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Thursday November 8

Vine will be revived as Byte next spring

Last year, Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann teased a revival of the popular app, tweeting a logo that simply said "V2." However, excitement and hopes of a return were dashed in May when Hofmann said the project was postponed indefinitely, citing high cost...

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Dutch man hopes legal age change will get him more...

People have surely resorted to some interesting tactics in order to score a date on Tinder, but Emile Ratelband, a motivational speaker from the Netherlands, is taking a peculiar route. Ratelband claims that though he is 69 years old, he feels 20 yea...

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Here are the best external drive enclosures for your...

Whether or not Apple's flash storage pricing on the new MacBook Air and Mac mini is worth it, is an exercise for the reader. But, given the high-speed Thunderbolt 3 interface on both of the new machines, as well as on the MacBook Pro and iMac, there are a variety of avenues to choose from to add storage to a Mac, quickly - and we have some that we've used and can recommend.

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More Apple Music features offered to artists through...

Apple has quietly introduced the "Apple Preferred Distribution Program," a program that will allow three music distributors to provide access to certain Apple Music features that other music distributors won't be able to offer their clients.

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Apple issues macOS 10.14.1 Supplemental Update...

Apple on Thursday released a patch for the just-released 2018 MacBook Air, labelled only as a "Supplemental Update."

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We Are About to Reach ‘Pervasive’ AI

Pervasive AI is on its way, according to Deloitte.

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Virgin Hyperloop One recruits former MTA chief as CEO

Virgin Hyperloop One's mission to redefine transport is, once again, going to be led by new people as the company announces a new chairman and CEO. Replacing Sir Richard Branson as head of the board is his Excellency Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, the hea...

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Black Friday starts early at Best Buy with big deals...

Black Friday is starting early this year at Best Buy, which tends to be one of the best places to find deals on Apple products regardless of the season. If you visit its site today, you’ll find fantastic deals on the iPad, Apple Watch, and the new MacBook Pros.

The best deal available is easily the $100 discount on the 2018 128GB 9.7-inch iPadRemove non-product link, which brings...

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Apple released a new Software Update
A final proving ground for guide dogs to the blind:...

What a great story. I still remember my first time navigating New York City. This small town kid from Nova Scotia was terrified. I can’t imagine how scary it must be for the blind and their guide dogs.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Amazon releases Alexa app for Windows 10

Amazon has released its Alexa app for Windows 10, which is now available from the Microsoft Store. Alexa was already on some Windows 10 machines, but now all users in the US, UK and Germany can grab the app, with availability expanding next year.

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Here's where to buy Apple's 10 Gigabit...

Apple's brand-new Mac mini can be ordered with 10 gigabit functionality for faster connectivity and future proofing. But not every Apple authorized reseller is stocking the high-end 10GbE models. We're rounding up where to buy the upgraded Mac minis with perks such as no tax collected outside NY and NJ, as well as no interest financing for up to 12 months.

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How to Download the High Sierra Installer Under...

If you need a High Sierra installer and you try to download it on your Mac running Mojave, it may seem like you’re out of luck if you search the App Store or look through your purchases there. But we’ve got the trick on how to do it in today’s Quick Tip!

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Facebook Postpones Political Ad Transparency Drive

Facebook’s has had to halt the mandatory introduction of its new transparency system for political ads following the revelation of a number of major failures.

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YouTube is available for the Nintendo Switch

After some not-so-subtle hints, it finally happened: YouTube is available for the Switch. As you'd expect, you can watch videos (including your subscriptions) on Nintendo's console whether it's docked to your TV or on the move in handheld mode. You...

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Chrome will soon warn you about tricky mobile...

Starting in Chrome 71, the browser will serve up warnings to keep you from accidentally signing up for a subscription service. The new protocol will address mobile websites that require visitors to enter their phone number before viewing content. Tho...

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The Beginner-To-Expert Photography and Videography...

We have a deal on the the Beginner-To-Expert Photography and Videography Bundle. This 7 course training bundle has more than 34 hours of video tutorials covering basic video, photography, and aerial photography, as well as three master classes. It’s $35 through our deal.

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Apple hypes environmental friendliness of new Mac...

Apple has quietly released "Product Environmental Reports" for its two new Macs, championing their energy efficiency and the use of recyclable materials.

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North Korea-linked hacking group stole millions from...

Lazarus, North Korea-linked hacking group that was behind the notorious WannaCry attack, managed to steal tens of millions of dollars from ATMs in Asia and Africa, according to a report from security firm Symantec. The hackers deployed malware called...

