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MacXDVD upgrades DVD Ripper Pro, Video Converter Pro

MacXDVD (www.macxdvd.com) has overhauled MacX DVD Ripper Pro and MacX Video Converter Pro with as many as 20 new profiles. Users can update to the latest versions for better support of all the latest devices such as the iPhone 6S (Plus), iPad Pro, iPad Mini 4, the New Apple TV, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and more, in case of DVD ripping and video conversion.

MacX DVD Ripper Pro and MacX Video Converter Pro, originally priced at $59.95 and $49.95 for single-user license, are open to all existing users for free update. New users can get them for 50 percent off discount by taking advantages of MacXDVD 2015 autumn promotion.

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New Elmedia Video Player ready for download from the Mac App Store

Eltima Software has announced Elmedia Video Player, a free, all-new universal media player is now available for download from the Mac App Store.

The utility is equipped with audio and video options to improve playback experience for Mach users. Elmedia Video Player supports a variety of video and audio formats, including MP4, MOV, MKV, FLV, WMV, MP3, and more. It's also possible to specify preferred audio and subtitles languages for files with multiple subtitles and audio streams.

Elmedia Video Player requires OS X 10.7 or later. It's free and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Entertainment category. A pro version is available for $9.99 via in-app purchase.

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App Tamer for OS X ready for El Capitan

St. Clair Software has delivered a 2.1 update for App Tamer, its Mac utility that manages applications to deliver more efficient CPU usage, increased battery life and quieter operation.

App Tamer's AutoStop capability automatically slows down or pauses applications when you switch away from them, and then restarts them when you click back to them. Version 2.1 delivers compatibility with El Capitan and improves support for a number of applications.

App Tamer requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. A demo is available at the St. Clair website (http://tinyurl.com/24y36gu). A license to continue using it after the trial period is $14.95. If you bought App Tamer 2.0 this update is free. If you purchased App Tamer 1.x after July 1, 2013, the update is also free. If you purchased your license before that date you can upgrade for $7.95.

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DriveDx for Mac OS X revved to version 1.4.1

BinaryFruit has driven DriveDx, its Mac OS X solution for SSD and HDD health diagnostics and monitoring, to version 1.4.1. The upgrade supports external USB/FireWire drive S.M.A.R.T. diagnostic on OS X El Capitan.

DriveDx 1.4.1 requires Mac OS X 10.6.8. It can be purchased from the BinaryFruit website (http://binaryfruit.com/drivedx). The Mac App Store update is coming soon. A 10-day trial version is available for download.

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Oct 08
Stronghold Kingdoms: Global Conflict available for the Mac, PC

Firefly Studios has released their largest expansion ever for Stronghold Kingdoms — Stronghold Kingdoms: Global Conflict. It's available now for free on Mac and PC systems.

Here's how the expansion pack is described: "Global Conflict returns the online castle builder to its PvP roots by massively expanding the playable game world. Firefly’s online battlefield now includes almost every country in the world, allowing for warfare between cities, inside countries and across entire continents.

"Battle across a sprawling map of the earth, with 151 countries in one massive game world! True grand strategy has come to Stronghold Kingdoms with the arrival of the Global Conflict world map update. The number one requested feature by players since the release of 'Europe', this new world map opens up completely new strategic possibilities for all players from newbies to end-game veterans. 
"With its largest game world ever, Stronghold Kingdoms: Global Conflict...

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Oct 08
Elgato Eve HomeKit accessories now available at Apple Stores

Elgato (www.elgato.com) has announced the availability of their HomeKit-enabled Eve Room and Eve Weather sensors in Apple stores worldwide and on Apple.com.

The new Eve HomeKit accessories gather data on air quality, temperature, humidity and air pressure to gain insights that help make your home a smarter place. Eve Room and Eve Weather offer advanced security, and tight integration with Siri.  

The Eve Room monitors indoor air quality, temperature and humidity usingsophisticated sensors that analyze volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Eve Room goes beyond CO2 by analyzing substances that directly affect your well-being, like alcohols and chemicals, molds, paints, smoke, and more to ensure users keep their home safe.  

Eve Weather is a wireless outdoor sensor that monitors temperature, humidity and air pressure to help users better prepare for the day. Eve Weather is built to live outside, and with...

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Oct 08
Bowers & Wilkins launches Zeppelin Wireless

Bowers & Wilkins has announced the Zeppelin Wireless, a redesign of its Zeppelin speaker system

For the Zeppelin Wireless the material and shape of the subwoofer has been altered with a larger 6.5-inch driver and an "ultra-long" voice coil to allow for deeper bass. It also boasts decoupled double-dome tweeters and FST midrange drivers.
A new reinforced cabinet has been redesigned with a front  fascia that's 50 percent thicker than the previous version. Specially designed glass fibre ribs strengthen the cabinet.
The Zeppelin Wireless has Digital Signal Processing (DSP) that's purportedly twice as powerful as its predecessor. All inputs are upsampled to 24-bit/192kHz resolution.
The Zeppelin Wireless includes Airplay, Bluetooth aptX and Spotify Connect support. A Control App has also been updated and is available for iOS, Mac O X, Android and Windows systems.
The Zeppelin Wireless is priced at US$699.99. It's and available...

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Oct 08
ooVoo 6.0 for Mac OS X sports a new look

ooVoo has updated its Mac app with a complete interface redesign and new features. ooVoo 6.0 now offers an integrated video calling and messaging experience in an one-window design and sleeker interface. This brand new look is fully reflective of the experience found in ooVoo's award winning mobile app.

Chief Product Officer Rajesh Midha says the ooVoo for Mac interface redesign encompasses all of ooVoo's most popular features, including: high-definition one-on-one video calling, 12-way group video calling, voice calls, and screen sharing. This release also includes an in-app purchase option for ooVoo Premium, which provides users an ad-free experience.

ooVoo 6.0 requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It's available free at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/or5dq55).

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Oct 08
Quark offers 40 percent discount on QuarkXPress Upgrade Plans

Throughout the month of October, Quark Software is offering a 40 percent discount on QuarkXPress Upgrade Plans. With a QuarkXPress Upgrade Plan, users are guaranteed to receive all QuarkXPress upgrades free of charge over the course of the plan, including all new major version updates.

