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Friday November 2

13:31
Hyper’s new USB-C hubs attach directly to MacBook...

Hyper is announcing a new USB-C Hub that connects directly to a MacBook or MacBook Pro’s power adapter to add two USB 3.0 ports while maintaining a USB-C port for continuing to charge your Mac simultaneously. That effectively turns your MacBook’s charger into a portable USB-C travel charger for charging your iPhones, iPads, cameras and other devices and for many will eliminate the need to carry multiple adapters or hubs. The USB 3.0 ports also allow you to connect USB flash/hard drives and other USB peripherals to the USB-C MacBook Pro.

For a limited time, you can get 25% off the new HyperDrive USB-C Hub for the 15″ MacBook Pro 87W Power Adapter or the 13″ MacBook Pro 61W Power Adaptermore…

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13:28
Amazon lets Prime members choose a weekly delivery...

Amazon is introducing a new delivery option, allowing Prime members in the US to select a certain day of the week on which their orders will be delivered. The company is calling it Amazon Day and it's currently being rolled out on an invite-only basi...

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13:05
Apple Daily Report: the new MacBook Air is a little...

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.

As noted by AppleInsider, new tests from the Geekbench benchmarking service show Apple's new MacBook Air outperforming last year's 12-inch MacBook with Intel Core i5 processor, but falling short of the same model with a Core i7 CPU.

Also, the first Geekbench 4 benchmarks are out for Apple’s new “pro” version of the new Mac mini.

Apple is preparing to launch a new way for its customers to track election results. At 8 p.m. (Eastern...

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13:04
Laura Newell departs Apple for Collective Health

Laura Newell has departed Apple to go to work for Collective Health, a company with a workforce health management system that boasts more than 120,000 members and 30 enterprise clients.

In five years at Apple, she drove communications for products and services, including iOS, iCloud, Apple Pay, CarPlay and Apple News. Previously, she was the tech practice lead at Allison+Partners, a public relations firm headquartered in San Francisco. 

At Collective Health, Newell will report to marketing lead Sarahjane Sacchetti and handle internal and external comms and oversee five direct reports. She started the new job last month.



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13:00
Lego reveals six 'Overwatch' sets that are...

Overwatch has been such a phenomenon that it's starting to take eek into everything. The latest example of Overwatch creep comes to the world of Lego. The company is releasing six Overwatch-themed building sets that feature vehicles, characters and w...

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12:58
Blizzard's popular Diablo series coming to iOS...




On Friday at its annual Blizzcon event, Activision Blizzard announced "Diablo Immortal," the first iteration of the Diablo series to come to mobile devices, including the iPhone and iPad.

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12:56
Apple Watch still number one with 45% of the global...

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartwatch shipments grew 67% annually to reach 10 million units in the third quarter (Q3) of 2018. The Apple Watch maintained first position with 45% global smartwatch marketshare, while Fitbit jumped into second place, overtaking Samsung and Garmin.

The research group says smartwatch shipments grew annually from six million units in Q3 2017 to 10.0 million in Q3 2018. Apple shipped 4.5 million smartwatches worldwide in Q3 2018, rising 25% from 3.6 million units in Q3 2017. 

While far ahead of the pack,...

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12:52
Blizzard announces the Diablo franchise is coming to...

Blizzard announced some big news today at its yearly Blizzcon show: the next installment in the Diablo series will be made for iOS and Android. The news about Diablo Immortal follows Epic Games seeing massive success with its hit Fortnite on mobile devices over the last year.

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12:31
While Apple is Working on a Blood Pressure Feature...

It's no secret that Apple is positioning their Apple Watch to being tightly recognized as a Health device for monitoring athletes performance and providing feedback to users about their heart. The Apple Watch 4 introduced an FDA approved ECG. Apple also has two patent-pending inventions that will one day allow a future Apple Watch user take their blood pressure (one and two). But now an easier way has been developed and Apple may want to consider it because it doesn't involve an inflatable cuff.

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12:31
Smartwatch shipments grow 67 percent in Q3 thanks to...

The smartwatch market doesn't show any signs of slowing down, and it might have just hit a major milestone in the process. Strategy Analytics estimates that smartwatch shipments grew a whopping 67 percent year-over-year in the third quarter of 2018,...

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12:18
9to5Rewards: Win a gorgeous walnut or oak Yohann...

This week for 9to5Rewards, we’ve partnered with Yohann to give away the company’s MacBook Pro and MacBook stand. These handcrafted stands offer a beautiful finish and a unique floating MacBook design. We’ve also got a 15% off deal for all 9to5Mac readers.

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12:10
Blizzard Announces Full-Fledged Diablo Game for...

At today's Blizzcon event, Blizzard announced the upcoming launch of Diablo Immortal, a full-fledged action RPG that's set in the Diablo universe.

Developed alongside NetEase, Diablo Immortal takes place between the events of Diablo II and Diablo III. The Worldstone has been shattered and Skarn, Herald of Terror is collecting the shards to resurrect Diablo.

According to designer Wayne Cheng, who spoke about the game in an App Store feature, players will see Westmarch during its golden age and roam through new locations like the Shassar Sea in eastern Kehjistan. Nine outdoor zones will be available at launch, according to Blizzard.

Six classes will be available to play at launch: Barbarian, Wizard, Demon Hunter, Monk, Crusader, and Necromancer, all with a combination of fresh and familiar skills and abilities.

Immortal will expand Diablo's gameplay into a massive, shared online world. Players...

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12:08
iFixit releases fun x-ray and internal wallpapers...

After completing its full teardown of the iPhone XR last week, iFixit has today shared some cool new internal and x-ray iPhone wallpapers. Hit the jump to grab the new wallpapers for iPhone XR in two colors as well as a cool x-ray wallpaper. These are available for XS and XS Max users too.

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12:08
Bethesda enlists Ninja and Rick and Morty for '...

To build up hype for the upcoming release of Fallout 76, Bethesda pulled the handle on the pop culture slot machine and it landed on Ninja, Logic and Rick and Morty. That motley crew of nerd stardom will play through the new online survival game on d...

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12:00
9to5Mac Daily: November 2, 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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11:50
Examining Apple's record-breaking 2018 fourth...




The quarter that saw the introduction of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max is the last of Apple's fiscal year. At a time when the average selling price has become more important to analysts than ever for Apple's main revenue generator, it is worth looking at several years of previous data to see how the latest one stacks up.

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11:40
The latest 'Overwatch' hero is gunslinging...

As ever at Blizzcon, Blizzard had a new Overwatch hero to reveal. The 29th playable character is Ashe, the damage-dealing leader of the Deadlock Gang. Along with her main weapon, a semi-automatic rifle, she can use her coach gun to knock enemies away...

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11:33
Best new iPad Pro cases available now (11- & 12....

As you know, Apple graced us with an all-new 2018 iPad Pro just days ago. And you are most certainly going to want check out the best new iPad Pro cases down below in order to keep that gorgeous new rounded display intact.

While Apple has now dropped its new folio offerings for the updated Pro tablet (also down below), some of our favorite accessory makers are already taking orders for the new 11-inch and 3rd generation 12.9 inch models.

First, go right here and here to get an early deal on your new 2018 iPad Pro pre-order, then head down below for all of the best new iPad Pro cases and covers....

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11:29
Apple Highlights Depth Control Feature on iPhone XS...

Apple today shared a new how to video that's designed to walk new iPhone users through using the Depth Control feature on the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR.

Depth Control, a feature new to the 2018 iPhones, lets you adjust the amount of background blur in a photo taken with Portrait Mode using either the front or rear camera.

Depth Control can be accessed by choosing a Portrait Mode photo from the Photos app, selecting the "Edit" button, and using the slider at the bottom of the screen to adjust the blur from f/1.4 (maximum blur) to f/16 (no blur).

Depth Control is available when editing an already-captured photo and as of iOS 12.1, there's a real-time Depth Control feature for adjusting blur before you take a photo.

Apple has in the past shared multiple short how to videos like this to highlight photography capabilities on the iPhone along...

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11:21
Spotify is finally testing an Apple Watch companion...

Remember way back when Spotify announced it was working on an Apple Watch app? We don’t blame you if you don’t. It’s been more than a year and a half.

As users on Reddit discovered, though, the streaming giant has finally included a beta version of an Apple Watch companion app with its latest TestFlight release for iOS.

And, well, it’s minimal. At the moment it looks as though you can only control playback (and perform functions like shuffling songs in playlists) and you’ll need to keep your phone nearby for it to work.

To read this article in full, please click here

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11:20
'Destiny 2' for PC is free until November...

Bungie and Activision aren't going to stop at handing out free copies of Destiny 2 to console gamers. Right in time for the launch of BlizzCon, they're making the base PC version of the shared-world shooter available for free from now through Novemb...

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11:19
Apple begins selling certified refurbished iPhone 8/...

Apple is now selling certified refurbished iPhone 8/Plus models in its online store for the first time. Both models are available in 64GB configurations in Silver, Space Gray or Gold colorways. Each model is discounted by around 15% off the regular going rate with prices starting at $499. The larger model sells for $599. Free shipping is available across the board.

All of Apple’s certified refurbished listings going through a stringent refurbishment process and include a one-year warranty and all original accessories. Both iPhone 8 models are also eligible for additional AppleCare coverage. Learn more here.

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11:18
How to run HomeKit scenes from your Apple Watch




Any HomeKit and Apple Watch user may be familiar with the struggle that comes with invoking scenes directly from their wrist. Apple's watchOS Home app can be bloated, difficult to navigate, and straight up slow. For this edition of HomeKit Insider, we take a look at a new way to control your home from Apple Watch.

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11:08
Early Mac mini Geekbench comparable to 2013 Mac Pro

With less than a week until the official launch date, benchmarks are starting to appear in Geekbench for multiple Apple devices. And today, we’re seeing the first indication of what to expect from the 2018 Mac mini.

