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Monday April 18

15:00
Get Ready for WWDC16

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off June 13 in San Francisco. WWDC features more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs, and the Apple Design Awards. Register now for an opportunity to join Apple’s renowned developer community at this year’s conference. Students and STEM organization members can also apply for a WWDC Scholarship to attend. Learn more about WWDC.

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15:00
Make the Most of the App Store

Take advantage of new articles and videos designed to help you grow your business on the App Store and engage users worldwide. See how developers approach finding success on Apple platforms and what they’ve learned along the way. Learn more.

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15:00
Make the Most of the App Store

Take advantage of new articles and videos designed to help you grow your business on the App Store and engage users worldwide. See how developers approach finding success on Apple platforms and what they’ve learned along the way. Learn more.

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08:00
Expanding FastTrack to help Office 365 customers w...

Today’s post was written by Cyril Belikoff, senior director of Office Marketing.
Microsoft FastTrack, the customer success service for Office 365, is designed to help you move to the cloud and realize business value faster. It has rapidly evolved over the past year from a one-time onboarding benefit for our largest customers to an ongoing customer benefit available for free to customers with 50 seats or more of eligible Office 365 plans. FastTrack lets you discover what’s possible with Office 365, plan for successful rollouts and enable new users and capabilities at your own pace.
FastTrack has already helped thousands of organizations—of various sizes and complexity—move to the cloud and... | Read more »

05:00
Scripting The OS X Caching Server To Cache Updates

The Caching Server in OS X is a little bit of a black box. But, it’s not all that complicated, compared to some things in the IT world. I’d previously written about command line management of the service itself here. When you enable the caching service, the server registers itself as a valid Caching Server. Nearby devices then lookup the closest update server with Apple and register with that update server using a GUID:
/Applications/Server.app/Contents/ServerRoot/usr/sbin/serveradmin settings caching:ServerGUID
Then, each time the device looks for an update, it does so against http://mesu.apple.com/assets/com_apple_MobileAsset_SoftwareUpdate/... | Read more »

Saturday April 16

21:16
Thіngѕ To Do When Visiting Stаtе Cоllеgе, Pеnnѕуlv...

When уоu thіnk of State College, thеrе’ѕ a gооd сhаnсе thаt one thіng соmеѕ tо mіnd: Pеnn Stаtе fооtbаll. And while thе tеаm іѕ a bіg drаw for thе rеgіоn, thеrе are рlеntу оf оthеr grеаt thіngѕ tо dо іn State Cоllеgе аnd the rеѕt of Cеntrе Cоuntу. Thеrе аrе mаnу оutdооrѕ асtіvіtіеѕ іn Cеntrаl Pеnnѕуlvаnіа. Cеntrе Cоuntу has several rесrеаtіоn сеntеrѕ аnd facilities for уеаr-rоund fun, іnсludіng сусlіng, fіѕhіng, hiking, саmріng, golf, ісе ѕkаtіng аnd more. Whеthеr уоu lіvе іn Stаtе College, Bеllеfоntе, Boalsburg or Phіlірѕburg, аttеnd Pеnn Stаtе University, оr аrе vіѕіtіng Central Pennsylvania fоr business оr рlеаѕurе.
Sоmе оf thеm, like thе All-Stаtе Museum оr thе Pеnn Stаtе Creamery аrе wеll known. Hоwеvеr, оthеrѕ mіght bе a bіt оf a ѕurрrіѕе fоr еvеn thе mоѕt knоwlеdgеаblе оf residents аnd аlumnі. Hеrе аrе ѕоmе the thіngѕ уоu can dо whеn vіѕіtіng State College, Pеnnѕуlvаnіа In Lаtе Junе:
Drink Crаft Beer
Aѕ a соllеgе town, уоu might thіnk that... | Read more »

21:16
mysql command switches

Mysql command options:
–auto-rehash Enable or disable automatic rehashing
–auto-vertical-output Automatically display output of commands vertically rather than horizontally
–batch Do not write to the history file
–binary I use this when I have large results timing out due to blobs being in there
–bind-address Specify a network interface when connecting to the server
–character-sets-dir Indicate a custom directory where character sets are installed
–column-names Output column names when running queries
–column-type-info Show metadata
–comments Enable or disable commenting when sending statements to the server
–compress Compresses data sent to/from client and server
–connect_timeout Seconds of inactivity before a ... | Read more »

19:54
My Latest Appearance With The MacVoices Podcast

Love working with Chuck Joiner. It’s great to record these podcasts, and always have a blast hanging out with Chuck. This episode is covering my latest book on OS X Server. Stoked to get the chance to do this again! To check out the book, click here!

