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Wednesday January 16

09:50
‘Parenthood’ producer Jason Katims leaving Universal...

With Apple rumored to launch its video streaming service later this year, the company is continuing to work on bringing in more talent. Now it has hired veteran producer, Jason Katims.

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09:43
Apple in talks with private Medicare plans about...

The insurers are exploring ways to subsidize the cost of the device for those who can’t afford the $279 price tag, which is the starting cost of an older model. The latest version of the device, which includes the most extensive health features including fall detection and an electrocardiogram to measure the heart’s rhythm, retails for a minimum of $399, which many seniors could benefit from but can’t afford.

This makes perfect sense for Apple. The health features of the Apple Watch continue to help people of all ages and save lives. Getting these devices into the hands of seniors is the right thing to do for all involved.

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09:39
The original Mac evangelist, Guy Kawaski, to keynote...

The original Mac evangelist, Guy Kawasaki, will be one of the keynote speakers at The Summit, the largest technology industry showcase in Georgia, returns Feb. 11-12, 2019 to Cobb Galleria in Atlanta.

The annual event, hosted by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), brings more than 1,300 national and local tech leaders together around the most...

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09:39
How Modern Technology is Putting Our Youth on Edge

The business approach to and pace of modern technological change is showing up as paralysis and depression, especially amongst our youth. Eventually, something has to give.


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09:31
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Latest iPad Pros $100 off, 5K...

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

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09:30
Seniors on private Medicare plans may get access to...

Apple is reportedly talking with at least private Medicare plans about getting Apple Watches into the hands of millions of people over the age of 65. It makes a lot of sense for Apple to do that, health experts told CNBC, since it could prevent expensive doctor or hospital visits.

The report says talks have yet to result in any official deals. CNBC says Apple has paid a visit to several of the largest insurers in the market, as well as some smaller, venture-backed Medicare Advantage plans. 

About 19 million seniors are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, which are private health plans that receive government payouts for providing services to seniors — about $10,000 per member, on average. The plans provide coverage within Part C of Medicare in the U.S.

Medicare Advantage health plans pay for managed health...

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09:26
Viber 9.9.6 - Send messages and make free Viber...

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

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

features

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



Version 9.9.6:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.11 or later



Download Now]]>

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09:17
Apple's Jennifer Bailey to keynote at TRANSACT

The Electronic Transactions Association (ETA), the the global trade association representing more than 500 payments and technology companies, says Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president of internet services, will deliver the keynote address at TRANSACT , the world's largest payments technology event.  

Bailey, who leads the Apple Pay team, will discuss how Apple is bringing customers and merchants an easy, convenient and secure payments experience. TRANSACT takes place April 30-May 2, 2019, in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas.

"I'm thrilled to talk to the payments industry at TRANSACT," said Bailey in a press release. "...

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09:15
Sprint promises to finally end sales of location...




Following shortly behind its rivals, Sprint on Wednesday promised that it would at last end sales of location data to third parties -- something it and other U.S. carriers once promised to do before.

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09:14
New price drops: $100 off 2018 MacBook Airs; current...




New markdowns are in effect on Apple's latest hardware, with 256GB 2018 MacBook Airs discounted to $1,299 ($100 off). The 11-inch iPad Pro is also on sale, with prices starting at $729 after $70 to $100 in savings. Those looking for a current 13-inch MacBook Pro can pick up the non-Touch Bar model for just $1,129 while supplies last, a discount of $170 off MSRP.

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09:08
Apple Business Chat is now available to Sprint...

Sprint customers can now use Apple Business Chat to message an agent, learn about Sprint plans and more. 

Apple Business Chat offers a way for users to communicate directly with businesses right within Messages. According to Apple, with Business Chat, it's easy to have a conversation with a service representative, schedule an appointment or make purchases using Apple Pay in the Messages app. Business Chat doesn’t share the user’s contact information with businesses and gives users the ability to stop chatting at any time.

Sprint users can chat with Sprint while looking up store information in Maps, Safari and with Siri. Customers can even start and stop a message any time and pick up right where they left off. Here's how it works:

  • Start a conversation in Apple Business Chat by visiting the 'Contact Us' page on Sprint.com, or search for a Sprint store using Siri, Safari or Apple Maps, then simply tap the Messages icon to send a...

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08:45
After a year, the iMac Pro benefits from better...




Apple's iMac Pro has been on the market for just over a year now, and what initially seemed like an overpriced machine compared to the high-end iMac 5K now looks a lot more reasonable. In this follow up examination after living with the machine for a year, we'll be looking at what's changed in Mac alternatives, complaints we've heard, and specific performance tests which have varied with software updates.

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08:44
Netflix sets international release for George R. R....

Netflix is looking to give SyFy's Nightflyers show a new lease of life on February 1st, when it lands on the streaming platform for viewers outside the US. Based on George R. R. Martin's 1980s novella, the thriller follows a group of scientists aboar...

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08:43
How to Use JavaScript When Creating Shortcuts

Redditor u/keveridge put together a nice guide on how to use JavaScript when creating Shortcuts. JavaScript lets you perform complex actions that would be hard to do with regular shortcut actions.

We make use of the Safari web browser, running within the shortcut, in order to execute the JavaScript. To do so, we:

  • make an HTML file that contains our code and provides an output;

  • pass the contents of the file to Safari as a Data URL;

  • use Get Contents of Web Page to render the page provide the output to the shortcut.

  • ...
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08:36
Sprint adds Apple Business Chat to support its...




Subscribers with U.S. carrier Sprint can now take advantage of Apple Business Chat when they need help with a plan or device.

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08:33
Apple Watch Could Soon Come to Medicare

Apple is in talks with at least three private Medicare plans to subsidize the Apple Watch for at-risk seniors. 


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08:30
Correction: iPhone XS and XS Max Smart Battery Cases...

While reports today suggested that Apple's new Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have lower battery capacities than previous versions for iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 models, it turns out the new cases actually have larger capacities than the old ones when taking voltage into consideration.

The new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max cases are rated at 1,369 mAh, lower than the iPhone 6/6s case at 1,877 mAh and iPhone 7 case at 2,365 mAh, but according to Rene Ritchie, there are actually two such cells in the case.

As a result, the new cases run at a higher voltage that yields a total of 10.1 Wh of energy compared to 7.13 Wh for the iPhone 6/6s case and 8.98 Wh for the iPhone 7 case.

Also, New Battery Cases have more/higher density batteries than previous...

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08:29
iPhone XS and XS Max Smart Battery Cases Have Much...

Wirecutter's Nick Guy has obtained early access to Apple's new Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, and he has shared some notable details and photos about the cases on his Twitter account.

Most notably, Guy notes the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max cases each have 1,369 mAh battery capacities, making them the lowest-capacity Smart Battery Cases ever released. Apple's older battery cases for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 have capacities of 1,877 mAh and 2,365 mAh respectively.

Both iPhone XS and XS MAX Smart Battery Case have a 1369 mAh capacity. iPhone 7 version was 2365, iPhone 6 was 1877. pic.twitter.com/MtJdFC98qQ

— Nick Guy (@thenickguy) January 16, 2019

Apple says the iPhone XS paired with the...

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08:22
Facebook will expand its political ad rules to...

Facebook will be introducing some of its political advertising policies in additional regions in the coming months, Reuters reports. In Nigeria, where a presidential election is set to take place in February, Facebook will now require those purchasin...

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08:08
Apple's High Priced iPhones are blamed for...

A new report from India states that Apple’s iPhone shipments in India last year are estimated to have shrunk by as much as half from the 2017 level, its worst performance since 2014 in the world’s fastest-growing smartphone market, adding to global woes that have forced the company to cut its revenue outlook. High iPhone pricing is being blamed for Apple's bad year in India which was the worst in years.

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08:07
Apple Pay boss Jennifer Bailey delivering keynote...

Apple’s VP of Internet Services Jennifer Bailey has been announced as the keynote speaker for this year’s TRANSACT conference scheduled for later this spring. Jennifer Bailey had led Apple Pay since its launch in 2014.

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08:00
Motorola's next RAZR revival could be a $1,500...

Motorola's RAZR flip-phone is reportedly set for a $1,500 foldable makeover. The new handset could arrive exclusively through Verizon as soon as next month, per The Wall Street Journal's sources. You can blame that massive price tag on the expensive...

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07:58
iMazing 2.8.4 - Complete iOS device manager (was...

iMazing (was DiskAid) is the ultimate iOS device manager with capabilities far beyond what iTunes offers. With iMazing and your iOS device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod), you can:

  • Copy music to and from any iOS device (even from one iOS device to another!), regardless of what Mac or PC the device is already synced to. Music transfer done right, without limitations or restrictions.
  • Backup & restore individual iOS apps along with your custom saved data, perfect for freeing up space on your iOS device without losing your files, great for installing apps including your data on another iOS device you own.
  • Transfer files to and from an iOS device, and browse the iOS file system.
  • Use your iOS device like a USB key.
  • Browse and save messages (SMS, MMS, iMessage), voicemails, and call logs, none of which iTunes can do.
  • Browse, save, and add contacts to your iPhone, without automatically adding them to your iCloud...
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07:53
iPhone XS and XS Max Smart Battery Case contains...

Apple’s smart battery cases for iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR went on sale last night, with Apple touting up to 75% extra usage time. Apple did not state the battery’s capacity in the Apple Store tech specs.

However, The Wirecutter’s Nick Guy has already got his hands on an iPhone XS case, and read off the specs from the printed label. It turns out the iPhone XS Smart Battery Case houses a 1369 mAH internal battery. This is significantly less than the 2365 mAH battery found in the iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case. The XS Max case features the same 1369 mAH capacity …

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07:48
Apple Pay chief Jennifer Bailey to deliver keynote...




Apple vice president of internet services Jennifer Bailey will be delivering the keynote address at payments technology forum Transact in April, and is expected to speak about how Apple Pay helps merchants make customer payments as secure and convenient as possible.

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07:47
Apple in talks to put Apple Watch into the hands of...




Apple has reportedly spoken with "at least three" private Medicare plan providers, exploring the possibility of subsidizing the Apple Watch for seniors 65 or older.

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07:43
Free music for your movie, podcast, game, etc.

Composer, sound designer Joel Corelitz has a gift for you. It’s a collection of music he created that is free for you to use in your own projects.

Bookmark the page, as I suspect this collection will grow over time, and you never know when the need will strike.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:42
Apple in Discussions With Private Medicare Plans to...

Apple is in talks with at least three private Medicare plans in regards to subsidizing the Apple Watch for people over the age of 65. The news comes from a report today by CNBC, citing sources familiar with Apple's plans.

The discussions are centered around subsidizing the cost of an Apple Watch Series 3 or Series 4 -- which currently start at $279 for the Series 3 38mm Aluminum version -- for older Medicare users who can't afford the cost of the device. Series 4 models would be most beneficial for elderly users, thanks to the new fall detection and ECG features.

