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Apr 20
iBarcoder upgrade for Mac OS X features added codes, other...

Cristallight Software has launched iBarcoder 3.7.4, an update to their barcode generator for Mac OS X (10.7 and higher).

With the app, users can create any number of customized, colorful barcode labels in their own style, in any size, or shape. The app can create Datamatrix and QR Codes. Version 3.7.4 features added codes and other enhancements.

iBarcoder 3.7.4 costs US$49.95 and is available directly from the Cristallight website (www.cristallight.com) or through the Mac App Store in the Business category. Full versions include a lifetime license with complimentary upgrades and tech support. A demo is available from Cristallight Software

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Apr 20
Boot Runner 2 for Mac OS X adds more customization support

Twocanoes Software (www.twocanoes.com) has trotted out Boot Runner 2, an update to the OS startup manager for Macs.

It provides complete start up control and management of dual-boot Macs. Boot Runner 2 adds support for native and virtual operating systems in any combination of OS X, Windows, Chrome OS, Linux and more. Version 2.0 includes new and improved customization features to make it easier for users to find and start the OS environment that they need.

Boot Runner 2 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and a Boot Camp partition, virtual machine operating system with a supported OS installed, such as Windows 7, Windows 8, Chrome OS, and Linux

Version 2 is free to customers who purchased Boot Runner after Jan. 1, 2015, or with active Support and Maintenance agreements. Volume and educational pricing is available for any number of Macs. Boot Runner 2 lab and site licenses now include free the first...

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Apr 20
AKVIS NatureArt gets new Transform tool, more

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released AKVIS NatureArt 7.0, an update of its collection of nature effects for images. The software can be used as a standalone application and/or Photoshop plugin, on Mac OS X and Windows.

Version 7.0 adds a Transform tool that allows the transforming of selections and direction lines. It improves the Sun effect with a new algorithm. The upgrade also adds: the Reverse Colors option to the Rainbow effect; the Line Sets (ready-to-use lightning layouts) to the Lightning effect; the ability to import/export user presets; and a History States parameter to the program's Preferences.

A demo of AKVIS NatureArt 7.0 is available for download. Registration for the Home license costs US$72.

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Apr 17
Maintain releases Cocktail 8.3 (Yosemite Edition)

Maintain has served Cocktail 8.3 (Yosemite Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Yosemite.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Version 8.3 adds the ability to clear clear Dictation & Speech, Help, Spotlight and VoiceOver caches. It also resolves some minor compatibility issues with OS X Yosemite 10.10.3.

Cocktail 8.3 (Yosemite Edition) requires OS X Yosemite 10.10 to run. Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from Maintain website.

Cocktail 8.3 (Yosemite Edition) costs US$19 for a single user license. It's available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail).

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Apr 17
Strata announces Design 3D CX 8.0 for Mac

Strata has announced the latest version of its Strata Design 3D CX app (http://tinyurl.com/lw7t9ln) for creative professionals. Version 8.0 introduces features designed to enhance the design workflow; also, it leverages some of the latest technology in Mac OS X to provide access to more memory and faster rendering.
 
Some of the new features in Strata Design 3D CX 8 include: 64-bit rendering enhancements. LiveRay, Strata’s interactive photo-real renderer, that let’s users quickly interact with their models to perfect their textures and lighting. Publish 3D makes it easy to output to Augment (leading virtual reality application), Sketchfab (online interactive 3D visualization) and i.materialise (3D printing platform).

Soft shadows are now available from all light sources, including global lights. New anti-alias filters and HDRI image adjustments provide more control over final renders....

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Apr 16
Apple posts supplemental update to Mac OS X 10.10.3

Apple has posted a supplemental update to the recently-released Mac OS X 10.10.3. It addresses a video driver glitch that caused some Mac users to experience startup trouble.

In Apple's words, "OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental Update 10.10.3" "fixes a video driver issue that may prevent your Mac from starting up when running certain apps that capture video." It's available for all OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 users at the Mac App Store.

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Apr 16
iConnectivity releases iConnectAUDIO4+

iConnectivity (www.iConnectivity.com) has released iConnectAUDIO4+, their next-generation audio and MIDI interface for Mac OS X, Windows, and iOS systems. It has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$349.99.

iConnectAUDIO4+ is a multi-host audio and MIDI interface. Its Multi-Host technology supports multiple audio and MIDI peripherals, and also multiple computing devices simultaneously. It can handle any combination of up to two Macs, PCs, and iOS devices as well as up to nine connected MIDI peripherals.