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11:01
Dear tech: Stop doing business with Nazis

Kicking Nazis off tech companies' services is so easy, and such a simple thing to do. It is such a basic act of human decency, a trivial task that would stop PayPal, Stripe, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, GoDaddy and many more from being unquestionabl...

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10:51
HomeRun is the best way to run HomeKit scenes from...

HomeRun is a new HomeKit Apple Watch app from indie developer Aaron Pearce that fixes a major pain point. HomeRun lets you design your own HomeKit app for Apple Watch from the iPhone with a dense layout of tiles that can run HomeKit scenes. HomeRun for watchOS is absolutely the fastest way to browse and run HomeKit scenes on the Apple Watch.

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10:49
‘Football Manager 2019’ is out now on PC, Mac and...

Here's a bit of good news for those itching for some soccer simulation: Sega and Sports Interactive's Football Manager 2019 is available today for PC and Mac. Also debuting today are Football Manager 2019 Touch and Football Manager 2019 Mobile, marki...

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10:44
Apple Now Selling Refurbished iPhone 8 and iPhone 8...

Apple today added the 2017 iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus to its online store for refurbished products in the United States, offering the smartphone at a discount for the first time.

The refurbished store has a selection of 64GB iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus models in Silver, Gold, and Space Gray for sale, all of which are discounted by 14 to 16 percent.

The 64GB iPhone 8 models are priced at $499, a discount of $100 off of the regular price of $599, while the 64GB iPhone 8 Plus models in the refurbished store are available for $599, also a $100 discount off of the regular $699 price...

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10:28
GM is making e-bikes as it expands beyond cars

GM is keenly aware that it can't depend on car sales going forward, and that now includes venturing beyond cars. The company has revealed that it's working on two e-bikes, one compact and one folding, ahead of a launch sometime in 2019. It didn't say...

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10:10
RED Hydrogen One review: Mediocre cameraphone,...

The RED Hydrogen One is not really a smartphone, it's a camera that also happens to be a smartphone. This makes sense to me intuitively, because when I use smartphones for video projects, or to take photos on vacation, I use a separate phone as the c...

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10:08
First Mac Mini Benchmark Surfaces Ahead of November...

The first Geekbench benchmark for one of the 2018 Mac mini models has surfaced (via VentureBeat), giving us an initial look at the performance we can expect from Apple's revamped desktop machine.

The benchmarked model is a higher-end custom configuration that features a 3.2GHz 6-core 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, UHD Graphics 630, and 32GB RAM. At a minimum, this configuration would cost $1,699.

Two scores for the machine were uploaded today from the same user taken eight minutes apart. The first features a single-core score of 5070 and a multi-core score of 16818, while the second, which suggests much better performance, features a single-core of 5512...

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09:59
Bean 3.2.12 - Fast and uncluttered word processor.

Bean is no longer being actively developed, but will be updated as necessary to patch bugs and maintain OS X compatibility

Bean is lean, fast, and uncluttered. If you get depressed at the thought of firing up MS Word or OpenOffice, try Bean.

If you use Text Edit but have to jump through hoops just to get a word count or change the margins, try Bean.

If you're pining away for Write Now-esque simplicity or just want a low-pressure writing environment, try Bean.

Features:

  • A live word count
  • A Get Info panel for in-depth statistics
  • A zoom-slider to easily change the view scale
  • An Inspector panel with lots of sliders
  • Date-stamped backups
  • Autosaving
  • A page layout mode
  • An alternate colors option (e.g., white text on blue)
  • An option to show invisible characters (tabs, returns, spaces)
  • Selection...
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09:57
iOS, iCloud PR lead Laura Newell leaves Apple for...




One of the more important PR representatives at Apple, Laura Newell, has reportedly left the company for a job with a firm called Collective Health.

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09:55
Jony Ive Talks about one of his Latest Creations:...

In Patently Apple's first report on the new products introduced at Apple's October 30 event I noted under the topic of the iPad that "Apple's SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller's voice introducing the new iPad Pro not Jonathan Ive. We really miss Ive's classic introductions." Perhaps I wasn't alone in thinking that as a new interview with Jonathan Ive surfaced today to talk about the new iPad Pro.

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09:49
Today only, Amazon is selling the 12-inch MacBook...

So here’s an interesting deal. Only a few days after the announcement of the new MacBook Air, Amazon’s Woot service is selling certified Apple-refurbished units of the 256GB 12-inch MacBook for just $899.99 as one of its Deals of the Day. That’s down $400 from their normal price of $1,299 and it’s also down $300 from the retail price of the new MacBook Air.

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09:46
Scientists find evidence of a black hole at our...

Researchers have long suspected that a supermassive black hole lies in the center of our galaxy, and now they have strong evidence to support that suspicion. Using the Very Large Telescope -- an array of four individual telescopes stationed in the At...

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09:40
Apple adds new category for AirPlay 2 receives to...

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09:29
Developers can now request access to App Store...

Apple has today started rolling out the App Store Connect API to developers. Promised back in June of this year, the new API will allow developers to automate some TestFlight tasks such as creating groups, managing public links, adding and removing testers, and assigning builds to groups.

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09:26
Thunderbird 60.3.0 - Email client from Mozilla.

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

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



Version 60.3.0:

Fixed:

  • Various Theme fixes where incorrect colors, backgrounds, etc. were displayed
  • Add-on Options menu not working on Mac
  • Shift+PageUp/PageDown in Write window
  • Saving content of Write windows didn't overwrite existing file
  • Issues related to "Edit Template" command
  • Gloda attachment filtering
  • Mailing list address auto-complete enter/return handling
  • Thunderbird hung if HTML signature references non-existent...
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09:25
iPhone XR speed test results in tie with Samsung’s...

When the iPhone XS was released, we saw Apple’s flagship device square off against Samsung’s Note 9 in an app launching speed test and beat it by 14 seconds. Now, YouTuber PhoneBuff has done an iPhone XR speed test against the same Android flagship. Even with 5GB less RAM than the Note 9, the XR was still able to squeak out a tie.

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09:25
Apple News app will provide real-time results on...

Come November 6th, Apple will turn its News app into election central. According to TechCrunch, the company is planning to launch a new Election Night section that will display live results, highlight updates to key races and share major stories from...

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09:17
MacBook Air 2018: Hands on, first impressions, and...




Apple's new MacBook Air is already the subject of a great deal of conversation and speculation. We've got one in our hands now, so let's talk about the latest addition to Apple's portable Mac lineup.

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09:15
App Store Connect API Now Available

You can now request access to the new App Store Connect API to automate tasks on App Store Connect. This REST API for internal development, testing, and reporting purposes within your team, lets you customize key parts of your internal workflow.

Learn more about the API

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09:15
App Store Connect API Now Available

You can now request access to the new App Store Connect API to automate tasks on App Store Connect. This REST API for internal development, testing, and reporting purposes within your team, lets you customize key parts of your internal workflow.

Learn more about the API

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09:11
2008 Steve Jobs interview about early App Store...




A previously unheard interview recording with former Apple CEO Steve Jobs was published, giving a glimpse into his perspective just a month after the launch of the iPhone App Store in 2008.

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09:07
iPad sales may be dropping, but slower than the rest...




Apple is continuing to lead the global tablet market, IDC analysts claim, but while the number of iPad sales declined in the most recent quarterly results, it isn't as much of a reduction compared to the overall marketplace's 8.6 percent decline in the third quarter.

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09:04
Spotify begins testing Apple Watch app

A year and a half later, Spotify is following through on its plans to make an official Apple Watch app. The streaming music provider has released a test version of its iOS client that includes a companion app for Apple's wearable. To call it basic wo...

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08:56
Apple News will launch real-time election results...

The U.S. midterm elections on November 6 will be hotly contested and closely watched, with every news organization producing wall-to-wall coverage of results as they come in from across the country.

According to TechCrunch, Apple’s News app will be getting in on the action, too. The current “Midterm Elections” section will be replaced by “Election Night,” as will the "Digest" tab at the bottom of the app.

The section will feature live election results from the Associated Press (whose results are used by many large news organizations), and live infographics that update every minute. You’ll also be able to see a complete rundown for the House and Senate races.

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08:45
Firefox 63.0.1 - Fast, safe Web browser.

Firefox offers a fast, safe Web browsing experience. Browse quickly, securely, and effortlessly. With its industry-leading features, Firefox is the choice of Web development professionals and casual users alike.

The Web, as it's meant to be experienced

Features

  • Faster than Safari. Firefox stays speedy when other browsers become sluggish.
  • More private than Chrome. Firefox respects your privacy by minimizing suggestive pop-ups.
  • Bursting with features. Tabbed browsing, developer tools, extensions -- Firefox has it all, giving you the power to explore, customize, and create like never before.



Version 63.0.1:
Fixed:

  • Snippets are not loaded due to missing element
  • Print preview always shows 30% scale when it is actually Shrink To Fit



  • OS X 10.9 or later

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08:45
Tunnelblick 3.7.7 - GUI for OpenVPN.

Tunnelblick is a free, open source graphic user interface for OpenVPN on OS X. It provides easy control of OpenVPN client and/or server connections. It comes as a ready-to-use application with all necessary binaries and drivers (including OpenVPN, easy-rsa, and tun/tap drivers). No additional installation is necessary -- just add your configuration and encryption information.

Support is provided by the Tunnelblick Discussion Group.



Version 3.7.7:
Fixed:

  • Problem in 3.7.7beta05 that caused crashes
  • Problem that allowed update checks even if "Inhibit automatic update checking and IP Address checking" was checked
  • Crash when non-default scripts are used and a connection exists when Tunnelblick is launched
  • Typo in a log message shown only when...
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08:44
Apple Maps Has Surpassed Google Maps in Detail in 3....