Apple's talks with the Medicare companies have not resulted in any official deals yet. The Cupertino company has paid visits to several large insurers in the market, as well as some smaller Medicare Advantage plans, but no specific names of the insurers were given.

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07:39
Dates with Siri

Pull up Siri and ask these two things:

  • How many days since December 17th?

and:

  • How many days since December 17th, 2018?

You’ll get two different responses. Now go read the linked post. Very interesting.

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07:36
Save changes before quitting?

Niko Kitsakis (via Michael Tsai’s blog):

People called good Macintosh software “Mac-like” because that’s what it felt like.
If an application did not adhere to those seemingly unwritten rules, you would develop an itch in the back of your head. Something was off.

This “Mac-like” feeling was at the core of the classic Mac OS era. It’s what gave the Mac its legendary status and its place in history. And while the first versions of OS X broke with some conventions, things became better as OS X progressed. That is to say, until 10.7 came out and started a trend of questionable design decisions that has been continuing ever since.

This is a short-but-sweet post that lays out a specific example of the power of a properly constructed interface. The oldest “Save changes” dialog asked a question, but populated the response buttons with Yes, No, and Cancel. A look at the button only was not...

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07:34
CERN plans to build a collider four times bigger...

Back in 2014, CERN sought the help of over 1,300 contributors to help it conjure up a feasible plan for a new collider much, much bigger than the LHC. Now, the research organization has unveiled preliminary designs for the project named Future Circul...

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07:29
Poll: Would you like to see Slide Over and Control...

There has long been debate over the extent to which macOS and iOS will converge. Some think we’ve already gone too far down that route, with Launchpad coming in for particular criticism as an unnecessary child-like interface (though it can be made more useful). At the other extreme, some think Apple should go as far as touchscreen Macs and enable people to run either OS on both Macs and iPads.

Apple itself has consistently said that it considers Macs and iPads to be different categories of device, a message somewhat diluted by ads referring...

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07:27
Apple reportedly working to subsidize Apple Watch...

Apple has started marketing the Apple Watch as a guardian for your health with features like fall detection and a built-in ECG, but selling the Apple Watch to the people who need those benefits the most is a challenge. CNBC reports today that Apple has a plan to address that very challenge: using private Medicare plans cover the Apple Watch for at-risk seniors.

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07:22
Motorola Razr revival with foldable display could...




The Motorola Razr could be making a comeback as part of a deal between Lenovo and Verizon in the near future, but the iconic flip phone's return could introduce a foldable display as part of its redesign, as well as a hefty price tag of $1,500 that outweighs even the iPhone XS Max.

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07:15
A closer look at Nike's Adapt BB auto-lacing...

Back in December of last year, Nike revealed during its quarterly earnings call that it was getting ready to introduce a $350 self-lacing basketball shoe. Ever since, sneakerheads have been highly anticipating the successor to the 2016 HyperAda...

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07:13
27 Adobe Alternatives to Use on Different Platforms

It seems that Adobe is raising the price of its subscription in specific countries, although U.S. users have been spared. Lifehacker compiled a list of 27 Adobe alternatives in response.

I haven’t tried out all of these apps myself, nor am I the target audience for them—as I don’t really dabble in 3D animation, alas. While we normally recommend apps we’ve used at Lifehacker, in this case, I’ve included recommendations from the various Twitter users who have suggested them when applicable.

On my iPad I quickly bought Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer, and both of them work great for my workflow.


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07:00
Many Facebook users still don't understand how...

Despite major scandals, Congressional hearings, and efforts to highlight user privacy controls, most Facebook users still don't know the social network shares their interests with advertisers, according to a new survey conducted by Pew Research Cente...

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06:50
9to5Mac Daily: January 16, 2019

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

https://9to5mac.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2019/01/9to5Mac-Daily-01-16-2019.mp3

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06:43
Apple launches new Qi-charging, hump-smoothed,...

Here are the product links:

All three come in black or white. All three priced at $129.

Battery life varies per model, with the iPhone XR up to a whopping 39 hours of talk time.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:42
EA's open-world 'Star Wars' game is...

Remember EA's open-world Star Wars game that promised bounty hunting across the series' universe? Anyone? No? Doesn't matter, it's been scrapped. EA Vancouver has cancelled the project, reports Kotaku, which it inherited in 2017 after shutting down i...

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06:41
BetterTouchTool 2.697 - Customize multi-touch...

BetterTouchTool adds many new, fully customizable gestures to the Magic Mouse, Multi-Touch MacBook trackpad, and Magic Trackpad.

These gestures are customizable:

  • Magic Mouse:
    • Pinch in / out (zoom)
    • single-finger tap left
    • single-finger tap right
    • single-finger tap middle
    • single-finger tap
    • single-finger click middle
    • two-finger tap
    • two-finger click
    • two-finger swipe (up/down/left/right)
    • two-finger tip tap left/right
    • three-finger tap
    • three-finger click
    • three-finger swipe (up/down/left/right)
    • four-finger swipe up/down
    • four-finger click
    • TipTap left/right
  • Touchpad:
    • single-finger tap top-left
    • single-finger tap top-right
    • single-finger tap top-middle
    • single-finger tap bottom-left
    • single-finger tap bottom-right
    • single-...
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06:39
YouTube Bans Pranks Like Bird Box Challenge

The guidelines are in response to popular challenges that imitate a Netflix movie called Bird Box.


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06:29
AirPower reference spotted in Malaysian iPhone Smart...




Potentially keeping hope that the AirPower is still alive, Apple's Malaysian website makes a reference to the charging mat in relation to its new Smart Battery Cases.

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06:23
Qualcomm points to innovation costs as shield to FTC...




The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has rested its case against Qualcomm, with the chip maker saying that innovation is expensive, and its licensing practices are justified based on that alone.

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06:21
Cord cutting has grown by 50 percent in the last...

A new Nielsen study has found that the number of cord cutters in the US has grown by 48 percent over the past eight years. Apparently, 16 million homes no longer have traditional cable or satellite TV subscriptions, which means 14 percent of all hous...

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06:20
DuckDuckGo taps Apple Maps to power private search...

DuckDuckGo blog:

We’re excited to announce that map and address-related searches on DuckDuckGo for mobile and desktop are now powered by Apple’s MapKit JS framework, giving you a valuable combination of mapping and privacy. As one of the first global companies using Apple MapKit JS, we can now offer users improved address searches, additional visual features, enhanced satellite imagery, and continually updated maps already in use on billions of Apple devices worldwide.

With this updated integration, Apple Maps are now available both embedded within our private search results for relevant queries, as well as available from the “Maps” tab on any search result page.

I love this integration. It is very well done, and is blazingly fast.

Head to DuckDuckGo.com and type pizza in the search bar. Look for a block on the page with a map and click the Open Map button.

Just a taste, but this...

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06:04
Smart Home Diary: Let’s talk automation and scenes …

One recurring theme I’ve seen in comments on my various Smart Home Diary pieces is the view expressed by some that a truly smart home ought to be automated. That pressing on-screen buttons on an iPhone does not equate to a smart home, only automation does.

I have some sympathy for this view. ‘Anything that can be automated should be automated’ is something of a mantra for me. But automation isn’t the whole picture, and I’d like to explain why I hold that view …

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The post Smart Home Diary: Let’s talk automation and scenes … appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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06:00
Deal: Get a 3-pack of 10-foot MFi-certified...

Who can’t use a few more Lightning cables? With today’s deal from TRNDLabs, you can get a 3-pack of 10-foot-long Lightning cables (USB to Lightning) for $32.99 — that’s much less than what Apple charges!

In fact, if you want a cable this long you won’t be able to get it from Apple. They only sell 2-meter (about six feet) long cables, each selling for $29.99. For a bit more, you’re getting three longer cables. The cables are MFi (Made For iPhone) certified so you can rest assured that they’ll work perfectly with any of your Macs or iOS devices.

As with many of our deals, this won’t last for long. Note that the cables cannot be shipped...

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06:00
Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot was my CES road trip...

I love a good road trip. I've spent hundreds of thousands of miles in cars during my life, and the best times were when I knew it would be hours or even days before I reached my destination. Typically a friend (or friends) or family members would...

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05:59
iPhone X beats out Galaxy S10+ CPU in alleged...




Supposed Geekbench data for Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S10+ would put the phone's performance behind its direct competitor, the iPhone XS Max, and even 2017's iPhone X.

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05:42
Former Apple VP Scott Forstall Discussed Creativity...

Former Apple software Vice President Scott Forstall has focussed on Broadway productions since leaving Silicon Valley. However, he does occasionally hark back to his time in tech. He did that in an October episode of the Philosophy Talk podcast,  the full video of which was posted on YouTube on Tuesday. The interview, noticed by 9to5Mac, gives a fascinating insight into creativity and working for Steve Jobs.  Mr. Forstall also discussed Apple TV, which he said came from somebody presenting him with the idea of a 10-ft user interface. It “was invented because someone was encouraged to do whatever they wanted for a month,” Mr. Forstall explained.


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05:39
Changing its Mind, Roku Bans Alex Jones

Doing the opposite of most major internet companies, Roku decided for a couple of hours it would allow Alex Jones on its platform.

Roku said, “While the vast majority of all streaming on our platform is mainstream entertainment, voices on all sides of an issue or cause are free to operate a channel. We do not curate or censor based on viewpoint.”

If Roku was going to cave so quickly it shouldn’t have decided to let Alex Jones on in the first place. At least pretend to put up a fight for a couple more days.


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05:31
OMRON's redesigned ping pong robot no longer...

OMRON is best known for its healthcare products like thermometers and blood pressure monitors -- now in the form of a smartwatch, even. But those who have been following our CEATEC coverage over the past five years may remember the company's am...

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05:22
‘AirPower Wireless Charging Mat’ was briefly...

The fate of AirPower continues to be an evolving mystery. The AirPower Wireless Charging Mat was mentioned briefly in the Apple Store description for the new Smart Battery Cases, and is still visible on the Malaysian Apple Store, via MacRumors.

more…

The post ‘AirPower Wireless Charging Mat’ was briefly mentioned in the iPhone XS Battery Case website description appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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05:10
AirPower Referenced in iPhone XS Smart Battery Case...

As discovered by MacRumors tipster Sri Ram and others on Twitter, Apple has referenced its long-awaited AirPower charging mat in the product description for its new iPhone XS Smart Battery Case in Malaysia.

Apple released Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR on Tuesday following several rumors.

The listing remains live as of Wednesday morning, noting that the Smart Battery Case is "compatible with AirPower Wireless Charging Mat and other Qi‑certified chargers." The case's description in the United States and other countries we checked only mentions compatibility with Qi-certified chargers.

