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Friday January 23

14:00
Join the #CleanInbox challenge for Clean Out Your...

The average consumer will receive 26 emails a day in 2015—that’s over 9,000 emails over the course of a year. Many of these messages are ‘graymail’—newsletters or notifications that you may have registered for but may no longer be interested in.

Don’t spend another year overwhelmed by the clutter, join the #CleanInbox challenge, timed with Clean Out Your Inbox Week, which begins on January 25th. To participate, check us out on Facebook and Twitter, where we’ll be posting daily tips and tricks throughout the week to get your inbox organized and ready for the rest of 2015. Participants will be entered for a chance to win Outlook.com swag and Ad-free Outlook.com codes.

—The Outlook team

The post Join the #CleanInbox challenge for Clean Out Your Inbox Week...

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12:00
Office 365 news round-up

Humans have always longed to know the future, to see what lies ahead and just out of sight. In ancient days, we consulted oracles or shamans. Today, we may seek the advice of futurists, who analyze current patterns and trends to predict future events. At Microsoft, however, we agree with legendary management consultant Peter Drucker, who said, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

That’s exactly what we’re doing with Office 365 and our other cloud services—creating the future—and we recently offered our customers two new opportunities to lend a hand.

First, we expanded the Office for Android tablet preview that we initially introduced in November. Now anyone can go to Google Play to download the Word, Excel and PowerPoint preview apps and then provide feedback that will help us deliver a...

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09:00
Online meetings get better with Lync and new Polycom...

Sometimes when you’ve been around great technology for a long time, you take for granted that others also know about it and use it. Such is often the case with Lync and the original Lync RoundTable device (Polycom CX5000), which we built in partnership with Polycom. At Microsoft, we use these devices every day as we collaborate in teams that span multiple locations around the world. If you haven’t used a RoundTable device, you’ll be impressed by the ease of use, 360-degree view of the meeting room, sound quality and automatic detection of the person speaking. It’s a simple, well-designed tabletop device that nicely fits within a meeting room.

To give you an idea of how a RoundTable works, the following screenshot shows a Lync online meeting with 10 participants, five of whom are sitting around a conference table with a Polycom CX5100 on top, in a room with a Polycom CX8000 Lync Room System. The conference room participants are all equally visible because the Polycom device...

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09:00
Still using Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange...

Back in September 2012, in order to better align security and protection solutions with the workloads and applications they protect, we announced changes to the roadmaps of some of the security solutions offered under the Forefront brand.

Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (FPE) is a Microsoft security solution that also works with prior versions of Forefront server and Antigen products.  Microsoft stopped offering the FPE product in 2012, but committed to supporting FPE subscriptions through December 31, 2015 to give you sufficient time to move. Subscriptions expiring before December 31, 2015 will not be renewed; virus updates and signatures will not be made available after this date and the service will end.

We will continue to support you for another 12 months to give you sufficient time to make your move to alternative solutions...

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07:23
MacIT Is Coming Back In July

MacWorld is kinda’ dead. Long live MacWorld (I cry nightly over this). But MacIT, alive and well and awesome (I hadn’t really spent any time on the floor for a long time anyway)! Here’s the email announcing the MacIT dates, which will be July 14th through 16th in Santa Clara! I’m super-stoked!

Dear MacIT constituents,

Mark your calendars for MacIT 2015!

I’m pleased to announce that we have secured dates for the MacIT 2015 Conference. This year’s event will be held July 14-16 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley (Santa Clara, CA). Our team is hard at work to ensure the first “stand alone” MacIT is a must-attend event for enterprise professionals. The program committee is currently vetting themes and topics for the conference and our call for presenters is currently posted on our website –...

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Thursday January 22

17:10
Satellina (Games)

Satellina 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Satellina: a simple and elegant "puzzle in motion" that can be understood within 10 seconds by a five-year-old, but has also driven adults to obsessive lengths. It has a clean, minimalistic look, a catchy original synthpop soundtrack, a challenging but rewarding (and never punitive) difficulty curve, and a timed structure that's perfect for speedrunning.

* Addictive gameplay
* 50 unique and beautiful levels
* Alternate palettes for colorblind players
* Bonus modes, secrets, and color schemes
* Compete against the world with global leaderboards
* Fully original, 11-track synthpop soundtrack

Satellina

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17:10
Minesweeper - Widget Edition (Games)

Minesweeper - Widget Edition 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Play the classic puzzle game directly from the iOS Notification Center, even while your device is locked.

Whenever you have a few minutes or seconds to spare you can quickly access Minesweeper - Widget Edition from the today screen or lock screen to easily continue your game or start a new one.

• Simply swipe down to start playing
• Accessible from the lock screen
• Automatically saves and loads your game progress
• Simple, fun and challenging gameplay
• Customizable difficulty - set the grid size and number of mines
• 3 standard difficulty levels included
• Game Center leaderboards
• Challenge your friends and share times on Twitter, Facebook and Weibo

Supports all iOS devices running...

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16:00
Shifts – Shift Worker Calendar (Productivity)

Shifts – Shift Worker Calendar 1.0
Device: iOS iPhone
Category: Productivity
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

*** 60% OFF FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY ***

Shifts is the fastest and easiest way to enter and view your work shifts on iPhone.

“A Beautiful Mobile Calendar App Designed For Shift Workers”
– TechCrunch

“A great way to keep track of your work schedule”
– Lifehacker

“I absolutely recommend Shifts to shift workers”
– TUAW

“If you're a shift worker, look no further than Shifts for your scheduling needs”
– iPhone Life

“The app has been polished to perfection”
– Beautiful Pixels

“The app is a breeze to use”
– AppAdvice

Traditional calendar apps aren’t ideal for shift workers. You don’t necessarily work a traditional Monday to Friday 9-5 job. That makes it...

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16:00
Invertical Touch (Games)

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

Description:

LAUNCH SPECIAL OFFER - 50% off!

Meet Qube. Some people call him a bit of a square but his exploration of the Invert World is full of adventure, danger and wonder. Help him as he tries to find the portal home, collecting lots of fascinating books and scrolls along the way! This unique platform game requires you to invert your colour to find the route to through all 60 levels.

CHALLENGE

- Test your brain and find the path to the portal.
- Avoid the creatures and traps of the Invert World

EXPLORE

- 10 unique chapters with their own look and sounds
- 150 collectible items to find - can you get them all?

ADORE

- Charming graphics.
- Cute character

Find us on Facebook - facebook.com/huntedcow
Follow us...

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16:00
Wheel & Deal (Games)

Wheel & Deal 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

WHEEL & DEAL is a dashing arcade shooter made of lasers, space and everything ace.

$$$ LAUNCH SALE! ONLY $1,99 FOR A LIMITED TIME! $$$

"Something halfway between Drive and Asteroids" -Pocket Gamer UK

IMPORTANT, PLEASE NOTE: Requires at least an iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPod touch (5th gen) or newer.

Features:

-Intuitive two-button gameplay
-Awesome upgrades and nasty malfunction viruses
-Game Center leaderboards
-Four dapper hover vehicles to unlock
-Autofire 3000 gun mechanics for your convenience
-A radical soundtrack made with real mullets and electronic computers
-No IAP's, no ads - buy once, OWN THE GAME FOREVER, BOOM!
-Endless arcade action of DOOM!

