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Thursday March 7

01:09
Deeper 2.4.1 - Enable hidden features in macOS.

Deeper is a personalization utility for macOS which allows you to enable and disable the hidden functions of the Finder, Dock, QuickTime, Safari, iTunes, login window, Spotlight, and many of Apple's applications, and more.



Version 2.4.1:

  • New option: Turn on/Turn off help tags
  • Misc. minor corrections made
  • Obsolete hidden function removed



  • macOS 10.14



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01:01
How to turn on and turn off your Mac

Turning on and off your Mac can be a chore. In fact, most users simply just put their Macs to sleep. While that’ll work most of the time, sometimes you may need to turn off your Mac. For example, if you’re going to be away from your Mac for a few months. Follow along to learn how to turn on and off your Mac.

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01:00
How to type the Apple logo on Mac, iPhone, and iPad

Curious about conjuring up the  logo? Follow along for how to type the Apple logo character on Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

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Wednesday March 6

21:59
FileZilla 3.41.0 - Fast and reliable FTP client.

FileZilla (ported from Windows) is a fast and reliable FTP client and server with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface.



Version 3.41.0:

Bugfixes and Minor Changes:

  • MSW: Fix an issue with failing uploads due to the operating system not gracefully closing TCP connections contrary to the documented behavior
  • MSW: Fix compilation flags for wxWidgets to no longer include useless XP compatibility



  • OS X 10.9 or later



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21:59
Spotify 1.1.1.348. - Stream music, create playlists...

Spotify is a streaming music service that gives you on-demand access to millions of songs. Whether you like driving rock, silky R&B, or grandiose classical music, Spotify's massive catalogue puts all your favorites within your reach. No streaming service offers a larger, more varied catalogue.

The music you love, whenever you want it

  • You're the DJ. Add stars to your favorite tracks, and create playlists. Spotify lets you keep your favorites close at hand.
  • Endless discovery. With built-in Related Artist suggestions, Spotify will help you discover your new favorite artists, albums, and tracks.
  • Make it social. Follow your favorite artists, share musical recommendations with friends, and more.



Version 1.1.1.348:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated



  • OS X 10.10 or later
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21:59
DxO PhotoLab 2.2.0.27 - Image enhancement for RAW...

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

Features

  • DxO Smart Lighting - Optimizes the dynamic range of your image and brings out the details from both under- and overexposed areas.
  • DxO ClearView - Intelligently boosts local contrast and effectively removes distant haze.
  • DxO PRIME - Automatically denoises high ISO RAW images and recovers accurate details and colors based on our exclusive algorithms.
  • Optical Corrections - Leverage your gear with tailored automatic corrections based on DxO’s renowned scientific expertise in measurement and calibration.
  • Introducing U...
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21:59
Boom 3D 1.2.5 - 3D surround sound and phenomenally...

Boom 3D is a revolutionary app with 3D Surround Sound and phenomenally rich and intense audio that is realistic and works on any headphones.

Features

  • 3D surround sound
  • Built-in audio player
  • Intensity control
  • Stunning interface
  • Equalizer presets
  • Apps volume controller



Version 1.2.5:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.10.3 or later



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21:59
Amazon Chime 4.19.6542 - Amazon-based communications...

Amazon Chime is a communications service that transforms online meetings with a secure, easy-to-use application that you can trust. Amazon Chime works seamlessly across your devices so that you can stay connected. You can use Amazon Chime for online meetings, video conferencing, calls, chat, and to share content, both inside and outside your organization. Amazon Chime frees you to work productively from anywhere.

Features

  • Frustration-Free Online Meetings - Make your online meetings effortless with Amazon Chime. Meetings start on time, and they’re easy to join. Meetings call you, and with a single tap or click, you can join or notify participants that you’re running late. A visual roster shows who is in the meeting and who is running late, and allows anyone to mute background noise. Amazon Chime automatically reconnects you if you get dropped. Crystal clear audio and HD video keep you focused on the discussion.
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21:59
OmniGraffle 7.10 - Create diagrams, flow charts, and...

OmniGraffle helps you draw beautiful diagrams, family trees, flow charts, org charts, layouts, and (mathematically speaking) any other directed or non-directed graphs. We've had people use Graffle to plan plotlines for a story, make an overview of an operating system, show the evolution of computers, and even show how diseases can spread in a closed population. If you want to organize your thoughts, your projects, or even your friends graphically using boxes and lines, OmniGraffle is your tool.



Version 7.10:

  • Fill Shape with Text — Added a new Fill Shape with Text option to the Text Position inspector that fills the inner bounds of a shape with the label text. This makes it much easier to keep text within a diamond shape in a flowchart or as a creative background on a Bézier shape
  • Line Labels — Added a new option to the Line inspector to allow line labels to clip a line’s stroke. This is best suited for when you don’t want a...
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21:59
Meteorologist 3.1.7 - Popular weather app.

Meteorologist is a simple interface to weather provided by weather.com. It provides the ability to show the weather in the main menu bar, displaying more detail in a pop-up menu, whose contents are customizeable from the preferences. The source code is available.



Version 3.1.7:

Changes:

  • At startup, Meteo will now determine your current location and display it if you use a location of . That is the word *here* surrounded by angle brackets. Meteo does not retain or share on your location.
  • Updated display of Preferences window, now tabbed.
  • Allow for formatting of Latitude, Longitude containing: , , or .
  • Clean up a few memory leaks.
  • Updated README in the DMG installation package, including French translation (thank you Manfred).
  • Logging of message is now ON by default for new...
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21:59
LibreOffice 6.2.1.2 - Free, open-source office suite.

LibreOffice is an office suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, drawing tool) compatible with other major office suites. The Document Foundation is coordinating development and maintenance of this OpenOffice.org fork.



Version 6.2.1.2:

Full changelog available here



  • OS X 10.9 or later



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21:59
Thunderbird 60.5.3 - Email client from Mozilla.

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

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



Version 60.5.3:
Fixed:

  • Problem when using "Send to > Mail recipient" on Windows introduced in version 60.5.2



  • OS X 10.9 or later



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21:59
iMazing 2.9.0 - Complete iOS device manager (was...

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

  • Copy music to and from any iOS device (even from one iOS device to another!), regardless of what Mac or PC the device is already synced to. Music transfer done right, without limitations or restrictions.
  • Backup & restore individual iOS apps along with your custom saved data, perfect for freeing up space on your iOS device without losing your files, great for installing apps including your data on another iOS device you own.
  • Transfer files to and from an iOS device, and browse the iOS file system.
  • Use your iOS device like a USB key.
  • Browse and save messages (SMS, MMS, iMessage), voicemails, and call logs, none of which iTunes can do.
  • Browse, save, and add contacts to your iPhone, without automatically adding them to your iCloud...
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21:59
Monosnap 3.5.7 - Versatile screenshot utility with...

Monosnap lets you capture screenshots, share files, and record video and .gifs!

Features

  • Capture
    • Capture full screen, just part of the screen, or a selected window
    • Make your crop area pixel perfect with our 8x magnifier
    • Customize hotkeys
    • Make timed screenshot
    • Record screencasts
    • Highlight details while recording a video
  • Annotate and Edit
    • Highlight important details with pen, text, arrows and shapes
    • Hide private information with blur tool
    • Open snapshots in your favorite external editor
  • Save and share
    • Login to get free cloud storage space
    • Connect Monosnap to Evernote, Dropbox, CloudApp, Yandex.Disk and Box.com
    • Add your personal FTP, SFTP, WebDAV or S3 server
    • Upload files and images by dropping them to the menubar icon
    • Drag-and-drop right from the editor
    • Use your own FTP,...
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21:59
Little Snitch 4.3.1 - Alerts you about outgoing...

Little Snitch gives you control over your private outgoing data.

Track background activity

As soon as your computer connects to the Internet, applications often have permission to send any information wherever they need to. Little Snitch takes note of this activity and allows you to decide for yourself what happens with this data.

Control your network

Choose to allow or deny connections, or define a rule how to handle similar, future connection attempts. Little Snitch runs inconspicuously in the background and it can even detect network-related activity of viruses, trojans, and other malware.



Version 4.3.1:

  • Fixed a crash of Little Snitch Daemon when updating from Little Snitch 3 directly to Little Snitch 4.3



  • OS X 10.11 or later



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21:59
App Tamer 2.4.3 - Efficiently manage your CPU cycles...

App Tamer tames your processor-monopolizing apps and keeps them from chewing up excessive CPU time and battery life. Powered by a unique AutoStop feature, App Tamer stops each application when you switch away from it -- when you return to that app, it restarts automatically!

App Tamer is built around an attractive and clear user interface, designed for managing all your running applications with minimum distraction or frustration. With helpful displays, you can monitor the average percentage of your processor(s) being used by each app, or access a graphical history or your CPU usage. Easily enable AutoStop for any application, or limit it to a certain amount of CPU time.

Don't waste time trying to manage CPU usage on an app-by-app basis -- liberate your Mac with App Tamer!



Version 2.4.3:

  • App Tamer can now be configured to let all processes run at full speed when the keyboard and mouse are idle (ie. you're away from...
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19:48
Nike Run Club on iOS adds Custom Challenges feature...

Nike today has updated its Nike Run Club app for iOS to version 5.22. The update includes a new Custom Challenges feature, which allows you to create your own Challenge and invite friends to compete.

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19:47
Huawei sues U.S. government, says purchasing ban...




Chinese smartphone and communications equipment manufacturer Huawei on Thursday local time followed through with threats to sue the U.S. government over legislation that bars government agencies from buying its products.

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19:23
Microsoft updates Store revenue split to give...

Microsoft has announced today that it is updating its Microsoft Store revenue sharing agreement. The company says that starting immediately, developers will keep 95 percent of app revenue, while Microsoft will take the remaining 5 percent. There is, however, some fine print worth noting.

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18:18
Kuo Increases Galaxy S10 Shipment Estimates Due to...

Respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who works for TF International Securities, today increased his forecast of Galaxy S10 shipments by 30 percent due to better than expected pre-order demand.

Kuo attributes the better-than-expected shipment momentum to several factors including spec differentiation from iPhone models.

