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03:47
Preschool University updates Partners in Rhyme for Mac OS X

Preschool University (http://preschoolu.com) has launched Partners in Rhyme 1.4 for Mac OS X. It's an update of the app designed to help build strong phonemic awareness skills and develop foundational reading skills. Four learning games offer different fun ways to practice and learn rhyming for young children.

Partners in Rhyme requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's free and available at the Mac App Store in the Education category.

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03:09
PopChar X for Mac OS now supports version 7.0 of the Unicode...

Ergonis Software has announced PopChar X 6.6, an update to their tool for exploring fonts as well as finding and inserting special characters. The upgrade supports the version 7.0 of the Unicode standard.

With the tool, you pop up the PopChar window, click the desired character, and the character appears in your current document right away. Version 6.5 introduces a new custom insertion technique, which leads to faster character insertion for many applications, and more.

PopChar X 6.5 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or newer. It can be purchased the Ergonis Software website (http://www.ergonis.com/). The upgrade to PopChar 6.5 is free for anyone who owns a valid license for PopChar X 6. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. For new users the cost is approximately US$41.

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Aug 19
Ephnic releases Ephnic Movie Maker for Mac 2.2.0

Ephnic Software has launched a new version (2.2) of its flagship application, Ephnic Movie Maker, for Mac OS X. The app helps users make home movies out of their favorite photos, video clips and music with transitions and theme effects.

The new version comes with a interface and supports 64-bit CPUs. Now users can add two soundtracks and subtitle tracks for their movie and preview the whole project in full-screen mode.

Ephnic Movie Maker is now available on Ephnic's website (http://tinyurl.com/lxhc29d) for US$29.99. A demo is available for download.

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Aug 19
D-Link now shipping 802.11ac unified wireless access point

D-Link has announced the DWL-8610AP (www.dlink.com/dwl-8610ap), a high power, 802.11ac unified wireless access point. Sporting advanced radio management and security features, the DWL-8610AP is designed to allow IT professionals to get the most of their wireless network and maximize their users’ experience.
 
The DWL-8610AP — which has a suggested retail price of US$929 — delivers wireless performance using the latest 802.11ac standards with maximum wireless signal rates of up to 450 Mbps using the 2.4 GHz band, and 1300 Mbps using the 5 GHz band. It supports impressive device densities and offers optimal range and coverage over both bands, according to the folks at D-Link.
 
The DWL-8610AP can be powered using the included AC to DC adapter, or directly through the network cable using Power over Ethernet from any switch or midspan injector that supports IEEE 802.3at. 

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Aug 19
CS Odessa announces new software engineering solutions in...

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new enhancement for ConceptDraw Pro 9: a set of libraries that provides a solution for software engineering diagrams.

The Software Development Area in the ConceptDraw Solution Park includes the Entity-Relationship Diagrams Solution, Data Flow Diagrams Solution, IDEF0 Diagrams Solution, and the improved Rapid UML Solution. These new additions to the ConceptDraw Solution Park are free for current users of ConceptDraw Pro.

The new Solutions in the Software Development Area of the ConceptDraw Solution Park include collections of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils and icons that support software engineering diagrams of any level of complexity.

ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$199 USD. ConceptDraw Pro 9 is also included in ConceptDraw Office 2, which retails for $499.

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Aug 19
Genius announces new Bluetooth stereo headphones

Genius (http://www.geniusnet.com.tw) has announced a "premium" Bluetooth headset, the HS-920BT, available in five stylish colors and sporting 40mm drivers. It's available at the suggested retail price of US$49.99

With a built-in microphone and Bluetooth AVRCP, users can switch from listening to music to taking phone calls with a touch of a button. A built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery allows for

With Bluetooth A2DP and AVRCP, users can access music and take calls whether their phone or tablet is in their hand or across the room. You can control music volume, change tracks, and answer calls by touching the multifunction control pad on the earpiece.

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Aug 19
WD introduces new design, limited anniversary edition of My...

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of its My Passport line of portable external hard drives, WD (www.wdc.com) is introducing a new design for its external hard drive lines.

The My Passport Ultra - Metal Edition drive and My Passport Ultra - Anniversary Edition drive represent a decade of refinement for WD's portable drive line, according to Tony Tate, vice president and general manager of WD's Content Solutions unit. They feature metal exteriors, up to 2TB capacities in smaller enclosures, content protection, including backup, and cloud integration for anywhere access to personal content.

