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Aug 22
PARAT Solutions announces new Charge & Sync Docks for...

PARAT Solutions has unveiled a family of charge/sync docks to support Apple's Lightning-connected devices. PARASYNC's new generation of docking stations charge and synchronize content for up to 30 iPod touches 5G's, 20 iPad minis and 10 iPad Airs.

Multiple docks can be linked to support even larger quantities of devices. The docks charge devices by connecting to a standard wall outlet. Content is efficiently synchronized to the devices using iTunes or Apple Configurator. 
 
PARASYNC docks are the only cable-free charge and sync system designed specifically to support institutional iOS deployments in education, healthcare, hospitality and museums. Each docking station includes specially-designed protective device cases. Constructed of impact-resistant ABS, the cases are uniquely "keyed" to fit the docking station.

Each dock features receivers designed so that the included cases don't need to be removed before docking. Devices can also be inserted without...

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Aug 22
DropShare 3.3 for the Mac can now upload files to Rackspace...

Timo Josten has given us Dropshare 3.3 for the Mac. It's now able to upload files to Rackspace Cloud Files. Also, Dropshare is now able to convert Markdown files to HTML before uploading them.

Dropshare is a menu bar app that enables you to drag and drop files, screenshots and even directories to your own server to share them. For it to work correctly, you have to have a server of your choice and a working SSH user account at your disposal.

Dropshare costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later. Go to http://getdropsha.re for more info.

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Aug 21
Heroes & Legends: Conquerers of Kolhar comes to the Mac

Phoenix Online Publishing has released its strategy role-playing game, Heroes & Legends: Conquerors of Kolhar, for Mac, PC and Linux systems.

Features include a full-fledged armor and weapon crafting system, both story-driven and random encounters, over 130 monsters to battle and dozens of unlockable powers and abilities to wield against foes as you fight save Kolhar from an evil prophecy's unfolding.

Players are invited to lead a party of wizards, warriors and assassins into battle now, with the game currently available for USS$9.99 via Steam, the Phoenix Online Store (www.POStudios.com), and other major online retailers. A mobile release is planned for later this year.

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Aug 21
Juno Power introduces Lightning cable made of cloth

Juno Power (www.JunoPower.com) has announced a new line of Lightning adaptor cables. The Kaebo is an Apple certified charge and sync cable.

Unlike traditional rubber cables, it features high strength cloth that makes it resistant to rips or tears, according to Juno Power CEO Johnson Jeng. The cable’s aluminum build is designed to withstand virtually any type of accidental damage, he adds.

The Kaebo comes fully equipped with an aluminum connector and USB head. The cable comes in three colors (silver, light gold and salt grey). The Kaebo is currently available for US$21.99 at Juno Power and Amazon.

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Aug 21
Bike2Power launches the MountCase ArmorGuard Kit for iPhone 5/5S

Bike2Power (www.bike2power.com) has announced their newest accessory for the iPhone 5/5S: the US$79.95 MountCase ArmorGuard Kit, which is constructed to exceed military standards for water and particle infiltration.

The MountCase ArmorGuard boasts a slim, compact protective case and can purportedly fit in a pocket as easily as it fits on a bike. It's a total turn-key kit that includes a mount case, outer shell and mounting bracket. The mount also guarantees absolute protection and is rated IPX8 Waterproof Submersible.

The MountCase ArmorGuard can be submersed in water six feet deep for up to 30 minutes, in addition to being 100% rainproof, snow proof, dustproof, dirt proof and sweat proof, says says Ilya Gorbonos, President of Bike2Power.. Additional accessories can be purchased to match your lifestyle, including a RainGuard, Sports Armband Kit, Stoller Mount and Golf Bag Mount.

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Aug 21
Noteboom Productions introduces Tutor for Filemaker Pro - The...

Noteboom Productions (http://www.noteboomproductions.com/) has announced Tutor for Filemaker Pro - The Basics, their latest video tutorial for the Mac. It consists of 49 video chapters averaging five minutes each.

These chapters include Filemaker Pro Terminology to creating a solution to adding tables and fields to adding value lists to creating relationships. By watching the tutorial, the user will have a basic understanding of how to create database solutions using Filemaker Pro.