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Tesla’s “Navigate on Autopilot” is like Waze on...

My wife and I test drove a Tesla Model X over the weekend and came away impressed with the technology overall. The sales guy showed us a version of “Navigate on Autopilot” and it was very cool.

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Satechi announces Type-C Mobile Pro Adapter for the...

Satechi has announced the Aluminum Type-C Mobile Pro Hub Adapter, which is compatible with the new iPad Pro, as well as other Type-C devices smartphones and tablets.

The compact adapter provides access to a variety of peripherals thanks to four expansion ports over a single USB-C connection. Ports include: 4K HDMI; USB-C PD 3.0 charging (which keeps the iPad Pro and other Type-C compatible products powered and can also be used as a power bank to charge other USB-C devices), a 3.5mm headphone jack; and an extra USB 3.0 port. 

The Aluminum Type-C Mobile Pro Hub Adapter is available now for pre-order at a discounted price (25% off) of $44.99 on, in silver and space gray. It 

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Best Buy Early Black Friday...

9to5Toys now has a new app! Download it to stay 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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Hit or miss, Samsung’s foldable phone is a big deal

How would I use it?

That's what we were all thinking as Samsung's Justin Denison whipped out a prototype folding smartphone. A phone that can open up to become a 7.3-inch tablet would be pretty handy when out and about. Like when writing on the go,...

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Apple Music picks up three new distributors...

As Apple Music continues to expand with content and features, the service is picking up three new distributors to offer music, music videos, lyrics, and concert footage.


The post Apple Music picks up three new distributors including CD Baby for music, concert film footage, and lyrics appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Amazon has slashed prices on all sizes of its Fire...

It’s never too early to grab holiday gifts at great prices, but today’s deal is all about the kids. Ahead of its usual Black Friday blowout, Amazon has slashed prices on its Fire Kids Edition tablets to the lowest prices we’ve ever seen, and all three sizes are getting in on the act: You can save $30 on the 7-inch model...

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Google updates sexual harassment policies following...

Google has faced quite a bit of criticism and pushback regarding how it has handled sexual harassment accusations in the past, and thousands of employees walked out of their offices in protest last week. Now, ahead of a company town hall meeting, Goo...

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Satechi USB-C hub adds HDMI, 3.5mm jack & more...

Satechi on Thursday announced the Type-C Mobile Pro Hub, specifically intended for Apple's new iPad Pros with USB-C in place of Lightning.

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Wemo Smart Dimmer Switch gains HomeKit support via...

Wemo is upgrading another of their smart home accessories with the addition of HomeKit today. Through a software update, the Wemo Smart Dimmer Switch will now be compatible with Apple's HomeKit with no need for an additional hub.

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Chinese news agency adds AI anchors to its broadcast...

China's state-run news agency Xinhua has unveiled the latest additions to its team of reporters -- two AI anchors. The two anchors, one that speaks in English and another in Chinese, have the likeness of some of Xinhua's human anchors, but their voic...

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Wemo HomeKit support comes to WiFi Smart Dimmer...

Belkin continues to bring HomeKit support to its smart home accessories, and the Wemo WiFi Smart Dimmer is the latest to join the club. Wemo HomeKit support is retroactively being added through a free software update starting today. Wemo was first to use a new software authentication method for certifying HomeKit devices with its Mini Smart Plug earlier this year.


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Wemo adds HomeKit support to WiFi Smart Dimmer


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A folding screen is just what the iPhone needs, but...

At long last, the first folding phone from Samsung is nearly a reality. At its developers conference keynote yesterday, the phone maker showed off its new Infinity Flex display along with a proof-of-concept prototype of what will soon become the world’s first folding Galaxy phone.

It’s likely to be a very expensive niche product when it launches in 2019, but one thing is clear: phones are moving beyond rounded rectangles. After several false starts with curved, two-sided, and split-screen handsets, it’s safe to say that folding is the future of the smartphone, with the sort of 2-in-1 design that was previously unthinkable on a pocketable device.

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Apple Investigates Reports of Listener Drop-off in...

Apple is investigating after podcasters raised concerns that Analytics was showing a huge fall in listenership.

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Spotify opens up its streaming data to music...

Spotify seems to be focused on building stronger relationships with musicians, having added features such as easier music uploads and allowing them to submit tracks to playlist editors for consideration. It's made overtures to songwriters as well, in...

