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Monday March 30

13:08
iTunes for Windows: iTunes can't contact the...

When you try to update or restore an iPhone, iPad, or iPod in iTunes, one of the following alert messages appears

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13:05
Resolve issues between iTunes and third-party...

If you can’t open iTunes, download content, sync your device, or use Home Sharing, your security software might be the cause. 

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13:03
Set up and use iCloud for Windows

With iCloud for Windows, the photos, documents, and bookmarks on your PC are updated automatically to your Apple devices.

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13:00
Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online now available...

Today, we are pleased to announce the general availability of Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online from Australian datacenters. In addition, Microsoft Office 365 has just completed a formal security assessment for Unclassified Sensitive government data via Australian Government’s Independent Registered Assessors Program (IRAP). These announcements will help ensure that customer data will be protected, easily managed and compliant—all from trusted foundations in private clouds, hybrid clouds and public clouds.

Microsoft Office 365 is the first cloud productivity service to provide IRAP assurance in Australia, with  Dynamics CRM Online currently under a similar IRAP assessment. Our comprehensive approach to global and local certifications provides the gold standard in security to federal government agencies, state government, education, healthcare, and commercial enterprises in Australia—...

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12:59
Deregister iMessage: Frequently Asked Questions

Learn how and why to deregister iMessage.

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12:58
iPad USB power adapter certifications

Every iPad comes with an Apple USB power adapter that is certified to meet government safety standards in countries where iPad is available. Many of these countries, including the United States, have adopted the Safety of Information Technology Equipment standard, IEC/UL 60950-1. Learn about the certifications for iPad USB power adapters.

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12:57
Recommended settings for Wi-Fi routers and access...

These Wi-Fi router (or Wi-Fi base station) settings are for all Macs and iOS devices. These settings will give you the best performance, security, and reliability when using Wi-Fi.

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09:00
Buckman finds the right communications chemistry by...

Buckman is a specialty chemical company based in Memphis, TN, which produces chemistries for water treatment and for the paper and leather industries. With people, factories and customers all over the world, Buckman communicates across geographies, teams and time zones all the time. It recently swapped a complex multi-vendor communications and collaboration toolset for Microsoft Office 365. The result has been smoother, more effective collaboration among the company’s 1,700 associates, higher reliability, lower costs and tighter control over email and data. We recently sat down with Tim Meek, vice president of Global Information Technology at Buckman, and Paul Grassel, director of Global IT Computer Services, to learn more about why Buckman switched to Office 365.

Q: Give us a brief history of your communications and collaboration landscape.

Meek: Microsoft Outlook has been our standard for a long time. Even as our email...

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08:00
Built-in mobile device management now generally...

Today’s post was written by Shobhit Sahay, technical product manager on the Office 365 team.

A few months ago at TechEd Europe we announced that built-in mobile device management (MDM) capabilities were coming to Office 365. Today, we are pleased to offer the general availability of MDM capabilities for Office 365. With MDM for Office 365, you can manage access to Office 365 data across a diverse range of phones and tablets, including iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices. And what makes today’s news even better: the built-in MDM features are included at no additional cost in all Office 365 commercial plans, including Business, Enterprise, EDU and Government plans.

This short video explains the key MDM features included in Office 365:

Office 365’s MDM capabilities work to keep your data safe in three ways:

  • Conditional Access...
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01:00
New OneNoteInEducation.com—designed for everyone in...

When we developed OneNoteforTeachers.com exclusively for educators, we didn’t know that OneNote would take off the way it has in education. Since launching the site in October 2014, we have seen interest from educators for getting “Ninja” trained on OneNote with the wealth of interactive guides on the site. Now, they are telling their principals and students about their new skills in OneNote sparking their interest in OneNote in education. To meet this need, we redesigned the site to include guides and pages for both students and administrators and gave it a more fitting name of OneNoteInEducation.com.

New guides for anyone in your school or district

The...