Users can choose different video chapters to watch as they go through the video tutorial. The tutorial isn't subscription based and includes all 49 tutorials, which are stored on your Mac. Once the app is downloaded, no more bandwidth usage is required. It's available for US$9.99 at the Mac App Store.

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Aug 21
Intuit releases redesigned Quicken 2015 for the Mac

Intuit has released Quicken 2015 for Mac (http://www.quicken.com/mac), an update of the personal finance software that sports an interface designed specifically for the Mac and new investment capabilities.

The redesigned product also syncs with a free mobile companion app providing the ability to photograph and track receipts so users can more easily stay on top of their money. Quicken 2015 for Mac 2015 links users to more than 14,500 different banks, credit cards, loan and investment accounts, allowing them to view their financial statements in one place. Other familiar features include tracking spending by category, creating budgets and the ability to schedule bills and reminders.

Additional product features and capabilities are expected to be released throughout the year to continuously improve the user experience, according to Barry Saik, senior vice president and general manager of...

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Aug 21
CourseNotes for Mac OS X adds iCloud Syncing support, more

Dear Panda has released version 5.0.2 of their CourseNotes (http://www.coursenotesapp.com) note-taking app for the Mac. The new version introduces support for audio recording, support for iCloud syncing with CourseNotes on Mac and other iOS devices, and a ton of other new features and improvements.

Students can add underlined, bold and italicized text throughout their notes as well as change font sizes to emphasize sections of the text. Along with CourseNotes' bullet summary mode, students now have a set of tools with which to structure their notes.

CourseNotes 5.0.2 requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and sells for US$4.99. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Education category. Volume discounts are available for educational institutions through Apple's App Store Volume Purchase Program.

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Aug 21
Tidy Up for Mac OS X revved to version 3.0

Hyperbolic Software (www.hyperbolicsoftware.com) has announced Tidy Up 3.0, the latest version of the US$30 duplicate finder and disk tidying utility for Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. The upgrade features a new interface and more. It's also ready for Mavericks.

Tidy Up locates duplicate items using a wide range of criteria including owner application, time created or modified, name, label, extension and content. Version 3.0 features include: the ability to search for duplicate folders by content; a priority option; the ability to compare only the representation data of the images; results shown as a grid or list; pre-definite smart baskets that show the files by kind; and more.

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Aug 20
Travelpro introduces National Geographic Explorer Cape Town,...

Travelpro (www.travelpro.com), the inventor of Rollaboard luggage, has partnered with National Geographic, one of the world's largest scientific and educational nonprofit organizations, to introduce the new National Geographic Explorer Cape Town and Leather Brief Collections.

The National Geographic Explorer Cape Town Collection features a single and double gusset briefcase (pictured), available in khaki and navy colors. Both briefcases feature comfortably-padded, adjustable shoulder straps, made of sturdy cotton webbing that will stand up to the rigors of world travel, says Scott Applebee, vice president of marketing for the Travelpro family of brands.

A removable, padded sleeve holds laptops up to 15.6-inches (such as the MacBook Pro) while the main compartment lets you store a tablet, file folders and power cords.  he front pocket business organizer holds pens, business cards, a phone and other small...

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Aug 20
Parallels announces Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac with OS X...

Parallels has launched Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac (www.parallels.com/upgradepd10) and Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac Enterprise Edition, upgrades of the software for running Windows applications on Macs.

The updates offers new built-in "intelligence" and support for Apple’s latest operating systems – including the upcoming OS X Yosemite. Starting Aug. 20th, current users can upgrade to Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac at www.parallels.com/upgradepd10. For new customers, Parallels Desktop 10 will be available for purchase at retail and online stores worldwide and via the Parallels website starting Aug. 26th.

"Millions of Parallels Desktop for Mac customers have come to expect ingenuity, ease of use and speed from Parallels and they will not be disappointed with Parallels Desktop 10," says...

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Aug 20
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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Aug 20
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 22
OTT video services see opportunity to differentiate...

4K or Ultra HD is the future, but it’s a marathon, not a sprint to higher resolutions.  And while 1080p TV screens are the norm and mobile screen resolutions continue to climb, plenty of streamed HD content is still distributed in 720p or lower.  Over-the-top (OTT) services such as Netflix, VUDU, and M-GO, which exclusively distribute content over the Internet, are more eager to embrace 1080p and Ultra HD for connected CE devices in order to appear more innovative, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

Meanwhile, traditional distributors, with regards to TV Everywhere content, are more likely to settle for 720p as they consider smartphones and tablets the primary targets; continuing to leverage existing Pay TV services as their "main" distribution channel for TVs – OTT operators likewise favor lower resolutions for mobile devices.

