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Jul 03
Happy Independence Day!

On July 4, 1776, the United States declared its independence from Britain. Today MacTech and MacNews will be running on a limited schedule in honor of Independence Day, the Fourth of July. (Yes, it's actually tomorrow, but it's a "holiday" today.) We hope all our readers have a great day and that peace and freedom will flourish throughout the world.

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Jul 02
Apple’s Swift programming language gaining in popularity

A new programming language survey shows Apple’s Swift programming language breaking into the top 20 for the first time, while the future of Microsoft’s Visual Basic (VB) in the top rankings is now "unclear," reports The Register (http://tinyurl.com/nt76be7).

The Redmonk consultancy published a six-monthly analysis (http://tinyurl.com/o59g56w) based on Github usage and Stack Overflow discussions. JavaScript tops the list margin, followed by Java, PHP, Python, C#, C++ and Ruby (the last three are ranked fifth). Apple’s Swifthas risen from 22 to 18, making the top 20 for the first time.

The next version of Swift (version 2), Apple’s programming language, will be open source. (Open source software is software whose source code is available for modification or enhancement by anyone.)

Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior...

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Jul 02
Logo Pop Free for Mac OS X revved to version 1.2

MacAppware, a division of 128bit Technologies, has released. Logo Pop Free 1.2. It's an update of the free vector-based logo design app for Mac OS X.

The upgrade has various bug fixes and enhancements. There's also a new tutorial about using the app at the MacAppware website (www.macappware.com).

Logo Pop Free requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. It's available exclusively on the Mac App Store.

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Jul 02
IK Multimedia announces 96kHz firmware update for iRig PRO and iRig HD

 IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com) has announced complementary firmware update that enables high resolution 24-bit/96kHz audio sampling for its iRig PRO and iRig HD mobile audio interfaces.

At double the original 24-bit/48kHz sample rate, it makes these ultra-compact mobile interfaces sound even more clean, nuanced and transparent, the company says. The iRig PRO is a compact audio and MIDI interface for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac or PC. The iRig HD is a compact audio interface with a quarter-in instrument input that features an input gain control knob, a multicolor LED and ultra-low-draw power consumption circuitry.

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Jul 01
Fileloupe is a new media browser for Mac OS X

Corduroy Code has released Fileloupe 1.0 (http://www.fileloupe.com), a new media browser for Mac OS X Yosemite.

It combines the features of a photo viewer, video player and document browser into a single tool. Harnessing the power of Apple's Quick Look technology, Fileloupe offers users one of the fastest ways to browse, view and share photos, videos, PDFs and documents, according to Kenny Carruthers, founder of Corduroy Code and developer of Fileloupe.

The app offers copy & paste and drag & drop support for inserting images into third-party applications. There's support for most common image formats including RAW photos.

Fileloupe has variable playback rates for video including slow-motion playback along with inverted orientation correction, track scrubbing, frame stepping and frame-to-image exporting support. It packs a PDF viewer for viewing multiple PDF documents side by side...

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Jul 01
24U offers Audit Service for existing FileMaker Solutions

24U Software (http://www.24usoftware.com/) has announced its new audit service for FileMaker solutions.

It's a service designed to help managers and business owners to make data-driven decision about further maintenance and development of their FileMaker solutions. Managers and business owners can now order 24U's advice to have their internally developed FileMaker solution audited and prepare a long-term maintenance and development plan.

The audit service consists of analysis customer's existing FileMaker solution, identifying existing and potential issues, and suggesting strategy to keep it working and make it support customer's business evolution and growth. Output of the service is a document with a short term and a long term plan addressing all discovered needs and issues.

The audit service is being offered for a flat price of US$3,777 when auditing a solution with one key user....

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Jul 01
Conversion software for 25 languages launched

Translate Your World, developers of across-language communication software, has announced the availability of its new software that enables users to converse in real-time across 25 different languages.

Just go to a webpage and talk.  The words of each speaker are instantly translated into the other language to appear as subtitles or be heard as attractive synthesized computer voice. You can try it for free at http://www.TranslateYourWorld.com .

Technically, Translate Your World is a mission control center that unites side-software by the competing giants of technology including Microsoft, Google, Nuance, SDL, ReadSpeaker, SIMS, Yandex, Systran, Android, Baidu, WebRTC, VoIP, and more while empowering the world to bridge the language barrier, says Sue Reager, the company’s CEO, who speaks 10 languages and commutes between Silicon Valley and Atlanta.  Translate Your World provides...

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Jul 01
Output Factory Server for Adobe InDesign now supports CC 2015

Zevrix Solutions has released Output Factory Server 1.2.1, a compatibility update to its output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory Server automates printing and exporting from InDesign by processing files from hot folders. The software offloads output tasks to a central system leaving operator workstations free from the output process. Version 1.2.1 makes Output Factory Server compatible with the 2015 release of InDesign CC featured as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.

Output Factory Server can be purchased from the Zevrix web site (www.zevrix.com) for a reduced price of US$299.95 until July 31 (it's $699.95 afterwards), as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput Server users can upgrade for $350. Output Factory Server requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.10 and works with Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2015.

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Jul 01
PipelineFX’s Qube! now available in one-month installments

PipelineFX has added a subscription licensing option to Qube! render farm management software for visual effects. This new option can be limited to a single one-month installment.

"Sometimes an upfront investment or a long-term commitment is all that holds companies back from bringing efficiency to their farms," says Richard Lewis, CEO of PipelineFX. "Subscription licensing is a simple way to get them there, on their own terms and through a package that doesn’t make them give up the power and support that Qube! is known for."

Subscription is available now online to existing PipelineFX customers at pipelinefx.com. Pricing is US$15/month per worker license for commercial customers and $10.50/month for education customers.

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Jul 01
CS Odessa releases USA Mapping Solution for ConceptDraw Pro 10

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park designed to assist individuals who are looking for county outlines to be represented in maps they draw.

The collection of library objects, templates, and example drawings for ConceptDraw Pro are designed to make short work of drawing maps that contain county information. The United States Mapping Solution is available for users of ConceptDraw Pro 10 and ConceptDraw Office 3, via ConceptDraw Solution Park.

ConceptDraw Pro retails for US$199 per end user license. ConceptDraw Office 3 includes ConceptDraw MindMap 8, ConceptDraw Project 7, ConceptDraw Pro 10, and the ConceptDraw Solution Park. It retails for $499.

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Jun 30
Apple releases iTunes 12.2 for the Mac, Windows

Apple has released iTunes 12.2 for the Mac,adding support for its new Apple Music service. According to the update description in the Mac App Store — where you can obtain the update in the, well, Updates section, the upgrade includes the following Apple Music features:

° For You music recommendations;

° Radio, including Beats 1;

° New, which highlights new music curated by Apple’s music editors;

° My Music, where you find your purchased music, imported songs, and selections you’ve picked in Apple Music;

° Connect, the venue for artists to reach out to fans.

iTunes 12.2 requires Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later.

