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Apr 24
Poll: 4% likely to purchase the Apple Watch

A poll by SurveyMonkey of 505 people conducted since April 8 found that just over 4% said they were "extremely likely" or "very likely" to buy Apple Watch, reports CNBC(http://www.cnbc.com/id/102617561).

About 74% said they were "not at all likely" to buy the smartwatch. Three percent said they planned to buy the watch on the first day of sales (which is today).

"Look, it's early. I think that's what the poll results say. People didn't have a lot of great reasons" to buy it, SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg told CNBC's "Squawk Box."

Nearly one-third of respondents said they would most often use Apple Watch to tell the time. That's the top use mentioned for the product.

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Apr 24
Jumsoft announces update of Toolbox for MS Office

Jumsoft (www.jumsoft.com) has introducedToolbox for MS Office 2.0.4, an update of its popular graphics and design application for Mac OS X.

Toolbox for MS Office provides templates and illustrations for creating content ranging from invoices and greeting cards to presentations and portfolios. Version 2.0.4 includes around 400 previously unreleased templates for Word, as well as hundreds of maps, diagrams, clipart images, icons, and other types of illustrations.

Toolbox for MS Office requires Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 or later and Mac OS X 10.10 or later. Toolbox for MS Office 2.0.4 is currently free and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.

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Apr 23
Apple updates TestFight to version 1.1.1

Apple has updated its TestFlight app to version 1.1.1, adding support for Apple WatchKit apps embedded inside beta iOS apps.

TestFlight lets you install and beta test apps on an iOS device. After a developer invites you to beta test their app, you can install new versions as they become available. TestFlight also allows you to provide feedback to developers on the features you are testing in the prerelease apps you’ve been invited to.

With TestFlight 1.1.1, developers can deploy beta versions of their iOS apps without removing the Watch extensions. It's a free download at the Apple App Store.

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Apr 23
Comcast Plans to Drop Takeover of Time Warner

AppleInsider just reported that according to an article by Bloomberg today, Comcast plans to walk away from its proposed $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable. Reportedly, the FCC is "leaning toward concluding the merger doesn’t help consumer consumers."

Bloomberg's article continued "If the deal had gone through, the Comcast-Time Warner partnership would have created by far the largest cable operator in the U.S." If the deal had gone through, Time Warner customers would have eventually become Comcast customers. According to a BGR article in December, "TWC and Comcast are the two most hated companies in America"

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Apr 23
Sonnet Announces Avid-qualified DX Thunderbolt Adapter

Sonnet Technologies (www.sonnettech.com) has released the US$250 Sonnet DX Thunderbolt Adapter for Avid Media Composer Mojo DX and Avid Nitris DX.

Formerly built by Sonnet and offered by Avid, the DX Thunderbolt Adapter is now marketed exclusively by Sonnet to users of Avid's Mojo DX digital video capture, editing, monitoring, and output system and Nitris DX high-performance SD and HD broadcast news editing system. With the DX Thunderbolt Adapter, media professionals can leverage these Avid solutions with Avid editing software on any Avid-qualified, Thunderbolt-equipped computer, says Greg LaPorte, vice president of sales and marketing, Sonnet Technologies.

The DX Thunderbolt Adapter delivers performance for two streams of uncompressed 10-bit HD video with eight audio streams. With ultralow latency and high sync accuracy, the adapter enables editing workflows that are faster and more efficient than...

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Apr 23
DayMap for Mac OS X revved to version 2.1

Whetstone Apps (http://whetstoneapps.com/) has announced DayMap 2.1 an update to their productivity app for Mac OS X.

DayMap is a visual app for planning projects and associated tasks. It's now available in Chinese, French and German. In version 2.1, the user interface has also been updated to offer a way of organizing and scheduling projects and tasks in a visually intuitive Project Outliner and Weekly or Monthly Scheduler.

DayMap 2.1 is regularly priced at US$14.99, but is being offered for $9.99 for a limited time. It's available from the Mac App Store under the Productivity category and requires Mac OS X Yosemite.

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Apr 22
Maintain serves up Cocktail 7.8.1 (Mavericks Edition)

Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.8.1 (http://cocktail.maintain.se) Mavericks Edition, a new version of its Mac OS X utility. This version adds ability to clear Dictation & Speech and Help caches. It also contains miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements as well as updated Automator actions and Help files.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories that help you manage various aspects of your computer.

Cocktail 7.8.1 Mavericks Edition requires OS X Mavericks to run. When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch. Registration is US$19 for a single user license or $39 for a family license that covers up to five computers.

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Apr 22
CS Odessa updates AWS Architecture Diagrams Solution

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced the AWS Architecture Diagrams solution, the latest addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park.

It's a collection of library objects, templates, and example drawings for ConceptDraw Pro and is available at no charge to users of ConceptDraw Pro 10 and ConceptDraw Office 3 (available for Mac OS X and Windows), via the ConceptDraw Solution Park.

ConceptDraw Office retails for US$499 (USD) and can be purchased directly from CS Odessa or their resellers. The suite is designed for knowledge workers, managers, project managers and academics.

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Apr 21
Ooppa Software releases PDF Studio 10 for the Mac

Qoppa Software (http://www.qoppa.com/) has released PDF Studio 10, an all-in-one PDF editing software for Mac OS X. The new version adds PDF Optimization, Overlay Comparison and Conversion to HTML5.

The Optimizer function provides options for users to reduce the file size of PDF documents before sharing or publishing them. Images can be downsized and compressed, unused and duplicate objects removed, and data streams compressed.

PDF Overlay Comparison view allows visual comparison of drawings and blue prints by overlaying two documents and highlighting the differences using complementary colors.

PDF Studio costs US$129. A demo is available for download.

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Apr 21
KeyCue for Mac OS X revved to version 7.5

Ergonis Software has introduced KeyCue 7.5, an update to the cheat sheet for learning and remembering keyboard shortcuts.

The upgrade allows you to omit keyboard shortcuts from the shortcut table. This is useful for shortcuts that you know already. The new version also improves the convenience of getting informed about and installing new versions.

With KeyCue, whenever the command key is kept pressed for a while, the software displays a table with all keyboard shortcuts available in the currently active application, systemwide hotkeys, as well as key combinations for triggering macros in Keyboard Maestro, QuicKeys and iKeys.

KeyCue requires Mac OS X 10.6 or newer. The upgrade to version 7.5 is free for anyone who owns a valid license for KeyCue 7. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. For information about purchases, including enterprise licenses, volume discounts, and upgrade pricing offers, g

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Apr 21
Adobe updates its Creative Cloud Photography apps

Adobe has announced an update to its Creative Cloud Photography plan (https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/photography.html) with the release of an all-new Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC that's faster and sports new tools to edit, enhance, organize and showcase photos.

