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Monday November 17

Support Corner webcast—Office 365 Professional Plu...

Join us this Tuesday, November 18th at 9 a.m. PST/12pm ET for a discussion on what shared computer activation is and how it’s used for Office 365 Professional Plus deployments.
To add the webcast to your calendar visit the Office 365 Summit—Events website.
Presenter—Sidharth Shah is senior support escalation engineer on the Office Core Team at IGTSC and has been with Microsoft Customer Support Services for eight years as part of the VSOD Team and Office Core team.
Office 365 support webcasts are a critical program for relieving support issues and encouraging foundation technical readiness. Webcasts are free of charge and are a great opportunity to have conversations with Microsoft employees and have your questions answered.
For more information on future Office 365 support webcasts, visit the... | Read more »

Microsoft Virtual Academy courses—Office 365 secur...

Three courses around Office 365 security are now available through the Microsoft Virtual Academy.
Exchange Online Protection (EOP)
If you’re looking to protect your organization from spam and malware, check out this course on Microsoft Exchange Online Protection (EOP), a cloud-based email filtering service that even includes features to safeguard against messaging-policy violations. This course provides the details that IT professionals need to know about EOP, why EOP is necessary in your organization, how Microsoft has architected EOP to handle spam and malware, and how to deploy, configure and manage EOP.
Instructors—Shobhit Sahay-Microsoft technical product manager; Ori Kashi-Microsoft senior program manager ; Levon Esibov-Microsoft... | Read more »

Command Line iOS Device Management

The other day, we installed libimobiledevice and used it to view the logs of an iOS device. But you can do much more with the commands that were installed. In fact, if you have a paired device, you can actually use these commands to do some remedial regression testing and other pretty cool things. So this is going to be part two of that article, basically.
First up, make sure the device is paired (note: not all commands require a device to be unlocked). But, all interaction with a device requires the device to be paired. You can use the command line (e.g. if you’re running this on Linux) to view the logs and manage devices, but if you’re not paired using iTunes or another tool, you’ll need to use idevicepair to pair your device, followed by the pair verb (which is very different from the pear verb):
idevicepair pair
You can also unpair using the unpair verb:
idevicepair unpair... | Read more »

Sunday November 16

Bushel and I On The OWC Radio Podcast

Special thanks to Tim Robertson and for including me along with some of the great ones like Tidbits’ Engst family!
 + Krypted = <3

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Saturday November 15

Update rake For OS X

Rake is basically make for Ruby. I recently needed to update rake for something I was working on. After doing so, I tried to update some stuff in Profile Manager and it seemed to work on the outside, but a lot of stuff in Yosemite and Yosemite Server rely on rake so be careful when doing this kind of thing. So, to update to the latest version of rake, use the gem command along with the install verb and then rake as the gem being updated:
sudo gem update rake
This is an interactive command line environment so you’ll be asked a few questions in order to update the gem. Once complete, you’re running (at the time of this writing) 10.3.2. Run the list verb to see what version of each local gem you are running:
sudo gem list
Because running a newer version of rake can conflict with some built-in OS X stuff, you might find a desire to go back. At the time I’m writing this article, 0.9.6 is the latest and greatest version of rake that OS X uses. We can remove the... | Read more »

Friday November 14

TA14-318B: Microsoft Windows OLE Automation Array...

Original release date: November 14, 2014
Systems Affected

  • Microsoft Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, RT, and RT 8.1
  • Microsoft Server 2003, Server 2008, Server 2008 R2, Server 2012, and Server 2012 R2

A vulnerability in Microsoft Windows Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially-crafted web page in Internet Explorer.[1]
The Microsoft Windows OLE OleAut32.dll library provides the SafeArrayRedim function that allows resizing of SAFEARRAY objects in memory.[2] In certain circumstances, this library does not properly check sizes of arrays when an error occurs. The improper size allows an attacker to manipulate memory in a way that can bypass the Internet... | Read more »

TA14-318A: Microsoft Secure Channel (Schannel) Vul...

Original release date: November 14, 2014
Systems Affected

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Vista SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 8
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows RT
  • Microsoft Windows RT 8.1

Microsoft Windows XP and 2000 may also be affected.
A critical vulnerability in Microsoft Windows systems could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code via specially crafted network traffic.[1]
Microsoft Secure Channel (Schannel) is a security package that provides SSL and TLS on Microsoft Windows platforms.[... | Read more »

Use libimobiledevice To View iOS Logs

Xcode and other tools can be used to view logs on iOS devices. One of those other tools is libimobiledevice. I usually install libimobiledevice using homebrew, as there are a few dependencies that can be a little annoying. To install homebrew if you haven’t already, run the following command:
ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"
Once run, follow the prompts to complete the installation. Once homebrew is installed, run the following brew command to download the required components and then libimobiledevice:
brew install -v --devel --fresh automake autoconf libtool wget libimobiledevice
Then run ideviceinstaller:
brew install -v --HEAD --fresh --build-from-source ideviceinstaller
Once these are... | Read more »

Thursday November 13

OS X Lion: Supported digital camera RAW formats

Digital camera RAW formats retain more image information than JPEGs and can produce better results when used with imaging applications such as Aperture and iPhoto.

