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Apr 03
Apple posts first public betas of iOS 11.4 and tvOS 11.4

Apple has released the first public betas of iOS 11.4 and tvO 11.4, both of which add support for AirPlay 2.

AirPlay 2 is Apple’s followup to the original AirPlay Wi-Fi-based music playback standard. While Sonos popularized Wi-Fi-based multi-room audio playback, Bluetooth became ubiquitous, and multi-platform Wi-Fi audio standards spread in popularity, Apple lacked a competing story until AirPlay 2.

Messages in iCloud is also back in the iOS 11.4 beta. It allows you to store your iMessages in iCloud.

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Apr 03
iMobie PhoneRescue can now recover forgotten iTunes backup passwords

iMobie says its data recovery software, PhoneRescue 3.7.0 for both Mac and PC, is now able to recover forgotten iTunes backup passwords.

For those iPhone users who forgot their iTunes backup passwords, the utility can purportedly help them get access to their encrypted backups no matter how complicated the password is, as well as restore photos, messages, contacts and other essentials from the backups successfully.

PhoneRescue costs $49.99 for a personal license, and $69.99 for a family license.You can purchase licenses from iMobie’s online store (https://tinyurl.com/y89jzsxd).

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Apr 03
Obvious Matter releases Fossils 1.1.1 for macOS

Obvious Matter has released Fossils 1.1.1 for macOS. The app is designed to help you clean up old and unused files from your computer.

With it, you can browse through your old stuff and preview a file's contents. Then you can decide if you want to archive or delete a file using keyboard shortcuts. Fossils supports previewing a large number of file types, including images, movies, PDF, Word, Pages, Excel, Numbers, Keynote documents, zip files, and more.

It requires macOS 10.12 or later. Fossils costs $4.99 and is available at the Mac App Store (https://tinyurl.com/yamzzvvy).

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Apr 02
Apple releases first developer betas of iOS 11.4, tvOS 11.4, watchOS 4....

Apple has released the first developer betas of iOS 11.4, tvOS 11.4, and watchOS 4.3.1. Registered developers can download them from Apple's Developer Center — or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

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Apr 02
Output Factory for Adobe InDesign improves variable subfolder naming

Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 2.2.9, a maintenance update to company's output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory automates printing, exporting and preflighting from InDesign and offers batch processing, export as single pages, layer versioning, custom scripts integration and more. Version 2.2.9 fixes an issue which prevented users from including text from InDesign document in the variable subfolder name for output files of each InDesign document in the batch.

Output Factory can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $169.95 (there’s a “lite” version for $119.95. A demo is available for download. The update is free for the users of Output Factory 2.x, and $84.97 to upgrade from Output Factory 1.x and BatchOutput. Output Factory requires macOS 10.7-10.13 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2018.

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Apr 02
illumineX delivers EyeSpy update for macOS with new drifting balloon

illumineX delivered Squeaky, a new drifting balloon character for EyeSpy 2.1 (and higher) to the Mac App Store today.

EyeSpy is a new spin on the classic toy in which cartoon eyes watch your mouse cursor as you work. It includes free original cartoon characters. The Squeaky balloon is available within EyeSpy as an $0.99 in-app purchase.

EyeSpy requires macOS 10.12 or higher. It’s free and available exclusively through the Mac App Store (https://tinyurl.com/yaasaetu). After you download EyeSpy, double-click the EyeSpy Guy character to open the Character Settings panel, where you can select new characters, download additional free characters, and purchase characters as an in-app purchase.

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Mar 30
iFunia updates Free YouTube Downloader for Mac to version 5.2.0

iFunia Studio (www.ifunia.com) has announced a 5.2.0 update for its Free YouTube Downloader for Mac, which now can convert YouTube to MP3 and download 2K, 4K, and 8K videos. It also sports an optimized user interface.

iFunia Studio is a free download. There’s also a pro version available for $39.99.

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Mar 30
Tembo for macOS revved to version 2.2

Houdah Software has released Tembo 2.2, an update to the file search utility for Mac. It’s a search tool based on the Spotlight engine.

Tembo is designed to make finding documents, mail messages, bookmarks, images and more as easy as possible. Version 2.2 brings refinements and under-the-hood improvements.

Tembo requires macOS 10.10 or higher. It costs $15 for a single-user license and $22 for a family license. A demo is available for download (https://www.houdah.com/tembo/). Upgrades from previous versions are priced $6.95 and $9.95. respectively.

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Mar 30
Agenda announced for 17th Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet

The Creative Pro User Group Network (CPUG Network) has announced the 17th Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet to take place on Tuesday, April 10, in the Brasilia Ballroom at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas.

Oscar nominee film editor Dylan Tichenor ACE is scheduled to headline the event. The agenda has now been set. Tickets are on sale online only for $15 each, plus ticket fee. The price is $10 for students and teachers with a valid ID. There will also be presentations from Blackmagic Design, Adobe, frame.io, HP/NVIDIA, Atomos and more. Rounding out the evening will be the "World Famous Raffle," where the total value of prizes has now reached over $101,000.00 including a Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Studio System worth over $29,995.00

Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. with the SuperMeet Vendor Showcase featuring 23 software and hardware developers including Adobe, Blackmagic Design, Frame.io, HP/NVIDIA, Atomos, Digital Anarchy, Adobe Stock, B&H, Future Media Concepts, Master...

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Mar 29
Apple launches macOS High Sierra 10.13.4

Apple has updated macOS to version 10.13.4. It’s available via the Updates section of the Mac App Store. According to the release notes, the upgrade improves the stability, performance, and security of your Mac, and it is recommended for all users. This update:

° Adds support for Business Chat conversations in Messages in the U.S.

° Adds support for external graphics processors (eGPUs).

° Fixes graphics corruption issues affecting certain apps on iMac Pro.

° Allows jumping to the right-most open tab using Command+9 in Safari.

° Enables sorting Safari bookmarks by name or URL by right clicking and choosing "Sort by..."

° Fixes an issue that may prevent web link previews from appearing in Messages.

° Helps protect privacy by only AutoFilling usernames and passwords after selecting them in a web form field in Safari .

° Displays warnings in the Safari Smart Search Field when interacting with password or credit card forms on non...

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Mar 29
Apple releases Swift 4.1

Apple has released Swift 4.1 (https://swift.org/download/) for developers, an upgrade of its programming language. It contains updates to the core language, including more support for generics, new build options, as well as minor enhancements to Swift Package Manager and Foundation.

There was also significant progress made in stabilizing the ABI, according to Apple. Swift 4.1 is a minor language release. It is source compatible with Swift 4.0.

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Mar 29
Apple debuts tvOS 11.3

Apple has announced tvOS 11.3, which includes frame rate matching features that were previously only available on the Apple TV 4K.

You can obtain the update by going into the Settings app on your Apple TV. Choose System > Software Updates > Update Software. The Apple TV will restart and install the software.

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Mar 29
Apple posts watchOS 4.3

Apple has released watchOS 4.3 for the Apple Watch. You install it via the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. According to Apple the upgrade:

° Let’s you Control volume and playback on HomePod from your Apple Watch;

° Restores the ability to control music on an iPhone;

° Allows you to use any orientation for Nightstand charging mode;

° The Siri watch face now shows progress towards closing Activity rings and when new songs are added to Apple Music mixes;

° Resolves an issue where Activity achievements were incorrectly awarded for some users;

° Fixes an issue where Siri music commands were not working for some audio devices.

