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13:22
Apple reportedly buys 43-acre site in San Jose

Apple has bought an undeveloped 43-acre site in San Jose in a deal worth US$138 million, according to the Silicon Valley Business Journal (http://tinyurl.com/phylr7v). It could add as much as 2.8 million square feet of space to Apple's inventory, the article says.

The deal comes on the heels of Apple's lease of property from Ellis Partners in an already constructed building almost next door. The Cupertino-based company is the new tenant of the 290,000-square-foot building near the corner of Orchard Parkway and Charcott Avenue in North San Jose.

Apple is currently building out their Campus 2 — the “spaceship campus” in Cupertino, California. It’s expected to launch next year.

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11:53
Researchers say they've created a firmware bug that attacks Macs

Two researchers have found that several known vulnerabilities affecting the firmware of all the top PC makers can also hit the firmware of Macs, claims Wired (http://tinyurl.com/nmkesyl).

What’s more, the article says that researchers have designed a proof-of-concept worm for the first time that would allow a firmware attack to spread automatically from MacBook to MacBook, without the need for them to be networked.

"[The attack is] really hard to detect, it’s really hard to get rid of, and it’s really hard to protect against something that’s running inside the firmware,"says Xeno Kovah, one of the researchers who designed the worm, told Wired. "For most users that’s really a throw-your-machine-away kind of situation. Most people and organizations don’t have the wherewithal to physically open up their machine and electrically reprogram the chip."

The Mac firmware research was conducted...

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10:51
D-Link announces new 1GbE and 10GbE SAN arrays

D-Link (http://us.dlink.com) has released two new iSCSI SAN Arrays, the 1GbE DSN-6210 and 10GbE DSN-6510. They're designed for small to mid-size businesses, state and federal government agencies, and educational institutions seeking a cost-effective iSCSI solution for their server applications. Pricing starts at US$2,949.99.
 
The DSN-6210 includes (6) 1GbE Copper iSCSI data ports per controller and the DSN-6510 includes (2) 10GbE SFP+ iSCSI data ports per controller for high performance environments, dual-redundant power supplies, and a suite of data protection features for demanding applications, including snapshot, volume cloning and remote replication at no additional cost. With an integrated and intuitive management GUI, this cost-effective network storage solution ensures the system can be up and running in no time, even with limited IT experience, says Mike Boschma, director of product marketing, D-...

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09:48
JMR announces BlueStor DataMover appliance

JMR Electronics (www.jmr.com) has announced the availability of their new BlueStor DataMover appliance.

The JMR DataMover appliance is a high speed enterprise class data mover that operates at near line speed and is independent of file size or depth of directory nesting. This allows users to transfer large and small files across networks, whether locally, across the nation, or around the world.

The system includes the capability to compress, de-duplicate, encrypt, and difference data, in virtually any combination, during data movement. All of these features operate at full bandwidth, independent of any latency introduced by the distance between the source and destination.

With the DataMover, typical transfers across a 10GbE fiber optic link are in excess of 925MB/s with a 300ms latency and approximately 1.1 GB/s with lower latencies. JMR has tested file transfers inclusive of media files, such as DPX,...

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06:36
Apple in third place for smartphone sales in China

As market consolidation continues in China, one in three smart phones shipped were from Huawei or Xiaomi in the second quarter (Q2) of 2015, according to the Canalys research group (www.canalys.com).

Xiaomi regained its crown as the largest smart phone vendor in China with 15.9% market share, according to Canalys estimates. However Huawei is hot on its heels, growing 48% sequentially — the fastest growing vendor in the top ten. Huawei’s 15.7% share leaves a very slim lead for Xiaomi. Apple fell to third place, followed by Samsung and Vivo.

"The China smart phone market continues to mature, remaining stagnant quarter-on-quarter. Competition among major brands has never been so intense. Huawei recorded the highest smart phone shipments in its history without compromising its product margin or profitability. Apple and Samsung have both increased their sales activities in the China market, expanding rapidly in...

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06:23
Maintain has served up Cocktail 8.5.1 (Yosemite Edition)

Maintain has served up Cocktail 8.5.1 (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 8.5.1fixes compatibility issues with Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 and OS X Server 4.1. It also addresses many other issues and contains overall performance improvements.

Cocktail 8.5.1 (Yosemite Edition) requires OS X Yosemite 10.10 to run. Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from Maintain website.

Cocktail 8.5.1 (Yosemite Edition) costs US$19 for a single user license. It's available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail).

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06:06
Apple may be launching an iCloud and Siri-based voicemail service

According to Business Insider (http://tinyurl.com/ov74gye), Apple employees are testing a voicemail service that uses Siri — the company's "personal assistant" on iOS devices — to answer your calls and transcribe voicemail messages.

Apple's iCloud service will then send you the text of the transcribed voicemail. This means you'll never need to listen to your voicemails again, says Business Insider, which says the new service is being prepared for launch in 2016.

According to the article, this is how it will work: When someone using iCloud Voicemail is unable to take a call, Siri will answer instead of letting the call go to a standard digital audio recorder. iCloud Voicemail can relay information about where you are and why you can't pick up the phone to certain people. Siri will transcribe any incoming voicemails.

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04:55
FmPro Migrator 7.58 adds FileMaker 14 Merge Database automation

.com Solutions has released FmPro Migrator Developer Edition 7.58 (http://tinyurl.com/yhzahuk) for Mac OS X and Windows. It adds a Merge Database/Table Consolidation process to upgrade older multi-file solutions into easier-to-maintain FileMaker Pro 14 single file solutions.

Upgrading to FileMaker Pro 14 also offers developers the opportunity to take advantage of the latest  design, development and security features included with FileMaker Pro Advanced 14 and FileMaker Server 14. FmPro Migrator is a stand-alone application which migrates FileMaker Pro databases to MySQL, Oracle, Access, SQL Server, Sybase, DB2, OpenBase, PostgreSQL, FrontBase, SQLite and Valentina.

FileMaker Pro database structure and data are migrated to a database table in the destination database. Large text, repeating fields data and container field JPEG preview images are also migrated without manual data entry. Go to...

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Jul 31
Rogue Amoeba revs Audio Hijack for Mac OS X to version 3.2

Rogue Amoeba (www.rogueamoeba.com) has updated Audio Hijack, the Mac OS X tool for recording and enhancing audio, to version 3.2.

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 3.2, Time Shift Block now features a popover that can be made to float above other windows for easy access from any application. As well, global hotkeys enable access to Time Shift's controls without even using the mouse.

Audio Hijack users will also find two brand new Blocks in version 3.2. First up is the new Sync Block, which adds a precise delay to any audio. While Sync is similar in concept to Time Shift, it works at much smaller scale: up to 1000 ms (one second) per Block. It's designed for syncing an audio stream with video that's lagging behind.

Next up, the new...

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Jul 31
Apple releases sixth beta of Mac OS X El Capitan for developers

Apple has made available the fifth beta of Mac OS X El Capitan to developers for testing purposes. It's available through the Software Update section of the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center (https://developer.apple.com).

The new beta focuses on bug fixes, not new features. OS X 10.11 El Capitan is currently available to both registered developers and public beta testers. Apple plans to release El Capitan to the public in the fall.

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Jul 30
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Game of the Year Edition comes to the Mac

Feral Interactive today announced that the open-world action adventure game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Game of the Year Edition is out now on Mac and Linux via Steam, and will be released on the Mac App Store by early August.

The game is developed by Monolith Productions and published by Warner Bros. Here's how Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Game of the Year Edition: "The game begins on the night of Sauron’s return to Mordor, as his Black Captains brutally execute the Rangers of the Black Gate. Players become Talion, a ranger who loses his family and everything he holds dear, only to be returned from death by a mysterious Spirit of vengeance.

"Based on the player’s actions with the in-game Nemesis System, every enemy encountered is distinct and can evolve to become a personal archenemy through the course of the game.  As Talion’s personal vendetta unfolds, players uncover the mystery of the Spirit that compels him, discover the origin of the Rings of Power and...

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Jul 30
Apple's 'spaceship campus' to have a visitor's...

