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Tuesday September 27

07:52
Apogee introduces new Element Series Thunderbolt...

I’ve been a longtime Apogee user and currently use the company’s excellent Quartet as my main audio interface for my Mac and home studio. Today Apogee introduces its latest line of audio interfaces, the Element Series, introducing Thunderbolt connectivity and a new design somewhere between its more expensive pro line and its popular prosumer products like the Quartet and Duet.

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07:45
Apple Q4 Earnings Call to be held on October 27, 2016

Time flies. It seems like it was just a couple of weeks ago that Apple held its Q3 earnings call, and now it has announced that the final earnings report of the 2016 Apple fiscal year will be released on October 27, 2016. 

As usual, the company will release earnings after the close of the stock markets on that date, followed shortly thereafter by the live streamed earnings call. If you're not familiar with the format, Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri both point out highlights of the previous quarter's financial performance before answering questions from leading Wall Street analysts. 

Expect to hear news on how well the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are selling, as well as hints on how well the Apple Watch Series 2 is doing (Apple never discloses how many are sold). Likewise, if there is a Mac/iPad announcement before October 27, we'll be sure to hear about the early sales performance of those devices.

We'll remind you of the earnings call before the 27th, and...

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07:25
iPhones and iPads have highest SAR of gadgets sold...

Apple's iPhones and iPads have the highest electromagnetic radiation specific absorption rate (SAR) of electronic devices sold in South Korea, according to Choi Myung-gil of the country's telecom committee — as noted by ZDNet

He said data from the National Radio Research Agency shows the average radiation SAR for iPhones was 1.166 watts per kilogram (W/kg). Samsung's, in comparison, showed an average of 0.517W/kg, for products launched this year.

SAR is a measure of the rate at which energy is absorbed by the human body when exposed to a radio frequency (RF) electromagnetic field. For handsets, it measures the rate of absorption when placed near the ear. In the U.S. the SAR for cell phone radiation has been set by the Federal Communications Commission at a maximum of 1.6 watts of energy absorbed per kilogram of body weight.

The SARs...

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07:14
Epic iPhone 7 cinematic 4K camera test [Video]

One of the bigger features with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is definitely the improved optics and camera quality, but exactly what does this boil down to for video enthusiasts? There’s no doubt that the iPhone 7 takes some amazing photography, but its video capabilities are far superior in my opinion. Don’t believe me? With 4K video recording, optical and digital image stabilization, and an f1.8 aperture, these new iPhones are pretty incredible…

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06:56
Cloud 4.1.1 - File sharing from your menu bar.

Cloud is simple file sharing for the Mac. Drag a file from your Mac to the CloudApp icon in the menubar and we take care of the rest. A link to the file will automatically be copied to your clipboard that you can give to a friend over Twitter, IM, email, or smoke signals. While other applications make sharing a chore, CloudApp stays out of your way adapting to your specific needs.

  • Share files and links (Drops).
  • Upload by drag-n-drop or using global keyboard shortcuts.
  • Share Drops using private or public links.
  • View a history of your Drops right from the menubar.
  • Re-copy the link to a Drop from the menubar.
  • Toggle the privacy level for a Drop from the menubar.
  • Delete Drops from the menubar.
  • Rename Drops from the menubar.
  • Personalized upload notifications.

The published price is based on a monthly billing cycle (rather than an annual one). Plan pricing and features can...

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06:51
OmniFocus 2.7.1 - GTD task manager with iOS...

OmniFocus helps you manage your tasks the way that you want, freeing you to focus your attention on the things that matter to you most.

Capturing tasks and ideas is always a keyboard shortcut away in OmniFocus 2. Clip data from Mail, Safari, Messages, or third-party apps. Bring up Quick Entry to file away an idea before it drifts away; it's always at your fingertips, waiting for more.

OmniFocus comes in two feature levels: Standard, available for $39.99; and Pro, available for $79.99.



Version 2.7.1:

  • macOS 10.12 Sierra - Updated the color scheme used by the Today extension when running on macOS 10.12 Sierra.
  • Archive - Disallowed archiving while syncing so that you don't get the error "Unable to back up database. Backup was prevented".
  • Notes - Fixed two problems where the notes field didn't correctly expand when text was added.



  • OS X 10.10 or later

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06:47
Apple continues to lead in personal computer...

Customer satisfaction with personal computers halts a three-year slide, according to new data from the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). The ACSI Household Appliance and Electronics Report 2016 includes desktops, laptops, and tablet computers, as well as household appliances, televisions and computer software.

With its Mac, Apple remains the overall leader in the personal computer industry, unchanged at 84, but Samsung leaps 6% to 83 in its second year of ACSI tracking. Amazon, which manufactures only tablets, gets a 3% boost to 80, while Acer, ASUS and Dell tie for the next spot at 78. HP gains 5% to 77, followed by Lenovo (+3%) and Toshiba (+4%) at 76. The combined score for all other, smaller PC manufacturers falls 4% to the bottom of the category at 73. The Mac has topped the list for over 10 years.

Personal computers gain 1.3%  to 78 on ACSI's 100-point scale. Tablets improve by 4% to 78, reclaiming a slight edge...

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06:41
CleanApp 5.1.1 - Application deinstaller and...

CleanApp is an application deinstaller and archiver.... Your hard drive gets fuller day by day, but do you know why? CleanApp 5 provides you with insights how to reclaim disk space. There are definitely tons of unused files on your hard drive - CleanApp will help you to find and delete them. CleanApp 5 has been re-developed from scratch and offers a comprehensive and convenient user interface.

Delete applications completely. Any app you install and run in OS X creates a large number of associated files in your system - hidden in places you wouldn't expect them to be. Therefore, free hard drive space will shrink continuously - even if you delete the software after testing and especially if you are trying out lots of applications. CleanApp 5 brings light into the darkness and helps you to tidy up your system.

CleanApp relies on sophisticated methods for analysing files and applications. There is even a background service monitoring all...

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06:38
macOS Sierra: Using Tapback in Messages

Today’s Quick Tip is all about how to use those funny little Tapback icons from iOS 10 within the Messages app in Sierra, too. So if you’ve just gotta give someone a thumbs up or a heart, you can do that, and we’ll tell you how.


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06:32
Fujitsu warns ScanSnap owners not to use scanners...

Fujitsu has taken the rather extreme step of warning owners of its entire ScanSnap scanner range to cease using the device if they are on macOS Sierra until a major bug is fixed. The bug can result in scanned pages being turned into blank pages, and even existing scanned pages can be deleted in some circumstances.

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06:25
The tech in two iPhone-related patents could be...

Two Apple patents have popped up that could — and let me emphasize COULD — be related to the Project Titan project, which is rumored to involve an Apple car.

Patent number 9,453,734 is for smart loading of map tiles. Systems and methods are provided for displaying a portion of a map on a mobile device of a user while the user is traveling along a route. Of course, this mobile device is probably an iPhone, but the tech could be utilized in an iPad, CarPlay system, or the dashboard of an Apple automobile.

Whatever the device is, according to the granted patent, it can use a selected route and a current location of the device to load map tiles for parts of the map that are upcoming along the route. In this manner, the user can have quick access to the portions of the map that the user likely will want to view. For example, the map tiles can be loaded for the next 50 Km, and then when the stored tiles reaches only 25 Km ahead, another 25 Km of tiles can...

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06:24
Notable apps and app updates for Sept. 27, 2016

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates

Vitaly Pronkin has introduced DIY Blocky Stickers 1.0. It’s a $0.99 iMessage app exclusively for iOS 10. DIY Blocky Stickers allows you to create your own unique blocky style stickers. Two block sizes and a block split function allow to create highly detailed objects or add finishing touches.

Intellipath Games has launched DetecThink 1.0. In the free game, players areimmersed in a world of detective case work by solving a series of the interactive assignments that include freeing a princess, unlocking a secret suitcase and...

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06:21
Achroma is new image manipulation tool for the Mac

einstein's legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com) has created Achroma 1.0.1, an image manipulation tool developed exclusively for macOS.

The app lets you removes colors from your images by providing two conversion modes; you can select from a set of preset color ranges or create your own collection of user-defined color ranges for processing. Achroma also lets you export images in a variety of formats, create interactive slideshow presentations and share images using various internet services.

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06:11
News: Apple Q4 earnings call set for October 27

Apple has announced that it will release its Q4 financial results on Thursday, October 27. As usual, the company will conduct its conference call at 5 p.m. Eastern time that day. Apple previously provided guidance for Q4 of revenue between $45.5 billion and $47.5 billion, and gross margin between 37.5 percent and 38 percent. As always, iLounge will provide coverage of the results....

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06:05
Here’s a video of in-screen fingerprint reader...

We’ve been hearing for some time now that Apple is working on an all-glass front for next year’s iPhone, with the Home button and Touch ID sensor built into the display itself. The touch-sensitive Home button on the iPhone 7 is likely intended as a stepping stone toward that goal, and an Apple patent published back in May described the technology Apple is most likely to adopt: ultrasonic imaging.

Demonstrating that this is not just a concept but technology that works in the real world, Chinese brand Xiaomi has today launched a new phone that uses that exact type of embedded...

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06:03
Future Macs may watch you watching them thanks to a...

Future Macs may watch you watching them. Let me explain. Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,454,225) for “gaze-based display control.” It involves a method for receiving an image such as the eye of someone looking at a Mac, and identifying, based the image of the eye, a direction of a gaze performed by the user. 

Based on the direction of the gaze, a region on a display coupled to the computerized system is identified, an operation is performed on content presented in the region. The invention relates generally to human-machine interfaces, and specifically to interfaces that combine multiple user interaction modalities. 

In the patent filing, Apple notes that a number of different types of user interface devices and methods are available. Common tactile interface devices include a computer keyboard, a mouse and a joystick. Touch screens detect the presence and location of a touch by a finger or other object within the display area. Infrared remote controls are...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Pay What You Want — The Award-...

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering the Pay What You Want: The Award-Winning Mac Bundle, with thirteen powerful apps to make your Mac a productivity powerhouse. Pay whatever you want for Screen Grabber Pro, eXtra Voice Recorder, and Photo Stitcher, and if you beat the average price you’ll receive the complete set of apps, including Drive Genius 4, The Hit List, Aurora HDR, and more. Get the Pay What You Want Award-Winning Mac Bundle now...

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05:36
ForkLift 3.0 Beta 2 - Powerful file manager: FTP,...

ForkLift is a powerful file manager and ferociously fast FTP client clothed in a clean and versatile UI that offers the combination of absolute simplicity and raw power expected from a well-executed Mac software.

ForkLift will connect to any remote server FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV, the SMB and AFP shares on your local network,- pretty much anything you can plug into or hook up to a Mac. ForkLift also carries a complete toolbox for managing your files, including Folder Synchronization, Batch Renaming, Archive handling, Application deleter, editing files over remote connections and many more. All these power features are packaged into a Finder-like, dual-pane interface that delivers superior workflow while remaining absolutely familiar to use, along with QuickLook, Spotlight search and all.

Features

  • Completely re-built from scratch inside and out
  • Disklets (you can mount a remote connection as a disk and access it from any app...
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05:15
Apple announces Q4 2016 earnings call for Thursday,...

Apple on Monday noted that it would hold its fourth quarter earnings call on Thursday, October 27th. The call will be held at the standard time of 2PM PT/5PM ET, with the earnings release itself being sent out roughly thirty minutes before then.

The earnings call will be important in that it can show how the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are doing as products. While Apple generally offers first weekend sales numbers for new iPhone models, the company said this year that it wouldn’t due to the supply contrasts surrounding the new devices. Many analysts, including KGI, expect that Apple will report slower iPhone 7 sales than it did iPhone 6s sales at this time last year, despite increased popularity of the iPhone 7 Plus and the Jet Black color.

