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Wednesday October 18

06:55
Apple and GE Partner to Deliver Powerful Industrial...

To the dismay of Microsoft and other competitors, Apple's iOS has been steamrolling into the enterprise market full steam ahead with partnerships with IBM, Cisco, SAP, Deloitte and Accenture over the last three years. Today another major enterprise partnership with announced with GE that will benefit Apple's iDevices and Macs while providing Apple developers with new opportunities starting ...

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06:53
Pixel 2 reviews — disappointing screens, bad color...

Rene Ritchie, iMore:

I’ve owned almost every Nexus and the original Pixel, but problems with the Pixel 2 display may force me to look elsewhere for my yearly Android fix.

I bought most of Google’s Nexus phones, starting with the Nexus One. I bought the original Pixel. I pre-ordered the Pixel 2 XL right after the event. Now I’m thinking of canceling that order. The reason? It seems like Google chose to ship bad displays on their flagship phones.

Rene follows up with a host of quotes from other reviewers, almost all from traditional Android bloggers. This was really surprising to me. I expected a best-in-class display at this price point.

Read the post, and dig into the other quoted reviews. I’m not sensing Google-bashing here, more disappointment at the screen performance from people who want to love their new Google phone.

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06:38
MacCleanse 6.0.5 - $29.95

MacCleanse is the product of thousands of hours of intense research and development. It meticulously scans all of the nooks and crannies of a computer for unnecessary junk that can take up huge amounts of disk space! Because of this, Apps in MacCleanse are also uninstalled correctly, catching the numerous logs, caches, plugins, and other resources left behind versus simply dragging them to the Trash. Your privacy is protected and computer performance enhanced by MacCleanse as it wipes your web and app histories, and can toggle resource-hungry extensions!



Version 6.0.5:

  • Fixed numerous thread-related stalls and crashes



  • OS X 10.10 or later



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06:34
Snap, NBCUniversal form joint Hollywood Studio...

Todd Spangler, Variety:

Snap, Snapchat’s parent company, is teaming with NBCUniversal to bring scripted programming — like short-form comedies and dramas — to mobile screens. The companies have established a studio joint venture to produce programming exclusively for the social-messaging and media platform.

And:

The companies have recruited Lauren Anderson, who has served as NBC Entertainment’s senior VP of current programming, to be the JV’s chief content officer. “Lauren was a great get for us,” said Mills, who has worked with Anderson on the NBC shows created for Snapchat. “She has tremendous experience, and instantly got what we were going for.”

Yet another twist in the unfolding story of what we’ll be watching in the future and who will hold the puppet strings. This is an industry in the midst of disruption. At some point, the models will settle down and we’ll see who is making money, long term, determine who survives, prospers.

The more...

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06:24
Adobe unveils the next generation of Creative Cloud

Adobe has unveiled the next generation of Creative Cloud, including four new applications:Adobe XD CC for experience design, Adobe Dimension CC for 2D to 3D compositing, Character Animator CC for 2D animation, and a cloud-based photography service, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC.

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06:11
WhatsApp will be rolling out Live Location Sharing...

Yesterday WhatsApp announced that it will be rolling out a new feature that allows users to share their location in real-time with family or friends in the coming weeks.

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06:00
Get Dropshare for Mac 4: 48% off

File sharing with others can be a real pain if you’re using a cloud service that doesn’t treat sharing as a priority. That’s not the case with Dropshare, which allows you to upload screenshots, screen recordings, files, folders, you name itto the provider of your choice. A link to the file is copied to your clipboard for sharing and you’re done! Dropshare’s usually $25, but we’re selling it in the Deals Shop for $12.99.

Here’s a list of just part of what you can do with Dropshare:

  • Upload anything from clipboard quickly
  • Synchronize your upload history across all of your devices
  • Shorten URLs on the fly
  • Create individually designed landing pages w/ HTML, CSS, & JavaScript
  • Record & upload your Mac's...
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05:59
Adobe introduces new cloud-based Lightroom CC,...

Adobe revealed a major update to its popular photo editing tool, Lightroom CC, today with a brand new interface, workflow, and sharp focus on cloud-based editing. The new photography service, previously known as Project Nimbus, coincides with a series of new Creative Cloud photography plans tailored for new and increasingly mobile workflows.

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05:59
Adobe MAX 2017: New Creative Cloud apps, next...

Adobe announced a flurry of new applications as well as features for existing products today as it kickstarts Adobe MAX 2017, the company’s annual creativity conference. This year Adobe is making a heavy investment in artificial intelligence, with updates powered by Adobe Sensei, a machine learning platform geared towards creative tools that was first launched last year at Adobe MAX. Let’s take a closer look at everything that was announced.

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05:50
Apple and GE partner to bring Predix industrial apps...

Apple and GE have announced a partnership to deliver industrial apps designed to bring predictive data and analytics from Predix, GE’s industrial Internet of Things (IoT) platform, to the iPhone and iPad. The two companies unveiled a new Predix software development kit (SDK) for iOS, which gives developers the tools to make their own industrial IoT apps.

“GE is an ideal partner with a rich history of innovation across the industrial world in areas like aviation, manufacturing, healthcare and energy,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a press release. “Together, Apple and GE are fundamentally changing how the industrial world works by combining GE’s Predix platform with the power and simplicity of iPhone and iPad.”

“The partnership between Apple and GE is providing developers with the tools to make their own powerful industrial IoT apps,” added John Flannery, chairman and CEO, GE. “Our customers increasingly need to arm their workforces through mobility. Working together, GE...

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05:48
Apple and GE partner to bring Predix industrial apps...

Apple and GE have announced a partnership to deliver industrial apps designed to bring predictive data and analytics from Predix, GE’s industrial Internet of Things (IoT) platform, to the iPhone and iPad. The two companies unveiled a new Predix software development kit (SDK) for iOS, which gives developers the tools to make their own industrial IoT apps.

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05:48
Apple and GE announce partnership to make ‘...

Apple and GE (General Electric) today announced a new partnership to build enterprise ‘industrial’ apps for the iOS platform. This includes a new development SDK focused on the Internet of Things.

Tim Cook said GE is an “ideal partner with a rich history of innovation”. GE will make apps for itself and its business clients, and deploy iPhones and iPad as standard across the organization.

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05:30
EDGEtv now available on the Apple TV, iPhone, iPad

EDGEtv has launched its adventure lifestyle entertainment network and it’s available on the Apple TV (as well as via iPhone and Android apps).

EDGEtv is now available on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, iPhone and Android applications. Rooted in the action sports category, EDGEtv works closely with athletes, contributors and influencers “to take viewers on a journey to the edge with engaging content across action sports, music and travel.” EDGEtv Adventure Travel & Lifestyle programming delivers travel adventures, exotic destinations and inspired lifestyle experiences.

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05:15
Apple TV universal search expands to Canada,...

Apple has expanded the universal search options on the Apple TV and Apple TV 4K, improving coverage in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and elsewhere.

U.S.-based customers can now search for TV show and movie titles through the Classix, Oxygen and BBC America app. New Canadian listings include Classix, Treehouse, FXNOW Canada, ICI Tou.tv and CBC TV, the country’s national broadcaster.

Australians will see results for 9Now, SBS, and Tenplay. In Norway and Sweden, Viaplay has been added.

The number of countries seeing universal search options within Apple Music has moved beyond the U.S., the feature now available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the U.K.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via AppleInsider...

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05:08
Qualcomm's CEO closes his eyes to being Ruled...

Qualcomm's CEO is in perpetual state of denial of any wrong doing in the industry or to Apple even though both South Korea and Taiwan have found them guilty of abusing their monopoly power and handed down record fines. Qualcomm's CEO Steve Mollenkopf was at it again yesterday during a live tech conference interview. Qualcomm's entire business model is being challenged and he believes that pixie dust will win out at the end of the day.

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05:00
Rumor: iPhone X component suppliers report improved...

The supply stream for the iPhone X may be where it needs to be.

Per sources close to the story, yield rates for some iPhone X have improved and become more stable, allowing for shipments of the upcoming smartphone to grow substantially after October.

The sources also reported that yield rates for key parts such as 3D sensing modules have improved as well.

The first batch of iPhone X handsets have already shipped out from Foxconn Electronics’ site in Zhengzhou (Henan, China), said the sources. With production yield rates for certain key components such as 3D sensing modules improving, shipments of the device have increased gradually and will meet Apple’s demand ahead of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the sources indicated.

It’s also been reported that analog IC vendors have stated that chip deliveries for the iPhone X have been on schedule up to now, with orders fulfilled on time for the device in the third quarter. The same sources claimed...

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05:00
iTunes App Syncing is Back (Kinda)

Last month, Dr. Mac told you that once you upgraded to iTunes 12.7, you would only be able to buy and manage iOS apps on your iOS devices, with no way to manipulate them with your Mac or PC anymore. That may not be the case anymore…


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05:00
Would you use a 15-inch iPad Pro?

Microsoft surprised almost everyone when it debuted new Surface devices yesterday (the rumor mill pegged 2018 as the time frame for a new update). The new models are more powerful, and there’s now a 15-inch Surface available.

Which makes me wonder: is there a market for a 15-inch iPad Pro? After all, Apple promotes the tablet as a potential laptop replacement (at least for some folks). And iOS 11 introduced some iPad Pro-targeted features such as true multitasking, a Files app, drag ’n drop, and more. All of these features are designed to enhance productivity.

Some folks find the 12.9-inch iPad Pro too unwieldly for use as a tablet. I don’t. Since I’m using my supersized tablet in lieu of a Mac laptop when I occasionally travel these days, an even bigger model sounds …. intriguing. 

I’d at least consider a 15-inch iPad Pro. Would...

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04:58
Apple Pay expands in Spain as CaixaBank joins...

Customers of the Spanish bank CaixaBank can now use Apple Pay, the bank confirming in a blog post that the service is already live. As you’d expect, this includes its mobile banking brand, ImaginBank …

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04:56
AI-powered chatbots to drive dramatic cost savings...

A new report from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that annual cost savings derived from the adoption of chatbots in healthcare will reach $3.6 billion globally by 2022, up from an estimated $2.8 million in 2017. This growth will average 320% per annum, as AI (artificial intelligence) powered chatbots will drive improved customer experiences for patients.

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04:55
Kool Tools: Naztech wireless earphones

Naztech’s (www.naztech.com) $69.99 Alloy Advanced Magnetic Wireless Earphonesare patent pending in-ear headphones that employ Smart Magnetic Sensor Technology to control music and phone calls by simply connecting and disconnecting the earbuds.

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04:30
Apple is granted a patent for ‘interface scanning...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,792,013) for “interface scanning for disabled users.” It involves improved input devices and methods for physically-impaired users. 