Apple...

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05:02
Deezer's new app serves up 30,000 radio...

Deezer has unveiled a new app that will give users access to 30,000 radio stations around the world. "Radio by Deezer," only available on Android in the UK for now, offers up music, live sports, news and talk, including stations like BBC Radio, Class...

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05:00
Rogue Amoeba filled all my Mac audio needs

I daily use a Mac as my main computer, although I also use a Windows computer occasionally. With time, I have grown to appreciate the ease and simplicity of the Mac, which is known to excel at media production. I rarely edit a video, but I have need to record and edit audio almost daily.

Still, I found that the Mac seemed to be lacking something regarding audio. I enjoy recording gameplay but QuickTime will not let me record the audio of the computer. I can input a mic for talkover, but I cannot record game sounds with QuickTime. However, two apps from Rogue Amoeba solved all my audio needs on the Mac. 

Loopback

Loopback let’s you route audio between apps. When you first open the tool, you create a virtual audio device. Since I wanted to record gameplay with the game audio and microphone input, I created a virtual audio device named “World of Warcraft.” I then routed the game play audio and...

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05:00
What you get when you export Calendar and Reminders...

The Calendar and Reminders apps in macOS let you create backups through an export option. In Calendar, you can select File > Export > Export or Export > Calendar Archive. Reminders lets you select File > Export. The exported files can used for recovery or imported into other apps and systems.

What’s the difference between these options, and why select one over another? All the options produce some variation on an ICS file, a standard calendar format supported by Apple, Google, and Microsoft, among others.

  • The export in Reminders produces a single ICS file that contains all to-do items you’ve ever set and never deleted when complete, as well as all active items.
  • Select a particular calendar in the Calendar’s left sidebar and then choose File > Export > Export and an ICS file containing all that calendar’s associated events will be exported...
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04:34
Apple’s Services Future. It’s Going to Be Different.

Apple’s growing services business, and its increasing openness to having its software on other people’s hardware, is one of the most fascinating stories in tech at the moment. Tech blogger turned venture capitalist M.G. Siegler has written an excellent summary of the situation on Medium. As he says, the future for the company “is going to be… different.”

Incidentally, it was a pod that really started to change the equation. The iPod. In order to reach a wider audience with that device, Apple had to do something that was seemingly against Steve Jobs’ DNA: make software for Windows. (Ice water! In Hell!) And the slope ultimately proved slippery, albeit in a slow way. Eventually, we got (and then lost) Safari for Windows. And in the more recent era, Apple Music for Android. And Alexa.


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04:31
Sony is replacing its awful camera photo transfer app

Many photographers use a DSLR or mirrorless camera to win on Instagram, but let's face it, camera-to-smartphone transfer apps are generally lousy. Sony has acknowledged as much with the release of Imaging Edge, a new transfer app that replaces the Pl...

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04:14
Qualcomm antitrust case: the iPhone wouldn’t exist...

After six days, the US Federal Trade Commission rested its antitrust case against Qualcomm, and the chipmaker has opened its defence.

It began by claiming that the iPhone wouldn’t exist without its technology …

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The post Qualcomm antitrust case: the iPhone wouldn’t exist without us, says chipmaker appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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04:00
Apple patent filing is for ‘intermittent out of...

Apple has filed for a patent (number 10,182,337) for “intermittent out of service recovery on an accessory device.” The goal is to reduce the amount of power used by items such as the iPhone and improve battery life.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that wireless communication technology has evolved from voice-only communications to also include the transmission of data, such as Internet and multimedia content, all of which uses more power. Since mobile devices have smaller batteries than larger portable devices, Apple says “it would be desirable to reduce the power requirements of communication devices.”

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: “According to some embodiments, the accessory device may receive cellular communication system selection information from a paired device. The accessory device may store the communication system selection information. 

“At some point, it may be determined that the accessory device has lost cellular communication...

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03:58
Korea's Largest Mobile Carrier set to Challenge...

Yesterday Korea’s largest mobile carrier SK Telecom launched a next-generation messaging service, called Rich Communication Services which is starting out on Samsung's Galaxy S9 models. The service is to challenge Apple's FaceTime and iMessage with ....

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03:45
The Morning After: Netflix raises prices and fights...

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Good luck choosing your preferred source for a Fyre Festival documentary, as Hulu and Netflix are battling for the crown this week. At the same time, we're learning that Netflix's prices will go up again, and, i...

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03:15
Apple releases Smart Battery Cases for iPhone XS, XS...

Because Smart Battery Cases are useful.

Apple on Tuesday released new Smart Battery Cases designed for its 2018 iPhone lineup, including the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR.

The units are available in black or white, priced at $129 each, and are designed to add extra battery life to the device. The cases are similar in design to the past battery case option Apple offered for the iPhone 7, with a bump at the back to house a battery pack.

The cases provide a different amount of additional battery life depending on the device. In the case of the iPhone XS Battery Case, when paired with the iPhone XS, offers up to 33 hours of talk time, up to 21 hours of internet use, and up to 25 hours of video playback.

The iPhone XS Max with the XS Max Smart Battery Case offers up to 37 hours of talk time, up to 20 hours of internet use, and up to 25 hours of video playback.

The iPhone XR with the XR Battery Case offers up to 39 hours of talk time, up to 22 hours...

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03:10
Tesla releases a plug-in EV charger you can take...

Tesla has released its first non-hardwired Wall Connector with a NEMA 14-50 plug for EV charging. Boasting 40 amps (9.6kW) of power, Tesla says the home charging device can juice up Model S, Model X and Model 3 cars 25 percent faster than the company...

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03:00
Netflix announces largest-ever price hike for...

You’ll soon be paying a bit more for your Netflix streaming package.

Netflix announced its biggest ever price increase since it launched its streaming service 12-years-ago. Its most popular streaming plan will now cost $13, the company said Tuesday.

The prices will increase between 13 percent and 18 percent, with its most popular plan jumping to $13 per month from $11 per month. Its basic plan will become $9 per month instead of $8, and its ultra-HD premium plan will rise from $14 per month to $16 per month.

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The company has raised prices 4 times previously but this is the largest rise since it launched its streaming service 12 years ago. The most recent price increase was in October 2017. It said it was making the move to in order to continue investing in high-quality content.

Netflix offered the following comment regarding the price hike:

“We change pricing from time to time as we continue investing in great...

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03:00
Stop apps from asking for reviews in iOS 12

If you dislike the pop-up windows from apps constantly asking you to leave a review in iOS 12, you put an end to it. Here’s how:

  • Go to the Settings app.

  • Tap on iTunes, then App Store.

  • Turn the In-App Ratings & Review option off.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)



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03:00
JBL Everest 710GA headphones review: Superb sound...

JBL's latest wireless headphones can broadcast your music to other Bluetooth headphones, letting you share the fun with friends. And many will find it handy to have Google Assistant available at a touch.

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03:00
How the iPad might influence the future of the Mac...

Much has been written—a lot of it by me, admittedly—about how Apple’s commitment to let iOS developers bring their apps to macOS in 2019 has the potential to dramatically change the Mac. But adding iOS apps to the Mac might not be where Apple stops. What if the company uses macOS 10.15 (or, dare I suggest, macOS 13?) to further unify the interfaces of its platforms?

For all the discussion about whether iOS apps running on a Mac can possibly live up to the platform’s interface standards, it’s entirely possible that this year, Apple will choose to redefine what it is to be Mac-like in a way that turns iOS and macOS into a continuum of interface decisions that are all, for a lake of a better phrase, “Apple-like.” Longtime Mac users might chafe, but iOS users might welcome it. As someone who is both, I am not sure where I fall, but it’s worth...

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02:13
Postbox 6.1.9 - Powerful and flexible email client.

Postbox is a new email application that helps you organize your work life and get stuff done. It has all the elegance and simplicity of Apple Mail, but with more power and flexibility to manage even the most demanding workloads.

Features

  • Ultra-Fast Search - Instantly find messages, attachments, images, links, and contacts.
  • Conversation Views - Make sense of email threads through chronological message views.
  • Better Organization - Tabs, Topics, and To-Dos help you stay organized with less effort.
  • Works Great with OS X - Postbox integrates with the Address Book, iCal, iPhoto, Spotlight, and Quick Look. Postbox even works with OmniFocus and Things!
  • Quick and Easy Setup - Postbox will automatically determine your connection settings for you!

Postbox is available in English, German, French, Spanish (Spain), English (British), Italian, Dutch, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, and Swedish.

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02:10
Oppo teases smartphone cameras with 10x hybrid zoom

Even though Oppo showed off a 5x "lossless" zoom dual camera back at MWC 2017, the system never showed up on any of the phones afterwards. But don't worry, the company hasn't given up on this precious tech. In fact, earlier today, Oppo teased a new a...

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00:49
Wireshark 2.6.6 - Network protocol analyzer.

Wireshark is one of the world's foremost network protocol analyzers, and is the standard in many parts of the industry. It is the continuation of a project that started in 1998. Hundreds of developers around the world have contributed to it, and it it still under active development.

Wireshark has a rich feature set which includes the following:

  • Standard three-pane packet browser
  • Multi-platform: Runs on Windows, Linux, OS X, Solaris, FreeBSD, NetBSD, and many others
  • Multi-interface: Along with a standard GUI, Wireshark includes TShark, a text-mode analyzer which is useful for remote capture, analysis, and scripting
  • The most powerful display filters in the industry
  • VoIP analysis
  • Live capture and offline analysis are supported
  • Read/write many different capture file formats: tcpdump (libpcap), NAI's Sniffer (compressed and uncompressed), Sniffer Pro, NetXray, Sun snoop and atmsnoop, Shomiti/...
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00:16
OmniFocus 3.2 - GTD task manager with iOS companion...

OmniFocus is an organizer app. It uses projects to organize tasks naturally, and then add tags to organize across projects. Easily enter tasks when you’re on the go, and process them when you have time. Tap the Forecast view - which shows both tasks and calendar events - to get a handle on your day. Use the Review perspective to keep your projects and tasks on track.

Use OmniFocus to accomplish more every day. Create projects and tasks, organize them with tags, focus on what you can do right now - and get stuff done. Then let our free syncing system make sure you data is the same on every Mac. (And on OmniFocus for iOS, available separately.) Because your data is encrypted, it’s safe in the cloud.

OmniFocus comes in two feature levels: Standard, available for $39.99; and Pro, available for $79.99.



Version 3.2:

  • Adds support for background notifications in macOS Mojave
  • Restores support for repeats specified in...
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00:09
Acorn 6 6.3.1 - Bitmap image editor.

Acorn is a new image editor built with one goal in mind - simplicity. Fast, easy, and fluid, Acorn provides the options you'll need without any overhead. Acorn feels right, and won't drain your bank account.

