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Thursday February 23

21:26
Analyst says Apple has upper hand on Samsung now...

A note today from Drexel Hamilton’s analyst Brian White via Business Insider shares that he believes “Apple has Samsung on the ropes like never before in recent memory.” The competition between the two companies has been intense for years, but there are four factors he believes will help Apple solidify its lead this year.

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21:14
Amazon refuses to hand over Alexa info for murder...

Amazon continues to resist law enforcement's demands to hand over the audio recordings for an Echo involved in an Arkansas murder investigation. The tech titan has filed a motion to throw out a search warrant from prosecutors, arguing that both the u...

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20:59
Spotify 1.0.49.125. - Stream music, create playlists...

Spotify is a streaming music service that gives you on-demand access to millions of songs. Whether you like driving rock, silky R&B, or grandiose classical music, Spotify's massive catalogue puts all your favorites within your reach. No streaming service offers a larger, more varied catalogue.

The music you love, whenever you want it

  • You're the DJ. Add stars to your favorite tracks, and create playlists. Spotify lets you keep your favorites close at hand.
  • Endless discovery. With built-in Related Artist suggestions, Spotify will help you discover your new favorite artists, albums, and tracks.
  • Make it social. Follow your favorite artists, share musical recommendations with friends, and more.



Version 1.0.49.125.:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.9 or later...

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20:59
Eye Candy 7.2.0.50 - 30 professional Photoshop...

Eye Candy renders realistic effects that are difficult or impossible to achieve in Photoshop alone, such as Fire, Chrome, and the new Lightning. Effects like Animal Fur, Smoke, and Reptile Skin are rendered in exquisite detail down to individual hairs, turbulent wisps, and shiny scales.

Eye Candy helps you quickly explore and design looks. In Eye Candy 7, effects are chosen through easy to recognize icons rather than text menus. Presets are rapidly previewed by simply mousing over them. The theme is less clicking and more visual browsing.



Version 7.2.0.50:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.7 or later
  • Intel Core 2 processor
  • One of the following:
    • Adobe Photoshop CS5 or later
    • Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 or later



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20:59
Safari Technology Preview 10.2 - The newest browser...

Safari Technology Preview contains the most recent additions and improvements to WebKit and the latest advances in Safari web technologies. And once installed, you will receive notifications of updates from the Mac App Store.

Features

  • Shared Links Extensibility. Use the new Shared Links API extension to add link suggestions to the shared links feed on Safari for OS X and iOS.
  • Content Blocking API for Safari extensions. Easily block content from a large collection of webpage resources with minimal overhead and incredibly high performance.
  • Force Touch Trackpad Mouse Events. Create interactivity like never before using new events and force information from the Force Touch Trackpad.
  • CSS Scroll Snapping. Use CSS scroll snapping to keep the focal point of your content in view when scrolling momentum stops.
  • FairPlay Streaming....
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20:59
Microsoft Office 2016 15.31 - 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
QuickBooks 16.1.12.1564 R13 - Financial management...

QuickBooks helps you manage your business easily and efficiently. Organize your finances all in one place, track money going in and out of your business, and spot areas where you can save.

  • Built for Mac OS - Looks and works like you'd expect
  • Create invoices, pay bills, and manage expenses
  • Gain insight into your business with over 100 reports
  • New tool lets you easily track mileage
  • New multi-user options offer simultaneous access to QuickBooks data



Version 16.1.12.1564 R13:

Note: Currently available for $219.95

  • Conversion - Fixed a problem that was prohibiting custom templates to go round trip Mac to Win to Mac
  • Payroll - Fixed a crash that could sometimes occur closing the Add Payroll window
  • Reports - Fixed a bug where it was possible to try and sort an Audit Trail report by various columns, which scrambled the report results
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20:59
1Password 6.6.1 - 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 6.6.1:

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20:09
Google's Android texting app has a new name

Despite how common texting is, its integration on Android has always lagged slightly behind, as Google appeared to focus on other things. Sometimes it wrapped the feature into other services/apps like Google Voice and Hangouts, but lately, the main A...

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19:09
Google's Immerse VR series debuts with...

Google's virtual reality offerings are taking off. While their engineers develop techniques to simulate user faces hidden behind headsets that will make streaming VR less clunky, the NBA recently released an original show for Daydream VR. But today,...

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19:04
Apple cut ties with server vendor after potential...

A new report today from The Information shares that Apple found potential security issues with at least one server early last year. Apple purchased the server from Super Micro Computer and was used to help power its web services and also contained customer information.

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18:24
Disney's Maker Studios changes strategy and...

Disney-owned Maker Studios is putting its business through a major overhaul in an effort to become profitable. According to The Wall Street Journal, Disney is laying off around 80 people -- some of them are Maker employees, while some are from the Ho...

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17:53
Apple Supplier Announces 5nm Processors Scheduled...

TSMC's Co-Chief Executive Mark Liu stated earlier today that they will begin producing cutting-edge 5-nanometer chips in small quantities in the first half of 2019.

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17:26
Google WiFi, OnHub routers inexplicably crashed...

Google's smart router projects are supposed to provide hassle-free networking, but today many owners are experiencing just the opposite. Reports are streaming in of nonfunctional Google OnHub and WiFi units pushing little more than a flashing blue li...

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17:12
Server firmware security incident in 2016 forced...




While there appears to be no breach of Apple's security, the company terminated its relationship with hardware vendor SuperMicro because of concerns about firmware update security, and an update that potentially compromised a Siri server bank, plus the App Store's search server development environment.

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17:12
Apple says iOS 10.2.1 has eliminated the majority of...

Last fall a growing number of iPhone users started experiencing random shutdowns, particularly with iPhone 6s. After Apple launched a battery repair program to solve the issue for some devices, they stated that the problem may be more widespread than first thought and that a fix for some iPhones could come in the form of a software update…

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17:04
Apple Invents an Infrared Reflective Layer for Apple...

Earlier this month Patently Apple posted a report titled "Cool: Apple Invents a Dual Display MacBook that a User will be able to use Outdoors with Sunglasses on." Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals yet another kind of transparent layer to be applied to both the display and the iPhone casing to help keep them cooler when out in sunlight.

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16:29
Apple addresses unexpected iPhone 6, 6s shutdowns...

For a while now there have been reports of some older iPhone models, namely iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, shutting down unexpectedly. Apple introduced some diagnostics into iOS 10.2 back in December to try and determine what was happening and, with iOS 10.2.1, they’ve rolled out a fix.

Glad to see they figured out what was going on.

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16:27
Apple's iOS 10.2.1 addresses unexpected iPhone...




Apple on Thursday revealed an iOS point update that was released a month ago includes a bug fix for an issue causing iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus and 6s Plus device owners to experience unexpected shutdowns.

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16:27
'Skullgirls' heads to iOS and Android this...

Popular fighting game Skullgirls has been released on almost every other modern platform; now it's time to play it on your smartphone. Originally teased last July, the free-to-play version of this fan-favorite title is slated to arrive in Spring 2017...

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16:20
Apple Says iOS 10.2.1 Update Has Significantly...

For the last several months, iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus, and 6s Plus users have been dealing with a problem that causes their devices to unexpectedly shut down, an issue that Apple now says it has successfully addressed in the latest iOS 10.2.1 update, released to the public on January 23.

In a statement provided to TechCrunch, Apple says that the iOS 10.2.1 update has resulted in an 80 percent reduction of unexpected shutdowns on the iPhone 6s and a 70 percent reduction of unexpected shutdowns on the iPhone 6.

With iOS 10.2.1, Apple made improvements to...

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15:44
Alphabet sues Uber over Waymo's self-driving...

Waymo, Alphabet's autonomous car business, has sued Uber for stealing crucial technical information about its self-driving technology. Waymo's lawsuit targets Otto, a promising self-driving truck startup that Uber acquired in mid-2016. As we noted in...

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15:41
AirPlay on a budget: Affordable wireless speakers...

AirPlay is one of my favorite Apple technologies. The feature allows you to wirelessly stream content over WiFi, whether it be via your Apple TV or streaming audio via a standalone speaker. Either way, AirPlay fixes some of the common flaws plaguing wirelessly streaming content with Bluetooth.

One of the common complaints with AirPlay, however, is that it’s somewhat expensive to get started. For that reason, I’ve rounded up some of the more affordable ways to enter the AirPlay ecosystem below…

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15:39
Post producing an Oscar nominated short film on...

In the busy week in the run up to the awards, the director of Timecode, Juanjo Giménez, very kindly answered our questions about the post production process.

What’s amazing to me is that this was his first project using Final Cut Pro.

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15:36
Alphabet's Waymo self-driving car firm sues...




Alphabet's Waymo on Thursday sued Uber and its subsidiary Otto, accusing the companies of stealing key self-driving car patents covering a proprietary light detection and ranging, or LiDAR, system.

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15:33
7 Reasons For Apple to Discontinue the Mac Pro

Recently, John Martellaro took a philosophical tour of the idea that Apple might well want to discontinue some products that we’ve become fond of. The pros and cons. One reader asked what the pros would be to sending the Mac Pro into extinction. John tries to answer that question.


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15:30
SharePoint Framework reaches general availability—...

The past year has come with significant updates to our SharePoint user experiences, such as modern team sites, document libraries and pages. These modern experiences feature simple and powerful web parts that are responsive, easy to use and mobile-ready. By customizing web parts on a page, team members can build tailored sites that feature the most relevant content and tools for their team. In addition to a rich set of web parts available within SharePoint, developers can also create completely new web parts. We’re modernizing our developer surface to keep pace with rapidly changing techniques and technologies used in the broader industry. SharePoint Framework lets developers take advantage of up-to-date practices, tools and libraries to help them build more engaging, mobile-ready web parts at a rapid pace.

Today, we’re proud to announce the general availability of SharePoint Framework—allowing developers and administrators to build and deploy parts that are used by Office...

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15:28
What a Linux Desktop Does Better


After I resolved to adopt Linux, my confidence grew slowly but surely. Security-oriented considerations were compelling enough to convince me to switch, but I soon discovered many more advantages to the Linux desktop. For those still unsure about making the transition, or those who have done so but may not know everything their system can do, I'll showcase here some of the Linux desktop's advantages. First and foremost, Linux is literally free. Neither the operating system nor any of the programs you run will cost you a dime.

