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14:36
Apple releases third public beta of Mac OS X El Capitan

Apple has made available the third public beta of Mac OS X El Capitan to developers for testing purposes. Those who signed up for Apple’s beta testing program (https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/) and already have the public beta installed can update through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

The new beta focuses on bug fixes, not new features. OS X 10.11 El Capitan is currently available to both registered developers and public beta testers. Apple plans to release El Capitan to the public in the fall.

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12:17
Paragon products get full Windows 10 support

Paragon Software Group (www.paragon-software.com) has updated Paragon HFS+ for Windows and Paragon ExtFS for Windows for full Windows 10 compatibility.

Paragon HFS+ for Windows (US$19.95), Paragon ExtFS for Windows Free and Paragon ExtFS for Windows Professional ($19.95) allow users to extend the boundaries of Microsoft Windows scalability and interoperability, providing full read and write access to OS X and Linux file systems on Windows and transferring files at a rate higher than native file-system performance.

Paragon HFS+ for Windows 10 provides full read and write access to HFS+/HFSX partitions on any type of disks (APM, GPT, MBR). Once installed, Paragon HFS+ for Windows 10 automatically enables the use of Mac-formatted partitions in Windows systems and applications. 

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10:08
VMWare Fusion 7 supports Windows 10

For Mac users who want to kick the tires on Windows 10, which is now available, VMware Fusion 7 (http://www.vmware.com/products/fusion/) offers a Windows on Mac experience and allows Mac users to run a virtual Windows desktop on their system without rebooting.
 
Support for Windows 10 is not only available immediately in VMware Fusion 7, the upcoming release of VMware Fusion 8 this summer will be further optimized for Windows 10 and include over 50 new features. If Mac users decide to purchase VMware Fusion 7 (or Fusion 7 Pro), they'll receive a special 10% discount and be eligible for a free upgrade to VMware Fusion 8 (or Fusion 8 Pro) when it arrives later this summer.

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06:49
SubRosaSoft announces FileSalvage 9.0

SubRosaSoft.com has launched FileSalvage 9. The latest version of the data recovery tool features a performance boost, a new user interface, and support for Mac OS X Yosemite.

FileSalvage 9 is a designed to recover accidentally deleted files or reformatted drives. The new version sports a complete update of the underlying architecture that makes the recovery process faster and easier.

FileSalvage 9 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs US$89.95. Owners of FileSalvage 8 or below can upgrade to FileSalvage 9 for $29.95.

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06:20
Winclone 5 adds support for Windows 10

Two canoes (http://twocanoes.com) has introduced an update to Winclone 5 with support for Windows 10.

Winclone 5 is a Boot Camp cloning and migration solution for the Mac. It's designed to help everyone who uses Boot Camp on the Mac to clone Windows for backup or migration to a new Mac. Winclone 5 is available in Basic, Standard and Pro editions. Version 5.1 introduces support for cloning and restoring Windows 10 Boot Camp partitions.

Winclone 5 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. Details on pricing and maintenance options can be found at the Twocanoes website.

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06:01
Intel, Micron announce breakthrough memory technology

Intel (www.intel.com) and Micron Technology (www.micron.com) have unveiled 3D XPoint technology, a non-volatile memory that the companies say has the potential to revolutionize any device, application or service that benefits from fast access to large sets of data.

Now in production, 3D XPoint technology is the first new memory category since the introduction of NAND flash in 1989. Rob Crooke, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group, says the explosion of connected devices and digital services is generating massive amounts of new data. To make this data useful, it must be stored and analyzed very quickly, which creates challenges for service providers and system builders who must balance cost, power and performance trade-offs when they design memory and storage solutions.

Crooke says 3D XPoint technology...

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04:35
LinkOptimizer 4.9.46 for InDesign adds new Photoshop Action options

Zevrix Solutions has announced LinkOptimizer 4.9.46, a feature update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

The utility lets users reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by resizing images to their InDesign dimensions at the target resolution, as well as converting colors and file formats. Version 4.9.46 gives users an option to run Photoshop actions prior to all other processing, which is especially helpful for applying smart filters before image is resized.

LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$259.95 (there's a "lite" version for $179.95), as well as from authorized resellers and Adobe Exchange. 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 10.6-10.10 and Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC 2015.

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Jul 28
Macro 4 adds Email to Print and AirPrint support

Macro 4 (www.macro4.com) has introduced a new mobile printing capability that allows enterprise users to print securely from any mobile device — smartphone, tablet or laptop — to any printer within their organization.
                                                                        
The new mobile printing solution supports both Email to Print and Apple's AirPrint feature and is available as an add-on to Macro 4’s Columbus OM output management software, which is designed to increase the reliability, efficiency and security of business-critical printing.

"The print job sits on a central print server until it’s released," says Neil Evans, development manager at Macro 4. "The user just walks up to a convenient printer on the network, confirms their identify using a smart card, security code or other authentication method and the document prints off. And if their chosen printer has a fault they can...

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Jul 28
Chukong Technologies launches Cocos 3.7

Chukong Technologies has announced the merger of Cocos2d-JS into Cocos2d-x to form the Cocos 3.7 upgrade. With Cocos 3.7, developers have greater ease of use and less confusion over which product to use as well as the ability to customize their Coscos Framework, according to the folks at Chukong.

In addition, the Cocos SDKBOX is now fully launched and is a platform that provides an integration of third party SDK [software development kit] services with games developed with Cocos2d-x game engine. Cocos SDKBOX is an open platform that supports all major services for mobile game’s production and operation, in the areas of analytics, user acquisition, monetization, advertising, and more.

Cocos2d-x is now the largest open source mobile game engine with 490,000 registered mobile game developers and over 16,000 published titles, according to Kai Zhao, general manager of Chukong Technologies, USA. For more information on Cocos SDKBOX, go to sdkbox.cocos2d-x.org.

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Jul 28
Stairways Software releases Keyboard Maestro 7.0

Stairways Software (http://www.keyboardmaestro.com/) has released Keyboard Maestro 7.0, an update to its productivity enhancer for Mac OS X. Version 7 refines the editor in a variety of ways, adding autocomplete, inserting actions by name, coloring and renaming actions, integrated access to the wiki help, macro triggering and modification history and more.

Keyboard Maestro 7.0 requires OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 or later. New customers can purchase Keyboard Maestro for US$36. Customers with five or more users should contact Stairways Software for a volume discount quote. Customers who purchased Keyboard Maestro directly from the company after Jan. 1, 2015, have been issued a free upgrade to Keyboard Maestro 7.

Customers who purchased Keyboard Maestro version 6 prior to 2015 can upgrade to Keyboard Maestro 7 for $18 until Oct. 15 and for $25 after that date. Customers who purchased older...

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Jul 28
Apple releases fifth beta of OS X El Capitan

Apple has made available the fifth beta of Mac OS X El Capitan to developers for testing purposes. It's available through the Software Update section of the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center (https://developer.apple.com).

The new beta focuses on bug fixes, not new features. OS X 10.11 El Capitan is currently available to both registered developers and public beta testers. Apple plans to release El Capitan to the public in the fall.

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Jul 28
Barcode Basics adds support for nine new barcode types

Barcode Basics (http://tinyurl.com/kczaefh), a barcode creator for Mac OS X (10.9 or later), has been revved to version 3.0. It's now available at the Mac App Store for US$8.99 and adds support for nine new barcode types.

Most of the new codes are used in national postal systems. Barcode Basics focusses on professional level features, such as bar width reduction, vector output, truncation, and more. The app includes all the functions needed by graphic designers and art workers to produce industry standard barcodes that will work well on press.

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Jul 27
ChronoSync Express updated for the Mac App Store

Econ Technologies (www.econtechnologies.com) has updated ChronoSync Express to version 1.0.5. It's the entry-level version of ChronoSync, the complete synchronization and backup utility for Mac OS X.

ChronoSync Express can synchronize or backup to almost anything you can connect to your Mac, including folders on your Mac, other Macs, PC's, and external drives. With ChronoSync Express you can schedule or manually run your syncs or backups, even run trial synchronizations to see what will happen before it happens. ChronoSync Express costs US$29.99 and is available exclusively at the Mac App Store. Version 1.0.5 is a maintenance release that fixes several bugs and offers better compatibility with NAS devices.

The standard version of ChronoSync is $49.99. ChronoSync Express, just like ChronoSync, is fully compatible with ChronoAgent, which gives full access to all files and folders stored on...

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Jul 27
DaVinci Resolve 12 Public Beta is available for download

Blackmagic Design has announced that the public beta of DaVinci Resolve 12, its professional editing and color correction software, is now available for download from the Blackmagic Design website (www.blackmagicdesign.com). 