The My Passport Ultra – Metal Edition and Anniversary Edition drives incorporate a unique and innovative radial-spin-design aluminum enclosure, which provides attractive styling and extra protection against the everyday knocks experienced in the hands of today's mobile consumer, says Tate. In addition, the drive offers users...

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Aug 19
Flexera Software's InstallAnywhere 2014 simplifies multi-...

Flexera Software, a provider of next-generation software licensing, compliance and installation solutions for application producers and enterprises, announced today the launch of InstallAnywhere 2014 (http://tinyurl.com/lyfryw9). The new release is designed to simplify deployment of multi-tier applications and adds support for the latest versions of Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and virtual applications. 

InstallAnywhere 2014 can automatically detect and remove previous versions of an application, and correctly upgrading a previous version on an existing customer's computer. In addition, it's the first multi-platform installation solution to provide out-of-the-box support for the latest versions of MySQL and its supporting user dialogs.  This allows developers to install databases and supporting panels to MySQL locally and remotely in a simplified environment. 

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Aug 18
Moshi launches urban inspired bag line

Moshi has released its urban-inspired Venturo and Urbana bags. They're meant to complement the mobile lifestyle and carry your essential accessories.

The Venturo is a single-strap laptop backpack influenced by the style and function of messenger bags. The crossbody design features one strap. Its interior boasts cushioned compartments to secure an up to 15-inch laptop and an iPad or tablet. Additional pockets can organize your cables, accessories and other necessities.

The Venturo collection is crafted with a combination of high-resilience materials and PU leather, with a splash-repellent outer surface. It's available for $119.95 in charcoal black or steel blue and for $149.95 in titanium gray or navy blue with a special coating for enhanced durability and weather-resistance.

Like the Venturo, The Urbana’s ultra-slim profile features an interior large enough to fit up to a 15-inch laptop and iPad or tablet with room to spare. The bag’s proprietary ViscoStrap...

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Aug 18
TYLT introduces USB cable with Lightning, micro-USB connectors

TYLT has introduced the Syncable-Duo a universal cable solution for charging and syncing data to smartphones and tablets. It eliminates the need for multiple cables by incorporating both micro-USB and Apple Lightning connectors into one product.

The Syncable-Duo’s micro-USB connector can be instantly transformed into an Apple MFi certified Lightning cable by plugging it into the Lightning extension that comes tethered to the Syncable-Duo. To charge your device, attach it to the appropriate connector and plug the other end into any USB power source. Once connected, the tangle-free flat cable syncs and transfers data such as music and video to and from any Android or Apple Lightning device.

The Syncable-Duo is now available for purchase in black, blue, red or neon green at the following price points: one foot (US$24.99), 2 feet ($26.99), 1 meter ($29.99). You can purchase your Syncable-Duo at TYLT’s website (www.tylt....

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Aug 18
Power Manager get OS X Yosemite support

DssW (http://tinyurl.com/knfa6hf) has announced Power Manager 4.3 for Mac OS X. This release lets users connect to and remotely manage multiple Macs running Power Manager. Also improved is support for Apple's upcoming Mac OS X Yosemite.

Power Manager is an energy saving solution for Mac OS X 10.7 and higher. It enables users to create energy saving schedules and to automate time-consuming tasks. It can power on a Mac, run a series of tasks, and power off the Mac without requiring any interaction.

Power Manager is available through the DssW web site for approximately US$54. Version 4.3 is a free upgrade for users of Power Manager 4.x. Existing users can update using Power Manager's automatic software update. A demo is available at the DssW web site.

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Aug 15
Fri Afternoon Fun Trivia: Name that Sound
Some Friday afternoon tribal fun. Who can identify the sound enclosed?
To share your answer, or find out the answer we post: Follow @mactech on Twitter Follow +MacTech on Google Plus Like facebook.com/MacTech on Facebook Join MacTech on LinkedIn (Answer: Handheld Mattel/Coleco Electronic Quarterback game.)
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Aug 15
eMedia Music to expand the guitar Lab DVD series with two new...

eMedia Music Corp will release two new titles in the Guitar Lab line of guitar instruction DVDs in September. The Ukulele For Guitar Players and 50 R&B Bass Grooves You Must Know DVDs will be in stores Sept. 19.

Hosted by Marcy Marxer, the Ukulele For Guitar Players DVD steps you through a primer covering everything you need to know about different types of ukuleles, tunings and fingerings -- adapting what you likely already know about guitar to the ukulele. Host Andrew Ford will pass on the fretboard genius of master bass players like Louis Johnson, Rocco Prestia, Verdine White, Kenny Burke, Bobby Watson, Marcus Miller, Duck Dunn, Rusty Allen, James Jamerson, Larry Graham, Leroy Hodges, Anthony Jackson, Rod Temperton, Chuck Rainey and many other giants of groove in 50 R&B Bass Grooves You Must Know.