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15:28
Google sues Uber over self-driving trade secrets...

Alphabet’s Waymo self-driving car unit sued Uber Technologies and its autonomous trucking subsidiary Otto in federal court on Thursday over allegations of theft of its confidential sensor technology.

Oh boy.

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15:22
1Password 6.6.1 - 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 6.6.1:

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15:20
Transgender protection rollback sparks opposition...

On Wednesday, the Trump administration announced that it would roll back federal protections for transgender citizens and require states and local school boards to decide how (or, more accurately, whether) they would enforce these people's civil righ...

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15:11
Spotify gets into podcasting with three music-themed...

Spotify dipped its toes into podcasting in 2015 by adding pre-existing programs to its lineup. Now it's getting into content creation and rolling out its own shows. The company is launching three original podcasts, and it says that's just the start.

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15:02
Can WALTR 2 Really Be Your iTunes Replacement?

When you’re looking for an iTunes replacement, you want something that can do just about everything Apple’s software can do, but better. WALTR has been a good contender in this arena, and WALTR 2 offers functionality that iTunes doesn’t. The question is, does it work as designed? Come along with Jeff Butts as he reviews WALTR 2 and uncovers how well it performs.


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15:00
Cellebrite Can Now Unlock Apple iPhone 6, 6 Plus

Patrick O'Neill writes: A year after the battle between the FBI and Apple over unlocking an iPhone 5s used by a shooter in the San Bernardino terrorist attack, smartphone cracking company Cellebrite announced it can now unlock the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus for customers at rates ranging from $1,500 to $250,000. The company's newest products also extract and analyze data from a wide range of popular apps including all of the most popular secure messengers around. From the Cyberscoop report: "Cellebrite's ability to break into the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus comes in their latest line of product releases. The newest Cellebrite product, UFED 6.0, boasts dozens of new and improved features including the ability to extract data from 51 Samsung Android devices including the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, the latest flagship models for Android's most popular brand, as well as the new high-end Google Pixel Android devices."

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14:25
Facebook is inserting ads midway through videos

Facebook's ambitions for video have been pretty explicit. And now the social network is (officially) introducing a way for its publishing partners to get paid for them. Rather than front-loading ads the way YouTube and so many others do, these will a...

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14:23
Apple Daily Report for February 23, 2017

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, takes a trip. 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.

Earlier this year, FORBES revealed a search warrant that allowed police to walk into a building and unlock all phones inside that could be opened with a fingerprint, including iPhones with Apple's famous TouchID feature. And now, in what may be a landmark decision, a federal court in Illinois has determined that feds could not proceed with such a search, saying the government needed to be more specific about the devices and data they wanted, according to Forbes.

In related news Cellebrite —the firm thought to be responsible for helping the FBI extract data from...

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14:17
Apple's iTunes Remote app adds support for two-...

Apple has updated the iTunes Remote app for iPhones and iPads with support for two-factor authentication when signing in for Home Sharing. It’s a free app available at the Apple App Store.

iTunes Remote lets you control iTunes from anywhere in your home. With it you can use your iOS device to connect to iTunes on your Mac or PC as if you’re in front of your computer.

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14:14
iTunes Remote app adds support for two-factor...

Apple has updated the iTunes Remote app for iPhones and iPads with support for two-factor authentication when signing in for Home Sharing. It’s a free app available at the Apple App Store.

iTunes Remote lets you control iTunes from anywhere in your home. With it you can use your iOS device to connect to iTunes on your Mac or PC as if you’re in front of your computer.

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13:58
Review: Twelve South’s MagicBridge is a beautiful...

Twelve South is known for making some of the best Apple accessories available and this past week I’ve been using their new MagicBridge which joins Apple’s Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2 together. Read on for a hands-on review.

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13:57
News: Mobiata announces sunset of FlightTrack 5 and...

Mobiata has announced that it is shutting down its popular FlightTrack 5 and FlightBoard apps, effective Mar. 1, 2017. Although the company admits that it hasn’t provided many updates to the two apps in recent months, FlightTrack was one of the first and best flight tracking apps on the App Store, and quickly became a mainstay for iPhone travellers. Mobiata was acquired by Expedia in 2010, and although it continued to run largely as an independent…

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13:54
New Mac Ransomware Leaves Your Files Permanently...

Mac users hoping to score Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Microsoft Office for free through BitTorrent sites are in for an ugly surprise thanks to a new ransomware making the rounds. The ransomware, called OSX/Filecoder.E, encrypts the contents of victim’s hard drives and demands payment in Bitcoin, but there isn’t any way to actually decrypt and recover files.


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13:45
The Wirecutter's best deals: Save $100 on a...

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, they may earn affiliate commissions that support their work. Read their c...

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13:43
Cellebrite Announces that their Advanced...

The news broke yesterday from Cellebrite's Israeli team that they can now lawfully unlock and perform evidence extraction from Apple's iPhone iPhone 6 Plus ....

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13:30
News: Harman announces first Wireless CarPlay...

Photo: Business Wire Harman has announced the first successful commercial implementation of Apple CarPlay over a wireless connection, allowing vehicles using Harman’s infotainment systems to use Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to connect to an iPhone for CarPlay rather than requiring a wired USB/Lightning connection. Harman’s press release notes that the solution is currently “being deployed in the market on HARMAN infotainment systems for a…

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13:24
Vintage Apple memos refer to dongles as ‘a case of...

An interesting tidbit from Apple history recently made its way from a Seattle Goodwill to the web. In a blog post, a user by the name of vadermeer shared a handful of internal memos, progress reports, and other various notes from within Apple during 1979 and 1980 and some of it is surprisingly accurate today…

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13:23
Apple's iTunes Remote updated with two-factor...




Apple on Thursday updated its iTunes Remote app for iPhones and iPads with support for two-factor authentication, reflecting the company's growing use of the security concept.

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13:23
Indie devs with disabilities win full ride on Train...

Two game developers with disabilities are headed to the 31st annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) this year via Train Jam, a four-day rail excursion from Chicago to San Francisco that was founded in 2013. Train Jam participants collaborate to crea...

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13:04
Acoustic Imaging and iPhone 8: Can You Hear My...

Rumors about the iPhone 8 are flying faster than snowflakes in a blizzard. Speculation about the new device using iris scanning, facial recognition, or something completely different abounds. In a recent patent filing, Jeff Butts has uncovered another possibility: acoustic imaging systems. In other words, the iPhone 8 might end up “listening” for your fingerprint. Let’s see how it might work.


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13:00
It will cost $670 to get 90 percent of 2017's...

Since it launched in 2014, Blizzard's free-to-play digital card game Hearthstone has dominated its niche. To keep gameplay fresh, the studio has alternated new content additions between Adventures, which guarantees some cards for a $20 flat fee, and...

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12:58
Stop Facebook’s Emotional Manipulation With This Tool

Every time you use Facebook’s new Reaction emoji, you’re providing the company with a greater insight into your emotions. With this addition to Facebook’s data collection, advertisers can build a better profile to target you with ads. Facebook could even carry out more emotional manipulation experiments. But there is a new way to defeat this kind of surveillance with a browser extension called Go Rando by Benjamin Grosser. When you react to a post, it randomly chooses one of the six reactions. Over time, you’ll appear to have perfectly balanced views to Facebook’s algorithms. Benjamin has even open-sourced the extension, and you can install it for most popular browsers. You can find instructions on Benjamin’s blog.

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12:56
San Diego Girl Scouts crowdfunding iOS game project...

The Girl Scouts of San Diego are currently crowdfunding a new app coding project for an iOS game called Marshmallow Run. The project has just three days to go and over $10,000 left before reaching its goal on Kickstarter.

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12:51
Apple reportedly set to open first Argentina retail...

According to a new report from Gizmodo, Apple plans to continue its slow Latin America expansion with a new store in Argentina. The store comes following Apple’s first Latin American store in Brazil 3 years ago, which was followed by a new store in Mexico City last year.

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12:50
GE Digital VP Beena Ammanath: For Most Women, STEM...


Beena Ammanath is VP for data and analytics at GE Digital. She has worked in the data analytics field for more than 20 years and serves as board director at ChickTech, a nonprofit dedicated to recruiting girls and women into the tech workforce and retaining them once they're there. Ammanath also serves on the Cal Poly Computer Engineering Program Industrial Advisory Board, helping to shape the future generation of computer scientists with her expertise. Ammanath recently was named one of the top female analytics experts in the Fortune 500.

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12:45
Twitter and PBS will livestream Trump's speech...

Twitter has been livestreaming everything from Presidential debates to boxing matches and NFL games to see what sticks. And just like it did with the inauguration, Twitter will once again pair with PBS to broadcast President Trump's address to a join...

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12:38
Cellebrite director says firm now doing 'lawful...




Cellebrite -- the firm thought to be responsible for helping the FBI extract data from the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook -- is doing "lawful unlocking and evidence extraction" from Apple devices through the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, according to the company's Forensics Research director.

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12:25
Acer is making an air quality monitor

Acer's next project is a different type of monitor than you might expect from the company. It's an air quality monitor, actually. No, wait; where are you going? "The Acer Air Monitor features a sleek and simple design, the device allows real-time mon...

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12:22
9to5Rewards: CalDigit’s Thunderbolt Station 3 Lite...

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is CalDigit and we’re giving away their brand new TS3 Lite Thunderbolt 3 hub.

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12:21
Safari Technology Preview 10.2 - The newest browser...

Safari Technology Preview contains the most recent additions and improvements to WebKit and the latest advances in Safari web technologies. And once installed, you will receive notifications of updates from the Mac App Store.

Features

  • Shared Links Extensibility. Use the new Shared Links API extension to add link suggestions to the shared links feed on Safari for OS X and iOS.
  • Content Blocking API for Safari extensions. Easily block content from a large collection of webpage resources with minimal overhead and incredibly high performance.
  • Force Touch Trackpad Mouse Events. Create interactivity like never before using new events and force information from the Force Touch Trackpad.
  • CSS Scroll Snapping. Use CSS scroll snapping to keep the focal point of your content in view when scrolling momentum stops.
  • FairPlay Streaming....
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12:20
Google updates Gboard for iOS with new emoji and...

