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12:48
A-Shirt launches with Apple-inspired t-shirts

Following a successful launch on the French speaking market, A-Shirt (https://a-shirt.club/) is launching in the English speaking market and is inviting all Apple fans to join the club, which specializes in Apple inspired t-shirts.

"Following the successful launch in the French speaking market last December, we are happy to invite all Apple addicts out there to join the A-Shirt Club," says co-founder Cyril Pavillard. "Its aim is to unite Apple fans from around the world on one platform and allow them to show their love for Apple products in a unique, sleek and stylish way."

A-shirt releases six series of t-shirts every year. Each series is created once and rolled out to A-Shirt members every two months.

A-Shirt offers two packages: "The Just Addicted Plan" and "The Mega Addicted Plan." The former is the regular package plan where members receive six t-shirts...

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12:36
A Druid's Duel for OS X launches on Steam

Surprise Attack Games and ThoughtShelter Games have announced that A Druid's Duel is now available on Steam ( http://store.steampowered.com/app/333970/) for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux systems. It's being offered at 20% off for a limited time: US$7.99 instead of the $9.99.

Here's how the game is described: "Welcome to the Realm of Six Seasons, where the predictable cycle of nature's seasons has turned constantly since time began. But now, something is wrong. Something (or someone) is tampering with the precious Seasons, making a complete mess of the Realm.

"The Druids of the Esoteric Orders have long fostered this fertile landscape and tended to this delicate mystical balance. And it is up to Warren, a young druid fresh from his Esoteric Training, to discover what is causing this disastrous mixing of Seasons."

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12:18
AKVIS announces Pets Frame Pack for ArtSuite

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced a new frame pack for AKVIS ArtSuite. The program allows users to decorate their photos with frames and effects.

Extra frame packs can be installed to the program to increase its functionality. The new Pets Pack includes 60 frames targeted to animal lovers. You can frame photos of your pet with nature decorations, surround it by furry and feathered friends, by its favorite toys, food and treats.

The frame packs can only be used in the AKVIS ArtSuite Standalone program (with Home Standalone, Home Deluxe, Business licenses). A frame pack can be added to ArtSuite by placing the archive into a folder specified in the program's preferences.

AKVIS ArtSuite, with all its frame packs, runs on Mac OS X 10.6 and higher and Windows. It sells for US$69 (a demo is available for download); the price of the new frame pack is $15.

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11:37
VisionTek introduces DriveXpander 2.5" drive expansion slot adapter

VisionTek (http://www.visiontek.com) has released the DriveXpander 2.5" drive expansion slot adapter. It's compatible with the latest Mac Pro.

Designed to fit any full-sized PCI or PCIe expansion slot, the DriveXpander enables data transfer speeds up to 600MB/s from bare drives with nearly any Mac OS X based 2006-2012 Mac Pro or Windows-based PC desktop. Unlike other hot-swap drive adapter designs that only work with PCI slots, it includes a custom  PCIe slot stability adapter for a snug fit on either expansion slot type.To prevent unauthorized removal of an installed drive, the DriveXpander features a special shaped key lock to provide peace-of-mind long-term drive installation.

The US$19.99 DriveXpander includes all data and power cables required for plug and play operation and It's available immediately directly from VisionTek, select e-tailers such as Amazon, Tiger Direct, and Dell.

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11:25
The Ghost Archives: Haunting of Shady Valley comes to the Mac

G5 has released The Ghost Archives: Haunting of Shadey Valley for Mac OS X. It's available at the Mac App Store for US$4.99 through Feb. 28 and $6.99 afterwards.

Here's how the game is described: "You're an employee of S.O.U.L., the agency that helps ghosts find eternal rest. In this mysterious thriller, you'll have to uncover the many secrets of Shady Valley and fulfill tasks that keep restless souls in this world.

"Upon your arrival in an abandoned mining town you will be greeted by a large, hulking ghost named Norman Macabre,' who will not only care for your safety but also watch every step you take. As the story goes, the villagers who died here with unfinished business have become earthbound souls who cannot cross over. Allegedly, Norman died in an accidental house fire. He asks you to find his wife and beg her for forgiveness for a crime he committed in the past.

"This won't be easy as many more people are involved into this spine-chilling story and...

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11:05
Apple plans March 9 special event

Apple has announced a special event for Monday, March 9. An invitation send to the press shows a picture of an invitation with the wording "spring forward."

The event will almost certainly offer details on the upcoming Apple Watch, such as a precise release data and pricing. So far Apple has only said the smartwatch would be available in April with prices starting at US$350.

It's also possible that the rumored 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display could be announced. Apple will hold the special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

The Apple events page (http://www.apple.com/live/) invites you to come back on March 9 at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern, when live video from the presentation will be available. Live streaming requires Safari 5.1.10 or later on OS X 10.6.8 or later, or Safari on iOS 6 or later.

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07:57
iOS takes record-high profit share in smartphone operating system...

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com), global smartphone operating profit reached US$21 billion in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2014. The Android operating system captured a record-low 11% global smartphone profit share during the quarter. In contrast, while Apple's iOS took a record-high 89% profit share.

Global smartphone operating profit grew 31% annually from US$16.2 billion in Q4 2013 to US$21.2 billion in Q4 2014, notes the research group.

"Apple iOS continues to tighten its grip on the smartphone industry," says Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics. "Apple's strategy of premium products and lean logistics is proving hugely profitable. Android's weak profitability for its hardware partners will worry Google. If major smartphone manufacturers, like Samsung or Huawei, cannot make decent profits from the Android ecosystem,...

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05:43
Tim Cook to deliver George Washington University's commencement...

Apple CEO Tim Cook will deliver George Washington University’s commencement address May 17 and will be awarded an honorary doctorate of public service, the university announced Wednesday night.

"I am delighted that Tim Cook has accepted our invitation to give this year’s commencement address on the National Mall," George Washington President Steven Knapp said. "I know our graduating students will be inspired and enlightened by his reflections on the lessons he has garnered from his distinguished career as a highly effective leader at the forefront of technological innovation."

Cook was the Financial Times' Person of the Year for 2014, and in 2012 was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. He joined Apple in 1998, and served as chief operating officer prior to being named CEO. Previously, he was an executive at Compaq, now part of Hewlett-Packard Co., Intelligent Electronics and IBM.

Previous GW commencement speakers include...

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04:01
Movavi Photo Editor adds background removal, more

Movavi Photo Editor (http://www.movavi.com/photosuite), a photo editing toolkit for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) and Windows, has been revved to version 2.0.

The upgrade adds such new features as background removal, which lets users delete the existing background in a photograph and replace it with solid color fill or even a totally different image. Photos can also be saved with a transparent background in .png format.

The user interface of Movavi Photo Editor has also been enhanced. All the tabs have been moved to the right-side of the application window so users can navigate all the main features - adjustment, rotation and straightening, crop, text, resize, object and background removal, and export.

Using the text addition, users can enter a comment or caption in any size, font, or color above the edited photo. The text addition tab contains all the settings anyone might...

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Feb 25
PCI Geomatics implements support for KazEOSat-1

PCI Geomatics (www.pcigeomatics.com) has implemented support for KazEOSat-1, an Earth Observation satellite owned and operated by the Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary (KGS), a division of Kazcosmos.

KazEOSat-1 is capable of producing imagery of up to 1-meter panchromatic and 4-meter multispectral. The satellite was launched from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana in April of 2014, and reached operational readiness in July 2014. The sensor will produce imagery for the Kazakstan government to support decision making and policy in critical areas such as resource monitoring, resource management, land-use mapping, and environmental monitoring.

PCI Geomatics has implemented support for KazEOSat’s sensor model, which required modifications to both Geomatica and GXL. KazEOSat-1 was built by Airbus Defense and Space, and provides positional information that can be imported to build geometric models...

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Feb 25
Altium announces Tasking C Compiler

Altium (www.altium.com) has announced the availability of a new C compiler for the Generic Timer Module (GTM-IP MCS) from the Robert Bosch GmbH.

The GTM IP module forms a generic timer platform for complex applications in the automotive industry like power train, power steering, chassis and transmission control. To serve these different application domains, the GTM provides a wide range of timer functions like counters, multi-action capture/compare, PWM functions, duty-cycle measurement and many more.

The GTM also features internal RISC-like programmable cores for data processing and complex output sequence generation. The IP is designed to run with minimal CPU interaction and to unload the CPU from handling interrupt service requests as much as possible.

The first stable release of the C compiler for the GTM/MCS will be available in March. In the course of the year the new C compiler will be included...

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Feb 25
Default Folder for Mac OS X upgraded to version 4.6.14

St. Clair Software (http://tinyurl.com/2gm24v) has released Default Folder X 4.6.14, an update to their utility for Mac OS X.

Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. Its custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. It provides fast navigation to your files, previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more.

Version 4.6.14 addresses compatibility issues, including fixing a bug that could cause crashes in ArchiCAD, Mathematica and Cubase 8. It also improves its Rebound and tagging features, updates support for QuickSilver, and offers the option to automatically resize file and folder icons as you resize file dialogs.

Default Folder X requires Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. Version 4.6.14 is a free update for existing version 4 users. It costs US$34.95 for new users.

