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04:58
Remember our soldiers on Memorial Day

MacNews and MacTech will be running a limited update schedule today in honor of Memorial Day. Originally called Decoration Day, is a day to remember those who have died in our nation's service. Remember our soldiers, past and present, and have a safe and wonderful holiday.

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May 22
iNotepad for OS X lets you write and manage multiple texts

Apimac has released iNotepad, a new app for Mac OS X that let you write and manage hundreds (or even thousands) of texts in one single document. With iNotepad, you have everything in one place.

You can write texts and format them as you like, enhance them with images and export them into various standard file formats. iNotepad features tools for organizing options, tag view, and more. You can find what you are looking for with basic or advanced search.

iNotepad is available today from the Apimac web site (www.apimac.com) at a cost of IS$24.99. Early adopters can get a 30% discount providing the coupon code "EARLYDSCNT877100" during the purchasing procedure. Owners of Apimac Notepad 9.9 are entitled a discount when purchasing the new app.

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May 22
ArtHandler for Mac OS X gets new export functionality, more

Martin Walk has announced ArtHandler 1.4 (http://arthandlerapp.com), a new version of the artist's record book application for Mac OS X.

ArtHandler is built for artists who need to remember titles, dimensions and dates of their artworks. It archives images of each artwork and makes them accessible for future use. Version 1.4 brings export functionality and the possibility to set a default artist's name for all newly added artworks.

ArtHandler 1.4 costs US$14.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the  Graphics & Design category. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later.

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May 22
Construction Estimator 1.1 released for OS X -

MICOM Software (http://www.micomsoftware.com) has introduced Construction Estimator 1.1, an update of the estimating program developed exclusively for Mac OS X.

Designed for professional contractors, homeowners and students alike, it can help users estimate materials and the cost of just about any project. Just press the button next to the function that you want to estimate, answer a few questions and the quantities and cost totals are displayed.

Construction Estimator 1.1 costs US$6.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. It requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later.

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May 22
FreeFileSync for Mac OS X revved to version 7

FreeFileSync (http://www.freefilesync.org) has released version 7 of its free, open source file synchronization utility for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. The new release runs under all modern versions of these operating systems, including Yosemite and Windows 10.

Version 7 supports media transfer protocol (MTP), making it easy for users to synchronize files and folders between their PCs and their iPhone, iPad, Android smartphone or tablet, digital camera, and other MTP devices. In addition to transferring image files, FreeFileSync's MTP support facilitates transfer of music files stored on digital audio players, text files stored on personal digital assistants (PDAs), and files on any device that supports the new MTP protocol.

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May 21
ThinPrint brings Wi-Fi printing to iPhones, iPads

ThinPrint has released a new version of its free app ThinPrint Cloud Printer. With the update iPhone, iPad and Android users print documents and photos to any printer in their current Wi-Fi network. A PC or Mac isn't needed.

If a user wants to print a document, photo or another file from his iPhone, iPad or Android device, the cloud-based app automatically shows which printers are available in the current Wi-Fi network. Once a printer is selected, the printout is sent through their smartphone or tablet to the printer. If a Wi-Fi printer isn’t available, the user can still turn any printer into a cloud printer and print via a PC or Mac connected to the printer.

“With the latest version, we have made significant progress in our goal of providing users with a mobile printing solution that can be used easily and spontaneously in any situation,” says Thién D. Nguyen, product manager ThinPrint Cloud Printer at ThinPrint. “By being fully manufacturer-independent, users with...

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May 21
FreeFileSync for Mac OS X revved to version 7

FreeFileSync (http://www.freefilesync.org) has released version 7 of its free, open source file synchronization utility for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. The new release runs under all modern versions of these operating systems, including Yosemite and Windows 10.

Version 7 supports media transfer protocol (MTP), making it easy for users to synchronize files and folders between their PCs and their iPhone, iPad, Android smartphone or tablet, digital camera, and other MTP devices. In addition to transferring image files, FreeFileSync's MTP support facilitates transfer of music files stored on digital audio players, text files stored on personal digital assistants (PDAs), and files on any device that supports the new MTP protocol.

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May 21
Telestream ships Episode 6.5 multiformat encoding software

Telestream (www.telestream.net) says version 6.5 of its Episode multiformat encoding software is now available. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher; pricing starts at US$594.

Version 6.5 includes support for closed captions, the latest formats, multi-bitrate encoding, and multi-track audio. Episode provides transcoding for individuals and workgroups.

Its transcoding engine is designed for the entire production workflow – maintaining high quality files from the camera to edit and all the way to final delivery. Episode also provides built-in collaboration and clustering to join multiple Mac and PC machines together.

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May 21
iCloud users experiencing multiple service problems

iCloud users globally have been experiencing trouble and multiple service glitches, although it's not clear why. Apple's System Status webpage (http://www.apple.com/support/systemstatus/) is still showing ongoing interruptions to various services as of this writing.

The page also says that "users may have experienced slower than normal response time when using iCloud services." The problems affect such services as The problems have reached into 11 services from Apple's online cloud offering, including iCloud Drive, iCloud Keychain syncing, iCloud Mail syncing, Documents in the Cloud, iCloud Backup, Back to My Mac, Photos, Find My iPhone/iPad/iPod touch/Mac, iMovie Theater, iCloud sign-in, and the iWork for iCloud beta.

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May 21
MacItBetter releases BetterZip 3 for OS X

MacItBetter (http://macitbetter.com/) has announced BetterZip 3, an update to their archiving solution for Mac OS X.

The utility lets you peek inside archives without first extracting. You can explore the contents of archives and preview files inside using a preview sidebar or even Quick Look. With BetterZip you can compress or extract files with drag-and-drop. Update, move, rename and delete files inside archives as if you were working with normal folders. Version 3 now supports winmail.dat files, DMG files, and ePub files.

BetterZip 3 requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later. A trial version can be downloaded from MacItBetter online and is fully functional for 30 days. A single user license costs US$19.95; discounted upgrades are available for $9.99.

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May 21
24U FM Bench is fully compatible with FileMaker Pro 14

24U Software has announced compatibility of 24U FM Bench 1.2.1 with the new FileMaker 14 platform.

It's a benchmarking tool for optimizing FileMaker 13 and FileMaker 14 product line and business processes. 24U FM Bench helps developers with the whole optimization process from benchmarking through analyzing, identifying bottleneck, optimizing, and reporting results. It can be also used to monitor, analyze, and optimize business processes.

A demo version of 24U FM Bench is available free of charge from 24U online (http://www.24usoftware.com/). A full version can be purchased either as a per-seat license for US$197 or as a server license for $1,177. By purchasing one server license you get the right to use 24U FM Bench for unlimited number of users connecting to a single FileMaker Server.

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May 20
Satechi launches HDD Docking Station with 2-Port Hub and SD Card Reader

Satechi (www.satechi.com) has released the USS$54.99 Aluminum SATA III HDD Docking Station, which adds three different inputs.

The design of the Aluminum HDD Docking Station condenses the amount of desk space needed for all peripherals, including 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch HDD and SSD hard drives with a SATA I/II/III interface, cameras, flash drives and more. The two USB 3.0 ports and integrated SD card reader feature a transfer rate of up to 5.0Gbps.