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Mar 29
Apple releases iOS 11.3 for iOS devices

Apple has released iOS 11.3 for its iPhone and iPad line *with a Battery Health tool, a Health Records feature, ARKit 1.5, Business Chat, new Animoji, and more. You can download it by going to the Settings App, selecting General, then choosing Software Update.

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Mar 29
IK Multimedia releases Syntronik Deluxe for Mac/PC

IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com) has announced Syntronik Deluxe, the expanded version of the synth powerhouse for Mac and PC systems. It adds five new synths, available both as a collection or as separate synths.

Syntronik offers a collection of vintage synthesizers. Syntronik Deluxe adds 500 new instrument presets, 18GB of new sounds, and more than 22,000 new samples for a new total of 22 synths, 2,600 instrument presets, 80GB of sound content and more than 120,000 samples.

Current Syntronik users can upgrade to Syntronik Deluxe for $99.99 or purchase any of the new synths individually. For new users the cost is $269.99

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Mar 29
WYSIWYG LaTeX Mac app Compositor receives update, now runs e-TeX

Karl Traunmueller has released Compositor 1.1, an update to the LaTeX Mac app. It brings real-time WYSIWYG capabilities to LaTeX, the document preparation system widely used in academia for preparation of scientific and technical publications.

Version 1.1 now runs e-TeX, an extended version of TeX developed by the NTS project. The next version, 1.2, scheduled for release by end of April, will bring improved support for more commonly used LaTeX packages.

A fully-functional 60-day free trial is available for download from the product's website (http://compositorapp.com). Licenses can be purchased from the product's online store at an early-adopter price of $19. The purchase includes all future updates, including major version updates.

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Mar 29
Creaceed unveils collaborative whiteboard for the iPad and Apple TV

Creaceed has unveiled Inko (https://creaceed.com/inko), a peer-to-peer collaborative whiteboard app for the iPad, iPhone, and Apple TV.

It lets users draw collaboratively in real time on the same canvas from multiple devices, offering network-less connectivity, as well as live TV mirroring and interaction. It also supports the Apple Pencil.

Inko 1.0 is available immediately as a free download on the Apple App Store, and is localized in 12 languages. The free version provides an unlimited number of canvases for personal use without limitation, and lets two or more users try the collaboration feature for a 60-second time-limited session. To remove this limitation, two purchase options are provided. The Apple TV companion app is a free download on the App Store and has no limitation

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Mar 28
Apple releases iOS 11.3 for the new iPad

Apple has released iOS 11.3. However, it’s only for the new 9.7-inch iPad announced this week. Once you get your hands on one, you can download iOS 11.3 over-the-air using the Settings app. To access the update, go to Settings --> General --> Software Update.

Hopefully, iOS 11.3 will roll out ASAP for other iPads and iPhones. iOS 11.3 introduces new features, such as Messages on iCloud for storing your iMessages in iCloud, ARKit 1.5, and a "Battery Health" feature designed to provide iOS users with more information about their batteries.

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Mar 28
Apple, Chicago Public Schools and Northwestern University bring coding...

Apple has announced a new collaboration with Chicago Public Schools and Northwestern University to offer free professional learning to teachers across Chicago, designed to give educators the tools they need to bring coding and computer science into the classroom.

They’ll establish a Center for Excellence at Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago, which will serve as a teaching and learning hub to introduce high school teachers to Apple’s Everyone Can Code curriculum. This collaboration will help expand opportunities for local teachers, giving them new expertise to share with their students, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Everyone Can Code is a program designed by Apple to help everyone learn how to code using a Swift curriculum. The program includes a range of free resources, from helping students explore basic coding concepts to building fully functional apps.

Teachers will also have the opportunity to be trained on the App Development with Swift...

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Mar 28
Imagine Products, StorageDNA partner for myLTOdna interface

Imagine Products — creator of software utilities for backing up, viewing, sharing, transcoding, and archiving video assets — and StorageDNA — which specializes in intelligent nearline and archiving workflow solutions for media professionals —have collaborated on an integrated solution that enables random access to files on an LTO tape, essentially turning it into a hard drive with dnaLTFS.

The new joint solution is called myLTOdna. It’s an integration between Imagine Products’ myLTO tape-authoring application and StorageDNA’s HyperTape high performance direct access tape solution powered by dnaLTFS. The result is a simple and intuitive user interface with which to administrate HyperTape operating modes manually, or automatically from creative applications such as Imagine Products’ PrimeTranscoder — a process that is highly preferable to command line operations, says Tridib Chakravarty, CEO and president of StorageDNA

myLTOdna is the Mac-based front-end interface for...

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Apr 12
Spending on security solutions to reach $91 billion in...

Worldwide spending on security-related hardware, software, and services is forecast to reach $91.4 billion in 2018, an increase of 10.2% over the amount spent in 2017, according to IDC. This pace of growth is expected to continue for the next several years as industries invest heavily in security solutions to meet a wide range of threats and requirements, adds the research group.

IDC says worldwide spending on security solutions will achieve a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.0% over the 2016-2021 forecast period and total $120.7 billion in 2021.

"Banks, discrete manufacturers, especially within the high-tech sector, and the federal government are spending the most on security to avoid large scale cyber-attacks and adhere to regulatory compliance," said Eileen Smith, program director, Customer Insights and Analysis. "Looking ahead to 2021, as the need the to protect IoT connected devices and infrastructure becomes paramount, industries like telecom and state...

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Apr 10
Strategy Analytics: third party messaging apps better...

Consumers are becoming less social in person by becoming more social “virtually” through advanced messaging features, according to Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com). Achieved through pre-installed RCS platforms and self-installed third party messaging apps, these platforms are providing a more consistent, expressive and compelling messaging experience for the sender, according to the research group.

Key findings from Strategy Analytics’ report include:

° Unlike SMS - a universal standard available across all phones - social messaging apps are run by third-party companies and need to be downloaded separately. This does mean however, that OTT messaging apps are consistent across all devices, regardless of operating system.

° Features that attract users are critical to the success of social messaging apps. Capabilities such as payment or game options within one app make...

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Apr 10
Consumer robotics revenues to reach $23 billion by 2022

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that domestic aide robotics will drive consumer robotics hardware revenues from an estimated $6.4 billion in 2018 to nearly $23 billion by 2022. That’s an increase of over 250%.

Juniper says that domestic aide robots, such as robotic vacuum cleaners, will account for 73% of total revenues by 2022. This will be due to increasing popularity of such devices from iRobot, Dyson and Samsung. These have been joined by lower cost devices, which will broaden the segment’s appeal.

The research group found that, despite popularity of domestic aide robots, the biggest growth area of consumer robotics will be in the educational area, representing an average annual growth of 40% in hardware revenues. Companies such as Anki and Wonder Workshop are joining established players like LEGO in providing robotics focused on programming. Juniper...

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Apr 06
IDC forecasts growth for connected devices in key...

IDC (www.idc.com) has published results from its newest Tracker research program covering the fast-growing market of Smart Home Devices. In 2017, 433.1 million smart home devices were shipped worldwide, growing 27.6% from the previous year.

Looking ahead, IDC anticipates a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.5% as the market balloons to 939.7 million devices shipped in 2022. Within the smart home market, the smart speaker category, which includes devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home, will remain the fastest growing category throughout the forecast. Meanwhile, shipments for most other categories, with the exception of video entertainment products, will experience a double-digit CAGR during the same period.

"The smart home market is still in its infancy but we're already seeing some significant changes in consumers' and vendors' approach," said Jitesh Ubrani senior research analyst for IDC Mobile Device...

