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06:18
Worldwide tablet market grows 11.5% in the third quarter

The worldwide tablet grew 11.5% year over year in the third quarter of 2014 (3Q14) with shipments reaching 53.8 million units according to preliminary data from the IDC research group (www.idc.com). Apple remains the number one tablet vendor.

Marked by back-to-school promotions and US appetite for connected tablets, the third quarter also saw shipments grow sequentially by 11.2% compared to 2Q14.

"Not only is the US market one of the largest for tablets, but third quarter results also indicate that this is where the growth is," says Jean Philippe Bouchard, IDC Research Director for tablets. "We saw Verizon continuing to sell connected tablets at a fast pace, a strategy that we believe other carriers will replicate in following quarters. We also saw RCA enter the top 5, impacting the entire US market and worldwide ranking with one large deal linked to back-to-school and channel fill ahead of Black Friday. Those two...

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06:05
Apple smartphone shipments grow 16.1% year-over-year

New smartphone releases and an increased emphasis on emerging markets drove global smartphone shipments above 300 million units for the second consecutive quarter, according to the IDC research group (www.idc.com). With the introduction of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple posted its largest third quarter volume ever and saw its smartphone shipments rise 16.1% year-over-year.

According to preliminary data from IDC, vendors shipped a total of 327.6 million units during the third quarter of 2014 (3Q14), resulting in 25.2% growth when compared to the 261.7 million units shipped in 3Q13 and 8.7% sequential growth above the 301.3 million units shipped in 2Q14.

A driving force behind the record smartphone volume was the combined effort of the vendors trailing market leaders Samsung and Apple. Samsung remained the leader in the worldwide smartphone market, but was the only company among the top five to see its shipment...

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05:47
Scannerz ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Software and Computer System Company (SCSC) has released a new version (1.9) of Scannerz (http://www.scsc-online.com) for Mac OS X. It's a hard drive, SSD, and system analysis tool.

The new version of Scannerz now includes the new Performance Probe 2 as well as Phoenix and FSE. This new release is Yosemite compatible and remains compatible with previous Mac OS X down through Mac OS X10.5.

Current users of the product will be notified by the company in the next few days for update instructions. The update will be free for all current users of fully featured versions of Scannerz. Version 1.9 for Mac OS X is fully supported by SCSC in the U.S. for registered users. For new users the price ranges from US$21.95 to $49.95, depending on the package.

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05:27
DEVONsphere Express, PhotoStickies, XMenu revved for Mac OS X Yosemite

DEVONtechnologies (www.devontechnologies.com) has updated its smart desktop assistant, DEVONsphere Express, with performance improvements and fixes for OS X Yosemite.

PhotoStickies 5.6.7 and XMenu 1.9.8 bring Yosemite adjustment and bug fixes, too. hows photos and web cams on the desktop. XMenu lets the user access documents, apps, and text snippets from the menu bar. The updates are free and recommended for all users.

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04:57
Privacy Scan 1.7 optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite

SecureMac has released PrivacyScan 1.7 (http://tinyurl.com/p2azzyg), an update of the Mac privacy software. The upgrade is optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite and also adds additional Firefox web browser support and fixes.

PrivacyScan will notify Google Chrome, Chromium and Firefox users when their browser is configured to sync with Google’s servers, which can restore erased data. PrivacyScan will also add the capability to clean open windows in many popular apps.

PrivacyScan acts like a digital private eye, identifying hidden threats that can compromise privacy when accessed by advertisers or snoopers trying to see user activity. Version 1.7 is engineered for Mac OS X 10.6.6 and higher. It costs US$14.99; a 15-day demo version is also available.

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Oct 29
Perfect Photo Suite for Mac OS X, Windows updated to version 1.7

onOne Software (www.ononesoftware.com/) has announced Perfect Photo Suite 9.5, an updated version of its photo editing and effects app for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. The new version features:

° An overhauled Browse module that adds fast previews of RAW files; new rating, ranking and keyword tools; and sophisticated filtering capabilities;

° A new Smart Photo feature, which lets you re-edit your photos with previous settings intact after saving and closing them;

° Improved masking and selection tools that have been improved and integrated throughout the Suites modules;

° A new Quick Mask brush: run it over an area that you want to select (or remove), and a detailed mask is automatically created;

° The ability to reduce noise in your photos while maintaining important details;

° A new Lens Flare filter in Perfect Effects;

° Faster processing; the Suite is...

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Oct 29
CaptureSync is new, multi-camera capture software for Mac OS X

Bensoftware has released CaptureSync 1.0, a new multi-camera software product for the Mac.

It takes video and audio streams and records them to a single file, synchronizing all the streams together. CaptureSync is designed for recording interviews, scientific experiments, psychological research, musical performances and sporting events.

A 30-day demo of CaptureSync is available for download at the Bensoftware website (http://www.bensoftware.com/). Registration is US$320 for a single-user license or $2,400 for a site license. CaptureSync is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

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Oct 29
TwelveSouth has launched the BookArc stand for the Mac Pro

Twelve South has released the BookArc Pro, a chrome-plated desktop stand designed exclusively for Apple's Mac Pro.

The arc-shaped stand holds a Mac Pro horizontally, cutting the vertical height requirement in half. A lower height increases the number of places you can park the most powerful Mac available, including inside professional gear racks and studio shelves. BookArc Pro is available at twelvesouth.com for US$59.99.

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Oct 29
LG introduces Cinema 4K monitor

LG Electronics (http://tinyurl.com/pvcmpw7) has unveiled its 4K Monitor (model 31MU97). The Digital Cinema 4K boasts 4096 x 2160 resolution with a 31-inch IPS monitor and meets the standards of the Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI).
 
The monitor’s ultra-high quality 4K resolution and life-like colors are ideal for photographers, video editors and graphic artists and its incredible picture quality allows for detailed and accurate retouching of any image, according to Hyoung-sei Park, head of the IT business division at LG Electronics. With the monitor’s rich and vibrant colors and impressive 10-bit color, visual arts professionals will greatly appreciate the model’s high color accuracy, he adds.
 
The monitor’s IPS display purportedly supports over 99.5% of the Adobe RGB color space and provides users with several coloring options. Its Dual Color Space allows the monitor to display two...

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Oct 29
InPreflight Pro soars to Mac OS X Yosemite readiness

 Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced InPreflight Pro 2.11.13, a compatibility update to its document preparation solution for Adobe InDesign. The new version adds Mac OS X Yosemite compatibility.

InPreflight is an all-in-one solution to check InDesign documents, collect them for output and ship to final destination. It combines batch-packaging, quality control and graphic reports.

InPreflight Pro can be purchased from the Zevrix web site for US$99.95 (the Studio version is $59.95), as well as from authorized resellers and Adobe Exchange. A trial version is available for download.


Version 2.11.13 is a free update for licensed users of version 2.x, and $50 from earlier versions. InPreflight works with Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2014.

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Oct 28
Logitech announces Keys-to-Go keyboard for the iPad

Logitech (www.logitech.com) has unveiled the new Logitech Keys-To-Go, a slender, stand-alone Bluetooth keyboard for any iPad.

It's small enough to tuck into your purse, briefcase or coat pocket without taking up too much space, says Michele Hermann, vice president of mobility at Logitech. Its keys give you the tactile feedback you’re used to on your laptop, but are fused into a water-repellant FabricSkin covering that helps protect the keyboard from spills and dirt, he adds.

The rechargeable battery can last up to three months on a complete charge. The keyboard is compatible with all generations of the iPad and iPad mini and is available in three colors – black, red and teal – for a suggested retail price of US$69.99.

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Oct 28
QUAD is a new rack extension synthesizer for Propellerhead Reason

Rob Paper Soundware has announced QUAD, a Rack Extension synthesizer built from the ground up for Propellerhead Reason. Rack Extension is an ever-expandable, freely-routable rack of instruments, effects, and sounds.

"What we face as a developer is having to have a PC version and a Mac version, and if you run them in your regular host, you can crash your host," says Rob Paper. "That’s a real big battle. People, if they use Reason, learn that things are connected. It’s cross-platform; everything works. It’s a major leap forward for Reason, and productions coming out of Reason will sound totally different. Reason remains Reason, but, now, it’s open.”

QUAD has two oscillators (OSC 1 and OSC 2) at its sonic core, each endowed with a selection of classic waveforms (Sine, Triangle, Saw, White Noise, and Pink Noise), together with a SPREAD function (adding multiple oscillators with slightly higher and lower pitch to the main oscillators to fatten up the sound), and a SUB ...

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Oct 28
NeoFinder is ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Norbert M. Doerner has released a new version (6.6) of NeoFinder (formerly CDFinder). The new version is certified for OS X Yosemite, supports iCloud Drive, and is much faster with RAW files and archives, and more.

NeoFinder (www.cdfinder.de) is designed to make it easier to keep track of your digital files, photos, songs, movies, fonts on hard disks, USB sticks, server disks, Blu-ray disks, DVD-ROMs, CDs and other digital media. It generates thumbnails and reads metadata during cataloging for search possibilities.