The Aluminum HDD Docking Station boasts a metallic brushed aluminum finish with white trim accents. It's designed to complement any office aesthetic – especially Apple computers and products such as the MacBook, iMac and Thunderbolt Display.

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May 20
Desktop Informant is a new alternative to Mac OS X Calendar

WebIS has announced the fifth release of Desktop Informant under its early access program.

Desktop Informant is the Mac OS X version of the Pocket Informant for iOS and Android. It provides and integrated calendar and task manager. Desktop Informant supports full GTD task management including projects, contexts, filtering, and grouping. You can synchronize it with Toodledo, Google, as well as Informant Sync.

The Focus view lets you create customized views into your day complete with your events and tasks. Desktop Informant is built with a tabbed interface to let you create different customized filtered tabs that you can switch between. For example, you can make a tab for your personal calendar and one for your work calendar.

Desktop Informant Release 5 requires Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10). It's available for an early access price of US$29.99 directly from WebIS online (http://pocketinformant...

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May 20
Randy Ubillos to appear at Lacpug on May 27

Randy Ubillos, the former Apple Chief Architect on Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Pro X, is scheduled to appear at the Los Angeles Creative Pro User Group (lacpug) on Wednesday, May 27, at the Gallery Theatre in Hollywood beginning at 6:45 p.m.

This will be the first public appearance for Ubillos in four years. He recently retired from Apple after 20 years. In that time he was chief architect on a wide range of products such as Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Aperture, iMovie '08 through '11 and iPhoto for iOS. In addition, he also created versions 1 through 4.2 of Adobe Premiere Pro.

"We are so honored to have Randy appear at lacpug," says Michael Horton, the current head of lacpug. "Randy is too humble to admit this, but he fundamentally  changed the way we all tell visual stories. He changed the world's Post Production industry. Entire industries have grown up around what he has created. He has had a heck of a career and we are very grateful he has accepted our...

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May 20
AlphaCorr rolls out Rules and SteelRules 9 for Mac OS X

AlphaCorr — makers of CAD for designing customized packaging, point-of-purchase displays, and the steel rule dies to make them — has rolled out Rules 9 and SteelRules 9, their flagship software on Mac and Windows.

The new versions have support for the most modern operating systems including Mac OS X Yosemite and Window 8.1. New usability enhancements have been added to both programs. A variety of new tools and support for the latest DXF/DWG are included, along with 2D PDF import and export. Both programs also have added a direct link to Adobe Illustrator.

Rules provides precision CAD for designing corrugated packaging, point-of-purchase and self-standing displays. SteelRules has everything Rules has plus complex die making layouts. Go to the AlphaCorr website (http://www.alphacorr.com) for more details.

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May 20
New Sales Flowcharts Solution available for ConceptDraw Pro 10

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced their new Sales Flowcharts Solution in ConceptDraw Solution Park. Based on ConceptDraw Pro's vector drawing features, it allows you to build diagrams.

The Sales Flowcharts Solution is comprised of six libraries that contain 285 vector objects. It costs US$25 for current owners of ConceptDraw Pro 10.

ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$199. ConceptDraw Pro 10 is now included in ConceptDraw Office 3, which retails for US$499.

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May 20
DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.8.5 index ebooks natively

DEVONtechnologies (http://www.devontechnologies.com) has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink as well as the smart notebook DEVONnote.

DEVONthink and DEVONnote help users classify and organize documents with unique artificial intelligence. Version 2.8.5 adds support for ebooks and Textbundle files. It also comes with better scanner support and PDF annotations. The updates are free and recommended for all users.

DEVONthink Pro Office allows to share documents even with Windows users. Its integrated web server lets them find and view documents or even add new ones. Version 2.8.5 improves performance and password protection. Links in Markdown documents and formatted notes are better handled, too.

All editions including DEVONnote 2.8.5 allow to build smart groups matching multiple tags. Finder tags are matched to existing labels by...

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May 19
SVALT D Performance Cooling Dock available for MacBook Pros, Airs

SVALT has released the SVALT D Performance Cooling Dock, a vertical stand/laptop cooling solution.

The SVALT D supports laptops in closed-screen clamshell mode while connected to an external power source, monitor and keyboard/mouse, to facilitate proper ergonomics and maximum workstation productivity, while the vertical orientation and compact footprint regains desktop space. Coupled with increased cooling capacity, the closed-screen operation allows graphic resources to more easily drive multiple high-resolution displays and deliver improved graphic performance, says Chad Kirkpatrick president and founder of SVALT.

Anchored by a two-pound aluminum heat sink, a fan drives cool air over the laptop's processors to reduce or eliminate processor throttling. A Silence Adapter delivers quiet fan operation, while the fan can also be turned off at anytime, and the laptop’s internal fans and vents will operate with enhanced performance due to the vertical orientation and the...

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May 19
OWC offers memory upgrade for latest iMac with Retina 5K Display

Other World Computing (www.macsales.com) has announced the availability of the OWC Memory Upgrade Kits with up to 32GB for the new configuration of Apple's 27-inch iMac 27 with Retina 5K display.

The new iMac configuration comes with a 3.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, a 1TB hard drive and a 5K Retina display, for a price of $1,999.00.  OWC offers memory upgrade kits of 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB, which offer savings up to $300 over comparable factory options.  Like all OWC memory upgrade kits, a "how to install" video and OWC lifetime limited warranty are included.

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May 19
Watch OS 1.0.1 released for the Apple Watch

Apple has released Watch OS 1.0.1, an update of the operating system for the Apple Watch, upgrading it to Watch OS version 1.0.1.

According to Apple, the update improves performance for: Siri; measuring standing activity; calculating calories for indoor cycling and rowing workouts; distance and pace during outdoor walk and run workouts; accessibility; and third-party apps.

There's also display support for new emoji characters. New languages supported are: Brazilian Portuguese; Danish; Dutch; Swedish; Russian; Thai; and Turkish

Watch OS 1.0.1 can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to Settings --> General --> Software Update. To install the update, the smartwatch must be placed on the charger and be in range of the iPhone.

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May 21
Security monitoring services will reach 15 million...

A growing roster of smart home services and device providers are using home security monitoring as a beachhead to introduce home automation services. In the key U.S. market, a bellwether for developed markets around the world, some 15 million more U.S. homes will invest in new connected home security services in the next 5 years, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

"After decades where penetration into U.S. households stalled, home security adoption is set for significant growth. However, it will not be the sole preserve of traditional professionally monitored home security providers. Consumers can now choose from an array of non-traditional suppliers, new technologies, and innovative services that balance value with cost," says Jonathan Collins, principal analyst, ABI Research.

Through managed smart home offerings from retailers such as Lowes and Staples as well as standalone devices...

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May 20
Survey sees growing mobile payment opportunity for...

Harbortouch (www.harbortouch.com), a supplier of point of sale (POS) systems, has published the results of a recent survey investigating the changing attitudes consumers have toward mobile payments technology.

The results of the survey of 1,000 U.S. adults, fielded in April 2015, examined the current state of mobile payment adoption, and demonstrated a shift in consumers' comfort level and acceptance, with a greater focus on interface and experience.

