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Monday August 14

18:36
DOJ demands info on 1.3M visitors to protest-...

A month ago, the Department of Justice served a warrant (PDF) to Dreamhost regarding one of its clients. This is routine for law enforcement to make such requests, the website hosting service said in a blog post -- except the page in question, disrup...

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18:25
Google Pays Apple $3 Billion Per Year To Remain On...

In a note to investors on Monday, Bernstein analyst A.M. Sacconaghi Jr. said Google is paying Apple billions of dollars per year to remain the default search engine on iPhones and iPads. "The firm believes that Google will pay Apple about $3 billion this year, up from $1 billion just three years ago, and that Google's licensing fees make up a large bulk of Apple's services business," reports CNBC. From the report: "Court documents indicate that Google paid Apple $1 billion in 2014, and we estimate that total Google payments to Apple in FY 17 may approach $3 billion," Bernstein analyst A.M. Sacconaghi Jr. said. "Given that Google payments are nearly all profit for Apple, Google alone may account for 5% of Apple's total operating profits this year, and may account for 25% of total company OP growth over the last two years."

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17:32
Google hires a legendary Apple engineer to tackle AI

Legendary programmer Chris Lattner has had a roller coaster of a year. He left Apple (where he developed the Swift programming language) to help build Tesla's Autopilot technology, only to leave months later after realizing that he wasn't a good fit...

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17:24
Do you think it’s time for a new Apple Watch form...

While an earlier report had claimed that Apple would introduce a new Apple Watch form factor this year, KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo today stated that this year’s model will feature the same design as the previous iterations. Such a move on Apple’s part will mark three generations with the same design for Apple Watch.

Do you think it’s time for Apple Watch to undergo a design refresh?

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17:03
What’s new in iOS 11 beta 6? Hands-on with new...

Earlier today Apple released iOS 11 beta 6 to developers, and like previous beta iterations, it comes with several new updates and changes. The most obvious change is found in a new controversial App Store icon update, along with an update to the Apple Maps icon that highlights the company’s new Apple Park campus. Have a look at our video inside for a brief hands-on walkthrough. more…

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16:25
Apple Releases iOS 11 Public Beta 5, Speeding Up the...

A same-day release of a new public beta shows that Apple is speeding up its release cycle.


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16:04
Apple Just Built the App Store Icon from Popsicle...

I’m not sure what message Apple wants to deliver with the new App Store icon, but I see popsicle sticks.


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16:00
President Trump Authorizes an Inquiry into China...

Reuters photo captures President Donald Trump authorizing an inquiry on whether to investigate China's alleged theft of intellectual property, the first direct action by the White House against a country Trump has painted as the U.S. chief trade villain.

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15:30
Latest Price Drops: 256GB 9.7" iPad Pro for $...




Apple authorized reseller Adorama has just launched additional price drops, including $200 off the 256GB 9.7-inch iPad Pro in Rose Gold. Apple's Late 2016 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros are also up to $1,000 off instantly, while iMacs start at just $929 with no tax outside NY and NJ.

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15:25
Samsung Invents a Note Smartphone with a Stylus that...

Samsung has invented a smartphone with a built-in breathalyzer. The smartphone has a 'gas sensor' that extends out from the phone and doubles as a phone microphone. It sounds crazy, but if it saves you an accident or a ticket it would pay for the phone. The design would seem to be a part of a future Note smartphone design

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15:24
Microsoft OneNote 15.37 - Free digital notebook.

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

Here are some more ideas on how to use OneNote:

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



Version 15.37:

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15:12
AWT News Update: August 14, 2017

It's a short Apple World Today News Update podcast today. Here's what we have for our listeners:

  • We'll be hosting a special pre-eclipse episode of the live AWT TV show tonight starting at 6:30 PM PT / 9:30 PM ET. Be sure to join Steve & Marty as they get you ready to observe an amazing celestial event
  • Developer and Public Beta 6 of all of Apple's operating systems were released today
  • Swift inventor Chris Lattner is now working on Google's AI project
  • Inventec says that supplies of the Apple HomePod will be constrained in December

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

Text Version

This is Steve Sande for...

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15:03
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15:00
Pandora names former Sling TV executive Roger Lynch...

It’s no secret that Pandora has struggled to adapt to the new era of on-demand streaming services. Capping off a series of unfortunate events for the company was the departure of its long-time CEO Tim Westergren earlier this year. Today, however, Pandora announced that it has named former Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch as its new CEO and president, as well as a member of its board.

more…

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14:51
Latest iOS 11 beta contains new Maps icon featuring...




Apple's latest iOS 11 beta release, issued on Monday, contains a few graphical tweaks that bring a fresh feel to the operating system, including a new Maps icon that appears to feature Apple Park's main "spaceship" structure.

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14:45
Apple Music FAQ: The ins and outs of Apple's...

Editor's note: This article was last updated on August 14, 2017, to include info on Apple Music's original video content and to update instructions to reflect changes in iOS 10. 

Apple singlehandedly turned the digital music marketplace on its head when it launched the iTunes Store in 2003, and now it’s going after the current hottest trend: Streaming media. Apple Music launched in 2015 to take on the likes of Spotify, Tidal, and other streaming subscription services. Now that it’s hit it’s two-year mark, Apple Music is showing no signs of slowing down—Apple is using the platform to launch original content and television shows, as well as exclusive content from artists.

To read this article in...

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14:28
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 14...

The only notable software release this week is Banktivity 6.1.2.

 

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14:28
ExtraBITS for 14 August 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, an augmented reality expert explains why we may not see AR glasses from Apple for several years, Google adds phishing warnings to the Gmail app for iOS, and Disney has announced that it will halt its deal with Netflix to launch its own streaming services.

 

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14:16
Koogeek LB1 Smart Light Bulb: Colorful HomeKit...

Koogeek seems to be single-handedly taking over the home automation field by developing and marketing low-cost HomeKit accessories. The latest from the company is the LB1 Smart Light Bulb, a $54.99 (available on Amazon for $36.99 -- affiliate link) LED bulb that can display over 16 million colors and can be controlled by the Home app and Siri.

The Koogeek LB1 Smart Light Bulb

Design

Many LED light bulbs tend to be a little oddly shaped; the Koogeek LB1 reminds me somewhat of an Easter egg with a dark bottom that contains the electronics for the bulb and a top that can display that huge spectrum of colors. 

Using a standard E26/E27 screw base, the 8W LB1...

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14:11
KGI predicts the new LTE Apple Watch won't have...

On August 6 Patently Apple posted a report titled "The Apple Watch Breakthrough that we've all been waiting for may arrive in Q4," which is of course independent cellular connectivity. Now Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has released a new forecast on the next generation Apple Watch.

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14:10
Analyst: Apple Watch Series 3 to be available in LTE...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the upcoming Apple Watch Series 3 — expected in September —will offer LTE cellular connectivity, but won’t sport a new form factor, as some have rumored. 

Apple currently requires its smartwatch to be connected wirelessly to an iPhone to stream music, download directions in maps, and send messages while on the go. Equipped with LTE chips, at least some next gen Apple Watch models will be able to conduct many tasks without an iPhone in range, according to Bloomberg. For example, a user would be able to download new songs and use apps and leave their smartphone at home.

Kuo says the next gen smartwatch come in 38mm and 42mm and will be available in LTE and non-LTE versions. He predicts that Apple will ship 8-9 million Apple...

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14:01
Next Generation Apple TV: Rags to Riches

We’ve gone from rags to riches: dismay over a seemingly delayed Apple TV with 4K/UHD, to fairly certain of a new 4K version, to learning about its HDR features, and now a possible release as early as September.


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13:53
Killer Deals: Save $70 to $250 instantly on Apple...




First come, first served: AppleInsider readers can use exclusive coupons this week to instantly save between $70 and $250 on every new Mid 2017 MacBook Pro, including Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. In addition to the promo code and instant cash savings, sales tax will not be collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

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13:52
LTE Apple Watch will keep current form factor, be...