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Jun 30
GigSky offers cellular data plans for iPad travelers with Apple SIM

GigSky, a global mobile network designed for travelers, will offer cellular data plans for iPad travelers with Apple SIM in more than 90 countries and territories.

With Apple SIM installed, iPad customers can view and select these short-term data plans directly on their Apple tablet, avoiding the hassle of buying a local SIM when they travel. US and UK customers have the added benefit of choosing from these short-term data plans at home.

iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular models in the US and UK come with Apple SIM pre-installed. Apple SIM is also available at select Apple Retail Stores for individual purchase. 

iPad users can choose a GigSky data plan upon arrival right from their iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 with Apple SIM installed, and easily connect to family and friends, stay in touch and share their travel, says Ravi Rishy-Maharaj, founder and CEO of GigSky. Apple SIM will also be available for individual purchase at Apple Retail Stores in 10...

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Jun 30
Apple releases GarageBand 10.1 for the Mac, Security Updates

Apple has updated GarageBand, its music creation software for the Mac, to version 10.1. It adds 10 new EDM (electronic dance music) and hip hop drummers, 20 new electronic drum kits, 100 new EDM and Hip Hop synthesizer patches, new Morph Pad Smart Control, and 1,000 new loops to support all those new genres.

GarageBand 10.1 is available at the Mac App Store. It's free for existing users and those who've bought a recent Mac. It's US$4.99 for others.

Apple has also posted Security Update 2015-005 Mavericks and Security Update 2015-005 Mountain Lion. They're part of OS X 10.10.4, but have been released as standalone updates for the older versions of OS X. The download installers are available at the Mac App Store.

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Jun 30
Tropical Software rolls out iAddressX 3.6 for OS X

Tropical Software has rolled out iAddressX 3.6, an update of the Mac OS X (10.7 or higher) utility.

You can use iAddressX to navigate contacts from a small icon in the system menu, and to initiate various tasks including printing of Dymo labels, dialing regular and Skype calls, sending SMS messages to Skype pals or friend's cell phones, and more. Version 3.6.0 adds an option to show Contacts by Group as a sub-menu, or in the main menu (it's recommended that you enable Contacts by Group if you have many Groups).

It boasts a major rewrite of many parts of the code that was originally designed for OS X 10.5 Leopard and older. iAddressX was a Mac OS X Preference Pane. With version 3.6, it's now an app installed as a status item in the menu bar

A demo is available for download. For a short introductory period, iAddressX will be available for US$19.95 from the Tropical Software web site (...

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Jun 30
VidConvert for Mac OS X gets revamped user interface, more

Reggie Ashworth has unveiled VidConvert 1.6 (http://www.reggieashworth.com/vidconvert), a Yosemite (and El Capitan) update to his video converter for Mac OS X.

VidConvert will convert just about any type of video into one of the popular formats of today. It allows you to create videos for your iPhone or iPad, for your Mac or TV, or formats such as DivX and MPEG.

VidConverter 1.6 includes a new icon and refreshed user interface, conversion optimizations for faster operation, bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements.

It requires Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or later. VidConvert 1.6 costs US$7.99 for a single user license. A demo that lets you create three-minute samples is available. Older versions with pre-Lion support are available.

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Jun 30
.com Solutions launches FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition 7.47

.com Solutions has launched FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition 7.47 (www.fmpromigrator.com) with 30 improvements for simplifying the transition from FileMaker Pro to a PHP web application.

According to .com Solutions, FileMaker WebDirect to PHP Conversion benefits using FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition include: scaling up beyond 100 concurrent users, owning your application source code, avoiding monthly/annual billing, reusing existing business logic, keeping the existing graphical user interface, and cross platform/device compatibility.

FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition is priced at US$$600 per developer. Users can build an unlimited number of web applications having up to 250 forms/reports/layouts with FmPro Migrator during the term of the license key.

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Jun 30
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.10.4 with Mail, Photos improvements, more

Apple has released Mac OS X 10.10.4, which includes improvements for Photos and Mail. It also fixes several bugs (including the "discoveryd" service).

According to Apple, the update:

° Improves networking reliability;

° Improves Migration Assistant reliability;

° Addresses an issue that prevented certain monitors from functioning properly;

° Improves the reliability of upgrading iPhoto and Aperture libraries to Photos;

° Improves reliability when syncing photos and videos to the iCloud Photo Library;

° Addresses and issue that causes Photos to quit unexpectedly after importing some Leica DNG files;

° Resolves an issue that could delay outgoing email messages in Mail;

° Fixes an issue where a website could prevent the user from navigating away by presenting repeated JavaScript alerts in Safari.

You can obtain OS X 10.10.4 at the Mac App Store.

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Jun 30
Apple Music launches, iOS 8.4 available

Apple Music, Apple's music streaming service, has launched for iOS and Mac OS X devices in over 100 countries. Android is next, and Apple anticipates attracting 100 million paying subscribers.

Apple says Apple Music “combines the best ways to enjoy music — all in one place.” It’s a streaming music service, a worldwide live radio station from Apple broadcasting 24 hours a day and a tool for music fans to connect with their favorite artists.

Apple Music combines the largest and most diverse collection of music on the planet with the expertise of world-class music experts who have programmed playlists for your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, Apple TV and Android phones, according to Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. Starting with the music you already know — whether from the iTunes Store or ripped CDs — your music now lives in one place alongside the Apple Music catalog with over 30 million songs, he adds. You can stream any...

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Jun 30
Apple will replace Mac laptop batteries that don't retain at least...

Apple is now replacing non-removable laptop batteries that retain less than 80% of their original charge under the AppleCare Protection Plan. The change applies to the MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.

In a support document (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204054), Apple says: "Your Apple One Year Limited Warranty or AppleCare Protection Plan includes replacement coverage for a defective battery. If you purchased an AppleCare Protection Plan for your Mac notebook with a non-removable battery, Apple will replace the notebook battery at no charge if it retains less than 80 percent of its original capacity. If you don't have coverage, you can have the battery replaced for a fee."

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Jun 30
Registration is open for annual Apple Camp for kids

Registration is now open for Apple's annual Apple Camp (http://www.applersvp.com) three-day workshops where kids ages 8 to 12 can "bring their imaginations to life" with apps such as iMovie and iBooks.

According to Apple, they'll learn to make movies or create interactive books complete with their own illustrations and sound effects. Kids will storyboard ideas, shoot video, create an original soundtrack in GarageBand on an iPad, and then edit it all together in iMovie on a Mac.

