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Wednesday April 26

10:51
Alleged iPhone 8 Schematic Depicts Dual-Lens...

Another alleged iPhone 8 schematic is making the rounds today, shared on Twitter by several "leakers" who often share alleged leaked device images sourced from Weibo and unnamed tipsters. KK Leaks, OnLeaks, and Benjamin Geskin have all tweeted the image, which comes from an unknown source.

It is not clear if the schematic is legitimate, and we're at the point in the rumor cycle where it's difficult to separate what's real from what's fake, so it's best to view all current leaks with some skepticism.

This is a tipped leak what means I can't confirm if legit or not but there you have it... #iPhone8...

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10:50
∞ Using an Apple Watch without an iPhone

I recently switched to the gorgeous new iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED, but one thing I didn’t do is setup my Apple Watch with the iPhone. It was a simple oversight, but I realized very quickly how much I’ve come to rely on the Apple Watch/iPhone combination in my daily life. […]

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10:43
The Onion: Metallica Board Of Directors debate new...

The Onion is just brilliant sometimes.

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10:32
Reddit is stripping away some of its personality

Reddit's default design is a throwback to simpler times on the internet. However, moderators on the site's numerous subreddits put a bunch of work into making sure their communities stand out from each other by employing CSS (cascading style sheets)...

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10:17
Amazon’s Echo Look takes outfit photos and suggests...

There has never been a product less suited to me. That being said, I think Amazon will sell a lot of these to budding and wannabe fashionistas.

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10:16
'Call of Duty: WWII' takes you back to...

Call of Duty: WWII will launch November 3rd on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. As you might expect, the game takes place largely in Europe between 1944 and 1945, ultimately pushing toward Germany after fighting through Nazi reinforcements on Normandy...

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10:10
How Apple's 'iPhone 8' could improve...




The hurdles to better battery life in modern devices are both technical, in terms of power consumption, and physical, as limited by space available. Apple's upcoming "iPhone 8" is rumored to address both of those issues, potentially allowing for longer battery life than ever.

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10:09
Apple Watch NikeLab featured in hands-on ahead of...

Last week Nike unveiled its latest collaboration with Apple: Apple Watch NikeLab. Now the limited edition Apple Watch Series 2 has been featured in a Highsnobiety hands-on shoot ahead of its upcoming release.

more…

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10:03
Blue Jays player scores with unbelievable flying...
10:00
'The Protectors' shows how VR can help...

At first, the elephant looks like it's asleep. But then you notice it has stumps where there should be feet. Its tusks have been sawed off. And there are countless maggots crawling along a gaping hole in its face. It's a horrifying image as I describ...

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09:47
Final Cut Pro X now has over 2 million users, Apple...




Final Cut Pro X -- once a controversial redesign of Apple's professional video editing suite -- has topped 2 million users, the company announced at this week's National Association of Broadcasters conference in Las Vegas.

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09:40
The first 4K livestream from space starts at 1:30PM...

Astronaut Peggy Whitson has already broken plenty of new ground in her current role as a commander aboard the International Space Station, but she's about to break some more. As promised, Whitson will star in the first-ever 4K livestream from space t...

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09:37
Apple has interestingly updated their 'Mac Pro...

At the top of the month we were surprised to learn that Apple was dumping their Mac Pro Circular Tower for an all-new modular desktop design for some time in 2018 or later. According to Phil Schiller, Apple is currently working on their "highest-end, high-throughput desktop system." To go along with this all new design is Apple's newly filed 'Mac Pro' trademark update. Apple has to legally update their trademark if the 'Mac Pro' is going to support or introduce new components, systems or features not currently covered by their current 'Mac Pro' trademark. Some of the entries in Apple's filing are very exciting, as they cover Augmented Reality displays and more.

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09:31
9to5Toys Lunch Break: SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB Flash...

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09:23
Google Home has 5 million recipe options for your...

Google has been rapidly adding new features to its Home connected speaker recently, and the latest will be handy for chefs. Google Home can now read out recipes step-by-step -- but it sounds like you'll need to kick off the process using your smartph...

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09:19
Amazon Echo Look and iOS app judges your wardrobe...




On Wednesday, Amazon expanded its Alexa family of devices with the Echo Look -- a voice recognition device with a camera tailored to snapping a shot of your outfit, rating it, and giving you alternate choices in conjunction with an iOS app.

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09:03
NAB 2017: Apple announces 2 milion users of Final...

Final Cut Pro X first made it to the Mac about five and a half years ago to a largely negative user base. Those who complained about the removal of core features from version 7 and the addition of a completely redesigned user interface apparently got over their initial distates for the app, as it was announced at NAB 2017 that the app now has two million users.

Richard Taylor, host of a series of Final Cut Pro X videos on YouTube, caught the announcement on video:

Of interest in the announcement was word that it took less time for Final Cut Pro X to grow from 1 to 2 million users than it took to capture the first million. That indicates a growing acceptance of the tool in the video editing field as well as a larger user base for the pro app. The addition of many third-party plugins for Final Cut Pro X as well as acceptance of the revised UI after over five years has made...

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08:59
Tesla Model S safety concerns cost it Consumer...

Consumer Reports and Tesla really aren't getting along well lately. The what-should-I-buy magazine has lowered the ratings of Tesla's Model S and Model X after noting that a promised automatic emergency braking feature (originally due by the end of 2...

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08:55
iPhone 8 Smokes Samsung Galaxy S8 in Leaked...

How fast is the iPhone 8? If a Geekbench performance test screenshot that just surfaced is to be believed, it blows the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S8 out of the water. The reported results have some other interesting tidbits, too, like a really tall screen aspect ratio.


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08:50
Apple’s New Clips App Is iMovie for the Social Age

Apple’s new Clips app for iOS is a video-editing app like iMovie, but it’s loaded with emojis and other zany features like those in Snapchat and other social video apps. Clips is fun, but limited and opaque in some ways.

 

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08:38
Robbers nab $24K worth of Apple goods in Corte...

Apple devices usually come with a "Designed in California" label. Now 17 iPhones, three iPads, and two Macs can wear the "Stolen in California" label, as the devices were stolen from an Apple retail outlet at The Village at Corte Madera mall in Corte Madera, CA. 

The devices are valued at $24,000, and were stolen shortly after the store closed at 8 PM on Monday, April 24. Five robbers who were described as being in their late teens or early 20s made the heist, and were later spotted by a security guard running towards the rear of a nearby Macy's store. Apparently there were still customers in the store at the time. 

A tweet by ABC7 news reporter Amy Hollyfield shows the empty tabletops: 

Look at the empty counter at the Corte Madera Apple Store. Police say 5 thieves grabbed about $24k worth of products and took off...

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08:38
FDA: Stop buying miracle cancer drugs on Instagram

The FDA has issued a warning to social media users not to be taken in by miracle cures hawked on the internet. The agency found 14 companies that made fraudulent, outrageous claims about the power of their medicines on platforms like Facebook and Ins...

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08:22
Google Maps on iPhone adds parking reminders,...

Google Maps for iPhone (free) has a new feature that's been in Apple Maps for a while; the ability to set parking reminders automatically or manually. 

Those who are using Apple CarPlay or the like to pair to a car via USB or Bluetooth should find that Maps places a pin on a parking location automatically when a phone is disconnected. If that doesn't work for you -- say, the parking location is never accurate enough -- you can disable autosave through the options on the blue dot that marks a user's current location.

Manual addition of a parking spot is done by tapping on the blue dot or by adding a red "pin", then tapping on the menu at upper right to "Set as parking location". 

In addition, there's now a new "Directions widget" that provides users with directions right on the lock screen (see image above). With a tap, both the starting and ending...

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08:21
Amazon Echo Look is a voice-controlled camera for...

Amazon's Echo smart speakers just went in an unusual (but potentially very helpful) new direction. Meet Echo Look, an Alexa-powered camera designed around taking your own fashion photos and videos. If you want to show off your daily wardrobe, you j...

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08:06
Trump proves a boon for Twitter growth as service...

Wednesday morning, Twitter held its shareholders meeting for Q1 2017 results. Pointing to the changes it introduced to fight abusive accounts, pulling @names from a Tweet’s character count, and building out an API were all reported as contributing factors for monthly active user growth. A key area that may have contributed to the 9 million new users seen in Q1 was the vocal political leaders on the platform like President Donald Trump.

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08:02
Uber highlights your rating to make you a better...

It's no secret that Uber assigns star ratings to passengers as well as drivers, but finding your passenger rating has practically required a small mining expedition. After today, though, you'll hardly have to lift a finger to understand your reputati...

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07:54
Apple Pay with Touch ID is in the crosshairs of a...

As my vacationing blog partner Dennis Sellers would say, "another day, another lawsuit." Today's lawsuit against Apple is from the trollishly named Pen-One Acquisition Group, which says that Apple infringed its patent titled "Pen-based transponder identity verification system." The patent describes a point of sale system using a stylus or fingerprint signature, and Pen-One Acquisition Group says that any Apple device using Touch ID to make a purchase infringes on its patent.

The complaint covers the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPad, iPad mini and iPad Pro, all of which have Touch ID authentication and can be used to make purchases with Apple Pay. 

The abstract for the patent in question says "This pen-based, identity verification uses biometric technology. For use...

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07:44
Google Maps adds parking reminders on Apple's...




Taking a cue from Apple Maps, Google has updated its own Maps app for the iPhone with support for parking reminders, including both manual and automatic options.

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07:43
Uber wants to encourage ‘better rider behavior’ by...

You’ve always been able to rate your driver in Uber and see their star average before using the ride-sharing service, but Uber hasn’t easily exposed your star average intentionally before. Now Uber says it is rolling out an update to make your passenger rating visible in its app to encourage better rider behavior.

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07:42
ESPN fires 100 on-air personalities, will focus on...

ESPN has announced some upcoming changes for the network today, including informing employees that 100 on-air talent positions will be cut as the company refocuses its content strategy. It also announced new features coming for the ESPN apps today, which is available to iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV users as well as on other platforms.

more…

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07:42
VR's latest victim: 'live' standup...

