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10:27
Noteboom Tutorials introduces Tutor for Photos for OS X

Noteboom Tutorials has introduced Tutor for Photos for OS X, their latest video tutorial for the Mac. It consists of 43 video lessons designed to give users a better understanding of how to effectively use Apple's new photo management software, Photos.

Tutor for Photos for OS X covers various subjects including importing from iPhoto, syncing with iCloud Photo Library, managing multiple libraries, and showing the sidebar to make it more like iPhoto. The tutorial also looks at organizing photos into albums, smart albums, faces, folders, and how to hide your photos. The new Photos includes extensive editing tools and the tutorial shows you how to use them.

Demos include enhancing photos, adding filters, straightening photos, cropping photos, and making adjustments to photos. Tutor for Photos for OS X also includes tips when editing including how to compare  edits to the original photo and creating versions. The tutorial also includes lessons on various sharing options...

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10:21
LinkOptimizer 4.9.41 for InDesign lets you remove alpha channels from...

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has unveiled LinkOptimizer 4.9.41, a feature update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

LinkOptimizer allows users to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data, performing essential image adjustments and converting file formats. Version 4.9.41 adds an option to automatically remove all alpha channels from images during Photoshop processing.

LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website for US$259.95 (a "lite" version is available for $179.95). A demo is available for download. Version 4.9.41 is a free update for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and a $130 upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC 2014.

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10:16
TaskInsight 3.7 for Mac OS X enhances actions and speech control for...

Imaja (www.imaja.com) has launched TaskInsight 3.7, an update to its productivity and business app for Mac OS X.

TaskInsight features task list and timeline management with iCloud support on Mac OS X. Import and export functions support TSV and XML files for sharing with other applications. Version 3.7 enhances the speech controls and provides new actions for task list and timeline management.

TaskInsight requires Mac OS X 10.7. It costs US$19.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Productivity and Business categories.

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10:03
Disk Drill data recovery app for Mac gets an update

CleverFiles (www.cleverfiles.com) has released Disk Drill 2.4.417, an update of its Mac OS X data recovery solution.

The app sports a set of file recovery tools that can undelete files from almost any device: internal and external hard drives, memory cards, USB flash drives, mountable cameras, iPods and more. Version 2.4.417 adds a number of new file signatures to the database, including LWS (LightWave 3D Scene File), LWO (LightWave 3D Object File), ALS (Ableton Live Set File), SKETCH (Sketch vector drawing) and others. It also improves recovery of update file formats for Apple Numbers, Pages and Keynote.

Disk Drill is available in basic, pro, and enterprise versions. The first is free; the latter two cost US$89 and $399, respectively.

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06:54
Patriot developing Type-C USB flash drive for MacBook users

Patriot (http://www.patriotmemory.com/) is developing a Type-C USB Flash Drive for the new MacBook, Google Chromebook Pixel and other Type-C equipped notebooks and systems available on the market.

With the recent release of the latest MacBook, which has been upgraded with the new Type-C port, consumers will now be able to use the Type-C USB Flash Drive to transfer data from any other form factor using a single, small solution. Outfitted with a polished metal exterior, the dual-sided Type-C/Type A USB Flash Drive will feature both a small Type-C at one end and a standard USB 3.0 connector at the other end allowing data transfer from traditional devices to the new Type C based device.

The new Type-C USB Flash Drive will be available to consumers starting in June. It will be offered in both 32GB and 64GB capacities.

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06:48
QuarkXPress 2015 now available

Quark Software has released QuarkXPress 2015 (www.quark.com/2015), an update of the graphic design and page layout software. It adds 64-bit architecture, industry-verified PDF/X-4 output, fixed layout interactive (app-like) eBook production, as well as an array of user-requested features.

QuarkXPress is sold as a perpetual license, which means users make a single purchase and aren’t locked into an ongoing subscription. With its 64-bit architecture, QuarkXPress 2015 can now use all the RAM available on a user’s computer to deliver performance improvements across the board from file handling and layout rendering to PDF export. Quark has also added multi-threading to the QuarkXPress text engine to further increase performance.

By using PDF/X-4 output, designers can maintain transparency to enable smaller files, faster output and higher quality print output. The exported PDF/X-4 files are certified by the...

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Apr 27
TripIt Arrives on the Apple Watch

TripIt (www.tripit.com) from Concur has launched its Apple Watch app. It gives flight, hotel and rental car information, as well as real-time flight alerts for TripIt Pro users, all without having to slow down and pull out their phones.
 
"Our mission is to help travelers get one step closer to experiencing the perfect trip. One of the ways we do that is by taking advantage of new technologies, like the Apple Watch, that have the ability to drastically change the way we travel from now on," says Jen Moyse, head of product for TripIt from Concur.
 
Now TripIt users can see their travel plans throughout the day, pull up their flight details before they head to the airport, and even confirm their hoteląs check-in time when they land‹right from their Apple Watch. TripIt Pro users will also receive real-time flight alerts, including: connecting flight information, gate changes, flight delays, and more....

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Apr 27
Apple expands capital returns program to $200 billion

Apple says its Board of Directors has authorized an increase of more than 50% to the company’s program to return capital to shareholders. Under the expanded program, Apple plans to utilize a cumulative total of US$200 billion of cash by the end of March 2017. 

