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07:12
Counter is new counting utility for Mac OS X

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has launched Counter 1.0 for Mac OS X. The app does one thing: it allows to count a discrete number of elements.

Using Counter you can solve any kind of situation where you have to computer enumerate a total number of elements (physical or abstract), and you want to be sure the process will be error free. You can add to the total a new unit simply pressing the space bar on your Mac to count it. Counter will keep track of the counting as it progress and will add +1 to the total at any space bar press.

Counter 1.0 requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $0.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.

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06:52
Mobile Labs testing solutions now support iOS 10

Mobile Labs (http://mobilelabsinc.com) Mobile Labs, a provider of enterprise-grade mobile testing solutions, today announced comprehensive support for Apple’s iOS 10 on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

The testing solutions include deviceConnect, Mobile Labs Trust and deviceBridge. deviceConnect supports manual and automated mobile app testing behind the security of a corporate firewall by using a private mobile device cloud. iOS 10 support includes the complete set of device access management and testing capabilities already available for Android and prior iOS versions: manual testing, automated testing and device inventory management. In addition, support includes dynamic instrumentation that allows users to test unmodified apps, including iOS 10 apps, without the need to create a special app build or to make source code changes.

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06:36
LearnQuest is now an Apple Authorized Global Training Provider

LearnQuest (www.learnquest.com), a provider of global IT and business skills, is now an official Apple Authorized Global Training Provider. It will offer new iOS developer and technical courses globally to Apple's enterprise partners and customers around the world over the coming months.

These courses are designed to help developers building transformative business apps with foundational learning and best practice on architecting and creating native Swift apps for enterprise, and app lifecycle management to keep apps up to date with current iOS features and functions. Technical courses will assist enterprise customers and their partners with training on security, large-scale deployment approaches, and the fleet management of iPhone and iPad, according to Dimitri Schneiberg, LearnQuest managing director.

In addition, LearnQuest will offer existing iOS, OS X, and pro apps courses, and the training that...

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04:08
EditShare Flow Media Asset Management 3.3 update available

EditShare has released EditShare Flow 3.3.0.2 (http://www.editshare.com/products/flow).

The update features content delivery to Amazon S3, batch sidecar metadata file processing, support for multi-track audio in AirFlow, and user permissions in Flow Templates. Existing Flow users with a valid EditShare maintenance agreement can download the update at http://www2.editshare.com/passprot/.

The new “Send to Amazon S3” feature in EditShare Flow automates migration of content from EditShare shared storage systems to secure offsite cloud storage. Thanks to direct integration with Amazon storage buckets, Flow users can automate delivery of clips, sequences and full packages from their on-premise EditShare storage direct to S3 or Glacier services.

Flow now supports batch import...

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Jun 23
Fonts Manager for the Mac revved to version 3

Match Software has announced Fonts Manager 3 for Mac OS X El Capitan and macOS Sierra. It’s a font management system for users who need to manage large font collections.

Fonts Manager supports instant activation of single fonts or entire folders, support of iCloud Drive, DropBox and Google Drive, and is compatible with Adobe Creative Cloud and QuarkXPress. Each font can be visualized in continuous sizes 8-500 with the user own phrases.

Fonts Manager’s list price is $19.99. It’s available at the Mac App Store, as well as on the Fonts-Manager site (http://fonts-manager.com), where users can download a fully functional 30 days evaluation copy.

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Jun 23
Tixeo client designed to provide encryption for OS X group...

Tixeo (www.tixeo.com) has introduced a native Mac client designed to offer a real end-to-end encryption for group videoconferencing with Mac or PC. It provides an architecture enabling end-to-end encryption for group videoconferencing while maintaining a high adaptability to network fluctuations, according to its developers.

This innovation has been made possible by the SVC on Demand (Scalable Video Coding on Demand) technology created by Tixeo's R&D department. The Tixeo Mac app will allow you to simply organize online meetings from any workstation.
During group video conferencing, participants can share their desktop and eventually give control to another participant.

Tixeo is a paid subscription service. However, you can try it for free for 30 days.

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Jun 23
AKVIS introduces the Sea Frame Pack

AKVIS has introduced the $17 Sea Frame Pack, which includes 100 frame designs for use with AKVIS Frames and AKVIS ArtSuite. The frames include 50 horizontal and 50 vertical templates.

Using the Sea Frame Pack, you can frame your holiday photos, create a smash book or prepare unique invitation cards for a sea-style party. All the designs are available as thumbnails to preview.

The AKVIS frame packs can only be used with AKVIS Frames Free (available free of charge) and AKVIS ArtSuite ($49 for the plug-in version and $69 for the standalone app). All AKVIS products run on macOS 10.6 and higher.

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Jun 23
Troi Text Plug-in 4.0.1 released for FileMaker Pro 15

Troi Automatisering has released Troi Text Plug-in 4.0.1 for FileMaker Pro 15. The update is further optimized for use with FileMaker 15.

In this version Troi Automatisering made description and type-ahead information available for all functions of the plug-in. This extra function description will be shown in FileMaker Pro 15 in the Specify Calculation dialog box when you type a function name and also as a text popup in the functions pane on the right. The type-ahead information is used by the auto complete functionality of FileMaker Pro 15.

