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06:27
AKVIS announces new Easter Pack for ArtSuite

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced a new frame pack for AKVIS ArtSuite, which lets you decorate their photos with frames and effects.

Extra frame packs can be installed to the program to increase its functionality. The new Easter Pack includes 50 designs. They include eggs, chicks and bunnies, and blooming flowers. You can use these frames to decorate your photos, prepare postcards, and more.

Note that the frame packs can only be used in the AKVIS ArtSuite Standalone program. To add a frame pack to ArtSuite, copy it into a folder selected in the program's preferences.

AKVIS ArtSuite, with all its frame packs, runs on Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. A demo is available for download. The ArtSuite standalone application sells for US$69; the price of the new frame pack is $15.

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04:55
HoudahSpot 4.0 also available in a German version

Houdah Software (www.houdah.com) has added a German localization to HoudahSpot 4.0, a file search tool for Mac OS X.

The utility builds upon Spotlight and is designed to make it both more powerful and easier to use. You can set up the search criteria, locations, sort order, result display options, etc. and save these settings as defaults for new searches. Version 4.0 has been completely reimagined for OS X Yosemite.

HoudahSpot 4.0 costs US$29 for a single-user license. A family license is available for $44. A full-featured demo is available for download. Upgrades from previous versions are priced at $17 and $26, respectively. HoudahSpot licenses purchased on or after Nov.1, 2014, qualify for a free upgrade.

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04:37
Yummy FTP update for Mac OS X reduces transfer fimes

Yummy Software has released Yummy FTP 1.10.2, an update to their FTP + SFTP + FTPS file transfer client for Mac OS X.

Yummy FTP focuses on speed, reliability and productivity. Its highly tuned multi-connection file transfer engine is coupled with an intelligent recovery system to automatically handle most all file transfer issues and more. Among other improvements, version 1.10.2 reduces transfer times in tests against popular rivals.

Yummy FTP requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later and costs US$24.99. It's available directly from Yummy Software (http://www.yummysoftware.com/) or from the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

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Mar 31
WaterField Designs rolls out Vitesse cycling musette

WaterField Designs (www.sfbags.com) has announced the Vitesse, a cycling musette redesigned for multi-functional use.

Inspired by the classic bike musette, WaterField owner Gary Waterfield says he maintained the bag’s best features and added upgrades: enhanced comfort, improved materials and increased functionality. The resulting Vitesse is the quintessential bag for cyclists, commuters or travelers, he adds.

Crafted from waxed-canvas to give the bag some structure and full-grain leather for style, this lightweight musette bag is built to last. The quickly-adjustable nylon strap is thicker than the standard musette and is sewn at an angle for enhanced comfort.

Like a classic musette, the Vitesse has one main compartment, but WaterField adds a bit of depth to it as well as two interior pockets, leaving space for wallet, phone keys and a few larger items—lunch, books, or a tablet or laptop in a sleeve....

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Mar 31
ChronoSync 4.6 released on World Backup Day

Econ Technologies (www.econtechnologies.com) has released ChronoSync 4.6, an update of the Mac backup, bootable backup, and folder synchronizing app, on World Backup Day.

It works with any device you can connect to a Mac such as external drives, thumb drives, network volumes, remote Macs, or even a PC. A demo is available for download. Registration is US$49.99. Existing users update for free.

ChronoSync 4.6 adds SmartScan, an advanced algorithm for analyzing a volume for changes. File system analysis can often be the most time consuming part of a synchronization or backup. While SmartScan won’t copy your files any faster, detecting which ones need to be copied can see speed improvements. Version 4.6

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Mar 31
Ohanaware conjures up Magic for OS X

Ohanaware has released Magic, a photo enhancing application for Mac OS X. It was designed to improve the luminosity and colors of a photo based upon traditional photography techniques.

Complimenting the core functionality, Magic also includes vignette (with corner softness), border and a new stylize selector (which features Ohanaware's third generation Toning engine). Auto Enhancement will attempt to correct exposure, colors and red eye.

Ohanaware's real time effects engine is at the heart of magic, providing direct feedback to the user as options are adjusted and tweaked. Sixteen click syles are included in the app, so you can alter the photo's look with one tap on the trackpad or mouse.

Magic sharing supports Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Apple Mail, Messages, AirDrop, iPhoto, Aperture and the upcoming Yosemite Photos app. A new split-view preview displays the original and edited image, with a divider down the middle that can be moved.

Magic is available...

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Mar 31
MacBackup Guru revved to version 4.0

MacDaddy has announced Mac Backup Guru 4.0 for OS X, an update to its utility and which has three main features.

It provides a contextual menu to copy and paste a bootable volume in the Finder It provides incremental Snapshots in OS X. And it provides straightforward clone/sync functionality.

Incremental Snapshots use only a small fraction of the disk space to store daily versioned backups which can be accessed via the Finder and appear to be standard copies. This is done by employing hardlinks to the original files for unaltered files. Mac Backup Guru  also offers the more traditional clone and sync functionality, with built in Contextual Menu Items in the Finder to make it easier access its capabilities and streamline the user interface.

Mac Backup Guru requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. It costs US$39 and is available here (http://macdaddy.io/mac-backup-software...

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Mar 31
Freemium apps driving mobile ad growth

A new report from App Annie (http://www.appannie.com), an app market data analysis firm, and the International Data Corporation (www.idc.com) research group says mobile app revenues are beginning to displace other forms of monetization, including mobile browser and PC-based advertising. What's more, freemium and in-app advertising models driving the majority of growth among various business models.

"App Annie has tracked the growth of the mobile economy since its infancy, and we're really starting to see publishers hit their stride with mobile in-app revenue growing 1.7x last year," says App Annie CEO Bertrand Schmitt. "The continued innovation in mobile apps, monetization models and mobile advertising have driven significant growth in freemium and in-app advertising revenues. The space has matured significantly and publishers have the required ‘know-how...

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Mar 31
QuarkXPress 2015 will be available April 28

Quark Software says QuarkXPress 2015, the next major version of Quark’s design and layout tool for print and digital publishing, will be available on April 28.