Last quarter, Apple posted...

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05:00
Some iPhone users fall for tutorial video, attempt...

This started as a joke.

And then some people took it seriously, thereby damaging their new iPhone 7 handsets and violating their warranties in the process.

A recently released tutorial video claims to show a user securing his iPhone 7 with a clamp, then drilling into the iPhone 7’s case with a 3.5 millimeter drill bit to fabricate a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack.

While this technically does produce a hole into which one might insert a headphone plug, it will not make a headphone jack. And it will leave a hole in your phone. And, if you’re not skilled with the drill, you can damage the internals of your iPhone.

And it certainly voids the warranty.

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04:59
Apple Granted 48 Patents Today Covering Optical...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 48 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's Smart Connector patent or a future form of it which Apple refers to as an optical connector; one that could one day be applied to the iPhone, iPad and beyond. Apple was also granted another patent for a cellular antenna ...

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04:45
Sublime Text 3126 - Sophisticated text editor for...

Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, markup, and prose. You'll love the slick user interface, extraordinary features, and amazing performance.

Features

  • Goto Anything. Use Goto Anything to open files with only a few keystrokes, and instantly jump to symbols, lines, or words. Triggered with ⌘P, it is possible to:
    • Type part of a file name to open it
    • Type @ to jump to symbols, # to search within the file, and : to go to a line number

    These shortcuts can be combined, so tp@rf may take you to a function read_file within a file text_parser.py. Similarly, tp:100 would take you to line 100 of the same file.

  • Multiple Selections. Make ten changes at the same time, not one change ten times. Multiple selections allow you to interactively change many lines at once, rename variables with ease, and manipulate files faster than ever. Try pressing ⇧⌘L to split the...
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04:30
iPhone 7/7 Plus TENC case — AutoHeal thyself

If you like Just Mobile’s AutoHeal screen protector for the iPad Pro you’ll also appreciate the company’s TENC, a near-invisible, “self-mending” case for the iPhone 7/7 Plus. 

It sports the same “auto-healing smart materials with an advanced fingerprint and dust-resistant smooth-touch coating that consigns sticky-feeling screen protectors to the dustbin of history” and which repairs minor scratches to the case. And it does this while showing your Apple smartphone in all its glory 

The very-reasonably-priced ($24.95) TENC — available in crystal clear, matte clear and matte black — perfectly lines up with the iPhone’s edges (the top two corners are completely covered, and the bottom two corners are covered to the curve). It offers protection while offering easy access to all ports, buttons, switches. 

The TENC’s abrasion resistant coating keeps the case looking sharp. And its...

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04:26
Upcoming YouTube Go app minimizes data usage with...

If you love watching YouTube videos on the move but hate large data bills, Google has good news for you: it is introducing YouTube Go, an app specifically designed to minimize mobile data usage.

The bad news is that YouTube Go will initially be available only in India, but the company has said that it will be rolled out to other countries later, and hinted that both the U.S. and Europe are on the list.

The app seems pretty clever, offering four separate ways to reduce mobile data usage …

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04:00
Apple should consider buying a 'smart glass...

Disruptive technologies like touch sensitive screens and smart glass everywhere will be one of the larger competitive issues for Apple in the not-too-distant future. However, purchasing a smart glass manufacturer -- perhaps even Corning itself-- would give Apple a competitive advantage for an "iOS everywhere" type approach. 

Buying a base product manufacturer like Corning wouldn't be outside the realm of what Apple occasionally does. Acquiring a glass manufacturer -- specifically a smart glass manufacturer -- would be right in line with Apple's history and offer the potential for a strategic future. Our favorite tech company could continue its fully integrated approach to extending the Apple ecosystem everywhere.

Corning, especially, would be a great choice. Apple’s iPads and iPhones could be more impact resistant by using the company's Gorilla glass. The company's Willow Glass could enable even thinner Mac displays.

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03:54
MLB At Bat app adds video highlights in Notification...

Major League Baseball has updated its MLB At Bat to provide direct access to video highlights from the Notification Center – provided you have an iPhone which supports 3D Touch. When you see a notification on your lock screen, you can 3D Touch it to play the video – though you do have to unlock your phone to view it.

You don’t need 3D Touch for the two other enhancements, though …

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03:31
Apple Granted a Patent Covering iOS Devices with...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 48 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover yet another Apple invention related to mapping environments. Prior to acquiring PrimeSense who specialized in 3D depth mapping, Apple was exploring this technology a little differently, but leading to the same type of technology.

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02:35
1Password 6.3.3 - Powerful password manager;...

1Password is a password manager that uniquely brings you both security and convenience. It is the only program that provides anti-phishing protection and goes beyond password management by adding Web form filling and automatic strong password generation. Your confidential information, including passwords, identities, and credit cards, is kept secure using strong encryption.

1Password fully supports major Web browsers, including Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. All browser extensions share the same encrypted data which means you never need to manually copy your passwords between browsers or from the password manager to a browser ever again!

1Password has received numerous awards, including 5 mice from Macworld magazine, MacLife Editors pick, and was the Pick of Week on MacBreak Weekly by both Leo Laporte and Merlin Mann.

1Password is also available for and syncs with Windows, iOS, and Android.



Version 6.3.3:

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02:04
Apple Granted a Patent for Controlling a Future TV...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 48 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's work on 3D mapping in relation to controlling a TV or computer display radial menu to access games, mail, Safari, office and general applications.

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01:24
Apple patents laser mapping system, hybrid...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple three patents covering laser-based positional and 3D mapping hardware, a keyboard with mechanical switches and capacitive touch sensitive keys, and optical interconnect technology .

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00:04
Apple's FY 2016 Fourth Quarter Results...

Apple announced that their Fiscal Year 2016 fourth quarter results and conference call will take place on Thursday, October 27, 2016...

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Monday September 26

22:52
Roller coasters might help you pass a kidney stone

According to an new study from Michigan State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine, roller coasters can, in fact, do more than just give you a temporary thrill. Specifically, study author David Wartinger and his co-author Marc Mitchell set ou...

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21:29
Best Buy's new project highlights tech startups...

You'll soon see curious spots in Best Buy stores that aren't hawking any big-brand company's products. Instead, they will be stocked with electronics from companies you probably never heard of before. See, the big-box store has launched a new initiat...

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21:00
Mac Bundle deal: Drive Genius, The Hit List, Nisus...

From 9to5Toys:

From writing reports to managing your machine, great apps can make all the difference. The Award-Winning Mac Bundle at 9to5Toys Specials offers 13 of the best, and lets you pay what you want for the collection (starting at $10).The bundle headliners include Drive Genius 4, which is used in Apple Stores to repair and maintain hard drives, while The Hit List...

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20:59
WhatsApp 0.2.1880 - Desktop client for WhatsApp...

WhatsApp is the desktop client for WhatsApp Messenger, a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone, and Nokia and yes, those phones can all message each other! Because WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends. In addition to basic messaging WhatsApp users can create groups, send each other unlimited images, video and audio media messages.



Version 0.2.1880:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.9 or later



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20:59
NeoFinder 6.9.3 - Catalog your external media and...

NeoFinder (formerly CDFinder) rapidly organizes your data, either on external or internal disks, or any other volumes. It catalogs all your data, so you stay in control of your data archive or disk library. With extensive metadata support, you can find your files quickly.

Features

  • Catalog: any hard disk, data folder, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, BlueRay, HD-DVD, iPod, Server Volume, Audio-CD, USB-Stick, FTP-Server, and more
  • Power: Handle really large amounts of data
  • Photo Previews: Create beautiful thumbnails for many photo and image formats, such as JPG, TIFF, EPS, RAW, PDF, PSD, BMP, GIF, PNG, TGA, IFF (Maya)
  • Audio Meta Data: MP3, AAC (iTunes), FLAC (Lossless), ALAC (Apple Lossless), and AIFF meta data: author, album, title, composer, lyrics, cover art, track number, duration, bit rate, genre, year, comment. Even catalogs whole Audio-CDs, and Apple iPhone ringtone files!
  • Photo Meta Data: XMP (used by Adobe Bridge),...
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20:59
Amadeus Pro 2.3.1 - Multitrack sound recorder/editor...

Amadeus Pro lets you use your Mac computer for any audio-related task, such as live audio recording, digitizing tapes and records, converting between a variety of sound formats, etc. Thanks to its outstanding direct-to-disk abilities and waveform caching, edits on arbitrarily large sounds (even beyond the usual 2GB limit) are performed at lightning speed. The handling of large sounds is furthermore facilitated by the extensive support of markers. Its outstanding sound repairing and denoising abilities make Amadeus Pro particularly suitable for transferring vinyl records on CD.

Features

  • Simple and elegant OS X-like user interface
  • Multitrack editing an recording.
  • Batch processing and conversion.
  • Sound denoising and repairing.
  • Supports a variety of sound formats, including AIFF, Multichannel Wave, MP3, MP4, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, SoundDesigner II, QuickTime, Apple CAF, etc.
  • Support for VST and Audio Unit...
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20:59
Yasu 4.0.0 β - System maintenance app; performs many...

Yasu was created with System Administrators who service large groups of workstations in mind, Yasu (Yet Another System Utility) was made to do a specific group of maintenance tasks quickly within a few clicks, rather than needing to endlessly type shell script commands in the Terminal application.

Yasu allows system administrators, as well as the average user, to conveniently run various system level Unix shell scripts in order to perform maintenance routines and clear the many cache files used by OS X. Yasu was designed to be a simple, intuitive, first line of attack for a Mac that has started "acting up." More often than not, a thorough purge of the cache files on a Mac will bring its behavior back into line.



Version 4.0.0 β:

  • This release begins the new macOS Sierra branch of development. The only thing this release does is disable the option to "Reset system permissions" which Apple has decided to remove from macOS going...
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20:59
Hazel 4.0.6 - Create rules for organizing and...

Hazel is your personal housekeeper, organizing and cleaning folders based on rules you define. Hazel can also manage your trash and uninstall your applications.

Organize your files using a familiar rule interface. Filter on the file's name, type, date, the site or email address it came from and more. And do more than just file. You can set color labels, Spotlight keywords and comments and even archive files. Hazel also cleans, sporting options to clean out incomplete and duplicate downloads. All this is done automatically in the background allowing you to focus on your real work.

In addition, Hazel can manage your Trash for you, relieving you of having to empty it yourself.



Version 4.0.6:

Note: Version 4 is a paid upgrade from previous versions.

New

  • Supports Command-dragging of icon out of menu bar to remove it on macOS 10.12 Sierra

User Interface

  • No longer...
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20:59
EtreCheck 3.0.5 - For troubleshooting your Mac;...

EtreCheck is an app that displays the important details of your system configuration and allow you to copy that information to the Clipboard. It is meant to be used with Apple Support Communities to help people help you with your Mac. EtreCheck automatically removes any personally identifiable information from the output.

EtreCheck will automatically alert you to serious problems like adware, insufficient RAM, or a failing hard drive.



Version 3.0.5:

  • Fixes a crash under rare circumstances
  • Compatibility with macOS 10.12 Sierra
  • Updates adware and whitelist signatures



  • OS X 10.6 or later



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20:59
Skype 7.37.0.178 - Voice-over-internet phone and...

Skype allows you to talk to friends, family and co-workers across the Internet without the inconvenience of long distance telephone charges. Using peer-to-peer data transmission technology, Skype eliminates the central server as a middle manager.

Today, millions of individuals and businesses are taking advantage of Skype's diverse communication features:

  • Free Skype-to-Skype
  • Landline and cellphone calling
  • SMS and instant messaging
  • Voicemail
  • Free video calls
  • Call forwarding to your phone when you're offline

Skype-to-Skype calls, video calls, and instant messaging are free, 24 hours a day, anywhere in the world. Users can make phone calls and send SMS messages at great value Pay-As-You-Go rates, or make unlimited calls to certain countries with a subscription.