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Google Cloud Adds Science Tool to Share Scientific...

Google wants to make it easier for scientists to share scientific models, so today it announced Kubeflow pipelines and AI Hub to help.

To help fix that, Google is announcing Kubeflow pipelines, which are an extension of Kubeflow, an open source framework built on top of Kubernetes designed specifically for machine learning…The company is also announcing AI Hub, which as the name implies is a central place where data scientists can go to find different kinds ML content including Kubeflow pipelines, Jupyter notebooks, TensorFlow modules and so forth.

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Netflix’s ‘Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle’ debuts...

Netflix snapped up the rights to Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, a film that had been in the works for some time, earlier this year, and now it has a release date and a new trailer. In the trailer, you see the familiar Jungle Book story -- a young boy...

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Wemo Smart Light Switch Adds HomeKit Support

The Wi-Fi Smart Dimmer can be controlled via Siri and the Home app.

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App Sale: Pixomatic Photo Editor Now Free

Usually US$4.99, Pixomatic photo editor is free, and I’m not sure how long it will last. Pixomatic is the first-ever mobile app that brings desktop level quality for selecting and masking images. Now, you have no problems with cutting out even the most difficult picture elements, including hair. Smoothly select and mask even the trickiest hair edges. Also, they introduced hundreds of photo stickers that you can add to your photos with a single tap. In just a few minutes create funny pranks, visual art and social media posts for your business or stunning photo manipulations, viral memes and selfies to share with friends. Pixomatic has a full range of amazing photo editing tools for creative minds. Use smart cutout, add layers, apply blending modes and unique filters to create epic masterpieces. Let Pixomatic be your only all-in-one photo editor. App Store: Pixomatic – Free...

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How to upgrade the RAM on the new 2018 Mac mini

Apple reversed course this year, opting to allow for user-swappable memory on the new Mac mini. The procedure isn't as straight-forward as it could be, so AppleInsider walks you through it.

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Satechi’s iPad Pro USB-C hub with HDMI, USB-A, and...

Satechi is out today with its dedicated iPad Pro USB-C hub. The compact aluminum adapter offers HDMI, USB-A, headphone port, and USB-C PD 3.0 at a good price.


The post Satechi’s iPad Pro USB-C hub with HDMI, USB-A, and headphone port launches with $45 promo appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Satechi announces Aluminum Type-C Mobile Pro Hub for...


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Daimler and Bosch pick San Jose for autonomous taxi...

Mercedes' parent company Daimler and automotive supplier Bosch announced back in 2017 their plans to get autonomous vehicles on the road "by the beginning of the next decade." Now, the partnership is getting ready to roll out testing, and has earmark...

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iMovie Update Adds Facebook Video Export

Apple’s iWork suite of apps were updated yesterday. Among them was an iMovie feature that added Facebook video export.

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Steve Jobs once said that Apple almost went bankrupt...


In light of all the recent price hikes to Apple’s products I was reminded by a quote I read once from Steve Jobs. He was talking about why Apple started failing and almost went bankrupt before they brought Steve back into the company.

And the quote:

What happened at Apple, to be honest, over the years was the goal used to be to make the best computers in the world. And that was goal one. Goal two, we got from Hewlett-Packard actually which was “we have to make a profit”. Because if we don’t make a profit we can’t do goal one. So, yeah, I mean we enjoyed making a profit, but the purpose of making a profit was so we can make the best computers in the world. Along the way somewhere those two got reversed. The goal is to make a lot of money and well, if we have to make some good computers well ok we’ll do that… ’cause we can make a lot of money doing that. And, it’s very subtle. It’s very subtle at first, but it turns out it’s everything. That one little...

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Netflix is making 'Pacific Rim' and '...

Netflix is developing five original anime shows, including two titles you might be familiar with: Pacific Rim and Altered Carbon. The animated series will take place in the same universe as the live-action installments of the titles, though they'll t...

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Losing health data when upgrading an iPhone

From this tweet by Ryan Jones:

Health data truth, as on Nov 2018.

iCloud Sync, if toggled on
iCloud Backup, never ever

Unecrypted iTunes Backup, never ever
Encrypted iTunes Backup, only if iCloud Sync is off

So, if you get a new phone and it magically disappears from iCloud… F’ed.