Pre-order demand for the S10 series is better than expected. Worldwide pre-order demand for the S10 series grows by 30-40% YoY compared to that for the S9 series based on our survey. Therefore, we will increase shipment estimates of the S10 series in 2019 by 30% from 30-35mn to 40-45 units. S10+ and S10 account for 85% or more of total shipments.

We believe that the better-than-expected shipment momentum of S10 series is due to (1) the market's bearish view on high-end smartphone growth, (2) spec differentiation from iPhone models, including an ultrasonic fingerprint on display (FOD...

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18:00
Apple's CEO Briefly Spoke at the American...

Today Apple's CEO attended the inaugural American Workforce Policy Advisory Board meeting. In the limited press segment after an introductory statement by Ivana Trump, the President stated that he wanted to start with Apple's CEO Tim Cook. Cook's commentary...

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17:56
Trump calls Apple CEO Tim Cook 'Tim Apple...




President Donald Trump's history of English-related gaffes was furthered at Wednesday's American Workforce Policy Advisory Board meeting when he introduced Apple CEO Tim Cook as "Tim Apple."

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17:22
Samsung predicted to ship up to 45M Galaxy S10 units...




On the back of strong pre-order demand, research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo on Wednesday revised shipment predicts for Samsung's new Galaxy S10 smartphone lineup, estimating the South Korean tech giant will move between 40 and 45 million units in 2019.

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17:19
Google fixes Chrome zero-day exploit, security...

After releasing an incremental update for Chrome on Mac, Windows, and Linux last Friday, Google revealed yesterday that it addresses a zero-day exploit. The company’s security team advises users to update Chrome on all platforms immediately as there is evidence of a malicious party actively using the attack.

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17:13
Kuo increases Galaxy S10 forecast as ‘spec...

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is out this evening with a new investor note covering early order estimates of Samsung’s Galaxy S10. The analyst is increasing his Galaxy S10 shipment estimate by 30 percent citing ‘spec differentiation’ from current iPhones, including an ultrasonic fingerprint reader.

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17:09
Brie Larson to start in drama series for Apple

Captain Marvel is coming to Apple. Well, not exactly, but the tech giant has placed a straight-to-series order for an untitled drama series based on the life experiences of undercover CIA operative Amaryllis Fox and her upcoming memoir Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA, according to Variety. And it will star Brie Larson, who plays the superhero in the new movie.

She will also serve as executive producer. In addition to Larson, Michael Ellenberg will executive produce via Media Res, with Lynette Howell Taylor also executive producing under her 51 Entertainment banner. Larson, Ellenberg, and Howell Taylor teamed to acquire the book and Fox’s life rights through Media Res. Samantha Housman of 51 Entertainment will also executive produce, with Dani Gorin of Media Res set to co-executive produce. Fox will serve as a producer.

This will be...

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17:00
President Trump calls Tim Cook ‘Tim Apple’ at White...

Earlier this afternoon, President Trump moderated a meeting of American Workforce Policy Advisory Board at the White House. Tim Cook was in attendance, but Trump seemingly forgot the Apple CEO’s name…instead referring to him as “Tim Apple.”

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16:01
The Prototype iPhones That Hackers Use To Research...

Hackers and security researchers use rare "dev-fused" iPhones created for internal use at Apple to bypass Apple's protections and security features to uncover iPhone vulnerabilities and other sensitive info, Motherboard reported Wednesday, citing two dozen security researchers, current and former Apple employees, rare phone collectors, and members of the iPhone jailbreaking community. From the report: These rare iPhones have many security features disabled, allowing researchers to probe them much more easily than the iPhones you can buy at a store. Since the Black Hat talk, dev-fused iPhones have become a tool that security researchers around the world use to find previously unknown iPhone vulnerabilities (known as zero days), Motherboard has learned. Dev-fused iPhones were never intended to escape Apple's production pipeline have made their way to the gray market, where smugglers and middlemen sell them for thousands of dollars to hackers and security researchers. Using the...

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15:41
Benchmark showdown: Samsung Galaxy S10+ versus...




Samsung's latest and greatest Galaxy S10+ is on our test bench, so we pitted it against Apple's flagship iPhone XS Max to see which phone takes the crown in our a benchmarking showdown.

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15:33
Coding in education is tantamount to student success...




Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared in front of the White House's American Workforce Policy Advisory Board on Wednesday, telling President Donald Trump that a lofty goal of integrating a new nationwide curriculum requires input from the government, private sector, and educators.

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15:31
Apple's Everyone Can Code being used in 4,000...




Speaking at introductory remarks before Wednesday's American Workforce Policy Advisory Board meeting in Washington, D.C., Apple CEO Tim Cook detailed that there were over 4,000 U.S. schools using "Everyone Can Code" materials, with 80 community colleges also participating in the initiative.

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15:17
How badly are we being ripped off on eyewear? Former...

The monopoly EssilorLuxottica holds on the eyewear industry is obscene.

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15:08
Half of new Apple's US hires in 2018 lacked 4-...




During Wednesday's American Workforce Policy Advisory Board meeting in Washington, D.C., Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed some 50 percent of the tech giant's U.S. hires lacked a formal four-year college degree, using the figure as a plinth for smart education reform.

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14:53
Tim Cook touts Apple’s commitment to education in...

Tim Cook joined President Trump, Ivanka Trump, and others in Washington D.C. today for a meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board. Cook was named to the board last month, alongside other technology and retail executives, political figures, and more.

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14:52
The prototype iPhones that hackers use to research...

Fascinating look at a world few of us know about.

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14:45
Apple’s original TV shows and series: Brie Larson to...

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

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

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14:45
Hands-On Review: Elecjet's Apollo Traveller...

The sleek Elecjet Apollo Traveller Power Bank, bringing graphene battery technology to the masses. Photo © 2019, Steven Sande

Battery technology has been getting better year after year, often with small evolutionary changes that increase efficiency and give us longer battery life or shorter charge times. Elecjet Technology recently released the Apollo Traveller Power Bank on Kickstarter, and the new technology used in this external power bank bodes well for the future of device batteries. Deliveries of the Apollo Traveller begin next month, but we were able to get our hands on a pre-release power bank for review.

What’s different about this battery pack compared to others that use Lithium-Ion technology? Well, the Apollo Traveller is the world’s first power bank to use graphene composite in the battery cells. Graphene is a form...

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14:00
News round-up: GameClub wants to revive older games...

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, a startup called GameClub has launched with the goal of funding developers to update classic iOS games currently can't be played on modern iPhones and iPads.

AppleInsider also reports that, speaking at introductory remarks before Wednesday's American Workforce Policy Advisory Board meeting in Washington, D.C., Apple CEO Tim Cook detailed that there were over 4,000 U.S. schools using "Everyone Can Code" materials, with 80 community colleges also...

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13:58
Apple promises 1,200 new tech jobs in San Diego by...




During the next three years Apple will bring 1,200 more jobs to the San Diego area, with some hires coming by the end of 2019, the company announced on Wednesday with the help of San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer.

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13:58
Apple Adding 1,200 New Jobs in San Diego at Upcoming...

Apple is planning to add 1,200 new jobs in San Diego at an upcoming engineering hub, which is up from the 1,000 jobs that it promised when announcing the new facility in December.

San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer and Apple officials announced the news at the Apple Store located in University City's UTC mall.

Apple is opening a tech hub in San Diego, and 200 of the 1,200 workers that it is planning on hiring will be in place "by the end of 2019." City officials say that Apple plans to make San Diego, which is the hometown of chipmaker Qualcomm, into a "principle engineering hub" with software and hardware positions "distributed across a number of specialty engineering fields."

Apple is working on its own modem technology and based on job...

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13:55
Google Duplex restaurant bookings arriving on iPhone...




Google is preparing to expand the availability of Duplex, its automated calling feature for Google Assistant, to iPhones in the coming weeks, allowing users of the digital assistant to book tables at restaurants in 43 states across the United States.

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13:40
All of the future TV shows that Apple has in...




Moving past Planet of the Apps and Carpool Karaoke, Apple is believed to be spending $1 billion or more on its first high-budget TV shows, which could hit screens as soon as April 2019. Here are the programs we know about so far, updated with a show starring Captain Marvel's Brie Larson.

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13:25
Apple to add 1200 new jobs in San Diego for software...

Apple plans to add 1200 new jobs in San Diego over the next three years with some posts occupied by the end of 2019. Company representatives and San Diego’s mayor made the announcement this morning at the UTC mall Apple Store.

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13:19
Zuckerberg, Facebook commit to building '...

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg outlined how a commitment to privacy will affect the future of Facebook apps like Instagram and WhatsApp, but generally ignored the broader problems facing the platform.

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13:08
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg pledges '...




Facebook is embarking on a "privacy-focused" roadmap, shifting away from the public focus that has landed it in multiple scandals, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday.

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13:04
Tim Cook visits Washington D.C. for American...




Apple CEO Tim Cook was spotted in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, meeting with White House officials and business leaders as part of his role on the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, with the aim of improving the future prospects of the United States' workforce.

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12:48
Mark Zuckerberg pushing encrypted Messenger and...

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerburg, outlined a detailed vision for the future of the social media platform today, specifically its messaging services. Notably, in contrast to how the company operates today, he says the future of the platform will be privacy-focused with features like end-to-end encryption, interoperability between its various apps like Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, reducing how long it holds data, secure storage of personal data, and more.

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12:45
Captain Marvel's Brie Larson to Star as...

Apple has placed a straight-to-series order for an untitled drama series based on the life experiences of undercover CIA operative Amaryllis Fox and her upcoming memoir Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA, according to Variety.

The report claims Brie Larson will both star in and produce the series, described as a look at a young woman's journey in the CIA. In addition to starring as Carol Danvers in the upcoming Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame films, Larson had an Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning role in the 2015 film Room.

Michael Ellenberg and Lynette Howell Taylor will also serve as executive producers, according to the report. Ellenberg is also producing Apple's morning show drama starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston...

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12:34
Captain Marvel star Brie Larson to lead and...

As we inch closer to the rumored March 25 event later this month, Apple is continuing its work on original content, today adding a straight-to-series drama starring Brie Larson. The company will reportedly have Hollywood stars at the event to help leverage the launch of its new service.

more…

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12:27
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Outlines 'Vision...

