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Monday January 7

07:04
Apple’s Biggest Problem? My Mom

Kevin Roose, New York Times:

She’s a relatively tech-savvy retiree and a longtime Apple fan who has used many of the company’s products over the years. I learned to type on an Apple IIGS at her office, and she was an early adopter of the original turquoise iMac. These days, she uses her iPhone to check Facebook and Instagram, talk with her friends and relatives, and play solitaire and Words With Friends.

Her phone isn’t the latest model — it’s a three-year-old iPhone 6S — and it’s missing some of the latest features. She can’t take portrait mode photos using a dual-lens camera, a feature introduced in the iPhone 7 Plus, and she can’t unlock her phone using Face ID, which was introduced in the iPhone X in 2017. Her phone’s battery life could be better, and the device sometimes runs out of storage space.

But she’s happy with it, and doesn’t feel the need to upgrade.

The case I’m getting here is that this “hold the phone a long time” is something new,...

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07:03
9to5Mac Daily: January 7, 2019

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

https://9to5mac.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2019/01/9to5Mac-Daily-01-07-2019.mp3

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07:03
Adding iTunes to Samsung TV is a great move in Apple...




This will hurt sales of Apple TV 4K but in every other way, but adding iTunes Movies and TV Shows to Samsung television sets fits what Apple has been doing since at least the first days of the iPod. And, it's not over yet -- AppleInsider examines the origins of Apple's plan and just how it's setting the firm up for the future.

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06:55
Apple, the iPad Pro, and “subtle deviations in...

Apple Support Note addressing bendy iPad Pros:

iPad Pro cellular models now feature Gigabit-class LTE, with support for more cellular bands than any other tablet. To provide optimal cellular performance, small vertical bands or “splits” in the sides of the iPad allow parts of the enclosure to function as cellular antennas.

On how those splits are made:

These bands are manufactured using a process called co-molding. In this high-temperature process, plastic is injected into precisely milled channels in the aluminum enclosure where it bonds to micro-pores in the aluminum surface. After the plastic cools, the entire enclosure is finished with a precision CNC machining operation, yielding a seamless integration of plastic and aluminum into a single, strong enclosure.

So far, so good. But:

The new straight edges and the presence of the antenna splits may make subtle deviations in flatness more visible only from certain viewing angles that are...

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06:54
WiLAN's $145.1 Million Verdict against Apple...

Last August Patently Apple posted a report titled "U.S. Jury Found Apple Guilty of Infringing two WiLAN Patents that will cost Apple $145.1 Million." Today it's being reported that the original verdict was slashed to $10 million last week by a California Court. In addition ...

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06:46
AirPlay 2 & HomeKit also coming to 2019 Vizio TV...




Joining Samsung, budget TV maker Vizio will be deploying Apple's AirPlay 2 to its TVs starting early this year.

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06:44
CES: Harman Kardan debuts new Citation home audio...

At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Harman Kardon debuts its Citation Series line of home audio speakers. They purported offer “an innovative acoustic design delivering remarkable audio quality with cutting-edge technologies—including the Google Assistant, a high-resolution LCD touch screen and Chromecast built-in.”

The speakers feature the brand’s signature industrial design accented with such elements as aluminum detailing and winter grey or classic black wool fabric by Kvadrat, a European leader in acoustic textiles.

The Citation series offers the option to use the speakers individually or build a 5.1-channel surround sound system. Powered by WiSa technology, the series delivers low latency, HD multi-channel and multi-room capabilities, which allow for the control of sound from any room, either playing from one music source or playing different tracks in different rooms. 

In early 2019, an over-the-air (OTA) update will bring Apple AirPlay 2...

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06:38
Package tracking app turns users’ devices into a bot...

We’ve been seeing a lot of scam apps in the App Store lately, which try to trick users into purchasing expensive subscriptions or products, we’ve also seen apps that track and transmit the user’s location without their consent. Today, I want to talk about an app that’s using iOS devices to perform work for other users, without the device owner’s consent.

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06:34
CES 2019: Select Vizio Smart TVs to Gain Support for...

Vizio today announced that its recent smart TVs will gain support for Apple's wireless streaming protocol AirPlay 2 and smart home platform HomeKit via a free SmartCast 3.0 over-the-air software update later this year.

AirPlay 2 support will allow users to stream videos, music, photos, and more directly from an iPhone, iPad, and Mac to SmartCast-enabled Vizio TVs, complete with lock screen controls. HomeKit support will enable users to easily control the TV using the Home app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac or Siri voice commands.

Vizio says the SmartCast 3.0 update with AirPlay 2 and HomeKit can be tested by registered beta members in the United States and Canada in the first quarter of 2019. The software will be publicly released in the second quarter of 2019 and will also...

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06:28
Kwikset and Mighton announce HomeKit-compatible door...

Apple has been highlighting new HomeKit integrations announced at CES, including HomeKit-compatible door locks from Kwikset and Mighton.

We’ve now learned a little more about these …

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06:26
CES: OneLink introduces Apple HomeKit compatible...

At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), OneLink has introduced several products that are compatible with Apple’s iOS and/or HomeKit, a a framework that allows control of compatible home automation devices through iOS and Siri. 

The Onelink Surround Wi-Fi solution, which works in conjunction with an iOS app, creates a closed, private network to help detect and prevent cyber-threats and hacks. According to the folks at OneLink, its technology scans every outbound connection from the network to analyze URLs and IP addresses to detect malicious traffic and infected machines. Users are notified of any potentially suspect activity and, if restricted settings are enabled, it can block any questionable content.

The Onelink Bell doorbell system boasts features like 1080 HD live video, motion detection alerts at home or away, two-way audio and more.

The Onelink Safe & Sound is a calling and...

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06:26
Vizio announces AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support coming...

The trend of TV manufacturers integrating AirPlay 2 continues today at CES 2019. Vizio has announced that it is adding AirPlay 2 and HomeKit integration to its existing SmartCast TV platform. Vizio has also unveiled its latest 4K TV updates for 2019.

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06:15
Video: First look at Lume Cube AIR VC, a video...

When it comes to FaceTime chats and video conferencing, it can be difficult to position your device in a way that creates a flattering and professional representation of yourself. It’s even tougher to compose a properly lit scene in rooms that may have limited lighting. Video accessory maker Lume Cube is hoping to change that with its new Lume Cube AIR VC, a video lighting solution that mounts right on your devices.

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06:11
Arlo announces HomeKit software update for its home...

Connected camera manufacturer Arlo has been a HomeKit partner for a while with the Arlo baby monitor. At CES, Arlo has announced that its existing 1080p home security camera system, Arlo Pro 2, will add HomeKit this quarter with a free software update.

The company also announces availability for its a new 4K indoor/outdoor Arlo Ultra security camera system, which you can order now from $399. The Ultra will also be upgraded with HomeKit integration soon.

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06:09
mophie unveils juice pack access battery case for...

mophie has unveiled the juice pack access battery case made to protect and wirelessly charge Apple’s iPhone Xr, Xs, and Xs Max. It provides advanced impact protection for the smartphones and features extra battery, wireless charging and full access to the iPhone Lightning port, according to Robert Johnson, general manager for mophie. 

He says the mophie juice pack access for the iPhone Xs/X provides up to 25 hours of total talk time, while the juice pack access for the iPhone Xs Max and iPhone Xr provides up to 31 hours of total talk time. The new case design features an open bottom that Johnson says boasts several advantages:

  • It allows customers to use the Lightning EarPods that come with the iPhone.

  • Priority+ charging will pass wireless and wired power to the iPhone first.

  • The juice pack access is equipped with a built-in wireless receiver and transmitter and can conveniently charge the phone with...

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06:01
Mighton Avia smart lock offers HomeKit control for...




Mighton is helping home owners make more of their entryways part of their smart home network, by announcing the Avia as the first Apple HomeKit-compatible smart lock that can work with multipoint locking door systems.

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06:00
Fibaro introduces new Home Center iOS app, Walli...

After introducing The Button last year at CES, smart home company Fibaro is back for 2019 with a new iOS app for controlling your home and a series of connected and traditional home accessories. We previously reviewed Fibaro’s Flood Sensor, the first HomeKit-compatible leak detector.

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05:57
$145 million jury award in Apple-WiLAN battle cut to...

A jury verdict that awarded $145 million to licensing firm WiLAN after its victory in a patent dispute with Apple was slashed to $10 million by a California jury.

In August, a federal jury in California awarded Canadian patent licensing company WiLaN $145.1 million in damages against Apple for patent infringement. The San Diego jury decided that versions of the iPhone infringed two WiLaN patents relating to wireless communications technology.

The lawsuits concern Apple's alleged use of WiLAN's 4G and LTE technologies found in most of Apple's products. WiLan was established in 1992 to develop and commercialize technology that made low-cost, high-speed wireless networking a reality. 

The company has seen a failed...

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05:54
HomeKit-compatible Smart Shades starting gradual...




Swedish giant Ikea is beginning to roll out its first Smart Shades, compatible with Apple HomeKit and other smarthome platforms when paired with the company's Tradfri hub.

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05:45
iPhone XS and iPhone XR Juice Pack Access battery...




At the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show, long-time accessory maker Mophie has rolled out a new battery case for the iPhone XS family, and the iPhone XR.

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05:38
Future gadgets will come with Tile tracking built...

Tile tracking tags were first launched back in 2013, allowing you to track the location of things like gadgets, wallets, keys and bags by attaching a small electronic tag to them. Since then, we’ve seen a series of developments with the technology …

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05:30
CES: OWC unveils the Mercury Helios FX 650 eGPU

OWC has announced the availability of the Mercury Helios FX 650, a Thunderbolt 3 external graphics processor chassis (eGPU) that transforms a MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini, iMac, or any Thunderbolt 3-equipped PC into a high-end graphics processing workstation. 