Comedy Living Room started in 2012 as a way for emerging stand-ups to try out gags in the safety of a friend's living room. Now, the event is embracing virtual reality, enabling everyone to watch a low-fi comedy gig in someone else's living room whil...

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07:32
Apple Pay using Touch ID is targeted in new Patent...

Pen-One Acquisition Group has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple for infringing their 2007 patent titled "Pen-based transponder identity verification system." The patent covers a point of sales system that uses a stylus signature and/or a fingerprint signature. The company claims that Apple Pay ...

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07:30
The web’s best hidden gems

Lots and lots of great links to explore.

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07:23
Apple's HomeKit accessory list updated with new...




Apple has updated its curated page of HomeKit-compatible devices, notably adding the as-yet unreleased Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat, and removing a Bluetooth extender and a Lightwave to HomeKit bridge.

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07:17
Confused Powermat CEO Says Apple Announced iPhone 8...

If you want to hype your company’s new Chairman of the Board, announcing the next iPhone will have wireless charging support probably isn’t the best strategy. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what Powermat CEO Elad Dubzinski did.


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07:06
Dual cameras could be just the start, suggests CNET...

The move by Apple and other smartphone manufacturers to dual cameras could be just the start, suggests a CNET piece. It argues that future smartphones could have three, four, five or more cameras …

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07:00
A Fitbit helped police arrest a man for his wife’s...

BuzzFeed:

A Connecticut man was charged with murdering his wife after police analyzed the woman’s Fitbit and found the device recorded her movements after the time the man told investigators she was fatally shot by a home intruder.

Imagine the shock on this guy’s face when they laid this out for him. Like an episode of Elementary.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:00
Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble brings the animated show...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

I love Yo-Kai Watch, so naturally I had to download Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble, a casual match-3 style game with bright, adorable graphics, an energetic soundtrack, and plenty of levels to keep you occupied.

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06:51
How to save your parking spot in Google Maps

Update, 4/26/17: The article has been updated with additional information now that the parking feature is out of beta testing.

Google Maps is finally starting to understand the headache that is parking. Earlier this year it added a parking availability feature that let you know how hard it would be to find a spot at your destination, but the latest addition to Maps is one we’ve been waiting years to get.

Google has long offered a parking reminder card in Google Now, but it’s always been kind of flaky (and never really belonged there). With the latest version of Maps on iOS and Android, Google is giving it a new home, right inside the Maps app. And it's a snap to use. When you tap the blue location dot on the map on...

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06:48
Apple releases Live Photos API, add Live Photos to...

The details and live examples are here. To bring the sample pictures to life, hover over the “Live” box in the upper-right corner.

The key is a chunk of JavaScript wrapped up in a library called LivePhotosKit. Read more about LivePhotosKit here.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:41
News: Apple executive talks using AI to boost human...

Apple executive and AI expert Tom Gruber told the crowd at the TED conference that he sees artificial intelligence providing a boost to human memory in the future, Axios reports. He was hesitant to make predictions about the specific technology that would be involved, but Gruber said in the near future computer intelligence could help people clearly remember everything from people they met only once to food they ate years ago. While privacy would…

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06:40
BusyCal 3.1.7 - Powerful calendar app with multiple...

BusyCal is an award-winning desktop calendar that combines personal productivity features for individuals with powerful calendar sharing capabilities for families and workgroups. Its unique features include a non-modal Info Panel for easier data entry; To Dos that display in the calendar and auto-forward until completed; repeating To Dos; customizable calendar views including a List view and scrolling Month and Week views; adjustable font styles and sizes, live weather feeds, moon phases, graphics, sticky notes and more. And when you first launch BusyCal, all of your iCal data is instantly imported. BusyCal automatically syncs with iCal, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and other apps and devices that sync with MobileMe or Sync Services. If you later decide to switch back to iCal, all of your calendar data will be current.

BusyCal allows families and workgroups to share calendars with MobileMe, Google Calendar, iCal Server, and other CalDAV Servers. You can even...

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06:35
CNBC: Fluent survey shows “Customer excitement for...

CNBC:

According to a new survey, individuals who did not already own Apple’s smartwatch were unenthusiastic about buying one anytime soon, while just 8 percent of those surveyed said they planned to make the purchase.

A total of 1,339 consumers were polled by consumer marketing firm Fluent for the survey.

“Customer excitement for the Apple Watch has plateaued since hitting the market in 2015. Only current owners think it’s a great product, but nearly half of them don’t plan on upgrading,” a Fluent spokeswoman said in an email.

I think it’s hard to draw these sorts of conclusions about a market that is so young and still growing, still finding its way. Add to that that the Apple Watch is a secondary device, designed to augment the iPhone, at least for most people. Apple Watch sales are gravy for Apple, enhancing iPhone sales numbers, helping add value to the ecosystem.

As to upgrading, I’d say give that time, time for the Apple Watch and watchOS to...

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06:23
Instagram touts 700 million users, 100 million added...

Instagram has become quite competitive lately with new features that take on Snapchat directly, and now the social network has shared that it has 700 million users which is a new milestone. Instagram made the announcement in a blog post this morning:

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06:22
$24K worth of products stolen in 2nd recent robbery...




Robbers reportedly struck an Apple outlet in Corte Madera, Calif. this week, stealing some $24,000 worth of goods just months after a previous raid on the store.

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06:17
Comment: Today at Apple will convert a fairly well-...

When Angela Ahrendts spoke to CBS about a new Apple Store initiative called Today at Apple, I was initially a little confused. What she described as something new at first sounded pretty much identical to something that has existed for many years: free workshops at Apple Stores.

Rebranding and promoting the workshop would make sense, of course. Many Apple customers seem entirely unaware that the workshops exist, while others know about the basic ones but not the more advanced sessions.

This was made clear to me when I mentioned on Facebook that I was attending a Final Cut Pro workshop at Apple’s Regent Street store in London, and several friends told me they had no idea these existed. Even among 9to5Mac readers, there were similar comments when I mentioned them in my...

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06:10
∞ Video shows expressions on one person transferred...

[VIDEO] Watch the video in the main Loop post and notice that the person on the left is not moving, is relatively expressionless. The person on the right is moving their face.

Now switch your gaze to the two screens in the video. Note that the video of the person on the left has the expressions of the person on the right.

Like the post from Monday where an AI was used to speak using someone else’s voice, this has potential badness and chicanery written all over it.

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06:02
Apple’s newest Middle East Apple Store, Apple Dubai...

Check out the images in the press release. I love the animated GIF toward the bottom of the release that shows the “solar wings” opening and closing. Apple Stores sometimes seem, to me, like sculptures.

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06:00
Apple Dubai Mall opens April 27

Apple has premiered its newest store in the Middle East, Apple Dubai Mall, with a 186-foot curved storefront and balcony overlooking Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain. 

Envisioned as a space for the community to gather, learn and be entertained, Apple Dubai Mall will serve as a venue to watch the spectacular evening fountain shows and host Apple’s new global in-store experience, "Today at Apple," said Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail.

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06:00
Report Claims that the Galaxy S8 with Gigabit LTE...

Last week PhoneBuff presented their annual smartphone speed tests and this year's Galaxy S8+ vs. the iPhone 7 Plus showed Apple's smartphone the clear winner when it comes to opening a series of applications. Now a new report strikes back claiming that Apple's iPhone 8 may not support Qualcomm's new Gigabit LTE modem leaving the iPhone at a definite disadvantage. CNBC framed it this way: "The next iPhone may not be able to hold a candle to the Galaxy S8 when it comes to how fast you'll be able to download music and movies or surf the web."

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06:00
BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage...

We have a deal on the BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter. It’s a power strip that comes with adapters for EU, UK, US, and AU outlets, and it has USB ports, too. Amazon has it for $42.99, but our deal is even better: $34.99.


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06:00
News: Daily Deal: BESTEK Portable International...

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering the BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter for only $34.99 — that’s 41% off the regular price. This four-adapter voltage converter lets you continue using your personal devices in just about any country you find yourself. The single device provides a collection of three standard North American AC outlets and four USB ports — including two supporting 2.4A charging — so you can…

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05:57
‘Today at Apple’ launches in May

Apple has announced plans to launch dozens of new educational sessions next month in all 495 Apple Stores ranging in topics from photo and video to music, coding, art and design, and more.

The hands-on sessions, collectively called “Today at Apple,” will be led by highly-trained team members, and in select cities world-class artists, photographers and musicians, teaching sessions from basics and how-to lessons to professional-level programs.

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05:53
China hits 836M 4G users as Apple faces app battles...

The world’s largest LTE network keeps growing. The Chinese government announced today that the country now has 836M 4G users.

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05:53
Matrox Video unveils X.mio3 and DSX LE4 developer...

Matrox Video (www.matrox.com) is introducing a new full-height form factor with regular size BNC connectors to their lineup of developer products. Available as the X.mio3 FH and DSX LE4 FH, the cards support four reconfigurable IOs plus genlock capabilities simplifying connection compatibility and providing flexibility for system integrators.

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05:49
MovieBriefs 3.0.1 now available in the Mac App Store

Einstein's legacy has released MovieBriefs 3.0.1, an upgrade of the video transformation app for macOS. It creates a contact sheet that summarizes all or part of your movie.

The resulting image can be inspected or shared. The 3.0.1 update introduces a new workflow for creating on-demand summaries, a new project format, better high-resolution drawing and improved social media connectivity.

MovieBriefs requires macOS 10.11 or later. It costs $9.99 and is available worldwide exclusively from the Mac App Store in the Video category.

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05:45
IGG Software releases Banktivity 6 for macOS

IGG Software has announced Banktivity 6 (https://www.iggsoftware.com/banktivity/), a new version of its personal financial manager for macOS.

The new version, designed from the ground up, brings requested features like workspaces, tags, quick reports, new Portfolio feature and other improvements. It makes it easier for customers to take control of their finances, says IGG President and founder Ian Gillespie.

