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10:03
Audio Hijack for Mac OS X revved to version 3.1

Rogue Amoeba (www.rogueamoeba.com) has updated Audio Hijack, the Mac OS X tool for recording and enhancing audio, to version 3.1.

With the utility, audio from individual applications like Safari or Skype, hardware audio devices like microphones and mixers, and even the entire system audio output, can all be saved. In version 3.1, Rogue Amoeba updated the "File Limits" section of the Recorder Block to include a Silence Monitor. Now, users can control just how Audio Hijack reacts to silence in the audio stream. You can remove the silence from a recording, automatically start a new file when silence occurs, or stop the recording based on silence.

The file actions in Audio Hijack can now make quick work of common file tasks. Recordings can be passed over to the user's chosen audio editor, added to iTunes, or shared use the OS's built-in Share sheet.

Audio Hijack requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher....

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09:54
AKVIS SmartMask 7.0 for Mac OS X adds new tools

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced AKVIS SmartMask 7.0 for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) and Windows.

The app lets you create selections and mask objects on images. Version 7.0 brings new features and tools: Refine Edges, standard selection tools, new post-processing tools' options, new Print options, and other changes and improvements.

All registered users of SmartMask can upgrade to the new version for free. A 10-day demo is available for download. A Home license is US$69. AKVIS subscribers can buy the product at a special reduced price of 10% off. One license key allows activating and using the software on two computers.

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06:14
IDC: PC shipments will continue to decline in 2015

Worldwide PC [personal computer] shipments are expected to fall by -6.2% in 2015 according to IDC (www.idc.com). This will be the fourth consecutive year of declining volume as the PC market continues to struggle with competition from tablets and smartphones and generally low demand, according to IDC.


The research group says the market almost saw stable shipments in mid-2014 as the end of support for Windows XP boosted demand for replacements, but that cycle has passed and been replaced by a reduction in inventory on the supply side as the market awaits the arrival of Windows 10 this summer. IDC says Windows 10 should be a significant contributor to the PC market — providing an upgrade path from Windows 7 for commercial users and a range of features boosting convenience and integrating the user experience across platforms.

Nevertheless, changes like the free upgrade option for consumers and platform integration...

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06:03
'Apple Watch eGuide' published

Stopframe has published the Apple Watch eGuide, an US$2.99, 157-page eBook by author T.A. Rudderham that's available in Apple's iBookstore that's packed with Apple Watch tips and tutorials.

Readers will learn how the Apple Watch is made, discover in-depth guides to apps, and more. The eBook also looks at technologies such as haptic feedback, a flexible Retina display, the Digital Crown and a heart rate monitor.

Apple Watch eGuide works with any iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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05:53
Apple working on fix for Messages bug

Earlier this week it was reported that there's an iOS bug that lets someone crash your iPhone by sending a text message from their own iPhone containing what appears to be a single line of seemingly innocuous Arabic script. Apple has acknowledged the problem and says that it's working on a fix.

With the bug, when a text or iMessage (but not part of a normal Messages conversation) containing the text string is received and presented in the lock screen or as a drop-down notification, iOS consumes resources trying to render the message, ultimately causing a crash.

In a support document (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204897), Apple has this to say:

Apple is aware of an iMessage issue caused by a specific series of unicode characters and we will make a fix available in a software update. Until the update is available, you can use these steps to re-open the...

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04:23
24U releases 24U SimpleDialog Plug-In 5.0 for FileMaker Pro 14

24U Software (www.24usoftware.com/) has released 24U SimpleDialog Plug-In 5.0, an upgrade to their popular FileMaker plugin for Mac OS X and Windows.

24U SimpleDialog Plug-In enables FileMaker Pro 14 to display dynamically created OS-native error messages, input dialogs, and progress bars in both 32-bit and 64-bit modes. Version 5.0 takes full advantage of the 64-bit architecture. It also( offers better stability when multiple copies of the plug-in are accidentally installed at the same time.

24U SimpleDialog Plug-In 5.0 is available for download free of charge as a fully functional 14-days trial version; it can be activated after purchasing a license. Licenses for 24U SimpleDialog Plug-In start at US$49) per user; volume discounts are available for five or more users. Existing customers can upgrade to the new version at 50% off the regular prices if placing an order within 14 days upon release...

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May 28
Typeeto turns your Mac into a Bluetooth keyboard

Eltima Software has introduced Typeeto (http://mac.eltima.com/bluetooth-keyboard.html), an app that enables use of Mac as a Bluetooth keyboard for other devices.

The tool provides a real-time access to a full-scale Mac keyboard for easier interaction and typing on other devices. You can connect as many devices as you need to your Mac and switch between them in one click.

No additional applications have to be installed on your device. Just launch Typeeto and start typing away. You can copy-paste text from your Mac to the device and the other way around.

Typeeto requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later. It's available on the Mac App Store and costs US9.99.

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May 28
Subject 13 game available for Mac OS X

Microids and developer Paul Cuisset have released Subject 13, a combination adventure/puzzle game, for Mac OS X and Windows.

In Subject 13, the player embodies Franklin Fargo, a discreet physics professor. Franklin leads a lonely and bitter life since Sophie, her fiancée, was killed during a robbery. One morning, he wakes up in a scientific abandoned underground plant with only one link with the outside world: a voice that calls him "Subject 13". His goal is to escape from this place where he is being held captive and to find out more about the reasons of his imprisonment.

Subject 13 costs US$13 for a limited time, then the price goes to $20. It's available here (http://store.steampowered.com/app/322970).

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May 28
Smith Micro rolls out Anime Studio 11

The Productivity and Graphics group of Smith Micro Software (mysmithmicro.com) has announced the latest version of Anime Studio software, which is designed to streamline production for studios and professional artists who create complex animations.

The new Frame-by-Frame feature of Anime Studio 11 lets artists switch between traditional animation techniques and more automated bone-rigging techniques. New and enhanced drawing and painting features provide a natural feel and raster-like characteristics with life-like results, according to the folks at Smith Micro. Key features of Anime Studio 11 include:

° Frame-by-Frame allows artists to immediately switch between bone-rigging and a frame-by-frame workspace;

° Layer Referencing propagates changes from one design layer to all related layers, even across multiple documents;

° Animated Shape Ordering extends the ability to rearrange shapes anywhere within an animation timeline rather than adjusting each...

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May 28
PopChar X 7.1 for Mac OS X offers extended support for emojis and an...

Ergonis Software (www.ergonis.com) has released PopChar X 7.1, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts.

