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Saturday February 16

19:50
Presidents' Day Apple deals: Macs on sale from...




Current Apple hardware is on sale this holiday weekend with triple digit savings on 2018 MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros, delivering the lowest prices of the year. Prices start at just $749 for Mac computers, with markdows of up to $700 off. This weekend is also your last chance to snap up a free pair of $150 JBL headphones with 2017 12.9-inch iPad Pros.

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19:45
Apple Hires Ex-Microsoft Exec to Revamp Smart Home...

CNBC reports that Apple has hired ex-Microsoft exec and former CEO of a smart lock company to revamp Apple's home initiatives. Hiring Jadallah is the latest signal that Apple plans to get serious about its own efforts in the home. Recently, the company acquired a start-up called Pullstring, a start-up that specializes in voice-enabled toys. That purchase could help the smartphone maker become the center of a connected living room.Apple has been making movement into the home space for years, with the introduction of HomeKit as well as the HomePod which is powered by Siri. HomePod, however, has lagged behind its competitors despite making...

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14:57
Apple buys the voice tech startup behind Hello Barbie

Apple has acquired PullString, the startup behind the voice technology powering the interactive "Hello Barbie" doll Mattel released in 2015. PullString, previously known as ToyTalk, was founded back in 2011 by former Pixar employees. Its AI platform...

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14:30
How do the insanely wealthy actually pay for...

As jealous as this article made me, it was actually quite interesting to find out how the filthy rich actually pay for their toys.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:15
Air Hogs' new racer is the Spider-Man of remote...

Spin Master's AirHogs brand is, like it says in the name, primarily a toy aircraft line today. Remote-controlled planes, helicopters and, of course, drones. But occasionally it will hit the ground with some cool land vehicles like race cars, tanks or...

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13:31
Facebook suspends Pages from Russia-linked viral...

Facebook's crackdown on Russia-linked accounts has usually taken down outlets with a relatively small presence, but its latest move is more substantial. The social network has suspended three Pages from Maffick Media, a viral video outlet that has r...

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11:59
Twitter can keep copies of your deleted DMs for years

Twitter might still have copies of your DMs saved in its system even if it's been years since you deactivated your account. Security researcher Karan Saini told TechCrunch that he found years-old messages in an archive of his Twitter data -- which yo...

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10:48
Apple Pay rumored to launch in Saudi Arabia on...

A report earlier this week suggested that Apple Pay will launch in the Czech Republic next week. It now looks like Apple Pay might also come to Saudi Arabia on the same day.

more…

The post Apple Pay rumored to launch in Saudi Arabia on February 19 appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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10:28
Samsung stops releasing Blu-ray players in the US

Did you notice that Samsung hasn't made a peep about Blu-ray players at CES or other recent trade shows? There's a good reason for it: the company is exiting the category in the US. Samsung told Forbes and CNET that it's no longer introducing Blu-ray...

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09:26
Gallery: Natick Mall Apple Store reopens with...

Apple’s first retail expansion of 2019 is complete. Customers and team members in Natick, Massachusetts celebrated the grand reopening of Natick Mall’s Apple Store today after just under nine months of renovation work. The redesigned store offers more than twice the space of the previous storefront. 9to5Mac reader Dakota Allen visited the new space and shared photos of the redesign.

more…

The post Gallery: Natick Mall Apple Store reopens with updated design appeared first on 9to5Mac...

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09:00
Recommended Reading: The best of the Best Pictures

The Best Picture championship belt
Adam Nayman and
Sean Fennessey,
The Ringer

This year's installment of the Academy Awards is set for February 24th, but ahead of the festivities, The Ringer is looking back at the best Best Pictures with a unique...

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08:59
Video: Should you get an eGPU for your new 2018 Mac...




The 2018 Mac mini is a welcome refresh to the compact Mac product line, but the Intel graphics are weak. AppleInsider examines whether it is worth the extra expense of adding an external GPU to the Mac mini.

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08:08
Apple Music offer lets subscribers give one month of...

I’m an Apple Music subscriber and haven’t received one, but several sites are reporting that Apple has sent out an iOS push notification offering subscribers of the music streaming service the ability to give away one month of  to a friend or family member.

The offer, which links to a webpage, is for individual memberships only and for non-subscribers only. Once you sign up, membership automatically renews monthly.



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07:56
Samsung Files for 'Neuro Game Booster'...

Late last month the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published one of Samsung's latest trademark filing for "Neuro Game Booster under number 88270921.Samsung's new trademark is focused on optimizing gaming performance using ...

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07:30
How ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ triumphed over the uncanny...

When the first trailer for the live action Alita: Battle Angel dropped in late December 2017, the internet was abuzz about the eponymous character's large CG eyes. Heck, even we called them "creepy" and "weird." Now that the film's finally here and I...

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07:09
This week’s top stories: AirPods 2 in black, March...

In this week’s top stories: AirPods 2 with grip coating and black color option, 2019 iPhone rumors, 10 iPhone tips everyone should know, and more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest Apple stories.

more…

The post This week’s top stories: AirPods 2 in black, March Apple event rumors, WWDC dates, and more appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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06:26
MiniWiki allows you to browse Wikipedia from your...

MiniWiki is a new app from developer Will Bishop that allows you to browse Wikipedia directly from your Apple Watch. The app supports features like popular articles around you, offline reading, bookmarks, and more.

more…

The post MiniWiki allows you to browse Wikipedia from your Apple Watch with bookmarks, nearby, and more appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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06:13
Viber 10.1.0 - Send messages and make free Viber...

Viber lets you send free messages and make free calls to other Viber users, on any device and network, in any country!

Viber syncs your contacts, messages and call history with your mobile device, so you can start the conversation on the Viber mobile application and continue from the comfort of your Mac.

features

  • High-quality HD voice calls
  • Video calls
  • Free text and photo messages
  • Group conversations
  • No registration, passwords or invitations required
  • Contacts and messages sync between your mobile and Mac
  • Transfer ongoing calls between devices



Version 10.1.0:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.11 or later



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06:00
Making the Grade: Makeblock Neuron Explorer Kit is a...

As an IT Director, I am always on the lookout for ways to allow our students to use technology in new and interesting ways. We teach some basic coding skills (I love it for the problem-solving aspect as much as anything), we have an active STEM lab, and we’re always looking to expose our students to different ways of learning. Last fall, I was sent a review unit of the Makeblock Neuron Explorer Kit that is only available at the Apple Store.

About Making The Grade: Every Saturday, Bradley Chambers publishes a new article about Apple in education. He has been managing Apple devices in an education environment since 2009. Through his experience deploying and managing 100s of Macs and 100s of iPads, Bradley will highlight ways in...

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05:45
The Morning After: Amazon drops 'LotR'...

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to your weekend! We're closing things out with a teaser from Amazon, as well as a preview of Samsung's big Galaxy S10 reveal. Some of the highlights from last week include a Zelda remake and our review o...

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05:29
Apple allowing Apple Music subscribers to gift a...

Last weekend, Apple sent a wave of Apple Music notifications to previous subscribers offering them an additional 3-month free trial. Now, Apple is continuing its Apple Music focus with push notifications allowing current subscribers to gift a friend a free month of the streaming music service.

more…

The post Apple allowing Apple Music subscribers to gift a free month of the service to friends appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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05:00
Apple patent is for ‘remotely controlling’ a hearing...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 10,206,024) for “remotely controlling a hearing device.” The goal is to be able to apply settings on a hearing aid device before placing it on your ear.

Apple notes that modern hearing devices are high tech computing devices equipped with multiple speakers and types of speakers and are capable of receiving sound data from multiple audio data sources such as microphones attached to the hearing device as well as being able to stream audio data directly to the hearing device. With this advancement in technology comes an increase in the control and flexibility of hearing devices. For example, hearing devices can be adjusted to perform optimally in multiple environments. 

In addition, modern hearing devices can be very small and placed discreetly inside the ear, almost unnoticeable to others. While creating smaller, more powerful and more flexible hearing devices has plenty of benefits over older styles, one problem that has arisen...

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04:30
Amazon’s HQ2 New York plans didn’t need to end this...

After the pageantry of searching for a new spot for its headquarters, some had expected Amazon's decision to move to New York be a done deal. Not so. It took Amazon months to decide to bring one of two new headquarters to Long Island City, and mere m...

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04:00
Even years later, Twitter doesn’t delete your direct...

Brings to mind the old cliche of “Don’t write down anything you don’t want your mother to read.”

∞ Read this on The Loop

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03:00
Notable apps and updates, Feb. 11-16

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 this week’s picks.

macOS Apps/Updates

Groosoft has rolled out Translate Box 1.0.1, a translation comparison and management app for the Mac.

The software shows translation results from several translation services simultaneously to provide optimal translations. Additionally, all contents of a translation can be tabulated and systematically managed. Users can add new boxes to create new translations, as well as create well-organized documents in table form as boxes stack.

Translate Box 1.0.1 costs $4.99 and requires macOS 10.13 or higher. It’s available exclusively at the Mac App Store.

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02:02
Twitter removes tweet from Iran's leader,...

Once again, Twitter has run into a sticky situation while deciding when and how to apply its content rules. Buzzfeed News reports that it removed a tweet from an (unverified) account linked to Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, the current Supreme Leader...

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01:41
Dashlane 6.1907.0 - Password manager and secure...

Dashlane is an award-winning service that revolutionizes the online experience by replacing the drudgery of everyday transactional processes with convenient, automated simplicity - in other words, letting you get to the good stuff faster.

Features

  • Express checkout
  • Password manager
  • Automatic login
  • Automatic form-filling
  • Secure and encrypted notes
  • Keep your data secure and private
  • Multi-platform and synced to the cloud

Dashlane comes in two service levels: Free and Premium. Compare the plans.



