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Apr 03
Apple posts first public betas of iOS 11.4 and tvOS 11.4

Apple has released the first public betas of iOS 11.4 and tvO 11.4, both of which add support for AirPlay 2.

AirPlay 2 is Apple’s followup to the original AirPlay Wi-Fi-based music playback standard. While Sonos popularized Wi-Fi-based multi-room audio playback, Bluetooth became ubiquitous, and multi-platform Wi-Fi audio standards spread in popularity, Apple lacked a competing story until AirPlay 2.

Messages in iCloud is also back in the iOS 11.4 beta. It allows you to store your iMessages in iCloud.

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Apr 03
iMobie PhoneRescue can now recover forgotten iTunes backup passwords

iMobie says its data recovery software, PhoneRescue 3.7.0 for both Mac and PC, is now able to recover forgotten iTunes backup passwords.

For those iPhone users who forgot their iTunes backup passwords, the utility can purportedly help them get access to their encrypted backups no matter how complicated the password is, as well as restore photos, messages, contacts and other essentials from the backups successfully.

PhoneRescue costs $49.99 for a personal license, and $69.99 for a family license.You can purchase licenses from iMobie’s online store (https://tinyurl.com/y89jzsxd).

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Apr 03
Obvious Matter releases Fossils 1.1.1 for macOS

Obvious Matter has released Fossils 1.1.1 for macOS. The app is designed to help you clean up old and unused files from your computer.

With it, you can browse through your old stuff and preview a file's contents. Then you can decide if you want to archive or delete a file using keyboard shortcuts. Fossils supports previewing a large number of file types, including images, movies, PDF, Word, Pages, Excel, Numbers, Keynote documents, zip files, and more.

It requires macOS 10.12 or later. Fossils costs $4.99 and is available at the Mac App Store (https://tinyurl.com/yamzzvvy).

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Apr 02
Apple releases first developer betas of iOS 11.4, tvOS 11.4, watchOS 4....

Apple has released the first developer betas of iOS 11.4, tvOS 11.4, and watchOS 4.3.1. Registered developers can download them from Apple's Developer Center — or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

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Apr 02
Output Factory for Adobe InDesign improves variable subfolder naming

Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 2.2.9, a maintenance update to company's output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory automates printing, exporting and preflighting from InDesign and offers batch processing, export as single pages, layer versioning, custom scripts integration and more. Version 2.2.9 fixes an issue which prevented users from including text from InDesign document in the variable subfolder name for output files of each InDesign document in the batch.

Output Factory can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $169.95 (there’s a “lite” version for $119.95. A demo is available for download. The update is free for the users of Output Factory 2.x, and $84.97 to upgrade from Output Factory 1.x and BatchOutput. Output Factory requires macOS 10.7-10.13 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2018.

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Apr 02
illumineX delivers EyeSpy update for macOS with new drifting balloon

illumineX delivered Squeaky, a new drifting balloon character for EyeSpy 2.1 (and higher) to the Mac App Store today.

EyeSpy is a new spin on the classic toy in which cartoon eyes watch your mouse cursor as you work. It includes free original cartoon characters. The Squeaky balloon is available within EyeSpy as an $0.99 in-app purchase.

EyeSpy requires macOS 10.12 or higher. It’s free and available exclusively through the Mac App Store (https://tinyurl.com/yaasaetu). After you download EyeSpy, double-click the EyeSpy Guy character to open the Character Settings panel, where you can select new characters, download additional free characters, and purchase characters as an in-app purchase.

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Mar 30
iFunia updates Free YouTube Downloader for Mac to version 5.2.0

iFunia Studio (www.ifunia.com) has announced a 5.2.0 update for its Free YouTube Downloader for Mac, which now can convert YouTube to MP3 and download 2K, 4K, and 8K videos. It also sports an optimized user interface.

iFunia Studio is a free download. There’s also a pro version available for $39.99.

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Mar 30
Tembo for macOS revved to version 2.2

Houdah Software has released Tembo 2.2, an update to the file search utility for Mac. It’s a search tool based on the Spotlight engine.

Tembo is designed to make finding documents, mail messages, bookmarks, images and more as easy as possible. Version 2.2 brings refinements and under-the-hood improvements.

Tembo requires macOS 10.10 or higher. It costs $15 for a single-user license and $22 for a family license. A demo is available for download (https://www.houdah.com/tembo/). Upgrades from previous versions are priced $6.95 and $9.95. respectively.

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Mar 30
Agenda announced for 17th Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet

The Creative Pro User Group Network (CPUG Network) has announced the 17th Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet to take place on Tuesday, April 10, in the Brasilia Ballroom at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas.

Oscar nominee film editor Dylan Tichenor ACE is scheduled to headline the event. The agenda has now been set. Tickets are on sale online only for $15 each, plus ticket fee. The price is $10 for students and teachers with a valid ID. There will also be presentations from Blackmagic Design, Adobe, frame.io, HP/NVIDIA, Atomos and more. Rounding out the evening will be the "World Famous Raffle," where the total value of prizes has now reached over $101,000.00 including a Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Studio System worth over $29,995.00

Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. with the SuperMeet Vendor Showcase featuring 23 software and hardware developers including Adobe, Blackmagic Design, Frame.io, HP/NVIDIA, Atomos, Digital Anarchy, Adobe Stock, B&H, Future Media Concepts, Master...

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Mar 29
Apple launches macOS High Sierra 10.13.4

Apple has updated macOS to version 10.13.4. It’s available via the Updates section of the Mac App Store. According to the release notes, the upgrade improves the stability, performance, and security of your Mac, and it is recommended for all users. This update:

° Adds support for Business Chat conversations in Messages in the U.S.

° Adds support for external graphics processors (eGPUs).

° Fixes graphics corruption issues affecting certain apps on iMac Pro.

° Allows jumping to the right-most open tab using Command+9 in Safari.

° Enables sorting Safari bookmarks by name or URL by right clicking and choosing "Sort by..."

° Fixes an issue that may prevent web link previews from appearing in Messages.

° Helps protect privacy by only AutoFilling usernames and passwords after selecting them in a web form field in Safari .

° Displays warnings in the Safari Smart Search Field when interacting with password or credit card forms on non...

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Mar 29
Apple releases Swift 4.1

Apple has released Swift 4.1 (https://swift.org/download/) for developers, an upgrade of its programming language. It contains updates to the core language, including more support for generics, new build options, as well as minor enhancements to Swift Package Manager and Foundation.

There was also significant progress made in stabilizing the ABI, according to Apple. Swift 4.1 is a minor language release. It is source compatible with Swift 4.0.

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Mar 29
Apple debuts tvOS 11.3

Apple has announced tvOS 11.3, which includes frame rate matching features that were previously only available on the Apple TV 4K.

