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Friday January 19

20:41
Ulysses 12.3

Returns the Services submenu to the Editor contextual and fixes an issue with CJK characters. ($39.99 annual subscription, free update, 21 MB))

 

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18:05
South Korean prosecutors probe Apple over iPhone...




A day after a South Korean consumer group filed a complaint against Apple over the company's handling of iPhone battery issues, prosecutors on Friday said they have launched a probe to determine whether the iPhone slowdown debacle amounts to planned obsolescence.

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16:43
Apple CEO Tim Cook: I Don't Believe in Overuse...

Apple this morning announced the expansion of its "Everyone Can Code" initiative to 70 educational institutions across Europe, and following the announcement, Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke at Harlow College in Essex, one of the schools that will adopt the new curriculum.

The Guardian shared several of Cook's comments, which covered overuse of technology and boundaries for children.

Cook said he believes there are concepts that can't be taught using technology, and in many courses, technology shouldn't dominate."I don't believe in overuse [of technology]. I'm not a person that says we've achieved success if you're using it all the time," he said. "I don't subscribe to that at all."

"There are still concepts that you want...

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16:38
Apple's iOS 11 installed on 65% of compatible...




Apple on Friday updated its developer website with fresh iOS 11 adoption statistics, revealing 65 percent of compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices are now running the current generation operating system.

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16:37
HomePod receives FCC approval, should be available...

Apple’s HomePod has received official FCC approval, which means the smart speaker should be available any day now. Plus, according to the Taipei Times, Inventec Corp., one of the two assemblers for the smart speaker, has released an initial shipment of about one million.

HomePod shipments this year are expected to reach between 10 million and 12 million units, with Inventec and Hon Hai each fulfilling half of the orders, the article adds. Apple unveiled its first voice-controlled smart speaker during the June 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference.

The HomePod was originally slated to arrive before the end of the year. However, in November, Apple issued a statement saying that it needed more time before the product is ready for customers.

The $349 smart speaker is just under seven inches tall and looks like a piece of furniture. It will be available...

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16:29
Apple hires the tech team from SVDS, a data science...

Apple has hired the tech team from Silicon Valley Data Science (SVDS), a business transformation consulting startup, but didn’t buy the company, according to TechCrunch.

It’s a data science consulting company specializing in agile and business-focused solutions. Apple reportedly hired at least 18 members of the staff (roughly half to one-third of the total) including a co-founder/CTO and the other co-founder/CEO. The tech giant will likely use the new talent to further beef up its enterprise efforts.

SVDS offers data strategy, architecture advisory, and agile build services. The company was founded in 2013 and is based in Mountain View, California.

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16:26
Apple's CEO Decides to Turn the Tables from the...

On January 8th Patently Apple posted a report titled "Big Apple Shareholders Sent Apple a Letter Saturday urging them to take Steps to Address Growing iPhone Addiction." While Apple has parental controls on macOS and iOS, Apple made it public quickly that they're going to be releasing even more controls for parents in a future software update. Now Apple's Tim Cook is trying to change the direction of that conversation and uniquely away from Apple.

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16:09
Apple stands by Microsoft against 'global...




Microsoft's long-running battle with the Department of Justice over a federal court ruling that could force American companies to hand data about foreign customers over to the U.S. government will soon be heard by the Supreme Court.

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15:16
Facebook will ask users to rank news source...

Along with Facebook announcing the first major changes to its News Feed, the social media service will begin ranking news sources based on trustworthiness as it prioritizes information. Rather than determining news source trustworthiness itself, Facebook will let users decide.

more…

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15:12
Apple’s Approach to Education Only Goes So Far

There are some fundamental issues related to education in an environment immersed in social media. What can Apple do better?


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15:08
Apple Raids Staff at Data Science Startup for...

Apple has hired away somewhere between one third and half of the employees of an enterprise consulting startup called Silicon Valley Data Science


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14:56
Apple has hired a Team of Specialists with Expertise...

It's being reported today that Apple has hired a very unique team from a startup company called Silicon Valley Data Science without acquiring the startup itself. Reportedly "Apple acquired the tech team to support product development ambitions."

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14:28
Apple Daily Report for January 19, 2018

The AWT News Update is on a one-day hiatus while my compadre, Steve, takes care of some personal business. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

Apple has introduced an all new design for its App Store apps on the web. You can see ‘em by accessing or searching for any iOS or Mac app while on the web. 

Def Leppard has released their full catalogue of material on streaming services for the first time. A dispute over royalty payments between the Sheffield outfit and Universal Music – who own the rights to the original recordings – has meant classic albums such as Pyromania and Hysteria have never been available on sites such as Apple Music until now.

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14:22
Apple's HomePod gets FCC approval, hinting at...




Adding to evidence that the HomePod is nearing an official release, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has given its stamp of approval for the device.

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14:14
Apple receives FCC approval for HomePod

Ahead of the promised “early 2018” launch of the HomePod, Apple has received official FCC approval for the smart speaker. Now that FCC approval has been obtained, Apple is free to begin selling the device at any time.

I can’t wait to try out the HomePod.

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14:08
010: HomePod FCC approval, Apple hiring data...

Today we’ve got Apple’s latest hiring spree, iOS 11 adoption numbers compared to Android, and HomePod one step closer to going on sale, plus the best deals to check out this weekend from 9to5Toys.com.

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14:03
Kristen Wiig Will Star in Comedy Series for Apple,...

Variety reported that Ms. Wiig will star in a 10-episode half-hour comedy, her first regular TV gig since leaving Saturday Night Live in 2012.


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13:51
Samsung Hired the Man behind the Google Assistant to...

With Apple introducing the iPhone X with their A11 Bionic Neural Engine, Samsung went into panic mode so as to catch up with Apple at faster pace. They just hired the man behind both Cortana and the Google Assistant as well as the first successful deep neural network for speech processing with funding from the NSA and DARPA.

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13:51
Apple Receives FCC Approval for HomePod, Suggesting...

Ahead of the promised "early 2018" launch of the HomePod, Apple has received official FCC approval for the smart speaker. Now that FCC approval has been obtained, Apple is free to begin selling the device at any time.

All devices that use communications technologies like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi must be submitted to the United States Federal Communications Commission to ensure compliance with federal regulations before they're eligible to be sold in the United States. That FCC approval has been obtained suggests the HomePod will launch in the near future.

For comparison's sake, Apple received FCC approval for the iPhone X on October 4, just under one month before the device was released to the public on November 3.

Today's FCC clearance of the HomePod follows a rumor earlier this week suggesting HomePod supplier Inventec has already...

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13:49
U.S. border guards can search your phone: here are...

This is a concern not just for non-US citizens but also for US citzens arriving back into the country. Know your rights and know what to do and what not to do.

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13:44
Apple's Tim Cook talks education, says he...




As part of a European tour to promote Apple's new university coding courses, the company's potentate sat for a wide-ranging discussion during a stop at Harlow College in the U.K.

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13:39
HomePod launch appears imminent as smart speaker...

It looks like Apple’s HomePod launch is closer than ever as the smart speaker has now received FCC approval.

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13:30
News: iLounge Weekly arriving Monday, sign up now

The latest edition of iLounge Weekly will once again be coming to subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge. It’s a summary of the previous week’s news, reviews, and feature articles, meant to get you caught up on recent events. It also often features giveaways and accessory discount offers from various companies. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and receive…

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13:25
Apple’s Everyone Can Code Initiative Spreading to...

The tech sector is growing fast across Europe, and computing and informatics jobs are in high demand.


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13:11
Hands-on: ‘Flir One Pro’ turns your iPhone into a...

The human eye is amazing, but it’s limited as to what it can see. That’s where imaging tools like thermal cameras can come in handy, allowing you to see and diagnose problems that are normally invisible to the eye. This thermal, or infrared energy, is present in all matter, but because its wavelength is beyond the scope of what the human eye can discern, it’s invisible to us without the necessary tools.

Thanks to modern-day smartphones like the iPhone, these tools are now a lot more accessible to the everyday person. One such example is the Flir One Pro — a portable thermal camera attachment that connects directly to an iPhone’s Lightning port.

If you’re a homeowner, or just someone who’s curious about the type of technology that allows you to see through walls and identify heat signatures like you’re in the movie Predator, then Flir’s One Pro is a mighty-impressive, if not tiny, piece of kit. Watch our hands-on video...

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13:00
Capture One 11.0.1.40 - RAW workflow software.

Capture One is a professional RAW converter offering you ultimate image quality with accurate colors and incredible detail from more than 400 high-end cameras -- straight out of the box. It offers state-of-the-art tethered capture, powerful digital asset management, extensive adjustment tools and a flexible workflow.

With an updated processing engine, market-leading performance and powerful new features, Capture One is the professional choice in imaging software. You get the highly responsive precision tools you need to create stunning images from your camera's RAW files in a time-saving workflow that can be customized to fit your needs.



Version 11.0.1.40:

Note: Version 11 is a paid upgrade from previous versions.

Camera Support:

  • Fuji X-E3

Lens Support:

  • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f/1.2 PRO
  • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 PRO
  • Leica Elmarit-M...
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12:57
How to Create a Personalized HTML Email Signature

Using an HTML email signature in Apple Mail is a little complex, and will require us to use the Terminal, but you can copy and paste the commands within.


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12:57
Apple May Replace Some iPhone 6 Plus Models Needing...

If you have a damaged iPhone 6 Plus that qualifies for a whole-device replacement, Apple may replace it with an iPhone 6s Plus through March, according to an internal document distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers today.

Apple specifically states that "orders for whole unit service inventory of some iPhone 6 Plus models may be substituted to an iPhone 6s Plus until the end of March 2018." MacRumors confirmed the memo's authenticity with multiple sources, who requested to remain anonymous due to their positions.

Apple doesn't specify which iPhone 6 Plus models are eligible, nor does it provide a reason for the substitution, but it likely relates to Apple's shortage of iPhone 6 Plus replacement batteries until late March to early April.

A previous internal document obtained by MacRumors states that Apple no longer manufactures the iPhone 6 Plus, so it likely...

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12:56
Universal Paperclips Review: Filling Office Space

I ended up creating 30 septendecillion paper clips. The game is best described as “a little odd” but definitely addictive for me.