Modern software and operating systems utilize the power housed in the GPU to enhance the performance that spans across creative workflows. Nowhere is GPU realized more than with applications like high-end graphics programs, video editing suites, VR/AR software and gaming. According to other folks at OWC, with the graphics processing possibilities of the Mercury Helios FX 650 combined with choice of GPU, users can experience shorter rendering times, faster video effects, and a brilliant overall user experience. 

The OWC Mercury Helios FX 650 eGPU — the chassis of which is made of recyclable material — comes ready to have your GPU of choice installed. With support built into the latest macOS and Windows 10,...

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05:24
Apple promotes HomeKit at CES with press event to...

As reported by TechCrunch, Apple is pushing HomeKit hard at CES this year. It coordinated with manufacturers to demo key new HomeKit smart home announcements to the tech press ..,

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05:19
CES 2019: Mophie Launching iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max...

Mophie, a popular Apple-certified accessory maker, has today announced that all-new Juice Pack Access battery cases for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR will be available in the first quarter of 2019.

The juice packs extend the battery life of the iPhone XS by up to 25 hours, and the iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR by up to 31 hours, according to Mophie. The cases can be charged with an included USB-C cable or wirelessly on any Qi-certified mat. With pass-through charging, the iPhone charges first, then the case.

The cases have...

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05:01
New simplehuman AirPlay 2-equipped vanity mirror...




The Sensor Mirror Hi-Fi and Sensor Mirror Hi-Fi Assist are two new vanity mirrors from simplehuman, both integrating a smart AirPlay 2 speaker for daily routines.

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05:00
Arlo announces additional HomeKit support alongside...




Arlo has a number of new announcements at CES 2019, including finally bringing HomeKit support to its lineup of Arlo Pro 2 cams and the new Ultra 4K HDR wireless camera.

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05:00
Yes, Apple’s products are overpriced

On Jan. 2, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the unprecedented move of penning a letter to investors saying the company is revising its guidance for Apple’s fiscal 2019 first quarter, which ended on Dec. 29. You can read the entire letter at https://tinyurl.com/yb2k3mng, but, among other things, Apple now expects lower iPhone sales than previous forecast.

You can blame a lot of factors, but a big part of the problem is that the company’s products, as good as they are, are overpriced. 

Graphic courtesy of “Wired”

Example one: upgrading my iMac from 8GB memory to 32GB would have cost $600 if I had ordered a memory upgrade along with the all-in-one from Apple. Ordering the same amount of memory from OWC cost $274.88. That’s a $300—plus difference. There’s no excuse for that.

Example two: Apple doesn’t offer much bang for the (storage) buck when it comes to iCloud. The first 5GB of data are free, but...

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05:00
OWC’s Advanced Toolkit makes it easier to service,...

OWC’s 72-piece Advanced Toolkit  is designed to help folks like me service and repair our computers, tablets, and small household device. And it comes in handy even if you don’t necessarily have to use it to change memory in an iMac (more on that in a moment).

The $29.95 set includes 58 interchangeable bits, a utility knife, an anti-static wrist strap, anti-static tweezers, a SIM card ejector pin, LCD suction cup, a triangle plectrum (a flat piece of plastic), plastic and metal spudgers, a stainless-steel ruler, a cleaning brush, and a telescopic flexible shaft. 

A spudger is a tool that has a wide flat-head screwdriver-like end that extends as a wedge, used to separate pressure-fit plastic components without causing damage during separation.The telescopic shaft is adjustable to four different lengths and a variety of angles.

The OWC Advanced Toolkit features Pentalobe Security bits....

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04:49
First third-party USB-C to Lightning cable is the...




Belkin has introduced a collection of BoostCharge cables for connecting devices requiring power to chargers and power banks, with the series featuring the first third-party USB-C to Lightning cable that has been approved by Apple.

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04:40
Jabra claims AI-powered noise-cancelling headphones...

Anyone who has used ANC headphones in a noisy environment will know that active noise-cancellation makes a big difference. But Danish company Jabra claims that it’s latest headphones go one better, using AI to tune out specific types of noise …

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04:00
Maps may soon offer better visuals for multiple...

Future versions of Apple’s Maps may offer better visuals for multiple points-of-view. The tech giant has filed for a patent (number 10,170,084) for “graphical representation generation for multiple points of interest” (P-O-Is). 

In the patent filing, Apple notes that folks are increasingly relying on map information provided by map-based services and apps such as Maps to get from one location to another. A map-based app can enable a user to view maps of different regions. In some instances, map-based apps can provide turn-by-turn instructions to a destination location. 

Various features provided by map-based apps can help a user navigate through unfamiliar territories. For instance, some map apps may identify street names or display visual blocks representing structural objects such as buildings or bridges in a three-dimensional view. What’s more, some map-based applications can display POIs to the user as part of the map information. 

Apple says that map info...

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04:00
If macOS's Migration Assistant fails, here are...

This past Christmas, my kids received new Mac laptops. We managed to keep their previous computers working for seven years, but these new Macs will see my kids through to college and maybe beyond. New Macs meant that we had to move all their files from the older computers to the new ones.

The old machines both had macOS High Sierra installed, and the new ones have the current macOS, Mojave. Following Apple’s instructions, I started migration on both older systems to both newer ones. (It made for a lot of smiles and laughs as family members passed through the room with four Macs all chugging away at once.)

Both computers gave errors at the end of multi-hour migrations, though one pair of computers appeared to have fully transferred data. The other pair did not; it seemed to have transferred apps and system preferences, but left out the main user. This may have been due to that user having parental controls set, though Migration Assistant doesn’t warn of that being a...

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03:59
Poll: Should Apple use a ‘reverse notch’ to add Face...

It can only be a matter of time before Apple adds Face ID to MacBooks, but the question is: what approach should the company take?

Apple has applied two different solutions to iPhones and iPads. For iPhones, Apple opted for super-slim bezels and a notch to house the TrueDepth cameras and other sensors. For the iPad, the company instead chose to keep the bezels thick enough to house the module.

Should it adopt the iPad solution for MacBooks, or should it copy an approach seen in one of the latest Asus laptops … ?

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03:30
CES: Eve Systems previews Energy Strip, Light Strip

At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Eve Systems has announced the Eve Energy Strip and the Eve Light Strip.

The former is a triple outlet that supports Apple’s HomeKit technology, autonomous schedules, power consumption monitoring, and advanced safety features. The Eve Energy Strip sports black housing enveloped in an aluminum frame.

According to the Eve Systems CEO Jerome Gackel, thanks to sophisticated protection mechanisms against power surges, overvoltage and overcurrent, connected devices are immune to virtually any electrical faults. Eve Energy Strip will be available for $119 starting in March.

The HomeKit-compatible Eve Light Strip provides up to 1800 lumens and triple diode architecture for full spectrum white and millions of colors. Gackel says it’s perfect for accent lighting,  as well as general lighting purposes.

The 6.6-foot strip can be cut at one-foot intervals to accommodate smaller fittings and fixtures, such as picture...

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03:15
Apple publishes support document describing 2018...

Apple has taken another step in its efforts to derail the 2018 iPad Pro “BendGate” story, publishing a support document detailing the new iPad Pro’s enclosure manufacturing process, in an attempt to assure customers that the new device is durable and strong.

The document, published late on Friday, describes the manufacturing process used to fabricate the iPad Pro casing.

The company offered the following description of the issue:

To provide optimal cellular performance, small vertical bands or “splits” in the sides of the iPad allow parts of the enclosure to function as cellular antennas. For the first time ever on an iPad, these bands are manufactured using a process called co-molding. In this high-temperature process, plastic is injected into precisely milled channels in the aluminum enclosure where it bonds to micro-pores in the aluminum surface. After the plastic cools, the entire enclosure is finished with a precision CNC machining operation, yielding a...

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03:00
Belkin expands BOOST UP charger lineup, Wemo HomeKit...

Belkin, which also controls the brands Linksys, Wemo, and Phyn, is debuting a new series of accessories and connected home products at CES 2019. This year’s lineup is the first shown off since Belkin’s merger with Apple supplier Foxconn in 2018.

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03:00
Belkin launches mesh-enabled router alongside Boost...




Belkin has launched a new Linksys Tri-Band Mesh Wi-Fi Router at CES, alongside chargers and a power bank under its Boost Charge brand, and new HomeKit-enabled Wemo Light Switches.

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03:00
New Apple Support scam/phishing techniques reported

The Apple Support scams are becoming more elaborate.

A Jody Westby received an automated phone call on her iPhone as of Thursday warning her that multiple Apple user IDs had been compromised and said she needed to call a 1-866 number.

Her iPhone displayed legitimate-looking contact information for Apple. It listed Apple’s correct street address, its real customer support number, and real web address (albeit without the ‘h’ in https). Ms. Wesby went to the Apple support page and requested to have a customer support rep call her back.

Westby then stated that the Apple employee she spoke with stated that Apple hadn’t contacted her and that the call was likely a scam. Upon comparing her recent calls list to a scam phone number list, it seemed more likely that the support was in fact dubious.

Apple presently has a support page in which users can report phishing scams to the company. Users can also forward suspected scam emails to...

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03:00
New Year’s resolutions for iPhone users

The turn of the year is when we take stock of our habits and strive to do better. Many people pledge to improve their health with diet and exercise. Others make a commitment to the environment, like composting. For some, this is the year they’ll finally quit smoking.

But kicking bad old habits and starting good new habits should extend to your digital life, too. Our iPhones are ever-present tools that we spend so much of our waking hours with, so it’s important to cast our self-improvement gaze on how we use them, too. Here are five New Year’s resolutions for iPhone users that will help you form lasting good technology habits.

Curb excessive use with Screen Time

Apple gave us quite a gift in iOS 12 with Screen Time. It’s more than parental controls: It’s a tool anyone can use for insight into how much they’re using—or over-using—their iPhone or its apps. If you didn’t...

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03:00
Wemo debuts redesigned (and cheaper) in-wall smart...

