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Saturday February 24

22:17
Apple to launch branded over-ear headphones as soon...




Capitalizing on early success with AirPods, Apple is readying a branded over-the-ear headphone product that could launch as soon as this year, according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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22:16
KGI: Apple to release all new high-end over-ear...

KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo today reports that Apple will release ‘high-end over-ear’ headphones in late fall ‘at the earliest’. Apparently featuring an all new design, it sounds like this is not a successor to the Beats Studio 3, but it will be Apple’s AirPods equivalent for premium over-ear headphones.

The analyst also corroborates the release of upgraded AirPods with a new case to support wireless charging and an improved W1 chip.

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22:01
KGI: Apple Developing High-End Over-Ear Headphones,...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a new research note outlining his expectations for Apple's "acoustic accessories" pipeline, claiming the company is working on both updated AirPods and "own-brand, high-end over-ear headphones" with an "all-new design." The new over-ear headphones are said to debut in the fourth quarter of this year at the earliest.Apple to have own-brand, high-end over-ear headphones with all-new design; to be as convenient as AirPods with better sound quality; shipments to begin 4Q18F at earliest; Primax & SZS will be the key suppliers & will benefit from high ASPs. We believe that after AirPods and HomePod, Apple’s next addition will be high-end over-ear headphones, making its acoustic accessory lineup more complete. Existing suppliers Primax and SZS will be Apple’s partners on this new product. Primax will receive assembly orders on its familiarity with the acoustic business, and SZS is likely to use MIM technology advantages as leverage to...

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21:15
Review: May the force be with you when flying Propel...




The battle is on as Propel's XT-65 X-Wing and Tie Advanced X1 take to the skies in our hands-on review of the iPhone-connected drones.

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21:08
Photos of purported 'iPhone X Plus'...




A pair of images posted to a Chinese blog on Saturday purportedly offer a first look at Apple's next-generation "iPhone X Plus" handset, a 6.5-inch device rumored to see release later this year.

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20:06
Leaked images claim to offer first look at ‘iPhone X...

Several reports have indicated that Apple has a fresh lineup of new iPhone models in the works for this year, including a larger 6.5-inch model with the iPhone X design. Now, a pair of images have surfaced on the MacX forums that claim to offer a first look at the ‘iPhone X Plus’ screen size…

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19:51
iTunes Store to stop working for first-gen Apple TV...




As of late May, people with an original Apple TV -- or a PC running Windows XP or Vista -- will be unable to access or re-download content from the iTunes Store, a new Apple support document indicates.

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19:22
Claimed 'iPhone X Plus' Displays and...

New photos claimed to be of the rumored 6.5-inch "iPhone X Plus" screen and digitizer have been shared on the MacX forums [Google Translate], with the poster claiming the parts come from a "trial run of production equipment" at LG's facilities in Vietnam.

The first photo shows a single digitizer held in a person's hand, and the overall size certainly appears larger than an iPhone X part, while the relative size of the notch to the digitizer's width is slightly different than on the iPhone X. At least one rumor has, however, claimed the second-generation iPhone X could have a smaller notch, so we shouldn't necessarily expect the notch-to-display proportions to be the same between...

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18:57
Apple dropping iTunes Store support on Windows XP/...

Apple has published a new support document explaining that starting on May 25th, it will drop support for the iTunes Store on Windows machines running XP and Vista, as well as the first-generation Apple TV. The company says the change is due to security updates…

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18:22
iTunes Store Won't Work on Original Apple TV...

Apple yesterday published a new support document noting that security changes being implemented on May 25 will prevent the first-generation Apple TV and PCs running Windows XP or Vista from using the iTunes Store. Apple has also begun emailing users with active first-generation Apple TVs to warn them of the upcoming change.

Beginning on 2018-05-25, Apple will introduce security changes that prevent Apple TV (1st generation) from using the iTunes Store. This device is an obsolete Apple product and will not be updated to support these security changes.Apple notes that second-generation and later Apple TV models will continue to work with the iTunes Store.

The first-generation Apple TV based on a traditional hard drive was introduced back in 2007 and was supplanted by the much smaller flash-based second-generation model in late 2010. The first-generation model was officially declared obsolete by Apple in late 2015....

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15:25
My life not knowing what colors look like

I’ve known a few people who are color blind but this is the best description I’ve read of what dealing with it on a day to day basis is like.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:35
Apple moves to store iCloud keys in China, raising...

Apple is caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place on this issue.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:59
MIT's Veil service will make private browsing...

After reports and studies revealed that browsers' private modes aren't that secure, MIT graduate student Frank Wang decided to take things into his own hands. He and his team from MIT CSAIL and Harvard have created a tool called Veil, which you could...

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12:31
Apple Pay Cash nears its first international...

Apple Pay Cash may not be limited to Americans for much longer. Users in Brazil, Ireland and Spain have all reported seeing the peer-to-peer payment service show up in iOS' Messages app, suggesting that launches in their countries (and potentially mo...

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11:00
Recommended Reading: Tim Cook on Apple's iPhone...

Why Apple is the world's most innovative company
Robert Safian,
Fast Company

Apple may be one of the biggest companies in the world, but it still doesn't open up often about how it operates. A few times a year though, we catch a glimpse. Fast Comp...

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10:43
How a Google employee sold an iMac on Craigslist,...

A Google employee has taken to Medium today to describe how he sold an iMac on Craigslist, but has had access to its location for the last 3 years. In the post, Brenden Mulligan explains that he erased the computer and did a clean install of macOS before selling it, but that it has remained on his Find My iPhone account since he sold it…

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10:15
13 Qi wireless chargers for the iPhone reviewed

I think a lot of people might be waiting for Apple to release the AirPower but, until that day happens, here are some units to check out.

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10:06
Tim Cook publicly commemorates the 63rd birthday of...




Apple CEO Tim Cook used Twitter to celebrate Steve Jobs' birthday, using one of the founder's own quotes.

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10:00
Alcatel crams flagship features into its affordable...

When I first saw its 2018 phone lineup, Alcatel was clear: its plan for this year was to make premium smartphone features available for much less than typical flagship prices. In this case, Alcatel means giving 18:9 screens, fingerprint sensors, and...

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09:41
Tim Cook shares remembrance of Steve Jobs, who would...

On what would have been his 63rd birthday, Tim Cook took to Twitter today to offer remembrance of Steve Jobs. The Apple co-founder was born on February 24th, 1955 and would be celebrating his 63rd birthday this year…

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09:41
The Smartphone Endgame: Who wins once shipment...




For decades, market research firms have been confidently asserting that the "winners" in PCs, tablets, smartphones and other consumer electronics are not firms that are profitable or even sustainable, but merely those shipping the largest volumes at any given time. This has enabled them to crown a successive line of failed players, then rapidly move on to a new "winner," often within the same year. The bigger problem for this sort of flawgic is that the game itself is changing.

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09:30
Ask Engadget: Is a 4K monitor the best choice for my...

The support shared between readers in the comments section is one of the things we love most about the Engadget community. Over the years, we've known you to offer sage advice on everything from Chromecasts and cameras to drones and smartphones. In f...

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09:15
The art that inspired Apple’s iPhone X wallpaper is...

Those who own an iPhone X will quickly recognize the paintings on display in an art exhibition that just opened its doors. Spanish visual artist and designer Ana Montiel collaborated with Apple to create live wallpapers for the company’s flagship phone, and has now put the paintings that inspired the animations on display for all to see.

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08:54
Audio vendor makes questionable claim that Apple...




In response to a user's question, audio gear manufacturer Shure claims that a bug introduced with the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X will be rectified with iOS 11.3 -- and also has said that it is "due out next week."

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08:35
This week’s top stories: New iPads on the way, next-...

In this week’s top stories: Apple fixes the pesky Telugu bug, new iPad models on the horizon, details on next-gen AirPods, iPhone production speculation, and more. Read on for this week’s top stories…

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08:00
We're live from MWC 2018 in Barcelona!

Spring season is right around the corner, and that means it's time for Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the world's biggest phone show. This year, you can expect to be introduced to Samsung's next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S9, as well as a s...

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07:18
Apple’s China data migration includes iCloud keys,...

Apple announced last year that it was moving Chinese customer iCloud operations to China in an effort to comply with local laws, with the move officially taking place at the end of this month. Reuters today reports that among the information being are iCloud customer keys…

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07:05
Those who Trusted Apple's iCloud in China lost...

On January 10th Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Disturbingly Announces that their Chinese Partner for iCloud Services will have equal access to Chinese Customer data." A new report today spells out that Chinese authorities will have far easier access to text messages, email and other data stored in Apple's cloud. It should give anyone chills to think that China's simple policy broke Apple's stance on privacy. In a nano second, Apple will do whatever it takes to stay in China, including giving up private customer data.

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07:00
Can legislation fix gaming's loot box problem?

Last year's gaming controversy has turned into this year's legislative battleground. Fans were outraged when Star Wars: Battlefront II launched with buyable loot boxes that unbalanced multiplayer combat, and other games like Need For Speed: Payback a...

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06:00
Happy Birthday to Steve Jobs and MacRumors

Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who co-founded Apple and was responsible for catapulting the company to wild success with products like the iPod and the iPhone, was born on February 24, 1955, and were he still alive, today would mark his 63rd birthday.

Jobs not only founded Apple alongside Steve Wozniak in 1976 and directed the future of technology with the development of some of the first personal computers, but he also brought Apple back from the brink of failure even after being ousted from the company he created.