NeoFinder 6.6 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. Version 6.6 is a paid update to licensed users of CDFinder with update price starting at approximately US$25. For new users the cost is $40. Version 6.6 is a free update to all NeoFinder customers.

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Oct 28
CS Odessa announces Mac OS X user interface for ConceptDraw Pro

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has introduces a graphical user interface solution for ConceptDraw Pro, which is now available in ConceptDraw Solution Park.

The Mac OS X User Interface Solution provides a toolset for developers and software product management professionals who use ConceptDraw Pro in their prototyping work. The new solution provides graphical user interface (UI) elements, UI patterns, and application icons.

The User Interface Solution has been added to ConceptDraw Pro at no charge. ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows and retails for US$199. ConceptDraw Pro 10 is included in ConceptDraw Office 2, which retails for $499.

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Oct 28
NewerTech announces the Headless Mac video accelerator

NewerTech (www.newertech.com) has announced the US$19.99 Headless Mac Video Accelerator, designed to fix poor graphics performance issues that occur when any Mac with a Mini DisplayPort (including but not limited to Mac mini 2009 and newer models) is used as a remotely accessed headless machine (without a display attached).

When a Mac is operated without a display attached, often as a high-powered, whisper-quiet home or professional server, the GPU [graphical processing unit] stays inactive. This leads to poor performance when the system is accessed remotely. Without an active GPU, the user interface lags, animation stutters, and cursor movement, navigation, and typing all suffer.
 
The NewerTech Headless Mac Video Accelerator provides a fix that makes the remote experience run smooth again, enabling a headless Mac to behave as if it already had an attached display, according to NewerTech CEO Larry...

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Oct 28
Quark previews QuarkXPress 2015

Quark Software has unveiled QuarkXPress 2015 (www.quark.com/2015), the next major version of the design and layout tool for print and digital publishing.

Coming in the first quarter of next year, 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," says Matthias Guenther, director, QuarkXPress Business Unit for Quark. The new version of QuarkXPress will continue to be sold as a perpetual license.

He says new features include: 64-bit performance; larger page sizes; a dedicated orthogonal line tool; fixed layout interactive eBooks; custom paper sizes; the ability to relink any picture in the usage dialog; the ability to collect output for a complete project; user-definable Mac shortcut keys; table styles; a format painter; Mac OS X Yosemite support; and more.

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Oct 28
BatchOutput PDF gets OS X Yosemite support

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has updated BatchOutput PDF, its PDF printing automation solution, to version 2.2.9, which is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite.

The software allows users to print PDF files from watched hot folders, saving the time and effort of opening and printing each document manually. Documents are printed automatically using the assigned output preset.

BatchOutput PDF is available for $24.95 from Zevrix and the Mac App Store. A demo is available for download from the Zevrix website.

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Oct 27
QuickerTek adds BT 4.0 and 802.11ac to older Macs

QuickerTek. has developed three additional mCards to enable 802.11a,b,g,n,ac WIFi as well as Blue Tooth 4.0 LE for Yosemite Continuity features including Handoff to Work on older Mac's running Mac OS X Yosemite.

mCard works with common wireless networking equipment. Users can also choose to add higher-power antennas, should their needs not be met by the internal stock antenna. mCard is user installable using only a screwdriver and/or Torx driver. Software drivers are supplied.

Using the same chipset that Apple uses in newer laptops and desktops, users of the new mCards can be confident that it works right out of the box — now and in the future, according to the folks at QuickerTek. mCard is user installable using only a screwdriver and/or Torx driver. Software drivers are supplied. Go to http://tinyurl.com/nxvo6sa for more info.

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Oct 27
Alpine Electronics In-Dash Receiver with Apple CarPlay now shipping

Alpine Electronics of America has announced availability in North American markets of the iLX-007, an aftermarket in-dash receiver dedicated for optimum compatibility with Apple CarPlay.
 
The iLX-007 is a mech-less in-dash receiver with a 7-inch capacitive touch screen with a flat-face design. CarPlay gives iPhone users a way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch. When Apple CarPlay is used on the iLX-007, users can control Apple CarPlay from the 7-inch screen or activate Siri for minimized distraction, says Hirofumi Morioka, Alpine’s senior director and chief technical officer.

Corresponding audio, driving directions and phone calls are played through the vehicle’s speaker system. Apple CarPlay uses a Lightning connector and is compatible with iPhone 5 or later, including iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the latest version of iOS. Other features include three (2V) preouts, one aux input, Alpine’s MediaXpander...

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Oct 27
Spike Software launches Audio Switcher 2.0 for Mac OS X

Spike Software (http://www.spikesoft.net) has launched Audio Switcher 2.0, a Mac OS X utility that allows you to switch your audio input and output between different audio devices.

Automatically detecting when your audio devices are connected or disconnected, the tool resides in the Status Bar. Version 2.0 expands support for a wider range of devices.

Audio Switcher requires OS X 10.7 or later and costs US$4.99. It's available at the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

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Oct 30
U.S. broadband households watch 17.4 hours of non-...

New research from the Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) research group shows the average U.S. broadband household now watches more than 17 hours of non-linear video per week, compared to 11.5 hours of linear video.

"Non-linear video accounts for 49% of the video consumed on the TV, and it is already the majority, 60%, of TV video viewed by consumers 18-24," said Barbara Kraus, director of research, Parks Associates. "Growing consumer demand, alongside new OTT service announcements from HBO and CBS, is driving all players in the video ecosystem to add streaming capabilities to their devices."

Parks Associates research shows consumers are also using connected CE for purposes outside video. Nearly 40% of U.S. broadband households that use the smart TV as their primary connected device regularly access and spend at least one hour per week using Facebook on this device.

"We are at...

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Oct 29
64% of U.S. broadband households have Internet-...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) says that 64% of U.S. broadband households have an Internet-connected CE (consumer electronic) device and 55% have an OTT [over-the-top] service subscription. This is an area poised for strong growth following HBO's announcement that it will launch a stand-alone HBO Go service, notes the research group.

"The HBO OTT service announcement should not really be a surprise given the overall trends in the video service space," said Brett Sappington, director, research, Parks Associates. "HBO has been aggressive in the online space for some time, first testing a direct-to-consumer approach in Europe through HBO Nordic, its OTT video service offering. Competition in this space is set to increase massively as pay-TV providers, broadcasters, cable networks, and other content producers introduce new OTT services. In our research reports, we analyze the...

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Oct 28
Chromebook shipments increase by 67% quarter-over-...

Chromebook shipments increased by 67% QoQ [quarter-over-quarter] and are projected to double in size YoY [year-over-year], according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

Acer continues to maintain its lead over other vendors in the market, including Samsung, HP, and Dell. The top three leading vendors – Acer, Samsung, and HP – accounted for 74% shipment share during the first half of 2014 and are forecasted to maintain market control through the second half of the year, according to quarterly data from the research group.

"Consumers are hungry for a product that is cost effective but also provides the versatility and functionality of a laptop," says ABI Research Analyst Stephanie Van Vactor. "The growth of the Chromebook market demonstrates a niche that is gaining traction among consumers."

The questionable need of Chromebooks by consumers contributed to the slow start of these devices;...

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Oct 27
ABI Research: wearable vendors are struggling with...

The dominance of touchscreen user interfaces will reduce over the next five years as more sensors are introduced to mainstream products and entirely new product form-factors emerge, enabling and necessitating new user interfaces like voice, gesture, eye-tracking, and neural, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com.

"Touch got mobile device usability to where it is today, but touch will become one of many interfaces for future devices as well as for new and future markets," says ABI Research Senior Practice Director Jeff Orr. "The really exciting opportunity arrives when multiple user interfaces are blended together for entirely new experiences."

Across 11 unique features from wireless connectivity to embedded sensors, ABI Research found that hand and facial gesture recognition will experience the greatest growth in future smartphone and tablet shipments with a compound annual growth rate of 30...

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Oct 24
Gartner: 40% of U.S. employees use personal devices...

Approximately 40% of U.S. consumers who work for large enterprises said they use their personally owned smartphone, desktop or laptop daily for some form of work purposes, according to a recent survey by Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).

The study, which was conducted in June 2014, surveyed more than 4,300 U.S. consumers about their technology usage and attitudes in order to gain a better picture of how devices are used for work and leisure. 

"The lines between work and play are becoming more and more blurred as employees choose to 'use their own device' for work purposes whether sanctioned by an employer or not," said Amanda Sabia, principal research analyst at Gartner. "Devices that were once bought purely for personal use are increasingly being used for work and technology vendors and service providers need to respond to this." 

The survey studied the use of devices by consumers, whether as a...

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Oct 23
Entry-Level, Mid-Range Smartphones Boost On-Cell TFT...

More than 20 million on-cell TFT LCD touch panels shipped globally in 1H’14, after only 4.7 million were shipped in all of 2013, as the technology has been adopted in the expanding entry-level and mid-range smartphones market. By 2018, according to the latest NPD DisplaySearch (www.displaysearch.com) data, shipments of on-cell TFT LCD panels are expected to reach 129 million.

