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10:43
StarTech launches USB-C adapter line

StarTech.com has released a new USB-C to DVI Adapter that’s available in black and white. The adapter helps users utilize the USB-C port on their laptop and use their existing DVI cables.  
 
The USB-C to DVI Adapter provides the ability to continue using your existing DVI cables to connect a USB-C laptop, such as a MacBook, Chromebook, or Dell XPS laptop to a DVI projector or monitor. The $41.99 adapter is available at CDW, Amazon.com, Newegg.com, PC Connection, and Insight.

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05:59
Apple’s CareKit tool arrives along with four new apps

Apple has launched its third medical framework, CareKit. Four apps are now available at the Apple App Store.

CareKit is a tool for assisting people in taking an active role in their care. iPhone apps using it make it easier for individuals to keep track of care plans and monitor symptoms and medication; providing insights that help people better understand their own health, says Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, Initiatives.

With the ability to share information with doctors, nurses or family members, CareKit apps help people take a more active role in their health, he adds. CareKit has been released as an open source framework, allowing the developer community to continue building on the first four modules designed by Apple.

The first four CareKit apps are: Glow Nurture, a pregnancy tracker; Glow Baby, an app to help you log and time all aspects of your baby’s care; Start, a depression management app; and OneDrop, a diabetes management app.

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05:56
Create Booklet for OS X gets automated batch processing

TheKeptPromise (www.thekeptpromise.com) has released Create Booklet 1.3.3, an update to its booklet printing app for Mac OS X.

Create Booklet allows anyone to create a booklet from almost any file from within almost any software. Thanks to the manual duplex feature, the user saves money, time and paper when printing many pages. In version 1.3.3, Booklet Factory has been updated with automated batch processing and now supports El Capitan. It's perfect for anyone who quickly needs to create multiple booklets at once.

Create Booklet 1.3.3 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. It costs US$9.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

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04:54
Tension Software announces Product Manager 2.1for Mac OS X

Tension Software has updated Product Manager to version 2.1 It’s a Mac OS X application for managing company products from different standpoints.

Product Manager is document based and can manage an unlimited number of documents each with an unlimited number of products, subdivided in families.

Product Manager can be used also for a different typology of products (not only software) to manage the activities associated to the improvements, distributions and marketing of the product.Version 2.1 is a maintenance upgrade.

Product Manager requires OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $19.99 and is available at the Tension Software website (www.tensionsoftware.com) and from the Mac App Store.

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Apr 27
Aleratec releases Mac software for 1:10 USB 3.0 Copy Cruiser Mini

Aleratec (www.aleratec.com) has announced a software upgrade for 1:10 USB 3.0 Copy Cruiser Mini Duplicator, allowing compatibility with Mac OS X computers and laptops in addition to Windows 10/8/7/Vista platforms.

The 1:10 USB 3.0 Copy Cruiser Mini is a computer-connected USB duplicator that clones up to 10 USB 3.0/2.0 flash drives simultaneously. The new software is now included with the purchase of any new 1:10 USB 3.0 Copy Cruiser Mini duplicator.

Aleratec's 1:10 USB 3.0 Copy Cruiser Mini has an estimated retail price) of $314.99 and is available from Aleratec's dedicated resellers and distribution. Also available with the Mac software is the 1:22 USB Copy Cruiser Mini duplicator with an estimated price of $629.00 and 1:16 USB 3.0 Copy Cruiser Mini duplicator with an estimated price of $499.

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Apr 27
Stairways Software releases Keyboard Maestro 7.1 for OS X

Stairways Software has announced Keyboard Maestro 7.1 (https://www.keyboardmaestro.com/main/), the new version of its productivity enhancer for OS X.  

Version 7.1 enhances the Custom HTML Prompt, further allowing customized user interfaces to be built. It also adds the ability to import macros disabled or quit the Keyboard Maestro Engine on launch of the editor (both if all modifiers are held down). What’s more, the upgrade detects and reports if Safari has been hobbled by disallowing JavaScript from Apple Events if any Safari actions fail because of this restriction, and also reports the likely process responsible for holding the system in Secure Input Mode.

New customers can purchase Keyboard Maestro for $36. Those who purchased Keyboard Maestro after Jan. 1, 2015, have been issued a free upgrade to Keyboard Maestro 7. Customers who purchased Keyboard Maestro 6 prior...

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Apr 27
EnsenaSoft introduces Mahjong Deluxe 3 for Mac OS X

EnsenaSoft has introduced Mahjong Deluxe 3 (http://www.mahjongdeluxe3.com), the latest installment in their series of Mahjong games for Mac OS X.

Suitable to players of all ages and experience levels, it offers a modern rendition of the Chinese classic. This game includes eight different worlds containing a total of 640 puzzle layouts in 2D and 3D.

Mahjong Deluxe 3 requires OS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs $4.99 and is available through the Mac App Store in the Games category.

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Apr 27
Tension Software announces DMG Master 2.5.1 for OS X

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has released DMG Master 2.5.1 for Mac OS X. It’s a maintenance upgrade.

It’s a document based application for creating standard Disk Image Archive with just one click. Disk Image Archive is the universal standard on OS X and is recognized by any Mac. Disk Image Archive (.dmg) files can be opened on any Mac without any software.

DMG Master 2.5.1 requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $6.99.

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Apr 26
Apple announces posted quarterly revenue of $50.6 billion

Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 second quarter that ended March 26. The company posted quarterly revenue of $50.6 billion and quarterly net income of $10.5 billion, or $1.90 per diluted share.

These results compare to revenue of $58 billion and net income of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.4% compared to 40.8% in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 67%
of the quarter’s revenue.

“Our team executed extremely well in the face of strong macroeconomic headwinds,” said CEO Tim Cook. “We are very happy with the continued strong growth in revenue from Services, thanks to the incredible strength of the Apple ecosystem and our growing base of over one billion active devices.”

The company also announced that its Board of Directors has authorized an increase of $50 billion to its program to return capital to shareholders. Under the expanded program, Apple plans to...

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Apr 26
Satechi releases Aluminum Mini Docking Station for the Mac

Satechi has released the Aluminum Mini Docking Station, a compact hub that connects to Mac via USB and expands its functionality by offering four USB 3.0 ports, a gigabit Ethernet port, HDMI and DVI video connections, and a 3.5mm port.

The Aluminum Mini Docking Station allows users to use one centralized docking station to connect multiple peripherals and devices. The docking station features four high-speed USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port for 4K video output or multiple video out ports to use a computer with multiple monitors at high-speed. Its small form factor, measuring just under 4x4x2 inches, gives users valuable desk space without the hassle of hiding important ports.