Version 7.37.0.178:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.10 or later

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19:58
Microsoft puts AI to work in Office 365

Microsoft isn't just trying out artificial intelligence through bots and voice assistants -- it's going all-in. The crew in Redmond has revealed that Office 365 is wielding cloud-based AI to automate many tasks. Tap for Word and Outlook surface rel...

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19:24
Canada's main answer to Netflix shuts down...

It's tough to compete against the Netflix juggernaut, even if you throw a ton of money at the problem... just ask Shomi. The Canadian streaming video service is shutting down on November 30th, a little over two years after it got off the ground. Ro...

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18:36
Google Pixel render shows off its software tweaks

Along with its leak of the 4K Chromecast earlier today, VentureBeat is showing off this picture that it says is of Google's upcoming Pixel phone. Along with the larger Pixel XL, it's expected to be the successor to previous Nexus devices, with a 5-in...

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18:03
Facebook briefly suspended accounts of Palestinian...

Last week, seven Palestinian editors from two different publications reported that they had been locked out of their personal Facebook accounts without notice or reason. The social giant told The Electronic Intifada that it was accidental and restore...

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17:38
Apple, Silicon Valley raised millions to fund...

Ahead of the first U.S. Presidential campaign debates between Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump, fundraising among California's Silicon Valley tech elite has decisively backed Clinton--in response to her policies that outline clear support for tech industry concerns involving encryption, privacy, innovation, patents and education.

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17:33
Apple reveals algorithm behind Apple Music mixes,...

Mixed in with the usual PR speak and promises to make Apple Music the most accessible, consumer-friendly streaming service available, Apple executives in a wide-roving interview published Monday hinted at the development of exceedingly advanced personalized playlist algorithms.

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17:03
Jimmy Iovine Talks Apple Music Exclusives Criticism...

Apple Music executives Jimmy Iovine and Bozoma Saint John spoke with BuzzFeed News in a new feature about the redesign of Apple's music streaming service, revealing the thinking behind some new features and responding to criticism over music exclusives.

Shortly after launch of Frank Ocean's latest album "Blonde," Universal Music Group banned exclusive music streaming as Ocean's deal with Apple allowed him enough capital to publish his music independently. Iovine told BuzzFeed News that Apple has no plans to become a music label, but that he doesn't know how to run Apple Music any other way than helping make and...

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16:57
Debate venue offering journalists $200 'bargain...

At one point or another, we've all paid too much to access Wifi when we're out and about. Well, ahead of tonight's first presidential debate of the general election between Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, journalists w...

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16:24
Apple Music executives talk battle for exclusives,...

Apple Music has been live for over a year now and has suffered its fair share of successes and failures thus far. In a new interview with BuzzFeed News, Apple executives Jimmy Iovine, Zane Lowe, and Bozoma Saint John talk about what they have learned in their first year, the battle for exclusive streaming rights, and more.

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16:09
What's on your HDTV: 'Luke Cage,'...

It's time: Netflix is back with the next entry in its line of Marvel-character TV series with Luke Cage, starring Mike Colter and produced by Cheo Hodari Coker. Be quick with your binge, since on Sunday night, HBO kicks off its highly-anticipated and...

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16:00
Apple to reveal fiscal Q4 2016 earnings on Oct. 27

Apple on Monday announced it will report quarterly earnings for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2016 on Oct. 27, to be followed by a live-streamed conference call on Apple's investor website.

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15:45
Lenovo Courts Devs WIth Moto Z Source Code Release


Lenovo, which owns Motorola, last week released the kernel source code for the Moto Z Droid smartphone on Github. The move follows the company's posting of the Moto Z Droid Moto Mods Development Kit and Moto Mods on Github this summer. This is the first kernel source code made available for the Moto Z family of devices. Releasing the kernel source code seems to be another step in Lenovo's attempt to get devs to build an iPhone-like ecosystem around the Moto Z family. The Z family is modular.

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15:38
watchOS 3: Mickey and Minnie Mouse Can Now Speak the...

One of the coolest Apple Watch faces has been Mickey Mouse, tapping his foot in time with the seconds. Now, watchOS 3 adds Minnie to the fun. Plus they can each speak the time out loud with a tap. John shows you how.


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15:34
Scientists catch a classic quantum experiment on...

If you know a bit about quantum physics, you've likely heard of the Schrödinger's Cat concept used to explain superpositions: a cat in a box with a poison flask is at once alive and dead until you look inside. Researchers have produced this odd...

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15:20
Apple schedules Q4 2016 earnings call livestream for...

As it normally does before earnings calls, Apple noted on its investor news webpage this evening that it will hold its fourth quarter earnings call on October 27th. The call will be held at the standard time of 2PM PT/5PM ET, with the earnings release itself being sent out roughly thirty minutes before then.

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15:10
China's largest ride-hailing company is...

The largest ride-hailing service in China just made a big investment in a different kind of transportation program: bicycle sharing. According to a report from TechCrunch, DiDi Chuxing is kicking off a "multi-layered partnership" with Ofo -- an app-b...

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14:51
iOS 10: How to Use Maps Extensions

iOS 10 lets third party apps link into Maps, which means you can find where you want to go and request an Uber, decide where to eat and make a dinner reservation, and more. Follow along to learn how to use extensions in Maps with TMO’s video tip.


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14:50
Drake's 'Views' exceeds 1B streams on...

Popular rapper Drake recently saw his album "Views" become the first to surpass one billion streams on Apple Music, an achievement Apple commemorated with a plaque presented to the artist on Monday.

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14:44
German cars will share real-time data to help you...

However smart your car might be, there's only so much it can tell you by itself. Wouldn't it be nice if cars regularly shared helpful driving info beyond what you offer in mobile apps? Here thinks so. It's launching services that will have cars au...

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14:20
NASA observes possible water geysers on Europa

Hubble's extended mission continues to pay off: NASA announced today that a team of astronomers using the space telescope have spotted what appear to be plumes of high-altitude water vapor spewing from the icy surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. Resear...

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14:07
TMO Background Mode: Interview with Founder &...

Mike Bombich is the founder and president of Bombich Software, the developer of Carbon Copy Cloner. It’s a backup app for the Mac that has saved the day for many users. He started his career at Bowling Green State University studying aquatic ecology. But he also took computer science classes thinking that one day he would do scientific simulations of ecological systems. Soon, Mike discovered that he had a strong interest the software development process itself. Later, Mike worked for a tech support organization and discovered the real need for software that could back up the new Mac OS X launched in 2001. He created CCC. That got the attention of Apple and landed him a job working on technical solutions for professionals. Mike tells the story about how this app changed his life.


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14:01
New job listings hint at Nvidia GPUs in future Macs...

The current Mac lineup relies on AMD graphics;  however, a switch to Nvidia could be in the works for the MacBook Pro and other Macs, if new job listings from the GPU maker is any indication.

As noted by AppleInsider, a series of new available positions advertised by Nvidia seek software engineers for the company's Mac graphics drivers team. Qualified applicants should have experience with Apple's Metal which is featured on new Macs as well as iOS devices.

Introduced at the 2015 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference, Metal is a core graphics technology that gives apps near-direct access to the GPU [graphics processing unit...

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14:00
AWT News Update: September 26, 2016

Ahhh, back from a nice weekend in the Colorado Rockies, Steve has three fascinating little stories from the world of tech and Apple that you just have to hear!

  • In the near future, you won't need to set up your own Plex media server to use the service, as the company is moving Plex to the cloud
  • Last week, Salesforce.com was being bandied about as a possible suitor for Twitter. Today's possible hot date for Twitter? Think Mickey or Minnie Mouse...
  • A group of developers got a bit silly at a company retreat and decided to test the water resistance of the iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case. Find out how it did!

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13:54
Satellites could predict the next human-caused...

Back in March, the US Geological Survey (USGS) changed its method of tracking earthquakes to include human-induced seismic activity. Suddenly, Oklahoma looked as tremor-prone as California, mainly due to the spread of wastewater disposal wells in the...

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13:51
Notable apps and app updates for Sept. 26, 2016

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

macOS Apps/Updates

Mac OS X File Recovery has announced Mac Data Recovery Guru 4.0, an update to its data recovery utility for macOS. The app can recover all common file types from any Mac drive or volume. 

Mac Data Recovery Guru scans any drive, and displays a list of all recoverable files on the disk. Users then select the files they wish to recover, select a destination drive, and click the "Recover" button. Version 4.0 offers the ability to scan disk images that can't mount for file recovery.

Mac Data Recovery Guru requires macOS 10.7 or higher. It costs $89 and is available directly from the publisher's website. A free scan-only download is also...

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13:44
The best cereals of all time, ranked

What a BS list. How can Apple Jacks be rated 40th!?

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13:26
Why is the Oculus founder trying to bring hateful...

Online abuse and bullying have existed as long as the internet has, but it's gone mainstream in a big way over the past few years. Perhaps not coincidentally, we've also spent the past year-plus subjected to Donald Trump's presidential campaign, an o...

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13:21
Gear: ToughTested 8’ Pro Armor Weave Lightning Cable

We know how handy it is to have at least one extra-long Lightning cable around, and ToughTested’s 8’ Pro Armor Weave Cable ($28) definitely fits the bill. ToughTested has included a five-year warranty with the MFi-certified cable. Pro Armor Weave is 2.4A rated, and ToughTested has done its best to make the cable durable. The cable is covered with a woven polymer jacket, and both ends have aluminum tips.

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13:18
Drake's 'Views' Album Becomes First...

Canadian rapper Drake's hit album "Views" has become the first album on Apple Music to be streamed more than 1 billion times, according to an award Drake shared on Instagram this morning.

Drake received the news from Apple CEO Tim Cook, iTunes chief Eddy Cue, and his former manager Cortez Bryant, all of whom he posed with for a second photo that was also uploaded to his Instagram account.

Released on April 29, "Views" was an Apple Music exclusive for one week before it became available on other streaming music services like Spotify and it sold...

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13:12
Drake launches Apple Music exclusive short film as...

Having come a long way from the awkward Apple Music onstage presence at WWDC, Drake’s relationship with Apple has seemingly only been on the up and up for the entertainer. From releasing a surprise mixtape on iTunes last year, to an exclusive stream of Views, all the way down to his own Beats 1 radio show. It looks like Drake shows no signs of stopping.

After teasing it on his Instagram (and then removing it) it looks like Drake’s short film, Please Forgive Me, is now available to stream exclusively on Apple Music. Potentially riding off that high, the artist also shared a picture on Instagram commemorating Apple Music’s largest stream count for an album ever.

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13:01
Nvidia working with Apple on graphics for '...

Though Apple's current Mac lineup relies on AMD graphics, a switch to Nvidia could be in the works for the MacBook Pro and beyond, if new job listings from the GPU maker is any indication.

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13:00
Square is speeding up EMV chip card transactions

Anyone who has encountered a "NO CHIP, PLEASE SWIPE" sign while trying to pay via credit or debit card has probably noticed the switch from magnetic stripes to EMV chips hasn't been the smoothest. According to one study cited by the New York Times, i...

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12:55
Roku reboots its entire lineup with five all-new...

I don’t use the Roku products but I like when they update and improve. It helps to put pressure on Apple to continue to do the same with the Apple TV.

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12:33
Uber explores offering short-hop flights across town

Uber has already resorted to more than one unusual method to get you from one side of town to another, but you haven't seen anything yet. The ridesharing outfit's Jeff Holden tells Recode that Uber is researching the use of VTOL (vertical takeoff and...

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12:19
iPhone 7 Plus Camera Review: iPhone JPEG vs iPhone...

