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Saturday January 19

05:24
How to get started with a new HomePod, and get more...




Apple's HomePod starts with a simple setup and it ends with you forgetting you didn't always have music surrounding you. In between, though, there are details to consider about that first setup and many options for when you move the HomePod to a new room. AppleInsider takes a dive into the use of Apple's latest speaker.

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05:00
How to prepare your Mac when you’re ready to sell it

With the fairly recent announcements about the new Mac mini and MacBook Air, you may be considering splurging on some of the new hardware. If you’re getting ready to sell your current Mac, you should make sure all your data is off of it before turning it over to another person. To do this, make sure that all of your data is backed up, then sign out of everything.

To sign out of iTunes:

  • Open iTunes on your Mac. 

  • Click Account in the Menu bar on the left side of your screen. 

  • Click on Sign Out.

To sign out of Messages:

  • Open Messages on your Mac.

  • Click Messages in the Menu bar at the top left corner of your screen.

  • Click Preferences from the drop-down menu.

  • Select your iMessage account.

  • Click on Sign Out.

To sign out of iCloud:

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04:22
ActionDash brings 'digital well being'...

Late last year Google released a Digital Wellbeing app that surfaced insights about exactly how much you're using your phone, and in which apps. Apple installed a similar feature in iOS 12 with Screen Time, but on Android, Google's app only works wit...

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04:22
ActionDash brings 'digital well being'...

Late last year Google released a Digital Wellbeing app that surfaced insights about exactly how much you're using your phone, and in which apps. Apple installed a similar feature in iOS 12 with Screen Time, but on Android, Google's app only works wit...

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04:00
Notable apps and updates, Jan. 14-19

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

Quark Software has released the December Update for QuarkXPress 2018. With this update, QuarkXPress 2018 adds new features to fully support Indic language typography.

To help customers in India publish in popular Indic languages, QuarkXPress 2018 now integrates with updated Unicode...

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Friday January 18

23:17
Galaxy S10 leak suggests a lineup with three variants

Prolific phone leaker Evan Blass has already posted an image that appears to show the front of Samsung's Galaxy S10, and now he's tweeted a family photograph showing off three variants wrapped in cases. Left to right, you're apparently looking at the...

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22:26
Apple HomePods are on sale for $239 ($110 off) today...




Amazon owned Woot is kicking off the weekend with an aggressive discount on refurbished HomePods, delivering the lowest price anywhere on the smart speaker. Save $110 with free shipping for Prime members.

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20:55
Review: Blackmagic eGPU Pro – more powerful and...

After several delays, the Blackmagic eGPU Pro is now available for purchase at Apple’s online and retail store locations. The Pro version of Blackmagic’s external graphics chassis is an upgraded version of 2018’s initial release.

The original Blackmagic eGPU was a limited device for several key reasons: it was expensive at $699; it couldn’t be upgraded; and with Radeon Pro 580 graphics, it lacked the punch of higher powered cards. Some of those problems carry over with the release of the new Blackmagic eGPU Pro, but it’s unquestionably a better device than its predecessor. Watch our hands-on video review for the full lowdown.

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20:30
DNC claims Russians launched more phishing attacks...

The New York Times cites court documents filed by the Democratic National Committee that said it believes a Russian group launched a hacking attempt against it after last year's midterm elections. The lawsuit alleges a conspiracy between President Tr...

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16:49
Netflix is reviving 'Unsolved Mysteries'...

Netflix is continuing its string of reboots by reviving Unsolved Mysteries, according to a report from Deadline. The streaming service is giving the greenlight to a 12-episode run of the true-crime and paranormal activity show. Shawn Levy, the execut...

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16:49
Netflix is reviving 'Unsolved Mysteries'...

Netflix is continuing its string of reboots by reviving Unsolved Mysteries, according to a report from Deadline. The streaming service is giving the greenlight to a 12-episode run of the true-crime and paranormal activity show. Shawn Levy, the execut...

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16:36
Apple to streamline team management in Apple...