Embedded touch panels of all types, including in-cell and on-cell TFT LCDs, as well as on-cell AMOLED panels, accounted for 20% of all mobile phone displays in 2012, 29% in 2013, and an expected 32% in 2014.

"Overall the total embedded touch panel display market is expected to grow. However, individual manufacturer shipment shares still depend on Apple and Samsung, since they are the biggest customers for in-cell TFT LCDs and on-cell AMOLED panels," says Calvin Hsieh, research director at NPD DisplaySearch. Other brands...

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Oct 22
Slow movement of deals leads to 'de-growth'...

According to IDC's Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) "Quarterly Enterprise Storage Tracker, Q2 2014" India's external storage market saw a double digit year-on-year de-growth (in vendor revenue) and stood at US$54.4 million, the lowest market has reached since the second quarter of 2012 (Q2 2012).

However terabytes sold in Q2 2014  saw a double digit year-on-year growth due to decrease in dollar per gigabyte and is allowing the terabyte sold to grow irrespective of the revenue de-growth, says IDC. Q2 2014 witnessed a declining trend majorly due to slow movement of deals and vendor's focus on technologies like compression and de-duplication that is making the traditional storage  more efficient, notes the research group.

The market is expected to revive in the coming quarters due to the positive business sentiment, investment announcements from the government and rising demand from the SMB segment particularly. Growing volume of data is pushing organizations to revisit...

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Oct 21
Thin is in, 'fat' desktops are out in...

Insurance industry IT managers in the UK plan to put their desktops on "diets" over the next 24 months. Research by IGEL Technology (http://tinyurl.com/pfxatqh), shows that thin and zero client adoption will increase by 19%.

Flexibility, security and speed of deployment are the main advantages of deploying thin client devices, according to the managers. Of the insurance companies recently surveyed, 78% currently run a centralized IT infrastructure.  Eighty percent of these organizations have at least some thin or zero client desktops deployed.

While PCs still dominate the desktop landscape (they're at 42%), thin and zero client deployment has risen to 20%. Other players in the arena are notebooks—23% of users prefer these—and tablets with 19% of the user base. According to the managers running insurance industry IT departments, however, thin clients will rise to 39% of desktops within two...

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Oct 20
ABI Research: Internet of Things is cybersecurity...

Securing the Internet of Things (IoT) is going to be a considerable challenge in the next decade, not least because the security implications are more varied than for traditional IT settings, according to ABI Research (www.abirsearch.com).

New variables come into play, including safety considerations, consumer privacy, and data protection. Media coverage has hyped the advent of hacked toilets and spammer fridges, but the underlying trend is worrying because it highlights the fact that secure product development is not the norm for connected things.

The IoT is subject to numerous vulnerabilities at all of its core layers: perception, network, and application. The balance between cost and risk often means Things are less likely to employ more complex, resource-intensive security, such as access control and authentication.

"Some of these issues will be addressed at the gateway level or at the...

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Oct 17
Two-thirds of Amazon Instant Video subscribers also...

New data from the Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) research group says 37% of U.S. broadband households regularly use transactional services for OTT [over the top] video, such as online video rentals and downloads.

The vast majority of consumers making these a la carte purchases also have a streaming video subscription, emphasizing the potential role of transactional services to supplement subscription OTT. For example, approximately two-thirds of Amazon Instant Video subscribers also rent or purchase titles through the service, and their average expenditures are increasing. By contrast, expenditure on downloads among Netflix subscribers is decreasing.

"Subscription services are the most popular form of OTT video, but a transactional service that offers a wide selection of titles and easy-to-use controls can score with consumers and create new revenues," says Barbara Kraus,...

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Reviews and Kool Tools

VisionTek Products' USB Pocket SSD line of thumb drive-sized solid state drives are great for creative professionals, IT power users, and performance enthusiasts. The line is compatible with Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux... Read more »
Nektony has launched Getting Ready for Yosemite (http://tinyurl.com/nj6mmff), a free step-by-step guide designed to help users migrate to Mac OS X Yosemite. In addition, the company highlights Boost & Memory, Disk... Read more »
InSilo.co's Peppermint (http://www.osxpeppermint.com) code editor for Mac OS X supports more than 50 syntaxes and provides advanced editing features with dozens of extensions, giving developers the ability to create new... Read more »
Red Giant's Offload (http://tinyurl.com/kewtxm5) is a useful, standalone application for backing up camera footage in the field. Available alone or as part of the Red Giant Shooter Suite, Offload lets you back up files... Read more »

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08:36
Microsoft Joins the Fitness Tracking Game with...

Microsoft is hoping to grab a slice of the fitness tracking market with its new Microsoft Band. The new fitness tracker packs in sensors for tracking steps, heart rate, UV light levels, and more.

The Mac Observer Spin: Microsoft's best bet for competing against the Apple Watch is an early release, which is exactly what happened. Microsoft Band has a cool mix of sensors and longer battery life than Apple's smartwatch, plus a lower price point, and it's available now. Still, it isn't Apple Watch, so it'll be interesting to see how well it sells since so many people are holding out for some Apple kit on their wrist.


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08:30
IHS teardown: Apple nets $224 on each 16GB WiFi iPad...

Despite its upgrade, the iPad Air 2 shares a nearly similar bill of materials as its predecessor, claims IHS following its teardown analysis of Apple's latest tablet device. According to the analysis, the entry-level $499 16GB WiFi-Only iPad Air 2...

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08:26
AT&T admits to testing “unique tracker” on...

This isn’t the best news.

According to Forbes, wireless carriers Verizon and AT&T have ceded that they’re tagging their customers with unique codes that are visible to third parties, making smartphone users far easier to track on the Web than they’ve ever been before, targeted advertising being that much easier to create as a result of this. After the findings by researchers, AT&T admitted it’s “testing” a new way of tracking its customers for ad display purposes.

“There’s nothing ready to announce,” said AT&T spokesperson Mark Siegel. “We’re still testing.”

But that means, yes, AT&T customers are being tagged by AT&T in a way that’s visible to the websites they visit, but AT&T says it’s building in what...

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08:22
Trade-in service Gazelle begins selling certified...

Gazelle has long been a popular choice for conveniently turning a used iPhone or iPad into cash, and today the electronics trade-in service announced its own certified pre-owned store for buying “gently used devices” at a discounted price. While the pre-owned store lists categories including iPhone, cell phones, iPads, and tablets, Gazelle inventory is currently limited to pre-owned Apple devices including iPhone 4 and up, iPad 2 and up, and iPad mini.

The benefits of Gazelle’s certified pre-owned devices include a “30-point...

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08:14
Apple’s market-leading tablet share falls to 22%...

Worldwide unit shipments for the top 5 tablet plus 2-in-1 device vendors over last five quarters

New data from IDC tracking worldwide tablet shipments shows that Apple has maintained its lead during the third quarter despite “a decline in overall iPad shipment volume in 3Q14.” Specifically, Apple grabbed 22.8% of the market with 12.3 million shipments during the quarter compared to 14.1 million units and 29.2% share in the year ago quarter. That compares to Samsung at 18.3% of the market and 9.9 million units shipped up from 19.3% and 9.3 million units shipped in the third quarter last year:

Apple, during its earnings call, noted...

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08:11
Apple Pay fans tears down CurrentC’s App Store...

The most recent volley in the NFC payment war between Apple Pay and the MCX consortium’s CurrentC mobile payment service has been fired.

And it has a lot to do with app reviews.

Per 9to5Mac, a number of users have expressed their displeasure with the CurrentC app, at the time of writing, the app having accumulated 2,856 1-star reviews against a total of just 30 reviews giving it 2 stars or more …

The movement to boycott merchants who are members of the MCX consortium also seems to be growing in popularity, gaining a Boycott MCX website with a full list of members. When you click on the name of a consortium member (CVS Pharmacy in the example shown below), a list of competing stores who accept or plan to accept...

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08:10
Review: Uniq Bodycon, LifePro, and Helio for iPhone...

Bodycon for both iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus can be directly compared to Switcheasy’s 0.35 case for iPhone 6. As in the case of the similarly-priced 0.35, the even thinner Bodycon — just .3 mm thick — has no button coverage and offers very little drop protection. Helio for iPhone 6 makes no bones about being an artificial leather case, and its low price reflects that. Unlike Bodycon, the volume controls and sleep/wake button are covered here.…

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08:00
Scare your neighbors with a spooky Halloween network...

Spoooooooky!

Earlier today, Ars IT editor Sean Gallagher was doing some scary things with wireless when he discovered someone probing for a Wi-Fi network with a name that appeared to be something un-parseable. I theorized that it was actually something in Unicode that Wireshark wasn't parsing properly. "So someone has a Unicode SSID?" Gallagher asked, incredulous.


That's the strangest SSID I've ever seen. Sean Gallagher

I was inspired. I wanted a Unicode SSID—one that could match the season and give my network name a seasonal gothic flare. So I set out to see if I could do it with my own Wi-Fi network. While I was successful, the effect may be lost on Windows users and others on devices that can't handle Unicode characters...

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08:00
Logitech updates Type+, Ultrathin keyboards for iPad...

