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Nov 26
SecuritySpy 3.4.3 for the Mac adds improved motion detection

Bensoftware has announced SecuritySpy 3.4.3, an update to the multi-camera video surveillance software for the Mac.

SecuritySpy sports features such as motion detection, real-time compression of multiple camera feeds, and network video and audio streaming. New features in this version include improved motion detection, better network performance and support for more IP cameras.

Pricing depends on the number of cameras used with the unlimited camera version costing approximately US$1,090. SecuritySpy requires OS X 10.5 or higher. A 30-day fully-featured trial of SecuritySpy is available at the Bensoftware web site (http://www.bensoftware.com/).

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Nov 26
BEVL announces dock tailored for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

BEVL (http://bevl.co) has announced their first product: an iPhone dock designed to complement the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. However, it's also compatible with the iPhone 5, 5S and 5C and the iPod touch that utilizes the Lightning connector.

All the components of the BEVL dock are machined from materials such as aluminum and Delrin. Its swivel design lets you tilt the phone with your fingers to any desired angle between 10 and 30 degrees. The setup process for the dock, which can accommodate iPhones both with and without a case, is simple. Users need only supply their own Apple Lightning cord. The BEVL dock is compatible with most cases that follow Apple's Case Design guidelines.

BEVL is taking pre-orders for the dock with the special price of US$89 off the anticipated manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$129. The dock is slated to ship in January.

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Nov 26
iWinSoft Barcode Maker ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

iWinSoft Barcode Maker has been upgraded for compatibility with Mac OS X Yosemite. The software allows users to create any number of individual or sequential barcode labels, and print them as barcode labels in any Mac-compatible printer, or save them as image files in all common image formats. v

iWinSoft Barcode Maker requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It's available for a limited-time price of US$49.95. A demo is available for download. For more info go to http://www.iwinsoft.com.

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Nov 26
Zevrix Deliver Express ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced Deliver Express 2.4.5, a compatibility update to its solution to automatically send and share files across the Internet and local networks on the Mac. The new version is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite.

Deliver Express processes files from watched hot folders and can serve multiple users on a network while running totally unattended. It offers e-mail notifications, multi-destination delivery, file compression, detailed history and much more. The new version allows users to transfer uncompressed folders to FTP and SFTP servers.

Deliver Express can be purchased from the Zevrix website as well as from authorized resellers. The license prices are based on the maximum number of allowed destinations and range from US$29.95 to $299.95. The update is free for licensed customers. A demo is available for download. Deliver Express requires Mac OS X 10.5 or...

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Nov 26
Troi Automatisering releases Troi File Plug-in 7.5.2 for FileMaker Pro...

Troi Automatisering has rolled out Troi File Plug-in 7.5.2 for FileMaker Pro 13. It's an update of the tool for getting access to information outside the FileMaker Pro database.

Any files or folders stored on the computer can be accessed through the functions of the plug-in. Troi File Plug-in 7.5.2 has several new functionality features, improvements and bug fixes. Details can be found at http://tinyurl.com/q98qmay .

A fully functional demo version of Troi File Plug-in 7.5.2 is available for downloading at Troi's Web site (http://tinyurl.com/35alat6). It works with FileMaker Pro 11, 12 and 13. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 11, 12 or 13.

The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.6.x or higher, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Licenses cost US$99 per...

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Nov 25
The latest iOS apps for Nov. 25

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

Fresh Touch Media has announced Bass Drop - Deep House - Electronic music sampler and synthesizer. The free app offers a keyboard and sampler with a sound library, letting fans, DJs and producers perform beats and bass lines. The deep house sound bank includes drums, grooves, effects and melodies, specifically designed for straightforward music creation.

Therapy Box has announced SmartHub for the iPad. The US$79.99 app is designed to fill a gap for people with physical disabilities who want to be independently able to control home appliances using their preferred alternative access method. SmartHub allows those with disabilities to do those things most people take for granted by using a switch on a wheelchair or the iPad. Features include compatibility with most Smart TVs, multiple settings to adjust the screen input and more.

Ultralab has introduced...

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Nov 25
Worldwide Tablet Growth Expected to Slow to 7.2% in 2014

The worldwide tablet market is expected to see a massive deceleration in 2014 with year-over-year growth slowing to 7.2%, down from 52.5% in 2013, according to a new forecast from the IDC research group (www.idc.com).

At the core of this slowdown is the expectation that 2014 will represent the first full year of decline in Apple iPad shipments. Both the iPad and the overall market slowdown do not come as a surprise as device life cycles for tablets have continued to lengthen, increasingly resembling those of PCs more than smartphones.

"The tablet market continues to be impacted by a few major trends happening in relevant markets," says Ryan Reith, program director with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers. "In the early stages of the tablet market, device lifecycles were expected to resemble those of smartphones, with replacement occurring every 2-3 years. What has played out instead is that many tablet...

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Nov 25
Enterprise IT reports progress in securing mobile devices

Securing the files on mobile devices and controlling access from devices to enterprise resources and data remain the most important issues for enterprise IT departments trying to manage mobile devices, according to the annual survey of IT professionals conducted by the Enterprise Device Alliance (www.enterprisedevicealliance.com).

IT managers, constrained by fixed headcounts, are leveraging established solutions such as Microsoft Exchange and Active Directory as well as mobile device management (MDM) solutions to address the challenge of securing mobile devices according to the September 2014 survey.

Along with core control and management, IT departments report more progress establishing and enforcing policies for mobile file management, configuration control, and secure cloud-based solutions. IT management seems to be increasing its control of mobile device issues....

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Nov 25
PopChar for Mac OS X adds 'Shape Finder,' more

Ergonis Software has announced PopChar X 7.0, an update to their tool for exploring fonts as well as finding and inserting special characters. The upgrade introduces a new "Shape Finder," which allows you to draw the shape of a character on the screen to tell PopChar what you are looking for. You just draw the approximate shape and click the Find button and PopChar comes up with all characters that resemble this shape.

The Shape Finder can also be used with PopChar's new "Find Similar Shape" context command, which allows you to start with a character in the table, optionally add a few extra strokes, and quickly find characters that look similar. PopChar 7 also adds a new font filter for limiting the font list to fonts that match a given substring. It can export and import the favorite characters to and from a text file, and offers a new window layout with a permanently visible font list.

PopChar X 7.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or newer. It can be purchased the Ergonis...

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Nov 25
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham coming to the Mac on Nov. 28

Feral Interactive says LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham for Mac will be available on Nov.28th. Developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for consoles, PC and handheld, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is an all-new DC Comics Super Hero story.

Here's how the game is described: "When Brainiac, an extraterrestrial android, threatens to shrink the Earth, Batman and the Justice League leap into action to thwart his evil plans. Teaming up with the Legion of Doom, our Super Heroes venture to the distant Lantern Corps planets to locate the Lantern Rings and harness their enormous energy to save the world!

"With the combined powers of more than 150 DC Comics Super Heroes and Super Villains at their disposal, players crack puzzles, fend off bad guys and build impressive LEGO gadgets including laser cannons, spaceships and of course the Batmobile. As they travel between interstellar locations, players will discover the thrills of side-scrolling...

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Nov 25
Apple hits $700 billion market capitalization

Apple, already the world’s largest company by market capitalization, has hit a new record value of US$700 billion, reports Bloomberg (http://bloom.bg/11SAqCE).

Shares of the Cupertino, California-based company rose 0.8% to $119.59 at 9:35 a.m. in New York, giving it a valuation of more than $701 billion, a milestone that no other U.S. company has ever reached. That puts Apple at 1.7 times the capitalization of the world’s second-biggest company, Exxon Mobile, notes "Bloomberg."

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Nov 25
MAZZO Mobile introduces the PowerDrive P1 and PowerDrive Slim

MAZZO Mobile (www.mazzomobile.dcom) has launched its PowerDrive collection, a combination USB storage drive and battery backup that's certified MFi ("Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod") by Apple.

The PowerDrive P1 reportedly provides 40 hours of backup battery and up to 128 GB of storage. It's designed for travelers who don’t have the time to plug into a wall outlet or want easy access to all of their files. The PowerDrive Slim sports a sleeker design, but still offers up to 128 GB of storage.