Apple's upcoming "spaceship" campus will have a visitor's center complete with a store and viewing platform, according to the Silicon Valley Business Journal (http://tinyurl.com/qd9uz8p).

The company’s 2013 approvals for the massive project included the ability for Apple to build a visitor’s center, but a detailed project description had not been submitted until April. The project will "give visitors of Apple Campus 2 the opportunity to see the Main Building from the rooftop observation deck," Apple wrote in a planning document.

The plans show a glass-walled structure topped by a carbon-fiber roof with extended eaves, punctuated by large skylights. On the ground floor: A 2,386-square-foot cafe and 10,114-square-foot store “which allows visitors to view and purchase the newest Apple products.

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Jul 30
Twocanoes Releases Boot Runner 2.2 with Windows 10 Compatibilit

Twocanoes Software has announced Boot Runner 2.2, an upgrade of the dual-boot startup manager for Mac. It adds Windows 10 compatibility.

Boot Runner puts you in control of startup of native and virtual operating systems running on Mac computers. Boot Runner 2.2 also offers a customizable system selection screen and remote boot control, ensuring Windows running on the Mac is available to receive critical security updates. The update is free to all current Boot Runner 2 customers.

Boot Runner 2.2 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It's available at the Twocanoes online store (www.twocanoes.com). Volume and educational pricing is available for any number of Macs. Boot Runner 2.2 lab and site licenses now include the first year of premium support and maintenance for free.

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Jul 30
El Capitan updates issued for DEVONagent and DEVONsphere Express

Here's a list of the latest software updates for Mac OS X compatible apps.

DEVONtechnologies has updates all editions of its Internet search and research tool DEVONagent as well as the context-aware search assistant DEVONsphere Express for compatibility with the upcoming Mac OS X El Capitan.

All editions of DEVONagent 3.9.2 improve the compatibility to OS X El Capitan, DEVONagent Pro also to OS X Yosemite. In addition, DEVONagent Pro 3.9.2 uses the title of PDFs displayed in the build-in web browser and captures non-HTML documents to DEVONthink. New search windows always start with default settings to make search results more predictable.

The Twitter, Thumbnail Gallery, Audio, and Video scanners as well as the Marketing and New Software search sets have been updated. Scanners filter search results by looking for, say, Twitter accounts or image galleries, and return matching objects. Search sets query multiple search engines and web sites in one go.

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Jul 29
Apple releases third public beta of Mac OS X El Capitan

Apple has made available the third public beta of Mac OS X El Capitan to developers for testing purposes. Those who signed up for Apple’s beta testing program (https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/) and already have the public beta installed can update through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

The new beta focuses on bug fixes, not new features. OS X 10.11 El Capitan is currently available to both registered developers and public beta testers. Apple plans to release El Capitan to the public in the fall.

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Jul 29
Paragon products get full Windows 10 support

Paragon Software Group (www.paragon-software.com) has updated Paragon HFS+ for Windows and Paragon ExtFS for Windows for full Windows 10 compatibility.

Paragon HFS+ for Windows (US$19.95), Paragon ExtFS for Windows Free and Paragon ExtFS for Windows Professional ($19.95) allow users to extend the boundaries of Microsoft Windows scalability and interoperability, providing full read and write access to OS X and Linux file systems on Windows and transferring files at a rate higher than native file-system performance.

Paragon HFS+ for Windows 10 provides full read and write access to HFS+/HFSX partitions on any type of disks (APM, GPT, MBR). Once installed, Paragon HFS+ for Windows 10 automatically enables the use of Mac-formatted partitions in Windows systems and applications. 

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Jul 29
VMWare Fusion 7 supports Windows 10

For Mac users who want to kick the tires on Windows 10, which is now available, VMware Fusion 7 (http://www.vmware.com/products/fusion/) offers a Windows on Mac experience and allows Mac users to run a virtual Windows desktop on their system without rebooting.
 
Support for Windows 10 is not only available immediately in VMware Fusion 7, the upcoming release of VMware Fusion 8 this summer will be further optimized for Windows 10 and include over 50 new features. If Mac users decide to purchase VMware Fusion 7 (or Fusion 7 Pro), they'll receive a special 10% discount and be eligible for a free upgrade to VMware Fusion 8 (or Fusion 8 Pro) when it arrives later this summer.

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Jul 29
SubRosaSoft announces FileSalvage 9.0

SubRosaSoft.com has launched FileSalvage 9. The latest version of the data recovery tool features a performance boost, a new user interface, and support for Mac OS X Yosemite.

FileSalvage 9 is a designed to recover accidentally deleted files or reformatted drives. The new version sports a complete update of the underlying architecture that makes the recovery process faster and easier.

FileSalvage 9 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs US$89.95. Owners of FileSalvage 8 or below can upgrade to FileSalvage 9 for $29.95.

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Jul 29
Winclone 5 adds support for Windows 10

Two canoes (http://twocanoes.com) has introduced an update to Winclone 5 with support for Windows 10.

Winclone 5 is a Boot Camp cloning and migration solution for the Mac. It's designed to help everyone who uses Boot Camp on the Mac to clone Windows for backup or migration to a new Mac. Winclone 5 is available in Basic, Standard and Pro editions. Version 5.1 introduces support for cloning and restoring Windows 10 Boot Camp partitions.

Winclone 5 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. Details on pricing and maintenance options can be found at the Twocanoes website.

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Jul 29
Intel, Micron announce breakthrough memory technology

Intel (www.intel.com) and Micron Technology (www.micron.com) have unveiled 3D XPoint technology, a non-volatile memory that the companies say has the potential to revolutionize any device, application or service that benefits from fast access to large sets of data.

Now in production, 3D XPoint technology is the first new memory category since the introduction of NAND flash in 1989. Rob Crooke, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group, says the explosion of connected devices and digital services is generating massive amounts of new data. To make this data useful, it must be stored and analyzed very quickly, which creates challenges for service providers and system builders who must balance cost, power and performance trade-offs when they design memory and storage solutions.

Crooke says 3D XPoint technology...

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Aug 03
The Northern Spy: more on Modula-2 R10

By Rick Sutcliffe

In these last three months the Spy has introduced the fully modern dialect of an existing notation he and Telecom engineer Benjamin Kowarsch have developed to address serious software engineering issues of safety, security, reliability, and extensibility. This month he shows how to leverage Blueprints to enforce the rigour involved in planning code before executing it.

Modula-2 R10 allows the programmer to develop Abstract Data Type (ADT) libraries that include binding to language features such as operations (+ - * and /), various reserved words such as FOR, and syntax such as the accessor [] commonly used in programming notations for random access to array elements.

Each such library must conform to a blueprint In the definition module for each of the separate types and IO libraries that contained bindings, the syntax [Proto..] appears immediately after the name of the module, for instance:

DEFINITION MODULE CARD128...

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Jul 31
Established entertainment brands are being outshone by...

New data from the June Application Strategies’ Monthly iPhone Entertainment App Tracker (http://bit.ly/1HLdbbk) – covering 150 individual countries – indicates that established entertainment brands are being outshone by less well known applications potentially creating new media powerhouses across the globe.

Of the top 10 most popular free and grossing apps – based on number of appearances globally in June – only Netflix and Vine make the list as established global brands. This is partially due to the confusion about what the entertainment category actually is. The category includes streaming apps – such as Netflix and HBO Now but also content creation apps such as Action FX and personalization apps such as Wallpapers for iOS8.

For entertainment companies – such as HBO, Cinemax and Starz – seeking a global audience the ability to break through the noise of the category could be challenging and may...

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Jul 30
Public cloud computing to reach nearly $70 billion...

Cloud, as one of the substantial transformative forces, is impacting all areas of IT supply, composition, and consumption and provides the basis for many of the big data, mobile, and social solutions. In fact, the IDC (www.idc.com) research group predicts the number of new cloud-based solutions will triple in the next four to five years. 

Industry-specific applications will be a driving force as businesses look for solutions that can be easily configured to their unique business and vertical requirements, says IDC. With the huge increase in the number and diversity of services available in the market, organizations across the industries will shift steadily toward cloud-first strategies to enable digital transformation.