In the patent filing, Apple notes that various types of input devices, such as keyboards, mice, track pads, and touch screens, have been developed to enable a user to interact with a computing device. While these traditional input devices provide users with a quick and intuitive way to interact with a computing device, they all require a significant amount of movement by the user. 

This presents a problem for physically-impaired users that lack the fine motor skills required to operate such input devices. For example, some physically-impaired users are unable to move a finger across the surface of a touch screen device and thus, cannot operate a touch-sensitive device, such as a tablet computer. Similar problems can arise with the use of a keyboard or mouse. Apple wants to change this.

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04:29
Gmail iOS app trialling access to third-party email...

If you prefer the Gmail iOS app to Apple’s Mail app and wish you could use it for non-Gmail accounts too, you may be in luck. Google is currently trialling access to Outlook, Hotmail, Live, Yahoo and others in a new beta …

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04:16
Apple Removes Pro-Life App from App Store after...

Pro-Life website 'Life Site' reports that "Apple banned a pro-life mobile application after abortion supporters complained, even though the app was approved and previously offered on its App Store." Note: While this is a legitimate news story, it's also a politically charged one. If you're sensitive to such reports, don't read this report.

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04:09
Delayed messages bug in High Sierra may relate to...

Some macOS High Sierra users are reporting delays in receiving iMessages on their Macs, while also finding that they are no longer receiving iMessage notifications on their iOS devices and Apple Watches …

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04:00
How to browse without being tracked with macOS High...

With macOS High Sierra, you can browse the web without being tracked thanks to the new version of the Safari web browser, which uses WebKit, a layout engine software component for rendering web pages in web browsers.

One of WebKit’s features is Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP), which uses machine learning to identify and limit any tracking behavior in the Safari browser. Tracking can include third-party cookies and identification puts a 24-hour time limit on that behavior. You can turn it off or on this way:

  • In Safari, go to Safari > Preferences.
  • Click on the Privacy icon at the top of the window.
  • In the "Website tracking" section, you can click (or not) the option to "Ask websites not to track me." 
  • Check the boxes if you want these features implemented.
  • Close the preferences window.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)...

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Oct. 18, 2017

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 today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates

Saint Luke’s Health System has launched its new mobile app, mySaintLukes, powered by VenueNext, to improve the patient, visitor and employee experience across all of its locations. The free app connects patients, employees and visitors to the hospital services and information they need when visiting a Saint Luke’s location

macOS Apps/Updates

CS Odessa has introduced a new version of its online project management tool. ConceptDraw Plan 2 provides updated online workspace including Shared Resource Pool, Gantt Chart view, Resource Allocation view...

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Tuesday October 17

21:12
Review: Sonos One pairs hi-fi audio with Amazon’s...

Sonos One, the latest Sonos wireless speaker, matches the hi-fi audio of its predecessor, the Play:1, while adding a six far-field microphone array for built-in voice control using Amazon Alexa. All for the same $199 price.

Using a wireless speaker with a built-in voice assistant and high quality audio can be very natural and fun. Just say what you want to hear and Sonos One serves it up. What’s less simple is navigating through which music services work and with what method. There’s also the upcoming arrival of Apple’s...

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21:01
Sonos One: Alexa-Controlled Wireless Home Speaker

Wireless speaker company Sonos recently debuted voice support in two forms: pairing their speakers with an Amazon Alexa-enabled device like an Echo or Dot, and with Sonos’s first voice-enabled speaker, the Sonos One. We put the new speaker through its paces.


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20:59
Smultron 10.0.2 - Easy-to-use, powerful text editor.

Smultron 10 is an elegant and powerful text editor that is easy to use. You can use Smultron 10 to create or edit any text document. Everything from a web page, a note or a script to any single piece of text or code. Smultron 10 is very easy to use, it is fast and uses powerful technologies like auto save. It helps you to do what you want to do without getting in your way. So you can save time and get things done. Use Smultron 10 for all your text needs..

  • Smultron 10 is designed to be intuitive and easy to use
  • Edit your text with many helpful and powerful tools
  • All your documents are easily accessible
  • Use Smultron 10 in your own language as it is translated into many languages
  • Store your documents in iCloud and access them on all your Macs
  • It has all the features you want when you need them, such as syntax colors for over 130 code languages, regular expressions, commands, text snippets, text folding, line...
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20:59
Capto 1.2.5 - $29.99

Capto (was Voila) is an easy-to-use app that takes capturing, recording, video and image editing to the next level. With an intelligent file manager and quick sharing options, Capto is perfect for teachers, students, creative professionals and anyone in need of a powerful screen capture tool.

Features

  • Screen Recorder - Capture your screen in all its high-definition glory along with clear audio! By doing so at a smooth 60 FPS, you get sharp and clear recordings that look great on any device.
  • Video Editor - Make your screen recordings look professional. Capto's powerful video editing suite gives you all the tools necessary to perfect your screen recordings, post-capture.
  • Screen and Web Capture - Capto's options allow for effortless capturing of screenshots in different ways. Capture fullscreen or just select parts as required. You can also save a whole webpage in one click!...
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20:59
Cocktail 11.0.1 - General maintenance and...

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for macOS that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. It is a powerful digital toolset that helps hundreds of thousands of Mac users around the world get the most out of their computers every day.

The application serves up a perfect mix of maintenance tools and tweaks, all accessible through a clean and easy to use interface. Cocktail's features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. It also comes with an automatic Pilot-mode that allows you to simply press a button and relax, knowing that Cocktail will take care of the rest.



Version 11.0.1:

Note: Now requires macOS 10.13 or later

  • Addresses an issue in which Cocktail may fail to detect Mac OS Extended (HFS+) partitions
  • Addresses compatibility issues with macOS Server 5.4
  • Resolves a number of other issues discovered in the previous release...
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20:59
Sketch 47.1 - Design app for UX/UI for iOS and Web.

Sketch is an innovative and fresh look at vector drawing. Its intentionally minimalist design is based upon a drawing space of unlimited size and layers, free of palettes, panels, menus, windows, and controls. Though simple to use, it offers powerful vector drawing and text tools like perfect Boolean operations, symbols, and powerful rulers, guides, and grids.



Version 47.1:

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed a crash in Touch Bar plus a few smaller issues with export.
  • Fixed a bug where the Export panel in the Inspector could appear blank or with missing controls on macOS High Sierra
  • Fixed a bug where inserting images via the JavaScript API would result in an error
  • Fixed a rare crash that could occur while exiting the Color Popover on a Mac with Touch Bar support
  • Fixed a bug where exported PNGs wouldn’t always be assigned the expected color profile
  • Fixed a rare crash that could occur in a document...
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20:59
Slack 2.8.2 - Collaborative communication app.

Slack is a collaborative communication app that simplifies real-time messaging, archiving, and search for modern working teams.



Version 2.8.2:

  • A small release containing nothing but another Electron update, this one better than the last.



  • OS X 10.9 or later



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20:59
Path Finder 7.6.1 - Powerful, award-winning Finder...

Path Finder makes you a master of file management. Take full control over your file system. Save your time: compare and synchronize folders, view hidden files, use Dual Pane and full keyboard navigation to browse your file system. Work how you want: extreme customization allows you to access most tools in many different ways to suit your workflow. Work seamlessly with other platforms: don't leave any hidden .DS_Store files on non-Mac volumes, delete files securely and completely with the powerful delete feature from any volume type, search any network volume.

Features

  • View and manipulate hidden files
  • Dual Pane View
  • Full keyboard navigation
  • Folder comparison and synchronization
  • Folder merging
  • Batch renaming
  • Powerful file filtering
  • One-click dual-pane copy
  • Bookmarks and Tab Presets
  • ACL editor
  • File tagging
  • Editable Path Navigator
  • Powerful...
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19:42
Qualcomm CEO expects to resolve differences w/ Apple...

Apple and Qualcomm are currently engaged in a well-publicized and increasingly bitter legal battle over patents and licensing, but Qualomm is still hopeful things will work themselves out. Speaking at the Wall Street Journal’s D.Live conference, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf touted that Qualcomm has a “long history” of settling issues like the Apple one…

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19:09
Qualcomm CEO reiterates Apple feud comes down to IP...




In an interview on Tuesday, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf commented on the chipmaker's fierce legal feud with Apple, saying that what appears to be an ever escalating international scrum is, at its core, about IP pricing.

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18:38
Facebook Live adds new screen sharing option built...

Facebook today has updated its desktop Facebook Live platform with integrated support for screen sharing, a task that previously required the use of third-party software for users. The Next Web first noted of this change with a new “Share Screen” option…

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17:49
ANZ first to offer contactless eftpos payments in...




Electronic payment and money transfer network eftpos on Tuesday announced contactless payments, or tap to pay, compatibility with Apple Pay through cards issued by Australia and New Zealand banking group (ANZ), allowing customers the option of paying for items with their checking and savings accounts.

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17:26
Indiegogo created a marketplace for successfully-...

Indiegogo has become a viable alternative to Kickstarter for crowd-funding projects in the last few years. It's not just small projects, either — big names like IBM, Honeywell and Atari have used the site to pull in funding. Now the crowd-sourc...

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16:44
EA shuts down the studio behind 'Dead Space...

So much for hopes of a Dead Space sequel in the near future. EA is shutting down Visceral Games, the studio behind the Dead Space series, Battlefield Hardline and The Godfather. According to EA, the closure is the result of a decision to "pivot" Vi...

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16:39
Apple posts new developer beta of macOS High Sierra

Apple has released the third developer beta of macOS 10.13.1. It can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center.

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16:29
Apple executives receive stock incentives worth up...




Apple recently handed out restricted stock unit awards to its leadership team, with executives including SVP of Retail Angela Ahrendts, SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller and others receiving 128,584 RSUs scheduled to vest through fiscal 2022.

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16:15
Dropbox Professional

Dropbox Professional lets you store, share, and track progress on your work. Get powerful features like Smart Sync and Showcase as well as 1 TB (1,000 GB) of space.

The company unveiled the new plan earlier today.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:05
Internal Twitter email explains its new plans to...

Twitter promised stricter rules for abuse and hate in the wake of a boycott, but what will those rules entail, exactly? It's a bit clearer after today. Wired has obtained email providing early details on new policies, and they're mostly good news -...

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16:04
Technology Dreamer & Ex-DARPA Director Regina...

Technology Dreamer Regina E. Dugan, who served as the 19th Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), has been bouncing around Silicon Valley over the past few years with some of the craziest ideas that never seemed to take hold. Dugan worked for Motorola, Google and Facebook. It's being announced today that Dugan will be leaving Facebook in search of another dreamy project.