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Feb 25
Apple Pay now available for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management's...

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management (www.morganstanley.com) says that, using their iPhone 6/6Plus, clients can add their Morgan Stanley Debit Card to Apple Pay to pay for purchases in stores or within apps.

Once the Morgan Stanley Debit Card is securely added to Apple Pay, clients can hold their Apple smartphone near the contactless reader and, with the touch of a finger, the payment is made. When shopping within apps on their iOS device checking out can be as easy as selecting Apple Pay and placing a finger on Touch ID, says Eric Heaton, head of Morgan Stanley’s Private Banking Group.

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management clients’ account security is a key priority for the firm. The Apple Pay feature, which doesn't share the actual debit card number with the merchants or transmit it with payments, supports that goal, Heaton says.

Instead of using the Morgan Stanley Debit Card number, Apple Pay...

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Feb 25
Elmedia Player GO now available on the Mac App Store

Eltima Software has released Elmedia Player GO (http://tinyurl.com/qxpgcfo) on the Mac App Store. This universal media player supports virtually all commonly used audio and video formats and downloads media from the web, including MP4, MOV, DAT, MP3, and MKV.

The application features a 10-band audio equalizer to shape your audio tone, its own volume control, video tuner for adjusting sharpness, contrast, reducing noise, video aspect ratio change to fit image into screen, playback speed adjustment, ability to edit subtitles and more. It features a built-in web browser that allows you to watch online videos directly from the app, while Open URL enables you to do it without ads.

You can watch online videos in full screen mode and pin the player window on top of other running apps so you never miss a moment of your favorite movie. What's Elmedia allows you to grab a still of your video frame and...

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Feb 24
iOS, Android have 96.3% of the smartphone operating system market

iOS and Android have inched closer to total domination of the worldwide smartphone market in both the fourth quarter (4Q14) and the calendar year 2014 (CY14).

According to data from the IDC research group (www.idc.com), Android and iOS accounted for 96.3% of all smartphone shipments, up slightly from 95.6% in 4Q13 and from 93.8% in CY13. In terms of year-over-year shipment growth, Android outpaced the overall smartphone market for CY14 (32.0% vs 27.7%, respectively) while iOS beat the market in 4Q14 (46.1% vs 29.2%, respectively).

"Many of the same drivers were in play for Android and iOS to tighten their grip on the market," says Ramon Llamas, research director with IDC's Mobile Phone team. "A combination of strong end-user demand, refreshed product portfolios, and the availability of low-cost devices – particularly for Android – drove volumes higher."
What will bear close observation is how the two...

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Feb 24
ExoLens system released for the iPhone 6

The new ExoLens is designed to transform your iPhone 6 into a professional photography and videography tool. The system includes a 3x telephoto lens and 165º wide-angle lens.

The professional-grade lenses swap in seconds via a compact and functional machined aluminum bracket lined with soft protective foam, says John Willenborg, CEO at ExoLens. He says the ExoLens’ Telephoto 3x Lens is one of the most powerful telephoto lenses available for the iPhone.

With a focal length of 90mm (30mm for an iPhone 6 and 60mm for most competitors), this lens captures distant objects in full optical zoom. In addition to full pixel zoom, the telephoto lens allows the iPhone to auto-adjust exposure.

The 165º Wide-Angle Lens is designed to drastically increase the amount of detail and light you can get into a single image. The ExoLens professional photography system for iPhone 6 is available now for US$129.95 at store.apple.com. The ExoLens system for iPhone 6 Plus will be...

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Feb 24
WaterField unveils Padded Gear Pouch

WaterField Designs today announces the new Padded Gear Pouch. Available in waxed canvas or ballistic nylon with vegetable-tanned, premium leather accents, this accessory pouch protects and organizes with padded pockets, self-locking zippers and water-resistant textiles.

The Padded Gear Pouch features one main compartment with several padded pockets and one front pocket with two organizational mesh pockets inside. Each compartment closes with self-locking zippers. Both the tan waxed canvas and the black ballistic nylon color choices offer water resistance. According to the folks at WaterField, the Padded Gear Pouch is useful for:

° Tech professionals: iPad mini in large padded pocket, portable mouse and hard-drive in smaller padded pockets, headphones and wallet in main compartment. Front pockets for keys and additional cables.

° Travelers: eyeglasses in large padded pocket, phone, medications and headphones in smaller padded pockets, passport, wallet and...

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Feb 24
Bamboo Paper adds new level of precision for the Bamboo Stylus fineline

Wacom's (www.wacom.com) latest update of its note-taking app, Bamboo Paper, improves both precision and comfort when working with the Bamboo Stylus fineline and Intuos Creative Stylus 2.

Users of Wacom's smart styli will purportedly feel the difference immediately after installation. When setting up the app and configuring the stylus, users can now choose from six different wrist positions to reflect the most common positions of the hand while writing and sketching. By choosing the position of the wrist that fits best with how users hold the pen, the update will considerably improve the offset correction.

Installing the latest firmware update for the Bamboo fineline and Intuos Creative Stylus 2 will provide the best results for Bamboo Paper users. The "Wacom Stylus Update" app is now available at the Apple App Store. Users simply download the app and pair their Wacom stylus via Bluetooth and the app will guide...

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Feb 24
Output Factory for Adobe InDesign update improves alternate layouts...

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has released Output Factory 1.5.18, a maintenance update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory automates printing, exporting and post-processing from InDesign and offers batch processing, export as single pages, variable file names, layer versioning, preflighting, output history and more. The new version addresses an issue in which a bug in InDesign installation could result in incorrect output results.

Output Factory can be purchased from the Zevrix website for US$169.95. There's a "lite" version for $120 and a server version for $700. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $84.97. Output Factory requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2014.

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Feb 23
Pomodoro Time is new time, task management tool for OS X

XwaveSoft (http://xwavesoft.com) has introduced Pomodoro Time 1.0, the Mac version of their time management app for the iPhone and iPad.

The app provides a mix of timeboxing, timed rest stops, task management, a goal completion list, and customized productivity analysis. You can view and compare weekly or monthly progress of total time spent on tasks to accurately adjust actions to be more efficient. The app syncs between Macs, iPhones, and iPads.

The Pomodoro Technique is based on the idea that individuals are more likely to produce results and complete activities with a break down of work into intervals of 25 minutes, separated by short breaks. Pomodoro Time allows users to customize task duration outside of the standard timeframe to fit individual needs, from five minutes to 60 minutes with customized breaks in between.

Pomodoro Time requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and costs US$2.99. It's...

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Feb 26
LTE-Advanced coverage reaches 100 million people

LTE-Advanced networks have been actively deployed around the world. At the end of 2014, LTE-Advanced covered its first 100 million people worldwide, just 4 years since the network’s inception. ABI Research (www.abirsearch.com) predicts that the coverage will reach one billion in four more years.

At the end of 2014, there were 49 commercially available LTE-Advanced networks around the world. Western European operators lead the commercialization with 20 operators, followed by 13 in Asia-Pacific; however, North America still commands the largest population coverage at 7.8%.

"All four major operators of the United States have either commercially deployed (AT&T and Sprint) or have been actively deploying (Verizon and T-Mobile) their LTE-Advanced networks," comments Lian Jye Su, research associate of Core Forecasting, ABI Research.

Globally, a number of major auctions are expected to take place...

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Feb 25
Global pay-TV subscriber base to surpass 924.4 million

The worldwide pay-TV market is expected to have grown 5% in 2014, surpassing 924.4 million subscribers, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

"IPTV is expected to grow a market leading 14% in 2014, followed by satellite TV platform at 7%. The growth rates of cable and terrestrial TV platforms are expected to slow to around 3%," comments Jake Saunders, vice president and practice director of Core Forecasting at the research group.

Global cable TV market growth is driven by the Asian-Pacific and Latin American markets. A combination of the two regions is likely to add over 13 million subscribers in 2014 while the cable TV market in North America is expected to decline approximately 1% in 2014. In 3Q 2014, major cable TV operators in North America lost over 400,000 TV customers, although cable companies are doing well in broadband.

Video streaming services such as Netflix and TiVo,...

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Feb 24
Global 2D gesture recognition market will post a CAGR...

Increased demand for gesture recognition solutions in the healthcare sector has resulted in the unprecedented growth of the global 2D gesture recognition market, which will post a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 32.12% from 2014-2019, says research firm TechNavio (www.technavio.com).

According to the latest report by the research group, gesture recognition in video games has enabled otherwise inactive individuals to participate in physical activity to a certain extent. These games are ideal for elderly people who should have a minimum amount of physical activity every day for their overall health. The TechNavio report also draws attention to the increasing demand for gesture-enabled electronic devices, which are being increasingly used for human-device interaction.

"Vendors are constantly upgrading gesture-enabled consumer electronics to make the interaction between devices and humans simpler and...

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Feb 23
Worldwide personal, entry level Storage market...

The worldwide personal and entry-level storage (PELS) shipments remained flat year over year in 2014, finishing the year with 75.7 million units, according to the IDC (www.idc.com) research group.