The IDC study provides a vertical forecast by 20 industries for the United States and worldwide for 3 public cloud computing technologies — software as a service, platform as a service, and...

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Jul 29
Hardware-based encryption market revenue to reach $36....

There are a variety of ways to secure data, either on the perimeter or within the local area network (LAN), but the most fundamental method in a defense-in-depth model is hardware encryption. ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) expects the global hardware encryption market revenue to reach US$36.4 billion by end of 2015.

The advantage of hardware-based solutions is that they bypass many of the typical drawbacks of software-based solutions like performance degradation or vulnerability to attacks aimed at the encryption key stored in memory. Because encryption is available at drive-level, this solution is not dependent on any software or operating system used, and usually cannot be turned off by users.

Examples of storage products that use hardware based encryption include hard drives, self-encrypting drives and USB flash drives. Players like IronKey (by Imation), WinMagic, Vormetric, SanDisk, Seagate...

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Jul 28
Smartphones, tablets are changing how users print, scan

Driven by an explosion of smartphones and tablets, the landscape for printing, scanning, and document management is in the midst of profound and significant change.

According to new global research covering six countries across three major regions from International Data Corporation (IDC), the mobile opportunity for document solutions continues to grow as organizations adopt mobile devices at a fevered pace. Large and medium companies are leading the charge, accounting for 54% of smartphone and/or tablet users, notes the research group. Additionally, six vertical markets stand out as having a statistically higher percentage of smartphone and tablet users: Information Technology, Wholesale Trade, Banking, Life Sciences, Resource Industries, and Securities.

"The business value for smartphone/tablet printing is enormously clear, and yet support for this is shockingly lacking in 2015. This is a huge missed productivity opportunity for both businesses and print providers...

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Jul 24
Gartner: worldwide semiconductor capital spending to...

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to grow 2.5 percent in 2015, to US$66.1 billion, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). This is down from the 4.1% growth predicted in the previous quarter's forecast.

"Since the previous quarter's forecast, continued weakness in the euro and yen have created major weaknesses in the overall equipment market picture," says Bob Johnson, research vice president at Gartner. "With over half of all equipment being produced by either Japanese or European suppliers, the weakness in their currencies has been the primary factor in our reducing our overall outlook for 2015. Longer term, we expect modest growth throughout the semiconductor cycle, with just a pause in the equipment market growth expected in 2016, as DRAM goes through a typical cyclical downturn."

Foundries will continue to outspend the logic integrated device manufacturers (IDMs) in 2015, says...

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Jul 23
Mobile entertainment continues to be for quick...

Consumers are motivated to play video games because they relieve boredom, provide a challenge, create a more social atmosphere and help to escape reality. A recent study by Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanaltyics.com) has found that mobile gaming continues to primarily be for quick entertainment in downtime; in an average week, more time is spent playing mobile games outside of the home.
 
The Media and Services UX (MSX) group at Strategy Analytics investigated mobile gaming behaviors and identified four motivators that are making the mobile gaming experience more compelling. These include daily incentives for accessing and playing the game, game incentives for viewing advertisements, daily timeouts for game play and frequent game updates.

"Daily incentives for accessing and playing a game give users a progressive series of incentives," says Christopher Dodge, report author and...

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Jul 22
ABI Research: LTE-Unlicensed angst roils Wi-Fi markets

Operating in the unlicensed 5GHz band, LTE-U’s coexistence with Wi-Fi has become a primary concern for the Wi-Fi industry which anticipates disruption on both the technical and business levels, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

Unlike Wi-Fi, LTE-U, as a propriety solution does not sense the channel activity before transmitting. Instead, it applies a form of time sharing using periodic time slots, according to the research group. Such scheduled transmission of LTE-U not only adds interference and increases collisions for Wi-Fi’s opportunistic transmission, but also defies the concept of fair sharing as it seizes complete control over the channel and Wi-Fi’s transmission window.

LTE-U provides clear advantages for mobile operators. It uses the free unlicensed spectrum to expand network capacity and does so without having to integrate another network, like Wi-Fi, within the cellular core...

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Jul 21
Hardware-based 4K content protection a growing concern

High resolution premium video, including 4K and UHD content, is a fast-growing market and therefore content protection services must follow suit with adaptability and preparedness for the expanding space, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

"UHD TV penetration is expected to reach 61% in North America by 2020, which is higher than expected," says Eric Abbruzzese, analyst with the research group. "Along with TVs, browser and application based streaming services will continue to roll out 4K content at a quickening rate, creating an expanding marketplace filled with premium content from studios that demand strong content protection.”

Guidelines for proper 4K content protection rely on deep hardware-level integration of security measures in combination with software security, creating an end-to-end secure system from publishing to consumption. This involves dedicated space on a SoC; Hardware...

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Jul 20
Mobile app gaming companies poised for record second...

According to Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com), mobile gaming apps continue to show strength globally with smaller second quarter (Q2) declines in the US and UK than last year.

However, emerging categories such as Travel and Health & Fitness need to find revenue through alternative business models, says the research group. Mobile gaming continued to experience seasonal Q2 declines but in the U.S. specifically those declines still placed gaming at a higher percentage of top grossing apps than in the year ago quarter.

While the gaming category continues to decline as a percentage of the top free and paid apps its strength is clearly being driven by in-app purchasing of virtual goods – a revenue model that gaming companies have exploited and others have failed to truly benefit from. Strategy Analytics says the following combination of factors will see mobile gaming grow in...

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Reviews and Kool Tools

Focal's (www.focanlna.com) first in-ear headphone, Sphear (US$179), tackles two pain points of discomfort with many in-ear headphones: excessive weight and volume at the ear canal. Consumers seem to have a "love-them-or... Read more »
iMobie's MacClean (http://tinyurl.com/ozc2otk) is a free cleaner app made to keep Mac computers running "right and light." It's designed to allow you to free up disk space, enhance your browsing experience, and more.... Read more »
Cisdem's BetterUnarchiver (http://tinyurl.com/pxctdms) is a new Mac OS X archive manager app that allows users to compress and decompress archive files on a Mac. It supports unzipping files like Zip, 7z, Rar, ISO, Tar,... Read more »
The Uniden Wireless DVR HDD (WDVR) is, apparently, first fully integrated wireless DVR video surveillance system designed specifically for DIY small business and homeowners. It's available for US$499.99 exclusively... Read more »

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12:53
Apple pays $138 million for 43-acre building plot in...

Apple's seemingly insatiable appetite for Silicon Valley office space has reportedly led the company to acquire an undeveloped 43-acre site in San Jose, a deal worth $138 million that could add as much as 2.8 million square feet of space to Apple's inventory.

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10:55
'Plasmonics' could lead to super-fast...

Researchers at Purdue University have developed a new kind of material that could improve the speed of optical communications by as much as 5000 times the current state of the art. The material is made of aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) and it is a...

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10:33
The US wants you to track endangered wildlife with...

The next time you go fishing, make sure to bring your smartphone... it might just help you protect an endangered species. The US Fish and Wildlife Service is partnering with the developers of mobile app FishBrain to crowdsource conversation data....

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10:08
World's first braille smartwatch is an ebook...

On the surface, Dot sounds like a fairly standard smartwatch: It resembles a Fitbit and features a messaging system, navigation functions, Bluetooth 4.0, an alarm and, of course, a timepiece. Dot is remarkable because it's a braille smartwatch -- t...

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10:00
Back to School Gift Guide 2015: Picks under $50

It's that dreaded time of year when lazy summer days with their open invitation to sandals, surf and shirtlessness begin to give way to the crispness of fall, hoodies and the back-to-school doldrums. Ah, but there's hope on the horizon: You can alw...

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09:45
Amazon's voice-controlled Echo speaker is now...

If you find yourself re-ordering office supplies, you can also nab Amazon's smart speaker in one fell swoop. Staples is the only place other than Amazon where you can purchase the voice-controlled Echo device. While Echo is listed on the Staples we...

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09:23
Xiaomi retakes the smartphone lead in China as Apple...

