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Nov 17
Promise Technology introduces new Thunderbolt 3 dock

Promise Technology (https://www.promise.com/us/) has announced the addition of a Thunderbolt 3 dock to its lineup of solutions for rich media workflows.

Through the new dock, users c-an add two 4K displays, charge devices, daisy-chain Thunderbolt 3 hard drives, connect USB devices, transfer SD card content, and more -- over a single connection. The $249 TD-300 brings it all together to expand the capabilities of Thunderbolt 3-enabled macOS and Windows 10 platforms.

Its connectivity options include five USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader and HDMI 2.0. It also features two Thunderbolt 3 ports, Gigabit Ethernet and an audio in/out port. Creative professionals working with iMacs and MacBook Pros can now simply connect the TD-300's Thunderbolt 3 port to any Thunderbolt 3-enabled PC or Mac. There are no drivers to download or install, and no additional utility software is needed.

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Nov 17
Apple Park Visitor Center opens to the public

The Apple Park Visitor Center opened in Cupertino, California, Friday morning, welcoming neighbors and guests from surrounding areas to experience Apple Park’s innovations. It’s is an architectural extension of the new campus (the “spaceship campus”) with similar aesthetics in staircases, stone walls and terrazzo floors.

The Visitor Center’s cantilevered carbon fiber roof appears to float and is only supported by stone clad cores and no other extraneous columns for support. Inviting guests to explore Apple Park in an immersive way, a 3D model of the campus is brought to life by augmented reality technology.

Visitors can learn about the world’s largest naturally ventilated building and view one of the largest on-site solar energy installations in the world. They can also choose to lift the entire roof off the building to peek inside to the collaborative office pod layout.

Guests are also welcome to make their way upstairs to the roof terrace for views of the...

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Nov 17
Apple issues new developer betas of iOS 11.2, watchOS 4.2, tvOS 11.2

Apple has issued the fourth developer betas of iOS 11.2, watchOS 4.2 and tvOS 11.2. Developers can download the betas through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the App Store.

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Nov 17
iHome expands line of Bluetooth Speaker Vanity Mirrors

iHome (www.ihomeaudio.com) is expanding its line of Bluetooth Speaker Vanity Mirrors with the iCVBT10 Reflect Pro model. This flat panel portable telescoping model with Built-in Siri and Google Voice is now available for purchase online and in-store at amazon.com and Bed Bath & Beyond for $199.99.

The biggest mirror in the series (10 x 13 inches) sports a rechargeable battery, includes a distortion-free mirror and has a 3.5-inch removable detail mirror with 10x magnification for the best beauty routine and detailed grooming. With multiple LED lighting options, consumers can listen to music, take phone calls and charge their mobile phones using the iCVBT10.

The iCVBT10 is the latest mirror to join iHome's popular Vanity Mirror line. The iCVBT2, released this summer, is a smaller version and includes built-in Siri and Google Voice ($79.99). Other Vanity Mirrors in the line include the portable,...

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Nov 16
Apple releases iOS 11.1.2

Apple has released iOS 11.1.2, which addresses an issue in which some iPhone X models became unresponsive in cold weather. The update also:

° Fixes an issue where the iPhone X screen becomes temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid temperature drop

° Addresses an issue that could cause distortion in Live Photos and videos captured with iPhone X

The iOS 11.1.2 update can be downloaded for free on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. Go to Settings --> General --> Software Update.

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Nov 16
Apple releases fourth developer beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.2

Apple has released the fourth developer beta version of macOS High Sierra 10.13.2. 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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Nov 16
IK Multimedia releases iRig Keys I/O 25 & 49 keyboard controllers

IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com has announced that iRig Keys I/O, a keyboard controller range featuring a built-in audio interface, is now shipping worldwide.

iRig Keys I/O provides users with a flexible way to complete their music productions from start to end using a single piece of equipment. It comes with either 25 or 49 full-size keys offering a synth-action keybed and integrates a 96kHz/24-bit audio interface with a high-performance Class A preamp allowing users to record their instruments and microphones (including condenser mics requiring 48V phantom power) via its combo 1/4"/XLR input.

Plus, it provides controls such as velocity sensitive, multicolored pads, programmable touch-sensitive sliders, buttons and assignable knobs. iRig Keys I/O is Apple certified MFi hardware (Made for iPhone and iPad) which means it works right out of the box with all iOS devices with a Lightning port,...

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Nov 16
DiRT Rally rolls onto the Mac

DiRT Rally is now out for the Mac platform. It’s available from the Feral Store (http://tinyurl.com/y8ym93sw) for $59.99 and will be coming to the Mac App Store soon. DiRT Rally requires macOS 10.13 or higher.

Here’s how the game is described: “Experience all the thrill of racing on the edge in DiRT Rally, the most authentic rally game ever engineered. Strap yourself in and hurtle down the most dangerous tracks in the world, from the drenched pine forests of Wales to the crumbling hillsides of Greece.”

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Nov 16
Mapdiva updates Artboard 2 for macOS High Sierra

Mapdiva has released Artboard 2.0.7 for macOS High Sierra. It’s a maintainance update of the drawing software to create crisp vector graphics, logos, icons, and illustrations.

Artboard features "smart" objects, direct select tool, a powerful style generator and stacked styles that go way beyond simple fill and stroke, providing a wide range of spectacular effects. Templates help people, such as small business owners, students, hobbyist and 2D game designers, get started on their projects.

Artboard 2.0.7 sells for $39.99 directly from Mapdiva and is also available on the Mac App Store. A demo is available from the Mapdiva website (https://www.mapdiva.com/artboard/).

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Nov 16
AKVIS releases Akvis Retoucher 9.0

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced Retoucher 9.0, an upgraded of its photo restoration software. The new version offers a number of Color Correction parameters, the flexible Crop tool, as well as the Vignette option that lightens/darkens the image at its perimeter.

AKVIS Retoucher helps to remove dust, scratches, date stamps and other unwanted details from photos. Also, it’s possible to improve image composition and reconstruct missing parts using the information of the surrounding areas. On the Mac platform, AKVIS Retoucher requires macOS 9.0.12 or higher.

The product is available as a standalone application and as a plugin filter for Adobe Photoshop and other image editors. AKVIS Retoucher, Home license, sells for $87. One license key allows activating and using the software on two computers.

