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16:04
Apple posts iTunes 12.5.5 for macOS

Apple has released iTunes 12.5.5 for macOS. According to the company, it’s a “minor update” with “performance enhancements.

It’s a 116MB. iTunes 12.5.5 is a free upgrade at the Mac App Store.

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10:45
Apple posts tvOS 10.1.11, watchOS 3.1.3

Apple has posted tvOS 10.1.1 and watchOS 3.1.3. The former adds the new TV app as a central location for all of your favorite shows and movies. The latter has bug fixe and performance improvements.

To upgrade to tvOS 10.1.1:

° Click on the Settings app from your Apple TV Home screen.

° Click on System.

° Click on Software Update.

° Click on Update Software.

° Click on Download and Install.

To upgrade to watchOS 3.1.3:

° Connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi and launch the iOS 10 Watch app.

° Make sure your Apple Watch is charged to at least 50% and connect it to the magnetic charger.

° Tap on the My Watch tab.

° Tap on General.

° Tap on Software Update.

° Tap on Download and Install.

° Enter your iPhone Passcode when prompted.

° Tap Agree to the Terms and Conditions.

° Tap Proceed on your Apple Watch.

° Enter your Passcode on the smartwatch.

The watchOS 3.1.1 update...

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10:33
Apple posts macOS Sierra 10.12.3

Apple has released macOS Sierra 10.12.3. It’s free for everyone running macOS Sierra. The update can be downloaded using the Software Update function in the Mac App Store.

According to Apple, macOS Sierra 10.12.3:

The macOS Sierra 10.12.3 Update improves the stability and security of your Mac, and is recommended for all users.
This update:

° Improves automatic graphics switching on MacBook Pro (15-inch, October 2016).

° Resolves graphics issues while encoding Adobe Premiere Pro projects on MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13- and 15-inch, October 2016).

° Fixes an issue that prevented the searching of scanned PDF documents in Preview.

° Resolves a compatibility issue with PDF documents that are exported with encryption enabled.

° Fixes an issue that prevented some third-party applications from correctly importing images from digital cameras.

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10:30
Apple releases iOS 10.2.1

Apple has released iOS 10.2.1 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It has bug fixes and security vulnerability improvements.

iOS 10.2.1 can be downloaded over-the-air via the Software Update function in the iOS Settings app. Or you can download it by connecting your iOS device to iTunes on a desktop or laptop.

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09:43
Comm-Unity Networking Systems Releases SMTPit Pro 5.1

Comm-Unity Networking Systems (http://www.smtpitpro.com/)has released SMTPit Pro 5.1, an update of its FileMaker Pro plug-in. This version has several bug fixes for working with the plug-in under FileMaker 15 and FileMaker Server, as well as some new and updated file functions.

SMTPit Pro provides an array of email options. You can send simple text-based messages or you can send complex HTML messages. You can send a single message or an entire mail out. The Server Edition of SMTPit Pro allows you to install the plug-in in FileMaker Pro Server/Server Advanced to use with Scheduled Scripts, Instant/Custom Web Publishing, and WebDirect.

You can download a full-working demo of the plug-in to test it out before purchasing. If you purchased SMTPit Pro anytime from Jan. 23, 2016, until now, you can install this latest version free of charge. If you purchased SMTPit Pro anytime between Jan. 23, 2015,,...

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09:38
Troi Automatisering Releases Troi File Plug-In 8.6.1 For FileMaker Pro

Troi Automatisering (www.troi.com) has released Troi File Plug-in 8.6.1 for FileMaker Pro 14. It’s an update of the plug-in for manipulating external files and folders directly from FileMaker Pro.

This version improves parsing newer PDF versions, like PDF 1.7. And the TrFile_MetaData( "-GetMovieDescription") function now returns timecode data for movies. Several other functions were improved, as well.

A fully functional demo version of Troi File Plug-in 8.6 is available for downloading at Troi's website. Licenses cost $99 per user. Developer licenses and multi-user discounts are available.

Troi File Plug-in 8.6 also works with FileMaker Server 12 to 15 as a server-side plug-in and as a plug-in used by the web publishing engine and WebDirect. To use this, you need to purchase a special cross-platform Server/Web license which costs $449.

Upgrading from version 8.6.1 is free; it works with the same 8.5...

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09:18
Geff is a new virtual guitar effects rack for the Mac

Nikolas Konstantakopoulos has introduced Geff 1.0 (http://www.grannysaudio.com/geff), a virtual guitar rack for macOS. It’s a standalone audio effects application to use with your guitar like you would a collection of stompboxes.

Geff includes a variety of effects. You can add as many effects and re-arrange them as you like. It offers handling for adding and rearranging effects, using MIDI learning to map almost any parameter of its effects to your MIDI controller.

Geff is separated to three components, Header or Input component, Middle or Effects, and the Footer or Output component. As their names suggest, the Input component manages the audio input, the Effects create and includes the used effects, and the output manages the audio output. In addition, Geff has the ability to map your MIDI controller to almost any of its parameters.

Geff requires macOS 10.6.6 or later. It...

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Jan 20
Apple upgrades its pro video apps

Apple has updated its pro video apps: Final Cut Pro X, Motion and Compressor —with feature tweaks, performance improvements and bug fixes. Final Cut Pro 10.3.2 changes include:

° Ability to add custom folders of audio files to the Sound Effects browser;

° Using ripple delete on audio-only clips no longer disables the selected range;

° Audio meters retain custom width after relaunch;

° Improves responsiveness when editing very long projects;

° Improves performance when exporting H.264 files and changing frame rate;

° Exporting ProRes 4444 files with transparency using Compressor creates a correct alpha channel.

Motion 5.3.1 improves stability when using multiple camera behaviors. It also improves performance when exporting H.264 files and changing frame rates.

Compressor 4.3.1 changes include:

° Fade In/Fade Out filter is applied correctly when using distributed encoding;

° Disc name and titles are correctly...