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Friday April 15

08:00
Office 365 news roundup

Office 365 is not only an outstanding suite of cloud-based productivity tools for end users and a comprehensive solution for businesses and organizations of all sizes, it’s also a great platform for developers. That has never been clearer than it was at the recent Build developer conference in San Francisco, where we announced a slew of new Office opportunities for developers and showed how Microsoft is reimagining Office for a new era of computing.
First, we’ve expanded the capabilities of Microsoft Graph so developers can build smarter apps—powered by data and insights from Office 365. Second, we’re extending Office add-ins already available with Office 2013 to Office for Mac, making... | Read more »

07:35
Driving successful adoption of Office 365 at Mott...

Mott MacDonald provides engineering, management and development consultancy services for some of the world’s most challenging and complex projects, from hydropower plants in Peru and Vietnam to the Channel Tunnel connecting England and France. Collaboration is at the heart of success for this Croydon, UK–based company. The company needed an integrated digital solution that would help drive innovation and productivity by streamlining collaboration, increasing efficiency and enhancing mobility for its global workforce. Office 365 was the answer.
The company knew that implementing Office 365 would be just the first step on its journey, and that driving adoption of the new platform would be critical. Simon Denton, a business architect at Mott MacDonald, has been helping to lead the charge around end-user adoption. He turned to Microsoft FastTrack* for insight and resources.
Denton was already aware of the FastTrack team from its previous support of the company’s email... | Read more »

05:00
Create Classes In Profile Manager For The Classroo...

Creating a classroom is a pretty straight forward process in Profile Manager. To do so, open the Profile Manager web interface and click on Classes in the sidebar. For your first class, click Add Class (for future ones, click the plus sign (+).

At the New Class screen, click into New Class in the title bar and provide a name for the class. Optionally, provide a description, as well. Click on the Save button to save the class.

Then click on the Instructors tab and use the plus sign towards the bottom of the screen and then choose the user or group you’d like to add as the Instructor for the class. Click on the Students tab to add a user or group as a student.
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Thursday April 14

19:29
Software Update Server Reset Script

Any time I need to get a bunch of cruft out of Software Update Server on OS X Server, I just reset it real quick. To do so, simply remove /Library/Server/Software Update. But first, it’s important to stop the service, and once removed, set the port back up (which isn’t done automatically), and then start the service (swupdate). As this has become somewhat routine, I made a micro-script of it here.

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11:48
TA16-105A: Apple Ends Support for QuickTime for Wi...

Original release date: April 14, 2016
Systems Affected
Microsoft Windows with Apple QuickTime installed
Overview
According to Trend Micro, Apple will no longer be providing security updates for QuickTime for Windows, leaving this software vulnerable to exploitation. [1]
Description
All software products have a lifecycle. Apple will no longer be providing security updates for QuickTime for Windows. [1]The Zero Day Initiative has issued advisories for two vulnerabilities found in QuickTime for Windows. [2] [3]
Impact
Computer systems running unsupported software are exposed to elevated cybersecurity... | Read more »

08:00
New opportunities for real estate on a global scal...

Today’s Microsoft Office 365 post was written by Robert Franch, chief technology officer at Cushman & Wakefield.
There’s no question that the global property management market is booming. Increased density and continued development generate plenty of activity, with buyers and sellers looking for the right properties in the ideal locations at the perfect price. Cushman & Wakefield operates out of more than 400 offices across 60 countries, and our 43,000 employees work with customers in every corner of the world. We’ve more than doubled in size over the last 18 months—and we’re not done growing.
Operating at that geographical spread and scale can be daunting, but it also presents a number of opportunities. We needed to find streamlined ways to quickly integrate new employees and business units and make them productive immediately. We also want to improve our cross-regional selling strategies, so that we can maximize market revenue. For instance, if we... | Read more »

08:00
Add videos, choose your viewing experience and tel...

Last month, we came out with the ability to create Sways right from your Microsoft Photos albums and breathe life to your photos through Living Images. Thanks to your continuous feedback, we’ve added several features over the past weeks to make Sways even easier to create and more engaging for viewers.
Add video to your Sways
Whether it’s for your company newsletter, travel blog or classroom activity, video is one of the most dynamic ways to get your... | Read more »

07:59
Episode 090 on the 2016 Build Conference

In this episode, Jeremy Thake and Richard DiZerega discuss all the exciting announcements from the 2016 Build Conference in San Francisco, Jeremy’s transition to Azure Marketing and the future of the show.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP90_Build.mp3
Download the podcast.
Weekly Updates

05:00
Announcing new experiences for teachers and studen...