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Saturday March 28

05:08
Solutions for connecting to the Internet, setting up...

This article covers solutions for connecting to the Internet, setting up a small network, and troubleshooting.

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Friday March 27

16:37
Get help using iCloud Contacts

Learn what to do if you’re having issues using iCloud Contacts. For example, you might make changes to Contacts that don't update across all of your devices.

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16:10
Frequently asked questions about using a Retina...

Review frequently asked questions about using a Retina display.

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16:00
Resetting an AirPort base station FAQ

This article answers questions about resetting AirPort base stations including AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule. It also includes steps for how to reset your AirPort base station.

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15:48
How to identify Mac mini models

Use the information below to help determine which Mac mini model you have.

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15:46
Compatibility of Apple wired headset models with...

The features of Apple wired headsets can vary between iPhone, iPad, and iPod models. Most headsets can play back audio, but some headsets have features, such as a mic or buttons to control iPod functions, that work only on newer models.

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15:37
iTunes: Frequently asked questions about viewing and...

You can play videos and even sync them to iPad, iPhone, and some iPod models. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about video playback in iTunes and on mobile devices.

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15:27
iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, and iTunes Radio...

Find out which content types are supported for iTunes in the Cloud by country and where iTunes Match and iTunes Radio are available.

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13:54
Browse and buy books from the iBooks Store and the...

You can browse and buy books on on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and on your computer.

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13:53
Mac Basics: Notifications keep you informed

The Notifications feature of OS X helps you keep track of what's new.

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08:55
Create a new book in iBooks Author with the same...

Learn how to create a template that includes the styles of a previous book.

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08:47
About the OS X Server v2.2.4 Update

This software updates OS X Server versions 2.0 through 2.2.3. It requires OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5.

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08:43
OS X Server: Removal of the localhost.plist does not...

Removing the localhost.plist file may prevent you from connecting to some Wi-Fi networks.

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08:40
Courses to study for the ACMT 9L0-065 exam

This article lists the courses that you should review for the 9L0-065 exam.

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Thursday March 26

14:39
About the 'Automatically Add to iTunes'...

Learn how iTunes uses the "Automatically Add to iTunes" folder to automatically import iTunes-compatible content into your iTunes library.

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13:58
Turn on "three finger drag" for your Force...

"Three finger drag" is a Multi-Touch gesture in OS X. It lets you use three fingers to move the active window on your screen.

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12:55
About the OS X Server v3.2.1 Update

This software updates OS X Server versions 3.0 through 3.1.2. It requires OS X Mavericks v10.9.5.

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12:53
Get help receiving receipts

Learn where your receipts go and how to get them.

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12:47
OS X Mavericks: Sophos Anti-Virus on-access scanner...

Sophos Anti-Virus on-access scanner versions 8.0 - 9.1 may cause OS X Mavericks to unexpectedly restart (kernel panic).

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12:46
OS X Mavericks: Unexpected restart when Tuxler 1.0...

Version 1.0 of "Tuxler" may cause OS X Mavericks to unexpectedly restart (kernel panic).

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12:43
OS X: When your computer spontaneously restarts or...

In rare situations, your Mac may do one or more of the following: spontaneously restart, become unresponsive, turn off, display a message "Your computer restarted because of a problem." or display a message "You shut down your computer because of a problem.".

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12:40
Create your own iTunes Radio station
12:38
Arrange apps on your iPhone
09:00
Microsoft at RSA conference USA 2015, April 20-24

Security and compliance are among the top questions customers have for every cloud service provider. We look forward to sharing Microsoft’s perspective—including progress on Office 365 security and compliance—at the upcoming RSA Conference, April 20-24, at the Moscone Center, San Francisco.

“The world’s leading information security conference and exposition” will feature Scott Charney, corporate vice president, who will deliver an opening keynote on Microsoft’s approach to security and trust April 21st at 9:15 a.m. PT. Later on Tuesday, Bret Arsenault, Microsoft’s chief information security officer, will lead a panel discussion on Security and Privacy in the...

