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Tuesday March 3

09:39
Learning iOS Security Now Shipping

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

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

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

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

Add your OneNote images to Sway

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

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Monday March 2

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

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

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

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

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

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09:00
Visio webcast series–Visio 2013 advanced concepts

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

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

Critical features demonstrated in this session include:

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

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Sunday March 1

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

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

Description:

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

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

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06:18
Yet Another Awesome Kickstarter

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

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Saturday February 28

12:10
midimux (Music)

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

Description:

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

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

midimux lets you..

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

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Friday February 27

11:20
Religion Simulator (Games)

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

Description:

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

The game consists of two elements:

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

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10:40
BlastBall MAX (Games)

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

Description:

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

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

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

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

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09:00
Next on Modern Workplace—cybersecurity

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

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

Cybersecurity: How Safe are You?

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

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09:00
Office Mix, e-Learning and SCORM

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

Superpowers for PowerPoint

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

...

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Thursday February 26

16:00
Rocket Joust (Games)

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

Description:

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

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

Welcome to...

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13:51
Infinite Cosmos (Games)

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

Description:

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

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

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

Permissions:
Wake Lock - to...

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12:11
Mayhem! (Games)

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

Description:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please show your support by rating MAYHEM!

Thank you. DEADJAM

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

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

Description:

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

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

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

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

KEY FEATURES

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

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09:21
MATE.. (Games)

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

Description:

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

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

Can you handle it MATE?

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

MATE..

MATE..

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09:00
OneNote for Teachers interactive guides now...

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

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

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09:00
Catching a comet with Excel Power Map

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

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

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

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

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 035 on...

In this episode Jeremy Thake talks to Ryan Gregg about the new announcements around the OneDrive Consumer API.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP35.mp3

Download the podcast.

 Weekly updates

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07:31
Medieval Wars: Strategy & Tactics Deluxe (Games)

Medieval Wars: Strategy & Tactics Deluxe 1.0.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $9.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes)

Description:

The history of medieval Europe is rich in bloody wars and conflicts. The Norman invasion, the Crusades, the Hundred Years' War, the Reconquista, the Wars of the Roses, the Albigensian Crusade and endless peasant riots… A new game in the Strategy & Tactics series gives you an opportunity to try your strength in confrontations between the most ruthless conquerors.

In Medieval Wars: Strategy & Tactics you are to lead the armies of England and France as well as the armies of crusaders in three campaigns and try to win the biggest wars and battles of European medieval history. Scenario maps will let you take part in Russian feuds, stop the Saracens under the flag of Charles the Great and lead The Hussites....

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05:10
Echo Dawn: Shattered Visions (Games)

Echo Dawn: Shattered Visions 1.0
Device: iOS iPhone
Category: Games
Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Unveil the world of Echo Dawn, a classic console-style RPG where discovery, strategy and challenge are at your fingertips. Fully customize your party, stats, and difficulty level. Oh and in the process you’ll save the world and be a hero of LEGENDARY proportions. Ninja included!

Features:
• Deep, tactical gameplay
⁃ With hundreds of abilities and items, you choose what works best for your party.
⁃ Each level, you decide 3 of the 6 stats you want to improve for each character.
⁃ Play defensively with heavy armor equipment and place your characters in the back row.
⁃ Or you can decide to be aggressive and dual wield with your characters in the front row for maximum damage.

• Create the party you’ve always...

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02:21
Sopio (Games)

Sopio 1.00
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.00 (iTunes)

Description:

The points and puns card game arrives on iOS! Play Sopio anywhere, even if you don’t have any friends!

Get to 1000 points to win before your opponents!

Play cards on yourself! Play cards on them! Play cards on no-one and just enjoy the pictures!

Enjoy a game of Sopio against real computer opponents, featuring cards from Sopio Deck 1:

- Protect yourself with a Snazzy Helmet!
- Survive an encounter with a Joyless Bear!
- Turn another player into a Wombat!
- See the future in your Crystal Bowling Ball!
- Watch out for the Evil Spider!

Unlock two booster packs and 18 unique opponents with your skill. Or your money. Or just dumb luck.

Share your victories with digital friends via Facebook and Twitter!

Play with your real...

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Wednesday February 25

22:00
Joe Dever's Lone Wolf Complete (Games)

Joe Dever's Lone Wolf Complete 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $9.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

The Complete edition includes all the 4 Acts of the story in a single app!

"Half gamebook and half action RPG, Joe Dever's Lone Wolf is one adventure that fans of either genre will enjoy from start to finish"
– PocketGamer.co.uk - 9/10

"A fascinating experiment, occasionally a beautiful little piece of art, and I really ended up enjoying both the combat system and the character building in the long run."
– TouchArcade - 4/5

"Highly exceptional and unique in ways that would only be discovered by experiencing it first-hand. – 148apps - 4/5
"An amazing overall interactive gamebook experience."
- Capsule Computers - 9,5/10

Develop awards 2014 – Finalist in "Use of a license or IP"
IndieCade 2014...

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21:50
Prison Life RPG (Games)

Prison Life RPG 1.0.1
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes)

Description:

Dear prisoners, this is Warden speaking. Welcome to the Prison, where you are SENTENCED to play! Can you survive the harsh prison life? Can you escape before your execution?

PRISON BROCHURE
Prison Life is a Survival Role-Playing game that places you behind bars. To survive the punishment of the penitentiary system, you’ll need to stay healthy and fit, gain allies, eliminate enemies, bribe the guards, bet in illegal boxing matches, and more while pushing for parole or planning an escape.