Noted KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo on Monday weighed in on Apple's upcoming Apple Watch release, affirming recent reports of LTE cellular connectivity and dispelling rumors that the device will sport a new form factor.

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13:50
Apple's iPad Leads in Western Europe with 27%...

IDC published their latest tablet report covering shipments to Western Europe. In total, 7.0 million devices were shipped in the region, which shows an almost complete recovery of the market in the region. Apple's new tablets and the improvement of the macroeconomic situation in several countries were some of the drivers for 2017Q2 and were key to the further stabilization of the consumer segment.

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13:48
KGI: Apple Watch 3 to come in LTE and non-LTE models...

Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has released a new forecast on the next generation Apple Watch. According to Kuo, the Apple Watch 3 will ship later this year with both LTE and non-LTE models offered. Kuo also expects the next Apple Watch will retain the same general design and not feature an obvious new form factor.

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13:46
Apple Watch 3 Won't Have 'Obvious Change...

The third-generation Apple Watch, expected to be introduced alongside new iPhones this fall, does not feature an obvious change to form factor, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

In a new note shared with investors this afternoon, Kuo says LTE connectivity will be the main selling point of the new device.

The Apple Watch will keep the same two case sizes, 38mm and 42mm, and will be available in LTE and non-LTE versions, much like the iPad. Previous rumors have suggested the major carriers in the United States will offer add-on cellular service for the new LTE Apple Watch, and the plans may work similarly to iPad data plans.

Kuo believes shipments of the new Apple Watch models will reach 8 to 9 million units in the second half of 2017, with the LTE model to account for 35 to 40 percent of shipments. Overall, he forecasts 17.5 to 18 million units shipped in 2017, up 70 percent year-over-year.

According to Kuo, to drive major growth, Apple...

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13:41
Google could pay Apple up to $3B to hold default...




Google could end up paying Apple as much as $3 billion this year to remain the default search engine on iPhones and iPads, an analyst estimated on Monday.

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13:30
TMO Background Mode Interview with Colorado Charter...

Johana Harth is the Academic Director of a Colorado charter school. Over the last 12 years, she’s gained enormous experience in how to match the curriculum needs of K-8 grade students with modern computer technology. Thanks to the technical influence of her father, and being very good at math, as a youth her plan was to become an engineer. She graduated from U.C. San Diego with a degree in industrial engineering. All was according to plan until some significant, serendipitous events changed her life. Just how she became the Academic Director of a charter school, and then became involved in computer technology is an amazing story. Johanna explained the school’s migration from Macs to Chromebooks, when the students start with computers, how they use them and what they’re taught about computers. It’s a very, ahem, educational story.


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13:28
Sony’s latest aftermarket CarPlay receiver adds a...

Sony has shared a few details about its second aftermarket CarPlay receiver coming later this year. Like Sony’s XAV-AX100 (reviewed) released last year, the upcoming XAV-AX200 will feature a 6.4-inch touch display that works with Apple CarPlay when connected to your iPhone over the Lightning cable.

more…

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13:28
Universal Audio releases four new plugins

My favorite audio company is back at it, releasing four new plugins in their latest update. Universal Audio released the KORG SDD-3000 Digital Delay, Dytronics Cyclosonic Panner, ENGL Savage 120 Guitar Amplifier, AMS RMX16 Expanded, and the Sonnox Oxford Dynamic EQ. There are videos on the update page for each plugin, so you can get an idea of what they do.

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13:22
Interactive Map Shows Solar Eclipse Details in Your...

The 2017 solar eclipse that’ll be visible from coast to coast in the continental United States is only a week away, so you’re running out of time to get ready for the once in a lifetime event. We have a great list of tips to help you enjoy the August 21st event, but there’s always room for more—like this awesome interactive web-based map that shows the eclipse details wherever you click.You can see how much of the eclipse will be visible, what time it’s happening, and how long it’ll last, plus you can search for locations to get eclipse details, too. Xavier Jubier used Google Maps to put together this handy resource.


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13:14
Apple Reportedly Tells Contract Partners to Prepare...

It's being reported this afternoon that Apple has "told its contract manufacturers and chip suppliers to prepare for a massive ramp-up in manufacturing of the supposed 'iPhone X' starting next quarter.

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13:12
A look inside Apple’s new Madison store in the...

With little fanfare, Apple’s newest Wisconsin retail location opened this past weekend at the outdoor Hilldale Shopping Center in Madison. The new 10,000 sq. ft. space replaces Apple’s previous indoor Madison location in the aging West Towne Mall, 10 minutes away.

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13:07
Watch All of the ARKit Demos We Can Find in one Place

ARKit, Apple’s answer to augmented reality (AR) on iOS, has become tremendously popular already. Folks have posted quite a few ARKit demos on YouTube since Apple’s announcement of of the software development kit at WWDC 2017. We’ve covered many of these demonstrations in previous articles. This morning, though, I needed a YouTube playlist of them for an article at AppAdvice about IDC’s report that Augmented and Virtual Reality are going to see some serious increase in revenues. Not finding one, I decided to create my own. Since I love all of you, I decided to share that YouTube playlist with you. Without further ado, here it is. We will add to it as more ARKit demonstrations come on our radar.

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12:57
Former Swift Lead Developer Chris Lattner Joins...

You can thank Chris Lattner for Apple’s Swift programming language and soon you may be able to thank him for Google’s artificial intelligence efforts, too, because now that’s where he works.


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12:56
Apple Legend Chris Lattner, Creator of the Popular...

It's being reported today that Chris Lattner, a legend in the world of Apple software, has joined Alphabet Inc.’s Google Brain, where he will work on artificial intelligence.

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12:55
Sony previews new XAV-AX200 receiver with Apple...




Sony on Monday revealed the XAV-AX200, its latest aftermarket receiver with support for Apple's CarPlay, due to ship in North America by the end of the year.

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12:50
AWT TV Tonight: Our special live pre-eclipse episode

1998 Total Solar Eclipse as seen from Aruba

One week from today is the eclipse across America, starting on the Oregon coast and ending off of the South Carolina shores. Apple World Today publisher/editor Steve Sande has some plans for viewing and recording this eclipse, which will be the second total eclipse he's seen. Contributing editor Marty Edwards lives near the path of totality and has been busy testing apps that show all of the details of the event. Tonight, we'll spend an hour or so on our AWT TV livestream talking about everything you'll need to know about the upcoming event.

The show starts at 6:30 PM PT / 9:30 PM ET on the AWT YouTube Channel. Just show up at about the time the show's ready to begin and join us online. We'll answer questions as they come in...

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12:50
News: Supplier claims HomePod will ship in December...

Inventec Appliances — the supplier responsible for producing Apple’s AirPods — claims the HomePod home speaker will be available in limited quantities in the fourth quarter of this year, Nikkei Asian Review reports. “We will finally ship the smart home device this year, but its contribution will be fairly limited and hopefully that will improve next year,” Inventec Appliances President David Ho said during his company’s…

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12:48
Staples has discounted the iPad mini 4 by $100

Tablets may not be as popular these days, but they're still great devices. If you're in the market for one, Staples has a nice deal on the iPad mini 4 this week. For $299, you can pick-up this diminutive iPad in all three available colors: gold, silver, and space gray. That's $100 off Apple's standard price.

The iPad mini 4 features a 7.9-inch display with 2048-by-1536 resolution at 326 pixels per inch. Under the hood, it has an A8 processor with the M8 motion coprocessor, an 8MP rear camera, and FaceTime front camera.

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12:40
Swift creator Chris Lattner moving to Google Brain...




After a six-month stint at Tesla, one-time Apple engineer and Swift champion Chris Lattner has landed at the Google Brain artificial intelligence project.

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12:36
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has...

It's being reported today that "Qualcomm disclosed further details about the impact of an ongoing dispute with Apple, responding to questions from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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12:32
iOS 11: How to Use Notes Stationary Across Devices

You can turn on Notes stationary on your iPhone and iPad, but not your Mac. Additionally, it can only be used if you’re sketching; you can’t enable it when you’re adding text.