Thank you for playing!

#wheelin

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09:31
MacTech Pro

MacTech just announced MacTech Pro: a new series of one day, regional events that are specifically designed for professional Apple techs, consultants, and support staff.  MacTech Pro Events are single-track, hotel-based seminars that are specifically geared to serve the needs of professional consultants, IT Pros and techs who support others on OS X and iOS.  The first MacTech Pro will take place on March 4th, 2015 in Seattle.

MacTech Pro will take place in nine U.S. cities in 2015 including:

• March 4, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Seattle
• March 25, 2015 : MacTech Pro, San Francisco
• April 15, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Boston
• May 6, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Atlanta
• June 24, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Washington DC
• July 22, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Chicago
• August 12, 2015 : MacTech Pro, New York
• September...

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09:00
OneNote to rule them all

Today’s post was written by Kurt Soser, math and physical education teacher at the HAK Steyr business college in Austria.

As a passionate, tech-savvy and always-looking-for-best-solution math teacher, I am always searching the Internet for programs and apps to help me get the most out of my teaching profession. There are bad ones that I use one time for a five-minute test-flight, there are great ones that I use regularly, because they help me. And there is OneNote, the one tool that I literally can’t teach without!

In 2009, after getting a tablet PC, with a stylus, I discovered this “beast” within an Office 2010 beta test program. From that moment on OneNote has been my favorite tool, not only for my teaching profession, but also for my private life.

A brief personal history

I have taught mathematics and physical education since 2005. For the past five years, I have been teaching at the beautiful, new and innovative business college, HAK Steyr,...

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 030 on Office...

In this episode Jeremy Thake talks to Rob Howard from the Office Developer Platform team who heads up the Office 365 APIs strategy.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP30_RobHoward.mp3

Download the podcast.

Weekly updates

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08:40
From Inside the Cloud: What commitments does...

If you have been following the From Inside the Cloud series, you know we regularly bring you an insider’s view from the people behind the services on how we operate and manage Office 365 for security, privacy and compliance. We thought we’d focus our first edition of the New Year on outlining the commitments Microsoft makes when you subscribe to Office 365 services.

Watch this brief video for more details and examples around the overall process:

Moving to the Cloud can be a paradigm shift, requiring additional assurances to help you make the decision for your organization. We know that you need to have trust and comfort knowing that things you used to operate locally may now be run by Microsoft on your behalf.

We’ve established our service commitments to align to what matters to you and your organization. We invest in the design and operations of our services worldwide, which means contracting for core principles versus...

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08:00
The next chapter of Office on Windows

Today’s post was written by Julia White, general manager for the Office Product Management team.

Yesterday’s unveil of Windows 10 showcased a new generation of experiences that will empower people and organizations to achieve more. In partnership with Windows 10, the Office team is bringing a fantastic new set of Office experiences to this platform, furthering our mission to bring the unparalleled productivity of Office to everyone, on every device. Over the past 12 months, you’ve seen us reimagine the traditional Office experience for a mobile-first, cloud-first world. The next step in this journey is the delivery of touch and mobile optimized versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook for Windows 10.

Hopefully, you got to see the new Office experiences that Joe Belfiore demonstrated as part of the Window 10 announcements; if not–check...

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Wednesday January 21

22:20
The LEGO® Movie Video Game (Games)

The LEGO® Movie Video Game 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

***The LEGO® Movie Video Game requires iOS 7 or later and is compatible with iPhone 4S and iPad2 and later devices. Please ensure iCloud is enabled in advance in order for purchases to be restored. To enable iCloud, go to your device’s “Settings,” then “iCloud,” then “Documents & Data.” If you are experiencing difficulties, please contact us at support.wbgames.com. Lastly, as a special treat, the "Confetti" & "Bubble" Red Brick Abilities are free to purchase in celebration of the launch!***

Transform the ordinary into the extraordinary and experience the ultimate LEGO building adventure as the The LEGO® Movie Video Game comes to mobile!

Step into the world of Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average citizen who...

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22:10
"HOOK" (Games)

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

Description:

Relaxing, minimal, puzzle game.

"HOOK"

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21:50
dreeps: Alarm Playing Game (Games)

dreeps: Alarm Playing Game 1.0
Device: iOS iPhone
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

For you who don’t have time anymore to play RPG,
"Alarm Playing Game" is a new type of game where you just have to set an alarm to enjoy an RPG adventure.

Before going to bed just set the alarm in dreeps, and the robot boy will sleep like you.


When you’ll wake up with in that alarm in the morning, as you go to worker to school, the robot boy with go on an adventure though fields, valleys or peninsulas where bosses are waiting for him in dungeons.
A new day is starting for you and the robot boy !

In dreeps, you will just have to set the alarm, that’s all.
You can have a look at the adventure on the phone put on you desk while working, during snack time, just enjoy the game at your pace.

If you woke up with dreeps...

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21:40
Yak Dash: Horns of Glory (Games)

Yak Dash: Horns of Glory 1.0.1
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes)

Description:

Race yaks across perilous mountains at break-neck speeds!

Inspired by traditional Tibetan yak racing, Yak Dash: Horns of Glory is an exciting 2D side-scrolling racer that tests reaction time, skill, and bravado. Experience 17 levels in four treacherous mountain ranges. Complete each level as fast as possible by smashing obstacles, leaping chasms and discovering shortcuts along the way.

- Race your way through grassland, icy tundra, dangerous desert and perilous volcanic terrain.
- Beat mountain flagbearers to gain medals and unlock progressively more challenging routes.
- Challenge the world to climb the global leaderboards.
- Collect apples to help you dash your way through hazards.
- Earn yak coins to customise your...

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20:40
DRAGON QUEST V (Games)

DRAGON QUEST V 1.0.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $14.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes)

Description:

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This grand adventure, unfolding over three generations, is now available to play in the palm of your hand!
Take your place among a family of heroes, sharing in all the triumphs and tragedies of their storied lives!

Enjoy three generations’ worth of adventure in one standalone package!
There will be a fee to download the game but download it once, and there’s nothing else to buy, and nothing else to download!
*In-game text is available in English only.
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◆Prologue
Our hero begins the story as a small boy, travelling the world with his father, Pankraz.
Over the course of his many adventures, this lovable lad learns and grows.
And when he finally becomes a man, he resolves to...

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18:40
Potatoman Seeks The Troof (Games)

Potatoman Seeks The Troof 1.0.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Potatoman Seeks The Troof is a challenging potatosophical platforming adventure from Pixeljam Games, creators of the classic prehistoric racer Dino Run and shmup/platformer hybrid Glorkian Warrior.

Potatoman will put your reflexes and worldview to the test as you journey through scorching deserts, dark forests, busy cities, the tallest mountains and eventually your own potato-consciousness in search of the ultimate answer. Are you prepared to face the TROOF?

***Potatoman plays nicest with iPhone 4S and newer, iPad2 and newer, iPod Touch 5th Gen and newer.***

Hey, look at this:

* IGN's Indie Game of the Month (January 2013)
* Official selection, 2013 Indiecade
* Excellence in Audio Honorable Mention, 2013 IGF...