Apple in February will change the way it handles development teams for organizations, unifying individual memberships into a single set of roles across the Apple Developer website and App Store Connect.

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16:07
Apple highlights iPad Pro's productivity...




Apple on Friday published a new series of iPad Pro advertisements that depart from past commercials by positioning the tablet not as a PC replacement, but as a "new way" of accomplishing various tasks, from taking notes to podcasting.

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15:14
Apple Daily Report: Apple posts 'Made with iPad...

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 posted three new videos on its YouTube channel entitled “Made with iPad Pro.” They include tutorials on how to host a podcast, take notes, create presentations, and use the Apple Pencil.

Nidec, an Apple parts supplier, is slicing its 2019 sales forecasts due to what its chairman characterizes as an "extraordinary" decline in Chinese demand, reports Nikkei Asian Review. Also, Foxconn’s main iPhone assembly plant has cut around 50,000 contract jobs since October, says a new report.

In a statement to...

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15:10
Spotting Bad Science, Information Overload – TMO...

Andrew Orr and John Martellaro chat with host Kelly Guimont about how to spot bad science and ways to help verify that claim you read about.


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15:08
Here are the latest developments in the Apple-...

There are three recent developments in the never-ending battle between Apple and Qualcomm. Let’s look at ‘em one at a time.

First, billions of dollars in chip supply deals involving the two companies may have actually collapsed over a squabble about software access, rather than the patent fees that sparked a bitter legal battle between the two technology giants, according to the emails seen by Bloomberg.

Second, Qualcomm says it needs an extra day before the jury to defend itself against Apple's allegations that it has been overcharging for patent licensing fees.

Finally, Qualcomm Inc., which won an iPhone ban in December, has obtained a preliminary injunction stopping its rival from using a statement...

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15:07
Alphabet's Verily health watch gets FDA...

Verily announced a health watch in 2017 aimed at unearthing insights into medical conditions such as Parkinson's disease and PTSD. One of the focus areas for Alphabet's health division and its prescription-only Study Watch is cardiovascular health, a...

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15:01
Motorola Razr Flip Phone Making a Comeback

USA Today writes: “Remember the Motorola Razr from the early 2000s? Motorola’s super-thin, metallic flip phone that was the “it” phone before the iPhone and Galaxy started a smartphone revolution. Well, if a new report [from the WSJ] is to be believed, it will soon be making a comeback.”

Estimated price ::cough:: US$1,500.

Screen size and 5G details aren’t yet known. But it seems like an uphill battle against modern smartphones with edge-to-edge displays. Maybe useful as a second phone? We’ll have to see if this fantasy from the past pans out.


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15:00
Microsoft recommends that Windows 10 Mobile device...

Whoa. I didn’t see this coming. Microsoft is recommending that Windows 10 Mobile device users migrate to iOS or Android OS as the company is shuttering support for its mobile operating system by year’s end.

On its support page, Microsoft had this to say: “Technology has evolved along with the needs and expectations of your customers and partners who have already adopted Android or iOS platforms and devices. Microsoft’s mission statement to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, compels us to support our Mobile apps on the supported Android and iOS devices.”

Photo courtesy of MSPowerUser

Microsoft also notes that apps are governed by the Modern Lifecycle policy and are independent of the OS...

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14:48
Apple releases new ‘made with iPad Pro’ videos

In a series of new videos posted this evening, Apple is focusing creativity and productivity on the new iPad Pro.

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The post Apple releases new ‘made with iPad Pro’ videos appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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14:37
2019 Will Be the Year of the Display and Apple...

With 4K TV sets now mainstream, 8K TVs shipping in 2019, Apple preparing new displays, 4K/HDR streaming in high gear, the pressure will be on Apple to deliver in all its video technologies.


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14:31
Can drones be good?

Like so much of technology, good or bad depends on how we use it. I had a blast flying my DJI Mavic 2 Pro (until it plummeted out of the sky and into our local harbour, never to be seen again), but there are enough horror stories of improper drone flying to make many of us understandably concerned about their use – not just by hobbyists but also by our governments.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:16
Facebook's latest attempt to court teens is a...