You can obtain the update by going into the Settings app on your Apple TV. Choose System > Software Updates > Update Software. The Apple TV will restart and install the software.

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Mar 29
Apple posts watchOS 4.3

Apple has released watchOS 4.3 for the Apple Watch. You install it via the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. According to Apple the upgrade:

° Let’s you Control volume and playback on HomePod from your Apple Watch;

° Restores the ability to control music on an iPhone;

° Allows you to use any orientation for Nightstand charging mode;

° The Siri watch face now shows progress towards closing Activity rings and when new songs are added to Apple Music mixes;

° Resolves an issue where Activity achievements were incorrectly awarded for some users;

° Fixes an issue where Siri music commands were not working for some audio devices.

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Mar 29
Apple releases iOS 11.3 for iOS devices

Apple has released iOS 11.3 for its iPhone and iPad line *with a Battery Health tool, a Health Records feature, ARKit 1.5, Business Chat, new Animoji, and more. You can download it by going to the Settings App, selecting General, then choosing Software Update.

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Mar 29
IK Multimedia releases Syntronik Deluxe for Mac/PC

IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com) has announced Syntronik Deluxe, the expanded version of the synth powerhouse for Mac and PC systems. It adds five new synths, available both as a collection or as separate synths.

Syntronik offers a collection of vintage synthesizers. Syntronik Deluxe adds 500 new instrument presets, 18GB of new sounds, and more than 22,000 new samples for a new total of 22 synths, 2,600 instrument presets, 80GB of sound content and more than 120,000 samples.

Current Syntronik users can upgrade to Syntronik Deluxe for $99.99 or purchase any of the new synths individually. For new users the cost is $269.99

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Mar 29
WYSIWYG LaTeX Mac app Compositor receives update, now runs e-TeX

Karl Traunmueller has released Compositor 1.1, an update to the LaTeX Mac app. It brings real-time WYSIWYG capabilities to LaTeX, the document preparation system widely used in academia for preparation of scientific and technical publications.

Version 1.1 now runs e-TeX, an extended version of TeX developed by the NTS project. The next version, 1.2, scheduled for release by end of April, will bring improved support for more commonly used LaTeX packages.

A fully-functional 60-day free trial is available for download from the product's website (http://compositorapp.com). Licenses can be purchased from the product's online store at an early-adopter price of $19. The purchase includes all future updates, including major version updates.

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Mar 29
Creaceed unveils collaborative whiteboard for the iPad and Apple TV

Creaceed has unveiled Inko (https://creaceed.com/inko), a peer-to-peer collaborative whiteboard app for the iPad, iPhone, and Apple TV.

It lets users draw collaboratively in real time on the same canvas from multiple devices, offering network-less connectivity, as well as live TV mirroring and interaction. It also supports the Apple Pencil.

Inko 1.0 is available immediately as a free download on the Apple App Store, and is localized in 12 languages. The free version provides an unlimited number of canvases for personal use without limitation, and lets two or more users try the collaboration feature for a 60-second time-limited session. To remove this limitation, two purchase options are provided. The Apple TV companion app is a free download on the App Store and has no limitation

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Mar 28
Apple releases iOS 11.3 for the new iPad

Apple has released iOS 11.3. However, it’s only for the new 9.7-inch iPad announced this week. Once you get your hands on one, you can download iOS 11.3 over-the-air using the Settings app. To access the update, go to Settings --> General --> Software Update.

Hopefully, iOS 11.3 will roll out ASAP for other iPads and iPhones. iOS 11.3 introduces new features, such as Messages on iCloud for storing your iMessages in iCloud, ARKit 1.5, and a "Battery Health" feature designed to provide iOS users with more information about their batteries.

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Mar 28
Apple, Chicago Public Schools and Northwestern University bring coding...

Apple has announced a new collaboration with Chicago Public Schools and Northwestern University to offer free professional learning to teachers across Chicago, designed to give educators the tools they need to bring coding and computer science into the classroom.

They’ll establish a Center for Excellence at Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago, which will serve as a teaching and learning hub to introduce high school teachers to Apple’s Everyone Can Code curriculum. This collaboration will help expand opportunities for local teachers, giving them new expertise to share with their students, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Everyone Can Code is a program designed by Apple to help everyone learn how to code using a Swift curriculum. The program includes a range of free resources, from helping students explore basic coding concepts to building fully functional apps.

Teachers will also have the opportunity to be trained on the App Development with Swift...

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Mar 28
Imagine Products, StorageDNA partner for myLTOdna interface

Imagine Products — creator of software utilities for backing up, viewing, sharing, transcoding, and archiving video assets — and StorageDNA — which specializes in intelligent nearline and archiving workflow solutions for media professionals —have collaborated on an integrated solution that enables random access to files on an LTO tape, essentially turning it into a hard drive with dnaLTFS.

The new joint solution is called myLTOdna. It’s an integration between Imagine Products’ myLTO tape-authoring application and StorageDNA’s HyperTape high performance direct access tape solution powered by dnaLTFS. The result is a simple and intuitive user interface with which to administrate HyperTape operating modes manually, or automatically from creative applications such as Imagine Products’ PrimeTranscoder — a process that is highly preferable to command line operations, says Tridib Chakravarty, CEO and president of StorageDNA

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Apr 12
Spending on security solutions to reach $91 billion in...

Worldwide spending on security-related hardware, software, and services is forecast to reach $91.4 billion in 2018, an increase of 10.2% over the amount spent in 2017, according to IDC. This pace of growth is expected to continue for the next several years as industries invest heavily in security solutions to meet a wide range of threats and requirements, adds the research group.

IDC says worldwide spending on security solutions will achieve a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.0% over the 2016-2021 forecast period and total $120.7 billion in 2021.

"Banks, discrete manufacturers, especially within the high-tech sector, and the federal government are spending the most on security to avoid large scale cyber-attacks and adhere to regulatory compliance," said Eileen Smith, program director, Customer Insights and Analysis. "Looking ahead to 2021, as the need the to protect IoT connected devices and infrastructure becomes paramount, industries like telecom and state...

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Apr 10
Strategy Analytics: third party messaging apps better...

Consumers are becoming less social in person by becoming more social “virtually” through advanced messaging features, according to Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com). Achieved through pre-installed RCS platforms and self-installed third party messaging apps, these platforms are providing a more consistent, expressive and compelling messaging experience for the sender, according to the research group.

Key findings from Strategy Analytics’ report include:

° Unlike SMS - a universal standard available across all phones - social messaging apps are run by third-party companies and need to be downloaded separately. This does mean however, that OTT messaging apps are consistent across all devices, regardless of operating system.

° Features that attract users are critical to the success of social messaging apps. Capabilities such as payment or game options within one app make...

