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Tuesday September 1

08:00
Get the free eBook for teachers: “Liberating Geniu...

Today, in an effort to help globally launch and inspire “Genius Hour” in classrooms all over the world, Angela Maiers and Choose2Matter, Inc. in collaboration with Microsoft are providing teachers with the free, customizable and interactive eBook: “Liberating Genius: The First 20 Days.” This free eBook, authored by Angela Maiers and Mark Moran, guides teachers through the introduction of Genius Hour.
 “Since classrooms began adopting Genius Hour five years ago, I’ve had thousands of educators ask me for advice on the best way to do so. This book contains lesson plans for the first 20 days and also curates the best advice from the vibrant community of passionate educators at the forefront of this movement.”
—Angela Maiers, founder of Choose2Matter
... | Read more »

08:00
Office 365 gives Tastea the freedom to focus

Tastea—an innovative beverage retailer based in Orange County, California—wanted to prepare for expansion while maintaining high levels of quality and service. The company decided that a key to creating a repeatable customer experience across stores was to standardize operations while opening up clearer lines of communication. The company now relies on Office 365 for everything from inventory management to customer service. Tastea believes that it will open more stores and have greater business success with Office 365.
Here’s what Tastea co-founder, Ted Vu, had to say:
“Our ability to quickly expand and open new franchises would not be possible without the turnkey capabilities enabled by Office 365. I keep learning more and more about what I can do with Office 365—it’s been like a shopping spree for me. I just wish I’d switched to Office 365 sooner!”
Watch this video to learn more about how Tastea uses Office 365:

A budding idea
Ted Vu dreams... | Read more »

08:00
What’s new: August 2015

August brought new Outlook partner add-ins, new wearable productivity apps, Sway for Windows 10, a new community GitHub project for Office IT Pro Deployment Scripts and a new Snack video showcase for developers. Plus, you can now preview the Skype for Business apps for iOS and Android and real-time coauthoring in OneDrive. There were lots of updates too, including: improvements in Excel 2016 for Mac that make working with external data easier, deeper integration between Office documents and Outlook for iOS, and easier access to OneNote Staff Notebooks for school administrators. Several posts this month give you a close look at the new business analytics features in Excel 2016 and show you what you can do with six new Excel 2016 charts. Leave us a comment to let us know what your favorite new feature is. If you missed last month’s updates, see What’s new: July 2015.
Office 365 Personal,... | Read more »

Monday August 31

14:00
Sports apparel designer gears up for mobile produc...

Dakine, maker of accessories and apparel for action sports, needed new business technology that matched the expectations of its mobile workforce—and chose Microsoft Office 365. Today, Dakine employees use the cloud-based communication and collaboration services to stay connected with the business, driving productivity while minimizing IT infrastructure costs.
Here’s what Nic Richards, IT manager at Dakine, had to say:
“As the global IT Manager, I need to be able to react quickly from wherever I am, be it on the slopes, the trails or the beach. Microsoft Office 365 cloud-based services give me that flexibility. We have reduced the average time to answer a customer query by 30 percent. Before Office 365, it could take one or two days to equip a new employee with email—now I’m done in just five minutes.”
It’s a crisp, clear day on the slopes of Mt. Hood Meadows and Nic Richards is “shredding pow.” Snowboarding on powder may not sound like work, but in a way... | Read more »

12:06
Minneapolis Breweries and Distilleries List

I noticed a page go up on JAMF Nation inviting people to setup their own birds of a feather/mini-events. As with many cities, one of the things that’s great about Minneapolis is the vibrant craft brew movement here. So, I decided to build a list, with contact information and the distance to the Guthrie. Happy times setting up events. Or if you visit in the future, hope you find it useful! The list is available here.

 
Eventually I’ll try and write up a description of each. I omitted any place that isn’t actually a brewery, but there are some really great tap rooms as well!

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10:35
Reinvent Productivity webcast series

Join us for a virtual event series live from a Microsoft Technology Center to learn how to empower your employees and organization with tools from Office 365.