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12:20
Google Hires Former Star Apple Engineer Chris...

An anonymous reader shares a report: Chris Lattner, a legend in the world of Apple software, has joined another rival of the iPhone maker: Alphabet's Google, where he will work on artificial intelligence. Lattner announced the news on Twitter on Monday, saying he will start next week. His arrival at Mountain View, California-based Google comes after a brief stint as head of the automated driving program at Tesla, which he left in June. Lattner made a name for himself during a decade-plus career at Apple, where he created the popular programming language Swift. Lattner said he is joining Google Brain, the search giant's research unit. There he will work on a different software language: TensorFlow, Google's system designed to simplify the programming steps for AI, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

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12:04
Apple: iPad Smart Connector Accessories Coming Soon

The iPad Pro may finally have more third-party accessories coming that take advantage of the Smart Connector port.


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12:01
Aetna working with Apple on a new Program that would...

It's being reported this afternoon that Apple and Aetna held a series of secret discussions last week to bring Apple's health and fitness-tracking smartwatch to millions more people connected to Aetna.

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11:27
Three Real World Practical Uses for Arduino

Jeff Butts has spent quite a few sleepless nights working with Arduino, ever since he got his Sparkfun Inventor’s Kit, and has some great insight on practical ways you can put the programmable logic board to work.


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11:27
Aetna health insurance company may offer an Apple...

CNBC reports that Apple and Aetna held secret talks last week to discuss bringing the Apple Watch to the company’s 23 million members.

Aetna is an American managed health care company that sells traditional and consumer directed health care insurance plans and related services, such as medical, pharmaceutical, dental, behavioral health, long-term care, and disability plans. The company is a member of the Fortune 100.

Aetna already offers an Apple Watch to 50,000 employees as part of its corporate wellness plan, but now wants to extend a free or discounted wearable device as a membership perk, according to CNBC. Last week’s meetings included executives from Aetna and Apple, as well as hospital chief medical information officers across the country, the article adds.

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11:15
Apple Seeds tvOS 11 Developer Beta 6 (15J5360b)

Along with iOS 11 beta 6, macOS High Sierra beta 6, and watchOS 4 beta 6, Apple released tvOS 11 developer beta 6 (15J5360b) on Monday.


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11:08
How Tech Could Help Creators Look Before They Leap


The folks who made The Emoji Movie apparently were worried about its Rotten Tomatoes score -- it had earned a 0 percent rating at one point, based on a scattering of early reviews -- so they stopped critics from publishing further reviews until just before previews began running. The result was a great opening day, but attendance fell off sharply because, well, the movie sucked. It would seem to me that it would be far better to figure out how to make movies that don't suck than to come up with creative ways to get people to see them.

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11:07
Leaked iPhone 8 Videos, Apple Pay’s Potential...

Adam Christianson from The Maccast and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to offer their take on supposed leaked videos showing the back casing from the iPhone 8, plus they talk about issues with Apple Pay at retailers.


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11:00
Apple Seeds watchOS 4 Developer Beta 6 (15R5357b) to...

Apple didn’t include patch notes for the release, but as with other operating systems in Apple’s developer beta program, each seed is a mix of bug fixes, tweaks, and various stages of feature rollouts.


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10:56
Opera 47.0.2631.55 - High-performance Web browser.

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



Version 47.0.2631.55:

  • DNA-61917 Incorrectly rendered ‘content blocked’ button and label
  • DNA-62376 Crash when trying to delete bookmark from nested folder on bookmark bar
  • DNA-62804 Process overloading in google/yandex maps with disabled hardware acceleration
  • DNA-62829 [Win] UAC popup is displayed every time when Opera is launched
  • DNA-62851 Content blocked UI is not pretty
  • DNA-63139 [Mac] Crash when formatting text in various editors



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10:46
Apple working with insurer Aetna to discount Apple...

Healthcare company Aetna may be following up on its company-wide initiative by bringing discounted prices of the Apple Watch to millions of its customers. CNBC reports that both Aetna and Apple have been holding meetings over the past week to discuss ways to make this possible.

more…

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10:46
Vintage Apples: Streaming music from Apple Watch to...

Niles Mitchell, AKA napabar on YouTube, has a lot of fun with vintage electronics that may or may not be made by Apple. In this article, we have two examples of videos that Mitchell has created that deal with linking up present-day Apple gear with vintage tech. 

To start with, Mitchell answers the question "How could I stream music from my Apple Watch to my portable 8-track tape player?" with some wireless Bluetooth magic:

There, aren't you glad you know how to do that? It will come in very handy the next time you are on the beach with your 8-track player, listening to that Michael Jackson tape, and have the desire to stream some music that's stored on your Watch to the player...

The next fun is with Mitchell sending programs from an Apple Watch to an...

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10:43
Google pays $3 billion for default search on iOS,...

Being the default search engine on iOS is highly lucrative for Google, with Apple’s devices predicted to account for approximately 50% of Google’s mobile search revenue. So much so that one financial firm estimates that Google will pay Apple $3 billion this year to remain the default.

more…

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10:41
Apple, Aetna, major hospital chains allegedly...




Apple reportedly held a number of discussions with Aetna in the beginning of August to see how to best bring the Apple Watch to the 23 million customers of the insurer.

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10:40
Apple releases new iOS 11, tvOS 11, watchOS 4, macOS...

Apple has rolled out the sixth developer betas of iOS 11, tvOS 11, watchOS 4, and macOS High Sierra. The finished versions are due this fall.

They can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center (https://idmsa.apple.com) or through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

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10:40
Audio Hijack 3.3.5 - Record and enhance audio from...

Audio Hijack (was Audio Hijack Pro) drastically changes the way you use audio on your computer, giving you the freedom to listen to audio when you want and how you want. Record and enhance any audio with Audio Hijack - it's the cornerstone of your digital audio experience.

Audio Hijack will allow you to record any application's audio, from Internet streams to DVD audio and everywhere in between. If your machine can play it, Audio Hijack can record it. And that's not all - Audio Hijack will also enhance any audio, unsing industry-standard VST and AudioUnit audio effects to make your music sound incredible. Record. Enhance. Enjoy!



Version 3.3.5:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.10 or later

  • [Major Enhancement] Instant On has been updated to version 8.4.4, with important crash fixes for MacOS 10.13; there are also improvements to audio capture from VMWare Fusion, FaceTime, and Flash running in Safari
  • [...
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10:39
Apple Aiming to Bring Apple Watch to 23 Million...

Apple and Aetna are discussing ways to offer discounted Apple Watch models to millions of consumers with Aetna insurance, reports CNBC. Citing people with knowledge of Apple's plans, the site says Apple and Aetna held discussions last week that included senior officials from Apple, Aetna, and several hospitals.

Aetna already offers a program that provides the Apple Watch at no cost to its 50,000 employees and subsidizes the cost for some subscribers, but the insurance company is said to be negotiating with Apple to offer a free or discounted Apple Watch to all Aetna members.

Apple's Myoung Cha, who has the title "special projects, health," led the discussions, said one of the people. The move by Aetna is part of its push to increase customer interest...

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10:38
Apple Releases iOS 11 Developer Beta 6 (15A5354b)

The update is available for developers with compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models.


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10:35
Arq 5.9.1 - Online backup to Google Drive, Amazon...

Arq is super-easy online backup for Mac and Windows computers. Back up to your own cloud account (Amazon Cloud Drive, Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Cloud Storage, any S3-compatible server), your SFTP server, or your NAS. On OS X, Arq backs up and faithfully restores all the special metadata of Mac files that other products don't, including resource forks, ACLs, and creator codes.