You can control a virtual instrument (or any music program) on one computer device from another one. Audio and MIDI flow back and forth without extra cables, and with no audio degradation. All the computer devices act like a single integrated machine.

Many peripherals use USB for MIDI I/O, but an iOS device can only access one of them with its single port. The iConnnectAUDIO4+ Host...

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Apr 16
Conservation Fund partners with Apple to protect U.S. working...

The Conservation Fund (http://www.conservationfund.org/) is partnering with Apple to help protect working forests in the United States. The Apple initiative will conserve more than 36,000 acres of working forestland in Maine and North Carolina, ensuring these forests stay forests and any timber on the land is harvested sustainably.

"Apple is clearly leading by example—one that we hope others will follow," says Larry Selzer, president and CEO of The Conservation Fund. "By all accounts, the loss of America’s working forests is one of our nation’s greatest environmental challenges. The initiative announced today is precedent-setting.”"

The forests that Apple and The Conservation Fund are protecting are larger than the land area of the city of San Francisco. Through its commitment, Apple can ensure a steady supply of sustainably harvested timber to paper and pulp mills.

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Apr 16
Apple, SunPower to build two solar power projects in China

SunPower Corp. (www.sunpower.com), a company that makes solar panels, says it plans to partner with Apple to build two solar power projects totaling 40 megawatts (MW) in ABA Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefectures, Sichuan Province of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC).

When complete, the two projects will be co-owned by Sichuan Shengtian New Energy Development Co., SunPower's project development joint venture, and Apple. The projects include Hongyuan Huanju Ecological Energy Co., Ltd., (Hongyuan) located in Hongyuan County and Ruoergai Huanju Ecological Energy Co., Ltd., (Zioge) located in Ruoergai County. Both are in the ABA Prefecture and will be 20 MW each.

The projects are currently being constructed, and the Hongyuan project already has 2 MW connected to the grid utilizing SunPower's LCPV tracker. The technology combines single-axis tracking technology with rows of parabolic mirrors, reflecting...

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Apr 16
Prosoft Engineering announces CleanExit for the Mac

Prosoft Engineering has released CleanExit, a secure hard drive wiping software for Mac OS X and Windows that erases your computer hard drive "so your files are completely and permanently unrecoverable, protecting you from identity theft," says CEO Greg Brewer.
 
"Let’s face it, your computer holds everything that’s important to you. Your financial information and passwords, personal files, family pictures and other files that you don’t ever want to have end up in the wrong hands. It’s important you completely wipe all of those files from your computer or hard drive before you sell, donate or recycle it.," he says. "As the developer of the top-selling Data Rescue recovery software, we know exactly what it takes to securely delete your files so no one can ever steal them from your old hard drive or computer."

CleanExit deletes all files from any type of hard drive, flash-based drive or camera media card. The utility writes over all sectors of your hard drive. It...

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Apr 15
Space Hulk: Ascension for Mac available on Stream

Full Control says the third expansion for Space Hulk: Ascension is live for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux on Steam. The Dark Angels Expansion "Bringer of Sorrow" unlocks the Deathwing of the Dark Angels Chapter and includes a further 20 story missions, and 20 flash missions for players to conquer.
 
Here's how it's described: "Plasma Cannons shoot out huge fireballs of glowing plasma that splash across large areas, causing insane amounts of damage. They can be overcharged for additional splash damage. The Apothecary is a support class that complements players command slot in their squad, and bolsters the resolve of nearby Terminators and supports defensive play styles.
 
"Based on the best-selling board game set within the Warhammer 40,000 universe, Space Hulk: Ascension, is a 3D digital turn based strategy game, that features reworked mechanics and a host of new features, including RPG progression mechanics, new Genestealer variations, new rules, and mission...

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Apr 15
Universal Audio announces next-gen Thunderbolt 2 interfaces

Universal Audio (www.uaudio.com) has introduced a new line of Apollo audio interfaces for Mac Thunderbolt users.

They sport A/D and D/A conversion, new monitoring functions, Thunderbolt cascading of up to four interfaces, and realtime UAD processing, all housed within a sleek, black aluminum package. Now shipping, the Apollo 8 (US$1,999 with UAD-2 Duo processing; $2,499 with UAD-2 Quad Processing) features four Unison-enabled mic preamps and Hi-Z inputs for tracking through classic preamp emulations from Neve, API, and Universal Audio. Also included are new front panel monitoring functions such as Alt Speakers, Dim, and Mono.