With the industry’s most advanced productivity suiteOffice 365—Microsoft is focused on reinventing productivity to help you become more productive, mobile, collaborative and intelligent without sacrificing trust or security. We are making weekly, monthly and quarterly updates to all parts of the cloud service, ensuring your users have “the right tool” at “the right time.” As a result of the continued enhancement of our productivity suite, we’ve built a four-part webcast series delivered from Microsoft Subject Experts live from a Microsoft Technology Center to keep you informed on the latest capabilities you can bring your... | Read more »

09:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 8 Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 8 Now Available

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09:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 8 Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 8 Now Available

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08:00
We’re making our in-house legal software—Matter Ce...

Over the past two years, Microsoft’s legal department set out to create an internal tool that didn’t exist—a way to organize its legal matters and collaborate on documents within the familiar Office 365 tools attorneys use most. So last year our Legal & Corporate Affairs Group (LCA) shared its vision for an Office 365 Add-in that would do just that. Since then, LCA has worked to turn this concept into Matter Center for Office 365, an Office 365 Add-in currently in use internally at Microsoft, and is becoming available to legal professionals at law firms and in-house departments of all sizes.
In fact, we have already shipped Matter Center to IT solutions providers who specialize in serving the legal community. These Microsoft partners are now offering Matter Center on a limited basis, and will begin offering it broadly in the coming weeks. These partners... | Read more »

08:00
Introducing Office UI Fabric—your key to designing...

Today we are announcing the general availability of Office UI Fabric on GitHub. Office UI Fabric is a responsive, mobile-first, front-end framework for developers, designed to make it simple to quickly create web experiences using the Office Design Language. It’s simple and familiar to get up and running with Office UI Fabric—whether you’re creating a new app from scratch or adding new features to an existing one.
With Office UI Fabric you can apply simple CSS styles to make your web applications look and feel like the rest of Office. The styling takes into account typography, color, icons, animations, responsive grid layouts and localization.
Along with styling, there are reusable components such as input, layout, navigation and content (persona card, list item and table views).
... | Read more »

Friday August 28

14:50
Supporting IPv6 in iOS 9

At WWDC 2015 we announced that iOS 9 will support IPv6-only network services. All apps submitted to the App Store must support IPv6 starting in early 2016. To make sure your app is compatible, use the networking frameworks (e.g., “NSURLSession”), avoid use of IPv4-specific APIs, and avoid hard-coded IP addresses. Before submitting your app, test for compatibility.To learn more, read Supporting IPv6 DNS64/NAT64 Networks and watch Your App and Next Generation Networks.

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14:50
Supporting IPv6 in iOS 9

At WWDC 2015 we announced that iOS 9 will support IPv6-only network services. All apps submitted to the App Store must support IPv6 starting in early 2016. To make sure your app is compatible, use the networking frameworks (e.g., “NSURLSession”), avoid use of IPv4-specific APIs, and avoid hard-coded IP addresses. Before submitting your app, test for compatibility.To learn more, read Supporting IPv6 DNS64/NAT64 Networks and watch Your App and Next Generation Networks.

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09:31
TA15-240A: Controlling Outbound DNS Access

Original release date: August 28, 2015
Systems Affected
Networked systems
Overview
US-CERT has observed an increase in Domain Name System (DNS) traffic from client systems within internal networks to publically hosted DNS servers. Direct client access to Internet DNS servers, rather than controlled access through enterprise DNS servers, can expose an organization to unnecessary security risks and system inefficiencies. This Alert provides recommendations for improving security related to outbound DNS queries and responses.
Description
Client systems and applications may be configured to send DNS requests to servers other than authorized enterprise DNS caching name servers (also called resolving, forwarding or recursive name servers). This type of configuration poses a security risk and may introduce inefficiencies to an organization.   
Impact
Unless managed by perimeter technical solutions, client systems and... | Read more »

Thursday August 27

08:00
Episode 060 on the new Office Add-in Yeoman Genera...