Annual shipment values were down -1.5% year over year to $6.6 billion. Unit shipments were down slightly in the fourth quarter (4Q14), declining -0.9% from a year ago to 20.5 million units, while 4Q14 shipment values were also down, declining -5.2% to $1.7 billion.

"The personal and entry-level storage market finished 2014 flat, despite strong growth during the previous quarter," says Jingwen Li, research analysts, Storage Systems, IDC. "The entry-level portion of the market showed consistent growth throughout the year, but it remains too small to drive growth for the entire market. The largest market segment, personal storage, fell victim to continued price declines, increased competition from public cloud providers, and...

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Feb 20
Smart city traffic systems to reduce congestion for...

A new report from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) forecasts that smart city traffic management and parking projects will reduce cumulative global emissions in the order of 164 MMT (million metric tonnes) CO2 between 2014 and 2019, equivalent to the annual emissions produced by 35 million vehicles.

Not only will this benefit the environment, but it will also significantly impact the quality of city dwellers’ lives, with some 700 million automobiles projected to be on city roads by 2019, says the research group. The report found that high levels of city traffic congestion combined with advancements in the "Internet of Things" sensors and software solutions has driven plans to reduce high traffic levels through smart initiatives.

Juniper Research says the establishment of a sensor-networked and monitored city communications infrastructure, efficiently phasing traffic lights and...

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Feb 19
Home care/lawn care robotics market to reach $2.9...

The home care/lawn care robotics market will surpass US$2.9 billion by 2019, up from US$1.2 billion in 2014, according to a new study published by ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com). Approximately seven million robotic home care/lawn care products will be sold in 2019, up from 3.4 million in 2014, representing a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 15.6%, notes the research group.

"The home care/lawn care sector is the largest, fastest growing, and most dynamic component of the overall consumer robotics marketplace, and this will remain so for the foreseeable future," says Dan Kara, practice director, Robotics at ABI Research. "Moreover, the addressable markets for these devices are substantial, penetration levels are nowhere near saturation, and in some cases markets are virtually untouched. New advances in low-cost, highly functional, consumer class enabling technology, coupled with greater levels of...

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Feb 18
Biometrics market to hit US$13.8 million in revenues...

Overall revenues for the biometrics market are forecasted to hit US$13.8 million in 2015, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com). The majority of revenues in most biometric recognition technologies are still stemming from governmental entities.

However, due to increased consumer acceptance of biometric modalities, consumer and enterprise segments are predicted to catch up with governmental spending in late 2017, thus becoming the dominant portion of the market, says ABI Research. Recent events will no doubt increase governmental spending in 2015 as security measures are intensified in Europe and the U.S., adds the research group.

Government spending on biometrics is increasing worldwide and will continue to do so up until late 2016-early 2017 with growing terrorist threats in European Union (E.U.) and U.S. intensifying this effect. Fingerprint recognition is the most commonly used.

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Feb 17
Multi-factor authentication market worth US$13.2...

Market intelligence from ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) finds that the global mobile multi-factor authentication software and service market will be worth US$1.6 billion by the end of 2015.

Username and passwords have been widely used to authenticate user identity but fail to provide adequate authentication, says the research group. Authentication-based attacks continue to plague organizations of all sizes with the majority of breaches being attributed to weak or absent authentication.

This has created significant market demand for mobile user authentication technologies that can be used to provide additional factor of authentication thus adding an extra layer of security. One-time-passwords (OTPs) and tokens have emerged as the preferred choice of authentication as they offer greater security because the password they generate is only valid for a single session/transaction.

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Feb 16
Sending on mobile devices, SaaS, IaaS shot up in 2014

Mobile workers now comprise nearly one-third or approximately 30 percent of corporations’ total workforce, according to the results of the Strategy Analytics Mobile Workforce Strategies (www.strategyanalytics.com) survey.

The survey which polled over 1,200 organizations found that a workforce comprising nearly 1/3 of mobile employees is the most common. In general, mobility solution decisions are increasingly driven by line-of business management and IT and spending on mobile devices, SaaS, IaaS, and security software have increased the most in 2014 compared to 2013.

Strategy Analytics interviewed 1,217 different size organizations in the US, UK, France, and Germany, across key vertical segments: F.I.R.E (Financial, Insurance, Real Estate), Manufacturing, Professional Services, Education/Public Sector, Healthcare/Pharmaceutical and Telecom/Media/Technology. Findings include:

° IT...

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Feb 13
By 2017, mobile commerce revenue to be 50% of U.S....

Rampant interest in mobile payments is expected by 2015, along with a significant increase in mobile commerce. Due to this, Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com) predicts that by 2017, U.S. customers' mobile engagement behavior will drive mobile commerce revenue in the U.S. to 50%of U.S. digital commerce revenue.

A recent Gartner survey found that mobile commerce currently generates 22% of digital commerce revenue. 

"Some sectors will migrate more quickly than others to accepting mobile payments and promoting mobile commerce," says Jennifer Polk, research director at Gartner. "For example, big-box retailers may not need to move as quickly as other industries because the in-store experience is still a critical part of their value proposition and the customer experience, making digital and mobile commerce a smaller portion of their overall revenue. However, new credit card standards will cause a shift in liability...

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16:25
Apple takes top spot in online order fulfillment in...

In its first ever quarterly study, customer service analytics firm StellaService ranked Apple as the fastest and most most efficient online retailer in terms of shipments for the fourth quarter of 2014, taking an average of 2.5 days to send out orders.

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15:36
Apple Opens iWork Web-only Access to All

Everyone, even those who don’t own an Apple device, can now get free access to the Web version of Apple’s iWork apps — Pages, Numbers, and Keynote — along with 1 GB of iCloud storage.

 

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15:30
The Week in iPhone Cases: Bring out the battery...

Bring out the battery cases!

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings you new battery cases from Otterbox, Unu, and BuQu, plus some interesting multi-purpose cases and a way to mount your iPhone in the car—without an actual mount!

BuQu

The PowerArmour (iPhone 6; $80) sports a lightweight, unibody design that makes installation and removal a snap—a big plus for a battery case. Its design remains protective enough that it will prevent damage against bumps and falls.

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14:10
Apple's iWork for iCloud goes platform agnostic...

Apple on Thursday removed the beta tag from its Apple ID creation tool, granting anyone, on any platform access to access to the iWork for iCloud Web-based productivity suite.

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13:27
Who killed Tony the Tiger?

Bloomberg:

For almost a century, Kellogg defined the American breakfast: a moment when people would be jolted out of their drowsiness—often with a stupendous serving of sugar.

The sales of 19 of Kellogg’s top 25 cereals eroded last year, according to Consumer Edge Research, a Stamford (Conn.) firm that tracks the food industry. Sales of Frosted Flakes, the company’s No. 1 brand, fell 4.5 percent.

Kellogg executives don’t expect cereal sales to return to growth this year, though they hope to slow the rate of decline and do better in 2016. But some Wall Street analysts say cereal sales may never fully recover. In Battle Creek, so-called Cereal City, that would be the equivalent of the apocalypse.

I haven’t sat down to a bowl of breakfast cereal in more than a decade but my favourite was always Apple Jacks.

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13:01
What will the Apple Watch Edition cost? Jewelry and...

[Ed. Note: Rob Bates, is a senior editor for JCK, and blogger/writer about the diamond and jewelry industries—this post originally posted here]

When we first started talking about the Apple Watch, some predicted that the highest-end model—the 18k gold Edition—could retail for more than $1,000. Now that seems almost quaint. Apple-focused blogs such as Daring Fireball now regularly bandy about numbers like $10,000—and sometimes far more.

The jewelry and watch sources I spoke with all think a price tag of $6,000 or more...

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12:43
Mac: STM Dux for MacBook Air

We’ve seen STM’s Dux for both iPhone and iPad before, and now we have an early look at the MacBook Air edition of the protective case. STM’s Dux for MacBook Air ($60) is a transparent polycarbonate case with TPU edges for drop protection. Four textured rubber feet on the bottom of Dux prevent your MacBook from slipping on a smooth surface. We received the 13” MacBook Air version of Dux, but a 11” MacBook Air version should be available, as well. The 13” version should be released in late April/early May.

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12:00
Zirx for iPhone summons a human to park your car

The tagline of Zirx for iPhone (free) is "never park your car again." It's an on-demand valet service that's currently available in in San Francisco and Seattle. The way it works is this: after creating an account (including credit card information), you use the app to tell an agent where you'll be when you no longer need your car. That agent then meets you, identities are confirmed, and your car is driven to a secure garage.

Need your car back? Let the app know when and where you'll be, and your car is delivered to where you stand. Zirx agents will even wash your vehicle or gas it up for an additional fee.

I live in Massachusetts, so I was unable to test this out. But as a person who's had to park in Boston and Manhattan, I appreciate the option of being able to hand that task over to someone else. If you have experience with Zirx, let us know. It's an interesting idea, and I'm curious about the execution. 

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11:57
Net Neutrality Passes, Eliminating Broadband...

The FCC has voted in favor of Title II net neutrality regulations and to overturn some state municipal broadband restrictions. But we don’t yet know exactly what was voted for.

 

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11:00
Apple Watch: What the Apple World Today staff is...