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17:40
Murder in the Hotel Lisbon (Games)

Murder in the Hotel Lisbon 1.0.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Detective Case and Clown Bot in: Murder in the Hotel Lisbon is a videogame inspired by the classic point and click adventures from the 80’s and 90’s. It adopts these eras distinctive design and it is built using only the pixel art technique. The game itself runs at a native resolution of 256x192, the same resolution used by the old ZX Spectrum 48k and most recently by the Nintendo DS.

Synopsys:
A strange murder has occurred in the Hotel Lisbon, a man committed suicide with 14 stabs to the back while at the same time he peacefully drank his coffee.
This case with contradictory facts was too complex for Policeman Garcia to solve, so he decided to hire the only detective duo in town capable of solving it: the mythical Detective Case...

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09:10
Voice Dream Writer (Productivity)

Voice Dream Writer 1.0.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Productivity
Price: $9.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Voice Dream Writer helps everyone write better: Text-to-speech proofreading reduces mistakes, phonetic and meaning search help you find the right words, and an active outline improves the structure of your writing.

Text-To-Speech Proofreading. Professional proofreaders recommend reading out loud as the best way to catch mistakes. Like a personal proofreader, Voice Dream Writer reads your writing using text-to-speech, so you can easily spot awkward sentences, grammatical errors and typos. Also, it can read words and sentences as you type or voice dictate. This way, you can type faster because you no longer have to look up to check the text you just wrote.

Word Finder. Voice Dream Writer helps you find the right words using phonetic search and...

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09:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 (14C106a) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 (14C106a) Now Available

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09:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 (14C106a) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 (14C106a) Now Available

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06:00
Completely Reinstall Final Cut In OS X

I’ve seen a few instances where an upgrade caused Final Cut to run kinda’ strangely. To resolve, I’ve just been doing a quick reinstall of Final Cut. To do so:

  • First move the Final Cut application to the trash (it’s in the /Applications folder).
  • From your home folder, go to ~/Library/Application Support and move the Final Cut folder in there into the trash.
  • From Library/Preferences in your home folder, put com.apple.FinalCut.plist, com.apple.FinalCut.LSSharedFileList and com.apple.FinalCut.UserDestinations.plist in the trash.
  • Finally, trash com.apple.FinalCut directory from ~/Library/Caches.

Once done, go back to the Mac App Store and reinstall Final Cut and open it. Those folders you just tossed out will get re-created. Your toolbars and other customizations are likely to be gone, so you’ll have to spend a few minutes getting your workspace back to the way you had it, but if Final Cut was acting oddly it should be back to...

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Tuesday January 20

13:00
Queen’s journey to a cloud-connected campus with...

Today’s post about Office 365 was written by Bo Wandshneider, CIO and associate vice principal at Queen’s University. 

My team at IT Services at Queen’s University started our journey to the cloud in 2013 when we migrated all undergraduate students to Microsoft Exchange Online. I’m often asked how we fostered agreement among the faculty and other campus constituents to take this step. Exchange Online is the best place to begin because the business case for retiring on-premises email solutions is clear: you save money on infrastructure and IT staff are freed to work on projects that add value to the academic community.

These projects include introducing all the other great services you get with Office 365—provisioning unlimited online storage for everyone, and introducing video conferencing, collaborative team sites and social networking. All these capabilities add a...

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10:30
Everest : Audio Looper (Music)

Everest : Audio Looper 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Music
Price: $9.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Record, play, and remix audio loops in real-time from the audio input of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Designed for both live and studio use, Everest puts the power of four road-worthy, independently controlled, self-synchronizing samplers in the palm of your hand.

• Ultimate Control: Over 10 different operations and functions can be performed on each loop, including:

~Undo/Redo - Up to 16 levels of Undo per loop; jump to older loops all while staying in sync.
~Overdub - Add new audio on top of a loop, just like those old tape machines from the 70's.
~Multiply - Overdub longer loops over shorter loops, or shorten a longer loop.
~Bounce - Merge many loops into one, even while making real-time changes.
~Insert - Splice new...

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09:00
Power Query January update—new connectors and...

Power Query for Excel enhances the Business Intelligence (BI) experience by simplifying data discovery, access and collaboration. The Power Query team continually works to improve the Power Query experience and their January update includes a new connector—or many new connectors, in this case—and a host of usability improvements.

What’s new in this update?

The following features have been added or improved in this update:

  1. ODBC Connector—New connector which enables importing data from generic ODBC data sources in Power Query.
  2. “From Azure” ribbon dropdown menu—New ribbon dropdown menu to group all Microsoft Azure data sources in Power Query. Makes it easier to browse and find items in the “Get External Data” ribbon group.
  3. Workbook Settings dialog—New dialog to expose workbook-specific settings such as Locale, Fast Combine and Relationship Detection.
  4. Option to enable or disable relationship detection—Control whether Power Query...
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09:00
Enhanced email protection with DKIM and DMARC in...

Spoofing is a common challenge that enterprises face in today’s world, which can lead to increased spam and more intensified phishing campaigns. In order to reduce spoofing and provide a safer client experience, Office 365 now supports inbound validation of DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) over IPv4, and Domain-based Messaging and Reporting Compliance (DMARC). Both of these technologies check for trusted authenticated senders and help identify untrusted ones that that fail authentication. Exchange Online Protection (EOP), which filters every single mailbox on Office 365, had previously supported Inbound DKIM for IPV6. With these added functionalities feature, Office 365 users can expect better brand protection and an even safer experience.

Let’s take a closer look at these new service features.

Domain-based Messaging and Reporting Compliance (DMARC)

DMARC is a...

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09:00
Xbox and Power Map team up to analyze game data

In the spring of 2014, the Xbox team asked the Excel Power Map team to help them analyze data collected from the instrumentation of various games to improve performance and the gamers’ experience. We got on a conference call with them; they showed us some of their data and some very basic graphs that they currently used. While the Xbox team was describing their problem, the first thing that crossed my mind was, “Wow, we get to play Xbox games during work hours.” Then, I realized this matched many other business and sports scenarios we had been dreaming up and was the perfect opportunity to use real data with real players to do real analysis and tackle something super challenging, ambiguous…perhaps, impossible.

It was the kind of challenge that the Power Map team lives for. So, we went to work.

After our first initial conversation we knew that teams working on games need to visualize different types of data on top of their game environment and look for patterns...

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07:50
MacID for iOS (Utilities)

MacID for iOS 1
Device: iOS iPhone
Category: Utilities
Price: $3.99, Version: 1 (iTunes)

Description:

Unlock your Mac with just your fingerprint or passcode – without even unlocking your iPhone.

*** MacID requires a Mac with Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) running OS X Yosemite or later, and an iOS device with Bluetooth LE running iOS 8 or later. Please make sure your devices support Bluetooth LE before purchasing MacID for iOS ***

Macs that support Bluetooth LE:

• MacBook Air from 2011 & newer
• MacBook Pro from 2012 & newer
• iMac from 2012 & newer
• Mac Mini from 2011 & newer
• Mac Pro from 2013 & newer

You can check if your Mac supports Bluetooth Low Energy by clicking on the Apple menu, then About This Mac, then System Report and then Bluetooth.