Ukulele For Guitar Players and 50 R&B Bass Grooves You Must Know will be available at retail stores nationwide and online at an estimated retail price of US$...

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Aug 15
StockXloader ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

BragIt has released version 4.2 of StockXloader (http://stockxloader.com), a native Mac OS X application for fully automated downloading of stock market quotes and indexes to the technical analysis program ProTA or ProTA Gold from BeeSoft, or to MS Excel or Numbers. Or you can drag & drop a text file for import into other applications.

StockXloader collects quotes for almost any stock exchange in the world. Version 4.2 brings compatibility with Mac OS X Yosemite. Also, you can now now move the folder that contains your ticker lists and temporary items to a location of your choice. For example, it could be Dropbox if you want to have all files synchronized between two computers.

StockXloader is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. You can download a 60-day demo version at the product web site. Registration is approximately US$77.

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Aug 14
Sanctum 2 comes to the Mac

Coffee Stain Studios (www.coffeestainstudios.com) says Mac and Linux support is finally available for Sanctum 2. Everyone who already owns Sanctum 2 on the PC will also be able to play it on Mac and Linux. Furthermore, the game will be free to play this weekend and 85% off to purchase.

Here's how the game is described: "Sanctum revolutionized Tower Defense back in 2011 with the FPS take on the genre. The concept proved a success with Sanctum being one of the most sold indies on Steam that year. In 2013 Coffee Stain launched Sanctum 2 which added further depth, more action, four different playable characters, and more customization."

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Aug 14
JMR announces general availability of the BlueStor networked...

JMR Electronics (www.jmr.com) has announced the general availability of the Dual RAID BlueStor Networked Storage server.

Targeted to the small-to-medium enterprises (SMB) IT and rich mixed media markets that have need for Ethernet or Fibre based, high-load applications (shared storage) requiring high sustained throughput, it's a storage appliance for file serving, load-balancing and fault-tolerant email/web server/streaming media, digital A/V (Audio/Video) workflow storage, HA cluster and back up storage applications. The BlueStore is available in 16, 32, and 48TB data capacities and can scale beyond 1 PB with a single head unit. 

The BlueStor Networked Storage Server is available in three configurations. A basic 16TB NAS dual RAID system starts at US$16,999.

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Aug 13
Mac Backup Guru 2.0 adds Snapshot mode

MacDaddy has announced Mac Backup Guru 2.0 for Mac OS X (10.7 and higher), an update of the utility designed to back up files and disks. It adds a Snapshot mode that users system hard links to save space.

With a single Start button, the user can sync the contents of any Source with its backup destination with Mac Backup Guru. Disk backups of startup drives are bootable with the app.

Mac Backup Guru costs US$29 and is available directly from the publisher's website (http://macdaddy.io).

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Aug 13
JMR adds to ProBracket line-up for the Mac Pro

JMR Electronics has announced three new additions to their ProBracket family of mounting hardware for the Apple Mac Pro. The American made mounting brackets allow the pro desktop to be installed under a desk, aside a desk pedestal, to a wall, in a mobile enclosure or into a rack cabinet.

The family of mounts allow for mounting of the Mac Pro with its I-O ports readily available or hidden. Each mount includes cable management and secure integrated straps that hold the computer(s) in place, with rubber gasketed surfaces that protect them from vibration and scratches. Each ProBracket is finished in high gloss black baked-on powder coating over 18 gauge galvanized steel.

The product family uses interchangeable components. The rack mount products allow for sliding the computer(s) in and out of the cabinet, and the removable holding brackets may also be used for wall/pedestal mounting. For details on all the ProBracket family go to...

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Aug 20
U.S. video entertainment spending to hit $123 billion...

The overall US video entertainment market (subscription Pay-TV, box office, packaged home video, Pay-TV VoD and paid-for online video) continues to grow in low single digits, reaching $120 billion in 2013 — a 2% increase on 2012 — and is on track to peak at $123 billion in 2015, according to the latest industry report from Futuresource Consulting (www.futuresource-consulting.com).

"At $120 billion, this approximates to an average of $1,000 being spent on video entertainment by every US household," says David Sidebottom, senior market analyst, Futuresource Consulting. "This is by far the highest in the world, and significantly higher than any European country."