Though he passed away in October of 2011 when he was just 56, Steve Jobs had a lasting impact on Apple's culture. As current Apple CEO Tim Cook often says, Steve Jobs' DNA -- his taste, his thinking, his unwavering perfectionism, his dedication to hard work, and his lust for innovation -- will "always be the foundation of Apple."

Cook always honors Steve Jobs on his birthday...

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06:00
'Black Panther' is amazing. Why are its CG...

Black Panther is a refreshing answer to the increasingly stale world of superhero cinema. But there's one glaring flaw throughout the film: its use of CG models to replace humans during action sequences. They're weightless, ugly and, worst of all, in...

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05:47
Apple's Southlake Store in Texas will close in...

On Wednesday Southlake's Miranda Wilcox reporting for the "Community Impact Newspaper" stated that "Apple’s Southlake Town Square outlet, is scheduled to close for major renovations

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05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend. We're hours away from Samsung's big Galaxy S9 event, so catch up on this week's news and get ready for the liveblog starting at noon ET on Sunday.

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04:45
iPhone accessory maker Shure claims iOS 11.3 to be...

Shure, a company that makes mics for iPhones with Lightning connectivity alongside their range of professional audio gear, claims on Twitter that iOS 11.3 is due out for everyone next week. This is in response to a customer complaint about failed recordings; the company says iOS 11.3 includes a fix for these accessories.

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03:36
Apple welcomes crowds of customers celebrating grand...

Photos via Hypertronium (left) and mzudema (right)

This morning on the historic Kärntner Straße, Apple welcomed customers in Austria’s capital of Vienna for the first time, opening a new retail location in a historically significant storefront after over a year of planning and restoration work.

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03:06
1Password 6.8.7

Maintenance release resolves a number of issues for a number of specific Web sites. ($64.99 new, free update, 48.7 MB)

 

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01:28
Android P won't get a 'dark mode'...

There was a short-lived hysteria Friday when it seemed like Google would grant a longstanding request to add built-in "dark mode" theming on stock Android, similar to the tweak OnePlus adds. Unfortunately, the team updated its tracker to explain that...

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Friday February 23

23:19
Apple to move Chinese iCloud keys to China servers,...




In order to conform with Chinese cybersecurity laws, Apple will for the first time move cryptographic iCloud account keys out of the U.S. and into China when it migrates customer data to a local server farm in late February.

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21:01
This week on AI: Apple readies new iPads &...




Top stories included an imminent iPad refresh, Apple plans to buy a battery ingredient directly from miners, and word that updated AirPods could be ready later this year.

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19:48
Moleskine’s latest smart pen saves your writing to...

Moleskine has valiantly tried to bridge the divide between analog writing and digital files for years. The company released its Smart Writing Set in 2016 as a $200 holistic solution of pen, proprietary smart paper and app that instantly sent whatever...

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18:35
Amazon secures movie rights for Alafair Burke’s...

Amazon Studios is ramping up its efforts in the streaming space lately in a push to focus on bigger movies and television shows. The company hired NBC's Jennifer Salke as its new head executive to take the place of the disgraced Roy Price, and has...

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17:16
Facebook removes VR shooting demo from conservative...

This week at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference Facebook chose to maintain a booth for attendees that includes an Oculus virtual reality demo. Now This writer Sean Morrow noticed that it included a demo of a shooting game, Bullet Tra...

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17:05
Airfoil 5.7

Adds support for the Apple HomePod. ($29 new, free update, 14.2 MB)

 

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16:40
Twitch’s live game show ‘Stream On’ premieres March...

Last December, Twitch announced that it would be making a live-streaming reality show, Stream On. In it, Twitch creators who need a boost to make streaming a full-time gig compete against one another in a series of challenges, Survivor-style, for a g...

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15:52
NASA Personality Test Gives Tim Cook the Trait of...

A psychological test once used by NASA on astronauts calculates Tim Cook as “Advisor.” It’s called the Process Communication Model, and it categorizes people under six categories: Advisors, Connectors, Doers, Dreamers, Originals, and Organizers. According to one website, Advisors make up 10% of the population, and curiously this trait skews 75% male. Tim Cook is well known for his careful, articulate way of speaking in interviews and keynotes, and when you look at Advisor traits, it makes sense. Or, it could be a cognitive bias. You see, I personally find this whole thing a bit concerning. Online personality tests are fun to take, but they definitely aren’t valid medical advice. That requires seeing a...

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15:35
Apple Pay Cash shows up in Messages app for users in...




Apple Pay Cash is showing up in the Messages app for certain iOS users in Brazil, Ireland and Spain, suggesting an international rollout of Apple's peer-to-peer money transfer service is in the offing.

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15:33
Nintendo now allows Switch user reviews on game pages

You no longer have to head to a reseller's site or post a social media diatribe to let others know what you think about a Switch game. Nintendo has updated its website to enable customer reviews on Switch games' product pages -- so long as you sign...

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15:25
Google Brings Its ‘ARCore’ to 100 Million Android...

This is essentially Google’s answer to Apple’s ARKit, and Bryan Chaffin can’t help but think it illustrates Apple’s advantage and Google’s disadvantages in the smartphone business.


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15:20
Apple Devices At California Repair Center Keep...

Since October 2017, Apple has made around 1,600 false alarm 911 calls from a distribution site in Elk Grove. "We've been seeing these calls for the last four months from Apple," said police dispatcher Jamie Hudson. "We're able to see quickly where the call is coming from, so when we get one from Apple, the address will come up with their location." CBS Sacramento reports: On average, Elk Grove Police say they've received 20 accidental 911 calls a day from Apple, roughly 1,600 calls since October. Hudson says the calls take valuable seconds away from calls that could be real life-and-death emergencies. "The times when it's greatly impacting us is when we have other emergencies happening and we may have a dispatcher on another 911 call that may have to put that call on hold to triage the incoming call," he said. The calls are all coming from an Apple repair and refurbishing center off Laguna Boulevard. The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department Communication Center is also getting...

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14:56
French Tax Reform Activists Win Legal Permission to...

Attac accuses Apple of dodging local taxes, an offshoot of controversy over Apple’s international corporate structure, and a court ruling affirmed their right to protest at Apple Stores.


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14:43
CamSoda’s RubGrub is a pizza-ordering button for...

CamSoda, an adult entertainment platform, announced a new product this week that aims to satisfy you in a number of ways. The RubGrub is a 3D-printed button attachment made to fit on a Lovense Nora vibrator. And the idea is that when you're done usin...

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14:42
HomePod Will Soon Be Obsolete as Companion Robots...

Just what exactly is an intelligent speaker? It’s a companion robot that just sits, without mobility. Who wants that?


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14:29
1Password Can Find Your Pwned Passwords: Find Out How

Agilebits has announced a tremendously important feature for 1Password subscriptions: the ability to see if your passwords are pwned passwords—here’s what you need to know about it.


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14:28
Apple World Today News Update: February 23, 2018

TGIF! We hope you're going to have a safe and fun weekend, wherever you may be. We have three stories to close out your week with a short News Update podcast:

  • Cloud storage company Dropbox files for a $500 million IPO
  • Apple and other companies testing self-driving car platforms may get to test their technology on California roads without having a "safety driver" behind the wheel
  • Director Steven Soderbergh's new psycho-thriller "Unsane" premiered at the Berlin film festival this week. The movie was shot on an iPhone and opens in theaters on March 23

The text version of the podcast can be read below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Apple News readers need to visit Apple World Today in order to listen to the podcast.

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14:22
Microsoft and Xiaomi will pair up on AI-powered...

In July, Chinese tech giant Xiaomi jumped into the smart speaker race with its answer to Amazon's Alexa and Google Home, the $45 Mi AI -- though it probably won't find its way to American shores, given how had a time it's had penetrating the US and E...

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14:17
Apple's Southlake store update to include...




Apple's Southlake Town Square outlet, located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, will be both growing and gaining a number of external upgrades after it closes for renovations on March 4.

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14:00
News: iLounge Weekly coming Monday, sign up now

The latest edition of iLounge Weekly will once again be coming to subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge. It’s a summary of the previous week’s news, reviews, and feature articles, meant to get you caught up on recent events. It also often features giveaways and accessory discount offers from various companies. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and receive…

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13:59
YouTube finally notices Infowars is peddling...

Earlier this week, YouTube took down a video from one of Infowars' channels. It was one of many videos out there claiming that students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are not in fact students and school shooting survivors, but are instead pa...

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13:41
How to use Podcasts stations to play episode...

HomePod is a great sounding speaker, but lacks the smarts of a typical smart speaker. However, on the iPhone, Siri can do so much more and we’ve got a workaround for HomePod to allow custom podcasts commands for Siri.

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13:41
Apple’s plans for remodeled store in Southlake,...

Earlier this month, we noted that Apple’s retail location in the Southlake Town Square would be closing for renovations on March 4th. Now, a new render of the proposed changes to the site sheds a little more light on Apple’s expansion plans.

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13:38
Hands-on: Akitio’s portable SK-2520 brings hardware...

Akitio’s SK-2520 U3.1 is a portable diskless enclosure that can be populated with two SATA SSDs. It results in a relatively quick RAID-enabled drive that can be powered directly via USB-C. Should Mac users give it a look? Watch our brief hands-on video walkthrough for more details. more…

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13:36
News: AgileBits adds secure way to check for leaked...

Only a day after well-known security researcher Troy Hunt launched his new new Pwned Passwords service, AgileBits has already built a proof of concept leveraging the service to help users determine if their passwords have been leaked onto the internet as part of a password breach. In a blog post, the company explains how they’ve integrated 1Password with Hunt’s new online database containing over 500 million passwords that have been collected…

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13:20
034: AirPower rumor, global Apple Pay Cash, 9to5Toys...