PRISON CAPACITY
With more than 100 prisoners to interact with, you'll never feel bored!

PRISONER ACTIVITIES
Watch TV, call your grandma, learn skills, craft items, get bullied, wash toilet, flirt with the pretty Doctor in Sick Bay, bribe the guards or...

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21:32
Package Manager Like apt-get For Windows 10

In Windows 10, Microsoft has finally baked a package manager called OneGet into Windows. It works similarly to apt-get and other package managers that have been around for decades in the Linux world; just works in PowerShell, rather than bash. So let’s take a quick peak. First, import it as a module from a PowerShell prompt:

Import-Module -Name OneGet

Next, use Get-Command to see the options for the OneGet Module:

Get-Command -Module OneGet

This will show you the following options:

Find-Package
Get-Package
Get-PackageProvider
Get-PackageSource
Install-Package
Register-PackageSource
Save-Package
Set-PackageSource
Uninstall-Package
Unregister-PackageSource

Next, look at the repositories of package sources you have:

Get-PackageSource

You can then add a repo to look at, using Register-PackageSource. Or, we’ll just fire away at locating our first package, Acrobat:

Find-...

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09:02
Sharing your Mixes on social networks and embedding...

Office Mix is all about personal expression, so we’ve made it easier to share on major social networks and countless blogs, websites, and other digital media.  Choose your favorite—Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, embed.ly, or oEmbed—we now support them all.

Easy sharing to social networks

We’ve added a new feature to OfficeMix.com that makes sharing to social networks as easy as can be.  Now when you play a public mix with audio or video, you can pause the mix to see options to share to your favorite social network.  And if you get inspired to create your own, just click Create your own mix to download the newest version of the Office Mix add-in for PowerPoint.

Sharing gets even better when you share to Twitter. We now support Twitter’s card functionality, so your followers can enjoy inline playback in their twitter feed.  Below you’ll see an...

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09:00
3M races forward to enable enterprise-wide...

Today’s post about Office 365 ProPlus was written by Stephen Magnuson, Manager of IT Infrastructure End User Services at 3M. 3M is a science-based company with $32 billion in sales, employs 90,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries.

We’re very proud of our record of innovation here at 3M, and we are always striving to improve. 3M takes a very thoughtful approach to our IT deployments, balancing organizational disruption of new technology with user demand and the productivity enhancing potential it can bring. Microsoft delivered the tools to help us make our Office 365 ProPlus rollout fast and easy, even in a large, diverse environment like ours. Just four months after announcing our Office 365 direction to the company we’ve deployed Office 365 ProPlus to more than 60,000 employees and nearly 6,000 mobile devices.

Unlocking value through...

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07:40
Striker Arena (Games)

Striker Arena 1.10.1
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.10.1 (iTunes)

Description:

Join Vikings, Gladiators and Samurai to play the Soccer of the Gods! Striker Arena is a 3D tactical-action fantasy soccer game with warriors fighting in arenas. No rules! Even allows 2 people to play side-by-side on one device at the same time!

= KEY POINTS =
- Viking team and its Snowy Cathedral Arena
- Gladiator team and its Colosseum
- Samurai team and its Dojo
- Each arena has its own traps and surprises
- Quick Match mode: 2 players on the same device
- Story mode with 48 challenges!
- 3 AI difficulty levels
- 8 special abilities
- Awesome chiptune music
- Game Center Achievements and Ranking
- No In-App Purchases
- Share your match replays!

= DESCRIPTION =
You control a Striker team from...

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Tuesday February 24

12:20
Xserve (Early 2009): Power consumption and thermal...

Learn about the power consumption and thermal output of Xserve (Early 2009) computers.

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12:20
Xserve (Early 2009): Power consumption and thermal...

Learn about the power consumption and thermal output of Xserve (Early 2009) computers.

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12:10
If Lion Server has share points and privileges you...

When migrating data and settings from Lion Server to OS X Server (Mountain Lion), previously configured share points will not be retained. Make note of any existing share points prior to migration.

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12:10
If Lion Server has share points and privileges you...

When migrating data and settings from Lion Server to OS X Server (Mountain Lion), previously configured share points will not be retained. Make note of any existing share points prior to migration.

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11:38
If you can't send or receive messages on your...

You might see an exclamation mark next to a message you try to send, or you might not receive messages that someone sends to you. These steps can help. 

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09:00
From classroom to school–introducing OneNote Staff...

A lot has changed since the beginning of this school year for schools and districts using OneNote. The release of OneNote Class Notebooks has customers like Kirk Wheeler, Head of School at St. Thomas School, saying it has brought about, “The most significant and organic change process ever in the school. Seamless and keeps up with teachers.”

We received feedback from educators about how to make OneNote Class Notebook better for their teaching. We incorporated it almost immediately into the tool, making it available in new languages and markets worldwide and providing training resources and example lesson plans educators needed to get started with OneNote in their classrooms with OneNoteForTeachers.com and Bing in the...

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Monday February 23

14:50
Apple Web Server notifications

This article provides credit to people who have reported potential security issues in Apple's web servers.

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11:53
Crash Logs in Xcode 6.3 beta 2

The new Apple crash reports service is now available in Xcode 6.3 beta 2. Apps that you’ve submitted with debug symbols to the App Store and to TestFlight will have their crash log data collected and aggregated into crash reports that will automatically download into Xcode. The enhanced Organizer window makes it easy to triage your crashes, jump directly to the offending code, and mark a crash as resolved. Learn more by reading Crashes Organizer Help.