OTT (over-the-top) streamer shipments are forecast to rise...

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Aug 21
ABI Research: high profile data breaches drive $1.7...

Cyber-attacks directed against enterprises have grown both in numbers and sophistication over the past decade to a point where breach and data theft have become inevitable, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com). In 2013, more than 800 million records were exposed as a result of data breach incidents.

A number of organizations including online auction site eBay, U.S. retailer Target, telecom operator AT&T, and social networking sites Facebook, Gmail, YouTube, Twitter, and LinkedIn have reported massive data breaches in recent months, according to the research group. Hacking remains the leading cause for most attacks followed by malware and physical attacks such as point-of-sale intrusions and card skimming.

A data breach incident can have disastrous consequences on all businesses resulting in millions of dollars in lost revenue and potential fines, not to mention the lingering impact on...

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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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Reviews and Kool Tools

MacDaddy's Mac Backup Guru for Mac OS X (10.7 and higher) has been revved to version 2.0. It's an update of the useful utility designed to back up files and disks. It adds a Snapshot mode that users system hard links to... Read more »
booq's (www.booqbags.com) US$295 Cobra brief is a handy, if pricey (US$295) tool for traveling professionals.It boasts durable materials such as 1680 denier ballistic nylon, weatherproof coating, YKK zippers and top-... Read more »
Many of us have considered building a website, whether to promote a business, stay in touch with family, or just share our thoughts with the world. Now the author-artist team of Nate Cooper and Kim Gee hope to make... Read more »
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 »

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Friday August 22

20:04
Apple expands Volume Purchase Program to 16 new...

As promised in July, Apple on Friday expanded its Volume Purchase Program for apps and iBook titles to 16 new countries, including major markets in the Middle East and South America.

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20:02
Briefly: Satechi Bluetooth smart keyboard, Spotify...

Satechi has announced the release of its new Bluetooth Wireless Smart Keyboard, suitable for Mac or PC systems. Measuring 0.7 inches thick, the keyboard's wireless functionality allows users to have an extra USB port available to them, and can use the keyboard from up to 33 feet away. Its multimedia keys provide access to controlling video and audio content, including play/pause, volume, forward/backtrack and activating functions on other mobile devices. The white version of the keyboard features specific keys mapped for use with OS X and iOS, and the black version mapped for PC and Android fe......

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20:00
Apple announces iPhone 5 battery replacement program

On Friday, Apple announced that it had discovered that "a very small percentage" of first-run iPhone 5 units -- those sold between September of 2012 and January of 2013 -- have a defect that results in unusually short battery life, and have instituted a program to replace the battery. Users will need to bring the units to an Apple Authorized Service Provider or retail Apple Store; however, customers should be aware that Apple will send the unit off to a facility to be inspected....

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19:59
Conjecture Regarding Larger iPhone Displays

Throughout the entire rumor cycle for this year’s new iPhones, we’ve been inundated with reports of two new screen sizes, 4.7 and 5.5 inches. But while the physical sizes of these displays leaked early and often, the exact pixel dimensions have not.

At this point, there’s too much smoke around the “two new iPhones, 4.7- and 5.5-inch” narrative for there not to be a fire. I think that’s what Apple is planning to announce next month — not because anyone “familiar with the plans” has told me so, but simply because so many parts have leaked corroborating these two sizes.

I’ve spent much of the last month trying to figure out the pixel counts for these displays, and it’s actually quite tricky. When Apple changed the iPhone display previously, they did so in obvious ways. With the iPhone 4’s retina display, Apple kept the physical size exactly the same (3.5 inches...

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18:09
AAPL hits all-time closing high at $101.32

Apple's stock closed on Friday at an all-time record high, on a straight split-adjusted basis, cracking $101 per share. The 74-cent rise on Friday rang down the curtain on a week that saw the stock gain just over $3 per share, culminating in the record-breaking performance weeks ahead of anticipated new product announcements, and months before the start of the holiday buying season, which is again expected to favor Apple over its primary rivals. Thus far in 2014, AAPL is up 27.29 percent....

