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Thursday November 8

Scrivener 3.1.1 - Project management and word...

Scrivener is a project management and writing tool for writers of all kinds that stays with you from that first unformed idea all the way through to the first - or even final - draft. Outline and structure your ideas; take notes; storyboard your masterpiece using a powerful virtual corkboard; view research while you write; track themes using keywords; dynamically combine multiple scenes into a single text. Scrivener has already been enthusiastically adopted by best-selling novelists and novices alike.

Outline... Edit... Storyboard... Write.

Version 3.1.1:

Note: 3.1.1 is a patch for 3.1. It fixes a 10.14 crash that could occur on startup for users who had customised their appearance preferences.

  • A lot of Refinements and Changes
  • A lot of Bugs Fixes

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Top 5 third-party USB-C Power Delivery chargers for...

It’s 2018, and Apple has finally joined the USB-C train. The latest iPad Pro (our review) started to hit store shelves and customer hands yesterday, and I picked my iPad up today. Apple does include an 18W USB-C fast charger in the box, thankfully. Now you now have a large range of options thanks to Apple moving to a new standard. For most people, 18W is plenty for charging. If you have the larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro and are using power-intensive applications, you might want some extra juice. These are our top 5 USB-C fast chargers for iPad Pro.


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What do you think of Apple’s decision to remove the...

With this year’s iPad Pro update, Apple is extending its removal of the headphone jack from the iPhone to the iPad. While the eventual loss of the headphone on the iPad seemed inevitable, many had hoped the iPad Pro would at least hold onto it for a bit longer given the device’s “pro” nature.


The post What do you think of Apple’s decision to remove the iPad Pro headphone jack? [Poll] appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Early Black Friday deals: 2018 13" MacBook Pros...

The lowest prices of the year are back as Black Friday nears, with discounts of up to $300 off Apple's current 2018 MacBook Pro. Plus, take advantage of no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ, and 0% financing for 12 months.

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Github announces it hosts 100 million repositories

GitHub, the widely used code management and development tool, revealed Thursday that it hosts 100 million repositories. VentureBeat has a good breakdown of the news and the current state of the platform. It includes the fascinating bit of trivia that Algeria has the most repositories per capita, while Egypt boasts the highest number of open source repositories. GitHub is used by approximately 31 million developers around the globe. It was bought by Microsoft in June for $7.5 million.

Source code management and developer collaboration platform GitHub today announced users have now created 100 million repositories. For context, GitHub had 33 million repositories when the company was founded in 2008, and nearly one in three repositories were made within the past year.

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These are the best 29 features of Apple's 2018...

The 2018 iPad Pro represents a massive overhaul of Apple's tablet line, with the device receiving much more than incremental improvements both inside and out. Here are 29 features that make the new iPad Pros better than any other tablet.

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Season 2 of ‘Mars’ Set to Air on Nat Geo Channel

I watched season one, and it was terrific. “Season one of Mars followed the crew of the spacecraft Daedalus, as the astronauts attempted to create a pioneer settlement on the Red Planet in 2033. Season two is set nine years later and follows the fortunes of the first fully-fledged colony.” Check your local listings for the National Geographic channel. Mine says Monday, November 12. (Image credit: National Geographic channel.)

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Intel Publishes Draft Model Legislation to Spur on...

Last month Patently Apple reported on a lobby group representing Apple & other tech companies establish a Privacy Framework that protects their interests. Today Intel has published a draft model of legislation to spur on a data privacy discussion. It's in-depth, it's interesting, but Intel appears to be interested in getting government to allow industry to gather consumer data that they feel is in their best interest without any recourse for consumers.

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How to Select a Processor Option for Your New Mac

Apple has announced and shipped some exciting new Macs in 2018. For a prospective buyer, selecting the right processor option is one of the first tasks. John provides some guidance.

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Bald person, new smileys top list of most discussed...

Bald characters, emotive smiley faces and a foot were among the most talked about emoji to arrive in Apple's most recent iOS 12.1 software update, according to a report on Thursday.

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Review: 2018 12.9-inch iPad Pro: a tamed beast [...

The 2018 iPad Pro is the most compelling new iPad to be released since the original. Whereas all previous iPad models more or less have had notable but incremental refinements and improvements, this new 2018 iPad is the tablet that Apple has longed to make.

Thanks to its flat edges, the 2018 iPad Pro looks vaguely similar to the original version, but that’s where the similarities abruptly end. This machine is an absolute monster in so many areas, from its “all-screen” front panel, to its ludicrously-fast CPU, to the sheer amount of flash storage space and memory.

But performance is only part of the story. The 2018 iPad Pro features many additional refinements and enhancements, and several direct answers to complaints levied against previous hardware releases.

Unfortunately, iOS is still a major thorn in the side of would-be iPad power users. iOS has improved over the last few years, but it still chokes the hardware of much-needed oxygen. The good news is that...

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Disney's Netflix rival to launch in 2019 as...

Following a takeover of 21st Century Fox, Disney is moving ahead with plans to launch a streaming service chock-full of blockbuster movies and TV shows pulled from its increasingly deep well of original content.

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Shadow VR is the latest rival to the Oculus Quest

While we're all anticipating the launch of the Oculus Quest standalone VR headset in spring 2019, HTC's been busy pushing its very own Vive Focus into more markets -- including the US and Europe as of today -- while letting developers toy with its 6D...

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Disney+ streaming service will launch in late 2019

Disney released its Q4 earnings on Thursday and, unsurprisingly, the entertainment juggernaut reported revenues in the billions thanks to strong performances from its media networks (ie its upcoming streaming service) and studio entertainment (ie its...

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Tweetbot for iOS updated with optimization for new...

Just a day after the launch of Apple’s latest iPad Pros, Tweetbot for iOS has been updated to take advantage of the new 11-inch and 12.9-inch displays. This means you’ll no longer see pesky black bars around the sides of the app on the new iPad Pros.


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Hands-On With the New 2018 MacBook Air

Apple's newly revamped 2018 MacBook Air with slimmed down bezels, Touch ID, and a thinner body launched yesterday, and we got our hands on one of the updated machines.

Check out our latest YouTube video for an unboxing and feature overview of the new notebook, which has been described as the ideal MacBook for most people.

Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos.

Design wise, the MacBook Air looks a lot like the previous-generation model, but it now comes in Space Gray and Gold in addition to Silver. It's not as thin and light as the ultra thin and ultra portable MacBook, but Apple has streamlined the design.

The new MacBook Air is 10 percent thinner than the previous model,...

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Vine successor 'Byte' coming this spring

A long-promised replacement for Vine, which Twitter discontinued two years ago, should finally launch next spring.

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Apple Daily Report: iFixIt tells you how to upgrade...

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.

Plan on buying one of the new Mac minis, but want to upgrade the memory yourself? You can, but it’s a bit tricky. Not to worry; the gang at iFixIt shows you how.

Some podcasters are reporting that they’re seeing a steep decline in listenership, specifically when using Apple’s Podcast Analytics tool, reports 9to5Mac.

White Boy Rick co-star Bel Powley has been cast opposite Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell in Apple’s untitled morning show drama, according to...

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Facebook’s pop-up store has everything from clothes...

The last thing you might expect to find inside a Macy's store is a space decorated by Facebook. But that's exactly what people in Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Antonio, San Francisco, Seattle, Pittsburgh and New York City will...

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9to5Mac Daily: November 8, 2018

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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Microsoft helps bring broadband internet to rural...

Microsoft announced today that it is partnering with Native Network to deliver broadband internet access to unserved rural communities in Washington and Montana. The effort will reach about 73,500 people living in and around the Flathead Reservation...

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Vine 2.0 is coming: Cofounder teases spring 2019...

Back in November of last year, Vine cofounder Dom Hofmann announced he was working on a “follow-up” to the popular six-second video sharing app. A few months later, however, Hoffman said he was delaying development of Vine 2.0 due to funding and legal concerns.


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T-Mobile temporarily drops its prepaid unlimited...

T-Mobile is the latest carrier to discount its prepaid unlimited data plan. For a limited time, the company is offering unlimited talk, text and data for $50 per month, which is $10 less than its T-Mobile Essentials Prepaid plan. The move comes after...

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Apple Music adds three to their Preferred...

Billboard reports that Apple Music has named three distributors as part of their “Apple Preferred Distribution Program”: CD Baby, The Orchard, and Kontor New Media. 