An anonymous reader shares a report: iOS 12 began the rollout of Apple Maps' long-awaited redesign, which will deliver maps with far more detail using data collected by Apple directly. The updated maps currently only cover around 3.1 percent of the USA, focused around Northern California, but already some interesting differences are starting to emerge between Apple's maps and those that Google uses for its own navigation software. The differences are documented in excruciatingly fine detail in a post by digital cartography blogger Justin O'Beirne. The good news for Apple is that the sheer amount of natural cartographical detail its map contains far outstrips what Google currently offers. Vegetation detail is a particular highlight, with Apple's maps even showing grass between two lanes of a highway, or around the borders of individual houses.

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08:43
Apple Design Chief Jony Ive Talks iPad Pro Design in...

Following Tuesday's event, Apple Design Chief Jony Ive did an interview with The Independent, where he shared some thoughts on Apple's new product lineup and what makes a device "appear magical."

Ive explained that the design of the iPad Pro is "so singular and integrated" that it stands out from "99 percent of other complex technology products."

Specifically, Ive pointed out the display of the device, which uses a subpixel anti-aliasing technique to produce rounded corners that flow into the sides of the screen smoothly and without distortion.

Ive said he finds traditional displays with square corners "disappointing" because it turns the display into a distinct component when assembled into a design without square corners.If you look at...

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08:43
Jony Ive on the new iPad Pro

When asked about changing the iPad Pro:

“I think your responsibility actually goes further back than that,” he says. “It starts with the determination not to fall into the trap of just making things different. Because when a product has been highly regarded there is often a desire from people to see it redesigned. I think one of the most important things is that you change something not to make it different but to make it better.”

Yes.

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08:43
Apple adds AirPlay 2 receivers category to HomeKit...

Apple has expanded its list of HomeKit categories with a new entry: AirPlay 2 receivers. We’ve seen upcoming and currently available AirPlay 2 speakers including HomePod, Sonos, and Libratone on Apple’s HomeKit accessory list since Apple’s wireless audio streaming solution debuted earlier this year. The addition of AirPlay 2 receivers adds a new way to control audio with HomeKit, and receiver maker Denon is owning the category for now.

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08:41
UK Daily Mail Reports on the 'Outrage'...

In late December 2017 there was a great roar from the Apple community that Apple was purposely slowing down iPhones in an effort to increase sales of new iPhones. It led to well over 60 class action filed against them.Yesterday a UK report surfaced with the bombastic headline "Outrage as Apple reveals it could slow down iPhones bought just a YEAR ago because of 'degrading batteries.'

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08:38
Apple Maps detail

Justin O’Beirne did a fascinating post on the differences between Apple’s old map and the increased detail of the new map. He also compares Apple and Google side-by-side and does a comparison of the included detail.

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08:35
Jony Ive details the new iPad Pro creation process,...

In a new interview with The Independent, Jony Ive describes the creation process of the new iPad Pro and shares more details about his design philosophies like what makes a device magical.

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08:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 12-inch MacBook $900, Apple...

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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08:30
Razer Phone 2 review: Strictly for gamers

When the Razer Phone debuted last year, it was one of the first modern gaming phones to hit the market. While it may not seem like it here in the US, there's a growing appetite for hardcore mobile gaming. Especially in Asia, where multiplayer onl...

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08:17
Apple Watch grabbed lion's share of Sept....




In the September quarter, Apple was the main beneficiary of a 67 percent surge in global smartwatch shipments year-over-year, delivering 4.5 million Apple Watches according to research estimates published on Friday.

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08:00
Jony Ive explains design choices for new iPad Pro...




In an interview following the launch of the iPad Pro, Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive discussed his thinking behind the new model's refreshed appearance and features, and when he believes a product can appear magical to consumers.

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08:00
How to clean a humidifier

By Tim Heffernan

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. Read the full blog on how to clean a humidifier...

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07:58
Spotify for Apple Watch enters beta testing

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07:44
Activision debuts 'Call of Duty' companion...

Call of Duty players can now take advantage of a companion app for Black Ops 4 and WWII on iOS and Android. It provides stats on your gameplay in Black Ops 4's multiplayer, Zombies and Blackout (i.e. battle royale) modes, and does the same for WWII's...

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07:42
Amazon's 1-day Anker sale brings all-time low...

Whether we're on the go or in our beds, we can never have enough ways to keep our devices charged. And today's a great way to load up on more of them....

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07:40
Microsoft refreshes OneDrive iOS app to support...

Microsoft has updated its cloud-based file and photo storage OneDrive iOS app to offer full support for the iPhone XS Max and XR.

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07:21
Vans' NASA collection is built for sneakerheads...

Vans is continuing its run of iconic collections with the release of a NASA "Space Voyager" line that spans sneakers, clothing, and accessories. Inspired by the textures and features of the space agency's original gear, the items include two variatio...

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07:20
Spotify preparing to launch official Apple Watch app...

After a variety of third-party developers have worked to bring Spotify control and more to Apple Watch, the streaming service itself looks set to bring its official Apple Watch app to users. Now in beta, the Spotify Apple Watch app could arrive to all users before long.

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07:18
Apple Remained the Tablet Leader in Q3 2018 Despite...

IDC reported today that the worldwide tablet market declined 8.6% during the third quarter of 2018 (3Q18) as global shipments fell to 36.4 million. There were no bright spots in the category no matter how you sliced it. Apple remains the leader of a category clearly in decline

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07:04
Hands on: Beats' urBeats3 earphones a colorful...




At the same time as the unveiling of the iPhone XR, Beats revealed it would be producing versions of the urBeats3 to match the new range of colors offered by Apple's new smartphone. AppleInsider checks out the new arrivals, to see if they really do match up.

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06:54
Stanford outlines its massive Apple Watch heart rate...

The Apple Heart Study Stanford launched back in 2017 has garnered so much interest that it was able get 400,000 volunteers. Now, the researchers have revealed the finer details about the study, including what the testers can expect. To start with, ea...

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06:50
Apple News Gaining Dedicated 'Election Night...

Apple will replace the existing "2018 Midterm Elections" channel in Apple News on November 6 with a new "Election Night" section, providing readers with real-time results of Election Day 2018 (via TechCrunch). The change will happen at 8:00 p.m. ET on November 6 and showcase live results, updates on key races, the latest developments, and more.

To ensure that readers can quickly keep tabs on results, Apple will also replace the central "Digest" tab in Apple News with the Election Night section. Apple is partnering with the Associated Press for the update, using its real-time election results to create dynamic infographics and a complete list of federal election results in every state, as well as House and Senate seats.

The AP's data will allow Apple News to send out special alerts at...

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06:44
Apple News will get a real-time results hub for Nov...




Hoping to become the go-to news source for next Tuesday's voting, Apple is reportedly set to replace its current Midterm Elections hub in Apple News with an "Election Night" version, in which people will be able to get real-time information on the balance of the Senate and House.

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06:44
Spotify is Coming to Apple Watch With Beta App...

Spotify is officially coming to Apple Watch, as the streaming music service today delighted users with an early beta version of the app through TestFlight. There is no timeframe for a public release yet.

Reddit users participating in Spotify's public beta testing program shared screenshots of the app:

More details to follow…

Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 5Tag: SpotifyBuyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Buy Now)
...

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06:32
Apple putting live midterm election results front...

The Apple News app is being rejigged for election night, to make it easier to track midterm election results as they come in.

A new Election Night section will replace Apple News’ Digest tab, and alerts will appear at the top of the feed in the event of major news …

more…

The post Apple putting live midterm election results front and center in its news app appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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06:32
iPad Remained World's Most Popular Tablet Last...

Apple continued to lead the tablet market in the third quarter of 2018, with the iPad achieving "nearly double the shipments of its nearest competitor," according to data shared by research firm IDC today.

Apple on Thursday reported sales of 9.7 million iPads last quarter, giving it an estimated 26.6 percent share of the worldwide tablet market during the July-September period, according to IDC. Samsung finished runner-up with an estimated 5.3 million tablet shipments and 14.6 percent market share.

The worldwide tablet market declined 8.6 percent during the quarter, as global shipments fell to 36.4 million, according to IDC. Apple was not immune to the market contraction, as iPad revenue declined 15 percent last quarter on a year-over-year basis, according to the company's...

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06:19
NASA says goodbye to its Dawn spacecraft after 11...

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has run out of fuel, and its mission has come to an end. Launched in 2007, Dawn orbited the two largest bodies in the main asteroid belt -- Vesta and Ceres -- collecting valuable data that have helped scientists understand how...

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06:03
AAPL lost its trillion dollar company status this...

Apple lost its trillion-dollar company status this morning as AAPL stock opened 6% down on yesterday, knocking around $67B from the company’s market cap …

more…

The post AAPL lost its trillion dollar company status this morning as stock opened 6% down [U] appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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05:54
Apple relying on higher selling prices, services...




Going forward, Apple will be increasingly reliant on a combination of driving up average selling prices for iPhones and fostering services revenue, several analysts contended in the wake of the company's Q4 results.

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05:39
Apple Maps detail now beats Google Maps in buildings...

Apple Maps detail now beats Google Maps in many respects, from things like building shapes to vegetation coverage. That’s the conclusion of designer Justin O’Beirne, who used to work for Apple’s maps division and has now put together an exhaustive comparison …

more…

The post Apple Maps detail now beats Google Maps in buildings, vegetation and more appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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05:24
Apple continues to dominate (struggling) tablet...

The worldwide tablet market declined 8.6% during the third quarter of 2018 (3Q18) as global shipments fell to 36.4 million, according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. Apple continued to dominate the market.

Slate tablets accounted for the majority of the market with 31.6 million units, down 7.9% from the previous year, according to IDC. Detachable tablets also declined, down 13.1% from the previous year, to account for 4.8 million unit shipments.