Until Oct. 31, the plan is offered for US$99 for one year and $179 for two years, saving users over 40 percent. To learn more about the special offer contact the Quark Telesales Team (http://tinyurl.com/psb2tse). QuarkXPress users can purchase a QuarkXPress Upgrade Plan within 90 days of upgrading to the newest version or within 90 days of purchasing a new license of QuarkXPress 2015.

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Oct 08
Enhanced editions of Harry Potter books released on iBooks

Apple has announced that enhanced editions of all seven books in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series are now available exclusively on the iBooks Store for readers around the world to enjoy on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac.

Customers can download individual books featuring full original text, interactive animations and elaborate artwork. Harry Potter fans will also find annotations throughout their literary journey, written by the author herself. 
"I’m thrilled to see the Harry Potter books so beautifully realised on iBooks for the digital world; the artwork and animations in these enhanced editions bring the stories alive in a delightful new way," says J.K. Rowling.
Until now, the Harry Potter digital books have only been available for readers to purchase through the Pottermore Shop. Starting today, iBooks users can experience the books with all new exclusive custom covers for each title, and typography including the custom Harry Potter...

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Oct 08
Maintain serves up Cocktail 9.0.1 (El Capitan Edition)

Maintain has announced Cocktail 9.0.1 (El Capitan Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X El Capitan 10.11.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. This version adds OS X El Capitan 10.11 compatibility and fixes miscellaneous bugs discovered in the previous release. It also contains overall performance improvements. The update is highly recommended for all users of Cocktail (El Capitan Edition).

Cocktail 9.0.1 (El Capitan Edition) requires OS X El Capitan 10.11 to run. Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) for OS X 10.10, Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from Maintain website.

Cocktail costs US$19 for a single user license and is available for purchase from the Maintain website (...

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Oct 08
Marked 2.5 for OS X gets multilingual spelling/grammar checker

Brett Terpstra has announced Marked 2.5 for OS X. It's a live-updating Markdown preview application with a full set of tools for writers.

Users can edit text documents in their favorite editor and Marked will provide the tools needed for previewing, proofreading, and polishing. Version 2.5 adds multilingual spelling and grammar checking, support for new applications, expanded export options, and advanced features for integration in writing workflows.

Marked 2.5 requires OS X Yosemite or higher. It's available on the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/pt88avq). Normally priced at US$13.99, Marked 2.5 is available for $11.99 for a limited time. The update is free to all existing Marked 2 users.

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Oct 07
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac gets OS X El Capitan support

Parallels (www.parallels.com) says both Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac (www.parallels.com/desktop) and Parallels Mac Management for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) fully support OS X El Capitan.

Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac (build 11.0.2) supports El Capitan as both a host and guest, as well as Windows 10 and other operating systems as a guest. In Coherence mode, Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac lets you run OS X El Capitan's Split View feature – the ability to display two different apps on one screen.

In addition, Microsoft’s intelligent personal assistant Cortana can be used on a Mac with both OS X and Windows 10 apps. This is the first time that Parallels Desktop has ever made both Windows and Mac features available across both OS platforms.

"With Windows 10 and OS X El Capitan launching within...

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Oct 07
Apple's antitrust compliance: the company is its own 'worst...

Apple's antitrust compliance program has improved, but the company continues to impede a court-appointed monitor overseeing the program, acting as "its own worst enemy," the monitor told a federal judge in a report made public on Tuesday.

According to Reuters (http://tinyurl.com/ourjomn), Michael Bromwich, who was assigned to monitor Apple’s internal antitrust policies after U.S. District Judge Denise Cote found the company liable for conspiring to raise e-book prices, said Apple persisted in raising objections to his requests for information.

"In this respect, Apple has been its own worst enemy," he said. "This lack of cooperation has cast an unnecessary shadow over meaningful progress in developing a comprehensive and effective antitrust compliance program."

In March a three judge panel in the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York questioned (...

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Oct 07
Twelve South introduces revamped BookArc for MacBook

Twelve South (www.twelvesouth.com) has introduced a redesigned version of their very first product, BookArc for MacBook. Tailored specifically for the newest generation of MacBooks, BookArc holds your MacBook vertically, freeing up valuable workspace.

You can dock your MacBook in BookArc, connect a large external display, keyboard and mouse, and create a more comfortable desktop setup. BookArc for MacBook is compatible with all MacBook models including the new 12-inch MacBook. Like the original in 2009, BookArc is still $49.99 and is available now.

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Oct 07
Typinator for Mac OS X is now scriptable

Ergonis Software has launched Typinator 6.7, a new version of their text expander for Mac OS X 10.6 or newer. The upgrade is scriptable. This means that you can control many aspects of Typinator via AppleScript or JavaScript.

Typinator 6.7 also expands the range of possibilities for using scripts in your expansions. Scripts can now be stored in compiled form. In addition to AppleScript, these scripts can now also be written in JavaScript.

Typinator can be purchased on the Ergonis Software website (www.ergonis.com). The upgrade to Typinator 6.7 is free for anyone who owns a valid license for Typinator 6. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses.

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Oct 07
Output Factory for Adobe InDesign now supports OS X El Capitan

Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 1.5.39, a compatibility update to its output automation solution from Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory automates printing, exporting and preflighting of InDesign documents, and offers batch output, single page export, variable file names, layer versioning, detailed history and more. The new version makes Output Factory compatible with the recently released Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan and is offered as a free update to licensed users.

Output Factory can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$169.95 (a "lite" version is available for $120). A demo is available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $84.97. Output Factory requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and works with Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2015.

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Oct 07
uBar for Mac OS X revved to version 3.0

Brawer Software has introduced uBar 3.0, an update to their app and window manager for Mac OS X 10.9 and higher. The app allows users to quickly launch and manage their apps, all via a convenient visual interface.

Users can create shortcuts, and quickly open files with a simple drag 'n drop of a file or folder onto the bar. Version 3.0 brings the ability to position uBar on any side of the screen, offers custom dial timepieces, and visual window previews.

uBar 3.0 costs $20 and is available exclusively through the Brawer Software website (http://brawersoftware.com). Current uBar 2 users can purchase version 3.0 for $10.