Image from Apple.com website

Rene Ritchie over at iMore did a fun thing today -- he polled all of the writers at the site about their choices of options for the Apple Watch and wrote a post about it. It was such a great idea that I'm appropriating it for Apple World Today! Here are the same questions that Rene asked his team, answered by Kelly Hodgkins, Dave Caolo and myself:

Which size Apple Watch will you be getting?

Kelly: I have small wrists and will be getting the smaller 38mm sized watch.

Dave: I’ll be getting the smaller 38mm size, as I’m afraid the larger model will be just a bit too bulky.

Steve: I'm old and have lousy eyesight. Give me the 42mm size, thank you. I think that extra tiny bit of screen space might help. 

Aluminum, stainless steel, or gold?

Dave: ...

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10:51
TMO Daily Observations 2015-02-26: Apple Spring...

Apple announced a special media event today for March 9 with only one hint in its tag line: "Spring forward." Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on the media event and what sort of Apple Watch-related announcements it may include. They also take a look at the FCC's vote on Net Neutrality.


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10:18
Apple announces March 9th “Spring Forward” special...

This could provide all the Apple Watch details you’ve been hankering for.

Apple said it will hold a “special event” for March 9 that is likely to be a coming-out party for Apple Watch. Apple has said the watch will go on sale in April.

The event will start at 10 a.m. at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco.

Apple unveiled the Apple Watch in September when it also showed off its new iPhones and Apple Pay, its mobile-payment service. On March 9, Apple is expected to delve deeper into the various features of the watch. The presentation aims to answer the defining purpose of the company’s first all-new product since it introduced the iPad in...

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10:13
Keeping Up with the Snoops 8: Snoop Harder

Just when he thought it was over, Josh Centers is pulled back into the spy game, giving you the latest on the Patriot Act’s renewal, hard drive malware, SIM card encryption key theft, and how to find out if you’re being watched.

 

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10:00
Apple highlights Final Cut Pro and its role in...

Ahead of the February 27th release of romantic comedy Focus, Apple has provided a detailed look at the role Final Cut Pro X played in the production and development of the motion picture.

““What I love about Final Cut Pro X is that it allowed me to be involved with, and in control of, every aspect of making our film.””

— John Requa, Director

Our take on the news:

These short profiles by Apple are wonderful testimonies to what can be accomplished with Apple's technology and some creative thinking. It's especially encouraging to see Final Cut Pro X highlighted as the software was criticized for being too simplified when it launched in 2011. Apple listened to the complaints and steadily improved the software to the point where it is capable of editing a major motion film.

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09:31
Spring forward: Apple will take the wraps off Apple...

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 8. The following day, Apple is inviting us to “spring forward” at a “special event” in San Francisco. Hmm…could Apple be showing off a device that has something to do with setting the clock? Macworld will be in the audience to bring you the details at 10 a.m. Pacific.

As is standard for Apple, the invite gave no details other than time, date, and location (Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, a larger venue than Town Hall in Cupertino, where Apple held its last event). But given the tag line and the timing, it’s a given that the company is finally launching Apple Watch after months of build-up.

...

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09:26
Rumor: Tim Cook vouches for shower-safe, waterproof...

Well, there’s gotta be a nugget of truth in here somewhere.

The rumor mill currently has Apple CEO Tim Cook telling Apple Store employees in Berlin that he wears his Apple Watch everywhere, “even in the shower.”

Apple has not officially designated the Apple Watch as either waterproof or water resistant. If Mr. Cook actually said he wears his in the shower, it could indicate that Apple will market the device as one or the other.

This is all just hearsay at this point, there could have been some translation issues and it could be a joke, so it’s hard to know how much stock to put in this.

That and you might not want to know about the...

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09:23
Apple sending out invites to a March 9th press event

Apple today started sending out invites to a press event to be held on March 9th. Details on the topic of the "Spring Forward" event were not revealed, but it likely involves the Apple Watch, which is slated to launch in April. We expect Apple to confirm the final pricing and launch details for the wearable device.

Our take on the news:

Apple is ready to deliver another knock-out product and we will watching along with you to get all the launch details on Apple's latest device. We can't wait, can you?

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09:16
Apple invites us to “spring forward” at its March 9...

Apple will be hosting an event on March 9 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts theater in San Francisco. The invitation invites attendees to "spring forward," and given the reference to the beginning of Daylight Saving Time on March 8 and the proximity to April, it's a fair bet that the event will involve the Apple Watch.

Expect to hear final details about the Apple Watch, including more about its software, its battery life, and pricing for more models and bands. Apple often announces more than one product at these events, so some new Broadwell Macs could also be fair game.

The event begins at 10:00am Pacific. We'll be there on the ground to bring you the news as it happens.

Read on Ars Technica |...

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09:11
Malicious Emailers Find Healthcare Firms Juicy Prey


Healthcare providers have garnered growing interest from hackers in recent months. More evidence of that trend appeared last week in a report on email trust. An email that appeared to come from a healthcare company was four times more likely to be fraudulent than an email purportedly from a social media company like Facebook, one of the largest creators of email on the Internet, Agari found. The report gives industries a TrustScore -- that is, a number that reflects the trustworthiness of email from companies within that industry group.

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08:01
iPhone accounting for almost 90% of smartphone...

If nothing else, the iPhone industry is profitable for Apple.

The latest numbers from Strategy Analytics reveal that Apple continued to dominate in global smartphone profit during the fourth quarter of 2014, capturing a record-high 88.7 percent share of profit during the three-month period ending December. Apple earned quarterly operating profit of US$18.8 billion on iPhone sales, up from US$11.4 billion during the fourth quarter of 2013.

“Global smartphone operating profit grew 31 percent annually from US$16.2 billion in Q4 2013 to US$21.2 billion in Q4 2014. Android hardware vendors combined took a record-low 11 percent global...

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07:30
Tim Cook to deliver May commencement address at...

Apple CEO Tim Cook will deliver the keynote address to graduates at George Washington University, reports GW Today. Cook, along with Anthony S. Fauci and Carole Watson, will receive an honorary doctorate of public service. Cook was nominated by GWU students and accepted the invitation for the May 17th event.

“I am delighted that Tim Cook has accepted our invitation to give this year’s commencement address on the National Mall,” George Washington President Steven Knapp said. “I know our graduating students will be inspired and enlightened by his reflections on the lessons he has garnered from his distinguished career as a highly effective leader at the forefront of technological innovation.”

— George Washington University

Our take on the news:

This isn't Tim Cook's first commencement speech, the Apple CEO also delivered...

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06:52
Apple partner Imagination Technologies unveils new...

Imagination Technologies, the company who designs the graphics processors used in Apple's A-series chips, unveiled the PowerVR GT7900 on Thursday, a so-called "super-GPU" that will power affordable game consoles, and could be a candidate for a future Apple TV refresh.

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Thursday February 26

14:36
Smartflash Hits Apple with a Second Patent Infringement La...

Only one day after a Tyler Texas jury awarded Smartflash $532.9 million for Apple infringing their suit of patents, Smartflash LLC and Smartflash Technologies Limited filed a second patent infringement lawsuit against Apple.

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14:16
'Click' Aims to Introduce Apple Watch Band Adapt...

Ahead of the Apple Watch's launch, accessory makers are already hoping to create solutions that will allow the device to be used with a wide array of existing watch bands. Click, for example, is an upcoming watchband adapter that will slide into the band slots of the Apple Watch, allowing the Apple Watch casing to be used with any existing 24mm watchband.

According to Click's creators, the adapter is a spring bar that will attach to a watchband, which will then fit into the Apple Watch's grooves, much like one of Apple's own watch bands. It appears to use the pin that comes with an existing watchband rather than shipping with one of its own.

Click takes advantage of the sliding and locking mechanism on both sides of the watch to hold the adapter in place just like one of Apple's watchbands. Click allows customers to truly personalize the Apple Watch to match their style and at a fraction of the cost of Apple's Watchbands.Click is...

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13:25
FCC Votes in Favor of Net Neutrality Rules, Classifies Bro...

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted in favor by a 3-to-2 decision to enforce net neutrality rules that it claims will help protect freedom of expression and innovation on the Internet, reports Ars Technica. The FCC ruling classifies broadband service as a utility and prevents Internet providers from blocking or throttling traffic or offering prioritized service through so-called Internet "fast lanes" for payment."The Internet is the most powerful and pervasive platform on the planet. It is simply too important to be left without rules and without a referee on the field," said FCC chairman Tom Wheeler. "Think about it. The Internet has replaced the functions of the telephone and the post office. The Internet has redefined commerce...

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13:12
The Google Glass Team Invented a Circular Keyboard that Yo...

In November we posted a report titled "Google Glass, a Failure until Further Notice." We noted in that report that the first project to have emerged from Google's secretive Google X division was Glass. The high profile project ...

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12:51
Apple Opens Up 'iWork for iCloud' to Everyone, N...

Following a short beta testing period, Apple's iCloud.com website has been updated to make its iWork suite of apps accessible to all users, even those without an Apple device.

As of today, anyone can sign up for an Apple ID to access Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for free. The software suite lets users create and edit text documents, presentations, and spreadsheets from their browsers. Signing up for a free Apple ID account entitles users to 1GB of complimentary iCloud storage to be used with the apps for storing documents.