This is a comparison from a professional photographer. His conclusions are exactly what I would have expected.

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12:19
Review: Mass Fidelity Core Bluetooth Speaker

Mass Fidelity's Core ($599) looks to bring the performance of larger high-end speakers into a small, portable Bluetooth speaker using wave field synthesis. The black and chrome speaker houses five custom designed drivers and a woofer which fires downward, all with 120W of power. The speaker comes with its own AC adapter, and Mass Fidelity claims that Core's battery life is an impressive 12 hours. Core can also connect to other Core units to create a multi-room wireless network. Mass Fidelity notes that Core is a Bluetooth Class 1 receiver, which should minimize dropouts and extend range — though the company only lists the speaker's Bluetooth range at 30 feet in its spec sheet.{/exp:char_limit}
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12:13
iOS 10 Maps ‘Overview’ Buttons Moved to the Swipe-Up...

The Maps app got a major overhaul in iOS 10. It has a new look and feel (that I like), as well as a new layout. One of the basic changes is that the Overview button moved from the main interface to the drawer at the bottom of the screen.  Bryan Chaffin shows you where to find it.


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12:07
Google's Android/Chrome laptop may be a year...

We've long heard rumors that Google may be merging its Chrome and Android operating systems into a laptop platform, and we're now getting more substantive reports that point to a Q3 2017 time frame for the hybrid OS. According to Android Police's sou...

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12:05
Disney said to be weighing Twitter purchase to...

The Walt Disney Company is reportedly examining the prospects, and the risks, of purchasing social media venue Twitter, potentially battling Google and Salesforce for the service.

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12:00
How to use iOS 10’s hidden ‘Magnifier’ magnifying...

There is a little known feature included in iOS 10 called Magnifier. It essentially turns your iPhone’s camera into a magnifying glass of sorts with a custom UI specifically for easier reading.

It’s hidden in Accessibility settings, as the feature was designed for users with vision impairment.  Here’s how you can enable it.

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11:50
Sonos brings PLAY:1 & PLAY:5 speakers to Apple...

Wi-Fi speaker maker Sonos on Monday announced a partnership that will see the company's PLAY:1 and PLAY:5 speakers sold in Apple's online and physical retail stores.

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11:42
Plex Cloud

So what is Plex Cloud? For the first time, you get a full-featured1 Plex Media Server in the… er… cloud.

Oh my, this looks really good.

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11:40
Disney is reportedly considering a bid for Twitter

CNBC reported late last week that Google and Salesforce were interesting in buying Twitter. TechCrunch followed that up with its own report that the list of potential buyers included Microsoft and Verizon. The latest company to be mentioned as a pote...

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11:35
A-Shirt Makes Apple-Inspired Shirts for Apple Fans

Have you heard of A-Shirt? They produce Apple-inspired T-shirts for fans of the company. They work on a subscription model where you get a new shirt every two months. The shirts are designed by designers all over the world. In the image I included, the white T-shirt with the drawings of the Two Steves is the current shirt being offered. Each shirt is a one-time production, and once they’re shipped, they’re gone. A-shirt even destroys the printing framed. The company also offers members a lot of content about how each shirt is created, the dyes used, the material, etc. You can sign up to get your first shirt for $25, with subsequent shirts at $50. If you commit to longer terms, the price-per-month decreases.


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11:32
TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-26: macOS Sierra PDF...

Worried about viewing PDF documents in macOS Sierra? Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at what we know now about potential data loss in PDFs, plus they dive into two-factor authentication for Apple IDs and why that matters for HomeKit and Apple Watch users.


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11:31
Apple's big plan for HealthKit would put all...

If you live in America and you’ve seen more than one doctor in your lifetime, you know there’s no central database where all of your medical data lives. Instead, each health care provider has a separate record, and rarely are they ever merged.

Apple is reportedly working on electronic health record software that will take advantage of all the data collected from HealthKit apps and use it in more meaningful ways—like to diagose medical conditions—and create a centralized place for all that information to live.

Part of that effort is coming from the team that made up Gliimpse, an electronic health record database centralization startup Apple acquired earlier this year. According to Bloomberg...

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11:25
Apple’s iPhone 7 Invitation Refused by Bloggers

Apple engages in relentless technical progress. But when the iPhone 7 design was leaked, many bloggers blinked, then seized the opportunity for rabble-rousing. It’s turning into a rinse-repeat cycle by the pundit sheep. Particle Debris page 2 takes a look at analysis by Jean-Louis Gassée who properly sizes up Apple’s invitation: “We’re going wireless, please join us.


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11:24
Sonos comes to the Apple store, but what does that...

Apple is expanding its partnership with Sonos by bringing in the company’s most popular Wi-Fi speakers to an Apple store near you.

Sonos announced that U.S. customers will be able to get the Play:1 and Play:5 on Apple.com by the end of Monday. These Sonos home speakers will also be coming to 468 Apple retail locations around the world starting October 5. And if you buy your Sonos speaker from Apple through December 31, you will receive a gift card to activate a free three-month trial of Apple Music.

“Our expanded collaboration with Apple is a great example of our ongoing work with our full ecosystem of partners to make it easier than ever to listen to music out loud at home,” President of Sonos Patrick Spence said in a statement. “Apple Music on Sonos is a powerful experience, one we’re proud to bring directly to Apple fans at Apple Stores worldwide.”

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11:22
The Philadelphia 76ers just bought a pair of eSports...

The Philadelphia 76ers' ownership group announced on Monday that it has acquired two eSports teams, Team Apex and Team Dignatas, and will merge them into a single organization under the Dignatas banner. The team will compete in League of Legends, Cou...

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11:01
Avantree PowerHouse 4 Port Fast USB Charging Station

Check out the Avantree PowerHouse 4 Port Fast USB Charging Station. The picture tells the story, but it’s a charging station with spots and ports for four different devices. It’s a great way to save space and keep things a lot less cluttered. We have a deal on this device for $35.99.


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10:58
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 26...

Notable software releases this week include Postbox 5.0.2, Sandvox 2.10.8, Tweetbot 2.4.3, TextWrangler 5.5.2, HoudahGeo 5.1, Parallels Desktop 12.0.2, Mailplane 3.6.7, CleanMyMac 3.5.1, Gemini 2.2.2, Safari 10.0, 1Password 6.3.3, Firefox 49.0, OmniFocus 2.7, Capto 1.1, Lightroom CC 2015.7 and Lightroom 6.7, Pages 6.0, Numbers 4.0, and Keynote 7.0 for Mac, SpamSieve 2.9.25, macOS Server 5.2, KeyCue 8.2, iBooks Author 2.5, and BBEdit 11.6.2.

 

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10:58
Microsoft debuts new Office 365 app for bartenders,...

Chances are you began your career busing tables, working retail, or doing IT work, carefully planning out your shifts week by week. A new Microsoft app for Office 365, called StaffHub, seeks to make this chore easier and replace the break room calendar. 

At first glance, StaffHub seems like just another shared calendar from Outlook or the like. There are a couple of key differences, though: Workers can swap shifts themselves or ask others to cover for them. StaffHub’s also a messaging app, so, for instance, one cook can send another cook a message about an ingredient shipment that’s scheduled to arrive. (Microsoft didn’t say, but those employee-to-employee messages would presumably be monitored by an employer.) The other difference from your typical shared calendar, unfortunately, is the price: A company must be signed up with at least an Office 365 kiosk license to use it, which costs $4 per user, per month.

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10:57
ExtraBITS for 26 September 2016

In ExtraBITS this week, we offer a few Apple-specific ways to watch tonight’s presidential debate, or maybe a nice peaceful football game. Apple is working on a fix for a security flaw in iOS 10, while Yahoo is dealing with the theft of data associated with 500 million accounts — ouch! Finally, we note Dejal’s 25th year of Mac development.

 

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10:57
Google's 4K Chromecast emerges in an image leak

Those rumors of a 4K-capable Chromecast dongle just got more substantial. Evan Blass (who has a knack for accurate leaks) has posted an image of what he says is the Chromecast Ultra. The device itself isn't remarkable -- surprise, it's a puck with...

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10:30
Obscura: Shoot RAW images with your iOS 10 iPhone

Automatic (L) and manual (R) controls (image via obscuraapp.com)

For most people shooting photos with a digital camera or iPhone, there's not a lot of thought put into what format the file is saved in. Back in the days when storage was limited both in SD cards and smartphones, files were always saved in JPEG format, meaning that they were compressed immediately to save space. But compression has an effect on the quality of digital photos, so professionals save in RAW, uncompressed format. iOS 10 now has the ability to work with RAW files, but the standard Camera app still resorts to JPEG. That's why apps like Obscura (US$4.99) from developer Ben Rice McCarthy are gaining popularity as a way to shoot RAW images with the iPhone or iPad.

Obscura works on the iPhone SE, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, and the 9.7" iPad Pro, and provides the type of manual control that usually has...

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10:30
The best GPS running watch

By Jim McDannald
This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best things for your home. Read the full article here.

We've run with more than 20 GPS running watches over the past three years, and we've found the Garmi...

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10:28
Stilo 6R Stylus Features Magnetic Body and Hybrid Tip

Stilo announced its 6R stylus for mobile devices. This device features what the company calls a Hybrid Tip, made from both rubber and brass. Stilo says it gives the 6R a “natural feel and pinpoint precision.” We haven’t tested that out yet, but will be doing so in the near future. In that the shape of your pen/pencil/brush/stylus is extremely personal, the 6R is shaped like a prism. The body is magnetized enough to stick to your magnetic-friendly mobile devices. Stilo 6R is priced at $14.99.


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10:26
HPE and Apple: The Speed of Image Transformation


Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Apple are very different companies this decade, having shifted their models from a strategic customer/innovation focus to one that's more tactical -- and tied far more closely to quarterly profit. They are hardly alone, and this speaks to why Michael Dell and Joe Tucci worked so hard to take their companies private, because this unfortunate trend is not tied to any one industry or any one country. Both HPE and Apple increasingly are defined not by creative products but by complaining customers.

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10:22
You shouldn’t get the iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case...

The iPhone 7 is Apple’s first officially water resistant phone. We put this water resistance to the test on video in our recent post about the top iPhone 7 features. Some people have also wondered how cases might fare when subjected to water. A case like Apple’s iPhone 7 Silicone Case would be okay, but I certainly wouldn’t recommend submerging Apple’s iPhone 7 Leather Case.

What about the iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case? It features the same material used in the silicone case, yet includes a 2365 mAh battery sealed inside. Is it safe to get the Smart Battery Case wet? Apple’s official response to that question is a very unambiguous no. Yet, that didn’t stop AirParrot Remote developer,...

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10:16
Review: Lutron Caséta In-Wall Dimming Kit is the...

Apple’s HomeKit feature lets you control “smart” lights with Siri or Apple’s new Home app on iOS 10, and there are generally two ways to make your home lighting more intelligent. You can change your light bulbs to “connected” bulbs that talk to a bridge over Wi-Fi, or you can replace your light switches with “connected” switches that take the same bridge approach.

The Lutron Caséta kit takes the latter approach by replacing your existing light switches with smart switches that make your traditional light bulbs work with Siri. There are notable differences between both approaches including cost and ease-of-setup which I’ll unpack below. And if bells and whistles don’t impress you, Lutron takes the crown for having the most elegant solution to HomeKit lighting with one exception…

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10:08
News: Sonos speakers available on Apple’s online...

Sonos announced today on Twitter that its wireless speakers will be listed on Apple’s online store today and sold in Apple Stores starting October 5. Customers buying a Sonos system through Apple’s website or in an Apple Store before December 31 will receive a gift card giving them three months of Apple Music for free (ostensibly on top of the three-month free trial Apple already offers to new users). The deal further solidifies Sonos’…

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10:05
How to watch tonight's US presidential debate

So you're determined to watch the first of 2016's US presidential debates, but you don't subscribe to TV... or you live in a country that won't have a live broadcast. What to do? Relax. This year, there are more choices than ever for watching online,...