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11:53
Crash Logs in Xcode 6.3 beta 2

The new Apple crash reports service is now available in Xcode 6.3 beta 2. Apps that you’ve submitted with debug symbols to the App Store and to TestFlight will have their crash log data collected and aggregated into crash reports that will automatically download into Xcode. The enhanced Organizer window makes it easy to triage your crashes, jump directly to the offending code, and mark a crash as resolved. Learn more by reading Crashes Organizer Help.

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10:00
Students worldwide can now check eligibility for...

Last week, at a public event held by the New York City Department of Education, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced free Office for all of their 1.1M students plus teachers. The room—filled with students and teachers—erupted with cheers.

But New York is not alone.

Millions of students around the world are eligible for free Office from their school and today we are announcing that we’ve made it easy for all eligible students globally to sign up themselves to get Office 365 and install free Office.*

That includes the 5.5 million eligible students in Australia, the nearly 5 million eligible students in Germany, 7 million more in Brazil, 1.3 million at Anadolu University in Turkey, every student in Hong Kong and millions more.

This service was...

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09:10
Tap Heroes - Idle RPG Action (Games)

Tap Heroes - Idle RPG Action 2.4
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $.99, Version: 2.4 (iTunes)

Description:

Embark on an epic journey through the lands to grow ever stronger and defeat your enemies.
Tap your way through forests, deserts, caves, jungles, swamps and more as you grow ever more powerful and face tougher opponents and creatures.
Defeat bosses to travel to new areas and recruit new heroes to join your adventure.
Your mighty warrior can attack enemies at a rapid speed and still stand to shield the group from harm.
Your healing mage will use healing magic to heal your wounds.
Your skilled rogue will shoot poisonous arrows that damage your enemies over time and slow arrows to hinder their advance.

Tap with your godly powers to hurt your enemies and heal your heroes. Or unleash your wrath on your enemies with awesome...

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09:00
First time authoring and publishing enhancements for...

It’s been a while since we last posted, and we wanted to share some of the more recent improvements in the Office Mix editing environment. The new Office Mix is easier than ever to use, with some cool features that make authoring easier for first time customers, and other features for more seasoned users that make re-publishing a snap.

Easier authoring

For customers new to Office Mix, we’ve made it easier to get started with some enhanced experiences to guide you through the process. For example, after you first install (or reinstall) Office Mix, the setup process automatically reminds you to open PowerPoint to see the new MIX tab on the PowerPoint ribbon to help you get started creating your Mix.

When you’re ready to create your first mix, just click the Getting Started...

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09:00
iOS 8.3 beta 2 Now Available

iOS 8.3 beta 2 Now Available

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09:00
iOS 8.3 beta 2 Now Available

iOS 8.3 beta 2 Now Available

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09:00
Xcode 6.3 beta 2 with Swift 1.2 Now Available

Xcode 6.3 beta 2 with Swift 1.2 Now Available

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09:00
Xcode 6.3 beta 2 with Swift 1.2 Now Available

Xcode 6.3 beta 2 with Swift 1.2 Now Available

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09:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (14D87h) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (14D87h) Now Available

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09:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (14D87h) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (14D87h) Now Available

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09:00
Support corner webcast—troubleshoot Office Outlook...

Join us this Tuesday, February 24th 2015 at 9 a.m. PST/12 p.m. ET for a discussion on “Troubleshooting Some of the Office Outlook 2013 Features.”  We’ll start from the very beginning of setting up a mailbox through MOP and configuring Outlook for first use.  We’ll then explore one of the main features of Outlook—accessing shared mailboxes and calendars, common reasons for doing so, including the manager and delegate relationship as it pertains to Outlook.

Presenter—David Sanchez is a 23-year veteran senior support escalation engineer at Microsoft.  He has supported Windows, Word, Exchange and began supporting Outlook since its release in 1997.

Join Lync Meeting  | Conference ID: 215824918

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...

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06:00
Office in Cherokee

In celebration UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day on February 21st, we honor the efforts of the Cherokee Nation for embracing their language. The Cherokee Nation Language Program’s goal is to ensure Cherokee language lives on for future generations. “The Cherokee language is one of the most important aspects of who we are as a tribe, and many elements of our culture are contained in our language. Our language offers more than communication. It transmits cultural knowledge and a mode of thinking that is uniquely Cherokee. To lose our language would mean a huge loss of part of our heritage.” says Roy Boney, Cherokee language program manager.

Today’s post was written by Alfred Hellstern, senior international project manager at Microsoft.

When the Cherokee Nation wanted to continue to expand technology to their users with localized versions of applications and services that they use every day, the Microsoft Local...

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Sunday February 22

18:34
Learning iOS Security Now Available for Pre-Orders

Boom. 3 books in about 6 months. The next, and likely last for a few months at least, book is finally ready. Written with Allister Banks, Learning iOS Security is a look into iOS Security for those coming to the Apple platform. It’s meant for business, enterprise, infosec.

 

The first chapter, as I’ve done in a few previous books, was written as a quick and dirty “oh, this is all you’re gonna’ read, cool” type of thing. In security, 90 percent (or more) of the work is done in the first 10 percent of the time. I have this theory (unproven) that each percent represents a j curve in cost increase and when you hit 99, each .1 continues, then each.01, etc. No one can be truly secure.

Also, as I’ve done in the past, the final chapter looks at a few forensics options and tools. Allister was...

