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14:25
Sonnet introduces Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 Rackmount Storage System

Sonnet Technologies has introduced the Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0, a four-bay, hardware RAID 5, rackmount storage system with a USB 3.0 interface.

The Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 integrates a high-performance RAID controller . Its USB 3.0 interface provides single-cable-to-host connectivity and a range of compatibility. Its also packs a compact design.

The Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 (part number FUS-R4BR5-0TB) is available now at an manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$349. More information on the product is available at http://tinyurl.com/qbygb6v .

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08:51
Sample Logic releases Cyclone Retwisted

Sample Logic has released, Cyclone Retwisted (http://tinyurl.com/ko2ddak), the next generation of its Cyclone product. It's now equipped with Sample Logic's proprietary Step and FX Animator technology along with a new dual-voice additive synthesizer.

Cyclone Retwisted is designed as a one-stop shop for electronic sounds and a sample synth solution for Kontakt. The virtual instrument contains over 475 new instruments and multis ranging from multi-layer motion pads and cinematic harmonic instruments to dubstep inspired basses, electronic hybrid leads, and experimental drum kits.

Cyclone Retwisted also includes the original Cyclone 1.0 in its entirety, as well as the Glow Multi expansion pack, providing a grand total of 850-plus instruments and multis. The interface still includes Sample Logic’s signature Triggers, Wave, and LFOs, and now rises to new heights with several added features such as...

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05:33
GraphicConverter for Mac OS X adds QR code creation

Lemke Software has announced GraphicConverter 9.5, an update to its image utility for Mac OS X. The new version includes several new and updated features such as QR code creation, and is a free update to all Version 9.x customers. Upgrades from older versions of GraphicConverter are available for $25.95.

GraphicConverter is an all-purpose, universal image editing program. It now features image conversion from more than 200 graphic file formats into almost 80 different file formats.

GraphicConverter 9.5 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's available from Lemke Software online (http://www.lemkesoft.com/) and at the Mac App Store. The cost is US$39.95 for new users.

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05:29
264 commercial use fonts added to Premium Fonts Collection

MacAppware has added 264 new commercial use fonts to its Premium Fonts collection for Mac users. Each font is in OpenType font format and can be used for any personal and business project.

Western European international character support is standard for every premium font and new fonts are delivered at no extra charge to Premium Fonts subscription customers. This collection now includes 147 original font families, with a total of 1,841 fonts in all.

The Mac App Store version includes the subscription to receive all new fonts released in the Premium Fonts collection. Premium Fonts has grown substantially in the past two years, beginning with only 54 font families and 702 total fonts. The fonts are compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher.

The updated Premium Fonts collection is now available on the MacAppware website (www.macappware.com), or on the Mac App Store, for a limited time discount of...

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04:26
WordTarget for Mac OS X revved to version 1.2

KickCode (http://kickcode.com) has released WordTarget 1.2 for Mac OS X. The app sits in the menu bar and tracks a users word count across different applications.

Users receive a notification when they hit their target, and can start and stop tracking at any point. The app is on sale at a reduced price (US46.99 instead of $8.99) on the Mac App Store until Friday, Dec. 19. WordTarget requires Mac OS X 10.8 or newer.

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Dec 16
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 16

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Top Apps & Games Group has announced Splash Burst. It's a free chain reaction puzzle game with 800 levels.

Pelfunc has released Heart Rate Touch. It's an US$2.99 optical heart rate monitor that uses light to track your blood.

Stickers has introduced VOOL. The free app lets you create and edit animated movies.

Short Bald and Lanky Productions have launched Huayu Messenger. It's a free messaging app that allows users to send a secret text message and picture to any of their phone contacts.

Illogical Games has unveiled Dead Hun. It's an action-RPG similar to the top-down shooter "Minigore" with a loot system similar to "Diablo" where players battle waves of zombies that swarm the city. The game takes place in the middle of the apocalyptic era where zombies have taken over the world. Dead Hun is free, but does offer in-app purchases.

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Dec 16
24U Software releases 24U FM Bench 1.2

24U Software (http://www.24usoftware.com/) has released 24U FM Bench 1.2, an update of its benchmarking tool for optimizing FileMaker 13 product line and business processes.

24U FM Bench is designed to help developers with the whole optimization process from benchmarking through analyzing, identifying bottleneck, optimizing, and reporting results. Version 1.2 brings improved FileMaker Go measurement with maximum accuracy, compatibility across the whole FileMaker 13 product line, and other minor improvements.

On the Mac platform, 24U FM Bench requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher, FileMaker Pro 12 or later, or FileMaker Server 12 or newer. It can be purchased either as a per-seat license or as a server license. By purchasing one server license you get the right to use 24U FM Bench for unlimited number of users connecting to a single FileMaker Server.

The 1.2 update is free for current...

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Dec 16
Apple found not guilty in music antitrust lawsuit

Apple has won an antitrust trial as a U.S. jury decided the company didn't act improperly when it restricted music purchases for iPod users to Apple's iTunes digital store, reports Reuters (http://tinyurl.com/pa3mmwk).

The verdict was read in an Oakland, California federal court. The plaintiffs, a group of individuals and businesses who purchased iPods from 2006 to 2009, sought about $350 million in damages from Apple alleging the company unfairly blocked competing device makers.

This all goes back to a lawsuit filed in 2005 when Thomas Slattery sued Apple, alleging the company broke antitrust laws by using FairPlay, digital rights management technology, with iTunes so that purchased music will work only with its own music player, the iPod, freezing out competitors. Though most of the complaints were dropped, the case was combined with two other lawsuits.

The jury returned a verdict...

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Dec 16
VERT is a new device for measuring jump data

VERT has released the VERT Wearable Jump Rate Monitor, a sports wearable that measures jump rate. The device pairs with an iOS app that can be monitored by coaches during use, and instantly provides jump rate, jump height and any additional jump-related measurements.

As an added benefit all users will have the ability to view and track VERT Jump data on smartwatches for review. VERT Jump retails for $124.99, and it is available now at www.myvert.com. The iOS app costs $99.99 and is available at the Apple App Store.

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Dec 16
AAS releases Abstractions sound bank

Applied Acoustics Systems has released the Abstractions sound bank (http://tinyurl.com/mfsvdxp) for the Ultra Analog VA-2 synthesizer and AAS Player plug-ins in collaboration with artist and sound designer Richard Devine.

Abstractions is the third sound bank title by Devine in AAS’ Sound Bank Series following Microsound Textures for the Chromaphone creative percussion synthesizer and Harmonic Geometry for the String Studio VS-2 string modeling synthesizer. This collection of 127 signature sounds covers standard analog categories but revisited with Richard Devine’s unique aesthetics.

The Abstractions sound bank has a regular price of US$39. Howeveer, it's being offered for $19.50 until Jan. 16. The instant download delivery package includes both a Ultra Analog VA-2 bank file and the free AAS Player plug-in. The AAS Player plug-in runs on both Windows and Mac OS X and supports the VST, Audio...

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Dec 16
Atama releases iOS and OS X SDK

Atama has released the Sesame2 Software Development Kit (SDK) for its Sesame2 Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Lock. The kit enables 2-Factor authentication for iOS and OS X apps.

It can be used for apps that handle sensitive data and apps that require multi-user support in less secure environments. The SDK makes the integration of Atama's Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Lock with iOS and OS X apps straightforward by handling all aspects of Bluetooth communication and more, according to the folks at Atama.

For apps that handle sensitive data, such as confidential commercial information or patient medical records protected by HIPAA, the SDK can be used to provide 2-Factor authentication by requiring a Sesame key to be nearby as well as a password before allowing a user to log into an app

Apps that require multi-user support in less secure environments can use a Sesame lock as a means to automatically identify a user as he gets close to the iPhone/iPad or Mac. The SDK makes the...

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Dec 16
4K video demand helps fuel DisplayPort standard

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA), developer of the DisplayPort standard (www.displayport.org), says reported that DisplayPort adoption, VESA membership and DisplayPort-related specification development have all increased over the past year. 

This points to the growing demand for DisplayPort and related standards, fueled by displays with 4K and higher resolution, as well as smaller devices with more flexible connectivity. DisplayPort device certification grew to 1,395 devices to date in 2014, up from 805 devices at the beginning of the year.