  • Take screenshots using Acorn and edit them right away.
  • Chain together image filters to create stunning effects.
  • Layer based image editing, an industry standard.
  • Make new images and layers using your built-in iSight.
  • Easy image and canvas resizing, just by changing the size of your window.
  • Take advantage of every pixel of your monitor with full screen image editing.
  • Tablet sensitive for pressure strokes and using the tablet's eraser.
  • Vector shape and text layers.
  • Freeform, elliptical, rectangular, and magic wand selections.
  • Gradients.
  • Create and apply custom text styles.
  • Control opacity and blending modes for each layer.
  • Write plugins using...
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00:02
Verizon unlimited subscribers get permanent Apple...

Last year, Verizon (which owns Engadget's parent company) offered unlimited subscribers six months of free access to Apple Music. Now the carrier is expanding that partnership and officially bundling Beyond Unlimited and Above Unlimited subscriptions...

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00:00
Forgot your Apple ID email? Here’s how to look it up

Have an Apple ID that you haven’t used in a long time and need to access it? If you forgot your Apple ID email, read on below for how to look it up.

more…

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Tuesday January 15

22:09
Former Apple exec Scott Forstall discusses...




In a rare interview published last week, Apple's former head of iOS development Scott Forstall discusses a wide range of topics that offer a peek behind the scenes at the company during the genesis of iPod, iPhone, iPad and other landmark devices.

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22:07
Japan's robot hotel 'fires' over half...

Japan's robot hotel, the Hen-na ("Strange") Hotel, was supposed to represent the future of lodging with automatons taking care of things that previously required 'inefficient' humans. That strategy is coming apart at the seams, however. Hen-na has 'f...

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20:59
KeyCue 9.2 - Displays all menu shortcut commands.

KeyCue has always been a handy tool for learning and remembering keyboard shortcuts. With a simple keystroke or click, KeyCue displays a table with all available keyboard shortcuts, system-wide hotkeys, as well as key combinations for triggering macros in Keyboard Maestro, QuicKeys and iKey. But KeyCue 8.0 contains a bunch of new features that take KeyCue to a whole new level. Gone are the days when KeyCue was nothing more than a menu shortcut viewer.

KeyCue 8 offers a flexible new way to define a wide variety of triggers, which can be combinations of modifier keystrokes and mouse clicks. These triggers can be used to perform different actions, like bringing up the KeyCue sheet for selected types of shortcuts, opening the KeyCue settings window, or other actions.

A completely new action that can be assigned to a trigger is to show a collection of your frequently used URLs. Simply define your own favorite URL collection together with your preferred...

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20:59
Pixelmator 3.8.1 - Powerful layer-based image editor.

Pixelmator is a beautifully designed, easy-to-use, fast, and powerful image editor for OS X. It has everything you need to create, edit, and enhance your images.

Pixelmator is a layer-based image editor. You can quickly create layers from your photos, other pictures, from selections, or even your iSight. Yes, Pixelmator can add a layer to your composition directly from your Mac's little camera. Not only can you link and arrange added layers, but Pixelmator also allows you to blend layers, change their opacity, create clipping masks, or even add layer masks to hide some portions of a layer.



Version 3.8.1:
Fixed:

  • The grid, persistent guides, Quick Selection tool overlay, and selection outlines would be visible above the Rulers.
  • It was not possible to resize the Import window when it should have been, and it was possible to resize the About and Preferences windows when it shouldn’t have been.
  • Skewing,...
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20:59
OmniPlan 3.10.4 - Robust project management software.

With OmniPlan, you can create logical, manageable project plans with Gantt charts, schedules, summaries, milestones, and critical paths. Break down the tasks needed to make your project a success, optimize resources, and streamline budgets. It's project management made painless.

How to get your project done on time and under budget:

  • Translate strategy into tactics everyone can understand
  • Create summaries of work broken into lists of activities
  • Distribute workloads fairly and efficiently
  • Manage costs as you go

Plan, monitor, and control it all with software designed to make your job easier, not harder.



Version 3.10.4:

  • Google Calendar [PRO] - Copies of OmniPlan downloaded from the Mac App Store are now able to successfully authenticate Google Calendar accounts
  • Resource Load Syncing [PRO] - Fixed a bug that could cause resources to appear incorrectly overloaded when...
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20:59
DEVONthink Pro 2.11.2 - Knowledge base, information...

Save 10% with our exclusive coupon code: MACUPDATE10

DEVONthink Pro is your essential assistant for today's world, where almost everything is digital. From shopping receipts to important research papers, your life often fills your hard drive in the form of emails, PDFs, Word documents, multimedia files and more. Questions eventually pop up, like where do you store all of this stuff? How do you organize these very different file types, and even better, how do you find the exact file you're looking for the second you need it? It's almost as if you need a second brain just to keep your digital life straight.

DEVONthink is the solution to the digital age conundrum. It is your second brain, the one and only database for all your digital files, be they PDFs, emails, Word docs or even multimedia files. Boasting a refined...

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20:59
Mac DVDRipper Pro 8.0.1 - Copy, backup, and convert...

Mac DVDRipper Pro is the DVD backup solution that lets you protect your DVDs from scratches, save your batteries by reading your movies from your hard disk, manage your collection with just a few clicks, time-shift your rental, backup your DVD collection, and much more!

Mac DVDRipper Pro allows you to copy all your DVDs on your Mac so you can easily view them without having to spend your battery on spinning your optical drive. It analyzes the DVD and uses intelligent algorithms to ensure proper rips. It is the best at what it does, at an unbeatable price! And when using the disc image mode, you can also burn directly to another DVD from the application.

You can try it for free before buying, Mac DVDRipper Pro will work without any limitations for your first 5 rips.



Version 8.0.1:
Fixed:

  • A crash affecting some users
  • An issue with some pre-order serials
  • GUI glitch
  • Bug when changing DVD...
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20:59
ForkLift 3.3 - 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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20:59
BetterTouchTool 2.696 - Customize multi-touch...

BetterTouchTool adds many new, fully customizable gestures to the Magic Mouse, Multi-Touch MacBook trackpad, and Magic Trackpad.

These gestures are customizable:

  • Magic Mouse:
    • Pinch in / out (zoom)
    • single-finger tap left
    • single-finger tap right
    • single-finger tap middle
    • single-finger tap
    • single-finger click middle
    • two-finger tap
    • two-finger click
    • two-finger swipe (up/down/left/right)
    • two-finger tip tap left/right
    • three-finger tap
    • three-finger click
    • three-finger swipe (up/down/left/right)
    • four-finger swipe up/down
    • four-finger click
    • TipTap left/right
  • Touchpad:
    • single-finger tap top-left
    • single-finger tap top-right
    • single-finger tap top-middle
    • single-finger tap bottom-left
    • single-finger tap bottom-right
    • single-...
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20:59
OmniPlan Pro 3.10.4 - Professional-grade project...

With OmniPlan Pro, you can create logical, manageable project plans with Gantt charts, schedules, summaries, milestones, and critical paths. Break down the tasks needed to make your project a success, optimize resources, and streamline budgets. It's project management made painless.

How to get your project done on time and under budget:

  • Translate strategy into tactics everyone can understand
  • Create summaries of work broken into lists of activities
  • Distribute workloads fairly and efficiently
  • Manage costs as you go

OmniPlan Pro adds the following features to OmniPlan's robust management abilities:

  • Publish and subscribe
  • Change tracking
  • Monte Carlo simulation
  • AppleScript support
  • Earned-value analysis
  • Multi-project dashboard
  • Beautiful reports
  • Microsoft Project support
  • Auto-effort estimation



Version 3...

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20:59
VirtualBox 6.0.2 - x86 virtualization software.

VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux and Mac hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4, 2.6, 3.x and 4.x), Solaris and OpenSolaris, OS/2, and OpenBSD.

VirtualBox is being actively developed with frequent releases and has an ever growing list of features, supported guest operating systems and platforms it runs on. VirtualBox is a community effort backed by a dedicated company: everyone is encouraged to contribute while innotek ensures the...

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20:59
WhatRoute 2.1.12 - Geographically trace online data-...

WhatRoute is designed to find the names of all the routers an IP packet passes through on its way from your Mac to a destination host. It also measures the round-trip time from your Mac to the router, thus enabling you to determine slow links--or hops--in the Internet. WhatRoute can also find dead links, such as routers that don't respond.

  • A geo-location server is queried and the locations of the hosts discovered in a trace or seen active on the LAN, can be plotted on a low resolution map or viewed in high resolution on Google Earth
  • WhatRoute also provides network and port scanning, ping, whois, DNS, and LAN monitoring functions.
  • Find the ASN with which a network is registered and the networks with which it peers.
  • View network flows

Note: While the software is classified as free, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation to help support development.


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20:33
China grows the first plants on the Moon

The greenery you see in the soil above might not look like much, but it represents a big step in space exploration. Cotton seeds brought to the Moon aboard China's Chang'e-4 mission have sprouted, marking the first time plants have grown on the lunar...

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19:54
Tim Cook highlights story of Apple Watch owner whose...




Apple CEO Tim Cook shared a tweet on Tuesday highlighting yet another Apple Watch Series 4 success story, with the device reportedly detecting atrial fibrillation in its wearer -- and potentially saving a life -- thanks to new ECG functionality.

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19:53
Apple’s first film collaboration with A24 is ‘On the...

Back in November, it was reported that Apple was working with film studio A24 to produce original movies. Now, Variety reports that the first initiative to come of that partnership is a feature film starring Bill Murray and Rashida Jones.

more…

The post Apple’s first film collaboration with A24 is ‘On the Rocks,’ reuniting Bill Murray & Sofia Coppola appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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19:33
YouTube bans dangerous challenges like the '...

YouTube already frowns on challenges and pranks that put people at risk, but it's making that policy more explicit in light of the recent rise of Bird Box-inspired dares. The service has updated its guidelines to directly ban all challenges and pran...

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19:05
Tim Cook shares story of user who discovered A-fib...

On Twitter today, Tim Cook has shared the story of another Apple user whose Apple Watch warned them of major health problems. Elissa Lombardo said her husband’s Apple Watch alerted him he could have A-fib, prompting him to seek medical attention.

more…

The post Tim Cook shares story of user who discovered A-fib and other health issues with Apple Watch appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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18:36
Watch Scott Forstall talk working with Steve Jobs,...

Since departing Apple in 2012, Scott Forstall has shifted his focus primarily to Broadway production. Every so often, however, Forstall takes time in an interview to reference his days as an Apple software VP. In the latest instance of this, Forstall talks Steve Jobs, Apple TV, and more.

more…

The post Watch Scott Forstall talk working with Steve Jobs, the creation of Apple TV, and more [Video] appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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18:31
'The Sims' Alexa Skill is a game companion...