MacID for iOS needs to be paired with the MacID for OS X...

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06:00
Linux and Free Memory Space

The free command in Linux is used to show memory utilization. When run without any options, you can see the used and available space of swap and physical memory. By default, the option is displayed in kilobytes but when run with a -b option it is shown in bytes or -m will show in megabytes or -g in gigabytes or -t in terabytes. So to see the free space in bytes run the following:

free -b

The -o option shows the output adjusted for the buffer. The -t option also adds a total column as well as a line for total that shows swap and physical, combined. The -s will update the output and is followed by a number of seconds. To see the number of times it happened, use the -c option. So to see the output every 60 seconds:

free -cs 60

The low and high stats are shown using the -l option:

free -l

As with many commands, you can see the version of the command using the -V option:

free -V

Finally, use the –help option to see the available...

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Monday January 19

18:00
64-bit and iOS 8 Requirements Start Soon

As a reminder, beginning February 1, 2015 new iOS apps submitted to the App Store must include 64-bit support and be built with the iOS 8 SDK. To enable 64-bit in your project, we recommend using the default Xcode build setting of “Standard architectures” to build a single binary with both 32-bit and 64-bit code.

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18:00
64-bit and iOS 8 Requirements Start Soon

As a reminder, beginning February 1, 2015 new iOS apps submitted to the App Store must include 64-bit support and be built with the iOS 8 SDK. To enable 64-bit in your project, we recommend using the default Xcode build setting of “Standard architectures” to build a single binary with both 32-bit and 64-bit code.

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11:00
Our journey with OneNote

Today’s post was written Michael Smith and Palie Cantu of the Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart.

When the Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart began a 1:1 program back in 1996, the earliest educational technology beneficiaries were those mainly integrating word processing and Internet access into their curriculum, such as English and Social Studies. The technology was not quite as user-friendly to the Science, Math and other less keyboard-friendly disciplines. When we moved to tablet PC devices in 2003, we discovered digital inking and soon a whole new world of educational technology integration opened for all curricula.

With the new tablet PCs, we explored a third-party digital inking solution, but quickly moved to Windows Journal for ease of use and accessibility. The novelty of...

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08:50
Adventure Time Game Wizard - Draw Your Own Adventure...

Adventure Time Game Wizard - Draw Your Own Adventure Time Games 1.0.1
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes)

Description:

Game Wizard gives you the power to make and play Adventure Time games!

A MASSIVE NEW ADVENTURE!
Finn and Jake face an all-new villain: Doodle Wizard! Battle his sketchy army across a huge open world including the Grasslands, Candy Kingdom, Ice Kingdom, Dungeons, and more. Play for hours in Adventure Mode, or make your own adventures!

DRAW YOUR OWN GAMES!
Use the Doodle Wizard’s secret glyph language to design custom video games. Fill your games with traps, loot, portals, enemies, and so much more!

TWO WAYS TO CREATE!
You can draw your games on paper and scan them in, or make mathematical levels directly in the app! Instantly turn your level...

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05:00
Destroy Open Directory Servers Using The Server App

You can destroy an LDAP server using the Server app (and still using slapconfig -destroyldapserver). To do so, open the Server app and click on Open Directory. Then click on the Open Directory server in the list of servers.

When prompted to destroy the LDAP Master, click on Next.

When asked if you’re sure, click Continue.

When asked if you’re really, really sure, click Destroy.

Wait.

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Friday January 16

10:30
Dr. Panda’s Swimming Pool (Education)

Dr. Panda’s Swimming Pool 1.01
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Education
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.01 (iTunes)

Description:

Go for a swim and play while taking care of baby animals!
Splash and play with five cute baby animals in Dr. Panda’s Swimming Pool! There are three big pools to dive into and five animals to take care of, so the fun never stops. Play dress up in the locker room, have a snack by the poolside, take a trip down a water slide or dive off the side off a pirate ship in search of hidden treasure!

Note: Requires iPad 2 or newer, iPhone 4S or newer, or iPod Touch 5th Generation to play

Key Features:

• Five different animals!
• Dozens of swimsuits!
• Three big pools!
• Tons of secrets to discover—Can you find the treasure??
• Hundreds of interactions! Make food, play dress up, shoot a water cannon, jump...

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09:30
Unpixelate (3D puzzle) (Games)

Unpixelate (3D puzzle) 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Unpixelate is a unique, colorful, and brain twisting 3D puzzle game now available for the first time on iOS devices!
Easy to learn but tough to master with addictive gameplay, Unpixelate has all the hallmarks of a great puzzle game. Explore the dazzlingly colorful world, enjoy retro pixel artwork and music, and face the challenge of solving 100 distinct puzzles!

* NO In-App Purchases, you pay a low price upfront for the ability to play through all the levels!

Features:
- INTUITIVE AND ADDICTIVE GAMEPLAY! – It’s easy learning how to navigate through the 3D world. Challenging levels that twist in around three-dimensional space will twist your brain in ways you never thought possible!

- COLORFUL RETRO WORLD! – Pixel explosions and...

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06:00
36 Tips For Companies Using Twitter

This is just my opinion, but…

  1. There are no good rules/tips for Twitter, so pretend you never read this.
  2. Be appreciative!
  3. Don’t be a dirtbag or people will unfollow you and block you.
  4. Not everything you try will work. Sometimes it’s because it’s not good and other times it’s because it’s not the right time. But assume most things will fail, being prepared for success.
  5. Be positive. Leave being negative to the people that think they’re smarter than everyone else.
  6. If you ask me to follow you on twitter, I won’t.
  7. Don’t follow and then unfollow people to get new followers (see #1).
  8. Don’t buy Followers. Best case, they will unfollow you and your investment will have been in vain. Worst case, see #1.
  9. Keep in mind that the lists you create in Twitter show up in the URLs of other people’s web logs if you click on those links from the Twitter web page.
  10. Don’t just post links; add something to the...
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Thursday January 15

17:00
Announcing the “Sway your OneNote love” contest...

A month ago, we asked the Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts around the world to “Sway your OneNote love.” The MIE Experts were asked to use Sway to bring together their ideas and multimedia that answered one of the following questions:

  1. What do you love about OneNote?
  2. How do you use OneNote to inspire learning?
  3. How do you collaborate with others using OneNote? (MIE Experts, Teachers community, Students)

The OneNote and Sway teams were amazed at the response rate (almost 100 Sways were submitted), variety and clear innovation in use of OneNote in the classroom and Sway to present it. Since Sway is “born on the web” and made to be embeddable, we will let the winners speak for themselves.

First place winner of a Microsoft device—Marija Petreska

Marija Petreska (Macedonia, @TeacherMarija) presented 24 ideas for how to...

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09:00
OneNote for teachers—training, lesson plans and new...

As developers of OneNote and the OneNote Class Notebook Creator, we realize that creating exciting products is only the first step towards to making a difference in education. The next steps are to actively train educators on how they can use OneNote in ways that are immediately relevant to their daily school lives and give them the content that serves as a basis for further curriculum generation. The goal behind OneNoteforTeachers.com, a new site developed exclusively for educators is to take a completely new OneNote user and magically turn them into a “OneNote Ninja” in about an hour without any cost to them or their school. Once a teacher masters the OneNote Ninja arts, adding the Bing in the Classroom lesson plans provides a new level of expertise that even Jackie Chan would envy.

