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Satechi announces Aluminum Type-C Multimedia Adapter

Satechi has launched the Aluminum Type-C Multimedia Adapter. The hub features a USB-C Power Delivery port to charge PD-compatible devices (up to 49W), 4K HDMI (30Hz), 4K mini DisplayPort (30Hz), Gigabit Ethernet, micro/SD card slots and three USB 3.0 ports to access all devices. 

Satechi’s Aluminum Type-C Multimedia Adapter boasts the upgraded USB-C Power Delivery (PD) standard to quickly charge compatible devices (USB-C PD 2.0 or higher). It includes multi-directional power flow (up to 49W) and efficient charging speeds to ensure all devices always stay juiced.

The Aluminum Type-C Multimedia Adapter allows users to have a mirrored display on two external monitors (HDMI and mini DP), up to 4K @ 30Hz. The HDMI/mini DP display is supported on devices equipped with DisplayPort over USB-C (Alt mode) and requires direct HDMI-HDMI, mini DP-mini DP connection.

You can also add a wired network port to a USB-C laptop for Ethernet connection with the Aluminum Type-C...

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InvizBox announces portable VPN router

InvizBox has announced the global availability of InvizBox Go (https://www.invizbox.com/buy/), a portable VPN router with a built-in power bank, Wi-Fi extension and ad blocker to secure Internet traffic and access blocked content. Pricing starts at $150.

It allows users to secure all Internet traffic when using Wi-Fi. InvizBox Go purportedly secures browsing privacy and security and can be used at home, abroad or on public Wi-Fi anywhere in the world. The InvizBox Go also doubles up as a portable power bank with the ability to fully charge a mobile phone or tablet by plugging into the USB port on the side of the device. It can be used with multiple devices.

In order to use the VPN service, InvizBox has partnered with IP Vanish, a VPN “no log” provider. Each InvizBox Go has access to a Virtual Private Network (VPN) that consists of over 500 servers in 20 countries. The VPN service costs...

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AKVIS releases NatureArt 10

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released AKVIS NatureArt 10, an update of its software for imitating natural phenomena on digital photos. Version 10 offers a new Night Sky effect with a number of ready-to-use presets, full compatibility with Photoshop CC 2018, some interface improvements, etc.

NatureArt 10 is available as a standalone program and as a plugin filter for AliveColors, Adobe Photoshop and other image editors. On the Mac platform, the software runs on macOS 10.7 and higher.

AKVIS NatureArt, Home license, sells for $72. AKVIS subscribers can buy the product for 10% off. One license key allows activating and using the software on two computers. A demo is available for download.

The update is free for users who bought NatureArt in the last 12 months. Users, whose license is older and isn’t valid for the new version, can get NatureArt 10 for $14.95.

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Mar 21
Excel Software ships FileMaker, Xojo, Xcode plug-ins

Excel Software (www.excelsoftware.com) has released new runtime plugins for FileMaker and Xojo developers of Mac and Windows desktop apps and a new library file for Xcode developers creating Mac OS apps.

The new runtime files give developers the latest QuickLicense 8 protection and licensing features plus updates for the latest Mac and Windows OS. App developers can access QuickLicense runtime commands with a function call.

PluginFMQLRT 2.0 adds a 64-bit FileMaker Windows plugin. It also supports 32-bit FileMaker Windows and a 64-bit Cocoa plugin for Mac OS computers. PluginXojoQLRT 2.1 supports both 32-bit and 64-bit Mac and Windows apps created with Xojo. QLRT Xcode 3.1 is a static library that can be compiled into any Xcode desktop application.

FileMaker, Xojo and Xcode developers can add offline, Serial Number online or USB dongle activation to protect and license any Mac or Windows...

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Mar 21
Apple introduces new Apple Watch bands

Apple has debuted a spring collection of bands that include Woven Nylon bands with a fresh stripe that alternates white with color, exclusive Nike bands that color-match with the latest Nike running shoes, and a new edge paint color for Apple Watch Hermès bands.

Later this month, all new bands will be available to order from apple.com and for purchase at select Apple Stores, Apple Authorized Resellers and carriers.
Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) will include new 38mm and 42mm Space Gray Aluminum Case with Black Sport Loop models.

The Nike Sport Loop will now be sold separately, joining new Nike Sport Band colors. Apple Watch Nike+ (GPS + Cellular) will include new 38mm and 42mm Space Gray Aluminum Case with Midnight Fog Nike Sport Loop models. The Single Tour Rallye and Double Tour bands now display contrasting paint details.

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Mar 21
Azpen announces new line of wireless chargers

Azpen Innovation (www.azpeninnovation.com) has announced four new Qi wireless chargers: the Azpen Qi Wireless Charging Pad (C100), the Azpen Dual-Power Wireless Charging Pad (C200), the Azpen Power Bank with Wireless Charging (C300), and the Azpen Car Vent Magnetic Wireless Charger (C400).

The $29.99 Azpen Qi Wireless Charging Pad (C100) provides 10 watts of standard charging power and has an ambient glow charging indicator light. For twice the charging fun, the $59.99 Azpen Dual-Power Qi Wireless Charging Pad (C200) can charge two devices at the same time. It too has 20 watts (two sets of 10 watts) of power and can fully charge two devices simultaneously.

The $59.99 Azpen Power Bank with Wireless Charging (C300) is a 2-in-1 charger that provides standard wireless charging power and an 8000mAh capacity battery. The device also features two variably powered USB ports.

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Mar 20
Apple releases sixth developer beta of tvOS 11.3

Apple has released the sixth developer beta of tvOS 11.3. Registered developers can download it from Apple's Developer Center — or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

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Mar 20
Keep It 1.3 adds iCloud folder sharing, PDF annotation and more

Reinvented Software has announced Keep It 1.3 (http://reinventedsoftware.com/keepit/), an update to their notebook, scrapbook and organizer for macOS.

Designed for writing notes, saving web links, organizing documents, and finding them again. Version 1.3 adds iCloud folder sharing, PDF annotation, and more.

Keep It for Mac 1.3 requires macOS 10.12 Sierra or later, and is available as a 15-day trial. A license for Keep It for Mac costs $49.99 and includes all Keep It Version 1.x updates.

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Mar 20
Twocanoes Software releases Certificate Request for macOS

Twocanoes Software has introduced Certificate Request, a utility for the Mac that’s used to request and install digital X.509 certificates directly from Active Directory.

It automatically discovers all the required information from Active Directory. Once authenticated, requesting a digital certificate is reportedly as simple as clicking a single button. The digital certificate can be used for configuring wireless, Mail, VPN, or many other services on macOS.