As part of the revised program, the Board has increased its share repurchase authorization to $140 billion from the $90 billion level announced last year. In addition, the company expects to continue to net-share-settle vesting restricted stock units.

The Board has also approved an increase of 11% to the company’s quarterly dividend, and has declared a dividend of $.52 per share, payable on May 14, 2015 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 11, 2015. 

From the inception of its capital return program in August 2012 through March 2015, Apple has returned over $112 billion to shareholders, including $80 billion in share repurchases.

To assist in funding the program, the company...

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Apr 27
Apple reports record second quarter results

Apple has announced the financial results for its fiscal 2015 second quarter that ended March 28. The company posted quarterly revenue of US$58 billion and quarterly net profit of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share.

These results compare to revenue of $45.6 billion and net profit of $10.2 billion, or $1.66 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 40.8 percent compared to 39.3 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 69 percent of the quarter’s revenue. The growth was fueled by record second quarter sales of iPhones and Macs and all-time record performance of the App Store.

“"We are thrilled by the continued strength of iPhone, Mac and the App Store, which drove our best March quarter results ever," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a press release. "We’re seeing a higher rate of people switching to iPhone than we’ve experienced in previous cycles, and we’re off to an exciting start to the June quarter with the launch of...

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Apr 27
Anawiki launches Avalon Legends Solitaire 2 for Mac OS X

Anawiki Games (http://www.anawiki.com) has announced Avalon Legends Solitaire 2 for Mac OS X (10.6.5 or higher). It costs US$9.97.

Here's how the game is described: "The sequel's story begins shortly after the events of the original game. Having saved King Arthur's life, the Druids of Avalon have formed a close alliance with Camelot and maintain a permanent presence in Arthur's court in the form of the Royal Druid, Mallard. A time of peace follows, only to be interrupted by a goblin invasion. With Camelot lying in ruins and Arthur away at war, the player takes on the role of Mallard as he seeks to gather resources and rebuild the kingdom.

"Although the solitaire mechanics stick close to the model established by the first game, Avalon Legends Solitaire 2 introduces a great deal more gameplay in between the levels. By beating solitaire levels, the player earns the three resources needed to rebuild...

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Apr 27
Cindori AB releases Disk Sensei for Mac OS X

Cindori AB (http://tinyurl.com/obyclqf) has released Disk Sensei, a disk performance tool for Mac OS X.

It can monitor, maintain and enhance storage performance and utilization. Disk Sensei lets you: monitor drive usage and statistics; analyze drive health; visualize drive content to help understand and maintain your file system; clean out space-hogging caches, logs and other large files; optimize drive performance and free up space through advanced OS X tweaks; enable Trim for Solid State Drives; and benchmark drives and compare their performance.

Disk Sensei works with hard drives, solid state drives, internal drives and external drives. It requires OS X 10.9 or later and costs US$19.99. Customers who have purchased Trim Enabler from Cindori AB can obtain Disk Sensei for $9.99.

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Apr 27
Griffin WatchStand now available

Griffin Technology has released the US$29.99 WatchStand (store.griffintechnology.com/watchstand), a dock that provides a place to charge and display the Apple Watch.

The WatchStand displays the Apple smartwatch on a sleek pedestal, and can be placed on any nightstand, tabletop or desktop for daily charging. It houses the Apple-provided magnetic charging cable in an angled cradle that keeps it ready to charge at all times.

For initial assembly, the user simply feeds the magnetic charging cable through the center of the post. To charge each day, you lay the Apple Watch against the cradle. The magnetic connector snaps itself onto the back of the watch and begins charging.

The WatchStand is compatible with all versions of the Apple Watch and holds it at an easy viewing angle as it charges. Accommodating both semi-flexible and fully flexible bands, the WatchStand displays and charges Apple Watch vertically or horizontally.

Since the Apple Watch and iPhone go...

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Apr 27
Discover to bring Apple Pay to cardmembers

Discover has announced an agreement with Apple that will allow Discover cardmembers in the U.S. to make contactless payments in participating stores through Apple Pay, the way to pay, using iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch.

"As the mobile payments landscape matures, Discover remains committed to giving cardmembers secure options for using their cards and mobile devices," says Diane Offereins, Discover’s president of payment services. "Discover’s focus on simplicity and value for our cardmembers aligns well with the way Apple Pay makes purchases easy and convenient."
When cardmembers add their credit or debit card to Apple Pay, the actual card numbers aren't stored on the device or on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on a device. Each card transaction is authorized with a one-time unique dynamic security code, instead of using the security code from the back of the credit or...

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Apr 27
Apple to announce latest quarterly finances today

Apple will announce the financial results for its fiscal second quarter today. A conference call with analysts and the press will be held at 2 p.m. (Pacific) time.

KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo, one of the most reliable analysts, has his Apple numbers ready, as noted by "9to5Mac" (http://tinyurl.com/nbcub2l). The analyst projects iPhone, iPad, and Mac shipments to be 58.2 million, 10.1 million, and 4.5 million respectively. He also estimates that Apple Watch shipments are currently at 631,000 units.

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Apr 27
Alchemist Guild releases iCloudStatus for OS X Yosemite

The Alchemist Guild has released iCloudStatus for Mac OS X Yosemite. It shows a status icon for iCloud Drive in your menu bar so there's no more digging around in the Finder to see when your files have been uploaded.

