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Tech Superpowers, Inc. has posted information on ComputerTown reopening under new management: \"it\'s the first effort made by two resellers in the same area banding together in order to provide the same concept as the Apple Stores, but with much more depth. ComputerTown, under new management, will provide the storefront experience in a solutions-based area so people can come in and use iMacs, G4\'s, and portables in the same solutions that they might at home or in the office. Tech Superpowers, Inc., our company, will provide the \'genius\' - technical knowledge, Apple certified hardware service, and at-home and in-office troubleshooting. Together, we\'ll be able to provide the same experience that the Apple Store does in terms of knowledgeable help and showing what people want to see - but also with the ability to provide all levels of hardware and software support, including sending knowledgeable people to your doorstep!\" [site not responding]
YaxJournal 1.0, a client for the online journal service LiveJournal, is a full-featured \"offline client, meaning you can download your journal, make changes and new entries to your own and shared journals without an internet connection or web browser, and synchronize those changes with your online journal whenever you choose.\"
Adam Schuster has created an application to count down the days/hours/minutes/seconds until MacWorld Expo.
Chris Petersen writes \"All iBook models purchased through the (online) Apple Store have an estimated ship date of 20 days. I wonder why this is? Is the demand so great on the iBook or will there be updated iBooks released at Macworld ? We will know in a few days.\"
The New York Times has posted an article discussing Apple\'s new retail stores. The article calls the company\'s new venture an \"aggressive move during an economic slowdown,\" and although some analysts remain skeptical of any computer company\'s ability to branch into retail stores, the article states that the Apple Stores are \"a notion of consumerism that is less about the product than a way of life.\" [free registration required]
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Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL
Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit
US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir
Secure your Google accounts today
Google is offering 2GB of Google Drive storage today for free, if users check the security of their accounts. As part of Safer Internet Day 2016, the scheme will give the 2GB storage extension to anyone going through the Google Security Checkup, examining connected devices, permissions, and other security settings associated with their Google account.