  • Following the initial backup, Arq automatically makes incremental backups every hour, every day, uploading just the files that have changed since your last backup. Arq keeps hourly backups for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past month, and weekly backups for everything older than a month.
  • Arq lets you set a budget for storage, and it automatically drops the oldest backups to keep within the budget.
  • Arq backs up everything with no limits. It backs up files of any size, external drives, and network drives.
  • Arq compresses and "de-...
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10:28
Apple HomePod manufacturer Inventec warns of limited...




During a earnings conference, the Inventec CEO said that Apple's HomePod would have little material impact on the company's future results, that the device would probably be constrained at launch -- with other reports claiming that Foxconn will handle half of the manufacturing duties in 2018.

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10:25
Apple Seeds macOS High Sierra Developer Beta 6 Build...

Monday’s release represents an accelerated release cycle, as the last round of developer betas hit just one week ago.


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10:20
Apple seeds sixth developer betas of iOS 11, tvOS 11...




Apple on Monday issued its sixth developer betas of iOS 11, tvOS 11, watchOS 4, and macOS High Sierra, paving the way for full launches due this fall.

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10:10
Leaked Microsoft memo points to high initial return...




Problems with the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 may be responsible for Consumer Reports's recent decision not to recommend the Surface line as a whole, a leaked Microsoft memo suggests.

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10:09
tvOS 11 developer beta 6 for Apple TV now available

Apple is rolling out the sixth tvOS 11 developer beta for testing on the fourth-gen Apple TV. tvOS 11 brings Home screen sync, automatic dark and light mode, full AirPods support, AirPlay 2 and more.

more…

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10:03
Apple Seeds Sixth Beta of macOS High Sierra to...

Apple today seeded the sixth beta of an upcoming macOS High Sierra update to developers for testing purposes, one week after seeding the fifth beta and more than two months after introducing the new software at the 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference.

The sixth beta of macOS High Sierra can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or over-the-air using the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

Today's update brings a fix for a bug that caused apps to quit unexpectedly when printing to Canon printers, and it addresses an issue that caused QuickLook to preview things to force a MacBook Pro to switch to a discrete GPU (pertains to models that have both discrete and integrated GPUs).

macOS High Sierra builds on features first introduced in macOS Sierra, focusing on...

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10:03
watchOS 4 beta 6 for Apple Watch now available

Apple has released the sixth watchOS 4 developer beta for testing on all Apple Watch models. watchOS 4 brings new watch faces including Siri and Toy Story options, enhanced Music and Workout experiences, Apple News, person to person payments and Apple Pay Cash, and more.

more…

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10:02
Apple releases macOS High Sierra beta 6 to developers

Apple has released macOS High Sierra beta 6 for developer testing. macOS High Sierra includes the new Apple File System, HEVC video playback, Metal 2, Photos and Safari upgrades, and more.

more…

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10:00
Apple releases iOS 11 developer beta 6 with new Maps...

It’s been one week since the last developer beta, and Apple has just released the sixth developer beta preview. iOS 11 brings new features like drag-and-drop and a redesigned multitasking interface for iPad, a new customizable Control Center, and much more.

more…

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10:00
New Beta Downloads Now Available

Test your apps with the latest beta release of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

  • macOS High Sierra 10.13 beta 6 (17A344b)
  • iOS 11 beta 6 (15A5354b)
  • watchOS 4 beta 6 (15R5357b)
  • tvOS 11 beta 6 (15J5360b)


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10:00
New Beta Downloads Now Available

Test your apps with the latest beta release of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

  • macOS High Sierra 10.13 beta 6 (17A344b)
  • iOS 11 beta 6 (15A5354b)
  • watchOS 4 beta 6 (15R5357b)
  • tvOS 11 beta 6 (15J5360b)


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09:58
Apple Seeds Sixth Beta of iOS 11 to Developers

Apple today seeded the sixth beta of iOS 11 to developers for testing purposes, one week after releasing the fifth beta and more than two months after introducing the new update at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

Registered developers can download the sixth beta of iOS 11 from the Apple Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed.

Today's beta brings a fix for an issue that caused the DirecTV app to crash on launch, but introduces a new issue that could cause Audiobus 3 to crash. Launching the App Store no longer stops other audio that's playing, several bugs with Family Sharing features have been fixed, and all phone numbers are now displayed during a multiparty conference call.

There are also fixes for Notes, addressing an issue that...

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09:57
Google Calendar desktop redesign, new Gboard talk-to...

Google has had a rather busy day so far with releasing new features and testing others before they’re ready for prime time, including updates to Google Calendar, the company’s Voice Search API, and the YouTube app.

more…

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09:52
The Chinese Government Set up an Apple iCloud...

In July Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple to Comply with China's Cyber Security Law by Partnering with 'Guizhou-Cloud' to Set Up new Data Center. Today we're learning a little more about the arrangement that Apple has with the Ghizhou-Cloud service.

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09:43
HomePod Supplies Limited at Launch, but Foxconn...

Inventec Appliances has been a rumored supplier for Apple's HomePod smart speaker since before the device was announced at WWDC in June, and now the manufacturer has indicated that supplies for HomePod might be limited at launch, in line with most Apple product launches (via Nikkei).

The news came from Inventec Appliances president David Ho during a press conference today. Although his comments never specifically mentioned "HomePod," the estimated time frame given for the release of the product -- late in 2017 -- and its description as a high-profile "smart home device," suggest it to be Apple's upcoming speaker. At WWDC, Apple...

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09:42
Upcoming Sony in-car audio systems will support...

Sony Electronics has announced its XAV-AX200 and MEX-GS820BT in-car audio systems, which sport support for Apple’s CarPlay. Both will be available by year’s end, but pricing hasn’t been announced. 

Compatible with iPhone 5 and later models, CarPlay provides a simplified way to use your iPhone interface on a car’s touch screen, giving users access to Siri voice controls, as well as Apple Maps, Apple Music, Phone, Messages, and a variety of third party apps. The tech takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while driving and puts them on your car’s built-in display. You can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music, all in a way that allows you to stay focused on the road.

As an enhancement to the XAV-AX100 receiver, the XAV-AX200 DVD receiver offers the latest technology to make the most out of long car journeys, while the MEX-GS820BT works as a high power in-car receiver.

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 9.7-inch iPad $50 off, Amazon...

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

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09:29
Apple says that more Smart Connector products are...

Apple says that vendors have products in the pipeline that will use its Smart Connector technology that debuted with the iPad Pro, reports Fast Company.

In fact, only four accessories support it: Apple’s Smart Keyboard and two keyboards and a docking station made by Logitech. Accessory makers told Fast Company that use of the Smart Connector have been slow because of wait times, high costs for Smart Connector components, and because praised Bluetooth is a better fit, at least for iPad keyboards. However, Apple tells the publication that “multiple companies” are now developing Smart Connector accessories. 

The Smart Connector transfers data and power between iPad Pro and compatible accessories. No batteries or charging is required. For instance, when youattach a compatible keyboard, you can immediately start typing. When you...

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09:23
Backblaze 5.0.0.110 - Online backup service; $5/...

Backblaze is an online backup service designed from the ground-up for the Mac. With unlimited storage available for $5 per month, as well as a free 15-day trial, peace of mind is within reach with Backblaze.

  • Easy and automatic. A simple setup process and automatic continuous backups means having safe data is not only for the extremely savvy.
  • Safe and secure. Encrypted data on your computer is transmitted with a secure, encrypted connection and stored encrypted on the Backblaze servers. Never worry about your data's security.
  • Transparent and accessible. Browse and download your files online or have them overnighted to you on a DVD or USB drive for a flexible file or system restoring process.



Version 5.0.0.110:

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09:19
China plans a working committee to ‘oversee’ Apple’s...

China's Guizhou province, where Apple has set up its first data center in the country, plans to create a working committee chaired by communist party members to oversee the tech giant’s iCloud facility, reports Reuters. The Guizhou government says on its website (www.gzgov.gov.cn) that the iCloud working committee would be made up of around 10 members, such as Guizhou's Executive Vice Governor Qin Rupei, Deputy Secretary-general Ma Ningyu and other officials.