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15:53
Apple Pay now works with Eftpos cards from ANZ in...

Apple Pay in Australia today has expanded to support Eftpos cards from ANZ Bank. The move was announced in a press release from Eftpos, while Apple has also updated the Australian version of its Apple Pay website to indicate the new support for Eftpos cards.

more…

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15:23
Apple issues third macOS 10.13.1 High Sierra beta to...




Hot on the heels of Monday's slate of beta software releases, Apple on Tuesday issued a third beta version of macOS 10.13.1 High Sierra to developers for testing.

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15:14
[Sponsor] DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo is the search engine that doesn’t track you. DuckDuckGo + Safari’s Intelligent Tracking Prevention together address the top three private browsing misconceptions:

  • 41% of users believe private browsing prevents websites tracking them.
  • 39% of users believe private browsing prevents ads from tracking them.
  • 35% of users believe private browsing prevents a search engine from knowing their searches.

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15:08
German soccer team puts players on your iPhone for...

Sports teams and broadcasters have been going all-in on high-tech initiatives lately. The NFL was an early adopter, with AR features appearing on Fox Sports broadcasts. The NBA just released an augmented reality mobile hoops game, Samsung has put MLB...

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15:07
Wi-Fi security flaw not as bad as it’s KRACKed up to...

Make no mistake – this is very bad. But it’s not as catastrophic as some make it out to be.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:04
Intel Pumps Up 8th Gen Core Processors in Microsoft...

Earlier today Patently Apple posted a report titled "Microsoft Revealed their Next-Gen Surface Book 2 today claiming it's more powerful than Apple's MacBook Pro." After filing our report Intel published a report about Microsoft's Surface Book 2 adopting their new Intel 8th Gen Core processors. Intel also introduced the industry's first AI Neural processor called Nervana.

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15:03
Hands-on: Using Parallels 13 to run Windows on Mac...

If you’re a Mac user who needs quick and fast access to a Windows installation, then in many cases it’s a good idea to go with a Virtual Machine. Parallels is one of the most popular virtualization options for Mac users wishing to run Windows, and the latest version, Parallels 13, makes it ridiculously easy to get up and running.

Via what essentially amounts to an unattended installation of Windows 10, Parallels 13 can have you up and running, from download to usage, in just a few minutes. Watch our brief video walkthrough for a demonstration. more…

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14:51
Apple releases macOS 10.13.1 High Sierra beta 3 to...

Apple this evening has quietly seeded the third beta of macOS 10.13.1 to developers. The release comes a day after the company released the third betas of iOS 11.1, watchOS 4.1, and tvOS 11.1 to developers and public beta users.

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14:45
Microsoft resurrects its most iconic mouse

The Surface Precision Mouse isn't the only new input device in Microsoft's arsenal. The company's Surface site has quietly teased the Classic IntelliMouse, a wired peripheral directly inspired by the legendary IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 you might have...

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14:42
Apple Seeds Third macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 Beta to...

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming macOS High Sierra update to developers, a little over a week after releasing the second macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 beta and more than a month after releasing the new High Sierra operating system to the public.

The third macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 beta can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store with the proper profile installed.

macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 appears to focus on bug fixes, performance improvements, security enhancements, and other under-the-hood changes, but it also introduces a range of new Unicode 10 emoji like crazy face, pie, pretzel, t-rex, vampire, exploding head, face vomiting, shushing face, love you gesture, brain, scarf, zebra, giraffe, fortune cookie, pie,...

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14:27
'GTA Online' transforming vehicle races...

There are plenty of new racing games to choose from this fall (Forza 7, GT Sport, Project Cars 2 and Need for Speed: Payback), but none of them will let you change vehicles mid-race. Nor are they anywhere near as crazy as what Rockstar Games has been...

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14:22
5 Great iPhone Task Management Apps

Jeff Butts walks you through these awesome alternatives, helping you to figure out which one is right for you.


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14:17
Levi’s is already working with Google on a second...

Levi's connected denim jacket went on sale three weeks ago, but CEO Chip Bergh said it's already working with Google on a version 2.0. At Wall Street Journal's D. Live conference, Bergh said that the new one will have even more functionality. If you...

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14:11
iTunes U Collections officially moved to Podcasts...

Apple today has updated its iTunes U app for iOS with a notable change. The update, which brings the app to version 3.6, follows precedent set by the most recent release of iTunes and moves iTunes U Collections to the Podcasts app

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14:11
Greenpeace blasts Amazon over poor environmental...

Greenpeace has made a tradition out of raking companies over the coals when their environmental practices fall short of its standards, and that's truer than ever in the activist group's latest electronics report card. The organization didn't list any...

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13:57
Amazon Studios head resigns after sexual harassment...

A few days ago, Amazon suspended the VP leading its film and TV projects after Isa Dick Hackett told The Hollywood Reporter that Roy Price sexually harassed her. Now, CNN and others report that the exec has "resigned." Hackett is the producer on two...

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13:55
Facebook snags a Kerry Washington-produced drama

Facebook continues to add to its slate of original content and the latest show to join the lineup is a Kerry Washington-produced drama called Five Points, Variety reports. The show follows high school students living on the South Side of Chicago and...

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13:44
Here’s How to Convert Your Blu-ray or DVD Movies to...

This quick tip can save you either dozens of hours of computer processing time, or hundreds of dollars in buying digital copies of your favorite films.


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13:44
Google's new 'Clips' App could...

Apple introduced a free mobile video editing app called 'Clips' on the App Store on April 6, 2017. It's only available on 64-bit devices running iOS 10.3 or later. Apple describes it as an app for "making and sharing fun videos with text, effects, graphics, and more." Today Apple's European trademark filing surfaced from London for the figurative version of the 'Clips' trademark. Legally Apple has a priority date of 21/04/2017 which could be a problem for Google's new products with the same branding.

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13:43
Sylvania Announces Apple HomeKit Smartbulbs and...

Sylvania announced two lighting products for Apple’s HomeKit ecosystem. The Sylvania Smart+ A19 Soft White LED Bulb puts out 800 lumens, the equivalent of a 60 watt incandescent lightbulb. It’s dimmable, and joins the full color A19 already on the market. The Sylvania Smart+ Full Color LED Flex Strip supports both full color and dimming. It puts out 400 lumens, or roughly the equivalent of a 30 watt incandescent bulb. Neither light requires a hub for on-off functionality, but work in Apple’s HomeKit ecosystem with hubs like an Apple TV, HomePod, or an iPad. Using a hub, users can automate the lights and access them remotely. I’m stoked to see new HomeKit products hit the market, and these ship on October 23rd. They’re on Amazon now, listed as out-of-stock. The Smart+ A19 Soft White LED Bulb is $25.99, while the ...

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13:37
UK collected social media data as part of its mass...

It's no secret that the UK has been engaging in mass surveillance over the past few years. Since Edward Snowden's leaks revealed the extent of their program, the UK's security and intelligence organization GCHQ has been under fire for possible violat...

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13:36
Google testing multi-account access for Gmail in iOS




Google is testing out a new Gmail feature that allows users to access third-party email accounts from its iOS app, putting the title in direct competition with other multi-account email titles including Apple's own Mail.

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13:19
Hulu’s VR content is now available on Windows Mixed...

With its latest OS update, Microsoft has officially begun to support VR headsets from companies like Lenovo, Acer and Dell and today, Hulu announced its VR content will now be available across the lineup of Windows Mixed Reality headsets. The company...

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13:02
'Drive' director debuts free streaming...

Love him or hate him, you can't deny that Drive and Neon Demon director Nicholas Winding Refn has an astute eye for style in his movies. He's taking that and launching his own streaming service, dubbed "byNWR." It's different from Netflix in that its...

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13:01
Top iPad apps adding Drag and Drop support within...




This summer, Apple unveiled a series of new iOS 11 features specific to iPad, including new Dock navigation and support for Drag and Drop, enabling sophisticated new ways to work with documents between apps. Within its first month of availability, scores of third party developers have already added support to their iPad apps.

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13:01
WhatsApp launches encrypted ‘Live Location’ sharing...

WhatsApp today has released a new location sharing feature for its popular app. This latest feature allows users to share their location with other contacts using end-to-end encryption.

more…

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12:48
AWT News Update: October 17, 2017

Today's Apple World Today News Update podcast looks at proof that some people have no sense of humor, a messaging bug in macOS High Sierra, and Swedish Apple Pay:

  • We're sponsored this week by BeLight Software and its Live Home 3D app for Mac. Read more about this amazing home design application here.
  • Google tests a Maps feature that measures walks in calories and "mini cupcakes", gets publicly lambasted on Twitter
  • A Messaging bug is affecting some users of macOS High Sierra, and it may be related to an upcoming switch to Messages in iCloud
  • Apple Pay may be available in Sweden as soon as the end of this month

The text version of the podcast can be read below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Apple News readers need to visit Apple...

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12:38
Control YouTube's live TV service with Google...

You can already use a Google Home speaker to control regular YouTube videos if you have a Chromecast device, but what about YouTube TV? You're set from now on. Google has enabled voice control over its cord-cutting television service from Home spea...

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12:27
Sketch 47.1 - Design app for UX/UI for iOS and Web.

Sketch is an innovative and fresh look at vector drawing. Its intentionally minimalist design is based upon a drawing space of unlimited size and layers, free of palettes, panels, menus, windows, and controls. Though simple to use, it offers powerful vector drawing and text tools like perfect Boolean operations, symbols, and powerful rulers, guides, and grids.



Version 47.1:

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed a crash in Touch Bar plus a few smaller issues with export.
  • Fixed a bug where the Export panel in the Inspector could appear blank or with missing controls on macOS High Sierra
  • Fixed a bug where inserting images via the JavaScript API would result in an error
  • Fixed a rare crash that could occur while exiting the Color Popover on a Mac with Touch Bar support
  • Fixed a bug where exported PNGs wouldn’t always be assigned the expected color profile
  • Fixed a rare crash that could occur in a document...
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12:20
Long, rough road ahead for Qualcomm and Apple in...




A series of experts on the Chinese courts, patent attorneys, and other specialists have weighed in on the Apple versus Qualcomm battle, and believe that resolution through the system is well more than a year away, assuming that an agreement is not reached before then.

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12:16
Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs is building an '...

The next step for Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs is making a 2,000 acre smart neighborhood in Toronto. Google Canada will relocate its headquarters to the newly created Quayside neighborhood along the Eastern Waterfront to serve as an anchor for the area,...

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12:15
You Should Know: An Apple ID Phishing Scam is Going...

Apple IDs don’t expire. Even if you forgot your username and password, your Apple ID is still floating around in the ether. Apple doesn’t shut down IDs after a certain period of inactivity.