When you add files to iCloud Drive from the Finder or other apps iCloudStatus detects the changes and show you how much progress has been made, then notify you when the transfer is finished. Additionally a history log of all transfers and the date is recorded so you can verify previous activity.

iCloudStatus costs US$1.99. It's available here: http://tinyurl.com/osv59pk .

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

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

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

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

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

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Apr 24
Jumsoft announces update of Toolbox for MS Office

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

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

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

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Apr 23
Apple updates TestFight to version 1.1.1

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

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

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

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Apr 23
Comcast Plans to Drop Takeover of Time Warner

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

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

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Apr 23
Sonnet Announces Avid-qualified DX Thunderbolt Adapter

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

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

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

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Apr 28
Broadband households have privacy, security concerns...

Research firm Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) reports 47% of U.S. broadband households have privacy or security concerns about smart home devices. The connected home industries need to formalize strategies, such as consumer privacy rights, in order to push these markets forward, according to the research group.

"Recent high-profile media reports of hacks into smart baby monitors and connected cars, whether valid or not, have heightened consumer concerns over privacy and security for connected home systems," says Tom Kerbersaid, director of Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates. "Companies need to move quickly to reinforce the security of their solutions as well as ensure the consumer's right to privacy."

Parks Associates says that if firms offer a bill of rights to consumers, specifically the rights to be invisible, to approve who uses the data, and to be erased,...

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

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

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

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

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Apr 23
Amazon Web Services,VMware are market leaders

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

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

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

° Microsoft...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

° On...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Apr 14
Smart bulbs marching into the smart home

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

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

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

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Reviews and Kool Tools

Qoppa Software's (http://www.qoppa.com/) PDF Studio 10 is a solid update of its all-in-one PDF editing software for Mac OS X. The new version adds PDF Optimization, Overlay Comparison and Conversion to HTML5. The new... Read more »
The GNU Make tool is used by coders to generate executables from program source code. From No Starch Press John Graham-Cumming's GNU Make Book (256 pages, US$34.95) is the first new GNU Make book in 10 years. "The GNU... Read more »
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Tuesday April 28

07:53
Google Calendar

 April 28, 2015 7:53:00 AM PDT

We're investigating reports of an issue with Google Calendar. We will provide more information shortly.

Only Google Apps for Government customers are affected.

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05:00
20 Apple Watch apps worth a flick of your wrist

Calling them “apps” is a bit of a misnomer because third-party apps don’t really run natively on Apple Watch – yet. They’re more like extensions or views of apps that are running on your iPhone, but I digress. Watch apps are a little laggy at launch – get used to looking at the spinning flower – but there are times when viewing little bits of information on your wrist can be useful, especially notifications. Most importantly, it doesn’t come with all the baggage and distractions that turn your iPhone into a blackhole of time that you can never get back. After spending the weekend with Apple Watch, here are a few of the initial standout apps.

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Monday April 27

22:10
Swedish armored vehicles get F1-inspired active...

BAE Systems recently announced that it has adapted the active damping suspension originally made for F1 cars to a Swedish Combat Vehicle, the CV90. This is reportedly the first system of its kind for a tracked vehicle, although BAE has been working o...

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20:34
Audi makes eco-friendly diesel from carbon dioxide...

In an ideal, pollution-free world, everyone would be driving electric and hydrogen fuel cell cars. Audi knows society isn't quite there yet, however, so it has a stopgap if you still get around using conventional vehicles. The automaker recently prod...

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18:42
China, iPhone 6 lead another record Apple quarter

Apple achieved its second straight quarter of record results as demand for the new iPhone 6 surged and China became Apple’s second most important market after the U.S.

The company sold 61.2 million units of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus during the first three months of 2015, blasting past the 44 million it shipped during the same quarter of last year when the iPhone 5S was still new.

Those sales helped Apple to a net profit of $13.6 billion, up by almost 33 percent, on revenue of $58 billion for the quarter, up 27 percent. That’s above the $55 billion Apple had said it was expecting and the $56 billion consensus expectation from financial analysts.

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17:55
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17:55
Treyarch: Black Ops III More Ambitious Than World at...


Activision on Monday announced the launch date for Call of Duty: Black Ops III -- Friday, Nov. 6. The company is departing from its tradition of Tuesday releases. Instead of conflicting with school and work schedules, the Friday release will give players the weekend to dive into the sci-fi shooter and get a feel for the new gameplay mechanics.
Some may groan at Black Ops III's futuristic story arriving just a year after Advanced Warfare. However, Treyarch's Black Ops III works a slightly different angle.

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17:40
Apple Watch preorders cause spike in Apple phone,...

As can be expected from a major product launch, Apple Watch preorders and first weekend sales caused a spike in wait times for customers trying to reach Apple's service centers.

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17:17
Apple Plans to be Part of Coming Big Media Changes

Apple CEO Tim Cook made it clear he wants his company to play a role in the rapidly changing market for entertainment content. He said as much during the company's second quarter earnings conference call on Monday, and called out HBO Now as an example of giving customers what they want.

The Mac Observer Spin: Now that Apple TV has a place in our living rooms, Tim Cook wants to make sure that's our go-to choice for TV shows and movies. He says major changes are coming to the market, and that has to have Comcast, Time Warner, and Dish taking notice. The customer loss will be slow, but it'll come unless they figure out how to change with the market instead of resisting what's coming.