The company says QuarkXPress 2015 will deliver increased performance with a new 64-bit architecture, efficient print and digital production and many of the most user-requested features. The new version of QuarkXPress will continue to be sold as a perpetual license.

Features include: 64-bit performance; verified PDF/X-4 output; larger page sizes, a dedicated orthogonal line tool;l fixed layout interactive ebooks; custom paper sizes; the ability to relink any picture in the usage dialog; the ability to collect for output for a complete project; user-definable shortcut keys on the Mac; tablet styles; a format painter; automatic footnotes and end notes; a faster table tool for Excel integration with table styles; text variables for automatically populating reoccurring fields – such as running headers; and more....

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Mar 30
Adobe launches Comp CC for the iPad

Adobe has released Adobe Comp CC, a free iPad app that enables the rapid creation of layout concepts for mobile, Web and print projects. It's available at the Apple App Store.

With Comp CC, designers can start layout-design projects on an Apple tablet, creating concepts that incorporate previously created assets and then move to the desktop where essential Adobe Creative Cloud tools, including Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC and InDesign CC, can be used to create production-quality work.

Comp CC extends the mobile and desktop workflows enabled by Creative Profile and Creative Cloud Libraries. Creative Cloud Libraries consist of design assets — such as images, colors, text styles, brushes and more — that members have created with Creative Cloud tools. And a member’s Creative Profile surfaces their libraries, as they move from app-to-app and desktop-to-device, in the right context — enabling members to effortlessly work across devices and apps.

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Mar 30
Fuddruckers serves up Apple Pay

Seventy-two of Fuddruckers (http://www.fuddruckers.com) company-owned fast casual restaurants throughout the country are now accepting Apple Pay, a new category of service that transforms mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay.

According to Peter Tropoli, Chief Operating Officer of Luby's, Inc., "We're excited to provide Apple Pay, a convenience-oriented technology that pairs perfectly with our award-winning, fast casual fare," says Peter Tropoli, chief operating officer of Luby's Inc. Luby's operates restaurants under the brands Luby's Cafeteria, Fuddruckers and Cheeseburger in Paradise and provides food service management through its Luby's Culinary Services division.

Apple announced Apple Pay in September 2014, describing it as “a new category of service designed to transform mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay.” It works with the iPhone 6 and...

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Mar 30
GoodTask 2 has been updated for Mac OS X Yosemite

Haha Interactive has released GoodTask 2 (http://goodtaskapp.com/mac), an update to their to-do/task manager application for Mac OS X.

GoodTask works on top of Apple's stock Reminders app. Completely re-imagined to fully feature Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, GoodTask 2 has been rebuilt from the ground to make it more powerful with better usability, according to the folks at Haha.

GoodTask 2 is a free update for existing users and is now on sale at 25% off for a limited time: US$14.99 instead of $19.99). It's available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. It is a free update for existing users.

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Mar 27
Micron, Intel unveil new 3D NAND flash memory advancements

Micron Technology (www.micron.com) and Intel (www.intel.com) have announced the availability of their 3D NAND technology, the world's highest-density flash memory.
 
This new 3D NAND technology, which was jointly developed by the two companies, stacks layers of data storage cells vertically with "extraordinary precision" to create storage devices with three times higher capacity than competing NAND technologies. This enables more storage in a smaller space, bringing significant cost savings, low power usage and high performance to a range of mobile consumer devices as well as the most demanding enterprise deployments, says Brian Shirley, vice president of Memory Technology and Solutions at Micron Technology.
 
Planar NAND flash memory is nearing its practical scaling limits, posing significant challenges for the memory industry. 3D NAND...

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Mar 27
Synium Software releases CleanApp 5

Synium Software has announced CleanApp 5 (http://www.syniumsoftware.com/cleanapp/), an update to their uninstaller and system maintenance tool for Mac OS X. Version 5 has been rewritten from scratch and features a new user interface, improved usability and enhanced algorithms to reclaim disk space.

CleanApp 5 requires OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. It's a free update for customers of CleanApp 4. There's a reduced upgrade pricing of US$4.99 for those using CleanApp 1, 2 or 3. The full version of CleanApp 5 costs US$14.99.

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Mar 27
Paragon releases free Paragon Boot Camp Backup

Paragon Software Group has announced Paragon Boot Camp Backup, a free Mac OS X based backup solution for Windows partitions on Mac computers.

It includes incremental imaging, file-level recovery, a scheduler, the ability to restore to a smaller target disk, automatic check of file system for errors, and more. For a 100GB volume and 22 GB of occupied space, it takes only 12 minutes to back up and 15 minutes to restore the entire system, according to the folks at Paragon.

The backup tools delivered with Mac OS X don't support the Windows native file system NTFS and work on the file level only which has a negative effect on computer performance. Paragon Boot Camp Backup backs up NTFS Boot Camp partitions at the sector level. It creates incremental chains, where each new increment describes the changes between the current state of the backup object and the previous state. Paragon says this saves disk space, speeds backups, and allows recovery to a particular point in...

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Mar 27
AudioBooktoMP3.com announces Audiobook Converter 3.8.1 for Mac OS X

AudioBooktoMP3.com has announced Audiobook Converter for Mac 3.8.1, an update of the audiobook DRM removal software for Mac.

The utility is designed to help users remove DRM protection from iTunes M4B audiobooks and Audible AA, AAX audiobooks while while converting the DRM M4B, M4A, AA, AAX audiobook files to unprotected MP3, AAC, M4A, AIFF, AU, M4R and FLAC. It now supports batch audiobook conversion so that you can convert multiple audiobooks with a single button.

Audiobook Converter requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It's priced at US$29.95 for a personal license.

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Mar 27
IK Multimedia launches SampleTank 3 sound collections, more

IK Multimedia has revved SampleTank (www.sampletank.com), its sample workstation, to version 3.5 has just received a major update in the form of version 3.5.

The update consists of 11 brand new sound collections, which are now also available in IK's new SampleTank Custom Shop. Also introduced are new features that make browsing SampleTank 3's thousands of sounds and patterns faster.