Previously, access to Apple's iWork suite of apps was limited to users who owned an iOS device or a Mac, but with Apple's new web-only iCloud access, the company can draw new users to its platform and compete with more universal software offerings like Microsoft's Office Suite.

...

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12:28
Apple Targeting Early April Launch Date for Apple Watch

Apple has not provided details on when the Apple Watch might begin shipping to customers beyond the broad "April" launch date shared by CEO Tim Cook, but new information provided to MacRumors suggests the Apple Watch could see a release more towards the beginning of April rather than the end of the month.

According to a reliable source that spoke with MacRumors, Apple is planning to begin moving Apple Watches to centralized distribution points in the U.S. during the first few days of the month, with an Apple Watch release possibly coming during the first full week of April, between April 6 and April 10.

A launch date around this time would see the Apple Watch shipping approximately one month after the company's planned March 9 media event, where it is expected to unveil new...

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12:08
Smartflash Hits Apple With Second Lawsuit After Winning $5...

Just one day after Apple was ordered to pay a $532.9 million settlement to Smartflash LLC for infringing upon its patented technologies, the Texas-based patent licensing firm has sued the Cupertino-based company a second time over the same patents (via Reuters). The new lawsuit covers Apple products that were introduced after the original case was filed, including the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2."Smartflash filed the complaint to address products that came out too far into the last proceedings to have been included," Smartflash's attorney, Brad Caldwell, told Reuters on Thursday. "Apple cannot claim they don’t know about these patents or understand that they are infringing. A diligent jury has already rejected...

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10:54
Today the FCC Voted 3-2 for Net Neutrality

Earlier this month we posted a report titled "The FCC is Once Again Set to Vote on New Net Neutrality Rules." We noted that the FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler had stated that "We're going to propose rules that say no blocking, no throttling, no paid prioritization, and that there is a yardstick against which behavior should be measured, and that...

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10:24
Apple's March Ninth Special Event Invitation Provides...

The rumor mill will once again spin now that Apple has sent out invitations to their March 9, 2015 event with a clue as to what it's about. Once the smoke clears from the announcements flooding out of the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona ...

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10:19
Apple to Live Stream 'Spring Forward' Apple Watc...

Apple today updated its website to notify users that it plans to live stream its Monday, March 9 media event that will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

The event will be broadcast on Apple's Live website and it will also be available on the Apple TV via a dedicated channel. MacRumors will be providing live coverage of the event as well, both on MacRumors.com and on the MacRumorsLive Twitter account for those unable to watch Apple's live stream.

The March 9 event, which kicks off at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, is expected to focus on the Apple Watch. Apple will likely unveil new details about the device that have been previously kept under wraps, including information on pricing, battery life, and accessory options. We may also...

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09:07
Apple Sends Invites for 'Spring Forward' Media E...

Apple today sent out invites for a media event that will be held on Monday, March 9 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, reports The Loop. As with most Apple media events, it will begin at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

The event's "Spring Forward" tagline is decidedly time related and March 9 falls one day after the start of Daylight Saving Time in the United States, suggesting the Apple Watch may be the focal point.

There are still many details on the Apple Watch that Apple has kept under wraps, including full information on pricing, battery life, and accessory options, all of which may be revealed at the event ahead of the Apple Watch's April launch. The event could also see the launch of other products, such as the rumored 12-inch Retina MacBook Air or refreshed 11 and 13-inch MacBook Airs, which are due for an update.

Recent Mac and iOS...

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08:50
Google's Sundar Pichai Discusses Search Partnership W...

Google's Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Google Apps, recently spoke about his company's relationship with Apple in an in-depth interview with Forbes. The executive discussed a few topics related to Apple, including the impact of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on the high-end smartphone market and Google's long-standing search partnership with Apple that is rumored to be up in the air.

Questioned about the possibility of Apple ditching Google as the default search engine on iOS, Pichai did not appear worried and remains committed to building a product that users need. Google renewed its search partnership with Apple in 2010, although the contract is reportedly set to expire this year and there has been increasing speculation that Apple is considering a number of options. Both Microsoft and Yahoo have...

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08:40
Apple Begins Animating Landmarks in Maps, Starting With Lo...

Apple yesterday updated its 3D "Flyover" map of London, adding animated images onto popular London-based attractions that result in real-time moving pictures right inside of the Maps app (via The Daily Mail).

The update causes the current time to be showcased on the face of Big Ben's clock tower, and the popular giant London Eye to constantly rotate when users find each structure in the London Flyover map. The feature, according to The Daily Mail, is expected to hit other big cities "within weeks."

Though a straightforward and purely aesthetic update, the addition of real-time animated effects in the Maps app brings a more immersive experience to Apple's mobile map service and could give it a slight edge on competing map apps.

Thanks to hefty amount of criticism...

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08:00
Apple Invents New Streaming Content App

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application that titled "Scrollable In-Line Camera for Capturing and Sharing Content." Today Apple offers a simple way to stream content via "My Photo Stream" that's part of iCloud Photo Sharing. In this latest patent application, it appears that Apple wants to expand ...

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06:33
Apple Files for "Taptic Engine" Trademark in Eur...

Today, both Hong Kong and Europe Trademark Offices have published Apple's latest trademark filing for "Taptic Engine." Apple introduced ...

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05:56
Brikk Announces Diamond-Studded Apple Watches Costing Up t...

While the Apple Watch is not expected to be released until April, luxury and couture product design company Brikk today announced a line of 30 luxury models for the upcoming smartwatch that they claim, "will afford unmatched opulence to an exclusive clientele worldwide."

Similar to the Apple Watch in terms of sizes, the line of Lux Watches will be available in 38mm and 42mm, with color options of 24-karat yellow gold, 18-karat pink gold, and 950 platinum alongside varying band options. There are also three editions to the line: Standard, Deluxe, and Omni. All versions of the Lux Watch are prepared through disassembling Apple Watches that the company then repurposes with their luxury materials in a "state-of-the-art laboratory."

The basic...

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05:22
Apple's Expanded Presence in Israel Focused on Chip D...

Following Apple CEO Tim Cook's visit to Israel this week, the company's increasing interest in the country is said to relate to chip design, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Apple recently opened new research and development offices in Israel north of Tel Aviv, with the facilities serving as the iPhone maker's second-largest R&D operations outside of the United States.“Apple’s Israeli acquisitions and its expanding local workforce show that the company is becoming more and more independent on the chip level, where it once had to rely on external suppliers,” said Shlomo Gradman, chairman of the Israeli Semiconductor Club. Apple may be looking to increase development of chips internally to the costs associated with relying on third-party suppliers, although it still relies heavily on vendors such as Samsung to produce chips for iPhones. Apple has acquired two Israel-...

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05:00
A Major Report by Good Technology Shows that iOS Activatio...

A new report published today by Good Technology™, the leader in secure mobility, presents key findings indicating that as enterprises are mobilizing content and apps, they are also fortifying their cyber resiliency ...

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Wednesday February 25

18:03
Tim Cook Will Give 2015 Commencement Address at George Was...

Apple CEO Tim Cook will give the keynote address to graduates at George Washington University this May, the university announced today. Cook will speak on May 17 on the National Mall and was nominated for the honor by students earlier this year. The university also plans to give Cook an honorary doctorate of public service.

"I am delighted that Tim Cook has accepted our invitation to give this year's commencement address on the National Mall," George Washington President Steven Knapp said. "I know our graduating students will be inspired and enlightened by his reflections on the lessons he has garnered from his distinguished career as a highly effective leader at the forefront of technological innovation."
Cook's last commencement speech...

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15:43
Google Planning New Canopy-Like Mountain View Headquarters

The companies BIG and Heatherwick Studio are collaborating on a new headquarters building for Google in Mountain View, California.

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Documentation Scanner

Thursday February 26

09:21
MATE.. (Games)

MATE.. 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Experience visual bliss that will take your emotions to multiple states, from joy to frustration within a split second.

A hypnotic avoidance game where your reaction and reflex skills will be tested to the limit. Avoid sequences of rotating obstacles while experiencing stunningly beautiful scenarios and gameplay. A total thrill and rush of multiple energies at once.

Can you handle it MATE?

Minimalistic touch controls, pick up and play instantly. How far can you go? Let’s do this!

MATE..

MATE..

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09:00
OneNote for Teachers interactive guides now...

In case you haven’t visited OneNoteforTeachers.com yet, we encourage you to do so and see how this new site, developed exclusively for educators, is helping new OneNote users become “OneNote Ninjas” without any cost to them or their school—in about an hour. Since launching this training-focused website, we have heard feedback from global educators about the need to have the guides in their own native language.

So due to popular demand from our worldwide teachers, we have now translated the 10 interactive guides on found on OneNoteForTeachers.com into 5 common languages: Spanish, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, French and German. We hope this will help you become a better user of OneNote in the classroom...

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07:31
Medieval Wars: Strategy & Tactics Deluxe (Games)

Medieval Wars: Strategy & Tactics Deluxe 1.0.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $9.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes)

Description:

The history of medieval Europe is rich in bloody wars and conflicts. The Norman invasion, the Crusades, the Hundred Years' War, the Reconquista, the Wars of the Roses, the Albigensian Crusade and endless peasant riots… A new game in the Strategy & Tactics series gives you an opportunity to try your strength in confrontations between the most ruthless conquerors.