— Ryan Jones (@rjonesy) November 6, 2018

And this from the linked post by Michael Tsai:

The Health app can’t import its own data, so you need to use (and trust) a third-party app. Also, chances are you’re going to use iCloud (or some even less secure means) to transport the export file, so why not just include it (optionally) in the iCloud backup. This is a pattern we see from time to time with Apple. You run into the limits of...

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Teardown of Apple's 2018 MacBook Air shows...

A teardown of the redesigned MacBook Air shows that Apple has turned to glue for the speakers and batteries, versus the previous revision which used tiny screws to hold the components in place.

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New MacBook Air Battery Can Be Replaced Yourself

In an unusually repair-friendly move by Apple, you will be able to replace the new MacBook Air battery yourself.

“This is a huge step forward,” said Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit, a popular website dedicated to repairing Apple products. “Apple’s glued-down battery design has been a challenge for consumers, recyclers, and for Apple’s own technicians. Preserving the removability of the MacBook Air’s battery is really important.”

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CIRP says 181M iPhones in active use in US, but...

Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) estimates that there are now 181M iPhones in active use in the US, up from 176M in the middle of last year …


The post CIRP says 181M iPhones in active use in US, but starting to level off appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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'Fallout 76' gets glow-in-the-dark postage...

Bethesda's Fallout 76 marketing onslaught is continuing apace ahead of the game's November 14th release. Last week, it snagged Ninja, Rick and Morty, and Logic for a nerdtastic livestream -- now it's releasing limited edition postage stamps across th...

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Anand Shimpi, Phil Schiller Explain A12X Chip

The latest Apple interview is with Anand Shimpi and Phil Schiller who explained the A12X chip.

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Apple's services will grow to over $100 billion...

Katy Huberty from Morgan Stanley has taken a deep-dive into Apple's services market segment, and has taken a close look at the factors that will make Apple's once-overlooked aspect of its business a major factor for investors to consider now, and in the future.

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Bit Brigade, the rock band that plays classic NES...

Bit Brigade could be more famous if they wanted to be. They're a five-man rock band, but one of their members doesn't play an instrument -- instead, he speedruns through a classic NES game while the remaining four bandmates play its soundtrack, live...

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iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, Mac laptops on...

Over 180 million shoppers are expected to take advantage of Black Friday deals this holiday season. Smartphones top wish lists this year according to a survey conducted by Gazelle, an online marketplace for consumers to buy and sell previously owned electronic devices.

Forty-four percent of Americans who are looking to purchase new electronic devices over the holidays would like smartphones, with 23% eyeing a new Samsung Galaxy and 21% desiring a new iPhone. Rounding out the top five most wished-for items are the Apple Watch (17%), iPad (16%), and MacBook (14%).

While 30% of consumers are hoping for electronic devices as gifts, only 12% are holding out for smartphone deals, and 16% for tablet bargains. Leading up to Black Friday, Gazelle will be featuring countdown promotions and site wide sales on the certified previously-owned items most sought after this holiday season....

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DJI Security Flaw Could Have Exposed Accounts

Consumer drone manufacturer DJI fixed a security flaw in its website and apps. The DJI security flaw—revealed today—could have been bad.

The vulnerability, revealed Thursday by researchers at security firm Check Point, would have given an attacker complete access to a DJI users’ cloud stored data, including drone logs, maps, any still or video footage — and live feed footage through FlightHub, the company’s fleet management system — without the user’s knowledge.

It doesn’t sound like any customer data was actually accessed, but DJI and CheckPoint say it would be difficult to know for sure.

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iFixIt offers a teardown of the 2018 MacBook Air

The gang at iFixIt, which tears part tech items and looks at their innards so you don’t have to, has taken a look at the 2018 MacBook Air. 

They say that the upgraded laptop rocks modular ports, and not one but ten pull-to-remove adhesive tabs securing its battery and speakers. After years of declining repairability, “this is a refreshing change for Apple notebooks,” iFixIt declares. 

However, “these design improvements have more to do with rework than repairability. The Air still uses external pentalobes to keep you out, requires lots of component removal for common fixes, and both RAM and storage are soldered to the logic board. 

“All together, that means Apple has an easy time with their knowledge and tools, but the average DIYer is left out to dry when it comes to upgrades,” iFixIt says. “We’re not ones to complain (okay, yes we are), but we hope this is just the beginning of an upswing in repairable design.”

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Here’s how to replace the memory on the new Mac mini

This is a relatively easy thing to do. It’s all screws, no glue or other messy bits to deal with.