The Aluminum Mini Docking Station is available in silver for $149.99 on Satechi.net and Amazon.com.

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Apr 26
PDFpen 8 Features Digital Signatures, File & Audio Attachments,...

Smile has released PDFpen 8, the latest version of its all-purpose PDF editing tool for the Mac. The upgrade features support for digital signatures, file attachments, and, in PDFpenPro, portfolio creation.

PDFpen and PDFpenPro 8 now enable the application of digital signatures, as well as validation of digitally signed documents. This signing option adds to PDFpen 7’s current signing options, which include interactive signature fields, pasting scanned signatures, and a scribble tool.

PDFpenPro and PDFpen 8 work with PDFpen for iPad and iPhone version 2, allowing editing across devices when used with Dropbox storage or iCloud Drive. iCloud storage is available when PDFpen is purchased via the Mac App Store.

PDFpen retails for $74.95, and PDFpenPro for $124.95. Family pack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $94.95 for PDFpen and $149.95 for PDFpenPro. Office pack licenses for five users start at $224.95 for PDFpen and $349.95 for...

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Apr 26
Seagate shipping the 10TB Helium Enterprise Drive in volume

Seagate Technology is now shipping in volume its 10TB helium enterprise drives— the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD. Designed to meet the storage needs of top cloud service providers, it features the industry’s lowest power and weight for maximum space efficiency at the lowest energy usage, says Mark Re, chief technical officer at Seagate.

Announced in January in conjunction with partners Huawei and Alibaba, the Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD improves performance by using advanced caching algorithms to help cloud data center managers manage the increasing volume of data more quickly, he adds. Featuring Seagate PowerChoice technology, the drive helps businesses manage and reduce the ongoing costs associated with power and cooling during idle time, while Seagate’s PowerBalance feature helps optimize the IOPS/Watt for greater efficiency.

Seagate’s 10TB Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD expands Supermicro’s hyperscale server and storage solutions optimized for cloud solution...

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Apr 26
Logitech releases the Logi Base for the iPad Pro

Logitech has announced the $99 Logi BASE Charging Stand with Smart Connector (http://tinyurl.com/zagkqcn) for the iPad Pro. You can type on the screen or access Siri while simultaneously charging your 12.9-inch or 9.7-inch Apple tablet via the Smart Connector.

“Last fall we introduced Logi CREATE – the first third-party keyboard compatible with Apple’s Smart Connector,” says Michele Hermann, vice president of mobility at Logitech. “With the introduction of the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, we’re excited to continue to deliver innovation – beyond the keyboard – that leverages the Smart Connector and helps you make the most of your iPad Pro, in any room at home or the office.”

Logi BASE is the first device to charge your iPad Pro through the Smart Connector. Magnets in the charging cradle guide your iPad Pro into place to align with the Smart Connector, with no need to search for a charging port; just...

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Apr 26
Tension Software announces Geo WPS 1.1.1 for OS X

Tension Software has updated Geo WPS for Mac OS X (10.10 or higher) to version 1.1.1. It’s software that allows you to track your geographic position using OS X wi-fi geo-tracking and other available hardware inside and connected to your Mac to detect your coordinate in the best precise way via Apple core location. Version 1.1.1 is a maintenance upgrade.

Geo WPS shows your position over a zoomable OpenLayers map. The map is updated live from the internet (almost all the world is mapped to a very high level) with possibility to zoom up to 18 levels.

It can work with any Mac with airport turned on (to detect correct location) and an available internet connection (using any kind of connection, not necessarily via the airport, which is required to be ON just to detect the presence of wi-fi stations around, just the presence, it does NOT connect to them). Geo WPS costs $4.99 and is available at the Tension Software website (...

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Apr 25
Maxel for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0.2

Chris Li has announced Maxel 2.0.2, an update to his download accelerator for Mac OS X.

It’s a downloading solution with drag-and-drop downloading, a built-in browser, and browser extensions for use with popular Mac web browsers. Version 2.0.2 fixes a crash that occurred when the scheduler reloaded a file that was filtered out of the current view.

Maxel 2.0.2 costs $7.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/zsqny3q) in the Utilities category. A free demo version is available for download from the Maxel website (http://maxelapp.com/) that will accelerate only one download at a time.

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Apr 25
LinkOptimizer for OS X gets improved image processing, more

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced LinkOptimizer 4.9.57, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

The software allows users to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by automatically eliminating excess image data, performing essential image adjustments and converting colors and file formats. Version 4.9.57 improves the processing of images placed in InDesign document multiple times, and introduces other performance and stability improvements.

LinkOptimizer can be purchased from Zevrix website for $259.95. There’s a “lite” version available for $179.95. A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and Adobe InDesign/Photoshop CS3-CC 2015.

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Apr 25
Syncro Soft rolls out Oxygen XML Web Author

Syncro Soft, the developer of the Oxygen XML suite of products, has released version 18.0 of its XML editing suite of products, Oxygen XML Editor, Author, Developer, and WebHelp. The company has also added a new product, Oxygen XML Web Author.

The new app is designed for XML authoring accessible to everyone by providing browser-based access to XML documents from both desktop and mobile devices. With the new Oxygen XML Web Author and the new version of Oxygen XML Editor suite of products, structured authoring professionals can create, edit, and develop XML content even more effectively, according to the folks at Syncro Soft.

Oxygen XML Web Author provides a web-based structured authoring tool. Its technology and adaptive interface allow you to review, contribute, and edit content from anywhere, on desktops, tablets, or mobile devices. Oxygen XML Editor version 18.0 includes several new features and improvements. Go to the product website (...

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Apr 25
Tension Software announces Precise Screenshot 1.4.2 for OS X

Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has announced Precise Screenshot 1.4.2, an update of the tool for taking screenshots from your Mac screen.

The app can select a resizable portion of the screen with the usual drag method, it can use pre-fixed size area from a customizable pop-up menu, or it can use the full screen area. Version 1.4.2 is a maintenance upgrade.

Precise Screenshot requires OS X Version 10.10 or higher. It costs $5.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.

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Apr 22
MacFamilyTree turns 18 with version 8 release

Happy birthday, MacFamilyTree (http://tinyurl.com/2563p63), which celebrates its 18th birthday. In honor of the achievement, Synium Software has announced MacFamilyTree 8.0, an update to the genealogy software for OS X.