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17:21
Two Free iOS Writing and Note Apps

Need a note or writing app? Vern Seward points out two in this week's Free on iTunes. Matcha and FetchNotes.

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17:11
Week of Who, Day Five: Curse of Fatal Death

Week of Who concludes today with The Curse of Fatal Death, a special produced as part of a telethon for the Red Nose Day charity. This is a notable piece of Doctor Who history because it makes more than a few connections between the old series and the new, notable among them being that the "episode" was written by now current executive producer of Doctor Who, Steven Moffat. It was part of the Red Nose Day telethon in 1999, and has been affectionately adopted as part of the Whoniverse. Like a ridiculous, but lovable uncle, if your uncle was Rowan Atkinson. Enjoy the new series!

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17:00
Slices of Apple episode two: Back from the brink

In this episode we discuss Apple's dalliance with clones, Steve Jobs founding NeXT and the return of Jobs to Apple. In the next episode we'll interview a call center rep, a former Apple Genius and our own Steve Sande. It's the first of our...

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16:45
Briefly: Kaebo cloth Lightning cable, bike mount...

Portable power solutions company Juno Power has announced its newest line of Lightning adaptor cables, named Kaebo. An Apple certified charge and sync cable, the Kaebo features high strength cloth that is resistant to rips or tears. Its aluminum build is designed to withstand most accidental damage. The cable is equipped with an aluminum connector and USB head for optimal performance, and is available in silver, light gold, and slate gray. Measuring at one meter long, the Kaebo is priced at $22 through Juno Power and Amazon....

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16:20
iPhone 5 battery replacement program

Apple:

Apple has determined that a very small percentage of iPhone 5 devices may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently. The affected iPhone 5 devices were sold between September 2012 and January 2013 and fall within a limited serial number range.

If your iPhone 5 is experiencing these symptoms and meets the eligibility requirements noted below, Apple will replace your iPhone 5 battery, free of charge.

I checked mine. It “passed”. How about your iPhone 5?
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Friday August 22

14:17
Apple Initiates iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program

Apple has begun an iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program, suggesting that a small percentage of iPhone 5 units may have a faulty battery that results in a shorter battery life. iPhone 5 devices exhibiting battery issues were sold between September of 2012 and January of 2013 and could be eligible for a battery replacement.Apple has determined that a very small percentage of iPhone 5 devices may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently. The affected iPhone 5 devices were sold between September 2012 and January 2013 and fall within a limited serial number range. If your iPhone 5 is experiencing these symptoms and meets the eligibility requirements noted below, Apple will replace your iPhone 5 battery, free of charge.Apple says the issue affects only a "limited serial number range" and iPhone 5 users can input their serial numbers on Apple's support site to find out whether their phones...

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14:10
Third-Party Vendor Beats Apple to Market With Reversible L...

Amid rumors that Apple is developing a Lightning cable with a reversible USB connector, third-party accessory vendor Truffol has begun selling a reversible USB Lightning cable on its website, beating Apple to the punch. Priced at $9.99, the reversible cable advertised by Truffol is designed to be inserted into a USB port in either direction, a shift from a traditional USB cable that can only be inserted in one direction. While the cable is not Apple-approved and thus not Made for iPhone (MFi) certified, Truffol has told MacRumors that its cable works with both existing iOS devices and the upcoming iPhone 6. Purchasing third-party cables is not recommended by Apple, however, as they can cause...

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12:20
Apple Reveals a Multi-Step Process to Strengthen Sapphire...

Yesterday an Apple patent filing published in Europe revealed a new multi-step process that will strengthen sapphire for future Apple devices and parts like the cover glass found in the iPhone's Home Button that protects the fingerprint scanner from scratches that could affect fingerprint verification.

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10:04
BlackBerry Takes Advantage of iMessage Spam Reports to Tou...

BlackBerry is taking advantage of reports of iMessage's vulnerability to spam messages to tout its BlackBerry Messenger app. In a blog post, the company highlights a report from earlier this week that said iMessage users see quite a bit of spam, with accounts run by spammers responsible for more than 30 percent of all spam messages on mobile devices. BlackBerry suggests that iMessage users switch to BBM to avoid spam and lists five reasons why BBM is superior to iMessage. According to the company, BBM is safer primarily because it does not utilize a phone number or email address and it only accepts messages from contacts. 1) BBM is architected in a way that protects our 85 million users against spammers. iMessage works off of...