The PowerDrive devices work with a 30-pin or Lightning cable. Simply download the PowerDrive app from the iTunes store and plug in the device to get started.

The PowerDrive is available in 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB capabilities. The PowerDrive P1 model is available online, while the PowerDrive Slim will soon be available for preorder with models starting at US$79.

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Nov 25
ArtOptimizer ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has updated ArtOptimizer, its workflow automation solution for Adobe Illustrator, to version 2.7.6. The new version makes ArtOptimizer compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite.

ArtOptimizer eliminates the excess image data of document links and performs image adjustments, reducing the size of an Illustrator job. In order to eliminate excess image data, the app automatically scales the images in Photoshop to match their dimensions in Illustrator, changes resolution according to the target resolution specified, and reimports images to Illustrator at 100%.

In addition, ArtOptimizer can automatically convert image colors, apply sharpening filters, merge and delete layers, and run Photoshop Actions during processing. ArtOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$119.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download....

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Nov 24
The latest iOS apps for Nov. 24

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

FairyTalesBook presents a bookshelf app with 20 illustrated fairy tales with original storylines. It comes with two unlocked stories; more are available as in-app purchases.

Apptronics has announced Farm Animal Fun Games. It's a free game that "introduces players into life on the farm, and all the animals that come with it."

Game Cognition has released Island of Mu. It's a free mix of city building, creature collection and puzzle combat, set on a 3D animated island.

Norway Distributions has introduced Puzzle the Picture. The goal of the free game is to put together an image from a stack of tiles in the shortest amount of time. You can challenge your friends, play against random opponents, or play in single-player mode.

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Nov 24
MetaCase releases embeddable version of MetaEdit+

MetaCase has released an embeddable version of its modeling and code generation tool, MetaEdit+.  Now companies can add top class modeling support to their products for a fraction of the time and cost of previous approaches, according to the folks at MetaCase.

MetaEdit+ enables companies to improve development productivity and quality by generating full code directly from models. First you design the modeling language with MetaEdit+ Workbench and then other developers model with the language in MetaEdit+ Modeler.

The resulting tooling runs on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. Embedding MetaEdit+ into a product is made easy with example code in a range of languages and full plug-ins for Visual Studio and Eclipse. The embedded user interface adapts to the company’s modeling language and branding, with a variety of user interface customizations and tool integration mechanisms possible The evaluation version for MetaEdit+ is available along with examples at...

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Nov 24
Mac OS X-compatible HitFilm 3 Pro released for indie filmmakers

HitFilm 3 Pro, the latest video editing and visual effects software from FXHOME, is available to order from hitfilm.com for US$299.
 
HitFilm 3 Pro is a post-production revolution, combining editing tools, 3D compositing, 3D object rendering, a particle simulator and an expansive toolkit for advanced color correction and grading. Over 180 customizable visual effects are included plus 130 plug-ins for use in Sony Vegas, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X and Motion.
 
New features in version 3 include a redesigned editor and interface, 3D textures for particles, auto-tracking masks, OpenFX support, 3D fractal particle shapes, 3D camera projection and professional de-noising, along with over 20 new effects, background proxying for complex VFX and a 16-bit OpenEXR pipeline.There's a redesigned editing timeline to give users access to tools for fine control. Filmmakers can craft projects in the fast, non-linear editor and can switch between multiple 3D...

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Nov 24
Apple announces World AIDS Day 2014 Campaign for (RED)

To mark World AIDS Day 2014, Apple and app developers are inviting customers to help (RED) achieve the goal of an AIDS-free generation.

For the next two weeks, a special section of the App Store called Apps for (RED) will offer 25 apps with exclusive new content where all proceeds will go directly to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. In addition, Apple will donate a portion of sales at Apple’s retail and online stores around the world on two of the biggest shopping days of the year: Friday, Nov. 28, and Monday, Dec. 1.

"Apple is a proud supporter of (RED) because we believe the gift of life is the most important gift anyone can give," says Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. "For eight years, our customers have been helping fight AIDS in Africa by funding life-saving treatments which are having a profoundly positive impact. This year we are launching our biggest fundraising push yet with the participation of Apple’s retail and online stores, and some of the brightest minds in the...

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Nov 24
Candy Apple for Mac OS X upgraded with video tutorials, more

28bit Technologies (http://www.macappware.com) has served up an update to Candy Apple, a vector based graphic design and illustration app designed for Mac OS X.

Version 1.5's adds new video tutorials, grid view options, enhancements that make it quicker to design, and fixes a bug related to adjusting the dimensions of the canvas.

Candy Apple is supported on Mac OS X 10.6 and higher (including OS X Mavericks). It's available exclusively at the Mac App Store and Macappware.com for a limited time for I$14.99, 50% discount of US$29.99.

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Nov 21
Acrosync announces an rsync client for Mac OS X that supports auto...

Acrosync has released Acrosync for Mac, a new rsync client with a graphical user interface (GUI) that also supports Dropbox-like automatic upload and Time Machine style incremental backups.

Acrosync for Mac is a folder synchronization tool based on the rsync protocol, so it can sync with any computer or device that has rsync installed, such as Mac and Linux computers, NAS boxes, and VPS or dedicated servers, or even rsync storage providers. Users may connect via SSH or Rsyncd and much more.

Acrosync's interface lets you set up multiple sync or backup profiles. After the first sync, on subsequent syncs only the new and modified files will be transferred, and, for each modified file, only the changed parts will be transferred, thanks to the clever rsync algorithm.

Like Dropbox, Acrosync for Mac also integrates a built-in file system monitor that can constantly watch local folders and automatically start transferring new or modified files once they're detected....

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Nov 21
Chronos updates Greeting Card Shop for Yosemite to version 2.0

Chronos has released Greeting Card Shop 2.0, an update of the app that lets you create greeting cards, invitations, and accompanying envelopes on Mac OS X Yosemite.

Features in version 2.0 include: 3D headlines; the ability to create QR codes for advertising web addresses; adds support for new Avery greeting card/envelope stocks; 12 templates for new Avery greeting card/envelope stocks; the ability to convert a shape or text into a image so special effects can be applied; doughnut smart shape; a tear drop smart shape; two bracket frames smart shapes; five shield smart shapes; Bezier shape Smart Inspector; the ability to close an open Bezier shape after it has been created; mirror a Bezier shape horizontally and/or vertically; and a Label Text feature that doesn't limit text to a bounding box.

There 60-plus templates demonstrate new design features in version 2. Greeting Card Shop costs US$39.99 for a single-user license and is available directly from Chronos (...

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Nov 26
PELS market sees strong shipment increase

The worldwide personal and entry-level storage (PELS) market was up by 4.8% year over year with almost 19 million units shipped in the third quarter of 2014 (3Q14), according to IDC (www.idc.com). Shipment values declined -0.3% year over year to US$1.6 billion, according to the research group.

"The personal and entry-level storage market showed strong shipment growth in the third quarter of 2014 with 18.8 million units shipped," says Jingwen Li, research analyst, Storage Systems, IDC. "Both the personal and entry-level portion of the market contributed to this growth. The personal storage segment saw good growth in the higher capacity portable devices as well as personal cloud devices."

He adds that, with the former, consumers are looking for ways to expand their storage and backup options beyond their laptops, while the latter, along with mobile devices, address the storage and file sharing needs of an entire...

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Nov 25
Base of 802.14.4-enabled devices to exceed two billion...

The installed base for 802.15.4-enabled devices is forecast to increase almost fivefold over the next 5 years, rising from just under 425 million today to over 2.1 billion in 2019, finds ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

"The low-power, low-cost, mesh networking capabilities of 802.15.4 networks make them the primary wireless technology choice across a number of different vertical markets including home, building and industrial automation, smart metering, and home entertainment," says Andrew Zignani, research analyst at ABI Research.

With support from a number of chipset suppliers including Microchip, Silicon Labs, Freescale, GreenPeak, and Texas Instruments, among others, annual 802.15.4 device shipments are set to grow from 206 million today to over 730 million in 2019. ZigBee-enabled devices, currently accounting for 74% of all 802.15.4 shipments, are set to continue leading the way throughout...