It looks like Apple's time at the top of China's smartphone heap was short-lived. Researchers at Canalys estimate that local brand Xiaomi has once again become the country's smartphone market share leader, snagging 15.9 percent of shipments during...

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09:00
Apple may add voicemail transcription to Siri's...

With iOS 9, Apple is working to make Siri a more intuitive, powerful personal assistant. But a new feature not ready for the next major mobile upgrade’s September debut is voicemail transcription, which Cupertino is reportedly readying to roll out next year.

Apple employees are currently testing the new feature, which is called iCloud Voicemail, according to Business Insider. iCloud Voicemail works by enlisting Siri to answer and record incoming calls. She’ll even be able to tell people why you’re not picking up the phone and share your location, if you enable those features. And then she’ll transcribe what the voicemail says, in the same way she recognizes what you say when you ask her to perform a specific task.

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08:46
Rumor: Apple testing new function that could allow...

This could be nifty.

Apple is reportedly conducting internal testing to see if it can allow Siri to transcribe your voicemail messages into text, so that you can read them rather than having to listen to them.

The feature, if successful, will allow Siri to take your iCloud Voicemail messages as opposed to having them go to a standard digital audio recorder.

While iCloud Voicemail can relay information s to where you are and why you can’t pick up the phone, Siri could possible transcribe incoming voicemails as needed.

The service, if successful, could appear in iOS 10 and later versions of the operating system...

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08:45
August smart lock turns the Apple Watch into a set...

An Apple Watch can already control your connected light bulbs and thermostat, and now it can let you through the front door as well.

Smart door lock maker August has just added Apple Watch support to its iOS app. Users can view door unlock status through the Watch’s Glances menu, and receive notifications when someone opens the door. The app also lets users lock or unlock the door, and view a log of recent activity.

August’s $250 lock replaces an existing deadbolt and connects to smartphones via Bluetooth, while an optional $50 Wi-Fi hub lets users control the lock remotely over the Internet. The lock is powered by AA batteries, and includes a standard keyhole as a fallback.

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08:16
Leaked images show purported “iPhone 6s” display...

You can’t say image leaks of forthcoming Apple products don’t answer a few questions.

A set of photos leaked by Chinese repair firm GeekBar show the supposed front and back views of an “iPhone 6s” handset. The photos highlight a Force Touch implementation and appear to incorporate the same rounded glass edges and general shape, with no change to ear speaker or camera positioning. On the back, the LCD module and other internals are obscured by the usual protective metal shielding, though a few differences stand out.

The most radical change is an off-center rectangular cutout located toward the top of the screen. An unknown component can be seen poking through, though...

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07:38
Canalys: Xiaomi and Huawei push Apple down into 3rd...

Apple has lost its top position in smartphone shipments in China, reports Canalys, falling from the #1 slot it achieved in Q4 of 2014 to #3 in Q2 of this year.

Canalys did not reveal Apple’s market share (a number it would like its clients to pay for), stating only that Xiaomi took the top slot with a 15.9% share, with Huawei close behind at 15.7%. A separate market size estimate from Counterpoint, with similar numbers, suggests that Apple’s market share in the country may have fallen to around 12.2% … ...

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07:35
∞ How to keep your Apple music library 100% rock...

There’s been a lot written lately about Apple Music, iTunes Match, and the threat of one or the other deleting your music from your music library.

This issue has turned into a perfect storm of fear, uncertainty and doubt. At the end of the day, I believe an understanding of the basic mechanics at work here will make it easy to keep your music library 100% rock solid safe.

Read on for the details.

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07:27
Apple opens Japanese YouTube site, uploads a bunch...

Apple, over the weekend, opened an new front on Google’s YouTube video service to host its Japanese videos. The site is verified by YouTube and has been up for 3 days but appears to have gone unnoticed.  None of the videos as of this writing have more than 100 views and there are only 49 subscribers. I have a feeling that’s a bout to change.

More videos below:

Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple Inc, Google, television, YouTube...

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07:26
Audio Hijack 3.2

Improves the Time Shift Block to make it easier to use Audio Hijack for transcribing audio. ($49 new, free update, 15.6 MB)

 

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06:40
Siri Wants to Transcribe Your Voicemails

People like leaving voicemail but don't like listening to them, so Apple is working on a new feature that lets Siri become your own personal transcription service. Apple hopes to roll out what's been dubbed at iCloud Voicemail in 2016, which means come next year you won't have to listen to your friend's messages ever again.

The Mac Observer Spin: I like to say three random words when leaving Google Voice messages, like "shoe, carrot, penguin." Google Voice is horrible at transcribing that. I can't wait to try it on iCloud Voicemail.


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06:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Angry Birds returns!

Angry Birds return!

There’ve been lots of Angry Birds games in recent years, but until this week never a true sequel to the original. 

Angry Birds 2

There have been so many variations on Angry Birds the last few years—just in Star Wars games alone—but never an official sequel. The wait is over: Angry Birds 2 is a freemium iOS game that offers even more challenges, more pigs, and, as the game makers say, “more destruction.” Have fun!

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05:00
Windows 10: Changing the Apple vs. Microsoft Dynamic


What I find most interesting about Windows 10 is that if Apple wanted to knock Microsoft off the desktop, then it -- not Microsoft -- should have released a product like this. When I say "like this," I mean one that could transform a smartphone into a PC. My reasoning is that Microsoft is relatively weak in smartphones, and Apple currently is kicking Google all over the market. Given Google's power, that's pretty impressive -- of course, it is also largely Google's own fault. Granted, Apple would have to lead with iOS, not OS X.

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04:45
Parrot says you won’t be able to buy its new CarPlay...

When Parrot unveiled its new CarPlay-compatible infotainment system the RNB6 at CES, it promised pricing and availability later in the year. The company now appears to have had a change of heart, updating its blog post to say that it now has no plans to offer it as an aftermarket upgrade, and will be selling it direct to manufacturers instead.

RNB6 project was showcased at CES Las Vegas in January 2015 (watch video below). This infotainment system was selected by several automakers who envision to integrate it in their next-generation car models next year and beyond. As of today...

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04:09
Apple reportedly testing having Siri transcribe...

Apple is reportedly conducting internal testing on a service that allows Siri to transcribe your voicemail messages into text, so that you can read them rather than having to listen to them. Business Insider reports that the service is expected to be launched next year.

When someone using iCloud Voicemail is unable to take a call, Siri will answer instead of letting the call go to a standard digital audio recorder. 

iCloud Voicemail can relay information about where you are and why you can’t pick up the phone to certain people. But the coolest feature of the service is that Siri will transcribe any incoming voicemails, just like it does with anything...

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03:30
Hands-on with Maps in El Capitan: Public...

If you want to use your Mac to find your local bus or train schedule, El Capitan can help. The Maps app Apple includes with El Capitan includes transit directions for major cities, just like iOS 9. Maps came to OS X with the release of Mavericks in 2013. At the time and since then, Apple hasn’t had public transportation directions available in the Maps app, either for Mac or for iOS.

In fact, public transportation maps have been gone since Apple extricated itself from Google’s data in 2012, when Apple released iOS 6. That’s led third-party app developers on iOS to fill in the gaps, but there are fewer resources for Mac users, who often resort to Google and other sources to find out how to get from point A to point B using buses and trains.

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02:45
Purported iPhone 6s screen panels leak showing Force...


We’re ramping up to iPhone launch season and — as expected this time of year — the web is inundated with purported leaks of components, renders and images of Apple’s next smartphones. Over the weekend a couple of new, interesting leaks surfaced purportedly confirming a couple of rumors we’ve already heard. Check out our coverage of the iPhone 6s chassis from earlier in the year.

First up is arguably the most important: A display panel which seemingly adds at least a little credence to the rumors of an iPhone with Force Touch capabilities....

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Rumor Scanner

Monday August 3

09:38
Google Invents a Mobile Device Recharging Traveling Case

In late July the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Google that revealed an invention relating to a mobile charging device that takes on the form of a travel bag or ...