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05:39
AirPort Utility: Adjusting Basestation Preferences (...

Melissa Holt’s Quick Tip for today is all about some changes you could make to the way AirPort Utility works for any networks you manage. If you don’t want your users installing new firmware at random, then this article’ll show you one way you could avoid that!


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05:26
Apple announces it has two million Final Cut Pro X...

Apple has announced that it now has two million Final Cut Pro X users – or ‘seats,’ in the terminology used when speaking to an audience at the National Association of Broadcasters’ annual conference.

Apple said that it hit the milestone some five and a half years after launching version 10 of the professional video editing app. Notably, it said that the pace of adoption was increasing. While the company didn’t provide specific dates, it said that it had taken much less time to grow from 1M to 2M users than it had taken to hit that first million.

The milestone is significant given initial reactions to the app …

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05:18
Lyn 1.8.9 - Lightweight image browser and viewer.

Lyn is a fast, lightweight image browser and viewer designed for photographers, graphic artists, and Web designers. Featuring an extremely versatile and aesthetically pleasing interface, it delivers an easy-to-use geotagging technology and a complete solution for sharing your photographs. The new editing inspector gives you everything to turn your shots into great photos. Adjust exposure, color temperature, brightness, and contrast, or reveal image details with highlight and shadow adjustments. You can experiment and convert your color photos to black and white, try a classic sepia tone, or add a vignette.

Lyn natively supports all popular image formats like JPEG, TIFF, JPEG 2000, PNG, PPM, TGA, RAW, HDR, OpenEXR, animated GIF, and any other image format supported by OS X. It also integrates a movie player to watch camera recordings.

Features

  • Progressive display, on single- or multiple-monitor configurations, of images of virtually any...
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05:15
Notebooks and tablets may be banned from cabin...

The U.S. ban on notebooks and tablets in the cabin of certain inbound international flights may be extended to European countries, including the UK. Any electronic device larger than a phone would have to be placed in hold baggage.

The ban, which currently extends to flights from 10 airports, mostly from the Middle East and North Africa, was introduced last month with the Department of Homeland Security stating that it was in response to intelligence suggesting that terrorists planned to smuggle explosives inside certain consumer electronics.

A new report from The Guardian has stated that the Trump administration is “considering” extending the ban to inbound flights from Europe.

The Department of Homeland Security offered the following comment:

“We’ve said we will continue to evaluate the threat environment and make determinations based on that assessment, but we have not made any decisions on expanding the current restrictions against large electronic...

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05:00
Apple to launch “Today at Apple” workshops beginning...

Apple is looking to make its retail locations the places to be for educational events.

The company has announced that it plans to launch a new series of education sessions at its stores dubbed “Today at Apple,” retail head Angela Ahrendts revealed on Tuesday.

The program will roll out across all of Apple’s retail locations as part of an effort to manufacture “town squares” wherein customers engage with their communities and their devices. Visitors should be able to attend classes, complete with Apple’s new “creative pro” staffers skilled in fields like music and photography.

The company has long held workshops and other events at its stores, and it’s not yet clear how Today at Apple will distinguish itself.

Under Ahrendts’ guidance, Apple has worked to retool its retail design and operations. As such, many locations have added trees, wooden shelves, oversized video screens, new conference rooms and new work roles for staff. More controversially...

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05:00
iOS 10 & Objective-C Complete Developer Course,...

One of the most comprehensive developer courses we've had in the store has just arrived in the Apple World Today Deals Shop. Aaron Caines of Geeky Lemon Development has been an iOS developer for seven years, and during that time he's also been an online instructor. You can benefit from Aaron's experience creating apps with the iOS 10 & Objective-C Complete Developer Course, on sale for $88.

In this online training, you'...

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04:34
Lights, camera …the top 7 trends in corporate video...

By Vern Oakley

We live in a visual society, and increasingly a video society. The corporate world knows this, and is leveraging video for uses other than just branding or marketing. Video is now often used to communicate important messages for moving people to action: for example, to invite investors to take a stake in your company, to encourage employees to rally around a strategy or initiative, or to recruit prospective employees.

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04:31
MMO/MOBA games to approach 25% of the $100 billion...

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) games such as World of Warcraft, and MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) games including DoTA 2, are to account for almost 25% of the digital games industry this year.

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04:23
Tweetbot 2.5 - Popular Twitter client.

Tweetbot is a full-featured OS X Twitter client with a lot of personality. Whether it's the meticulously-crafted interface, sounds and animation, or features like multiple timelines and column views, there's a lot to love about Tweetbot.

Features

  • Multiple Timelines. Quickly switch between your lists as your main timeline.
  • Multiple Windows and Columns. Display timelines from different accounts side by side.
  • Notification Center support.
  • Beautiful Retina graphics.
  • Mute filters lets you block messages from users without unfollowing them. You can also mute hashtags and specific keywords.
  • Sync timeline position, direct message read statuses, and mute filters between your Mac, iPhone, and iPad via iCloud.
  • Support for multiple services like Pocket, Instapaper, Readability, CloudApp, and Droplr.
  • Save drafts, add locations and POI's, attach photos/videos, manage your lists, and much more....
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04:17
Second burglary at Apple Store in Corte Madera,...

ABC7 News reports that an Apple Store in Corte Madera, California, was the subject of a second major theft in the space of a few months. On this occasion, police report that $24,000 worth of iPhones, iPads and Macs were stolen.

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04:06
Monolingual 1.7.8 - Remove unwanted OS X language...

Monolingual is a program for removing unnecesary language resources from OS X, in order to reclaim several hundred megabytes of disk space. If you use your computer in only one (human) language, you may not need to be taking up space on your hard drive with extraneous localization files. Monolingual will locate and eliminate these space-wasting files.

Monolingual was written by J. Schrier and I. Stein, and is released under the GNU General Public License. Source code is available.



Version 1.7.8:

  • Added Persian/Farsi translation



  • macOS 10.12 or later



Download Now]]>

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04:05
PDF Checkpoint can now split PDF files with...

Zevrix Solutions has announced PDF Checkpoint 1.7.21, a feature update to the PDF preflight and conversion solution.

The utility automatically preflights, saves as images, splits and optimizes multiple Adobe PDF files. The software can also convert PDF colors and helps users easily prepare files for print, web and mobile devices. Version 1.7.21 introduces automatic file renaming when splitting PDFs into pages in situations where files with original names already exist.

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03:53
Apple shows off Dubai Mall store with ‘stunning...

A day before the official opening, Apple invited local press to tour its latest retail store within the Dubai Mall in the United Arab Emirates. Headline features include views of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and a 180-feet wide motorized window comprising 18 carbon fiber panels.

To mitigate Dubai’s climate, Foster + Parters designed eighteen 37.5-foot-high motorized “Solar Wings” that respond to the ever-changing environmental conditions. When the sun is at its hottest they cool the store, and in the evenings they open to welcome everyone to the public terrace. Inspired by the the traditional Arabic Mashrabiya, each “Solar Wing” is locally fabricated from 340 carbon fiber reinforced polymer rods, and at 180 feet wide, the 18 panels make up one of the world’s largest kinetic art installations.

The store will also...

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03:45
New Apple Dubai Mall Store introduces Motorized...

Yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's Angela Ahrendts was in Dubai Tonight giving a Special Presentation to the Press on the New Apple Store and more." Late last night Apple posted a report on the new Apple Dubai Mall store, which has a 186-foot curved storefront and balcony overlooking Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain. One of the new features includes motorized windows that are referred to as Solar Wings

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03:45
Typinator 7.2

Improves speed of expansions and improves compatibility in Safari, Firefox, Outlook, and other third-party apps. (€24.99 new, free update, 8.1 MB)

 

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03:00
Little Flocker reincarnates as Xfence, a free beta...

When security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski took a job at Apple a few weeks ago, I heard from many people concerned about the future of his macOS app, Little Flocker, a tool that restricts apps and system processes access to files without permission. He was unable to talk details, but recently F-Secure, a leading security developer and analysis company, announced its purchase of Little Flocker, which it’s rebranded as Xfence.

I spoke to Sean Sullivan, security advisor at F-Secure, about the changeover and the general current set of risks to Mac users. He said Xfence, which was in release form as Little Flocker, will shift into a free beta mode for the foreseeable future. (Those who paid for a Little Flocker license will get some currently unspecified benefit as future pricing for Xfence and its inclusion in other products isn’t yet set. “Their license will carry through when...

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Tuesday April 25

23:00
NAB Show 2017: FeiyuTech iPhone gimbals




AppleInsider is on the scene at the 2017 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show with a look at some of the hottest gear designed to work with Apple products. In this video, we take a closer look at some of FeiyuTech's handheld iPhone gimbals.

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20:59
Dash 4.0.3 - Instant search and offline access to...

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

Features

  • Documentation Browser 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
Posterino 3.3.6 - Create posters, collages,...

Posterino offers enhanced customization and flexibility including a variety of new, stylish templates featuring grids of identical or odd-sized image boxes. You can customize the size and shape of these boxes at any time. And with a single click, the application will automatically fill those boxes with random images drawn from the photos you uploaded. If you prefer to manually select images, you can simply drag and drop images into the template.

Sharing your photos is quick and simple as well. You can directly upload your completed collages to your Facebook, Twitter or Flickr account from inside the app, and export photos to iPhoto and your email. Posterino also lets you create and send custom e-cards with your very own stamps and postmarks.

The new features of Posterino 3 are:

  • Improved workflow throughout: Adding, removing or creating image objects now results in an instant re-layout of your document.
  • New and improved content:...
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20:59
Apple Numbers 4.1.1 - Apple's spreadsheet app...

With Apple Numbers, sophisticated spreadsheets are just the start. The whole sheet is your canvas. Just add dramatic interactive charts, tables, and images that paint a revealing picture of your data. You can work seamlessly between Mac and iOS devices, and work effortlessly with people who use Microsoft Excel.