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 039 on the API...

In this episode Jeremy Thake talks to Xiaoying from the Visual Studio team about the API Sandbox.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP39.mp3

Download the podcast.

Weekly updates

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Wednesday March 25

16:14
Contact Apple TV content providers

Learn how to get information or support from a third-party content provider.

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14:40
Apple security updates (2011, 2012)

For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss or confirm security issues until a full investigation has occurred and any necessary patches or releases are available.

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14:00
OS X Server 4.1 Developer Preview (14S1073d) Now...

OS X Server 4.1 Developer Preview (14S1073d) Now Available

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14:00
OS X Server 4.1 Developer Preview (14S1073d) Now...

OS X Server 4.1 Developer Preview (14S1073d) Now Available

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13:19
Mac Pro: External ports and connectors

The external ports and connectors of a Mac Pro can be found on both the front and the back of the computer.

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13:18
iPhoto: Troubleshooting Camera Connections

iPhoto does not recognize a camera connected to the computer.

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13:17
iPhoto: Network alert when ordering prints or books

If the computer's date and time are not correct, you may not be able to place an order from iPhoto.

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13:16
iMovie: Using Flip Mino and Flip Ultra camcorders

Video clips from Flip Ultra and Flip Mino camcorders cannot be imported or played back properly in iMovie unless the latest version of the 3ivx QuickTime component is installed.

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13:10
iMac (Late 2006): External Ports and Connectors

In this article we'll describe the external ports and connectors on the iMac (Late 2006) model of computers:

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13:09
iDVD: Setting Encoding preferences

The Encoding settings and DVD Type setting in iDVD Preferences > Projects sets the default setting for new projects. It does not alter the current project you are editing, or projects you may have previously created.

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13:06
Aperture: Working with stacks

During a typical photo shoot, you may capture multiple images that are very similar to each other. For example, you might have five almost identical headshots or two similar cake-cutting images. You know you'll only use one of them, but you keep the others around just in case you change your mind.

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12:03
If you can't back up or restore your Mac using...

Check these things if you see an alert that Time Machine is unable to back up your data, or if you can't select your backup disk in Time Machine preferences.

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11:05
Dictation on your Mac might not work if your...

In order for Dictation to work, it needs to access certain Apple servers using your Internet connection.

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10:20
Unsubscribing from Apple email subscriptions

You can update your Apple email subscription preferences by following these steps.

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09:00
Quick tour of Office 2016 for Mac Preview

On today’s Office Mechanics show, we’ll take a look at the new Office 2016 for Mac Preview, which brings together all the most recent updates for Office on the Mac. Kaberi Chowdhury joins Jeremy Chapman to demonstrate highlights of what’s new with PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Outlook and even the newest member of the Office for Mac family, OneNote.

Office 2016 for Mac was announced earlier this month and includes updates to Word, Excel, PowerPoint along with Outlook and OneNote. Office 2016 for Mac Preview is integrated with the cloud so you can access your documents on OneDrive, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint at anytime, anywhere and on any device. You can also share your files easily with others right from the Word, Excel or PowerPoint.

Beyond the cloud-connected capabilities, Kaberi demos the new Presenter View in PowerPoint, power user features in Excel, threaded comments and formatting...

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09:00
Behind the scenes on Goodyear’s drive to the cloud

Today’s post about Microsoft Office 365 was written by Jim McKinnon, vice president and chief information officer at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

Jim McKinnon joined Goodyear as an IT intern for the company’s England subsidiary and spent the next four decades working his way up to vice president and CIO. McKinnon, who retires this month, isn’t ending his 40-year career on cruise control—instead he’s been in a pedal-to-the-metal drive to change IT at Goodyear.

I grew up a working-class boy.