Facebook is once again trying to court the kids, this time with a meme-filled app called LOL. Facebook confirmed the existence of the LOL to TechCrunch. The app, which offers an endless feed of videos clips and GIFs, features content pulled from the...

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14:12
The secret history of Cleatus, Fox Sports’s bizarre...

There are few things I find more annoying during my sportsball viewing than this stupid robot.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:45
Sling TV adds personalized recommendations, starting...

Sling TV is introducing an arguably overdue feature for insatiable viewers: personalized recommendations. As of January 17th, Apple TV users will receive custom-tailored suggestions for live and on-demand programs, whether it's a channel, a movie or...

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13:19
Here are some of the documentaries you can watch on...




Apple Music is of course an audio-first streaming service, but if you have time to kill, you can kick back and watch documentaries on musicians, producers, and other aspects of the biz. Here's a roundup of some of the titles currently available, the latest being Future's "THE WIZRD."

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13:14
Nissan concept van includes an all-electric...

Nissan doesn't just think electric power should be reserved for the motors in its cars -- it should also apply to what you do in the back of those cars. Its newly unveiled NV300 Concept-van includes a mobile workshop (in this case, for woodworking) t...

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12:58
Backblaze 6.0 Promises “Larger Longer Faster Better...

Backblaze has rolled out a major 6.0 update that improves performance, increases restore drive sizes, and offers options for permanent backup storage, among other things.

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12:43
IKEA will start selling its Sonos-powered smart...

IKEA and Sonos have been working together on audio devices for some time, and this year, we'll start to see the fruits of that labor. Following the release of its smart window blinds in April, the Swedish retail giant will start selling Sonos-powered...

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12:43
IKEA will start selling its Sonos-powered smart...

IKEA and Sonos have been working together on audio devices for some time, and this year, we'll start to see the fruits of that labor. Following the release of its smart window blinds in April, the Swedish retail giant will start selling Sonos-powered...

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12:39
AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon to Stop...

After Motherboard found that a bounty hunter could locate any cell phone for $300, the major US cellular carriers are ending their practice of selling location data. About time.

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12:29
Coinstar Machines to Sell Bitcoin in the Future

Coinstar is planning to sell bitcoin through its machines found in places like grocery stores. It partnered with startup Coinme.


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12:26
Apple & Qualcomm relationship broke down over...




Rather than patent royalties, the ongoing fight between Apple and Qualcomm may have originated over concerns about code, according to leaked emails.

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12:14
Google Investigation Shows Apple Was Right About...

Take this with a grain of salt because this tweet is all I’ve seen about this. But David Ruddock of AndroidPolice mentioned a Google investigation trying to determine if certain types of fingerprint sensors are secure.

Another CES Story: I’ve heard Google is currently investigating whether current optical fingerprint sensor designs are secure enough to be used for TrustZone auth (mobile payments, banking apps, etc). There is real concern optical FPRs may be too easy to spoof.

Although facial recognition came to Android first, it was there for convenience as a way to unlock your device. But Apple added it for security, and it looks like they bet on the right horse.


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12:13
Facebook might be facing a hefty fine from the FTC

Since reports revealed last March that Facebook had allowed Cambridge Analytica to access the personal information of 87 million of its users, there's been a fair amount of fallout. CEO Mark Zuckerberg was questioned during multiple Congressional hea...

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12:13
Facebook might be facing a hefty fine from the FTC

Since reports revealed last March that Facebook had allowed Cambridge Analytica to access the personal information of 87 million of its users, there's been a fair amount of fallout. CEO Mark Zuckerberg was questioned during multiple Congressional hea...

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12:02
Controlling iRobot’s Roomba vacuum with Siri, no...

Robot vacuums remains one obvious category HomeKit should support in the future. HomeKit support would bring voice control for vacuums through Siri, app control through the Home app and Control Center, and clean up scheduling through automation — all in the same app you manage other smart home accessories.