The software lets you explore your personal family history and discover your origins, your ancestors and how your family has evolved over the course of time. Version 8 assists you entering your data and researching your family tree, offers dozens of printable and configurable charts and reports, and publishes your family tree as a book or web site with a few clicks.

Both MacFamilyTree 8 for Mac and MobileFamilyTree 8 for iPhone and iPad (available separately at the Apple App Store) have been completely overhauled. MacFamilyTree 8 comes with a redesigned interface, a new Interactive Tree, new "Smart Filters,” and more.

MacFamilyTree 8 requires a Mac with OS X 10.10...

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Apr 22
File Cabinet Pro 2.0 for OS X adds global hotkey feature

Writes for All has announced version 2.0 of File Cabinet Pro, a file manager for the OS X menubar that allows you to navigate to important files from a pop-over window that appears from the menubar.

Version 2.0 improves the user experience by introducing a global hotkey feature, allowing you to automatically show and hide the app without using the mouse. The new update also includes performance improvements.

File Cabinet Pro (http://tinyurl.com/jovd2hj) costs $29.99. It requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan.

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Apr 28
U.S. carriers score poorly on ‘app experience’...

Apteligent (www.apteligent.com) and analyst firm, STL group, have put together a report quantifying the customer “app experience” on 27 mobile networks in 7 countries. The findings on U.S. carrier providers was especially surprising considering analysts and market observers often cite the U.S. as a mobile market that has achieved higher broadband prices owing to its operators’ network investment. 

So how do U.S. carriers Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T measure up?

° All four of the major US mobile operators are in the bottom half of the ranking table.

° The best-performing US operator, T-Mobile, only scores 45 – a full 31 points below Bouygues Telecom (France) and 4 points below the median operator. 

° Verizon and AT&T, the U.S. market leaders, score only 43 and 37 respectively and Sprint, as already noted, is in the bottom 5 with 33.

° All the U.S. operators perform...

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Apr 27
Organizations failing to harness benefits of agile...

Organizations are far less willing than their employees to adopt agile working methods and are missing out on the benefits such as earlier delivery of projects and return on investment, according to a new global survey published by AXELOS (www.axelos.com).
 
The survey of more than 2,400 professionals found that more than three-quarters (81%) of respondents – across all job roles and industry sectors surveyed – now see value in working in an agile way. In fact, the appetite to use agile methods among individual professionals is on average 37% greater than their employer’s.
 
The lack of appetite among organizations for agile working exists despite the finding that people in senior management roles were among the most enthusiastic for it, with 83% acknowledging its value. AXELOS’ research also showed how more professionals with a PRINCE2 certification than those without see the value of agile working...

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Apr 26
MWR research confirms risk of NFC enabled card theft

With contactless payments increasing in popularity, MWR InfoSecurity (www.mwrinfosecurity.com) has today warned consumers to be aware of the dangers from contactless cards. It also issued a reminder to retailers and banks that not all fraudulent card theft is the fault of the card owner and more needs to be done to thwart scammers.
 
MWR has developed an application that uses NFC (near field communication) to read the information stored in the contactless chip embedded in credit and debit cards. Google Play currently has a number of similar apps available via its store that claim to do the same thing, plus the source code isn’t too difficult to find.

Explaining the process MWR senior research consultant, Nick Walker explained: “Brushing past someone, the app sends a signal to the chip in the card to query the data stored. Depending on the card type will determine just what information is...

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Apr 25
Video banking reaches inflection point

More than 80% of banks surveyed recognize that online and mobile banking channels improve customer engagement, and 93% of banks expect customer satisfaction to improve if a high quality video banking service were to be implemented.
 
A newly released research report, co-sponsored by Efma (www.efma.com), a not-for-profit association of 3,300 retail financial services companies in more than 130 countries and Vidyo, Inc. (www.vidyo.com), which specializes in video collaboration, aims to bring clarity to the role that video banking plays in the digital transformation of banks. The research results uncovered massive support for video banking among financial organizations worldwide, with nearly 80% of all banks planning to offer video-enabled banking services. The research from Vidyo and Efma also found:

° Nearly 70% of banks prioritize video banking...

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Apr 22
Mobile apps becoming more popular with small...

Will mobile apps that are cheaper and easier to develop convince more small businesses to have them? Not necessarily, according to a new survey by Clutch (https://clutch.co), an app development research firm.

While nearly 50% of small businesses indicate they plan to have a mobile app within the next few years, over 30% still have no intention to do so. Industry experts, however, say that attitude will likely change as more small businesses watch the trend of mobile app adoption grow and are forced to have an app in order to stay competitive.

"Many small businesses don't even consider building a mobile app, but this is changing fast, with more and more traffic coming from mobile devices," says Viktor Marohnic, CEO of the mobile app creator Shoutem. "Three years ago, a small business might see 10% of its total traffic coming from mobile, but right now it's closer to 70%. Within the next couple of years, a shift...

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Apr 21
Cost reduction driving the data center colocation...

According to the latest market research report by Technavio (www.technavio.com), the global data center colocation market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 12% until 2020. To calculate the market size, Technavio researchers have considered revenues garnered from sales of new units in leading geographies.

“Accessing information stored in a data center involves the use of many devices. A robust networking solution is required to offer high-availability services. During the forecast period, a growing need for digitalization will enable processing of application workloads on servers with cross-platform support,” said Rakesh Panda, one of Technavio’s lead industry analysts for data center research.

He adds: “The use of cloud-based services and big data analytics is growing rapidly. Also, increasing digitalization has resulted in a significant rise in the amount of enterprise...

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Apr 20
IDC: cloud environments will drive IT infrastructure...

According to the International Data Corp. (www.idc.com) total spending on IT infrastructure products (server, storage, and Ethernet switch) for deployment in cloud environments will increase by 18.9% in 2016 to reach $38.2 billion.

This amount excludes double counting between storage and server, adds the research group. In comparison, spending on enterprise IT infrastructure deployed in traditional, non-cloud, environments will decline by 4% in 2016, but will still account for the largest share, 62.8%, of end user spending. Spending on private cloud IT infrastructure will grow by 11.1% year over year to $13.9 billion geared toward on-premises private cloud deployments. Spending on public cloud IT infrastructure will increase by 14.1% in 2016 to $24.4 billion.

From a geographic perspective, investments in cloud IT infrastructure will grow across all regions. As cloud service providers continue to expand their...

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Apr 19
Tech companies creating strategic platforms to support...

