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Thursday August 16

09:48
Apple Store seen growing to 600 locations worldwide...




Gene Munster sees growth in China and India leading to a big future expansion, with Apple employing 80,000 customer service employees just at Apple Stores within five years.

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09:45
Twitter explains why it’s hurting Tweetbot and...

TechCrunch has published an internal Twitter email that includes the company’s explanation for shutting down their API that powered many features in useful apps like Tweetbot and Twitterrific.

While the email likely won’t convince irritated Twitter users who are seeing features removed from their favorite apps, the internal communication is the most open Twitter has been about its thinking on the matter:

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09:34
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 12″ MacBook $250 off, Philips...

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Listen to the new 9to5Toys Daily Podcast:

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09:01
MacBook Air: Could a 2018 refresh of the budget...




A refresh of the MacBook Air to celebrate a decade of sales could rejuvenate a MacBook model that has seemingly been left behind. Could Apple be planning to update the MacBook Air, and if so, what changes are on the cards?

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08:47
Apple Commemorates Aretha Franklin’s Life with Apple...

The music world lost a pillar with the passing of Aretha Franklin. She was suffering from pancreatic cancer, as did Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. To commemorate her life Apple has several playlists on Apple Music celebrating her powerful contributions to soul, jazz, R&B, blues, and funk. Aretha’s influence crossed musical genres and that won’t likely change even though she’s gone. You can check out her Apple Music playlists in the Music app on your iPhone or iPad, or under the Browse tab in iTunes music section.


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08:46
Back to School 2018: The best tech and accessories...

Back to school season is in full swing as we move through the month of August. With many students already back in the classroom and many preparing, it’s crucial to start off the year with the right technology and accessories to succeed.

Read on as we round-up some of the best technology and accessories for use this school year…

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08:27
Twitter Just Killed Key Features in Third-party...

Twitter is turning off the APIs for key features on August 16th, essentially hobbling all client apps except its own.


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08:21
You can listen to full music on Apple Music after...

Here’s a link to the song Everytime (A Cappella) for you to try for yourself.

I clicked the link on my Mac, logged in to the page that appeared, and was able to listen to the song in my browser, without jumping to iTunes.

According to the Reddit comments, this seems to have appeared sometime after WWDC. It also appears that there is a 3rd party API so people can build their own web-based music players. The API might still be in beta, though I tested the above link on the public release of High Sierra.

Interesting.

UPDATE: Here’s a post from Kirk McElhearn about all this from back in June, when it first became available.

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08:17
Tim Cook honors the late Aretha Franklin




After the passing Thursday morning of the legendary Queen of Soul, Apple's CEO says "her voice will keep lifting us, through the music she gave the world."

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08:13
Google updates their cloud storage pricing

Tim Hardwick, MacRumors:

The new plans include 100GB storage for $1.99 a month, 200GB for $2.99 a month, and 2TB for $9.99 a month (down from $19.99). The free 15GB for non-paying users remains. There’s also a new family option for divvying up a single storage plan amongst up to five members.

And Apple:

Apple’s iCloud monthly storage plans aren’t so different: they start with 5GB free storage for non-paying users, then offer 50GB for $0.99, 200GB for $2.99, and 2TB for $9.99.

To me, 5GB might as well be zero. The smallest configuration for Apple’s most popular phone, the iPhone X, is 64GB. What does that 5GB offer for a 64GB phone? It seems paltry. To me, this is stingy and bad optics.

At the very least, I think Apple should match Google’s free 15GB and unlimited free photo storage. Even better, raise that bar. As is, this feels like nickel and diming people who are spending as much as $1,000 for a phone.

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08:09
Here's where to get the lowest prices on Apple...




Apple authorized reseller Adorama has issued even greater markdowns on Apple's brand-new 2018 MacBook Pro with combined instant and coupon savings totaling up to $250 off with no tax outside NY and NJ. These deals, which offer shoppers the lowest prices anywhere, are available only at AppleInsider.

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07:59
Twitter’s secret “Guest Mode”

This is definitely more interesting than useful. Just a historic artifact.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:55
Teen Charged with Hacking in to Apple Servers,...

A teenager from Melbourne, Australia, has been arrested for hacking in to Apple’s servers, making off with over 90 GB of files, and accessing customer accounts. Apparently the boy developed a system that “worked flawlessly” until he was caught. The Sydney Morning Herald said,

His offending from the age of 16 saw him develop computerised tunnels and online bypassing systems to hide his identity until a raid on his family home uncovered a litany of hacking files and instructions all saved in a folder titled ‘hacky hack hack.’