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Safari 8.0.1 beta, Safari 7.1.1 beta, and Safari...

Safari 8.0.1 beta, Safari 7.1.1 beta, and Safari 6.2.1 beta Now Available

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Safari 8.0.1 beta, Safari 7.1.1 beta, and Safari...

Safari 8.0.1 beta, Safari 7.1.1 beta, and Safari 6.2.1 beta Now Available

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Notice: Mac OS X Hints is now a read-only site

We respect its storied history, and value the contributions of its many readers, but we can no longer support it at the level it deserves. There’s a wealth of great information here that many will find useful, so we've elected to maintain it in a read-only form. Thanks for your many years of attention and everything you've done to make the site such a valuable resource.

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From Inside the Cloud—How do we monitor and safegu...

Matt Swann is a principal software engineer for Office 365 and Vijay Kumar is a senior product manager for Office 365.
In our last post, From Inside the Cloud: What does Microsoft do to prepare for emerging security threats to Office 365?, we looked at the Red team’s activities and what goes into our “Assume Breach” approach for preparing for emerging security threats to Office 365.
The rigor and discipline required to testing ourselves continuously to keep your data safe within the service, is by nature an operation of tremendous scale especially when you consider the terabytes (TB) of data flowing daily through the service.
And it’s the Blue team’s job, to literally find that potential needle in the haystack of activity that may signify anomalous behavior and to then take action. Which is what we explain this week’s episode of From Inside the Cloud.

To achieve this scale... | Read more »

Excel Power Map—November update for Office 365  

Last month we focused on quality improvements for Excel Power Map, shipping more fixes than in any previous monthly release. This month we’re continuing to make fixes but we’ve also added a nice convenience feature. You can now play a tour directly from any scene, instead of always having to start playing a tour from the beginning. This is super helpful when you’re editing a tour and want to see how the changes you’ve made to a scene will appear. No more starting from the beginning and fast forwarding through to the scene you just changed. To use this feature, simply hover over a scene in the Tour Editor and click the Play button that appears. More updates coming next month. Enjoy!

Power Map is part of several analytics and... | Read more »

TA14-317A: Apple iOS "Masque Attack" Tec...

Original release date: November 13, 2014
Systems Affected
iOS devices running iOS 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 8.0, 8.1, and 8.1.1 beta.
A technique labeled “Masque Attack” allows an attacker to substitute malware for a legitimate iOS app under a limited set of circumstances.
Masque Attack was discovered and described by FireEye mobile security researchers.[1] This attack works by luring users to install an app from a source other than the iOS App Store or their organizations’ provisioning system. In order for the attack to succeed, a user must install an untrusted app, such as one delivered through a phishing link.  This technique takes advantage of a security weakness that allows an untrusted app—with the same “bundle identifier” as that of a legitimate app—to replace the legitimate app on an affected... | Read more »

Startup Profiles

The profiles command in Yosemite (and Mavericks for that matter), can configure profiles to install at the next boot, rather than immediately. Use the -s to define a startup profile and take note that if it fails, the profile will attempt to install at each subsequent reboot until installed. To use the command, simply add a -s then the -F for the profile and the -f to automatically confirm, as follows (and I like to throw in a -v usually for good measure):
profiles -s -F /Profiles/SuperAwesome.mobileconfig -f -v
And that’s it. Nice and easy and you now have profiles that only activate when a computer is started up.

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Sydney Mac Admins November Meet Up

To All Sydney Mac (and iOS) Admins,Our next Meeting is scheduled for Thursday 20th of November.We have a booking at 6pm at Hart’s Pub, Corner of Essex & Gloucester St, The Rocks.Any one who has an interest in managing OS X or iOS is very welcome to come. It is a great opportunity to meet your fellow Mac/iOS admins.Arek Dreyer has very generously donated an e-book version of his and Kevin White’s “Managing Apple Devices” which we will give to one lucky attendee of the meeting.This book is a comprehensive guide to deploying and maintaining Apple devices and in a world of rapidly evolving tech such as MDM, VPP and DEP is essential reading.You can RSVP and register to be notified of future events at hope to see you there,Marcus.About... | Read more »

Wednesday November 12

Use your Office 365 credentials to sign in to Yamm...

Today’s post was written by Jay Sethna, product marketing manager for the Yammer team.
Today marks an important milestone with the release of Office 365 sign-in for Yammer, a feature allowing users to access Yammer with their Office 365 credentials and to work across Office 365 applications with ease.
How it works
As users sign in to Yammer, they will be redirected to your organization’s Office 365 log in page. After entering their email address and password, they’ll notice the Office 365 suite navigation bar (pictured below) at the top of their Yammer network. With a single click, users can quickly toggle between Yammer, Outlook, OneDrive, SharePoint and more to get work done.
This feature gives users one less password to manage and a seamless online entry point to all Office 365 apps.