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16:35
Best Buy will accept Apple Pay despite allegiance to...

During Apple’s Q2 financial call today, the company mentioned that big-box retailer Best Buy would be supporting Apple Pay in stores later this year, and Best Buy will allow customers to make purchases within the company app using Apple Pay starting today. The news is notable because of Best Buy’s alliance with MCX, or the Merchant Customer Exchange, a retailer’s association that wants to start its own mobile payments platform called CurrentC.

MCX and CurrentC made headlines in November, just after Apple Pay launched, when many MCX members—including Best Buy, 7-11, and CVS—...

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16:26
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 27...

Notable software releases this week include Nicecast 1.11.4, iMovie 10.0.8, OmniFocus 2.1.3, Hazel 3.3.5, iMac Graphics Update 1.0, Fantastical 2.0.3, KeyCue 7.5, BusyCal 2.6.6, and BusyContacts 1.0.3.

 

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16:26
ExtraBITS for 27 April 2015

For your ExtraBITS reading pleasure this week, Apple will exchange Apple Watch bands, iFixit rips apart the Apple Watch, Comcast abandons its bid for Time Warner Cable, the mysterious Error 53 is killing iPhones, and YouTube has dropped support for the second-generation Apple TV.

 

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16:15
Tim Cook on Poor iPad Sales: ‘It is what it is’

During Apple's 2015 Q2 Financial Report, Tim Cook glossed over the poor state of iPad Sales with some interesting remarks. He doesn't appear to be very concerned about negative sales growth and remarked, "It is what it is."


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16:00
Today in the App Store -- Display Desktop, and the...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Display Desktop, the new R.B.I. Baseball 15 and a major update to OOTP Baseball 16. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Guide Pro for Minecraft [Now free, down from $1.99] Now that you have downloaded Minecraft, what do you do? The answer is simple, download the this app so we can help you out!

My Followers for Instagram (Original Edition) [Now free, down from $0.99] Ever wondered who unfollowed you on Instagram? With My Followers On Instagram, you can find that out and much more.

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15:50
The ultimate guide to how and where to use Apple Pay

It’s official: Tim Cook named 2015 as “the year of Apple Pay.” Apple’s flagship mobile payment platform is off to a running start in the U.S., with support for an impressive number of banking partners and retail stores that’s practically growing by the day. And iPhone users are rampantly using it—Whole Foods Market has seen mobile payments increase by more than 400 percent since Apple Pay launched in October 2014.

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15:42
∞ A crack in the consortium

Remember the MCX Consortium, the competing transaction processing system from Walmart, et al? One of their high profile members is Best Buy and they just agreed to take Apple Pay.

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15:30
AWT News Update: April 27, 2015

On today's AWT News Update:

  • Apple annouces record financial results for its fiscal 2015 second quarter
  • Apple has made 27 acquisitions over the past six quarters
  • The company is adding another $50 billion to its capital return program
  • A research firm estimates 376,000 Apple Watch pre-orders were delivered over the weekend
  • Three Made for iPhone hearing aids are now controllable from the Apple Watch

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This is Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for April 27, 2015. Our sponsor this week is Juicy Bits Software, developers of the new WhereNotes app for iPhone and Apple Watch. Providing fast and simple...

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15:26
After Hours Market Likes Apple’s Record Q2 Earnings

Shares of Apple Inc. traded higher in the after hours market, as investors voted with their dollars on the company's second quarter results. $AAPL was trading at $134.40 per share, a gain of $1.75 (+1.32 percent), as of this writing.


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15:18
Transcript of today’s Tim Cook earnings call

Serenity Caldwell did her thing, giving us a transcript of today’s call.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:05
Automatic Labs Sponsoring TidBITS

Please welcome our latest TidBITS sponsor, Automatic Labs, makers of the Automatic car adapter and iPhone app for helping you drive smarter, safer, and with fewer hassles!

 

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14:45
News: Notes from Apple’s Q2 2015 earnings call

Kicking off Apple’s conference call announcing its record-breaking numbers for Q2 2015, Apple CEO Tim Cook reported that the company had its strongest March quarter ever, with 27% revenue growth overall, and 55% year-over-year growth in iPhone revenue. Cook also noted that Apple has seen a higher rate of switchers to the iPhone than in previous iPhone cycles, cited strong success of the iPhone in emerging markets with 63% year-over-year growth,…

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14:43
Apple aiming to launch Apple Watch in second-wave of...

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced during the company’s Q2 earnings call this evening that he anticipates Apple Watch will launch in additional countries by late June. As of right now, Apple Watch is only available in 9 countries. A report earlier this month claimed that Apple would launch Watch in a second-wave of countries on May 8th, but we quickly debunked that rumor.

Cook went on to say that Apple is quickly leaning about customer preferences when it comes to Apple Watch. This includes the varying popularity of the Sport, Apple Watch, and Edition variations. Cook also touted throughout the call that there are more than 3500...

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Monday April 27

21:04
Apple Watch Tips and Hidden Features: Handoff, AirPlay,...

The Apple Watch is a brand new product platform for Apple, offering a significantly different experience compared to Apple's already established platforms, iOS and Mac OS. As the device is getting onto more and more wrists over the coming days, weeks and month, we've collected a bunch of helpful tips to help users acclimating to Apple's brand new platform in a video. We've highlighted some of the tips below.