Creative Cloud Photography also includes mobile capabilities: automatically syncing photos with Lightroom CC on the desktop, Lightroom on mobile devices lets users access and edit their entire catalog of photos on iPad, iPhone as well as Android smartphones and tablets. A $US9.99 per month, Adobe’s photography plan is targeted to photographers of every level.

According to Winston Hendrickson, vice president of Digital Imaging Products, Adobe, new features in this release include:

° HDR Merge, which lets you create natural-looking or surreal images from extremely high-...

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Apr 21
Quark Software introduces procedure management solution for Global 2000

Quark Software has introduced Quark Procedure Management, a new knowledge management solution that enables large enterprises to streamline the creation, management and publishing of policies and procedures.

With Quark Procedure Management, corporate writers and subject matter experts create reusable content that's easy to save, search and update, which is critical when content is susceptible to risk and compliance issues, according to said Gavin Drake, vice president of Marketing for Quark. Examples of policies and procedures include employee manuals, field instructions, medical responses, banking processes, call center training manuals and other standard operating procedures.

Quark Procedure Management moves authors from creating static documents to creating reusable content components – XML Smart Content – that can be reviewed, approved and updated independently. This enables standard operating procedures to be dynamically assembled for different channels and...

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Apr 21
FileMaker Go for iOS: over 1.5 million downloads and counting

FileMaker Inc. (www.filemaker.com) says its FileMaker Go for iPad and iPhone app has surpassed 1.5 million downloads from the Apple App Store.

The FileMaker Go for iPad and iPhone app is part of FileMakers lineup of desktop, server and iOS software for creating custom business solutions that run on iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and web browsers. The FileMaker Go for iPad and iPhone app is downloadable for free from the Apple App Store.

FileMaker, Inc., an Apple subsidiary, delivers software to create custom business solutions for iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and the web. Millions of people, from individuals to some of the worlds largest organizations, use the FileMaker Platform to streamline their business processes, manage information and boost overall productivity.

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Apr 21
Output Factory for Adobe InDesign Introduces PDF Security Automation

Zevrix Solutions has introduced Output Factory 1.5.21, a feature update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory automates printing, exporting and preflighting from InDesign, and offers batch processing, export as single pages, variable file names, layer versioning, PDF preflight, file delivery, output history and more. The new version lets users automate creation of secure PDF documents with password protection, encryption, copy and print restriction, and other options.

Output Factory can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$169.95 (there's a "lite" version for $120, and a server version for $700). A demo is available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $85. Output Factory requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2014.

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Apr 20
iBarcoder upgrade for Mac OS X features added codes, other enhancements

Cristallight Software has launched iBarcoder 3.7.4, an update to their barcode generator for Mac OS X (10.7 and higher).

With the app, users can create any number of customized, colorful barcode labels in their own style, in any size, or shape. The app can create Datamatrix and QR Codes. Version 3.7.4 features added codes and other enhancements.

iBarcoder 3.7.4 costs US$49.95 and is available directly from the Cristallight website (www.cristallight.com) or through the Mac App Store in the Business category. Full versions include a lifetime license with complimentary upgrades and tech support. A demo is available from Cristallight Software

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Apr 20
Boot Runner 2 for Mac OS X adds more customization support

Twocanoes Software (www.twocanoes.com) has trotted out Boot Runner 2, an update to the OS startup manager for Macs.

It provides complete start up control and management of dual-boot Macs. Boot Runner 2 adds support for native and virtual operating systems in any combination of OS X, Windows, Chrome OS, Linux and more. Version 2.0 includes new and improved customization features to make it easier for users to find and start the OS environment that they need.

Boot Runner 2 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and a Boot Camp partition, virtual machine operating system with a supported OS installed, such as Windows 7, Windows 8, Chrome OS, and Linux

Version 2 is free to customers who purchased Boot Runner after Jan. 1, 2015, or with active Support and Maintenance agreements. Volume and educational pricing is available for any number of Macs. Boot Runner 2 lab and site licenses now include free the first...

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Apr 20
AKVIS NatureArt gets new Transform tool, more

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released AKVIS NatureArt 7.0, an update of its collection of nature effects for images. The software can be used as a standalone application and/or Photoshop plugin, on Mac OS X and Windows.

Version 7.0 adds a Transform tool that allows the transforming of selections and direction lines. It improves the Sun effect with a new algorithm. The upgrade also adds: the Reverse Colors option to the Rainbow effect; the Line Sets (ready-to-use lightning layouts) to the Lightning effect; the ability to import/export user presets; and a History States parameter to the program's Preferences.

A demo of AKVIS NatureArt 7.0 is available for download. Registration for the Home license costs US$72.

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Apr 17
Maintain releases Cocktail 8.3 (Yosemite Edition)

Maintain has served Cocktail 8.3 (Yosemite Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Yosemite.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Version 8.3 adds the ability to clear clear Dictation & Speech, Help, Spotlight and VoiceOver caches. It also resolves some minor compatibility issues with OS X Yosemite 10.10.3.

Cocktail 8.3 (Yosemite Edition) requires OS X Yosemite 10.10 to run. Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from Maintain website.

Cocktail 8.3 (Yosemite Edition) costs US$19 for a single user license. It's available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail).

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Apr 17
Strata announces Design 3D CX 8.0 for Mac

Strata has announced the latest version of its Strata Design 3D CX app (http://tinyurl.com/lw7t9ln) for creative professionals. Version 8.0 introduces features designed to enhance the design workflow; also, it leverages some of the latest technology in Mac OS X to provide access to more memory and faster rendering.
 
Some of the new features in Strata Design 3D CX 8 include: 64-bit rendering enhancements. LiveRay, Strata’s interactive photo-real renderer, that let’s users quickly interact with their models to perfect their textures and lighting. Publish 3D makes it easy to output to Augment (leading virtual reality application), Sketchfab (online interactive 3D visualization) and i.materialise (3D printing platform).

Soft shadows are now available from all light sources, including global lights. New anti-alias filters and HDRI image adjustments provide more control over final renders....

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Apr 16
Apple posts supplemental update to Mac OS X 10.10.3

Apple has posted a supplemental update to the recently-released Mac OS X 10.10.3. It addresses a video driver glitch that caused some Mac users to experience startup trouble.

In Apple's words, "OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental Update 10.10.3" "fixes a video driver issue that may prevent your Mac from starting up when running certain apps that capture video." It's available for all OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 users at the Mac App Store.