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08:54
More Supply Chain Claims of Likely Early 2015 Launch for i...

Earlier this week, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released a report claiming Apple may not launch the iWatch until 2015 due to manufacturing difficulties associated with the new device. A follow-up report from Taiwan's Economic Daily News (via G 4 Games) echoes this assertion with supply chain information hinting at an early 2015 debut for Apple's wearable device. Anonymous supply chain sources told Economic Daily News that Apple is requesting delivery of hardware components for the iWatch as it prepares to start assembly of the wristwatch device in September. Sources claim it will take Apple several months of manufacturing refinement before it has a final product that is ready for retail shelves. Once...

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06:55
China Telecom iPhone 6 Ad Suggests Simplified Model Lineup...

According to a Sina News report (via ZDNet), China Telecom this week briefly announced plans to sell an unlocked version of the iPhone 6 in order to compete with rival carriers. The Sina report sources a Weibo post from China Telecom's Shanghai office that was posted earlier this week and later deleted. The move suggests Apple is planning to sell a version of the iPhone 6 that will support all wireless networks in the country, including dual 4G (TDD-LTE and FDD-LTE), WCDMA, CDMA2000, GSM, and CDMA1X. This opens up LTE to China Telecom subscribers and makes the country's number three carrier more competitive with its bigger rivals China Unicom and China Mobile. Apple currently sells three different models each of the iPhone 5s and 5c in China in order to accommodate the different technologies...

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06:25
After Retooling, Apple's iPhone 6 Production is Flyin...

It was just last week that we reported that Apple's iPhone 6 was now in the Product Validation Test stage prior to mass production. A reader commented on that aspect of the report by saying "…given the rumors of a September 9 unveiling, isn't it a bit late for the Product Validation Test stage?" I agreed with him because it was an oddity and today we've been given a partial answer to as to why that testing phase was so late in coming. We wrap up our report with several supply-chain rumors that surfaced earlier today.

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02:40
Apple Suppliers 'Scrambling' to Produce Enough i...

Apple's supply chain is scrambling to get enough displays ready for the iPhone 6 ahead of its launch next month, reports Reuters. Front panel said to be from the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 The report notes that production issues were made prevalent when the backlight film for the device's display panel had to be redesigned, halting production for two months: Two supply chain sources said display panel production suffered a setback after the backlight that helps illuminate the screen had to be revised, putting screen assembly on hold for part of June and July. One said Apple, aiming for the thinnest phone possible, initially wanted to cut back to a single layer of backlight film, instead of the standard two layers, for the 4.7-inch screen, which went into mass production ahead of the 5.5-inch version. After the backlight film component was...

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01:56
iPhone 6 Information Leak Sourced from Foxconn Details Dim...

French Apple website IGen.fr (Google Translate) has shared a variety of new details about Apple's upcoming iPhone 6, including dimensions for each model, info about the protruding camera ring on the rear of both devices, and more. The photos appear to be of internal information residing in a Foxconn factory, as the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and 4.7-inch iPhone 6 carry code names of N56 and N61, respectively. The information states that the final version of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will measure 158 mm long, 78 mm wide, and 7.1 mm thick (7.7 with the protruding camera), weighing 184.6 grams, or 6.5 ounces. Also spotted is information for a first prototype, which retained the same length and width...

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Thursday August 21

10:30
Apple in Talks With Insurance Companies Over HealthKit Par...

In addition to seeking partnerships with several different hospitals and health institutions for its HealthKit initiative, Apple is also speaking with major U.S. insurance companies like UnitedHealth and Humana. In a report on rising medical costs and partnerships between insurance providers, corporate employers, and fitness device makers, Bloomberg suggests that Apple has spoken with insurance companies about HealthKit, but no specifics on the conversation were provided. The focus of the piece, highlighting the insurance perks that companies can offer to employees with healthy habits, implies that Apple may be exploring partnerships that would possibly allow its collected data to be shared with insurance companies and other medical providers.Under the Affordable Care Act, the new national health-care law, companies can spend as much as 30 percent of...

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Friday August 22

08:00
Taxonomy Refinement Panel Web Part and faceted nav...