Version 4.1.1:

  • This update contains stability and performance improvements



  • OS X 10.12 or later



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20:59
Apple Pages 6.1.1 - Apple's word processor from...

Apple Pages is a powerful word processor that gives you everything you need to create documents that look beautiful. And read beautifully. It lets you work seamlessly between Mac and iOS devices, and even work effortlessly with people who use Microsoft Word.



Version 6.1.1:

  • This update contains stability and performance improvements



  • macOS 10.12 or later



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20:59
iClock Pro 3.4.9 - Customize your menubar clock.

iClock Pro is a menu bar replacement clock for Apple's default clock. iClock Pro is an update, total rewrite and improvement to the popular iClock. Have the day, date and time in different fonts and colors in the menubar. iClock is also a kind of centrally located time hub from which many time related functions can be controlled. iClock is an essential time utility for pilots, business people, travelers, and anyone who communicates with people in other time zones.

Features

  • See the day/date/time in the menubar in different fonts/colors/formats. Customize it as you wish
  • Gives an easily accessible, at a glance system menu view of times/timezones/dates in as many parts of the world as you want
  • Option click on the time/date in the menubar to see your stock portfolio with updates in near real time
  • Application menu just like there used to be in OS 9. On Intel Mac shows you which applications are running in Rosetta
  • ...
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20:59
Typinator 7.2 - Speedy and reliable text expansion...

Typinator turbo-charges your typing productivity.

Type a little. Typinator does the rest.

We've all faced projects that require repetitive typing tasks. With Typinator, you can store commonly used text and images in quick keywords and abbreviations. From email templates to code snippets to website URLs, there's no easier way to recreate repetitive text at a moment's notice.

Workflow-Friendly Features

  • Uncomplicated configuration. Quickly and easily create abbreviations and assign replacement text and pictures.
  • Simplified migration. If you already use TextExpander, TypeIt4Me, or a similar app, you can migrate to the highly praised Typinator using simple drag-and-drop importation methods.
  • Conversion options. Instantly convert currency values, measurement units and more.
  • Extensive app compatibility. Your text...
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20:59
ExpanDrive 5.4.6 - $49.99

ExpanDrive builds cloud storage in every application, acts just like a USB drive plugged into your Mac. With ExpanDrive, you can securely access any remote file server directly from the Finder or even the terminal. ExpanDrive supports:

  • SFTP/FTP/FTPS
  • Amazon S3
  • Dropbox
  • WebDAV
  • Rackspace Cloud Files
  • Openstack Swift
  • Dreamhost DreamObjects
  • Google Drive
  • OneDrive
  • Box.com
  • Copy.com
  • HP Helion
  • hubiC



Version 5.4.6:

Fixed

  • Fixed issue with file deletion on OneDrive/Sharepoint
  • Fixed issue with Sharepoint accounts that have no reportable quota
  • Improved Dropbox upload throughput
  • Small UI improvements to help keep Auth Window topmost



  • OS X 10.7 or later



Download Now...

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20:59
Espresso 5 - Powerful HTML, XML, CSS, and JavaScript...

Espresso is back. For people who make delightful, innovative, and fast websites -- in an app to match. Espresso helps you write, code, design, build, and publish with flair and efficiency. Sophisticated text features, amazing Live Preview with Browser Xray, CSSEdit tools, the Navigator, Dynamo auto-building, and Server Sync. Whether you're starting from scratch or tweaking a live site, Espresso has you covered.

Features

  • Browser Preview and Xray - Local project? Enjoy the best auto-refresh in the business. Xray your page layout to quickly edit relevant styles. The best part? It works in Chrome, Firefox and Safari (including Technology Preview).
  • Overrides with Live Styling and Xray - Change CSS for live sites and see your design update in real-time. No need to publish, reload or even save. Only Espresso makes playing with live projects this fun, easy and non-destructive.
  • CSSEdit Tools...
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20:59
Things 2.8.12 - Elegant personal task management.

Things is a task management solution that helps to organize your tasks in an elegant and intuitive way. Things combines powerful features with simplicity through the use of tags and its intelligent filter bar. A Leopard style source list allows for quick and easy focusing. Together with a beautiful user interface, Things aims at the seemingly impossible: making task management both easy and fun.

Our screencast is a great introduction.

  • The big picture. A Leopard-style source list lets you easily focus without ever switching view modes or wrapping your head around filter criteria.
  • A magical tag bar automatically appears when needed and adapts to the currently displayed list. It lets you drill down even the longest list of To-Dos. Hierarchical tags? We got you covered!
  • Teamwork. Things offers convenient collaboration features. Easily delegate tasks to...
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20:59
Apple Keynote 7.1.1 - Apple's presentation...

Easily create gorgeous presentations with the all-new Keynote, featuring powerful yet easy-to-use tools and dazzling effects that will make you a very hard act to follow.

The Theme Chooser lets you skim through an impressive collection of 30 new and updated Apple-designed themes. Once you’ve chosen the perfect canvas for your presentation, simply replace the placeholder text and graphics with your own words and images. Easy-to-use tools let you add tables, charts, shapes, photos, and videos to slides--and bring it all to life with cinematic animations and transitions that look as though they were created by your own special effects team. Animate your data with new interactive column, bar, scatter, and bubble charts.

Use iCloud to keep your presentations up to date across all your devices. You can instantly share a presentation using just a link, giving others the latest version and the ability to edit it directly with Keynote for iCloud beta from...

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20:59
Together 3.8.3 - Store and organize all of your...

Together helps you organize your Mac, giving you the ability to store, edit and preview your files in a single clean, uncluttered interface.

Features

  • Smart storage. With simple drag-and-drop functionality, Together lets you gather up images, text, bookmarks, and files for safekeeping. With built-in note-taking capabilities and easy inter-app file transfers, take control of cluttered, disorganized groups of files and restore them to a state of order and manageability.
  • Previewing and editing. Together can edit and preview a wide range of filetypes, and seamlessly incorporates QuickView for everything else. File editing is always a double-click away, and your changes are automatically synchronized.
  • Organization, optimized. If you are tired of dealing with scatterbrained systems of files and folders, Together's refreshing, iTunes-like interface will help you breathe easy. Organize...
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20:59
Vitamin-R 2.47 - Personal productivity tool.

Vitamin-R creates the optimal conditions for your brain to work at its best by structuring your work into short bursts of distraction-free, highly focused activity alternating with opportunities for renewal, reflection and intuition.

The built-in task logging and statistics features create a positive momentum towards productivity by providing visible feedback on your progress and achievements.

Features

  • Time Slice Your Work. Vitamin-R breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific, easily reachable and actionable objectives. During these time slices it keeps you focused on accomplishing only this one objective and provides you with mechanisms for dealing with interruptions, poor concentration, etc.
  • Get Started. Vitamin-R concentrates on getting you started allowing you to break through the resistance of...
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20:45
Pages 6.1.1, Numbers 4.1.1, and Keynote 7.1.1 for Mac

Maintenance updates for the trio of iWork apps for the Mac. (Free, various sizes)

 

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18:58
And Now for the Leather Desk Pad and Wooden Apple...

Pad & Quill launched a new line of leather and wood desk accessories aimed at Apple users. This includes a leather desk pad ($174.95), a leather mouse pad ($49.95), and a Wooden Apple Pencil Holder ($39.95). I like Pad & Quill’s products, and I definitely like leather and wood. This product line jumped out at me—now if I could only have a desk that was neat and tidy enough for such things. Everything is discounted for the introduction at the above-mentioned prices, and there are other products in the series, too.


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18:13
Study Of AT&T Fiber Highlights Income Inequality...

The dark side of AT&T fiber internet is income inequality, according to a new study by UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute (via ArsTechnica). The analysis focused on fiber deployed in California, and examined neighborhoods with a higher media household income compared to neighborhoods with lower media household income. Andrew Orr tells us what the study found.


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17:33
Tweetbot for Mac updated w/ direct message image...

Keeping up with recent Twitter API changes, Tweetbot for Mac today has been updated with a handful of new features. The update bring the app to version 2.5 and includes features such as @ usernames no longer counting towards the character limit. First, the update to Tweetbot for Mac adds support for sending images via […]

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17:07
Netflix gets its shows into China through iQiyi...

While Netflix has dominated much of the streaming content market, it's been blocked by regulators in a major region: China. Having previously licensed content to LeEco (which is currently dealing with its own problems) as far back as 2014, the compan...

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16:44
New iPhone 8 concept video imagines bezel-less...

We’ve seen a host of concept images appear for this year’s iPhone 8, some good and some bad. Today, designers Thiago M Duarte and Ran Avni have released their foray into iPhone 8 concept videos, offering a take on what the upcoming device could look like with features such as a front-facing camera embedded in the display…

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16:16
Scientists successfully grew fetal lambs inside...

Doctors at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have developed a new artificial womb that could benefit the tens of thousands of critically preterm (younger than 26 weeks) births in the US each year. According to a new paper published in the journal N...

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16:15
Google Maps for iOS gains useful parking reminder...

Google Maps is adding a small, but very useful feature that lets users save where they parked. Available on both iOS and Android, the feature can also provide reminders for when your parking meter is about to expire.

more…

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16:14
New Strain of Linux Malware Could Get Serious


A new strain of malware targeting Linux systems, dubbed "Linux/Shishiga," could morph into a dangerous security threat. Eset on Tuesday disclosed the threat, which represents a new Lua family unrelated to previously seen LuaBot malware. Linux/Shishiga uses four different protocols -- SSH, Telnet, HTTP and BitTorrent -- and Lua scripts for modularity, wrote Detection Engineer Michal Malik and the Eset research team. "Lua is a language of choice of APT makers," noted Nick Bilogorskiy, senior director of threat operations at Cyphort.

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15:42
∞ The Dalrymple Report Podcast: With TechCrunch’s...

This week TechCrunch’s Editor-In-Chief, Matthew Panzarino, joins me to talk about his many sneakers and the incredible aftermarket for them. We also delve into what it’s like writing, planning articles, and covering Apple in today’s world.