Aside from the poor life choice of heading down a path of international crime, the boy’s big mistake was bragging online about what he did. Lessons learned: Don’t break federal laws and hack into company servers, and don’t tell anyone if you do.


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07:53
T-Mobile targeting switchers with 30-day trials...

Along with announcing a new approach to customer service and some perks like a free year of Pandora Plus for customers yesterday, T-Mobile is offering a new free 30-day trial program to attract new customers. Although there are a few caveats, the trial doesn’t require customers to switch carriers or numbers and is totally free.

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07:48
Tweetbot update removes deprecated features in...

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07:44
BundleHunt Summer Mac App bundle starts at $5 with...

BundleHunt has a new offer this morning with over 40 popular Mac Apps available from just $5. Here’s how it works, simply pay the initial $5 fee than you can add each listing at your leisure for an additional $1 each. Many of these apps sell for over $10 individually, so this is a great time to load up your Mac with popular titles. Each one becomes a permanent part of your library with the option of adding additional licenses. Hit this landing page for more details or head below for a few standout apps.

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07:43
Melbourne teen hacked into Apple’s secure computer...
07:41
Apple’s growth story

Neil Cybart:

There are three drivers behind Apple’s return to revenue growth:

  1. iPhone. The average selling price (ASP) of iPhone is up $100 year-over-year.
  2. Services. Apple is seeing strong revenue growth from the App Store, licensing, and AppleCare.
  3. Wearables. Apple’s wearables platform is gaining sales momentum as Apple Watch and AirPods go mainstream.

Lots of interesting detail in the article. On that last bullet, I am seeing Apple Watch and AirPods everywhere now.

When I am out running, I see more and more other runners with AirPods in their ears. Mainstream is the right term here.

On a related note, I get why Apple sticks with white as the only color. As was the case when the iPod first started, those white headphones were incredibly important to the branding. I see AirPods white as a similarly important brand marker.

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07:39
New report backs claims 2018 iPhones will support...




This year's 5.8- and 6.5-inch OLED iPhones will support the Apple Pencil, an accessory originally designed exclusively for iPads, a report claimed on Thursday.

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07:38
Another Report Says iPhone Getting Apple Pencil...

Another report claims the 2018 iPhone models will include Apple Pencil support.


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07:35
Improved keyless entry system could replace car key...




Apple wants iPhone owners to be able to use their mobile devices as alternatives to a keyless entry system for their car, with a proposal that would let users unlock and start a vehicle simply by bringing their mobile device with them to the driving seat.

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07:34
Australian teen pleads guilty to hacking Apple’s...

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07:28
Review: Understands Butler, a neat wooden shelf for...

I like to keep a clean desk. That’s helped enormously by being paperless, but another key is what I refer to as my OCDesk: a custom-built desk with a rear undershelf to hold all the power-strips, power bricks, external drives and so on. That keeps all the mess out of sight. (I’ve since had a new one created, but I’ll get to that in a future Smart Home Diary.)

But if your desire for tidiness doesn’t quite extend to having a custom desk created for you, a rear shelf for an iMac or Apple Thunderbolt Display can be a good way to keep things tidy …

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07:08
Steam may get tools to play Windows games on Linux...

Reddit discovered references to a "Steam Play" compatibility wrapper this week, and while there's no official announcement, it does indicate that Valve's support for Linux isn't over yet.

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07:06
ARM-powered Mac idea boosted by firm claiming its...

It’s long been rumored that Apple is working on Macs powered by custom-designed ARM CPUs, moving away from Intel ones. Here at 9to5Mac we’ve long argued that it’s a question of when and not if, with one report even suggesting that Apple could make the switch as early as 2020.

That idea gets a big boost today as ARM claims that its upcoming CPUs will out-perform Intel ones …

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06:50
T-Mobile launches 30-day free trials in Atlanta,...




T-Mobile on Thursday began offering trial subscriptions in three U.S. cities, letting new customers test the carrier's network without having to commit to switching.

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06:50
Check Out Apple’s Giant Cafeteria Doors Opening

Apple’s new campus is pretty impressive, and even things like opening the cafeteria doors is something worth watching. In this case, it’s because the doors are multi-story tall glass panels that slide out of the way to expose the dining area to nature. Apple CEO Tim Cook shared a GIF on Twitter showing the doors in action. Check it out!