Apple upgraded Messages in iOS 10 to include a ton of new features, but that doesn’t mean that Google is giving up on Gboard, its third-party iOS keyboard. 

On Thursday, Google updated Gboard to support new emoji, voice-typing, 15 additional languages, and Google Doodles. Google originally released Gboard in May 2016 to give iOS users features like Glide Typing and built-in GIF search.

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12:02
Mac: Henge Docks Horizontal Docking Station

Henge Docks’ Horizontal Docking Station ($499) remains one of the coolest and most powerful docking stations we’ve seen for the MacBook Pro. While it doesn’t come cheap, you’re getting what you pay for here, providing your MacBook Pro with Retina Display with a solid and attractive “home base” on your desk and a ton of extra ports to go with it. If you regularly hook up your MacBook to an external monitor in your home or office and have a lot of external accessories, it’s a much more elegant solution than juggling cables and smaller hubs — you just drop your MacBook Pro into the Horizontal Dock’s base and all of the necessary connections automatically extend from the sides into the appropriate ports on your MacBook. When you’re ready to hit the road, a press of the button or click of a menu bar app will automatically eject all of your mounted external drives from within macOS and then retract the connectors to disconnect from the dock. It’s so slick and effortless that...

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11:55
Harman Could Bring Wireless CarPlay to Audi, VW,...

Harman today announced that it has achieved the first-ever implementation of wireless CarPlay in vehicles. It said its infotainment system is currently being deployed for a luxury German automaker, which more than likely refers to BMW, the only automaker that currently supports wireless CarPlay as a built-in feature.

A number of BMW models have supported wireless CarPlay since late last year, and Harman's announcement comes just as the 2017 BMW 5 Series with wireless CarPlay hits the streets in the United States.

Harman did not disclose plans to roll out wireless CarPlay to other automakers, but it has business relationships with several vehicle manufacturers, including Volkswagen Group, Daimler...

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11:43
Google is donating $11.5 million to racial justice...

Google will invest $11.5 million to support racial justice, the company announced in a blog post today. The funds are split between 10 different causes, with $5 million going to the Center for Policing Equality. "CPE's National Justice Database is th...

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11:38
Apollo 11 space capsule is going on another mission

One of the great museum exhibits in the world is going on tour and you owe it to yourself to go see it if it comes to your area. It will be in Houston, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Seattle. I was lucky enough to see it in DC at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum but when it comes to Seattle, I’ll definitely make the trip down there to see it again.

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11:19
How to Restore Data from iCloud

Calendar confused? Contacts corrupted? Bookmarks bungled? A trip to iCloud.com can help you recover lost data.

 

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11:19
'Alien: Covenant' preview evokes original...

While the first official trailer for Alien: Covenant showed us terrifying images of a colony ship gone horribly wrong, this new preview gives us a full, uncut scene. It's a stunning glimpse at the titular ship's crew relaxing together with a final me...

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11:04
∞ New Top Gear trailer

I’ll always have a soft spot for Top Gear but its first season after the Clarkson implosion was not good by any measure. But I also don’t think “The Grand Tour” was a whole lot better. I’m looking forward to seeing this version of Top Gear with the two-thirds new cast.

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10:56
Apple’s classic iTunes Remote app updated with 2FA...

Apple has updated its classic iTunes Remote app for iOS with two-factor authentication support when signing in to Home Sharing. This lets you use stronger security on your Apple ID and iCloud account and makes iTunes Remote prompt you for 2FA when someone attempts to sign in.

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10:55
iPhone 8 3D Cameras, iMazing Tips – TMO Daily...

Word on the street says the iPhone 8 is packing a front-facing 3D camera for facial recognition. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to talk about the camera and what they think could really be in store for it. Jeff B also has some tips on using iMazing with your iPhone and Mac.


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10:51
Documents unearthed from early Apple history show...




A series of documents discovered at a thrift store in Seattle examines Apple's mindset in the late '70s and early '80s as it shifted from a hobbyist company to one interested in gathering, and retaining business clients for its Apple II series of computers.

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10:49
Mac 101: How to take a screenshot with the MacBook...

One of the things that I’ve always loved about macOS is how easy it is to take a variety of screenshots with just a keyboard shortcut. Yet, with the release of the Touch Bar-adorned MacBook Pro, some may find that taking screenshots is easier than ever. In this brief tutorial, we’ll show you how. more…

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10:32
Apple to expand Seattle AI & machine learning...




Apple's Seattle offices -- dedicated partly to work in artificial intelligence and machine learning -- are set to expand both literally and in terms of workforce, a report revealed on Thursday.

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10:26
iPhone 8 With Longer Battery Life Said to Entice...

Apple's rumored iPhone with an edge-to-edge OLED display will have longer battery life, which will drive customers with older iPhone models to upgrade at an accelerated rate, according to Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty.

Huberty also expects the high-end iPhone to have a significant form factor change with wireless charging, 3D sensors, and more advanced AI software capabilities, which are all features that have been previously rumored.In addition to more modest updates to current iPhone SKUs, we expect Apple to launch a higher priced device with AMOLED display that allows for a curved form factor and longer battery life, wireless...

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10:22
Apple details acoustic imaging in new patent, could...

All signs are pointing to Apple’s iPhone 8 arriving with new technologies that will replace Touch ID as we know it. So far the predicted possibilities include an optical fingerprint sensor, facial and gesture recognition, a next generation on-screen capacitive touch method, and as we reported last year when Apple filed the patent, ultrasonic imaging. More details have just come out about how sound imaging technology will work in a patent filed today by Apple.

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10:19
Samsung's 'Galaxy S8+' may challenge...




Samsung is reportedly developing a version of its upcoming "Galaxy S8" that will compete in some respects not just with Apple's iPhone 7 Plus, but also eye-scanning technology only expected in iPhones shipping later this year.

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10:17
Set up your Medical ID in the Health app on your...

Apple has set up a procedure you can use on your iPhone to assist EMTs with information about you and who to contact in case of an emergency.

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10:04
Harman debuts first wireless Apple CarPlay...




Audio vendor Harman has unveiled a new wireless CarPlay solution for car manufacturers, with the technology first hitting the market as manufacturer-installed gear in the BMW 5 Series Sedan.

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10:00
Episode 119 on expanding Azure skills with Kirk...

In episode 119 of the Office 365 Developer Podcast, Richard diZerega and Andrew Coates are joined by Kirk Evans to discuss how Office and SharePoint developers can expand their Azure skills.

https://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP119_KirkE.mp3

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09:59
New ‘MagicGrips’ accessory aims to make Apple’s...

Elevation Lab, the company behind a handful of popular Apple accessories, is today announcing its latest product: MagicGrips. The company says that this accessory is designed to work with the Magic Mouse and makes it easier to grip.

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09:58
Urban Movie Channel comes to the Apple TV

RLJ Entertainment has announced the availability of the Urban Movie Channel (UMC) on the fourth generation Apple TV (4th Gen), following the recent launch of the service on the iOS platform for iPhones and iPads. 

Created by Robert L. Johnson, Chairman of RLJ Entertainment and founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET), Urban Movie Channel (UMC) is a subscription streaming service that showcases African American and urban entertainment across all genres. It features the exclusive premieres of various feature films, documentaries, stage plays, original series, and stand-up comedy specials every month. 

In February, UMC exclusively premiered the romantic comedy, No Regrets, which features an all-star cast that includes Monica Calhoun, Brian White, Loretta Devine, Elise Neal, Sharon Leal, and more. Recent premieres also include: Insecure's Jay Ellis in the child slavery drama, Like Cotton Twines; the documentary, They Don’t Give a Damn...

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09:57
Apple Awarded Registered Trademark Certificates for...

Earlier this week the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a new series of Apple Registered Trademarks covering MACOS, macOS, Logic Pro and the Apple Watch Activity Sharing app symbol. Registered Trademark Certificates for "MACOS" and "macOS" Apple filed their first Registered Trademark under International Class 09 which the following coverage: "Computer operating software; Computer software development tools." Apple's second...

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09:51
Scientists discover 7 ‘Earthlike’ planets orbiting a...

This is an amazing discovery and really cool science but when you hear the media describe it as a “nearby” star, note that’s in astronomical terms. Even though it’s “only” 39 light-years away, it will likely be at least a century before humans can even think about traveling to them.

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09:50
First Apple store in Argentina said to open in...




Apple's slow expansion plans for the Latin American smartphone market could take its next step sometime next year, with a report claiming the first official Apple store in Argentina could open its doors and commence sales in 2018.

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09:34
How to change the email address linked to your Apple...




If you own an iPad, iPhone, iPod or Mac, your Apple ID is the gateway to accessing the App Store, iCloud and iTunes, making it a crucial part of your digital identity. If you ever need to change the email address associated with your Apple ID, AppleInsider shows you how.

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09:30
Apple expanding Seattle offices focused on AI and...

Apple is known for its secrecy when it comes to ongoing product development, but the company is operating a little different with its efforts around artificial intelligence and machine learning. Apple’s director of machine learning, Carlos Guestrin, openly discussed Apple’s plans to grow its engineering presence in Seattle in a new GeekWire interview.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Brother Color Laser w/...

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09:27
Apple is expanding its Seattle engineering center

Apple plans to “significantly expand” its engineering operations in Seattle, according to GeekWire. The tech giant shared new details about its Seattle operations and ambitions in advance of the University of Washington’s announcement this morning of a new $1 million endowed professorship in artificial intelligence and machine learning, the article adds.

Last year Apple bought bought Turi, a "machine learning platform for developers and data scientists.” Turi is based in Seattle. Following the acquisition, Apple begin a search for data scientists and advanced app developers, based in the city — or willing to relocate.

“We’re trying to find the best people who are excited about AI and machine learning — excited about research and thinking long term but also bringing those ideas into products that...

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09:00
Visualize work in powerful new ways

We’re constantly pursuing the latest innovations to help your team create powerful diagrams. That pursuit continues with several recently released updates for Microsoft Visio Pro for Office 365, including robust database reverse engineering capabilities and new third-party content that meets various industry standards. With these updates, you can visualize your work in exciting and meaningful ways, boosting efficiencies and helping your team make informed decisions with confidence.