If you are considering a Mac mini purchase, check the replacement RAM costs before you order.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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iOS 12.1.1 will let iPhone XR users expand...

The iPhone XR does not have a pressure-sensitive display, so it lacks 3D Touch. Apple has introduced alternative gestures for many 3D Touch features under the marketing guise of ‘Haptic Touch’. This combines a normal long-press gesture with haptic feedback, like holding down the spacebar to activate keyboard trackpad mode, or using long press for the lock screen torch button.

One notable omission with the launch of iPhone XR was the lack of affordance for viewing rich notifications. iOS 12.1.1 beta 2 addresses this … so now it works as you would expect.


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Apple patent involves displays with ‘holographic...

About four years ago, Ben Kunz writing for Bloomberg Businessweek, predicted that Apple devices will someday project holograms "like you’ve never seen." Sounds a bit out-there, right? But Kunz could have been onto something. 

In 2016, Apple patented a three-dimensional display system that would “mimic a hologram” without requiring special glasses. The patent notes that one current market gap in screen technology is the ability of a device to project stereoscopic 3D images to multiple viewers at the same time.

Today Apple has filed for a patent (number 20180321432) for a “display with holographic angle-of-view adjustment structures.” It involves screens on which each pixel may have a light-emitting diode such as an organic light-emitting diode or may be formed from other pixel structures such as liquid crystal display pixel structures. 

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: “A display may have an array of pixels. Each pixel may have a light-emitting...

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Apple posts second developer betas of iOS 12.1.1,...


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Apple customers discuss the ‘nickel and diming’ that...

Reddit thread has been discussing some of the things that annoy them about Apple – more specifically, examples of Apple ‘nickel-and-diming’ its customers. Areas where Apple cheaps out.

There are absolutely no prizes for guessing what’s number one on the list …


The post Apple customers discuss the ‘nickel and diming’ that annoys them the most appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Daily Deal: The FODI Origami Multi-Purpose Device...

What’s as thin as a piece of paper but can hold computers or other equipment weighing up to 44 pounds? The answer? The FODI Origami Multi-Purpose Device Stand ($14.99). This innovative and ultra-portable folding stand transforms from an ultra-thin sheet into a stand that can hold any smartphone, tablet or other device in seconds, and looks good in the process.

  • Quickly folds into a stand for your phone, laptop, tablet & more

  • Easily folds & unfolds in two ways

  • Organize cables w/ the included buckles

  • Unfolds flat for easy transport

It’s about the size of an envelope at 9.5” long by 4.5” wide, but only 1 mm thick and ways just 0.08 lbs. It has two ways of folding, and comes in four different finishes:...

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Earlier every year: iPhone production cut rumors

It seems like every year two things get moved up: stores putting up holiday decorations and doomtastic rumors about cuts to iPhone production orders.

Last year it wasn’t until December that reports of iPhone X production cuts were floated like so many lead balloons carried around by lead children. These reports went on for more than half a year until Apple reported two quarters of increased iPhone sales and repeatedly said the iPhone X was the best selling iPhone, you chowderheads.

Now, here it is only early November and already we’re being treated to breathless details of upcoming Black Friday deals, whirring maniacal mechanical Santas in Ace Hardware stores across the nation and, yes, reports of production cuts on the iPhone XR, which was released less than two weeks ago.


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iPhone alarms could automatically change to give...

Apple has looked into how people can get a full night's sleep, and has come up with a way that allows someone to be woken up after spending a desired amount of time asleep instead of just at a set time, by monitoring when they actually start sleeping.

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Artifact Uprising Offers 10 Free Photo Prints

Artifact Uprising, owned by photo company VSCO, is offering customers a chance to print ten photos for free. It only lasts a week.

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Apple patent would offer more control over 3D...

Apple has applied for a patent (number 20180322709) for “systems, methods, and computer-computer-readable media for placing an asset on a 3D model” involving the Mac as well as iOS devices. One goal: enhance gaming experiences.

The invention, if it ever comes to fruition, involves  models that a user can control as part of an electronic device operation. For example, gaming consoles can display 3D avatars that represent a user, and the user can direct the avatar to perform specific actions in a game. The three-dimensional models can be constructed from the combination of several assets such as a body, a head, eyes, ears, nose, hair, glasses, a hat, or other accessories. 

The assets can be placed on and incorporated into the model (e.g., placed on and integrated into an external surface of the model), or placed adjacent to the external surface of the model. To enhance the user's experience, the user can personalize a displayed model by selecting and moving specific...