Lunchtime at Apple Park just got a whole lot more exciting

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06:47
'Pokémon Go' will offer parental controls...

Pokémon Go will debut a new log-in system called Niantic Kids that will give parents a way to keep a close eye on their children's accounts. The upcoming log-in platform will give parents access to a portal where they can manage their child's...

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06:37
Sony's PSVR still going strong as sales hit 3...

Sony announced that it has sold 3 million PlayStation VR (PSVR) headsets as of the end of July, showing that its popularity has declined little since the fall 2016 launch. At the end of 2017, Sony had sold 2 million units, meaning it has sold another...

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06:31
Further report that this year’s OLED iPhones will...

A new report echoes one just a couple of days ago, stating that the two OLED models in this year’s iPhone lineup will support the Apple Pencil

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06:27
iOS 11: How to Wake Up to Your Own Music

For today’s Quick Tip, we’re going over how to set your own music on an alarm…so if waking up to the joyous sounds of heavy metal is your thing, we’ve got you covered.


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06:23
Rituals makes company-wide migration to Apple tech...

Jamf, which specializes in Apple ecosystem management, has announced that it made a successful company-wide global migration to Apple technology possible for Rituals, one of the fastest growing luxury brands in Europe. 

Rituals has more than 670 stores in 27 countries around the globe. In fall 2016, Rituals kicked off their Apple implementation with a pilot program of 20 MacBook devices in their corporate headquarters. Staff feedback on the ease of use, flexibility and device stability cemented Rituals’ decision...

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06:22
Amazon reportedly wants to buy a movie theater chain

Amazon might soon have brick-and-mortar movie theaters of its own if it succeeds in acquiring Landmark Theatres. According to anonymous Bloomberg sources, the e-commerce giant is one of the companies seeking to buy the chain and its 50 locations, whi...

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06:03
FallCall, Mytrex bring personal emergency response...

FallCall Solutions, the creator of the FallCall Lite app for Apple Watch and iPhone, has teamed up with Mytrex — a provider of monitoring services in the Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) market — to bring fully-integrated emergency medical monitoring services into the Apple ecosystem, including the iPhone and Apple Watch.

"When developing FallCall Lite, we wanted to change the way subscribers access the highest quality 24/7 personal emergency monitoring in the country," says Shea Gregg, MD President of FallCall Solutions.  "No longer will users need to fill out paperwork or fax updated subscriber lists to a central monitoring provider.  FallCall Lite's integration with Mytrex allows our customers to sign-up, change responders and maintain their subscriptions-all electronically.”

FallCall Lite is free and available at the Apple App Store. Standard features include...

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06:00
ASUS unveils an even thinner Zephyrus gaming laptop

Ever since its debut at Computex last year, the ASUS ROG Zephyrus represented the company's vision for the future of gaming laptops. It was incredibly thin, and it packed in the fastest mobile graphics around, NVIDIA's GTX 1080 Max-Q (it's just...

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06:00
Oculus Rift support is coming to HTC's Viveport...

The Oculus Rift is finally welcome in Viveport, HTC's VR store. When it launched in 2016, Viveport seemed a bit redundant, since it wasn't hard for Vive owners to find VR experiences on Steam. But it turned into a truly great deal last year with the...

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06:00
ARM says its next processors will outperform Intel...

ARM-based laptops have been pretty pokey to date, but you might have a different impression of them in a year or two. The company has offered a rare peek at the performance expectations for its future processor architectures, and the figures might m...

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05:57
Australian teenager hacked Apple's corporate...




Teen pleads guilty to downloading 90GB of secure files from Apple's internal systems and accessing customer accounts in repeated hacks from his suburban home.

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05:30
Apple files for patent for ‘enhanced automotive...

Take this as further evidence of a full-fledged “Apple Car” or, as I do, evidence of new features planned for the iPhone and perhaps the Apple Watch: Apple has filed for a patent (number ) for “enhanced automative passive entry.”

Lots of modern cars allow entry using a key fob, and some cars allow starting by a button when the key fob is inside the car. Such operation is called passive entry and passive start, which use a position of the key fob to unlock the car, allow starting the car, and provide other functionality. The location of the key fob is determined using magnetic signals emitted from magnetic antennas in the car. The magnetic signals are measured by the key fob and sent to the car for determining a location of the key fob. 