OneNoteforTeachers.com—...

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 029 on MSDN...

In this episode Jeremy Thake talks to Andrew Byrne who heads up a team responsible for code samples in the Office 365 Developer Content Publishing team.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP29_Cpub.mp3

Download the podcast.

Weekly updates

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06:43
Use a Keystroke to Maximize Finder Windows In OS X

The Maximize jelly in OS X that makes a screen the full size that the screen should be is great. The command that it runs is called Zoom. There’s another one to minimize screens, as well. The minimize has a keystroke mapped of Command-Shift-M. I use it all the time. You can also map a keystroke to make the windows bigger, invoking that Zoom command. Sometimes, when I plug and unplug the monitor on my desk at work at take my laptop home, I end up with windows stuck where the jellies (what those little buttons in the top corner of the screen are called) are above the menu bar and I can’t click them. So the keystroke helps as it basically resizes for me.

To map the keystroke to maximize a screen, first open System Preferences from the Apple menu and open the Keyboard System Preference pane. Then click on the Shortcuts tab and then App Shortcuts in the list of shortcuts. Then click on the + button at the bottom of the list. By default, you’ll see All Applications as the...

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03:30
Bowling Central (Games)

Bowling Central 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

The most realistic bowling game ever!

Bowling Central takes you on a bowling adventure with mind blowing challenges and state of the art physics simulation! Bowl using intuitive swipe controls or realistic Wii-like motion gestures! Your very own personal bowling alley, anytime, anywhere!

Features:
* 30 unique bowling challenges + Classic Bowling mode with choice of 3, 6 or 10 frames game.
* Stunning 3D graphics and state of the art physics simulation
* Bowl in your style - Straight, Hook, Curve or Custom
* 24 exclusive and fancy bowling balls
* Compete with your friends on Facebook
* Play using intuitive swipe controls or realistic motion gestures.
* Turn your living room into a bowling alley – Also supports Airplay Mirroring...

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Wednesday January 14

23:20
Sunny ~ Sleep Relax Meditate at the Beach with Calm...

Sunny ~ Sleep Relax Meditate at the Beach with Calm Wave and Ocean Sounds 1.0.3
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Healthcare & Fitness
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0.3 (iTunes)

Description:

Some people relax. Others feel Sunny.

Relax at the beach with Sunny, the new relaxation app from the creator of Haze, Thunderspace and Windy.

Sunny combines a collection of beaches recorded in stereoscopic 3D for headphones with beautiful 3D parallax scenes, and lets you mix in additional sounds to create your favorite relaxation environment.

Track and view your relaxation performance on a relax session graph, and optionally see how your daily average heart rate correlates with your relax sessions. With your permission, Sunny can read your daily average heart rates from HealthKit and overlay them on the relax session...

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22:20
Socioball (Games)

Socioball 1.2
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.2 (iTunes)

Description:

PLAY over 60+ mind bending puzzles where you must get the ball from start to finish by placing missing tiles in correct places.

CREATE your own puzzles with our built-in level editor and test them out.

TWEET your puzzles to the world, from inside the game! Everyone who owns the game can now see and play them. You can also tag your friends!

Get an ever-increasing supply of puzzles from twitter. Oh, and don't worry we won't tweet high-scores or invites to your friends!

What's New

Bug Fix

Socioball

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22:00
Gunslugs 2 (Games)

Gunslugs 2 1.0.8
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.8 (iTunes)

Description:

If you like over the top action, chaos, explosions, weirdness and don’t take it all too serious, then you know exactly what Gunslugs is all about.

A combination of fast run and gun gameplay mixed with elements of all our favorite movies and other pop-art from the 90s and 80s.

STORY
The Black Duck Army is back with new domination plans, this time they want to take the galaxy! Their signal towers are covering the planet, and alien technology seems to be used all over the place Luckily the Gunslugs are here to stop them.

CONTENT
Seven worlds, 8 levels per world, end of level bosses, randomly generated inside-area's, tanks,hell-worms,rocket-launchers,aliens,lightning guns, huge spaceships, cut scenes, and so much more!

GUNSLUGS
This is the...

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21:50
One Tap Desert Hero (Games)

One Tap Desert Hero 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Choose the right path to pass through the realm of demons. One small mistake may result your death.
Look for item on the way, they can be big help for you to defeat demons.
CHALLENGE THE DEMON WORLD:
Challenge 7 bosses with different difficulties.
GATHER YOUR ARMY:
Unlock 10 playable characters to reach the deepest fun.

One Tap Desert Hero

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19:50
Shadowmatic (Games)

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

Description:

Shadowmatic is an imagination stirring puzzle where you rotate abstract objects in a spotlight to find recognizable silhouettes in projected shadows, relevant to the surrounding environment.

The game combines stunning visuals with relaxing and captivating gameplay.

On your journey to discover the right solution you will stumble upon many unexpected and infinitely varied silhouettes.

The game features 9 rooms, each flavored with unique concept, atmosphere, and music.

Hints.
The game includes a system of hints. To enjoy the game to its fullest, however, we recommend resorting to them on rare occasions only.

Music.
Every room in the game features its own music arrangement, adding up to the distinctive atmosphere and feel in each. The music...

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19:30
Fighting Fantasy: Bloodbones (Games)

Fighting Fantasy: Bloodbones 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $5.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Set off on a journey of revenge against the dread pirate Cinnabar, who killed your parents, and sail the high seas!

The dreaded pirate-lord Cinnabar, scourge of the twelve seas, plagued the seafarers of the Old World in a bloody reign of terror until a brave adventurer put an end to his evil. But now he is back from the dead, seeking revenge, with the dark powers of voodoo at his command.

A fantasy adventure from Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone in which YOU are the hero!

** FEATURES **

• Make the gamebook as easy or hard as you like and even turn on a special cheat mode to read it old-school!
• Choose between full colour images, or toggle between the black-and-white originals from the print edition!
• Use...

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15:15
Skype for Business sessions now included in Office...

On November 11th, we announced our plans to rename Lync to Skype for Business, which will include shipping new client, server and service in Office 365 during the first half of 2015.  At that time, we shared how Skype for Business will take advantage of the strengths of both Skype and Lync to make communications better for organizations—large and small.  Today, we are thrilled to announce the availability of Skype for Business technical training, created to help our partners and IT pros get ready for the upcoming product release.

Starting January 19th through the end of March, the Office 365 Summit events will include instructor-led trainings on Skype for Business to help your company quickly take advantage of the upcoming opportunity.

Sessions include Skype for Business technical tracks for IT pros, developers and users including:

...

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12:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 (14C99d) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 (14C99d) Now Available

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12:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 (14C99d) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 (14C99d) Now Available

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11:56
The Garage Series is now Office Mechanics

The Garage Series for Office 365 brought you the experts and challenged Office 365 productivity literally from anywhere. Starting next week, the Garage Series is shifting gears with a fresh format for the New Year and a brand new show called Office Mechanics.

We are still in the Garage, albeit a brand new one here on the Microsoft campus, which remains a significant place of innovation.

