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14:11
Apple posts new developer betas of iOS, watchOS, tvOS

Apple has released new developer beta versions of iOS 11.2.5, watchOS 4.2.2, and tvOS 11.2.5. Registered developers can download them 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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10:33
Apple releases iOS 11.2.1 and tvOS 11.2.1

Apple has released iOS 11.2.1 for the iPhone and iPad, and tvOS 11.2.1 for the Apple TV.

Both fix bugs, including an issue that could disable remote access to shared users of the Home app. iOS 11.2.1 is available via the Software Update function in the iOS Settings menu. Fourth generation Apple TV or Apple TV 4K owners can nab the tvOS 11.2.1 update through the Settings menu.

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07:18
Eltima Software updates CloudMounter for the Mac to version 3.0

Eltima Software has upgraded CloudMounter (https://cloudmounter.net), its cloud manager for macOS, to version 3.0. The app mounts cloud storages on your Mac saving your disk space and protects your online files with the encryption feature.

With version 3.0, it’s now possible to mount your main Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive accounts with encryption for free. Support for Box and Backblaze B2 clouds is now available, as well as the connection to Amazon S3-compatible cloud solutions.

CloudMounter 3.0 is compatible with macOS 10.10 or later. It costs $44.99; a demo is available for download.

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06:23
Joyoshare Introduces HEIC Converter for the Mac

Joyoshare Software has released HEIC Converter (http://www.joyoshare.com/heic-converter-for-mac/), its new multimedia utility for macOS. It was developed to help users convert iOS 11 photos from HEIC to JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF, WEBP for use on any computer and device.

In addition, the app allows you adjust the output image quality in your own way, including changing resolution, aspect ratio, keeping EXIF metadata info, and more. With HEIC Converter, you can transfer an manage any HEIC/HEIF picture on any platform.

Joyoshare HEIC Converter is compatible with macOS 10.8 and higher and costs $9.95 for a single license copy with one-year free support and update. There are other license types available as well, including $19.95 for 2-5 computers and $29.95 for unlimited use. A demo is available for download.

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05:49
Apple awards Finisar $390 million from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund

Apple has announced the latest award from its $1 billion Advanced Manufacturing Fund. Finisar, a manufacturer of optical communications components, will receive $390 million as part of Apple’s commitment to support innovation and job creation by American manufacturers.

The award will enable Finisar to exponentially increase its R&D spending and high-volume production of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs). VCSELs power some of Apple’s most popular new features, including Face ID, Animoji and Portrait mode selfies made possible with the iPhone X TrueDepth camera, as well as the proximity-sensing capabilities of AirPods.

VCSEL technology is a better performing, more compact and cost-efficient solution compared to traditional edge-emitting lasers for many emerging applications. Apple has rapidly adopted depth-sensing technology in recent years, leading to the development and production of the most advanced VCSELs used in the history of consumer...

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04:25
PortraitPro Body for macOS revved to version 2

Anthropics Technology has upgraded PortraitPro Body (www.portraitbody.com), a standalone full body retouching software and plugin for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and Elements.

Version 2 offers Warp Fixer controls, Photoshop Smart Filter, a Lite Mode, and more. The software is designed to make it quick and easy to retouch full body portraits to industry standards. According to the folks at Anthropics Technology, it requires no painting skills or “tedious selections.”

On the Mac platform, PortraitPro Body requires macOS 10.7 or later. It’s available in $39.95 and $59.95 editions. The former is standalone, dedicated software for professional full body retouching. The latter orks as standalone software and as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and Lightroom, handles camera RAW files, supports conversion between different color spaces, provides JPEG/TIFF embedded color profile support....

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Dec 12
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided arrives on the Mac

Feral Interactive has released Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for the Mac. It’s available for $59.59 at the Feral website (www.feralinteractive.com) and Stream.

The Desperate Measures in-game mission and the Covert Agent pack, which includes various weapons and items, are available for free. In Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, you’re in the damaged world of Adam Jensen, where the decisions you make and the actions you take will play a crucial role in humanity’s future.

The game is compatible with: all 15-inch MacBook Pros released since late 2016; all 21.5-inch Retina 4K iMacs released since 2017; all 27-inch Retina 5K iMacs released since late 2014; and all Mac Pros released since late 2013. The 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro released in mid 2015 with an AMD Radeon R9 M370X can run the game but doesn’t consistently meet the standards required for official support.

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Dec 12
iMac Pro can be ordered on Dec. 14

Apple’s iMac Pro will be available to order on December 14 with pricing starting at $4,999. Announced in June, with its 27-inch Retina 5K display, next generation Intel Xeon processors up to 18 cores, up to 22 Teraflops of graphics computation, up to 16GB of VRAM, up to 128GB of memory, built-in Ethernet, and support for one billion colors, it’s most powerful Mac ever made.

It comes in a new space gray enclosure. The iMac Pro with the Vega GPU delivers up to 11 Teraflops of single-precision compute power for real-time 3D rendering and immersive, high frame rate VR. For half-precision computation, ideal for machine learning, the pro all-in-one delivers up to 22 Teraflops of performance.

The iMac Pro also supports up to 4TB of SSD and up to 128GB of ECC memory, and with four Thunderbolt 3 ports can connect to up to two high-performance RAID arrays and two 5K displays at the same time.

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Dec 12
Apple, Chicago join forces to bring coding opportunities to city’s...

Apple announced that it’s working with the city of Chicago to bring coding opportunities to Chicago’s nearly 500,000 students through a citywide expansion of Apple’s Everyone Can Code program.

The initiative in Chicago was designed in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, City Colleges of Chicago, local businesses and non-profit organizations. Together, Apple and local organizations are helping expand opportunities for students to build the skills they need to pursue careers in the app economy by becoming proficient in Swift, Apple’s programming language.

