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08:36
Media Explorer for iMessage Released for OS X

LostVertex has released Media Explorer for iMessage, an iMessage file explorer application for Mac OS X.

The utility finds pictures, videos, audio and documents that have been previously sent to an iMessage account on a Mac. Media Explorer for iMessage is designed to make it simple to find forgotten pictures, videos or lost documents such as PDFs, spreadsheets and more.

Media Explorer for iMessage requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It's available for US$3.99 exclusively through the LostVertex store (http://lostvertex.co.uk/).

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07:19
Paragon Boot Camp Backup gets you back-up Windows under OS X

Paragon Software Group (PSG) has released Paragon Boot Camp Backup (http://www.paragon-software.com/home/bootcamp-backup/), a free Mac OS X-based backup solution for Windows partitions on Macs.

The backup tools that come with Mac OS X don't support the Windows native file system NTFS and work on the file level only which has a negative effect on computer performance. Paragon Boot Camp Backup backs up NTFS Boot Camp partitions at the sector level. It creates incremental chains, where each new increment describes the changes between the current state of the backup object and the previous state.

Paragon Book Camp Backup requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. Additional free and commercial tools for Mac users can be found at the Mac ToolBox portal (http://tinyurl.com/msgaap7...

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04:56
Nektony introduces Duplicates Finder 2.0 for Mac OS X

Nektony (http://nektony.com/) has introduced Duplicate Expert 2.0, an update of the cleanup utility for Mac OS X.

Duplicates Expert was developed specifically to help anyone find and delete all duplicate content, including hidden files as well as inspect duplicate files and folder - even similar folders. It can scan at a time as many folders and drive as you selected.

Duplicates Expert requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later and costs US$1.99. It's available at the Mac App Store.

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Mar 05
PipelineFX’s Qube! releases Autodesk VRED Job Type

To satisfy growing demand in the automotive and design markets, PipelineFX (https://pipelinefx.com), which specializes in render farm management solutions, is releasing Autodesk VRED (www.autodesk.com) batch render support for Qube!, the scalable render management solution.

Available for free to Qube! subscribers, the VRED job type now includes the ability to use artist workstations as render nodes, a feature developed with US automotive companies during the beta program. With the new VRED job type, Qube!’s customers can leverage real-time clusters and workstations to achieve faster throughput while creating prototype and marketing materials.

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Mar 05
KeynotePro announces MagnetBoard NXT Themes for Keynote 6

KeynotePro has introduced MagnetBoard NXT (http://tinyurl.com/lz9a4pv) for Keynote 6. It's a set of three themes featuring a trio of textured bases: smooth, galvanized steel and distressed, oxidized and perforated metals: show-boxing crisp paper and thumb-worn magnets.   

The MagnetBoard themes each include 40 master slides — a mix of whole-page and mixed-object layouts — along with the Freeform Masters optimized for custom layouts or accent object placement. Along with the basic text and photo layouts present in any Keynote 6 theme, MagnetBoard NXT includes an expanded selection of content-oriented masters, including Percentage Compare & Contrast, Quotation, Numbered Section Header, multi-column and captioned layout/photo slides.

Widescreen (HD) themes are available in the MagnetBoard NXT Pro Edition, expand the style into widescreen format with aspect-optimized HD versions of the...

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Mar 05
Microsoft announces Office 2016 Mac Preview (updated)

Microsoft has announced the Office 2016 Mac Preview (http://tinyurl.com/jw59utq). Naturally, it includes new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook.

Office 2016 for Mac is powered by the cloud, so you can access your documents on OneDrive, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint at anytime, anywhere and on any device. Microsoft wants you to give the apps a try and provide feedback.

"Office 2016 for Mac shares an unmistakably Office experience–but it is also thoughtfully designed to take advantage of the unique features of the Mac," says Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office 365 Client Apps and Services team. "The new apps offer full retina display support with thousands of retina-optimized graphics, full screen view for native immersive experiences, and even little Mac affordances like scroll bounce. While there are too many new features to cover in a...

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Mar 05
Sperensis Applications releases Minion for Mac OS X

Sperensis Applications has released Minion for Mac OS X. It allows you to monitor long running tasks such as movie renders, file downloads, and file transfers.

Minion can also notify you when an application quits or becomes active, the CPU level changes, when a file appears or a pixel changes on the screen. Once a task is complete, the utility will notify you via SMS, email or on your Mac and iOS device.

All this allows for progress bars to be monitored in software and on websites. With a free companion app for iOS, users can view the history of completed tasks.

Minion requires OS X 10.8 or later and costs US$24. It's worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. A seven-day free trial is available from Minion's website (http://www.minionapp.com).

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Mar 05
Stronghold Kingdoms: Rise of The Wolf Out comes to the Mac

Firefly Studios has released a new expansion pack for Stronghold Kingdoms (www.strongholdkingdoms.com) — Stronghold Kingdoms: Rise of The Wolf, available now for free on Mac and Windows systems.

Rise of The Wolf recreates the savage world of the original Stronghold in an MMO environment, featuring new PvE gameplay in a world under siege from series antagonist The Wolf.
 
"The idea with Rise of The Wolf is to invert the gameplay of Stronghold Kingdoms. We’re turning Kingdoms’ hardcore player-versus-player gameplay on its head and challenging people to work together, to defeat a common enemy," says Simon Bradbury, creative director at Firefly Studios. "While you can still enjoy a more pure PvP experience on the regular game worlds, we developed Rise of The Wolf because it offers a new way to play our MMO for those who enjoy or indeed prefer PvE. I can’t wait to see what tactics...

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Mar 05
Retale to launch app for Apple Watch

Retale (www.retale.com), a location-based mobile platform connecting more than three million shoppers with their favorite local retailers, has announced the imminent launch of the Retale Apple Watch app. Apple's smartwatch will go on sale in April.
 
Retale says its Apple Watch app will build upon the location-based features users have become accustomed to in using Retale on iOS. The Retale Apple Watch platform takes advantage of Retale’s drive-to-store emphasis by making its “Store Finder” a key component.

Retailer ads will also be visible on the Apple Watch, serving as an extension of Retale’s iPhone and iPad apps, allowing users to sync preferences, favorites, lists and actions across devices to create one of the most comprehensive and convenient multi-platform shopping experiences today.

Beyond its interconnectivity with other devices, Retale’s Apple Watch app will introduce new features to...

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Mar 05
ArtHandler for Mac OS X adds new fields

Martin Walk has releasedArtHandler 1.3 (http://arthandlerapp.com), a new version of the application for Mac OS X.

The app is designed to help you keep track of artworks and metadata. ArtHandler is built for artists who need to remember titles, dimensions and dates of their artworks. ArtHandler archives images of each artwork and makes them easily accessible for future use. Version 1.3 adds fields for price, sale status and location of an artwork

ArtHandler requires OS X 10.9 or later. It costs US$12.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.

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Mar 04
Sonnet introduces new adapters

Sonnet (www.sonnettech.com) has launched its new USB 3.0 + eSATA Thunderbolt Adapter for connectivity to USB 3.0 devices and eSATA storage, and USB 3.0 + Gigabit Ethernet Thunderbolt Adapter for connectivity to USB 3.0 devices and Gigabit Ethernet wired networking.

Both devices leverage Thunderbolt technology to provide a connectivity alternative for Mac and Windows users. For early adopters of Thunderbolt technology, these adapters provide the USB 3.0 connectivity found on today's systems, while the eSATA and Gigabit Ethernet ports enable many more users to connect effortlessly to fast storage and wired infrastructure, says Robert Farnsworth, CEO, Sonnet Technologies.

Both the USB 3.0 + eSATA Thunderbolt Adapter and USB 3.0 + Gigabit Ethernet Thunderbolt Adapter provide one 5.0 Gbps USB 3.0 port for connecting to storage, hubs, and other USB 3.0 devices. In addition, the eSATA Adapter offers a single...

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Mar 04
Inpaint 6.2 improves texture generation for better image retouching

TeoreX has introduced Inpaint 6.2 (http://www.theinpaint.com/), an upgrade of its multi-platform retouching tool for removal of undesired elements from photos.

The app removes scratches, watermarks, timestamps and even complex objects like strangers, unwanted elements and background debris automatically. Version 6.2 improves texture generation for better results and offers new usability options.



Another improvement is an option to clear the donor area completely. While the program automatically creates default donor areas as soon as a user selects objects to remove, the user may need to redefine them manually if the scene is too complex for auto-retouching. This is simpler now. A user presses Shift+Del and instantly clears the donor area.



Inpaint costs US$19.99 for a license. The program supports Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

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Mar 04
Brattoo Propaganda Software introduces Duplicate Annihilator for Photos

Apple's Photos — the app that will replace iPhoto and Aperture on Macs — is only available in the latest beta version of Mac OS X Yosemite, but Brattoo Propaganda Software has already introduced Duplicates Annihilator for the software.

Duplicate Annihilator compares the images in your Photos library, using algorithms to make sure that no duplicates escape, says Anders Bjarby, CEO of Brattoo Propaganda Software. He says that the app provides the ability to detect, display and delete duplicate photos, thumbnails, thumbnails of faces, corrupt jpegs and missing image files.

Duplicate Annihilator requires Mac OS X Yosemite and Photos 1.0. It sells for US$7.95) and is available from Brattoo Propaganda Software online (http://brattoo.com/propaganda/).