Certificate Request requires macOS 10.12 or later. It costs $29.99 for a single user license and $299.99 for 30 users. A 14-day trial is available at the product webpage (https://tinyurl.com/yap5ddc9).

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Mar 20
QNAP rolls out new NAS series

QNAP Systems has launched its 4-bay ( TS-473), 6-bay ( TS-673), and 8-bay ( TS-873) TS-x73 series NAS featuring an AMD RX-421ND quad-core CPU with Turbo Core up to 3.4GHz and two PCIe slots for installing a QNAP QM2 card, wireless network card or a graphics card to extend NAS functionalities.

The TS-x73 series provides small and medium businesses with a NAS solution to build a private cloud for applications including high-speed data transfer, backup/recovery, virtualization, media playback and graphics display, according to Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP.

The TS-x73 series is powered by an AMD RX-421ND quad-core 2.1 GHz CPU (Turbo Core up to 3.4 GHz) and 4GB/8GB DDR4 RAM (up to 64GB). With an optional 10GbE network card installed, it delivers up to 1661 MB/s throughput and up to 1575 MB/s with AES-NI hardware-accelerated encryption.

With two built-in M.2 SATA SSD slots and SSD caching (M.2 SSD sold separately), coupled with Qtier auto-tiering technology,...

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Mar 19
Apple releases new developer beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13

Apple has released the sixth developer beta for macOS High Sierra 10.13. Registered developers can download it from Apple's Developer Center — or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

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Mar 19
Mellel 4.1 introduces DOCX support, Tracking, Word Spacing, and more

Mellel has released Mellel 4.1 (https://www.mellel.com/mellel/), an update to its word processor. The upgrade offers a host of new export capabilities and features for both its Mac and iPad versions.

Mellel can now import Microsoft Word DOCX documents. Users can now set letter-spacing easily. A Minimum Word Spacing feature gives a way to squeeze and maximize spacing. Users can now change the color of items in an outline, can truncate outline items so they don’t wrap and more.

You can now set the indent for continuing paragraphs within the Auto-title setup, allowing you to set auto-indent faster and with less clutter. With the new Story Feature, writers can create or draw story points on a line of their own. This makes the points more apparent when displayed, and unobtrusive when hidden. The Auto-title palette now shows the flow level of selected auto-titles in the text or in the...

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Mar 19
QNAP ships its first 3-bay TS-328 RAID 5 NAS

QNAP Systems has rolled out the TS-328, its first quad-core 3-bay NAS that allows for building a RAID 5 array using only three drives. Compared with 2-bay NAS that only allow for building RAID 1 arrays, the TS-328 provides the choice of RAID 5 and can optimize available space while providing high data protection.

The TS-328 provides multimedia applications and video transcoding capabilities, and is an ideal solution for home users to centrally store, backup and manage files and data, according to Dan Lin, product manager of QNAP. He says that 30% of QNAP NAS users prefer using RAID 5 arrays to benefit from optimized storage capacity, higher performance, and data protection.

QNAP’s first 3-bay NAS allows entry-level users to build a RAID 5 array on their NAS for a more cost-effective private cloud storage solution. The TS-328 also supports snapshots, allowing for users to quickly recover data in the event of accidental deletion/modification or ransomware attack....

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Mar 19
Dejal Time Out 2.4 for macOS Adds Statistics and More Options

Dejal has announced Time Out 2.4, an update to their break reminder app for macOS.

Using a computer for hours on end can lead to eye, back, and neck strain. Time Out 2 offers users gentle reminders to take breaks, allowing them to stretch and relax. Version 2.4 adds the ability to get statistics about the number of times a break has been postponed, skipped, and done, disable the postpone/skip buttons briefly, and more.

Time Out 2.4 requires macOS 10.10 or later. It’s free and is available through the Mac App Store in the Health and Fitness category, as well as the Dejal website (http://www.dejal.com/timeout/).

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Mar 16
Apple releases new developer beta of watchOS 4.3

Apple has released the sixth developer beta of an upcoming watchOS 4.3 update. Registered developers can download it from Apple's Developer Center — or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

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Mar 16
Apple releases new developer beta of iOS 11.3

Apple has released the sixth developer beta of an upcoming iOS 11.3 update. Registered developers can download it from Apple's Developer Center — or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

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Mar 16
Syncro Soft Announces Version 20 of the Oxygen XML Editor Suite of...

Syncro Soft has announced version 20 of its Oxygen XML suite of products that include Oxygen XML Editor, Author, Developer, Web Author, WebHelp, as well as the new Oxygen PDF Chemistry.

For the complete list of new features and detailed information, go to https://tinyurl.com/58mkop . A demo of Oxygen 20.0 can be downloaded at https://tinyurl.com/34bhvw, and a demo of Oxygen XML Web Author can found at https://tinyurl.com/ybnyzxld . You can purchase licenses by going to https://www.oxygenxml.com/buy.html .

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Mar 15
Logitech G unveils new gaming speaker, mechanical keyboard

Logitech G, a brand of Logitech, has announced a Mac compatible addition to its family of gaming gear. The Logitech G560 PC Gaming Speaker (https://tinyurl.com/yall2qof) is the first dedicated gaming speaker system with the company’s LIGHTSYNC, a technology that synchronizes both light and sounds to gameplay.

It provides 240 Watts Peak/120 Watts RMS power and 3D audio with DTS:X Ultra 1.0 for in-game positional audio. Together this improves accuracy, and heightens intensity and realism, giving gamers a more immersive and fun experience, according to Ujesh Desai, vice president and general manager of Logitech Gaming.

Powered by advanced LIGHTSYNC technology, the Logitech G560 synchronizes RGB lighting and audio in real time to match on-screen gameplay action, he adds. Light and animation effects can be customized across approximately 16.8 million colors, with four lighting zones. The...

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Mar 15
StarTech debuts new Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station 

StarTech.com has released the $405 Thunderbolt 3 Dual-4K Docking Station with SD Card Slot that provides 85W of USB power delivery, support for two 4K DisplayPort displays, a SD card slot, and six USB 3.0 ports. 
The docking station comes equipped with a DisplayPort video output and USB-C to DisplayPort cable for connecting the Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port to an additional DisplayPort display. Users can also connect to more devices and peripherals with the dock’s five USB-A ports, one USB-C port, and card reader slot.

The dock allows MacBook Pro and Windows PC users direct access to the content on their SD or microSD Flash cards. The SD card slot could also be used for additional storage and backup through macOS X Time Machine or Windows File History. 