Mobile payment applications like Apple Pay and Google Wallet are enabling consumers to leave their cash, credit and debit cards at home, and pay for dinner or shop with friends all by simply using a mobile device. Early adopters are already reaping the benefits of this technology.

The Harbortouch survey took a deeper look into the current mobile payment landscape. Some of the more interesting findings include:

° Out of seven categories,...

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May 19
Mobile devices to generate the equivalent of 10...

Mobile data traffic, generated by smart phones, feature phones and tablets will approach almost 197,000 PB (Petabytes) by 2019, equivalent to over 10 billion Blu-ray movies, according to Juniper Research (www.juniperrsearch.com).

However, the research group found that only 41% of the data generated by these devices will be carried over cellular networks by 2019, with the majority of mobile data traffic offloaded to Wi-Fi networks. Juniper Research estimates that the average monthly data usage by smartphone and tablet users will double over the next four years. The daily media consumption by mobile users will continue to rise, bolstered by the rise in 4G adoption and factors such as HD video usage.

“"Certainly, video is forming an ever-greater proportion of network traffic. For example, Juniper Research anticipates that video traffic over smartphones will increase by nearly 8 times between 2014...

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May 19
Survey: Millennials represent the biggest threat to...

A survey by Absolute Software Corp. (www.absolute.com) — which specializes in endpoint security and management solutions for computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones — says Millennials prove to be a greater risk to data security as compared to other user categories.

The report provides insight into employee attitudes toward IT security and their behaviors on corporate-owned mobile devices. Based on usage preferences and content accessed, the results offer an eye-opening perspective on the security risks associated with employee mobile device usage, depending on company size, employee age, their role, and the number of devices they use. The report demonstrates clear differences in generational behavior and associated risks related to data security.

Millennials versus Baby Boomers:
° 64% of Millennials use their employer-owned device for personal use, as opposed to 37% of Baby Boomers.

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May 18
Smartphone ownership exceeds desktop ownership in U.S...

More U.S. households now own a smartphone than a desktop, according to new research that Parks Associates (www.parkassociates.com) will discuss at the 19th-annual CONNECTIONS: The Premier Connected Home Conference. The conference runs May 19-21 in San Francisco.

In the last five years, desktop adoption declined from 90% to 69% among U.S. broadband households, while smartphone adoption increased from 36% to 78%, according to the research group. Tablet adoption increased from 7% to 63%.

"The U.S population has made a dramatic shift to mobile devices and services, which they are using to access content in the cloud and check the smart devices in their connected home," saysStuart Sikes, president, Parks Associates. "At CONNECTIONS, we will analyze the implications of this new post-desktop world."

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May 15
Why is Verizon buying AOL? This is about reinventing...

The traditional telecom business has become a challenging environment to find growth and sustain profits. Beyond subscriber saturation (no one new to sell things to), this situation is exacerbated by pricing wars for traditional services (driven by T-Mobile/Sprint) and encroachment from OTT players into traditional communication services (Skype/WhatsApp). 

New revenue growth initiatives must be developed for the future. Verizon buying AOL is one such example of how telecom operators will seek to transform themselves and take different positions higher up the stack in the digital ecosystem, according to 451 Research (www.451research.com).  

AOL has seen its fortunes shift (as in steady revenue growth) in the past couple of years on the back of its programmatic advertising platform. Programmatic advertising describes a highly automated platform for buying, placing and optimizing media inventory to...

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May 13
Parks Associates estimates 1.6 billion video viewers...

There will be 1.6 billion video viewers worldwide at end of 2015, increasing to 1.9 billion in 2019, according to new data from the Parks Associates research group (www.parksassociates.com).

The global LTE user base will top 700 million in 2015, led by substantial subscriber gains in the U.S., Europe, China, and Latin America. The research firm based its findings on in-depth calculations from NUMBERS, a service forecasting adoption and revenue growth for connected products and services within the connected home ecosystem. 

"With the proliferation of content and streaming options, providing a best-in-class user experience becomes increasingly critical to pay-TV providers and CE manufacturers in terms of increasing sales, subscriptions, and usage," says Barbara Kraus, director of Research, Parks Associates. "Access to desired content is critical, as is ease and speed of search, sufficient broadband...

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May 12
In-building wireless market heads toward US$9 billion...

New market data from ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) forecasts that market for in-building wireless equipment and deployments will more than double the current market by 2020.

North America will continue to be the region with maximum DAS spend with sports venues, transportation, and healthcare remaining the verticals which attract the most DAS investment with shopping malls and hospitality coming in a close second place, says the research group. Together, these verticals in North America account for just under half of DAS spending. North America is followed by Asia-Pacific and then Europe, respectively, for market size.

"While the Asia-Pacific region accounts for just one-fifth of the total market, we forecast it to be the fastest growing region and to represent over 25% of the market by 2020," says Nick Marshall, research director at ABI Research. "China dominates the activity in the Asia-...

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May 11
Certified workstation growth disappointing

According to the IDC (www.idc.com) research group, the overall certified workstation market experienced disappointing growth in the first quarter of 2015 (1Q15) after seven consecutive quarters of strong growth.

Worldwide shipments for the quarter recorded a year-over-year decline of -1.7%, less than forecast projected growth of 2.4%. Overall shipments fell to 838,400 compared to 858,667 in the same quarter a year ago. Emerging markets continued to perform better than developed markets with a quick turnaround in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region after a decline of -15.2% year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2014. MEA was the fastest growing region in 1Q15 with 11.0% year-over-year growth and gained global market share of 0.5 points sequentially and 0.3 points year-over-year.

For the first time in five consecutive quarters, the Latin America region was not able to achieve double-digit growth although it did...

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May 07
Apple, Samsung driving evolution in embedded touch...

A new report from the IHS (www.ihs.com) research group says that embedded touch displays, including in-cell and on-cell touch displays, are forecast to have a nearly 40% share of touch module shipments for mobile phone applications this year. In-cell and on-cell touch displays for mobile phones grew 47% year-over-year (Y/Y), which was 36% of shipments in 2014.

Apple and Samsung have more than 40% of the global smartphone market, and the growing use of in-cell and on-cell touch technologies by these two companies is driving the direction of the overall touch sensor market. Japan Display also uses hybrid in-cell touch displays in some tier-one brands from LG, Xiaomi, and Huawei.

"The technical touch sensor evolution is changing the face of touch-panel competition," says Calvin Hsieh, director for IHS. "Since Apple adopted in-cell touch technology in 2012, and Samsung chose on-cell AMOLED for their premium product line...

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Reviews and Kool Tools

Insider Software's Expo is a new asset manager for Mac OS X. It allows creative and marketing professionals to discover, manage and utilize images, fonts, icons, multimedia and application documents in their projects.... Read more »
WaterField Designs' (www.sfbags.com) upgraded Gear Pouch, designed for the busy professional, is great for stashing everything from tech or personal items to travel documents. Three sizes and four color choices let you... Read more »
PowerSkin's (www.power-skin.com) US$49.99 PoP’n is a hybrid case and battery pack that provides power, style and protection for an iPhone (5, 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus). Press the PoP’n right onto the back of a... Read more »
ID Multimedia's new iRig Pads Editor for Mac OS X and Windows is the companion application for iRig Pads that allows musicians to completely edit and customize IK’s portable, universal MIDI groove controller to suit all... Read more »

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Monday May 25

09:02
Rumor: Microsoft interested in acquiring BlackBerry

Microsoft is rumored to be talking with investment firms about the prospect of buying out Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry, likely motivated by a desire to deepen its foray into the mobile enterprise and gain access to BlackBerry's patent trove.