Apple says the key fob can be bulky and be an additional item that a user must carry. What’s more, the magnetic fields are short range, and current techniques are susceptible to hackers, which can allow a thief to access the car and...

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05:15
Tweetbot falls victim to Twitter's incoming...

We've known for a long time that Twitter's third-party apps would bear the brunt of the platform's API revamp, and even though those changes aren't due to come into effect until tomorrow, they're already causing trouble. Today's update to Tweetbot fo...

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05:00
How to control the order of images in a Photos for...

It’s absolutely frustrating when you set out on a task that seems like it should work, and then wind up wondering if it’s your fault. This is the case with Photos 3.0 for macOS and its broken workflow for creating slideshows: it sorts images and videos in random order.

Macworld reader Marie is one of the people who cannot figure out what’s going wrong. She asks, rightly in all caps, “HOW CAN I GET MY SLIDESHOW PHOTOS IN THE ORDER I WANT THEM?”

In previous releases and in iPhoto, you’d follow these steps:

  1. Select some items or have no items selected while viewing a regular or smart album to select the whole album.
  2. Create a slideshow. In Photos, that’s File > Create > Slideshow. An entry is created in the Projects list with the name you choose.
  3. And, hurray, the pictures and movies would be referenced in a slideshow view in the order they appeared in the album.

Photos 3.0 inexplicably broke this...

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04:56
Google rebrands cloud storage services as Google One...




Google's rebranding of its cloud storage service from Google Drive to Google One has taken a major leap forward, with the tech giant now allowing anyone in the United States to sign up for the plan, not just users already paying for online storage capacity.

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04:42
High school student hacked into Apple servers and...

An Australian high school student repeatedly hacked into Apple servers, succeeding in downloading 90GB of what were described as ‘secure files.’ The teenage boy also reportedly accessed customer accounts …

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04:31
Samsung's Harman unveils its new premium...

When Samsung acquired Harman International Industries last year, it was pretty obvious the tech brand had eyes on the Harman Kardon audio division. The pair have worked together on a few projects since --smartphones and tablets featuring Harman-owned...

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04:30
Protect your new MacBook Pro with the Palm Rest and...

If you’ve forked out the big bucks for the 2018 MacBook Pro, you’ll want to protect it when you’re on the go. One fine item for helping keep it pristine is the Palm Rest and Trackpad Protector from UPPERCASE. 

The $13.99 product lets you protect the Mac laptop’s palm rest and trackpad without affecting its looks. The protector is made from a plastic film that closely matches the texture and color of your laptop’s surface. This preserves the aesthetics of the MacBook Pro while preventing damage from dirty or sweaty palms during extended typing sessions or scratching from watch buckles or jewelry. (If you don’t use the Palm Rest and Trackpad Protector, certainly take off your Apple Watch before typing.)

Another advantage of the protector is that its adhesive is removable and repositionable. You can remove it without leaving any residue on your Mac laptop.

Apple World Today Rating (out of 5 stars): ★★★★★

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04:00
Kickstarter campaign offers nostalgic Apple pillow...

I wouldn’t have foreseen much overlap in the market for Apple memorabilia and that for throw pillows, but one Kickstarter campaign seems to be proving me wrong …

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04:00
Working it: iPad productivity isn’t about cursors

The Macalope is happy to stipulate that there are some people for whom an iPad is not going to be a great work device. That doesn’t mean, however, that the iPad is not a great work device for many.

Writing for Macworld (hey, that’s this publication!), Michael Simon says “The iPad Pro needs more than smaller bezels to take on the Galaxy Tab S4 and Surface Go.”

It will have small bezels, according to images found in iOS 12.

To read this article in full, please click here

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03:45
The Morning After: The definitive verdict on Samsung...

Hey, good morning! We're delivering our verdict on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in our full review, elaborate on MoviePass' continued woes and tell you the best VR headsets for your back-to-school dollars.

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03:05
Ford takes an anti-Uber approach to self-driving cars

As Uber and Tesla have learned, it doesn't take a lot of bad press to shatter public trust on autonomous vehicles. Ford has taken that lesson to heart, saying it would rather instill confidence in self-driving cars than be first to market. In a lette...

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03:00
Did Apple Secretly Crush An App Store Competitor In...