SampleTank 3 sports a 33GB library of "bread-and-butter" sounds (with over 4,000 instruments from every category), 55 effects, MIDI patterns, groove tools and an enhanced sample engine. The latest update is complimentary for current users of all existing SampleTank 3 versions. SampleTank 3 and SampleTank 3 SE users can purchase the new Beats Series and Elektronika Series sound libraries from the IK online store for $39.99 each or 50 Gear Credits in the IK Custom Shop.

The full version of SampleTank 3 is available...

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Mar 26
New Earth science educational app is available for Mac OS X

Tasa Graphic Arts (http://www.tasagraphicarts.com) has announced Earth's Rocks and the Rock Cycle, a new Earth science app available for Mac OS X.

It provides teachers, students, and parents with Earth science content about rocks and the rock cycle. Photographs of rocks and their environments plus animations are designed to help students visualize the processes that change Earth over time. Scored quizzes and essay questions are included to encourage exploration, independent study, and written communication.

Users can use what they've learned about composition, texture, and color to identify rocks. Animations show the geologic processes in action: volcanic eruptions, flowing lava, weathering of rocks, streams transporting sediment, glaciers moving, caverns being formed by water, rocks being deformed by intense heat and pressure deep underground.

Earth's Rocks and the Rock Cycle...

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Mar 26
Passware exposes suspects' Photo Stream to computer forensics

Investigators now have a unique tool that leverages Passware's research in live-memory analysis for over-the-air acquisition of Apple Photo Stream contents without an Apple ID or password.

Passware — a provider of password recovery, decryption, and electronic evidence discovery software for computer forensics, law enforcement organizations, government agencies, and private investigators — has announced version 2 of its flagship encrypted electronic evidence discovery product, Passware Kit Forensic 2015. This new release now acquires suspects' iPhone and iPad photos without Apple ID or password, provided the physical access to the computer with iCloud application installed.

According to Apple, "Your new photos appear automatically on the iOS devices, computers, and Apple TV you set up with My Photo Stream, no matter which iOS device or computer you use to take or import new photos." This also concerns shared photo stream where photos and videos of trusted contacts are...

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Mar 26
PhotoScissors 2.0 for Mac OS X removes image backgrounds faster

TeoreX has announced PhotoScissors 2.0 (http://www.photoscissors.com/download.html). The cross-platform application removes unwanted backgrounds from photos.

Version 2.0 provides improvements to further enhance results and reduce time required to obtain them. In particular, the improved edge feathering algorithm plus the "Offset Boundary" option allow for neater and more precise contours of the cut out object. The "Shadow" option applies a transparent shadow to the picture. A new interactive processing mode optionally allows applying all changes to the image in real time.



The price for a single license of PhotoScissors is US$19.99. PhotoScissors is available both for Mac OS X and Windows users.

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Apr 01
Global smart TV market set to boom

The global smart TV market is expected to post a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 20.37% from 2014-2019, as consumers are spending more than ever on electronics, according to a new report from research firm Technavio (www.technavio.com).

The new report draws attention towards economic growth in developing countries that has improved the financial status of a significant portion of the population. This has resulted in higher consumer purchasing power, which has contributed to increased spending on consumer electronic goods.

"The increased number of technologically advanced devices available in the market is expected to trigger the demand for devices that offer multifunctional capabilities to consumers," says Faisal Ghaus, vice president of Technavio.

What's more, the Technavio report emphasizes the increased adoption of smart TVs in advertising. The growing popularity of smart TVs and 3D TVs...

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Mar 31
Chromebook’s computing style disrupts low-end PC,...

Chromebooks: cloud-centric, budget-friendly, fast-booting, secure computing devices that are more functional than tablets and less expensive than the average laptop PC are market changers, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

In 2014, Chromebooks gained traction in North America, and are set to continue growing as streaming devices become more popular among consumers and purchasing entities. According to ABI Research, Chromebooks experienced 235% growth between 2013 and 2014, with shipments reaching 4.87 million in 2014.

"The rollout of cloud services and the 2009 global economic collapse created the opportunity for developers to provide a budget-friendly solution for consumers,”" says Research Analyst Stephanie Van Vactor. "Chromebooks were the result, and the ‘anytime anywhere’ access to content is a mobile-centric game changer."

Deployments in the education market have...

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Mar 30
Global devices shipments to grow 2.8% this year

Worldwide combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are estimated to reach 2.5 billion units in 2015, an increase of 2.8% over 2014, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). In spending terms, the global computing devices market (PCs and ultramobiles) is on pace to reach US$226 billion, a 7.2% decline in current U.S. dollars, says the research group.

Stripping out the impact of exchange-rate movements (constant U.S. dollars), the global computing devices spending will decrease 3.1 percent in 2015. The global PC market is on pace to total 306 million units in 2015, a 2.4 percent decrease over 2014. 

"The fall in PC purchases is primarily due to expected price increases by vendors in Europe and other regions, which is forced by local currency depreciation against the dollar," says Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner. "The currency squeeze is forcing PC vendors to...

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Mar 27
Public Wi-Fi hotspots to reach 7.8 million this year

Worldwide public Wi-Fi hotspot deployments have reached a total of 5.69 million in 2014, and will grow at a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 11.2% between 2015 and 2020, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

This includes public Wi-Fi hotspots deployed by mobile and fixed-line carriers as well as third-party Wi-Fi service providers. ABI Research expects the number of worldwide carrier Wi-Fi hotspots will reach 13.3 million in 2020.

"Wi-Fi hotspot deployments have been surprisingly robust; more and more public locations have signed up on a free or 'freemium' basis. This has discouraged the participation of third-party operators in some locales because there is a need for the upgrade of service, coverage and legacy equipment, which is only beneficial for operators with significant economies of scale," comments Lian Jye Su, research associate at ABI Research,

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Mar 26
Smart cities will use 1.1 billion connected things in...

Increasing urbanization is putting unprecedented pressure on city mayors to constantly balance the challenge of resource constraints against environmental sustainability concerns.

Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com)estimates that 1.1 billion connected things will be used by smart cities in 2015, rising to 9.7 billion by 2020. 

Smart homes and smart commercial buildings will represent 45% of total connected things in use in 2015, due to investment and service opportunity. Gartner estimates that this will rise to 81% by 2020, according to the research group.