Logitech quickly updated its Type+ and Ultrathin Bluetooth keyboards for the new iPad Air 2, and has also announced a new standalone keyboard for any and all iOS devices -- the US$69.99 Keys-To-Go (see image above).

The Keys-To-Go uses Logitech's...

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07:51
NXP hopes Apple's adoption of NFC will...

Chipmaker NXP, which is believed to supply the near-field communications chips found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, hopes automakers will adopt its technology, potentially enabling future car owners to unlock and even start their car with their smartphone.

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07:50
Meijer is first MCX member to break ranks,...

While CurrentC consortium MCX’s contracts state that members cannot accept competing forms of mobile payment, Midwest grocery chain Meijer appears to be the first member to break ranks by continuing to allow NFC payment – including Apple Pay.

Michigan Live quotes spokesman Frank Guglielmi as saying that the chain’s 213 grocery and gas outlets have no plans to block Apple Pay.

We have had the technology in our stores to accept mobile wallets for several years now. If a customer has Apple Pay capability, our hardware works with it [...] We don’t plan to remove or disable these systems.

Meijer is currently shown on both Apple Pay and MCX websites:

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07:30
Apple Pay vs. CurrentC: Prelude to the Beacon Wars


The current dustup between Apple Pay and CurrentC is a stark, bleak mess. That's not because Apple promises an easier, more secure way of making a smartphone-based retail transaction. Nor is it because CurrentC wants to harvest data on you and provide behavior-bending coupons, incentives and special deals, while cutting out the middleman credit card processing industry. It gets worse. Paying by smartphone -- which seems like a new and cool convenience -- is just the start of an unavoidable new in-person retail experience.

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07:30
Remind yourself to get things done with Air Tasks

Air Tasks is a free gesture-based app for the iPad or iPhone that's perfect for those of you who take a minimalist approach to your to-do list.

In the sea of productivity apps in the App Store, Air Tasks gestures are the only thing that make the app...

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07:27
Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks out: ‘I’m proud to be gay’

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday published a moving essay in Bloomberg Businessweek in which he publicly announced for the first time that he is gay. Cook is the first CEO of a Fortune 500 company to publicly come out.

Cook is famously private and said he doesn’t think of himself as an activist, but decided to speak out to help others.

“If hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy,” Cook wrote.

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07:25
Apple CEO Tim Cook comes out as gay in new essay

Apple CEO Tim Cook has come out as gay in a new essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek. Although the fact has been widely known for some time, Cook has never before stated it publicly. He says that he is "proud to be gay," but admits that it "wasn't an easy choice" to come out. "Privacy remains important to me, and I'd like to hold on to a small amount of it," the essay reads later on. "I've made Apple my life's work, and I will continue to spend virtually all of my waking time focused on being the best CEO I can be. That's what our employees deserve - and our customers, developers, sharehol...



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07:01
Apple CEO Tim Cook writes “I’m proud to be gay”

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaking during a September 2012 media event.

Nathan Mattise / Ars Technica

After years of speculation and debate about the seemingly open secret of Apple CEO Tim Cook's sexuality, Cook himself finally addressed the matter in an editorial in Bloomberg Businessweek Thursday. "I’ve come to realize that my desire for personal privacy has been holding me back from doing something more important. That’s what has led me to today," Cook wrote.

"While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me."

Cook had long been a focal point in discussions about powerful...

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06:54
External Link: Apple CEO Tim Cook: “I’m proud to be...

In a first-person piece posted on Bloomberg Businessweek, Apple CEO Tim Cook writes, “While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay.” He goes on to explain why he decided to make this fact public. “I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy.” Apple has been a supporter of gay rights long before Cook joined the company, offering benefits to domestic partners of gay employees as far back as 1993. Back then, county commissioners in Williamson County, Texas (just outside Austin) rejected Apple’s request for a $750,000 tax rebate when building an $80 million business park purely because of...

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06:49
Skype for iPhone gets save/delete photos feature,...

Following an update to version 7.1 for Mac yesterday, today Skype for iPhone is getting its own update that brings a few highly requested new features.

First up, version 5.7 of Skype for iPhone introduces the ability to save and delete photos: If you want to save a memorable photo to your camera roll or delete a sent photo from a chat, simply press and hold the image and the options will appear.

Also new in the updated app is much improved performance, according to Skype, including faster chat load times especially when entering a chat through notifications: Now when you receive a notification and tap it to open the app, the message will be there waiting for you without any delays.

Skype is also making...

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06:37
News: Tim Cook: ‘I’m proud to be gay’

Apple CEO Tim Cook has published an essay on equality in Bloomberg Businessweek, in which he publicly acknowledges that he is gay in an effort to help others who may be struggling with issues of inequality or coming to terms with their own sexual orientation. Cook notes that while he has been open about his sexuality to many of his colleagues, and has never denied his sexuality, he has yet to acknowledge it publicly until now. Cook states outright,…

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06:26
Spotify brings iPad app in line with iPhone &...

Spotify has belatedly brought its iPad app in line with the dark-themed iPhone and Mac apps, also adding in the Your Music feature which made it easier to organise your favourite content.

The iPhone and Mac apps got the same update way back in April, and it’s unclear why it’s taken the iPad app so long to catch up.

Spotify is a free download from iTunes.

Filed under: Apps Tagged: Spotify, Spotify app ...

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06:15
Daily Deal: Slickwraps For iPhone 6, $13.99

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick your own customized Slickwrap for your iPhone 6 for only $13.99—almost 40% off the regular price. With a choice of over 35 different colour and texture options from solid colours to wood grain and more, Slickwraps lets you customize the look of your iPhone to fit your own personal style. Made from ultra-thin, commercial grade vinyl, Slickwraps are tough enough to protect your iPhone from minor scratches and…

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06:00
ProShot is a worthy addition to your app collection

ProShot (free) has been a big hit on Windows Phones, but was missing from the App Store. It's no longer absent from the iOS world, and it launches with a barrel of useful features that give your iPhone capabilities similar to a serious...

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Thursday October 30

08:51
Apple's Lead in Tablet Market Share Shrinks as Consum...

Apple continues to rank among the world's top tablet manufacturers both in customer satisfaction and shipments, according to reports released today by J.D Power and IDC, although the company is showing some signs of weakness as lower-cost competitors gain momentum and consumers look for more innovation in Apple's tablet lineup. Apple fell slightly behind Amazon in J.D. Power's semiannual customer satisfaction survey, while the company's lead in worldwide tablet shipping volume continues to shrink.

Worldwide tablet shipments in 3Q14 in millions of units (Source: IDC)
According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, Apple remains the global tablet market leader, despite a 12.8 percent decline in quarterly shipments...

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07:10
Apple's CEO is Proud to be Gay, Now Let's Move o...

Cook states in a new Bloomberg report that "I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy." While I think everyone ...

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05:20
Apple Files Patents that Advance Haptics & New iOS Met...

The US Patent & Trademark Office published two patent applications from Apple today that reveal their ongoing work regarding advanced haptics and new iOS interface elements and metaphors for consumers and the enterprise. At a basic level, Apple's advanced haptics invention may have played a role in Apple's new Apple Watch.

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05:03
Apple CEO Tim Cook Publicly Comes Out as Gay in Letter Dec...

In a letter written for Bloomberg Businessweek, Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly come out as gay while declaring his support for equality.

Cook, who has typically kept a low profile on his personal life, says that his decision to publicly acknowledge his sexuality was done to "bring comfort to anyone who feels alone" and to "inspire people to insist on their equality." I’ll admit that this wasn’t an easy choice. Privacy remains important to me, and I’d like to hold on to a small amount of it. I’ve made Apple my life’s work, and I will continue to spend virtually all of my waking time focused on being the best CEO I can be. That’s what our employees deserve—and our customers, developers, shareholders, and supplier partners deserve it, too. Part of social progress is understanding that a person is not defined only by one’s sexuality, race, or gender. I’m an engineer, an uncle, a...

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04:02
It's Official, Samsung Profits Plunge 60% with Q4 Loo...

CNN reports that Samsung earnings plunged in the third quarter as the company's smartphone business was squeezed by competitors at both ends of the cost spectrum. The South Korea-based firm posted operating profit of 4.1 trillion won (US$3.9 billion) for the third quarter -- a 60% decline from the previous year.

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02:44
Apple Revisits their Major 3D Imaging System Invention

On October 30, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a continuation patent application from Apple that reveals their ongoing work on an advanced 3D imaging and display system.

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Wednesday October 29

20:28
Microsoft Unveils $199 'Microsoft Band' Fitness...

Shortly after apps on the Mac App Store and iOS App Store revealed Microsoft's fitness wearable, the company has revealed its $199 Microsoft Band fitness wearable to Re/code. The device will go on sale tomorrow at Microsoft's online and retail stores.

The Microsoft Band is designed to last 48 hours on a single charge and can be worn all day and all night, as it tracks both physical activity and sleep. It includes 10 sensors that track standard health statistics like heart rate as well as unique points of data that other fitness bands do not track, like a UV sensor to measure sun exposure and galvanic skin response, which can identify stress. Like smart watches, the Band can also receive notifications from a user's smartphone.