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12:09
Volvo's performance brand launches a 600HP plug...

When Volvo declared that its Polestar performance brand would revolve around electric powertrains, it wasn't kidding. Polestar has unveiled its first car, appropriately named the Polestar 1, and it's a plug-in hybrid coupe that musters 600HP while m...

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12:00
Twelve South releases upgrade to The Mac Candle

It's good to see that companies like Twelve South are on the ball when it comes to doing product upgrades on a regular basis. Earlier this year the accessory manufacturer surprised us with the Curve Desktop Stand for MacBook, which was a re-design and updating of the 2003 original iCurve. Now an even more important upgrade has hit: Twelve South announced the arrival of The Mac Candle No. 2 (AKA "Inspire", $29.99).

This is an update to last year's Mac Candle No. 1, which was nicknamed the "New Mac Candle" because it smelled like that wonderful odor you get when you open a box and pull out that fresh, new Mac. This year's Inspire should have a much more pleasant aroma, as it uses "strong...

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11:56
iOS 11: Share Wi-Fi Passwords More Easily With This...

Some requirements: you and your friends will need to have iOS 11, and be in each other’s contacts.


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11:41
eBay will now verify luxury handbags sold on the site

eBay is now offering a new service for sellers of high-end handbags. Today the company launched eBay Authenticate, a program that photographs, lists, sells, ships and verifies the authenticity of luxury handbags from 12 major brands. eBay says the go...

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11:39
Benchmarking High Sierra on Older Macs, Who’s to...

John Martellaro and Jeff Butts join guest-host Bryan Chaffin to examine benchmarks showing that High Sierra is faster on older Macs than Sierra. They also talk about the issue of smartphone addiction, who’s to blame, and whether or not it’s a problem for Apple.


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11:38
Wi-Fi Security Flaw Not As Bad As It’s KRACKed Up To...

A security researcher found a fundamental flaw in the WPA2 security specification that underlies all Wi-Fi implementations. It provides an attacker the capability to decipher encrypted data between a device and a base station. However, the opportunity to exploit this flaw is limited and closing fast for hardware that can be updated.

 

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11:37
Dropbox has a new ‘Professional’ 1TB plan with...

Dropbox is now offering a new ‘Professional’ plan aimed at independent workers like business consultants and creative pros. Dropbox Professional includes 1TB of cloud storage plus new Showcase and Smart Sync features, but they’ll come with a premium.

Dropbox Professional costs $19.99/month which is double the cost of Dropbox Plus which also includes 1TB of cloud storage. So what does $10 more per month get you?

more…

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11:34
Video: See how iPhone 8 4K 60fps video sacrifices...




The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are the first smartphones on the market to shoot ultra-high-resolution 4K video at 60 frames per second. But shooting 4K at that framerate does come with some visual compromises. AppleInsider demonstrates in our new video.

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11:34
∞ Aquaman’s costume evolution

This is a fun, well-done video detailing all the changes in costumes over the years for a character most of us know very little about.

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11:28
The war to sell you a mattress is an internet...

What an insane story. We’ve all heard about these “online mattress” companies – they advertise on many podcasts – but you probably haven’t given them much thought beyond that. But its as cutthroat an industry as any other.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:20
Niantic CEO: AR will reach full potential 'when...

Imagine playing Pokémon Go not with your phone, but with a pair of augmented reality glasses. That is the future that John Hanke, founder and CEO of Niantic (the company behind Pokemon Go) wants. "The potential for AR is immense," he said at t...

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11:16
Kaspersky Lab Finds Adobe Flash Bug in the Wild from...

As of yesterday, Adobe has already identified the bug (CVE-2017-11292) and released a security patch for Windows, macOS, Linux, and Chrome OS.


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11:10
Head of Facebook’s future lab will leave early next...

It's only been 18 months since Facebook enticed Google's advanced technology lead, Regina Dugan, to work at the social network's secret hardware lab, Building 8. Before starting Google's Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP) , Dugan worked as...

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11:00
Intel aims to conquer AI with the Nervana processor

Intel makes some pretty fast chips, but none are very efficient at the hottest thing in computing right now: Artificial intelligence (AI). Deep-learning apps that do computer vision, voice recognition and other tasks mostly just need to run matrix ca...

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11:00
Play Atari's 'Centipede' on a tiny,...

There's something special to playing a vintage arcade cabinet, but it's usually impractical to own one. It's no mean feat to lug a gigantic machine into your home, and you'll probably have to restore it to recapture its glory. Atari and New Wave Toys...

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10:54
How to unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch




Starting with macOS Sierra and above, Apple implemented the ability to unlock your Mac when you are in proximity, and wearing your Apple Watch. Sounds simple enough -- but there are a few pre-requisites to fulfill before it works reliably. AppleInsider spells it all out.

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10:49
Cocktail 11.0.1 - General maintenance and...

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for macOS that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. It is a powerful digital toolset that helps hundreds of thousands of Mac users around the world get the most out of their computers every day.

The application serves up a perfect mix of maintenance tools and tweaks, all accessible through a clean and easy to use interface. Cocktail's features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. It also comes with an automatic Pilot-mode that allows you to simply press a button and relax, knowing that Cocktail will take care of the rest.



Version 11.0.1:

Note: Now requires macOS 10.13 or later

  • Addresses an issue in which Cocktail may fail to detect Mac OS Extended (HFS+) partitions
  • Addresses compatibility issues with macOS Server 5.4
  • Resolves a number of other issues discovered in the previous release...
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10:42
Online shoppers can now use Venmo to pay for their...

It's already great for paying back friends and splitting the rent, but Venmo is about to get even more useful. In a bid to court a more youthful generation of online shoppers, PayPal -- the popular app's parent company -- announced this morning that...

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10:21
Roku Express will be available in Canada in November

Canada is getting a new version of the Roku Express, the company announced today. The tiny device, which is aimed at consumers new to streaming, is five times more powerful than its predecessor. It was unveiled on October 2nd as a part of Roku's refr...

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10:12
How to make iPhone texts and iMessages appear across...

I’ve always done this and found it very convenient to receive and respond to texts from whatever device/computer I have at hand.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:05
Path Finder 7.6.1 - Powerful, award-winning Finder...

Path Finder makes you a master of file management. Take full control over your file system. Save your time: compare and synchronize folders, view hidden files, use Dual Pane and full keyboard navigation to browse your file system. Work how you want: extreme customization allows you to access most tools in many different ways to suit your workflow. Work seamlessly with other platforms: don't leave any hidden .DS_Store files on non-Mac volumes, delete files securely and completely with the powerful delete feature from any volume type, search any network volume.

Features

  • View and manipulate hidden files
  • Dual Pane View
  • Full keyboard navigation
  • Folder comparison and synchronization
  • Folder merging
  • Batch renaming
  • Powerful file filtering
  • One-click dual-pane copy
  • Bookmarks and Tab Presets
  • ACL editor
  • File tagging
  • Editable Path Navigator
  • Powerful...
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10:01
Snap and NBC form a studio just for mobile-only TV...

Snap, which is Snapchat's parent company, has been having a little bit of trouble attracting new users to its service. That may be why the company is teaming up with NBCUniversal to produce content for entertainment specifically on apps. The new as-y...

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09:52
Pesky iMessage delay bug persists for some in Apple...




A bug affecting a number of macOS High Sierra users can result in significant delays for receipt of iMessages and text messages, as well as a lack of notifications from an iPhone or Apple Watch for the same messages. At the moment, the only fixes appear to be disabling messages, or rolling back to macOS Sierra.

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09:52
News: Apple TV expands search options in US, other...

Apple TV has added some new networks to its universal search, provided users have the network’s app installed. U.S. users can now search for movies and shows from BBC America, Classix, and Oxygen, while Canadian users have gained CBC, Classix, Treehouse, FXNOW Canada, and ICI Tou.tv. Sweden and Norway gain support for Viaplay, and Australian users will see searches include 9Now, SBS, and Tenplay. The company also extended support for Apple Music…

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09:48
CS Odessa announces ConceptDraw Plan 2

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has introduced a new version of its online project management tool. ConceptDraw Plan 2 provides updated online workspace including Shared Resource Pool, Gantt Chart view, Resource Allocation view, Resource Usage view and Scheduler.

What’s more, the new version improves project team collaboration and Task Complete Activity management. ConceptDraw Plan 2 retails for $119 annual subscription per licensed user. It supports all major web browsers and is interacts with ConceptDraw Project 8 for the desktop which retails for $299, and is compatible with MS Project.

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09:37
GM aims to be the first to test self-driving cars in...

It looks like New York City will be hosting its first test of fully autonomous vehicles very soon and surprisingly, they're not from Waymo or Uber. Instead, General Motors and Cruise Automation have submitted the first application for sustained testi...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 9.7″ iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $399,...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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09:21
Apple TV gets new universal search options in US,...




Apple has significantly expanded the universal search options present on the Apple TV and Apple TV 4K, improving coverage in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and elsewhere.

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09:09
Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 claims 70% more battery...

Two years after introducing the Surface Book, Microsoft has officially unveiled its sequel. Naturally, Microsoft is comparing the new Surface Book 2 laptop-tablet hybrid (not to be confused with the felt-covered Surface Laptop) to Apple’s MacBook Pro (since it can’t upset any OEM partners). If you can get around the whole using Windows thing, Surface Book 2 does have some impressive specs on paper…

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08:51
Unsplash wallpapers

After yesterday’s post about the Irvue app, Luke Chesser‏, one of the co-founders of Unsplash, tweeted to me about their very own app so I’m including it here.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:46
Bear enables text editing, notes on any device from...

Being a tech blogger can be an expensive habit. You write about something, try it out, and the next thing you know you’re either buying a piece of hardware or installing an app. Yesterday’s AWT News Update included a little piece about a note-taking app named Bear from developer Shiny Frog that had been updated to include an Apple Watch app. The next thing I knew, I had installed it on my iPhone, iPad Pro, Macs and Apple Watch. 

The app is free to try, but to enable such important features as iCloud syncing, themes, and exporting files in certain formats there is a monthly ($1.49) or annual ($14.99) subscription fee paid through an in-app purchase. The monthly subscription includes a free one-week trial, while the annual subscription gives you a month to try out the features of Bear.

Now, what the heck do I need another writing tool for? Up until last week, I had used a competing app that has an annual subscription fee of $39.99. That app...

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08:43
News: Apple explored option of buying health clinic...

Apple recently engaged in talks to buy Crossover Health, a startup that runs on-site health clinics for large companies, CNBC reports. Crossover Health is one of a handful of companies that provide medical and wellness services to self-insured employers on or near their offices. Sources said the talks went on for months, but never materialized into any kind of concrete deal. But other sources said Apple also approached One Medical — a nationwide…

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08:41
Apple Pay may be coming to Sweden before the end of...