“At Apple we believe coding is an essential skill, so we’ve designed Everyone Can Code to give everyone the power to learn, write and teach coding,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. “We’re thrilled to be working with our friends and partners in the great city of Chicago on this initiative. Together with Mayor Emanuel, Chicago Public Schools and City Colleges, we look forward to helping...

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Dec 12
Apple releases developer’s beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.3

Apple has released the first developer’s beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.3. Registered developers can download it from Apple's Developer Center — or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

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Dec 11
Troi releases Troi Activator Plug-in 4.5.1 for FileMaker Pro 16

Troi has released Troi Activator Plug-in 4.5.1 for FileMaker Pro 16. It’s an update of the tool for triggering scripts remotely. It’s a maintenance update with some bug fixes and performance tweaks.

Licences for Troi Activator Plug-in 4.5.1 are $89 per user. A demo is available at https://www.troi.com/products/activatorplugin/ .

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Dec 11
Package Central update for Adobe InDesign improves preflight, queue...

Zevrix Solutions has announced Package Central 1.10.3, a maintenance update to company's file packaging automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

The software automatically collects InDesign documents along with their fonts and links from watched hot folders. Package Central can serve unlimited users on a network and offers email notifications, variable folder names, PDF export, and more. Version 1.10.3 improves handling of InDesign files with missing elements and fixes some queue management issues.

Package Central can be purchased for $149.95 from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com). A demo is available for download. The 1.10.3 update is free for registered users. Package Central requires macOS 10.7-10.13 and Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2018.

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Dec 08
Cheetham3D 7.1 is unleashed on the Mac

MW3D-Solutions has unleashed Cheetah3D 7.1 (www.cheetah3d.com), an update to its 3D modeling solution for macOS.

The utility sports features such as polygon reduction, a loft modeling object and a text spline object. Version 7.1 allows even more complex and realistic scenes.

Cheetah3D 7.1 requires macOS 10.6.8 or higher. It costs $99 for a single-user license. Customers may upgrade from older version for $59. Those who purchased Cheetah3D 6.x after April 1, 2015, can upgrade for free.

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Dec 07
Apple releases 2017’s most popular apps, music, movies, more

Apple has unveiled its 2017 charts and trends, celebrating the most popular apps, music, movies, TV shows, books and podcasts across the App Store, Apple Music, iTunes, iBooks and Apple Podcasts.

Editors and curators from Apple Music, App Store and iTunes highlight great content from indie artists and developers from around the globe. You can find the complete list here at https://tinyurl.com/ydhab6dy .

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Dec 07
Apple releases iTunes 12.7.2

Apple has released iTunes 12.7.2 for macOS. It’s available via the Updates tab at the Mac App Store.

The update includes minor app and performance improvements. It goes along with the macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 upgrade that was released on Wednesday.

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Dec 07
Output Factory for InDesign update improves PDF, print workflow settings

Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 2.2.3, a maintenance update to company's output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

The utility automates printing, exporting and preflighting from InDesign and offers batch processing, export as single pages, layer versioning, custom scripts integration and more. Version 2.2.3 addresses an issue in which some incompatible PDF and print output settings could be enabled at the same time, which could result in crashes and incorrect file processing.

Output Factory 2.2.3 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 Output Factory 1.x and BatchOutput. Output Factory requires macOS 10.7-10.13 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2018.

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Dec 06
Apple launches macOS High Sierra 10.13.2

Apple has released macOS High Sierra 10.13.2. Available at the Mac App Store via the Updates tab, it:

° Improves compatibility with third party USB audio devices;
° Improves VoiceOver navigation when viewing PDF documents in Preview;
° Improves compatibility of Braille displays with Mail.

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Dec 06
MacX Video Converter Pro released with faster HEVC conversion

MacXDVD Software has rolled out MacX Video Converter Pro (https://tinyurl.com/y84d3sc3), a feature update to their flagship video conversion utility for macOS.

MacX Video Converter Pro is a HEVC video converter that can compress and convert 4K/multi-track HD videos to HEVC/H.265 to save storage space and bandwidth consumption. This update extends its profiles for HEVC for playback on newer Macs, and lower-capacity iPhones and iPads, while saving storage space.

The usual price of MacX Video Converter Pro (for a lifetime version) is $59.95. However, you can get the fully licensed HEVC video converter at 50% off for a limited time.

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Dec 06
DriveDx for macOS rolls to version 1.7.0

BinaryFruit has updated DriveDx (https://binaryfruit.com/drivedx), its Mac solution for SSD and HDD health diagnostics and monitoring, to version 1.7.0.

DriveDx performs overall drive health diagnostics using drive health indicators (like SSD wear out / endurance, reallocated bad sectors, offline bad sectors, pending sectors, I/O errors, and more) that most closely correlate with drive failures. It shows this information in an easy-to-understand format. Version 1.7.0 adds support for LaCie hard drives, among other improvements.

DriveDx 1.7.0 requires macOS 10.6.8 or higher. It has four types of licenses, the basic being a personal license for $19.99.

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Dec 06
AKVIS releases Thailand & South Korea Frame Pack

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released a new Thailand & South Korea pack that includes 80 picture frames created by professional artists. Along with the Japan & China frame pack, the new set showcases a wide variety of Asian cultures and traditions.

To use AKVIS frame packs, you need to have installed one of following programs: AKVIS Frames (available for free) or AKVIS ArtSuite ($39). The AKVIS products run on macOS 9.0.7 and higher. TheThailand & South Korea frame pack sells for $15.

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Dec 13
U.S. content makes up over two-thirds of films...

A survey from the European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO) looking at the origin of film content in the EU has revealed the persisting dominance of American content within the region, according to RapidTV News (www.rapidtvnews.com).