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Nov 24
Wearable electronics market to reach $25.19 billion by...

A new report by Allied Market Research (www.alliedmarketresearch.com) says that the wearable electronics market, which includes the Apple Watch, is expected to reach $25.19 billion globally by 2020.

Usage of wearable is still at its nascent stage; nevertheless, the dawn of mobile wireless systems and smart phones have sparked a new era for wearable electronics, globally, according to the research group. Gadgets, which were deemed to be just used in industrial and commercial applications are now finding place in mundane activities, enhancing quality of life through various applications such as healthcare, sports & fitness, and lifestyle to name a few.

The industry is being driven by various factors such as convergence of technologies, rising number of customers adopting digital services, and due to the presence of wireless connectivity. However, lack of design features, higher...

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Nov 21
73% of organization says BYOD creates greater security...

Kensington (www.kensington.com), which makes computer accessories such as locks for computers and mobile devices, has announced findings from a North American survey on the security risks created by bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies in the enterprise.

The findings show 73% say that BYOD represents greater security risks for their organization. Yet 59% still approve the use of personal devices for business usage.

According to MarketsandMarkets, a research and consulting firm, forecasts the global market for BYOD and enterprise mobility to nearly quadruple in size over the next four years. Currently valued at US$72 billion, MarketsandMarkets expects annual growth of 26.6% for a projected value of $284 billion by 2019.

The Kensington survey found that across multiple B2B vertical industries – including education, health care, financial services, retail and manufacturing – CEOs, CIOs, CSO, and...

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Nov 20
Gartner: 4.9 billion connected 'things' will...

Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com) forecasts that 4.9 billion connected things will be in use in 2015, up 30% from 2014, and will reach 25 billion by 2020. The Internet of Things (IoT) has become a powerful force for business transformation, and its disruptive impact will be felt across all industries and all areas of society, according to the research group.

(The IoT is the network of dedicated physical objects (things) that contain embedded technology to sense or interact with their internal state or external environment. The IoT comprises an ecosystem that includes things, communication, applications and data analysis.)
 
"The digital shift instigated by the Nexus of Forces (cloud, mobile, social and information), and boosted by IoT, threatens many existing businesses. They have no choice but to pursue IoT, like they’ve done with the consumerization of IT," says Jim Tully, vice president and analyst at...

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Nov 19
Carrier Wi-Fi to hit US$8 billion in revenues

The pieces of the carrier Wi-Fi puzzle are falling into place as the standardization process speeds up with the recent updates on Hotspot 2.0 and commercial Next Generation Hotspot deployments counting more than 12 networks worldwide—implementing Cisco and Ruckus equipment, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

The increasing appetite for Carrier Wi-Fi solutions will result in revenues growing to nearly US$8 billion by 2019. Other main market players include Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia, and Ericsson.

Asia-Pacific is the top region in number of installed Wi-Fi hotspots while Europe and North America continue to grow their networks through the use of community hotspots. MSOs like BT, Liberty Global, and Comcast are advertising millions of public hotspots, thanks to switching on the dual-access feature in their massive home gateway deployments.

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Nov 18
IDC sees growth, consolidation in global datacenter...

A new forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC) shows that the transition to the 3rd Platform is having a direct impact on datacenter construction and remodeling.

IDC (www.idc.com) expects the total number of datacenters (all types) deployed worldwide will peak at 8.6 million in 2017 and then begin to decline slowly. This shift will be triggered by a decline in internal datacenter server rooms starting in 2016 and internal server closets starting in 2017.

All other datacenter categories will continue to grow throughout the forecast period, with the number of service provider datacenters increasing much faster. Despite a decline in the number of datacenters, total worldwide datacenter space will continue to increase, growing from 1.58 billion square feet in 2013 to 1.94 billion square feet in 2018.

The datacenter and server rooms/closets are no longer just the places where organizations house their...

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Nov 17
North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific head to $8 billion...

ABI Research's latest data forecasts North American activity will drive the overall in-building wireless market while Europe and Asia-Pacific pick up the pace by 2016. The market for in-building wireless equipment and deployments will nearly double the current outlook by 2019.

North America will continue to be the region with maximum DAS spend with sports venues, transportation and healthcare continuing to be the verticals which attract the most DAS investment while shopping malls and hospitality will rank a close second place, according to ABI Research. Together these verticals in North America account for about two-thirds of DAS spending. North America is followed by Asia-Pacific and then Europe for market size.

"While the Asia-Pacific region today accounts for less than a quarter of the total market, ABI Research expects it to exceed that by 2019 at a compound annual growth rate of more than 20%," says Nick Marshall, Research Director at ABI Research. "The activity...

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Nov 14
ABI Research: robot OS evolving to foundational...

New data from ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) analyzes how ROS—open source software libraries, tools, and a run-time environment—reduces the complexity of robotics software engineering, increases the speed of development and deployment, as well as improves the robustness and maintainability of the resulting systems.

The report describes the components of the ROS framework, characterizes the adoption rate of ROS and the current state of ROS Industrial—ROS-based solutions for industrial robotics technology—and provides examples of commercial systems currently employing ROS and estimates for future growth. The current limitations of ROS, and how they are being addressed, including in future versions of ROS and new ROS initiatives, is also analyzed.

"The complexity, difficulty, and glacial pace of robotics software development has stifled robotics innovation and slowed the rate of commercialization...

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Nov 13
Strategy Analytics: 25% of households have Wi-Fi

Over 450 million households worldwide currently have Wi-Fi networks set up in 2014, a 5% increase from 2013 according to Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com)

"Contrary to common perception, not all consumers have embraced Wi-Fi networks in their homes despite the fact that global connected devices per household stand at 5.5 in 2014 – Wi-Fi router adoption in fixed-line broadband households still has much room to grow globally," says analyst Eric Smith. "As Wi-Fi technologies continue to advance, prices fall, and the technology becomes more familiar to the average consumer, nearly 80% of fixed-line broadband households will have established Wi-Fi networks by 2018."

Jason Blackwell, director of Service Provider Strategies at Strategy Analytics, adds: "Broadband penetration in developed markets is reaching saturation point and emerging markets face infrastructure costs in expanding...

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Friday November 28

18:18
The best deals we can find

The Wirecutter:

The holiday season is approaching once again, and that screaming you hear is the sound of Internet users everywhere becoming inundated with holiday “deals.” Thousands of deals. Tens of thousands of deals. And, as you may know from experience, most of those deals don’t actually result in any kind of savings.

In fact, they are often a waste of money due to marketing trickery or just plain bad products. In fact, according to our research so far only 0.6% of the 42,000 deals we’ve studied since early November are actually a good deal on a good piece of gear. Our attitude is dictated by a general idea: if we wouldn’t buy it ourselves or tell our friends and family to do so, we won’t list it. If the price or the item itself is not good, we won’t list it.

This time of year, we are inundated by “deals”. The folks at The Wirecutter do a great job of separating the wheat from the chaff. It’s also a great list if you are looking for gift ideas.

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18:13
I’m buying people gift cards for Christmas, and you...

Vox:

I write about economics for a living, so I understand concepts of deadweight loss and depreciation and inefficiency.

That said, I still ask my parents for gift cards for Christmas every year. And I buy them for people, too.

I know this is a sacrilege, and you might, too — there are all sorts of articles out there about how gift cards are sincerely a terrible, horrible gift. And yet I keep wanting them. It could be because I’m just a bad decision-maker, but I think there are excellent reasons to get a person a gift card … provided you buy it for the right kind of person.

I think gift cards can have their place for certain people. Do you give gift cards? Do you like to get them?

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17:01
Black Friday: Deals for musos

If you're a beginner learning to play a guitar, sing, play the bass or drums, or you are a veteran looking to further develop your skills there are some great Black Friday deals on offer at the moment on the net. This also extends to guitarists and other musicians looking for some great drum loops and samples to add flavor to your home recordings. Electronista has been on the lookout and spotted some excellent deals with Jammit, JamPlay and Platinum Loops....