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Mar 15
Paragon Software debuts new version of Hard Disk Manager for Mac

Paragon Software, has released a new version of Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac, software to protect and manage your macOS system. It now provides macOS High Sierra 10.13 and APFS (Apple File System) support.

This utility covers all aspects of Mac’s life cycle from drive partitioning and regular backup to system migration, flexible disaster recovery options, and secure wiping of recycled storage. The new edition allows users to bypass System Integrity Protection (SIP) limitations, so Hard Disk Manager operations are no longer inhibited by it.

Any operation with a system disk can be performed, even when SIP is enabled. The current release doesn’t yet include APFS backup functionality, which is anticipated in the next product update.

Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac requires macOS 10.7 or later. It costs $39.95. A demo is available for download at https://tinyurl.com/y929vxbp ....

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Mar 22
Digital transformation, IoT to drive cybersecurity...

New data from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that global business spend on cybersecurity solutions will grow by 33% over the next 4 years, reaching $134 billion annually by 2022. The research group ofound that nearly 70% of 2022 spend would originate from medium-sized businesses, as cybercriminals target “low-hanging fruit.”

In the context of strategies for financial services, mobile operators, enterprise and IoT service providers, the research highlighted that stakeholders’ digital transformation and IoT endeavors were key catalysts for increasing spend to defend assets from threats. Juniper anticipates that the cumulative cost of data breaches between 2017 and 2022 will reach $8 trillion, with variable per-business losses depending on the nature and scale of the attack.

Shipping company Maersk, for example, estimated the cost of NotPetya infecting its global network...

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Mar 21
IDC: spending on mobile solutions to top $1.6 trillion

Worldwide spending on mobility solutions is forecast to grow 3.2% year over year in 2018, reaching more than $1.6 trillion, according to a new Worldwide Semiannual Mobility Spending Guide from International Data Corporation (IDC).

This growth is expected to continue through 2021 with spending on mobility-related hardware, software, and services surpassing $1.7 trillion as the market achieves a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.8%.

"The new mobility use cases and technology adoption in enterprises is driving growth in all three facets of the market, from devices to software and services," said Phil Hochmuth, program director, Enterprise Mobility, IDC (www.idc.com) "As device capabilities continue to evolve with augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence (AI), and with 5G networks on the near horizon, technology choices for mobile technology buyers will become increasingly complex and critical...

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Mar 21
Gartner: enterprise software spending increasing...

Enterprise application software spending in India is projected to reach $2.5 billion in 2018, an 19.8% increase from 2017, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). In China, 2018 enterprise application software spending is expected to reach $ 5.1 billion, an 18.9% rise from 2017, adds the research group.

While both countries are poised for continued growth, organizations have different criteria for selecting the vendors they use. For example, a recent end-user survey by Gartner showed that corporate branding is an important software selection criterion in China, while organizations in India focus more on pricing and contract flexibility.

"China's and India's enterprise application software spending has grown at double-digit rates historically, and they will continue to be hot spots," said Keith Guttridge, research director at Garner. "To be competitive in those countries,...

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Mar 20
Smart applicants market poised for growth

A new report from Navigant Research (www.navigantresearch.com) looks at the shift in the smart appliances market as a subset of the smart home Internet of Things (IoT) trend, examining factors behind the market growth cycle and providing recommendations to key stakeholders.

While a variety of smart home products like smart thermostats, connected lighting, and smart locks are experiencing a wave of adoption, smart appliances haven’t found the same success. Consumers have mostly avoided smart appliances due to higher price points and a lack of perceived value, but this is starting to change, according to Navigant Research.

“The growing smart home IoT market is helping drive new interest in the typically sluggish smart appliances subsegment,” said Neil Strother, principal research analyst with the research group. “The smart appliance market segment is now ready for a healthy growth spurt over...

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Mar 20
Toxins return in electronics and electrics

There is a flood of new electronic and electrical devices reintroducing toxins very similar to those in tobacco smoke, diesel fumes, asbestos and other killers, according to IDTechEx.

Some of these devices will sell in up to billions yearly but there has been no tracking of the big picture of imminent toxic threat from the balance of virulence, morphology and likely prevalence of these toxins. Something only moderately toxic is a threat if it is widely deployed in millions yearly and has uncontrolled disposal.

Small particles are more reactive and penetrating and researchers suspect that some can magnify the toxicity of others: small volume, big danger? The IDTechEx report, “Toxic Materials and Alternatives in Electronics/ Electrics 2018-2028” looks at all of this.

This report has a timeline of planned introduction of “toxins of concern” into electronics and electrics 2018-2028 and analyses those deployed today and those being researched in new devices....

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Mar 19
Full-screen smartphones will rule this year

According to WitsView, a division of the TrendForce (www.trendforce) research group, full-screen smartphones will become the trend in market this year. The pursuit of narrower bezels and notch designs has emerged, bringing about solutions of under-display fingerprint sensor and applications combining camera modules and facial recognition.

According to Boyce Fan, research director of WitsView, full-screen smartphones have become the focus of market since 2017. The new models launched by Apple and Samsung have led to designs of higher screen-to-body ratio. Smartphone brands will be changing the overall appearance of their devices as a way to upgrade hardware specifications, especially in the situation that smartphone market goes saturated and replacement purchases decrease.

In addition to Samsung, LG Electronic and many Chinese brands who already have active layout, even Sony, who tends to be more conservative...

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Mar 19
Worldwide server revenue grew 25.7% in quarter four of...

The worldwide server market continued to grow through 2017 as worldwide server revenue increased 25.7% in the fourth quarter of 2017, while shipments grew 8.8 percent year over year, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). In all of 2017, worldwide server shipments grew 3.1% and server revenue increased 10.4% compared with full-year 2016, adds the research group.

"Server growth was driven by relatively strong economies for the quarter across the globe," said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner. "This was a somewhat surprising quarter because the strength was exhibited in a variety of positive server shipment and revenue mixes in almost all geographies.”

Dell EMC and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) were neck-and-neck in the worldwide server market based on revenue in the fourth quarter of 2017. Dell EMC ended the year in the No. 1 spot with 19.4% market share, followed closely by HPE...

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Mar 16
Facebook loses favorite brand connectivity with...

Moosylvania (https://moosylvania.com/), a brand building agency, recently asked consumers from 18-38, how they’re relating to their favorite brands – and on which channels they connect.

“We know they are on the channels talking with their friends. What we want to know is how and where they are connecting with their favorite brands,” said CEO Norty Cohen.