The study, sampling 131 TV channels from 18 different EU member countries, found that overall, films produced in Europe made up 28% of movies broadcast by a sample of TV channels during the 2015/2016 season. The figure breaks down into 14% for national films and a further 14% for European non-national films, indicating, said the observatory, the “significant’” circulation of European films. However, this drops to 23% during prime time.

Public channels tended to broadcast more European films than their private counterparts. Taking a full day on public television, the EAO found that European films accounted for 44% of all films broadcast. This figure fell to 24% for the...

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Dec 12
A third of U.S. Internet users primarily watch video...

About a third of U.S. Internet users look to online video content as their primary way to watch video, according to figures from Raymond James, as reported by “eMarketer” (https://tinyurl.com/y7zv88s3).

About 31% of Internet users polled in November said that a subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service is their main outlet for video entertainment. Netflix accounts for most of that: more than three-quarters (76%) of respondents named Netflix as one of the services they would pay for if they had to choose just three, based on their current budget — a success for the streaming giant that largely goes back to its original content investments, such as global hit Stranger Things.

The 31% figure is up from 24% in 2016, and almost neck-and-neck with the 35% who primarily use cable. The cable group cited access to broadcast TV channels, sports content and premium channels as their reasons for not...

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Dec 11
Consumers turning off personal data tap

U.S. consumers are locked in a vicious circle with brands over customer experience, according to new research from Accenture (www.accenture.com).

While 44% are frustrated when companies fail to deliver relevant, personalized shopping experiences, nearly half (49%) are concerned about personal data privacy as they subscribe to intelligent services designed to understand and anticipate their needs. Poor personalization and lack of trust cost U.S. organizations $756 billion last year, as 41% of consumers switched companies. Without deeper customer insight, companies can’t deliver the experiences they crave, according to Accenture.

The thirteenth annual Accenture Strategy Global Consumer Pulse Research gauged the attitudes and expectations of more than 25,000 consumers around the world, including 2,000 U.S. consumers, about their appetite for more intuitive, technology-driven brand experiences. As...

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Dec 08
Telecommunications services, pay TV services to grow...

Worldwide spending on Telecom Services and Pay TV Services is forecast to reach nearly $1.7 billion in 2017, an increase of 1.7% over 2016, according to IDC. The research group expects worldwide spending on Telecom and Pay TV services to grow 2% year over year and surpass $1.7 billion in 2018.

The largest segment of the market is Mobile which represents 52% of the total market in 2017. The mobile market is expected to have a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2% over the 2017-2021 forecast period, driven by the growth in mobile data usage and M2M applications, which is offsetting declines in spending on mobile voice and messaging services. Fixed data service spending represents 21% of the total market in 2017 and that is set to grow by a CAGR of 4% driven by the need for higher bandwidth services.

The Pay TV services market, which consists of Cable, Satellite, Internet protocol (IP), and Digital Terrestrial TV services, will remain flat over the five-year forecast...

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Dec 08
Juniper: NFC mobile ticketing users to reach 375...

Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) forecasts that the number of mobile users adopting NFC ticketing will exceed 375 million by 2022, up from an estimated 122 million in 2017.

While there is rapid growth in NFC ticketing in European markets, there search group has scaled back NFC ticketing adoption in many other markets, such as the U.S., India, and Africa, due to the lack of available services and infrastructure. However, driven by open standards and the adoption of OEM wallets such as Apple Pay and Android Pay, mobile NFC ticketing will witness higher growth rate in comparison to mTicketing over the next five years, representing an average annual growth of 25%, Juniper forecasts.

The new research found that the continued failure to persuade transport operators of the NFC value proposition is proving a severe constraint on the sector, except in Japan and Korea where adoption has been...

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Dec 07
Survey: online, offline commerce are in for a happy...

Valassis (www.valassis.com), which specializes in “intelligent media delivery,” has announced results from its 2017 Valassis Holiday Shopper Survey. The findings provide insights into consumer expectations and behavior for the remaining 2017 holiday shopping season, particularly for moms, millennials and millennial parents.

According to the study, the shopping season is far from over: 83% of holiday shoppers plan to purchase gifts after Cyber Monday and more than half (56%) of these shoppers are headed in-store for their purchases. According to RetailMeNot, 87 % of consumers plan to visit a physical retail store in the month of December – representing an opportunity for brick and mortar retailers in the last few weeks before the holidays.

Consumers are looking for deals, with 82% of respondents – and 88% of millennials – saying that offers sway their gift lists. Overall, 53% of respondents (and 61% of...

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Dec 07
Car sales will peak in 2022 as robotaxis take off

Canalys (www.canalys.com) forecasts that 93.7 million cars will be sold worldwide in 2017, up just 1.7% on 2016.

Low single-digit percentage sales volume growth will continue for the next five years, peaking at 99 million cars sold in 2022, according to the research group. Annual global sales will then decline as the urban mobility revolution, already affecting the market, gathers pace.

“The convenience of owning a car comes at a cost. Cars are under-used – they sit idle for more than 90% of the time. The wider availability of urban mobility services, such as ride-hailing, car-sharing and robotaxis, will further reduce car ownership. With the expectation of everything on demand, these services will revolutionize how people travel,” said Chris Jones, chief analyst, Automotive at Canalys.

“There are already too many cars on our heavily-congested roads, and most pollute the air and only carry one person...

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Dec 07
Top five smartphone vendors grow in the third quarter

Global sales of smartphones to end users totaled 383 million units in the third quarter of 2017, a 3% increase over the same period in 2016, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com)All of the top five smartphone vendors achieved double-digit growth apart from Apple, which achieved a 5.7% increase, adds the research group. 

"Despite market weakness in China, sales of smartphones rose in the third quarter of 2017," said Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner. "Emerging Asia/Pacific (15% increase) and North America (11.2% increase) drove the smartphone growth in the quarter." 

"In emerging Asia Pacific, both Samsung and Huawei saw healthy demand as along with Xiaomi and Vivo, which were able to grow their footprint outside their home markets," added Gupta. "In North America, Samsung was the driving force in the quarter due to its new flagship products.”