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Jan 20
TimeTable for macOS upgraded to version 3

Steven Riggs has announced TimeTable 3 (http://www.stevenriggs.com/site/timetable.html) for macOS. The tool allows you to export macOS Calendar data and analyze and total the number of hours recorded on your calendars.

It’s designed to make it simple to track and bill for your time without keeping a second record outside of your calendars. TimeTable reads and filters macOS Calendar data and calculates the hours spent in the events. Version 3 sports an improved user interface, a new Calendar Groups feature, improved locking behavior in calendar timeframe selection, and resizable text and notes export views. Also, date selection now behaves like the Calendar app.

TimeTable 3 — which requires macOS 10.10 or higher — is on sale 50% off for a limited time for $9.99 for a single-user license. Volume discounts are also available. A demo is available.

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Jan 19
OFFICER solutions launches Fox 1.0 for macOS

OFFICER solutions has introduced Fox 1.0 (https://www.officer.solutions), a new addition to their software line of royalty applications for entertainment companies. Developed specifically for artists, musicians and other right holders, Fox 1.0 for macOS is designed to transform sales reports for content sold on the Internet into detailed royalty statements.

The software plays nicely with any digitally sellable asset, like books, apps, stock photos, fonts, games and films and has been optimized for the use at independent record labels. Catalog data and sales can be imported for royalty processing. Fox 1.0 supports any currency (incoming and outgoing); royalty statements can be issued as PDFs, CSV and Excel files in english or any other, user-definable language.

Fox 1.0 is an installable software app based on the FileMaker Pro 15 platform. It’s available as an unrestricted license for a...

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Jan 19
Notebook arrives on the Mac

Zoho has launched Notebook for Mac (http://zoho.to/notebook), a new, free note-taking app.

Notebook's mobile apps introduced the concept of Note Cards: dedicated note types for text, checklists, audio, photos, and sketches. The same concept has been applied to the Mac app, creating a “simple and enjoyable note-taking experience,” according to Raju Vegesna, chief evangelist of Zoho.

A notebook is a personal, thoughtful space. Notebook encourages users to make the app their own by providing 25-plus hand-drawn notebook covers to choose from, and the option to add their own. Individual notes can be grouped and color coded with default colors or by choosing from a color wheel.

Notebook brings the familiarity and ease-of-use of your smartphone to your Mac, says Vegesna. With a trackpad, users can navigate Notebook without making a single click. Users can open and close notebooks, and group and...

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Jan 19
CS Odessa introduces ConceptDraw Office 4

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced ConceptDraw OFFICE 4, the next generation of the company's business productivity suite for macOS (10.10 and higher) and Windows. It consists of ConceptDraw PRO 11, ConceptDraw MINDMAP 9, and ConceptDraw PROJECT 8.

The newest iteration provides various enhancements and improvements. ConceptDraw PRO 11 ($199), ConceptDraw MINDMAP 9 ($199), and ConceptDraw PROJECT 8 ($299) are available individually or as a bundle in ConceptDraw OFFICE 4 ($499).

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Jan 18
GarageBand and Logic Pro X music apps get major updates

Apple has announced major updates to its music creation apps with new features for music makers of all levels on iPhone, iPad and Mac. GarageBand for iOS 2.2 now features the creative synthesizer Alchemy and a new sound browser designed to make searching through instruments and patches easier. Logic Pro X 10.3 for macOS gets a modern interface, new features for professional audio production as well as support for the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro.

Logic Pro X users can also remotely add new tracks to their Logic sessions from their iPhone or iPad when they’re away from their Mac. With a new share option, users can upload a special GarageBand-compatible version of a Logic project to iCloud, which they can then open on their iOS devices and add new recordings whenever inspiration strikes. When the project is saved back to iCloud, any newly added tracks will automatically appear in the original Logic project the next time it’s opened on a Mac.

GarageBand for iOS now...

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Jan 18
AKVIS updates its Photo Correction Bundle

AKVIS has updated the four programs comprising the Photo Correction Bundle: Enhancer 15.5, Noise Buster 10.1, Refocus 6.5, and HDRFactory 5.5. The new versions offer improved compatibility with Photoshop CC 2017, provide a vector-based user interface with support for Ultra HD resolution, fix some bugs, and bring other changes.

Demo versions are available for download. The apps are compatible with macOS 10.7 and higher. All are available as Photoshop compatible plug-ins and as standalone applications.

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Jan 18
B-Eng introduces SSD Health Check for macOS

B-Eng (http://www.b-eng.ch/) has announced SSD Health Check 1.0, the company's new hard drive utility for macOS. It will alert you when your solid state disk is in a critical state or reaches other critical limits.

SSD Health Check reports data such as operating temperature, unexpected power losses and power cycles, as well as the number of uncorrectable errors and wear level count or parameters such as erase fail count. It requires macOS 10.7 or later.

SSD Health Check 1.0 costs $0.99. It’s available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

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Jan 18
Bluetooth 5 is now available

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) officially adopted Bluetooth 5 (www.bluetooth.com/bluetooth5) as the latest version of the Bluetooth core specification. Consumers can expect to see products supporting the spec in two to six months.

Key updates to Bluetooth 5 include longer range, faster speed, and larger broadcast message capacity, as well as improved interoperability and coexistence with other wireless technologies, according to Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG.

He adds that feature updates include four times range, two times speed, and eight times broadcast message capacity. Longer range powers whole home and building coverage, for more robust and reliable connections. Higher speed enables more responsive, high-performance devices. Increased broadcast message size increases the data sent for improved and more context relevant solutions.

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Jan 18
Synology releases Surveillance Station 8.0

Synology (www.synology.com) has released Surveillance Station 8.0, an update of the smart surveillance system for macOS and Windows. It offers flexible deployment and a smoother live view experience, according to Jonathan Wang, product manager at Synology.

He adds that Surveillance Station 8.0 includes the following new features:

° Surveillance Station Client: in addition to checking live views and managing channels within browsers, users can now install Surveillance Station Client to enjoy improved performance and efficiency, and be free from browser limitations.