In this episode, Jeremy Thake and Richard DiZerega talk to Andrew Connnell about the new Office Add-in Yeoman Generator.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP60_Yeoman.mp3
Download the podcast.
Weekly updates

08:00
What’s new for business analytics in Excel 2016

Earlier this week we explained how Excel—the world’s most widely used and familiar data analysis tool—works with the new Power BI and Power BI Desktop to provide business analysts with a powerful portfolio of analytic tools unique in the industry. Today we unbox Excel 2016’s new and improved business analytics features, so you can take full advantage of each capability as it applies to your unique business needs. Excel 2016 improvements have been designed with the analyst’s journey in mind, from gathering to consuming data:

Faster and easier ways to get data
Before analysis can begin, you must be able to bring in the data relevant to the business question you are trying to answer. Excel 2016 now comes with built-in... | Read more »

06:00
List of all the Swarm Stickers

Yup, more social media weird lists. If you’ve ever wondered what you have to do to get that one sticker on Foursq… er, Swarm, here goes: http://krypted.com/utilities/list-of-all-swarm-sticker/.

A few things I’ve learned about these things:

  • You get stickers if you check-in through third party apps that have API plug-ins to Swarm (such as Untappd).
  • You get stickers if you check-in through the Foursquare app instead of Swarm.
  • The distance limitation for stickers seems to be removed (so if your GPS picks you up a mile from a spot and you are checking in there, you’ll still get a sticker if appropriate).
  • There are no more levels of stickers/badges like there were in Foursquare.
  • You can be mayor again, if you’re into that sort of thing... | Read more »

Wednesday August 26

10:51
Sessions For JNUC Getting Posted

As the largest Apple IT gathering in the world rapidly approaches, we want to give you an early glimpse into the great presentations at the JAMF Nation User Conference (JNUC).
We are excited to announce that we’ve added the first ten JNUC sessions to our site. With sessions for education and commercial organizations, you’re sure to find presentations to meet your needs. Highlights include best practices for preparing Macs for online testing, ways to bring Apple’s Volume Purchase Program (VPP) and Device Enrollment Program (DEP) to life in your environment, and methods for mitigating and addressing Mac security threats.
Haven’t registered yet? There’s still time, but hurry. We’re nearing our capacity. 
Secure your spot and start making your travel plansand ... | Read more »

08:00
Helping business analysts take full advantage of E...

Excel is the world’s most widely used and familiar data analysis tool and for good reason! It provides flexibility at each stage of your analytic journey, with tools that support both quick ad hoc calculations and exploration across large data sets. Last month, Microsoft expanded its BI offerings by releasing the latest version of Power BI, a groundbreaking cloud-based business analytics service, which has gained over 500,000 unique users, from 45,000 companies and across 185 countries during the public preview. One question we are asked a lot is, “How does Excel work with Power BI?” Here is an overview of how these tools work together to solve your analytics needs.
Excel 2016 and Power BI are a portfolio of tools that is unique in the industry. Together, they provide a broad set of... | Read more »

Monday August 24

09:00
Xcode 7 beta 6 Now Available

Xcode 7 beta 6 Now Available

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09:00
Xcode 7 beta 6 Now Available

Xcode 7 beta 6 Now Available

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07:55
Announcing availability of SharePoint Server 2016...

Today’s post was written by Bill Baer, senior technical product manager for the SharePoint team.
“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” —Walt Disney
In April, we broadly announced our vision, strategy, timeline and investment in three major areas: familiar and intuitive user experiences, cloud-inspired infrastructure with hybrid at the core and robust security and compliance for SharePoint Server 2016.
Today we’re excited to announce availability of both SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview and the new cloud hybrid search preview for SharePoint Server 2013 and 2016. As we continue to develop SharePoint Server 2016, we’re paying close attention to trends in content management, team collaboration, user experiences across devices, and how the cloud can be blended into... | Read more »

Saturday August 22

06:00
Copy OS Updates Between Apple Configurator Machine...

One of the things that is awesome and sometimes frustrating about Apple Configurator is that when you do certain tasks, you end up updating the OS on devices. The reason this is awesome is that it allows you to centralize operations. The reason this can be frustrating is that if you’re on a limited bandwidth connection, you may find that you can’t do very basic tasks before downloading a large OS update. And if you’ve got a bunch of Apple Configurator workstations, and you are running a training session, this can get infinitely more annoying.
In these types of lab environments, you’re in luck. If you have an ipsw (the iOS OS update file), you can copy the file from ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.configurator/Data/Library/Caches/com.apple.configurator/Firmware/ onto another machine. To copy them onto a USB drive called bananarama for example, use the following command:
cp -R ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.configurator/Data/Library/Caches/com.apple.configurator/Firmware... | Read more »