Version 9.0 is free for users who bought Retoucher in the last 12 months. Users, whose license is older and...

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Nov 15
Maintain Serves Up Cocktail 11.1 (High Sierra Edition)

Maintain has served up Cocktail 11.1 (High Sierra Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running macOS High Sierra.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for macOS that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. This version adds the ability to clear Twitter caches and macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 compatibility. It also has performance tweaks and bug fixes.

Cocktail costs $19 for a single user license. A demo is available for download (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail).

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Nov 15
KeyCue 8.6 for macOS comes with new and improved themes

Ergonis Software has released KeyCue 8.6, a new version of the keyboard shortcut “cheat sheet” for the Mac.

KeyCue displays an instant overview of the currently available keyboard shortcuts; application-specific menu shortcuts as well as system-wide hotkeys and user-defined shortcut descriptions. Version 8.6 ships with new Tioga and Tenaya themes and offers improvements with regard to installation, usability, speed, and overall stability.

KeyCue 8.6 requires macOS 10.6 or higher. The upgrade to version 8.6 is free for anyone who owns a license for KeyCue 8 or who purchased a license for KeyCue 7 on or after March 1, 2015. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. For new users the price is $19.99.

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Nov 14
Star Micronics announces Apple Certified AirPrint POS Printer

POS printer manufacturer Star Micronics (http://star-emea.com) has officially received certification for the first Apple AirPrint POS printer: the $376 Star TSP654II AirPrint. This company says it’s the first 80 and 58mm receipt and ticket POS printer on the market to be Apple AirPrint certified.
 
AirPrint provides mobile printing solutions for Apple’s iPad, iPhone, iPod and MacBook users on any private network with the key objective to be able to wirelessly print via the customer’s network without installing specific printer drivers. With AirPrint support pre-installed on iOS devices, the user is able to connect to and print from the required printer.
 
Star’s TSP654II boasts a 300mm/second print speed, 203 dpi print output, and a compact footprint. The printer can be used in vertical or horizontal mode and includes a wall mount bracket in the box as standard. Available in charcoal black or...

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Nov 14
Foundry376 launches Mailspring for macOS High Sierra

Foundry376 has launched Mailspring (https://getmailspring.com), a desktop email client designed for macOS High Sierra.

It sports features such as an unified inbox, snoozing, reminders, templates, offline search, and support for Gmail labels. It comes with six built-in themes. The app offers mail rules and customizable keyboard shortcuts.

Mailspring is free and supports all IMAP providers, including Gmail, Office 365 and iCloud. You can swipe to triage mail, see Quicklook thumbnails for attachments, and reply to emails directly from the Notification Center. Mailspring’s email sync has been built from the ground up to use macOS features like App Nap, ensuring it keeps your mailbox up to date without draining your battery, according to the folks at Foundry376.

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Nov 13
Acclivity releases AccountEdge Pro 2018 for macOS, Windows

Acclivity has released AccountEdge Pro 2018, an upgrade of the small business accounting native desktop software for macOS and Windows.

“Since Intuit announced that QuickBooks for Mac will be discontinued, we’ve been more focused than ever on investing in our desktop accounting software,” says Scott Davisson, Acclivity’s co-founder. “Cloud computing is great, and we have AccountEdge Connect, our optional cloud-based add-on, but there are thousands of small businesses who still want the choice of using native desktop accounting software. AccountEdge 2018 is another big step in that direction.”

With AccountEdge 2018, detailed guides are available to help the transfer of key financial data and a $100 rebate is available for previous QuickBooks owners switching to AccountEdge Pro. Resources and more information are available online (accountedge.com/quickbooks-alternative/). Other new features in AccountEdge 2018:

° You can view all your job details in one window...

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Nov 13
Apple releases four new developer betas

Apple has released new developer betas of macOS 10.13.2, iOS 11.2, watchOS 4.2, and tvOS 11.2 Developers can download the betas through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the App Store.

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Nov 13
Output Factory for Adobe InDesign addresses macOS Security Bug -

Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 2.2.2, a maintenance update to company's output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory automates printing, exporting and preflighting from InDesign and offers batch processing, export as single pages, layer versioning, preflighting and more. The new version addressed a macOS security bug that invoked app translocation for no reason, which prevented Output Factory from recognizing the version of InDesign the plug-in was installed with.

Output Factory can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $169.95 (there’s a “lite” version for $119.95). A demo is available for download. The update is free for the users of Output Factory 2.x, and $84.97 to upgrade from BatchOutput and Output Factory 1.x. Output Factory requires macOS 10.7-10.13 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2018.

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Nov 13
Putty for Mac 8.7.0 adds macOS High Sierra support

Wine Reviews has released Putty for Mac 8.7.0 (https://winonmacs.com), an update of its terminal emulator for macOS.

Putty supports different types of network protocols such as SSH, FTP, SCP, Telnet and more. Version 8.7.0 now supports macOS 10.13.1 High Sierra, compiled against the latest stable GTK version 3.22.20, updates the documentation, and minor bug fixes.

Putty for Mac 8.7.0 requires macOS 10.9.5 or higher. It costs $15. Anyone who has purchased Putty in the past three months is entitled to a free upgrade to version 8.7.0.

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Nov 10
Apple updates Pages, Keynote, and Numbers for macOS

Apple has updated Pages, Keynote, and Numbers for macOS to, respectively versions 6.3.1, 7.3.1, and 4.3.1. All offer stability and performance improvements.

Pages is a word processing app for macOS. Keynote lets you create presentations and slides. Numbers is a spreadsheet app. The upgrades are available at the Mac App Store.

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Nov 10
TDF releases Mac-compatible LibreOffice 5.4.3

The Document Foundation (TDF) has announced LibreOffice 5.4.3 (http://www.libreoffice.org/download/) , the third minor release of LibreOffice 5.4 family.

LibreOffice is macOS compatible and comprises programs for word processing, the creation and editing of spreadsheets, slideshows, diagrams and drawings, working with databases, and composing mathematical formulae. The new version includes approximately 50 bug and regression fixes.

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at http://www.libreoffice.org/donate/. Donations help TDF to maintain its infrastructure, share knowledge, and organize events such as the Month of LibreOffice.

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Nov 17
Amazon Echo, Google Home to reside in over 50% of U.S...

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that smart speakers such as Amazon Echo, Google Home, and the Sonos One will be installed in over 70 million US households by 2022, reaching 55% of all homes. Total installed devices will exceed 175 million.