° Multiple streaming: the update supports automatic and manual resolution adjustment based on the size of the monitoring window or event, saves bandwidth consumption1 when prospecting multiple channels. You can choose to automatically switch to higher resolution recording only when important events occur, maximizing storage utilization1...

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Jan 18
CalcTape for macOS revved to version 12

Schoettler Software has given us CalcTape 1.2 (http://tinyurl.com/zmxlruy), an update to their desktop calculator for macOS.

The tool is a substitute for the classic desktop calculator machines. All entries are recorded on a virtual paper roll. The app features logging of all your calculations, and allows for changing numbers, writing comments and correcting errors afterwards. Templates may be created for repetitive use and open calculations may be emailed to business associates. Version 1.2 brings new memory buttons.

CalcTape for Mac 1.2 requires macOS 10.9 or later. It costs $7.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Finance category.

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Jan 17
Apple posts supplemental security update for Mac OS X El Capitan

Apple has released a supplemental security update for Mac OS X El Capitan (the predecessor to macOS Sierra. According to Apple, it “fixes a kernel issue that may cause your Mac to occasionally become unresponsive.”

The update originally was released in December 2016, but has been reissued. You can obtain the update by launching the Mac App Store app, then checking for updates.

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Jan 17
RailModeller Pro for macOS rolls to version 5.3

Isle of the Kakapo (http://www.isleofthekakapo.com/) has rolled out RailModeller Pro 5.3 (www.railmodeller.com), an update to their model railroad and slot car layout design solution for macOS.

RailModeller Pro offers design tools that enable hobbyists to design model train and slot car track layouts via drag and drop. The app includes a library catalog covering over 240 track systems in all major model scales, allowing for custom designs of almost any layout a user can visualize. Version 5.3 adds: native support for baseboards; a baseboard assistant; and updates to the libraries in the bundled catalog.

RailModeller Pro 5.3 requires macOS 10.9 or later. It’s available for $39.99 exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Graphics and Design category. A free version, RailModeller Express, which is suitable for...

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Jan 23
Smart wearables market to cross $30 billion by 2020

The global market for smart wearables is projected to cross US$30 billion by 2020, according to a new report from Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com).

Initially, the adoption of these devices was confined to developed countries because of the high cost. However, with the decline in cost, vendors have shifted their focus to developing countries to increase their revenue and market base, according to the research group.

The factors like growing IT spending, rising health concerns, growing popularity of smart wearables among consumers, an expanding smartphone user base globally, coupled with continuously declining prices of smart wearables are anticipated to propel demand for different types of smart wearables during the over the next six years. According to Research and Markets:

° The smartwatches segment captured maximum share of the smart wearables market in 2015...

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Jan 20
Americans hit by 29 billion robocalls in 2016

American consumers and businesses were overwhelmed by an estimated 29.3 billion robocalls in 2016, based on the YouMail Robocall Index (www.robocallindex.com), the nation's first guide that compiles the scope and location of the worst robocalling hotspots across the country by area code.  

This news marks the first time that any source has tracked the nation's collective robocall problem over an entire calendar year. In 2016:

° U.S. phones were inundated by an estimated 2.4 billion monthly robocalls, which equals 79.6 million daily robocalls on average, or 921 robocalls for every second of the year.

° Five major cities were blitzed by more than one billion robocalls each, including Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Chicago and Houston.

° The 15 most egregious robocalling numbers for the year were controlled by debt collectors for banks, phone companies, cable firms or retailers.

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Jan 18
800 IT Decision makers rate product, relationship...

The Temkin Group (www.TempkinGroup.com) has published its annual “Product and Relationship Satisfaction of IT Clients,” which rates 62 technology vendors based on feedback from 800 IT decision makers within large North American organizations.

At the top of the ratings, six tech vendors earned average satisfaction levels of 70% or more across the eight areas:  HPE outsourcing (76%), Google (75%), IBM SPSS (75%), IBM software (73%), IBM outsourcing (70%), and Dell outsourcing (70%). At the bottom of the ratings, five vendors earned average satisfaction levels below 50%: Trend Micro (42%), Infosys (46%), SunGard (47%), Pitney Bowes (48%), and Cognizant (49%).

"Large enterprises depend a lot on all of these tech vendors, but there's a wide gap in how effectively the vendors meet the needs of their customers," states Bruce Temkin, managing partner of Temkin Group.

The research examines eight...

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Jan 17
Cloud IT infrastructure market revenue grows to $8.4...

According to IDC (www.idc.com), vendor revenue from sales of infrastructure products (server, storage, and Ethernet switch) for cloud IT, including public and private cloud, grew by 8.1% year over year to US$8.4 billion in the third quarter of 2016 (3Q16). Ethernet switch continues to be the growth leader, as the market awaits new hyperscale datacenter builds to spur additional growth.

The overall share of cloud IT infrastructure sales climbed to 39.2% of all IT infrastructure spending in 3Q16, up from 34.7% a year ago. Revenue from infrastructure sales to private cloud grew by 8.2% to $3.3 billion, and to public cloud by 8.0% to $5.1 billion. In comparison, revenue in the traditional (non-cloud) IT infrastructure segment decreased 10.8% year over year in the third quarter.

Private cloud infrastructure growth was led by Ethernet switch at 60.8% year-over-year growth, followed by storage at 9.0%, and server at 3.2...

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Jan 17
Smart medical devices to be worth $661 billion by 2024

Transparency Market Research (www.transparencymarketresearch.com) predicts that the leading players operating in the global smart medical devices market held a huge share of 43% in 2015. Apple, F.Hoffmann-La Roche, and Abbott Laboratories have been frontrunners in the overall market, grabbing the undivided attention of buyers with their sophisticated products, according to the research group.

High brand recognition, growing presence across geographies, and strong product portfolio is expected to keep these companies in the lead in the coming few years. 
The research report states that the global smart medical devices will be worth U.S.$66.1 billion by 2024 as compared to $33.7 billion in 2015. Between the forecast period of 2016 and 2024, the global market is expected to rise at a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 7.8%. 

On the basis of product, the global...