The average millennial checks their phone more than 150 times per day – but how often and where are they checking in with their favorite brands? Moosylvania asked consumers, via a mobile-only survey, in January of 2018 was, “You’ve just told us your favorite brand – how do you connect with them on your smartphone?”
The survey compared reactions from 2017 to 2018 and saw significant changes within just 12 months.

“The big news is the change on Facebook – down from 52% to 40% with younger millennials (17-27) and from 48% to 33% (28-38)...

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Mar 16
By 2020, 50% of workers will be working remotely

Per Amr Ibrahim, CEO of ULTATEL (https://www.ultatel.com), which makes telecom solutions for businesses and service providers, says that, by 2020, 50% of all workers will be working remotely.
Currently, 3.7 million employees work from home at least 50% of the time. Since 2005, the remote worker population has increased by 115%, almost 10x more than the rest of the workforce. Up to 90% of the workforce reports that working remotely 2-3 days a week is ideal, with most believing remote work to be the right balance for concentrative work away from the office, as well as collaborative work at the office. Ibrahim says a vital component to making remote work possible is the Cloud.
"Cloud-based technology is allowing workers to access their information and customer base from anywhere at any time and is imperative for working remotely both now and in the future,” he says.

However, he...

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Mar 15
Global video revenue hit $70 billion in 2017

Online services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video have transformed the video business in recent years, but according to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com), revenue increases will be even higher in the next four years than in the previous four years.

The research group concludes that global video revenues, including online, physical media and advertising, reached $70.2 billion in 2017, an increase of $29.4 billion since 2013. Over the next four years the increase in dollars, $36.3 billion, will be even greater, taking total industry revenues to $106.5 billion in 2021.
Other key findings from the research include:

° In 2017 online revenues, including consumer spending and advertising, accounted for 84% of the total video market, compared to 52% in 2013.

° Subscription VOD revenues rose by more than a third in 2017 and are forecast to...

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Thursday March 22

Gallery: Apple promotes upcoming Shinjuku store and...

After revealing the location of a new retail store in Tokyo earlier this week, Apple is now promoting the grand opening of Apple Shinjuku with a new neon-themed video, signage, and promotional imagery on the company’s Japanese website.


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Alleged bezel-less iPad image surfaces from case...

Update:  The “leak” appears to be a bad render of the 10.5-inch existing iPad Pro:

Good find. I need to have a talk with someone. https://t.co/c41dHZdjEn

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) March 23, 2018

Several reports have suggested that Apple has a refreshed lineup of iPads coming this year, including models with Face ID and the same bezel-free design as the iPhone X. This evening, notorious Twitter leaker Evan Blass shared an image of an iPad model with significantly smaller bezels and without a Home button, but there are several issues with the render…


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Purported iPad model with edge-to-edge screen, no...

An image from famed hardware leaker Evan Blass on Thursday could offer one of the first looks at a rumored iPad model that replaces Apple's years-old home button with Face ID facial recognition.

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Apple’s Spike Jonze and FKA Twigs ‘Welcome Home’...

Adweek has a great behind-the-scenes video that shows—among other things—that all that stretchy-house stuff from Apple’s new HomePod ad was done with practical effects, rather than CGI.

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Carrot Weather updated with push notifications, new...

The popular and snarky app Carrot Weather has today been updated to version 4.6, bringing support for push notifications and a slew of new content options…


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Report examines how police use fingerprints of dead...

The topic of using the fingerprint of a dead person to unlock an iPhone with Touch ID has been brought to light in the past, and now a new report from Forbes dives into a bit more into details regarding the practice. The report includes anecdotes from various law enforcement and FBI sources who offer more color on the practice of using a dead suspect’s fingerprint for Touch ID…


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Amnesty International presses Apple to warn Chinese...

Amnesty International is calling on Apple to inform Chinese iCloud users that their data might be at risk of government prying after the company migrated regional accounts to China-based servers, a move designed to conform with local laws.

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Police using fingerprints of dead suspects to unlock...

While there have been some failures, U.S. law enforcement agencies have indeed used the fingers of corpses to unlock iPhones and obtain evidence, a report revealed on Thursday.

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IK Multimedia Ships Leslie Rotary Speaker Amp Models

IK Multimedia shipped AmpliTube Leslie and T-RackS Leslie on Thursday. Announced in January, these are amp models for the famous Lesli rotary speakers. I love a great guitar sound coming through a Leslie, having played in a band that used one. And, of course, A Hammond B3…man, I love a Leslie! Anyhoo, this software package for AmpliTube and T-RackS include: Leslie Type 147, 122, 122A; Leslie 3300w, Leslie G-37, Leslie Studio 12. It also includes five Leslie amp models, including: Leslie Type 147, Leslie Type 122 – vintage tube model; Leslie Type 122A – new tube model; Leslie 3300w – new hybrid amp, and the Leslie G-37/Studio 12 – new hybrid amp. The AmpliTube and T-RackS apps are US$99.99 each, or you can get both for $149.99. They’re available now. The promo video below gives a nice overview of what they can do.


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Apple updates Apple Store app with new Sessions tab...

Apple on Thursday rolled out a revamped version of its Apple Store app for iOS, introducing a new Sessions tab for easy access to Today at Apple events and app-wide design tweaks.

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How to delete and restore iOS’ built-in apps on...

While iOS 10 brought the ability to more or less hide iOS’ built-in apps, you can actually delete them with iOS 11. Follow along below for how to delete and restore the default apps on iPhone.


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Changes to Mac Clipboard Bring Image Conversion and...

Among the updates include image conversion and certain security enhancements.

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iPhone X ‘Fly Market’ Commercial: Song, Dance, Face...

Apple has a new spot out, and I love it. It’s called Fly Market, and it features a young man dancing through a street market using Apple Pay and Face ID on his iPhone X to buy clothes and a present for his mom. The song is “Back Pocket” by Vulfpeck, a great tune. This commercial has charisma, and I love the imagery—I think it’s great. I’d love to hear what you think.

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Ztylus Revolver M Series iPhone Lens Kit:

Check out the Ztylus Revolver M Series of camera lenses for iPhone 7/8, iPhone 7/8 Plus, and iPhone X. It comes with a case that has a magnetic attachment on the back. Attach the lens kit, and rotate the lens you want into place, as shown in the video. It comes with six lenses, including two telephoto lenses, macro, super macro, wide-angle, and fisheye. It’s $49.99 through us.

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A brief history of movies shot with phones

Film School Rejects:

Soderbergh and Baker might be the highest profile directors to turn to cellular devices for feature films, but there are plenty of independent filmmakers turning to the format.