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12:33
Admin console

 January 19, 2018 12:33:00 PM PST

Admin console service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change.

 January 19, 2018 11:45:00 AM PST

Our team is continuing to investigate this issue. We will provide an update by January 19, 2018 12:45:00 PM PST with more information about this problem. Thank you for your patience.

 January 19, 2018 11:30:00 AM PST

We're investigating reports of an issue with Admin console. We will provide more information shortly.


Admins may use the search bar to find and access settings.

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12:32
Amazon raises the price for Prime

The price of the monthly Prime membership for new members increased from $10.99 to $12.99 on January 19, 2018.

I know a lot of people that have Prime and seem to love the benefits.

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12:18
iOS 11 adoption surpasses the last three versions of...

Apple has shared updated metrics on iOS 11 adoption today. The latest data says that the installed iOS 11 user base is more than double that of iOS 10 and that only 7% of users are running iOS 9 or earlier.

more…

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12:16
Apple Says iOS 11 is Now Installed on 65% of Devices

iOS 11 is now installed on 65 percent of iOS devices, according to new statistics Apple shared yesterday on its App Store support page for developers.

That's up six percentage points since December 5, when iOS 11 was installed on 59 percent of devices, and 13 percentage points since November 6, when iOS 11 was installed on 52 percent of devices.

28 percent of devices continue to use iOS 10, while earlier versions of iOS are installed on seven percent of iOS devices.

Since iOS 11 was released, its adoption rate has been quite a bit slower than iOS 10 adoption rates in 2017. In January of 2017, for example, iOS 10 was installed on 76...

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12:10
Def Leppard now available on Apple Music

This is great news for fans of Rock and Def Leppard. Turns out, some changes at the music labels led to the band’s music being available on many streaming services today.

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12:10
Voice commands coming to Amazon's Alexa app for...




People wanting to make use of Amazon's Alexa voice assistant will soon be able to talk to it through the company's iOS app, instead of depending on an Echo speaker or other compatible device.

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12:00
Mac: Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac

Although Apple’s own iWork suite provides a decent set of productivity tools for personal use, it’s pretty hard to argue that Microsoft’s Office suite remains the 800-pound gorilla in the room when it comes to features and compatibility for exchanging documents with others. Even though Microsoft tends to lag a bit behind in their Mac versions, they provide reasonably good support for the Mac platform, making it easier for users to work on files from their own computers, or even to use their Macs at work. With the latest update to Office 2016 for Mac, Microsoft has finally brought real-time collaboration and cloud-based autosave to the Mac apps, bringing them closer to their Windows brethren, and more importantly allowing Mac users into the collaborative playground of their Windows-using colleagues.
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11:49
∞ 65% of Apple devices are on iOS 11

Apple’s iOS 11 has proven to be very popular among its users, according to new data the company released on Friday. […]

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11:35
Apple hires away tech team from SVDS, potentially to...




Apple has reportedly hired a number of employees away from startup Silicon Valley Data Science, providing roles to members of the firm's technology team, including co-founders and the CEO, with the move potentially made to help Apple improve its partnerships with enterprise customers.

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11:18
Apple Hires a Few Dozen Employees From Silicon...

Apple has hired several data scientists from Silicon Valley Data Science, a consulting firm that offers data engineering and data science services, reports Bloomberg.

A few dozen employees from Silicon Valley Data Science joined Apple in December and January to help the company better use its data to improve its advertising efforts. According to the Silicon Valley Data Science website, the startup helped businesses improve customer retention, increase engagement, improve conversion rates, develop new revenue-generating data products, streamline operations, and more.

At Apple, the team will work on ad-related analytics to bolster Apple's advertising efforts. One area of focus could be better optimizing App Store ads.

Founder and CEO of Silicon Valley Data Science...

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11:16
iMac Pro review: Mac Pro power in the shape of an...

The reports of the power of this iMac make it not only droolworthy (I wish I could justify getting one) but it gets me thinking – how incredible will the promised 2018 Mac Pro be?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:09
Bloomberg: Apple hires data scientist team for...

Apple has hired a team of data scientists from a company called Silicon Valley Data Science, Bloomberg reports. While it doesn’t sound like a full blown acquisition, the report notes that Apple’s hiring spree includes the CEO of the consulting firm.

more…

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11:01
Apple hires team from Silicon Valley Data Science

Sanjay Mathur, Silicon Valley Data Science’s founder and chief executive officer, joined Apple as part of the move. He leads “strategy and analytics initiatives for a group at Apple,” according to his LinkedIn profile. About 20 data scientists from the firm joined Apple, according to their LinkedIn profiles. They’re working on analytics for ad-related initiatives, which may include optimizing App Store ads.

I’d be interested to know what data Apple is going to use to improve its products. Is it actual data that will improve the iPhone on a personal level, or is it general data from its customers to improve its services?

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10:57
Amazon continues its assault on Siri with full voice...

Amazon has today brought full voice control to its Alexa app for Android and will be coming shortly to iOS as well. Previously, the Alexa app was more of a hub to customize Echo speakers and other smart home settings.

more…

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10:35
Instagram’s New Tracking Feature, Dolby Vision and...

John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to talk about Instagram’s new Show Active Status feature, plus John explains the confusing state of Dolby Vision for Apple TV 4K owners.


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10:32
Apple issues beta 5 for watchOS 4.2.2, beta 6 for...




Three new betas have been released by Apple for developer testing, with new versions of iOS 11.2.5, macOS 10.13.3 and watchOS 4.2.2 now available.

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10:27
Apple posts three new developer betas

Apple has new developer betas: iOS 11.2.5 beta 7, watchOS 4.2.2 beta 5, and macOS 10.13.3 beta 6. Registered developers can download it from Apple's Developer Center — or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

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10:15
How the AppleInsider podcast is recorded and edited




As the AppleInsider podcast approaches 160 episodes, one of the most common questions we still receive is how the show itself is produced. Our host Victor Marks offers a rundown of his process, including the hardware and software used to bring the weekly news program to life.

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10:14
Apple releases iOS 11.2.5 beta 7, watchOS 4.2.2 beta...

Apple has released multiple new betas for testing ahead of release. iOS 11.2.5 beta 7, watchOS 4.2.2 beta 5, and macOS 10.13.3 beta 6 are all now available on Apple’s developer center and over-the-air. Excluded is any new tvOS 11.2.5 beta, although a new version was released earlier this week.

more…

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10:11
Weekend Deals: $200 off 15" MacBook Pros; $150...




From headphones to loaded MacBook Pros, we're rounding up the best deals on Apple devices, software and accessories. Save up to $500 on 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros. Or pick up a 10.5" iPad Pro for $599. Headphones start at $38.99, while new Apple Music subscribers can sign up for a 4-month free trial of the service.

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10:06
Apple Seeds Seventh Beta of iOS 11.2.5 to Developers...

Apple today seeded the seventh beta of an upcoming iOS 11.2.5 update to developers, just a few days after seeding the sixth beta and more than a week after releasing iOS 11.2.2, an update designed to mitigate a serious hardware-based vulnerability called "Spectre."

Registered developers can download the iOS 11.2.5 beta from Apple's Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

Early iOS 11.2.5 betas introduced a new feature letting Siri play daily news podcasts from MPR, Fox News, CNN, or The Washington Post when queried about the current news, but the feature was officially released in iOS 11.2.2 ahead of the iOS 11.2.5...

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10:02
How Can You Not Love Clever Gadgets?

Dr. Mac’s 261st Rants & Raves column asks: “How can you not love clever gadgets?” before he describes two of his newfound favorites.


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09:42
Disconnect VPN 1-Year Premium Subscription: $19

We have a deal on Disconnect, a VPN service that specializes in tracker blocking. Our deal is for a one year subscription for $19 (regular price is $50), and it’s good for use on up to three devices. Check out the details on the deal listing.


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09:38
'Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery' trailer...




More details about PortKey Games' second 'Harry Potter' title destined for iOS have surfaced via a new trailer, meanwhile Robot Entertainment has shipped the sequel to 'Hero Academy' on iPhone and iPad, refreshing the original game by switching out asynchronous combat for real-time gameplay.

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09:28
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13-inch MacBook Pro $259 off,...

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
CES 2018 Offers a Peek into HomeKit’s Future

Apple’s HomeKit home-automation ecosystem has been growing slowly but steadily, and numerous companies took advantage of CES 2018 to announce new HomeKit-compatible devices. Explore the most compelling new devices with HomeKit expert Josh Centers.

 

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08:56
NOMAD Intros Wireless Charging Hub with Extra USB-A...

NOMAD, well known for their cables and Apple Watch bands, just released a Qi-compatible wireless charging pad for the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. The wireless hub sports 7.5W output for charging your phone, along with a 3A USB-C and two 1A USB-A, and one 2.4A USB-A charging ports. Bundling in those extra ports makes it a great choice for your desk or your suitcase if you want an easy and convenient way to juice up your phone, iPad, and AirPods at the same time while you sleep. NOMAD’s Wireless Hub is priced at US$79.95 and is available at the company’s website.


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08:42
Amazon boosts monthly Prime subscriptions to $12.99...




Amazon slightly jacked the fee for monthly Amazon Prime subscribers by $2, making the annual subscription a better value than it was before.

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08:37
Apple Named Fortune’s Most Admired Company 11 Years...

The Fortune annual list of the World’s Most Admired Companies is out, and Apple is in the top spot again.


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08:18
MacXDVD for macOS revved to version 4.1.3

MacXDVD Software (www.macxdvd.com) has announced MacX YouTube Downloader 4.1.3, an update to the company's multimedia application for macOS 10.10 and higher.

Packing the support for resolutions of up to 3840 x 2160 pixels, the free video downloader enables users to harness the exciting capabilities of downloading razor-sharp 4K Ultra HD videos. With version 4.1.3, its download performance and universal compatibility are further complemented by the support of 4K HEVCs, VP9, and H.264 videos.

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08:09
Analysts say shareholders could win big from Apple...




Apple's plan to repatriate the majority of its overseas cash holdings to the United States will majorly benefit its shareholders, analysts claim, with the company expected to use part of the cash influx to increase its share buyback programs and significantly boost dividend payments.