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08:03
More 'iPhone 6s' Display Assembly Photos and R...

Following the release of several photos of a claimed display assembly for the "iPhone 6s" over the weekend, Macfixit Australia has shared additional images of what appears to be the same display assembly, further suggesting the leaked images to be real internal parts for the next-generation iPhone.

One of Macfixit's photos includes a quality control label showing a pass date of July 29, which, if legitimate, would put the assembly in a correct time frame for Apple's traditional September iPhone launches. The image also appears identical to those released over the weekend by repair company GeekBar, with the same possible cutouts for a taptic engine to fuel Force Touch and a slightly thicker frame.

A few possible third-party case manufacturer design renders have also been shared by uSwitch and Nowhereelse.fr's OnLeaks channel,...

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06:45
iPhone Battery With 1715 mAh Capacity Possibly Destined...

French site Nowhereelse.fr last week shared a photo [Google Translate] of a battery appearing very similar to an iPhone battery and labeled as being from Apple's usual supplier, but the battery's capacity of 1715 mAh leaves questions as to whether the battery is intended for the upcoming "iPhone 6s" or a smaller "iPhone 6c" that has reportedly been delayed or canceled.

The battery's 1715 mAh capacity is lower than the 1810 mAh capacity of the iPhone 6 battery, indicating Apple would have to have increased power efficiency of the device for the "S" generation in order to achieve the same battery life as its predecessor. Given the consistent overall...

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05:09
Samsung is Set to Reveal their Reinvented Gear Watch dur...

The rumor out of Korea today claims that Samsung is likely to introduce their new Gear watch called the "Gear A" during the same scheduled August 12th event that will unveil new Galaxy smartphones.

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04:57
Apple Testing Service That Allows Siri to Answer Calls a...

Employees at Apple are reportedly putting a new service through its paces, one that would allow Siri to not only answer a missed call instead of a pre-set voicemail message, but give her the ability to record and transcribe those message for users to read as text later (via Business Insider). The messages would be sent to users via iCloud, completely skipping the need to check voicemail.

The so-called "iCloud Voicemail" service could relay information regarding where a user is and specifics as to why they can't pick up the phone, if given the permission to do so. According to Business Insider, "multiple Apple employees" are testing the new feature and if it stays on track, it could see a debut sometime in 2016 in iOS 10.
Apple's proposed solution is both incredibly simple and incredibly clever: People like to leave voicemails (it's often...

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Sunday August 2

23:55
Apple Expected to Launch New iMacs With Improved Process...

Apple's iMac line is set to receive a significant boost this quarter in the form of a refresh including new processors and improved display quality, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Display improvements are said to arrive in the form of greater color saturation, but Kuo makes no mention of whether Apple is planning to extend Retina display options to the smaller 21.5-inch iMac lineup.We believe Apple will introduce new iMac models in 3Q15, which are expected to have key selling points such as more powerful processors and much better display quality. We predict the panel will use a LED phosphor material called KSF to notably boost color saturation.While Apple has released several 27-inch Retina iMac models since last October, the remainder of the iMac lineup has not been updated since September 2013 as Apple has had to wait for Intel to release new desktop processors that could allow for a substantial update. With Broadwell processors starting to trickle out and...

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15:30
Windows 10 is Really Windows 8.5 with some Shiny Pixie D...

On Friday we posted a report titled "In the First 24 hours Windows 10 is running on 14 Million Devices." Now that I've downloaded Windows 10 and worked with it for about 15 hours, I'd have to say that it's not the shock I had feared.

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10:11
Is Apple's CEO Tim Cook a Hypocrite of the Highest...

In late July we posted a report titled "Spotify Just Landed the Best Advertising without Paying a Penny." The report was about Jim Dalrymple's real Apple Music experience that he described in a report titled "Apple Music is a nightmare and I'm done with it." This was a far cry from his Apple Music PR piece that he wrote weeks earlier.

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Saturday August 1

09:44
Claimed 'iPhone 6s' Display Assembly Revealed...

Chinese phone repair company GeekBar has shared a series of three photos today (via Nowhereelse.fr) showing what is claimed to be a display assembly for the upcoming "iPhone 6s".

While the photos do not confirm that the device will be equipped with Force Touch sensing as has been rumored, they do appear slightly different from the corresponding parts for the iPhone 6.

Meanwhile, M.I.C Gadget shares a few photos of what it says is a prototype version of the iPhone 6s. The device is not shown turned on and the photos themselves do not reveal any differences compared to the iPhone 6, but the source claims the device measures 7.1 mm thick, slightly thicker than the 6.9 mm...

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Friday July 31

15:25
Apple Supplier Numbers Suggest Apple Watch Sales Are Bel...

We're all curious about how many Apple Watches Apple has sold, but with the company opting not to break out its Apple Watch sales numbers, all we have to go on are analyst guesses, information distilled from third-party sources, and tidbits of data that Apple has provided.

The latest data that hints at how the Apple Watch has fared comes from The Wall Street Journal, citing shipment information provided by analyst Mark Li from Taiwan's Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE) most recent earnings call. ASE is the company that builds the S1 package housing the many chips and sensors used in the Apple Watch.

An ASE subsidiary reportedly failed to meet its "break-even volume" of two million units shipped per month during the second quarter and does not...

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13:53
IBM to Purchase Up to 200,000 Macs Annually, With 50-75%...

A year after teaming up with Apple on an enterprise partnership to push iOS devices and apps for business users, IBM is moving forward with plans to rapidly move its own employees onto Apple's platforms, MacRumors has learned.

While IBM announced in an internal memo several months ago that it was planning to purchase up to 50,000 MacBooks for employees by the end of 2015, chief information officer Jeff Smith has revealed in a new internal video released to employees yesterday that he believes IBM could actually end up purchasing 150,000-200,000 Macs annually.

In the video, Smith relates a conversation he had with Apple's chief information officer Niall O'Connor about the possibility of a massive Mac deployment for IBM."I'd like to be able to offer these to everyone that can use it. We've got to find a way to make the overall cost the same or lower than PCs to make that happen...

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12:27
Apple, BMW Could Resume Talks Over Possible Apple Car Pa...

Earlier this month, rumors suggested Apple had been in talks with BMW about potentially using the body of the electric BMW i3 as the basis for its Apple Car, but those talks did not progress into a deal. Reuters has now spoken with some inside sources at BMW, giving us more insight into what the two companies discussed and where their relationship might lead in the future.

Apple CEO Tim Cook and other senior executives visited the BMW factory in Leipzig, Germany in 2014 to look into how the i3 is manufactured. According to Reuters' source, Apple left the talks without reaching a deal with BMW because the company wants "to explore developing a passenger car on its own."

During the visit, Apple executives asked BMW board members detailed questions about tooling and...

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11:51
Elgato's 'Eve' Smart Home Accessories Are...

Elgato, with its Eve line of smart home products is one of the first companies to come out with home accessories that integrate with Apple's HomeKit home automation platform, and it's the very first company to produce a Bluetooth-enabled HomeKit product.

The Eve system, which consists of a weather station, an indoor room monitor, a door/window sensor, and a smart outlet, is one of five HomeKit-compatible products that became available for purchase in June. With the Eve components just now shipping out to customers, Elgato invited us to review the lineup to get a feel for what's possible with Apple's system.

HomeKit and Eve's accessory lineup promise to make our homes smarter and our lives easier, but in its current incarnation, HomeKit is a service that feels unfinished. It's limited in scope and even though I found many of the Eve...

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09:48
In the First 24 hours Windows 10 is running on 14 Millio...

Windows 10 was released on Wednesday and in the first 24 hours they've had 14 million downloads. The number is likely to jump over the weekend as Windows fans have more time to explore the new OS and welcome back the long lost Start Menu.

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08:16
Force Touch Panels Enter Mass Production Ahead of '...

As the launch of the so-called "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" inches closer, suppliers have begun shipping Force Touch panels for the next-generation smartphones, according to DigiTimes. The report claims that Apple's supply chain partners started shipping Force Touch panels in limited quantities in June before ramping up production of the pressure-sensitive modules in July.

