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OmniPlan 3 Updates and Bug Fixes


OmniPlan project manager allows for planning projects including setting up group tasks and managing resources.

The most recent update includes the following changes:

• Microsoft Project Import — Fixed a regression in our Microsoft Project import tool that could cause some .mpp files to fail to import.
• Scheduling — “Resources Work Independently” once again correctly respects earliest resource availability.
• Stability — Fixed a bug that could cause OmniPlan to crash when opening a file with external dependencies.
• Stability — Fixed a crash that could occur when attempting to undo leveling.

The app is described by the developer as follows:

OmniPlan is designed to help you visualize, maintain, and simplify your projects. Break down tasks, optimize the required resources, and monitor your entire plan—all at a glance. Visualize your project’s tasks in a Gantt chart or Network diagram. Automatically sync projects across multiple personal devices or collaborate with your colleagues and share every detail. Run Monte Carlo simulations to forecast milestone completion dates with varying levels of confidence. OmniPlan helps you manage projects that are as simple or complex as you need them to be—without the complexity.

If you are looking for an app to help you visually plan projects and create a timeline of project tasks, OmniPlan is that app.

 

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OneNote – HUGE Update


OneNote, Microsoft’s answer to a note capture and planning app, has been redesigned and updated to version 16.

The biggest noticeable improvement is to the layout. The tabs and sections have moved from the top to the side.  You can choose from various notebooks quite easily on the far left side which stays hidden until you are ready to use it.

OneNote has even made it possible to import your Evernote files to OneNote using a “preview” version of an importer. Basically, you download the importer and run the installed app.

The collaboration feature to allow you to invite people to share and work on a Notebook is a powerful tool.

Using this app, you can sync, capture, organize and plan from any device you can run OneNote from.

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Hanx Writer – Hi-Tech Keyboard Old School Feel


Hanx Writer is a really nifty app for those who enjoy typing or want to switch up the feel of your keyboard. Basically, the app gives you the opportunity to type using a realistic typewriter GUI. The sounds and motions of the moving parts are recreated with accuracy.

Your screen can be used as the keyboard or you can connect an extern blue tooth or Smart Keyboard to the iOS device to give you more screen room as seen below.

[The app states it is not compatible with the iPad Pro but the standard free version of the typewriter seems to work with my iPad Pro 12.9″ with Smart Keyboard.]

You get one “Free” keyboard as shown. You can use and enjoy the sites and sounds of that keyboard from within the app.

Third Party Keyboard Functionality

With an in app purchase, you can upgrade to get other typewriters or add additional functionality like working with multiple documents from within the app or hearing all of the sounds in other apps while using this third party keyboard. The least expensive upgrade costs 99¢ and includes the standard “Prime Select” keyboard.

Like other keyboard apps, you can add this third-party keyboard. Tap Settings > Keyboard > Add New Keyboard… and choose Hanx Writer. Then, tap on Allow Full Access.

Now, from your keyboard, tap and hold on the Globe at the bottom left and choose Hanx Writer.

With the in-app purchases, you can have the ability to change the font size, color, and look of your keyboard.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a fun way to type, jot down notes or share the fun of an old fashioned typewriter, check out Hanx Writer.

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iOS 10.3.2 is Out


Apple has just released iOS 10.3.2. To update your compatible iOS device, tap Settings > General > Software Update. Make sure you make a back up first.

The only information currently available is that the update improves the security of your iOS device and includes bug fixes.

According to Apple, the security updates includes:

Released May 15, 2017

AVEVideoEncoder

Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, and iPod touch 6th generation

Impact: An application may be able to gain kernel privileges

Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved memory handling.

CVE-2017-6989: Adam Donenfeld (@doadam) of the Zimperium zLabs Team

CoreAudio

Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, and iPod touch 6th generation

Impact: An application may be able to read restricted memory

Description: A validation issue was addressed with improved input sanitization.

CVE-2017-2502: Yangkang (@dnpushme) of Qihoo360 Qex Team

iBooks

Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, and iPod touch 6th generation

Impact: A maliciously crafted book may open arbitrary websites without user permission

Description: A URL handling issue was addressed through improved state management.