My father was a tire builder at Goodyear. There was no work after the war in Dundee, Scotland, so he went south to England. He married a local girl, raised a family, and instilled strong values and principles in his children. I started as an intern at Goodyear in the IT department, as an analyst/programmer. It was a great job. It’s still a great job. I’m really proud that I’ve gone from IT intern to chief information officer of the...

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Tuesday March 24

14:36
Import contacts from your SIM card

Learn about the SIM card in your iPhone and how to use it to import contacts from your old phone.

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11:30
If you forgot your Apple ID password

Use these steps to reset your Apple ID password and regain access to your Apple ID account.

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10:00
iOS 8.3 beta 4 Now Available

iOS 8.3 beta 4 Now Available

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10:00
iOS 8.3 beta 4 Now Available

iOS 8.3 beta 4 Now Available

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10:00
Xcode 6.3 beta 4 with Swift 1.2 Now Available

Xcode 6.3 beta 4 with Swift 1.2 Now Available

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10:00
Xcode 6.3 beta 4 with Swift 1.2 Now Available

Xcode 6.3 beta 4 with Swift 1.2 Now Available

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09:00
Mobile versus professional—thoughts on the Office...

Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office 365 Client Apps and Services team.

Since the Office for iPad announcement last March, we’ve worked hard to bring the power of Office to every person, across every platform and device, so people can get things done on their terms.

This substantial increase in distribution has naturally brought some changes in the way people use Office, including how and when they need a subscription to Office 365.

In the same way we’ve tuned Office software to be great on different devices, we’ve also carefully thought through the use cases and business implications involved. We’ve analyzed how our products are used in the real world...

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09:00
OneNote Class Notebook for blizzard bag management

Today’s post on OneNote for Education was written by Jerry Bradford, director of technology at Washington County Career Center, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert.

When adverse weather affects Ohio’s schools, often closing is the only option. The Ohio Department of Education permits five calamity days per year before schools are required to make up additional missed days. On top of the five calamity days, schools can also implement up to three blizzard bag days. Blizzard bags are online assignments delivered by individual schools. Teachers post blizzard bag assignments to a school portal and students must submit their assignments no later than 10 days after returning to school. Blizzard bags must contain content relevant to each class on a student’s schedule and meet the same academic expectations and rigor as a normal school day.

For students...

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09:00
Global teams and clients boost collaboration quality...

Today’s Office 365 post was written by Robert Butler, worldwide director information technology at Hay Group, a global management consulting firm.

Hay Group is all about people. We are a management consulting firm that helps our clients deal with every aspect of human resources, from identifying the right pay scales from country to country to developing executive skill sets. Many of our clients are multinational corporations that come to Hay Group because we understand what it takes to run a global business. After all, we have offices in 50 countries, with more than 88 sites. We know from experience how difficult it can be to establish global pay policies and overcome cultural issues.

Those clients often want their Hay Group consulting teams to mimic the global nature of their businesses, so our teams frequently need to collaborate both internally and...

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01:00
Exploring Manhattan with Excel Power Map

Today’s post was written by Daniel Witriol, senior program manager on the Excel Power Map team.

New York is an iconic city with a rich history of innovation. I have a lot of family in New York and grew up visiting the city. Now that I’m living in Seattle, thousands of miles away, I don’t get to visit very often. However, I thought it might be fun to see if I could explore New York from the comfort of my desk using Excel. Through a little Internet searching, I discovered New York City’s “PLUTO” dataset. Created by the Department of City Planning, the PLUTO dataset includes information on every building in the city—more than 500,000 in total. I downloaded the dataset as CSV files and using Power Query for Excel, imported the data directly into Excel. I focused on the data file containing...

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Monday March 23

20:47
Mac DevOps Conference

There’s another new conference in town! Well, not my town, but Vancouver. MacDev Ops is a hot topic. One that will only increase in the coming years. Thanks to Mat X and Brian Warsing for bringing about a brilliant conference.