Samsung’s smartphone sales recorded a...

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Dec 06
‘Phablets’ to overtake regular smartphone shipments by...

According to a new forecast from IDC (www.idc.com) overall smartphone shipments will steadily grow from 1.5 billion units in 2017 to 1.7 billion units in 2021.

And “phablets" (smartphones with a screen size of 5.5 inches to under-7 inches) will far outpace total market growth by climbing from 611 million units in 2017 to one billion units in 2021, representing a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.1%, according to the research group. In comparison, the total smartphone market is expected to grow at a 3.0% CAGR during the same period, while normal smartphones (under 5.5 inches) will decline 7.4%. Overall, IDC lowered its previous forecast for 2018-2021 by 1.1%-1.5%,depending on the year.

Android-based phablets have been the primary driver of large-screen smartphones and IDC expects this trend to continue in the years to come. Samsung's early dominance of the phablet category has been short lived as...

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Dec 05
Juniper Research: hearable devices in-use to exceed...

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) finds that there will be more than 285 million ear-based wearables or “hearables” used in 2022, a nearly sevenfold increase over the 43 million expected to be in use by the end of 2017.

The research found that the growing trend for wireless audio, accelerated by smartphone original equipment manufacturers removing the 3.5mm headphone jack, is pushing the average price of headphones up, reducing the price gap between headphones and hearables. Multimedia hearables (hearables focused on providing audio) will be the leading category, comprising over 50% of hearables used throughout the forecast period. These will be a key platform for digital assistants, with over 80% having a voice assistant like Siri or Alexa.

Juniper expects large tech firms like Apple and Google to dominate this category, but new entrants like NuHeara and Nuraphone...

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Reviews and Kool Tools

Epson’s Expression Photo HD XP-15000 wide-format color printer is designed to deliver professional-quality borderless prints up to 13x19 inches. It leverages six-color Claria Photo HD inks, with new red and gray inks,... Read more »
Lifeprint has launched its new and larger 3x4.5-inch Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connected photo printer exclusively on Apple.com and Apple retail stores across the world. Just in time for the holidays when people are creating... Read more »
Fusion Guitar — an iPhone/iPod-integrated, portable, wireless electric guitar with built-in amp, battery and speakers — allows musicians to unplug, learn, record and write music anywhere. Combining the Fusion Guitar... Read more »
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Wednesday December 13

19:50
Apple details indoor maps coverage of 34 airports,...




Apple started implementing indoor mapping data with iOS 11, offering users a new navigation aid for major airports and large malls. While rollout has been slow, the company on Wednesday compiled a list of the 43 indoor locations where users can take advantage of the feature.

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18:51
Here are all of the airports and malls that support...

iOS 11 introduced a new indoor mapping feature that offers walking directions through a variety of different airports and malls. Apple has been slowly rolling out support for additional buildings, but changes and additions have been hard to track…

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18:45
Apple KRACK Debacle, iMac Edition, Rubio vs Cook vs...

Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit discuss the AirPort KRACK fix, and why the iMac Pro should really be called iMac Edition. They also dig into political criticism of Tim Cook speaking in China and Apple’s overall position in that country. And when they hear that Apple has hired new television execs, they hope it means Apple’s leadership is learning how to delegate.  (WARNING NSFW: PROFANITY & RANTS)


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18:24
Apple’s Quality Control Problems, iMac Pro – ACM 441

In this episode, Bryan and Jeff chew over Apple’s burgeoning quality control issues, as well as the company’s bizarre decision to release a pro desktop that’s sealed. The cap the discussion by examining some of the topics in the Apple Context Machine Facebook group.


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18:10
Redbox On Demand is rental service's second...




Redbox, known for its DVD and Blu-Ray rental kiosks, is making a second attempt at internet streaming with Redbox On Deman, a service that looks to take on industry incumbents Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

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17:42
Lisa Jackson details iPhone 8, iPhone X...




Apple routinely touts environmentally-friendly aspects of new product releases, and that was no different with iPhone 8 and iPhone X. In a newly unearthed interview, Apple's VP for Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson details how the company designed its latest flagships to be the greenest ever offered.

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17:11
Redbox announces new On Demand service w/ Apple TV...

Update: Redbox now says the Apple TV app will be ready in the coming weeks. In a statement to BestAppleTV.com:

“Currently, consumers can use Airplay with Apple TV to watch rented or purchased content,” company spokeswoman Kate Brennan told BESTAppleTV.com. “An Apple TV app is launching in the coming weeks.”

Redbox today officially launched its streaming video on-demand service. Originally known for its rental kiosks, Redbox has suffered from stagnant growth as streaming video has become many people’s go-to for consuming content. The new Redbox On Demand service is accessible via iOS and Apple TV…

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16:55
Apple ready to expand Advanced Manufacturing Fund...




After Apple announced plans to infuse $390 million into U.S. firm Finisar as part of its $1 billion Advanced Manufacturing Fund, COO Jeff Williams commented on the company's investment strategy, saying the figure is "absolutely not" a final cap.

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16:50
Sen. Marco Rubio says Apple bending to Chinese...




Speaking at a Congressional hearing on Wednesday, Florida Senator Marco Rubio took Apple CEO Tim Cook to task for his policies on China, accusing him of hypocrisy when it comes to the company's stated values.

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15:57
How to Find Your iPhone with Amazon Echo and Alexa

Lost your iPhone at home and don’t have an Apple Watch to ping it? Your Amazon Echo can fill in and call your phone and use the ringer to track it down.


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15:07
Spotify, others complain to EU about Apple's...




Europe's streaming services are again on the hunt for better business arrangements, as Spotify, Deezer and others this week asked the European Commission to rein in U.S. tech firms that are "regularly abusing their advantaged position."