Visualize database structures from source data

Visio’s database reverse engineering tool allows you to create a visual representation of a database from its source data. Visio can connect to a number of database solutions, including SQL Server, MySQL and Oracle, to create a real-time illustration of that database, which updates in Visio as the underlying information changes. This kind of reverse engineering helps you drill into specific database elements, like tables and views, to better...

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08:57
News: Report: Apple still considering several...

A new report in Reuters discussing the state of Apple’s work on this year’s iPhone reveals that Apple may not have yet settled on a wireless charging solution for the upcoming “iPhone 8,” despite the company’s recent entry into the Wireless Power Consortium backing the Qi standard. The Reuters report cites a person with knowledge of the matter who indicates that there are presently five separate groups at Apple currently…

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08:47
Apple Expanding Seattle Hub Working on AI and...

Apple will expand its presence in downtown Seattle, where it has a growing team working on artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies, according to GeekWire.

The report claims Apple will expand into additional floors in Two Union Square, and this will allow its Turi team to move into the building and provide space for future employees.“We’re trying to find the best people who are excited about AI and machine learning — excited about research and thinking long term but also bringing those ideas into products that impact and delight our...

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08:46
Apple opposes Trump’s transgender rights rollback

The Trump administration on Wednesday announced plans to roll back Obama protections for transgender kids in schools. Apple quickly responded with a forceful statement against the move.

“Apple believes everyone deserves a chance to thrive in an environment free from stigma and discrimination,” the company said in a statement it provided to Politico. “We support efforts toward greater acceptance, not less, and we strongly believe that transgender students should be treated as equals. We disagree with any effort to limit or rescind their rights and protections.”

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08:39
Chrome betas get Touch Bar support that isn’t as...

Andrew Cunningham

Good news for people who like running bleeding-edge software on brand-new, expensive hardware: Google has added rudimentary support for the MacBook Pro Touch Bar to the latest release of Chrome's Canary channel, the earliest and least-stable way for consumers and developers to try out new Chrome features.

Based on what Apple is doing in the Touch Bar with Safari, Google could definitely push the envelope a little more. Chrome adds a handful of static buttons to the Touch Bar that duplicate the onscreen Back, Forward, Refresh, New Tab, and Favorite buttons, along with a larger button that moves the cursor to the address bar for easy typing and searching; as best as we can tell from digging in...

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08:32
Lyft expands to 54 new cities, including Des Moines...




Looking to challenge its main competitor in ridesharing, Uber, Lyft on Thursday expanded to 54 more U.S. cities, spanning states like Florida, Texas, Georgia, and Iowa.

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08:09
Harman details its first wireless CarPlay...

Harman shared today that it has successfully implemented wireless CarPlay commercially through its new end-to-end infotainment system. Wireless CarPlay has been supported by Apple since iOS 9, and the feature is finally being implemented by automakers starting this month.

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07:57
Contradictory report cites 5 Apple wireless charging...




A new report highlights Apple's involvement with wireless charging protocol specification Qi's organizing body, and claims that Apple's iPhone moves are driven more by marketing needs than by any particular drive for innovation in new products.

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07:46
Comment: Apple struck exactly the right note with...

While we’ve all been able to follow the construction progress of Apple Park thanks to drone footage, the company kept us waiting a long time before finally revealing two things: what the campus would be called, and when employees would move in.

The name attracted quite a bit of attention, with some feeling that it was perhaps a little tame to describe such a dramatic building – but I think Eli Schiff hit the nail on the head.

Historic mimesis. Xerox PARC and Apple Park: https://t.co/yXCYuwFkdW pic.twitter.com/...

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07:46
Fitbit's $23M Pebble purchase lower than...




Fitbit has confirmed it paid $23 million for smartwatch maker Pebble, far below the expected value of the deal when it was announced in early December, amidst both companies' struggles against the Apple Watch.

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07:43
Apple reportedly has multiple groups developing...

With wireless charging rumored to be included in the new iPhone 8 later this year, Reuters has reported new details about the scope of Apple’s focus on wireless charging at the company. Apple already uses inductive wireless charging on the Apple Watch, but Reuters says there are multiple teams at Apple working on the technology.

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07:42
Samsung will introduce the Galaxy S8 at a Special...

News out of Korea today states that Samsung will launch their next-gen Galaxy S8 smartphone on April 21, while LG will launch their next-gen LG G6 on March tenth. Samsung Electronics is going to introduce the Galaxy S8 at a special event in New York ...

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07:37
News: Mini Metro adds Endless Mode

Playdigious and Dinosaur Polo club have released an update to their highly-acclaimed Mini Metro, adding the long-awaited Endless Mode. Covered in our App Diary and selected as our 2016 Game of the Year, Mini Metro is an addictive puzzle-strategy game with a simple premise: players are tasked with creating an efficient rail system in a growing city, connecting rail stations on a variety of different maps to ensure the smooth flow of passengers within…

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07:32
PowerTime Apple Watch Charging Dock -- One of our...

Have an Apple Watch? The PowerTime Apple Watch Charging Dock ($44.99) is one of the best ways to charge up your Watch and up to three of your favorite devices, all at the same time. It's been a perennial favorite of Apple World Today readers, and PowerTime is back for a limited time.

The PowerTime dock has a space to hide the cable from your Apple Watch charging puck, then provides three USB-A ports that can be used to plug in your iPhone, iPad, and maybe even an Android device if you swing that way.

You're getting a 8% discount off of the usual $49 price tag on this device, so buy it while it's hot!  

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07:02
Apple Has at Least Five Different Groups Working on...

Apple is widely expected to launch its first iPhone with wireless charging capabilities later this year, but rumors remain conflicting about whether the feature will be based on inductive technology, which would require a charging pad or puck, or a truly wireless long-range charging solution.

Apple recently joined the Wireless Power Consortium, a group of over 200 companies backing the Qi wireless charging standard, perhaps signaling that it is leaning towards an inductive solution. After all, the Apple Watch uses Qi, albeit a tweaked version that only works with Apple's own charger.

Qi, pronounced "chee," is capable...

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07:00
An iOS app that never runs out of memory. Why is...

Jake Underwood, MacStories, reviewing Moment, an iOS app that takes video, but only keeps either the last 5 or 10 seconds and never runs out of space:

I set my phone up, pressed record, and after a couple of minutes ended the recording. When I opened Photos, the video was there immediately as a clip of the last 5 seconds I recorded.

First, this is a clever idea. It solves a real problem, that of capturing 5 to 10 seconds of video when space on your iPhone is low.

But to me, this raises another issue. Why is this app necessary? Surely Apple understands how frustrating this is. After all, Google built an entire ad campaign around never running out of space when that critical moment comes.

At the very least, why doesn’t the camera app warn you that space is low when it launches? Even better, why not reserve some...

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06:59
HARMAN announces integration of Apple’s CarPlay via...

HARMAN International Industries has announced the successful commercial implementation of Apple CarPlay integration through a wireless connection, which the company says is a first for the connected car industry. 

Compatible with the iPhone 5 and later models, CarPlay provides a simplified way to use your iPhone interface on a car’s touch screen, giving users access to Siri voice controls, as well as Apple Maps, Apple Music, Phone, Messages, and a variety of third party apps.

Through HARMAN’s end-to-end infotainment system, a vehicle’s Bluetooth and WiFi will enable the connectivity required to support CarPlay. The solution is currently being deployed in the market on HARMAN infotainment systems for a...

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06:59
Tim Cook, location, and the image of a corporate HQ

Wendy Lee, San Francisco Chronicle:

Cupertino is so populated by Apple employees that some people have jokingly called it “Appletino.” Later this year, Apple will open a visitor center, cafe and store to the public at Apple Park, which the city estimates could could draw hundreds of thousands of visitors a year.

In addition to the campus, Apple will continue to have engineers at its buildings on Infinite Loop. Chief executive Tim Cook will move his office to Apple Park.

That last bit has been making the rounds. Seems obvious to me. Where else would Tim Cook keep his office?

More from Wendy:

Apple hasn’t revealed the total cost for the project, but Bloomberg estimated in 2013 that it could be near $5 billion. The design will help the company recruit, and also reflects how Apple is always pushing the envelope on technology, said Mina Chow, a senior lecturer at University of Southern California School of Architecture.

“Corporate headquarters...

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06:59
With your iPhone locked, ask Siri, “What’s my name?”

This is a bit of a public service announcement. I came across this tweet yesterday:

this girl left her phone in the bathroom today. when I tried to give it back, I learned something.

iphone users (esp women) please read https://t.co/hMDB7NFf28

— uninterested hō (@afronomics_) February 20, 2017

The poster tells the story of finding someone’s iPhone and discovering that she could see all her information, including her home address, on the lock screen. To read through this yourself, tap the embedded tweet (the one that says “I asked siri what’s my name.”)

Without judging the danger of having your phone number exposed on your lock screen, at the very least, it’s worth knowing if this info...

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06:58
Deep list of top albums from a specific year

Have a favorite year for music? One year that you know better than all others? Perhaps the year when you first really connected with music, the first year that gives you true nostalgia?

With that year in mind, go to rateyourmusic.com and step through that year’s chart of top albums. No matter how well you know the music of your year, I think you’ll be surprised. And I’d wager you’ll find some highly rated albums you’ve never even heard of.

This is an excellent way to discover new music, especially if you are signed up for a service like Apple Music so you can start listening to these new albums immediately.

To get you started, here’s a link to the top albums of the year 2000. To switch to your year, just edit the URL.

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06:55
News: Apple issues statement opposing Trump...

Apple has issued a statement in response to President Donald Trump’s recent decision to rescind protections for transgender students that would have allowed them to use the bathrooms corresponding to their gender identity. The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Trump overruled his own education secretary’s recommendations, siding with his attorney general in a decision to reverse the Obama administration’s interpretation of…

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06:50
The New York Times headline broadside on Apple...

What the hell was the New York Times thinking with this headline:

How to Decide Which Headphones to Buy (Hint: Not Apple’s AirPods)

If you only saw the headline, which is the case for many people, there’s an obvious conclusion: Apple AirPods are not worth considering, not worth even a look.