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07:59
Watch Effect: How the Digital Crown and Force Touch...

Even staunch Apple Watch detractors have to admire the technology Apple managed to pack into its first wearable platform. As Apple's "most personal device ever," Watch boasts multiple advancements to the user interface, two of which -- Force Touch and UI concepts invented alongside the Digital Crown -- we'd like to see in future iPhones and iPads.

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07:08
National Security Agency's bulk phone metadata...

The Obama administration has decided not to ask a secret court for a 90-day extension of Section 215 in the Patriot Act, effectively putting end to the authorized bulk collection of U.S. phone metadata by the National Security Agency.

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07:00
A quick review of Apple’s new iPhone Lightning Dock

Earlier this week, Apple released a new iPhone Dock. Back in the day, the third generation iPod came with a dock, and nearly two years ago Apple released iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C docks. Those old docks had a 30-pin or Lightning connector, respectively, as well as a 3.5mm line out connector. As I like to use my iPhone on my nightstand as a clock while it charges (Analog Digital Clock for the win!), I took a knife to my 5S Dock and managed to make it fit an iPhone 6. But I ended up using the dock fairly rarely because docking requires getting my iPhone out of its case—which I use religiously with the iPhone 6.

A quick hands-on video...

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06:47
Apple Watch “3rd party gold-plated edition” w/ link...

I know what you may be thinking: why would you spend any significant amount of money on a gold Apple Watch? Well, this isn’t an Apple Watch Edition, but it’s the closest thing available to my wallet. This Apple Watch and Link Bracelet was beautifully plated with 18K gold and it looks stunning.

I’m not even a fan of gold, but I can definitely appreciate the beauty here. This is just about as classy as it gets if you’re into the style. Last week, this used to be an ordinary Apple Watch, but a few days with the people over at WatchPlate changed it for life. If you’re not into spending a boat load of cash on an Apple Watch Edition, this is the next best thing and quite possibly a better option…

I opted for the Link...

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06:44
Ever wished your iPhone 6/Plus had a back button?...

Apple may have introduced Reachability to aid one-handed operation of its larger-screened iPhones, but if you’ve ever found yourself happily enjoying the full-screen experience only to need your second hand to reach the back button at the top of the screen, there’s a clever solution on Kickstarter.

Halo Back is what its creator terms a smart screen protector. Covering the entire front face of your iPhone just like a conventional screen protector, it adds an embedded capacitive circuit layer running from the area to the left of the home button to the top left of the iPhone. Touch the invisible button, and Halo Back transmits your touch to the usual position for...

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06:10
A skeptic’s Apple Watch diary: One month in, after...

When I decided that I was keeping my Apple Watch after my arbitrary one week trial, several of you wondered whether that would still be the case once the novelty had worn off. Indeed, I wondered that myself.

Well, it’s now a month in as of yesterday, and I can definitely say the novelty has worn off – and, somewhat to my surprise, I’m still wearing it every day. Perhaps it’s time to drop the ‘skeptic’ part of the title.

Given the kind interest shown in my earlier pieces, I thought I’d update you with a few additional things I’ve noted and the reasons I’m still wearing it …

...

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05:00
Apple vs. Lenovo: Lenovo's Coming-Out Party


If there is one vendor on the planet that has the capability to fight Apple -- on paper, it is Lenovo. Lenovo this week will hold its annual Lenovo Tech World event in China, showcasing the company's new breadth. While it would be easy to position this as the U.S. against China, Lenovo is actually far more of a multinational company, with executives balanced between the U.S. and China, and with strong alliances with both Microsoft and Google. This will not only be a battle between companies, but also between approaches to the market.

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04:10
Designer shows why Apple is adopting San Francisco...

When Apple launched the Watch, it also designed a new system font to go with it: San Francisco. The typeface was specifically designed to combine a clean look with readability on the small display of the Apple Watch.

We exclusively revealed last week that Apple doesn’t intend to limit San Francisco to the watch: it instead plans to adopt the new typeface for Macs, iPhones and iPads. San Francisco is expected to replace Helvetica Neue as part of iOS 9 and OS X 10.11. Designer Wenting Zhang features the font in a...

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Sunday May 24

13:09
Instagram wants to reel you back in with emailed...

Instagram's photographic social feed isn't as novel as it once was, and you may be tempted to stop using it if you're overwhelmed by that never-ending stream of square pictures. How is the company supposed to keep you coming back for more? Though reg...

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11:02
Some of Hollywood's best animatronics are going...

If you're a movie buff who can't get enough of Hollywood's monsters, you might want to brace your wallet for impact. Famed special effects guru Rick Baker is auctioning over 400 items from his collection, including animatronics that were key to liven...

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10:26
The Logic Pros: TE’s new pocket-sized synths &...

This is a new regular series exploring all of the most interesting gadgets and software for making music on your Mac/iOS devices. If there is any gear you would like us to take a closer hands-on look at, let us know in the comments section below or shoot us an email.

Teenage Engineering, best known for its flagship synthesizer/sequencer the OP-1, recently unleashed a new line of tiny music makers on the world known as the Pocket Operators. The...

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09:13
MGG 554: Sleepy Macs Sometimes Go To Work

Ever have IMAP mail get confused? Ever have your Mac slow to wake up? Ever have your Mac doing something (far too much, in fact) while it's sleeping? All this and more on today's MGG!


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09:07
How the rest of Apple's ecosystem could benefit...

Apple frequently introduces new technologies and features in a singular new product, then gradually brings them to other devices in its ecosystem, making for a more coherent user experience. With the recent launch of the Apple Watch, the company has begun offering smarter and more contextually aware locations --?something we'd like to see on the rest of the company's platforms.

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09:07
Clip-on adds gesture control to Pebble Time and...

Aria is a small add-on that clips underneath a smartwatch band and lets you control the device with finger gestures. It's an accessory for an accessory, which sounds kind of ridiculous, but it's not like you have a lot of choices when it comes to add...

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07:00
Inhabitat's Week in Green: rain lamps and solar...

Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green.

Everything about Tesla is groundbreaking, including its direct-sales model. Laws in New Jersey, Ohio, T...

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04:14
Review: CastStudi's Libre Bluetooth keyboard is...

An increasing number of consumers and businesspeople are turning to portable Bluetooth keyboards to increase the productivity potential of their iPad. AppleInsider took a look at one of the latest contenders, CaseStudi's Libre.

| Read more »
04:11
The next Firefox OS devices will focus on quality,...

Outside of one or two exceptions, most Firefox OS devices have been aimed squarely at the budget crowd -- at folks who would otherwise have to entirely forego smartphoness or tablets. However, Mozilla is ready to switch things up. The organization ha...

| Read more »
01:08
NASA finds distant galaxy shining as bright as 300...

