Speed up your writing by automating Microsoft Word
Say you write 30 invoices in Word every week. The amounts and the people you're writing to will change, plus over time you may get less and less polite. Word can't help you with people you have to send reminders to (sometimes, we'd like to see the "it looks like you're writing a threatening letter" feature) but it can speed up a lot of the repetitive work. Type a couple of characters, and you can have Word write out entire letters, with gaps for names and figures wherever you want.
New sources augment Yelp, may result from Spotsetter acquisition last year
New hotel reviews from TripAdvisor.com and Booking.com are now appearing alongside other local data from long-time partner Yelp in Apple Map search results, even though the two companies are not yet listed as official sources on the Maps attribution webpage. The feature expansion appears to have been implemented very recently, and reports say that some locations now offer additional photos and information on hotels from the two new sources.
Use TextExpander to speed up every job you ever do in OS X
Previously on Pointers, we talked about how OS X comes with text shortcuts, a way for you to write a couple of characters and then have your Mac expand those out into words and whole sentences. This is true, and if it weren't fantastically useful, we wouldn't have told you about it. However, all the way through that Pointers column, we frequently pointed out that TextExpander is better.
China still not on list due to regulatory morass; grey market thriving
While buyers in China impatiently wait for their government to move the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus through a complicated regulatory process that prevented the new smartphones from being in the first wave of countries offering it, Apple is moving ahead with its expansion of retail sales to another 22 countries beginning today. The US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK saw long lineups and record demand on September 19, a phenomenon that is likely to be repeated.
Blizzard's Warcraft-themed Hearthstone card game adds single-player campaign
Blizzard yesterday at PAX East announced a new single-player campaign for its Warcraft-themed card game, Hearthstone. Curse of Naxxramas: A Hearthstone Adventure is comprised of five dungeon wings to progress through, gaining new cards for one's Hearthstone collection by defeating iconic bosses along the way. Upon earning the cards, players can start using them in their desks right away.
First two buildings now open, part of $282M overall expansion plan
The first portion of the planned expansion of Apple's existing Austin campus is complete, with certificates of occupancy now issued for the first two of six planned buildings on the expanded site, which will now be home to the company's "Americas Operations Center." Two parking garages and two additional buildings are also planned and in various stages of permitting. When the first phase is fully complete in 2015, the campus will double its present workforce.
Construction progressing to meet 2015 deadline
New construction on a second building as part of the expansion of the Apple campus in Austin TX is proceeding apace, alongside a not-yet-completed matching office building that together will provide 200,000 square feet of office space and cost $56.5 million. The construction is part of an overall plan to build facilities totalling a million square feet of new office and facility space towards the remaking of the campus into Apple's official "Americas Operation Center," serving both North and South America.
Facility will house 1,200 employees, may not be temporary
Developer Peery Arrillaga has struck a deal with Apple to build two buildings to the iPad maker's specifications for what may be a long-term lease or a new permanent facility in addition to the planned "spaceship" Campus 2 that will be built in Cupertino. The new buildings will be in Santa Clara, just outside Cupertino, marking the first time the company has committed to a long-term lease in that city. Apple is already leasing overflow office space in Cupertino and Sunnyvale as well as it struggles with its expansion.
E3 can read SxS and move ExpressCard/34 data
Sonnet Technologies has announced the Qio E3, (site not updated) a new 3-slot SxS reader that doubles as a three-slot expansion device for ExpressCard/34 adapters. The device expands the PCI bus outside the machine, with up 200MB/sec bandwidth to share across the three devices, either SxS memory cards or ExpressCard/34 units. The device allows adding FireWire, USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet or eSATA cards, among others, and supports dual usage, accessing both SxS cards and ExpressCard/34 cards at the same time.
Magma has launched the ExpressBox4-1U, a 4-slot 8X PCI Express expansion unit in a 1U form factor. The ExpressBox4-1U has bandwidth ratings of 2GB/sec in both transmit and receive modes. It offers plug-and-play installation and supports hot-swapping, daisy chaining and power-up control by the host computer. Four available slots can be used for connecting x1, x4, x8 and x16 PCI Express cards.