Today we’ve got a new rumor on just when Apple’s new AirPower charging mat may launch, signs that Apple Pay Cash could be expanding outside of the US, and the best Apple deals to check out this weekend.

9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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13:00
Dropbox officially files IPO, cloud service seeking...

Dropbox privately filed for its IPO just last month as the company built expectations for a public offering over the last year. Today, the SEC has publicly revealed the IPO details, offering specifics including last year’s financial performance.

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12:35
iOS: How to Use Siri Hands Free From Your iPhone...

Using Siri hands free with AirPods is great, but then I ran into a problem.


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12:31
Study Shows Consumers don’t Use Smart Speaker Voice...

Loup Ventures just released a survey on smart speaker owners and it has two interesting points: HomePod is already gaining marketshare, and people don’t use their smart speakers for very smart stuff.


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12:14
Self-driving test cars with remote control backup...




If approved, new Californian regulations could allow companies like Apple to test their self-driving platforms with remote backup, instead of putting a human behind the wheel.

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12:03
Need a Mac IRC Client? Here are 3 You Can Use

I spent a couple of days trying out different ones. Here are my thoughts.


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11:43
Mofin Qi Wireless Car Phone Charger: Perfect for...

With the release of the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus last fall, Apple users finally got to take advantage of the Qi wireless charging standard. Mofin has a successful Kickstarter campaign underway to start production of its wireless car phone charger, which will retail for $49 starting in April. Take advantage of an early bird perk, and you can get the Mofin Qi Wireless Car Phone Charger for $24. Read along as we review a pre-production model of this wireless phone charger!

Design

Like most car chargers, the Mofin uses a vent mount to easily connect to your car dashboard. It also comes with a handy stand that can be used on a desk for wireless charging away from the car. 

Unlike car chargers that require two hands to mount a phone, the Mofin Wireless Car Phone Charger makes it simple to use one hand to place the...

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11:42
∞ Your Mac Life interview with Pixsy COO, Kain Jones

Pixsy is an online platform for creatives and image owners to discover where and how their images are being used online.

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11:35
French activist group banned from protesting in...

Last month, news broke that Apple was suing the French activist group, Attac, to bar it from future protests and asking for €3,000 in compensation. Today, the ruling is in. Not only can Attac continue to peacefully protest in Apple Stores, but the group will also be awarded €2,000 for legal fees.

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11:24
HyperDrive USB-C Hub with 4K HDMI Support: $44.99

We have a deal on the HyperDrive USB-C Hub with 4K HDMI Support. This device expands what you can do with your USB-C ports on your MacBook with HDMI, two USB 3.0 ports, and an extra USB Type-C port. It’s $44.99 through us.


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10:53
Apple Pay Cash international roll out appears...

[Update: Users in Brazil have confirmed to us that they are also seeing the option for Apple Pay Cash.]

Ahead of launching in Brazil, which Tim Cook says is coming sometime this year, Apple Pay Cash appears to be rolling out to users in Ireland and Spain.

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10:44
YouTube TV, adds sports, Turner

Less than one year after launching YouTube TV, the company is increasing its pricing to $40 per month from $35 per month as it adds Turner’s channels, which include TNT, CNN and TBS, and soon will be adding MLB Network and NBA TV, the company said.

I don’t care much about the $5 a month increase, but if I’m going to try this, I need to have Discovery and ID. They don’t have those yet.

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10:43
How We Use Smart Speakers, the Future of Companion...

Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at a survey showing how consumer use their smart speakers, plus they talk about the future of companion robots.


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10:25
French court denies Apple injunction against tax...




A Parisian court has blocked Apple's attempt to prevent Attac -- the Association for the Taxation of Financial Transactions and Citizen's Action -- from staging protests at the company's French retail stores.

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10:21
Ghostbusters looking to take on Pokémon GO w/ new AR...

From 9to5Toys:

Suit up and get the proton packs out, the Ghostbusters franchise is looking to tap into the mobile augmented reality success of Pokémon GO. As part of Google’s ARCore announcement alongside the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Sony Pictures and Ghost Corps have now announced a new AR Ghostbusters title in development for iOS and Android devices. We have some early details on the game along with the first teaser trailer and some visuals of the new title down below ahead of its release sometime this year....

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09:37
Review: MacBook users should consider the IOGear USB...




The IOGear USB-C Compact Docking Station with Power Delivery Pass-Thru is a port-replacement peripheral for USB 3.1 type C gear, but isn't ideal for Apple's entire portable line.

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09:27
9to5Toys Lunch Break: $250 off 12-inch MacBook,...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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09:19
Apple can’t block Attac’s protests at its France...

The High Court of Paris has denied Apple's request for an injunction that would have blocked Attac from protesting at the company's retail stores across France, reports MacRumors. The activist group has been protesting what it perceives as Apple's tax evasion in Europe.

The order says the mere presence of protesters at Apple's stores in France, without violence, vandalism, or customers being blocked from entering the premises, isn’t enough to justify limiting the group's rights to freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly protected by human rights laws in Europe.  

The court added that Attac acted in accordance with the European Union's Statutes of the Association, and defined the protests as a matter of public interest. Apple has been ordered to pay 2,000 euros to cover the group’s legal fees.

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08:45
Soderbergh's Thriller Shot on iPhone Premieres...

Director Steven Soderbergh said this week he so enjoyed making his psychological thriller "Unsane" on an iPhone, he would find it hard to go back to conventional filmmaking. From a report: "Unsane", which premieres at the Berlin film festival, was shot over just two weeks - way shorter than the months a movie usually takes. It tells the story of Sawyer Valentini, who moves to a new city to escape her stalker David but finds herself admitted to a mental health institution where he works.


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08:41
News: Apple hires Narcos, Hannibal producer Carol...

Apple has hired seasoned producer Carol Trussell to serve as Head of Production in its Worldwide Video Programming division, Deadline reports. Trussell, who is scheduled to start next month, come to Apple from Gaumont Television, where she has been Head of Production for the past four years, overseeing a number of well-known series’ such as “Narcos”, “Hannibal”, “Hemlock Grove” and “F is for Family.”…

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08:37
Chinese discount phone makers were supposed to rival...




Ever since iPhones officially went on sale in China back in 2009, pundits have claimed that local production of cheaper smartphones would not only block Apple's growth prospects in China but also invade smartphone markets globally. They were wrong, here's why.

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08:31
Apple Denied Request to Ban Tax Protestors From Its...

The High Court of Paris on Friday denied Apple's request for an injunction that would have blocked activist group Attac from protesting at the company's retail stores across France, as it has been doing for the past several months.

The order states that the mere presence of protesters at Apple's stores in France, without violence, vandalism, or customers being blocked from entering the premises, is not enough to justify limiting the group's rights to freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly protected by human rights laws in Europe.

The court added that Attac acted in accordance with the European Union's Statutes of the Association, and defined the protests as a matter of public interest. Apple has been ordered to pay 2,000 euros to cover Attac's legal fees, according...

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08:24
News: Report: Apple on-track to begin selling...

Japanese blog Mac Otakara has confirmed an earlier report from The Apple Post which reported that Apple’s new AirPower charging mat will be launching sometime next month in both Apple and Best Buy stores. The AirPower Qi charging mat, announced by Apple last fall, will provide the ability to charge the new iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus models, alongside an Apple Watch and specially-encased AirPods. Neither report offers a specific launch…

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08:20
Personality model casts Apple CEO Tim Cook as '...




A psychological test once used by NASA categorizes Apple's Tim Cook as an "Advisor," based on linguistics analysis of 10 minutes of his public speaking, according to a "behavioral analytics" firm.

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08:19
A New Project Titan Patent Surfaces in Europe...

Patently Apple discovered a new patent application from Apple today in Europe. The invention relates to an autonomous or smart vehicle system that will allow a driver to call up various interfaces on a heads-up display. The system also covers an advanced camera ID system that will recognize a driver and then ...

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07:53
How to Turn Off HomePod’s Siri Light

If you don’t want a pulsing light on top of your HomePod every time you say, “Hey Siri,” here’s how to turn it off.


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07:51
1Password releases ‘Pwned Passwords’ integration for...

Digital security can often feel out of our control and painstakingly difficult to manage. 1Password already helps by making it possible to create strong, unique passwords, and new integration with ‘Pwned Passwords’ helps inform users about passwords that may have been compromised in a data breach.

more…

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07:48
How to create a smart home in a smart way

Those of you who’ve been following my Smart Home Diary series will know that I’ve learned a number of lessons – some of them the hard way. But I thought it would be useful to distill these into a single piece offering my best advice for anyone planning to create a smart home from scratch today.

And that advice begins with considering whether or not creating a smart home is a smart choice for you …

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07:42
∞ Rene Ritchie, John Gruber and an all-star cast...

[VIDEO] I absolutely love this video (embedded in the main Loop post). First off, there’s the topic. Twitter is pulling their Mac client, forcing people to either go through their browser or adopt a third party Twitter client. I’ve been thinking about this, but I just can’t wrap my head around their motivation. Is this some kind of end run around Apple? An attempt to reduce maintenance costs (one less platform to support)?

No matter, this is a video of Rene Ritchie, John Gruber, Loren Brichter (part of Apple’s original iPhone dev team, creator of Tweetie for iPhone OS, and original creator of Twitter for the Mac), Twitterrific’s Craig Hockenberry, Twitter for Mac developer Ben Sandofsky, and Tapbot’s Paul Haddad, all in a round robin discussion.