Ever tried looking at the sun with your bare eyes? Too bright, right? Now imagine looking at something with the brightness of 300 trillion suns. That's how intense "the most luminous galaxy found to date" is, so much so that NASA has created a new cl...

| Read more »

Saturday May 23

13:57
DOJ lays down some privacy rules for feds flying...

The Justice Department promises to keep a closer eye on how its agencies are using drones from now on -- after all, they can be useful in nabbing suspects, but they can also be used as a tool to abuse power. In its new five-page policy guidance, the ...

| Read more »
13:45
Creaceed Carbo: Apple World Today sponsor of the week

This week we're proud to have Creaceed as our sponsor. Based in Belgium, the company has made a name for itself over the years with impressive apps for Mac such as Hydra, Prizmo, Elasty, and Morph Age, as well as amazing iOS apps like Hydra, Prizmo,...

| Read more »
13:00
Showdown! Four Apple Watch calculator apps face off

My first wearable device other than a regular old wristwatch was a Sinclair Wrist Calculator. Over the years, I had other calculator watches from Casio and the like so I naturally got excited about the idea of having a calculator on my Apple Watch. Fairly quickly, I had four — PCalc ($9.99, also PCalc Lite for free), CalcyCalc ($0.99 launch price), CalcBot (free with in-app purchases) and CALC (free with in-app purchases). This is a quick look at these four...

| Read more »

Rumor Scanner

Monday May 25

08:04
The Korean Press Sift through Patent Statistics in an Ef...

A Korean report published today is trying to figure out what Apple is up to in the future and they've turned to studying Apple's patent statistics for 2014 to achieve that.

| Read more »
06:54
With China's Smartphone Market Cooling Down, Chines...

It's being reported today that while Apple has continued to make its presence felt on the global smartphone market, there's now a group of Chinese players looking to challenge them on their home turf.

| Read more »
06:16
Struggling Samsung finds a Winner with their US$90 Tizen...

According to a new Korean report, Samsung has a winner on its hand. No, it's not the Galaxy S6, it's their Tizen based Z1 smartphone.

| Read more »

Sunday May 24

10:59
Microsoft Follows Apple in Developing a "Privacy Mo...

Four years ago Apple filed for a patent that would allow a device display to go into "privacy mode" wherein only the user directly in front of the display ...

| Read more »
08:37
Rumor: Foxconn could open a new iPhone Plant in India

In mid-April we reported that the Taiwan press had broken the news that the Foxconn Technology Group would soon be investing in three new production plants in India that could be used in part to assemble iPhones for Apple. This past week new rumors are swirling in India supporting the original news.

| Read more »
07:42
Apple will determine who the 10nm Chip Leader will be in...

While Samsung has reportedly won the bulk of Apple's A9 processor business based on a 14nm process, the industry is already ramping up for the 2016-17 season that will bring 10nm processor to market.

| Read more »

Saturday May 23

11:26
Ex-Apple Engineer is working on Creepy Anthropomorphic T...

Richard DeVaul was Apple's Senior Prototype Scientist for 18 months. His job was involved in investigating and rapid prototyping of new technologies ...

| Read more »
07:52
Could Samsung's Newly Revealed Weapon Challenge App...

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office revealed a Samsung patent application this week relating to an all-new dual OS operating system hybrid device.

| Read more »

Friday May 22

16:31
Selfie, Bacon, and Avocado Among Emoji Proposed for Incl...

The Unicode Consortium today released a list of 38 emoji characters that are candidates for inclusion in Unicode 9.0, which is set to be released in the middle of 2016. These represent emoji that could be available on iOS and Mac devices in the future.

Candidates include a range of different character emoji, from "face with cowboy hat to "drooling face" and "lying face." "Selfie," an emoji represented by a hand holding a camera, is also on the list, as is "shrug," and "handshake." As for food, emoji proposals include croissant, avocado, cucumber, bacon, potato, and carrot. There are also several proposed animal additions: fox face, eagle, duck, bat, shark, and owl.

According to the Unicode Consortium, these emoji have been chosen for several reasons. Some are proposed based on expected high frequency of use or due to requests from online communities. Others on the list fill in gaps in...

| Read more »
13:19
New Book Explores How the iPhone Contributed to BlackBer...

Over the past several years, BlackBerry has gone from one of the top smartphone manufacturers to a company that's struggling to stay afloat in an increasingly competitive market. BlackBerry is hemorrhaging subscribers and losing revenue quarter after quarter as it attempts to turn the tide by focusing on marketing secure devices and software to its enterprise customers.

An upcoming book by Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff, Losing the Signal, explores the events that led to the rise and fall of BlackBerry, and an interesting excerpt was shared by The...

| Read more »
12:32
Mixed Profits Picture from Galaxy S6 Suppliers Indicate...

Yesterday we posted a report titled "A new Report is claiming that Samsung's S6 is looking like another Disaster in the Making." In that report we noted that it was beginning to appear that Samsung's Galaxy S6 sales were imploding. Today, more evidence is surfacing ...

| Read more »
11:59
Apple Begins Shipping Gold Edition Watches to Early Pre-...

Starting on Monday of this week, Apple began preparing to ship out the first batch of gold Apple Watch Editions to customers who pre-ordered in April. MacRumors readers have begun seeing credit card charges for the devices and have received shipping notifications and courier information from Apple. Some of the first Apple Watch Edition orders will begin arriving tomorrow.

Image via MacRumors reader Calvin
The Apple Watch Edition is available in yellow gold or rose gold and is priced between $10,000 and $17,000. Given its high price tag, the Apple Watch Edition delivery process is somewhat different than the delivery process of Apple's less expensive watches, with customers receiving emails asking them to set up a delivery time.

iFixit's Kyle Wiens ordered a 38mm Apple Watch Edition with a Black Sport Band and shared his tracking...

| Read more »
11:10
Some Apple Watch Users Experiencing Issues With Inconsis...

Following the release of Watch OS 1.0.1 on Tuesday, Apple Watch users have been noticing a problem concerning the frequency with which the Apple Watch sends heart rate data to the iPhone. Prior to the update, the Apple Watch sent heart rate information to the iPhone's Health app every 10 minutes, but now some users are seeing inconsistent update times.

As highlighted by everythingiCafe on Wednesday, Apple Watch owners on the MacRumors forums and Apple's Support Communities have been complaining that their Apple Watches are sending data sporadically, with gaps up to eight hours in some cases.

Before update on left, after update on...

| Read more »
10:32
While Apple Watch Sales are Slowing, they're Likely...

Quartz is reporting today that while Apple Watch pre-orders had started off with a bang and that Apple’s initial inventory had quickly sold out, the fact remained that US orders immediately fell off and have remained mostly flat ever since.

| Read more »
09:42
OS X 10.11 Could Feature Control Center, 'Rootless...

While OS X Yosemite introduced several new high-profile features, such as Handoff, iCloud Drive and Instant Hotspot, the focus of OS X 10.11 will be on improved stability and performance, new security features and system-wide interface tweaks, according to a lengthy report by 9to5Mac.