Electronic Arts and Amazon are doing their version of the old "You got your peanut butter in my chocolate!" and "You got your chocolate in my peanut butter!" bit. The companies announced today that a companion skill for dedicated fans of The Sims wil...

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17:25
Apple releases official battery cases for iPhone XS...

Today, Apple quietly began taking orders for battery-equipped cases for all three 2018 iPhone models—iPhone XS,...

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17:25
Apple Maps Gooses DuckDuckGo In Search Privacy...

Search engine DuckDuckGo now displays location information from Apple Maps in its search results. "DuckDuckGo now uses Apple Maps both for small maps in location-related search results and for larger, interactive search results that appear in a separate maps tab," reports CNET. "That replaces a combination including MapBox, OpenStreetMap and homegrown technology." From the report: The top reason DuckDuckGo argues you should try it is that it doesn't keep any personal information on you and what you searched for, unlike search leader Google. That dovetails nicely with Apple's sustained push to improve online privacy. But maintaining your privacy can be tough when you're looking for location-related information. DuckDuckGo says it's struck a balance, though. It doesn't send personally identifiable information such as your computer's Internet Protocol network address, to Apple or other third parties, DuckDuckGo said. "For local searches, where your approximate location information is...

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16:59
How to use your iPad as a secondary Mac display

Apple frames the iPad Pro as a real computer that can do real computer tasks. In reality, however, this is only the case for a small number of users. On the other hand, if you enjoy using an iPad and want to use it as a secondary display with your Mac, there are a few options.

more…

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16:50
Snap loses two key executives after less than a year...

Snap is facing a pair of notable executive departures. Cheddar reports today that Snap has lost both its Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Investor Relations after less than a year.

more…

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16:29
SEC brings charges in connection with hack of its...

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission announced today that it is bringing charges against a Ukranian hacker for breaking into the agency's corporate filing system to access nonpublic information. The SEC is also charging a number of in...

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16:06
Starting Thursday, Verizon will offer Free Unlimited...

Since summer, Verizon Unlimited customers have been streaming their favorite songs on America’s largest and most reliable network with six months of Apple Music included with their plans. Now, we’re bringing the best in unlimited data and the best in unlimited music together in an even bigger way. Starting January 17, Apple Music will be included in Beyond Unlimited and Above Unlimited plans.

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15:56
Verizon to bundle Apple Music with top-tier...




Verizon on Tuesday announced a new promotion that will bundle Apple Music subscriptions to customers of its two most expensive monthly plans, expanding on an existing partnership with Apple that provided six free months of the streaming service to select users.

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15:40
Best Fitbit: We help you choose the right one for...

As one of the biggest names in fitness trackers, Fitbit is an easy pick for recording your daily steps or sleep patterns. Selecting the best Fitbit model for your needs, however, isn’t quite as simple.

The different Fitbit trackers have a lot of overlap in features, and so it’s not straightforward which one is the “best.” Moving up the scale in price doesn’t necessarily mean you get all the features of the cheaper trackers plus additional ones. (This quirk is particularly relevant if you need water resistance.)

That’s where we come in. We’ve boiled down the options into three simple picks that should match most people’s activity levels and styles.

To read this article in full, please click here

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15:40
Best Fitbit: We help you choose the right one for...

As one of the biggest names in fitness trackers, Fitbit is an easy pick for recording your daily steps or sleep patterns. Selecting the best Fitbit model for your needs, however, isn’t quite as simple.

The different Fitbit trackers have a lot of overlap in features, and so it’s not straightforward which one is the “best.” Moving up the scale in price doesn’t necessarily mean you get all the features of the cheaper trackers plus additional ones. (This quirk is particularly relevant if you need water resistance.)

That’s where we come in. We’ve boiled down the options into three simple picks that should match most people’s activity levels and styles.

To read this article in full, please click here

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15:25
Apple now Selling Smart Battery Cases for their...

In early December Patently Apple posted a report titled "Did one of Apple's latest Patents just reveal Apple's Next-Gen Smart Case with Inductive Charging?" Today Apple has released new Smart Battery Cases for iPhone XS Max, XS and XR for US$129 that are compatible with Qi-certified chargers.

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15:01
Audi adds Q7 SUV to its Silvercar on-demand rental...

Audi is hoping to attract families and groups of travelers to its Silvercar service, through which you can reserve and unlock cars with your phone, by adding its Q7 to the fleet. You can now reserve the SUV in Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Mi...

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14:46
Apple and Studio A24 have Chosen their first Joint...

In November Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Signs Multiyear Deal with Film Studio A24 who Created Oscar Winner Moonlight, The Children's Act and more." Today we're learning that the first project under the pact between indie studio A24 and Apple will be titled "On the Rocks."

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14:29
Apple Daily Report: Verizon adding Apple Music to...

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. 

According to 9to5Mac, Verizon is adding Apple Music to two of its “unlimited” cell phone plans, effectively offering the $9.99 subscription for no additional cost.

Developers, take note: FoundationDB, a free and open-source multi-model NoSQL database developed by Apple, has announced the open source release of the FoundationDB Record Layer. Databases managed by the Record Layer support records with fields and types, an evolving schema, complex primary and secondary indexes, and declarative query execution.

The...

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13:58
First Apple/A24 film to re-team Bill Murray, Sophia...

In November it was announced that Apple is enlisting Oscar-winning indie studio A24 to produce a slate of films for its growing entertainment division in a “multiyear agreement” that involves multiple films. According to Variety,, the first film will be On the Rocks, which will re-team director Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray, who worked together on 2003’s Lost in Translation.

Coppola will direct the new film from a script she wrote. On the Rocks  film follows a young mother who reconnects with her larger-than-life playboy father on an adventure through New York, according to Variety.

As of 2018, A24, which was founded in 2012, has received a 24 Academy Award nominations. In 2016, films distributed by A24 won Academy Awards for Best Actress (Brie Larson in Room), Best...

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13:58
Twitter adds chronological timeline button to its...

You no longer need an iOS device to easily see your Twitter feed the right way. Twitter is rolling out its chronological timeline button on Android, giving you a quick way to switch between the latest tweets and the social network's algorithm-sorted...

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13:55
Apple now selling $129 battery cases for the iPhone...

Rumors suggested late last year that Apple was working on a battery case for the iPhone XS and XR, but the products sort of fell off the radar after weeks went by without no information. All of a sudden, though, Apple is selling battery cases for all three of the iPhones on its website.

The cases come in either black or white and cost $129, and remarkably, that price applies regardless of whether you get one for the iPhone XSRemove non-product link, iPhone XS MaxRemove non-product link, or iPhone XRRemove non-product link. They’re made of the same grippy silicone I love from Apple’s regular cases, and taking a cue from its previous battery cases, Apple...

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13:46
Apple launches Smart Battery Cases for 2018 iPhones

Apple has rolled out three Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone Xr, Xs, Xs Max. All are available in black or white and cost $129.

According to Apple, the XR case offers 22 hours of Internet user, 27 hours of video, or 33 hours of phone call time. The iPhone XS case adds up to 21 hours of Internet use, 25 hours of video, or 33 hours of talk time. The XS Max model purportedly gives you 20 hours of internet, 25 hours of video, and 37 hours of phone talk.

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13:38
Apple iPod Touch 7th Gen To Release Soon According...

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13:32
Millions of customers will now pay more for Netflix—...

It will likely eventually affect customers in other countries as well. We are a Netflix family but, at what point will these increases stop us from paying for the service?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:30
Apple launches Smart Battery Cases for iPhone XS, XS...




Apple on Tuesday launched three new Smart Battery Cases to match its latest iPhone lineup, significantly extending the longevity of its handsets.

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13:28
Apple has its own smart battery cases for iPhone XS...

Yes, the rumors and leaks were true -- Apple has a new battery case after a lengthy absence, and it appears to have learned a few lessons in the process. The Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS, XS Max and XR extends your handset's battery to as much a...

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13:27
LG sale slashes OLED TV prices by up to $1,000

It's that special time of year for TV makers -- that is, the desperate scramble to sell TVs to Super Bowl viewers looking for an upgrade. And LG is determined to capitalize on that football fandom. The company has launched a sale that cuts the prices...

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13:21
Apple Replaced 11 Million iPhone Batteries in Its $...

Apple's $29 battery replacement program may have seriously dinged sales of its 2018 iPhone models. From a report: The company replaced 11 million iPhone batteries under the program, John Gruber of tech-focused blog DaringFireball reported Monday, citing Apple CEO Tim Cook at an all-hands meeting. Typically, the company replaces 1 million to 2 million batteries each year, DaringFireball noted. Cook cited the program's negative impact on Apple's revenue in a Jan. 2 sales warning to investors but didn't offer specific numbers.


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13:12
Apple officially releases Smart Battery cases for...

Apple today has officially released Smart Battery cases for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. This comes after 9to5Mac discovered various pieces of evidence within iOS hinting at the existence of such cases.

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13:11
Apple Releases Smart Battery Cases for iPhone XS, XS...

Apple today released new Smart Battery Cases designed for its 2018 iPhone lineup, including the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR.

Available in black or white, each Smart Battery Case is priced at $129 and is designed to add extra battery life to the iPhone. The cases are similar in design to the past battery case option Apple offered for the iPhone 7, with a bump at the back to house a battery pack.

Each case provides a varying amount of battery life depending on device. The iPhone XS Battery Case, when paired with the iPhone XS, offers up to 33 hours of talk time, up to 21 hours of internet use, and up to 25 hours of video playback.

The iPhone XS Max with the XS Max Smart Battery Case offers up to 37 hours of talk time, up to 20 hours of internet use, and up to 25 hours of...

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13:02
Nomad debuts new natural leather Apple Watch bands...




Accessory maker Nomad has taken the wraps off its latest accessories -- a modern leather Apple Watch band and an AirPods case both in a new natural leather finish.

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13:00
Admin console

 January 15, 2019 1:00:00 PM PST

The problem with Admin console should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better.


Users were receiving Error #1000 when going to Device Management or Reports.

 January 15, 2019 12:36:00 PM PST

We're investigating reports of an issue with Admin console. We will provide more information shortly. The affected users are able to access Admin console, but are seeing error messages, high latency, and/or other unexpected behavior.

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13:00
Join us on Wednesday, January 16, at 10 a.m. Pacific

Apple replaced a lot of iPhone batteries last year. Should Apple switch to AMD processors? We also respond to your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 636.

Take our poll

Last year, did you you replaced your iPhone battery instead of buying a new iPhone? Let us know in our Twitter poll and we will discuss the results on the show.

To read this article in full, please click here...

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12:59
First Apple & A24 collaboration is Sofia Coppola...




The first collaboration between Apple and film studio A24 will be "On the Rocks," directed by Sofia Coppola with stars Bill Murray and Rashida Jones.