The topic is hot, the panelists are all steeped in the Twitter for Mac story, and the video format gives you the chance to see these people whose names you might have heard or whose tweets you might have encountered.

...

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07:23
Adjusting EQ: iOS yes. Mac yes. HomePod? No.

The HomePod is self-balancing, algorithmically adjusting its sound for the environment in which it’s placed.

Me? I like the sound. Have not yet felt the need to tweak it. But I do like a challenge. I came across this article from OSXDaily, which walks you through the process of tweaking your EQ for iOS.

I fired up some music, then went to Settings > Music and tapped EQ. There are 23 different canned EQ settings to choose from. The article recommends Late Night to maximize volume on your iPhone. Give that a try if you listen to music out of your iPhone speakers frequently.

Thought I’d try to AirPlay that EQ to HomePod.

With the music still playing, I went to Control Center, tapped the upper-right corner of the music player (bringing up AirPlay), and selected my HomePod. The music played, but when I tapped the various EQ settings, no change...

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07:11
Apple’s AirPower Wireless Charging Mat Reportedly...

When Apple unveiled its AirPower wireless charging mat last September the company said it would ship some time in 2018, and it’s looking like “some time” may be March.


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07:03
How to AirPlay music to your HomePod from Spotify,...




The HomePod is not strictly limited to Apple Music playback through Siri -- it is also an AirPlay target, and can recieve an audio signal from nearly every app on your iPhone. Here are some of the most common apps, and where to tap to get that to play on your new speaker.

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06:34
News: iOS 11.3 beta 3 introduces Apple Music Videos...

With the release of the third beta of iOS 11.3 earlier this week, Apple now appears to be gradually rolling out its expanded music videos features within Apple Music. When Apple previewed iOS 11.3 last month, it noted that it would also be bringing improvements to the music video experience in Apple Music, making it “the home for music videos” and providing ad-free streaming and curated music video playlists. Although the new content doesn’t…

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06:19
Steve Jobs signed items up for auction

Some fascinating items. At the very least, take a look at the Steve Jobs job application. This is a nice bit of history, a sense of Steve before Apple.

There’s also a signed Mac OS X manual, a signed newspaper article (I believe it is from 2008, likely for the iPhone 3G – In the pic, you can already see Steve has lost weight), and a photo of the original Apple logo signed by Apple founder Ron Wayne.

[Via 9to5Mac]

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06:07
FxFactory releases XEffects Rips plug-ins for Apple...

FxFactory has released XEffects Rips, a new set of Final Cut Pro X plug-ins. Developed by partner Idustrial Revolution, they emulate the ripping of paper, separating the media into two halves with a photorealistic edge. 

The rip has onscreen controls for direction and rotation; the rip itself can be positioned using X and Y controls and rotated to any angle. Each plug-in comes loaded with a choice of 10 different edges which can be adjusted for edge width, color, and offset.

XEffects Rips is distributed through FxFactory online. It’s being launched at a discounted price of $39 for one week (until March 1). The normal price is $49.

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06:06
PowerPod sleeve: wireless charging for your AirPods

Yup, it’s a Kickstarter. And chances are, Apple will come out with a wireless charging case for the next-gen AirPods. But this is a cool idea. It’s a thin sleeve that slides over your existing AirPods case, adding Qi wireless charging. And it’s $20 ($40 retail).

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06:06
FxFactory releases XEffects Rips plug-ins for Final...

FxFactory has released XEffects Rips (https://fxfactory.com/info/xeffectsrips/), a new set of Final Cut Pro X plug-ins. Developed by partner Idustrial Revolution, they emulate the ripping of paper, separating the media into two halves with a photorealistic edge.

The rip has onscreen controls for direction and rotation; the rip itself can be positioned using X and Y controls and rotated to any angle. Each plug-in comes loaded with a choice of 10 different edges which can be adjusted for edge width, color, and offset.

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06:00
Save 50% on DEVONthink Pro for Mac -- Limited Time...

Do you need to keep all of your many documents in sync? DEVONthink Pro for Mac lets you easily handle vast amounts of information in one easy to backup database, presenting it in ways that are optimized to the way you work. Usually a bargain at $79.95, DEVONthink Pro for Mac is available for a limited time at half-price -- $39.95. 

This incredibly powerful organization tool is a favorite of Mac users around the world. What can it do for you?

  • Keep your important data organized by using filing systems driven by artificial intelligence
  • View all of your data in one place, use innovative tags to quickly organize documents, & write in the enhanced rich text editor
  • ...
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06:00
News: Daily Deal: HyperDrive USB-C Hub with 4K HDMI...

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering the HyperDrive USB-C Hub with 4K HDMI Support for only $44.99 — that’s 25% off the regular price. This compact and portable hub lets you easily expand your new MacBook Pro’s USB-C ports, adding a 4K HDMI port, two standard USB 3.0 type-A ports and an extra USB-C port. Pass-through charging also means you can leave everything at your desk connected to the hub and easily “dock in”…

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05:59
Rumor: Apple’s AirPower is coming next month

Japanese publication Mac Otakara says — as noted by AppleInsider — that Apple’s AirPower will go on sale in March. A specific date wasn’t mentioned.

The AirPower is a wireless charging mat that will be able to charge a Qi-compatible iPhone, an Apple Watch, and a pair of AirPods (in a special wireless charging case) at the same time regardless of where they're placed on the pad. AirPower hasn't been priced yet, but guesses have it costing anywhere from $150 - $200. 

Chances this rumor is true, according to the Sellers Research Group (that’s me): 90%. Apple said the AirPower was coming in early 2018, so March sounds like a reasonable month to me.

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05:54
Accidental 911 calls traced to Apple’s Elk Grove...

Cathy Locke, Sacramento Bee:

Apple’s iPhone repair and refurbishing center has been identified as the source of apparently inadvertent 911 calls received by Elk Grove police and Sacramento County sheriff’s dispatch centers over the past five months.

Since October, the Elk Grove Police Department’s dispatch center has been receiving about 20 non-subscriber initialized 911 calls per day, said Officer Jason Jimenez, police spokesman. The calls show no service provider for the phone, but the dispatch center has traced them to a cell tower near the Apple campus and determined that they are coming from the phone repair facility, he said.

The calls are coming from inside the house.

And:

Since Jan. 1, Hampton said, the sheriff’s communication center has received 47 uninitialized 911 calls and has been able to document that 30 of those came from the Apple facility.

Testing the iPhone/Apple Watch SOS capability?

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05:32
AppleInsider podcast talks HomePod, AirPlay 2,...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Neil talk about Neil's Siri experience on HomePod, iOS betas that formerly had AirPlay 2, and HomeKit baby cameras.

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05:00
Future Apple devices may have flexible ‘sidewall...

Future Apple iPhones, iPads, and Mac laptops may have sidewall displays. Apple has filed for a patent (number 20180052540) for devices with flexible displays that are bent to form displays on multiple surfaces of the devices. These mini-screens could offer additional functionality.

Bent flexible displays may be bent to form front side displays and edge displays. Edge displays could function as virtual buttons, virtual switches, or informational displays that are supplemental to front side displays. Virtual buttons may include transparent button members, lenses, haptic feedback components, audio feedback components, or other components for providing feedback to a user when virtual buttons are activated.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that flexible display technologies are available that allow displays to be flexed. The tech giant thinks such displays could be used for input-output components and additional features. For example, virtual buttons on the edge of a...

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04:58
Hardcopy peripherals market grew 1.2% year-over-year

The worldwide hardcopy peripherals (HCP) market increased 1.2% year over year to nearly 28.1 million units in the fourth quarter of 2017 (4Q17), according IDC (www.idc.com).

The growth was driven by a solid performance in the inkjet market, which grew 3.3% year-over-year, adds the research group. Shipment value, on the other hand, decreased 1.0% year over year to $13.7 billion in the quarter.

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04:30
SurfacePad is great for iPhone X owners who don’t...

Twelve South’s $49.99 SurfacePad for iPhone X is an attractive, thin case that protects the front and rear of the smartphone, while providing sleep/wake functionality via a magnetized front cover.

The automatic wake/sleep function works when you open or close the front flap, which is very convenient. Also convenient is the face that the SurfacePad is is Qi charging compatible so it doesn’t have to be removed for using a wireless charger, such as Apple’s upcoming AirPower.

When it comes to design, the SurfacePad for iPhone X — available in black, cognac and deep teal flavors — is a wallet case, hands-free stand, and removable shell all wrapped up in vintage leather that looks and feels great. It has two pockets to hold your ID, cards...

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04:05
Snap loses $1.3B in market value as reality TV star...

Snapchat owner Snap saw $1.3B wiped from its market value after reality TV star Kylie Jenner tweeted that she had stopped opening the app.

Jenner has 24.5M followers on Twitter, and was (and may still be) the most viewed person on Snapchat, but the tweet was likely only the indirect cause of the stock market plunge …

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04:00
Incident detection, email attacks continue to cause...

Over one-third of all security incidents start with phishing emails or malicious attachments sent to company employees, according to a new report published by global cyber security company F-Secure (www.f-secure.com).

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04:00
How to take care of your HomePod

Apple’s HomePod is relatively durable. However, since, at $350, it ain’t inexpensive, you should take steps to take care of it. Here are some support and safety tips.

Do not use a HomePod near water or where it might be exposed to dripping or splashing. Keep the wireless speaker away from all sources of liquid, such as drinks, washbasins, bathtubs, shower stalls, swimming pools, spas, and so on. Do not place any object filled with liquid on top of it. Don’t expose a HomePod to moisture, dampness, or wet weather, such as rain, snow, or fog.