Over the last months we’ve taken many steps towards enabling search-driven publishing for intranet sites in SharePoint Online. We enabled the Content Search Web Part (CSWP), the cross-site publishing feature, and a new group cache that improves the performance of the CSWP.
Now we’ve enabled two features that previously were available only in SharePoint Server 2013—the Taxonomy Refinement Panel Web Part (TRPWP) and faceted navigation.
Introducing the Taxonomy Refinement Panel Web Part
The Taxonomy Refinement Panel Web Part (TRPWP) is similar in both name and functionality to the Refinement Web Part (RWP). With the RWP, visitors can filter content that’s displayed on a page; for example, they can filter to display only items... | Read more »

08:00
Your SharePoint 2013 farm in Microsoft Azure is ju...

The Azure Preview Portal now supports the automated creation of a basic or high-availability SharePoint farm in Microsoft Azure.

You can use your Azure subscription, an Azure trial subscription, or your MSDN subscription to set up your farm.
Setting up a farm in the basic configuration requires three servers: a domain controller, a SQL server, and a SharePoint server.
Setting up a farm in the high-availability configuration involves nine servers: two domain controllers, two SQL servers, a SQL Server quorum server, two SharePoint servers in the application tier, and two SharePoint servers in the front-end web tier.
For either of these two farms, you can specify... | Read more »

Thursday August 21

08:00
Meet the new Office Dev Center

We are excited to announce that the Office Dev Center has gone through a major redesign and content overhaul, as we create a home for the Microsoft Office 365 developer audience. This site not only speaks to developers, but also to the technical and business decision makers by highlighting the opportunity and the getting started experience for building on Office 365. We also want to make sure that we provide the essential training and guidance for developers who are transforming solutions to the cloud.

We also heard the resounding feedback that developers had to constantly hunt and peck for key resources, such as the various events and recordings of our latest announcements and launches.... | Read more »

08:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 012 with Ale...

In episode 12, Jeremy Thake chats to Alex Randall about SharePoint workflow in Visual Studio and some of his open source projects.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP12_AlexRandall.mp3
Download the podcast here directly
Weekly updates

08:00
Logic Pro X, MainStage 3: Issues installing additi...

Installing the Logic Pro X or MainStage 3 additional content may not complete, or the estimated time may be longer than you expect.

| Read more »
07:57
Logic Pro X : Using shared network volumes

If you store a project or it's audio files on a shared network volume, the following issues could occur: 

Audio files might not be edited in the Audio File Editor. 
Fades might not be created or updated. 
Playback may stutter or have other issues. 

| Read more »

Wednesday August 20

14:00
Safari 7.1 beta 3 and Safari 6.2 beta 3 Now Availa...

Safari 7.1 beta 3 and Safari 6.2 beta 3 Now Available

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Safari 7.1 beta 3 and Safari 6.2 beta 3 Now Availa...

Safari 7.1 beta 3 and Safari 6.2 beta 3 Now Available

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08:00
Legal firm embraces cloud computing, wins case for...

 
Lawyers at RTR, a criminal defense firm in Miami, Florida, had been using faxes, couriers, and an unreliable server—which impeded productivity. Then one of its lawyers introduced Microsoft Office 365, mobile devices, and smartphones. Now documents are stored online, lawyers access case files in court and at home, on any device, and they use simultaneous coauthoring to create briefs. Productivity is up by an estimated 25 percent.
For more, read the RTR case study.
 
The post Legal firm embraces cloud computing, wins case for mobile productivity appeared first on Office Blogs.

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08:00
Register now for October 8 Access Day in Denver, C...

Are you a developer or user of Microsoft Access, or know someone who is?  Interested in the new web capabilities in Access 2013 or how to improve your Access client applications?
After successful one-day conferences in Bellevue and Irvine,
J Street Technology is taking Access Day to Denver!  Join us Wednesday, October 8 in Denver, CO for the next Access Day, featuring internationally-respected presenters, including Access MVPs, book authors, and even a member of the Access development team at Microsoft.
Access Day will include sessions by Kevin BellAlison BalterAndy Tabisz, George Young, and Armen Stein that cover a mix of Access client techniques and new Access 2013 Web App development.
Here’s what people... | Read more »

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Friday August 22

08:00
Taxonomy Refinement Panel Web Part and faceted nav...