Shipping in the second quarter, the Apollo 8p ($2,999 with UAD-2 Quad processing) features eight Unison-enabled mic preamps and Hi-Z inputs, allowing recordists to track larger projects through classic preamp emulations from Neve, API, and Universal Audio. Apollo 8p also includes new...

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Apr 15
PaintCode 2.3 adds over 15 new features, including SVG export

PixelCut has launched PaintCode 2.3 (www.paintcodeapp.com), an update of its painting app for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds over 15 new features.

PaintCode 2.3 adds support for exporting SVG documents, introduces a completely rebuilt image export module, improves compatibility with other drawing apps and adds support for importing PDF, AI and EPS documents. For "power users," it boasts a brand new multi-threaded renderer that significantly improves performance in many scenarios.

PaintCode 2.3 is available immediately as a free update. For new users the cost is US$99.99. PaintCode is available at the product website and the Mac App Store.

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Apr 15
DVDBurner for Mac OS X redesigned for speed and ease of use

Cisdem (www.cisdem.com) has released DVDBurner 3.0, an update of the $39.99 DVD authoring software that provides a way to enhance, share and burn videos to DVD with drag and drop simplicity.

Cisdem DVDBurner allows users to burn various videos including MP4, AVI, VOB, FLV, M2TS, MTS, SWF, MKV, MPG, MPEG, TS, MOV, QT, RMVB, etc. to high quality DVD Disc, DVD Folder, or DVD ISO file with fast speed. Users can easily select a DVD menu from dozens of DVD menu templates and personalize the output DVD with audio tracks and subtitles.

Version 3.0 has been completely redesigned for speed and ease of use, according to the folks at Cisdem.

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Apr 15
Power Manager for Mac OS X gets new triggers, conditions, actions

DssW has announced Power Manager 4.4 for Mac OS X. This release adds new triggers, conditions, and actions.

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 (https://www.dssw.co.uk/powermanager/) for US$49.95. Version 4.4 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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Apr 14
MacTech Benchmarks: Outlook, Email Account Types, Server Impact

Last month Microsoft announced the Office 2016 Mac Preview. Naturally, it includes new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook 2016.

The new Outlook sports a complete overhaul of the innards of the free email service built to keep you connected across your devices with organizational tools and a suite of Microsoft apps and services. So how much faster is Outlook 2016 when compared to Outlook 2011?”

To answer that question, MacTech put Outlook 2016 (version 15.8) through its paces on Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 on a variety of Macs — including iMacs and MacBook Pros — to see how things perform on a variety of system set-ups. MacTech conducted about 3,000 tests.

The test bench included configurations of Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.2, with Office for Mac 2011, and Outlook 2016 for Mac version 15.8 installed, each with the most up-to-date patches. All installations were completely clean installations of both OS X and Microsoft Office.

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Apr 14
HoudahGeo adds support for the new Mac OS X Photos app

Houdah Software (www.houdah.com) has introduced HoudahGeo 4.1, an upgrade to its one-stop photo geocoding solution for Mac OS X (10.8 and higher).

The app "pins" photos to locations where they were taken. Just like a GPS-enabled camera, HoudahGeo embeds latitude, longitude and altitude information within the image file. The app can load images from iPhoto, Aperture and Lightroom libraries. HoudahGeo 4.1 can now also use photos from the new Apple Photos media library.

A full-featured trial version is available. Licenses can can be purchased from the Houdah Software store. HoudahGeo 4.1 is priced at US$29 for a single-user license and $44 for a family license.

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Apr 14
OWC Envoy Pro mini is now available

OWC World Computing (www.macsales.com) has announced the Envoy Pro mini, an aluminum, pocket-sized thumb drive with the capability of a full-sized desktop-class SSD.
It's available now in 120GB and 240GB capacities for US$119 and $199, respectively. A 480GB is in the works and will cost $599.

The Envoy Pro mini achieves sustained transfer speeds up to 433MB/second, making it the perfect portable storage solution for demanding creative production workflows, says Larry O'Connor, founder and CEO of OWC World Computing. For comparison, FireWire 800 transfers at approximately 84MB/second and USB 2.0 at 37MB/second. For more information go to http://tinyurl.com/nkjbyco .

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Apr 20
Tapping into OTT video’s 24% projected growth is key...

The pay TV market has been struggling with increasing customer churn and maintaining ARPU [average revenue per user], and is forecast for only 3.7% CAGR [compound annual growth rate] through 2020, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

In contrast, OTT [over-the-top] video continues its strong growth, and should see around 26% total revenue growth in 2015, with 24% CAGR through 2019, says the research group. With the growing popularity of independent OTT services, such as Netflix and HBO Go, customers are starting to demand a similar experience from their pay TV subscriptions, including features such as content search and recommendation and mobile device support.

