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Thursday August 16

09:48
Apple Store seen growing to 600 locations worldwide...




Gene Munster sees growth in China and India leading to a big future expansion, with Apple employing 80,000 customer service employees just at Apple Stores within five years.

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09:45
Twitter explains why it’s hurting Tweetbot and...

TechCrunch has published an internal Twitter email that includes the company’s explanation for shutting down their API that powered many features in useful apps like Tweetbot and Twitterrific.

While the email likely won’t convince irritated Twitter users who are seeing features removed from their favorite apps, the internal communication is the most open Twitter has been about its thinking on the matter:

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09:34
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 12″ MacBook $250 off, Philips...

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09:01
MacBook Air: Could a 2018 refresh of the budget...




A refresh of the MacBook Air to celebrate a decade of sales could rejuvenate a MacBook model that has seemingly been left behind. Could Apple be planning to update the MacBook Air, and if so, what changes are on the cards?

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08:47
Apple Commemorates Aretha Franklin’s Life with Apple...

The music world lost a pillar with the passing of Aretha Franklin. She was suffering from pancreatic cancer, as did Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. To commemorate her life Apple has several playlists on Apple Music celebrating her powerful contributions to soul, jazz, R&B, blues, and funk. Aretha’s influence crossed musical genres and that won’t likely change even though she’s gone. You can check out her Apple Music playlists in the Music app on your iPhone or iPad, or under the Browse tab in iTunes music section.


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08:46
Back to School 2018: The best tech and accessories...

Back to school season is in full swing as we move through the month of August. With many students already back in the classroom and many preparing, it’s crucial to start off the year with the right technology and accessories to succeed.

Read on as we round-up some of the best technology and accessories for use this school year…

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08:27
Twitter Just Killed Key Features in Third-party...

Twitter is turning off the APIs for key features on August 16th, essentially hobbling all client apps except its own.


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08:23
Skype 8.28.0.41 - Voice-over-internet phone and chat...

Skype allows you to talk to friends, family and co-workers across the Internet without the inconvenience of long distance telephone charges. Using peer-to-peer data transmission technology, Skype eliminates the central server as a middle manager.

Today, millions of individuals and businesses are taking advantage of Skype's diverse communication features:

  • Free Skype-to-Skype
  • Landline and cellphone calling
  • SMS and instant messaging
  • Voicemail
  • Free video calls
  • Call forwarding to your phone when you're offline

Skype-to-Skype calls, video calls, and instant messaging are free, 24 hours a day, anywhere in the world. Users can make phone calls and send SMS messages at great value Pay-As-You-Go rates, or make unlimited calls to certain countries with a subscription.



Version 8.28.0.41:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

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08:21
You can listen to full music on Apple Music after...

Here’s a link to the song Everytime (A Cappella) for you to try for yourself.

I clicked the link on my Mac, logged in to the page that appeared, and was able to listen to the song in my browser, without jumping to iTunes.

According to the Reddit comments, this seems to have appeared sometime after WWDC. It also appears that there is a 3rd party API so people can build their own web-based music players. The API might still be in beta, though I tested the above link on the public release of High Sierra.

Interesting.

UPDATE: Here’s a post from Kirk McElhearn about all this from back in June, when it first became available.

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08:17
Tim Cook honors the late Aretha Franklin




After the passing Thursday morning of the legendary Queen of Soul, Apple's CEO says "her voice will keep lifting us, through the music she gave the world."

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08:16
A Shaky Second Source Points to the Apple Pencil...

Patently Apple was first to report last week that TrendForce had taken a Leap by claiming that Apple Pencil would be an option for new 2018 iPhones. Now a vague report from China's Economic Daily News claims that only Apple's new OLED display iPhones will be able to use Apple Pencil.

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08:13
Google updates their cloud storage pricing

Tim Hardwick, MacRumors:

The new plans include 100GB storage for $1.99 a month, 200GB for $2.99 a month, and 2TB for $9.99 a month (down from $19.99). The free 15GB for non-paying users remains. There’s also a new family option for divvying up a single storage plan amongst up to five members.

And Apple:

Apple’s iCloud monthly storage plans aren’t so different: they start with 5GB free storage for non-paying users, then offer 50GB for $0.99, 200GB for $2.99, and 2TB for $9.99.

To me, 5GB might as well be zero. The smallest configuration for Apple’s most popular phone, the iPhone X, is 64GB. What does that 5GB offer for a 64GB phone? It seems paltry. To me, this is stingy and bad optics.

At the very least, I think Apple should match Google’s free 15GB and unlimited free photo storage. Even better, raise that bar. As is, this feels like nickel and diming people who are spending as much as $1,000 for a phone.

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08:09
Here's where to get the lowest prices on Apple...




Apple authorized reseller Adorama has issued even greater markdowns on Apple's brand-new 2018 MacBook Pro with combined instant and coupon savings totaling up to $250 off with no tax outside NY and NJ. These deals, which offer shoppers the lowest prices anywhere, are available only at AppleInsider.

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07:59
Twitter’s secret “Guest Mode”

This is definitely more interesting than useful. Just a historic artifact.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:55
Teen Charged with Hacking in to Apple Servers,...

A teenager from Melbourne, Australia, has been arrested for hacking in to Apple’s servers, making off with over 90 GB of files, and accessing customer accounts. Apparently the boy developed a system that “worked flawlessly” until he was caught. The Sydney Morning Herald said,

His offending from the age of 16 saw him develop computerised tunnels and online bypassing systems to hide his identity until a raid on his family home uncovered a litany of hacking files and instructions all saved in a folder titled ‘hacky hack hack.’

Aside from the poor life choice of heading down a path of international crime, the boy’s big mistake was bragging online about what he did. Lessons learned: Don’t break federal laws and hack into company servers, and don’t tell anyone if you do.


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07:53
T-Mobile targeting switchers with 30-day trials...

Along with announcing a new approach to customer service and some perks like a free year of Pandora Plus for customers yesterday, T-Mobile is offering a new free 30-day trial program to attract new customers. Although there are a few caveats, the trial doesn’t require customers to switch carriers or numbers and is totally free.

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07:48
Tweetbot update removes deprecated features in...

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07:44
BundleHunt Summer Mac App bundle starts at $5 with...

BundleHunt has a new offer this morning with over 40 popular Mac Apps available from just $5. Here’s how it works, simply pay the initial $5 fee than you can add each listing at your leisure for an additional $1 each. Many of these apps sell for over $10 individually, so this is a great time to load up your Mac with popular titles. Each one becomes a permanent part of your library with the option of adding additional licenses. Hit this landing page for more details or head below for a few standout apps.

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07:43
Melbourne teen hacked into Apple’s secure computer...
07:41
Apple’s growth story

Neil Cybart:

There are three drivers behind Apple’s return to revenue growth:

  1. iPhone. The average selling price (ASP) of iPhone is up $100 year-over-year.
  2. Services. Apple is seeing strong revenue growth from the App Store, licensing, and AppleCare.
  3. Wearables. Apple’s wearables platform is gaining sales momentum as Apple Watch and AirPods go mainstream.

Lots of interesting detail in the article. On that last bullet, I am seeing Apple Watch and AirPods everywhere now.

When I am out running, I see more and more other runners with AirPods in their ears. Mainstream is the right term here.

On a related note, I get why Apple sticks with white as the only color. As was the case when the iPod first started, those white headphones were incredibly important to the branding. I see AirPods white as a similarly important brand marker.

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07:39
New report backs claims 2018 iPhones will support...




This year's 5.8- and 6.5-inch OLED iPhones will support the Apple Pencil, an accessory originally designed exclusively for iPads, a report claimed on Thursday.

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07:38
Another Report Says iPhone Getting Apple Pencil...

Another report claims the 2018 iPhone models will include Apple Pencil support.


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07:35
Improved keyless entry system could replace car key...




Apple wants iPhone owners to be able to use their mobile devices as alternatives to a keyless entry system for their car, with a proposal that would let users unlock and start a vehicle simply by bringing their mobile device with them to the driving seat.

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07:34
Australian teen pleads guilty to hacking Apple’s...

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07:28
Review: Understands Butler, a neat wooden shelf for...

I like to keep a clean desk. That’s helped enormously by being paperless, but another key is what I refer to as my OCDesk: a custom-built desk with a rear undershelf to hold all the power-strips, power bricks, external drives and so on. That keeps all the mess out of sight. (I’ve since had a new one created, but I’ll get to that in a future Smart Home Diary.)

But if your desire for tidiness doesn’t quite extend to having a custom desk created for you, a rear shelf for an iMac or Apple Thunderbolt Display can be a good way to keep things tidy …

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07:08
Steam may get tools to play Windows games on Linux...

Reddit discovered references to a "Steam Play" compatibility wrapper this week, and while there's no official announcement, it does indicate that Valve's support for Linux isn't over yet.

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07:06
ARM-powered Mac idea boosted by firm claiming its...

It’s long been rumored that Apple is working on Macs powered by custom-designed ARM CPUs, moving away from Intel ones. Here at 9to5Mac we’ve long argued that it’s a question of when and not if, with one report even suggesting that Apple could make the switch as early as 2020.

That idea gets a big boost today as ARM claims that its upcoming CPUs will out-perform Intel ones …

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07:02
Apple Invents an Enhanced Automotive Passive Entry...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to an enhanced automotive passive entry system. The patent makes no mention that it applies to autonomous vehicles which is interesting. The system could use an iPhone, Apple Watch or other wearable device to lock and unlock vehicles doors, open the trunk, start the vehicle and may support an in-vehicle wireless charging system for Apple devices and more.

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06:50
T-Mobile launches 30-day free trials in Atlanta,...




T-Mobile on Thursday began offering trial subscriptions in three U.S. cities, letting new customers test the carrier's network without having to commit to switching.

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06:50
Check Out Apple’s Giant Cafeteria Doors Opening

Apple’s new campus is pretty impressive, and even things like opening the cafeteria doors is something worth watching. In this case, it’s because the doors are multi-story tall glass panels that slide out of the way to expose the dining area to nature. Apple CEO Tim Cook shared a GIF on Twitter showing the doors in action. Check it out!