Campers will also create their own interactive books. They'll draw illustrations using an iPad, then add sound effects and Multi-Touch features using iBooks Author on a Mac.

Each workshop ends with the Apple Camp Showcase so campers can share their finished projects. Space is limited so you should sign up today.

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Jul 02
The Northern Spy: more on the new language Modula-2 R10

By Rick Sutcliffe

Over the last two months the Spy introduced the motivation for he and Telecom engineer Benjamin Kowarsch developing a new language, or more precisely, a fully modern dialect of an existing notation--to address serious software engineering issues of safety, security, reliability, and extensibility--then offered something a little more than a "Hello World" as an initial example. In this piece, he briefly describes the baked-in building blocks of Modula-2 R10, that is the reserved symbols, words and reserved identifiers.

Modula-2 has always been smaller than but at least as expressive as any other mainstream general purpose language (including that thousand ton gorilla of notations known as Ada). Throughout the R10 design process, every proposed addition was scrutinized for necessity (use cases required) and potential for bloat. To mitigate the latter, in most cases, every addition required a deletion, so that the...

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Jul 02
IDC: tablets drive business transformation in...
Jul 02
Worldwide wearables market forecast to grow 173.3% in...

The wearables market maintained its upward trajectory in the first quarter of 2015 as new vendors, including Apple, prepared to enter the market.

A new forecast from International Data Corporation (www.idc.com) estimates that 72.1 million wearable devices will be shipped in 2015, up a strong 173.3% from the 26.4 million units shipped in 2014. Shipment volumes are expected to experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 42.6% over the five-year forecast period, reaching 155.7 million units shipped in 2019, according to the research group.

"The demand for basic wearables, those that do not run third party apps, has been absolutely astounding," says Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst, Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers, IDC. "Vendors like Fitbit and Xiaomi have helped propel the market with their sub-$100 bands, and IDC expects this momentum will continue throughout 2015."

"We expect smart wearables,...

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Jul 01
Consumer Demand for connected home products slows

Home automation was gaining attention and experiencing robust growth in 2014; however a new report by Argus Insights (www.argusinsights.com) reveals that sector is quickly losing steam.

The research group's data shows that as of May 2015 consumer demand for connected home devices such as thermostats, lightbulbs, locks, sensors and cameras experienced its first drop below the level of a year ago, a sign that consumer interest is stagnating.

"Based on our review of consumer interest, the state of home automation in 2015 is not looking good for anyone who sells or makes these devices," says John Feland, CEO and founder, Argus Insights. "Even though Google and Samsung made big purchases in this space by buying Nest thermostats, Dropcam and the suite of SmartThings products demand is stagnating.  It is obvious that the early adopters have bought what they want and other consumers are expressing...

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Jun 30
Gartner demand for enterprise mobile apps to outstrip...

By the end of 2017, market demand for mobile app development services will grow at least five times faster than internal IT organizations' capacity to deliver them, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).

The research group forecasts mobile phone sales will reach 2.1 billion units by 2019, which will fuel demand for apps in the enterprise that meet the high performance and usability of consumer apps. Gartner principal research analyst Adrian Leow says enterprises find it a challenge to rapidly develop, deploy and maintain mobile apps to meet increasing demand, as it is exceedingly difficult and costly to hire developers with good mobile skills.

"Organizations increasingly find it difficult to be proactive against competitive pressures, which is resulting in their mobile apps becoming tactical, rather than strategic," he adds. "We're seeing demand for mobile apps outstrip available development capacity...

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Jun 29
Interest in the connected car rises (interest in...

Consumer ability to access the internet and connected services while in the car remains strong, making driving or parking tasks easier. While interest is especially high for services which provide traffic updates, weather updates, open parking spaces, and navigation instructions, interest in social media functionality remains low.

A new report from Automotive Consumer Insights group (ACI) at Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com), surveyed consumers in the US, Western Europe, and China regarding their interest in and preferred payment models for in-vehicle connectivity and connected services. Consumers remained interested in services which provided drive-relevant information; with access to in-vehicle connectivity playing an increasingly important role in the purchase decision of a vehicle, across all demographics. However, interest in some popular payment models for connectivity has...

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Jun 26
Study shows (no surprise) rapidly increasing digital...

Limelight Networks (www.limelight.com), which specializes in digital content delivery, has released new data that shows consumers are nearly always plugged in and are increasingly updating and adding content to their phones and other connected devices.

In addition, the research shows that consumers, especially Millennials, expect and demand a seamless and consistent experience when downloading digital content. Other findings illustrate the hunger for consuming digital content on smart phones, tablets, computers and gaming consoles. Forty nine percent of Millennials report that they are more likely to download content than just one year ago, versus 43% of all respondents. However, 75% of those surveyed currently find downloading content frustrating, especially when it takes too long to complete, gets interrupted, or simply doesn’t work.

"There’s a clear shift underway to a connected society demanding a...

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Jun 25
Wearables in Automotive: A Solution In Search Of a...

A recent study from the In-vehicle UX group at Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) surveying consumers in the US and Western Europe has confirmed low interest in wearables for automotive use-cases.

While younger males and luxury car owners appeared to be most interested in the US, strong interest was below 20% across all Western European segments. Despite the market for wearables (and in particular smartwatches) poised for strong growth, wearables in automotive remain arguably a solution in search of a problem.

Investigating two key use cases for wearables in the car - i) detecting and monitoring a driver’s medical condition (i.e. a supplementary heart rate monitor); and ii) remote functionality, (such as remote start or automatic parking) – Strategy Analytics noted that interest in the use of wearables for on-board heart rate monitors was below 45% for both regions. Further,...

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Jun 24
451 Research: IoT/M2M connections to increase nearly...

A new report from 451 Research (www.451research.com), an information technology research and advisory company, says cellular Internet of Things (IoT) and machine to machine (M2M) connections will increase nearly fourfold globally from 252 million in 2014 to 908 million in 2019. A monumental increase in active cellular IoT/M2M connections will be driven by a number of key factors, according to 451 Research.

First, hardware and bandwidth costs have dropped to a point where nearly every enterprise can reap the benefits of virtualizing the physical world. Second, cloud-based middleware and data platforms are making it easier to securely generate insights from machine data at greater scale than ever before possible. Last, the buzz around this topic is generating overall awareness of the transformational potential of IoT/M2M in terms of return-on-investment, competitiveness and support of completely new business...

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Jun 23
Head mounted display market growing at 49% CAGR to 2019

The head mounted display market (HMD) will grow at a compound annual growth rate [CAGR} through 2019, according to ReportsnReports (www.reportsnreports.com).