The US video market commands a unique position on the world stage, driven by an extensive choice of viewing options and a strong culture of new technology adoption: digital video spend in the US is larger than the rest...

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Aug 19
IDC: Worldwide IT market showing tentative signs of...

According to new data from the IDC research group (www.idc.com), recent volatility will gradually give way to a more positive outlook for IT spending in the second half of 2014.

With the U.S. and other mature economies mostly heading in the right direction and a significant commercial PC refresh cycle already underway, improvements in business confidence are set to drive a moderate infrastructure upgrade cycle over the next 12-18 months, while investments in software and services will continue to accelerate, says the research group.

Worldwide IT spending is now forecast to increase by 4.5% in 2014 at constant currency, or 4.1% in U.S. dollars. A significant proportion of this growth is still being driven by smartphones – IT spending excluding mobile phones will increase by just 3.1% this year in constant currency (2.8% in U.S. dollars).

Aside from smartphones, the strongest growth will come from software,...

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Aug 18
Data center end user take-up has doubled year-on-year

New research just released by GVA Connect (gatewaydatacentre.co.uk), the data center specialist division of property adviser GVA, showed that the take-up of data center space by end users such as corporate occupiers, government agencies and IT Integrators more than doubled in the first half of 2014 compared to this time last year.
 
"With continued acquisition by data center operators through 2013 and a sharp increase of end user take up in Q1/2014, our research shows the continued growth in take up of both co-location and wholesale data centre space by end users which is rewarding those commitments by operators to expand existing sites as well as developing new sites," says GVA Connect director Charles Carden.
 
Total take up (including operators and end users) in H1/2014 increased by 14% compared to the same period in 2013. Within that, the volume of end user transactions more than doubled from a total of 13MW in H1/2013 to 30MW in H1/2014.

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Aug 15
Mobile media revenue to approach $380 billion by 2018

The Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) predicts spending on consumer mobile media services consumed via the handset (which excludes tablet spend) including handset browsing, mobile applications, mobile games, mobile music, mobile video, mobile TV, ringtones, wallpapers and alerts will rise from just above US$236 billion in 2013 to approach $380 billion by 2018.

Mobile operators will remain the main beneficiaries with spending on mobile data accounting for over $254 Billion, or 67.3 percent, of total mobile media revenue by 2018. Strong mobile advertising revenue growth will eclipse consumer spend on premium content, rising at just below 20% CAGR (compound annual growth rate) over the next five years.

In advanced mobile media regions, like North America and Western Europe, demand for web browsing, games, apps and social media services will continue to drive mobile data...

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Aug 14
Will TV providers get beaten to the punch by Smart TVs...

Smart applications and more interaction with the TV, both with different devices and for better navigation without a cumbersome TV remote, are priorities for consumers’ next TV purchase in the UK and US.

A recent study from the Digital Home Observatory (DHO) at Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) surveying consumers in the UK and USA, found that functionalities such as being able to mirror a smartphone’s display, or providing a simplified human-machine interface (HMI), for example through voice or gesture control, were highly appealing features. However, such capabilities come at a cost. Rather than snapping up a more expensive smart TV, consumers are now looking to less costly media solutions such as Google Chromecastor and Roku, to provide such features.
 
"As traditional TV continues to be threatened by over-the-top subscription based video-on-demand (OTT SVOD), TV...

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Aug 13
Study: consumers want innovation, customization in...

Mobile phone users are ready for new options in data pricing and on-device solutions that provide them with more ability to control and personalize their mobile service, according to Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com).

The survey reveals 60% of mobile phone owners want to be able to customize their plans, and 50% are interested in the ability to directly purchase more data in real-time from their device. Strategy Analytics surveyed over 500 mobile phone users in each of six mobile markets (China, France, Germany, Spain, the UK and the U.S.). Key findings include:

°  60% of mobile phone users are interested in customization of their service plan, with particularly high interest in China (74%) the US (67%) and the UK (58%).

° 50% express interest in a real-time, on-device option to monitor data use and purchase more data.

° In China, interest in plan option for...

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Aug 12
Report: Iliad's T-Mobile bid risks US wireless...

Iliad’s surprise bid for T-Mobile would leave Sprint the least able to compete if wireless prices tumble, according to the "Strategy Analytics Wireless Operator Strategies (WOS)" service report (http://bit.ly/1kqfg6V).