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a technology concept that is currently transforming and redefining virtually all markets and industries in fundamental ways. In fact, IHS forecasts that the IoT market will grow from an installed base of 15.4 billion devices in 2015 to 30.7 billion devices in 2020 and 75.4 billion in 2025, according to “IoT Platforms: Enabling the Internet of Things” a new white paper available as a free download from IHS Inc. (www.ihs.com), a global source of critical information and insight.

An important sign of the fundamental significance of the IoT concept is that most major information and communication technology vendors are now strategically developing IoT offerings, adds IHS. Companies that sit at the heart of the telecom, networking, industrial infrastructure, enterprise system, and cloud computing sectors are now offering platforms to facilitate the broader economy’s transformation to pervasive...

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Apr 18
Consumers seeking higher value for home IoT

Network entertainment applications are the stepping stone to a broader home Internet of Things (IoT) experience, even as consumers remain skeptical of the value proposition behind the home Internet of Things, wary of their cost and uncertain of their utility, according to a recent survey of U.S. consumers by International Data Corporation (www.idc.com).

About 28% of people who own a home network stream online videos to their televisions, and they are much more likely to express high interest in and adoption of home IoT applications than other home network owners, notes the research group. What’s more, one out of five people who use home automation, monitoring and control devices say their home IoT applications solved a problem they didn't know they had. The majority of consumers, however, remain skeptical of the value proposition behind the home Internet of Things and are holding back for a higher overall value proposition...

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Apr 15
Most broadband households with a security system will...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) shows that 65% of U.S. broadband households with a security system plan to buy a smart home device in the next 12 months.

"Nearly 20% of U.S. broadband households own at least one smart home device, and over one-half of these device owners also have a security system," said Stuart Sikes, president, Parks Associates. "Security households, rather than being content with their current system, have a proclivity to add more smart features to their home. Companies need to use this insight to capitalize on the growing demand for connected devices in the home.”

Smart home solutions are available to consumers through multiple sales channels. Parks Associates' data shows 70% of U.S. security dealers currently install some type of interactive smart home device or system within their residential offerings or plan to do so within the next 12 months...

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Thursday April 28

16:50
Dead Apple employee identified as 25-year-old...

An Apple employee found dead at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., on Wednesday has reportedly been identified as a 25-year-old software engineer.

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15:57
iMovie updated with faster project creation,...

Apple on Thursday released an update to iMovie, the company’s consumer-level video editing app for Mac. The update is available through the App Store.

According to the release notes, iMovie 10. 1.2 includes:

  • Easy to find New Projects button in the Projects browser
  • Larger project thumbnails that match the look of iMovie for iOS
  • Fast project creation lets you begin editing with a single click
  • Clicking a video clip selects the entire clip, instead of a range
  • Keyboard shortcuts to select range within a clip in the browser and timeline (hold down R key while dragging)
  • Support for App Preview resolutions for iPad Pro (1600 x 1200) and Apple TV (1920 x 1080)
  • Improves stability

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10:40
iTunes Turns 13 Today -- Continues To Be 'Awful...

An anonymous reader points us to a link on Quartz: On April 28, 2003, Apple started up a revolution. Enter the iTunes Music Store, unveiled with a proud flourish by a beaming Steve Jobs. It was a digital jukebox, a music distribution game-changer, a record store to end all record stores -- and it did, in fact, kill off a great number of those. [...] For 13 years -- 15 if you count the two years the program was just a file-storing service -- users have grumbled loudly about iTunes' unwieldy interface, its bloated features, its inability to simply get better. [...] Instead of trying to streamline the service over the years, Apple has opted to stuff an overwhelming number of new features -- movies, television shows, podcasts, mobile apps, and most recently, Apple Music -- into it.The report mentions the following issues with iTunes: space-sucking size, slowness, ugliness, bloatware, lack of online or social integration, a wonky back-end, music isn't even its priority. Marco Arment,...

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10:00
Review: ecobee3 HomeKit-enabled smart Wi-Fi...

While the now-Google-owned Nest brought the idea of smart home thermostats into the mainstream consciousness, it is by no means the only player in the game — nor was it even the first by a long shot. In fact, the race began back in 2008, when a small startup named ecobee debuted the world's first Wi-Fi connected smart thermostat. Hence, it's probably only fitting that the company's ecobee3 was the first thermostat to join the club when Apple's HomeKit home automation framework came online. In addition to providing control via HomeKit, ecobee3 has more than a few of its own unique capabilities to recommend it, and like other HomeKit devices we've taken a look at recently, was an existing product that added HomeKit capabilities, rather than a new product released specifically for HomeKit. {/exp:char_limit}
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09:33
∞ Metallica perform at a record store on April 16,...

Recorded live at Rasputin Music, Berkeley, CA on Record Store Day, April 16, 2016.

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09:21
Ten years of Google Translate

Ten years ago, we launched Google Translate. Our goal was to break language barriers and to make the world more accessible. Since then we’ve grown from supporting two languages to 103, and from hundreds of users to hundreds of millions. And just like anyone’s first 10 years, we’ve learned to see and understand, talk, listen, have a conversation, write, and lean on friends for help.

I think we’ve all used Google Translate over the years.

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08:40
Apple issues statement after death on campus

“We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of a young and talented coworker. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends, including the many people he worked with here at Apple.”

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:23
PDFpen 8 Adds Attachments, Digital Signatures, and...

Smile has updated PDFpen and PDFpenPro to version 8, featuring file attachments, digital signing, audio attachments, measurement tools, and better export capabilities.

 

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07:50
It’s Alive! CareKit Apps Come to the App Store

Apple introduced its CareKit platform in March, and now apps that take advantage of its features are rolling out on the App Store. The first four apps tasking advantage of CareKit are Glow Nurture, Glow Baby, One Drop, and Start.


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07:42
Weather forecast interrupted by Windows 10 upgrade...

I can definitely relate.

My wife and I have a Windows laptop in our kitchen. First we were asked politely if we were interested in upgrading to Windows 10. Then we were reminded repeatedly. And, ultimately, we woke up one morning to see our machine taking matters into its own hands, whistling silently, while it upgraded us to what it knew we really needed.

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07:30
August Home’s Siri-controlled Smart Lock with...

August Home unveiled its second-generation Smart Lock with an updated industrial design and Siri control through HomeKit last October. Starting this week, August’s Bluetooth-connected deadbolt is available to purchase from Amazon and Best Buy after a lengthy pre-order period (although stock appears slim so far).

more…

Filed under: HomeKit Tagged: homekit...