The iPhone is a great tool for filmmakers – but it must be used by someone who understands how to create an engaging movie. I love the last line – “Pick up your phone and share your story, there are people who want to see it.” That’s true – but only if it is a good story to begin with, regardless of the tool you use to tell the

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Apple Store app for iOS adds ‘Sessions’ feature,...

The Apple Store app on iOS has today received a major update, bringing it to version 5.0. The update includes a new Sessions screen for finding Apple Store, improvements to the in-store experience, and more…


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Apple World Today News Update: March 22, 2018

Image via AnyAssembly.com

Today's Apple World Today News Update podcast has news on where Apple's future revenue growth will come from, a unique proof-of-concept app that wants to make it easier to assemble IKEA furniture, and a rumor about trial production of this year's iPhones:

  • Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty sees Apple's future revenue growth coming not from iPhones, but from services and wearables
  • A developer has created a proof-of-concept AR app that could make it easier to understand those sometimes nebulous IKEA furniture assembly instructions
  • Rumors! Trial product of this year's three iPhones could start as early as June

The text version of the podcast can be read below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Apple News readers need to visit Apple World Today in order to listen to the podcast.


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Mobile gaming is having a moment, and Apple has the...

Thos of us old enough to remember the bad old days know that Apple had a reputation at times for not being very “gamer friendly”, whether it was towards gamers themselves or game developers. Steve Jobs was famously apathetic and dismissive of the Mac as a gaming platform. But the iPhone has changed all of that.

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VR and AR patent applications demonstrate Apple...

A new batch of Apple patent applications published on Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office shows Apple is still working on technology relating to virtual and augmented reality, with filings showing a multi-resolution system for creating VR content, headset concepts, and a 3D document editing system.

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Actor Joshua Leonard had 'Unsane' time...

The actor talks to AppleInsider about director Steven Soderbergh's new movie, what it's like to act in a scene when the camera is an iPhone and how innovative technology has followed him throughout his career.

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This look inside Spike Jonze’s Apple ad is as...

I think this behind the scenes video is even more interesting than the ad itself.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Analyst: Apple’s Service platform has ‘tremendous...

In a note to clients — as noted by Business Insider — Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty says Apple’s Services platform has “tremendous upside.”

She forecasts that Services revenue growth will contribute more than 50% of the company's total revenue growth over the next five years. The iPhone, which has contributed 86% of Apple's revenue growth over the past five years, will make up 22% of revenue growth in the next five.

Apple Services include Apple Music subscriptions, iTunes Music, iCloud storage plans, paid apps from Apple's App Store, and AppleCare service plans, Apple Pay, etc. In its most recent quarter, Apple posted $8.5 billion in revenue in its services category, up 13% year-over-year.

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Thursday March 22

Case Maker's Rendering Depicts iPad Pro With No Hom...

Noted leaker Evan Blass this evening tweeted a mysterious render of an iPad that features slimmer bezels, no Home button, and no notch with space for a camera.

Blass did not provide any information on the render, aside from the cryptic message "Seems to be something missing from this (encased) iPad..." which perhaps hints that he received the render from a case maker. Blass typically only shares leaks that he believes are from credible sources.

Seems to be something missing from this (encased) iPad... pic.twitter.com/n0esVAOBkq

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) March 23, 2018

Case manufacturers often create renders and dummy models of devices ahead of their debut in order to be the first to come out with new accessories and cases for freshly launched devices. Much of the time, these kinds of leaks are accurate...

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Apple's In-Depth Work on a Next-Gen Mixed Reality H...

Buried in a plethora of patent applications published by the U.S. Patent Office today was a patent filing with a completely new vision for Apple's future headset. It's mind boggling in scope and even provides us with a vision 10 years out of a desktop replacement using a head mound display system that's wild

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Quick Takes: The Comfort of Apple's Ecosystem, Usin...

In addition to our standalone articles covering the latest Apple news and rumors at MacRumors, this Quick Takes column provides a bite-sized recap of other headlines about Apple and its competitors on weekdays.

Thursday, March 22


Image Credit: MacStories

1. Erasing Complexity: The Comfort of Apple's Ecosystem: MacStories editor-in-chief Federico Viticci explains how, after years of testing competing products and ecosystems, he has decided to fully embrace Apple's ecosystem given the simplicity and integration of apps, services, and hardware.It took me years to understand that the value I get from Apple's ecosystem far outweighs its shortcomings. While not infallible, Apple still creates products that abstract complexity, are nice, and work well together. In...

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Apple Invents a Counterbalanced iPad (Pro) Stand for Wor...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to a future iPad / iPad Pro Accessory in the form of a counterbalanced stand with maximum flexibility for work, making presentations and enjoying video content, TV and gaming.

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Apple Shares New 'Fly Market' iPhone X Video F...

Apple today shared a new iPhone X video on its YouTube channel, which is designed to highlight Apple Pay payments approved with Face ID.

Called "Fly Market," the video is set to the song "Back Pocket" by Vulfpeck. It features a man dancing through an open air market making purchases with just a look. Every item he looks at flies onto his body like magic.

Apple Pay on iPhone X is unique because purchases are approved with Face ID rather than Touch ID. Making a purchase is as simple as looking at the iPhone to unlock it using facial recognition, and then clicking twice on the Side button.

"Fly Market" is the second video Apple has released in recent weeks showing off Face ID on the iPhone X. The first video, "Unlock," was done in the same vein, with Face ID on the iPhone X causing everything in the surrounding area to unlock....

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Apple's Services Category Set to Be the Company...

Apple's services revenue is growing at a rapid pace and is on track to be the company's primary revenue driver in the future, according to a note Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty shared with investors this morning (via Business Insider).

Huberty believes that over the course of the next five years, services revenue growth will contribute more than 50 percent of Apple's total revenue growth. The iPhone, meanwhile, will make up just 22 percent of revenue growth during the same time period, despite the fact that it's contributed 86 percent of Apple's revenue growth over the past five years.

Although "over the last five years, the vast majority (86%) of Apple's 8% annual revenue growth was driven by iPhone sales, it is through monetization of Apple's Services business that we see the company still generating mid...

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Desperate Samsung cuts their throat by Pushing 2 for 1 P...

On Monday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung's Galaxy S9 went on sale in Korea over the weekend to a lukewarm reception." Samsung must be desperate because they're back to promoting a 2 for 1 deal in the U.S. Imagine if Apple did that for the iPhone X ...

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Apple's Most Advanced Project Titan Invention Surfa...

