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07:07
Flexibits releases Cardhop for the Mac

Flexibits has announced Cardhop, an interactive contacts app for the Mac. Its parsing engine lets users search, add, edit, and interact with their contacts in one place.

Cardhop automatically uses the built-in contacts on your Mac, so there’s zero configuration. Just type in "John G" and John's card will instantly appear. Or enter "Sarah Smith sarah@cardhopapp.com" and Cardhop will add a new contact to Sarah's card. Or type in "call Michael S" and Cardhop will instantly start a phone call with Michael on your Mac, or even directly on your iPhone using Bluetooth!

You can interact with your contacts with the following actions: Call, Copy, Directions, Email, FaceTime, FaceTime Audio, Large Type, Message, Skype, Telegram, Twitter, URL, and VoIP. With Cardhop's notes field, users can add a few details about their contacts, and the next time they interact with their contacts, they'll know more about them.

Cardhop for Mac is available now for $19.99 from the Mac App...

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06:24
Adobe unveils the next generation of Creative Cloud

Adobe has unveiled the next generation of Creative Cloud, including four new applications:Adobe XD CC for experience design, Adobe Dimension CC for 2D to 3D compositing, Character Animator CC for 2D animation, and a cloud-based photography service, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC.

In addition, Adobe announced feature updates to its flagship applications including Photoshop CC, InDesign CC, Illustrator CC and Premiere Pro CC, and ongoing expansion of its Adobe Stock service. All of these updates include capabilities powered by Adobe Sensei, Adobe’s artificial intelligence and machine learning platform. For details on the Creative Cloud innovations, including pricing, click http://tinyurl.com/y8lukp9u .

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05:48
Apple and GE partner to bring Predix industrial apps to iPhone and iPad

Apple and GE have announced a partnership to deliver industrial apps designed to bring predictive data and analytics from Predix, GE’s industrial Internet of Things (IoT) platform, to the iPhone and iPad. The two companies unveiled a new Predix software development kit (SDK) for iOS, which gives developers the tools to make their own industrial IoT apps.

“GE is an ideal partner with a rich history of innovation across the industrial world in areas like aviation, manufacturing, healthcare and energy,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a press release. “Together, Apple and GE are fundamentally changing how the industrial world works by combining GE’s Predix platform with the power and simplicity of iPhone and iPad.”

“The partnership between Apple and GE is providing developers with the tools to make their own powerful industrial IoT apps,” added John Flannery, chairman and CEO, GE. “Our customers increasingly need to arm their workforces through mobility. Working together, GE...

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Oct 17
Apple posts new developer beta of macOS High Sierra

Apple has released the third developer beta of macOS 10.13.1. It can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center.

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Oct 17
CS Odessa announces ConceptDraw Plan 2

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has introduced a new version of its online project management tool. ConceptDraw Plan 2 provides updated online workspace including Shared Resource Pool, Gantt Chart view, Resource Allocation view, Resource Usage view and Scheduler.

What’s more, the new version improves project team collaboration and Task Complete Activity management. ConceptDraw Plan 2 retails for $119 annual subscription per licensed user. It supports all major web browsers and is interacts with ConceptDraw Project 8 for the desktop which retails for $299, and is compatible with MS Project.

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Oct 17
OWC releases Aura Pro X line of SSD Flash Storage

Other World Computing (http://tinyurl.com/y7v6yut7) has announced new Aura Pro X SSDs, integrating the latest NVME, 3D MLC, and SLC NAND for data performance of up to 1600MB/s with exceptional power efficiencies. They work with most 2013 and later Macs.

Built around a NVME controller, the Aura Pro X Series requires macOS High Sierra. All OWC SSDs fully enable the advanced features of APFS including strong encryption, copy-on-write metadata, space sharing, cloning for files and directories, snapshots, fast directory sizing, atomic safe-save primitives, and improved file system fundamentals.

Aura Pro X SSDs begin shipping later this month in capacities of 240GB to 1.0TB. The 2.0TB capacity version is expected to ship in mid-November/Q4 2017. Pricing ranges from $279.99 for a 240GB model to $1,279.99 for a 2TB version. For users who don’t want to upgrade to macOS 10.13 High Sierra, the original...

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Oct 17
WaterField Designs announces Ranger iPhone X case

WaterField Designs has announced the Ranger iPhone X case (http://tinyurl.com/y8zprfrn), a modern take on the traditional holster. With magnetic closing systems that use Neodymium rare-earth magnets, it attaches securely to clothing, belts, work vests or straps. 

A Fidlock closure keeps the iPhone safeguarded inside the case. Scratch-free Ultrasuede lining adds cushioning and helps clean the iPhone screen as users insert and remove it from the case.

The bottom opening allows users to keep ear buds connected and keeps text and call notifications audible when the iPhone is inside the case. Side openings provide access to volume and sleep buttons. A front leather pocket can hold earbuds or cash and a key.

Pre-orders for the Ranger iPhone X Case are available now and units will start shipping Nov. 3 (the day the first iPhone X units are expected to arrive to customers). The Ranger case...

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Oct 17
Batch PDF Creator for Microsoft Word Now Supports macOS High Sierra

Zevrix Solutions has announced BatchOutput DOC 2.5.4, a compatibility update to company's output automation solution for Microsoft Word.

The software automates printing and exporting of multiple Word documents to PDF. It offers PDF security, image compression, variable file names, export as single pages and other options. Version 2.5.4 makes BatchOutput DOC a 64-bit program and introduces support for macOS High Sierra.

BatchOutput DOC can be purchased for $19.95 from the Zevrix Solutions website (www.zevrixcom). A demo is available for download. The update is free for users of version 2 and $20 from version 1. BatchOutput DOC requires macOS 10.6-10.13 and Microsoft Word 2008, 2011 or 2016.

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Oct 16
New developer betas of iOS 11.1, watchOS 4.1, tvOS 11.1 available

Apple has posted the third developer betas of iOS 11.1, watchOS 4.1 and tvOS 11.1. All can be be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center.

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Oct 16
Camera Guard 2 Professional offers improved protection

ProtectStar has upgraded Camera Guard 2 Professional (https://www.protectstar.com/en/camera-guard), a security solution for macOS, to version 2.

The app was created to protect any Mac's webcam and microphone against access by hackers, spyware, or malware. Version 2 brings improved protection against unauthorized access to the Mac's hardware; it also offers protection against Mac ransomware which can hold hostage the data on a Mac's hard drive.

Camera Guard 2 Professional requires macOS 10.11 or higher. It costs $29.90 and includes 12 months of updates and tech support. A “Care Plan” is also available for $59.90 and includes three years of updates/upgrades and premium technical support.

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Oct 16
Andrei Doubrovski rolls out Elements+ 10

Andrei Doubrovski has rolled out Elements+ 10, an update of his enhancement patch for Adobe Photoshop Elements.

Featuring hundreds of tools, including missing adjustments, smart filters, and more, it’s an add-on that unlocks the undocumented advanced functions in Photoshop Elements+ featured in the latest versions of Photoshop. Version 10 includes some extra adjustments, smart filters, vector masks, and many more advanced tools normally hidden under the hood.