Today’s post was written by Eran Megiddo, vice president of Education Engineering at Microsoft.
As part of today’s Microsoft’s Education announcement, we are announcing new and unique experiences and updates to Office 365 Education coming summer 2016* that will make it easier for teachers to manage their classroom; students to learn; and IT administrators to set it all up.

Manage classes in one place with Microsoft Classroom
Office 365 Education now includes Microsoft Classroom, a single experience for managing all classes and assignment workflow—with a teacher and student view.
Microsoft Classroom has a OneNote Class Notebook built into every class, allowing teachers to create assignments with due dates,... | Read more »

05:00
New updates for the OneNote Class Notebook add-in,...

Since launching the OneNote Class Notebook add-in a month ago, tens of thousands of teachers have downloaded and started using it. The reaction has been tremendous and we have been hearing from happy teachers all over the world. We’ve also seen some amazing creativity from teachers who have already deeply integrated the add-in into their classroom pedagogy, such as this example from Marija Petreska from Macedonia.
Since the initial launch of the Class Notebook in 2014, one of the top requests we’ve had from teachers and schools was to allow Class Notebooks to integrate more deeply with assignments and grades, as well as the workflow of existing Learning Management Systems (LMS) or related systems. We have... | Read more »

Wednesday April 13

08:00
6 security red flags when identifying the perfect...

For a long time, the cloud was considered the “wave of the future.” But the future has arrived. A great cloud storage solution not only allows your employees access to files anytime, anywhere—it also makes it simple to sync files, work on the go and share and coauthor documents with ease. But more than 50 percent of organizations find cloud storage to be the riskiest cloud app category.

A big reason for that? Security threats. Despite all the data out there showing the cloud to be just as or more secure as on-premises storage, security remains the top barrier to... | Read more »

08:00
Introducing a new home page experience for Office...

Earlier this month, we began to roll out a new, more intuitive home page experience for Office 365 users. This update brings a fresh new look and feel to the Office 365 welcome page, and a range of new features for both administrators and users.
We’re constantly looking for opportunities to improve the way our users get things done. The new Office 365 home page enables more consistent and unified experiences for work, education and home users across every device. This new platform also helps us respond to user feedback and deliver innovative new features at a faster pace than ever before.
Simple, responsive design

We’ve simplified how people access their Office 365 applications and documents. Now, when you log in to Office 365, you have immediate access to all your online applications and recent documents to help you get to what you need faster.
As part of this update, we’ve also taken the opportunity to add improved page responsiveness for a better, more... | Read more »

Tuesday April 12

08:00
The Office Small Business Academy April webcast—“C...

It’s no surprise that small businesses consider culture to be a major contributor to their overall success—and a healthy culture starts at the top. Register now for the April episode of Office Small Business Academy—“Culture Rules! Create a Positive Business Culture Inside and Out” —airing April 26 at 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET. You’ll get easy tips for shaping workplace values, developing effective leadership and polishing your digital presence.

  • CNBC on-air contributor Carol Roth has four tips every entrepreneur needs for smart social media strategy.
  • Brand-building expert and author of “What Great Brands Do,” Denise Lee Yohn, explains the connection between happy employees and loyal customers, and how to create a culture your employees will love.
  • The president and editor-in-chief of Inc., Eric Schurenberg, shares his advice to help you grow into... | Read more »
08:00
Outlook on the web makes going on vacations less s...

Vacation is a time to relax. However, the weeks leading up to it can often be as stressful as the time off is fun, as you rush to get packed and finish all those important to-dos before you set your “Out of Office” message. We want to take one thing off your to-do list.
Outlook on the web now makes it easier to clear your calendar and automatically decline meetings before you head out for some time away from the office. When you set an automatic reply in Outlook on the web, Outlook will offer to do the following on your behalf:

  • Block your calendar so people know you’re away.
  • Clear existing meetings on your calendar by declining/canceling them.
  • Automatically send a response to incoming invitations while you’re away.

Block your calendar
One of the most common things you do before taking time off is block time on your calendar so people know you are going to be away. Now, when you set your automatic reply, select the option... | Read more »

07:59
EPIC Planning in OneNote

Today’s post was written by Lynette Barker, librarian teacher at St Therese’s Primary School in New Lambton, Australia.
Creating a comprehensive and authentic learning program gives many teachers a sense of purpose and direction in the classroom. They feel more prepared, more ready to teach. Through observations and informal discussions with my teaching colleagues, it became obvious that a considerable amount of their creative planning time was spent looking through SharePoint folders, personal document libraries and USB sticks trying to locate the latest programming documents, checklists and guides. As a result, valuable time that could have been spent chatting and brainstorming with colleagues to design rich lessons was lost.
The solution—bring all documents for teaching and learning together into one dynamic workspace that is accessible by all and supports collaborative planning.
The natural tool of choice—OneNote!
The OneNote Notebook not only... | Read more »

07:21
OneDrive for Business recognized as an EFSS leader...