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10:00
statshares in Server 5.2 for macOS Sierra

I wrote about using the smbutil for DFS in Lion awhile back. I haven’t needed to write anything else as it hadn’t changed since. The statshares option has an -m option to look at a mount path for showing the path to the mount (e.g. if the mount is called krypted this should be something like /Volumes/krypted):

smbutil statshares -m /Volumes/krypted

When run, you see a list of all the attributes OS X tracks for that mount path, including the name of the server, the user ID (octal), how SMB negotiated an authentication, what version of SMB is running (e.g. SMB_1), the type of share and whether signing, extended security, Unix and large files are supported.

Additionally, if you’d like to see the attributes for all shares, use the -a option after statshares:

smbutil statshares -a

Overall, this is a nice health check type of verb to the smbutil command that can be added to any monitoring or troubleshooting...

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10:00
Apple released a new Software Update

Apple just released a new Software Update:

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09:58
Drake debuts new short film as Apple Music exclusive

Mainstream rapper Drake on Monday released a 23-minute film -- Please Forgive Me -- as an Apple Music exclusive, further cementing his close business ties with Apple.

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09:49
Apple will begin selling Sonos wireless speakers...

Sonos wireless speakers have touted Apple Music compatibility in beta since last year and officially since this year, and now Apple is selling Sonos speakers for the first time. Apple’s online store will begin selling the Play:1 ($199) and Play:5 ($499, reviewed) later today, and Apple’s physical stores will carry the two speakers starting October 5.

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09:43
Apple will start selling Sonos speakers today

Sonos still offers one of the best experiences for those who want to keep music in sync throughout their home. But it's not a brand that everyone knows, and in a place like Best Buy or Target it has to fight a lot of other competitors for shelf space...

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09:33
Pixel Film Studios releases ProClone for Final Cut...

Pixel Film Studios has released ProClone (http://tinyurl.com/zhuqok4) for Apple’s Final Cut Pro X. It’s a $29.95 repeating media tool plug-in that allows users to add layers of duplicated footage on top of an original source. You can add some extra stylization to videos using ProClone’s duplicating tools. You can emphasize dynamic shots by adding extra layers of action.

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09:32
Sonos Speakers Coming to Apple Online Store Today,...

Sonos today announced an expanded partnership with Apple, which will see its popular PLAY:1 and PLAY:5 speakers available for purchase from Apple's online store and Apple retail locations around the world.

Sonos is a popular brand known for offering Wi-Fi connected speakers that are excellent for multi-room home speaker systems. The PLAY:1 ($199) and the PLAY:5 ($499) are expensive speakers, but the simple setup, ease of use, and sound quality can't be beat.

"Our expanded collaboration with Apple is a great example of our ongoing work with our full ecosystem of partners to make it easier than ever to listen to music out loud at home," said Patrick Spence, president of Sonos. "Apple Music on Sonos is a powerful experience, one we're proud to bring directly...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: APC 6-Outlet UPS System $30,...

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09:22
Plex Cloud beta launches, uses Amazon Drive...

The Plex developers have commenced testing of Amazon Drive as a storage venue for media, with future versions of the Plex app on iOS and tvOS able to stream stored video without the need for a network attached storage device, or a home server.

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09:22
Fitbit's Charge 2 wearable is now available for...

It's been almost a month since wearable pioneer Fitbit unveiled a much-needed update to its Charge and Flex ranges, giving them a bunch of aesthetic and functional upgrades in the process. Customers have been able to secure their orders ahead of the...

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09:16
Yasu 4.0.0 β - System maintenance app; performs many...

Yasu was created with System Administrators who service large groups of workstations in mind, Yasu (Yet Another System Utility) was made to do a specific group of maintenance tasks quickly within a few clicks, rather than needing to endlessly type shell script commands in the Terminal application.

Yasu allows system administrators, as well as the average user, to conveniently run various system level Unix shell scripts in order to perform maintenance routines and clear the many cache files used by OS X. Yasu was designed to be a simple, intuitive, first line of attack for a Mac that has started "acting up." More often than not, a thorough purge of the cache files on a Mac will bring its behavior back into line.



Version 4.0.0 β:

  • This release begins the new macOS Sierra branch of development. The only thing this release does is disable the option to "Reset system permissions" which Apple has decided to remove from macOS going...
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09:10
Deals: $200 off 15" MacBook Pro; up to $200 off...

As the end of September draws near, shoppers can pick up a 15" MacBook Pro (2.8GHz, 16GB, 256GB) for $2,099 with a free copy of Parallels 12. Or opt for a lighter 12" MacBook at $100-$200 off. The iOS 10 & Swift 3 Starter Bundle is also marked down to $45 for a limited time.

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09:03
Plex Cloud lets you dump your home media server

Thanks to streaming, physical formats like CDs and Blu-rays aren't as popular than they once were. Some people choose to sign up for a monthly subscription like Netflix or Spotify, while others take the DIY approach. For many years, Plex has helped p...

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08:55
News: Apple lacks lobbying power in fight with EU

Apple is fighting with the European Union over $14.5 billion in taxes without the usual lobbying force of a major company, The Wall Street Journal reports. The company spent just over $1 million in 2015 lobbying the EU, when Google parent company Alphabet dropped $4.5 million and employs more than 10 full-time lobbyists. American companies lack direct national representation within EU institutions, leaving them at a disadvantage when competing against…

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08:37
Hands-on with the new ceramic Apple Watch Edition...

Today we’re taking a look at the new Apple Watch Edition. This year, Apple switched it up and ditched the all gold models in favor of ceramic. Why ceramic you might ask? Well first off, it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than solid gold, but it’s also four times stronger than stainless steel, which makes it the most scratch resistant Apple Watch available…

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08:34
Skype 7.37.0.178 - Voice-over-internet phone and...

Skype allows you to talk to friends, family and co-workers across the Internet without the inconvenience of long distance telephone charges. Using peer-to-peer data transmission technology, Skype eliminates the central server as a middle manager.

Today, millions of individuals and businesses are taking advantage of Skype's diverse communication features:

  • Free Skype-to-Skype
  • Landline and cellphone calling
  • SMS and instant messaging
  • Voicemail
  • Free video calls
  • Call forwarding to your phone when you're offline

Skype-to-Skype calls, video calls, and instant messaging are free, 24 hours a day, anywhere in the world. Users can make phone calls and send SMS messages at great value Pay-As-You-Go rates, or make unlimited calls to certain countries with a subscription.



Version 7.37.0.178:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.10 or later

  • Release notes...
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08:21
Photos show Apple's newly relocated &...

As planned, Apple reopened its Brea Mall outlet in California on Saturday, and photos shared with AppleInsider show that the location is steeped in Apple's latest fashion-oriented design aesthetic. [Updated with more info about weekend store openings]

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08:00
Daily Deal: Develop your own apps with the iOS 10...

Whether you're looking for a new career as an app developer, want to keep your skills as an existing developer sharp, or are just curious about what makes apps tick, we've got a heck of a deal for you this Monday morning. The iOS 10 & Swift 3 Starter Bundle brings a ton of lectures and hours of instruction to you 24/7, and it's only $45. Even better, use the promo code IOS10 while checking out, and you'll get another $10 off!

The bundle includes five complete courses for $45 (or $35 with that promo code!):

The Complete iOS 10 Developer:  Usually priced at $249, this course will help you to

  • Learn the Apple iOS development process as it really is
  • Create useful apps like GPS maps & clocks
  • Discover how to incorporate...
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08:00
Office 365 news in September at Ignite—intelligence...

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

Today, at Microsoft’s Ignite Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, we announced updates across Office 365 to help IT professionals drive digital transformation within their organizations. I was excited to showcase new intelligent cloud services that help make your employees more productive and your organization more secure. Here’s a breakdown of today’s key news, including new services for Office apps like Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as new security capabilities, richer communication features and enhancements for team collaboration across Office 365.

Lighting up Office apps with new intelligent services

Building on innovation...

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07:54
Apple to Transform HealthKit from a Simple Tracker...

A new report today notes that while Apple's HealthKit has mostly collected fitness data from its devices to date, that's likely to change in the not too distant future wherein the software will interpret your collected fitness information and turn it into advice.

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07:50
Major OneDrive updates at Ignite 2016 include...

OneDrive and SharePoint work together to make storing and accessing all your files simple and powerful. We recently outlined a vision for file management in Office 365 that included a set of new features, such as simplified file sharing (both inside and outside your organization), the ability to copy files directly from OneDrive to SharePoint, mobile access to all your Office 365 files on iOS and the innovative Discover view that uses Microsoft Graph to suggest relevant and trending files.

Today at Ignite, we’re proud to announce new sync, browser, mobile and IT capabilities for you!

New sync capabilities include:

  • Ability to sync SharePoint Online document libraries and OneDrive folders shared with you (preview available today).
  • An “activity center” has been added to the OneDrive sync client to allow you to view synchronization and file activity at a glance (preview available today).

New browser capabilities include:

  • ...
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07:50
Announcing Feature Pack 1 for SharePoint Server 2016...

Last May, we announced our vision, strategy, timeline and investment areas for SharePoint in Office 365 and on-premises. We unveiled our plan to bring cloud-born innovation to SharePoint Server 2016. Today, we’re excited to announce details for Feature Pack 1.

We’re pleased to announce that we’re ahead of schedule with our inaugural Feature Pack for SharePoint Server 2016. Feature Pack 1, available in November, brings several enhancements driven by recent innovation in Office 365 and feedback from you on UserVoice, including:

  • Logging of administrative actions performed in Central Administration and with Windows PowerShell.
  • Enhancements to MinRole to support small environments.
  • A new OneDrive for Business user experience.
  • Custom tiles in the SharePoint app launcher.
  • Unified auditing across site collections on-premises and in Office 365.
  • Unified taxonomy...
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07:50
Enhanced conditional access controls, encryption...

Microsoft understands that enterprise security is critical. Trust is not a product—it’s a value that must be earned. Our approach to SharePoint and OneDrive security, privacy and compliance is simple: It’s your data. You own it. You control it. We’re just caretakers. We give you controls to manage the data, paired with our own controls for securing and running our services. Policy governs every stage of a file’s journey, from conception to deletion.

Our investments are focused on five core pillars.

  • Platform security—Protect information at rest and in transit with layered encryption, Microsoft datacenter procedures and customer controls for access and key management.
  • Secure access and sharing—Ensure sensitive data remains secure with managed access and sharing settings.
  • Awareness and insights—Track account and file activity with full transparency using reports and alerts.
  • ...
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07:50
Create better work habits with MyAnalytics (formerly...

Today, we’re excited to announce the evolution of personal analytics in Office 365 with Microsoft MyAnalytics, formerly known as Delve Analytics. MyAnalytics helps you focus on what matters most by providing personalized insights about how you spend your time at work. In addition to the capabilities that had been available in Delve Analytics, MyAnalytics will allow you to stay up-to-date with important contacts, share key metrics with a coach and help you prioritize the time you spend with different groups.

Read on to learn more.

Stay up-to-date with important contacts

You can soon pin important contacts from inside and outside your organization to your MyAnalytics dashboard to get insights into how you are collaborating. For example, you might see that you’re losing touch with a colleague even though she has a critical role in an upcoming project milestone. With this visibility, you can take action and reach out to her to make sure that you’re both up-to-date...

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07:50
Yammer strengthens team collaboration through...