A report suggests that Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri's declaration that Apple Pay would come to Sweden before the end of the year is happening sooner rather than later, with a launch possible in the last full week of October.

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08:21
Microsoft reveals Surface Book 2 hybrid tablets,...




Microsoft is continuing its attempts to compete against Apple's MacBook Pro and iPad Pro lines with an updated version of its tablet-notebook hybrid, with the Surface Book 2 boasting a new larger model and a USB-C port, alongside expected performance improvements.

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08:13
Microsoft Says Its New Surface Book 2 is Twice as...

Microsoft today introduced the Surface Book 2, the second generation of its high-end notebook and tablet hybrid.

The new Surface Book 2 is equipped with Intel's latest eighth-generation Core processors, up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 17 hours of battery life based on video playback.

Microsoft says those tech specs make the Surface Book 2 up to five times more powerful than the original Surface Book, and twice as powerful as the latest MacBook Pro, but it didn't specify which configurations.

Microsoft's comparisons to its primary competitor didn't end there. On its website, it said the Surface Book 2 has 70 percent more battery life than the latest MacBook Pro, which lasts up to 10 hours on a single charge.

The...

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08:10
News: Apple replies to senator’s questions about...

Apple’s efforts to explain how its Face ID technology works and why it can be trusted to safeguard user data have drawn praise from Senator Al Franken, who sent the company an inquiry shortly after the feature was announced, CNET reports. Franken, the leading Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and Law, asked for specifics about the new technology, as he did in 2013 when he had similar questions about Touch ID.…

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08:07
Yes, High Sierra on Older Macs Really Does Boost...

While Jeff Butts doesn’t use his mid-2010 Mac Mini as often as his other Mac, it’s definitely worth noting that the elderly computer performs so well with the newer version of the operating system.


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08:05
3D Printed Moon Light Lamp Looks Like the Moon

I’m newly obsessed with the Moon Light. It’s a 3D printed lamp that looks like the Moon when it’s lit up. Interestingly, it doesn’t look much like the Moon when it’s not lit. There are tons of videos on YouTube from folks, and those videos look pretty much like the company’s promotion pics. It has a warm light and cool light mode, and you can the light and intensity with a touch. It recharges via a USB port, too. It comes in multiple sizes, with the smallest—3.5-inches—coming with a ceramic hand for a base. The larger sizes, up to 7.3-inches in diameter, come on a wooden base. That largest model is $79.99 on TheApolloBox, but I found it on Amazon for $45.99. The 5.7-inch model is $29.99 on Amazon. It’s...

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08:00
How to make iPhone texts and iMessages appear across...




One of the advantages of Apple's iMessage system is the ability to see and respond to iPhone texts across multiple Apple devices. AppleInsider shows you how to set up the feature and get messaging on your iPad, Mac and more.

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07:49
Selling your MacBook Pro with Touch Bar? Apple...

If you’re selling (or generously handing down) your MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Apple recommends an extra step when erasing your data before parting ways with your machine. This step requires an obscure Terminal command that you wouldn’t assume and isn’t required on Macs without the Touch Bar.

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07:48
News: Apple releases third developer betas for iOS...

Apple has released a third set of betas for iOS 11.1, tvOS 11.1, and watchOS 4.1 to registered developers. The release notes for all three platforms mostly indicate bug fixes, although watchOS 4.1 adds Apple Music streaming capabilities to the Apple Watch Series 3, including support for iCloud Music Library and Apple Music radio stations. Recent reports also suggest that iOS 11.1 may add support for Apple Pay Cash, with Apple’s corporate and…

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07:47
Pixel 2 Reviews: Iterative Update Lacks 'Wow...

Two weeks after first unveiling the Pixel 2 at an event in San Francisco, reviews of Google's latest smartphone have now been published online. Many of the reviews written on the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL are positive, with multiple articles referring to the smartphones as the best Android devices on the market, as well as legitimate competitors to Apple's iPhone series. The only slight negatives appear to surround Google's decision to aim for functional, more iterative updates over flashier feature additions.

Like most reviews posted today, The Verge was more impressed by the design and look of the Pixel 2 XL than the smaller Pixel 2, calling the latter phone "humdrum" with "big, chunky bezels" that don't compare favorably to the XL's smaller bezels and larger 6-inch screen....

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07:44
Microsoft Revealed their Next-Gen Surface Book 2...

In early September Patently Apple posted a report titled "Microsoft Hints that a new Device will be Unveiled at their European Event in Late October." It's very possible that Microsoft will use their London Keynote at the end of this month to introduce the new Windows 10 + Qualcomm 2-in-1 Always-On hybrid ARM based notebooks from partners HP, Lenovo, Asustek...

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07:37
Updated List of WPA-2 KRACK Patches in Consumer...

We’re keeping an up-to-date list of KRACK-related router firmware updates so you can find out if one is available for your router.


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07:34
App Store Search Ads go live today in Canada, Mexico...

App Store Search Ads will start showing up on more iPhones and iPads from today as the inventory expands to Canada, Mexico, and New Zealand.

more…

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07:24
News: Sylvania adds LED Flex Strip, Soft White Bulb...

Sylvania has added a new LED Flex Strip and Soft White Bulb to the HomeKit-compatible Smart+ line of hubless lighting products it began last year with the Smart Multicolor Bulb. The Soft White Bulb ($26) is quite a bit cheaper than the multicolor model, but obviously lacks the color changing abilities. The Flex Strip ($60) is a bit pricier, but still comes in well below the $90 Philips’ Hue LightStrip Plus. The Full Color Bulb will be available…

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07:19
‘Nude’ app uses CoreML to automatically detect...

The celebrity nude ‘hack’ back in 2014 focused attention on the risks involved in having intimate photographs stored on your phone – and especially on cloud servers like iCloud. While our suspicions were correct that it wasn’t a hack at all, it did illustrate that poor security can put photos at risk.

A new app aims to automatically scan your iPhone for nudes, moving them to a protected vault in the app and then deleting them from both the camera roll and iCloud …

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06:56
The Amazon Treasure Truck

Apparently, the Amazon Treasure Truck has been a thing Since February 2016. Amazon just announced that they were bringing this sort of ice cream truck for the Amazon crowd to a bunch of new cities.

This is a cool idea and some terrific marketing. This came to my attention when I was asking about SuperNES Classic Edition availability and someone pointed me to this tweet:

Today on the Truck: It’s the @nintendoamerica Super NES: Classic Edition! Say hello to nostalgic feels and banana peels. pic.twitter.com/yPpsr9Euo5

— Treasure Truck (@treasuretruck) September 29, 2017

Check the official Amazon Treasure Truck page, see if your city has one. If...

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06:51
Apple Maps transit information added for Birmingham...




Apple on Tuesday added public transit directions for Birmingham, Alabama for users of the Maps apps on iOS and macOS.

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06:50
Apple’s universal search feature adds lots of new...

Apple’s universal search feature for the fourth-generation Apple TV now supports: BBC America (US); Classix (US, Australia, Canada); Oxygen (US); 9Now (Australia); Apple Music (UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Mexico, Norway, Sweden); SBS (Australia); tenplay (Australia); CBC (Canada); FX Now (Canada); Tou.TV (Canada); Treehouse (Canada); Hopster (France); OCS (France); C More (Norway, Sweden); Viaplay (Norway, Sweden).

The feature allows users to find content across multiple apps and services using text or Siri voice search, has expanded for the fourth generation Apple TV. Instead of searching the catalogs of multiple video services one at a time for a particular movie or show, you can search all simultaneously, then choose the service on which you’d like to watch it. 

You can also search for actors, directors, and more. When it debuted, universal search...

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06:44
Gartner predicts iPhone X will boost smartphone...

Gartner is forecasting that worldwide smartphone sales will return to growth in 2018, with the iPhone X a key factor in the U.S., China and Europe.

Mobile phone sales are expected to return to year-over-year growth in 2018, with shipments totaling 1.9 billion units. Smartphones will represent 86 percent of total mobile phone shipments in 2018, up 6 percent from 2017.

We expect Apple’s iPhone X to be the sales driver in North America, China and Western Europe, despite its high price. “Given the late November availability of the iPhone X, we expect the iPhone’s replacement cycle to flow more strongly into 2018,” said Roberta Cozza, research director at Gartner …

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06:42
Reuters: U.S. buyers favor iPhone 7 over 8

Reuters:

Apple Inc’s older iPhone 7 models are outselling the recently launched iPhone 8 ahead of the early November debut of the premium iPhone X, broker KeyBanc Capital Markets said, citing carrier store surveys.

Traditionally, new editions of the iPhone have sold quickly as fans queue for the latest upgrade, but early surveys have added to chatter that the iPhone 8 is not proving as popular as its predecessors.

  1. Not clear if this is true. These are not Apple’s numbers.
  2. If true, not clear if the motivation is demand for the iPhone X dimming demand for the iPhone 8, or a statement about the relative perceived values of the iPhone 7 vs iPhone 8.

No matter, this is the first time Apple has created this type of choice for the iPhone consumer, pitching a next generation product at the same time (give or take a month) as a new product that extends an existing line.

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06:40
OWC releases Aura Pro X line of SSD flash storage...

Other World Computing (OWC) has announced new Aura Pro X SSDs, integrating the latest NVME, 3D MLC, and SLC NAND for data performance of up to 1600MB/s with exceptional power efficiencies. They work with most 2013 and later Macs.

Built around a NVME controller, the Aura Pro X Series requires macOS High Sierra. All OWC SSDs fully enable the advanced features of APFS including strong encryption, copy-on-write metadata, space sharing, cloning for files and directories, snapshots, fast directory sizing, atomic safe-save primitives, and improved file system fundamentals.

Aura Pro X SSDs begin shipping later this month in capacities of 240GB to 1.0TB. The 2.0TB capacity version is expected to ship in mid-November/Q4 2017. Pricing ranges from $279.99 for a 240GB model to $1,279.99 for a 2TB version. For users who don’t want to upgrade to macOS 10.13 High Sierra, the original Aura line of SSDs is...

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06:39
Apple’s universal Search feature now works with BBC...

Apple has gained several new partners around the world for its universal Search feature on Apple TV. In the United States, Apple TV users can now use the Search app or Siri to find content in BBC America, Classix, and Oxygen.

Search on Apple TV lets you look for movies and TV shows in supported channels without hunting for specific content in individual apps. Here’s the full list of new Search partners in the US and around the world:

more…

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06:37
OWC releases Aura Pro X line of SSD Flash Storage

Other World Computing (http://tinyurl.com/y7v6yut7) has announced new Aura Pro X SSDs, integrating the latest NVME, 3D MLC, and SLC NAND for data performance of up to 1600MB/s with exceptional power efficiencies. They work with most 2013 and later Macs.