"The new DaVinci Resolve 12 is the software’s biggest update ever and includes powerful new features, making it both the world’s most powerful editing system as well as the world’s most advanced color grading system," says Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. "The DaVinci Resolve 12 Public Beta will allow customers to start testing and integrating it into their facilities, and will provide us with valuable feedback that will greatly assist us in finishing development so we can launch an extremely reliable and robust product."

With this public beta, the DaVinci Resolve product line has also been renamed to better reflect the models of DaVinci Resolve available. The free...

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Jul 27
Soft-touch Bluetooth Port.Folio keyboard released for the iPad

iwerkz (http://mywerkz.com/) has announced the Port.Folio water-resistant Bluetooth keyboard for the iPad and iPad mini. It features a soft, faux suede keyboard surface and a magnetic sealed charging port that uses a snap adapter for charging the keyboard.

Designed to fit securely over an iPad or iPad mini when not in use, the back side of the folio folds into a 45 degree stand when typing. A sticky pad on the inside the folio secures the tablet into place and keeps it from slipping while typing and when on the go.

The iwerkz Port.Folio keyboard fully charges in two hours through an included USB cable. It will hold a charge for over 40 hours of use, according to iwerkz.

The iwerkz Port.Folio keyboard has a suggested retail price of US$49.99. However, it launches on Amazon this week for $34.99 for the Port.Folio mini and $39.99 for the full sized Port.Folio.

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Jul 27
Walter Murch to headline the Eighth Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet

The CPUG Network says the Eighth Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet will take place Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Hotel Krasnapolsky in the heart of Amsterdam.

Walter Murch, a three time Oscar winning film editor, will be the featured presenter. SuperMeets are networking gatherings of Final Cut Studio, Adobe and Avid editors, gurus and digital filmmakers from throughout the world. Early bird tickets are on sale now online and can be purchased at the SuperMeet web site (http://supermeet.com).

The full agenda won't be announced until shortly before the event date. However the producers have stated that there will be user driven presentations by Blackmagic Design and Adobe and others. Rounding out the evening will be the"World Famous Raffle," where thousands of Euros worth of filmmaker-related prizes will be handed out to winners.

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Jul 27
Best Buy to begin selling the Apple Watch on August 7

The Apple Watch will be sold at Best Buy locations starting Aug. 7. It will be the first national retailer in the U.S., other than Apple Stores, where customers can buy the smartwatch.

The Apple Watch will begin to arrive in more than 100 Best Buy stores and will also be available on BestBuy.com. Another 200 of the stores will have the Apple Watch in time for holiday shopping, says Jason Bonfig, senior category officer at Best Buy.

He adds that customers will be able to see, try and buy 16 Apple Watch models – including Sport and Watch models in both 38mm and 42mm sizes – and nearly 50 accessories, including watch bands, screen shields, stands, chargers and more.
You can visit BestBuy.com in the coming days for more information, including which stores will have the Apple Watch, how to accessorize your new device, and more.

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Jul 27
App Cleaner for Mac OS X revved to version 2.2

Nektony (http://nektony.com) has introduced App Cleaner 2.2, an update of the cleanup utility developed exclusively for Mac OS X. It's a maintenance upgrade.

App Cleaner was developed specifically to help anyone find and delete application service files that occupy not only disk space, but may influence on overall performance. The app also can look for leftovers; service files left after usual deletion by moving files into the Trash. With the help of App Uninstaller you may also reset all application settings and launch it as a first time.

App Cleaner requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and is free. It's available at the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

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Jul 24
Jumsoft releases two apps of spreadsheet templates

Jumsoft (www.jumsoft.com) has announced two new template apps, Set for Numbers and Set for Microsoft Excel. They're available at the Mac App Store for US$19.99 each.

Each app provides 102 modern spreadsheet templates for Apple's Numbers and MS Excel for Mac. They cover everything from marketing budgets and business valuation to grocery shopping and wedding planning. The templates contain tables or checklists, and illustrate the given information with graphs and charts if applicable.Each package includes spreadsheet templates in 11 categories, such as Finance & Investment, Project Management, and Exercise & Health.

They require: Mac OS X 10.10 or later; Numbers 3.0 or later (for Set for Numbers); and Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 or later (for Set for MS Excel).

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Jul 24
Artboard for Mac OS X adds Photos support

Mapdiva has announced Artboard 1.9.8, an update of the Mac OS X vector drawing software. The new version adds support for Apple's new Photos app.

Artboard offers shared styles, expert stacked styles, and extensive clip art and a styles collection. Broad support is available on the Mapdiva website (www.mapdiva.com), with a selection of vector tutorials, getting-started videos, and a free downloadable trial.

Artboard 1.9.8 is available for US$29.99 through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category, and directly from the Mapdiva web store. It's a free update for existing users.

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Jul 29
Hardware-based encryption market revenue to reach $36....

There are a variety of ways to secure data, either on the perimeter or within the local area network (LAN), but the most fundamental method in a defense-in-depth model is hardware encryption. ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) expects the global hardware encryption market revenue to reach US$36.4 billion by end of 2015.

The advantage of hardware-based solutions is that they bypass many of the typical drawbacks of software-based solutions like performance degradation or vulnerability to attacks aimed at the encryption key stored in memory. Because encryption is available at drive-level, this solution is not dependent on any software or operating system used, and usually cannot be turned off by users.

Examples of storage products that use hardware based encryption include hard drives, self-encrypting drives and USB flash drives. Players like IronKey (by Imation), WinMagic, Vormetric, SanDisk, Seagate...

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Jul 28
Smartphones, tablets are changing how users print, scan

Driven by an explosion of smartphones and tablets, the landscape for printing, scanning, and document management is in the midst of profound and significant change.

According to new global research covering six countries across three major regions from International Data Corporation (IDC), the mobile opportunity for document solutions continues to grow as organizations adopt mobile devices at a fevered pace. Large and medium companies are leading the charge, accounting for 54% of smartphone and/or tablet users, notes the research group. Additionally, six vertical markets stand out as having a statistically higher percentage of smartphone and tablet users: Information Technology, Wholesale Trade, Banking, Life Sciences, Resource Industries, and Securities.

"The business value for smartphone/tablet printing is enormously clear, and yet support for this is shockingly lacking in 2015. This is a huge missed productivity opportunity for both businesses and print providers...

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Jul 24
Gartner: worldwide semiconductor capital spending to...

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to grow 2.5 percent in 2015, to US$66.1 billion, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). This is down from the 4.1% growth predicted in the previous quarter's forecast.

"Since the previous quarter's forecast, continued weakness in the euro and yen have created major weaknesses in the overall equipment market picture," says Bob Johnson, research vice president at Gartner. "With over half of all equipment being produced by either Japanese or European suppliers, the weakness in their currencies has been the primary factor in our reducing our overall outlook for 2015. Longer term, we expect modest growth throughout the semiconductor cycle, with just a pause in the equipment market growth expected in 2016, as DRAM goes through a typical cyclical downturn."

Foundries will continue to outspend the logic integrated device manufacturers (IDMs) in 2015, says...

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Jul 23
Mobile entertainment continues to be for quick...

Consumers are motivated to play video games because they relieve boredom, provide a challenge, create a more social atmosphere and help to escape reality. A recent study by Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanaltyics.com) has found that mobile gaming continues to primarily be for quick entertainment in downtime; in an average week, more time is spent playing mobile games outside of the home.
 
The Media and Services UX (MSX) group at Strategy Analytics investigated mobile gaming behaviors and identified four motivators that are making the mobile gaming experience more compelling. These include daily incentives for accessing and playing the game, game incentives for viewing advertisements, daily timeouts for game play and frequent game updates.

"Daily incentives for accessing and playing a game give users a progressive series of incentives," says Christopher Dodge, report author and...

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Jul 22
ABI Research: LTE-Unlicensed angst roils Wi-Fi markets

Operating in the unlicensed 5GHz band, LTE-U’s coexistence with Wi-Fi has become a primary concern for the Wi-Fi industry which anticipates disruption on both the technical and business levels, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

Unlike Wi-Fi, LTE-U, as a propriety solution does not sense the channel activity before transmitting. Instead, it applies a form of time sharing using periodic time slots, according to the research group. Such scheduled transmission of LTE-U not only adds interference and increases collisions for Wi-Fi’s opportunistic transmission, but also defies the concept of fair sharing as it seizes complete control over the channel and Wi-Fi’s transmission window.

LTE-U provides clear advantages for mobile operators. It uses the free unlicensed spectrum to expand network capacity and does so without having to integrate another network, like Wi-Fi, within the cellular core...