"Comparatively high priced pay TV bundles are losing customers to more inexpensive, IP-delivered content," says Eric Abbruzzese, research analyst, ABI Research. "Operators can combat this with rollouts of new STB technologies...

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Apr 17
World's largest companies spent $895 billion in...

IDC research group (www.idc.com) estimates that, including internal spending, the world's largest companies spent US$895 billion on technology in 2014.  IT vendors of all flavors long to harness a share of their hefty IT wallets not only for the revenue gains, but also for the bragging rights. 

The activities of the largest IT spenders provide a glimpse into how these industry leaders are taking steps to transform their businesses for 2015 and beyond, says the research group. As we enter the "innovation stage" of the third platform, IDC expects to see these companies focusing on value creation on top of their current technology foundation.  Key findings of the report include:

° Wal-Mart was the largest IT spender worldwide in 2014. Bank of America placed second, followed by Citigroup, AT&T, and JPMorgan Chase & Co.

° Nine out of ten spenders increased their IT spending from 2013 to 2014.

° On...

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Apr 16
3D printing market surpasses $3.3 billion in 2014

The Canalys (www.canalys.com) research group estimates that nearly 133,000 3D printers were shipped worldwide in 2014, a substantial increase of 68% from 2013. Additionally, market revenue from 3D printers and their associated materials and services rose to US$3.3 billion, an increase of 34% from 2013.

"We’ve seen the 3D printing industry go from strength to strength in 2014," says research analyst Joe Kempton. "As we expected, the holiday season saw the most significant growth, particularly in the consumer segment, with many users buying their first 3D printer. A combination of falling prices, a wider range of technologies on offer and improved printing speeds helped fuel this demand."

In the fourth quarter of 2014, Canalys estimates that total market revenue surpassed US$1 billion for the first time in a single quarter, and some 41,000 3D printers were shipped worldwide, an increase of 24% sequentially....

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Apr 15
Global mobile gaming market forecast to top $50...

Increased adoption of smartphones and tablets has led to the growth of the global mobile gaming market, which is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 21.39% from 2015-2019, says research firm Technavio (www.technavio.com).

Smart mobile devices have seen huge demand as gaming platforms in recent years. The diverse connectivity options available on these devices like 4G, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are helping them edge-out laptops as sought-after platforms.

"More than 60% of users play games on their mobile devices on a daily basis and nearly 65% of the money spent on smartphones and tablets is for gaming purposes," says Faisal Ghaus, vice president of Technavio.

The latest report by the research group also draws attention towards a shift in gamer demographics, which is affecting the global video game market as a whole. There has been a drastic increase in the number of women and child...

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Apr 14
Smart bulbs marching into the smart home

Philips kicked off the smart bulb market nearly three years ago with its pricey Hue bulb, but at this year’s CES a horde of new entrants emerged.  The transition from incandescent to more energy efficient bulbs is an opening through which smart bulbs – LED bulbs with wireless radios built in, which can be controlled remotely – are gaining a foothold according to Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com).

The smart bulb market is a fragmented "Wild West" with a variety of technologies and control protocols being implemented, says the research group. Multi-function smart bulbs – those with Wi-Fi repeaters, speakers and cameras — will change consumers’ perceptions of "light bulbs," says Strategy Analytics.

Interoperability is key – consumers don’t want to have to worry if a bulb they purchase will work with other bulbs they have or will purchase. The industry must address this issue...

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Apr 13
Gartner: mobile apps adoption is maturing as usage...

The mobile apps marketplace is maturing as users declare themselves satisfied with current engagement rates, according to a survey by Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). As users integrate apps more deeply into their lives, app providers will need to stay one step ahead and focus their development, marketing and branding more intensely toward retention strategies, according to the research group.

"After eight years of searching for, downloading and using smartphone apps, users are maturing in their usage behaviors," says Brian Blau, research director at Gartner." However, we may see those patterns change in the future as users integrate apps more deeply into their daily lives."

User interest in apps has mellowed now that they have integrated apps into their use of personal technology and their interaction with brands while online. Although usage remains high, users may not want or need more apps in the future....

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Apr 10
Worldwide wearables market forecast to reach 126.1...

A combination of new vendors, new devices, and greater end-user awareness will drive the worldwide wearables market higher in 2015. According to the most recent forecast data from IDC (www.idc.com) vendors will ship a total of 45.7 million units in 2015, up a strong 133.4% from the 19.6 million units shipped in 2014.