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14:54
Hacked Password Database Found to Contain 1.4...

Research into the database is still ongoing, with 4iQ posting a few updates yesterday.


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14:37
AWT News Update: December 13, 2017

Smaller chips, an updated app, and popular cameras are in our news today:

  • More efficient 7nm process chips may only be used by Apple and Samsung in 2018
  • The Iconfactory updates its classic Twitterrific app, with a change that uses less power on the iPhone X
  • Once again, the iPhone is the most-used camera brand on Flickr

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

Text Version

This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update podcast for December 13, 2017.  

Each year, the small etched lines that make up the circuitry in our devices get smaller and smaller, meaning that the chips themselves can be smaller and more power efficient. A report out today says that the only smartphone makers that will...

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14:12
How to Choose the Best Mesh Wireless System For Your...

Sorting through the mesh wireless systems available today can be tricky. Read on, and we’ll teach you how to decide which one is best for you. [Update: Added Orbi’s new Ethernet backhaul and Google Wi-Fi’s LAN IP customization. Also added KRACK patches for Orbi, Google Wi-Fi, Luma, Deco. – Dave]


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13:57
Killer Deals: Apple's high-end 15" MacBook...




While supplies last, save up to $1,000 on 15" MacBook Pros (Late 2016). Pick up a high-end 2.7GHz config with 512GB of storage and Radeon 555 graphics for $1,999. Or opt for the loaded 2.9GHz, 1TB, Radeon 460 model for $2,499, a deal we haven't seen since Cyber Monday. Plus, expedited shipping is free with no sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

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13:55
New HomePod beta firmware released, unlikely to...




Apple employees with a HomePod have a new firmware version available for testing -- with older versions of the device's code having revealed much about the then forthcoming iPhone X.

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13:52
Apple releases first iOS 11.2.5, watchOS 4.2.2, tvOS...




On the heels of Wednesday's release of iOS 11.2.1, Apple issued new beta versions of iOS, watchOS and tvOS, all of which are thought to include minor performance updates and bug fixes.

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13:34
Drone fans: FAA registration is back in force

We know that a lot of Apple World Today readers are techies who love drones, so this news will be of importance to you. As of yesterday, legislation was signed by President Trump that reverses an earlier court ruling and brings back the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) registration requirement for UAS -- unmanned aerial systems, AKA drones. 

If you registered a drone during the days when it was previously required, you don't need to register again because this bill reverses what was known as the "John Taylor case". However, if you asked for a refund and asked to be removed from the registration list, you will need to re-register if you received confirmation from the FAA that your request to be removed from the database was honored.

Registration is required for any flying device that weighs over 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and uses a ground-control system with a communications link. This includes RC transmitters or Wi-Fi links such as those used for controlling a...

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13:27
ProtonMail Bridge Lets You Use Apple Mail as a Client

ProtonMail is an end-to-end encrypted email service based in Switzerland. Since its debut, it has become a viable email service for those wanting email security. Until now, you could only access your ProtonMail account via the web app, and an iOS app. But ProtonMail Bridge finally lets you bring it to the desktop. Bridge acts as a local email server using IMAP and SMTP. It runs in the background and interacts with email clients on your computer. All encryption and decryption happens locally. Benefits include full text search, multiple accounts, and import/export of emails. It uses JavaScript cryptography, and is open source. The software is only available for users with paid accounts, however. You can download it here...

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13:17
Apple releases first iOS 11.2.5, watchOS 4.2.2, and...

Apple has released new beta versions of iOS, watchOS, and tvOS for developers to test. iOS 11.2.5, watchOS 4.2.2, and tvOS 11.2.5 are all available now. We’ll update to the latest versions and note any changes below.

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13:13
Apple & Samsung could be only smartphone makers...




Apple and Samsung could potentially become the only smartphone vendors and chip designers to adopt 7-nanometer processors for 2018 phones, owing to the costs involved, a report noted on Wednesday.

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Random Lockups Still Plague macOS Sierra and High...

TMO editors and some Apple customers are reporting random macOS lockups, especially after an extended period in a screen saver.


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Wednesday December 13

15:30
iOS 11.2.1 Fixes Autofocus Issue Some iPhone X, 8, and 8...

The iOS 11.2.1 update released this morning appears to address an ongoing camera focus issue that some iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus users began experiencing following the release of iOS 11.2.

According to affected users, the camera was not able to focus properly when attempting to capture an image. The camera either shifted continually between the two lenses of the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 Plus, or refused to focus entirely. From MacRumors reader Nixie:Hello there, was wondering if anyone have this issue too, when on iOS 11.2 the camera isnt able to get in focus, the lense just go back and forth indefinetly. Restored back to 11.1.2 and the...

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13:12
Apple Seeds First Beta of iOS 11.2.5 to Developers

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming iOS 11 update to developers, just over one week after releasing iOS 11.2, the second major iOS 11 update, and just a few hours after releasing iOS 11.2.1.

Registered developers can download the iOS 11.2.5 beta from Apple's Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

It's not clear what new features will be included in the iOS 11.2.5 beta, but as a minor 11.x.x update, it is likely to focus primarily on bug fixes and security improvements rather than major outward-facing changes. It's not clear why Apple has skipped several numbers to release an 11.2.5 beta.

We are still waiting on two major iOS 11 features that have yet to be introduced, though. iCloud Messages and...

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10:03
Apple Releases iOS 11.2.1 Update With HomeKit Remote Sha...

Apple today released iOS 11.2.1, the eighth official update to the iOS 11 operating system. iOS 11.2.1 comes a week and a half after the release of iOS 11.2, the second major update to the iOS 11 operating system, which brought Apple Pay Cash, faster 7.5W wireless charging, and a long list of bug fixes.

The iOS 11.2.1 update 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.

The iOS 11.2.1 update addresses bugs and issues that have been discovered since the release of iOS 11.2.