Wemo unveils new single-pole and 3-way switches include native Apple HomeKit support at CES.

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00:01
How to view lyrics in Apple Music on iPhone and iPad

A hidden feature, similar to the shuffle and repeat buttons, in Apple Music is lyrics. Not only can you search lyrics, but you’re able to actually view them within the app. Follow along to learn how to view lyrics in Apple Music…

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00:00
How to lock notes on iPhone and iPad

Whether you just got an iPhone or iPad or just want to start using password protected notes for the first time, read on for how to lock notes on iPhone and iPad.

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Sunday January 6

23:33
NVIDIA bestows G-Sync certification on a dozen...

Monitor manufacturers must usually decide whether to use NVIDIA's G-Sync and AMD's FreeSync, a crucial choice that can divide consumers into camps and drastically affect sales. Now, NVIDIA has brought G-Sync certification to a number of monitors from...

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23:03
Over a dozen iPhone apps talked to a known malware...

Apple's App Store has generally had fewer security concerns than the Google Play Store, but that hasn't stopped questionable apps from slipping through the cracks. Security researchers from Wandera have discovered 14 games that all communicated with...

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22:13
Netatmo debuts stylish HomeKit-enabled Smart Video...




In what is shaping up as a race to be the first HomeKit doorbell to market, Netatmo took its stab at the niche segment and debuted its new Smart Video Doorbell at CES 2019.

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22:00
Razer adds NVIDIA RTX graphics to its Blade laptop

After debuting last fall, NVIDIA's RTX line of graphics cards is making its way to notebooks. And that means pretty much every gaming laptop under the sun -- good, bad and everything between -- is due a refresh. Thankfully, this one's definit...

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22:00
Samsung takes another stab at gaming laptops with...

Almost every PC maker has tried their hands at gaming laptops, but what's surprising about Samsung is that it's never quite gotten it right. That might change with its latest Notebook Odyssey, its first machine to support NVIDIA's RTX 2080 graphics....

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22:00
ASUS ROG Strix II gaming laptops to get NVIDIA RTX...

ASUS prides itself on making gaming laptops not just for the high-end gamer crowd, but also for those who want something a little more mainstream. The ROG Strix II line is exactly that, and sits somewhere in between beefy desktop replacements and sup...

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22:00
ASUS' thin Zephyrus gaming notebook gets a 17-...

ASUS's thin Zephyrus gaming lineup is getting bigger. Today the company announced a 17-inch version of the Zephyrus S, the GX701. It has the same sharp looks as the 15-inch Zephyrus S ASUS unveiled in the fall, but its larger display should be ev...

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22:00
Acer's Predator Triton 900 is a $4,000 gaming...

Back at IFA, Acer first showed us the Predator Triton 900, a computer that doesn't look like your average gaming laptop thanks to the company's impressively-engineered but unusual "Ezel Aero Hinge" display design. Acer didn't have much to say about i...

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22:00
You've never seen a gaming laptop like the ASUS...

Last year, gaming laptops got thinner and lighter. This year, they're getting wild. Take the ROG Mothership, it's ostensibly a new 17-inch gaming laptop from ASUS -- but it's actually something much weirder. Hit a button, and a huge kickstand jut...

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22:00
Alienware's lightest 17-inch notebook ever has...

Just a few months after Alienware unveiled its first truly slim notebook, the company is back with a bigger model. The Alienware m17 shares the same refined design as the previous m15 -- slim bezels around the screen, and fewer extraneous case bits t...

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21:33
NVIDIA's RTX GPUs bring ray tracing to laptops

It didn't take NVIDIA long to shrink down its groundbreaking RTX 20-series graphics processors for gaming notebooks. At CES, the company announced that RTX GPUs are coming to 40 upcoming laptops, with availability starting on January 29th. That inclu...

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21:32
Japan’s smallest Apple Store closing January 25th...

Apple Sendai Ichibancho will soon close its doors for the last time, according to a message posted on Apple’s Japanese website. The classic store is Apple’s smallest location in Japan and among the tiniest in the world.

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21:14
NVIDIA's $349 RTX 2060 GPU is more powerful...

NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 2060 is here, months after the company unveiled the higher-end RTX 2080 Ti, 2080 and 2070 graphics cards. NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang unveiled the new GPU during his CES keynote, where he revealed that the card was powering a Battlef...

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21:02
Blue preps professional-level Ember XLR condenser mic




At the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics show, Blue Microphones has unveiled the Ember, a cardioid XLR condenser microphone aimed at musicians, podcasters, YouTube producers, and other people needing high-quality audio.

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21:02
Toyota unveils finalists in $4 million quest to...

Toyota's ongoing bid to modernize wheelchairs has borne some fruit. The automaker has unveiled the five finalists for its $4 million Mobility Unlimited Challenge after three years of competition, and all of them promise to rethink how people with mo...

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20:59
Acorn 6 6.3 - Bitmap image editor.

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

  • Take screenshots using Acorn and edit them right away.
  • Chain together image filters to create stunning effects.
  • Layer based image editing, an industry standard.
  • Make new images and layers using your built-in iSight.
  • Easy image and canvas resizing, just by changing the size of your window.
  • Take advantage of every pixel of your monitor with full screen image editing.
  • Tablet sensitive for pressure strokes and using the tablet's eraser.
  • Vector shape and text layers.
  • Freeform, elliptical, rectangular, and magic wand selections.
  • Gradients.
  • Create and apply custom text styles.
  • Control opacity and blending modes for each layer.
  • Write plugins using...
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20:12
'Roma' Golden Globe win is the highlight...

The 76th annual Golden Globe awards have been going on tonight, and as usual a number of streaming shows are pulling in some notable hardware. Perhaps most notable is Alfonso Cuarón winning best director for Roma, a Netflix-distributed film th...

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20:04
I want a wireless charging pocket in my next bag

Look, it's hard to get excited about a backpack. But, I have to admit, the Targus Mobile ViP+ Backpack is actually pretty damn cool. Most importantly, it's a solid feeling bag with plenty of padding where it's needed most and tons of storage space. B...

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20:00
An infrared hairdryer could make hairdrying less hot

This might shock many of you, but it takes me about thirty minutes to dry my hair every night. I have long, coarse hair, a lot of it, and spending that much time shooting hot air at my head gets real heated after awhile. Volo's promise of a hairdryer...

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20:00
ASUS' updated ZenBook S packs the 'world...

ASUS' new StudioBook was designed to make workstation-caliber power available to more people, but the refreshed ZenBook S is ambitious in a different way. The company's S line was always about extreme portability, and that's still true this year &mda...

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20:00
ASUS' new StudioBook S is a portable...

ASUS' new ZenBooks are pretty solidly spec'd, but sometimes you need some serious power to get your work done. That's where the company's new StudioBook S comes from: sleekness and portability were priorities, but the company was arguably more concer...

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19:44
Mui's wooden smart display is an elegant way to...

One of the challenges with building smart home gadgets is making things that comfortably fit into peoples' homes. Japanese company Mui has come up with a seemingly elegant solution: a touch-sensitive, LED light display built into a piece of wood. Mui...

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19:30
Samsung's newest TVs will work with Google...

Oh, the rumors were right. Samsung's new TVs are taking in all the services and features around. First it was Apple, and now Google Assistant will be coming to its newest sets later this year. In fact, not just Google, but also Amazon's Alexa. There'...

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19:25
You can have a portable, solar-powered oven for $400

One of the things I love most about CES is the amount of fascinating gadgets I come across. I'm talking stuff that's not a smartphone or a laptop. A solar-powered and portable oven, however? Well, that does the trick for me. GoSun's Fusion electric s...

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19:00
Samsung shows off a 75-inch 4K 'Wall' TV...

Last year at CES Samsung showed off the modular MicroLED panels that make up its The Wall TV technology. This year it's updated the tech in two directions -- larger and smaller, and apparently even made it see-through? Tonight at an event in Las...

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18:44
Watch this giant laundry-folding robot handle a...

This isn't the first time we've seen a laundry-folding robot. In fact, the last time we saw one, it turned out to be a faked demo. So when we saw that the company Foldimate had turned up again to this year's CES, we were suspicious. This time,...

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18:43
2019 iPhone's Triple-Lens Rear Camera Design...

Serial phone leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer has partnered with Indian tech site Digit to release some new renderings claimed to be of the next-generation iPhone, presumably scheduled to launch around September of this year.

The distinguishing feature of the renderings is the rear camera, which is a large, unusual-looking patch housing three lenses in a triangular configuration, a flash, and a microphone.

Given the extremely odd appearance, we'd ordinarily dismiss such renderings out of hand unless additional evidence surfaced, but Hemmerstoffer has a long track record of sourcing information from the supply chains of Apple and other phone manufacturers. He does, however, acknowledge that this is a "freakingly early leak" and plans may change before the phone design is finalized.

At...

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18:30
HeartGuide is a discreet blood pressure monitor in a...

Omron Healthcare makes some of the most highly-rated home blood pressure monitors on the market and has now miniaturized that technology into a FDA-cleared smartwatch.

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18:17
BreadBot delivers freshly baked bread every six...

There's nothing quite like the smell and taste of freshly baked bread. But unless you're willing to go through the tedious task of making one yourself, you generally have to buy one at a local bakery right when it's out of the oven. Otherwise, yo...

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17:52
Whill's next personal electric vehicle drives...

Whill released its first personal electric vehicle in 2016 (in Japan, it came west the following year). Since then it has released new models with different audiences in mind. Here at CES 2019, it's showing its Autonomous Drive System (ADS), which as...

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17:28
Technology, ranked

As usual, an interesting list. Can you think what your Top Five most important technologies ever would be?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:19
Samsung smart TVs to launch iTunes movies & TV...

This is great news for those of you who use these products but I wouldn’t allow a “smart TV” into my home for love or money.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:05
Lutron adds ceiling fan control to iPhone-controlled...