Elements+ 10 requires macOS 10.4.11 or later and costs $12. A demo is available for download (http://elementsplus.net).

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Oct 16
Station for macOS upgraded to version 1.4

True North Software has released Station 1.4, an update of their multilevel (hierarchical) launcher for macOS.

With nested folders, you can arrange items in Station in a way that fits your workflow. In version 1.4, scalability is greatly increased through logical groupings , increasing the sheer number of items that can be added to the app without having to shrink the launcher size.

In the preferences of Station 1.4, you can specify if you want the software to justify the panels to the left, center, or right. Also, a "Populate Folder Icons" menu item was added to the Station icon, allowing you to automatically populate folder icons.

Station 1.4 requires macOS 10.11 or higher and costs $14.99. It’s available through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/ybzbj893); a demo version is available from the True North website (...

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Oct 13
App Tamer for macOS revved to version 2.3.3

St. Clair Software has updated App Tamer, its Mac utility for managing applications to yield more efficient CPU usage, increased battery life and quieter operation.

The utility’s AutoStop capability automatically slows down or pauses applications when you switch away from them, and then restarts them when you click back to them. Version 2.3.3 offers a new option to speed up Time Machine backups and addresses a number of other issues.

App Tamer runs on macOS 10.8 or higher. A demo is available for download (http://www.stclairsoft.com/AppTamer/); registration is $14.95. The version 2.3.3 update is free for users who purchased App Tamer 2.x or bought App Tamer 1.x after July 1, 2013. For those that purchased a license before that date, the upgrade is $7.95

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Oct 12
BBEdit 12 is compatible with macOS High Sierra

Bare Bones Software (www.barebones.com) has released BBEdit 12.0, an upgrade to its professional strength text and code editor. It introduces a new foundation featuring greater overall integration with macOS, specific improvements for compatibility with macOS High Sierra, and more than 100 new features, changes, and refinements, including fixes for specific reported issues.

BBEdit 12 also introduces completely rewritten user experiences for its FTP/SFTP, Text Factory, and Preview in BBEdit features. In addition, the software now presents a unified appearance when using a dark editor color scheme, and a wide range of improvements to appearance and behavior resulting from its increased OS integration.

New menu commands include a "Canonize" command on the Text menu for performing batch text transformations, "Paste Using Filter" on the Edit menu for transforming text obtained from other applications, and a...

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Oct 11
Apple releases iOS 11.0.3

Apple has released iOS 11.0.3. It can be downloaded for free on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the update, go to Settings --> General --> Software Update.

According to Apple, iOS 11.0.3 fixes an issue where audio and haptic feedback would not work on some iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices. It also addresses an issue where touch input was unresponsive on some iPhone 6s displays because “they were not serviced with genuine Apple parts.”

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Oct 11
Sonnet introduces Dual-Port USB 3.1 Gen 2 PCI Express 3.0 Adapter Card

Sonnet Technologies has unveiled the Allegro USB-C PCIe card, a two-port USB-C 3.1 adapter card that enables data transfers from connected devices at speeds up to 960 MB/s.

It provides users with a way to add two USB-C ports to Mac Pro tower and Windows computers with PCIe slots, and to Mac and Windows computers with Thunderbolt ports when the card is installed in a Thunderbolt-to-PCI Express card expansion chassis. This Sonnet adapter card simultaneously supports two bus-powered devices, such as SSDs, hard drives, and external DVD and Blu-ray disc drives.

The Allegro USB-C PCIe card can be installed quickly and easily into any available PCIe slot, without the need to plug in an auxiliary power connector, says Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. With the Allegro USB-C card's ports, users can connect and use any bus-powered USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps), USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps), or USB 3.0 SSDs, SSD RAID, hard drives, and other storage devices with the card...

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Oct 11
AKVIS releases SmartMask 10 for macOS

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released SmartMask 10, a selection tool designed to make image masking fun and simple. Version 10 provides users with the new Refine Radius tool, enhanced Magic Brush tool, and other improvements.

AKVIS SmartMask allows switching between Auto and Manual modes to achieve the best possible result with any photo. For more nuanced and precise excision of a monochrome background, SmartMask offers the Chroma Key mode. To improve the selection to a very fine point and make it as perfect as possible, the Refine Edges mode and a number of post-processing tools are available.

AKVIS SmartMask requires macOS 10.7 or higher and costs $69. One license key allows activating and using the software on two computers. The product is available as a standalone application and as a plugin filter for Adobe Photoshop and other image editors.

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Oct 11
File Transfer App Deliver Express Now Supports macOS High Sierra

Zevrix Solutions has announced Deliver Express 2.6.4 a compatibility update to the company's hot folder-based file transfer automation solution.

It supports FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV and other remote and local services. The software offers automatic email notifications, file compression, upload history and more.

The app can serve unlimited users on a network. The new version makes Deliver Express a 64-bit app and introduces support for the macOS High Sierra.

Deliver Express can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com). The license prices are based on the maximum number of allowed destinations and range from $29.95 to $299.95. The 2.6.4 update is free for licensed customers. A demo is available for download. Deliver Express requires macOS 10.5 or higher.

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Oct 11
ProjectWizards conjures up Merlin Project 4.3

ProjectWizards (www.projectwizards.com) has conjured up version 4.3 of Merlin Project, its project management software for macOS.

The app is is now optimized for mac OS High Sierra. However, all Merlin Project users will benefit from an update as several optimizations have been implemented, according to the ProjectWizards.

The software is now available in Japanese and Simplified Chinese. Also included in version 4.3 is a stability update.

Merlin ProjectMerlin Project costs $289 for new users. A demo is available for download.

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Oct 10
Trammell Hudson to keynote MacTech Conference

The keynote for MacTech Conference will be Trammell Hudson of Thunderstrike and Magic Lantern fame. He’s a programmer and reverse engineer who focuses on low-level software and hardware security.

At Two Sigma Investments, Hudson is a security researcher and is developing Heads, an open source firmware for slightly more secure systems. Previously he developed lightweight operating system kernels and message passing systems for the world’s fastest supercomputers at Sandia National Labs.

Trammell’s security research into Apple’s hardware resulted in Thunderstrike and Thunderstrike II, the first proof-of-concept firmware rootkits for MacBooks. After working with Apple to patch the underlying vulnerabilities, he presented his findings at CCC, BlackHat and DEFCON.

Trammell is also well known for Magic Lantern Firmware — where he reverse engineered the firmware in the Canon 5D Mark II and started the Magic Lantern project that is now an open system for writing...

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Oct 18
AI-powered chatbots to drive dramatic cost savings in...

A new report from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that annual cost savings derived from the adoption of chatbots in healthcare will reach $3.6 billion globally by 2022, up from an estimated $2.8 million in 2017. This growth will average 320% per annum, as AI (artificial intelligence) powered chatbots will drive improved customer experiences for patients.

Using chatbot systems, patients will be able to access care more quickly and easily, improving access to care and reducing pressure on overworked healthcare systems by ensuring more efficient interactions, according to the research group. Juniper found that, despite trials by, for example, the UK’s National Health Service, chatbot deployment will be dominated by Far East & China over the next five years. Over half of the annual savings realized by chatbots will be attributable to this region in 2022. Owing to the varied...