With PopChar, thousands of special characters are only a few clicks away. Version 7.1 offers improved support for emoji characters, comes with an improved installer, and offers many other enhancements and fixes. This update also introduces a new shape finder, which lets you find special characters simply by drawing their shape.

PopChar X 7 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or newer. It can be purchased securely on the Ergonis Software website. The upgrade to PopChar X 7.1 is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014. Upgrade paths are available for customers who purchased their license before that date.

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May 28
IDC: tablet growth will continue to slow in 2015

Worldwide shipments of tablets and 2-in-1 devices are forecast to reach 221.8 million units in 2015, a decline of -3.8% from 2014, according to IDC (www.idc.com).

The new outlook follows two consecutive quarters of declining sales and represents a modest downward revision from the previous forecast of 234.5 million units and 2.1% year-over-year growth in 2015, notes the research group. While IDC expects overall sales to decline in 2015, some segments of the product category are poised to experience strong growth.

"We're seeing cellular-capable tablets and 2-in-1 devices experience important growth in certain parts of the world and we think this represents a huge opportunity for the entire tablet ecosystem," said Jean Philippe Bouchard, research director, tablets, IDC. "Those cellular-connected devices fill multiple needs for vendors and carriers around the world; they offer a quick solution to price and margin...

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May 28
Escape Motion releases new watercolor, acrylic painting app for Mac OS X

Escape Motions (http://www.escapemotions.com) has released Rebelle, a watercolor and acrylic painting application for Mac OS X. Its watercolor simulation is based on a real-world color mixing, blending, wet- diffusion, and drying.

Rebelle mimics the way natural media interacts with the canvas and itself. Users can paint, smear, re-wet dried colors, blow wet washes across the paper, tilt the paper to create water drops and runs and create countless fantastic watercolor effects. Wet tools — watercolors, acrylics or ink pen — can be combined with pastels, pencils, airbrush many other dry-media tools and effects.

Rebelle is available for US$59.99 at the Escape Motions website. A Mac App Store edition will be available soon.

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May 28
TextExpander 5 for Mac OS X suggests new snippets

Smile (www.smilesoftware.com/) has released TextExpander 5, an update to its to typing shortcut tool for Mac OS X Yosemite.

TextExpander 5 helps you type faster by making suggestions of frequently typed phrases to abbreviate and save time. It also helps to remind you of forgotten snippets as you type. Version 5 adds support for JavaScript for Automation, and JavaScript which works in the iPad and iPhone version of TextExpander. The refreshed stats display shows you how much time TextExpander has saved you.

TextExpander costs US$44.95 at the Smile Store online. Upgrades for current TextExpander users to version 5 are $19.95.

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May 28
Rayner Software updates NetShade for Mac and iOS

Rayner Software (www.raynersw.com) has released updates to NetShade for Mac and iOS. The iOS version of NetShade updates to 3.0, and the Mac version to 6.2.

NetShade is a Proxy and VPN app for Apple platforms. With NetShade, users can connect to the Internet via one of Rayner Software's 12 servers, or via a public proxy. Proxy servers allow access to overseas Internet content, and a VPN server adds encryption for security and privacy protection. Proxy and VPN apps are commonly used when traveling, or when using a public or insecure WiFi network.

NetShade 3.0 for iOS is a major rewrite of the app. Among the many changes in this version are a new VPN backend, a unified app for iPhone and iPad clients, and a new user interface. NetShade 6.2 for Mac includes a number of bug fixes and a new client/server communications system. This update intends to improve reliability for users on slow Internet connections....

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May 27
OWC's iMac hard drive upgrades now extend to 8TB

Other World Computing (OWC) has announced that iMac owners can now upgrade their iMac to 8TB of storage while maintaining correct system fan control with the OWC in-line digital thermal sensor.  

The new drive option, one of many upgrade options for the iMac from OWC, extends the iMac upgrade path and provides increased storage capacity with 23 percent lower energy consumption, according to Larry O'Connor, founder and CEO, OWC.

OWC upgrade kits (http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/imacdiy/) for iMacs provide the tools and equipment required to install a new hard drive or solid state drive in the Apple all-in-one. All OWC drive upgrade kits include a 14-piece toolkit, two suction cups for outer glass removal and a microfiber cleaning cloth. Solid state drive upgrade kits include a SATA data cable and an SSD power cable.

OWC hard drive upgrade kits include the OWC In-...

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May 27
Class action suit involving MacKeeper nears settlement

An Internet advertising campaign is planned to alert people to a proposed class-action settlement over MacKeeper, a security program for Macs accused of deceptive practices, reports the IDG News Service (http://tinyurl.com/ozmxorb).

ZeoBit, the developer of MacKeeper, was sued in May 2014 in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Filed on behalf of Pennsylvania resident Holly Yencha, the class-action suit alleges MacKeeper was deceptively marketed and did not fully function as advertised.

Under a proposed settlement, ZeoBicwill put US$2 million into a fund to reimburse customers but admit no fault, which is customary in class-action settlements. Once the settlement has preliminary approval from the judge in the case, anyone who bought MacKeeper will be contacted by email. In case some of those email addresses are invalid, an Internet advertising campaign is planned as...

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May 27
Apple became the number one smartphone vendor in China for the first...

Worldwide sales of smartphones to end users reached 336 million units, an increase of 19.3% during the first quarter of 2015, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). And Apple became the number one smartphone vendor in China for the first time.

Smartphone growth was led by strong smartphone sales in emerging markets (excluding China); the fastest growing regions were emerging Asia/Pacific, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East and North Africa. Due to these high-performing regions, the emerging markets achieved a 40 percent increase in sales during the first quarter of 2015. 

"During this quarter, local brands and Chinese vendors came out as the key winners in emerging markets," says Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner. "These vendors recorded an average growth of 73 percent in smartphone sales and saw their combined share go up from 38 percent to 47 percent during the first quarter of 2015." ...

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May 27
WD redesigns its My Passport Drives line-up

WD has introduced the new, redesigned My Passport Ultra portable hard drives and My Passport for Mac drives.

With the My Passport line now in its seventh generation, the My Passport Ultra and My Passport for Mac portable hard drives are now available in capacities up to 3TB and in four colors: black, white, wild berry, and blue. WD is also introducing a new optional accessory – the WD Grip Pack – a soft band, available in a variety of colors, which encircles the drive. It offers consumers a way to personalize their My Passport drives.

My Passport Ultra portable drives come in 3TB, 2TB, 1TB and 500GB capacities and feature 256-bit AES hardware encryption.. USB 3.0 compatibility provides fast data transfer rates of up to 5 gigabits per second, while being backwardly compatible with USB 2.0. My Passport for Mac portable drives are available in capacities of 3TB, 2TB, 1TB and also feature 256-bit AES hardware encryption with USB 3.0 connectivity.