Juniper forecasts that voice assistant devices across all platforms - smartphones, tablets, PCs, speakers, connected TVs, cars and wearables, will reach 870 million devices in the US by 2022, an increase of 95% over the 450 million estimated for 2017. The research group found that the ability to pass information between device platforms will become critical for digital assistants in future, due to many users engaging multiple assistants.

However, despite rising numbers of smart home assistants, Juniper forecasts that most voice assistant usage will be on smartphones, with over five billion in use globally by 2022....

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Nov 16
UMD market to be worth $267.37 billion by 2025

Ultra-mobile devices (UMD) are on the verge of becoming mainstream from being a niche product category, according to a new report from Transparency Market Research (www.transparencymarketresearch.com).

Their sales are soaring with companies banking on new product launches to entice the rising crop of tech savvy consumers, according to the research group. A prominent characteristic of the global ultra-mobile devices market is the presence of numerous suppliers for similar components which makes it easier for buyers to switch suppliers at low costs.

Transparency Market Research forecasts the global ultra-mobile devices market to rise at a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 6.1% during the period between 2017 and 2025 to become worth $267.37 billion by 2025. That’s up from $157.10 billion in 2016.

The different types of ultra-mobile devices purveyed in the market...

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Nov 15
What are consumers buying online? Everything

Adtaxi (www.adtaxi.com), a digital marketing agencies, has released the results of its inaugural “State of Ecommerce” in America survey, an in-depth look at ecommerce trends and consumer preferences nationwide. From small inexpensive household items to mega, high-priced purchases such as automobiles, the scope and willingness of consumers to make purchases online has proven to be powerfully pervasive.

The survey reveals just how often consumers are making purchases online, what they are purchasing and the method in which they are purchasing them. Highlights of the survey:

° A majority of consumers (55%) would be happy to purchase everything online.

° Convenience was the number one reason (50%) people shop online.

° Seventy-two percent of consumers purchase something online at least once a month.

° A third of consumers (32%) would purchase a car online.

° Three out of five (59%)...

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Nov 14
Digital content revenues to pass $200 billion next year

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that global consumer spend on digital content will reach $202 billion in 2018, up by 10% on this year’s total of $184 billion.

The research found that SVoD (Subscription Video on Demand) services will be a key driver of growth, with major OTT (Over The Top) players such as Netflix and Amazon committing budgets of more than $5 billion to original content over the coming year. Meanwhile, Apple and Facebook are each expected to invest at least $1 billion for the first time.

According to Juniper Research, 35% of UK households now subscribe to one or more SVoD services, a proportion which rises to 76% in the US. Furthermore, the research group says that the trend towards multiple subscriptions per household was increasing, leading to a greater opportunity for content aggregation and curation.

Meanwhile, there are...

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Nov 14
Public cloud services revenue growth remains strong

The worldwide public cloud services market grew 28.6% year over year in the first half of 2017 (1H17) with revenues totaling $63.2 billion, according to new results from the International Data Corporation (IDC) research group.

"Public cloud adoption is accelerating in large part as enterprises recognize that the cloud has become the launchpad for virtually every new IT innovation in the last 24 months – including AI, blockchain, quantum computing and more. Organizations not on the public cloud will be increasingly isolated from the world of tech innovation," said Frank Gens, senior vice president and chief analyst at IDC (www.idc.com).

While stronger than expected growth was seen across all regions, Asia/Pacific saw the highest regional growth at 38.9% and Asia/Pacific now represents 11.5% of all public cloud services revenues. A big part of this was driven by strong public cloud spending in China, which saw 55.6%...

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Nov 13
More than 40% of U.S. broadband households plan to buy...

New research from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) shows that 41% of U.S. broadband households plan to purchase a smart home product in the next 12 months, including 27% with high purchase intentions.

The most popular devices include smart smoke/CO detectors, thermostats, and lightbulbs. Additional Parks Associates research shows that:

° Sixty percent of U.S. broadband households with insurance are interested in a smart home product that can detect, notify, or prevent damage or loss from water or fire or theft.

° Approximately 75% of U.S. broadband households with insurance who are interested in smart products are willing to let the devices automatically communicate with insurance companies.

° More than one-third of consumers in the market for a smart home device would find a recommendation from an insurance company "very important."

° The security industry is...

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Nov 13
93% of developers are involved with software...

Software developers are involved at all levels of the software purchase process, with 43% often involved with evaluating software and 50% sometimes involved. Only 7% are never involved according to the recently released Evans Data Global Development Survey, a survey of developers worldwide conducted in six languages this fall.

Just over 50% spend between one and four hours evaluating software, not including time spent on downloading, installing and configuring the software - a task that takes between five and 30 minutes for 70% of the developers in the survey. Developers in the EMEA region spend the least time on their evaluations, with 29% spending less than an hour, while North Americans spend the most time.

"Developers are crucial to software use throughout an organization," said Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data, "They are looked up to as experts and often find themselves evaluating software for line of business units as well as their own tools and platforms."

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Nov 09
ABI Research adds 40 more companies to its AR/MR...

With the augmented reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR) market continuing to scale up quickly, ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) has added 40 companies to its AR and MR ecosystem tracker. Growth is spreading globally, but China is showing a significant uptick in activity. In fact, of the 40 AR/MR companies added into ABI Research's Market Tracker, 25% are Chinese companies.

"North America dominates the AR market with the leading technologies, accounting for the largest share in terms of total market revenues. Asia Pacific is the second largest market with fast growth, thanks to its population, economic growth, and increasing adoption of new technologies," says Marina Lu, senior analyst at ABI Research. "China leads Asia Pacific in AR and MR usage, attaching significant importance to gaming, education, and real estate. China's massive mobile internet population provides a huge market for AR content...

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Nov 08
Global indoor location market predicted to hit $40.99...

The global indoor location market size is expected to grow from $7.11 billion in 2017 to $40.99 billion by 2022, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 42% during the forecast period, according to Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com).

The growing trend of digitalization, increasing use of connected devices, and reliable assistance from governments for ensuring public safety are the major factors driving the growth of the indoor location market, while deployment and maintenance challenges are some of the major restraints for the growth of the indoor location market, adds the research group.