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Jan 13
Semiconductor capital spending to grow 2.9% in 2017

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to increase 2.9% in 2017, to $69.9 billion, according to Gartner (www.gartner.com). This is down from 5.1% growth in 2016.

"The stronger growth in 2016 was fueled by Increased spending in late 2016 which can be attributed to a NAND flash shortage which was more severe in late 2016 and will persist though most of 2017. This is due to a better-than-expected market for smartphones, which is driving an upgrade of NAND spending in our latest forecast," said David Christensen, senior research analyst at Gartner. "NAND spending increased by $3.1 billion in 2016 and several related wafer fab equipment segments showed stronger growth than our previous forecast. The thermal, track and implant segments in 2017 are expected to increase 2.5%, 5.6% and 8.4%, respectively.

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Jan 12
Home entertainment devices market to reach $295...

A new report published by Allied Market Research (www.alliedmarketresearch.com) projects that the global home entertainment devices market is expected to reach US$294,969 million by 2022. Video devices is estimated to be the most dominant product type in the market from 2015 to 2022.

Home entertainment devices market includes products and systems that are used in domestic or personal context. The market includes several consumer electronic products such as television sets, video players and recorders, audio equipment, and gaming devices. Over the past few years, there is a significant rise in consumer investments in entertainment products mainly owing to the increase in disposable income and development of innovative entertainment solutions from manufacturers, according to Allied Market Research.

Factors that drive the market are increase in product bundling by vendors, increase in...

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Jan 11
Worldwide spending on robotics will reach $188 billion...

Worldwide spending on robotics and related services will more than double by 2020, growing from $91.5 billion in 2016 to more than $188 billion in 2020, according to the newly updated “Worldwide Commercial Robotics Spending Guide” from International Data Corporation (IDC).

In addition to spending data on robotic systems, system hardware, software, robotics-related services, and after-market robotics hardware, the robotics spending guide now includes data on commercial purchase of drones and after-market drone hardware.

"The market for robotics continues to experience tremendous growth," said John Santagate, research manager, Supply Chain at IDC Manufacturing Insights. "This growth is really fueled by a combination of technology improvements, expanded use cases, and acceptance in the market. Innovators in the field of robotics are delivering robots that can be used to perform a broader range of tasks, which is helping to drive the adoption of robotics into a wider...

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Jan 11
Smart home hardware, services to exceed $190 billion...

New data from Juniper Research (www.junipereesearch.com) shows that revenues from smart home hardware and services will reach US$83 billion this year, rising to $195 billion by 2021. This will be generated through entertainment, automation, healthcare and connected devices, according to the research group.
 
The new research found that home automation and smart appliances will be the two fastest growing segments over the next five years, driven by established manufacturers such as Samsung, Bosch and GE Appliances. The research found that market leaders Alphabet, Amazon, Apple and Samsung will further solidify their position by building on current assets such their cloud services and incumbent device bases. Juniper has ranked these companies on product development, breadth of partnerships in the industry, success of their adopted business model, and level of innovation.

Juniper believes...

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Jan 10
Spending on 3D printing to grow at 22.3% CAGR

Worldwide purchases of 3D printers, materials, software, and related services are expected to total $13.2 billion in 2016. According to a recent report by International Data Corporation (IDC), global spending on 3D printing will experience a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.3% with revenues reaching $28.9 billion in 2020.

The United States will deliver roughly a quarter of worldwide 3D printing revenues throughout the 2015-2020 forecast period while the next three largest regions – Western Europe, Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan), and Japan – combined will deliver more than 50% of total revenues, according to IDC (www.idc.com). While the fastest growth will come from the Middle East and Africa (MEA) and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) regions, Western Europe's strong growth will significantly close the revenue gap with the United States by 2020. In fact, five of the eight geographic regions covered in the...

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20:55
Safari 10.0.3

Resolves a number of WebKit-related security vulnerabilities in Yosemite and El Capitan. (Free)

 

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20:55
iTunes 12.5.5

Updated with minor app and performance improvements. (Free, 263 MB)

 

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20:48
Faraday Future sued over missed payments on $2...

Faraday Future may have had a new car to show off at CES earlier this month, but everyone's left Las Vegas and old problems are cropping up. Now, the company is being sued by a video effects company for failure to pay for a virtual fly-through of one...

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20:24
Samsung's chip business posted record earnings...

Samsung expected a 9.2 trillion won ($7.8 billion) operating profit for Q4 2016, but the final figure is slightly larger despite the Note 7 scandal rocking its world last year. According to the Korean conglomerate's full earnings report, it posted a...

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20:02
Peter Dinklage From Game of Thrones Fears His iPhone

What does the actor who plays a character who faces dragons, monsters, magic, and even his very own father fear in real life? If it’s Peter Dinklage—Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones, we’re talking about, it’s his iPhone 7. Mr. Dinklage gave an interview to CNET to promote Rememory, a SciFi film debuting this week at the Sundance Film Festival. In that interview, he said, “I just got an iPhone about six months ago, friends made fun of me. I’m afraid of it.” There’s a reason, though, and that’s concern over how tech is changing the way humans interact. To wit, when people approach him, the interaction has become solely about the selfie-with-Peter. He said, “We’re not even allowing a memory to sink in. They’ll have proof of meeting me, but […] there wasn’t anything to remember, because all you did was just take a picture.” It’s an interesting perspective on this...

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20:00
LG G6 photo shows off some rounded corners

We've already learned a lot about LG's next mobile standard-bearer, but a picture posted by The Verge provides a look at the G6 -- well, half of it anyway. We can't tell much about its tall 2:1 (1,440 x 2,880) screen ratio without seeing the rest of...

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19:39
Report: Qualcomm considering countersuit against...

Apple and Qualcomm are currently engaged in a legal battle, with the former suing the latter for $1 billion over patent royalties. Despite the legal rhetoric, however, Qualcomm doesn’t plan to let business between it and Apple be affected, according to a new report from Recode.

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19:03
Super-fast camera records light-based 'sonic...