The conference will be held on June 19, 2015 and is an easy $99 if you sign up soon. Also, submit a talk if DevOps is your thing. They’re looking to bring the following topics to the table:

  • Puppet, Chef and other automation from Desktop to Cloud and back
  • Software deployment with Munki and AutoPkg: the app ecosystem surrounding it
  • Cool tools: demo of awesome Mac Admin projects from GitHub
  • DevOps: How to adopt Automation and Best practices in IT operations
  • Dev skills: workshops on Ruby, Git, Python, Javascript for Mac Admins
  • MDM: Profiles and Mac configuration...
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13:53
Where to buy the AppleCare Protection Plan for Mac,...

Get direct, one-stop access to our technical support experts and repair coverage with the AppleCare Protection Plan.

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13:32
About HTML widget creation in iBooks Author

Learn how to use HTML5 widgets in the books you create in iBooks Author.

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13:08
Use third-party keyboards on your iPhone or iPad

With iOS 8, you can use third-party keyboards instead of your standard keyboard in Messages, Mail, and more. Learn how to install, add, and use a new keyboard.

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12:35
Apple Pay: Merchants FAQ

Apple Pay gives your customers an easy, secure, and private way to pay in stores and within apps using the devices that they have with them every day. 

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12:06
Topics for the OS X Yosemite Troubleshooting Exam (...

Learn what topics are on the OS X Yosemite Troubleshooting Exam (9L0-066).

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10:00
Microsoft expands partnerships with leading device...

Earlier today, we announced expanded global partnerships with Samsung, Dell and others to deliver Microsoft mobile productivity services to both consumer and business customers. These hardware partners will pre-install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype on Android devices coming to market later this year. To read more details about the announcement please visit the Official Microsoft Blog for the full post by Peggy Johnson, EVP of Business Development at Microsoft.

The post Microsoft expands partnerships with leading device manufacturers appeared first on Office Blogs.

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10:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (14D113c) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (14D113c) Now Available

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10:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (14D113c) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (14D113c) Now Available

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09:00
Office 2013 modern authentication public preview...

Today’s post was written by Paul Andrew, technical product manager for Identity Management on the Office 365 team.

Today we are pleased to announce that Office 2013 client modern authentication features have moved from private preview to public preview. This means the program is easier to join and production support is included for participants. Modern authentication brings Active Directory Authentication Library (ADAL)-based sign in to Office 2013 Windows clients. Previously, this was only available as a private preview for testing. Now modern authentication is available to any customer running the March 2015 or later update for Office 2013. It will continue to be off by default in the client, but can be enabled on Windows machines by participants in the public preview.

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Sunday March 22

15:30
If your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is lost or stolen

If you lose your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch or think it might be stolen, these steps might help you locate it and protect your data.

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Friday March 20

19:59
Mac doesn't start up from disc

If your Mac stops responding when starting up from a Mac OS X Install DVD, learn about some troubleshooting steps you can use. 

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19:55
Mac OS X: Gray screen appears during startup

Instead of seeing the Finder or the login window after startup, your computer may stop responding and the display may only show a persistent gray screen (you may also see an Apple logo, spinning gear, spinning globe, prohibitory sign, or a folder with a flashing question mark on it).

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19:52
Mac Basics: Use Mail on your Mac

Use OS X Mail to compose, reply to, and store email on your Mac. 

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19:48
Get help using iCloud storage

Get help upgrading or downgrading your iCloud storage.

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19:45
About iTunes Store pre-orders

You can pre-order music and movies from the iTunes Store prior to the public release date.

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19:41
Open Directory: Enabling SSL for Open Directory with...

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) can be enabled to provide encrypted communications between an Open Directory Master, Replica, and the computers that access the LDAP directory domain. SSL uses a digital certificate to provide a certified identity for the servers. You can use a self-signed certificate or a certificate obtained from a certificate authority.