Among the technologies, the sensor and tag-based technology is a high-growth segment in the indoor location market. To monitor natural phenomena, such as heat, pressure, humidity, and air pollution, in a certain indoor space, multiple sensors are integrated with connected devices....

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Nov 07
Mobile ticketing to account for more than one in two...

New data from fintech analysts, Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) forecasts that mobile and wearable ticket purchases will exceed 14 billion by 2018, accounting for 54% of total digital ticket sales across transport and events sectors. Juniper estimated that the total number of transactions via mobile devices will exceed PC-based ticket sales for the first time in 2017, driven by metro and air ticket purchases.

The research found that globally, metro, bus and airline app ticketing is the most established in terms of deployment and user adoption, followed by events ticketing. By 2020, Juniper forecasts that the number of digital ticketing users across all platforms will exceed 1.8 billion, with mobile NFC accounting for 215 million unique users.

It found that the majority of mobile ticketing deployments, especially in markets such as North America, continues to be dominated by app-...

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Saturday November 18

17:06
Texas Rangers serve Apple with warrants for access...




The Texas Rangers have served Apple with search warrants for data linked to the iPhone of Devin Kelley, who killed 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs near San Antonio.

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15:42
Apple Is Served A Search Warrant To Unlock Texas...

An anonymous reader quotes the New York Daily News:
Authorities in Texas served Apple with a search warrant in order to gain access to the Sutherland Springs church shooter's cellphone files. Texas Ranger Kevin Wright obtained the warrant last week, according to San Antonio Express-News.

Investigators are hoping to gain access to gunman Devin Patrick Kelley's digital photos, messages, calls, videos, social media passwords, address book and data since January 2016. Authorities also want to know what files Kelley stored in his iCloud account.

Fast Company writes that "it's very likely that Apple will give the Rangers the same answer it gave the FBI in 2016 (in effect, hell no!)... That may be why, in the Texas case, the FBI and the Rangers didn't even bother calling Apple, but rather went straight to court."

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14:12
iMac Pro to feature A10 Fusion coprocessor, possibly...

The HomePod may be delayed, but we have still have the launch of the iMac Pro to look forward to before the end of the year. This evening, a couple of tidbits regarding the iMac Pro have emerged thanks to some digging by developers Johnathan Levin and Steve Troughton-Smith

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13:18
Apple’s new Visitor Center opens

It looks great but it’s a shame the great unwashed masses are restricted from getting anywhere near the new building.

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12:56
This week’s top stories: Two new iPhone models...

In this week’s top stories: What to expect when Apple introduces new iPhones in 2018, the HomePod will miss its December launch, Apple opens its new Apple Park Visitor Center, and more. Read on for all this week’s news… more…

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11:52
With Apple’s HomePod delayed into 2018, here are the...

Apple announced yesterday that it’s delaying the HomePod smart speaker into early 2018, missing the critical holiday shopping season. The delay is definitely a disappointment for eager Apple fans, but thankfully there are a handful of other smart (and dumb) speaker options out there. In many cases, they may even be better options than Apple’s HomePod. Read on as we break it all down…

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11:46
iPad Productivity Gets a Boost with iOS 11

Julio Ojeda-Zapata has long relied on the iPad for mobile productivity, but he chafed at the limitations imposed by iOS compared to macOS. Now, tablet-specific improvements to iOS 11 make the iPad a better machine for work on the go.

 

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11:19
Apple’s retail store in Burlingame, CA reopens after...

After closing this past spring for remodeling, Apple’s Burlingame, CA retail location reopened this morning in conjunction with their Burlington, MA store. Both stores have been updated to match Apple’s new retail design style. 9to5Mac stopped in at the new Burlingame store opening where an impressive line formed to see what’s new.

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11:11
External Link: Inventor of the Web Concerned for Its...

Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web as an “open platform that allows anyone to share information, access opportunities and collaborate across geographical boundaries,” but he’s less optimistic about its future than he used to be. “We have to grit our teeth and hang on to the fence and not take it for granted that the Web will lead us to wonderful things,” he said. In particular, Berners-Lee criticizes Web advertising for its role in creating clickbait and spreading propaganda. “The system is failing. The way ad revenue works with clickbait is not fulfilling the goal of helping humanity promote truth and democracy.”

 

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08:30
The Cheesecake Factory: “a fully immersive...

This is a hilarious Tweetstorm about the utterly bizarre decor of The Cheesecake Factory. I still remember my first visit and thinking, “What the hell is going on here!?”

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08:00
∞ The lava lamps that help keep the internet secure

I love Tom Scott’s videos and this method Cloudflare uses is pretty cool.

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07:34
iPhone X Owners Experience 'Crackling' or...

MacRumors reports:
A limited but increasing number of iPhone X owners claim to be experiencing so-called "crackling" or "buzzing" sounds emanating from the device's front-facing earpiece speaker at high or max volumes. Over two dozen users have said they are affected in a MacRumors discussion topic about the matter, while similar reports have surfaced on Twitter and Reddit since the iPhone X launched just over a week ago. On affected devices, the crackling sounds occur with any kind of audio playback, including phone calls, music, videos with sound, alarms, and ringtones. The issue doesn't appear to be limited to any specific iPhone X configuration or iOS version.

"The speakerphone for an $1100 phone should be at least as good as it was on the iPhone 6 and 7," complained one user, "but instead, it's crackly, edgy and buzzy."

"I believe we all knew the iPhone X would be highly scrutinized," writes Slashdot reader sqorbit, "but the reported problems appear to be...

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07:30
The oral history of Seinfeld’s ‘The Contest’

I was never a huge Seinfeld fan but this has got to be the single funniest episode I ever saw.

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07:15
A chess novice challenged Magnus Carlsen. He had one...

There’s no way an admitted chess novice could beat a world champion – is there?

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06:20
A brief tour of Apple Park’s new visitor center [...

Apple Park’s Visitor Center opened to the public for the first time on Friday, and we’ve already shown you photos from the line, a look at the exclusive merchandise available for purchase, and the immersive AR experience you can try out if you visit. For those unable to visit, we’ve brought you a full video tour of the visitor facility on opening day.

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04:00
The hottest Apple-related news for the week of Nov....

There’s a lot happening in the world of Apple news this week. Following are the hottest articles for the week of Nov. 13-17.