Apple bases its programs on several thresholds, primarily size and rejection rate, according to Digital Music News. A qualifying Preferred Plus distributing partner, for example, crosses the threshold of 40,000 songs per quarter, has a low Apple Music rejection rate, and supports basic and advanced customer features. A Preferred distribution partner crosses 10,000 songs per quarter, has a low rejection rate, and supports basic customer features.

CD Baby...

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AX Series Macs, iBooks Author’s Future – TMO Daily...

John Martellaro joins host Kelly Guimont to discuss the possiblity of A series processors in Macs and the future of iBooks Author.

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Apple posts macOS Mojave 10.14.1 Supplemental Update...

Apple has released a macOS Mojave 14.1 Supplemental Update just for the 2018 MacBook Air. I’m not sure what all it entails.

Apple only mentions "stability and reliability" fixe. The Supplemental Update is available as a direct download from Apple's website, or via the Updates tab at the Mac App Store.

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Wirecutter's best deals: Jabra's excellent...

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read Wirecutter's continuously updated list of deals here.

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2018 iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and Smart Keyboard...

While I upgrade my iPhone every year, my iPad upgrade history trends toward every other generation: iPad 2, fourth-gen, Air, and 9.7-inch Pro. Skipping a generation (with the exception of the fourth-gen to original Air) has served me well as each upgrade is less incremental and more dramatic.

(I later acquired the original iPad — seen above stacked on the new iPad Pro — to collect; the new 11-inch iPad Pro feels like the modern version of that design with similar flat sides and the bulbous back squashed.)

This time around I’m upgrading from the 9.7-inch iPad Pro from early 2016 to the brand new 11-inch iPad Pro. The combination of upgraded specs, an all-new design, and subtly improved accessories is making this step all the more rewarding.


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Tidal's music library is now available on...

You now have another major choice for workout music on Samsung wristwear. Tidal has launched an app for Samsung's fitness trackers and smartwatches, ranging from the Gear Fit 2 to the shiny new Galaxy Watch. You can search for tunes and podcasts (i...

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Pixel Starships for the Mac

Whilst procrastinating and surfing through the app store on my MacBook Pro I came across a new game Pixel Starships made by Savvy Soda. Unable to resist anything that is a) space b) pixellated and silly, I immediately downloaded. The premise is simple. You are the captain of a starship and you must conduct missions, earning rewards and building your ship and crew as you go. Pixel Starships is fun, silly and totally addictive. If you spent hours playing Clash of Clans or similar on your phone, you will enjoy this. Available in the Mac App Store for free (with in-app-purchases).

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Black Friday 2018: The best early deals

Black Friday is no longer just the day after Thanksgiving. Deals now roll out in a chaotic mass all throughout November.

Just a couple of years ago, most of those early discounts weren’t any good. But that’s changed.

While the deals that command headlines (those so-called “doorbusters”) are typically still available on only Thanksgiving or Black Friday, some worthwhile sales are already trickling out now. 

We’ve begun rounding up those here, so keep an eye peeled for further updates as the days tick by. We’ll add new deals as we spot them. And don’t forget: Holiday return windows have just expanded (many run into early January), so you can buy now and repent at leisure—assuming you can float the cash.

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Review: Belkin BoostCharge battery pack with...

The new Belkin BoostCharge 10K battery pack with Lightning simplifies the charging process by allowing you to use the same cable to charge your battery that you do for your iPhone.

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Scrivener 3.1 - Project management and word...

Scrivener is a project management and writing tool for writers of all kinds that stays with you from that first unformed idea all the way through to the first - or even final - draft. Outline and structure your ideas; take notes; storyboard your masterpiece using a powerful virtual corkboard; view research while you write; track themes using keywords; dynamically combine multiple scenes into a single text. Scrivener has already been enthusiastically adopted by best-selling novelists and novices alike.

Outline... Edit... Storyboard... Write.

Version 3.1:

  • Refinements and Changes
  • Bugs Fixed

For a full list of changes refer to this page

  • macOS 10.12 or later

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Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 review: The sequel is...

When Microsoft launched the original Surface Laptop last year, I was taken with its gorgeous, minimalist design. This year, I thought, the company can't possibly outdo itself on aesthetics. But then Microsoft went ahead and unveiled a matte-bla...

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Apple releases supplemental macOS 10.14.1 update for...

Apple has today rolled out a supplemental update for 2018 MacBook Air owners after the notebook has only been on the market for one day.


The post Apple releases supplemental macOS 10.14.1 update for 2018 MacBook Air owners appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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iFixit Retina MacBook Air teardown earns better...

iFixit is out with its Retina MacBook Air teardown. While there are some notable repairability improvements, Apple’s latest notebook got its lowest marks for non-serviceable, non-replaceable RAM and storage. However, overall, it scored higher than the 2018 MacBook Pro and the 2017 MacBook.


The post iFixit Retina MacBook Air teardown earns better repairability scores than MacBook Pro and MacBook appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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HTC’s standalone VR is available in the US, starts...

Almost a year after it was released in China, the HTC Vive Focus is finally available in the US and Europe, making it a total of 37 markets (including Japan recently). There is a catch, however, in that these headsets are geared more towards enterpri...

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Vine will be revived as Byte next spring

Last year, Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann teased a revival of the popular app, tweeting a logo that simply said "V2." However, excitement and hopes of a return were dashed in May when Hofmann said the project was postponed indefinitely, citing high cost...

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Woozy Face, Bald Person, Face With 3 Hearts and Foot...

Bald person emoji, woozy face, smiling face with three hearts, foot, pleading face, and hot face were among the most engaging and highly-discussed emoji in the iOS 12.1 update, according to research conducted by Emojipedia.

The new hairless emoji, bald man and bald woman, was the most popular character, followed closely by woozy face and smiling face with three hearts.

Emojipedia gathered its data by measuring comments, retweets, and likes on various emoji characters on Twitter.

According to the data, the foot emoji saw a high number of retweets, while the smiling face with three hearts garnered a lot of likes and retweets. Of the new smiley emojis in iOS 12.1, only cold face and partying face didn't rank in the top 10.

Emojipedia says that while...

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Dutch man hopes legal age change will get him more...

People have surely resorted to some interesting tactics in order to score a date on Tinder, but Emile Ratelband, a motivational speaker from the Netherlands, is taking a peculiar route. Ratelband claims that though he is 69 years old, he feels 20 yea...

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Here are the best external drive enclosures for your...

Whether or not Apple's flash storage pricing on the new MacBook Air and Mac mini is worth it, is an exercise for the reader. But, given the high-speed Thunderbolt 3 interface on both of the new machines, as well as on the MacBook Pro and iMac, there are a variety of avenues to choose from to add storage to a Mac, quickly - and we have some that we've used and can recommend.

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BBEdit 12.5 - Powerful text and HTML editor.

BBEdit is the leading professional HTML and text editor for the Mac. Specifically crafted in response to the needs of Web authors and software developers, this award-winning product provides a plethora of features for editing, searching, and manipulation of text. BBEdit transforms text with high performance.

An intelligent interface provides easy access to BBEdit's best of class features including grep pattern matching, search and replace across multiple files, function navigation and syntax coloring for numerous source code languages, FTP and SFTP open and save, AppleScript, Perl, and OS X Unix scripting support, glossary support, and a complete set of HTML tools.

Version 12.1.6:

Notes: Full change log available here

Now requires OS X 10.12.6 or later



  • There is a new command on the "Go" menu: "Commands...". This brings up a modal...
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More Apple Music features offered to artists through...

Apple has quietly introduced the "Apple Preferred Distribution Program," a program that will allow three music distributors to provide access to certain Apple Music features that other music distributors won't be able to offer their clients.

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Apple issues macOS 10.14.1 Supplemental Update...

Apple on Thursday released a patch for the just-released 2018 MacBook Air, labelled only as a "Supplemental Update."

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We Are About to Reach ‘Pervasive’ AI

Pervasive AI is on its way, according to Deloitte.

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Virgin Hyperloop One recruits former MTA chief as CEO

Virgin Hyperloop One's mission to redefine transport is, once again, going to be led by new people as the company announces a new chairman and CEO. Replacing Sir Richard Branson as head of the board is his Excellency Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, the hea...

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Black Friday starts early at Best Buy with big deals...

Black Friday is starting early this year at Best Buy, which tends to be one of the best places to find deals on Apple products regardless of the season. If you visit its site today, you’ll find fantastic deals on the iPad, Apple Watch, and the new MacBook Pros.