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Apr 10
Consumer robotics revenues to reach $23 billion by 2022

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that domestic aide robotics will drive consumer robotics hardware revenues from an estimated $6.4 billion in 2018 to nearly $23 billion by 2022. That’s an increase of over 250%.

Juniper says that domestic aide robots, such as robotic vacuum cleaners, will account for 73% of total revenues by 2022. This will be due to increasing popularity of such devices from iRobot, Dyson and Samsung. These have been joined by lower cost devices, which will broaden the segment’s appeal.

The research group found that, despite popularity of domestic aide robots, the biggest growth area of consumer robotics will be in the educational area, representing an average annual growth of 40% in hardware revenues. Companies such as Anki and Wonder Workshop are joining established players like LEGO in providing robotics focused on programming. Juniper...

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Apr 06
IDC forecasts growth for connected devices in key...

IDC (www.idc.com) has published results from its newest Tracker research program covering the fast-growing market of Smart Home Devices. In 2017, 433.1 million smart home devices were shipped worldwide, growing 27.6% from the previous year.

Looking ahead, IDC anticipates a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.5% as the market balloons to 939.7 million devices shipped in 2022. Within the smart home market, the smart speaker category, which includes devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home, will remain the fastest growing category throughout the forecast. Meanwhile, shipments for most other categories, with the exception of video entertainment products, will experience a double-digit CAGR during the same period.

"The smart home market is still in its infancy but we're already seeing some significant changes in consumers' and vendors' approach," said Jitesh Ubrani senior research analyst for IDC Mobile Device...

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Apr 05
5G Boost won’t save vanishing wireless connectivity...

There will be 9.0 billion user-linked subscriptions to wireless services by 2023, up from 7.7 billion today according to new forecasts from Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com). The research group predicts that 5G adoption will follow a comparable path to that seen by 4G LTE, but warns that there’s limited growth left in connectivity revenue for service providers.

Key findings of the report include:

° Wireless service revenue will peak in 2021 at US$881 billion, just 3% above the level forecast for 2018.

° User-linked mobile 5G connections will grow from 5 million in 2019 to 577 million in 2023 (excluding fixed wireless applications and industrial IOT). These will account for 10% of connectivity revenue in 2023.

Prior to the launch of 5G services, there is considerable time for 4G LTE platforms to evolve though LTE-Advanced and LTE-Advanced Pro technologies....

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Apr 03
Connected clothing to become a $1 billion industry in...

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that the wearables market has begun to shift away from wrist-based devices such as smartwatches and fitness trackers, with other device categories forecast to grow much faster.

The research group ranks the fastest growing wearable sectors, in terms of shipments and compound annual growth rates (CAGRs), over the next two years as: connected clothing (102%), smart glasses (98%), smart jewelry (55%), hearables (31%), and smart watches (31%).

Juniper forecasts that the total smart wearables market will reach nearly 350 million devices shipped by 2020. The market is currently dominated by smartwatches and activity trackers, with 137 million devices expected to be shipped in 2018. However, growth will slow, shipping almost 190 million by 2020 as the lifecycle of devices lengthens as fewer new features and a software focus delay...

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Apr 03
Gartner: I&O skill gaps to cause business...

Two-thirds of organizations are not adequately addressing the infrastructure and operations (I&O) skills gaps that will impede their digital business initiatives, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). Successful I&O organizations will need to implement vastly different roles and technologies during the next five years, adds the research group.

Gartner forecasts that, by 2019, IT technical specialist hires will fall by more than 5%. Moreover, by 2021, 40%of IT staff will hold multiple roles, most of which will be business-related rather than technology-related. 

"What made I&O leaders successful in the past is not what will make them thrive in the future," said Hank Marquis, research director at Gartner. "Instead of focusing on the 'what' of I&O jobs — such as technical knowledge, education and training — I&O leaders need to shift their focus to the 'how' — the behavioral...

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Apr 02
The Northern Spy: history’s most ironic question

By Rick Sutcliffe

The Spy notes and passes on verbatim with little comment (it is its own commentary) the following advertisement:

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We begin by comparing your targets with our general population, analyzing their vulnerabilities within their particular social environment, and weaving a fabric of data around them that reinforces their proclivities in directions most favourable to you. This can be as simple as reinforcing the beliefs they evidence by virtue of the context of their very social connections--a few posts here and there from people they...

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Apr 02
More than 25% of companies expect to be breached...

Nearly four in five companies (79%) were hit by a breach in the last year, according to new research from Balabit (www.balabit.com), a provider of privileged access management and log management solutions.

The report also revealed that seven out of ten (68%) businesses expect to be impacted by further breaches this year, with more than a quarter anticipating a breach to occur within the next six months. The Balabit survey was deployed in the UK, France, Germany and the U.S., and reveals the attitudes of 400 IT and security professionals surrounding their IT security concerns, their experience with IT security breaches, their understanding of how and when breaches occur, and the strategies they’re using to combat hackers.

According to Balabit, the majority of businesses know very little about the nature of the security breaches that take place within their organizations. While a high percentage of companies...

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Apr 02
Security-as-a-Service grows 21% in 2017

2017 has seen a steep increase in adoption of Security-as-a-Service  (SaaS), thanks to its multiple advantages compared to software licensing, according to Canalys (www.canalys.com). However, this fast change in revenue stream is creating headaches for vendors who have to rework forecasts for 2018 to not disappoint investors, adds the research group.

Security-as-a-service (SaaS) registered strong growth in 2017 at 21% to US$4 billion, following the rise in adoption of cloud solutions for enterprises. This growth was double the pace compared to the rest of the security market with software and hardware growing respectively 5% and 10% year-on-year to reach $27 billion combined. Canalys estimates the total security market was US$31 billion in 2017, up 10% overall.

“In the past year, Vendors like Cisco, McAfee and Trend Micro have strengthened their cloud portfolio, which now includes a wider range of products...

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Morel’s Nomadic Audio Speakase is a portable Bluetooth speaker and travel carry-on hybrid that transforms the suitcase’s interior volume into a large-scale hi-fi speaker. Its design won a 2018 Consumer Electronics Show... Read more »
TRENDnet’s (www.TRENDnet.com) $99.99 Mini USB-C HD Docking Cube (the TUC-DS1) is a compact docking station that supports high-resolution HD video, and extends or mirrors your notebook’s display. TRENDnet’s Mini USB-C HD... Read more »

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06:44
It Looks Like Amazon, Not Apple, is Going to Buy...

Amazon is in exclusive talks to buy  Wondery, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Previously, it had been thought that Apple might purchase the podcast-maker. (As discussed with Tom Merritt on episode two of Media+.)