China has begun policing (some would say censoring) the Internet more closely and introduced a new cyber security law on June 1 that imposes tougher controls over data than in Europe and the U.S., including...

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09:12
Giveaway: Enter to win a cord-cutting package...




Plex is partnering with AppleInsider this week to give readers the chance to win a cord-cutting package complete with a lifetime Plex Pass, HDHomerun Connect Tuner and Mohu Leaf 50 Antenna. In addition to the grand prize, four lifetime Plex Passes are up for grabs.

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09:10
Analyst: Google will pay Apple $3 billion this year...

In a note to clients — as reported by CNBC — Bernstein analyst A.M. Sacconaghi Jr. says Google will pay Apple $3 billion this year to remain the default search engine on iPhones and iPads. Google paid Apple $1B billion for the privilege in 2014. 

The Google licensing payments are mostly profit for Apple. Bernstein estimates the payments could account for up to 5% of Apple’s operating profits in 2017. 

The analyst adds that Apple’s products account for about half of Google’s mobile search revenues. However, he adds, that in the future, Google might choose to stop the payments if it was fairly certain that Apple would continue to include its search engine on iOS devices based purely on customer demand.  

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09:07
Turning seven lines of code into a $9.2 billion...

In 2010, Patrick and John Collison, brothers from rural Ireland, began to debug this process. Their company, Stripe Inc., built software that businesses could plug into websites and apps to instantly connect with credit card and banking systems and receive payments. The product was a hit with Silicon Valley startups. Businesses such as Lyft, Facebook, DoorDash, and thousands that aspired to be like them turned Stripe into the financial backbone of their operations.

This is a great read. They have done exceptionally well in a cut-throat business.

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09:03
∞ The story behind the song ‘Brandy (You’re a Fine...

What a great song.

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09:03
Analyst: Apple will ship 500,000 HomePods in December

Inventec Appliances says it will start shipping Apple’s HomePod smart speaker late this year, which matches Apple’s December launch date.  

In a note to clients, Fubon Securities analyst Arthur Liao predicts the Apple supplier will ship 500,000 units of HomePod in 2017 and that the late-launching device will contribute less than 1% of the company’s revenues. Next year, the company will reportedly have to split HomePod orders with Hon Hai Precision Industry or Foxconn, likely due to Apple’s dislike for relying on one supplier.

Apple’s HomePod is expected to go on sale in December and cost $349. The device is just under seven inches tall and looks like a piece of...

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08:59
Nine of Apple's Supply Chain Partners are...

Earlier today Patently Apple posted a report titled "Foxconn see's over 7% on-year Growth in July Revenues from their Consumer Electronics Line." Now we're able to see the bigger picture of how Apple suppliers are doing in a new Nikkei Asian Review report published this morning.

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08:56
RoboForm 8.4.0 - Password manager; syncs across all...

RoboForm is a password manager that offers one-click login, mobile syncing, easy form filling, and reliable security.

  • Password Manager. RoboForm remembers your passwords so you don't have to! Just remember your one Master Password and RoboForm remembers the rest- it's that easy! Our bookmark-style Logins automatically log you in to your favorite websites with one click.
  • Everywhere. Whether it's on your PC, Mac, phone, tablet, or even USB drive, RoboForm gives you secure access to your passwords wherever you go! One license works on all of your devices. You can be confident knowing that our advanced syncing technology always keeps each device up to date.
  • Security. RoboForm's industry-leading encryption technology securely stores your passwords, with one Master Password serving as your encryption key. Your Master Password is not stored on our servers and you're the only one that knows...
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08:53
Flip PDF: $19.99

We have a deal on Flip PDF, software that converts static PDFs into flippable magazines, catalogues, brochures, or books for Mac and PC. It’s $19.99 through us.


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08:53
Pondering the conversion from HFS+ to APFS

There’s a lot of excitement these days about the new APFS filesystem coming from Apple. I’m certainly excited about it; some of the promised features sound great. However, I’m going to make a bold suggestion: Don’t convert your production startup disk to APFS this Fall. Wait for the new filesystem to get some more mileage before making the switch. HFS+ is still a supported configuration for High Sierra, and sticking with the tried-and-true filesystem may save a lot of headaches and wasted time.

Mike is the founder of Bombich Software, the makers of Carbon Copy Cloner, so he knows a lot about file systems.

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08:41
Apple says more Smart Connector products for iPad...




A recent conversation with manufacturers mostly points the finger at Apple for slow rollout of Smart Connector peripherals, but Apple itself says that vendors have products in the pipeline using the technology.

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08:41
Nikkei: HomePod shipments in Q4 2017 likely to be...

A new report out today indicates that the Apple HomePod will likely be limited in quantity when it begins shipping out in the fourth quarter of this year. Inventec Appliances, which is also responsible for manufacturing AirPods, is expected to start with a limited shipment of HomePods that increases into the next year.

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08:38
BlackPods: Transform your Apple AirPods [Sponsor]

At BlackPods, we’ve developed a proprietary coating system specifically for Apple’s AirPods. Our three-phase finishing procedure utilizes the latest in solvent-based painting technology to yield a luxurious finish that exceeds U.S. Military specifications. Every pair of customized AirPods we produce is hand-finished by a team of skilled artisans. Whether you purchase them through us or send yours in, each pair of AirPods is subjected to a rigorous visual and quality inspection.

BlackPods sells their AirPods in two colors: BlackPods Classic (high-gloss black), and BlackPods Stealth (matte black). BlackPods Classic are available for $279, and BlackPods Stealth are available for $299. Both finishes include free domestic shipping. BlackPods also allows its customers to mail in their own AirPods for customization– $99 for high-gloss black and $119 for matte black.

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08:32
Chinese government sets up committee to watch over...




China's Guizhou province is setting up a working committee specifically to oversee Apple's new data center in the region, which was established to comply with cybersecurity laws that went into effect earlier this year.

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08:13
Cornell Parents/TidBITS Meetup with Adam & Tonya

If you’re bringing a child to start school at Cornell University this week, we’d love it if you could join us at a meetup for TidBITS readers.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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08:03
Review: Photolemur, the Mac app that uses AI to...

One of the problems of being a keen photographer is that it’s easy to slip into a mode where you treat every photograph as if it were a professional assignment. You can end up carrying around a lot of kit, and then spending a lot of time editing photos.

I now make a conscious effort to decide my objective in advance. Is it artistic – where the kit and the time will be justified by the result – or am I simply seeking to capture a memory of an event, aka a snapshot?

Even for proper photography, I rarely carry a DSLR these days: my trusty Sony a6300 copes with most things. But when I’m just after a snapshot, I try to keep things simple …

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07:57
Wall Street Analyst Estimates Google is Paying Apple...

During Apple's financial conference call earlier this month, Apple CEO touched on the topic of 'Services' by stating that "Services revenue hit an all-time quarterly record of $7.3 billion representing 22% growth over last year. Today we're learning that Google is paying Apple billions of dollars to remain the default search engine on iPhones and iPads which adds greatly to Apple's services revenue.

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07:55
News: Developing Smart Connector accessories proving...

While Apple touted the iPad Pro’s Smart Connector as a valuable new port for charging and linking accessories, so far only Apple itself and its close collaborator Logitech have produced anything to make use of it, Fast Company reports. While Apple has confirmed “multiple companies are now developing Smart Connector accessories,” those in the industry are looking at a daunting task when examining the market advantage Logitech has…

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07:52
Canary security system gains two-way audio feature,...

Canary already makes one of the best iOS-controlled smart home security cameras on the market, and the latest app update brings new features including two-way audio communication and improved live streaming. Canary has also introduced a new web app for viewing your live feed online.

more…

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07:51
What if Quentin Tarantino made spaghetti and...

[VIDEO] There are a few of these videos (food prep done in the style of famous directors), but this one (embedded in the main Loop post) just nailed the concept.

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07:50
TSMC in mass production of 10nm 'A11'...