Scientists have suspected that light can create its own conical wakes, like a sonic boom, but how do you capture something that happens so quickly? With a very fast camera, naturally. Washington University in St. Louis has recorded these photonic sho...

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18:47
Opinion: A Siri Speaker can learn a lot from Amazon’...

Apple’s rumored Siri Speaker may be hitting the market this year and with it will likely come improvements to Siri itself. Apple, however, won’t be the first to release a standalone speaker with a built-in virtual assistant. Google has already released its solution, Google Home, while Amazon has its Alexa virtual assistant available in several forms, including the Echo and Echo Dot.

The Echo Dot and the Echo series as a whole has been a smash hit success for Amazon and it’s where Apple should take inspiration from for its Siri Speaker, but its success really...

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18:31
Android Instant Apps begins limited testing

Back at last year's Google I/O conference, the search giant introduced a new concept that the Android team had in the works: Instant Apps. The abbreviated applications would be streamlined enough to start working immediately after users open them wit...

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17:48
Google X co-founder Yoky Matsuoka returns to Nest

Silicon Valley's most in-demand robotics professor has returned to Alphabet Inc.'s Nest. As Recode reports Monday, Yoky Matsuoka will step back into the Google fold as Chief Technology Officer at the smart home devices company.

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16:55
What's on TV: 'iBoy,' 'Beware...

While we take a week off from football ahead of the Super Bowl (unless you count the Pro Bowl), there are plenty of ways to fill the time. Netflix is dropping in its odd cellphone-superpower iBoy flick, while HBO airs a Slenderman documentary. The Pa...

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16:30
How to install Windows 10 on your Mac using Boot...

If you’re interested in installing Windows 10 on your Mac running macOS Sierra, you can easily do so by means of Microsoft’s Windows 10 ISO download and the macOS Boot Camp Assistant. The installation can be a little time consuming, but it is by no means difficult. Check out our full video walkthrough inside for the details. more…

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16:25
Scientists make a viable semi-synthetic organism

Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute have already created organisms with synthetic DNA letters, but they weren't ready for the real world when they couldn't even keep the artificial base pair in their genetic code. However, the team has made...

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16:22
Qualcomm to continue supplying Apple with chips...




Qualcomm is expected to continue supplying modems and other components to Apple despite facing a $1 billion lawsuit over patent royalties and a related U.S. Federal Trade Commission action involving the Cupertino tech giant, according to a report on Monday,

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16:10
Yoky Matsuoka Left Apple to Return to Nest

Former Nest executive Yoky Matsuoka joined Apple in May 2016, and by December she was gone. Now we know why: she’s back at Nest helping create the company’s long-term smart home technology plans.


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16:07
Robotics expert Yoky Matsuoka returns to Nest Labs...

Yoky Matsuoka, an expert in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence, has returned to Alphabet's Nest Labs after serving less than nine months on the job at Apple, reports Bloomberg. She’ll serve as chief technology officer at Nest Labs.

Matsuoka joined Apple in May to help run the iPhone maker's health technology initiatives, but she left toward the end of 2016, notes Bloomberg. She was an early Nest executive when iPod creator Tony Fadell founded the startup with Matt Rogers in 2010, and she was there when Google bought the business for more than $3 billion in 2014. Matsuoka left the company in 2015 to lead a health data startup called Quanttus. 

In 2007, Matsuoka won a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant for her work in neurorobotics, using technology to help disabled people and stroke victims regain...

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16:06
Apple releases iTunes 12.5.5 for macOS

Apple has released iTunes 12.5.5 for macOS. According to the company, it’s a “minor update” with “performance enhancements.

It’s a 116MB. iTunes 12.5.5 is a free upgrade at the Mac App Store.

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16:05
Apple Investigating Issue With AirPods Randomly...

According to MacRumors, Apple is investigating multiple reports from iPhone owners of AirPods randomly disconnecting and reconnecting during calls. While the issue doesn't appear to be widespread, it appears to be a big enough problem to attract Apple's attention. One of the main reasons why the AirPods were so late to the market was because Apple needed more time to ensure the earpieces had reliable connectivity. Specifically, they were delayed to ensure both earpieces receive audio at the same time. MacRumors reports: A MacRumors forum thread and a long thread on Apple's Support Communities website have been generated by AirPods users who are regularly experiencing Bluetooth connection dropouts during phone calls, despite the fact that the wireless earphones almost never lose their connection when used to listen to music or anything else. MacRumors forum member protobiont wrote: "I've had this happen on two phone calls today. I am talking and suddenly the audio switches to the...

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15:27
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative acquires Meta's...

In September, Facebook CEO and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan promised to spend a whopping $3 billion of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative's extensive capital over the next 10 years, as it works towards its lofty goal of curing, preventing or managing all...

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15:26
When Should a Robot just Say “No!”

Should there be occasions when advanced AI’s, especially robots or androids, refuse a command by a human being?  Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics (mostly) dictate the rules, assuming the robot has been programmed with that in mind.  However, there are nuances worth further discussion, and they depend some very sophisticated, nuanced thinking (and predictions) by the robot. It’s all on page 2 of Particle Debris.

 


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15:06
Apple releases iTunes 12.5.5 with minor performance...




Continuing Apple's big day of software releases, the company on Monday issued a minor iTunes update that delivers bug fixes and performance improvements to Mac and Windows users.

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Monday January 23

12:52
Apple Again Seeks FCC Approval for Mysterious 'Wire...

For all of its devices that use communications technologies like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and NFC, Apple has to submit them to the United States Federal Communications Commission for approval, and the filings, though restricted, occasionally give hints as to what Apple is working on.

In early January, Apple sought approval for an unnamed "Wireless Device" that features support for NFC and Bluetooth. With a model number of A1846, the device appears to be an iteration of a similar Wireless Device that was submitted for regulatory approval back in September. That device shared the same design but had a model number of A1844.

The A1846 model number is not similar to existing Apple products, unveiling no information. There are no photos of the device itself, but a regulatory label that was on the original A1844 device pictured pointed towards slightly curved edges and two included torx screws....

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12:08
iPhone 8 May Use Apple's In-House Inductive Wireles...