According to Nikkei, Japan's Fair Trade Commission is looking into whether Apple improperly pressured Yahoo Japan to shut down a game streaming platform that competed with the iOS App Store. "Yahoo Japan's Game Plus service allowed people to stream full games made for other platforms and to play HTML5 games on mobile phones, which would have allowed iPhone owners to get games without going through the App Store," reports The Verge. From the report: Nikkei reports that Yahoo Japan slashed the program's budget last fall, just months after it launched, and told partners that it was due to pressure from Apple. It's said to have begun filing complaints with Japan's FTC around the same time. Developers essentially have no good alternative to the App Store on iOS. Their only other option is the web, which is a wonderful place for websites, but the web is rarely as fast or flashy as a native app. There are a great number of features that only native apps can take advantage of, which...

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03:00
Home security systems vs. smart home systems: How to...

What’s more important to you, security or convenience? Maybe you can have both.

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03:00
Smart home systems vs. home security systems: How...

What do you value most: Convenience or security? Maybe you can have both.

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03:00
What the cord cutting naysayers still get wrong

Once more with feeling: Streaming TV is not cable all over again.

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02:42
Rumor: Apple to release next-gen MacBook Air this...

The current rumor has it that a new MacBook Air will be released at the end of the third quarter, at least according to Taiwanese research firm TrendForce. This places the updated notebook around either September or October, depending on how the wording is interpreted.

TrendForce also refers to a new MacBook Pro in future tense, but it is surely referring to the models released in July, when the third quarter began.

The report offers the following quote on the issue:

The second quarter was the transition period when Apple was preparing for the releases of the upcoming new MacBook devices for the year. TrendForce therefore expects MacBook shipments to again post a large QoQ increase in 3Q18, as Apple will be releasing a new MacBook Pro at the start of the quarter and a new MacBook Air at the end of the quarter.

The report doesn’t offer additional details, although this dovetails with what other sources, including what Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and...

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02:15
Sidewalk Labs unpacks its Quayside smart city dream

Sidewalk Labs still has a ways to go before it realizes its futuristic vision for Toronto's Eastern Waterfront, but we now know what the smart neighborhood could look like. The Alphabet-owned company has released (PDF) mock-ups and illustrations for...

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01:15
Verizon to offer choice of Apple TV 4K, YouTube TV...

Verizon is ready to throw some cool things your way to get you on their 5G network.

The carrier, in an effort to get ahead with 5G, is looking to include YouTube TV or Apple TV as part of a launch promotion in its initial four markets.

Verizon will offer a YouTube TV subscription, or an Apple TV 4K in Sacramento, Los Angeles, Houston, and Indianapolis, the company’s initial launch cities.

The company stated that it plans to be the first wireless firm in the United States to roll out 5G into the residential broadband market later this year, mobile device manufacturers following suit in early 2019.

“We believe 5G will disrupt the entertainment industry further and are excited to provide our customers with the choice of the best network, the best content and the best partners,” Hans Vestberg, newly named CEO of Verizon, said in announcing the deals.

The company stated that the specifics of the YouTube TV subscription will be announced once the 5G...

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00:02
Valve may offer tools to play Windows games on Steam...

Valve's Steam Machine platform hasn't really taken off, and it's not just because of the hardware. When few developers are willing to release Linux-native versions of games to run on Steam OS, there just isn't a lot to play. Thankfully, the company m...

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Wednesday August 15

22:48
The Boring Company will build a rapid transit system...

LA's baseball fans and concertgoers might be among the first to ride The Boring Company's high-speed pods. Elon Musk's company has announced that it's planning to dig a tunnel that leads to Dodger Stadium for a high-speed electric transportation netw...

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21:22
Saint Louis University will put 2,300 Echo Dots in...

If you're attending Saint Louis University this semester, you'll find more in your dorm room than the usual tiny furnishings. The school has unveiled plans to provide all 2,300 student residences on campus (both dorms and apartments) with Echo Dots...

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21:15
Hands-on: iOS 12 beta 7/8 changes and features [...

After pulling the 7th iOS 12 beta due to issues with performance, Apple today released the 8th developer beta for iOS 12. In this brief hands-on walkthrough, we cover new changes and features across both betas. more…

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21:06
Watch this breathtaking GIF of Apple Park’s 3-story...

This afternoon, Apple CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter regarding updates to the lunchroom at the company’s spaceship headquarters.

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20:06
Former Tesla employee's tweets show allegedly...