Version 6.1907.0:

New Features:

  • Monitor your Password Health in our new Identity Dashboard. Get a complete picture of your online security in one convenient place, so you can understand what to improve and take action fast.
  • Dark Web Monitoring: Dashlane scans the web for any leaked...
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01:04
ExpanDrive 6.4.5 - Access cloud storage just like a...

ExpanDrive builds cloud storage in every application, acts just like a USB drive plugged into your Mac. With ExpanDrive, you can securely access any remote file server directly from the Finder or even the terminal. ExpanDrive supports:

  • SFTP/FTP/FTPS
  • Amazon S3
  • Dropbox
  • WebDAV
  • Rackspace Cloud Files
  • Openstack Swift
  • Dreamhost DreamObjects
  • Google Drive
  • OneDrive
  • Box.com
  • Copy.com
  • HP Helion
  • hubiC



Version 6.4.5:

  • Improvements in ExpanDrive 6.4.5
  • Improvements to decrease memory usage
  • S3 remote path setting fixed



  • OS X 10.9 or later



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Friday February 15

21:17
These $49 Funcl AI earbuds might look like AirPods,...




For a limited time only, AppleInsider readers can exclusively pick up Funcl's AI wireless earphones for just $49, matching the lowest price we've seen to date. These portable headphones are a great budget-friendly alternative to Apple's pricier AirPods -- and best of all, they're in stock and ready to ship at Amazon.

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20:59
Civilization VI 1.2.0 - Next iteration of the...

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is the next entry in the popular Civilization franchise. Originally created by legendary game designer Sid Meier, Civilization is a strategy game in which you attempt to build an empire to stand the test of time. Become Ruler of the World by establishing and leading a civilization from the Stone Age to the Information Age. Wage war, conduct diplomacy, advance your culture, and go head-to-head with history’s greatest leaders as you attempt to build the greatest civilization the world has ever known.

Civilization VI offers new ways to engage with your world: cities now physically expand across the map, active research in technology and culture unlocks new potential, and competing leaders will pursue their own agendas based on their historical traits as you race for one of five ways to achieve victory in the game.

Note: Civilization VI for the Mac App Store is currently a single player experience.

...

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20:59
OnyX 3.5.7 - Maintenance and optimization tool.

OnyX is a multifunction utility that you can use to verify the startup disk and the structure of its system files, to run miscellaneous maintenance and cleaning tasks, to configure parameters in the Finder, Dock, Safari, and some of Apple's applications, to delete caches, to remove certain problematic folders and files, to rebuild various databases and indexes, and more.



Version 3.5.7:

  • Issue corrected that occurred when modifying the image background of the login window
  • Reading parameters improved



  • macOS 10.14 or later



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20:59
Sketch 53.1 - Design app for UX/UI for iOS and Web.

Sketch is an innovative and fresh look at vector drawing. Its intentionally minimalist design is based upon a drawing space of unlimited size and layers, free of palettes, panels, menus, windows, and controls. Though simple to use, it offers powerful vector drawing and text tools like perfect Boolean operations, symbols, and powerful rulers, guides, and grids.

Note: price showin in the listing is for a 1-year subscription.



Version 53.1:

Bug Fixes:

  • Documents saved by older versions of Sketch couldn’t be opened on some devices
  • Documents wouldn’t render as expected on a Mac with NVIDIA graphics
  • Sketch would become unresponsive when dragging a Symbol instance on to or off its own master
  • Overrides set to None would be both included and visible in groups after selecting to Detach all contents from Symbol
  • Text boxes for Symbol overrides weren’t always selected as expected...
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20:59
Sketch 53.1 - Design app for UX/UI for iOS and Web.

Sketch is an innovative and fresh look at vector drawing. Its intentionally minimalist design is based upon a drawing space of unlimited size and layers, free of palettes, panels, menus, windows, and controls. Though simple to use, it offers powerful vector drawing and text tools like perfect Boolean operations, symbols, and powerful rulers, guides, and grids.

Note: price showin in the listing is for a 1-year subscription.



Version 53.1:

Bug Fixes:

  • Documents saved by older versions of Sketch couldn’t be opened on some devices
  • Documents wouldn’t render as expected on a Mac with NVIDIA graphics
  • Sketch would become unresponsive when dragging a Symbol instance on to or off its own master
  • Overrides set to None would be both included and visible in groups after selecting to Detach all contents from Symbol
  • Text boxes for Symbol overrides weren’t always selected as expected...
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20:59
Hopper Disassembler 4.5.6- - Binary disassembler,...

Hopper Disassembler is a binary disassembler, decompiler, and debugger for 32- and 64-bit executables. It will let you disassemble any binary you want, and provide you all the information about its content, like imported symbols, or the control flow graph! Hopper can retrieve procedural information about the disassembled code like the stack variables, and lets you name all the objects you want.

Hopper is able to transform the assembly language into a pseudo-code that is easier to understand! You can use its internal Python scripting engine to analyze binaries the way you want (this feature works only with Lion)! Starting from version 2.0, Hopper can even use GDB to debug programs!

And, last but not least, unlike all other tools of its kind, Hopper is perfectly integrated into the OS X environment.



Version 4.5.6:

  • Fixes some optimisation issues in ARM64 decompiler
  • Fixes more issues with PDB symbols
  • ...
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20:59
Hopper Disassembler 4.5.6- - Binary disassembler,...

Hopper Disassembler is a binary disassembler, decompiler, and debugger for 32- and 64-bit executables. It will let you disassemble any binary you want, and provide you all the information about its content, like imported symbols, or the control flow graph! Hopper can retrieve procedural information about the disassembled code like the stack variables, and lets you name all the objects you want.

Hopper is able to transform the assembly language into a pseudo-code that is easier to understand! You can use its internal Python scripting engine to analyze binaries the way you want (this feature works only with Lion)! Starting from version 2.0, Hopper can even use GDB to debug programs!

And, last but not least, unlike all other tools of its kind, Hopper is perfectly integrated into the OS X environment.



Version 4.5.6:

  • Fixes some optimisation issues in ARM64 decompiler
  • Fixes more issues with PDB symbols
  • ...
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20:59
Thunderbird 60.5.1 - Email client from Mozilla.

As of July 2012, Thunderbird has transitioned to a new governance model, with new features being developed by the broader free software and open source community, and security fixes and improvements handled by Mozilla.

Thunderbird is a free, open-source, cross-platform e-mail and news (NNTP) client developed by the Mozilla Foundation. The project strategy is modeled after Mozilla Firefox, a project aimed at creating a Web browser.



Version 60.5.1:
Fixed:

  • CalDav access to some servers not working
  • Various security fixes



  • OS X 10.9 or later



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20:59
Thunderbird 60.5.1 - Email client from Mozilla.

As of July 2012, Thunderbird has transitioned to a new governance model, with new features being developed by the broader free software and open source community, and security fixes and improvements handled by Mozilla.

Thunderbird is a free, open-source, cross-platform e-mail and news (NNTP) client developed by the Mozilla Foundation. The project strategy is modeled after Mozilla Firefox, a project aimed at creating a Web browser.



Version 60.5.1:
Fixed:

  • CalDav access to some servers not working
  • Various security fixes



  • OS X 10.9 or later



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20:59
Adobe Pepper Flash Player 32.0.0.142 - Plug-in plays...

Adobe Pepper Flash Player is a cross-platform, browser-based application runtime that provides uncompromised viewing of expressive applications, content, and videos across browsers and operating systems. Pepper Flash plugin is built for Chromium-based browsers, i.e. Chrome, Opera, Chromium etc.



Version 32.0.0.142:

  • Updated Flash Player with important bug fixes.



  • OS X 10.10 or later
  • Latest versions of Google Chrome or Opera recommended



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20:59
Adobe Pepper Flash Player 32.0.0.142 - Plug-in plays...

Adobe Pepper Flash Player is a cross-platform, browser-based application runtime that provides uncompromised viewing of expressive applications, content, and videos across browsers and operating systems. Pepper Flash plugin is built for Chromium-based browsers, i.e. Chrome, Opera, Chromium etc.



Version 32.0.0.142:

  • Updated Flash Player with important bug fixes.



  • OS X 10.10 or later
  • Latest versions of Google Chrome or Opera recommended



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20:59
Vivaldi 2.3.1440.48 - An advanced browser made with...

Vivaldi is a browser for our friends.

We live in our browsers. Choose one that has the features you need, a style that fits and values you can stand by. From the look and feel, to how you interact with your browser, every aspect of Vivaldi can be tweaked and customized. You’re in control. Online privacy is more important than ever and how your browser handles sensitive data is crucial. Vivaldi doesn’t track or store any of your data. Managing hundreds of tabs is a breeze, and built-in tools like Notes and screen Capture mean there’s no need to hunt for add-ons.



Version 2.3.1440.48:
Regression:

  • Blank page when open new tab and no Speed Dial folder is selected



  • OS X 10.10 or later



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20:59
Vivaldi 2.3.1440.48 - An advanced browser made with...

Vivaldi is a browser for our friends.

We live in our browsers. Choose one that has the features you need, a style that fits and values you can stand by. From the look and feel, to how you interact with your browser, every aspect of Vivaldi can be tweaked and customized. You’re in control. Online privacy is more important than ever and how your browser handles sensitive data is crucial. Vivaldi doesn’t track or store any of your data. Managing hundreds of tabs is a breeze, and built-in tools like Notes and screen Capture mean there’s no need to hunt for add-ons.



Version 2.3.1440.48:
Regression:

  • Blank page when open new tab and no Speed Dial folder is selected



  • OS X 10.10 or later



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20:59
Duet 2.0.5.0 - Use your iPad as an external display.