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Friday February 20

09:00
Office 365 news round-up

Patience may be a virtue, but few things are more frustrating than being forced to wait for something you need right away. One of the great things about Office 365 is that you’re always up to date. You don’t have to wait for new features and capabilities. You get them automatically, as soon as they’re available.

One area where we know customers don’t want to wait is with the security and privacy features of our products.  Microsoft recently became the first major cloud provider to adopt ISO/IEC 27018, the world’s first international standard for protecting the privacy of personal data stored in the cloud. We also achieved the highest possible rating for our compliance with...

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09:00
Extended email retention for deleted items in Office...

We’ve all been there, you search for an email or calendar invite in Outlook only to find that it isn’t there anymore. Until now deleted items were moved into the Deleted Items folder, then they would disappear after being in that folder for 30 days. With this update, the length of time items remain in the Deleted Items folder is extended to indefinitely or according to the duration set by your administrator. So that email or calendar invite you were looking for is still there if you search for it later—even if you accidentally deleted it.

If you are an Office 365 administrator, this means we’ll be updating the Default MRM Policy for everyone using Exchange Online over the next month. As an administrator, you also have control over this behavior. If you want to keep the 30-day policy or set a custom retention period, that can be done as well and you don’t even need to wait for the change. Also, if you have already created a custom MRM policy, (as long as it...

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04:07
TA15-051A: Lenovo “Superfish” Adware Vulnerable to...

Original release date: February 20, 2015
Systems Affected

Lenovo consumer PCs that have Superfish VisualDiscovery installed and potentially others.

Overview

“Superfish” adware installed on some Lenovo PCs install a non-unique trusted root certification authority (CA) certificate, allowing an attacker to spoof HTTPS traffic.

Description

Starting in as early as 2010, Lenovo has pre-installed Superfish VisualDiscovery spyware on some of their PCs. This software intercepts users’ web traffic to provide targeted advertisements.  In order to intercept encrypted connections (those using HTTPS), the software installs a trusted root CA certificate for “Superfish.” All browser-based encrypted traffic to the Internet is intercepted, decrypted, and re-encrypted to the user’s browser by the application - a classic “man in the middle” attack.  Because the certificates used by Superfish are signed by the CA installed by the software, the browser will...

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01:00
Mac Apps That Use Garbage Collection Must Move to...

Beginning May 1, 2015, new Mac apps and app updates submitted to the Mac App Store may no longer use garbage collection, which was deprecated in OS X Mountain Lion. Instead, migrate your apps to Automatic Reference Counting, using the migration assistant in Xcode to help with this transition. Apps may continue to use retain/release for manual memory management. For more information, read the Transitioning to ARC Release Notes.

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01:00
Mac Apps That Use Garbage Collection Must Move to...

Beginning May 1, 2015, new Mac apps and app updates submitted to the Mac App Store may no longer use garbage collection, which was deprecated in OS X Mountain Lion. Instead, migrate your apps to Automatic Reference Counting, using the migration assistant in Xcode to help with this transition. Apps may continue to use retain/release for manual memory management. For more information, read the Transitioning to ARC Release Notes.

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Thursday February 19

20:01
GAROU: MARK OF THE WOLVES (Games)

GAROU: MARK OF THE WOLVES 1.0.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes)

Description:

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A new generation in the wolf bloodline.
GAROU: MARK OF THE WOLVES joins the battle on iPhone !
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ABOUT THE GAME FEATURES

■"FATAL FURY" Series' new generation title
This latest installment in the legendary series from SNK welcomes a new hero with Rock Howard, the posthumous successor of Geese Howard who was raised by the "Legendary Wolf" Terry Bogard, and a host of all-new charismatic characters with their own unique background story and goals.

■A fully redesigned game system
"GAROU: MARK OF THE WOLVES" renews the series with the "T.O.P. SYSTEM", a revolutionary game mechanic that can be set anywhere on the character's lifebar and gives access to a unique...

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16:00
Grudgeball: Enter the Chaosphere – Regular Show...

Grudgeball: Enter the Chaosphere – Regular Show's Extreme Sport of the Future 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Jump into the explosive action of the future's most extreme sport. Join Mordecai, Rigby and the rest of the Regular Show gang in Grudgeball: Enter the Chaosphere!

EXTREME FUTURE SPORTS
In the far future, high intensity Grudgeball is the most popular and dangerous sport in the world. Choose your team and go 3-on-3 against your opponents in a battle for supremacy. Shoot, block, counter-attack and unleash super moves in your quest to be the best.

CONQUER THE CHAOSPHERE
Tackle level after level in your journey to unravel the mysteries of the Chaosphere and rescue Pops. Discover arena mods like speed walls, rebound barriers,...

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16:00
Merchants of Kaidan (Games)

Merchants of Kaidan 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $5.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

!!!! Due to the demanding nature of the games' trading algorithms and 3D environment, Merchants of Kaidan is not going to run on devices older than iPad 3 and iPhone 5. If you have such a device please DO NOT BUY THE GAME!

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Regain your riches, restore your honour and punish those who have wronged you.

Merchants of Kaidan is a challenging trading game fused with lots of RPG elements. You start very humble, one cart, a purse of gold and silver coins is all that you have. Your task is to roam the world and search of opportunities to score some profit. Buy low, sell high - a merchant's motto is easy to grasp. And yet the job is harder than it seems.

A good merchant needs to know everything about the market, he is always on the lookout...