In 2014, VESA added 13 new member companies for a total of 224 members. Also during this past year, VESA released several DisplayPort-related standards, including DisplayPort 1.3, DisplayPort Alt Mode on USB Type-C, DockPort and Display Stream Compression.

"DisplayPort was developed as a PC to monitor interface, and those markets are...

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Dec 16
321soft releases Image Converter for Mac OS X

321Soft (http://www.321soft.com) has released Image Converter, a Mac OS X app provides a way to convert between various pictures. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher.

It supports a variety of image formats — both common formats Like PNG, jpg, bmp, gif, or, through a professional digital camera the extracted RAW photo formats (CR2, NEF, etc), as well as the icon format. 321Soft Image Converter costs US$14.95 as single-user application. A demo is available for download.

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Dec 16
128bit Technologies updates Free Fonts collection

128bit Technologies has released version 5.0 of their Free Fonts collection on the Mac App Store. Free Fonts: 450 Commercial Use OpenType Fonts adds over 100 brand new fonts.

These new fonts for creative Mac users boost the font count from 350 to 450 in the Mac App Store, and all fonts are available in OpenType font format for both personal and commercial use projects. The Free Fonts are also available on the MacAppware website (http://www.macappware.com) for download outside of the Mac App Store.

To get the full set of 623 fonts using the Mac App Store, customers need to first register to receive future updates of new fonts before receiving an email to download the 150  bonus fonts. Registration is optional, but you won't receive the additional fonts.

The Free Fonts version on the Mac App Store supports Mac OS X 10.6 (64-bit) and later. Once the fonts are saved to your Mac they can be...

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Dec 16
Disk Cleaner! for Mac OS X adds additional languages

Power APP (http://www.powerapp.ch) has introduced Disk Cleaner! 1.1 for OS X. It's an upgrade of the Mac app that cleans the hard disk from leftovers and unnecessary files.

Disk Cleaner can "intelligently" detect and remove browser cache files for all modern browsers. The app can remove application, caches, old log files, browser preview images and more. Version 1.2.0 adds additional languages, and now scans for leftovers from both iTunes and iOS.

The app requires Mac OS X Yosemite or later. It costs US$2.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

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Dec 15
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 15

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Ratrod Studio has announced Snowboard Party. It's an US$1.99 snowboarding game.

XwaveSoft has introduced eXtra Voice Recorder. the $2.99 app is a combination of a audio recorder, a multi-functional audio editor, and an audio files manager.

Cubic Castles is a new, free multi-platform game that lets users design their own game levels and worlds. This virtual world is "massively multiplayer."

Ububble has launched Securify for iOS. The free app "brings emergency response into the 21st Century, enabling users to alert authorities within seconds."

Outbreak Alert! 4DX Games has unleashed The Falling Dead. It's a $0.99, zombie survival arcade-like shooter game.

Dejal Systems has launched Pack. It's a packing list app designed to help you get packed quickly and easily. Pack is free, but does have in-app purchases.

Dan Russell-Pinson has...

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Dec 15
OWC in-line digital thermal sensor available for more iMacs

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced an expansion of the In-Line Digital Thermal Sensor HDD DIY Kits (http://tinyurl.com/ogeb2q9), with support for 2009 and newer iMac models, including the latest iMac Retina 5K display.

OWC’s in-line solution includes a custom hardware digital thermal sensor allowing a third-party 3.5-inch SATA hard drive to be properly installed in an iMac, enabling full compatibility with Apple Diagnostics and the iMac System Management Controller. A plug-and-play cable, the In-line Digital Thermal Sensor eliminates excessive fan noise and maintains proper system fan operation while requiring no software hacks.
 
Using an OWC Internal HDD DIY Kit, you can replace the original iMac hard drive with up to a 6TB hard drive (sold separately). The kit is available for immediate...

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Dec 15
AccountEdge Pro 2015 gets serialized inventory, sales commission...

Acclivity has launched AccountEdge Pro 2015 in the US. It's the latest version of the small business accounting software for Mac OS X and Windows. Among the enhancements are serialized inventory and sales commission tracking.

AccountEdge Pro is accounting software with features ranging from general bookkeeping to inventory to payroll. It offers integration with AccountEdge Mobile. With Shopify syncing, users can sell their AccountEdge Pro inventory online. 

AccountEdge Cloud is an add-on that lets users enter sales invoices, activity slips, and the ability for employees and contractors to enter in their timesheet for payroll purposes, all integrating back to AccountEdge Pro. Serialized inventory management allows a business to track serial numbers through the life cycle of its inventory, from purchase to sale including warranty.  They can use manufacturer serial numbers or have AccountEdge create their own series of serial numbers.

AccountEdge Pro is available...

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Dec 15
Sparkle for Mac gets features for photographers, others

River Design has introduced Sparkle 1.1, an upgrade of the visual website builder for Mac OS X. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.9 and higher and is optimized for Yosemite.

Sparkle translates any text and graphic layout to HTML. The app gives Mac users a great to build websites visually. Version 1.1 builds on the app's engine by adding features for photographers, film directors, graphic designers and small businesses.

Sparkle 1.1 is available at the Mac App Store for US$79.99. It's a free upgrade for registered users of version 1.0. A free trial limited to three pages is available from its official website (http://sparkle.cx).

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Dec 15
Gartner: smartphone sales grew 20% in third quarter of 2014

Worldwide sales of mobile phones to end users were flat in the third quarter of 2014, according to Gartner (www.gartner.com). However, sales of smartphones to end users grew 20.3 percent to reach 301 million units.

"Sales of feature phones declined 25% in the third quarter of 2014 because the difference in price between feature phones and low-cost Android smartphones is reducing further," says Roberta Cozza, research director at Gartner. "In the third quarter of 2014, smartphones accounted for 66% of the total mobile phone market, and Gartner estimates that by 2018, nine out of 10 phones will be smartphones."

From a regional perspective, emerging markets exhibited some of the highest growths ever recorded with Eastern Europe and the Middle East and Africa achieving the highest increase in the third quarter of 2014, with sales of smartphones growing almost 50% year-over-year. Among the mature markets, the U.S...

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Dec 17
Wearable devices to spur growth of healthcare LBS...

With growing adoption of location based applications, the global LBS market in the healthcare industry is expected to grow at a CAGR [compound annual return rate] of 31.23% from 2015-2019, says research firm TechNavio (www.technavio.com).

Real-time performance monitoring (RPM) has been gaining popularity in the healthcare industry, as it assists both patients and doctors, and helps increase hospital efficiency. These days, wearable devices like activity trackers, smart watches, health monitors and pedometers are being used to track the activities of doctors, staff and patients.

"In 2014, around 10 million units of wearable devices were sold worldwide and this number is expected to grow nearly tenfold in the coming years," says Faisal Ghaus, vice president of TechNavio. "The constant use of wearable devices in the healthcare industry is anticipated to reduce hospital costs by a significant amount over the...

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Dec 16
5G standardization begins as companies lay royalties...

Work on new technologies that will form the foundation of 5G standards has been occurring for the last few years; however, the formal standards process has just begun, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

The research group says a range of major vendors are working on all aspects of 5G including; Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei, and Nokia Networks and device, semiconductor, and IP vendors including Intel, InterDigital, Qualcomm, Samsung, various mobile operators, academic bodies, and start-ups as well.

"These companies are all waving their 5G flags, although 5G definitions and visions remain very vague," says Research Director Philip Solis. "But this is not merely marketing. These companies are most certainly putting a stake in the ground with regards to contributions to 5G that will leverage their work, competitive strengths, and most crucially, patents. But this is not merely...

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Dec 15
Strategy Analytics: 93% are impressed with Ultra HD TVs

Consumer awareness of Ultra HD or 4K TV is growing steadily, and 93% of those who have seen the technology found it extremely or somewhat impressive. These are some of the key findings from the latest wave of Strategy Analytics’ ConsumerMetrix survey (www.strategyanalytics.com), which conducted online interviews with 2001 US participants in November 2014.

The percentage of respondents who are aware of the term "Ultra HD"rose from 39 % in January 2014 to 57% in November. Awareness of the other terms, "4K TV" and "UHD," has also risen but remains lower than "Ultra HD."
 