While Strategy Analytics believes the bid will ultimately fail, it represents a wake-up call for all the carriers in the increasingly saturated market. Key findings from the report:

° Iliad’s Free has had a dramatic impact on the French market, driving a 29% decline in service revenue and 19% decline in EBITDA since its launch.

° Iliad’s founder, Xavier Niel, is also an investor in Israel’s Golan Telecom, who’s aggressive mobile launch two years’ ago has had an equally dramatic impact on the market.

° Despite good logic to a bid by an operator keen to play outside the contracting European market, Iliad is unlikely to have an appetite for a bidding war with Softbank.

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Aug 11
Consumers find cloud DVR technology appealing

Over 45% of U.S. pay-TV subscribers find cloud DVR technology very appealing, according to new research from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) notes that consumers show particular interest in unlimited storage space and two-week catch-up services for video.

With the Supreme Court omitting cloud DVR in its 2014 Aereo ruling, pay-TV providers can experiment with these cloud services as strategies to build subscriber loyalty and increase revenues.

"The Aereo case left licensing for cloud DVR rights largely unaffected, allowing pay-TV providers to move forward with cloud DVR development and implementation," says Glenn Hower, research analyst, Parks Associates. "For example, Comcast recently launched in Atlanta its X1 DVR service, which allows, among other capabilities, subscribers to access DVR recordings on their mobile devices. As content owners and providers experiment with cloud...

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Aug 08
Smart cities to rise fourfold from 2013 to 2025

The number of smart cities worldwide will quadruple within a 12-year period that started last year, proliferating as local governments work with the private sector to cope with a multitude of challenges confronting urban centers, according to a new report from IHS Technology (http://www.ihs.com). 

There will be at least 88 smart cities all over the world by 2025, up from 21 in 2013, based on the IHS definition of a smart city, according to the research group. While the combined Europe-Middle East-Africa (EMEA) region represented the largest number of smart cities last year, Asia-Pacific will take over the lead in 2025. In all, Asia-Pacific will account for 32 smart cities of the total in nine years’ time, Europe will have 31, and the Americas will contribute 25.

"Smart cities encompass a broad range of different aspects, but IHS has narrowed the definition of the term to describe cities that have deployed—or...

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Aug 07
Graphic Node launches new Set for iWork Plus

Graphic Node (http://www.graphicnode.com) has introduced Set for iWork Plus 1.0, a new collection of iWork templates designed to help OS X users make the best of Apple's iWork productivity applications.

The new pack for Apple's Pages, Keynote, and Numbers contains over 3,000 templates and images, including Graphic Node's first set of 50 scrapbook templates. All templates are editable and available in the US and international paper sizes. The designs range from traditional and formal to friendly and unconventional.

Set for iWork Plus requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later, Pages '09 or later, Keynote  '09 or later, and Numbers '09 or later. For a limited time, it's available for US$39.99 at the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

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Reviews and Kool Tools

Bracketron’s new Xventure Golf (http://tinyurl.com/md49d58) gear aims to complement your favorite golf tech and swing analyzers to enhance your game. These new products, including the Click-iT remote, 360Vu for... Read more »
Softpress' Freeway 7 Pro now features responsive design for creating websites that automatically adapt to display for any device. This allows web designers to easily create sites that will adapt as needed to display for... Read more »
The Philips 28-Inch 4K Ultra HD Display (http://tinyurl.com/mrlra6p) delivers four times as much detail as 1080p Full HD. The monitor normally costs US$799, but was available at Amazon.com for a special price of $599... Read more »
If you need to convert from one graphics format to another, you need GraphicConventer from Lemke Software. It's recently been revved to version 9.3, and now supports image conversion from over 200 graphic file formats... Read more »

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Wednesday August 20

04:30
Timeful Helps You Make Time for the Things You Want...

Timeful for iOS is an innovative app for managing your time, tasks lists, and habits in one place. Where most apps tackle one of the three or provide a task list feature within a calendar app, Timeful actively works to integrate the three in a way...

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04:30
Brazilian judge orders deletion of Secret app from...

A Brazilian judge has ordered Apple, Google, and Microsoft to remove Secret, an app used for anonymously sharing information with others, from citizen's phones. The unusual ruling requires both Apple and Google to delist Secret from the App Store and Google Play, with Microsoft ordered to do the same for the Windows Phone-equivalent Cryptic, as well as deleting it remotely from mobile devices in the country....