Lunchtime at Apple Park just got a whole lot more exciting

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06:47
'Pokémon Go' will offer parental controls...

Pokémon Go will debut a new log-in system called Niantic Kids that will give parents a way to keep a close eye on their children's accounts. The upcoming log-in platform will give parents access to a portal where they can manage their child's...

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06:37
Sony's PSVR still going strong as sales hit 3...

Sony announced that it has sold 3 million PlayStation VR (PSVR) headsets as of the end of July, showing that its popularity has declined little since the fall 2016 launch. At the end of 2017, Sony had sold 2 million units, meaning it has sold another...

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06:31
Further report that this year’s OLED iPhones will...

A new report echoes one just a couple of days ago, stating that the two OLED models in this year’s iPhone lineup will support the Apple Pencil

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06:30
DxO PhotoLab 1.2.1.79 - Image enhancement for RAW...

DxO PhotoLab (was DxO Optics Pro) provides a complete set of smart assisted corrections that you can manually fine-tune at any time. Take control on every aspect of your photos: effectively remove noise, get rid of light constraints, recover color details, apply sophisticated optical corrections, and enhance details.

Features

  • DxO Smart Lighting - Optimizes the dynamic range of your image and brings out the details from both under- and overexposed areas.
  • DxO ClearView - Intelligently boosts local contrast and effectively removes distant haze.
  • DxO PRIME - Automatically denoises high ISO RAW images and recovers accurate details and colors based on our exclusive algorithms.
  • Optical Corrections - Leverage your gear with tailored automatic corrections based on DxO’s renowned scientific expertise in measurement and calibration.
  • Introducing U...
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06:27
iOS 11: How to Wake Up to Your Own Music

For today’s Quick Tip, we’re going over how to set your own music on an alarm…so if waking up to the joyous sounds of heavy metal is your thing, we’ve got you covered.


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06:23
Rituals makes company-wide migration to Apple tech...

Jamf, which specializes in Apple ecosystem management, has announced that it made a successful company-wide global migration to Apple technology possible for Rituals, one of the fastest growing luxury brands in Europe. 

Rituals has more than 670 stores in 27 countries around the globe. In fall 2016, Rituals kicked off their Apple implementation with a pilot program of 20 MacBook devices in their corporate headquarters. Staff feedback on the ease of use, flexibility and device stability cemented Rituals’ decision...

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06:22
Amazon reportedly wants to buy a movie theater chain

Amazon might soon have brick-and-mortar movie theaters of its own if it succeeds in acquiring Landmark Theatres. According to anonymous Bloomberg sources, the e-commerce giant is one of the companies seeking to buy the chain and its 50 locations, whi...

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06:03
FallCall, Mytrex bring personal emergency response...

FallCall Solutions, the creator of the FallCall Lite app for Apple Watch and iPhone, has teamed up with Mytrex — a provider of monitoring services in the Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) market — to bring fully-integrated emergency medical monitoring services into the Apple ecosystem, including the iPhone and Apple Watch.

"When developing FallCall Lite, we wanted to change the way subscribers access the highest quality 24/7 personal emergency monitoring in the country," says Shea Gregg, MD President of FallCall Solutions.  "No longer will users need to fill out paperwork or fax updated subscriber lists to a central monitoring provider.  FallCall Lite's integration with Mytrex allows our customers to sign-up, change responders and maintain their subscriptions-all electronically.”

FallCall Lite is free and available at the Apple App Store. Standard features include...

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06:00
ASUS unveils an even thinner Zephyrus gaming laptop

Ever since its debut at Computex last year, the ASUS ROG Zephyrus represented the company's vision for the future of gaming laptops. It was incredibly thin, and it packed in the fastest mobile graphics around, NVIDIA's GTX 1080 Max-Q (it's just...

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06:00
Oculus Rift support is coming to HTC's Viveport...

The Oculus Rift is finally welcome in Viveport, HTC's VR store. When it launched in 2016, Viveport seemed a bit redundant, since it wasn't hard for Vive owners to find VR experiences on Steam. But it turned into a truly great deal last year with the...

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06:00
ARM says its next processors will outperform Intel...

ARM-based laptops have been pretty pokey to date, but you might have a different impression of them in a year or two. The company has offered a rare peek at the performance expectations for its future processor architectures, and the figures might m...

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05:57
Australian teenager hacked Apple's corporate...




Teen pleads guilty to downloading 90GB of secure files from Apple's internal systems and accessing customer accounts in repeated hacks from his suburban home.

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05:43
Another Report Says Second-Generation iPhone X and...

Apple's second-generation iPhone X, and a widely expected 6.5-inch model dubbed the iPhone X Plus, will both be compatible with the Apple Pencil, according to Taiwanese publication Economic Daily News.

Image: EverythingApplePro on YouTube

The report, citing "industry insiders," claims that Apple Pencil support will be limited to those OLED models, meaning that Apple's upcoming lower-cost 6.1-inch iPhone with an LCD will not work with the drawing tool. Taiwanese research firm TrendForce shared the same prediction earlier this week.

Apple Pencil launched in November 2015 alongside the original 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and it works with all other iPad Pro models released since. Last March, Apple expanded the tool's compatibility...

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05:30
Apple files for patent for ‘enhanced automotive...

Take this as further evidence of a full-fledged “Apple Car” or, as I do, evidence of new features planned for the iPhone and perhaps the Apple Watch: Apple has filed for a patent (number ) for “enhanced automative passive entry.”

Lots of modern cars allow entry using a key fob, and some cars allow starting by a button when the key fob is inside the car. Such operation is called passive entry and passive start, which use a position of the key fob to unlock the car, allow starting the car, and provide other functionality. The location of the key fob is determined using magnetic signals emitted from magnetic antennas in the car. The magnetic signals are measured by the key fob and sent to the car for determining a location of the key fob. 

Apple says the key fob can be bulky and be an additional item that a user must carry. What’s more, the magnetic fields are short range, and current techniques are susceptible to hackers, which can allow a thief to access the car and...

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05:22
Apple Patent Discusses Advancements made to the...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to Apple's TrueDepth camera. The invention filed in April 2018 would suggest that the patent advances the TrueDepth camera. The patent filing introduces the use of two groups of VCSEL diodes to implement a zoom function in depth mapping system.

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05:15
Tweetbot falls victim to Twitter's incoming...

We've known for a long time that Twitter's third-party apps would bear the brunt of the platform's API revamp, and even though those changes aren't due to come into effect until tomorrow, they're already causing trouble. Today's update to Tweetbot fo...

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05:00
How to control the order of images in a Photos for...

It’s absolutely frustrating when you set out on a task that seems like it should work, and then wind up wondering if it’s your fault. This is the case with Photos 3.0 for macOS and its broken workflow for creating slideshows: it sorts images and videos in random order.

Macworld reader Marie is one of the people who cannot figure out what’s going wrong. She asks, rightly in all caps, “HOW CAN I GET MY SLIDESHOW PHOTOS IN THE ORDER I WANT THEM?”

In previous releases and in iPhoto, you’d follow these steps:

  1. Select some items or have no items selected while viewing a regular or smart album to select the whole album.
  2. Create a slideshow. In Photos, that’s File > Create > Slideshow. An entry is created in the Projects list with the name you choose.
  3. And, hurray, the pictures and movies would be referenced in a slideshow view in the order they appeared in the album.

Photos 3.0 inexplicably broke this...

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04:56
Google rebrands cloud storage services as Google One...




Google's rebranding of its cloud storage service from Google Drive to Google One has taken a major leap forward, with the tech giant now allowing anyone in the United States to sign up for the plan, not just users already paying for online storage capacity.

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04:42
High school student hacked into Apple servers and...

An Australian high school student repeatedly hacked into Apple servers, succeeding in downloading 90GB of what were described as ‘secure files.’ The teenage boy also reportedly accessed customer accounts …

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04:31
Samsung's Harman unveils its new premium...

When Samsung acquired Harman International Industries last year, it was pretty obvious the tech brand had eyes on the Harman Kardon audio division. The pair have worked together on a few projects since --smartphones and tablets featuring Harman-owned...

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04:30
Protect your new MacBook Pro with the Palm Rest and...

If you’ve forked out the big bucks for the 2018 MacBook Pro, you’ll want to protect it when you’re on the go. One fine item for helping keep it pristine is the Palm Rest and Trackpad Protector from UPPERCASE. 

The $13.99 product lets you protect the Mac laptop’s palm rest and trackpad without affecting its looks. The protector is made from a plastic film that closely matches the texture and color of your laptop’s surface. This preserves the aesthetics of the MacBook Pro while preventing damage from dirty or sweaty palms during extended typing sessions or scratching from watch buckles or jewelry. (If you don’t use the Palm Rest and Trackpad Protector, certainly take off your Apple Watch before typing.)

Another advantage of the protector is that its adhesive is removable and repositionable. You can remove it without leaving any residue on your Mac laptop.

Apple World Today Rating (out of 5 stars): ★★★★★

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04:00
Kickstarter campaign offers nostalgic Apple pillow...

I wouldn’t have foreseen much overlap in the market for Apple memorabilia and that for throw pillows, but one Kickstarter campaign seems to be proving me wrong …

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04:00
Working it: iPad productivity isn’t about cursors

The Macalope is happy to stipulate that there are some people for whom an iPad is not going to be a great work device. That doesn’t mean, however, that the iPad is not a great work device for many.

Writing for Macworld (hey, that’s this publication!), Michael Simon says “The iPad Pro needs more than smaller bezels to take on the Galaxy Tab S4 and Surface Go.”

It will have small bezels, according to images found in iOS 12.

To read this article in full, please click here

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03:54
DisplayMate gives the new Samsung Galaxy Note9 the...

Last year DisplayMate claimed that "based on their extensive lab tests and measurements the iPhone X becomes the Best Performing Smartphone Display that we have ever tested, earning DisplayMate’s highest ever A+ grade. Now it seems that the new Samsung Galaxy Note9 smartphone display may be the new champ according to DisplayMate's latest review.

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03:45
The Morning After: The definitive verdict on Samsung...

Hey, good morning! We're delivering our verdict on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in our full review, elaborate on MoviePass' continued woes and tell you the best VR headsets for your back-to-school dollars.