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15:52
Giveaways

For the holidays, MacNN and Electronista are giving away a bunch of great prizes from software and games to Bluetooth speakers and keyboards. Find out more about the prizes and how you can enter to win.



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15:15
Ask Slashdot: Objective C Vs. Swift For a New iOS...

RegularDave writes: I'm a recent grad from a master's program in a potentially worthless social science field, and I've considered getting into iOS development. Several of my friends who were in similar situations after grad school have done so and are making a healthy living getting contract work. Although they had CS and Physics degrees going into iOS, neither had worked in objective C and both essentially went through a crash courses (either self-taught or through intensive classes) in order to get their first gigs. I have two questions. First, am I an idiot for thinking I can teach myself either objective C or Swift on my own without any academic CS background (I've tinkered in HTML, CSS, and C classes online with some success)? Second, if I'm not an idiot for attempting to learn either language, which should I concentrate on?

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15:00
Desk: A painless writing and blogging tool for Mac

For writers and bloggers, the choice of a text editor can make a huge difference in productivity. The best tools simply fade out of the way and let you write, then magically transform your work into published format with a click. That's the case with...

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14:57
FingerKey app lets you unlock your Mac using iPhone’...


A new app called FingerKey allows Mac users to unlock their computer using Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5s, 6, or 6 Plus.

That means you’ll be able to login to your Mac using your iPhone’s fingerprint sensor rather than typing in a password each time. The app takes advantage of Apple opening up the Touch ID sensor to third-party apps for logins after previously being reserved for unlocking the device itself and authenticating App Store and iTunes purchases.

The FingerKey app includes the ability to unlock multiple computers from a distance, 256-bit AES encryption, and a Notification Center Today...

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14:17
Hands On: Alarmy (Sleep if U Can) alarm clock (iOS)

Waking up is a difficult feat for some. It certainly doesn't help when most alarms require only a simple tap to activate snooze mode. Some people become so adept at serial-snoozing that they don't even have to wake up to do it. Alarmy (Sleep If U Can), by Delight Room, promises to put an end to the phrase "just another ten minutes."...



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14:00
iPhone users taking astronomical photos with the...

Taking pictures of stars and deep sky objects with an iPhone would not have been something I thought would have worked, but as Apple hardware improves with better low light camera performance, apps are there to exploit it and push the envelope.

Seve...

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13:50
Giveaway: win a Penclick B2 Bluetooth mouse

Last, but certainly not least on our list of giveaway items today is the Penclic B2 Bluetooth mouse. This isn't your average, every day basic Bluetooth mouse though. This mouse takes computing to the next level by harnessing the natural power and dexterity in our fingers and hands and helps to prevent Repetitive Strain Injury. Read on to learn more, and to find out how you can win....



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13:25
Black Friday: lowest prices on Apple desktops

This year, like every year, Apple is running a Black Friday promotion, however this year if you are looking to save the most cash on a new Mac, the best bet is to look elsewhere. BestBuy.com has reduced prices on a wide selection of Macs. The 21.5-inch iMac with a 1.4GHz Intel i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive has seen a $200 discount to $899, which is around $80 less than the lowest price found anywhere else....



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13:02
Black Friday Special: Take an Additional 10% Off...

For today only you can pick up Soundfreaq’s Pocket Kick speaker for only $67.50 using our 10% off Black Friday Deal to save even more on the already great price. Ultra-portable, Pocket Kick has been meticulously designed to produce full and powerful sound with a pair of custom-engineered drivers and a passive radiator set between two full-metal, open air grills for full-frequency sound overall and lower bass frequencies kicked out the back.…

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12:27
Giveaway: Win a Verve 2 sensor system

What is the Verve 2? We asked ourselves the same question when we first heard of it. It turns out that it is quite unlike anything we have ever seen before. The Verve 2 is a sensor system that can be used to interact with a computer in a whole new way. We have one Verve 2 system to give away to our readers. Read on to learn more about this unique technology toy, and find out how you can win....



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12:13
News: Apps of the Week: The Longest Journey...

New Apps + Games The Longest Journey Remastered ($7) — Funcom’s critically acclaimed PC adventure game comes to the iPhone and iPad in a new “Remastered” version that provides touchscreen optimized controls and a new introduction narrated by original series creator Ragnar Tørnquist. With its iOS release, the epic adventure game puts a new generation of players into the shoes of the young art student who discovers that she can…

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12:10
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer on iTunes

Star Wars: The Force Awakens isn't due in theaters for about a year, but that shouldn't stop you from getting your Sci-Fi nerd on in a big way because you can see the movie's first trailer today. The minute and a half long trailer doesn't show any of the main characters - meaning no Luke, Leia, or Han - but it has plenty of stormtroopers, droids, X-winds, and the Millenium Falcon. Also, a triple-blade Sith lightsaber. That's right: a triple-blade Sith lightsaber. What's missing is Jar Jar Binks, which means there's a really good chance Episode 7 will be substantially better than all three prequel movies combined.


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11:40
Razer Nabu fitness tracker available in North...

Razer is finally going to release its fitness tracker, just in time for the holiday sales. Originally launched at CES in January followed by delays caused by hypoallergenic testing and a beta test with developers, the Razer Nabu is being made available to purchase from the Razer website and retailers from December 2nd in North America, with Razer pricing the fitness band at $100....



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11:40
Black Friday: Android tablet deals from zero dollars

With all the great deals out there on Android tablets today, it gets a little bit tricky trying to figure out what exactly the best prices are. To help, we have put together a list of some of the best Black Friday Android tablet deals we could find. At TigerDirect.com right now get the Proscan 7-inch Android tablet with McAfee 2015 multi-access for only $70. That's already $80 off the list price of $150. A $70 mail-in-rebate offer on this bundle drops the final cost down to zero dollars. However, McAfee activation is required to claim this rebate....



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11:37
Blueprint of Apple's "iPad Air Plus,...

A Japanese Apple fan magazine published on Friday what it says is a full-scale schematic of Apple's much rumored "iPad Air Plus," along with claims that the device will be powered by an A9 chip and ship between April and June of 2015.

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11:35
Report: Schematics of 12.2-inch ‘iPad Air Plus’...

Japanese magazine Mac Fan has published what it claims are drawings for the much rumored upcoming 12-inch iPad (via Macotakara).

The report in Mac Fan, which refers to the 12-inch iPad as the iPad Air Plus, claims that the new iPad will include a 12.2-inch display, new A9 processor, four speakers to offer stereo sound in any orientation, and arrive sometime between April and June of next year.

Latest rumors for the device claimed iPad Pro would sport a smaller 12.2-inch display and a profile of 7mm, which lines up with the drawings published in the latest Mac Fan issue today. Several reports have pointed to a yet to be announced iPad that...

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11:17
35 percent off iTunes gift cards – if you act fast

Heck, I thought getting 20% off iTunes gift cards was a good deal.

Turns out 35% off is a lot better.

Here’s how to get the deal of the year on iTunes gift cards.

Paypal Digital Gifts is offering a 25% deal ($100 iTunes code for $75) on eBay – which trumps Wednesday’s deal from Costso by five percent.

To make things sweeter, a tipster notified me that you can stack another $10 discount on top of the already good $100 code for $75 deal. Instead of clicking “Buy in Now” on eBay,...

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11:00
Apple upsets customers by not extending Black Friday...

Black Friday shoppers in the UK were surprised this morning to discover Apple was not offering any promotions on the sales day that kicks off the holiday shopping season. Shoppers took to Twitter to express their surprise and frustration that Apple's...

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10:56
Giveaway: win a Penclic K2 wireless mini keyboard

Black Friday is in full swing, but instead of door-buster deals we have more prizes to give away to our readers. To get things started today we have the Penclic K2 wireless Mini keyboard. Reclaim your desk, and create a healthy working position while you're at it. Find out how you can enter to win below....



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Friday November 28

11:37
12.2-inch 'iPad Air Plus' May Launch Between Apr...

Japanese magazine Mac Fan has published some possible schematics depicting the design of the larger-screened "iPad Pro" or "iPad Air Plus" in its January issue, which have been shared by Mac Otakara [Google Translate] along with some information about the upcoming device.