Core virtual reality works well with the interactive world of games as currently no technology can give a fully immersive, 360 degree 3D experience, says the research group. Cost also has a considerable impact on the adoption of HMDs. Currently, the industrial sector is witnessing high adoption of these devices, but adoption among individual consumers is difficult unless low-cost micro displays are integrated in this technology to bring down their overall price, says ReportsnReports.

However, demand for Light-weight HMDs and need for enhanced safety and convenience are major head mounted display market growth drivers. Customization of HMDs and integration of HMDs in multiple tasks are market challenges while VR gaming and possibility of...

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Reviews and Kool Tools

MacDaddy's (http://macdaddy.io) Mac Backup Guru, a backup app for Mac OS X, has been revved to version 5.0, sporting an improved interface, faster and more stable cloning ability, more intuitive scheduling, improved... Read more »
A new resource is now available for marketers and IT professionals in the manufacturing sector. The eBook, "Content Strategies for Winning in the Age of the Customer" (http://tinyurl.com/pf42h8n), offers best practices... Read more »
NewerTech's Wireless Aluminum Keypad (http://www.newertech.com/keypad/) complements the look and feel of Apple keyboards even as it offers a, as the name implies, keypad — something missing from Apple's Wireless... Read more »
The new version 5 of Monotype's FontExplorer X Pro font management software for Mac OS X has some pretty nifty enhancements. Like what? A Font Tile View, something that’s been requested by customers so they can see... Read more »

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16:57
Apple Music scores another exclusive with Eminem...

Eminem dropped an epic music video-cum-short film for his latest single "Phenomenal" on Friday as an Apple Music exclusive fraught with product placement courtesy of Apple Watch and iPhone.

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15:36
iCloud Music Library and DRM: Now with Slightly Less...

Yesterday I called iTunes 12.2 and iCloud Music Library a disaster for your music collection, and part of my reasoning for that was the way copy protection is applied to tracks through the service. It turns out the rules for when that DRM gets applied aren't quite as draconian as I originally thought. But you know what? They're still pretty confusing for most people, and iCloud Music Library is still screwing up music collections when it shouldn't.


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14:11
OnePlus is giving away Google Cardboard for $0 plus...

Well, this is one way for an up-and-coming company to get people's attention. OnePlus, the Chinese manufacturer best-known for making a cheap handset with surprisingly good specs, is about to launch its second-generation phone, and to get folks pumpe...

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13:28
Zane Lowe’s interview with Ed Sheeran on Beats 1 now...

After launching Beats 1 with an interview featuring Eminem, Zane Lowe followed up yesterday by interviewing singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran. If you missed the live interview, though, it has now been added to the Beats 1 YouTube channel. Unfortunately, it’s audio-only at this point, although Zane did share a video clip on his Instagram so it seems likely that a video version is coming soon.

The interview discusses a variety of topics, ranging from Sheeran’s wild partying habits to his upcoming acting gig in a TV show. You can listen to the entire interview via the YouTube embed below, as well as the teaser videos from Apple Music and Zane Lowe. Beats 1 is Apple’s 24/7...

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13:07
AddWater app for iPhone

As I continue on my weight loss journey with Apple Watch, one thing people kept telling me is to stay hydrated. I thought I was, but when a friend recommended I try “AddWater”, I saw how much more I needed to drink. This is now part of my daily logging. It’s really simple and tracks all of your drinks, not just water.

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12:47
Article: Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of...

Earlier this week Apple released iTunes 12.2 to accompany the new Apple Music service, expanding the Music section of iTunes to provide access to the new on-demand library for subscribers, as well as the new Radio and Connect features of Apple Music. While for most users the Apple Music features will be enough of a reason to make the jump to the new version, there are a few other interesting changes to be found through iTunes 12.2 as well....

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12:36
Square Enix Pulls, Apologizes For Mac Version of...

_xeno_ writes: Just over a week after Warner Bros. pulled the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight due to bugs, Square Enix is now being forced to do the same thing with the Mac OS X version of Final Fantasy XIV (which was released at the same time as Batman: Arkham Knight). The rather long note explaining the decision apologizes for releasing the port before it was ready and blames OS X and OpenGL for the discrepancy between the game's performance on identical Mac hardware running Windows. It's unclear when (or even if) Square Enix will resume selling an OS X version — the note indicates that the development team is hopeful that "[w]ith the adoption of DirectX 11 for Mac, and the replacement of OpenGL with a new graphics API in Apple's next OS, the fundamental gap in current performance issues may soon be eliminated." (I'm not sure what "the adoption of DirectX 11 for Mac" refers to. OS X gaining DirectX 11 support is news to me — and, I suspect, Microsoft.) Given that the game...

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12:19
How likes & other user input work to personalize...

Apple has talked a lot about how it’s tackling curation better than the other guys by putting a big focus on hand-picked, human curated playlists for Apple Music, but how exactly does a user’s input alter the music the app serves up? The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple spoke directly with Apple to answer that question and put together a guide detailing exactly how likes and other user input work to customize some aspects of Apple Music but not others:

First, let me tell you one of my big problems, or sources of confusion, with likes on streaming services. Let’s say I’m listening to a Metal station and a great song comes on, but I consider it to be Rock. Do I like it? I enjoy the song, but I’m afraid if I like it, more...

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11:36
I got these Future Sonics yesterday

Future Sonics are the absolute best in the industry. They are the first and original Ear Monitor (and own the trademark) and I company I trust with my hearing—and to deliver quality sound. I’ll have more details later, but I’m heading out for my first walk with these.

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11:30
Moveo Calc is a nice-looking calculator for iPhone...

This week we're taking a look at Moveo Calc (free) for iPhone and Apple Watch, a calculator app with minimal looks and speedy operation. It looks really nice on the Apple Watch, and is lightweight and speedy. Here's our look at Moveo Calc.

Looks

Really it's all about the looks here. Developer Manish Dudharejia has managed to get all of the functions on a single screen, even on the Apple Watch. The result is colorful and friendly...a far cry from the utilitarian calculators I remember as a kid that were more function than form.

Use

Moveo Calc isn't a scientific calculator, so don't expect to find advanced calculations. But for quick, back-of-the-napkin math, it's fully capable and nice-looking to boot.

Apple ships a calculator app of course, but Moveo Calc is so friendly and colorful, you may choose to use it instead. As a free app, you can...

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10:15
The week in “iPhone 6S” rumors: Same body, faster...

September is only two months away, and that means three things: summer will turn to fall, network TV shows will return from hiatus, and we'll probably get some new iPhones.

The iPhone rumor business is a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year grind, but as we draw nearer to the actual release of new phones, the rumors tend to get more accurate. So accurate, in fact, that actual surprises at Apple's product events tend to be few and far between. Rather than re-post everything that comes across our desk, we'll periodically round up the best-sourced and most plausible rumors as they crop up. By the time September actually rolls around, we'll know most of what there is to know long before it's announced on stage.