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Oct 06
eMedia Music ships Music Theory Tutor

eMedia Music Corp. (eMediaMusic.com) has released the new Music Theory Tutor series of music theory software. Based on the latest technologies, the software incorporates a methodical yet open curriculum designed by Dr. Gregory Simon, Ph.D., and features interactive lessons with real time pitch and rhythmic detection. Students sing, tap and play instruments to answer questions, and easily track their progress with graphs and statistics.

Music Theory Tutor is compatible with the latest Macintosh and Windows operating systems and consists of four products:

Music Theory Tutor Volume 1 includes over 230 lessons cover beginning to intermediate music theory.  Students learn how to read music, basic chord theory, scale theory, and the basic building blocks of music.

Music Theory Tutor Volume 2 delivers over 200 lessons covering intermediate to advanced music theory topics and builds on the lessons found in Music Theory Tutor Volume 1. Subjects covered include the...

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Oct 06
NetSpot for Mac OS X updated with three new features

NetSpot, a wireless network survey app for the Mac, has been revved to version 2.4.

The update includes three new features: AP indicators in three new sizes, option to export only the surveyed part of your map, and the ability to copy network's name MAC-address into clipboard. NetSpot 2.4.623 also has enhanced how you add custom aliases to networks in the sidebar, map calibrations usability, and how the heatmap is generated on Retina displays.

NetSpot is available in free, pro and enterprise editions. The free version is designed for the home user who doesn't need advanced features like report exporting, AP alias management and active scanning. The pro version offers advanced features for network professionals.

The enterprise version is designed for companies that need multiple users and installations. For more information visit NetSpot online (www.netspotapp.com).

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Oct 08
Smart TVs vs. dedicated streaming media devices

The popularity of OTT SVOD (over-the-top subscription video) has influenced the increase of connected media devices in consumers’ homes. In turn, connected media devices continue to change consumers’ TV/video viewing behavior by bringing a variety of sources of media and entertainment to the larger screen.

From family TV night via broadcasted TV, to binge watching and content stacking via OTT SVOD services on a consumer’s individual time, content consumption is in the control of the consumer. A new report from the Connected Home UX (CHX) group at Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) exploring connected media device ownership has found that the accessibility to connected apps/services provides the convenience of on demand content and a more diverse breadth of TV/video to choose from; pushing consumers to watch more TV/video than ever before.

From smart TVs to dedicated game...

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Oct 07
Gartner: 'replacement indecision' to hamper...

Worldwide combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are expected to reach 2.4 billion units in 2015, a 1 percent decline from 2014 and down from the previous quarter's forecast of 1.5 percent growth, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). 

"Replacement activity across all types of devices has decreased," says Ranjit Atwal, research director at the research group. "Users are extending the lifetime of their devices, or deciding not to replace their devices at all." 

Gartner's latest device forecast also showed that shipments in all categories will contract in 2015, except for mobile phone shipments, which are on pace to increase 1.4 percent in 2015. Smartphone shipments are estimated to increase 14 percent in 2015. Emerging Asia/Pacific, including India and Indonesia, is on pace to show the strongest growth (43 percent) in 2015, while Greater China will grow three...

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Oct 06
Understanding the smartphone behavior of tweens

For a new generation of consumers, the first smartphone owned will be as a tween (aged 8-12 years). At this life stage, often coinciding with the end of elementary school or commencing middle school, children start to gain some independence from their parents. 

Naturally, as children start doing more things on their own, parents want to be able to stay in touch with their child; the parent’s provision of a smartphone was not only motivated by communication, but also for use at school, in case of emergency and safety. Comparatively, for tweens, the motivation for a smartphone was communication with friends and family, games and texting.

A new report from the Mobile Device UX group at Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) has explored the motivations and behaviors of tweens and parents with smartphones. For parents looking to give their tween a smartphone, ensuring its cost-...

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Oct 05
Majority of gamers lack confidence in developers...

PlayFab (www.playfab.com), a backend service to build, launch and grow live games, has announced findings from its recent survey on cybersecurity concerns and awareness among gamers.

The findings, which include responses from 500 participants that play video games more than four hours per week, revealed that 83 percent of respondents believe game developers should be responsible for securing players' personal data, however fewer than 40 percent said they feel confident in current safeguards.
What's more, while 86 percent of participants expressed concern with protecting personal data on the Internet, data security ranked as one of the lowest priorities when making game purchases for nearly half of all respondents, indicating a disparity between beliefs and actions.

Despite the steady succession of high-profile data breaches over the last year, many businesses and consumers are still not taking...

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Oct 02
Remote device controls feature highly in consumer...

Consumers are looking to their mobile devices to do more and more of what their home PCs or laptops do; this in turn has led to similar security concerns on their mobile devices.

A new report from the Media and Services UX (MSX) group at Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) has found that consumers are increasingly turning to mobile security app services to not only protect their phones and make them feel safer when using them, but also to help recover them and protect their data if their phones are ever lost or stolen. 
Services that come pre-installed on mobile phones become the low-hanging fruit for users – especially those who are unaware that they exist, according to the research group This creates tremendous opportunity for both mobile operators and device OEMs [original equipment manufacturers]alike, providing users with an immediate security service that comes on their...

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Oct 01
The Northern Spy: Back Up To The Old Tricks

By Rick Sutcliffe

Much has happened worth commenting upon in the months that this space has been devoted to explicating some of the features of Modula-2 R10 that make it safe, reliable, and extensible as a problem solving tool. For one thing, a few errors were noted in the June article. R10 uses NOT, but ~ is not a synonym, [DESCENDING] was removed for FOR loops and replaced by FOR selector--, and two escape sequences for strings were omitted due to a misunderstanding. Fixed.

Meanwhile, amidst a new Federal election and accompanying rhetoric, Apple released the iPhone 6s and 6s+ to great anticipation, and wicked-fast sales amounting to thirteen million units in the first weekend. The Spy suspects many of these users are either upgrading old iPhones (pre-6) or switching from other platforms they have come to realize are inconsistent or inadequate for their needs.

Oh, there are some fair enough phones for the budget conscious without extensive...

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Sep 30
Patent options expand with mobile healthcare apps

The number of mobile health applications available to consumers now surpasses 165,000, as developers incorporate innovative data collection features linked to sensors and wearables, according to a new report released today by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.