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Jul 21
Hardware-based 4K content protection a growing concern

High resolution premium video, including 4K and UHD content, is a fast-growing market and therefore content protection services must follow suit with adaptability and preparedness for the expanding space, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

"UHD TV penetration is expected to reach 61% in North America by 2020, which is higher than expected," says Eric Abbruzzese, analyst with the research group. "Along with TVs, browser and application based streaming services will continue to roll out 4K content at a quickening rate, creating an expanding marketplace filled with premium content from studios that demand strong content protection.”

Guidelines for proper 4K content protection rely on deep hardware-level integration of security measures in combination with software security, creating an end-to-end secure system from publishing to consumption. This involves dedicated space on a SoC; Hardware...

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Jul 20
Mobile app gaming companies poised for record second...

According to Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com), mobile gaming apps continue to show strength globally with smaller second quarter (Q2) declines in the US and UK than last year.

However, emerging categories such as Travel and Health & Fitness need to find revenue through alternative business models, says the research group. Mobile gaming continued to experience seasonal Q2 declines but in the U.S. specifically those declines still placed gaming at a higher percentage of top grossing apps than in the year ago quarter.

While the gaming category continues to decline as a percentage of the top free and paid apps its strength is clearly being driven by in-app purchasing of virtual goods – a revenue model that gaming companies have exploited and others have failed to truly benefit from. Strategy Analytics says the following combination of factors will see mobile gaming grow in...

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Jul 17
OTT video service credential sharing will cost the...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) finds that OTT [over-the-top] video service credential sharing will cost the industry US$500 million in direct revenues worldwide in 2015. The report shows 6% of U.S. broadband households use an OTT video service that is paid by a person living outside of the household.

"Live-streaming usage has garnered media attention recently, but credential sharing is also a popular form of piracy in the connected world, one that has received varying responses from service providers and content owners," says Glenn Hower, research analyst, Parks Associates. "Credential sharing has a measurable impact on video services, particularly in the OTT video service area, where young subscribers are active. The impact on OTT video revenues is especially troublesome as OTT providers are investing large sums of money to boost their original content offerings."

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Jul 16
Wearable medical devices market to be worth $5.8...

In its latest report, Transparency Market Research (www.transparencymarketresearch.com) states that the global wearable medical devices market was worth US$2 billion in 2012, and is estimated to be worth $5.8 billion by 2019. The research group's study also indicates that the global wearable medical devices market will register a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 16.4% during the forecast period of 2013 to 2019.

Geographically, the wearable medical devices market has been dominated by North America, leading the overall market in 2012 with a global industry share of 44%. Asia-Pacific, on the other hand, is anticipated to be the fastest-growing regional market for wearable medical devices, presenting a more than 18% CAGR from 2013 to 2019.

Emerging economies such as India and China have been witnessing an increase in medical investments and an improvement in...

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Jul 15
Over 40% of thermostats sold in 2015 will be smart...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) finds smart thermostats taking a larger portion of the market this year, accounting for over 40% of the nearly 10 million thermostats sold in the U.S. The research group estimates smart thermostats will account for over 50% of the total market by 2017.

"Smart thermostats already account for more than one-half of the smart home devices in U.S. broadband households," says Tom Kerber, director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates. "Many utilities have promoted smart thermostats as part of their home energy management initiatives; however, the retail channel accounts for the most units sold last year, nearly 45% of the total market, so opening utility programs to include the variety of different types and brands of devices is an important consideration."

Retailers such as Target, Walmart, and Best Buy are working to...

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Wednesday July 29

15:00
AWT News Update: July 29, 2015

A very slow news day in the world of Apple, but we brought it to you anyway!

  • If you own any MacBook made in 2015 and use Boot Camp, there's a FaceTime Camera Driver Update for you
  • Fantastical 2 for iPhone gets an update today!
  • Running the public beta of OS X El Capitan? The third public beta is available. Woo-hoo!

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 29, 2015. Yes, I actually made it here today, although my availability is in doubt tomorrow and Friday. There’s not a lot of news today, so this will be a quick podcast.

If you have a MacBook, MacBook Pro, or...

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14:55
I just got this Taylor acoustic guitar

Anyone that’s every listened to me talk about guitars knows how much I love Taylor. Their workmanship, attention to detail, and tone are second to none. I just got this beauty today.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:14
Tom Brady switching from Samsung to an iPhone 6 now...

Earlier this week, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell upheld his original ruling that Patriots star Tom Brady will serve a four game suspension next season over the well-known “DeflateGate” controversy. Goodell cited Brady replacing his smartphone amid the investigation in his decision to uphold the suspension.

Responding to the NFL’s ruling in a Facebook post today, Brady stated that he simply switched phones because he wanted to upgrade from a Samsung device to an iPhone 6:

“I also disagree with...

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12:10
How to Pre-authorize Your iPhone to Use Apple Pay

This handy trick, quietly introduced in iOS 8.3, can speed up your Apple Pay experience. Or help quite a bit when you know you'll be one-handed at checkout. John Martellaro shows you how to do it.


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10:30
Stayin' alive with iFixit and ERI

image via ifixit.org

Whenever a new product appears from Apple or most other major electronics manufacturers, one of the first things that iFixit does is to buy one of the devices and then tear it apart. They don’t do this for the sick thrill of it (well, maybe they do…), but for the purpose of creating detailed repair guides that any of us can use to fix our own devices. Now iFixit is teaming up with Electronic Recyclers International (ERI) to provide hard-to-find parts to keep your favorite Mac or iOS device alive.

ERI is the largest recycler of electronic waste in the world, handling over 250 million pounds of electronic gear every year. The equipment ranges from old, worn-out computers, digital cameras, smartphones, and tablets to items that — for one reason or another — were never even used.

Parts that iFixit sources from ERI will not only be tested, but...

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10:23
iOS 9 tips: Manually enable Low Power Mode to...

Apple's upcoming operating system update does a great deal to automatically improve efficiency and extend battery life. But if a user knows that they have a long day ahead of them, they can manually enable iOS 9's new "Low Power Mode" at any point to maximize their iPhone's uptime.

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09:58
TMO Daily Observations 2015-07-29: Fitness Tracker...

Nike's FuelBand lawsuit settlement serves as a reminder that fitness trackers aren't necessarily accurate. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on fitness tracker data, what works for them, and why you shouldn't give up on using yours. John also fills us in on why he likes Logitech's MX Anywhere 2 mouse.


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09:51
Apple releases FaceTime Camera Driver Update for all...

It’s not a huge update, but if could help out if the camera on your new 2015 Apple notebook is being a bit weird.

On Wednesday, Apple has released a FaceTime Camera Driver Update for all 2015 MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks that improves FaceTime camera compatibility with Windows.

The software update was released for the following notebooks:

- MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015)

- MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015)

- MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2015)

- MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015)

- MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)

Apple has also posted updated Windows drivers for use in...

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08:32
Hack: User pulls off ROM hack, runs Mac OS 6.0.1 on...

This is one of the cooler old-school projects out there.

And it seems to have worked.

Apparently, Reddit and imgur user “wowbobwow” was able to get Mac OS 6.0.1 running on an Amiga 500 computer. This was achieved by using an emulator called “A-Max” that allowed Mac ROM chips to be run on the Amiga.

Once this was done, the Amiga was able to execute the Mac code on the computer’s Motorola 68000 processor, which was the same processor shared by the Macs and Amigas of that era.

This doesn’t change the earth or find your car keys, but it is a really cool proof of concept for those of us who remember life under Mac OS 6.0.1 and the...

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08:30
iPad appears to be a leaky lifeboat from the sinking...

IDC provided data today showing that although Apple's iPad continues to be the market share leader in the tablet market, its share has dropped markedly over the past year and the overall market for tablets is declining. 

This year, Apple shipped 10.9 million iPads in the second quarter (ending June 30), while the number for 2014 was 13.3 million units. That's a decline of 18 percent in one year. Apple's share of the overall tablet space dropped from 27.7 percent in 2014 to 24.5 percent this year. 

Apple's not the only company seeing a drop. Rival Samsung fell from 8.6 million units in 2014 to 7.6 million units this year, with a marketshare drop of one point down to 17% in 2015. So who is gaining share? Lenovo, Huawei and LG Electronics are all seeing growth year over year. Part of the growth might be in the 2-in-1 tablet ("touchscreen laptop") market, which is included in IDC's...

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08:15
Apple released a new Software Update

Apple just released a new Software Update:

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07:55
Intel, Micron announce 3D XPoint memory project,...