Amazon Could Add Wondery to Growing Audio Arsenal

The talks reportedly value Wondery at $300 million, an increase from $100 million since its last funding round in June 2019. If the deal were to be completed, it would add podcasts to Amazon’s expanding audio arsenal, alongside podcast-app Stitcher and audiobooks service Audible. Furthermore, Amazon Music started...

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06:41
Apple's Photos app may recognize people by face...

Apple's Photos app may improve on its Faces subject identification feature by not just using facial recognition, but also working to identify people's individual body language, typical poses, and torso.Even before it had Face ID, Apple introduced face recognition in Photos.Over a decade since it introduced face detection in iPhoto '09, Apple is researching how to improve its ability to identify people in images. As smart and useful as the Faces feature is, it gets easily mixed up and Apple wants to use extra details such as body language to sort people out.

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06:38
Apple wants to make Mac, iPad, and iPhone display...

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20200380916) that shows it wants to make its Mac, iPad, and iPhone display bezel-less (or at least appear that way). The patent filing is dubbed “optical system and method to mimic zero-border display.”

In the filing data, Apple notes that flat panel displays, such as liquid crystal displays (LCDs) organic light emitting diode (OLED) displays, are commonly used in a wide variety of electronic devices. These display panels typically provide a flat display in a relatively thin package. Such devices typically use less power than comparable display technologies, making them suitable for use in battery-powered devices or in other contexts where it is desirable to reduce power usage. 

Electronic displays typically include a border around the display. This border may be utilized to conceal, for example, drive circuitry used to operate the display. However, Apple says that use of this border reduces the overall...

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06:28
Brazil: Apple must include chargers with new iPhone...

Although Apple sells new iPhone models without charger, Procon-SP will require the equipment to be made available to consumers who order a smartphone. The government’s consumer protection and defense group says that smartphone users expect a charger to be included with the purchase.

What’s more, Procon-SP says Apple hasn’t adequately told purchases of new iPhones that they don’t come with a charger. Finally, the consumer protection organization says that Despite reporting that by removing the loaders from the box, it would promote a reduction in carbon emissions, mining and the use of precious materials, the company does not demonstrate this environmental gain.

"It is inconsistent to make the sale of the device unaccompanied by the charger, without reviewing the value of the product and without presenting a plan for collecting the old appliances, recycling, etc....

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06:25
Apple Accessibility website gets major revamp: ‘Make...

The Apple Accessibility website has been given a major revamp, in a move praised by accessibility and assisting tech reporter Steven Aquino – who said that it “captures their institutional love for accessibility as a thing.”

Apple heads the page with an invitation to “make something wonderful” …

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06:13
Apple looks at a way to make its various devices...

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20200382879) for a “media system and method of accommodating hearing loss” to make its various devices more user friendly to the hearing impaired.

In the patent data, Apple notes that audio-capable devices, such as Mac laptops, iPads iPhones, and other mobile devices, can deliver audio content to a user. For example, the user may use the audio-capable device to listen to audio content. The audio content can be pre-stored audio content, such as a music file, a podcast, a virtual assistant message, etc., which is played to the user by a speaker. Or the reproduced audio content can be real-time audio content, such as audio content from a phone call, a videoconference, etc. 

However, noise exposure, aging, or other factors can cause an individual to experience hearing loss. Hearing loss profiles of individuals can vary widely, and may even be attributed to people who aren’t diagnosed as having hearing...

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06:06
Money Management App ‘Yolt’ Now Supports Apple Pay

Financial tech company Yolt has introduced support for Apple Pay. This means customers can pay with their Apple Watch or iPhone without running into the £45 contactless limit.

Yolt With Apple Pay

To get started:

  1. Open the Wallet app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the plus (+) button in the upper right corner.
  3. Select “Credit or Debit Card” and scan your Yolt Card.

Customers will be able to use Apple Pay while still benefiting from Yolt’s money management features.

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06:04
Apple granted patent for a dual display stand for...

I’m really hoping that this means Apple plans to release a monitor that most of us average folks can afford (and that ain’t the US$5,000 Pro Display XDR): the tech giant has been granted a patent (number 20200378547) for a dual display stand.

In the patent data, Apple notes that computer device designers often desire to control positioning of a computer monitor or similar display at whatever height and orientation are best suited for the needs of the user. A stand can position the display to accommodate users and desktop surfaces of different heights, sizes, and postures. The stand can allow the user to adjust the monitor with little expended effort. 

However, as Apple notes, while various existing display stands provide tilt, rotation, and vertical height adjustment of monitors, these features often come at the expense of being convenient and natural to use. Many require the user to deal with significant friction or hysteresis that makes...

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05:53
Comment: Here’s why I disagree with the voters in...

When it comes to judging the quality of smartphone cameras, the MKBHD blind camera test is one of the most compelling pieces of consumer research out there.

YouTuber Marques Brownlee takes the same photos with a bunch of different cameras, and labels each photo with a letter, so no one knows which smartphone took which photo. He then asks ordinary people to state which they prefer.

The sheer scale of the test is fairly mind-blowing…

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05:51
O’Film Group kicked out of Apple’s camera module...

The O’Film Group has been kicked out of Apple’s camera module supply chain, according to TheElec. In July, the U.S. Department of Commerce listed the China-based company among a list of 11 companies in the country accused of taking part in human rights violations against the Uighur people.

All companies included in the list are accused of supporting China's "campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, forced labor, involuntary collection of biometric data, and genetic analyses targeted at Muslim minority groups," according to a statement by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The Elec says that the exclusion of O’Film from Apple’s supply chain is expected to benefit LG InnoTek and Sharp. O’Film’s modules accounted for around mid-10% of those used by Apple in its smartphones. LG InnoTek’s account for some 50% and Sharp 30%.

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05:47
Apple reportedly dropping camera supplier O-Film...

Apple has begun severing ties with iPhone camera module supplier O-film after learning the company had been using forced labor.In July, the U.S. Department of Commerce had added O-Film to a list of companies implicated in human rights violations against Uighur Muslim minorities.The Elec claims that Apple is only allowing the company to supply camera models for older iPhone models. This may hint that the Cupertino-based tech giant needs time to find a replacement, though it isn't quite clear from the source.

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05:39
Julianna Margulies Joining Cast of ‘The Morning Show...

Julianna Margulies is joining the cast of The Morning Show, reported Variety. The former star of ER and The Good Wife, will play another anchor at UBA News called Laura Peterson.

Julianna Margulies Joining The Morning Show Cast, Filming Begins Again

Ms. Margulies will join Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell, Billy Crudup, Mark Duplass, Nestor Carbonell, Bel Powley, Karen Puttman, and Desean Terry on the show. Indeed, Ms. Aniston shared on her Instagram that the team was again back on set. COVID-19 has disrupted shooting the second season.