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15:37
Fans resurrect 'Tomb Raider' in your web...

If you need a reminder of how far video games have come since the mid-90s, look no further than OpenTomb. Over the past four years, a handful of devoted developers have been rebuilding the original five Tomb Raider games from scratch, and the City of...

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15:16
AWT News Update: April 25, 2017

Tom Gruber helped create Siri, and imagines where the next step in AI will take humans. He speaks at TED2017, April 25, 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED

Artificial intelligence, app updates, and concerns from the supply chain -- that's the news here on the AWT News Update today:

  • Miss the AWT TV episode last night? It's available for your viewing pleasure out on YouTube.
  • Siri co-founder and Apple employee Tom Gruber gave a TED talk today about AI, and the possibilities are quite impressive
  • The three iWork apps -- Pages, Numbers and Keynote -- were all updated today
  • Some Apple suppliers are concerned that their billions of dollars in OLED-related plant may become obsolete if Apple decides to adopt a newer technology for future products

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play...

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15:15
iOS Control Center Bug Is Freezing Certain iPhones

An iOS Control Center bug plaguing some Apple customers is causing some iPhones to freeze and restart. It happens when you tap any three buttons in the Control Center at once. iOS versions affected by this include iOS 10 and even the latest iOS 10.3.2 beta. Andrew Orr gives us the details.


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15:12
A Tor Browser Might Not Be Your Best Solution for...

You’re becoming more privacy-minded, so you might be tempted to start using a Tor browser on your iPhone. Is that really the right move to make, though? Jeff Butts has tried out some of the best Tor-enabled browsers available, and has an interesting answer to that burning question.


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15:10
Another Apple Store Smash and Grab Happened in Corte...

The Corte Madera police have confirmed that $24,000 worth of Apple devices were stolen last nigth shortly after the store closed.

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15:01
Verizon debuts unlimited data plan for prepaid...




Verizon on Monday introduced a new unlimited data tier for prepaid customers, with the plan adding to the mobile carrier's four capped options.

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15:00
EU Lawmakers Include Spotify and iTunes In...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: European Union lawmakers voted on Tuesday to ban online retailers from treating consumers differently depending on where they live and expanded their proposed law to include music streaming services such as Spotify and Apple's iTunes. Ending so-called geoblocking is a priority for the European Commission as it tries to create a single market for digital services across the 28-nation bloc, but many industries argue that they tailor their prices to specific domestic markets. The proposal, which will apply to e-commerce websites such as Amazon, Zalando and eBay, as well as for services provided in a specific location like car rental, forbids online retailers from automatically re-routing customers to their domestic website without their consent. In a blow for the book publishing and music industries, European Parliament members voted to include copyright-protected content such as music, games, software and e-books in the law. That...

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14:53
This prosthetic arm is powered by Bluetooth and your...

Robotic limbs aren't a new technology, though the range of motion and strength of such limbs continue to improve. Controlling prosthetics with your mind is another area of refinement, but they're typically connected directly to a patient's brain. A n...

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14:40
Apple's Angela Ahrendts was in Dubai Tonight...

While Apple's SVP for Apple Retail Angela Ahrendts appeared in a pre-taped interview with CBS this Morning, Angela was actually preparing to give a presentation to the press in Dubai about their new store opening on Thursday and their all-new "Today at Apple" in-store class programs. Ahrendts told the Dubai press that ...

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14:37
Campy, live-action horror game 'Night Trap...

After 25 years, a browser port and a failed Kickstarter, cult classic FMV (full-motion video) game Night Trap is finally getting making its way back to living rooms. Thanks to the folks at developer Screaming Villains and publisher Limited Run Games,...

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14:36
Verizon announces new $80/month prepaid unlimited...

As the unlimited data battle continues,Verizon today announced that it is bringing unlimited data to prepaid customers. The carrier announced that prepaid customers can now get unlimited data, text, and talk for $80 per month…

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14:30
Prototype review: Rigiet smartphone camera stabilizer

Are you familiar with the DJI Osmo gimbal? It's a device that holds its own camera, a smartphone, and/or a GoPro and allows for smooth video panning and tilting while keeping everything stabilized. In other words, if you want to hand hold an iPhone 7 Plus to film high quality video, you need a gimbal. Today, Dobot announced the start of its Kickstarter campaign to bring the Rigiet stabilizer to market for just $189 -- or $129 to backers of the Kickstarter campaign. The regular retail price is over $100 less than the DJI Osmo...

We were fortunate enough to receive a prototype of the Rigiet for testing and this device is incredible! 

Design

Out of the box, the Rigiet looks odd - a couple of machined metal arms that flop loosely atop a handle with a power button, joystick, and several switches. Inside that handle is a...

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14:28
iPhone 8 may be fast, but those benchmark results...

There’s a new image making the rounds online purporting to be the Geekbench results of the upcoming iPhone 8. The image shows off the iPhone 8’s supposed speed bump in both single-core and multi-core scores. The single-core speeds show a jump of nearly 30%, and the multi-core by nearly 50%.

While these lightning speeds are enough to make any soon-to-be-upgrader happy, they’re unfortunately fake.

more…

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14:21
AT&T's faux 5G network launches in Austin

At last, 5G wireless is here... sort of. As promised, AT&T has launched its pre-standard 5G network, starting with certain parts of Austin. So long as you have a Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus, you can get speeds that should leave LTE in the dust. Expect...

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14:05
New 'Sonic Forces' footage feels a lot...

For the last few months, SEGA has been playing coy with Sonic Forces-- first only little else beside the game's name and the usual promises of greatness. Then, earlier this month, a new trailer teased new levels for "Classic Sonic," the 1990s version...

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14:00
Review: iDevices Wall Switch

iDevices' new Wall Switch is the company's second new HomeKit product of 2017, joining Wall Outlet in the arena of its installable devices. Wall Switch replaces any standard wall switch with a Wi-Fi HomeKit-enabled switch that provides basic on and off controls. Like many of iDevices' other products, the company has also included an independently-controllable multicolour LED night light in the centre of the switch that can be used to help locate it in the dark, or simply provide a small mount of ambient night lighting for a room. {/exp:char_limit}

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13:56
Apple's Tom Gruber, Co-Founder of Siri, Spoke...

Thomas Robert "Tom" Gruber is a computer scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur with a focus on systems for knowledge sharing and collective intelligence. He did foundational work in ontology engineering and is well known for his definition of ontologies in the context of artificial intelligence. He's better known to Apple fans as the co-founder of Siri. Gruber spoke today at TED2017 about augmented memories and more.

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13:51
DC is launching its own streaming service with a...

DC Entertainment is getting into the streaming space with help from Warner Bros., according to The Hollywood Reporter. What's more, the company's own service is said to be launching with a Titans live-action show, as well as the third season of Young...

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13:46
Report: Apple poached augmented reality expert from...

All signs are pointing to Apple’s work on an augmented reality device of some sort, and now Apple has a new addition working on that effort: NASA’s Jeff Norris.

According to Bloomberg, Apple hired Norris away from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, where he founded the Mission Operations Innovation Office, to work on its augmented reality products earlier this year.

Jeff Norris

Jeff Norris testing Microsoft's HoloLens in microgravity environments.

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13:39
Apple AI guru Tom Gruber speaks of artificial...




Speaking at the TED conference, Siri co-founder and Apple AI expert Tom Gruber declared that artificial intelligence should be used less to replace humans, and more to enhance aspects of humanity that are unreliable or fail with time, like memory.

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13:36
Sling tries to lure customers with an AirTV bundle

Sling has realized that it also needs a dirt-cheap hardware offering to help hook wary users into cutting the cord. That's why it's heavily discounting the AirTV Player, which lets you access local channels and Netflix, from a single, Roku-esque box....

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13:33
Samsung, LG concerned by Apple's plans to...




Later this year, Apple is expected to begin production of its advanced new power-efficient display technology known as micro-LED, which is expected to initially be used to replace OLED in Apple Watch Series 3. The shift is part of a series of moves that is concerning Samsung, LG and other South Korean suppliers.

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13:20
'Heroes of the Storm' adds everyone's...

Last month, Blizzard announced it would revamp its MOBA game, Heroes of the Storm, in a huge patch released in April. Its 2.0 update, which is live in North America, promised to upgrade its player progression system and added random-reward loot boxes...

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13:05
YouTube Kids brings cartoons and bright colors to...

YouTube Kids' mobile app is fine if your young ones are content to watch videos on a tablet, but what if you just want to plunk them down on the couch to watch on the big screen? You can after today. YouTube is trotting out a version of the Kids app...

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13:03
Emergence of Robots Will, Remarkably, Force a Change...

The iPad was developed, in the Macintosh era of maturity, as a simpler alternaive for content consumption. It nicely eliminated the headaches of PC complexity and security concerns. Today, things are radically different, and the need to be able to create content and generate personal revenue is much more pressing than when the iPad was first conceived nearly a decade ago.


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12:55
Everything you need to know about ejecting from a...

Not that any of us would ever be in this situation but it’s still fascinating. The post includes some incredible video of pilots ejecting, including one from a plane already on the ground.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:51
Nastier version of IoT botnet could brick your smart...

Two new versions of a nasty botnet called BrickerBot were spotted in the wild by researcher Pascal Geenens, who reported the latest attack for security firm Radware. Permanent denial-of-service botnets like these can infect poorly-protected IoT devic...

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12:34
Keynote, Numbers, Pages iWork apps updated for both...




On Tuesday, Apple updated its Pages, Numbers, and Keynote applications for iOS and macOS, with the biggest addition being a numeric keypad for Numbers users on the iPad.

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12:33
A Doritos bag is all you need to play the '...

Doritos is teaming up with Marvel Studios to promote Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in an unusual way. They've created a custom-designed, limited edition series of Doritos bags with a built-in, rechargeable cassette deck-inspired player that plays th...

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12:32
Can you spot the snake?

I can’t see it and this perfectly encapsulates why I don’t go into the woods.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:29
Apple AI Expert Says Computers Should Augment Human...