Over the course of the last year, there has been ongoing speculation that wireless charging company Energous has inked a deal with Apple and could potentially provide wireless charging technology for the upcoming iPhone 8.

While Energous CEO Steve Rizzone has continually hinted that his company has established an agreement with "one of the largest consumer electronic companies in the world," leading people to believe the partner is Apple, a new investor's note from Copperfield Research outlines why Apple has no plans to use Energous' WattUp radio frequency-based wireless charging solution.

Copperfield Research examined multiple...

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10:09
Apple Releases macOS Sierra 10.12.3 With Graphics Fixes...

Apple today released macOS Sierra 10.12.3, the third update to the macOS Sierra operating system that launched on September 20. macOS Sierra 10.12.3 comes over a month after the release of macOS Sierra 10.12.2, and has been in testing since December 14.

macOS Sierra 10.12.3 is a free update for all customers who are running macOS Sierra. The update can be downloaded using the Software Update function in the Mac App Store.

No specific changes, bug fixes, or feature additions were discovered during the beta testing process, and Apple only said the update "improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac." Apple's release notes paint a more complete picture, stating that the...

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09:56
Apple Releases iOS 10.2.1 With Bug Fixes and Security Im...

Apple today released iOS 10.2.1 to the public following several weeks of testing. iOS 10.2.1 also comes more than a month after the release of iOS 10.2, the second major update to the iOS 10 operating system.

iOS 10.2.1 is a free over-the-air update available to all iOS 10 users. It can also be downloaded and installed on iOS devices using iTunes on a Mac or PC. The update is still rolling out and may not be immediately available on all devices.

No outward-facing changes or new features were discovered during the beta testing process, suggesting the update focuses on bug fixes and performance improvements. According to Apple's own release notes for iOS 10.2.1, the update brings unspecified bug fixes and security improvements.

The iOS 10.2.1 update will soon be followed by a new iOS 10.3 beta, if rumors are correct. The first iOS 10...

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09:53
Wall Street Punishes Qualcomm after their Number One Cli...

On Friday we posted a brief report on Apple suing Qualcomm and then on Sunday we followed up with an indepth look at Apple's lawsuit to discover the details of their case. Today Wall Street got their chance to weigh in on it – and the tide is against Qualcomm big time.

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07:38
Apple wins Several Watch Band Design Patents in Hong Kon...

Last Friday the Hong Kong Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple three Apple Watch related design patents. In addition, Apple filed for the trademark "Designed by Apple ...

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04:28
Xiaomi Ousts Hugo Barra after the Company's Smartph...

Earlier this month Patently Apple posted a report titled "Xiaomi, Another Apple Hater Stumbles and refuses to announce their Horrible Smartphone Sales Figures." Today we learn that VP Hugo Barra was ousted.

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02:26
Samsung Reveals Extent of Note7 Battery Fire Investigati...

Samsung held a press conference on Monday in which it revealed the results of its internal investigation into why some of its Galaxy Note7 handsets set on fire. Last week, leaked reports confirmed the battery was to blame, but Samsung took pains today to explain the thoroughness of its investigation, which involved over 700 engineers and data gathered from testing 200,000 phones and 30,000 Note7 batteries.

In addition to enlisting the help of two independent testing labs, the Korean company built a large-scale test facility to automate different charging and discharging scenarios, which was able to replicate the failures of consumer handsets. Absolutely everything was examined, said Samsung, from hardware and software design, to manufacturing and logistics.

Samsung's...

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01:12
Yahoo Under SEC Investigation for Not Disclosing Massive...

Yahoo is under investigation from the Securities and Exchange Commission over its failure to disclose its massive data breaches sooner, according to The Wall Street Journal.

In September 2016, the internet company revealed that an unidentified hacker had stolen the personal data of "at least" 500 million users. Then last month, the internet company admitted that over one billion Yahoo user accounts had been compromised in a hack dating back to August 2013. Information stolen included names, email addresses, phone numbers, birth dates, hashed passwords, security questions and answers.

According to today's report, the SEC is investigating why Yahoo waited years before disclosing the massive...

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Sunday January 22

18:38
Samsung and Experts Point to a Short Circuit in the Batt...

On December 5, 2017 Patently Apple posted a report titled "A new Report Claims that Samsung's Aggressive Note7 Design Caused its Battery Explosions." Tonight in a live conference, Samsung noted that in their own investigation they found that the cause of the Note7 fires were caused by a short circuit in both batteries. The second investigative body, the UL, concluded...

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16:11
iPhone Manufacturer Foxconn Mulling $7 Billion U.S. Disp...

Taiwanese iPhone manufacturer Foxconn is considering a $7 billion joint investment with Apple to establish a display manufacturing facility in the United States, it was reported on Sunday.

According to the Nikkei Asian Review, journalists who attended Foxconn's annual end-of-year party quoted chairman Terry Gou as saying that Apple is seeking to invest with the firm in a U.S. facility, which will eventually create 30,000 to 50,000 jobs.

The increase in demand for larger display panels makes local production a better solution than shipping from China to the U.S. market, Gou told reporters. In addition to the proposed display facility, Gou said Foxconn plans a new molding facility in the U.S., with the state of Pennsylvania earmarked as a possible location following investment discussions with local officials.

Gou also said that Smart...

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07:03
Foxconn Reiterates their Plan for a U.S Plant

On January 13 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Foxconn Plan Close to Completion for a Massive U.S. Plant in the U.S. to Make LCD Displays and More." Foxconn appears to be getting closer to completing their plans

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05:23
Apple's Full lawsuit against Qualcomm Comes to Ligh...

On Friday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Sues Qualcomm for $1 Billion Claiming Unfair Exclusionary Tactics and Charging Excessive Royalties." Today's report covers Apple's full formal complaint against Qualcomm with all its details filed with the Southern U.S. District Court in San Diego with the Presiding Judge being noted as Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel. Under Apple's factual allegations segment they cover such matters as Qualcomm’s Secret Manufacturer License Agreements ...