If you thought your NAND Flash-based solid state drive was fast, this will blow you away.

Intel and Micron announced 3D XPoint memory on Tuesday. The project looks into a joint endeavor into non-volatile memory technology the companies claim is the first major breakthrough in the space since the introduction of NAND flash in 1989.

3D XPoint is said to be up to 1,000 times faster than NAND with up to 1,000 times greater endurance, while packing in 10 times the density of conventional DRAM components.

The technology works as a stackable, transistor-less “three-dimensional checkerboard” architecture in which memory cells can be...

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07:15
Photoshop CS6 Stragglers Out of Luck for Camera Raw...

It's no secret that Adobe left its Creative Suite 6 apps behind when it moved to Creative Cloud and annual software licenses, and if you've been holding out hope for extended support for the old versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, get ready for the bad news. Adobe says Camera Raw 9.1.1 will be the last version released that still offers Photoshop CS6 support. For people using Adobe's apps professionally, this is another reminder that Creative Suite 6 is now a relic and it's time to let it go.

The Mac Observer Spin: Dropping Camera Raw updates for Photoshop CS6 is yet another sign from Adobe they really want everyone to move to Creative Cloud. The fact that they offered CS6 ACR updates for this long is pretty amazing.


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06:48
iTunes Connect down again – timing out for many

iTunes Connect is down for many. Attempting to connect here, it is giving a Gateway Timeout error. It’s only a little more than a week after many developers experienced a multi-day outage.

Apple’s system status page is not showing any issues at the time of writing, but commonly remains all-green for extended periods after outages are first experienced … 

iTunes Connect is the system used by developers and publishers to upload and manage apps and iBooks. Similarly,...

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06:36
Poll: Three months in, are those Apple Watch...

I asked back in May whether you thought the Apple Watch Activity app would lead to a leaner, fitter you. At that point, more than 80% of you said that it either would or already had.

A Wristly survey yesterday suggested that the reality perhaps hadn’t quite lived up to this promise, but still contained some pretty impressive numbers. More than 50% of Watch owners said that they were exercising more and were making better health choices, with around 40% reporting weight loss.

For those of us who were lucky enough to take delivery of our Apple Watches...

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06:33
News: AT&T wants $100M data throttling fine...

AT&T is asking the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to cancel a proposed $100 million fine levied against the company for throttling data speeds for users with “unlimited” data plans, The Hill reports. The FCC launched a complaint in October 2014 claiming AT&T slowed speeds for users who had used a certain amount of data each month without informing customers of the policy, then announced in June that it intended to fine the company…

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06:11
News: Daily Deal: Blinkist Premium, 1 Year...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering you a one year subscription to Blinkist Premium for only $29.99 – that’s 62% off the regular price. Providing a mobile-friendly app for iOS and Android, Blinkist helps you tap into a wide variety of new and interesting topics while on the go, with “blinks” that present convenient summaries of key ideas from nonfiction best sellers in a “made-for-mobile” format. Essentially…

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06:05
∞ Much more than the history of NeXT

In addition to his role supervising the Tools Story/Editorial team at Pixar, Michael B. Johnson, AKA Dr. Wave, or just Wave, is on the Board of the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. The video below is a fascinating interview Michael did with three people who witnessed the early days of NeXT firsthand: Doug Menuez, Peter Graffagnino, and Don Melton.

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05:56
External Link: T-Mobile Announces Incentives for...

T-Mobile has announced two incentives for iPhone users. The first is that Apple Music will be included in its Music Freedom service, which means that streaming songs from Apple Music will not count against T-Mobile users’ bandwidth caps. The second is that anyone who has an iPhone 6 through the $15-per-month JUMP! On Demand program can trade up to the next iPhone for free until the end of 2015.

 

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05:55
iOS: Deleting Siri’s Training Data

If you're getting frustrated with Siri's inability to understand your commands, then you might want to try resetting the service on your iOS device. Siri learns how to better interpret your voice the more you use it, but if that training has gotten messed up (by, say, your kids playing around with your phone), then that could cause problems. We'll tell you how to wipe Siri clean in today's Quick Tip.


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05:39
How many times has your personal information been...

The New York Times pulled together a very short, clickable questionnaire that’ll give you a sense of how your personal information might be compromised, along with a series of links to articles laying out the major recent attacks, from the Adobe breech on down to UPS.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:14
AT&T doesn’t want to be throttled for throttling...

It seems AT&T thinks throttling the data speeds of customers without telling them about it isn’t such a big deal. The Federal Trade Commission sued AT&T back in 2014 for “deceptive and unfair data throttling” after the company imposed caps on unlimited data contracts, beyond which it reduced their data speeds by almost 90%. The Federal Communications Commission joined the party last month, fining AT&T $100 million – and The Hill...

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Wednesday July 29

14:10
First Volkswagen Cars With CarPlay Support Arriving at D...

Volkswagen today announced that its first 2016 cars with CarPlay support are arriving at dealerships this week, equipped with the company's next-generation CarPlay-enabled MIB-II infotainment system.

In addition to supporting CarPlay, the MIB-II system also includes support for Android Auto and it comes equipped with Volkswagen's own Car-Net apps, enabling features like remote lock control, remote honk and flash, parking info, stolen vehicle location, automatic crash notifications, diagnostics, and vehicle monitoring. While CarPlay and the MIB-II system don't carry a subscription fee, the Car-Net suite of apps will be priced at $199 per year with 6 months free up front.

Volkswagen was not one of the first CarPlay partners announced during CarPlay's debut, but the manufacturer promised CarPlay support in its 2016 models back in January. According to...

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12:28
Apple Releases Third OS X El Capitan Public Beta

Apple today seeded the third beta OS X El Capitan to public beta testers, one week after seeding the second set of beta and just under three weeks after first providing the OS X El Capitan beta to the public for testing purposes.

The third public beta follows the launch of the fifth OS X El Capitan developer beta, which was seeded to developers late on Monday afternoon. No outward-facing changes were introduced with the beta, suggesting it's an under-the-hood update with bug fixes and performance improvements.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple’s beta testing program and already have the public beta installed can update through the Software Update mechanism in...

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07:57
Apple Granted Two Registered Trademarks for Apple Watch

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published three of Apple's latest registered trademarks (RTM) that were officially issued late yesterday.

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06:51
iPad Market Share Falls Below 25% as Tablet Market Conti...

The latest numbers from market research firm IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker show that Apple remains the largest vendor in a declining tablet market, shipping 10.9 million iPads in the second quarter of 2015. While the iPad continues to be the best-selling tablet, its worldwide market share fell below 25% as Apple faced increased competition from low-cost rivals Lenovo, Huawei and LG.

Samsung continued to be the second largest tablet vendor with 7.6 million tablets shipped in the second quarter and 17% market share, a 12% year-over-year unit decline. Lenovo, Huawei and LG Electronics rounded off the top five, with 2.5 million, 1.6 million and 1.6 million global tablet shipments in the second quarter respectively. All other tablet vendors had a combined 45.6% market share.

iPad sales have declined for six consecutive quarters year-over-year in what has become a stagnated tablet market...

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06:31
Many Surprised to Learn that HomeKit Requires Custom ID...

According to a new report published late yesterday, Apple requires anyone making a device compatible with its HomeKit environment to buy and use a special identity chip.

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05:28
Intel-Micron Introduce 3D XPoint Memory that will Advanc...

Yesterday Intel Corporation and Micron Technology unveiled 3D XPoint (verbalized as CrossPoint) technology, a non-volatile memory that has the potential to revolutionize any device, application or service. Apple technologies that could be impacted include Siri, future hand gesturing and advanced biometrics.

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Tuesday July 28

21:07
AT&T Urges FCC to Drop $100 Million Fine, Says Data...

Last month the United States Federal Communications Commission announced that it would fine AT&T $100 million for misleading customers about its unlimited data plans and not adequately warning customers about throttling their data speeds. AT&T has since responded, arguing that data throttling doesn't harm customers, the company is being prejudged and that its First Amendment rights are being violated in a response first found by The Hill (via Ars Technica).

The Commission’s findings that consumers and...

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17:03
T-Mobile Offers Apple Music Streaming for Free while Off...

Last year, T-Mobile began letting consumers stream music for free on a number of popular music services, including Pandora, Rhapsody, iHeart Radio, Slacker, and Spotify. On Tuesday, Apple Music joined the list ...

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15:56
Samsung Invents a Fascinatingly Absurd Smartwatch Interf...

Earlier this month Samsung revealed another future idea in a patent application for their Gear smartwatch. The latest idea is to use a built-in camera in the watch interface that could determine where the user's face is and ...