"Smart cities represent a great revenue opportunity for technology and services providers (TSPs), but providers need to start to plan, engage and position their offerings now," says Bettina Tratz-Ryan, research vice president at Gartner. 

Gartner defines a smart city as an urbanized area where multiple sectors cooperate to achieve sustainable...

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Mar 25
Report: global headphones market to grow at 12.70%...

According to the Sandler Research group (www.sandlerresearch.com), the global headphones market will see a 12.70% CAGR [compound annual growth rate] between now and 2019.

According to the report, one key trend being witnessed in the market is the rapid adoption of over-ear headphones. The rise in disposable income, especially among individuals in developed countries, the proliferation of smartphones, and the availability of headphones with advanced features, has increased the purchase of over-ear headphones.

In terms of volume, the global headphone market is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 4.1%. Sandler Research says one major factor propelling this market's growth is advances in technology. The availability of various technologies such as noise cancellation, SRS Wow effect, and extra bass in headphones has resulted in a huge demand for these advanced headphones worldwide.

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Mar 24
Increasing number of data breaches will impact...

According to the latest report by the TechNavio (www.technavio.com) research group, the number of data breaches has increased in recent years.

Encryption software encrypts data, files, folders and software with a secret code that only registered users can access. With encryption software, organizations can store sensitive data in secure storage in the cloud, which can be accessed only by authorized users.

"Because data breaches can be catastrophic for an organization, encryption software is being adopted increasingly to control these violations and create a secure information environment," says Faisal Ghaus, vice president of TechNavio.

What's more, the new TechNavio report emphasizes the growing adoption of BYOD policies as a key driver for market growth. BYOD policy offers enterprises various benefits like improved productivity, employee satisfaction and cost saving options, but it can also open...

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Mar 23
Older mobile users spur data traffic growth in the U.S.

According to Strategy Analytics’ AppOptix Telemetry Intelligence Platform (www.strategyanalytics.com), the total data traffic (Wi-Fi andcellular combined) doubled between the first quarter [Q1} 2014 and Q4 2014, with the bulk of the growth coming from an older demographic.

The analysis is based on over one million individual application sessions from 3000+ panel members in the US. The results are powered by Strategy Analytics’ elemetry Intelligence Platform. Additional findings from the study include:

° Between Q1 2014 and Q4 2014, social media use has emerged as the top category in three out of four age groups.
 
° Data traffic through the browser remains consistent across all age groups – highlighting the universal appeal of browsing across all users.

"Over the past four quarters, there has been a significant shift in traffic priorities by application categories,"...

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Mar 19
Strategy Analytics: sponsored data not hurt by Net...

Sponsored data business models benefit consumers by expanding the mobile ecosystem to new partners that want to foot part of the bill for consumers to use wireless data — according to the Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) Wireless Operator Strategies (WOS) service report, "Measuring the Success of Sponsored Data."

There are two main types of sponsored data—offers that provide free access or zero-rated data traffic, and campaigns that reward the consumer with a free data allocation. AT&T has been enabling brands, developers and other companies to explore the potential of sponsored data, in partnership with leading US startups like Aquto, DataMi and Syntonic  that provide cloud-based solutions with rich analytics for tracking success, according to the research group. Key findings from the report:

° Sponsored data use cases gaining traction today range from advertising, free...

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Mar 18
Top US pay TV operators added 101,000 subscribers in...

The top pay TV operators in the United States added 101,000 new subscribers during the fourth quarter to end a roller coaster year in 2014 according to the latest data from Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com)

The declining trend in pay TV subscribers in North America, seen during the second and third quarters, reversed in the fourth quarter, with overall growth in both the US and Canada.

The 19 tracked operators in the US added 101,000 subscribers while operators in Canada added 5,000. In the US, the increase in the fourth quarter brought the total tracked subscribers to 96.1 million, representing more than 95% of the total US market. Digital subscriber growth has continued throughout 2014, ending the year at nearly 95 million.

"2014 started and finished strong, with growth in Pay TV subscribers in both the first and fourth quarters," says Jason Blackwell, director of...

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05:00
India's Tussle With Internet Freedom


The Supreme Court of India last week struck down a law that curtailed the freedom of online speech. The law permitted arrests for posting "offensive" content online. The highest court in India ruled that Section 66(A) of the Information Technology Act was unconstitutional, and in its ruling said it had no hesitation in striking it down. The court had examined the legality of the law, which made posting information considered grossly offensive or menacing in character punishable by up to three years in jail.

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03:45
The 10 Mac games you need to play from March 2015

A month of Mac gaming to savor

March’s selection of intriguing new releases serves as a testament to how strong Mac gaming has become. It’s a wide selection of experiences—large and small—spanning a nice array of genres: City building, role-playing, strategy, simulation, action, puzzle, and more. And what’s especially great is that almost every game on this list launched at the same time as on other platforms—waiting for ports is much less of a concern on Mac these days.

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03:30
The best iOS services for tackling your taxes

Hooray! It’s tax time again: Another year, another opportunity to step into the IRS income confessional and spill the details of your personal financial life. Luckily, if you own an iOS device, it may be all you need to settle up with the taxman. H&R Block, Intuit’s TurboTax, and TaxACT all offer apps or mobile web experiences that, depending on your needs, will do the job and do it well. Although the ability to file taxes on a mobile device is not a new concept, the programs are better than ever this year.

“Will you look at those morons? I paid my taxes over a year ago!”

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02:26
Samsung Galaxy S6 delivers poor graphics performance...

While boasting an "Octa Core" Application Processor and an extremely high resolution display, Samsung's new Galaxy S6 falls flat in running GPU intensive apps and games -- particularly in comparison to Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

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00:08
ExtraBITS for 1 April 2015

In today’s collection of ExtraBITS, the Apple TV gets more channels, Adobe announces Flash for the Apple Watch, Apple is considering rebranding iCloud once again, and Apple’s next big thing hits a regulatory wall.

 

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00:07
TidBITS Watchlist for 1 April 2015

Notable software releases today include Pixelmator 3.3.2, Microsoft Office 2011 14.5, Minecraft 1.9, and BBEdit 11.4.1.