TSMC is reportedly churning out 10-nanometer "A11" processors for Apple's "iPhone 8," which is likely to be announced early next month -- even if a ship date is still nebulous.

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07:47
“Every time I get in my car and plug in my iPhone,...

Wired:

EVERY TIME I get in my car and plug in my iPhone, the same exact song plays: “All of Me” by John Legend. But not the John Legend version, which would be much less embarrassing. No, the very first alphabetically sorted song in my Apple Music library is a cover of “All of Me” by the Dartmouth a cappella group The Dartmouth Aires. It’s not that I hate the song, or this version. It’s that I’ve heard the first 15 seconds of the song approximately 438 million times, blaring through my speakers as I open Spotify or Pocket Casts and play something I actually want.

Every iPhone user has a song like this.

And:

I could go on a whole bender here, ranting about how my phone should know what I want to listen to when I get into the car (probably whatever I was listening to five seconds before I got into the car!) and how annoying it is that the phone instead just plays the song in my library in the alphabetical pole position.

And:

Instead, I’ll...

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07:39
Taking your data plan to a new iPad

New York Times:

In the case of the iPad, you might be able to transfer your plan from the old tablet to the new one right in the settings, without having to fuss around with the hardware.

After you have gone through Apple’s sequence of steps for setting up a new iPad out of the box, tap open the Settings app on the home screen. On the Settings screen, choose Cellular Data on the left side and Set Up Cellular Data on the right. If your previous iPad uses a compatible SIM (subscriber identity module), you should see an option to transfer your existing plan over to the new iPad through your wireless carrier’s network. You need to know the user name and password for your account with the carrier to complete the move and activation process.

Tuck this one away for the next time you upgrade your iPad.

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07:20
Microsoft's Surface Smartphone Project may...

In late 2016 Patently Apple posted a patent report on Apple working on getting Apple Pencil to work with the iPhone. The report reminded readers of what Apple's CEO had stated in an interview in 2016: "And if you've ever seen what can be created with that pencil on an iPad or an iPhone, it's really unbelievable." While it's unknown when Apple will pull the trigger on that feature, Microsoft was granted a patent this month for a possible Surface smartphone working with their Surface Pen. Will Microsoft beat Apple to market with such a feature? We'd certainly hate to see that happen.

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07:13
DiskCatalogMaker 7.2.3 - Catalog your disks.

DiskCatalogMaker is a simple disk management tool which catalogs disks.

  • Simple, light-weight, and fast
  • Finder-like intuitive look and feel
  • Super-fast search algorithm
  • Can compress catalog data for disk space
  • Can generate thumbnail images
  • Long Unicode file name support
  • ZIP / RAR / 7-Zip / StuffIt / tar / gzip / bzip2 / CompactPro / LHA archive formats support
  • A Mach-O application (OS X-native format)



Version 7.2.3:

  • Tuned UI for better user experience
  • Fixed compatibility issues with OS X 10.7
  • Updated the Sparkle in-app software updater to the latest version



  • OS X 10.7 or later



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07:12
News: New videos appear to show assembly processes,...

YouTube star Danny Winget claims to have obtained dummy models of the iPhone 8 in three colors, showing the mockups off in his latest video. Winglet’s non-functional devices show the silver and copper/gold coming with white front bezels and cutouts, leaving the black as the only model with the black bezels and cutouts if Apple sticks to three colors as previously rumored. The silver has a glass back with shinier stainless steel sides, and the…

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06:59
New Blurry Videos Potentially Show iPhone 8 on...

Less than one month before Apple is expected to unveil its new iPhone lineup, two videos have surfaced that may show the so-called iPhone 8 passing through the production line at a factory presumably located in China.

The videos surfaced on Chinese microblogging service Weibo earlier today, and were later uploaded to YouTube by Dutch blog TechTastic.

Both videos are short and blurry, so it's hard to make out exactly what is being shown. The production line could simply be for the multitude of iPhone 8 dummy models that have surfaced over the past few months.

Apple's contract manufacturers like Foxconn have strict security measures in place to prevent employees from bringing smartphones inside factories, so the videos could very well be completely unrelated to real...

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06:57
Leaked Videos Show iPhone 8 Back Panels on Foxconn’s...

Starting off the week—or the day—with another iPhone 8 leak is pretty much the standard routine, and the latest comes in the form of a couple videos claiming to show the Foxconn production line where the new phones are being assembled.


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06:54
Snapchat Pokémon update lets you pose as Pikachu for...

The Pokémon Company International has teamed up with Snapchat to launch a new Pikachu Lens available now for a limited time, the company announced today.

more…

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06:51
Spotify 1.0.60.492. - Stream music, create playlists...

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

The music you love, whenever you want it

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



Version 1.0.60.492.:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated



  • OS X 10.9 or later...

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06:36
Beijing urges subway riders to pay with smartphones...

Caixin:

Beijing’s 274 subways stations let you pay with nothing more than your smartphone — as long as it’s not an iPhone, which currently doesn’t support the technology.

On Monday, authorities began rolling out citywide promotions for the wireless function, which allows direct payment from 160 smartphone models, including those from Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., Xiaomi Inc. and Samsung.

And:

But the service is unavailable for iPhone users because Apple doesn’t currently allow the required near-field communication (NFC) technology on its handsets to connect to third-party payment terminals in China, BMAC said.

And:

An upgrade to Apple’s iOS operating system due this fall will enable the latest iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models to read more third-party NFC devices, according to company information released at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June.

A BMAC employee told Caixin that the state-run company doesn’t know for now...

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06:35
Taiwanese Apple suppliers see revenue climb almost...

We learned earlier today that Foxconn’s revenue was up 7.5% year-on-year, and the Nikkei Asian Review notes that Foxconn is not the only Taiwanese Apple supplier to see its revenues rise …

more…

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06:27
Rumors tap Apple's new 'iPhone 8'...




At Apple's primary assembly partner, Foxconn, the copper-tinged version of the "iPhone 8" is known internally as "blush gold," according to rumors circulated over the weekend.

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06:19
Homeless iPhone

Fabrice Dubois:

So, apparently the next iPhone won’t have a physical Home button. There’s been much speculation already about what that means for the user. The bottom area of the device, for some, will be used to host the navigation bar items, as well as a virtual Home button.

This article describes another possibility.

This post does two thing:

  1. It does a nice job of talking through the iOS 11 home button experience on the iPad, making the case that the new “swipe up from the bottom edge” reduces the need for the Home button.

  2. Offers a nice conceptual take for the iPhone, which does not offer that bottom edge gesture, at least not as of the current iOS 11 beta.

Interesting take. I doubt we’ll see such a chance in a future beta, but perhaps some food for thought for iOS 12.

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06:14
Apple Pay Misses Opportunity with Beijing Transit by...

reports today that "Everyone in Beijing can now get on to public transport with the tap of a smartphone — everyone except Apple iPhone users. In the bigger picture, Apple’s offering, which was launched in China in early 2016, has not made it into the top 10 payment apps in the country.

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06:13
Finally, some UK HomeKit switches and sockets as...

The UK has lagged some way behind the US when it comes to HomeKit devices – especially if you want things that don’t look like HomeKit devices. This is set to change in October when LightwaveRF will offer its new light switches and plug sockets.

Unlike things like Elgato Eve, which require a relatively bulky addition to a power socket, and Philips Hue switches, which supplement existing wired ones, Lightwave is offering units that can simply replace your existing fittings …

more…

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06:06
Amazon recalls eclipse glasses; U.S. sellers stunned...

I got this notice from Amazon over the weekend:

We’re writing to provide you with important safety information about the eclipse products you purchased on Amazon (order #113-5832038-7027461 for Daylight Sky G021 Plastic Solar Eclipse Glasses with Carry Case, Adult Size, Cool Style and Look, CE and ISO Tested, Safe Solar Viewing, (3 Glasses and 3 Cases), 3 Piece).