In Medieval Wars: Strategy & Tactics you are to lead the armies of England and France as well as the armies of crusaders in three campaigns and try to win the biggest wars and battles of European medieval history. Scenario maps will let you take part in Russian feuds, stop the Saracens under the flag of Charles the Great and lead The Hussites....

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05:10
Echo Dawn: Shattered Visions (Games)

Echo Dawn: Shattered Visions 1.0
Device: iOS iPhone
Category: Games
Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Unveil the world of Echo Dawn, a classic console-style RPG where discovery, strategy and challenge are at your fingertips. Fully customize your party, stats, and difficulty level. Oh and in the process you’ll save the world and be a hero of LEGENDARY proportions. Ninja included!

Features:
• Deep, tactical gameplay
⁃ With hundreds of abilities and items, you choose what works best for your party.
⁃ Each level, you decide 3 of the 6 stats you want to improve for each character.
⁃ Play defensively with heavy armor equipment and place your characters in the back row.
⁃ Or you can decide to be aggressive and dual wield with your characters in the front row for maximum damage.

• Create the party you’ve always...

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02:21
Sopio (Games)

Sopio 1.00
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.00 (iTunes)

Description:

The points and puns card game arrives on iOS! Play Sopio anywhere, even if you don’t have any friends!

Get to 1000 points to win before your opponents!

Play cards on yourself! Play cards on them! Play cards on no-one and just enjoy the pictures!

Enjoy a game of Sopio against real computer opponents, featuring cards from Sopio Deck 1:

- Protect yourself with a Snazzy Helmet!
- Survive an encounter with a Joyless Bear!
- Turn another player into a Wombat!
- See the future in your Crystal Bowling Ball!
- Watch out for the Evil Spider!

Unlock two booster packs and 18 unique opponents with your skill. Or your money. Or just dumb luck.

Share your victories with digital friends via Facebook and Twitter!

Play with your real...

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Wednesday February 25

22:00
Joe Dever's Lone Wolf Complete (Games)

Joe Dever's Lone Wolf Complete 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $9.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

The Complete edition includes all the 4 Acts of the story in a single app!

"Half gamebook and half action RPG, Joe Dever's Lone Wolf is one adventure that fans of either genre will enjoy from start to finish"
– PocketGamer.co.uk - 9/10

"A fascinating experiment, occasionally a beautiful little piece of art, and I really ended up enjoying both the combat system and the character building in the long run."
– TouchArcade - 4/5

"Highly exceptional and unique in ways that would only be discovered by experiencing it first-hand. – 148apps - 4/5
"An amazing overall interactive gamebook experience."
- Capsule Computers - 9,5/10

Develop awards 2014 – Finalist in "Use of a license or IP"
IndieCade 2014...

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21:50
Prison Life RPG (Games)

Prison Life RPG 1.0.1
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes)

Description:

Dear prisoners, this is Warden speaking. Welcome to the Prison, where you are SENTENCED to play! Can you survive the harsh prison life? Can you escape before your execution?

PRISON BROCHURE
Prison Life is a Survival Role-Playing game that places you behind bars. To survive the punishment of the penitentiary system, you’ll need to stay healthy and fit, gain allies, eliminate enemies, bribe the guards, bet in illegal boxing matches, and more while pushing for parole or planning an escape.

PRISON CAPACITY
With more than 100 prisoners to interact with, you'll never feel bored!

PRISONER ACTIVITIES
Watch TV, call your grandma, learn skills, craft items, get bullied, wash toilet, flirt with the pretty Doctor in Sick Bay, bribe the guards or...

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21:32
Package Manager Like apt-get For Windows 10

In Windows 10, Microsoft has finally baked a package manager called OneGet into Windows. It works similarly to apt-get and other package managers that have been around for decades in the Linux world; just works in PowerShell, rather than bash. So let’s take a quick peak. First, import it as a module from a PowerShell prompt:

Import-Module -Name OneGet

Next, use Get-Command to see the options for the OneGet Module:

Get-Command -Module OneGet

This will show you the following options:

Find-Package
Get-Package
Get-PackageProvider
Get-PackageSource
Install-Package
Register-PackageSource
Save-Package
Set-PackageSource
Uninstall-Package
Unregister-PackageSource

Next, look at the repositories of package sources you have:

Get-PackageSource

You can then add a repo to look at, using Register-PackageSource. Or, we’ll just fire away at locating our first package, Acrobat:

Find-...

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09:02
Sharing your Mixes on social networks and embedding...

Office Mix is all about personal expression, so we’ve made it easier to share on major social networks and countless blogs, websites, and other digital media.  Choose your favorite—Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, embed.ly, or oEmbed—we now support them all.

Easy sharing to social networks

We’ve added a new feature to OfficeMix.com that makes sharing to social networks as easy as can be.  Now when you play a public mix with audio or video, you can pause the mix to see options to share to your favorite social network.  And if you get inspired to create your own, just click Create your own mix to download the newest version of the Office Mix add-in for PowerPoint.

Sharing gets even better when you share to Twitter. We now support Twitter’s card functionality, so your followers can enjoy inline playback in their twitter feed.  Below you’ll see an...

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09:00
3M races forward to enable enterprise-wide...

Today’s post about Office 365 ProPlus was written by Stephen Magnuson, Manager of IT Infrastructure End User Services at 3M. 3M is a science-based company with $32 billion in sales, employs 90,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries.

We’re very proud of our record of innovation here at 3M, and we are always striving to improve. 3M takes a very thoughtful approach to our IT deployments, balancing organizational disruption of new technology with user demand and the productivity enhancing potential it can bring. Microsoft delivered the tools to help us make our Office 365 ProPlus rollout fast and easy, even in a large, diverse environment like ours. Just four months after announcing our Office 365 direction to the company we’ve deployed Office 365 ProPlus to more than 60,000 employees and nearly 6,000 mobile devices.

Unlocking value through...

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07:40
Striker Arena (Games)

Striker Arena 1.10.1
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.10.1 (iTunes)

Description:

Join Vikings, Gladiators and Samurai to play the Soccer of the Gods! Striker Arena is a 3D tactical-action fantasy soccer game with warriors fighting in arenas. No rules! Even allows 2 people to play side-by-side on one device at the same time!

= KEY POINTS =
- Viking team and its Snowy Cathedral Arena
- Gladiator team and its Colosseum
- Samurai team and its Dojo
- Each arena has its own traps and surprises
- Quick Match mode: 2 players on the same device
- Story mode with 48 challenges!
- 3 AI difficulty levels
- 8 special abilities
- Awesome chiptune music
- Game Center Achievements and Ranking
- No In-App Purchases
- Share your match replays!

= DESCRIPTION =
You control a Striker team from...

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Tuesday February 24

12:20
Xserve (Early 2009): Power consumption and thermal...

Learn about the power consumption and thermal output of Xserve (Early 2009) computers.

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12:10
If Lion Server has share points and privileges you...

When migrating data and settings from Lion Server to OS X Server (Mountain Lion), previously configured share points will not be retained. Make note of any existing share points prior to migration.

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09:00
From classroom to school–introducing OneNote Staff...

A lot has changed since the beginning of this school year for schools and districts using OneNote. The release of OneNote Class Notebooks has customers like Kirk Wheeler, Head of School at St. Thomas School, saying it has brought about, “The most significant and organic change process ever in the school. Seamless and keeps up with teachers.”

We received feedback from educators about how to make OneNote Class Notebook better for their teaching. We incorporated it almost immediately into the tool, making it available in new languages and markets worldwide and providing training resources and example lesson plans educators needed to get started with OneNote in their classrooms with OneNoteForTeachers.com and Bing in the...

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Monday February 23

11:53
Crash Logs in Xcode 6.3 beta 2

The new Apple crash reports service is now available in Xcode 6.3 beta 2. Apps that you’ve submitted with debug symbols to the App Store and to TestFlight will have their crash log data collected and aggregated into crash reports that will automatically download into Xcode. The enhanced Organizer window makes it easy to triage your crashes, jump directly to the offending code, and mark a crash as resolved. Learn more by reading Crashes Organizer Help.

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11:53
Crash Logs in Xcode 6.3 beta 2

The new Apple crash reports service is now available in Xcode 6.3 beta 2. Apps that you’ve submitted with debug symbols to the App Store and to TestFlight will have their crash log data collected and aggregated into crash reports that will automatically download into Xcode. The enhanced Organizer window makes it easy to triage your crashes, jump directly to the offending code, and mark a crash as resolved. Learn more by reading Crashes Organizer Help.

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10:00
Students worldwide can now check eligibility for...

Last week, at a public event held by the New York City Department of Education, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced free Office for all of their 1.1M students plus teachers. The room—filled with students and teachers—erupted with cheers.

But New York is not alone.

Millions of students around the world are eligible for free Office from their school and today we are announcing that we’ve made it easy for all eligible students globally to sign up themselves to get Office 365 and install free Office.*

That includes the 5.5 million eligible students in Australia, the nearly 5 million eligible students in Germany, 7 million more in Brazil, 1.3 million at Anadolu University in Turkey, every student in Hong Kong and millions more.