Taipei Times vaguely reported that Apple's touch panel supplier TPK expects widespread adoption of pressure sensors, presumably for Force Touch, later this year. Force Touch, an existing Apple Watch and MacBook feature, is a pressure-sensitive technology that will enable future iPhones to distinguish between a light tap and deep press and complete different actions accordingly.

Taiwan-based website DigiTimes has a mixed...

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08:14
Apple Reveals their In-Store Product Display Systems In-...

Yesterday the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their in-store retail display systems that are connected to each of their product tables ...

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07:01
Apple's iPad Smart Case may soon be Stain Proof Rev...

Yesterday the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that revealed an invention relating to adding a stain proof method to textured fabric that may ...

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05:20
Force Touch Panel Makers for the next iPhone now in High...

At the beginning of the month we reported that the iPhone supply chain had started delivering parts and components to the two iPhone OEMs Foxconn Electronics and Pegatron for production of next generation iPhone devices. Today it's specifically being revealed that touch panel suppliers are ...

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04:28
Honda to Introduce CarPlay in the Accord Next Month

According to a new report, the 2016 Honda Accord will be the first mass-market car to come equipped with Apple CarPlay. The Honda Accord has long been a preferred sedan for sensible suburbanites and now it will roll out with Apple's cool CarPlay next month.

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Thursday July 30

17:02
Apple and other Tech Company Shuttle Drivers Set to Vote...

According to a new report published late this afternoon, Unions continue to make inroads into Silicon Valley. Shuttle drivers for Apple, eBay, Yahoo, Zynga and several other Silicon Valley firms are set to vote Saturday on a package for improved wages ...

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Documentation Scanner

Sunday August 2

07:00
Find or Kill A Signal By Name In OS X

You can query whether a process is running by name. You can do this with ps and pipe the output to grep. It’s not hard, but you can do this more quickly with pgrep. You can also kill that process with pkill. Which includes the ability to send a signal.

So, let’s look at closing down iTunes with pkill:

pkill iTunes

Or we can send it with a signal (9):

pkill -9 iTunes

Or you could just grab the pid of a process by name:

pgrep Safari

It might display:

797

And that’s it. Easy Peasy.

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Saturday August 1

15:01
TA15-213A: Recent Email Phishing Campaigns –...

Original release date: August 01, 2015
Systems Affected

Microsoft Windows Systems, Adobe Flash Player, and Linux

Overview

Between June and July 2015, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) received reports of multiple, ongoing and likely evolving, email-based phishing campaigns targeting U.S. Government agencies and private sector organizations. This alert provides general and phishing-specific mitigation strategies and countermeasures.

Description

US-CERT is aware of three phishing campaigns targeting U.S. Government agencies and private organizations across multiple sectors. All three campaigns leveraged website links contained in emails; two sites exploited a recent Adobe Flash vulnerability (CVE-2015-5119) while the third involved the download of a compressed (i.e., ZIP) file containing a malicious executable file. Most of the...

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07:00
Disable Active Directory Accounts Using PowerShell

You can disable an Active Directory account using the Disable-ADAccount PowerShell commandlet. To do so, use the -Identity option along with the SAMAccountName of the account to disable. Here, we’ll use the SAMAccountName of CharlesEdge:

Disable-ADAccount -Identity CharlesEdge

The account can then be re-enabled using the Enable-ADAccount commandlet using the same command structure:

Enable-ADAccount -Identity "CharlesEdge"

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Friday July 31

07:30
My Page for Mac and iOS Conferences

Conferences for Apple Systems Administrators have been popping up all over the place. There are the ones that have been around forever, like MacIT and then there are new conferences that sprung up in the past year, such as ACES and MacDevOps. Some have reached maturity, such as MacTech and Penn State Mac Admins. Now, we have conferences in North America, Europe and Australia (so only 4 continents to go). So, I made a page listing them. And a Pinterest board. The page is available here. And that Pinterest board:

Follow Charles’s board Mac IT Conferences on Pinterest.

I also took the liberty of listing a couple of conferences that are platform agnostic, as I’ve been seeing Mac and iOS sessions pop up in them. Also, if I forgot any...

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07:00
Hide Safari’s Bookmarks Bar

Safari has a bookmarks bar. Some people want to hide it. A lot of people used to do stuff like this by modifying the default user template in OS X. Not something we’ll be doing much in the future. So to do so with a script:

defaults write com.apple.Safari ShowFavoritesBar -bool false

To turn it back on:

defaults write com.apple.Safari ShowFavoritesBar -bool true

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Thursday July 30

09:00
Episode 056 on building products on top of...

In this episode, Jeremy Thake and Richard DiZerega talk to Doug Ware about his experience building products on top of SharePoint Online using our APIs called IQAppStudio.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP56_DougWare.mp3

Download the podcast.

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Wednesday July 29

09:00
Office Mobile apps for Windows 10 are here!

Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office Client Applications and Services team.

It’s a big day for Microsoft and we are excited to be part of it! Today, we’re pleased to announce the availability of the Office Mobile apps on Windows 10—bringing us one step closer to our vision of reinventing productivity. Customers can immediately download and install the apps from the new Windows Store in 190 countries.

The Office Mobile apps—Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote—are built from the ground up for touch, offer the familiar experience that Office customers expect, and deliver the capabilities people need for on-the-go productivity on Windows 10 tablets and small screen devices. Across each of the apps, customers will appreciate full fidelity viewing of their Office...

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09:00
Windows 10 updates for Office 365 admins

What capabilities in Windows 10 will benefit Office 365 admins? During the Microsoft Ignite conference in May, we invited Michael Niehaus—veteran Windows deployment and management expert—to present updates for managing Windows 10. Many of these updates accrue to and leverage the work people are doing to implement Office 365 and broader Microsoft Cloud services.

In this week’s Office Mechanics, we describe three areas where IT admins can benefit from Windows, Office and Azure Active Directory integration:

  • Joining Windows 10 to Azure Active Directory for single sign-on (SSO) to Office 365 and other services.
  • Using the Business Store portal in Windows Store to deliver Office apps.
  • Adding Windows 10 devices to Mobile Device Management for Office 365.

Joining Azure Active Directory

Most organizations using Office 365 with an on-premises Active Directory (AD) will synchronize their directory with Azure AD. We’ve covered the...

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07:00
Removing Those Thousands Of Empty Directories In Bash

Earlier, we looked at creating thousands of empty directories. Today, we’re going to get rid of them. But we need to get rid of only empty directories. To do so, we’ll use the find command:

find . -depth -type d -empty -exec rmdir {} \;

Now, we can put both into a script:

mkdir $(printf '%05d\n' {1..10000})
find . -depth -type d -empty -exec rmdir {} \;

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Tuesday July 28

09:00
Adventist Health System boosts productivity with...

Today’s Office 365 ProPlus post was written by Todd Frantz, senior technologist for Adventist Health System.

As a healthcare organization, we have a great responsibility to protect the personal data of our patients. This concern for patient privacy has often meant that we take a measured approach to technology adoption. We want to deliver the latest capabilities to our users so they can work however they want to, whether that means with increased mobility or easier collaboration, but we can never sacrifice security to get there.

Finding a comfort level

Because Microsoft understands our need for HIPAA compliance, we were able to help our management team feel at ease with moving to cloud-based tools. Microsoft provided us with a business associate agreement (BAA), which is needed for HIPAA compliance and also delivers security and compliance...

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09:00
Using OneNote and Windows tablets in a classroom for...

Today’s post was written by Alexis Parker, special education teacher at a K–5 school in Florida.

I am a special education teacher for kindergarten through 5th-grade students who are highly impacted with autism. While every person with autism has a variety of talents and challenges, many of the students in my classroom face similar challenges—specifically in the areas of behavior, communication and fine motor skills. Six of my students exhibit behavioral challenges when presented with tasks they don’t want to do. Seven are either non-verbal or have limited verbal skills. A few of my students are beginning to use alternative communication devices. Two of my students are able to reproduce letters of the alphabet, two can copy letters given an example, and three can trace letters.