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03:08
ForkLift 3.2.3 - Powerful file manager: FTP, SFTP,...

ForkLift is a powerful file manager and ferociously fast FTP client clothed in a clean and versatile UI that offers the combination of absolute simplicity and raw power expected from a well-executed Mac software.

ForkLift will connect to any remote server SFTP, FTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, Backblaze B2, Google Drive, Rackspace CloudFiles, SMB, AFP and NFS shares on your local network,- pretty much anything you can plug into or hook up to a Mac. ForkLift also carries a complete toolbox for managing your files, including Folder Synchronization, Multi-Rename, Archive handling, Application deleter, editing files over remote connections and many more. All these power features are packaged into a Finder-like, dual-pane interface that delivers superior workflow while remaining absolutely familiar to use, along with Quick Look, Spotlight search and all.

Features

  • Completely rewritten entirely in Swift
  • ForkLift Mini
  • Two-way Sync...
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03:06
Is Samsung now in the Race for Apple's 2019...

With Intel out of the race for Apple's 5G for iPhone next year and their fight with Qualcomm unlikely to be resolved by that time, Apple may decided to use a reliable supplier, Samsung. With most Andoid smartphone vendors will likely choose to use the new Qualcomm 5G modem, Samsung needs a big customer to make their new 5G modem profitable, and that might mean signing on Apple.

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03:05
Ford takes an anti-Uber approach to self-driving cars

As Uber and Tesla have learned, it doesn't take a lot of bad press to shatter public trust on autonomous vehicles. Ford has taken that lesson to heart, saying it would rather instill confidence in self-driving cars than be first to market. In a lette...

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03:00
Did Apple Secretly Crush An App Store Competitor In...

According to Nikkei, Japan's Fair Trade Commission is looking into whether Apple improperly pressured Yahoo Japan to shut down a game streaming platform that competed with the iOS App Store. "Yahoo Japan's Game Plus service allowed people to stream full games made for other platforms and to play HTML5 games on mobile phones, which would have allowed iPhone owners to get games without going through the App Store," reports The Verge. From the report: Nikkei reports that Yahoo Japan slashed the program's budget last fall, just months after it launched, and told partners that it was due to pressure from Apple. It's said to have begun filing complaints with Japan's FTC around the same time. Developers essentially have no good alternative to the App Store on iOS. Their only other option is the web, which is a wonderful place for websites, but the web is rarely as fast or flashy as a native app. There are a great number of features that only native apps can take advantage of, which...

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03:00
Home security systems vs. smart home systems: How to...

What’s more important to you, security or convenience? Maybe you can have both.

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03:00
Smart home systems vs. home security systems: How...

What do you value most: Convenience or security? Maybe you can have both.

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03:00
What the cord cutting naysayers still get wrong

Once more with feeling: Streaming TV is not cable all over again.

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02:42
Rumor: Apple to release next-gen MacBook Air this...

The current rumor has it that a new MacBook Air will be released at the end of the third quarter, at least according to Taiwanese research firm TrendForce. This places the updated notebook around either September or October, depending on how the wording is interpreted.

TrendForce also refers to a new MacBook Pro in future tense, but it is surely referring to the models released in July, when the third quarter began.

The report offers the following quote on the issue:

The second quarter was the transition period when Apple was preparing for the releases of the upcoming new MacBook devices for the year. TrendForce therefore expects MacBook shipments to again post a large QoQ increase in 3Q18, as Apple will be releasing a new MacBook Pro at the start of the quarter and a new MacBook Air at the end of the quarter.

The report doesn’t offer additional details, although this dovetails with what other sources, including what Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and...

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02:15
Sidewalk Labs unpacks its Quayside smart city dream

Sidewalk Labs still has a ways to go before it realizes its futuristic vision for Toronto's Eastern Waterfront, but we now know what the smart neighborhood could look like. The Alphabet-owned company has released (PDF) mock-ups and illustrations for...

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01:15
Verizon to offer choice of Apple TV 4K, YouTube TV...

Verizon is ready to throw some cool things your way to get you on their 5G network.

The carrier, in an effort to get ahead with 5G, is looking to include YouTube TV or Apple TV as part of a launch promotion in its initial four markets.

Verizon will offer a YouTube TV subscription, or an Apple TV 4K in Sacramento, Los Angeles, Houston, and Indianapolis, the company’s initial launch cities.

The company stated that it plans to be the first wireless firm in the United States to roll out 5G into the residential broadband market later this year, mobile device manufacturers following suit in early 2019.

“We believe 5G will disrupt the entertainment industry further and are excited to provide our customers with the choice of the best network, the best content and the best partners,” Hans Vestberg, newly named CEO of Verizon, said in announcing the deals.

The company stated that the specifics of the YouTube TV subscription will be announced once the 5G...

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00:22
Bartender 3.0.47 - Organize your menu-bar apps.

Bartender lets you organize your menu-bar apps by hiding them, rearranging them, or moving them to Bartender's Bar. You can display the full menu bar, set options to have menu-bar items show in the menu bar when they have updated, or have them always visible in Bartender's Bar.

Features

  • Lets you tidy your menu-bar apps how you want.
  • See your menu-bar apps when you want.
  • Hide the apps you need to run, but do not need to see.
  • Have the clean looking menu bar you want.
  • Rearrange your menu-bar items as you wish.



Version 3.0.47:
New Features / Improvements:

  • macOS Mojave Support
  • In macOS Mojave Bartender 3 will prompt for accessibility authorization. It has support for dark mode, has hardened runtime enabled and is notarized for added security

Bug Fixes:

  • Ask for Accessibility Authorization - Bartender 3 will now ask for Accessibility...
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00:02
Valve may offer tools to play Windows games on Steam...

Valve's Steam Machine platform hasn't really taken off, and it's not just because of the hardware. When few developers are willing to release Linux-native versions of games to run on Steam OS, there just isn't a lot to play. Thankfully, the company m...

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Wednesday August 15

22:48
The Boring Company will build a rapid transit system...

LA's baseball fans and concertgoers might be among the first to ride The Boring Company's high-speed pods. Elon Musk's company has announced that it's planning to dig a tunnel that leads to Dodger Stadium for a high-speed electric transportation netw...

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21:22
Saint Louis University will put 2,300 Echo Dots in...

If you're attending Saint Louis University this semester, you'll find more in your dorm room than the usual tiny furnishings. The school has unveiled plans to provide all 2,300 student residences on campus (both dorms and apartments) with Echo Dots...

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21:15
Hands-on: iOS 12 beta 7/8 changes and features [...

After pulling the 7th iOS 12 beta due to issues with performance, Apple today released the 8th developer beta for iOS 12. In this brief hands-on walkthrough, we cover new changes and features across both betas. more…

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21:06
Watch this breathtaking GIF of Apple Park’s 3-story...

This afternoon, Apple CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter regarding updates to the lunchroom at the company’s spaceship headquarters.

more…

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20:59
VOX 3.3.1 - Music player that supports many...

VOX just sounds better! The beauty is in its simplicity, yet behind the minimal exterior lies a powerful music player with a ton of features and support for all audio formats you should ever need. VOX was originally developed following the principles of clarity, simplicity and versatility. Thus, the minimalistic interface incorporates both essential and unique features, which let you:

  • Listen to your music regardless of the format:
    • Play numerous lossy and lossless audio formats;
    • Export playlists in various formats (PLS, M3U, XSPF);
    • Open different playlist types including M3U, PLS, XSPF and the popular CUE format used to store CD rips;
    • Play audio files stored on NAS devices and other network drives.
  • Rule your music with ease:
    • Control the player from the main interface, Dock context menu or main menu controls;
    • Automatically search for all the missing album artwork from...
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20:59
Microsoft OneNote 16.16 - Free digital notebook.

OneNote is your very own digital notebook. With OneNote, you can capture that flash of genius, that moment of inspiration, or that list of errands that's too important to forget. Whether you're at home, in the office or on the go, your notes travel with you. And you can share your notes and collaborate with others, across multiple devices!

Here are some more ideas on how to use OneNote:

  • Capture rich notes for classwork, meetings, or research
  • Keep track of your shopping list and mark items off wherever you are
  • Create an itinerary and keep track of your travel plans for your next big vacation
  • Take pictures of receipts and bills to remove some of the paper clutter
  • Collaborate and share ideas with your team
  • Research items and prices to make the best purchasing decision
  • Keep and edit all of your notes



Version 16.16:

  • This month’s update is bug fixes only....
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20:59
WiFiSpoof 3.3 - Change your WiFi MAC address.

WiFiSpoof quickly and easily allows you to change your WiFi MAC address via hot-key or the system menu bar.



Version 3.3:

  • It is now possible to create global rules for unknown networks
  • A new column has been added to the Rules table to show which Rule is currently active
  • The active column has been renamed to enabled
  • Unconnected network devices are now not displayed
  • Fixed a potential issue with rules changing while editing
  • Fixed an issue where changing system language could corrupt rules



  • OS X 10.11 or later



Download Now]]>

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20:59
NetShade 7.2 - Browse privately using anonymous...

NetShade is an anonymous proxy and VPN app+service for Mac. Unblock your Internet through NetShade's high-speed proxy and VPN servers spanning seven countries.

  • NetShade masks your IP address as you browse the web, by routing you through a proxy server. Anonymous proxies are becoming more and more popular in this age of heightened security and privacy concerns, and NetShade provides an effective and straightforward interface to easily protect your privacy. NetShade currently runs nine high-quality, super-fast, dedicated proxy servers located in the US and Europe.
  • In addition to HTTP proxy, all of NetShade's servers offer a robust encrypted SSL for those times when privacy is of the utmost importance.
  • NetShade 7 introduces IPv6 support. Even if your ISP doesn't yet support IPv6, you can now get an IPv6 address from one of NetShade's proxy or VPN servers. Unblock content that was previously inaccessible by using IPv6.

The...

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20:59
Fantastical 2.5.2 - Create calendar events and...

Fantastical is the Mac calendar you'll actually enjoy using. Creating an event with Fantastical is quick, easy, and fun:

  • Open Fantastical with a single click or keystroke
  • Type in your event details and press return

...and you're back to what you were doing with a shiny new event in your calendar!

