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14:11
XILS-lab has released the XILS DeeS deesser plug-in

Music software company XILS-lab has released XILS DeeS, a de-esser plug-in for all major Mac (OS X 10.5 or higher) and PC (Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8) compatible formats for ridding voice recordings of all sibilant-related defects while preserving precious characteristics to produce perfect-sounding results.

XILS DeeS is available to purchase as a straightforward serial number-protected plug-in for an introductory discounted price of approximately US$79. As for Sept. 1, the price will be $119. It can be purchased at the XILS-lab web store (http://tinyurl.com/mrjdh7y). XILS DeeS can be directly downloaded as a 32- and 64-bit-compatible effects plug-in for Mac (AAX, AU, RTAS, and VST) and Windows (AAX, RTAS, and VST) at http://tinyurl.com/m5bhlyt .

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13:15
PluralEyes 3.5 released as part of Shooter Suite 12.5 update

Red Giant has released Shooter Suite 12.5, which includes new versions of two Shooter Suite products: PluralEyes 3.5 and Instant 4K. New to the suite is Denoiser II, Red Giant's powerful video noise reduction tool.

Also included are the recently updated BulletProof 1.2, as well as Frames and LUT Buddy. PluralEyes 3.5 brings expanded media support, more accuracy, drift correction and more.

Shooter Suite 12.5 is available for US$399. Existing users of Shooter Suite 12 are eligible for a $99 Upgrade. All Shooter Suite upgrade options can be seen online (www.redgiant.com). PluralEyes 3.5 is available now for $199. Existing users of PluralEyes qualify for a $79 upgrade. Instant 4K is available now for $99. Existing users of Instant HD are eligible for an update to Instant 4K for $29.

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11:19
Connected Data launches Drobo Mini with SSD drives

Connected Data, the creator of the Drobo line of smart storage solutions, has launched its Drobo Mini with Solid State Disk (SSD) drives. The company says they deliver as much as 80% more performance compared to a Mini configured with traditional spinning hard drives.

The Drobo Mini connects via Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 and features four 2.5-inch SSD drive bays with an mSATA accelerator option in a package that is rugged, compact and portable, weighing less than three pounds. Like all Drobo products, Drobo Mini protects data without user intervention, even in the event of multiple SSD drive failures.

The Drobo Mini with SSD is available today in three capacity bundles of 1TB, 2TB and 4TB starting at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US $1,199 through www.drobostore.com and select channel partners.

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11:18
Total War: Shogun 2 coming to the Mac on July 31

Feral Interactive says the historical strategy game Total War: Shogun 2 for Mac will be released via Steam on July 31, with the Mac App Store version scheduled for release in early August.

Developed by Creative Assembly and published by SEGA® for Windows, this is the latest installment in the Total War series to be brought to the Mac by Feral, following Rome, Empire and Napoleon. A premium version of the game will be released simultaneously and include all additional content.

Total War: Shogun 2 Collection includes the Rise of the Samurai Campaign pack: a stand-alone campaign which challenges players to establish Japan’s first Shogunate 400 years before the events of the main game. It also includes the Dragon War Battle pack, three additional clans and two unit packs. All additional content will be available separately via Steam to customers who purchase the base game.
The Steam version of Total War: Shogun 2 will also offer Mac-to-Mac online multiplayer...

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10:59
WaterField launches 15-inch Solo and 13-inch Indy for new MacBook Pros

WaterField Designs (http://www.sfbags.com/) has unveiled a new 15-inch Outback Solo to fit the larger upgraded MacBook Pro Retina and a new 13-inch Indy leather satchel (pictured) to fit the smaller Retina model.

The Outback Solo sports a rugged look, combining waxed canvas with premium leather. The Indy's soft high-grade leather develops a rich patina over time. Both look professional enough for business meetings and fashionable enough for anywhere else, says WaterField owner, Gary Waterfield.

The 15-inch Outback Solo costs US$119 and has an optional shoulder strap for $19. The 13-inch Indy is priced at $199. Shipping begins no later than Aug. 15.

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10:39
Notebooks for Mac released to complement Notebooks on iOS

Alfons Schmid has announced Mac OS X and Windows versions of Notebooks, a productivity app that combines text processing with task management and file organization.

It includes text processing for plain text, formatted text and Markdown, provides space to store and organize files and documents, and also integrates complex task management. The desktop applications are designed to complement the iPad and iPhone versions of Notebooks.

Notebooks 7 (for iPad and iPhone) costs US$12.99 and are available at the Apple App Store in the Productivity category. The Mac OS X version is $19.99 and is available through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category, or $17.99 (USD) from the developer's website (http://www.notebooksapp.com/mac).

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10:30
Parliant announces new Mac voice messaging product

Parliant has announced Echoes (http://www.echoes-app.com), a new Mac voice messaging product. It's different from Skype, FaceTime, and other voice chat applications because it eliminates "dialing" or setting up connections with your recipients.

Echoes puts an icon in your menu bar where you just choose "Announce" (or press a keyboard shortcut), speak your announcement, and press return. Echoes lets you:

° Announce to other users running Echoes on your local network;

° Announce to everyone, groups of people you configure, or individuals;

° Reply to the sender of the last received announcement'

° Set keyboard shortcuts for sending and replying;

° Resend last sent announcement without re-recording it;

° Replay last received announcement in case you missed it.

Echoes is available on the Mac App Store for US$9.99 for a limited time.

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10:16
iShowU Studio for Mac OS X adds more editing features

shinywhitebox (http://shinywhitebox.com) has launched iShowU Studio 1.1.0, an update to their screen casting solution for Mac OS X.

Aimed at the consumer and beginner prosumer market, iShowU Studio focuses on providing easy post-recording editing and publishing of captured footage. Version 1.1.0 provides more editing features and better text placement and presentation features.

iShow U Studio requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later. It costs US$89.95, though version 1.1.0 is a free update for registered users.

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09:57
Roxio Toast 12 offers new Live Screen Capture, HD Video Burning

Roxio has introduced two new additions to its Toast family: Roxio Toast 12 Titanium and Roxio Toast 12 Pro. They provide: support for popular social media platforms and devices; capture, copy, convert and share capabilities; enhanced HD burning options and new Live Screen Capture.

When working with music, photos or video, Roxio Toast 12 offers an interface and built-in tutorials to simplify all your digital media tasks. The new version makes it easier to share to social media (Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo and Twitter), the latest devices, or burn HD content to DVD. Designed especially for educators and trainers, the new Live Screen Capture lets you record directly from your screen with voiceover, then edit, save and share as a movie.

Roxio Toast 12 Titanium and Roxio Toast 12 Pro are available now as electronic downloads directly from www.roxio.com/toast. Roxio Toast 12 Titanium is available at the...

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09:51
X-BizTracker for Mac OS X updated to version 4.13

Excelisys has announced The eX-BizTracker 4.13, an update of the eX-File business productivity template for small- to medium-sized businesses.

X-BizTracker maximizes the latest innovations in FileMaker Pro 12, resulting in a leaner customizing tool that's easier to use and extend, says Doug West, product/project manager at Excelisys. It also incorporates a host of elements to enhance usability features and functionality, including CRM to manage both companies and individuals. Version 4.13 takes advantage of FileMaker's aggressive leap into the web and iOS/Mobile platform deployment strategies, according to West.

A demo is available for download at http://tinyurl.com/nj4sdxj . Pricing is on a subscription basis, starting at US$1,550 for 10 hours.

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09:40
Sonnet ships new xMac Pro Server 

Sonnet (www.sonnettech.com) is shipping its new xMac Pro Server with a Thunderbolt 2-to-PCI Express (PCIe) expansion system and 4U rackmount enclosure for the latest generation of Mac Pro computers. It securely mounts the computer horizontally inside a specially designed 4U modular enclosure, connects three PCIe 2.0 slots via Thunderbolt 2 technology, and provides space to install additional equipment in two 5.25-inch mobile rack bays.

"The xMac Pro Server builds on the success of our rack-mountable xMac mini Server and Echo Express III-R Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion products to provide much-needed expansion capabilities for the latest Mac Pro, which on its own lacks storage expansion and PCIe slots," says Greg LaPorte, vice president of sales and marketing, Sonnet Technologies. "By supporting every Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card available, the xMac Pro Server enables audio-video professionals to fully...

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04:48
Apple revs MacBook Pro line with faster Haswell processors

Apple has updated its MacBook Pro with faster Haswell processors but no Broadwell processors. All 13-inch models now come with 8GB of RAM standard, all 15-inch models now feature 16GB of RAM.