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06:34
Apple still offering free delayed battery repairs...

Joe Rossignol, MacRumors:

If you own a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display released in Mid 2012 or Early 2013, and your notebook qualifies for battery service, the repair should be free if you are willing to wait for around one month.

To check if your MacBook Pro battery needs service:

Click on the Apple logo in the menu bar. Then, click on About This Mac > System Report > Power. In the Health Information section, the condition should say “Service Battery.”

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06:30
Greenpeace Says Samsung Should Copy Apple’s...

The report simultaneously praises Apple’s efforts on green energy (which it graded an A), while shaming Samsung for its dismal efforts to be environmentally responsible.


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06:25
Rhino Camera Gear introduces ROV, a $229 compact...

The iPhone has long been well-regarded for its photographic capabilities, but as of late it’s becoming quite the outstanding tool for videographers as well. For example, with the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X, Apple has stepped up the device’s video feature set, adding both 24 and 60 frames per second options for 4K video capture.

But when it comes to capturing rich and dynamic video content, the iPhone hardware is only half of the equation. Apple devices, and smartphones in general, are benefited by a wide variety of add-on hardware, such as lenses, tripod mounts, filters and more. These tools can help iPhone videographers take their productions to the next level.

With this in mind, Seattle, WA-based Rhino Camera Gear, creators of the popular Rhino Slider for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, have built the ROV — a compact slider specifically with the iPhone in mind. Slider movement produces a...

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06:20
I think I broke my Facebook

Cliff Kuang, FastCoDesign:

I systematically unfollowed every single person and organization in my network except the actual news outlets. That promptly turned my sprawling social network of friends, frenemies, and strangers into a mere news reader plugged into just a half-dozen publications. Problem solved! No more updates about people’s lives.

And:

There’s a follow-on effect that I didn’t realize either: If you unfollow people on Facebook, you drop out of their Facebook feed as well. So now, whenever I have something I really want to share–a new job, or the final draft of the book I’ve been writing for years–I’m met with crickets. I’m stranded on the digital equivalent of a deserted island.

And:

There’s no obvious way to get off this island. I could manually re-follow everyone I unfollowed. But even if I do that, I have no idea if Facebook automatically makes them follow me. For all intents and purposes, my Facebook is ruined.

My...

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06:18
Slack 2.8.2 - Collaborative communication app.

Slack is a collaborative communication app that simplifies real-time messaging, archiving, and search for modern working teams.



Version 2.8.2:

  • A small release containing nothing but another Electron update, this one better than the last.



  • OS X 10.9 or later



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06:11
Apple Pay reportedly launching in Sweden next week,...

A report by the Swedish site MacPro claims that Apple Pay will be launching in Sweden next week.

It says that Nordea will be the first Swedish bank to support the payment method, and that a joint announcement will be made on October 24 …

more…

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06:05
WaterField Designs announces the Ranger iPhone X case

WaterField Designs has announced the Ranger iPhone X case, a modern take on the traditional holster. With magnetic closing systems that use Neodymium rare-earth magnets, it attaches securely to clothing, belts, work vests or straps.  

A Fidlock closure keeps the iPhone safeguarded inside the case. Scratch-free Ultrasuede lining adds cushioning and helps clean the iPhone screen as users insert and remove it from the case.

The bottom opening allows users to keep ear buds connected and keeps text and call notifications audible when the iPhone is inside the case. Side openings provide access to volume and sleep buttons. A front leather pocket can hold earbuds or cash and a key.

Pre-orders for the Ranger iPhone X Case will start Nov. 3 (the day the first iPhone X units are expected to arrive to customers) and shipping starts Nov. 10. The Ranger case will cost $89 and be available in...

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06:03
WaterField Designs announces Ranger iPhone X case

WaterField Designs has announced the Ranger iPhone X case (http://tinyurl.com/y8zprfrn), a modern take on the traditional holster. With magnetic closing systems that use Neodymium rare-earth magnets, it attaches securely to clothing, belts, work vests or straps. 

A Fidlock closure keeps the iPhone safeguarded inside the case. Scratch-free Ultrasuede lining adds cushioning and helps clean the iPhone screen as users insert and remove it from the case.

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06:00
DASH A – World’s Flattest Bluetooth Speaker for $59....

We have a deal on the DASH A, which the company says is the world’s flattest Bluetooth speaker. It offers 10 hours of playback and has an audio port-in, too. It’s $59.99 through us.


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06:00
News: Daily Deal: DASH A — World’s Flattest Portable...

Today in iLounge Deals, you can get the DASH A portable speaker for only $59.99 — that’s 69% off the regular price. The world’s flattest Bluetooth speaker, this ultra-thin soundbar delivers 10 hours of playback on a single charge, while providing crisp audio quality. Custom rare-earth neodymium drivers provider wide-range playback capabilities, and you can pair it with any Bluetooth-enabled device or use the included audio cable for…

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05:58
Lawyers say Qualcomm’s Chinese injunction attempt...

The long, drawn-out legal fight between Apple and Qualcomm took a sharp turn last week when the chipmaker tried to get an injunction on iPhones being manufactured in China.

But while that might sound like big news, given that it would effectively halt most worldwide production of the device, lawyers in China say there are three reasons why there is little chance of Qualcomm succeeding …

more…

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05:58
iPhone, Apple Pencil, and the need to double the...

UPDATE: Feedback is, this is just point-by-point wrong. We try never to delete posts, or I would delete this one, but at the very least, file this one under, here’s a source I’ll not post from again.

Motley Fool:

One of the sources said that Apple will need to significantly improve the performance of its mobile processor technology to support a digital pen. The source also added that Apple “had to compromise on some touch performance of the latest iPhone X largely due to the less advanced chipset.”

And:

With the latest iPad Pro tablets, according to the company, when a user writes on the screen using the Apple Pencil, the screen begins to scan for input at a rate of 240Hz, or cycles per second. This is twice the peak refresh rate of the display (which is 120Hz).

And:

Apple reportedly tested a high-refresh rate display on the iPhone X (Apple calls such displays ProMotion displays) but ultimately chose not to ship the device...

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05:55
Flashphoner announces support for Safari browsers...

Flashphoner, a developer of streaming video systems, has released an update of its Web Call Server 5 media server to work with Safari 11 on iOS and macOS High Sierra. 

WebRTC is a technology that provides this capability, allowing users to make phone calls directly from a browser, share documents and data securely, and even do screen sharing easily. Well, Apple has agreed to put WebRTC into WebKit, which is the engine that powers Safari. The Web Call Server update allows developers to create streaming broadcasting apps, video chats, video calls and other web applications that work directly in Safari 11 browsers from Apple on iPhone and iPad.

Last month, Apple released an update of iOS 11 for iPhone and iPad. This update presented a new Safari 11 browser with support for the WebRTC technology. Prior to this update the Safari browser didn’t have access to the camera and microphone and could not broadcast live...

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05:52
Smultron 10.0.2 - Easy-to-use, powerful text editor.

Smultron 10 is an elegant and powerful text editor that is easy to use. You can use Smultron 10 to create or edit any text document. Everything from a web page, a note or a script to any single piece of text or code. Smultron 10 is very easy to use, it is fast and uses powerful technologies like auto save. It helps you to do what you want to do without getting in your way. So you can save time and get things done. Use Smultron 10 for all your text needs..

  • Smultron 10 is designed to be intuitive and easy to use
  • Edit your text with many helpful and powerful tools
  • All your documents are easily accessible
  • Use Smultron 10 in your own language as it is translated into many languages
  • Store your documents in iCloud and access them on all your Macs
  • It has all the features you want when you need them, such as syntax colors for over 130 code languages, regular expressions, commands, text snippets, text folding, line...
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05:44
Gartner Forecasts Smartphone Sales returning to...

According to a new Gartner report published today, worldwide shipments of PCs, tablets and smartphones are predicted to exceed 2.35 billion units in 2018, an increase of 2.0 percent from 2017. This would mark the highest year-over-year growth since 2015. The report also clarifies a common misconception about mobile PCs.

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05:38
Future iPhones, iPads, Apple Watch bands could have...

Future iPhones and iPads may have small displays on their sides in addition to the main display. And Apple Watch bands could also offer additional display info.

Apple has been granted a patent (9,791,949) for “electronic devices with sidewall displays” and the company says that it “would be desirable to be able to use flexible display technology to provide improved electronic devices such as electronic devices with input-output components.”

According to the patent, electronic devices may be provided that contain flexible displays that are bent to form displays on multiple surfaces of the devices. Bent flexible displays may be bent to form front side displays and edge displays. Edge displays may be separated from front side displays or from other edge displays using patterned housing members, printed or painted masks, or by selectively activating and inactivating display pixels associated with the flexible display. 

Edge displays may alternately function as...

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05:29
Samsung trails Apple in new Greenpeace ‘Guide to...

The 2017 Guide to Greener Electronics was released today by Greenpeace USA, with rankings of 17 of the world's leading consumer electronics companies on sustainable manufacturing and design of IT products. Apple received a B-.

Companies were evaluated based on their transparency, commitment, performance and advocacy efforts in three critical areas: reduction of greenhouse gases through renewable energy; use of recycled materials; and elimination of hazardous chemicals.  

"Tech companies claim to be at the forefront of innovation, but their supply chains are stuck in the Industrial Age. We know they can change. Rather than fueling climate change, IT companies need to show the way forward, just like Google and Apple have done with data centers run on renewables," says Gary Cook, senior IT campaigner at Greenpeace USA.

The average grade across the 17 companies evaluated in the Guide was...

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05:22
No, wait, there’s few (if any) production delays for...

Yesterday DigiTimes claimed that Apple manufacturer Foxconn has begun shipping iPhone X devices out of China, but the first batch “only” totals around 47,000. Foxconn has ramped up its iPhone X output from 100,000 to 400,000per week, but supply still lags behind demand, the article adds. 

Now the same publication says that chip vendors "were not aware" of any production delays or shipment cutbacks. The same reports say chip deliveries for the iPhone X have been on schedule. On the whole, chip orders for new iPhone devices will grow through the fourth quarter of 2017, and will begin to slow down in the first quarter of the following year, claims DigiTimes.

Ordering for the next gen Apple smartphone will start on Oct. 27, and...

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05:15
Apple may have nixed Beddit, could be working to...

Apple has apparently nixed Beddit.

Beddit, the sleep monitoring system company purchased by Apple earlier this year, has had its product pulled from everywhere except Apple’s own retail stores and website.