Prior to the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show start, Lutron on Sunday announced the addition of a fan control system and matching remote to its Caseta smarthome platform, which until now has been focused on lighting.

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17:03
Siri finally jumps into your shower with upcoming U...




At the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Moen showed off an iOS-connected leak detector to save money and protect your home -- and announced that the U by Moen shower head finally will be receiving its long-awaited Siri and HomeKit update in early 2019.

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17:03
OneLink expands smart home wares with mesh Wi-Fi...




First Alert is doubling down with several new products in its OneLink line of smart home devices, including an updated version of the Safe & Sound, a new whole-home Wi-Fi mesh system, and a smart video doorbell.

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17:02
iPhone users can get ECG readings from the Withings...




Withings is expanding its range of health-related devices by introducing the BPM Core cardiovascular monitor, while its wearable fitness tracking range grows with the introduction of the Move collection, including one that is the first analog watch that has on-demand electrocardiogram capabilities.

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17:00
Withings brings ECGs to its new analog smartwatch...

Withings has unveiled a trio of new products tonight at CES. We’ve got new a 3-in-1 health device called BPM Core that can take blood pressure, ECGs (electrocardiograms), and also be used as a stethoscope. Withings has also introduced Move ECG, the first analog smartwatch to offer ECGs, and a new affordable smartwatch collection called Move.

more…

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17:00
Speck launches colorful and protective kids’ ‘Case-E...

At CES 2019, Speck is out with a brand new iPad case for kids. In the spirit of its highly popular iGuy, Case-E offers “bright colors, sturdy but soft materials and flexible arms” for great protection and functionality.

more…

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17:00
Withings undercuts Apple Watch, debuts $129 ECG...

Enlarge (credit: Withings)

Withings has had a tumultuous couple of years. The company was bought by Nokia only to be re-acquired by its original owner Éric Carreel last May. While it sells smart scales, thermometers, and other health electronics, the French company has an uphill battle ahead of it in the wearable space thanks to an oversaturated market. But it's aiming high with its newest device: the $129 Withings Move ECG targets those who want a more affordable device to measure electrocardiograms at home than the $350 Apple Watch...

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17:00
U by Moen smart shower system adds Alexa Routines...

At CES 2019, some nice updates have been announced for the smart shower system, U by Moen. The WiFi shower system is gaining improved Alexa functionality including support for Routines. The company has also promised HomeKit functionality to be landing sometime this quarter as well.

more…

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16:18
Apple says ‘leading TV manufacturers’ will integrate...

Following the Samsung Smart TV announcement earlier today, Apple has updated its AirPlay page to give a bit more detail on the newly-unveiled AirPlay 2 integration with television sets. Apple says AirPlay 2 will be available on TVs by leading manufacturers, suggesting more manufacturers beyond Samsung will be announcing their support.

more…

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16:12
AirPlay 2 on Smart TVs: Other Brands Coming, Lock...

Following today's news that Samsung and Apple have worked together to bring an iTunes Movies & TV app and AirPlay 2 support to 2018 and 2019 Samsung smart TVs, Apple has updated its AirPlay page with additional info on how that feature will be implemented on TVs. Among the details described as coming soon:

- Apple says "leading TV manufacturers" will be including AirPlay 2 support in their TVs, indicating that this initiative will not be a Samsung exclusive. Apple has not, however, announced additional TV partners or a timeline for when AirPlay 2 will come to these other brands. Samsung's support is rolling out in a firmware update for 2018 TVs and built into 2019 models "beginning this spring."

- AirPlay 2-enabled TVs will act just like any other AirPlay 2 speaker, meaning you can send many different types of audio from an iOS...

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15:52
Early render suggests 2019's 'iPhone XI...




This fall's next flagship iPhone may come equipped with a triple-lens camera on the rear, according to a render said to be based on an early development leak.

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15:24
HomeKit doorbells not dead as first model set to...




HomeKit doorbells have apparently risen from the dead, as the first model appears set to begin shipping in early 2019.

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15:00
Samsung Smart TVs Will Support Apple AirPlay 2 and...

If the late 2018 deal that brought Apple Music to Amazon Echo speakers wasn't surprising enough, Samsung today announced a similar partnership with Apple for 2018 and 2019 Samsung Smart TVs: support for iTunes movies, iTunes TV shows, and AirPlay 2 will be coming in spring 2019. From a report: The deal is all but unprecedented for Apple, which has historically restricted playback of iTunes videos solely to its own devices, including Apple TVs, iPods, iPhones, iPads, and Macs, with no support for competing media players such as Roku, or various smart TV platforms. That said, PCs running iTunes have been able to play iTunes videos, and the company has allowed third-parties to license both AirPlay and AirPlay 2 for years. According to Samsung, a firmware update to 2018 Smart TVs will add a new iTunes Movies and TV Shows app in more than 100 countries. AirPlay 2 will become available on Samsung Smart TVs in 190 countries around the world. There are lots of unanswered questions about...

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13:54
Connect four displays to a MacBook Pro with the...




Targus has launched what it calls the world's first universal docking station capable of working with up to four HD monitors simultaneously, plus other peripherals and accessories via a single USB-C port.

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13:00
Eve shares new details and release timeline for...

Connected home company Eve (formerly Elgato) is back again at CES with an update on its previously announced Eve Energy Strip and Eve Light Strip. Last year at CES the company introduced the Eve Room and Button and later restructured its focus exclusively on smart home devices.

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13:00
Eve Systems announces new Energy Strip and Light...




HomeKit maker Eve Systems has announced two new devices that will integrate with Apple's smart home platform -- the Eve Energy Strip for multiple AC-powered devices and the Eve Light Strip.

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12:45
CES Kicks Off Tuesday & Samsung Surprises with...

Samsung surprised the market today with the announcement that they'll be offering iTunes Movies and TV Shows while offering AirPlay 2 on 2019 Samsung Smart TV models that launch this spring. There were a few new announcements coming out of Vegas prior to the CES event starting Tuesday along with an oddity from Apple.

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11:51
Samsung Smart TVs will support iTunes, AirPlay 2...

Apple and Samsung are the best of frenemies. Even as the two tech giants wage patent infringement warfare in court, Samsung Electronics has announced that it will offer iTunes Movies and TV Shows and Apple AirPlay 2 support on 2019 Samsung Smart TV models beginning this spring. 

Support on 2018 Samsung Smart TVs will be made available via firmware update. In an industry first, a new iTunes Movies and TV Shows app will debut only on Samsung Smart TVs in more than 100 countries. AirPlay 2 support will be available on Samsung Smart TVs in 190 countries worldwide.

With the new iTunes Movies and TV Shows app on Samsung Smart TVs, Samsung customers can access their existing iTunes library and browse the iTunes Store to buy or rent from a selection of hundreds of thousands of movies and TV episodes — including the largest selection of 4K HDR movies. iTunes Movies and TV Shows will work with Samsung’s Smart TV Services, such as Universal Guide, the New Bixby and Search, to...

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11:27
Apple reportedly ‘in discussions’ to support RCS,...

Our colleagues over at 9to5Google have regularly reported on a new standard referred to as Rich Communications Services – or RCS. Touted as an upgraded version of SMS, RCS is being spearheaded by the carriers, Microsoft, and Google.

Now, it appears that Apple also might be involved in RCS, at least in some capacity.

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11:26
Crime blotter: Crashing a vehicle into an Apple...




The iPhone remains a popular item for thieves, and if you steal a car with one in it, you may get caught with "find my iPhone." All this in more, in the latest Apple-related crime roundup.

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11:22
Apple will launch iTunes video app on Samsung Smart...

Apple and Samsung are friends again. In an announcement ahead of this week’s CES, the two former rivals have announced that an iTunes Movies and TV Shows app will launch on Samsung Smart TVs. Samsung says the app will launch on 2019 Smart TVs in the spring and it will also be available via a firmware update to 2018 sets.

This is a hell-freezes-over level of news. Apple has been notoriously guarded with access to iTunes movies and TV shows, even limiting authorizations to five computers and 10 total devices. It’s never allowed third-party home entertainment devices to stream movies or shows directly through iTunes before. With this partnership, however, Apple is allowing iTunes purchases and rentals to be made and viewed on a Samsung product with virtually no restrictions.

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10:53
The FTC vs Qualcomm Trial began on Friday with...

The U.S. FTC sued Qualcomm for forcing Apple to use its chips in iDevices on January 17, 2017. Last Friday the trial began with testimony from Qualcomm and Lenovo with Apple, Intel and others planning to testify in the coming days.

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10:26
Netatmo’s upcoming HomeKit video doorbell features...

Last Friday, we reported on Robin Telecom being the first company to be marketing a HomeKit supported smart doorbell. Now, it looks like popular smart home company Netatmo will be next to offer a HomeKit doorbell.

more…

The post Netatmo’s upcoming HomeKit video doorbell features microSD card slot for no-cost recording, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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10:12
iTunes & AirPlay 2 coming to Samsung's 2018...




In a radical departure from Apple's normal exclusivity, some of Samsung's 2018 and 2019 Smart TV models will soon get an app enabling access to iTunes movies and TV shows, and AirPlay 2 compatibility to boot.

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10:09
Samsung Smart TVs Adding Support for iTunes Video...

Samsung today announced that it has worked with Apple to integrate iTunes movies and TV shows, as well as AirPlay 2 support, into its latest smart TVs. The features will roll out to 2018 models via a firmware update this spring and will be included on new 2019 models. iTunes movie and TV show access will come via a new dedicated app for Samsung's TV platform, available in over 100 countries.

With the new iTunes Movies and TV Shows app on Samsung Smart TVs, Samsung customers can access their existing iTunes library and browse the iTunes Store to buy or rent from a selection of hundreds of thousands of movies and TV episodes — including the largest selection of 4K HDR movies. iTunes Movies and TV Shows will work seamlessly with Samsung’s Smart TV Services, such as Universal Guide, the New Bixby and Search, to create a consistent experience across Samsung’s...