The new 13-inch models include:

° $1299: 2.6 GHz dual-core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB flash storage;
° $1499: 2.6 GHz dual-core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB flash storage;
° $1799: 2.8 GHz dual-core i7 processor, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB flash storage;

The new 13-inch models include:

° $1999: 2.2 GHz quad-core i7 processor, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB flash storage;
° $2499: 2.5 GHz quad-core i7 processor, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB flash storage .

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04:17
BatchOutput XLS gets an upgraded core engine

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has rolled out BatchOutput XLS 2.2, an update to its output automation solution for Microsoft Excel on Mac OS X.

In addition to batch printing and exporting, the software lets users carry out automated professional PDF production directly from Excel eliminating the need for time consuming post-processing. The new version introduces an upgrade to the app's core engine, which allows BatchOutput XLS to support latest advanced Apple technologies and future system releases.

BatchOutput XLS can be purchased for US$39.95 from the Zevrix website, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput XLS runs on Mac OS X 10.5 - 10.9 and works with Microsoft Excel 2008 and 2011.

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Jul 28
SilhouetteFX adds new Crop Node, EXR 2.0 multi-part file support, more

SilhouetteFX has released version 5.2 of Silhouette, its stereo roto, paint and keying software. The new Crop Node allows working within a small region of a larger image — using less memory with faster performance.


Silhouette now supports EXR 2.0 multi-part files. When a multi-part file is loaded, all of its parts are loaded into the Project window ready for selection and use in the project.

Extending its Auto Paint tools, you can now play back selected events forward or backward, rebuild paint in stroke order, and duplicate strokes from one stereo view to another. Also, rendered clips can now be sent to Tweak Software’s RV playback software (if installed). 

New licenses for Silhouette V5 are US$1,495. For more info go to http://silhouettefx.com . Silhouette V5 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

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Jul 28
Penclic unleashes next generation mice

Penclic has announced the retail availability of their next generation mice, including the Corded Mouse D3, Wireless Mouse R3 and Bluetooth Mouse B3 on Amazon.com.

Penclic has answered the needs of "South Paw"consumers by creating a mouse ideal for left- and right-handed users. The new symmetrical design mirrors the functionality and design of its predecessor, the Bluetooth Mouse B2.

The D3, R3 and B3 have the scroll wheel located in the middle of the pen’s shaft. The scroll wheel also doubles as the middle click button, which not only eases the transition period when adjusting to this laser-focused alternative but also makes the mouse easier to operate for left-handers, according to the folks at Penclic.

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Jul 28
PageMeUp for Mac OS X gets maintenance upgrade

Softobe has introduced PageMeUp 1.0.3 (http://tinyurl.com/ozgvtyr). an update of the page editor for Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It's a maintenance upgrade.

With PageMeUp, you create a document, choose its page format, size and background color, set the margins, bleed, custom guides, rows and columns and even apply RGB or CMYK ICC color profiles. Then you can drag, import or paste images and text onto the PageMeUp document and place/resize them on the page.

A snap assistant helps you align the boxes on the page. You can edit and format your text, scale the images (custom, fit, fill), apply shadow, fill or gradient background, border, mask, rotation, opacity, flip, web links, page HTML metadata.

Finally, you can print or export your work in PDF, HTML, TIFF, PNG or JPG formats with custom resolution, compression and ICC profile.

PageMeUp is available as a full-featured demo. A single...

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Jul 28
Sound Siphon for Mac OS X adds app audio caption

Static Z Software has released Sound Siphon 1.1, an update of the tool for capturing application audio on your Mac. The new version brings application audio capture.

Sound Siphon is a software package that makes your Mac's audio output available as an audio input device. It enables you to send audio from one application to another where it can be processed, streamed, or recorded. Using it simply involves selecting a microphone in your favorite app. Sound Siphon works with Core Audio to provide this capability to all of your audio apps.

Sound Siphon (http://staticz.com) requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and costs US$29.99. A demo is available for download.

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Jul 28
AppleMacSoft DRM Converter for Mac gets redesigned user interface

AppleMacSoft DRM Converter for Mac, a DRM removal software that designed for easily converts iTunes DRM protected music files to unprotected audio files ready for use on any computers or mobile music devices, has been updated to version 3.8.2.

The new version comes with a totally redesigned user interface, offers 16X faster conversion speed, supports save to many popular audio formats including MP3, AAc, AC3, TIFF, AU, FLAC, M4A, M4R and MKA. supports DRM video and audiobook files and so much more. so the new version is more powerful and even easier to use.

AppleMacSoft DRM Coverter for Mac is compatible with 64-bit Macs running Mac OS X 10.6 and later. A fully functional demo can be downloaded from AppleMacSoft' web site at (www.AppleMacSoft.com).  Registration is $39.95 USD for new users; users of previous versions can upgrade to version 3.8.2 for 50% off.

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Jul 25
Ear Teacher launched for Mac OS X

Adium Software has released Ear Teacher (http://www.earteacher.com), a music education product for the Mac. It provides an integrated, audiovisual course on music theory and aural skill development.

The Ear Teacher curriculum consists of nine progressively challenging grades of rhythm, melody, and harmony material. Hands-on exercises follow each topic, and frequent tests reinforce knowledge. Intelligent Practice automatically selects areas for students to practice on a regular basis.

Ear Teacher requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later. It's available at the Adium Software website and the Mac App Store at an introductory price of US$39.99. A seven-day demo is available for download at the Adium site.

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Jul 25
Flux V for Mac OS X gets new user interface, more

The Escapers have announced Flux V (http://www.theescapers.com/flux/), an update to their flagship web design application for Mac OS X. The software can work with everything from a modern site using HTML5 and CSS3 to legacy sites built on older technologies.

Version 5 comes with a totally redesigned user interface, fully 64-bit, ARC-compliant and multi-threaded, brand new Master Elements system, crowd sourced Code and more. It's also now now fully 64-bit, fully ARC-compliant and multi-threaded.

A 30-day demo is available for download. Registration is US$109 for new users; users of previous versions can upgrade to version 5 for 50% off. Flux V requires Mac OS X Mavericks or the upcoming Yosemite.

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Jul 29
ABI Research: global pay-TV market to generate $280.4...

The worldwide pay-TV market continues to grow in the first quarter of 2014 (Q1 2014). According to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com), the total pay-TV subscriber base is expected to surpass 936.4 million at the end of 2014, generating US$280.4 billion in service revenue.

Although the global cable TV market grew in 2013, the North American cable TV market lost around 4% subscriber base in 2013. High subscription cost and other pay-TV alternatives are blamed for the declining subscriber base; however, cable TV operators experienced slower subscriber loss rate in the past two quarters. In Q1 2014, subscriber net loss of major cable operators in the United States was around 7k compared to over 200k subscriber loss in 4Q 2013.

"Innovative services such as Comcast’s cloud based X1 system which allows customers to store and watch TVshows on different devices has helped to reduce churn," says Jake Saunders...

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Jul 28
IDC: cloud hardware spending breaks $4 billion mark

A new International Data Corporation (IDC) study confirmed that cloud is the major disruption factor in the EMEA [Europe, the Middle East, and Africa] infrastructure hardware market, accounting for a growing portion of hardware spending and exerting influence on hardware architectures and vendors' strategies.

The overall investment in hardware for cloud environments in EMEA is expected to exceed US$4 billion in terms of user value by the end of 2014, with a strong 19% year-over-year growth, says the research group. 15% of the infrastructure spend in EMEA will be related to cloud environments in 2014, versus only 8% in 2011. This will grow to more than 22% by 2018, says IDC (www.idc.com). Further findings from the report include:

° IDC estimates that $3.4 billion was spent on hardware going to cloud environments in EMEA in 2013, up 21% compared with 2012. This led to an increase in the penetration of the overall...

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Jul 25
4G LTE to represent over 1-in-5 active mobile...

A new report from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) forecasts a rapid uptake of 4G LTE mobile technology in the next five years, with active connections crossing the one billion mark in 2017 and reaching 1.8 billion by 2019. This will represent 22% of the global active mobile SIM connections by this time.

The report from the research group finds that, with the rate of LTE network commitments and roll-outs at an all-time high, network and device vendors have significantly improved their position to offer products and solutions to network operators. The GSA (Global Mobile Suppliers Association) confirmed that 168 manufacturers have announced 1,889 LTE-enabled user devices, including operator and frequency variants, along with 300 commercial network launches.



Juniper found that TD-LTE (Time Division LTE - using unpaired spectrum) will indeed play a major role in global deployment....

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Jul 24
Gartner: the business consumer requires a digital...