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Apple probing sudden declines of up to 40 percent in...

Apple says it's "investigating" an issue with its podcast data showing sharp and unexpected declines in listenership -- but with no corresponding drop in actual listeners.

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Apple will open its first store in Thailand this...

Apple Iconsiam will open Saturday in Bangkok on the shores of the Chao Phraya; it’s the tech giants first store in Thailand.

Elevated above the “River of Kings” in the heart of Bangkok, Apple Iconsiam sits alongside storied sites and cultural landmarks. Connecting the new mixed-use ICONSIAM Center to an outdoor roof terrace, the store’s clean, trapezoidal design lines and glass surfaces accentuate the natural beauty of its surroundings while creating an open, airy atmosphere effacing boundaries between interior and exterior, according to Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail.

Apple Iconsiam features two expansive glass facades that create transparency through the store to the river, city and beyond. As customers walk in through a sweeping curve stone entry, their journey continues to the roof garden, where they can admire local art, participate in a Today at Apple photo or sketch walk, or simply enjoy iconic views of Bangkok.

Inside the store...

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New iPad Pro Means it is Time for padOS

It is fair to say that Ben Lovejoy from 9to5Mac is a fan of the new iPad Pro, including the “perfection of the rounded corners in the display.” He is increasingly recommending it to non-techies over a MacBook. His one gripe though is that he thinks the iPad Pro needs its own operating system – call it padOS. I can see the case for this. The iPad Pro, in particular, is now so advanced that people are doing an increasing number of high-powered tasks on it. The device needs an operating system that reflects that. As Lovejoy points out, Apple argues against converged devices. So why not add an extra operating system into the mix so that each hardware offering is compatible but has a unique software environment so users can truly enjoy devices to their full potential?

But while the iPad Pro isn’t trying to be a Mac, it is a grown-up device and it needs a grown-up operating system. Not macOS, but rather a tailored version of iOS, designed to take advantage of the...

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How to set your macOS screensaver to show a Photos...

When your Mac isn’t being used, you can turn its screen into a digital picture frame by using a screensaver that shows photos. If you store photos in Apple’s Photos app, setting up the photo screensaver is very straightforward.

Here’s how to set your Mac to use your Photos Library as a screensaver.

1. Open System Preferences and click Desktop & Screen Saver.

2. Select any of the photo-based screen savers in the scroll list at left. The ones that let you select images all show a ladybird beetle.


3. Click the Source drop-down menu and choose Photo Library. (If you don’t have any images in Photos, the Photo Library option will not appear.)


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How to upgrade RAM on the 2018 Mac mini – iFixit’s...

One of the changes Apple made in the 2018 version of the Mac mini is that the RAM is now removable. If you’re wondering how to upgrade RAM on the 2018 Mac mini, iFixit has an 11-step guide …


The post How to upgrade RAM on the 2018 Mac mini – iFixit’s 11-step guide appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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iPad Pro Diary: I can’t put this thing down, but we...

Having given my first impressions yesterday of the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, I thought it would be at least a couple of days before I had anything more to say, but it turns out that’s not the case. Consider this partly a diary, and partly a call to arms for an iPad-specific version of iOS: padOS.

I have a Wednesday evening ritual that involves working on a creative writing project for a couple of hours in a coffee shop, then heading to a nearby pub with friends. I usually cycle there, but this evening didn’t want to stop playing with the iPad, so took the tube instead. Having managed to secure a seat, I was That Guy – the one steadfastly avoiding looking up in case I spotted a disabled grandmother who needed my seat …


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Apple’s price inflation turns privacy from a right...

Apple believes privacy is a "fundamental human right," or so CEO Tim Cook told CNN in the wake of WWDC last spring. He condemned the data collection spree he saw from competitors as “out of control,” and he worried that “most people” have no idea how often they’re being tracked.

Bold words, yes. It was easy to admire Apple in the moment. They were words we needed to hear—wanted to hear—particularly in a decade rocked by the Cambridge Analytica scandal and data breaches at companies like Uber and Yahoo, to say nothing of Google's habit of sifting through our Gmail in order to better pepper our browsing experience with ads. Against such a backdrop, Apple looked like a knight in shining, brushed aluminum armor...

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Here’s how many days you’d have to work to pay for a...

Apple announced its new iPhones in September and with each pre-order date came a surge of sales from developed nations such as the U.S. Singapore, Switzerland, and United Arab Emigrates, where residents may only have to work a handful of days to purchase them, making the new iPhones a reasonably affordable amenity.