From the article itself, here’s Wirecutter’s headphone editor (Wirecutter is owned by the NYT) Lauren Dragan:

Ah, the AirPods. The current working term for those kinds of headphones is “true wireless.” Aside from not having a cord to tangle and being decent at taking phone calls, the AirPods didn’t improve much over the corded EarPods. The sound quality is the same (which is to say, meh, with no bass). Plus the battery life is less than a full day at work, so you had better remember to charge them at lunch time. And this for $130 more than a replacement pair of EarPods? I don’t think they’re fully cooked yet.

Ai-yi-yi.

This whole thing smacks of click-...

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06:40
Tech Breakthroughs Take a Backseat in Upcoming Apple...

Stephen Nellis, reporting for Reuters: The new iPhone is expected to include new features such as high-resolution displays, wireless charging and 3-D sensors. Rather than representing major breakthroughs, however, most of the innovations have been available in competing phones for several years. Apple's relatively slow adoption of new features both reflects and reinforces the fact smartphone customers are holding onto their phones longer. Timothy Arcuri, an analyst at Cowen & Co, believes upwards of 40 percent of iPhones on the market are more than two years old, a historical high. That is a big reason why investors have driven Apple shares to an all-time high. There is pent-up demand for a new iPhone, even if it does not offer breakthrough technologies. It is not clear whether Apple deliberately held off on packing some of the new features into the current iPhone 7, which has been criticized for a lack of differentiation from its predecessor. Still, the development and roll-...

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06:35
Federal court rules police can't force building...




Possibly reversing recent trends in law enforcement, a U.S. federal court in Illinois has ruled that warrants can't be used to demand broad fingerprint unlocks for all of the devices in a building, such as Apple iPhones.

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06:26
Episode 24: MacAdmins Podcast on Episode 24:...
06:25
macOS: How to See the Hierarchy of Your File...

Melissa Holt’s Quick Tip for today is about using the title bar within different applications—Mail, Finder, and Pages, for example—to find out the hierarchical locations of files and folders. Need a trail of breadcrumbs to show where your stuff lives? She’s gonna tell you how to get it!


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06:10
Silicon Studio releases the Xenko Game Engine

Silicon Studio Corporation has announced the commercial release of its Xenko game engine (http://xenko.com), an open source engine designed for development teams of all size, from indies working on mobile games to full studios working on AAA virtual reality titles. The engine will be on display at GDC 2017 in Silicon Studio’s booth #624, and available for purchase April 2017.

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06:00
BK SPORT Bluetooth 4.0 Headphones: $16.99

Check out the BK SPORT Bluetooth 4.0 Headphones. Their wireless, but they connect to each other via a cable that keeps them together. They feature a talk time of 5 hours and music playback time of 4.5 hours. They charge in 2 hours and can be in standby mode for up to 150 hours. You can get them through our deal for $16.99, or 66% off retail.


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06:00
News: Daily Deal: iOS 10 & Swift 3 Starter Bundle

Today in iLounge Deals, you can pick up the iOS 10 & Swift 3 Starter Bundle for only $45 — that’s 93% off the regular price. Including over 82 hours of material to get you coding for the newest Apple technology, this bundle incorporates The Complete iOS 10 Developer Course, Swift 3 Fundamentals & Essential Training, iOS 10, Swift 3 Hands on Features and more. You’ll build real, useful iOS 10 apps to get you familiar with developing…

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05:52
Eye Candy 7.2.0.50 - 30 professional Photoshop...

Eye Candy renders realistic effects that are difficult or impossible to achieve in Photoshop alone, such as Fire, Chrome, and the new Lightning. Effects like Animal Fur, Smoke, and Reptile Skin are rendered in exquisite detail down to individual hairs, turbulent wisps, and shiny scales.

Eye Candy helps you quickly explore and design looks. In Eye Candy 7, effects are chosen through easy to recognize icons rather than text menus. Presets are rapidly previewed by simply mousing over them. The theme is less clicking and more visual browsing.



Version 7.2.0.50:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.7 or later
  • Intel Core 2 processor
  • One of the following:
    • Adobe Photoshop CS5 or later
    • Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 or later



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05:51
Drone Diary: A review of the DJI Mavic Pro, an ultra...

I’ve been keeping a watching brief on drones for some time. They had immediate and obvious gadget appeal. I mean, proper drones are both radio-controlled flying vehicles and high-end cameras – what’s not to love?

But decent ones are expensive, and I feared that they might be one of those things I’d find fun for a short time before the novelty wore off. I didn’t want to spend a four-figure sum on something that would soon be relegated to a cupboard.

Then a few family members got together to buy my father a DJI Phantom for his birthday, which gave me some hands-on experience. I was starting to get the itch, but still resisting. After all, what would I actually do with it?

Travel was the only situation I could think of where I might make use of one, but small ones were poor quality and high quality ones weren’t exactly compatible with my handbaggage-only approach to travel. Then along came the DJI Mavic Pro – a folding drone whose spec was virtually identical to...

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05:50
Microsoft Office 2016 15.31 - 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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05:40
B-Eng giving away a free Password Manager tool for...

B-Eng has introduced Password Manager, a free new password managing tool for macOS. It lets your organize passwords in groups with individual lists for each group, the creation of templates for both groups and entries and protection with either master password or fingerprint for Macs that support Touch ID. 

Password Manager supports multi users, and lists can be exported and imported as xml-files. It also includes a customizable password generator and strong encryption. Password Manager for Mac is available on the homepage of B-Eng after registering with a user name and a valid e-mail.

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05:39
Spotify 1.0.49.125. - Stream music, create playlists...

Spotify is a streaming music service that gives you on-demand access to millions of songs. Whether you like driving rock, silky R&B, or grandiose classical music, Spotify's massive catalogue puts all your favorites within your reach. No streaming service offers a larger, more varied catalogue.

The music you love, whenever you want it

  • You're the DJ. Add stars to your favorite tracks, and create playlists. Spotify lets you keep your favorites close at hand.
  • Endless discovery. With built-in Related Artist suggestions, Spotify will help you discover your new favorite artists, albums, and tracks.
  • Make it social. Follow your favorite artists, share musical recommendations with friends, and more.



Version 1.0.49.125.:

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05:37
B-Eng gives away free Password Manager tool for Mac

B-Eng has introduced Password Manager, a free new password managing tool for macOS. It lets your organize passwords in groups with individual lists for each group, the creation of templates for both groups and entries and protection with either master password or fingerprint for Macs that support Touch ID.

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05:31
Patent report: Apple NAS device, Touch ID replacement

Apple has been granted a patent (number 20170054774) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for a “network media device,” which hints at an Apple NAS device/home server, something I’ve long wanted. 

The patent describes a device that pulls multimedia data from one or more sources (e.g., a multimedia website or a multimedia server computer) at a first time, stores it to long-term storage within the device and transmits the stored multimedia data to one or more designated multimedia playback devices at a second time.

In the patent filing, Apple says that, with the increasing capacity and capability of personal computers, as well as improved multimedia interfaces for these computers, it’s become popular to use them as a repository for multimedia content, such as songs, movies, etc. 

Services such as iTunes and the substantially unlimited storage space provided by modern personal computer systems has resulted in an environment where many...

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05:16
Apple introduces us to the Possible Next Generation...

Apple has been working on moving Touch ID from the Home Button to beneath the display for some time now. The first serious patent application surfaced in February 2015 followed a second patent filing in July 2016. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's third invention relating to Touch ID ...

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05:15
“Spaceship Campus 2” dubbed “Apple Park”, will open...

Apple’s upcoming corporate headquarters, long dubbed “Spaceship Campus 2” (which was awesome), has been renamed “Apple Park” and will open its doors in April, though the migration of more than 12,000 workers will take over six months to complete.

The facility is not yet completed, as constructions of buildings and parklands will continue through the summer, but by April enough will be done to begin hosting employees for work.

The facility, which was designed in collaboration with Foster + Partners, replaces 5 million square feet of asphalt and concrete with grassy fields, along with over 9,000 drought-resistant, California-native trees.

The site will also include more than two miles of walking and running paths, an orchard, meadow and pond within the massive ring. It will also be powered by 100 percent renewable energy, featuring 17 megawatts of rooftop solar, making it one of the largest on-site solar energy installations in the world.

Apple has...

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05:00
Apple pay currently dominating mobile payments...

Apple Pay might just wind up on top.

A few years ago, when the technology was first introduced, it seemed like a vague idea. Today, according to new survey data released by Boston Retail Partners, Apple Pay is not only booming, it’s the mobile payments standard, surpassing PayPal, which had nearly a decade headstart. This, despite a much smaller market share than Android, and this despite continued ignorance as to the very existence of Apple Pay among consumers.

It may also be good for retailers in the long run.

In spite of a slow start, as of October 2016, Apple Pay transaction activity went up 500 percent over its combined 2015 numbers. While some data suggests Apple Pay interest has slackened since its 2014 launch, this data almost certainly reflects an early surge of interest at the launch of Apple Pay, followed by a maturing, growing base of committed, active users.

As the Boston Retail Partners’ survey indicates, roughly the same percentage of...

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04:52
Google updates Gboard keyboard with latest emoji,...

Google has updated its popular iOS keyboard app Gboard to add support for the latest emoji in iOS 10, voice typing and 15 new languages.

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04:35
BT Sport to air 'FIFA' eSports tournaments...

One of the top FIFA eSports competitions is going to be shown on BT Sport in the UK. Today, the broadcaster has announced "exclusive" coverage of the FIFA 17 Ultimate Team Championship Series, an EA organised tournament built around 'FUT Champions,'...

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04:30
BookArc for 2016 MacBook Pros works well — if you...

Twelve South has released a new model of its BookArc — which allows you to run your setup from the power of your Mac laptop while in closed clamshell mode — that supports the 2016 MacBook Pros. It’s a great product — except that it means you’re unable to use one of the laptop’s most heralded features: the Touch Bar.

To use you slide your laptop into the silicone slot, connect it to an external display, add a full-size keyboard and mouse to create a de facto desktop setup. Unplug the MacBook, and BookArc’s newly designed cable-catch feature keeps your cables from falling to the floor. 

If you don’t mind a lack of access to the Touch Bar (though I do mind), the $49.99 BookArc for 2016 MacBook Pros works well. It holds the laptop vertically vertically, freeing up desk space. Twelve South's stand also matches Apple's aesthetics. The BookArc is made from bead-blasted aluminum...

