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Friday January 30

12:00
Next on Modern Workplace—The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is changing how people and technology interact. With 1.9 billion devices connected today and an estimated 50 billion projected by 2020, the opportunity to gain efficiencies, enable innovation and increase agility through connected devices is massive.

Register now to watch Modern Workplace live on February 3rd and hear directly from two Internet of Things experts on how connecting your devices and your people can provide insights to predict and respond ahead of the competition. Plus, find out how Office 365 tools allow organizations to analyze operational data to improve business decision-making and customer satisfaction.

 Internet of Things

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

 Special guests:

  • Kevin Ashton—...
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09:00
How data encryption works in OneDrive for Business...

Have you ever wanted to know how your data in OneDrive for Business or SharePoint Online is stored and protected with the latest encryption technology?

When you store your data in OneDrive for Business or SharePoint Online, it’s safeguarded with the strongest encryption and detection technologies available.

For example, when your data is in transit, it is encrypted as data moves between you and the datacenter and between the server and the datacenter, which uses 2048 bit keys. However, the encryption technology applies not only when the data is moving between servers or datacenters, but also when the data is at rest. When data is at rest there are two types of encryption that are used: Disk encryption and File encryption.

At the disk encryption level, BitLocker is used to secure data and at the file encryption level, every file is secured with its own key that uses Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) with 256-bit keys and is Federal Information Processing...

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Thursday January 29

18:00
SOUND Canvas for iOS (Music)

SOUND Canvas for iOS 1.0.0
Device: iOS iPhone
Category: Music
Price: $14.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes)

Description:

* * * Launch celebration sale! - Limited-time special price on SOUND Canvas for iOS. ( until Feb 10, 2015 ) * * *

The good old sound module "SOUND Canvas" has come back for iPhone and iPad!

SOUND Canvas for iOS is the software synthesizer built-in SMF *1 player.
It is based on Roland GS standard that has been de fact standard sound source,
"SOUND Canvas" of Roland Desk Top Music (DTM).

It is compatible with the sound for "GS","GM2", and "GM".
It includes Reverb, Chorus, Delay, and 2 Band EQ, plus 64 types of insertion effects *2.

In addition, it plays SMF for "SC-88Pro" and "SC-8820". *3

You can enjoy the old data created by SOUND Canvas series and a variety of GS
data on the market from Roland with...

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17:40
Hydra - Amazing Photography (Photography)

Hydra - Amazing Photography 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Photography
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Introductory pricing: 40% off for a limited time!

Hydra offers innovative photo capture technology, and lets you take beautiful pictures even in the most difficult lighting conditions, which makes it a great companion to iOS Camera app.

Hydra captures more light by merging up to 60 frames to make a single high-quality picture (less noise, more highlights/shadows) on iPhone and iPad. Hydra also goes beyond the 8-megapixel sensor limit, with up to 32-megapixel high-resolution images. It uses the latest evolutions of iPhone and iPad camera hardware, as well as the latest camera APIs and GPU rendering technologies of iOS 8.

Hydra provides 5 specific capture modes: HDR, Video-HDR, Lo-light, Zoom, and Hi-res modes.

• Hydra'...

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16:00
BlitzKeep (Games)

BlitzKeep 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

BlitzKeep, where pinball meets an RPG! Or maybe where pachinko meets an RPG? Something like that!

Point your hero where you want him to attack, and he won't stop moving until he's reached a safe zone or has died! The latter happens far too often... Pick up gear to increase your power, and kill weak enemies first so that you can level up enough to kill the stronger ones. Eventually, you may even become strong enough to kill a massive boss! Don't be disheartened by frequent deaths - it takes only moments to try again!

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The Story
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You play as an intrepid hero who is descended from a long line of heroes, and has the blood of the heroes, and is very heroic. Your homeland was taken from you...

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16:00
Playworld Superheroes (Games)

Playworld Superheroes 1.0
Device: iOS iPhone
Category: Games
Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Unleash the power within with Playworld® Superheroes, a game that challenges every player to create and then become their own superhero! Enter a land in which craft and imagination unlock a new world of possibilities, and the limits of what’s possible are exploded by your unique creations!

Super-powered playtime begins in the treehouse, a crafting hub in which players let their creativity run wild! Paint, cut, build, and modify your ultimate superhero suit and logo, then jump from the calm tranquility of the treehouse to the action-packed spectacle of Playworld - the land of your imagination! Under attack by the mischievous Golumites, Playworld needs a hero to save the land from certain destruction, could it be you?