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07:25
Hey Siri, who’s better: you or Alexa?

[VIDEO] Lauren Goode, writing (and filming) for The Verge, walks you through the differences between Siri and Alexa, Alexa being the voice of the Amazon ecosystem, most notably found on the Amazon Echo.

Watch the video embedded in the main post to get a sense of Alexa in action. Nice side-by-side effect there, Lauren.

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07:17
Wired review of the new Apple MacBook

The review makes me want one, but it also makes me long for an update to the retina MacBook Pro.

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07:12
Ground-level video takes us for a walk through Apple...

Two videos, taken by truck drivers as they make their way around the campus.

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07:00
The Best and Worst Analyst Questions from Apple’s Q2...

In every Apple earnings conference call with analysts, there are a range of questions from good to bad. Sometimes worse. And sometimes most of them are just bad. But in Tuesday's call for Apple's second fiscal quarter of 2016, two analysts stood out for Bryan Chaffin as the ones who asked both the best and and worst questions.


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06:57
Strategy Analytics: Apple Watch slips to 52% global...

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartwatch shipments grew 223% annually to reach 4.2 million units in the first quarter of 2016 (Q1 2016). Apple captured 52% global smartwatch marketshare, dipping from 63% share in the prior quarter.

 "Global smartwatch shipments grew a healthy 223% annually from 1.3 million units in Q1 2015 to 4.2 million in Q1 2016,” says Rajeev Nair, senior analyst at Strategy Analytics. “Global smartwatch growth is being driven by consumer demand for Apple, Android Wear and Tizen models across North America, Western Europe and Asia. On a sequential basis, global smartwatch shipments fell 48%from 8.1 million in Q4 2015 to 4.2 million in Q1 2016, due to seasonality trends."

Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics, adds: "We estimate Apple Watch shipped 2.2 million units and captured 52 percent smartwatch marketshare worldwide in Q1 2016,...

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06:45
PBS Kids Games app debuts with free educational...

iPhones and iPads can be great educational tools and sources of entertainment for kids, but finding appropriate games and content can be tricky sometimes. PBS is helping make that easier with its new PBS Kids Games mobile apps for iOS and Android.

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06:44
News: Apple launches CareKit, with four apps...

Apple has officially launched its new CareKit platform today, with four new apps available out of the gate, and more expected to come. Announced last month, CareKit is an extension of Apple’s HealthKit and ResearchKit initiatives, designed to better facilitate doctor-patient communication by allowing users to automatically share health information with care providers and loved ones. The new apps already available with CareKit support include…

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06:22
Apple’s ‘cutting-edge technology’ means it will be...

A report back in February that Apple would be allowed to open retail stores in India has been corroborated by India’s Economic Times. India normally doesn’t allow single-brand retail stores unless at least 30% of their products are made within the country, but Apple is reportedly set to be granted an exemption on the grounds that its products are ‘cutting-edge technology.’

A government panel has recommended exempting Apple from mandatory local sourcing norms, a move which would pave the way for Apple to open single-brand retail stores in the country. “The committee has found that the company’s products are cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art. It has recommended to exempt them from the local sourcing norms,”...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Roxio Toast 14 Titanium for Mac

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering Roxio Toast 14 Titanium for Mac for only $49 — that’s 50% off the regular price. This popular digital media tool, now in its fourteenth edition, is packed with even more features to help you maximum your digital media workflow. Burn digital media to DVD, copy your favourite Blu-ray disc, and even capture and enhance both audio and video directly from your screen, portable devices, or the Web, edit…

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05:22
Apple’s sales slump part of overall market fall;...

Apple isn’t the only smartphone manufacturer seeing falling sales. New figures from Strategy Analytics show what the global smartphone market saw its first-ever year-on-year drop on sales, down 3%.

Linda Sui, Director at Strategy Analytics, said, “Global smartphone shipments fell 3 percent annually from 345.0 million units in Q1 2015 to 334.6 million in Q1 2016. It is the first time ever since the modern smartphone market began in 1996 that global shipments have shrunk on an annualized basis. Smartphone growth is slowing due to increasing penetration maturity in major markets like China and consumer caution about the future of the world economy.”

Apple’s fall was of course far more dramatic, iPhone sales down 18% year-on-year, with CEO Tim Cook blaming economic ‘headwinds’ – and Strategy Analytics’...

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03:02
Intel Wants To Eliminate The Headphone Jack And...

An anonymous reader writes: With rumors circulating about how Apple may do away with the 3.5 mm headphone jack on its upcoming iPhone 7, Intel has shared a similar desire, citing "industry singling a strong desire to move from analog to digital." Intel believes USB-C is the future audio jack. They believe USB-C has more potential than the 3.5mm audio jack as it allows users to add additional smart features to headphones in the future. For instance, a future pair of headphones could monitor one's pulse or inner-ear temperature for fitness tracking, something that could only be possible if the headphones were connected to a smartphone via a USB-C cable. What's also worth mentioning [quoted from 9to5Mac]: USB-C already supports analog audio transfer through sideband pins simplifying the engineering steps necessary to swap 3.5mm with USB-C in device designs. In the second quarter, Intel should have a finalized USB-C standard for digital audio transfer. Intel does note that the...

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Thursday April 28

15:23
Icahn Contradicts his Positive Outlook on Apple, Runs fo...

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who was among Apple’s largest outside shareholders, said on Thursday that he called Apple's CEO today to tell him that he no longer held a position in the company.

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09:40
Everyone has Advice for Apple, Some want to Poke Apple i...

A new report today states as far as Wall Street is concerned, Apple might as well rename itself 'The iPhone Company' as its stock market fortunes rise and fall with the rhythm of the iPhone product cycle. After Apple's earnings this week, everyone in the media has had something to say about Apple missing their quarter. In this brief moment, after a decade of never ending profits to report on, this is what Apple's detractors have been waiting for ...

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07:12
Comcast Acquires DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 Billion

Comcast's NBCUniversal said on Thursday that it will buy DreamWorks Animation for $41 per share. Shares of DreamWorks soared 24 percent ...

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06:38
Apple & Microsoft Pushed for the new 'Defend Tr...

Theft of intellectual property, including trade secrets, is estimated to cost American firms more than $300 billion a year, according to a 2013 report by the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property. Corporations such as Boeing and Johnson & Johnson, as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and computer software lobbyists representing companies such as Apple and...

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05:44
Apple Watch Loses Market Share as Android Wear Grows in...

The latest data from research firm Strategy Analytics reveals that Apple Watch sales totaled an estimated 2.2 million in the first quarter.