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Apr 24
Video infrastructure markets to grow 75% over the next...

Video infrastructure markets, including broadcast pre- and post-production, video encoding, and VOD and CDN hardware, continue to grow at a relatively healthy pace of 37% over the next five years, despite the impact of virtualization separating hardware and software requirements, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

"Broadcasters and operators virtualizing their workflow are likely to buy classic IT servers, while continuing to rely on video specialists for their application and software requirements," says ABI Research Practice Director Sam Rosen. "In theory, this means that video vendors are supplying less of the total solution; however, rising overall business complexity of areas, including ad workflows and over-the-top delivery, are offsetting this downward pressure on revenues."

"The encoder and transcoder market represents the brightest spot in the video industry. Growth in this sub...

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Apr 23
Amazon Web Services,VMware are market leaders

According to the latest 451 Research Vendor Window from 451 Research (www.451Research.com), Amazon Web Services (AWS) remains the leader in Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) adoption among enterprise IT buyers.

These findings are based on responses from over 1,500 global IT professionals, including 1,000 unique vendor evaluations. The 451 Research Vendor Window assessment is based on both overall enterprise adoption rates and customer ratings of vendor performance.  

AWS is used by the majority of enterprise IaaS customers in the study (57%) and is also cited as the most important IaaS provider by 35% of these current IaaS customers. Additionally, AWS received some of the highest ratings overall for its ability to fulfill customer needs, particularly in terms of experience and technical innovation. Other important findings from the 451 Research Vendor Window for IaaS include:

° Microsoft...

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Apr 22
Gartner: worldwide IT spending to decline 1.3% this...

Worldwide IT spending is set to shrink to US$3.66 trillion in 2015, a 1.3% decrease from 2014, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). The research group says that the rising dollar is chiefly responsible for the slowdown. 

"We forecast U.S.-dollar-valued worldwide IT spending in 2015 to shrink by 1.3%, down from 2.4% growth forecast in last quarter's update," says John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner. "However, this is not a crash, even if it looks like one. The recent rapid rise in the value of the U.S. dollar against most currencies has put a currency shock into the global IT market."

Taking out the impact of exchange rate movements, the corresponding constant-currency growth figure is 3.1%, only off 0.6% from last quarter's update. Such are the illusions that large swings in the value of the dollar versus other currencies can create.

"However, this...

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Apr 21
Data captured by IoT connections to top 1.6 Zettabytes...

A new report from ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) estimates that the volume of data captured by IoT-connected devices exceeded 200 exabytes in 2014. The annual total is forecast to grow seven-fold by the decade’s end, surpassing 1,600 exabytes—or 1.6 zettabytes—in 2020. For scale, 1 zettabyte = 1000exabytes = 1 billion terabytes = 1 trillion gigabytes.

"The data originating from connected products and processes follows a certain journey of magnitudes. The yearly volumes that are generated within endpoints are counted in yottabytes, but only a tiny fraction of this vast data mass is actually being captured for storage or further analysis," ABI Research Principal Analyst Aapo Markkanen says. "And of the captured volume, on average over 90% is stored or processed locally without a cloud element, even though this ratio can vary greatly by application segment. So far, the locally dealt data has typically...

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Apr 20
Tapping into OTT video’s 24% projected growth is key...

The pay TV market has been struggling with increasing customer churn and maintaining ARPU [average revenue per user], and is forecast for only 3.7% CAGR [compound annual growth rate] through 2020, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

In contrast, OTT [over-the-top] video continues its strong growth, and should see around 26% total revenue growth in 2015, with 24% CAGR through 2019, says the research group. With the growing popularity of independent OTT services, such as Netflix and HBO Go, customers are starting to demand a similar experience from their pay TV subscriptions, including features such as content search and recommendation and mobile device support.

"Comparatively high priced pay TV bundles are losing customers to more inexpensive, IP-delivered content," says Eric Abbruzzese, research analyst, ABI Research. "Operators can combat this with rollouts of new STB technologies...

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Apr 17
World's largest companies spent $895 billion in...

IDC research group (www.idc.com) estimates that, including internal spending, the world's largest companies spent US$895 billion on technology in 2014.  IT vendors of all flavors long to harness a share of their hefty IT wallets not only for the revenue gains, but also for the bragging rights. 

The activities of the largest IT spenders provide a glimpse into how these industry leaders are taking steps to transform their businesses for 2015 and beyond, says the research group. As we enter the "innovation stage" of the third platform, IDC expects to see these companies focusing on value creation on top of their current technology foundation.  Key findings of the report include:

° Wal-Mart was the largest IT spender worldwide in 2014. Bank of America placed second, followed by Citigroup, AT&T, and JPMorgan Chase & Co.

° Nine out of ten spenders increased their IT spending from 2013 to 2014.

° On...

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Apr 16
3D printing market surpasses $3.3 billion in 2014

The Canalys (www.canalys.com) research group estimates that nearly 133,000 3D printers were shipped worldwide in 2014, a substantial increase of 68% from 2013. Additionally, market revenue from 3D printers and their associated materials and services rose to US$3.3 billion, an increase of 34% from 2013.

"We’ve seen the 3D printing industry go from strength to strength in 2014," says research analyst Joe Kempton. "As we expected, the holiday season saw the most significant growth, particularly in the consumer segment, with many users buying their first 3D printer. A combination of falling prices, a wider range of technologies on offer and improved printing speeds helped fuel this demand."

In the fourth quarter of 2014, Canalys estimates that total market revenue surpassed US$1 billion for the first time in a single quarter, and some 41,000 3D printers were shipped worldwide, an increase of 24% sequentially....

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Apr 15
Global mobile gaming market forecast to top $50...

Increased adoption of smartphones and tablets has led to the growth of the global mobile gaming market, which is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 21.39% from 2015-2019, says research firm Technavio (www.technavio.com).

Smart mobile devices have seen huge demand as gaming platforms in recent years. The diverse connectivity options available on these devices like 4G, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are helping them edge-out laptops as sought-after platforms.

"More than 60% of users play games on their mobile devices on a daily basis and nearly 65% of the money spent on smartphones and tablets is for gaming purposes," says Faisal Ghaus, vice president of Technavio.

The latest report by the research group also draws attention towards a shift in gamer demographics, which is affecting the global video game market as a whole. There has been a drastic increase in the number of women and child...

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Apr 14
Smart bulbs marching into the smart home

Philips kicked off the smart bulb market nearly three years ago with its pricey Hue bulb, but at this year’s CES a horde of new entrants emerged.  The transition from incandescent to more energy efficient bulbs is an opening through which smart bulbs – LED bulbs with wireless radios built in, which can be controlled remotely – are gaining a foothold according to Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com).