Greta Lee, Ruairi O’Connor, and Hasan Minhaj are also joining the case of The Morning Show. Ms. Margulies...

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05:36
Apple relaunches Accessibility site to honor...

As noted by MacRumors, Apple is honoring the International Day of Persons with Disabilities with a re-launch of its Accessibility site and a new collection of tutorial videos highlighting the accessibility features of its software.

The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992 by United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every...

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05:13
Apple researching alternative technologies to reduce...

If it can't reduce the need for a bezel to house sensors and circuitry for iPhone and Mac displays, Apple is investigating how it can make them look much smaller.Mockup of iPhons with small to no bezelsThere's a reason why we don't have true edge to edge displays on devices from the Apple Watch to the Mac. Although different display technology allows for different-sized bezels, they all still require control circuitry or sensors to be arranged around the screen.

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04:41
Apple reportedly dropping iPhone camera supplier O-...

Apple is reportedly dropping iPhone camera supplier O-Film, following accusations that the company used forced labor.

O-Film was one of three companies making triple-lens camera modules for Apple, alongside LG InnoTek and Sharp …

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04:15
Podcast Media Company QCODE hires former Apple...

Content studio and podcast network, QCODE, has hired former Apple Podcasts executive, Steve Wilson, as the company’s chief strategy officer where he will oversee partnerships, marketing, distribution and work with the QCODE team on content strategy. 

Wilson joins QCODE after nearly 15 years at Apple. His hiring comes on the heels of QCODE’s recent Series A funding, which was led by Sonos and co-led by C-Ventures, and several other high-profile hires.

Wilson’s hiring is one of several high-profile appointments made by QCODE. Earlier this month the studio named Sandra Yee Ling as vice president of Production and Michele Zárate as director of Development and promoted Tess Ryan to the role of producer and Deron Johnson to head of Music.



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04:12
SpotHero introduces Apple CarPlay integration

SpotHero, a North American digital parking leader company, is bring parking to the display screen of your car with Apple CarPlay. Drivers can now use SpotHero with CarPlay to find, book and pay for off-street parking in over 300 cities across North America without touching a phone.

Elan Mosbacher, SpotHero’s senior vice president of Strategy and Operations, says that after traffic, finding parking is often the biggest challenge that drivers face. Twice as many drivers (48%) would prefer a parking solution connected to their in-car display vs. using a standalone app (24%), according to a survey of 18,000 drivers across 30 cities.

“Drivers want the ability to use SpotHero...

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04:01
Check out Apple Music top songs, Shazams and most-...

Apple Music has added a whole bunch of new playlists in the Browse section. These include the Apple Music top songs of 2020, both globally and for a wide range of countries.

Other categories are the most Shazammed songs – the ones people have heard somewhere and wanted to identify – and the most-read lyrics …

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04:00
Apple revamps its Accessibility page to spotlight...

A new redesign for its Accessibility page sees Apple highlighting specific device features such as the magnifier in iOS, and the back-tap on the iPhone 12.Example of how iPhones include a magnifying featureHaving recently stressed the importance of accessibility in its history, Apple has now redesigned its site to emphasize its devices' extensive features for users with any disabilities. Accompanying the site redesign, Apple has also added a new video about to its iPhone Magnifier feature to its now 23-strong collection of accessibility guides on YouTube.

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04:00
HomePod mini review: Small sound and familiar...

Even if the HomePod mini didn’t have a pedigree that includes such beloved Apple products as the iPod mini and Mac mini, it still would be in a difficult spot. For one, its namesake is one of the rare misses in the Tim Cook era. For another, its size and lower price point puts it in direct competition with the ubiquitous Amazon Echo and Google Nest Audio.

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03:39
‘MacVoices Live!’: Holiday Gift Guide (part one)

The third edition of the MacVoices Live! Holiday Gift Guide features Shelly Brisbin, Jean MacDonald, Mike T. Rose, and host Chuck Joiner. 

MacVoices is an Internet show that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac industry as well as the individuals who are out there making it happen on the front lines of the global Apple community. Founded as an audio program in 2005, the show has evolved into audio and video versions to offer the best of both worlds.

Joiner is the producer and host of MacVoices. You can catch up with what he’s doing on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.



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03:15
iPhone 12 versus Android’s best of 2020

It's been a big year for smartphones but one phone stands out above all. In this episode of the Macworld Podcast, we’ll talk about the iPhone 12 and how it stacks up against the best Android phones of the year. Stay tuned.

This is episode 723 with Jason Cross, Michael Simon, and Roman Loyola.

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Thursday December 3

04:37
Apple Patent advances their Foldable/Scrollable iDevice...

Last month Patently Apple posted a report titled "A new Rumor Claims that Apple is working with Several Supply Chain Partners in Preparing for Future Foldable Devices." Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published another detailed patent application from Apple relating to possible future folding and scrolling form factor iPhones with heavy emphasis on the device's hinge system.

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04:22
Apple Could Be Forced to Include a Charger with Every iP...

Apple will be required to include a power adapter with every iPhone sold in São Paulo, Brazil, the state's consumer protection agency has declared.

The public agency Procon-SP contacted Apple in October and asked the company to explain why it was no longer providing charging accessories with its new iPhones.

Apple responded by touting the environmental benefits of no longer including a power adapter with iPhones, noting that many users already have spare chargers, plus the move reduces carbon emissions and avoids the mining and use of rare-earth elements.

However, in a press release on Wednesday, the Procon-SP said that a power adapter was an "essential part" for the use of the product, and selling the ‌iPhone‌ without it is against the Brazilian Consumer Defense Code.

Moreover, the agency said that Apple had not sufficiently...

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03:44
Ecobee SmartCamera Firmware Update Adds HomeKit Secure V...

Ecobee has updated its SmartCamera to support Apple's HomeKit Secure Video, which allows the cameras to capture and store recordings securely in iCloud.

The firmware update means SmartCamera owners have another option aside from Ecobee's $5-a-month subscription for video recording and movement notifications.

With ‌‌HomeKit Secure Video‌‌, video footage is encrypted and stored in ‌iCloud‌ rather than on servers handled by Ecobee. Footage can be viewed in the Home app, and all motion and people detection is done on-device for privacy purposes.

Using ‌‌HomeKit Secure Video‌‌ requires an upgraded ‌‌iCloud‌‌ storage plan....

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03:36
Brazilian Consumer Protection Agency Demands that Apple...

Brazilian Procon-SP, Sao Paulo's state consumer protection agency, has notified Apple Inc. to explain the sale of new iPhone models without the charger. In response, the company informs that since there are already many of these devices in the world, in general, the new ones are not used and that the decision aimed to help reduce carbon emissions and electronic...