And our mission to keep you informed and entertained with our extreme Office 365 challenges hasn’t changed either… it’s just that now we’ll go even deeper with more demos and in less time as we tour the inner workings of Office. We also go behind the news to provide you with first looks of the latest innovations from the people behind them.

Because shows are around ten minutes in length we try to make it possible to watch when you want, wherever you are, and on any device. Our Office Mechanics blogs will carry additional resources so that you can explore topics covered on the...

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11:20
When Yosemite has Fallen, and it Can’t Get Up

People are noticing a symptom, branded LoginLockout (credit @andrewrose), where Yosemite seemingly freezes during startup. The keyboard shows caps lock light, no mouse cursor appears, and it could either be during post-FileVault(hereafter referred to as FV2) login, or on a ‘black-screen with white apple’, normal boot. Correlated ingredients for this symptom are 10.10+, AD binding, and possibly FV2. I’ve noticed it on roughly 20% of the computers I’ve migrated, and in some instances a reimage does not clear it – the moment the computer is bound to AD, even with a clean shutdown or without FV2, the progress bar at boot starts stalling at about 1/4 in, and definitely makes no progress when reaching about halfway. You know you’re NOT having the symptom if a mouse cursor appears by about a 1/3rd into the progress bar. We started noticing it on 10.10, and its persisted through 10.10.1.

...

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09:00
Save your Outlook.com email attachments to OneDrive...

We’re excited to announce the new Save to OneDrive feature, a simpler way to manage and save your email attachments. This is a feature you’ve been asking for and today we’ve begun rolling it out to all Outlook.com customers worldwide. If you don’t have it yet, please check back over the coming week.

Before cloud storage became popular, some people would email documents to themselves, because they knew they’d be able to log in to their email account and access those documents from anywhere. People still do this today, however, there is an obvious downside—your inbox can get messy quickly and you have to search through ever-increasing email content until you find what you’re looking for.

We’ve made it simpler and tidier to manage these email attachments. When you receive an email with an attachment or group of attachments—documents, pictures, music or videos—you can now save them to OneDrive in just one click.

When you click Save...

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Monday January 12

19:57
Kill Windows Processes In Windows 8

You can gracefully stop Windows processes using the Stop-Process command let. For example, to stop Chrome:

Stop-Process -Name Chrome

Or to stop it by ID. To locate the ID of a process, use get-process:

get-process Chrome

You can then use the -ID operator to stop the process:

Stop-Process -ID 6969

Kill is a command that all Mac and Unix admins know. It’s similar to Stop-Process, except it’s anything but graceful. And you use the -processname option to stop a process:

kill -processname calc

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09:00
What’s new: December 2014

Before the holiday the Office 365 team was busy in December delivering service updates and new apps across devices. Excel and the Business Intelligence scenarios and features also received numerous updates to enhance stability, do more with maps, embedding Power Views in websites and more. Lync added support for video calling with Skype users, updates for Android, Windows Phone, and Lync Room System. Yammer Enterprise was added to the Enterprise K1 plan, and an Office 365 Japan datacenter opened its servers to Japanese customers.  Leave us a comment to let us know what your favorite new feature is. If you missed last month’s updates, see What’s New: November 2014.

Office 365 Personal, Office 365 Home and Office 365 University updates

Video calling between Skype and Lync — Now Lync users can conduct everyday...

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09:00
Introducing Send Email in Access 2013 web apps

One of the top feature requests we’ve heard from customers using Access 2013 web apps hosted inside Office 365 is the need to be able to send emails from their apps. We listened and today we’re proud to announce that a new feature called “Send Email” is available to all of our customers using Office 365 with Access Services. Now you can send emails from your Access 2013 web apps to other members of your organization! Look for this feature in your web apps soon and try it out.

In order to see and use this new feature, you need to update Access: you must be using Access 2013 that has a minimum build number of 15.0.4649.1000. Once your Office 365 site has the new Send Email feature work turned on, and you’re using the minimum Access 2013 build, you’ll see the new SendEmail macro action in the Action Catalog when you’re designing data macros.

How does the Send Email feature work?

You can use the new SendEmail action when you’re working with data...

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09:00
iOS 8.2 beta 4 Now Available

iOS 8.2 beta 4 Now Available

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09:00
iOS 8.2 beta 4 Now Available

iOS 8.2 beta 4 Now Available

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09:00
Xcode 6.2 beta 4 Now Available

Xcode 6.2 beta 4 Now Available

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09:00
Xcode 6.2 beta 4 Now Available

Xcode 6.2 beta 4 Now Available

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Friday January 9

10:37
The Final Countdown
09:00
New accessibility enhancements for Office Online

When we first built Office Online, we worked hard to make the suite accessible to blind and low vision users by using a new web accessibility standard called WAI-ARIA. While this web standard has allowed Office Online to be usable with a screen reader, we’ve made some further improvements over the past year to provide an even better experience. We are excited to talk about these improvements and have you try them out.

Location and formatting information

Moving around in a document with just text has been straightforward. Now with Narrator enabled, you will hear formatting information read out loud when you use the arrow keys to navigate in a document. Narrator will announce information about lists, tables, headings, and more.

The following video demonstrates the accessibility enhancement for document formatting:

To enable Narrator, press the Windows Key + Enter.

Reading without moving the cursor...

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09:00
Office 365 news round-up

“Think Globally, Act Locally” became the mantra of the fledgling environmental movement after the first nationwide Earth Day celebration in 1970. The motto was a driving force that represented the impact individuals working in their local communities can have on a global scale.

Many people view the software they use in much the same way. Software has the ability to enhance the productivity of individuals by enabling them to communicate, collaborate and do their work more easily and efficiently every day and when added up can have a bigger global impact. That’s the beauty of Office 365; it is a global product designed to meet the individual needs of billions of people...

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Thursday January 8

19:33
Bands from Minneapolis

Er, acts, bands, whatever…

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18:00
What a Way to Begin the Year

The first week of January set a new record for the App Store, with customers around the world spending nearly half a billion dollars on apps and in-app purchases. New Year’s Day marked the single biggest day ever in App Store sales history. Your incredible apps generated over $10 billion for you and your peers last year, and to date, developers have earned a cumulative $25 billion from the sale of apps and games. See the full press release.

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18:00
What a Way to Begin the Year

The first week of January set a new record for the App Store, with customers around the world spending nearly half a billion dollars on apps and in-app purchases. New Year’s Day marked the single biggest day ever in App Store sales history. Your incredible apps generated over $10 billion for you and your peers last year, and to date, developers have earned a cumulative $25 billion from the sale of apps and games. See the full press release.

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11:00
Sway for iPhone is available more broadly

Editor’s Note: Sway for iPhone is currently rolling out to the App Stores in the U.S. and other markets listed below. If you don’t see it yet, please check back soon.

Sway is reimagining what it means to be productive in a mobile-first and cloud-first world. It’s an intelligent app that helps you easily pull together, format and share your content in a way that’s expressive and interactive. We’re making progress during Sway Preview by learning and adapting to feedback from customers and improving the product together.

We’ve also been hard at work testing how to best optimize Sway’s new authoring experience for people who want to quickly and easily create polished, interactive content from their mobile devices. We initially released Sway for...