Market research firm TrendForce reports Apple continued the strong shipments of 12-inch laptops in the second quarter, and focused on the new models of MacBook Pro in the third quarter, recording the third quarter shipments of 4.43 million units and an increase of 11.3%. It exceeded ASUS to rank the fourth in the quarter as the number four global manufacturer of laptops.

Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Facebook topped the first “BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable U.S. Brands” ranking released today by WPP and Kantar Millward Brown. 

Apple retook the lead in the wearable band market in quarter three of 2017, with shipments of 3.9 million, reports the...

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00:55
Bloomberg: Verizon's new NFL streaming deal...

Since 2010, Verizon's wireless arm has had an arrangement for streaming NFL games to phones (and, after they became a thing, also tablets), but Bloomberg reports it will stretch to TVs soon. According to unnamed sources, both parties are close to a n...

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00:50
Get Free Bitcoins from 56 Faucets That Pay

Bryan Chaffin explains how Bitcoin faucets work and which faucets you can trust to pay. [Update: Added a new faucet to the confirmed list, removed some faucets that disappeared, and updated the BTC faucet payout amounts. – Bryan]


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00:09
Photos and Thoughts from Opening Day at Apple Park...

Bryan Chaffin stopped by the Apple Park Visitor Center, took some pics, bought a shirt, and talked to folks on opening day. Here are some of those photos and thoughts on this delightful place.


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Friday November 17

21:03
Review: LIFX Mini takes on Philips with Apple HomeKit




The LIFX Mini is about what you'd hope for from an iPhone-compatible smartbulb, and with HomeKit, LIFX is finally ready to go toe-to-toe with the popular Philips Hue platform.

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21:01
This week on AI: 6.5-inch iPhone in 2018, HomePod...




People planning to get a HomePod for the holidays were disappointed by a surprise delay. We did, however, get a possible glimpse at future iPhones, including a colossal 6.5-inch model rumored to be coming next year.

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19:28
Senators propose 'USA Liberty Act' to...

The question of how to reign in monitoring enabled by Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) has been in the spotlight ever since the Edward Snowden PRISM revelations. What exactly to do about it has gone back and forth, but...

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Saturday November 18

12:07
Smart Interactive Garments may be closer to Market than...

The wearables market will soon go from consisting of gadgets like the Apple Watch and bands to a much wider category that includes smart clothing. This year Apple's IP has noticeably picked up steam in the area of smart fabrics. Yet when you see what Google is working on in their advanced projects group, it appears that they have a huge leap on Apple unless Jonathan Ives has a secret project or two in their secret design lab.

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04:31
Apple Patent Found in Europe Details work on Future Prod...

Earlier today Patently Apple discovered a patent filing in the World Intellectual Property Organizations (WIPO) database from Apple. This is an acquired invention from LuxVue, a leader in micro-LED technology. The patent reveals new micro-LEDs using Quantum Dot technology. This is an area of great interest to Apple who recently acquired InVisage, a leader in Quantum Dot technology with over 100 patents related to photography and video under QuantumFilm along with technology for Quantum Dot Image Sensors that could be used in future iDevice cameras.

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Friday November 17

14:03
Apple Releases a Series of Official Jumbo Photos of Open...

Earlier today we posted a report with a video of the new Visitor Center in Apple Park and in this report we present you with 7 jumbo photos of the Center that Apple officially released

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13:41
Apple Park Visitor's Center Now Open to the Public

The Visitor's Center at Apple's new Apple Park campus opened up to the public this morning, allowing Apple fans to visit the Cupertino location to check out the campus and purchase souvenirs and snacks.

It features a cantilevered carbon fiber roof that was designed to look like it floats, along with staircases, stone walls, and terrazzo floors that match the aesthetic of the rest of the campus.

Inside, there's a large 3D model of Apple Park that provides guests with information about the campus through an augmented reality experience provided through dedicated iPads.

A store area offers the a range of Apple products and accessories, including Apple Park-exclusive T-shirts, hats, postcards, baby onesies, playing cards, and tote bags. A cafe built into the Visitor's Center offers coffee, tea, and...

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10:51
Apple Officially Opened their New Visitor Center in Appl...

Today Apple's new Visitor Center in Apple Park officially opened and it's clear, with all of Apple's flagship stores that every little detail has been scrutinized and perfected — right down to the handrails of its staircase.

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10:16
Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of iOS 11.2 to Developers

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming iOS 11.2 update to developers, four days after releasing the third iOS 11.2 beta, more than two weeks after releasing the first major iOS 11 update, iOS 11.1, and one day after the iOS 11.1.2 update.

Registered developers can download the new iOS 11.2 beta from Apple's Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

iOS 11.2 introduces Apple Pay Cash, Apple's new peer-to-peer payments service. Apple Pay Cash works through the Messages app and is designed to allow for quick person-to-person money transfers...

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09:58
Texas Rangers have served a search warrant on Apple to g...

Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple admits it could have assisted the FBI in Cracking the Crazed Church Shooter's iPhone if contacted sooner." With that duly noted, Texas Rangers investigating the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs have served a search warrant on Silicon Valley giant Apple Inc. and are seeking ...

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08:52
Ouch! Apple Delays HomePod, a Potential Christmas Gift H...

Apple's patent pending HomePod smart speaker that may have been on your Christmas shopping list for the home or kids isn't going to happen as Santa just received a no-show notice from Apple this morning.

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08:20
An Industrial Design Student Dreams Up the Taptop, a Ref...

It was just last week that we learned of a surprise announcement from Intel that they're working on an all-new small form factor CPU-GPU package set to launch in 2018 that will give hybrid and small form factor desktops the graphics power of a full gaming notebook. Such a design could technically find itself into a new Mac Mini design next year. In today's report we'll show you a concept of Mac Mini that's bold and ...

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08:19
Apple Says HomePod is Delayed Until Early 2018

Apple today announced it has delayed the release of the HomePod until early 2018. The speaker was originally set to launch in December.

In a statement provided to CNBC and several other media outlets, Apple said it needs "a little more time" before the HomePod is ready.We can't wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple's breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it's ready for our customers. We'll start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018.Apple unveiled the HomePod at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, and said it would launch in December for $349 in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia.

HomePod is a Siri-enabled speaker designed for the home...

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08:18
KGI: Next Year's iPhone Models to Have Upgraded Int...