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12:32
How to make new T2-secured Macs boot from external...




Apple's security processor gets in the way when you're trying to use external drives to boot from. Fix this now because if you wait until you need to restart from one, you'll have problems.

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12:08
Apple’s original TV shows and series: Apple's...

Apple is said to be spending as much as $1 billion over the course of 2018 on original TV programming. That’s a lot of TV! It’s not the $8 billion Netflix is going to spend, but it’s still a huge commitment.

What can you get for a billion dollars? Well, some simple math gives us 200 episodes at $5 million a piece (a reasonable per-episode price for high-end TV). But we’re not likely to actually see 10-20 shows with 10-20 episodes each, all costing around that much. For starters, that billion dollars has to cover a lot more than per-episode production costs.

To read this article in...

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12:06
Another render of a potential 2019 iPhone design...




A new set of "iPhone XI" renders emerged on Tuesday, claimed to depict one of the rear camera designs Apple is considering.

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11:49
Apple's First A24 Film to Star Bill Murray and...

Apple late last year teamed up with indie entertainment studio A24 to produce a series of films for its upcoming streaming service, and now the first film under that partnership is in the works.

According to Variety, Apple and A24's first movie will be directed by Sofia Coppola, known for directing movies like "The Virgin Suicides," "Lost in Translation," "Marie Antoinette," and "The Bling Ring."

Image credit: Guillaume Collet/Sipa/REX/Shutterstock, via Variety

The movie, "On the Rocks," will star Bill Murray, who often works with Coppola, and Rashida Jones, known for her roles in "The Office" and "Parks and Recreation."

"On the Rocks" will follow a young mother who reconnects with her larger-than-life playboy father on an adventure through New York. Production on the movie is set to start next month.

Apple has more than a dozen television shows in the works, with many in the casting stages, but the filming schedule for "On...

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11:45
How to Understand Apple Watch Heart Rate Data

Beth Skwarecki wrote a helpful article explaining how to understand Apple Watch heart rate data and what all the numbers mean.

Some major caveats on everything we’re about to say: first, everybody is different, so if your numbers are higher or lower than you’d expect, there isn’t necessarily anything wrong with you. There’s a wide range of normal.


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11:45
Renders show another supposed iPhone 11 prototype...

Onleaks kicked off iPhone 11 rumor frenzy about a week ago showing renders of a square camera bump that featured three cameras in awkward alignment. Today, he has partnered with CompareRaja to show what he believes is an alternative iPhone 11 prototype currently circulating manufacturing plants.

The phone depicted here is much easier on the eyes, with a slimmer camera bump and smaller notch on the front screen. The contrast in appearance between each of the purported protoypes is significant but Onleaks says both prototypes are legitimate …

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11:43
TweetDeck for Mac updated with support for Dark Mode...

While the official Twitter app for Mac is gone, the company is still actively developing its TweetDeck client for the platform and the Mac app is getting an update today with a handful of new features and bug fixes. Headlining the release is support for macOS Mojave’s Dark Mode, meaning the app will now match the rest of the operating system when in Dark Mode.

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11:37
Voipo Database Exposed SMS Messages

Voipo CEO Timothy Dick said the company found no evidence in logs or on its network that a data breach happened.


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11:26
Capture Stunningly Smooth 360° 4K Footage with...

Check out today’s deal for the Insta360 ONE 4K Action Camera, a 360 degree camera for your iPhone or iPad. It plugs into your Lightning port, though it can also be controlled via Bluetooth for Android, if that’s your thing. It boosts a 24 megapixel camera, and it supports video up to 4K. The promo video below has a good look at the device, and our deal listing has all the specs and details. It’s $239.99 through us.


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11:16
Another Possible Triple-Lens Camera Design in 2019...

Multiple rumors have suggested at least one of the 2019 iPhone models will feature a triple-lens camera design, but smartphone leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer (aka OnLeaks) believes Apple is still finalizing just what the triple-lens design will look like.

Earlier this month, Hemmerstoffer shared one possible prototype design featuring a square-shaped camera layout, and today, he's teamed up with Indian site CompareRaja to show us another design that Apple is allegedly working on.

The new renders feature an iPhone with a slimmed down notch for the front-facing camera and TrueDepth system, along with a triple-lens rear camera positioned in the center of the device.

The camera features three lenses in a horizontal arrangement, with a flash located around the middle of the three lenses. A microphone is...

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11:06
Nike Launches Line of Self-Adjusting Basketball Shoes

Nike launched a line of self-adjusting basketball shoes that you can control with your iPhone. They’re based on the company’s FitAdapt technology.

When a player steps into the Nike Adapt BB, a custom motor and gear train senses the tension needed by the foot and adjusts accordingly to keep the foot snug. The tensile strength of the underfoot lacing is able to pull 32 pounds of force (roughly equal to that of a standard parachute cord) to secure the foot throughout a range of movement.

These basketball shoes look slick.


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11:05
Nomad releases new Apple Watch, AirPods leather...

Nomad. has released new leather accessories featuring natural color leather. One is a a leather strap for the smaller 38/40mm Apple Watch; the other is a new leather AirPods case.  

These accessories are crafted from the same Horween Leather that Nomad has become known for, but are offered in a lighter color than before. The straps are available with either silver or gold hardware and sport a new slimmed down cut.

The Apple Watch band is $59.95; the AirPods case is $30. All are available now.



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10:58
DuckDuckGo integrates Apple’s MapKit JS for map,...

The folks behind DuckDuckGo have announced that map and address-related searches on the Internet search engine that doesn’t track you for mobile and desktop are now powered by Apple's MapKit JS framework for both the desktop and mobile versions.

MapKit JS is a JavaScript library that lets you add interactive maps to webpages — complete with annotations, overlays, and interfaces to Apple Maps services such as search and directions — to enable rich interactions. It offers a free daily limit of 250,000 map views and 25,000 service calls.

As one of the first global companies using Apple MapKit JS, the DuckDuckGo-ers says they can now offer users improved address searches, additional visual features, enhanced satellite imagery, and continually updated maps already in use on billions of Apple devices worldwide.

With this updated integration...

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10:51
Apple's COO delivers blistering testimony on...




Court testimony from Apple's Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams has laid out that Qualcomm has repeatedly flexed its monopoly control over the cellular industry in its dealings with Apple, demanding that Apple not only pay to license its patents, but also cross-license all of its own intellectual property above and beyond requiring a 5 percent cut of the total cost of Apple's products plus exclusivity in sourcing all of Apple's mobile chips.

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10:30
CES 2019: ShowStoppers Demos Smart Ovens, Big...

One company lights the world, another proposes to cook for you, and Apple teases Google over privacy while an open-source voice assistant ups the privacy ante.

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10:27
U.S. Court of Appeals denies Apple’s $440 million...

A U.S. appeals court has today ruled against Apple’s $440 million appeal in its ongoing court battle with patent troll company VirnetX.

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The post U.S. Court of Appeals denies Apple’s $440 million appeal against VirnetX in ongoing court battle appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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10:20
DuckDuckGo switches to Apple Maps

It didn’t make a big splash, but Apple unveiled a new mapping tool last year at WWDC. MapKit JS is a JavaScript library that anyone can use to put Apple Maps on the web. It’s currently still in beta, but can be used by any registered Apple developer (with a daily limit on how many map views can be called).

Today, privacy-minded search engine DuckDuckGo announced that it will use the new MapKit JS tool for all its location-based search results. Previously, the site used OpenStreetMap for its results, with a drop-down box kicking you off to Bing, Google, or Here maps if you asked for directions.

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09:50
Hands-on: Echo Dot wall mounts are ideal for...

Clean cable management with smart speakers can be challenging, especially with small speakers that you might place in space-constrained areas. The new Echo Dot makes this harder than the first two generations due to the power supply switching to an all-in-one brick and cable solution from the old Micro USB cable and run-of-the-mill USB brick combination. The solution? Mounting the Echo Dot.

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The post Hands-on: Echo Dot wall mounts are ideal for counters and small spaces appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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09:49
PowerColor, VisionTek roll out new Thunderbolt 3...




Two new Mac-compatible and upgradable eGPU enclosures have been announced, the PowerColor Mini Pro Thunderbolt 3 eGFX Box 240FU, and the VisionTek Thunderbolt 3 Mini eGFX.

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09:44
DuckDuckGo adds Apple Maps integration for local...




Users of the privacy-focused DuckDuckGo will be seeing local search results with Apple Maps integration, the search engine has confirmed, with the integration of MapKit JS being used both for location-based searches as well as the Maps tab.

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09:34
CNBC's Jim Cramer says that Silicon Valley...

CNBC's Jim Cramer was in San Francisco last week to talk to a lot of Silicon Valley players about China and President Trump's hard line on China. Cramer interviewed Apple's CEO Tim Cook over many issues including China that is now a trouble spot for many tech companies including Samsung and even Alibaba which tells you how serious the situation in China is getting. While the other CEO's that Cramer spoke with did not want to go on record, Cramer made it crystal clear that there are more tech companies behind Trump on China even though they personally don't like him. On the trade-war, many Valley CEO's are cheering Trump on.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Anker Accessory Sale from $9....

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

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09:21
DuckDuckGo switches to privacy-focused Apple Maps to...

DuckDuckGo, the popular search engine alternative to Google has announced today that its address and map searches on mobile and desktop are now powered by Apple’s MapKit JS framework. DuckDuckGo is one of the first companies to rely on MapKit for its data and touts the privacy that the move brings to its users.

more…

The post DuckDuckGo switches to privacy-focused Apple Maps to ‘set a new standard of trust online’ appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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09:12
DuckDuckGo Integrates Apple Maps for Map and Address...

Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo today announced that it is using Apple's MapKit JS framework to power the map and address-related searches that its users conduct on both mobile and desktop.

MapKit JS allows DuckDuckGo to provide users with improved address searches, new visual features, enhanced satellite imagery, and continually updated maps without sacrificing privacy.

DuckDuckGo says that Apple Maps will be available embedded within private search results for relevant queries and from the Maps tab on any of the search result pages.

To bring up a map option, users can search for an address, a geographical place, a local business, a type of business, or places nearby.

DuckDuckGo does not collect or share any personal information from DuckDuckGo users, a policy that extends to the Apple Maps integration. Identifiable info like IP address is not provided to Apple, and for searches where approximate location is gathered by the browser, it is...

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09:08
Best high-resolution digital audio player: Which DAP...

We review hi-res audio players from Astell&Kern, Pioneer, Questyle, and more. Find out which shine above the others.

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08:58
What Haptic Touch on the iPhone XR can do, and how...