Defeat playful enemies on the...

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16:00
Active Soccer 2 (Games)

Active Soccer 2 1.0.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes)

Description:

The most awaited football game sequel is now available!!!
Active Soccer 2 is an innovative top-view arcade football game providing a fast paced arcade experience implementing an amazing playability and easy to learn - hard to master responsive controls.

With Active Soccer 2 you have a full control on the game, no scripted goals, no CPU driven decisions!

Active Soccer 2 provides a complete career mode, implementing the major part of the existing international leagues, cups and championships. Imagine to be a manager of a 5th English division team, you have a budget and your goal is to be promoted to higher divisions, purchasing players, drawing tactics, managing team and play real matches!

- Career mode, supporting 800 teams (club and national...

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16:00
Mean Girls: The Game (Games)

Mean Girls: The Game 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

“A Mean Girls tower defense game makes way more sense than you’d think… It’s like every day is October 3rd.” – 148Apps.com

Get in loser, we’re going shopping! Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the classic movie Mean Girls, Mean Girls the official game delivers an easy-to-play tiara defense game for the ages. Addictive and easy-to-play, Means Girls gives you the chance to select your favorite Mean Girls characters -- Cady, Regina, Gretchen, Karen, Janis, Damian, Aaron, or Kevin G. – and fight off the new clique from piecing together the Spring Fling Tiara and taking over North Shore High School. Filled with humor, sass, and deliciously charming characters from the classic movie, Mean Girls is an instantly rewarding game steeped in Mean Girls lore.

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16:00
Ted the Jumper (Games)

Ted the Jumper 1.0.1
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes)

Description:

LAUNCH PRICE FOR A LIMITED TIME!! 50% OFF!!

JUMP!!

Help Ted to collect all wooden blocks on the field by jumping on them in a colorful puzzle game. Ted can jump forward, left or right, but cannot jump back.
Be careful not to get stuck with no ability to jump while some blocks are still on the field!
Avoid obstacles and use special block types to complete levels!
Travel through four beautiful worlds and experience the relaxing ambiance of cool water ripple effects, peaceful sounds and music.
The puzzles look simple, but can be very challenging and addictive! You can easily spent 2-5 minutes to solve one.

There are four modes of the game:

“Story” – go through four chapters with increasing difficulty. Each chapter brings a new...

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16:00
Yet It Moves (puzzle platformer) (Games)

Yet It Moves (puzzle platformer) 1.0.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Yet It Moves is an award-winning puzzle platformer now available on iPhone and iPad for the first time!
Tilting the world turns walls into floors, slides into platforms, and stacks of rocks into dangerous hazards.
Navigate through a colorful paper collage world and unlock new levels by solving puzzles.

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

Features:
- RUN, JUMP, AND SPIN THE WORLD! – Solve every puzzle by running, jumping, and tilting the world around using intuitive touch control.

- 2D PLATFORMER TURNED UPSIDE DOWN! – You’ve never seen a platformer like this before! Rotate the world to avoid obstacles and squeeze through tight spaces but don’...

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 031 on...

In episode 31, Jeremy Thake speaks to Vesa Juvonen about Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) with Office 365 Development. Vesa shares what they have been doing with the Office 365 Patterns & Practices initiative with regard to ALM as well as what his core customers that he works with are doing. He also talks about different options for dev/test/prod environments for Office 365 too.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP31.mp3

Download the podcast.

Weekly updates

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00:00
The future of mobile email—how much can you...

Today Microsoft released new Outlook apps for iOS and Android, which is both the culmination of several years’ of work and the first step in a greater journey to bring a true Outlook email experience to every mobile platform.

With roots back to the mid-1960s, email has been part of the fabric of the Internet since the beginning. Its foundation of open standards means that a message sent from an iPhone today can still be theoretically read on a Commodore 64. It is one of the most open, available communications technologies on Earth.

That fact goes a long way toward explaining why, even with such a long history, email has never lost relevance. Despite claims in the industry about its imminent demise—email usage is going up, not down. Last year there were 1.1 billion email subscribers and according to the analyst firm Radicati that number should double by 2018. In the business world, email will always have a critical role...