By 2019, total shipment volumes are forecast to reach 126.1 million units, resulting in a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 45.1%, says the research group. Propelling the market higher in 2015 is an increased focus on smart wearables, or those devices capable of running third-party applications. These include devices like the Apple Watch, Motorola's Moto 360, and Samsung's Gear watches.

The total volume of smart wearables will reach 25.7 million units in 2015, up a whopping 510.9% from the 4.2 million units shipped in 2014. Basic wearables, or those devices that do not run third party...

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Apr 09
iPhone, ApplePay opening up financial services for...

There are more than 28 million small business owners in the United States, some 80% of whom are non-employers. Small business use of mobile devices—in particular "smart" devices—opens up a world of opportunity, much like it has done in the consumer marketplace, according to Packaged Facts, a a division of MarketResearch.com.

As mobile technology and payments continue to converge, more and more small businesses will look to their smartphones to make payments and meet their financial services needs, according to the market research publisher. ApplePay provides a case in point. Many payments industry observers view Apple's ApplePay mobile wallet as the first product with the potential to push payments into the realm of mobile point-of-sale, which has thus far had difficulty gaining mainstream traction.

Small business participants may make especially strong targets for this payments solution, notes Packaged Facts research director David Sprinkle. For one, they are more...

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Apr 08
Cloud-DVR subscribers worldwide will increase to 24...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) shows the total number of cloud-DVR subscribers worldwide will exceed 4.6 million in 2015 and total 24 million by 2018.

"Time-shifting content has led to an evolution and new challenges in television business models," Brett Sappington, director, Research, Parks Associates, says. "Though the basic features of the DVR are the same, moving the service to the cloud is surprisingly complex. However, it opens up a variety of new opportunities for consumers and operators. Beyond expanding storage capacity, a cloud-based DVR impacts viewing features, revenue opportunities, and rights agreements with content creators."

Operators are interested in deploying cloud DVR because these solutions will reduce set-top box costs, eliminate costly replacements, and provide support for enhanced features, which will open new revenue opportunities, he adds...

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Apr 07
Smartphones fuel biometrics to $3.1 billion

ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) forecasts US$3.1 billion global revenues in 2015 for biometrics in the consumer and enterprise sectors with much of the growth coming from smartphone solutions.

Existing smartphone hardware provides a relatively stable foothold for some authentication modalities but rapid advances in the biometrics field will drive further smartphone hardware upgrades. Meanwhile, pioneering algorithm design and cloud computing services are transforming user authentication.

Dimitrios Pavlakis, digital security research analyst, ABI Research says: "Biometry is moving rapidly into the security ecosystem and its adoption by CE [consumer electronic] devices will jumpstart this phenomenon. Specifically, smartphone biometrics provide not only a secure alternative for authentication, mobile payments, and BYOD [bring your own device] initiatives but also enhance user experience, navigation...

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Tuesday April 21

01:52
Apple patents Apple Watch Sport Band, Classic Buckle...

Just days before Apple Watch is slated to ship out to early buyers, Apple on Tuesday was granted patents for its unique Sport Band, Classic Buckle and Link Bracelet device accessories, protecting the innovative designs from potential copycats.

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Monday April 20

19:57
Daily Roundup: Nokia making phones again, Sony wants...

Today, read how Nokia is planning to get back into the phone game, ponder why Sony's added image-stabilization technology to the front of its new flagship phone and get all the details on the best vaporizers around -- because it's that day. All that ...

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19:38
Bushel: Free easy-to-use cloud-based tool for Apple...

For some people, IT is a task and not a career. Bushel is a simple-to-use cloud-based tool that anyone can leverage to manage the Apple devices in their workplace. Bushel allows you to easily set-up and protect all of the Apple devices that you distribute to your team, or those that your team already has. Provide access to company email accounts, automatically install work apps to every device all at once, and separate and protect your team’s personal data from company data. And if a device is ever lost or stolen, you can even remotely lock it or wipe company data completely. Do all of this and much more, without any help from IT. All wrapped into one seamless interface so you can manage those Apple devices when you want, wherever you are. Bushel makes the complex simple, so you can focus on what matters most, all while taking back your nights and weekends. Your first three devices are free forever, and each additional device is just $2 per month with no contracts or commitments....