Duet is the first app that allows you to use your iDevice as an extra display for your Mac using the Lightning or 30-pin cable.

Note: This app requires a $9.99 iOS companion app.



Version 2.0.5.0:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.





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20:56
Final Cut Friday: 10 transition tips for FCP X [...

Transitions are key building blocks for putting together cohesive videos in your NLE of choice. In Final Cut Pro X, there are many shortcuts, tips, and tricks that can be used while inserting or editing transitions. In this week’s episode of Final Cut Friday, I share 10 transition tips to help you master this vital part of the editing process. more…

The post Final Cut Friday: 10 transition tips for FCP X [Video] appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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19:52
Website uses AI to create infinite fake faces

You might already know that AI can put real faces in implausible scenarios, but it's now clear that it can create faces that otherwise wouldn't exist. Developer Phillip Wang has created a website, ThisPersonDoesNotExist, that uses AI to generate a s...

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18:05
'Pokémon Go' settlement promises action on...

Niantic, the creator of Pokémon Go, has reached a tentative settlement in a class action lawsuit filed against the company by homeowners who claim the game caused players to stumble into their yards searching for Pokémon. As part of the...

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17:19
Apple Music promo lets subscribers give one month of...




In what is quickly becoming Apple's preferred method of advertising to existing customers, the company on Friday sent out an iOS push notification offering Apple Music subscribers the ability to give away one free month of service.

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17:13
For a Change, Apple Releases a Funny Ad about Apple...

Depth Control on iPhone XS and iPhone XR lets you adjust the bokeh effect on backgrounds before or after you shoot. But seriously, who bokeh's a neighbor's kid in a photo? I mean, that's totally unacceptable, right? (Ha!)

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16:48
Apple Acquires PullString that offers Powerful Tools...

Apple has agreed to buy Pullstring, a San Francisco-based startup that enables the design and publishing of voice apps. Their Home Page states: "Collaboratively Design, Prototype and Publish Voice Applications for Amazon Alexa." Beyond general market Voice Apps, the company also focuses on Entertainment, Health Care and Financial Services that will fit in well with Apple's endeavors into health care and Apple Pay.

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16:29
CBS reached its streaming subscription target two...

With cord-cutting on the rise, it seems there's enough room at the table for more internet-only services. CBS is now reporting that its streaming platforms, CBS All Access and Showtime, reach 8 million subscribers -- up 60 percent from the 5 million...

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15:58
These AI Created People Don’t Exist

Digital Trends writes: “While it’s been clear for quite some time that modern A.I. is getting pretty darn good at generating accurate human faces, it’s a reminder of just how far we’ve come…”  The face shown here is just one of many created by an AI, explained in the article. “The results … well, you can see them for yourself by checking out the website. Hitting refresh will iterate an entirely new face.”

Soon there will be artificial people on the internet writing AI created articles. (I am actually one of them.)


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15:17
Apple Buys Voice App StartUp PullString

Apple agreed to acquire voice app startup PullString, in what could prove to be a big boost for the future of Siri.


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15:09
My 2018 Apple Report Card

At the end of January, Jason Snell published his annual Six Colors Apple Report Card for 2018. This year 55 voters (hand-selected by Snell) graded Apple in 11 areas. I was one of them, and thought it only fair to publish my grades and remarks here at Daring Fireball. Comments in [brackets] are additional commentary I wrote now, and were not included in what I submitted to Snell.

Mac: D

I’d say it’s been an OK year at best. On the MacBook front they had decent MacBook Pro updates and the third-gen butterfly keyboard seems to have fixed the reliability problems with the previous keyboards. But these keyboards are not great. A few people really like them, but most people agree they feel worse than the old keyboards. I may be biased as a writer and a keyboard aficionado, but it used to be the case that Apple’s notebook keyboards were widely hailed as the best in...

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14:56
'AirPods 2' rumored to launch in spring...




Echoing earlier rumors, a report claimed on Friday that Apple will ship second-generation AirPods product this spring, including a new black color option.

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14:51
Deal of the Month: HyperJuice Wireless Charger Case...

This month we’ve teamed up with Hyper for our first ever 9to5Mac Deal of the Month. For February only, you can get the HyperJuice AirPods Wireless Charging case for 60% off regular price:

Get the HyperJuice AirPods Wireless Charger Case 60% off for a limited time – $20 (Reg. $50)

Head below for a video hands-on look: more…

The post Deal of the Month: HyperJuice Wireless Charger Case for Apple AirPods $20 (Reg. $50) appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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14:39
Nerf's 'Fortnite' guns will be here...

If you thought Hasbro was already milking the Fortnite trend for all it's worth with an official Nerf gun, you haven't seen anything yet. The toy maker has unveiled its full line of Fortnite-themed Nerf guns (including Super Soakers), and while it's...

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14:30
Apple Daily Report: Apple releases NBA models of its...

Since Steve and I can’t cover everything, at the end of each week day, we’ll offer this wrap-up of news items you should check out. 

Apple has announced the availability of NBA models of its Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones. They’re available in six versions/colors and cost $349.95.

In its latest Conflict Minerals Report to the SEC, Apple says that 100% of its smelters and refiners were subjected to an audit "for the fourth straight year” as of Dec. 31. Five offending parties were removed during 2018.

The new MacVoices kicks off the 2019 Road to Macstock with organizer Mike Potter’s...

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14:30
∞ Apple shows off Depth Control with “Bokeh’d”

This is actually really funny.

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14:29
Apple to acquire voice app firm PullString in deal...




As part of a larger push into voice recognition and artificial intelligence technology, Apple has reportedly agreed to purchase PullString, a San Francisco startup focused on the development and publication of voice apps for Amazon's Alexa, Google Assistant and "internet of things" hardware.

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14:29
Apple reportedly scoops up Pullstring, a voice app...

Apple has agreed to acquire PullString, a San Francisco-based startup that enables the design and publishing of voice apps with the goal of helping Siri better compete with Siri, reports Axios, quoting unnamed “multiple sources.”

PullString was founded in 2011 by former Pixar executives “to realize the dream of higher fidelity computer conversation,” according to the company’s website. It specializes in technology, tools, and techniques for designing, prototyping, and publishing voice apps and conversational experiences.

Its software, PullString Converse (pictured), allows designers and developers to create “immersive” voice apps for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Internet of Things devices. If Axios is correct, that list will soon include Siri (and perhaps only Siri...

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14:18
Can Apple Walk (Services) AND Chew Gum (Hardware)?

The internet is all over the map trying to figure out whether Apple’s service and hardware strategies for 2019 are going to work well together.


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14:06
Apple Music Users Able to Gift a Month Subscription...

Apple is today sending out notifications to Apple Music subscribers that, when tapped, allows them to send a referral to friend to sign up for a free one-month subscription to Apple Music.

According to Apple, the referrals for a free month of service can only be sent to people who do not already subscribe to Apple Music.

The person who signs up for the free trial will see their subscription renew after a month, or one month after the standard free trial.

That means people who have not used Apple Music before can get a total of four months of service for free, because Apple already offers a three month free trial for everyone.

Those who have already used a three month trial and then canceled may be able to get an additional month through this referral link.

Not all Apple Music users appear to be getting these notifications at this time, but we've seen multiple reports both from ...

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13:57
Apple reportedly buys PullString, a voice assistant...

Apple has today agreed to buy a San Francisco-based startup Pullstring, according to Axios. The company focuses on designing and publishing voice apps. Such an acquisition could play an important role for Apple as it continues to work on improving Siri, which many believe is far behind the acquisition.

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13:54
Rumor: the AirPower, AirPods available in black will...

The Chinese-language Economic Daily News is reporting that Inventec —  a Taiwan-based manner of mobile devices, notebook computers, and servers — is producing a new version of the AirPods that will come with a charging case and be available in black, as well as white.

The article says the charging case will work with Apple’s AirPower wireless charger, which will debut in the spring. The long-promised AirPower 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 the rumor is true, according to the Sellers Research Group (that’s me): 80%. I do think we’ll see the AirPower and AirPods with a wireless charging case arrive next month. Less certain if the “new” AirPods...

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13:52
Apple Acquires Voice App Startup PullString

Apple recently purchased PullString, a San Francisco startup that enables the design and publishing of voice apps through its PullString Converse platform, reports Axios.

PullString could be used to improve the voice capabilities of Siri, Apple's personal voice assistant.

On its website, PullString says that it can be used to "collaboratively design, prototype and publish voice applications for Amazon Alexa."At PullString, we strive to help people talk effortlessly with voice technology that surrounds us. Working at the intersection of creative expression and artificial intelligence, we provide agencies and enterprises with the leading solution to collaboratively design, prototype, and publish highly engaging voice applications for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant...

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13:45
Apple to Release AirPods With New Coating and Black...

Apple is planning to release AirPods that feature a new surface coating, wireless charging, and a black color option, according to a report from Taiwanese Economic Daily News.

Apple supplier Inventec has been manufacturing the new AirPods and is ready to ship them in the spring, perhaps alongside the AirPower, which is now in mass production.

Image of BlackPods, aka painted AirPods

Economic Daily Times says that the AirPods will be priced the same as the previous version, which was $159 in the United States, though curiously the site suggests the prior pricing was $199.

The information shared by the Taiwanese publication matches up with rumors that we heard earlier this week from MySmartPrice.

That rumor...

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13:41
Inside Nike's DIY studio for Snapchat selfie...

Snapchat's Lens Studio, which lets anyone create their own augmented reality filters, has been a big hit for the company. There are now more than 250,000 Lenses created by independent users, and those have been viewed over 15 billion times. Still, Sn...