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03:07
Apple Launches Redesigned Accessibility Site and New Sup...

Apple today is honoring International Day of Persons with Disabilities with a re-launch of its Accessibility site and a new collection of tutorial videos highlighting the accessibility features of its software.

As spotted by iMore, the redesigned site is made up of four broad sections that showcase many of the accessibility features across Apple's product range, with new categories covering vision, mobility, hearing, and cognitive features.

The vision section covers several iOS features such as the Magnifier, Zoom, Larger Text, Voiceover + Braille, and Spoken Content, while the hearing covers using Sound Recognition, Headphone Accommodations, Sensory Alerts, Live Listen, and many more...

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02:36
Report Claims that Apple has expelled OFilm from its iPh...

Back in July Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Denies a report that one of their Chinese Suppliers are using Uighur slave labor on Production Lines." A Korean report today claims that Apple has expelled Chinese company OFilm Group from its camera module supply chain. The report hints..

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02:03
Google Authenticator iOS App Gains New Export Accounts O...

Google has updated its 2FA Authenticator app for iOS with a new account transfer feature that makes it much easier to transfer two-factor authentication codes to a new iPhone.

2FA adds an extra layer of security to your online accounts by requiring a randomly generated six-digit code after you've entered your password. Google's app generates codes for your accounts on the fly, but until now the process of transferring accounts to a new ‌iPhone‌ was time-consuming and involved multiple steps.

Thankfully, that's no longer the case, and you can now select which accounts to export by tapping the three dots in the top-right corner of the app and choosing Export accounts.

After you've chosen which accounts to export (you can export up to 10 accounts at...

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01:18
Multiple iPhone 12 Users Report Sudden Drops in 5G and L...

Since Apple launched the iPhone 12 in October, an increasing number of users of the new smartphone have been reporting persistent drops in cellular coverage.

Multiple reports of dropped 5G and LTE connectivity have appeared on Reddit, on Apple's support forums, and on the MacRumors forums, with many people suffering issues when walking or in transit and some seeing the same problem when stationary.

Several users report suddenly losing all reception bars and seeing a "no service" message on their ‌iPhone 12‌, despite being in an area of network coverage and seeing no connectivity issues on other devices, and iOS version doesn't...

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Wednesday December 2

21:29
Apple Shares 2020 Apple Music Highlights and Top Charts

As 2020 comes to a close, Apple has been sharing top lists for podcasts, the App Store, and now, Apple Music. Apple today announced the top song and album of 2020, along with top 100 charts of the most popular songs during the year.

The top song of 2020 was "The Box" by Roddy Ricch, with 13.7 million plays worldwide during its debut week alone. "Blinding Lights" by The Weeknd was the number two most popular song, followed by "Dance Monkey" from Tones And I and "ROCKSTAR" from DaBaby.

The top album was Roddy Ricch's "Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial," and the second most streamed album was Lil Baby's "My Turn." "Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon" from Pop Smoke took the third spot, Lil Uzi Vert's "LUV vs. World 2" was number four,...

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15:12
$99 Speaker Showdown: HomePod Mini vs. Amazon Echo and G...

Apple recently released the HomePod mini, a new $99 version of the original HomePod that's smaller, cuter, and, most importantly, competitively priced. At $99, the ‌HomePod mini‌ can better compete with affordable smart speakers from companies like Google and Amazon.

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The ‌HomePod mini‌ has been praised for its high-quality sound at its price point, so we thought we'd compare it to Google's Nest Audio and Amazon's Echo to see how it measures up in terms of sound quality, design, and smarts. In the video and the photos below, the ‌HomePod mini‌ is the white speaker, the Amazon Echo is the black speaker, and the Google Nest Audio is the gray speaker that's taller in size.

First and foremost, the...

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13:05
Amazon in Exclusive Talks to Buy Podcast Startup Wondery

Amazon is in exclusive talks with podcast startup Wondery about a potential acquisition, reports The Wall Street Journal. Rumors earlier this month suggested that Wondery had also held talks with Apple and Sony Music Entertainment as it shopped for a buyer.

Wondery is said to be looking for $300 to $400 million, and it is known for popular true crime podcasts that include "Dirty John," "Over My Dead Body," "Dr. Death." Apple's discussions were in the early stages in November, but if Wondery is in exclusive talks with Amazon, Apple is likely out of the running.

A Wondery purchase would have provided Apple with a library of original content along with a source for ideas that could be turned into TV shows in the future. Wondery is already working on TV shows based on...

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12:44
Hulu's Watch Party Feature Rolling Out to All Users

Hulu in May began testing a new Watch Party feature that's designed to allow up to eight people to watch TV shows and movies together through the Hulu website, chatting with one another while the content is playing.

The feature was limited to some Hulu users, but Hulu today announced that Watch Party is now available for all on-demand Hulu subscribers.Today, we're officially launching Hulu Watch Party for Hulu and Hulu (No Ads) subscribers on Hulu.com. Viewers can now safely connect with their friends and family from the comfort of their homes to watch thousands of titles from Hulu's on-demand streaming library.Creating a Watch Party can be done by choosing the "Watch Party" option on a title's detail page, which provides a link that...

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12:27
Jason Sudeikis: 'Ted Lasso' Apple TV+ Characte...

"Ted Lasso," a TV show that came to Apple TV+ in August, has proven to be popular with viewers thanks to its humor and uplifting positivity.

In the series, Jason Sudeikis plays the titular character, who is a small-time college football coach from Kansas that's hired to coach a professional soccer team in England. Sudeikis this week did an interview with Variety where he discussed the origins of the character.

Ted Lasso predates the Apple TV+ series and was a character conceptualized by Sudeikis for the 2013 NBC Sports English Premier League coverage. According to Sudeikis, Ted Lasso was inspired by Robin Williams' mentor roles in films like "Dead Poets Society," "Aladdin" and "Good Will Hunting." Obi-Wan Kenobi...

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11:02
'Good Wife' Star Julianna Margulies Joins the...

Apple has just landed A-list actress Julianna Margulies to its cast of 'The Morning Show.'

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10:04
Apple Releases Third Betas of iOS 14.3 and iPadOS 14.3 t...

Apple today seeded the third betas of upcoming iOS 14.3 and iPadOS 14.3 updates to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after releasing the second betas and a month after the launch of iOS and iPadOS 14.2.

iOS and iPadOS 14.3 can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or over the air after the proper developer profile has been installed.

The iOS 14.3 update brings the ProRAW format to the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max. ProRAW is designed for those who prefer to shoot in RAW but also want to take advantage of the Apple image pipeline data like noise reduction and multi-frame exposure adjustments.

The ProRAW feature can be enabled in the Camera section of the Settings app for those who have installed the iOS 14.3 beta...