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Apr 05
5G Boost won’t save vanishing wireless connectivity...

There will be 9.0 billion user-linked subscriptions to wireless services by 2023, up from 7.7 billion today according to new forecasts from Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com). The research group predicts that 5G adoption will follow a comparable path to that seen by 4G LTE, but warns that there’s limited growth left in connectivity revenue for service providers.

Key findings of the report include:

° Wireless service revenue will peak in 2021 at US$881 billion, just 3% above the level forecast for 2018.

° User-linked mobile 5G connections will grow from 5 million in 2019 to 577 million in 2023 (excluding fixed wireless applications and industrial IOT). These will account for 10% of connectivity revenue in 2023.

Prior to the launch of 5G services, there is considerable time for 4G LTE platforms to evolve though LTE-Advanced and LTE-Advanced Pro technologies....

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Apr 03
Connected clothing to become a $1 billion industry in...

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that the wearables market has begun to shift away from wrist-based devices such as smartwatches and fitness trackers, with other device categories forecast to grow much faster.

The research group ranks the fastest growing wearable sectors, in terms of shipments and compound annual growth rates (CAGRs), over the next two years as: connected clothing (102%), smart glasses (98%), smart jewelry (55%), hearables (31%), and smart watches (31%).

Juniper forecasts that the total smart wearables market will reach nearly 350 million devices shipped by 2020. The market is currently dominated by smartwatches and activity trackers, with 137 million devices expected to be shipped in 2018. However, growth will slow, shipping almost 190 million by 2020 as the lifecycle of devices lengthens as fewer new features and a software focus delay...

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Apr 03
Gartner: I&O skill gaps to cause business...

Two-thirds of organizations are not adequately addressing the infrastructure and operations (I&O) skills gaps that will impede their digital business initiatives, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). Successful I&O organizations will need to implement vastly different roles and technologies during the next five years, adds the research group.

Gartner forecasts that, by 2019, IT technical specialist hires will fall by more than 5%. Moreover, by 2021, 40%of IT staff will hold multiple roles, most of which will be business-related rather than technology-related. 

"What made I&O leaders successful in the past is not what will make them thrive in the future," said Hank Marquis, research director at Gartner. "Instead of focusing on the 'what' of I&O jobs — such as technical knowledge, education and training — I&O leaders need to shift their focus to the 'how' — the behavioral...

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Apr 02
The Northern Spy: history’s most ironic question

By Rick Sutcliffe

The Spy notes and passes on verbatim with little comment (it is its own commentary) the following advertisement:

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We begin by comparing your targets with our general population, analyzing their vulnerabilities within their particular social environment, and weaving a fabric of data around them that reinforces their proclivities in directions most favourable to you. This can be as simple as reinforcing the beliefs they evidence by virtue of the context of their very social connections--a few posts here and there from people they...

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Apr 02
More than 25% of companies expect to be breached...

Nearly four in five companies (79%) were hit by a breach in the last year, according to new research from Balabit (www.balabit.com), a provider of privileged access management and log management solutions.

The report also revealed that seven out of ten (68%) businesses expect to be impacted by further breaches this year, with more than a quarter anticipating a breach to occur within the next six months. The Balabit survey was deployed in the UK, France, Germany and the U.S., and reveals the attitudes of 400 IT and security professionals surrounding their IT security concerns, their experience with IT security breaches, their understanding of how and when breaches occur, and the strategies they’re using to combat hackers.

According to Balabit, the majority of businesses know very little about the nature of the security breaches that take place within their organizations. While a high percentage of companies...

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Apr 02
Security-as-a-Service grows 21% in 2017

2017 has seen a steep increase in adoption of Security-as-a-Service  (SaaS), thanks to its multiple advantages compared to software licensing, according to Canalys (www.canalys.com). However, this fast change in revenue stream is creating headaches for vendors who have to rework forecasts for 2018 to not disappoint investors, adds the research group.

Security-as-a-service (SaaS) registered strong growth in 2017 at 21% to US$4 billion, following the rise in adoption of cloud solutions for enterprises. This growth was double the pace compared to the rest of the security market with software and hardware growing respectively 5% and 10% year-on-year to reach $27 billion combined. Canalys estimates the total security market was US$31 billion in 2017, up 10% overall.

“In the past year, Vendors like Cisco, McAfee and Trend Micro have strengthened their cloud portfolio, which now includes a wider range of products...

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Razer’s (www.razer.com) $39.99 Razer Goliathus Chroma is a multi-color LED version of Razer’s = soft mouse mat that gamers can now customize with up to 16.8 million color options and an array of lighting effects.   It... Read more »
Morel’s Nomadic Audio Speakase is a portable Bluetooth speaker and travel carry-on hybrid that transforms the suitcase’s interior volume into a large-scale hi-fi speaker. Its design won a 2018 Consumer Electronics Show... Read more »
TRENDnet’s (www.TRENDnet.com) $99.99 Mini USB-C HD Docking Cube (the TUC-DS1) is a compact docking station that supports high-resolution HD video, and extends or mirrors your notebook’s display. TRENDnet’s Mini USB-C HD... Read more »

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08:41
At&T Return to Advertising on YouTube After 2...

At&T, one of the biggest marketers in the U.S., is back advertising on YouTube after a nearly 2-year hiatus. The company removed all its adverts from the video platform in 2017. It said Friday that it was satisfied that YouTube had worked to stop its adverts appearing next to disturbing or extremist content. At&T’s Chief Brand Officer, Fiona Carter, spoke with New York Times and emphasized that her firm demanded “a near-zero chance of our advertising appearing next to objectionable content.” That standard now appears to have been met.

The decision reflects the progress that Google-owned YouTube has made with advertisers in the 22 months since a number of them discovered that some of their ads were appearing during, or before, videos promoting hate speech, terrorism and other disturbing content. AT&T was among the first companies that stopped paying to advertise on YouTube, telling it that they wouldn’t return until it made improvements...

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08:37
Tested: Using the iPhone XS Smart Battery Case on...




The Smart Battery Case for the iPhone XS physically fits on the 2017 iPhone X -- but how well does it actually work with the older device? AppleInsider puts it through its paces.

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08:34
iPhone XS Max ranks fourth in DxOMark selfie camera...




DxOMark on Tuesday published its first-ever test rankings for smartphone selfie cameras, putting Apple's top-end phone, the iPhone XS Max, in just fourth place.

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08:27
Apple AirPower wireless charging pad: Will it...

Apple’s new AirPower is a wireless charging pad to help clean up the mess of charging cables for your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods. Apple unveiled AirPower at its iPhone X Event, but the company didn’t provide much detail. We hope to fill the void here. We’ll update this article as we get more details, so stay tuned.

Updated 01/22/19: Reports state that the AirPower could ship in 2019.

What’s the latest?

Will the AirPower actually ship this year? If the recent rumors are to believe, it seems like it could. On December 31, 2018, developer Steve Troughton-Smith tweeted that he had heard that AirPower has been fixed. On January 11, 2019, ChargerLab tweeted that a “credible source” informed the site that Luxshare Precision (who...

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08:16
Give the Web Back to the Users

We all know of the web’s many ills, but what are the solutions? Richard Whitt, head of the GLIA Foundation, thinks he has the answer – give the internet back to the users. Writing for Fast Company, Mr. Whitt says that change could be brought about by using existing technologies and business practices to advocate on behalf of the user.