Behavior, communication and fine motor deficits make it extremely difficult to evaluate what information a student has gained. In a typical classroom, you can assess a student’s...

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07:00
Using Inputs in Bash Scripts

You can easily accept user provided input in bash by using the read command in bash for Linux and OS X. Here, we’ll echo out a choice to a user in a script, read the output into a variable called yn and then echo out the response:

echo "Please enter y or n: "
read yn
echo "You chose wrong: $yn"

Here, we used echo to simply write out what was chosen in the input. But we could also take this a little further and leverage a case statement to then run an action based on the choice selected:

read -p "Should the file extension change warning be disabled (y/n)? " yn
case ${yn:0:1} in
y|Y )
defaults write com.apple.finder FXEnableExtensionChangeWarning -bool false
echo "The warning has been disabled"
;;
* )
defaults write com.apple.finder FXEnableExtensionChangeWarning -bool true
echo "The warning has been enabled"
;;
esac

The options when scripting are pretty much infinite and chances are,...

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Monday July 27

13:00
Apple Web Server notifications

This article provides credit to people who have reported potential security issues in Apple's web servers.

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10:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 5 Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 5 Now Available

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10:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 5 Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 5 Now Available

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07:00
Disable Autocorrect In OS X Automated Workflows

I mess computers up a lot. And that means I have to reload operating systems a lot. I’ve also been having terrible issues caused by autocorrect. So… Let’s disable it. By sending the NSAutomaticSpellingCorrectionEnabled key as a false boolean into NSGlobalDomain:

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticSpellingCorrectionEnabled -bool false

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Sunday July 26

07:00
Grab Your WAN IP In Scripts

Sometimes when I’m writing a script, I need something to phone home to something in the script. For example, this can tell another daemon where to ssh into when I invoke it remotely. So, let’s say I want to grab my WAN address in a script. I can use curl with a number of 3rd party sites (sites that often change. But, one that we can use here is ipecho.net. Here, we’ll look at their plain output page here:

curl ipecho.net/plain

This can then get output into a variable or file for processing in other parts of a script. For example, the output here is basically the same thing but the command is in backticks, as you might put it in when scripting:

echo `curl ipecho.net/plain`

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Saturday July 25

07:00
Some Command Line java Debugging Options

There’s an excellent tool that can be used to grab a heap dump from a Java process. It’s called jmap. To do so, run the jmap command, followed by a format and a file path as the format and file operators. Also, provide the PID, as follows:

jmap -dump:format=b,file=~/memdump.hprof 80446

Once dumped, you can view the dump file in the Memory Analyzer Tool (MAP) and find objects that use use too much memory and/or have memory leaks, as part of your troubleshooting. You can also replace the pid with a name of an executable or a core. Run the map tool along with a -h option for a help summary.

A sister tool is jps, which can be used to just list running processes by pid and then path. To run, assuming the same pid as earlier:

jps 80446

You can also run a java debugger daemon using jsadebugd, which attaches a process as a debug server. Then stack, map and info can attach via RMI. Finally, not everyone has access to every path on a file system. So jinfo...

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Friday July 24

09:00
Office 365 news roundup

We had a great time at Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) last week, where more than 14,000 people gathered to celebrate our Partners’ vital work and to share information that will help them continue to serve our customers and grow their businesses. Office 365 was a huge part of WPC, and we gave our Partners a first look at some innovations we are unleashing to help organizations transform how they work. We also announced a significant expansion of the Cloud Solution Provider program to include Azure and CRM Online as well as Office 365, and we are making the program available to all eligible Partners in 131 countries.

Mobile and cloud technology were big topics at WPC, which is unsurprising when you consider how much they...

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08:00
Caffeinate Your Commands

The caffeinate command is pretty cool. It keeps your computer from going to sleep. It can run in a couple of different ways. There’s a timer that prevents sleep for a little while. You can also run another command from within caffeinate that keeps the system awake until the other command is finished. Here, we’ll scp a file called source file to a host called servername and keep the system from going to sleep until the process is finished:

caffeinate -s scp sourcefile me:servername/targetfile

Here, we’ll just use the boring command to tell the computer not to go to sleep for an hour:

caffeinate -t 3600 &

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07:00
Steve Jobs, The Movie

Thursday July 23

09:00
Announcing the Superheroes in the Classroom blog...

Every year, Microsoft welcomes some of the world’s most innovative educators and students from around the world at its annual E2 Summit to share best practices on how to use technology to enhance student learning. At this year’s summit, the Office Mix team got to meet Kelli Etheredge, director of Teaching and Learning Resources at St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Mobile, Alabama. Kelli shared the story of how St. Paul’s students used Office Mix to teach each other about human body systems in their 4th–grade science class.

The next thing she knew, the Office Mix team was interviewing the students and their teachers over Skype for Business to hear firsthand how they learned about Office Mix, how they created mixes for the first time, and more importantly, how it impacted—and improved—the students’ desire to...

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Documentation Scanner

Sunday August 2

07:00
Find or Kill A Signal By Name In OS X

You can query whether a process is running by name. You can do this with ps and pipe the output to grep. It’s not hard, but you can do this more quickly with pgrep. You can also kill that process with pkill. Which includes the ability to send a signal.

So, let’s look at closing down iTunes with pkill:

pkill iTunes

Or we can send it with a signal (9):

pkill -9 iTunes

Or you could just grab the pid of a process by name:

pgrep Safari

It might display:

797

And that’s it. Easy Peasy.

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Saturday August 1

15:01
TA15-213A: Recent Email Phishing Campaigns –...

Original release date: August 01, 2015
Systems Affected

Microsoft Windows Systems, Adobe Flash Player, and Linux

Overview

Between June and July 2015, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) received reports of multiple, ongoing and likely evolving, email-based phishing campaigns targeting U.S. Government agencies and private sector organizations. This alert provides general and phishing-specific mitigation strategies and countermeasures.

Description

US-CERT is aware of three phishing campaigns targeting U.S. Government agencies and private organizations across multiple sectors. All three campaigns leveraged website links contained in emails; two sites exploited a recent Adobe Flash vulnerability (CVE-2015-5119) while the third involved the download of a compressed (i.e., ZIP) file containing a malicious executable file. Most of the...

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07:00
Disable Active Directory Accounts Using PowerShell

You can disable an Active Directory account using the Disable-ADAccount PowerShell commandlet. To do so, use the -Identity option along with the SAMAccountName of the account to disable. Here, we’ll use the SAMAccountName of CharlesEdge:

Disable-ADAccount -Identity CharlesEdge

The account can then be re-enabled using the Enable-ADAccount commandlet using the same command structure:

Enable-ADAccount -Identity "CharlesEdge"

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Friday July 31

07:30
My Page for Mac and iOS Conferences

Conferences for Apple Systems Administrators have been popping up all over the place. There are the ones that have been around forever, like MacIT and then there are new conferences that sprung up in the past year, such as ACES and MacDevOps. Some have reached maturity, such as MacTech and Penn State Mac Admins. Now, we have conferences in North America, Europe and Australia (so only 4 continents to go). So, I made a page listing them. And a Pinterest board. The page is available here. And that Pinterest board:

Follow Charles’s board Mac IT Conferences on Pinterest.

I also took the liberty of listing a couple of conferences that are platform agnostic, as I’ve been seeing Mac and iOS sessions pop up in them. Also, if I forgot any...

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07:00
Hide Safari’s Bookmarks Bar

Safari has a bookmarks bar. Some people want to hide it. A lot of people used to do stuff like this by modifying the default user template in OS X. Not something we’ll be doing much in the future. So to do so with a script:

defaults write com.apple.Safari ShowFavoritesBar -bool false

To turn it back on:

defaults write com.apple.Safari ShowFavoritesBar -bool true

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Thursday July 30

09:00
Episode 056 on building products on top of...

In this episode, Jeremy Thake and Richard DiZerega talk to Doug Ware about his experience building products on top of SharePoint Online using our APIs called IQAppStudio.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP56_DougWare.mp3

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Wednesday July 29

09:00
Office Mobile apps for Windows 10 are here!

Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office Client Applications and Services team.