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04:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Rockin' docks

Rockin' docksThis week's roundup of new gear for your iOS devices includes several docks for charging and syncing -- and maybe even for putting it at the center of your home-entertainment system.AlgoriddimThe $100 DJ Connect lets you pre-cue music on any iOS device or any Mac running OS X 10.6 or higher. It comes with a Lightning-connector cable, a 30-pin dock-connector cable, and a USB cable for cueing with the Djay app on your Mac.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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03:15
Claimed schematic again raises suggestion iPhone 6...

A claimed schematic of the 4.7-inch model of the iPhone 6 appears to support suggestions that the camera lens will protrude, though only by 0.77mm. Posted by Apple Club in Taiwan, it appears to show a 7mm thick casing with the thickest part of the camera extending 0.77mm beyond this.
Suggestions that the quest for thinness might result in an iPod Touch-style protruding camera lens on the iPhone 6 date back to March, and have been supported by claimed backplate photos as recently as this month. There have, though, been conflicting reports, with one suggestion that Apple would be able to...

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Tuesday August 19

23:01
Review: Life n Soul 8 Driver Bluetooth headphones

When it comes to music on the go, consumers generally have some options to consider when looking for the best experience. While Bluetooth speakers are good in a large number of situations, in some place they just aren't practical. This leaves consumers to look away from speakers and toward their counterparts for sonic deliver, Bluetooth headphones. But not all headphones are created equal, especially when the boutique market for headphones is examined. One company, Life n Soul, hopes to grab attention with its 8 Driver Bluetooth headphones. Do the headphones warrant some attention, or are they......

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22:00
Reviews: Life n Soul 8 Driver Bluetooth headphones

When it comes to music on the go, consumers generally have some options to consider when looking for the best experience. While Bluetooth speakers are good in a large number of situations, in some place they just aren't practical. This leaves consumers to look away from speakers and toward their counterparts for sonic deliver, Bluetooth headphones. But not all headphones are created equal, especi ......

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21:48
Steve Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to concentrate...

Nearly six months after Steve Ballmer handed over the reins at Microsoft, the former CEO on Tuesday announced he is also resigning from the company's board, citing outside responsibilities like a new role as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

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21:05
Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac launches with OS X 10....

Parallels on Wednesday announced the release of Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac with built-in support for Apple's upcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite, faster Windows app performance, better battery life and immediate availability for existing users.

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20:33
Briefly: Winter Solider shows up early, Yosemite...

On Tuesday, Apple further improved its Maps application by adding Flyover and other map data for Wellington, New Zealand and -- ahead of its debut as the namesake for the next OS X upgrade -- Yosemite National Park in California. The company also added new photos of Yosemite's Half Dome mountain as wallpapers in the current developer beta, DP6, which was released on Monday. The addition of Wellington marks the third New Zealand city added to Flyover, joining the capitol Auckland and the city of Christchurch....

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20:00
Parallels Desktop 10 announced with support for...


Parallels Desktop has been with the Mac almost as long as it has run on Intel hardware.
Today, the company announced the 10th major release of its industry-leading virtualization software for Macintosh and mobile. It has more of what makes Parallels so special: Performance, integration and features.
Parallels has an important place in Apple history because it allowed many people who needed a few Windows applications over the last decade to buy and enjoy the Mac OS. In effect, it helped deal with Microsoft’s monopoly on software in the desktop era.
For many people that continues today. Microsoft still makes its Office suite a little bit handicapped on the Mac. Gamers know that to get a wider variety of games you need to run Windows. Developers need different environments, browsers and...

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Wednesday August 20

02:08
Alleged Schematic Shows Protruding Camera Ring on 4.7-Inch...

Throughout the past few months, a number of design drawings, physical mockups, and component leaks have hinted at a protruding camera ring camera on the iPhone 6. Initial rumors indicated that the physical feature would be exclusive to the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6, however recent photos of the 4.7-inch version's rear shell may indicate that it will also include a protruding camera ring. Now, an alleged schematic shared by Apple.club.tw (...

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Tuesday August 19

22:50
Apple Reportedly Building 'World's Largest'...

Last week, Apple posted retail job listings for a future retail store to be located in the United Arab Emirates, hinting that the company will soon open its first store in the Middle East. Now, Middle East website EDGARDaily.com reports that the store will be located at Dubai's Mall of the Emirates, and will be Apple's biggest retail location to date. Dubai's Mall of the Emirates Our undisclosed source said that the store – which will be the biggest Apple has ever built – was originally planned to replace the current cinema complex. The timing of the recent job adverts suggest the store could have a planned opening for the first quarter of 2015. Dubai's Mall of the Emirates originally opened in September 2005 and boasts...