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18:39
Custom Watch Faces

A weekend Twitter thread regarding custom watch faces for Android Wear and the prospects of custom faces for Apple Watch led me to FaceRepo, a repository of downloadable watch faces for Android Wear. Remember the sites with “skins” for SoundJam and Audion? Like that, but for Android Wear. A few thoughts that went through my mind after perusing the offerings:

  • I don’t expect Apple to open up watch faces to arbitrary designs, even when the full Apple Watch SDK ships later this year. If they do allow third-party faces, I think it’ll be through design partners hand-selected by Apple. (The Mickey face is arguably an example of this already.) The idea of fully-customizable watch faces is right in the sweet spot between the differing philosophies of Google (anything goes) and Apple (tightly controlled). Apple Watch currently offers 10 different faces, and most of those...
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16:43
Apple shares Earth Day 2015 collection with content...



After sharing its latest Environmental Responsibility report this morning, Apple this evening has added a new Earth Day 2015 section to the App Store. The section highlights content that contribute to environmental awareness, as well as apps that promote green living and going paperless.

Further, Apple’s Earth Day 2015 section aggregates books, movies, iTunes U content, podcasts, and TV shows that relate to the Earth. Selections include the TV show “Planet Earth,” the movie “March...

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16:00
Today in the App Store -- Lifeline, Stackables and...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today's notable apps include a discount on Readkit, the new Lifeline game and a major update to Workflow. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Cut Me Out Pro - Easy photo editor to Chop photo, superimpose or erase background [Now free, down from $1.99] Cut out sections of an image in any shape and paste it to selected background photo with Cut Me Out Pro.

Perfect Picture - Photo Editor for Instagram [Now free, down from $0.99] Create amazing photos to share on Instagram or any other photo sharing app installed on device.

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15:09
Beyonce seen sporting Apple Watch Edition with gold...

Less than a week after star fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld showed off pictures of his yellow gold Apple Watch Edition with custom all-gold link bracelet, Beyonce was seen at Coachella wearing what appears to be the same combination.

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14:42
How to Create and Use Network Locations for Mac

Why does it say "Automatic" on your Network preferences? Because "Automatic" is the default location in Mac OS, you can create many more to make switching networks easier. Kelly helps you sort it out.


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14:32
Google Dresses Up Android Wear


Google on Monday released an update to Android Wear -- the first significant feature refresh for its wearable device software since its introduction more than a year ago.
"This update is overdue," said Ian Fogg, senior director and head of the mobile and telecoms team at IHS Technology. "With other products, Google adds features fairly continuously," he noted. "Android Wear hasn't had as much focus from Google over the last year as some of its other products."

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14:12
Apple Watch orders statuses changing to “Preparing...



Your pre-ordered Apple Watch might be about to head out the door.
A number of Apple Watch order statuses have begun changing from “Processing Items” to “Preparing for Shipment” as Apple gets ready to send out the first Apple Watch orders to customers who pre-ordered their devices on Friday, April 10th. The order statuses have shifted over to “Preparing for Shipment” for some buyers and are listing prospective delivery dates of April 24th to May 8th, while the first orders are expected to begin arriving on Friday, April 24th.

The change to customer order statuses came only minutes after Apple began charging credit and debit cards for Apple Watch...

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Tuesday April 21

02:52
Chip Designer ARM Beats Market Forecasts due to the iPhone...

It's being reported today that the FTSE 100 is continuing the week’s recovery, with chip designer Arm leading the way. The company, which supplies Apple’s iPhone ...

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02:08
Apple Granted 47 Patents Today Covering Three Apple Watch...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 47 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple Watch design patents and a utility patent for a possible future iPhone feature covering Push-to-Talk. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with ...

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00:50
Apple Granted a Patent for Advanced 3D RF Signatures that...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 47newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover an invention relating to 3D RF Signatures that are able to detect tampering in a physical article such as retail packaging or luggage while also applying to self-propelled vehicles and beyond.

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Monday April 20

13:39
Apple Watch Order Statuses Shifting to 'Preparing for...

Apple Watch order statuses have begun changing from "Processing Items" to "Preparing for Shipment" as Apple gets ready to send out the first Apple Watch orders to customers who pre-ordered their devices on Friday, April 10. Apple Watch orders that have changed to "Preparing for Shipment" are still listing prospective delivery dates of 4/24 to 5/8, but the first orders are expected to begin arriving on Friday April 24, the official launch date of the Apple Watch. Now that order statuses have shifted, customers should begin receiving shipment emails in the near future. The change to customer order statuses comes just minutes after Apple began charging credit and debit cards for Apple Watch purchases. As we have previously mentioned, bulk...

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06:44
On the Road to Stopping Climate Change: Apple's 2015...