In February Patently Apple posted a report titled "A New Project Titan Patent Surfaces in Europe Covering Interchangeable Heads-Up Display Interfaces & more." Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that advances that heads-up display invention published in Europe. Apple details an advanced gesture control system for when the vehicle's occupant wants the autonomous vehicle to perform a particular action that's not part of a particular journey, like pass a vehicle or accelerate or park or ...

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Apple to Prevent Siri From Reading Hidden Notifications...

Apple has confirmed it will fix a privacy issue in which Siri can read aloud hidden lock screen notifications from many apps on iPhones.

In a statement provided to MacRumors, Apple said "we are aware of the issue and it will be addressed in an upcoming software update." It's quite possible the fix will be included in iOS 11.3, which remains in beta testing, but Apple may elect to address the problem with a minor update such as iOS 11.2.7.

As reported by Brazilian website MacMagazine earlier this week, users can simply ask Siri to "read my notifications" and the assistant will read aloud the contents of notifications, including ones that are hidden, from a wide selection of apps.

Siri's behavior becomes a privacy issue because it can read aloud messages and emails from third-party apps such as Facebook Messenger,...

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Apple invents new Cosmetically Appealing Rocker Switches...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to providing future iDevices with new force sensitive rocker switches and buttons. In one case Apple even hints of replacing the digital crown on Apple Watch. The new switches and buttons may be in-line with the body of the device or slightly risen and offer more control using force touch controls.

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Apple Expected to Trial Production of 2018 iPhone Lineup...

Apple is expected to begin trial production of a trio of new iPhone models in the second quarter of 2018 at the earliest, as it looks to avoid a repeat of the issues caused by the initial low yield rates on production of 3D sensor modules for the iPhone X last year, according to Taiwanese website DigiTimes.

iPhone X2, iPhone X2 Plus, and iPhone SE 2 mockup by Curved.de

The report, citing supply chain sources, claims Apple's fast-tracking of the trial production will help push ahead the delivery schedules for the 2018 iPhones, meaning it should have more plentiful supply available for pre-orders.

The sources cited add that sales of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X have been "lower than expected," but they believe the earlier production will help Apple to "rekindle"...

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Apple Advances their Head Mounted Display Project by add...

Apple has been tweaking their head mounted display (HMD) since 2008. With Apple's renewed interest in pursuing such a device they've been ramping up their work on this project. Last year there were at least three updates. Today Apple has updated their headset project once again with a lot of new entries like playing games, adding internal speakers and more.

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While Huawei was expecting their new Smartphone to Crack...

Back in January Patently Apple posted a report titled "U.S. Government Attempting to Stop Apple Smartphone Competitor Huawei from Entering the U.S. Market via AT&T." Little did we know at the time that Huawei had a deal with Best Buy, likely aimed at selling Huawei's new P20 smartphone launching next Tuesday. But at the last moment, Best Buy pulled out ..

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Apple to Ramp up Production of 3D Sensing Components ear...

With Apple reportedly making 3D sensing a standard for its 2018 series of iPhones, trial production of the new series is expected to kick off in the second quarter of 2018 as Apple will attempt to avoid repeating last year's mishap

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Amnesty International begins new Campaign against Apple...

In February Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's iCloud in China: When Profits Threaten Privacy." Our report noted that Amnesty International was accusing Apple of betraying Chinese iCloud users and covered it extensively. Today Amnesty International has begun a new campaign against Apple.

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Wednesday March 21

The First Class Action against Facebook over the Cambrid...

Earlier today the BBC posted a report on the Facebook disaster. The report notes that "It's a sensational story containing allegations of sleaze, psychological manipulation and data misuse that has provoked an internationally furious response. Tech giant Facebook and data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica are at the center of a dispute over the harvesting and use of personal data." With such an explosive story it shouldn't surprise anyone that the first Class Action was filed against Facebook in California and our report covers the lawsuit extensively in addition to providing you with 2 video reports on Zuckerberg's statement delivered late this afternoon.

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Apple's Greg Joswiak Talks Mobile Gaming

In a piece covering growing consumer interest in mobile gaming, TechCrunch's Matthew Panzarino spoke to Apple's vice president of product marketing, Greg Joswiak, and several prominent game developers to get opinions on the state gaming on iOS.

According to Joswiak, with developers now able to bring full multiplayer console-style experiences to iOS devices, like the recently released Fortnite and PUBG mobile games, mobile gaming is at a tipping point. Platforms like iOS are able to offer unique combinations of hardware and software that see regular updates and improvements, which has led to impressive new gaming technology over the course of the last few years.

"Every year we are able to amp up the tech that we bring to developers," he says, comparing it to the 4-5 year cycle in console gaming hardware. "Before the industry knew it, we were blowing people...

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Huawei gets in Apple's Face with Ad-Trucks Driving...

With Huawei being the number three smartphone vendor in the world and being denied entry into the U.S. to challenge his rivals in the most important market in the world, Huawei decided to get cocky and drive flatbed trucks around Apple Stores ..

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After months of Rumors, Iovine is fading from running Ap...

Apple Music's Jimmy Iovine is having a lousy start to 2018. Right out the gate on January 4th the rumor of Iovine leaving Apple hit the blogosphere. On January 10th responded to the rumor that it was nothing more than fake news. Iovine added that the "articles annoyed me, because it had nothing to do with reality." Now the news is basically saying that Iovine is being sidelined.

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Apple introduces new Spring Collection of Apple Watch Ba...

Today Apple debuted a Spring collection of bands with vibrant colors and unique designs. This season’s updates include Woven Nylon bands with a fresh stripe that alternates white with color for a crisp, clean look, exclusive Nike bands that color-match with the latest Nike running shoes and a striking new edge paint color for Apple Watch Hermès bands.

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Thursday March 22

Install and Use Homebrew on macOS

Homebrew is a package manager for macOS. You can use Homebrew to install command line packages on a Mac, provided someone has written a formulae, which is a simple Ruby script that walks through the process for installing all the little bits required for a piece of software.

Installing Homebrew is simple. Run the following command which is listed on the Homebrew homepage (not as root):
/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"This will install the macOS Command Line Tools from Xcode as well as create the following directories (if they’re not already present):

  • /usr/local/Cellar
  • /usr/local/Homebrew
  • /usr/local/Frameworks
  • /usr/local/opt
  • /usr/local/sbin
  • /usr/local/share/zsh
  • /...