"The detachable market has failed to see growth in 2018, a worrying trend that has plagued the category off and on since the end of 2016," says Lauren Guenveur, senior research analyst for IDC's Tablet team. "In October we finally saw the highly anticipated refreshes of Apple's iPad Pro and Microsoft's Surface Pro, as well as new products by Samsung and Google, which lead...

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05:19
Apple’s upcoming change in sales reporting is a bad...

Starting with its next fiscal quarter, Apple will stop listing how many Macs, iPhones, and iPads shipped each quarter, but will only report only the revenues each part of the company recorded.

Apple claims that the move was only done to simplify the process of reporting, and has nothing to do with the unit numbers being down in recent months while higher prices kept revenues up. However, I find that hard to believe; rather, it seems to me that it’s simply designed to mask the trend that sales of Apple’s cash cow, the iPhone, is starting to slow.

Image courtesy “Cult of Mac”

"The number of units sold in every quarter has not been representative of the underlying strength of our business," Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri told analysts on an earnings call. "Our product range for all of the product categories have become wider over time, a unit of sale is less relevant for us at this point compared to the past.”

Near the end of the call,...

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05:11
Apple to stop reporting iPhone, iPad, and Mac unit...

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05:03
In Samsung Country Apple Fans lined up overnight to...

Who knew that in Samsung Country that hundreds of eager Apple fans would stand in line to be first to get their hands on the new iPhones iPhone XR, XS, XS Max and Apple Watch 4 at Apple Store in Garosu-gil, Seoul. Some had come to queue from the night before. Even at 10 a.m., the line showed no signs of shrinking.

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05:01
iPhone sales are flat, but still buck global...

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments fell 8% annually to reach 360 million units in the third quarter (Q3) 2018. Apple’s iPhone bucked the trend, but sales were flat.

Samsung maintained first position with 20% global smartphone marketshare, ahead of Huawei in second, while Xiaomi and OPPO rose to record highs in fourth and fifth places, according to the research group.

Global smartphone shipments tumbled 8% annually from 393.1 million units in Q3 2017 to 360.0 million in Q3 2018. The global smartphone market has now declined for four consecutive quarters and is effectively in a recession. The smartphone industry is struggling to...

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05:00
Get a deal on this Choetech Air Vent Fast Wireless...

All of Apple’s current iPhones use Qi wireless charging, so why are you still using a Lightning cable to charge your phone in the car? We have a deal on the Choetech Air Vent Fast Wireless Qi-Certified Car Charger that takes down any barriers you had about using wireless charging in your automobile. It’s just $22.99, and supports 7.5 Watt charging for the iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS and XS Max, and the new iPhone XR.

While you’ll still need a cable to run from your existing car USB port or charging adapter, you get fast charging without needing to plug anything into your phone.

  • Safely secure your phone while driving

  • ...
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04:43
Mac mini, iPad Pro, MacBook Air, 100 Million Mac...




This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, Victor and William talk about the Mac mini, the notion that 100 Million Mac users can't be wrong, and the iPad Pro.

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04:40
iPhone shipments steady amid contracting global...




The global smartphone market is "effectively in a recession," Strategy Analytics claims, with the firm's estimates suggesting Apple is holding its own in a declining marketplace despite showing minimal growth in its latest results.

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04:25
PSA: Check your browser extensions as private...

Rogue browser extensions appear to be responsible for Russian hackers obtaining private messages from as many as 120 million Facebook accounts …

more…

The post PSA: Check your browser extensions as private Facebook messages exposed appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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04:15
Google Earth 7.3.2.5495 - View and control dynamic...

Google Earth gives you a wealth of imagery and geographic information. Explore destinations like Maui and Paris, or browse content from Wikipedia, National Geographic, and more.

Google Earth combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain, and 3D buildings to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips.

  • Fly to your house. Just type in an address, press Search, and you'll zoom right in.
  • Search for schools, parks, restaurants, and hotels. Get driving directions.
  • Tilt and rotate the view to see 3D terrain and buildings.
  • Save and share your searches and favorites.



Version 7.3.2.5495:

Changes

  • Places panel: multiple-item selection, moving, deletion; performance improvements
  • Network security updates and fixes; improved certificate support
  • CSV import improvements: support older Mac file formats, multi-line text fields...
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04:00
Apple patent involves involves the Apple Pencil 2...

The Apple Pencil 2, which Apple debuted this week, can connect wirelessly to an iPad Pro to pair and charge. And the tech giant has filed for a patent (number 20180314349) for the tech behind this.

The invention, dubbed “capacitive wireless charging system,” is for a wireless power transmission system may include a wireless power transmitting device such as a tablet computer (the new iPad Pro) and a wireless power receiving device such as a computer stylus (the new Apple Pencil). A wireless power transmitting capacitor electrode is located in the tablet, and a wireless power receiving capacitor electrode is located in the Apple Pencil 2.

The transmitting capacitor electrode may be driven by a drive signal having a frequency of 900 MHz or greater to produce wireless power. The wireless power may be transmitted from the iPad Pro electrode to the receiving capacitor electrode on the Apple Pencil 2 via near field capacitive coupling. 



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04:00
NetMarketShare: macOS, iOS market share both up in...

According to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare, the market share for both macOS and iOS up were last month.

macOS had 9.40% of the desktop/laptop operating system market share in October, compared to 9.27% in September. Windows remained domination with 88.05%.

iOS had 23.39% of the mobile operating system market share last month, compared to 28.22% in September. Android remains dominate with 70.31% market share.

NetMarketShares’ monthly surveys don’t measure market share in terms of computer systems sold. Instead they sample data from visitors to some 40,000 web sites operated by their clients. And note that NetMarketShare’s numbers don’t equate to sales.

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03:58
Apple bucks the trend as global smartphone shipments...

Apple yesterday announced that it sold 46.89M iPhones in the previous quarter. The company’s staggered iPhone releases both this year and last make comparisons tricky, but the bottom line was slight growth of 0.5%. IDC data now puts that number into perspective.

The firm says that global smartphone shipments fell by a full 6% in Q3 (Apple’s fiscal Q4) …

more…

The post Apple bucks the trend as global smartphone shipments fall 6%, Samsung drops 13.4% appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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03:20
iPhone battery life getting worse – a trend likely...

Tests carried out by the Washington Post, CNET, Consumer Reports and Tom’s Guide suggest that iPhone battery-life is mostly getting worse with each successive generation.

Experts believe that’s a trend likely to continue for some time yet …

more…

The post iPhone battery life getting worse – a trend likely to continue, says report appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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03:00
If we had to sacrifice Apple Pencil compatibility...

Earlier this week Apple achieved a wonder: It made the iPad Pro exciting again. The new tablet is a USB-C-powered beast that plays nice with external gadgets without the need for dongles, and it comes with an updated, wirelessly charged Apple Pencil that checks off many of the boxes on our wishlist.

But it didn’t take long for the implications of this design shift to settle in. You can’t use the older Apple Pencil with the new iPad Pro, and you can’t use the new Pencil with the older models. It all looked too much like “Apple being Apple,” as some critics might say, as the Apple Pencil’s new design forces iPad Pro owners to buy a new version of a device they probably already bought within the last year or two....

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02:15
Apple posts $62.9 billion in revenue, $14.2 billion...

Apple has released its Q4 2018 numbers via its earnings conference call and they look impressive.

The figures, which include two weeks of iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max sales, come to $62.9 billion in revenue with a $14.2 billion profit.

The company sold 46.89 million iPhones, up from the previous quarter’s 41.3 million. 9.69 million iPads were sold, down compared to last quarter’s 11.55 million. Mac sales were up at 5.3 million compared to last quarter’s 3.7 million.

Revenues rose from $52.6 billion to $63.9 billion in a year-over-year comparison, with earnings rising to $14.2 billion from $10.7u billion.

Apple CEO Tim Cook offered the following comments.

We’re thrilled to report another record-breaking quarter that caps a tremendous fiscal 2018, the year in which we shipped our 2 billionth iOS device, celebrated the 10th anniversary of the App Store and achieved the strongest revenue and earnings in Apple’s history.

Apple’s guidance for...

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02:00
Group FaceTime bug located in iOS 12.1, could allow...

This is a bit of a mess.

A bug has been discovered in the newly-released iOS 12.1 operating system in which Group FaceTime calls can allow a hacker to access the details of a contact stored on an iPhone, without needing to unlock the device.

The public release of iOS 12.1 allowed iPhone and iPad users to make Group FaceTime calls, which extends the existing FaceTime functionality to allow up to 32 callers to take part in a video conference. While the change increases the caller limit from two, the mechanism to add contacts also appears to be susceptible to abuse, including when the iPhone itself is locked.

The exploit was discovered by security researcher Jose Rodriguez, who offered the following demonstration of the hack:

In the video demonstration, the iPhone being attacked is called by a different iPhone, and the call answered. Once connected, Rodriguez transitions the call to a FaceTime video call, then in the bottom right menu selects “Add Person...

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02:00
Best smart plugs: These gadgets will turn any...

Here’s an easy and inexpensive way to control the lamps and small appliances in your smart home. There are dozens to choose from; we’ll help you find the right one.

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02:00
4 Apple products and technologies that are running...

What is dead may never die, as the Ironborn of Game of Thrones are fond of saying. This week, Apple resurrected both the MacBook Air and the Mac mini at its event, proving that death is sometimes only a temporary state of affairs—at least where tech products are concerned.

But just as this week’s Apple event giveth, there’s also the suggestion that it might taketh away; some Apple products and technologies find themselves in limbo after the announcements of the week, meaning that the writing may perhaps be on the wall for them.

...

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02:00
How to change which app opens a file in macOS Mojave

There are default apps that open certain types of files in macOS Mojave. However, you can change this. To open a file once with a specific app, do one of the following:

  • Drag the file onto the app icon in the Finder or the Dock.