Sold separately,...

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May 27
iOS bug lets someone crash your iPhone with a text message

There's an iOS bug that lets someone crash your iPhone by sending a text message from their own iPhone containing what appears to be a single line of seemingly innocuous Arabic script, according to AppleInsider (http://tinyurl.com/oa58zch).

When a text or iMessage (but not part of a normal Messages conversation) containing the text string is received and presented in the lock screen or as a drop-down notification, iOS consumes resources trying to render the message, ultimately causing a crash. Some suggest turning off Messages previews for Notifications, though AppleInsider says its tests haven't shown this to be effective. If Messages has already crashed, however, AppleInsider has confirmed that receiving a new message, sending out a picture from Photos or sending yourself a message through Share Sheets will stop the process.

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May 27
Troi Automatisering releases Troi File Plug-in 8.0.1 for FileMaker Pro...

Troi Automatisering has released Troi File Plug-in 8.0.1 for FileMaker Pro 14. The update of the file management plug-in fixes some problems and improves several functions.

Troi File Plug-in is a very powerful tool for getting access to information outside the FileMaker Pro database. Any files or folders stored on the computer can be accessed through the functions of the plug-in.

A fully functional demo version of Troi File Plug-in 8.0.1 is available for downloading at Troi's Web site (http://www.troi.com/software/fileplugin.html).
Troi File Plug-in 8.0.1 works with FileMaker Pro 12, 13 and 14. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 12, 13 and 14. The plug-in is available for OS X 10.6.x or higher, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Licenses cost US$99 per user.

Troi File Plug-in 8.0.1 also...

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May 29
Wearable band market grew over 150%

The wearable band market grew over 150% as more than 7 million units were shipped in the first quarter of 2015, according to Canalys (www.canalys.com).

First place Fitbit saw major year-on-year volume growth, while greatly increased shipments of the affordable Mi Band, predominantly in China, secured Xiaomi second place. Garmin also had a strong quarter and rolled out two new products in its vívo line, says the research group. Canalys forecasts that 20 million Apple Watches will be shipped in 2015.

"Despite the Apple Watch requiring an iPhone, Apple’s impending entrance in quarter two had a negative impact on vendors such as Samsung. Discounting has been used to clear inventory in the channel," says Canalys Vice President and Principal Analyst Chris Jones. "The Apple Watch has set the benchmark for other smart watches and will make up the majority of shipments this year."

Wearable band shipment data...

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May 28
Gartner: global Chromebook sales will reach 7.3...

Worldwide Chromebook sales to end users is on pace to reach 7.3 million units in 2015, a 27% increase from 2014, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). Education is the primary market for Chromebooks and represented 72% of the global Chromebook market in 2014, says the research group.

"Since the first model launched in mid-2011, Google's Chromebook has seen success mainly in the education segment across all regions," says Isabelle Durand, principal analyst at Gartner. "In 2014, the education sector purchased 72% of Chromebooks in EMEA, 69% in Asia/Pacific, and 60%in the U.S."
 
In the business segment, purchases of Chromebooks remain low despite interest from small and midsize businesses (SMBs) and vertical industries. Google is increasingly targeting the business segment with its Chromebook for Work suite of office applications and has continuously improved access and functions by making more...

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May 27
IoT market to grow 19% this year

The worldwide Internet of Things (IoT) market is expected to grow 19% in 2015, led by digital signage, according to a new forecast from International Data Corporation (www.idc.com). The second annual forecast focuses on growing IoT use in 11 vertical industries, including consumer, retail, healthcare, government, manufacturing, transportation, and other industries, while also sizing IoT opportunities for 25 vertical-specific use cases.

Unlike any other research in the industry, the new forecast specifically highlights worldwide spending across IoT use cases, including smart appliances, automated public transit, remote health monitoring, digital signage, connected vehicles, and air traffic monitoring, among others. Key findings include:

° The IoT market in manufacturing operations will grow from US$42.2 billion in 2013 to $98.8 billion in 2018, a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.6%. Growth will be...

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May 27
Maintain serves up Cocktail 8.4 (Yosemite Edition)

Maintain has served up Cocktail 8.4 (Yosemite Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Yosemite.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Version 8.4 adds ability to clear applications (App Store, Automator, Contacts, Dashboard, Dictionary, Game Center, iBooks, iTunes, Maps, Photos, System Preferences, Xcode) caches and adds compatibility with OS X 10.10.4. It also contains updated Automator actions.

Cocktail 8.4 (Yosemite Edition) requires OS X Yosemite 10.10 to run. Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail). Cocktail 8.4 (Yosemite Edition) costs US$19 for a single user license and is available for purchase from the Maintain...

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May 26
Apple loses tablet share for second successive quarter

For the second quarter in a row, Apple lost a substantial share of the tablet market as shipments declined and growth of the overall market remained stagnant, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

For the fourth quarter (4Q) 2014, Apple shipped 21.42 million iPads, causing the company to experience an 18% year-over-year (YoY) decline. In its most recent quarter, the results for 1Q 2015 depicted the company only shipping 12.62 million iPads, resulting in a 23% year-over-year (YoY) decline.

Apple is not the only company to report declining shipments. Samsung also reported a YoY decline of 30% for 1Q 2015. In total, overall market shipments of OEM branded tablets experienced a YoY decline of 13%.

"There is no denying the market is losing its momentum," says ABI Research Analyst Stephanie Van Vactor. "The market is in the process of going through a transition as developed markets...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

° Out of seven categories,...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

° 35%...

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

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

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

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

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Friday May 29

17:00
Apple CEO Tim Cook donates $6.56M to charity

An SEC filing posted Friday reveals Apple CEO Tim Cook donated 50,000 shares of Apple stock worth more than $6.56 million to an unspecified charity, the latest gift in a flurry of philanthropic activity rarely seen with company executives.

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14:37
Chromixium Adds Polish to Chrome


Chromixium is a new Linux distro that goes one big step further than the few existing distros catering to the Chrome OS. It one-ups Google's semi-proprietary Chrome OS locked into the popular Chromebook hardware. Chromixium sole developer Rich Jack's innovative version 1.0, released last month, is a Chrome OS clone that runs on nearly any aging or newer computer with the user's choice of the fully open-sourced Chromium Web browser or Google's Chrome browser.

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14:00
Swatch Plans to Release Internet-Connected...