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19:40
How to disinfect the Apple internal or external...

Learn how to disinfect your Apple internal or external keyboard, trackpad, and/or mouse.

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19:36
Search with Spotlight

You can use Spotlight to search for content on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. To use Spotlight, swipe down on your home screen to reveal the search field.

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19:21
About Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable (2.0 m)

Learn more about Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable (2.0 m) and find answers to frequently asked questions, including the proper usage of Thunderbolt cables.

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09:42
Adobe Flash Player updates available for OS X on...

Adobe Flash Player updates address a recently identified Adobe Flash Player web plug-in vulnerability.

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Tuesday March 17

13:25
Apple security updates

This document outlines security updates for Apple products.

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13:15
About the security content of Safari 8.0.4, Safari 7...

This document describes the security content of Safari 8.0.4, Safari 7.1.4, and Safari 6.2.4.

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09:16
Use AirPlay to wirelessly stream content from your...

With AirPlay, you can stream music, photos, and videos to your Apple TV, or stream music to your AirPort Express or AirPlay-enabled speakers. And with AirPlay Mirroring, you can display your iOS screen on your Apple TV.

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Monday March 16

06:47
Pepijn Bruienne Reverse-Interview by Charles Edge,...

Once again donning the yellow jersey, Charles Edge returns to reverse-interview Pepijn Bruienne, recorded back at the turn of the year. We’re so happy to have Charles back with his new role at Bushel, mostly because we can finally drag out the ‘scrum masters’ tag again. Lovingly polished by the awesome Aaron Lippincott, we’re splitting this one in two to get it out sooner rather than later.

About Allister Banks

Allister has had the honor of writing a book with Charles Edge (http://url.aru-b.com/packtbook), an article or two for MacTech Magazine, and speaking at conferences like MacAdmins Conference at Penn State. He lives in NYC, contributes to various open source projects, and speaks enough Japanese to order food.

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Monday March 9

11:40
About the security content of Xcode 6.2

This document describes the security content of Xcode 6.2.

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Thursday March 5

09:38
Thunderstrike Need-To-Know

When we heard about the ‘bootkit’ exploit branded Thunderstrike having the potential to remove all of your security controls it was pretty disturbing. Luckily Apple controls a relatively small number of models, and released a patch for several affected CPU versions, bundling it with 10.10.2 so as to lessen the number of reboots required. Unfortunately Apple doesn’t seem to have updated this page of boot ROM versions accurately. (You can query the current boot ROM value of your fleet with this munki conditional by Graham Gilbert.)

Still, in the description about what the security content of the patch (as separately provided to 10.8 and 10.9 as security update 2015-001) contains, they get...

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Wednesday March 4

13:57
Put your Apple TV into sleep or standby mode

You don't need to turn off your Apple TV. It will go into sleep or standby mode automatically when you're not using it. You can also put it into sleep or standby mode using your Apple TV remote.

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Tuesday February 24

13:20
Xserve (Early 2009): Power consumption and thermal...

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

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13:20
Xserve (Early 2009): Power consumption and thermal...

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

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13:10
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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13:10
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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12:38
If you can't send or receive messages on your...

You might see an exclamation mark next to a message you try to send, or you might not receive messages that someone sends to you. These steps can help. 

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Monday February 23

15:50
Apple Web Server notifications

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

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Thursday February 19

12:53
Find the serial number of your Apple hardware product

Learn how to find the serial number of an iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, or other Apple product.

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Tuesday February 17

07:25
Stop Remediating While you Audit

Let’s talk about orchestration. This term is different than just applying the normal set of configuration profiles you want near-permanently enforced on the workstations under your management. Too much theory isn’t necessarily helpful, but sometimes I come across something that feels right, and then experience validates it as a real, valuable practice to follow. My thesis: you should not affect a change through orchestration on the same pass as you check if the change is necessary. Taking a step back, orchestration as a concept, in my own definition, means you’re leading the customers under your care through a change. Better practices of sysadminery include not having too rigid or monolithic a structure when piecing your workflow together. These concepts combine when I see folks talk about (potentially continuously) affecting changes without first, separately, discovering/evaluating/assessing what needs to change, or the impact it will have to make it.