Microsoft is also...

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19:04
'Microsoft Health' App for Upcoming Wearable Lea...

As Apple completes the launch of HealthKit and the Health app for iOS, its competitors Microsoft and Google have been preparing their own entrances into the health sector. Today, Microsoft apps for an upcoming fitness wearable have leaked in app stores as Google launched a new HealthKit-like initiative.

In July it was reported that Microsoft was working on a fitness band that would work with iOS. Now, the official app for the device, which appears to be called the Microsoft "Band", has appeared on the Mac App Store. The "Microsoft Band Sync" app, which was first discovered by WindowsCentral, appears to allow users to sync the data on their device to the app for tracking.

Another app called Microsoft Health has also been revealed for iOS and appears to include many of the same options as the "...

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17:23
Apple Wants to Compete with Samsung in Iran

For Apple, Iran’s 77 million people offer a particularly attractive new market. Iran’s population is relatively young, with 42% of its people under age 25. Iran also boasts a relative large middle class. And despite decades of animosity between Tehran and the West, many well-off Iranians still embrace Western brands and trends. Today, Samsung is successfully selling their mobile devices in Iran and Apple wants in on the action.

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16:26
The Classic BlackBerry Bold will be Back for Christmas

For some it's the addictive CrackBerry: BlackBerry's CEO John Chen quoted an old adage in an open letter recently saying that "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." BlackBerry's CEO just announced in an interview with Walt Mossberg that they'll be bringing back the BlackBerry Bold Classic with it's small sized physical keyboard and trackpad. It'll have updated software but take on the BlackBerry Bold's look and feel. For some lawyers and politicians it's a welcomed announcement. The addictive BlackBerry was once called the CrackBerry and Kim Kardashian just happens to be one those addicts. You'll hear all about her addiction in our report.

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13:39
MCX Says Merchants Doing What's Best for Customers, B...

Following the publication of a blog post earlier today outlining some details of its upcoming CurrentC mobile payments solution and disclosure of a hack resulting in unauthorized access to users' email addresses, Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) held a conference call with members of the press to further address questions and concerns.

During the call, MCX CEO Dekkers Davidson and COO Scott Rankin clarified that MCX merchants who choose to accept Apple Pay are not subject to fines. As stated in the blog post earlier today, merchants are also free to leave the consortium entirely at any time without penalty beyond forfeiting the time and money already invested in the effort.

As a result, MCX certainly appears to be placing the blame for its member retailers' refusal to accept Apple Pay on the merchants...

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13:22
HP Introduces a Mind Blowing Next-Gen Desktop for Creative...

HP is about the shake the PC world like it hasn't in years. HP introduces Sprout, a revolutionary PC that's for 3D printing. HP's video called Hands noted above captures the spirit of Apple's Think Different ad run many years ago. I think this could be something very inspiring for artists and it could truly be the beginning of a new direction for PCs. It gave me Goosebumps just thinking about where this can take us.

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12:32
GT Advanced COO Blames Apple's Strict Sapphire Contra...

GT Advanced's Chief Operating Officer Daniel Squiller yesterday filed some revised documents with the court, giving a bit more insight into what went wrong between Apple and GT Advanced that led to the latter company's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.

Shared by Fortune, Squiller's affidavit [PDF] delves further into the contractual obligations outlined in its agreement with Apple, which led to huge losses of money as the contract was highly favorable to Apple.

It was known that the terms of the contract prevented GT Advanced from selling its sapphire to customers other than Apple, but as it turns out, Apple also had a vast amount of control over GT's sapphire production. For example, GT was not able to modify equipment, specifications, or...

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12:05
Greg Joswiak on Video: Apple Focuses on Better Experiences

During one of Re/Code's event interviews, Walt Mossberg and Ina Fried interviewed Apple's VP of iPhone marketing Greg Joswiak. Fried gave Joswiak the scenario of Android ...

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11:58
AT&T, Verizon Using 'Perma-Cookies' to Track...

Both Verizon and AT&T appear to be engaging in some unsavory customer tracking techniques, using unique identifying numbers to deliver targeted advertisements to customers in what's called "Relevant Advertising." As outlined by Wired, Verizon is altering the web traffic of its customers by inserting a Unique Identifier Header or UIDH, a temporary serial number that lets advertisers identify Verizon users on the web.

According to Jacob Hoffman-Andrews of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the UIDH serves as a "perma-cookie" that can be read by any web server to "build a profile" of internet habits. Verizon users cannot turn off the UIDH, but opting out of the Relevant Mobile Advertising Program prevents the information from being used to create targeted ads.

Verizon has been using Relevant Advertising techniques for two years, but the tracking has gone largely unnoticed until recently,...

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11:31
Korean Report States Apple's Thrashing of Samsung on...

A new Korean report published today was refreshingly honest and rather upbeat about Apple's iPhone 6 landing in Korean stores this Friday. The report noted that "The worldwide craze over the new iPhones will hit the South Korean market on Friday when the iPhone 6 and its variant the 6 Plus go on sale here. This time, the so-called iPhone effect will have a more significant impact on the Korean smartphone market than ever before."

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10:25
Apple Disallows Previously Approved Calculator Widgets for...

Apple is forcing popular iOS calculator app PCalc to remove its Notification Center widget, which allows users to access calculator functions directly from the "Today" view of the Notification Center. According to Apple, widgets on iOS are not allowed to perform any calculations.

Apple's sudden decision to disallow PCalc's previously approved widget is somewhat surprising as the app is featured in multiple places in the App Store, including a section called "Extend Your Apps" featuring apps with unique widgets, and "Great Apps and Games for iOS 8," which also features a selection of Notification Center widgets.

Apple has told me that Notification Center widgets on iOS cannot perform any calculations, and the current PCalc widget must be removed.

— James Thomson (@jamesthomson) October 29, 2014 PCalc was one of the...

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09:33
Apple's Global iPhone Market Share Gains Begin to Sur...

Dominic Sunnebo, strategic insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reports that their latest data covering just the first few days of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have shown ...

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09:22
European 'iWatch' Trademark Holder Plans New And...

Irish firm Probendi is seeking to capitalize on Apple's announcement of the Apple Watch earlier this year by using its existing "iWatch" trademark in Europe to launch its own smartwatch device. Probendi director Daniele Di Salvo confirmed in a recent RTE Radio interview that the company will "absolutely push ahead" with its plans to build a smartwatch device that will compete with the Apple Watch, reports news site Herald.ie.

Probendi owns an iWatch trademark in Europe and has been using the iWatch name for health and safety communication software. Di Salvo acknowledges the company's existing iWatch software product, but notes that "the name is easily associated with a smartwatch" when discussing the company's future plans.

It is unclear,...

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08:43
CurrentC Alerts Users of Unauthorized Access to Email Addr...

Just hours after publishing a blog post answering some questions about its upcoming CurrentC mobile payments system and touting the security of its cloud-based storage of sensitive information, the company behind the effort, Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) has alerted users of unauthorized access to their email addresses.Thank you for your interest in CurrentC. You are receiving this message because you are either a participant in our pilot program or requested information about CurrentC. Within the last 36 hours, we learned that unauthorized third parties obtained the e-mail addresses of some of you. Based on investigations conducted by MCX security personnel, only these e-mail addresses were involved and no other information.
Details on the unauthorized access have not been disclosed, but iMore's Nick Arnott earlier this week...

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Thursday October 30

06:00
Yosemite Server: Configure Clients In Xsan 4...

Yosemite brings Xsan 4, which brings a new way to add clients to an Xsan. Xsan Admin is gone. From now on, instead of scanning the network using Xsan Admin. we’ll be adding clients using a Configuration Profile. This is actually a much more similar process to adding Xsan clients to a StorNext environment than it is to adding clients to Metadata Controllers running Xsan 3 and below. But instead of making a fsnameservers file, we’re plugging that information into a profile, which will do that work on the client on our behalf. To make the Xsan configuration profile, we’re going to use Profile Manager.

To get started, open the Profile Manager web interface and click on a device or device group (note, these are scoped to systems so cannot be used with users and user groups). Then click on the Settings tab for the object you’re configuring Xsan for.

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Wednesday October 29

12:00
New Lync for Mac adds Media Resiliency, Conversation...

Barak Manor is a product manager for the Lync team

I’m pleased to say that we’ve just released our latest update to Lync for Mac, and it is available for download on Microsoft Support. This release adds new two features; Media Resiliency and Conversation History, and support for Apple OS X Yosemite.

Media Resiliency

No network is perfect, of course, and we all want the best possible experience when hiccups happen. This update adds Media Resiliency for peer-to-peer calls and Lync Meetings, which does two important things. First, if a network disconnect occurs, Lync for Mac will now automatically rejoin a meeting or reconnect a peer-to-peer call as long as network connectivity is re-established within 30 seconds.

(Try it for yourself. Setup a Lync video call on your Mac. Quickly disconnect and reconnect your network cable, or disable and re-enable your wireless connection. You’ll see the...