Swatch Group plans to release its first Internet-connected smartwatch later this summer. The Wall Street Journal reported that CEO Nick Hayek told his company's shareholders that the device would be released in Switzerland and "one big country" that he didn't specify.


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13:50
Hope Springs Eternal: a New Approach to OS X at WWDC

For the past few years, Apple has introduced a new version of OS X at WWDC. The demos have been presented with wit, charm, and enthusiasm, but, in practice, customers have found the initial release wanting, even with public beta testing. Can Apple change its routine to surprise and delight us in a more fundamental way?


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13:43
Apple’s HomeKit platform will see first accessories...

The first home automation products using Apple’s new Siri-controlled HomeKit platform will arrive next week, according to sources briefed on Apple’s plans.

The company first introduced HomeKit last year alongside iOS 8, introducing a framework for developers to build home automation accessories that could integrate with one another and be controlled using Siri. After Apple officially...

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13:10
Gear: Just Mobile AluCable LED

Just Mobile’s AluCable LED is a 1-meter aluminum-accented Lightning cable with a small LED built into the USB plug head. The light lets users know whether or not an iOS device is done charging without having to look at the device’s screen — the LED is designed to pulse amber when charging, and glow solid green when a device is fully charged.

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12:52
Apple's mysterious vans reportedly collecting...

Apple thought it was being subtle by sending unmarked, camera-equipped vans around a handful of American cities earlier this year, but news of the effort immediately sparked our curiosity: What’s the Cupertino company up to? Will we see a self-driving Apple car in the future?

As cool as that sounds, our bet was on a more likely answer: That Apple plans to revamp Maps with its own 3D maps and street views in an effort to compete with Google. According to a new report from 9to5Mac, that’s exactly what the company is up to. Apple has been acquiring companies and doing doing under-the-radar mapping work to build out its own map database by 2017.

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12:32
Complete Arduino Starter Kit and Course Bundle: $75....

Arduino is a popular open source platform for building your own electronic circuits, or what I call nerd heaven. We have a deal on a starter kit that comes with a training course that shows you how to get started with Arduino. Using these circuits you can control motors, sensors, and other other electronic components and make all kinds of cool gadgets. Check out the details on the deal page.


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12:30
The Week in iOS Apps: Google Photos, Pixelmator...

New and improved photo options

This week’s roundup of apps includes one new offering, Google Photos, and a veteran, Pixelmator, that make it easy and cheap to store and edit your pics in iOS.

Fit Men Cook

We’re suckers for self-improvement apps. The $3 Fit Men Cook iOS app offers more than 100 healthy recipes from health expert Kevin Curry, and a plan to do all your cooking two days a week, so you can have healthy food available to eat during the rest of your busy week.

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12:05
∞ Jellyfish Lake, Palau

Amazing, beautiful, creepy and scary all at the same time.

Palau is part of the larger island group of Micronesia and Jellyfish Lake is a marine lake located on Eil Malk island. Wikipedia says, “Although both species of jellyfish living in the lake have stinging cells (nematocytes), they are not in general powerful enough to cause harm to humans.”

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10:47
Wood Chips: Electronics May Go Back to Nature


"Wood chips" takes on new meaning with a new green technology, cellulose nanofibril, or CNF, developed by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Products Laboratory and detailed in a research paper published this week. The "chips" in question are indeed made mostly of wood -- but they are also computer chips. As of 2007, about 3.2 million tons of electronic waste was being generated each year, the researchers noted.

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08:45
Watch Effect: Apple's first OLED display...

OLED displays, which can offer power savings advantages over their LCD counterparts, have been rumored to arrive in Apple products for years. But with the launch of the Apple Watch, the company has finally opted to embrace OLED technology, which could pave the way for future devices, like the iPhone, to make the switch.

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08:35
Siri will save you when the Messages bug strikes,...

The only real fix for the Messages bug that allows a string of Unicode characters to crash your iPhone is a software update, and Apple has promised that one is coming soon. Until then, the company said, there’s a workaround you can use to get back into Messages.

Siri saves the day when a bug locks you out of Messages.

Siri to the rescue! According to a new support document Apple added on Thursday, the best way to regain access to your messages is by asking Siri to do it for you. First, ask her to read your unread messages, then have her reply to the offending message. Your reply can be anything at all—the fix is actually sending the message. That will let you back into Messages, where you can swipe left to delete the thread.

...

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08:22
Apple buys German augmented reality firm Metaio, may...

I guess they had something Apple wanted.

Earlier this month, Apple completed its acquisition of Metaio, a German augmented reality firm that first started life as a side project at Volkswagen, for an as-yet-unknown project.

The acquisition was completed with a full transfer of shares from Metaio’s holdings to Apple.

Metaio recently canceled its user conference originally set for June, disabled its Twitter accounts and just days ago posted a notice announcing an end to product and subscription sales.

When reached for comment, Apple offered its usual statement of confirmation, saying, “Apple buys smaller...

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08:07
TextExpander 5.0 released for OS X, includes new...

A cool thing just became that much more useful.

Smile has released TextExpander 5 for Mac OS X. The new version, a major upgrade to the popular typing shortcut tool, lets you type abbreviations that expand to whole paragraphs, images and more. TextExpander 5 suggests which frequently typed phrases to abbreviate, saving time. Search on your abbreviations as you type to speed text entry.

In addition to an updated user interface for Yosemite, TextExpander 5 adds the ability to store your snippets in a location of your choice, and sync via iCloud Drive or any sync folder. It reminds you when you could have used abbreviations; adds JavaScript...

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07:44
App Camp for Girls 3.0 Indiegogo launches, worth...

If there was one Indiegogo worth getting behind, it’d be this one.

The App Camp for Girls 3.0 fundraiser has launched and is looking to raise US$100,000 to finance this year’s App Camp for Girls programs. The fundraiser works to address the larger issue of why only 20 percent of software engineers are female and why that percentage is even lower among mobile app developers.

The same is true of technology classes in schools, wherein there are few opportunities for girls to explore high-tech fields that aren’t already dominated by males.

App Camp 3.0 will launch an additional location, this time in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The goals of App Camp 3...

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07:29
How Google took a page from Apple to secure Android...

In case you missed it, Google launched a new mobile payment service at its annual I/O developers conference Thursday. It’s called Android Pay. But didn’t Google already have a mobile payment service? Yes, yes, Google Wallet. That’s not going away—in fact, it’s getting a reboot as a peer-to-peer payment service—but Android Pay works a lot more like Apple Pay than Google’s last attempt.

That’s a good thing. Google Wallet required you to wake your phone, open the Wallet app, and enter a pin number if you decided to protect the app with a passcode, all before waving your phone near the payment terminal. That’s a lot of work.