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08:09
SoundSource 3.0.3

Brings full compatibility with macOS 10.13 High Sierra. ($10 new, free update, 3.5 MB)

 

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08:02
Apple tops the ‘World’s Most Admired Companies’ list...

Apple has taken the top spot on Fortune's annual "World's Most Admired Companies" list — for the 11th year in a row.

Fortune collaborated with the Korn Ferry research on this survey of corporate reputations. They began with a universe of about 1,500 candidates: the 1,000 largest U.S. companies ranked by revenue, along with non-U.S. companies in Fortune’s Global 500 database that have revenues of $10 billion or more. 

Fortune and Korn Ferry then winnowed the assortment to the highest-revenue companies in each industry, a total of 680 in 29 countries. The top-rated companies were picked from that pool of 680; the executives who voted work at the companies in that group.

To determine the best-regarded companies in 52 industries, Korn Ferry asked executives, directors, and analysts to rate enterprises in their own industry on nine criteria, from investment value and quality of...

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07:55
Analyst: iPhone X sales weaker than expected, but...

In a note to clients — as noted by MacRumors — KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says demand for the iPhone X has been weaker than expected (mainly in China), but that larger-sized iPhone models in the pipeline should see Apple grow its overall worldwide shipments year-on-year.

He’s revised the first and second quarters 2018 shipments of iPhone X to 18 million units and 13 million units, respectively. That’s lower than market consensus of 20-30 million and 15-20 million units. 

What’s more, Kuo feels that the iPhone X design may be a one-up with production ceasing in the summer when replacements for the fall are being produced. Overall shipments of the high-end smartphone will be around 62 million units, lower than his previous forecast of 80 million units, he says.

Kuo is forecasting three iPhone models in 2018: an OLED model that...

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07:48
How to Turn Off Instagram’s “Last Active” Tracking...

If you aren’t keen on Instagram’s new feature that lets the people you follow see when you’re active in the app, here’s how to turn it off.


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07:47
For the first time in over 20 years, Office is built...

A new version of Microsoft Office 2016 just shipped (release notes here).

What really caught my eye was this tweet from Microsoft’s Erik Schwiebert:

Mac Office 2016 version 16 is now live! For the first time in over 20 years, Office is again built out of one codebase for all platforms (Windows, Mac, iOS, Android)!https://t.co/6gNdKTOEHl

— Erik Schwiebert (@Schwieb) January 18, 2018

As Erik says, that is a massive code realignment. My 2 cents, this is good news for all Mac Office users. The Office experience will now have more consistency across platforms, and there’s more of a chance for new features to make their way to the Mac at the same time...

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07:44
Comment: With a rumored new iPhone lineup, it’s time...

I’ve commented before on Apple’s rather messy iPhone lineup. The company currently sells the iPhone SE, the iPhone 6s, the iPhone 7, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X. Given the Plus model variations, and ignoring colors and storage capacities, that’s eight different phones across four different sizes.

If we ignore the relatively minor form factor differences between the iPhone 6s, 7 and 8, that’s also three different designs.

But KGI’s predictions of what we can expect this fall, reiterated today, would make for a much more sensible lineup …

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07:41
Criminal complain filed against Tim Cook regarding ‘...

A South Korean consumer group, Citizens United for Consumer Sovereignty, has filed a criminal complaint against Apple CEO Tim Cook regarding “Batterygate,” alleging the company deliberately shortens the lifespan  of its handsets.

Apple has published an apology letter to customers for slowing down older phones to compensate for erratic battery performance. The tech giant is offering $29 replacement batteries for those with an iPhone 6 or later. The discount, which represents a $50 savings, starts in late January and ends in December 2018. Apple will also add more battery health information to iOS to let users know when the battery begins to compromise performance.  

“For the sake of its loyal fans, Apple has to take responsibility over the slowing iPhones,” Park Soon-jang, an official at the advocacy group told...

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07:38
Fortune's List of Most Admired Companies in the...

Today, Fortune listed the top 100 'Most Admired Companies in the World' for 2018 and Apple came in at number one, a position they've held for eleven consecutive years.

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07:28
Seventy European tech colleges adopt Apple’s...

Apple has announced 70 colleges and universities in Europe have adopted Everyone Can Code, a comprehensive program designed by Apple to help everyone learn to build mobile apps. These colleges and universities are adopting Apple’s App Development with Swift curriculum.

Everyone Can Code is a program designed by Apple to help everyone learn how to code, creating opportunities for all students and preparing them for the workforce. The program includes a range of free resources, from helping students explore basic coding concepts to building fully functional apps. Touted as safe, fast, and expressive, Swift appeals to developers who are aiming to build on Apple’s multiple platforms, such as iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS. 

The App Development with Swift curriculum was developed by Apple engineers and educators to teach coding to students of all levels. -- Image courtesy of Apple

Education institutions in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the...

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07:25
European tech colleges adopt Apple’s Everyone Can...

Apple has announced 70 colleges and universities in Europe have adopted Everyone Can Code, a comprehensive program designed by Apple to help everyone learn to build mobile apps. These colleges and universities are adopting Apple’s App Development with Swift curriculum.

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07:19
Def Leppard puts discography on Apple Music, other...




British rock bank Def Leppard -- best known for songs like "Rock of Ages" and "Pour Some Sugar on Me" -- has released its complete back catalog on streaming music services, including Apple Music and Spotify.

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07:09
Piezo 1.5.6

Updates the Instant On component to fix compatibility issues for Skype 8. ($19 new, free update, 8.3 MB)

 

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07:00
News: Apple unveils redesigned App Store web preview...

Following a major overhaul of the App Store in iOS 11, Apple has quietly revamped the App Store’s web preview pages to bring them more in line with new iOS design aesthetic. The new layout opens up with a clear banner notifying users that they will need to open the App Store on their iOS device to actually download the app, followed by a cleaner title area with a larger icon, title, subtitle, developer link, ranking/rating information, and price.…

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06:51
∞ First look at Nintendo Labo

[VIDEO] I am intrigued. This feels like something Google would have come up with. If you’ve got kids, this is a reason to buy a Nintendo Switch.

Check out the video, embedded in the main Loop post.

The Telegraph’s Tom Hoggins got the chance to play with one. Here’s his review, Hands-on with the Switch’s brilliant and barmy cardboard toys.

Can’t wait to get my hands on a set!

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06:47
chaiOS Bug Fix Coming Next Week

Apple is already working on a fix for the chaiOS bug that crashes Messages when you receive a specific URL in a chat.


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06:44
Amazon’s official map of candidate cities for their...

It’ll be interesting to keep an eye on this page over time, to see if any cities are added or deleted. Fascinating to compare this process (with it’s public auction feel), to Apple’s much more closely held process.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:37
Apple enters second decade heading Fortune’s list of...

Apple last year hit a decade at the top of Fortune’s list of the world’s most admired companies, and it’s still in the same place in its 11th year.

Rival smartphone maker Samsung dropped out of the list last year over its exploding batteries, and hasn’t made it back in this year …

more…

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06:35
TSMC Announces 7nm Processors will be the story of...

In January Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple is Likely to launch their 2018 iPhone with a 7nm A12 Processor from TSMC." Earlier in November we reported that there was a rumor of Apple's iPad Pro would be the first iDevice to sport the all-new 7nm Processor." A new report today captures the excitement of TSMC's chairman announcing yesterday that this is the year of 7nm.

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06:34
South Korean group files criminal complaint against...

A criminal complaint? Really? Yeesh.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:32
A list of Apple’s original TV shows and series, plus...

Jason Cross, writing for Macworld, pulled together a nice summary of Apple’s TV ambitions. Good to see this all in one place.

Looking forward to this series from Kristen Wiig.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:28
Apple holds onto decade-plus streak at top of...




For the 11th year in a row, Apple on Friday took the top spot on Fortune's annual "World's Most Admired Companies" list, this time based on the opinions of some 3,900 executives, directors, analysts, and experts.

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06:23
Apple overhauls App Store web interface with new iOS...

Chance Miller, 9to5Mac:

Apple today has rolled out a major redesign for the App Store web interface. The new redesign replaces the dated and clunky interface that previously housed the App Store on the web

The new redesign takes cues from the all-new App Store in iOS 11, which offers larger images, a focus on curation and reviews, and more. On the new webpage, you’ll see a larger app heading, preceded by “This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.”

To see this for yourself, here’s a link to today’s iOS app of the day, MUBI. Open the link on your Mac.

As Chance points out, there’s now a big warning towards the top of the page (blue background) telling you you have to go to the iOS App Store if you want to buy the app.

While the refreshed look is nice, it still feels like a broken marketing link, forcing me to switch devices...

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06:08
Apple starts search for retail employees to staff...




Apple has put the call out for employees at its store in the Carnegie Library in Washington D.C, with the company's Jobs at Apple board showing listings for a variety of positions at the retail location, in preparation for its opening later this year.

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06:02
AppleInsider Podcast interviews Scott Harkins of...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Mike talk about batteries, foreign cash repatriation, and Scott Harkins of Honeywell joins to talk about Lyric and HomeKit home security.

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06:00
Jeff Bezos, margins, and the future of retail

Benedict Evans, from a terrific read entitled TV, retail, advertising and cascading collapses:

When Sears and Macy’s go bust, how many malls do they take with them, and how many other retailers that might have been doing fine on their own will go or lose a lot of their footprint because of that? And, where were those retailers advertising? What was their TV budget? How much of this is self-reinforcing – the more you buy online, the more you buy online?

And:

Suppose you go on eBay and buy the last ten years’ of Elle Decoration and drop it into Google Brain, and then wave your phone at your living room and ask what cushions or lamps you would like?

And:

Suppose I put a bunch of HD cameras in the right parts of Berlin and Brooklyn and track what people are wearing, entirely automatically, and then see what of...

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06:00
2018 is the year to become an iOS 11 developer with...

Have you ever considered a career in app development? Perhaps you want to add to your skillset, or maybe you're looking for a way out of a dead-end job. Now's the time to get The Definitive iOS 11 Developer Bundle for $49, featuring 129 hours of online tutorials to bring you from the beginner to pro at your own pace.