The smart bulb market is a fragmented "Wild West" with a variety of technologies and control protocols being implemented, says the research group. Multi-function smart bulbs – those with Wi-Fi repeaters, speakers and cameras — will change consumers’ perceptions of "light bulbs," says Strategy Analytics.

Interoperability is key – consumers don’t want to have to worry if a bulb they purchase will work with other bulbs they have or will purchase. The industry must address this issue...

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Apr 13
Gartner: mobile apps adoption is maturing as usage...

The mobile apps marketplace is maturing as users declare themselves satisfied with current engagement rates, according to a survey by Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). As users integrate apps more deeply into their lives, app providers will need to stay one step ahead and focus their development, marketing and branding more intensely toward retention strategies, according to the research group.

"After eight years of searching for, downloading and using smartphone apps, users are maturing in their usage behaviors," says Brian Blau, research director at Gartner." However, we may see those patterns change in the future as users integrate apps more deeply into their daily lives."

User interest in apps has mellowed now that they have integrated apps into their use of personal technology and their interaction with brands while online. Although usage remains high, users may not want or need more apps in the future....

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Reviews and Kool Tools

The GNU Make tool is used by coders to generate executables from program source code. From No Starch Press John Graham-Cumming's GNU Make Book (256 pages, US$34.95) is the first new GNU Make book in 10 years. "The GNU... Read more »
WaterField Designs (www.sfbags.com) has refreshed its MacBook Retina Travel Express with new colors and materials in a custom size for the 12-inch MacBook. The new Travel Express maintains the compact and light feel,... Read more »
MCE Technologies' (http://tinyurl.com/khvlneg) Aluminum USB 3 Blu-ray/DVD/CD Recorder is designed for all Macs with, or without, a built-in optical drive. The enclosure material is aluminum, and the interface is USB 3.0... Read more »
RE:Vision Effects' (www.revisionfx.com) DE:Flicker for Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion is designed to smooth out flicker and artifacts when shooting high frame rate or timelapse video. It not only fixes flicker from... Read more »

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21:02
First look: Third-party apps on Apple Watch

Apple launched its first wearable with an App Store filled with more than 3,000 third-party titles, a figure expected to grow exponentially in the months ahead. AppleInsider offers a look at some of the first offerings.

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15:29
Bushel: Free easy-to-use cloud-based tool for Apple...

My thanks to Bushel for sponsoring The Loop this week. For some people, IT is a task and not a career. Bushel is a simple-to-use cloud-based tool that anyone can leverage to manage the Apple devices in their workplace. Bushel allows you to easily set-up and protect all of the Apple devices that you distribute to your team, or those that your team already has. Provide access to company email accounts, automatically install work apps to every device all at once, and separate and protect your team’s personal data from company data. And if a device is ever lost or stolen, you can even remotely lock it or wipe company data completely. Do all of this and much more, without any help from IT. All wrapped into one seamless interface so you can manage those Apple devices when you want, wherever you are. Bushel makes the complex simple, so you can focus on what matters most, all while taking back your nights and weekends. Your first three devices are free forever, and each additional device...

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14:31
Level up with “Take Control of the Mac Command Line...

The second edition of Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal” adds 50 pages with more advanced topics and showcases 52 real-world “recipes” for tasks that are better done at the command line. It’s an essential reference for any Mac user who wants to work more effectively with Unix commands.

 

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13:29
The Week in iOS Apps: Laughs and inspiration

Laughs and inspiration

This week’s roundup includes apps to inspire you, help you reach your goals, and even have a chuckle or two along the way.

Clear

Somewhere in your past is a tweet that will someday come back to haunt you. Clear for iOS connects to your social media accounts, hunts down and flags questionable posts, and lets you immediately delete them. Going for a job interview? Running for president? You might want this app.

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12:59
Apple Watch Launches

An anonymous reader writes: The Apple Watch's release date has arrived: retailers around the world have quietly begun putting them on their shelves, and customers are beginning to receive their shipments. Reviews have been out for a while, including thoughtful ones from John Gruber and Nilay Patel. Apple has published a full user guide for the software, and iFixit has put up a full teardown to take a look at the hardware. They give it a repairability score of 5 out of 10, saying that the screen and battery are easily replaced, but not much else is. Though Apple designated the watch "water-resistant" rather than "waterproof", early tests show it's able to withstand a shower and a swim in the pool without failing. Ars has an article about the difficulty of making games for the Apple Watch, and Wired has a piece detailing its creation.


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12:53
Apple Watch products that will make people hate you...

People hate you. They see that Apple Watch on your wrist and they hate you because they don’t have one. But don’t let the haters stop you from proudly wearing your Apple Watch. In fact, you should go one step further. Pimp that Watch like it’s nobody’s business. All you need are the right accessories, and they’re right here.

Brikk Lux Watch Omni

Brikk Lux Watch Omni, for the understated gentleman

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12:41
Apps: Does not Commute, Pursuit of Light, Tiltagon,...

New Games Does not Commute (free) — We were pretty impressed with Mediocre’s efforts last year on their Smash Hit game (no pun intended), so naturally we were intrigued by their latest new title. While a big departure from last year’s game, Does not Commute is fun and interesting in its own right, and its clear that Mediocre has put some nice depth and creativity into it. The premise seems deceptively simple — navigate a car through…

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12:29
News: Apple Watch unboxing gallery posted

iLounge has posted an unboxing gallery for the Apple Watch. In a full photo gallery, we take a closer look at the device, along with some comparison photos between the 38mm and 42mm Sport models.

We’ll be putting the device through the paces throughout the weekend, so be sure to check back for our full review on Monday....

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12:15
Apple Watch App Store live, iOS store updated

Apple has made the Watch App Store live in the Watch iPhone app, with "more than 3000" apps ready to go, according to The Wall Street Journal. To start browsing, simply launch the Watch app for iOS (it's installed with iOS 8.3) and tap the "Featured" icon in the bottom toolbar.

To "install" an app on your Watch, you actually install it on your iPhone, which takes care of the rest. You can identify an iPhone app that supports the Apple Watch in several ways. First, you'll see "Offers Apple Watch App for iPhone" just beneath an app's title in the store:

You'll also find screenshots of the app running on the Watch:

Have fun exploring the store and your Watch this weekend. Looking for some killer apps to get started with? Don't miss our ...

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12:00
Accessible Apple: Apple Watch Setup with VoiceOver,...