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10:04
Samsung Smart TVs will soon add AirPlay 2, iTunes...

Apple and Samsung today announced a partnership to put iTunes TV shows and movies onto Samsung Smart TVs from the spring. The iTunes video content will be exposed through a special app that sits alongside existing apps like Netflix, Hulu and YouTube.

The TVs will also become AirPlay 2 receivers, marking the first official AirPlay integration for third parties. The features will launch on 2019 Samsung Smart TVs and most 2018 Samsung Smart TVs through a software update.

more…

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09:45
New Monoprice Thunderbolt 3 Dual DisplayPort Docking...




Monoprice unveiled a slew of accessories ahead of this week's CES, including the Thunderbolt 3 Dual DisplayPort Docking Station, which isn't just limited to the higher-speed connectivity, and alters performance when plugged into a computer with only the slower USB 3.1 Type C.

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09:20
Apple Took Out a CES Ad To Troll Its Competitors...

An anonymous reader shared a report: Historically, Apple hasn't had an official presence at CES. It's not surprising given the company's success at hosting and hyping its own product launch events -- long before the iPod and iPhone brought Apple to the top of the technology mountain, Steve Jobs keynotes were can't miss events. The company is also very deliberate about its marketing campaigns; when I see Apple billboard ads, they focus on new product close-ups with minimal messaging. This is why the giant ad banner I saw when I arrived in Las Vegas yesterday for CES 2019 caught my eye. Positioned not far from the convention center where CES takes place, the sign is a cheeky riff on the old "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" slogan -- and with just a few words, it casts an Apple-shaped shadow over the convention.


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09:01
Ikea’s smart blinds system launching next month with...

We first heard about Ikea’s plans to enter the smart blinds market back in November, but details were sparse at that time. This week, however, Ikea Smartshades have officially popped up on the company’s website in Europe.

more…

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08:27
WSJ report explores how the iPhone XR is the ‘phone...

Following Apple’s revision to its Q1 2019 earnings last week, The Wall Street Journal is out today with a report exploring how the iPhone XR is the “phone that’s failing Apple.” While the report says it’s too early to call the iPhone XR a “flop,” it’s hard to deny the struggles the device is facing.

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07:45
OWC launches Mercury Helios FX 650 eGPU, new...




Other World Computing has launched a number of new items for CES 2019, including the Mercury Helios FX 650 eGPU, a number of new USB-C and Thunderbolt storage appliances, and a new USB-C cable stabilization system called 'ClingOn.'

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06:41
Renders purport to depict ‘iPhone 11’ prototypes,...

The rumors for the 2019 iPhone haven’t really kicked into full gear yet, however reliable leaker Onleaks partnered with Digit.in to provide renders of what he believes are legitimate 2019 iPhone prototypes.

The images show that the new iPhone would feature three cameras on the back, in a particularly strange aesthetic arrangement, housed in a huge camera square bump. The middle of the three cameras is positioned out of line with the other two, and the camera is offset above …

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06:04
USGA investigating amateur golfer Lucy Li’s role in...

Last week, Apple rolled out an overhauled “Close Your Rings” webpage that showcases the stories of various Apple Watch users. One such user featured on that page is golfer Lucy Li, but now the 16-year-old is being investigated by the United States Golf Association for her involvement in Apple’s campaign.

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06:00
Opinion: Apple is playing a dangerous game with its...

As I wrote last week, I believe that Apple exited the home Wi-Fi market at precisely the wrong time. Back in 2004, I worked for a company that was trying to get into the home integration/home automation market. At the time, everything was extremely complicated. All of the products were expensive, everything was complicated to set up, and it wasn’t set up well for future growth.

Fast forward to 2019, and things have changed a lot. Between Amazon Alexa, HomeKit, and Google Assistant, it couldn’t be easier to build a smart home that’s easy to manage, easy to interact with, and easy to upgrade in the future. The topic I want to look at today is whether or not Apple is doing a good job at managing and marketing its HomeKit platform, how its Home strategy is working, and the risks for the future....

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04:00
Disk Mount Conditioning In macOS

The Disk Mount Conditioner “is a kernel provided service that can degrade the disk I/O being issued to specific mount points, providing the illusion that the I/O is executing on a slower device.” You won’t often find that the system decides to slow throughput to a device very often. But it happens, and equally as useful you can spoof a different type of device, quite helpful when troubleshooting. 

You can use the dmc command to control and view the status of the dmc service, at /usr/bin/dmc. To see how to use dmc, imply run dmc with the help verb:

/usr/bin/dmc help

You can see a list of mounts that can be controlled using the list verb:

  0: Faulty 5400 HDD

  1: 5400 HDD

  2: 7200 HDD

  3: Slow SSD

  4: SATA II SSD

  5: SATA III SSD

  6: PCIe 2 SSD

  7: PCIe 3 SSD

Many of the above aren’t available, but if you look at your hard drive, you can check the status of it (or multiples if you have...

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02:37
Acorn 6 6.3 - Bitmap image editor.

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

  • Take screenshots using Acorn and edit them right away.
  • Chain together image filters to create stunning effects.
  • Layer based image editing, an industry standard.
  • Make new images and layers using your built-in iSight.
  • Easy image and canvas resizing, just by changing the size of your window.
  • Take advantage of every pixel of your monitor with full screen image editing.
  • Tablet sensitive for pressure strokes and using the tablet's eraser.
  • Vector shape and text layers.
  • Freeform, elliptical, rectangular, and magic wand selections.
  • Gradients.
  • Create and apply custom text styles.
  • Control opacity and blending modes for each layer.
  • Write plugins using...
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Saturday January 5

21:59
Amazon reports over 100 million Alexa devices sold

Amazon is notoriously reluctant to share how well Alexa is doing in the marketplace -- at best, you get vague boasts about its devices being the "most gifted." Now, however, it's providing more meaningful figures. The company's Dave Limp told The V...

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20:59
Airmail 3.6.56 - Powerful, minimal email client.

Airmail is an mail client with fast performance and intuitive interaction. Support for iCloud, MS Exchange, Gmail, Google Apps, IMAP, POP3, Yahoo!, AOL, Outlook.com, Live.com.

Airmail was designed from the ground to retain the same experience with a single or multiple accounts and provide a quick, modern and easy-to-use user experience. Airmail is clean and allows you to get to your emails without interruption -- it's the mail client for the 21st century.

We have taken usability and function to the next level with Airmail and bring a striking-design with support for all major email services. Switch between accounts like a breeze and quick reply to incoming messages within seconds -- email has never been so easy and productive.



Version 3.6.56:

  • Bugfix



  • OS X 10.10 or later



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20:59
DiskCatalogMaker 7.4.7 - Catalog your disks.

DiskCatalogMaker is a simple disk management tool which catalogs disks.

  • Simple, light-weight, and fast
  • Finder-like intuitive look and feel
  • Super-fast search algorithm
  • Can compress catalog data for disk space
  • Can generate thumbnail images
  • Long Unicode file name support
  • ZIP / RAR / 7-Zip / StuffIt / tar / gzip / bzip2 / CompactPro / LHA archive formats support
  • A Mach-O application (OS X-native format)



Version 7.4.7:

  • A few minor updates to make this app better.
  • Fixed a problem on the modified date search.
  • Fixed a coloring bug when printing on macOS Mojave Dark Mode.



  • OS X 10.7 or later



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19:05
The FTC's antitrust trial against Qualcomm has...

After two years, the FTC's antitrust lawsuit against Qualcomm has reached the courtroom in earnest. The two sides made their opening arguments in a San Jose court on January 4th as part of a 10-day, no-jury trial that could force Qualcomm to alter i...

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17:16
FBI investigates fake texts sent to House Republicans

Law enforcement is looking into one of the stranger digital attacks against US politicians in recent memory. The Wall Street Journal has learned that the FBI is investigating fake text messages sent to "several" Republicans in the House of Represent...

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15:25
Shutdown means government won't engage with the...

It's not just FCC Chairman Ajit Pai who'll back out of CES as a result of the US government shutdown. The Consumer Technology Association has confirmed that at least ten government officials have cancelled their speaking engagements at the technolog...

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13:38
Elon Musk teases final look of SpaceX's...

It's no secret that SpaceX has been constructing its Starship test vehicle -- it's easy for curious onlookers to snap photos. But what will it look like when it's finished? You don't have to wonder. Elon Musk has posted concept artwork showing wha...

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13:37
Beware Spoofed Calls from Apple

Phone scammers have found a way to make their phony calls look like they’re coming from Apple. Don’t be fooled!

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11:50
Charter launches its zero sign-on Spectrum app for...

Charter just completed the other half of its zero sign-on puzzle. The cable giant has launched its delayed Spectrum app for Apple TV, giving you access to both live programming and on-demand shows without having to enter your credentials. If you se...

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10:11
Editorial: Apple note sends media pundits into a fit...




After Apple restated its December quarter revenue guidance to account for weaker than expected iPhone demand in China, media across the spectrum has cranked their clickbait content generators up to 11 to take full advantage of AAPL panic season. Unfortunately, what almost all of them are writing is ignorant gibberish that has nothing to do with actual events.

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10:01
Apple took out a CES ad to troll its competitors...

Historically, Apple hasn't had an official presence at CES. It's not surprising given the company's success at hosting and hyping its own product launch events -- long before the iPod and iPhone brought Apple to the top of the technology mountain, St...

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09:53
Apple explains iPad Pro build process in response to...

When Apple first responded to concerns that its iPad Pros were shipping with a slight bend, the company essentially said that it's a non-issue. Since that will definitely not be enough for a lot of people, Apple has detailed the device's manufacturin...

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09:47
Totallee’s super thin collection of iPhone cases are...

California-based iPhone case maker totallee has been making some of the best reviewed super thin cases around since 2013, and now you can buy the lineup on Amazon too. We’re big fans of the branding-free totallee iPhone cases which include a number of color options and materials all with an incredibly thin profile. They’re the perfect case for the new iPhone XS Max, XS and XR, helping keep them protected without adding extra bulk.

