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Saturday February 16

Presidents' Day Apple deals: Macs on sale from...

Current Apple hardware is on sale this holiday weekend with triple digit savings on 2018 MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros, delivering the lowest prices of the year. Prices start at just $749 for Mac computers, with markdows of up to $700 off. This weekend is also your last chance to snap up a free pair of $150 JBL headphones with 2017 12.9-inch iPad Pros.

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Apple buys the voice tech startup behind Hello Barbie

Apple has acquired PullString, the startup behind the voice technology powering the interactive "Hello Barbie" doll Mattel released in 2015. PullString, previously known as ToyTalk, was founded back in 2011 by former Pixar employees. Its AI platform...

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How do the insanely wealthy actually pay for...

As jealous as this article made me, it was actually quite interesting to find out how the filthy rich actually pay for their toys.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Air Hogs' new racer is the Spider-Man of remote...

Spin Master's AirHogs brand is, like it says in the name, primarily a toy aircraft line today. Remote-controlled planes, helicopters and, of course, drones. But occasionally it will hit the ground with some cool land vehicles like race cars, tanks or...

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Facebook suspends Pages from Russia-linked viral...

Facebook's crackdown on Russia-linked accounts has usually taken down outlets with a relatively small presence, but its latest move is more substantial. The social network has suspended three Pages from Maffick Media, a viral video outlet that has r...

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Twitter can keep copies of your deleted DMs for years

Twitter might still have copies of your DMs saved in its system even if it's been years since you deactivated your account. Security researcher Karan Saini told TechCrunch that he found years-old messages in an archive of his Twitter data -- which yo...

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Apple Pay rumored to launch in Saudi Arabia on...

A report earlier this week suggested that Apple Pay will launch in the Czech Republic next week. It now looks like Apple Pay might also come to Saudi Arabia on the same day.


The post Apple Pay rumored to launch in Saudi Arabia on February 19 appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Samsung stops releasing Blu-ray players in the US

Did you notice that Samsung hasn't made a peep about Blu-ray players at CES or other recent trade shows? There's a good reason for it: the company is exiting the category in the US. Samsung told Forbes and CNET that it's no longer introducing Blu-ray...

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Gallery: Natick Mall Apple Store reopens with...

Apple’s first retail expansion of 2019 is complete. Customers and team members in Natick, Massachusetts celebrated the grand reopening of Natick Mall’s Apple Store today after just under nine months of renovation work. The redesigned store offers more than twice the space of the previous storefront. 9to5Mac reader Dakota Allen visited the new space and shared photos of the redesign.


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Recommended Reading: The best of the Best Pictures

The Best Picture championship belt
Adam Nayman and
Sean Fennessey,
The Ringer

This year's installment of the Academy Awards is set for February 24th, but ahead of the festivities, The Ringer is looking back at the best Best Pictures with a unique...

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Video: Should you get an eGPU for your new 2018 Mac...

The 2018 Mac mini is a welcome refresh to the compact Mac product line, but the Intel graphics are weak. AppleInsider examines whether it is worth the extra expense of adding an external GPU to the Mac mini.

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Apple Music offer lets subscribers give one month of...

I’m an Apple Music subscriber and haven’t received one, but several sites are reporting that Apple has sent out an iOS push notification offering subscribers of the music streaming service the ability to give away one month of  to a friend or family member.

The offer, which links to a webpage, is for individual memberships only and for non-subscribers only. Once you sign up, membership automatically renews monthly.

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How ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ triumphed over the uncanny...

When the first trailer for the live action Alita: Battle Angel dropped in late December 2017, the internet was abuzz about the eponymous character's large CG eyes. Heck, even we called them "creepy" and "weird." Now that the film's finally here and I...

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This week’s top stories: AirPods 2 in black, March...

In this week’s top stories: AirPods 2 with grip coating and black color option, 2019 iPhone rumors, 10 iPhone tips everyone should know, and more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest Apple stories.


The post This week’s top stories: AirPods 2 in black, March Apple event rumors, WWDC dates, and more appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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MiniWiki allows you to browse Wikipedia from your...

MiniWiki is a new app from developer Will Bishop that allows you to browse Wikipedia directly from your Apple Watch. The app supports features like popular articles around you, offline reading, bookmarks, and more.


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Making the Grade: Makeblock Neuron Explorer Kit is a...