Gartner, Inc. (http://www.gartner.com) says that IT leaders have a significant opportunity to contribute to the business by creating a more flexible work environment that accommodates the needs of the business consumer.

Starting with the rise of PCs and the Internet era, users have a greater influence on IT strategy and we are currently witnessing the rise of what Gartner calls the "business consumer" — an employee for whom business activities are one part of a wider lifestyle," says Matthew Cain, research vice president at the research group.

"Individuals do not stop being consumers when they go to work," he adds. "Business consumers often make more consumer-like choices in their workplace computing tools and styles to increase efficiency."

Given the complexity of work environments and the geographic distribution of expertise across organizations, a critical competitive advantage will accrue...

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Jul 23
Cable operators seize the OTT initiative

Cable and over-the-top (OTT) providers are striking an unusual friendship, one that leads to profitability for both sides once some large challenges are hurdled, according to the latest report from Heavy Reading Cable Industry Insider (www.heavyreading.com/cable), a subscription research service from Heavy Reading.

"Cable & OTT: New Opportunities for Convergence" explores the market drivers, opportunities for convergence and the challenges ahead. It includes profiles of 10 cable software suppliers that offer solutions that support cable's TV Everywhere and multi-screen initiatives, which also can lend support for cable-OTT integration.

"As OTT video streaming services and devices began to attract consumers, they appeared like barbarians at the gate, ready to disrupt traditional media and topple the longstanding empires of cable and other television establishments," notes Craig Leddy...

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Jul 22
IK Multimedia releases VocaLive 2 for iOS

IK Multimedia has released version 2 of its VocaLive app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It adds a flexible new multitrack studio with digital audio workstation features.

Now singers, songwriters and musicians can benefit from advanced editing features like timeline audio editing, waveform visualization, touch-and-drag looping and more. VocaLive can be used with the IK Multimedia iRig line of microphones and mic interfaces, VocaLive provides an all-in-one solution - with superb sound quality, recording flexibility and ease-of-use - for the professional singer on the go.

The newest feature in VocaLive 2 is its Studio section. Designed to complement VocaLive's Recorder section, it allows for a full degree of editing and composing flexibility with recorded tracks. Musicians can see and manipulate their audio tracks (up to four on an iPhone and eight on an iPad) as waveforms on a timeline grid, just like on a computer digital audio workstation.

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Jul 22
Study: channels are irrelevant to consumers

SDL has released the final report of the “Five Truths for Future Marketers” series titled “Channels are Irrelevant,” that features results from SDL’s global survey of more than 1,800 millennials (ages 18-36). The data reveals that today’s consumers no longer care about where they are or what device they are on when interacting with a brand, as 58% of millennials polled said they expect to engage with a company whenever they choose and via whichever channel they elect.

The data highlights the critical need for brands to stop focusing on channels and instead apply what they know about their consumers to elevate the overall experience in the buying journey. Millennials are the "always on" and connected generation, demanding consistent and seamless interaction with brands wherever they are and from any device they choose. According to the data, millennials touch their smartphones 43 times per day, and 30% admit they touch more than four devices over the course of 24 hours....

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Jul 21
Shipments of 300Mbps smartphone modems to exceed 700...

Shipments of second-generation LTE basebands, commonly called Cat4, enabling mobile users to enjoy up to 150 Mbps bandwidth, barely exceeded 42 million in 2013, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

However, key chipset suppliers are stretching their muscles for next-generation basebands that will enable speeds of up to 300 Mbps, namely Cat6 chips. New findings from the research group indicate that cumulative shipments of Cat6 chips targeting smartphones are expected to exceed 700 million by the end of 2019.

"Although a number of chipset suppliers have announced their Cat6 basebands, mobile operators are not yet launching commercial networks that will allow users to enjoy mobile broadband speeds exceeding 150Mbps. An exception to this is SK Telecom which recently launched an LTE-Advanced service, offering speeds up to 225 Mbps," says Malik Saadi, practice director at ABI Research.

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Jul 18
CHGT: new 3D printing innovations open up opportunities

As forward-thinking technology company Changing Technologies, Inc. (http://tinyurl.com/mcdmvoe) has examined new ways to commercialize the latest innovations, a recent news report suggests that 3D printing is set to become a game-changer in the multi-billion dollar headphone market.

While figurines, household items and even food are examples of smaller-scale items created by 3D printers for the consumer end user, ABC News reported last week that a New York-based company is now mass producing custom-fit earphones using advanced mobile and 3D-printing technologies. Simply using a phone app and a photo, the earphones are custom-made, have a price-floor under $200 and can be delivered in two days.

NDP Group consumer electronics experts project earphone/headphone sales to exceed $2 billion in 2014. Apple Inc. recently purchased consumer electronics company Beats Electronics producers of Beats by...

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Jul 17
In-vehicle ads to impact automotive infotainment market

Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com) says in-vehicle advertising will affect the North American auto infotainment market.

There is an influx of connected vehicles in the United States. The success of mobile advertisements delivered through handheld devices is due, in large part, to social media, and the transition to the next largest audience (automotive) is promising, according to Research and Markets. The research group's study found:

° While mobile advertising has seen lucrative growth, Frost & Sullivan expects the industry to continue to grow, making in-vehicle advertising more attractive.

° Streaming services in vehicles do not have the same traction as mobile offerings, so in vehicle ads will almost make up for high-development costs to the service provider.

° Location-based services will be the leading method for ad delivery, but first marketers...

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WD has expanded its WD Red line of SATA hard drives for home and small office NAS (network attached storage) systems with the release of a 5TB and first-to-market 6TB capacity for NAS-specific storage and the... Read more »
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15:33
∞ Mötley Crüe: Looks That Kill

This has always been my favorite Mötley Crüe song.

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15:04
‘Window Plug’ Portable Solar Charger Concept Design

Yanko Design is showing off a concept called "Window Plug," and it's very cool. It's a portable solar charger that you can stick on a window. It has a built-in battery that self-charges, but it also has a plug for accessing that power for your devices. So far, this is a concept only. In the comments, the creator said that he still has technical hurdles to overcome, not least of which is having the device generate enough power to meet the needs of a wide variety of devices. But I am lust with the idea of a charger that I could stick on a hotel window, a car window, or...wait for it...a airplane window. Accordingly, I'm pulling for the product to come to market.


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15:00
Gifit puts a library of GIFs in your pocket without...

GIFs, the animated images you see every day on the internet, have become their own odd form of communication online. A quick sweep through the comments section of most websites will show you a sea of Beyonce eye rolls, Sponge Bob appropriation, and...

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14:57
Apple confirms buyout of radio/podcast app Swell

As rumored yesterday, Apple has indeed bought Swell, a spokesperson tells the Wall Street Journal's Daisuke Wakabayashi. The company has refused to provide any other information, issuing a standard statement that "we buy smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans." Monday's claims put the value of the takeover at $30 million....



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14:47
China Trumps Up Anti-Monopoly Charges Against...


China's State Administration for Industry & Commerce on Tuesday announced it has launched an investigation into Microsoft under the country's antimonopoly laws, according to press reports. The announcement comes days after SAIC officials reportedly raided Microsoft offices in four cities, seizing documents, emails and other data from servers and computers; copying the company's financial statements and contracts; and questioning some of its staff. Microsoft failed to fully disclose Chinese enterprise customers' complaints, the SAIC said.

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14:32
Apple’s ecosystem

Horace Dediu has a look at iTunes growth after Apple reported its earnings. I’ve long held that it’s the ecosystem that Apple’s competitors can’t easily copy. The company was very stealthy in the early 2000s in building the infrastructure for what we have now with the App Store, music and video delivery. It all just syncs and works—that’s what consumers want to happen. I’m not saying it doesn’t need work, but even as it sits, Apple’s ecosystem is pretty remarkable.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:25
“Mac Mini (Mid 2014)” briefly appears in Apple...

Proof of a new Mac Mini or simple misprint? Apple's not saying.

Andrew Cunningham

An interesting development today for people watching for an update to Apple's Mac Mini desktop: Apple's support document for its Boot Camp drivers and software for Windows briefly listed a heretofore unannounced "Mac Mini (Mid 2014)." 9to5Mac first spotted the entry after it was added to the page yesterday, and we were able to grab our own screenshot to confirm before it was removed earlier today. If the entry points to a real system and is not simply mistyped, we could see a new Mac Mini any day between now and the end of August—Apple reserves the "mid" label for systems released in the late spring or in the summer. Macs released in September or later normally get the "late" label...