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10:00
Protecting you against the SSL 3.0 vulnerability

As we announced yesterday, driving innovations in security capabilities of Office 365 is a top priority. We understand that the security of your data is important and we’ll continue to be transparent about our approach. To that end, we wanted to share details around Security Advisory 3009008. This advisory provides guidance related to a vulnerability in Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) 3.0 which could allow information disclosure. This is an industry-wide vulnerability that affects the protocol itself and is not specific to Microsoft’s implementation. To help protect our customers further, we will be disabling fallback to SSL 3.0 in IE, disabling SSL 3.0 by default in IE, and across Microsoft online services, over the coming months.

Starting on December 1, 2014, Office 365 will begin disabling support...

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09:00
Visio webcast November 4—Automating business process...

One of the powerful features in SharePoint is the ability to implement workflows. Workflows can streamline the cost and time required to coordinate common business processes.

In this webcast we will learn how Visio 2013 and SharePoint 2013 make it easier to model and implement workflows. The webcast will focus on how to leverage the SharePoint 2013. Workflow template included in Visio 2013 to design workflows and SharePoint Designer 2013 enhancements to facilitate implementing and publishing these workflows.

Presented by Reddy Kadasani, Tallan

Register now for this session, a few sessions, or the entire series!

The post Visio webcast November 4—Automating business process using Visio and...

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09:00
Office 365 Search is now smarter about spreadsheets

Steve Kraynak is program manager for Excel Spreadsheet Management.

Businesses use spreadsheets for many critical functions, such as financial reporting and investment modeling, and they need to minimize the risks that using these spreadsheets introduce. The need for strong spreadsheet management is emphasized in these stories compiled by the European Spreadsheet Risk Interest Group (EuSpRIG). Office responded to this need by introducing new features in Office 2013 to help manage the use of spreadsheets for important business functions, and now it has enabled a similar capability in Office 365.

Now you can manage spreadsheets in Office 365

One of the tools introduced in Office 2013 is Discovery and Risk Assessment, a server (on-premises) that helps you find spreadsheets in your organization and determine which present the greatest risk, so you can take steps to reduce your risks. It does this by...

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09:00
Client library for Office 365 admin reporting web...

Julien Pierre is a program manager and Toney Sui is a software engineer with the Office big data team in Beijing, China.

If your company has deployed Office 365 and it has a central monitoring solution that enables you to continually look at the health of your IT services in one unified place—such as a help desk, reporting dashboard or other solution—there’s good news. Developers and independent software vendors (ISV) with a central monitoring solution like this can now use that solution to monitor Office 365 along with your other IT services, using the OData API. This new client library, the Office 365 Reporting Web Service Client Library, is available in .NET and makes it easier to export reporting data.

The library is available on nuget.org.

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06:00
Tune and optimize performance of your Office 365...

We are pleased to announce new resources to help Office 365 customers receive optimal performance when connecting to Office 365. As a software as a service (SaaS) offering, Office 365 has a number of layers between the servers that Microsoft manages and the end user.

Microsoft runs Office 365 in datacenters around the world; these datacenters are connected by a network to over 1,500 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) at over 50 network peering points on the Internet. This network is one of the three largest networks in the world and provides a substantial benefit to Office 365 customers. Between the Microsoft infrastructure and end users there is the public Internet, the customer on-premises network and Internet connection, and important client application configuration steps. The two new content areas we have focused on are:

  1. Capacity and other...
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06:00
Encrypt OS X Yosemite Server

Encrypting a volume in OS X Yosemite couldn’t be easier. In this article, we will look at three ways to encrypt OS X Yosemite volumes. The reason there are three ways is that booted volumes and non-booted volumes have different methods for enabling encryption.

Encrypting Attached Storage

For non-boot volumes, just control-click or right-click on them and then click on Encrypt “VOLUMENAME” where the name of the volume is in quotes.

When prompted, provide an encryption password for the volume, verify that password and if you so choose, provide a hint.

Once the encryption process has begun, the entry previously clicked on says Encrypting “VOLUMENAME” where the name of the volume is in quotes.

Before you can encrypt a volume from...

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Tuesday October 28

11:00
Promote your apps and products in new countries...

iAd is now available in 70 additional countries across the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Australia, expanding global reach to 95 countries. Ad campaigns can be created in minutes using iAd Workbench. Learn More.

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11:00
Promote your apps and products in new countries...

iAd is now available in 70 additional countries across the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Australia, expanding global reach to 95 countries. Ad campaigns can be created in minutes using iAd Workbench. Learn More.

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09:15
OneNote gets even better on Mac and iOS

Today’s post was written by Omeed Chandra, program manager on the OneNote team.

Fall is here—at least for those of us in the northern hemisphere—and the days are getting shorter. That means you’ll have to finish your work more quickly if you want to get outside and catch a few rays of sunshine before it gets dark. We want to help, so today we’re releasing an update for OneNote on iPhone, iPad and Mac with new features that make it even easier for you to get organized and be productive!

Add files from your favorite cloud storage service to OneNote on your iPhone or iPad

OneNote is perfect for storing everything you need to remember about a project, class, or upcoming trip—including PDFs and Office files....

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06:00
Yosemite Server And Logs

OS X Yosemite running the Server app has a lot of scripts used for enabling services, setting states, changing hostnames and the like. Once upon a time there was a script for OS X Server called server setup. It was a beautiful but too simplistic kind of script. Today, much of that logic has been moved out into more granular scripts, kept in /Applications/Server.app/Contents/ServerRoot/System/Library/ServerSetup, used by the server to perform all kinds of tasks. These scripts are, like a lot of other things in Yosemite Server. Some of these include the configuration of amavisd, docecot and alerts. These scripts can also be used for migrating services and data. Sometimes the scripts are in bash, sometimes ruby, sometimes perl and other times even python. And the scripts tend to change year over year/release over release.

One of the things that can can be useful about the scripts scattered throughout the Server app is to learn how the developers of OS X Server intend for...

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00:30
Expanding data loss prevention (DLP) to SharePoint...

Shobhit Sahay is a technical product manager and Jack Kabat is a principal program manager on the Office 365 team.

One of the key tenets of our approach to security with Office 365 is to give you the right set of tools and services to address your organization’s specific security and compliance needs. Data loss prevention (DLP) is a critical part of the security capabilities we’ve built right into Office 365. We first rolled out DLP  in Exchange and Outlook and then expanded into Outlook Web App (OWA), adding new features along the way, such as policy tips in OWA and document fingerprinting.

But people collaborate and share sensitive information in many ways beyond email. For example, they might have sensitive content in Word documents or Excel spreadsheets created in client applications, and then share those documents with others in SharePoint or OneDrive for Business. As we enhance the collaboration capabilities within Office...

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00:30
New Office 365 extensibility for Windows, iOS,...

In a world where people move between multiple devices and numerous apps to get things done, today we’re announcing new ways for developers to create applications that build on, and securely tap into the Office 365 platform. With millions of consumers and over 70 percent of the Fortune 500 companies using Office 365, it presents developers an opportunity to reach an audience that’s not only vast, but highly engaged given the number of hours people spend in Office every day.

Today, at TechEd Europe, we announced three new capabilities for developers:

  • General availability of new Office 365 APIs for mail, files, calendar and contacts
  • New mobile SDKs for native app development, and
  • Visibility for developers’ apps through the new Office 365 app launcher. 

Availability of Office 365 APIs open new mobile opportunities

Just a few weeks ago at the Gartner Symposium, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella...

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00:30
Introducing built-in mobile device management for...

Today’s post was written by Zohaib Haider Ali, senior product manager for the Office 365 team.

As more and more businesses adopt a bring your own device (BYOD) approach to phones and tablets, keeping corporate data secure on mobile devices is becoming a top challenge. As part of our commitment to making Office 365 the business productivity service suite with the most advanced security and compliance capabilities, we’re excited to announce new mobile device management (MDM) features built in to Office 365 that will help you meet this challenge.

These new MDM capabilities, set to roll out in the first quarter of 2015, will help you manage access to Office 365 data across a diverse range of phones and tablets, including iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices, so you can:

  • Help secure and manage corporate resources—Apply security policies on devices that connect to Office 365 to ensure that Office 365 corporate email and documents are...
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00:30
Office 365—Our latest innovations in security and...

Vijay Kumar is the senior product manager for the Office 365 team.

Today, at TechEd Europe, we are pleased to announce the next set of innovations in security, privacy and compliance capabilities of Office 365, including mobile device management capabilities for Office 365, expansion of data loss prevention (DLP) technologies and the availability of per-file encryption in our productivity services.

As a global provider of productivity services that includes Office, the most familiar productivity suite in the world, we understand that the security of your data is imperative to continually earn and maintain your trust. We are committed to driving rapid innovation in how we operate the service, how we protect your data and the controls we provide you to manage and protect information.

Mobile device management for Office 365

As more and...

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Monday October 27

09:10
TA14-300A: Phishing Campaign Linked with “Dyre”...

Original release date: October 27, 2014
Systems Affected

Microsoft Windows

Overview

Since mid-October 2014, a phishing campaign has targeted a wide variety of recipients while employing the Dyre/Dyreza banking malware. Elements of this phishing campaign vary from target to target including senders, attachments, exploits, themes, and payload(s).[1][2] Although this campaign uses various tactics, the actor’s intent is to entice recipients into opening attachments and downloading malware.