Introduction

Earlier, I detailed how to get an Apple Watch Try-on Appointment if you have an interest in looking at the device's accessibility features. In this installment, I will detail some tips and tricks to help VoiceOver users completing the pairing process used for linking an Apple Watch with an iPhone.

Background

I was originally going to write an end-to-end guide on pairing the Apple Watch with an iPhone. However, before I could, Twitter user Caitlin McMarrow pointed me to Apple's Apple Watch VoiceOver Setup guide. I will dedicate the remainder of this guide to address tips and tricks I found while pairing an Apple Watch with an iPhone 6.

Pairing With VoiceOver

My notes below are written to...

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11:30
Apple Watch 101: Unpacking, pairing, and poking


The Apple Watch Sport comes in a long rectangular case. From what we've seen, watches with loop bands are shipping in square boxes, and Apple Watch Editions come in fancy leather charging cases.

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Our Apple Watch arrived this morning.

However you feel about smart watches as a concept or the Apple Watch in particular, the fact of the matter is that this wearable already has momentum behind it by virtue of being a brand-new product from the world's biggest consumer electronics company. Developers...

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11:30
Video: Apple Watch unboxing and pairing process

In between doing the happy dance around my house this morning, I've been busy receiving, unboxing, and grabbing video of a 42mm Space Gray Apple Watch (Aluminum Sport Edition). The unboxing was performed live on Periscope and became part of the video below, which the pairing was performed afterward. 

Enjoy watching this short video, and please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

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11:28
My first hour with Apple Watch: Unboxing, pairing,...

It arrived earlier than I expected, a narrow rectangular box with nothing particularly special or Apple-like about it. But that nondescript brown package belied the brilliant white box inside, which contained an equally bright 38mm Apple Watch Sport with silver aluminum face and blindingly white band.

I gingerly lifted the Watch out of the box, much like I’ve done with new iPhones, not wanting to scuff or smudge the device in any way. There’s really nothing like a gleaming new gadget that hasn’t been yet been marred by dirty hands. (Yeah, my Watch face is already covered in fingerprints.)

Apple is offering personal setup appointments online and in-store for people who want a little extra assistance, but setting up your own Apple Watch is even more simple than getting started with an iPhone.

...

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11:05
Dev Aims to Light the Way for Apple Watch Gaming


Coinciding with the official Apple Watch launch on Friday, a slew of apps and games are making their debuts. One of the early hopefuls is WayForward, which last week unveiled its Watch Quest, hoping to get a jump on the competition. Some developers have been awaiting the opening of the WatchKit APIs in full before they put the might of their software engineering ability into the Apple Watch. The WatchKit API limits developers to creating widget-like glances, Watch notifications, and side-loaded apps powered by the might of a paired iPhone.

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11:00
Apple World Today's Great Big Guide to Apple...

The Apple Watch is on its way to customers who, like me, are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Apple’s next breakthrough device. The debut of the new hardware also brings with it a fresh round of innovation in the App Store as Apple opened up the Watch for developers to utilize in their apps.

In the months since the Watch's annoucnemnt, developers worldwide have been thinking creatively about the device and how it can be used to enhance the lives of millions of customers who will be wearing the device on their wrist. Here are some of the early Watch apps that are the culmination of this creative coding. Each app one listed below will be available for you to download and check out as soon as that Watch is up and running on your wrist.

Communication

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10:56
Apple revamps Apple Watch Bands website to make...

Apple has updated the watch bands page on its website to provide an easier selection process for potential buyers. The page now lists each individual band under its own section with a brief description and price. Shoppers will then be able to select an appropriately-sized band for their watch.

Previously the site looked like any other collection on the store with a grid view that featured little more than a photo. The new design gives users a closer look at the clasp of the band without the watch hardware present.

The old bands page

For watch bands that are available in multiple colors, like the Sport, Leather Loop, and Modern Buckle, users can use a color selector below the image to change the design. In the old...

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10:50
Apple Offers Online Personal Setup Assistance for...

Apple is taking its online-focused launch for Apple Watch a step farther by offering buyers Personal Setup sessions through their computer. Apple Watch owners scheduled to receive their new smartwatch today started receiving emails touting the Web-based setup help along with a link to sign up for a time slot.


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10:22
TMO Daily Observations 2015-04-24: Getting Inside...

It's Apple Watch delivery day, which means we finally get to see what's inside Apple's brand new smartwatch. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet talk about how Apple designed the insides of the Apple Watch, and debunk the idea that Apple designed an internal-upgradable device. They also explain how to navigate the Apple Watch interface, and Bryan gives us a great musical interlude.


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10:00
Critical HTTPS bug may open 25,000 iOS apps to...

At least 25,000 iOS apps available in Apple's App Store contain a critical vulnerability that may completely cripple HTTPS protections designed to prevent man-in-the-middle attacks that steal or modify sensitive data, security researchers warned.

As was the case with a separate HTTPS vulnerability reported earlier this week that affected 1,500 iOS apps, the bug resides in AFNetworking, an open-source code library that allows developers to drop networking capabilities into their iOS and OS X apps. Any app that uses a version of AFNetworking prior to the just-released 2.5.3 may expose data that's trivial for hackers to monitor or modify, even when it's protected by the secure sockets layer (...

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10:00
Accessible Apple: Apple Watch Try-Ons, The Complete...

Introduction

This is the first in a mini-series of posts on the Apple Watch's accessibility features. In this installment, I will look at Apple's newly implemented solution for offering accessible Apple Watch Try-ons.

Background

As I hinted in my article detailing the inaccessibility of the Apple Store's demo watches and in a later piece where I looked at the workaround discovered to enable some accessibility features on the demo units, Apple has been hard at work developing an experience plan for users interested in the Apple Watch's accessibility features. I am pleased to report that this plan goes into effect today, April 24...

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09:30
Apple offers online personal Watch setup

Apple has been sending emails to customers scheduled to receive their Apple Watch today, urging them to schedule an online Watch setup with an employee. Apple describes the service thusly:

"It’s a video session where we show you how to set up Apple Watch with your iPhone, walk you through some key features, and answer your questions. We’ll also point out some great apps, and help you personalize your device."

To partipate, you must have an Apple Watch, an iPhone 5 or later and a computer or iPad to view the video. Apple's email includes instructions for booking a session. 

Apple has done One-on-One sessions for customers at Apple Stores, but this is the first I've seem offer such...

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09:07
Apple Watch teardown findings: 205 mAh battery,...

The Apple Watch is surprisingly easy to repair in some ways, but don’t expect to upgrade the internals over time.

That’s the conclusion from iFixit’s Apple Watch teardown. While dismantling Apple’s first smartwatch didn’t turn up any major surprises, it did clarify a few details that Apple isn’t so eager to discuss on its own.