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04:26
Comm-Unity releases CNS Barcode 2.1

CNS Plug-ins presents a new version of CNS Barcode that includes five new barcode formats that can be generated, as well as 15 new or updated file functions.

The plug-in also includes CNS Core updates like FileMaker 15 support and better thread safety, especially under FileMaker Server. CNS Barcode version 2.1 is available immediately (http://tinyurl.com/hbu642h) for both macOS and Windows.

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04:25
Next Futurama game will feature original writers,...

Last year’s Futurama game Game of Drones may have been little more than a Candy Crush clone, but it sounds like the next game in the franchise will offer rather more. In an interview with USA Today, show creater Matt Groening says that the game features ‘the original writers, cast, and animators.’

Not only that, but he says that it will effectively offer some completely new Futurama episodes in game form …

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04:22
WWDC creator calls for decentralization, encryption

When the World Wide Web was created in 1989 by Tim Berners-Lee, its purpose was for the web technology to be available to everyone, always, without any patents or royalties. Recently, as the Internet becomes more and more centralized, the creator of the Internet and other people at its heart start calling for a revolution in order to rethink the way that Internet works.
 

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04:22
WWDC creator calls for decentralization, encryption

When the World Wide Web was created in 1989 by Tim Berners-Lee, its purpose was for the web technology to be available to everyone, always, without any patents or royalties. Recently, as the Internet becomes more and more centralized, the creator of the Internet and other people at its heart start calling for a revolution in order to rethink the way that Internet works.
 

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04:17
Kool Tools: Amped Wireless Tri-Band range extender

Amped Wireless’ HELIOS-EX is its first tri-band Wi-Fi range extender. Winner of a CES Innovations Award, the HELIOS-EX High Power AC2200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender is compatible with any router and can increase coverage up to 12,000 square ft.

It features DirectLink Technology that yields speeds up to two times greater than other range extenders by using a dedicated 5GHz connection to the home router. The HELIOS-EX can function in full duplex mode, increasing the transfer speed.

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04:03
Faster mobile data likely as 5GHz LTE found to play...

More areas of the country are likely to see gigabit LTE, say carriers, as the FCC has approved the use of the 5GHz spectrum for mobile data.

The 5GHz band is currently used for WiFi, and there had been concerns that there would be conflicts between the two, but the FCC accepted that equipment manufacturers had demonstrated that LTE and WiFi could co-exist in the same spectrum …

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04:01
Terror threat posted on Whisper leads to arrest

A man from North Carolina was arrested by federal authorities shortly after he submitted a post that sounded like a threat to the anonymous secret-sharing app Whisper. According to the feds' affidavit, Garrett Grimsley from Cary posted the words "Sal...

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04:00
Using Quick Website Search in macOS Sierra’s Safari

In macOS Sierra’s Safari, you can enable Quick Website Search if you wish. Many websites offer their own integrated engine that allows you to search content within the site itself.

Safari provides shortcuts to these searches in some cases, allowing you to search said sites directly from the Smart Search Field. To see which sites your Safari installation currently supports for this feature, click on the Manage Websites button.

However, some sites don’t support this feature. To remove them from, Quick Website Search, go to Safari’s preferences, then Search  > Quick Website Search  >  Manage Website. From here, you can list which sites to exclude.

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03:59
QuickBooks 16.1.12.1564 R13 - Financial management...

QuickBooks helps you manage your business easily and efficiently. Organize your finances all in one place, track money going in and out of your business, and spot areas where you can save.

  • Built for Mac OS - Looks and works like you'd expect
  • Create invoices, pay bills, and manage expenses
  • Gain insight into your business with over 100 reports
  • New tool lets you easily track mileage
  • New multi-user options offer simultaneous access to QuickBooks data



Version 16.1.12.1564 R13:

Note: Currently available for $219.95

  • Conversion - Fixed a problem that was prohibiting custom templates to go round trip Mac to Win to Mac
  • Payroll - Fixed a crash that could sometimes occur closing the Add Payroll window
  • Reports - Fixed a bug where it was possible to try and sort an Audit Trail report by various columns, which scrambled the report results
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03:46
Apple Files for a Patent to protect their Latest...

For years now, Apple has been winning design patents for individual Apple Store fixtures, displays and tables. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their technical modular display system that guarantees display perfection at every Apple Store that applies the new system, regardless of configurations chosen for a store.

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03:42
New iPhone Patent Suggests Touch ID May Live on in a...

One of the more contentious iPhone 8 rumors we've seen recently is the claim that with the removal of the Home button, Apple will ditch its Touch ID fingerprint recognition technology and replace it with another form of bio-recognition hardware.

While several possible alternatives have been put forward – such as iris scanning, facial recognition, and even a combination of technologies – each has its pros and cons, while it's still far from clear how Apple would implement them in a purportedly...

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03:00
The Morning After: Thursday, 23 February 2017

Good Morning After. NASA's big announcement could offer us a future among the stars, Apple's own 'spaceship' gets a boring name and another Instagram feature you might never notice.

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02:05
Google adds voice typing, Doodles and more emoji to...

Google's powerful Gboard app might now be on Android, but it's the iPhone version that is receiving most of the updates. As part of its most recent overhaul, the search giant has extended support to 15 new countries*, and also added a number of new f...

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02:00
Apple's acoustic imaging technology might...




Apple is rumored to replace iPhone's Touch ID home button with alternative bio-recognition hardware when it launches an OLED version of the handset later this year, but the technology enabling that transition is so far an unknown. A patent application published Thursday, however, indicates where the company's research is headed.

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01:44
Tim Cook, Under Apple, Criticizes the Pull Back on...

As expected, Apple spoke out Wednesday night, criticizing the Trump Administration for pulling back on Obama-era guidance to schools on transgender rights.

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01:15
Samsung's Galaxy S8+ reportedly has a 6.2-inch...

Phone leaker extraordinaire Evan "Evleaks" Blass is back with another doozy. The VentureBeat reporter has published a mostly full spec sheet for Samsung's Galaxy S8+, an all but inevitable upgrade to last year's Galaxy S7 Edge. We're in rumor territo...

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00:19
How to get banned from Disney's Club Penguin in...

How do you get banned from Disney's tween-focused Club Penguin social network in under 30 seconds? Hacking. Tool-assisted speedruns have been around since the late '90s, showing off inhuman feats in games like Doom and Super Mario Bros. 3. Folks in t...

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Wednesday February 22

22:51
Tesla: Model 3 production is on track to start in...

Tesla's final earnings report for 2016 is most notable for what it tells us to expect in the upcoming year. In a letter to shareholders (PDF), Elon Musk & Co. report that Model 3 production is on track to start in July, ramping up to full-scale p...

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22:09
Apple Speaks Out Against Trump Order to Rescind...

Apple tonight spoke out on President Trump's move to rescind Obama administration protections for transgender students, providing a statement to Axios. The protections had allowed transgender students to use bathrooms that corresponded to their gender identity.

The Cupertino company reiterated its commitment to equality, saying that everyone deserves a chance to be free from stigma and discrimination.

"Apple believes everyone deserves a chance to thrive in an environment free from stigma and discrimination. We support efforts toward greater acceptance, not less, and we strongly believe that transgender...

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22:03
Stealth action game 'Serial Cleaner'...

Many stealth action games have you creating bodies: you're a hitman, a thief or someone who otherwise needs to eliminate enemies in a hurry. But what if you were the person disposing of the bodies? That's the premise behind Serial Cleaner, a top-down...

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21:37
Apple condemns Trump withdrawal of transgender...




Apple on Wednesday issued a statement in response to President Donald Trump's recent withdrawal of federal protections for transgender students, condemning the action as an effort that sets back human rights initiatives.

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20:59
Dash 4.0.1 - 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 Features
    • 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...
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20:59
Tinderbox 7.0.0 - Store and organize your notes,...

Tinderbox is a personal content management assistant. It stores your notes, ideas, and plans. It can help you organize and understand them. And Tinderbox helps you share ideas through Web journals and Web logs.

Tinderbox's agents automatically scan your notes, looking for patterns and building relationships. Agents help discover relationships and help make sure important things don't get lost. Agents are easy to make and easy to modify. They're flexible and powerful. And Tinderbox can even gather and update changing information and breaking news from the Internet.

When it's time to share your notes, Tinderbox can assemble multiple notes into one page. Updates are a breeze -- even if you update several times a day. Private notes, timestamps, permanent links, archives: everything you want, just the way you want it.



Version 7.0.0:

Note: Version 7 is a paid upgrade from previous versions.

  • Composites...
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20:59
Apple Remote Desktop Client 3.9 - Client component...

Apple Remote Desktop Client is the best way to manage the Mac computers on your network. Distribute software, provide real-time online help to end users, create detailed software and hardware reports, and automate routine management tasks - all without leaving your desk. Featuring Automator actions, Remote Spotlight search, and a new Dashboard widget, Apple Remote Desktop 3 makes your job easier than ever.



Version 3.9:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.10.5 or later

  • Addresses several issues related to compatibility, reliability, and usability
  • Provides the following improvements:
    • Computer lists, complete with credentials, can be exported to an encrypted archive and restored to other viewers
    • Improved security, with an optional compatibility option to support older clients in the Security tab of the Preferences panel
    • Assistance cursors available via a custom toolbar item
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20:59
Sparkle 2.1.1 - $79.99

Sparkle will change your mind if you thought building websites wasn't for you. Sparkle is the intuitive site builder that lets you create sites for your online portfolio, team or band pages, or business and clients. Skip the tedium and design a gorgeous site that works right out of the box. Sparkle turns your design into a live site on the fly, no coding and no jargon. You don’t need to know about code or other web programming concepts: Sparkle makes sites happen.

With Sparkle you:

  • Create landing pages in a matter of minutes--test your ideas quickly
  • Focus your attention on content and layout
  • Quickly iterate on fully functional site designs

Features

  • Quickly add galleries, video, audio, maps, social buttons, and downloadable files
  • Web fonts, retina graphics and delightful animations for stunning output quality
  • Visual contact form creation
  • Default wireframe look to share your...
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20:59
1Password 6.5.5 - 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 6.5.5:

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20:59
WhatRoute 2.0.15 - Geographically trace online data-...