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14:11
2014 Mac mini appears on Apple support page

A "mid 2014" Mac mini is now listed on an Apple support document for Boot Camp. The page makes no mention of other details about the computer, other than it only supporting 64-bit Windows 7 and 8 versions of the Boot Camp utility, which allows Macs to run Windows on a separate partition. The Mac mini has been one of Apple's most neglected products, having last been updated in late 2012. Even the Mac Pro was refreshed in December 2013....



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14:10
Apple references unannounced 'mid-2014'...

In an update to a support document regarding Boot Camp compatibility on Monday, Apple added reference to an as-yet-unannounced "mid-2014" Mac mini, suggesting the company is -- or was -- planning a long overdue refresh of its smallest desktop offering.



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13:47
Instagram soft launches previously rumored ‘Bolt’...

Following a leak earlier this week that appeared to show an upcoming photo messaging app from Instagram, today the app officially launches in a short list of countries abroad (via TechCrunch). The app, which is reportedly a Snapchat competitor of sorts with one-tap photo messaging, is rolling out today for users in Singapore, South Africa, and New Zealand on both iOS and Android.

While the app is only available in the countries mentioned above in its initial launch, Instagram reportedly plans to roll out the app to a bigger audience, including in the US, after getting feedback on the experience.

The...

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13:45
Ask TUAW Live is on the air at 5 PM ET today!

"Ask TUAW Live" will air today, Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 5:00 PM EDT. You can check here for showtimes in your area. We're taking your questions now via the Ask TUAW feedback form, Twitter, Facebook or Google+. Today will be our final episode as all...

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13:36
Rhapsody International nabs two million premum...

Rhapsody International announced today that it hit a significant milestone for its business. The company announced that it reached two million subscribers for its premium services, including Rhapsody, Napster and the joint venture with T-Mobile called unRadio. On the success of unRadio, the company stated plans to extend the service to other parts of the world....



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13:32
iPhone Apps: Minecraft Pocket Edition, Monument...
13:30
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

AutoStitch Twins Camera...

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13:19
MotionArtist for Mac: $9

MotionArtist is a very cool piece of software that allows you to layout comics in traditional panel form with word bubbles, and also add motion, sound, and even a 3D parallax effect to scenes. The animation tools are designed to be quite easy to use, and it's focused primarily on adding motion. Through our deal, you can get it for $9, a lot less than the $60 retail price.


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13:14
Two Apple acquisitions aim to help improve book,...

Apple’s been on a bit of an acquisition kick over the last couple years, and it seems to be continuing apace. This week, the company has confirmed the acquisition of two separate firms, both of which may help improve the company’s algorithms for recommending content.

Over the weekend, Re/code reported that Apple was aiming to buy Swell, an app described as “Pandora for talk radio.” Among the company's partners: ABC News Radio, PRI, NPR, and TED. The service focused on figuring out what users like to listen to and then suggesting similar content. (In and of itself, it’s not different from the NPR One app we recently reviewed, albeit with more sources.) Re/code also reported that the deal would be worth $30 million. As of Tuesday, the Swell app is no longer available...

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13:06
Bubblews Will Give You a Penny for Your Thoughts


Bubblews, a social media platform that offers to pay users for their posts, last week moved out of its testing phase, which began in 2012. It emerged with a new look designed to attract users who might be dissatisfied with other social media offerings. Bubblews is attempting to build a self-sustaining ecosystem in which users who create engaging posts are paid for their work. It prides itself on being different from Facebook and Twitter, both of which compensate only their relatively small groups of company employees.

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13:06
Durham, NC Apple Store hit in smash-and-grab robbery

A smash-and-grab robbery took place at the Southpoint Apple Store in Durham, North Carolina on Monday night, a report notes. The thieves smashed their way in via one of the store's glass panels, then proceeded to take an unknown number of MacBooks on display. The outlet has been closed on Tuesday as a result....



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13:00
Daily Deals for July 29, 2014, featuring two deals...

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....

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12:38
Apple confirms purchase of personalized talk radio...

Apple has indeed purchased Swell, a personalized news radio application, the company confirmed on Tuesday, after promptly shutting removing the free download from the iOS App Store.



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12:25
How analysts get all those numbers; Hint, they make...

A former IDC researcher:

“So, the mantra became, preserve the growth rates; to hell with the actual numbers. Even the growth rates are fiction. The fudge is in the “others” category, which is used as a plug to make the numbers work out. In fairness, we did do survey work, calling around, and attending white box conferences and venues to try to get a feel for that market, but in the end, the process was political. I used to tell customers which parts of the data they could trust, essentially the major vendors by form factor and region. The rest was garbage.”

So they make shit up.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:24
Forums: Yosemite Beta pros and cons

This week in the MacNN forums members discuss the things they like and dislike about Yosemite now that the Beta version has been released to the public in a thread started last week by one Mac Elite who wondered why no one seemed excited about this update to the OS. "Does anyone know how much amperage the iPhone 6 will require?" asks one Fresh-Faced Recruit to the forums....



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Tuesday July 29

12:53
Unreleased 'Mid 2014' Mac Mini Referenced on App...

An Apple support page on Boot Camp was updated yesterday to include a mention of a mid-2014 Mac mini, perhaps hinting that a refresh of the desktop computer might be in the works.

First noticed by 9to5Mac, a cached version of the support page suggests yesterday's update also added mentions of the 2014 low-cost iMac and 2014 MacBook Airs. Today's newly released mid-2014 Retina MacBook Pros were not added to the updated page.

The mention of the mid-2014 Mac mini may be a simple error, but the machine is long overdue for a refresh. Last updated in...

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12:03
15-Inch Mid 2014 Retina MacBook Pro Benchmark Shows Decent...

Apple's newly refreshed Retina MacBook Pros, released this morning, have already begun showing up in Geekbench benchmarks, offering a look at the performance boost of the updated machines compared to their predecessors.

A GeekBench 3 result for the entry-level 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro indicates that the new machine is eight percent faster than the entry-level 2013 Retina MacBook Pro, and only two percent slower than the mid-level Retina MacBook Pro released in 2013.

Single-Core performance for the machine came in at 3050, up from 2811 for the similar 2013 model, while Multi-Core performance was also impressive, at 11586 vs. 10730.

The new Retina MacBook Pros feature upgraded Haswell processors in 2.6 and 2.8 GHz dual-core configurations for the 13-inch versions, and 2.2 and 2.5 GHz quad-core...

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11:28
Apple's Smartphone Market Share Slips as Huawei, Leno...

Apple's growth in the overall worldwide smartphone market continues to slow as it loses ground to smaller Chinese vendors releasing more affordable devices, even as the smartphone market itself grows substantially.

According to IDC's latest estimates, worldwide smartphone sales for the second quarter of 2014 grew 23.1 percent year-over year as smartphones continue to replace feature phones, with a record quarter of 295.3 million shipments.

Apple shipped 35.1 million iPhones during the quarter, up from 31.2 million during Q2 2013, for a share of 11.9 percent, a slight drop from its 13 percent share in the year-ago quarter. The company's growth was at just 12.4 percent.

Samsung, the vendor that has long held the top spot with the most smartphone shipments, fared even worse during the quarter, with estimated shipments of 74.3 million for a 25.2 percent share of the market, down from 32.3...

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10:55
Ford Transitioning From BlackBerries to iPhones for Employ...

Ford Motor Company is planning to transition its corporate employees from BlackBerry to Apple, providing approximately 3,300 workers with iPhones by the end of the year, reports Bloomberg. According to Ford spokesperson Sara Tatchio, Ford is also aiming to get iPhones into the hands of an additional 6,000 corporate employees over the course of the next two years as they transition from flip phones.

To oversee the switch to iOS devices, Ford will hire a mobile technology analyst, with one facet of the job involving the "global deployment of corporate iPhones." In her statement to Bloomberg, Tatchio highlighted the iPhone's ability to meet both the personal and secure business needs of Ford's employees as a reason for the switch.

"We are going to get everyone on iPhones," Tatchio said. "It meets the overall needs of the employees...

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08:46
Apple TV Quietly adds CNBC and Fox Now Channels

On June 24 we posted a report titled "Bringing ABC's Live News to Apple TV is a Monumental Move." In that report we noted that the introduction of "live" news with ABC could have been the the end of the buzz or just the very beginning of something much bigger to come. We asked the question: "Will other 'live' news...

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08:00
Rumored iWatch Supplier TPK's Q3 Forecast Falls Flat...

Details discussed during a recent earnings conference call by Apple supplier TPK Holdings suggest the production of the iWatch is behind schedule, reports UDN via GforGames. According to earlier rumors, the iWatch may debut in late 2014 with the latest report claiming it will launch alongside the 5.5-inch iPhone 6.