  • Select the file in the Finder, choose File > Open With, then choose an app.

  • Control-click the file, choose Open With, then choose an app.

  • Open the app, then choose File > Open.

  • To permanently change the app used to open a file

  • In the Finder, select the file, then choose File > Get Info.
    You can also Control-click the file, then choose Get Info.

  • In the Info window, click the disclosure triangle next to “Open with.”

  • Click the pop-up menu, then choose the app.

  • To open all files of this type with this app, click Change All.

  • ...
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02:00
A first look at the new Ring Stick Up Cam Wired

Ring finally has an indoor home security camera in its smart home line-up, and TechHive got a chance to check it out.

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01:41
Apple Removes 11 Mac App Store Categories From the...

Apple has slashed the number of app categories listed in the Mac App Store's Categories tab, an apparently intentional move that is likely to irk Mac users and developers who rely on the tab to aid app discoverability.

The Categories tab now lists just 10 categories, down from the 21 it had listed since the revamped Mac App Store debuted with the launch of macOS Mojave in September. The missing categories include Finance, Lifestyle, Sports, Weather, Medical, Travel, Education, Reference, Entertainment, Health & Fitness, and News. That leaves the following 10 categories that users can still browse individually:

  • Business
  • Developer Tools
  • Games
  • Graphics & Design
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Productivity
  • Social...
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Thursday November 1

23:00
How to use gesture controls on HomePod

HomePod’s primary interface is by using voice with Siri. However, sometimes it’s simply more convenient to go up to HomePod and control it with the touch surface. Follow along to learn how to use gesture controls on HomePod.

more…

The post How to use gesture controls on HomePod appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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20:30
Apple Heart Study not used to gain FDA clearance for...




The Apple Heart Study, conducted in partnership with Stanford Medicine, collected heart rate data from more than 400,000 Apple Watch users in its attempt to determine whether wearable devices can effectively detect irregular heart rhythms. Contrary to previous reports, however, the results were not used to gain clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for Apple Watch Series 4's ECG feature.

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19:59
ScreenFlow 8.2 - Create screen recordings.

ScreenFlow is powerful, easy-to-use screencasting software for the Mac. With ScreenFlow you can record the contents of your entire monitor while also capturing your video camera, microphone and your computer audio. The easy-to-use editing interface lets you creatively edit your video, and add additional images, text, music and transitions for a truly professional-looking video. The finished result is a QuickTime or Windows Media movie, ready for publishing to your Web site or blog or directly to YouTube or Vimeo. Use ScreenFlow to create high-quality software demos, tutorials, app previews, training, presentations and more.



Version 8.2:
Improvements:

  • Added messaging for customers who are opening projects from Dropbox
  • Renamed Camera and Screen Recording Template Placeholder clips to “Camera and Microphone” and “Screen Recording and Computer Audio” respectively
  • Stock Media Library – Added the ability to specify...
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19:59
Luminar 2018 1.3.2 - Powerful, adaptive,...

Luminar 2018 is the new full-featured image editor that adapts to the way you edit photos. Over 300 essential tools to fix, edit, and enhance your photos with comfort. The future of photo editing is here.

Features

  • Adaptive Interface Inspires You Do to More - While other photo editors make you adapt to their interface, Luminar adapts to your skill level. There is no need to face dozens of sliders if you simply want to remove an object from an image or apply a preset. But if you do need to perform some serious tasks, you can easily access all the advanced features.
  • Powerful Tools Allow You to Do More - Luminar lets you remove unwanted objects, color casts and digital noise. It helps you retouch skin and reveals the hidden details in your photos. It features layers with blend modes, texture overlays and powerful image masking. Easily edit upper and lower sections of the image without having to make any...
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19:59
Sketch 52.3 - Design app for UX/UI for iOS and Web.

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

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



Version 52.3:

Bug Fixes

  • Improved the appearance of various icons and controls in the Inspector for non-Retina displays as well as for those using the Graphite macOS highlight appearance
  • Fixed a bug where the link for a shared document in Sketch Cloud could change unexpectedly when updating the document
  • Fixed a bug where disabling a Data plugin would disable all other Data plugins
  • Fixed a bug where filtered objects in the Layer List couldn’t all be selected...
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19:59
QuickBooks 17.2.29.702 - Financial management and...

QuickBooks helps you manage your business easily and efficiently. Organize your finances all in one place, track money going in and out of your business, and spot areas where you can save.

  • Built for Mac OS - Looks and works like you'd expect
  • Create invoices, pay bills, and manage expenses
  • Gain insight into your business with over 100 reports
  • New tool lets you easily track mileage
  • New multi-user options offer simultaneous access to QuickBooks data

Note: the price shown reflects the "Essentials" monthly subscription. To view more pricing options, go here.



Version 17.2.29.702:

Note: Currently available for $10.

  • 1099 Report calculations
  • PAID Stamp on Invoices
  • Stability / Performance
  • Upgrade to Latest menu item



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18:25
Stanford says over 400k people joined Apple Watch...

Back in August, Stanford and Apple announced they were closing their joint Heart Study program to new participants. Now, Stanford Medicine has outlined additional details about the future of the program in a blog post.

more…

The post Stanford says over 400k people joined Apple Watch Heart Study, full completion expected early 2019 appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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18:22
Reduced iPhone battery life blamed on adoption of...




An iPhone's battery life can be near immeasurable with so many factors to take into consideration. Between the apps being used, wireless connectivity, screen brightness and other nuances, a lot can affect this vital performance stat, but a new report suggests the biggest offenders are the impressive OLED displays Apple baked into its flagship phones.

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18:07
Instagram making it easier for businesses to show...

A new report from TechCrunch today says Instagram is testing a new “Promote for Stories” feature will make it easier for businesses and advertisers to target users through Stories. Similar to Facebook’s “Boost” platform, advertisers will be able to target certain users based on a variety of characteristics.

more…

The post Instagram making it easier for businesses to show ads through Stories w/ new ‘Promote’ feature appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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17:41
First 2018 MacBook Air Benchmark Shows Moderate...

The first benchmark for the 2018 MacBook Air surfaced on Geekbench today, giving us our first look at how the low-power 7W Amber Lake Intel chip in the machine measures up to the performance of other Macs in Apple's lineup.

Equipped with a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-8210Y chip and 16GB of RAM, the benchmarked MacBook Air earned a single-core score of 4248 and a multi-core score of 7828.

As should be no surprise, it's significantly better than the previous-generation MacBook Air equipped with a 1.8GHz Broadwell processor, which earned a single-core score of 3335 and a multi-core score of 6119.

It's faster than the fastest Core M chip in the 2017 MacBook models, but not by much. The 1.4GHz MacBook earned a single-core score of 3925 and a multi-core score of 7567, while the base model with a 1....

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17:40
Apple-owned Shazam for iOS updated with Instagram...

The Apple-owned Shazam app for iOS has been updated to version 12.3 today. As part of that update, the app now integrates with Instagram, allowing users to share songs they discover through Shazam on Instagram Stories.

more…

The post Apple-owned Shazam for iOS updated with Instagram Story integration appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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16:55
Retina MacBook Air Geekbench tests show modest...

Apple’s latest Retina MacBook Air has drawn some criticism over its processor choice. Now, the first MacBook Air Geekbench scores are starting to hit the web and give more detail on that processor.

This comes after we saw the first iPad Pro 2018 Geekbench results this morning, which proved Apple’s claims about besting most PCs – including its own – true.

more…

The post Retina MacBook Air Geekbench tests show modest improvements over 2017 model & 12-inch MacBook appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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16:33
Initial 2018 MacBook Air benchmarks show modest...




Results posted to benchmarking service Geekbench this week purportedly show Apple's new MacBook Air outperforming last year's 12-inch MacBook with Intel Core i5 processor, but falling short of the same model equipped with a Core i7 CPU.

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16:31
Apple Surprisingly Announces that it will no longer...

The news that Apple will no longer breakout iPhone, Mac and iPad units is disturbing and Wall Street is likely not to appreciate that move by Apple. The last question of the Q&A session was about this issue and the answer that Apple's CEO Tim Cook gave was odd and weak. Is this going to be a bigger issue going forward with Wall Street analysts? Only time will tell.

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16:30
Apple’s latest record quarter: Why Apple loves China...

It’s another record quarter as a part of a record fiscal year for Apple. The revenue was nearly $63 billion, the profit more than $14 billion, and for the year Apple generated $265 billion in revenue and nearly $60 billion in profit. It’s the company’s eighth straight quarter of revenue growth, and that growth has accelerated every one of those quarters. This is a healthy company; you couldn’t find a healthier one if you tried.

Yes, Apple’s stock is getting hit because its guidance—the amount of money it expects to make during the current quarter—is actually slightly below what Wall Street analysts were expecting. For the record, the revenue Apple has guided to—between $89 and $93 billion—would be the most revenue Apple has ever generated in a quarter, and somewhere between 1 and 5 percent growth. In other words, get ready for another record Apple quarter, because this...

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16:28
Smartphone Battery Life May Be on the Decline...

Overall smartphone battery life may be declining due to the increasing demands new technologies place on lithium ion batteries, according to smartphone testing done by The Washington Post.

In a series of battery life tests where multiple smartphone models from the past few years were set at the same brightness and forced to reload the same sites, newer smartphones were not able to last as long as older devices.

When it comes to the iPhone, for example, the iPhone XS died an average of 21 minutes earlier than the previous-generation iPhone X. Battery life impact was most noticeable with the Google Pixel 3, which lasted an hour and a half less than the Pixel 2.

According to The Washington Post, the iPhone...

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15:13
Five Interesting Mac Apps Worth Checking Out -...

Apps created for the Mac often don't receive as much attention as apps made for iOS devices, so we have a bi-monthly series here at MacRumors that's designed to highlight useful and interesting Mac apps that are worth checking out and potentially investing in.