  • Clean the speaker gently and only with a dry cloth.
  • Don’t block any ventilation openings on the HomePod. 
  • Unplug it during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time. 
  • Don’t place a HomePod near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat. Don’t place a naked flame such as a lighted candle or lit cigarette on or...
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04:00
HomePod: Apple's smart speaker has plenty of...

With the addition of the HomePod to my arsenal of smart speakers, we’ve reached a dangerous tipping point in my household: there are roughly double the number of smart speakers as people. 

The past couple weeks of living with the HomePod has given me a bit of time not only to see what the device has to offer right now, but has also helped me sketch out some ideas about where the future might be able to take it.

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 23, 2018

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates

KerCodex has introduced Quick'Nap 1.0. It’s a free, simple alarm clock app that wakes you up with progressive music chosen out of your iPhone library. An alarm mode is also available for the occasional overnight sleep. Security notifications are triggered if you accidentally leave the app.

macOS Apps/Updates

MW3D-Solutions has announced Cheetah3D 7.2, a feature update to its 3D modeling solution for macOS. Version 7.2 now uses the AVFoundation framework, which offers faster and higher quality movie export. 

What’s more, professional users will...

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03:15
Rumor: Apple working on second-gen AirPods featuring...

Apple is apparently working on a second-gen series of AirPods which could include “Hey Siri” support instead of requiring a tap before giving voice commands. The new model will also sport an updated wireless chip for improved Bluetooth connections.

Sources close to the story have stated that Apple is looking to update the iPods in 2018.

The current AirPods require a double-tap on the units to activate Siri. Incorporating a voice-activated “Hey Siri” command will bring AirPods in line with interacting with Apple’s voice assistant on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and HomePod.

As of 2017, Apple had stated that it will introduce a wireless charging case for the AirPods in 2018, alongside a charging plate that can accommodate an iPhone, Apple Watch, and the AirPods charging case at the same time. The updated AirPods and charging case are expected this year.

The sources also said that Apple is working on water-resistant AirPods, which aren’t expected to ship in...

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03:00
Enlight photo editing tool arrives on App Store for...

It’s free, it’s spiffy and it’s now available for iOS.

Lightricks, Ltd. has just released Englight, its powerful photo editor for iOS.

The program, a 104.9 megabyte download through the App Store, offers the following features:

Image Perfection:
• Precise & selective control over tone, color, and details
• Create and save your own unique presets
• Built-in masking within every tool allow you to seamlessly blend effects

Analog & Duo Filters:
• Reproduce the style of classic cameras and vintage film
• Revitalize colors with two-toned gradients
• Add light leaks and custom vignetting for a retro feel

Black & White Photography:
• Discover the magic of monochromatic photos with darkroom-inspired techniques
• Signature presets dedicated to stunning b&w photo conversion
• Add artistic touches with film intensity, grain, and fade

An Artist’s Dream:
• Easily convert your...

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01:44
Apple's AirPower Wireless Charging Mat Could Be...

Apple will begin selling its AirPower wireless charging mat next month, according to Japanese website Mac Otakara. The publication has spoken to "reliable sources" who have apparently confirmed a claim made earlier in February by The Apple Post that the wireless accessory will go on sale in Apple retail stores sometime in March, although the specific date still remains unclear.

Announced by Apple in September, AirPower is an oval-shaped white charging mat featuring Qi-compatible networking technology that will allow it to charge multiple devices at once. Along with an iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X, and the Apple Watch Series 3, the...

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Thursday February 22

19:42
Apple’s AirPower said to be released next month,...

Alongside the iPhone 8 and iPhone X last September, Apple showcased its wireless charging accessory called AirPower. The charging mat will allow Apple users to charge their iPhone, AirPods, and Apple Watch on the same surface. At the time, Apple teased a 2018 debut, and now it looks like we’re inching closer to that release….

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19:34
Director Steven Soderbergh's shot-on-iPhone...




Acclaimed Hollywood director Steven Soderbergh spoke to the press at the premiere of his latest feature film, "Unsane," at the Berlin film festival on Wednesday, expounding on the benefits of using an iPhone to shoot the psychological thriller.

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18:09
Apple's AirPower mat inches closer to release,...




Following up on rumors earlier this month, Japanese publication Mac Otakara has confirmed with its own sources that Apple plans to initiate sales of its hotly anticipated AirPower wireless charging mat in March.

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18:01
Intel didn't bother to tell U.S. Cyber...

Today the U.S. government expressed their dismay over not being informed about Meltdown and Spectre until the public knew about it. According to a new Reuters report, "Intel Corp did not inform U.S. cyber security officials of the so-called Meltdown and Spectre chip security flaws until they leaked to the public, six months after Alphabet Inc. notified the chipmaker of the problems, according to letters sent by tech companies to lawmakers on Thursday.

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17:45
What features would you like to see added to AirPods...

A Bloomberg report today offered early details on what Apple has up its sleeve for the new generation of AirPods coming this year. The report highlighted that this year we can expect ‘Hey Siri’ support, while water resistance is also on the roadmap for a later date.

What features would you like to see added to AirPods?

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16:19
∞ Making a hockey stick guitar

This is so incredibly great. He is so funny at the beginning and end.

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16:17
Fake News: Apple wasn't granted a patent for a...

It's being falsely reported today by Apple World Today that Apple was "Granted a Patent" for a "travel guitar."

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16:07
Apple Repair Center Making Lots of 911 Calls By...

The issue appears to be iPhones and/or Apple Watches making emergency calls when they’re being handled by technicians.


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16:02
Family Robot Companions Are Evolving Fast, Will Soon...

John just interviewed a company that’s making a family robot companion, and he sees the future more clearly than ever.


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15:57
13 Qi Wireless Chargers for the iPhone Reviewed

Wireless charging has been around for years. But when Apple built this technology into its newest iPhones, it gave the tech a boost. Julio Ojeda-Zapata tested an assortment of wireless chargers while peering ahead to see what else is coming.

 

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15:50
Intel failed to disclose Meltdown and Spectre to...




Apple, Google parent Alphabet and Intel in letters to lawmakers on Thursday revealed a bit of background information concerning the recent airing of Meltdown and Spectre chip vulnerabilities, saying Intel notified U.S. cyber security officials of the flaws only after their existence was made public.

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15:34
Apple Hires Another Veteran TV Executive – Carol...

Deadline reported that Ms. Trussell will start in March, and will oversee production issues for Apple’s original shows.


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15:07
The Spotify Platform Problem, Tim Cook Insights, and...

Bryan and Jeff talk about the Spotify Platform problem and the problems facing any independent music streaming service. They also talk about the things they learned from Tim Cook’s interview with Fast Company, and whether or not Apple is signaling a bigger play in Apple TV gaming.


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15:04
Apple acknowledges influx of false alarm 911 calls...

iOS includes a feature called Emergency SOS that makes it easy to call 911 in times of need, but the feature has also reportedly led to a slew of accidental phone calls to emergency officials.

A report from CBS Sacramento says that emergency dispatchers in Elk Grove and Sacramento County in California have seen an influx of false alarm calls that appear to be originating from an Apple repair and refurbishing center in the area…

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14:57
States refile lawsuits to block repeal of U.S. net...

A coalition of 22 state attorneys general and the District of Columbia on Thursday refiled legal challenges intended to block the Trump administration’s repeal of landmark rules designed to ensure a free and open internet from taking effect.

I hope this works.

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14:37
Apple hires Gaumont Television executive to serve as...

Apple is continuing to expand its Worldwide Video Programming division, the team responsible for original content efforts. According to a new report from Deadline, Apple has hired Carol Trussell, who will serve as Head of Production…

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14:33
Apple repair facility in California made about 1,600...




Emergency dispatch centers in Elk Grove and Sacramento, Calif., have over the past four months seen an increasing number of false alarm calls originate from an Apple facility in the area, with workers there fielding about 20 such calls per day.

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14:22
033: Hey Siri AirPods, Apple Pay stats, Affinity...

Today we’ve got AirPod rumors, Apple Pay stats, and Affinity Photo for iPad.

9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/9to5mac-daily-02-22-2018.mp3

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13:58
Apple World Today News Update: February 22, 2018

The original of this employment application filled out by Steve Jobs in 1973 could be yours!

Today's news brings us word about more screenshots in the iOS App Store, an auction of items signed by Steve Jobs, and a quasi-scientific test of car navigation apps by an Adobe manager:

  • Apple now allows developers put submit up to 10 screenshots per device type for their App Store listings
  • Want a piece of history? Three items signed by Steve Jobs are going up for auction soon, including an employment application from 1973 (see image at top of page)
  • Bored by your commute? Gather data for an unofficial test of car navigation apps like this Adobe senior manager did

The text version of the podcast can be read below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Apple News readers need to visit Apple World Today in order to listen to the podcast.

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13:49
Apple's Elk Grove Repair Facility Makes ~20...

Repair technicians who work at Apple's repair facility in Elk Grove, California make frequent accidental 911 calls when testing Apple devices, Elk Grove police dispatcher Jamie Hudson told a local Sacramento news site.

The influx of calls started back in October of 2017, which coincides with the introduction of the Emergency SOS feature that was added to the iPhone with the launch of iOS 11."We've been seeing these calls for the last four months from Apple," said police dispatcher Jamie Hudson.

Dispatchers say the calls started back in October of 2017, and typically there's no one on the other line.To activate Emergency SOS, iPhone 8 and iPhone X simply owners need to press and hold on the Side button while also holding the two volume buttons at the same time, or rapidly press on the side button five times...