Apple product designer and Siri co-founder Tom Gruber gave a TED Talk today, where he covered his vision of the future of computers and artificial intelligence. Both Axios and Business Insider shared details on his talk.

According to Gruber, computers should be used to augment human failings, like memory. He believes computers should log every aspect of our lives, allowing us to remember every person we've met and every aspect about them, like favorite sports, family members, and name pronunciation."I believe AI will make personal memory enhancement a reality. I think it's inevitable," he said onstage, adding that he doesn't know when or how it will happen...

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12:18
Macintosh Original Andy Hertzfeld to Keynote Vintage...

Andy Hertzfeld from Steve Jobs’s original Macintosh team will be presenting a keynote address at Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 5.0 in Roswell, Georgia. The event takes place on April 29th and 30th, and Mr. Hertzfeld will be speaking on April 29th. This event is dedicated to vintage computers and includes booths, consignments, hands-on activities, exhibits, concessions, and speakers. In addition to Mr. Hertzfeld, Tandy executive Don French will be offering his own keynote presentation. Andy Hertzfeld left Apple in 1984, and in the years since he cofounded Radius (1986), General Magic (1990) and Eazel (via Wikipedia). He also took a lead role in the creation of Google+. Admission for the event is $10 for one day and $15 for two days. Kids 17 and under get in free with a parent or...

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12:14
ExpanDrive 5.4.6 - $49.99

ExpanDrive builds cloud storage in every application, acts just like a USB drive plugged into your Mac. With ExpanDrive, you can securely access any remote file server directly from the Finder or even the terminal. ExpanDrive supports:

  • SFTP/FTP/FTPS
  • Amazon S3
  • Dropbox
  • WebDAV
  • Rackspace Cloud Files
  • Openstack Swift
  • Dreamhost DreamObjects
  • Google Drive
  • OneDrive
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12:10
Spotify took its sweet time getting Behind the...

Over a year ago, Spotify rolled out a slick new Behind the Lyrics integration on iOS that connected the song you were currently listening to with annotated lyrics from Genius. Like a cross between VH1's Pop Up Video and a karaoke machine, Behind the...

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12:07
Day One journal app adds printed books

Keeping a personal journal or diary is a wonderful way to keep track of personal growth, and the best way to do it on any Apple device -- Mac, iPhone or iPad -- is to use the Day One app ($4.99, half-off sale). While many people are content to view the ups and downs of their lives within the confines of an app, others may prefer to see their lives unfold in a traditional book. That's the new feature of Day One that longtime journal writers are going to love -- printed books.

The books are relatively inexpensive, costing anywhere from $14.99 for 50 pages up to $49.99 for a 400 page book. Have a need for a hardcover rather than the regular paperback cover? Add $5. Each book features a unique design, maps and stats, full-color photo printing on high-quality paper, and customizable covers and content. All of the creation,...

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11:55
Apple Introduces Today at Apple Events to Make its...

Apple wants its stores to be the place you hang out at with your friends, and part of the push to make that happen includes a new program called “Today at Apple.” The program includes free seminars to teach creative skills using Apple products taught by employees, and where available, industry experts.


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11:52
Samsung's emoji chat app helps people with...

It seems like emoji has become a language of its own, but each symbol is really a stand-in for a wide array of thoughts and emotions. This shorthand can be useful for someone who struggles to digest written words -- like those with aphasia, a languag...

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11:43
Apple AI expert says computing should augment human...

Tom Gruber, AI expert at Apple, delivered a talk at TED 2017 today to share his thoughts on the future power of computing. According to Axios, Tom Gruber declared that computing should be “used to augment human failings, such as memory.”

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11:40
Uber expects flying taxis by 2020

The company expects to deploy its flying taxis in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, and Dubai by 2020, Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden said at the Uber Elevate Summit in Dallas on Tuesday.

Fuck no!

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11:39
Alphabet’s Waymo Offers ‘Early Riders’ Driverless...

Alphabet’s driverless car company—Waymo—announced an “Early Rider” program for its driverless cars. The company has invited the general public to apply to be part of the program, saying “We’re searching for early riders in parts of the Phoenix metropolitan area, including Chandler, Tempe, Mesa and Gilbert. Come join us in making it safer and easier for everyone to get around!” The feel-good video below features a family that participated in small-scale tests, and Waymo said it would accept a “limited number” of additional participants in the expanded program. Alphabet CEO Larry Page has been an enthusiastic pursuer of driverless car technology since before Google, and Waymo’s goal is to launch a ride-hailing service based on its driverless platform. Apple, Didi, Uber, and a variety of other tech companies are all invested in a similar vision. Waymo’s testing in Arizona is a sharp reminder that a driverless future is marching inexorably closer. You can...

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11:37
∞ Low Rider: Cheech and Chong

I was just out for a drive and this song came on Pandora. I absolutely love this song, but I also remembered one of the funniest movies ever made—Cheech and Chong “Up in Smoke”. This is the opening scene of the movie.

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11:36
Watson could be the key to smarter manufacturing...

Some reports predict that robots will replace 5 million jobs in the next couple of years. Bill Gates thinks we need a "robot tax" to compensate for those losses. A new partnership announced today between Swiss automation firm ABB and IBM's Watson ini...

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11:35
Apple Pages 6.1.1 - Apple's word processor from...

Apple Pages is a powerful word processor that gives you everything you need to create documents that look beautiful. And read beautifully. It lets you work seamlessly between Mac and iOS devices, and even work effortlessly with people who use Microsoft Word.



Version 6.1.1:

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11:30
Is every speed limit too low?

Last Sunday, I decided to see what kind of gas mileage I could get on my motorcycle. I drove 90 minutes into downtown Vancouver, keeping to the speed limit the entire time. I got passed by everybody.

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11:29
Apple Numbers 4.1.1 - Apple's spreadsheet app...

With Apple Numbers, sophisticated spreadsheets are just the start. The whole sheet is your canvas. Just add dramatic interactive charts, tables, and images that paint a revealing picture of your data. You can work seamlessly between Mac and iOS devices, and work effortlessly with people who use Microsoft Excel.



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11:28
'Star Wars: Episode IX' ends the trilogy...

Modern Star Wars movies have had a bad habit of slipping into December, but that isn't stopping Disney and Lucasfilm from wanting the space epic to become a summer blockbuster once again. The two have announced that Star Wars: Episode IX will debut...

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11:26
Apple Keynote 7.1.1 - Apple's presentation...

Easily create gorgeous presentations with the all-new Keynote, featuring powerful yet easy-to-use tools and dazzling effects that will make you a very hard act to follow.

The Theme Chooser lets you skim through an impressive collection of 30 new and updated Apple-designed themes. Once you’ve chosen the perfect canvas for your presentation, simply replace the placeholder text and graphics with your own words and images. Easy-to-use tools let you add tables, charts, shapes, photos, and videos to slides--and bring it all to life with cinematic animations and transitions that look as though they were created by your own special effects team. Animate your data with new interactive column, bar, scatter, and bubble charts.

Use iCloud to keep your presentations up to date across all your devices. You can instantly share a presentation using just a link, giving others the latest version and the ability to edit it directly with Keynote for iCloud beta from...

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11:18
Streaming is boosting the music industry worldwide

The music industry has struggled to adapt to the digital world over the past couple of decades, but it might just be hitting its stride again. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has published its annual Global Music Repo...

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11:04
Today at Apple sessions aim to make Apple stores the...

Move over, Starbucks. Apple wants to be the gathering spot for younger generations.

This week, Apple announced a series of educational sessions in all 495 Apple store locations around the U.S., starting in May. Titled “Today at Apple,” the hands-on sessions will bring together artists, photographers, and musicians at the top of their game to give customers tips on how to best use their Apple gear and software.

“‘Today at Apple’ is one of the ways we’re evolving our experience to better serve local customers and entrepreneurs,” Apple’s senior vp of retail Angela Ahrendts said. “We’re creating a modern-day town square, where everyone is welcome in a space where the best of Apple comes together to connect with one another, discover a new passion, or take their skill to the next level.

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11:00
Hubbell buys out Apple HomeKit accessory maker...




iDevices -- currently best known as a smarthome accessory maker, with devices supporting Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa -- has been bought out by Hubbell, a major player in B2B electrical and electronics products.

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11:00
IBM's Watson looked into my soul and 'drew...

Since its introduction to the world in 2009, IBM's Watson supercomputer has been crushing humans in Jeopardy, helping chefs make food with unconventional recipes and even offering tech support. But what happens when the artificial intelligence machin...

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10:44
Amazon's latest Dash button orders you fresh...

Living in an apartment without an in-unit washer and dryer means that occasionally you go to great lengths to avoid carrying all your dirty clothes to the basement's laundry room. Every now and then that entails saving time ahead of a date or trip (b...

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10:38
Uber iPhone Tracking, Carpool Karaoke Delay – TMO...

Uber tried to pull one over on Apple by tracking iPhones in violation of App Store guidelines. Jeff Butts and Bryan Chaffin dive into what Uber did with Jeff Gamet, plus they share their thoughts on Apple postponing Carpool Karaoke’s premiere again.


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10:32
Apple updates iWork for iOS & macOS, iPad...

Apple released bug fix updates to apps in its iWork suite for both iOS and macOS. The new versions include new iPad keyboard improvements for Numbers on iOS.

more…

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10:25
Flying, spherical displays are coming to a halftime...

Pepsi's drone show at the Super Bowl this year was impressive, sure, but imagine what those UAVs would've been capable of with more than one pixel. To wit, Japan's Docomo has designed a 144 x 136-pixel spherical LED screen that can display images whi...

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10:16
Espresso 5 - Powerful HTML, XML, CSS, and JavaScript...

Espresso is back. For people who make delightful, innovative, and fast websites -- in an app to match. Espresso helps you write, code, design, build, and publish with flair and efficiency. Sophisticated text features, amazing Live Preview with Browser Xray, CSSEdit tools, the Navigator, Dynamo auto-building, and Server Sync. Whether you're starting from scratch or tweaking a live site, Espresso has you covered.