This service was...

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09:10
Tap Heroes - Idle RPG Action (Games)

Tap Heroes - Idle RPG Action 2.4
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $.99, Version: 2.4 (iTunes)

Description:

Embark on an epic journey through the lands to grow ever stronger and defeat your enemies.
Tap your way through forests, deserts, caves, jungles, swamps and more as you grow ever more powerful and face tougher opponents and creatures.
Defeat bosses to travel to new areas and recruit new heroes to join your adventure.
Your mighty warrior can attack enemies at a rapid speed and still stand to shield the group from harm.
Your healing mage will use healing magic to heal your wounds.
Your skilled rogue will shoot poisonous arrows that damage your enemies over time and slow arrows to hinder their advance.

Tap with your godly powers to hurt your enemies and heal your heroes. Or unleash your wrath on your enemies with awesome...

| Read more »
09:00
First time authoring and publishing enhancements for...

It’s been a while since we last posted, and we wanted to share some of the more recent improvements in the Office Mix editing environment. The new Office Mix is easier than ever to use, with some cool features that make authoring easier for first time customers, and other features for more seasoned users that make re-publishing a snap.

Easier authoring

For customers new to Office Mix, we’ve made it easier to get started with some enhanced experiences to guide you through the process. For example, after you first install (or reinstall) Office Mix, the setup process automatically reminds you to open PowerPoint to see the new MIX tab on the PowerPoint ribbon to help you get started creating your Mix.

When you’re ready to create your first mix, just click the Getting Started...

| Read more »
09:00
iOS 8.3 beta 2 Now Available

iOS 8.3 beta 2 Now Available

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09:00
iOS 8.3 beta 2 Now Available

iOS 8.3 beta 2 Now Available

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09:00
Xcode 6.3 beta 2 with Swift 1.2 Now Available

Xcode 6.3 beta 2 with Swift 1.2 Now Available

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Thursday February 26

09:21
MATE.. (Games)

MATE.. 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Experience visual bliss that will take your emotions to multiple states, from joy to frustration within a split second.

A hypnotic avoidance game where your reaction and reflex skills will be tested to the limit. Avoid sequences of rotating obstacles while experiencing stunningly beautiful scenarios and gameplay. A total thrill and rush of multiple energies at once.

Can you handle it MATE?

Minimalistic touch controls, pick up and play instantly. How far can you go? Let’s do this!

MATE..

MATE..

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09:00
OneNote for Teachers interactive guides now...

In case you haven’t visited OneNoteforTeachers.com yet, we encourage you to do so and see how this new site, developed exclusively for educators, is helping new OneNote users become “OneNote Ninjas” without any cost to them or their school—in about an hour. Since launching this training-focused website, we have heard feedback from global educators about the need to have the guides in their own native language.

So due to popular demand from our worldwide teachers, we have now translated the 10 interactive guides on found on OneNoteForTeachers.com into 5 common languages: Spanish, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, French and German. We hope this will help you become a better user of OneNote in the classroom...

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07:31
Medieval Wars: Strategy & Tactics Deluxe (Games)

Medieval Wars: Strategy & Tactics Deluxe 1.0.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $9.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes)

Description:

The history of medieval Europe is rich in bloody wars and conflicts. The Norman invasion, the Crusades, the Hundred Years' War, the Reconquista, the Wars of the Roses, the Albigensian Crusade and endless peasant riots… A new game in the Strategy & Tactics series gives you an opportunity to try your strength in confrontations between the most ruthless conquerors.

In Medieval Wars: Strategy & Tactics you are to lead the armies of England and France as well as the armies of crusaders in three campaigns and try to win the biggest wars and battles of European medieval history. Scenario maps will let you take part in Russian feuds, stop the Saracens under the flag of Charles the Great and lead The Hussites....

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05:10
Echo Dawn: Shattered Visions (Games)

Echo Dawn: Shattered Visions 1.0
Device: iOS iPhone
Category: Games
Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Unveil the world of Echo Dawn, a classic console-style RPG where discovery, strategy and challenge are at your fingertips. Fully customize your party, stats, and difficulty level. Oh and in the process you’ll save the world and be a hero of LEGENDARY proportions. Ninja included!

Features:
• Deep, tactical gameplay
⁃ With hundreds of abilities and items, you choose what works best for your party.
⁃ Each level, you decide 3 of the 6 stats you want to improve for each character.
⁃ Play defensively with heavy armor equipment and place your characters in the back row.
⁃ Or you can decide to be aggressive and dual wield with your characters in the front row for maximum damage.

• Create the party you’ve always...

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02:21
Sopio (Games)

Sopio 1.00
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.00 (iTunes)

Description:

The points and puns card game arrives on iOS! Play Sopio anywhere, even if you don’t have any friends!

Get to 1000 points to win before your opponents!

Play cards on yourself! Play cards on them! Play cards on no-one and just enjoy the pictures!

Enjoy a game of Sopio against real computer opponents, featuring cards from Sopio Deck 1:

- Protect yourself with a Snazzy Helmet!
- Survive an encounter with a Joyless Bear!
- Turn another player into a Wombat!
- See the future in your Crystal Bowling Ball!
- Watch out for the Evil Spider!

Unlock two booster packs and 18 unique opponents with your skill. Or your money. Or just dumb luck.

Share your victories with digital friends via Facebook and Twitter!

Play with your real...

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Wednesday February 25

22:00
Joe Dever's Lone Wolf Complete (Games)

Joe Dever's Lone Wolf Complete 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $9.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

The Complete edition includes all the 4 Acts of the story in a single app!

"Half gamebook and half action RPG, Joe Dever's Lone Wolf is one adventure that fans of either genre will enjoy from start to finish"
– PocketGamer.co.uk - 9/10

"A fascinating experiment, occasionally a beautiful little piece of art, and I really ended up enjoying both the combat system and the character building in the long run."
– TouchArcade - 4/5

"Highly exceptional and unique in ways that would only be discovered by experiencing it first-hand. – 148apps - 4/5
"An amazing overall interactive gamebook experience."
- Capsule Computers - 9,5/10

Develop awards 2014 – Finalist in "Use of a license or IP"
IndieCade 2014...

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21:50
Prison Life RPG (Games)

Prison Life RPG 1.0.1
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes)

Description:

Dear prisoners, this is Warden speaking. Welcome to the Prison, where you are SENTENCED to play! Can you survive the harsh prison life? Can you escape before your execution?

PRISON BROCHURE
Prison Life is a Survival Role-Playing game that places you behind bars. To survive the punishment of the penitentiary system, you’ll need to stay healthy and fit, gain allies, eliminate enemies, bribe the guards, bet in illegal boxing matches, and more while pushing for parole or planning an escape.

PRISON CAPACITY
With more than 100 prisoners to interact with, you'll never feel bored!

PRISONER ACTIVITIES
Watch TV, call your grandma, learn skills, craft items, get bullied, wash toilet, flirt with the pretty Doctor in Sick Bay, bribe the guards or...

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21:32
Package Manager Like apt-get For Windows 10

In Windows 10, Microsoft has finally baked a package manager called OneGet into Windows. It works similarly to apt-get and other package managers that have been around for decades in the Linux world; just works in PowerShell, rather than bash. So let’s take a quick peak. First, import it as a module from a PowerShell prompt:

Import-Module -Name OneGet

Next, use Get-Command to see the options for the OneGet Module:

Get-Command -Module OneGet

This will show you the following options:

Find-Package
Get-Package
Get-PackageProvider
Get-PackageSource
Install-Package
Register-PackageSource
Save-Package
Set-PackageSource
Uninstall-Package
Unregister-PackageSource

Next, look at the repositories of package sources you have:

Get-PackageSource

You can then add a repo to look at, using Register-PackageSource. Or, we’ll just fire away at locating our first package, Acrobat:

Find-...

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09:02
Sharing your Mixes on social networks and embedding...

Office Mix is all about personal expression, so we’ve made it easier to share on major social networks and countless blogs, websites, and other digital media.  Choose your favorite—Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, embed.ly, or oEmbed—we now support them all.

Easy sharing to social networks

We’ve added a new feature to OfficeMix.com that makes sharing to social networks as easy as can be.  Now when you play a public mix with audio or video, you can pause the mix to see options to share to your favorite social network.  And if you get inspired to create your own, just click Create your own mix to download the newest version of the Office Mix add-in for PowerPoint.

Sharing gets even better when you share to Twitter. We now support Twitter’s card functionality, so your followers can enjoy inline playback in their twitter feed.  Below you’ll see an...

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09:00
3M races forward to enable enterprise-wide...

Today’s post about Office 365 ProPlus was written by Stephen Magnuson, Manager of IT Infrastructure End User Services at 3M. 3M is a science-based company with $32 billion in sales, employs 90,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries.

We’re very proud of our record of innovation here at 3M, and we are always striving to improve. 3M takes a very thoughtful approach to our IT deployments, balancing organizational disruption of new technology with user demand and the productivity enhancing potential it can bring. Microsoft delivered the tools to help us make our Office 365 ProPlus rollout fast and easy, even in a large, diverse environment like ours. Just four months after announcing our Office 365 direction to the company we’ve deployed Office 365 ProPlus to more than 60,000 employees and nearly 6,000 mobile devices.