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09:00
Rail solutions provider gets everyone on board...

Today’s Office 365 post was written by Rick Smith, vice president of global IT at Wabtec Corporation.

Some people think that technology advancements in the rail industry stopped with the diesel engine, but in fact, we are constantly pushing the technology envelope. At Wabtec, we use emerging technologies in the products and services that we offer our customers to reinvent railways so that they match modern needs. For instance, our technology is at the core of a new system being deployed across the United States for improving the safe operation of freight and passenger trains. The system, called the Interoperable Electronic Train Management System (I-ETMS), uses GPS, data from track signals and switches, and train dynamics modelling to predictively determine safe operating parameters. If an unsafe situation is anticipated, the system will warn the train operators and, if...

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09:00
Quest for “the Holy Grail of education”

As we mentioned when we kicked off this blog, we intend to regularly host guests from the education world.  Today’s inaugural guest blogger is Rob Baker, an education innovator from Cincinnati Country Day School.  Rob has been a passionate champion of the transformational power of OneNote in education since the beginning, and we wanted him to be the first guest to share his story.

Today’s post was written by Robert Baker, OneNote educational consultant and director of technology at the Cincinnati Country Day School.

The OneNote blog post on October 7th, which officially introduced the OneNote Class Notebook Creator app, began with a quote from me that sums up what OneNote is, “…a framework for teaching and learning.” But OneNote is so much more than that and I am excited to share my journey with you to help introduce, inspire and innovate. Given a second choice of which quote of mine should be used to...

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 028 on Cordova...

In this episode Jeremy Thake speaks to Abhishek Kumar and Suresh Jayabalan from the Visual Studio team responsible for Apache Cordova development in Visual Studio.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP28_Cordova.mp3

Download the podcast.

Weekly updates

Show notes

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06:00
A Glympse Into Where You’re At

When you’re flying, you might find that you’d like to let someone know here and there where you’re at. For example, someone who’s supposed to pick you up at the airport. Or someone who you’re supposed to visit when you arrive at your destination. So there’s a pretty cool new tool called Glympse. Using Glimpse, you can send an invite to someone you’d like to see your travel times; these are known as glympses.

Once you send an invite, your friends can click the link and see down to the minute stats of when you’ll be at your destination. And they can keep the screen open for as long as they wish.

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Wednesday January 7

12:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 (14C94b) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 (14C94b) Now Available

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12:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 (14C94b) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 (14C94b) Now Available

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09:00
Support corner webcast—basics of SharePoint Online...

Join us Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 9 a.m. PST/12 p.m. ET for a discussion on the basics of SharePoint Online documents and libraries: creating and managing libraries, documents, configuring library settings and common troubleshooting scenarios for these and other associated topics.

Presenters—Rory Lenertz is a technical readiness engineer focusing on SharePoint Online.  Rory has been working with SharePoint Online for over four years with an emphasis on Knowledge Base articles and support readiness materials and Brian Bishop, also a technical readiness engineer. He’s worked for Microsoft since 2006 as a support engineer and content creator. His current focus is building SharePoint readiness training and documentation.

Office 365 support webcasts are a critical program for relieving support issues and encouraging foundation technical readiness. Webcasts are free of charge and are a great opportunity to have conversations with Microsoft employees and...

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08:26
Enroll Devices Into Bushel

To manage a device from Bushel, it must first be added to your Bushel. The technical whiz-bang name for that process is Enrollment. We currently provide 3 ways to enroll devices into your Bushel. All three are available on the Enrollment page when you’re logged into Bushel.

The first and best way to enroll devices into your Bushel is an Apple program called the Device Enrollment Program, or DEP for short. DEP is a way of tying devices to your Bushel so that they cannot be removed from the device, even if the device is wiped. Other than through DEP,  all enrollment into your Bushel is optional on the devices and so devices can be unenrolled at will. DEP requires an actual DEP account with Apple, which you can sign up for at https://deploy....

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08:00
Introducing boards in Office Delve—a new way to...

As Office Delve continues to roll out to Office 365 business customers, we love hearing about how people are using this new, innovative experience to discover and explore content that’s relevant to the work they and their teams are doing. Using Office Graph, an intelligent fabric that applies machine learning to content and interactions occurring in Office 365, Delve helps you get back to pertinent documents, discover relevant content that has been shared with you, and search for information related to subjects you care about.

Now, we are taking the next step by making it easier to organize all the valuable content that gets surfaced in Delve. We are excited to introduce a new feature in Delve called boards that help you organize content, so it’s readily accessible and easy to share with others.

In Delve, you can use boards to group together and share related documents. For...

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Tuesday January 6

09:00
Now access your password protected sections in the...

OneNote for Windows already offers the ability to add passwords to individual sections of your notebooks for increased security—but what if you want to access those sections using OneNote’s Windows Store app on your favorite device? Today, we’re excited to announce that the OneNote for Windows Store app now includes the ability to unlock your existing password protected sections!

Using this feature is easy. First, make sure you’re running the latest version of OneNote for Windows Store app released today. Once you’ve updated the app, simply navigate to a password protected section and type your password to unlock it.

After unlocking a password protected section, you can view and edit its contents just like any other section—but to protect your...

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09:00
The Office for Android tablet preview expands

In November, we invited you to sign up for the Office for Android tablet preview. With such an overwhelmingly positive response from people around the world, we made it even easier for customers to download the preview apps by requesting access to the Google Plus community.

Over the last two months, we have heard from people all over the world who want the power of Office on their Android tablet. The feedback we’ve received through this initial phase of preview has helped us shape and optimize the Office experience for Android tablet users. Your feedback also helps us plan and prioritize future feature updates.

Today, we are excited to announce that we are further expanding the preview. We want more feedback from more users to ensure that...

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Monday January 5

12:23
Excel for iPad helps students stay on top of their...

How often have you found yourself trying to calculate your GPA? Or let’s be honest…how many times have you tried to figure out the minimum grade you need to get in a course to maintain your GPA? If this sounds familiar, here is Excel for iPad to the rescue with some great features to help you make your own GPA calculator—so that you don’t struggle anymore trying to answer these questions.

Build your GPA calculator layout

When you start a new workbook, first focus on building the layout before filling in the formulas. This gives you a better sense of how the final result will look. With Excel for iPad this is easy since you’ll find all your favorite formatting options from the desktop on the mobile ribbon. For our GPA workbook, merge cells, cell styles and cell borders are used to create the layout, which includes a title and some visual separation.

You...

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11:30
HomeKit-compatible iDevices Switch lets you control...

Video

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11:00
OfficeIQ adds sensor intelligence to your standing...

Video

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05:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Beyond the wallet case

Beyond the wallet case

This week's roundup of new iPhone cases features wallet cases that can hold a few personal items, plus some heavy-duty rugged cases that protect your phone from bumps and drops.

Bandolier

The Natalie (iPhone 5/5S, 6, and 6 Plus; $95) is a black leather case with an elegant pebbled texture, and sports a matching leather strap with gold hardware finishes that can be worn as a cross-body or wrist strap.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Sunday January 4

05:00
Sync A FitBit With Apple’s Health App

By default, the Fitbit tech stack doesn’t sync with the Health App on an iPhone and iPad. But never fear, as with basically everything else on this planet, there’s an app for that!