Fast switching between apps - If you need to bounce between two apps, or one app and your watch face, it can become fairly cumbersome and take some time. Instead, it's easier and quicker to simply fast switch between apps by double tapping the Digital Crown. Double tapping a second time goes back to the last thing you were doing. This way, you can spend some time on the watch face, quickly zoom over to the Music app to select a new song, and then double tap again to go back to the watch face...

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18:33
A Review of the Key Points from Apple's Q2 2015 Fin...

Today, Apple announced a historic March Quarter with 27% revenue growth and 40% earnings per share growth Year over Year (YoY). Apple saw outstanding results for the iPhone with revenue growth up 55% YoY. Cook noted that they saw the highest rate of Android switchers than in any previous iPhone cycle. Another major point ...

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15:48
Tim Cook: Component Cost Breakdowns on Apple Products Ar...

During today's Q2 2015 earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that Apple Watch margins are lower than the company average, and on a followup question about those margins in the context of the Apple Watch Edition's high price, Cook commented on the inaccuracy of estimated cost breakdowns on Apple products.

"I haven't seen [them for Apple Watch], but generally there are cost breakdowns around our products that are much different than the reality. I've never seen one that is anywhere close to being accurate," Cook said. He went on to say that the Apple Watch's functionality is "absolutely incredible" with a lot of new features and innovative technology.

We haven't seen cost breakdowns on the components of the Apple Watch hinting at a possible base unit price that would reveal Apple's profit margin, but such component breakdowns are often shared by analysts following device teardowns...

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14:50
Apple CEO Tim Cook: We're 'Working Hard'...

During today's earnings call covering the second fiscal quarter of 2015, Apple CEO Tim Cook did not share information on Apple Watch sales, but there were several analyst questions on the new wearable, leading Cook to shed a bit of light on Apple's efforts to fulfill orders.

According to Cook, demand for the Apple Watch is much greater than supply, but the company is "working hard to remedy that." He said that Apple made a lot of progress on that over the past week, and was able to deliver the Apple Watch to more customers than Apple had originally anticipated.

"We're going to keep doing that," Cook said, noting that some customers would begin receiving updated info on improved shipping estimates today. Apple is "generally happy" with its efforts to boost supply and get the Apple Watch out to customers as soon as possible, and Apple Watch availability may expand to other countries in late June. "It is a new product for us. With any new product, you wind up taking...

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13:35
Apple Reports Record March Quarter Results of $13.6B Pro...

Apple today announced financial results for the second fiscal quarter and first calendar quarter of 2015. For the quarter, Apple posted revenue of $58 billion and net quarterly profit of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share, compared to revenue of $45.6 billion and net quarterly profit of $10.2 billion, or $1.66 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter.

Gross margin for the quarter was 40.8 percent compared to 39.3 percent in the year-ago quarter, with international sales accounting for 69 percent of revenue. Apple also declared an increased dividend payment of $0.52 per share, payable on May 14 to shareholders of record as of May 11. The company currently holds $193.5 billion in cash and marketable securities.

In addition to the increase in the dividend payment, Apple said it will...

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10:12
Apple Adds New NBC Sports Channel to Apple TV

Apple today added the NBC Sports Live Extra channel to the Apple TV, adding to its growing collection of available sports apps the device. The NBC Sports channel on the Apple TV delivers videos and clips of sporting events that air on NBC, much like the iPad app.

NBC Sports on the Apple TV offers video on demand that includes access to video clips, previews of upcoming events, and highlights from past events, plus it offers live NBC Sports events and full event replays. While video clips and other content will be available to all users, watching live content will require a cable subscription and authentication to log in.In addition to the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Triple Crown, Live Extra streams all live sports content televised by NBC, NBCSN and Golf Channel, including: the Summer and Winter Olympics; Sunday Night Football and NBC's NFL pre-season and post-...

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09:49
Apple Seeds Second iOS 8.4 Beta With Revamped Music App...

Apple today seeded the second beta of iOS 8.4 to registered developers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the first iOS 8.4 beta and nearly three weeks after releasing iOS 8.3 to the public. Today's beta is also the first iOS 8.4 beta to be made available to public beta testers.

The beta, build 12H4086d, is available as an over-the-air download and through the iOS Developer Center.

iOS 8.4 introduces an all-new Music app, which has a revamped design that shows pictures of artists in the Artists view and offers personalized playlists. It includes a new MiniPlayer, a redesigned look for "Now Playing," global search capabilities that make it easier to search within the Music app, and a streamlined design for iTunes Radio to bolster music discovery.

The first iOS 8.4 beta had a...

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08:41
Christy Turlington Burns Beats her London Marathon Goal

In a special segment on Apple's homepage regarding the Apple Watch + Christy Turlington Burns, we learned about Christy's "Countdown to London," where she stated that she had been distance running ...

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06:58
Apple Watch Pre-Order Delivery Estimates Continue to Imp...

Many customers who pre-ordered the Apple Watch over the past two weeks and received an extended shipping estimate of 4-6 weeks or later should receive the wrist-worn device earlier than expected. Apple continues to update several pre-orders with improved delivery estimates, with some Apple Watch orders initially slated for June delivery now shipping as early as this week.