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13:33
About the security content of macOS High Sierra 10....

This document describes the security content of macOS High Sierra 10.13.5, Security Update 2018-003 Sierra, Security Update 2018-003 El Capitan.

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13:27
Economic Daily News: Updated AirPods in production...

Chinese media outlet Economic Daily News is reporting that Inventec is already producing a new version of AirPods with a different exterior material for the earbuds and charging case, as well as a black color option.

The report indicates that they will go on sale in the spring alongside the AirPower wireless charging mat. EDN says the new AirPods are expected to boost Inventec’s first quarter earnings, as the publication has a supply chain focus.

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13:17
PowerUp Toys is motorizing more paper vehicles

PowerUp Toys, the makers of a smartphone-controlled paper airplane kit, is at Toy Fair 2019 with three new gizmos to occupy your free time. The company has an updated version of its popular plane kit with dual propellers, a new motorization kit that...

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13:14
Apple's latest iPhone XS & XR ad '...




Perhaps signalling that it's embarking on a broader campaign, Apple has released a second ad promoting Depth Control on the iPhone XS & XR, "Bokeh'd."

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13:03
About the security content of iCloud for Windows 7.10

This document describes the security content of iCloud for Windows 7.10.

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12:57
Updated Mormon rules let missionaries call or text...

Until now, Mormon missionaries have only allowed to use phone calls or video chats to reach their families on Christmas and Mother's Day. After that, they'd had to rely on email or traditional letters. They'll have an easier time staying in touch f...

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12:36
Comical iPhone XR ad shows off Portrait Mode Depth...

Apple has today rolled out a new ad titled “Bokeh’d” focused on the computational bokeh effect found on iPhone 7 Plus and later. With newer iPhone generations, users can adjust the amount of bokeh.

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12:36
High-tech Pictionary is more challenging than using...

Pictionary seems like one of those perfect games that doesn't really need an upgrade. You draw on a piece of paper, and people guess what you're trying to show them. Sure, you can put the game on a phone or tablet, but the basic concept remains the s...

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12:33
Apple Shares Humorous 'Bokeh'd' Ad...

Apple today shared a new "Bokeh'd" video on its YouTube channel, which highlights the Depth Control feature on the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR.

In the spot, a group of mothers are looking at photos, when one notices that her son has been blurred out in the background of an image. "Did you bokeh my child?" she asks, while the other mother attempts to explain that it was accidental.

The mother who took the photograph uses Depth Control to show that she can remove the bokeh effect so that the blurred child is back in focus. From the video description:Depth Control on iPhone XS and iPhone XR lets you adjust the bokeh effect on backgrounds before or after you shoot. So you can turn a cute portrait of two kids into a stunning portrait of one kid.Introduced in the new 2018 iPhone lineup, Depth Control is designed to allow you to control the amount of blur in...

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12:27
Twitter saves deleted direct messages for years,...

A new report from TechCrunch today reveals that Twitter holds on to deleted direct messages for years, in some cases even for accounts that have been suspended or deactivated.

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12:25
In The Future You Could ‘Clarify’ Tweets (But Still...

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced the company is considering adding a feature that would let you explain tweets by adding new or additional context (via Mashable). [Touch Twitter’s Sparkle and Something Wonderful Will Happen] Clarification This sounds like Twitter is considering clarification instead of editing. So while you won’t be able to correct that typo,…


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12:13
Healthcare tech firm Epic Systems says it won't...




Despite its potentially lucrative nature, the CEO of healthcare IT firm Epic Systems says she won't consider any possible takeover offer by Apple.

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12:09
NBA game recaps are coming to Facebook Watch

You'll soon get to see official highlights from every NBA game on Facebook, after the two signed a deal to stream recaps on the Watch tab. The agreement covers all four of the NBA's leagues: NBA, WNBA, NBA G League and the NBA 2K eSports league. Reca...

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11:55
Comment: With Apple’s March event focused on...

At the start of the week, you could reasonably guess that Apple might hold its semi-regular spring event to unveil a new 10-inch iPad and smaller iPad mini 5, an updated iPod touch, possibly AirPods 2, and new features in iOS 12.2. Reliable reporting has since adjusted expectations, giving us a rumored event date and a focus on new subscription news and video services in place of any hardware. So when should we expect to see all that rumored hardware if there’s no hardware event?

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11:54
Best smart lock for a keyless home

Keys are yesterday’s tech, your smart home needs a smart lock.

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11:53
Twitter Has Been Keeping Deleted DMs for Years

If you've deleted your DMs, they may be unavailable on your phone and on the web, but Twitter is still saving them, according to data from security researcher Karan Saini that was shared today by TechCrunch.

Twitter also keeps direct messages and data sent to and from accounts that have either been deactivated or suspended, according to Saini, who discovered years-old messages in a file from an archive of data from an account that was no longer active.

A bug in a now-deprecated API used to allow him to get direct messages even after a message was deleted by both sender and recipient.

Twitter says that accounts that are deactivated and deleted are removed along with all of their data after 30 days, but TechCrunch found that's not the case.But, in our tests, we could recover direct messages from years ago -- including old messages that had since been lost to suspended or...

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11:41
Study Finds iPhone XS Max Users Experience More Than...

iPhone XS Max users experience more than two times faster real-world LTE data speeds as iPhone 5s users on average in the United States, according to OpenSignal, although there are caveats to consider.

OpenSignal says it measured speeds on hundreds of thousands of iPhones across the United States from October 26, 2018 to January 24, 2019 and found that iPhone XS Max users experienced an average LTE download speed of 21.7 Mbps compared to just 10.2 Mbps for iPhone 5s users.

iPhone XS users saw an average LTE download speed of 17.6 Mbps, while iPhone 6 through iPhone 8 Plus users posted average LTE download speeds of between 15.6 Mbps and 17.1 Mbps, as measured by OpenSignal.

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11:40
Review: The G-Drive Mobile USB-C HDD is a great...




Finally, G-Technology has added a USB-C port to the G-Drive Mobile line, and we've got one on our test bench.

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11:20
Apple’s Classical Music Problem

Last year Apple Music got its very own classical music section, but it seems as if it has languished ever since.

Frustrations with classical music streaming are nothing new, but as Charles tells us, this is a problem that affects nearly every streaming music service, including Apple Music rival Spotify. In an effort to find out exactly what’s wrong with classical music on Apple Music — and what steps could be taken to address these problems — we asked Charles and Rumiz to detail the biggest issues with classical music on Apple Music.


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11:17
Pokémon GO may be forced to change Poké Stops and...

A proposed settlement for Pokémon GO developer Niantic in its class action lawsuit suggests that it could be removing or changing some Poké Stops and Gyms within the game. According to a report from Variety, the proposed settlement was filed on Thursday in a California court. If approved, Pokémon GO will need to remove Poké Stops or Gyms that are on private property.

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11:16
Apple extends Chinese iPhone XS & XR trade-up...




Apple is extending a Chinese promo in which shoppers get better credit for old iPhones put towards the cost of an iPhone XS or XR.

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11:13
Hasbro's Bluetooth lightsaber lets kids train...

Hasbro has a new toy for the future Jedi in your life. The Star Wars Lightsaber Academy is a suped-up version of the standard lightsaber that comes with its own training exercises and activities built in, according to The Verge. The toy connected to...

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11:03
Lee Clow announces retirement and looks back

Clow isn’t a household name but his influence is felt throughout the advertising world.

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11:00
Apple World Today Video Tip: How to close all open...

Are you frustrated with trying to close all of those open tabs in Safari? In this short Apple World Today video tip, we show you a little known trick on how to close all open Safari tabs on an iPhone with one quick tap.

Be sure to subscribe to the Apple World Today YouTube channel for more video tips.

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10:59
The official fast food French Fry power rankings

We don’t have the #1 here in Vancouver so I can’t judge but I do agree with the writer that the memory of MacDonald’s fries is often better than the actual fries.

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10:48
Niantic agrees to change Pokemon Go locations in...




Game studio Niantic has settled a lawsuit surrounding the popular iOS game Pokemon Go, one where property owners complained about players of the hit title causing a nuisance in physical locations designated as Pokestops and Pokemon Gyms.

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10:46
Facebook Set to Pay Record Fine to Settle FTC...

The FTC is in negotiations with Facebook to settle its investigation into the social media giant, with a record-breaking fine likely.


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10:42
Webcams and Post-Its, Scary AI – TMO Daily...

John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join Kelly Guimont to discuss webcams and security measures, as well as AI that freaks out even Elon Musk.


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10:37
Facebook Might Remove Anti-Vaxxer Content

Advertisements on Facebook promoted by anti-vaxxer organizations have been specifically targeting pregnant women.


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10:30
Classical Music on Apple Music: What's Wrong...

Last August, Apple Music was updated with a new section in Browse curated by Deutsche Grammophon, one of the biggest classical music labels in the world. While classical music fans welcomed the specific focus of the area, many of our readers quickly pointed out the numerous issues that remain for classical listeners on a daily basis within Apple Music, and the fact that they've been there since the launch of the service with seemingly no correction in sight.

To help break down and highlight these problems, we reached out to a few experts in the classical music field, including professor Benjamin Charles, who wrote a blog post about his frustrations with...

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10:23
How to Manage Your Online Personal Data

Louise Matakis put together a guide on how to manage your online personal data, and figuring out who buys, sells, and barters it.

Personal data is often compared to oil—it powers today’s most profitable corporations, just like fossil fuels energized those of the past. But the consumers it’s extracted from often know little about how much of their information is collected, who gets to look at it, and what it’s worth. Every day, hundreds of companies you may not even know exist gather facts about you, some more intimate than others. That information may then flow to academic researchers, hackers, law enforcement, and foreign nations—as well as plenty of companies trying to sell you stuff.