...

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07:29
Apps: Google Photos, Korg iM1, Moleskine Timepage,...

Google Photos (free) — Perhaps the biggest news in apps this week is Google’s launch of its new Google Photos app, announced Thursday at the company’s Google IO conference. Google’s approach to managing photos has taken a strange route from the original Picasa acquisition to Google+ Photos — the latter move essentially saddling a pretty nice photo app with a social network that many users chose to eschew. However, with Google…

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07:21
An Apple customer’s thoughts on Google I/O 2015

Rene Ritchie lays out the new stuff from Google I/O.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:10
Accessible Apple: Happy Belated 10th Birthday...

"We knew we could do a great job on this, and develop something that our customers would expect for the Mac platform." This quote from Mike Shebanek, who was a Product Manager at Apple back in 2004, captures the thought process that went into developing VoiceOver, Apple's built-in Screen Access Technology. Apple's inclusion of VoiceOver reflects the company's commitment to ensuring every one of its users can access its products, regardless of their accessibility needs.

As a long-time user of the Mac and someone who now depends on Screen Access Technology, I can speak first-hand to VoiceOver's effectiveness. The software has become the primary way I access all of my daily computing tasks.

If you are curious to read more about my personal story, I wrote about my computing journey here.

In 2005, I was increasingly becoming light-sensitive, making it more and more...

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06:18
News: Apple issues workaround for Messages text...

Apple has issued a workaround for the recent Messages bug, which causes iPhones to reboot and Messages to repeatedly crash after a specific, strange string of unicode characters is received via text. In an official support document, Apple recommends using Siri to re-open the Messages app. Users are instructed to ask Siri to “read unread messages,” then to reply to the malicious message. Messages should then be able to open again, and users…

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: ZeroLemon SolarJuice 10000mAh...

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering the ZeroLemon SolarJuice 10000mAh Battery for only $29.99 – that’s 40% off the normal price. Combining a 10,000 mAh battery pack with a 1.2W monocrystalline solar panel, the SolarJuice lets you power up your iPhone, iPad, iPod, or other USB device repeatedly and can be plugged in to charge up at home, or simply recharge from the power of the sun. Three outputs allow for simultaneous charging…

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Friday May 29

13:55
An Advanced Printing Process is being used to Print Cont...

On a visit to the German sedak glass factory last February in relation to the construction of Apple's new Headquarters the Campus 2, Apple's CEO Tim Cook had stated that Apple had "searched around the world for someone who could implement Steve’s ideas on glass ....

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10:47
Apple-Leased Vans Gathering Maps Info for Shift to In-Ho...

For the past several months, Apple-leased Dodge Caravans with equipment-laden roofs have been spotted driving around the United States. While early speculation suggested the vans could be Apple's first attempt at developing a self-driving vehicle, it quickly became clear that the vans were being used for mapping purposes.

The Dodge Caravans are all outfitted with an array of LIDAR cameras, much like the vehicles that Google uses to capture images for its Street View mapping feature, so it is no surprise that a report shared today by 9to5Mac suggests the images and data from the vans is going to be used for future improvements to Apple's Maps feature. Here at MacRumors...

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09:54
Consumer Reports on Apple's Tech Support is Brutall...

Today Consumer Reports published another brutally honest report, this time about Apple's customer service.

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08:38
Apple Continues to Provide Top-Rated Tech Support on Str...

Apple had the highest overall customer satisfaction for tech support among more than 3,200 computer owners surveyed by Consumer Reports, unsurprising given the company has been top-rated for tech support since the not-for-profit organization first surveyed customers about the topic in 2007. Apple has also routinely topped multiple J.D. Power and Associates studies for customer satisfaction over the past decade.

Apple earned high marks for the Genius Bar located at the back of most Apple retail stores, where customers can book an appointment to receive face-to-face technical support and troubleshooting for iPhone, iPad, Mac and several other Apple products and services. Consumer Reports praises the Genius Bar's free lifetime support as a differentiating factor over similar services, which...

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08:01
TSMC reveals that 7nm Processors will available in 2017

Today we're finding out that TSMC will begin producing 7nm processors in 2017 with Xilinx being their first customer.

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05:01
Apple Files a European Patent that Advances their Work o...

Late yesterday we posted a report titled "Apple Ups the Mystery behind their Secret Virtual Reality Project by Acquiring AR Specialist Metaio." In that report we listed four of Apple's headset patents. Today, one of Apple's headset patents surfaced in Europe that covers another major update ...

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Thursday May 28

20:23
Apple Offers Temporary Fix for iOS Text Bug, Says Update...

A couple days after a new iOS bug was discovered, allowing a select string of characters sent in an iMessage or text to reset iPhones and crash the Messages app, Apple has created a new support document to address the problem. The Cupertino company acknowledges the problem and says that it's working on a fix, offering temporary solutions in the mean time.

Apple is aware of an iMessage issue caused by a specific series of unicode characters and we will make a fix available in a software update. Until the update is available, you can use these steps to re-open the Messages app.

1. Ask Siri to "read unread messages."

2. Use Siri to reply to the malicious message. After you reply, you'll be able to open Messages again

3. In Messages, swipe left to...

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16:27
Apple Ups the Mystery behind their Secret Virtual Realit...

According to a new report published this afternoon, Apple has acquired Metaio, an augmented reality start-up that launched way back in 2003 as an offshoot of a project at Volkswagen. This now supplements Apple's growing base of technologies that they acquired with their acquisition of Israeli firm PrimeSense ...

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14:15
Google's Free, Unlimited Google Photos Service Now...

At its I/O developer event this morning, Google announced a new Google Photos platform that's designed to compete with both photo sharing sites like Flickr and cloud services like iCloud Photo Library. Google Photos is cross platform and available on iOS, Android, and the web.

Both the iOS app and the web service are now live, letting those in Apple's ecosystem make full use of Google Photos. The service is free for high-quality photos and it lets users upload an unlimited number of photos (up to 16 megapixels) and videos (up to 1080p).

Photos with resolutions that exceed 16-megapixels will be downscaled to 16MP, and videos with resolutions higher than 1080p will also be downscaled. Google offers an option to store photos and videos in...

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14:04
IDC Expects PC Shipments to Continue their Slide in 2015...

According to a newly published IDF report, worldwide PC shipments are expected to fall by -6.2% in 2015. This will be the fourth consecutive year of declining volume ...