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Oct 17
Apple tops global tablet applications processor market

After two consecutive years of decline, the global tablet applications processor (AP) market returned to growth and registered a 5% year-over-year growth to reach $984 million in the first half of 2017, according to Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com)

The research group says Apple, Intel, Qualcomm, MediaTek and Samsung captured the top-five revenue share rankings in the tablet AP market. The market leader Apple gained share and increased its tablet AP revenue share to 37% in in the first half of 2017. Intel and Qualcomm grabbed the number two and three spots with 18% revenue share and 16% share, respectively.

"The global tablet AP market continued to show signs of stabilization from past few quarters with slower year-on-year declines. Despite this encouraging trend, tablet AP vendors have to contend with a significantly smaller overall market in the first half of 2017 compared...

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Oct 16
26 million plus broadband households to have monitored...

According to Parks Associates' Home Security NUMBERS research, more than 26 million U.S. broadband households will have professionally monitored security by 2021. The research also shows that total annual revenue for professionally monitored security in U.S. households will exceed $14 billion by 2020.

"The residential security industry is changing along many dimensions," Tom Kerber, director of IoT Strategy, said. "The addition of interactive services and home control products has expanded the market and changed the value chain and competitive landscape. Cable and telecom operators have entered the market with security services. New approaches to selling professional monitoring including self-installed solutions and on-demand monitoring services, and service providers are working to expand the market by connecting smart products to monitoring services.”

Security is the strongest driver for smart home adoption. Among U.S. smart home device owners, 37% made this...

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Oct 16
Threats to online privacy increase in America: seven...

Around 65% of tech sector workers use a VPN in the U.S., and NordVPN has experienced a 300% growth in the American market this year. VPN service providers usually experience an increase in new subscribers when a new anti-privacy law is announced or approved. NordVPN expects the number of subscribers to keep growing as the new proposal for “USA Liberty Act” is being revealed – a bill that codifies into law the bulk collection of Americans' personal data.
 
“Back in March, U.S. Senate reversed FCC privacy regulations, meaning that ISP providers were given the right to collect data without restrictions and without users’ consent,” said Marty P. Kamden, CMO of NordVPN.  “ISPs can collect data by monitoring Internet activity and tracking user location through mobile devices. Internet users, as we could see, showed that they were willing to take privacy into their own hands – NordVPN subscriptions starting doubling since the news broke out - and tripled in a few months....

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Oct 13
Smart store tech to generate over $78 billion

Amazon Go and other ‘invisible payment’ technologies, aimed at reducing or removing physical checkouts from the retail experience, will process over $78 billion in transactions by 2022, up from an expected $9.8 billion this year, a new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found.

These deployments, in single figures today, will reach over 5,000 retail outlets over the next five years as retailers seek to make consumer experiences frictionless and more engaging, the research group adds. Meanwhile, the number of consumers using checkout apps, which allows them to scan their own shopping, will grow from just under 4 million to over 30 million in the same period.

Juniper Research found that the cost and complexity of infrastructure integration will constrain deployments of invisible payments systems in the short term. It argues that initially, the majority of revenues from new...

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Oct 12
40% of smart light bulb owners use Amazon Echo or...

Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) has announced new research showing that 40% of smart light bulb owners use Amazon Echo or Google Home to control their devices.

"U.S. consumers bought an estimated 14 million voice-controlled smart speakers with personal assistants in 2016," said Dina Abdelrazik, research analyst, Parks Associates. "Voice interfaces supported by personal assistants—like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana—seek to connect all the moving parts of a connected lifestyle and are simplifying the user experience. In every vertical, whether it be connected entertainment or the connected car, voice has the ability to unify devices to provide a coherent experience and drive greater adoption of IoT technologies. Simplicity, improved user engagement, and personalization will all lead to a stickier consumer.”

The research group notes that Amazon Echo and Google...

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Oct 12
IT Infrastructure revenues grow 25.8% in quarter two

According to International Data Corp., vendor revenue from sales of infrastructure products (server, storage, and Ethernet switch) for cloud IT, including public and private cloud, grew 25.8% year over year in the second quarter of 2017 (2Q17), reaching $12.3 billion.

Public cloud infrastructure revenue grew 34.1% year-over-year and now represents 33.5% of total worldwide IT infrastructure spending at $8.7 billion, up from a 27.0% share one year ago, according to IDC. Private cloud revenue reached $3.7 billion for an annual increase of 9.9%. Total worldwide cloud IT infrastructure revenue has almost tripled in the last four years, while the traditional (non-cloud) IT infrastructure revenue continues to decline and is down 3.8% from a year ago, although it still represents 52.4% of the worldwide share of overall IT revenue at $13.6 billion for the quarter.

Public cloud now represents 70.2% of the total cloud IT infrastructure revenue, according to IDC. The market with...

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Oct 11
Software-Defined storage solutions to generate...

Software-defined storage (SDS) is one of several new technologies that are rapidly penetrating the IT infrastructure of enterprises and cloud service providers. SDS is gaining traction because it meets the demands of the next-generation datacenter much better than legacy storage infrastructure.

As a result, International Data Corporation (www.idc.com) forecasts the worldwide SDS market will see a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.5% over the 2017-2021 forecast period, with revenues of nearly $16.2 billion in 2021. The research group says that eEnterprise storage spending has already begun to move away from hardware-defined, dual-controller array designs toward SDS and from traditional on-premises IT infrastructure toward cloud environments (both public and private) based on commodity Web-scale infrastructure. SDS solutions run on commodity, off-the-shelf hardware, delivering all the key storage functionality in...

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Oct 10
Gaming industry benefits from innovative revenue...

According to a report by Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com), revenues from the global digital games market are estimated to reach the $100 billion milestone by the end of this year.

The report indicates that contrary to previous estimates, the PC market has been reignited thanks to F2P (Free to Play) games. F2P allows gamers to access the game for free. Revenues are then made by purchases within the game, which is known as the freemium model; popularized by mobile games, in order to grow the number of players and accelerate spending. Combined with the continued growth of mobile, Juniper projects that the industry will reach revenues of $132 billion by 2021.

The outlook for the gaming industry is positive, according to the research group Developers are integrating in-game advertising, which is most effective when users are rewarded. For example, watching a short video to provide...

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Oct 09
Warning signs to recognize identity theft...

Security breaches seem to have become part of daily living. With the recent Equifax hack and a long string of others to large reputable organizations, how do consumers keep their personal information safe? Apple Federal Credit Union (www.AppleFCU.org) offers important warning signs to help consumers understand if they are susceptible to becoming the victim in the next hack.

“Consumers need to be aware of how they contribute to their own insecurity when it comes to identity theft,” warns Larry Larsen, director of Cyber Security at Apple Federal Credit Union. “Many people are unaware that they are engaging in risky behaviors, and that they are putting themselves at greater risk to be victimized.”

Although the security experts are getting better at identifying this kind of theft, criminals are getting better at coming up with new ways to hack. According to the 2017 Identity Fraud Study, released by Javelin...