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Wednesday March 21

Move DHCP Services from macOS Server to Synology

The first step to moving services from macOS Server for pretty much all services is to check out the old settings. The second step is to probably ask if where you’re going to put the service is a good idea. For example, these days I prefer to run DHCP services on a network appliance such as a Synology. And so let’s look at how to do that. Here, we’ll use the serveradmin command to view the settings of the DHCP service:

/Applications/Server.app/Contents/ServerRoot/usr/sbin/serveradmin settings dhcp

The output is an array of subnets with different settings per subnet.

dhcp:static_maps = _empty_array
dhcp:subnets:_array_id:22217FF5-4DDB-4841-A731-EF5DA080E672:WINS_primary_server = ""
dhcp:subnets:_array_id:22217FF5-4DDB-4841-A731-EF5DA080E672:dhcp_router = ""
dhcp:subnets:_array_id:22217FF5-4DDB-4841-A731-EF5DA080E672:WINS_secondary_server = ""
dhcp:subnets:_array_id:22217FF5-4DDB-4841-A731-EF5DA080E672:net_range_start = "

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Tuesday March 20

Introducing IBM Watson Services for Core ML

Discover new ways to build intelligence into your iOS apps. With IBM Watson Services for Core ML, it’s easy to build apps that access powerful Watson capabilities right from iPhone and iPad, so you can provide dynamic, intelligent insights that improve over time. Your apps can quickly analyze images, accurately classify visual content, and easily train models using Watson Services.

Learn about IBM Watson Services for Core ML.

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Introducing IBM Watson Services for Core ML

Discover new ways to build intelligence into your iOS apps. With IBM Watson Services for Core ML, it’s easy to build apps that access powerful Watson capabilities right from iPhone and iPad, so you can provide dynamic, intelligent insights that improve over time. Your apps can quickly analyze images, accurately classify visual content, and easily train models using Watson Services.

Learn about IBM Watson Services for Core ML.

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Replace the macOS Server DHCP Service with bootp

View Your Old SettingsThe first step to moving services from macOS Server for pretty much all services is to check out the old settings. The second step is to probably ask if where you’re going to put the service is a good idea. For example, these days I prefer to run DHCP services on a network appliance. But it can absolutely be run on a Mac. And so let’s look at how to do that. Here, we’ll use the serveradmin command to view the settings of the DHCP service:

/Applications/Server.app/Contents/ServerRoot/usr/sbin/serveradmin settings dhcp

The output is an array of subnets with different settings per subnet.

dhcp:static_maps = _empty_array
dhcp:subnets:_array_id:22217FF5-4DDB-4841-A731-EF5DA080E672:WINS_primary_server = ""
dhcp:subnets:_array_id:22217FF5-4DDB-4841-A731-EF5DA080E672:dhcp_router = ""
dhcp:subnets:_array_id:22217FF5-4DDB-4841-A731-EF5DA080E672:WINS_secondary_server = ""

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Monday March 19

Configure Access To File Shares On WD MyCloud

The WD MyCloud is a pretty single-purpose device. It’s a disk with a network interface, and as with Direct Attached Storage, the MyCloud Network Attached Storage is pretty easy to connect to.

First, let’s look at connecting to the web interface via the menu item, where you can drag and drop files to the device. Once the device is configured, use the WD menu item to see your device. From there, click on the name of your device.

Alternatively, you could visit mycloud.com and sign into the web interface there. 

In both cases, you’ll see a list of files and then in the sidebar, you’ll see those options to configure settings, add integrations, view active its, and view photos that are on the device. 

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Sunday March 18

Install mySQL on macOS

macOS might be the easiest platform to install MySQL on. To do so, simply download the MySQL installation package from the MySQL Download site. I like to use the third link (the DMG).

Once downloaded, run the package. The package will ask you a few questions and you can easily just select the default choice during the installation process.

Once installed, you’ll be prompted that a temporary password has been used for your MySQL instance.

The password will get you in the first time, so you can change it. Once you have documented the...

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Thursday March 15

Basic Synology NAS Setup

Over the years, I’ve setup dozens of Synology Network Appliances for customers and friends. But I never thought of doing much writing in the NAS space, be it for ReadyNAS, Thecus, Buffalo, etc. The interfaces seemed to change too fast and my focus was always on the management and connectivity of Apple devices. Slowly, over the years, small business servers have gone from being something you could make a decent living to something that should probably be hosted in the cloud.

Unless you have a design requirement that just can’t work in the cloud. And for that, there are a ton of options. Today we’ll cover the basic setup of a Synology to fill one of those options. Synology has a number of models. There are those that have multiple drive bays that allow you to run a RAID 50 and there are those with just two drive bays, that allow you to run RAID 1, or 0. But most have a similar, and sleek setup process. Start by putting all the drives in the bays and then powering up your...

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TA18-074A: Russian Government Cyber Activity...

Original release date: March 15, 2018
Systems Affected

  • Domain Controllers
  • File Servers
  • Email Servers


This joint Technical Alert (TA) is the result of analytic efforts between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). This alert provides information on Russian government actions targeting U.S. Government entities as well as organizations in the energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing sectors. It also contains indicators of compromise (IOCs) and technical details on the tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) used by Russian government cyber actors on compromised victim networks. DHS and FBI produced this alert to educate network defenders to enhance their ability to identify and reduce exposure to malicious activity.

DHS and FBI characterize this activity as a multi-stage intrusion campaign by Russian...

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Wednesday March 14

About the security content of iTunes 12.7.2 for...

This document describes the security content of iTunes 12.7.2 for Windows.

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About the security content of macOS High Sierra 10....

This document describes the security content of macOS High Sierra 10.13.2, Security Update 2017-002 Sierra, and Security Update 2017-005 El Capitan.

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Replace the VPN Server from macOS Server

Export macOS Server Data
We’re not going to import this, as it only takes a few seconds to configure new settings. Additionally, if you have outstanding services built on macOS Server, you might be able to pull this off without touching client systems. First, let’s grab  which protocols are enabled, running the following from Terminal:

sudo serveradmin settings vpn:Servers:com.apple.ppp.pptp:enabled

sudo serveradmin settings vpn:Servers:com.apple.ppp.l2tp:enabled

Next, we’ll get the the IP ranges used so we can mimic those (or change them) in the new service:

sudo serveradmin settings vpn:Servers:com.apple.ppp.pptp:IPv4:DestAddressRanges

Now let’s grab the DNS servers handed out so those can be recreated:

sudo serveradmin settings vpn:Servers:com.apple.ppp.pptp:DNS:OfferedServerAddresses:_array_index
sudo serveradmin settings vpn:Servers:com.apple.ppp.l2tp:DNS:OfferedServerAddresses:_array_index

Finally, if...