Totallee is now offering its collection of ultra minimalistic cases on Amazon for just $28.97, including free shipping for Prime members.

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09:22
How to extend the battery life of your iPhone XR or...




Whether you've got your first iPhone or you've just upgraded to a new one, AppleInsider shows you 20 ways how to stretch out that battery life, and spend a lot less time near a power plug with that mobile device.

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09:18
Apple Invents iBeacon Version 2 using Ultra-Wide...

Apple's iBeacon used a class of Bluetooth low energy (BLE) device that broadcast their identifier to nearby portable electronic devices. According to a new Apple patent discovered in Europe today, Apple is considering the use of Ultra-Wideband (UWB) radio technology for a future version of iBeacon, which the patent refers to as "Node Anchors." While smartphones and tablets garner most...

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08:04
Apple camera lens supplier sees over 30% drop in...

Following Apple’s admission earlier this week that Q1 2019 revenue will be lower than anticipated, we’re starting to hear from suppliers who have been affected by the slump. Bloomberg reports this morning that Largan, a supplier of camera lenses to AAPL, has suffered a significant drop in revenue during the holiday quarter…

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08:00
The best USB microphone

By Kevin Purdy, Lauren Dragan

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. Read the full USB microphone guide...

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07:19
This week’s top stories: AAPL’s revision, CES 2019...

In this week’s top stories: AirPower misses its 2018 deadline, AAPL revises Q1 2019 earnings guidance, what to expect at CES 2019 next week, and more. Read on for all of this week’s top stories.

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07:17
Chinese Smartphone makers took advantage of Apple...

Catherine Wood, CEO of Ark Invest was interviewed by Bloomberg this week and presented a fair case for Apple while stating, like other analysts on market personalities have this week, that Apple's high-end pricing since iPhone X went too far and made the Chinese look to local brands like Huawei, Oppo, Xiaomi, OnePlus and more for price relief in a downward economy.

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06:33
Apple Addresses 2018 iPad Pro 'Bending'...

Apple yesterday posted a support document addressing the 2018 iPad Pro bending snafu that's been circulating around the internet over the course of the last couple of weeks.

Image via MacRumors reader Bwrin1

In the document, Apple describes the new design of the unibody enclosure of the device and how cellular models use a new co-molding process to create the antenna bands in the chassis.To provide optimal cellular performance, small vertical bands or “splits” in the sides of the iPad allow parts of the enclosure to function as cellular antennas. For the first time ever on an iPad, these bands are manufactured using a process called co-molding. In this high-temperature process, plastic is injected into...

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06:14
Apple elaborates on iPad Pro precision manufacturing...




Apple has published a support document detailing the new iPad Pro's enclosure manufacturing process, in an attempt to assure customers that the new device is durable and strong.

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06:03
Ahead of CES, Apple touts ‘what happens on your...

CES 2019 is set to kick off in Las Vegas this coming week, and while Apple does not have an official presence at the event, this year looks slightly different. Ahead of CES, Apple has strategically placed a massive new privacy-focused billboard in Las Vegas…

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06:00
Teaching Swift Playgrounds: What I’ve learned and...

Starting on Monday, I kick off year two of teaching Swift Playgrounds at my school. I teach this class once a year (for a quarter) to our 4th and 5th-grade students. Last year, I started with Learn to Code 1, and I had hoped to get to Learn to Code 2 by the end of the quarter, and then move on to Learn to Code 3 this year. I wrote about my experiences in year one in an article in May so you may want to read that as well. In short, the learning curve for students ramps up very quickly in Learn to Code 1. Follow along for the changes I’ll be making for my second year of teaching Swift Playgrounds and what I think Apple could do to improve the program....

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05:32
The best Thunderbolt 3 accessories for your Mac [...

Thunderbolt 3 is in a much better state today than it was when it debuted on the 2016 MacBook Pro. Time has been friendly to the technology, with the majority of Macs in Apple’s lineup now equipped with the super-fast I/O. With its growing adoption in mind, watch our hands-on video as we consider some of the best Thunderbolt 3 accessories for the Mac.  more…

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05:30
The Morning After: Is CES another auto show?

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to your weekend. CES is about to start, and before we dive headlong into a series of press conferences and hands-on demonstrations, we'll try to figure out where all these cars came from? Also, we have s...

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05:21
Offline playback comes to Pandora Apple Watch app,...

Pandora on Friday launched an updated version of its iOS app, which included a redesigned Apple Watch experience with features that Pandora users have been hankering for.

The company’s Apple Watch app now includes remote access playback, the option to favorite songs right from the Now Playing screen, and, most importantly, offline playback.

The app is thought to be a step in the right direction towards cellular streaming for Spotify on the Apple Watch, which is a feature that many users have been wanting.

Apple Watch owners who use Pandora will be able to listen to the streaming music service without an internet connection via a Pandora Plus or Premium subscription.

The Pandora Plus service is priced at $4.99 per month, while Pandora Premium is $9.99 per month. Pandora Plus offers up unlimited personalized stations, unlimited skips and replays, four stations for offline listening, and no ads.

Pandora Premium allows users to search for music...

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05:00
Future versions of Apple’s Maps app may integrate...

Future versions of Apple’s Maps app may may make it easier to hail ride hailing services such as Uber and Lyft. Apple has been granted a patent (number 10,168,164) for “integrating ride hailing services into a navigation application.”

For example, Maps could receive user input indicating that the user is interested obtaining transportation from a ride hailing service. In response to receiving the indication, the navigation app could invoke an application extension for a third party ride hailing app. Maps and the ride hailing application could then communicate to provide the ride hailing service through the navigation app.

In the patent filing, Apple says that, currently, using ride hailing services and apps such as Maps, a user often is required to switch back and forth between the navigation application and the ride hailing app. However, switching back and forth between the two “can be time consuming, confusing, and burdensome.” Apple wants to change this.

Of...

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04:10
Apple has Won Registered Trademarks for Eight Sets...

Apple introduced a series of Animojis with the original iPhone X back in 2017. Patently Apple covered their first massive round of registered trademarks in two reports (01 & 02) in August 2018. Yesterday the Hong Kong Patent and Trademark Office published 8 new sets of Animoji covering ...

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04:02
Pandora iOS update adds offline playback for Apple...

Pandora just became more commute friendly for Apple Watch users. The music streaming service has updated its iOS app and added offline playback for the wearable, apparently due to popular demand. Unfortunately, not everyone will be able to access the...

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04:00
The Cloud Kit Key State Controller

Each key in the Cloud Kit Key State Controller is considered a “View” with a number of metadata values. Views include AutoUnlock, Engram, Health, Home, ApplePay, and Manatee views. The /usr/sbin/ckksctl binary can be used to reset keys, useful when troubleshooting sync issues. 

To start, let’s run a status:

sudo /usr/sbin/ckksctl status

To reset, run the command again, with a reset verb:

sudo /usr/sbin/ckksctl reset

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04:00
Notable apps and updates, Dec. 31-Jan. 5

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are this week’s picks.

macOS Apps/Updates

St. Clair Software has updated App Tamer, its Mac utility that manages applications to yield more efficient CPU usage, increased battery life and quieter operation, to version 2.4.2. 

App Tamer's AutoStop capability automatically slows down or pauses applications when you switch away from them, and then restarts them when you click back to them. Version 2.4.2 features a new floating-window mode to keep performance information close at hand, provides better keyboard-based navigation, and offers several bug fixes and other improvements.

It requires macOS 10.8 or higher. A demo is available for download; registration is $14.95. This...

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01:36
Apple details 2018 iPad Pro enclosure manufacturing...

Apple has posted a new support article that gives some insight into how the 2018 iPad Pro is manufactured, clearly as a follow up to the reports of customers receiving bent iPad units in the runup to Christmas.

It says slight bends may be more visible to the eye due to the new straight edge design, and reiterates that Apple specifies 400 micron flatness tolerances — and anything outside of that range should qualify for warranty repair/replacement.

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00:10
DiskCatalogMaker 7.4.7 - Catalog your disks.

DiskCatalogMaker is a simple disk management tool which catalogs disks.

  • Simple, light-weight, and fast
  • Finder-like intuitive look and feel
  • Super-fast search algorithm
  • Can compress catalog data for disk space
  • Can generate thumbnail images
  • Long Unicode file name support
  • ZIP / RAR / 7-Zip / StuffIt / tar / gzip / bzip2 / CompactPro / LHA archive formats support
  • A Mach-O application (OS X-native format)



Version 7.4.7:

  • A few minor updates to make this app better.
  • Fixed a problem on the modified date search.
  • Fixed a coloring bug when printing on macOS Mojave Dark Mode.



  • OS X 10.7 or later



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Friday January 4

23:12
Pandora releases redesigned Apple Watch app with...




Pandora on Friday pushed out an update to its official iOS app that includes a redesigned Apple Watch accompaniment boasting offline playback support, a much requested feature from users of the music streaming service.

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23:02
Airmail 3.6.56 - Powerful, minimal email client.

Airmail is an mail client with fast performance and intuitive interaction. Support for iCloud, MS Exchange, Gmail, Google Apps, IMAP, POP3, Yahoo!, AOL, Outlook.com, Live.com.

Airmail was designed from the ground to retain the same experience with a single or multiple accounts and provide a quick, modern and easy-to-use user experience. Airmail is clean and allows you to get to your emails without interruption -- it's the mail client for the 21st century.

We have taken usability and function to the next level with Airmail and bring a striking-design with support for all major email services. Switch between accounts like a breeze and quick reply to incoming messages within seconds -- email has never been so easy and productive.



Version 3.6.56:

  • Bugfix



  • OS X 10.10 or later



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20:59
Parallels Desktop 14.1.0 - Run Windows apps without...