To protect your eyes when viewing the sun or an eclipse, NASA and the American Astronomical Society (AAS) advise you to use solar eclipse glasses or other solar filters from recommended manufacturers. Viewing the sun or an eclipse using any other glasses or filters could result in loss of vision or permanent blindness.

Amazon has not received confirmation from the supplier of your order that they sourced the item from a recommended manufacturer. We recommend that you DO NOT use this product to view the sun or the eclipse.

I suspect that this is about liability and on advice from Amazon’s legal...

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06:00
$49.99 for lifetime access to 2TB of Cloud Storage....

Most cloud storage services have one common problem: you pay for them on a subscription basis, and that $2.99 a month can add up over the years. That's what's great about today's deal on Zoolz Cloud Storage. With a onetime $49.99 purchase, you can use your 2TB of storage space for as long as you're alive to use it.

Zoolz is highly rated, getting 4.5 out of 5 stars from Reviewster and named the Number 1 Best Business Cloud Storage Service by TopTenReviews. Your purchase provides these benefits:

  • Store 2TB of data for life, w/ no additional costs
  • Quickly & easily select the files you want to store w/ Smart Selection
  • Retrieve stored files in...
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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Zoolz Cloud Storage, 2TB Lifetime...

For Monday’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering a Lifetime Subscription to 2TB of Zoolz Cloud Storage for only $49.99 — that’s 98% off the regular price. This plan provides 2TB of extremely affordable “cold storage” to safely store huge amounts of data that rarely gets used. Additional features include 256-bit AES encryption, backup scheduling, bandwidth throttling, file retention, and more. Get a lifetime subscription to…

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05:58
Self-contained, Smart Fusion guitar launches with...

The line of $1,399 Fusion Guitars are now available online to musicians in the U.S. Billed as "the world's most advanced electric guitar" they allow musicians to unplug, learn and create music just about anywhere.

Incorporating a built-in amp, speakers and iPhone integration for access to tones, guitar effects and apps, these next generation musical instruments feature:

  • An Apple iPhone and iPod dock with 24-bit/96kHz audio interface;
  • A full-scale high quality maple neck with the option of rosewood or maple fingerboar;
  • A built-in 20 Watt Class-D amplifier module with low noise (-90dB);
  • HD speakers — two full range speakers plus a higher frequency tweeter aimed upward;
  • A patented floating speaker box, a feature that allows the speaker to "float" in the guitar body on rubber mounts. This design reduces the amount of vibration transmission between the guitar body and...
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05:56
∞ More on Consumer Reports flipping Microsoft...

On Friday, we posted news about Consumer Reports very publicly changing their Microsoft Surface opinion to “Not recommended”. From our post:

Take this change with a grain of salt, give the experts a chance to dig through the methodology. But no matter the ultimate resolution, this certainly gives a black eye to Microsoft’s Surface brand.

Over the weekend, I ran across this take from Ben Bajarin (it’s from a subscription-only newsletter, but Ben graciously gave me permission to repost it here):

I want to briefly comment on a consumer reports article that came out yesterday. CR officially does not recommend Microsoft Surface hardware based from their interviews and survey of 91,741 laptop and tablet owners. They claim 25% of...

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05:54
Pair of videos purport to show 'iPhone 8'...




Two videos published on Chinese social media depict workers polishing the enclosure of what appears to be the "iPhone 8," as well as a a rack to allow air circulation around the parts without human contact, or stacking.

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05:29
Canalys reports that Apple is poised to capture the...

On August third Patently Apple posted a report titled "Xiaomi is the World's Leader in Bottom of the Barrel $29 Fitness Band Wearables while Apple Leads in Smartwatches." Apple is the leader in true advanced smartwatches with no equal. Throwing Apple into a broad category like 'wearables' has them appear to be losing to cheap band makers like Xiaomi and Fitbit. Now the market is going to get more interesting with the arrival of smartwatches with cellular capability.

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05:00
Intel, Toyota, other firms create consortium to help...

A number of tech and automotive firms including Intel, Toyota, and Ericsson announced the creation of a consortium that will focus on building a “big data” ecosystem for self-driving cars. The consortium will also focus on technologies such as driver assistance and using real-time data.

Other partners in the Automotive Edge Computing Consortium (AECC) include Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo, and auto parts maker Denso. The automaker said that data traffic between vehicles and cloud servers is predicted to hit 10 exabytes per month by 2025, creating the need for “new architectures of network and computing infrastructure” to handle it.

The consortium will also “define requirements and develop use cases for emerging mobile devices with a particular focus on the automotive industry, bringing them to standards bodies, industry consortiums and solution providers.”

Last Wednesday, Intel announced plans to place more than 100 self-driving vehicles on the roads. These...

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05:00
Satechi Smart Charging Stand is a well designed,...

The $34.99 Satechi Smart Charging Stand lets you charge a total of four devices simultaneously, so it’s perfect for a desk/nightstand or for juicing up your Apple devices in, say, a hotel room.

Available in silver, gold, space grey and rose gold, it also docks, and showcases your Apple Watch, iPhone and other devices. The Smart Charging Stand packs one USB port inside the stand and three USB ports on its base. You can also conveniently store small items such as USB adapters and card readers inside the base, which helps prevent them from getting lost. The stand is also great for neatly tucking away cords within its base.

The Satechi Smart Charging Stand’s can charge up to 5V/2.4A Max per port for a total of six amps. Each port can automatically detects your device, allowing you to charge your Apple Watch, FitBit Blaze, and iPad, iPhone, Bose Radio or any other devices at the same time.

The Smart Charging Stand — which measures 3.5 x 2.99 x 3.6 inches and weighs...

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05:00
You might flip for Flipping Legend's free,...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money). 

There were plenty of endless arcade-style games before Crossy Road, but Hipster Whale’s game was so wildly fun, so vibrantly styled, and so pure and friendly in its freemium approach that it seemed to create a whole new genre of descendants.

To read this article in full or to leave a...

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04:42
Foxconn revenue up 7% year-on-year as company heads...

Foxconn has reported July revenues of NT$315.06 billion (US$10.62 billion), up 7.53% year-on-year. Its revenue would have been even higher but strong consumer electronics income was offset by poorer performance elsewhere in the business …

more…

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04:30
Apple patent filing involves ‘augmented reality...

Thanks to Apple’s ARKit, we know that augmented reality (AR) is coming to the iPhone and iPad. And a new Apple patent (number 20170228935) for “augmented reality based on wireless ranging” hints at the company’s long range plans for AR.

According to the invention, a wireless communication device (think iPhone) may locate a proximate object in an environment, such as an electronic device or a resource. During this communication technique, the iOS device may receive a transmission that includes an identifier associated with the object. 

The iPhone may determine a range and/or a direction of the object from the wireless communication device. For example, the iOS device may determine the range and/or the direction, at least in part, using wireless ranging. Next, the device may present output information that indicates the range and/or the direction. In particular, the iPhone may display a map of a proximate area with an indicator representative of the object shown on the...

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04:20
Apple Maps Transit Directions Now Available in...

reporting that Apple Maps has been updated with transit data in Hungary, enabling iPhone users to navigate with public transportation directions in Budapest ...

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04:12
Kool Tools: BEZALEL’s Omnia car charger

BEZALEL’s Omnia in-car wireless charger — boasting an Apple-inspired design, materials and construction — is part of the company’s total wireless charging solution for the iPhone 6 and 7, which also includes the Latitude wireless charging case and Futura X wireless charging pad. 

The Omnia clips securely to any dashboard air vent, and has an adjustable mount that rotates so the phone may be viewed in portrait or landscape position. It powers up the iPhone wirelessly while providing hands-free calling and access to all the phone’s apps. 

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04:10
Wireless VR set to strain data networks

A new report from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) on virtual reality (VR) forecasts that wireless VR headsets (smartphone-based and standalone) data consumption will grow by over 650% over the next four years, from nearly 2,800PB (Petabytes) in 2017 to over 21,000PB in 2021.

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04:01
Stacks 3.5.3 - New way to create pages in...