A good guide as usual from Wired.


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10:21
Germany Government Adviser: No Smartphones for...

Children under 14-years-old should not have access to a smartphone, an adviser to the German government has recommended.


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10:08
How to make PDFs in macOS Mojave without any extra...




You've been able to make a PDF out of any document on Macs for years. We take it so much for granted, though, that we don't know what extra options we've got -- nor noticed how Apple is trying to change the way we're supposed to make PDFs. AppleInsider walks you through making a PDF, with only the tools that come with macOS.

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10:05
Amazon's first 'Lord of the Rings'...

As things stand, we know very little about Amazon's Lord of the Rings Prime Video series. We do know it will last several seasons and it will include some familiar characters from J.R.R. Tolkien's books, though Amazon was clear it's not remaking Pete...

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09:54
Sir Tim Berners-Lee Wants to Fix the Web with New...

Sir Tim Berners Lee, the inventor or the World Wide Web, has a new, a project. Called Inrupt, it wants to develop a new web structure to put people back in control of their data. Data would be stored on an individual’s “pod” instead of a company’s server. Wired spoke to Sir Tim about the project.

Inrupt aims to drive the development of the Solid platform and transform it from an innovative idea to a viable platform for businesses and consumers. “My group in the CSAIL [Computer Sciences and Artifical Intelligence Laboratory] Lab at MIT had been working on Solid for some years,” Berners-Lee says. “The initial goal of Inrupt is to add the energy and resources of a startup to the open-source efforts to make the Solid movement happen.”


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09:48
7-in-1 MacBook Pro USB-C Hub: $34.99

We have a deal on a 7-in-1 MacBook Pro USB-C hub. This device has one Thunderbolt 3 Type-C port, two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, and SDXC, micro SDXC, and TF card ports. You can get it through our deal for $34.99.


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09:37
Dubai Airport drone scare temporarily disrupts...

Dubai International Airport is the latest to halt flights over a drone scare following similar incidents at London's Gatwick and Heathrow. The world's third-busiest airport temporarily stopped operations for just under 30 minutes due to "unauthorized...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: $150 off 10.5-inch iPad Pro,...

9to5Toys now has a new app! Download it to stay up to date on the best gear and deals on the web. Plus don’t forget to check us out on Apple News and sign up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

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09:24
Thunderbolt 3 adapter guide: How to connect an...

The new MacBook Pro comes with two or four external ports, depending on the model you pick. And the new MacBook Air has a pair of ports. But those ports are only of one type: Thunderbolt 3, which is compatible with USB-C.

But you probably have devices that use USB-A, Thunderbolt 1, Thunderbolt 2, DisplayPort, HDMI, or something else. How do you connect these devices? With an adapter.

If you’re planning to buy a new MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, make sure you set aside a considerable amount of cash for the adapters you need. Apple doesn’t include any in the box, except for a power adapter.

Your best bet is to get a combination dock, like the Satechi Slim Aluminum Type-C Multi-Port Adapter ($60 on Amazon). It connects via USB-C, and includes a USB-C pass-through port, two USB 3.0 ports, and an HDMI port with 4K (30Hz) support. With this, you don’t have to...

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09:21
Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs outlines how it'...

For the last two years, Google's Sidewalk Labs has been working on a planned neighborhood on Toronto's waterfront. Now, thanks to internal documents obtained by the Toronto Star, the company's plans on how it will make money through the development h...

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09:19
Spotify Spent $340 Million on Anchor and Gimlet

Spotify spent close to $340 million on its recent purchases of Gimlet and Anchor, making a good return for investors.


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09:12
FTC & Facebook negotiating record-breaking...




Facebook and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission are in talks over a privacy violations fine that could cost the former billions of dollars.

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09:00
How AI made Facebook’s Portal your ‘personal...

After releasing its Portal video-calling tool to largely positive reviews (especially from its employees) last November, Facebook is finally cracking open the device and giving the rest of us a glimpse at the Portal's inner workings. Engadget sat dow...

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08:46
Amazon invests in electric truck-maker Rivian

Amazon is staking a claim in the EV market after it led a $700 million investment round in electric pickup truck and SUV maker Rivian. Other details about the investment aren't being disclosed, but previous shareholders are involved and Rivian is rem...

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08:42
Compared: Apple's Smart Battery Case versus...




Both Apple and Mophie have introduced their own battery cases which spurs the debate on which route people should go. Apple's Smart Battery Case and Mophies Juice Pack Access have their benefits, but which is best is going to be up to you.

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08:30
Faulty iPad Behind New Jersey Apartment Fire

Apple is being sued because a faulty iPad battery caused a New Jersey apartment fire in 2017, killing the occupant. 


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08:30
The best portable laptop charger

By Sarah Witman

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. Read the full portable laptop charger guide here....

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08:10
Overwatch League's premium pass wasn't...

If you tuned into opening night of Overwatch League's second season, you likely noticed some changes to the production from last year. For instance, each player's status bar at the top of the screen handily shows when a hero is hacked, stunned or fir...

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08:00
Our favorite psychopath, Villanelle, is back in...

If you haven’t seen this show, do yourself a favor and binge-watch it immediately.

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08:00
Our favorite psychopath, Villanelle, is back in...

If you haven’t seen this show, do yourself a favor and binge-watch it immediately.

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07:58
Unboxing Nike's self-lacing Adapt BB sneakers...

It was exactly a month ago that Nike took the wraps off of Adapt BB, its latest pair of shoes with power laces, and now the company is finally ready to bring them to the masses. The Adapt BB will launch globally on February 17th, although some lucky...

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07:56
EFF: Europe’s Copyright Directive Worse Than Imagined

Europe’s potentially disastrous Internet copyright rule update is headed to the European Parliament for a vote, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation warns that it’s even worse than before.

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07:36
Netflix will explore Transformers' origins in...

Transformers spinoff Bumblebee proved the franchise still has legs and now Netflix wants a slice of the action. The streaming service has ordered War for Cybertron, a new animated series that explores the "expansive universe" of the Autobots' home wo...

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07:31
Apple's Latest Conflict Minerals Report Details...

In Apple’s latest Conflict Minerals Report filed with SEC, it states that they directed its suppliers to remove from its supply chain five smelters and refiners not willing to participate in, or complete, a Third Party Audit or that didn't otherwise meet Apple's requirements on the responsible sourcing of minerals. This year's expanded work included ...

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07:25
Apple sued over faulty iPad battery behind 2017...




A lawsuit has accused Apple of being responsible for the death of a man in New Jersey in 2017, following a fire caused by a faulty battery pack in an iPad, with the suit alleging the tablet was "unreasonably dangerous and unsafe" due to having "defects in its design."

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07:11
Test compares cellular speeds for top iPhone models...

A new study from OpenSignal published today looks into the cellular performance of the most popular iPhones going back to 2013. While there’s nothing too surprising in the findings, it does nail down exactly what average speeds each model sees, how much owners of older iPhones are missing out, how much iPhone cellular speeds have grown over the years, and a few other interesting details.

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07:11
Test compares cellular speeds for top iPhone models...

A new study from OpenSignal published today looks into the cellular performance of the most popular iPhones going back to 2013. While there’s nothing too surprising in the findings, it does nail down exactly what average speeds each model sees, how much owners of older iPhones are missing out, how much iPhone cellular speeds have grown over the years, and a few other interesting details.

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07:11
Twitter may let us 'clarify' (but not edit...

There are reasonable arguments for and against being able to edit tweets once they've been posted to Twitter dot com. Jack Dorsey doesn't necessarily want everyone to re-write their own history, but may allow us to re-contextualize our words in futur...

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07:02
This AI Tool Scares the Crap Out of Elon Musk

OpenAI, an AI research institute cofounded by Elon Musk and Sam Altman, built an AI text generator that its creators worry is dangerous.

Jack Clark, policy director at OpenAI, says that example shows how technology like this might shake up the processes behind online disinformation or trolling, some of which already use some form of automation. “As costs of producing text fall, we may see behaviors of bad actors alter,” he says.

Based on the examples I think it’s safe to say this AI would pass the Turing Test.


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07:00
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless review

Not every audio company was quick to jump on the true wireless bandwagon. Some of the big names in headphones took their time crafting a set of earbuds before making a debut. Sennheiser was one of those, and its Momentum True Wireless model didn't ar...

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06:43
Allstate’s iCracked Purchase Could be a Win For...

Insurance company Allstate’s purchase of repair firm iCracked Tuesday confirmed its position as a key player in the right to repair movement. Malcolm Owen on AppleInsider commented that the deal could help Allstate speed up device repairs claims process. In the future, customers may only have to be without a phone for hours, not days.

At the same time as bolstering its consumer offerings, acquiring iCracked also makes Allstate a major force in the right to repair movement in the United States, due to its business involving third-party repairs. Repair.org executive director Gay Gordon-Byrne confirmed to Motherboard the outfit has already loaned a lobbyist to assist the push for legislation in New Hampshire. The purchase is already being seen as a positive for the movement, with...

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06:41
9to5Mac Daily: February 15, 2019

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 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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06:39
Apple’s 2018 Conflict Minerals Report

As part of Apple’s commitment to supplier responsibility the company has released its 2018 conflict minerals report.


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06:37
Adobe Pepper Flash Player 32.0.0.142 - Plug-in plays...

Adobe Pepper Flash Player is a cross-platform, browser-based application runtime that provides uncompromised viewing of expressive applications, content, and videos across browsers and operating systems. Pepper Flash plugin is built for Chromium-based browsers, i.e. Chrome, Opera, Chromium etc.