While most available apps focus on overall wellness, healthcare systems and professionals are expressing greater interest and excitement in broader app use as barriers to mainstream adoption of mHealth are removed—especially in the area of chronic disease management.

The IMS Institute study (http://tinyurl.com/oqzeo8n) found that one in 10 apps now has the capability to connect to a device or sensor, providing biofeedback and physiological function data from the patient and greatly extending the accuracy and convenience of data collection. Nearly a quarter of consumer apps are now focused on disease and treatment management,...

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Sep 29
Gartner: more than 75 percent of companies investing...

Investment in big data continues to increase in 2015, but not as rapidly as in previous years. More than three-quarters of companies are investing or planning to invest in big data in the next two years, a three percent increase over 2014, according to a recent survey of IT and business leaders by Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).

The survey, which was conducted among 437 Gartner Research Circle Members in June 2015, included global organizations across all industries, both Gartner clients and non-clients.

"This year begins the shift of big data away from a topic unto itself, and toward standard practices," says Nick Heudecker, research director at Gartner. "The topics that formerly defined big data, such as massive data volumes, disparate data sources and new technologies are becoming familiar as big data solutions become mainstream. For example, among companies that have invested in big data technology, 70...

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Sep 28
The web is turning its back on Flash

During his lifetime, Steve Jobs, Apple’s co-founder and former CEO, was known to be one of the most opinionated figures in the tech world. And while he certainly wasn’t right about everything, there’s one thing he got right years before many others: his famous rejection of Flash.

Five years after Jobs published an open letter defending his company’s decision to leave Flash off its mobile devices and slamming Flash as unreliable and unsafe, the majority of the internet industry has come to the same conclusion.

Flash is now widely regarded as a performance-hampering safety hazard and more and more companies are turning their back on what was once the industry standard: Citing security concerns, Mozilla recently disabled the Flash plugin in its Firefox browser by default; Amazon has banned it from its advertising network and other companies are following suite. In August 2015, just 22 percent of websites in the Alexa Top 10,000 used Flash, down from almost 50 percent...

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Sep 25
Strategy analytics: consumer usage of smartphone...

Navigation tasks are vitally important use-cases for the in-vehicle consumer. Regardless of device type (embedded or portable), a well-put-together and usable connected navigation system must provide information which is timely, relevant, and easily-consumed. A new report from the In-vehicle UX (IVX) group at Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) has found key differences in usage and satisfaction among owners of embedded, dedicated portable and smartphone-based navigation systems.

Surveying owners in the US, Western Europe, and China, Strategy Analytics found overall satisfaction to be highest among owners of embedded navigation systems, particularly in the US. However, while usage of embedded navigation systems remains high, the prevalence of smartphone-based app navigation is becoming increasingly ubiquitous. Even so, findings from the survey suggest that users are still most...

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Friday October 9

El Capitan: Hide Your Menu Bar!

In this article, we're going to cover an interesting feature of the new version of OS X: Hiding and showing the menu bar. For those of you who like to hide the Dock when you're not using it, this'll reduce your visual clutter even more. All the focus'll be on your work windows after today's Quick Tip!

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Woz weighs in on the heated exchange in the Steve...

Interesting. TechCrunch lays out some dialog in the Steve Jobs movie, a confrontation between Woz and Jobs, and the real-world Woz weighs in with his disagreeing take.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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iPhone 6s/Plus goes on sale in 36 more countries...

Apple’s rollout of the iPhone 6s/Plus beyond the dozen launch countries kicks off today, with customers in 36 more countries able to get their hands on the new devices. This follows Apple making SIM-free phones available in the USA.

The countries are Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Taiwan.

Those in Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates...

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Thursday October 8

Apple removing ad blockers that install root...

Apple this evening has removed a handful of apps from the App Store that install root certificates of their own. By installing their own root certificate, the app developers could theoretically gain access to encrypted traffic from users. Among some of the apps being removed are a select number of ad blockers. The ad blockers that have been removed are ones that block content both in Safari and in other apps.

The process that developers went through to be able to block ads in third-party apps is basically setting up a VPN where all traffic is run through the developer’s servers to remove the ads. This is a process that, obviously, could be used for malicious practices...

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Apple removes certain content blockers from iOS App...

In a bid to protect users against potential man-in-the-middle attacks, Apple on Thursday confirmed the removal of multiple iOS content blockers, also referred to as ad blockers, that relied on the installation of root certificates to operate.

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Apple begins selling unlocked, SIM-free iPhone 6s...

Two weeks following the initial launch of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, Apple has added a new purchasing option for the devices to its online store. Starting today, customers can buy an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus SIM-free, unlocked, and without a carrier…

Apple explains on its online store that purchasing a SIM-free iPhone means customers do not have to sign a contract commitment with a carrier, nor do they have to deal with carrier financing. It also notes that the device does not come with a nano-SIM, meaning that customers can go to a carrier of their choice and get a SIM, assuming the carrier supports the wireless bands the iPhone has. This, of course, means that the entire cost of the device must be paid upfront.


The SIM-free iPhone comes...

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Elon Musk: All charged up in Berlin


Handelsblatt: Apple just hired some of Tesla’s most important engineers. Do you have to worry about a new competitor?

Musk: Important engineers? They have hired people we’ve fired. We always jokingly call Apple the “Tesla Graveyard.” If you don’t make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple. I’m not kidding.

Handelsblatt: Do you take Apple’s ambitions seriously?

Musk: Did you ever take a look at the Apple Watch? (laughs) No, seriously: It’s good that Apple is moving and investing in this direction. But cars are very complex compared to phones or smartwatches. You can’t just go to a supplier like Foxconn and say: Build me a car. But for Apple, the car is the next logical thing to finally offer a significant innovation. A new pencil or a bigger iPad alone were not relevant enough.

Yet another person who should know better being dismissive of Apple. Remember when cell phone manufacturers said it’s not easy to make a phone and that Apple...

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MakerBot lays off another twenty percent of its...

In April MakerBot laid off 20 percent of its workforce. Roughly six months later, its doing it again, trimming another fifth of its payroll as it struggles to meet lofty ambitions and expectations set by its parent company Stratasys. In a blog post...