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Mar 04
PortAuthority for Mac OS X now up to version 7.0

Code by Kevin has rolled out PortAuthority 7.0 (http://tinyurl.com/3889qb), a GUI [graphical user interface] for the MacPorts Unix software management system for Mac OS X.

MacPorts is a powerful command-line tool for installing and updating a variety of Unix-based applications for the Mac. PortAuthority aims to bring the power of MacPorts to the traditional Mac user by providing a user-friendly graphical interface to MacPorts, according to the folks at Code by Kevin. Using a familiar combination of windows, icons, and menus, PortAuthority users can search, install, update, and remove MacPorts programs and the MacPorts infrastructure itself.

In version 7.0, you can restore native application programming interfaces for elevated privileges. The new version supports Mac-native notifications if Growl isn't installed. There are also improvements in user interface responsiveness.

PortAuthority...

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Mar 04
EditReady 1.2 adds AVCHD and HDV camera support to world class...

Divergent Media has revved EditReady (http://tinyurl.com/pcd9poa), a transcoding tool for Mac OS X, to version 1.2. The upgrade adds support for hundreds of the most popular cameras which shoot to AVCHD and HDV transport streams.

In addition to the various AVCHD and HDV cameras supported by ClipWrap, EditReady can transcode footage from MXF and QuickTime cameras such as the GoPro, iPhone, Arri Alexa, Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Sony F7, digital SLRs and more. The app shows thumbnails of clips for at-a-glance review and organization.

EditReady 1.2 is available as a free update for existing EditReady users, and as a $29.95 crossgrade for existing ClipWrap users. For new users the cost is US$49.99.

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Mar 04
PCalc 4.2 released for the Mac with updated widget

TLA Systems has updated PCalc (www.pcalc.com), for Mac OS X, to version 4.2. It sports several improvements, including a calculator widget.

PCalc is a scientific calculator with support for hexadecimal, octal and binary calculations, as well as an RPN mode, parentheses, programmable functions, and an extensive set of unit conversions. Version 4.2 offers an advanced layout with more of the functionality of the main application. The widget also now supports keyboard shortcuts for all operations.

This is a free upgrade for existing users. For new users the cost is US$9.99. PCalc requires OS X 10.8 and later. It's available at the product website and the Mac App Store.

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Mar 04
Virtual TimeClock 15 goes green with electronic employee timecards

Redcort Software (www.redcort.com) has announced Virtual TimeClock 15, an update to the timecard management application for Mac and Windows PC computers.

Virtual TimeClock records the exact time as it occurs, removing any guessing or estimating of arrivals, departures, breaks and lunches. Version 15 adds electronic timecard approval system and a suite of data security enhancements to keep pace with today's increased need for data privacy.

Pricing for Virtual TimeClock starts at US$99. Annual software maintenance and support as well as generously discounted upgrade pricing is available.

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Mar 03
PCI Geomatics releases GXL 2015 

PCI Geomatics (www.pcigeomatics.com/GXL) has rolled out GeoImaging Accelerator (GXL) 2015, the latest version of the company’s proven, high-performance, and scalable image processing solution.

GXL technology is designed to provide improvements in automation, speed and efficiency by optimizing and distributing automated workflows.

GXL 2015 brings improvements in color balancing along with an updated and intuitive quality assessment interface, JPS improvements for more flexible workflows, a new airphoto bundle adjustment algorithm, as well as new satellite sensor models to meet the growing requirements of the industry, says David Piekny, product marketing manager at PCI Geomatics.

The color balancing model in GXL 2015 uses an all-new bundle method for more consistent and seamless mosaics while the automatic desaturation mechanism intuitively reduces hot spots, he adds. In addition to these...

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Mar 03
Solar Media Player combines a speaker with a charging case

Secur Products has released the US$49.99 Solar Media Player (www.securproducts.com), a zippered speaker with a built-in solar panel, to protect and charge phones in any outdoor situation without missing a beat.

To use you unzip the Solar Media Player, connect a phone or MP3 player, zip it closed and the Solar Media Player will simultaneously function as a speaker and solar phone charger. It's rainproof, dust proof and shock proof. Once a smartphone or MP3 player is safely stowed inside, it will be protected from the elements and accidents.

The 7.28 inch by 3.74 inch by 1.77 inch Solar Media Player is large enough to hold most smartphones including the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S5. It features two 3-watt stereo speakers, a built in 2000 mAh power bank and a 5.5V solar panel.

When a phone is connected to the Solar Media Player it can draw power from the power bank, or the solar panel can...

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Mar 03
AAS releases Raw sound bank for Ultra Analog VA-2 and AAS Player plug-...

Applied Acoustics Systems (www.applied-acoustics.com) has released the Raw sound bank for the Ultra Analog VA-2 synthesizer and AAS Player plug-ins in collaboration with artist and sound designer Andre Ettema.

This collection of 100 signature presets is divided into six categories: Bass, Effect, Keys, Leads, Movers, and Pads. The regular price is US$39. However, until March 17, the Raw sound bank is available at the special introductory price of US$29.

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 Mac OS X and Windows systems and supports the VST, Audio Units, AAX Native, and RTAS plug-in formats.

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Mar 06
Augmented, VR devices to explode to 55 million units...

The augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) markets are seeing much action, from new devices and new content, to existing content adapting to make use of the new medium, according to ABI Research (www.abirsearch.com). Head Mounted Displays (HMDs) will be the prevailing form-factor for both AR and VR devices, but AR will see varied form-factors as the technology progresses into more applications, notes the research group.

"Among the three categories of devices defined by ABI Research—standalone, mobile-reliant, and tethered—mobile-reliant devices like the Samsung Gear VR will see the most success early, while tethered devices like the Oculus Rift and standalone devices like those manufactured by ODG for industrial applications will need more time to mature before establishing a large user base," says Eric Abbruzzese, research analyst.

Virtual reality will be most popular in the gaming market, because...

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Mar 05
10% of U.S. broadband households have smart device...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) reveals that approximately 10% of U.S. broadband households have a smart device with energy-related functions-including 8% with a smart thermostat and 6% with smart lighting. A smart energy device includes a programmable thermostat, light bulb, power strip, outlet, or plug adapter capable of connecting to the Internet.

"Smart products introduce new capabilities into the home, including data analytics that utilities can use to promote and enhance their energy efficiency (EE) and demand response (DM) programs," says Tom Kerber, director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates. "Energy providers can use the new capabilities in smart meters and smart home products to reinvigorate energy management business models, including bundles with value-added monitoring services, where our research finds strong consumer interest. In this...

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Mar 04
Large format printer shipments Grew 3.5% year-over-...

According to new data from the IDC (www.idc.com) research group, large format printer (LFP) shipments grew 3.5% in 2014 when compared to 2013 while revenue from those shipments declined by less than -1%. Product mix changes and some very aggressive price promotions were responsible for the revenue declines.

"The fourth quarter is often the strongest quarter of the year for the wide format digital printer market in some segments and some geographies, particularly due to the aggressive promotion by major manufacturers and distributors," says Phuong Hang, program director, Worldwide Large Format Printer Tracker, IDC. "Shipment growth is an important indicator for the overall wide format market because even though hardware revenue declined slightly, the vast majority of the decline came from inkjet products, and with inkjet products a great deal of revenue is driven by the consumption of supplies."

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Mar 03
Cloud security software market will see aggressive...

TechNavio (www.technavio.com), a tech-focused research firm, says the cloud security software market will see a compound annual growth rate of 48.46% from 2014-2019.

According to the new report, traditional on-site security software has a high total cost of ownership, as it includes high upfront software license and software implementation costs, coupled with high maintenance costs. Cloud security software circumvents these expenses, since cloud vendors are responsible for the implementation, maintenance, updates, and backup of software, thereby reducing the need for internal IT administration.

"Cloud security software eliminates connection-related expenditures because it is offered with a wide variety of connection options," says Faisal Ghaus, vice president of TechNavio.

The new TechNavio report also draws attention towards growing partnerships between cloud service providers (CSPs) and...

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Mar 02
Managing identities, access critical to the success of...

Managing identities and access is critical to the success of the Internet of Things (IoT), but in its current form identity and access management (IAM) cannot provide the scale or manage the complexity that the IoT brings to the enterprise, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).

"IAM leaders must reconsider how traditional approaches to cybersecurity and IAM work in a world where devices and services are so abundant, in so many different forms and positioned at so many different points within the IT ecosystem," sahs Earl Perkins, research vice president at Gartner.

The growth of the IoT means that IAM leaders of digital businesses require a way of defining and managing the identities of "entities" (people, services and things) within a single framework. The IoT is not only about the introduction of different forms of networked devices into digital business moments; it is a transformational approach to...

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Feb 27
Worldwide datacenter install base sees minimal growth

Data from 451 Research reveals that the worldwide datacenter install base grew at +0.2% Y/Y [year-over-year] in Q4 2014 to 4.3 million datacenters and IT sites. The weak demand for new facilities was primarily driven by a decline in traditional enterprise demand, particularly in mature markets, according to the research group.

This decline was offset by the booming demand for large premium and hyperscale facilities from cloud, service provider and multi-tenant datacenter vendors. While datacenters from those organizations are typically very large, from a datacenter count perspective they are still the minority, representing only 5% of the market combined when server closets and rooms are excluded. 

From a square footage perspective, enterprises continue to control the vast majority of the worldwide market, at 83%. MTDC and cloud providers control 12% and 5%, respectively. That balance will continue to shift over time as enterprises invest less in their own datacenter...