Based on reports from Asian sources, TPK executives spent a portion of the company's Q3 2014 earning conference call explaining why it sees poorer than expected financial projections for the current quarter. TPK is allegedly supplying Apple with flexible displays that use silver nanowire touch screen technology for inclusion in the iWatch wearable....

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07:56
Apple Refreshes their MacBook Pro Lineup with Speed &...

Today, Apple updated their MacBook Pro with Retina display lineup with faster processors, double the memory in both entry-level configurations, and a new, lower starting price for the top-of-the-line 15-inch notebook. MacBook Pro with Retina display features a stunning high-resolution display, an amazing design just 0.71-inches thin, the latest processors and powerful graphics, and up to nine hours of battery...

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07:17
Apple TV Updated with CNBC and FOX NOW Channels

Apple today added two more channels to the Apple TV, delivering financial news channel CNBC and network FOX NOW to the platform.

CNBC offers access to a live stream of the financial channel, as well as on-demand clips from news segments and full episodes of the channels "Prime" content original series. Viewing requires authentication with one of a number of cable and Internet providers.

FOX NOW includes on-demand access to a number of shows from the network, including 24: Live Another Day, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Glee, and more. Authentication through a cable provider is required for full access to content.

Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories
New SSD-Equipped Drobo Mini Boosts Speed of Drobo's Portable Storage Lineup
Apple Expands AppleCare+ to Cover...

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06:21
Apple was Granted 33 Patents Today Covering the iPad Case...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 33 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover granted patents relating to security, the iPad Case's fiber composite structure, five design patents and wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.

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04:47
Apple Granted a Patent for an Innovative Universal iDevice...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 33 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention relating to an aesthetically pleasing universal dock that has the ability to support a wide variety of iPod and iPhone sizes.

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03:48
Apple Granted a Surprising Patent for an Advanced Multi-Vi...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 33 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover an invention that relates to an advanced video conferencing system that includes a multi-view camera system that employs scalable video encoding. On July 15 we posted a report titled "A New Landmark Partnership between Apple and IBM is about to transform the Way Work gets done." Apple's surprising video conferencing system is to compete with Microsoft's Round Table Conferencing device and it's a system that Apple might be able to get IBM to promote in the enterprise.

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02:30
Apple Granted a Patent for an e-Book Device with 2-Display...

On July 29, 2014, the US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 33 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a granted a patent relating to a possible future e-book that provides two displays. One display is on the front ...

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02:09
Apple Launches Retina MacBook Pros with Faster Haswell Pro...

As indicated over the weekend and yesterday, Apple today launch refreshed 13-inch and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros.The new notebooks feature faster versions of Intel's Haswell processors, as all 13-inch models now come with 8GB of RAM standard while all 15-inch models now feature 16GB of RAM.

New models include:

13-inch:
- $1299: 2.6 GHz dual-core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, 128GB of flash storage
- $1499: 2.6 GHz dual-core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, 256GB of flash storage
- $1799: 2.8 GHz dual-core i7 processor, 8 GB of RAM, 512GB of flash storage

15-inch:
- $1999: 2.2 GHz quad-core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, 256GB of flash storage
- $2599: 2.5 GHz quad-core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, 512GB of flash storage

The minor refresh is primarily...

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Monday July 28

13:56
Apple's OS X Yosemite Usage Rates in US and Canada Do...

Apple's OS X Yosemite Usage Rates in US and Canada Double Following Public Beta

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13:07
Hilton Introduces Revolutionary Digital Services that incl...

Hilton revolutionizes hotel experience with digital check-in, room selection and customization, and check-out across 650,000-plus rooms at more than 4,000 properties worldwide. Hilton's promotion states that they're the first hospitality company to enable room selection and customization via mobile and web-based floor plans; Company also announces that guests will be able to use their smartphone as their room key in majority of hotel rooms by 2016. The new services will be made available on a future Apple iPhone HHonors app. Many of these services were forecast in Apple patents going back to 2010.

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11:52
Hilton to Adopt Digital Check-In, Smartphone-Based Room Ke...

Hilton Worldwide, a company that operates thousands of hotels around the globe, today announced plans to roll out new mobile-based check-in and room selection tools, as well as digital smartphone-based room keys.

Hilton guests will be able to select their rooms online using their smartphones, which will be able to display floor plans for each available room. Guests will also be able to check-in/check-out using their smartphones, as well as purchase upgrades and make special requests for item deliveries.

Room selection: At 6 a.m. the day before a booked stay, Hilton HHonors members can sign into their account via their mobile device, tablet or computer to check-in and choose their preferred room through floor plan maps or lists populated from the hotel's available inventory. Photos of rooms are also available to help with their selection. Hilton's digital lobby function is updated in real...

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06:46
The EU Commission Approves Apple's Acquisition of Bea...

With the deadline of July thirtieth quickly approaching, the European Commission, under EU Merger Regulation, has finally cleared Apple's acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music. The EU Commission's posted an official press release stating that Beats Electronics was established in 2008 and designs, develops and sells audio products such as headphones and audio speakers. Beats Music was spun out...

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06:13
Apple opens a new Store in China while Foxconn's Terr...

Apple opened a new store in Chongqing Municipality in southwest China on Saturday, bringing the number of Apple stores in the Chinese mainland to 11. Another Apple store is expected to be opened on Aug. 2 in Wuxi in east China's Jiangxu province, about a one-hour drive from Shanghai. Apple CEO Tim Cook said last year the company will open more than 25 stores in China in the future. In other news, Foxconn's Terry Gou is pumped up over the next generation of iPhone's ...

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04:38
Bare Logic Boards for 4.7-Inch and 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Compa...

Following the publication of several photos over the weekend showing what was claimed to be the bare logic board for the upcoming 4.7-inch iPhone 6, Nowherelse.fr now shares [Google Translate] a new set of photos showing the same part reportedly from the even larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model.

The photos include side-by-side comparisons of the part from both iPhone 6 models and the iPhone 5s, and while it does not appear to be confirmed which iPhone 6 logic board is for which device size, there are now clearly two distinct parts larger than the current iPhone 5s logic board.

Logic board fronts left to right: newly shown iPhone 6, iPhone 5s,...

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04:01
Retina MacBook Pro Updates Reportedly Due Tuesday, July 29

Following yesterday's reported spotting of in-store digital signage from an Apple retail store in China showing upgraded specs for the Retina MacBook Pro, MacG.co now claims [Google Translate] the update is set to arrive tomorrow, July 29. The information comes from a reliable source who has accurately predicted MacBook Air, iMac, and iPod touch...

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Tuesday July 29

11:00
Office 365 Development Patterns & Practices...

The Office 365 Development Patterns & Practices team shipped the new open source repository today to GitHub.com/OfficeDev. This marks the transition from the Office App Model Samples (Office AMS) project, which was an internal Microsoft initiative, to a broader open source community vision.

Background

The Office AMS team shipped three main releases in the last year that focused on common customer scenarios. Many existing SharePoint developers were extremely familiar with how to build these scenarios with SharePoint Full Trust Code solutions and Office VSTO/COM add-ins, but didn’t know how to approach implementing these same scenarios with the App Model. The main purpose of providing these samples is to address this transformation...

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10:00
OneNote for Mac and iOS get dressed for business and...

We are thrilled to announce today four major updates for OneNote for Mac, OneNote for iPad and OneNote for iPhone. Building on our recent updates in May, these enhancements make OneNote the best choice for taking notes and staying organized at work or school.

Addressing customers top requests, we added several new features in this release including the ability to:

  1. Access your work or school notebooks on your Mac stored on OneDrive for Business or SharePoint Online (on Office 365).
  2. Open and insert files, including PDF files, into your notebook pages.
  3. View your password protected sections.
  4. ...
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09:12
Network Port Testing With Netcat

You can do some pretty simple testing of ports and network communications using strategies I’ve outlined in the past with tcpdump, trace route, telnet, curl, stroke and of course ping. However, netcat has a few interesting things you can do with it; namely actually run a port super-quickly to test traffic between subnets, forcing scans of ipv6 traffic, debugging sockets, keeping connections alive, parodying through SOCKS 4 and 5 and just checking for daemons that are listening rather than actually sending data to them.

In this first example, we’re going to just check that Apple’s web server is accessible (adding -v for verbose output):

/usr/bin/nc -v www.apple.com 80

The result would be pretty verbose

found 0 associations
found 1 connections:
1: flags=82
outif en0
src 10.10.20.176 port 50575
dst 23.78.138.214 port 80
rank info not available
TCP aux info available

Connection to...

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09:00
New Office 365 admin tools

Lawrence Chiu is a senior product marketing manager for the admin experience on Office 365.