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Naztech’s (www.naztech.com) $69.99 Alloy Advanced Magnetic Wireless Earphonesare patent pending in-ear headphones that employ Smart Magnetic Sensor Technology to control music and phone calls by simply connecting and... Read more »
Vena (www.venaproducts.com) will offer its versatile, all-in-one vCommute mobile phone case for the upcoming iPhone X, as well as the newly released iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. It combines the convenience of wallet features... Read more »
Make sure your 11-inch MacBook Air is protected from drops, spills and other accidents with the new DropTech case from Gumdrop Cases. It snaps onto the MacBook, has a rugged bumper around the edges, and features... Read more »
Clear is Focal’s new “circum-aural” headphone for audiophiles and represents a new evolution of Focal’s open-back, full-range speaker headphone family. It’s an ultra high-end product priced at $1,499. The M-shaped... Read more »

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06:53
Pixel 2 reviews — disappointing screens, bad color...

Rene Ritchie, iMore:

I’ve owned almost every Nexus and the original Pixel, but problems with the Pixel 2 display may force me to look elsewhere for my yearly Android fix.

I bought most of Google’s Nexus phones, starting with the Nexus One. I bought the original Pixel. I pre-ordered the Pixel 2 XL right after the event. Now I’m thinking of canceling that order. The reason? It seems like Google chose to ship bad displays on their flagship phones.

Rene follows up with a host of quotes from other reviewers, almost all from traditional Android bloggers. This was really surprising to me. I expected a best-in-class display at this price point.

Read the post, and dig into the other quoted reviews. I’m not sensing Google-bashing here, more disappointment at the screen performance from people who want to love their new Google phone.

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06:34
Snap, NBCUniversal form joint Hollywood Studio...

Todd Spangler, Variety:

Snap, Snapchat’s parent company, is teaming with NBCUniversal to bring scripted programming — like short-form comedies and dramas — to mobile screens. The companies have established a studio joint venture to produce programming exclusively for the social-messaging and media platform.

And:

The companies have recruited Lauren Anderson, who has served as NBC Entertainment’s senior VP of current programming, to be the JV’s chief content officer. “Lauren was a great get for us,” said Mills, who has worked with Anderson on the NBC shows created for Snapchat. “She has tremendous experience, and instantly got what we were going for.”

Yet another twist in the unfolding story of what we’ll be watching in the future and who will hold the puppet strings. This is an industry in the midst of disruption. At some point, the models will settle down and we’ll see who is making money, long term, determine who survives, prospers.

The more...

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06:00
Get Dropshare for Mac 4: 48% off

File sharing with others can be a real pain if you’re using a cloud service that doesn’t treat sharing as a priority. That’s not the case with Dropshare, which allows you to upload screenshots, screen recordings, files, folders, you name itto the provider of your choice. A link to the file is copied to your clipboard for sharing and you’re done! Dropshare’s usually $25, but we’re selling it in the Deals Shop for $12.99.

Here’s a list of just part of what you can do with Dropshare:

  • Upload anything from clipboard quickly
  • Synchronize your upload history across all of your devices
  • Shorten URLs on the fly
  • Create individually designed landing pages w/ HTML, CSS, & JavaScript
  • Record & upload your Mac's...
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05:59
Adobe introduces new cloud-based Lightroom CC,...

Adobe revealed a major update to its popular photo editing tool, Lightroom CC, today with a brand new interface, workflow, and sharp focus on cloud-based editing. The new photography service, previously known as Project Nimbus, coincides with a series of new Creative Cloud photography plans tailored for new and increasingly mobile workflows.

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05:59
Adobe MAX 2017: New Creative Cloud apps, next...

Adobe announced a flurry of new applications as well as features for existing products today as it kickstarts Adobe MAX 2017, the company’s annual creativity conference. This year Adobe is making a heavy investment in artificial intelligence, with updates powered by Adobe Sensei, a machine learning platform geared towards creative tools that was first launched last year at Adobe MAX. Let’s take a closer look at everything that was announced.

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05:50
Apple and GE partner to bring Predix industrial apps...

Apple and GE have announced a partnership to deliver industrial apps designed to bring predictive data and analytics from Predix, GE’s industrial Internet of Things (IoT) platform, to the iPhone and iPad. The two companies unveiled a new Predix software development kit (SDK) for iOS, which gives developers the tools to make their own industrial IoT apps.

“GE is an ideal partner with a rich history of innovation across the industrial world in areas like aviation, manufacturing, healthcare and energy,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a press release. “Together, Apple and GE are fundamentally changing how the industrial world works by combining GE’s Predix platform with the power and simplicity of iPhone and iPad.”

“The partnership between Apple and GE is providing developers with the tools to make their own powerful industrial IoT apps,” added John Flannery, chairman and CEO, GE. “Our customers increasingly need to arm their workforces through mobility. Working together, GE...

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05:48
Apple and GE announce partnership to make ‘...

Apple and GE (General Electric) today announced a new partnership to build enterprise ‘industrial’ apps for the iOS platform. This includes a new development SDK focused on the Internet of Things.

Tim Cook said GE is an “ideal partner with a rich history of innovation”. GE will make apps for itself and its business clients, and deploy iPhones and iPad as standard across the organization.

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05:30
EDGEtv now available on the Apple TV, iPhone, iPad

EDGEtv has launched its adventure lifestyle entertainment network and it’s available on the Apple TV (as well as via iPhone and Android apps).

EDGEtv is now available on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, iPhone and Android applications. Rooted in the action sports category, EDGEtv works closely with athletes, contributors and influencers “to take viewers on a journey to the edge with engaging content across action sports, music and travel.” EDGEtv Adventure Travel & Lifestyle programming delivers travel adventures, exotic destinations and inspired lifestyle experiences.

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05:15
Apple TV universal search expands to Canada,...

Apple has expanded the universal search options on the Apple TV and Apple TV 4K, improving coverage in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and elsewhere.

U.S.-based customers can now search for TV show and movie titles through the Classix, Oxygen and BBC America app. New Canadian listings include Classix, Treehouse, FXNOW Canada, ICI Tou.tv and CBC TV, the country’s national broadcaster.

Australians will see results for 9Now, SBS, and Tenplay. In Norway and Sweden, Viaplay has been added.

The number of countries seeing universal search options within Apple Music has moved beyond the U.S., the feature now available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the U.K.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via AppleInsider...

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05:00
Rumor: iPhone X component suppliers report improved...

The supply stream for the iPhone X may be where it needs to be.

Per sources close to the story, yield rates for some iPhone X have improved and become more stable, allowing for shipments of the upcoming smartphone to grow substantially after October.

The sources also reported that yield rates for key parts such as 3D sensing modules have improved as well.

The first batch of iPhone X handsets have already shipped out from Foxconn Electronics’ site in Zhengzhou (Henan, China), said the sources. With production yield rates for certain key components such as 3D sensing modules improving, shipments of the device have increased gradually and will meet Apple’s demand ahead of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the sources indicated.