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15:14
Intel and Micron Unveil New Memory Class That's 1,0...

Intel and Micron today announced 3D Xpoint, a new class of memory that the companies are calling a "major breakthrough in memory process technology." 3D Xpoint (pronounced cross point) is said to be up to 1,000 times faster and more durable than the NAND Flash storage that's currently used in mobile devices and solid state drives. It's the first new memory chip to come to the market in 25 years.

Intel and Micron say that 3D Xpoint was built to create a non-volatile, high-performance high-capacity storage and memory solution that was also affordable. In addition to being faster than NAND Flash, it's also 10 times denser than the DRAM chips used in computers, which means much more data can be stored closer to the processor and accessed quickly.

A smartphone equipped with 3D Xpoint technology would potentially see much faster...

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13:49
More than 75,000 People have Enrolled in Health Studies...

In March, a Bloomberg report noted that Stanford University researchers were stunned to find that 11,000 people had signed up for a cardiovascular study using Apple's new ResearchKit, less than 24 hours after the iPhone tool was introduced. In a new report that was published just yesterday, we learn that more than 75,000 people have enrolled in health studies that use specialized iPhone apps.

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10:49
Apple Watch Leading to Healthy Lifestyle Changes Among E...

Less than four months after the Apple Watch launched, many early adopters are finding that the wrist-worn device has motivated them to make healthy lifestyle changes. From walking and exercising more often to making healthier choices and playing more sports, market research firm Wristly found that many Apple Watch buyers are taking full advantage of the wearable's health and fitness features.

Greater than 75% of survey participants among Wristly's panel of nearly 1000 Apple Watch buyers indicated that they "Strongly Agree" or "Agree" that they have been standing more since receiving the Apple Watch. Similarly, 67% of participants agreed that they walk more, 59% agreed they make better health choices and 57% said they exercise more often with the Apple Watch.

Early adopters are generally satisfied with the Apple Watch's health and fitness features, especially those...

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08:10
T-Mobile Adds Apple Music to Music Freedom, Offers Free...

T-Mobile today announced that it has added Apple Music to Music Freedom, allowing Simple Choice customers to listen to the streaming music service without the cellular data counting against their monthly 4G LTE data plan. Apple Music joins dozens of other streaming music services supported by Music Freedom, including Spotify, Pandora, Rdio, Google Play Music, iHeartRadio, SoundCloud and SiriusXM.

T-Mobile also announced that customers who purchase an iPhone 6 for $15 per month through the JUMP! On Demand trade-in program will be automatically eligible to receive a free upgrade to the next iPhone -- the so-called "iPhone 6s" -- when it is released, with the $15 monthly promotional price carrying over to the new smartphone.

Purchasing an iPhone 6 through JUMP! On Demand will also land you priority access to...

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07:10
The New York Film Festival Selects the Movie "Steve...

The Film Society of Lincoln Center was pleased to announce earlier today that the movie "Steve Jobs," written by Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin

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06:20
Apple Introduces 3 Apple Watch Ads about Apps & More...

Today, Apple has launched three new upbeat Apple Watch ads covering music, fitness and travel apps ...

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05:20
Amazon Launches Prime Music Service in the UK in an Effo...

Amazon has launched its music streaming service, Prime Music, in the UK, offering Amazon Prime members access to over a million songs and hundreds of playlists at no additional cost to their membership. According to "The Official Charts Company" streaming music in the UK has almost ...

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05:09
Apple Pay Now Supports HSBC and First Direct in the UK

Apple Pay today expanded its participating issuers list within the United Kingdom, adding support for both HSBC and First Direct customers. Both banks were announced as starting partners for the UK branch of Apple Pay, but were delayed until late July at the last minute.

HSBC and First Direct join a list of UK Apple Pay partners that includes: American Express, MBNA, Nationwide, NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander and Ulster Bank. Still listed as coming soon are: Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank and TSB. Although Barclays has confirmed "imminent" support for the contactless payment service, the bank has yet to be listed on Apple's Apple Pay UK site.

Along with the announcement of HSBC and First Direct support,...

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04:16
UK Bank HSBC now on Board with Apple Pay – That Just Wor...

A new UK report states that while the iPhone wasn't the first handset that could work like a contactless credit card, it's definitely taken off in the way rival smartphones have not. That's mostly due to the fact that Apple Pay is so easy to use.

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03:35
Apple Granted 47 Patents Today Covering Biometrics with...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 47 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover one of Apple's original biometric patents that describe adding a tactile feedback feature to future ...

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02:01
Apple Wins Patent for a Photonics Optical Projection Mod...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 47 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a single granted patent for another PrimeSense invention relating to optical projection.

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Wednesday July 29

09:00
Office Mobile apps for Windows 10 are here!

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

It’s a big day for Microsoft and we are excited to be part of it! Today, we’re pleased to announce the availability of the Office Mobile apps on Windows 10—bringing us one step closer to our vision of reinventing productivity. Customers can immediately download and install the apps from the new Windows Store in 190 countries.

The Office Mobile apps—Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote—are built from the ground up for touch, offer the familiar experience that Office customers expect, and deliver the capabilities people need for on-the-go productivity on Windows 10 tablets and small screen devices. Across each of the apps, customers will appreciate full fidelity viewing of their Office...

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09:00
Windows 10 updates for Office 365 admins

What capabilities in Windows 10 will benefit Office 365 admins? During the Microsoft Ignite conference in May, we invited Michael Niehaus—veteran Windows deployment and management expert—to present updates for managing Windows 10. Many of these updates accrue to and leverage the work people are doing to implement Office 365 and broader Microsoft Cloud services.

In this week’s Office Mechanics, we describe three areas where IT admins can benefit from Windows, Office and Azure Active Directory integration:

  • Joining Windows 10 to Azure Active Directory for single sign-on (SSO) to Office 365 and other services.
  • Using the Business Store portal in Windows Store to deliver Office apps.
  • Adding Windows 10 devices to Mobile Device Management for Office 365.

Joining Azure Active Directory

Most organizations using Office 365 with an on-premises Active Directory (AD) will synchronize their directory with Azure AD. We’ve covered the...

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07:00
Removing Those Thousands Of Empty Directories In Bash

Earlier, we looked at creating thousands of empty directories. Today, we’re going to get rid of them. But we need to get rid of only empty directories. To do so, we’ll use the find command:

find . -depth -type d -empty -exec rmdir {} \;

Now, we can put both into a script:

mkdir $(printf '%05d\n' {1..10000})
find . -depth -type d -empty -exec rmdir {} \;

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Tuesday July 28

09:00
Adventist Health System boosts productivity with...

Today’s Office 365 ProPlus post was written by Todd Frantz, senior technologist for Adventist Health System.

As a healthcare organization, we have a great responsibility to protect the personal data of our patients. This concern for patient privacy has often meant that we take a measured approach to technology adoption. We want to deliver the latest capabilities to our users so they can work however they want to, whether that means with increased mobility or easier collaboration, but we can never sacrifice security to get there.

Finding a comfort level

Because Microsoft understands our need for HIPAA compliance, we were able to help our management team feel at ease with moving to cloud-based tools. Microsoft provided us with a business associate agreement (BAA), which is needed for HIPAA compliance and also delivers security and compliance...

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09:00
Using OneNote and Windows tablets in a classroom for...

Today’s post was written by Alexis Parker, special education teacher at a K–5 school in Florida.

I am a special education teacher for kindergarten through 5th-grade students who are highly impacted with autism. While every person with autism has a variety of talents and challenges, many of the students in my classroom face similar challenges—specifically in the areas of behavior, communication and fine motor skills. Six of my students exhibit behavioral challenges when presented with tasks they don’t want to do. Seven are either non-verbal or have limited verbal skills. A few of my students are beginning to use alternative communication devices. Two of my students are able to reproduce letters of the alphabet, two can copy letters given an example, and three can trace letters.

Behavior, communication and fine motor deficits make it extremely difficult to evaluate what information a student has gained. In a typical classroom, you can assess a student’s...

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07:00
Using Inputs in Bash Scripts

You can easily accept user provided input in bash by using the read command in bash for Linux and OS X. Here, we’ll echo out a choice to a user in a script, read the output into a variable called yn and then echo out the response:

echo "Please enter y or n: "
read yn
echo "You chose wrong: $yn"

Here, we used echo to simply write out what was chosen in the input. But we could also take this a little further and leverage a case statement to then run an action based on the choice selected:

read -p "Should the file extension change warning be disabled (y/n)? " yn
case ${yn:0:1} in
y|Y )
defaults write com.apple.finder FXEnableExtensionChangeWarning -bool false
echo "The warning has been disabled"
;;
* )
defaults write com.apple.finder FXEnableExtensionChangeWarning -bool true
echo "The warning has been enabled"
;;
esac

The options when scripting are pretty much infinite and chances are,...