Fantastical's natural-language engine is expressive and intelligent, so you can write in your own style. Fantastical also automatically recognizes the location of your event and can even invite people from your Contacts to the event.



Version 2.5.2:

  • Improved layout in Day and Week view when there are multiple overlapping events with long locations
  • Fixed a problem where some Meetup accounts couldn't log in
  • Fixed not being able to show the mini window over full screen apps when the Dock icon is hidden
  • Various fixes and improvements



  • OS X 10...

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20:59
djay Pro 2 2.0.8 - Transform your Mac into a full-...

djay Pro provides a complete toolkit for performing DJs. Its unique modern interface is built around a sophisticated integration with iTunes and Spotify, giving you instant access to millions of tracks. Pristine sound quality and a powerful set of features including high-definition waveforms, four decks, audio effects, and hardware integration give you endless creative flexibility to take your sets to new heights.

Note: This application contains in-app purchases.



Version 2.0.8:

  • Added support for Pioneer DDJ-400 and DDJ-SX3 DJ controllers
  • Improved reliability and performance for playback of streamed tracks
  • Improved maximum Automix transition duration to allow 32 bars
  • Fixed media library search order sometimes not being retained when switching playlists
  • Fixed adding QuickTime movie files to library not working correctly
  • Fixed loading video files without...
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20:06
Former Tesla employee's tweets show allegedly...

The employee Tesla is suing for theft of proprietary information has tweeted photos and other details, perhaps in an attempt to back up some of the claims he made against the automaker. Two of the photos Martin Tripp has tweeted out show what he says...

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20:04
Watch Apple Park's massive motorized cafeteria...




Apple CEO Tim Cook shared a rare glimpse at Apple Park's inner workings on Wednesday with a video showing off the facility's cafeteria doors, two massive, motorized floor-to-ceiling glass panels that slide open for natural building ventilation.

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19:06
Your favorite Twitter clients are about to get less...




Twitter is scheduled to modify its API on Thursday, deprecating features in a move that significantly degrades the performance and utility of third-party clients like popular iOS and macOS app Tweetbot.

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18:28
AI service gives 'Overwatch' players in-...

A typical Overwatch match is hectic and fast-paced. You can't exactly consult strategy guides in the middle of a manic team fight to figure out the best course of action, so you've probably had to rely on your own experience and knowledge of the game...

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17:28
California primary candidate faced cyberattacks for...

It's not just sitting politicians that have faced cyberattacks ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Former California congressional primary candidate Dr. Hans Keirstead has reported to Rolling Stone that his campaign faced hacking attempts for roughl...

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17:12
9to5Mac Happy Hour 186: Group FaceTime delay,...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss Group FaceTime’s delay, Twitter’s destructive API change, new details about AirPower, iPhone rumors including Apple Pencil support, Apple Car development, and much more.

9to5Mac Happy Hour is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneInGoogle Play Music, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

Sponsored by Hyper: Visit...

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17:05
iOS 12 Public Beta 6 for iPhone, iPad Available

Apple’s developer beta releases on Monday were followed up Wednesday with iOS 12 public beta 6 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


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16:45
How to install Windows on your Mac using Boot Camp

After following these simple instructions, you'll be able to dual-boot your Mac into Windows.

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16:41
Hands-On: Ring's iPhone-ready, self-running...




Amazon's Ring is omnipresent in smarthome security, and the Spotlight Cam Solar is an attempt to further cement that position among picky iOS and Android users.

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16:15
Review: iOttie’s iON wireless chargers are versatile...

Wireless chargers are a dime a dozen nowadays, with a slew of companies attempting to hop on the bandwagon now that Apple has rolled out Qi support to its latest iPhone models. In the past, we’ve taken a look at options from companies like Aukey, Nomad, and many more.

Now, popular accessory maker iOttie is out with its latest products for the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. The company has released a pair of wireless chargers dubbed the iON. Read on for our thoughts…

more…

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15:23
Google publishes its own archive of US political ads

In the months leading up to the US midterm elections, the big online sites that inadvertently hosted the worst manipulation back in 2016, like Facebook and Twitter, have adopted new advertising policies to enforce transparency. So has Google, which h...

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15:16
Kids Can Drown While Parents Immersed in Smartphone

The article’s opening paragraph puts it bluntly. “The world’s largest lifeguard organization claims there’s a direct link between child drownings and the smartphones parents hold in their hands.” Parents know that kids under 4 must be watched like a hawk, especially around water. Or do they?


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14:51
Verizon Planning to Bring 5G Into (Some) Homes With...

Verizon has announced plans for a residential 5G service to be tested in four cities that includes an option for an Apple TV 4K. You’ll need a Verizon 5G modem and plan.


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14:40
T-Mobile is offering free 30-day trials in three...

T-Mobile has one of the fastest mobile networks around, according to a recent study, and it's eager for more people to check out its service. To give potential customers a taste of the network, T-Mobile is offering a free 30-day trial in Atlanta, Bos...

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14:39
Apple Daily Report: check out these Apple-inspired...

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.

Five of the most historic pieces of hardware are back as soft plush pillows cuddle-ready for all Apple geeks. The Iconic Pillow Collection, designed to resemble the Apple II, Apple Macintosh, the Bondi Blue iMac, the iPod and the first iPhone, is the latest line of plush pillows from digital lifestyle company Throwboy.

YouTube TV service and Apple TV 4K set-tops will be included with Verizon’s initial 5G residential broadband offering in four cities — Sacramento, Los Angeles, Houston and Indianapolis — the telco announced. With the pacts, Verizon is looking to build a competitive edge in new 5G wireless technology...

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14:33
Apple’s revolutionary iMac is 20 years old, and...

I still remember the first time I saw the iMac in real life at the 1998 Macworld Expo in New York City. I watched Apple techs set up several dozen of them in Apple’s booth at the Javits Center ahead of the Steve Jobs Keynote. I will always maintain that the iMac saved Apple. Without it, the company wouldn’t have survived long enough to accomplish all the amazing things it did in the ensuing years and we would all be the poorer for it.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:25
Jack Dorsey is finally realizing Twitter is a...

Twitter's attempts to clean up its service using policies often feel like a Band-Aid on a bullet wound, and the company's leadership finally appears to be acknowledging that fact. CEO Jack Dorsey told the Washington Post in an interview that he was e...

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14:20
The Next Flagship iPhone Will Support Apple Pencil...

Next month, Apple is expected to unveil three new iPhones, each with differing specs/features. According to analyst firm Trendforce, the large 6.5-inch "flagship" model will support up to 512GB of onboard flash storage. Apple Pencil support will also be "offered as an option," although the company didn't specify which models will support the stylus. Apple Insider reports: The company expects that the the 6.1-inch LCD version will come with Face ID, Dual-SIM technology. The firm expects it to retail for between $699 and $749. The 5.8-inch OLED iPhone will be priced at $899 to $949. The 6.5-inch device will come in storage capacities up to 512GB, with one variant of the size potentially having dual-SIM support and expected to be "limited within $1,000 threshold as to encourage purchasing from consumers," according to Trendforce. Both the 5.8- and 6.5-inch OLED models are expected to have 4GB of RAM. The 6.1-inch LED devices will have 3GB of RAM, the same as the iPhone X. The analyst...

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14:20
Indie gem 'Gone Home' will arrive on...

The Nintendo Switch's reputation as a haven for indies got a little more support today. Gone Home, the breakout hit from The Fullbright Company will be released to the Switch's eShop next Thursday, August 23rd. Sure, it's a bit late, having originall...

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14:16
Tweetbot removes timeline streaming, Activity and...

These “changes” will also affect those of us who use Twitterrific as well as any other third-party Twitter client. Amazing to watch Twitter slit its own throat almost in real time.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:00
'Diablo III' arrives on the Nintendo...

After Blizzard dropped an ominous Diablo hint on Twitter back in May, the franchise's community manager revealed in a video last week that multiple projects are in the works. One of those revelations was supposed to be unveiled tomorrow, but leaked i...

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13:52
Pokémon GO gaining parental controls with ‘Niantic...

Pokémon GO will be getting an update soon that will let parents easily manage their kid’s profile and permissions.

more…

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13:40
Fitbit may give the Charge 3 a touchscreen but not...

A new leak has revealed info about the upcoming Fitbit Charge 3 — namely, that the fitness watch is finally getting a full touchscreen. But that's not the only feature it's inheriting from the pricier Fitbit Ionic and Versa — the Charge 3...

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13:20
MIT leads the way in spaghetti-based innovation

Breaking dry spaghetti noodles into precisely two parts might seem impossible, but scientists at MIT have done exactly that. In a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers report how they twisted the noodles...

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13:19
New photos show depths of Apple's expanding...




Photos shot this week show the seldom-seen interior of Apple's two-year-old data center in Mesa, Ariz., instrumental to services like iCloud, Siri, and iMessage.

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13:16
Tour Apple’s global data command center at its 1.3...

Apple’s Mesa, Arizona facility was the previous home to GT Advanced Technologies, the sapphire glass supplier, before it went bankrupt back in 2014. Now the 1.3 million square foot building is one of Apple’s data centers and local publication, The Arizona Republic got the rare access to take a look around.

more…

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13:16
HomeKit Weekly: Four ways to control cooling with...

HomeKit Weekly is a series focused on smart home accessories, automation tips and tricks, and everything to do with Apple’s smart home framework.

We’re halfway through August, but summer doesn’t feel anywhere near like letting up: it’s hot outside! Luckily there are lots of ways to keep cool indoors — including four methods that work with HomeKit and Siri. Controlling cooling with HomeKit doesn’t have to be expensive either.

more…

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13:15
Apple probed in Japan for anti-competitive moves...




The Japanese government has opened an investigation into whether Apple engaged in anti-competitive behavior when it applied pressure to prevent publishers from working with Yahoo Japan's Games Plus platform.

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13:00
Chrome Canary speeds up browsing with partial page...

Chrome is fast, sure, but Google wants to make it even faster yet again. To wit, Chrome Canary now implements "lazy loading" for web pages. In essence, what this does is only loads the page elements currently in view in your browser window, loading t...