Apple Watch remains the most popular smartwatch, but its market share declined to 52.4-percent compared to 63-percent in the previous quarter.

Strategy Analytics cites increasing competition from Android Wear rivals such as LG and Motorola as one reason for the Apple Watch ceding market share:"We estimate Apple Watch shipped 2.2 million units and captured 52 percent smartwatch marketshare worldwide in Q1 2016, dipping from 63 percent share in Q4 2015," said Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics. "Samsung shipped...

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05:32
IDC Report's on Q1 2016 Global Smartphone Status wi...

According to the latest preliminary release from IDC, vendors shipped a total of 334.9 million smartphones worldwide in the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16), up slightly from the 334.3 million units in 1Q15, marking the smallest year-over-year growth on record. The minimal growth this quarter is primarily attributed to strong smartphone saturation in developed markets, as well as a year-over-year...

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02:21
Apple Still Waiting for Approval to Open Stores in India

Last Friday we posted a report titled "Apple Could be the First Foreign Company to get a Regulatory Waiver to Open Retail Stores in India," but it's not a done deal yet.

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01:47
Apple Launches CareKit Platform With Support for Four He...

Apple's new CareKit iOS framework goes live today, allowing app developers to create integrated software that helps patients and doctors to better track and manage medical conditions.

The open source platform was announced last month and aims to make it easer for developers to build health apps by offering a number of integrations, such as monitoring of medical symptoms, sending images of an injury, and keeping tabs on medication schedules. CareKit also offers two-way benefits, since it not only helps doctors monitor patients but also allows patients to observe their progress over time.

CareKit is made up of series of interactive modules. The Care Card can be configured to manage wellness tasks such as medication scheduling and exercise, while the Progress Card includes a Symptom and Measurement tracker for logging physical metrics like weight and heart-rate (with the potential for...

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Wednesday April 27

15:41
Man with Gun Next to Body Found in Apple Conference Room

Hours after Apple announced their Q2 2016 financials that marked the first time the company’s sales had fallen in 13 years ...

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14:35
Congress Votes 419-0 to Require Law Enforcement to get a...

The U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously on Wednesday to require law enforcement authorities to get a search warrant before asking technology companies ...

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13:57
Apple iDevices Targeted in Patent Lawsuit over the use o...

Patent Troll Nova Intellectual Solutions of Texas has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple using a Novatel Wireless patent that ...

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13:06
Apple Pay Expands Beyond American Express in Australia w...

Apple today updated its Apple Pay website in Australia to note that Apple Pay now supports credit and debit cards from the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (aka ANZ).

The ANZ website has also been updated with a new Apple Pay webpage and a report from Reuters confirms the partnership. ANZ card holders in Australia are able to add their cards to Apple Pay, which has been confirmed by a MacRumors reader.

According to the ANZ website, many Visa and American Express cards are supported, including the ANZ Rewards Platinum Card, the ANZ Access...

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12:58
How did Goldman Sachs get their Forecast on AAPL so Wron...

On April 13 we posted a report titled "Goldman Sachs Sees Positive AAPL Q2 Earnings and Strong Demand for the Upcoming iPhone 7." Did Goldman miss the boat on this or were they trying to ...

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11:01
iPhone 7 Plus Design Drawings Depict Dimensions Identica...

Schematics featuring the dual-camera 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus or "Pro" that's set to launch in the fall of 2016 have been published in the June issue of Japanese magazine MacFan, reiterating many of the design details that have been previously rumored for the device.

Japanese site Mac Otakara has shared images taken from MacFan, which seemingly confirm rumors that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will use largely the same design as the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

The schematic focuses solely on the 5.5-inch model, which MacFan says will measure in at 158.22mm x 77.94mm x 7.3mm, identical to the dimensions of the iPhone 6s Plus.

While this agrees with a previous Mac Otakara rumor suggesting...

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10:31
Apple Seeds Third OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan Beta to Develo...

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan update to developers and public beta testers, one week after releasing the second OS X 10.11.5 beta and a month after releasing OS X 10.11.4, the fourth update to the OS X El Capitan operating system. OS X 10.11.5 has been in testing since April 6.

OS X 10.11.5 beta 3 has a build number of 15F28b and can be downloaded through the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store or through the Apple Developer Center (for developers).

OS X 10.11.5, like prior OS X El Capitan updates, appears to focus on security...

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10:03
Apple Seeds Third Beta of iOS 9.3.2 to Public Beta Teste...

Apple today released the third beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3.2 update to public beta testers, one day after seeding the third iOS 9.3.2 beta to developers. iOS 9.3.2 comes more than a month after the release of iOS 9.3, a major update that introduced Night Shift mode and other new features. iOS 9.3.2 has been in testing since April 6.

Beta testers who are taking part in Apple's best testing program will receive the iOS 9.3.2 update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on their iOS device.

Those who would like to participate in Apple's beta testing program can sign up through the...

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08:55
Intel's CEO Presents a New Corporate Vision while r...

Beyond Intel's grandiose vision, Intel is always trying to advance industry standards and the next one on their list will be to deliver USB Type-C Digital Audio.

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07:16
iPhone Drops to 15% Market Share as Smartphone Market Go...

The latest data from research firm IDC reveals that Apple's smartphone market share dropped to 15.3 percent in the March quarter as the worldwide smartphone market fell nearly flat during the first three months of 2016.

Apple yesterday reported iPhone sales of 51.2 million during the three-month period ending March 26, compared to 61.2 million units and 18.3 percent market share in the year-ago quarter. Meanwhile, overall smartphone shipments totaled 334.9 million during the quarter, a year-over-year increase of only 500,000 units.Despite the plethora of new features found on the newer "S" models, current iPhone 6/6 Plus owners may feel that a 6S upgrade may not be warranted at the moment. Apple also announced the new iPhone SE...

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Tuesday April 26

16:57
Apple along with an Impressive list of Top Tech Companie...

Back in December Apple's CEO Tim Cook said that teaching coding to kids is just as important as teaching any other foreign language. Today it's being reported that Apple's Tim Cook along with an impressive list of top tech company CEO's are urging Congress to fund K-12 computer science education.

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16:09
Rumor Claims that Apple Could Sign an Exclusive iPhone O...

Earlier today we noted in a new report that Apple could extend their use of OLED displays beyond the 2017 iPhone through to the iPad, MacBooks and beyond. A new report this afternoon claims that the deal for OLED displays for Apple's 2017 iPhone is likely to be an exclusive initially for Samsung.