The employee Tesla is suing for theft of proprietary information has tweeted photos and other details, perhaps in an attempt to back up some of the claims he made against the automaker. Two of the photos Martin Tripp has tweeted out show what he says...

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20:04
Watch Apple Park's massive motorized cafeteria...




Apple CEO Tim Cook shared a rare glimpse at Apple Park's inner workings on Wednesday with a video showing off the facility's cafeteria doors, two massive, motorized floor-to-ceiling glass panels that slide open for natural building ventilation.

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19:06
Your favorite Twitter clients are about to get less...




Twitter is scheduled to modify its API on Thursday, deprecating features in a move that significantly degrades the performance and utility of third-party clients like popular iOS and macOS app Tweetbot.

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18:28
AI service gives 'Overwatch' players in-...

A typical Overwatch match is hectic and fast-paced. You can't exactly consult strategy guides in the middle of a manic team fight to figure out the best course of action, so you've probably had to rely on your own experience and knowledge of the game...

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17:28
California primary candidate faced cyberattacks for...

It's not just sitting politicians that have faced cyberattacks ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Former California congressional primary candidate Dr. Hans Keirstead has reported to Rolling Stone that his campaign faced hacking attempts for roughl...

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17:12
9to5Mac Happy Hour 186: Group FaceTime delay,...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss Group FaceTime’s delay, Twitter’s destructive API change, new details about AirPower, iPhone rumors including Apple Pencil support, Apple Car development, 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.

Sponsored by Hyper: Visit...

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17:05
iOS 12 Public Beta 6 for iPhone, iPad Available

Apple’s developer beta releases on Monday were followed up Wednesday with iOS 12 public beta 6 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


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16:45
How to install Windows on your Mac using Boot Camp

After following these simple instructions, you'll be able to dual-boot your Mac into Windows.

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16:41
Hands-On: Ring's iPhone-ready, self-running...




Amazon's Ring is omnipresent in smarthome security, and the Spotlight Cam Solar is an attempt to further cement that position among picky iOS and Android users.

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16:15
Review: iOttie’s iON wireless chargers are versatile...

Wireless chargers are a dime a dozen nowadays, with a slew of companies attempting to hop on the bandwagon now that Apple has rolled out Qi support to its latest iPhone models. In the past, we’ve taken a look at options from companies like Aukey, Nomad, and many more.

Now, popular accessory maker iOttie is out with its latest products for the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. The company has released a pair of wireless chargers dubbed the iON. Read on for our thoughts…

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15:23
Google publishes its own archive of US political ads

In the months leading up to the US midterm elections, the big online sites that inadvertently hosted the worst manipulation back in 2016, like Facebook and Twitter, have adopted new advertising policies to enforce transparency. So has Google, which h...

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15:16
Kids Can Drown While Parents Immersed in Smartphone

The article’s opening paragraph puts it bluntly. “The world’s largest lifeguard organization claims there’s a direct link between child drownings and the smartphones parents hold in their hands.” Parents know that kids under 4 must be watched like a hawk, especially around water. Or do they?


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14:51
Verizon Planning to Bring 5G Into (Some) Homes With...

Verizon has announced plans for a residential 5G service to be tested in four cities that includes an option for an Apple TV 4K. You’ll need a Verizon 5G modem and plan.


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14:40
T-Mobile is offering free 30-day trials in three...

T-Mobile has one of the fastest mobile networks around, according to a recent study, and it's eager for more people to check out its service. To give potential customers a taste of the network, T-Mobile is offering a free 30-day trial in Atlanta, Bos...

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14:39
Apple Daily Report: check out these Apple-inspired...

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.

Five of the most historic pieces of hardware are back as soft plush pillows cuddle-ready for all Apple geeks. The Iconic Pillow Collection, designed to resemble the Apple II, Apple Macintosh, the Bondi Blue iMac, the iPod and the first iPhone, is the latest line of plush pillows from digital lifestyle company Throwboy.

YouTube TV service and Apple TV 4K set-tops will be included with Verizon’s initial 5G residential broadband offering in four cities — Sacramento, Los Angeles, Houston and Indianapolis — the telco announced. With the pacts, Verizon is looking to build a competitive edge in new 5G wireless technology...

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14:33
Apple’s revolutionary iMac is 20 years old, and...