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Friday January 30

11:03
Enhancing Sal with Facter and Profiles

In a previous post, I showed how to set up Sal.

Sal‘s basic functionality is useful on its own, for the basic Munki reporting – what are the completed installs, pending updates, what OS versions, how many devices checked in the past 24 hours, etc. In this post, I’m going to demonstrate how to get more out of Sal.

Adding in Facter:

You can add much more, though, by the use of Puppet, and more specifically, the piece of Puppet called Facter. Facter is a separate program that works with Puppet that simply gathers information (“facts”) about the host OS and stores them (ostensibly so that Puppet can determine what the machine’s state is and what needs to happen to it to bring it in line with configured policy).

At the bottom of Sal’s...

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Tuesday January 27

10:00
About the security content of Apple TV 7.0.3

This document describes the security content of Apple TV 7.0.3.

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09:59
About the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10.2...

This document describes the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10.2 and Security Update 2015-001

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OmniOutliner is a flexible program for creating, collecting, and organizing information. Give your creativity a kick start by using an application that's actually designed to help you think. It's... Read more
Things 2.5.4 - Elegant personal task man...
Things is a task management solution that helps to organize your tasks in an elegant and intuitive way. Things combines powerful features with simplicity through the use of tags and its intelligent... Read more
NeoOffice 2014.10 - Mac-tailored, OpenOf...
NeoOffice is a complete office suite for OS X. With NeoOffice, users can view, edit, and save OpenOffice documents, PDF files, and most Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. NeoOffice 3.x... Read more
iPhoto Library Manager 4.2 - Manage mult...
iPhoto Library Manager allows you to organize your photos among multiple iPhoto libraries, rather than having to store all of your photos in one giant library. You can browse the photos in all your... Read more
Web Snapper 3.3.8 - Capture entire Web p...
Web Snapper lets you capture Web pages exactly as they appear in your browser. You can send them to a file as images or vector-based, multi-page PDFs. It captures the whole Web page - eliminating the... Read more
TeamViewer 10.0.41404 - Establish remote...
TeamViewer gives you remote control of any computer or Mac over the Internet within seconds, or can be used for online meetings. Find out why more than 200 million users trust TeamViewer! Free for... Read more

Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night has...
It's time to put the Darkness back in its place now that Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night has officially made it to iOS. | Read more »
A World of Ice and Fire Lets You Stalk 2...
George R. R. Martin’s A World of Ice and Fire, by Random House, is a mobile guide to the epic series. The new update gives you the Journeys map feture that will let you track the movements of 25 different characters. But don't worry, you can protect... | Read more »
Gameloft Announces Battle Odyssey, a New...
Battle Odyssey, Gameloft's newest puzzle RPG, is coming to the App Store next week. Set in the world of Pondera, you will need to control the power of the elements to defend the world from evil. You'll be able to entlist over 500 allies to aid you... | Read more »
Fusion - HDR Camera (Photography)
Fusion - HDR Camera 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Photography Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: Fusion creates HDR (high dynamic range) photos by capturing different exposures and then combining them into one... | Read more »
Sago Mini Toolbox (Education)
Sago Mini Toolbox 1.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Education Price: $2.99, Version: 1.1 (iTunes) Description: Come build with the Sago Mini friends! Use a wrench, try a saw, or hammer some nails. From sewing hand puppets to... | Read more »
You Should Probably Grab Hitman GO While...
Hitman GO is a surprisingly cool (yet also incredibly drastic) departure from the Hitman series. It's well worth playing for any puzzle game fans out there, and at the moment you can get your hands - or garrotte if you will - on it for a mere $0.99... | Read more »
IFTTT is Bringing Do Button and Do Note...
IFTTT has announced Do Button and Do Note for the Apple Watch. Do Button lets you make your own personalized button that can connect to things like your Google Drive, control the temperature in your home with Nest Thermostat, or turn the lights on... | Read more »
How Many Days, Hours, and Minutes Are Le...
Countdown, by Yves Tscherry, is now available on the App Store. The app keeps track of countdowns to your favorite things such as someones birthday or days till the New Year. You can display the time in seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months,... | Read more »
The All-New Misfit 2.0 App is Available...
Misfit has just given their app a complete overhaul. Misfit 2.0 now has a brand new interface with a sleek design and is easier to navigate. You'll be able to sync your Misfit device and look up health and fitness information faster than ever before... | Read more »
Halo: Spartan Strike (Games)
Halo: Spartan Strike 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $5.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Delve into 30 challenging missions through cities and jungles using a devastating arsenal of weapons, abilities and... | Read more »

