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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."
On Monday, Apple released third betas of OS X 10.11.4, iOS 9.3, watchOS 2.2, and tvOS 9.2 to developers, with changes -- if any -- from the previous betas largely unknown, except for an update in the new tvOS beta (for the fourth-generation Apple TV) that adds dictation support for searches using the Siri remote. OS X 10.11.3 continues to build on the previous beta's support for Live Photos in Messages, also seen in iOS 9.3 along with new feature Night Shift. The previous beta of watchOS brought a revamped Maps interface and the ability to pair more than one Apple Watch to a single iPhone.
On Thursday, the Omni Group will release a new major version of OmniPlan for iOS, version 3, which brings many of the features of the current Mac version to the mobile platform. The new version will debut at 10AM Pacific TIme on the iOS App Store, and will be one of the more expensive major iOS apps at $75 for the regular version, with the Pro version as an additional $75 in-app purchase. The current standard and pro versions, still available at the time of this report, cost $50 and $100 respectively, and will include a free upgrade to version 3.0.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look back at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, an Assassin's Creed game for iOS initially launched two years ago gets a global release date, Superhot will arrive on Mac later this month, Hearthstone will be getting a major change soon, and Take-Two Interactive is hit by a copyright lawsuit over tattoos used in a game.
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.
In case you missed the news, Apple recently released a brand new iOS app aimed specifically at the songwriting community. Known as Music Memos, Apple's new app builds upon the the existing Voice Memos app by working in a number of features that can help any musician. The question now is, can this app actually help songwriters jot down their moments of inspiration? We have spent a few days with the app, and are now ready to share our thoughts with you.
On Monday, Apple updated its betas of all four of its platforms for developers, making a second beta of OS X 10.11.4, iOS 9.3, tvOS 9.2 for the fourth-generation Apple TV, and watchOS 2.2 for the Apple Watch available to registered developer accounts. While the main aim of all the betas is enhanced performance, improved security, and fixing bugs from earlier releases, each one has some new albeit minor features that users will uncover when the final versions are released.
Apple is going to open its first iOS App Development Center in Europe, in an attempt to teach more potential developers how to create apps for the mobile operating system. The initial facility will be created with an unnamed partner institution in Naples, Italy, complete with support teachers and a specialized curriculum to prepare "thousands of future developers to be part of Apple's thriving developer community.
Apple's current iOS line up is as strong as its ever been, which is why how it has managed to continue raking in record profits across 2015. However, it has only managed to get into this position by continually innovating with both its software and hardware. While none of us here at MacNN claim to be able to predict the future, we have some ideas about what we'd like to see Apple bring to the table in 2016. Read on to see what is on our wish list.
A supposed jailbreak for iOS 9.3 has been shown, a few hours after Apple released its first beta of the operating system. Developer Luca Tedesco has posted a video on YouTube that claims to show a jailbreak for iOS 9.3 working on an iPhone 6, allowing the user to access Cydia and other items typically possible after jailbreaking, with the suggestion that the jailbreaking community may come up with a publicly-usable jailbreak when iOS 9.3 is formally released for all users.
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Google given NHTSA SDS waivers
In contrast to the California Department of Motor Vehicle's approach, the US National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed that it is declaring the software in autonomous cars is the legal driver of a so-equipped vehicle. In a letter to Google, the NHTSA says that it "will interpret 'driver' in the context of Google's described motor vehicle design as referring to the SDS [self-driving system], and not to any of the vehicle occupants." Other matters, such as legally-required rear-view mirrors for occupied vehicles has yet to be determined. However, regulations specifying the "driver" need no longer be interpreted as meaning a person behind the wheel, as the agency writes that self-driving cars "will not have a 'driver' in the traditional sense that vehicles have had drivers during the last more than one hundred years" http://1.usa.gov/1QrAGtR
Dropshare 4 for Mac now available
Dropshare 4 for Mac has shipped, introducing support for uploading files and screenshots to Amazon S3 API-compliant services, like DreamObjects and OpenStack. The update also introduces a new popup design, an in-app editor for custom landing pages, an improved upload history window, and security improvements when using SSH connections. The paid upgrade costs $25, though it is free for customers who bought the previous version this year and half-price for those who acquired version 3 of the app last year. http://bit.ly/1XixV3q
Google starting phase-out of Flash ads
Search engine and advertising giant Google will shortly no longer accept Adobe Flash-created ads for its AdWords network. Starting June 30, ads in the once-ubiquitous format will no longer be accepted. Additionally, after January 2, 2017, the network will no longer serve Flash-based advertisements, and the network will be completely HTML 5 based. http://bit.ly/1PNx1uc
Sonos now works with Apple Music
Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko
Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded Hermés face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
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