 

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00:06
Apple Dramatically Expands Edition Line

“Go for the gold” is no longer just about the Olympics, as Apple introduces 18-karat gold “Apple Edition” versions of a number of its popular products for the burgeoning luxury tech market.

 

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00:05
Early Look: Eight Custom Apple Watch Bands

Apple may have bands for the Apple Watch in a variety of styles, materials, and colors, but that’s not stopping creative accessory makers from going even further. Here are eight bands that bring new capabilities to the Apple Watch.

 

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00:04
Mac micro Redefines Desktop Mac Sizing

Apple continues to reduce the size of Mac components in its drive to produce smaller and more energy-efficient Macs. The little-heralded Mac mini is the latest to wander into the beam of Apple’s shrink ray, emerging as the Apple TV-sized Mac micro.

 

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00:03
Apple Watch to Act as Lie Detector

Thanks to a Twitter slip from Apple Watch tester Christy Turlington, we’ve learned that the Apple Watch can use its pulse tracking sensors in conjunction with a private API to work as a simple lie detector.

 

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TidBITS Online to Bolster Membership Revenues

We’re pleased to announce TidBITS Online, our latest experiment to find new revenue streams. Give it a try and tell us what you think!

 

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00:01
IRS Offers iTunes Credit for Tax Refunds

U.S. taxpayers expecting a small-to-medium refund this year can opt to receive it in the form of iTunes credit (with some qualifications).

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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Tuesday March 31

19:00
Pandora CFO promises CarPlay support, talks Apple...

The limited selection of CarPlay apps has not grown much since its launch, with one of the most prominent hold-outs being Pandora. In a recent interview with Fox Business, however, Pandora CFO Mike Herring said that the company plans to add CarPlay support soon. “We’ll definitely be in CarPlay,” Herring said in the interview.

In the past, Pandora has told us that it is in “frequent discussions” with Apple about various topics, although it has denied supporting CarPlay. The interesting idea with Pandora for CarPlay, however, is that Apple has to sanction which apps gain support for its in-car offering. CarPlay already supports iTunes Radio and with...

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17:00
Today in the App Store -- 1Password for iOS,...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today's notable apps include a discount on Thunderspace 4K, the new Gunpowder game and an update to1Password for iOS. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Dash Race [Now free, down from $0.99] Steering, speeding up, braking, cutting, blocking: who is the smartest driver in this strategic racing game, leaving his opponents behind and passing the finishing line first?

Thunderspace 4K ~ Sleep Relax Meditate in a Thunderstorm with Rain Sounds [Now free, down from $2.99] You will sleep better with Thunderspace because it plays thunderstorms in 3D for headphones + realistic lightning...

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16:54
Game of War: How to Play and Win a Casino Event

Game of War-the mobile-only MMO (massively multiplayer online game) for iOS and Android-features a number of "Events" that are key to leveling your empire and growing your army. One of the most important is the Casino Event, both the Solo version and the Inferno Solo version. Completed properly, these events are the single most profitable events in the game, but you have to do them right. Bryan Chaffin shows you how.


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16:00
Daily Deals for March 31, 2015

It's time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive deals for AWT readers, hardware discounts and our own handpicked iOS and OS X sales. All prices are USD and subject to change. Please check prices before you purchase as some deals may expire quickly.

AWT's Daily Deals

MacPhun Focus [Now free, down from $9.99] To celebrate the launch of AppleWorld.Today, photo software developer Macphun is offering their popular Focus app for Mac for FREE readers of AWT.

This nifty photo software allows anyone to do a couple of super-cool things: (a) direct attention to the most interesting part of your photo and (b) use tilt-shift and motion blur effects towards...

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15:44
Halo Fans Hunt for Truth, Microsoft Hunts for Hearts


Xbox and 343 Industries on Sunday released two live-action trailers for Halo 5: Guardians to encourage Xbox One owners and holdouts alike to "hunt the truth." The trailers aired during the season finale of The Walking Dead. In one trailer, the story catches up with Master Chief scorning an injured and supine Spartan Locke with an unsettling benediction. In the other trailer, the roles are reversed, and it's Spartan Locke who's walking menacingly up to the downed Master Chief.

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13:53
Apple invites Apple Watch submissions from all third...

If you were planning on writing a function for the Apple Watch, now’s the time to begin.

Apple has officially invited all third party developers to submit Watch apps to the App Store. This means any of the 1.2 million apps can now submit updates including Watch apps (using the WatchKit framework), beyond the select partners Apple rolled out last week.

As a reminder, Watch apps come bundled as extensions inside normal iOS apps. This means customers can update the apps in the iPhone ready for the Watch’s release on the 24th. Apple is pointing developers to the submission reference guidelines for more information on this process.

Apple Watch...

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13:32
The only thing you need to know about Tidal music...

Peter Kirn takes the new “Hifi” streaming service for a test.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Fantastical 2, HoudaSpot 4,...

Fantastical 2, HoudaSpot 4, GoodTask 2, and more

In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, you’ll find a brand new version of Fantastical, a program for plastering your desktop with beautiful photography, and even a way to keep your secrets secure in plain sight.

Covered 1.3

Rob Heague’s Covered scours the iTunes store for high-quality cover art for you to use within your own media library.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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13:17
∞ Van Halen plays Jimmy Kimmel

Panama and Runnin’ with the Devil

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13:13
Van Halen: Tokyo Dome Live album released

A new live album with Dave and Eddie playing Van Halen’s greatest.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Rumor Scanner

Tuesday March 31

17:30
Pandora CFO Calls Apple a 'Frenemy,' Says Musi...

When Apple's CarPlay feature launched last year, Apple partnered with several music services to offer a variety of listening choices on the platform, including Spotify, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Rdio, and more.

Noticeably absent from CarPlay was Pandora, but that appears to be set to change. Pandora CFO Mike Herring spoke to Fox Business Network yesterday and said Pandora will "definitely be in CarPlay" and integrated into the Apple Watch as well.

Though Herring did not provide a timeline for the possible launch of a Pandora CarPlay app, his statement to Fox is the closest Pandora's come to revealing its plans for the platform. Last year, Pandora told MacRumors that Apple was a valued partner and though it did not have a CarPlay offering at the current time, it was...