A growing number of users within the MacRumors discussion forums with Apple Watch pre-orders facing June delivery are beginning to receive more specific shipping dates between mid May and early June. Some customers, for example, have delivery estimates of May 14-May 20 or May 28-June 10, and the white 38mm Apple Watch Sport in particular is set to deliver on April 28 for multiple customers.

The timing of deliveries is highly dependant on the model that customers selected, as the Stainless Steel Apple Watch with Link...

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06:56
LG wants the Korean Public to know that even Steve Jobs...

LG is preparing to launch their new flagship smartphone this week called the G4 which will use a unique leather stitched back panel. An LG official noted that ...

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06:09
Discover Cardmembers in the U.S. will be able to use App...

Earlier today Discover released a press release announcing an agreement with Apple that will allow Discover cardmembers in the U.S. to make contactless payments in participating stores through Apple Pay, the easy, secure and private way to pay, using iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch.

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05:46
Discover Announces Apple Pay Support Beginning This Fall

Discover announced on Monday that it will enable Apple Pay support for credit and debit cardholders at eligible financial institutions in the United States this fall. Discover will also support in-app purchases made using Apple Pay on compatible iPhones, iPads and Apple Watch.

Discover customers with an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, or iPhone 5 or newer paired with an Apple Watch will be able to add their credit and debit cards to the mobile payments service to make contactless payments at thousands of participating retailers and vendors throughout the United States. Discover cardholders will continue to receive current benefits, including Cashback Bonus and Freeze It security.“As the mobile payments landscape matures, Discover remains committed to giving cardmembers secure options for using their cards and mobile devices,” said Diane Offereins, Discover’s...

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05:26
Credit Suisse Praises Apple and Expects Strong iPhone Sa...

Talk about a tough act to follow. When Apple last reported earnings in January, it posted a quarterly net income of $18 billion—the most profitable quarter of any publicly traded company ever ...

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04:57
HTC Tries Humor in a new ad Campaign Attacking the Apple...

HTC is trying to stay relevant in the smartphone race by trying to shake things up in a new ad campaign in an attempt to grab the public's attention away from Apple and Samsung by means of humor.

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Sunday April 26

13:07
Apple Watch Impacts iPhone Battery Life... One Way or th...

With the launch of the Apple Watch on Friday, the first wave of consumers have received their Apple Watches. Our forums are abuzz with activity surrounding Apple's newest device. While there were initial concerns about the Apple Watch's battery life, reports seem to indicate that the Apple Watch, itself, has no problem lasting a full day.

However, there have been mixed reports about the impact the Apple Watch has on iPhone battery life. The Apple Watch needs to be paired to an iPhone for full functionality. The iPhone connects to the Apple Watch via bluetooth and Wi-Fi to feed it data and notifications throughout the day.

Some users have found a notable improvement in iPhone battery...

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10:58
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Starts HealthKit for 80,000...

In February we posted a report titled "In the Majority of Top Hospitals in the U.S have Rolled out Pilot HealthKit Programs." In that report we noted that Apple's healthcare technology was spreading quickly among major U.S. hospitals, showing early promise ...

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10:43
iTunes Store Facilitating Donations to Support Nepal Ear...

Apple today rolled out a feature through the iTunes Store that allows users to contribute to the American Red Cross in support of relief efforts following the Nepal earthquake that has killed over 2,400 people.

The feature leverages the hundreds of millions of credit cards already on file to allow iTunes users to easily donate $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, or $200 to the relief efforts. Apple will be passing along 100 percent of the donations to the Red Cross.

Aid Nepal
Donate in iTunes
#iTunes #Nepal #NepalEarthquake pic.twitter.com/s9seJp8RZV

— Philip Schiller...

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10:14
Evidence is Mounting that Samsung may Reinvent their Gea...

Over the last eleven months there has been a series of utility and design patents from Samsung illustrating a consistent shift away from their oblong Gear smartwatch interface design to that of one that carries a more traditional round interface as noted in our cover graphic. More importantly...

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08:34
Watch the Vogue Interview Video with Jony Ive and Marc N...

This week we reported on the Vogue interview during the Condé Nast International Luxury Conference that's now available ...

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Saturday April 25

11:38
USA TODAY Dumps on the Apple Watch and some Apps Right o...

USA TODAY's writer Jefferson Graham didn't hold back in making it known that in the big picture, he didn't really like the Apple Watch. He points out in two video reports that some of the apps that work are just a hassle and that having to constantly key in your password was a real pain.

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Monday April 27

20:09
MacBook Pro: Bottom case foot replacement DIY...

This article details the do it yourself (DIY) repair process for installing feet and plugs for MacBook (13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008) and MacBook Pro computers that exhibit missing or damaged bottom case feet.

| Read more »
15:55
About Apple Configurator 1.4.1

Learn about Apple Configurator 1.4.1.

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15:54
Apple Configurator: Managing iOS device software

Learn how to add or remove iOS device software in Apple Configurator 1.3 or later.

| Read more »
15:53
About Apple Configurator 1.3

Learn about Apple Configurator 1.3.

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15:32
About Apple Configurator 1.1.1

Learn about Apple Configurator 1.1.1.

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15:31
About Apple Configurator 1.4.3

Learn about Apple Configurator 1.4.3.