Even without HomeKit support, you can build your own Siri control for Wi-Fi-enabled iRobot Roomba vacuums using MacStories‘ very helpful guide for connecting IFTTT (If This Then That) triggers to Apple’s Shortcuts app on iOS 12. Here’s my Siri-controlled robot vacuum experience and best practice recommendations:

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11:54
Final Cut Pro 10.4.5 Released With Performance,...

Apple updated Final Cut Pro yesterday to 10.4.5 with improvements to performance and stability.


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11:45
Spotify's in-car music player may go on sale...

Spotify's rumored in-car music device appears to be taking shape. Financial Times sources claim the service plans to launch the in-car player sometime later in 2019 for roughly $100. There are more details as to how it would work, too. While the e...

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11:45
Spotify's in-car music player may go on sale...

Spotify's rumored in-car music device appears to be taking shape. Financial Times sources claim the service plans to launch the in-car player sometime later in 2019 for roughly $100. There are more details as to how it would work, too. While the e...

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11:43
Apple saying all iPhones available at retail...




A German court on Friday granted Qualcomm a preliminary injunction against part of an Apple press statement, which claimed that all iPhones would remain available through third parties despite a December ban.

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11:24
Amazon made a vest to keep robots from pummeling...

Amazon is using an electric vest to help improve worker safety when dealing with automated systems and robots inside its warehouses, according to a report from TechCrunch. The Robotic Tech Vest, which is really just a pair of suspenders connected to...

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11:17
DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.11.2

Focuses on improving overall reliability for the information management apps. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new; DEVONnote, $24.95 new)

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11:14
Microsoft suggests shift to iPhone as Windows 10...




Microsoft is recommending users of Windows 10 Mobile devices migrate to other platforms, including iOS, after the software giant confirmed the end of support for the mobile operating system by the end of 2019.

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11:13
Pixelmator 3.8.1

Fixes several bugs in the original Pixelmator app. ($29.99 new, free update, 112 MB)

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11:10
KeyCue 9.2

Improves calculation of Emoji metrics and lets you add custom menu entries to specific submenus. (€19.99 new, free update, 4.0 MB)

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11:04
Facebook trying to win back the youth with upcoming...

While today’s Facebook news is focused on the much-anticipated Messenger app redesign, the company has apparently been silently working on a new product aimed at a younger crowd.

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10:55
Facebook’s simplified Messenger app interface is...

Facebook teased a Messenger redesign at its F8 conference back in May and then started slowly rolling out the simpler interface last October. Now, The Verge reports, the redesign is becoming available more widely, with both the App Store and Google P...

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10:55
Facebook’s simplified Messenger app interface is...

Facebook teased a Messenger redesign at its F8 conference back in May and then started slowly rolling out the simpler interface last October. Now, The Verge reports, the redesign is becoming available more widely, with both the App Store and Google P...

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10:51
Apple forced to retract press release about iPhone...

Last month, Qualcomm won a victory in Germany with a suit that claimed Apple infringed on its modem patents. The ruling was set to affect iPhone 7 and 8, with Apple appealing the decision. In the meantime, Apple said it would stop selling the iPhone 7 and 8 in the country, but it interpreted the ruling so that third-parties could continue selling the devices. However, Apple has been issuing a press release in Germany that says it would be able to sell all iPhones in the country (via Bloomberg) and has now been ordered to stop using that part of the statement.

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10:48
∞ The Dalrymple Report: Apple Watch, Netflix and...

Dave and I discuss the Apple Watch and health, more disastrous news for Facebook, and Netflix’s blockbuster numbers.

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10:30
What does Google get out of buying Fossil’s...

Yesterday, Google announced that it would be paying $40 million for intellectual property related to smartwatches from one of its closest partners: Fossil Group. As part of the deal, a portion of Fossil's own R&D workers who were supporting that...

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10:30
What does Google get out of buying Fossil’s...

Yesterday, Google announced that it would be paying $40 million for intellectual property related to smartwatches from one of its closest partners: Fossil Group. As part of the deal, a portion of Fossil's own R&D workers who were supporting that...