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13:48
Latest Apple Pay & Instacart tie-up offers free...




Apple has once again partnered with Instacart to promote Apple Pay, enabling free delivery for people who order groceries through Instacart's iPhone and iPad app.

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13:32
Apple's Irish tax bill close to finalization,...




The head of Ireland's Revenue Commission has advised the calculations of Apple's unpaid tax bill are almost complete, with the final total the iPhone producer will be expected to pay the government thought to be around 13 billion euro ($16 billion), close to initial estimates for the European Commission-mandated payment.

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13:20
Report: Intel intentionally hid Meltdown and Spectre...

Intel reportedly did not disclose Meltdown or Spectre security flaws to U.S. cyber security officials after being notified of the flaws because hackers had not exploited the vulnerabilities yet, Reuters reports.

The company did not disclose the information to the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, better known as US-CERT, until January 3. This was after the details of the vulnerabilities had leaked online.

more…

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13:12
Employment Questionnaire and Two Signatures From...

An auction site is set to sell off three pieces of Steve Jobs memorabilia, including a rare employment questionnaire filled out by the former Apple CEO.

Jobs filled out the application in 1973, just after dropping out of Reed College, where he attended school for approximately six months and then audited classes for another year and a half.

On the document, Jobs lists "english lit" as his major, and Reed College as his address. He lists "Computer" and "Calculator" as skills, along with "Design" and "Tech," and says that he has special abilities that include "Electronics" and digital "Tech or Design Engineer."

Auction site RR Auction expects the questionnaire to fetch upwards of $50,000 at auction.

Along with the questionnaire, the site also plans to auction off two documents that feature a rare Steve Jobs signature. The first is a Mac OS X technical manual that Jobs signed back in...

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13:06
Latest Apple Pay promotion offering free grocery...

Apple is sharing its latest Apple Pay promotion today with users via email. This week, the company has partnered with Instacart to offer free grocery delivery.

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12:54
iRig Keys I/O integrated control available for...

IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com) has announced that a new plug-in is available for iRig Keys I/O that enables control surface integration with GarageBand and Logic Pro X.

Using the touch-sensitive knobs and buttons on iRig Keys I/O allows users to control functions such as: transport control with play, record, fast-forward and rewind buttons; moving the play head forward or backward via the data knob; looping on/off by pressing the data knob, and rotary knob control of the main parameters for effects and instruments in Apple’s music creation software.

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12:49
Blizzard will host a tournament for the 15-year-old...

Out of nowhere, Blizzard introduced a public test realm (PTR) last fall for its 15-year-old game Warcraft III. PC fans of its current best-sellers like Overwatch play on PTRs to try out new features before they're released to everyone, so creating on...

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12:32
Informal testing finds Apple Maps arrival times are...




A months-long, quasi-scientific test of the three leading car navigation apps -- Apple Maps, Google Maps, and Waze -- found that Apple's software regularly overestimates trip times, which may help drivers arrive on time or even early.

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12:30
News: Report: Apple planning upgraded AirPods for...

Apple is currently working on two significant upgrades to the AirPods, according to a new report from Bloomberg, suggesting that Apple intends to regularly release updates to the wireless headphones. According to people familiar with the matter, a new model of AirPods could be coming as early as later this year which would include an upgraded wireless chip and “Hey Siri” support for calling up Siri without the need to physically tap the…

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12:21
DroneDeploy iOS Live Map feature revolutionizes...

As a commercial drone pilot, I'm very familiar with DroneDeploy -- it's a platform that uses an iOS app connected to a remote controller to automate aerial mapping from drones. Last week, DroneDeploy updated its app with a new feature called Live Map, which lets drone operators create real-time maps in the field on the iOS device.

Previously, users would use DroneDeploy to plan a flight to take photos, but then needed to download photos from an SD card to a computer, then upload to the DroneDeploy platform to have a map assembled. With Live Map, a drone pilot plans a flight, takes off, and then watches as maps are rendered on-screen during flight. There's no need for an internet or cell connection, and the wait for processing is eliminated.

The new Live Map feature enables high quality daily mapping. For growers and agronomists, this means...

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11:59
An Apple Patent Hints at an Apple TV Gaming System

It’s not clear if it’s a separate console (probably not though) or just video game accessories or a platform.


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11:51
Review: KEF Egg Wireless Digital Music System

In recent years, we've written about a lot of headphones, Bluetooth speakers, and loudspeakers. There is, however, another type of sound system that we rarely see: desktop speaker systems. Simple two-channel systems, sometimes with a subwoofer, used to be a standard accessory with every new computer purchase; these systems added sound to desktop systems and upgraded laptop sound without the need for an amplifier or DAC, and were built with desk space in mind. These days, it seems like many of us are settling for laptop speakers, and many companies are devoting their efforts either to small "personal" speakers or full-size components. KEF, however, is one of those companies that still believes in desktop speaker systems. Today we're checking out KEF's "Egg", a versatile and well-built system that brings the company's high-tech driver design to a desk-friendly package.{/exp:char_limit}
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11:48
Apple raises screenshot limit for App Store listings...




Apple has made it easier for developers to show off their app in App Store listings for the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Apple Watch, by increasing the maximum number of screenshots that can be included in a product page to 10 images per device.

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11:45
HomePod Review, Cook Interview, Crypto Tax Haven,...

In this TMO video podcast, Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit discuss Apple’s new HomePod after 10 days of use, Apple CEO Tim Cook’s FastCompany interview, Wyoming wanting to become a Crypto Tax Haven, and how music influences really are in the ear of the beholder. They also offer a couple of app picks. (WARNING NSFW: PROFANITY & RANTS)


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11:35
Apple hires video production veteran Carol Trussell...




Apple has hired Gaumont Television executive Carol Trussell as the head of production for Apple's nascent video effort.

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11:31
iOS Developers can add up to 10 App Screenshots Now

Adding more app screenshots will let developers show more of an app’s capabilities.


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11:15
Apple Tweaks iPhone with Sidewall Icons Invention by...

Patently Apple posted a granted patent report back in August 2016 titled "Apple Granted a Patent for a Curved Glass iPhone with Active Sidewall Virtual Buttons." Today Apple is adding new patent claims and our report points them out for you.

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11:05
Design+Code2 iOS Design and Xcode Training: $39

We have a deal on the Design+Code2 iOS Design & Xcode Training, a developer training course. It includes 44 hours of video training material, and it comes with more than 36 Sketch files and 36 Xcode project files and templates. This course is $39 through us, 74% off retail.


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10:55
App developers can now show up to 10 screenshots per...

Apple has upped the screenshot limits for developers today, as announced on the Apple Developer News blog. Apps can now have up to 10 screenshots per device form factor, increased from the previous limit of 5 per device. This change applies to the iOS App Store, tvOS App Store, and watchOS App Store.

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10:54
Get a 3TB Seagate Expansion external hard drive on...

Files sizes are getting larger and larger these days thanks to astronomical increases in graphics quality and general features, so sometimes it's best just to keep all of your junk on an external hard drive so you don't need to download it all again later on.

Today on Amazon, you can pick up a Seagate Expansion 3TB external hard drive for 37 percent off the list price that should keep you from worrying about storage space for a long time, and the...

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10:48
How to get yourself out of a funk

Jason Kottke:

On Tuesday, I woke up feeling a bit tired, uninspired, and just generally not in the mood to tackle my to-do list for the day. I understand myself well enough by now to know how to react to this situation (most of the time) but was curious about how other people deal with such episodes. So I asked on Twitter: “What do you do to get yourself moving when this happens to you?” I got tons of interesting responses, which I’ve organized into some broader categories in the hope that they’ll help someone out in the future.

I may go for a walk and play some guitar today.

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10:44
What You Need to Know About the FCC Anti-Net...

John Martellaro joins Jeff Gamet to talk about the state of Net Neutrality now that the FCC’s “Restoring Internet Freedom” is in place, along with what we can expect to happen next.


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10:44
Copies and clones

Marco Arment:

App developers sometimes ask me what they should do when their features, designs, or entire apps are copied by competitors.

You know, Marco’s conclusions really upset me, but he’s right.

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10:44
Steve Jobs signed Mac OS X manual, employment...

Three new items signed by Steve Jobs are going up for auction early next month. With the scarcity of Jobs’ autographed items, these latest auctions are expected to fetch between $15,000- $50,000.

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10:41
Carol Trussell hired as Head of Production for Apple...

Apple’s Worldwide Video Programming division has hired Carol Trussell as Head of Production, and she’ll start next month, reports Deadline.

Trussell comes from Gaumont Television where she had served as Head of Production since 2013. She oversaw all aspects of physical production for the U.S.-based indie company’s series, including Narcos, Hannibal, Hemlock Grove and F is for Family.

Trussell joined Gaumont after serving as a producer on the first season of company’s NBC series Hannibal. She also was previously a producer on such series as Roswell, True Blood, Unnatural History and What About Brian. Trussell began her career in production and development at Paramount and Lorimar Television.

Apple has nine scripted series in the works....

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10:29
Apple’s final settlement with European Commission...

Apple is said to owe 13 billion euros (estimated $16 billion USD) to Ireland, according to the country’s tax collectors, Reuters reports.

more…

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10:18
Feature Request: How HomeKit could improve with...

CarPlay isn’t expected to gain any major features this year according to recent reporting, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream. One simple change I would love to see in some future update is support for HomeKit alerts through CarPlay. Going a step further, a dedicated Home app for CarPlay with a few key features could be very beneficial.

more…

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10:15
Apple Worldwide Video Hires Carol Trussell as Head...