Apple has just released their 2015 Environmental Responsibility report which covers climate change, renewable resources, finite resources, toxins and more.

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05:37
Samsung is so Despised in Japan that they decided to remov...

In a February report we noted that the iPhone 6's success in Japan had Samsung executive wondering if they pull out of Japan for smartphones like they did for TVs years earlier. In December 2014, Samsung held a paltry 4% market share in Japan and 5.6% for the entire year. Samsung is so despised ...

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04:40
Apple Promotes Environmental Responsibility in New Video

Apple has uploaded a new video to its YouTube channel called "Better Starts Here" that promotes the company's environmental responsibility throughout its supply chain, data centers and more. Apple emphasizes how it plans to leave the world better than it found it through renewable energy sources, hydro power and more."Apple’s commitment to the environment starts from the ground up. We strive to create not only the best products in the world, but the best products for the world. And over the past year, we’ve made significant progress through projects that focus on renewable energy and forest preservation. Learn how we are leaving the world better than we found it." Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iMac, MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and Apple Accessories •...

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04:11
At Apple University, Young Apple Leaders are taught about...

At Apple's internal Apple University — a somewhat secretive institution by reputation — Professor Joshua Cohen delivers three-hour seminars on the late, great Canadian pianist Glen Gould to classes of 15 students.

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03:17
Apple Adds New Suppliers for Apple Watch and iPhone 6

According to a new supply chain report from Taiwan today, Apple is expected to adjust orders to its upstream partners for iPhone 6 and Apple Watch components ...

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Sunday April 19

17:02
iMac Shipping Estimates Slip to 3-5 Business Days for Most...

iMac shipping estimates have slipped to 3-5 business days on the Apple Online Store in the United States for all models aside from the entry-level 21.5-inch option with a 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor. The high-end 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro is also now showing an estimated shipping date of 1-2 weeks. Both the iMac and 15" Retina MacBook Pro were previously listed as in stock. The majority of the iMac lineup, excluding the low-end 21.5-inch iMac released in June 2014 and iMac with Retina 5K Display launched in October 2014, was last updated in...

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Documentation Scanner

Monday April 20

15:56
If you can't sign in to iCloud when you set u...

If you're setting up your Mac for the first time and can't sign in with your Apple ID using the Setup Assistant, try the steps below.

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14:48
Locate and organize your iTunes files

Learn how to find your iTunes files and how they're organized.

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11:15
If iTunes repeatedly prompts you to authorize you...

Learn what to do if iTunes repeatedly asks you to authorize your computer and won't play purchases from the iTunes Store.

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11:06
iCloud: Mail server settings for email clients

Use these mail server settings if you need to manually set up your email app (client) to use an iCloud email account. 

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10:46
About payment card authorization holds in the iTun...

Learn about payment card authorization holds from the iTunes Store, iBooks Store, App Store, or Mac App Store. 

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10:23
Authorize your computer in iTunes

Authorize your computer before you use it to sync or play content that you download from the iTunes Store.

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09:51
Update your supervised devices to iOS 8.3 using Ap...

If you're using Apple Configurator, use these steps to update your supervised devices to iOS 8.3.

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08:00
Teacher uses Office Mix to deliver lessons

We love when technology makes an impact on people’s lives—it’s really at the core of why we’re here! When we received word that an instructor used Office Mix to conduct a full week’s worth of blended classroom lectures so he could miss class to be with his wife and newborn daughter, we knew we had to share his heartwarming story.
This story has a great ending but let’s start at the beginning. With class starting September 30th, Justin Harbin, an instructional designer at Lancaster Bible College was under a lot of pressure knowing his daughter could be born on that day, the next day or the day after. It was going to be a hectic week and Harbin was set to be out of class during a very critical time. He used Office Mix to create a full week’s worth of blended classroom lectures, while he missed class to be with his wife and newborn daughter. That’s life balance we can all appreciate!
... | Read more »

07:57
About iCloud add-ons, extensions, and plug-ins for...

To use some iCloud features with Windows, you might need to install add-ons, extensions, or plug-ins for your browser. 

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00:30
Take control of data with Excel’s business analyti...

Today, businesses are required to understand a growing amount of company, market and social data to drive effective business decisions and remain competitive. This trend of analytics everywhere is driving a shift in the roles of business consumers, as the need for direct data access, ad-hoc analyses and in-depth reporting is growing beyond the capacity of their IT departments. Many specialized business intelligence and analytics solutions are entering the market to take advantage of this trend with most requiring installation of new data systems or new training of employees to learn new tools. But if you look closely—Excel—the Office productivity tool you already know and love, may already have the business analytics tools you need to empower you to drive the information analyses and data-driven decisions critical to your business.
... | Read more »

Documentation Scanner

Monday April 20

15:56
If you can't sign in to iCloud when you set u...