Unlocking value through...

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07:40
Striker Arena (Games)

Striker Arena 1.10.1
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.10.1 (iTunes)

Description:

Join Vikings, Gladiators and Samurai to play the Soccer of the Gods! Striker Arena is a 3D tactical-action fantasy soccer game with warriors fighting in arenas. No rules! Even allows 2 people to play side-by-side on one device at the same time!

= KEY POINTS =
- Viking team and its Snowy Cathedral Arena
- Gladiator team and its Colosseum
- Samurai team and its Dojo
- Each arena has its own traps and surprises
- Quick Match mode: 2 players on the same device
- Story mode with 48 challenges!
- 3 AI difficulty levels
- 8 special abilities
- Awesome chiptune music
- Game Center Achievements and Ranking
- No In-App Purchases
- Share your match replays!

= DESCRIPTION =
You control a Striker team from...

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Tuesday February 24

12:20
Xserve (Early 2009): Power consumption and thermal...

Learn about the power consumption and thermal output of Xserve (Early 2009) computers.

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12:10
If Lion Server has share points and privileges you...

When migrating data and settings from Lion Server to OS X Server (Mountain Lion), previously configured share points will not be retained. Make note of any existing share points prior to migration.

| Read more »
09:00
From classroom to school–introducing OneNote Staff...

A lot has changed since the beginning of this school year for schools and districts using OneNote. The release of OneNote Class Notebooks has customers like Kirk Wheeler, Head of School at St. Thomas School, saying it has brought about, “The most significant and organic change process ever in the school. Seamless and keeps up with teachers.”

We received feedback from educators about how to make OneNote Class Notebook better for their teaching. We incorporated it almost immediately into the tool, making it available in new languages and markets worldwide and providing training resources and example lesson plans educators needed to get started with OneNote in their classrooms with OneNoteForTeachers.com and Bing in the...

| Read more »

Monday February 23

11:53
Crash Logs in Xcode 6.3 beta 2

The new Apple crash reports service is now available in Xcode 6.3 beta 2. Apps that you’ve submitted with debug symbols to the App Store and to TestFlight will have their crash log data collected and aggregated into crash reports that will automatically download into Xcode. The enhanced Organizer window makes it easy to triage your crashes, jump directly to the offending code, and mark a crash as resolved. Learn more by reading Crashes Organizer Help.

| Read more »
11:53
Crash Logs in Xcode 6.3 beta 2

The new Apple crash reports service is now available in Xcode 6.3 beta 2. Apps that you’ve submitted with debug symbols to the App Store and to TestFlight will have their crash log data collected and aggregated into crash reports that will automatically download into Xcode. The enhanced Organizer window makes it easy to triage your crashes, jump directly to the offending code, and mark a crash as resolved. Learn more by reading Crashes Organizer Help.

| Read more »
10:00
Students worldwide can now check eligibility for...

Last week, at a public event held by the New York City Department of Education, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced free Office for all of their 1.1M students plus teachers. The room—filled with students and teachers—erupted with cheers.

But New York is not alone.

Millions of students around the world are eligible for free Office from their school and today we are announcing that we’ve made it easy for all eligible students globally to sign up themselves to get Office 365 and install free Office.*

That includes the 5.5 million eligible students in Australia, the nearly 5 million eligible students in Germany, 7 million more in Brazil, 1.3 million at Anadolu University in Turkey, every student in Hong Kong and millions more.

This service was...

| Read more »
09:10
Tap Heroes - Idle RPG Action (Games)

Tap Heroes - Idle RPG Action 2.4
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $.99, Version: 2.4 (iTunes)

Description:

Embark on an epic journey through the lands to grow ever stronger and defeat your enemies.
Tap your way through forests, deserts, caves, jungles, swamps and more as you grow ever more powerful and face tougher opponents and creatures.
Defeat bosses to travel to new areas and recruit new heroes to join your adventure.
Your mighty warrior can attack enemies at a rapid speed and still stand to shield the group from harm.
Your healing mage will use healing magic to heal your wounds.
Your skilled rogue will shoot poisonous arrows that damage your enemies over time and slow arrows to hinder their advance.

Tap with your godly powers to hurt your enemies and heal your heroes. Or unleash your wrath on your enemies with awesome...

| Read more »
09:00
First time authoring and publishing enhancements for...

It’s been a while since we last posted, and we wanted to share some of the more recent improvements in the Office Mix editing environment. The new Office Mix is easier than ever to use, with some cool features that make authoring easier for first time customers, and other features for more seasoned users that make re-publishing a snap.

Easier authoring

For customers new to Office Mix, we’ve made it easier to get started with some enhanced experiences to guide you through the process. For example, after you first install (or reinstall) Office Mix, the setup process automatically reminds you to open PowerPoint to see the new MIX tab on the PowerPoint ribbon to help you get started creating your Mix.

When you’re ready to create your first mix, just click the Getting Started...

| Read more »
09:00
iOS 8.3 beta 2 Now Available

iOS 8.3 beta 2 Now Available

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09:00
iOS 8.3 beta 2 Now Available

iOS 8.3 beta 2 Now Available

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09:00
Xcode 6.3 beta 2 with Swift 1.2 Now Available

Xcode 6.3 beta 2 with Swift 1.2 Now Available

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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.

| Read more »
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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HowToFormat Review
HowToFormat Review By Jennifer Allen on February 25th, 2015 Our Rating: :: USEFUL TIPSiPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad Making a presentation and want to get it just right? HowToFormat teaches you how... | Read more »
Thermo Diem Review
Thermo Diem Review By Jennifer Allen on February 25th, 2015 Our Rating: :: GETS TO THE POINTUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Want to know whether it’s warmer or colder tomorrow? That’s precisely what Thermo Diem will... | Read more »

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New Travel Health App “My Travel Health” iOS...
Rochester, Minnesota based Travel Health and Wellness LLC has announced that its new iOS app help safeguard the user’s health when traveling abroad — “My Travel Health” is now available on the Apple... Read more
Sale! MacBook Airs for up to $115 off MSRP
B&H Photo has MacBook Airs on sale for up to $100 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 11″ 128GB MacBook Air: $799 100 off MSRP - 11″ 256GB MacBook Air: $999 $100... Read more
15-inch 2.0GHz Retina MacBook Pro (refurbishe...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished previous-generation 15″ 2.0GHz Retina MacBook Pros available for $1489 including free shipping plus Apple’s standard one-year warranty. Their price is... Read more
Wither The iPad mini? End Of The Road Imminen...
AppleDailyReport’s Dennis Sellers predicts that the iPad mini is going to be left to wither on the vine, as it were, and then just allowed to fade away — a casualty of the IPhone 6 Plus and other... Read more
Android and iOS Duopoly Owns 96.3% of Smartph...
IDC reports that Android and iOS inched closer to total domination of the worldwide smartphone market in both the fourth quarter (4Q14) and the calendar year 2014 (CY14). According to data from the... Read more
13-inch 2.4GHz Retina MacBook Pro available f...
MacMall has the 2013 13″ 2.4GHz/128GB Retina MacBook Pro available for $999.99 for a limited time. Shipping is free. Their price is $300 off original MSRP, and it’s the only sub-$1000 new Retina... Read more
Save up to $300 on a new Mac, $30 on an iPad,...
Purchase a new Mac or iPad at The Apple Store for Education and take up to $300 off MSRP. All teachers, students, and staff of any educational institution qualify for the discount. Shipping is free,... Read more
Mac minis available for up to $75 off MSRP
MacMall has Mac minis on sale for up to $75 off MSRP including free shipping. Their prices are the lowest available for these models from any reseller: - 1.4GHz Mac mini: $459.99 $40 off - 2.6GHz Mac... Read more
WaterField Unveils Versatile Padded Gear Pouc...
San Francisco manufacturer WaterField Design’s new Padded Gear Pouch is a light and handy-sized, yet protective, organizer for every kind of take-along gear: technology, travel, toiletries,... Read more
College Student Deals: Additional $50 off Mac...
Take an additional $50 off all MacBooks and iMacs at Best Buy Online with their College Students Deals Savings, valid through April 11, 2015. Anyone with a valid .EDU email address can take advantage... Read more

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*Apple* Solutions Consultant - Retail Sales...
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*Apple* Solutions Consultant - Retail Sales...
**Job Summary** As an Apple Solutions Consultant (ASC) you are the link between our customers and our products. Your role is to drive the Apple business in a retail Read more
*Apple* Solutions Consultant (ASC)- Retail S...
**Job Summary** The ASC is an Apple employee who serves as an Apple brand ambassador and influencer in a Reseller's store. The ASC's role is to grow Apple Read more
*Apple* Solutions Consultant - Retail Sales...
**Job Summary** As an Apple Solutions Consultant (ASC) you are the link between our customers and our products. Your role is to drive the Apple business in a retail Read more
Sr. Technical Services Consultant, *Apple*...
**Job Summary** Apple Professional Services (APS) has an opening for a senior technical position that contributes to Apple 's efforts for strategic and transactional Read more
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