quick tour of Office 2016 for Mac Preview

On today’s Office Mechanics show, we’ll take a look at the new Office 2016 for Mac Preview, which brings together all the most recent updates for Office on the Mac. Kaberi Chowdhury joins Jeremy Chapman to demonstrate highlights of what’s new with PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Outlook and even the newest member of the Office for Mac family, OneNote.

Office 2016 for Mac was announced earlier this month and includes updates to Word, Excel, PowerPoint along with Outlook and OneNote. Office 2016 for Mac Preview is integrated with the cloud so you can access your documents on OneDrive, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint at anytime, anywhere and on any device. You can also share your files easily with others right from the Word, Excel or PowerPoint.

Beyond the cloud-connected capabilities, Kaberi demos the new Presenter View in PowerPoint, power user features in Excel, threaded comments and formatting...

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09:00
Behind the scenes on Goodyear’s drive to the cloud

Today’s post about Microsoft Office 365 was written by Jim McKinnon, vice president and chief information officer at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

Jim McKinnon joined Goodyear as an IT intern for the company’s England subsidiary and spent the next four decades working his way up to vice president and CIO. McKinnon, who retires this month, isn’t ending his 40-year career on cruise control—instead he’s been in a pedal-to-the-metal drive to change IT at Goodyear.

I grew up a working-class boy.

My father was a tire builder at Goodyear. There was no work after the war in Dundee, Scotland, so he went south to England. He married a local girl, raised a family, and instilled strong values and principles in his children. I started as an intern at Goodyear in the IT department, as an analyst/programmer. It was a great job. It’s still a great job. I’m really proud that I’ve gone from IT intern to chief information officer of the...

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Tuesday March 24

14:36
Import contacts from your SIM card

Learn about the SIM card in your iPhone and how to use it to import contacts from your old phone.

| Read more »
11:30
If you forgot your Apple ID password

Use these steps to reset your Apple ID password and regain access to your Apple ID account.

| Read more »
10:00
iOS 8.3 beta 4 Now Available

iOS 8.3 beta 4 Now Available

| Read more »
10:00
iOS 8.3 beta 4 Now Available

iOS 8.3 beta 4 Now Available

| Read more »
10:00
Xcode 6.3 beta 4 with Swift 1.2 Now Available

Xcode 6.3 beta 4 with Swift 1.2 Now Available

| Read more »
10:00
Xcode 6.3 beta 4 with Swift 1.2 Now Available

Xcode 6.3 beta 4 with Swift 1.2 Now Available

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Documentation Scanner

Wednesday March 25

16:14
Contact Apple TV content providers

Learn how to get information or support from a third-party content provider.

| Read more »
14:40
Apple security updates (2011, 2012)

For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss or confirm security issues until a full investigation has occurred and any necessary patches or releases are available.

| Read more »
14:00
OS X Server 4.1 Developer Preview (14S1073d) Now...

OS X Server 4.1 Developer Preview (14S1073d) Now Available

| Read more »
14:00
OS X Server 4.1 Developer Preview (14S1073d) Now...

OS X Server 4.1 Developer Preview (14S1073d) Now Available

| Read more »
13:19
Mac Pro: External ports and connectors

The external ports and connectors of a Mac Pro can be found on both the front and the back of the computer.

| Read more »
13:18
iPhoto: Troubleshooting Camera Connections

iPhoto does not recognize a camera connected to the computer.

| Read more »
13:17
iPhoto: Network alert when ordering prints or books

If the computer's date and time are not correct, you may not be able to place an order from iPhoto.

| Read more »
13:16
iMovie: Using Flip Mino and Flip Ultra camcorders

Video clips from Flip Ultra and Flip Mino camcorders cannot be imported or played back properly in iMovie unless the latest version of the 3ivx QuickTime component is installed.

| Read more »
13:10
iMac (Late 2006): External Ports and Connectors

In this article we'll describe the external ports and connectors on the iMac (Late 2006) model of computers:

| Read more »
13:09
iDVD: Setting Encoding preferences

The Encoding settings and DVD Type setting in iDVD Preferences > Projects sets the default setting for new projects. It does not alter the current project you are editing, or projects you may have previously created.

| Read more »
13:06
Aperture: Working with stacks

During a typical photo shoot, you may capture multiple images that are very similar to each other. For example, you might have five almost identical headshots or two similar cake-cutting images. You know you'll only use one of them, but you keep the others around just in case you change your mind.

| Read more »
12:03
If you can't back up or restore your Mac using...

Check these things if you see an alert that Time Machine is unable to back up your data, or if you can't select your backup disk in Time Machine preferences.

| Read more »
11:05
Dictation on your Mac might not work if your...

In order for Dictation to work, it needs to access certain Apple servers using your Internet connection.

| Read more »
10:20
Unsubscribing from Apple email subscriptions

You can update your Apple email subscription preferences by following these steps.

| Read more »
09:00
Quick tour of Office 2016 for Mac Preview

On today’s Office Mechanics show, we’ll take a look at the new Office 2016 for Mac Preview, which brings together all the most recent updates for Office on the Mac. Kaberi Chowdhury joins Jeremy Chapman to demonstrate highlights of what’s new with PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Outlook and even the newest member of the Office for Mac family, OneNote.

Office 2016 for Mac was announced earlier this month and includes updates to Word, Excel, PowerPoint along with Outlook and OneNote. Office 2016 for Mac Preview is integrated with the cloud so you can access your documents on OneDrive, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint at anytime, anywhere and on any device. You can also share your files easily with others right from the Word, Excel or PowerPoint.

Beyond the cloud-connected capabilities, Kaberi demos the new Presenter View in PowerPoint, power user features in Excel, threaded comments and formatting...

| Read more »
09:00
Behind the scenes on Goodyear’s drive to the cloud

Today’s post about Microsoft Office 365 was written by Jim McKinnon, vice president and chief information officer at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

Jim McKinnon joined Goodyear as an IT intern for the company’s England subsidiary and spent the next four decades working his way up to vice president and CIO. McKinnon, who retires this month, isn’t ending his 40-year career on cruise control—instead he’s been in a pedal-to-the-metal drive to change IT at Goodyear.

I grew up a working-class boy.

My father was a tire builder at Goodyear. There was no work after the war in Dundee, Scotland, so he went south to England. He married a local girl, raised a family, and instilled strong values and principles in his children. I started as an intern at Goodyear in the IT department, as an analyst/programmer. It was a great job. It’s still a great job. I’m really proud that I’ve gone from IT intern to chief information officer of the...

| Read more »

Tuesday March 24

14:36
Import contacts from your SIM card

Learn about the SIM card in your iPhone and how to use it to import contacts from your old phone.

| Read more »
11:30
If you forgot your Apple ID password

Use these steps to reset your Apple ID password and regain access to your Apple ID account.

| Read more »
10:00
iOS 8.3 beta 4 Now Available

iOS 8.3 beta 4 Now Available

| Read more »
10:00
iOS 8.3 beta 4 Now Available

iOS 8.3 beta 4 Now Available

| Read more »
10:00
Xcode 6.3 beta 4 with Swift 1.2 Now Available

Xcode 6.3 beta 4 with Swift 1.2 Now Available

| Read more »
10:00
Xcode 6.3 beta 4 with Swift 1.2 Now Available

Xcode 6.3 beta 4 with Swift 1.2 Now Available

| Read more »

Technology Showcase

Sep 17
Video showcases iOS app built with Xojo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...

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Jan 05
Fusion Drive now available on entry-level iMacs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sep 19
InterMapper publishes white papers on network...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oct 04
Video showcases Zco's services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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