The schematics suggest the tablet will include a 12.2-inch LCD display, and it points towards dimensions of 305.31mm x 220.8mm x 7mm, or 12 inches x 8.7 inches x 0.28 inches, which is in line with previous rumors about the larger...

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11:36
Apple Fans Outspent Androiders by 25% on Thanksgiving

In a report that we posted a month ago we covered CEO of Cheezburger Ben Huh talking about how Apple owns the market's mind share because they've become the platform for the creative class. This flies in the face of the fact that the Android operating system dwarfs iOS in pure market stats. But it's not just about "mind share" it's also about Apple customers spending more money on Apps and hardware than your average Androider does. A new report published today confirms this as fact.

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10:22
Xiaomi Ready to Shake China & India Markets with $100...

Yesterday we reported that Apple's iPad crushed all of their tablet competitors in China in Q3. In that report we presented a chart illustrating China's Xiaomi ranking fourth with 5.3% market share. News out of China today reveals that Xiaomi is planning a massive attack on the low-end tablet market in 2015 against the iPad mini, though it's bound to hurt Samsung even more considering that they're already struggling to get their mobile house in order.

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08:38
Chip Orders for Apple's iPhone 6 only Drop by 10% for...

The iPhone 6 will power into 2015: As Apple is set to ship 50 million iPhone 6's for Q4, IC design houses are reporting that Apple has started scaling back on chip orders for Q1 2015 as would be expected – Though the drop isn't as drastic as one would think after the holiday season.

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06:00
Black Friday 2014: Best Deals on Macs, iPads, iPhones, App...

While you can see a massive list of all the Black Friday discounts being offered on Apple products and accessories in our comprehensive Black Friday roundup, we've gathered up some of the most enticing Black Friday deals below. Many of the deals listed below are available now, with limited supplies.

Apple Online and Retail

Apple kicked off its deals for its one day Black Friday shopping event in the United States, and the company is offering special Product (RED)-branded iTunes gift cards with the purchase of an iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod, Apple TV, or Beats by Dr. Dre headphones.

Gift card amounts for products vary and include $100 on select Macs, $50 on iPhones (6, 6 Plus, 5s, 5c), $50 on qualifying iPads, and $25 each on qualifying Apple TV, iPods, and Beats hardware, as noted below:

- iPhone ($50): iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone...

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Thursday November 27

22:26
Apple Kicks Off Black Friday Sale With iTunes Gift Card De...

Apple has just kicked off its deals for its one day Black Friday shopping event in the United States, and as previously announced, the company is offering special Product (RED)-branded iTunes gift cards with the purchase of an iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod, Apple TV, or Beats by Dr. Dre headphones.

Gift card amounts for products vary and include $100 on select Macs, $50 on iPhones (6, 6 Plus, 5s, 5c), $50 on qualifying iPads, and $25 each on qualifying Apple TV, iPods, and Beats hardware, as noted below:

- iPhone ($50): iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c
- iPad ($50): iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini
- Mac ($100): iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Retina iMac, Retina MacBook Pro
- iPod ($25): iPod touch, iPod nano
- Apple TV ($25)
- Beats...

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14:56
EU Parliament Grandstands to bring Attention to Google...

Today the EU Parliament voted for the break-up of Google even though they don't have the power to do any such thing. While it's grandstanding, they want to put pressure on the European Commission to force measures on Google that will diminish their stranglehold on search engine traffic in Europe that's now standing at about 90%.

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13:52
Maker of the iPhone 5C set to Increase Shipments, not stop...

Not So Fast! There was a rumor that surfaced just yesterday claiming that the iPhone 5C was destined for the dustbin of tech toy history and today we see a completely different story emerging that would tank that initial rumor.

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13:11
Apple's iPad crushes all Competitors in China for Tab...

The iPad Champion Stands Alone: According to new report published in Taiwan today there were 5.445 million branded consumer tablets sold in the China market during the third quarter of 2014 ... Apple crushed all competitors ...

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12:22
A European Patent Filing from Apple Describes Voice Contro...

Apple's Master Siri patent that we covered back in January 2012 listed Apple TV (the set top box) as one of devices that Siri could one day work with. Last month Amazon surprised the market with a device that they've branded as "Echo." It was like Siri out of iDevices and into your home via a standalone device doubling as a wireless speaker. I noted at the end of that report that having Siri voice controls for our Apple TV would be a dream machine. Well, start dreaming ...

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10:05
Black Friday 2014: Best Deals on Macs, iPads, iPhones, App...

Though it's not quite Friday, and many of you are still waiting to dig in to Thanksgiving dinners with family, many retailers are kicking off their Black Friday sales early this year. Stores like Best Buy, Target, and Walmart, where some of the best deals are to be had, will be opening their doors to shoppers as early as 5 p.m. local time.

While you can see a massive list of all the Black Friday discounts being offered on Apple products and accessories in our comprehensive Black Friday roundup, we've gathered up some of the most enticing Black Friday deals below. Many of the deals listed below are available now, with limited supplies. Some of the deals won't be available until Black Friday actually rolls around, and details on exact sale times can be found in the roundup.

iPhone
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09:32
Apple Seeks Trademark for "Metal" Icon

Today the European Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark filing for their "Metal" icon as noted in our cover graphic (without the text). Apple's Metal is a low-level, low-overhead hardware-accelerated graphics API that debuted in iOS 8. It is intended to bring to iOS some of the performance benefits ...

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08:19
Patent Fulfilled: The new Apple SIM Patent Comes to Light

During Apple's iPad event in October they side-stepped their new Apple SIM feature that they knew would controversial. CNBC mentioned it the next day with one analyst calling it "remarkable." Today, the US Patent & Trademark Office published the patent application that's behind the new Apple SIM.

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07:17
Apple tweaks their Inventions Relating to a 3D Personal He...

Today the US Patent and Trademark Office published yet another Apple invention related to a 3D personal display headset system that's titled "Adjusting Media Display in a Personal Display System based on Perspective." It's a patent application focusing on 3D viewing of seating arrangements in theaters and other major live events.

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04:22
Apple Invents Multitouch Solution for OS X on Macs & i...

Rumors about a 12.9 inch iPad began back in May. Apple also has several patent-pending inventions on record supporting a hybrid notebook-tablet or a tablet with a smart cover containing a built-in keyboard. Both Microsoft and HP now have tablets running with Intel Core processors doubling as notebooks with full productive software for the enterprise and students. Today, Apple's patent application clearly shows us how OS X is working on a touchscreen ...

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02:33
Patently Apple Wishes our US Fanbase a Very Happy Thanksgi...

In the blink of an eye another year has gone by and Patently Apple would like to wish our US fanbase and their families a safe, warm and very happy Thanksgiving.

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Wednesday November 26

18:03
Apple Releases New iPhone 6 Ad: 'Voice Text'

Just a couple days after releasing the fifth and sixth iPhone 6 ads starring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake, Apple has released a seventh called "Voice Text". The new ad focuses on one of the new features introduced to iMessage in iOS 8, the ability to instantly send audio messages quickly and easily.

The ad humorously highlights how voice messages can be used to better communication with friends, with examples pointing out how voice messages are good for sarcastic comments, singing and saying hard-to-spell words instead of typing them.

Apple, so far, has released two new iPhone 6 ads at a time, releasing "Duo" and "Health" during the iPhone 6 event in September, "Huge" and "Cameras" in late September and "Reservations" and "Gamers" a...

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15:38
Apple Watch Marketing Page Updated With 'Timekeeping...

The marketing website for the Apple Watch has been updated (via 9to5Mac) with additional details about how it functions as a watch, new ways that wearers will communicate, as well as more about the watch's health and fitness features.

Apple's marketing team has also added new animations to the site, showing how the Apple Watch will move between screens and how some of the apps will work. Much of the basic information was already located on the Apple Watch site, but lots of it has been broken out with more information and detail.

The new Timekeeping page reveals more about some of the watch faces that are included with...