CVE-2017-2497: Jun Kokatsu (@shhnjk)

iBooks

Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, and iPod touch 6th generation

Impact: An application may be able to execute arbitrary code with root privileges

Description: An issue existed within the path validation logic for symlinks. This issue was addressed through improved path sanitization.

CVE-2017-6981: evi1m0 of YSRC (sec.ly.com)

IOSurface

Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, and iPod touch 6th generation

Impact: An application may be able to gain kernel privileges

Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved memory handling.

CVE-2017-6979: Adam Donenfeld of Zimperium zLabs

Kernel

Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, and iPod touch 6th generation

Impact: An application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges

Description: A race condition was addressed through improved locking.

CVE-2017-2501: Ian Beer of Google Project Zero

Kernel

Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, and iPod touch 6th generation

Impact: An application may be able to read restricted memory

Description: A validation issue was addressed with improved input sanitization.

CVE-2017-2507: Ian Beer of Google Project Zero

CVE-2017-6987: Patrick Wardle of Synack

Notifications

Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, and iPod touch 6th generation

Impact: An application may be able to cause a denial of service

Description: A denial of service issue was addressed through improved memory handling.

CVE-2017-6982: Vincent Desmurs (vincedes3), Sem Voigtlander (OxFEEDFACE), and Joseph Shenton of CoffeeBreakers

Safari

Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, and iPod touch 6th generation

Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted webpage may lead to an application denial of service

Description: An issue in Safari’s history menu was addressed through improved memory handling.

CVE-2017-2495: Tubasa Iinuma (@llamakko_cafe) of Gehirn Inc.

Security

Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, and iPod touch 6th generation

Impact: Update to the certificate trust policy

Description: A certificate validation issue existed in the handling of untrusted certificates. This issue was addressed through improved user handling of trust acceptance.

CVE-2017-2498: Andrew Jerman

SQLite

Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, and iPod touch 6th generation

Impact: A maliciously crafted SQL query may lead to arbitrary code execution

Description: A use after free issue was addressed through improved memory management.

CVE-2017-2513: found by OSS-Fuzz

SQLite

Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, and iPod touch 6th generation

Impact: A maliciously crafted SQL query may lead to arbitrary code execution

Description: A buffer overflow issue was addressed through improved memory handling.

CVE-2017-2518: found by OSS-Fuzz

CVE-2017-2520: found by OSS-Fuzz

SQLite

Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, and iPod touch 6th generation

Impact: A maliciously crafted SQL query may lead to arbitrary code execution

Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved memory handling.

CVE-2017-2519: found by OSS-Fuzz

SQLite

Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, and iPod touch 6th generation

Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution

Description: Multiple memory corruption issues were addressed with improved input validation.

CVE-2017-6983: Chaitin Security Research Lab (@ChaitinTech) working with Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative

CVE-2017-6991: Chaitin Security Research Lab (@ChaitinTech) working with Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative

TextInput

Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, and iPod touch 6th generation

Impact: Parsing maliciously crafted data may lead to arbitrary code execution

Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved memory handling.

CVE-2017-2524: Ian Beer of Google Project Zero

WebKit

Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, and iPod touch 6th generation

Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution

Description: Multiple memory corruption issues were addressed with improved memory handling.

CVE-2017-2496: Apple

CVE-2017-2505: lokihardt of Google Project Zero

CVE-2017-2506: Zheng Huang of the Baidu Security Lab working with Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative

CVE-2017-2514: lokihardt of Google Project Zero

CVE-2017-2515: lokihardt of Google Project Zero

CVE-2017-2521: lokihardt of Google Project Zero

CVE-2017-2525: Kai Kang (4B5F5F4B) of Tencent’s Xuanwu Lab (tencent.com) working with Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative

CVE-2017-2526: Kai Kang (4B5F5F4B) of Tencent’s Xuanwu Lab (tencent.com) working with Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative

CVE-2017-2530: an anonymous researcher

CVE-2017-2531: lokihardt of Google Project Zero

CVE-2017-2538: Richard Zhu (fluorescence) working with Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative

CVE-2017-2539: Richard Zhu (fluorescence) working with Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative

CVE-2017-2544: 360 Security (@mj0011sec) working with Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative

CVE-2017-2547: lokihardt of Google Project Zero, Team Sniper (Keen Lab and PC Mgr) working with Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative

CVE-2017-6980: lokihardt of Google Project Zero

CVE-2017-6984: lokihardt of Google Project Zero

WebKit

Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, and iPod touch 6th generation

Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to universal cross site scripting

Description: A logic issue existed in the handling of WebKit Editor commands. This issue was addressed with improved state management.