On this better, more user-driven web, each of us would be in control of our digital lives. For example, we could have our personal information (browsing history, past purchases, content preferences) curated and stored, in a localized repository we control. We users then could choose to share or withhold our personal profile, including some or all of that data, as we see fit, in exchange for specific services from internet companies. Moreover, on this new web, users also could dispatch a personal AI avatar to act as a virtual envoy, both online and offline.

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08:05
MacBook Pro Stage Light Fault: Apple's Design...

An anonymous reader shares a report: Some MacBook Pro owners have complained of a 'stage light' effect, where they see uneven backlighting at the bottom of the display. For some, the symptom is only the first stage, with the backlight failing altogether. iFixit says that it has identified the cause -- and the way in which Apple changed the design of the Touch Bar generation for the MacBook Pro turns what would otherwise be a $6 fix into a $600 nightmare. The problem, says the company, is caused by Apple using much thinner ribbon cables instead of the thicker wires used in previous generation MacBook Pro models.


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08:00
DearMob iPhone Manager: The Best Way to Manage...

Managing photos and data from your iPhone on a Mac or Windows computer just got a lot easier with DearMob iPhone Manager. If you’ve ever struggled with iTunes to transfer videos and photo to your Mac, back up iPhone data, do two-way transfers of information, and more, we have a solution. 

What Does DearMob iPhone Manager Do?

DearMob iPhone Manager is the easiest way to back up iPhone photos, music, videos, contacts, voice memos, calendars, books, browser bookmarks, messages, apps and more to your Mac or Windows computer. It works with many current and past-generation iPhones and iPads, making it your one-stop data transfer tool for iOS.

Just launch DearMob iPhone Manager and this clear, intuitive user interface appears:

Attach your favorite iOS device to your Mac with a Lightning cable, and you’re instantly ready to transfer data or backup your device. DearMob iPhone...

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07:52
Foxconn Execs Heading to India, Potentially Moving...

Further reports emerged that Foxconn will begin assembling iPhones in India, in light of the ongoing U.S. – China trade war.


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07:43
Apple exec admits Qualcomm was the only option for...




Potentially aiding Qualcomm's trial defense against the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Apple has admitted that for years, there was no other realistic option but Qualcomm when it wanted 4G modems for iPhones.

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07:40
9to5Mac Daily: January 22, 2019

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

https://9to5mac.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2019/01/9to5Mac-Daily-01-22-2019.mp3

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07:29
Oscar nominations

You know me. I’m a long time movie buff, love the Oscars. Follow the headline link for the complete list of this year’s Academy Award nominations.

One thing I particularly appreciate about acting is when someone completely disappears into a role, becomes unrecognizable. Two of the best actor nods really capture this sentiment.

Christian Bale completely disappeared and became Dick Cheney in his role in the movie Vice.

And the same can be said for Rami Malek, who became Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.

Acting!

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:16
An iPhone dropped in a pool, and the battle for...

The linked Reddit post was called, provocatively, “I fought Apple and won!”

From the post:

I purchased an iPhone XS in September of last year. The first week of December I accidentally dropped it in my sisters swimming pool at the shallow end – a depth of approximately 1.10m. Immediately, I jumped in an pulled the phone out, switched it off and let it dry for a few hours (as indicated in the steps of what to do when your phone gets wet on the Apple website). A few hours later I turned the phone back on and all was good. Fantastic!

As you might guess, all was not good. Over time, the poster’s phone died a slow death, and they eventually took it into the Apple Store for a look see.

As you also might guess, the Apple Store opened up the phone, and:

Two hours later I come back and they say the Liquid Contact Indicators have been activated, which means there is internal liquid damage and they won’t cover liquid damage under warranty.

And this is...

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07:15
For 12 Years Apple Most Admired Company

Fortune has ranked Apple as the most admired company in the world. Apple has held this position for 12 years.


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07:03
Jeremy Burge: Google’s Night Sight is the new...

Last week, we highlighted a tweet from Jeremy Burge showing pairs of low light images, taken with an iPhone and a Google Pixel using Night Sight.

Jeremy pulled together his findings in a blog post that makes the case for Google’s Night Sight as the new benchmark for low light image capture on a smartphone.

From the post:

Despite being a long-time iPhone user, I often find myself with other phones for testing purposes. Sometimes they have nice features my iPhone doesn’t have, but rarely does any single feature make me even consider changing devices.

The release of Google’s Night Sight feature for the Pixel line in 2018 is a game changing feature.

Having used it for the past month, I now carry both my iPhone and Pixel of an evening. That’s how good it is.

And:

Since posting about this on Twitter, time and...

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06:58
MacBook Pro stage light fault: Apple’s design turns...

Some MacBook Pro owners have complained of a ‘stage light’ effect, where they see uneven backlighting at the bottom of the display. For some, the symptom is only the first stage, with the backlight failing altogether.

iFixit says that it has identified the cause – and the way in which Apple changed the design of the Touch Bar generation for the MacBook Pro turns what would otherwise be a $6 fix into a $600 nightmare …

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06:52
Apple and Valencell Settled their Patent Dispute

Biometric firm Valencell and Apple have settled a long-running patent dispute. MacRumors confirmed that that the lawsuit was settled in September 2018. Valencell provides the optical heart rate monitoring and biometric sensors in a number of devices. It claimed Apple solicited information about its technology on the pretense of a potential licensing agreement in the run-up to launching the Apple Watch.

The biometric company also accused Apple of deciding it was more financially beneficial to risk infringing on Valencell’s patents than to license them, claiming that the practice was “consistent with the statement by Apple CEO Steve Jobs that Apple has ‘always been shameless about stealing great ideas.'” Valencell had requested a preliminary and permanent injunction preventing future acts of infringement, as well as damages and an ongoing royalty rate for licensing purposes should a permanent injunction not be granted.

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06:46
Apple locks Fortune's 'Most Admired...




Unfazed by iPhone sales or claims of stagnation, Apple on Tuesday claimed the top spot in Fortune's annual "World's Most Admired Companies" list -- for the 12th year in a row.

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06:46
Apple Pay coming to Target, Taco Bell, Jack in the...

Target, Taco Bell, Hy-Vee supermarkets in the Midwest, Speedway convenience stores and Jack in the Box are the latest merchants to support Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile contactless payment system that lets you pay in stores using an iPhone or Apple Watch. 

With the addition of these national retailers, 74 of the top 100 merchants in the US and 65% of all retail locations across the country will support Apple Pay, according to Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president of Internet Services.

Apple Pay is rolling out now in Target stores and will be available in all 1,850 locations across the US in the coming weeks. Customers can use Apple Pay today at more than 245 Hy-Vee stores in the Midwest and inside the store at all of Speedway’s approximately 3,000 locations across the Midwest, East Coast and Southeast. Apple Pay is also rolling out to more than 7,000 Taco Bell and 2,200 Jack in the Box locations in the next few months.

These merchants join other national...

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06:40
Google Hopes No One Notices it’s a Digital Oil Baron

A day after the company got fined over privacy and consent practices, Google CFO Ruth Porat says data is more like sunlight than oil.

Most people know the phrase “data is the new oil,” a theory about how the world’s most valuable resource is information rather than petroleum. Speaking at the World Economic Forum on Tuesday morning, Google chief financial officer Ruth Porat said: “Data is more like sunlight than oil … It is like sunshine, we keep using it and it keeps regenerating.”

Google wants to ride the coattails of alternative energy instead of being associated with those nasty old oil barons in the hope that no one will notice similarities. Also the phrase “We keep using it and it keeps regenerating” underscores the belief that data can be collected from people and used for free.