A fully functional version of Troi Text Plug-in 4.0.1 is available for downloading at Troi's website (http://tinyurl.com/plzbk5d). Licenses cost $49 per user. Details on developer licenses and multi-user discounts can be found at the Troi Automatisering website.

Upgrading to version 4.0.1 is free for all users of version 4.0: version 4.0.1 works...

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Jun 22
Comm-Unity Networking Systems updates CNS Image

Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released an update for CNS Image, its FileMaker plug-in for working with images stored in container fields or stored on the hard drive. The new version has full, cross-platform 64-bit support, as well as support for the latest FileMaker Plug-in SDK [software development kit], bringing calculation type-ahead and tool-tip description support, among other things.

This version also includes all the latest CNS Core updates bringing bug fixes and enhancements to the plug-in. CNS Image is available immediately at http://cnsimage.cnsplug-ins.com/ for both Mac OS X and Windows.

If you purchased CNS Image anytime from June 22, 2015, until now, you can install this latest version free of charge without requiring a new license key. If you purchased CNS Image anytime between June 22, 2014, and June 21, 2015, you can renew your license for 50% off the current...

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Jun 22
OWC unleashes external storage solutions with capacities up to...

OWC Digital has announced that four of their proven external storage solutions are now available with up to 40TB of capacity. By adding configurations using 10TB enterprise-class drives to their lineup of 4-bay devices, these products boast 25% more storage than previous models.

The enhanced products include the ThunderBay 4 RAID , Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 Enterprise Edition, OWC Rack Pro mini-SAS Enterprise Edition, and OWC Rack Pro Quad-Interface Enterprise Edition for $3,999.99, $3,799.99, $3,899.99, and $3,899, respectively.

The OWC ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 utilizes Thunderbolt 2 ports and customizable RAID configurations to reach transfer rates up to 1,342 MB/s in RAID 0 and 723 MB/s in RAID 5. The OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 sports an USB 3.1 Gen 1, eSATA and FireWire 800 interface, multiple drive capacities and customizable drive modes.

The OWC Rack Pro Quad-Interface provides USB 3.1 Gen 1, FireWire and eSATA connectivity. The OWC Rack Pro mini-SAS offers speed...

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Jun 22
Avira expands Phantom VPN to iOS, macOS

Avira (www.avira.com) is expanding its Avira Phantom VPN (Virtual Private Network) o include devices running on Apple’s iOS and macOS. The Phantom VPN now incorporates all major operating systems for computers and mobile devices: Android, Microsoft’s Windows, and iOS and Mac.

The new Phantom VPN is aimed directly at two significant segments of technology users – people with Apple devices, and even more importantly, mixed households where people have a collection of devices running on a variety of operating systems, said Melanie Weber, head of the VPN project at Avira. Researchers at Strategy Analytics found that up to 28% of homes in Europe and the US have Apple and Android OS devices, with up to 20% of people claiming to use both Apple and Android devices weekly. And, this study just looked at Apple and Android-powered devices and did not include Windows computers.

“There is a growing segment of households that...

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Jun 22
Remotix 4.0 offers remote access to any computer from the Mac

Nulana LTD has announced Remotix 4.0, an upgrade to their remote control application for macOS. It allows users to quickly connect with and remotely control any Mac or PC, directly from their own Mac desktop.

Remotix offers screen sharing, file transfer, complete SSH tunneling support and more. Version 4.0 brings the ability to view several remote machines at once, RD gateway capabilities, and more.


Remotix requires macOS 10.6.6 or later. It’s compatible with any RDP server, Apple Screen Sharing, RealVNC, x11vnc, UltraVNC, TigerVNC, TightVNC, and VMWare, allowing even more flexibility for any user's remote control requirements. The Remotix Cloud feature offers the ability to access any computer from anywhere, allowing users to manage computers and send messages, all via the handy Remotix Cloud web interface.

Remotix 4.0 costs $39.99 for a personal license, and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store (...

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Jun 22
BusyMac releases BusyCal 3 for macOS and iOS

BusyMac has released BusyCal 3, an upgrade to its calendar app for macOS and iOS. It displays calendars in day, week, month, year and list views and syncs with iCloud, Google Calendar and Exchange.

Version 3 has been completely redesigned. There’s added support for travel time, which allows users to block out the necessary time to travel to an event location. Users can set a fixed amount of travel time or determine it automatically using the integrated support for Apple Maps and Location Services. Users can even receive alerts when it's time to leave as traffic conditions change.

The menu bar app in BusyCal 3 also received a makeover. It now displays a navigable mini-month calendar with colored dots and bars that provide a visual density map of the user's availability. A scrolling list of events is displayed in the menu along with a 10-day weather forecast. Users may click on an event in the menu bar to view its details, and create new events and to dos using natural...

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Jun 22
SecuritySpy for macOS gets 64-bit support, more

Ben Software (www.bensoftware.com) has announced SecuritySpy 4.0, an update to the multi-camera video surveillance software for macOS.