It’s an “S” year

This shouldn't come as a surprise, but this year's iPhone likely focuses on internal changes, retaining the basic external design of the current iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. We'll settle on calling it the "...

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09:44
How-To: Record live Beats 1 radio shows on your Mac...

Apple’s Beats 1 global radio station went online this week, and its programming is already grabbing plenty of headlines. The challenge: just like conventional radio, the station doesn’t (yet) offer on-demand recordings of complete past shows. If there’s a DJ, specific artist, new show, or interview you’re really interested in hearing, you’ll need to tune in live… or, if you have a spare iOS 8.4 (or soon, iOS 9) device, you can use this handy guide to record Beats 1 shows using OS X’s free built-in app QuickTime Player. Read on for the details…

Start by turning Auto-Lock off on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch by going to the Settings app, then General > Auto-Lock > Never. Next, open the Music app on your iOS device, go to the Radio tab, and hit...

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08:45
9to5Toys Last Call: iPhone car mount $13, iPad Air 2...

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Today’s can’t miss deals:
Last Call Updates:
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Headphones...

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08:17
First full-length “Steve Jobs” trailer released

This actually looks pretty good.

On Wednesday, Universal released the first full-length trailer for the Steve Jobs biopic. The movie, directed by Danny Boyle and penned by Aaron Sorkin, delves into Job’s personal life, his product launches and his struggles regarding his relationship with daughter Lisa Brennan-Jobs.

The trailer also gives more in-depth looks at Jeff Daniels and Kate Winslet, especially, as John Sculley and Joanna Hoffman, with various through-the-years glimpses of Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs. The movie is slated to hit theaters on October 9th.

As always, let us know what you think in the comments.

Via...

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07:40
Apple's 'iPhone 6s' again said to be...

Late-week reports from the Asian supply chain continue to suggest that Apple's next-generation iPhone has begun to roll off of assembly lines, with some indications that the forthcoming device will sport a nearly identical outward appearance with slightly tweaked internals.

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07:19
Rumor: Apple Watch 2 to retain similar appearance to...

The current rumor has it that the Apple Watch 2 will look pretty much the same but run for a longer period of time.

And that’s a decent thing.

Apple’s second-generation Watch is unlikely to see any external changes, a Thursday morning report from South Korea suggests, with the company instead focusing on tightening up internal components in order to fit a larger battery.

Following up on yesterday’s report that Apple is working with South Korean firms LG and Samsung to produce thinner OLED displays for its Watch revamp, the new rumor is that Apple is working on a larger battery for the wearable.

The external design...

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07:00
The Tour de France's Tech Transformation


The 102nd running of the longest sporting event in the world, the Tour de France, begins Saturday. The race first took place in 1903, and it has continued every year since, except during WWI and WWII. In the 112 years since that first race, the technology utilized by the riders has changed dramatically. Today, the racers ride bikes with frames made of advanced carbon fiber. They have a total of 22 gears to help climb mountains and sprint to the finish line, and they can communicate with their team managers over race radios.

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06:44
News: Apple exploring person-to-person Apple Pay...

A new patent application uncovered by Patently Apple reveals that the company may be considering the expansion of Apple Pay into a wallet system capable of handling person-to-person transactions. Patent application 20150186887 describes a method that would allow two iPhone users to make a private sales transaction authenticated with Touch ID. The system would leverage the iOS Wallet/Passbook app and an encrypted wireless communication channel between…

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06:38
Apple Music - Or Some Streaming Service - Needs To...

The successful streaming music service will master the process of discovery - that is helping its users discover new music to listen to. Apple is doing this by going to a tried and true method with a new take on the old-school radio station with Beats 1, but I think thatâs only half of it.

To truly unlock discovery a serviceâs users need to be able to learn from each other. The world is full of stories where like-minded-yet-anonymous people have tipped one another to the next great band.


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06:28
New iPhone 6S images show updated NFC, 16GB base...

Our look at the upcoming “iPhone 6S” continues today with a discussion of new internal components that are expected to be inside Apple’s latest smartphone. In addition to expected changes such as a Force Touch display, upgraded camera system, and new Qualcomm LTE chip for up to twice-as-fast data speeds, the next iPhone will likely include updated NFC hardware, fewer and more efficient chips, and new flash memory that may nonetheless remain at a 16GB minimum capacity.

...

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06:26
Review: Paste, a simple, effective and pretty...

You know how it goes: you copy a link, or a piece of text, intending to paste it – then you get distracted and copy something else before you get the chance. You then have to find and copy the first item again. A clipboard manager solves this problem by saving a history of the items you copy, letting you paste in any one of them later.

There are plenty of clipboard managers around (a quick search of the Mac App Store found 34 of them), and you might think that when you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ’em all. But where Paste stands out is in using a colorful interface with large previews, intended to make it easy to identify the item you want to paste. I’ve been trying it out for the past few days … 

Once installed, Paste automatically adds anything you...

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06:03
News: Daily Deal: Last chance to pick up the Mpow 3-...

It’s your last chance to grab the Mpow 3-Port Intelligent Car Charger for only $13.99 in today’s iLounge Deal – that’s 80% off the regular price. Providing 33W/6.6A high-speed charging for all of your USB-capable gadgets, the Mpow can charge up to three devices from your car at practically full charging speeds – even iPads. The Mpow supports both 12V and 18V input, and its compact 0.5” design lets it fit snugly and unobtrusively…

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Rumor Scanner

Friday July 3

09:24
Samsung Sued in China for Unremovable Bloatware

According to news that broke last night, a consumer protection group in China is suing Samsung Electronics and a Chinese vendor for placing too many preinstalled apps on phones, ...

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08:40
Ericsson Files Two Letter Rogatory Motions with the Cour...

In February of this year, Ericsson filed nine patent infringement lawsuits against Apple. Today it's being revealed by court sources that Ericsson has filed two motions in respect to their patent infringement lawsuits against Apple Inc. Both motions are in the form of "Letter Rogatory,"...

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08:04
'iPhone 6s' Logic Board Suggests 16GB Base Mod...

New images of the logic board from the next-generation "iPhone 6s" have been obtained by 9to5Mac, a few days after the site shared photos from an unnamed source which showed that a new, updated Qualcomm LTE chip could be in store for the iPhone this year. Today's images suggest that, on top of the Qualcomm chip's faster LTE speeds and increased energy efficiency, the iPhone 6s will include fewer chips that are collectively more efficient, updated NFC hardware for Apple Pay, and likely the same 16GB entry-level capacity seen on current iPhones.