Twenty-three percent of respondents claim to have watched TV or video on an Ultra HD/4K TV, either in a retail store, in a home or somewhere else. Of those who have seen it, 53% rated the video quality as "extremely impressive" and 40% as "somewhat impressive."
 
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Dec 12
Encryption remains a necessity for major industries

The debate between individual privacy and public welfare continues to escalate in the aftermath of Apple’s release of the iPhone 6, which gained heightened attention for revealing that this latest smartphone will include automatic, end-to-end encryption.

When an iPhone owner now uses any feature of an iPhone 6 operating system, their communications will be securely encrypted—essentially unreadable to anyone who didn’t send, receive or store data on the phone. So secure is this new privacy provision, Apple itself can’t access the contents of an iPhone 6, even if access is requested by law enforcement.  Google’s recently released Android smartphone provides data encryption as well.

While enhanced commitments to privacy and security from Apple and Google have been largely met with open arms, law enforcement has strongly opposed encryption, arguing it will impede criminal investigations and threaten national security. The Ddirector of the FBI and the Attorney General...

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Dec 11
TBR expects private cloud adoption rate to hit 85% by...

Technology Business Research Inc.’s (TBR) 2H14 cloud customer research reports found end users globally are engaging cloud professional services vendors at twice the rate of private and public cloud vendors, indicating cloud professional services are typically the entry point as enterprises make the decision to migrate to cloud and consultants provide guidance and education to prospective cloud customers.

Public, private and hybrid cloud integration will follow cloud professional services growth in coming years, as adoption rates have increased. TBR expects the private cloud adoption rate to reach 85% by 2018.

TBR’s 2H14 Private Cloud Customer Research report shows a shift in the type of private clouds adopted, with a 65% to 35% split of third-party-delivered private clouds to self-built private clouds. It's a minor but telling shift from the 70% to 30% split in 2013 and 1H14 that indicates enterprises are more comfortable with and educated on cloud and are growing...

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Dec 10
Large format printer shipments on the rise

According to new data from the IDC (www.idc.com), the large format printer (LFP) market recorded year-over-year growth of 0.6% in the third quarter of 2014 (3Q14) with more than 78,000 units shipped. This marks the fifth consecutive quarter of worldwide shipment growth. Shipment value declined -4.0% year over year to nearly $782 million.

"The third quarter is often the softest quarter of the year in the global large format market," says Phuong Hang, program director, Worldwide Large Format Printer Tracker. "While global shipments are ahead of 2013, hardware revenue is essentially flat for 2014 so far, due primarily to vendor price promotions."

The top five wide format printer manufacturers make up over eighty percent of global wide format shipments, but only two-thirds of revenue. With manufacturers like HP, Canon, and Epson dominating the aqueous segment, this points to the maturity of the conventional aqueous...

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Dec 09
Live video broadcasting will be the new 'selfie...

Video and visual technologies are becoming increasingly important for interacting with customers and each other, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). The research group predicts that by 2017, live video broadcasting will be the new "selfie" and recommends that product managers start creating a "visual" strategy straight away to accommodate this trend.

"The next generation of consumer services and products has one main theme in common and that is video," says Brian Blau, research director at Gartner. "This means incorporating live video or other real-time technologies into products to engage users in live events and enable more personalized communications, providing better customer support, and offering best-of-breed video and TV experiences to connected homes."

Over the next four years, Gartner expects a noteworthy shift from static photos to video, with live video becoming as important a medium....

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Dec 08
Powered smart card market is rapidly expanding

The total market for powered smart cards will rapidly expand from slightly under US$300 million today to more than $1.5 billion by 2017, $4.6 billion by 2019, and more than $13 billion by 2021, according to a new report from industry analyst firm NanoMarkets (www.nanomarkets.net).

Almost exclusively powered smart cards have been targeted at one-time password (OTP) functionality to provide an extra security layer during consumer financial transactions, and that has been the envisioned golden goose for this technology. Other potential applications such as secure identification (public and private sectors) and medical information continue to tantalize, but have yet to approach anything that would present significant alternative markets.

What we're now seeing is a growing realization that while "EMV" smart-card chip/PIN standardization (named for the widely adopted Europay-MasterCard-Visa standard for...

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Dec 05
Worldwide server shipments grew 1% in the third quarter

In the third quarter of 2014, worldwide server shipments grew 1 percent year-over-year, while revenue moved upward 1.7% from the third quarter of 2013, according to Gartner (www.gartner.com).

"The third quarter of 2014 produced modest growth on a global level, highlighting positive but constrained demand," says Errol Rasit, research director at Gartner. "Only North America and Asia Pacific exhibited shipments growth, largely driven by demand from hyperscale organizations located there. These results support the continued bifurcation of enterprise and consumer services server demand."

The platform mix by region and geographic variations in economic conditions are the main reasons for these results. Asia/Pacific posted the highest shipment growth at 8.7% and 7.5% increase in revenue, while North America posted a more modest 0.7% in shipments and 2.6% increase in revenue. Western Europe saw a 2%shipments...

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Dec 04
LTE handset shipments expected to soar to nearly 680...

ABI Research (www.abirsearch.com) estimates that 676 million 4G LTE handsets will be shipped in 2015, growing 204 million units from 2014. Furthermore, ABI Research estimates that the total number of LTE connected devices shipped worldwide will exceed 1.89 billion units by end 2019, demonstrating the need for infrastructure and spectrum to support the stellar growth in the industry.

"With the proliferation of larger screen smart devices driving up the insatiable appetites for content and faster speeds, ABI Research estimates that there will be 350 commercial LTE networks forecasted by 4Q 2014," says Cheri Wong, research analyst at ABI Research.

What's more, LTE-Advanced is now commercial on 20 networks in 14 countries. To cope with the demand for higher data rates, FDD/TDD LTE carrier aggregation trials are starting to take place. For example, Ericsson, SingTel, and Qualcomm demonstrated a downlink...

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14:37
Amplified: Waiting for the Victoria Secret/Heineken...

On this episode of Amplified, Jim and Shawn talk about lawsuits, packaging, Apple Watch and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

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14:33
The Samson C01U Pro USB mic I use for podcasting

I’ve had some people ask what microphone I use on Amplified and other podcasts. I use the Samson C01U Pro USB Studio Condenser and it’s on sale at Amazon.

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14:00
Petcube: Watch and play with your pet when you'...

Petcube (US$199.00) is a webcam with a difference. It is aimed at pet owners who want to keep track of their pets, communicate with them, and even play with them when you are away. Who doesn't wonder how their dog, cat or bird is doing when you are a...

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13:56
Apple issues Safari 8.0.3, 7.1.3 and 6.2.3 betas to...

Apple on Wednesday seeded new Safari beta builds to developers, including Safari 8.0.3 for OS X Yosemite, Safari 7.1.3 for Mavericks and 6.2.3 for Mountain Lion, with improvements to browser extensions and more.

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13:10
Briefly: Fleksy Keyboard 5.0, Booqpad for iPad Air 2

Customizable iOS keyboard app Fleksy has received a major update introducing new themes and extensions, as well as improvements to existing features. Fleksy allows users to find and send GIFs, and provides autocorrect while typing, and intuitive gestures offer greater typing speed. Version 5.0 of Fleksy offers more themes to choose from, including branded ones. New keyboard extensions can be dragged and dropped as cards to add and remove features. Five extensions are available at the time of launching, including a GIF keyboard, Numbers Row, One-Handed Mode, Cursor Control, and Rainbow Pops. A...



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13:03
Apple seeds Safari 8.0.3, 7.1.3, and 6.2.3 betas to...

Apple is distributing three new Safari betas to OS X developers. Yosemite users are getting v8.0.3; v7.1.3 is available for Mavericks, while v6.2.3 is the equivalent for Mountain Lion. Some testing focus areas include AutoFill, web notifications, website and extension compatibility, HTML5 video playback on "popular video sites," and debugging sites via Web Inspector. Apple is also concerned with bookmark editing, and the read/unread state of Reading List items....



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13:00
This stunning 4K video was captured with an iPhone 6

The iPhone 6 twins are 4K capable, but so far the apps that claim to record video in such an ultra-sharp resolution have fallen a bit short of perfection. This clip, captured with the ProCam 2 app and a steady hand, is the best iPhone 6 4K video we'v...