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06:29
Use Apple Pay to Buy Nacho Fries at Taco Bell

Now that Taco Bell is bringing back nacho fries, you can use your iPhone or Apple Watch to pay for them.


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06:22
Apple hits a dozen years as the world’s most admired...

Fortune is out with its annual ranking of the world’s most admired companies, and Apple gets the top slot for the 12th consecutive year.

Companies were ranked on nine different criteria …

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06:19
Apple looks to beef up voice-to-text, text-to-voice...

Apple wants to make it easier to handle voice-to-text or text-to-voice functions on an Apple Watch even in a crowded environment. The company has filed for a patent (number 10,187,512) for “notifications with custom user interface.” 

In the patent filing, Apple notes that a wearable electronic device is obviously worn most of the time during use. As a result, a user can encounter privacy issues during voice communication in situations where a headset (typically a Bluetooth headset) or other type of input/output (I/O) accessory isn’t being used. 

Apple says it would be desirable to provide interactive communications capabilities for wearable devices while maintaining the privacy of voice calls, e.g., in public locations. The company also wants to provide improved communication capabilities for hearing impaired and other differently-abled individuals. Thus, improvements in the field are desirable. 

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: “Some embodiments relate...

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Tuesday January 22

09:28
Apple Releasing iOS 12.1.3 With Bug Fixes for HomePod, i...

Apple will today release iOS 12.1.3, the fifth update to the iOS 12 operating system since its September launch. iOS 12.1.3 is a minor update that follows iOS 12.1.2 (iPhone only), released back in December, and iOS 12.1.1, also released in December.

The iOS 12.1.3 update will be available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the update, go to Settings > General > Software Update. As with all iOS updates, iOS 12.1.3 will be free to download. iPhone owners will be upgrading to iOS 12.1.3 from iOS 12.1.2, while iPad owners will be updating from iOS 12.1.1.

iOS 12.1.3 is a minor update, and during the beta testing period, we found no major new features. According to Apple's release notes, iOS 12.1.3...

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08:33
iPhone XS Max Ranks 'Among the Best' in DxOMar...

DxOMark today published the results of its "Selfie scores" test, which gauged the performance of the front-facing cameras for 12 modern smartphones. Apple's iPhone XS Max sits at fourth place on the overall selfie rankings with a score of 82, beaten out by Google Pixel 3, Galaxy Note 9, and Xiaomi Mi MIX 3.

According to DxOMark, the iPhone XS Max produces "some of the best" still images and video quality when it's placed in brightly lit situations, but it lost points because of poor performance in dim lighting. The only other Apple smartphone on the list is the iPhone X, with a score of 71 in 10th place.

DxOMark also broke down its results by providing a specific "selfie photo score" and "selfie video score." The iPhone XS Max received a score of 81 and 82, respectively in each category, again staying in fourth...

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08:20
'Flexgate': 2016 and Newer MacBook Pro Users R...

An increasing number of users have experienced backlight issues on 2016 and newer MacBook Pro models, particularly those with the Touch Bar, often resulting in a so-called "stage light effect" along the bottom of the display.

Image via MacRumors forum member SourceSunTom

According to the repair website iFixit, which highlighted the issue today, the underlying cause is Apple's use of thin, fragile flex cables that connect the display with the display controller board on 2016 and newer MacBook Pro models, as opposed to the more durable wire cables used in previous generations.

iFixit's Taylor Dixon explains:When it first debuted, the design seemed fine. But as always, the devil is in the details. Apple opted for thin, fragile flex cables as opposed to the beefier wire cables used in previous designs that could be routed through the hinge instead of wrapped...

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07:55
Apple's Winning Streak Continues as Fortune Rates A...

While for many Apple winning Fortune's "World's Most Admired Companies" again is like a broken record. Forbes looked past a partial shakey quarter ...

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06:29
Rumors Continue to Support an Indian Plant Making iPhone...

In late December Patently Apple posted a report titled "The Indian Government is set to meet with Apple in Davos in January to Iron out a Deal for a Major Indian Plant." So today's Wall Street Journal byline of "Foxconn Looks Beyond China to India for iPhone Assembly," comes as no surprise.

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05:59
Apple Pay Rolling Out at Target, Taco Bell, and Jack in...

Apple today announced that Apple Pay is in the process of rolling out in Target stores across the United States and will be available at all of the retailer's 1,850 locations nationwide in the coming weeks.

While it has accepted Apple Pay in its app for quite some time, Target was one of the biggest Apple Pay holdouts in terms of its stores.

Apple Pay is also rolling out to more than 7,000 Taco Bell and 2,200 Jack in the Box locations in the United States in the next few months, and recently became available at more than 245 Hy-Vee grocery stores in the Midwest as well as approximately 3,000 Speedway locations across the country, according to Apple.

With the addition of these national retailers, 74 of the top 100 merchants in the United States and...

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05:55
Apple was granted 56 Patents Today Covering MacBook Magn...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 56 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's MacBook magnetics patent and a design patent for Apple Shopping bags. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with ,,,

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05:50
Apple Named 'World's Most Admired Company...

Despite its recent financial stumble, Apple has topped Fortune's annual ranking of the World's Most Admired Companies for the 12th consecutive year.

Apple finished ahead of Amazon, the runner-up for a third consecutive year, while Warren Buffett's holding company Berkshire Hathaway, The Walt Disney Company, and coffee chain Starbucks rounded off the top five. Apple rivals Microsoft, Google, and Samsung ranked 6th, 7th, and 50th respectively.

Apple topped the list in every category, such as innovation, quality of management, social responsibility, use of corporate assets, financial soundness, quality of products and services, and global competitiveness.

The rankings were determined by "some 3,750 executives, analysts, directors...

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04:12
Rumor: A Supply Chain Source claims that AirPower Compon...

Naysayers always exaggerate and love to add a touch of hysteria whenever possible. Once Apple missed their deadline for shipping AirPower, the media pounced on it with one negative story after another. Today an Apple supplier source states that wireless iPhone components ...

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03:08
Apple Settles Lawsuit With Biometric Sensor Company Vale...

Biometric sensor company Valencell has reportedly settled a three-year-old lawsuit against Apple that accused the tech giant of stealing its technology for Apple Watch.

Valencell filed the patent infringement lawsuit against Apple back in January 2016 at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

The lawsuit accused the Cupertino-based company of infringing on four of its patents, all related to heart rate sensing technology, as well as deceptive trade practices and breach of contract, following dealings Apple had with Valencell before the launch of the Apple Watch.

However, citing a Valencell source, well-connected endurance tech blog the5krunner reports that "Valencell's case against Apple has now been settled and neither is able to further comment."

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01:28
Apple Expected to Switch to All-OLED iPhone Line-up by 2...

Apple could drop LCD displays for its 2020 iPhones in favor of an all-OLED line-up, a new report today claims. From the Wall Street Journal (paywall):

Apple is likely to drop LCD displays altogether in its 2020 iPhone lineup in favor of organic light-emitting diode displays that allow for more flexible handset design, people familiar with the production plans have said.This isn't the first time we've heard that Apple is considering dropping LCD models from its line-up in order to make a complete shift to OLED displays in 2020.

WSJ suggested the possibility earlier this month, but today's report gives the rumor more clout by claiming that Apple LCD panel supplier Japan Display is seeking investor help that will put it on firmer ground before the switch to...

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Monday January 21

20:33
AirPower to Launch 'Later in 2019' According t...