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg this morning penned a new missive outlining the company's plan to create a "privacy-focused messaging and social networking platform."

Facebook's new privacy-focused platform, which will see its core apps overhauled, will, according to Facebook, be built around principles that include private interactions, end-to-end encryption, ephemeral messages, safety, interoperability, and secure data storage.

Zuckerberg says that its services will be rebuilt "around these ideas" over the course of the next few years, and that as Facebook implements these changes (to both Facebook and Instagram), the company will be "taking positions on important issues concerning the future of the internet."

These changes will be implemented "openly and collaboratively, and Zuckerberg points out that many people likely won't believe...

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12:11
Hackers using stolen iPhone prototypes to probe...




Hackers are taking advantage of "dev-fused" iPhones, meant only for internal usage within Apple, to discover how systems and sensitive components in the smartphone function, with the publicly-unavailable variant now a highly prized tool for security researchers searching for vulnerabilities in the hardware and in iOS.

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12:10
The race to build the world’s best bourbon barrel

Until I moved to Tennessee, I had no idea how important the physical barrel was to various whiskeys and bourbons.

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12:04
Researchers and Hackers Use Rare Dev-Fused Prototype...

If you've ever wondered how security researchers and hackers manage to bypass Apple's protections and security features to uncover iPhone vulnerabilities and other sensitive info, Motherboard is out today with a new report that has an answer.

Hackers and security researchers use rare "dev-fused" iPhones created for internal use at Apple. These dev-fused iPhones have not finished the production process and have many security features disabled. Motherboard describes them as "pre-jailbroken devices."

A dev-fused iPhone image shared with Motherboard by collector Giulio Zompetti

Dev-fused iPhones are smuggled out of Apple where they can sell for thousands of dollars on the gray market. These iPhones are incredibly valuable due to the fact that they can be used to locate vulnerabilities able to...

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11:56
Sonos One 'Gen 2' smartspeaker has...




Starting Friday Sonos will sell a revised "Gen 2" model of its AirPlay 2-compatible One smartspeaker, largely similar to the original but better futureproofed.

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11:34
Apple Watch Bands Begin Selling Out Ahead of...

Apple Watch bands have been refreshed on a seasonal basis for the past few years, and it looks like that trend will continue in spring 2019, as many of the current fall 2018 bands are now out of stock on Apple's online store.

Fall 2018 bands now listed as sold out:

  • 40mm and 44mm Sport Bands in Hibiscus, Mellow Yellow, and Pacific Green, plus 40mm in Blue Horizon

  • 40mm and 44mm Nike Sport Bands in Olive Flak/Black and Smokey Mauve/Particle Beige
  • 40mm Sport Loops in Cape Cod Blue and Nectarine
  • 40mm Nike Sport Loop in Smokey Mauve
  • 44mm Leather Loops in Forest Green
  • 40mm Modern Buckles in Cape Cod Blue, Forest Green, and Peony Pink
  • 40mm Hermès Double Tours in Indigo/Craie/Orange and Bordeaux/Rose...
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    11:30
    Best Fitbit: We help you choose the right one for...

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

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

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

    To read this article in full, please click here

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    11:28
    DxO PhotoLab 2.2.0.27 - Image enhancement for RAW...

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

    Features

    • DxO Smart Lighting - Optimizes the dynamic range of your image and brings out the details from both under- and overexposed areas.
    • DxO ClearView - Intelligently boosts local contrast and effectively removes distant haze.
    • DxO PRIME - Automatically denoises high ISO RAW images and recovers accurate details and colors based on our exclusive algorithms.
    • Optical Corrections - Leverage your gear with tailored automatic corrections based on DxO’s renowned scientific expertise in measurement and calibration.
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    11:27
    Leak supposedly reveals upcoming ad for ‘ AirPods 2...

    MacRumors is purporting to have got their hands on video of an upcoming ad campaign for new AirPods 2. The sequence shows a woman taking her AirPods out of ears and ends with a title card that reads ‘AirPods 2’. Update: MacRumors is now saying this is fake and was created as a marketing stunt by a PR company. Show’s over folks.

    more…

    The post Leak supposedly reveals upcoming ad for ‘ AirPods 2’ [update: fake] appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    11:24
    Saudi Arabia's Travel App Almosafer now uses...

    Arab News, Saudi Arabia's first English-language newspaper, reported today that Apple Pay is now available on Saudi Arabia's travel app 'Almosafer.'

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    11:17
    Sonos is shipping a second-generation Sonos One...

    The Sonos One (Gen 2) features Bluetooth LE connectivity, a faster processor, and more memory.

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    11:06
    Apple Releases 2019 Supplier Responsibility Progress...

    Apple today released its 2019 Supplier Responsibility Report, offering a look into Code of Conduct violations in Apple's supply chain and details on progress made with programs promoting health, education awareness, and more.

    Apple shares an updated Supplier Responsibility Report on an annual basis in an effort to be transparent about the worker conditions in supplier factories and the steps that Apple takes to improve the lives of the employees that create the range of Apple products available to consumers. Data for these reports are gathered from audits of Apple supplier facilities, with 770 locations audited across 30 countries in 2018.

    As of 2018, Apple says that 17.3 million supplier employees have received training in workplace rights, while 3.6 million have been provided with...

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    11:05
    Apple's 'iPhone can do what?' site...




    Apple has refreshed part of its website detailing the iPhone's key features, with the "iPhone can do what?" page highlighting the smartphone's different functions and services, including those relating to privacy, usability, and entertainment.

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    11:02
    Concept: A more inviting Apple Store HomeKit demo...

    As intelligent speakers and voice assistants like the HomePod and Siri drive awareness of home automation, HomeKit has become a key part of Apple’s product ecosystem. Unless you know an enthusiast who has already made the investment in a full smart home, the best way to learn about HomeKit today is at Apple retail stores.

    more…

    The post Concept: A more inviting Apple Store HomeKit demo experience appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    11:00
    Stacktrace Podcast 026: “You’re not gonna touch your...

    After a brief discussion around static site generation and hardware hacking, John and Gui dive into some exclusive new spelunking findings from WebKit and the latest iOS 12.2 beta. Also, AR and how Microsoft’s approach with HoloLens might differ from Apple’s possible AR strategies, and more Marzipan.

    Stacktrace by 9to5Mac is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

    Sponsored by MacStadium: Whether you need a single Mac mini or a fully-scalable Mac private cloud, MacStadium is offering Stacktrace listeners two months for the price of one on a Mac mini subscription with the promo...

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    10:42
    Apple releases 2019 Supplier Responsibility Report:...

    Apple has today shared its 2019 Supplier Responsibility Progress Report that details how its business and suppliers impact people, the planet, and more. Across 2018, Apple says that core labor rules violations dropped and it didn’t find any serious safety or health violations. It also shared that over 17 million supplier employees have now been trained on their rights, and it saw more of its suppliers than ever achieve a high-performing rating.

    more…

    The post Apple releases 2019 Supplier Responsibility Report: Drop in core violations, increase in high-performing suppliers, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    10:40
    Apple Releases their 66-Page 2019 Supplier...

    Earlier today Apple released its 13th annual Supplier Responsibility Progress Report detailing how the company is expanding educational opportunities and protecting the planet’s resources. The 66-page report ...

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    10:30
    9to5Toys Lunch Break: 12-inch MacBook $799, HomePod...

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

    Listen...

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    10:28
    Apple ramps up iPhone marketing with feature-packed...

    Apple has today updated its iPhone features page on its website with a new label “iPhone can do what?” The site demonstrates both hardware and software features of the iPhone.

    more…

    The post Apple ramps up iPhone marketing with feature-packed ‘iPhone can do what?’ campaign appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    10:27
    Apple Shares New 'iPhone Can Do What?'...

    Apple recently added a new features page to its website, which offers an in-depth look at the capabilities of Apple's modern iPhones.

    The site is organized into tiles, each featuring an explanation of a feature along with a short video, a photo, and a link to one of Apple's support documents.

    Topics covered include water resistance, privacy, AirDrop, Group FaceTime, photos search, Memoji, Do Not Disturb, Find My iPhone, Apple Pay, iMessage photo effects, and more.

    Apple includes both major features like Face ID, along with smaller hints and tips like holding the space bar to move the cursor to quickly fix a typo or double tapping the space bar while typing for a period.

    It's a useful site for anyone who isn't super familiar with the feature set on the iPhone, and it's also useful for more advanced users because it also has lesser known...

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    10:16
    Apple releases new Supplier Responsibility Progress...

    Apple has released its 13th annual Supplier Responsibility Progress Report detailing how the company is expanding educational opportunities and protecting the planet’s resources. 

    As of 2018, 17.3 million supplier employees have been trained on workplace rights, and 3.6 million have received advanced education and skills training. All final assembly sites for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, AirPods and HomePod are now certified Zero Waste to Landfill, while conserving billions of gallons of water and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

    “In everything we do, people come first,” Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, says in a press announcement. “We are constantly raising the bar for ourselves and our suppliers because we are committed to the people who make our products possible as well as the planet we all share. This year, we’re proud to give more people an opportunity to advance their education....

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    10:15
    Apple assemblers saved 7.6 billion gallons of water...




    Apple has released its 13th Supplier Responsibility Progress report, and has noted that all final assembly sites for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, AirPods, and HomePod are now certified Zero Waste to Landfill, conserving billions of gallons of water and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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    10:08
    ChronoSync 4.9.2

    Maintenance release for the synchronization and backup app. ($49.99 new for ChronoSync, free updates; 66.8 MB)

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    10:06
    Rumpus 8.2

    Adds the Rumpus Tether client application for quick access to content on the Rumpus file transfer server. ($295 new, free update, 24.3 MB)

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    09:54
    MacStories shares robust library of 150 useful...

    MacStories’ founder Federico Viticci regularly shares his useful custom Shortcuts for the iOS Shortcuts app and now he’s put together an archive of 150 of them, with more on the way.

    more…

    The post MacStories shares robust library of 150 useful Shortcuts for the iOS Shortcuts app appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    09:54
    TextExpander 6.5

    Improved snippet editor replaces text-based macro notation with simple visual blocks. ($40 annual subscription, free update, 18.7 MB)

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    09:42
    Little Snitch 4.3

    Network traffic management utility improves detection of program modification and overall performance. ($45 new, free update, 41.7 MB)

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    09:34
    Surprisingly IDC Predicts 5G Smartphone Adoption...