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14:40
Your heart rate. What it means, and where on Apple...

Learn how Apple Watch measures your heart rate, and get tips for a more accurate reading. 

| Read more »
11:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E11f) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E11f) Now Available

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11:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E11f) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E11f) Now Available

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10:00
iOS 8.4 beta 2 Now Available

iOS 8.4 beta 2 Now Available

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10:00
iOS 8.4 beta 2 Now Available

iOS 8.4 beta 2 Now Available

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09:00
What’s in store for Office developers at //build and...

We’re thrilled for the //build and Ignite 2015 conferences to kick off. We’ve spent the months since TechEd Europe in Barcelona last October preparing and pulling together tons of great new capabilities, content and experiences, which we will share with Office developers at these two conferences. Let’s dive into what we’ve cooked up for our spring release.

We’ve crafted the sessions for //build and Ignite to cover the new capabilities, as well as provide guidance about how to get started building for Office 365.

The sessions for //build include:

//build Sessions

616 | Office Development Matters and Here’s Why…

630 | Get Your Hands Dirty with the Office 365 APIs, Authentication and SDKs

743 | Tried and True Practices for Transforming SharePoint Solutions to Cloud-ready Solutions

651 | Extending Custom Solutions with Excel, PowerPoint and Word Add-ins

655 | Overview of Cross-platform Mobile Development with...

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04:58
Finally with the Docker, Pepijn Bruienne with...

What you’ve all been waiting for, the exciting conclusion to Charles interviewing Pepijn, where they finally let loose the dogs of Docker. Be sure to not listen all the way until the end, as the hand-egg talk somehow slipped in.

About Allister Banks

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

Mail |...

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01:00
Going to Microsoft Ignite? Take the Trip Report...

Ignite, Microsoft’s new, premier enterprise technology event, kicks off May 4th in Chicago. If you’re planning to attend the event, try your luck in the Ignite Trip Report Challenge sweepstakes. To participate, create a remarkable trip report of your learnings at Ignite using the newest Office application, Sway, and get a shot at winning one of three awesome prizes—Surface Pro 3, Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise-Cancelling headphones or GoPro HERO3 with an Office 365-branded chest harness. This gives you a fun way to share your experience with your colleagues back at the office while offering you the chance to win a great prize! Start building your Sway now, so it’s easy to add content once you are onsite at Ignite.

 

Get started:

  • Create a free account at sway.com.
  • Start building your Ignite Trip Report in Sway by providing the information on each of the eight Ignite experiences below.

Ignite...

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Sunday April 26

13:42
How to take a screenshot on your Apple Watch

     

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Friday April 24

18:25
iOS : profils Bluetooth pris en charge

L’iPhone, l’iPad et l’iPod touch peuvent prendre en charge plusieurs profils Bluetooth s’ils sont dotés de la version la plus récente d’iOS. Cet article présente de façon détaillée les différences entre les appareils en termes de gestion de profils Bluetooth.

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18:25
iCloud : dépannage de l’app Localiser mes amis

Si vous utilisez iCloud et iOS 5 ou version ultérieure, l’app Localiser mes amis vous permet de localiser facilement vos proches depuis votre iPhone, iPad ou iPod touch. Si cette dernière ne fonctionne pas correctement, consultez les étapes de dépannage ci-dessous.

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18:20
Comment dépanner iTunes Match

Si vous rencontrez des problèmes avec iTunes Match, essayez de résoudre le problème à l’aide de l’une des méthodes suivantes.

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18:20
Définir des restrictions afin d’empêcher la...

Découvrez comment utiliser les restrictions afin d’empêcher tout achat accidentel ou non autorisé via votre compte iTunes Store. L’activation des restrictions sur votre appareil permet d’exiger la saisie d’un mot de passe lors d’un achat, d’empêcher certains types d’achats, ou encore d’empêcher les achats de manière globale.

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18:20
Ordinateurs et moniteurs Apple : alimentation de...

Cet article vous présente la puissance disponible via une connexion USB sur les ordinateurs Apple et vous explique comment utiliser les périphériques qui nécessitent une alimentation plus puissante que celle disponible via les différents ports USB.

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18:20
Wi-Fi : connexion impossible à un réseau Wi-Fi 802....

Il est possible que des produits Apple ne puissent pas se connecter aux réseaux Wi-Fi 802.11n si la fonctionnalité Multimédia sans fil est désactivée.

| Read more »
18:20
iMovie pour iOS : que signifie le triangle jaune...

Lorsque vous travaillez sur un projet iMovie en utilisant un appareil compatible avec iOS, il est possible qu’un triangle jaune s’affiche à la place du clip vidéo ou au démarrage d’un fichier de musique.

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Documentation Scanner

Monday April 27

20:09
MacBook Pro: Bottom case foot replacement DIY...

This article details the do it yourself (DIY) repair process for installing feet and plugs for MacBook (13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008) and MacBook Pro computers that exhibit missing or damaged bottom case feet.

| Read more »
15:55
About Apple Configurator 1.4.1

Learn about Apple Configurator 1.4.1.

| Read more »
15:54
Apple Configurator: Managing iOS device software

Learn how to add or remove iOS device software in Apple Configurator 1.3 or later.

| Read more »
15:53
About Apple Configurator 1.3

Learn about Apple Configurator 1.3.

| Read more »
15:32
About Apple Configurator 1.1.1

Learn about Apple Configurator 1.1.1.

| Read more »
15:31
About Apple Configurator 1.4.3

Learn about Apple Configurator 1.4.3.

| Read more »
14:40
Your heart rate. What it means, and where on Apple...