Version 32.0.0.142:

  • Updated Flash Player with important bug fixes.



  • OS X 10.10 or later
  • Latest versions of Google Chrome or Opera recommended



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06:35
Allstate insurance adds iCracked to SquareTrade in...

Nationwide insurance company Allstate has bought smartphone and tablet repair service iCracked. It already owned SquareTrade, which offers both gadget insurance and tech support …

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06:32
Samsung Leaks Upcoming AirPods Competitor '...

Samsung has leaked its upcoming wearables lineup through its Galaxy Wearable app for Android ahead of its February 20 event.

Image credit: SamCentralTech

As spotted by Twitter account SamCentralTech, and reported by The Verge, the initial "pick your device" screen of the app reveals the names and marketing images for a new Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Fit fitness trackers, and Galaxy Buds.

Galaxy Buds are the least known of the three products, serving as Samsung's latest AirPods competitor. They won't be Samsung's first pair of truly wireless earphones, succeeding the...

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06:30
HEX debuts new Terra Bag Collection

HEX has released its Terra Collection of bags. The collection features coated polyester exterior treated for water resistance.

It’s a sleek collection, with sophisticated red accents for an urban touch, says Trent Valladares, HEX co-founder. The Terra collection adds a new versatile colorway to many of the brand’s best-selling bags.

Pricing for the Collection ranges from $34.95 to $159.99, depending on the product.





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06:30
What to expect from Samsung’s Galaxy S10 event

We're mere days away from Samsung's next Unpacked event, so the Korean conglomerate is all but ready to dish the details on the Galaxy S10 smartphone family. Not that we're totally in the dark, of course. As is the case in the lead-up to all flag...

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06:22
Walmart widens the lead with Apple in the ecommerce...

In its latest U.S. retail forecast, eMarketer expects Walmart to widen the gap with Apple in terms of ecommerce market share.  Meantime, the research group has lowered its growth outlook for Amazon.

Walmart, which overtook Apple last year to become the third largest U.S. e-tailer, is pulling farther ahead of the tech giant, according to eMarketer. Walmart’s ecommerce sales are predicted to grow nearly 33% this year to $27.81 billion.

This year, the big box retailer will capture a 4.6% share of the U.S. ecommerce market, behind eBay and Amazon. A strong holiday season helped fuel ecommerce sales for Walmart. It took advantage of its expansive store footprint to drive click-and-collect purchases, with a reported 131.9 million online visitors.

“Walmart’s ecommerce business is riding a wave of momentum from its strong holiday season,” said Andrew Lipsman, principal analyst at eMarketer. “Walmart is now...

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06:20
Apple's latest conflict minerals report says...




Apple on Friday submitted its latest annual conflict minerals report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, revealing that it asked suppliers to kick out five smelters and refiners during 2018.

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06:16
Ubisoft: Ditching Steam for Epic caused a surge in...

Ubisoft recently became the latest big gun to challenge Stream's status quo by jumping ship to the Epic Games Store. And it claims the decision has already paid off by diverting more players to its Uplay portal, where they purchased even more copies...

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06:15
Lawsuit claims man died in a fire after his iPad...

Another day, another lawsuit. The lawsuit is filed by Julia Ireland Men, the daughter of the late Bradley Ireland, and claims that he died after an apartment fire caused when his iPad burst into flames on Feb. 22, 2017. 

Filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, the lawsuit claims that the fire was caused by a defect in the iPad — specifically the battery pack. The fire resulted in severe injuries and the subsequent death of Bradley Ireland, the suit adds.

Men is seeking a judgment in her favor against Apple for [unspecified] compensatory damages. She also seeks the cost of the lawsuit and attorney fees.

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06:14
Samsung Quickly Copies Apple's Aggressive Trade...

Samsung who was hit harder than Apple in Q4 2018 is now getting the word out that their new Galaxy S10 will offer customers huge trade-in values up to ...

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06:13
Apple removed five minerals suppliers in 2018 for...

Apple’s latest Conflict Minerals Report reveals that it removed five mineral smelters and refiners for failing to meet the company’s human rights standards.

In 2018, Apple directed its suppliers to remove from its supply chain five smelters and refiners not willing to participate in, or complete, a Third Party Audit or that did not otherwise meet Apple’s requirements on the responsible sourcing of minerals …

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06:13
Apple removed five minerals suppliers in 2018 for...

Apple’s latest Conflict Minerals Report reveals that it removed five mineral smelters and refiners for failing to meet the company’s human rights standards.

In 2018, Apple directed its suppliers to remove from its supply chain five smelters and refiners not willing to participate in, or complete, a Third Party Audit or that did not otherwise meet Apple’s requirements on the responsible sourcing of minerals …

more…

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06:05
Real-world LTE speed has doubled since iPhone 5s, is...




Owners of older iPhone models should upgrade to newer versions if they want to benefit from faster cellular speeds, research from OpenSignal advises, with the iPhone 5s seemingly only capable of half of the network performance of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max due to the use of older communications technologies.

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06:01
It’s Not Just Amazon – Lots of Residents Don’t Want...

This week, Amazon scrapped plans for a New York headquarters. However, it is not just in Queens where local residents don’t want a tech giant setting up a campus. As Rick Noak pointed out in the Washington Post, there is growing opposition from people in Berlin, Melbourne, and Dublin to tech firms expanding in their cities.  In Melbourne, the opposition is to an Apple flagship store. They may be thousands of miles apart, but residents in these cities share some coming concerns.

Tech companies bring in small armies of workers but these are rarely recruited from the neighborhoods in question and the new arrivals drive up prices for locals. There is also often opposition to the companies on ideological grounds or simply the fact that a global corporation is taking over key parts of beloved neighborhoods. While city leaders may love the new additions, residents don’t.

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06:00
Expand your MacBook Pro with this 7-in-1 USB-C Hub

Have a USB-C based MacBook Pro? If you do, you know just how frustrating it can be to connect it to monitors or projectors, read SD cards, or even try to plug in an iPhone or iPad. Those connectivity issues are a thing of the past with the mbeat 7-in-1 MacBook Pro USB-C Hub, on sale for just $34.99.

Just plug the hub into a pair of your USB-C ports and immediately you have access to this kind of connectivity:

  • Ports: pass-through Thunderbolt 3 Type-C (PD, data, and video), USB 3.0 x2, HDMI, SDXC, micro SDXC, and TF (push slot for pen drive)

  • Material: ABS panel; metal case

  • Blue color LED power indicator...

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06:00
UAG offers their first translucent iPad case

Urban Armor Gear (UAG) has debuted the Plyo Series, their first translucent iPad case. It offers lightweight materials and a minimal aesthetic.

The composite construction combines an impact resistant core with air soft corners. This makes it the slimmest offering, while still meeting UAG’s Military Grade protection, according to Kaila Vandermey, UAG marketing manager. The case’s translucent aesthetic allows for the device’s unique design and color to shine through, she adds. While the tactile grip folio boasts 360-degree protection, safeguarding against inevitable drops and shocks.  

The Plyo Series is compatible with the iPad (fifth and sixth generations), the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and the iPad Air (first and second generation). It costs $69.99.

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06:00
The new Pictionary has you drawing in thin air

It's not easy being a traditional board game manufacturer in these digital days, although some companies have taken pretty bold steps to bridge the gap between table-top and pixel-based play. Now Pictionary is doing the same with Pictionary Air, whic...

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05:52
Samsung poised to challenge Apple at retail in US...




Looking to push beyond its modest retail efforts so far, Apple rival Samsung is planning to open three full-scale U.S. stores on Feb. 20, the same day it announces the Galaxy S10 and its first foldable phone.

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05:52
Samsung poised to challenge Apple at retail in US...




Looking to push beyond its modest retail efforts so far, Apple rival Samsung is planning to open three full-scale U.S. stores on Feb. 20, the same day it announces the Galaxy S10 and its first foldable phone.

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05:48
Duet 2.0.5.0 - Use your iPad as an external display.

Duet is the first app that allows you to use your iDevice as an extra display for your Mac using the Lightning or 30-pin cable.

Note: This app requires a $9.99 iOS companion app.



Version 2.0.5.0:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.





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05:31
The 'Fortnite' dance lawsuits are close to...

Epic Games has found itself slapped with a flurry of lawsuits, all alleging the company of stealing people's dance moves and selling them on for a profit. These dances are incorporated into its world-conquering game Fortnite, which are bought by play...

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05:30
Focal launches Sphear Wireless in-ear earphones

Focal has announced their next generation in-ear headphone, Sphear Wireless, which boasts an aptX compatible Bluetooth module.

Sphear Wireless has two listening modes: Neutral Mode, which is true to the original artistic work, and Loudness Mode, which lets you adjust to noisier settings. You can customize the buttons and change the mode via the ergonomic 3-button remote control.

To ensure they stay put in your ears and remain comfortable, there are two types of tips available: silicone or memory foam. Focal’s Sphear Wireless are available in black, blue, olive, and Purple. They’re available on Focal.com/US and...

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05:26
Thunderbird 60.5.1 - Email client from Mozilla.

As of July 2012, Thunderbird has transitioned to a new governance model, with new features being developed by the broader free software and open source community, and security fixes and improvements handled by Mozilla.

Thunderbird is a free, open-source, cross-platform e-mail and news (NNTP) client developed by the Mozilla Foundation. The project strategy is modeled after Mozilla Firefox, a project aimed at creating a Web browser.



Version 60.5.1:
Fixed:

  • CalDav access to some servers not working
  • Various security fixes



  • OS X 10.9 or later



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05:24
Amazon buys Eero, March 25 for 'Apple News...