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13:20
PostSecret Universe (Entertainment)

PostSecret Universe 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Entertainment
Price: $7.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

You're invited to enter the PostSecret Universe with this brand new app brought to you by Frank Warren. With the help of the PostSecret Community, over 500 postcard, app and audio secrets are easily browsable by connections and common themes, leading to a seamless adventure into the universe of the project that also allows you to discover the stories behind certain secrets and how they have impacted the public.

Additionally, the app contains these features:
Never-before-seen secrets
An exclusive tour of PostSecret Headquarters
Animated stories about the inspiration of the PostSecret Project
Collation tools to make your own collection
Ability to share secrets with friends
Easter Eggs

Enjoy the PostSecret Universe …...

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12:10
AG Drive (Games)

AG Drive 1.3.3
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $3.99, Version: 1.3.3 (iTunes)

Description:

Link to the App Preview Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xF-sBQG_bgg

THE FUTURE IS NOW
The boldest futuristic racer ever made is here!

An epic vision of the future, AG Drive takes you on the ride of your life as you drive blazing fast anti-gravity race craft and race against opponents on spectacular tracks that dive over and under an Earth city of the future.

TECHNOLOGY
The world of AG Drive is real and full of life - witness huge futuristic highway systems come to life, with air traffic filling the skies as spaceships land and take off, and spotlights sweep the skies. The stunning, unparalleled visuals of the world of AG Drive were...

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11:53
Find the serial number of your Apple hardware product

Learn how to find the serial number of an iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, or other Apple product.

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09:00
Henkel makes bold leap to the cloud with Office 365

When global manufacturer Henkel found itself at a crossroads, dealing with aging IT infrastructure and disparate collaboration and productivity tools, the nearly 140-year-old company decided to leap to the cloud with Office 365. 

Dial soap, Purex hand sanitizer, Persil laundry detergent, Loctite adhesive, Schwarzkopf haircare—Henkel has a broad stable of products and technologies used by consumers and industries in 75 countries. The world’s first glue stick? That was Henkel, too. Much of what the company creates plays a supporting role in people’s lives and businesses—behind-the-scenes, sometimes even virtually invisible, but always exceptional.

“Henkel always strives to be best-in-class. To achieve that goal we need to be proactive in adopting technology to deliver a modern workplace. The world is connected as never before, and we need to connect our people, our partners, and our customers to be successful,” said Joachim Jaeckle, Henkel’s senior corporate...

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09:00
Sway for iPhone v1.2 updates

Last month, we released Sway for iPhone more broadly and have been excited to see a much wider set of people use Sway for iPhone. Thanks to this broader growth and usage, we’ve been able to continue learning 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.

An updated version of Sway for iPhone is now available from the App Store, and it includes some key improvements based on listening to feedback and adding more capabilities of Sway in the browser on PCs, Macs and tablets. Here is what’s new in Sway for iPhone v1.2:

  • Add video from your phone’s camera roll
  • Create groups and stacks of photos
  • Add bullets and numbering to text
  • Create and apply a hyperlink to text
  • Emphasize words or sentences
  • Crop images
  • Pictures of documents can be...
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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 034 on the...

In this episode Jeremy Thake talks to Rolando Jimenez Salgado on the extensibility story of the Office client.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP34.mp3

Download the podcast.

Weekly updates

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09:00
Improving the Sway creation experience and Sway for...

We’ve said it in previous blog posts and we’ll say it again here: We’re on a journey with our customers and early adopters through Sway Preview. Our goal is to understand what you like and don’t like, can already do or can’t yet do and what you want us to adjust as we deliver brand new experiences for expressing yourself and bringing your ideas to life.

For those of you new to the Sway experience, Sway lets you easily create and share a polished, interactive canvas of your ideas that looks great on any screen. The philosophy of Sway is to help you focus on the human part—your ideas, the multimedia you wish to include and how they relate to each other—while Sway’s built-in design engine takes care of the layout and formatting. That way, you always have something polished and ready to share.

Through blog comments, social media,...

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02:50
Alto's Adventure (Games)

Alto's Adventure 1.0.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Above the placid ivory snow lies a sleepy mountain village, brimming with the promise of adventure.

Join Alto and his friends as they embark on an endless snowboarding odyssey. Journey across the beautiful alpine hills of their native wilderness, through neighbouring villages, ancient woodlands, and long-abandoned ruins.

Along the way you'll rescue runaway llamas, grind rooftops, leap over terrifying chasms and outwit the mountain elders – all while braving the ever changing elements and passage of time upon the mountain.

Features:

• Fluid, graceful and exhilarating physics-based gameplay

• Procedurally generated terrain based on real-world snowboarding

• Fully dynamic lighting and weather effects, including thunderstorms,...

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01:00
Handwriting in OneNote for iPad, and OCR Everywhere

People are more overwhelmed than ever by how much they need to remember on a daily basis. In fact, according to a 2013 survey commissioned by the Post-it brand, the average person forgets 4 important things every day, or 1460 things every year. That’s a lot of valuable information! The fact is, keeping track of everything so that it is where you want it, when you want it is still an unsolved problem for many.

OneNote can help you keep track of life and stay organized by making it easy to capture anything, enrich and organize it, and eventually recall it when and where you need it.

Today, we’re introducing two big improvements for capturing content into OneNote and enriching that content to make it easier to recall. First, we’ve added handwriting to OneNote for iPad. This has been a top requested feature, and is now available in OneNote ...

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Wednesday February 18

20:40
AERENA - Masters Edition (Games)

AERENA - Masters Edition 2.12.16885
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $4.99, Version: 2.12.16885 (iTunes)

Description:

Assemble your team of Champions and face-off against your opponents in the game that redefines turn-based tactical combat.