If you're setting up your Mac for the first time and can't sign in with your Apple ID using the Setup Assistant, try the steps below.

| Read more »
14:48
Locate and organize your iTunes files

Learn how to find your iTunes files and how they're organized.

| Read more »
11:15
If iTunes repeatedly prompts you to authorize you...

Learn what to do if iTunes repeatedly asks you to authorize your computer and won't play purchases from the iTunes Store.

| Read more »
11:06
iCloud: Mail server settings for email clients

Use these mail server settings if you need to manually set up your email app (client) to use an iCloud email account. 

| Read more »
10:46
About payment card authorization holds in the iTun...

Learn about payment card authorization holds from the iTunes Store, iBooks Store, App Store, or Mac App Store. 

| Read more »
10:23
Authorize your computer in iTunes

Authorize your computer before you use it to sync or play content that you download from the iTunes Store.

| Read more »
09:51
Update your supervised devices to iOS 8.3 using Ap...

If you're using Apple Configurator, use these steps to update your supervised devices to iOS 8.3.

| Read more »
08:00
Teacher uses Office Mix to deliver lessons

We love when technology makes an impact on people’s lives—it’s really at the core of why we’re here! When we received word that an instructor used Office Mix to conduct a full week’s worth of blended classroom lectures so he could miss class to be with his wife and newborn daughter, we knew we had to share his heartwarming story.
This story has a great ending but let’s start at the beginning. With class starting September 30th, Justin Harbin, an instructional designer at Lancaster Bible College was under a lot of pressure knowing his daughter could be born on that day, the next day or the day after. It was going to be a hectic week and Harbin was set to be out of class during a very critical time. He used Office Mix to create a full week’s worth of blended classroom lectures, while he missed class to be with his wife and newborn daughter. That’s life balance we can all appreciate!
... | Read more »

07:57
About iCloud add-ons, extensions, and plug-ins for...

To use some iCloud features with Windows, you might need to install add-ons, extensions, or plug-ins for your browser. 

| Read more »
00:30
Take control of data with Excel’s business analyti...

Today, businesses are required to understand a growing amount of company, market and social data to drive effective business decisions and remain competitive. This trend of analytics everywhere is driving a shift in the roles of business consumers, as the need for direct data access, ad-hoc analyses and in-depth reporting is growing beyond the capacity of their IT departments. Many specialized business intelligence and analytics solutions are entering the market to take advantage of this trend with most requiring installation of new data systems or new training of employees to learn new tools. But if you look closely—Excel—the Office productivity tool you already know and love, may already have the business analytics tools you need to empower you to drive the information analyses and data-driven decisions critical to your business.
... | Read more »

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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Eyes Wide Games' Watch This Homerun is purportedly the first sports game coming to the Apple Watch, where you'll be up to bat as the pitcher tries to out-manuever you with fastballs, curveballs, and changeups. Using one-touch controls you can try to hit as many homeruns as possible. The game has a progression-based League system meant to make you... | Read more »
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Field Trip, by Google’s Niantic Labs, is an exploration app that gives you details about the awesome places you can discover wherever you find yourself. The app can show you local history, delicious restraunts, the best places to shop, and places to just have fun. Field Trip curates information from over 200 publishers such as Thrillist, Zagat,... | Read more »
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Both Halo: Spartan Assault and Halo: Spa...
Halo: Spartan Assault and Halo: Spartan Strike, by Microsoft, have officially landed on the App Store. Spartan Assault pits you against the Covenant with missions geared to tell the story of the origin of Spartan Ops. In Spartan Strike you'll delve into the events surrounding Halo 2 as you lead UNSC troops against the Promethean forces. | Read more »
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It’s not here yet but there’s that developing sneaky feeling that the Apple Watch, despite its price tag and low battery life, might yet change quite a lot about how we conduct our lives. While I don’t think it’s going to be an overnight transformation, I can see it being a slow but steady process. One such area where the Apple Watch could make... | Read more »
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Mad Skills Motocross 2 fans got some good news this week as Turborilla has given the game its biggest update yet. Now you'll have access to Versus mode where you can compete against your friends in timed challenges. Turborilla has implemented a leveling system and added a new, faster motorcycle called the #8. You can also try out 12 new tracks in... | Read more »
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