As an IT Director, I am always on the lookout for ways to allow our students to use technology in new and interesting ways. We teach some basic coding skills (I love it for the problem-solving aspect as much as anything), we have an active STEM lab, and we’re always looking to expose our students to different ways of learning. Last fall, I was sent a review unit of the Makeblock Neuron Explorer Kit that is only available at the Apple Store.

About Making The Grade: Every Saturday, Bradley Chambers publishes a new article about Apple in education. He has been managing Apple devices in an education environment since 2009. Through his experience deploying and managing 100s of Macs and 100s of iPads, Bradley will highlight ways in...

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The Morning After: Amazon drops 'LotR'...

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to your weekend! We're closing things out with a teaser from Amazon, as well as a preview of Samsung's big Galaxy S10 reveal. Some of the highlights from last week include a Zelda remake and our review o...

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Apple allowing Apple Music subscribers to gift a...

Last weekend, Apple sent a wave of Apple Music notifications to previous subscribers offering them an additional 3-month free trial. Now, Apple is continuing its Apple Music focus with push notifications allowing current subscribers to gift a friend a free month of the streaming music service.


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Apple patent is for ‘remotely controlling’ a hearing...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 10,206,024) for “remotely controlling a hearing device.” The goal is to be able to apply settings on a hearing aid device before placing it on your ear.

Apple notes that modern hearing devices are high tech computing devices equipped with multiple speakers and types of speakers and are capable of receiving sound data from multiple audio data sources such as microphones attached to the hearing device as well as being able to stream audio data directly to the hearing device. With this advancement in technology comes an increase in the control and flexibility of hearing devices. For example, hearing devices can be adjusted to perform optimally in multiple environments. 

In addition, modern hearing devices can be very small and placed discreetly inside the ear, almost unnoticeable to others. While creating smaller, more powerful and more flexible hearing devices has plenty of benefits over older styles, one problem that has arisen...

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Amazon’s HQ2 New York plans didn’t need to end this...

After the pageantry of searching for a new spot for its headquarters, some had expected Amazon's decision to move to New York be a done deal. Not so. It took Amazon months to decide to bring one of two new headquarters to Long Island City, and mere m...

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Even years later, Twitter doesn’t delete your direct...

Brings to mind the old cliche of “Don’t write down anything you don’t want your mother to read.”

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Notable apps and updates, Feb. 11-16

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

Groosoft has rolled out Translate Box 1.0.1, a translation comparison and management app for the Mac.

The software shows translation results from several translation services simultaneously to provide optimal translations. Additionally, all contents of a translation can be tabulated and systematically managed. Users can add new boxes to create new translations, as well as create well-organized documents in table form as boxes stack.

Translate Box 1.0.1 costs $4.99 and requires macOS 10.13 or higher. It’s available exclusively at the Mac App Store.


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Twitter removes tweet from Iran's leader,...

Once again, Twitter has run into a sticky situation while deciding when and how to apply its content rules. Buzzfeed News reports that it removed a tweet from an (unverified) account linked to Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, the current Supreme Leader...

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Friday February 15

These $49 Funcl AI earbuds might look like AirPods,...

For a limited time only, AppleInsider readers can exclusively pick up Funcl's AI wireless earphones for just $49, matching the lowest price we've seen to date. These portable headphones are a great budget-friendly alternative to Apple's pricier AirPods -- and best of all, they're in stock and ready to ship at Amazon.

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Final Cut Friday: 10 transition tips for FCP X [...

Transitions are key building blocks for putting together cohesive videos in your NLE of choice. In Final Cut Pro X, there are many shortcuts, tips, and tricks that can be used while inserting or editing transitions. In this week’s episode of Final Cut Friday, I share 10 transition tips to help you master this vital part of the editing process. more…

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Website uses AI to create infinite fake faces

You might already know that AI can put real faces in implausible scenarios, but it's now clear that it can create faces that otherwise wouldn't exist. Developer Phillip Wang has created a website, ThisPersonDoesNotExist, that uses AI to generate a s...

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'Pokémon Go' settlement promises action on...

Niantic, the creator of Pokémon Go, has reached a tentative settlement in a class action lawsuit filed against the company by homeowners who claim the game caused players to stumble into their yards searching for Pokémon. As part of the...

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Apple Music promo lets subscribers give one month of...