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02:43
Analyst at KGI Securities is back with more Repetitive R...

KGI analyst points to Apple shifting Touch ID to beneath the display instead of the Home Button which has long been rumored. Apple moving Touch ID to beneath an iDevice display has been long in the making. A 2013 patent filing came to light in 2015 in our patent application report titled "Apple Introduces an Alternative Touch ID Method using Full-Display Fingerprint Sensors."

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Saturday January 21

07:16
The 45th U.S. President is off to a Running Start by get...

The 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, was sworn in yesterday, as noted in our report's cover graphic, and we wish him Godspeed. Before being sworn in we learned of his meeting last December with Silicon Valley's elite to ensure that their concerns were heard before any negotiations begin with new trade deals with China.

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05:27
Apple Exploring Two-Step Touch ID and Facial Recognition...

Noted KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released a research report today in which he outlined further expectations for Apple's 2017 iPhone, including new biometric identification technology as well as the necessity of a new design to provide better structural support for a flexible OLED display with 3D Touch capability.

Apple may switch to a film sensor from the current FPCB sensor in order to provide better 3D Touch user experience, as a film sensor offers higher sensitivity. Also, we expect the new OLED iPhone will come with a flexible OLED panel. To avoid deforming the form factor of the flexible OLED panel from touch operation pressure, a metal structural part will be placed under the film sensor to provide more robust structural support.Kuo also believes Apple is developing a new Touch ID...

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04:18
Poor Samsung Sues Foxconn/Sharp for being dropped as an...

Last month Patently Apple posted a report titled "Sharp's Terry Gou Deliberately Drops Samsung as a Customer & Sends Samsung into a Panic." Today we learn that Samsung is striking out and suing Foxconn / Sharp for dropping them as an LCD customer.

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03:50
Qualcomm Calls Apple's Claims 'Baseless'...

Following news yesterday that Apple has filed suit against LTE modem supplier Qualcomm for engaging in anticompetitive licensing practices, the chipmaker hit back on Sunday by calling Apple's claims "baseless" and accusing it of "encouraging regulatory attacks".

Apple shared a statement with several news sites on Friday announcing the lawsuit, which argued that Qualcomm used its position as the sole supplier of a key iPhone component to drive up patent licensing fees. This morning Qualcomm responded in a statement on its website in which it claimed that Apple "intentionally mischaracterized our agreements and negotiations".

"While we are still in the process of reviewing the complaint in detail, it is...

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Friday January 20

15:06
Apple Sues Qualcomm for $1 Billion Claiming Unfair Exclu...

On Tuesday Patently Apple posted a report titled "The U.S. Fair Trade Commission Sues Qualcomm for Forcing Apple to use its Chips in iDevices." Now that the FTC has filed their case against Qualcomm, Apple has moved forward with a lawsuit of their own againt the chip maker for roughly $1 billion.

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14:48
Questionable Rumor Suggests Group FaceTime is Coming in...

Group FaceTime calls will be a new feature introduced in iOS 11, according to an unverified rumor shared by Israeli site The Verifier. Citing "several people familiar with iOS development," the site says group FaceTime calls are being worked on by Apple's iOS 11 team, with some of the work taking place in Israel.

Said to be a "social" update that focuses on iMessage and FaceTime development, iOS 11 will reportedly let users start multi-person calls through a group conversation in iMessage. Up to five people at once will be able to participate in a call.

The Verifier is not a site with an established track record for accurate rumors, so it is not clear how reliable this information is. We've heard few details on iOS 11 at this point in time, so the rumor should be viewed with skepticism until backed up by a secondary source.

The site also says that...

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Monday January 23

18:34
Episode 21 of the MacAdmins Podcast with Microsoft’s...
14:38
About the security content of iTunes 12.5.5 for...

This document describes the security content of iTunes 12.5.5 for Windows.

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10:05
About the security content of iCloud for Windows 6.1...

This document describes the security content of iCloud for Windows 6.1.1.

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10:02
About the security content of tvOS 10.1.1

This document describes the security content of tvOS 10.1.1.

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10:01
About the security content of iOS 10.2.1

This document describes the security content of iOS 10.2.1.

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09:00
FastTrack expands to support Windows 10, Dynamics...

Today’s post was written by Cyril Belikoff, senior director of Office Marketing.

Originally offered as a one-time onboarding benefit for Office 365 customers, Microsoft FastTrack has rapidly evolved over the past 18 months to become the customer success service that helps businesses onboard and drive adoption of Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS).

Today, we are announcing several enhancements to FastTrack for Office 365, as well as previews of FastTrack for Windows 10 and FastTrack for Dynamics 365. Just like FastTrack for Office 365 and EMS, FastTrack for Windows 10 and Dynamics 365 provides customers...

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09:00
New Downloads Now Available

New downloads are now available that you can use to test apps for the latest release of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

  • macOS Sierra 10.12.3 (16D32)
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  • tvOS 10.1.1 (14U712a)

View all downloads.

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09:00
New Downloads Now Available

New downloads are now available that you can use to test apps for the latest release of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

  • macOS Sierra 10.12.3 (16D32)
  • iOS 10.2.1 (14D27)
  • watchOS 3.1.3 (14S960)
  • tvOS 10.1.1 (14U712a)

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06:00
Announcing School Data Sync general availability

Today’s post was written by Tim Richardson, lead program manager for School Data Sync.

We are excited to announce that School Data Sync (SDS), our online classroom automation solution, is moving from preview to general availability! Please fill out this request form to sign up, and we’ll help you to deploy it—for free.

SDS helps schools automatically create online classrooms in Office 365 from their Student Information System (SIS or MIS). SDS supports virtually every SIS on the market, and hundreds of customers in over 20 countries have already used it to sync over 100,000 teachers and 2 million students.

SDS imports user profiles and rosters from a SIS into Office 365 and automatically keeps them up to date. Schools often find it can be costly and time-consuming to maintain the online classrooms because rosters naturally change...