Today’s post was written by Jeff Teper, corporate vice president for OneDrive and SharePoint.
OneDrive for Business has made significant progress in the last 6 months, and was recently named a Leader by Forrester Research in “The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise File Sync and Share Platforms, Cloud Solutions, Q1 2016.” You can read the report here.
It’s an honor to get industry recognition like this, but we know there’s always more for us to do to improve the service. Today, we’re announcing important improvements and new capabilities in our sync, browser and mobile experiences, as well as new IT controls for administrators.

New features added to the Next Generation Sync Client
In December 2015, we released the first version of the Next Generation Sync Client, which we now refer to as the new OneDrive sync client. The new OneDrive sync client has... | Read more »

07:20
Announcing content viewing for Skype for Business...

Today, we’re pleased to announce an update to the Skype for Business apps for Android and iOS, including the ability to view meeting content on Android and improvements to the meeting experience on both platforms, even when you are experiencing spotty Internet connectivity.
Content viewing now on Android and enhanced on iOS
You can now view a presenter’s desktop and applications shared in a meeting on your Skype for Business app for Android phones and tablets. When viewing content during a meeting on your Android device, the meeting controls disappear, so that you can focus on the content without distractions. A light tap on the screen will bring back the controls when you need them.

We have also greatly improved the content viewing experience on the Skype for Business app for iOS. Faster content refresh now allows for a smoother meeting experience—you’ll notice less delay between the presenter’s view and the content displayed on your device. The latest update... | Read more »

 
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Black Hole Joyrider (Games)
Black Hole Joyrider 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Guide your spacecraft through the gravity well of a powerful black hole using only your retro-thrusters and dwindling fuel reserves. Black Hole Joyrider | Read more »
My Koi (Games)
My Koi 1.0 Device: iOS iPhone Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: My Koi is a beautiful and relaxing fish pond app. Customise and name each fish. Feed them daily. Watch them grow. Collect new fish. Escape and relax. COLLECT. GROW. NURTURE. ESCAPE.*********" The most beautiful app I've ever seen... | Read more »
Never Gone (Games)
Never Gone 1.0.2 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.2 (iTunes) Description: ###IMPPORTANT### Never Gone's HD art resources require devices with more than 1GB RAM, so please note that iPhone 4/4s, iPad 2/mini, iPod Touch 5 or older devices are NOT supported."From Chinese developer HippieGame, this is... | Read more »
INKS. (Games)
INKS. 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: From the makers of BAFTA-winning Lumino City comes INKS. INKS updates pinball for a new generation. It combines the joy of pinball with skilful tactical challenges, and allows you to create wondrous works of art as the ball smashes... | Read more »
How to maximise your profits in Bakery B...
Running a bakery can be an expensive venture. You’ll need to continuously upgrade your oven, your kitchen supplies, and even your ingredients to keep customers happy. Most of these renovations in Bakery Blitz cost a pretty penny, but we have a few tricks up our sleeves to help you rake in the virtual wealth. [Read more] | Read more »
How to manage your time in Bakery Blitz
It can be tricky, especially when you risk burning your kitchen to the ground if you forget a cake in the oven, so make sure to use these time management tricks to keep your bakery running smoothly. Don’t collect the money right away [Read more] | Read more »
Model 15 (Music)
Model 15 1.0 Device: iOS iPhone Category: Music Price: $29.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: The Moog Model 15 App is the first Moog modular synthesizer and synthesis educational tool created exclusively for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.* The Model 15 App requires iOS version 9.3 or later to work. * | Read more »
How to deal with wind in Angry Birds Act...
Angry Birds Action! is a physics-based puzzler in which you're tasked with dragging and launching birds around an obstacle-littered field to achieve a set objective. It's simple enough at first, but when wind gets introduced things can get pretty tricky. Here are some tips to deal with wind-based obstacles. [Read more] | Read more »
How to get three stars in every level of...
Angry Birds Action! is, essentially, a pinball-style take on the pull-and-fling action of the original games. When you first boot it up, you'll likely be wondering exactly what it is you have to do to get a good score. Well, never fear as 148Apps is here to walk you through it, and provide a few tips and tricks to help you get three stars in every... | Read more »
The beginner's guide to Warbits
Warbits is a turn-based strategy that's clearly inspired by Nintendo's Advance Wars series. Since turn-based strategy games can be kind of tricky to dive into, see below for a few tips to help you in the beginning. Positioning is crucial [Read more] | Read more »
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