In what is quickly becoming Apple's preferred method of advertising to existing customers, the company on Friday sent out an iOS push notification offering Apple Music subscribers the ability to give away one free month of service.

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CBS reached its streaming subscription target two...

With cord-cutting on the rise, it seems there's enough room at the table for more internet-only services. CBS is now reporting that its streaming platforms, CBS All Access and Showtime, reach 8 million subscribers -- up 60 percent from the 5 million...

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These AI Created People Don’t Exist

Digital Trends writes: “While it’s been clear for quite some time that modern A.I. is getting pretty darn good at generating accurate human faces, it’s a reminder of just how far we’ve come…”  The face shown here is just one of many created by an AI, explained in the article. “The results … well, you can see them for yourself by checking out the website. Hitting refresh will iterate an entirely new face.”

Soon there will be artificial people on the internet writing AI created articles. (I am actually one of them.)

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Apple Buys Voice App StartUp PullString

Apple agreed to acquire voice app startup PullString, in what could prove to be a big boost for the future of Siri.

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My 2018 Apple Report Card

At the end of January, Jason Snell published his annual Six Colors Apple Report Card for 2018. This year 55 voters (hand-selected by Snell) graded Apple in 11 areas. I was one of them, and thought it only fair to publish my grades and remarks here at Daring Fireball. Comments in [brackets] are additional commentary I wrote now, and were not included in what I submitted to Snell.

Mac: D

I’d say it’s been an OK year at best. On the MacBook front they had decent MacBook Pro updates and the third-gen butterfly keyboard seems to have fixed the reliability problems with the previous keyboards. But these keyboards are not great. A few people really like them, but most people agree they feel worse than the old keyboards. I may be biased as a writer and a keyboard aficionado, but it used to be the case that Apple’s notebook keyboards were widely hailed as the best in...

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'AirPods 2' rumored to launch in spring...

Echoing earlier rumors, a report claimed on Friday that Apple will ship second-generation AirPods product this spring, including a new black color option.

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Deal of the Month: HyperJuice Wireless Charger Case...

This month we’ve teamed up with Hyper for our first ever 9to5Mac Deal of the Month. For February only, you can get the HyperJuice AirPods Wireless Charging case for 60% off regular price:

Get the HyperJuice AirPods Wireless Charger Case 60% off for a limited time – $20 (Reg. $50)

Head below for a video hands-on look: more…

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Nerf's 'Fortnite' guns will be here...

If you thought Hasbro was already milking the Fortnite trend for all it's worth with an official Nerf gun, you haven't seen anything yet. The toy maker has unveiled its full line of Fortnite-themed Nerf guns (including Super Soakers), and while it's...

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Apple Daily Report: Apple releases NBA models of its...

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

Apple has announced the availability of NBA models of its Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones. They’re available in six versions/colors and cost $349.95.

In its latest Conflict Minerals Report to the SEC, Apple says that 100% of its smelters and refiners were subjected to an audit "for the fourth straight year” as of Dec. 31. Five offending parties were removed during 2018.

The new MacVoices kicks off the 2019 Road to Macstock with organizer Mike Potter’s...

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∞ Apple shows off Depth Control with “Bokeh’d”

This is actually really funny.

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Apple to acquire voice app firm PullString in deal...

As part of a larger push into voice recognition and artificial intelligence technology, Apple has reportedly agreed to purchase PullString, a San Francisco startup focused on the development and publication of voice apps for Amazon's Alexa, Google Assistant and "internet of things" hardware.

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Apple reportedly scoops up Pullstring, a voice app...

Apple has agreed to acquire PullString, a San Francisco-based startup that enables the design and publishing of voice apps with the goal of helping Siri better compete with Siri, reports Axios, quoting unnamed “multiple sources.”

PullString was founded in 2011 by former Pixar executives “to realize the dream of higher fidelity computer conversation,” according to the company’s website. It specializes in technology, tools, and techniques for designing, prototyping, and publishing voice apps and conversational experiences.

Its software, PullString Converse (pictured), allows designers and developers to create “immersive” voice apps for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Internet of Things devices. If Axios is correct, that list will soon include Siri (and perhaps only Siri...

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Can Apple Walk (Services) AND Chew Gum (Hardware)?

The internet is all over the map trying to figure out whether Apple’s service and hardware strategies for 2019 are going to work well together.

