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Friday April 29

08:00
Register for “Management in Motion—building an ene...

Employee turnover is not only expensive, but it can also have a massive impact on the morale of a team. In fact, in a recent study conducted by INC, roughly three out of four employees said that their manager is the worst and most stressful part of their job. In addition, 65 percent said they would take a new manager over a pay raise. To get the best out of your teams and their talents, managers need to be able to inspire and energize their teams.
Join us May 10 at 8 a.m. PDT / 3 p.m. GMT for the next episode of Modern Workplace, “Management in Motion—building an energized workforce,” where we explore how effective leadership fosters a collaborative environment, empowers employees and improves productivity while enhancing customer satisfaction.

  • David Marquet, leadership expert, retired U.S. Navy captain and author of “Turn the Ship... | Read more »
08:00
National Small Business Week special edition webca...

Join us for a bonus episode of the Office Small Business Academy, “Small Business, Big Ideas: Live Expert Q&A, in celebration of National Small Business Week, airing May 5 at 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET.
We invite the small business community to ask our experts their questions about entrepreneurship during this special one-night event live from the Microsoft flagship store in New York. Together, we’ll discuss the best ways to lead and grow your small business—including tips to empower employees, embrace change, manage resources and create a loyal customer base.
Carol Roth, CNBC on-air contributor and best-selling author of “The Entrepreneur Equation,” will host the event and take your questions, along with Ramon Ray, publisher of Smart Hustle Magazine and small business evangelist, and Rieva Lesonsky, CEO of GrowBiz... | Read more »

05:00
List of Safe Complex Characters for Passwords

A number of systems require you to use complex characters in passwords and passcodes. Here is a list of characters that can be used, along with the name and the associated unicode:

  •    (Space) U+0020
  • ! (Exclamation) U+0021
  • ” (Double quotes) U+0022
  • # (Number sign) U+0023
  • $ (Dollar sign) U+0024
  • % (Percent) U+0025
  • & (Ampersand) U+0026
  • ‘  (Single quotes) U+0027
  • ( (Left parenthesis) U+0028
  • ) (Right parenthesis) U+0029
  • * (Asterisk) U+002A
  • + (Plus) U+002B
  • , (Comma) U+002C
  • – (Minus sign) U+002D
  • . (Period) U+002E
  • / (Slash) U+002F
  • : (Colon) U+003A
  • ; (Semicolon) U+003B
  • < (Less than sign) U+003C (not allowed in all systems)
  • = (Equal sign) U+003D
  • > (Greater than sign) U+003E (not allowed in all systems)
  • ? (Question) U+003F
  • @ (At sign) U+0040... | Read more »
05:00
The topicdesk.com Roundcube Installer for Server...

I thought I posted this previously, but it doesn’t appear as though I did. Server 5, Roundcube installer. Get better mail on OS X Server if you’re misguided enough to use the service.
https://topicdesk.com/downloads/tools/roundcube-for-os-x-server/

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Thursday April 28

14:49
Adobe Flash Player updates available for OS X on A...

Adobe Flash Player updates address a recently identified Adobe Flash Player web plug-in vulnerability.

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14:00
CareKit Now Available

You can use the CareKit framework to develop apps that help people better understand and manage their health by creating dynamic care plans, tracking symptoms, connecting to care teams, and more. CareKit is open source so, in addition to creating great personal care apps, you can collaborate with other developers and the medical community to make CareKit even better. To download a sample app and learn more, visit CareKit.org.

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14:00
CareKit Now Available

You can use the CareKit framework to develop apps that help people better understand and manage their health by creating dynamic care plans, tracking symptoms, connecting to care teams, and more. CareKit is open source so, in addition to creating great personal care apps, you can collaborate with other developers and the medical community to make CareKit even better. To download a sample app and learn more, visit CareKit.org.

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08:15
OneNote and Office Lens April roundup

Today, we are releasing several new capabilities for OneNote and Office Lens that enhance multimedia experiences, collaboration and canvas organization.
We’ve got a lot of great stuff to cover, so let’s dive in!
Multimedia
Insert and view content from YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, Sway and more, right alongside your notes. By simply pasting a video link into OneNote for Windows 10, Mac or iOS, a playable thumbnail version will appear next to it. Soon you’ll also be able to embed with copy and paste for OneNote Online.

OneNote for Windows
We updated the work and school sign-in process, so now you can sign in to OneNote for the first time using your Office 365 organization ID. We hope this eliminates potential confusion, saves time and gets people into their notes more quickly.
For OneNote for the Windows Phone, we added audio recording, giving you an additional and easier way to get your ideas down while on the go.

OneNote for iOS
For... | Read more »

08:00
Seal Industries switches direction, gets to the cl...