This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, Victor and William talk about digital data security and how protecting your privacy is getting harder, and whether or not it makes sense for Apple to start making their own Wi-Fi routers again.

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05:22
Buycott Lets You Make Value-Based Shopping Decisions

I think it’s great if you can do business with companies that align with your personal values. This can go both ways. I like Apple’s stance on environmentalism and privacy. Other people boycott Starbucks because its cups don’t mention the word Christmas, or buy dophin-safe tuna. Whether we agree with those shopping decisions or roll our eyes, we’re avoiding or gravitating towards companies that support what we believe in. It’s pure free market capitalism. Which is why apps like Buycott are helpful. With this app you can: Join campaigns to support causes you care about, scan product barcodes to learn a product’s history, and make a purchase decision on the product and communicate your decision to the company. One thing to keep in mind: Buycott’s privacy policy says the app collects your location and other data. App Store: Free

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05:22
Samsung opening Apple Store-like retail outlets in...

Samsung has announced plans to open three US retail stores, in New York, Los Angeles and Houston.

From the company’s description, it sounds like Samsung has modelled them on Apple Stores

more…

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05:00
Samsung's thinnest ever tablet is the first...

Samsung has a surprise product announcement today, but it's not the flagship phone we've been dying to hear about. Instead, the company is unveiling a new tablet -- the Tab S5e. It's a 10-inch Android 9 Pie device that the company says is its thinnes...

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04:59
Large Hedge Funds Dumped Apple and High Profile...

Prominent hedge fund managers sold out of Chinese technology stocks and dumped Silicon Valley majors such as Apple and Facebook while global stock markets cratered during the fourth quarter

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04:46
Allstate acquires iPhone repair outfit iCracked,...




Insurance firm Allstate is expanding its offerings in the field of consumer protection plans by acquiring repair outfit iCracked, a purchase that could allow customers of its plans to more easily repair their iPhones and iPads, and could also give the company more sway in pushing for right-to-repair legislation in the United States.

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04:42
Wrongful death lawsuit brought against Apple after...

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against Apple in New Jersey after a man died in an apartment fire which allegedly began when his iPad burst into flames.

more…

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04:41
A pristine 'Super Mario Bros.' cartridge...

Despite classic video games now being readily available online and on throwback mini consoles, rare physical copies are still fetching big bucks. The latest record-breaking collector's item is a sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. that just sold for $10...

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04:32
OnyX 3.5.7 - Maintenance and optimization tool.

OnyX is a multifunction utility that you can use to verify the startup disk and the structure of its system files, to run miscellaneous maintenance and cleaning tasks, to configure parameters in the Finder, Dock, Safari, and some of Apple's applications, to delete caches, to remove certain problematic folders and files, to rebuild various databases and indexes, and more.



Version 3.5.7:

  • Issue corrected that occurred when modifying the image background of the login window
  • Reading parameters improved



  • macOS 10.14 or later



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04:30
We asked New Yorkers for their messages to Jeff...

Obviously, a self-selecting group but the general sentiment seems pretty common.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:22
Sketch 53.1 - Design app for UX/UI for iOS and Web.

Sketch is an innovative and fresh look at vector drawing. Its intentionally minimalist design is based upon a drawing space of unlimited size and layers, free of palettes, panels, menus, windows, and controls. Though simple to use, it offers powerful vector drawing and text tools like perfect Boolean operations, symbols, and powerful rulers, guides, and grids.

Note: price showin in the listing is for a 1-year subscription.



Version 53.1:
Bug Fixes:

  • Documents saved by older versions of Sketch couldn’t be opened on some devices
  • Documents wouldn’t render as expected on a Mac with NVIDIA graphics
  • Sketch would become unresponsive when dragging a Symbol instance on to or off its own master
  • Overrides set to None would be both included and visible in groups after selecting to Detach all contents from Symbol
  • Text boxes for Symbol overrides weren’t always selected as expected...
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04:17
Vivaldi 2.3.1440.48 - An advanced browser made with...

Vivaldi is a browser for our friends.

We live in our browsers. Choose one that has the features you need, a style that fits and values you can stand by. From the look and feel, to how you interact with your browser, every aspect of Vivaldi can be tweaked and customized. You’re in control. Online privacy is more important than ever and how your browser handles sensitive data is crucial. Vivaldi doesn’t track or store any of your data. Managing hundreds of tabs is a breeze, and built-in tools like Notes and screen Capture mean there’s no need to hunt for add-ons.



Version 2.3.1440.48:
Regression:

  • Blank page when open new tab and no Speed Dial folder is selected



  • OS X 10.10 or later



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04:15
The Army’s next-generation rifle will be the iPhone...

I get what they were going for but that’s a really weird way to describe it.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:06
Red iPhone XS and XS Max Rumored to Launch in China...

A red variant of the iPhone XS and XS Max could be launching in China sooner rather than later, if a social media rumor proves to be accurate.

A Weibo post spotted by iPhoneHacks.com claims Apple will launch the red color models by the end of this month, in a bid to boost struggling iPhone sales in the region.

The leaker, who claims to have received the tip from sources in Apple's supply chain, says that Apple will call the model "China Red," and not the PRODUCT(RED) branding that the company typically associates with the color.

Apple globally launched a mid-cycle (PRODUCT)RED edition iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in March 2017 and a similar edition for the...

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04:04
White House declares ‘national emergency’ using a (...

The Internet responded with a mixture of incredulity and amusement after White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced a ‘national emergency’ in the form of a screen-grab from Apple’s iOS Notes app …

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04:03
Facebook may take extra steps to remove anti-vaccine...

Facebook is "exploring additional measures" to fight anti-vaccine disinformation, according to Bloomberg. Content discouraging parents from vaccinating their children has been rampant on the site, particularly in Facebook Groups, and may have contrib...

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04:00
Insurance giant Allstate buys independent phone...

This will pit Allstate against Apple soon enough.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:00
Future backlit Mac keyboards may have adjustable...

Future Mac blacklit keyboards may have adjustable white points, based on a new patent filing (number 20190051267) by Apple. White points are coordinates that serve to define the color "white" in image capture, encoding, or reproduction. Depending on the application, different definitions of white are needed to give acceptable results.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that, during operation, the intensity and color of ambient lighting may change on a backlit keyboard (as well as the display) may change. If care isn’t taken, ambient light changes and changes in the operating settings of components in the computer may cause the appearance of keyboard keys, displays, and other input-output devices to vary in ways that aren’t visually appealing. Apple wants to change this.

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: “An electronic device may have a main display and an ancillary display that forms a dynamic function row. The device may also have a backlit keyboard with glyphs...

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04:00
The Apple/Blackmagic eGPU line needs a trade-in...

In July 2018, Apple announced the $699 Blackmagic eGPU, an external GPU it developed with Blackmagic Design that’s based around a Radeon Pro 580 with 8GB of video memory. In October the two companies announced the the $1,199  Blackmagic eGPU Pro, an external graphics processor featuring the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics processor.

Neither are upgradeable. And there’s no trade-in program for upgrading from the non-pro to the pro version, but there should be.

Apple says the Blackmagic eGPU should give 2.8x faster graphics performance on the 15-inch MacBook Pro and 8x faster on the 13-inch. Featuring the Radeon Pro 580 graphics processor with 8GB of GDDR5 memory, the Blackmagic eGPU sports two Thunderbolt ports, four USB 3 ports, four UBS 3 ports, one HDMI 2.0 port, and 85W power delivery....

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03:47
Why I (Still) Love Mac User Groups

In this week’s episode (#318 for those keeping track) Dr. Mac explains why he loves Apple User Groups and why you’re missing out if you’re not part of one. 


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03:30
The Morning After: Amazon walks away from HQ2

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

The Toy Fair is about to start, and we have some items from Hot Wheels and Lego that will make being born post-Xbox seem more appealing. Also, Amazon is pulling the plug on HQ2 and Neill Blomkamp's Anthem preque...

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03:00
iPhone SE returns to Apple’s refurbished web site,...

If you’ve been craving an iPhone SE, it’s apparently back in stock for a limited time.

Customers can now snag the $249 iPhone SE model in the 32GB capacity, as it appears the 128GB model has sold out.

This marks the third time that Apple has sold the iPhone SE via its clearance website.

The handset, though a bit older, includes the following features:

  • 4-inch Retina display with IPS technology
  • Talk time up to 14 hours
  • A9 chip with embedded M9 motion coprocessor
  • LTE and 802.11ac Wi‑Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology 
  • NFC
  • 12-megapixel camera
  • Digital zoom up to 5x
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • Touch ID 
  • Siri
  • Apple Pay
  • 3.99 ounces and 0.30 inch

If you’ve had a chance to buy the iPhone SE through the clearance sale and have any feedback to offer, please let us know about your experience in the comments.

Via...

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03:00
Ever president: A cord-cutters guide to the best...

Presenting 12 great movies with presidents both fictional and real, both flawed and revered.

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03:00
Three hurdles Apple’s rumored news service will have...

Apple’s plans to launch a subscription service for news are, by this point, an open secret. Just under a year ago, the company announced its acquisition of existing magazine subscription service Texture, which Apple executive Eddy Cue quickly revealed would be folded into the existing Apple News app.

Since then, the news service has mostly been absent from the limelight, generally taking a backseat to the more prominent news leaking out around Apple’s upcoming video streaming service. But as recent reports have started to filter out that the news service and TV service may be announced by Apple at the same...

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02:25
Again, Apple extends its ‘limited time’ iPhone trade...

Just like we saw happen last month, Apple has extended the final date of its iPhone trade-in promotion. We can tell this from the small print on the Apple.com/cn homepage. Yesterday, it said that the deadline for iPhone XS/XR boosted trade-in was February 17. Now, it says the offer continues until March 25.