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Apple reportedly buys PullString, a voice assistant...

Apple has today agreed to buy a San Francisco-based startup Pullstring, according to Axios. The company focuses on designing and publishing voice apps. Such an acquisition could play an important role for Apple as it continues to work on improving Siri, which many believe is far behind the acquisition.


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Rumor: the AirPower, AirPods available in black will...

The Chinese-language Economic Daily News is reporting that Inventec —  a Taiwan-based manner of mobile devices, notebook computers, and servers — is producing a new version of the AirPods that will come with a charging case and be available in black, as well as white.

The article says the charging case will work with Apple’s AirPower wireless charger, which will debut in the spring. The long-promised AirPower will be able to charge a Qi-compatible iPhone, an Apple Watch, and a pair of AirPods (in a special wireless charging case) at the same time regardless of where they're placed on the pad. AirPower hasn't been priced yet, but guesses have it costing anywhere from $150 - $200. 

Chances the rumor is true, according to the Sellers Research Group (that’s me): 80%. I do think we’ll see the AirPower and AirPods with a wireless charging case arrive next month. Less certain if the “new” AirPods...

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Inside Nike's DIY studio for Snapchat selfie...

Snapchat's Lens Studio, which lets anyone create their own augmented reality filters, has been a big hit for the company. There are now more than 250,000 Lenses created by independent users, and those have been viewed over 15 billion times. Still, Sn...

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Economic Daily News: Updated AirPods in production...

Chinese media outlet Economic Daily News is reporting that Inventec is already producing a new version of AirPods with a different exterior material for the earbuds and charging case, as well as a black color option.

The report indicates that they will go on sale in the spring alongside the AirPower wireless charging mat. EDN says the new AirPods are expected to boost Inventec’s first quarter earnings, as the publication has a supply chain focus.


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PowerUp Toys is motorizing more paper vehicles

PowerUp Toys, the makers of a smartphone-controlled paper airplane kit, is at Toy Fair 2019 with three new gizmos to occupy your free time. The company has an updated version of its popular plane kit with dual propellers, a new motorization kit that...

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Apple's latest iPhone XS & XR ad '...

Perhaps signalling that it's embarking on a broader campaign, Apple has released a second ad promoting Depth Control on the iPhone XS & XR, "Bokeh'd."

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Updated Mormon rules let missionaries call or text...

Until now, Mormon missionaries have only allowed to use phone calls or video chats to reach their families on Christmas and Mother's Day. After that, they'd had to rely on email or traditional letters. They'll have an easier time staying in touch f...

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Comical iPhone XR ad shows off Portrait Mode Depth...

Apple has today rolled out a new ad titled “Bokeh’d” focused on the computational bokeh effect found on iPhone 7 Plus and later. With newer iPhone generations, users can adjust the amount of bokeh.


The post Comical iPhone XR ad shows off Portrait Mode Depth Control: ‘Did you bokeh my child?’ appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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High-tech Pictionary is more challenging than using...

Pictionary seems like one of those perfect games that doesn't really need an upgrade. You draw on a piece of paper, and people guess what you're trying to show them. Sure, you can put the game on a phone or tablet, but the basic concept remains the s...

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Twitter saves deleted direct messages for years,...

A new report from TechCrunch today reveals that Twitter holds on to deleted direct messages for years, in some cases even for accounts that have been suspended or deactivated.


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In The Future You Could ‘Clarify’ Tweets (But Still...

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced the company is considering adding a feature that would let you explain tweets by adding new or additional context (via Mashable). [Touch Twitter’s Sparkle and Something Wonderful Will Happen] Clarification This sounds like Twitter is considering clarification instead of editing. So while you won’t be able to correct that typo,…

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Healthcare tech firm Epic Systems says it won't...

Despite its potentially lucrative nature, the CEO of healthcare IT firm Epic Systems says she won't consider any possible takeover offer by Apple.

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NBA game recaps are coming to Facebook Watch

You'll soon get to see official highlights from every NBA game on Facebook, after the two signed a deal to stream recaps on the Watch tab. The agreement covers all four of the NBA's leagues: NBA, WNBA, NBA G League and the NBA 2K eSports league. Reca...

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Comment: With Apple’s March event focused on...