Features

  • Browser Preview and Xray - Local project? Enjoy the best auto-refresh in the business. Xray your page layout to quickly edit relevant styles. The best part? It works in Chrome, Firefox and Safari (including Technology Preview).
  • Overrides with Live Styling and Xray - Change CSS for live sites and see your design update in real-time. No need to publish, reload or even save. Only Espresso makes playing with live projects this fun, easy and non-destructive.
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10:11
Stunning Apple Dubai Mall store set for Thursday...

Apple Dubai Mall: Gulf Business

On Thursday, April 27, Apple is set to open a new eco-friendly retail store in Dubai at the Dubai Mall. The store was designed by Foster + Partners -- an architectural firm that has worked with Apple on many of the flagship stores -- and features 18 "solar wings" that not only help to shield the sun during hot days, but are also considered one of the world's largest kinetic art pieces.

The "wings" mimic the purpose and artistic sense of the traditional Arabic "Mashrabiya", and are seen in the photos accompanying this post as the latticework over the windows. They're 37.5 feet high, and are each made up of 340 carbon fiber reinforced polymer rods. The wings cover the entire 180 glass facade of the...

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10:11
Vitamin-R 2.47 - Personal productivity tool.

Vitamin-R creates the optimal conditions for your brain to work at its best by structuring your work into short bursts of distraction-free, highly focused activity alternating with opportunities for renewal, reflection and intuition.

The built-in task logging and statistics features create a positive momentum towards productivity by providing visible feedback on your progress and achievements.

Features

  • Time Slice Your Work. Vitamin-R breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific, easily reachable and actionable objectives. During these time slices it keeps you focused on accomplishing only this one objective and provides you with mechanisms for dealing with interruptions, poor concentration, etc.
  • Get Started. Vitamin-R concentrates on getting you started allowing you to break through the resistance of...
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10:03
Dash 4.0.3 - Instant search and offline access to...

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

Features

  • Documentation Browser 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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10:03
Apple sees its redesigned retail stores as community...

Apple's retail stores have long had a social side. You might not visit just to hang out, but the combination of free workshops and an abundance of connected devices gives you a reason to stay besides gawking at the latest products... if just to chec...

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09:52
Dutch judge: Apple can't replace broken iPads...

A judge in The Netherlands has ruled against on Apple for its common practice of replacing broken iPads with factory refurbished units, stating that the faulty units must replaced with new equipment.

The ruling is the end result of a 2015 lawsuit in which a woman purchased an iPad Air 2 with AppleCare. The unit experienced Wi-Fi connectivity issues after four months, and Apple replaced the iPad under warranty with a refurb. That's something that is usual practice for Apple, and it is even outlined in the terms of service for all iPads. 

The judge in the case ruled on April 18 that Apple can only replace a device purchased as new with a new device. When a person purchases a refurbished product, that...

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09:45
News: Apple rolling out ‘Today at Apple’ educational...

All of Apple’s 495 stores will begin featuring ‘Today at Apple’ educational sessions focusing on a wide range of topics starting sometime in May, the company announced today. While most will be led by Apple employees, the company also teased that in select cities participants will be treated to sessions from “world-class artists, photographers and musicians.” The free programs will focus on activities centered around…

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09:40
Uber wants to test its flying taxis by 2020

Today in Dallas, Uber is taking the wraps off its flying car plans. The company's three-day "Elevate" summit is meant to discuss all things relating to vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) craft and how Uber sees them as a major part of its future st...

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09:36
Waymo launches widescale test of self-driving rides...




Alphabet's autonomous car division, Waymo, is expanding a ridehailing trial in Phoenix, Ariz., to members of the general public, marking perhaps the biggest real-world use of self-driving technology to date.

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09:35
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13″ MacBook Pro $250 off, (...

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

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09:21
Apple Stores to launch new "Today at Apple...

Yesterday and earlier today Patently Apple posted reports regarding the CBS interview with Apple's SVP of Retail Angela Ahrendts where she described wanting to create a new atmosphere at Apple so that people would say, let's meet at Apple. Uniquely, just as the interiew with CBS ended airing on the west coast, Apple officialy launched their latest Apple Store program simply called "Today at Apple." The new feature will be bringing new experiences to every Apple Store over time. The program launches globally in May.

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09:20
Powermat CEO calls wireless charging a ‘standard...

Wireless charging is widely expected to be on one if not all new iPhone models later this year, and the CEO of a prominent wireless charging technology company appears to consider it a done deal. Powermat CEO Elad Dubzinski called wireless charging ‘a standard feature in the next iPhone’ ahead of any official iPhone 7s or iPhone 8 announcement.

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09:18
The Avengers take on gaming icons in 'Marvel vs...

After a year of silence, Capcom has announced eight new characters for its crossover fighter -- Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. Doubling down on Marvel's Cinematic Universe, Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, Ultron and Rocket Racoon join the playable roster. On the...

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09:12
Apple shows off Dubai store with massive 186-foot...




Set to open to the public this Thursday, Apple is touting its new eco-friendly retail store in Dubai, including a 186-foot curved storefront and a balcony overlooking both Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain.

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09:10
Angela Ahrendts talks Apple store makeover, why Tim...

It’s interesting that Apple is going back to what they used to focus on – in-store demonstrations and training.

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09:02
Yet Another Report Pegs October, November for iPhone...

Another report saying the iPhone 8 won’t ship until October or November is out, and like those we’ve already seen it blames OLED displays for at least part of the problem.


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09:00
I smelled and hugged a tree in VR, because art

At the Tribeca VR arcade this year, there were displays ranging from the harrowing to the distracting, but few were as eye-catching as Treehugger:Wawona. It's an interactive art installation that had headset-wearing participants hugging and caressing...

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08:54
Apple retail announces new store design, "Today...

Apple Store Union Square, San Francisco, CA

Apple announced today that the top 100 Apple stores worldwide will be redesigned to include a "grove" of live trees, meeting spaces, and large, dominating video screens like that in the new Apple Union Square retail outlet in San Francisco. In addition, 495 locations that are properly equipped will add a new educational event series called "Today at Apple".

The store redesigns will include a name change for the Genius Bar, which will become the Genius Grove in an obvious paean to the trees in the stores. As for the Today at Apple series, it will include both presentations and hands-ons sessions that cover topics ranging from photography, art, design, and music to programming. 

The Today at Apple sessions will be led by a new type of retail store employee -- the Creative Pro. These employees are being hired for professional-level knowledge of the subjects they teach at the sessions. In some major cities, the sessions...

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08:47
Apple's first original series, Carpool Karaoke...

In a blow to Apple’s original content ambitions, the company has delayed the scheduled April premiere of Carpool Karaoke to later this year.

In a strange move, Apple postponed the launch party for the full-length show, its first foray into original content, twice before canceling it altogether. According to Reuters, a party originally scheduled for March was rescheduled for Monday, but that party too was postponed.

Apple didn’t say why the series, an extended version of James Corden’s segments on CBS’s The Late Late Show, was being pushed back. A CBS Television Studios spokesperson told Reuters that the company is “excited about our Carpool Karaoke for Apple Music and look forward to everyone seeing it later this year.”

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08:34
AWT TV Episode 5: Apple Watches, AR/VR, ecobee3 lite...

A screenshot from Luminos

Last night we live streamed episode 5 of AWT TV, and it was a good one. Featuring just Steve and Marty (Dennis is taking a much-needed vacation), the show celebrated the second birthday of another revolutionary Apple device -- the Apple Watch. 

During the show we talked about the Watch, its impact in both mobile payment and everyday life, and what the future could bring. One idea brought up by Steve is that an Apple Watch with built-in cellular (LTE) data capabilities could easily act as the "brains" for an Apple AR/VR headset. 

Steve spent about an hour yesterday installing an ecobee3 lite thermostat so he talks about how that went and about the device's new ability to use room sensors, while Marty did a fantastic demo of Luminos ($24.99). You have...

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08:28
News: Smart home device maker iDevices acquired by...

Smart home device maker iDevices has been acquired by Hubbell, a company that’s been around for more than 100 years. As with many such acquisitions, iDevices claims nothing will change with its day-to-day operations, pledging that, “We will continue to support and update our existing products and make new ones; all while utilizing the backing and expertise of Hubbell to accelerate our growth and leadership position in the IoT space.”…

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08:09
Take a Look at Apple's Angela Ahrendts...

Yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled "'CBS This Morning' to Interview Apple's SVP Angela Ahrendts." Below is a large segment of this morning's interview.

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08:01
'Today at Apple' Sessions About Art, Music...

Apple today announced that it will be expanding its "Today at Apple" educational sessions to all of its 495 retail stores around the world in May.

"Today at Apple" will offer programs with more than 60 different hands-on sessions in creative skills. The free sessions, which have been offered at Apple's flagship Union Square store in San Francisco since last year, will cover topics such as photography, videography, music, coding, art, and design.“At the heart of every Apple Store is the desire to educate and inspire the communities we serve,” said Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president, Retail. “‘Today at Apple’ is one of the ways we’re evolving our experience to better serve local customers and entrepreneurs. We’re creating a modern-day town square, where everyone is welcome...

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07:54
News: Apple delays ‘Carpool Karaoke’ release to ‘...

Apple is delaying the release of its “Carpool Karaoke” adaptation for Apple Music, now saying only that “‘Carpool Karaoke: The Series’ will premiere on Apple Music later this year,” Reuters reports. During the Code Media conference in February, Apple said the show would debut in April, but a launch party scheduled for March was postponed without explanation, and another rescheduled for this Monday was also scrapped.…

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07:51
Rumor of the day: iPhone 8 and "8 Plus"...

Up to this point, the iPhone rumor industry has been solid in sending out a stream of unvalidated statements saying that there will be two main iPhone models this year: an iPhone 7S that will be an iterative improvement on the existing iPhone 7, and a radically different iPhone called the iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone Edition, or iPhone Pro... Now a Chinese tech blog is saying that it received insider info from someone at Foxconn/Hon Hai that indicates that Apple would only be releasing the iPhone 8 and a "supersized" 8 Plus.