However, with smartphone prices hitting astronomical new heights, price-conscious markets around the world are seeing tremendous sales volumes with budget handsets. For example, in countries such as Cuba, India, Ukraine and Russia, cell phones such as the new iPhone XS Max are truly a luxury item, according to BankMyCell, a site for comparing trade-in prices for gadgets.

The site has done an analysis of not only how many working days it takes to buy an iPhone Xr, Xs, and Xs Max (64GB), but also comparing it to local cost of living figures in 61 countries.

For example, Cubans take up to 669 days to buy one, America is the third in the countries...

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GigSky announces international eSIM support for...

If you’re looking for eSIM-based goodness, GigSky might have what you want.

GigSky, a company that offers pay-as-you-go cellular data plans in more than 190 countries around the world, today announced that it now supports the eSIM in the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR.

The company’s plans are available on Apple’s new devices through the latest version of the GigSky World Mobile Data app, which was updated on Tuesday.

Users can add a GigSky data plan by downloading the app to an iPhone XR, iPhone XS, or iPhone XS Max handset running iOS 12.1 or later. GigSky says that built-in data connectivity will activate the eSIM with a cellular data only plan with no need to acquire a GigSky physical SIM card.

The plans range from 300MB to 5GB, and can span a time period of one day to 30 days. Pricing in select regions in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean starts at $10 for 300MB of data. For other countries not included in...

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Rumor: AT&T to crack down on Internet piracy...

If you were considering engaging in Internet piracy via an AT&T connection over the next week, AT&T won’t look kindly upon that.

Anonymous sources have stated that the carrier will soon inform about a dozen broadband customers that their connection will be terminated due to copyright infringement.

Over the next week or so, AT&T will kick some customers off its network due of copyright infringement. Thanks to its purchase of Time Warner, AT&T is now a major media company in the United States.

Anonymous sources stated that AT&T will cut off broadband connections if customers ignore “repeated efforts to “educate” them about the perils of copyright infringement.”

Per the sources:

“Based on the notices we received, we identified the customer on the account and shared with them the information we received. We also reached out to the customer to educate them about copyright infringement and offer assistance to help prevent the...

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How to revive a sluggish Mac mouse

Is your Magic Mouse acting sluggish and tracking slowly? If so, there are several steps you can take to get it back up to speed (literally).

The first, easiest, and most effective thing thing to do is simply wipe clean the glass on the bottom of the mouse that houses the laser. Heck, I pick my mouse up and simply blow any dust off the glass when it seems “tired.” That almost always does the trick. If that doesn’t work, try one of these steps:

  • Download and install the latest Magic Mouse firmware. You can find out how to do so here: .

  • Reset the connection and re-pair the device. Go to the Bluetooth and Mouse system preferences and remove the mouse from your system. Turn the mouse off and back on so it goes into discovery mode and pair it back up with your Mac through the "Mouse" system preferences.

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Fire TV how-to tips: Make the most of Amazon's...

Use these Fire TV tips and tricks to browse faster, launch apps with ease, and avoid common annoyances.

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Best Buy’s early Black Friday Apple sale takes $100...

It’s been a huge morning for Black Friday news, headlined by Best Buy revealing its Thanksgiving week ad. And while there are a number of notable deals still to come, Best Buy is making some of its top Black Friday offers available now. This includes hefty discounts on Apple’s latest 9.7-inch iPad, the previous generation 10.5-inch iPad Pro and...

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How to customize hardware keyboard settings on iPad

With Apple’s Smart Keyboards or any other third-party keyboards capable of connecting to an iPad, Apple has a set of options that allow you to customize the hardware keyboard, regardless of which keyboard you decide to go with. Follow along to learn how to customize hardware keyboard settings on iPad…


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How to take screenshots on the iPad Pro

No matter if the 2018 iPad Pro is your first iOS device without a Home button or not, follow along for how to take screenshots on the iPad Pro.


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Wednesday November 7

T2-Chip Video Encoding, Mac Mini Ram, 10Gb Ethernet...

Bryan Chaffin is joined by Jim Tanous to talk about his recent testing of T2 video encoding on some new Macs. They also talk about how easy it is or isn’t to upgrade Apple’s newest Mac Mini models. They cap the show with the news that you you should probably be thinking ahead to outfitting your house with some 10Gb ethernet.

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Apple reveals first Thailand store ahead of opening...