This likely signals yet another extension to the ‘limited time’ promotion worldwide. Still, outside of the US, customers can only benefit from the additional trade-in value at an Apple retail store.

more…

The post Again, Apple extends its ‘limited time’ iPhone trade-in offer for at least another month appeared first on...

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02:08
Sketchy Chinese social media report claims red...

A Chinese media report on the social media site Weibo, via iGeneration, claims that Apple will expand the iPhone XS lineup to include a new red color option later this month. Presumably branded as PRODUCT(RED), it would join the red iPhone XR that Apple has sold since launch.

more…

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00:00
What are iOS devices?

Do you keep hearing about iOS devices, but you’re not exactly sure what that means? Follow along as we break down what iOS devices are as well as a bit more background on iOS.

more…

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Thursday February 14

23:26
Hopper Disassembler 4.5.6- - Binary disassembler,...

Hopper Disassembler is a binary disassembler, decompiler, and debugger for 32- and 64-bit executables. It will let you disassemble any binary you want, and provide you all the information about its content, like imported symbols, or the control flow graph! Hopper can retrieve procedural information about the disassembled code like the stack variables, and lets you name all the objects you want.

Hopper is able to transform the assembly language into a pseudo-code that is easier to understand! You can use its internal Python scripting engine to analyze binaries the way you want (this feature works only with Lion)! Starting from version 2.0, Hopper can even use GDB to debug programs!

And, last but not least, unlike all other tools of its kind, Hopper is perfectly integrated into the OS X environment.



Version 4.5.6:

  • Fixes some optimisation issues in ARM64 decompiler
  • Fixes more issues with PDB symbols
  • ...
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23:03
Civilization VI 1.2.0 - Next iteration of the...

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is the next entry in the popular Civilization franchise. Originally created by legendary game designer Sid Meier, Civilization is a strategy game in which you attempt to build an empire to stand the test of time. Become Ruler of the World by establishing and leading a civilization from the Stone Age to the Information Age. Wage war, conduct diplomacy, advance your culture, and go head-to-head with history’s greatest leaders as you attempt to build the greatest civilization the world has ever known.

Civilization VI offers new ways to engage with your world: cities now physically expand across the map, active research in technology and culture unlocks new potential, and competing leaders will pursue their own agendas based on their historical traits as you race for one of five ways to achieve victory in the game.

Note: Civilization VI for the Mac App Store is currently a single player experience.

...

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22:05
Samsung app leaks new Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Buds...




Samsung inadvertently unveiled a slate of new wearable products in an app update on Thursday, revealing images of unannounced devices like a new Galaxy Watch and a set of wireless earphones dubbed Galaxy Buds that will likely debut at a special media event slated for Feb. 20.

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20:59
Parallels Desktop 14.1.2 - Run Windows apps without...

Parallels allows you to run Windows and Mac applications side by side. Choose your view to make Windows invisible while still using its applications, or keep the familiar Windows background and controls on your Mac.

Now Supporting Windows 10 and ready for El Capitan

  • Run Windows 10 and OS X® El Capitan with ease. Use Microsoft Cortana®, your virtual assistant, on your Mac. Switch from your PC to your Mac
  • We make it easy to get all of your files, applications, browser bookmarks, and more from your PC to your Mac; just follow the setup assistant.

Works with Boot Camp®

  • Reuse your existing Boot Camp installation. Converting a virtual machine from Boot Camp is now much easier and more intuitive than ever.

Not just for Windows

  • Run a wide array of operating systems including OS X, Windows 10, 8.1 & 7, Linux, and Google ChromeTM. You can run just about anything on your Mac!
  • ...
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20:59
Chromium 72.0.3626.109 - Fast and stable open-source...

Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web.



Version 72.0.3626.109:

  • A list of changes is available in the log
  • Chromium Updater Extension v0.1.1.5 is included in the .dmg file
  • This update has no Flash plugin



  • OS X 10.10 or later



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20:59
Google Chrome 72.0.3626.109 - Modern and fast Web...

Google Chrome is a Web browser by Google, created to be a modern platform for Web pages and applications. It utilizes very fast loading of Web pages and has a V8 engine, which is a custom built JavaScript engine. Because Google has used parts from Apple's Safari and Mozilla's Firefox browsers, they made the project open source.



Version 72.0.3626.109:

  • Full changelog can be found here



  • OS X 10.10 or later



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17:51
Apple sued over Reportedly Defective iPad causing...

Julia Ireland Meo, whose husband died from injuries caused by a fire that started in the kitchen of their apartment reportedly due to a defected iPad, is suing Apple as Administrator ad Prosequendum, by and through her undersigned counsel.

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17:20
Ask Slashdot: Could Android and iOS Become Popular...

dryriver writes: For many older people, you use Windows, macOS, or Linux on the desktop, and Android or iOS on mobile devices. Nobody is screaming for an Android desktop PC or an iOS 17.3-inch laptop computer. But what about younger generations growing up, from a very young age, glued to devices with these two mobile operating systems running on it? Will they want to use Windows, macOS, or Linux just like us old farts when they grow older, or will they want their favorite mobile operating systems running -- in a beefed up and more robust form -- on desktop and laptop computers which they use for school, college, and/or work as well? Since we are on this topic -- could Android or iOS one day become reasonably usable desktop operating systems from an architectural standpoint? And could Google and Apple already be planning for an "Android and iOS on the desktop" computing future, without telling anyone about it publicly?

...

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17:03
Apple's Beats releases 'NBA Collection...




Some five months after Apple inked a deal to make Beats the official supplier of audio products for the National Basketball Association, the company on Thursday announced availability of "NBA Collection" Studio3 Wireless models that sport colors and livery from six teams.

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16:44
Samsung Set to Copy Apple's Retail Formula in...

If you happen to be a Samsung fan living in Los Angeles, Houston or on Long Island, New York, then you'll finally be able to buy Samsung products in their new stores directly. Samsung promises to launch more pop-up stores in other malls beginning next month. The stores in many ways copies the Apple Store formula ...

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16:12
iPhone XS 4G speeds at least 26 percent faster than...




Apple's 2018 iPhone models -- particularly the XS line -- offered the first significant boost to 4G data speeds in several years, according to research firm OpenSignal.

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16:10
Gambling, porn, and piracy on iOS: Apple’s...

Enlarge / Apps on an iPhone X. (credit: Samuel Axon)

Rival tech giants like Google and Facebook aren’t the only companies abusing Apple’s enterprise certifications to distribute unapproved apps in the Apple App Store on iOS, according to reports from Reuters and TechCrunch.

Apple’s Enterprise Developer Program is intended to facilitate distribution of apps across devices internally within corporations, governments, and other organizations. Apple explicitly forbids its use for any other purpose in its terms of service.

But the...

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15:40
Apple Acquires London-Based Marketing Company '...

Apple has reportedly acquired the London-based startup DataTiger. CEO Philipp Mohr's Profile describes his company as one that is "re-thinking the whole marketing experience."

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15:39
As everyone waits for an edit button, Dorsey says...

In an interview with Joe Rogan recently, Jack Dorsey said Twitter is considering on an edit system where you would be able to see the original and edited version of a tweet. Speaking at a Goldman Sachs event today, Dorsey also floated the idea of a “clarify” feature.

more…

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15:37
Porn and Gambling Apps Avoiding the App Store...

TechCrunch has revealed that more apps are abusing Apple’s enterprise certificate program, this time to distribute gambling and porn apps outside the App Store.

Read original article

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15:31
Master & Dynamic MW07 true wireless headphones...

When it comes to tech, we pay for the compromises that we’re willing to live with. Apple’s AirPods, for example, are reasonably priced, pair effortlessly and sound... okay. But they let in a ton of outside noise and their design makes them uncomfortable to wear for long listening sessions. Jaybird and Bose have brought truly wireless earbuds to market that are designed to appeal to athletes. But they favor situational awareness over passive noise cancellation and compromise good looks for durability.

...

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15:24
Warren Buffett’s Berkshire slightly reduces AAPL...

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has slightly reduced its stake in AAPL, new regulatory findings reveal. Buffett also exited a $2.13 billion stake in Oracle, and picked up new positions in software company Red Hat and Suncor Energy.

more…

The post Warren Buffett’s Berkshire slightly reduces AAPL stake, but still holds nearly 250M shares appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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15:13
Do You Cover Your Webcam Lens With a Sticky Note?

There is a certain practice, born, perhaps, of obsolete data and just plain paranoia. People place a sticky note over their Mac’s webcam when not in use. Is this a valid, efficacious practice? There are even commercial products that have a nicer look to them. John Gruber digs into the practice and the technology both old and new. There’s a lot to learn in this column by John. Check it out.


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15:01
Apple Infrastructure, Attention to Details, Apple...

Does Apple have the infrastructure it needs for a cohesive future? Once that seemed clear, but Bryan Chaffin and guest-host John Martellaro say it’s become harder to see, if so. They then pivot to how augmented reality will figure into Apple’s future plans and products. They cap the show by weighing Apple’s ability to pay attention to details as the company grows.


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15:01
Facebook in talks of settling FTC investigation with...

Facebook’s constant string of privacy scandals is finally catching up to it. The Washington Post reports today that Facebook is negotiating a record breaking, multi-billion dollar settlement with the FTC.

more…

The post Facebook in talks of settling FTC investigation with first ever multi-billion dollar fine appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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14:59
Warren Buffett owned more than 255M shares of Apple...




Legendary investor Warren Buffett was in possession of 255,300,329 shares of Apple stock at the end of December, just days before the company announced it would miss first quarter revenue guidance due to sluggish iPhone sales.

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