Around the world, teamwork is on the rise. Our research suggests employees now work on nearly double the number of teams than they did just five years ago. This means, more than ever, people are reliant on their peers to help get things done. But a “one size fits all” approach does not work when it comes to group collaboration—different tools appeal to different groups and address unique needs. Already in use by 85 percent of the Fortune 500 as part of Office 365, Yammer is the social network built for work. Yammer connects teams across your organization, enabling the open exchange of ideas that results in better decisions, faster.

Today, we’re pleased to announce that Yammer is integrating with Office 365 Groups, bringing together the power of open collaboration with the productivity tools millions rely on every day. With this integration, Yammer users can easily turn ideas into action with access to SharePoint sites and document repositories, a shared OneNote notebook, and...

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07:50
Applying intelligence to security and compliance in...

Today’s post was written by Alym Rayani, director for Office Security and Compliance.

Given the explosive growth in data production, IT is tasked with securing a volume of corporate data that is growing exponentially. To stay ahead of the evolving threat landscape, companies need the ability to analyze and learn from that data in order to identify, intercept and respond to threats. Office 365 provides unmatched security intelligence to help customers protect, detect and respond to threats.

As part of the Office news that Kirk Koenigsbauer announced today at the Microsoft Ignite conference, we are pleased to introduce the following new security and compliance capabilities in Office 365:

Improvements to Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection

Since...

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07:50
Connect to expertise and content with new people...

Customers tell us they are faced with information and document overload. And the adage “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” rings true. What truly counts is what you discover based on what others know. Office 365 people experiences let you tap into the power and value of the people around you to promote intuitive, proactive knowledge sharing based on the intelligence of the Microsoft Graph.

Today at Ignite, we’re pleased to announce the rollout of innovative people experiences:

  • A new Delve app for Windows 10 desktop and mobile (available today).
  • People cards that surface profile information and content throughout Office 365 (rolling out now).
  • Updates to the Office 365 profile (rolling out to first release today).

These new people experiences in Office 365 help you stay in the know. No matter what app you are using, you can discover content through people, share expertise more easily, and connect with each other...

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07:50
Enriching the mobile and intelligent intranet with...

The intranet is the publishing center of all things happening throughout your company. It is where people keep up with news and discover what’s happening around them at work. It’s time, now, to further empower employees—more precisely, give them a way to broadcast their work.

Today at Ignite, we are pleased to announce the newest waves of innovations to your mobile and intelligent intranet, powered by SharePoint, including:

  • Team news for SharePoint Online modern team sites (announced today).
  • SharePoint mobile apps for Android and Windows 10 Mobile (in preview today).
  • News roll-up tab within the SharePoint mobile app for iOS (announced today).
  • Create a modern team site and an associated Office 365 group from the SharePoint home (announced today).
  • New people experiences within SharePoint Online team sites, document...
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07:50
Outlook for iOS and Android is now fully powered by...

We’re thrilled to announce that Outlook for iOS and Android is now powered by the Microsoft Cloud for Office 365 commercial users! This means that all your data is now fully delivered through Microsoft services that provide a strong commitment to security, privacy and compliance. There has never been a better time to make your move to Outlook and join the 42-million active users already enjoying the only mobile email and calendar app designed to work with the best features of Office 365.

No matter which industry you’re in—from banking to the public sector—we’re committed to help you address your legal, regulatory and compliance needs while still providing you with the best mobile experience.

Here’s a peek into our recent changes.

A look into Outlook’s new architecture

Outlook for iOS and Android now supports Exchange Online mailboxes natively, which means that none of the data of your mailboxes is cached outside of Office 365. Data simply stays in its...

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07:50
Office platform news at Ignite 2016

Over the past year, Office has gained incredible momentum, with people around the world using our apps and services in the cloud and on all devices to be more productive wherever they go. Along with this period of usage growth, Office has also grown tremendously as a platform. For example, the share of users connecting third-party apps and services to Office 365 has quadrupled over the last 12 months. This is a testament to the fact that—as useful as Office is on its own—we can help people be even more productive by partnering with developers to build solutions tailored to our customers’ business needs.

At Ignite this week, we are announcing the next set of Office platform functionality, giving developers the tools they need to build even more compelling productivity applications with the Office platform.

You’ll find a brief summary of the news below, and you can read through our full set of announcements at...

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07:50
SharePoint innovations further advance intelligence...

Today’s post was written by Jeff Teper, corporate vice president for OneDrive and SharePoint.

Last May, we unveiled a cloud-first, mobile-first vision and roadmap for SharePoint and OneDrive to empower people, teams and organizations to intelligently discover, share and collaborate on content from anywhere and on any device.

We promised to make file sharing both simple and powerful, to establish the mobile and intelligent intranet, to accelerate productivity with experiences that surface relevant, high-value information in the context of your work. We promised our developers an open and connected platform that embraces modern web development and open standards. And we promised IT an ongoing commitment to security, privacy and compliance.

Over the last weeks and months, we have been delivering on those promises to you. We built a new home for SharePoint in Office 365. We modernized team sites, document libraries, lists and pages to be simple and...

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07:50
Move all your communications to Skype for Business...

Today’s post was written by Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate vice president for the Skype team.

Today, at the Microsoft Ignite Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, we announced several new Skype for Business innovations that enhance the Office 365 collaboration experience across devices and empower IT professionals to deliver modern communications to their end users. Read on for more about what we announced today.

The best user experience for workplace communication

Over the past year we’ve been working on making the best experience for communicating with others, across all the devices you use for work. We are excited to announce that the new Skype for Business for Mac will be available in October. The new client has been written from the ground up using the modern Mac programming language, Swift. It provides high-definition audio and video, in addition to features like one-click join for meetings and...

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07:50
News: Apple to offer ‘Spoken Editions’ of written...

Apple will soon offer “Spoken Editions” of written content from some publishers through iTunes, TechCrunch reports. Early versions of podcasts branded Spoken Editions from brands like Time, Wired, and Forbes have begun appearing on iTunes, offering users the ability to get the written news delivered in audio form so they can listen while doing other things....

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07:50
Announcing the public preview of Microsoft StaffHub—...

We’re pleased to introduce Microsoft StaffHub—the go-to app for deskless workers to manage their life at work. With Microsoft StaffHub, it’s easy to create and manage shift schedules for your team and provide relevant information needed for the job. For deskless workers, their work schedule, and other important information, is right at their fingertips—on their mobile device. Starting today, Microsoft StaffHub is available in public preview for Office 365 customers. Learn more at staffhub.ms.

Deskless workers—the unsung heroes

There are hundreds of millions of deskless workers around the world working in hotels, restaurants, retail stores, on construction sites and in manufacturing and other service-related industries. These team members are often the public face of the company—interacting with customers and making things happen. While critical to the company, deskless workers typically don’t have a dedicated work...

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07:40
How to Stream the Clinton/Trump Presidential Debate...

The first presidential debate between Democrate candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump is scheduled to start at 9PM easter time on Monday, September 26th, and there are plenty of ways to watch even if you don’t have a cable TV subscription. Read on to see which iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV apps are ready to keep you in the political loop.


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07:33
EtreCheck 3.0.5 - For troubleshooting your Mac;...

EtreCheck is an app that displays the important details of your system configuration and allow you to copy that information to the Clipboard. It is meant to be used with Apple Support Communities to help people help you with your Mac. EtreCheck automatically removes any personally identifiable information from the output.

EtreCheck will automatically alert you to serious problems like adware, insufficient RAM, or a failing hard drive.



Version 3.0.5:

  • Fixes a crash under rare circumstances
  • Compatibility with macOS 10.12 Sierra
  • Updates adware and whitelist signatures



  • OS X 10.6 or later



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07:21
Feature Request: Siri’s arrival on Mac makes it all...

Now that Siri has finally arrived on the Mac, Apple’s intelligent assistant just got a whole lot more useful. But some users are finding that this has only increased their frustration – because the service is unable to cope with more than one language.

Making Siri bilingual might, at first glance, seem an unreasonable request. After all, it’s taken speech recognition a very long time indeed to reliably understand one language at a time. I first tried a prototype system way back in the 1980s, when it was utterly hopeless. I’d try another one every few years, but it’s only in the past seven or eight years that it’s been any good.

But there are many places in the world where it’s extremely common to speak more than one language. In particular, speaking English and a local language is the norm in many countries. Which means that you may well be...

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07:21
Amadeus Pro 2.3.1 - Multitrack sound recorder/editor...

Amadeus Pro lets you use your Mac computer for any audio-related task, such as live audio recording, digitizing tapes and records, converting between a variety of sound formats, etc. Thanks to its outstanding direct-to-disk abilities and waveform caching, edits on arbitrarily large sounds (even beyond the usual 2GB limit) are performed at lightning speed. The handling of large sounds is furthermore facilitated by the extensive support of markers. Its outstanding sound repairing and denoising abilities make Amadeus Pro particularly suitable for transferring vinyl records on CD.

Features

  • Simple and elegant OS X-like user interface
  • Multitrack editing an recording.
  • Batch processing and conversion.
  • Sound denoising and repairing.
  • Supports a variety of sound formats, including AIFF, Multichannel Wave, MP3, MP4, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, SoundDesigner II, QuickTime, Apple CAF, etc.
  • Support for VST and Audio Unit...
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07:14
Jet Black iPhones Face Global Shortage as New Color...

Apple's new Jet Black color is a popular choice among early iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus adopters, but the new models face a global shortage as the new high-gloss finish has proven challenging for the company's manufacturers.

Jet Black models suffer from a low casing production yield rate of 60-70%, meaning that 30-40% of units do not pass Apple's quality standards and must be retooled, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Apple says the high-gloss Jet Black finish is achieved through a precision nine-step anodization and polishing process.

When pre-orders began on September 9, shipping estimates for Jet Black models quickly slipped to November, but some...

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07:11
NeoFinder 6.9.3 - Catalog your external media and...

NeoFinder (formerly CDFinder) rapidly organizes your data, either on external or internal disks, or any other volumes. It catalogs all your data, so you stay in control of your data archive or disk library. With extensive metadata support, you can find your files quickly.

Features

  • Catalog: any hard disk, data folder, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, BlueRay, HD-DVD, iPod, Server Volume, Audio-CD, USB-Stick, FTP-Server, and more
  • Power: Handle really large amounts of data
  • Photo Previews: Create beautiful thumbnails for many photo and image formats, such as JPG, TIFF, EPS, RAW, PDF, PSD, BMP, GIF, PNG, TGA, IFF (Maya)
  • Audio Meta Data: MP3, AAC (iTunes), FLAC (Lossless), ALAC (Apple Lossless), and AIFF meta data: author, album, title, composer, lyrics, cover art, track number, duration, bit rate, genre, year, comment. Even catalogs whole Audio-CDs, and Apple iPhone ringtone files!
  • Photo Meta Data: XMP (used by Adobe Bridge),...
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07:11
Plex Cloud beta puts your media server in the cloud...

Plex today announced the launch of its new Plex Cloud service that allows users to store and access their media library via the cloud.

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07:10
News: Apple working to turn HealthKit into diagnosis...

Apple is making a big push to turn HealthKit into a diagnostic tool, Bloomberg reports. The app currently collects fitness data from a user’s devices, but people familiar with Apple’s plans said the company has scores of health-care experts building improved software to analyze and understand the implication’s of patient information. The team is also working on new apps for the Apple Watch, including one that tracks sleep patterns…

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07:03
External Link: How to Watch the Presidential Debate...

The first U.S. presidential debate will air tonight, 26 September 2016 at 9 PM EDT. Ben Lovejoy of 9to5Mac has compiled a partial list of the many apps and Web sites that will let you watch live, for free. In addition, as we reported previously, Sling TV is offering a free preview today, which will carry the debate. And Bloomberg TV, which offers free streams for the Web, iOS, and tvOS, will perform a live fact check during the debate.

 

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06:56
Apple's health hires geared towards sharing,...