At the start of the week, you could reasonably guess that Apple might hold its semi-regular spring event to unveil a new 10-inch iPad and smaller iPad mini 5, an updated iPod touch, possibly AirPods 2, and new features in iOS 12.2. Reliable reporting has since adjusted expectations, giving us a rumored event date and a focus on new subscription news and video services in place of any hardware. So when should we expect to see all that rumored hardware if there’s no hardware event?


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Best smart lock for a keyless home

Keys are yesterday’s tech, your smart home needs a smart lock.

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Review: The G-Drive Mobile USB-C HDD is a great...

Finally, G-Technology has added a USB-C port to the G-Drive Mobile line, and we've got one on our test bench.

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Apple’s Classical Music Problem

Last year Apple Music got its very own classical music section, but it seems as if it has languished ever since.

Frustrations with classical music streaming are nothing new, but as Charles tells us, this is a problem that affects nearly every streaming music service, including Apple Music rival Spotify. In an effort to find out exactly what’s wrong with classical music on Apple Music — and what steps could be taken to address these problems — we asked Charles and Rumiz to detail the biggest issues with classical music on Apple Music.

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Pokémon GO may be forced to change Poké Stops and...

A proposed settlement for Pokémon GO developer Niantic in its class action lawsuit suggests that it could be removing or changing some Poké Stops and Gyms within the game. According to a report from Variety, the proposed settlement was filed on Thursday in a California court. If approved, Pokémon GO will need to remove Poké Stops or Gyms that are on private property.


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Apple extends Chinese iPhone XS & XR trade-up...

Apple is extending a Chinese promo in which shoppers get better credit for old iPhones put towards the cost of an iPhone XS or XR.

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Hasbro's Bluetooth lightsaber lets kids train...

Hasbro has a new toy for the future Jedi in your life. The Star Wars Lightsaber Academy is a suped-up version of the standard lightsaber that comes with its own training exercises and activities built in, according to The Verge. The toy connected to...

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Lee Clow announces retirement and looks back

Clow isn’t a household name but his influence is felt throughout the advertising world.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple World Today Video Tip: How to close all open...

Are you frustrated with trying to close all of those open tabs in Safari? In this short Apple World Today video tip, we show you a little known trick on how to close all open Safari tabs on an iPhone with one quick tap.

Be sure to subscribe to the Apple World Today YouTube channel for more video tips.

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The official fast food French Fry power rankings

We don’t have the #1 here in Vancouver so I can’t judge but I do agree with the writer that the memory of MacDonald’s fries is often better than the actual fries.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Niantic agrees to change Pokemon Go locations in...

Game studio Niantic has settled a lawsuit surrounding the popular iOS game Pokemon Go, one where property owners complained about players of the hit title causing a nuisance in physical locations designated as Pokestops and Pokemon Gyms.

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Facebook Set to Pay Record Fine to Settle FTC...

The FTC is in negotiations with Facebook to settle its investigation into the social media giant, with a record-breaking fine likely.

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Webcams and Post-Its, Scary AI – TMO Daily...

John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join Kelly Guimont to discuss webcams and security measures, as well as AI that freaks out even Elon Musk.

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Facebook Might Remove Anti-Vaxxer Content

Advertisements on Facebook promoted by anti-vaxxer organizations have been specifically targeting pregnant women.

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How to Manage Your Online Personal Data

Louise Matakis put together a guide on how to manage your online personal data, and figuring out who buys, sells, and barters it.

Personal data is often compared to oil—it powers today’s most profitable corporations, just like fossil fuels energized those of the past. But the consumers it’s extracted from often know little about how much of their information is collected, who gets to look at it, and what it’s worth. Every day, hundreds of companies you may not even know exist gather facts about you, some more intimate than others. That information may then flow to academic researchers, hackers, law enforcement, and foreign nations—as well as plenty of companies trying to sell you stuff.

A good guide as usual from Wired.

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Germany Government Adviser: No Smartphones for...

Children under 14-years-old should not have access to a smartphone, an adviser to the German government has recommended.

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How to make PDFs in macOS Mojave without any extra...

You've been able to make a PDF out of any document on Macs for years. We take it so much for granted, though, that we don't know what extra options we've got -- nor noticed how Apple is trying to change the way we're supposed to make PDFs. AppleInsider walks you through making a PDF, with only the tools that come with macOS.