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10:22
Harley-Davidson funded study proves motorcycling...

Even though the study was funded by a motorcycle manufacturer which may throw its conclusions into question, I’d bet everyone who rides agrees with the study’s results. For me, I know that riding relaxes me while, at the same time, increases my focus. While it’s the most dangerous thing I do, it’s also one of the best things I do.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:15
'Mortal Kombat 11' hype begins with an...

The Mortal Kombat 11 teaser trailer NetherRealm released last month suggested the next installment in the fighting game series was going to be brutality incarnate. And yesterday, the first actual gameplay reveal konfirmed as much (sorry, not sorry)....

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10:13
See why VideoProc is the best iPhone video converter...

We’ve introduced you to Digiarty’s VideoProc app in the past, a powerful Mac and Windows app for easily editing, converting resizing and adjusting 4K UHD video, DVDs and music. Today we’re going to show you why VideoProc is the best iPhone video converter app on the market today, and give you a chance to win an iPhone XS Max, a Marshall Kilburn II speaker, a Manfrotto PIXI Plus Mini Tripod Kits, and a copy of VideoProc iPhone Video Converter.

Have You Experienced One Of These iPhone Video Problems?

If you’re like us, you’ve probably run into one of the common issues that can appear when you’re trying to watch video on an iPhone or move it to your desktop or laptop computer.

Perhaps you can’t play a video file on your iPhone because the file format isn’t supported...

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10:05
Bring Your Apps to Life withBundle of UI Design...

We have a deal on a bundle of UI design elements for social media, e-commerce, apps, and more. The graphics bundles are from Sketch, and include a social media pack, e-commerce pack, menu builder pack, analytics pack, and a navigation and button pack. You can get all five packs for $19 through our deal.


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10:05
Updated Facebook Messenger app with redesign rolling...

Announced back in May during its F8 developer conference, Facebook is today rolling out its Messenger redesign for all users.

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10:02
Hands on with the HomeKit compatible ConnectSense V2...




At the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics show, AppleInsider met up with ConnectSense and got to try out the second version of the company's smart outlet, with HomeKit, Google Home, and Amazon Alexa compatibility -- without a bridge.

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10:00
The best touchscreen winter gloves

By Nick Guy and Kaitlyn Wells

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 touchscreen winter gl...

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09:49
Microsoft tells users to switch to iOS or Android as...

Microsoft is admitting smartphone defeat and is now officially urging any remaining Windows 10 Mobile users to switch to an iOS or Android device instead.

In an End of Support document spotted by Thurrott, Microsoft notifies users that Windows 10 Mobile will cease to receive new security updates after December 10, 2019.

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09:31
Final Cut Pro 10.4.5 packs performance, stability...

Apple has updated Final Cut Pro X, its professional video editing app, to version 10.4.5. According to the release notes, it:

  • Improves performance when generating waveforms for clips with no audio channels;

  • Improves stability when sending a project to Compressor using the keyboard shortcut Shift-Command-E; 

  • Improves stability when pasting Arabic or Hebrew text into a title; 

  • Improves stability when switching tabs in the Timeline Index.

Final Cut Pro 10.4.5 is available as a free update today for existing users, and for $299.99 for new users on the Mac App Store. It requires macOS 10.13.2 or later.



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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Best Buy Apple Sale, Latest...

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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09:30
The latest Stylophone is much more than a tiny toy...

The Stylophone line of tiny analog synths has been around for decades. The greats like Bowie and Kraftwerk have used them on iconic tracks, so they're not just limited to hobbyist use. At NAMM this week, Dubreq unveiled the latest, and the most power...

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09:00
Teenage Engineering is making modular synths for the...

Modular synths are all the rage right now. And it's not just the usual players either. Korg and Stylophone recently dipped their toes in the modular world. And now Teenage Engineering is getting on the bandwagon. The company is best known for its por...

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08:41
The top seven MacBook Air features that make the...




The 2018 MacBook Air has been around for a few months, and it has turned out to be a great notebook in its own right. AppleInsider lists some of the important changes Apple added to make it one of the best portable Macs in the company's entire MacBook product family.