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20:56
Parallels Desktop 10 with OS X Yosemite and iCloud Drive S...

Parallels today announced the launch of Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac, the latest version of the company's software for running alternate operating systems like Windows in virtual environments on the Mac. The new version is available today as an upgrade for existing customers, and it will launch on August 26 for new customers. Parallels Desktop 10 offers a bevy of new features and enhancements, including OS X Yosemite support, iCloud Drive and iPhoto Library support and battery life and performance speed optimizations. The main new features of Desktop 10 include: - Mac OS X Yosemite integration, iPhone calling integration, iCloud Drive and iPhoto Library support - Now with one click users can select from a number of choices to optimize their virtual machine based on what their primary...

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11:39
4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Screen Put Under Microscope as New 1472...

Amid rumors of both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions of the iPhone 6, speculation about what resolutions Apple will use for the new devices has generated a number of different theories. The most concrete suggestion so far has been a 1704 x 960 resolution that could see the current "2x" Retina display move to an even sharper "3x" display. A new photo from Russian luxury modified iPhone vendor Feld & Volk [Instagram page] now shows the display of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 under a microscope, with the firm telling MacRumors the panel does indeed carry a resolution of 1704 x 960. The photograph posted by Feld & Volk does not, however, necessarily appear to agree with that claim, as it seems to show roughly 13 pixels per mm in the horizontal and vertical directions, while a 4.7-inch display at 1704 x 960 should be closer to...

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11:37
New iPhone 6 Images Depict Rear Shell and Front Panel Toge...

With the iPhone 6 launch less than a month away, we've been seeing new images of leaked parts on a near daily basis. Multiple images of both the front panel and the rear shell of the 4.7-inch device have surfaced, but for the first time, the two parts have been photographed together, giving us our clearest look yet at Apple's upcoming iPhone 6. Shared by luxury iPhone vendor Feld & Volk [Instagram page] high quality images of the two parts show the glossy front panel's slightly tapered edges melding seamlessly into the rounded edges of the rear shell for a sleek, continuous curve. Top view of 4.7-inch iPhone 6 A side view of the two pieces together also gives us a good idea of just how thin Apple's newest iPhone will be. Assembled, the iPhone 6 is expected to be significantly thinner than the 7.6mm thick iPhone 5s, coming in at approximately 7mm. Side view of 4.7-inch iPhone...

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10:13
Apple's iWatch May Not Launch Until 2015

Apple may be planning to delay the launch of its iWatch until 2015, according to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Echoing several past reports that have also alluded to a 2015 launch date, Kuo suggests that difficulty manufacturing the device will lead to its postponement.We reiterate our view that iWatch, as compared to existing products, and as Apple's (US) first attempt at a wearable device, represents a much higher level of difficulty for the company as regards component and system design, manufacturing and integration between hardware and software. While we are positive on iWatch and believe that the advantages of the design and business model behind it are difficult to copy, we think, given the aforementioned challenges, that the launch could be postponed to 2015.In a July report, Kuo predicted mass production on the iWatch would begin in November, with a launch coming in 2015...

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07:57
Apple's Share Price Hits $100 for the First Time Sinc...

Apple today saw its stock hit the $100 mark for the first time since its seven-for-one split that took place in early June. Following the split, Apple was trading at roughly $92 a share, but since that time the stock has trended upward until hitting the $100 mark today. The company is also very close to an all-time high stock price, accounting for the stock split. Apple's all-time intraday high was set on September 21, 2012 at $100.72 ($705.07 on a pre-split basis), and the all-time high closing price was set just a few days earlier on September 19 at $100.30 ($702.10 pre-split). Even as Apple sits at almost record high share prices, the company is not ready to set a new high for overall market capitalization, which is calculated as the share price multiplied by the number of shares available. That is due to Apple's aggressive stock buyback program that has seen the company reduce its share count by...

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06:15
Apple was Granted 48 Patents Today Covering Percussion Ges...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 48 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's patent wins for percussion gestures for GarageBand and Surround Sound for the MacBook Pro. Additionally, we cover three of Apple's latest design patents ...

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06:12
Apple Seeds iOS 8 Beta 6 to Carrier Testing Partners, but...

While Apple released a sixth developer preview of OS X Yosemite yesterday, a corresponding sixth beta of iOS 8 was not provided to developers at the same time. As a result, the company's iOS beta 5 released earlier this month may turn out to be the final build seeded to developers before the golden master release. Though developers may not see another beta version, a new report from BGR claims Apple has released a sixth iOS 8 beta to its testing partners. The release would explain conflicting rumors as to whether there would be a sixth beta version if this version is made available only to carriers and other partners for testing rather than the...