The best deal available is easily the $100 discount on the 2018 128GB 9.7-inch iPadRemove non-product link, which brings...

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Apple released a new Software Update
A final proving ground for guide dogs to the blind:...

What a great story. I still remember my first time navigating New York City. This small town kid from Nova Scotia was terrified. I can’t imagine how scary it must be for the blind and their guide dogs.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Amazon releases Alexa app for Windows 10

Amazon has released its Alexa app for Windows 10, which is now available from the Microsoft Store. Alexa was already on some Windows 10 machines, but now all users in the US, UK and Germany can grab the app, with availability expanding next year.

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Here's where to buy Apple's 10 Gigabit...

Apple's brand-new Mac mini can be ordered with 10 gigabit functionality for faster connectivity and future proofing. But not every Apple authorized reseller is stocking the high-end 10GbE models. We're rounding up where to buy the upgraded Mac minis with perks such as no tax collected outside NY and NJ, as well as no interest financing for up to 12 months.

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How to Download the High Sierra Installer Under...

If you need a High Sierra installer and you try to download it on your Mac running Mojave, it may seem like you’re out of luck if you search the App Store or look through your purchases there. But we’ve got the trick on how to do it in today’s Quick Tip!

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Facebook Postpones Political Ad Transparency Drive

Facebook’s has had to halt the mandatory introduction of its new transparency system for political ads following the revelation of a number of major failures.

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YouTube is available for the Nintendo Switch

After some not-so-subtle hints, it finally happened: YouTube is available for the Switch. As you'd expect, you can watch videos (including your subscriptions) on Nintendo's console whether it's docked to your TV or on the move in handheld mode. You...

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Chrome will soon warn you about tricky mobile...

Starting in Chrome 71, the browser will serve up warnings to keep you from accidentally signing up for a subscription service. The new protocol will address mobile websites that require visitors to enter their phone number before viewing content. Tho...

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The Beginner-To-Expert Photography and Videography...

We have a deal on the the Beginner-To-Expert Photography and Videography Bundle. This 7 course training bundle has more than 34 hours of video tutorials covering basic video, photography, and aerial photography, as well as three master classes. It’s $35 through our deal.

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Apple hypes environmental friendliness of new Mac...

Apple has quietly released "Product Environmental Reports" for its two new Macs, championing their energy efficiency and the use of recyclable materials.

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North Korea-linked hacking group stole millions from...

Lazarus, North Korea-linked hacking group that was behind the notorious WannaCry attack, managed to steal tens of millions of dollars from ATMs in Asia and Africa, according to a report from security firm Symantec. The hackers deployed malware called...

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Tesla’s “Navigate on Autopilot” is like Waze on...

My wife and I test drove a Tesla Model X over the weekend and came away impressed with the technology overall. The sales guy showed us a version of “Navigate on Autopilot” and it was very cool.

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Satechi announces Type-C Mobile Pro Adapter for the...

Satechi has announced the Aluminum Type-C Mobile Pro Hub Adapter, which is compatible with the new iPad Pro, as well as other Type-C devices smartphones and tablets.

The compact adapter provides access to a variety of peripherals thanks to four expansion ports over a single USB-C connection. Ports include: 4K HDMI; USB-C PD 3.0 charging (which keeps the iPad Pro and other Type-C compatible products powered and can also be used as a power bank to charge other USB-C devices), a 3.5mm headphone jack; and an extra USB 3.0 port. 

The Aluminum Type-C Mobile Pro Hub Adapter is available now for pre-order at a discounted price (25% off) of $44.99 on Satechi.net, in silver and space gray. It 

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Best Buy Early Black Friday...

9to5Toys now has a new app! Download it to stay 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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Hit or miss, Samsung’s foldable phone is a big deal

How would I use it?

That's what we were all thinking as Samsung's Justin Denison whipped out a prototype folding smartphone. A phone that can open up to become a 7.3-inch tablet would be pretty handy when out and about. Like when writing on the go,...

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Apple Music picks up three new distributors...

As Apple Music continues to expand with content and features, the service is picking up three new distributors to offer music, music videos, lyrics, and concert footage.


The post Apple Music picks up three new distributors including CD Baby for music, concert film footage, and lyrics appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Amazon has slashed prices on all sizes of its Fire...

It’s never too early to grab holiday gifts at great prices, but today’s deal is all about the kids. Ahead of its usual Black Friday blowout, Amazon has slashed prices on its Fire Kids Edition tablets to the lowest prices we’ve ever seen, and all three sizes are getting in on the act: You can save $30 on the 7-inch model...

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Google updates sexual harassment policies following...

Google has faced quite a bit of criticism and pushback regarding how it has handled sexual harassment accusations in the past, and thousands of employees walked out of their offices in protest last week. Now, ahead of a company town hall meeting, Goo...

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Satechi USB-C hub adds HDMI, 3.5mm jack & more...

Satechi on Thursday announced the Type-C Mobile Pro Hub, specifically intended for Apple's new iPad Pros with USB-C in place of Lightning.

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Wemo Smart Dimmer Switch gains HomeKit support via...

Wemo is upgrading another of their smart home accessories with the addition of HomeKit today. Through a software update, the Wemo Smart Dimmer Switch will now be compatible with Apple's HomeKit with no need for an additional hub.

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Chinese news agency adds AI anchors to its broadcast...

China's state-run news agency Xinhua has unveiled the latest additions to its team of reporters -- two AI anchors. The two anchors, one that speaks in English and another in Chinese, have the likeness of some of Xinhua's human anchors, but their voic...

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Wemo HomeKit support comes to WiFi Smart Dimmer...

Belkin continues to bring HomeKit support to its smart home accessories, and the Wemo WiFi Smart Dimmer is the latest to join the club. Wemo HomeKit support is retroactively being added through a free software update starting today. Wemo was first to use a new software authentication method for certifying HomeKit devices with its Mini Smart Plug earlier this year.


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Wemo adds HomeKit support to WiFi Smart Dimmer


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A folding screen is just what the iPhone needs, but...

At long last, the first folding phone from Samsung is nearly a reality. At its developers conference keynote yesterday, the phone maker showed off its new Infinity Flex display along with a proof-of-concept prototype of what will soon become the world’s first folding Galaxy phone.

It’s likely to be a very expensive niche product when it launches in 2019, but one thing is clear: phones are moving beyond rounded rectangles. After several false starts with curved, two-sided, and split-screen handsets, it’s safe to say that folding is the future of the smartphone, with the sort of 2-in-1 design that was previously unthinkable on a pocketable device.

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Apple Investigates Reports of Listener Drop-off in...

Apple is investigating after podcasters raised concerns that Analytics was showing a huge fall in listenership.

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Spotify opens up its streaming data to music...

Spotify seems to be focused on building stronger relationships with musicians, having added features such as easier music uploads and allowing them to submit tracks to playlist editors for consideration. It's made overtures to songwriters as well, in...

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Apple's latest Over-the-Ear Headphones Patent...

It was reported by Bloomberg in early March that Apple was working on noise-canceling, over-ear headphones that rival headsets from market leaders like Bose and even the company’s own 'Beats' by Dre brand. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a modern up to date patent application from Apple regarding their next-gen headphones with noise cancellation and more.

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Google Cloud Adds Science Tool to Share Scientific...

Google wants to make it easier for scientists to share scientific models, so today it announced Kubeflow pipelines and AI Hub to help.

To help fix that, Google is announcing Kubeflow pipelines, which are an extension of Kubeflow, an open source framework built on top of Kubernetes designed specifically for machine learning…The company is also announcing AI Hub, which as the name implies is a central place where data scientists can go to find different kinds ML content including Kubeflow pipelines, Jupyter notebooks, TensorFlow modules and so forth.

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Netflix’s ‘Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle’ debuts...

Netflix snapped up the rights to Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, a film that had been in the works for some time, earlier this year, and now it has a release date and a new trailer. In the trailer, you see the familiar Jungle Book story -- a young boy...

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Wemo Smart Light Switch Adds HomeKit Support

The Wi-Fi Smart Dimmer can be controlled via Siri and the Home app.