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08:40
Microsoft ends support for Windows 10 Mobile this...

Microsoft is winding down support for Windows 10 Mobile. The company will stop releasing security and software updates on December 10th, and it will end technical support for the devices on that date.

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08:16
How to live with Apple's absurdly over-...




You can now listen to music and podcasts directly from your Apple Watch but it how Apple forces you to do it is going to make you scratch your head. Even the Apple Watch Series 4 speaker won't play audio, and knowing what music is actually on the Watch and what needs an internet connection can be perplexing. AppleInsider helps you sort it out.

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08:15
NBA refs will return to Twitter to answer fans...

Last year during the NBA finals, some of the league's refs took to Twitter in order to discuss calls made during a game and answer fans' questions. Feedback was positive, ESPN reports. Positive enough for the NBA and the National Basketball Referees...

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08:15
NBA refs will return to Twitter to answer fans...

Last year during the NBA finals, some of the league's refs took to Twitter in order to discuss calls made during a game and answer fans' questions. Feedback was positive, ESPN reports. Positive enough for the NBA and the National Basketball Referees...

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07:46
Magic Keyboard’s slim design meets mechanical...

A new mechanical keyboard made for Mac has officially launched with what looks like some compelling features. The Keychron K1 is a slim mechanical wireless keyboard with a RGB backlit Mac key layout and it even includes a Siri button.

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07:44
A List of macOS Touch Bar Apps

The Touch Bar on recent Macs doesn’t seem to get a lot of love, but David Nield writes about macOS Touch Bar apps that do make use of it.

We’re only going to limit ourselves to mentioning one Apple app in the list, but dig around, and you’ll find that pretty much every native macOS program includes some Touch Bar shortcuts you might find useful.

Personally I’m of the opinion that the feature is gimmicky and doesn’t add much functionality to Macs.


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07:41
Apple stock threatened by growing backlash against...




Rumblings against Apple's sizable take from App Store revenues could have an impact on the company's stock, given the new focus on Services revenue, an analyst said on Friday.

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07:40
Emmy Awards will kill off DVD screeners for good in...

Today's dispatch from the bureau of "Wait, they were still doing that?" comes from the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences. Deadline Hollywood is reporting that the people behind the Emmy Awards has decided to phase out the distribution of screen...

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07:40
Emmy Awards will kill off DVD screeners for good in...

Today's dispatch from the bureau of "Wait, they were still doing that?" comes from the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences. Deadline Hollywood is reporting that the people behind the Emmy Awards has decided to phase out the distribution of screen...

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07:38
Apple Pay Spain Could Add ING

Plenty of banks already support the service in Spain, like Banca March, Bankia, Grupo Cajamar, Santander, and more.


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07:20
Second Apple Music web player has a design so clean...

Apple doesn’t offer an official Apple Music web player, but it does offer web APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) which allow other people to create their own.

The first one we’ve seen was Play Apple Music, which hit the web last month. That one had a design rather reminiscent of Google’s Material Design …

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07:06
9to5Mac Daily: January 18, 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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07:00
Some Guidelines on how to Spot Bad Science

Recently I wrote a PSA on Wi-Fi and cancer, and a lot of people disagree with me by sending me links to studies and other news that also disagree. That’s fine, but at the same time a lot more effort goes into scientific research than cherry picking Google results. I don’t claim to know better than these studies, but a scientific study needs to be taken into context of the field as a whole. John Oliver had a good segment on studies and how they can be misunderstood. Compound Interest has a rough guide to spotting bad science and red flags to watch out for. I’ve made use of this guide for some time, and I think it’s helpful.


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06:55
Apple releases Final Cut Pro 10.4.5 update with...

Yesterday Apple quietly pushed an update to Final Cut Pro X, the first update since its big 10.4.4 update back in November. Final Cut Pro X 10.4.5 doesn’t add any new features, but includes several stability improvements. more…

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06:48
ING promises Apple Pay coming 'soon' to...