According to Apple's release notes, the update re-enables remote access for shared users of the Home app. Apple broke remote access for shared users when implementing a fix for a major HomeKit vulnerability last week...

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09:39
Finisar and Apple are transforming the future of Sherman...

In Part Two of the Apple-Finisar story, Apple covers the human side of the impact of such an investment in Sherman Texas. Giving the working class jobs has a powerful impact on smaller towns

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08:06
T-Mobile Announces Internet TV Service Coming in 2018

T-Mobile today announced that it will launch its own over-the-top TV service in 2018, which will be fueled in part through the acquisition of Layer3 TV. Details about the service are scarce, but T-Mobile CEO John Legere said that it will continue the company's theme of being a "disruptive" solution to its rivals, this time in both the internet TV and paid cable markets.

Layer3 TV will help T-Mobile build the service, which is said to provide solutions to lengthy contracts, increasing monthly bill costs, confusing bundles, outdated user interfaces, and more. T-Mobile will fold in Layer3 TV's current services and expand it to a wider audience. Right now this includes select TV channels, streaming online video content, and social media, but is only available in five U.S. cities.

Non-finalized demo of T-Mobile's upcoming service via...

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07:00
Apple Details their Finisar Investment while revealing t...

While Patently Apple posted a report on the general news earlier this morning of the Finisar investment, Apple has now officially announced their investment in more detail while revealing a rather significant factoid.

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05:37
iPhone 8 Was Nearly World's Top Google Search This...

Hurricane Irma, iPhone 8, and iPhone X were three of the world's most popular search terms on Google this year, according to the company.

While the results make it look like the iPhone 8 is more popular than the iPhone X, it's important to consider that Apple's flagship smartphone was more commonly referred to as the iPhone 8 in rumors until a leaked version of iOS 11 essentially confirmed its stealthier name back in August.

In the consumer tech category, the iPhone 8 and iPhone X were the highest trending search terms in 2017, ahead of the Nintendo Switch, Samsung Galaxy S8, and Xbox One X in the top five globally. In the United States in particular, the iPhone 8 Plus was the sixth-most trending search term.

Google Trends outlines other popular search terms in its Year in Search 2017 categories, including actors, athletes, car brands...

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05:19
Apple Hires Two Experienced Entertainment Industry Veter...

Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Worldwide Video Hires Michelle Lee who was behind a Number of Shows on NBC, Hulu and CBS." Now we're learning that Apple is stepping up their organizational team by hiring two industry veterans ...

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04:11
Apple Invests in new Finisar Plant coming to Texas that...

Patently Apple posted a report in May titled "Apple Awards Corning First Investment from their Advanced Manufacturing Fund as Promised. It's being reported today that Apple has made another huge investment in Finisar ...

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04:02
Apple to Invest $390 Million in Finisar, US Maker of iPh...

Apple announced on Wednesday its plans to invest $390 million in Finisar Corp, which supplies components for the vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSEL) found in the iPhone X True Depth camera.

The investment will be used to build a plant in Texas to make more of the chips, and will be financed by Apple's $1 billion Advanced Manufacturing Fund, which the company created earlier this year to foster innovation and create jobs in the U.S.

"VCSELs power some of the most sophisticated technology we've ever developed and we're thrilled to partner with Finisar over the next several years to push the boundaries of VCSEL technology and the applications they enable," said Jeff Williams, Apple's chief operating officer. "Technology is only as good as the people behind it, and Finisar is a company with a long history of putting its employees first and supporting the community it's a...

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Tuesday December 12

16:01
Synaptics Creating In-Display Fingerprint Sensors for...

Synaptics today announced that it has begun mass production of its Clear ID FS9500 optical in-display fingerprint sensors in partnership with a "top five" manufacturer, suggesting at least one major smartphone brand will sport in-display fingerprint sensing technology in the future.

Synaptics has been working on fingerprint sensors capable of reading a fingerprint through display glass for some time now, and its first product, the Clear ID-FS9100, was announced back in late 2016.

The updated Clear ID-FS9500 fingerprint sensors are designed specifically for smartphones with button-free bezel-free "infinity displays" much like the iPhone X or the Samsung Galaxy S8. Synaptics says its fingerprint sensors "magically activate" in the display when necessary, and the company believes its solution is "twice as...

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10:35
Apple Increases Mac Trade-In Values to Up to $2,500

Apple today increased its trade-in values for select Mac models released in 2009 and later. In partnership with buyback company Phobio, Apple now offers customers up to $2,500, compared to up to $1,500 previously.

The new trade-in values in the United States are as follows:

• MacBook: up to $1,110

• MacBook Air: up to $430

• MacBook Pro: up to $2,500

• iMac: up to $2,500

• Mac Pro: up to $1,560

To determine how much credit you can receive, visit the Phobio website, enter your Mac's serial number, and answer a few questions about its current condition. Phobio will then provide an estimate based on the information provided.

If you accept the quote, you'll receive payment after your Mac has been inspected and its condition has been verified. The payment can be in the form of an emailed Apple Store gift card,...

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09:32
Phil Schiller Says iPad Pro Can Both Supplement and Repl...

Apple's marketing chief Phil Schiller believes the iPad Pro can be both a PC replacement and a supplementary device to the Mac.

In a wide-ranging interview with T3 about the iPad Pro and other Apple products, including the iPhone X, iMac Pro, HomePod, and AirPods, Schiller said the iPad Pro's exact use case ultimately varies by customer.What we've learned, truthfully, is that it's both, and that depends on the user. For some people, iPad Pro is a replacement for their computer. Not that you throw away your computer. People don't often do that.Schiller added that, for many customers, the iPad Pro becomes their primary computing device, especially while traveling.But that it becomes your primary computing device. The way you mostly hear about this is people say, 'I use a computer at my desk' or 'I use a notebook at my desk, but when I travel, I travel just with my iPad Pro'. It is so great in that...