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15:31
The NYTimes to Offer a Free Apple Watch News App on Apri...

Our attention span is getting shorter by the day with messaging and tweeting. The micro-trend is now about to extend to news on the new Apple Watch. The New York Times said on Tuesday ...

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06:58
Economical Microsoft Surface Hybrid Device to Launch in...

Panos Panay, head of Microsoft's Surface team introduced their latest Surface 3 hybrid tablet/notebook today. What's different about this version is that the "Pro" has been dropped to reflect this new economical Surface model which is out to tempt students and everyday users.

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06:32
Microsoft Announces Intel Atom-Based Surface 3 With Wind...

Microsoft on Tuesday announced the Surface 3 tablet with Windows 8.1, available in May for a starting price of $499. The latest iPad competitor is designed to be a laptop replacement, running full Windows, including desktop applications, and delivering all-day battery life. Surface 3 comes with 64GB storage and 2GB of RAM for $499, while a 128GB option with 4GB of RAM costs $599. Both Wi-Fi only and 4G LTE models are available.

Surface 3 is powered by a quad-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, a significant shift from ARM processors used in previous models. The tablet also features a 10.8" full HD display at 1,920×1,280 pixels resolution, full-size USB 3.0 port, Mini DisplayPort, microSD card reader, headphone jack, cover port, micro USB charging port, Bluetooth 4.0 and three-position kickstand. The tablet will receive a free upgrade to Windows 10 when available, and includes a one-year Office 365...

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05:23
Apple Granted 36 Patent Today Covering Facial Recognitio...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 36 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover three specific granted patents as noted in our byline. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.

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03:34
Apple Granted a Powerful Patent that allows Users to Vie...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 36 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a single patent that Apple has acquired from 3 North Carolina engineers represented by the law firm Ober | Kaler. The granted patent covers a user interface that allows control of the image (scrolling and magnification) on the device display by uniquely tilting the device.

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Monday March 30

17:13
U.S. ITC to Investigate Apple After Ericsson Patent Infr...

The ongoing conflict between Apple and Ericsson escalated this afternoon as the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) agreed to launch an investigation into claims that Apple infringed on as many as 41 of Ericsson's cellular technology patents with its iPad and iPhone devices, reports PCWorld.

Apple and Ericsson first clashed in January, after the expiration of a 2008 licensing agreement between the two companies. Despite two years of negotiations, the companies failed to establish a new agreement that would let Apple use Ericsson's cellular technology patents.

Apple filed a complaint suggesting Ericsson was both demanding excessive royalties for LTE...

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16:07
The New Tidal Music Streaming Service Launched Today to...

Hip-hop mogul Jay Z, who recently purchased Tidal, a Scandinavian-based music service, held an event in New York this afternoon introducing the "owners" of Tidal. While Tidal is a lesser-known competitor to music streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora, it's suddenly on the market ahead of Apple's revamped music streaming service and it has the potential of causing Apple a headache.

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15:41
U.S. International Trade Commision to Investigate Apple...

On February 27 we posted a report titled "In Court Filing Details First of Two Ericsson Patent Lawsuits against Apple," and quickly filed a follow-up report ...

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14:52
Apple's Q2 FY15 Financial Conference Call is set fo...

Apple has just announced the timing of their Q2 FY15 Earnings Release.

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14:02
Apple Seeds Sixth OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite Beta to Develope...

Apple today seeded a new beta of OS X Yosemite to developers and public beta testers, a week after seeding the fifth OS X Yosemite beta and almost two months after releasing the first OS X 10.10.3 beta.

The new beta, build 14D127a, is available for registered developers through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Mac Developer Center. OS X Yosemite Recovery Update 1.0 is also available, improving the reliability of Yosemite Recovery when restoring from a Time Machine backup.

OS X 10.10.3 includes several new features, like the Photos for OS X app. Designed to integrate with iCloud Photo Library and the Photos app on iOS, the Photos for OS X app is a replacement for both iPhoto and Aperture. Reviews have suggested that while Photos is a suitable replacement for iPhoto, with...

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10:36
iPad Pro Dummy Points Towards Dual Lightning Ports or US...

Images of what appear to be a mockup version of the upcoming larger-screened "iPad Pro" depict either a secondary Lightning port or a USB-C port on one side of the device, suggesting it could potentially have multiple methods of charging and/or the ability to support accessories like keyboards and mice. The pictures, which show the mystery port, a headphone jack/speakers, and the camera, originated on microblogging site Sina Weibo and were shared by Italian site HDBlog.

Case manufacturers and other accessory makers often create dummy models of upcoming Apple devices to get an early start on the development process, and the tablet pictured in the photos is likely one of these mockups. Most of these models are based on rumors and leaked schematics, and while they're frequently accurate, there...

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08:21
Leaked Images Provide First Look at Purported Rear Shell...

Chinese parts supplier Future Supplier (via Nowhereelse.fr) has posted leaked images of what it believes could be the rear shell for the so-called "iPhone 6c." The rear housing looks similar to the plastic iPhone 5c, with two notable differences being a pill-shaped LED flash cutout and two rows of speaker grilles on the bottom of the smartphone. The size of the rear shell indicates that the device's screen size could fall within the 4-inch range.

The pill-shaped LED flash design and two rows of speaker grilles are also found on the iPhone 5s, indicating that the iPhone 6c could have the same internals as the two-generation-old smartphone with a plastic shell. The smartphone would likely be positioned at the low end of the iPhone lineup as Apple's free smartphone, alongside the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and next...

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06:52
FDA Takes an Almost Hands-off-Approach to Apple Watch He...

It's being reported today that With Apple and fellow Silicon Valley companies edging further into health care, the U.S. agency in charge of oversight says it will give the technology industry leeway to develop new products without aggressive regulation.

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06:17
Hon Hai's Net Profits Rise 22% on Strong Sales of t...

According to NASDAQ, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the world's largest manufacturer of electronics said its 2014 net profit rose 22% from a year earlier, thanks to strong sales of larger-screen Apple Inc. iPhones.

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05:34
Samsung Display Creates a Specialty Team to Slavishly Ca...