On our journey in simplifying the Office 365 admin experience, we’ve introduced new features over the past few months. These include: streamlining commonly used administrative tasks, proactive DNS records checks and more detailed reports  and continuous enhancements to Message Center so that you can stay up to date with Office 365 service communications. Today, we’re providing Office 365 admins with more ways to stay informed with Office 365 service communications. You can now receive Office 365 service communications in Microsoft System Center by importing the newly available Office 365...

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07:00
Introduction to Office 365 Development: attend this...

On August 8, 2014, Microsoft Virtual Academy site will host a series of sessions introducing Office 365 development. During each live session, the Office 365 Developer Platform engineering team and technical product managers will answer your questions in a live Q&A chat. Register now for this live event.

The Introduction to Office 365 Development course includes these sessions:

Overview of Office 365 development

This session will introduce you to the Office 365 development platform. It covers the two main approaches to developing: using the App Model to make your customizations appear in our products; and using the Office 365 APIs to consume those customizations from within your own applications.

Getting started with Apps for Office

This session will give you an overview of the Getting started with Apps for SharePoint Apps for Office. It  tackles how to get started, as well...

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Monday July 28

06:21
Register for Tuesday’s webinar: Busting myths about...

Is Office 365 Small Business just an online version of Office? Why do I want to store stuff in the cloud? Can I share docs with those outside the business? Guest host Tom Werner will lay out how Office 365 can help small businesses like yours and answer your questions. Join us for our Office 15-Minute Webinar at 9:15 am Pacific Time. There’s also a 20-minute Q&A afterwards. You will need to register for this webinar (it takes only a few seconds).

Register and attend
https://microsoft.eventbuilder.com/event2.asp?eventID=9m9f08s7

Doors open at 9:00 am Pacific Time and we start promptly at 9:15 am. Immediately following will be a 20-minute Q&A.

At Tuesday’s webinar, you’ll learn...

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Friday July 25

16:38
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 008 with Brian...

In episode 8, Jeremy Thake chats to Brian Jones, Group Program Manager for the Office 365 Developer Platform. As an Office 365 Developer you would have most recently seen Brian speak at the SharePoint Conference 2014 alongside his lead Rob Lefferts, Director of PM, about the future of Office 365 development.

In this show, Brian talks about his career at Microsoft and the journey he’s had in Office evolving the development experience with his team. This includes talking about the Open XML SDK, App Model and Office 365 APIs. He shares some great stories of the old world of three year release cycles compared to the new monthly release cycle including some pretty interesting ship party stories!

 

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP08_BrianJones.mp3

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Thursday July 24

09:00
OneNote available for Kindle Fire and Fire phone

Today OneNote is available at the Amazon Appstore for Android, delivering on our promise to bring OneNote to every device that matters to you. If you have a Kindle Fire or a Fire phone, you can now use OneNote to capture or access thoughts, ideas and to-do’s while on the go.

 

 

OneNote is a free download and can also be used on Android phones and tablets running Android OS 4.0 and up.

We’re excited that people will be able to use OneNote on their brand new Fire phone and Kindle Fire, and we’re committed to improving the app with regular updates. Please send us suggestions on how we can improve OneNote on the OneNote Feedback & Suggestions website.

Get...

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09:00
Retaining a competitive advantage: Why staying...

Today’s post was written by Jennifer Yust, senior marketing manager on the Lync team.

It’s no secret—an organization that runs well internally is better positioned to adapt to changing market conditions, shorten project timelines, and add more value for its customers. That’s why MWH Global, a “wet infrastructure” engineering firm that handles huge water-related projects, has embraced each new version of Microsoft unified communications (UC) solutions as it is released. As Gregory Tornrose, the firm’s Global Director of IT Operations, puts it, “Our strategy is to simplify our technology tools and processes and empower employees to work in whatever ways they want to stay productive, share ideas, and serve our customers.” And that’s exactly what the firm is doing with Microsoft Lync.

The upgrade path

MWH Global recently upgraded to Microsoft Lync Server 2013 to uphold its practice of staying at the forefront of technology and to gain the latest...

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08:52
About AirPrint

With AirPrint, it's easy to deliver full quality photo and document printing from your iOS and OS X apps without the need to download or install drivers. AirPrint is built into most popular printer models. AirPrint features include easy discovery, automatic media selection, and enterprise-class finishing options.

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Wednesday July 23

12:40
The Garage Series for Office 365: What’s new in the...

This week hosts Jeremy Chapman and Richard diZerega explore what’s new in the new world of apps for Office. They look at the top 5 new features including amazing content apps for PowerPoint, Excel APIs for formatting, content apps for Access, mail APIs for body and attachments and compose mail apps. Watch as Richard masterfully demonstrates all of this along the way.

Last week we caught up with Jeremy Thake to talk about the apps for Office model itself and what is new, different and better versus the more traditional extensibility options in Office, SharePoint and Exchange. This week we examine things that have recently been added as new capabilities to the apps for Office model itself. The great thing about the cloud and its agile development is that the extensibility platform itself can continually evolve. So we highlight the top 5...

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Tuesday July 22

18:52
iOS: About diagnostic capabilities

iOS offers the following diagnostic capabilities to help enterprise IT departments, developers, and AppleCare troubleshoot issues.

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09:00
Let’s get cooking! Collecting recipes in OneNote...

OneNote is a great place to catalog your recipes. And now adding them to OneNote is a piece of cake (pun intended) with the OneNote web clipper or the email clipper (me@onenote.com). When you use the OneNote web clipper or email clipper (me@onenote.com) to clip a recipe, we’ll simplify the page down to just the steps, ingredients, and key pieces of information you need most, giving your recipes a simpler, cleaner format in OneNote.

Our goal is to help you collect just the information you want, boiled down (see what I did there?), free of distraction...

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08:00
Uninterrupted communication with Office 365 helps...

Today’s post was written by George Estrada, Vice President for Technology, Online Communications at Center for American Progress

The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan educational institute dedicated to improving the lives of Americans. Our goal is to shape the national debate by critiquing existing policies, developing new policy ideas, and challenging the media to cover the issues that truly matter. To achieve these goals, some of our staff is tasked with helping develop legislative ideas and driving their deployment. Some are expert witnesses for congressional hearings and meetings, some create training programs on policy, and others release reports and messages to the media and to executive, legislative, and state agencies. For all these tasks in our “need to know everything and be everywhere” world, communication and...

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07:00
Mousecape – Customize Cursors on OS X

Mousecape is a new open source Mac App which is available on GitHub to finally allow you to create and use your own mouse cursors, or 'capes' as the app calls them.



Once you download the app, there is a remastered version of the Svanslös cursor set created by Max Rudberg which is retina-screen ready.



Mousecape is as non-instrusive as possible, never asking you for your password for anything. It works by using private APIs created by Apple to register system cursors so it has no performance hit at all.



Capes, or cursor sets, are applied for as long as display state doesn't change, meaning until you change resolution, monitors, sleep your computer, reboot or logout. However, inside of the application is a helper application that will detect when the cape is reset and will apply it again.



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Monday July 21

12:30
Montgomery County, PA: How government can become...

Today’s post was written by Anthony Olivieri, Chief Technology Officer at Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

One of the best things about working in technology is that there’s always something new, some way to “build a better mousetrap.” But mousetraps are only worthwhile if they truly address the business needs that you’ve identified within your organization.

Montgomery County is considered a leader when it comes to effective use of technology in the public sector. We feel it’s our obligation to harness technology to empower employees to work smarter and be more productive, while reducing costs. When we increase productivity, we can serve the public more quickly and comprehensively—which is ultimately our mission.

When I consider my vision for the County, I think first of mobile productivity. One of my top priorities is to enable County...

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09:00
Gary: Death by sticky note

Our friends at Microsoft IT put together two hilarious videos about how OneNote can help organize your life. Don’t be like Gary – get OneNote and stay on top of your life without the sticky notes.

Work Smart: Notes Notes Everywhere

Work Smart: OneNote: The Meeting

Starring Justin Sund as “Gary”
Produced by RUN Studios

For more productivity tips on OneNote and more, check out our YouTube channel here.

Leave a comment below!

 

Get OneNote       |     Follow OneNote     

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08:00
Microsoft’s unified technology event for enterprises

Over the past few months, it has been awesome to connect with our technical communities, customers, and partners at the SharePoint Conference, Lync Conference, Exchange Conference, Project Conference, and most recently, at TechEd North America. While the world is increasingly digital, there is still no replacement for time together, in person, to talk tech and business, and simply get to know each other better. Hands down, my favorite weeks of the past year have been those spent at these conferences, meeting with many, many of you!