It's being reported today that Apple’s Worldwide Video Programming division has hired a seasoned production executive to oversee the growing portfolio. Carol Trussell has joined Apple as Head of Production.

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09:39
Intel to introduce 5G Connectivity for 2019 PC'...

Today, Intel announced it is collaborating with Dell, HP, Lenovo and Microsoft to bring 5G-connectivity to Windows PCs with Intel XMM 8000 series commercial 5G modems. Intel expects the first high-performing 5G-connected PCs to surface in the market in the second half of 2019.

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09:37
Apple's iPhone outpaces overall smartphone...




New data from market analyst firm Gartner saw Apple's holiday percent of sales slightly drop to 17.9 percent, with Samsung holding a slight edge at 18.2 percent in a contracting market fighting a consumer base reluctant to upgrade.

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09:35
iPhone and Android Smartphone Duopoly Reaches Peak...

A record 99.9 percent of smartphones sold worldwide last year were based on either Android or iOS, as all competing platforms have effectively been squeezed out, according to data shared today by research firm Gartner.

Android remains more widely adopted than iOS by a significant margin, with a roughly 86-14 percent split between the respective operating systems last year. Android's dominance is unsurprising given the software is installed on dozens of different smartphone models offered at a range of price points, whereas the iPhone primarily caters to the high-end market.

iOS and Android have been the leading mobile operating systems for many years now, but the duopoly became so dominant last year that Gartner doesn't even break out BlackBerry and Windows Phone individually anymore. Together, the platforms accounted for less than 0.1 percent market share in 2017.

For perspective, Gartner estimates...

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09:28
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad Pro $150 off, Amazon...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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09:17
Killer Deals: Save $70 to $350 instantly on Apple...




New, lower prices! AppleInsider readers can take advantage of exclusive coupons and instant discounts this week to instantly save between $70 and $350 on every Mid 2017 MacBook Pro, including Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15" MacBook Pro. Plus, sales tax will not be collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ and systems qualify for 0% OAC.

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09:15
Video: Apple HomePod vs. Google Home Max




Apple's HomePod and Google's Home Max are both vying for the high end of the audio market. But which one is worth your hard earned cash? AppleInsider put these premium speakers to the test to tell you which one wins out.

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09:13
External Link: Tim Cook: “I’ve only had good years”

Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down for a wide-ranging interview with Fast Company’s Robert Safian. Cook is feeling pretty good about his tenure at Apple, saying up front that he has “only had good years.” Despite the excellent performance of Apple stock, Cook expresses misgivings about the stock market and discusses Apple’s patience in developing products (“Because we don’t believe in using our customers as a laboratory.”), how he reads customer feedback (“I tend to weight the ones that are most thoughtful.”), and how Apple wants to help its customers do the right thing (such as with Do Not Disturb While Driving).

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of...

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09:00
Display More Screenshots on Your Product Page

You can now display up to 10 screenshots on your product page on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV, to show customers more of your app’s experience.

Learn how to make the most of your product page.

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09:00
Display More Screenshots on Your Product Page

You can now display up to 10 screenshots on your product page on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV, to show customers more of your app’s experience.

Learn how to make the most of your product page.

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08:34
Apple Envisions Tabletop & Ceiling Versions of...

Apple's TrueDepth camera on iPhone X took the market by surprise and enabled new features like Face ID, Animoji and more. Now we're learning from a new patent application published today by the U.S. Patent Office that Apple may have new secret products in mind that uses a much larger version of their depth camera. More specifically, Apple tells us that it may come in the form of tabletop or ceiling versions.

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08:21
People freaked out after robot dogs opened a door....

[VIDEO] Alex Horton, Washington Post:

In one of the scariest moments in the movie “Jurassic Park,” a pair of intelligent Velociraptors, brought back to Earth by man’s hubris, defy an assumption about their limitations: They open a kitchen door.

Now imagine that the raptors are real, transformed into headless robot dogs that can negotiate stairs, fling open doors with their robotic claws and generally overcome the puny obstacles offered up by the human technicians at Boston Dynamics.

Normally, I’d ignore or modify the sensational headline of the Post article. But it made me laugh and was (kind of) on point. Last week, we posted this video, showing a dog-like robot opening a door. People really did freak out. A bit.

Well, now there’s a follow-up (embedded in the main Loop post), where a human tries to stop the robot from...

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08:19
161: Twitter for Mac abandoned, iOS 11’s Telugu fix...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss the slow death of Twitter for Mac, Apple requiring app updates to support iPhone X, Nokia probably killing Withings and how HealthKit will be affected, the Telugu character bug in iOS 11, a small change in watchOS 4.3 beta, CarPool Karaoke returning for season 2, hints of new iPads coming soon, iOS 12 features rumored to be on the way, the current state of the not-yet-shipped AirPlay 2 feature, and HomePod’s ring issue.

9to5Mac Happy Hour is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneInGoogle Play Music, or through our ...

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08:15
∞ A glimpse behind the scenes at the iPhone X and...

[VIDEO] Click over to the main Loop post and watch this short video. Fantastic.

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08:11
Bloomberg: Apple plans AirPods upgrade

Mark Gurman, Bloomberg:

The model coming as early as this year will let people summon Apple’s Siri digital assistant without physically tapping the headphones by saying “Hey Siri.” The function will work similarly to how a user activates Siri on an iPhone or a HomePod speaker hands-free. The headphones, internally known as B288, will include an upgraded Apple-designed wireless chip for managing Bluetooth connections. The first AirPods include a chip known as the W1, and Apple released the W2 with the Apple Watch last year.

The idea for the water-resistant model is for the headphones to survive splashes of water and rain, the people said. They likely won’t be designed to be submerged in water. The latest iPhones can survive splashes, while the Apple Watch is considered “swim-proof.” Apple’s plans could change or be delayed, the people said. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.

Is this enough to make you replace your AirPods with the latest and greatest?...

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08:04
Capto 1.2.9 - $29.99

Capto (was Voila) is an easy-to-use app that takes capturing, recording, video and image editing to the next level. With an intelligent file manager and quick sharing options, Capto is perfect for teachers, students, creative professionals and anyone in need of a powerful screen capture tool.

Features

  • Screen Recorder - Capture your screen in all its high-definition glory along with clear audio! By doing so at a smooth 60 FPS, you get sharp and clear recordings that look great on any device.
  • Video Editor - Make your screen recordings look professional. Capto's powerful video editing suite gives you all the tools necessary to perfect your screen recordings, post-capture.
  • Screen and Web Capture - Capto's options allow for effortless capturing of screenshots in different ways. Capture fullscreen or just select parts as required. You can also save a whole webpage in one click!...
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07:54
∞ Popping a balloon inside an anechoic chamber (like...

[VIDEO] I found this video (embedded in main Loop post) fascinating. First, you hear the balloon pop in a reverb chamber (where the sound bounces and repeats), then you hear the balloon pop in an anechoic chamber (where all sound is absorbed, rather than reflected). Amazing.

[H/T Marcus Mendes]

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07:50
Apple Pay used by estimated 127M users globally, but...




Apple Pay is continuing to grow year-on-year, according to research by Loup Ventures, but while the adoption rate for Apple Pay by its users has reportedly jumped, it is claimed the mobile payments service is still being used by a relatively small proportion of iPhone users.

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07:33
iOS 11.3 Public Beta 3 Ready for Download

Apple followed up its iOS 11.3 developer beta 3 release with a matching public beta. that removes AirPlay 2 support.


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07:30
News: New Apple TV trademark filing may indicate...

A new trademark filing discovered by Patently Apple suggests that Apple may have plans for a stronger push into next-generation gaming technology for its set-top box. According to the report, Apple has updated its logo trademark for the Apple TV to expand its scope into all things related to gaming; Apple’s Trademark filing 87801324 was filed solely under class 028, which specifically covers “video game consoles; controllers for game consoles;…

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07:26
Gartner: Apple's iPhone sales fell 5% in...

Global sales of smartphones to end users totaled nearly 408 million units in the fourth quarter of 2017, a 5.6% decline over the fourth quarter of 2016, according to Gartner, Inc. This is the first year-on-year decline since the research group started tracking the global smartphone market in 2004. 

While Apple's market share stabilized in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to the same quarter in 2016, iPhone sales fell 5%. "Apple was in a different position this quarter than it was 12 months before, according to Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner: it had three new smartphones — the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X — yet its performance in the quarter was overshadowed by two factors. 

“First, the later availability of the iPhone X led to slow upgrades to iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, as users waited to try the more-expensive model. Second, component shortages and manufacturing capacity constraints preceded a long...

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07:21
Anchor aims to be one-stop app to record, edit, host...

Anchor, an app that started out trying to create an audio version of Twitter, has now pivoted to becoming a one-stop app for podcasters. The relaunched app now allows anyone to record, edit, host, publish and distribute podcasts free of charge …

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07:19
iPad refresh in March likely as Apple receives...

Joe Rossignol, MacRumors:

Apple has registered new tablets with the Eurasian Economic Commission this week, suggesting that an iPad refresh is likely on the horizon. The filings, uncovered by French website Consomac, are legally required for any devices with encryption sold in Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia.

I buy it, seems a reasonable tree of logic.

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07:18
FCC net neutrality protections to expire on Apr. 23...




The Title II protections that currently enforce net neutrality among U.S. internet service providers will disappear on Apr. 23, unless another party is able to intervene.

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07:11
Nobody wants to let Google win the war for maps all...