Purchased on their own, the seven tutorials included in this bundle would cost you over $1,200. For a very limited time, we're selling The Definitive iOS 11 Developer Bundle for $49, a 95% savings to you. Here's what's included:

  • iOS 11 & Swift 4: From Beginner to Paid Professional - Build iOS apps and learn iOS...
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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Ivacy VPN, Lifetime Subscription

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can get a lifetime subscription to Ivacy VPN for only $29.99 — that’s 97% off the regular price. This VPN service gives you anonymous browsing and blazing fast speeds, allowing you to unblock and enjoy buffer-less HD streaming of your favorite movies, TV shows, and sports events from around the world, with servers in more than 100 locations across over 50 countries. Get access to fast P2P sharing, access…

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05:54
70 Leading Colleges and Universities across Europe...

Today, Apple announced 70 colleges and universities in Europe have adopted Everyone Can Code, a comprehensive program designed by Apple to help everyone learn to build mobile apps.

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05:52
Shareholders likely to see most of AAPL’s...

While taxpayers will welcome the $38B tax contribution Apple will make from the $245B foreign cash it plans to repatriate, AAPL shareholders are expected to be the biggest beneficiaries.

Analysts expect Apple to spend most of the money in three ways, with shareholders reaping the rewards …

more…

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05:40
Apple-made Swift curriculum coming to 70 European...




Apple on Friday announced that its "App Development with Swift" curriculum is being adopted by 70 European schools, including ones in the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Luxembourg, Poland, and Portugal.

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05:37
Apple Tops Fortune's List of World's Most...

Apple has topped Fortune's annual list of the World's Most Admired Companies for the 11th consecutive year.

Apple finished ahead of Amazon, the runner-up for a second consecutive year, while Google's parent Alphabet, Warren Buffett's holding company Berkshire Hathaway, and coffee chain Starbucks rounded off the top five.

Apple topped the list in every category, such as innovation, quality of management, social responsibility, use of corporate assets, financial soundness, quality of products and services, and global competitiveness.

The rankings were determined by some 3,900 executives, directors, and securities analysts who selected the 10 companies they admired most. More on Fortune's methodology:As we have in the past, Fortune collaborated with our partner Korn Ferry on this survey of corporate reputations....

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05:15
Exclusive: AT&T to offer prepaid iPhone 6s for $...

AT&T is introducing a couple of new prepaid iPhone deals on their $45/month plans, sources tell us. It will be offering a 32GB iPhone 6s for $344.99, and an iPhone 6s Plus with the same storage for $444.99 …

more…

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05:13
South Korean Lawsuit over slowing iPhones that we...

Last Thursday Patently Apple posted yet another class action report covering two lawsuits from the U.S. and one from South Korean filed by the "Citizens United for Consumer Sovereignty," on behalf of 120 Korean iPhone users regarding slowing iPhones. Today Reuters catches up to that news

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05:00
Apple patent involves a Mac keyboard with enhanced...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 20180019081) for “keyboard backlighting with reduced driver circuitry” that hints at upcoming Mac keyboards with enhanced backlighting.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that some computer keyboards have improved by providing a single backlight that allows the user to see the keys of a keyboard better. However, such backlights are typically static and don’t provide any additional utility beyond improving the visibility of keys. Apple thinks it can do better.

For example, if the user is playing a game or using a software application that uses one or more keys more frequently than other keys, the more frequently used keys can be illuminated while the other keys can remain dim or off. Additionally, by providing a lighting circuit with such capabilities, a uniform brightness for the entire keyboard can be established through an initial calibration process. 

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: “Systems and methods for...

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04:51
KGI: Larger-Sized iPhones Coming This Year Will...

Weaker-than-expected demand for iPhone X in China has led market analysts to revise down shipments for the first half of 2018, but larger-sized iPhone models in the pipeline should see Apple grow its overall worldwide shipments year-on-year, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who shared the information in a new research report obtained by MacRumors.

We revise down 1Q18 and 2Q18 shipments of iPhone X to 18mn units and 13mn units, respectively, lower than market consensus of 20-30mn and 15-20mn units. We expect iPhone X will go to end of life (EOL) around mid-2018 and that total life cycle shipments will be around 62mn units, lower than our previous forecast of 80mn units.Two main reasons are given for the weaker-than-expected demand for iPhone X in China. First, in Q4 2017, consumers were willing to wait on average 10 months longer before replacing their existing phones, compared to shorter replacement cycles in the year-ago quarter. In Q4 2016, smartphone...

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04:39
Apple Rolls out Revamped Version their Online App...

Today Apple rolled out its revamped version of their online App Store web with a new interface

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04:34
FCC blocks two cheapskate tactics Internet service...

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has blocked two tactics Internet service providers had hoped to use to reduce the expense needed to meet their broadband service obligations …

more…

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04:33
If iPhone X demand is less than expected, analyst...




Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has weighed in on iPhone X production rumors, also believing that there has been a reduction in orders -- and because of weak demand the iPhone X design may be a one-up with production ceasing in the summer when replacements for the fall are being produced.

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04:30
You'll enjoy a visit to Ostrich Island for macOS

I have a fond spot in my heart for the Crash Bandicoot platform/running games from my PlayStation days. That fondness probably affects my feelings for the new Ostrich Island for the Mac, which is available for $4.99 at Stream

It's a running/search adventure in which you're an ostrich who failed to evacuate the archipelago on which he lives as the other residents did because he had his head in the sand. Your goal is to help him escape and rejoin his family.

Naturally, to do this you have to overcome multiple obstacles as you roam about some gorgeous islands. You'll dash and kick your way through environments such as tropical paradises, a dark underground chamber, and even underwater. You can play solo or with a friend. Both the single and multiplayer versions offer plenty of "old school" gaming fun.

As you venture through the various environments, you (hopefully) gain...

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04:27
Juniper Research: one billion mobile devices to...

The fourth quarter of 2017 has seen some exciting changes to a number of important segments in the fintech and payments markets. Updated Q4 research from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) predicts that the value of Bitcoin transactions will peak at $1.17 trillion next year, before collapsing to $57 billion in 2020.

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04:26
Kool Tools: QNAP TS-x28A Series

QNAP Systems has launched the all-new TS-x28A series NAS for entry-level home users, including the TS-128A and TS-228A models.

The TS-x28A series provides complete multimedia storage, sharing and streaming functions, and complete file and data protection capabilities (including snapshots) to meet increasing data protection needs for home users. The launch of the TS-x28A series also marks the milestone of all QNAP NAS on the market being able to benefit from snapshot protection. Users can now enjoy more features, stronger protection, and more cost-effective NAS.

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04:00
How to find tagged items in macOS High Sierra

If you’ve set up your tabs in macOS High Sierra, it’s easy to find the items you’ve tagged. Click the Finder icon in the Dock to open a Finder window and do any of the following:

  • Search for a tag: Enter the tag color or name in the search field, then select the tag from the suggestions.
  • Ask Siri. Say something like: “Find files with a red tag.”
  • Select a tag in the sidebar: To see everything with a certain tag, click the tag  in the Finder sidebar.
  • To change the items you see in the sidebar, choose Finder > Preferences, click Tags, then select the tags you want to see.
  • Arrange items by a tag: Click the Item Arrangement button , then choose Tags.
  • Sort items by a tag: In any view, choose View > Show View Options, then select the Tags checkbox. In List view and Cover Flow, move the pointer over the Tags column, then click it. Click the column name again to reverse the sort order.

(This how-to is based on my...

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03:57
Apple’s ‘Everyone Can Code’ program rolls out to 70...

Adoption of Apple’s ‘Everyone Can Code’ curriculum, offered free of charge to schools and colleges, continues. The company today announced that 70 colleges and universities in Europe have opted to offer the program to their students …

more…

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03:56
Apple begins hiring staff for upcoming retail...

Ahead of opening later this year, Apple has posted several job listings for various positions at their new retail location in the District of Columbia. Located inside the historic former Carnegie Library, the new store will be Apple’s second in Washington D.C., and one of the company’s largest historic restoration projects to date.

more…

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03:33
KGI lowers iPhone X sales estimates, reiterates 6.1-...

A new report from KGI defies market consensus claiming that iPhone X shipments are not as strong as many believe. The analyst says that it believes Apple will ship around 18 million iPhone X units in the current quarter, significantly below estimates in the 20-30 million range from other analysts. It primarily blames longer replacement cycles in China for the weaker demand for iPhone X.

However, KGI reaffirms its predictions of a three tier 2018 iPhone lineup with a 6.1-inch LCD model, a successor to iPhone X and a 6.5-inch OLED ‘iPhone X Plus’ launching in the fall. In fact, KGI suggests that Apple may stop making iPhone X altogether when production of the new 2018 models ramp up.

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 19, 2018

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

iQagent has released iQagent AR for free. It leverages Apple's ARKit to allow off-the-shelf creation of persistent augmented reality scenes containing process data and resources from existing plant systems.  Once created, the scenes can be accessed by other devices running iQagent AR.   

macOS Apps/Updates

Microsoft has released version 16.9 update of Office 2016 for the Mac. It adds features such as real-time...

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03:15
Microsoft releases Office 2016 16.9, offers real-...

Microsoft Office 2016 reached version 16.9 today, the update bringing some nifty features such as real-time collaboration and automatic saves for cloud-based files.

In Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, the 16.9 update displays thumbnails in the upper-right corner, indicating who else is working on a document. In Word and PowerPoint specifically, flag icons show where edits are taking place — PowerPoint will also highlight any modified slides.

Users can now see each others’ updates via the cloud functionality as well as roll back to a previous version if someone makes a mistake or otherwise unwanted change.

Word, Excel, and PowerPower now feature fast access to frequently-used sites and groups through the Open menu.

Excel now incorporates new chart types, new functions, easier PivotTable chart modification through filters, and multi-threaded calculation for formulas.

PowerPoint now offers a QuickStarter that generates outlines for topics, can suggest...

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03:08
1Password 6.8.6

Brings back iCloud sync using Apple’s native iCloud framework. ($64.99 new, free update, 48.6 MB)

 

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03:00
“Hey Siri” feature now works with updated news...

As the arms race with Amazon’s Alexa continues, Apple’s “Hey Siri” feature has been improved upon in the iOS 11.2.5 beta and is now available to everyone in the US, UK, and Australia.