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App Sale: Pixomatic Photo Editor Now Free

Usually US$4.99, Pixomatic photo editor is free, and I’m not sure how long it will last. Pixomatic is the first-ever mobile app that brings desktop level quality for selecting and masking images. Now, you have no problems with cutting out even the most difficult picture elements, including hair. Smoothly select and mask even the trickiest hair edges. Also, they introduced hundreds of photo stickers that you can add to your photos with a single tap. In just a few minutes create funny pranks, visual art and social media posts for your business or stunning photo manipulations, viral memes and selfies to share with friends. Pixomatic has a full range of amazing photo editing tools for creative minds. Use smart cutout, add layers, apply blending modes and unique filters to create epic masterpieces. Let Pixomatic be your only all-in-one photo editor. App Store: Pixomatic – Free...

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How to upgrade the RAM on the new 2018 Mac mini

Apple reversed course this year, opting to allow for user-swappable memory on the new Mac mini. The procedure isn't as straight-forward as it could be, so AppleInsider walks you through it.

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Satechi’s iPad Pro USB-C hub with HDMI, USB-A, and...

Satechi is out today with its dedicated iPad Pro USB-C hub. The compact aluminum adapter offers HDMI, USB-A, headphone port, and USB-C PD 3.0 at a good price.


The post Satechi’s iPad Pro USB-C hub with HDMI, USB-A, and headphone port launches with $45 promo appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Satechi announces Aluminum Type-C Mobile Pro Hub for...


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Daimler and Bosch pick San Jose for autonomous taxi...

Mercedes' parent company Daimler and automotive supplier Bosch announced back in 2017 their plans to get autonomous vehicles on the road "by the beginning of the next decade." Now, the partnership is getting ready to roll out testing, and has earmark...

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iMovie Update Adds Facebook Video Export

Apple’s iWork suite of apps were updated yesterday. Among them was an iMovie feature that added Facebook video export.

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Steve Jobs once said that Apple almost went bankrupt...


In light of all the recent price hikes to Apple’s products I was reminded by a quote I read once from Steve Jobs. He was talking about why Apple started failing and almost went bankrupt before they brought Steve back into the company.

And the quote:

What happened at Apple, to be honest, over the years was the goal used to be to make the best computers in the world. And that was goal one. Goal two, we got from Hewlett-Packard actually which was “we have to make a profit”. Because if we don’t make a profit we can’t do goal one. So, yeah, I mean we enjoyed making a profit, but the purpose of making a profit was so we can make the best computers in the world. Along the way somewhere those two got reversed. The goal is to make a lot of money and well, if we have to make some good computers well ok we’ll do that… ’cause we can make a lot of money doing that. And, it’s very subtle. It’s very subtle at first, but it turns out it’s everything. That one little...

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Netflix is making 'Pacific Rim' and '...

Netflix is developing five original anime shows, including two titles you might be familiar with: Pacific Rim and Altered Carbon. The animated series will take place in the same universe as the live-action installments of the titles, though they'll t...

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Losing health data when upgrading an iPhone

From this tweet by Ryan Jones:

Health data truth, as on Nov 2018.

iCloud Sync, if toggled on
iCloud Backup, never ever

Unecrypted iTunes Backup, never ever
Encrypted iTunes Backup, only if iCloud Sync is off

So, if you get a new phone and it magically disappears from iCloud… F’ed.

— Ryan Jones (@rjonesy) November 6, 2018

And this from the linked post by Michael Tsai:

The Health app can’t import its own data, so you need to use (and trust) a third-party app. Also, chances are you’re going to use iCloud (or some even less secure means) to transport the export file, so why not just include it (optionally) in the iCloud backup. This is a pattern we see from time to time with Apple. You run into the limits of...

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Teardown of Apple's 2018 MacBook Air shows...

A teardown of the redesigned MacBook Air shows that Apple has turned to glue for the speakers and batteries, versus the previous revision which used tiny screws to hold the components in place.

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New MacBook Air Battery Can Be Replaced Yourself

In an unusually repair-friendly move by Apple, you will be able to replace the new MacBook Air battery yourself.

“This is a huge step forward,” said Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit, a popular website dedicated to repairing Apple products. “Apple’s glued-down battery design has been a challenge for consumers, recyclers, and for Apple’s own technicians. Preserving the removability of the MacBook Air’s battery is really important.”

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CIRP says 181M iPhones in active use in US, but...

Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) estimates that there are now 181M iPhones in active use in the US, up from 176M in the middle of last year …


The post CIRP says 181M iPhones in active use in US, but starting to level off appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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'Fallout 76' gets glow-in-the-dark postage...

Bethesda's Fallout 76 marketing onslaught is continuing apace ahead of the game's November 14th release. Last week, it snagged Ninja, Rick and Morty, and Logic for a nerdtastic livestream -- now it's releasing limited edition postage stamps across th...

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Three Things to Know About the New Apple Pencil

Last week, Apple introduced a second-generation Apple Pencil that magnetically attaches to the new iPad Pro. It also features automatic pairing, wireless charging, tap to wake, double-tap to switch drawing tools, a more seamless design with no Lightning connector or cap, and a matte rather than glossy finish.

As the new Apple Pencil begins to arrive to customers around the world, we've learned some additional details about the drawing tool:

  1. Unlike the original, the second-generation Apple Pencil does not include an extra tip in the box. Apple sells a four-pack of extra tips online and at many of its retail stores for $19 in the United States.

  • The new Apple Pencil wirelessly charges when attached to the new iPad Pro, but it is...
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    Anand Shimpi, Phil Schiller Explain A12X Chip

    The latest Apple interview is with Anand Shimpi and Phil Schiller who explained the A12X chip.

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    Apple's services will grow to over $100 billion...

    Katy Huberty from Morgan Stanley has taken a deep-dive into Apple's services market segment, and has taken a close look at the factors that will make Apple's once-overlooked aspect of its business a major factor for investors to consider now, and in the future.

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    Bit Brigade, the rock band that plays classic NES...

    Bit Brigade could be more famous if they wanted to be. They're a five-man rock band, but one of their members doesn't play an instrument -- instead, he speedruns through a classic NES game while the remaining four bandmates play its soundtrack, live...

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    iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, Mac laptops on...

    Over 180 million shoppers are expected to take advantage of Black Friday deals this holiday season. Smartphones top wish lists this year according to a survey conducted by Gazelle, an online marketplace for consumers to buy and sell previously owned electronic devices.

    Forty-four percent of Americans who are looking to purchase new electronic devices over the holidays would like smartphones, with 23% eyeing a new Samsung Galaxy and 21% desiring a new iPhone. Rounding out the top five most wished-for items are the Apple Watch (17%), iPad (16%), and MacBook (14%).

    While 30% of consumers are hoping for electronic devices as gifts, only 12% are holding out for smartphone deals, and 16% for tablet bargains. Leading up to Black Friday, Gazelle will be featuring countdown promotions and site wide sales on the certified previously-owned items most sought after this holiday season....

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    DJI Security Flaw Could Have Exposed Accounts

    Consumer drone manufacturer DJI fixed a security flaw in its website and apps. The DJI security flaw—revealed today—could have been bad.

    The vulnerability, revealed Thursday by researchers at security firm Check Point, would have given an attacker complete access to a DJI users’ cloud stored data, including drone logs, maps, any still or video footage — and live feed footage through FlightHub, the company’s fleet management system — without the user’s knowledge.

    It doesn’t sound like any customer data was actually accessed, but DJI and CheckPoint say it would be difficult to know for sure.

    Drone icon made by Roundicons from www.flaticon.com.

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    iFixIt offers a teardown of the 2018 MacBook Air

    The gang at iFixIt, which tears part tech items and looks at their innards so you don’t have to, has taken a look at the 2018 MacBook Air. 

    They say that the upgraded laptop rocks modular ports, and not one but ten pull-to-remove adhesive tabs securing its battery and speakers. After years of declining repairability, “this is a refreshing change for Apple notebooks,” iFixIt declares. 

    However, “these design improvements have more to do with rework than repairability. The Air still uses external pentalobes to keep you out, requires lots of component removal for common fixes, and both RAM and storage are soldered to the logic board. 

    “All together, that means Apple has an easy time with their knowledge and tools, but the average DIYer is left out to dry when it comes to upgrades,” iFixIt says. “We’re not ones to complain (okay, yes we are), but we hope this is just the beginning of an upswing in repairable design.”

    You can read all about the...

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    OnyX 3.5.2 - Maintenance and optimization tool.

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

    Version 3.5.2:
    New options:

    • Change the background image in the login window
    • Turn on/Turn off font smoothing for non-Retina displays
    • New option to compare checksums


    • Deleting the browsers' history
    • Deleting the Junk items

    • macOS 10.14

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    Here’s how to replace the memory on the new Mac mini

    This is a relatively easy thing to do. It’s all screws, no glue or other messy bits to deal with.