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Feb 26
LTE-Advanced coverage reaches 100 million people

LTE-Advanced networks have been actively deployed around the world. At the end of 2014, LTE-Advanced covered its first 100 million people worldwide, just 4 years since the network’s inception. ABI Research (www.abirsearch.com) predicts that the coverage will reach one billion in four more years.

At the end of 2014, there were 49 commercially available LTE-Advanced networks around the world. Western European operators lead the commercialization with 20 operators, followed by 13 in Asia-Pacific; however, North America still commands the largest population coverage at 7.8%.

"All four major operators of the United States have either commercially deployed (AT&T and Sprint) or have been actively deploying (Verizon and T-Mobile) their LTE-Advanced networks," comments Lian Jye Su, research associate of Core Forecasting, ABI Research.

Globally, a number of major auctions are expected to take place...

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Feb 25
Global pay-TV subscriber base to surpass 924.4 million

The worldwide pay-TV market is expected to have grown 5% in 2014, surpassing 924.4 million subscribers, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

"IPTV is expected to grow a market leading 14% in 2014, followed by satellite TV platform at 7%. The growth rates of cable and terrestrial TV platforms are expected to slow to around 3%," comments Jake Saunders, vice president and practice director of Core Forecasting at the research group.

Global cable TV market growth is driven by the Asian-Pacific and Latin American markets. A combination of the two regions is likely to add over 13 million subscribers in 2014 while the cable TV market in North America is expected to decline approximately 1% in 2014. In 3Q 2014, major cable TV operators in North America lost over 400,000 TV customers, although cable companies are doing well in broadband.

Video streaming services such as Netflix and TiVo,...

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Feb 24
Global 2D gesture recognition market will post a CAGR...

Increased demand for gesture recognition solutions in the healthcare sector has resulted in the unprecedented growth of the global 2D gesture recognition market, which will post a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 32.12% from 2014-2019, says research firm TechNavio (www.technavio.com).

According to the latest report by the research group, gesture recognition in video games has enabled otherwise inactive individuals to participate in physical activity to a certain extent. These games are ideal for elderly people who should have a minimum amount of physical activity every day for their overall health. The TechNavio report also draws attention to the increasing demand for gesture-enabled electronic devices, which are being increasingly used for human-device interaction.

"Vendors are constantly upgrading gesture-enabled consumer electronics to make the interaction between devices and humans simpler and...

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Feb 23
Worldwide personal, entry level Storage market...

The worldwide personal and entry-level storage (PELS) shipments remained flat year over year in 2014, finishing the year with 75.7 million units, according to the IDC (www.idc.com) research group.

Annual shipment values were down -1.5% year over year to $6.6 billion. Unit shipments were down slightly in the fourth quarter (4Q14), declining -0.9% from a year ago to 20.5 million units, while 4Q14 shipment values were also down, declining -5.2% to $1.7 billion.

"The personal and entry-level storage market finished 2014 flat, despite strong growth during the previous quarter," says Jingwen Li, research analysts, Storage Systems, IDC. "The entry-level portion of the market showed consistent growth throughout the year, but it remains too small to drive growth for the entire market. The largest market segment, personal storage, fell victim to continued price declines, increased competition from public cloud providers, and...

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14:25
Apple Retail looks to get a better understanding of...

In order to further personalize the Apple Watch sales experience, Apple is positioning its retail employees to learn more about its customers in order to help them make an even better Apple Watch purchasing decision. Apple today sent a memo to retail employees that summarizes feedback from 16 retail store employees who helped show off the Watch during Paris Fashion Week at Parisian boutique Colette in September 2014. The most notable piece of advice:

 Helping customers buy a watch means you need to understand them more. You need to know about their life, their activities, and [needs]… Be prepared to ask permission to interact closely with people.

While this statement may seem like Apple wants its employees to get overly personal with...

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13:58
Microsoft Releases Public Preview of Office 2016 for...

Long-suffering Office for Mac users finally have an updated version of the productivity suite, if only in preview form. Even so, the software achieves visual and functional parity with versions on iOS, Android, and Windows.

 

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13:43
News: iLounge Weekly arrives on Monday, sign up now

The latest edition of iLounge Weekly, our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge, will be arriving in subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is a summary of the week’s best news, reviews, and feature articles we’ve published, and it also features giveaways and accessory discount offers from various companies. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and receive this week’s edition — just use the simple form…

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12:59
Apple's 'iPad in Education' program...

Apple is working on "significant" evolutions to the iPad in Education program that should solve some of the barriers schools encounter when trying to deploy iPads in the classroom, according to a new report.

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12:33
Apple Watch pricing, availability, surprises &...

Apple’s “Spring Forward” event is scheduled for Monday, March 9th and we’re already getting prepared to bring you live coverage and last minute leaks leading up to the event. What can you expect at the event? Below we’ve put together our list of likely announcements including some unannounced Apple Watch features and possible surprises…

Watch Pricing & Availability |

Get your credit cards ready, Apple will likely give us more on pricing and availability for the Apple Watch and could even give details on preorders.

The biggest question on everyone’s mind: How much will the 18k gold Apple Watch Edition cost? We know the Apple Watch lineup will start at $349, and most expect that represents pricing for the Sport model, but otherwise we’ve yet to get...

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12:18
Precision Laser Weapon Scorches Mile-Away Truck...


Lockheed Martin this week conducted a test of its ATHENA laser system. The successful demonstration attests to just how far directed energy weapons technology has come. Boring clean through the engine of a truck mounted on a platform more than a mile away, ATHENA decommissioned the running vehicle in a matter of seconds. The technology is now ready for wider adoption, according to Lockheed Martin. The test moved ATHENA a step closer to implementation in the weapons arrays of attack helicopters, jets, ships and trucks.

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11:57
Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper film 'Serena...

Serena, a Susanne Bier movie starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, is now available for rent on the iTunes Store and Google Play -- three weeks before the film is due to arrive in US theaters.

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11:19
External Link: Apple to Replace AT&T in the Dow...

After 18 March 2015, Apple will officially replace AT&T on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. While it’s a prestigious position for Apple, the Dow, which indexes only 30 companies, is an inferior stock index compared to the S&P 500, which indexes 500, or the Russell 3000, which indexes 3,000.

 

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11:16
Make Site-Specific Browsers with Google Chrome

Want to open your favorite Web apps faster? Adam Engst shares the best way to turn a Web app into a native Mac app via a hidden feature in Google Chrome.

 

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11:16
External Link: Another Reason to Not Install Java

Installing Java on your Mac is ill-advised, since it can lead to many security headaches. But now Oracle has made Java an even worse proposition by bundling the Ask Search Extension with the Java installer. The Ask extension, long bundled in the Java installer for Windows, is considered adware and should be avoided.

 

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11:00
The Week in iOS Apps: MLB and PGA update apps for...

MLB and PGA update apps for sports lovers

This week’s roundup features updated apps from MLB and the PGA—but we also have offerings for productivity, video-making, and weather forecasting.

CalPal

Version 3.0 of CalPal, the free “smart scheduler” for iPhone, introduces a total redesign of its user interface, including the addition of a new “block-based” calendar view to its original list view—and, developers promise, a seamless transition between the two. The chat feature (which lets you converse with collaborators inside a calendar item) has also been overhauled. The app synchronizes with other calendar programs that are compatible with your iPhone, including Google, Exchange, iCloud, and Facebook Events.

To read this...

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11:00
Fraud comes to headlines about Apple Pay

I am a cynical, grizzled veteran of the technology wars. I implemented my first payment system in 1995, and just a few weeks ago was programming in PHP to handle refunds through the online payment processor Stripe’s excellent interface.

But when I saw the variants on the headline, “Fraud Comes to Apple Pay,” I figured what was stated wasn’t true. Apple retains so very little information about credit cards registered to a phone, and tucks it away so securely, that this scenario seemed exceedingly unlikely.

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10:33
Amazon Game Studios announces plans to bring four...

Amazon Game Studios has revealed plans to publish four more games for iOS, including two new titles -- Lost Within and Til Morning's Light -- along with two older ones, To-Fu Fury and Tales From Deep Space.

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10:02
Windows Caught in Path of FREAK Security Storm


Microsoft on Thursday issued a security advisory acknowledging a vulnerability in all versions of Windows that could allow FREAK exploits. Windows systems previously were thought to be immune to FREAK attacks. "The vulnerability could allow an attacker to force the downgrading of the cipher suites used in an SSL/TLS connection on a Windows client system," the advisory reads. Apparently at the root of the problem are flaws the United States National Security Agency browbeat cryptographers into introducing in security algorithms.

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10:00
Reserve Strap: The $250 battery strap for your $350...

Although Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly told Apple Store employees in Berlin that his Apple Watch could make it through a day with a charge, the developers of Reserve Strap aren't taking any chances. They think that the battery life of the first-generation Apple Watch will be unacceptable to most buyers, so they're now taking pre-orders for their $250 product -- an external battery pack in a wristwatch band.

As you see in the video above, the idea is actually quite smart -- it takes the inductive charging capabilities of the Apple Watch charger and builds it into a strap along with a battery pack that will allegedly give the Watch an extra day or so of power.

The project isn't being Kickstarted; rather, the Reserve Strap team is hoping that enough people will pony up $250 in pre-orders to fund development. They provide a nice caveat on the pre-order...

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09:47
What to expect at Apple's 'Spring Forward...

Apple's executive team is set to take the stage next week for the first time this year, with the spotlight shining squarely on the hotly-anticipated Apple Watch. AppleInsider takes a look at what we're likely to hear from Tim Cook & Co. on Monday.