    IDC is predicting that 2019 will remain a year of smartphone decline though may have a little boost from 5G smartphones launching throughout quarters two through to four. IDC reports that "The current year is expected to witness a new high for technological innovation with the introduction of foldable devices and 5G smartphones. Though folding phones will result in being meaningless in 2019 and 5G ...

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    09:24
    'Save the Internet' bill seeks to...




    Wednesday's submission of the "Save the Internet Act" is attempting to reverse a repeal of regulations by the Federal Communications Commission in 2017.

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    09:10
    European Union digital tax on Apple, Google, Amazon...




    The European Union appears to be abandoning plans for a tax on digital services, which at one point would have impacted Apple's sales along with the likes of Amazon, Google, and Facebook.

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    09:00
    Fitbit's New Versa Lite Edition Costs Less Than...

    Fitbit today announced its latest smartwatch, the Versa Lite Edition. Priced at $160, the Versa Lite is $40 cheaper than the standard Versa model released last year and less than half as much as the Apple Watch Series 4, which starts at $399.

    The new Versa Lite Edition looks similar to the standard Versa, beyond having one button versus three. Of course, the Lite Edition loses some features compared to the standard Versa, including Wi-Fi, on-device music storage and playback, on-screen workouts, and the ability to track swim laps and floors climbed.

    Nevertheless, the Lite Edition has most features you would expect from a fitness tracker, including step counting, calories burned, sleep tracking...

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    08:45
    Monosnap 3.5.7 - Versatile screenshot utility with...

    Monosnap lets you capture screenshots, share files, and record video and .gifs!

    Features

    • Capture
      • Capture full screen, just part of the screen, or a selected window
      • Make your crop area pixel perfect with our 8x magnifier
      • Customize hotkeys
      • Make timed screenshot
      • Record screencasts
      • Highlight details while recording a video
    • Annotate and Edit
      • Highlight important details with pen, text, arrows and shapes
      • Hide private information with blur tool
      • Open snapshots in your favorite external editor
    • Save and share
      • Login to get free cloud storage space
      • Connect Monosnap to Evernote, Dropbox, CloudApp, Yandex.Disk and Box.com
      • Add your personal FTP, SFTP, WebDAV or S3 server
      • Upload files and images by dropping them to the menubar icon
      • Drag-and-drop right from the editor
      • Use your own FTP,...
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    08:35
    LibreOffice 6.2.1.2 - Free, open-source office suite.

    LibreOffice is an office suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, drawing tool) compatible with other major office suites. The Document Foundation is coordinating development and maintenance of this OpenOffice.org fork.



    Version 6.2.1.2:

    Full changelog available here



    • OS X 10.9 or later



    Download Now]]>

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    08:34
    OmniGraffle 7.10 - Create diagrams, flow charts, and...

    OmniGraffle helps you draw beautiful diagrams, family trees, flow charts, org charts, layouts, and (mathematically speaking) any other directed or non-directed graphs. We've had people use Graffle to plan plotlines for a story, make an overview of an operating system, show the evolution of computers, and even show how diseases can spread in a closed population. If you want to organize your thoughts, your projects, or even your friends graphically using boxes and lines, OmniGraffle is your tool.



    Version 7.10:

    • Fill Shape with Text — Added a new Fill Shape with Text option to the Text Position inspector that fills the inner bounds of a shape with the label text. This makes it much easier to keep text within a diamond shape in a flowchart or as a creative background on a Bézier shape
    • Line Labels — Added a new option to the Line inspector to allow line labels to clip a line’s stroke. This is best suited for when you don’t want a...
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    08:31
    Boom 3D 1.2.5 - 3D surround sound and phenomenally...

    Boom 3D is a revolutionary app with 3D Surround Sound and phenomenally rich and intense audio that is realistic and works on any headphones.

    Features

    • 3D surround sound
    • Built-in audio player
    • Intensity control
    • Stunning interface
    • Equalizer presets
    • Apps volume controller



    Version 1.2.5:

    • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



    • OS X 10.10.3 or later



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    08:28
    Las Vegas taps Elon Musk's Boring Company for...

    Your next visit to Las Vegas might include a peek at the possible future of transportation. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has recommended choosing Elon Musk's The Boring Company to develop an underground tunnel loop that would use a...

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    08:12
    Harman patented flying robotic speakers

    Imagine you're using a VR headset and as a car races past, you hear it whip from left to right. Only the sound literally moves from left to right because it's coming from a robotic speaker that zips across the room. From the looks of a new patent, au...

    | Read more »
    08:09
    Fitbit challenging Apple Watch with $160 Versa Lite...




    Fitbit on Wednesday launched a handful of new wearables to challenge the Apple Watch, led by the Versa Lite, a less expensive version of its Versa smartwatch.

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    08:06
    Apple’s new internal iPhone battery repair policy:...

    Yesterday we reported on the news that Apple recently started performing repairs on iPhones with third-party batteries. Now we’ve gotten a look at the official repair guide that details how Apple will handle repairs with non-original batteries.

    more…

    The post Apple’s new internal iPhone battery repair policy: even counterfeit batteries retain warranty appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    08:03
    Some dark, dark marketing

    [VIDEO] This is part of an ad campaign for Halo Top ice cream. The ads are uniformly bleak. But I kind of love them. Not sure why.

    Here’s one (embedded in the main Loop post), follow the headline link for more.

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    08:00
    Save up to 30% on home energy costs with Arcadia...

    Want to reduce your energy bills and help clean up the air in the process? Apple World Today has teamed up with Arcadia Power so that you can switch to clean energy, save money, and do both without making an investment in solar panels or a wind turbine. Take two minutes of your time today to sign up, and you’ll get $20 off of your next electricity bill to start things off. Once you’re a member of Arcadia Power, you may see savings up to 30% off of your power bill.

    Large tech companies like Apple, Google and Amazon have amassed enough resources and capital to leverage lower rates for their clean energy solutions — but...

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    07:59
    Dynamic iPhone phone call interface

    Think about handling a phone call on your iPhone. Imagine the process of changing audio sources (switch from your car or AirPods to the speaker or handset, for example). Imagine switching to some other app to look something up while you are on the call, with that call status bar taking up the top of the screen.

    Now take a look at this tweet, watch the embedded video:

    CallBar XS – new concept UI implemented… coming soon! pic.twitter.com/wWk6g3iDwM

    — Elias Limneos (@limneos) March 4, 2019

    I love this concept. I believe it is a jailbreak app, not something a third party could ship on mainstream iOS. But there’s a tremendous amount of flexibility being shown here.

    ...

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    07:53
    The future of foldables is glass, not plastic

    Follow the headline link and scroll down about halfway to that animated GIF showing a piece of glass, folded over and being repeatedly squished and released. To me, that is the future of foldables.

    That is super-thin glass, 75µm thin. That’s ballpark the thickness of a human hair. And that curve gets down to a 5mm radius.

    Fold it over and over again, and there’s no crease. Plastics crease when folded, glass like this doesn’t.

    My instinct is that Apple will hold out for glass like this if and when they ever release any sort of foldable iPhone. Details are all in the article.

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    07:52
    Fitbit taking on Apple Watch with $160 Versa Lite...

    Apple doesn’t share data about how many watches it sells, but the industry consensus is that the Apple Watch is the clear market leader with half the smart watch market in 2018. Fitbit’s latest smart watch entry may give the Apple Watch a run for its money, however, with a mix of colors that pop and a more affordable price.

    more…

    The post Fitbit taking on Apple Watch with $160 Versa Lite Edition: 4-day battery, sleep tracking, colorful appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    07:52
    Chinese retailers cut iPhone prices again

    Chinese online retailers have started discounting iPhones for the second time this year as Apple faces a prolonged sales slowdown in the world’s largest smartphone market, according to Reuters.

    Suning.Com Co says it will slash the price of the iPhone Xs by as much as 1,000 yuan ($148.95) from its official price. Suning had lowered the prices of other iPhone models in January along with other retailers, but those cuts excluded the iPhone Xs, notes Reuters.

    Pinduoduo says it will sell the 64GB edition of the iPhone Xs for 6,999 yuan, a drop of over 1,000 yuan from the official price. Online retail giant JD.com plans to offer discounts on a range of Apple products, including the iPhone Xs and Xs Max, with models of the latter device selling at discounts of up to 1,700 yuan.

    iPhone sales...

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    07:45
    Apple no longer refuses to fix iPhones with third-...

    Enlarge / The iPhone XR led iPhone sales, but iPhone revenue was down 15 percent year over year. (credit: Samuel Axon)

    Apple has reportedly updated the rules of its strict repair program to be a bit more lenient toward iPhones with aftermarket batteries. Internal company documents reportedly instruct its Genius Bars and Apple Authorized Service Providers to repair iPhones with third-party batteries, something that the iPhone maker has never allowed before.

    The change was first spotted by iGeneration, and MacRumors reportedly obtained...

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    07:45
    Benjamin Mayo on Siri Shortcuts: No intelligence and...

    Benjamin Mayo, on the promise of Siri Shortcuts:

    This means Siri can now be smarter by drawing on the capabilities of many more apps. You can order coffee. Control third party audio apps like Overcast or Pandora. Plan travel itineraries with Kayak. All with your voice talking to your intelligent personal assistant.

    Except that’s not really true. That is how Apple likes to market the feature but it’s a twisted form of reality. Shortcuts are not making Siri smarter, in fact they are dumber than pretty much anything Siri has done to date. Shortcuts put the burden on the user to do the legwork of synthesising data sources and integrating the apps into the voice service.

    That’s the “puts the burden on the user” part. Benjamin continues:

    Shortcuts require registration and administration to do anything at all with Siri. The user has to pre-emptively search out every command available in a certain app and then add each in turn to Siri. Registration requires the...

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    07:35
    Apple's videogame routines used to protect...




    Digital security expert Patrick Wardle has unveiled a new software tool at the RSA Conference 2019 that uses Apple's existing GameplayKit software to help protect users from malware and suspicious activity on their Macs.

    | Read more »
    07:30
    The best games for Nintendo Switch

    Nintendo's Switch is on a roll. Now into its second year, the youngest of the games consoles is punching above its weight with a mix of core Nintendo games that have pushed iconic characters like Mario and Link into the modern gaming age. The Switch...