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10:03
Apple Seeds Third Beta of watchOS 7.2 to Developers

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming watchOS 7.2 beta to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after the release of the second beta and a month after the launch of watchOS 7.1.

To install the ‌watchOS 7.2‌ beta, developers need to download the proper configuration profile from the Apple Developer Center. Once the profile is in place, the watchOS 7.2 beta can be downloaded through the dedicated ‌Apple Watch‌ app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update.

To update to the new software, the ‌Apple Watch‌ needs to have 50 percent battery life, it must be placed on the charger, and it must be in range of the ‌‌‌‌‌iPhone‌‌‌‌‌.

watchOS 7.2 adds a Cardio Fitness feature for the Apple Watch, and Apple says that...

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10:02
Apple Seeds Third Beta of tvOS 14.3 Update to Developers

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming tvOS 14.3 update to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after the release of the second beta.

Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models, the tvOS 14.3 developer beta can be downloaded onto the ‌‌‌‌‌‌‌Apple TV‌‌‌‌‌‌‌ via a profile that's installed using Xcode.

Other than new releases, tvOS updates are often minor in scale, focusing on under-the-hood bug fixes and improvements rather than major outward-facing changes. There's no word yet on what's included in tvOS 14.3 update, but we'll update this article should anything new be found. Nothing new was discovered in the first beta.

Though we don't often know what's new in tvOS during the beta testing process, we let MacRumors readers know when new updates are available so those...

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08:55
Apple has Extended their Crushing Lead in Global Wearabl...

In late August Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's Wearable Shipments Lead Smashed their Competitors in Q2-20 like Bugs on a Windshield." A new report posted by IDC today shows us that Apple actually extended their lead in Q3-20.

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08:34
Telegram Beta Becomes First Third-Party App to Use Annou...

The latest beta of messaging app Telegram supports Apple's Announce Messages with Siri feature on AirPods, allowing users to listen and reply to new messages without an iPhone or iPad handy (via The 8-Bit).

Announce Messages with ‌Siri‌ reads an incoming message to a user's headphones when they are connected to an ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌ and their device is locked. When a new message arrives, ‌Siri‌ plays a tone, announces the sender's name, and reads the message. There is then the option to reply hands-free using ‌Siri‌.

Despite the feature being available to developers via Apple's ‌Siri‌ API for over a year, Telegram appears to be the first app to...

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08:09
Apple Faces a Series of new iPhone Throttling Lawsuits f...

In a Right to Repair report that we posted last Friday, we pointed out one particular point that European Parliament Members had made to the EU Commission regarding the purposeful practice of shortening the lifetime of a product, a point that a U.K. MP made against Apple earlier that day.
The point of purposefully shortening the life of a product is now front and center in a series of new lawsuits

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Tuesday December 1

10:00
AA20-336A: Advanced Persistent Threat Actors...

Original release date: December 1, 2020
Summary

This Advisory uses the MITRE Adversarial Tactics, Techniques, and Common Knowledge (ATT&CK®) framework. See the ATT&CK for Enterprise for all referenced threat actor tactics and techniques.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have observed persistent continued cyber intrusions by advanced persistent threat (APT) actors targeting U.S. think tanks. This malicious activity is often, but not exclusively, directed at individuals and organizations that focus on international affairs or national security policy.[1] The following guidance may assist U.S. think tanks in developing network defense procedures to prevent or rapidly detect these attacks...

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09:00
Restore and maintain personal connections with new...

Earlier this year, IT leaders around the globe were forced to reprioritize their roadmaps, resources, and budgets to equip employees for remote work practically overnight. Suddenly, the use of video communications skyrocketed. People adjusted quickly to moving meetings online, but one of the most notable challenges driven by the shift to remote work has been…

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08:15
Our commitment to privacy in Microsoft Productivity...

At Microsoft, we believe that data-driven insights are crucial to empowering people and organizations to achieve more. We also believe that privacy is a human right, and we’re deeply committed to the privacy of every person who uses our products. As part of that commitment, today we’re making changes to Productivity Score.

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Monday November 23

09:00
Microsoft Teams recognized as a Leader in Gartner...

Microsoft Teams has become the new way to work for over 115 million daily users who come together every day to meet, call, chat, and collaborate. Today, we are honored to be recognized by Gartner as a Leader for both Meeting Solutions and Unified Communications as a Service in their latest Magic Quadrants. Microsoft was…

The post Microsoft Teams recognized as a Leader in Gartner UCaaS and Meetings Solutions Magic Quadrants appeared first on Microsoft 365 Blog.

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09:00
Microsoft Teams recognized as a Leader in Gartner...

Microsoft Teams has become the new way to work for over 115 million daily users who come together every day to meet, call, chat, and collaborate. Today, we are honored to be recognized by Gartner as a Leader for both Meeting Solutions and Unified Communications as a Service in their latest Magic Quadrants. Microsoft was…

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06:15
For one week only: 25 percent off Microsoft 365...

We recognize that 2020 has been a challenging year for small businesses, and we are here to help. In celebration of Small Business Saturday, we are offering small and medium-sized businesses in the United States a 25 percent discount on up to 25 seats of Microsoft 365 Business Premium so they can chat, call, host…

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06:15
For one week only: 25 percent off Microsoft 365...

We recognize that 2020 has been a challenging year for small businesses, and we are here to help. In celebration of Small Business Saturday, we are offering small and medium-sized businesses in the United States a 25 percent discount on up to 25 seats of Microsoft 365 Business Premium so they can chat, call, host…

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Thursday November 19

15:00
Bringing personal features in Microsoft Teams to...

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, it’s become a challenge for many of us to balance the various aspects of our lives. Whether it’s our jobs, homeschooling our kids, or coordinating virtual meetups with friends, managing all of this on a daily basis can get stressful. As a result, tools that help us stay on track…

The post Bringing personal features in Microsoft Teams to desktop and web—now available in preview appeared first on Microsoft 365 Blog.

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15:00
Bringing personal features in Microsoft Teams to...

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, it’s become a challenge for many of us to balance the various aspects of our lives. Whether it’s our jobs, homeschooling our kids, or coordinating virtual meetups with friends, managing all of this on a daily basis can get stressful. As a result, tools that help us stay on track…

The post Bringing personal features in Microsoft Teams to desktop and web—now available in preview appeared first on Microsoft 365 Blog.

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13:00
New apps and features in Microsoft 365 for...

Since we introduced Microsoft 365 to individuals and families earlier this year, we have continued to deliver new innovations across our apps and services to help you and your family save time and stay connected. See what’s new below. Locate your loved ones and build better driving habits with Microsoft Family Safety Stay connected even…

The post New apps and features in Microsoft 365 for individuals and families this fall appeared first on Microsoft 365 Blog.