For instance, the 38mm Apple Watch has a 205 mAh battery, which is much smaller than the 300 mAh batteries inside Motorola’s Moto 360 and Samsung’s Gear S smartwatches. Still, Apple is managing to squeeze 18 hours of typical runtime from the Watch, partly because the AMOLED display remains off when it’s not in use, and only lights up individual pixels as needed. (Apple says the 42 mm Watch should last a bit longer, but the exact battery size is still a mystery.)

...

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Rumor Scanner

Friday April 24

13:07
Beijing's Higher Court Ordered the Case against App...

In July 2013 Patently Apple covered the news that Apple had been sued for patent infringement in China by "Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology Co," developer of a voice technology called Xiao i Robot. Zhizhen won their case ...

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10:22
Videos Showcase Apple Watch Launch Lines, Teardown and M...

Today is Apple Watch launch day in the United States and eight other first wave launch countries, and many customers around the world are busy setting up their new smartwatch or anxiously waiting for their package to be delivered. Meanwhile, the teardown team at repair website iFixit flew to Melbourne, Australia to get their hands on the Apple Watch and take it apart to see what's inside.

iFixit started by prying open the display and disconnecting the display and digitizer cables underneath, getting a first look at the Taptic Engine, inside of the Digital Crown and internal 205 mAh battery. Digging further into the Apple Watch, the team got a closer look at various...

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05:21
Watch the iFixit Apple Watch Teardown Video

Finally, it’s Apple Watch teardown time! The iFixit team have been 8 long months since it was announced to get their hands on an Apple Watch and now they've got one.

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04:24
It's Apple Watch Day! Catch Apple's Three New...

Apple sets the mood for the official Apple Watch launch today with three new ads that are simply named Apple Watch – Rise, Apple Watch – Up and Apple Watch – Us. The first ad shows us that Apple Watch could be used as your alarm clock; that you could change the watch face when you get up to set the mood for your day ...

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Thursday April 23

21:04
Teardown of 38mm Apple Watch Sport Reveals 205 mAh Batte...

iFixit is currently in the process of tearing down a 38mm Apple Watch Sport after the device launched in Australia today. While it is still early in the teardown process, the team has found that disconnecting the display from the body can be a little difficult, similar to the troublesome Touch ID cable on the iPhone 5s.

Behind the display, two of the most significant features of the Apple Watch are easily viewable in the Taptic Engine and Digital Crown. Also inside is the tiny 3.8V 205 mAh battery, which iFixit notes is "lightly adhered" and easy to remove. Apple has said the 42mm Apple Watch will generally have slightly longer battery life than the 38mm model, so we expect the larger Apple Watch will have a higher-capacity battery filling up the extra space inside the...

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19:07
First Impressions of Apple Watch: Incredibly Comfortable...

While the first Apple Watch reviews published over two weeks ago, the devices are now making their way onto customers' wrists, allowing us to see broader first impressions of Apple's first new product since 2010's iPad.

Image via MacRumors forum user SallyG
Several posters in our forums have pointed out an unboxing experience fairly unique to new Apple products as it appears that the traditional Apple stickers are not included with the packaging. Additionally, several posters have reported receiving emails notifying them that they can schedule an online Personal Setup where Apple will, through a video session, walk a user through...

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17:59
Apple Watch will only be Available through Upscale Bouti...

The Apple Watch goes on sale around the world tomorrow in the final stage of a protracted launch. Buyers will be able to take the Apple Watch home from a handful of upscale boutiques and department stores...

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17:56
Customers Lining Up At Boutiques Carrying Apple Watch Ah...

The Apple Watch isn't going to be available for sale tomorrow in Apple's retail stores, but there are a select handful of high-end fashion boutiques around the world that will be offering various Apple Watch models for sale.

One of the stores, Maxfield, is located in Los Angeles, and people are already lining up outside the store in the hopes of getting an Apple Watch on launch day. Maxfield is the only store in the United States that have the Apple Watch in stock on April 24.

Line at Maxfield LA, image via Alidir8
Other stores that will have Apple Watch stock tomorrow include Dover Street Market in Tokyo and London, Colette in Paris, and The Corner in Berlin. It is not known how much stock each of these...

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16:11
Two New Liquid Metal Patent Filings from Apple Surface a...

On April 23, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published two liquid metal related patent applications. One relates to relates to continuous alloy feedstock production mold for the manufacture of bulk-solidifying amorphous alloys...

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16:08
First Apple Watch Deliveries Begin in Australia

It's now April 24 in Australia, and Australian customers who pre-ordered Apple Watches are beginning to receive their watch deliveries, according to numerous posts on Instagram, Twitter, and various Internet forums, including the MacRumors forums. Unboxing videos and early first impressions should begin trickling out soon.

Image via melfirbank
Customers in other first wave launch countries will begin receiving their shipments as soon as local delivery companies open for the day. After Australia, orders in Hong Kong, China, and Japan will go out, followed by France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Apple Watch orders in the United...

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10:19
Apple Shares List of Must-Have Apps as Apple Watch App S...

Ahead of the Apple Watch launch tomorrow, Apple has shared a selection of apps that it believes all new Apple Watch owners should download. Provided to Buzzfeed, the list covers a wide range of apps, from those that provide news coverage to those that help people share photos or travel around town.

Today marks the debut of the Apple Watch App Store, which should go live in just a few hours, letting people browse through available apps and download content before getting their watches tomorrow. The Apple Watch App Store will be accessible through the pre-installed Apple Watch app on the iPhone, available to all iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3 users.

Image courtesy of Buzzfeed
For sharing on social media, Apple recommended both ...

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10:08
Apple Beats Chevron as Largest Public Company in the Bay...

It's being reported today that the Bay Area technology sector's vigorous march to the future reached a monumental milestone during 2014. For the first time in at least 15 years ....

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09:58
Apple Watch User Guide Now Available

Apple has published the official Apple Watch User Guide on its website, providing detailed information about the wrist-worn device broken down into categories such as Basics, Watch Faces, Notifications, Glances, Timekeeping, Messages, Digital Touch, Mail, Phone Calls, Calendars and Reminders, Health and Fitness, Apple Pay and Passbook, Maps and Directions, Music, Photos, Accessibility and more.

The user guide provides a wealth of information about the Apple Watch in one place for easy access, and should serve as a valuable resource for customers that pre-ordered the Apple Watch for delivery starting April 24. The user guide provides step-by-step information and visuals on a wide variety of topics from setting up your Apple Watch and pairing with an iPhone to using apps and tracking your daily activity.