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00:00
The Office you love is now on your Android tablet

At Microsoft, we are working hard to reimagine the Office experience for a cloud-first, mobile-first world. On January 21st we previewed versions of Office for Windows 10 fully optimized for touch and mobile devices. Today, we are proud to announce the general availability of Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Android tablets.

Similar to Office for Windows 10, Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Android tablets are built from the ground up for touch and are perfect for mobile productivity. Consider a pharmaceutical sales rep on a train in Chicago, updating her monthly budgets in Excel. Or a student in a Madrid coffee shop writing a paper in Word, while collaborating with other students back at the dorm. Or a consultant from Bangalore at his client’s site, wirelessly projecting a PowerPoint presentation to a large screen. These are just a few scenarios our engineering teams anticipated when we designed the apps—for touch, on the go and...

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00:00
A deeper look at Outlook for iOS and Android

Today, we announced the release of Outlook for iOS and a preview of Outlook for Android. If you have an iPhone, iPad, Android phone or Android tablet, chances are that you’re using the built-in email and calendaring capabilities of your device. Why use the new Outlook app instead? We’re glad you asked!

Despite the smartphone becoming a primary screen for reading email, most of us perform only basic email triage on the phone, delaying the rest to deal with on the computer. Activities like sorting through large amounts of email, managing your calendar, and sharing files require too many steps or multiple apps that don’t work together well on the phone.  The new Outlook app brings together the core tools you need to get things done—your email, calendar, contacts and files—helping you get...

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Wednesday January 28

21:10
Radiation Island (Games)

Radiation Island 1.0.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Radiation Island is a survival adventure game where you craft your own destiny in a huge open world environment. As part of the Philadelphia Experiment you have become stranded in a parallel, alternate reality. Discover this new and mysterious world, with all its surprises. Use everything you find to survive it and solve its puzzle to get back to the real world.

Follow your own path in an environment of breathtaking beauty and gigantic scope. Explore huge forests inhabited by dangerous wolves, bears and mountain lions. Investigate abandoned villages and old military compounds where zombies guard vital tools, weapons and clues to the secrets of this world. You can even swim and dive, if you can avoid the hungry crocodiles.

Hunt wild animals, fish or...

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20:40
Exiles (Games)

Exiles 1.1
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $4.99, Version: 1.1 (iTunes)

Description:

Launch sale - over 20% off! Limited time only.

From the creators of the award winning Ravensword: Shadowlands comes EXILES, a beautiful Sci-Fi 3D role playing game that takes place on a distant world.

In the near future, a colony on a distant planet has been driven to isolation and desolation, as a corrupt government tries to enslave it with a lethal virus.

Become one of the Elite Enforcers, and go on various missions that will unravel the secrets behind the plot to enslave the world. Unleash a large arsenal of weapons and items against vicious aliens and mechanized enemies.

Features:

Explorer a huge and open world, full of alien hives, underground temples, and caves
A large colony with various interior locales
Choose from 3 different character...

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20:30
Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered (Games)

Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered 1.0.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $9.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes)

Description:

IMPORTANT: Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered has an extremely large file size. Please be patient while downloading via WiFi, and please ensure you have 6GB of storage space on your iOS device.

Guilt is a chilling feeling…

Originally released in 2005, Fahrenheit (known as Indigo Prophecy in North America) was a breakthrough in interactive narrative, teetering between the worlds of cinema and gaming while also embracing them, carving its own unique genre in the entertainment landscape. This newly remastered edition features updated graphics, a streamlined user interface custom-made for the touch screen, and full controller support.

With a rich multilayered narrative, innovative presentation, and a...

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12:30
OneDrive for Business comes to Mac and iOS devices

Today’s post was written by Reuben Krippner director on the Office 365 team.

Today we’re excited to announce new ways that you can access and manage your OneDrive for Business files from your Mac and iOS devices.

In the last few months we’ve rolled out new mobile experiences across Android and Windows Phone, which allow people to connect to both their personal and business OneDrive storage from a single app. We’re excited to announce that today we released an updated OneDrive app for iOS that provides access to personal and work storage. This release rounds out the first phase of our mobile investments that deliver a single OneDrive experience across work and life.

We also heard the feedback from Mac users wanting to be able to easily access and take their OneDrive for Business files offline. Today we released the public preview of our OneDrive for Business sync client for Mac, which provides a simple and secure way to manage and sync your files...

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09:00
Sway feature updates—Internet embeds and more!