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12:57
Mac: MacPhun Snapselect

One of the mixed blessings about digital photography is that without dealing with the costs of film and development, it’s really almost too easy to collect a huge amount of photos. If you’ve been in the digital photography game for more than a couple of years, chances are that unless you’re meticulously organized, you’ve got folders full of photos that have just been transferred onto your computer and left for later because it just takes too much time to sort and organize everything. MacPhun’s Snapselect ($15) is a new app designed to help you clean up that mess, and take much of the headache out of getting your photos into some semblance of order.
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12:42
Apple posts "the story behind the Song"...

Following the weekend release its its tearjerker holiday ad featuring a girl who records a duet with a discovered vinyl recording by her grandmother, Apple has posted a video showing the technology behind both recordings.

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12:42
Apple seeds Safari 8.0.3, 7.1.3, and 6.2.3 betas to...

Following the release of the third OS X 10.10.2 pre-release version, Apple has seeded individual Safari betas for testing via its developer program.

While the pre-release version of OS X 10.10.2 included Safari 8.0.3 beta, Apple has made beta versions for OS X Mavericks and OS X Mountain Lion available to download from the developer portal. The latest Safari beta versions include Safari 6.2.3, Safari 7.1.3, and Safari 8.0.3.

Apple lists the following focus areas for the latest beta versions of its web browser:

General website compatibility

 

Extension compatibility

Password AutoFill

HTML5 video playback on popular video sites

Using the Web Inspector to debug...

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12:30
This man's jeans show the scars of multiple...

It wasn't until the advent of Bendgate that iOS users in mass started to question of how the iPhone interacts with tight pants. While normally this question is asked to take into consideration the damage that might be done to the phone, but what abou...

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12:15
News: Apple announces 64-bit and iOS 8 requirements...

Apple will begin requiring app updates submitted to the App Store after June 1, 2015 to include 64-bit support and be built with the iOS 8 SDK, as outlined in an e-mail sent out today to registered iOS Developers. As the e-mail noted, Apple had previously announced this requirement back in October for new iOS apps, scheduled to take effect February 1, 2015. However, this note indicates that Apple will also be applying this policy to updates to existing…

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12:13
Apple alerts developers that existing app updates...

Apple on Wednesday alerted members of its development community that existing applications on the App Store will need to include 64-bit support for any updates submitted after June 1 of next year.

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12:02
Apple shares behind-the-scenes video of its holiday...

Apple has shared a behind-the-scenes video that tells the story of its widely praised holiday ad named “The Song” that it released on Sunday.

Whether it’s making a record in a booth for someone thousands of miles away, or a song in GarageBand for someone you love, it’s not just the tools that count, it’s the thought behind the gift.

The latest clip, titled ‘The story behind “The Song”’, features musician Dana Williams (iTunes) and vocalist Rhiannon Giddens (iTunes) from the holiday ad as well as several people from Third Man Records where part of the vintage vocals were recorded....

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12:00
Apple Pay goes pro, signs with NBA's Orlando...

The Amway Center, home of the NBA's Orlando Magic, will officially become the first Apple Pay-compatible arena in the sport when the Magic face off against the Utah Jazz this Friday. Chase will be one of the companies helping to make the NFC payment ...

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11:55
Apple notifies iOS devs about Feb., June deadlines...

Apple has issued a new notice to developers, reminding them of two important deadlines concerning 64-bit support in iOS apps. As was previously announced, those submitting new titles to the App Store must implement 64-bit support -- and use the iOS 8 SDK -- by February 1st. Additionally, the company now says that updates to existing titles must meet the same standards as of June 1st....



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11:46
9to5’s Last Minute Apple Gift Guide

Christmas and the end of Hanukkah are only a week away. You’re looking for a last-minute gift that’s guaranteed to arrive in time for the holidays. We’re here to help with a collection of top picks for Apple fans, all at great prices.

Welcome to 9to5’s Last Minute Apple Gift Guide!

All of the items featured in our Last Minute Apple Gift Guide are currently available to ship in time for holiday delivery. Some of the items are heavy, so if you like to shop at Amazon.com and aren’t yet using its flat-rate Amazon Prime two-day shipping service,...

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11:27
News: Apple ordered to turn over records in Canadian...

A Canadian Federal Court has ordered Apple Canada to turn over documents to the Government’s Competition Bureau as part of an investigation into possible unfair marketing practices by the company, Reuters reports. The Competition Bureau, which is responsible for enforcing various competition and marketing acts on behalf of the Canadian Government, stated in a filing to the court that it believes Apple unfairly used its bargaining power from…

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11:06
Emoji Type keyboard brings predictive emoji typing...

If you’re a fan of emoji, you’ll want to

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11:00
Today is the last day to order iPhoto book's...

If you wanted to order a book of your photos through iPhoto this holiday season, today is the last day to so before the cut off. Customers who purchase a iPhoto book today, December 17, will need to pay express shipping in order to get their book by ...

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10:55
FIDO Pursues Vision of a Password-Free World


A group of some 150 companies last week moved closer to eliminating the bane of many an online user: the password. The FIDO Alliance, which counts among its members Microsoft, PayPal, Google, Bank of America, Visa and MasterCard, released version 1.0 of its open specifications for strong authentication on the Internet without the use of passwords. Release of the specifications opens the door for those who want to authenticate their users securely without the use of usernames and passwords.

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10:28
Briefly: Mujjo's gray wallet iPhone case,...

Mujjo has introduced its Leather Wallet Case line-up for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in gray, as part of its Desaturated Collection. The wallet case is designed to hold two to three essential cards without sacrificing a thin profile. The case is available in two styles for iPhone 6 - one with the card slot angled upright and the other with an 80 degree angle pocket - and the 80 degree angle pocket case is available for iPhone 6 Plus. Pricing for the Desaturated Collection begins at $40, and cases can be purchased through Mujjo....



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Wednesday December 17

12:20
Apple Allows 'Drafts' App to Reinstate Notificat...

Earlier this month, Apple asked note-taking app Drafts to remove its Notification Center widget, which offered simple tools for opening up the Drafts app and creating a new note. At the time, the removal request seemed highly questionable, because a multitude of apps with Notification Center widgets, including other note-taking apps like Evernote, provide similar functions.

As it has done with several other overly zealous removal requests, Apple has reexamined the Drafts widget and has reversed course once more, allowing the Drafts app to retain its Notification Center widget.

In a new 4.0.6 update pointed out by MacStories, Agile Tortoise, the developer behind Drafts, has returned the widget to...

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11:58
Apple Shares Behind the Scenes Look at New Holiday Ad...

Over the weekend, Apple released a touching new holiday ad called "The Song," focusing on a woman who found an old record of her grandmother singing a love song to her grandfather, which she then enhanced with her own vocals and musical accompaniments using Apple's tools.

Apple has now released a second video, which offers details on how the spot was created. As explained by the musician who starred the ad, Dana Williams, and vocalist Rhiannon Giddens, a series of recordings were made with a voice-o-graph, a 1940's booth for recording short spurts of audio directly onto a record.

The voice-o-graph used in the spot was supplied by Third Man Records, which is Jack White's indie label. Giddens, voicing the grandmother, sang the "Love Is Here to Stay" audio, and it was then transferred into GarageBand for editing by Williams, who says that she uses the app for recording "basically all of her...

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10:22
'Continuity Activation Tool' for Adding Handoff...

A new update to the community-built "Continuity Activation Tool" for OS X Yosemite brings Bluetooth 4.0 USB dongle support, allowing users of some older model Macs to enable Handoff and other Bluetooth-related Continuity features on their machines without upgrading internal hardware. The tool does, however, come with some caveats users should be aware of before attempting to activate these features.

Apple's introduction of Continuity alongside OS X Yosemite promised a suite of features that interweave Mac and iOS devices without any hassle. Unfortunately for Macs old enough to not include Bluetooth 4.0 (and even a few older models that do include it), several of the features are officially unsupported on their machines and these users haven't been able to experience Continuity in its full form.

Addressing this issue, enterprising...

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09:31
Apple's Patented Idea of Displays Doubling as a Speak...