It’s also been reported that analog IC vendors have stated that chip deliveries for the iPhone X have been on schedule up to now, with orders fulfilled on time for the device in the third quarter. The same sources claimed...

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05:00
iTunes App Syncing is Back (Kinda)

Last month, Dr. Mac told you that once you upgraded to iTunes 12.7, you would only be able to buy and manage iOS apps on your iOS devices, with no way to manipulate them with your Mac or PC anymore. That may not be the case anymore…


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05:00
Would you use a 15-inch iPad Pro?

Microsoft surprised almost everyone when it debuted new Surface devices yesterday (the rumor mill pegged 2018 as the time frame for a new update). The new models are more powerful, and there’s now a 15-inch Surface available.

Which makes me wonder: is there a market for a 15-inch iPad Pro? After all, Apple promotes the tablet as a potential laptop replacement (at least for some folks). And iOS 11 introduced some iPad Pro-targeted features such as true multitasking, a Files app, drag ’n drop, and more. All of these features are designed to enhance productivity.

Some folks find the 12.9-inch iPad Pro too unwieldly for use as a tablet. I don’t. Since I’m using my supersized tablet in lieu of a Mac laptop when I occasionally travel these days, an even bigger model sounds …. intriguing. 

I’d at least consider a 15-inch iPad Pro. Would...

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04:58
Apple Pay expands in Spain as CaixaBank joins...

Customers of the Spanish bank CaixaBank can now use Apple Pay, the bank confirming in a blog post that the service is already live. As you’d expect, this includes its mobile banking brand, ImaginBank …

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04:30
Apple is granted a patent for ‘interface scanning...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,792,013) for “interface scanning for disabled users.” It involves improved input devices and methods for physically-impaired users. 

In the patent filing, Apple notes that various types of input devices, such as keyboards, mice, track pads, and touch screens, have been developed to enable a user to interact with a computing device. While these traditional input devices provide users with a quick and intuitive way to interact with a computing device, they all require a significant amount of movement by the user. 

This presents a problem for physically-impaired users that lack the fine motor skills required to operate such input devices. For example, some physically-impaired users are unable to move a finger across the surface of a touch screen device and thus, cannot operate a touch-sensitive device, such as a tablet computer. Similar problems can arise with the use of a keyboard or mouse. Apple wants to change this.

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04:29
Gmail iOS app trialling access to third-party email...

If you prefer the Gmail iOS app to Apple’s Mail app and wish you could use it for non-Gmail accounts too, you may be in luck. Google is currently trialling access to Outlook, Hotmail, Live, Yahoo and others in a new beta …

more…

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04:09
Delayed messages bug in High Sierra may relate to...

Some macOS High Sierra users are reporting delays in receiving iMessages on their Macs, while also finding that they are no longer receiving iMessage notifications on their iOS devices and Apple Watches …

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04:00
How to browse without being tracked with macOS High...

With macOS High Sierra, you can browse the web without being tracked thanks to the new version of the Safari web browser, which uses WebKit, a layout engine software component for rendering web pages in web browsers.

One of WebKit’s features is Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP), which uses machine learning to identify and limit any tracking behavior in the Safari browser. Tracking can include third-party cookies and identification puts a 24-hour time limit on that behavior. You can turn it off or on this way:

  • In Safari, go to Safari > Preferences.
  • Click on the Privacy icon at the top of the window.
  • In the "Website tracking" section, you can click (or not) the option to "Ask websites not to track me." 
  • Check the boxes if you want these features implemented.
  • Close the preferences window.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)...

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Oct. 18, 2017

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates

Saint Luke’s Health System has launched its new mobile app, mySaintLukes, powered by VenueNext, to improve the patient, visitor and employee experience across all of its locations. The free app connects patients, employees and visitors to the hospital services and information they need when visiting a Saint Luke’s location

macOS Apps/Updates

CS Odessa has introduced a new version of its online project management tool. ConceptDraw Plan 2 provides updated online workspace including Shared Resource Pool, Gantt Chart view, Resource Allocation view...

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Tuesday October 17

21:12
Review: Sonos One pairs hi-fi audio with Amazon’s...

Sonos One, the latest Sonos wireless speaker, matches the hi-fi audio of its predecessor, the Play:1, while adding a six far-field microphone array for built-in voice control using Amazon Alexa. All for the same $199 price.

Using a wireless speaker with a built-in voice assistant and high quality audio can be very natural and fun. Just say what you want to hear and Sonos One serves it up. What’s less simple is navigating through which music services work and with what method. There’s also the upcoming arrival of Apple’s...

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21:01
Sonos One: Alexa-Controlled Wireless Home Speaker

Wireless speaker company Sonos recently debuted voice support in two forms: pairing their speakers with an Amazon Alexa-enabled device like an Echo or Dot, and with Sonos’s first voice-enabled speaker, the Sonos One. We put the new speaker through its paces.


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19:42
Qualcomm CEO expects to resolve differences w/ Apple...

Apple and Qualcomm are currently engaged in a well-publicized and increasingly bitter legal battle over patents and licensing, but Qualomm is still hopeful things will work themselves out. Speaking at the Wall Street Journal’s D.Live conference, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf touted that Qualcomm has a “long history” of settling issues like the Apple one…

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19:09
Qualcomm CEO reiterates Apple feud comes down to IP...




In an interview on Tuesday, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf commented on the chipmaker's fierce legal feud with Apple, saying that what appears to be an ever escalating international scrum is, at its core, about IP pricing.

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Wednesday October 18

06:55
Apple and GE Partner to Deliver Powerful Industrial Apps...

To the dismay of Microsoft and other competitors, Apple's iOS has been steamrolling into the enterprise market full steam ahead with partnerships with IBM, Cisco, SAP, Deloitte and Accenture over the last three years. Today another major enterprise partnership with announced with GE that will benefit Apple's iDevices and Macs while providing Apple developers with new opportunities starting ...

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06:11
WhatsApp will be rolling out Live Location Sharing for i...

Yesterday WhatsApp announced that it will be rolling out a new feature that allows users to share their location in real-time with family or friends in the coming weeks.

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05:08
Qualcomm's CEO closes his eyes to being Ruled an Ab...

Qualcomm's CEO is in perpetual state of denial of any wrong doing in the industry or to Apple even though both South Korea and Taiwan have found them guilty of abusing their monopoly power and handed down record fines. Qualcomm's CEO Steve Mollenkopf was at it again yesterday during a live tech conference interview. Qualcomm's entire business model is being challenged and he believes that pixie dust will win out at the end of the day.

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04:16
Apple Removes Pro-Life App from App Store after Alleged...

Pro-Life website 'Life Site' reports that "Apple banned a pro-life mobile application after abortion supporters complained, even though the app was approved and previously offered on its App Store." Note: While this is a legitimate news story, it's also a politically charged one. If you're sensitive to such reports, don't read this report.

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Tuesday October 17

16:04
Technology Dreamer & Ex-DARPA Director Regina Dugan...

Technology Dreamer Regina E. Dugan, who served as the 19th Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), has been bouncing around Silicon Valley over the past few years with some of the craziest ideas that never seemed to take hold. Dugan worked for Motorola, Google and Facebook. It's being announced today that Dugan will be leaving Facebook in search of another dreamy project.