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08:27
iMac Pro Available With 8 or 10 Cores This Week, 14 and...

Apple today announced that the iMac Pro will be released this Thursday, December 14, but YouTube reviewer Marques Brownlee says only 8-core and 10-core models will be available to order this week.

Brownlee in his hands-on video said the high-end 18-core iMac Pro will ship early next year, alongside an unannounced 14-core model that will apparently be added to the lineup for a total of four Intel Xeon processor configurations.

Skip to the 1:53 mark of the video

The 10-core iMac Pro clocked at 3.0GHz earned a multi-core score of just over 37,400 on Geekbench, which is up to 93 percent faster than the latest 27-inch 5K iMac and up to 45 percent faster than the high-end 2013 Mac Pro.

The...

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07:26
iMac Pro Described as Blazingly Fast, Quiet, and Fairly...

Marques Brownlee and Jonathan Morrison have shared hands-on videos of the iMac Pro, which Apple said is available to order on December 14.

Image: Jonathan Morrison

Brownlee spent the past week with the iMac Pro, using it to create his hands-on video itself with Final Cut Pro X, and found it to be a super capable yet quiet machine with a beautiful display and a stealthy space gray enclosure.

He said the iMac Pro's biggest weakness is its lack of upgradeability, but he said its expensive $4,999 starting price is actually fair for the hardware included, and he priced out a PC with mostly equivalent tech specs at $5,100.

Brownlee benchmarked the 10-core iMac Pro on Geekbench and recorded a multi-core score of 37,417, which is up to 45 percent...

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07:16
Apple was Granted 48 Patents Today Covering the eSIM tha...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 48 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover the e-SIM used in the Apple Watch series 3. Apple introduced the new eSIM during their presentation in September. The eSIM is what ...

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06:04
iMac Pro Available to Order December 14, Starting at $4,...

Apple today announced the iMac Pro will be available to order on Thursday, December 14. Pricing starts at $4,999 in the United States.

iMac Pro is a powerful, top-of-the-line workstation designed for professional users with demanding workflows, such as advanced video and graphics editing, virtual reality content creation, and real-time 3D rendering.

"iMac Pro is a huge step forward and there's never been anything like it," said John Ternus, Apple's VP of Hardware Engineering.

The all-in-one desktop computer has a 27-inch Retina 5K display within a sleek space gray enclosure. Apple also includes a space gray Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2 in the box.

Apple said the iMac Pro is the fastest and most powerful Mac ever, at least until the...

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Monday December 11

12:13
Apple Shares New Ads Highlighting iPhone X Face ID and P...

Apple this afternoon shared three new ads on its YouTube channel, all of which are quick clips that focus on select iPhone X features like Portrait Lighting and Face ID.

The first video, "Opens with a Glance," displays the iPhone X with the words "Introducing the most unforgettable magical password ever created. Your face," before showing off a series of faces to demonstrate how the iPhone X can be unlocked with facial recognition.

A second video, "Adapts to Your Face," was previously available on Apple's Canadian YouTube channel. It's designed to highlight the machine learning techniques used to allow Face ID to adapt to beards, hats, sunglasses, and other facial changes.

The third video, "Introducing Portrait Lighting," demonstrates the Portrait Lighting feature that's available on the iPhone X. Portrait lighting is designed to allow users to adjust the lighting in an image using depth mapping techniques, and it is also available on iPhone 8 Plus.

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11:52
American Express, Mastercard and Discover to Eliminate S...

American Express today announced plans to eliminate signature requirements when customers make credit or debit card purchases, joining both Mastercard and Discover.

All three companies plan to stop asking customers to provide a signature when making a purchase in the United States and Canada starting in April of 2018. The change is designed to allow for a more consistent, streamlined, and speedy checkout experience for both merchants and cardholders.

Credit and debit card companies have long required signatures for purchases as an added security measure, but with technology improvements...

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10:21
Apple Seeds First Beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 to D...

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 update to developers, less than one week after releasing the macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 update, the second major update to the macOS High Sierra operating system.

The macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 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.

It's not yet clear what improvements the third update to macOS High Sierra will bring, but it's likely to include bug fixes and performance improvements for issues that weren't addressed in macOS High Sierra 10.13.2.

The previous macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 update focused solely on security fixes and performance improvements, with no outward-facing changes introduced.

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Wednesday December 13

17:00
iTunes Connect Holiday Schedule

As a reminder, new apps and app updates will not be accepted December 23 to 27 (Pacific Time), so any releases should be submitted, approved, and scheduled in advance. Other iTunes Connect and developer account features will remain available.

Learn more about preparing apps for the App Store.

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17:00
iTunes Connect Holiday Schedule

As a reminder, new apps and app updates will not be accepted December 23 to 27 (Pacific Time), so any releases should be submitted, approved, and scheduled in advance. Other iTunes Connect and developer account features will remain available.

Learn more about preparing apps for the App Store.

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14:30
New to Office 365 in December—extending human...

Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team.

Earlier today in San Francisco, Harry Shum, executive vice president of Microsoft AI & Research, demonstrated how Microsoft is infusing intelligent technologies across our core products to make artificial intelligence (AI) available to everyone, with the simple goal of helping people deliver their best work.

Office 365 is built on Microsoft’s powerful platform for AI that makes advancements in machine learning and AI accessible to every developer and organization. From document translation to intelligent threat detection, AI is already enhancing the productivity experience of over 120 million commercial Office 365 users.

New Office 365 AI capabilities this month help subscribers discover insights from data, leverage organizational knowledge, arrive on time for events, and more. Read on for details.

Automatically unlock rich insights with AI (preview...

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13:22
About the security content of iCloud for Windows 7.2

This document describes the security content of iCloud for Windows 7.2.