This past summer Apple was granted a patent for flexible displays with unique functionality. One of the noted unique properties was that it could allow the display of an iPhone or future TV, for instance, to act as a speaker. Audio would simply go through the display, illuminating the need to build speaker grills on devices. Esthetically speaking, that would be something that Apple's industrial designer Jony Ive would ...

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07:45
Japanese MacBook Part Maker Sues Apple for Patent Infringe...

According to a Japanese report published late yesterday, the Tokyo District Court heard the first arguments in Shimano Manufacturing Co.'s lawsuit against Apple. The Tokyo-based electronics component maker is demanding compensation from Apple to the tune of US$8.5 million over alleged infringements of Shimano’s patent for ...

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06:37
Huawei, with 30,000 Patents in China, is Preparing to Sue...

With Xiaomi experiencing dramatic success within China, they had set their eyes on their next market target: India. Yet that plan was dealt a blow with the Indian High Court banning Xiaomi from selling, importing and advertising smartphones in their country. That single event has now inspired a powerful Xiaomi competitor within China to attack them on that same front.

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06:00
Fleksy Keyboard for iOS Gains New Extensions, Theme Packs

With iOS 8, Apple began allowing third-party keyboards for the first time, and over the last few months, dozens of feature-rich keyboards have hit the market. With an ever-increasing number of keyboard options available, it's becoming increasingly difficult for keyboard developers to stand out

Fleksy, a company that has long had an Android-based keyboard and was one of the first to launch a keyboard for iOS, is aiming to get itself back into the public eye with a major 5.0 update. The new version of Fleksy introduces a slew of features, including several customizable extensions and dozens of premium themes. With Extensions, Fleksy is now able to go beyond simple text insertion, offering additional features that extend Fleksy's functionality.

iOS extensions being offered include GIFs, one-handed typing (for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus), a Number Row, Cursor Control, and Rainbow Key Pops. The GIF feature...

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Tuesday December 16

12:52
As Russia's Ruble Derails, Apple Halts Online Sales

Bloomberg's reporter Tim Higgins broke the news that Apple has halted online sales in Russia due to “extreme” ruble fluctuations. Tom Giles reporting on Bloomberg TV tells us that the story is unfolding.

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12:15
LVMH has a Smartwatch Project in the Making to Help Stave...

Earlier this month we posted a report titled "Intel is on a Roll of Late with Wearables and they Just Might be Powering Tag Heuer's First Smartwatch in 2015." In an earlier October report we reported that Jean-Claude Biver, president of LVMH's watch division stated that Apple's forthcoming Apple Watch was "too feminine" and suggested it wouldn't stand the test of time. At LVMH's headquarter today in Switzerland that they started on their smartwatch project four months ago in the hopes of challenging the Apple Watch later in 2015.

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11:21
Apple Stomps on Samsung with North American "App...

Last month a report from market research firm Strategy Analytics noted that Samsung Electronics’ smartphone market share in North America fell from 36.2 percent to 24.8 percent between the second and third quarters of this year, hitting a record low since the third quarter of 2012. Apple, meanwhile, increased its share by six percentage points to 33.9 percent. Now a new report from Chitika is reporting that not only is Apple clobbering Samsung in North America for web traffic, they're also beating them handily in respect to App traffic/usage rates.

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11:07
TAG Heuer Announces Smartwatch Plans as Threat From Apple...

High-end Swiss watchmakers have generally been publicly dismissive of any threat posed by Apple's upcoming smartwatch, but now that the Watch is creeping closer to launch, fashion watch leaders are starting to take notice. According to Reuters, Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer has changed course and begun preparing a smartwatch and is willing to forge partnerships and acquire companies in order to produce an original luxury offering to compete with Apple Watch.

This endeavor is a marked change for the luxury watch maker, which is the largest brand under LVMH's umbrella. Following Apple's Watch announcement, LVMH watch chief and TAG Heuer interim chief executive Jean-Claude Biver dismissed the smart watch, saying it was "too feminine" and looked like "it was designed by a student in their first trimester." He...

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10:15
Apple Wins iPod Antitrust Lawsuit, Found Not Guilty of Har...

Jury deliberations for the iPod antitrust lawsuit Apple faced in court last week began on Monday, and it appears the jury has already reached a verdict just a day later. As reported by The Verge, the jury has sided with Apple, finding the company not guilty of harming consumers with anticompetitive practices.

In the class action lawsuit, the plaintiffs argued that Apple had deliberately crippled third-party music services by locking iPods and iTunes to its own ecosystem, which in turn artificially raised the price of Apple's products. At issue was a specific iTunes 7.0 update that disabled the DRM workarounds put in place by RealNetworks, a competing music service, allowing its music to be played on the iPod.

Apple argued that the iTunes update in question was done mainly to improve the iTunes service rather shut down third-party music services, a point that the...

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09:28
Minor iOS 8.1.3 Update in the Works Ahead of Apple Watch a...

While Apple is actively beta testing iOS 8.2 with developers well in advance of its public launch in order to provide tools for building Apple Watch apps, it appears there will be at least one more minor software update before iOS 8.2 launches to the public. Over the past week, MacRumors has seen an increasing number of devices from Apple's networks and in general that are identifying themselves as running iOS 8.1.3, likely another bug fix update.

Visitors to MacRumors.com via Apple's networks from devices running iOS 8.1.3
The first sign of iOS 8.1.3 from Apple appeared in our logs December 8, just a day before the company released iOS 8.1.2 to the public to patch a minor issue with disappearing ringtones and deliver other minor bug fixes. A day later, Apple...

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07:49
T-Mobile Unveils New 'Data Stash' Program That A...

As part of its new Un-carrier 8.0 announcement, T-Mobile today unveiled its new "Data Stash" program that allows consumers to roll over their monthly unused data. At the end of the month, consumers will be able to store their unused data without limit for the next 12 months.

"Can you imagine your gas station siphoning unused gas from your car each month? The US wireless industry is even worse," said John Legere, president and CEO for T-Mobile. "Americans have been gamed by the carriers into buying huge data plans – all to avoid getting screwed with overage penalties. Only to find out they bought more than they need which is then confiscated by the carrier. For the consumer it’s lose, lose."

"That data is rightfully yours," added Legere. "And, we’re putting an end to this appalling industry practice today. With Data Stash, when you buy additional high-speed data, there’s no need to lose what you don’t...

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07:35
Samsung Eyeing LoopPay as Partner for Mobile Payment Syste...

Samsung may be developing a mobile payment system to rival Apple Pay, reports Re/code. The Korean handset manufacturer reportedly is negotiating with payments startup LoopPay about the system, which it plans to debut it in 2015.

The combined Samsung and LoopPay system would allow customers to wave their Samsung phones at payment terminals instead of swiping credit cards or paying with cash or check. Samsung could leverage NFC in its phones and use that standard to wirelessly process payments.

A partnership with LoopPay could expand the service to a variety of new and old payment terminals. The LoopPay technology mimics a card swipe by recording payment information from a card's magnetic strip and transmitting those details to a retail card reader. Since...

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07:34
Confused Samsung Looking for an Apple Pay Equivalent

In September we reported that copycat Samsung was racing to integrate PayPal into their next Gear smartwatch so that they could match the Apple Watch's use of Apple Pay. Now a new rumor is claiming that Samsung is discussing a possible deal with a payments startup called LoopPay.

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06:53
Apple Granted 46 Patents Today Covering Touch ID, their Fu...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover we focus on two of the most outstanding granted patents issued today covering Touch ID and Apple's future Lightning based audio connector.

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06:51
Apple Pay Now Supports Cards Representing 90% of U.S. Cred...

With the list of Apple Pay-supported companies growing more every week, Apple has revealed that the new mobile payments service now supports cards representing about 90 percent of the credit card purchase volume in the United States. This is up from the 80 percent figure cited at Apple Pay's launch just two months ago.

According to The New York Times, Apple Pay has proven popular with users as the rollout continues. Whole Foods saw more than 150,000 Apple Pay transactions in the first few days after release, and the service accounted for more than 50 percent of...

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04:20
Microsoft and 27 Other Tech and Media Companies Including...

Yesterday represented an important milestone in regards to litigation concerning the U.S. Government’s attempt to use a search warrant to compel tech companies such as Microsoft or Apple to obtain and turn over email of a customer stored in Ireland. That’s because 10 groups filed their "friend of the court" briefs in New York yesterday.