A somewhat odd report surfaced in Korea this morning. According to this new report "Samsung Display is creating an exclusive group for focusing only on Apple’s product development and management." To clarify ...

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05:16
Tim Cook Calls 'Religious Freedom' Legislation...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has called recent "religious freedom" legislation passed in Indiana and Arkansas "very dangerous" in a public op-ed letter published by The Washington Post. Cook argues that there are nearly 100 pro-discrimination bills in the United States that "go against the very principles" the country was founded on and "have the potential to undo decades of progress towards greater equality."

Cook's letter comes in response to Indiana governor Mike Pence passing the controversial Religious Freedom...

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Sunday March 29

20:21
Apple Won't Allow Swapping of Bands at Apple Watch...

The Apple Watch will be available for in store previews and Try-On appointments starting on April 10th. The Apple Watch comes in a variety of sizes, colors, and band-types which can make the decision of how to pick a band and Apple Watch combination complicated.

Apple has a number of recommended combinations highlighted on their online store, but also sells bands separately, allowing customers to potentially mix and match between the various Apple Watches and bands. Some combinations could yield a mix of materials that readers feared may not look natural together, such as an aluminum Apple Watch Sport and a stainless steel accented band. The stainless steel Apple Watch is the most...

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13:46
Apple Watch for Sale in Retail Stores by Reservation Onl...

As the Apple Watch launch approaches, details have been leaking out about how Apple will be handling sales of their new device. According to leaked Apple documentation, the company will not be selling the Apple Watch to walk-in customers at launch.

Apple will begin offering online pre-sales of the Apple Watch starting on April 10th, with the first deliveries occurring on April 24th, the official Apple Watch launch date. During those two weeks, customers will be able to have hands-on "try-on" appointments at Apple retail stores in order to help make up their mind.

However, according to training documents that MacRumors has received, Apple is not allowing any walk-in retail purchases for the Apple Watch at launch. Instead customers must make an online "Product Reservation" to hold a specific Apple Watch model at a retail store. This new "Product Reservation" system is used instead of Apple's "...

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09:29
Samsung Invents Biosignal ID for their Smartwatch to Ass...

Samsung has had some problems with their fingerprint scanner over time, and while they're working on improving that feature for smartphones and tablets, they've also been working on how to perform user authentication on their Gear smartwatch.

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Documentation Scanner

Tuesday March 31

15:48
Calibrating your Mac notebook's battery for...

On older Mac notebooks, you can calibrate the battery for best performance.

| Read more »
15:45
Use emoji (emoticons) on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod...

You can find several hundred emoji on the emoji keyboard. After you turn on the emoji keyboard, you can use these images in your messages, emails, and more.

| Read more »
15:37
About Apple video adapters and cables

Apple produces a number of different display adapters and cables for Apple computers using a variety of connectors. To learn about the Apple display adapters used with Mac computers (since 2001) use the images and information in the table below.

| Read more »
14:59
About the security content of Safari 5.1.10

This document describes the security content of Safari 5.1.10.

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14:58
About the security content of Safari 5.1.4

This document describes the security content of Safari 5.1.4.

| Read more »
14:57
About the security content of Safari 5.1.7

This document describes the security content of Safari 5.1.7.

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14:56
About the security content of Safari 6

This document describes the security content of Safari 6.

| Read more »
14:54
About the security content of Safari 6.0.2

Learn about the security content of Safari 6.0.2.

| Read more »
14:53
About the security content of Safari 6.0.3

Learn about security content for Safari 6.0.3.

| Read more »
10:30
Submit Your WatchKit Apps Now

It’s time. Apple Watch will be in the hands of customers on April 24. Get your WatchKit apps ready and submit them for review now. To learn more, read Preparing Your App Submission for Apple Watch.

| Read more »
10:30
Submit Your WatchKit Apps Now

It’s time. Apple Watch will be in the hands of customers on April 24. Get your WatchKit apps ready and submit them for review now. To learn more, read Preparing Your App Submission for Apple Watch.

| Read more »

Monday March 30

15:34
Contact Apple for support and service

See a list of Apple phone numbers around the world.

| Read more »
13:14
iTunes Store reporting error - 3259

This may occur if you are using an older version of iTunes, having a network connection issue, or when a Firewall protection system on the computer is blocking some communication ports that iTunes need to have open for full functionality.

| Read more »
13:11
iCloud: Why am I getting junk mail (spam)?

Unsolicited bulk email messages are commonly called junk mail or spam. Here's why you might get junk mail, and what you can do about it.

| Read more »
13:08
iTunes for Windows: iTunes can't contact the...

When you try to update or restore an iPhone, iPad, or iPod in iTunes, one of the following alert messages appears

| Read more »
13:05
Resolve issues between iTunes and third-party...

If you can’t open iTunes, download content, sync your device, or use Home Sharing, your security software might be the cause. 

| Read more »
13:03
Set up and use iCloud for Windows

With iCloud for Windows, the photos, documents, and bookmarks on your PC are updated automatically to your Apple devices.

| Read more »
13:00
Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online now available...

Today, we are pleased to announce the general availability of Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online from Australian datacenters. In addition, Microsoft Office 365 has just completed a formal security assessment for Unclassified Sensitive government data via Australian Government’s Independent Registered Assessors Program (IRAP). These announcements will help ensure that customer data will be protected, easily managed and compliant—all from trusted foundations in private clouds, hybrid clouds and public clouds.

Microsoft Office 365 is the first cloud productivity service to provide IRAP assurance in Australia, with  Dynamics CRM Online currently under a similar IRAP assessment. Our comprehensive approach to global and local certifications provides the gold standard in security to federal government agencies, state government, education, healthcare, and commercial enterprises in Australia—...

| Read more »
12:59
Deregister iMessage: Frequently Asked Questions

Learn how and why to deregister iMessage.

| Read more »
12:58
iPad USB power adapter certifications

Every iPad comes with an Apple USB power adapter that is certified to meet government safety standards in countries where iPad is available. Many of these countries, including the United States, have adopted the Safety of Information Technology Equipment standard, IEC/UL 60950-1. Learn about the certifications for iPad USB power adapters.

| Read more »
12:57
Recommended settings for Wi-Fi routers and access...