Friday August 21

13:30
Office 365 news roundup

“There is nothing so stable as change.” —Bob Dylan
One thing is certain: the advent of the Office 365 service has brought an unprecedented amount of innovation and change to our productivity and collaboration products. We’re constantly improving it, too—responding to customer demand and feedback and maintaining a tireless pursuit to reinvent productivity and provide the best set of services to help people work together. Over the past year, we released more than 450 updates to Office 365, both large and small. So many updates can be hard to keep track of, so we’re making improvements to the tools and processes you can use to keep up to speed on all... | Read more »

09:45
Office 365—monthly Dev Digest for August

This month’s Office 365 Dev Digest was written by Jeremy Thake, technical product manager for the Office 365 Dev team.
Welcome to the sixth edition of Dev Digest, designed to help you—the Office 365 developer—keep up-to-date with what’s new in Office 365 development.
It has been another busy month for the team, with some great strides to get new developers started with our APIs and add-ins. You can check this out yourself by navigating to dev.office.com/getting-started. From this page, you can follow the page flow, sign in with your Office 365 credentials, create an Azure application, and then download a code sample pre-filled with the client ID and secret, so you can immediately run your sample in your environment. We’ve targeted Android, ASP.NET MVC, iOS, Node.js, PHP, Python and Ruby with this first release for the API flow. The team will continue to iterate on this to make it even easier... | Read more »

Thursday August 20

10:20
Deeper integration between Office documents and Ou...

Today, we are excited to announce deeper integration between Outlook and our other key Office apps for iPhone and iPad—Word, Excel and PowerPoint—designed to make it easier than ever to collaborate on and share Office documents on the go. In many organizations, Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents capture the bulk of the knowledge and experiences that information workers produce—strategy documents, sales presentations, contracts, market analyses, etc. In our personal lives, these documents contain to-do lists, travel itineraries, monthly budgets and more. This information is then frequently shared with others in email using Outlook.
Outlook for iOS now opens Office documents sent as attachments directly in their respective apps, replacing the simple viewers we previously used. We’ve also streamlined the steps required to collaborate on files sent as attachments. These updates, combined with Outlook’s... | Read more »

 
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This Week at 148Apps: August 24-28, 2015
The Apps of August With 148Apps How do you know what apps are worth your time and money? Just look to the review team at 148Apps. We sort through the chaos and find the apps you're looking for. The ones we love become Editor’s Choice, standing out above the many good apps and games with something just a little bit more to offer. Take a look at... | Read more »
NASCAR in Real Racing 3? Sure, Why Not?
I have to give Firemonkeys credit - it's very cool of them to add NASCAR to Real Racing 3 via an update rather than making a separate game for it. But that's a different discussion for another time; for now let's sit back and enjoy driving in circles. [Read more] | Read more »
The nuyu is an Inexpensive Activity Moni...
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The Makers of Overkill are Trying Someth...
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The Sandbox Welcomes Cutethulu in its La...
Another month, another update to Pixowl's The Sandbox. This time players can say hello to "Cutethulu" - an adorable little rendition of perhaps the most well known (and infamous) of the Elder Gods. [Read more] | Read more »
ReBoard: Revolutionary Keyboard (Utilit...
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Tiny Empire (Games)
Tiny Empire 1.1.3 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.1.3 (iTunes) Description: Launch cannonballs and blow tiny orcs into thousands of pieces in this intuitive fantasy-themed puzzle shooter! Embark on an epic medieval journey that will take you from the grasslands of the empire to the forgotten desert... | Read more »
Astropad Mini (Productivity)
Astropad Mini 1.0 Device: iOS iPhone Category: Productivity Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: *** 50% off introductory price! ​***Get the high-end experience of a Wacom tablet at a fraction of the price with Astropad Mini!• "Astropad is my new go-to retouching tool while on the go, which is often." - FStoppers• "In... | Read more »
Emo Chorus (Music)
Emo Chorus 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Music Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: Realistic Choir simulator ranging from simple Chorus emulation to full ensemble Choir with 128 members.### introductory offer 60% off ### | Read more »
Forest Spirit (Games)
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