The Beddit sleep tracker included a special sensor strip for your mattress that tracked your movement and respiration while you slept. It included a companion iPhone app where your sleep activity was logged.

Assorted readers have noted that the Beddit product has been “sold out” for more than a week, which stands as a fairly reliable sign that Apple may be killing off the product. Were Beddit’s products still being manufactured, Apple’s web store would have offered estimated shipping dates.

Apple is thought to be incorporating some form of sleep tracking through its own products. It’s unknown as to what specific products this could find its way into.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via...

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05:13
Capto 1.2.5 - $29.99

Capto (was Voila) is an easy-to-use app that takes capturing, recording, video and image editing to the next level. With an intelligent file manager and quick sharing options, Capto is perfect for teachers, students, creative professionals and anyone in need of a powerful screen capture tool.

Features

  • Screen Recorder - Capture your screen in all its high-definition glory along with clear audio! By doing so at a smooth 60 FPS, you get sharp and clear recordings that look great on any device.
  • Video Editor - Make your screen recordings look professional. Capto's powerful video editing suite gives you all the tools necessary to perfect your screen recordings, post-capture.
  • Screen and Web Capture - Capto's options allow for effortless capturing of screenshots in different ways. Capture fullscreen or just select parts as required. You can also save a whole webpage in one click!...
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05:12
Supply chain claims Apple's iPhone X part...




A new supply chain report suggests that the chokepoints on iPhone X manufacturing are loosening, and shipments from assemblers may meet demand before the holiday season concludes.

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05:00
How to Use One-Handed Zoom in iOS 11’s Maps

There’ll be no more endlessly double-tapping on your screen, folks, and that’s a very good thing.


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05:00
Apple confirms fix against “KRACK Attack” WPA-2...

Following the recent “KRACK Attack” Wi-Fi WPA-2 exploit, Apple has cited that it has addressed the issue in its macOS, iOS, tvOS and watchOS betas, but has yet to officially state as to whether a patch is en route for its AirPort series of routers.

Sources within the company have stated that the patch to remove hardware susceptibility was included in a “previous” beta of the current range of operating systems, indicating a release before Monday’s batch.

Given that the most recent firmware update for the AirPort routers was released in December of 2016, it’s presently unknown as to whether Apple would release a patch for the KRACK exploit for its AirPort routers.

The KRACK exploit itself takes advantage of a four-way handshake between a router and a connecting device to establish the encryption key. Properly executed, the third step can be compromised, resulting in the re-use of an encryption key —or in some cases in Android and Linux, the establishment of...

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04:58
Kool Tools: vCommute Wallet

Vena (www.venaproducts.com) will offer its versatile, all-in-one vCommute mobile phone case for the upcoming iPhone X, as well as the newly released iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

It combines the convenience of wallet features with a stylish and strong case that will protect your smartphone throughout daily use. Cases start at $18.99.
 
The vCommute boasts a patented design that combines functionality and protection with three hidden card slots to securely store ID’s, payment cards. Designed to complement the phone’s features, the case wont interfere with facial recognition or Apple Pay.

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04:58
Apple tops global tablet applications processor...

After two consecutive years of decline, the global tablet applications processor (AP) market returned to growth and registered a 5% year-over-year growth to reach $984 million in the first half of 2017, according to Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com)

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04:55
BBC adds CarPlay and Android Auto support to iPlayer...

If you’re a fan of listening to BBC radio shows while driving, the latest update to the iPlayer Radio app adds CarPlay support …

more…

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04:30
Kanex’s MultiSync Premium Slim is like a Magic...

Hey, Apple, I’m awaiting a Magic Keyboard with backlighting and a Touch Bar for use with my iMac. While I’m waiting, the Kanex MultiSync Premium Slim Keyboard for Mac & iOS will do, at least for the backlighting part.

The $79.95 keyboard’s MultiSync technology allows the Slim Keyboard to be shared among four (yes, four!) macOS and iOS devices. It uses a micro USB plug for juicing up, though I wish it implemented Apple’s Lightning port. After charging, you pair your devices and start toggling with one-touch switching. Everything is done wirelessly via Bluetooth 3.0, so no installation or drivers are needed.

The micro USB charging port is located on the back of the keyboard. The rear is also home to a physical toggle switch for turning the keyboard power off and on. 

The MultiSync Premium Slim Keyboard sports all of the familiar Mac keys and shortcuts, allowing you to adjust screen...

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04:25
Google Maps gets – and then loses – cupcakes in...

There can’t be many occasions on which a huge tech company has added a new feature to an app – then removed it just 24 hours later after user kickback.

But that’s exactly what’s just happened with an update to the iPhone version of Google Maps. And of all the unlikely things that feature could be, it’s a cupcake …

more…

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04:23
Batch PDF Creator for Microsoft Word Now Supports...

Zevrix Solutions has announced BatchOutput DOC 2.5.4, a compatibility update to company's output automation solution for Microsoft Word.

The software automates printing and exporting of multiple Word documents to PDF. It offers PDF security, image compression, variable file names, export as single pages and other options. Version 2.5.4 makes BatchOutput DOC a 64-bit program and introduces support for macOS High Sierra.

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04:00
How to stop auto-play in macOS High Sierra’s Safari

With macOS High Sierra, Safari now stops auto-play for video with sound, so you can browse the web without annoying audio “pop-ups.” When you’re ready to watch, click the play button. 

You can customize your settings for specific websites — so articles always open in Reader, pages are zoomed in, and more. Control-click the URL, then choose Settings for This Website.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)

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03:58
iPhone X yield rates improving, questionable claim...

Supply chain sources report that yield rates for iPhone X components have improved – including the 3D camera modules that were said to be limiting production volumes, initially very severely.

They go on to make a questionable claim that supply will have caught up with demand before the holidays …

more…

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03:58
Apple's Supply Chain confirms that they'll...

Yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Reportedly begins shipping iPhone X to Stores with Foxconn Production now up to 400,000 Units per Week. The report noted that Apple's iPhone X production had increased 4X per week from 100,000 units to 400,000. In the coming weeks production is likely to continue to make dramatic increases. On that note, Apple's supply chain is confirming that they're on target to meet iPhone X demand for the holidays unless ...

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Oct. 17, 2017

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 today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates

FreneticGamez has introduced Golf Maestro 1.0. In the free app, you play through the different golf courses with one touch control, unlock color, trails and other styles for your golf balls. You’ll face different kinds of challenges, play on grass, sand, in the middle of the night and even on some crazy adventure golf courses. The game consists of six courses with various numbers of holes in different locations.

macOS Apps/Updates

True North Software has released Station 1.4, an update of their multilevel (hierarchical) launcher for macOS. 

With nested folders, you can arrange items in...

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03:19
Apple Wins 48 Patent Today Covering a Next-Gen...

It was only this past April that Patently Apple posted a patent application report titled "Apple's Next-Gen AirPods Case could double as a Wireless Charging Dock for Apple Watch and iPhone." Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple this patent in record time. In total Apple was granted 48 patents today and we wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.

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02:46
iPhone X Parts Suppliers Reportedly on Schedule to...

Yield rates for some iPhone X components have improved and become more stable, allowing for shipments of the upcoming smartphone to grow substantially after October, according to sources from Apple's supply chain.

Yesterday it was reported that Apple manufacturer Foxconn has started shipping its first iPhone X units from its main plant in Zhengzhou, China. The same sources are now reporting improved production yield rates for key parts such as the 3D sensing modules, signaling the first positive indicator from suppliers previously struggling to meet Apple's demand.

The first batch of iPhone X devices has already been shipped out from Foxconn Electronics' site in Zhengzhou (Henan, China), said the sources. With production yield rates for certain key components such as 3D sensing modules improving, shipments of the device have increased gradually and will meet Apple's demand...

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02:22
Apple Wins Third Patent for Displays with an Active...

Before there was ever a Samsung phone with active icons on the curved sides, there was an Apple granted patent. We covered this invention last summer when Android fans were saying that Apple was about to copy the Samsung Galaxy Edge. In fact Apple had gained their first patent on this before Samsung's patent or product. Today Apple has won their 3rd patent for this invention with updated patent claims about ...

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01:59
Strava for iPhone updated w/ redesigned feed and...

Strava today has released a new version of its iPhone app with an all-new social media activity feed. The company says it has redesigned its activity feed and added a new posts functionality that allows users to share and discover tips and tricks, tell stories, and more.

more…

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Monday October 16

22:08
Greenpeace lauds Apple renewable energy efforts,...




Greenpeace on Monday released its latest "Guide to Greener Electronics" report for 2017, analyzing what steps, if any, 17 of the world's top consumer electronics companies are taking to reduce their impact on the environment. This year, Greenpeace awarded Apple a passable B- grade, touting renewable energy and climate change initiatives, while at the same time lambasting the company over its opposition to "right to repair" legislation.

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21:26
Greenpeace report praises Apple’s closed-loop supply...

Greenpeace today has released a new version of its Guide to Greener Electronics. This breakdown offers a look at how several tech companies, such as Apple, Amazon, and Google, are handling their environmental and renewable habits. The organization gives Apple an overall grade of B-…

more…

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21:01
Greenpeace Gives Apple a B- in 'Guide to...

Greenpeace today published its Guide to Greener Electronics, which provides insight into the environmental practices of 17 major companies including Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Sony, Samsung, and more.

Among all of the companies Greenpeace evaluated for energy, resource consumption, and chemicals, Apple received the second best marks, trailing behind only Fairphone, a device designed with minimal environmental impact in mind.

Apple was lauded for its commitment to renewable energy and reducing supply chain emissions and its efforts to be transparent about the chemicals that are used in its products.

According to Greenpeace, Apple is the only company to have set a renewable energy goal for its supply chain, and several of its suppliers have already committed to using 100 percent renewable energy.

Apple...

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20:59
ScreenFlow 7.1.1 - Create screen recordings.

ScreenFlow is powerful, easy-to-use screencasting software for the Mac. With ScreenFlow you can record the contents of your entire monitor while also capturing your video camera, microphone and your computer audio. The easy-to-use editing interface lets you creatively edit your video, and add additional images, text, music and transitions for a truly professional-looking video. The finished result is a QuickTime or Windows Media movie, ready for publishing to your Web site or blog or directly to YouTube or Vimeo. Use ScreenFlow to create high-quality software demos, tutorials, app previews, training, presentations and more.



Version 7.1.1:

Fixes And Enhancements:

  • Fixed a bug that occurs on Mac OS X Lion that caused there to be no audio when exporting files using YouTube, Vimeo or Flash publish
  • Fixed an issue that occurs on Mac OS X Lion, on machines that use the Intel GMA950 chip, which caused all exports to look...
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20:59
Xcode 9.0.1 - Integrated development environment (...