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Monday July 27

13:00
Apple Web Server notifications

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

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10:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 5 Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 5 Now Available

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10:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 5 Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 5 Now Available

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07:00
Disable Autocorrect In OS X Automated Workflows

I mess computers up a lot. And that means I have to reload operating systems a lot. I’ve also been having terrible issues caused by autocorrect. So… Let’s disable it. By sending the NSAutomaticSpellingCorrectionEnabled key as a false boolean into NSGlobalDomain:

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticSpellingCorrectionEnabled -bool false

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Sunday July 26

07:00
Grab Your WAN IP In Scripts

Sometimes when I’m writing a script, I need something to phone home to something in the script. For example, this can tell another daemon where to ssh into when I invoke it remotely. So, let’s say I want to grab my WAN address in a script. I can use curl with a number of 3rd party sites (sites that often change. But, one that we can use here is ipecho.net. Here, we’ll look at their plain output page here:

curl ipecho.net/plain

This can then get output into a variable or file for processing in other parts of a script. For example, the output here is basically the same thing but the command is in backticks, as you might put it in when scripting:

echo `curl ipecho.net/plain`

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Saturday July 25

07:00
Some Command Line java Debugging Options

There’s an excellent tool that can be used to grab a heap dump from a Java process. It’s called jmap. To do so, run the jmap command, followed by a format and a file path as the format and file operators. Also, provide the PID, as follows:

jmap -dump:format=b,file=~/memdump.hprof 80446

Once dumped, you can view the dump file in the Memory Analyzer Tool (MAP) and find objects that use use too much memory and/or have memory leaks, as part of your troubleshooting. You can also replace the pid with a name of an executable or a core. Run the map tool along with a -h option for a help summary.

A sister tool is jps, which can be used to just list running processes by pid and then path. To run, assuming the same pid as earlier:

jps 80446

You can also run a java debugger daemon using jsadebugd, which attaches a process as a debug server. Then stack, map and info can attach via RMI. Finally, not everyone has access to every path on a file system. So jinfo...

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Friday July 24

09:00
Office 365 news roundup

We had a great time at Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) last week, where more than 14,000 people gathered to celebrate our Partners’ vital work and to share information that will help them continue to serve our customers and grow their businesses. Office 365 was a huge part of WPC, and we gave our Partners a first look at some innovations we are unleashing to help organizations transform how they work. We also announced a significant expansion of the Cloud Solution Provider program to include Azure and CRM Online as well as Office 365, and we are making the program available to all eligible Partners in 131 countries.

Mobile and cloud technology were big topics at WPC, which is unsurprising when you consider how much they...

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08:00
Caffeinate Your Commands

The caffeinate command is pretty cool. It keeps your computer from going to sleep. It can run in a couple of different ways. There’s a timer that prevents sleep for a little while. You can also run another command from within caffeinate that keeps the system awake until the other command is finished. Here, we’ll scp a file called source file to a host called servername and keep the system from going to sleep until the process is finished:

caffeinate -s scp sourcefile me:servername/targetfile

Here, we’ll just use the boring command to tell the computer not to go to sleep for an hour:

caffeinate -t 3600 &

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07:00
Steve Jobs, The Movie

Thursday July 23

09:00
Announcing the Superheroes in the Classroom blog...

Every year, Microsoft welcomes some of the world’s most innovative educators and students from around the world at its annual E2 Summit to share best practices on how to use technology to enhance student learning. At this year’s summit, the Office Mix team got to meet Kelli Etheredge, director of Teaching and Learning Resources at St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Mobile, Alabama. Kelli shared the story of how St. Paul’s students used Office Mix to teach each other about human body systems in their 4th–grade science class.

The next thing she knew, the Office Mix team was interviewing the students and their teachers over Skype for Business to hear firsthand how they learned about Office Mix, how they created mixes for the first time, and more importantly, how it impacted—and improved—the students’ desire to...

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09:00
Episode 055 on how Sunrise uses the Calendar API...

In this episode, Jeremy Thake and Richard DiZerega talk to Pierre-Élie Fauche about how the Sunrise team swapped out their old approach to fetch calendar information locally from the phones to use the Office 365 APIs instead.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP55_sunrise.mp3

Download the podcast.

Weekly updates

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07:00
Using My Mac As An Alarm Clock

The at command can be used to schedule jobs to be run at certain times. I have a hard time getting up in the morning. Here, we’re going to echo a command that we want to be run at a certain time. In this case, we’re going to open a song to make into our alarm clock:

echo 'open ~/Desktop/bangbang.m4v 2>/dev/null' | at 07:00 tomorrow

The job will then output. You can see jobs waiting to be run, along with when they’ll be run using the at command with the -l option:

at -l

In this case, the job is 2. You can then remove a job using the atrm command:

atrm job 2

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Wednesday July 22

11:15
Your top 10 questions about Office 2016 for Mac...

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

The response to last week’s release of Office 2016 for Mac has been amazing—thank you to all our customers! The post was one of the most read and shared Office Blog posts this year, receiving hundreds of great comments and questions. We thought it would be helpful to share the top questions and answers with you.

1. Where do I get Office 2016 for Mac?

Office 2016 for Mac is currently only available for Office 365 subscription customers. It will be available via one-time purchase in late September. In the meantime, here are the instructions on how you can get Office 2016 for Mac today:

  • Office 365 subscribers—On your Mac, browse to your account page (office.com/myaccount), sign in and follow the installation instructions. If you have...
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10:35
Your top questions about Office for Android phone...

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

On June 24, we launched Office for Android phone, and the response has been amazing. In the last three weeks, there have been millions of downloads across Google Play, Samsung Galaxy and local app stores in China. We are also excited to see customers rate the apps so favorably, now at 4+ ratings on the Google Play store. Thanks to you all for using the Office apps.

We very much appreciate your feedback (the positive and the critical!) and have been reading all of your comments posted to the launch blog, within the App Stores, and submitted directly via the product. While we’ve been answering these questions across the various forums, we thought it would be helpful to consolidate, share and answer the top questions here on the Office Blog...

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10:00
Azure Rights Management support comes to Office for...

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

Earlier this year, we announced we are deeply committed to bringing encryption technologies on all platforms. At the core of encryption technologies is Azure Rights Management, which provides an easy way to protect data by assigning a policy to the data readily available in Office 2013, Office 2010 and Office for Mac. We are excited to announce that the same policy-driven protection is now available in Office for iPad and on iPhone devices. With this functionality, you are now able to view the rights protected Office documents natively on your iPad and iPhone devices.

Let’s look at this functionality in greater detail:

While using Office documents on iPad and iPhone, you can...

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09:00
Bringing cloud technology on-premises in Exchange...

Many performance improvements and architecture changes in the upcoming release of Exchange Server 2016—which is now available as a Preview to download—are based on our experience running Exchange Online at extreme scale. Our software development process allows us to incorporate things we’ve learned in the cloud in the product releases that we deliver to on-premises customers.

We explain some of these under-the-hood improvements on this week’s Office Mechanics. Exchange engineering team veteran Greg Taylor provides insights into what IT admins can expect in Exchange Server 2016. He explains that the team focused on three key areas to enhance the newest member of the Exchange family:

  • Simplification: both in server architecture and migration from Exchanger Server 2013 and 2010.
  • Reliability: key learnings from running Exchange Online...
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Wednesday July 29

09:00
Office Mobile apps for Windows 10 are here!

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

It’s a big day for Microsoft and we are excited to be part of it! Today, we’re pleased to announce the availability of the Office Mobile apps on Windows 10—bringing us one step closer to our vision of reinventing productivity. Customers can immediately download and install the apps from the new Windows Store in 190 countries.

The Office Mobile apps—Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote—are built from the ground up for touch, offer the familiar experience that Office customers expect, and deliver the capabilities people need for on-the-go productivity on Windows 10 tablets and small screen devices. Across each of the apps, customers will appreciate full fidelity viewing of their Office...

| Read more »
09:00
Windows 10 updates for Office 365 admins

What capabilities in Windows 10 will benefit Office 365 admins? During the Microsoft Ignite conference in May, we invited Michael Niehaus—veteran Windows deployment and management expert—to present updates for managing Windows 10. Many of these updates accrue to and leverage the work people are doing to implement Office 365 and broader Microsoft Cloud services.