Apple on Wednesday offered a preview of its forthcoming Iconsiam outlet in Bangkok, Thailand, which will open on Saturday as the company's first retail presence in that country.

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Apple published a new Press Release

Apple just published a new Press Release:

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Brydge teases new keyboards for the 2018 iPad Pros,...

On the same day as the first customers get their hands on Apple’s latest iPad Pros, accessory maker Brydge is teasing its upcoming keyboard for the new devices. While details are sparse at this point, Brydge says the new keyboards will be shipping sometime in early 2019.

The post Brydge teases new keyboards for the 2018 iPad Pros, coming early next year appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Comparing the redesigned 11-inch iPad Pro versus...

A week after its unveiling at a special event in New York City, Apple's hotly anticipated iPad Pro lineup is on sale around the world. We pit the 11-inch variant of the all-screen tablet against last year's 10.5-inch model, comparing design, performance and utility.

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iPad Pro tidbits: Replacement Apple Pencil tips,...

Today marks the first day of iPad Pro availability to the general public. As part of that, we’re learning a bit more about the new device, including details about USB-C connectivity, Apple Pencil changes, and more.


The post iPad Pro tidbits: Replacement Apple Pencil tips, Smart Keyboard weight, USB-C display info appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Facebook says an unsend functionality is ‘coming...

As earlier reports suggested, Facebook is in the process of developing a new unsend feature for Messenger. Hidden in the changelog for a recent update to Facebook for iOS is mention that the functionality is “coming soon.” This means you’ll soon be able to unsend Facebook messages within a preset grace period.


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Apple investigating issue causing ‘steep consumption...

Some podcasters are reporting that they are seeing a steep decline in listenership, specifically when using Apple’s Podcast Analytics tool.


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Qualcomm again blames Apple as stock slides...

Following a report this morning claiming Apple is preparing for a trial with Qualcomm, the chipmaker this evening offered its earnings guidance for the holiday quarter of this year. While Qualcomm is forecasting higher-than-expected earnings-per-share, that’s only due to a one-time tax benefit.


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A strange welcome in Canada

As a proud Nova Scotianer, I feel no shame in saying, categorically, that Newfoundlanders are the nicest people in Canada. I was honoured to have been screeched-in many years ago in a bar in St John’s and highly recommend it to anyone who visits this lovely province.

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watchOS 5.1.2 adds Control Center toggle for Walkie-...

These ‘bug fix’ versioned Apple software betas keep delivering with all sorts of little additions. New in watchOS 5.1.2 is a Control Center toggle for Walkie-Talkie …


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Backblaze Releases Q3 2018 Hard Drive Reliability...

Online backup service Backblaze has released its latest hard drive reliability statistics, showing excellent reliability for new high-capacity drives. If you’re looking for a new drive, you’d do well to buy the drives that have worked well for Backblaze.

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The new iPad Pro for photographers

Mann looks at the new iPad Pro from the same POV I would – how is it for a professional photographer working in the field? After reading the review, I really want a new iPad for my photography workshop in Lisbon next March.

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Best TV streaming service: YouTube TV vs. SlingTV vs...

Is Sling TV better than Hulu, or should cord-cutters subscribe to PlayStation Vue? Or YouTube TV? We compare all the TV streaming services, and one rises to the top.

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Review: Studio Proper's minimalist aluminum...

We've seen our fair share of Apple Watch charging solutions, but few are as eye-catching as the Studio Proper Apple Watch Dock.

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Apple Updates Pages with Ability to Publish Directly...

Apple updated Pages on Wednesday with the ability to publish your books directly to Apple Books (the renamed iBooks).

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Comcast to launch video streaming product for...

According to a report Wednesday, Comcast is looking to field a new streaming device in 2019 that offers existing broadband customers app-based access to online services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.

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Apple walks Ars through the iPad Pro’s A12X system...

I’m not smart enough to understand much of what this article is about but the majority of the reviews of this new iPad reference how incredibly powerful the A12X system on a chip is.

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Apple Updates Clips App with Pixar Scene, New...

Apple updated the Clips app, adding new scenes, including a scene from The Incredibles 2, as shown in the GIF included in our story.

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Dragalia Lost Adventurers' Guide
Want to up your Dragalia Lost game? You've come to the right place. Here at 148Apps, we've been digging deep into Nintendo's latest gacha game to find the best tips, tricks, and strategies to share with all of our future co-op team mates (read: you... | Read more »

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