Learn how Apple Watch measures your heart rate, and get tips for a more accurate reading. 

| Read more »
11:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E11f) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E11f) Now Available

| Read more »
11:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E11f) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E11f) Now Available

| Read more »
10:00
iOS 8.4 beta 2 Now Available

iOS 8.4 beta 2 Now Available

| Read more »
10:00
iOS 8.4 beta 2 Now Available

iOS 8.4 beta 2 Now Available

| Read more »
09:00
What’s in store for Office developers at //build and...

We’re thrilled for the //build and Ignite 2015 conferences to kick off. We’ve spent the months since TechEd Europe in Barcelona last October preparing and pulling together tons of great new capabilities, content and experiences, which we will share with Office developers at these two conferences. Let’s dive into what we’ve cooked up for our spring release.

We’ve crafted the sessions for //build and Ignite to cover the new capabilities, as well as provide guidance about how to get started building for Office 365.

The sessions for //build include:

//build Sessions

616 | Office Development Matters and Here’s Why…

630 | Get Your Hands Dirty with the Office 365 APIs, Authentication and SDKs

743 | Tried and True Practices for Transforming SharePoint Solutions to Cloud-ready Solutions

651 | Extending Custom Solutions with Excel, PowerPoint and Word Add-ins

655 | Overview of Cross-platform Mobile Development with...

| Read more »
04:58
Finally with the Docker, Pepijn Bruienne with...

What you’ve all been waiting for, the exciting conclusion to Charles interviewing Pepijn, where they finally let loose the dogs of Docker. Be sure to not listen all the way until the end, as the hand-egg talk somehow slipped in.

About Allister Banks

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

Mail |...

| Read more »
01:00
Going to Microsoft Ignite? Take the Trip Report...

Ignite, Microsoft’s new, premier enterprise technology event, kicks off May 4th in Chicago. If you’re planning to attend the event, try your luck in the Ignite Trip Report Challenge sweepstakes. To participate, create a remarkable trip report of your learnings at Ignite using the newest Office application, Sway, and get a shot at winning one of three awesome prizes—Surface Pro 3, Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise-Cancelling headphones or GoPro HERO3 with an Office 365-branded chest harness. This gives you a fun way to share your experience with your colleagues back at the office while offering you the chance to win a great prize! Start building your Sway now, so it’s easy to add content once you are onsite at Ignite.

 

Get started:

  • Create a free account at sway.com.
  • Start building your Ignite Trip Report in Sway by providing the information on each of the eight Ignite experiences below.

Ignite...

| Read more »

Sunday April 26

13:42
How to take a screenshot on your Apple Watch

     

| Read more »

Friday April 24

18:25
iOS : profils Bluetooth pris en charge

L’iPhone, l’iPad et l’iPod touch peuvent prendre en charge plusieurs profils Bluetooth s’ils sont dotés de la version la plus récente d’iOS. Cet article présente de façon détaillée les différences entre les appareils en termes de gestion de profils Bluetooth.

| Read more »
18:25
iCloud : dépannage de l’app Localiser mes amis

Si vous utilisez iCloud et iOS 5 ou version ultérieure, l’app Localiser mes amis vous permet de localiser facilement vos proches depuis votre iPhone, iPad ou iPod touch. Si cette dernière ne fonctionne pas correctement, consultez les étapes de dépannage ci-dessous.

| Read more »
18:20
Comment dépanner iTunes Match

Si vous rencontrez des problèmes avec iTunes Match, essayez de résoudre le problème à l’aide de l’une des méthodes suivantes.

| Read more »
18:20
Définir des restrictions afin d’empêcher la...

Découvrez comment utiliser les restrictions afin d’empêcher tout achat accidentel ou non autorisé via votre compte iTunes Store. L’activation des restrictions sur votre appareil permet d’exiger la saisie d’un mot de passe lors d’un achat, d’empêcher certains types d’achats, ou encore d’empêcher les achats de manière globale.

| Read more »
18:20
Ordinateurs et moniteurs Apple : alimentation de...

Cet article vous présente la puissance disponible via une connexion USB sur les ordinateurs Apple et vous explique comment utiliser les périphériques qui nécessitent une alimentation plus puissante que celle disponible via les différents ports USB.

| Read more »
18:20
Wi-Fi : connexion impossible à un réseau Wi-Fi 802....

Il est possible que des produits Apple ne puissent pas se connecter aux réseaux Wi-Fi 802.11n si la fonctionnalité Multimédia sans fil est désactivée.

| Read more »
18:20
iMovie pour iOS : que signifie le triangle jaune...

Lorsque vous travaillez sur un projet iMovie en utilisant un appareil compatible avec iOS, il est possible qu’un triangle jaune s’affiche à la place du clip vidéo ou au démarrage d’un fichier de musique.

| Read more »

Technology Showcase

Sep 17
Video showcases iOS app built with Xojo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jan 05
Fusion Drive now available on entry-level iMacs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sep 19
InterMapper publishes white papers on network...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oct 04
Video showcases Zco's services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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