Rendering of an "iPhone 8" via KK Sneak Leaks

As with all rumors, this one needs to be taken with a huge grain of salt. First, Micgadget.com isn't exactly MacRumors...

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07:43
“Today at Apple”

Apple today announced plans to launch dozens of new educational sessions next month in all 495 Apple stores ranging in topics from photo and video to music, coding, art and design and more. The hands-on sessions, collectively called “Today at Apple,” will be led by highly-trained team members, and in select cities world-class artists, photographers and musicians, teaching sessions from basics and how-to lessons to professional-level programs.

Sounds like an expanded version of what they used to do at the stores. I like it.

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07:42
NASA's Mission Operations Innovation Lead is...

The LinkedIn page for Jeff Norris still has him listed as Mission Operations Innovation Lead at NASA even though he's been hired by Apple as a senior Augmented Reality team manager under Mike Rockwell. His credentials tell us, amongst other things, that he led a 160 man team and was a pioneering developer of applications for Microsoft HoloLens, Oculus Rift ...

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07:32
Google Photos 2.14 adds AirPlay functionality

Google Photos for iOS was updated yesterday with official AirPlay support, adding the capability to stream photos and videos to TVs through Apple TV. Google Photos version 2.14 finally brings support for AirPlay to the app, almost two years after it was first launched. Prior to this release, iOS device users who wanted to "beam" photos and video to their TVs could not use an Apple TV as an AirPlay receiver.

Google Photos is quite a powerful app, with frequent updates in the past two years adding features like content-aware filters, visual search, and video stabilization. It's a free download from the iOS App Store. 

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07:26
Songwriting podcast, well worth your while

Into the craft that is songwriting? Check out Song Exploder, a podcast that invites artists to explain their process.

My 2 cents, the best place to start is with the latest episode, where Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo talks through his approach to writing the song Summer Elaine and Drunk Dori.

The whole thing was fascinating, from the backstory of the song’s inspiration, to the mechanics Rivers uses to bring together chord structures. Lots to learn here.

Wannabe songwriter? Give it a listen.

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07:22
Apple to launch 'Today at Apple' retail...




Towards the end of May Apple plans to launch a new series of education sessions at its stores dubbed "Today at Apple," retail head Angela Ahrendts revealed on Tuesday. [Updated with official session details]

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07:18
'Carpool Karaoke' delayed until later in...

Apple's first attempt at original video content has been delayed again. "Carpool Karaoke," which is a spinoff of the namesake segment on The Late Late Show with James Corden, was first announced last July. Initially the show was to debut in March and was then pushed back to this month. Now the latest from Apple after postponing a launch party is that "Carpool Karaoke:The Series will premiere on Apple Music later this year."

Apple is partnering with CBS Television Studios on the series, and CBS released a similar statement yesterday saying "We're excited about our 'Carpool Karaoke' for Apple Music, and look forward to everyone seeing it later this year." Apple is also working on a game-style reality TV show called "Planet of the Apps" for release at an unspecified date. 

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07:16
News: Dutch court rules Apple can’t replace broken...

A Dutch judge has ruled that Apple can’t use refurbished iPads to replace broken ones covered by its AppleCare warranty, Tweakers reports. While Apple’s terms of service explicitly state that the company can use refurbished units as replacements, the judge ruled that Apple can only issue refurbished replacements to customers who initially purchased a refurbished unit. “If a plaintiff had purchased a refurbished or replacement iPad,…

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07:14
Apple Bumps April’s Carpool Karaoke Launch to Later...

Apple had planned on launching its Carpool Karaoke: The Series on Apple Music this month, but that’s been pushed out until some time later this year. This is the second delay for the show’s launch, and Apple isn’t offering up any explanation for the delayed debut.


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07:11
Apple Store expanding new ‘Today at Apple’...

Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of retail, has appeared in a new video interview with CBS This Morning where she discussed her time at the company and new Apple Store initiatives. The major new Apple Store effort centered around customer engagement is called ‘Today at Apple’ and will launch at the end of next month.

more…

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07:04
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales launches Wikitribune,...

Laura Hazard Owen, Neiman Lab:

Good things can happen when a crowd goes to work on trying to figure out a problem in journalism. At the same time, completely crowdsourced news investigations can go bad without oversight — as when, for example, a group of Redditors falsely accused someone of being the Boston Marathon bomber. An entirely crowdsourced investigation with nobody to oversee it or pay for it will probably go nowhere. At the same time, trust in the media is at low and fact checking efforts have become entwined with partisan politics.

So what would happen if you combined professional journalism with fact checking by the people? On Monday evening, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales launched Wikitribune, an independent site (not affiliated with Wikipedia or the Wikimedia Foundation) “that brings journalists and a community 
of volunteers together” in a combination that Wales hopes will combat fake news online — initially in English, then in other languages.

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07:03
CloudMounter 2.0 adds OpenStack Swift storage system...

Eltima has released CloudMounter 2.0 (http://cloudmounter.net/), an update to the Mac app that mounts cloud services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and Amazon S3 on your Mac and connects to WebDAV, FTP/FTPS/SFTP servers.

This allows for access and management of data stored on them via Finder as if it were kept on your Mac's hard drive. Version 2.0 adds support for the OpenStack Swift storage system.

CloudMounter is compatible with macOS 10.10 and higher and costs $29.95. A demo is available for download.

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07:00
First look: Rigiet iPhone camera gimbal is an...




Before its crowdfunding campaign kicked off on Tuesday, AppleInsider had the opportunity to go hands-on with Rigiet, a new iPhone-compatible camera gimbal offering super-smooth video recording at a budget price.

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06:58
Typinator 7.2 for macOS adds Citrix support

Ergonis Software has announced Typinator 7.2, an improved version of their text expander. The upgrade sports a new technique for fine-grained adaptations to applications that need special handling of expansions and improved timing and context validation. The new version also adds support for Citrix.

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06:56
∞ Apple mines NASA’s JPL for AR and autonomous car...

Two articles kind of collided for me. Apple grabbed talent from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs for both their car and augmented reality projects. Is there a connection? [Read more…]

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06:54
Cisdem Mac Data Recovery 4 adds optimized scanning...

Cisdem has released Cisdem Data Recovery 4.0 for Mac. It’s an update of the tool to help you recover accidentally photos, documents, video, music, archive, and more.

The upgrade adds two new scan modes (Quick Scan and) Deep Scan, 20-plus new file formats and optimized Mac data recovery efficiency for some formats. A promotion for Mac Data Recovery 4 is running through May 4. A single-user license costs $44.99 during the period (the regular price is $49.99). Go to https://www.cisdem.com/data-recovery-mac.html for more info.

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06:53
Production of Apple's 'iPhone 8' said...




Another supply chain source suggests that the "iPhone 8" supply in 2017 will be profoundly hamstrung has emerged, but for a different reason -- tight supplies of the the Samsung OLED screen.

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06:48
QNAP announces new NAS product

QNAP (www.qnap.com) is now shipping its Thunderbolt 3-connected TVS-1282T3 storage solution powered by the latest Intel 7t gen Kaby Lake multicore processor.

It provides a Thunderbolt 3 connection to the latest generation MacBook Pro (or Thunderbolt 2 with adapter) and personal computers fast enough for ingest and editing of 4K video, and the traditional NAS/IP-SAN convenience for file sharing, backup, and cloud access for clients and creative teams to collaborate on projects, says Erick Oliveros, marketing manager for QNAP.

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06:39
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Fresh off revelations of the ridesharing service's run-in with Apple, Uber is being sued for the use of an app called "Hell," which allegedly tracked drivers from the company's main U.S. rival Lyft.

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Apple delays release of first original series ‘...

Reuters:

A premiere party for “Carpool Karaoke” scheduled for March in Los Angeles was postponed without explanation days before it was to take place. This week, the company again postponed its launch party, which had been rescheduled for Monday.

To me, this is not original content that will make or break Apple’s approach to a cable cutting alternative. Perhaps they are pushing this back to somehow intersect with WWDC.

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News: Chinese blog claims Apple is only releasing...

Chinese blog Mic Gadget is saying that everyone else has Apple’s 2017 iPhone plans wrong, claiming that their “friends from Foxconn” shared news that the company is planning to release just two iPhone 8 models and no iPhone 7s or 7s Plus. The rumor is a fairly shaky one since the source has no track record of accurate leaks and the report seems based on news that “Foxconn will begin to receive the first deliveries of the material…

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A report back in July 2016 noted that IBM and development partner Samsung had announced that they had developed a process to manufacture a type of non-volatile RAM that is up to 100,000 times faster than NAND flash and never wears out called magnetoresistive RAM (MRAM. The new memory that could be used in smartphones, the Internet of Things and beyond is getting closer to market. Samsung will introduce this at an event in May.

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Sling TV is adding more devices to its 'First Look' for the new Cloud DVR feature. Sling TV subscribers with an Apple TV can now try the beta service for $5 per month, which gets you 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage.

Cloud DVR first showed up as an invite-only beta last December on Roku devices and select Smart TVs. At the time our general impression was that it was a nice feature, but still a work in progress.

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Dutch judge rules Apple can't swap refurbished...




Another court ruling in the Netherlands mandates that when Apple needs to replace a broken iPhone or iPad, it must do so with a new unit, and not a refurbished one.

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Many of our regular readers have signed up to receive notification of deals and other information from our deal partner, StackCommerce, and Apple World Today. For those of you who haven't yet signed up, we have an incentive this week -- we're giving away a bundle of Apple accessories that you'll be proud to win. All you need to do is sign up to enter.

What's in the bundle? A pair of Apple AirPods for your listening pleasure. An Apple Classic Buckle Leather Strap for your Apple Watch. An Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard for your iPad Pro! 

These are all Apple products, and have a value of $577. Somebody has to win, and it could be you. ...

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