Office 365 suite navigation bar and Yammer... | Read more »

Garage Series: Power BI and Excel takes on El Clás...

This week the Garage Series comes from Barcelona, Spain on the heels of TechEd Europe. In this demo-packed show Jeremy puts the advanced analytics and visuals in Excel and Power BI to the test to expose data patterns within past matches between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. By combining historical El Clásico and player data, outside forces like temperature, humidity and moon phases, Jeremy tries to predict the outcomes and puts these predictions to the test among fans in Barcelona.

Last November we invited Michael Tejedor to the Garage to give a first look at Power BI. This week, we hit the road again and while at TechEd Barcelona, and we decided to put Power BI to the test and see if we could combine multiple data sources and use the visualization engines in Excel and Power BI in an attempt to predict the outcome of El Clásico after hearing from fans of both clubs.  The nice thing with a scenario like this is that detailed... | Read more »

Continuous Innovation Makes Office 365 the Clear C...

The technology industry runs on innovation: new products, new features, and new ideas. Innovation is the arena in which technology companies compete in their never-ending quest to offer products and services that are better, faster, and more secure.
Our commitment to innovation and delighting customers has been a hallmark of Microsoft Office since we introduced the very first version of the productivity suite. Since then, our non-stop innovation has enabled us to far outpace competitors such as Google, who suggests their Google Apps for Work are “good enough for most people,” including those who rely on the rich, full-featured experience of Office 365 (Could that be one reason why the annual Thomson Reuters “Top 100 Innovators” study recognized Microsoft as a leading Software innovator again this year while Google was recognized only for Search?).
Over the past year, Microsoft developers and engineers have introduced a stunning... | Read more »

Project webcast November 18—Leveraging Scrum/Agile...

Some people say that Microsoft Project cannot be used outside of a Waterfall schedule approach.  This is absolutely NOT true.  In fact, most of the best scheduling approaches leverage iterative activities, such as Scrum or Agile Planning incorporated into their project.
This seminar will address key steps, for building an Agile schedule, addressing pros and cons to Scrum features and approaches, while blending a schedule to address the tactical agile needs, while still providing rollup and time boxed reporting to stakeholders.
This lively and example-driven webinar should help all who attend understand how they too can build agile, iterative schedules and address the need for having a good schedule that also helps to map, track and report activities, features, story points, backlogs all within Project.
Presented by Tim Runcie of Advisicon.
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Office 2013 updated authentication enabling Multi-...

Later this month we will release an update to the Office 2013 Windows client applications that enables new authentication flows, including support for Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). These new authentication flows are enabled by the Active Directory Authentication Library (ADAL). The update for ADAL based authentication will be disabled by default for all users of Office 2013 Windows clients, and the previous sign in authentication stack based on the Microsoft Online Sign-In Assistant will continue to be used by default. The updated authentication features will be available in private preview starting with the November 2014 update. This blog post talks about the new features that are enabled by the ADAL sign-in authentication stack and when you should consider enabling that stack. 
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10 Reasons Uber Kicks Ass

I’ve spent way too much time traveling in my life (and way too little time writing about non-technical things). It’s had ups and it’s had downs. But these days, a bunch of fun little technical breakthroughs that make traveling incrementally better. And one of those things is Uber (and other similar services) who have disrupted the short-range ground transportation game. And I like them so much, I decided to write a little list of the reasons why! While writing, I also realized that you can use this code and we both get Uber credit I never used a promo code. But you can: Has nothing to do with why I wrote this, but it’s a nice thing for me to find while writing…

So here’s my top 10 reason Uber rocks:

  1. I believe in the model. People work when they want and seem generally happy. I’ve had a lot of students and people who drive... | Read more »

Tuesday November 11

De-clutter your inbox in Office 365

Brian Shiers is a senior product marketing manager and Kumar Venkateswar is a senior program manager on the Exchange team.
Today we are beginning the roll out of Clutter to Office 365 business customers, which brings the power of Office Graph to your inbox. Clutter is designed to help you focus on the most important messages in your inbox. It uses machine learning to de-clutter your inbox by moving lower priority messages out of your way and into a new Clutter folder. Ultimately, Clutter removes distractions so you can focus on what matters most.
The Clutter experience
Take a look at this video to learn how Clutter helps you keep focused on the most important items in your inbox.

How Clutter works
Clutter learns from your actions to determine the messages you are likely to ignore. As less important messages arrive, they are automatically moved to... | Read more »

Making it easier for teachers and students to work...

Microsoft Office has long been a staple in the teacher toolkit for communicating and collaborating with their classes. Today we’re thrilled to announce that we’ve made it easier for teachers to get Office on all their devices—while storing and sharing class material with students using OneDrive.
Last week we were excited to share with you the next steps in bringing Office to everyone, on every device. The updated Office apps for iPhone and iPad and the upcoming Android and Windows 10 apps are full of great features to help students and teachers do more and achieve more. When combined with an Office 365 subscription and full Office, they can do even more and the experience can be incredibly impactful on classroom collaboration and learning outcomes.
Millions of teachers and students are already eligible through their school to utilize... | Read more »

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