To invoke the new feature, simply say, “Hey Siri, give me the news,” wherein Siri will begin playing a news digest podcast from NPR by default.

Siri can also switch news sources to other providers such as Fox News, CNN and the Washington Post. In the UK, the audio news digest defaults to the BBC but can be switched to Sky News or LBC. Australians choose from ABC, SBS, or Seven Network.

At present, the audio news digest plays through Apple’s Podcasts app, which may have to be reinstalled if you’ve removed. it.

This feature only works if you invoke Siri with the “Hey Siri” voice command. If you hold down the Home button (or Side button on the iPhone X) to wake up Siri and then ask for the news, you’ll get a list of news stories from Apple’s News app on your screen.

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01:31
Microsoft adds real-time collaboration to Office...

Microsoft's latest update for Office 2016 on Mac adds features that make it a much better tool for collaborative projects. (Or worse, depending on how you prefer attacking group work.) It gives you the ability to work with others in real time &agrave...

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00:35
Apple's 'Everyone Can Code'...

Apple today announced that 70 colleges and universities across Europe have adopted its "Everyone Can Code" initiative, which aims to help people learn to create mobile apps for the App Store.

Education institutions in the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Luxembourg, Poland, and Portugal are now offering Apple's App Development with Swift curriculum, which is a full-year coding course designed by Apple educators and engineers.

"Coding is an essential skill for today's workforce, and through Everyone Can Code, we're giving people around the world the power to learn, write and teach coding," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "Since launching Everyone Can Code two years ago, we've seen growing excitement for the initiative from schools around the world, who...

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00:03
Airbnb cuts half of San Francisco listings as new...

San Francisco's strict short-term home rental laws just kicked in on Wednesday, and are already having a big effect on SF-based Airbnb. Listing plunged from over 10,000 to around 5,500, dropping around 4,760 listings, the site told the San Francisco...

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Thursday January 18

22:39
GoPro's Fusion camera is ready to work with a...

GoPro's ability to nail the experience with its 360-degree Fusion camera will rely on its marriage of hardware and software capabilities, and now the latter is getting a boost. An update to the company's Android app allows certain phones (listed belo...

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20:59
GraphicConverter 10.5.4 - $39.95

GraphicConverter is an all-purpose image-editing program that can import 200 different graphic-based formats, edit the image, and export it to any of 80 available file formats.

The high-end editing tools are perfect for graphic manipulation as well as the ability to use Photoshop-compatible plug-ins. It offers batch-conversion capabilities, a slide-show window, batch rename, batch and individual editing of metadata (EXIF, IPTC, XMP) and so much more.



Version 10.5.4:

New

  • Browser context menu: copy XMP face names to XMP persons
  • Slideshow: advance two images option for two monitor setups
  • Browser: automatic store and restore of drop area items
  • Browser: manual sort option

Updated

  • Added HEIC export on 10.13 with external helper tool
  • Added separate text antialias option
  • Added direct import support for ZIP compressed 16 bit per channel TIFFs due a bug in 10...
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20:59
Dash 4.1.3 - Instant search and offline access to...

Dash is an API documentation browser and code snippet manager. Dash helps you store snippets of code, as well as instantly search and browse documentation for almost any API you might use (for a full list, see the screenshots).

Features

  • Documentation Browser
    • Offline Documentation: iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS, Swift, Man Pages, .NET Framework, ActionScript, Akka, Android, AngularJS, Angular.dart, Ansible, Apache, Appcelerator Titanium, AppleScript, Arduino, Backbone, Bash, Boost, Bootstrap, Bourbon, Bourbon Neat, C, C++, CakePHP, Cappuccino, Chai, Chef, Clojure, CMake, Cocos2D, Cocos2D-X, CodeIgniter, CoffeeScript, ColdFusion, Common Lisp, Compass, Cordova, Corona, CSS, D3.js, Dart, Django, Dojo Toolkit, Drupal, ElasticSearch, Elixir, Emacs Lisp, Ember.js, Emmet.io, Erlang, Express.js, Expression Engine, ExtJS, Flask, Font Awesome, Foundation, GLib, Go, Grails, Groovy, Grunt, Haml, Haskell, HTML, Jade, Jasmine, Java SE, Java EE,...
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20:59
Microsoft OneNote 16.9 - Free digital notebook.

OneNote is your very own digital notebook. With OneNote, you can capture that flash of genius, that moment of inspiration, or that list of errands that's too important to forget. Whether you're at home, in the office or on the go, your notes travel with you. And you can share your notes and collaborate with others, across multiple devices!

Here are some more ideas on how to use OneNote:

  • Capture rich notes for classwork, meetings, or research
  • Keep track of your shopping list and mark items off wherever you are
  • Create an itinerary and keep track of your travel plans for your next big vacation
  • Take pictures of receipts and bills to remove some of the paper clutter
  • Collaborate and share ideas with your team
  • Research items and prices to make the best purchasing decision
  • Keep and edit all of your notes



Version 16.9:

  • Updated the application with optimizations...
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20:59
DEVONthink Pro 2.9.17 - Knowledge base, information...

Save 10% with our exclusive coupon code: MACUPDATE10

DEVONthink Pro is your essential assistant for today's world, where almost everything is digital. From shopping receipts to important research papers, your life often fills your hard drive in the form of emails, PDFs, Word documents, multimedia files and more. Questions eventually pop up, like where do you store all of this stuff? How do you organize these very different file types, and even better, how do you find the exact file you're looking for the second you need it? It's almost as if you need a second brain just to keep your digital life straight.

DEVONthink is the solution to the digital age conundrum. It is your second brain, the one and only database for all your digital files, be they PDFs, emails, Word docs or even multimedia files. Boasting a refined artificial...

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20:59
OmniGraffle 7.6 - Create diagrams, flow charts, and...

OmniGraffle helps you draw beautiful diagrams, family trees, flow charts, org charts, layouts, and (mathematically speaking) any other directed or non-directed graphs. We've had people use Graffle to plan plotlines for a story, make an overview of an operating system, show the evolution of computers, and even show how diseases can spread in a closed population. If you want to organize your thoughts, your projects, or even your friends graphically using boxes and lines, OmniGraffle is your tool.



Version 7.6:

Note: Now requires macOS 10.12 or later

New

  • New Preferences for Default Stencil Browser Location — In addition to Popover and Floating Window, there are two new options for default Stencil Browser locations: Right Sidebar and Left Sidebar. Look for the configuration option on the General tab in Preferences. From any of these locations, double-click on a stencil in the file list to open that stencil...
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20:59
iFinance 4.3.7 - Comprehensively manage your...

iFinance allows you to keep track of your income and spending -- from your lunchbreak coffee to your new car -- in the most convenient and fastest way. Clearly arranged transaction lists of all your financial resources from your debit account to your credit card and cash show you exactly what you spend your money on - the first and most crucial step in getting your finances on-track. iFinance lets you know how your assets perform. Have it analyze your finances and the available charts and reports will show you instantly what your biggest spending items are and where there's potential for savings. The convenient budget feature helps you review your financial goals. How much money can you spend today if you want to stay within your budget? How much more income is needed to achieve your monthly goal?

It supports several different banking file formats, such as CSV, QIF, OFX, and mt940. Import your data by using one of these formats or retrieve your bank account...

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20:59
Opera 50.0.2762.58 - High-performance Web browser.

Opera is a fast and secure browser trusted by millions of users. With the intuitive interface, Speed Dial and visual bookmarks for organizing favorite sites, news feature with fresh, relevant content, speed-boosting Opera Turbo mode and more handy features, Opera has everything you need to do more on the web. Also, with 1700+ available extensions, you can mix and match additional features to customize the browser the way you want.



Version 50.0.2762.58:

  • DNA-66085 Avoid direct downloads of currency exchange rates
  • DNA-66436 [Adblocker] New rules should be downloaded on upgrade
  • DNA-66467 Bookmarksbar is shown upon update to O50
  • DNA-66480 Blank history, white StartPage



  • OS X 10.10 or later



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20:59
Microsoft Office 2016 16.9 - Popular productivity...

Microsoft Office 2016 - Unmistakably Office, designed for Mac.

The new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote provide the best of both worlds for Mac users - the familiar Office experience paired with the best of Mac. If you already use Office on a PC or iPad, you will find yourself right at home in Office 2016 for Mac. It works the way you expect, with the familiar ribbon interface and powerful task panes. Mac users will appreciate the modernized Office experience and the integration of Mac capabilities like Full Screen view and Multi-TouchTM gestures. With full Retina display support, your Office documents look sharper and more vibrant than ever.

Office for Mac is cloud-connected, so you can quickly get to the documents you’ve recently used on other devices and pick up where you left off. New, built-in document sharing tools make it easy to invite teammates to work on a document together. When sharing documents, you won’t have to...

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20:59
SoftRAID 5.6.4 - High-quality RAID management.

SoftRAID allows you to create and manage disk arrays to increase performance and reliability. SoftRAID allows the user to create and manage RAID 4 and 5 volumes, RAID 1+0, and RAID 1 (Mirror) and RAID 0 (Stripe) volumes. SoftRAID also provides "predictive disk failure", where users are alerted to potential disk failures even before they fail.

SoftRAID's intuitive interface and powerful feature set make this utility a must-have for any OS X Server admin, "Pro" user, photographer, digital-video editor, or desktop user who wants more reliable backup for his computer.



Version 5.6.4:

Note: SoftRAID 5.6.4 includes important bug fixes and changes that allow SoftRAID to be compatible with macOS 10.13 High Sierra. High Sierra involves a completely new file system (APFS) as well as major changes to the ker- nel, security and third-party software requirements, and the SoftRAID team has worked hard to ensure that SoftRAID will...

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20:59
OmniGraffle Pro 7.6 - Create diagrams, flow charts,...

OmniGraffle Pro helps you draw beautiful diagrams, family trees, flow charts, org charts, layouts, and (mathematically speaking) any other directed or non-directed graphs. We've had people use Graffle to plan plotlines for a story, make an overview of an operating system, show the evolution of computers, and even show how diseases can spread in a closed population. If you want to organize your thoughts, your projects, or even your friends graphically, using boxes and lines, OmniGraffle is your tool.