The Toshiba flash memory chip shown in the photos has a 16GB capacity based on the "G7" in the part number, and was built using a 19nm production process. This suggests that the new line of iPhones this year will once again offer a starting storage option of 16GB, likely...

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04:55
Copycat Samsung has Filed for the "S6 Edge +"...

Patently Apple was first to report that Samsung was going to change tactics against the iPhone 6 by moving or at least adding a Galaxy S6 Edge phone with a 5.7"display. While the 5.7" display has been reserved for their Galaxy Note, it would now appear...

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03:29
Production of Apple's Next-Gen iPhones set to Begin

According to a new supply chain report today, makers in the iPhone supply chain have started delivering parts and components to the two iPhone OEMs ...

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Thursday July 2

15:53
Apple's European "OS X El Capitan" Tradem...

Today the European Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark filing for "OS X El Capitan." There's an interesting twist to this filing that could be significant if Apple ever decided to act on it. It's an element ...

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14:20
New Enterprise Computing Study Shows Tablets and Hybrid...

The latest IDC study published today on tablets being adopted by European enterprises in the U.K, France and Germany show that the tablet as a category is falling into two distinct camps. The market is bifurcated and will continue to be so going forward between standalone tablets and the newer tablet-notebook hybrid.

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12:51
Apple Reportedly Considering Samsung's new Thinner...

While it was known that LG was originally the exclusive Apple Watch display supplier and likely to have extended that contract, a new Korean report says that Apple is now talking to Samsung ...

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12:05
How Apple Music's Liking System Works to Customize...

Apple Music's main draw is its focus on curation and its ability to learn about your music preferences to provide recommendations that suit your tastes. Apple's new Music app focuses heavily on content discovery, with an entire "For You" section dedicated to recommendations.

According to Apple, its music experts "handpick songs, artists, and albums based on what you listen to and like," and this content is what populates the "For You" section. Apple's explained that "For You" recommendations get better over time based on "whether you love a song or not," but the company hasn't explicitly spelled out how to best use likes and listens to better tailor Apple Music to your tastes.

To clear up confusion on how recommendations work, The Loop's Jim Dalrymple has spoken directly with Apple to get some insight on how the "Like" feature in Apple Music works to affect...

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11:59
Apple Recently Met with Major Card Companies in Korea wi...

A new Asian report published today claims that Apple is preparing Apple Pay for use in the Korean market in the first half of 2016. Apple recently had a private meeting ...

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10:27
Apple Rethinks the Home Button for Touch ID in a Creativ...

Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals yet another method of integrating Touch ID into an iDevice like the iPhone. Apple illustrates that they could easily hide the Touch ID's biometric circuitry within ...

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07:46
Apple Working on new Apple Pay Wallet service for Person...

Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a possible new method to allow two iPhone users with Touch ID to make a private sales transaction.

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04:57
'iPhone 6s' Again Rumored to Feature 12MP Came...

A sketchy and unconfirmed internal document posted by an alleged Foxconn employee on Chinese microblogging website Weibo (via PhoneArena) corroborates rumors that the next-generation iPhone could feature a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera with 4K video recording and 240 FPS slow-motion capabilities.

Weibo user KJuma has since removed the pair of leaked documents he shared on the Twitter-like service, but not before the images began making their rounds on the web. The documents also corroborate multiple rumors claiming the so-called iPhone 6s ("N66") and iPhone 6s Plus ("N71") will have 2GB of RAM.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a respectable track record at...

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Wednesday July 1

19:05
Jony Ive Officially Takes 'Chief Design Officer...

Apple senior executive Jonathan Ive has officially assumed the role of "Chief Design Officer" at Apple effective today, after being promoted from his previous role of "Senior Vice President of Design" nearly six weeks ago. Apple has updated Ive's executive profile on its leadership website to reflect the design chief's new position as Apple's third active C-level executive alongside CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri.

Apple announced in a company-wide email last month that Ive would be promoted to Chief Design Officer on July 1 and turn over his day-to-day management of the company's design teams to Richard Howarth and Alan Dye, who have both been elevated to vice president positions. Ive will remain responsible for all of Apple's design, with a focus on redesigning Apple Stores and other larger projects.Jony is one of the most...

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18:22
iOS 8.4 Removes Home Sharing for Music

Just a day after the release of iOS 8.4, which includes Apple's brand new music service Apple Music, many users on both the MacRumors forums and Apple Support communities are finding that the update removes Home Sharing for music on iOS devices. This breaks the ability for users to share their iTunes Library over Wi-Fi from their mobile devices.

Apple yesterday updated a Home Sharing support document to note that Home Sharing on iOS devices is only limited to video. Thus far, Home Sharing for music still appears to be available for both Mac and Apple TV. Additionally, while the Music page in iOS' Settings once listed a Home Sharing option prior to iOS 8.4, the...

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17:26
Trent Reznor Shares his Thoughts on Apple Music: 'T...

Following Tuesday's launch of Apple Music, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor spoke with music site Pitchfork about his thoughts on the service and his role in its development. Reznor joined Apple in 2014, following the company's acquisition of Beats Music, where Reznor served as Chief Creative Officer.

Ahead of the Apple Music launch, rumors suggested Reznor was leading development of the service alongside Jimmy Iovine, playing a major role in the redesign of the new Music app.

Image of Trent Reznor via Pitchfork
According to Reznor, his role in the creation of Apple Music shifted over time. While he initially...

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15:33
Apple Maps Vehicles Surveying 13 More U.S. States Later...

Apple's fleet of vehicles collecting street-level mapping data in the United States will begin surveying 13 more U.S. states between July 15 and July 31, including Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wyoming. Apple Maps vehicles have been spotted in 15 states to date and will have reached 28 states in total after this next wave.

Apple Maps vehicle driving in Monroe Township, New Jersey in May 2015
Apple confirmed last month that it is driving vehicles around the world to collect data to improve Apple Maps, and the mapping imagery is almost certainly being used to create a Google Maps "Street View" competitor. Apple Maps vehicles are also taking photos of businesses and storefronts in major metropolitan areas to replace current imagery provided by third-party sources such as Yelp....

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14:00
Full Lineup of Colors for Upcoming iPod Refresh Includes...

As we reported this morning, astute iPod owners with iTunes 12.2 have discovered an image that depicts the iPod touch, nano, and shuffle in new colors, suggesting an update could be in the works. A bit more digging around in iTunes 12.2 has unearthed additional iPod images, giving us a look at each of the new color options we might see should Apple be planning to release new models.

The images depict six different color options for the iPod nano, shuffle, and touch, showing each model in silver, space gray, red, bright pink, deep blue, and light gold. The latter three colors, pink, blue, and gold, are new shades that are not currently available. The space gray model may be slightly darker than the existing color, but it's difficult to determine from images alone.