Description

The Dyre banking malware specifically targets sensitive user account credentials. The malware has the ability to capture user login information and send the captured data to malicious actors.[...

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09:00
OneDrive now with unlimited storage for Office 365...

Today’s post was written by Julia White, general manager of Office 365 Technical Product Management.

Today, storage limits just became a thing of the past with Office 365.  OneDrive and OneDrive for Business will now offer unlimited storage—at no additional cost—to our Office 365 consumer and business customers.

OneDrive makes sure you always have all your important content on all your devices and enables multiple people to collaborate and co-author a single document at the same time. Gone are the days of not having that document right when you need it or managing multiple versions of the same document. With OneDrive there is always just one source of truth available across all your devices. What’s more, with Office Delve, that important document your co...

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07:07
Need A Password? There’s An App For That!

Remember this comic:

Regrettably, password policies don’t allow for a few random words at most organization, so a special character, a capital letter and a number are basically required in most passwords these days. However, if you need a quick and dirty generator that includes a phrase and those additional characters, consider MyPhrase from Björn Albers. It’s simple to use, fast and easy. Good luck out there!

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Friday October 24

12:00
Office 365 news round-Up

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” That was the view of Leonardo da Vinci, one of the most innovative thinkers who ever lived. Although Leonardo valued simplicity and made it a cornerstone of his work, he tackled many complex challenges throughout his life. A true Renaissance man, Leonardo used his genius to invent hydraulic pumps, musical instruments and submarines; create works of art that show a mastery of human anatomy and a deep understanding of human nature; and design flying machines nearly 500 years before the Wright brothers launched their first glider at Kitty Hawk.

Like Leonardo, we value both innovation and simplicity. So as we add innovative new features and capabilities to Office 365, we also strive to make it simpler and easier to use. As an example, we recently announced the new Office...

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09:00
Support corner webcast—troubleshoot Mail Flow for...

In this video, learn about the components of hybrid Mail Flow, the connector differences between Exchange 2010 and 2013 hybrid Mail Flow, header differences between centralized and decentralized transport, and typical issues that adversely affect hybrid Mail Flow.

Presenter: Vincent Yim is a senior premier field engineer who specializes in Exchange deployments, Exchange Online migrations and Office365 identity. His primary activities includes consulting, training delivery and content writing.

Office 365 support corner webcasts are a critical program to troubleshoot support issues and encourage foundation technical readiness. Webcasts are free of charge and are a great opportunity to have conversations with Microsoft employees and get your questions answered.

For more information on future Office 365 support webcasts, visit the Office 365 Summit website.

The post...

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09:00
Calling the ballgames from OneNote with professional...

The World Series is in full swing and it yields a month filled with memorable home runs, strikeouts and game-winning hits. The soundtrack of these moments stays with you forever because of the announcers who call the games. But this is not a job for the shy or unorganized person.

Calling plays in a three-plus hour baseball game with hundreds of players throughout a 162-game season requires both knowledge and know-how. Joe Block, professional baseball announcer in Milwaukee, uses OneNote on all his devices to keep track of player stats, game stories and even to keep score, bringing the game to life for his listeners. He heard about OneNote from another announcer and friend, Scott Franzke from Philadelphia, who discovered the benefits of using OneNote long before Joe, but has learned even more through their shared use of it. Joe and Scott sat down with us and talked...

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Thursday October 30

06:00
Yosemite Server: Configure Clients In Xsan 4...

Yosemite brings Xsan 4, which brings a new way to add clients to an Xsan. Xsan Admin is gone. From now on, instead of scanning the network using Xsan Admin. we’ll be adding clients using a Configuration Profile. This is actually a much more similar process to adding Xsan clients to a StorNext environment than it is to adding clients to Metadata Controllers running Xsan 3 and below. But instead of making a fsnameservers file, we’re plugging that information into a profile, which will do that work on the client on our behalf. To make the Xsan configuration profile, we’re going to use Profile Manager.

To get started, open the Profile Manager web interface and click on a device or device group (note, these are scoped to systems so cannot be used with users and user groups). Then click on the Settings tab for the object you’re configuring Xsan for.

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Wednesday October 29

12:00
New Lync for Mac adds Media Resiliency, Conversation...

Barak Manor is a product manager for the Lync team

I’m pleased to say that we’ve just released our latest update to Lync for Mac, and it is available for download on Microsoft Support. This release adds new two features; Media Resiliency and Conversation History, and support for Apple OS X Yosemite.

Media Resiliency

No network is perfect, of course, and we all want the best possible experience when hiccups happen. This update adds Media Resiliency for peer-to-peer calls and Lync Meetings, which does two important things. First, if a network disconnect occurs, Lync for Mac will now automatically rejoin a meeting or reconnect a peer-to-peer call as long as network connectivity is re-established within 30 seconds.

(Try it for yourself. Setup a Lync video call on your Mac. Quickly disconnect and reconnect your network cable, or disable and re-enable your wireless connection. You’ll see the...

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10:00
Protecting you against the SSL 3.0 vulnerability

As we announced yesterday, driving innovations in security capabilities of Office 365 is a top priority. We understand that the security of your data is important and we’ll continue to be transparent about our approach. To that end, we wanted to share details around Security Advisory 3009008. This advisory provides guidance related to a vulnerability in Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) 3.0 which could allow information disclosure. This is an industry-wide vulnerability that affects the protocol itself and is not specific to Microsoft’s implementation. To help protect our customers further, we will be disabling fallback to SSL 3.0 in IE, disabling SSL 3.0 by default in IE, and across Microsoft online services, over the coming months.

Starting on December 1, 2014, Office 365 will begin disabling support...

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09:00
Visio webcast November 4—Automating business process...

One of the powerful features in SharePoint is the ability to implement workflows. Workflows can streamline the cost and time required to coordinate common business processes.

In this webcast we will learn how Visio 2013 and SharePoint 2013 make it easier to model and implement workflows. The webcast will focus on how to leverage the SharePoint 2013. Workflow template included in Visio 2013 to design workflows and SharePoint Designer 2013 enhancements to facilitate implementing and publishing these workflows.

Presented by Reddy Kadasani, Tallan

Register now for this session, a few sessions, or the entire series!

The post Visio webcast November 4—Automating business process using Visio and...

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09:00
Office 365 Search is now smarter about spreadsheets

Steve Kraynak is program manager for Excel Spreadsheet Management.

Businesses use spreadsheets for many critical functions, such as financial reporting and investment modeling, and they need to minimize the risks that using these spreadsheets introduce. The need for strong spreadsheet management is emphasized in these stories compiled by the European Spreadsheet Risk Interest Group (EuSpRIG). Office responded to this need by introducing new features in Office 2013 to help manage the use of spreadsheets for important business functions, and now it has enabled a similar capability in Office 365.

Now you can manage spreadsheets in Office 365

One of the tools introduced in Office 2013 is Discovery and Risk Assessment, a server (on-premises) that helps you find spreadsheets in your organization and determine which present the greatest risk, so you can take steps to reduce your risks. It does this by...

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09:00
Client library for Office 365 admin reporting web...

Julien Pierre is a program manager and Toney Sui is a software engineer with the Office big data team in Beijing, China.

If your company has deployed Office 365 and it has a central monitoring solution that enables you to continually look at the health of your IT services in one unified place—such as a help desk, reporting dashboard or other solution—there’s good news. Developers and independent software vendors (ISV) with a central monitoring solution like this can now use that solution to monitor Office 365 along with your other IT services, using the OData API. This new client library, the Office 365 Reporting Web Service Client Library, is available in .NET and makes it easier to export reporting data.

The library is available on nuget.org.

... | Read more »
06:00
Tune and optimize performance of your Office 365...

We are pleased to announce new resources to help Office 365 customers receive optimal performance when connecting to Office 365. As a software as a service (SaaS) offering, Office 365 has a number of layers between the servers that Microsoft manages and the end user.

Microsoft runs Office 365 in datacenters around the world; these datacenters are connected by a network to over 1,500 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) at over 50 network peering points on the Internet. This network is one of the three largest networks in the world and provides a substantial benefit to Office 365 customers. Between the Microsoft infrastructure and end users there is the public Internet, the customer on-premises network and Internet connection, and important client application configuration steps. The two new content areas we have focused on are:

  1. Capacity and other...
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06:00
Encrypt OS X Yosemite Server

Encrypting a volume in OS X Yosemite couldn’t be easier. In this article, we will look at three ways to encrypt OS X Yosemite volumes. The reason there are three ways is that booted volumes and non-booted volumes have different methods for enabling encryption.

Encrypting Attached Storage

For non-boot volumes, just control-click or right-click on them and then click on Encrypt “VOLUMENAME” where the name of the volume is in quotes.

When prompted, provide an encryption password for the volume, verify that password and if you so choose, provide a hint.

Once the encryption process has begun, the entry previously clicked on says Encrypting “VOLUMENAME” where the name of the volume is in quotes.