When Apple released the iPhone XR, it didn't include 3D Touch as a feature due to the technical challenges of implementing an edge-to-edge display, but did introduce an alternative: Haptic Touch. AppleInsider explains how the haptic-based version fares compared against the well-known and well-loved feature it replaces.

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08:58
Apple World Today adds audible articles for vision-...

Image via Unsplash user @dtravisphd

Thanks to a reader with vision issues who asked for our site to be more accessible, we are happy to announce the addition of a new tool to the Apple World Today website. This tool, WebsiteVoice, reads any article or article excerpt with a click or tap on the speaker icon that is visible on the left side of each story. WebsiteVoice works with both macOS and iOS browsers, so all of our friends who would like to listen to articles rather than read them can listen on many Apple devices.

WebsiteVoice consists of a small script that’s installed on our site, and when the speaker icon is clicked or tapped, the article is quickly transferred to WebsiteVoice’s servers and converted to voice.

Please let us know if you like this tool regardless of whether your vision is perfect or far from it, and let any friends who may suffer from impaired vision know about Apple World Today.

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08:46
Netflix pushes up Standard & Premium prices in...




Netflix on Tuesday announced higher prices for its Standard and Premium tiers, potentially putting the loyalty of its viewers to the test.

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08:39
New battery-free Bluetooth sticker chip recharges...

A new breakthrough in Bluetooth chip technology has shed the battery that typically comes with the small hardware component. Wiliot is seeing success with its paper-thin Bluetooth sticker chip that could land in devices later this year. The chip is able to be battery-free by harnessing the ambient radio waves to power it and has a lot of potential use cases.

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The post New battery-free Bluetooth sticker chip recharges via ambient radio waves appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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08:34
Apple markdowns: Up to $270 off MacBook Airs; 2018...




Mid-January Apple specials are in effect now with instant and coupon savings of up to $250 off. Save on 2018 MacBook Airs, 11-inch iPad Pros, 2018 MacBook Pros and more, with prices starting at just $769.

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08:24
Amazon's Fire TV Stick gets a much better remote

The Amazon Fire TV Stick gets volume and power controls on its remote.

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08:24
Amazon's Fire TV Stick gets a much better remote

The Amazon Fire TV Stick gets volume and power controls on its remote.

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08:22
Millions of customers will now pay more for Netflix—...

Enlarge / Netflix company headquarters in Los Gatos, California. (credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Another round of Netflix price hikes is upon us. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Netflix will increase the prices of all of its subscription plans, effective immediately, for all new customers. Existing customers will see their rates increase over the next three months.

Netflix's most popular plan, which lets users stream HD content on two screens simultaneously, will now cost $13 per month. That's an 18-percent increase from its previous $11 monthly price. Netflix's premium plan, which includes HD and UHD streaming on up to four...

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08:22
Millions of customers will now pay more for Netflix—...

Enlarge / Netflix company headquarters in Los Gatos, California. (credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Another round of Netflix price hikes is upon us. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Netflix will increase the prices of all of its subscription plans, effective immediately, for all new customers. Existing customers will see their rates increase over the next three months.

Netflix's most popular plan, which lets users stream HD content on two screens simultaneously, will now cost $13 per month. That's an 18-percent increase from its previous $11 monthly price. Netflix's premium plan, which includes HD and UHD streaming on up to four...

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08:21
Apple hardware SVP Johny Srouji under consideration...




Intel's ongoing search for a new chief executive has taken six months so far and has yet to find the right person for the role, but it is now claimed someone from Apple's ranks is being considered for the position, with hardware lead Johny Srouji claimed to be on the list of potential candidates.

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08:11
Patent trollin’: court upholds $440 million VirnetX...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has upheld a judgment worth $440 million that was won by intellectual property licensing firm VirnetX (considered by many, including me, to be a patent troll), against Apple in a patent infringement case, reports Reuters.

The appeals court denied Apple’s appeal of a 2016 jury verdict originally valued at $302 million that grew to $440 million with interest, enhanced damages, and other costs. The same patent claims have been ruled invalid by an administrative court, but VirnetX is in the process of appealing those determinations.

A patent troll is an individual or an organization that purchases and holds patents for unscrupulous purposes such as stifling competition or launching patent infringement suits. In legal terms, a patent troll is a type...

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08:10
Nike introduced their Self-Lacing Runner for...

Back in March 2014 Patently Apple posted a patent report covering Nike's future motorized footwear that included a lacing system to give customers that perfect fit. It was Nike's original vision. Today Nike announced that this concept is now a product ..

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08:07
Apple's Chipmaking Chief Johny Srouji...

Intel has been searching for a new CEO since Brian Krzanich resigned nearly seven months ago, and Axios now reports that the chipmaker's list of candidates includes Johny Srouji, Senior Vice President of Hardware Technologies at Apple.

Srouji joined Apple in 2008 to lead development of the A4 chip, the first Apple-designed system-on-a-chip in the iPhone 4, and now oversees custom silicon and hardware technologies including batteries, application processors, storage controllers, sensors silicon, and other chipsets across Apple's entire product line.

It's unclear if Srouji is interested in leading Intel, where he worked between 1990 and 2005 in both his native Israel and the United States, according to his LinkedIn profile. Srouji also worked at IBM between 2005 and 2008....

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08:02
Apple exec Johny Srouji reportedly on the short list...

According to Axios Apple exec Johny Srouji is now on Intel’s shortlist for potential CEOs. The company’s search has been ongoing for about six months.

In December 2015, Srouji was named Apple’s senior vice president for Hardware Technologies. Prior to this, Srouji had been with Apple for nearly eight years as vice president of Hardware Technologies, where he oversaw silicon and hardware technologies for Apple's product line. 

He joined Apple in 2008 to lead development of the A4, which was Apple's first in-house design of a system on a chip. Before Apple, Srouji worked at Intel and IBM in the area of processor development.



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08:02
Apple exec Johny Srouji reportedly on the short list...

According to Axios Apple exec Johny Srouji is now on Intel’s shortlist for potential CEOs. The company’s search has been ongoing for about six months.

In December 2015, Srouji was named Apple’s senior vice president for Hardware Technologies. Prior to this, Srouji had been with Apple for nearly eight years as vice president of Hardware Technologies, where he oversaw silicon and hardware technologies for Apple's product line. 

He joined Apple in 2008 to lead development of the A4, which was Apple's first in-house design of a system on a chip. Before Apple, Srouji worked at Intel and IBM in the area of processor development.



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08:01
∞ Thriller: One guitarist, two guitars

[VIDEO] You can’t see me, but I am doing the Thriller dance as I listen to this. Fingers crooked, hands curled. Can’t help myself.

This is a terrific performance of a wonderfully well written song. Video embedded in main Loop post. [H/T Marcus Mendes]

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08:01
∞ Thriller: One guitarist, two guitars

[VIDEO] You can’t see me, but I am doing the Thriller dance as I listen to this. Fingers crooked, hands curled. Can’t help myself.

This is a terrific performance of a wonderfully well written song. Video embedded in main Loop post. [H/T Marcus Mendes]

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07:55
Apple and the next big thing

John Gruber deconstructs this Wall Street Journal article, titled Polaroid. Walkman. Palm Pilot. iPhone?. It’s a terrific read, especially useful given the linked article is behind a paywall.

Read John’s whole piece, it’s not that long. But from the wrap-up:

There will be major new products from Apple, someday, when they’re ready. There is no rush for them. If you’re worried about Apple’s near-future success, the key is their execution on their existing products. The Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Watch are all businesses that any company would kill for. Apple has all of them, and none of them are going anywhere. Apple needs to keep them insanely great where they already are, and raise them to insanely great where they aren’t.

This. So much this. I am such an Apple fan. I want that insanely great feeling to go back to being higher in the mix, more...

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07:55
Apple and the next big thing

John Gruber deconstructs this Wall Street Journal article, titled Polaroid. Walkman. Palm Pilot. iPhone?. It’s a terrific read, especially useful given the linked article is behind a paywall.

Read John’s whole piece, it’s not that long. But from the wrap-up:

There will be major new products from Apple, someday, when they’re ready. There is no rush for them. If you’re worried about Apple’s near-future success, the key is their execution on their existing products. The Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Watch are all businesses that any company would kill for. Apple has all of them, and none of them are going anywhere. Apple needs to keep them insanely great where they already are, and raise them to insanely great where they aren’t.

This. So much this. I am such an Apple fan. I want that insanely great feeling to go back to being higher in the mix, more...

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07:46
Apple’s chip guru Johny Srouji reportedly on Intel’s...

A new report today from Axios details that a new name has popped up on Intel’s shortlist to fill its open CEO position: Johny Srouji. The company’s search has been ongoing for half a year and Apple’s SVP of Hardware has a strong history of working with the chipmaker.

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07:45
Apple loses appeal of $439 million verdict in favor...




On Tuesday the federal U.S. Court of Appeals denied Apple's appeal of a 2016 jury verdict in favor of VirnetX, which initially granted the patent licensing firm $302.4 million in damages.

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07:44
Nike announces a self-lacing, iOS compatible...

Nike has announced the Nike Adapt BB, the first shoe in its platform “that creates a truly custom fit by combining an advanced power-lacing system, an app and continually updated firmware.”

“We picked basketball as the first sport for Nike Adapt intentionally because of the demands that athletes put on their shoes,” says Eric Avar, Nike vice president of Creative Director of Innovation. “During a normal basketball game the athlete’s foot changes and the ability to quickly change your fit by loosening your shoe to increase blood flow and then tighten again for performance is a key element that we believe will improve the athlete’s experience.”

Here’s how it works, according to Nike: When a player steps into the Nike Adapt BB, a custom motor and gear train senses the tension needed by the foot and adjusts accordingly to keep the foot snug. The tensile strength of the...

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07:44
Nike announces a self-lacing, iOS compatible...

Nike has announced the Nike Adapt BB, the first shoe in its platform “that creates a truly custom fit by combining an advanced power-lacing system, an app and continually updated firmware.”

“We picked basketball as the first sport for Nike Adapt intentionally because of the demands that athletes put on their shoes,” says Eric Avar, Nike vice president of Creative Director of Innovation. “During a normal basketball game the athlete’s foot changes and the ability to quickly change your fit by loosening your shoe to increase blood flow and then tighten again for performance is a key element that we believe will improve the athlete’s experience.”

Here’s how it works, according to Nike: When a player steps into the Nike Adapt BB, a custom motor and gear train senses the tension needed by the foot and adjusts accordingly to keep the foot snug. The tensile strength of the...

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07:32
Apple working on force-sensing gloves for gesture...




A pair of gloves could potentially be used to control computers and other devices, Apple has suggested, with the incorporation of force-sensing circuitry in clothes offering the opportunity to issue commands by touching other objects in different ways.

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07:28
Orange Shirt Kid's mom is suing 'Fortnite...