Apple's next-generation iPhone models released in 2018 will feature Intel's XMM 7560 and Qualcomm's Snapdragon X20 modems, enabling faster LTE transmission speeds, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Image: KGI Securities

Kuo highlighted that both new chips support 4x4 MIMO technology, compared to only 2x2 MIMO in the latest iPhone models, which leads him to believe LTE transmission speeds will increase significantly in 2018 iPhones.

In his latest research note, obtained by MacRumors, Kuo predicted Intel supply Apple with 70 to 80 percent or more of the baseband chips.New baseband chips from Intel & Qualcomm will significantly boost transmission speed of new 2H18 iPhone models thanks to supporting 4x4 MIMO antenna design: We believe that 2H18 new iPhones will upgrade baseband chips from Intel’s XMM 7480 and Qualcomm's MDM 9655 in 2H17 to Intel’s XMM 7560 and Qualcomm's SDX 20. As both new chips support 4x4 MIMO...

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08:01
Apple Extends Free Repairs of Anti-Reflective Coating on...

Apple has extended free repairs of anti-reflective coating issues for the 2013 to 2015 MacBook Pro with Retina display.

Apple has authorized coverage within four years from an affected MacBook Pro's original date of purchase, according to an internal document distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers and later obtained by MacRumors.

Both 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models released in 2013, 2014, or 2015 qualify for a free display replacement within the four-year coverage period. Apple says all 2012 models are no longer eligible for free repairs since both the 13-inch and 15-inch models were discontinued by October 2013.

Below is a list of the absolute latest dates that each MacBook Pro model may remain eligible for coverage based on when each was discontinued:

• 2013 13-inch MacBook Pro: July 2018

• 2013 15-inch MacBook Pro: July 2018...

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07:09
Apple Responds to Microsoft's CEO Jab at the iPad w...

Last week Microsoft's CEO took a jab at two writers interviewing him that used iPads. Even though it was a friendly jab, Apple has quietly returned the jab in a new video.

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06:58
'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Gets 4K Menti...

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has received a card on the iTunes Movies storefront that encourages users to watch the film in 4K HDR on the Apple TV 4K, suggesting that Disney's 4K video holdout on iTunes may end soon. The change comes after news in September that Disney would be the only major Hollywood studio not supporting 4K versions of its films on the iTunes Movies store, including Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars movies.

Right now, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 appears under the "Now Available to Rent" section of iTunes with a new "Watch It in 4K" card, but when you tap through to the movie's page it's still listed as HD-only as of writing. As such, the mention could be an error, or the first hint at more Marvel and other Disney movies imminently gaining 4K iTunes support.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is another Marvel Studios...

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05:53
Apple's TrueDepth Camera using 3D Sensors sends And...

While Android smartphone vendors like to jam their smartphones with techy specs to sound like they trample on Apple's iPhone, it's really smoke and mirrors using the Intel PC marketing model: More stuff = better system. Today we learn that the top smartphone vendors in China are scrambling to match Apple's 3D sensors found in the iPhone X for next year's model.

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03:51
Despite the Press Whining about the 'Hefty Price...

The South Korean tech press has been whining about the 'hefty price' of the iPhone X for Koreans compared to the U.S. and Japan and display problems as outlined by MacRumors, and whipping up hysteria about an iPhone 8 recall, all in the name of slowing iPhone sales in their country to help Samsung. Today the Korean tech press had to bite their bottom lip and report that the first batch of iPhone X sold out within 5 minutes in preorders. The iPhone X hit's Korean retailers next Friday.

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Thursday November 16

17:22
Apple Working With Intel on 5G Hardware for Future iPhon...

Apple is "leaning heavily" towards choosing Intel's 5G modems for its future iPhones, according to Fast Company. Apple engineers are said to be already working with Intel on upcoming 5G technology.

Apple's discussions with Qualcomm about 5G modems, meanwhile, have been described as "limited."

Citing a source with knowledge of Apple's plans, Fast Company says that while Qualcomm 5G modems will offer more specialized carrier features, many of those features will not be adopted by carriers, leading Apple to believe Intel's hardware will be sufficient for future devices.The end game, multiple sources have said, is to build the Intel modem onto an integrated system-on-a-chip (SoC) that would also contain the CPU, GPU, and other iPhone components. The SoC would be co-designed by Intel and Apple and would be fabricated at an Intel facility....

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15:06
Apple AirPods vs. Google Pixel Buds

The Pixel Buds, Google's $159 headphones designed to compete with Apple's AirPods, finally launched this week so we thought we'd pit the two devices against one another to see how they measure up.

While the AirPods are widely loved and have received mostly positive reviews from customers and media sites, things aren't looking quite as rosy for the Pixel Buds. In a lot of ways, the Pixel Buds don't measure up to the AirPods, and in the video below, we compare design, features, sound quality, comfort, and other metrics.

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Pixel Buds and AirPods both cost $159 and are Bluetooth earphones designed for the Google and Apple ecosystems, respectively, but when it comes to design, they're quite a bit...

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15:00
Apple Invents a Method of Increasing Apple Watch Perform...

On October 1st Patently Apple posted a patent report titled "While the MacBook's Terraced Battery is another Patent Fulfilled, it's also Testament to Apple's Maniacal attention to Design Detail." The patent figure below juxtaposed to Apple's marketing material shows you how Apple worked to provide its MacBook customers with more battery to extend battery life by inventing a new custom battery. Now Apple is working on delivering a similar solution for Apple Watch.

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14:19
Apple Shares New 'What's a Computer' Ad F...

Apple today shared a new "What's a computer" iPad Pro ad on its YouTube channel, highlighting the myriad things an iPad Pro can do along with new iPad features introduced in iOS 11.

The video, set to the song "Go" by Louis The Child," shows off the iPad's versatility as a computer replacement, following a teen as she chats with friends, takes and edits photos, writes a paper, draws with the Apple Pencil, reads comics, and more while on the go.

Features and accessories covered in the video include split-screen multitasking, the iOS 11 dock, the iPad's camera capabilities, the Apple Pencil, the Smart Keyboard, and photo markup

At the end of the spot, the teen's mom asks her "What are you doing on your computer?" And she responds, "What's a computer?"

Apple has shared multiple iPad Pro ads in the past, positioning the device as a computer replacement. Most recently, Apple...