The tool offers recording features, remote monitoring and configuration, and optimized code. Version 4.0’s improvements include 64-bit support, speed improvements, new capture features, and a new user interface.

Pricing depends on the number of cameras you’re using SecuritySpy with — ranging from $45 for the single-camera version to $990 for the unlimited-camera version. The app requires macOS 10.7 or higher.

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Jun 22
WPS Office implements freemium version of software

WPS Office Software (https://www.wps.com), an office productivity suite for PC and mobile devices, has announced general availability of the company’s new Freemium, or sponsored access, version of its flagship product.

WPS Office had previously allowed free use of of the software, but with restricted functionality. With the Freemium model, users now have full access to all of WPS Office’s features and functionality with no subscription needed.

WPS Office is an office suite solution that includes Writer, Presentation, Spreadsheets and a built in PDF Reader. The software, which has been downloaded by nearly 1.25 billion users, is fully compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, and Word.

The WPS Office suite, which is Android for Work integrated, is available for Android and iOS as well as Windows and Linux-based PCs. The software is available through one of several licensing options, including...

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Jun 21
IK Multimedia releases Orchestral Percussion

IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com)has released Orchestral Percussion, the master percussion add-on instrument collection for Miroslav Philharmonik 2 and SampleTank 3 that contains over 45 symphonic percussion instruments, 3GB of sample content, more than 400 audio loops and over 100 MIDI files.

Players can work with these files directly in Miroslav Philharmonik 2 or SampleTank 3, or drag them into the DAW timeline for further editing. Orchestral Percussion for Miroslav Philharmonik 2 and SampleTank 3 is available now from the IK online store and the SampleTank 3 Custom Shop for $99.

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Jun 21
Propellerhead rolls out Reason 9 music production software

Propellerhead Software has released Reason 9, a new version of the music production software. It builds on the Reason platform by introducing a host of new devices, sounds and creative tools.

Reason 9 introduces three Player devices that instantly transform any MIDI input into “compelling” music. Note Echo creates rhythmic, pitched MIDI delays for melodies, drum rolls and more. Scales & Chords turns simple melodies into harmonies and chords.

Transpose notes to a selected scale and automatically generates chords for your song. Dual Arpeggio transforms chords into intricate rhythms. F

Reason’s new Pitch Edit mode helps users fix out-of-tune notes, adjust vibrato, change timing, create new melodies from a recording, change the dynamics, and more. Audio to MIDI lets you convert your vocals to MIDI notes. Reason 9 also comes with 1000 new sounds to ignite your creativity.

What’s more, the upgrade now includes the Pulsar dual channel LFO – previously...

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Jun 21
Aural ships Studio6 Bass Trap

Auralex Acoustics, Inc. is shipping the new Studio6 Bass Trap, which provides broadband control from 40 Hz and up, providing low-frequency control in a 2' x 4' footprint with slim 6" profile.

In order to address a growing need requested by Auralex customers, the Studio6 is stand-mountable, using the optional ProMAX stands, allowing the panels to be used in a number of temporary recording and mixing situations or where a permanent installation is not possible or desired.

The Studio6 also mounts to room walls and corners using Auralex TubeTak Pro Wall and the TubeTak Pro corner mounting option. Go to www.auralex.com/ for more info.

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Jun 24
IDC: 3D printer shipments grew nearly 20% in 2015

New data from IDC (www.idc.com) says that 3D printer shipments in the United States grew by almost 20% in 2015 compared to 2014. What’s more, total 3D printer shipments in the U.S. are expected to experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 16% through 2020.

"People and companies that are adopting 3D printers are routinely realizing tremendous time and cost savings in their product creation and development cycles. As printer speeds increase and the range of materials expands, a growing number of products and parts, and therefore markets, will be impacted by 3D printing/additive manufacturing," said Tim Greene, research director, Hardcopy Solutions. "Already the 3D printer mix in the U.S. has changed over the last 12-24 months. While there are still a lot of shipments into the DIY/consumer market, tremendous growth remains in the segments with a more professional and manufacturing orientation. Leading 3D...

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Jun 23
23% of Millennials are OTT-only broadband households

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) finds that 23% of Millennial heads of household are OTT-only households, higher than the national average of 15% among all U.S broadband households.

The firm's analysts also note that 61% of Millennials subscribe to both pay-TV and OTT services, also higher than the national average of 52%. Other key points from the Parks Associates OTT research:

° Nearly 60% of OTT video services in the North American market are subscription-based.

° 64% of U.S. broadband households subscribe to an OTT video service, up from 59% in 2015.

° Average monthly spending on Internet-based subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) services among U.S. broadband households increased from $3.71 per month in 2012 to $6.19 per month in 2015.

° Approximately 20% of U.S. broadband households cancelled at least one OTT video service in 2015.

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Jun 21
Online fraud detection spending to reach $9.2 billion...

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that eCommerce merchants and financial institutions will be investing heavily in online fraud detection solutions over the next five years, with annual spending reaching $9.2 billion by 2020, up by 30% on current levels..