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09:30
You Should Play: Rob your friends and protect your...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

Robin Hood was all about robbing the rich to give to the poor—a noble cause, obviously. But in King of Thieves, your goal is much more barbarous: Rob from your friends to give to yourself. King of Thieves is all about rising to the very top, which makes Robin Hood look like some middling prince (with apologies to Robin Hood, of course).

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08:44
Oracle extends its adware bundling to include Java...

ZDNet:

For years, Oracle has tormented Windows users by bundling adware with its Java installer for Windows PCs. Now Oracle has begun including the same adware as part of a default installation of Java for the Mac, using the same deceptive techniques.

More sleazy business practices for you and yours to be made aware of. Thanks to Rob Griffiths for the heads up.

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08:30
Apple joining the Dow Jones Industrial Average on...

CNBC is reporting that Apple will become part of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) beginning at the opening of trading on March 19, 2015. The company will be replacing AT&T in the group of companies that make up the DJIA.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is the bellwether of how the American economy is doing, at least in terms of corporate share value. The index is determined by looking at how the share price of 30 companies -- referred to as the "Dow 30" -- did during a particular trading session.

While Apple, which is the most valuable public traded company in the world, seems like it would have been a natural to join this group, it wasn't until the company split its stock 7-to-1 last year that it was first considered. The company would have had way too much weigh in the average, with even slight price swings producing a correspondingly large jump in the Dow. Because of the stock split and an...

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08:28
Is Apple’s real watch innovation a gold case that’s...

There’s a long piece over at the Financial Times today about Jony Ive and Apple’s watch plans. The author, Nick Foulkes, is obviously not a techie, but he does know a thing or two about watches, and the article is worth a read if you have a horological bent.

The article does contain some interesting tech tidbits, too. For example, Foulkes tells us that “Ive explains how the molecules in Apple gold are closer together, making it twice as hard as standard gold.” This claim was greeted in the office by more than a little bemusement. Gold is a metal! Has Apple finally left a reality-based existence behind it?

Perhaps the company is not entirely crazy, though. In June 2014, Apple...

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08:24
Apple, other Companies Push Supreme Court for Same-...

Apple, along with Google and more than 370 other companies have filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court urging for nation-wide legalization of same-sex marriage. The filing was entered into the court ahead of next month's hearing on the issue.

The Mac Observer Spin: 379 companies backed the amicus brief in support of same-sex marriage. That's impressive, and a pretty big statement.


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08:23
Rumor: Apple may soon update iPad mini with A8 CPU,...

With last year's iPad mini 3 upgrade largely viewed as a disappointment, sporting the same processor and form factor as its predecessor, a new report says Apple may be looking to soon rectify that with a fourth-generation model featuring upgraded internal specifications.

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Friday March 6

12:42
Apple Watch Takes Two Hours to Charge, Only Delivers Not...

Apple Watch will take approximately two hours to fully charge and deliver all-day battery life with normal on-and-off usage, according to TechCrunch. Those estimates corroborate a previous report that also claimed the Apple Watch will deliver all-day battery life and support up to five hours of heavy usage per charge.

The report also claims that the Apple Watch will only deliver notifications while worn on the wrist. The smartwatch will not ping you for notifications without being in contact with skin so that the device is not disruptive at unnecessary times. Apple Watch will also stop delivering notifications when the battery reaches 10% or lower in an effort to conserve the remaining power."Here’s a tidbit you might not know — in order to receive notifications from apps, the Watch must be on...

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11:30
Apple Overhauling iPad for Education Program to Simplify...

Apple will be making significant changes to iPad deployment for education during the upcoming school year that should eliminate some of the hurdles that school districts face when adopting iPads for use in the classroom. In an email obtained by MacRumors, the company outlines plans to make app distribution easier by eliminating the need for an Apple ID to load apps, tweaking the Apple ID for Students program and unifying several deployment programs into one.

Apple plans to simplify app distribution by allowing schools to assign and distribute apps to a device without an Apple ID this fall, reducing the number of steps needed to set up an iPad. Schools will no longer be required to create generic Apple IDs solely to load content on the tablet, and teachers and administrators will have the option to block students from making personal purchases without approval."To simplify large deployments, including one-to-one and shared use, we want to make app distribution even...

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11:21
Apple Watch Battery to Support Five Hours of Heavy Usage...

With just over two days to go until Apple's big March 9 "Spring Forward" event that's said to be heavily focused on the Apple Watch, information on the device is leaking out at a rapid pace. Apple's been relatively quiet about battery life, stating only that the Apple Watch will need to be charged on a daily basis, but 9to5Mac has a few more details on how long we can expect the Apple Watch to last between charges.

According to the site's sources, final software tweaks and optimizations to the device have led to a battery life of approximately five hours of heavy application usage. The device reportedly will not run out of battery life "during a typical day of mixed and passive use," but it will need to be charged on a nightly basis as Apple has previously said. There's also been little said about how the Apple Watch will affect the...

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08:50
Apple Store Listing MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter as Di...

Apple has quietly listed the MagSafe to MagSafe 2 converter as discontinued on the Apple Online Store in the United States and Canada this week. The converter is required to charge a MagSafe 2-equipped MacBook Air or MacBook Pro when the notebook is connected to a Thunderbolt Display or Cinema Display. The converter still appears to have in-store availability, although for how long remains unknown.

Apple discontinuing the MagSafe to MagSafe 2 converter would prove problematic for Thunderbolt Display and Cinema Display users. The company does include the converter in the box for the Thunderbolt Display, but not being able to purchase a replacement if you misplace one would be an issue. Given that, it is possible that Apple could have larger plans in store.

It could be theorized that Apple may be planning a Thunderbolt Display refresh with MagSafe 2, USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt 2,...

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07:47
MacBook Air and 13" MacBook Pro Shipping Times Slip...

MacBook Air and 13" Retina MacBook Pro shipping times have slipped on the Apple Online Store from "in stock" to "1 business day" ahead of Apple's upcoming "Spring Forward" media event on Monday. Earlier this week, we reported that a MacBook Air refresh with the latest Intel Broadwell processors and Intel HD 6000 graphics appears imminent, and it is plausible that Apple also updates the MacBook Pro with similar hardware.

The shipping dates have slipped across North America, with the Apple Online Store in the United States, Canada and Mexico showing the longer "1 business day" estimate. A spot check of the United Kingdom and Australia online storefronts still shows regular shipping times. In-store availability of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro in...

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06:25
Apple to Replace AT&T in Dow Jones Industrial Averag...

Apple will be joining the Dow Jones Industrial Average, according to S&P Dow Jones (via The Wall Street Journal). Apple will be added to the Dow Jones at the close of trading on March 18, replacing AT&T as one of 30 members on the major price-weighted index. Apple is listed on Nasdaq with a pre-market share price hovering around the $128 mark as of writing.“Apple is the clear choice for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the most recognized stock market measure,” says David M. Blitzer, chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices.The addition of Apple on the Dow Jones Industrial Average will occur just weeks after the iPhone maker recorded the most profitable quarter of any company ever, posting record-breaking quarterly revenue of...

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06:23
Hot News: Apple to Replace AT&T in the Dow Jones Ind...

Apple to Replace AT&T in the Dow Jones Industrial Average ...

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05:38
Bank's Weak Apple Pay Back-End Security Systems Led...

Apple aimed to solve the issue of stolen credit cards by working with the card networks to mask the user’s information by issuing a one-time code for each purchase. However, this doesn’t prevent thieves from loading already stolen cards into the service.

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04:59
Jony Ive Discusses Design of Apple Watch in Latest Inter...

Apple design chief Jonathan Ive recently discussed the design process behind creating the Apple Watch in a new profile with Financial Times. Ive describes the Apple Watch as "the most personal product" that Apple has ever made, with "thousands and thousands of hours of evaluation and testing" invested into the device. “Even now, when the design of the Apple Watch is incredibly mature and has gone through thousands and thousands of hours of evaluation and testing, we’re still working and improving. You are trying to keep everything fluid for as long as possible because everything is so interconnected. The best products are those where you have optimized each attribute while being very conscious of other parts of the product’s performance.”The iconic designer adds that he appreciates the convenience afforded by the Apple Watch, describing the wrist as the perfect place for this...

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03:07
Top Apple Watch Developers are Working at a Secret Apple...

Prior to Monday's Apple event that is likely about the Apple Watch, there are certain companies working at a secret lab within Apple's headquarters to fine tune their Apple Watch apps that will launch on the watch and/or be demonstrated during Monday's keynote.

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Thursday March 5

18:58
New Report Provides Look into Apple's Secret Lab Fo...

Three weeks ago, it was reported that Apple was inviting developers to the company's Cupertino headquarters to receive help finalizing Apple Watch apps. A new report from Bloomberg Business provides a look into the secret lab where Apple is helping developers, offering a look at Apple's strategy for Apple Watch apps as well as the security around the project.

Developers from Facebook, BMW, Starwood Hotels and others have been making multiple trips to Cupertino, with each visit requiring confidentiality.
Apple, which will share more details about the gadget at a March 9 event, uses extreme measures to keep the work secret. Internet access is blocked inside the rooms, and no outside materials can be brought in to the labs with the test watches...

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18:04
Oracle Now Bundling Ask.com Adware with Java for Mac

For years, Oracle has been bundling an Ask.com search toolbar with Java for Windows, relying on what some call deceptive methods to get users to install the add-on to their browsers. Now, the company has extended its adware strategy to Java for Mac, according to ZDNet.