This week's picks include apps focused on Dark Mode, a new feature introduced in September with the launch of macOS Mojave, along with some useful apps for customizing text, keeping your eyes safe while working, and keeping your Mac awake. Many of our highlighted apps this week were chosen by MacRumors forum members.

Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos.

  • NightOwl (Free) - NightOwl is a super simple Mac app that's designed to give you more control over...
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14:50
Apple Launches Program To Repair Old Devices Like...

Apple is introducing a new "Repair Vintage Apple Products Pilot" program that will extend the period of time customers can receive repairs for older devices. "The new program at first will include the iPhone 5 and other Apple products that are about to become obsolete, and in the coming weeks will add more products to the list for devices that previously lost repair support," reports 9to5Mac. Some of the devices that will be included on the list include the iPhone 4s and MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012). From the report: Apple has long had a 5-7 year lifespan for repairing its products, meaning that owners of an iPhone, iPad or Mac can have repairs performed through Apple or an authorized service provider even when not under warranty. Usually after 5-7 years, products are then classified as "vintage" or "obsolete" (depending on the country and local laws) and Apple staff no longer offers parts or repairs. The company maintains a list of products that are classified as vintage and...

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14:36
While iPhone sales remain stagnant, Apple services...

Enlarge / One of several styled Apple logos associated with the October 30 event. (credit: Apple)

Apple announced on its earnings call today that it had surpassed its revenue estimates for Q4 2018. The iPhone maker boasted $62.9 billion in revenue, slightly more than the $60-62 billion it previously estimated, as well as $14.1 billion in profit, up from $11.5 billion in the previous quarter.

"We're thrilled to report another record-breaking quarter that caps a tremendous fiscal 2018, the year in which we shipped our two billionth iOS device, celebrated the 10th anniversary of the App Store, and...

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14:36
Should you upgrade to Apple's redesigned 2018...




In last year's review of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, AppleInsider called it the king of tablets. Apple's new 2018 iPad Pro is so much better in so many ways that it is hard to even think of what to call it.

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14:35
Apple Sees Strong End to 2018, Despite Flat or...

Apple had yet another record-breaking quarter even though unit sales for the iPhone and Mac were flat, and the iPad’s unit sales declined. The increase in revenue seems to have come from higher selling prices and increased Services revenue.

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14:24
Cook says soft holiday forecast linked to iPhone XS...




At least part of Apple's first quarter 2019 forecast -- expected to disappoint some analysts -- can be connected to two main issues, CEO Tim Cook said in a Thursday interview.

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14:12
∞ Apple posts quarterly revenue of $62.9 billion

Apple on Thursday posted its fourth quarter earnings, posting revenue of $62.9 billion. Apple CFO, Luca Maestri, said it’s was Apple’s best September quarter ever. […]

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14:05
Apple Blames Currency Fluctuations and Uncertainty...

Though iPhone revenue was up in 4Q 2018, fourth quarter iPhone XS and XS Max sales were not as strong as expected, and iPhone sales growth was essentially flat. Apple sold 46.9 million iPhones during the quarter, compared to 46.7 million in the year-ago quarter, missing analyst estimates.

Apple's $89 to $93 billion revenue forecast for the first fiscal quarter of 2019 is rather also cautious, which Apple blamed on foreign exchange costs, issues with supply/demand balance, and weakness in emerging markets.

"Virtually every foreign currency has depreciated against the dollar over the last 12 months," said Apple CFO Luca Maestri. "That adds 200 basis points of headwinds to the tune of $2 billion to our revenue."

Uncertainty in emerging markets is also a factor. "There's some level of uncertainty at the macroeconomic model in some...

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14:00
Deciphering the Q4 2018 Apple Earnings Call

Image from Unsplash by @jingdachen

OK, so Apple set new September quarter records again. Services revenue reached its highest level ever. There are some things in between the lines of the press release and associated statements that might not appear as rosy as the comments from Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri. In this post, I’m taking a closer look at the revenue and sales figures reported.

For one, the fiscal 2019 first quarter (including the holiday sales season) guidance sounds a bit weak. This is similar to what Amazon forecast for the upcoming quarter, so it might just reflect an overall decline of consumer enthusiasm for spending a lot of money. It also appears that foreign exchange “headwinds” might be causing a drop, but that usually doesn’t affect revenues that much.

One very amazing statistic is that Apple has sold a total of 1.5 billion iPhones since 2007. However, no one year of sales has matched 2015, which saw a total of 231.22...

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13:37
Apple Q4 services revenue up to nearly $10B, Apple...




Excluding a one-time payment, Apple's services revenue rose 27 percent during the September quarter to $9.981 billion, aided by the company's usual suspects but in no small part by a sharp rise in Apple Pay transactions.

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13:37
Apple to Stop Providing Unit Sales Data for iPhone,...

During today's fourth quarter earnings call, Apple CFO Luca Maestri announced that going forward, Apple will not provide unit sales of iPhone, iPad, and Mac during its quarterly earnings reports.

This marks a major change to the way that Apple reports data and it will make estimating iPad, Mac, and iPhone product sales a more difficult task. Apple is perhaps making this change because its unit sales are decreasing while revenue is growing due to rising ASPs.

This quarter, for example, iPhone unit sales were flat at 46.9 million, but iPhone revenue was up 29 percent.

According to Maestri, Apple does not believe that unit sales over the course of a 90-day period are an indicator of the underlying strength of its business.

Apple also plans to rename the "Other Products" category to "Wearables, Home, and Accessories," a change that will also be made in the December quarter. This category will continue to...

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13:36
Apple will no longer report iPhone, Mac and iPad...




Apple on Thursday dropped a bombshell in announcing a major change in the way it reports quarterly earnings, saying it will no longer release iPhone, Mac and iPad sales numbers starting with the December period.

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13:36
Here's where to get the lowest prices on Apple...




Apple authorized reseller Adorama has issued steep markdowns on Apple's brand-new 2018 MacBook Pro with combined instant and coupon savings totaling up to $300 off with no tax outside NY and NJ. These deals, which offer shoppers the lowest prices anywhere, are available only at AppleInsider.

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13:34
Apple will stop reporting unit sales for iPhone,...

Apple just announced on its earnings call that it will stop reporting unit sales for iPhone, iPad and Mac from next quarter — the start of its next financial year. The company already withheld unit sales for Apple Watch, AirPods and similar products as part of its ‘Other Products’ business.

However, opting not to release numbers for its biggest revenue drivers, especially the iPhone, is a huge deal. It means investors can only guess at just how successful Apple’s flagship products are being received by the market.

more…

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13:30
Apple's wearables revenue up more than 50...




Sales of Apple wearables like AirPods and the Apple Watch grew more than 50 percent year-over-year during the fourth quarter, CEO Tim Cook said in announcing results on Thursday.

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13:21
Apple’s Q4 report shows increased revenues, but...

Apple on Thursday released its earnings report for the fourth quarter ending on September 30. Overall revenue reached $62.9 billion, marking a 20 percent boost from the year-ago quarter, and quarterly earnings per diluted share amounted to $2.41, marking a 41 percent increase.

International sales played a big role in this success story, as they were responsible for 61 percent of Apple’s revenue. This was a led by a 34 percent increase in revenue from Japan and by a 22 percent increase from the rest of east Asia.

While there was plenty of good news, Apple stock fell by 7.3 percent in after-hours trading. That’s enough to bring it below its famous $1 trillion valuation, particularly if it stays that way through the night.

To read this...

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13:00
Apple Q4 2018: $62.9B revenue, 46.9M iPhones + 9.7M...

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12:58
Apple Delivers another Record Breaking Quarter for...

Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2018 fourth quarter ended September 29, 2018. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $62.9 billion, an increase of 20 percent from the year-ago quarter, and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $2.91, up 41 percent. International sales accounted for 61 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

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12:57
AAPL down 4% after hours: Cook blames lower-than-...

Apple’s earnings have just dropped and the investor call is ongoing. Whilst Apple hit the top end of expectations for the current quarter, guidance for the holiday quarter was lower than most investors expected. In an interview with Reuters, Cook blamed three factors for the cautious outlook: differences in iPhone schedule compared to last year, negative impacts from foreign exchange rates, and macroeconomic weakness in ‘select emerging markets’.

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12:56
Notes of interest from Apple's Q4 2018 earnings...




Apple set a new high for the September quarter that is continuing to be supported by a premium-priced iPhone lineup, as well as continued growth in the services segment. Following the publication of its fourth fiscal quarter 2018 results, the company provided additional detail on the record-breaking performance in an earnings conference call.

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12:53
Live blog: Apple’s fiscal Q4 2018 earnings call

It’s earnings day for Apple and the company just reported revenue of $62.9 billion with profit of $14.12 billion. Apple says it sold 46.89m iPhones, 9.69m iPads, and 5.3m Macs during the quarter. Next on the docket is Apple’s quarterly earnings call with investors. Head below for live coverage…

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12:50
New iPad Pro Has Comparable Performance To 2018 15...

A series of benchmark results have shown up on Geekbench for the new iPad Pro, and its new eight-core A12X Bionic chip is truly a powerhouse. From a report: The new iPad Pro achieved single-core and multi-core scores of 5,025 and 18,106 respectively based on an average of two benchmark results, making it by far the fastest iPad ever and comparable even to the performance of the latest 15-inch MacBook Pro models with Intel's six-core Core i7 chips. We've put together a chart that compares Geekbench scores of the new iPad Pro and various other iPad, Mac, and iPhone models. That the new iPad Pro rivals the performance of the latest 15-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.6GHz six-core Core i7 processor is impressive, but even more so when you consider that the tablet starts at $799. The aforementioned MacBook Pro configuration is priced at $2,799, although with 512GB of storage. Even the new 11-inch iPad Pro with 512GB of storage is only $1,149, less than half that of the Core i7-equipped...