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    07:28
    IDC: smartphone shipments to drop for third...

    According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, the smartphone market continues to be challenged and 2019 is projected to experience its third consecutive year of declining shipments. 

    Worldwide smartphone volumes are forecast to fall by 0.8% in 2019 with volumes dipping to 1.39 billion, according to the research group. However, the smartphone market will begin to pick up momentum this year with year-over-year growth of 2.3% expected in the second half of the year. Over the long term, smartphone shipments are forecast to reach 1.54 billion units in 2023.

    "The biggest question that remains unanswered is what will bring the smartphone industry back to growth," said Ryan Reith, program vice president with IDC's Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers. "There is no question industry growth has been down for...

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    07:20
    Addigy Partner Summit starts today; AWT will offer...

    Experts and IT solution providers in macOS/iOS business solutions are converging in Miami for the second annual Addigy Partner Summit, March 6-8 at the InterContinental (pictured) in downtown Miami. And Apple World Today will be providing coverage.

    Addigy is a provider of cloud-based Apple device management software. It’s three-day event features educational sessions on technical, sales, marketing, and operational planning for IT service providers supporting businesses with macOS/iOS computing and mobile device management (MDM) challenges.

    The conference hosts educational sessions from industry experts and Addigy’s technology partner ecosystem. The company’s solution provider partners will assemble for open discussions, moderated panels, and technical reviews. 

    The event’s keynote speaker will be Gene Munster, former Piper Jaffray analyst and now managing partner for Loop Ventures. He will...

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    07:15
    Let Google and Tilda Swinton show you the Big Bang...

    Google has teamed up with European research organization CERN to create an augmented reality application that walks you through the Big Bang. And the icing on the cake? It features soothing narration by Tilda Swinton. The app will take you on a 360-d...

    | Read more »
    07:12
    macOS Mojave 10.14.4 Beta 4 adds Dark Mode support...

    Apple has seeded the fourth public beta of macOS Mojave 10.14.4 to developers. It includes a range of new exciting features like dark mode in Safari and autofill in Safari using TouchID. The macOS 10.14.4 beta has been released after more than a month of testing the 10.14.3 build. It is now available for download

    The post macOS Mojave 10.14.4 Beta 4 adds Dark Mode support in Safari appeared first on iLounge.

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    07:05
    Meteorologist 3.1.7 - Popular weather app.

    Meteorologist is a simple interface to weather provided by weather.com. It provides the ability to show the weather in the main menu bar, displaying more detail in a pop-up menu, whose contents are customizeable from the preferences. The source code is available.



    Version 3.1.7:

    Changes:

    • At startup, Meteo will now determine your current location and display it if you use a location of . That is the word *here* surrounded by angle brackets. Meteo does not retain or share on your location.
    • Updated display of Preferences window, now tabbed.
    • Allow for formatting of Latitude, Longitude containing: , , or .
    • Clean up a few memory leaks.
    • Updated README in the DMG installation package, including French translation (thank you Manfred).
    • Logging of message is now ON by default for new...
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    07:00
    Online Stores in China are Slashing iPhone Prices...

    In early February Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Moved like Lightning in China to Reduce iPhone Pricing Prior to the Chinese New Year & Online Sales Skyrocketed." We're now learning that Chinese online retailers are discounting iPhones for the second time this year ...

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    07:00
    Fitbit Versa Lite and Inspire HR hands-on:...

    Fitbit’s new lineup of watches and trackers isn’t meant to get you to replace your existing device with a new one. It’s meant for people who don’t have one yet.

    In fact, if you already own a Fitbit, the new members of the lineup will look remarkably similar to the one on your wrist. There’s a new member of the Versa family, an updated fitness band with a monochrome display, and a new tracker for kids. But they all have one thing in common: they’re cheaper than ever.

    The new devices couldn’t come at a better time. According to the company, Fitbit is still the number two smartwatch maker in the world behind Apple, but the gap is shrinking between it and its competitors. The company still posted growth in active users last year, but the rate was its slowest yet, just 10 percent over the...

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    07:00
    Fitbit now has cheap, updated fitness trackers for...

    You might have missed the news, but earlier this year Fitbit quietly released a pair of new wearables — the Inspire and Inspire HR — through its Health Solutions division. You couldn't walk into a store and pick one of these up; you ever...

    | Read more »
    07:00
    Fitbit's new Versa Lite smartwatch is all about...

    Last year's Versa smartwatch was a big hit for Fitbit, and there was no way the company couldn't make a sequel. The follow-up we did get, though, isn't exactly what some were expecting. This year's Versa Lite is exactly what its name implies —...

    | Read more »
    07:00
    Read up to 20% faster with BeeLine Reader and get a...

    For many knowledge workers, productivity depends on the ability to not only read through piles of reports, emails and studies, but understand those documents as well. BeeLine Reader uses a simple cognitive trick to let you read information in a web browser up to 20% faster simply by changing the color of text in a repeating manner. BeeLine Reader normally sells a lifetime subscription for $220, but today in the AWT Deals Shop we’re offering it for $29.99. Still not inexpensive enough? Use the promo code DOWNLOADIT at checkout and take another 25% off.

    This speed reading tool applies an eye-guiding color gradient to your text, with the...

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    06:56
    FileZilla 3.41.0 - Fast and reliable FTP client.

    FileZilla (ported from Windows) is a fast and reliable FTP client and server with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface.



    Version 3.41.0:

    Bugfixes and Minor Changes:

    • MSW: Fix an issue with failing uploads due to the operating system not gracefully closing TCP connections contrary to the documented behavior
    • MSW: Fix compilation flags for wxWidgets to no longer include useless XP compatibility



    • OS X 10.9 or later



    Download Now]]>

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    06:54
    Company selling refurb iPhones in custom colors...

    If you want an iPhone or other iDevice in a custom finish or color, you normally have to pay a third-party company a significant premium for the privilege. But one French company is offering refurbished iPhones in custom colors for less than Apple charges for a brand new phone in a stock color – and not much more than a standard refurb.

    For example, the iPhone 6 and 7 are available in green, blue, raspberry, and yellow …

    more…

    The post Company selling refurb iPhones in custom colors without the usual steep premium appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    06:51
    Hunter Douglas brings promised HomeKit support to...




    The number of HomeKit-ready window shades and blinds grew this week, thanks to the addition of long-delayed support by Hunter Douglas.

    | Read more »
    06:18
    Little Snitch 4.3.1 - Alerts you about outgoing...

    Little Snitch gives you control over your private outgoing data.

    Track background activity

    As soon as your computer connects to the Internet, applications often have permission to send any information wherever they need to. Little Snitch takes note of this activity and allows you to decide for yourself what happens with this data.

    Control your network

    Choose to allow or deny connections, or define a rule how to handle similar, future connection attempts. Little Snitch runs inconspicuously in the background and it can even detect network-related activity of viruses, trojans, and other malware.



    Version 4.3.1:

    • Fixed a crash of Little Snitch Daemon when updating from Little Snitch 3 directly to Little Snitch 4.3



    • OS X 10.11 or later



    ...

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    06:11
    iOS 12.2 Public Beta 4 Is Now Available: What’s new?

    Apple is close to releasing the latest iOS 12.2 to the public. At present, the iOS 12.2 beta 4 has been pushed to the developers and there are notable updates. One of the most talked about update is to Apple News; the news app has received a new icon with a white background. Also, the

    The post iOS 12.2 Public Beta 4 Is Now Available: What’s new? appeared first on iLounge.

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    06:00
    Old iPad and iPhone games left behind by march of...




    Gameclub has been launched with the aim of funding developers to update classic iOS games currently can't be played on modern iPhones and iPads, both to introduce these games to new audiences and to preserve the history of gaming on the App Store.

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    06:00
    Gorilla Glass-Maker Plans To Produce Glass Suitable...

    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: According to Wired, glass-maker Corning is "working on ultrathin, bendable glass that's 0.1 millimeters thick and can bend to a 5 millimeter radius" that may be usable for smartphone displays within two years. Corning produces Gorilla Glass used in Apple's iPhones, as well as in phones made by other manufacturers like LG, Asus, OnePlus, Nokia, Samsung, and more. Developing Gorilla Glass that can bend or fold like the materials used for the Samsung Galaxy Fold display or other foldable phone concepts could address some shortcomings endemic to these early designs.

    The folding phones you see in headlines and gadget blog galleries today rely on plastic polymers that may scratch easier or have other undesirable properties. Generally, smartphone-makers that have announced foldable phones have not allowed us to test-drive these phones, which is otherwise normal practice for traditional smartphone product unveilings. That may be...

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    05:52
    Hunter Douglas window blinds finally get long-...

    Hunter Douglas has long promised HomeKit support for its window blinds, following support for Alexa and Google Home in a second-gen hub last year. That support landed today, in an update to the PowerView app.

    You can now use Apple’s Home app and Siri to open and close the blinds, as well as to set them to any percentage between the two …

    more…

    The post Hunter Douglas window blinds finally get long-promised HomeKit support appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    05:51
    iMazing 2.9.0 - Complete iOS device manager (was...

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

    • Copy music to and from any iOS device (even from one iOS device to another!), regardless of what Mac or PC the device is already synced to. Music transfer done right, without limitations or restrictions.
    • Backup & restore individual iOS apps along with your custom saved data, perfect for freeing up space on your iOS device without losing your files, great for installing apps including your data on another iOS device you own.
    • Transfer files to and from an iOS device, and browse the iOS file system.
    • Use your iOS device like a USB key.
    • Browse and save messages (SMS, MMS, iMessage), voicemails, and call logs, none of which iTunes can do.
    • Browse, save, and add contacts to your iPhone, without automatically adding them to your iCloud...
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    05:48
    Samsung Galaxy S10 Sales are Tepid as Customers hold...

    A news report out of Korea states that Samsung's Galaxy S10's early sales are slower than the Galaxy S9. The Galaxy S9's first day sales were 180,000 versus 140,000 for the new S10. On another front, Samsung gets spooked by Huawei's Mate X folding phone and states that they have such a model on the drawing board

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    05:27
    Dialog Semiconductor expects growth after $600M...