Image via ZDNetThe unwelcome Ask extension shows up as part of the installer if a Mac user downloads Java 8 Update 40 for the Mac. In my tests on a Mac running that latest release of OS X, the installer added an app to the current browser, Chrome version 41. (In a separate test, I installed Java using the latest version of Safari, where it behaved in a similar fashion.)The Java installer selects the option to install the Ask extension by default, which means that users casually clicking...

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13:57
Hidden Diagnostic Port on Apple Watch Could Allow for Sm...

Ahead of Monday's media event where Apple is expected to provide final details on the Apple Watch, a new report from TechCrunch details a hidden "diagnostic port" inside one of the channels on the Apple Watch where watch bands slip into place. While the port is currently used only for diagnostic purposes, the report argues it could be used in the future to interface with "smart band" accessories bringing additional functionality to the watch.The port has a 6-dot brass contact array inside the groove for the ‘bottom’ strap connector slot. Several sources have confirmed its existence and placement to me. It is very similar to the connector for the Lightning connector in iPhones, as that connector currently only uses 6 of its 8 available pins. Apple recently began opening up the Lightning port for use by third parties. A source says that this port is currently for diagnostic purposes only —...

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12:49
Apple to Unveil Revamped Streaming Music Service at WWDC

Apple will launch a revamped streaming music service in June at the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, according to 9to5Mac and TechCrunch. The report claims the new Beats-based service will debut at Apple's WWDC keynote, likely during the week of June 8, as opposed to an announcement taking place at the upcoming "Spring Forward" media event on March 9."Apple currently plans to launch the new music service as part of an iOS 8.4 upgrade for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch following WWDC, but a final decision has not yet been made. It’s possible that the service will be bundled into iOS 9...

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12:39
Microsoft Releases a Free Preview of Office for Mac 2016

Last week we posted a report titled "Students around the Globe that use Macs and iDevices May be Eligible to Receive Free Microsoft Office 365." Today, Microsoft is announcing that a preview of the new Office 2016 for Mac is now officially available, for the rest of us...

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10:54
Strategy Analytics Bangs the Apple Watch Drum and Foreca...

In February we posted a report titled "J.P. Morgan Forecasts 26 Million Units of Apple Watch will be sold in 2015 vs. 720,000 Android Units Sold in 2014." That was certainly a bold prediction and over the next few months there will be many different forecasts surfacing, especially after the Apple Watch is out for a full 30 days. Until such time, Strategy Analytics is the latest to jump on the Apple Watch train with a very enthusiastic prediction of their own.

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10:26
Apple Notifying Aperture Users of Impending Removal From...

Apple has sent an email to Aperture customers this afternoon as a reminder about the impending removal of the professional photo editing software from the Mac App Store. The email confirms that Aperture will be removed from the Mac App Store upon the release of Photos for OS X as we initially reported last month."When Photos for OS X launches this spring, Aperture will no longer be available for purchase from the Mac App Store. You can continue to use Aperture on OS X Yosemite, but you will not be able to buy additional copies of the app. 

You can migrate your Aperture library to Photos for OS X, including your photos, adjustments, albums, and keywords. After migrating, your Aperture library remains intact. However, Aperture and Photos do not share a unified...

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09:00
Microsoft Launches Office 2016 for Mac Preview, Availabl...

Microsoft is today introducing a preview of the next iteration of its office software designed for Mac users, Office 2016. Office 2016 for Mac is the company's first major Mac release since Office 2011, and it brings new versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint with redesigned Retina-optimized interfaces, new features, and a heavy focus on collaboration and cloud integration.

Office 2016 for Mac, which is free to all Mac users running OS X Yosemite during the preview period, is the next step in Microsoft's plan to make its Office products available anywhere, anytime, on any device, and as such, it's been designed to work with Office 365 and OneDrive. Users will get the best experience when signed into Office 365 because that allows them to access all of their documents on all of their devices, but an Office 365 account is not required to use the software.

Office 2016 for Mac...

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08:59
Apple Intensifies their Work on Force Touch Sensors for...

Apple has been working on force sensors for touch displays, a future version of the Magic Mouse right through to the Apple Watch for some time now. Since this feature will debut with Apple Watch in April, force sensors could be on track to move to other devices over time including the Magic Mouse, the iPad and iPhone. In fact a rumor recently surfaced about this feature being aimed for next-gen iPhones. Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple which actually combines more than 24 patents ...

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07:09
iOS 8.2 to Launch Next Week as Final Beta Seeded to Empl...

After initially reporting that iOS 8.2 would be released to the public this week, BGR now claims that the upcoming software update will arrive next week as Apple decided to seed one last beta to employees and carrier partners for testing. The final GM carries a build number of 12D508 and includes Health app improvements, stability enhancements and bug fixes.

While the initial report was incorrect, this new timeframe appears more plausible given Apple's upcoming "Spring Forward" media event for the Apple Watch on March 9. Apple also promised that a fix would be prepared by next...

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Friday March 6

09:00
Increasing opportunities for JavaScript developers...

Today’s post was written by Jeremy Thake, product marketing manager on the Office 365 team.

Today, we launched new capabilities to allow JavaScript developers to interact with the Office 365 APIs. The OneDrive for Business and Sites APIs now have cross-origin resource sharing (CORS) support and Mail/Calendar/Contacts are coming soon. As more Office 365 API endpoints come online for services they will also support this including Office Graph, Yammer, Video Portal, Skype and content services.

Developers now have the choice to call the Office 365 APIs from the server-side or client-side. This means developers can write single page applications, which have a better user experience and better performance, because they don’t have to proxy all their calls through a server-side façade service.

As we have said in the past, we are listening on all the channels we encourage you to participate on (UserVoice,...

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01:40
Plastiland - explore the worlds of Plasticinia,...

Plastiland - explore the worlds of Plasticinia, Plastipolia and Plastidonia! 1.0.3
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.3 (iTunes)

Description:

Welcome to the enchanting plasticine worlds!

Plastiland is a puzzle-platformer set in a unique hand-made plasticine world. Guide our lovely clay characters through 48 levels of three worlds. Save as many of plastiballs as you can, reach far corners of each level by transforming them into one of eight roles, like cruncher, crusher, builder, and others.

This is incredible fun for both adults and children and the most exciting logical gameplay ever!
All you need is clay!

• Funny clay handmade characters
• 3 handmade plasticine worlds
• Lemmings-style mechanics
• 48 most challenging and beautiful levels
•...

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01:00
Office 365 News Round-Up

Microsoft Office was initially conceived as a productivity tool for business—the name says it all—and many people had their first experience with Office applications either at work or at school. Office is still essential for many businesses, of course, and companies of all sizes are realizing even more benefits by adopting Office 365 and moving to the cloud. Today, Office 365 is also an important tool for education and government, helping schools, universities and government agencies reduce costs, enhance collaboration and increase productivity.

During the past two weeks, we made it easier than ever for students worldwide to get free access to Office 365, which will help them develop the skills they’ll need to succeed when they enter the...

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Thursday March 5

22:10
RPG Grace of Letoile (Games)

RPG Grace of Letoile 1.0.1
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes)

Description:

SPECIAL PRICE
50% OFF (USD 7.99 -> USD 3.99)!!!

Throw yourself into fierce battles to steal Sertzes, the cores of automatas able to make wishes come true! The twelve numbers engraved on the Chronos Gauge are the key to victory!

Vedley, who lost his parents in a sad incident, hears from Achieitz about the existence of the Letoiles, who are able to make any wish come true.
In order to turn back time and try to save his parents, Vedley makes a pact with a Letoile and becomes her Maschelle, and they throw themselves into the battles to steal Sertzes from the other Letoiles.

Control time, baffle enemies, and turn the course of battles! After all the ferocious fighting... What awaits Vedley?

Skill Plates and Gems
Skill...

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18:31
Week Weather (Weather)

Week Weather 1.0
Device: iOS iPhone
Category: Weather
Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

You never got a quicker and better overview of the weather for the next 7 days. At one glance you see on which days and times of the day it will be sunny, raining or really cloudy. Separate overviews show you a heat map of the week, cloudiness, rain and rain intensity, wind and humidity.

Introductory price for a short time only.

With Week Weather it’s easy to answer questions like: Which evening will be good for a barbecue? When can I enjoy a nice breeze to go surfing? When will it be really sunny?

To see current weather conditions just swipe down. Or check detailed future weather conditions by tapping the box for the day and time. The forecast is broken into several time periods per day.

You can choose between Celsius and Fahrenheit units.
Weather...

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16:00
Epic War TD 2 (Games)

Epic War TD 2 1.00
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.00 (iTunes)

Description:

Sequel to the legendary Epic War TD that was downloaded 8.000.000 times!

40% lauch sale! Get the game for just $2.99 until the price goes up.

Prepare yourself to be thrown into the heat of pure tower defense battle. No gimmicks, no free-to-PAY - just strategy, mass destruction and epic battles.

Here's what we've got for you:
- 9 high-power towers;
- 4 mega towers;
- 40 different of units;
- 50 brain-puzzling missions;
- 100+ hours of enjoyment;

Epic War TD 2

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14:40
Breaking ~ News in your Today tab (News)

Breaking ~ News in your Today tab 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: News
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Breaking let’s you add news that matter to you, right in your Today tab.

Add local news, your favourite blogs or anything else that comes with a feed as a Today widget. The latest stories will always be right there when you have time for them, a single gesture away. All you need to do is swipe down from the edge of your device and you’ll see the latest stories. Breaking is an easy, uncluttered way of staying on top of what’s new in your world – marrying the accessibility of the Today tab with the power of RSS feeds.