According to the research, fraudsters now perceive mobile payment channels to be particularly vulnerable (and therefore attractive targets) as many organisations have yet to apply the same levels of protection to mobile as they have to desktop transactions.

Digital security companies regard the mitigation of mobile fraud as a key revenue generator in the medium term,” according to report author Gareth Owen. He says this was driving the development and implementation of advanced biometric authentication technologies which the companies claim can make mobile purchases as secure as any other web-based...

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Jun 20
Business smartphone sales flat year-over-year

Over 110 million enterprise smartphones and tablets were shipped worldwide in the first quarter [Q1] 2016, according to Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com). W

Worldwide business smartphone shipments for Q1 2016 fell to 92.2 million units, down 21.0% from the previous quarter and up 0.5% annually from 91.8 million in Q1 2015; while the worldwide business tablet market fell to 17.3 million unit shipments in Q1 2016, down 34.5% sequentially from 26.4 million units in Q4 2015 and down 9.8% annually from 19.1 million in Q1 2015, according to the research group. Weakening global smartphone and tablet demand, slowing economy, and piling-up inventory were hammering the growth of both BYOD and corporate-liable markets in the first quarter of the year.

"Many enterprises withheld from investing in new deployments of smartphones in Q1 2016 and inventory built-up due to large volume...

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Jun 17
Survey: U.S. app developers turning to Latin markets

A new survey from One Hour Translation (http://tinyurl.com/z2dc859), the world’s largest online translation agency, maps the leading languages into which English-language are translated by app developers from the United States and United Kingdom.

According to data from the first quarter of 2016, about 28% of all mobile applications written in English by U.S. developers are intended for localization in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. In the United Kingdom, the rate is even higher: 55%.

“Mobile app developers are thinking of ways to reach their target audience beyond the markets they usually work in, and they know that the way to do this is by localizing their apps,” says Yaron Kaufman, One Hour Translation’s co-founder and vice president of Marketing and Sales.
 
The survey examined 2500 Android apps on Google Play and iOS apps on Apple’s App Store developed in the United States...

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Jun 16
Will 2016 be the year that WiGig takes off?

WiGig has emerged as one of the most promising Wi-Fi standards in the recent few years with high speed data rates up to 7 Gbps operating in the 60 GHz band.

WiGig products have been on the market since 2013 (e.g. Dell Docking station) but the market has been slow to develop given a lack of compelling use cases and the need for development of new chip-sets to lower cost and drive usage. Much development work has been done in the last few years by OEMs and chip vendors.

After a few false starts, will 2016 be the year that WiGig will finally takes off? Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com) says that many new products, across a number of sectors, have announced that they are adopting WiGig technology and the signs are very positive.

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Jun 15
Gartner: smartphone technologies that can’t be ignored

The smartphone market is getting more complex and dynamic, as well as maturing and being highly commoditized. In such mature market, technology improvements in smartphone has brought incremental enhancements and these are often not perceived by users as critical for them.

Roberta Cozza, research director at Gartner, Inc., has identified 10 technologies and capabilities whose developments and transformations cannot be ignored by any mobile device vendor. The 10 technologies and capabilities for 2016 and 2017 are: fast charging, wireless charing, augmented reality/virtual reality, multiple-lens camera solutions, biometric authentication sensors and technologies; virtual personal assistants, flexible/curved displays, Wi-Fi 802.11 standards, USB Type-C and embedded SIM (e-SIM)

They were selected looking at five main potential areas of impact: the battery, an immersive experience, a personalized experience, display technology and connectivity. Gartner says they represent...

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Jun 14
Online on on-site backup? Most SMBs prefer both

When it comes to the critical task of backing up data, nearly half of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in the US say using both on-site and online solutions are important and necessary, according to a new survey by Clutch, a B2B research firm. In fact, many SMBs steadfastly hold to on-site backup, with 42% of those surveyed reporting that it's more important than online backup.
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n the past two years alone, 63% of SMBs have adopted cloud-based backup solutions, according to Clutch's findings. Despite this surge, nearly 90% of SMBs continue to back up their data both online and on-site. The trend is to be expected, say cloud backup and disaster recovery thought leaders.

"It's natural for business owners to take a cautious approach to adopting technology, especially when it comes to securing their critical business data," said Mark Anderson, co-founder and IT srategist at Anderson Technologies. "SMBs are reluctant to abandon on-site backup and adopt cloud-...

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Jun 14
Parks Associates: almost 50% of smart home devices are...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) shows that wireless home security sales are increasing and almost one-half of home security owners in the U.S. have a self-installed home security system that connects wirelessly to sensors.

"The emergence of 'monitor-it-yourself' and hybrid professional monitoring options for self-installed devices is a key trend for the smart home in 2016," said Brad Russell, research analyst, Parks Associates. "Almost 50% of smart home devices currently in U.S. broadband households are self-installed, by the owner or by the owner's friends or family members.”


The research also shows that:

° 80% of U.S. security dealers currently install smart home devices as part of their services.

° About 25% of security replacements or upgrades include at least one smart home device, such as smart thermostats, networked video cameras, or smart...