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03:40
Apple Reveals New Apple Pay Partners including 10 More Ban...

Recently MasterCard teamed up with Gwen Stefani to widely promote Apple Pay on TV and now Apple is revealing more Apple Pay partners that will be coming on board shortly or that have already joined. The list includes SunTrust, Barclaycard and USAA. Ten more banks, including TD Bank North America ...

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Wednesday December 17

11:00
64-bit and iOS 8 Requirements for App Updates

As we announced in October, beginning on February 1, 2015 new iOS apps submitted to the App Store must include 64-bit support and be built with the iOS 8 SDK. Beginning June 1, 2015 app updates will also need to follow the same requirements. To enable 64-bit in your project, we recommend using the default Xcode build setting of “Standard architectures” to build a single binary with both 32-bit and 64-bit code.

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11:00
64-bit and iOS 8 Requirements for App Updates

As we announced in October, beginning on February 1, 2015 new iOS apps submitted to the App Store must include 64-bit support and be built with the iOS 8 SDK. Beginning June 1, 2015 app updates will also need to follow the same requirements. To enable 64-bit in your project, we recommend using the default Xcode build setting of “Standard architectures” to build a single binary with both 32-bit and 64-bit code.

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09:00
Feeling at home in the cloud

 

Today’s Office 365 post was written by Tom Flanagan, vice president of technology at Alain Pinel Realtors

Finding the ideal home doesn’t just happen on its own. Real estate agents work hard to hit upon the perfect cross-section of style, location and price for their clients. The same goes for selling a home—getting the word out through all the best channels, hosting open houses, and working with prospective buyers to negotiate prices takes skill and effort on the part of an agent.

At Alain Pinel Realtors, we strive to enhance the lives and work environments of our 200 corporate employees and more than 1,300 agents. And for us, the “work environment” extends far beyond our 30+ offices. From my vantage point as vice president of technology, that means providing a platform for communication and collaboration that makes it faster and easier for our workforce...

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08:14
Garage Series: Bringing Data Loss Prevention to...

On this week’s show we invite back Asaf Kashi, a lead engineer on the information protection team. We introduce the information protection updates coming to Office 365 and demonstrate the upcoming Data Loss Prevention capabilities in SharePoint and OneDrive for Business, the upcoming Office 365 compliance center, one-time passcodes for viewing encrypted email and the just-released Office 365 Message Encryption Viewers for iOS and Android. 

Last time we invited Asaf Kashi on the show was in May this year where we presented updates to information security and protection. At the time Asaf shared that Data Loss Prevention (DLP) was coming to SharePoint and OneDrive for Business and today we actually go deeper to take a first look and show DLP in action – both the user and admin experiences. This capability will allow you to define...

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06:00
Salesforce to integrate with OneDrive for Business...

Salesforce.com today announced Salesforce Files Connect, a centralized, universal file-sharing solution that enables enterprise customers to seamlessly browse, search and share files located in any repository—all from a single user interface. We’re pleased to announce that OneDrive for Business and SharePoint will be the first file sharing platforms to integrate with Salesforce Files Connect.

The integration marks another milestone in the strategic partnership between Salesforce and Microsoft, which was first announced in May 2014.

“OneDrive for Business has become increasingly central to how people store, share and collaborate on documents at work, and we’re pleased to extend even more value to our customers by integrating with apps and services like Salesforce so they can be more productive,” said Chris Jones, corporate vice president with OneDrive...

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05:00
Roundcube for OS X Server

The latest Roundcube installer for OS X Server is now available at http://topicdesk.com/downloads/roundcube. This update, which provides a pretty awesome WebMail interface to OS X Server’s Mail Service provides the following:

  • One installer that supports all Mavericks and Yosemite
  • Roundcube WebMail 1.0.3 installed as a WebApp
  • Automatically Configured Plugins
  • Roundcube CardDav: Server-based address books
  • Roundcube Managesieve: Server-side mail filtering and vacation messages
  • PHP and Roundcube Config automatically configured for a typical Mac installation
  • sqllite database – we no longer use Postgres
  • Integration with the Mail Service running on OS X Server
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Tuesday December 16

19:55
Max Max Returns
15:00
Safari 8.0.3 beta, Safari 7.1.3 beta, and Safari 6....

Safari 8.0.3 beta, Safari 7.1.3 beta, and Safari 6.2.3 beta Now Available

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15:00
Safari 8.0.3 beta, Safari 7.1.3 beta, and Safari 6....

Safari 8.0.3 beta, Safari 7.1.3 beta, and Safari 6.2.3 beta Now Available

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11:20
Announcing new Excel 2013 BI stability and usability...

Recently we announced a new public update to Excel 2013 that includes major stability and usability improvements in Self Service BI scenarios—especially when Power Query, Power Pivot and Power View are involved. For this release we eliminated over 120 bugs, crashes and hangs and introduced two new important usability improvements that aim to make the analysts’ work smoother.

If you have automatic updates enabled for your Office 365 subscription, you should receive the latest Excel update soon. If you don’t have automatic updates enabled in Excel, go to File > Account > Update Options > Update Now.

If you are running a perpetual Office edition then you will need to install the following updates through Windows Update or Microsoft Download Center – KB2910929, KB2899498,...

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09:00
Yammer Enterprise now offered in Office 365...

In an effort to bring enterprise social networking to deskless workers, we’re excited to announce Yammer Enterprise is now included in the Office 365 kiosk plan. Many people in organizations spanning industries as diverse as healthcare, education, retail and hospitality, work on shared computers or other devices. Starting at $4 per user per month, the Office 365 K1 plan gives these employees access to the tools they need to be more productive, including 2 GB of Exchange Online email storage, access to SharePoint Sites and the ability to edit and view Office Online Documents on their mobile devices—and now Yammer Enterprise as well.

Yammer enables people to collaborate and share feedback with their team and across the company, and also keeps them connected to companywide announcements. Using Yammer in concert with Office 365 helps companies adapt and respond more quickly to customer...

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09:00
Manufacturing leader connects global employees and...

Kennametal, a leading material science and manufacturing company, wanted to become a tighter-knit organization so that it could bring products to market more quickly, which is no small endeavor with 14,000 employees spread around the world. To extend communication and collaboration to factory workers and make it easier for all employees to share ideas and foster skills building, the company adopted Microsoft Office 365. Kennametal embraced Microsoft Office 365 and now makes information, people, and answers readily accessible from mobile devices used on the factory floor, at home and on the road. Factory workers now access the company’s intranet through their personal devices, which improves their ability to work together to resolve issues, stay up-to-date on corporate information and contribute to the company’s greater mission. Engineers, scientists and other information workers collaborate across locations so that they can move forward more quickly with product development and...

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09:00
Google Apps brings families together

Tim Carroll is a senior product manager on the Office 365 team.

My Knucklehead Son doesn’t want to go to college. No, instead he wants to wander around the country in a Volkswagen camper van, posting his adventures on YouTube for legions of adoring fans, pausing just long enough to cup his hands under a gushing spigot of money piped in by grateful advertisers. I tell him he sounds like Google. I’m a cranky old coot, already, and Yes, I’m determined to crush his tender young dreams. I tell my Knucklehead Son that the best things in life are worth working for, that nothing good ever comes for free, and that knowledge is its own reward. I tell him there will always be the easy way and the right way, short-term answers versus enduring ones, and new experiments trying to challenge time-tested solutions. Don’t get me wrong, the idea of avoiding the expense of four more years of structured education and emotional coddling is not without its allure, but I tell my...

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06:00
12 days of Mixes–day 5

In our next installment of 12 days of Mixes, we get all wrapped up in words with bestselling linguist and cognitive scientist, Steven Pinker.

Today’s mix: Steven Pinker, “The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century.”

Watch now, share, and follow us @OfficeMixTeam to see what tomorrow’s mix will be! 

Happy Holidays and Happy Mixing!

The post 12 days of Mixes–day 5 appeared first on Office Blogs.

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Monday December 15

18:05
Office 365 now available from datacenters in Japan

Today’s post on Office 365 was written by John Case, corporate vice president at Microsoft.

Over the last few months we’ve worked hard to bring the Cloud and Office to you—everywhere.

