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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."
[Updated with confirmation] Microsoft is reportedly acquiring the producer of a popular predictive keyboard used on mobile devices. The software giant is allegedly preparing to announce an acquisition of the London-based SwiftKey, producers of the software keyboard of the same name, with the acquisition claimed to cost Microsoft somewhere in the region of $250 million, providing founders Jon Reynolds and Ben Medlock at least $30 million.
Microsoft has announced its quarterly results for the company's second quarter of its fiscal year. The company posted revenue of $23.8 billion, with operating income of $6.0 billion. Microsoft reported net income coming in at $5.0 billion, a significant drop from $5.86 billion in the year-ago quarter. Regardless of the drop, the company posted $0.78 earnings per share, topping analysts' expectation of $0.70 per share.
There is so often now a disconnection, somehow, between form and function in Microsoft apps -- but at least they tend to have both. Microsoft News Pro 1.0 doesn't look great, but the app is able to turn up interesting news for you.
Periscope, the Twitter-owned livestreaming service, has updated its iOS app to work with a number of GoPro cameras capable of wireless connectivity. Owners of the GoPro Hero4 Black or Silver can now use their action camera for the live video broadcast, giving users an alternative to the iPhone's camera, as well as the ability to switch between the two different video sources mid-broadcast within the app.
A software keyboard being brought over to iOS from Windows 10 Mobile by Microsoft is going to have a different appearance to the version on the originating device, according to a report. The iOS version of the Word Flow keyboard is said to have an altered one-handed mode that changes the key layout to that of a "fan," instead of bunching the keys to one side of the screen, making it more useful for typing using only a thumb.
Welcome to the Game Replay, a thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, London launches a new program to encourage game development, New features for the Xbox One are revealed, Zelda players may have to buy an Amiibo to play all available content in an upcoming remake, and Iron Maiden makes a move into mobile gaming.
Microsoft is expanding its Minecraft-related holdings, by offering a version of the open world construction game for educational users. After acquiring the existing MinecraftEdu project that offered a version of Minecraft aimed at the classroom, Microsoft is launching a new version called Minecraft: Education Edition this summer, a variant which is said to offer an "expanded set of features" compared to MinecraftEdu.
Welcome to the Game Replay, a thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, the US Supreme Court looks into a lawsuit over Xbox 360 game disc scratches, Activision is sued over a military figure's depiction in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, a developer confirms an Amiibo can be used while kept within its packaging, and Mojang reveals a release date for Cobalt.
Microsoft has ended support for a number of prominent products earlier this week, as the software giant tries to push its users towards newer and more secure versions of the same items. On Tuesday, Microsoft culled mainstream support for Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, and Internet Explorer 10, just as it warned in 2014, with some support for the aging Windows 8 operating system also dropped by Microsoft at the same time.
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TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5
HBO Now has 800,000 subscribers
The CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler has confirmed that the online streaming HBO service, HBO Now, has 800,000 subscribers. When criticized for the seemingly low number, Plepler noted that the still nascent service was bound to Apple exclusivity during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Plepler declared during the Time Warner quarterly earnings conference call marketing for the online-only offering would be enhanced in 2016. While HBO Now's critics are slamming the low numbers, the service must also compete against itself on cable, in addition to Netflix and other streaming services. http://on.recode.net/1QWoLHe