I still remember the first time I saw the iMac in real life at the 1998 Macworld Expo in New York City. I watched Apple techs set up several dozen of them in Apple’s booth at the Javits Center ahead of the Steve Jobs Keynote. I will always maintain that the iMac saved Apple. Without it, the company wouldn’t have survived long enough to accomplish all the amazing things it did in the ensuing years and we would all be the poorer for it.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:25
Jack Dorsey is finally realizing Twitter is a...

Twitter's attempts to clean up its service using policies often feel like a Band-Aid on a bullet wound, and the company's leadership finally appears to be acknowledging that fact. CEO Jack Dorsey told the Washington Post in an interview that he was e...

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14:20
The Next Flagship iPhone Will Support Apple Pencil...

Next month, Apple is expected to unveil three new iPhones, each with differing specs/features. According to analyst firm Trendforce, the large 6.5-inch "flagship" model will support up to 512GB of onboard flash storage. Apple Pencil support will also be "offered as an option," although the company didn't specify which models will support the stylus. Apple Insider reports: The company expects that the the 6.1-inch LCD version will come with Face ID, Dual-SIM technology. The firm expects it to retail for between $699 and $749. The 5.8-inch OLED iPhone will be priced at $899 to $949. The 6.5-inch device will come in storage capacities up to 512GB, with one variant of the size potentially having dual-SIM support and expected to be "limited within $1,000 threshold as to encourage purchasing from consumers," according to Trendforce. Both the 5.8- and 6.5-inch OLED models are expected to have 4GB of RAM. The 6.1-inch LED devices will have 3GB of RAM, the same as the iPhone X. The analyst...

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14:20
Indie gem 'Gone Home' will arrive on...

The Nintendo Switch's reputation as a haven for indies got a little more support today. Gone Home, the breakout hit from The Fullbright Company will be released to the Switch's eShop next Thursday, August 23rd. Sure, it's a bit late, having originall...

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14:16
Tweetbot removes timeline streaming, Activity and...

These “changes” will also affect those of us who use Twitterrific as well as any other third-party Twitter client. Amazing to watch Twitter slit its own throat almost in real time.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:00
'Diablo III' arrives on the Nintendo...

After Blizzard dropped an ominous Diablo hint on Twitter back in May, the franchise's community manager revealed in a video last week that multiple projects are in the works. One of those revelations was supposed to be unveiled tomorrow, but leaked i...

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13:52
Pokémon GO gaining parental controls with ‘Niantic...

Pokémon GO will be getting an update soon that will let parents easily manage their kid’s profile and permissions.

more…

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13:40
Fitbit may give the Charge 3 a touchscreen but not...

A new leak has revealed info about the upcoming Fitbit Charge 3 — namely, that the fitness watch is finally getting a full touchscreen. But that's not the only feature it's inheriting from the pricier Fitbit Ionic and Versa — the Charge 3...

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13:20
MIT leads the way in spaghetti-based innovation

Breaking dry spaghetti noodles into precisely two parts might seem impossible, but scientists at MIT have done exactly that. In a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers report how they twisted the noodles...

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13:19
New photos show depths of Apple's expanding...




Photos shot this week show the seldom-seen interior of Apple's two-year-old data center in Mesa, Ariz., instrumental to services like iCloud, Siri, and iMessage.

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13:16
Tour Apple’s global data command center at its 1.3...

Apple’s Mesa, Arizona facility was the previous home to GT Advanced Technologies, the sapphire glass supplier, before it went bankrupt back in 2014. Now the 1.3 million square foot building is one of Apple’s data centers and local publication, The Arizona Republic got the rare access to take a look around.

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13:16
HomeKit Weekly: Four ways to control cooling with...

HomeKit Weekly is a series focused on smart home accessories, automation tips and tricks, and everything to do with Apple’s smart home framework.

We’re halfway through August, but summer doesn’t feel anywhere near like letting up: it’s hot outside! Luckily there are lots of ways to keep cool indoors — including four methods that work with HomeKit and Siri. Controlling cooling with HomeKit doesn’t have to be expensive either.

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13:15
Apple probed in Japan for anti-competitive moves...




The Japanese government has opened an investigation into whether Apple engaged in anti-competitive behavior when it applied pressure to prevent publishers from working with Yahoo Japan's Games Plus platform.

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13:00
Chrome Canary speeds up browsing with partial page...

Chrome is fast, sure, but Google wants to make it even faster yet again. To wit, Chrome Canary now implements "lazy loading" for web pages. In essence, what this does is only loads the page elements currently in view in your browser window, loading t...