In October, we announced the availability of Microsoft Azure from Australia.  Then we showcased new productivity experiences for the iPhone, iPad and Android tabletsLast month I shared our plans to move forward with delivering locally hosted versions of our cloud productivity suite, Office 365, and our cloud business application, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, from Japan.  Today, I’m excited to announce that Office 365, from Japan, is generally available.

Offering Office 365...

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09:00
Sway Preview expands and delivers more feature...

Sway Preview is all about working with you, our customers, to help continue improving the product and shape Sway’s future together. We’ve been making progress, including the addition of Bing Image Search and Suggested searches earlier this month. Today we have more exciting news to share!

Expanding Sway Preview: no waiting

It’s been only 10 weeks since we kicked off Sway Preview, and we’ve already had over one million unique visitors to Sway.com and over 175,000 requests to join, and those numbers grow by thousands daily. We’ve been delighted to see what people have made with Sway so far, including a teacher’s discussion of collaboration,...

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09:00
Lync Room System feature updates

We are excited to announce feature updates to the Lync Room System (LRS) as a part of our continued effort to offer valuable Lync video experiences in the conference room. These feature updates are delivered through our LRS partners—Crestron, Polycom and SMART.

Additionally, we’ve refreshed the LRS Administrative Web Portal server-side application for manageability and added supplemental configuration information to the LRS Deployment Guide.

Read on to learn more about these features.

Overview of the LRS feature updates

Having been in the market for a little over a year now, the team has gathered feedback on how customers are using LRS in their work environments. We’ve found two key areas for optimization to allow meeting organizers to more easily add...

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06:00
12 days of Mixes–day 4  

Continuing on with our 12 days of Mixes, we learn how social media is but one of five converging forces–mobile, data, sensors and location-based technology–that promise to change virtually every aspect of our lives.

Today’s mix: Robert Scoble, “Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy.”

Watch now, share, and follow us @OfficeMixTeam to see what tomorrow’s mix will be! 

Happy Holidays and Happy Mixing!

The post 12 days of Mixes–day 4   appeared first on Office Blogs.

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05:00
Reboot Your Own Machine At MacMiniColo

Even a Mac needs to be rebooted sometimes. If you host a computer at Mac Mini Colo, it’s pretty easy to reboot. To reboot your system, log into your account with MacMini Colo.

Once logged in, click on Computers and then click on the computer that you’d like to reboot. Then click on the Reboot button and confirm the reboot.

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Sunday December 14

06:00
12 days of Mixes–day 3

Next up in the 12 days of Mixes series, bestselling authors of the classic, “Difficult Conversations,” teach us how to turn evaluations, advice, criticisms and coaching into productive listening and learning.

Today’s mix: Sheila Heen and Doug Stone, “Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well.”

Watch now, share and follow us @OfficeMixTeam to see what tomorrow’s mix will be! 

Happy Holidays and Happy Mixing!

The post 12 days of Mixes–day 3 appeared first on Office Blogs.

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06:00
Simple Preflight and Sanity Checking in Scripts

I was recently building some preflight scripts and was looking to record some information about a machine live, before proceeding with a script. I found the cheapest way to determine information about architectures and chipsets when scripting preflight scripts for OS X to be the arch and machine commands respectively. For example, to verify the architecture is i386, use the arch command with no options:

/usr/bin/arch

Which simply outputs “i386”:

i386

To check the machine type, simply use the machine command:

/usr/bin/machine

Which outputs as follows:

x86_64h

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Saturday December 13

06:00
Scripted Country Geolocations Using OS X’s Built-In...

Recently I was working on a project where we were isolating IP addresses by country. In the process, I found an easy little tool built right into OS X called ip2cc. Using ip2cc, you can lookup what country an IP is in. To do so, simply run ip2cc followed by a name or ip address. For example, to lookup apple.com you might run:

ip2cc apple.com

Or to lookup Much Music, you might run:

ip2cc muchmusic.ca

The output would be:

IP::Country modules (v2.28)
Copyright (c) 2002-13 Nigel Wetters Gourlay
Database updated Wed May 15 15:29:48 2013

Name: muchmusic.com
Address: 199.85.71.88
Country: CA (Canada)

You can just get the country line:

ip2cc apple.com | grep Country:

To just get the country code:

ip2cc apple.com | grep Country: | awk '{ print $2 }'

Finally, ip2cc is located at /usr/bin/ip2cc so we’ll complicate things just a tad by replacing the hostname with the current IP (...

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Wednesday December 17

11:00
64-bit and iOS 8 Requirements for App Updates

As we announced in October, beginning on February 1, 2015 new iOS apps submitted to the App Store must include 64-bit support and be built with the iOS 8 SDK. Beginning June 1, 2015 app updates will also need to follow the same requirements. To enable 64-bit in your project, we recommend using the default Xcode build setting of “Standard architectures” to build a single binary with both 32-bit and 64-bit code.

| Read more »
11:00
64-bit and iOS 8 Requirements for App Updates

As we announced in October, beginning on February 1, 2015 new iOS apps submitted to the App Store must include 64-bit support and be built with the iOS 8 SDK. Beginning June 1, 2015 app updates will also need to follow the same requirements. To enable 64-bit in your project, we recommend using the default Xcode build setting of “Standard architectures” to build a single binary with both 32-bit and 64-bit code.

| Read more »
09:00
Feeling at home in the cloud

 

Today’s Office 365 post was written by Tom Flanagan, vice president of technology at Alain Pinel Realtors

Finding the ideal home doesn’t just happen on its own. Real estate agents work hard to hit upon the perfect cross-section of style, location and price for their clients. The same goes for selling a home—getting the word out through all the best channels, hosting open houses, and working with prospective buyers to negotiate prices takes skill and effort on the part of an agent.

At Alain Pinel Realtors, we strive to enhance the lives and work environments of our 200 corporate employees and more than 1,300 agents. And for us, the “work environment” extends far beyond our 30+ offices. From my vantage point as vice president of technology, that means providing a platform for communication and collaboration that makes it faster and easier for our workforce...

| Read more »
08:14
Garage Series: Bringing Data Loss Prevention to...

On this week’s show we invite back Asaf Kashi, a lead engineer on the information protection team. We introduce the information protection updates coming to Office 365 and demonstrate the upcoming Data Loss Prevention capabilities in SharePoint and OneDrive for Business, the upcoming Office 365 compliance center, one-time passcodes for viewing encrypted email and the just-released Office 365 Message Encryption Viewers for iOS and Android. 

Last time we invited Asaf Kashi on the show was in May this year where we presented updates to information security and protection. At the time Asaf shared that Data Loss Prevention (DLP) was coming to SharePoint and OneDrive for Business and today we actually go deeper to take a first look and show DLP in action – both the user and admin experiences. This capability will allow you to define...

| Read more »
06:00
Salesforce to integrate with OneDrive for Business...

Salesforce.com today announced Salesforce Files Connect, a centralized, universal file-sharing solution that enables enterprise customers to seamlessly browse, search and share files located in any repository—all from a single user interface. We’re pleased to announce that OneDrive for Business and SharePoint will be the first file sharing platforms to integrate with Salesforce Files Connect.

The integration marks another milestone in the strategic partnership between Salesforce and Microsoft, which was first announced in May 2014.

“OneDrive for Business has become increasingly central to how people store, share and collaborate on documents at work, and we’re pleased to extend even more value to our customers by integrating with apps and services like Salesforce so they can be more productive,” said Chris Jones, corporate vice president with OneDrive...

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05:00
Roundcube for OS X Server

The latest Roundcube installer for OS X Server is now available at http://topicdesk.com/downloads/roundcube. This update, which provides a pretty awesome WebMail interface to OS X Server’s Mail Service provides the following:

  • One installer that supports all Mavericks and Yosemite
  • Roundcube WebMail 1.0.3 installed as a WebApp
  • Automatically Configured Plugins
  • Roundcube CardDav: Server-based address books
  • Roundcube Managesieve: Server-side mail filtering and vacation messages
  • PHP and Roundcube Config automatically configured for a typical Mac installation
  • sqllite database – we no longer use Postgres
  • Integration with the Mail Service running on OS X Server
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Tuesday December 16

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Safari 8.0.3 beta, Safari 7.1.3 beta, and Safari 6.2.3 beta Now Available

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11:20
Announcing new Excel 2013 BI stability and usability...