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12:51
What's new in iOS 12 beta 7 & 8




The eighth developer beta of iOS 12 quickly corrects some of the issues we saw in the retracted seventh beta seven. Now that our devices are usable again, AppleInsider takes a look at new features and improvements in the seventh and eighth betas of iOS 12.

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12:33
Tweetbot loses streaming, activity/stats tab, and...

Tapbots has released an updated version of Tweetbot for iPhone and iPad that removes or degrades lots of useful features due to Twitter’s API change set to occur tomorrow. Due to the API changes, Tweetbot’s Apple Watch app which focused largely on showing alert activity has also been removed.

more…

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12:31
Apple Japan accused (again) of anti-competitive...

Japan is investigating allegations that pressure from Apple forced Yahoo Japan to pull back from a game platform that competes with the App Store, reports Nikkei.

The article says Yahoo told “multiple business partners that it was forced to cut back because of pressure behind the scenes from Apple.” The Japanese company relies on the U.S. tech giant for part of its profits in the form of sales through the App Store.

The isn’t Apple’s first problem in Japan. Last month Japanese regulators at the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) said Apple may have breached antitrust rules by forcing mobile service providers to sell its iPhones cheaply and charge higher monthly fees, denying consumers a fair choice.

The FTC said that the Japanese unit of the Cupertino, California-based company forced NTT Docomo, KDDI Corp., and SoftBank Group Corp. to...

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12:23
Apple drops to sixth in the global laptop market

Apple has dropped to sixth in the global laptop market with its market share sliding to 6.5%, according to new data from TrendForce. That’s down from 7.7% in the first quarter of 2018.

However, the research group expects Mac laptop shipments to again post a large quarter-over-quarter increase in the third quarter of 2018, as Apple has released new MacBook Pros with “a new MacBook Air” due at the end of the quarter. The Sellers Research Group (that’s me) is skeptical.

I think the MacBook Air line will be canceled with a new 12-inch MacBook priced below $1,000 replacing it. I also think there’ll be a new 13-inch MacBook introduced as the higher-end consumer laptop.

The worldwide notebook shipments in 2Q18 grew above expectations by 10.2% quarter-over-quarter and 2.8% year-over-year to 41.08 million units, according to TrendForce. HP again topped the shipment/market share ranking of notebook brands with 26.2...

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12:21
Japan investigating Apple over allegations of anti-...

After making it out of a Japanese antitrust investigation unscathed just last month, Apple is being probed once again by the country’s Fair Trade Commission over alleged interactions with Yahoo and its Game Plus platform. more…

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12:05
Maybe Wi-Fi Could Replace Invasive TSA Body Searches

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been groped by the TSA. A team of researchers claim that ordinary Wi-Fi can detect weapons and explosives, and maybe it could replace TSA body searches.

The team behind the research tested 15 types of objects and six types of bags. The wi-fi system had success rates of 99% for recognizing dangerous objects, 98% for metal and 95% for liquids. When objects were wrapped inside bags, the accuracy rate dropped to about 90%. The system works by analyzing what happens when wireless signals penetrate and bounce off objects and materials.


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12:01
Have Your Phone Gotten iPhone 7 Loop Disease?

There seems to be a new epidemic among iPhone users. Called “iPhone 7 loop disease,” it can affect older iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models.


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12:00
Apple’s Group FaceTime delay is the right move. Here...

This week, Apple removed Group FaceTime from the beta for iOS 12 and macOS Mojave. The company indicated that the feature will not appear in the initial release, but will rather appear in a subsequent update released later in the year.

For people who were excited about audio and video chats with multiple friends, this is a bummer. (I heard from several people who said their kids were especially looking forward to using the feature, or were using it in the beta period and were sad that it’s going to be removed for a little while.)

But I’m a little less down on Apple making this decision. Every time I used Group FaceTime in the iOS and macOS betas, it was far from flawless. I had connection problems, video and audio would disappear and reappear at random, sometimes a person would appear multiple times in my view (or disappear altogether), and there were...

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11:34
How to back up your iPhone or iPad to an external...




As good as iCloud backups are, you also should back up iPhones and iPads to your Mac -- but that can take a big chunk out of your computer's storage. AppleInsider shows you how to stop clogging up your Mac's drive.

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11:26
Apple Releases macOS Mojave Public Beta 6

Apple released macOS Mojave Public Beta 6 on Wednesday, following Monday’s release of macOS Mojave developer beta 7.


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11:25
VOX 3.3.1 - Music player that supports many...

VOX just sounds better! The beauty is in its simplicity, yet behind the minimal exterior lies a powerful music player with a ton of features and support for all audio formats you should ever need. VOX was originally developed following the principles of clarity, simplicity and versatility. Thus, the minimalistic interface incorporates both essential and unique features, which let you:

  • Listen to your music regardless of the format:
    • Play numerous lossy and lossless audio formats;
    • Export playlists in various formats (PLS, M3U, XSPF);
    • Open different playlist types including M3U, PLS, XSPF and the popular CUE format used to store CD rips;
    • Play audio files stored on NAS devices and other network drives.
  • Rule your music with ease:
    • Control the player from the main interface, Dock context menu or main menu controls;
    • Automatically search for all the missing album artwork from...
| Read more »
11:23
iOS 12: Beta 8 released to developers after beta 7...

Updated 08/15/18: Apple has released iOS 12 beta 8 for developers, after pulling beta 7 down earlier this week. There were widespread reports of performance problems with beta 7. WatchOS 5, macOS Mojave, and tvOS remain on beta 7.

Apple both sets trends and chases them, and iOS 12, unveiled Monday at the WWDC keynote, is no exception. With this release, Apple is focusing on performance improvements and enhancements, even for older devices. The company is also making important changes to augmented reality that will enable new experiences; improving Siri, FaceTime, and the Photos app to catch up to the competition; and adding new features like personalized Memoji and weekly reports about how you’re using your device.

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11:17
The Right to Disconnect From Work

In France, the right to disconnect from work has been solidified into law. In the El Khomri law, every employee contract must include a negotiation of obligations required of an employee regarding how connected they are outside of office hours.

A new study has found you may be suffering from excessive stress and anxiety about work expectations even if you don’t actively check work emails in your off-hours. The mere expectation of being in contact 24/7 is enough to increase strain for employees and their families, the new research suggests. In today’s ultra-connected world, with many people often getting work emails sent to their smartphones, a growing number of countries and companies are endorsing “right to disconnect” laws, recreating a much-needed boundary between work and home.


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11:06
Here’s a List of Dark Mode Apps in macOS Mojave

There are 75 apps in total, and the list is sure to grow once macOS Mojave is officially released this fall.


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11:04
Apple Seeds iOS 12 Developer Beta 8 after Pulling DB7

The company pulled the earlier version due to performance issues, and the new release gets the iOS 12 developer beta program back on track.


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10:53
New MacBook Air coming by end of quarter, research...




Apple is planning to release an updated MacBook Air towards the end of the current quarter, which ends in September, according to one research firm.

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10:53
New MacBook Air coming by end of quarter, research...




Apple is planning to release an updated MacBook Air towards the end of the current quarter, which ends in September, according to one research firm.

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10:52
WALTR 2: $19

We have a deal on WALTR 2, an app that lets you manage the content on your iOS device from your Mac or Windows device. It will handle some file conversions, too. Check out the promo video below. You can get WALTR 2 for $19 through us. There’s a deal on the Windows version on the page, too.


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10:49
YouPorn AI Generated a List of Future Porn Star...

Last year, YouPorn Foresights used AI to predict what the most popular search terms would be in porn. This year the company did something similar. The data science and machine learning teams trained a recurrent neural network to look at the current most popular performer names, and have now created what science has predicted that the next generation of stars will call themselves. There are 69 names, both male and female, and the results are hilarious. As you would expect from AI, the names sound weird and goofy. My favorite names from the list are Man Master, Al Gorr (obviously my future kid), Summer Sax, and Paris Buttomina. It’s a safe-for-work list that you can check out here.


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10:23
Apple Supposedly Working on Custom Health Chip

Apple creating its own chips could help it protect its intellectual property, as well as keep it tightly integrated with the rest of the system.


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10:18
Apple releases iOS 12 beta 8, following removal of...

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10:12
Apple launches eighth developer beta of iOS 12 two...




Apple has shipped its second developer beta for iOS 12 this week, following the withdrawal of Monday's beta release, with developers now able to download its replacement, the eighth beta.

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10:04
Apple Seeds Eighth Beta of iOS 12 to Developers...

Apple today seeded the eighth beta of an upcoming iOS 12 update to developers for testing purposes, just a few days after seeding the seventh beta and more than two months after introducing the new software at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

Registered developers can download the new iOS 12 beta from Apple's Developer Center or over-the-air after installing the proper certificate.

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iOS 12 beta 8 comes just two days after the release of iOS 12 beta 7, which Apple was ultimately forced to pull a few hours after it was released due to performance issues....

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10:03
Kuo predicts Apple Car to launch by 2025

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10:00
8 ways the iMac changed computing

Editor’s note: 20 years ago today, Apple officially released the iMac. To commemorate the anniversary, we are reposting this article that originally appeared on the iMac’s tenth anniversary on August 15, 2008.

The iMac made an instant impression when Apple first unveiled it in May 1998. But it didn’t start to really shake things up unitl it began to ship—which happened 10 years ago on August 15, 1998. Arguably the most influential desktop computer of the last decade, the original iMac’s specifications seem quaint by today’s standards. For $1,299, you came home with a 233MHz PowerPC G3 processor, 32MB of RAM, a 4GB hard drive, a 15-inch built-in monitor, and stereo speakers—all in an amazingly stylish case.

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09:56
T-Mobile customer service ditches robots and call...

At its un-carrier next event this morning, T-Mobile detailed its latest move, “Team of Experts” to evolve customer support. Designed to be good for customers and good for business, the new plan focuses on offering personal 24-hour support. T-Mobile has also announced new perks for customers like a free year of Pandora Plus and exclusive ticket access via Live Nation.

more…

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09:49
Apple Expected to Release New MacBook Air at End of...