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12:51
What's new in iOS 12 beta 7 & 8




The eighth developer beta of iOS 12 quickly corrects some of the issues we saw in the retracted seventh beta seven. Now that our devices are usable again, AppleInsider takes a look at new features and improvements in the seventh and eighth betas of iOS 12.

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12:33
Tweetbot loses streaming, activity/stats tab, and...

Tapbots has released an updated version of Tweetbot for iPhone and iPad that removes or degrades lots of useful features due to Twitter’s API change set to occur tomorrow. Due to the API changes, Tweetbot’s Apple Watch app which focused largely on showing alert activity has also been removed.

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12:31
Apple Japan accused (again) of anti-competitive...

Japan is investigating allegations that pressure from Apple forced Yahoo Japan to pull back from a game platform that competes with the App Store, reports Nikkei.

The article says Yahoo told “multiple business partners that it was forced to cut back because of pressure behind the scenes from Apple.” The Japanese company relies on the U.S. tech giant for part of its profits in the form of sales through the App Store.

The isn’t Apple’s first problem in Japan. Last month Japanese regulators at the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) said Apple may have breached antitrust rules by forcing mobile service providers to sell its iPhones cheaply and charge higher monthly fees, denying consumers a fair choice.

The FTC said that the Japanese unit of the Cupertino, California-based company forced NTT Docomo, KDDI Corp., and SoftBank Group Corp. to...

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12:23
Apple drops to sixth in the global laptop market

Apple has dropped to sixth in the global laptop market with its market share sliding to 6.5%, according to new data from TrendForce. That’s down from 7.7% in the first quarter of 2018.

However, the research group expects Mac laptop shipments to again post a large quarter-over-quarter increase in the third quarter of 2018, as Apple has released new MacBook Pros with “a new MacBook Air” due at the end of the quarter. The Sellers Research Group (that’s me) is skeptical.

I think the MacBook Air line will be canceled with a new 12-inch MacBook priced below $1,000 replacing it. I also think there’ll be a new 13-inch MacBook introduced as the higher-end consumer laptop.

The worldwide notebook shipments in 2Q18 grew above expectations by 10.2% quarter-over-quarter and 2.8% year-over-year to 41.08 million units, according to TrendForce. HP again topped the shipment/market share ranking of notebook brands with 26.2...

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12:21
Japan investigating Apple over allegations of anti-...

After making it out of a Japanese antitrust investigation unscathed just last month, Apple is being probed once again by the country’s Fair Trade Commission over alleged interactions with Yahoo and its Game Plus platform. more…

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12:05
Maybe Wi-Fi Could Replace Invasive TSA Body Searches

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been groped by the TSA. A team of researchers claim that ordinary Wi-Fi can detect weapons and explosives, and maybe it could replace TSA body searches.

The team behind the research tested 15 types of objects and six types of bags. The wi-fi system had success rates of 99% for recognizing dangerous objects, 98% for metal and 95% for liquids. When objects were wrapped inside bags, the accuracy rate dropped to about 90%. The system works by analyzing what happens when wireless signals penetrate and bounce off objects and materials.


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12:01
Have Your Phone Gotten iPhone 7 Loop Disease?

There seems to be a new epidemic among iPhone users. Called “iPhone 7 loop disease,” it can affect older iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models.


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12:00
Apple’s Group FaceTime delay is the right move. Here...

This week, Apple removed Group FaceTime from the beta for iOS 12 and macOS Mojave. The company indicated that the feature will not appear in the initial release, but will rather appear in a subsequent update released later in the year.

For people who were excited about audio and video chats with multiple friends, this is a bummer. (I heard from several people who said their kids were especially looking forward to using the feature, or were using it in the beta period and were sad that it’s going to be removed for a little while.)

But I’m a little less down on Apple making this decision. Every time I used Group FaceTime in the iOS and macOS betas, it was far from flawless. I had connection problems, video and audio would disappear and reappear at random, sometimes a person would appear multiple times in my view (or disappear altogether), and there were...

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11:34
How to back up your iPhone or iPad to an external...




As good as iCloud backups are, you also should back up iPhones and iPads to your Mac -- but that can take a big chunk out of your computer's storage. AppleInsider shows you how to stop clogging up your Mac's drive.

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11:26
Apple Releases macOS Mojave Public Beta 6

Apple released macOS Mojave Public Beta 6 on Wednesday, following Monday’s release of macOS Mojave developer beta 7.


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