** Features **
- Display the latest stories from your feeds in the Today tab in Notification center, a single swipe away.
- Tap a news item and go straight to the full story in your browser.
- Type in...

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09:00
3 updates to Excel Power Query

A new update for Excel Power Query is now available to you! This update includes tremendous Performance improvements, a new Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online connector and a couple of new transformations supported in the UX.

Please take a look at the details below and download this update from the Official Power Query download page.

What’s new in this update?

The following features have been added or improved in this update:

  • Performance improvements
  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online connector
  • New transformations

Watch the following video and then continue reading below for more details.

Performance improvements

We’ve made significant Performance improvements to Power Query in a couple of areas:

  • Query load—Performance of loading queries has improved by about 2x-3x in this...
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09:00
The Office 2016 Mac Preview is here!

Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office 365 Client Apps and Services team.

Today is a big day for the Mac community–we’re excited to announce that a preview of the new Office 2016 for Mac is now officially available! Click here to give it a try and please send us your feedback.

Office 2016 for Mac is powered by the cloud so you can access your documents on OneDrive, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint at anytime, anywhere and on any device.

Cloud connected with OneDrive, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint.

Similar to our recent announcements of universal Office apps for Windows 10 and...

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 036 on Office...

In this episode Jeremy Thake talks with Matthias Leibmann about the new app-only scenarios with the Exchange Online Office 365 APIs.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP36.mp3

Download the podcast.

Weekly updates

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Wednesday March 4

22:30
Blockwick 2 (Games)

Blockwick 2 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Welcome to Blockwick 2 – a world of jumbled blocks and colorful shapes. It’s up to you to unscramble the blocks and connect the colors.

The game introduces a slew of new block types – entangled blocks, sticky blocks, caterpillar blocks, and more. Play through 160 levels of increasing difficulty and illuminate the glyphs for an extra challenge.

From the creators of Aqueduct, Orba, and Monster Soup comes the next installment in the Blockwick universe.

Blockwick 2

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21:13
See Version Information In Linux

There are a number of ways to see information about what version of Linux that you’re running on different

cat /etc/lsb-release

Which returns the distribution information, parsed as follows:

DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
DISTRIB_RELEASE=12.04.5
DISTRIB_CODENAME=precise
DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu Precise Pangolin (LTS)"

LSB_release can also be run as a command, as follows:

lsb_release -a

Which returns the following:

No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu Precise Pangolin (LTS)
Release: 12.04.5
Codename: precise

lab_release can be used as a command as well:

cat /etc/issue.net

Which returns:

Ubuntu Precise Pangolin
(development branch)

In Debian, you can simply look at the version file:

cat /etc/debian_version

Which returns the following:

wheezy/sid

Or Red Hat Enterprise can also be located...

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20:40
Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic (Games)

Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic 1
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $6.99, Version: 1 (iTunes)

Description:

„Listen! The end is nigh!! Hear my words and prepare! An ancient cult has set foot in our lands! They call themselves -The Sons of Dawn- and pray to some dark elder god. They have started recruiting people for their cause all over the country. I fear that they want to try to awaken something which should be left sleeping. Something dangerous and sinister! Something that might destroy us all. Spend your last of days wisely...“

Enter the world of PIXEL HEROES and prepare yourself for a thrilling RPG/Roguelike experience like you have never seen before!

Explore a randomized world full of hilarious events, deadly dungeons and the weirdest NPCs you will ever meet in a game!

Choose three heroes for your party and take them on a journey...

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12:57
Put your Apple TV into sleep or standby mode

You don't need to turn off your Apple TV. It will go into sleep or standby mode automatically when you're not using it. You can also put it into sleep or standby mode using your Apple TV remote.

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09:15
A new foundation for connected business processes at...

Today’s Office 365 post was written by Dr. Matthias Geselle, a Vice President, member of the IT leadership team at Merck. Merck is the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company and is operating in 66 countries. Since 1668 the name has stood for innovation, business success and responsible entrepreneurship. It does business as EMD Millipore and EMD Serono in the United States and Canada.

Connect 15 is Merck’s companywide program to replace the fragmented landscape of collaboration, messaging, and communication tools into a unified Microsoft technology, which simplifies communications around the world and facilitates collaboration between our employees, partners, and customers. When everything is implemented Connect 15 will enable a new way of working within Merck. The first step in our initiative was updating our Office suite from Office 2007 to Office 365 ProPlus,...

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01:00
Understanding network connectivity to optimize your...

If you have ever wondered how network connectivity to Office 365 works, today’s Office Mechanics show gives you an insider’s look at datacenter and network coverage in Office 365. Jeremy Chapman is joined by Paul Andrew to demonstrate tools for optimizing network performance by planning capacity when connecting users to Office 365, troubleshooting bandwidth and latency, plus tips for setting up your network for peak performance.

In this show we demonstrate several tools ranging from capacity planning in OneDrive for Business to network traces as we not only explain the physics behind the global connectivity of the Internet, but also what you can do as an admin to get the most from Office 365.

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01:00
What’s new: February 2015

February may be a short month, but it was packed with Office 365 updates. You can now preview the next chapter of Office on Windows, scan documents into PDF files from your Windows Phone, work with Office files stored in third-party cloud storage, handwrite and draw in OneNote for iPad and much more. There’s a host of improvements for business, too. Two new compliance capabilities and a new admin mobile app were added, Yammer and Power Map for Excel both got new features, and many security improvements were added for password-protection on mobile device, identity and access management, and encryption. And for millions of eligible students around the world, it’s now easy to sign yourself up to get free Office from your school. Leave us a comment to let us know what your favorite new feature is. If you missed last month’s updates, see What’s new: January 2015.

Office 365 Personal, Office 365 Home and...

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Tuesday March 3

09:39
Learning iOS Security Now Shipping

The latest book, Learning iOS Security is now available on Amazon, Packt, etc. One of my better writing experiences, so thanks to all for making it so! Buy it here, if you’re into iOS Security and all that kind of fun stuff.

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09:00
Sway now lets you add your OneNote images, use more...

The promise of Sway is to make it easy for you to add, visualize and share your content in new, interactive and exciting ways. We’ve been continuously making updates during Sway Preview based on your feedback. Today we’re excited to announce a set of changes across the major phases of the Sway creation and sharing process. Check out the details below!

  • Add your OneNote images to Sway
  • More third-party sources for embeddable web content
  • Suggested searches is more powerful
  • New interactive photo options
  • More ways to share and grow your audience

Add your OneNote images to Sway

Millions of people love using OneNote to capture and organize information. Teachers in particular love OneNote for organizing lesson plans and other information about their classroom. Today, we’re introducing the first version of OneNote integration in Sway—to help you capture,...

| Read more »
01:00
Making Clutter in Office 365 even better

Today’s post was written by Brian Shiers, senior product marketing manager and Kumar Venkateswar, senior program manager on the Exchange team.

Clutter is a feature in Office 365 designed to help you focus on the most important messages in your inbox by moving lower priority messages out of your way and into a new Clutter folder. We began rolling out Clutter to Office 365 last November for English-speaking customers worldwide and we’re working on expanding to other languages.

Today we are announcing new capabilities for Office 365 administrators to better manage how Clutter works.

Ensuring critical messages make it into the inbox

Clutter uses machine learning and user interactions to determine which email messages to filter and move from the inbox into the Clutter folder. However, what if you have a critical email that should not be filtered and should remain in your...

| Read more »

Monday March 2

09:00
World’s largest SharePint? It will happen ‘all week...

As promised in our blog post on the evolution of SharePoint a few weeks ago, this morning we released the complete list of SharePoint-related sessions that will be offered at Microsoft Ignite in Chicago, IL, May 4-8 2015.  Ignite is the premier Microsoft event for IT pros, and the only one that brings the vast community of people who work with SharePoint every day together with the people at Microsoft who build SharePoint. Be there as we lift the curtain on SharePoint 2016, announce new Office 365 innovations...

| Read more »
09:00
Success with Enterprise Mobility webcast: Protect...

Over the last three webcasts, Brad Anderson, corporate vice president for Enterprise Mobility, has discussed how companies can successfully (and cost effectively) manage all devices in their infrastructure. It’s a topic he’s written about at length and on Tuesday March 3, at 10:30 a.m. PST, he’ll conclude this webcast series with a look at two things only Microsoft can offer—self-protecting files and hybrid identity management.

This webcast takes an in-depth look at the...

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Friday March 6

09:00
Increasing opportunities for JavaScript developers...

Today’s post was written by Jeremy Thake, product marketing manager on the Office 365 team.

Today, we launched new capabilities to allow JavaScript developers to interact with the Office 365 APIs. The OneDrive for Business and Sites APIs now have cross-origin resource sharing (CORS) support and Mail/Calendar/Contacts are coming soon. As more Office 365 API endpoints come online for services they will also support this including Office Graph, Yammer, Video Portal, Skype and content services.

Developers now have the choice to call the Office 365 APIs from the server-side or client-side. This means developers can write single page applications, which have a better user experience and better performance, because they don’t have to proxy all their calls through a server-side façade service.

As we have said in the past, we are listening on all the channels we encourage you to participate on (UserVoice,...

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01:40
Plastiland - explore the worlds of Plasticinia,...

Plastiland - explore the worlds of Plasticinia, Plastipolia and Plastidonia! 1.0.3
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.3 (iTunes)

Description:

Welcome to the enchanting plasticine worlds!