From the iOS App Store, search for Sync Solver. Using this app, you can then link your Fitbit account to your Apple Health app.

 

Once linked, you can use the Sync Now button to do an immediate data sync or you can do an automatic sync at midnight every night. And presto, you then see your Fitbit data in the Health app. Happy waiting for the Apple Watch to come out!

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Saturday January 3

06:00
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

If you haven’t seen Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. then you’re in for a treat (if you’re me). No TV so I didn’t get to see it untill it showed up on Netflix. Then I binge watched it. A very joyous occasion.

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Friday January 2

14:30
Why Adobe Max is the premier conference for creatives

Each year they arrive in droves, converging upon cities far and wide for several days of hobnobbing with some of the most creative talents around. This is MAX, the annual “creativity conference” launched in 2003 by Macromedia, the creators of Dreamweaver who wound up being acquired by Adobe only two years later.

Adobe has since upheld this tradition with events in North America, Europe, and Japan. Following the shift three years ago from packaged Creative Suite software and the advent of Creative Cloud, Adobe MAX has morphed into more of a consumer affair, with more designers, photographers, web coders, videomakers, and illustrators in attendance than developers—although Adobe MAX 2014, held in early October in Los Angeles, may wind up being remembered as the year those worlds started to converge. We think it was one of the best conferences of the year, and creatives should serioiusly consider attending in 2015. Here's why:

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12:26
Private I: Lock your cloud backups away with an...

It’s generally easier to keep safe the files we have under our control, on our internal and external drives, than those that waft far away from us on cloud-storage backup systems. Different backup services handle how they send data for storage and how they encrypt it once it arrives.

A quick overview of how cloud-storage systems work, regardless of the company. Client software running on your Mac finds new files in specified folders or files that have updated modification times since the last scan. Files are analyzed into pieces against which the software calculates a sort of shorthand or signature. This signature is compared against what’s stored in the cloud. If it matches, nothing happens—this is how these services conserve bandwidth.

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09:00
Visio webcast January 6—value stream mapping template

A value stream map is a tool to study a production flow in the implementation of lean manufacturing. It plots the path of material and information from the supplier all the way through to the customer. By visualizing the entire value stream, inefficiencies can be identified and a plan can be put in place to reduce areas of non-value added time or waste.

This session is beneficial for anyone who uses or would like to learn how to use Visio 2013, which incorporates the lean methodology. Learn how to use the Visio value stream map template to illustrate the flow of materials and information in a lean manufacturing process.

In addition, Visio 2013 gives users the ability to link value stream maps to external data, run reports and add data graphics. Learn how to visualize your data and take advantage of the new Visio 2013 features to maximize your productivity and share data across the enterprise utilizing SharePoint and Visio services.

Presented by Matt Roderman,...

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06:00
Configure sFlows on a Brocade 8470

sFlow is an industry standard that allows network equipment with the appropriate agents to send data to sFlow collectors, which then analyze network traffic. You can install sFlow on routers, switches, and even put agents on servers to monitor traffic. Brocade (along with most other switch manufacturers) supports sFlow.

Before you do anything log into the switch and check the current flow configuration:

show sFlow

To configure, log into the switch and use the the int command to access an interface. From within the interface, use the following command:

sflow forwarding

Then exit the interface using the very difficult to remember exit command:

exit

Repeat the enablement of forwarding for any other necessary interfaces. Next, we’ll configure a few globals that would be true across all interfaces. The first is the destination address, done using the destination verb followed by the IP and then the port (I’m using the default 6343 port...

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Thursday January 1

06:00
How Does Your Page Rank?

There are a number of services that rank web sites. I find that I check alexa.com here and there. So as you employ various techniques to make your site better, you can check back and see the long term impacts of how these efforts impact your ranking.

You can also see demographics of visitors.

 

And you can see geographic data as well.

There are other better sites, with far more detailed information such as Google Analytics. But a very top-level, upper level view of how your site is performing is something like...

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Wednesday December 31

15:30
Relive your favorite stories from 2014 with...

Earlier in December, Apple announced its picks for 2014’s best iOS apps, and the list didn’t surprise us. We were equally as obsessed with Threes, found Hyperlapse to be the perfect Instagram companion, and we all enjoy a little brain training now and then with Elevate

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06:00
The Secret About Computers

I’ve written lot of articles about computers. But none mattered. You see, I could have summed it all up in one simple, easy to digest piece of information: There are little men and women running around inside your computer. They take bits of data, in Bushels of 8 bits (a byte) from one place to another, doing maths and even run inside network cables to bring information from their homeworld, tehGoogle. These little men fly through the air so fast to bring you wireless that you can’t even see them. They’re really nice and you forgot about them for Christmas. That’s ok, they’re so little, they ate a crumb of Santa’s cookies and were all sick for a day from the sugar. They thought you left it for them. Proof: this jigsaw puzzle hanging in my home office.

 

Happy New Year. Be safe. Be good. Put your Camera Roll on that breathalyzer app thing for the night so you don’t...

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Tuesday December 30

21:00
Getting Help with App Reviews and Rejections

iTunes Connect is now available after the holiday shutdown. Please remember, if you need to appeal an app rejection or request that the review of your app be expedited, the fastest way to get help is to contact the App Review Team through the Contact Us form. To view app rejection details and ask for clarification, visit Resolution Center in iTunes Connect. We look forward to seeing the innovative new apps you'll create in 2015.

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21:00
Getting Help with App Reviews and Rejections

iTunes Connect is now available after the holiday shutdown. Please remember, if you need to appeal an app rejection or request that the review of your app be expedited, the fastest way to get help is to contact the App Review Team through the Contact Us form. To view app rejection details and ask for clarification, visit Resolution Center in iTunes Connect. We look forward to seeing the innovative new apps you'll create in 2015.

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05:00
krypted.com Turns 10 Today

Wow, seems like just yesterday I took down the old static page that was just a bunch of links I used to find stuff and went with a full-on WordPress site. Doesn’t seem like I’ve been writing that long. But when I look at the over 2,500 posts and the fact that I hit over 210,000 uniques last month, I guess it must be true. I’m so thankful that people want to read this stuff. And I’m really glad that I’ve been able to help a few people over the years. I hope the next 10 years are even better than the last 10! And thank you for coming back here and there, when you need to.

Happy New Year!

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Monday December 29

06:00
Childproof Your Mac

When I put a computer in my daughters room, I soon realized I could no longer watch over her shoulder as she worked away at school games, Minecraft and of course Civilization (after all, that was my first game). So much as I wrote an article a long time ago about child-proofing an iPad, now I’m writing about child-proofing a Mac.

For me, I find that child-proofing is a bit like taking my kid to McDonald’s. I said never ever ever ever would I do this and then… Well, peer pressure, ya’ll… So if I have to do it, I figure someone else might. So here’s a quick and dirty guide to doing so. The gist of this guide is to continue using the same admin account that was created when you setup the computer initially. But to also create another account for the child, one that has some restrictions to keep them in a customized user experience. This might be to keep them out of things they try to do on purpose, keep them from accidentally finding some things they shouldn’t or maybe just to...

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