In this week’s Office Mechanics, we describe three areas where IT admins can benefit from Windows, Office and Azure Active Directory integration:

  • Joining Windows 10 to Azure Active Directory for single sign-on (SSO) to Office 365 and other services.
  • Using the Business Store portal in Windows Store to deliver Office apps.
  • Adding Windows 10 devices to Mobile Device Management for Office 365.

Joining Azure Active Directory

Most organizations using Office 365 with an on-premises Active Directory (AD) will synchronize their directory with Azure AD. We’ve covered the...

| Read more »
07:00
Removing Those Thousands Of Empty Directories In Bash

Earlier, we looked at creating thousands of empty directories. Today, we’re going to get rid of them. But we need to get rid of only empty directories. To do so, we’ll use the find command:

find . -depth -type d -empty -exec rmdir {} \;

Now, we can put both into a script:

mkdir $(printf '%05d\n' {1..10000})
find . -depth -type d -empty -exec rmdir {} \;

| Read more »

Tuesday July 28

09:00
Adventist Health System boosts productivity with...

Today’s Office 365 ProPlus post was written by Todd Frantz, senior technologist for Adventist Health System.

As a healthcare organization, we have a great responsibility to protect the personal data of our patients. This concern for patient privacy has often meant that we take a measured approach to technology adoption. We want to deliver the latest capabilities to our users so they can work however they want to, whether that means with increased mobility or easier collaboration, but we can never sacrifice security to get there.

Finding a comfort level

Because Microsoft understands our need for HIPAA compliance, we were able to help our management team feel at ease with moving to cloud-based tools. Microsoft provided us with a business associate agreement (BAA), which is needed for HIPAA compliance and also delivers security and compliance...

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09:00
Using OneNote and Windows tablets in a classroom for...

Today’s post was written by Alexis Parker, special education teacher at a K–5 school in Florida.

I am a special education teacher for kindergarten through 5th-grade students who are highly impacted with autism. While every person with autism has a variety of talents and challenges, many of the students in my classroom face similar challenges—specifically in the areas of behavior, communication and fine motor skills. Six of my students exhibit behavioral challenges when presented with tasks they don’t want to do. Seven are either non-verbal or have limited verbal skills. A few of my students are beginning to use alternative communication devices. Two of my students are able to reproduce letters of the alphabet, two can copy letters given an example, and three can trace letters.

Behavior, communication and fine motor deficits make it extremely difficult to evaluate what information a student has gained. In a typical classroom, you can assess a student’s...

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07:00
Using Inputs in Bash Scripts

You can easily accept user provided input in bash by using the read command in bash for Linux and OS X. Here, we’ll echo out a choice to a user in a script, read the output into a variable called yn and then echo out the response:

echo "Please enter y or n: "
read yn
echo "You chose wrong: $yn"

Here, we used echo to simply write out what was chosen in the input. But we could also take this a little further and leverage a case statement to then run an action based on the choice selected:

read -p "Should the file extension change warning be disabled (y/n)? " yn
case ${yn:0:1} in
y|Y )
defaults write com.apple.finder FXEnableExtensionChangeWarning -bool false
echo "The warning has been disabled"
;;
* )
defaults write com.apple.finder FXEnableExtensionChangeWarning -bool true
echo "The warning has been enabled"
;;
esac

The options when scripting are pretty much infinite and chances are,...

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Monday July 27

13:00
Apple Web Server notifications

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

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10:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 5 Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 5 Now Available

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OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 5 Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 5 Now Available

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07:00
Disable Autocorrect In OS X Automated Workflows

I mess computers up a lot. And that means I have to reload operating systems a lot. I’ve also been having terrible issues caused by autocorrect. So… Let’s disable it. By sending the NSAutomaticSpellingCorrectionEnabled key as a false boolean into NSGlobalDomain:

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticSpellingCorrectionEnabled -bool false

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Sunday July 26

07:00
Grab Your WAN IP In Scripts

Sometimes when I’m writing a script, I need something to phone home to something in the script. For example, this can tell another daemon where to ssh into when I invoke it remotely. So, let’s say I want to grab my WAN address in a script. I can use curl with a number of 3rd party sites (sites that often change. But, one that we can use here is ipecho.net. Here, we’ll look at their plain output page here:

curl ipecho.net/plain

This can then get output into a variable or file for processing in other parts of a script. For example, the output here is basically the same thing but the command is in backticks, as you might put it in when scripting:

echo `curl ipecho.net/plain`

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Saturday July 25

07:00
Some Command Line java Debugging Options

There’s an excellent tool that can be used to grab a heap dump from a Java process. It’s called jmap. To do so, run the jmap command, followed by a format and a file path as the format and file operators. Also, provide the PID, as follows:

jmap -dump:format=b,file=~/memdump.hprof 80446

Once dumped, you can view the dump file in the Memory Analyzer Tool (MAP) and find objects that use use too much memory and/or have memory leaks, as part of your troubleshooting. You can also replace the pid with a name of an executable or a core. Run the map tool along with a -h option for a help summary.

A sister tool is jps, which can be used to just list running processes by pid and then path. To run, assuming the same pid as earlier:

jps 80446

You can also run a java debugger daemon using jsadebugd, which attaches a process as a debug server. Then stack, map and info can attach via RMI. Finally, not everyone has access to every path on a file system. So jinfo...

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Friday July 24

09:00
Office 365 news roundup

We had a great time at Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) last week, where more than 14,000 people gathered to celebrate our Partners’ vital work and to share information that will help them continue to serve our customers and grow their businesses. Office 365 was a huge part of WPC, and we gave our Partners a first look at some innovations we are unleashing to help organizations transform how they work. We also announced a significant expansion of the Cloud Solution Provider program to include Azure and CRM Online as well as Office 365, and we are making the program available to all eligible Partners in 131 countries.

Mobile and cloud technology were big topics at WPC, which is unsurprising when you consider how much they...

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08:00
Caffeinate Your Commands

The caffeinate command is pretty cool. It keeps your computer from going to sleep. It can run in a couple of different ways. There’s a timer that prevents sleep for a little while. You can also run another command from within caffeinate that keeps the system awake until the other command is finished. Here, we’ll scp a file called source file to a host called servername and keep the system from going to sleep until the process is finished:

caffeinate -s scp sourcefile me:servername/targetfile

Here, we’ll just use the boring command to tell the computer not to go to sleep for an hour:

caffeinate -t 3600 &

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07:00
Steve Jobs, The Movie

Thursday July 23

09:00
Announcing the Superheroes in the Classroom blog...

Every year, Microsoft welcomes some of the world’s most innovative educators and students from around the world at its annual E2 Summit to share best practices on how to use technology to enhance student learning. At this year’s summit, the Office Mix team got to meet Kelli Etheredge, director of Teaching and Learning Resources at St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Mobile, Alabama. Kelli shared the story of how St. Paul’s students used Office Mix to teach each other about human body systems in their 4th–grade science class.

The next thing she knew, the Office Mix team was interviewing the students and their teachers over Skype for Business to hear firsthand how they learned about Office Mix, how they created mixes for the first time, and more importantly, how it impacted—and improved—the students’ desire to...

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09:00
Episode 055 on how Sunrise uses the Calendar API...

In this episode, Jeremy Thake and Richard DiZerega talk to Pierre-Élie Fauche about how the Sunrise team swapped out their old approach to fetch calendar information locally from the phones to use the Office 365 APIs instead.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP55_sunrise.mp3

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07:00
Using My Mac As An Alarm Clock

The at command can be used to schedule jobs to be run at certain times. I have a hard time getting up in the morning. Here, we’re going to echo a command that we want to be run at a certain time. In this case, we’re going to open a song to make into our alarm clock:

echo 'open ~/Desktop/bangbang.m4v 2>/dev/null' | at 07:00 tomorrow

The job will then output. You can see jobs waiting to be run, along with when they’ll be run using the at command with the -l option:

at -l

In this case, the job is 2. You can then remove a job using the atrm command:

atrm job 2

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Wednesday July 22

11:15
Your top 10 questions about Office 2016 for Mac...

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

The response to last week’s release of Office 2016 for Mac has been amazing—thank you to all our customers! The post was one of the most read and shared Office Blog posts this year, receiving hundreds of great comments and questions. We thought it would be helpful to share the top questions and answers with you.

1. Where do I get Office 2016 for Mac?

Office 2016 for Mac is currently only available for Office 365 subscription customers. It will be available via one-time purchase in late September. In the meantime, here are the instructions on how you can get Office 2016 for Mac today:

  • Office 365 subscribers—On your Mac, browse to your account page (office.com/myaccount), sign in and follow the installation instructions. If you have...
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10:35
Your top questions about Office for Android phone...