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Thursday January 19

11:45
Design Resources for iOS Apps Now Available

Creating iOS apps is even easier with the updated Apple UI Design Resources. Use the latest Sketch and Photoshop templates and guides, color palettes, and the San Francisco typeface to quickly and accurately design iOS apps that integrate seamlessly into the overall user experience of iOS. Learn more.

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11:45
Design Resources for iOS Apps Now Available

Creating iOS apps is even easier with the updated Apple UI Design Resources. Use the latest Sketch and Photoshop templates and guides, color palettes, and the San Francisco typeface to quickly and accurately design iOS apps that integrate seamlessly into the overall user experience of iOS. Learn more.

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11:00
Episode 114 on Azure Functions for SharePoint add-...

In episode 114 of the Office 365 Developer Podcast, Richard diZerega and Andrew Coates talk to MVP Doug Ware about Azure Functions and using them with SharePoint add-ins.

https://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP114_DougWare.mp3

Download the podcast.

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09:00
More than ever, people are reliant on their peers to...

Around the world teamwork is on the rise. Research suggests employees now work on nearly double the number of teams than they did just five years ago. This means more than ever people are reliant on their peers to help get things done. But a “one size fits all” approach does not work when it comes to group collaboration—different tools appeal to different groups and address unique needs.

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09:00
Microsoft FastTrack now reaches thousands of...

Today’s post was written by Parri Munsell, managing director of Microsoft Office Partner Marketing.

Microsoft FastTrack is our customer success service designed to help organizations realize business value faster with Office 365. As we start 2017, FastTrack is growing faster than ever with the help of Microsoft certified partners. Collaborative efforts between FastTrack and partners are now helping more than 4,000 new customers every month drive usage and adoption.

We have found that customers who actively engage with both FastTrack and a Microsoft certified partner are the most successful in deploying Office 365 quickly, and in extracting the most value from their software investments. FastTrack can assist customers with data migration, provisioning services and mapping Office 365 capabilities to business goals. Microsoft partners complement the FastTrack experience with full on-site support, often providing additional value-added services such as...

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Wednesday January 18

13:04
Logic Pro X 10.3 release notes

Learn about the Logic Pro X 10.3 update. 

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10:29
Jamf Pro Extension Attribute For TouchID

Built a quick extension attribute for Jamf Pro environments to check if TouchID is enabled and report back a string in $result – this could easily be modified and so I commented a few pointers for environments that might need to modify it (e.g. to check for user-level as it’s currently system-level). To see/have the code, check https://github.com/krypted/TouchID_check.

The post Jamf Pro Extension Attribute For TouchID appeared first on krypted.com.

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10:24
About the security content of Logic Pro X 10.3

This document describes the security content of Logic Pro X 10.3.

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09:00
Forrester’s 2016 Enterprise Collaboration Wave...

Forrester—one of the most influential research and advisory firms in the world—recently released their latest report evaluating enterprise collaboration providers, and we’re pleased to share that Microsoft is named a Leader in the report.

We believe different groups have different needs when it comes to collaboration, and that’s why Office 365 is designed to give teams a choice in collaboration tools. The report examined collaboration with an emphasis on enterprise-wide knowledge sharing, and we’re honored to see Microsoft and Yammer—as part of the Office 365 suite—in the Leaders designation in the report.

Yammer is the social network for work and is included in Office 365. Over the past few years, we’ve worked to integrate Yammer more deeply into Office 365, both to extend the Yammer experience to other applications in Office 365, and to bring some of those other experiences into Yammer.

Just last fall, we announced Yammer will soon...

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09:00
Updates for OneNote Class Notebook, Learning Tools...

The OneNote team continues to listen to teachers to learn about how we can help them be more productive with our software. Today, we are announcing a set of improvements across OneNote Class Notebook, Learning Tools and Office Lens. All these improvements have come directly from our regular discussions with teachers and include:

  • The availability of Class Notebook Tools on more platforms.
  • Updates for Learning Tools for OneNote—new languages and more.
  • The ability for teachers to give stickers to students in their Class Notebooks.
  • New embeddable content types from partners.
  • Updates for the OneNote Class Notebook and LMS.
  • The availability of Office Lens for iPad, including Learning Tools.

Class Notebook Tools—now available...

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Tuesday January 17

14:55
Episode 20 of the MacAdmins Podcast, on MacADUK with...
09:00
Advanced Office 365 capabilities now available to U....

Today, we are pleased to announce the availability of several advanced capabilities in Office 365 that are new for the U.S. Government Community. The U.S. Government Community Cloud complies with federal requirements for cloud services, including FedRAMP, as well as with requirements for criminal justice and federal tax information systems.

The new capabilities—including Skype for Business cloud voice, video and meetings services; advanced security workloads; and data analytics tools—together with the core productivity and collaboration capabilities of Office 365, will enable U.S. Government workers to collaborate in new ways and drive digital transformation across all areas of agency operations, all while meeting stringent compliance standards.

Communication-powered productivity

Productivity today is centered on conversations, whether it’s a quick instant message, an impromptu phone call or a scheduled meeting with voice, video and content sharing. But...

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09:00
Breaking down silos—tools for better communication...

Today’s workforce is spread across more locations than ever before: 37 percent of workers telecommuted to some degree in 2015. Companies occupy multiple locations, and business partnerships span the globe. In addition to physical separation, teams in the same company are separated by projects and departments. These barriers unfortunately lead to communication silos, furthering separation and limiting teamwork and collaboration.

Silos can have a significant (and detrimental) effect on your business. They create barriers between teams, often disrupting communications across your entire organization. But that’s not all. Let’s look at the wider impact silos can have across your company.

  • Limits communication and impedes culture—Siloed teams eventually inhibit your company’s culture. Employees crave communication, collaboration and a...
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*Apple* Site Security Manager - Apple (Unite...
# Apple Site Security Manager Job Number: 54692472 Culver City, California, United States Posted: Jan. 19, 2017 Weekly Hours: 40.00 **Job Summary** The Apple Read more
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…most exceptional support available in the industry. SCI is seeking an Junior Apple macOS systems integration administrator that will be responsible for providing Read more
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