Before you can encrypt a volume from...

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Tuesday October 28

11:00
Promote your apps and products in new countries...

iAd is now available in 70 additional countries across the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Australia, expanding global reach to 95 countries. Ad campaigns can be created in minutes using iAd Workbench. Learn More.

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11:00
Promote your apps and products in new countries...

iAd is now available in 70 additional countries across the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Australia, expanding global reach to 95 countries. Ad campaigns can be created in minutes using iAd Workbench. Learn More.

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09:15
OneNote gets even better on Mac and iOS

Today’s post was written by Omeed Chandra, program manager on the OneNote team.

Fall is here—at least for those of us in the northern hemisphere—and the days are getting shorter. That means you’ll have to finish your work more quickly if you want to get outside and catch a few rays of sunshine before it gets dark. We want to help, so today we’re releasing an update for OneNote on iPhone, iPad and Mac with new features that make it even easier for you to get organized and be productive!

Add files from your favorite cloud storage service to OneNote on your iPhone or iPad

OneNote is perfect for storing everything you need to remember about a project, class, or upcoming trip—including PDFs and Office files....

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06:00
Yosemite Server And Logs

OS X Yosemite running the Server app has a lot of scripts used for enabling services, setting states, changing hostnames and the like. Once upon a time there was a script for OS X Server called server setup. It was a beautiful but too simplistic kind of script. Today, much of that logic has been moved out into more granular scripts, kept in /Applications/Server.app/Contents/ServerRoot/System/Library/ServerSetup, used by the server to perform all kinds of tasks. These scripts are, like a lot of other things in Yosemite Server. Some of these include the configuration of amavisd, docecot and alerts. These scripts can also be used for migrating services and data. Sometimes the scripts are in bash, sometimes ruby, sometimes perl and other times even python. And the scripts tend to change year over year/release over release.

One of the things that can can be useful about the scripts scattered throughout the Server app is to learn how the developers of OS X Server intend for...

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00:30
Expanding data loss prevention (DLP) to SharePoint...

Shobhit Sahay is a technical product manager and Jack Kabat is a principal program manager on the Office 365 team.

One of the key tenets of our approach to security with Office 365 is to give you the right set of tools and services to address your organization’s specific security and compliance needs. Data loss prevention (DLP) is a critical part of the security capabilities we’ve built right into Office 365. We first rolled out DLP  in Exchange and Outlook and then expanded into Outlook Web App (OWA), adding new features along the way, such as policy tips in OWA and document fingerprinting.

But people collaborate and share sensitive information in many ways beyond email. For example, they might have sensitive content in Word documents or Excel spreadsheets created in client applications, and then share those documents with others in SharePoint or OneDrive for Business. As we enhance the collaboration capabilities within Office...

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00:30
New Office 365 extensibility for Windows, iOS,...

In a world where people move between multiple devices and numerous apps to get things done, today we’re announcing new ways for developers to create applications that build on, and securely tap into the Office 365 platform. With millions of consumers and over 70 percent of the Fortune 500 companies using Office 365, it presents developers an opportunity to reach an audience that’s not only vast, but highly engaged given the number of hours people spend in Office every day.

Today, at TechEd Europe, we announced three new capabilities for developers:

  • General availability of new Office 365 APIs for mail, files, calendar and contacts
  • New mobile SDKs for native app development, and
  • Visibility for developers’ apps through the new Office 365 app launcher. 

Availability of Office 365 APIs open new mobile opportunities

Just a few weeks ago at the Gartner Symposium, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella...

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00:30
Introducing built-in mobile device management for...

Today’s post was written by Zohaib Haider Ali, senior product manager for the Office 365 team.

As more and more businesses adopt a bring your own device (BYOD) approach to phones and tablets, keeping corporate data secure on mobile devices is becoming a top challenge. As part of our commitment to making Office 365 the business productivity service suite with the most advanced security and compliance capabilities, we’re excited to announce new mobile device management (MDM) features built in to Office 365 that will help you meet this challenge.

These new MDM capabilities, set to roll out in the first quarter of 2015, will help you manage access to Office 365 data across a diverse range of phones and tablets, including iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices, so you can:

  • Help secure and manage corporate resources—Apply security policies on devices that connect to Office 365 to ensure that Office 365 corporate email and documents are...
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00:30
Office 365—Our latest innovations in security and...

Vijay Kumar is the senior product manager for the Office 365 team.

Today, at TechEd Europe, we are pleased to announce the next set of innovations in security, privacy and compliance capabilities of Office 365, including mobile device management capabilities for Office 365, expansion of data loss prevention (DLP) technologies and the availability of per-file encryption in our productivity services.

As a global provider of productivity services that includes Office, the most familiar productivity suite in the world, we understand that the security of your data is imperative to continually earn and maintain your trust. We are committed to driving rapid innovation in how we operate the service, how we protect your data and the controls we provide you to manage and protect information.

Mobile device management for Office 365

As more and...

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Monday October 27

09:10
TA14-300A: Phishing Campaign Linked with “Dyre”...

Original release date: October 27, 2014
Systems Affected

Microsoft Windows

Overview

Since mid-October 2014, a phishing campaign has targeted a wide variety of recipients while employing the Dyre/Dyreza banking malware. Elements of this phishing campaign vary from target to target including senders, attachments, exploits, themes, and payload(s).[1][2] Although this campaign uses various tactics, the actor’s intent is to entice recipients into opening attachments and downloading malware.

Description

The Dyre banking malware specifically targets sensitive user account credentials. The malware has the ability to capture user login information and send the captured data to malicious actors.[...

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09:00
OneDrive now with unlimited storage for Office 365...

Today’s post was written by Julia White, general manager of Office 365 Technical Product Management.

Today, storage limits just became a thing of the past with Office 365.  OneDrive and OneDrive for Business will now offer unlimited storage—at no additional cost—to our Office 365 consumer and business customers.

OneDrive makes sure you always have all your important content on all your devices and enables multiple people to collaborate and co-author a single document at the same time. Gone are the days of not having that document right when you need it or managing multiple versions of the same document. With OneDrive there is always just one source of truth available across all your devices. What’s more, with Office Delve, that important document your co...

| Read more »
07:07
Need A Password? There’s An App For That!

Remember this comic:

Regrettably, password policies don’t allow for a few random words at most organization, so a special character, a capital letter and a number are basically required in most passwords these days. However, if you need a quick and dirty generator that includes a phrase and those additional characters, consider MyPhrase from Björn Albers. It’s simple to use, fast and easy. Good luck out there!

| Read more »

Friday October 24

12:00
Office 365 news round-Up

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” That was the view of Leonardo da Vinci, one of the most innovative thinkers who ever lived. Although Leonardo valued simplicity and made it a cornerstone of his work, he tackled many complex challenges throughout his life. A true Renaissance man, Leonardo used his genius to invent hydraulic pumps, musical instruments and submarines; create works of art that show a mastery of human anatomy and a deep understanding of human nature; and design flying machines nearly 500 years before the Wright brothers launched their first glider at Kitty Hawk.

Like Leonardo, we value both innovation and simplicity. So as we add innovative new features and capabilities to Office 365, we also strive to make it simpler and easier to use. As an example, we recently announced the new Office...

| Read more »
09:00
Support corner webcast—troubleshoot Mail Flow for...

In this video, learn about the components of hybrid Mail Flow, the connector differences between Exchange 2010 and 2013 hybrid Mail Flow, header differences between centralized and decentralized transport, and typical issues that adversely affect hybrid Mail Flow.

Presenter: Vincent Yim is a senior premier field engineer who specializes in Exchange deployments, Exchange Online migrations and Office365 identity. His primary activities includes consulting, training delivery and content writing.

Office 365 support corner webcasts are a critical program to troubleshoot support issues and encourage foundation technical readiness. Webcasts are free of charge and are a great opportunity to have conversations with Microsoft employees and get your questions answered.

For more information on future Office 365 support webcasts, visit the Office 365 Summit website.

The post...

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09:00
Calling the ballgames from OneNote with professional...

The World Series is in full swing and it yields a month filled with memorable home runs, strikeouts and game-winning hits. The soundtrack of these moments stays with you forever because of the announcers who call the games. But this is not a job for the shy or unorganized person.

Calling plays in a three-plus hour baseball game with hundreds of players throughout a 162-game season requires both knowledge and know-how. Joe Block, professional baseball announcer in Milwaukee, uses OneNote on all his devices to keep track of player stats, game stories and even to keep score, bringing the game to life for his listeners. He heard about OneNote from another announcer and friend, Scott Franzke from Philadelphia, who discovered the benefits of using OneNote long before Joe, but has learned even more through their shared use of it. Joe and Scott sat down with us and talked...

| Read more »

Technology Showcase

Sep 17
Video showcases iOS app built with Xojo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...

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Jan 05
Fusion Drive now available on entry-level iMacs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sep 19
InterMapper publishes white papers on network...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oct 04
Video showcases Zco's services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Abt Electronics has the new 2.8GHz Mac mini in stock and on sale for $949.05 including free shipping. Their price is $50 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this model from any reseller... Read more
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