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Apple on iPhone Battery Performance: You’re...

Some testing and real-world usage has found that devices powered by an Apple A9 chip made by TSMC get as much as 50 minutes more battery life than devices powered by A9s made by Samsung. Apple told TechCrunch, however, that its internal data shows a modest 2-3 percent difference as a whole, and that benchmark testing procedures are not an accurate way to measure battery life.

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Microsoft's taking HoloLens on tour to woo...

Microsoft has already said its mixed reality headset, HoloLens, will be reaching developers early next year. But while we wait for that to happen, the company plans to take it on tour across the US and Canada, in an event that's going to give devel...

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Volkswagen may give money to owners of emissions-...

If you're an owner of one of the 11 million owners of a Volkswagen car that's part of the company's huge emissions cheating scandal, you might be getting some compensation for the car's lost value. As reported by ABC News, Volkswagen US CEO Michael...

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Reuters: Uber hacking investigation is targeting a...

There is very little love lost between car-platform rivals Lyft and Uber. Nowhere is that more apparent than in a Reuters' article about anonymous sources pointing fingers at Lyft's technology chief Chris Lambert as the probable cause of an Uber ha...

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Facebook Tests New Button-Pushing Plan

Facebook on Thursday announced a pilot test of "Reactions," a way to respond to posts on the network in a more nuanced way than its Like button allows. The new feature is live in Spain and Ireland. CEO Mark Zuckerberg previously alluded to the eventual landing of a Like alternative, although he said it would not be a much-requested Dislike button. Facebook had good reasons to resist a Dislike button, with all of its attendant negativity. The new Reactions bar addresses the spirit of the user requests with a "more expressive Like button," said Chris Cox, chief product officer at Facebook.

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HBO Go launching as a standalone streaming service...

HBO's Go on-demand streaming service is set to launch in Latin America and the Caribbean as a standalone subscription product, the network revealed today. While HBO Go has been available in these areas for pay-TV subscribers, cord-cutters will soon...

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The Big Mac Bundle: $17.99

We have a new app bundle for you today called The Big Mac Bundle. It has 14 productivity apps and optimization utilities for your Mac for a whopping $17.99. RapidWeaver, Ember, MacPilot, MacBooster 3, WiFi Radar Pro, and nine others. Check out the full list on the deal listing.

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Instead of dislike, Facebook is testing '...

Last night Engadget brought you a sneak peek at Facebook's new "Reactions" feature, and today the social network confirmed it's now in testing. Instead of the often-requested "dislike" to counter the existing Like button, founder Mark Zuckerberg ex...

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Apple Pay coming to Starbucks, KFC and Chili's...

In a sign that Apple Pay is gaining traction with even more retailers, VP of Apple Pay Jennifer Bailey has just announced on stage at Code/Mobile a plan to roll out Apple Pay in Starbucks, KFC and Chili's locations across the country. You can expec...

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The Two Sides of Apple: Brilliance and Ennui

Apple is capable of making amazing products. Often that capability results in products that start off with a bang but never seize the marketplace. Then Apple's traditional desire to relentlessly move into the future takes hold and loyal customers are left behind. This is not a bug; it's a feature.

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2015 National Geographic Photo Contest entries

I always love these pictures. So amazing.

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Using Apple Watch at night

Nice tip from Stephen Hackett. I might give this, and the app, a try.

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iPhone 6s shoots better video than pro Nikon DSLR

Obviously the iPhone is infinitely worse than any current DSLR for stills but surprisingly it appears to be a far better video camera than my $3000 DSLR when there is enough light present.

Very interesting.

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The Mac now has 14.8% of the U.S. personal computer...

Apple's computer line continues to increase its share of the personal computer market. What's more, the Mac has set a new record in the United States.

Apple saw its worldwide Mac sales rise 1.5 percent over the third quarter of 2015, while U.S. shipments jumped 7.3 percent, according to Gartner Inc. That's the highest ever market share Apple has ever achieved in United States' PC market, beating the previous record of 13.4 percent.

The research group says Apple now has 7.6 of the global PC market — up from 6.9 percent in the third quarter of 2014. The news is even better in the U.S. Gartner says Apple's market share here grew 7.3 percent year-over-year and now stands at 14.8 percent. 

Globally, the top 5 personal computer makers, and their market share in quarter three of 2015,...

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Thursday October 8

iPhone 6s Now Available SIM-Free in Apple Online Store

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are now available SIM-free in Apple's online store, allowing potential customers to buy an unlocked iPhone with no carrier attached. The new option was first spotted by MacRumors forum member Ternary. On its website, Apple explains the differences between a regular iPhone and a SIM-free one.

The SIM-free iPhone comes without a wireless contract commitment or carrier financing. It doesn’t come with a nano-SIM card for iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, or iPhone 5s. And because it’s unlocked, it isn’t tied to one carrier, so you can get a nano-SIM from any supported carrier worldwide, such as AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, or Sprint in the United States.Purchasing a SIM-free iPhone means that customers have to pay for the full price of the device upfront. It's ideal for...

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Elon Musk: If You Don't Make It at Tesla, You Go Wo...

In a new interview with German newspaper Handelsblatt (via Business Insider), Tesla CEO Elon Musk spoke about his thoughts on the much-rumored Apple Car. Additionally, Musk was asked what he thought about Apple hiring away some of Tesla's "most important engineers."
Important engineers? They have hired people we’ve fired. We always jokingly call Apple the “Tesla Graveyard.” If you don’t make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple. I’m not kidding.Musk was then asked whether he takes Apple's car ambitions seriously, to which he joked "did you ever take a look at the Apple Watch?" He went on to say that it was good Apple was moving toward and investing in a car, saying that it's the "next logical thing" for the company to offer "significant innovation...

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Video: Apple Pay Head Jennifer Baily Announces that Star...

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Second Wave iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Launch Kicks Off in 40...

Apple's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are now available for purchase in Taiwan, marking the start of the second wave iPhone launch. Beginning October 9, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus availability is expanding to more than 40 countries, the bulk of which are in Europe. In each country, Apple retail stores, Apple Authorized Resellers, and local carriers will begin offering the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus as retail locations begin opening in the morning.