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Thursday November 16

13:10
My Presentation from MacTech 2017
13:00
Update Your watchOS Apps

Enable your watchOS apps to connect anywhere and anytime, even without a phone nearby, by updating for watchOS 4 and Apple Watch Series 3. Take advantage of increased performance, new background modes for navigation and audio recording, built-in altimeter capabilities, direct connections to accessories with Core Bluetooth, and more. In addition, the size limit of a watchOS app bundle has increased from 50 MB to 75 MB.

Please note that starting April 1, 2018, updates to watchOS 1 apps will no longer be accepted. Updates must be native apps built with the watchOS 2 SDK or later. New watchOS apps should be built with the watchOS 4 SDK or later.

Learn about developing for watchOS 4.

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13:00
Update Your watchOS Apps

Enable your watchOS apps to connect anywhere and anytime, even without a phone nearby, by updating for watchOS 4 and Apple Watch Series 3. Take advantage of increased performance, new background modes for navigation and audio recording, built-in altimeter capabilities, direct connections to accessories with Core Bluetooth, and more. In addition, the size limit of a watchOS app bundle has increased from 50 MB to 75 MB.

Please note that starting April 1, 2018, updates to watchOS 1 apps will no longer be accepted. Updates must be native apps built with the watchOS 2 SDK or later. New watchOS apps should be built with the watchOS 4 SDK or later.

Learn about developing for watchOS 4.

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08:00
Microsoft 365 helps businesses increase trust and...

Today’s post was written by Ron Markezich, corporate vice president for Microsoft.

The evolution of technology and cloud innovation are democratizing data and in turn fueling digital transformation. Embracing every facet of this digital transformation offers organizations an opportunity to better engage with customers, empower employees, and optimize the creation and delivery of products and services. However, with the increased use of personal data to customize user experiences, new compliance laws—such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)—are a logical policy component of our technology landscape. Microsoft 365 offers a complete cloud solution to help you with GDPR compliance, while Compliance Manager helps you assess and manage your compliance risk.

Compliance promotes innovation by building customer trust in technology

At its core, the GDPR strengthens personal privacy rights for individuals in the EU and requires organizations to...

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Wednesday November 15

12:54
About the security content of iOS 11.1.2

This document describes the security content of iOS 11.1.2.

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Tuesday November 14

11:00
TA17-318B: HIDDEN COBRA – North Korean Trojan:...

Original release date: November 14, 2017
Systems Affected

Network systems

Overview

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). Working with U.S. government partners, DHS and FBI identified Internet Protocol (IP) addresses and other indicators of compromise (IOCs) associated with a Trojan malware variant used by the North Korean government—commonly known as Volgmer. The U.S. Government refers to malicious cyber activity by the North Korean government as HIDDEN COBRA. For more information on HIDDEN COBRA activity, visit https://www.us-cert.gov/hiddencobra.

FBI has high confidence that HIDDEN COBRA actors are using the IP addresses—listed in this report’s IOC files—to maintain a presence on victims’ networks and to further network exploitation. DHS and FBI are distributing these IP...

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10:09
TA17-318A: HIDDEN COBRA – North Korean Remote...

Original release date: November 14, 2017
Systems Affected

Network systems

Overview

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). Working with U.S. government partners, DHS and FBI identified Internet Protocol (IP) addresses and other indicators of compromise (IOCs) associated with a remote administration tool (RAT) used by the North Korean government—commonly known as FALLCHILL. The U.S. Government refers to malicious cyber activity by the North Korean government as HIDDEN COBRA. For more information on HIDDEN COBRA activity, visit https://www.us-cert.gov/hiddencobra.

FBI has high confidence that HIDDEN COBRA actors are using the IP addresses—listed in this report’s IOC files—to maintain a presence on victims’ networks and to further network exploitation. DHS and FBI are...

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Monday November 13

19:22
The Apple Toolchain

A brief list of common tools used to manage Apple devices. Do you use something that isn’t on this list? Comment it and I’ll try and add it! In order to remain vendor agnostic I am trying to list solutions in alphabetical order by category. 
Backup

  • Archiware
  • Acronis
  • Backblaze
  • Carbon Copy Cloner
  • Crashplan
  • Datto
  • Druva

Collaboration Suites and File Sharing

  • Atlassian
  • Box
  • Dropbox
  • Egnyte
  • G Suite
  • Kerio Connect
  • macOS Server
  • Netatalk
  • Office 365
  • Promise
  • Synology
  • Xsan

Directory Services and Authentication Tools

  • Apple Enterprise Connect
  • AdmitMac
  • Centrify
  • Duo Mobile
  • JumpCloud
  • LDAP
  • Microsoft Active Directory
  • NoLo
  • NoMAD
  • NoMAD Pro
  • Okta
  • OneLogin

Imaging and...

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15:50
Websites on iPhone X

Your websites will automatically display properly on the Super Retina screen on iPhone X, as Safari automatically insets your content within the safe area so it’s clear of the rounded corners and sensor housing. If your website is designed with full-width horizontal navigation, you can choose to take full advantage of the edge-to-edge display by using a new WebKit API introduced in iOS 11.2. Start testing your website today with the iPhone X simulator, included with Xcode 9.2 beta.

Learn more about designing websites for iPhone X.

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15:50
Websites on iPhone X

Your websites will automatically display properly on the Super Retina screen on iPhone X, as Safari automatically insets your content within the safe area so it’s clear of the rounded corners and sensor housing. If your website is designed with full-width horizontal navigation, you can choose to take full advantage of the edge-to-edge display by using a new WebKit API introduced in iOS 11.2. Start testing your website today with the iPhone X simulator, included with Xcode 9.2 beta.

Learn more about designing websites for iPhone X.

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09:00
Henkel advances digital transformation journey with...

Today’s post about Office 365 was written by Markus Petrak, corporate director at Henkel.

Henkel is looking at more than 140 years of company success—founded in 1876, our brands such as Schwarzkopf, Persil, and Loctite are well known among customers globally. As our environment evolves from a mere brick-and-mortar business to one where we see new sales records in e-commerce for beauty care products in a single day, it’s clear that as a company we must adapt to ongoing change. Today, digitalization is a major driver that is transforming our organization, capturing the ingenuity and dedication of more than 50,000 employees around the world. And of course, digital transformation is unthinkable without the constant development of our IT landscape. Three years ago, Henkel...

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Thursday November 9

08:12
About the security content of iOS 11.1.1

This document describes the security content of iOS 11.1.1.

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Wednesday November 8

10:00
Sutter Health moves to Office 365 to help strengthen...