Plastiland is a puzzle-platformer set in a unique hand-made plasticine world. Guide our lovely clay characters through 48 levels of three worlds. Save as many of plastiballs as you can, reach far corners of each level by transforming them into one of eight roles, like cruncher, crusher, builder, and others.

This is incredible fun for both adults and children and the most exciting logical gameplay ever!
All you need is clay!

• Funny clay handmade characters
• 3 handmade plasticine worlds
• Lemmings-style mechanics
• 48 most challenging and beautiful levels
•...

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01:00
Office 365 News Round-Up

Microsoft Office was initially conceived as a productivity tool for business—the name says it all—and many people had their first experience with Office applications either at work or at school. Office is still essential for many businesses, of course, and companies of all sizes are realizing even more benefits by adopting Office 365 and moving to the cloud. Today, Office 365 is also an important tool for education and government, helping schools, universities and government agencies reduce costs, enhance collaboration and increase productivity.

During the past two weeks, we made it easier than ever for students worldwide to get free access to Office 365, which will help them develop the skills they’ll need to succeed when they enter the...

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Thursday March 5

22:10
RPG Grace of Letoile (Games)

RPG Grace of Letoile 1.0.1
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes)

Description:

SPECIAL PRICE
50% OFF (USD 7.99 -> USD 3.99)!!!

Throw yourself into fierce battles to steal Sertzes, the cores of automatas able to make wishes come true! The twelve numbers engraved on the Chronos Gauge are the key to victory!

Vedley, who lost his parents in a sad incident, hears from Achieitz about the existence of the Letoiles, who are able to make any wish come true.
In order to turn back time and try to save his parents, Vedley makes a pact with a Letoile and becomes her Maschelle, and they throw themselves into the battles to steal Sertzes from the other Letoiles.

Control time, baffle enemies, and turn the course of battles! After all the ferocious fighting... What awaits Vedley?

Skill Plates and Gems
Skill...

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18:31
Week Weather (Weather)

Week Weather 1.0
Device: iOS iPhone
Category: Weather
Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

You never got a quicker and better overview of the weather for the next 7 days. At one glance you see on which days and times of the day it will be sunny, raining or really cloudy. Separate overviews show you a heat map of the week, cloudiness, rain and rain intensity, wind and humidity.

Introductory price for a short time only.

With Week Weather it’s easy to answer questions like: Which evening will be good for a barbecue? When can I enjoy a nice breeze to go surfing? When will it be really sunny?

To see current weather conditions just swipe down. Or check detailed future weather conditions by tapping the box for the day and time. The forecast is broken into several time periods per day.

You can choose between Celsius and Fahrenheit units.
Weather...

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16:00
Epic War TD 2 (Games)

Epic War TD 2 1.00
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.00 (iTunes)

Description:

Sequel to the legendary Epic War TD that was downloaded 8.000.000 times!

40% lauch sale! Get the game for just $2.99 until the price goes up.

Prepare yourself to be thrown into the heat of pure tower defense battle. No gimmicks, no free-to-PAY - just strategy, mass destruction and epic battles.

Here's what we've got for you:
- 9 high-power towers;
- 4 mega towers;
- 40 different of units;
- 50 brain-puzzling missions;
- 100+ hours of enjoyment;

Epic War TD 2

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14:40
Breaking ~ News in your Today tab (News)

Breaking ~ News in your Today tab 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: News
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Breaking let’s you add news that matter to you, right in your Today tab.

Add local news, your favourite blogs or anything else that comes with a feed as a Today widget. The latest stories will always be right there when you have time for them, a single gesture away. All you need to do is swipe down from the edge of your device and you’ll see the latest stories. Breaking is an easy, uncluttered way of staying on top of what’s new in your world – marrying the accessibility of the Today tab with the power of RSS feeds.

** Features **
- Display the latest stories from your feeds in the Today tab in Notification center, a single swipe away.
- Tap a news item and go straight to the full story in your browser.
- Type in...

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09:00
3 updates to Excel Power Query

A new update for Excel Power Query is now available to you! This update includes tremendous Performance improvements, a new Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online connector and a couple of new transformations supported in the UX.

Please take a look at the details below and download this update from the Official Power Query download page.

What’s new in this update?

The following features have been added or improved in this update:

  • Performance improvements
  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online connector
  • New transformations

Watch the following video and then continue reading below for more details.

Performance improvements

We’ve made significant Performance improvements to Power Query in a couple of areas:

  • Query load—Performance of loading queries has improved by about 2x-3x in this...
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09:00
The Office 2016 Mac Preview is here!

Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office 365 Client Apps and Services team.

Today is a big day for the Mac community–we’re excited to announce that a preview of the new Office 2016 for Mac is now officially available! Click here to give it a try and please send us your feedback.

Office 2016 for Mac is powered by the cloud so you can access your documents on OneDrive, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint at anytime, anywhere and on any device.

Cloud connected with OneDrive, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint.

Similar to our recent announcements of universal Office apps for Windows 10 and...

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 036 on Office...

In this episode Jeremy Thake talks with Matthias Leibmann about the new app-only scenarios with the Exchange Online Office 365 APIs.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP36.mp3

Download the podcast.

Weekly updates

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Wednesday March 4

22:30
Blockwick 2 (Games)

Blockwick 2 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Welcome to Blockwick 2 – a world of jumbled blocks and colorful shapes. It’s up to you to unscramble the blocks and connect the colors.

The game introduces a slew of new block types – entangled blocks, sticky blocks, caterpillar blocks, and more. Play through 160 levels of increasing difficulty and illuminate the glyphs for an extra challenge.

From the creators of Aqueduct, Orba, and Monster Soup comes the next installment in the Blockwick universe.

Blockwick 2

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21:13
See Version Information In Linux

There are a number of ways to see information about what version of Linux that you’re running on different

cat /etc/lsb-release

Which returns the distribution information, parsed as follows:

DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
DISTRIB_RELEASE=12.04.5
DISTRIB_CODENAME=precise
DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu Precise Pangolin (LTS)"

LSB_release can also be run as a command, as follows:

lsb_release -a

Which returns the following:

No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu Precise Pangolin (LTS)
Release: 12.04.5
Codename: precise

lab_release can be used as a command as well:

cat /etc/issue.net

Which returns:

Ubuntu Precise Pangolin
(development branch)

In Debian, you can simply look at the version file:

cat /etc/debian_version

Which returns the following:

wheezy/sid

Or Red Hat Enterprise can also be located...

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20:40
Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic (Games)

Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic 1
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $6.99, Version: 1 (iTunes)

Description:

„Listen! The end is nigh!! Hear my words and prepare! An ancient cult has set foot in our lands! They call themselves -The Sons of Dawn- and pray to some dark elder god. They have started recruiting people for their cause all over the country. I fear that they want to try to awaken something which should be left sleeping. Something dangerous and sinister! Something that might destroy us all. Spend your last of days wisely...“

Enter the world of PIXEL HEROES and prepare yourself for a thrilling RPG/Roguelike experience like you have never seen before!

Explore a randomized world full of hilarious events, deadly dungeons and the weirdest NPCs you will ever meet in a game!

Choose three heroes for your party and take them on a journey...

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12:57
Put your Apple TV into sleep or standby mode

You don't need to turn off your Apple TV. It will go into sleep or standby mode automatically when you're not using it. You can also put it into sleep or standby mode using your Apple TV remote.

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09:15
A new foundation for connected business processes at...

Today’s Office 365 post was written by Dr. Matthias Geselle, a Vice President, member of the IT leadership team at Merck. Merck is the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company and is operating in 66 countries. Since 1668 the name has stood for innovation, business success and responsible entrepreneurship. It does business as EMD Millipore and EMD Serono in the United States and Canada.

Connect 15 is Merck’s companywide program to replace the fragmented landscape of collaboration, messaging, and communication tools into a unified Microsoft technology, which simplifies communications around the world and facilitates collaboration between our employees, partners, and customers. When everything is implemented Connect 15 will enable a new way of working within Merck. The first step in our initiative was updating our Office suite from Office 2007 to Office 365 ProPlus,...

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01:00
Understanding network connectivity to optimize your...

If you have ever wondered how network connectivity to Office 365 works, today’s Office Mechanics show gives you an insider’s look at datacenter and network coverage in Office 365. Jeremy Chapman is joined by Paul Andrew to demonstrate tools for optimizing network performance by planning capacity when connecting users to Office 365, troubleshooting bandwidth and latency, plus tips for setting up your network for peak performance.

In this show we demonstrate several tools ranging from capacity planning in OneDrive for Business to network traces as we not only explain the physics behind the global connectivity of the Internet, but also what you can do as an admin to get the most from Office 365.

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01:00
What’s new: February 2015

February may be a short month, but it was packed with Office 365 updates. You can now preview the next chapter of Office on Windows, scan documents into PDF files from your Windows Phone, work with Office files stored in third-party cloud storage, handwrite and draw in OneNote for iPad and much more. There’s a host of improvements for business, too. Two new compliance capabilities and a new admin mobile app were added, Yammer and Power Map for Excel both got new features, and many security improvements were added for password-protection on mobile device, identity and access management, and encryption. And for millions of eligible students around the world, it’s now easy to sign yourself up to get free Office from your school. Leave us a comment to let us know what your favorite new feature is. If you missed last month’s updates, see What’s new: January 2015.

Office 365 Personal, Office 365 Home and...