There are also instructions on how to remove, change and fasten Apple Watch bands for the Classic Buckle, Leather Loop,...

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09:18
Market Trader FBR Rates Apple an Outperform due to Apple...

According to a new report today, FBR & Co.‘s Daniel Ives reiterated an Outperform rating on shares of Apple , writing that "momentum" for the Apple Watch, which formally goes on sale for general retail availability this Friday, is "picking up steam" ...

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08:25
Apple Rumored to Release Updated iPod Touch Later This Y...

Apple is expected to announce a new iPod touch later this year, according to AppleInsider. The report, citing a source familiar with the plans, claims that the refreshed portable media player will likely have a similar design as the current model released over two-and-a-half years ago, and speculates that the next-generation device could have camera and processor improvements.

iPod sales have been declining for several years, becoming a largely insignificant part of Apple's product lineup, anchored by the iPhone, iPad and Mac. The company no longer reports iPod sales in its quarterly results after reporting 2.9 million units sold in Q4 2014. Apple has not refreshed the iPod touch since October 2012, when the portable media player was updated with an ultra-thin, colorful design, A5 processor and Lightning connector.

The report is...

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07:39
Samsung is Continually Falling behind Apple's iPhon...

According to a new report, Samsung has pulled out all the stops on its new Galaxy smartphones, but their modest prices compared to the latest iPhones throw an uneasy spotlight on the long-term cost of fighting Apple's premium branding.

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07:00
Djay for Apple Watch Lets You Mix Tracks on Your Wrist,...

Algoriddim's been in the business of turning iPads, iPhones, and Macs info full-fledged DJ systems for both pros and home mixers for years now, and as of today, the company's also ready to bring DJing to the wrist with the new djay app for the Apple Watch.

Built into the latest djay 2 iPhone update, djay for Apple Watch is an app that came to fruition after months of testing and experimenting with ways to bring a functional, ultra portable DJing experience to the wrist. Algoriddim's developers set out to distill the essence of DJing into an Apple Watch-sized package without compromising on function -- the goal was to create an app that could be used to DJ an entire party on the wrist.

djay for Apple Watch interfaces with the iPhone's iTunes music library, letting DJs select tracks from playlists and mix songs on their wrists. Several songs can be cued up and there are controls for...

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06:53
Apple Officially reminds us of their Second Quarter Resu...

Apple just issued a media alert regarding the Fiscal Year 2015 Second Quarter Results ...

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06:23
Apple Invents an Advanced Diamond Layered Trackpad that...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals new advances in haptics that will allow users to feel cold steel or the heat of a hot cement surface on iDevice displays or advanced trackpads on MacBooks. In fact, Apple notes that in order to deliver the best haptic experience that could deliver such sensations, they'll introduce a trackpad surface made of diamond

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04:30
Apple Watch Pre-Orders Now Shipping for April 24 Deliver...

Apple has notified many Apple Watch pre-order customers in the United States and other first wave launch countries to confirm that their orders have shipped, with deliveries starting on April 24 as scheduled. All customers should now have access to a tracking number through UPS or another courier service to track their Apple Watch pre-orders leading into Friday's launch.

With the Apple Store's order status finally updated in tandem with a few early notifications customers have received from services like UPS, Apple Watch pre-order customers with a confirmed shipping status can now track their package through Apple's online store. Though yesterday's UPS notifications sent out to some customers focused mostly on areas in the southern United States, this morning's official update from Apple applies to customers nationwide and in other launch countries.

Today's update comes after a...

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Documentation Scanner

Friday April 24

11:30
Mac Basics: Using a scanner

Learn about using a scanner in OS X so that you can scan text documents, photographs, and so forth into files on your Mac.

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10:20
OS X: Identifying USB ports on your Mac

Macs that support OS X include built-in USB ports. You can use System Information or System Profiler to see how fast these ports are, and to see what's currently connected to them.

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09:55
How to prevent supervised devices from installing...

You can use Apple Configurator or Mobile Device Management (MDM) to prevent supervised devices from installing software from the iOS Beta Program.

| Read more »
08:04
About the App Store

Use the App Store to find and download apps for your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Thursday April 23

14:27
About Time Machine local snapshots

When you use a Mac notebook computer and your backup drive isn't available, Time Machine makes local copies of files that you create, modify, or delete.

| Read more »
14:24
Wearing Apple Watch

You’ll want to wear Apple Watch throughout your day. To make sure you have the best experience, here is some information about potential skin sensitivities, getting a good fit, and proper care and cleaning.

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14:03
iTunes Store charges on credit and debit card...

Unfamiliar iTunes Store or App Store charge on your credit or debit card statement? Before you request a refund, check if it's an authorization hold, a delayed charge, a subscription renewal, or a Family Sharing purchase.

| Read more »
14:01
If your iMac (2013 or 2014 model) restarts when...

When using OS X v10.10.3, opening certain very large JPEG images might cause your iMac to restart and display an error message.

| Read more »
13:58
See your purchase history in the iTunes Store

Find what apps, songs, movies, TV shows, or books you've bought from the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, and Mac App Store on your computer. 

| Read more »
13:43
Cleaning and wearing Apple Watch

Get tips on cleaning Apple Watch, avoiding skin irritation, and materials if you have allergies or skin sensitivities.

| Read more »
13:36
Listen to music on your Apple Watch

Learn how to store, listen to, and remove music from your Apple Watch.

| Read more »
13:33
Download past purchases from iTunes in the Cloud

With iTunes in the Cloud, you can access your past purchases from the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, and Mac App Store.

| Read more »
13:25
Use third-party apps on your Apple Watch

Find, install, and manage third-party apps for your Apple Watch.

| Read more »
13:16
If a network user can't be created after you...

After upgrading or migrating to OS X Server, a "password change denied" alert might appear and network users might not be able to log in.

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Wednesday April 22

14:55
Find the serial number and other information for...

Learn where to find your iOS device's serial number, International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number, Mobile Equipment Identifier (MEID), Cellular Data Number (CDN), and Integrated Circuit Card ID (ICCID) number.

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11:57
If your Mac is lost or stolen

If you lose your Mac or think it might be stolen, these steps might help you locate it and protect your data.

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10:27
OS X Lion v10.7.3: User account passwords appear in...

In OS X Lion v10.7.3, user account passwords for Legacy FileVault and/or home folders mounted via NFS, AFP, or SMB are stored as plain text in log files.
System backups and syslog servers may also have the user account passwords stored as plain text.
Note: Time Machine backups are not affected—Time Machine does not back up the log files in which user account passwords are stored in plain text.