Epic Games is facing yet another lawsuit over the use of dance moves in Fortnite, although this one might not be so straightforward. The mom of Orange Shirt Kid, whose Random dance reached the game as Orange Justice, is suing Epic for allegedly usin...

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07:27
Nike's Adapt BB is an iPhone-controlled, self-...




Following up on earlier teases, Nike on Tuesday announced the Adapt BB, a self-lacing basketball sneaker that can be controlled from smartphones, including the iPhone.

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07:26
President Trump signed the OPEN Government Data Act...

U.S. President Trump signed the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act on Monday evening, and with it the OPEN Government Data Act became law. The sweeping legislation is aimed at making public data released by the government easier to access via smartphones and other electronic devices.

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07:23
Nike’s self-lacing Adapt BB basketball shoes feature...

Last month word began to circulate that Nike would soon be revealing the latest iteration of its self-lacing HyperAdapt shoes. While details were somewhat thin at the time, it recently began to surface that these Marty McFly-inspired kicks were indeed on the way. This morning, Nike has unveiled the new Adapt BB. Not only is the self-lacing prophecy being fulfilled, Nike is also introducing the Adapt BB as a smartphone-controlled shoe. While the app offers the ability to change your shoe’s LED color and more, the shoes defining feature is their ability to constantly adjust how tight the laces are pulled. Thus, the Adapt BB name. Head below for more.

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07:22
Pandora launches its own in-app voice assistant on...

Following the end of the “we added voice commands to it” convention last week, Pandora has today announced its own voice assistant, otherwise known as Pandora Voice Mode, for its Android and iOS applications. Rolling out soon to free and paid users, the new assistant will make it easy for users to control stations, perform common actions within the app, and more.

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07:21
9to5Mac Daily: January 15, 2019

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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06:59
Netflix is raising prices across of all of its tiers

Netflix is raising prices across all of its streaming plans between 13 to 18 percent, marking its largest price hike to date. CNBC reports that the lowest $8 tier will now cost $9 while the $11 and $14 plans will increase to $13 and $16, respectively...

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06:58
Netflix raising prices again, its biggest hike since...

Netflix has announced that it will again be raising its prices for its streaming video plans. We saw the last price hike in October, and the latest jump is the biggest since the company’s launch. These changes come ahead of Apple launching its own video streaming service as soon as March.

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06:49
Nike Debuts $350 iPhone-Controlled Self-Adjusting...

Nike today introduced new iPhone-controlled self-adjusting basketball shoes based on its latest FitAdapt technology.

The new Nike Adapt BB shoes feature an advanced power-lacing system with a custom motor that senses the tension needed by the foot and adjusts accordingly to ensure a snug fit. Using buttons on the shoe or the Nike Adapt app for smartphones, basketball players can adjust the fit on the fly during a game.

For example, during a timeout, a player can loosen the shoe before tightening it up as they re-enter the game. In a forthcoming feature, Nike says players will also be able to prescribe a different tightness setting for warm-ups.

The shoes are equipped with a 505 mAh battery that can last between 10 and 20 days and charge wirelessly on Nike's shoe-sized Qi-compatible mat in three hours.

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06:47
VirtualBox 6.0.2 - x86 virtualization software.

VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux and Mac hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4, 2.6, 3.x and 4.x), Solaris and OpenSolaris, OS/2, and OpenBSD.

VirtualBox is being actively developed with frequent releases and has an ever growing list of features, supported guest operating systems and platforms it runs on. VirtualBox is a community effort backed by a dedicated company: everyone is encouraged to contribute while innotek ensures the...

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06:44
Facebook will spend $300 million to help local...

Facebook is investing $300 million into news partnerships over the next three years in a bid to boost local newsrooms. It's all part of its ongoing efforts to mend ties with the press while cleaning up misinformation on its site. Along with the $20 m...

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06:38
Apple Business Chat continues expanding with auto...




The newest company to adopt Apple Business Chat is Gubagoo, which specializes in setting up 24/7 chat for auto dealerships and manufacturers.

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06:28
Verizon adding full Apple Music as free perk to some...

We have exclusively learned that Verizon is adding Apple Music to two of its ‘unlimited’ cell phone plans, effectively offering the $9.99 subscription for no additional cost. This is not merely a free trial offer but an added service on an ongoing basis.

The perk will be added to existing and new Verizon customers on the Beyond Unlimited and Above Unlimited plans. The cheaper ‘Go Unlimited’ plans will continue to offer an Apple Music six month trial.

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Verizon adding full Apple Music as free perk to some...

We have exclusively learned that Verizon is adding Apple Music to two of its ‘unlimited’ cell phone plans, effectively offering the $9.99 subscription for no additional cost. This is not merely a free trial offer but an added service on an ongoing basis.

The perk will be added to existing and new Verizon customers on the Beyond Unlimited and Above Unlimited plans. The cheaper ‘Go Unlimited’ plans will continue to offer an Apple Music six month trial.

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06:26
Apple patent filing involves a fabric-based ‘smart...

Apple has filed for another patent (number 10,180,721) that hints at “smart clothing.” This one, dubbed “fabric-based divides with force sensing,” involves a “smart glove.”

In the patent filing, Apple says that it would be “desirable" to form items using materials such as fabric. For example, wearable items may be formed from fabric. Some wearable items may include sensing circuitry. Electronic equipment may use information from the sensing circuitry in controlling a system or performing other tasks, including gaming. 

Here’s Apple’s summary of the patent: “A fabric-based item such as a fabric glove may include force sensing circuitry. The force sensing circuitry may include force sensor elements formed from electrodes on a compressible substrate such as an elastomeric polymer substrate. The fabric may include intertwined strands of material including conductive strands. 

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06:26
Apple patent filing involves a fabric-based ‘smart...

Apple has filed for another patent (number 10,180,721) that hints at “smart clothing.” This one, dubbed “fabric-based divides with force sensing,” involves a “smart glove.”

In the patent filing, Apple says that it would be “desirable" to form items using materials such as fabric. For example, wearable items may be formed from fabric. Some wearable items may include sensing circuitry. Electronic equipment may use information from the sensing circuitry in controlling a system or performing other tasks, including gaming. 

Here’s Apple’s summary of the patent: “A fabric-based item such as a fabric glove may include force sensing circuitry. The force sensing circuitry may include force sensor elements formed from electrodes on a compressible substrate such as an elastomeric polymer substrate. The fabric may include intertwined strands of material including conductive strands. 

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06:25
CES 2019 roundup: HomeKit & Airplay 2, plus the...




CES 2019 was a week of wonderful, weird, and sometimes strikingly optimistic news, when it comes to being an Apple aficionado. This was a year that saw a number of normal but unexpected things, like an entire new HomeKit category's debut at a show that Apple didn't even have an official presence, new HomeKit accessories, and as always, a bevy of iOS compatible accessories.

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06:19
Apple was Granted 24 Patents today covering a new...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 24newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover patents for a health glove using smart fabrics; the eighth AirPods case patent in the last year; determining the location of a parked vehicle; and ...

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06:15
Nike's Adapt BB is an app-controlled, self-...

We knew they were coming, but Nike has officially introduced its first self-lacing basketball shoes, the Adapt BB. These new sneakers are designed to provide a "truly customized fit for every basketball player," according to the company, thanks to a...

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06:13
Apple granted patent for an earbud case with...

There are rumors that Apple’s long-awaited AirPower is actually coming soon. Perhaps it’s true; Apple  has been granted a patent (number 10,182,282) for an “earbud case with charging system.”

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

Apple’s patent is for a case for a pair of earbuds that includes a housing having cavities to receive the pair of earbuds and charging circuitry. It’s configured to initiate charging of the pair of earbuds when an earbud detector detects that the earbuds are inserted within the cavities.



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06:13
Apple granted patent for an earbud case with...

There are rumors that Apple’s long-awaited AirPower is actually coming soon. Perhaps it’s true; Apple  has been granted a patent (number 10,182,282) for an “earbud case with charging system.”

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

Apple’s patent is for a case for a pair of earbuds that includes a housing having cavities to receive the pair of earbuds and charging circuitry. It’s configured to initiate charging of the pair of earbuds when an earbud detector detects that the earbuds are inserted within the cavities.



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06:12
Chief economist says AAPL share price predicts a...

The chief economist of a bank has pointed to a strong correlation between AAPL’s share price and China’s export trade – and says that this suggests that a trade recession in China is ‘likely.’

AAPL’s share price fell 9% in one day following its Q4 guidance warning, with most analysts significantly cutting their target prices for the stock. The stock has lost around a third of its value since the October peak …

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06:08
ForkLift 3.3 - 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.

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06:06
KeyCue 9.2 - Displays all menu shortcut commands.

KeyCue has always been a handy tool for learning and remembering keyboard shortcuts. With a simple keystroke or click, KeyCue displays a table with all available keyboard shortcuts, system-wide hotkeys, as well as key combinations for triggering macros in Keyboard Maestro, QuicKeys and iKey. But KeyCue 8.0 contains a bunch of new features that take KeyCue to a whole new level. Gone are the days when KeyCue was nothing more than a menu shortcut viewer.

KeyCue 8 offers a flexible new way to define a wide variety of triggers, which can be combinations of modifier keystrokes and mouse clicks. These triggers can be used to perform different actions, like bringing up the KeyCue sheet for selected types of shortcuts, opening the KeyCue settings window, or other actions.

A completely new action that can be assigned to a trigger is to show a collection of your frequently used URLs. Simply define your own favorite URL collection together with your preferred...

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06:06
KeyCue 9.2 - Displays all menu shortcut commands.

KeyCue has always been a handy tool for learning and remembering keyboard shortcuts. With a simple keystroke or click, KeyCue displays a table with all available keyboard shortcuts, system-wide hotkeys, as well as key combinations for triggering macros in Keyboard Maestro, QuicKeys and iKey. But KeyCue 8.0 contains a bunch of new features that take KeyCue to a whole new level. Gone are the days when KeyCue was nothing more than a menu shortcut viewer.

KeyCue 8 offers a flexible new way to define a wide variety of triggers, which can be combinations of modifier keystrokes and mouse clicks. These triggers can be used to perform different actions, like bringing up the KeyCue sheet for selected types of shortcuts, opening the KeyCue settings window, or other actions.

A completely new action that can be assigned to a trigger is to show a collection of your frequently used URLs. Simply define your own favorite URL collection together with your preferred...

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05:57
Gubagoo adds support for Apple Business Chat

Gubagoo, a provider of “conversational commerce solutions” for automotive dealerships and original equipment manufacturers, has announced that its customers are now able to use Apple Business Chat, a new way for users to communicate directly with businesses using the native Messages app on iPhone and iPad.

Apple Business Chat offers a way for users to communicate directly with businesses right within Messages. According to Apple, with Business Chat, it's easy...

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