OmiGraffle Professional has all of the great features in the standard version, plus a powerful toolset for advanced document creation and editing options. For the pro user who's looking for an in-depth diagramming application that's still priced below the competition, you've come to the right place.



Version 7.6:

Note: Now requires macOS 10.12 or later

New

  • New Preferences for Default Stencil Browser...
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20:59
Little Snitch 4.0.5 - Alerts you about outgoing...

Little Snitch gives you control over your private outgoing data.

Track background activity

As soon as your computer connects to the Internet, applications often have permission to send any information wherever they need to. Little Snitch takes note of this activity and allows you to decide for yourself what happens with this data.

Control your network

Choose to allow or deny connections, or define a rule how to handle similar, future connection attempts. Little Snitch runs inconspicuously in the background and it can even detect network-related activity of viruses, trojans, and other malware.



Version 4.0.5:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.11 or later.

Note: Version 4 is a paid upgrade from previous versions.

Fixed

  • Fixed a kernel panic introduced in Little Snitch 4.0.4 that would occur when a single process...
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20:59
1Password 6.8.6 - Powerful password manager;...

1Password is a password manager that uniquely brings you both security and convenience. It is the only program that provides anti-phishing protection and goes beyond password management by adding Web form filling and automatic strong password generation. Your confidential information, including passwords, identities, and credit cards, is kept secure using strong encryption.

1Password fully supports major Web browsers, including Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. All browser extensions share the same encrypted data which means you never need to manually copy your passwords between browsers or from the password manager to a browser ever again!

1Password has received numerous awards, including 5 mice from Macworld magazine, MacLife Editors pick, and was the Pick of Week on MacBreak Weekly by both Leo Laporte and Merlin Mann.

1Password is also available for and syncs with Windows, iOS, and Android.



Version 6.8.6:

New...

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20:59
Pinegrow 4.2 - Mockup and design webpages faster (...

Pinegrow (was Pinegrow Web Designer) is desktop app that lets you mockup and design webpages faster with multi-page editing, CSS and LESS styling, and smart components for Bootstrap, Foundation, Angular JS, and WordPress.



Version 4.2:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.9 or later running on a 64-bit Intel processor.

Note: Pinegrow 4 is a free upgrade for those having purchased a license in the last 12 months. View pricing information.

  • Foundation 6.4 - Pinegrow now supports Foundation 6.4. Not only that, all new visual tools like column resizers, page libraries, and grid/column overlays are available for Foundation 6.4 projects as well.
  • Image overlay guides - Use “Image overlay” in the Visual helpers menu to toggle and set up the image overlay that is used as a visual guide for implementing your design. Select the image and...
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20:59
File Juicer 4.66 - $18.00

File Juicer is a drag-and-drop can opener and data archaeologist. Its specialty is to find and extract images, video, audio, or text from files which are hard to open in other ways. In computer forensics this is called carving.

It finds and extracts: JPEG, JP2, PNG, GIF, PDF, BMP, WMF, EMF, PICT, TIFF, Flash, ZIP, HTML, WAV, AVI, MOV, MP4, MPG, MP3, AIFF, AU, WMV, or text from files which contain data in those formats.

Lossless extraction... File Juicer does't convert the images/sounds/videos it finds, but saves them unchanged in their original format if possible. (See the manual for details.) This is useful:

  • if you want to extract the images/sounds/videos from a PDF or Word document;
  • if you have old files you can no longer open with current applications;
  • if you receive emails with attachments you can not open;
  • if you have corrupt files or databases;
  • if you have damaged or accidentally erased flash...
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20:17
Apple CEO Tim Cook named in South Korean complaint...




South Korean consumer group Citizens United for Consumer Sovereignty this week filed a criminal complaint against Apple CEO Tim Cook, alleging the company's decision to throttle iPhones with depleted batteries amounts to destruction of property and fraud.

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20:09
Typinator 7.4

Improves the Quick Search feature to display all matches in a scrollable list. (€24.99 new, free update, 7.7 MB)

 

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19:35
Trump talks up Apple's $350B US investment,...




Apple is apparently back in Donald Trump's good graces following the company's announcement of a $350 billion U.S. investment, with chief executive Tim Cook said to be on the receiving end of an adulatory phone call.

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19:06
Intel's new cameras add human-like 3D vision to...

Intel has released two ready-to-use RealSense depth cameras, the D415 and the D435, that can add 3D capabilities to any device or machine. They both come in a USB-powered form factor and are capable of processing depth in real time, thanks to the chi...

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18:58
Dean Allen

Om Malik:

Dean Cameron Allen, a 50-ish writer, designer, web-guy, and an
all-around rascal, died this weekend in London, U.K. He leaves
behind his parents, a former girlfriend and a lot of friends. If
the universe feels a little hollow this week, now you know why.

Jason Hoffman, founder of Joyent and a close friend, called out of
the blue. He has just moved back from Stockholm, back to the Bay
Area after a stint at Ericsson. “Dean is no more,” Jason said. He
was fighting to hold back his tears, his voice shaking. I think I
heard Jason say that Dean took his own life, giving up on the
struggle.

Dean was a magnificent bastard. His death is a real gut punch. I heard about it two days ago, and still can’t believe it. Om’s obituary is simply splendid, capturing the man I knew.

Textism was such an achingly-good thing — an utterly personal website of...

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18:35
Watch: Apple's iMac Pro vs 2013 Mac Pro with...




In the first part of our series, we put our $5,000 iMac Pro to the test against one of the most popular configurations of the Mac Pro, to see how much of a performance difference you can expect between the two machines.

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18:03
Tesla Is Last In the Driverless Vehicle Race, Report...

Navigant Research has compiled a new report on 19 companies working on automated driving systems, and surprisingly, Tesla came in last place. U.S. News & World Report: Navigant ranked the 19 major companies developing AV technology based on 10 criteria, including vision, market strategy, partnerships, production strategy, technology, product quality and staying power. According to the report, General Motors Co. and Waymo, the auto unit of Alphabet, are the top two AV investment opportunities in the market today. Tesla and Apple are the two biggest laggards in the AV race, according to Navigant's rankings. Investors are acutely aware of Tesla's production and distribution disadvantages compared to legacy automakers like GM, but Navigant is also highly critical of Tesla's technology. "The autopilot system on current products has stagnated and, in many respects, regressed since it was first launched in late 2015," Navigant says in the report, according to Ars Technica. "More than...

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17:34
Second ‘Tomb Raider’ trailer adds welcome backstory...

Our first look at the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot was tonally all over the place, mixing the earlier Angelina Jolie films' goofy action with the more serious emotional heft of the critically-acclaimed newer Tomb Raider video games. Thankfully, the se...

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17:00
Apple revamps App Store Preview web interface with...




Apple on Thursday issued a redesign for the App Store web interface, with app searches on Safari, Chrome and other browsers now rendering a bold design aesthetic and elements borrowed from the iOS 11 App Store app.

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16:56
Apple Just Redesigned the App Web Interface For iOS...

The icons are bigger, the fonts are bolder, and the iPhone X screenshots are showcased front and center.


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16:55
Opposed by Apple, 'right to repair' bills...




Some 17 states have now introduced so-called "right to repair" legislation despite strident opposition from consumer electronics manufacturers, including Apple.

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16:27
The XKCD take on Spectre & Meltdown

Thanks, Doug. I actually giggled…

The post The XKCD take on Spectre & Meltdown appeared first on krypted.com.

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16:26
'Battlefield 1' DLC adds aerial-only...

DICE and EA have shared much more of what Battlefield 1's new "Apocalypse" DLC entails, and it's good news if you prefer to be a fighter ace than fight in the trenches. The expansion arrives in February, and its highlight is a new Air Assault mode wh...

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16:14
Apple to decide location of new campus without...




Following comments from CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday, Apple on Thursday confirmed it will not hold a public auction to decide the site of a new U.S. campus that will be built in part using money repatriated from the company's overseas cash hoard.

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16:13
Apple Debuts Redesigned Web Interface for iOS and...

Apple recently introduced an all new design for App Store apps on the web, with a new, cleaner interface that puts screenshots and critical information front and center.

You can see the new redesigned interface by accessing or searching for any iOS or Mac app while on the web. With iOS apps, you'll see a clear notice that you need to open up the App Store to download the app, while with a Mac app, you'll get a notice letting you know you need to open up the Mac App Store.

App listings include the app's name, icon, and screenshots, along with information like star rating, ranking, purchase price and whether or not there are in-app purchases.

While an app's description used to be the first thing that came up when accessing an app on the web, it's now listed underneath screenshots, which, as 9to5Mac points out, are iPhone X screenshots. App Store webpages also include a listing of what'...

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15:44
Review: Away Travel’s USB-powered Carry-On luggage...

Traveling can disrupt even the best laid plans, and with today’s connected lifestyles, the stress of an unexpected situation is only exacerbated if you’re worrying about keeping your devices powered up. Combine that with the chaos and and spectacle that is the annual Consumer Electronics Show, and you’ve got the perfect storm for a travel headache.

Earlier this month, I spent 5 days in Las Vegas for CES 2018. With me came The Carry-On, modern and thoughtfully designed luggage with USB power sent over to try out by Away Travel. Over the course of the show I put The Carry-On to the test, traversing miles of hotel, casino, and airport carpeting to bring you my thoughts. Let’s take a look at how well it held up and how...

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15:44
FCC admits mobile internet is a poor broadband...

As dictated by Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the FCC released its annual draft 2018 Broadband Deployment Report on Wednesday. In it, the commission made a surprising concession: that no, mobile data and wired broadband are not in...

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15:34
Facebook taps Jada Pinkett Smith for new talk show...

Facebook has been pushing into original television for a little while now. It launched the Watch section as a platform for TV shows last year, and has since teamed up with the creators of True Blood for a new drama called Sacred Lies. Now the company...

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15:32
Andy Warhol Apple Logo Painting Up for Auction,...

Pop Culture artist Andy Warhol’s Apple logo painting is up for auction and is expected to bring in somewhere between US$20,000 and $30,000. Woodshed Art Auctions is conducting the auction with live bidding starting at 5:30 PM eastern time on February 1st. For you art aficionados considering making a bid, the piece is 8×8-inches in a 16.5×16.5-inch frame, float mounted with archive corners, no adhesives, and in good condition. Early online bids are currently at $6,500, so now you know what you have to out bid.


