Microsoft releases Office 2016 16.9, offers real-time collaboration, automatic cloud saves

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Date: Friday, January 19th, 2018, 03:22
Category: Google, Microsoft, News, Software

Microsoft Office 2016 reached version 16.9 today, the update bringing some nifty features such as real-time collaboration and automatic saves for cloud-based files.

In Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, the 16.9 update displays thumbnails in the upper-right corner, indicating who else is working on a document. In Word and PowerPoint specifically, flag icons show where edits are taking place — PowerPoint will also highlight any modified slides.

Users can now see each others’ updates via the cloud functionality as well as roll back to a previous version if someone makes a mistake or otherwise unwanted change.

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“Hey Siri” feature now works with updated news providers, including NPR, Fox News, ABC and the Washington Post

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Date: Friday, January 19th, 2018, 03:46
Category: Amazon, HomePod, iOS, News, Siri, Software

As the arms race with Amazon’s Alexa continues, Apple’s “Hey Siri” feature has been improved upon in the iOS 11.2.5 beta and is now available to everyone in the US, UK, and Australia.

To invoke the new feature, simply say, “Hey Siri, give me the news,” wherein Siri will begin playing a news digest podcast from NPR by default.

Siri can also switch news sources to other providers such as Fox News, CNN and the Washington Post. In the UK, the audio news digest defaults to the BBC but can be switched to Sky News or LBC. Australians choose from ABC, SBS, or Seven Network.

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Tim Cook comments on iPhone battery situation, says users will have additional control of power management features in future versions of iOS

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Date: Thursday, January 18th, 2018, 03:27
Category: battery, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, News

During a visit to the Apple data center in Reno Nevada on Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook did a quick interview with Rebecca Jarvis of ABC News, wherein he touched on the ongoing controversy over power management features in older iPhones.

According to Cook, when the power management features were first introduced in iOS 10.2.1, Apple did explain what was going on, but following the controversy, he believes Apple should have been clearer.

Cook offered the following comments:

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Apple to pay $30 billion tax bill on overseas cash, look into second campus site

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Date: Thursday, January 18th, 2018, 03:53
Category: App Store, Apple Music, Finance, iCloud, News

Apple is about to pay a fairly huge tax bill of $38 billion on its overseas cash.

The company said it will make about $38 billion in tax payments on its overseas cash and plans to open a second U.S. campus as part of a 5-year, $30 billion U.S. investment plan.

Apple has also said that it plans a wave of hiring and investing in the United States and will create 20,000 new jobs via hiring at both campus sites.

The location of the second Apple Campus site will be announced later this year.

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Apple Pay gains additional support among banks, credit unions in U.S., China, and Canada

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Date: Wednesday, January 17th, 2018, 03:56
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, News, retail

Apple has expended its lineup of banks and credit unions that support Apple Pay in the United States, Canada, and China.

Canadians can now add cards from Servus Credit Union. In China, the expansion includes Visa and Mastercard for China Construction Bank, and PrimeCredit Limited Visa in Hong Kong.

The complete list of new U.S. issuers is as follows:

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First Apple Park drone footage of 2018 shows central courtyard, fitness center, basketball courts and more

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Date: Tuesday, January 16th, 2018, 03:15
Category: Apple, News

Apple Park is getting closer to completion.

In the latest installment of drone-based footage by videographer Duncan Sinfield, the company has apparently made progress on the site’s large central courtyard, employee fitness center and basketball courts, the Steve Jobs Theater, and more.

The first part of Sinfield’s new video focuses on the landscaping within Apple Park’s courtyard, which is still being finished up in the new year. Greenery now covers most of the space and surrounds the main water feature, which is complete. Landscaping has been a major part of the last few Apple Park drone videos, with most of the large equipment moved off of the campus since the majority of construction is now complete.

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Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day from O’Grady’s PowerPage

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Date: Monday, January 15th, 2018, 03:37
Category: Announcement, News

Ladies and gentlemen, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, the staff of O’Grady’s PowerPage will be taking the day off to rest, recuperate and get ready for the rest of the week.

Swing back Tuesday and we’ll have up to the minute Mac and mobile news, features and everything else we can get our mitts on. The news you’re hankering for shall return.

In the meantime, enjoy the holiday, catch up with some friends and family and we’ll see you tomorrow.

Some Apple Store locations running low on iPhone 6 Plus replacement batteries, some swaps delayed until March

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Date: Friday, January 12th, 2018, 03:20
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News, retail

You might have to wait a while before you can snag a $29 replacement battery for your iPhone 6 Plus.

A number of users have reported shortages of the iPhone 6 Plus battery and have, in some cases, been told that they’ll have to wait until March or later for their repair.

Delays are only impacting stores that have already run out of iPhone 6 Plus batteries, according to sources close to the story. Still, many locations have batteries for the iPhone 6 Plus in stock.

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App Store-based password reset vulnerability discovered in macOS High Sierra, appears to be fixed in forthcoming update

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Date: Friday, January 12th, 2018, 03:27
Category: High Sierra, macOS, News, security, Software

This is why Apple has a team working on security features.

For the third time in recent month, a vulnerability has been discovered in macOS High Sierra.

Back in September, security researcher Patrick Wardle discovered an exploit to snag plaintext passwords from the Keychain utility. Two months later, software developer Lemi Orhan Ergin realized that gaining root access to High Sierra machines was essentially as easy as inputting the username “root,” no password required.

Now, a bug report on Open Radar from earlier this week—affecting version 10.13.2—allows any user to change the App Store system preferences without a real password via these steps:

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Matias offers wired Mac keyboard following Apple’s discontinuation of product

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Date: Thursday, January 11th, 2018, 03:53
Category: Accessory, Hardware, News

Much to a number of users’ chagrin, Apple discontinued its wired keyboard last June, introducing a new version of the Magic Keyboard with a number pad to take its place. Where Apple left its market open, Matias has introduced a wired keyboard similar to Apple’s discontinued model with RGB backlighting.

Matias’ keyboards feature an extremely similar look and feel to Apple’s designs, the keys and materials all near-replicas of Apple’s keyboard. The only notable addition is a slider on the back that allows users to rotate through a variety of colors, and a function key that lets you adjust brightness by holding it down and pressing a number on the keypad.

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