Aside from new color options, the devices appear to...

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09:07
'iPhone 6s' to Support Faster Download Speeds...

Following a report yesterday that the next-generation "iPhone 6s" will appear essentially identical to the current lineup of iPhones with a few minor internal differences, an unnamed source has shared new photos of logic board from the device with 9to5Mac, revealing an updated Qualcomm LTE chip offering faster LTE speeds and greater energy efficiency.

Specifically, the next iPhone will carry a Qualcomm MDM9635M chip -- also referred to as the "9X35" Gobi modem platform -- and it aims to give the iPhone 6s a significant increase in performance over the current 9X25 used in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

For everyday users, this gives the potential for significant increases in LTE network performance with download speeds of up to 300 Mbps, twice that of the current iPhone line. Real-world...

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08:11
Universal Releases Official Full Trailer for 'Steve...

Following an initial teaser earlier in May, Universal today released the first official full-length trailer for the upcoming Steve Jobs movie.

The two-and-a-half minute trailer provides the longest look at the Danny Boyle-directed biopic that anyone has seen yet, balancing focus between Steve Jobs' various behind-the-scenes product launches and his intense personal life regarding his relationship with daughter Lisa Brennan-Jobs.

The trailer also gives more in-depth looks at Jeff Daniels and Kate Winslet, especially, as John Sculley and Joanna Hoffman, with various through-the-years glimpses of Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs. After various casting calls and set photo leaks earlier in the year, excitement around the...

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Documentation Scanner

Friday July 3

19:19
If you can't see images for Apple Music...

To see images for playlists, albums, and artists in Apple Music, your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch must be connected to the Internet.

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10:00
Remove All Files Except jamf.log From A Directory

You can redirect a log file into a given directory. That directory, if it has other stuff in it, can get out of control. So, here, we’re going to remove all files except that file using the find command:

find * ! -name jamf.log -type f -delete

Once run, the jamf.log is the last file left in the directory.

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07:00
Statistical Models and Same Sex Marriage

As you’ve likely heard, if you live in the United States (and possibly elsewhere), same sex marriage has now been legalized. And it’s legal in Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, Denmark, France, Brazil, Uruguay, New Zealand, Britain, Luxembourg, Finland and Ireland already. The trend to legalize same sex marriage started in 2001. And it’s been gaining popularity. At some point, it’s likely that same sex marriage will be universally legal. But when?

 

Let’s ask Excel, using polynomial trendlines. To get started, let’s look at how many countries have legalized same sex marriage. The below spreadsheet lays out how many countries have legalized same sex marriage to date, and when.

To then see a trend line, we’ll add a chart element, selecting Add Chart Element and then select...

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Thursday July 2

19:34
One or more keys on the keyboard do not respond

If some or all of the keys on your Apple keyboard don't seem to be working, use these tips to troubleshoot.

| Read more »
19:30
OS X: Manually migrating data from another Mac

 If your computer is too old to work with Migration Assistant, you can manually copy your data from one computer to another using these steps.

| Read more »
19:19
Locating vendor information

Learn how to find information about a third-party product vendor.

| Read more »
18:53
Upgrading from Xsan 1.4.2 to Xsan 2.x

Follow these instructions to upgrade your Xsan 1.4.2 SAN to Xsan 2.

| Read more »
17:11
Using the USB-C port and adapters on your MacBook (...

Learn about the power, data-transfer, and video capabilities of the USB-C port and USB-C adapters for your MacBook.

| Read more »
16:04
About EFI and SMC firmware updates for Intel-based...

This article lists firmware updates available as standalone installers for Intel-based Mac computers.

| Read more »
15:09
Create and modify share destinations in Final Cut Pro

This video demonstrates how to create and modify share destinations in Final Cut Pro X.

| Read more »
15:08
Use 3D Text in Final Cut Pro

This video demonstrates how to use 3D text in Final Cut Pro X.

| Read more »
15:08
Use clip effects in Final Cut Pro

This video demonstrates how to use clip effects in Final Cut Pro X.

| Read more »
15:08
Import media in Final Cut Pro

This video demonstrates how to import media in Final Cut Pro X.

| Read more »
15:08
Manage libraries in Final Cut Pro

This video demonstrates how to manage libraries in Final Cut Pro X.

| Read more »
12:29
Updated the Fitbit Badge List page (with images)

I’ve been running a list of Fitbit badges for awhile. That list is now updated with the latest imagery and badge names at http://krypted.com/utilities/fitbit-badge-list/. Happy walking, climbing, running, etc.

| Read more »
12:03
Create a new book in iBooks Author with the same...

Learn how to create a template, give your book a new internal ID, or duplicate your book as a new one.

| Read more »
11:45
More Command Line Service Control In OS X

The serverctl command can be used to start and stop services in OS X Server. Use serverctl with a list verb to show a list of services:

serverctl list

Grab a service (without the quotes) and feed it back into serverctl with the enable option and a service= option to identify the service:

serverctl enable service=com.apple.servermgrd.xcode

Or disable, using the disable verb:

serverctl disable service=com.apple.servermgrd.xcode

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10:02
Accessing and archiving content from iTunes U...

On September 1, 2015, Apple will discontinue iTunes U private sites and disable all access to private sites. Please review the information below to determine whether your iTunes U site will be affected.

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 052 on client...
09:00
Announcing compliance toolset for public folders

Office 365 offers a comprehensive compliance toolset that spans Exchange email, SharePoint and OneDrive for Business documents, and Skype conversations. Some customers store valuable information in Exchange public folders, and have requested that we broaden Office 365’s compliance solution to cover public folder data as well. Previously, external archiving solutions were required to meet this need.

Today, we are pleased to announce that the Office 365 archiving and eDiscovery toolset is being extended to include public folders. Customers can now place public folder content on hold to preserve it for legal or regulatory requirements. They can perform eDiscovery functions on public folder data, including search, preview and export. Entire public folders or specific content (based on keywords) can be preserved immutably. They can delete aged items out of public folders. And all administrative activities on public folders are fully audited. Throughout all these operations, users...

| Read more »
09:00
Introducing new and modern chart types now available...

As part of a wave of new updates delivered in the Office 2016 Public Preview last month, we unveiled a set of highly anticipated new charts to give you more ways to explore data and tell rich stories across Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Say hello to Waterfall, Histogram, Pareto, Box & Whisker, Treemap and Sunburst—six powerful charts that help you quickly visualize common financial, statistical and hierarchical data.

Read on to see how you can take advantage of these new charts and then try each one out by installing the Office 2016 Preview.

Waterfall—visualizing financial statements with ease

Most business owners seek to better understand their finances in order...

| Read more »
09:00
Office 365 now offers seamless integration with...