Over the last months we’ve taken many steps towards enabling search-driven publishing for intranet sites in SharePoint Online. We enabled the Content Search Web Part (CSWP), the cross-site publishing feature, and a new group cache that improves the performance of the CSWP.
Now we’ve enabled two features that previously were available only in SharePoint Server 2013—the Taxonomy Refinement Panel Web Part (TRPWP) and faceted navigation.
Introducing the Taxonomy Refinement Panel Web Part
The Taxonomy Refinement Panel Web Part (TRPWP) is similar in both name and functionality to the Refinement Web Part (RWP). With the RWP, visitors can filter content that’s displayed on a page; for example, they can filter to display only items... | Read more »

08:00
Your SharePoint 2013 farm in Microsoft Azure is ju...

The Azure Preview Portal now supports the automated creation of a basic or high-availability SharePoint farm in Microsoft Azure.

You can use your Azure subscription, an Azure trial subscription, or your MSDN subscription to set up your farm.
Setting up a farm in the basic configuration requires three servers: a domain controller, a SQL server, and a SharePoint server.
Setting up a farm in the high-availability configuration involves nine servers: two domain controllers, two SQL servers, a SQL Server quorum server, two SharePoint servers in the application tier, and two SharePoint servers in the front-end web tier.
For either of these two farms, you can specify... | Read more »

Thursday August 21

08:00
Meet the new Office Dev Center

We are excited to announce that the Office Dev Center has gone through a major redesign and content overhaul, as we create a home for the Microsoft Office 365 developer audience. This site not only speaks to developers, but also to the technical and business decision makers by highlighting the opportunity and the getting started experience for building on Office 365. We also want to make sure that we provide the essential training and guidance for developers who are transforming solutions to the cloud.

We also heard the resounding feedback that developers had to constantly hunt and peck for key resources, such as the various events and recordings of our latest announcements and launches.... | Read more »

08:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 012 with Ale...

In episode 12, Jeremy Thake chats to Alex Randall about SharePoint workflow in Visual Studio and some of his open source projects.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP12_AlexRandall.mp3
Download the podcast here directly
Weekly updates

08:00
Logic Pro X, MainStage 3: Issues installing additi...

Installing the Logic Pro X or MainStage 3 additional content may not complete, or the estimated time may be longer than you expect.

| Read more »
07:57
Logic Pro X : Using shared network volumes

If you store a project or it's audio files on a shared network volume, the following issues could occur: 

Audio files might not be edited in the Audio File Editor. 
Fades might not be created or updated. 
Playback may stutter or have other issues. 

| Read more »

Wednesday August 20

14:00
Safari 7.1 beta 3 and Safari 6.2 beta 3 Now Availa...

Safari 7.1 beta 3 and Safari 6.2 beta 3 Now Available

| Read more »
14:00
Safari 7.1 beta 3 and Safari 6.2 beta 3 Now Availa...

Safari 7.1 beta 3 and Safari 6.2 beta 3 Now Available

| Read more »
08:00
Legal firm embraces cloud computing, wins case for...

 
Lawyers at RTR, a criminal defense firm in Miami, Florida, had been using faxes, couriers, and an unreliable server—which impeded productivity. Then one of its lawyers introduced Microsoft Office 365, mobile devices, and smartphones. Now documents are stored online, lawyers access case files in court and at home, on any device, and they use simultaneous coauthoring to create briefs. Productivity is up by an estimated 25 percent.
For more, read the RTR case study.
 
The post Legal firm embraces cloud computing, wins case for mobile productivity appeared first on Office Blogs.

| Read more »
08:00
Register now for October 8 Access Day in Denver, C...

Are you a developer or user of Microsoft Access, or know someone who is?  Interested in the new web capabilities in Access 2013 or how to improve your Access client applications?
After successful one-day conferences in Bellevue and Irvine,
J Street Technology is taking Access Day to Denver!  Join us Wednesday, October 8 in Denver, CO for the next Access Day, featuring internationally-respected presenters, including Access MVPs, book authors, and even a member of the Access development team at Microsoft.
Access Day will include sessions by Kevin BellAlison BalterAndy Tabisz, George Young, and Armen Stein that cover a mix of Access client techniques and new Access 2013 Web App development.
Here’s what people... | 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.

...

| Read more »
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.

| Read more »
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.

| Read more »
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.

| Read more »
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 (...

| Read more »
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...

| Read more »
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.

| Read more »
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.

| Read more »
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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