As we took stock of the past conferences and looked forward to the next year of conferences, we decided we can do better – better for our technical communities, better for our business customers, better for our partners, and better for Microsoft. Part of this is a recognition that as our industry continues to evolve, so must our approach to creating valuable experiences for all of you. Part of this recognition is feedback from attendees across the...

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06:21
Register now and join Tuesday’s webinar: iPad,...

You have an iPad. Now bring it into the workplace and work on Office docs. Better yet: share them with your coworkers using OneDrive for Business. PCs, Macs, iPads – they can all play along together. We’ll show you how when you join us on Tuesday, July 22, for our webinar.

 

Register and attend

https://microsoft.eventbuilder.com/event2.asp?eventID=r6p4e153

 

Doors open at 9:00 am Pacific Time and we start promptly at 9:15 am. Immediately following will be a 20-minute Q&A. A video will be available a few days after the webinar.

At Tuesday’s webinar, you’ll learn

  • How to use Office for iPad
  • Sharing things the iPad way
  • ...
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Friday July 18

10:00
Office 365 news round-Up

For the past few days, Microsoft executives, product managers and developers have been meeting in Washington, D.C., with our partners from around the world. The Microsoft partner community has always been a core component of our success, and that’s as true today with our mobile-first, cloud-first strategy as it was when we released our first operating system.  

In recognition and support of that ongoing relationship, we announced several new cloud-based technologies and services at the Worldwide Partners Conference this week to help our partners succeed. We also recently launched a new Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider program to make it...

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09:32
WPC 2014 takes it to the cloud and beyond

Guest post by:  Dux Raymond Sy, Chief Technology Officer, AvePoint Public Sector

As the Chief Technology Officer of AvePoint Public Sector and having been in this space for years as a Microsoft MVP, I have witnessed the power of Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference firsthand and can honestly say it continues to be one of the industry’s most valuable assets. The buzz of partners from all over the world congregating in a city with as much repute as Washington D.C. (my hometown) only elevates the excitement. This year, I had the fortune of being highly involved in WPC—by representing an amazing company that offers solutions for enabling enterprise collaboration alongside Microsoft business platforms. I led numerous speaking sessions, helping AvePoint spread the word about our latest announcements such as our all-in cloud investment in Office 365 and Azure, its new product for...

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07:00
Make iWork 09 the default and avoid update nagging

Many people continue to use iWork 09 apps, because they contain features missing in the newer versions. However, having the older apps on your system mean a constant nagging from Apple to update to the newer versions. If you do download the newer versions, then it is impossible to make the older apps the default for your documents. The old Get Info » Change All trick doesn't work.



Here's what to do to remedy that.



First, make a backup. Then install the latest iWork apps. Your older versions get moved to a subfolder called iWork 09. That's why you have the backup.



Next, move the NEW apps to an external disk or other partition. You can then restore the 09 apps to the /Applications folder. Or leave them in the subfolder if you prefer.



Having the apps on different volume from the system disk lowers their priority, so the 09 apps in your /Applications folder remain the defaults for your...

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Tuesday July 29

11:00
Office 365 Development Patterns & Practices...

The Office 365 Development Patterns & Practices team shipped the new open source repository today to GitHub.com/OfficeDev. This marks the transition from the Office App Model Samples (Office AMS) project, which was an internal Microsoft initiative, to a broader open source community vision.

Background

The Office AMS team shipped three main releases in the last year that focused on common customer scenarios. Many existing SharePoint developers were extremely familiar with how to build these scenarios with SharePoint Full Trust Code solutions and Office VSTO/COM add-ins, but didn’t know how to approach implementing these same scenarios with the App Model. The main purpose of providing these samples is to address this transformation...

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10:00
OneNote for Mac and iOS get dressed for business and...

We are thrilled to announce today four major updates for OneNote for Mac, OneNote for iPad and OneNote for iPhone. Building on our recent updates in May, these enhancements make OneNote the best choice for taking notes and staying organized at work or school.

Addressing customers top requests, we added several new features in this release including the ability to:

  1. Access your work or school notebooks on your Mac stored on OneDrive for Business or SharePoint Online (on Office 365).
  2. Open and insert files, including PDF files, into your notebook pages.
  3. View your password protected sections.
  4. ...
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09:12
Network Port Testing With Netcat

You can do some pretty simple testing of ports and network communications using strategies I’ve outlined in the past with tcpdump, trace route, telnet, curl, stroke and of course ping. However, netcat has a few interesting things you can do with it; namely actually run a port super-quickly to test traffic between subnets, forcing scans of ipv6 traffic, debugging sockets, keeping connections alive, parodying through SOCKS 4 and 5 and just checking for daemons that are listening rather than actually sending data to them.

In this first example, we’re going to just check that Apple’s web server is accessible (adding -v for verbose output):

/usr/bin/nc -v www.apple.com 80

The result would be pretty verbose

found 0 associations
found 1 connections:
1: flags=82
outif en0
src 10.10.20.176 port 50575
dst 23.78.138.214 port 80
rank info not available
TCP aux info available

Connection to...

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09:00
New Office 365 admin tools

Lawrence Chiu is a senior product marketing manager for the admin experience on Office 365.

On our journey in simplifying the Office 365 admin experience, we’ve introduced new features over the past few months. These include: streamlining commonly used administrative tasks, proactive DNS records checks and more detailed reports  and continuous enhancements to Message Center so that you can stay up to date with Office 365 service communications. Today, we’re providing Office 365 admins with more ways to stay informed with Office 365 service communications. You can now receive Office 365 service communications in Microsoft System Center by importing the newly available Office 365...

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07:00
Introduction to Office 365 Development: attend this...

On August 8, 2014, Microsoft Virtual Academy site will host a series of sessions introducing Office 365 development. During each live session, the Office 365 Developer Platform engineering team and technical product managers will answer your questions in a live Q&A chat. Register now for this live event.

The Introduction to Office 365 Development course includes these sessions:

Overview of Office 365 development

This session will introduce you to the Office 365 development platform. It covers the two main approaches to developing: using the App Model to make your customizations appear in our products; and using the Office 365 APIs to consume those customizations from within your own applications.

Getting started with Apps for Office

This session will give you an overview of the Getting started with Apps for SharePoint Apps for Office. It  tackles how to get started, as well...

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Monday July 28

06:21
Register for Tuesday’s webinar: Busting myths about...

Is Office 365 Small Business just an online version of Office? Why do I want to store stuff in the cloud? Can I share docs with those outside the business? Guest host Tom Werner will lay out how Office 365 can help small businesses like yours and answer your questions. Join us for our Office 15-Minute Webinar at 9:15 am Pacific Time. There’s also a 20-minute Q&A afterwards. You will need to register for this webinar (it takes only a few seconds).

Register and attend
https://microsoft.eventbuilder.com/event2.asp?eventID=9m9f08s7

Doors open at 9:00 am Pacific Time and we start promptly at 9:15 am. Immediately following will be a 20-minute Q&A.

At Tuesday’s webinar, you’ll learn...

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Friday July 25

16:38
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 008 with Brian...

In episode 8, Jeremy Thake chats to Brian Jones, Group Program Manager for the Office 365 Developer Platform. As an Office 365 Developer you would have most recently seen Brian speak at the SharePoint Conference 2014 alongside his lead Rob Lefferts, Director of PM, about the future of Office 365 development.

In this show, Brian talks about his career at Microsoft and the journey he’s had in Office evolving the development experience with his team. This includes talking about the Open XML SDK, App Model and Office 365 APIs. He shares some great stories of the old world of three year release cycles compared to the new monthly release cycle including some pretty interesting ship party stories!

 

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP08_BrianJones.mp3

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Thursday July 24

09:00
OneNote available for Kindle Fire and Fire phone

Today OneNote is available at the Amazon Appstore for Android, delivering on our promise to bring OneNote to every device that matters to you. If you have a Kindle Fire or a Fire phone, you can now use OneNote to capture or access thoughts, ideas and to-do’s while on the go.

 

 

OneNote is a free download and can also be used on Android phones and tablets running Android OS 4.0 and up.

We’re excited that people will be able to use OneNote on their brand new Fire phone and Kindle Fire, and we’re committed to improving the app with regular updates. Please send us suggestions on how we can improve OneNote on the OneNote Feedback & Suggestions website.

Get...

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09:00
Retaining a competitive advantage: Why staying...

Today’s post was written by Jennifer Yust, senior marketing manager on the Lync team.