Today’s post was written by Rick Cooper, director of IT at Seal Industries.
Seal Industries delivers high-quality monitoring, maintenance and repair services in the petrochemical industry. We’ve built our business on a reputation for innovation and cost-effective, highly technical service options, but we had outgrown a corporate IT infrastructure that was starting to impact our business.
We have more than 600 field employees working at refineries and plants around the country. They’re equipped with state-of-the-art technology to perform their functional roles, but they had no corporate email, and no way to connect with our network if they did. Meanwhile, we have almost 100 managers and sales people at the main office who had to rely on a small infrastructure of aging on-premises servers.
From impossible to the Microsoft cloud
We had most of the company shut out of our business loop and doing tons of actual paperwork. Back at the office, my IT team... | Read more »

08:00
Episode 091 on Angular 2 with Sahil Malik—Office 3...

In this episode, Richard DiZerega talks with Sahil Malik about what it means to be a developer with Office 365 and the Office 365 work Sahil has been doing with authentication, Angular 2 and Cordova.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP91_SahilMalik.mp3
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Weekly updates

08:00
Mobile application management and conditional acce...

We are pleased to announce support for mobile application management (MAM) and conditional access capabilities for Skype for Business mobile apps for online customers. These capabilities are delivered through integration with Intune, Microsoft’s cloud-based mobile device and application management solution.
An integral aspect of enabling true productivity is ensuring that employees can communicate and collaborate from wherever they are, on their favorite devices. At the same time, keeping sensitive corporate information secure is critical. With Skype for Business, we are committed to enabling productivity on the go for end users, as well as providing IT the tools to protect and manage the applications and associated data.
Here’s a look at some of the core Intune MAM and conditional access capabilities that can help you enable managed productivity with Skype for Business.
Manage and prevent data loss from Skype for Business apps using Intune
With an... | Read more »

05:00
Precache Now Supports AppleTV

Precache, available at https://github.com/krypted/precache, is a script that populates the cache on an OS X Caching server for Apple updates. The initial release supported iOS. The script now also supports caching the latest update for an AppleTV. To use that, there’s no need to include an argument for AppleTV. Instead, you would simply  run the script followed by the model identifier, as follows:
sudo python precache.py AppleTV5,4

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Wednesday April 27

10:00
tvOS 9.2.1 beta 3 (13Y768) Now Available

tvOS 9.2.1 beta 3 (13Y768) Now Available

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10:00
tvOS 9.2.1 beta 3 (13Y768) Now Available

tvOS 9.2.1 beta 3 (13Y768) Now Available

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10:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 3 (15F28b) Now Availa...

OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 3 (15F28b) Now Available

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10:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 3 (15F28b) Now Availa...

OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 3 (15F28b) Now Available

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08:00
OneNote transforms the way we work as a staff

Today’s post was written by Stewart Davies, assistant principal at the Ysgol Bae Baglan, opening in September 2016.
Ysgol Bae Baglan is a brand new, state-of-the-art school for 1,600 students aged 3–16 in Wales. The school’s team is proud to be in one of the very first schools serving students from age 3–16. Bae Baglan is the amalgamation of four very successful schools, and has students with a broad range of needs and from different socio-economic backgrounds. The school will open in September 2016 and will implement a one-to-one program with the Microsoft Surface over the next three years, starting with Year 9 from day one.
The challenge for Ysgol Bae Baglan is to have our brand new cross-phase school ready to open in September 2016. Our teachers currently work in four different schools, so we needed an effective way for them to communicate and collaborate. Eighteen months ago, we started by deciding what we needed to achieve: simple email group... | Read more »

08:00
Sway featured story #2—“That Dragon, Cancer”

Last month, we kicked off our featured story series with our Sway on Nathan Sawaya. Nathan’s inventive use of LEGO blocks to create works of art strongly embodies Sway’s mission to provide an adaptable medium that empowers everyone to tell their stories in unique, innovative and delightful ways.
Our second piece features the profoundly moving story of the family behind the video game “That Dragon, Cancer” and the film “Thank You for Playing.” Ryan and Amy are the parents of Joel Green, who was diagnosed with cancer when he was just a year old. Ryan, a game designer, first began developing the game to express his feelings about their family’s struggles. Over time, it became the couple’s way to broaden the conversation about cancer, uncertainty and death. Amy notes that people... | Read more »

08:00
Get started in the cloud with the new IT Pro Cloud...

As the IT profession continues its transition to leveraging more and more cloud services and technologies, we’re introducing the new IT Pro Cloud Essentials program to give you a better experience on the journey with access to professional training, extended trials, Azure credit and priority support. Last week, Mike Neil announced the program on the Server & Cloud blog, but this also helps IT pros focused on Office 365 and supporting services.