Apple's long-awaited wireless charging mat AirPower has entered production and will be released later this year, according to DigiTimes:Glass passivated package (GPP) bridge rectifier orders for Apple's AirPower continue to pull in, according to sources at related suppliers, who expect shipments for the wireless charger to boost further when it becomes available later in 2019.

Apple's AirPower is finally in production, said the sources. The Apple-designed wireless charging device was unveiled in September 2017, with the company originally targeting 2018 for launch.The supply chain-focused website published a similar article last year claiming the AirPower would be released by the end of March 2018, a release date echoed by...

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10:53
Lenovo is Considering a Desktop Pro Tablet

Lenovo is one of the top two PC companies and a recent design patent issued to them by the U.S. Patent Office illustrates that they're considering a new tablet-styled desktop PC.

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09:38
Google's Heterophobes Freaked out over the 'F...

What is the world coming to when Google's heterophobes freak out over the word "Family" and Google is considering how to be more sensitive.

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09:11
Apple Music Gets Another Unofficial Web Player With Laun...

Last month, software engineer Naveed Golafshani created an unofficial Apple Music web player that allowed users to sign into their Apple Music accounts and listen to music on a laptop or desktop computer, without needing to open iTunes.

This is an addition to Apple Music that many subscribers have been requesting for years, and now another unofficial Apple Music web player has emerged online. Created by software engineer Brychan Bennett-Odlum and his team, Raphaël Vigée, James Jarvis, and Filip Grebowski, the new web player is called "Musish" [GitHub Link].

Musish has an all-white design that closely mirrors the look and feel of Apple Music on iOS and macOS. Just like the previous player, Musish requires you to sign in to your Apple...

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07:22
Apple's MacBook Air gets Bashed by Unbox Therapy fo...

After pointing out that the entire staff at Unbox Therapy use MacBooks, host Lewis Hilsenteger takes back his rating that the new MacBook Air is the best laptop on the market because of his experience with a problem that drives him crazy. His video report points out that his MacBook Air with redesigned butterfly keys has an issue ...

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07:21
Apple's Giving Program Has Raised More Than $365 Mi...

Apple has shared a new feature on its Newsroom that highlights its workforce's charitable and volunteer efforts.

Apple says that its internal Giving program has raised more than $365 million for non-profit organizations around the world since its inception eight years ago. Under the program, Apple matches every dollar that its employees donate up to $10,000 each, with combined donations totaling more than $125 million in 2018.

The feature highlights thousands of locations where Apple employees volunteer their time, including the Terence MacSwiney School in Cork, Ireland, where more than a dozen employees from Apple's nearby campus volunteer at the school each week to teach coding, drawing, photography, music, and video.

Terence MacSwiney School student Ericka Lingwood

Apple employees also spent nearly 3,000 hours sorting and distributing...

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05:40
Apple and Tim Cook Commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, J...

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States, a federal holiday commemorating the American civil rights movement leader.

Apple today has honored the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a full-page tribute on its website. A photo of Dr. King is accompanied by an iconic quote of his: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Over the weekend, Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted a photo of himself and others volunteering at A.J. Dorsa Elementary School in San Jose, California, reflective of Dr. King's call for people to serve others.

Thanks to Dorsa Elementary students and all who joined Apple volunteers in San Jose today! Sixty years ago, Dr. King called on all of us to make a career of humanity. “You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.” pic.twitter.com/UOssKy4Tl6

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05:19
iPhone Ad: The Lonely Palm Tree, Samoa and American Foot...

American Samoa - ‘Football Island’ - produces athletes that are 56 times more likely to play in the NFL than Americans from anywhere else. Shot on iPhone

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04:33
While Korea's FTC Claims that Apple is out to Squee...

Today Korea's FTC claimed that Apple's practice of shifting advertising costs onto mobile carriers could be deemed as an abuse of power, according to a document released today.

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Documentation Scanner

Tuesday January 22

04:00
Create Jira Issues From The Command Line

You can use the command line to create Jira tickets. In the below one-liner, we’re going to bring in some standard json and create a ticket. We’ll use curl and use -u to define a username and password, then -X to define a POST and –data to define the contents of the post, wrapped in the single quotes below. Then -H defines the content type as json and a URL to your Jira rest endpoint, “Issues” in the below code:

curl -D- -u krypted:MySuperSecretPassword -X POST --data '{"fields":{"project":{"key": “DOG”},”summary": “Make my feature better.”,”description": “Going to make everything better ever ever ever by doing things and by things I mean allll the things“,”customfield_001”:”Testing testing”,”issuetype": {"name": “Story”}{“time tracking”:{originalEstimate”: “2d 4h”}}}’ -H "Content-Type: application/json" https://krypted.atlassian.net/rest/api/2/issue/...

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Monday January 21

06:31
Pull iTunes App Categories via Bash

I love bash one-liners. Here’s one it took me a bit to get just right that will pull the Category of an app based on the URL of the app.

curl -s 'https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/self-service-mobile/id718509958?mt=8' | grep -Eo '"applicationCategory":.*?[^\\]",'

If you don’t already have the URL for an app, it can be obtained via a lookup using

curl https://itunes.apple.com/lookup?id=718509958

If you’ll be performing these kinds of operations en masse from within server-side scripting, Apple has a number of programs, including the Affiliate Program, which allow you to do so more gracefully. But as a quick and dirty part of a script, this could solve a need. More importantly, hey, parse some json from bash without piping to python or perl or whatevers… Enjoy!

The post...

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Sunday January 20

06:39
Mac Admins Podcast 108: Carl Chooses the Right...

Friday January 18

13:00
Upcoming Changes for Organization Teams

Starting February 12, 2019, managing your organization’s team in the Apple Developer Program will be simpler. Teams will be unified across the Apple Developer website and App Store Connect, with one team and one set of roles. Find out how roles on your team may change and make updates if needed.

Learn more about these changes

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13:00
Upcoming Changes for Organization Teams

Starting February 12, 2019, managing your organization’s team in the Apple Developer Program will be simpler. Teams will be unified across the Apple Developer website and App Store Connect, with one team and one set of roles. Find out how roles on your team may change and make updates if needed.

Learn more about these changes

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Thursday January 17

08:29
Register A Webhook In Jamf Pro

A webhook is a small web trigger that when fired can easily send amount of small json to a web listener. Most modern software solutions support webhooks. They provide an easy way to trigger events from a piece of software to happen in another piece of software.

An example of this is when a smart group change happens in Jamf Pro, do something elsewhere. To start, you register a webhook in Jamf Pro by opening an instance of Jamf Pro, clicking on Settings, clicking on Global Management, and then clicking on Webhooks.

Registering Webhooks

From the Webhooks screen, click New.

New Webhook Screen

At the New Webhook screen, you will see a number of fields. Here,

  • Display Name: The name used to identify the webhook in Jamf Pro.
  • Enabled: Check to enable the webhook, uncheck the box to disable the webhook.
  • Webhook URL: The URL that the json or xml will be sent to (note that you’ll need something at this URL to accept your...
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Tuesday January 15

04:00
Change The Default Shell Of Your Mac

You can change the default shell that opens for your user on a Mac. The common shells are /bin/bash, /bin/csh, /bin/ksh, /bin/sh, /bin/tcsh, and /bin/zsh. To set one as the default, use the chsh command with the -s option. For example, to set tchs:

chsh -s /bin/tcsh

The post Change The Default Shell Of Your Mac appeared first on krypted.com.