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Amazon's first 'Lord of the Rings'...

As things stand, we know very little about Amazon's Lord of the Rings Prime Video series. We do know it will last several seasons and it will include some familiar characters from J.R.R. Tolkien's books, though Amazon was clear it's not remaking Pete...

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee Wants to Fix the Web with New...

Sir Tim Berners Lee, the inventor or the World Wide Web, has a new, a project. Called Inrupt, it wants to develop a new web structure to put people back in control of their data. Data would be stored on an individual’s “pod” instead of a company’s server. Wired spoke to Sir Tim about the project.

Inrupt aims to drive the development of the Solid platform and transform it from an innovative idea to a viable platform for businesses and consumers. “My group in the CSAIL [Computer Sciences and Artifical Intelligence Laboratory] Lab at MIT had been working on Solid for some years,” Berners-Lee says. “The initial goal of Inrupt is to add the energy and resources of a startup to the open-source efforts to make the Solid movement happen.”

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7-in-1 MacBook Pro USB-C Hub: $34.99

We have a deal on a 7-in-1 MacBook Pro USB-C hub. This device has one Thunderbolt 3 Type-C port, two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, and SDXC, micro SDXC, and TF card ports. You can get it through our deal for $34.99.

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Dubai Airport drone scare temporarily disrupts...

Dubai International Airport is the latest to halt flights over a drone scare following similar incidents at London's Gatwick and Heathrow. The world's third-busiest airport temporarily stopped operations for just under 30 minutes due to "unauthorized...

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: $150 off 10.5-inch iPad Pro,...

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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Thunderbolt 3 adapter guide: How to connect an...

The new MacBook Pro comes with two or four external ports, depending on the model you pick. And the new MacBook Air has a pair of ports. But those ports are only of one type: Thunderbolt 3, which is compatible with USB-C.

But you probably have devices that use USB-A, Thunderbolt 1, Thunderbolt 2, DisplayPort, HDMI, or something else. How do you connect these devices? With an adapter.

If you’re planning to buy a new MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, make sure you set aside a considerable amount of cash for the adapters you need. Apple doesn’t include any in the box, except for a power adapter.

Your best bet is to get a combination dock, like the Satechi Slim Aluminum Type-C Multi-Port Adapter ($60 on Amazon). It connects via USB-C, and includes a USB-C pass-through port, two USB 3.0 ports, and an HDMI port with 4K (30Hz) support. With this, you don’t have to...

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Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs outlines how it'...

For the last two years, Google's Sidewalk Labs has been working on a planned neighborhood on Toronto's waterfront. Now, thanks to internal documents obtained by the Toronto Star, the company's plans on how it will make money through the development h...

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Spotify Spent $340 Million on Anchor and Gimlet

Spotify spent close to $340 million on its recent purchases of Gimlet and Anchor, making a good return for investors.

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FTC & Facebook negotiating record-breaking...

Facebook and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission are in talks over a privacy violations fine that could cost the former billions of dollars.

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How AI made Facebook’s Portal your ‘personal...

After releasing its Portal video-calling tool to largely positive reviews (especially from its employees) last November, Facebook is finally cracking open the device and giving the rest of us a glimpse at the Portal's inner workings. Engadget sat dow...

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Amazon invests in electric truck-maker Rivian

Amazon is staking a claim in the EV market after it led a $700 million investment round in electric pickup truck and SUV maker Rivian. Other details about the investment aren't being disclosed, but previous shareholders are involved and Rivian is rem...

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Compared: Apple's Smart Battery Case versus...

Both Apple and Mophie have introduced their own battery cases which spurs the debate on which route people should go. Apple's Smart Battery Case and Mophies Juice Pack Access have their benefits, but which is best is going to be up to you.

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Faulty iPad Behind New Jersey Apartment Fire

Apple is being sued because a faulty iPad battery caused a New Jersey apartment fire in 2017, killing the occupant. 

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The best portable laptop charger

By Sarah Witman

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 portable laptop charger guide here....

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Overwatch League's premium pass wasn't...

If you tuned into opening night of Overwatch League's second season, you likely noticed some changes to the production from last year. For instance, each player's status bar at the top of the screen handily shows when a hero is hacked, stunned or fir...

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Our favorite psychopath, Villanelle, is back in...

If you haven’t seen this show, do yourself a favor and binge-watch it immediately.