A full list of countries where the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will be available as October 9 rolls around is below:

Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Taiwan

Locations in Taiwan recently began selling the new iPhones, with some...

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Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2 Refer...

The third OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 beta seeded to developers yesterday contains references to a Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2, as spotted by French website Consomac. Apple could ship the next-generation keyboard and mouse accessories alongside the new 4K 21.5-inch Retina iMac expected to launch next week, although the exact release date remains uncertain.

Apple's current-generation Wireless Keyboard and Magic Mouse
A new Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2, each featuring Bluetooth 4.2 and rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, first appeared in FCC filings in August. Apple also...

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Apple Invents Tamper Prevention for eSIM (Apple SIM)

It's worth noting today that USPTO published a patent application from Apple's senior iOS engineers that focuses on "Tamper Prevention for Electronic Subscriber Module (eSIM) Type Parameters."

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Harry Potter Enhanced Editions Now Available Exclusively...

Apple today announced that enhanced editions of all seven books in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling are now available exclusively through the iBooks Store around the world for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac.

The enhanced Harry Potter books feature the full original text, interactive animations, detailed artwork and annotations from Rowling. There are also exclusive custom covers for each title, custom Harry Potter typefaces and new section headers and drop caps.

Harry Potter Enhanced Editions are available in English for $9.99 each in 32 countries, while pre-orders begin today for French, German and Spanish versions, which will be available on November 9 in 18 additional countries.“I’m thrilled to see the Harry Potter books so beautifully realised on iBooks for the digital world; the artwork...

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Wednesday October 7

Jony Ive Discusses His Lasting Memory of Steve Jobs, New...

Today at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit, Jony Ive sat down with director JJ Abrams and film producer Brian Grazer in a panel titled "Changing Worlds, Inventing Worlds" and spoke about his lasting memory of Steve Jobs and his new role as Chief Design Officer.

Image via Vanity Fair
Ive said he had messy feelings about Jobs when he died and knew of the "incredible complexity" of his attributes, but that in the four years since his death most of those attributes have receded. Since then, Ive believes he's been left with something that is "just him."
Quite honestly, what’s remained, I never would have predicted four years ago. What’s remained is almost unremarkable, but what’s remained is his very simple focus on trying to make something beautiful and great. And it really was simple....

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Laurene Jobs Powell Reportedly Got Leonardo DiCaprio...

According to a new report tonight, Steve Jobs' widow was so determined to have the new movie about the late Apple boss canned that she contacted Leonardo DiCaprio ...

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TSMC's A9 Chip Outperforming Samsung's in Earl...

Following the launch of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus last month, it was discovered that Apple is dual sourcing the A9 chip for the new devices from both TSMC and Samsung, with the chips from the two companies measuring at slightly different sizes due to different processes used in manufacturing the chips. As users began to determine which chips were used in their devices, data began to point toward a 60/40 split in favor of TSMC, although the ratio has shifted toward 50/50 as more data has been obtained.

Benchmarks have suggested there is little if any difference in chip performance between the two A9 variants, but some recent battery testing (via Engadget) is hinting at the possibility of significantly better battery life for...

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Apple Seeds Third OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 Beta to Develo...

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming OS X El Capitan update to developers and public beta testers for testing purposes, just over one one week after releasing the second OS X 10.11.1 beta and a week after the public release of OS X El Capitan on September 30.

The new beta, build 15B30a, is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center.

The first beta of OS X 10.11.1 introduced support for a range of new emoji included in Unicode 8, like cheese wedge, taco, burrito, popcorn, middle finger, unicorn head, and more. Other betas appear to include under-the-hood fixes that are not immediately apparent.

It is not clear what the first update to OS X El Capitan will bring to the new OS aside from updated emoji, but it's likely to...

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Barclays Planning to Launch Apple Pay Support in UK in E...

Apple Pay launched in the United Kingdom in July at more than 250,000 locations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, but Barclays remains notably absent from the group of banks supporting the mobile payments service.

Nevertheless, Barclays remains committed to supporting Apple Pay in the future. Barclays CEO of Personal and Corporate Banking Ashok Vaswani today told customer Mike Jobson by email that the bank plans to roll out Apple Pay in early 2016.We have signed up for ApplePay and will launch it very early in the New Year. We truly value your custom and hope that you continue to bank with us particularly since we are launching this shortly.A high-level executive at Barclays previously stated the bank anticipated...

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Apple Announces Beats Pill+ Speaker Available in Novembe...

Apple today announced a new Beats Pill+ Bluetooth wireless speaker with a simplistic design, stereo active 2-way crossover system and 12-hour battery life. The speaker will be available for $229.95 in black or white through the Apple Online Store and authorized Beats retailers beginning next month.

Beats Pill+ Bluetooth Wireless Speaker will retail for $229.95 (Image: The Verge)
The new Beats Pill+ companion app will enable users to control the speaker using a smartphone, with features including the ability to control music from two Bluetooth sources and sync two Beats Pill+ speakers together for either simultaneous or dedicated right and left playback."When you obsess about sound the way that we do at Beats, portable Bluetooth speakers can be very tricky," said...

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New Report Points to Apple's iPhone Still Leading i...

A new report today notes that “In urban China, smartphone sales represented 84% of overall phone sales in the three months ending in August with the iPhone 6 ...

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Tuesday October 6

New Study Shows the iPhone Gained Market Share in August...

Today ComScore published their latest key trends in the U.S. smartphone industry for August 2015. Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with ...

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Disney Artists Go Hands-On With Upcoming iPad Pro and Ap...

Apple today sent a few iPad Pros over to Disney, where Disney animators were able to use them alongside the Apple Pencil to test out the iPad Pro's drawing and sketching capabilities in a professional environment.

Disney Story Artist Jeff Ranjo shared a Periscope that demonstrates the iPad Pro in action, and several images of the Disney team's drawings were shared on Twitter. The Disney team was using a beta version of popular drawing app Procreate, which has been updated to work with the iPad Pro, and an iPad Pro version of Paper by Fiftythree was also shown off.

Apple brought in some cool new toys. If I could get the artists to put them down then I could get a turn. pic.twitter.com/WpuLHvRSvp

— Paul Hildebrandt (@paulhildebrandt) October 6,...