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Jun 13
Digital skills gap slows push to build digital...

Although the majority of manufacturers have implemented digital platforms, more than half (51 percent) lack the skills to operate digital factories, according to a new study from Accenture (NYSE: ACN). The Accenture Strategy report (www/accenture.com) revealed that the more successful manufacturers have advanced talent strategies in place to digitally enable the workforce of the future.

“Cracking the Code on the Digital Factory,” a report based on a global study of 450 manufacturers, found that a growing skills gap is one of their biggest concerns – a situation that has worsened in recent years as manufacturers have transformed their operations using new technology, analytics and mobility capabilities.

Fifty-five percent of manufacturers, up from 38 percent in 2013, reported a skills gap among skilled trades laborers, who need to operate increasingly advanced digital machinery and equipment, such as 3D printers or modeling and simulation tools on the plant floor....

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Tropical Software’s TopXNotes 1.8.2 is an update to their award-winning, full-featured personal information manager developed exclusively for macOS. Version 1.8.2 provides performance enhancements and bug fixes. You... Read more »
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Friday June 24

08:39
YouTube rolls out Periscope-style live streaming...

Putting itself in direct competition with Facebook and Twitter, YouTube is now in the beginning stages of rolling out live video streaming from its main mobile app.

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08:39
Because it’s Friday: Lintallica


Remember: Puppets and metal, they can be a thing.
Happy Friday, people!!!

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08:36
Rumor: Apple to adopt micro-LED displays for Apple...

Apple may opt for micro-LED displays come the second half of 2017.
Sources within the supply chain have suggested that that the much-rumored Apple Watch 2 lineup expected to debut in the second half of 2016 will continue to have OLED displays, with the move towards micro-LED panels liking occurring in tandem with the tentatively named Apple Watch 3.
Micro-LED displays can be thinner and lighter and allow for improved color gamut, increased brightness, and higher resolutions. The panels do not require backlighting like traditional LCD displays, but they can be difficult and expensive to mass produce. Micro LEDs range in size from 1-micron to 100-micron.

Earlier this year, the mighty Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities suggested that the Apple Watch 2...

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08:27
Apple’s CarPlay set to return in Honda’s 2017 Accord...

Honda was noticeably slow to the CarPlay scene despite being committed from day one to support Apple’s infotainment feature in 2014. The automaker eventually delivered with CarPlay in the 2016 Accord and Civic, and 2017 Ridgeline, and today Honda announced CarPlay will be returning in the 2017 Accord, one of the most popular cars on the road. Honda’s new Accord is hitting showroom floors on Monday and will start at $22,355.
The 2017 Accord carries over the expanded LED exterior lighting and premium features and technologies of the 2016 model, including the available 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen offered with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto...

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08:26
2017 Apple Watch reportedly switching to Micro-LED...

According to the latest story by Digitimes, Apple will reportedly be moving away from OLED screen technology for Apple Watch … at the same time as the iPhone 8 (for 2o17, iPhone 7 will continue to use LCD) adopts OLED. The supply chain source says Apple is instead developing Micro LED panels for Apple Watch, to debut in late 2017.
more…Filed under: Apple ...

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08:26
Uber’s latest test offers good news & bad: fixed...

The Verge reports that Uber is testing a new version of its app that offers customers good news and bad. On the plus side, it will specify a fixed fare up-front, so you know exactly what you’ll be paying. On the downside, it will be much less obvious when surge-pricing is in effect …
more…Filed under: Apple ...

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08:21
Apple officially terminates current-gen Thunderbolt...

Well, Apple’s current-gem Thunderbolt Display if officially off the menu.
In a statement, an Apple spokesperson explained that the Thunderbolt Display will be available from Apple’s Online Store and in retail locations while supplies last, but once stock has run out, it will not be replenished. Apple also noted that a variety of third-party options are available for Mac users:
Per Apple:
“We’re discontinuing the Apple Thunderbolt Display. It will be available through Apple.com, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last. There are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users,” said an Apple spokesperson.

The display, albeit pretty nifty, has been criticized as being being...

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08:15
Video: See how Photos in iOS 10 can recognize faces...

Starting with iOS 10, the Photos app on your iPhone and iPad will automatically scan your pictures for faces and places, making it easier to find the shots you're looking for. It'll even group them into collections, and quickly automate creation of a view to relive your memories. AppleInsider offers a closer look at how it all works.

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07:20
Netflix working on offline viewing, could arrive by...

Netflix is developing a long-awaited option to download some content for offline viewing, according to an executive described as an industry insider.

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07:07
Review: Zagg Slim Book for 9.7” iPad Pro

Zagg's Slim Book for the 9.7" iPad Pro ($130) is a slighter version of its Rugged Book, which we've seen in the past. As one might expect, Slim Book is a bit more svelte, acting as both a case and a keyboard for the 9.7" iPad Pro. The case can be removed from the keyboard or the two can be used in conjunction — when linked, Slim Book can be used in separate orientations for typing, watching videos, or "book mode," which folds the keyboard behind the tablet for normal use. Interestingly, Slim Book eschews the iPad Pro's Smart Connector, as its keyboard connects via Bluetooth. Zagg claims the keyboard can provide up to two years of regular use between charges, but a micro-USB cable is still included.{/exp:char_limit}
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Friday June 24

07:01
Apple Watch May Switch to Micro-LED Display in Mid 2017 or...