Mark Bergen, Bloomberg:

On any given day, there could be a half dozen autonomous cars mapping the same street corner in Silicon Valley. These cars, each from a different company, are all doing the same thing: building high-definition street maps, which may eventually serve as an on-board navigation guide for driverless vehicles.

And:

Autonomous cars require powerful sensors to see and advanced software to think. They especially need up-to-the-minute maps of every conceivable roadway to move. Whoever owns the most detailed and expansive version of these maps that vehicles read will own an asset that could be worth billions.

The motivation for the next maps war is clear. Billions of dollars at stake. This article is a fascinating look at the players and the technological approaches to capturing the next generation of maps.

Just a taste:

The companies working on maps for autonomous vehicles are taking two different approaches. One aims to...

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07:10
Affinity Photo for iPad receives big 1.6.7 update +...

2017 App of the Year Affinity Photo for iPad has been updated with its third significant release since it originally launched back at WWDC 2017. The app, which brings desktop-class photo editing capability to the iPad, includes a number of significant enhancements in its 1.6.7 update. more…

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07:08
News: Apple posts video with behind-the-scenes look...

Apple has shared a new video on its YouTube channel providing a brief behind-the-scenes look at how the company developed the Portrait Lighting feature for the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus, ranging from studying classic portraiture, bringing in top artists and photographers, and incorporating established lighting principles to build the machine learning algorithms used for the new photography feature....

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07:05
AirPods with ‘Hey Siri’ Support Coming this Year

Apple’s second generation AirPods are reportedly in the works and will include “Hey Siri” support instead of requiring a tap before giving voice commands.


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06:57
AirPods 2 update may bring hands-free Hey Siri...

It’s been over a year since they were released, but AirPods are still the runaway hit in Apple’s lineup, rarely available for immediate shipping and selling out as soon as they’re available at most stores. And now, a new report says Apple is planning on making them even more desirable.

According to Mark Gurman at Bloomberg, Apple is eyeing a new version of AirPods for release this year which would bring a new chip and support for the hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ command. Currently, you need to physically tap one of the AirPods to summon Apple’s AI assistant.

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06:56
Apple preps new AirPods: One with hands-free Siri,...

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One of the smallest members of Apple's product lineup may get a useful update this year. According to a Bloomberg report, Apple is working on new models of its AirPod wireless earbuds. One could debut later this year with an updated wireless chip and another with a water-resistant design may come out in 2019.

AirPods arrived in 2016 alongside the iPhone 7 as a solution to the...

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06:54
Opera 51.0.2830.40 - High-performance Web browser.

Opera is a fast and secure browser trusted by millions of users. With the intuitive interface, Speed Dial and visual bookmarks for organizing favorite sites, news feature with fresh, relevant content, speed-boosting Opera Turbo mode and more handy features, Opera has everything you need to do more on the web. Also, with 1700+ available extensions, you can mix and match additional features to customize the browser the way you want.



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06:53
Cheetah3D 7.2 adds support for HEVC, ProRes, IES...

MW3D-Solutions has announced Cheetah3D 7.2 (https://www.cheetah3d.com), a feature update to its 3D modeling solution for macOS. Version 7.2 now uses the AVFoundation framework, which offers faster and higher quality movie export.

What’s more, professional users will enjoy the added ProRes workflow, according to the folks at MW3D-Solutions. The Cheetah3D unbiased render engine Falcon also sees some additions such as support for IES lights, Filmic tone mapping and improved soft shadows.

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06:49
Net neutrality ends on April 23, allowing ISPs to...

Following the Trump administration’s decision to repeal net neutrality rules, the FCC has today announced that the free-for-all begins on April 23. As of that date, it will be legal for Internet Service Providers to implement a two-speed Internet, with the fastest speeds reserved for companies able to pay for the privilege …

more…

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06:47
Two of Apple's latest Inventions Indicate that...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a pair of patent applications from Apple that relate to taking Apple Watch to the next levels of fitness. The first patent application covers Apple Watch in context with Yoga while the second relates to Apple Watch in context with a Cycling session.

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06:45
Survey: there are 127 million global active Apple...

A new survey from Gene Munster's Loup Ventures finds Apple Pay’s year-over-year growth has been “impressive” with active users more than doubling. Still, the research group believes that only 16% of iPhone users have enabled the digital payment service.

Still, Loup Ventures is optimistic that Apple Pay will gain widespread adoption over the next 3-5 years given integration OS and iOS makes it the easiest to use digital wallet. The research group’s survey showed that:

  • The Top 100 retailers in the U.S. were checked for Apple Pay compatibility for online (desktop, mobile and apps) and found the growth of adoption has been high (9 to 85%), but off of a small base.
  • The total number of these retailers supporting Apple Pay online now ranges between 14-24%.
  • The number of banks globally that support Apple Pay increased in the past...
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06:38
Filing hints at bigger gaming plans for the Apple TV

Apple may have big gaming plans for their set-top box. As noted by Patently Apple, the tech giant has updated their Apple TV logo trademark by adding all things related to gaming.

The filing covers “video game consoles; controllers for game consoles; video output games, namely, video output game machines for use with televisions; apparatus for electronic games adapted for use with an external display screen or monitor.” The international filing covers over 60 different countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. 

Apple turned the Apple TV into a more serious gaming console with tvOS 10 by giving developers the ability to require a third-party controller for games. Still, gamers have felt that the company has yet to truly turn...

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06:35
GarageSale 7.0.13 - Create outstanding eBay auctions.

GarageSale is a slick, full-featured client application for the eBay online auction system.

Create and manage your auctions with ease. With GarageSale, you can create, edit, track, and manage multiple auctions in a single, intuitive application. GarageSale even integrates with several international eBay sites, as well as with PayPal and Twitter, to provide a complete, robust eBay client.

Develop professional, attractive listings. GarageSale features iPhoto integration, what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) text editing, free image hosting, and over 130 free auction designs. And with these features, among many more, it's never been easier to create professional, eye-catching eBay listings.



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06:25
Apple Pay reportedly has 127M users, is supported by...

Apple said during recent earnings calls that the number of active Apple Pay users had doubled year-on-year, with transactions more than tripling – but didn’t reveal any numbers.

Loup Ventures has today published new estimates, suggesting that there are now 127M active Apple Pay users globally, up from 62M a year ago. However, says the firm, that still represents a relatively small percentage of active iPhones …

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Alto's Odyssey (Games)
Alto's Odyssey 1.0.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes) Description: Just beyond the horizon sits a majestic desert, vast and unexplored. Join Alto and his friends and set off on an endless... | Read more »
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Apple AirPods in stock today for $159, free s...
Adorama reports stock of Apple AirPods today for $159 including free shipping, plus pay no sales tax outside of NY & NJ. See our Apple AirPod Price Tracker for the latest prices and stock status... Read more
Saturday Sale: Amazon offers 12″ 1.3GHz MacBo...
Amazon has Silver and Gold 2017 12″ 1.3GHz Retina MacBooks on sale for $250 off MSRP. Shipping is free: – 12″ 1.3GHz Silver MacBook: $1349.99 $250 off MSRP – 12″ 1.3GHz Gold MacBook: $1349.99 $250... Read more
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Purchase a new Mac using Apple’s Education discount, and take up to $400 off MSRP. All teachers, students, and staff of any educational institution with a .edu email address qualify for the discount... Read more
Apple Canada offers 2017 21″ and 27″ iMacs fo...
 Canadian shoppers can save up to $470 on the purchase of a 2017 current-generation 21″ or 27″ iMac with Certified Refurbished models at Apple Canada. Apple’s refurbished prices are the lowest... Read more
9″ iPads available online at Walmart for $50...
Walmart has 9.7″ Apple iPads on sale for $50 off MSRP for a limited time. Sale prices are for online orders only, in-store prices may vary: – 9″ 32GB iPad: $279.99 $50 off – 9″ 128GB iPad: $379.99 $... Read more
15″ Apple MacBook Pros, Certified Refurbished...
Save $360-$420 on the purchase of a 2017 15″ MacBook Pro with Certified Refurbished models at Apple. Apple’s refurbished prices are the lowest available for each model from any reseller. An standard... Read more
Amazon restocks MacBook Pros with models avai...
Amazon has restocked 15″ and 13″ Apple MacBook Pros with models on sale for up to $251 off MSRP. Shipping is free. Note that stock of some Macs may come and go (and some sell out quickly), so check... Read more
Lowest price of the year: 15″ 2.8GHz Apple Ma...
Amazon has the 2017 Space Gray 15″ 2.8GHz MacBook Pro on sale today for $251 off MSRP. Shipping is free: – 15″ 2.8GHz Touch Bar MacBook Pro Space Gray (MPTR2LL/A): $2148, $251 off MSRP Their price is... Read more
Apple restocks full line of Certified Refurbi...
Apple has restocked a full line of Apple Certified Refurbished 2017 13″ MacBook Pros for $200-$300 off MSRP. A standard Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and shipping is free.... Read more
Lowest sale price available for 13″ 1.8GHz Ma...
Focus Camera has the 2017 13″ 1.8GHz/128GB Apple MacBook Air on sale today for $829 including free shipping. Their price is $170 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for a current 13″... Read more

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*Apple* Media Products Commerce Engineering...
# Apple Media Products Commerce Engineering Manager Job Number: 56207285 Santa Clara Valley, California, United States Posted: 26-Jan-2018 Weekly Hours: 40.00 **Job Read more
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# Digital Platforms Lead, Today at Apple Job Number: 56178747 Santa Clara Valley, California, United States Posted: 23-Feb-2018 Weekly Hours: 40.00 **Job Summary** Read more
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