It’s been a little over a month since we expanded Sway Preview so anybody could create Sways and help us shape and improve Sway together. It’s been exciting to get more feedback from broader usage. And we’ve been hard at work making Sway even better, based on how our customers are telling us they want to use it to reimagine how their ideas come to life.

In addition to making Sway for iPhone available more broadly in January (now available in the U.S. and many other countries where English is an official language), we’ve been working on some exciting new capabilities for Sway on the web.

Here’s a rundown of the most recent updates:

Add your content from third-party sites via embed codes

With Sway...

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08:10
Lamp And Vamp (Games)

Lamp And Vamp 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Lamp and Vamp is a roguelike game where you play as a Vampire seeking the castle of his dreams.

Your Vampire is alone against the world! You will need to master the dark arts to find your way to the tomb in each level, where you will
acquire new powers. Choose them wisely: there are many paths to success, but the slightest mistake can be fatal!

Winner of "Best Game" and "Best Art" at http://proceduraldeathjam.com/ in March 2014.

Tom Christiansen, http://www.gamezebo.com/2014/03/29/browser-pick-lamp-and-vamp/
"Lamp and...

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08:00
Introducing the Microsoft Ignite session catalog

This morning, we announced the availability of the session catalog for Ignite, Microsoft’s new, premier enterprise technology event. This provides the first in-depth look at the hundreds of sessions that will be available at the event covering deep technical information on products as well as strategy, guidance and best practices on security, deployment and usage. If you haven’t already, register now for Ignite. 

What to expect at Ignite

Ignite builds on the best of past events including the SharePoint, Exchange, Lync and Project conferences. Hear from Microsoft General Manager, Julia White, about what to expect in terms of the remarkable content and community experience at Ignite.

 

Mark your...

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07:40
Particle Mace (Games)

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

Description:

Now on iOS!

PARTICLE MACE is a game by Andy Wallace about defending yourself in a hostile universe by swinging particles into enemies.
Experience the thrill of classic arcade games with a new, physics based mechanic.
PARTICLE MACE is a game about trying not to die, but that’s impossible.

Photosensitive Warning: flashing colors.

◥ Features ◤
▴ 3 Endless and Brutal Arcade Modes
▴ 150 missions to complete
▴ Killer OST
▴ Reach a zen-like state as you master the art of swinging trash in great arcs to kill enemies
▴ Unlock 9 new ships with different attributes
▴ Colorblind mode

◥ Showcased At ◤
▴ Indiecade, Night Games & eSports Showcase 2014
▴ MAGFest 2015
▴ Gamercamp 2014
▴ Out Of Index...

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00:01
First look at the new Power BI Preview

This week Michael Tejedor joins Jeremy Chapman on Office Mechanics to give a first look at the updates to Power BI. The preview announced yesterday adds a number of new Power BI capabilities, including dashboards, new visualizations, support for popular software-as-a-service applications, a native iPad app and live “hybrid” connectivity to on-premises SQL Server Analysis Services tabular models. Michael demonstrates all this and more on the show and explains how to establish a secure connection to on-premises data using Power BI.

For those not familiar with Power BI, it is a cloud-based business analytics service for non-technical business users. With just a browser or a Power BI mobile app, you can keep a pulse on your business via live operational dashboards or explore business data through interactive visual reports.

Now you can even try the preview of the new Power BI for free....

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Tuesday January 27

14:00
New Swift Development Courses Available on iTunes U

Stanford University's iOS programming course, one of the most popular on iTunes U with over 1.2 million downloads, is now being taught using Swift. Learn how to build apps with this exciting new programming language by following Stanford's curriculum: Developing iOS 8 Apps with Swift. The first two lectures for the winter 2015 quarter are now live and additional lessons will be added as they are taught. Swift courses from other internationally recognized universities, such as Plymouth University in the UK, are also now available on iTunes U with more courses from other top educational institutions coming soon.

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14:00
New Swift Development Courses Available on iTunes U

Stanford University's iOS programming course, one of the most popular on iTunes U with over 1.2 million downloads, is now being taught using Swift. Learn how to build apps with this exciting new programming language by following Stanford's curriculum: Developing iOS 8 Apps with Swift. The first two lectures for the winter 2015 quarter are now live and additional lessons will be added as they are taught. Swift courses from other internationally recognized universities, such as Plymouth University in the UK, are also now available on iTunes U with more courses from other top educational institutions coming soon.