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12:10
Apple's iPhone 6 Still the Top Smartphone in Japan

According to a new report, Apple’s iPhone 6 was by far the best selling smartphone in Japan in September and October while still leading in November ...

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10:57
MacMall Kicks Off Black Friday 2014 Sale on Macs, iPads an...

MacMall has kicked off its 60 hour Black Friday 2014 sale on an array of Apple products both online and in its retail stores. Deals will last through 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, November 28.

MacMall will be discounting its stock of MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro computers by $50 to $200, depending on configuration. Unlike other resellers, MacMall offers Apple computers with a variety of custom configurations, similar to the online Apple Store. MacMall is also offering the Mac Pro for up to $600 off, the Mac mini for up to $60 off, and the iMac for up to $120 off. The new iPad Air 2 will also see discounts of up to $75 off.

We've listed a sampling of the discounts on products of interest below, but MacMall's full range of discounts can be found on its website.

2014 Retina MacBook Pro
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Friday November 28

07:29
What A Morning!

It’s a random Friday morning. I wake up ready to work and the radio on my AirPort stops working. I reset the device, do everything I know to do, but there is no SSID, no radio signal whatsoever. What to do? String a cable across the room so that it can get ripped out of a computer when the crazed, six year old invariably streaks through the office having watched Power Rangers and looking to chop me into pieces? Not a chance. I’ll just run out to the closest Apple store and grab a quick replacement.

So I hop in the car and drive to the mall. What is going on with parking? I finally find a spot out in no-mans-land, but wait – an 80-something year old woman in a brand new red Civic swings in front of me, practically clipping my bumper to steal my spot hanging me a bird and yelling “here’s my Holiday cheer” in the process. Wow. Wait, did that middle fingernail really have a picture of Santa painted on it?!?! Suburbs…

There’s another spot a little further out, but wait –...

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Thursday November 27

09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 023 on Office...

In episode Jeremy Thake talks to Chakkaradeep Chandran about the new announcements around the Office 365 tools for Visual Studio 2013.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP23_Chaks.mp3

Download the podcast.

Weekly updates

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05:00
Thankful for CodeMonkey

This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for a lot. I’m healthy, my kid is healthy, my life is totally rad, there’s no snow to shovel today. But I’ll share one of my favorite videos that I’m thankful for: CodeMonkey!

Enjoy!

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Wednesday November 26

13:55
Get the Office for Android tablet preview apps today

Thank you for your interest in the Office for Android tablet preview. At this time, we have closed the sign up page. But you can request to join this Google Plus group for access to the preview apps.

The Office for Android tablet apps will be generally available in early 2015 and we encourage you to download the apps at that time and experience the real Word, Excel and PowerPoint, with free core editing capabilities for consumers. We are committed to providing the best Office experience on all mobile devices. Learn more here.

The post Get the Office for Android tablet preview apps today appeared first on Office Blogs.

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09:00
Office 365 Business—Do your best work from anywhere...

Office 365 Business provides all the familiar, installable apps you’ve come to depend on like Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, on the devices you use most—like your laptop, tablet, iPad or smartphone. Plus, with 1TB (moving to unlimited) of OneDrive for Business storage, your files are never stuck on your computer at work or on your laptop at home so you can get work done—online or offline. You can share documents directly from your Office apps to work with your co-workers on the same document together—in real time. And Office 365 Business keeps itself up to date so you will always have the latest and best Office features. Learn more about Office 365 Business and see how businesses like yours use Office 365 to create amazing things.

Learn more about the full line up of...

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05:00
MacVoices Podcast With Chuck Joiner About The New...

Yay, podcasts! Chuck Joiner was kind enough to have me on MacVoices. We did a show, now available at http://www.macvoices.com/macvoices-14223-charles-edge-helps-take-control-os-x-server

Or if you’d like to watch on YouTube or inline:

http://youtu.be/AeccoRqIrgc

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Tuesday November 25

12:54
TA14-329A: Regin Malware

Original release date: November 25, 2014
Systems Affected

Microsoft Windows NT, 2000, XP, Vista, and 7

Overview

On November 24, 2014, Symantec released a report on Regin, a sophisticated backdoor Trojan used to conduct intelligence-gathering campaigns. At this time, the Regin campaign has not been identified targeting any organizations within the United States.

Description

Regin is a multi-staged, modular threat—meaning it has a number of components, each dependent on others to perform an attack. Each of the five stages is hidden and encrypted, with the exception of the first stage. The modular design poses difficulties to analysis, as all components must be available in order to fully understand the Trojan.  

Impact

Regin is a remote access Trojan (RAT), able to take control of input devices, capture credentials, monitor network traffic, and gather information on processes and memory utilization. The complex design...

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09:00
Power Query November 2014 update—Connect to Analysis...

We are happy to announce the availability of the November 2014 update for Power Query—packed with lots of new features that we hope you will enjoy and thank us for them (since we are in the Thanksgiving week).

Before talking about new features in this update, we would like to invite you to complete a survey. It will take you only a few minutes and it will help us better understand what you like or don’t like about Power Query, how do you currently use it and what new features you would like to see in the future.

Take the Power Query survey

What’s new in this update?

  • SQL Server Analysis Services connector.
  • Salesforce Reports and Objects connector.
  • Expand Columns—Ability to disable and customize column prefix.
  • Improved File menu options in the Query Editor.
  • Entry point for Advanced Editor in the Queries pane inside the Query Editor.

Watch the following video or...

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09:00
Take control of Black Friday and Cyber Monday with...

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are undoubtedly the most popular holiday shopping moments for knocking out a lot of holiday shopping in a few hours, while saving big in the process. But it can also be overwhelming. How can you make sure you’re getting the best deals? When do all the stores open? What’s the best strategy to divide and conquer the gift lists? OneNote can make your Black Friday and Cyber Monday planning a lot easier and have you in, out and on to some holiday cheer in record time.

Saving the best deals 

These days, many stores post their sale ads online for easy browsing and sites like blackfriday.com collect mailers in one convenient place. The OneNote Clipper helps you clip...

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06:48
Bushel Goes Into Invitation Mode!

Yesterday the Bushel team finished some new code. This code allows you to refer your friends to Bushel! This skips the codes that everyone was waiting for and lets people create accounts immediately!

From your home screen, click on Invite Friends. Or from the Account screen, scroll down to the section that says “Invite friends to join Bushel”. From here, you can post codes to Facebook, Tweet codes, post codes to LinkedIn and even email them.

We’re not going into general availability just yet. But we’re definitely making it easier long-term to sign up and use Bushel! We hope you love it as much as we do!

Since we’re still architecting how these final screens look, the final features and stress testing the servers, also if you’re testing the system please feel free to fill out our feedback form...

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Monday November 24

18:03
My Take Control Of OS X Server Book Now Available!

Thanks to all the awesome work from Adam and Tanya Engst, Tidbits announced today that my Take Control of OS X Server is now available! To quote some of the Tidbits writeup:

Some projects turn out to be harder than expected, and while Charles Edge’s “Take Control of OS X Server” was one of them, we’re extremely pleased to announce that the full 235-page book is now available in PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket versions to help anyone in a home or small office environment looking to get started with Apple’s OS X Server.

As you’ll likely remember, we published this book chapter by chapter for TidBITS members, finishing it in early September (see “‘Take Control of OS X Server’ Streaming in TidBITS,” 12 May 2014). Doing so got the information out more quickly, broke up the writing and editing effort, and elicited reader comments that helped us refine the text.

Normally, we would have moved right into final editing and...

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12:37
Bringing a crazy idea to life—Building a foundation...

Today’s post about Office 365 was written by Stéphane Bancel, chief executive officer at Moderna Therapeutics.

We started Moderna back in 2010 based on a crazy idea that we could use messenger RNA (mRNA) as a therapeutic platform to treat and cure d, flexibility, and scalability as we rush to build internal development teams and an ecosystem of global collaborative partnerships that foster innovation. That’s because our mRNA Therapeutics technology platform has the potential to help the body fight and cure diseases that are currently untreatable. So when we choose technology, we look for solutions that help us to collaborate quickly and advance the science. That’s why we run almost exclusively on cloud technologies and why we use Microsoft Office 365 as our business productivity platform.