AERENA - Masters Edition provides the ultimate experience for the Aerena Players.
No Ads! No tedious grind and no limits!

Fast paced but deep gameplay in a unique AEtherpunk setting!
Get this premium version of the highly acclaimed game and rise up the ranks to become an Aethermaster! .

Nominated at the International Mobile Gaming Awards 2015

9.0/10 Gamezone.com
8.8/10 Appszoom.com
4.5/5 onrpg.com
10/10 Techdtudo
8/10 Gamingnexus.com

The optional micro transactions only unlock Skins for Ships and Champions.

Set in a unique Ætherpunk world in which...

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10:00
Swap Heroes 2 (Games)

Swap Heroes 2 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Swap Heroes 2 is a casual turn-based strategy adventure. Form a group of valiant heroes and guide them in battle through a wide variety of quests and locations as you venture toward a final showdown with the feared Shadow Knight!

Features:

- Easy to learn turn-based gameplay.
- Form a party from 8 unique heroes.
- Guide your party through 10 new locations.
- Battle against over 30 types of challenging enemies.
- Earn star points with victories that can be used to equip powerful upgrades.
- Unlock a variety of levels, modes, and heroes as you complete quests.
- Compete for high scores in the all new endless mode!
- Game Center leaderboard and achievements included.

*No in-app purchases or ads.*

...

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09:00
Using OneNote Online to create the connected learner

Today’s post was written by Tamara Sullivan is the dean of E-Learning at Ormiston College.

Last year, I was very excited when I received my Office 365 account. I loved the new collaboration features, especially the ability to easily share and collaborate in OneNote notebooks with my students. But it wasn’t until the end of the year that it dawned on me that sharing feature opens the doors for students to easily create, connect and collaborate with students around the globe—all through the one platform. What is more exciting is the ability to collaborate with a school, even if they do not have OneNote installed on their machines. Running through a web browser with OneNote Online means that any student, with any device can participate. And it is free!

It was at this point, I started thinking about the type of collaborative tasks that would be possible using OneNote Online to foster global collaboration ...

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09:00
Excel Fun—Build 3D graphics from a spreadsheet

Today’s post was written by Carl Kadie, Ph.D., a research developer in Microsoft Research.

How Excel helps to understand 3D graphics

From video games to movie special effects, 3D graphics drives today’s entertainment. But how do 3D graphics work? How does the computer know where on the screen to put the little dots of color? Motivated by simple curiosity, I wanted to understand this. And for me, to understand means to make an Excel spreadsheet. This article should interest you, too, if you are curious about 3D graphics. It also serves as an example of how Excel can make something as complex as 3D graphics as simple as a few worksheet cells connected by multiplication and addition.

In the end, I didn’t replicate Halo, but I did get lovely cube that I can control by changing a few numbers in Excel. For example, one cell tells how many degrees to rotate the cube. When I change the value in that cell from 20 degrees (...

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09:00
Office everywhere, encryption everywhere

Shobhit Sahay is a technical product manager on the Office 365 team.

Recently, we released Office for Android as we continue to help people get more done, on any device. Security is a core value for us, and as we evolve Office 365 to empower productivity across different platforms, we are committed to ensuring secure experiences across devices and platforms. Encryption is one of the key ways on how we protect your information. We use encryption in two ways: One is by implementing it in the service and the second is by offering you it as a customer control. In the service, we make use of encryption in the platform, where it works by default and you don’t have to configure anything, and we continue to evolve it based on your needs. As a customer control, we provide you three primary...

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Tuesday February 17

11:55
Sign in page branding and cloud user self-service...

Paul Andrew is technical product manager for Identity Management on the Office 365 team.

Today we are adding two Identity and Access Management features to the Office 365 subscription, which were previously only available with an additional Azure Active Directory (AD) Premium or Enterprise Mobility Suite subscription. The new features are the Sign in page and Access Panel company branding and cloud user self-service password reset. These two new features are beginning to roll out for Office 365 customers starting today.

Sign in page and Access Panel company branding

The first feature is company branding for the Sign in page and the Azure AD Access Panel, where users select a software as a service (SaaS) application to sign in to. Now, Office 365 customers can customize the Sign in page and Access Panel with the text, color and images of...

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11:25
PIN lock and other updates to Outlook for iOS and...

Just over two weeks ago, we delivered the first version of Outlook for iOS and Android devices. We’ve heard from many of you that enjoy how Outlook brings together the core tools you need to get things done—your email, calendar, contacts and files—helping you get more done even on the smallest screen.

We promised to deliver updates to Outlook every few weeks and we’ve been listening closely to your feedback. Today, we are happy to share some of the features we’ve added over the past two weeks.

IT controls

While our first release focused on bringing a great end-user experience to market, we are also well underway building the IT controls that our business customers require.

PIN lock

Outlook now implements password enforcement using Exchange ActiveSync. If your company email policy requires that devices have a password in order to sync mail, Outlook...

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09:20
Imps in Tokyo (Games)

Imps in Tokyo 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

***SPECIAL PRICE FOR EARLY ADOPTERS***

Lead the mischievous Dreamcatchers on their mission in Tokyo in this beautiful handcrafted indie arcade/adventure game. Help them to save Dreams, use their unique powers to fight Mr. Cornelious, stop his diabolic plan (of course) and save... KITTENS! You also save kittens! Ahhh, we should’ve started with this!