Today’s post was written by Jean Paoli, Rob Dolin and Doug Mahugh from the Microsoft Open Teach EDU team.

Last Friday at MS Open Tech we announced new open source integration with Open edX and Office 365 and also provided an update on the evolution of open source Moodle integration with Office 365. These are exciting developments in the education technology space, and in this post we’ll cover how they fit into the broader trend toward more openness and interoperability, which is being enabled by Office 365’s open REST APIs.

Whether you’re a fourth grader at your local elementary school, a forty-year-old working on an evening MBA, or a fourth year associate enrolled in training at your company, there’s a good chance that you use a popular LMS (Learning Management System) or MOOC (Massive Open Online...

| Read more »

Documentation Scanner

Friday July 3

19:19
If you can't see images for Apple Music...

To see images for playlists, albums, and artists in Apple Music, your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch must be connected to the Internet.

| Read more »
10:00
Remove All Files Except jamf.log From A Directory

You can redirect a log file into a given directory. That directory, if it has other stuff in it, can get out of control. So, here, we’re going to remove all files except that file using the find command:

find * ! -name jamf.log -type f -delete

Once run, the jamf.log is the last file left in the directory.

| Read more »
07:00
Statistical Models and Same Sex Marriage

As you’ve likely heard, if you live in the United States (and possibly elsewhere), same sex marriage has now been legalized. And it’s legal in Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, Denmark, France, Brazil, Uruguay, New Zealand, Britain, Luxembourg, Finland and Ireland already. The trend to legalize same sex marriage started in 2001. And it’s been gaining popularity. At some point, it’s likely that same sex marriage will be universally legal. But when?

 

Let’s ask Excel, using polynomial trendlines. To get started, let’s look at how many countries have legalized same sex marriage. The below spreadsheet lays out how many countries have legalized same sex marriage to date, and when.

To then see a trend line, we’ll add a chart element, selecting Add Chart Element and then select...

| Read more »

Thursday July 2

19:34
One or more keys on the keyboard do not respond

If some or all of the keys on your Apple keyboard don't seem to be working, use these tips to troubleshoot.

| Read more »
19:30
OS X: Manually migrating data from another Mac

 If your computer is too old to work with Migration Assistant, you can manually copy your data from one computer to another using these steps.

| Read more »
19:19
Locating vendor information

Learn how to find information about a third-party product vendor.

| Read more »
18:53
Upgrading from Xsan 1.4.2 to Xsan 2.x

Follow these instructions to upgrade your Xsan 1.4.2 SAN to Xsan 2.

| Read more »
17:11
Using the USB-C port and adapters on your MacBook (...

Learn about the power, data-transfer, and video capabilities of the USB-C port and USB-C adapters for your MacBook.

| Read more »
16:04
About EFI and SMC firmware updates for Intel-based...

This article lists firmware updates available as standalone installers for Intel-based Mac computers.

| Read more »
15:09
Create and modify share destinations in Final Cut Pro

This video demonstrates how to create and modify share destinations in Final Cut Pro X.

| Read more »
15:08
Use 3D Text in Final Cut Pro

This video demonstrates how to use 3D text in Final Cut Pro X.

| Read more »
15:08
Use clip effects in Final Cut Pro

This video demonstrates how to use clip effects in Final Cut Pro X.

| Read more »
15:08
Import media in Final Cut Pro

This video demonstrates how to import media in Final Cut Pro X.

| Read more »
15:08
Manage libraries in Final Cut Pro

This video demonstrates how to manage libraries in Final Cut Pro X.

| Read more »
12:29
Updated the Fitbit Badge List page (with images)

I’ve been running a list of Fitbit badges for awhile. That list is now updated with the latest imagery and badge names at http://krypted.com/utilities/fitbit-badge-list/. Happy walking, climbing, running, etc.

| Read more »
12:03
Create a new book in iBooks Author with the same...

Learn how to create a template, give your book a new internal ID, or duplicate your book as a new one.

| Read more »
11:45
More Command Line Service Control In OS X

The serverctl command can be used to start and stop services in OS X Server. Use serverctl with a list verb to show a list of services:

serverctl list

Grab a service (without the quotes) and feed it back into serverctl with the enable option and a service= option to identify the service:

serverctl enable service=com.apple.servermgrd.xcode

Or disable, using the disable verb:

serverctl disable service=com.apple.servermgrd.xcode

| Read more »
10:02
Accessing and archiving content from iTunes U...

On September 1, 2015, Apple will discontinue iTunes U private sites and disable all access to private sites. Please review the information below to determine whether your iTunes U site will be affected.

| Read more »
09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 052 on client...
09:00
Announcing compliance toolset for public folders

Office 365 offers a comprehensive compliance toolset that spans Exchange email, SharePoint and OneDrive for Business documents, and Skype conversations. Some customers store valuable information in Exchange public folders, and have requested that we broaden Office 365’s compliance solution to cover public folder data as well. Previously, external archiving solutions were required to meet this need.

Today, we are pleased to announce that the Office 365 archiving and eDiscovery toolset is being extended to include public folders. Customers can now place public folder content on hold to preserve it for legal or regulatory requirements. They can perform eDiscovery functions on public folder data, including search, preview and export. Entire public folders or specific content (based on keywords) can be preserved immutably. They can delete aged items out of public folders. And all administrative activities on public folders are fully audited. Throughout all these operations, users...

| Read more »
09:00
Introducing new and modern chart types now available...

As part of a wave of new updates delivered in the Office 2016 Public Preview last month, we unveiled a set of highly anticipated new charts to give you more ways to explore data and tell rich stories across Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Say hello to Waterfall, Histogram, Pareto, Box & Whisker, Treemap and Sunburst—six powerful charts that help you quickly visualize common financial, statistical and hierarchical data.

Read on to see how you can take advantage of these new charts and then try each one out by installing the Office 2016 Preview.

Waterfall—visualizing financial statements with ease

Most business owners seek to better understand their finances in order...

| Read more »
09:00
Office 365 now offers seamless integration with...

Today’s post was written by Jean Paoli, Rob Dolin and Doug Mahugh from the Microsoft Open Teach EDU team.

Last Friday at MS Open Tech we announced new open source integration with Open edX and Office 365 and also provided an update on the evolution of open source Moodle integration with Office 365. These are exciting developments in the education technology space, and in this post we’ll cover how they fit into the broader trend toward more openness and interoperability, which is being enabled by Office 365’s open REST APIs.

Whether you’re a fourth grader at your local elementary school, a forty-year-old working on an evening MBA, or a fourth year associate enrolled in training at your company, there’s a good chance that you use a popular LMS (Learning Management System) or MOOC (Massive Open Online...

| 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
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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.

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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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