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13:00
New apps and features in Microsoft 365 for...

Since we introduced Microsoft 365 to individuals and families earlier this year, we have continued to deliver new innovations across our apps and services to help you and your family save time and stay connected. See what’s new below. Locate your loved ones and build better driving habits with Microsoft Family Safety Stay connected even…

The post New apps and features in Microsoft 365 for individuals and families this fall appeared first on Microsoft 365 Blog.

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09:00
From new apps in Microsoft Teams meetings to...

This month, we’re thrilled to announce that many of your top requested features – like background noise suppression in meetings – are coming to Teams and other Microsoft 365 services.

The post From new apps in Microsoft Teams meetings to Endpoint DLP—here’s what’s new to Microsoft 365 in November appeared first on Microsoft 365 Blog.

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09:00
From new apps in Microsoft Teams meetings to...

This month, we’re thrilled to announce that many of your top requested features – like background noise suppression in meetings – are coming to Teams and other Microsoft 365 services.

The post From new apps in Microsoft Teams meetings to Endpoint DLP—here’s what’s new to Microsoft 365 in November appeared first on Microsoft 365 Blog.

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Wednesday November 18

09:00
Microsoft’s Chief People Officer shares 5 tips from...

“From wellbeing luminary Arianna Huffington to Think Like a Monk author Jay Shetty, Kathleen Hogan’s People Talk interview series features conversations with some of the most fascinating minds on the topics of people and wellbeing. I get so much out of these chats, and so I invited Kathleen—Microsoft’s Chief People Officer & EVP of Human…

The post Microsoft’s Chief People Officer shares 5 tips from top wellbeing and people experts appeared first on Microsoft 365 Blog.

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09:00
Microsoft’s Chief People Officer shares 5 tips from...

“From wellbeing luminary Arianna Huffington to Think Like a Monk author Jay Shetty, Kathleen Hogan’s People Talk interview series features conversations with some of the most fascinating minds on the topics of people and wellbeing. I get so much out of these chats, and so I invited Kathleen—Microsoft’s Chief People Officer & EVP of Human…

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08:00
Microsoft 365 now available from new Brazil geography

Microsoft 365 is now available from our new cloud datacenters in Brazil, enabling Brazilian organizations to store their customer data for core online services at rest in country. Learn more about the new Brazil geography for Microsoft 365.

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08:00
Microsoft 365 now available from new Brazil geography

Microsoft 365 is now available from our new cloud datacenters in Brazil, enabling Brazilian organizations to store their customer data for core online services at rest in country. Learn more about the new Brazil geography for Microsoft 365.

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Monday November 16

09:00
Enhancing your Microsoft Teams experience with the...

Over the past year, the pandemic has dramatically changed the way we live and work. Organizations around the world adopted tools like Microsoft Teams to support working-from-home and hybrid work. Today, over 115 million people use Teams every day. And while video conferencing was a key driver for Teams rapid growth and adoption, our customers quickly realized the need to digitally transform beyond meetings to support a new way of…

The post Enhancing your Microsoft Teams experience with the apps you need appeared first on Microsoft 365 Blog.

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09:00
Enhancing your Microsoft Teams experience with the...

Over the past year, the pandemic has dramatically changed the way we live and work. Organizations around the world adopted tools like Microsoft Teams to support working-from-home and hybrid work. Today, over 115 million people use Teams every day. And while video conferencing was a key driver for Teams rapid growth and adoption, our customers quickly realized the need to digitally transform beyond meetings to support a new way of…

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Thursday November 12

09:48
Use the object list to manage objects on Keynote...

Learn how to use the object list to select objects, move up and down in the layering order, group, or delete them.

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Thursday October 22

07:24
About the security content of iTunes 12.9 for Windows

This document describes the security content of iTunes 12.9 for Windows.

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Thursday December 6

22:10
About the security content of iOS 12.1.1

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The Battle of Polytopia released on PC back in August of this year with iOS and Android versions being dated too far behind. But now developer Midjiwan AB has released the Moonrise update to put it on the same level as its PC counterpart, bringing... | Read more »
Transport City: Truck Tycoon is a logist...
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OWC restocks Apple HomePods for $75 off MSRP,...
Other World Computing has restocked discounted, new, Apple HomePods on sale for $75 off Apple’s MSRP as part of their Cyber Week 2020 sale: – HomePod Space Gray: $224.88 $75 off MSRP – HomePod White... Read more
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Purchase a new iPad at Apple using their Education discount, and take up to $100 off MSRP. All teachers, students, and staff of any educational institution with a .edu email address qualify for the... Read more
Holiday sale: Get one of Apple’s new M1 13″ M...
Amazon has Apple’s new 2020 13″ MacBook Pros with M1 Apple Silicon CPUs on sale for $50 off MSRP, starting at $1249. Amazon expects delivery in 1-2 weeks. These are the same 13″ MacBook Pros sold by... Read more
Holiday sale: Get Apple’s new M1 Mac mini for...
Apple resellers have Apple’s new Mac minis with M1 Apple Silicon CPUs on sale starting at only $663 as part of their Cyber Week 2020 sales. These are the lowest prices currently available for new... Read more
Get a 12″ iPad Pro for up to $150 off Apple’s...
B&H Photo has new 2020 12.9″ WiFi iPad Pros on sale today for up to $150 off MSRP as part of their Cyber Week 2020 sale. Expedited shipping is free to may addresses in the US: – 12″ 128GB WiFi... Read more
Holiday Sale: Amazon offers $50 discount on A...
Amazon has Apple Watch Series 6 models on sale for $50 off Apple’s MSRP as part of their Holiday 2020 sales. These are the same Watches sold by Apple in their retail and online stores. Be sure to... Read more
Expercom has M1 13″ MacBook Airs on sale for...
Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are over. However, Apple reseller Expercom is offering discounts ranging from $67 to $77 off MSRP on Apple’s new 2020 13″ MacBook Pros with M1 Apple Silicon CPUs... Read more
Holiday Sale: Apple 11″ iPad Pros remain on s...
Apple resellers Amazon and B&H Photo have 2020 11″ iPad Pros on sale today for up to $150 off MSRP as part of their Holiday 2020 sales. Their prices are the lowest currently available for these... Read more
Hot Holiday 2020 Deal: Apple AirPods Pro for...
Amazon-owned Woot is offering Apple AirPods Pro for only $189.99, including free shipping for Prime members, as part of their Holiday 2020 sales. Their price is $60 (about 25%) off Apple’s MSRP for... Read more
Give ‘Everything Apple’ This Holiday Season W...
FEATURE: 12.01.20 – Today is Giving Tuesday and while the day is supposed to be all about donating to a charitable cause, that doesn’t mean you can’t also think about what you’re going to give as a... Read more

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