These Wi-Fi router (or Wi-Fi base station) settings are for all Macs and iOS devices. These settings will give you the best performance, security, and reliability when using Wi-Fi.

| Read more »
09:00
Buckman finds the right communications chemistry by...

Buckman is a specialty chemical company based in Memphis, TN, which produces chemistries for water treatment and for the paper and leather industries. With people, factories and customers all over the world, Buckman communicates across geographies, teams and time zones all the time. It recently swapped a complex multi-vendor communications and collaboration toolset for Microsoft Office 365. The result has been smoother, more effective collaboration among the company’s 1,700 associates, higher reliability, lower costs and tighter control over email and data. We recently sat down with Tim Meek, vice president of Global Information Technology at Buckman, and Paul Grassel, director of Global IT Computer Services, to learn more about why Buckman switched to Office 365.

Q: Give us a brief history of your communications and collaboration landscape.

Meek: Microsoft Outlook has been our standard for a long time. Even as our email...

| Read more »

Documentation Scanner

Tuesday March 31

15:48
Calibrating your Mac notebook's battery for...

On older Mac notebooks, you can calibrate the battery for best performance.

| Read more »
15:45
Use emoji (emoticons) on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod...

You can find several hundred emoji on the emoji keyboard. After you turn on the emoji keyboard, you can use these images in your messages, emails, and more.

| Read more »
15:37
About Apple video adapters and cables

Apple produces a number of different display adapters and cables for Apple computers using a variety of connectors. To learn about the Apple display adapters used with Mac computers (since 2001) use the images and information in the table below.

| Read more »
14:59
About the security content of Safari 5.1.10

This document describes the security content of Safari 5.1.10.

| Read more »
14:58
About the security content of Safari 5.1.4

This document describes the security content of Safari 5.1.4.

| Read more »
14:57
About the security content of Safari 5.1.7

This document describes the security content of Safari 5.1.7.

| Read more »
14:56
About the security content of Safari 6

This document describes the security content of Safari 6.

| Read more »
14:54
About the security content of Safari 6.0.2

Learn about the security content of Safari 6.0.2.

| Read more »
14:53
About the security content of Safari 6.0.3

Learn about security content for Safari 6.0.3.

| Read more »
10:30
Submit Your WatchKit Apps Now

It’s time. Apple Watch will be in the hands of customers on April 24. Get your WatchKit apps ready and submit them for review now. To learn more, read Preparing Your App Submission for Apple Watch.

| Read more »
10:30
Submit Your WatchKit Apps Now

It’s time. Apple Watch will be in the hands of customers on April 24. Get your WatchKit apps ready and submit them for review now. To learn more, read Preparing Your App Submission for Apple Watch.

| Read more »

Monday March 30

15:34
Contact Apple for support and service

See a list of Apple phone numbers around the world.

| Read more »
13:14
iTunes Store reporting error - 3259

This may occur if you are using an older version of iTunes, having a network connection issue, or when a Firewall protection system on the computer is blocking some communication ports that iTunes need to have open for full functionality.

| Read more »
13:11
iCloud: Why am I getting junk mail (spam)?

Unsolicited bulk email messages are commonly called junk mail or spam. Here's why you might get junk mail, and what you can do about it.

| Read more »
13:08
iTunes for Windows: iTunes can't contact the...

When you try to update or restore an iPhone, iPad, or iPod in iTunes, one of the following alert messages appears

| Read more »
13:05
Resolve issues between iTunes and third-party...

If you can’t open iTunes, download content, sync your device, or use Home Sharing, your security software might be the cause. 

| Read more »
13:03
Set up and use iCloud for Windows

With iCloud for Windows, the photos, documents, and bookmarks on your PC are updated automatically to your Apple devices.

| Read more »
13:00
Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online now available...

Today, we are pleased to announce the general availability of Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online from Australian datacenters. In addition, Microsoft Office 365 has just completed a formal security assessment for Unclassified Sensitive government data via Australian Government’s Independent Registered Assessors Program (IRAP). These announcements will help ensure that customer data will be protected, easily managed and compliant—all from trusted foundations in private clouds, hybrid clouds and public clouds.

Microsoft Office 365 is the first cloud productivity service to provide IRAP assurance in Australia, with  Dynamics CRM Online currently under a similar IRAP assessment. Our comprehensive approach to global and local certifications provides the gold standard in security to federal government agencies, state government, education, healthcare, and commercial enterprises in Australia—...

| Read more »
12:59
Deregister iMessage: Frequently Asked Questions

Learn how and why to deregister iMessage.

| Read more »
12:58
iPad USB power adapter certifications

Every iPad comes with an Apple USB power adapter that is certified to meet government safety standards in countries where iPad is available. Many of these countries, including the United States, have adopted the Safety of Information Technology Equipment standard, IEC/UL 60950-1. Learn about the certifications for iPad USB power adapters.

| Read more »
12:57
Recommended settings for Wi-Fi routers and access...

These Wi-Fi router (or Wi-Fi base station) settings are for all Macs and iOS devices. These settings will give you the best performance, security, and reliability when using Wi-Fi.

| Read more »
09:00
Buckman finds the right communications chemistry by...

Buckman is a specialty chemical company based in Memphis, TN, which produces chemistries for water treatment and for the paper and leather industries. With people, factories and customers all over the world, Buckman communicates across geographies, teams and time zones all the time. It recently swapped a complex multi-vendor communications and collaboration toolset for Microsoft Office 365. The result has been smoother, more effective collaboration among the company’s 1,700 associates, higher reliability, lower costs and tighter control over email and data. We recently sat down with Tim Meek, vice president of Global Information Technology at Buckman, and Paul Grassel, director of Global IT Computer Services, to learn more about why Buckman switched to Office 365.

Q: Give us a brief history of your communications and collaboration landscape.

Meek: Microsoft Outlook has been our standard for a long time. Even as our email...

| Read more »

Technology Showcase

Sep 17
Video showcases iOS app built with Xojo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...

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Jan 05
Fusion Drive now available on entry-level iMacs

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

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

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

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

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

| Read more »
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.

| Read more »
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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