    Dialog Semiconductor is anticipating a drop in revenues for 2019, in part due to the completion of a $600 million deal with Apple, but at the same time the rest of the chip design firm's business is expected to show growth, a claim that investors seem to be happy about.

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    05:19
    Laurene Powell Jobs says media should be careful,...

    Laurene Powell Jobs has said that President Trump’s attacks on the media are ‘right out of a dictator’s playbook,’ and that the press needs to be careful not to play into his hands by publishing stories without vetting them …

    more…

    The post Laurene Powell Jobs says media should be careful, Trump attacks ‘out of a dictator’s playbook’ appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    05:00
    Apple’s management of its video service isn’t a plot...

    This week the New York Post published a report that fits into every narrative about Apple’s forthcoming video-streaming service: Apple, a skittish tech company that’s not used to having its fate determined by content produced by outsiders, has been heavy-handed in providing feedback to the people creating TV series for Apple’s new service.

    I believe there’s got to be some truth in there, but this is a more complicated story than perhaps the Post is interested in telling. (Shocker.)

    Producers give notes? Impossible!

    The primary source of the Post story appears to be someone who had a bad experience with Apple and therefore has an axe to grind. (Producers who had lovely experiences with Apple are probably not going to call the New York Post about it. If they did, it’s unlikely that the Post would be interested in the story.)

    ...

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    05:00
    Apple files for patent for ‘dynamic music authoring’

    Apple has filed for a patent (number 10,224,012) for “dynamic music authoring.” It includes presenting, on a display, by a computing device (either an iPad or Mac, I would think), an audio effect menu. It most likely involves future changes to GarageBand and Logic Pro.

    In the patent, Apple  notes that modern computing devices can be configured with software that allows users to create music at home. However, the music authoring software “is often difficult to use and often requires the user to have specific expertise or training in how to use the music authoring software to combine the music segments into a coherent musical product.” Apple wants to change that. 

    Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: “The method includes receiving, by the computing device, a first user input selecting a first audio effect from the audio effect menu, generating, in response to receiving the first user input, a first modified audio stream based on a particular audio stream and the...

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    04:44
    Online Chinese stores now cutting iPhone XS Max...




    Two months after mass discounts previously led to price cuts on some iPhone models, vendors in China are expanding that to now also include the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

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    04:35
    Your iDevice is far more likely to be misplaced than...

    If you’ve ever worried about your iPhone, iPad or Mac being stolen, you may be worrying about the wrong thing. Data from device-protection company Prey shows that you are far more likely to misplace a device than to have it stolen.

    The company also revealed some of the stranger stories behind the loss of devices …

    more…

    The post Your iDevice is far more likely to be misplaced than to be stolen – Prey data appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    04:30
    Spotify 1.1.1.348. - Stream music, create playlists...

    Spotify is a streaming music service that gives you on-demand access to millions of songs. Whether you like driving rock, silky R&B, or grandiose classical music, Spotify's massive catalogue puts all your favorites within your reach. No streaming service offers a larger, more varied catalogue.

    The music you love, whenever you want it

    • You're the DJ. Add stars to your favorite tracks, and create playlists. Spotify lets you keep your favorites close at hand.
    • Endless discovery. With built-in Related Artist suggestions, Spotify will help you discover your new favorite artists, albums, and tracks.
    • Make it social. Follow your favorite artists, share musical recommendations with friends, and more.



    Version 1.1.1.348:

    • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated



    • OS X 10.10 or later
    • ...

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    04:15
    Apple includes slightly longer backlight cable in...

    If you spend a fair amount of time digging around inside your MacBook Pro, this could come in handy.

    Apple has included a slightly longer backlight cable in the 2018 MacBook Pro in an effort to fix a “stage lighting” issue found in the 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro notebooks.

    Some MacBook Pro users have previously complained about a problem with the display, where the backlight to illuminate the screen would illuminate improperly as a result of damage to the cable, and show a “stage light” effect at the bottom of the display. The problem, which affected models produced in 2016 and 2017 and at the time of original report was said to impact the 2018 model as well, was narrowed down to a thin flex cable that connected the motherboard to the display wearing down over time.

    The cool cats at iFixit have reported that Apple has fixed the issue in the 2018 models via a slightly longer cable. A comparison between the 2018 and 2016 models found that the cable had been...

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    04:12
    Chinese Online Retailers Start Second Round of...

    Online retailers in China have begun discounting iPhones for the second time this year. Reuters reports that several mobile vendors this week announced discounts on iPhone models, including Apple's latest flagship iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

    Gadget retailer Suning.Com Co Ltd said it would slash the price of the iPhone XS by as much as 1,000 yuan ($148.95) from its official price. Suning had lowered the prices of other iPhone models in January along with other retailers, but those cuts excluded the iPhone XS.

    Pinduoduo Inc, an e-commerce site best known for selling inexpensive goods, has also said it would sell the 64GB edition of the iPhone XS for 6,999 yuan, a drop of over 1,000 yuan from the official...

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    04:00
    Apple Store Genius Bars, Apple Authorized Service...

    If you received an iPhone battery repair from a repair shop, it’s now eligible for repairs at both Apple Store Genius Bars and Apple Authorized Service providers.

    Prior to this, both Genius Bars and Apple Authorized Service Providers were instructed to deny repairs for third-party iPhone batteries. As of now, if the repair isn’t related to your battery, it can qualify for official Apple repairs.

    In order for Apple to recognize the third-party repairs, the battery needs to be drained to less than 60 percent of its original charge. If the battery tabs are broken or missing, or there is too much adhesive, Genius Bars and Apple Authorized Service Providers may replace the whole iPhone for only the cost of a battery replacement. This is at their discretion and isn’t guaranteed.

    So, if you got your iPhone battery replaced by a third-party provider and want to have it replaced again, there’s a good chance you’ll be welcomed back into Apple’s open arms.

    Please...

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    04:00
    Cambridge Audio Alva TT turntable review: Spin all...

    This easy-to-use, high-performance turntable lets you stream your favorite records to any audio system with a Bluetooth receiver, including wireless headphones.

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    04:00
    Low-hanging fruit: Five things Apple could (and...

    As one of the world’s richest and most admired companies, we expect a lot from Apple. We expect big-thinking innovation and cutting-edge design. Perhaps it is because the company does so many things very well that it stings even more when it drops the ball on something simple.

    Everyone seems to agree that Siri needs to improve, or that MacBooks should have a totally new and better keyboard. But those are big design and engineering efforts that are not going to happen overnight. Here are a few things Apple could do with minimal effort. Some could happen immediately, others might start with the introduction of the next product in its line, but none would require serious engineering efforts or investment.

    To read this article in full, please click here

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    03:47
    Deeper 2.4.1 - Enable hidden features in macOS.

    Deeper is a personalization utility for macOS which allows you to enable and disable the hidden functions of the Finder, Dock, QuickTime, Safari, iTunes, login window, Spotlight, and many of Apple's applications, and more.



    Version 2.4.1:

    • New option: Turn on/Turn off help tags
    • Misc. minor corrections made
    • Obsolete hidden function removed



    • macOS 10.14



    Download Now]]>

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    03:09
    iPhone again sees hefty discounts in China, this...

    Weakness in Chinese smartphone sales in the holiday quarter led Apple to report its first guidance miss in 16 years. Both Tim Cook and external analysts have tentatively said that market conditions are slowly improving.

    In January, major Apple Chinese resellers cut the price of iPhone XR models. This week, the same resellers are pushing iPhone XS with price promotions, as first reported by the Taipei Central News Agency.

    more…

    The post iPhone again sees hefty discounts in China, this time for iPhone XS and XS Max appeared first on...

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    01:56
    App Tamer 2.4.3 - Efficiently manage your CPU cycles...

    App Tamer tames your processor-monopolizing apps and keeps them from chewing up excessive CPU time and battery life. Powered by a unique AutoStop feature, App Tamer stops each application when you switch away from it -- when you return to that app, it restarts automatically!

    App Tamer is built around an attractive and clear user interface, designed for managing all your running applications with minimum distraction or frustration. With helpful displays, you can monitor the average percentage of your processor(s) being used by each app, or access a graphical history or your CPU usage. Easily enable AutoStop for any application, or limit it to a certain amount of CPU time.

    Don't waste time trying to manage CPU usage on an app-by-app basis -- liberate your Mac with App Tamer!



    Version 2.4.3:

    • App Tamer can now be configured to let all processes run at full speed when the keyboard and mouse are idle (ie. you're away from...
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    01:51
    Amazon Chime 4.19.6542 - Amazon-based communications...

    Amazon Chime is a communications service that transforms online meetings with a secure, easy-to-use application that you can trust. Amazon Chime works seamlessly across your devices so that you can stay connected. You can use Amazon Chime for online meetings, video conferencing, calls, chat, and to share content, both inside and outside your organization. Amazon Chime frees you to work productively from anywhere.

    Features

    • Frustration-Free Online Meetings - Make your online meetings effortless with Amazon Chime. Meetings start on time, and they’re easy to join. Meetings call you, and with a single tap or click, you can join or notify participants that you’re running late. A visual roster shows who is in the meeting and who is running late, and allows anyone to mute background noise. Amazon Chime automatically reconnects you if you get dropped. Crystal clear audio and HD video keep you focused on the discussion.
    • ...
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    01:45
    Could Apple Be Working on A Foldable iPhone?

    Last month, Samsung and Huawei announced their versions of what the future of the smartphone could look like with their release of the foldable phone. It is fair to say that the hype surrounding foldable phones is at an all-time high. Which begs the question, could Apple be joining the party with a foldable iPhone

    The post Could Apple Be Working on A Foldable iPhone? appeared first on iLounge.

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    01:42
    Thunderbird 60.5.3 - Email client from Mozilla.

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

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



    Version 60.5.3:
    Fixed:

    • Problem when using "Send to > Mail recipient" on Windows introduced in version 60.5.2



    • OS X 10.9 or later



    Download Now]]>

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    01:01
    How to customize time and date formats on the Mac

    Unlike on iOS, you can customize the time and date formats and not be restricted based on your language or region. You can set up your date and time formats however you’d like. Follow along to learn how to customize time and date formats on the Mac.

    more…

    The post How to customize time and date formats on the Mac appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    01:00
    How to check your Apple Watch’s software...