CVE-2017-2504: lokihardt of Google Project Zero

WebKit

Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, and iPod touch 6th generation

Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to universal cross site scripting

Description: A logic issue existed in the handling of WebKit container nodes. This issue was addressed with improved state management.

CVE-2017-2508: lokihardt of Google Project Zero

WebKit

Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, and iPod touch 6th generation

Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to universal cross site scripting

Description: A logic issue existed in the handling of pageshow events. This issue was addressed with improved state management.

CVE-2017-2510: lokihardt of Google Project Zero

WebKit

Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, and iPod touch 6th generation

Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to universal cross site scripting

Description: A logic issue existed in the handling of WebKit cached frames. This issue was addressed with improved state management.

CVE-2017-2528: lokihardt of Google Project Zero

WebKit

Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, and iPod touch 6th generation

Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution

Description: Multiple memory corruption issues with addressed through improved memory handling.

CVE-2017-2536: Samuel Groß and Niklas Baumstark working with Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative

WebKit

Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, and iPod touch 6th generation

Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to universal cross site scripting

Description: A logic issue existed in frame loading. This issue was addressed with improved state management.

CVE-2017-2549: lokihardt of Google Project Zero

WebKit Web Inspector

Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, and iPod touch 6th generation

Impact: An application may be able to execute unsigned code

Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved memory handling.

CVE-2017-2499: George Dan (@theninjaprawn)

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iWork Collaboration


With the release of iOS 10.3, MacOS 10.12.4, and updated iWork apps, collaboration is now even better. It is now possible to collaborate – work with others – on various iWork documents.

Apple Inc.

From your iOS device, you can “share” or collaborate with others using iCloud and the iWork apps in real time.

In the iOS iWork document, tap on the 3 dots and select “Collaborate With Others” and choose the way you want to share document. You can “Add People” to collaborate and choose a way to send the invitation to collaborate. You can invite people via Messages, Mail, and other methods.

Make sure you choose “Share Options”  which allows you to set the permissions of who can access and what they can do with the document – edit v. read. The options you select determine who can read the shared document as well as who can edit it. Choose the parameters you want.

While working, you can see who you are working with and view changes in real time. PC users can access the documents via a PC web browser.

To read more about collaboration with iWork documents, click here.

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iOS 10.3 Update


iOS 10.3 has just been released. It is a big deal. To download, tap on Settings > Software Update and then download and install. Don’t forget to backup first.

The list of features and abilities as set forth by Apple include:

iOS 10.3 introduces new features including the ability to locate AirPods using Find my iPhone and more ways to use Siri with payment, ride booking and automaker apps.

Find My iPhone
View the current or last known location of your AirPods
Play a sound on one or both AirPods to help you find them

Siri
Support for paying and checking status of bills with payment apps
Support for scheduling with ride booking apps
Support for checking car fuel level, lock status, turning on lights and activating horn with automaker apps
Cricket sports scores and statistics for Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council

CarPlay
Shortcuts in the status bar for easy access to last used apps
Apple Music Now Playing screen gives access to Up Next and the currently playing song’s album
Daily curated playlists and new music categories in Apple Music

Other improvements and fixes
Rent once and watch your iTunes movies across your devices
New Settings unified view for your Apple ID account information, settings and devices
Hourly weather in Maps using 3D Touch on the displayed current temperature
Support for searching “parked car” in Maps
Calendar adds the ability to delete an unwanted invite and report it as junk
Home app support to trigger scenes using accessories with switches and buttons
Home app support for accessory battery level status
Podcasts support for 3D Touch and Today widget to access recently updated shows
Podcast shows or episodes are shareable to Messages with full playback support
Fixes an issue that could prevent Maps from displaying your current location after resetting Location & Privacy
VoiceOver stability improvements for Phone, Safari and Mail.

More discussion on individual features to follow.