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12:49
Here's Ring's new timeline feature

The timeline view makes it easier to find important video clips from your home security cameras.

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12:44
Apple Daily Report: First public beta of iOS 12.1.1...

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

Apple has served up the first public beta of iOS 12.1.1. The public betas are available on Apple's Beta Software Program website. Just remember that beta software, so proceed with care. Apple does public betas in order to increase the size of the pool of testers. The tech giant recommends keeping back-ups of your files before installing a public beta.

Apple has updated its list of vintage and obsolete products and, as of Oct. 10, the iPhone 5 is now categorized as vintage in the U.S. and obsolete in the rest of the world.

A bug in iOS 12.1 has been found that allows anyone to see all contacts’ private info on a...

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12:44
Apple reports best September fiscal quarter ever

Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2018 fourth quarter that ended Sept. 29, 2018. The company posted quarterly revenue of $62.9 billion, an increase of 20% from the year-ago quarter, and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $2.91, up 41%.

Apple sold 46.9 million iPhones, up from 46.7 million in the year-ago quarter. iPad sales fell to 9.7 million, down from 10.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. Mac sales dipped slightly to 5.3 million from 5.4 million. 

International sales accounted for 61% of the quarter’s revenue. Services revenue reached an all-time high of $10 billion. Excluding a one-time favorable adjustment of $640 million recognized in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, Services revenue grew from $7.9 billion in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 to $10 billion in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, an increase of 27%.

“We’re thrilled to report another record-breaking quarter that caps a tremendous fiscal 2018, the year in which...

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12:38
Apple Reports 4Q 2018 Results: $14.1B Profit on $62....

Apple today announced financial results for the third calendar quarter and fourth fiscal quarter of 2018.

For the quarter, Apple posted revenue of $62.9 billion and net quarterly profit of $14.1 billion, or $2.91 per diluted share, compared to revenue of $52.6 billion and net quarterly profit of $10.7 billion, or $2.07 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Revenue, profit, and EPS were all-time records for the September quarter.

Gross margin for the quarter was 38.3 percent, compared to 37.9 percent in the year-ago quarter, with international sales accounting for 61 percent of revenue. Apple also declared an upcoming dividend payment of $0.73 per share, payable November 15 to shareholders of record as of November 12.

For the quarter, Apple sold 46.9 million iPhones, up slightly from 46.7 million...

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12:37
Apple rakes in $62.9B in revenue on sales of 46.9M...




Apple's revenue for the fourth quarter of the fiscal year 2018 hit $62.9 billion, the company revealed on Tuesday, with earnings-per-share of $2.91 growing year-on-year, and iPhone sales of 46.9 million units translating to massive ASPs of $793.

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12:34
Apple announces Q4 2018 revenue of $62.9b: 46.89m...

Apple has released its fiscal year 2018 fourth quarter earnings results which include initial iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max sales as well as Apple Watch Series 4. iPhone XR launched earlier this month and didn’t make the previous quarter.

Apple reports $62.9b in revenue and $14.12b profit from 46.89m iPhones, 9.69m iPads, and 5.3m Macs sold. Next quarter Apple forecasts revenue between $89 billion and $93 billion.

FY18 Q4 results compare to the previous quarter’s $53.3 billion in revenue, $11.5 billion in profit, 41.3 million iPhones, 11.55 million iPads, and 3.7 million Macs. In the same quarter a year ago, Apple reported $52.6 billion in revenue, $10.7 billion in profit, 46.7 millions iPhones sold, 10.3 million iPads sold, and 5.4 million Macs sold.

Full press release after the break, and stick around for our earnings call...

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12:32
Apple, Samsung beaten to foldable phone by clunky...




A small company has managed to beat major display and mobile device producers like Apple, Samsung, and LG to bringing a smartphone with a foldable screen to market, with Royole's FlexPai being made available to preorder in China on Thursday.

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12:13
Canadian CRT class action lawsuit

A lot of my fellow Canadians qualify for this class action. You’re not likely to get a lot of money out of it but every little bit helps.

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11:51
Apple Expected to Report Its Best Fourth Quarter...

Apple is set to report its earnings results for the fourth quarter of its 2018 fiscal year at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time today.

The quarter began July 1, 2018 and ran through September 29, 2018, according to Apple's fiscal year accounting calendar.

Apple provided the following guidance for the quarter back on July 31:

  • revenue of $60 billion to $62 billion

  • gross margin between 38 and 38.5 percent
  • op. ex. of $7.95 billion to $8.05 billion
  • other income/expense of $300 million
  • tax rate of approximately 15 percent before discrete items

    Apple's guidance suggests it will report its best fourth quarter results ever, by revenue, comfortably topping its 2017 record of $52.6 billion:

    • 2014: $42.1 billion
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    11:50
    Video gives detailed look inside Mac server room,...

    Apple mentioned at its iPad Pro and Mac event that third-party companies had racks of Mac minis at data centers being used as servers. At the event, Apple mentioned MacStadium as one of those companies. Now, YouTuber Snazzy Labs has posted a video, showing off what it’s like having endless shelves of Mac minis.

    more…

    The post Video gives detailed look inside Mac server room, housing Mac minis, Mac Pros, and iMac Pros appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    11:29
    How ‘Today at Apple’ is becoming an unsung hero that...

    This week’s Apple event in Brooklyn introduced more than new Macs and iPads. Today at Apple, the company’s platform of in-store creative sessions, received a massive update. After launching globally 18 months ago, the results of Apple’s efforts are beginning to show in a big way. While new hardware and slick designs catch eyes, Today at Apple is becoming Apple’s most underestimated competitive strength in metropolitan areas and a powerful platform to feature upcoming creative talent on a local and global level. 

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    11:24
    Hands-on: Apple’s new USB-C headphone adapter is...

    Earlier this week, Apple made a move that many expected wouldn’t happen — the iPad adopted USB-C. That aligns it with much of the industry, including most Android makers, but at the same time, the tablet also dropped its 3.5mm headphone jack. That led to an Apple USB-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter, and it’s currently the best one you can get for an Android device.

    more…

    The post Hands-on: Apple’s new USB-C headphone adapter is your cheapest option for analog audio on Pixel appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    11:20
    Otterbox announces cases for the new iPad Pros

    Otterbox has announced cases for the new iPad Pros introduced this week. The Defender Series offers protection for the 11-inch and 12.9-inch Apple tablets.

    The triple layer design includes an outer slipcover and hard shell to absorbs shock and defend against drops and fumbles. A built-in screen protector keeps the display safe from scratches while port covers keep dust and debris out of ports. An included shield stand adds another layer of defense on the go and acts as a stand while in use. 

    The Defender Series will be available soon. The 11-inch iPad Pro version will cost $89.95; the 12.9-inch version will cost $129.95.



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    11:15
    Apple still owns rights to Sweden Kungstradgarden...




    Although public opposition appears to have defeated the company for now, there is a chance Apple could still make an attempt at a store in Stockholm's historic Kungstradgarden, according to one report.

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    11:14
    Over 400,000 folks enroll in Apple Heart Study using...

    Researchers at Stanford University's School of Medicine have completed enrollment of a large-scale study using the Apple Watch to determine whether a wearable technology can identify atrial fibrillation. The study rationale and design, published in the American Heart Journal, describes the design of this unique clinical trial, the largest screening study on atrial fibrillation ever done.

    The results of the study, which has enrolled over 400,000 participants, will provide initial evidence of the smartwatch's ability to identify pulse irregularity that may be consistent with previously unknown atrial fibrillation, or atrial flutter (collectively known as AF).

    "The advantage of the app that uses the optical sensor is that it can check for an irregular pulse multiple times throughout the day in the background, without needing the user to...

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    10:53
    Flash deals: LG's Ultra Fine 4K monitor on sale...




    Amazon-owned Woot is running a flash sale on LG's Ultra Fine 4K display and Apple's MacBook Air. Grab the factory reconditioned USB-C monitor, which is compatible with Apple's brand-new 2018 iPad Pro, for $430 off with free shipping for Prime members. Or pick up a 13" MacBook Air for just $489.99 while supplies last.

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    10:42
    Apple Adding iPhone 5 and Additional Macs to Pilot...

    Normally, an Apple product becomes vintage once five years have passed since it was last manufactured, meaning that Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers (AASPs) will no longer repair or service the product.

    In late January, however, Apple launched a pilot program that permits Apple Stores and AASPs to continue servicing select vintage products, subject to parts availability. The program started in the United States and Turkey with the Mid 2011 iMac and expanded worldwide with the 2012 MacBook Air in August.

    Now, Apple is further expanding the program to include the iPhone 5, which...

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    10:25
    Luminar 2018 1.3.2 - Powerful, adaptive,...

    Luminar 2018 is the new full-featured image editor that adapts to the way you edit photos. Over 300 essential tools to fix, edit, and enhance your photos with comfort. The future of photo editing is here.

    Features

    • Adaptive Interface Inspires You Do to More - While other photo editors make you adapt to their interface, Luminar adapts to your skill level. There is no need to face dozens of sliders if you simply want to remove an object from an image or apply a preset. But if you do need to perform some serious tasks, you can easily access all the advanced features.
    • Powerful Tools Allow You to Do More - Luminar lets you remove unwanted objects, color casts and digital noise. It helps you retouch skin and reveals the hidden details in your photos. It features layers with blend modes, texture overlays and powerful image masking. Easily edit upper and lower sections of the image without having to make any...
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    10:25
    Apple launching pilot program to provide repairs to...

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    10:18
    Pilot callsigns

    Unless you were involved in the military, I bet the first time most of us heard about callsigns was from the movie Top Gun. We just called them nicknames. I’m lucky – with the last name I have, the only possible nickname/callsign I could have is Kong.

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    10:06
    Apple, Amazon, Google and More Than 50 Other...

    Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google, and dozens of other tech companies have come together to condemn discrimination against transgender people in the face of actions President Donald Trump is reportedly considering to reduce their legal protections. From a report: The move is a response to an Oct. 21 New York Times report that the Trump administration is considering limiting the definition of gender to birth genitalia. "Sex means a person's status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth," the Department of Health and Human Services proposed in a memo obtained by the Times. If legislation were to move forward, it would jeopardize legal protections for an estimated 1.4 million Americans who identify as a gender other than the one they were assigned at birth, the Times said. The statement from the companies, which have nearly 4.8 million employees, said diversity and inclusion are good for business. "Transgender people are our beloved...

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    09:55
    Apple seeds first public beta of iOS 12.1.1,...




    Apple on Thursday released the first public beta of iOS 12.1.1, simultaneously rectifying a problem for Mac developers by putting a macOS 10.14.2 beta back up for download. Apple TV owners can meanwhile get the first public beta of tvOS 12.1.1.

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    09:53
    How to get all of the Apple Watch Activity badges

    Updated 11/01/18:  The next limited Achievement will come on November 11 for Veteran’s Day. This is available in the U.S. only. 

    Achievement badges are a funny thing. You know they’re just a simple little bit of visual flair, they don’t even do anything, and yet for some reason you just have to collect them. Achievements are great motivators, and the achievement badges for the activity tracking on the Apple Watch have inspired many users to get more exercise.

    If you want to maximize your badge count, you’re going to watch to chase down as many activity achievements as you can. Most are available year-round, but there are also some time-limited special events to grab, too. Here’s a list of all the activity achievements for the Apple Watch and how to unlock them.

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    09:30
    ScreenFlow 8.2 - Create screen recordings.

    ScreenFlow is powerful, easy-to-use screencasting software for the Mac. With ScreenFlow you can record the contents of your entire monitor while also capturing your video camera, microphone and your computer audio. The easy-to-use editing interface lets you creatively edit your video, and add additional images, text, music and transitions for a truly professional-looking video. The finished result is a QuickTime or Windows Media movie, ready for publishing to your Web site or blog or directly to YouTube or Vimeo. Use ScreenFlow to create high-quality software demos, tutorials, app previews, training, presentations and more.



    Version 8.2:
    Improvements:

    • Added messaging for customers who are opening projects from Dropbox
    • Renamed Camera and Screen Recording Template Placeholder clips to “Camera and Microphone” and “Screen Recording and Computer Audio” respectively
    • Stock Media Library – Added the ability to specify...
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    09:27
    Twelve South releases redesigned Compass Pro for the...

    Twelve South has released a redesigned Compass Pro for the new iPad Pros. The new model has a wider and more stable footprint to support even the largest of iPads (12.9-inch) in either portrait or landscape mode. 

    In addition Twelve South has added an adjustable back leg that provides two display angles (display and active). As with its predecessors, the little stand will fold completely flat and includes a travel bag, so you can toss it in your pack and go.

    The $59.99 Compass Pro vertically displays iPad for connecting to an external display for dual-screen setups. And it raises the Apple table up and out of harm’s way from spills and accidents.



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    09:22
    iOS 12.1 Extends Controversial Processor Throttling...

    With iOS 12.1, Apple introduced a bunch of new features like Group FaceTime and dozens of new emoji. But the company also elected to add a controversial new performance management feature to the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. From a report: For the uninitiated, back in December 2017, Apple confirmed that it would sometimes slow down older iPhones through a software update in order to prevent unexpected shutdowns. The result was that certain models -- iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, 7, and 7 Plus -- would often perform poorly after being updated to the newest version of iOS. Users had long suspected Apple was throttling older iPhones, but it wasn't until Geekbench published an expose that the company publicly admitted it was, indeed, slowing down older iPhones -- albeit, for a good reason. Apple said in its explanation of the throttling issue that its goal was "to deliver the best experience for customers" and essentially argued the practice of throttling was a feature -- not...

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    09:21
    iOS 12.1 Group FaceTime bug allows viewing of a...




    A bug has been discovered in the way iOS 12.1 handles Group FaceTime calls, one which can allow a hacker to access the details of a contact stored on an iPhone, without needing to unlock the smartphone at all.

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    09:18
    Apple Seeds First Beta of iOS 12.1.1 to Public Beta...

    Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming iOS 12.1.1 update to its public beta testing group, one day after seeding the same beta to developers and two days after the release of the iOS 12.1 update.

    Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will receive the iOS 12.1.1 beta update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on an iOS device.

    Those who want to join the beta testing program can sign up on Apple's beta testing website, which gives users access to iOS, macOS, and tvOS betas.

    The iOS 12.1.1 update introduces some significant improvements to the FaceTime interface, and it re-adds the feature that's designed to let you take a Live Photo while...

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    09:17
    Rumor: 2019 iPhones will pack an improved Face ID...

    The 2018 iPhones are such old news (no angry comments please, that’s sarcasm), that it’s time to start looking ahead to next years’s models. In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says next year’s Apple smartphones will boast an improved Free ID system.

    He forecasts improvements that will lower the impact from invisible lights of environment, making for a more accurate system. Kuo prognosticates that "time of flight" will be added to the rear camera system of Apple products, as well, with it potentially being adopted by the iPad as early as the last calendar quarter of 2019, but not appearing in the iPhone until the following year.

    Chances the rumor is true, according to the Sellers Research Group (that’s me): 100%. Hey, why not? Apple is always looking for...

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    09:09
    2019 iPhones to Feature Upgraded Face ID Camera...

    Apple's 2019 iPhones will come equipped with an upgraded Face ID camera system, according to a new note to investors from often reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

    According to Kuo, next-generation iPhones will feature a new flood illuminator that will improve Face ID by lowering the impact of invisible light from the environment. Kuo believes the upgraded sensor will be included in all 2019 iPhone models, which he has previously said will again consist of two OLED iPhones and one LCD iPhone.

    We believe that Apple will raise the output power of the flood illuminator VCSEL to lower the impacts from invisible lights of environment in order to improve the Face ID user experience. The higher power VCSEL with higher ASP needs increased requirements of design and production, increased materials for array design, and longer testing times. Therefore,...

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    09:08
    Upgraded Face ID coming to 2019 iPhone, new iPads to...

    A new note from reliable supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities today includes the prediction that next year’s iPhone lineup will bring upgrades to Face ID. He also includes a forecast for the next round of iPads — before the newly announced iPads even reach customers.

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    The post Upgraded Face ID coming to 2019 iPhone, new iPads to arrive by early 2020, says Kuo appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    09:07
    The high-end iPad Pro is almost as fast as a 15-inch...

    Whoa. New Geekbench benchmark results show that the high-end iPad Pro rivals the latest 15-inch MacBook Pros with Intel Core i7 CPUs. Which means that it’s not of “if,” but “when” Apple introduces Macs with processors the company itself makes.

    Geekbench scores show that the top-of-the-line iPad Pro — an eight-core tablet with the rumored 6GB of RAM allegedly found in 1TB storage configurations — show single-core scores between 5030 to 5083, with multi-core scores ranging from 17771 to 17995. Those numbers place the new iPad Pro directly between Apple’s 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros with Intel Core i7 processors.

    The new iPad Pro outperforms the single-core speed of the 15-inch machine configuration that starts at $2,799, as well as the multi-core speed of the 13-inch MacBook Pro configuration that starts at $2,099. Pricing for the new Apple tablet with 1TB storage configurations starts at $...

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    09:02
    Apple's 2019 iPhones slated to get better...




    Ming-Chi Kuo is predicting an improved Face ID system will be implemented in the September 2019 iPhone lineup, with the improvements in the camera intended to improve performance across the board.

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    09:01
    Nvidia on Its Lack of macOS Mojave Drivers for Newer...

    Nearly six weeks after the release of macOS Mojave, web drivers for Nvidia graphics cards released in 2014 and later remain unavailable for the latest operating system, resulting in compatibility issues. This includes Nvidia graphics cards based on its Maxwell, Pascal, and Turing architecture.

    While some customers have expressed frustration towards Nvidia, a spokesperson for the company informed MacRumors that "while we post the drivers, it's up to Apple to approve them," and suggested that we contact Apple. We followed that advice, but Apple has yet to respond to multiple requests for comment.

    As a result of the lack of web drivers, external GPUs with an Nvidia graphics card released in 2014 or later have compatibility issues with any Mac running macOS Mojave. Likewise, any Mid 2010 or Mid 2012 Mac...

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    08:54
    Apple expands pilot repair program for vintage Macs

    As noted by Cult of Mac, Apple is expanding its pilot repair program for vintage Macs. 

    Both the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air machines released in mid-2012 will remain eligible for service at Apple Stores worldwide until Aug. 31, 2020, even though they were added to Apple’s vintage and obsolete products list on Aug. 31, 2018.

    Apple’s pilot program allows users of older Macs to have problems fixed by Apple and its Authorized Service Providers instead of third-party repairers. The program started with support for the 21.5- and 27-inch iMac models released in mid-2011, but it was only available to customers in the U.S. and Turkey. Now the program is expanding to support new machines and new territories.

    Currently on the list are the iPhone 5 (GSM/CDMA), MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2012), MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2012), iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2011, U.S. and Turkey...

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    08:47
    Next Apple Watch Activity Challenge set for Veterans...

    The next Apple Watch Activity Challenge is set for Veterans Day on Sunday, November 11th, 2018. Apple Watch Activity Challenges increase awareness about fitness features and healthy living while observing holidays and more. In exchanging for completing a workout challenge, participants earn virtual achievements in the Activity app on the iPhone as well as special sticker packs for iMessage and FaceTime.

    more…

    The post Next Apple Watch Activity Challenge set for Veterans Day on November 11th appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    08:30
    9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPhone XS/Max deals, New iPad...

    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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