Apple may switch to micro-LED displays for the Apple Watch in the second half of 2017 at the earliest, moving away from the current OLED technology used, according to supply chain sources for Taiwanese website DigiTimes.

The timeline suggests that the much-rumored Apple Watch 2 lineup expected to debut in the second half of 2016 will continue to have OLED displays, with the move towards micro-LED panels liking occurring in tandem with the tentatively named Apple Watch 3.

Micro-LED displays can be thinner and lighter and allow for improved color gamut, increased brightness, and higher resolutions. The panels do not require backlighting like traditional LCD displays, but they can be difficult...

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06:57
Brexit and the Markets: a Seismic Shock

As both shock and elation registered on the divided Brexit camps here Friday, concern mounted over the economic blow from Britain's decision to leave the European Union. Global stocks, including U.S. heavyweights such as Apple and Google, swooned.

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05:43
Apple Supplier Foxconn Surprises Market by saying that Sha...

In April Patently Apple posted a report titled "Foxconn-Sharp could Enter Apple's OLED Display Supply Chain in 2020." But apparently Foxconn's Chairman Terry Guo has a much more aggressive road map that could put Sharp in the OLED game by as earlier as next year.

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04:58
Apple's Supply Chain says Apple is Developing Micro L...

In February Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple could use a Micro-LED Display for a Future VR Headset." When Apple acquired LuxVue back in May 2014, a specialist in micro-LED screen technologies, Venture Capitalist John Doer of KPCB described LuxVue's technology as being "technical breakthrough in displays." Today, a new report is claiming that Apple's first use of LuxVue's technology may be for future Apple Watch displays.

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Thursday June 23

16:30
Apple Discontinues Thunderbolt Display

Apple today told several news sites that it plans to discontinue its Thunderbolt Display, which has been available for purchase online and in Apple retail stores since it was first introduced in the summer of 2011.

"We're discontinuing the Apple Thunderbolt Display. It will be available through Apple.com, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last. There are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users," said an Apple spokesperson.Apple will continue to sell existing Thunderbolt Display stock so long as it remains available, but once stock is exhausted, the Thunderbolt Display will no longer be available as production is ceasing. It is not clear why Apple has decided to make an announcement concerning the discontinuation of the display and if it...

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16:09
Here's the New 'Home' App for Controlling H...

HomeKit users have long wished for a centralized, Apple-designed app for controlling HomeKit-enabled products, and in iOS 10, Apple has granted that wish, with the debut of the new "Home" app. Designed to be used on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, Home is Apple's new one-stop HomeKit control solution.

As can be seen in the video below, Home offers a simple, fast, convenient way to manage all of the connected products in your house. Not all accessories are fully functional with Home right now as its a beta, but support will improve before Home launches as part of iOS 10 this fall.

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Opening the Home app brings up a main screen that lists all favorite Scenes and favorite accessories for...

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15:53
Adele's Album titled '25' Arrives on Apple...

Last December Patently Apple posted a report titled "Adele's New Album Storms to the top of Apple's iTunes Charts & Becomes the Most Downloaded Album of the Year." Seven months later...

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14:31
Apple Still has one Last Snag Holding them back from Launc...

Last August Patently Apple posted a report titled "South Korean Apple Fans may be Getting Apple Music this Year." The report noted that officials at the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism made it public that Apple had plans to offer its popular "Apple Music" services to iPhone and iPad users in Korea. But Apple hit a few snags along the way.

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13:05
Apple Advances Touch ID on an iPhone to Unlock Macs and Ne...

One of Apple's latest continuation patents reveals their ongoing work to allow iPhone users to be able to use Touch ID to instantly login to future Macs just like how Apple Watch will accommodate this feature this fall. Apple also reveals that they're working on waterproofing future OLED Displays.

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11:39
Here's What a Headphone Jack to Lightning Adapter Loo...

With Apple planning to remove the headphone jack in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, new iPhone owners are going to be stuck with a whole lot of headphones that don't work with their devices. There is a simple, though awkward, solution -- a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter.

Lightning adapters aren't common at this point in time, but as you can see in the video below, we tracked down an adapter from Japanese company Deff to give you an idea of what it'll be like using standard 3.5mm headphones with a device that doesn't have a headphone jack.

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Our adapter cost upwards of $70, but we...

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Friday June 24

07:18
Reddit AMA Going Now

An hour into my first Reddit AMA with some super-excellent JAMFs!
AMA w/ Charles Edge and the Apple management experts at JAMF Software from macsysadmin

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Thursday June 23

16:10
Developer Insights Series: Using the Paid Business...

Find out why 3 Minute Games chose the paid business model for their Lifeline apps, and how the studio keeps users engaged between releases. Learn more.

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16:10
Developer Insights Series: Using the Paid Business...