Apple's continued hiring of health experts -- and its takeover of Gliimpse -- are all geared toward building better electronic health records, and turning that data into advice for both doctors and device owners, a report indicated on Monday.

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06:39
Apple Working to Transform HealthKit Into Diagnosis...

Apple has hired "scores of healthcare experts" in recent years to develop improved electronic health record software, with an ultimate goal of transforming HealthKit into a tool that improves diagnoses, reports Bloomberg.

The system could chip away at two problems that plague the industry and have stumped other specialist firms in the field: interoperability -- allowing data to be transferred from hospital to hospital across different databases; and analysis -- making it quick and easy for physicians to extrapolate salient information from mountains of data.If the efforts are successful, HealthKit could eventually interpret health and fitness data and provide advice to patients, doctors, and others accordingly.

The collection of health and fitness data will be aided by the Apple Watch, including two new apps that will help users track...

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06:39
Apple Supplier Pegatron Hints of Higher iPhone 7...

A new report out of Asia this morning notes that the head of Pegatron, a key iPhone assembler in Taiwan, has hinted at better than expected demand for the latest iPhones

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06:38
Piper Jaffray downplays reports of bad iPhone 7...

Another analyst firm has chimed in on negative reports of Apple iPhone 7 first week sales, and instead views trends as similar to the record-breaking iPhone 6 launch of 2014.

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06:37
LightTable for macOS adds gesture-based manipulation

einstein's legacy has released LightTable 3.0.1 (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com), an update of its unlimited virtual canvas app for macOS X.

It lets users layout, inspect and compare images. Images can be resized, repositioned, layered and aligned allowing users to discover different storytelling perspectives. Version 3.0.1 introduces gesture-based manipulation of canvas items, consolidates the user interface and provides several stability enhancement bug fixes.

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06:34
News: Hackers expose security flaw in iOS 10’s local...

Apple has acknowledged claims that iOS 10 has weaker password security for local backups and promised it is looking into a fix, Forbes reports. Russian forensics company Elcomsoft discovered that the new iOS uses weaker password protection than previous versions when it comes to manual backups via iTunes. “We discovered an alternative password verification mechanism added to iOS 10 backups,” Elcomsoft’s Oleg Afonin wrote in a blog post.…

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06:33
Mac Data Recovery Guru 4.0 Has Ability to Scan...

Mac OS X File Recovery has announced Mac Data Recovery Guru 4.0, an update to its data recovery utility for macOS. The app can recover all common file types from any Mac drive or volume.

Mac Data Recovery Guru scans any drive, and displays a list of all recoverable files on the disk. Users then select the files they wish to recover, select a destination drive, and click the "Recover" button. Version 4.0 offers the ability to scan disk images that can't mount for file recovery.

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06:26
ChargeTech launches the PLUG battery pack

ChargeTech has launched its PLUG battery pack, which sports 48,000m Ah battery capacity and 250 watts of power.

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06:23
WhatsApp 0.2.1880 - Desktop client for WhatsApp...

WhatsApp is the desktop client for WhatsApp Messenger, a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone, and Nokia and yes, those phones can all message each other! Because WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends. In addition to basic messaging WhatsApp users can create groups, send each other unlimited images, video and audio media messages.



Version 0.2.1880:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.9 or later



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06:17
Rumor: Apple’s plans are to turn HealthKit into a...

So far Apple’s HealthKit has mostly collected fitness data from its devices, however, in the future, the software may interpret that information, turning it into advice for users, doctors and others, according to Bloomberg.

“Scores” of health-care experts hired by Apple in recent years are building improved electronic health record software that can better analyze and understand the implications of patient data, the article adds, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the team’s plans.” The ultimate goal is to turn HealthKit into a tool that improves diagnoses, they added.

“The system could chip away at two problems that plague the industry and have stumped other specialist firms in the field:...

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06:05
Hazel 4.0.6 - Create rules for organizing and...

Hazel is your personal housekeeper, organizing and cleaning folders based on rules you define. Hazel can also manage your trash and uninstall your applications.

Organize your files using a familiar rule interface. Filter on the file's name, type, date, the site or email address it came from and more. And do more than just file. You can set color labels, Spotlight keywords and comments and even archive files. Hazel also cleans, sporting options to clean out incomplete and duplicate downloads. All this is done automatically in the background allowing you to focus on your real work.

In addition, Hazel can manage your Trash for you, relieving you of having to empty it yourself.



Version 4.0.6:

Note: Version 4 is a paid upgrade from previous versions.

New

  • Supports Command-dragging of icon out of menu bar to remove it on macOS 10.12 Sierra

User Interface

  • No longer...
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06:02
Apple developing new Apple Watch sleep tracking and...

Apple has said many times that it sees medical and health initiatives as a big area for expansion in the future. Some of these plans are now actively being developed, according to Bloomberg. Firstly, Apple is working on new sleep tracking and fitness apps for Apple Watch that take advantage of the heart rate sensor for insight.

Apple is yet to offer sleep analysis of any kind in its wearable and its current Heart Rate app in watchOS 3 is very limited. The report says the new heart rate app will be more advanced, measuring a person’s fitness by observing the amount of time it takes for a heartbeat to fall from a peak to resting rate. The company is also apparently exploring ways to dramatically expand the functionality of...

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06:00
Install The Server 5.2 App On macOS Sierra

The first thing you’ll want to do on any server is get all software updates installed on the server (done using the App Store app). Then setup the networking for the computer so you’re not changing IP addresses and stuff like that, once the server is installed. To do so, open System Preferences (aka the Settings app, some day) and click on the Network System Preference pane. You will almost always want to use a wired Ethernet connection on a server, but in this case we’ll be using Wi-Fi. Here, click on the Wi-Fi interface and then click on the Advanced… button.

At the setup screen for the interface, provide a good static IP address. Your network administrator can provide this fairly easily. Here, make sure you have an IP address and a subnet mask. Since we need to install the Server app from the Mac App Store, and that’s on the...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Avantree PowerHouse 4 Port Fast...

For Monday’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering the Avantree PowerHouse 4 Port Fast USB Charging Station for only $35.99 — that’s 28% off the regular price. This 4.5A/22.5W charging station can charge up to four devices at once, without cluttering up your desk. A handy Velcro system helps you manage and hide cables to keep your desk tidy, and Smartport technology recognizes how many amps are needed to charge each mobile device, auto-adapting…

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06:00
Roku reboots its entire lineup with five all-new...

The streaming pioneer is retiring all of its current set-top boxes, but will keep the portable Roku Stick. Its top two new products will deliver 4K video and HDR decoding.

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05:44
Pegatron CEO slams analysts, 'cautiously...

The CEO of Apple's manufacturing partner Pegatron notes that the iPhone 7 is exceeding estimates on the strength of the phone alone, and does not believe that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall is inflating sales numbers artificially.

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05:19
Foxconn Permitted to Conduct Maintenance on Retail...

It's being reported today that Foxconn Electronics' (Hon Hai Precision Industry) subsidiary in Shanxi, China has been permitted by the local government to conduct maintenance services for Apple's iPhone products,...

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05:15
Apple acknowledges iOS 10 security flaw that reduces...

Well, this is why they invented bug fixes and updates.

A new discovery by iOS and security forensics company Elcomsoft has revealed that encrypted iOS backups saved via iTunes are now much easier to crack in iOS 10 than in recent years. The change in security is apparently due to a new password verification method in iOS 10.

The discovery focuses on the backup method, which in iOS 10, apparently “skips certain security checks” that were present in past versions of iOS. This allows passwords to be attempted signficnatly faster than before. The new backup method works alongside the old back up method, meaning that for pre-iOS 10 backups, the old method is used.

Elcomsoft offered the following comment regarding the discovery:

When...

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05:09
How to watch and stream tonight’s Clinton/Trump 2016...

Tonight’s debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is likely to be the most-watched presidential debate in history. A little background: 

The first debate for the 1960 election drew over 66 million viewers out of a population of 179 million, making it one of the most-watched broadcasts in U.S. television history. The 1980 debates drew 80 million viewers out of a 226 million. Recent debates have drawn decidedly smaller audiences, ranging from 46 million for the first 2000 debate to a high of over 67 million for the first debate in 2012.

There’s no shortage of ways to watch the debate, whether that’s on broadcast TV, Apple TV, Mac, iPad or iPhone – here are just a few of them …

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05:00
Apple's First Store Opened in Mexico on...

On September 16 when the iPhone went on sale in Apple Stores, we posted a report showing the joy on a number of Apple fan faces. On Saturday, Apple fans in Sante Fe Mexico finally got to join in on all the fun that other fans around the world have known for years: getting their hands on a new iPhone model first.

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05:00
Speed test comparison of every iPhone released

Since no one can ever get enough of speed tests and comparisons, the cool cats at EverythingApplePro released a comparison video of the iPhone SE against every model iPhone ever made.

All in all, 13 iPhones were tested including the newly released iPhone SE in order to demonstrate not just how fast the iPhone SE is when compared with the iPhone 5s and 5c it effectively replaced, but also how well it compares with the latest and greatest handsets to come out of Apple’s Cupertino headquarters. There’s even a brief segment on running temperatures for all phones.

The results offer a nice series of benchmarks and show that the iPhone SE is a pretty powerful handset thanks to its iPhone 6s internal components. It’s also impressive to see what the newest iPhone can do, especially when...

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05:00
How to use tabbed windows in macOS Sierra

macOS Sierra brings tabs to apps that allow for multiple windows. Tabs are available in such Apple apps as Mail, Maps, TextEdit, Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. And the feature works with third-party document-based apps and the Finder.

To take advantage of macOS Sierra tabbed windows, open a couple of documents in the same app. Look at the top left side of your Macs screen. Go to Window > Merge All Windows to group the open windows together as tabs. Once these docs are grouped in a single tabbed window, you can click the plus button to the right of the last tab to create new blank documents. Tabbed document groups work just the same as tabs in Safari, so you can switch documents with a click, and drag to rearrange them. Or you can hit the CMD+T shortcut on your keyboard.

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05:00
Pokémon Go Plus improves the grind, but it can be...

Pokémon Go mania has calmed—at least for now. Last month, analysts shared that the game had shown a rapid decline in daily users, from a peak of 45 million to more than 30 million at the time, and just this week the game was ousted from the #1 spot on the App Store’s Top Grossing chart by Supercell’s newly-updated Clash Royale. Nintendo and The Pokémon Company are still making bank, but the sensation has subsided a bit.

To read this article in full or to...

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04:30
The NuGuard KX is an excellent protective case for...

NewerTech's NuGuard KX protective cases for the Apple iPhone 7 and 7s Plus resemble Apple Smart Cases on steroids with their one-piece design. However, they're thicker than the Apple case. Due to this, and other features, the NuGuard KX is more protective than the Smart Case, but does add a bit more bulk to your smartphone. 

The NuGuard KX case (I tested the one for the iPhone 7 Plus) boasts X-Orbing gel technology that's designed to absorb and evenly distribute kinetic energy. The outside of the case — the grip shell — has a cross hatch design that helps prevent the iPhone from slipping out of your hand. 

The NuGuard case is easy to install; it snaps into place. Once on, it offers easy access to all buttons and ports on the Apple smartphone....

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04:30
Weather Underground adds personalized "Smart...

Have you ever wished that you could make a standard weather app reflect your interests and lifestyle? That's the idea behind the new "Smart Forecasts" feature added today to the free Wunderground app (in-app purchases available). Powered by the over 200,000 personal weather stations that are part of the Weather Underground network (both Marty Edwards and I run personal weather stations), Smart Forecasts provide hyperlocal forecasts tailored to a number of outdoor activities.   