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Thursday April 28

09:15
OneNote and Office Lens April roundup

Today, we are releasing several new capabilities for OneNote and Office Lens that enhance multimedia experiences, collaboration and canvas organization.

We’ve got a lot of great stuff to cover, so let’s dive in!

Multimedia

Insert and view content from YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, Sway and more, right alongside your notes. By simply pasting a video link into OneNote for Windows 10, Mac or iOS, a playable thumbnail version will appear next to it. Soon you’ll also be able to embed with copy and paste for OneNote Online.

OneNote for Windows

We updated the work and school sign-in process, so now you can sign in to OneNote for the first time using your Office 365 organization ID. We hope this eliminates potential confusion, saves time and gets people into their notes more quickly.

For OneNote for the Windows Phone, we added audio recording, giving you an additional and easier way to get your ideas down while on the go.

OneNote for iOS

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09:00
Seal Industries switches direction, gets to the...

Today’s post was written by Rick Cooper, director of IT at Seal Industries.

Seal Industries delivers high-quality monitoring, maintenance and repair services in the petrochemical industry. We’ve built our business on a reputation for innovation and cost-effective, highly technical service options, but we had outgrown a corporate IT infrastructure that was starting to impact our business.

We have more than 600 field employees working at refineries and plants around the country. They’re equipped with state-of-the-art technology to perform their functional roles, but they had no corporate email, and no way to connect with our network if they did. Meanwhile, we have almost 100 managers and sales people at the main office who had to rely on a small infrastructure of aging on-premises servers.

From impossible to the Microsoft cloud

We had most of the company shut out of our business loop and doing tons of actual paperwork. Back at the office, my IT...

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06:00
Precache Now Supports AppleTV

Precache, available at https://github.com/krypted/precache, is a script that populates the cache on an OS X Caching server for Apple updates. The initial release supported iOS. The script now also supports caching the latest update for an AppleTV. To use that, there’s no need to include an argument for AppleTV. Instead, you would simply  run the script followed by the model identifier, as follows:

sudo python precache.py AppleTV5,4

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Wednesday April 27

11:00
tvOS 9.2.1 beta 3 (13Y768) Now Available

tvOS 9.2.1 beta 3 (13Y768) Now Available

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11:00
tvOS 9.2.1 beta 3 (13Y768) Now Available

tvOS 9.2.1 beta 3 (13Y768) Now Available

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11:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 3 (15F28b) Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 3 (15F28b) Now Available

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11:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 3 (15F28b) Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 3 (15F28b) Now Available

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09:00
OneNote transforms the way we work as a staff

Today’s post was written by Stewart Davies, assistant principal at the Ysgol Bae Baglan, opening in September 2016.

Ysgol Bae Baglan is a brand new, state-of-the-art school for 1,600 students aged 3–16 in Wales. The school’s team is proud to be in one of the very first schools serving students from age 3–16. Bae Baglan is the amalgamation of four very successful schools, and has students with a broad range of needs and from different socio-economic backgrounds. The school will open in September 2016 and will implement a one-to-one program with the Microsoft Surface over the next three years, starting with Year 9 from day one.

The challenge for Ysgol Bae Baglan is to have our brand new cross-phase school ready to open in September 2016. Our teachers currently work in four different schools, so we needed an effective way for them to communicate and collaborate. Eighteen months ago, we started by deciding what we needed to achieve: simple email group...

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09:00
Sway featured story #2—“That Dragon, Cancer”

Last month, we kicked off our featured story series with our Sway on Nathan Sawaya. Nathan’s inventive use of LEGO blocks to create works of art strongly embodies Sway’s mission to provide an adaptable medium that empowers everyone to tell their stories in unique, innovative and delightful ways.

Our second piece features the profoundly moving story of the family behind the video game “That Dragon, Cancer” and the film “Thank You for Playing.” Ryan and Amy are the parents of Joel Green, who was diagnosed with cancer when he was just a year old. Ryan, a game designer, first began developing the game to express his feelings about their family’s struggles. Over time, it became the couple’s way to broaden the conversation about cancer, uncertainty and death. Amy notes that people...

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09:00
Get started in the cloud with the new IT Pro Cloud...

As the IT profession continues its transition to leveraging more and more cloud services and technologies, we’re introducing the new IT Pro Cloud Essentials program to give you a better experience on the journey with access to professional training, extended trials, Azure credit and priority support. Last week, Mike Neil announced the program on the Server & Cloud blog, but this also helps IT pros focused on Office 365 and supporting services.

Technologies born in the cloud are transformative opportunities for you to support the needs of your organization. As an IT pro, people look to you to be the first to know about new technologies, and you are vital to technology adoption.

With IT Pro Cloud Essentials,...

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06:00
The AppleTV Software Update Feed

AppleTVs automatically update. They do so using a process similar to how iOS updates, but instead of looking at the feed I posted in http://krypted.com/mac-security/how-the-os-x-caching-server-caches-updates/, they look at http://mesu.apple.com/assets/tv/com_apple_MobileAsset_SoftwareUpdate/com_apple_MobileAsset_SoftwareUpdate.xml.

The AppleTV feed is similar to that available for iOS updates, with each dictionary having roughly the same data:

ActualMinimumSystemPartition
1482
Build
13Y6234
InstallationSize
0
MinimumSystemPartition
1534
OSVersion
9.2
ReleaseType
Beta
SUDocumentationID
PreRelease
SUInstallTonightEnabled

SUMultiPassEnabled

SUProductSystemName...

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Tuesday April 26

11:00
iOS 9.3.2 beta 3 (13F65) Now Available

iOS 9.3.2 beta 3 (13F65) Now Available

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11:00
iOS 9.3.2 beta 3 (13F65) Now Available

iOS 9.3.2 beta 3 (13F65) Now Available

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09:37
Episode 3 of the MacAdmins Podcast Now Available!
09:00
More April 2016 updates for Get & Transform in...

Excel 2016 includes a powerful new set of features based on Power Query technology, which provides fast, easy data gathering and shaping capabilities and can be accessed through the Get & Transform section on the Data ribbon.

Today, we are pleased to announce more updates to this powerful feature set. These updates are available as part of an Office 365 subscription. If you are an Office 365 subscriber, find out how to get these latest updates. If you have Excel 2010 or Excel 2013, you can also take advantage of these updates by downloading the latest ...