OS X 10.11 is still expected to gain a handful of noteworthy features, including a systemwide change to Apple Watch font San Francisco and a new Control Center menu similar to iPhone and iPad. Control Center was originally found in early betas of OS X Yosemite, but was not included in the final release."Control Center moves many of the controls from the Mac’s Menu Bar to a pane that slides out from the left side of the Mac’s display, adding on-screen music controls and other iOS-influenced features," the report claims. "However, Control Center...

| Read more »
08:36
Famed Montblanc Watchmaker Thinks that the Apple Watch w...

As the Apple Watch gains steam in the market and the likes of Morgan Stanley and TrendForce see Apple leading the smartwatch race handily in 2015 and 2016, the traditional watch makers have gone into high defence mode.

| Read more »
07:29
Apple Watch Orders Estimated to Average 30,000 Per Day i...

An estimated 2.5 million Apple Watch orders have been processed in the United States in the first five weeks of availability, according to Slice Intelligence (via Quartz). Extrapolating from the e-receipts of about 14,000 online shoppers who use Slice's services, more than half of the orders placed so far came on April 10, the first day of pre-orders, with the Apple Watch averaging 30,000 orders per day since.

Daily Apple Watch order estimates in U.S. (first-day orders of nearly 1.5 million omitted)
As Quartz points out, the Apple Watch saw a notable rise in order interest on April 24, the day most initial Apple Watch pre-orders that weren't high in demand, like the Leather Loop or Black Sport band, began...

| Read more »
07:02
Analyst Report Sees Apple Shipping 250 Million iPhones i...

The beginning of 2015 was excellent for Apple as the sales of iPhone 6 and iPhone 5S remained strong. The total shipment of iPhones in the first quarter was over 60 million units, exceeding the market expectations. Apple's next generation iPhone will help drive the 2015 shipments of all iPhones to over 230 million

| Read more »
06:16
Apple's Desire to Include Local Stations in Streami...

Apple's efforts to provide customers with live programming from local broadcasting stations in the United States could delay the company's plans to launch a streaming TV service in early fall, according to Re/code. The report, citing industry executives, also claims that Apple has not reached any content deals with TV programmers yet, making it unlikely that the web-based TV service is announced at WWDC next month.

"Apple’s ambitions have complicated its negotiations with the broadcast TV networks, because most broadcasters don’t own all their local stations, and have an affiliate, or franchise system. Clearing the rights to show local programs and commercials takes some time — ABC, for instance, spent two years getting the rights to show live programming via...

| Read more »
05:58
New Analyst Report Forecasts Apple Watch will easily Out...

A new report published today is projecting Apple Watch sales will reach 15 million in 2015 and 26 million in 2016. While that's not as exuberant as the 36 million units that Morgan Stanley forecast over the next 12 months, it will all come down to what applications come to market over the course of the next 18 months.

| Read more »

Documentation Scanner

Monday May 25

06:00
A Krypted.com Guide To The Apple Watch

And so ya, I guess I have an Apple Watch… Here’s my own little guide on the darn thing. It’s fun.

http://krypted.com/guides/apple-watch/

| Read more »

Sunday May 24

06:00
Sync Music To Your Apple Watch So You Can Listen...

By default, the Apple Watch acts as a control mechanism for the Music app on your iPhone. The Apple Watch can play music without an iPhone present as well. But first you’ll need to sync a playlist to the watch. To do so, open the Apple Watch app and scroll down to the Music app listing.

From there, you’ll see an option for Playlist Limit and Synced Playlist. First, we’ll limit the amount of space on you watch that the music from your playlist can take up. Tap Playlist Limit in the MUSIC STORAGE section.

Here, I’ll tap on 2.0 GB. This will limit the amount of storage that can be taken up by the music from the playlist that we sync to the device. Then tap < Music to go back to select a playlist.

...

| Read more »

Saturday May 23

06:00
Manage Notifications on the Apple Watch

The Apple Watch will display notifications for any app that can push notifications to the watch. You can configure which can, by opening the Apple Watch app on your phone and tapping on the Notifications section. From here, you’ll be able to disable Notifications on the watch and control each app.

The app with the most options is Activity. This is where you can disable stand reminders, progress updates, indications that the goals are complete, summaries and of course achievement notifications.

Most of the other built-in apps can mirror an iPhone or be disabled. You can also manually control the built-in apps, which by default mirror alerts from your iPhone.

The Notifications Indicator option in that Apple Watch app will disable the whole red dot at the top of the screen thingy. I don’t recommend that. If you get a lot of notifications, the better thing to...

| Read more »

Friday May 22

12:40
Mac Basics: AirDrop lets you send files from your...

AirDrop makes it easy to send files wirelessly from your Mac to other Mac computers, and with OS X Yosemite you can also share with iOS devices.

| Read more »
11:29
Mac notebooks: Determining battery cycle count

Use this article to determine the cycles on your Mac notebook's battery.

| Read more »
11:22
If you see the "Connect to iTunes" screen...

Learn what to do when your Apple TV displays the "Connect to iTunes" screen.

| Read more »
10:00
Announcing a new way to create connectors in Office...

Over the past few years, you’ve provided feedback on how we could improve the experience for creating connectors to set up mail flow in Office 365. We heard you loud and clear…

Out with old, in with the new. We completely overhauled the connector experience in Office 365 to provide you with better guidance, a simplified user interface and an easier way to check that everything works as expected.

This topic digs into all the details, but here are a couple highlights.

No more guess work

Setting up mail flow can be complex given the number of systems that can be involved on a mail path. Here’s a quick look at the different mail flow scenarios in Office 365:

Depending on your scenario, you may or may...

| Read more »
09:00
OneNote welcomes three new partners—cloudHQ, Equil...

Just over a year ago we launched the OneNote partner ecosystem and a new service for developers to connect their products to OneNote via an API (the technical pipeline between an app on your phone or tablet and a cloud service like OneNote).

Since then, our ecosystem has grown to include a wide variety of complimentary partner experiences that extend the power of OneNote to a range of apps, devices and services, such as hardware and software scanners, mail apps, web clippers, news readers and tools.

Heading into our second year, we’re excited to welcome three new partners into the fold, including cloudHQ, Equil and WordPress.

cloudHQ

When you deal with a lot of cloud services on a daily basis—it’s great to be able to connect them all together to easily share files, notes and pictures. cloudHQ offers a...

| Read more »
06:22
One way to be autopkging the Jenkins

Picking up where we left off with Jenkins, let’s look at one possible workflow to get autopkg projects working. Specifically when paired with Munki, this requires a bit more thought, but the Jenkins ‘workspace’ model and sane use of variables allows us to make one all-purpose script for most contingencies we’d deal with. As those that have been following my saga trying to support the Lync recipe may be aware, upstream ahem changes (read: drunken interns wildin’ out on the XML) can cause recipes to fail. If you’re used to running autopkg with the list verb, and one recipe succeeds before another fails in a new and exciting way that isn’t yet caught by error-handling, you could have products that already were pushed to the munki repo but the MakeCatalogs recipe never ran. Since the catalog isn’t rebuilt, this leads to the dreaded __1 naming getting appended to the product… without it actually being available to customers.