To begin with, users decide whether to create a custom forecast or choose from 13 different activity presents. For example, activities can be active -- like running or biking -- or more sedate, like fishing, gardening or photography. Next, users select individual preferences from a list of 13 paraments, like temperature, humidity, wind speed, precipitation probability, or UV index. Finally, the app suggests times to engage in those...

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04:10
Global PCIe SSD market to grow 33.24% by 2020

A new report from Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com) report forecasts that the global peripheral component interconnect express (PCIe) SSD market to grow at a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 33.24% during the period 2016-2020.

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04:03
Apple’s lack of lobbying presence in Europe left it...

Apple’s lack of lobbying presence in Europe left in largely in the dark about the long-running investigation into its Irish tax arrangements, argues the WSJ. It has been ruled that Apple underpaid tax in Europe to the tune of €13B ($15B).

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04:00
Memory Cleaner makes it easy to clean out the junk...

Every time you open a file on your hard drive, you Mac uses some memory. That makes things operate quickly, but, over time, residual files (think junk) can just lounge around in the RAM, making your Mac a bit sluggish -- sort of like I feel after a Thanksgiving dinner at Mom's.

Memory Cleaner for macOS (10.7 and higher) from ZipZap Mac is designed to rectify this. It frees wasted memory with a simple, no-frills approach.

You open Memory Cleaner. It tells you how much free memory you have. Press the Clean my Memory button, and wait about 5-30 seconds (depending on the size of your hard drive). After cleaning, Memory Cleaner tells you what your new tally of free memory is. That's all there is to it.

ZipZap Mac recommends Memory Cleaner for power users who deal with numerous or very large files, such as graphic artists, programmers, musicians, Parallels Desktop users, etc. However, with its easy of...

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03:42
New Samsung Note 7 Battery Issues Surface with...

A Troubling report surfaced in South Korea today stating that even after the recall, Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 batteries are displaying new problems.

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20:59
Apple iBooks Author 2.5 - Create and publish iBooks...

Apple iBooks Author helps you create and publish amazing Multi-Touch books for iPad. Now anyone can create stunning iBooks textbooks, cookbooks, history books, picture books, and more for iPad. All you need is an idea and a Mac. Start with one of the Apple-designed templates that feature a wide variety of page layouts. Add your own text and images with drag-and-drop ease. Use Multi-Touch widgets to include interactive photo galleries, movies, Keynote presentations, 3D objects, and more.



Version 2.5:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.11 or later

  • New templates for creating interactive ePub books
  • Support for publishing to iBooks using an Apple ID with two-factor authentication enabled
  • Improved workflow when publishing books on behalf of multiple sellers
  • Performance and stability improvements



  • OS X 10.11 or later



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20:59
MYStuff Pro 2.0.26 - $39.99

MYStuff Pro is the most flexible way to create detail-rich inventories for your home or small business. Add items to MYStuff by dragging and dropping existing information, uploading new images, or scanning barcodes. Finally, getting organized is easy.

Do Inventory Your Way

  • Shop... and Save: MYStuff's built-in browser saves a web archive of the receipt with a single click, and allows you to quickly add a new Record to your inventory right now while it's convenient. Putting a web browser inside MYStuff allows you to easily shop your favorite sites on the 'net, and easily save both information and time. (You can save how-to and informational pages, too.)
  • Fantastic Flexibility: MYStuff organizes things how you do. Don't feel like you have to change how you organize to fit your organization program. MYStuff provides easy ways to organize by category, location, tag, or label.
  • Any Which Way...
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20:59
MarsEdit 3.7.8 - Quick and convenient blog editor.

MarsEdit is a blog editor for OS X that makes editing your blog like writing email, with spell-checking, drafts, multiple windows, and even AppleScript support.

It works with with most blog services including WordPress, Blogger, Drupal, Movable Type, TypePad, and many others.



Version 3.7.8:

  • Fix a crashing bug when attempting to configure a blog whose URL contains unicode characters
  • Disable system default tab handling until we can manage it more appropriately



  • OS X 10.6 or later



Download Now]]>

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20:59
Yasu 3.0.3 - System maintenance app; performs many...

Yasu was created with System Administrators who service large groups of workstations in mind, Yasu (Yet Another System Utility) was made to do a specific group of maintenance tasks quickly within a few clicks, rather than needing to endlessly type shell script commands in the Terminal application.

Yasu allows system administrators, as well as the average user, to conveniently run various system level Unix shell scripts in order to perform maintenance routines and clear the many cache files used by OS X. Yasu was designed to be a simple, intuitive, first line of attack for a Mac that has started "acting up." More often than not, a thorough purge of the cache files on a Mac will bring its behavior back into line.



Version 3.0.3:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.11 or later

  • This release fixes a cache path typo that prevented a particular (non-critical) user cache path from being cleaned.
  • A small bug in...
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19:52
The US' TV energy ratings don't reflect...

If you were hoping that your new, energy-efficient TV might help save the planet (and your power bill), you're in for bad news. Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy group, has published research showing that the US' energy ra...

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19:25
Postbox 5.0.2

Major new release of the email client adds dynamic data fields to Responses and Templates and refines its user interface. ($40 new, free update, 23.8 MB)

 

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19:20
IBM announces next implementation of Apple’s Swift...

IBM has announced the next step in its continued implementation of support for Apple’s Swift. The company announced in a blog post recently that Swift is officially available on the server, inducing the Bluemix Runtime for the development language.

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19:00
KGI: Stronger iPhone 7 Plus numbers & Jet Black...

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities is out today with a new note concerning demand for the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Ultimately, Kuo says that shipment volume for the iPhone 7 Plus is better than expected, though iPhone 7 shipment volume is lower than that of the iPhone 6s.

more…

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18:39
Amazon Pursues More Renewable Energy, Following...

An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:
Amazon will open a 100-turbine, 253-megawatt wind farm in Texas by the end of next year -- generating enough energy to power almost 90,000 U.S. homes. Amazon already has wind farms in Indiana, North Carolina, and Ohio (plus a solar farm in Virginia), and 40% of the power for AWS already comes from renewable sources, but Amazon's long-term plan is to raise that to 100%.

But several of the world's largest tech companies are already pursuing their own aggressive renewable energy programs, according to Fortune. Google "has said it's the largest non-utility purchaser of renewable energy in the world. Apple claims that in 2015, 93% of its energy came from renewable sources, and its data centers are already 100% run on renewables (though that claim does rely on carbon trading). Facebook, which also uses Texas wind facilities, is aiming for 50% of its data center power to come from renewables by 2018. Even slightly smaller companies like...

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18:26
A 'Fruit Ninja' movie might really happen

Now that the Angry Birds movie has proven to be a financial success, other studios want in on the mobile-games-as-movies trend. New Line Cinema has secured the rights to a Fruit Ninja movie already in development by game creator Halfbrick Studios an...

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17:13
KGI: iPhone 7 won't sell as well as the iPhone...

Contrary to remarks by carriers, one analyst firm is increasing how many iPhone 7 family devices that it thinks Apple will sell before the end of the year, but still expects fewer sales than the iPhone 6s garnered in 2015.

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17:02
Hubble study helps explain the heyday of galaxy...

The Hubble Space Telescope still isn't done giving up secrets of the early universe. Researchers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have discovered that a patch of 10 billion-year-old galaxies in Hubble's Ultra Deep Field...

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15:31
Security writer recovers from massive revenge...

Journalists are no stranger to making enemies bent on retaliation. However, it's becoming increasingly difficult to survive that retaliation in internet era... just ask security writer Brian Krebs. An unknown party knocked his website offline last...

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14:00
Show The Software Update Service In Server 5.2 for...

By default, the Software Update Service, long a part of OS X Server, is hidden. This indicates the service is not likely to be long for this world. However, many an organization still likes to leverage cooling off periods for their Mac fleet. To see the service, once you’ve installed the Server app, open the Server app and then from the View menu, select Software Update.

You’ll then see the Software Update service. If you click off of the service and close the app, it will be hidden again. If you enable the service, you will then see it each time you open the Server app. We’ll get into enabling the Software Update service in a bit.

Enjoy.

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13:59
'Minecraft' October updates are big deals...

Minecraft is close to some updates that could seriously alter how you play if you like to mess with game mechanics... or simply immerse yourself in a virtual world. An upgrade arriving October 18th for Minecraft's Windows 10, Pocket and Gear VR edit...

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12:27
Google internet balloon uses AI to stay in place for...

When Google first introduced Project Loon, its internet balloons used static algorithms to change altitude and stay in position. While clever, they were limited -- Google couldn't do much to adapt to unexpected weather patterns, which are quite comm...

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12:21
Yasu 3.0.3 - System maintenance app; performs many...

Yasu was created with System Administrators who service large groups of workstations in mind, Yasu (Yet Another System Utility) was made to do a specific group of maintenance tasks quickly within a few clicks, rather than needing to endlessly type shell script commands in the Terminal application.

Yasu allows system administrators, as well as the average user, to conveniently run various system level Unix shell scripts in order to perform maintenance routines and clear the many cache files used by OS X. Yasu was designed to be a simple, intuitive, first line of attack for a Mac that has started "acting up." More often than not, a thorough purge of the cache files on a Mac will bring its behavior back into line.



Version 3.0.3:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.11 or later

  • This release fixes a cache path typo that prevented a particular (non-critical) user cache path from being cleaned.
  • A small bug in...
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12:18
7 times legendary baseball announcer Vin Scully went...

Scully has a remarkable voice and presence. I’m not even a Dodgers fan but I listen to the games just to hear his voice, his style and his sometimes wonderfully odd story asides.

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12:14
MYStuff Pro 2.0.26 - $39.99

MYStuff Pro is the most flexible way to create detail-rich inventories for your home or small business. Add items to MYStuff by dragging and dropping existing information, uploading new images, or scanning barcodes. Finally, getting organized is easy.

Do Inventory Your Way

  • Shop... and Save: MYStuff's built-in browser saves a web archive of the receipt with a single click, and allows you to quickly add a new Record to your inventory right now while it's convenient. Putting a web browser inside MYStuff allows you to easily shop your favorite sites on the 'net, and easily save both information and time. (You can save how-to and informational pages, too.)
  • Fantastic Flexibility: MYStuff organizes things how you do. Don't feel like you have to change how you organize to fit your organization program. MYStuff provides easy ways to organize by category, location, tag, or label.
  • Any Which Way...
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11:59
MarsEdit 3.7.8 - Quick and convenient blog editor.

MarsEdit is a blog editor for OS X that makes editing your blog like writing email, with spell-checking, drafts, multiple windows, and even AppleScript support.

It works with with most blog services including WordPress, Blogger, Drupal, Movable Type, TypePad, and many others.



Version 3.7.8:

  • Fix a crashing bug when attempting to configure a blog whose URL contains unicode characters
  • Disable system default tab handling until we can manage it more appropriately



  • OS X 10.6 or later



Download Now]]>

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11:54
Inside the making of Nirvana’s iconic Nevermind...

Great album from an incredible band. There’s also a story about the baby, Spencer Elden, now also 25 years old.

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11:50
Sandvox 2.10.8

Fixes a crash that occurred when publishing to FTP or SFTP sites in macOS 10.12 Sierra. ($79.99 new, free update, 43.3 MB)

 

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11:41
Snapchat reveals $130 ‘Spectacles’ connected...

I’ll stick with my non-recording Oakelys.

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11:25
iPhone hackers say Apple weakened backup security...

Apple says they are “aware of an issue that affects the encryption strength for backups of devices on iOS 10 when backing up to iTunes on the Mac or PC. We are addressing this issue in an upcoming security update.” It’s not going to happen but I’d like to hear an explanation from Apple about how and why this backward step was implemented.

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11:11
Apple wins 6 Design Patents for Magic Keyboard in...

Apple was granted six design patents on Friday from the Hong Kong Patent and Trademark Office for the Magic Keyboard ...

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