Fly through skies of Tokyo with a pack of Imps and explore diverse gameplay scenarios, complete various tasks, meet powerful allies and punch terrifying enemies in order to save them. Sounds confusing huh? Don't worry, it'll all get clear. You just have to follow an amusing comic driven story, full of magic, humour and nostalgia.

Imps In Tokyo contains an intense story mode delivering a full and carefully crafted...

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09:15
Office 365 Partner admin mobile app now available

Today’s post was written by Adam Jung, senior product marketing manager on the Office 365 team.

If you are an Office 365 partner managing your customers Office 365 tenant, hopefully you are already using the Office 365 Partner admin center portal, which gives you several tools to manage customers including, a view of all of your customers, the service health of individual customers, and the ability to manage service requests and perform administrative tasks on behalf of a customer.

Today we are extending the Partner admin center experience with a new Office 365 Partner admin mobile app, available now for Android and iOS and coming soon for Windows Phone. The Office 365 Partner admin mobile app gives partners additional flexibility to manage and administer your customers. If...

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06:54
It Makes Myself More Bearable

Funny how I’m so prominently featured in the bloopers of the first ever Mac Myriad Podcast!

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06:00
New cloud storage integration for Office

Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team.

We want Office to be the preferred way to work with documents no matter where they’re stored.  In November we announced a special partnership with Dropbox to make it easy to access, edit and share Dropbox files from the Office apps.  And today, in addition to the existing Dropbox integrations, we’re pleased to announce two new integration features for an even broader set of cloud services: First, file picker integration for the iPad and iPhone; and second, Office Online integration for viewing and editing.  While these may seem like small enhancements, these new features represent a big step forward for Office integration into the apps and services that are important to our customers.

Native cloud storage integration in the iOS apps

Starting today, third-party...

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Monday February 16

09:30
Latest innovations in Office 365 compliance

At Microsoft, we care deeply about supporting compliance with specific standards and regulations related to data security and privacy as required by our customers in various geographies and industries. We consider compliance a core feature of our services, and we make significant investments in this area to ensure that that we are continuously innovating on compliance as we do with all the other aspects of Office 365. To this end, we are announcing two new additions to our compliance capabilities—ISO 27018 and HITRUST.

ISO 27018 compliance

We are pleased to announce that in our most recent ISO 27001 audit, an independent auditor validated that we incorporated controls that comply with the ISO 27018 standard for protection of personally identifiable information (PII) in public clouds. There are three big commitments enabled by these controls:

  1. Office 365 is “advertising-free,” so...
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Friday February 13

09:00
OneNote is now (even more) free!

Today’s post was written by Brad Corob, program manager for the OneNote team.

Last year we made OneNote 2013 (our full-featured Windows desktop software) free for personal use and the response was overwhelmingly positive. We’ve heard from many of you that enjoy the ability to take and share notes, ink and highlight directly on the page and stay organized with instant search. And we’ve also heard from many who want more from the OneNote 2013 free edition.

Today we’re happy to share that we’re adding even more to the free edition. We’re removing all feature restrictions from OneNote 2013. Starting today you’ll be able to access the full power of OneNote on your PC, including these features previously reserved for paid editions:

  • Password protected sections—Add a password to protect sensitive information.
  • Page history—Easily see or go back to prior...
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Thursday February 12

11:30
Announcing TestFlight Groups

Now it’s easier than ever to manage external testers in TestFlight. Organize your testers into groups to quickly send specific builds, provide separate instructions on where to focus, and apply an action to several testers at once in TestFlight. Get started in iTunes Connect.

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11:30
Announcing TestFlight Groups

Now it’s easier than ever to manage external testers in TestFlight. Organize your testers into groups to quickly send specific builds, provide separate instructions on where to focus, and apply an action to several testers at once in TestFlight. Get started in iTunes Connect.

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11:30
Now Accepting Larger Binaries

The size limit of an app package submitted through iTunes Connect has increased from 2 GB to 4 GB, so you can include more media in your submission and provide a more complete, rich user experience upon installation. Please keep in mind that this change does not affect the cellular network delivery size limit of 100 MB.

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11:30
Now Accepting Larger Binaries

The size limit of an app package submitted through iTunes Connect has increased from 2 GB to 4 GB, so you can include more media in your submission and provide a more complete, rich user experience upon installation. Please keep in mind that this change does not affect the cellular network delivery size limit of 100 MB.

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09:30
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 033 on My Apps...

In this episode Jeremy Thake talks to Mauricio Ordonez and Russell Palmer about how you can extend the My Apps and App Launcher user interface in Office 365.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP33.mp3

Download the podcast.

Weekly updates

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Wednesday February 11

12:00
Office Online gets even better in 2015

Office Online is getting even better in 2015. We’ve been listening to your feedback and we’re rolling out updates that improve the Reading View, file management and editing experiences.

Here are some of the new features to look for:

Enhanced reading experience

To make the Reading View easier to use we updated the toolbar so that the Edit, Print, Share and Comments commands are now one click away and more the advanced tools, such as Translate or Download a file, are easier to find.

Also, now you can print faster and easier by enabling direct printing of PDF files from Word Online without having to first download the file.

More options to save and manage your files

Save As options have expanded to provide you additional file management options that we think you will appreciate.

  • Save As—Saves a copy of the...
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Tuesday February 10

12:00
What’s new: January 2015

The Office 365 team got the new year off to a great start in January by delivering Office across more platforms and adding new features, service updates, and apps for your devices. OneDrive for Business is now available for Mac and iOS devices. You can combine Lync with new Polycom Unified Conference Stations to get a better video conference experience, with a 360-degree view and great sound quality. Power Query got new connectors and improvements that make it easier to use. And for educators, there’s a new website with free OneNote training and resources plus integration of Moodle with Office Mix. 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: December 2014.