Apple will release a new MacBook Air at the end of the third quarter, according to Taiwanese research firm TrendForce. That lines up with either September or October, depending on how the wording is interpreted.

TrendForce also refers to a new MacBook Pro in future tense, but it is surely referring to the models released in July, when the third quarter began:The second quarter was the transition period when Apple was preparing for the releases of the upcoming new MacBook devices for the year. TrendForce therefore expects MacBook shipments to again post a large QoQ increase in 3Q18, as Apple will be releasing a new MacBook Pro at the start of the quarter and a new MacBook Air at the end of the quarter.The report does not provide additional details, but both Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: up to $450 off MacBook Pro,...

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

Listen to the new 9to5Toys Daily Podcast:

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09:19
iOS 12 developer beta 8 for iPhone and iPad expected...

[Update: Build 16A5357b now available, up from 16A5354b. Note that users who downloaded but didn’t install beta 7 may need to remove the file from Storage Settings.]

We expect Apple to release iOS 12 developer beta 8 for iPhone and iPad today after pulling iOS 12 developer beta 7 on Monday. The release earlier this week included initial performance issues that eventually caused Apple to pull both the OTA update and IPSW restore images for the build.

more…

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09:17
When does Apple release new iPhones?

iPhone buying decisions vary from person to person, and not everyone cares about having the latest version. This works for a lot of consumers since you can generally buy any modern iPhone and have a positive experience — especially if you’re upgrading after a few generations.

Every summer I hear from family members who are super excited that they just bought a new iPhone. If I mention that a new model is just around the corner and we even have an idea about what will be different, it never changes their buying decision. That can be hard for me to understand, but it works for a lot of people. Just look at Apple’s iPhone sales numbers during the quarter before a new model is introduced.

If you do care about buying the latest iPhone as soon as it comes out, it’s not too hard to guess when new iPhones will be introduced based on recent launches.

more…...

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09:10
While the Solid State Battery is Five Years out,...

Are we getting any closer to breakthrough battery that will allow our iDevices to last a week? It appears such a solution is technically here right now. One company that makes solid-state batteries can only produce 30,000 per month. The company thinks that a mass production solution is only ...

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09:06
Microsoft OneNote 16.16 - Free digital notebook.

OneNote is your very own digital notebook. With OneNote, you can capture that flash of genius, that moment of inspiration, or that list of errands that's too important to forget. Whether you're at home, in the office or on the go, your notes travel with you. And you can share your notes and collaborate with others, across multiple devices!

Here are some more ideas on how to use OneNote:

  • Capture rich notes for classwork, meetings, or research
  • Keep track of your shopping list and mark items off wherever you are
  • Create an itinerary and keep track of your travel plans for your next big vacation
  • Take pictures of receipts and bills to remove some of the paper clutter
  • Collaborate and share ideas with your team
  • Research items and prices to make the best purchasing decision
  • Keep and edit all of your notes



Version 16.16:

  • This month’s update is bug fixes only....
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08:59
New Apple Watch Predictions, 20 Years of iMac – TMO...

Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about what might be coming in the next Apple Watch along with what product announcements may be coming this fall. They also look back at the iMac 20 years after it first shipped.


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08:53
Compared: 2018 i9 MacBook Pro versus iMac 5K...




Apple's latest 15-inch MacBook Pro models with Intel Core i9 processors pack some serious power, more than enough to serve as a consumer desktop replacement. Can they also stand in for Apple's top-of-the-line iMac or iMac Pro? Find out in our head-to-head comparison.

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08:49
djay Pro 2 2.0.8 - Transform your Mac into a full-...

djay Pro provides a complete toolkit for performing DJs. Its unique modern interface is built around a sophisticated integration with iTunes and Spotify, giving you instant access to millions of tracks. Pristine sound quality and a powerful set of features including high-definition waveforms, four decks, audio effects, and hardware integration give you endless creative flexibility to take your sets to new heights.

Note: This application contains in-app purchases.



Version 2.0.8:

  • Added support for Pioneer DDJ-400 and DDJ-SX3 DJ controllers
  • Improved reliability and performance for playback of streamed tracks
  • Improved maximum Automix transition duration to allow 32 bars
  • Fixed media library search order sometimes not being retained when switching playlists
  • Fixed adding QuickTime movie files to library not working correctly
  • Fixed loading video files without...
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08:04
∞ Super Duper advanced Mac tricks!

[VIDEO] The title put me off, but I dove in anyway (the video, per usual, is embedded in the main Loop post). And it was worth it.

There’s a lot goin on in this video. Sometimes the value is not in the tip itself, but in the journey, the exploration, the techniques involved in bringing the tip to life. A lot of little nuggets here. Worth your time.

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08:01
Spot-on analyst predicts Apple AR glasses and an...

File this rumor under Moonshot. Oft-accurate analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who made a name for himself by nailing features in the iPhone and iPad long before they’re set to release, had made a wild prediction for his new company, TF Securities. In a research note acquired by Business Insider, Kuo predicts Apple will release a pair of augmented reality glasses in 2020 and an Apple Car sometime between 2023 and 2025.

But this isn’t the same as Kuo’s usual predictions, which are based on supply-chain reports and sources. This one is purely speculative based on educated guesses. He says so in the report. Both may come true, and both may come true within the time frame Kuo says, but I’m taking them with a healthy serving of salt.

To read...

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08:00
Love your Mac enough to hug it? You’ll dig this new...

Steve Jobs was deeply proud of the iMac G3, even to the point of cuddling one for a spread in a 1998 issue of Newsweek. He looks happy in the shot, but he couldn’t have been too comfortable. In fact, at home, he might have preferred cozying up the plush pillow version of the device that’s now on Kickstarter as part of the Iconic Pillow Collection from Throwboy, along with pillow versions of some of Apple’s (and Jobs’) other greatest hits.

But note the “iconic.” Throwboy is careful to avoid the wrath of Apple’s sharks: The word “Apple” doesn’t appear anywhere on the Kickstarter page and Jobs is referred to only as the “most prolific co-founder/CEO of our time.” On the pillows themselves, you’ll simply find an embroidered pillow outline where you’d normally expect to find a scrap...

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07:54
Apple’s upcoming sci-fi series casts Joel Kinnaman,...

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07:46
This cruel Bud Light smart fridge unlocks only when...

Great marketing campaign. Looking forward to seeing how this plays out when the Browns do win.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:42
Inside the iPhone repair ecosystem: Where do...

Juli Clover, MacRumors:

There’s a thriving market for unofficial, aftermarket iPhone parts, and in China, there are entire massive factories that are dedicated to producing these components for repair shops unable to get ahold of parts that have been produced by Apple.

The entire Apple device repair ecosystem is fascinating, complex, and oftentimes confusing to consumers given the disconnect between Apple, Apple Authorized Service Providers, third-party factories, and independent repair shops, so we thought we’d delve into the complicated world of Apple repairs.

Terrific, fascinating read.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:38
Check Out Steve Jobs Unveiling the First iMac 20...

The iMac is 20 years old, and it’s the computer that started Apple down the path to become the first company with a trillion dollar market cap. Then interim CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the first iMac on stage in May 1998, and the all-in-one computer shipped on August 15th. That computer shipped with a 233 MHz G3 processor, Mac OS 8.1, a 128 GB hard drive, and was the first Mac with USB. Check out Steve unveiling the original Bondi Blue iMac.


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07:36
HQ Trivia expands beyond mobile with new Apple TV app

Variety:

HQ Trivia is taking a leap to bigger screens: The mobile quiz show startup has launched an app for Apple TV. The company announced the new app on Twitter Tuesday.

The new app makes it possible to both watch the daily quiz show as well as vote with the help of the Apple TV’s remote control.

HQ Trivia is a clever idea, a game show that comes to your iPhone, replete with entertaining hosts and witty patter. It’s got a social component and works well with a group of people.

Porting it to Apple TV is a good idea, but it could be even better. As is, it is simply one more device on which you can play. Instead of playing on your phone, you play on your TV. That’s fine.

But I’d love a version that brings the banter off-line, like the excellent Jackbox Party Pack games. If you’ve got a group of friends coming over, I’d suggest giving these a try. Fun...

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07:29
These deeply discounted 256GB SanDisk flash drives...

Have you ever wanted to carry a hard drive around in your pocket? Two deeply discounted 256GB flash drives give you SSD-sized storage on the go, and both for $50 or less. The...

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07:27
Apple is beefing up a team to explore making its own...

CNBC:

Apple has a team exploring a custom processor that can make better sense of health information coming off sensors from deep inside its devices, job listings show.

Here’s an Apple job listing for a Sensor ASIC Architect (ASIC being Application-specific integrated circuit).

Building custom chips for narrow functions can help Apple add new features and improve efficiency of its hardware while protecting its intellectual property from would-be imitators.

Rene Ritchie just posted an excellent Vector episode that talks about Apple’s chip ambitions. Apple’s chip investments are paying dividends and they are slowly specializing, expanding their proprietary chips, bringing capabilities to future products that other...

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07:16
Verizon, 5G rollout, and partnership with Apple and...

Bloomberg:

Verizon Communications Inc. announced deals making Apple Inc. and Google its first video providers for a superfast 5G wireless service the company plans to launch in four cities later this year.

And:

With the introduction, Verizon will provide 5G customers either a free Apple TV box or free subscription to Google’s YouTube TV app for live television service, according to people familiar with the plan.

This partnership is a big, legitimizing win for Apple TV. But I’m still not sold on 5G.

5G has limitations. It requires major infrastructure, expensive network hardware to propagate the signal, meaning it will be prohibitively expensive to be able to serve rural areas, is ideally suited for dense urban areas.

Also:

High-frequency 5G radio signals are easily disrupted by rain and foliage and remain commercially unproven. But if successful, the technology could lead to as much as $200 billion a year in industry-wide development...

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07:13
How to Enable Instagram Two-factor Authentication

Instagram accounts are getting hacked in big numbers right now so you should enable two-factor authentication on your account. Read on to learn how.


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07:11
Twitter suspends Alex Jones for urging people to...

Enlarge / Alex Jones. (credit: Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

After holding out for a few weeks, Twitter joined the chorus of social media and tech giants that have punished conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for questionable content. Twitter suspended Jones from his account on Tuesday after he tweeted out a link to a video in which he calls for his supporters to get their "battle rifles" ready for the media and others.