Today’s post was written by Wes Wright, corporate CTO for Sutter Health.

In our industry, the less time our employees spend interfacing with technology, the more time they’re able to spend with patients. That’s why my role as the corporate chief technology officer at Sutter Health revolves around one goal: provide nearly 52,000 employees with software that maximizes the amount of time they devote to patient and family care. For a not-for-profit health system as large and diverse as Sutter Health—with 24 acute care hospitals and care centers serving more than 100 communities in California—achieving this goal starts with standardizing IT on a leading-edge communication and collaboration platform. We invested in technology that was intuitive and deeply...

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09:00
Bringing AI to job seekers with Resume Assistant in...

Today’s post was written by Bryan Goode, general manager for Office 365.

Today, at LinkedIn’s headquarters in San Francisco, we announced Resume Assistant, a new feature in Microsoft Word to help Office 365 subscribers craft compelling resumes with personalized insights powered by LinkedIn. With over 80 percent of resumes updated in Word, Resume Assistant helps job seekers showcase accomplishments, be more easily discovered by recruiters, and find their ideal job.

The workplace is changing, impacting not only how people work, but also the frequency with which they change roles, introducing new challenges for job seekers. Nearly 70 percent of people say they have difficulty portraying their work experience effectively, and 50 percent struggle to tailor their resume to a specific job opportunity. Furthermore...

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Friday November 3

15:45
New App Store Marketing Guidelines and Resources

You can now download App Store badges with updated fonts and options, as well as images of iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Apple Watch Series 3, and Apple TV 4K to use in marketing materials for your apps on the App Store. Marketing guidance has also been updated. Visit the App Store Marketing Guidelines.

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15:45
New App Store Marketing Guidelines and Resources

You can now download App Store badges with updated fonts and options, as well as images of iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Apple Watch Series 3, and Apple TV 4K to use in marketing materials for your apps on the App Store. Marketing guidance has also been updated. Visit the App Store Marketing Guidelines.

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Thursday November 2

07:30
Check the EFI Version of a Mac

I’d written an efi version checker. But the lovely Andrew Seago texted me one that’s better than mine. So I present it here:

current_efi_version=`/usr/libexec/efiupdater | grep "Raw" | cut -d ':' -f2 | sed 's/ //'`
echo "current_efi_version $current_efi_version"
latest_efi_version=`ls -La /usr/libexec/firmwarecheckers/eficheck/EFIAllowListShipping.bundle/allowlists/ | grep "$current_efi_version"`
echo "latest_efi_version $latest_efi_version"
if [ "$latest_efi_version" == "" ]; then
echo "EFI FAILED"
exit 1
else
echo "EFI PASSED"
exit 0
fi

The post Check the EFI Version of a Mac appeared first on krypted.com.

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Tuesday October 31

20:00
Grow your small business with business apps from...

Today, we announced that Microsoft Connections, Microsoft Listings, Microsoft Invoicing, and the Office 365 Business center are now generally available as part of Microsoft 365 Business and Office 365 Business Premium. The new apps are rolling out to customers in the U.S., U.K., and Canada.

These apps—together with Microsoft Bookings, Outlook Customer Manager, and MileIQ—bring you seven new ways to manage your customer relationships and build your business. We’re also announcing new intelligence features for MileIQ that automatically classify drives as business or personal on your behalf.

Let’s take a closer look at how the apps can help you grow your business by acquiring new customers and nurturing existing ones, and help you run your business with simple ways to invoice, schedule appointments, and track...

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20:00
Empower your team and safeguard your business with...

Today we’re announcing general availability of new solutions purpose-built for small and medium-sized businesses with up to 300 employees. Available worldwide today, Microsoft 365 Business includes the Office 365 suite of productivity and collaboration tools, as well as device management and security tools to safeguard company information across Windows 10 PCs, mobile devices, and apps. It is an integrated solution designed to simplify IT for small and medium-sized businesses.

We’re also announcing general availability of three new business apps—Microsoft Connections, Microsoft Listings, and Microsoft Invoicing—which join Microsoft Bookings, Outlook Customer Manager, and MileIQ to create a suite of capabilities to help small businesses grow...

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10:04
About the security content of iCloud for Windows 7.1

This document describes the security content of iCloud for Windows 7.1.

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09:45
About the security content of iTunes 12.7.1 for...

This document describes the security content of iTunes 12.7.1 for Windows.

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09:20
About the security content of Safari 11.1

This document describes the security content of Safari 11.1.

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Save on 12″ MacBooks, Apple refurbished model...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2017 12″ Retina MacBooks available for $200-$240 off the cost of new models. Apple will include a standard one-year warranty with each MacBook, and shipping is free.... Read more
Early Holiday sale: 12″ iPad Pros for up to $...
B&H Photo has 12″ iPad Pros on sale today for up to $130 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H collects no sales tax outside NY & NJ: – 12″ 64GB WiFi iPad Pro: $749, save $50 – 12″ 256GB... Read more
Holiday sale prices on Apple 13″ MacBook Pros...
B&H Photo has 2017 13″ MacBook Pros in stock today and on sale for $100-$150 off MSRP, each including free shipping plus NY & NJ sales tax only: – 13-inch 2.3GHz/128GB Space Gray MacBook Pro... Read more
Sale: 13″ MacBook Airs starting at $899, $100...
B&H Photo has 2017 13″ MacBook Airs on sale today for $100 off MSRP including free shipping. B&H charges NY & NJ sales tax only: – 13″ 1.8GHz/128GB MacBook Air (MQD32LL/A): $899, $100 off... Read more
Week’s Best Deal on 13″ MacBook Pros: Apple r...
Apple has a full line of Apple Certified Refurbished 2017 13″ MacBook Pros available for $200-$300 off MSRP. A standard Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and shipping is free.... Read more
Deal: 15″ 2.6GHz MacBook Pro for $1799 w/free...
B&H Photo has clearance 2016 15″ 2.6GHz Touch Bar MacBook Pros in stock today and available for $600 off original MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY & NJ sales tax only: – 15″ 2.... Read more
Black Friday pricing on the 1.4GHz Mac mini....
MacMall has the 1.4GHz Mac mini on sale for $399 including free shipping. Their price is $100 off MSRP (20% off), and it’s the lowest price for available for this model from any reseller. MacMall’s... Read more

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