Find out why 3 Minute Games chose the paid business model for their Lifeline apps, and how the studio keeps users engaged between releases. Learn more.

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10:19
10 Things To Consider When Switching Between MDM S...

I’ve worked with a lot of organizations switching between Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions in my career. And I’ve seen the migration projects go both really, really well, and really, really poorly. In most cases, the migration is somewhat painful no matter what you do. But in this (my first) article on the JAMF blog, I try and organize my thoughts around a few things to look out for when migrating between MDMs/MAMs, and some context/experience around those.
https://www.jamfsoftware.com/blog/10-things-to-consider-when-switching-between-mobile-device-management-solutions/

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09:00
Excel and big data

One of the great things about being on the Excel team is the opportunity to meet with a broad set of customers. In talking with Excel users, it’s obvious that significant confusion exists about what exactly is “big data.” Many customers are left on their own to make sense of a cacophony of acronyms, technologies, architectures, business models and vertical scenarios.
It is therefore unsurprising that some folks have come up with wildly different ways to define what “big data” means. We’ve heard from some folks who thought big data was working two thousand rows of data. And we’ve heard from vendors who claim to have been doing big data for decades and don’t see it as something new. The wide range of interpretations sometimes reminds us of the old parable of the blind men and an elephant, where a group of men touch an elephant to learn what it is. Each man feels a different part, but only one... | Read more »

09:00
Episode 096 Paul Stubbs on the MAX team and the Mi...

In this episode, Richard DiZerega and Andrew Coates talk to Paul Stubbs, principal content publishing manager, about his team and the great samples and documentation they are producing.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP96_PaulStubbsMAX.mp3
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09:00
Why secure email is essential for your business

Malware most commonly reaches your business through email. As attacks become more sophisticated, your business could be vulnerable. A malware attack means more than just a security risk. If attacked, your business runs the risk of lost intellectual property, productivity, business reputation, time and money. In fact, the average total organizational cost of a data breach in the U.S. is $6.5 million, and an average of 250,000 malware variants are detected every day.

What is malware? It’s any software created to cause damage, but there are different types and considerations when looking to protect your small business. What types of malware are threats to your small business?

  • Spyware is software that gathers information on a user or... | Read more »

Wednesday June 22

16:27
10 Must Have Apps To Run A Small Business :: IT Bu...

Published an article at http://www.itbusinessedge.com/slideshows/10-must-have-apps-for-your-small-business.html on types of apps you should use when starting to put iPads in a small business. Obviously many a business has vertical needs, but a lot of apps are horizontal, so cut across a wide swath of industries.

 

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09:00
Enterprise email—what a new business needs to know

A small investment in a business email account can be the difference between success and failure for your new business. Yet, for many businesses, finding the right enterprise email provider isn’t top of mind. Most people think email is just a given—it is free, after all, so why not just set up a simple email account, like “YourGreatNewBusiness@outlook.com?” While free email accounts are great for personal use, the lack of a proper business email solution could sneak up on you as your company starts to scale.
Be prepared for growth with an enterprise email account. Here are a few of the benefits from a business email account that you won’t get from a free email account:
Customers will notice your email address

Imagine you are at a networking event and meet your dream client. You spend the evening talking about your services and what makes you different from the competition. She is... | Read more »

Tuesday June 21

11:00
iOS 9.3.3 beta 3 (13G29) Now Available

iOS 9.3.3 beta 3 (13G29) Now Available

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Technology Showcase

Sep 17
Video showcases iOS app built with Xojo

Xojo Inc., the company formerly known as Real Software, has posted a video of an iOS app that was built with Xojo. Xojo is an object-oriented, cross-platform software development tool that enables developers to create software for OS X, Windows, Linux, the web and mobile.

The video showcases all the native controls and gives an overview of Xojo's support for building iOS apps. Building native iOS apps with Xojo is the same as building a web or desktop app as you do today. You can view the video at http://tinyurl.com/nvexpk7 .

Developers can use the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) of Xojo for free, and will only need to purchase a license once they want to build a distributable version of their application. Licenses are purchased per target platform, including Web, Desktop, Database, Console, and Xojo Pro, which is a bundle license that includes all deployment licenses plus an added...

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Feb 14
A look at SkySafari for iOS, Mac OS X and 2012 DA14

This Friday, Feb. 15, a 180,000-ton asteroid with the thrilling name of "2012 DA14" will fly past the Earth. Don't worry, we're not talking a "Deep Impact" scenario. Which is good, right? And you can follow the asteroid using Apple devices.

The 50-meter space rock will come within 17,200 miles of earth -- that's closer than our orbiting geosynchronous communication satellites. Although we don't have to worry about a collision, the passage of 2012 DA14 is a record close approach to the Earth for an object of this size.

Southern Stars has released update to its SkySafari Plus and Pro apps for iOS, Mac OS X, and Android to let you track 2012 DA14. If you want to track the asteroid you'll want the updated apps. Why? Because the Earth's gravity affects the asteroid's orbit so severely, most desktop planetarium programs -- and all other mobile apps -- will completely fail to predict the asteroid's position correctly, says Southern Stars founder Tim DeBenedictis.