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15:04
Intel Pumps Up 8th Gen Core Processors in Microsoft...

Earlier today Patently Apple posted a report titled "Microsoft Revealed their Next-Gen Surface Book 2 today claiming it's more powerful than Apple's MacBook Pro." After filing our report Intel published a report about Microsoft's Surface Book 2 adopting their new Intel 8th Gen Core processors. Intel also introduced the industry's first AI Neural processor called Nervana.

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14:42
Apple Seeds Third macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 Beta to Deve...

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming macOS High Sierra update to developers, a little over a week after releasing the second macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 beta and more than a month after releasing the new High Sierra operating system to the public.

The third macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 beta can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store with the proper profile installed.

macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 appears to focus on bug fixes, performance improvements, security enhancements, and other under-the-hood changes, but it also introduces a range of new Unicode 10 emoji like crazy face, pie, pretzel, t-rex, vampire, exploding head, face vomiting, shushing face, love you gesture, brain, scarf, zebra, giraffe, fortune cookie, pie,...

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13:44
Google's new 'Clips' App could legally Cl...

Apple introduced a free mobile video editing app called 'Clips' on the App Store on April 6, 2017. It's only available on 64-bit devices running iOS 10.3 or later. Apple describes it as an app for "making and sharing fun videos with text, effects, graphics, and more." Today Apple's European trademark filing surfaced from London for the figurative version of the 'Clips' trademark. Legally Apple has a priority date of 21/04/2017 which could be a problem for Google's new products with the same branding.

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08:13
Microsoft Says Its New Surface Book 2 is Twice as Powerf...

Microsoft today introduced the Surface Book 2, the second generation of its high-end notebook and tablet hybrid.

The new Surface Book 2 is equipped with Intel's latest eighth-generation Core processors, up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 17 hours of battery life based on video playback.

Microsoft says those tech specs make the Surface Book 2 up to five times more powerful than the original Surface Book, and twice as powerful as the latest MacBook Pro, but it didn't specify which configurations.

Microsoft's comparisons to its primary competitor didn't end there. On its website, it said the Surface Book 2 has 70 percent more battery life than the latest MacBook Pro, which lasts up to 10 hours on a single charge.

The...

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07:47
Pixel 2 Reviews: Iterative Update Lacks 'Wow Factor...

Two weeks after first unveiling the Pixel 2 at an event in San Francisco, reviews of Google's latest smartphone have now been published online. Many of the reviews written on the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL are positive, with multiple articles referring to the smartphones as the best Android devices on the market, as well as legitimate competitors to Apple's iPhone series. The only slight negatives appear to surround Google's decision to aim for functional, more iterative updates over flashier feature additions.

Like most reviews posted today, The Verge was more impressed by the design and look of the Pixel 2 XL than the smaller Pixel 2, calling the latter phone "humdrum" with "big, chunky bezels" that don't compare favorably to the XL's smaller bezels and larger 6-inch screen....

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07:44
Microsoft Revealed their Next-Gen Surface Book 2 today c...

In early September Patently Apple posted a report titled "Microsoft Hints that a new Device will be Unveiled at their European Event in Late October." It's very possible that Microsoft will use their London Keynote at the end of this month to introduce the new Windows 10 + Qualcomm 2-in-1 Always-On hybrid ARM based notebooks from partners HP, Lenovo, Asustek...

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05:44
Gartner Forecasts Smartphone Sales returning to Growth i...

According to a new Gartner report published today, worldwide shipments of PCs, tablets and smartphones are predicted to exceed 2.35 billion units in 2018, an increase of 2.0 percent from 2017. This would mark the highest year-over-year growth since 2015. The report also clarifies a common misconception about mobile PCs.

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03:58
Apple's Supply Chain confirms that they'll mee...

Yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Reportedly begins shipping iPhone X to Stores with Foxconn Production now up to 400,000 Units per Week. The report noted that Apple's iPhone X production had increased 4X per week from 100,000 units to 400,000. In the coming weeks production is likely to continue to make dramatic increases. On that note, Apple's supply chain is confirming that they're on target to meet iPhone X demand for the holidays unless ...

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03:19
Apple Wins 48 Patent Today Covering a Next-Gen Wireless...

It was only this past April that Patently Apple posted a patent application report titled "Apple's Next-Gen AirPods Case could double as a Wireless Charging Dock for Apple Watch and iPhone." Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple this patent in record time. In total Apple was granted 48 patents today and we wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.

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02:46
iPhone X Parts Suppliers Reportedly on Schedule to Meet...

Yield rates for some iPhone X components have improved and become more stable, allowing for shipments of the upcoming smartphone to grow substantially after October, according to sources from Apple's supply chain.

Yesterday it was reported that Apple manufacturer Foxconn has started shipping its first iPhone X units from its main plant in Zhengzhou, China. The same sources are now reporting improved production yield rates for key parts such as the 3D sensing modules, signaling the first positive indicator from suppliers previously struggling to meet Apple's demand.

The first batch of iPhone X devices has already been shipped out from Foxconn Electronics' site in Zhengzhou (Henan, China), said the sources. With production yield rates for certain key components such as 3D sensing modules improving, shipments of the device have increased gradually and will meet Apple's demand...

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02:22
Apple Wins Third Patent for Displays with an Active Edge...

Before there was ever a Samsung phone with active icons on the curved sides, there was an Apple granted patent. We covered this invention last summer when Android fans were saying that Apple was about to copy the Samsung Galaxy Edge. In fact Apple had gained their first patent on this before Samsung's patent or product. Today Apple has won their 3rd patent for this invention with updated patent claims about ...

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Monday October 16

21:01
Greenpeace Gives Apple a B- in 'Guide to Greener El...

Greenpeace today published its Guide to Greener Electronics, which provides insight into the environmental practices of 17 major companies including Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Sony, Samsung, and more.

Among all of the companies Greenpeace evaluated for energy, resource consumption, and chemicals, Apple received the second best marks, trailing behind only Fairphone, a device designed with minimal environmental impact in mind.

Apple was lauded for its commitment to renewable energy and reducing supply chain emissions and its efforts to be transparent about the chemicals that are used in its products.

According to Greenpeace, Apple is the only company to have set a renewable energy goal for its supply chain, and several of its suppliers have already committed to using 100 percent renewable energy.

Apple...

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17:21
New Car Buyers Increasingly Interested in Apple CarPlay

CarPlay is becoming an increasingly important feature that consumers look for when purchasing a vehicle, according to a new report released today by Strategy Analytics.

In a survey querying future car buyers about their interest in Android Auto, CarPlay, and Baidu CarLife in the United States, Western Europe, and China, Strategy Analytics discovered the majority of consumers are interested in CarPlay.

In the United States, 23 percent of respondents said CarPlay was a "must have" feature, while 56 percent said...

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16:31
Apple Responds to Senator's Request for Info on Fac...

Shortly after the iPhone X was unveiled, United States Senator Al Franken, who is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook to ask several questions about the security and the privacy of Face ID.