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09:20
Alfred Remote (Productivity)

Alfred Remote 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Productivity
Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Alfred Remote is your personal command centre for Alfred 2 for Mac. Your iPhone or iPad now becomes a perfect day-long companion to your Mac; Whether at work or play, be more productive than ever!

Alfred 2 for Mac is available from http://www.alfredapp.com/

WHAT CAN I DO WITH REMOTE?

With a single touch on your iOS device, you can control many Alfred 2 actions on your Mac, including:
- Show Alfred 2 on your Mac
- System Commands: Lock, restart, shut down, log out or sleep your Mac, eject all devices, quit all apps and empty trash
- Launch Applications and System Preferences on your Mac
- Open files and folders you've defined on your Mac
- Open websites...

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09:00
About the security content of Apple TV 7.0.3

This document describes the security content of Apple TV 7.0.3.

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09:00
US Virgin Islands government connects dispersed...

Today’s post was written by Reuben D. Molloy, director of the Bureau of Information Technology and chief information technology officer for the Government of the US Virgin Islands.

Within the government of the United States Virgin Islands, the Bureau of Information Technology (BIT) works hard to make it easier for government employees to do their jobs effectively. One way we do this is by actively exploring and implementing innovative new technologies. One of our big successes was deploying 3,350 seats of Microsoft Office 365 to give our users access to a robust suite of cloud-based applications for email, collaboration, document sharing  and communication.

Because government employees are spread across 30 different agencies on three of our islands, we need to give them tools that make it easy to work closely together, even if they are physically far apart. With...

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08:59
About the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10.2...

This document describes the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10.2 and Security Update 2015-001

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08:57
About the security content of iOS 8.1.3

This document describes the security content of iOS 8.1.3

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08:50
About the security content of Safari 8.0.3, Safari 7...

This document describes the security content of Safari 8.0.3, Safari 7.1.3, and Safari 6.2.3. 

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02:50
Combo Queen (Action RPG Hybrid) (Games)

Combo Queen (Action RPG Hybrid) 1.0.1
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes)

Description:

GET READY FOR A CHALLENGING GAME!

Combo Queen is a fast-paced hack and slash action RPG hybrid runner. The game features a unique combo and parry system which involves precise timing and reaction based gameplay. Your main objective is to plow through as many monsters as possible while taking on numerous challenges. Level up, learn new combo sets, and unlock a variety of powerful equipment for the main character, Queen! If you’re up for the challenge, download Combo Queen and conquer the Giant Clan!

Features:
- Unique combo and parry system
- Timing and reaction based gameplay
- Beautiful pixel art
- Intuitive controls
- RPG elements
- Many different monsters including rare ones
- In-game...

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Monday January 26

09:00
Quick updates to OneNote for iPhone  

The OneNote team is always thinking about new ways to help you capture important information quickly and make it easily available to you wherever you are. These are two essential elements that we focus on so you be more productive with OneNote. I’m excited to share that we recently published an update to OneNote for iPhone with two features we think will really help out as you strive to capture and recall information on the go.

Quick capture your thoughts from Notification Center

One of the most exciting additions to iOS 8 was the ability to install widgets in Notification Center, allowing you to quickly get a glance of new information or perform quick actions without needing to open the app.

OneNote wants to make it as seamless as possible for you to jot down what you want to remember and get back to what matters most. This is where the OneNote Today widget comes in—...

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09:00
Office Mix now works with the Moodle open source LMS

Here at Microsoft, we constantly look for ways to empower teachers around the world using technology—both in the classroom and online. Recently our subsidiary, Microsoft Open Technologies Inc. (MS Open Tech) announced a partnership with Remote-Learner to integrate Office 365 and the Moodle learning management system (LMS).

Moodle,  one of the most popular learning management systems is now integrated with OneNote, OneDrive for Business, the Office 365 Outlook Calendar and Office Mix.

Instructors can easily embed interactive online lessons created in PowerPoint with Office Mix. Lessons may contain audio, video, digital ink, interactive simulations or assessments.

Anoop Gupta, distinguished scientist for Office Mix said, “We are thrilled with the opportunity to partner with Remote-Learner and integrate with the world-class Moodle...

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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:

********************
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.
********************

◆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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Wednesday January 14

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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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.

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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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iOS 8.2 beta 4 Now Available

iOS 8.2 beta 4 Now Available

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Xcode 6.2 beta 4 Now Available

Xcode 6.2 beta 4 Now Available

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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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