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09:00
Introducing Yammer external groups

The Yammer team is passionate about helping people work effectively in teams across their company. But collaboration doesn’t stop at the company boundary. Sometimes you need to work closely with customers, consultants, partners or suppliers outside your organization.

Today, we are pleased to announce the new external groups feature in Yammer, enabling you to include people outside your company in a Yammer group—making it easier for extended teams to work together. The external groups capability builds on the existing ways to work with people outside your company, such as external networks and external messaging, which enables you to add people outside your organization directly to a thread in your organization’s Yammer network.

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09:00
First step to the all new Skype for Business for Mac

We are excited to announce the start of the Skype for Business Mac Public Preview. Commercial customers can request an invite to test the Mac client at www.SkypePreview.com. We’ll start by issuing invites to IT administrators to download the client and gradually expand the preview to everyone in the coming weeks.

The preview will release in three cumulative stages leading to public availability, planned for the third quarter of 2016. Today’s initial release lets you see and join your meetings. Let’s take a look at the functionality rolling out today and what’s coming in the future.

Preview phase one—Once you sign in, you’ll see your meetings for today and tomorrow, based on your Outlook calendar, displayed in the Skype for Business client.

View your meetings schedule.

Join any meeting with just one click and enjoy full screen video, content viewing, in-meeting chat and...

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08:59
New to Office 365 in April—Skype for Business Mac...

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

This month, we’re announcing several new Office 365 investments to help people better collaborate. This includes the much anticipated Skype for Business Mac Preview, new Yammer external groups and improvements in our Office Mobile apps on Windows Phone, iOS and Android. Please read on for details.

Introducing Skype for Business Mac Preview

Today, we are excited to announce the start of the Skype for Business Mac Preview. This new app offers a simple yet powerful experience that brings our Mac customers into the modern era of Skype for Business.

Skype Meetings are now available with the Skype for Business Mac Preview.

The Skype for Business Mac Preview will release in three...

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Monday April 25

09:00
Indivior poised for growth with Office 365

The pharmaceuticals industry is in a constant state of flux. To succeed in this dynamic atmosphere, companies like Indivior need to stay flexible so that they can fold in those new business units or quickly launch new ones, as the case may be. In December 2014, Indivior became an independent company through a demerger from its former parent company. As a result, we had to quickly stand up a brand new IT environment, separate from what we’d known, including everything from phone systems and desktop support to business applications and email.

It’s a common pitfall to worry so much about the short-term timeline that a company doesn’t plan for the future, but we didn’t make that mistake. We knew that we wanted to structure our environment to not just get us launched on time, but to put us in a position to grow quickly on a global scale.

That’s why we adopted Microsoft Office 365. After all, in the pharmaceuticals industry, document and file formats are critical because we...

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06:00
Automatically Cache Updates To Your OS X Server

A little while back, I did a little writeup on how the OS X Caching Server caches updates at http://krypted.com/mac-security/how-the-os-x-caching-server-caches-updates/. The goal was to reverse engineer parts of how it worked for a couple of different reasons. The first was to get updates for devices to cache to my caching server prior to 15 people coming in before it’s cached and having caching it down on their own.

So here’s a little script I call precache. It’s a little script that can be used to cache available Apple updates into an OS X Server that is running the Caching Service. To use, run the script followed by the name of the model. For example, for an iPad 2,1, you would use the following syntax:

sudo python precache.py iPad2,1

To eliminate beta operating systems from your precache,use the –no-beta argument:

sudo python precache.py iPad2,1 --no-beta

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Sunday April 24

14:36
20 Things To Do In Austin While Attending ACES

Things to Do In Austin In May

Diverse, fun and infused with culture, Austin is the capital of Texas and home to a prosperous community and a wide variety of culture, from the world class cuisine in the many fine restaurants, the growing population of infamous tech companies, the summer festivals and creative atmosphere, to the magnificent country music in what is also referred to as the Live music capital of the world (although Nashville, Athens, and other cities might have some arguing of that point).

Here are some great things to do when you visit Austin: 

  1. Austin City Limits

I grew up seeing acts including Willie Nelson, Little Feat, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Lyle Lovett, Merle Haggard, George Strait, REM, and everyone who was anyone play at Austin City Limits. The same is true today. It’s like playing at the Grand Ole Opry, but open to acts that today include the Arctic Monkeys, Lumineers,...

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Saturday April 23

06:00
Run A Caching Server On A Computer Without Ethernet

I do a lot of testing on MacBook Airs and the latest MacBooks. Neither have a built-in Ethernet port and I try not to travel with one. But, when you enable the Caching Server service in OS X on a machine without an active Ethernet connection, the AssetCache will report an error of the following:

Wireless portable computer not supported

The cause is pretty obvious, but bypassable because of how the sanity check was built. Simply run the following:

sudo serveradmin settings caching:Interface = en0

Now try again. Enjoy.

PS: Since people always jump on the article where I talk about how to do things that shouldn’t be done in production, I mostly use this for testing. Don’t do it in production… And if you enjoy being judgmental about things, please feel free to find something constructive to do with your time, like write up how to do something that everyone else can judge you harshly for…

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Apple has Certified Refurbished 2014 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pros available for $1609, $390 off original MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is included, and shipping is free. They have refurbished 15... Read more
27-inch 5K iMacs on sale for up to $150 off M...
B&H Photo has 27″ 5K iMacs on sale for up to $150 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 27″ 3.3GHz iMac 5K: $2199 $100 off MSRP - 27″ 3.2GHz/1TB Fusion iMac 5K: $1849.99 $150... Read more
What Does The Refreshed 12-Inch MacBook Tell...
A lot of commentators are complaining that Apple’s update of the 12-Inch MacBook last week is a bit of a damp squib. I don’t know what they were expecting, since it would be very unlike Apple to do a... Read more
Free Wittify Keyboard Now Available On The Ap...
A team of Harvard Business School students have announced that the Wittify Keyboard, a new app utility for iOS devices, is now available on the Apple App Store. The Wittify keyboard and application... Read more
Apple Reports First Year-Over-Year Quarterly...
Apple on TUesday announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 second quarter ending March 26, 2016. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $50.6 billion and quarterly net income of $10.5 billion... Read more
13-inch 2.7GHz Retina MacBook Pros on sale fo...
Take $130-$150 off MSRP on the price of a new 13″ 2.7GHz Retina MacBook Pro at Amazon. Shipping is free: - 13″ 2.7GHz/128GB Retina MacBook Pro: $1169 $130 off MSRP - 13″ 2.7GHz/256GB Retina MacBook... Read more

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Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
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