As a biotech company, we’re using Office 365 Enterprise E3 to accelerate...

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11:08
Introduction to Git-Fat for Munki

Do you work on munki with a team of folks (meaning more than one)? You probably wish you could use MunkiAdmin for everything, but mounting the munki repo over the network may be a poor experience as things grow very large, and as the server world is mostly *nix (if you’re lucky), running MunkiAdmin on the server itself is out of the picture. It’s sheer luck that Hannes Juutilainen wants to help with all of our workflow needs, so he composed the original page on git usage for the official munki wiki. Git was made for a distributed, (latent) network-aware world, but as the wiki page takes into account (by instructing you to create a .gitignore file, which most GUI clients can easily...

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09:00
Block spam this holiday season with the new enhanced...

Chris Nguyen is a program manager and Shobhit Sahay is a technical product manager on the Exchange Online Protection team.

From time to time, you might have received the same, annoying newsletters or coupons over and over again. The rate of such spam increases significantly specially during the holiday season. Recently, we promised to evolve the Exchange Online Protection (EOP) to protect against tomorrow’s threat, and continuing on our promise, we are pleased to introduce the enhanced bulk email experience in EOP. With this new capability, we are introducing a simple, intuitive control in the Exchange Admin Center to allow you to easily block more of these “bulk” emails. For example, for Exchange Online, we were able to increase the percent of filtered emails based on these new bulk mail capabilities by another 16 percent in recent months.

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Friday November 21

15:00
Automate Your Advertising with iAd

Leverage the updated iAd Workbench API to automatically create and update ad campaigns, retrieve analytics and manage bids directly on iAd Workbench. You can now promote products in more than 100 countries across the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Australia. Learn about the iAd Workbench API.

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15:00
Automate Your Advertising with iAd

Leverage the updated iAd Workbench API to automatically create and update ad campaigns, retrieve analytics and manage bids directly on iAd Workbench. You can now promote products in more than 100 countries across the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Australia. Learn about the iAd Workbench API.

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12:00
Office 365 news round-up

Over the past couple of weeks we’ve been reminded how essential Office 365 has become to leading organizations in many different fields. In higher education, universities are using tools such as Excel and Power Bi for Office 365 to make data-driven decisions that can improve performance and competitiveness, help with funding, and support accreditation. Healthcare organizations are using Office 365 to transform their cultures, improve collaboration, and increase customer satisfaction. And the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Labor are the most recent...

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11:11
Bushel: The Device Enrollment Program (DEP) In Action

Apple’s Device Enrollment Program (DEP for short) allows you to automatically setup devices with the settings you need on devices that your organization purchases. In Bushel, we give you the ability to link an Apple DEP account up with your Bushel account. This allows devices to add themselves automatically to your Bushel when the devices are activated. We tend to think this is the coolest thing since sliced bread and so we want to make sure you know how to use the feature.

Setup Device Enrollment Program in Bushel

To get started, log into your Bushel and click on Devices. Here, click the button for Device Enrollment Program.

Download your certificate and go to deploy.apple.com and log into your Device Enrollment Program account. Click on Manage Servers in the Deployment Programs sidebar....

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09:00
Introducing a new feature in Access 2013 web apps—...

It’s just the nature of shipping software in a services world with Office 365—when we hear your feedback, we can respond with new features that fill your needs. In the case of Access 2013 web apps, one of the most frequent feature requests we heard from customers was the need for an easier way to view their web app data in Excel. Currently, the process for viewing your Access web app data within Excel involves many steps.

We’re proud to announce that a new feature called, “Download in Excel” is available to all of our Access 2013 Office 365 customers, which makes this process much simpler. The changes are on the server side which means you do not need to update your Access client program at all. This update is available for customers using Office 365 with Access Services so look for this feature soon within your web apps and try it out.

How does the Download in Excel...

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Thursday November 20

16:00
OS X Server 4.0.2 Developer Preview (14S347) Now...

OS X Server 4.0.2 Developer Preview (14S347) Now Available

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16:00
OS X Server 4.0.2 Developer Preview (14S347) Now...

OS X Server 4.0.2 Developer Preview (14S347) Now Available

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15:08
Adobe Flash Player updates available for OS X on...

Adobe Flash Player updates are available that address a recently identified Adobe Flash Player web plug-in vulnerability.

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Friday November 28

07:29
What A Morning!

It’s a random Friday morning. I wake up ready to work and the radio on my AirPort stops working. I reset the device, do everything I know to do, but there is no SSID, no radio signal whatsoever. What to do? String a cable across the room so that it can get ripped out of a computer when the crazed, six year old invariably streaks through the office having watched Power Rangers and looking to chop me into pieces? Not a chance. I’ll just run out to the closest Apple store and grab a quick replacement.

So I hop in the car and drive to the mall. What is going on with parking? I finally find a spot out in no-mans-land, but wait – an 80-something year old woman in a brand new red Civic swings in front of me, practically clipping my bumper to steal my spot hanging me a bird and yelling “here’s my Holiday cheer” in the process. Wow. Wait, did that middle fingernail really have a picture of Santa painted on it?!?! Suburbs…

There’s another spot a little further out, but wait –...

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Thursday November 27

09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 023 on Office...

In episode Jeremy Thake talks to Chakkaradeep Chandran about the new announcements around the Office 365 tools for Visual Studio 2013.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP23_Chaks.mp3

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05:00
Thankful for CodeMonkey

This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for a lot. I’m healthy, my kid is healthy, my life is totally rad, there’s no snow to shovel today. But I’ll share one of my favorite videos that I’m thankful for: CodeMonkey!

Enjoy!

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Wednesday November 26

13:55
Get the Office for Android tablet preview apps today

Thank you for your interest in the Office for Android tablet preview. At this time, we have closed the sign up page. But you can request to join this Google Plus group for access to the preview apps.

The Office for Android tablet apps will be generally available in early 2015 and we encourage you to download the apps at that time and experience the real Word, Excel and PowerPoint, with free core editing capabilities for consumers. We are committed to providing the best Office experience on all mobile devices. Learn more here.

The post Get the Office for Android tablet preview apps today appeared first on Office Blogs.

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09:00
Office 365 Business—Do your best work from anywhere...

Office 365 Business provides all the familiar, installable apps you’ve come to depend on like Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, on the devices you use most—like your laptop, tablet, iPad or smartphone. Plus, with 1TB (moving to unlimited) of OneDrive for Business storage, your files are never stuck on your computer at work or on your laptop at home so you can get work done—online or offline. You can share documents directly from your Office apps to work with your co-workers on the same document together—in real time. And Office 365 Business keeps itself up to date so you will always have the latest and best Office features. Learn more about Office 365 Business and see how businesses like yours use Office 365 to create amazing things.

Learn more about the full line up of...

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05:00
MacVoices Podcast With Chuck Joiner About The New...

Yay, podcasts! Chuck Joiner was kind enough to have me on MacVoices. We did a show, now available at http://www.macvoices.com/macvoices-14223-charles-edge-helps-take-control-os-x-server

Or if you’d like to watch on YouTube or inline:

http://youtu.be/AeccoRqIrgc

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Tuesday November 25

12:54
TA14-329A: Regin Malware

Original release date: November 25, 2014
Systems Affected

Microsoft Windows NT, 2000, XP, Vista, and 7

Overview

On November 24, 2014, Symantec released a report on Regin, a sophisticated backdoor Trojan used to conduct intelligence-gathering campaigns. At this time, the Regin campaign has not been identified targeting any organizations within the United States.

Description

Regin is a multi-staged, modular threat—meaning it has a number of components, each dependent on others to perform an attack. Each of the five stages is hidden and encrypted, with the exception of the first stage. The modular design poses difficulties to analysis, as all components must be available in order to fully understand the Trojan.  

Impact

Regin is a remote access Trojan (RAT), able to take control of input devices, capture credentials, monitor network traffic, and gather information on processes and memory utilization. The complex design...

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09:00
Power Query November 2014 update—Connect to Analysis...

We are happy to announce the availability of the November 2014 update for Power Query—packed with lots of new features that we hope you will enjoy and thank us for them (since we are in the Thanksgiving week).