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Monday January 14

09:41
NFS. Not… Dead… Yet…


NFS may just never die. I’ve seen many an xsan covert to NFS-based storage with dedicated pipes and less infrastructure requirements. I’m rarely concerned about debating the merits of technology but usually interested in mapping out a nice workflow despite said merits. So in the beginning… there is rpc. Why? Because before we establish a connection to an nfs share, we first want to check that we can talk to the system hosting it. Do so with rpcinfo:

rpcinfo server.pretendco.com

Now that we’ve established that we can actually communicate with the system, let’s use the mount command (for more on creating mounts see `man exports`). Here, we’ll 

mount -t nfs nfs://server.pretendco.com/bigfileshare /Network/Servers/server.pretendco.com/bigfileshare

ncctl is a one-stop shop for manipulating kerberized NFS. Ish. You also have ncinit, ncdestroy, and nclist. So almost a one-stop shop. First, let’s check the list of...

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Sunday January 13

19:43
Limit Upload and Download Streams for Google Drive...

Google Drive File Stream allows you to access files from Google’s cloud. It’s pretty easy for a lot of our coworkers to saturate our pipes. So you can configure a maximum download and upload speed in kilobytes per second. To do so write a com.google.drivefs.settings defaults domain into /Library/Preferences/com.google.drivefs.settings and use a key of BandwidthRxKBPS for download and BandwidthTxKBPS for upload (downstream and upstream as they refer to them) as follows:

defaults write com.google.drivefs.settings BandwidthRxKBPS -int 200

defaults write com.google.drivefs.settings BandwidthTxKBPS -int 200

The post Limit Upload and Download Streams for Google Drive File Stream on macOS appeared first on krypted.com.

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Saturday January 12

19:46
Stop The Dock From Rearranging Itself in macOS

By default, the dock automatically rearranges spaces based on the last one used. I prefer to arrange them myself. To disable that behavior, set the mru-spaces boolean to false in com.apple.dock as follows:

defaults write com.apple.dock mru-spaces -bool false

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Friday January 11

04:00
Create a github.io page for your GitHub project

A GitHub.io page is a great way to have a portal for the various open source projects your organization maintains or about how to use products from your organization. Some great examples of GitHub.io projects out there include:

All of the above have some things in common, that I think are important:

  • The branding is consistent(ish) with company guidelines, so the experience isn’t tooooo dissonant with the main pages
  • The salesy part of the branding has been stripped out
  • ...
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Thursday January 10

17:04
Backup and Restore a Parallels VM Programmatically

Parallels comes with a nifty command line tool called prlctl installed at /usr/local/bin/prlctl when the package is installed. Use the prlctl with the backup verb in order to run a backup of a virtual machine, followed by an option of a name or ID of a registered virtual machine. For example, if the name of the VM was Krypted Server then you could run the following:

prlctl backup ‘Krypted Server'

Or if the unique ID of the VM was 12345678-1234-1234-112233456789

prlctl backup {12345678-1234-1234-112233456789}

To list existing backups of a given VM, the backup-list verb along with the name or unique ID would be used, as follows:

code>prlctl backup-list {12345678-1234-1234-112233456789}

And then to restore, you can either just use the ID of the VM to restore the latest backup:

prlctl restore {12345678-1234-1234-112233456789}

Or to choose a specific backup to restore, supply that serial following the -t flag:

prlctl...

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17:04
Backup and Restore a Parallels VM Programmatically

Parallels comes with a nifty command line tool called prlctl installed at /usr/local/bin/prlctl when the package is installed. Use the prlctl with the backup verb in order to run a backup of a virtual machine, followed by an option of a name or ID of a registered virtual machine. For example, if the name of the VM was Krypted Server then you could run the following:

prlctl backup ‘Krypted Server'

Or if the unique ID of the VM was 12345678-1234-1234-112233456789

prlctl backup {12345678-1234-1234-112233456789}

To list existing backups of a given VM, the backup-list verb along with the name or unique ID would be used, as follows:

code>prlctl backup-list {12345678-1234-1234-112233456789}

And then to restore, you can either just use the ID of the VM to restore the latest backup:

prlctl restore {12345678-1234-1234-112233456789}

Or to choose a specific backup to restore, supply that serial following the -t flag:

prlctl...

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10:47
Logic Pro X 10.4 release notes

Learn about Logic Pro X 10.4. 

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Wednesday January 9

13:30
Salesforce SDK Now Optimized for iOS

Create engaging, native apps for iPhone and iPad that connect to the Salesforce platform. Optimized for Swift and iOS 12, the rebuilt SDK brings together the latest in modern programming with powerful developer tools to transform customer experiences.

Learn more about the SDK

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13:30
Salesforce SDK Now Optimized for iOS

Create engaging, native apps for iPhone and iPad that connect to the Salesforce platform. Optimized for Swift and iOS 12, the rebuilt SDK brings together the latest in modern programming with powerful developer tools to transform customer experiences.

Learn more about the SDK

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04:00
Git Quick-start

Git it easy. It’s a command with some verbs. Let’s start with the init verb, which creates an empty git repository in the working directory (or supply a path after the verb)

git init

Now let’s touch a file in that directory. Once a new file is there, which that new repo as your working directory, run git  with the status verb:

git status

Oh look, you now see that you’re “On branch master” – we’ll talk branching later. You see “No commits yet” and hey, what’s that, an Untracked file! Run git with the add verb, and this time you need to specify a file or path (I’ll use . assuming you’re working directory is still the directory of your path).

git add .


Now let’s run that status command again. And hey, it sees that you now have a staged file (or files). 

Now let’s run our first commit. This takes the tracked and staged file that we just created and commits it. Until we do this we can always revert back to the previous...

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Tuesday January 8

06:39
Frameworks

A framework is a type of bundle that packages dynamic shared libraries with the resources that the library requires, including files (nibs and images), localized strings, header files, and maybe documentation. The .framework is an Apple structure that contains all of the files that make up a framework.

Frameworks are stored in the following location (where the * is the name of an app or framework):

  • /Applications/*contents/Frameworks
  • /Library/*/
  • /Library/Application Support/*/*.app/Contents/
  • /Library/Developer/CommandLineTools/
  • /Library/Developer/
  • /Library/Frameworks
  • /Library/Printers/
  • /System/iOSSupport/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks
  • /System/iOSSupport/System/Library/Frameworks
  • /System/Library/CoreServices
  • /System/Library/Frameworks
  • /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks
  • /usr/local/Frameworks 

If you just browse through these directories, you’ll...

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Monday January 7

07:21
Jamf After Dark: Supporting the Impossible

Sunday January 6

04:00
Disk Mount Conditioning In macOS

The Disk Mount Conditioner “is a kernel provided service that can degrade the disk I/O being issued to specific mount points, providing the illusion that the I/O is executing on a slower device.” You won’t often find that the system decides to slow throughput to a device very often. But it happens, and equally as useful you can spoof a different type of device, quite helpful when troubleshooting. 

You can use the dmc command to control and view the status of the dmc service, at /usr/bin/dmc. To see how to use dmc, imply run dmc with the help verb:

/usr/bin/dmc help

You can see a list of mounts that can be controlled using the list verb:

  0: Faulty 5400 HDD

  1: 5400 HDD

  2: 7200 HDD

  3: Slow SSD

  4: SATA II SSD

  5: SATA III SSD

  6: PCIe 2 SSD

  7: PCIe 3 SSD

Many of the above aren’t available, but if you look at your hard drive, you can check the status of it (or multiples if you have...

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Saturday January 5

04:00
The Cloud Kit Key State Controller

Each key in the Cloud Kit Key State Controller is considered a “View” with a number of metadata values. Views include AutoUnlock, Engram, Health, Home, ApplePay, and Manatee views. The /usr/sbin/ckksctl binary can be used to reset keys, useful when troubleshooting sync issues. 