Technologies born in the cloud are transformative opportunities for you to support the needs of your organization. As an IT pro, people look to you to be the first to know about new technologies, and you are vital to technology adoption.
With IT Pro Cloud Essentials, you... | Read more »

05:00
The AppleTV Software Update Feed

AppleTVs automatically update. They do so using a process similar to how iOS updates, but instead of looking at the feed I posted in http://krypted.com/mac-security/how-the-os-x-caching-server-caches-updates/, they look at http://mesu.apple.com/assets/tv/com_apple_MobileAsset_SoftwareUpdate/com_apple_MobileAsset_SoftwareUpdate.xml.
The AppleTV feed is similar to that available for iOS updates, with each dictionary having roughly the same data:

ActualMinimumSystemPartition
1482
Build
13Y6234
InstallationSize
0
MinimumSystemPartition
1534
OSVersion
9.2
ReleaseType
Beta
SUDocumentationID
PreRelease
SUInstallTonightEnabled

SUMultiPassEnabled

SUProductSystemName... | Read more »

Tuesday April 26

10:00
iOS 9.3.2 beta 3 (13F65) Now Available

iOS 9.3.2 beta 3 (13F65) Now Available

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10:00
iOS 9.3.2 beta 3 (13F65) Now Available

iOS 9.3.2 beta 3 (13F65) Now Available

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08:37
Episode 3 of the MacAdmins Podcast Now Available!
08:00
More April 2016 updates for Get & Transform in...

Excel 2016 includes a powerful new set of features based on Power Query technology, which provides fast, easy data gathering and shaping capabilities and can be accessed through the Get & Transform section on the Data ribbon.
Today, we are pleased to announce more updates to this powerful feature set. These updates are available as part of an Office 365 subscription. If you are an Office 365 subscriber, find out how to get these latest updates. If you have Excel 2010 or Excel 2013, you can also take advantage of these updates by downloading the latest ... | Read more »

08:00
Introducing Yammer external groups

The Yammer team is passionate about helping people work effectively in teams across their company. But collaboration doesn’t stop at the company boundary. Sometimes you need to work closely with customers, consultants, partners or suppliers outside your organization.
Today, we are pleased to announce the new external groups feature in Yammer, enabling you to include people outside your company in a Yammer group—making it easier for extended teams to work together. The external groups capability builds on the existing ways to work with people outside your company, such as external networks and external messaging, which enables you to add people outside your organization directly to a thread in your organization’s Yammer network.

... | Read more »

 
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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 »
How to upgrade your character in Spellsp...
So you’ve mastered the basics of Spellspire. By which I mean you’ve realised it’s all about spelling things in a spire. What next? Well you’re going to need to figure out how to toughen up your character. It’s all well and good being able to spell really, really long words, but it’s not going to mean a thing if your gear isn’t up to scratch. [Read... | Read more »
5 slither.io mash-ups we'd love to...
If there's one thing that slither.io has proved, it's that the addictive gameplay of Agar.io can be transplanted onto basically anything and it will still be good fun. It wouldn't be surprising if we saw other developers jumping on the bandwagon, and we've come up with five major games that we think could benefit from taking a leaf out of slither.... | Read more »
How to navigate the terrain in Sky Charm...
Sky Charms is a whimsical match-'em up adventure that uses creative level design to really ramp up the difficulty. [Read more] | Read more »
Victorious Knight (Games)
Victorious Knight 1.3 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.3 (iTunes) Description: New challenges awaits you! Experience fresh RPG experience with a unique combat mechanic, packed with high quality 3D visual content, set in fantasy medieval theme. | Read more »
Agent Gumball - Roguelike Spy Game (Gam...
Agent Gumball - Roguelike Spy Game 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Someone’s been spying on Gumball. What the what?! Two can play at that game! GO UNDERCOVERSneak past enemy patrols to collect secrets, plant bugs, take down targets, and rescue missing agents. Which spy will... | Read more »
Runaway Toad (Games)
Runaway Toad 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: It ain’t easy bein’ green! Tap, hold, and swipe to help Toad hop to safety in this gorgeous new action game from the creators of Super Splatters! and illustrator Nina Limarev.Story | Read more »
PsyCard (Games)
PsyCard 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: From the makers och Card City Nights, Progress To 100 and Ittle DewPSYCARD is a minesweeper-like game set in a cozy cyberpunk dystopia.Use your psychic powers, and some risky luck, to determine the position of the hidden cards and... | Read more »
Sago Mini Robot Party (Education)
Sago Mini Robot Party 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Education Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: -- Children's Technology Review Editor's Choice -- | Read more »
How to get a high score in every level o...
Sky Charms is an adorable match three puzzler that provides a decent challenge thanks to its creative level design. It regularly presents something new, forcing you to think on your feet. [Read more] | Read more »
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