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10:22
iCloud: Features that work with one account at a...

You can use iCloud Mail, Notes, Contacts, Calendars, and Reminders with multiple iCloud accounts on iOS 5 or later and OS X Lion or later.

| Read more »
10:15
OS X: Application icon has a prohibitory sign, or...

When attempting to open a PowerPC-based application, this alert appears: "You can't open the application (name of application) because PowerPC applications are no longer supported". PowerPC-based applications display a white prohibitory sign over their icon in the Finder.

| Read more »
10:10
iTunes: "-50" alert when syncing your iOS...

After updating to iTunes 10.3 and enabling Automatic Downloads in iTunes preferences, you may see a "-50" alert message when attempting to sync an iOS device to iTunes

| Read more »
10:04
Mac notebooks: Spotlight indexing may make the fans...

Sometimes you may notice that your computer's fans run on high after you perform a data migration from another computer and Spotlight begins to index your hard drive for the first time.

| Read more »
10:00
Outlook for Android comes out of preview

Today we are excited to announce we have removed the preview label from Outlook for Android.

In January, we released Outlook for iOS and a preview of Outlook for Android. At the time, the iOS version of Outlook was ahead of the Android version in terms of features and performance. We set a high bar for where we wanted Outlook for Android to be before we removed the preview label. Since our preview release we’ve updated Outlook for Android 17 times—that’s more than one update per week—to meet this bar. A big part of that work has been improving the performance and stability of the app along with work on localization, accessibility and other fit and finish pieces. The other part of this work was about delivering features to add new value, match the iOS version and respond to your feedback.

Along with apps like...

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Documentation Scanner

Friday April 24

11:30
Mac Basics: Using a scanner

Learn about using a scanner in OS X so that you can scan text documents, photographs, and so forth into files on your Mac.

| Read more »
10:20
OS X: Identifying USB ports on your Mac

Macs that support OS X include built-in USB ports. You can use System Information or System Profiler to see how fast these ports are, and to see what's currently connected to them.

| Read more »
09:55
How to prevent supervised devices from installing...

You can use Apple Configurator or Mobile Device Management (MDM) to prevent supervised devices from installing software from the iOS Beta Program.

| Read more »
08:04
About the App Store

Use the App Store to find and download apps for your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

| Read more »

Thursday April 23

14:27
About Time Machine local snapshots

When you use a Mac notebook computer and your backup drive isn't available, Time Machine makes local copies of files that you create, modify, or delete.

| Read more »
14:24
Wearing Apple Watch

You’ll want to wear Apple Watch throughout your day. To make sure you have the best experience, here is some information about potential skin sensitivities, getting a good fit, and proper care and cleaning.

| Read more »
14:03
iTunes Store charges on credit and debit card...

Unfamiliar iTunes Store or App Store charge on your credit or debit card statement? Before you request a refund, check if it's an authorization hold, a delayed charge, a subscription renewal, or a Family Sharing purchase.

| Read more »
14:01
If your iMac (2013 or 2014 model) restarts when...

When using OS X v10.10.3, opening certain very large JPEG images might cause your iMac to restart and display an error message.

| Read more »
13:58
See your purchase history in the iTunes Store

Find what apps, songs, movies, TV shows, or books you've bought from the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, and Mac App Store on your computer. 

| Read more »
13:43
Cleaning and wearing Apple Watch

Get tips on cleaning Apple Watch, avoiding skin irritation, and materials if you have allergies or skin sensitivities.

| Read more »
13:36
Listen to music on your Apple Watch

Learn how to store, listen to, and remove music from your Apple Watch.

| Read more »
13:33
Download past purchases from iTunes in the Cloud

With iTunes in the Cloud, you can access your past purchases from the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, and Mac App Store.

| Read more »
13:25
Use third-party apps on your Apple Watch

Find, install, and manage third-party apps for your Apple Watch.

| Read more »
13:16
If a network user can't be created after you...

After upgrading or migrating to OS X Server, a "password change denied" alert might appear and network users might not be able to log in.

| Read more »

Wednesday April 22

14:55
Find the serial number and other information for...

Learn where to find your iOS device's serial number, International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number, Mobile Equipment Identifier (MEID), Cellular Data Number (CDN), and Integrated Circuit Card ID (ICCID) number.

| Read more »
11:57
If your Mac is lost or stolen

If you lose your Mac or think it might be stolen, these steps might help you locate it and protect your data.

| Read more »
10:27
OS X Lion v10.7.3: User account passwords appear in...

In OS X Lion v10.7.3, user account passwords for Legacy FileVault and/or home folders mounted via NFS, AFP, or SMB are stored as plain text in log files.
System backups and syslog servers may also have the user account passwords stored as plain text.
Note: Time Machine backups are not affected—Time Machine does not back up the log files in which user account passwords are stored in plain text.

| Read more »
10:22
iCloud: Features that work with one account at a...

You can use iCloud Mail, Notes, Contacts, Calendars, and Reminders with multiple iCloud accounts on iOS 5 or later and OS X Lion or later.

| Read more »
10:15
OS X: Application icon has a prohibitory sign, or...

When attempting to open a PowerPC-based application, this alert appears: "You can't open the application (name of application) because PowerPC applications are no longer supported". PowerPC-based applications display a white prohibitory sign over their icon in the Finder.

| Read more »
10:10
iTunes: "-50" alert when syncing your iOS...

After updating to iTunes 10.3 and enabling Automatic Downloads in iTunes preferences, you may see a "-50" alert message when attempting to sync an iOS device to iTunes

| Read more »
10:04
Mac notebooks: Spotlight indexing may make the fans...

Sometimes you may notice that your computer's fans run on high after you perform a data migration from another computer and Spotlight begins to index your hard drive for the first time.

| Read more »
10:00
Outlook for Android comes out of preview

Today we are excited to announce we have removed the preview label from Outlook for Android.

In January, we released Outlook for iOS and a preview of Outlook for Android. At the time, the iOS version of Outlook was ahead of the Android version in terms of features and performance. We set a high bar for where we wanted Outlook for Android to be before we removed the preview label. Since our preview release we’ve updated Outlook for Android 17 times—that’s more than one update per week—to meet this bar. A big part of that work has been improving the performance and stability of the app along with work on localization, accessibility and other fit and finish pieces. The other part of this work was about delivering features to add new value, match the iOS version and respond to your feedback.

Along with apps like...

| Read more »

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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The Apple Watch is pretty much here, and that means a whole lot of compatible apps and games are going to be updated or released onto the App Store. That's okay though, beacause Apple has quietly updated their app description pages to make things... | Read more »
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