Parallels allows you to run Windows and Mac applications side by side. Choose your view to make Windows invisible while still using its applications, or keep the familiar Windows background and controls on your Mac.

Now Supporting Windows 10 and ready for El Capitan

  • Run Windows 10 and OS X® El Capitan with ease. Use Microsoft Cortana®, your virtual assistant, on your Mac. Switch from your PC to your Mac
  • We make it easy to get all of your files, applications, browser bookmarks, and more from your PC to your Mac; just follow the setup assistant.

Works with Boot Camp®

  • Reuse your existing Boot Camp installation. Converting a virtual machine from Boot Camp is now much easier and more intuitive than ever.

Not just for Windows

  • Run a wide array of operating systems including OS X, Windows 10, 8.1 & 7, Linux, and Google ChromeTM. You can run just about anything on your Mac!
  • ...
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20:59
Skim 1.4.39 - PDF reader and note-taker for...

Skim is a PDF reader and note-taker for OS X. It is designed to help you read and annotate scientific papers in PDF, but is also great for viewing any PDF file.

Skim includes many features and has a great user interface.



Version: 1.4.39

New Features:

  • Support for languages with non standard line ordering.
  • Separate PDF background colors for light and dark mode.
  • Support dragging text from split PDF.

Fixed:

  • Fix typo in French localization.
  • Change layout of Downloads window.
  • Allow asking permission to use scripting to access other apps.
  • Fix preference controls for dark mode.
  • Reduce transparency of drag images.
  • Fix page jump after switching full screen modes.



  • OS X 10.6 or later



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20:59
Microsoft Office 2016 16.16.5 - Popular productivity...

Microsoft Office 2016 - Unmistakably Office, designed for Mac.

The new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote provide the best of both worlds for Mac users - the familiar Office experience paired with the best of Mac. If you already use Office on a PC or iPad, you will find yourself right at home in Office 2016 for Mac. It works the way you expect, with the familiar ribbon interface and powerful task panes. Mac users will appreciate the modernized Office experience and the integration of Mac capabilities like Full Screen view and Multi-TouchTM gestures. With full Retina display support, your Office documents look sharper and more vibrant than ever.

Office for Mac is cloud-connected, so you can quickly get to the documents you’ve recently used on other devices and pick up where you left off. New, built-in document sharing tools make it easy to invite teammates to work on a document together. When sharing documents, you won’t have to...

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20:59
calibre 3.37.0 - Complete e-book library management...

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

Manage, convert, sync, and more

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



Version 3.37.0
Bug fixes

  • calibredb: Fix...
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20:59
Backup and Sync 3.43 - File backup and sharing tool...

Backup and Sync (was Google Drive) is a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. Whether you're working with a friend on a joint research project, planning a wedding with your fiancé, or tracking a budget with roommates, you can do it in Drive. You can upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs, and beyond.

Features

  • Create and collaborate. Google Docs is built right into Backup and Sync, so you can work with others in real time on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Once you choose to share content with others, you can add and reply to comments on anything (PDF, image, video file, etc.) and receive notifications when other people comment on shared items.
  • Store everything safely and access it anywhere (especially while on the go). All your stuff is just... there. You can access your stuff from anywhere--on the Web, in your...
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19:46
Tesla starts taking Model 3 orders in select...

Tesla's Model 3 design studio is now open for everyone in left-hand drive European countries, and that means it's now taking orders from the public in those markets. The automaker started displaying the new vehicle in European showrooms in November 2...

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19:22
9to5Mac Happy Hour 206: AirPods memes, AirPower...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss the entertaining ‘AirPods for Christmas’ meme, the mystery about AirPower and Apple’s missing update, Apple’s rare revenue guidance change and iPhone upgrade growth challenges, and much more.

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

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19:12
9to5Mac Daily: January 4, 2019 [U]

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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18:44
Apple plasters privacy ad on billboard near Las...




Though Apple is not scheduled to make an appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week, the company is using the event as an opportunity to push its message on privacy and has purchased a large billboard near the city's convention center.

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17:51
Ahead of CES, Apple Puts Up Billboard Touting...

In the heart of Las Vegas, where the Consumer Electronics Show is set to kick off next week, Apple has put up a giant sign touting the security of its devices.

The billboard, which was noticed by Engadget's Chris Velazco, plays on an iconic Las Vegas tourism slogan. "What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone," reads the sign, which is located near the Las Vegas Convention Center and many prominent Las Vegas hotels.

Apple never shows up at CES, so I can’t say I saw this coming. pic.twitter.com/8jjiBSEu7z

— Chris Velazco (@chrisvelazco) January 4, 2019

CES will see thousands of tech industry attendees, members of the media, and tech exhibitors, and Apple's decision to put up a billboard here is interesting as...

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17:27
Researchers propose guiding large space telescopes...

Using the recently retired Kepler space telescope, scientists have confirmed thousands of exoplanets, and as its successor TESS ramps up its search, we're poised to discover plenty more. But once we find exoplanets, learning more detailed information...

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16:33
The Class Action Filed against Apple over Meltdown...

Patently Apple posted a legal report on January 21, 2018 titled "Apple hit with Class Action over Meltdown and Spectre Security Flaws built into all ARM-based iDevices" That case went before the court this week and the case was dismissed

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15:31
New Pandora update includes Apple Watch app with...

With Apple Watch becoming more of an independent device that you can use without your iPhone, developers are hard at work to build Apple Watch apps to compliment while you’re on the go. Pandora has today updated to its app with support for Apple Watch offline playback…

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15:15
Spectrum offers Apple TV 4K to subscribers for $7.50...




Following the launch of an eponymous standalone Apple TV app, Charter Spectrum on Friday announced a promotion that allows new and existing Spectrum TV and Internet customers to add an Apple TV 4K to their subscription for $7.50 a month.

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15:03
Charter now offering Apple TV 4K at $7.50/mo for...
15:00
Apple's CEO used the US-China Trade Tensions as...

Apple's CEO Tim Cook basically tried to blame the lower iPhone sales in China on the US-China trade tensions in an interview with CNBC that we covered in a report yesterday, instead of stronger local smartphone competition. Nice scapegoating. Earlier today President Trump's reply indirectly to Cook was that he doesn't fear the impact of Apple’s stock on the U.S....

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14:57
Watch the trailer for Netflix's 'Carmen...

If you've been wondering where in the world Carmen Sandiego is, the answer is on Netflix. The famous international criminal is getting an animated reboot on the streaming platform, and the first trailer for the upcoming series arrived today. The 20-e...

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14:37
Following Launch of New App, Spectrum Users Can Get...

Charter Spectrum subscribers can sign up to get an Apple TV for $7.50 per month following the release of the new Spectrum TV app for the 4K Apple TV, the company announced today.

Customers who want a 4K Apple TV as part of their charter subscriptions will need to pay $7.50 per month plus tax over a period of 24 months, making the total cost of the device somewhere around $180. That is the standard price for a 4K Apple TV purchased outright from Apple.

The Apple TV 4K is being offered in lieu of a traditional cable box, and with the Spectrum app, which was released yesterday, it allows Charter Spectrum subscribers to access all of their cable content.

The Spectrum TV app offers access to live channels and tens of thousands of OnDemand programs, as well as all of the other content that an Apple TV has to offer.

Charter's...

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14:31
9to5Mac Daily: January 4, 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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14:30
Robin Telecom claims to offer the first HomeKit...

Robin Telecom, based in The Netherlands, has what looks like the first HomeKit doorbell approved by Apple. The company’s ProLine Doorbell also includes features like an all aluminum design, 130° field of view, HD video, and more.

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14:06
New phishing scam masquerades as Apple support call




The latest scam targeting Apple device users is particularly insidious, appearing to come as a call from the company's real phone support number, according to a well-known security researcher.

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13:56
Trump Claims Apple Will 'Be Fine' Despite...

In a press conference at the White House this afternoon, U.S. President Donald Trump weighed in on Apple's recent revenue woes, suggesting the company will "be fine" despite its downgraded Q1 2019 guidance.

When asked about Apple's announcement and its potential impact on the U.S. economy, Trump erroneously said that Apple has "gone up hundreds of percent" since he's been president. "Apple was at a number that was incredible and they're going to be fine. Apple is a great company," Trump said.

Image: Nicholas Kamm/Associated Free Press/Getty Images

Apple has not, of course, seen a "hundreds of percent" increase in its stock price, with the number instead at around 20 percent since Trump's January 2017 inauguration.

Trump went on to say that he's unconcerned about Apple...

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13:45
Apple Daily Report: Judge tosses proposed class...

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

According to Law360, a California federal judge on Wednesday tossed a proposed class action alleging that fixes for the security bugs known as Spectre and Meltdown slowed down the processing speed of Apple devices.

Apple has released its Chinese New Year gift guide, which includes a "New Year Special Edition" pair of Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones available in a “silver wing grey” design.

Speaking of Beats,...

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13:43
Amazon touts 100 million Alexa devices sold ever...

Amazon has shared a big update today on its progress with getting its Echo smart speakers and other Alexa enabled devices into the hands of consumers via The Verge. This holiday season has been a big success for the company’s AI and it has now sold over 100 million Alexa devices.

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13:28
Trump claims credit for Apple's 'hundreds...




Apple is "going to be fine," President Donald Trump advised on Friday in comments about the iPhone maker's recent financial stumble, while also taking credit for the company's rise in value since taking office almost two years ago.

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13:07
9to5Rewards: Enter to win Apple’s new MacBook Air...

Thanks to our sponsor Setappthe subscription service for Mac apps, we’re giving 9to5Mac readers the chance to win Apple’s brand new 2018 MacBook Air this month.

Get a free trial of Setapp’s collection of 130+ Mac apps and head below for full details on how to enter our MacBook Air giveaway!

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13:04
∞ Apple’s earnings guidance is a China issue, not an...