WhatRoute is designed to find the names of all the routers an IP packet passes through on its way from your Mac to a destination host. It also measures the round-trip time from your Mac to the router, thus enabling you to determine slow links--or hops--in the Internet. WhatRoute can also find dead links, such as routers that don't respond.

  • A geo-location server is queried and the locations of the hosts discovered in a trace or seen active on the LAN, can be plotted on a low resolution map or viewed in high resolution on Google Earth
  • WhatRoute also provides network and port scanning, ping, whois, DNS, and LAN monitoring functions.
  • Find the ASN with which a network is registered and the networks with which it peers.
  • View network flows

Note: While the software is classified as free, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation to help support development.


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20:59
Art Text 3.2.2 - $49.99

Art Text is graphic design software specifically tuned for lettering, typography, text mockups and various artistic text effects. Supplied with a great variety of ready to use styles and materials, selection of textures, icons, fonts and backgrounds, special designed effects and shape transformations, Art Text guarantees striking appearance of your badges, logos, cards, flyers and presentations.

Both professional designers and amateurs will be amazed by the exceptional ease of creating sophisticated effects such as realistic 3D text with any natural material on it - wood, rust, shatter glass, or even chocolate, soft shadow and glow, graphics painted by oil or watercolors, aged and grunge style, and many more.

  • Customizable Templates - Ready-made templates will help with logo design, produce beautiful word art, web elements and picture captions.
  • Fill Tools - Gradient presets, textures, and shading...
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20:26
Which internet-only TV service should Apple device...




People truly wanting to cut the cord now have three major internet TV services to choose from: Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and DirecTV Now. All of them support iOS devices and the Apple TV, among other platforms -- which one if any should you consider subscribing to?

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19:21
ColorWare now sells custom painted AirPods in 58...




Although AirPods are still out of stock, those who waited to purchase Apple's first wireless earphones now have additional color options -- 58 to be exact -- to choose from thanks to aftermarket customization firm ColorWare.

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18:40
Are you a fan of Apple’s butterfly keyboard or do...

Last night, we rounded up a handful of complaints from 2016 MacBook Pro users related to the device’s new keyboard. While there are a variety of complaints presented on Apple’s Support website and other websites, the comments on our post were interesting.

Some users reported that they hated the new butterfly keyboard, while others acted as if the keyboard was the best thing since sliced bread.

What do you think?

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18:08
Tim Cook to relocate office to Apple Park, report...




Adding to Wednesday's Apple Park news, a new report claims CEO Tim Cook plans to move his office to the company's futuristic campus later this year, likely when other employees begin the migration from Infinite Loop in April.

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17:53
Daily Deal: Nifty C PowerPod Battery Pack for USB-C/...

Keep all of your devices -- whether it's a USB-C MacBook or MacBook Pro, or any other device that uses a classic USB-A type connector -- charged and ready to go with today's deal. This Nifty C PowerPod battery pack (US$49.99) features Qualcomm Fast Charge 2.0 technology for ultra-fast charging and a 10,000 mAH battery to provide plenty of power for your devices.

Smartphones like your favorite iPhone can be charged up to 6 times faster than they'd get a charge from a regular, run-of-the-mill battery pack, and USB devices like GoPro action cameras can be charged up to 9 times faster. 

Chargers with the Qualcomm Fast Charge 2.0 technology built in usually retail for much more, but this battery pack is...

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17:24
Google's Chrome Canary web browser adds MacBook...




As third-party developers slowly incorporate support for Apple's new MacBook Pro Touch Bar, Google on Wednesday integrated assets for the OLED control strip in the latest version of its Chrome Canary experimental web browser.

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17:00
ColorWare’s colored AirPods

I usually don’t go for these types of colored Apple products, but damn I’d love to have a set of purple AirPods.

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15:39
Frolic in the Apple Park, Rumors for iPad and Apple...

Apple announced the name of what we used to call Apple Campus 2.0—now it’s Apple Park. Bryan and Jeff chew on the name for a while, and discuss what we might expect when it opens in April. They also pore over Apple Watch 3 rumors and the news that a key supplier will stop making Apple Watch displays. And somehow they segue that into some new iPad and iPhone rumors.


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15:27
Get $8.62 Off Your Amazon Order (Today Only) Thanks...

Amazon announced Wednesday a celebratory customer discount. The company told customers they could get $8.62 off their order of $50 or more because Amazon topped the Harris Poll Reputation Quotient with a score of 86.27. This is the second year in a row Amazon took top ranking in the annual survey—Apple was #5 in this year’s results, down from #2 in 2016 and #1 in 2012. Amazon’s score of 86.27 in the survey was a record high score. But who cares, right? The important thing is you can get $8.62 off your Amazon order using coupon code BIGTHANKS at checkout. If you order precisely $50 worth of stuff, that would be 17.24% off your order, which is significant. While you’re at it, use TMO’s affiliate link when ordering.

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15:08
Open Source IoT on Steady Enterprise March


Enterprise IT decision makers have been exploring the potential of Internet of Things technologies, but they are not rushing IoT projects into development and are showing caution in their adoption commitments, according to survey results Red Hat released Wednesday. Of the 215 participants in the company's survey, "Enterprise IoT in 2017: Steady as she goes," 55 percent indicated that IoT was important to their organization. However, only a quarter of those organizations actually were writing project code and deploying IoT technologies.

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15:06
Chrome 58 likely to include Touch Bar support,...

Apple’s MacBook Pro gained a new feature with its last refresh, the Touch Bar. Since the announcement in October, third-party applications have slowly been gaining support for the capability and now one of the more popular apps, Google Chrome, is adding support for Touch Bar…

Earlier today, Google quietly released the first canary build of Chrome 58. One thing quickly noted by MacBook Pro users was the added support for Touch Bar support, something that has been present in any version of Chrome released since the MacBook Pro was updated last fall.

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15:02
ColorWare is Now Selling Apple's AirPods in 58...

ColorWare, a company that custom paints Apple products, today announced that it is now accepting orders for Apple's AirPods, which can be purchased from the site in range of different colors.

For $289, a $130 premium over the $159 price of the AirPods, ColorWare will paint them in one of 58 different shades, from solids to metallics in every color of the rainbow. A deep glossy black is also an option, giving customers who have been wanting a "Jet Black" set of AirPods a way to get it.

Each AirPod can be painted in a different shade, and for an extra $30, ColorWare will also paint the AirPod Charging Case. Along with a custom color, users can also choose a matte or gloss finish, for a set of AirPods that are totally unique.

To paint various products, ColorWare fully disassembles them and carefully custom paints each individual...

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14:34
What a Digital Avatar Patent Might Mean for Apple...

The latest patent filing (via RedmondPie) that the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office granted Apple is centered around digital avatars. It mentions how an editing environment could let people create a “representation of their alter ego.” It sounds like Apple has bigger ideas though. Andrew Orr dives in and gives us his speculations.


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14:33
ColorWare introduces ability to customize AirPods in...

One of the more common requests for AirPods has been additional color options. Apple only offers them in the standard white option, but concepts have imagined AirPods in such colors as Jet Black.

Now, popular aftermarket coloring service ColorWare has announced the ability to customize AirPods with 58 different color options…

more…

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14:24
Hands-on: Transcend’s JetDrive Go brings Lightning-...

If you own an iOS device with a lower tier of storage — 16, 32, or even 64 GB — then you may know how annoying it is to have to micromanage your device’s storage. Not only can managing storage be tedious, but it can be downright frustrating when you don’t have enough storage space to take a photo or video.

Unfortunately, once you’ve decided on a particular amount of storage, you’re stuck with that decision for the lifetime of the device. That’s where a product like Transcend’s JetDrive Go hopes to supplement your iPhone’s meager storage capacity, as it brings Lightning-enabled external flash storage to iOS devices. more…

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14:18
Fitbit paid just $23 million for Pebble

The price tag was just $23 million, according to figures disclosed Wednesday as part of Fitbit’s quarterly earnings report. Fitbit also spent $15 million on the assets of Vector Watch, another smartwatch company.

I’m not sure that Fitbit can do any more with Pebble than what Pebble did.

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14:16
Tristar Capital buys 15-acre office campus currently...

Tristar Capital has paid $290.7 million for a 15-acre office campus in Sunnyvale currently leased by Apple, reports the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Rockwood Capital was the seller and Palo Alto-based Dostart Development Co. managed the property. The buildings are located at 410-430 North Mary Ave. in Sunnyvale. It’s likely that Apple sold the property to move personnel and assets into its Apple Park campus, which will open in April.

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14:07
5 iMazing Tricks Make Syncing Your iOS Device Fun

When you get right down to it, iTunes is pretty bloated for the limited usefulness is provides. Jeff Butts has been exploring iMazing, a potential replacement for synchronizing iOS devices with the desktop, and has some tips and tricks that show how powerful this iTunes alternative can be.


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13:53
Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 22, 2017

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

macOS Apps/Updates

Ben Software has rolled out SecuritySpy 4.1, an update to the multi-camera CCTV software for the Mac.

With features such as motion detection, flexible video/audio capture, and remote monitoring and configuration, SecuritySpy is designed for demanding video surveillance applications. The new version — a free upgrade for 4.x license holders — provides new, joystick-like PTZ controls, a new email relay service, UPnP support for automatic router configuration, higher-resolution thumbnails for captured footage, improved ONVIF auto-discovery, and more.

Pricing depends on the number of cameras used, ranging from approximately $42 for the single-camera version to $90 for the unlimited-camera version....

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13:40
Review: PureGear PureSwitch HomeKit-enabled Wireless...