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13:00
Apple Purchases Augmented Reality Startup Metaio

Apple recently acquired augmented reality startup Metaio, reports TechCrunch. According to the company's website, Metaio is a "pioneer in augmented reality and computer vision" that built the Metaio Creator, an augmented reality authoring tool. With the Creator, users could create augmented reality scenarios "within minutes."

Metaio has stopped taking new customers and a shareholder document concerning the transferring of shares has confirmed that it was purchased by Apple. Apple also provided TechCrunch with its standard acquisition confirmation statement: "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."

Metaio's augmented reality tools have been used by several companies to create interactive experiences. Ferarri, for example, created an augmented reality showroom with...

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11:58
Google's Cloud Messaging Push Notification Service...

During Google's I/O Developer Conference, Google announced that its Cloud Messaging push notification service now supports sending push notifications to iOS devices.

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11:27
Google Photos will be available for iOS with Unlimited S...

Google introduced "Google Photos" today at their I/O Developer Conference. Google Photos is a new service and "a home for all your photos and videos, available from any device." It will be available to iOS users as well ...

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11:15
Google Announces Android 'M' Developer Preview...

Google today previewed Android "M," the next major version of its mobile operating system featuring Android Pay for mobile payments, app permissions, an improved web experience with Chrome Custom Tabs, app linking, Doze power management, USB-C support, direct sharing, simplified volume controls and a handful of other incremental improvements and bug fixes.

Google also announced free unlimited high-quality photo (16MP) and video (1080p) photo storage through a new service aptly named Google Photos for iOS, Android and the web, contextual information and a new "Now on Tap" feature for Google Now, and an "Internet of Things" operating system and HomeKit rival called "Project Brillo" for devices like thermostats and lightbulbs.

Android M prompts users with app permissions when access is required to certain elements of the operating system, including the microphone, location services, camera, contacts, phone, SMS, calendar and sensors. The new software version also...

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10:06
Three of Apple's Patent Filings Come to Light Regar...

On May 28, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a continuous patent application from Apple that updates their recent granted patent that we covered in February regarding flexible displays that have openings designed into the display.

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08:43
Swatch to launch their First Smartwatch this summer to t...

According to a new report, "Swatch Group, the world’s largest watchmaker, will launch its own Internet-enabled smart-watch in two countries this summer, Chief Executive Nick Hayek said.

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08:38
Apple Adds High-End 15" Retina MacBook Pro to List...

Apple has updated a support document on its website to reflect that the high-end 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, equipped with AMD Radeon R9 M370X graphics, is capable of driving Dell's dual-cable UP2715K 27-inch 5K display. Apple initially released OS X 10.10.3 in April with support for the dual-cable 5K monitor on the Retina 5K iMac and 2013 Mac Pro, but no notebooks supported the display at the time.Dual-Cable Displays

Some displays with resolutions higher than 4K require two DisplayPort cables to connect the display at full resolution. With OS X Yosemite v10.10.3 or later, the Dell UP2715K 27-inch 5K display is supported on the following Mac computers:

Mac Pro (Late 2013)
iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014 and later)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015) with AMD Radeon R9 M370XDell's dual-cable 5K display...

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08:06
The Court has Rejected Apple's bid to Disqualify An...

A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Apple Inc's bid to disqualify an antitrust compliance monitor who...

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07:30
Video: GM's CEO Talks about CarPlay and Distracted...

Today GM's Marry Barra talked with Mossberg about CarPlay, distracted drivers and more.

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07:03
Video: Target's CEO Talks about Adopting Apple Pay

Target's CEO Brian Cornell talks about cyber security and Apple Pay. I'd love to have Apple Pay ...

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Monday June 1

10:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E26a) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E26a) Now Available

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Friday May 29

11:27
OS X Server: Enabling and disabling email auto-...

OS X Server's Mail server feature can automatically forward email for users.

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09:00
Discount: Register for MacIT 2015 by June 1st

July 14–16, 2015 | Santa Clara, California

New enterprise iOS insights. New reasons to attend MacIT.


Register now –
Save $300 »

MacIT is back—and it’s packed with practical, high-value insights for deploying and managing iOS in today’s enterprise. Attend the all-new MacIT July 14-16 in Santa Clara and get the knowledge you need for your iOS-enabled enterprise. 

Here’s just a sampling:

...

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07:00
Update The Software Of Your Apple Watch

The first Apple Watch update appeared a few days ago. This update brings with it “improved performance” for Siri, different elements of activity tracking, accessibility and third party support. 1.0.1 also brings Brazilian Portugese, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, Thai and Turkish language support. And a few minor security issues were addressed. In short, you might want to run this one… To do so, first make sure your phone is close (less than 20 feet in my opinion) and that the watch has at least half a charge.

To run the upgrade, start by opening the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. From the default screen (My Watch), tap on General and then tap on Software Update.

From the Software Update screen, tap on Download and Install and let the watch do it’s thing (note, you’ll be prompted for a passcode if you have one configured). The update usually takes around 15 minutes. Don’t reboot or get the phone more than 20...

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01:59
Office 365—fuel mobile productivity

Today’s business users want to work from anywhere, on any device, at any given time. Azure and Office 365 can help you enable your users to have uninterrupted services and the freedom to work when and where they need to. Microsoft Azure and Office 365 takes location out of the equation, so that your employees can live life on their terms.  Whatever you can do in the office, you can now do just as well on the go with enterprise-grade security and management. Office 365 offers flexible tools that fit the modern worker’s needs which makes for higher employee satisfaction.

The Microsoft Technology Center (MTC), provides access to innovative technologies and world class expertise to help customers envision, design and deploy solutions. MTC Studios brings this expertise and...

| Read more »

Thursday May 28

16:22
If Messages quits unexpectedly after you get a text...

Apple is aware of an iMessage issue caused by a specific series of unicode characters and we will make a fix available in a software update. Until the update is available, you can use these steps to re-open the Messages app.

| Read more »
15:53
Apple Portables: Troubleshooting MagSafe adapters

Learn how to troubleshoot one or more of the following MagSafe adapter symptoms.

| Read more »
12:21
JAMF Nation User Conference 2015 Tickets Now...

Join us for the 2015 JNUC!

WHEN:
October 13-15, 2015

WHERE:
Guthrie TheaterMinneapolis, MN

WHY:
Be a part of the largest gathering of Apple system administrators in the world.

 

RSVP to attend

Last year, nearly a thousand Apple admins took over the Guthrie Theater for the JAMF Nation User Conference (JNUC) to learn new and better ways to manage Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Apple TV in their environment. This year, help us break the thousand mark!