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Tuesday March 13

WWDC18 Registration Now Open

Register by Thursday, March 22 at 10:00 a.m. PDT for your chance to join us and thousands of talented minds from around the world in San Jose, June 4-8.

Learn more about the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference.

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WWDC18 Registration Now Open

Register by Thursday, March 22 at 10:00 a.m. PDT for your chance to join us and thousands of talented minds from around the world in San Jose, June 4-8.

Learn more about the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference.

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Using Managed App Config with Jamf Pro

Hey look, there’s a new category on the Jamf Marketplace, available at https://marketplace.jamf.com/apps/#category=AppConfig! The new AppConfig category gives administrators of any MDM that supports AppConfig access to a set of apps that support AppConfig. If you have an app that isn’t listed here, feel free to let me know. 

What does this mean? Well, AppConfig is a way of sending data into an app. App config allows a customer to deploy settings into applications on iOS devices in much the same way that settings can be sent into a Mac app via the defaults command. This means an end user could get an app installed on their device from the iOS App Store, a custom app, or a B2B app and that app would have any settings the user might need to connect to servers or configure...

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Monday March 12

Replace Time Machine Server on macOS Server with WD’...

The past couple of years has forced me to rethink many of my recommendations for how you backup computers in small office and home environments. Previously, I would have said that you could use a disk attached to an Apple AirPort. But the AirPort Base Station is no longer being made. Previously, I would have said you could use Time Machine Server, a service built into macOS Server in 5.4 and below. But that service is no longer being made by Apple. Previously, I might have even said to use the home edition of CrashPlan, which could have backed up to their cloud and/or a home server. But that plan is no longer being offered by Code 42.

So what are we to do? Well, luckily now the offerings out there are just endless. One of those offerings is so easy, you can run out to Best Buy, return home with a WD (Western Digital) MyCloud.com drive, and be up and running in about 5 minutes. I’ll cover other options when I cover file services and Synology. But in the meantime, let’s look...

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Sunday March 11

Embracing (and managing) tech for your iGen child

I have a new article for Thrive Global (another Arianna Huffington property) available at https://www.thriveglobal.com/stories/22889-embracing-and-managing-tech-for-your-igen-child. This one is on “Tools and best practices on monitoring and teaching your kids responsible mobile device use.” It starts out like this:
My world changed when I awoke one day to find my 4-year-old daughter with a tablet in her hands, watching Transformers. The sight unleashed a handful of worries I hadn’t before experienced. Prior to that morning, I knew her to be fan of Star Wars figures, Legos and stuffed animals. And while I wasn’t displeased by her choice to watch a Michael Bay movie, I did start thinking about what else she could access on the device.Click here to read more…


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Saturday March 10

Replace the Web Services in macOS Server with MAMP...

In an earlier article, I mentioned that MAMP Pro was still the best native GUI for managing web services on the Mac, now that macOS Server will no longer serve up those patchy services. After we cover the management in this article, you’ll likely understand why it comes it at $59. 

So you’ve installed MAMP. And you need more than the few basic buttons available there. So MAMP Pro came with it and you can try it for a couple of weeks for free. When you open MAMP Pro, you’ll see a screen where you can perform a number of management tasks. This is a more traditional side-bar-driven screen that will look like what Server Admin might have looked like before the web services screen got simplified in macOS Server.

The Hosts item in SETTINGS will show you each host installed on the server. Think of a host as a site. Each web server can serve up a virtually unlimited number of websites. You can configure an IP binding to the site, or hav

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Friday March 9

Install the ask command-line interface for Alexa on...

You’ve written an Alexa skill. Now you want to upload it to Alexa and submit for certification. Before you do anything, you’ll want to make sure you have a developer account setup and that you’ve accepted the EULA for the Alexa developer program at https://developer.amazon.com/alexa. To do so, simply go there and click sign in and it’ll take you through the prompts. You’ll need this as when you init your session, you’ll be prompted to link an account through the Amazon website.

Once done, let’s get the technical stuff out of the way. First, install the latest version of node from https://nodejs.org/dist/v6.10.0/node-v6.10.0.pkg (it’s a package so follow the defaults to install the package). Once that’s done, verify that the version of node.js is modern using the –...

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Thursday March 8

Replace macOS Server Web Services with MAMP

The most customizable way to replace web services for macOS with another solution is to custom-build your own Apache or nginx. You can even get a GUI for Apache on the Mac. If you want a one-button installation, the closest thing is likely to be IIS running on a Windows Server. But there are other alternatives that let you keep the Mac hardware and run sites on a Mac without the macOS Server GUI. In this article we’ll look at moving forward with a tool that’s been around long enough for me to mention it in about a dozen books: MAMP. Before writing this article, I tried out all of the tools available on the App Store and a few others. I still prefer running sites from cloud services, especially if it’s just going to need to run a single portal like WordPress or Drupal. But if you want a simple Apache install with a GUI, MAMP seems to still be...

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Monday March 5

Stuck in the past? Your time may get warped, too

If the recent kerfluffle among autopkg folks (over GitHub shutting off TLS less-than 1.2) is any indication, a lot of people are still on 10.12.6. If I may editorialize for a second, this is probably contributed to by Apple’s less-than-ideal planning, execution, and communication around the High Sierra release.

What makes me come out of an unintentional blogging sabbatical to talk about 10.12? Well, a pretty widespread issue we saw is time went out of sync all of a sudden recently, across a bunch of networks and even with a known-good image. NTP as a protocol is supposed to be lossy and expensive, so it should be resilient to failure to the point that you may not notice it skewing for quite some time, and querying it even shows a ‘resolution’ or tolerance that is measured across the various command line tools in 5+ digits/decimal places. Some implementations can’t even correct themselves if you’re off by greater...

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Sunday March 4

Bash: if, then, else, and expressions

One of the most important skills in any language is to know how a basic if then statement works. You set a variable, you say if that variable matches a given pattern (or doesn’t) then do something or else do something different. If/then/else. Other than that, it’s just syntax, and the annoyance of figuring out the operators and syntax. 

So let’s go through the below script (which checks a Mac to see if grayscale is enabled in Universal Access), line-by-line:

  • Line 1: we’re first going to create a variable called grayscale. We’ll fill it with a 0 or 1, the output of a simple “defaults read com.apple.universalaccess grayscale” command
  • If that grayscale variable matches 0 execute whatever is after the then
  • One line just for then followed by the command in the next line (which will optionally allow for an else)
  • Use echo to display the text on the screen that indicates Grayscale is disabled to stdout (which could be redirected if you want to do...

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