Recently we announced a new public update to Excel 2013 that includes major stability and usability improvements in Self Service BI scenarios—especially when Power Query, Power Pivot and Power View are involved. For this release we eliminated over 120 bugs, crashes and hangs and introduced two new important usability improvements that aim to make the analysts’ work smoother.

If you have automatic updates enabled for your Office 365 subscription, you should receive the latest Excel update soon. If you don’t have automatic updates enabled in Excel, go to File > Account > Update Options > Update Now.

If you are running a perpetual Office edition then you will need to install the following updates through Windows Update or Microsoft Download Center – KB2910929, KB2899498,...

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09:00
Yammer Enterprise now offered in Office 365...

In an effort to bring enterprise social networking to deskless workers, we’re excited to announce Yammer Enterprise is now included in the Office 365 kiosk plan. Many people in organizations spanning industries as diverse as healthcare, education, retail and hospitality, work on shared computers or other devices. Starting at $4 per user per month, the Office 365 K1 plan gives these employees access to the tools they need to be more productive, including 2 GB of Exchange Online email storage, access to SharePoint Sites and the ability to edit and view Office Online Documents on their mobile devices—and now Yammer Enterprise as well.

Yammer enables people to collaborate and share feedback with their team and across the company, and also keeps them connected to companywide announcements. Using Yammer in concert with Office 365 helps companies adapt and respond more quickly to customer...

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09:00
Manufacturing leader connects global employees and...

Kennametal, a leading material science and manufacturing company, wanted to become a tighter-knit organization so that it could bring products to market more quickly, which is no small endeavor with 14,000 employees spread around the world. To extend communication and collaboration to factory workers and make it easier for all employees to share ideas and foster skills building, the company adopted Microsoft Office 365. Kennametal embraced Microsoft Office 365 and now makes information, people, and answers readily accessible from mobile devices used on the factory floor, at home and on the road. Factory workers now access the company’s intranet through their personal devices, which improves their ability to work together to resolve issues, stay up-to-date on corporate information and contribute to the company’s greater mission. Engineers, scientists and other information workers collaborate across locations so that they can move forward more quickly with product development and...

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09:00
Google Apps brings families together

Tim Carroll is a senior product manager on the Office 365 team.

My Knucklehead Son doesn’t want to go to college. No, instead he wants to wander around the country in a Volkswagen camper van, posting his adventures on YouTube for legions of adoring fans, pausing just long enough to cup his hands under a gushing spigot of money piped in by grateful advertisers. I tell him he sounds like Google. I’m a cranky old coot, already, and Yes, I’m determined to crush his tender young dreams. I tell my Knucklehead Son that the best things in life are worth working for, that nothing good ever comes for free, and that knowledge is its own reward. I tell him there will always be the easy way and the right way, short-term answers versus enduring ones, and new experiments trying to challenge time-tested solutions. Don’t get me wrong, the idea of avoiding the expense of four more years of structured education and emotional coddling is not without its allure, but I tell my...

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06:00
12 days of Mixes–day 5

In our next installment of 12 days of Mixes, we get all wrapped up in words with bestselling linguist and cognitive scientist, Steven Pinker.

Today’s mix: Steven Pinker, “The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century.”

Watch now, share, and follow us @OfficeMixTeam to see what tomorrow’s mix will be! 

Happy Holidays and Happy Mixing!

The post 12 days of Mixes–day 5 appeared first on Office Blogs.

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Monday December 15

18:05
Office 365 now available from datacenters in Japan

Today’s post on Office 365 was written by John Case, corporate vice president at Microsoft.

Over the last few months we’ve worked hard to bring the Cloud and Office to you—everywhere.

In October, we announced the availability of Microsoft Azure from Australia.  Then we showcased new productivity experiences for the iPhone, iPad and Android tabletsLast month I shared our plans to move forward with delivering locally hosted versions of our cloud productivity suite, Office 365, and our cloud business application, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, from Japan.  Today, I’m excited to announce that Office 365, from Japan, is generally available.

Offering Office 365...

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09:00
Sway Preview expands and delivers more feature...

Sway Preview is all about working with you, our customers, to help continue improving the product and shape Sway’s future together. We’ve been making progress, including the addition of Bing Image Search and Suggested searches earlier this month. Today we have more exciting news to share!

Expanding Sway Preview: no waiting

It’s been only 10 weeks since we kicked off Sway Preview, and we’ve already had over one million unique visitors to Sway.com and over 175,000 requests to join, and those numbers grow by thousands daily. We’ve been delighted to see what people have made with Sway so far, including a teacher’s discussion of collaboration,...

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09:00
Lync Room System feature updates

We are excited to announce feature updates to the Lync Room System (LRS) as a part of our continued effort to offer valuable Lync video experiences in the conference room. These feature updates are delivered through our LRS partners—Crestron, Polycom and SMART.

Additionally, we’ve refreshed the LRS Administrative Web Portal server-side application for manageability and added supplemental configuration information to the LRS Deployment Guide.

Read on to learn more about these features.

Overview of the LRS feature updates

Having been in the market for a little over a year now, the team has gathered feedback on how customers are using LRS in their work environments. We’ve found two key areas for optimization to allow meeting organizers to more easily add...

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06:00
12 days of Mixes–day 4  

Continuing on with our 12 days of Mixes, we learn how social media is but one of five converging forces–mobile, data, sensors and location-based technology–that promise to change virtually every aspect of our lives.

Today’s mix: Robert Scoble, “Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy.”

Watch now, share, and follow us @OfficeMixTeam to see what tomorrow’s mix will be! 

Happy Holidays and Happy Mixing!

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05:00
Reboot Your Own Machine At MacMiniColo

Even a Mac needs to be rebooted sometimes. If you host a computer at Mac Mini Colo, it’s pretty easy to reboot. To reboot your system, log into your account with MacMini Colo.

Once logged in, click on Computers and then click on the computer that you’d like to reboot. Then click on the Reboot button and confirm the reboot.

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Sunday December 14

06:00
12 days of Mixes–day 3

Next up in the 12 days of Mixes series, bestselling authors of the classic, “Difficult Conversations,” teach us how to turn evaluations, advice, criticisms and coaching into productive listening and learning.

Today’s mix: Sheila Heen and Doug Stone, “Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well.”

Watch now, share and follow us @OfficeMixTeam to see what tomorrow’s mix will be! 

Happy Holidays and Happy Mixing!

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06:00
Simple Preflight and Sanity Checking in Scripts

I was recently building some preflight scripts and was looking to record some information about a machine live, before proceeding with a script. I found the cheapest way to determine information about architectures and chipsets when scripting preflight scripts for OS X to be the arch and machine commands respectively. For example, to verify the architecture is i386, use the arch command with no options:

/usr/bin/arch

Which simply outputs “i386”:

i386

To check the machine type, simply use the machine command:

/usr/bin/machine

Which outputs as follows:

x86_64h

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Saturday December 13

06:00
Scripted Country Geolocations Using OS X’s Built-In...

Recently I was working on a project where we were isolating IP addresses by country. In the process, I found an easy little tool built right into OS X called ip2cc. Using ip2cc, you can lookup what country an IP is in. To do so, simply run ip2cc followed by a name or ip address. For example, to lookup apple.com you might run:

ip2cc apple.com

Or to lookup Much Music, you might run:

ip2cc muchmusic.ca

The output would be:

IP::Country modules (v2.28)
Copyright (c) 2002-13 Nigel Wetters Gourlay
Database updated Wed May 15 15:29:48 2013

Name: muchmusic.com
Address: 199.85.71.88
Country: CA (Canada)

You can just get the country line:

ip2cc apple.com | grep Country:

To just get the country code:

ip2cc apple.com | grep Country: | awk '{ print $2 }'

Finally, ip2cc is located at /usr/bin/ip2cc so we’ll complicate things just a tad by replacing the hostname with the current IP (...

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Technology Showcase

Sep 17
Video showcases iOS app built with Xojo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...

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Jan 05
Fusion Drive now available on entry-level iMacs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sep 19
InterMapper publishes white papers on network...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oct 04
Video showcases Zco's services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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