But the catch is that Jones' ban will last just seven days—the InfoWars host will not be able to tweet or retweet from his personal account during that week. The InfoWars Twitter account has not been affected by this suspension.

According to a report by The New...

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07:06
Verizon’s 5G broadband service to include Apple TV 4K

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07:00
Apple Argued That Buildings at Its Headquarters Were...

Apple argued that buildings it owned around Cupertino, where it is headquartered, were only worth $200 instead of the $1 billion tax assessors deemed in 2015, according to appeals reviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle. From a report: The report characterized the dispute as part of an aggressive strategy by Apple to lower its tax bills. According to the Chronicle, Apple has 489 open appeals in tax disputes over property assessed at $8.5 billion in Santa Clara County, Calif., dating back to 2004. Those appeals include the $1 billion building assessed by tax officials, as well as another $384 million property that Apple also claims is worth $200. Apple is now valued at $1 trillion. It is also the county's biggest taxpayer, paying $56 million in the 2017-2018 tax year.


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06:53
Nvidia's Turing GPU architecture includes ray-...




Nvidia has revealed its new Turing architecture for use in GPUs, one which boasts dedicated cores for use in ray tracing, and while consumer cards are yet to be announced, Quadro RTX Turing GPUs are already being touted for their ability to support real-time 8K video playback.

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06:51
If you want a gold-plated 2018 iPhone, you can...




The British company that offers gold-plated versions of iPhones and other high-end products is listing an 18-karat gold version of what it calls the iPhone XS -- for over 100 times the price of a regular iPhone X.

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06:43
Sarah Jones, Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman Cast in...

Sarah Jones, Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman are joining the cast of Ronald D. Moore’s sci-fi series for Apple. Variety says,

Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, and Sarah Jones have all been cast in the series, which takes place in a world where global space race never ended. Kinnaman will play Edward Baldwin, one of the top NASA astronauts. Dorman and Jones have been cast as Gordo and Tracy Stevens, a prominent NASA couple.

Apple is lining up what looks like a power house of shows with big names writing and producing, as well as very talented actors. The first shows are expected to start rolling out some time in 2019, and I’m really looking forward to see how they stack up against Netflix and Amazon original content.

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06:29
Big Money from Berkshire Hathaway and George Soros...

Berkshire Hathaway and Soros Fund Management have made big investments in AAPL after Apple becomes the first U.S. company to cross the 1 trillion dollar ...

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06:24
Opinion: My money is still against an Apple-branded...

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has a good (if imperfect) track-record, but his latest note – in which he predicts that an Apple Car will go on sale sometime in the 2023 to 2025 timeframe – needs to be viewed in rather a different light to his usual ones.

Kuo has excellent supply chain contacts, giving him good insight into Apple’s short- and medium-term plans. Once a product is actually in production, the complexity of Apple’s supply chain means it’s hard to keep secrets.

But even before volume production begins, manufacturing lines need to be set up, molds need to be created, test-runs need to be carried out. So suppliers will be in a position to know a lot about Apple’s medium-term plans, and Kuo’s contacts can begin feeding him solid information …

...

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06:21
Hands on: Scrivener 3.03 is the best tool for...




Scrivener isn't necessarily the best for making books or e-books, but now it doesn't have to be since it's added Vellum support. AppleInsider checks it out.

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06:21
Where’s the 20th anniversary iMac?

Happy birthday, iMac. The ground-breaking all-in-one was launched on May 6, 1998, at a Macworld Expo by Steve Jobs. I’ve owned every iteration of the iMac since then, so I’m expecting Apple to give us a cool new version any day now.

The first all-in-one had a radical (for the time) design (by Jony Ive), a CRT monitor, motherboard and CD-ROM drive housed in a colorful translucent egg-shaped housing, versus the more traditional desktop tower tethered to an external monitor. It packed a 233-MHz PowerPC processor, a 4GB hard drive and sold for $1,299 in the U.S.. Despite the May unveiling, it didn't ship until August of that year. Since the iMac G3's 1998 debut, Apple has introduced several revisions to the desktop machine, launching design revisions in 2002, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2012, and 2015. 

So what can we expected from the 20th anniversary iMac? A major form factor redesign would be exciting, but I’m not anticipating one (more on that, in a sec). What I AM anticipating...

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06:11
djay Pro 2.0.8 - Transform your Mac into a full-...

djay Pro provides a complete toolkit for performing DJs. Its unique modern interface is built around a sophisticated integration with iTunes and Spotify, giving you instant access to millions of tracks. Pristine sound quality and a powerful set of features including high-definition waveforms, four decks, audio effects, and hardware integration give you endless creative flexibility to take your sets to new heights.

Note: This application contains in-app purchases.



Version 2.0.8:

  • Added support for Pioneer DDJ-400 and DDJ-SX3 DJ controllers
  • Improved reliability and performance for playback of streamed tracks
  • Improved maximum Automix transition duration to allow 32 bars
  • Fixed media library search order sometimes not being retained when switching playlists
  • Fixed adding QuickTime movie files to library not working correctly
  • Fixed loading video files without...
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06:11
djay Pro 2.0.8 - Transform your Mac into a full-...

djay Pro provides a complete toolkit for performing DJs. Its unique modern interface is built around a sophisticated integration with iTunes and Spotify, giving you instant access to millions of tracks. Pristine sound quality and a powerful set of features including high-definition waveforms, four decks, audio effects, and hardware integration give you endless creative flexibility to take your sets to new heights.

Note: This application contains in-app purchases.



Version 2.0.8:

  • Added support for Pioneer DDJ-400 and DDJ-SX3 DJ controllers
  • Improved reliability and performance for playback of streamed tracks
  • Improved maximum Automix transition duration to allow 32 bars
  • Fixed media library search order sometimes not being retained when switching playlists
  • Fixed adding QuickTime movie files to library not working correctly
  • Fixed loading video files without...
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06:04
Apple Glasses in 2020 and an Apple Car by 2025?

I have no doubt that Apple is working on an AR/VR headset ("Apple Glasses"), but am still skeptical that the tech giant plans to build a full blown car. However, in a note to clients — as reported by AppleInsider — well known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts we’ll see the latter by 2025, and the former in 2020.

He offers no details on an Apple Car beyond saying it will drive out between 2023 and 2025. Kuo doesn’t say how he arrived at that prediction, but opines that the Apple Car will revolutionize the auto industry the way the iPhone did the smartphone market. 

Regarding the Apple Glasses, augmented reality/virtual reality headset, Kuo says: “Apple has always grown significantly after redefining existing and new products by innovating its UIs (e.g. Mac's mouse, iPod's click wheel and iPhone's multi-touch) in the...

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06:00
The Alexa-Cortana crossover is now available to the...

More people will be able to access the Alexa-Cortana collaboration their companies unveiled last year, now that the team-up is available as a public preview. Unfortunately, you can only take it for a spin if you're in the US, but this is still a much...

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06:00
No, this device can’t 'enhance' your...

Intuition is that gut feeling you get about a situation or a decision. The hunch you can't quite rationalize but that just... feels right. Modern psychology generally agrees that intuition is your subconscious whispering in your ear. The idea that al...

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06:00
Get more iPhone/iPad storage with iKlips II...

You've been there before - you move a couple of 4K movies to your iPhone or iPad for offline viewing and all of a sudden you're out of space. Well, worry no more! The 64GB iKlips II Lightning iOS Flash Drive is on sale in the Apple World Today Deals Shop for $69.

Available in a variety of colors and capacities (32, 64, and 128GB), the iKlips II works with all Lightning-equipped iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch models. Just load the iKlips iOS companion app on your device, and have full control of transferring, viewing, or storing big files. 

  • Transfer files of all sizes between iOS & Mac or PC
  • Take anywhere thanks to its compact size & high-strength aluminum shell
  • Use the extended connector...
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05:51
WiFiSpoof 3.3 - Change your WiFi MAC address.

WiFiSpoof quickly and easily allows you to change your WiFi MAC address via hot-key or the system menu bar.



Version 3.3:

  • It is now possible to create global rules for unknown networks
  • A new column has been added to the Rules table to show which Rule is currently active
  • The active column has been renamed to enabled
  • Unconnected network devices are now not displayed
  • Fixed a potential issue with rules changing while editing
  • Fixed an issue where changing system language could corrupt rules



  • OS X 10.11 or later



Download Now]]>

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05:51
WiFiSpoof 3.3 - Change your WiFi MAC address.

WiFiSpoof quickly and easily allows you to change your WiFi MAC address via hot-key or the system menu bar.



Version 3.3:

  • It is now possible to create global rules for unknown networks
  • A new column has been added to the Rules table to show which Rule is currently active
  • The active column has been renamed to enabled
  • Unconnected network devices are now not displayed
  • Fixed a potential issue with rules changing while editing
  • Fixed an issue where changing system language could corrupt rules



  • OS X 10.11 or later



Download Now]]>

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05:41
MoviePass owner posts huge loss as investors launch...

Back when MoviePass first announced its $10-a-month subscription for one movie a day, AMC said the scheme was like "turning lead into gold." Since no alchemist stepped forward to do that for MoviePass, the movie ticketing service's parent company, He...

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05:22
Samsung's Exynos modem will make 5G phones real

Samsung has unveiled a 5G modem that meets all the latest standards and can hit 6Gbps mmWave speeds. The Exynos Modem 5100, built using Samsung's 10-nanometer process, conforms to the latest 3GPP release 15 spec for sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G spectrums....

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05:07
Twitter finally follows Apple’s example in...

Apple led the way in removing the Infowars podcasts from its platform for violating hate speech guidelines – with similar bans by Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Spotify, Vimeo and YouTube …

more…

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05:02
'TimeSplitters' is coming back

British console game TimeSplitters saw massive popularity in the 2000s. Its humor, artistic style and cheeky pop culture references earned the three-game series a passionate fan base, but despite its success, the title subsequently lay dormant. Until...

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04:39
NVIDIA's Turing GPUs can process 8K video in...