Before talking about new features in this update, we would like to invite you to complete a survey. It will take you only a few minutes and it will help us better understand what you like or don’t like about Power Query, how do you currently use it and what new features you would like to see in the future.

Take the Power Query survey

What’s new in this update?

  • SQL Server Analysis Services connector.
  • Salesforce Reports and Objects connector.
  • Expand Columns—Ability to disable and customize column prefix.
  • Improved File menu options in the Query Editor.
  • Entry point for Advanced Editor in the Queries pane inside the Query Editor.

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09:00
Take control of Black Friday and Cyber Monday with...

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are undoubtedly the most popular holiday shopping moments for knocking out a lot of holiday shopping in a few hours, while saving big in the process. But it can also be overwhelming. How can you make sure you’re getting the best deals? When do all the stores open? What’s the best strategy to divide and conquer the gift lists? OneNote can make your Black Friday and Cyber Monday planning a lot easier and have you in, out and on to some holiday cheer in record time.

Saving the best deals 

These days, many stores post their sale ads online for easy browsing and sites like blackfriday.com collect mailers in one convenient place. The OneNote Clipper helps you clip...

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06:48
Bushel Goes Into Invitation Mode!

Yesterday the Bushel team finished some new code. This code allows you to refer your friends to Bushel! This skips the codes that everyone was waiting for and lets people create accounts immediately!

From your home screen, click on Invite Friends. Or from the Account screen, scroll down to the section that says “Invite friends to join Bushel”. From here, you can post codes to Facebook, Tweet codes, post codes to LinkedIn and even email them.

We’re not going into general availability just yet. But we’re definitely making it easier long-term to sign up and use Bushel! We hope you love it as much as we do!

Since we’re still architecting how these final screens look, the final features and stress testing the servers, also if you’re testing the system please feel free to fill out our feedback form...

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Monday November 24

18:03
My Take Control Of OS X Server Book Now Available!

Thanks to all the awesome work from Adam and Tanya Engst, Tidbits announced today that my Take Control of OS X Server is now available! To quote some of the Tidbits writeup:

Some projects turn out to be harder than expected, and while Charles Edge’s “Take Control of OS X Server” was one of them, we’re extremely pleased to announce that the full 235-page book is now available in PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket versions to help anyone in a home or small office environment looking to get started with Apple’s OS X Server.

As you’ll likely remember, we published this book chapter by chapter for TidBITS members, finishing it in early September (see “‘Take Control of OS X Server’ Streaming in TidBITS,” 12 May 2014). Doing so got the information out more quickly, broke up the writing and editing effort, and elicited reader comments that helped us refine the text.

Normally, we would have moved right into final editing and...

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12:37
Bringing a crazy idea to life—Building a foundation...

Today’s post about Office 365 was written by Stéphane Bancel, chief executive officer at Moderna Therapeutics.

We started Moderna back in 2010 based on a crazy idea that we could use messenger RNA (mRNA) as a therapeutic platform to treat and cure d, flexibility, and scalability as we rush to build internal development teams and an ecosystem of global collaborative partnerships that foster innovation. That’s because our mRNA Therapeutics technology platform has the potential to help the body fight and cure diseases that are currently untreatable. So when we choose technology, we look for solutions that help us to collaborate quickly and advance the science. That’s why we run almost exclusively on cloud technologies and why we use Microsoft Office 365 as our business productivity platform.

As a biotech company, we’re using Office 365 Enterprise E3 to accelerate...

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11:08
Introduction to Git-Fat for Munki

Do you work on munki with a team of folks (meaning more than one)? You probably wish you could use MunkiAdmin for everything, but mounting the munki repo over the network may be a poor experience as things grow very large, and as the server world is mostly *nix (if you’re lucky), running MunkiAdmin on the server itself is out of the picture. It’s sheer luck that Hannes Juutilainen wants to help with all of our workflow needs, so he composed the original page on git usage for the official munki wiki. Git was made for a distributed, (latent) network-aware world, but as the wiki page takes into account (by instructing you to create a .gitignore file, which most GUI clients can easily...

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09:00
Block spam this holiday season with the new enhanced...

Chris Nguyen is a program manager and Shobhit Sahay is a technical product manager on the Exchange Online Protection team.

From time to time, you might have received the same, annoying newsletters or coupons over and over again. The rate of such spam increases significantly specially during the holiday season. Recently, we promised to evolve the Exchange Online Protection (EOP) to protect against tomorrow’s threat, and continuing on our promise, we are pleased to introduce the enhanced bulk email experience in EOP. With this new capability, we are introducing a simple, intuitive control in the Exchange Admin Center to allow you to easily block more of these “bulk” emails. For example, for Exchange Online, we were able to increase the percent of filtered emails based on these new bulk mail capabilities by another 16 percent in recent months.

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Friday November 21

15:00
Automate Your Advertising with iAd

Leverage the updated iAd Workbench API to automatically create and update ad campaigns, retrieve analytics and manage bids directly on iAd Workbench. You can now promote products in more than 100 countries across the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Australia. Learn about the iAd Workbench API.

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15:00
Automate Your Advertising with iAd

Leverage the updated iAd Workbench API to automatically create and update ad campaigns, retrieve analytics and manage bids directly on iAd Workbench. You can now promote products in more than 100 countries across the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Australia. Learn about the iAd Workbench API.

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12:00
Office 365 news round-up

Over the past couple of weeks we’ve been reminded how essential Office 365 has become to leading organizations in many different fields. In higher education, universities are using tools such as Excel and Power Bi for Office 365 to make data-driven decisions that can improve performance and competitiveness, help with funding, and support accreditation. Healthcare organizations are using Office 365 to transform their cultures, improve collaboration, and increase customer satisfaction. And the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Labor are the most recent...

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11:11
Bushel: The Device Enrollment Program (DEP) In Action

Apple’s Device Enrollment Program (DEP for short) allows you to automatically setup devices with the settings you need on devices that your organization purchases. In Bushel, we give you the ability to link an Apple DEP account up with your Bushel account. This allows devices to add themselves automatically to your Bushel when the devices are activated. We tend to think this is the coolest thing since sliced bread and so we want to make sure you know how to use the feature.

Setup Device Enrollment Program in Bushel

To get started, log into your Bushel and click on Devices. Here, click the button for Device Enrollment Program.

Download your certificate and go to deploy.apple.com and log into your Device Enrollment Program account. Click on Manage Servers in the Deployment Programs sidebar....

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09:00
Introducing a new feature in Access 2013 web apps—...

It’s just the nature of shipping software in a services world with Office 365—when we hear your feedback, we can respond with new features that fill your needs. In the case of Access 2013 web apps, one of the most frequent feature requests we heard from customers was the need for an easier way to view their web app data in Excel. Currently, the process for viewing your Access web app data within Excel involves many steps.

We’re proud to announce that a new feature called, “Download in Excel” is available to all of our Access 2013 Office 365 customers, which makes this process much simpler. The changes are on the server side which means you do not need to update your Access client program at all. This update is available for customers using Office 365 with Access Services so look for this feature soon within your web apps and try it out.

How does the Download in Excel...

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Thursday November 20

16:00
OS X Server 4.0.2 Developer Preview (14S347) Now...

OS X Server 4.0.2 Developer Preview (14S347) Now Available

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16:00
OS X Server 4.0.2 Developer Preview (14S347) Now...

OS X Server 4.0.2 Developer Preview (14S347) Now Available

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15:08
Adobe Flash Player updates available for OS X on...

Adobe Flash Player updates are available that address a recently identified Adobe Flash Player web plug-in vulnerability.

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Technology Showcase

Sep 17
Video showcases iOS app built with Xojo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jan 05
Fusion Drive now available on entry-level iMacs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sep 19
InterMapper publishes white papers on network...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oct 04
Video showcases Zco's services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Infovole’s entire range of apps, including the Textkraft family of word processors for iPads and iPhones, is being offered at 50-75% off over the Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend. The five-day... Read more
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 B&H Photo continues to offer Black Friday sale prices on 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... Read more
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