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13:20
About the security content of iTunes 12.7.2 for...

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

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13:17
About the security content of Safari 11.0.2

This document describes the security content of Safari 11.0.2.

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09:01
About the security content of tvOS 11.2.1

This document describes the security content of tvOS 11.2.1.

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09:00
About the security content of iOS 11.2.1

This document describes the security content of iOS 11.2.1.

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Tuesday December 12

10:13
About the security content of AirPort Base Station...

This document describes the security content of AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.9.

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10:12
About the security content of AirPort Base Station...

This document describes the security content of AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.6.9.

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06:43
Tips for Successful Email Marketing Campaigns

My latest Inc.com post, on running successful email marketing campaigns, is available at https://www.inc.com/charles-edge/10-email-marketing-campaign-tips-to-keep-subscribers-attract-new-ones.html. It starts like this:

It seems like every time I turn on the radio, there’s an ad for an email marketing automation tool. Constant Contact, Mailchimp, Emma, iContact and even Salesforce make it pretty easy for small and mid-size businesses to automate beautiful emails. Or for larger organizations, there are offerings like Marketo, Adobe Marketing Cloud and Eloqua.

But while the ads make it sound like these campaigns write themselves, they don’t.

Email marketing is a delicate business. On one hand, you don’t want to be an evil spammer. On the other, email is an efficient way to stay in touch with potential and existing customers.

I’ve been...

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Monday December 11

16:20
Make Your Apps Available for Pre-Order

You can now make your new apps available for pre-order on the App Store on all Apple Platforms. Customers can see your product page and order your app before it’s released for download. Once your app is released, customers will be notified and it will automatically download to their device. Let your customers know your app is coming by using the pre-order badges in your marketing materials.

Learn more about offering your apps for pre-order.

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16:20
Make Your Apps Available for Pre-Order

You can now make your new apps available for pre-order on the App Store on all Apple Platforms. Customers can see your product page and order your app before it’s released for download. Once your app is released, customers will be notified and it will automatically download to their device. Let your customers know your app is coming by using the pre-order badges in your marketing materials.

Learn more about offering your apps for pre-order.

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16:20
Offer Introductory Pricing for Your Subscriptions

You can now offer new customers a discounted introductory price for your auto-renewable subscriptions on the App Store. Visit your in-app purchase page in iTunes Connect to configure introductory pricing and use new API additions in iOS 11.2 to localize and display introductory pricing details to your users.

Learn more about offering introductory pricing.

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16:20
Offer Introductory Pricing for Your Subscriptions

You can now offer new customers a discounted introductory price for your auto-renewable subscriptions on the App Store. Visit your in-app purchase page in iTunes Connect to configure introductory pricing and use new API additions in iOS 11.2 to localize and display introductory pricing details to your users.

Learn more about offering introductory pricing.

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09:00
Excel ModelOff event and innovation

Today’s post was written by Jared Spataro, general manager for Office.

Excel is a much-loved productivity tool that has attracted a strong and passionate fanbase over the years. This user community drives many grassroots activities ranging from local conferences to global competitions like ModelOff, the Financial Modeling World Championship. And this engagement is well deserved—people use Excel across industries, roles, and scenarios to do amazing things. In fact, Excel ranks as one of the most requested skills among employers, based on 25 million job postings, according to Burning Glass Technologies.

All of us on the Excel product team really enjoy getting out and spending time with the community. Each and every interaction proves to be a treasure trove of...

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07:00
20 Constants In Software Development

My latest Huffington Post article, called 20 Constants In Software Development is up. It starts out like this:

There are so many things I wish people had told me when I was in school, or earlier in my career. Things that aren’t variable between organizations you work with, or even teams you work in. So I thought I’d jot a few down of these for software development teams (if only to prove that no, despite what product managers say, you aren’t crazy). So here goes:

  1. A project will never have enough people to build all the features you want. Period.
  2. Less features means fewer defects.
  3. As a software project nears completion the amount of work remaining rises in proportion to how many hacks and shortcuts you took.

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Saturday December 9

18:37
My Second Year On The MacVoices Holiday Gift Guide

Friday December 8

07:30
Sexual Misconduct is a Bipartisan Issue

I stepped a little outside of the business and tech sphere and published an article on… sexual misconduct and partisanship. If it’s you’re kinda’ thing, it starts out like:

I’m a tech writer. I write about #nerdstuff. As a rule, I don’t write about politics. But this isn’t political. This is about sexual harassment and assault, something we should have zero tolerance for in our politics.

To read more, click here

The post Sexual Misconduct is a Bipartisan Issue appeared first on ...

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Thursday December 7

08:48
Using sysadminctl on macOS

macOS 10.13 brings changes to sysadminctl. You know those dscl scripts we used to use to create users? No longer supposed to be necessary (luckily they do still work). Now you can create a user with a one-liner, and do other forms of user management, such as enabling FileVault for a given user, or managing the guest accounts. However, you can’t do these tasks as root or via sudo. You have to do so with other admin accounts per Apple kbase HT208171 (in fact, this article has been in my queue waiting for that issue to be fixed – but keep in mind I’m not prefacing these with sudo in the below commands). In the below command, we’ll pass the -addUser option and then use -fullName to fill in the displayed name of the user, -password to send a password to the account and -hint so we can get a password hint into that attribute:

sysadminctl -addUser krypted2 -fullName "Charles Edge" -password testinguser -hint hi

The...

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04:00
App Store Best of 2017

Congratulations to the developers featured in the App Store Best of 2017. This showcase honors our favorite apps and games on the App Store, and celebrates the amazing experiences that developers have created for macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

See all the featured apps and games.

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04:00
App Store Best of 2017

Congratulations to the developers featured in the App Store Best of 2017. This showcase honors our favorite apps and games on the App Store, and celebrates the amazing experiences that developers have created for macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

See all the featured apps and games.

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