It’s a big day for Microsoft and we are excited to be part of it! Today, we’re pleased to announce the availability of the Office Mobile apps on Windows 10—bringing us one step closer to our vision of reinventing productivity. Customers can immediately download and install the apps from the new Windows Store in 190 countries.

The Office Mobile apps—Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote—are built from the ground up for touch, offer the familiar experience that Office customers expect, and deliver the capabilities people need for on-the-go productivity on Windows 10 tablets and small screen devices. Across each of the apps, customers will appreciate full fidelity viewing of their Office...

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09:00
Windows 10 updates for Office 365 admins

What capabilities in Windows 10 will benefit Office 365 admins? During the Microsoft Ignite conference in May, we invited Michael Niehaus—veteran Windows deployment and management expert—to present updates for managing Windows 10. Many of these updates accrue to and leverage the work people are doing to implement Office 365 and broader Microsoft Cloud services.

In this week’s Office Mechanics, we describe three areas where IT admins can benefit from Windows, Office and Azure Active Directory integration:

  • Joining Windows 10 to Azure Active Directory for single sign-on (SSO) to Office 365 and other services.
  • Using the Business Store portal in Windows Store to deliver Office apps.
  • Adding Windows 10 devices to Mobile Device Management for Office 365.

Joining Azure Active Directory

Most organizations using Office 365 with an on-premises Active Directory (AD) will synchronize their directory with Azure AD. We’ve covered the...

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07:00
Removing Those Thousands Of Empty Directories In Bash

Earlier, we looked at creating thousands of empty directories. Today, we’re going to get rid of them. But we need to get rid of only empty directories. To do so, we’ll use the find command:

find . -depth -type d -empty -exec rmdir {} \;

Now, we can put both into a script:

mkdir $(printf '%05d\n' {1..10000})
find . -depth -type d -empty -exec rmdir {} \;

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Tuesday July 28

09:00
Adventist Health System boosts productivity with...

Today’s Office 365 ProPlus post was written by Todd Frantz, senior technologist for Adventist Health System.

As a healthcare organization, we have a great responsibility to protect the personal data of our patients. This concern for patient privacy has often meant that we take a measured approach to technology adoption. We want to deliver the latest capabilities to our users so they can work however they want to, whether that means with increased mobility or easier collaboration, but we can never sacrifice security to get there.

Finding a comfort level

Because Microsoft understands our need for HIPAA compliance, we were able to help our management team feel at ease with moving to cloud-based tools. Microsoft provided us with a business associate agreement (BAA), which is needed for HIPAA compliance and also delivers security and compliance...

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09:00
Using OneNote and Windows tablets in a classroom for...

Today’s post was written by Alexis Parker, special education teacher at a K–5 school in Florida.

I am a special education teacher for kindergarten through 5th-grade students who are highly impacted with autism. While every person with autism has a variety of talents and challenges, many of the students in my classroom face similar challenges—specifically in the areas of behavior, communication and fine motor skills. Six of my students exhibit behavioral challenges when presented with tasks they don’t want to do. Seven are either non-verbal or have limited verbal skills. A few of my students are beginning to use alternative communication devices. Two of my students are able to reproduce letters of the alphabet, two can copy letters given an example, and three can trace letters.

Behavior, communication and fine motor deficits make it extremely difficult to evaluate what information a student has gained. In a typical classroom, you can assess a student’s...

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07:00
Using Inputs in Bash Scripts

You can easily accept user provided input in bash by using the read command in bash for Linux and OS X. Here, we’ll echo out a choice to a user in a script, read the output into a variable called yn and then echo out the response:

echo "Please enter y or n: "
read yn
echo "You chose wrong: $yn"

Here, we used echo to simply write out what was chosen in the input. But we could also take this a little further and leverage a case statement to then run an action based on the choice selected:

read -p "Should the file extension change warning be disabled (y/n)? " yn
case ${yn:0:1} in
y|Y )
defaults write com.apple.finder FXEnableExtensionChangeWarning -bool false
echo "The warning has been disabled"
;;
* )
defaults write com.apple.finder FXEnableExtensionChangeWarning -bool true
echo "The warning has been enabled"
;;
esac

The options when scripting are pretty much infinite and chances are,...

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Monday July 27

13:00
Apple Web Server notifications

This article provides credit to people who have reported potential security issues in Apple's web servers.

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10:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 5 Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 5 Now Available

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10:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 5 Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 5 Now Available

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07:00
Disable Autocorrect In OS X Automated Workflows

I mess computers up a lot. And that means I have to reload operating systems a lot. I’ve also been having terrible issues caused by autocorrect. So… Let’s disable it. By sending the NSAutomaticSpellingCorrectionEnabled key as a false boolean into NSGlobalDomain:

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticSpellingCorrectionEnabled -bool false

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Sunday July 26

07:00
Grab Your WAN IP In Scripts

Sometimes when I’m writing a script, I need something to phone home to something in the script. For example, this can tell another daemon where to ssh into when I invoke it remotely. So, let’s say I want to grab my WAN address in a script. I can use curl with a number of 3rd party sites (sites that often change. But, one that we can use here is ipecho.net. Here, we’ll look at their plain output page here:

curl ipecho.net/plain

This can then get output into a variable or file for processing in other parts of a script. For example, the output here is basically the same thing but the command is in backticks, as you might put it in when scripting:

echo `curl ipecho.net/plain`

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Saturday July 25

07:00
Some Command Line java Debugging Options

There’s an excellent tool that can be used to grab a heap dump from a Java process. It’s called jmap. To do so, run the jmap command, followed by a format and a file path as the format and file operators. Also, provide the PID, as follows:

jmap -dump:format=b,file=~/memdump.hprof 80446

Once dumped, you can view the dump file in the Memory Analyzer Tool (MAP) and find objects that use use too much memory and/or have memory leaks, as part of your troubleshooting. You can also replace the pid with a name of an executable or a core. Run the map tool along with a -h option for a help summary.

A sister tool is jps, which can be used to just list running processes by pid and then path. To run, assuming the same pid as earlier:

jps 80446

You can also run a java debugger daemon using jsadebugd, which attaches a process as a debug server. Then stack, map and info can attach via RMI. Finally, not everyone has access to every path on a file system. So jinfo...

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Friday July 24

09:00
Office 365 news roundup

We had a great time at Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) last week, where more than 14,000 people gathered to celebrate our Partners’ vital work and to share information that will help them continue to serve our customers and grow their businesses. Office 365 was a huge part of WPC, and we gave our Partners a first look at some innovations we are unleashing to help organizations transform how they work. We also announced a significant expansion of the Cloud Solution Provider program to include Azure and CRM Online as well as Office 365, and we are making the program available to all eligible Partners in 131 countries.

Mobile and cloud technology were big topics at WPC, which is unsurprising when you consider how much they...

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08:00
Caffeinate Your Commands

The caffeinate command is pretty cool. It keeps your computer from going to sleep. It can run in a couple of different ways. There’s a timer that prevents sleep for a little while. You can also run another command from within caffeinate that keeps the system awake until the other command is finished. Here, we’ll scp a file called source file to a host called servername and keep the system from going to sleep until the process is finished:

caffeinate -s scp sourcefile me:servername/targetfile

Here, we’ll just use the boring command to tell the computer not to go to sleep for an hour:

caffeinate -t 3600 &

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07:00
Steve Jobs, The Movie

Thursday July 23

09:00
Announcing the Superheroes in the Classroom blog...

Every year, Microsoft welcomes some of the world’s most innovative educators and students from around the world at its annual E2 Summit to share best practices on how to use technology to enhance student learning. At this year’s summit, the Office Mix team got to meet Kelli Etheredge, director of Teaching and Learning Resources at St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Mobile, Alabama. Kelli shared the story of how St. Paul’s students used Office Mix to teach each other about human body systems in their 4th–grade science class.

The next thing she knew, the Office Mix team was interviewing the students and their teachers over Skype for Business to hear firsthand how they learned about Office Mix, how they created mixes for the first time, and more importantly, how it impacted—and improved—the students’ desire to...

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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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