Xcode includes everything developers need to create great applications for Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Xcode provides developers a unified workflow for user interface design, coding, testing, and debugging. The Xcode IDE combined with the Cocoa frameworks and Swift programming language make developing apps easier and more fun than ever before. Xcode includes the Xcode IDE, Swift and Objective-C compilers, Instruments analysis tool, simulators, the latest SDKs, and hundreds of powerful features.



Version 9.0.1:

  • Simulator improvements for iPhone X
  • Fixes a problem where the Test Navigator could become out of sync with available tests
  • Additional bug fixes and stability improvements



  • OS X 10.12.6 or later



Download Now]]>

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20:59
TotalFinder 1.10.2 - Adds tabs, hotkeys, and other...

TotalFinder is a universally acclaimed navigational companion for your Mac. Enhance your Mac's Finder with features so smart and convenient, you won't believe you ever lived without them.

Features

  • Tab-based interface - Say goodbye to scattered, disorganized Finder windows. TotalFinder merges everything into a workflow-friendly, tab-based layout.
  • System-wide access - With TotalFinder, convenience is key: With the stroke of a hot-key, it's available instantly, system-wide.
  • Helpful tweaks - TotalFinder's Folders on Top feature takes file organization to a new level. Just click the option in the Preferences menu and your much-needed folders will automatically be prioritized in every window.
  • Reduce clutter - OS X's Finder has a bad habit of cluttering your system with hidden attribute files. TotalFinder emphasizes cleanliness, eliminating superfluous files...
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20:59
Adobe Flash Player 27.0.0.170 - Plug-in plays...

Adobe Flash Player is a cross-platform, browser-based application runtime that provides uncompromised viewing of expressive applications, content, and videos across browsers and operating systems.



Version 27.0.0.170:

Security Patch

  • This update addresses a critical type confusion vulnerability that could lead to code execution.



  • OS X 10.9 or later
  • Browser compatibility:
    • Safari 5.0 or later
    • Mozilla Firefox 17.0 or later
    • Google Chrome
    • Opera 11 or later



Download Now]]>

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20:59
VirtualBox 5.1.30 - x86 virtualization software.

VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux and Mac hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4, 2.6, 3.x and 4.x), Solaris and OpenSolaris, OS/2, and OpenBSD.

VirtualBox is being actively developed with frequent releases and has an ever growing list of features, supported guest operating systems and platforms it runs on. VirtualBox is a community effort backed by a dedicated company: everyone is encouraged to contribute while innotek ensures the...

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19:14
Three years after its last update, would you still...

It’s officially been three years to the day that Apple last updated its Mac mini. It was all the way back on October 16th, 2014 that Phil Schiller announced the last changes to Apple’s most affordable Mac tier, and since then it’s been nothing short of radio silence.

Despite the long wait, would you still be interested in a refreshed Mac mini?

more…

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18:19
Full scale of Apple’s patent loss to VirnetX is now...

Enlarge / Apple's FaceTime has been found to infringe patents belonging to VirnetX, a public patent-holding company. (credit: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

A patent-holding company called VirnetX has won a massive patent case against Apple, for the third time. Today, it became clear just how big the win was.

An order unsealed Friday (PDF) reveals that, not only did a federal judge award VirnetX the full $302 million jury verdict that it won last year, but the judge tacked on $41.3 million in enhanced damages and $96 million in costs,...

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17:21
New Car Buyers Increasingly Interested in Apple...

CarPlay is becoming an increasingly important feature that consumers look for when purchasing a vehicle, according to a new report released today by Strategy Analytics.

In a survey querying future car buyers about their interest in Android Auto, CarPlay, and Baidu CarLife in the United States, Western Europe, and China, Strategy Analytics discovered the majority of consumers are interested in CarPlay.

In the United States, 23 percent of respondents said CarPlay was a "must have" feature, while 56 percent said...

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17:16
What’s new in iOS 11.1 beta 3? Hands-on with changes...

Apple ushered in the third iOS 11.1 beta earlier today, and we’ve taken some time to discuss some of the new features and changes found in this latest developer beta release. Watch our video walkthrough for a brief look at a few of the noticeable differences between iOS 11.1 beta 2 and iOS 11.1 beta 3. more…

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17:09
Apple responds to US Senate request for more details...

Immediately after Apple unveiled Face ID last month, United States Senator Al Franken sent a letter to Tim Cook raising some concerns about security and privacy. A month later, and after publicly publishing a security white paper answering many of the questions, Apple has responded to Franken…

more…

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16:41
Australia tackles revenge porn with a national...

Companies like Microsoft, Google, Twitter and Facebook have in the past made attempts to help victims of revenge porn, but it's still a big problem as recent incidents have made very clear. Well the Australian government has been working on a way to...

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16:39
Apple considered a purchase of Crossover Health

Apple was in talks for months to buy Crossover Health, but those talks fell through, claims CNBC, quoting three “sources familiar with the matter.” The article says it’s not clear if Apple wanted to own and operate a network of health clinics, like its retail stores, or simply partner to sell products with a health-related angle, like the Apple Watch.

Assuming CNBC is correct, I’d bet that the tech giant was interested in the latter and not in starting its own line of clinics. After all, the company has expanded its initiatives into health with iOS and watchOS apps and technologies.

Pictured is the Crossover Health facility in Mountain View, California.

Apple’s Health app on iOS devices gathers the information you choose from your various health apps...

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16:31
Apple Responds to Senator's Request for Info on...

Shortly after the iPhone X was unveiled, United States Senator Al Franken, who is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook to ask several questions about the security and the privacy of Face ID.

Franken asked Apple to address his questions by October 13, 2017, which Apple did through a letter sent by Cynthia Hogan, the company's Vice President for Public Policy in the Americas.

In the letter, Hogan highlights its recent Face ID security paper and Face ID support document, which outline how Apple protects customer privacy and keeps customer data secure.

She also addresses several...

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16:24
Report: Apple entered deep acquisition talks w/...

Top image: Conan pokes fun at congressman’s iPhone/healthcare argument with mock ‘Apple Healthcare’ ad

According to a new report from CNBC, Apple entered “deep” talks with Crossover Health about an acquisition. The move comes as Apple continues its push into healthcare and Crossover Health is a startup that provides on-site medical care to a number of employers.

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Quick Tips, Cool Stuff Found, High Sierra, and KRACK...

Quick Tips, Cool Stuff Found, High Sierra, and KRACK are the topics today, but that means you’re in for a real treat. The goal is for everyone to learn at least four (4!) new things, but today you’re guaranteed to learn a whole lot more. Download, press play, and enjoy!


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15:52
Apple Considered Buying Medical Clinic Startup...

Apple considered purchasing medical clinic startup Crossover Health as part of its push into healthcare, reports CNBC. Apple is said to have participated talks with the healthcare company up until recently, but after months of discussion, no deal materialized.

According to its website, Crossover Health works with major companies to provide employees with on-site medical clinics. Some of its existing customers include Facebook, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Square, and Apple, with many of these companies offering on-campus medical care.

Citing three sources with knowledge of the talks, CNBC says it's not clear why no acquisition ultimately happened between the two companies. Apple also talked to One Medical...

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15:50
Apple investigated purchase of medical clinic start-...




As part of an intensifying focus on holistic health care and supporting products, Apple was recently in talks to buy health clinic start-up Crossover Health, and approached primary care group One Medical, though the discussions ultimately fell through.

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15:39
Marvel’s full ‘Black Panther’ trailer shows a...

Marvel dropped a teaser for its upcoming Black Panther film during the NBA Finals back in June, and our first look at the hero-king was glorious. Chadwick Boseman is electric and imposing as the monarch of the hidden, advanced African nation of Wakan...

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15:34
New survey shows CarPlay support becoming a ‘must...

Since its release three years ago, CarPlay has been gradually expanding with more car manufacturers signing on to support the feature every year. Now, a new report from Strategy Analytics offers a bit more information on consumer interest in CarPlay…

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15:20
Apple To Appeal Five-Year-Long Patent Battle After $...

Appel has been ordered to pay $439.7 million to the patent-holding firm VirnetX for infringing on four patented technologies that were apparently used in FaceTime and other iOS apps. According to The Verge, Apple plans to appeal the ruling -- continuing this long-running patent battle, which began back in 2012. From the report: VirnetX first filed suit against Apple in 2010, winning $368 million just two years later. It then sued again in 2012, which is the suit that's being ruled on today. Apple initially lost the suit, then filed for a mistrial. It won a new trial, lost that trial, was ordered to pay around $300 million, then lost some more and is now having that amount upped even further. That's because a judge found Apple guilty of willful infringement, bumping its payment amount from $1.20 per infringing Apple device to $1.80 per device. Those include certain iPhones, iPads, and Macs. VirnetX says the ruling is "very reasonable." Apple didn't issue a statement other than to...

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15:05
KRACK WPA2 Wi-Fi exploit already fixed in iOS, macOS...

Apple has already patched the KRACK attack WPA2 Wi-Fi vulnerability in the developer and public betas for iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS.

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15:03
Microsoft delays its 'Age of Empires'...

Were you planning your gaming calendar around Age of Empires: Definitive Edition's release on October 19th? You'll... need to find an alternative. Microsoft has pushed back the launch of the remastered real-time strategy collection at the last minute...

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14:53
Sen. Franken lauds Apple response detailing Face ID...




Shortly after Apple introduced iPhone X with Face ID biometric security in September, U.S. Senator Al Franken challenged CEO Tim Cook to address the technology's potential impact on consumer privacy. Apple has since responded in a letter detailing the system's built-in security features.

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14:47
Apple Watch credited with helping detect lung blood...

Apple has long marketed the Apple Watch as a health device and today we’re seeing yet another instance of the device being put to good use. 28-year-old Apple Watch user James Green tweeted over the weekend that the “stupid lil wrist computer” saved his life.

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14:41
Honeywell will crowdfund a DIY home security system

In the tech world, Honeywell is a long-established (century-old!) brand known for its appliances and devices, which are just now getting hooked up to Google Home. But its next venture is usually a move made by less-resourced companies and startups. S...

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14:37
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 16...

Notable software releases this week include Microsoft Office 2016 15.39, Live Home 3D 3.3, Coda 2.6.8, SoundSource 3.0.2, 1Password 6.8.3, Parallels Desktop 13.1, PopChar X 8.2, and ChronoSync 4.8.2.

 

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14:37
ExtraBITS for 16 October 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, Apple has already patched the WPA2 KRACK vulnerability in its operating system betas and is offering free MacBook Pro battery repairs for select models if you’re willing to wait a month, iFixit’s CEO explains why repairs are good for the economy, and we have two articles about how some smartphone and social media pioneers are having second thoughts about their creations.

 

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