One of the interesting things we've seen with HomeKit is how many small but established iOS accessory makers have chosen to branch out beyond their core business of speakers and cases and dip their feet into the home automation space that was once only the purview of the large home technology companies. The most recent example of this is PureGear, a company well known for its wide range of iPhone cases and screen protectors, which has now released its first electronic accessory in the form of the PureSwitch Wireless Smart Plug ($40), a HomeKit-enabled power outlet that can be used to control any appliance that plugs into a standard outlet. {/exp:char_limit}
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12:50
Apple's New Spaceship Campus Gets a Name, Lifts...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Apple has been building its giant new "spaceship" campus in the company's hometown of Cupertino, California, since December of 2013, and since then fans have paid obsessive attention to the structure. It gets buzzed by drones constantly, and the most popular YouTube videos of the building in progress have amassed well over half-a-million views apiece. The company announced today that the campus will be open to employees starting in April and that the building and environs now have a name: Apple Park. Apple says that moving the 12,000 employees who will work at the campus will take more than six months, and landscaping and construction on some buildings won't be done until the summer. The new campus mostly replaces the university-style Infinite Loop campus Apple has used since 1993, though Apple has said that it will also be keeping the older buildings. The new campus' cost has been estimated at around $5 billion. Apple will...

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12:49
News: ResearchKit study conducted using Apple Watch...

The American Academy of Neurology has announced the recent conclusion of a ResearchKit study in which an Apple Watch app was used to track seizures in people with epilepsy. According to a preliminary study of the results scheduled to be presented at the Academy’s Annual Meeting in April, the research found that the most frequent triggers for seizures were stress and missed sleep. The ten-month study involved 598 volunteers who agreed to use…

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12:48
The Pros and Cons of Legacy Apple Products Going...

It seems that there is just as much fuss about Apple products that seem to be on the verge of extinction as there is about exciting new products. John looks at the economics and psychology of Apple dropping beloved products like certain Macs, Airport base stations, displays and other devices that we’ve come to depend on. Are we on the verge of a new age of Apple?


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12:48
Instagram's iPhone app adds support for...




Facebook's Instagram on Wednesday announced support for uploading up to 10 photos and videos in a single post, potentially radically changing how people use the social network.

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12:19
∞ 81 year old’s amazing guitar playing

Damn, I hope to still be walking at 81. Much respect.

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12:06
Rich Content Makes WhatsApp Look a Lot More Like...


Facebook has rolled out a WhatsApp update that could threaten Snapchat's share of the mobile app messaging market. The update allows WhatsApp users to share photos and videos through the app's status area. Moreover, like WhatsApp text messages, content shared through status updates is protected by end-to-end encryption. End-to-end encryption is a key distinction between WhatsApp and its competitors, noted Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT. "That's an important point for people sharing private messages with individuals and groups."

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12:04
Amazon gives everyone a discount on purchases today

Celebrating its 86.27 score in the Harris Corporate Reputation Poll, Amazon is giving everyone a discount of $8.62 on orders of $50 or more today only. Hey, celebrate whatever you want if I can save money.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:04
How to make your Apple Watch battery last longer




For some heavy Apple Watch users constantly checking their wrists, Apple's wearable device may not quite provide the 18-hour battery life the company advertises. For Apple Watch addicts, AppleInsider offers a handful of simple things you can do to squeeze some extra time out of your battery.

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12:04
New ransomware program for macOS dubbed ‘Patcher’...

A new file-encrypting ransomware program for macOS is being distributed through BitTorrent websites, and users who fall victim to it won’t be able to recover their files, even if they pay, reports Macworld.

Written in Apple’s Swift programming language and dubbed “Patcher,” OSX/Filecoder.E masquerades as a cracking tool for commercial software like Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Microsoft Office for Mac and is being distributed as a BitTorrent download, the article adds. 

The application is generally poorly coded, ESET researchers said in a blog post. The window has a transparent background, which can be quite distracting or confusing, and it’s impossible to reopen the window if it is closed.

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11:44
iOS: Turn Safari Into a Simple RSS Reader

If you’ve found modern feed readers too cumbersome or full-featured for your use, you might be in the camp that just needs a bare-bones feed reader. Thanks to an often-overlooked feature in Safari for iOS, you’ve already got one. Jeff Butts shows you how to use it in this Quick Tip.


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11:22
Hands-on with Nomad’s Midnight Blue Horween Leather...

Last fall we showed you Nomad’s Horween Leather Case for iPhone 7 Plus which is a sturdy alternative to Apple’s similar cases, and now Nomad is back with a new Midnight Blue color joining the existing Rustic Brown option. This time we’re checking out Nomad’s $50 Leather Folio Wallet iPhone 7 Plus case which is wrapped in Horween Leather with Nomad’s new blue.

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11:19
Field Notes Utility Edition

“Utility” features your choice of two often-requested but rarely-available body pages: Engineer Graph or Ledger. Engineer Graph features an 1/8-inch grid with bolder lines each half-inch. It awaits your schematics, assembly drawings, geometry homework, or dungeon maps. The Ledger version, of course, is ultra-handy for mileage logs, parts lists, to-do lists, or any sort of handwritten accounting.

I’ve used these notebooks for years for all of my interviews and notes while on the road. I’d highly recommend them.

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11:10
iPhone Owners in US Spent $40 Each on Apps in 2016

Zoey Chong, writing for CNET: iPhone users in the US are spending more and more on apps and in-app purchases. Spending climbed to an average of $40 per person last year, according to research released Monday by Sensor Tower. This is up from $35 in 2015. Gaming continued to lead the way, accounting for more than 80 percent of Apple App Store revenue in the US. Spending in that category increased from $25 on average per person in 2015 to $27 last year. This may not be the biggest surprise, given that 2016 witnessed the rise of Pokemon Go, which crossed $1 billion in revenue worldwide last month.


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11:06
Verizon to offer 5G to select customers

New 5G networks are expected to provide speeds at least 10 times and up to maybe 100 times faster than today’s 4G networks, with the potential to connect at least 100 billion devices with download speeds that can reach 10 gigabits per second.

Those are impressive speeds.

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10:58
New macOS ransomware spotted in the wild

A new file-encrypting ransomware program for macOS is being distributed through BitTorrent websites, and users who fall victim to it won’t be able to recover their files, even if they pay.

Crypto ransomware programs for macOS are rare. This is the second such threat found in the wild so far, and it’s a poorly designed one. The program was named OSX/Filecoder.E by the malware researchers from antivirus vendor ESET who found it.

OSX/Filecoder.E masquerades as a cracking tool for commercial software like Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Microsoft Office for Mac and is being distributed as a BitTorrent download. It is written in Apple’s Swift programming language by what appears to be an inexperienced developer, judging from the many mistakes made in its implementation.

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10:52
What Apple TV Could’ve Been – TMO Daily Observations...

There’s a new set top box coming that shows what Apple TV could’ve been. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to take a look at Caavo and its promise to unify our TV viewing experience.


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10:44
Tinderbox 7.0.0 - Store and organize your notes,...

Tinderbox is a personal content management assistant. It stores your notes, ideas, and plans. It can help you organize and understand them. And Tinderbox helps you share ideas through Web journals and Web logs.

Tinderbox's agents automatically scan your notes, looking for patterns and building relationships. Agents help discover relationships and help make sure important things don't get lost. Agents are easy to make and easy to modify. They're flexible and powerful. And Tinderbox can even gather and update changing information and breaking news from the Internet.

When it's time to share your notes, Tinderbox can assemble multiple notes into one page. Updates are a breeze -- even if you update several times a day. Private notes, timestamps, permanent links, archives: everything you want, just the way you want it.



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Note: Version 7 is a paid upgrade from previous versions.

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10:43
Your LG UltraFine 5K need repair? You’ll go several...

If you have a LG UltraFine 5K display that has shielding issues and want it fixed, be prepared to go several days without an external display. After you contact LG support and enter lots of info, you’ll be emailed a shipping label to return the monitor for repair.

However, that repair will take 7-10 days. This involves a hardware problem in which Wi-Fi routers within two feet of the display may result in signal interference issues. The LG UltraFine 5K Display can be effectively unusable if placed near a router with some kind of radio interference causing the monitor to regularly black out and hang a connected MacBook Pro. 

Apple has delayed shipments for LG UltraFine 5K, a 27-inch model touted as the perfect display for 2016 MacBook Pros, and removed in store pickup options. New orders for the monitor will ship out in five to six weeks.

Apple reportedly co-developed the UltraFine 5K with LG. However,...

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10:41
Apple’s new spaceship campus gets a name, lifts off...

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Apple has been building its giant new "spaceship" campus in the company's hometown of Cupertino, California, since December of 2013, and since then fans have paid obsessive attention to the structure. It gets buzzed by drones constantly, and the most popular YouTube videos of the building in progress have amassed well over half-a-million views apiece. The company announced today that the campus will be open to employees starting in April and that the building and environs now have a name: Apple Park.

Apple says that moving the 12,000 employees who will work at the campus will take more than six months, and landscaping and construction on some buildings won't be done until the summer. The new campus mostly...

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10:30
Strava adds support for iPhone-free running &...




Via an update, Strava's signature fitness app now makes use of the GPS on the Apple Watch Series 2 -- allowing activity tracking without carrying an iPhone along, the developer has announced.

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09:59
iOS 10 on 79% of active iOS devices

iOS 10 is now installed on 79% of active iOS devices, according to the latest adoption data shared by Apple. Sixteen percent are using iOS 9 and 5% are using an earlier version.

iOS 10.3 is currently in beta testing. The upgrade updates the file structure on an iOS device to the Apple File System (APFS). AFPS is optimized for Flash/SSD storage and features “strong encryption, copy-on-write metadata, space sharing, cloning for files and directories, snapshots, fast directory sizing, atomic safe-save primitives, and improved file system fundamentals.”

iOS 10.3 also includes a new "Find My AirPods" ability, additions to Siri, CarPlay improvements, and some changes to Maps. What’s more, Apple says that by the time iOS 10.3 is available to customers, developers will be able to respond to customer reviews on the Apple App Store.

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09:50
“Make Me a Cocktail” suggests drink recipes based on...

When I was younger, the only alcohol I ever had in my fridge was beer. But I’ve amassed a little bit of a liquor cabinet at home so a tool like this is handy when I’m want something different but aren’t sure what to make or how to make it.

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09:34
News: Instagram adds ability to include up to 10...

Instagram has rolled out an update to its iOS app today allowing users to include up to 10 photos or videos in a single post. When uploading photos, a new icon in the bottom right of the photo offers the option “select multiple,” after which users can choose to apply a filter to all the images/videos at once or edit each individually. The posts will all share the same caption and can only be square shaped for the time being. The first…

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09:31
9to5Toys Lunch Break: DJI Phantom 4 $799, Honeywell...

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