    If you are considering a Mac mini purchase, check the replacement RAM costs before you order.

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    iOS 12.1.1 will let iPhone XR users expand...

    The iPhone XR does not have a pressure-sensitive display, so it lacks 3D Touch. Apple has introduced alternative gestures for many 3D Touch features under the marketing guise of ‘Haptic Touch’. This combines a normal long-press gesture with haptic feedback, like holding down the spacebar to activate keyboard trackpad mode, or using long press for the lock screen torch button.

    One notable omission with the launch of iPhone XR was the lack of affordance for viewing rich notifications. iOS 12.1.1 beta 2 addresses this … so now it works as you would expect.


    The post...

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    Apple patent involves displays with ‘holographic...

    About four years ago, Ben Kunz writing for Bloomberg Businessweek, predicted that Apple devices will someday project holograms "like you’ve never seen." Sounds a bit out-there, right? But Kunz could have been onto something. 

    In 2016, Apple patented a three-dimensional display system that would “mimic a hologram” without requiring special glasses. The patent notes that one current market gap in screen technology is the ability of a device to project stereoscopic 3D images to multiple viewers at the same time.

    Today Apple has filed for a patent (number 20180321432) for a “display with holographic angle-of-view adjustment structures.” It involves screens on which each pixel may have a light-emitting diode such as an organic light-emitting diode or may be formed from other pixel structures such as liquid crystal display pixel structures. 

    Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: “A display may have an array of pixels. Each pixel may have a light-emitting...

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    Apple posts second developer betas of iOS 12.1.1,...


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    Apple customers discuss the ‘nickel and diming’ that...

    Reddit thread has been discussing some of the things that annoy them about Apple – more specifically, examples of Apple ‘nickel-and-diming’ its customers. Areas where Apple cheaps out.

    There are absolutely no prizes for guessing what’s number one on the list …


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    Daily Deal: The FODI Origami Multi-Purpose Device...

    What’s as thin as a piece of paper but can hold computers or other equipment weighing up to 44 pounds? The answer? The FODI Origami Multi-Purpose Device Stand ($14.99). This innovative and ultra-portable folding stand transforms from an ultra-thin sheet into a stand that can hold any smartphone, tablet or other device in seconds, and looks good in the process.

    • Quickly folds into a stand for your phone, laptop, tablet & more

    • Easily folds & unfolds in two ways

    • Organize cables w/ the included buckles

    • Unfolds flat for easy transport

    It’s about the size of an envelope at 9.5” long by 4.5” wide, but only 1 mm thick and ways just 0.08 lbs. It has two ways of folding, and comes in four different finishes:...

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    Earlier every year: iPhone production cut rumors

    It seems like every year two things get moved up: stores putting up holiday decorations and doomtastic rumors about cuts to iPhone production orders.

    Last year it wasn’t until December that reports of iPhone X production cuts were floated like so many lead balloons carried around by lead children. These reports went on for more than half a year until Apple reported two quarters of increased iPhone sales and repeatedly said the iPhone X was the best selling iPhone, you chowderheads.

    Now, here it is only early November and already we’re being treated to breathless details of upcoming Black Friday deals, whirring maniacal mechanical Santas in Ace Hardware stores across the nation and, yes, reports of production cuts on the iPhone XR, which was released less than two weeks ago.


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    iPhone alarms could automatically change to give...

    Apple has looked into how people can get a full night's sleep, and has come up with a way that allows someone to be woken up after spending a desired amount of time asleep instead of just at a set time, by monitoring when they actually start sleeping.

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    2018 MacBook Air Teardown Confirms Improving...

    The repair experts at iFixit have completed their teardown of the new MacBook Air, providing a closer look inside the notebook.

    iFixit started by confirming the keyboard on the new MacBook Air has the same silicone membrane under the keycaps as the latest MacBook Pro, as expected since they both use Apple's third-generation butterfly keyboard.

    Next, they flipped the notebook onto its bottom side and encountered Apple's usual pentalobe screws that require a special screwdriver to unfasten. On the inside, there is a compact array of components, including a small logic board, a fan, a pair of large speakers, and a "radiator-esque heat sink."

    iFixit proceeded to remove the logic board, providing a glimpse at the Apple T2 security chip, along with a...

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    Artifact Uprising Offers 10 Free Photo Prints

    Artifact Uprising, owned by photo company VSCO, is offering customers a chance to print ten photos for free. It only lasts a week.

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    Apple patent would offer more control over 3D...

    Apple has applied for a patent (number 20180322709) for “systems, methods, and computer-computer-readable media for placing an asset on a 3D model” involving the Mac as well as iOS devices. One goal: enhance gaming experiences.

    The invention, if it ever comes to fruition, involves  models that a user can control as part of an electronic device operation. For example, gaming consoles can display 3D avatars that represent a user, and the user can direct the avatar to perform specific actions in a game. The three-dimensional models can be constructed from the combination of several assets such as a body, a head, eyes, ears, nose, hair, glasses, a hat, or other accessories. 

    The assets can be placed on and incorporated into the model (e.g., placed on and integrated into an external surface of the model), or placed adjacent to the external surface of the model. To enhance the user's experience, the user can personalize a displayed model by selecting and moving specific...

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    Apple probing sudden declines of up to 40 percent in...

    Apple says it's "investigating" an issue with its podcast data showing sharp and unexpected declines in listenership -- but with no corresponding drop in actual listeners.

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    Apple will open its first store in Thailand this...

    Apple Iconsiam will open Saturday in Bangkok on the shores of the Chao Phraya; it’s the tech giants first store in Thailand.

    Elevated above the “River of Kings” in the heart of Bangkok, Apple Iconsiam sits alongside storied sites and cultural landmarks. Connecting the new mixed-use ICONSIAM Center to an outdoor roof terrace, the store’s clean, trapezoidal design lines and glass surfaces accentuate the natural beauty of its surroundings while creating an open, airy atmosphere effacing boundaries between interior and exterior, according to Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail.

    Apple Iconsiam features two expansive glass facades that create transparency through the store to the river, city and beyond. As customers walk in through a sweeping curve stone entry, their journey continues to the roof garden, where they can admire local art, participate in a Today at Apple photo or sketch walk, or simply enjoy iconic views of Bangkok.

    Inside the store...

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    New iPad Pro Means it is Time for padOS

    It is fair to say that Ben Lovejoy from 9to5Mac is a fan of the new iPad Pro, including the “perfection of the rounded corners in the display.” He is increasingly recommending it to non-techies over a MacBook. His one gripe though is that he thinks the iPad Pro needs its own operating system – call it padOS. I can see the case for this. The iPad Pro, in particular, is now so advanced that people are doing an increasing number of high-powered tasks on it. The device needs an operating system that reflects that. As Lovejoy points out, Apple argues against converged devices. So why not add an extra operating system into the mix so that each hardware offering is compatible but has a unique software environment so users can truly enjoy devices to their full potential?

    But while the iPad Pro isn’t trying to be a Mac, it is a grown-up device and it needs a grown-up operating system. Not macOS, but rather a tailored version of iOS, designed to take advantage of the...

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    Apple Patent Reveals ongoing Work on micro-LED...

    Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to micro-LED displays that provide an angle-of-view adjustment layer that may be formed from holographic structures.

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    How to set your macOS screensaver to show a Photos...

    When your Mac isn’t being used, you can turn its screen into a digital picture frame by using a screensaver that shows photos. If you store photos in Apple’s Photos app, setting up the photo screensaver is very straightforward.

    Here’s how to set your Mac to use your Photos Library as a screensaver.

    1. Open System Preferences and click Desktop & Screen Saver.

    2. Select any of the photo-based screen savers in the scroll list at left. The ones that let you select images all show a ladybird beetle.


    3. Click the Source drop-down menu and choose Photo Library. (If you don’t have any images in Photos, the Photo Library option will not appear.)


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    How to upgrade RAM on the 2018 Mac mini – iFixit’s...

    One of the changes Apple made in the 2018 version of the Mac mini is that the RAM is now removable. If you’re wondering how to upgrade RAM on the 2018 Mac mini, iFixit has an 11-step guide …


    The post How to upgrade RAM on the 2018 Mac mini – iFixit’s 11-step guide appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    iPad Pro Diary: I can’t put this thing down, but we...