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With Microsoft launching their First Notebook Today coul...

Today, Microsoft surprised the world with their first Notebook ... could a desktop be next?

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AT&T Receives FCC Waiver Needed for Wi-Fi Calling, N...

Earlier this week, AT&T announced that it had delayed its promised Wi-Fi calling feature as it had not been able to obtain an FCC waiver that would allow it to temporarily forgo offering support options for deaf and hard-of-hearing people. Following that announcement, the FCC has now granted AT&T's waiver request, allowing the carrier to proceed with its Wi-Fi calling launch plans.

The waiver is available on the FCC website [PDF] and grants AT&T the right to delay implementing a teletypewriter (TTY) service for the deaf until December 31, 2017. AT&T plans to instead use a newer form of communication, real-time text (RTT) as an alternative, and the waiver will allow it to avoid using a TTY service until its...

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Apple Sued over Accelerated Loading of their OS's a...

Realtime Data (doing business as IXO) has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns four patents covering accelerated loading of operating systems and application programs at system boot or application launch. All products using ...

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Apple to Launch 4K 21.5-inch Retina iMac Next Week, iPad...

Apple plans to introduce the rumored 21.5-inch Retina iMac next week, reports 9to5Mac. There will be several models that could show up in stores as early as October 13, but supplies may be somewhat limited until production ramps up in November.

As has been previously rumored, the 21.5-inch iMac will have a resolution of 4096 x 2304. Code discovered in OS X El Capitan has pointed towards Broadwell chips with Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200 and AMD Radeon M380 - M395X discrete graphics for the new iMacs.

Rumors have also suggested the new 21.5-inch iMac will include an improved display quality with greater color saturation, but the external design of the machine will...

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Thursday October 8

Episode 066 on TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2015—Office 365...
OS X Server 5 Logs

OS X running the Server app has a lot of scripts used for enabling services, setting states, changing hostnames and the like. Once upon a time there was a script for OS X Server called server setup. It was a beautiful but too simplistic kind of script. Today, much of that logic has been moved out into more granular scripts, kept in /Applications/Server.app/Contents/ServerRoot/System/Library/ServerSetup, used by the server to perform all kinds of tasks. These scripts are, like a lot of other things in OS X Server. Some of these include the configuration of amavisd, docecot and alerts. These scripts can also be used for migrating services and data. Sometimes the scripts are in bash, sometimes ruby, sometimes perl and other times even python. And the scripts tend to change year over year/release over release. The easiest way to view logs is to use the Server app, clicking on Logs in the sidebar. The dropdown at the bottom of the screen provides quick access to service-based logs....

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OneNote—the Swiss Army Knife of education

Today’s post was written by Sandi Adams, technology project specialist for Cherokee County District.

Fall is my favorite time of year to get outdoors and spend some time hiking and backpacking. No matter if it is a day trip or overnight, I always pack my little Swiss Army Knife—my one tool with so many uses.

This time of year also involves my favorite education tool—OneNote. Like my Swiss Army Knife, OneNote is the one tool with many uses. A virtual notebook reminiscent of my old Trapper Keeper, OneNote organizes by sections or group sections with unlimited pages packed with documents, photos, emails, spreadsheets, recordings, inking and so much more. It gives me the ability to collaborate with colleagues and students, and best of all, I can access the most current version of my notebooks from my phone, iPad, Microsoft Surface, desktop or laptop.


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Sway adds OneDrive for Business integration, Sway...

Just a couple of weeks ago, Microsoft released Office 2016 worldwide. The new Office delivers new value for Office 365 subscribers with a focus on collaboration, apps that work for you, and a perfect pairing with Windows 10. Sway was built from the ground up for seamless co-authoring and it provides powerful design assistance hosted in the cloud. The powerful Sway app for Windows 10 combines the full richness of Sway on the web with additional capabilities on your PC or tablet.

Sway became generally available in August, and we’re continuing to release updates and address customer feedback just like we did during Sway Preview. We’re excited to announce that OneDrive for Business integration is available for customers signing in to Sway with Office 365 work and school accounts, as well as updates to Sway...

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The project manager’s guide to planning a perfect...

Being a project manager is a tough job. There are constant demands on your time, people to keep on track, pressure to do a certain amount of work in what often seems like an impossibly short amount of time and much more.

But it’s also a necessary role that can bring extraordinary value to your company. In fact, according to a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers, more than 60 percent of project failures are linked to internal issues such as insufficient resources or missed deadlines—i.e., situations a project manager can help avoid. In addition, it’s a growing industry, as more and more companies realize the importance of solid project management.

Being a project manager is like being a juggler who spins several plates in the air at once—not...

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Backup OS X Server Settings

We covered using Time Machine Server previously. Here, we’re going to look at backing up the settings of an OS X Server. To do so, we’re going to install a little app called Bender from the great folks at Robot Cloud. You can download that from http://robotcloud.screenstepslive.com/s/2459/m/5322/l/94467-bender-automated-backup-of-os-x-server-settings.

Once downloaded, run the package installer.

At the Welcome to Bender screen, click Continue.

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Wednesday October 7

The Top 8 Features for Small Businesses in iOS 9

Smallbizdaily posted an article I did for Bushel about the top 8 new features in iOS 9 that help small businesses. Find it here, if you so choose:


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Setup NetBoot On OS X Server 5 for El Capitan and...

The NetBoot service allows administrators of OS X computers to leverage images hosted on a server to boot computers to a central location and put a new image on them, upgrade them and perform automations based on upgrades and images. Since the very first versions of OS X, the service has been called NetBoot. In the Server app, Apple provides a number of options surrounding the NetInstall service, based on Automator-style actions, now calling the service NetInstall.

The first step to configuring the NetInstall service is to decide what you want the service to do. There are three options available in System Image Utility (available under the Tools menu of the Server app in OS X Server):

  • Create a NetBoot Image: Allows Macs to boot over the network to a disk image hosted on a server.
  • Create a NetInstall Image: Leverage NetBoot as a boot disk so that an image hosted on a server can be used to run an OS X installer.
  • Create a NetRestore Image:...
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iOS 9.1 beta 4 Now Available

iOS 9.1 beta 4 Now Available

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tvOS beta 3 Now Available

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Xcode 7.1 beta 3 Now Available

Xcode 7.1 beta 3 Now Available

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iOS 9.1 beta 4 Now Available

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Xcode 7.1 beta 3 Now Available

Xcode 7.1 beta 3 Now Available

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OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 beta 3 Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 beta 3 Now Available

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OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 beta 3 Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 beta 3 Now Available

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The evolution of Microsoft FastTrack—the customer...