    Has it been a while since you’ve updated your Apple Watch? Follow along for how to check your Apple Watch’s software compatibility.

    more…

    The post How to check your Apple Watch’s software compatibility appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    Tuesday March 5

    22:01
    Back for 1 day only: Apple's 2017 12-inch...




    Back by popular demand, B&H Photo has Apple's Mid 2017 12-inch MacBook on sale for just $799 during its DealZone event. This $500 discount, which is valid for 24 hours only, also stacks with free expedited shipping for fast delivery to your doorstep.

    | Read more »
    21:59
    CloudApp (Pro) 4.4.4 - Video screen recorder, GIF...

    CloudApp is an instant video and image sharing platform for professionals. CloudApp is the fastest way to capture and embed video, GIFs, screencasts, and marked-up images throughout business workflows (e.g., software development, design, customer success, support, sales, marketing). CloudApp also make is super-quick and easy to share with others, whether you are a freelance designer, web developer, software engineer, customer service professional, or a startup founder. Every file you create is safely and securely stored in the cloud, and is accessible via our native Mac and Windows apps, or shareable on the web through unique, secure, and password-protected cl.ly short links.

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



    Version 4.4.4:

    New Features:

    • Record your voice and share a link to the audio...
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    21:59
    Transmit 5.2.4 - Excellent FTP/SFTP client.

    Transmit is an excellent FTP (file transfer protocol), SFTP, S3 (Amazon.com file hosting) and iDisk/WebDAV client that allows you to upload, download, and delete files over the internet. With the most Mac-like interface available, Transmit makes FTP as simple, fun, and easy as it can possibly be.



    Version 5.2.4:

    Improved:

    • Improved handling of known_hosts files
    • Added “Keep Both” file transfer options to the Transfer Preferences
    • Improved listing very large directories over SFTP

    Fixed:

    • Resolved an issue that caused the activity window to appear blank in windowed mode
    • Fixed a problem where deleting items from Google Drive would not restore the drive capacity
    • Various dark mode visibility improvements
    • Fixed an issue that could prevent file browser columns from saving their width



    • OS X 10.11 or later


    ...

    | Read more »
    21:59
    CloudApp 4.4.4 - Video screen recorder, GIF maker,...

    CloudApp is an instant video and image sharing platform for professionals. CloudApp is the fastest way to capture and embed video, GIFs, screencasts, and marked-up images throughout business workflows (e.g., software development, design, customer success, support, sales, marketing). CloudApp also make is super-quick and easy to share with others, whether you are a freelance designer, web developer, software engineer, customer service professional, or a startup founder. Every file you create is safely and securely stored in the cloud, and is accessible via our native Mac and Windows apps, or shareable on the web through unique, secure, and password-protected cl.ly short links.

    CloudApp is available in three additional editions: Pro, Team, and...

    | Read more »
    21:59
    VueScan 9.6.34 - Scanner software with advanced...

    VueScan is a scanning program that works with most high-quality flatbed and film scanners to produce scans that have excellent color fidelity and color balance. VueScan is easy to use, and has advanced features for restoring faded colors, batch scanning and other features used by professional photographers.

    Why should you use VueScan?

    • Easy to use - just run VueScan, press Preview, adjust the cropping, then press Scan.
    • Accurate colors - uses ICC profiles and IT8 calibration.
    • Powerful - dozens of advanced options.
    • Faster workflow - can edit one image while the next image is being scanned (most scanner software won't let you work with one image while another is being scanned).
    • Simple to install - installing VueScan changes nothing on your system, installs nothing in your operating system and all other scanner software will continue to function.

    The list of supported scanners is...

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    21:59
    Little Snitch 4.3 - Alerts you about outgoing...

    Little Snitch gives you control over your private outgoing data.

    Track background activity

    As soon as your computer connects to the Internet, applications often have permission to send any information wherever they need to. Little Snitch takes note of this activity and allows you to decide for yourself what happens with this data.

    Control your network

    Choose to allow or deny connections, or define a rule how to handle similar, future connection attempts. Little Snitch runs inconspicuously in the background and it can even detect network-related activity of viruses, trojans, and other malware.



    Version 4.3:
    Improved detection of program modification:

    • Little Snitch has a security mechanism that ensures rules are only applied to programs for which they were originally created. This is to prevent malware from hijacking existing rules for legitimate programs. To...
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    21:59
    SketchUp 19.0.684 - Create 3D design concepts.

    SketchUp is an easy-to-learn 3D modeling program that enables you to explore the world in 3D. With just a few simple tools, you can create 3D models of houses, sheds, decks, home additions, woodworking projects - even space ships.

    Note:SketchUp is free for personal use. Pro version can be found here.



    Version 19.0.684:

    Note: Now requires OS X 10.10 or later.

    • Graphics pipeline
    • High DPI support for the modeling window
    • Extension manager
    • Tool and inference improvements
    • Persistent IDs
    • Colorblind accessibility
    • Smarter graphics card settings
    • Standardized product content locations
    • Improved group to component workflow and component handling with solid tools
    • Support for macOS 10.12 Sierra
    • Trimble Connect extension
    • ...
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    21:35
    Samsung reportedly developing two more foldable...




    Looking to take an early lead in the nascent foldable phone market, or attempt to force the form factor into the mainstream, Samsung is reportedly developing two new designs that will build on its recently announced Galaxy Fold.

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    20:54
    LG TV support for HomeKit and AirPlay 2 to launch...




    LG has narrowed the timeline for adding HomeKit support to its 2019 television models, specifying the release as arriving "mid-year."

    | Read more »
    19:41
    Samsung Developing Additional Folding Smartphones,...

    Samsung is working on two additional folding smartphone models to succeed the Galaxy Fold that's coming out this April, reports Bloomberg.

    The new folding smartphones include a clamshell-like device that folds from top to bottom and another that folds outwards like Huawei's Mate X, another high-end folding smartphone coming this year.

    Samsung's current Galaxy Fold, which will be priced at $1,980 when it launches, folds inwards rather than outwards, much like a book.

    Samsung is experimenting with multiple folding designs to figure out what kind of fold works best with a smartphone/tablet hybrid."No one knows what the ideal design is yet," said Bryan Ma, vice president of devices research at IDC. "The time is ripe for experimentation. Many of these designs won't be successful, but industry players will learn valuable lessons...

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    19:32
    LG says its AirPlay 2 and HomeKit rollout will begin...

    In January, LG was one of a handful of TV manufacturers to announce plans to integrate AirPlay 2. Now, the company has offered up a bit more detail on when LG TV owners can expect AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support to become available.

    more…

    The post LG says its AirPlay 2 and HomeKit rollout will begin ‘mid-year,’ still limited to 2019 TVs appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    18:30
    Gorilla Glass-maker plans to produce glass suitable...

    Enlarge / A folding phone by Oppo. (credit: Brian Shen)

    According to Wired, glass-maker Corning is "working on ultrathin, bendable glass that's 0.1 millimeters thick and can bend to a 5 millimeter radius" that may be usable for smartphone displays within two years. Corning produces Gorilla Glass used in Apple's iPhones, as well as in phones made by other manufacturers like LG, Asus, OnePlus, Nokia, Samsung, and more.

    Developing Gorilla Glass that can bend or fold like the materials used for the...

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    18:14
    Apple Claims Its Former Engineer Helped Invent Tech...

    Apple and Qualcomm have been squaring off in courts around the world, and this week, the first U.S. jury trial kicked off in San Diego, California, where Qualcomm's headquarters are located.

    During today's legal proceedings, which were covered by CNET, Apple claimed that one of its former engineers, Arjuna Siva, had a hand in inventing the technologies covered in one of the patents that Qualcomm is accusing Apple of infringing on.

    The patent in question covers a method that allows a smartphone to quickly connect to the internet once the device boots up. According to Apple, Siva came up with the concept for the patent and should be named on it.

    Siva was an Apple employee prior to 2011, which was the year Apple released the first iPhone...

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    18:13
    Former Apple engineer contributed 'nothing at...




    Apple in court proceedings on Tuesday argued a former engineer should be credited on a Qualcomm patent being asserted against the tech giant, claims the chipmaker refutes.

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    17:45
    Apple says its former engineer co-created tech that...

    Apple’s latest court battle with Qualcomm kicked off yesterday, with Qualcomm arguing during opening statements that its chip technology is instrumental in the smartphone industry. Today, Apple argued that for one of the patents in question, one of its engineers should be credited.

    more…

    The post Apple says its former engineer co-created tech that Qualcomm patented without credit appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    16:42
    FBI director says it’s unsustainable for ‘criminals...

    The FBI’s long-running battle with technology companies over encryption is far from over. FBI Director Christopher Wray spoke at the RSA Conference in San Fransisco today, and said the encryption problem is “getting worse and worse” around the United States.

    more…

    The post FBI director says it’s unsustainable for ‘criminals to hide’ behind encrypted devices appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    16:13
    Apple says Norwegian political party's logo...




    In a relatively rare action, Apple in February filed an official objection with the Norwegian Industrial Property Office opposing the registration of a trademark affiliated with that country's Progress Party, or Fremskrittspartiet, claiming the logo is too similar to its own well-known mark.

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    16:05
    FBI Director Christopher Wray stated Today that the...

    Today in an interview with Brookings Institution Senior Fellow and Security Analyst Susan Hennessey, FBI Director Christopher Wray stated that the FBI is working closely with social media platforms in various ways.

    | Read more »
    16:03
    Rival streaming services could push Disney CEO Bob...




    Plans by Apple and Disney to launch rival video streaming services this year could potentially sever the companies' long-standing ties in the boardroom.

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    15:58
    Check Out These Cheap $50 AirPods Knockoffs

    Apple's AirPods are one of its most popular product lines in recent years, and have resulted in crazy demand, memes, and dozens of knockoff products.

    In our latest YouTube video, we picked up a pair of $50 i10 TWS earphones that have been designed to look like AirPods to see how they measure up to the real thing.

    Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos.

    The i10 TWS AirPods knockoffs are almost carbon copies of the AirPods and at first glance, it's hard to tell them apart. There are some noticeable differences to distinguish the two, though, which will be obvious to AirPods owners.