The JAMF...

| Read more »
09:16
Sync Photo Albums To Your Apple Watch

I keep looking for more and more ways to have my Apple Watch be really functional without having it talk to my phone when I need the function it’s performing. One of those can easily be looking at photos. One of these is to sync some photos to the watch so that if my battery dies or I leave my phone on my desk, I still have access to photos if I want to get to some. To sync pictures from your

First, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. Then tap on Photos in the list of apps under the default My Watch tab.

From the Photos screen, choose to be notified of alerts. I leave this set to Mirror My iPhone. Then, set the Synced Album to any album on the phone that you’d like to sync to the watch. This might be Camera Roll, the default, or you can select any album that you’ve created. After I did this, I’ve created a new album call watch that syncs all the pictures I want...

| Read more »
09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 047 on the Dev...
09:00
Achieving greater accuracy and better product...

Today’s Office 365 post was written by Kevin Parlette, vice president of IT at Dana Holding Corporation.

New cars and trucks come to market every year, with advanced features and capabilities designed to entice buyers to purchase. That yearly cycle affects the entire automotive supply chain, putting pressure on suppliers to innovate at a similar pace. At Dana Holding Corporation, we make automotive components that range from drivetrains to tire-management systems, and we’re constantly working to hone our product management process to not just keep up, but to get ahead.

This year, one of our main business objectives was to develop more structure around our product launches. In the past, if we were designing a new axle, for example, we managed the project using spreadsheets, drawings that we shared...

| Read more »
08:42
Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation): Troubleshooting...

When connecting to or using a Wi-Fi network with Apple TV, you might occasionally encounter the following issues.

| Read more »
08:05
Turn off the auto-fill option in Photos projects

Photos can automatically select and place pictures within projects you create. To turn off this option while you work on a project, follow these steps.

| Read more »
07:56
Get help with your iCloud Photo Library

After you turn on iCloud Photo Library, every photo and video you take will live in iCloud. Learn more about how to manage your iCloud Photo Library, find missing photos and videos, and delete the ones you don’t want anymore.

| Read more »
06:52
Move content from your Android phone to iPhone

Ready to make the switch to iPhone? Here are some tips for moving your photos, music, documents, and more from your Android phone to iPhone.

| Read more »

Wednesday May 27

19:45
Cameras supported by Final Cut Pro X

Final Cut Pro X is designed to work with a wide range of video recording devices, including camcorders, digital still cameras, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

| Read more »
16:48
How to find the serial number of your MacBook Pro

The serial number is on your computer, in OS X, and in several other places.

| Read more »
14:43
Mac Basics: Multi-Touch gestures

Tap, scroll, pinch, and swipe your way through your Mac with Multi-Touch gestures, directly controlling what’s on your screen in a more fluid, natural, and intuitive way.

| Read more »
11:37
Adobe Flash Player updates available for OS X on May...

Adobe Flash Player updates address a recently identified Adobe Flash Player web plug-in vulnerability.

| Read more »
09:00
Quick tour of Office 365–recent updates and what’s...

On this week’s show, Jeremy Chapman is joined by Julia White to take a look at the last year of updates in Office 365 give a sneak peek of what’s coming. We cover themes from machine learning advances and how to better manage your time and find information in Delve to improved collaboration in email and native information protection in Office apps.

It’s been a big year for Office 365 with more than 450 updates to the service. In the past year, we’ve seen Office experiences delivered across multiple platforms, improvements for personalizing the experience with updates to Delve and the Office Graph and IT controls for mobile device management and data loss prevention. And that’s just scratching the surface.

On the show, Julia White recaps the year and gives a sneak peek of what’s coming—including updates to Delve and Office Groups, integration between email and OneDrive for attachments, Sway joining Office 365 and a powerful dashboard and analytics coming to Power BI....

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09:00
Office Lens Android now available at Google Play...

Thanks to the participation of more than 130,000 Google+ community previewers, we’re pleased to release Office Lens Android today. Called a “great app” by one tester, Office Lens turns your Android, iPhone or Windows Phone into a pocket scanner that works “flawlessly,” delivers “crystal clear images” and does an “excellent job of transcribing a printed page, despite edge distortion (page from a hardcover book),” according to other users.

First introduced for Windows Phone in March 2014, followed by the iPhone app early last month, Office Lens Android was the only version to have a public preview, which ran from April 2 to today’s formal release. Both iOS and Google+ communities quickly embraced the...

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08:25
10 Calculator Apps for Your Apple Watch

Now that I’ve found the right calculator for me, I should point out that I still take my phone out of my pocket to use a calculator. That’s a habit thing though, not a problem with the size of the objects on the Apple Watch.

Calculator for Apple Watch

Calculator for Apple Watch is a free, basic, standard little calculator app. It’s the app that could be built into the Apple Watch.

Calcbot

Calcbot is a slight step up from Calculator. Here, we gain the ability to convert some basic things as well, such as kilograms to pounds, Fahrenheit to Celsius and a few other little things. There’s also a little tip calculator...

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Monday June 1

10:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E26a) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E26a) Now Available

| Read more »

Friday May 29

11:27
OS X Server: Enabling and disabling email auto-...

OS X Server's Mail server feature can automatically forward email for users.

| Read more »
09:00
Discount: Register for MacIT 2015 by June 1st

July 14–16, 2015 | Santa Clara, California

New enterprise iOS insights. New reasons to attend MacIT.


Register now –
Save $300 »

MacIT is back—and it’s packed with practical, high-value insights for deploying and managing iOS in today’s enterprise. Attend the all-new MacIT July 14-16 in Santa Clara and get the knowledge you need for your iOS-enabled enterprise. 

Here’s just a sampling:

...

| Read more »
07:00
Update The Software Of Your Apple Watch

The first Apple Watch update appeared a few days ago. This update brings with it “improved performance” for Siri, different elements of activity tracking, accessibility and third party support. 1.0.1 also brings Brazilian Portugese, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, Thai and Turkish language support. And a few minor security issues were addressed. In short, you might want to run this one… To do so, first make sure your phone is close (less than 20 feet in my opinion) and that the watch has at least half a charge.

To run the upgrade, start by opening the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. From the default screen (My Watch), tap on General and then tap on Software Update.

From the Software Update screen, tap on Download and Install and let the watch do it’s thing (note, you’ll be prompted for a passcode if you have one configured). The update usually takes around 15 minutes. Don’t reboot or get the phone more than 20...

| Read more »
01:59
Office 365—fuel mobile productivity

Today’s business users want to work from anywhere, on any device, at any given time. Azure and Office 365 can help you enable your users to have uninterrupted services and the freedom to work when and where they need to. Microsoft Azure and Office 365 takes location out of the equation, so that your employees can live life on their terms.  Whatever you can do in the office, you can now do just as well on the go with enterprise-grade security and management. Office 365 offers flexible tools that fit the modern worker’s needs which makes for higher employee satisfaction.