Over the last year, we’ve helped thousands of customers with varying degrees of IT complexity onboard to Office 365 while reducing their implementation costs, accelerating their time to value and delivering a great customer experience.

With our commitment to delivering the best customer experience, and based on feedback from our customers, we’re excited to announce the evolution of FastTrack from an onboarding service to our customer success service designed to help you realize business value faster with the Microsoft Cloud.

First, we’re changing FastTrack from a one-time benefit to an ongoing benefit. This enables you to request support in onboarding new users and capabilities at any time, and as many times as needed, for the life of your subscription.

In addition, we are expanding FastTrack to now offer customized support and resources across envisioning, onboarding and driving business value. This builds on our announcement...

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Expanding the preview of Skype for Business services...

Today’s post was written by Ali Rohani, principal program manager lead and Jamie Stark, senior product manager on the Skype for Business team.

In July, we announced a preview of new Skype for Business voice and meetings capabilities in Office 365, including PSTN Conferencing and Calling, Cloud PBX and Skype Meeting Broadcast. More than 4,000 companies are currently previewing the new services, with usage growing at an average of 20 percent every week.

Today we’re excited to announce that we are expanding the preview to provide support for additional countries, as well as adding several new features.

PSTN Conferencing preview now available in 14 additional countries

Initially available only in the U.S., the PSTN Conferencing preview will now be available to customers in Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom...

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Xcode Server On OS X Server 5

OS X and iOS developers need a continuous integration system. This automates the build, analysis, and testing solution for software development using Xcode. OS X Server has an Xcode service, capable of integrating your developer account with git, providing many of the options required to build a continuous integration system.

Before you configure the Xcode service that can take committed code and then test and build your software, you’ll need an Apple developer account. The Xcode service then links git to a developer account and runs automations, referred to as bots, in Xcode. Therefore, you’ll also need to have Xcode installed on the computer running the Xcode service. Bots are then managed and reported on using a web app that the Server app runs.

Once the pre-requisites are met, open the Server app and click on the Xcode service.

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Tuesday October 6

One-click forecasting in Excel 2016

“It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future,” said Danish physicist, Niels Bohr. Well, it just got a lot easier with Excel’s one-click forecasting.

Often we use Excel to analyze time-based series data—like sales, server utilization or inventory data—to find recurring seasonality patterns and trends. In Excel 2016, new forecasting sheet functions and one-click forecasting helps you to explain the data and understand future trends.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the capabilities that come with these new features, including how to detect seasonality, understand the level of confidence in the prediction, and create the forecast in one-click.

Using Exponential Smoothing for forecasting

There are many ways to generate a forecast for your historical...

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Use The profiles Command Line In El Capitan

You might be happy to note that other than the ability to interpret new payloads, the profiles command mostly stays the same in El Capitan, from Yosemite. You can still export profiles from Apple Configurator or Profile Manager (or some of the 3rd party MDM tools). You can then install profiles by just opening them and installing. Once profiles are installed on a Mac, mdmclient, a binary located in /usr/libexec will process changes such as wiping a system that has been FileVaulted (note you need to FileVault if you want to wipe an OS X Lion client computer). /System/Library/LaunchDaemons and /System/Library/LaunchAgents has a mdmclient daemon and agent respectively that start it up automatically. This, along with all of the operators remains static from 10.10.

To script profile deployment, administrators can add and remove configuration profiles using the new /usr/bin/profiles command. To see all profiles, aggregated, use the profiles command with just the -P option:

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Using open educational resources to make your own...

Today’s post was written by Brent Thrasher, 8th grade Math teacher at Rickman Elementary School.

This past spring our school district started tossing around the idea of moving to open educational resources (OER). I was actually glad to hear this idea because I knew what opportunities it could offer our students. At the same time, I knew the challenges it would pose to us teachers. If you don’t know much about OER, this article is a good place to start learning.

Basically, the idea of OER is a community of educators creating “free-to-use” content. This content is open to anyone who wants to consume it or modify it to make it their own. It can distributed to students and updated as many times as the teacher wants, without any fee.

Of course, we tend to focus on the free aspect of OER, but I think that is only a small benefit of OER. I think the biggest and most powerful...

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B&H Photo has the 27″ 3.3GHz 5K iMac on sale for $1899.99 including free shipping plus NY tax only. Their price is $100 off MSRP. They have the 27″ 3.5GHz 5K iMac on sale for $2149, $150 off MSRP... Read more
Twelve South Redesigns BookArc For Today’s Sm...
Twelve South has announced a redesigned version of their very first product, BookArc for MacBook. Tailored specifically for the newest generation of MacBooks, BookArc holds the new, smaller Apple... Read more
Phone 6s Tips & Tricks – Tips Book For iP...
Poole, United Kingdom based Tap Guides Ltd. has announced the release and immediate availability of iPhone 6s Tips & Tricks, an in-depth eBook available in the iBookstore that’s priced just $2.99... Read more
Apple refurbished 2014 13-inch Retina MacBook...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2014 13″ Retina MacBook Pros available for up to $400 off original MSRP, starting at $979. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free... Read more
13-inch 2.5GHz MacBook Pro on sale for $994,...
Best Buy has the 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pro available for $994.99 on their online store. Choose free shipping or free instant local store pickup (if available). Their price is $105 off MSRP. Price valid... Read more
Is The iPad Pro Really A Serious Laptop Repla...
Probably not, at least for productive professionals and other power users. Steve Jobs declared that we’d entered the “post-PC Era” with the advent of the original iPad in 2010, a phrase we don’t hear... Read more
Wednesday Deal: 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros f...
Adorama has 13″ Retina MacBook Pros on sale for up to $130 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and Adorama charges sales tax for NY & NJ residents only: - 13″ 2.7GHz/128GB Retina MacBook Pro: $1199.99 $... Read more

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