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15:29
‘Right to repair’ legislation gaining steam amid...

Amid Apple’s ongoing battery repair program, iFixit today reports that “Right to Repair” legislation is gaining traction. The site explains that so far this year, 17 states have introduced bills that would reduce repair costs by opening up parts and tools to independent repair shops…

more…

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15:24
Apple Music Trailer for UK Rapper Stefflon Don...

Apple Music has a trailer out for a mini series of documentaries on UK rapper Stefflon Don. It’s part of Apple Music’s “Up Next” showcase of up and coming artists. Stefflon Don was born in Birmingham, England, of Jamaican parents, grew up in Holland, and came back to England, where she launched her musical career. Apple Music describes her sound as a mix of UK rap and Jamaican dancehall, and there are two episodes of her documentary on Apple Music now. The trailer below offers a sneak peak.


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14:59
Snap announces more layoffs amid content struggles

Snap has just laid off 22 employees, a sign that the company is continuing to struggle with slow user growth. The staff cuts affected teams across the company, one of which was the content team [Ed. See update below for details]. According to The Inf...

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14:44
009: Trump’s Apple love, App Store rejections, and...

Today we’ve got President Trump’s reaction to Apple’s $350 billion investment announcement, an app that claims to detect net neutrality violations being rejected, a fix coming for a new iMessage bug, and Tim Cook promising a toggle to stop performance throttling on iPhones with older batteries.

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14:43
Italian watchdog launches probe into Apple &...

Joining several other parties in doing so, an anti-trust body in Italy today announced that it has opened a probe into Apple over allegations of planned obsolescence. Interestingly, the group is also investigating Samsung over similar claims…

more…

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14:42
iMac Pro Compared to 5K iMac and MacBook Pro

MacRumors videographer Dan recently got his hands on the new 8-core iMac Pro, and he decided to compare it to his other machines, a 2015 5K iMac and a 2016 MacBook Pro to see how it measures up when it comes to his everyday video editing workload.

In the video below, Dan takes a look at how well the iMac Pro performs on tasks like editing video, exporting video, and reading and writing data. If you're wondering whether the entry-level iMac Pro is worth the $5,000 price tag when you've already got hardware on hand like an iMac or a MacBook Pro, this video is worth checking out because it might help you make a decision.

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Dan compared the entry-level 8-core iMac Pro with a 3.2GHz Intel Xeon W processor to a late 2015 iMac with a 3.2GHz 6th-generation Intel processor, 24GB RAM, 1TB Fusion Drive, and AMD Radeon...

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14:39
Facebook and YouTube are removing 'Tide Pod...

In the year 2018, nobody expected human society would need an intervention to stop people from eating (drinking?) laundry detergent. And yet, actual thinking people are recording themselves consuming Tide Pods, which inspires others to follow suit on...

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14:21
Italy's Consumer Watchdog Officially Launched...

Yesterday Apple was in the spotlight for announcing their $350 Billion investment in the U.S. due to the Republican's new tax laws that allowed Apple to bring back their money parked overseas at a fair rate. Yet one day later and five more class action were filed against them and Italy’s antitrust body confirmed today opened a probe into the same matter.

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14:18
NASA tests small nuclear reactor that could power a...

Everyone from Elon Musk to Donald Trump wants to send a manned mission to Mars in the not too distant future, but there are quite a few problems that need to be solved before we can achieve that goal. A major one is the issue of energy. Long-term sta...

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14:09
Apple overhauls App Store web interface with new iOS...

Apple today has rolled out a major redesign for the App Store web interface. The new redesign replaces the dated and clunky interface that previously housed the App Store on the web…

more…

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14:03
'Text Bomb' Is Latest Apple Bug

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: A new "text bomb" affecting Apple's iPhone and Mac computers has been discovered. Abraham Masri, a software developer, tweeted about the flaw which typically causes an iPhone to crash and in some cases restart. Simply sending a message containing a link which pointed to Mr Masri's code on programming site GitHub would be enough to activate the bug -- even if the recipient did not click the link itself. Mr Masri said he "always reports bugs" before releasing them. Apple has not yet commented on the issue. On a Mac, the bug reportedly makes the Safari browser crash, and causes other slowdowns. Security expert Graham Cluley wrote on his blog that the bug does not present anything to be particularly worried about -- it's merely very annoying. After the link did the rounds on social media, Mr Masri removed the code from GitHub, therefore disabling the "attack" unless someone was to replicate the code elsewhere.

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13:56
Podcasters: Replace Skype with Discord for better...

Discord has been around since May, 2015, and was built as a platform for gamers to chat. It features, text, audio, and video chatting, and can be tweaked to attain very high sound quality with zero extra noise. Discord is also built such that it can be used entirely inside a web browser, meaning your interview guests don’t have to download the Discord app. In fact, there’s a way to set it up so that your interview guests don’t even have to sign up for a Discord account.

This looks like an interesting solution for those that hate Skype.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:56
Snap increases layoffs amid slowing user growth...

According to a pair of new reports from Cheddar and The Information, Snap has recently laid off roughly two dozen employees. The layoffs come as the company looks to be more cost-effective amid stagnant user growth and revenue struggles…

more…

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13:53
This Qi Charger Was Designed to Look Good, Uses Cork...

We’ve seen a flurry of Qi chargers aimed at the Mac market since Apple launched iPhone 8/Plus and iPhone X. There are a ton of options if you just want a functional Qi charger, but I had one from Grovemade cross my desk last night that looks good, too. It has a 1/4″ brushed metal base to give it some heft, but what stood out for me was the natural cork bed. I think it looks way better than the plastic Qi chargers I’ve seen, plus it should grip my iPhone better. The company said it works with all of its own cases, and should work with other cases up to 3mm thick. Not surprisingly, it’s pricier than a small plastic puck, at US$79. I’m linking  to the natural cork color model, but it’s also available with charcoal gray cork.

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13:51
Podcasters: Replace Skype with Discord for Better...

After 12 years of using Skype for our podcasts, we switched to Discord in November and haven’t looked back. With better audio quality and the ability to have interview guests participate entirely in their web browsers, Discord is a much better solution for today’s podcaster. We’ll show you how to get going.


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13:45
∞ The Dalrymple Report Podcast: Rene Ritchie on...

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Rene Ritchie joins me this week to talk about a variety of topics including iPhone sales this quarter, reports on television shows that Apple wants to produce, and Apple’s relationship with the FBI, among other things.

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13:30
Review: Edifier MP200 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Although we've traditionally seen more extensive speaker systems by Edifier, the company's new MP200 takes it in a different direction with a colourful and fun sub-$50 speaker that's ultra-portable, splash proof, and provides not only Bluetooth capabilities but also micro SD card and USB playback, all packed into a two-inch cube that's surprisingly comfortable to hold in your hand.{/exp:char_limit}

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13:30
Puls begins offering same-day TV antenna installation

This new service can install a TV antenna on your roof on the same day you decide to cut the cable cord.

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13:26
Microsoft Office for Mac updated w/ real-time...

Microsoft today announced a major update for Office 2016 for Mac. The update brings the app to version 16 and includes new features for Microsoft’s entire suite of applications…

more…

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13:00
Apple World Today News Update: January 18, 2018

Sorry we missed you yesterday (Wednesday)! We're back today with a quartet of short news stories from the world of Apple:

  • A researcher/developer had his app -- used to gather data on ISP throttling of video streams -- rejected by the App Store
  • Some Facebook Messenger users are reporting a bug that crashes the app after typing just a few words in a single line
  • Use SpotHero to pre-pay parking? Apple has a deal for you if you use Apple Pay as your SpotHero payment option
  • The GOP tax bill signed into law a few weeks ago is resulting in Apple adding almost $350 billion to the US economy, and employees are also getting a stock bonus

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 World Today in order to listen to the podcast.

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12:57
Trump says Apple’s $350B US investment biggest ever...

President Trump delivered a public speech in Pittsburgh today where he praised Apple for its plans to invest in the US economy. Trump says he personally called Tim Cook, who he calls “a great guy,” and thanked him for the investment in the country.

more…

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12:54
Do you think Tim Cook’s statement on iPhone...

In his first public statement on the matter, Apple CEO Tim Cook talked about the company’s practice of throttling iPhone performance as batteries age in an interview with ABC last night. While he offered an apology, he also thinks consumers and the media weren’t “paying attention” when the change first rolled out.

more…

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12:50
iPhone chip supplier TSMC anticipates drop in...




Chip manufacturer TSMC is anticipating a decline in shipments for premium smartphones this year, advising during its fourth-quarter earnings briefing that orders relating to cheaper mobile devices will rise slightly, with company growth likely to occur through embracing cryptocurrencies.

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12:38
iFinance 4.3.7 - Comprehensively manage your...

iFinance allows you to keep track of your income and spending -- from your lunchbreak coffee to your new car -- in the most convenient and fastest way. Clearly arranged transaction lists of all your financial resources from your debit account to your credit card and cash show you exactly what you spend your money on - the first and most crucial step in getting your finances on-track. iFinance lets you know how your assets perform. Have it analyze your finances and the available charts and reports will show you instantly what your biggest spending items are and where there's potential for savings. The convenient budget feature helps you review your financial goals. How much money can you spend today if you want to stay within your budget? How much more income is needed to achieve your monthly goal?

It supports several different banking file formats, such as CSV, QIF, OFX, and mt940. Import your data by using one of these formats or retrieve your bank account...

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12:27
Microsoft Office 2016 16.9 - Popular productivity...

Microsoft Office 2016 - Unmistakably Office, designed for Mac.

The new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote provide the best of both worlds for Mac users - the familiar Office experience paired with the best of Mac. If you already use Office on a PC or iPad, you will find yourself right at home in Office 2016 for Mac. It works the way you expect, with the familiar ribbon interface and powerful task panes. Mac users will appreciate the modernized Office experience and the integration of Mac capabilities like Full Screen view and Multi-TouchTM gestures. With full Retina display support, your Office documents look sharper and more vibrant than ever.