    Having given my first impressions yesterday of the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, I thought it would be at least a couple of days before I had anything more to say, but it turns out that’s not the case. Consider this partly a diary, and partly a call to arms for an iPad-specific version of iOS: padOS.

    I have a Wednesday evening ritual that involves working on a creative writing project for a couple of hours in a coffee shop, then heading to a nearby pub with friends. I usually cycle there, but this evening didn’t want to stop playing with the iPad, so took the tube instead. Having managed to secure a seat, I was That Guy – the one steadfastly avoiding looking up in case I spotted a disabled grandmother who needed my seat …


    The post...

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    Apple’s price inflation turns privacy from a right...

    Apple believes privacy is a "fundamental human right," or so CEO Tim Cook told CNN in the wake of WWDC last spring. He condemned the data collection spree he saw from competitors as “out of control,” and he worried that “most people” have no idea how often they’re being tracked.

    Bold words, yes. It was easy to admire Apple in the moment. They were words we needed to hear—wanted to hear—particularly in a decade rocked by the Cambridge Analytica scandal and data breaches at companies like Uber and Yahoo, to say nothing of Google's habit of sifting through our Gmail in order to better pepper our browsing experience with ads. Against such a backdrop, Apple looked like a knight in shining, brushed aluminum armor...

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    Here’s how many days you’d have to work to pay for a...

    Apple announced its new iPhones in September and with each pre-order date came a surge of sales from developed nations such as the U.S. Singapore, Switzerland, and United Arab Emigrates, where residents may only have to work a handful of days to purchase them, making the new iPhones a reasonably affordable amenity.

    However, with smartphone prices hitting astronomical new heights, price-conscious markets around the world are seeing tremendous sales volumes with budget handsets. For example, in countries such as Cuba, India, Ukraine and Russia, cell phones such as the new iPhone XS Max are truly a luxury item, according to BankMyCell, a site for comparing trade-in prices for gadgets.

    The site has done an analysis of not only how many working days it takes to buy an iPhone Xr, Xs, and Xs Max (64GB), but also comparing it to local cost of living figures in 61 countries.

    For example, Cubans take up to 669 days to buy one, America is the third in the countries...

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    Apple Numbers 5.3 - Apple's spreadsheet app...

    With Apple Numbers, sophisticated spreadsheets are just the start. The whole sheet is your canvas. Just add dramatic interactive charts, tables, and images that paint a revealing picture of your data. You can work seamlessly between Mac and iOS devices, and work effortlessly with people who use Microsoft Excel.

    Version 5.3:

    •  This update contains stability and performance improvements

    • macOS 10.13 or later

    Download Now]]>

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    Tweetbot 3 for Twitter 3.2 - Popular Twitter client.

    Tweetbot is a full-featured OS X Twitter client with a lot of personality. Whether it's the meticulously-crafted interface, sounds and animation, or features like multiple timelines and column views, there's a lot to love about Tweetbot.


    • Drag & Drop Columns. Columns have been redesigned from the ground up to be faster and easier to use. Just drag the column circle to the right to add columns and back to the left to hide them. Columns persist even when hidden.
    • Better Media. Automatically play videos and GIFs in your timeline with a quick mouseover. A click on media opens it up in our lightning fast new media viewer.
    • Timeline Filters. The powerful timeline filters from Tweetbot for iOS are finally on the Mac. Quickly filter a timeline to show only tweets with media, retweets, links, or create your own keyword or rules-based filters.
    • Mute Filters. Hide Tweets in your timelines by specific users,...
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    MainStage 3 3.4.1 - Live performance tool for...

    Apple MainStage makes it easy to bring to the stage all the same instruments and effects that you love in your recording. Everything from the Sound Library and Smart Controls you're familiar with from Logic Pro X is integrated into MainStage 3. You can even expand your show with prerecorded backing tracks. You'll also find new features like an improved Mixer, easier-to-use channel strips, and more. With the Mac as the core of your live rig, setup is faster, teardown is faster, and everything in between is more reliable. And you can easily use your favorite hardware to control every nuance of your performance.

    Version 3.4.1:

    • This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes.

    • macOS 10.12 or later

    Download Now]]>

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    WhatsApp 0.3.1475 - Desktop client for WhatsApp...

    WhatsApp is the desktop client for WhatsApp Messenger, a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone, and Nokia and yes, those phones can all message each other! Because WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends. In addition to basic messaging WhatsApp users can create groups, send each other unlimited images, video and audio media messages.

    Version 0.3.1475:

    • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

    • OS X 10.9 or later

    Download Now

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    GigSky announces international eSIM support for...

    If you’re looking for eSIM-based goodness, GigSky might have what you want.

    GigSky, a company that offers pay-as-you-go cellular data plans in more than 190 countries around the world, today announced that it now supports the eSIM in the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR.

    The company’s plans are available on Apple’s new devices through the latest version of the GigSky World Mobile Data app, which was updated on Tuesday.

    Users can add a GigSky data plan by downloading the app to an iPhone XR, iPhone XS, or iPhone XS Max handset running iOS 12.1 or later. GigSky says that built-in data connectivity will activate the eSIM with a cellular data only plan with no need to acquire a GigSky physical SIM card.

    The plans range from 300MB to 5GB, and can span a time period of one day to 30 days. Pricing in select regions in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean starts at $10 for 300MB of data. For other countries not included in...

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    Enthusiasts Detail RAM Upgrade Process for the 2018...

    RAM replacement guides for the new 2018 Mac mini have appeared online, detailing what's involved if users choose to go against Apple's advice and upgrade the removable memory modules themselves.

    Apple's official line is that it doesn't consider the new Space Gray Mac mini to be user-configurable, therefore the company recommends that later memory upgrades be performed by a certified Apple service provider.

    However, going down that route increases costs significantly, because users need to factor in the relatively high price of Apple-supplied RAM as well as the additional labor charge for installing said modules.

    On the other hand, while upgrading the memory yourself can save money, it also carries inherent risks.

    For one, any damage done to the Mac mini during installation isn't covered under warranty, and...

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    Rumor: AT&T to crack down on Internet piracy...

    If you were considering engaging in Internet piracy via an AT&T connection over the next week, AT&T won’t look kindly upon that.

    Anonymous sources have stated that the carrier will soon inform about a dozen broadband customers that their connection will be terminated due to copyright infringement.

    Over the next week or so, AT&T will kick some customers off its network due of copyright infringement. Thanks to its purchase of Time Warner, AT&T is now a major media company in the United States.

    Anonymous sources stated that AT&T will cut off broadband connections if customers ignore “repeated efforts to “educate” them about the perils of copyright infringement.”

    Per the sources:

    “Based on the notices we received, we identified the customer on the account and shared with them the information we received. We also reached out to the customer to educate them about copyright infringement and offer assistance to help prevent the...

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    How to revive a sluggish Mac mouse

    Is your Magic Mouse acting sluggish and tracking slowly? If so, there are several steps you can take to get it back up to speed (literally).

    The first, easiest, and most effective thing thing to do is simply wipe clean the glass on the bottom of the mouse that houses the laser. Heck, I pick my mouse up and simply blow any dust off the glass when it seems “tired.” That almost always does the trick. If that doesn’t work, try one of these steps:

    • Download and install the latest Magic Mouse firmware. You can find out how to do so here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201541 .

    • Reset the connection and re-pair the device. Go to the Bluetooth and Mouse system preferences and remove the mouse from your system. Turn the mouse off and back on so it goes into discovery mode and pair it back up with your Mac through the "Mouse" system preferences.

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    Fire TV how-to tips: Make the most of Amazon's...

    Use these Fire TV tips and tricks to browse faster, launch apps with ease, and avoid common annoyances.

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    calibre 3.34.0 - Complete e-book library management...

    Calibre is a complete e-book library manager. Organize your collection, convert your books to multiple formats, and sync with all of your devices. Let Calibre be your multi-tasking digital librarian.

    Manage, convert, sync, and more

    • Library management. Calibre keeps things orderly by creating single entries for books that contains multiple formats. Add tags and comments for better searchability.
    • Format conversion. Calibre's robust conversion options support a wide variety of file formats.
    • File syncing. Calibre's device drivers seamlessly support all the top e-readers and devices.

    Version 3.34.0

    New features

    • Support for...
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    Apple Sends out a Press Release about their first...

    Yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's Cathedral in the Sky Opens in Thailand this Saturday." Today Apple release a press release titled "Apple opens first store in Thailand Saturday"

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    Qualcomm feels the Pain of losing Apple as a...

    Yesterday Qualcomm forecast sales revenue for the holiday shopping quarter below analysts’ estimates as it took a hit from the loss of chip sales to Apple, sending its shares down 3.1 percent after hours.

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    Best Buy’s early Black Friday Apple sale takes $100...

    It’s been a huge morning for Black Friday news, headlined by Best Buy revealing its Thanksgiving week ad. And while there are a number of notable deals still to come, Best Buy is making some of its top Black Friday offers available now. This includes hefty discounts on Apple’s latest 9.7-inch iPad, the previous generation 10.5-inch iPad Pro and...

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    Apple Keynote 8.3 - Apple's presentation...

    Easily create gorgeous presentations with the all-new Keynote, featuring powerful yet easy-to-use tools and dazzling effects that will make you a very hard act to follow.

    The Theme Chooser lets you skim through an impressive collection of 30 new and updated Apple-designed themes. Once you’ve chosen the perfect canvas for your presentation, simply replace the placeholder text and graphics with your own words and images. Easy-to-use tools let you add tables, charts, shapes, photos, and videos to slides--and bring it all to life with cinematic animations and transitions that look as though they were created by your own special effects team. Animate your data with new interactive column, bar, scatter, and bubble charts.

    Use iCloud to keep your presentations up to date across all your devices. You can instantly share a presentation using just a link, giving others the latest version and the ability to edit it directly with Keynote for iCloud beta from...

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    Apple Pages 7.3 - Apple's word processor from...

    Apple Pages is a powerful word processor that gives you everything you need to create documents that look beautiful. And read beautifully. It lets you work seamlessly between Mac and iOS devices, and even work effortlessly with people who use Microsoft Word.

    Version 7.3:

    • Publish your books directly to Apple Books for download or purchase.
    • Performance and stability improvements

      • macOS 10.13 or later

      Download Now]]>

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    How to customize hardware keyboard settings on iPad

    With Apple’s Smart Keyboards or any other third-party keyboards capable of connecting to an iPad, Apple has a set of options that allow you to customize the hardware keyboard, regardless of which keyboard you decide to go with. Follow along to learn how to customize hardware keyboard settings on iPad…


    The post How to customize hardware keyboard settings on iPad appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    How to take screenshots on the iPad Pro

    No matter if the 2018 iPad Pro is your first iOS device without a Home button or not, follow along for how to take screenshots on the iPad Pro.


    The post How to take screenshots on the iPad Pro appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    Wednesday November 7

    File Juicer 4.69 - Extract images, video, sound, or...

    File Juicer is a drag-and-drop can opener and data archaeologist. Its specialty is to find and extract images, video, audio, or text from files which are hard to open in other ways. In computer forensics this is called carving.

    It finds and extracts: JPEG, JP2, PNG, GIF, PDF, BMP, WMF, EMF, PICT, TIFF, Flash, ZIP, HTML, WAV, AVI, MOV, MP4, MPG, MP3, AIFF, AU, WMV, or text from files which contain data in those formats.

    Lossless extraction... File Juicer does't convert the images/sounds/videos it finds, but saves them unchanged in their original format if possible. (See the manual for details.) This is useful:

    • if you want to extract the images/sounds/videos from a PDF or Word document;
    • if you have old files you can no longer open with current applications;
    • if you receive emails with attachments you can not open;
    • if you have corrupt files or databases;
    • if you have damaged or accidentally erased flash...
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    Apple iMovie 10.1.10 - Edit personal videos and...

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    Version 10.1.10:

    • Removes the option to share video files directly to Facebook
    • Adds a new Prepare for Facebook option which exports a Facebook-compatible video file to your system that you can manually upload to the Facebook website
    • Improves overall stability
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    Bryan Chaffin is joined by Jim Tanous to talk about his recent testing of T2 video encoding on some new Macs. They also talk about how easy it is or isn’t to upgrade Apple’s newest Mac Mini models. They cap the show with the news that you you should probably be thinking ahead to outfitting your house with some 10Gb ethernet.

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    The published price is that of the Pro subscription, billed monthly. View complete pricing info.

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    Loads of app-launching, file-searching goodness - free for you to download and use with no strings attached. Alfred is the ultimate productivity tool for your Mac. Get it and see for yourself.

    Get the Powerpack. Discover the Powerpack, a set of incredibly powerful features, built on top of the robust core of Alfred and integrated with OS X.

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    Note: This application contains in-app and/or external module purchases.

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      • three-finger tap
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      • four-finger swipe up/down
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      • single-finger tap bottom-left
      • single-finger tap bottom-right
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    • Simple management of all remote connections from the connection center
    • High quality video and sound streaming with improved compression and bandwidth usage
    • Easy connection to multiple monitors or projectors for presentations
    • Print from Windows applications to any printer configured on your Mac
    • Access local files on your Mac from your Windows applications

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    The post Brydge teases new keyboards for the 2018 iPad Pros, coming early next year appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    Today marks the first day of iPad Pro availability to the general public. As part of that, we’re learning a bit more about the new device, including details about USB-C connectivity, Apple Pencil changes, and more.


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    The post Facebook says an unsend functionality is ‘coming soon’ to Messenger appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    The post Apple investigating issue causing ‘steep consumption declines’ in Podcast reporting appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    The post Qualcomm again blames Apple as stock slides following weak holiday season forecast appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    Samsung is using the Infinity Flex technology for a device that features 7.3-inch flexible display that can be folded in half. While in full screen mode, the device is meant to be used as a tablet, and when folded in half, it functions as a smartphone.

    Samsung's Infinity Flex demo begins at about one hour and 22 minutes into the developer conference video

    Samsung says that the Infinity Flex display is the "future of mobile display technology" and the foundation for the "smartphone of tomorrow."Today is a big milestone and I'm sure you're all wondering what it looks like in real life and how it works. Wonder no more. When it's open, it's a tablet, offering a big screen experience. It's gorgeous. When it's closed, it's a phone that fits neatly inside your pocket.Samsung says that that to design the Infinity Flex technology, it had...

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    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    Mann looks at the new iPad Pro from the same POV I would – how is it for a professional photographer working in the field? After reading the review, I really want a new iPad for my photography workshop in Lisbon next March.

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    Today is the official launch day for the 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, and we got our hands on one of the new larger versions along with a Smart Keyboard Folio and an Apple Pencil 2, the new accessories that go along with the updated tablet.

    Check out our latest YouTube video for an unboxing and feature overview of the new device, which has been radically overhauled compared to the previous-generation model.

    Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos.

    Apple's new iPad Pro models feature an entirely new design with a near edge-to-edge display that replaces the Touch ID Home button with a TrueDepth camera system and Face...

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    According to a report Wednesday, Comcast is looking to field a new streaming device in 2019 that offers existing broadband customers app-based access to online services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.

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    I’m not smart enough to understand much of what this article is about but the majority of the reviews of this new iPad reference how incredibly powerful the A12X system on a chip is.

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    Apple updated the Clips app, adding new scenes, including a scene from The Incredibles 2, as shown in the GIF included in our story.

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    What an incredible collection to peruse and use.

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    After years of covering Samsung's new form factor patents it was almost a rush to finally see the future unfolding. Today, during Samsung's developer conference in San Francisco, we saw a little history being made when the unveiled ....

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    Really interesting thread from a guy who knows a lot about this stuff.

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    9to5Mac Daily: November 7, 2018

    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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    According to a new report from CNBC, Comcast is planning its own hardware streaming TV box for broadband-only customers. The box is said to integrate apps and services including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube, and feature a voice-activated remote.


    The post Comcast reportedly planning streaming TV box that’s far more limited than Apple TV appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    iHeartRadio now offers an on-demand family plan for...

    Last year, iHeartRadio rolled out its on-demand streaming plan to everyone, and now it's adding a family tier. With the All Access Family Plan, six family members can get their own on-demand profiles and have access to personalized playlists, unlimit...

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    iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, Keynote for...

    Apple has upgraded  iMovie and GarageBand for macOS and iOS, and the latter for iOS only. All updates are available at the Mac App Store and Apple App Store.

    iMovie 2.2.6 for iOS lets you connect an external display to your iPad or iPhone and choose to mirror the iPad display or preview your video fullscreen while you edit. There’s support for uncompressed 4K video output on the 2018 iPad Pro 11-inch or iPad Pro 12.9-inch.

    iMovie 10.1.10 for the Mac Removes the option to share video files directly to Facebook, and adds a new Prepare for Facebook option that exports a Facebook-compatible video file to your system that you can manually upload to the Facebook website. It also improves overall stability.

    Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for both macOS and iOS have been upgraded with performance and stability fixes. And the Pages app for both operating systems now lets you publish directly to Apple Books for download or purchase.

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    Ford is reportedly buying e-scooter startup Spin

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    Apple on Wednesday has issued its second developer betas for iOS 12.1.1 and tvOS 12.1.1 for testing, and has started the beta cycle for the Apple Watch once more with the first developer beta for watchOS 5.1.2.

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    iPad Pro cases: What you can buy now for the new 11-...

    Apple’s new ultra-powerful iPad Pros are now available to order starting at $799 for the 11-inch and $999 for the 12.9-inch. They boast a redesign, USB-C, and the full power of a laptop computer thanks to the A12X chip. The new designs also mean you’ll need a new case or cover for the iPad Pro.

    Macworld picked out some of the most intriguing cases and covers available today for order. Watch this space as we will be updating it as more great iPad Pro cases come out.


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    Apple Seeds Second Beta of iOS 12.1.1 to Developers

    Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming iOS 12.1.1 update to developers, one week after seeding the first beta and a little over a week after the release of iOS 12.1, a major update that brought multiple new features to iOS.

    Registered developers can download the new iOS 12.1.1 beta from Apple's Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

    The iOS 12.1.1 update reintroduces the feature that lets you take a Live Photo while on a FaceTime call, and it brings improvements for the FaceTime user interface.

    Following the update, FaceTime features a reworked bottom bar that includes quick access buttons for muting a call and flipping the camera. Sliding up on the bottom...

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    First Impressions From New 2018 iPad Pro Owners

    We've already seen iPad Pro reviews from media sites that Apple invited to test the tablet ahead of its release, but now that the iPad Pro has officially launched, first impressions from regular Apple customers are now available.

    New iPad Pro owners on Reddit, Twitter, and the MacRumors forums have been sharing their opinions on the device, and for those considering a purchase, opinions from average consumers provide useful insight.

    MacRumors reader TrueBlou shared some images of the old 12.9-inch iPad Pro next to the sleeker, slimmer 2018 12.9-inch version, providing a look at just how much smaller the new model is. He says the difference is an "incredible improvement."

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    GigSky brings support for eSIM on iPhone XS and XR...

    While some international carriers have rolled out dual SIM support for the iPhone XS and XR, the major US wireless carriers have pushed back official support until “later this year.” However, GigSky has today updated its iOS app which brings support for eSIM on iPhone XS and XR to its North American and worldwide mobile data plans.


    The post GigSky brings support for eSIM on iPhone XS and XR to its worldwide data plans appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    A little over a week since the first beta, Apple is now pushing out its second beta for iOS 12.1.1 and tvOS 12.1.1. We will also see the initial beta of watchOS 5.1.2 for today as well. more…

    The post Second iOS 12.1.1 and first watchOS 5.1.2 betas coming today, likely unlock new Apple Watch Series 4 complications [U: It’s out] appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    Apple on Wednesday released a slew of updates to Mac and iOS productivity apps, the more important changes affecting GarageBand and iMovie.

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    GigSky, a company that offers pay-as-you-go cellular data plans in more than 190 countries around the world, today announced that it now supports the eSIM in the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR.

    eSIM-based GigSky data plans are available on Apple's new devices through the latest version of the GigSky World Mobile Data app, which was updated today.

    Adding a GigSky data plan when traveling can be done by downloading the app on an iPhone XR, XS Max, or XS running iOS 12.1 or later. GigSky says that built-in data connectivity will activate the eSIM with a cellular data only plan with no need to acquire a GigSky physical SIM card.

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    Apple announced today that their Clips app, a free app for iOS, makes it easy to create and share fun videos using iPhone or iPad, gets a new update that includes more great content for video creation. A new version of Clips ads a lot of new stuff.

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    Apple has released new versions of its GarageBand, iMovie, Pages, Keynote, and Numbers apps for both iOS and Mac (GarageBand update is iOS-only). Some of the new Apple apps offer features made for the new iPad Pro that’s also out today.


    The post iMovie, GarageBand, and iWork for Mac and iOS updated alongside iPad Pro and Mac launches appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    Apple has announced an update to its fun video-selfie app Clips that adds a wealth of new content.

    For starters, there are six new Selfie Scenes, including one from the movie Incredibles 2. Selfie Scenes are 360-degree animated backgrounds that put you in the middle of an augmented reality scene. They’re exclusive to Apple products with the TrueDepth camera system: the iPhone X, XS, XS Max, XR, and the new iPad Pros.

    Selfie Scenes now use the A12 Bionic’s neural engine in both previews and recording modes for better portrait segmentation, so they should now more accurately "cut and paste" your image into the scene.

    To read this article...

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    Samsung debuts foldable 'Infinity Flex'...

    As predicted, Samsung has unveiled a flexible display at the company's 2018 developer conference in San Francisco. It's still very much in prototype stage, but Samsung wanted to take the opportunity to show off how UI and UX works on a flexible d...

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    The A12X system-on-chip used in the new iPad Pro is extremely powerful courtesy of a few design decisions taken by Apple in its creation, a walkthrough of the new chip with Apple's Phil Schiller reveals, with one performance-enhancing example being the ability to run all eight processor cores simultaneously.

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    Apple updates Clips for iOS with new Selfie Scenes,...

    A Wednesday update to Clips, Apple's short-form video app, includes six more Selfie Scenes, as well other content like new filters and soundtracks.

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    As the new Retina MacBook Air with its updated I/O start arriving to customers today, LaCie is out with its new portable USB-C SSD to offer durable, fast, and reliable storage.


    The post LaCie launches new portable USB-C SSD, up to 2TB storage with 500MB/s speeds, drop protection, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    Xiamoi AirDots – the Latest AirPod Copy

    “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” the old saying goes. If that is true, Apple should be feeling very flattered indeed. Chinese company Xiaomi has become the latest firm to imitate the AirPods with its AirDots wireless headphones. It is not just the name that’s similar. The design of the AirDots shares a lot with the AirPods. They are fully wireless and have a very familiar look charging case. The next generation of the AirPods is thought to use Bluetooth 5.0, and the Air Dots utilise that same technology. In fact, the biggest difference is the price. The Next Web reported that the Air Dots will retail for just $30. Here is a bit of what they make off this copy-cat offering:

    It seems like everyone wants to get on the AirPod...

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    Apple Daily Report: you can replace the battery in...

    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.

    The battery can be individually replaced in the new MacBook Air, according to Apple's internal Service Readiness Guide for the laptop, notes MacRumors

    Seven of top 10 smartphone markets declined in quarter three of 2018. Huawei took second place ahead of Apple, shipping 52 million units after growing 33% year on year, according to Canalys. Apple grew by just 0.4%, shipping 47 million units, adds the research group.

    Apple is not in talks “at any level” to settle its wide-ranging legal dispute with mobile chip maker Qualcomm, according to Reuters. quoting an unnamed...

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    Android will natively support foldable phones

    Samsung said it would unveil its foldable phone features at its developer conference, and Google is willing to help out. The company is introducing native foldable device support in Android to let apps and interfaces adapt to phones that can bend on...

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    Reuters Looks at Apple’s Challenges in India

    India is home to a large population full of very tech-savvy. Not surprisingly, Apple is keen to increase its sales there. However, small incomes, high device costs and cheap alternatives are making this increasingly difficult. A good piece of analysis on Reuters reveals that even those in Bengaluru – India’s Silicon Valley, are resisting high-end new Apple devices. To compound the difficulties, Apple faces high import tariffs in India and lost some of its top executives in the country this year. While I suspect that tales of Apple’s demise in India is somewhat premature, there is little doubt the firm faces big challenges to keep the country’s 1.3 billion consumers buying its products. Here’s a snippet:

    But in a country where the average per capita income is around $2,000 a year, even the cheapest of this year’s new...

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    We have a deal on the GoHealthy BF1, a body fat analyzer. It features a backlit LCD display, and syncs data with your smartphone app via Bluetooth. It analyzes and measures body weight, fat percentage, water mass, and muscle and bone mass. Check out the promo video below for more info. This device is $24.99 through our deal.

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