I have spent the last couple of days thinking about Apple and its recent troubles. There is no doubt Tim Cook’s message to investors lowering Apple’s earnings guidance for the first fiscal quarter sent shockwaves throughout the industry. For a company that continually crushed estimates to falter like this made people really think about the future of the iPhone, and indeed, Apple itself. But it’s not all bad.

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12:59
Amazon's online Showroom shows you if different...

Amazon is leaning further into the home furnishing market with Showroom, a feature on the website and app that lets you place items into a virtual living room and see how well they complement each other. You can tweak the look of the flooring and wal...

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12:53
Apple Phishing Scams Growing More Advanced, With...

Phishing scams attempting to get info out of Apple users are nothing new, but scammers are growing more clever and scams are getting harder to distinguish from actual Apple communication.

On his Krebs on Security site, security researcher Brian Krebs today outlined one of the latest phishing scams he's seen, where an incoming phone call appears to be from a legitimate Apple support line.

As described by Krebs, Jody Westby, CEO of security consulting firm Global Cyber Risk, received an automated call on her iPhone warning her that services containing Apple user IDs had been compromised.

The message asked her to call a 1-866 number, and in the Phone app, the call looked like a call from Apple, with the number listed as 1(800)MYAPPLE, the name listed as Apple Inc., and with Apple's Infinite Loop website.

Westby contacted Apple support via the official Apple Support...

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12:43
Judge tosses lawsuit against Apple over Meltdown...




A U.S. District Judge has dismissed a class action lawsuit brought against Apple for its handling of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in ARM-based processors, which the plaintiffs blamed for slowing down iPhones, iPads, and other products with A-series chips.

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12:08
Trump responds to AAPL revenue drop over China...

President Trump has responded to Apple’s rare earnings guidance revision two days after the company warned investors it saw fewer iPhone upgrades than expected during the holiday quarter. In a letter to investors written by CEO Tim Cook, Apple blamed the $5 billion to $9 billion drop in expected revenue in part on the president’s ongoing trade war with China:

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11:35
White House Advisor Kudlow Says Apple Technology May...

Fred Imbert, writing for CNBC: Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, said Friday that Apple's technology may have been stolen by the Chinese. "I don't want to surmise too much here, but Apple technology may have been picked off by China and now China is becoming very competitive with Apple. You've got to have rule of law," Kudlow said in an interview with Bloomberg. "There are some indications from China that they're looking at that, but we don't know that yet. There's no enforcement; there's nothing concrete." Kudlow's comments came shortly after China's Commerce Ministry said Chinese and U.S. officials will meet next week to discuss trade. Both countries have been engaged in a trade spat for months that has sent ripples through global markets. John Gruber at DaringFireball comments: I think what he's saying here is that the Chinese stole Apple technology, copied it, and are now flooding the Chinese market with phones based on that stolen tech. I'm 99.8 percent...

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11:31
Massive data leak affects hundreds of German...

A number of German politicians have been the target of a massive data leak, one that contains extensive amounts of information. The data in question includes email addresses, private correspondence, passwords, phone numbers, work emails and photos, a...

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11:03
What to expect at CES 2019: Health and fitness, iPad...

A new year has arrived, and with it comes CES 2019 in Las Vegas. 9to5Mac will be on location checking out all of the latest products and accessories for your Apple gear. What can we expect to see at CES this year?

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The post What to expect at CES 2019: Health and fitness, iPad USB-C gear, HomeKit, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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10:55
Marriott breach included 5 million unencrypted...

Marriott has good news and bad news for travelers who have passed through its hotels. The good news is the data breach disclosed back in November, which was originally believed to have exposed the data of more than 500 million people, affected fewer...

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10:46
Report: Huawei punishes employees behind...

The Huawei Mate S.

When you tweet, your tweet will often be marked with details about the specific client software and computing device used to create the tweet. And this can be a source of major embarrassment for people who do social media work for smartphone manufacturers.

In the final minutes of 2018, the official @Huawei account wished everyone happy New Year. It was a nice enough sentiment, but people quickly noticed that it was posted using an iPhone—which is awkward when the whole purpose of the account is to promote Huawei's phones.

That was fast pic.twitter.com/y6k0FJF7Gq

— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) January 1, 2019

Huawei deleted the tweet, but not before people captured screenshots of it.

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10:45
Apple’s Beddit 3.5 sleep tracker update removes much...

Apple quietly released an updated version of its sleep tracking hardware last month with Beddit 3.5. While it looked to offer a very slightly updated design alongside a new app, we noticed it also dropped Android support. However, that’s not the only feature the latest Beddit product has dropped. After going hands-on with the new sleep tracker, DC Rainmaker found it has cut at least eight features that came with Beddit 3.0.

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The post Apple’s Beddit 3.5 sleep tracker update removes much more than Android support, hands-on review shows appeared...

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10:37
How to use Safari's saved passwords in other...




Safari will handily offer you the right password when you want to log into a website but it appears useless if you need the same login for an app. AppleInsider shows you how to use Safari's stored passwords wherever you need.

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09:58
Microsoft brings long-awaited OneDrive Files On-...

Thurott reports Microsoft has updated its 365 product roadmap with mention of Files On-Demand finally rolling out to macOS users. Initially offered as a preview in September of last year to Mac users, no formal word was made by the company as to when users should expect a widespread release.

While the site reports not all users are seeing the macOS version available, the rollout (which began yesterday), should hit most users in the coming weeks.

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09:50
'Hitman: Absolution' and 'Blood Money...

Following the success of Hitman and Hitman 2, Warner Bros. and IO Interactive are looking to strike while enthusiasm is high by releasing a remastered collection of older games in the series. The Hitman HD Enhanced Collection includes Hitman: Absolut...

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09:46
Rumor: Apple will release a redesigned iPhone X this...

In a note to clients Jean Baptiste Su, vice president and principal analyst at the consulting firm of Atherton Research predicts that Apple will release a re-designed iPhone X in 2019.

He forecasts it to have a smaller notch, a fingerprint reader (Touch ID) under the display, and a USB-C port. Su adds that “it will still lack the extensibility (memory card), the battery life, the lightning-fast charging capability, and the camera quality of Android flagship smartphones while being more expensive.”

Changes the rumor is (partially) true, according to the Sellers Research Group (that’s me): 100%. I say “partially” because I do think Apple’s next gen/high end iPhone (whatever it will be called) will have a smaller notch, Touch ID under the screen, and a USB-C port. However, I do think...

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09:42
Qualcomm Facing Off With FTC in Antitrust Trial That...

With the intense ongoing legal battle between Qualcomm and Apple, it's easy to forget that Qualcomm is also facing an FTC antitrust lawsuit for using anticompetitive tactics to remain the main supplier for baseband processors for smartphones.

The FTC hasn't forgotten, though, and FTC lawyers are in a Northern California courtroom before well-known judge Lucy Koh, who also presided over the Apple-Samsung legal fight.

Lawyers for Qualcomm, the FTC, Apple, and other manufacturers have gathered as the trial commences, with the FTC set to argue that Qualcomm refused to provide chips to OEMs without a patent license, refused to license its technology to rivals, and set exclusive deals with Apple.

Manufacturers like Huawei and Lenovo will testify that Qualcomm threatened to disrupt their chip supply during licensing...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch (refurb) from $185...

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

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09:25
Ride-hailing use in the US has more than doubled in...

The Pew Research Center has released the results of a new study showing how the usage of ride-hailing services has grown over recent years. In 2015, just 15 percent of surveyed US adults said they used services like Lyft or Uber, but in a survey cond...

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09:24
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There has been much drama over Apple's stock prices lately, with the latest being the swing because of slowing iPhone sales in Greater China. While a lot of what Apple has done leading to this point isn't great for investors, it is pretty good for consumers.

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Enlarge / A woman holding a smartphone walks past the Apple Store on January 04, 2019 in Berlin. (credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Apple has suffered another blow in its global patent battle with Qualcomm as it was forced to pull older iPhones from its shelves in Germany. Currently the German Apple store offers the iPhone XS and XR but not the iPhone 7 or iPhone 8.

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Microsoft rolls out Files On-Demand for Mac to...




Microsoft has started to roll out Files On-Demand for Mac, a function of Office 2019 that allows users to see all of their files held in OneDrive storage from the Mac desktop, with documents downloaded from the cloud only when they are required.

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Huawei has been forced to Recall and Destroy...

Earlier today Patently Apple posted a report titled "Huawei's Brand was Smeared when the Company's New Year's Message was sent out Globally on Twitter via an iPhone."What's just as damaging is that Huawei was found to have infringed the patents of MPEG LA in Germany which has led to their smartphones being ordered to be recalled and destroyed.

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White House's National Economic Council head...




The director of the White House's National Economic Council, Larry Kudlow, suggested on Friday that China may be stealing Apple technology secrets, without offering any examples or evidence.

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08:18
Huawei’s iPhone tweet blunder

China’s Huawei Technologies has punished two employees for New Year greetings sent on the smartphone maker’s official Twitter account using an iPhone, an internal memo showed.

All companies use competitors products, but they usually don’t use them to post public messages. This isn’t a huge issue, but still a blunder that makes the company look bad.

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Kia AI tailors vehicle interiors to passengers’...

Kia is preparing for a future with autonomous cars and at CES it will be showing off its Real-time Emotion Adaptive Driving System, or R.E.A.D. The company says its AI-based system can adapt vehicle interiors to a passenger's emotional state by using...

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08:06
City of LA sues popular Weather Channel app,...

Los Angeles has brought a lawsuit against The Weather Channel alleging that the app  “deceptively collected, shared and profited from the location information of millions of American consumers.” This news comes from The New York Times after it published an expose last month about apps that threaten privacy with their location data practices.

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B&O made a wireless charging case for its all-...

More audio companies are trying to make their true wireless earphone charging cases fashionable as well as functional. Klipsch has revealed a Zippo-style case for its first true wireless set, while Bang & Olufsen has updated the stylish leather c...

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