    Instead of a Lightning port, the i10 TWS earbuds have a USB-C port for charging, though they also support Qi-based wireless charging, which the AirPods don't offer. There's also an LED charging indicator light on the...

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    15:24
    FBI director says there may be 'solutions...




    FBI Director Christopher Wray once again hammered home his opposition on end-to-end encryption on Tuesday, suggesting that there are "solutions" for letting law enforcement bypass security measures without exposing consumers.

    | Read more »
    15:00
    Best VPN services: Reviews and buying advice for Mac...

    With the internet abuzz with privacy concerns and the potential changes coming to net neutrality, you’ve likely heard about virtual private networks, better known as VPNs. When used correctly, a VPN can greatly strengthen your online privacy, assist in keeping your personal information secure, and even spoof your location in the world—allowing you to access websites or services that would otherwise be off limits due to region-locking.

    To read this article in full, please click here

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    14:42
    New 'Spoiler' vulnerability in all Intel...




    A function of Intel's processors dealing with speculative execution has another vulnerability that affects all Intel-based computers including Apple's Mac, researchers have revealed, with "Spoiler" potentially allowing an attacker the ability to view the layout of memory, and in turn potentially access sensitive data stored in those locations.

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    14:25
    This French company strips and repaints iPhones to...

    The last thing I expected to see at MWC was an iPhone booth. After all, I was in the heart of Android country, with giant Samsung, Huawei, and Qualcomm banners looming over the bystanders like national flags. But as I weaved my way through the countries of Google, Xiaomi, and LG, I suddenly found myself smack dab in “enemy” territory in the Remade booth.

    It was clear that Remade did not have ordinary iPhones. A Remade representative told me a little about the French company’s process. They buy busted iPhones in bulk from electronics recycling plants and proceed to disassemble them. Any broken parts are replaced, and all batteries are swapped out with new ones built to the same specifications as Apple’s. But it’s not just the inside of the iPhone that’s new—the outside of the phone looks a lot different, too.

    ...

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    14:21
    Disney CEO's Board Seat 'at Risk'...

    Apple's upcoming video streaming service and its work on original TV content could spell trouble for Apple board member and Disney CEO Bob Iger, reports Bloomberg, citing the potential for competition between the two companies.

    Iger is potentially at risk of losing his seat on Apple's board as Apple prepares to launch its streaming TV service. Apple already has more than two dozen original TV shows in the works and has purchased rights to several movies, with all of that content set to be offered via the upcoming service.

    Image via Bloomberg

    Apple's service, which it plans to introduce at a March 25 event but...

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    14:21
    Apple Led the Wearables Market in Q4 2018 in Spite...

    Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Watch Maintained its Market Share Lead in Q4 2018 though Fitness Trackers Skew the Data." The report was based on data from Strategy Analytics that was reportedly focused on smartwatches – and yet mixed in cheap fitness trackers which skewed the data. Today IDC published a Q4 2018 report on "wearables" which evened the score a little for Apple.

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    14:06
    News round-up: Corning could supply glass for a...

    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 hasn’t announced plans for a foldable iPhone; however, Wired says Corning is working on technology that could allow for a foldable glass phone. And Apple has used Corning since the very first iPhone. 

    Foldable iPhone mock-up courtesy of “The Mac Observer.”

    In 2018, some MacBook Pro users—with models from 2016 onwards—discovered a design flaw that causes the screen to fail after repeated opening and closing of the laptop over the course of a few years. Apple never acknowledged the issue, but their latest MacBook Pros have a longer cable that may be attempting to make up for previous shortcomings, according to...

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    13:54
    FBI Director Christopher Wray on Encryption: We Can...

    Encryption should not provide an "unfettered space" for criminals to hide behind, FBI Director Christopher Wray said today in an interview at the RSA conference, a cybersecurity event in San Francisco.

    As noted by CNET, Wray said that while the FBI is not seeking backdoors in electronics, encryption needs to have limitations.

    "It can't be a sustainable end state for there to be an entirely unfettered space that's utterly beyond law enforcement for criminals to hide," Wray said, echoing a position that law enforcement officials have taken on encryption time and time again.

    Apple and other technology companies have been clashing with law enforcement agencies like the FBI...

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    13:52
    Disney’s Bob Iger seat on Apple’s board could be at...

    Apple’s push into original TV and movies could be a potential problem for Disney CEO Bob Iger as he currently holds a seat on Apple’s board. Both companies are set to launch video streaming services sometime this year.

    more…

    The post Disney’s Bob Iger seat on Apple’s board could be at risk as both companies plan to launch video streaming service later this year appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    13:44
    Review: Satechi’s aluminum iMac stand affords handy...

    Satechi’s Aluminum Monitor Stand Hub is designed to elevate Apple’s all-in-one iMac while providing the added functionality of a hub with front-facing ports. Should you consider it over other iMac stands? Watch our hands-on video review for the details. more…

    The post Review: Satechi’s aluminum iMac stand affords handy, front-facing I/O [Video] appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    Apple on Tuesday issued the first beta of Swift Playgrounds 3.0, the next version of its iPad-based teaching tool for the Swift programming language.

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    Seemingly through a server-side change, Apple is quietly updating some of the international Siri text-to-speech synthesizers. Last month, some readers commented that the British male voice had been upgraded and we can confirm that the British female voice has also been updated as of this morning. The change can be heard on iPhone and iPad as well as the HomePod.

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    In a note to clients — as noted by Bloomberg — Cowen analyst Matthew Ramsay says Apple is expected to release a 5G iPhone next year, but  releases a 5G version of its iPhone, but may struggle to get the necessary components to build the product.

    He says Apple is “in a difficult position” given its reliance on Intel’s modem products, and it has four “non-ideal” options to deal with the situation:

    • “Launch 18 months after 5G competition with an inferior modem from Intel likely without mmWave capabilities”;

    • “Source a 5G modem from chief competitor Samsung,” though it would likely come only with “tough commercial terms”;

    • “Settle...

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    The post Apple Stores begin consumer friendly repairs of iPhones with third-party batteries while safety concerns swirl appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    Apple Invents an Optical Fiber Illumination System...

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    iPhone X battery with pull tabs via iFixit

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    Apple Says iPhones With Third-Party Batteries Now...

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    iPhone X battery with pull tabs via iFixit

    This is significant news for iPhone repairs, as the Genius Bar and AASPs were previously instructed to deny service of any kind for an iPhone with a third-party battery, regardless of the circumstances.

    If the repair is unrelated to the battery, the Genius Bar and AASPs are now instructed to ignore the third-party battery and proceed with service as normal, according to Apple's internal document. This could...

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    After selling out at the reduced price, Amazon's $249 iPad deal is back while supplies last. Amazon has also issued a $200 cash discount on Apple's current 13-inch MacBook Pro with function keys, bringing the price down to $1,099. Meanwhile, those looking for the steepest discounts on robust MacBook Pros and iMacs can save hundreds as well (oh, and Apple Watches are also on sale from $259).

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    Apple’s late 5G iPhone entrance could still face...

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    Big finance sweating Apple Pay intrusion,...




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    9to5Mac Daily: March 5, 2019

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

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    How to get all of the Apple Watch Activity badges

    If you care about the Activity badges, this does a nice job laying out all the Activity badge possibilities.

    Gotta catch ’em all!

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    08:34
    Samsung’s AirPods equivalent

    SlashGear:

    Arriving alongside the Samsung Galaxy S10, the Galaxy Buds promise the convenience of AirPods but with the sort of customization Android fans love. With a $129 price tag, though, is this all too good to be true?

    The review is surprisingly good. Lots of customization, Qi-charging, ear-tips (to customize the fit, included) and equalizer controls.

    I hope the next generation AirPods includes all these features.

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    08:27
    Apple’s 2018 MacBook Pros attempt to solve Flexgate

    iFixit:

    In 2018, a number of MacBook Pro users—with models from 2016 onwards—discovered a serious design flaw that causes the screen to fail after repeated opening and closing of the laptop over the course of a few years. The ensuing scandal was, of course, dubbed flexgate, after the flex display cables causing the problem. Despite Apple’s refusal to acknowledge the issue, though, their latest MacBook Pros have a longer cable that may be attempting to make up for previous shortcomings.

    The display cable is said to fail from too much opening and closing of the MacBook Pro hinge, past the 90-degree point. Since the display cable is soldered onto the board, when it fails, the entire display must be replaced, at a cost of $700.

    My question is, if someone’s MacBook Pro fails after the warranty expires, and after the bonus Apple Care time, will Apple cover the failure? This is the crux of the issue.

    ...

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    Demolition for Federation Square Apple Store opposed...

    Opposition to Apple’s planned global flagship store in Melbourne’s Federation Square has not subsided in the seven months since revised designs were released to the public. Now, Melbourne’s city council has spoken out against proposed changes to the square that many citizens argue would irreparably disrupt the cultural fabric of the space.

    more…

    The post Demolition for Federation Square Apple Store opposed by Melbourne City Council following 1100 unfavorable submissions appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    Apple Watch continues wearables market domination...




    Apple is continuing to lead the rest of the wearables market, according to data from IDC, with sales of the Apple Watch, AirPods, and Beats headphones helping the iPhone maker maintain its position in a market that grew 31.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018.

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    WebAuthn becomes official hardware login standard...




    The World Wide Web Consortium and the FIDO Alliance have certified WebAuthn as an official Web standard, allowing users of compatible browsers -- Safari among them -- to turn to hardware logins instead of passwords.

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    Apple registers PrivacyIsImportant․com domain, not...

    WhoIs records show that Apple has purchased the domain PrivacyIsImportant.com, a domain which hasn’t previously been owned.

    The domain is not yet in use …

    more…

    The post Apple registers PrivacyIsImportant․com domain, not yet in use appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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    Improved:

    • Improved handling of known_hosts files
    • Added “Keep Both” file transfer options to the Transfer Preferences
    • Improved listing very large directories over SFTP

    Fixed:

    • Resolved an issue that caused the activity window to appear blank in windowed mode
    • Fixed a problem where deleting items from Google Drive would not restore the drive capacity
    • Various dark mode visibility improvements
    • Fixed an issue that could prevent file browser columns from saving their width



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