One way to remove points of failure is to...

| Read more »
06:00
Setup Bluetooth Headphones And Speakers On Your...

You can sync music to your watch. You can then play that music over a bluetooth speaker or headset. To configure that speaker or headset, open the Settings app on your Apple Watch. Then tap on Bluetooth.

From the Bluetooth screen, the watch will search for devices and then list any devices located. Speakers and headphones both seem to appear as headsets rather than show their Bluetooth identifiers. When it opens, tap on the device name.

Once you’ve configured a speaker, open up the Music app from your home screen.

Then play music. Enjoy.

| Read more »
01:00
Office 365 news roundup

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.” —Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin had it right. And in a sense, the concept he expressed so eloquently is also the foundation of our work on Office 365. Office 365 is about productivity, and productivity is about helping you save time and spend more of your life on the things that matter most to you.

Recently, we made some key improvements to Clutter, which keeps your email inbox organized and allows you to stay focused on what’s important. People who use Clutter save 82 minutes per month on average. Starting in June, Clutter will be turned on by default, which will enable even more people...

| Read more »

Thursday May 21

15:30
About Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on Apple Watch

Learn about Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for your Apple Watch, and why you should 
use both.

| Read more »
13:50
Do not use palm rest or keycap covers on a MacBook...

Leaving any material on the top case (keyboard and palm rest area) could result in damage to the display when you close it. This includes palm rest or keyboard covers, as well as any adhesive-backed keycap additions.

| Read more »
13:25
How to find the serial number on your iMac

Learn how to find the serial number of your iMac computer.

| Read more »
12:37
About Notifications on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

With Notifications you can see alerts and related information for iOS apps. You can see which notifications you have set up in the Notification Center. Learn more about Notifications and how to use them on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

| Read more »
11:33
Using a Force Touch trackpad

MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015), MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015), and MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015) come with the new Force Touch trackpad. This article has information about its features and how to use it.

| Read more »
10:51
About the OS X Mavericks v10.9.5 Update

Learn about the OS X Mavericks v10.9.5 Update

| Read more »
10:00
Sway has started rolling out to Office 365, added...

It’s been an exciting month for Sway and our journey with Sway Preview! At the Ignite conference, we announced that Sway would roll out to Office 365 business and education customers and add support for more languages. Today we’re excited to announce the start of these rollouts, as well as other changes that expand the type of content you can add and the ways you can visualize the multimedia that brings your Sways to life. Check out the details below!

  • Sway for Office 365 rollout has started
  • Sway now supports six more languages, with more to come
  • Insert Wikipedia snippets about people, places and other terms
  • Add personal and community images from Flickr
  • Add new structure to your Sway with the Grid Card

Sway for Office 365 rollout has started

Today, we’re beginning the rollout of Sway to qualified Office 365...

| Read more »
10:00
Analyze Office 365 data with Equivio Zoom

Earlier this year Microsoft acquired Equivio, an eDiscovery software company focused on document analytics, to accelerate our efforts to help customers meet legal and compliance challenges. Today we’re excited to announce that eDiscovery capabilities powered by Equivio Zoom are coming soon to Office 365. Equivio Zoom will become available through a preview program starting in June, followed by a broader release before the end of this year. Here’s a closer look at how it works.

With Equivio Zoom you can better understand your Office 365 data and reduce your eDiscovery costs. Equivio Zoom helps you analyze unstructured data within Office 365, perform more efficient document review, and make decisions to reduce data for eDiscovery. You can work with data stored in Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business and Skype for...

| Read more »
09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 046 platform...
09:00
Amazing business productivity through Office 365—...

Today’s post was written by Julia White, general manager of the Office Marketing team.

“Amaze your customers!” is how Bob Stutz opened his recent blog announcing the general availability of the spring 2015 release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. I share Bob’s enthusiasm since many people—especially those involved in sales—will be amazed at how they can save time and sell more through seamless integration of Dynamics CRM Online with Office 365. For the Office team, reinventing productivity is our mantra and we’re excited to collaborate with our Dynamics CRM teammates to help people become more productive, especially when they’re on the go. And aren’t salespeople always on the go?

In addition to delivering increased productivity, our...

| Read more »
08:00
New ways to get more done in Outlook.com

We are pleased to announce an update to Outlook.com that lets you make the most of the moments that matter to you—featuring a refined inbox, new ways to collaborate, an upgraded calendar and much more. This update is rolling out today, in Preview, to a small group of customers and is the first of many innovations coming as we upgrade Outlook.com to a new Office 365-based infrastructure.  These new features will be made available to a broader audience through an opt-in program in the coming weeks.

Let’s take a look at what’s new.

Familiar, but refined inbox

Your inbox is part of your daily routine. It’s where you keep in touch with family and friends, check the shipping status of packages and find deals from your favorite companies. These new inbox features are aimed at creating a richer and more engaging inbox, while maintaining the same look and feel you love. Here’s what’s new:

  • Clutter—Get help managing your inbox. Clutter works...
| Read more »

Documentation Scanner

Monday May 25

06:00
A Krypted.com Guide To The Apple Watch

And so ya, I guess I have an Apple Watch… Here’s my own little guide on the darn thing. It’s fun.

http://krypted.com/guides/apple-watch/

| Read more »

Sunday May 24

06:00
Sync Music To Your Apple Watch So You Can Listen...

By default, the Apple Watch acts as a control mechanism for the Music app on your iPhone. The Apple Watch can play music without an iPhone present as well. But first you’ll need to sync a playlist to the watch. To do so, open the Apple Watch app and scroll down to the Music app listing.

From there, you’ll see an option for Playlist Limit and Synced Playlist. First, we’ll limit the amount of space on you watch that the music from your playlist can take up. Tap Playlist Limit in the MUSIC STORAGE section.

Here, I’ll tap on 2.0 GB. This will limit the amount of storage that can be taken up by the music from the playlist that we sync to the device. Then tap < Music to go back to select a playlist.

...

| Read more »

Saturday May 23

06:00
Manage Notifications on the Apple Watch

The Apple Watch will display notifications for any app that can push notifications to the watch. You can configure which can, by opening the Apple Watch app on your phone and tapping on the Notifications section. From here, you’ll be able to disable Notifications on the watch and control each app.

The app with the most options is Activity. This is where you can disable stand reminders, progress updates, indications that the goals are complete, summaries and of course achievement notifications.

Most of the other built-in apps can mirror an iPhone or be disabled. You can also manually control the built-in apps, which by default mirror alerts from your iPhone.

The Notifications Indicator option in that Apple Watch app will disable the whole red dot at the top of the screen thingy. I don’t recommend that. If you get a lot of notifications, the better thing to...

| Read more »

Friday May 22

12:40
Mac Basics: AirDrop lets you send files from your...

AirDrop makes it easy to send files wirelessly from your Mac to other Mac computers, and with OS X Yosemite you can also share with iOS devices.

| Read more »
11:29
Mac notebooks: Determining battery cycle count

Use this article to determine the cycles on your Mac notebook's battery.

| Read more »
11:22
If you see the "Connect to iTunes" screen...