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TigerText Introduces First Secure Enterprise...
TigerText, a provider of secure, real-time messaging for the enterprise, has announced the launch of TigerText for the Apple Watch. TigerText for the Apple Watch enables users to securely send and... Read more
The Conservation Fund Partners with Apple To...
The Conservation Fund has announced that it will partner with Apple to help protect working forests in the United States. The Apple initiative will conserve more than 36,000 acres of working... Read more
Clearance 13-inch 2.6GHz Retina MacBook Pro a...
B&H Photo has clearance 2014 13″ 2.6GHz/128GB Retina MacBook Pros now available for $1099, or $200 off original MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only. Read more
Apple refurbished 2014 13-inch Retina MacBook...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 2014 13″ Retina MacBook Pros available for up to $400 off original MSRP, starting at $979. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and... Read more
iMacs on sale for up to $205 off MSRP, NY tax...
B&H Photo has 21″ and 27″ iMacs on sale for up to $205 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 21″ 1.4GHz iMac: $1019 $80 off - 21″ 2.7GHz iMac: $1189 $110 off - 21″ 2.9GHz... Read more
Sale! 16GB iPhone 5S for $1 with service
Best Buy is offering 16GB iPhone 5Ss for $1.00 with 2-year activation at a participating cellular provider. Choose free home shipping and activation, or buy online and activate during in-store pickup... Read more
Apple refurbished 2014 MacBook Airs available...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 2014 MacBook Airs available starting at $679. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and shipping is free. These are currently the... Read more
27-inch 3.5GHz 5K iMac on sale for $2349, sav...
 Adorama has the 27″ 3.5GHz 5K iMac in stock today and on sale for $2349 including free shipping plus NY & NJ sales tax only. Their price is $150 off MSRP. For a limited time, Adorama will... Read more
Save up to $380 on an iMac with Apple refurbi...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished iMacs available for up to $380 off the cost of new models. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free: - 27″ 3.5GHz 5K iMac – $2119 $... Read more
iFixIt Teardown Awards 12-IInch Retina MacBoo...
iFixIt has posted its illustrated teardown of the new 12-inch MacBook Retina. They note that this new MacBook is less than half the thickness of the last Apple notebook called just “MacBook” back in... Read more

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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* Retail - Multiple Positions (US) - A...
Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, you're also the Read more
Technical Project Manager - *Apple* Pay - A...
**Job Summary** Apple Pay is seeking an experienced technical PM to…manage the on boarding of new merchants for the Apple Pay platform in the US Within this role you Read more
Sr. Payment Program Manager, *Apple* Pay -...
**Job Summary** Apple Pay is an exciting environment and a…devices in a simple, private and secure way. The Apple Pay Team is looking for an experienced Senior Read more
Marketing Program Manager, *Apple* Retail O...
**Job Summary** Imagine what you could do here. At Apple , great ideas have a way of becoming great products, services, and customer experiences very quickly. Bring Read more
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