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04:16
Apple Granted a Patent for a Curved Touch Display that Cou...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 48 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's patent for making a curved touched display. The most likely use for such a display could be in the form of Apple's future fitness-band (wrist computer or iWatch). Apple Granted Patent Covers a Method...

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Tuesday August 19

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Courses to study for the ACMT 9L0-011 exam

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Courses to study for the ACMT 9L0-065 exam

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Motion version 5.1.2: Release notes

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07:00
Delivering improved handwriting capabilities, incl...

Just in time for back to school, we are releasing OneNote for Android tablets with handwriting capabilities, along with several OneNote handwriting improvements for Windows 8 and partner devices.
Even in the digital age, some folks still find handwriting more natural than typing. Beyond the benefits of comfort, The New York Times recently reported on research that suggests students are better able to generate ideas and retain information when they write versus type.
We’ve made improvements for handwriting in OneNote that reflect our vision for how people can take advantage of software and the cloud, without compromising the comfort and benefits of pen and paper.
Here’s what’s new:

07:00
OneNote updates Windows Store app to support print...

Today the team is proud to announce updates to the OneNote Windows Store app, including printing, file insertion, and highlighting. These updates significantly improve the OneNote experience for students and help ease the transition to the upcoming school year.
Print your notes
We’ve heard from many customers—students in particular—that they need to print their notes from time to time. In fact, printing is the single biggest feature request. With this update, it’s a breeze to print your notes, and OneNote supports all of the features you’d expect including beautiful full color page previews, portrait and landscape orientations, multiple copies, duplex printing, and more.
To print your pages, swipe from the right to display the Devices charm, then select Devices and then Print.
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06:59
OneNote for Android: now with handwriting support,...

Today’s post was written by Ayush Rastogi, on behalf of the entire OneNote team. 
We have been hard at work on an update for OneNote for Android, which enables you to take handwritten inked notes, have a tablet optimized experience, and personalize and format your notes.  We are sure you will love it.
If you’re going back to school or know someone who is, check out this updated version of OneNote—the finest note taking application to help you organize your daily work, take class notes, finish homework, research and more.
With this update of OneNote for Android you won’t be able to put down your pen.
Handwriting support
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Xcode 6 beta 6 Now Available

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Tuesday August 19

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Courses to study for the ACMT 9L0-011 exam

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Courses to study for the ACMT 9L0-065 exam

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Motion version 5.1.2: Release notes

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07:00
Delivering improved handwriting capabilities, incl...

Just in time for back to school, we are releasing OneNote for Android tablets with handwriting capabilities, along with several OneNote handwriting improvements for Windows 8 and partner devices.
Even in the digital age, some folks still find handwriting more natural than typing. Beyond the benefits of comfort, The New York Times recently reported on research that suggests students are better able to generate ideas and retain information when they write versus type.
We’ve made improvements for handwriting in OneNote that reflect our vision for how people can take advantage of software and the cloud, without compromising the comfort and benefits of pen and paper.
Here’s what’s new:

07:00
OneNote updates Windows Store app to support print...

Today the team is proud to announce updates to the OneNote Windows Store app, including printing, file insertion, and highlighting. These updates significantly improve the OneNote experience for students and help ease the transition to the upcoming school year.
Print your notes
We’ve heard from many customers—students in particular—that they need to print their notes from time to time. In fact, printing is the single biggest feature request. With this update, it’s a breeze to print your notes, and OneNote supports all of the features you’d expect including beautiful full color page previews, portrait and landscape orientations, multiple copies, duplex printing, and more.
To print your pages, swipe from the right to display the Devices charm, then select Devices and then Print.
... | Read more »

06:59
OneNote for Android: now with handwriting support,...

Today’s post was written by Ayush Rastogi, on behalf of the entire OneNote team. 
We have been hard at work on an update for OneNote for Android, which enables you to take handwritten inked notes, have a tablet optimized experience, and personalize and format your notes.  We are sure you will love it.
If you’re going back to school or know someone who is, check out this updated version of OneNote—the finest note taking application to help you organize your daily work, take class notes, finish homework, research and more.
With this update of OneNote for Android you won’t be able to put down your pen.
Handwriting support
Handwriting support has been the biggest feature request and we have listened to your feedback!  If you have an Android... | Read more »

Monday August 18

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Xcode 6 beta 6 Now Available

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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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