Franken asked Apple to address his questions by October 13, 2017, which Apple did through a letter sent by Cynthia Hogan, the company's Vice President for Public Policy in the Americas.

In the letter, Hogan highlights its recent Face ID security paper and Face ID support document, which outline how Apple protects customer privacy and keeps customer data secure.

She also addresses several...

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15:52
Apple Considered Buying Medical Clinic Startup Crossover...

Apple considered purchasing medical clinic startup Crossover Health as part of its push into healthcare, reports CNBC. Apple is said to have participated talks with the healthcare company up until recently, but after months of discussion, no deal materialized.

According to its website, Crossover Health works with major companies to provide employees with on-site medical clinics. Some of its existing customers include Facebook, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Square, and Apple, with many of these companies offering on-campus medical care.

Citing three sources with knowledge of the talks, CNBC says it's not clear why no acquisition ultimately happened between the two companies. Apple also talked to One Medical...

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Tuesday October 10

14:00
Use the Home app on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

With the Home app, you can securely control the products you use in your home—all from your iOS device.

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11:30
Search Ads is Expanding to Canada, Mexico, and...

You can now create campaigns to promote your apps on the App Store in Canada, Mexico, and Switzerland, in addition to the US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand. Ads for new storefronts go live October 17, 2017.

Search Ads provides an efficient and easy way to promote your app at the top of relevant search results. Try Search Ads for free with a 100 USD credit when you set up your first campaign.

Learn more about Search Ads.

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11:30
Search Ads is Expanding to Canada, Mexico, and...

You can now create campaigns to promote your apps on the App Store in Canada, Mexico, and Switzerland, in addition to the US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand. Ads for new storefronts go live October 17, 2017.

Search Ads provides an efficient and easy way to promote your app at the top of relevant search results. Try Search Ads for free with a 100 USD credit when you set up your first campaign.

Learn more about Search Ads.

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09:00
Microsoft SharePoint recognized as a Leader in...

Content is one of the most critical assets for every organization, embodying its knowledge and processes. How content is created, managed, and shared—and how users collaborate using that content—has gone through a drastic evolution from traditional enterprise content management (ECM) to dynamic content services.

According to Gartner, “Content services platforms are the next stage of enterprise content management, representing a shift from self-contained systems and repositories to open services.” To truly deliver on the promise of content services, you must balance manageability with ease of use to unlock productivity gains around your critical business information.

SharePoint delivers content services as the foundational content platform for Office 365, with capabilities for creating, sharing, protecting, and reusing information. Going far beyond merely storing documents, SharePoint hosts digital content like pages, videos, images, designs, 3D, medical scans, and...

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Monday October 9

09:00
Outlook for iOS and Android is adding your most...

Whether you’re planning your next dinner date or an upcoming meeting with teammates, the Outlook app is there to help you manage and make the most of your day. Today, we are adding several of your most highly requested calendaring features, including the ability to sync your shared calendars to your phone and manage and RSVP to recurring events.

A big part of our prioritization of new features and enhancements comes from the votes and feedback we receive from you on Outlook UserVoice. We thank you all for your feedback and are excited to hear what you think of our new additions!

Here’s a look at what’s new:

Sync shared calendars to Outlook

You will now be able to view and edit shared Office 365 or Outlook.com calendars, just like you can with your own calendars. Better yet, you can also share your own calendars with others and accept sharing invitations easily right from the app.

If you don’t see your...

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Saturday October 7

06:00
Set Up A Quick Maven Project

Maven can be as simple or as complicated as you’d like. The maven command line interface is mvn. You can quickly find the version using the –version option:

mvn –version

This is useful for a lot, but most notably to see where Maven is, which is in the home line. You can then create a project by using the archetype:generate option. Let’s say I wanted to create an artifactID of Precache with a standard environment (DarchetypeArtifactId) that doesn’t need to be interactive. That would look as follows using the mvn command:

mvn archetype:generate –DgroupId=com.precache –DartifactId=precache –DarchetypeArtifactId=maven–archetype–quickstart –DinteractiveMode=false

This creates a directory in Maven with a full hierarchy that matches what maven will need (a faux root) for each app created. The pom.xml file is created in the root of the faux root and outlines metadata for the project as well as dependencies. Next, copy any source code into ../src/main/java (where...

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Friday October 6

14:15
Creating and Promoting Your AR Apps

ARKit lets you seamlessly blend realistic virtual objects with the real world, so you can take your apps beyond the screen. Use these resources to learn how to clearly indicate when the user enters AR, show users what to expect from your AR experiences with app previews, and build Face Tracking support for iPhone X.

Interface Design
Provide an intuitive initialization process within your app to clearly indicate when the user enters AR.
Read the Human Interface Guidlines.

App Previews
Create short videos of your AR app experience for your App Store product page. Since app previews autoplay on the App Store on iOS 11, they're key in helping users discover and learn about your app.
Read Creating App Previews for AR Apps.

Face Tracking
Learn how to detect the position,...

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14:15
Creating and Promoting Your AR Apps

ARKit lets you seamlessly blend realistic virtual objects with the real world, so you can take your apps beyond the screen. Use these resources to learn how to clearly indicate when the user enters AR, show users what to expect from your AR experiences with app previews, and build Face Tracking support for iPhone X.

Interface Design
Provide an intuitive initialization process within your app to clearly indicate when the user enters AR.
Read the Human Interface Guidlines.

App Previews
Create short videos of your AR app experience for your App Store product page. Since app previews autoplay on the App Store on iOS 11, they're key in helping users discover and learn about your app.
Read Creating App Previews for AR Apps.

Face Tracking
Learn how to detect the position,...

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13:47
About the security content of watchOS 4

This document describes the security content of watchOS 4.

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01:24
The Holiday Traffic Rush Is Right Around the Corner...

My latest Inc column, “The Holiday Traffic Rush Is Right Around the Corner. Here Are 10 Useful Tips to Help You Prepare” is now available on Inc.com. It begins like:

It’s baaaack! The holiday peak season for retailers is almost here.

By the time jack-o’-lanterns start to appear on front stoops, businesses’ preparations for this busiest period of the year should be well underway.

In 2016, holiday sales represented nearly 20 percent of total retail...

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Thursday October 5

10:13
About the security content of macOS High Sierra 10....

This document describes the security content of macOS High Sierra 10.13 Supplemental Update.

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06:00
Enable Automatic Certificate Renewals In High Sierra

When you push a certificate out in a profile, the certificate is statically stored on a Mac. If you are delivering a certificate over the air and in a device profile that is seperate from the MDM payload then the Active Directory Certificate payload can enable automatic certificate renewals. You can enable automatic renewals with a defaults command (or manage the preference domain via MDM) using the following command:

defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.mdm-client AutoRenewCertificatesEnabled -bool YES

Note: Because they’re already dymanic and all, SCEP payloads cannot be automatically renewed.

The post Enable Automatic Certificate Renewals In High Sierra appeared first on krypted.com.

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Wednesday October 4

11:23
About the security content of watchOS 4.0.1

This document describes the security content of watchOS 4.0.1.