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

On June 24, we launched Office for Android phone, and the response has been amazing. In the last three weeks, there have been millions of downloads across Google Play, Samsung Galaxy and local app stores in China. We are also excited to see customers rate the apps so favorably, now at 4+ ratings on the Google Play store. Thanks to you all for using the Office apps.

We very much appreciate your feedback (the positive and the critical!) and have been reading all of your comments posted to the launch blog, within the App Stores, and submitted directly via the product. While we’ve been answering these questions across the various forums, we thought it would be helpful to consolidate, share and answer the top questions here on the Office Blog...

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10:00
Azure Rights Management support comes to Office for...

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

Earlier this year, we announced we are deeply committed to bringing encryption technologies on all platforms. At the core of encryption technologies is Azure Rights Management, which provides an easy way to protect data by assigning a policy to the data readily available in Office 2013, Office 2010 and Office for Mac. We are excited to announce that the same policy-driven protection is now available in Office for iPad and on iPhone devices. With this functionality, you are now able to view the rights protected Office documents natively on your iPad and iPhone devices.

Let’s look at this functionality in greater detail:

While using Office documents on iPad and iPhone, you can...

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09:00
Bringing cloud technology on-premises in Exchange...

Many performance improvements and architecture changes in the upcoming release of Exchange Server 2016—which is now available as a Preview to download—are based on our experience running Exchange Online at extreme scale. Our software development process allows us to incorporate things we’ve learned in the cloud in the product releases that we deliver to on-premises customers.

We explain some of these under-the-hood improvements on this week’s Office Mechanics. Exchange engineering team veteran Greg Taylor provides insights into what IT admins can expect in Exchange Server 2016. He explains that the team focused on three key areas to enhance the newest member of the Exchange family:

  • Simplification: both in server architecture and migration from Exchanger Server 2013 and 2010.
  • Reliability: key learnings from running Exchange Online...
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Technology Showcase

Sep 17
Video showcases iOS app built with Xojo

Xojo Inc., the company formerly known as Real Software, has posted a video of an iOS app that was built with Xojo. Xojo is an object-oriented, cross-platform software development tool that enables developers to create software for OS X, Windows, Linux, the web and mobile.

The video showcases all the native controls and gives an overview of Xojo's support for building iOS apps. Building native iOS apps with Xojo is the same as building a web or desktop app as you do today. You can view the video at http://tinyurl.com/nvexpk7 .

Developers can use the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) of Xojo for free, and will only need to purchase a license once they want to build a distributable version of their application. Licenses are purchased per target platform, including Web, Desktop, Database, Console, and Xojo Pro, which is a bundle license that includes all deployment licenses plus an added...

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Feb 14
A look at SkySafari for iOS, Mac OS X and 2012 DA14

This Friday, Feb. 15, a 180,000-ton asteroid with the thrilling name of "2012 DA14" will fly past the Earth. Don't worry, we're not talking a "Deep Impact" scenario. Which is good, right? And you can follow the asteroid using Apple devices.

The 50-meter space rock will come within 17,200 miles of earth -- that's closer than our orbiting geosynchronous communication satellites. Although we don't have to worry about a collision, the passage of 2012 DA14 is a record close approach to the Earth for an object of this size.

Southern Stars has released update to its SkySafari Plus and Pro apps for iOS, Mac OS X, and Android to let you track 2012 DA14. If you want to track the asteroid you'll want the updated apps. Why? Because the Earth's gravity affects the asteroid's orbit so severely, most desktop planetarium programs -- and all other mobile apps -- will completely fail to predict the asteroid's position correctly, says Southern Stars founder Tim DeBenedictis.

...

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Jan 05
Fusion Drive now available on entry-level iMacs

Apple's Fusion Drive Apple is available as a build-to-order option for the 21.5-inch, 2.7GHz 21.5-inch iMac model. Previously, it was only offered for the high-end 21.5-inchers and the 27-inch iMac.

Apple says the Fusion Drive gives customers the performance of flash storage and the capacity of a hard drive. It combines 128GB of flash with a standard 1TB or 3TB hard drive to create a single storage volume that intelligently manages files to optimize read and write performance. Apple says the Fusion Drive adapts to the way you use your iMac and automatically moves the files and apps you use most often to flash storage to enable faster performance and quicker access.

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May 02
Satechi Divoom iBase Dock Station available for iOS...

Satechi (http://www.Satechi.net) has released the Divoom iBase Dock Station for the iPod, iPhone or iPad. The US$44.99 device combines a speaker system and docking station.

The Satechi Divoom iBase Dock Station features four full range neodymium dynamic drivers and a 20.6 ounce speaker. Additionally, it has a vertical support to ensure the iOS device is secured in place. The Satechi Divoom iBase Dock Station is also compatible with other MP3 players via the 3.5mm line-in jack.

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Dec 16
Appcelerator offers '4 Steps to creating a mobile...

Appcelerator has published a white paper on "4 Steps to creating a mobile development strategy."

"Companies now have a window of opportunity to think about how mobile can transform their business as radically as the web did," says AppCelerator. "By making mobile a part of their overall digital strategy, companies can transform their relationships with their customers in even greater ways than they did with the web."

The white paper tells you how this can be accomplished. Appcelerator (http://www.appcelerator.com/) is a company that helps web developers create mobile, tablet and desktop applications.

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Sep 19
InterMapper publishes white papers on network...

InterMapper has published four white papers on network monitoring, mapping and alerting and InterMapper. You can find them all at
http://www.intermapper.com/resources/whitepapers.aspx .

The papers look at "Top 8 reasons SMBs need to monitor their networks," "top 8 considerations for selecting SMB network monitoring software," "10 steps to streamline the deployment of network monitoring software for SMBs," and "6 ways to calculate returns from your networking monitoring investment."

InterMapper is Mac OS X compatible network monitoring software. It uses SNMP to monitor the network infrastructure, and has probes for monitoring many kinds of servers, including web, mail, LDAP, FTP, etc. More information and a free 30-day demo are available at the product Web site (...

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Aug 11
Video tour of new Data Rescue Center headquarters...

The Data Rescue Center, a a data recovery company founded in 2009 and a division of Prosoft Engineering, recently opened a new state-of-the-art headquarters in Livermore, California. You can get a video tour of it at http://www.thedatarescuecenter.com/company_background.html .

In June of 2010, the Data Rescue Center and Prosoft Engineering finalized the purchase of a building in Livermore near the Lawrence Livermore National Lab. Work immediately began on the design and construction of the new recovery lab facility.

In late January of 2011, both The Data Rescue Center and Prosoft Engineering moved all operations to this new facility. It boasts a Class 2 UL-Listed Vault and extensive security features.

The ISO 5 / Class 100 Cleanroom exceeds all manufacturers specifications for cleanroom recovery environments, according to...

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Mar 11
Video looks at 'Fixing Flat Color in Final Cut...

Future Media Concepts has posted a video on "Fixing Flat Color in Final Cut Pro." It teaches you how to make your colors "pop" in footage in Final Cut Pro. You can find it at
http://www.fmctraining.com/fmc.asp?w=blip_AYHdkS4C .

Future Media Concepts is a digital media training center representing the leading software manufacturers, including Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Avid, Boris FX, Digidesign, NewTek and Softimage. Headquartered in New York City, FMC now operates 5 additional digital media training facilities located in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Orlando and Chicago.

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Oct 04
Video showcases Zco's services

Zco Corp. (http://www.zco.com) has posted an overview video for their technology showcase. You can view it here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzE89z-jexA .

Zco can help you build custom software, as well as market it. The company developsb oth industrial strength backend applications using .NET, PHP and Java as well as apps for all major mobile platforms, including the iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone 7, WebOS and Symbian.

Zco can also help you promote your products and services using search engine optimization and social media optimization techniques, HD video, stunning graphics, 3D animation and video effects, press releases, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Google, Yahoo and Bing.

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Aug 26
Video looks at digital storytelling features of...

A new online video (http://www.memoryminer.com) shows some of the best ways for using MemoryMiner, a digital storytelling application for Mac OS X. Designed an an complement the iLife suite, the software is all about capturing and exploring your life memories.

MemoryMiner allows anyone to zero in on the stories depicted in their photos by linking them to each other based on people, places and time. While photos are used as the starting point, the goal is always uncovering the backstory.

With MemoryMiner, you can directly record audio or video to capture the backstory of a photo. You can attach documents, web URL's, or other media to add depth and context. Each photo becomes a frame in a storyboard that can be browsed by periods in a person's life, where people overlap, by place, by time, or any combination.

MemoryMiner requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs...

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