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Jan 05
Fusion Drive now available on entry-level iMacs

Apple's Fusion Drive Apple is available as a build-to-order option for the 21.5-inch, 2.7GHz 21.5-inch iMac model. Previously, it was only offered for the high-end 21.5-inchers and the 27-inch iMac.

Apple says the Fusion Drive gives customers the performance of flash storage and the capacity of a hard drive. It combines 128GB of flash with a standard 1TB or 3TB hard drive to create a single storage volume that intelligently manages files to optimize read and write performance. Apple says the Fusion Drive adapts to the way you use your iMac and automatically moves the files and apps you use most often to flash storage to enable faster performance and quicker access.

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May 02
Satechi Divoom iBase Dock Station available for iOS...

Satechi (http://www.Satechi.net) has released the Divoom iBase Dock Station for the iPod, iPhone or iPad. The US$44.99 device combines a speaker system and docking station.

The Satechi Divoom iBase Dock Station features four full range neodymium dynamic drivers and a 20.6 ounce speaker. Additionally, it has a vertical support to ensure the iOS device is secured in place. The Satechi Divoom iBase Dock Station is also compatible with other MP3 players via the 3.5mm line-in jack.

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Dec 16
Appcelerator offers '4 Steps to creating a mobile...

Appcelerator has published a white paper on "4 Steps to creating a mobile development strategy."

"Companies now have a window of opportunity to think about how mobile can transform their business as radically as the web did," says AppCelerator. "By making mobile a part of their overall digital strategy, companies can transform their relationships with their customers in even greater ways than they did with the web."

The white paper tells you how this can be accomplished. Appcelerator (http://www.appcelerator.com/) is a company that helps web developers create mobile, tablet and desktop applications.

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Sep 19
InterMapper publishes white papers on network...

InterMapper has published four white papers on network monitoring, mapping and alerting and InterMapper. You can find them all at
http://www.intermapper.com/resources/whitepapers.aspx .

The papers look at "Top 8 reasons SMBs need to monitor their networks," "top 8 considerations for selecting SMB network monitoring software," "10 steps to streamline the deployment of network monitoring software for SMBs," and "6 ways to calculate returns from your networking monitoring investment."

InterMapper is Mac OS X compatible network monitoring software. It uses SNMP to monitor the network infrastructure, and has probes for monitoring many kinds of servers, including web, mail, LDAP, FTP, etc. More information and a free 30-day demo are available at the product Web site (...

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Aug 11
Video tour of new Data Rescue Center headquarters...

The Data Rescue Center, a a data recovery company founded in 2009 and a division of Prosoft Engineering, recently opened a new state-of-the-art headquarters in Livermore, California. You can get a video tour of it at http://www.thedatarescuecenter.com/company_background.html .

In June of 2010, the Data Rescue Center and Prosoft Engineering finalized the purchase of a building in Livermore near the Lawrence Livermore National Lab. Work immediately began on the design and construction of the new recovery lab facility.

In late January of 2011, both The Data Rescue Center and Prosoft Engineering moved all operations to this new facility. It boasts a Class 2 UL-Listed Vault and extensive security features.

The ISO 5 / Class 100 Cleanroom exceeds all manufacturers specifications for cleanroom recovery environments, according to...

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Mar 11
Video looks at 'Fixing Flat Color in Final Cut...

Future Media Concepts has posted a video on "Fixing Flat Color in Final Cut Pro." It teaches you how to make your colors "pop" in footage in Final Cut Pro. You can find it at
http://www.fmctraining.com/fmc.asp?w=blip_AYHdkS4C .

Future Media Concepts is a digital media training center representing the leading software manufacturers, including Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Avid, Boris FX, Digidesign, NewTek and Softimage. Headquartered in New York City, FMC now operates 5 additional digital media training facilities located in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Orlando and Chicago.

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Oct 04
Video showcases Zco's services

Zco Corp. (http://www.zco.com) has posted an overview video for their technology showcase. You can view it here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzE89z-jexA .

Zco can help you build custom software, as well as market it. The company developsb oth industrial strength backend applications using .NET, PHP and Java as well as apps for all major mobile platforms, including the iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone 7, WebOS and Symbian.

Zco can also help you promote your products and services using search engine optimization and social media optimization techniques, HD video, stunning graphics, 3D animation and video effects, press releases, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Google, Yahoo and Bing.

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Aug 26
Video looks at digital storytelling features of...

A new online video (http://www.memoryminer.com) shows some of the best ways for using MemoryMiner, a digital storytelling application for Mac OS X. Designed an an complement the iLife suite, the software is all about capturing and exploring your life memories.

MemoryMiner allows anyone to zero in on the stories depicted in their photos by linking them to each other based on people, places and time. While photos are used as the starting point, the goal is always uncovering the backstory.

With MemoryMiner, you can directly record audio or video to capture the backstory of a photo. You can attach documents, web URL's, or other media to add depth and context. Each photo becomes a frame in a storyboard that can be browsed by periods in a person's life, where people overlap, by place, by time, or any combination.

MemoryMiner requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs...

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