It’s no secret—an organization that runs well internally is better positioned to adapt to changing market conditions, shorten project timelines, and add more value for its customers. That’s why MWH Global, a “wet infrastructure” engineering firm that handles huge water-related projects, has embraced each new version of Microsoft unified communications (UC) solutions as it is released. As Gregory Tornrose, the firm’s Global Director of IT Operations, puts it, “Our strategy is to simplify our technology tools and processes and empower employees to work in whatever ways they want to stay productive, share ideas, and serve our customers.” And that’s exactly what the firm is doing with Microsoft Lync.

The upgrade path

MWH Global recently upgraded to Microsoft Lync Server 2013 to uphold its practice of staying at the forefront of technology and to gain the latest...

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08:52
About AirPrint

With AirPrint, it's easy to deliver full quality photo and document printing from your iOS and OS X apps without the need to download or install drivers. AirPrint is built into most popular printer models. AirPrint features include easy discovery, automatic media selection, and enterprise-class finishing options.

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Wednesday July 23

12:40
The Garage Series for Office 365: What’s new in the...

This week hosts Jeremy Chapman and Richard diZerega explore what’s new in the new world of apps for Office. They look at the top 5 new features including amazing content apps for PowerPoint, Excel APIs for formatting, content apps for Access, mail APIs for body and attachments and compose mail apps. Watch as Richard masterfully demonstrates all of this along the way.

Last week we caught up with Jeremy Thake to talk about the apps for Office model itself and what is new, different and better versus the more traditional extensibility options in Office, SharePoint and Exchange. This week we examine things that have recently been added as new capabilities to the apps for Office model itself. The great thing about the cloud and its agile development is that the extensibility platform itself can continually evolve. So we highlight the top 5...

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Tuesday July 22

18:52
iOS: About diagnostic capabilities

iOS offers the following diagnostic capabilities to help enterprise IT departments, developers, and AppleCare troubleshoot issues.

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09:00
Let’s get cooking! Collecting recipes in OneNote...

OneNote is a great place to catalog your recipes. And now adding them to OneNote is a piece of cake (pun intended) with the OneNote web clipper or the email clipper (me@onenote.com). When you use the OneNote web clipper or email clipper (me@onenote.com) to clip a recipe, we’ll simplify the page down to just the steps, ingredients, and key pieces of information you need most, giving your recipes a simpler, cleaner format in OneNote.

Our goal is to help you collect just the information you want, boiled down (see what I did there?), free of distraction...

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08:00
Uninterrupted communication with Office 365 helps...

Today’s post was written by George Estrada, Vice President for Technology, Online Communications at Center for American Progress

The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan educational institute dedicated to improving the lives of Americans. Our goal is to shape the national debate by critiquing existing policies, developing new policy ideas, and challenging the media to cover the issues that truly matter. To achieve these goals, some of our staff is tasked with helping develop legislative ideas and driving their deployment. Some are expert witnesses for congressional hearings and meetings, some create training programs on policy, and others release reports and messages to the media and to executive, legislative, and state agencies. For all these tasks in our “need to know everything and be everywhere” world, communication and...

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07:00
Mousecape – Customize Cursors on OS X

Mousecape is a new open source Mac App which is available on GitHub to finally allow you to create and use your own mouse cursors, or 'capes' as the app calls them.



Once you download the app, there is a remastered version of the Svanslös cursor set created by Max Rudberg which is retina-screen ready.



Mousecape is as non-instrusive as possible, never asking you for your password for anything. It works by using private APIs created by Apple to register system cursors so it has no performance hit at all.



Capes, or cursor sets, are applied for as long as display state doesn't change, meaning until you change resolution, monitors, sleep your computer, reboot or logout. However, inside of the application is a helper application that will detect when the cape is reset and will apply it again.



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Monday July 21

12:30
Montgomery County, PA: How government can become...

Today’s post was written by Anthony Olivieri, Chief Technology Officer at Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

One of the best things about working in technology is that there’s always something new, some way to “build a better mousetrap.” But mousetraps are only worthwhile if they truly address the business needs that you’ve identified within your organization.

Montgomery County is considered a leader when it comes to effective use of technology in the public sector. We feel it’s our obligation to harness technology to empower employees to work smarter and be more productive, while reducing costs. When we increase productivity, we can serve the public more quickly and comprehensively—which is ultimately our mission.

When I consider my vision for the County, I think first of mobile productivity. One of my top priorities is to enable County...

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09:00
Gary: Death by sticky note

Our friends at Microsoft IT put together two hilarious videos about how OneNote can help organize your life. Don’t be like Gary – get OneNote and stay on top of your life without the sticky notes.

Work Smart: Notes Notes Everywhere

Work Smart: OneNote: The Meeting

Starring Justin Sund as “Gary”
Produced by RUN Studios

For more productivity tips on OneNote and more, check out our YouTube channel here.

Leave a comment below!

 

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08:00
Microsoft’s unified technology event for enterprises

Over the past few months, it has been awesome to connect with our technical communities, customers, and partners at the SharePoint Conference, Lync Conference, Exchange Conference, Project Conference, and most recently, at TechEd North America. While the world is increasingly digital, there is still no replacement for time together, in person, to talk tech and business, and simply get to know each other better. Hands down, my favorite weeks of the past year have been those spent at these conferences, meeting with many, many of you!

As we took stock of the past conferences and looked forward to the next year of conferences, we decided we can do better – better for our technical communities, better for our business customers, better for our partners, and better for Microsoft. Part of this is a recognition that as our industry continues to evolve, so must our approach to creating valuable experiences for all of you. Part of this recognition is feedback from attendees across the...

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06:21
Register now and join Tuesday’s webinar: iPad,...

You have an iPad. Now bring it into the workplace and work on Office docs. Better yet: share them with your coworkers using OneDrive for Business. PCs, Macs, iPads – they can all play along together. We’ll show you how when you join us on Tuesday, July 22, for our webinar.

 

Register and attend

https://microsoft.eventbuilder.com/event2.asp?eventID=r6p4e153

 

Doors open at 9:00 am Pacific Time and we start promptly at 9:15 am. Immediately following will be a 20-minute Q&A. A video will be available a few days after the webinar.

At Tuesday’s webinar, you’ll learn

  • How to use Office for iPad
  • Sharing things the iPad way
  • ...
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Friday July 18

10:00
Office 365 news round-Up

For the past few days, Microsoft executives, product managers and developers have been meeting in Washington, D.C., with our partners from around the world. The Microsoft partner community has always been a core component of our success, and that’s as true today with our mobile-first, cloud-first strategy as it was when we released our first operating system.  

In recognition and support of that ongoing relationship, we announced several new cloud-based technologies and services at the Worldwide Partners Conference this week to help our partners succeed. We also recently launched a new Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider program to make it...

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09:32
WPC 2014 takes it to the cloud and beyond

Guest post by:  Dux Raymond Sy, Chief Technology Officer, AvePoint Public Sector

As the Chief Technology Officer of AvePoint Public Sector and having been in this space for years as a Microsoft MVP, I have witnessed the power of Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference firsthand and can honestly say it continues to be one of the industry’s most valuable assets. The buzz of partners from all over the world congregating in a city with as much repute as Washington D.C. (my hometown) only elevates the excitement. This year, I had the fortune of being highly involved in WPC—by representing an amazing company that offers solutions for enabling enterprise collaboration alongside Microsoft business platforms. I led numerous speaking sessions, helping AvePoint spread the word about our latest announcements such as our all-in cloud investment in Office 365 and Azure, its new product for...

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07:00
Make iWork 09 the default and avoid update nagging

Many people continue to use iWork 09 apps, because they contain features missing in the newer versions. However, having the older apps on your system mean a constant nagging from Apple to update to the newer versions. If you do download the newer versions, then it is impossible to make the older apps the default for your documents. The old Get Info » Change All trick doesn't work.



Here's what to do to remedy that.



First, make a backup. Then install the latest iWork apps. Your older versions get moved to a subfolder called iWork 09. That's why you have the backup.



Next, move the NEW apps to an external disk or other partition. You can then restore the 09 apps to the /Applications folder. Or leave them in the subfolder if you prefer.



Having the apps on different volume from the system disk lowers their priority, so the 09 apps in your /Applications folder remain the defaults for your...

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Technology Showcase

Sep 17
Video showcases iOS app built with Xojo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jan 05
Fusion Drive now available on entry-level iMacs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sep 19
InterMapper publishes white papers on network...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oct 04
Video showcases Zco's services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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**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
Sr. Product Leader, *Apple* Store Apps - Ap...
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*Apple* Solutions Consultant (ASC) - Apple (...
**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 (ASC) - Apple (...
**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
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