To start, let’s run a status:

sudo /usr/sbin/ckksctl status

To reset, run the command again, with a reset verb:

sudo /usr/sbin/ckksctl reset

The post The Cloud Kit Key State Controller appeared first on krypted.com.

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Friday January 4

04:00
Screen Time And Setting Limits For Ourselves And Our...

Do you know how much time you spend in various apps and on your device? Do you want to gently be reminded of how much time you’re staring at screens and maybe even be limited in how much you can be lost on the screen? 

First, let’s Let’s do this limiting the time you can be on the device in the first place, using a feature of Screen Time called Downtime:

  • Open Settings
  • Tap on Screen Time
  • Tap Downtime

Tap on and then set the start of Downtime and the stop of Downtime. Tap back on Screen Time in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Now, let’s setup an app limit for social apps (because really, most of us are on those wayyyy too much:

  • Open Settings
  • Tap on Screen Time
  • Tap App Limits
  • Tap an app category (e.g. Social Networking)
  • Set the number of hours you can use that type of app (note, if you set 23 hours and 59 minutes you are totally cheating)
  • Tap Add

Should...

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Luminar is the new full-featured image editor that adapts to the way you edit photos. Over 300 essential tools to fix, edit, and enhance your photos with comfort. The future of photo editing is here... Read more
iMazing 2.8.5 - Complete iOS device mana...
iMazing (was DiskAid) is the ultimate iOS device manager with capabilities far beyond what iTunes offers. With iMazing and your iOS device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod), you can: Copy music to and from... Read more
OnyX 3.5.7 - Maintenance and optimizatio...
OnyX is a multifunction utility that you can use to verify the startup disk and the structure of its system files, to run miscellaneous maintenance and cleaning tasks, to configure parameters in the... Read more
TeamViewer 14.1.9025 - Establish remote...
TeamViewer gives you remote control of any computer or Mac over the Internet within seconds or can be used for online meetings. Find out why more than 200 million users trust TeamViewer! Free for non... Read more
Deeper 2.4.0 - Enable hidden features in...
Deeper is a personalization utility for macOS which allows you to enable and disable the hidden functions of the Finder, Dock, QuickTime, Safari, iTunes, login window, Spotlight, and many of Apple's... Read more
A Better Finder Attributes 6.16 - Change...
A Better Finder Attributes 6 allows you to change JPEG & RAW shooting dates, JPEG EXIF meta-data tags, file creation & modification dates, file flags and deal with invisible files. Correct... Read more
Boom 3D 1.2.3 - 3D surround sound and ph...
Boom 3D is a revolutionary app with 3D Surround Sound and phenomenally rich and intense audio that is realistic and works on any headphones. Features 3D surround sound Built-in audio player... Read more
Dash 4.6.1 - Instant search and offline...
Dash is an API documentation browser and code snippet manager. Dash helps you store snippets of code, as well as instantly search and browse documentation for almost any API you might use (for a full... Read more
iClock 4.6.5 - Customizable menu bar clo...
iClock replaces the old Apple's default menu bar clock with more features, customization and increases your productivity. Features: Have your Apple or Google calendar instantly available from the... Read more
Fantastical 2 2.5.7 - Create calendar ev...
Fantastical is the Mac calendar you'll actually enjoy using. Creating an event with Fantastical is quick, easy, and fun: Open Fantastical with a single click or keystroke Type in your event details... Read more

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Final Blade is an epic fantasy RPG that revolves around two warring nations and one extremely powerful sword. Having already found great success in Taiwan and South Korea, the developer is now bringing its acclaimed free-to-play iOS and Android... | Read more »
The top 3 best iPhone and iPad games com...
The end of the week has rolled around. It's been a pretty good seven days for mobile gaming - if you want proof you can click here and check out our five favorite games that came out this week - but now we're going to turn our attention to the... | Read more »
The best games for iPhone and iPad that...
Every week here at 148Apps we like to make sure that you're up to date with all the awesome games that have come out for iPhone and iPad over the past 7 days. We pick the cream of the crop to ensure that you don't have to play anything boring and... | Read more »
The top 3 best idle games for iPhone and...
Sometimes you want to play a game where you don't really have to do anything. Don't worry, we're not here to judge you, we're exactly the same. We love some action when we're in the right mood, but sometimes we want something a little more chill -... | Read more »
The top 5 best games with great stories...
Last week we took a look at the best games for iOS that you could waste hours and hours of your life playing, so now we thought we'd have a look at the top 5 games for iPhone and iPad that have great stories. These are the tales that have stuck... | Read more »
Langrisser Mobile preview - Seminal TRPG...
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Everything you need to win at Dragalia L...
Want to up your Dragalia Lost game? You've come to the right place. Here at 148Apps, we've been digging deep into Nintendo's latest gacha game to find the best tips, tricks, and strategies to share with all of our future co-op team mates (read: you... | Read more »
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The top 3 best iPhone and iPad games com...
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T-Mobile offers customers 64GB Apple iPhone X...
Trade in an eligible phone at T-Mobile, plus sign up for their $30/month Unlimited plan, and they will include a 64GB iPhone Xr for just $10/month extra for up to 4 lines. That’s $40 per month,... Read more
Amazon offers blowout prices on 10.5″ Apple i...
Amazon has 10.5″ Apple iPad Pros on sale for $150 off MSRP this week, with prices starting at $499. These are the cheapest prices currently available for 10″ iPad Pros from any Apple reseller, and... Read more
Lowest Apple Mac mini price ever: Only $379 t...
B&H Photo has previous-generation 1.4GHz Mac minis available today for $379 including free shipping. That’s $120 off original MSRP for this model, and it’s the cheapest price we’ve ever seen for... Read more
Space Gray and Silver 2018 13″ 1.6GHz/256GB M...
B&H Photo has new Space Gray and Silver 2018 13″ 1.6GHz/256GB MacBook Airs on sale for $100 off MSRP, or $1299. Their prices are the lowest available for these new models from any Apple reseller... Read more
Amazon has 2018 9.7″ Apple iPads on sale toda...
Amazon is offering 9.7″ WiFi iPads with Apple Pencil Support for $30 off MSRP today, with prices starting at $299. These are the same iPads found in Apple’s retail and online stores: – 9.7″ 32GB WiFi... Read more
Amazon has 2018 9.7″ Apple iPads on sale toda...
Amazon is offering 9.7″ WiFi iPads with Apple Pencil Support for $30 off MSRP today, with prices starting at $299. These are the same iPads found in Apple’s retail and online stores: – 9.7″ 32GB WiFi... Read more
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Apple has Certified Refurbished 2017 10.5″ iPad Pros available for $100-$170 off original MSRP, depending on the model. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, shipping is free, and... Read more
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Apple has Certified Refurbished 2017 10.5″ iPad Pros available for $100-$170 off original MSRP, depending on the model. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, shipping is free, and... Read more
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B&H Photo has 2017 13″ 1.8GHz MacBook Airs available today for $100-$270 off MSRP, with models available starting at $899. Shipping is free: – 13″ 1.8GHz/128GB MacBook Air (MQD32LL/A): $899, $100... Read more
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B&H Photo has 2017 13″ 1.8GHz MacBook Airs available today for $100-$270 off MSRP, with models available starting at $899. Shipping is free: – 13″ 1.8GHz/128GB MacBook Air (MQD32LL/A): $899, $100... Read more

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