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Tuesday March 3

09:39
Learning iOS Security Now Shipping

The latest book, Learning iOS Security is now available on Amazon, Packt, etc. One of my better writing experiences, so thanks to all for making it so! Buy it here, if you’re into iOS Security and all that kind of fun stuff.

| Read more »
09:00
Sway now lets you add your OneNote images, use more...

The promise of Sway is to make it easy for you to add, visualize and share your content in new, interactive and exciting ways. We’ve been continuously making updates during Sway Preview based on your feedback. Today we’re excited to announce a set of changes across the major phases of the Sway creation and sharing process. Check out the details below!

  • Add your OneNote images to Sway
  • More third-party sources for embeddable web content
  • Suggested searches is more powerful
  • New interactive photo options
  • More ways to share and grow your audience

Add your OneNote images to Sway

Millions of people love using OneNote to capture and organize information. Teachers in particular love OneNote for organizing lesson plans and other information about their classroom. Today, we’re introducing the first version of OneNote integration in Sway—to help you capture,...

| Read more »
01:00
Making Clutter in Office 365 even better

Today’s post was written by Brian Shiers, senior product marketing manager and Kumar Venkateswar, senior program manager on the Exchange team.

Clutter is a feature in Office 365 designed to help you focus on the most important messages in your inbox by moving lower priority messages out of your way and into a new Clutter folder. We began rolling out Clutter to Office 365 last November for English-speaking customers worldwide and we’re working on expanding to other languages.

Today we are announcing new capabilities for Office 365 administrators to better manage how Clutter works.

Ensuring critical messages make it into the inbox

Clutter uses machine learning and user interactions to determine which email messages to filter and move from the inbox into the Clutter folder. However, what if you have a critical email that should not be filtered and should remain in your...

| Read more »

Monday March 2

09:00
World’s largest SharePint? It will happen ‘all week...

As promised in our blog post on the evolution of SharePoint a few weeks ago, this morning we released the complete list of SharePoint-related sessions that will be offered at Microsoft Ignite in Chicago, IL, May 4-8 2015.  Ignite is the premier Microsoft event for IT pros, and the only one that brings the vast community of people who work with SharePoint every day together with the people at Microsoft who build SharePoint. Be there as we lift the curtain on SharePoint 2016, announce new Office 365 innovations...

| Read more »
09:00
Success with Enterprise Mobility webcast: Protect...

Over the last three webcasts, Brad Anderson, corporate vice president for Enterprise Mobility, has discussed how companies can successfully (and cost effectively) manage all devices in their infrastructure. It’s a topic he’s written about at length and on Tuesday March 3, at 10:30 a.m. PST, he’ll conclude this webcast series with a look at two things only Microsoft can offer—self-protecting files and hybrid identity management.

This webcast takes an in-depth look at the...

| Read more »

Technology Showcase

Sep 17
Video showcases iOS app built with Xojo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...

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Jan 05
Fusion Drive now available on entry-level iMacs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sep 19
InterMapper publishes white papers on network...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oct 04
Video showcases Zco's services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility update adds RAW image compatibility to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11. For more information on supported RAW formats, see this page. Version 6.03: This update adds... Read more
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OmniGraffle Pro helps you draw beautiful diagrams, family trees, flow charts, org charts, layouts, and (mathematically speaking) any other directed or non-directed graphs. We've had people use... Read more
OmniGraffle 6.1.4 - Create diagrams, flo...
OmniGraffle helps you draw beautiful diagrams, family trees, flow charts, org charts, layouts, and (mathematically speaking) any other directed or non-directed graphs. We've had people use Graffle to... Read more
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MegaSeg is a complete solution for pro audio/video DJ mixing, radio automation, and music scheduling with rock-solid performance and an easy-to-use design. Mix with visual waveforms and Magic... Read more
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MarsEdit is a blog editor for OS X that makes editing your blog like writing email, with spell-checking, drafts, multiple windows, and even AppleScript support. It works with with most blog services... Read more
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BBEdit is the leading professional HTML and text editor for the Mac. Specifically crafted in response to the needs of Web authors and software developers, this award-winning product provides a... Read more
Microsoft Office Preview 15.8 - Popular...
Welcome to the new and modern Microsoft Office for Mac. You will receive regular updates automatically until the official release in the second half of 2015. With the redesigned Ribbon and your... Read more
Yosemite Cache Cleaner 9.0.5 - Clear cac...
Yosemite Cache Cleaner is an award-winning general purpose tool for OS X. YCC makes system maintenance simple with an easy point-and-click interface to many OS X functions. Novice and expert users... Read more
ExpanDrive 4.3.2 - Access cloud storage...
ExpanDrive builds cloud storage in every application, acts just like a USB drive plugged into your Mac. With ExpanDrive, you can securely access any remote file server directly from the Finder or... Read more
RapidWeaver 6.0.8 - Create template-base...
RapidWeaver is a next-generation Web design application to help you easily create professional-looking Web sites in minutes. No knowledge of complex code is required, RapidWeaver will take care of... Read more

Take a First Look at NaturalMotion’s Daw...
NaturalMotion has released a preview of their upcoming title, Dawn of Titans. Dawn of Titans immerses you in a world of fantasy as you build your kingdom, raise an army, and capture territories. The focus on this epic action strategy game was the... | Read more »
GDC 2015 – Warfriends is Something Famil...
GDC 2015 – Warfriends is Something Familiar That’s Also a Little Different Posted by Rob Rich on March 6th, 2015 [ permalink ] About Fun‘s upcoming Warfriends is quite the interesting hybrid. | Read more »
Bored? MyLeisure FreeTime Maximizer Will...
Bored? MyLeisure FreeTime Maximizer Will Take Care of That! Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 5th, 2015 [ permalink ] iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad | Read more »
New Publisher Allstar Games Heads West w...
Allstar Games has announced its first mobile title designed for western audiences, Allstar Heroes. The game will be a massive online battle arena (MOBA) that offers dozens of heroes for you to collect and pit against your opponents. As each hero has... | Read more »
RAD Boarding Review
RAD Boarding Review By Jennifer Allen on March 5th, 2015 Our Rating: :: NEARLY RADUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad RAD Boarding isn’t quite one of the greats, but it has potential.   | Read more »
Presenting the International Mobile Gami...
11th Annual International Mobile Gaming Awards ceremony, hosted by actress Allison Haislip, gathered mobile game developers and publishers from around the world. They chose 13 winners out of the 93 nominations. British studio USTWO won the the Grand... | Read more »
AG Drive Review
AG Drive Review By Tre Lawrence on March 5th, 2015 Our Rating: :: FUTURISTIC STREET RACING.Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Futuristic racing… interstellar style.   | Read more »
GDC 2015 – Nightmare Guardians is an Int...
GDC 2015 – Nightmare Guardians is an Interesting Hybrid of MOBA and Lane Defense Posted by Rob Rich on March 5th, 2015 [ permalink ] I have to say that lane defense (i.e. | Read more »
Overkill 3 Review
Overkill 3 Review By Tre Lawrence on March 5th, 2015 Our Rating: :: WHO'S NEXT?Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Cover system gameplay in the third-person.   Developer: Craneballs Price: Free Version Reviewed: 1.1.6... | Read more »
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16GB iPad mini 3 on sale for $349, save $50
 Walmart has the 16GB iPad mini 3 WiFi on sale on their online store for $349.99 including free shipping or free local store pickup. Their price is $50 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available... Read more
Save up to 15% with Apple refurbished Time Ca...
The Apple Store has certified refurbished Time Capsules available for up to $60 off MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each Time Capsule, and shipping is free: - 2TB Time Capsule: $255... Read more
Save up to $105 on AppleCare Protection Plans
B&H Photo has 3-Year AppleCare Warranties on sale for up to $105 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - Mac Laptops 15″ and Above: $244 $105 off MSRP - Mac Laptops 13″ and... Read more
Apple restocks refurbished 15-inch Retina Mac...
The Apple Store has restocked Apple Certified Refurbished 2014 15″ Retina MacBook Pros, available for up to $400 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model,... Read more
Roundup of MacBook Air sale prices, models up...
B&H Photo has MacBook Airs on sale for up to $100 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 11″ 128GB MacBook Air: $799 100 off MSRP - 11″ 256GB MacBook Air: $999 $100... Read more
New Firstrade Mobile App Enables On-The-Go Tr...
Firstrade Securities Inc. has announced its new mobile app, which gives investors immediate access to the company’s trading platform on all mobile devices. The app was developed in-house and was... Read more
Sonnet Introduces USB 3.0 + eSATA Thunderbolt...
Sonnet has announced the launch of its new USB 3.0 + eSATA Thunderbolt Adapter for easy connectivity to USB 3.0 devices and eSATA storage, and USB 3.0 + Gigabit Ethernet Thunderbolt Adapter for easy... Read more
Apple restocks refurbished 27-inch 5K iMacs f...
The Apple Store has restocked Apple Certified Refurbished 27″ 3.5GHz 5K iMacs for $2119 including free shipping. Their price is $380 off the cost of new models, and it’s the lowest price available... Read more
Free Clean Reader Mobile App Hides Swear Word...
The new Clean Reader app, now available in the Apple App Store and Google Play, delivers the opportunity of reading any book without being exposed to profanity. By selecting how clean they want their... Read more
Kinsa Launches “Groups” App to Monitor Illnes...
Kinsa, makers of the first FDA approved app-enabled smartphone thermometer thst won the 2013 Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Grand Prize and recently appeared in Apple’s “Parenthood” TV... Read more

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Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, you're also the Read more
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