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Our favorite psychopath, Villanelle, is back in...

If you haven’t seen this show, do yourself a favor and binge-watch it immediately.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Unboxing Nike's self-lacing Adapt BB sneakers...

It was exactly a month ago that Nike took the wraps off of Adapt BB, its latest pair of shoes with power laces, and now the company is finally ready to bring them to the masses. The Adapt BB will launch globally on February 17th, although some lucky...

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EFF: Europe’s Copyright Directive Worse Than Imagined

Europe’s potentially disastrous Internet copyright rule update is headed to the European Parliament for a vote, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation warns that it’s even worse than before.

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Transformers spinoff Bumblebee proved the franchise still has legs and now Netflix wants a slice of the action. The streaming service has ordered War for Cybertron, a new animated series that explores the "expansive universe" of the Autobots' home wo...

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Apple sued over faulty iPad battery behind 2017...

A lawsuit has accused Apple of being responsible for the death of a man in New Jersey in 2017, following a fire caused by a faulty battery pack in an iPad, with the suit alleging the tablet was "unreasonably dangerous and unsafe" due to having "defects in its design."

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Test compares cellular speeds for top iPhone models...

A new study from OpenSignal published today looks into the cellular performance of the most popular iPhones going back to 2013. While there’s nothing too surprising in the findings, it does nail down exactly what average speeds each model sees, how much owners of older iPhones are missing out, how much iPhone cellular speeds have grown over the years, and a few other interesting details.


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Test compares cellular speeds for top iPhone models...

A new study from OpenSignal published today looks into the cellular performance of the most popular iPhones going back to 2013. While there’s nothing too surprising in the findings, it does nail down exactly what average speeds each model sees, how much owners of older iPhones are missing out, how much iPhone cellular speeds have grown over the years, and a few other interesting details.


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Twitter may let us 'clarify' (but not edit...

There are reasonable arguments for and against being able to edit tweets once they've been posted to Twitter dot com. Jack Dorsey doesn't necessarily want everyone to re-write their own history, but may allow us to re-contextualize our words in futur...

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This AI Tool Scares the Crap Out of Elon Musk

OpenAI, an AI research institute cofounded by Elon Musk and Sam Altman, built an AI text generator that its creators worry is dangerous.

Jack Clark, policy director at OpenAI, says that example shows how technology like this might shake up the processes behind online disinformation or trolling, some of which already use some form of automation. “As costs of producing text fall, we may see behaviors of bad actors alter,” he says.

Based on the examples I think it’s safe to say this AI would pass the Turing Test.

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Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless review

Not every audio company was quick to jump on the true wireless bandwagon. Some of the big names in headphones took their time crafting a set of earbuds before making a debut. Sennheiser was one of those, and its Momentum True Wireless model didn't ar...

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Allstate’s iCracked Purchase Could be a Win For...

Insurance company Allstate’s purchase of repair firm iCracked Tuesday confirmed its position as a key player in the right to repair movement. Malcolm Owen on AppleInsider commented that the deal could help Allstate speed up device repairs claims process. In the future, customers may only have to be without a phone for hours, not days.

At the same time as bolstering its consumer offerings, acquiring iCracked also makes Allstate a major force in the right to repair movement in the United States, due to its business involving third-party repairs. executive director Gay Gordon-Byrne confirmed to Motherboard the outfit has already loaned a lobbyist to assist the push for legislation in New Hampshire. The purchase is already being seen as a positive for the movement, with...

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9to5Mac Daily: February 15, 2019

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


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Apple’s 2018 Conflict Minerals Report

As part of Apple’s commitment to supplier responsibility the company has released its 2018 conflict minerals report.

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Allstate insurance adds iCracked to SquareTrade in...

Nationwide insurance company Allstate has bought smartphone and tablet repair service iCracked. It already owned SquareTrade, which offers both gadget insurance and tech support …


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On Monday we told you that Apex Legends is, all being well, eventually going to end up on the App Store. That means you'll be able to play one of the best new battle royale shooters in months in the palm of your hand. However, it hasn't happened... | Read more »
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You've no doubt heard of Apex Legends by now. It's a new take on the battle royale genre developed by Respawn, and published by EA. It went live on EA Origin, PS4, and Xbox One last week, and it's already been generating a lot of buzz around the... | Read more »
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