Multinational bank ING says it's on the verge of supporting Apple Pay in Spain, which could foreshadow launches in other countries.

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06:44
Facebook Documents to Show how it Preyed on Kids

It sounds like some Facebook employees were worried the company was misleading kids who spent their parents’ money on in-app purchases in games.


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06:42
Apple Pay Support Coming to ING in Spain ‘Soon’

ING customers in Spain will finally be able to use Apple Pay, over two years after the service launched in the country.


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06:31
∞ Close up look at the new iPhone smart battery cases

[VIDEO] Rene Ritchie offers a look at the new iPhone smart battery cases, with lots of closeup and lots of detail. Excellent work. Video embedded in the main Loop post.

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06:23
“Facebook’s own employees worried they were...

Nathan Halverson, Reveal News (via DF):

A trove of hidden documents detailing how Facebook made money off children will be made public, a federal judge ruled late Monday in response to requests from Reveal.

A glimpse into the soon-to-be-released records shows Facebook’s own employees worried they were bamboozling children who racked up hundreds, and sometimes even thousands, of dollars in game charges. And the company failed to provide an effective way for unsuspecting parents to dispute the massive charges, according to internal Facebook records.

And:

When the bill came, his mom requested Facebook refund the money, saying she never authorized any charges beyond the original $20. But the company never refunded any money, forcing the family to file a lawsuit in pursuit of a refund.

And:

In one of the unsealed documents,...

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A complaint has been made to a European privacy watchdog that Apple does not fully comply with its GDPR obligations.

The General Data Protection Regulation requires companies to supply, on request, a copy of all the data they hold on you. Having tested this with ten users, an Austrian non-profit organization said that Apple failed to supply a complete set of data …

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An non-profit organization, noyb, has launched a complaint with the Austrian government against Apple, YouTube, and several other major tech companies, saying they've failed to comply with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR.

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The secret behind the Spider-Verse look

FXGuide:

The film’s genus lies in two key choices: firstly, the film makers did not hide away from the fact that there have been so many different tellings of the Spider-Man story previously, but rather embraced it. Secondly, they designed an original comic book visual style unlike any other film. Together these elements have been perfectly combined to produce a surprisingly original film that delivers the most inventive visuals seen this year.

This is amazingly informative. Each section of the article starts with a panel that shows off a specific technique, then digs into what went into making that look so compelling.

What a great movie.

[H/T @brisance]

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Major data broker Acxiom publicly backed Apple CEO Tim Cook’s recent call for data privacy legislation in the U.S. like the EU’s GDPR.


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Do you take a lot of iPhone photos or video? If so, you’ve probably run into two problems — running out of power during your photo sessions and holding onto that slim little phone. We have a great deal for you today on the Shuttercase for iPhone, the only iPhone case with an embedded 3,000 mAh battery pack, an actual physical shutter button, and a removable handle that lets you grip the iPhone like a 35mm DSLR. You’ll pay just $49.99 for one of the best iPhone photography accessories on the market.

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Next up for Apple Watch? Stroke detection.

Edward C. Baig, USA Today:

Apple and Johnson & Johnson are teaming up on a study to determine whether the latest Apple Watch, in conjunction with an app from the pharmaceutical company, can accelerate the diagnosis of a leading cause of stroke.

Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that causes about 130,000 deaths and 750,000 hospitalizations each year in the U.S., Johnson & Johnson said. Up to 30 percent of cases go undiagnosed until life-threatening complications occur. Worldwide, about 33 million people have the condition.

And:

Burton believes “the study has the potential to show that there is a lot more atrial fibrillation out there in the real world in older people than we ever imagined, and if you use a tool like an Apple Watch to detect and funnel people to care, you can really drive down stroke risk in those patients.

So what does AFib have to do with stroke? From...

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Apple's management doesn't want Nvidia...




Apple just doesn't allow modern Nvidia GPUs on macOS Mojave, and this is a dramatic change from only six months ago. Given that a new Mac Pro is coming that could support Nvidia cards, and there are already eGPUs that should, it's time that Apple did.