The Microsoft Technology Center (MTC), provides access to innovative technologies and world class expertise to help customers envision, design and deploy solutions. MTC Studios brings this expertise and...

| Read more »

Thursday May 28

16:22
If Messages quits unexpectedly after you get a text...

Apple is aware of an iMessage issue caused by a specific series of unicode characters and we will make a fix available in a software update. Until the update is available, you can use these steps to re-open the Messages app.

| Read more »
15:53
Apple Portables: Troubleshooting MagSafe adapters

Learn how to troubleshoot one or more of the following MagSafe adapter symptoms.

| Read more »
12:21
JAMF Nation User Conference 2015 Tickets Now...

Join us for the 2015 JNUC!

WHEN:
October 13-15, 2015

WHERE:
Guthrie TheaterMinneapolis, MN

WHY:
Be a part of the largest gathering of Apple system administrators in the world.

 

RSVP to attend

Last year, nearly a thousand Apple admins took over the Guthrie Theater for the JAMF Nation User Conference (JNUC) to learn new and better ways to manage Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Apple TV in their environment. This year, help us break the thousand mark!

The JAMF...

| Read more »
09:16
Sync Photo Albums To Your Apple Watch

I keep looking for more and more ways to have my Apple Watch be really functional without having it talk to my phone when I need the function it’s performing. One of those can easily be looking at photos. One of these is to sync some photos to the watch so that if my battery dies or I leave my phone on my desk, I still have access to photos if I want to get to some. To sync pictures from your

First, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. Then tap on Photos in the list of apps under the default My Watch tab.

From the Photos screen, choose to be notified of alerts. I leave this set to Mirror My iPhone. Then, set the Synced Album to any album on the phone that you’d like to sync to the watch. This might be Camera Roll, the default, or you can select any album that you’ve created. After I did this, I’ve created a new album call watch that syncs all the pictures I want...

| Read more »
09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 047 on the Dev...
09:00
Achieving greater accuracy and better product...

Today’s Office 365 post was written by Kevin Parlette, vice president of IT at Dana Holding Corporation.

New cars and trucks come to market every year, with advanced features and capabilities designed to entice buyers to purchase. That yearly cycle affects the entire automotive supply chain, putting pressure on suppliers to innovate at a similar pace. At Dana Holding Corporation, we make automotive components that range from drivetrains to tire-management systems, and we’re constantly working to hone our product management process to not just keep up, but to get ahead.

This year, one of our main business objectives was to develop more structure around our product launches. In the past, if we were designing a new axle, for example, we managed the project using spreadsheets, drawings that we shared...

| Read more »
08:42
Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation): Troubleshooting...

When connecting to or using a Wi-Fi network with Apple TV, you might occasionally encounter the following issues.

| Read more »
08:05
Turn off the auto-fill option in Photos projects

Photos can automatically select and place pictures within projects you create. To turn off this option while you work on a project, follow these steps.

| Read more »
07:56
Get help with your iCloud Photo Library

After you turn on iCloud Photo Library, every photo and video you take will live in iCloud. Learn more about how to manage your iCloud Photo Library, find missing photos and videos, and delete the ones you don’t want anymore.

| Read more »
06:52
Move content from your Android phone to iPhone

Ready to make the switch to iPhone? Here are some tips for moving your photos, music, documents, and more from your Android phone to iPhone.

| Read more »

Wednesday May 27

19:45
Cameras supported by Final Cut Pro X

Final Cut Pro X is designed to work with a wide range of video recording devices, including camcorders, digital still cameras, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

| Read more »
16:48
How to find the serial number of your MacBook Pro

The serial number is on your computer, in OS X, and in several other places.

| Read more »
14:43
Mac Basics: Multi-Touch gestures

Tap, scroll, pinch, and swipe your way through your Mac with Multi-Touch gestures, directly controlling what’s on your screen in a more fluid, natural, and intuitive way.

| Read more »
11:37
Adobe Flash Player updates available for OS X on May...

Adobe Flash Player updates address a recently identified Adobe Flash Player web plug-in vulnerability.

| Read more »
09:00
Quick tour of Office 365–recent updates and what’s...

On this week’s show, Jeremy Chapman is joined by Julia White to take a look at the last year of updates in Office 365 give a sneak peek of what’s coming. We cover themes from machine learning advances and how to better manage your time and find information in Delve to improved collaboration in email and native information protection in Office apps.

It’s been a big year for Office 365 with more than 450 updates to the service. In the past year, we’ve seen Office experiences delivered across multiple platforms, improvements for personalizing the experience with updates to Delve and the Office Graph and IT controls for mobile device management and data loss prevention. And that’s just scratching the surface.

On the show, Julia White recaps the year and gives a sneak peek of what’s coming—including updates to Delve and Office Groups, integration between email and OneDrive for attachments, Sway joining Office 365 and a powerful dashboard and analytics coming to Power BI....

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09:00
Office Lens Android now available at Google Play...

Thanks to the participation of more than 130,000 Google+ community previewers, we’re pleased to release Office Lens Android today. Called a “great app” by one tester, Office Lens turns your Android, iPhone or Windows Phone into a pocket scanner that works “flawlessly,” delivers “crystal clear images” and does an “excellent job of transcribing a printed page, despite edge distortion (page from a hardcover book),” according to other users.

First introduced for Windows Phone in March 2014, followed by the iPhone app early last month, Office Lens Android was the only version to have a public preview, which ran from April 2 to today’s formal release. Both iOS and Google+ communities quickly embraced the...

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08:25
10 Calculator Apps for Your Apple Watch

Now that I’ve found the right calculator for me, I should point out that I still take my phone out of my pocket to use a calculator. That’s a habit thing though, not a problem with the size of the objects on the Apple Watch.

Calculator for Apple Watch

Calculator for Apple Watch is a free, basic, standard little calculator app. It’s the app that could be built into the Apple Watch.

Calcbot

Calcbot is a slight step up from Calculator. Here, we gain the ability to convert some basic things as well, such as kilograms to pounds, Fahrenheit to Celsius and a few other little things. There’s also a little tip calculator...

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Technology Showcase

Sep 17
Video showcases iOS app built with Xojo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jan 05
Fusion Drive now available on entry-level iMacs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sep 19
InterMapper publishes white papers on network...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oct 04
Video showcases Zco's services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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