You and I won't likely be working with 8K video anytime soon, but a lot of the movies and YouTube videos we enjoy are shot in that format. NVIDIA announced that with camera company RED's help, it has solved one of the thorniest problems with 8K. The...

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04:36
‘Rome: Total War’ coming to iPhone on August 23 [...

Feral Interactive has announced that the historical strategy game ROME: Total War – already available for iPad – will be coming to the iPhone on August 23 …

more…

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04:30
Apple patent hints at a laptop with a touch screen...

Apple repeatedly denies that it has any plans for a touch screen Mac. However, a newly granted patent (number 10,048,788) for “touch screen display uniformity” hints at such a device. Or perhaps an iOS laptop.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that many types of input devices are presently available for performing operations in a computing system, such as buttons or keys, mice, trackballs, joysticks, touch sensor panels, touch screens and the like. Touch screens, in particular, are becoming increasingly popular because of their ease and versatility of operation as well as their declining price. Apple thinks it would be useful for “fringing fields” to be used to detect touch can extend beyond the surface of the display, and objects approaching near the surface may be detected near the surface without actually touching the surface. 

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention (be warned: it’s heavy on tech-speak): “Improvement of visual uniformity of an integrated touch...

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04:30
Griffin Technology’s Elevator takes your Mac laptop...

Griffin Technology’s elegant Elevator elevates a laptop such as Apple’s new MacBook Pro up 5.5 inches, which offers several advantages. 

For one, it opens up extra desktop real estate for a keyboard and mouse. It helps keep your laptop cool as the elevated computer has air circulating all around it. And it’s healthier for you.

How so? Healthycomputing.com, a source for office ergonomics, recommends positioning the top of your screen level with your eyes and sitting at least an arm's length from the screen. Both of these key ergonomic standards are made possible using Elevator with an external keyboard.

The Griffin stand is easy to assemble and showcases your laptop’s good looks. However, it has a slight wobble to it, which was a bit disconcerting. Still, the Elevator’s nonskid pads on the top keep your Mac laptop from sliding around; nonskid pads on the bottom...

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04:19
Warren Buffett’s Berkshire buys another 12M AAPL...

An SEC filing reveals that Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway bought an extra 12.4M AAPL shares during Q2, worth more than $2B at today’s valuation …

more…

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04:16
Puerto Rico restores power in its final affected...

The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) has recently turned power back on in the city of Ponce, and it can now say that it's done restoring customers' electricity across the island. Ponce was the last neighborhood to be reconnected to the gr...

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04:00
How to connect a TV or audio receiver to a HomePod

Apple’s HomePods have evolved in function since their introduction as Apple has pushed out firmware updates and related operating system changes that enabled originally promised features. But there are still some missing pieces, some of which may remain outside the speaker/Siri combo.

Macworld reader Colin wondered about two clearly missing items as he considers whether to purchase HomePods:

  • Can a HomePod take audio input from a TV, cable tuning box, or receiver?
  • Can four HomePods link together for surround sound?

On the first count, no: there are no audio inputs on the HomePod. It lacks an audio input jack and only supports Bluetooth 5.0 for its own purposes, not for streaming audio. To send audio to a HomePod, you have to have a device capable of using the original AirPlay or...

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03:58
MoviePass faces lawsuits, delisting, as new plan...

CNBC reported earlier in the month that MoviePass would be changing its business model yet again, this time reverting to a $9.95/month fee, but now limiting subscribers to a maximum of three movies per month. That report turned out to be correct, and the new plan kicks in today – but not without a problem or four …

more…

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03:56
Apple's revolutionary iMac is 20 years old, and...




The iMac is the machine that famously saved Apple back in 1998 -- but it didn't stop there. Rarely standing still, it has kept at the forefront of Apple design, yet today's iMac has the same design goals it always has. AppleInsider looks back at the beginning of the line, all the way to today.

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03:30
The Morning After: SpaceX Dragon tour and 5G phones

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Morning there! Welcome to the Morning After. Today, we'll take you on a tour of SpaceX, it's the beginning of the end for Telltale's Walking Dead and there's a new actor playing Spock.

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03:15
Rumor: Next-gen AirPods wireless charging case could...

The supply chain sources have added their two bits to the rumor mill.

It’s thought that the next-gen AirPods case could charge on any Qi-compliant charging pad, not just Apple’s still unreleased AirPower pad.

Supply chain sources speaking with Chongdiantou spilled the beans on Apple’s design decision.

Apple’s current iPhones work with an assortment of Qi-standard chargers. The Apple Watch, on the other hand, only works with the charger it ships with.

It’s thought that the next-gen AirPods wireless charging case, along with the AirPower charging mat, could launch sometime in late September.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via The Mac Observer

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03:00
Costco, Amazon offer deals on AirPods, hint at next-...

The presence of deals on Apple hardware tends to be a clear sign that the next-gen is on its way.

Users can now snag Apple’s AirPods for $140 with free shipping, provided you have a Costco membership.

If you don’t have a Costco membership, you can head over to Amazon and pick up a used pair for just $144.98, down $14.02 (or 9 percent) from the normal retail price. If you don’t get them used, they currently retail for $190.65, well above the $159 you’ll get for them in the Apple Store.

The next-gen AirPods are rumored to feature a form of noise canceling.

The future AirPods, with iOS 12, may also function as rudimentary hearing aids.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via Macworld,...

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03:00
Happy 20th Launch Anniversary, iMac

On August 15, 1998, Apple officially released the first iMac, the candy-colored gumdrop-shaped iMac G3, launching a desktop machine that has continued to be updated and revised over the years.

Designed by Apple design chief Jony Ive, the iMac G3 was unique among computers at the time for its unusual shape, the use of translucent plastics that allowed the internals to be visible, and the bright colors that Apple adopted.

"This is iMac. The whole thing is translucent. You can see into it. It's so cool," said Jobs when introducing the iMac G3.

Apple's first iMac, which sold for $1,299 at launch, came equipped with a 233 - 700MHz PowerPC 750 G3 processor, 128GB of storage, a 15-inch CRT, a CD-ROM drive, and an ATI graphics card, components that don't sound impressive today but made for a powerful, well-rounded machine, that, in combination with the design, made the iMac a best seller.

At launch, and in the years following its release, Apple released the...

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03:00
Smart home guide for beginners: Make your home more...

You don’t need to be an expert or spend a fortune on cutting-edge gear, these first steps will lay a foundation you can build on.

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03:00
Denon HEOS HomeCinema HS2 soundbar review: Alexa,...

You’ll find Denon’s Heos HomeCinema HS2 soundbar and wireless subwoofer a solid, feature-rich package.

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03:00
Denon HEOS HomeCinema HS2 soundbar review: Alexa,...

You’ll find Denon’s Heos HomeCinema HS2 soundbar and wireless subwoofer a solid, feature-rich package.

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02:21
Yuneec's Mantis Q drone packs 4K and voice...

DJI's Spark isn't the only game in town if you want a small, relatively powerful drone with a semi-reasonable price tag. Yuneec has launched US pre-orders for the Mantis Q, a robotic flier that blurs the lines between 'budget' drones like the Spark a...

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01:43
NetShade 7.2 - Browse privately using anonymous...

NetShade is an anonymous proxy and VPN app+service for Mac. Unblock your Internet through NetShade's high-speed proxy and VPN servers spanning seven countries.

  • NetShade masks your IP address as you browse the web, by routing you through a proxy server. Anonymous proxies are becoming more and more popular in this age of heightened security and privacy concerns, and NetShade provides an effective and straightforward interface to easily protect your privacy. NetShade currently runs nine high-quality, super-fast, dedicated proxy servers located in the US and Europe.
  • In addition to HTTP proxy, all of NetShade's servers offer a robust encrypted SSL for those times when privacy is of the utmost importance.
  • NetShade 7 introduces IPv6 support. Even if your ISP doesn't yet support IPv6, you can now get an IPv6 address from one of NetShade's proxy or VPN servers. Unblock content that was previously inaccessible by using IPv6.

The...

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01:30
Fantastical 2.5.2 - Create calendar events and...

Fantastical is the Mac calendar you'll actually enjoy using. Creating an event with Fantastical is quick, easy, and fun:

  • Open Fantastical with a single click or keystroke
  • Type in your event details and press return

...and you're back to what you were doing with a shiny new event in your calendar!

Fantastical's natural-language engine is expressive and intelligent, so you can write in your own style. Fantastical also automatically recognizes the location of your event and can even invite people from your Contacts to the event.



Version 2.5.2:

  • Improved layout in Day and Week view when there are multiple overlapping events with long locations
  • Fixed a problem where some Meetup accounts couldn't log in
  • Fixed not being able to show the mini window over full screen apps when the Dock icon is hidden
  • Various fixes and improvements



  • OS X 10...

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01:11
Microsoft’s phone-to-Windows app is available for...

If you've been waiting to be able to access your Android phone's files and notifications on your Windows desktop, you can relax. The PC app, called "Your Phone," is now available for everyone, not just Insiders.

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00:02
Hulu’s ‘Castle Rock’ will return for a second season

Hulu's Castle Rock, the anthology series from JJ Abrams and Stephen King, will return for a second season. The streaming service announced the renewal today, just shortly after the first season's premiere. Hulu also said that the show, which will dro...

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Mac: How to restore ‘Save As…’ functionality

In more recent revisions of macOS, Apple has swapped the old Save As functionality for Duplicate. So, instead of allowing you to re-name and re-locate your very important Pages document, it instead creates the same version with ‘copy’ tacked on to the end, in the same exact location as the original one.

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Mac: How to customize your Safari toolbar

Whether you’re new to Mac or it’s been a while since you’ve adjusted the toolbar in Safari, follow along below for how to customize yours.

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Tuesday August 14

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Netflix's 'Next Gen' trailer features...

Netflix's movies and shows couldn't compete at Cannes this year, but the streaming titan did come home with more content -- including worldwide distribution rights (except in China) for the animated film Next Gen. The company released the first trail...

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21:49
Alex Jones gets a week suspension from Twitter

More than a week after other services pulled the plug on Alex Jones and InfoWars, CNN reports that Twitter has given the personality a one-week suspension. The move came after a Periscope video session where Jones told viewers "now is time to act on...

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