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Netflix audience numbers are staggering

Recode, summarizing a detailed letter Netflix sent out to shareholders:

At the end of December, Netflix said that 45 million people had watched Bird Box, a Netflix-owned thriller starring Sandra Bullock that came out just before Christmas.

That is a ridiculous number. Compare that to the viewing numbers for one of the most watched shows on cable, Game of Thrones. From The Telegraph:

Game of Thrones has long smashed records for HBO, the cable network it is broadcast on in its native US: it beat The Sopranos as the network’s most-watched series ever in 2015, after crossing the 18.2 million viewers-per-episode mark.

But that’s small fry in comparison to the average 31 million viewers per episode that season seven has witnessed, an 24 per cent increase on 2016’s ratings.

Think about this. Bird Box is...

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ING says Apple Pay support in Spain coming soon, but...

Apple Pay launched in Spain back in 2016 with Banco Santander, but the rollout to other banks has been rather slow since then …

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Apple assembler Foxconn cuts 50,000 seasonal workers...




Apparently impacted by Apple's iPhone demand, some 50,000 seasonal workers have been dismissed from Foxconn since October, a report indicated on Friday.

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Nomie 3 is a Private Lifelogging Tool

Nomie 3 is a lifelogging tool that lets you track almost anything you can think of. Whether you want to track your water intake, caffeine intake, number books read, how much exercise you do, etc., this app  can do it. Best of all, it’s 100% private. You don’t have to create an account or connect to a cloud service in order to use the app. According to its privacy policy, there is no third-party disclosure or third-party analytics, and it complies with Fair Information Practices. The app is free, and there are no ads. There are certain in-app purchases that unlock functionality, but the app is also useable without these purchases. I discovered and downloaded the lifelogging tool last night and will be using to track various metrics in my life. App Store: Free (Offers In-App Purchases)...

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05:32
Cortana no Longer an Alexa or Google Home Competitor

Microsoft no longer sees its Cortana digital assistant as a competitor to the more popular Alexa and Google Home. The company’s CEO, Satya Nadella, said that it should be further integrated with its rivals’ platforms instead, The Verge reported. Microsoft and Amazon already partnered for some Cortana/Alexa integration, and this is clearly where Microsoft intends to take the product next – more of an app or service across multiple platforms, not hardware to be sold.

CEO Satya Nadella revealed that Microsoft no longer sees Cortana as a competitor to Alexa or Google Assistant. “Cortana needs to be that skill for anybody who’s a Microsoft 365 subscriber,” explains Nadella, referencing Microsoft’s new consumer subscription push. “You should be able to use it on Google Assistant, you should be able to use it on Alexa, just like how you use our apps on Android and iOS so that’s at least how we want to think about where it’ll go.”

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Google pays Fossil $40M for smartwatch IP to compete...




Google's attempts to take on the Apple Watch in the wearable devices market with Wear OS may receive a boost, after the revelation the search giant will be paying watch maker Fossil $40 million to buy the company's smartwatch-related intellectual property.

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Federal HTTPS Certificates Not Renewed Because of...

The U.S. Government shutdown has affected a whole host of areas in the public sector. One that might not immediately spring to mind, but is rather important nevertheless, is federal HTTPS certificates. Techcrunch had a look into the issue and compiled a list of all the federal HTTPS certificates that expired, or are about to expire. It included domains that redirect to the Congressional record and websites for agencies such as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. If you go to one of the sites with an already expired HTTPS certificate, such as disasterhousing.gov, you get a warning that the site might not be secure.

During the government shutdown, security experts noticed several federal websites were throwing back browser errors because the TLS certificate, which lights up your browser with “HTTPS” or flashes a padlock, had expired on many domains. And because so many federal workers have been sent home on unpaid leave — or worse, working without pay...

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2019 iPhone rumors, a possible new iPad mini & a...




This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, Willian and Victor are back, catching up on overall themes of CES, iPhone rumors, the possibilities of a new iPad Pro, and the carry-over effects of smartphone brands cutting earning expectations.

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