Learn what to do when your Apple TV displays the "Connect to iTunes" screen.

| Read more »
10:00
Announcing a new way to create connectors in Office...

Over the past few years, you’ve provided feedback on how we could improve the experience for creating connectors to set up mail flow in Office 365. We heard you loud and clear…

Out with old, in with the new. We completely overhauled the connector experience in Office 365 to provide you with better guidance, a simplified user interface and an easier way to check that everything works as expected.

This topic digs into all the details, but here are a couple highlights.

No more guess work

Setting up mail flow can be complex given the number of systems that can be involved on a mail path. Here’s a quick look at the different mail flow scenarios in Office 365:

Depending on your scenario, you may or may...

| Read more »
09:00
OneNote welcomes three new partners—cloudHQ, Equil...

Just over a year ago we launched the OneNote partner ecosystem and a new service for developers to connect their products to OneNote via an API (the technical pipeline between an app on your phone or tablet and a cloud service like OneNote).

Since then, our ecosystem has grown to include a wide variety of complimentary partner experiences that extend the power of OneNote to a range of apps, devices and services, such as hardware and software scanners, mail apps, web clippers, news readers and tools.

Heading into our second year, we’re excited to welcome three new partners into the fold, including cloudHQ, Equil and WordPress.

cloudHQ

When you deal with a lot of cloud services on a daily basis—it’s great to be able to connect them all together to easily share files, notes and pictures. cloudHQ offers a...

| Read more »
06:22
One way to be autopkging the Jenkins

Picking up where we left off with Jenkins, let’s look at one possible workflow to get autopkg projects working. Specifically when paired with Munki, this requires a bit more thought, but the Jenkins ‘workspace’ model and sane use of variables allows us to make one all-purpose script for most contingencies we’d deal with. As those that have been following my saga trying to support the Lync recipe may be aware, upstream ahem changes (read: drunken interns wildin’ out on the XML) can cause recipes to fail. If you’re used to running autopkg with the list verb, and one recipe succeeds before another fails in a new and exciting way that isn’t yet caught by error-handling, you could have products that already were pushed to the munki repo but the MakeCatalogs recipe never ran. Since the catalog isn’t rebuilt, this leads to the dreaded __1 naming getting appended to the product… without it actually being available to customers.

One way to remove points of failure is to...

| Read more »
06:00
Setup Bluetooth Headphones And Speakers On Your...

You can sync music to your watch. You can then play that music over a bluetooth speaker or headset. To configure that speaker or headset, open the Settings app on your Apple Watch. Then tap on Bluetooth.

From the Bluetooth screen, the watch will search for devices and then list any devices located. Speakers and headphones both seem to appear as headsets rather than show their Bluetooth identifiers. When it opens, tap on the device name.

Once you’ve configured a speaker, open up the Music app from your home screen.

Then play music. Enjoy.

| Read more »
01:00
Office 365 news roundup

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.” —Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin had it right. And in a sense, the concept he expressed so eloquently is also the foundation of our work on Office 365. Office 365 is about productivity, and productivity is about helping you save time and spend more of your life on the things that matter most to you.

Recently, we made some key improvements to Clutter, which keeps your email inbox organized and allows you to stay focused on what’s important. People who use Clutter save 82 minutes per month on average. Starting in June, Clutter will be turned on by default, which will enable even more people...

| Read more »

Thursday May 21

15:30
About Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on Apple Watch

Learn about Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for your Apple Watch, and why you should 
use both.

| Read more »
13:50
Do not use palm rest or keycap covers on a MacBook...

Leaving any material on the top case (keyboard and palm rest area) could result in damage to the display when you close it. This includes palm rest or keyboard covers, as well as any adhesive-backed keycap additions.

| Read more »
13:25
How to find the serial number on your iMac

Learn how to find the serial number of your iMac computer.

| Read more »
12:37
About Notifications on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

With Notifications you can see alerts and related information for iOS apps. You can see which notifications you have set up in the Notification Center. Learn more about Notifications and how to use them on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

| Read more »
11:33
Using a Force Touch trackpad

MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015), MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015), and MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015) come with the new Force Touch trackpad. This article has information about its features and how to use it.

| Read more »
10:51
About the OS X Mavericks v10.9.5 Update

Learn about the OS X Mavericks v10.9.5 Update

| Read more »
10:00
Sway has started rolling out to Office 365, added...

It’s been an exciting month for Sway and our journey with Sway Preview! At the Ignite conference, we announced that Sway would roll out to Office 365 business and education customers and add support for more languages. Today we’re excited to announce the start of these rollouts, as well as other changes that expand the type of content you can add and the ways you can visualize the multimedia that brings your Sways to life. Check out the details below!

  • Sway for Office 365 rollout has started
  • Sway now supports six more languages, with more to come
  • Insert Wikipedia snippets about people, places and other terms
  • Add personal and community images from Flickr
  • Add new structure to your Sway with the Grid Card

Sway for Office 365 rollout has started

Today, we’re beginning the rollout of Sway to qualified Office 365...

| Read more »
10:00
Analyze Office 365 data with Equivio Zoom

Earlier this year Microsoft acquired Equivio, an eDiscovery software company focused on document analytics, to accelerate our efforts to help customers meet legal and compliance challenges. Today we’re excited to announce that eDiscovery capabilities powered by Equivio Zoom are coming soon to Office 365. Equivio Zoom will become available through a preview program starting in June, followed by a broader release before the end of this year. Here’s a closer look at how it works.

With Equivio Zoom you can better understand your Office 365 data and reduce your eDiscovery costs. Equivio Zoom helps you analyze unstructured data within Office 365, perform more efficient document review, and make decisions to reduce data for eDiscovery. You can work with data stored in Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business and Skype for...

| Read more »
09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 046 platform...
09:00
Amazing business productivity through Office 365—...

Today’s post was written by Julia White, general manager of the Office Marketing team.

“Amaze your customers!” is how Bob Stutz opened his recent blog announcing the general availability of the spring 2015 release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. I share Bob’s enthusiasm since many people—especially those involved in sales—will be amazed at how they can save time and sell more through seamless integration of Dynamics CRM Online with Office 365. For the Office team, reinventing productivity is our mantra and we’re excited to collaborate with our Dynamics CRM teammates to help people become more productive, especially when they’re on the go. And aren’t salespeople always on the go?

In addition to delivering increased productivity, our...

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New ways to get more done in Outlook.com

We are pleased to announce an update to Outlook.com that lets you make the most of the moments that matter to you—featuring a refined inbox, new ways to collaborate, an upgraded calendar and much more. This update is rolling out today, in Preview, to a small group of customers and is the first of many innovations coming as we upgrade Outlook.com to a new Office 365-based infrastructure.  These new features will be made available to a broader audience through an opt-in program in the coming weeks.

Let’s take a look at what’s new.

Familiar, but refined inbox

Your inbox is part of your daily routine. It’s where you keep in touch with family and friends, check the shipping status of packages and find deals from your favorite companies. These new inbox features are aimed at creating a richer and more engaging inbox, while maintaining the same look and feel you love. Here’s what’s new:

  • Clutter—Get help managing your inbox. Clutter works...
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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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This Week at 148Apps: May 18-22, 2015
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