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04:00
Disable Password Hints in macOS

You can easily disable password hints in macOS by opening the System Preferences, clicking on the “Users & Groups” System Preference pane and then clicking on Login Options. From there, uncheck the box for “Show password hints”

You can also disable this feature using the com.apple.loginwindow defaults domain. Send the following through a script to do so:

defaults write com.apple.loginwindow RetriesUntilHint -int 0

The post Disable Password Hints in macOS appeared first on krypted.com.

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Tuesday October 3

10:00
iOS 11.0.2 (15A421) Now Available

iOS 11.0.2 (15A421) Now Available

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10:00
iOS 11.0.2 (15A421) Now Available

iOS 11.0.2 (15A421) Now Available

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06:00
macOS Startup Modifier Keys

The macOS High Sierra update has netted a few weird upgrades where I had to start over, restore, or boot into safe mode (e.g. if you DEP a device that forces encryption in Sierra and then gets into a loop after a High Sierra update is started). So I’ve been using modifier keys more than usual. The following startup modifier keys are available in macOS High Sierra:

  • Alt or Option key: Access Mac Startup Manager, which allows you to select a wireless network and then choose which volume you want to boot to.
  • C: Mostly legacy, boots to volumes on a CD, DVD, or USB drive.
  • Command-Option-P-R: Resets the parameter RAM (or PRAM for short).
  • Command-Option-R: Same as Recovery Mode, but over the Internet.
  • Command-R: Boots into the macOS Recovery Mode, useful when doing an internet restore or using Disk Utility to repair a volume.
  • Command-...
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Monday October 2

12:52
About the security content of iOS 11.0.2

This document describes the security content of iOS 11.0.2.

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10:04
About the security content of tvOS 11

This document describes the security content of tvOS 11.

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06:00
SIP-Protected Apps In macOS

The following is a list of application bundles that come pre-installed with macOS that are protected by SIP:

/Applications/App Store.app
/Applications/Automator.app

/Applications/Calculator.app

/Applications/Calendar.app

/Applications/Chess.app

/Applications/Contacts.app

/Applications/DVD Player.app

/Applications/Dashboard.app

/Applications/Dictionary.app

/Applications/FaceTime.app

/Applications/Font Book.app

/Applications/Game Center.app

/Applications/Image Capture.app

/Applications/Launchpad.app

/Applications/Mail.app

/Applications/Maps.app

/Applications/Messages.app

/Applications/Mission Control.app

/Applications/Notes.app

/Applications/Photo Booth.app

/Applications/Photos.app

/Applications/Preview.app

/...

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Friday September 29

05:00
The Full Guide To macOS Server 5.4 Is Now Available

The full guide for managing macOS Server 5.4 running on High Sierra is now available at http://krypted.com/guides/macos-server-5-3-high-sierra/

Imma take a nap now. See ya’ when 5.6 ships!

rumplestiltskin

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Color Ballz is an addictive new arcade title from Ketchapp Studios. It takes old school mechanics from games like Brickles and puts a fun twist on it. Your job? To catch balls with a paddle and send them back into a chute to be carried back to... | Read more »
Q&A: A-33 Studio explains why Combat...
When it comes to mobile FPS, it’s often tricky to get the fundamentals right on a platform lacking a physical controller, large display and hefty RAM. With Combat Squad: Project Wednesday, A-33 Studio bravely took on the challenge of making a... | Read more »
Taichi Panda 3: Dragon Hunter guide - ti...
Taichi Panda 3: Dragon Hunter launched this week to players all over the world. It's a beautiful mobile MMORPG that blends elements of Eastern and Western fantasy. It reminds us of a mix between World of Warcraft and Jade Empire. MMO's can have a... | Read more »
The best new games we played this week -...
Phew. It has been a week, but now it's time to relax, put your feet up, and enjoy some brand new mobile games. It was a bit of slow week, but there's still plenty of new titles to add to your collection. Here are four of our favorites. [Read... | Read more »
Yoink - Improved Drag and Drop (Product...
Yoink - Improved Drag and Drop 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Productivity Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Yoink for iPad and iPhone lets you easily and quickly store items you drag, copy or share, for later use... | Read more »

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13″ MacBook Pros on sale for up to $120 off M...
B&H Photo has 2017 13″ MacBook Pros in stock today and on sale for up to $120 off MSRP, each including free shipping plus NY & NJ sales tax only: – 13-inch 2.3GHz/128GB Space Gray MacBook... Read more
15″ MacBook Pros on sale for up to $200 off M...
B&H Photo has 15″ MacBook Pros on sale for up to $200 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax in NY & NJ only: – 15″ 2.8GHz MacBook Pro Space Gray (MPTR2LL/A): $2249, $150... Read more
Roundup of Apple Certified Refurbished iMacs,...
Apple has a full line of Certified Refurbished 2017 21″ and 27″ iMacs available starting at $1019 and ranging up to $350 off original MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free... Read more
Sale! 27″ 3.8GHz 5K iMac for $2098, save $201...
Amazon has the 27″ 3.8GHz 5K iMac (MNED2LL/A) on sale today for $2098 including free shipping. Their price is $201 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this model (Apple’s $1949... Read more
Sale! 10″ Apple WiFi iPad Pros for up to $100...
B&H Photo has 10.5″ WiFi iPad Pros in stock today and on sale for $50-$100 off MSRP. Each iPad includes free shipping, and B&H charges sales tax in NY & NJ only: – 10.5″ 64GB iPad Pro: $... Read more
Apple iMacs on sale for up to $130 off MSRP w...
B&H Photo has 21-inch and 27-inch iMacs in stock and on sale for up to $130 off MSRP including free shipping. B&H charges sales tax in NY & NJ only: – 27″ 3.8GHz iMac (MNED2LL/A): $2179 $... Read more
2017 3.5GHz 6-Core Mac Pro on sale for $2799,...
B&H Photo has the 2017 3.5GHz 6-Core Mac Pro (MD878LL/A) on sale today for $2799 including free shipping plus NY & NJ sales tax only . Their price is $200 off MSRP. Read more
12″ 1.2GHz Space Gray MacBook on sale for $11...
Amazon has the 2017 12″ 1.2GHz Space Gray Retina MacBook on sale for $100 off MSRP. Shipping is free: 12″ 1.2GHz Space Gray MacBook: $1199.99 $100 off MSRP Read more
Bare Bones Software Releases macOS High Sierr...
Bare Bones Software has announced the release and immediate availability of BBEdit 12.0, a significant upgrade to its professional strength text and code editor. BBEdit 12 introduces a new foundation... Read more
Yale Announces Availability of Apple HomeKit-...
Yale Locks & Hardware has announced that Apple HomeKit support for its Assure Lock family is available this month. The new Yale iM1 Network Module, which provides support for the Apple Home app... Read more

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*Apple* News Product Marketing Mgr., Publish...
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*Apple* Information Security - Security Data...
Job Summary This role is responsible for helping to strengthen Apple 's information security posture through the identification and curation of security event data. Read more
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…develop a team of diverse partner employees focusing on excellence to deliver the Apple story. Even when you're not present, you will maintain a consistent influence Read more
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