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

Office now on...

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09:00
OneNote‘s big 2014 at St Andrew’s College

Today’s post was written by Sam McNeill, director of ICT at St. Andrew’s College in New Zealand.

The past year saw significant increases in usage of Microsoft OneNote at St Andrew’s College and there were a number of factors that contributed to this, including:

  1. Continued promotion of OneNote by earlier adopter teachers such as Mrs. Jacqueline Yoder, which led to uptake among her fellow teachers in the English department and beyond. Her story, OneNote to rule them all, was eventually published in the College quarterly magazine.
  2. The transition from Microsoft Live@Edu to Office 365, which occurred at the end of 2013, allowed for tighter integration of cloud hosting of OneNote notebooks, thus increasing both the access to notebooks from any device as well as promoting true...
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09:00
Power Map for Excel–February update for Office 365

In our December update, we promised to have some big things to share about Power Map for Excel in the first quarter of 2015. This month, we are ready to start revealing a few of these great additions. With our brand new feature, data cards, and a few amazing improvements to how you use heat maps, we are looking forward to seeing the new stories you will tell with your data!

Data cards–Tooltips the way you want them!

Data cards extends the Power Map tooltip to let you display more contextual information about the data on your map. This becomes powerful when you need to quickly drill down into the details behind the columns and pie chart visualizations, like showing a list of Olympic events and associated medal count spanning a time period for a specific country. Just hover over or click any visualization on the map and a data card is displayed with easily readable information...

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Monday February 9

11:00
Build Your Apps with Swift 1.2

Swift has now reached 1.2 and includes a significantly enhanced compiler, as well as new features in the Swift language. For the highlights of this release, read the Swift blog. For detailed information on Swift, read The Swift Programming Language.

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11:00
Build Your Apps with Swift 1.2

Swift has now reached 1.2 and includes a significantly enhanced compiler, as well as new features in the Swift language. For the highlights of this release, read the Swift blog. For detailed information on Swift, read The Swift Programming Language.

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09:00
Making waves in the energy industry

Today’s Office 365 post was written by Hercu Rabsatt, director of infrastructure and service management at Mansfield Oil.

The oil and energy industry isn’t known for pushing the proverbial envelope when it comes to technology, but at Mansfield Oil, we’ve consistently taken advantage of technology to put ourselves at the forefront of what we do.

We’re now in our 57th year and at a pivotal point as we transform our business. Last year we launched a three-year plan, which began with consolidating and stabilizing our IT environment. Converting our IT department from a cost center into a revenue generating part of the company is also underway as we continue in our “building phase.” Although I view 2015 as the “transformation phase,” I’ve been surprised by how much transformation and payoff we’re already experiencing today from our technology investments.

Nowhere is...

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09:00
iOS 8.3 beta Now Available

iOS 8.3 beta Now Available

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09:00
Xcode 6.3 beta with Swift 1.2 Now Available

Xcode 6.3 beta with Swift 1.2 Now Available

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09:00
iOS 8.3 beta Now Available

iOS 8.3 beta Now Available

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Xcode 6.3 beta with Swift 1.2 Now Available

Xcode 6.3 beta with Swift 1.2 Now Available

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Friday February 6

12:00
Office 365 news round-up

In today’s fast paced world, you can’t afford to be away when you are on the go. Whether you are traveling, working from a remote location or sitting in a coffee shop, we’ve heard loud and clear that you want the same rich functionality of Microsoft Office applications everywhere—on all of your devices and platforms—so you can work in a variety of situations. During the past couple of weeks, we have made several big announcements that demonstrate how well we are leading the way into the mobile productivity space.

After unveiling Windows 10, we announced our plan to deliver touch-optimized versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook. These touch-first, mobile-first  “universal” apps are built from the ground up to run on Windows 10 small screen devices like your phone and tablet—all the way up to...

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Thursday February 5

12:26
Take Control Of OS X Server (Yosemite) Now Available

I’ve been light on posting here, mostly because I’ve been swamped with work, selling my old house, buying a new house, doing some crazy taxes, wrapping production on a new book and updating the Take Control of OS X Server book to Yosemite Server. Well, earlier this week I sold my house, got the next version of Bushel ready to rock and filed my taxes. Aaaaannnnnndddddd, the Yosemite version of Take Control Of OS X Server is now available at http://tid.bl.it/1xuCJUC.

Boom. Will get back to my normally scheduled postings shortly!

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 032 on //Build...

In this episode Jeremy Thake talks to Sonya Koptyev about the developer content at //Build and Ignite and what to get excited about.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP32.mp3

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Office Lens now converts pictures of paper documents...

When we launched the Word and PowerPoint conversion feature last September, we promised to use customer feedback to improve Office Lens. Today is the day we prove it.

Since September, we’ve received a lot of exciting and positive feedback from our customers about our conversion scenarios. We also learned about how customers are finding new and creative ways to use Office Lens and the text they capture in their pictures.

Today we’re very happy to announce a new scenario. Now the Office Lens app on Windows Phone converts images to PDF files.

Converting pictures to PDF files

Converting pictures to PDF files is very similar to converting images to Word and PowerPoint. This is a useful feature for teachers and students looking to go paperless because now they can scan all their paper documents to OneDrive so they are accessible, searchable on all their...

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