Office for Mac is cloud-connected, so you can quickly get to the documents you’ve recently used on other devices and pick up where you left off. New, built-in document sharing tools make it easy to invite teammates to work on a document together. When sharing documents, you won’t have to...

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12:15
Is CES a trouble spot for Apple?

The reports are in from the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, and they’re not good if you’re an Apple watcher: The days of CES being a show full of products trumpeting their connections to the App Store are over. This year, it’s all about smart assistants—and that means Alexa and the Google Assistant, not Siri. It’s bad news for Apple—or is it?

I trust the trained eyes of CES observers. Both analyst Ben Bajarin and New York Times tech writer Brian Chen reported the same thing.

To read this article in full, please click here

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12:09
Once-blocked Net Neutrality-tracking app Wehe will...




Apple blocked Wehe, an app to test net neutrality compliance -- but after the developer provided more information, the company has reversed its decision and is now allowing the app in the store.

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12:02
Apple Employee Buses Under Attack by Protesters

One Apple employee speculated that the assailants were firing rubber rounds at the buses.


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11:51
Apple TV 4K Users Won’t Be Happy With Sony’s Dolby...

On Wednesday, Sony rolled out a software update for its most advanced UHD TVs that support Dolby Vision. Except the Dolby Vision portion caused an uproar.


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11:46
Pinegrow 4.2 - Mockup and design webpages faster (...

Pinegrow (was Pinegrow Web Designer) is desktop app that lets you mockup and design webpages faster with multi-page editing, CSS and LESS styling, and smart components for Bootstrap, Foundation, Angular JS, and WordPress.



Version 4.2:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.9 or later running on a 64-bit Intel processor.

Note: Pinegrow 4 is a free upgrade for those having purchased a license in the last 12 months. View pricing information.

  • Foundation 6.4 - Pinegrow now supports Foundation 6.4. Not only that, all new visual tools like column resizers, page libraries, and grid/column overlays are available for Foundation 6.4 projects as well.
  • Image overlay guides - Use “Image overlay” in the Visual helpers menu to toggle and set up the image overlay that is used as a visual guide for implementing your design. Select the image and...
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11:24
Little Snitch 4.0.5 - Alerts you about outgoing...

Little Snitch gives you control over your private outgoing data.

Track background activity

As soon as your computer connects to the Internet, applications often have permission to send any information wherever they need to. Little Snitch takes note of this activity and allows you to decide for yourself what happens with this data.

Control your network

Choose to allow or deny connections, or define a rule how to handle similar, future connection attempts. Little Snitch runs inconspicuously in the background and it can even detect network-related activity of viruses, trojans, and other malware.



Version 4.0.5:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.11 or later.

Note: Version 4 is a paid upgrade from previous versions.

Fixed

  • Fixed a kernel panic introduced in Little Snitch 4.0.4 that would occur when a single process...
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11:17
Amazon narrows the field of candidates for its $5B...




Amazon has revealed its list of candidates for building a new headquarters in North America, publishing a shortlist of 20 cities and metropolitan areas that are still in the running to host the online retail giant's second base of operations.

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11:13
Apple Rejects Net Neutrality App, Reddit in Uproar [...

So far, it’s hard to tell how accurate Wehe is. But for now Apple has given the final word on the matter, saying no.


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11:07
156: Apple’s TV plans, iPhone X notch future,...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss Apple’s efforts to build a new TV service, the fate of the iPhone X notch and recent iPhone sales, CarPlay news out of the International Auto Show in Detroit, a beautiful watchOS 5 mockup, and HomePod predictions.

9to5Mac Happy Hour is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneInGoogle Play Music, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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11:01
Microsoft improves Office 2016 for Mac with real-...




Microsoft on Thursday released a major update of Offce 2016 for the Mac, adding features such as real-time collaboration and automatic saves for cloud-based files.

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10:59
Microsoft OneNote 16.9 - Free digital notebook.

OneNote is your very own digital notebook. With OneNote, you can capture that flash of genius, that moment of inspiration, or that list of errands that's too important to forget. Whether you're at home, in the office or on the go, your notes travel with you. And you can share your notes and collaborate with others, across multiple devices!

Here are some more ideas on how to use OneNote:

  • Capture rich notes for classwork, meetings, or research
  • Keep track of your shopping list and mark items off wherever you are
  • Create an itinerary and keep track of your travel plans for your next big vacation
  • Take pictures of receipts and bills to remove some of the paper clutter
  • Collaborate and share ideas with your team
  • Research items and prices to make the best purchasing decision
  • Keep and edit all of your notes



Version 16.9:

  • Updated the application with optimizations...
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10:57
CES 2018: Eureka Park Wraps Up CES

In wrapping up his CES coverage, Jeff Porten explores the show within a show that CES sets aside for startups, Eureka Park. Follow along as he finds a portable scanner, kid-focused smartwatch, global hotspot, solar-powered car, and monitoring shoes for seniors.

 

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10:50
Apple, Samsung being investigated in Italy for ‘...

Apple and Samsung are under investigation by Italy’s antitrust organization for alleged “planned obsolescence” of their products.

A statement by the Autorit Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (AGCM) — as noted by AppleInsider — launching the investigation cites consumer complaints of slower devices such as iPhones after operating system updates. The antitrust group will determine if the tech companies are introducing the updates intentionally to cripple phones, and force Italian citizens to buy new ones.

Earlier this month a French prosecutor launched a preliminary investigation of Apple over alleged deception...

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10:45
News: Apple leasing 200,000 square feet of space in...

Apple is leasing 128,000 square feet of space in an office building in Culver City for its content production group, according to a new report by Variety. The location at 8777 Washington Boulevard was originally expected to be occupied by HBO, however they recently backed out of the deal, leaving the field open for Apple to move in. The news was first reported by The Real Deal; Variety subsequently confirmed the news with Thomas Small, the mayor pro…

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10:43
iPhone chipmaker TSMC says high-end smartphones...

Apple’s sole supplier of A-series processors for iPhones, TSMC, shared today that it expects premium smartphone shipments to decrease this year. Interestingly, the chip maker says that the cryptocurrency market is what will help keep its business growing.

more…

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10:41
Apple, Samsung under investigation by Italian...




Italy's antitrust organization has launched a probe investigating allegations that Apple and Samsung use software updates not as a tool to secure or expand upon smartphone capabilities, but to speed up the aging process and force users to buy new phones.

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10:31
mStand360 Laptop Stand with Swivel Base: $49.99

Check out the mStand360 Laptop Stand with Swivel Base, a solid single aluminum base with a built-in swivel. Comes in Rose Gold, Silver, and Space Gray to match your MacBook. It’s $49.99 through us.


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10:26
Apple says fix for ‘chaiOS’ is coming

Apple told MacRumors that a fix for the “chaiOS” bug is coming in a software update (or two) next week. Look for the solutions to come in iOS 11.2.5 and perhaps macOS High Sierra 10.13.3.

The bug appeared on Jan. 17 after it was shared on Twitter. When texted to an iOS device, it is able to cause the Messages app on the iPhone or iPad to freeze up and become unusable. The Safari and Chrome browsers on Macs are also affected.

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Fix for 'chaiOS' malicious link that...




The iPhone-crashing "chaiOS" bug in Messages is getting a fix, with Apple confirming that a patch is due "next week" to solve the problem.

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Twitter has been targeted in a lawsuit from podcast production company TWiT, with the social network accused of trademark infringement and a breach of contract after it started expanding into providing streaming video content to its users.

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Apple rejects net neutrality testing app, says it...

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An iPhone application that attempts to detect whether ISPs are throttling online services was rejected by Apple when its developer tried to get it into the company's App Store.

David Choffnes, a Northeastern University professor who researches distributed systems and networking, built an app called "Wehe" that tests the speeds of YouTube, Amazon, NBCSports, Netflix, Skype, Spotify, and Vimeo. Abnormally low speed results for one or more of those services might, in theory, provide evidence that your mobile carrier is throttling a service.

But as Motherboard reported today, Apple...

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Apple Confirms Fix is Coming Next Week for Malicious...

A software update coming next week will fix an issue that allows a malicious link to freeze the Messages app on the iPhone and iPad, Apple confirmed to MacRumors this morning.

Apple is likely talking about iOS 11.2.5, which is nearing the end of the beta testing period. iOS 11.2.5 beta 6, as we discovered yesterday, does indeed address the issue and prevents the malicious link from working.

We expect to see a final release of iOS 11.2.5 available next week alongside macOS High Sierra 10.13.3, watchOS 4.2.2, and tvOS 11.2.5.

The malicious link first surfaced on Tuesday after it was shared on Twitter. When texted to an iOS device, it is able to cause the Messages app on the iPhone or iPad to...

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'Hey Siri, give me the news' leaves beta,...

One of those things people expect to be able to do with smart speakers is to get a news briefing in the morning. It was one of Alexa’s first tricks when the Echo launched in 2014, and a core feature of Google Home in 2016. With the HomePod on the way, it simply has to be one of Siri’s powers, too. It’s table stakes.

And so it has come to pass. Previously available only to users running the iOS 11.2.5 beta, the new news feature is now available to everyone in the US, UK, and Australia. 

’Hey Siri, give me the news’

To invoke the new feature, simply say, “Hey Siri, give me the news.” (Other similar phrases like “what’s in the news” will also work.) Siri will begin playing a news digest podcast from NPR by default.

To...

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Apple promises fix for chaiOS iMessage bug that...

A few days ago we detailed a new iOS and macOS bug that crashes Messages when you receive a specific message. Described as the chaiOS bug, Apple now tells Buzzfeed that a fix is expected next week.

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Apple Macintosh logo by Andy Warhol goes up for...




A rare piece of art history is now up for sale in the form of an Apple Macintosh logo painted and signed by pop artist Andy Warhol.

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Xfinity Mobile lets customers bring existing iPhones...

Xfinity Mobile is now letting prospective customers bring their current (compatible) iPhones to the wireless service. Launched last year, Xfinity Mobile uses Verizon’s network and offers a pay per GB plan as well as a $45/month unlimited option.

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EU says Apple's cash repatriation plans won...




Though Apple is planning to pay the U.S. some $38 billion in taxes on repatriated foreign cash, that won't impact how much it owes in Ireland, a spokesman for the European Commission said on Thursday.

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