Stacks is a new way to create pages in RapidWeaver. It's a plugin designed to combine drag-and-drop simplicity with the power of fluid layout.

Features

  • Fluid Layout: Stacks lets you build pages that flow text to the dimensions of a theme even if the theme has a variable width. You can build flowing columns, flexible rows, and tiles of images.
  • Nesting Objects: Build columns within columns within rows within columns. Or group a stack of objects inside a box. Almost anything is possible with Stacks.
  • Download More Stacks:There are hundreds of professionally designed free and low cost stacks ready for download. Easily add amazing content to your site.
  • Live Image Editing: Resize, rotate, and style your images with an easy to use HUD and see the changes happen right in the layout.
  • Pros Welcome: Because Stacks builds layout with...
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04:00
Very sketchy low-quality videos claim to give a look...

We’ve been seeing a lot of dummy models of the iPhone 8s of late. These are incredibly detailed and hard to tell from a real device, but a Dutch site now claims to have video of the real thing on the production line.

Both videos are short and very poor quality, and there appears to be good reason to doubt that claim …

more…

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04:00
Spending on AR, VR predicted to double (or more)...

Good news for Apple and its ARKit: worldwide revenues for the augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) market are forecast to increase by 100% or more over each of the next four years, according to the latest update to the Worldwide Semiannual Augmented and Virtual Reality Spending Guide from the International Data Corporation (IDC). 

At this summer’s Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple introduced ARKit. It allows developers to tap into the latest computer vision technologies to build detailed virtual content on top of real-world scenes for interactive gaming, immersive shopping experiences, industrial design and more. According to IDC, total spending on AR/VR products and services is expected to soar from $11.4 billion in 2017 to nearly $215 billion 2021, achieving a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 113.2% along the way.

The research group says the industry...

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03:50
Firefox 55.0.1 - Fast, safe Web browser.

Firefox offers a fast, safe Web browsing experience. Browse quickly, securely, and effortlessly. With its industry-leading features, Firefox is the choice of Web development professionals and casual users alike.

The Web, as it's meant to be experienced

Features

  • Faster than Safari. Firefox stays speedy when other browsers become sluggish.
  • More private than Chrome. Firefox respects your privacy by minimizing suggestive pop-ups.
  • Bursting with features. Tabbed browsing, developer tools, extensions -- Firefox has it all, giving you the power to explore, customize, and create like never before.



Version 55.0.1:

Fixed

  • Fix a rendering issue with some PKCS#11 libraries
  • Fix a problem causing What's new pages not to be displayed
  • Fix a regression the tab restoration process
  • Disable the...
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03:38
Foxconn see's over 7% on-year Growth in July...

On Saturday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Foxconn's Missed Quarter was Due to Heavy Nokia and Snapdeal Losses and nothing to do with the iPhone." Today we're learning that Foxconn reported 7% growth in consumer electronics ...

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03:35
Alleged Foxconn Insider Claims Copper-Like iPhone 8...

Earlier this month, dummy model images began circulating on Chinese microblogging site Weibo that suggested Apple's "iPhone 8" would be available in three colors, including black, white, and an option referred to as "champagne gold" which was said to be closer to a copper color than the rose gold iPhones currently available.

Over the weekend, mobile leaker Benjamin Geskin shared information in a Twitter post from an alleged Foxconn insider, claiming that the internal name of the new iPhone 8 color is "Blush Gold".

Foxconn's internal name of the new #iPhone8 color is "Blush Gold" (腮红金)
Barcode says "Blush Gold 64GB / 128GB" pic.twitter.com/MZPTfVAr2P

— Benjamin Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1)...

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Aug. 14, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Lozange Lab has introduced Swim Out 1.0. It’s a $1.99, strategic, turn-based puzzle game that will “transport” you to a sunny day by the swimming pool, the river or the sea, in a relaxing and refreshing atmosphere. It offers seven chapters combining 12 different types of swimmers and features over 100 levels.

macOS Apps/Updates

Maintain has served up Cocktail 10.4.2 (Sierra Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running macOS Sierra.

It’s a general purpose utility for macOS that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. The new version adds ability to perform essential system maintenance...

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03:19
Samsung's Upcoming Note 8 will try to Catch Up...

In May Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung's Next-Gen Note 8 will introduce a Dual Lens Camera to help it better Compete with Apple's iPhone 7 and 8." A new Korean based report published this morning states that "Samsung Electronics has finally decided to use dual camera and started a process that will start to change cameras that are used for its Smartphones.

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03:00
The Morning After: Monday, August 14th 2017

It's Monday morning! Over the weekend you may have missed more HBO hacker leaks, and how you can now get Google's Pixel phone's camera tricks on other smartphones.

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02:15
London police issue head-mounted cameras to armed...

London's Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) will soon issue body-worn video cameras to armed officers. Members of the city's Firearms Command will be required to wear them on their caps or ballistic helmets in the field. The placement differs to regul...

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01:31
Study finds massive volcano range hidden in...

A new study claims to have found a huge expanse of volcanoes lurking beneath the ice in Antarctica. Scientists unearthed a total of 91 previously undiscovered volcanoes -- some stretching up to 3,850 metres (12,600 feet) in height -- in the region kn...

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Sunday August 13

23:58
Netflix signs Shonda Rhimes away from ABC in huge...

Disney recently turned the screws on Netflix by pulling its content and unveiling a streaming service of its own, but now the tables have turned. Netflix revealed that it has signed Shonda Rhimes away from Disney-owned ABC to a multiyear production d...

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22:42
The TRAPPIST-1 star system may be too old for life

We hate to further quash hopes that the TRAPPIST-1 star system can harbor life, but... it's not looking great. Researchers have determined that the dwarf star is between 5.4 billion years old and 9.8 billion years old, or considerably older than the...

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20:59
Amadeus Pro 2.4.2 - Multitrack sound recorder/editor...

Amadeus Pro lets you use your Mac for any audio-related task, such as live audio recording, digitizing tapes and records, converting between a variety of sound formats, etc. Thanks to its outstanding direct-to-disk abilities and waveform caching, edits on arbitrarily large sounds (even beyond the usual 2GB limit) are performed at lightning speed. The handling of large sounds is furthermore facilitated by the extensive support of markers. Its outstanding sound repairing and denoising abilities make Amadeus Pro particularly suitable for transferring vinyl records on CD.

Amadeus Pro Features

  • Simple and elegant OS X-like user interface
  • Multitrack editing an recording.
  • Batch processing and conversion.
  • Sound denoising and repairing.
  • Supports a variety of sound formats, including AIFF, Multichannel Wave, MP3, MP4, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, SoundDesigner II, QuickTime, Apple CAF, etc.
  • Support for VST and Audio Unit...
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20:30
Banktivity 6.1.2

Fixes a smattering of bugs for the personal finance app. ($64.99 new, free update, 19.0 MB)

 

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20:11
Gene editing technique could treat ALS and...

The most common gene editing technique, CRISPR-Cas9, only modifies DNA. That's helpful in most cases, but it means that you can't use it to tackle RNA-based diseases. Thankfully, that might not be a problem for much longer. After plenty of talk about...

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18:35
HBO refuses to play ball with hackers as more...

HBO says it will not negotiate with the hackers who made off with 1.5 terabytes of its data. The statement contradicts the recent leaked email screenshot from the hackers, which showed the broadcaster offering a $250,000 bug bounty payment. However,...

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18:17
Inside Apple’s coup attempt on Google

Obviously, “coup attempt” is ridiculous hyperbole (ironic from a web site called “Market Realist”) but definitely a shot across the bow.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:08
Feds might force table-saw makers to adopt radically...

I’m a danger to myself and others whenever I use any kind of tool and table saws in particular scare the living daylights out of me. But forcing manufacturers to use the “safe” saw technology presents its own challenges.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:01
∞ How to bow in Japan and exchange business cards

When I attended the last (sadly) Macworld Expo, I stressed out over the proper etiquette of bowing and exchanging business cards. I wish I had had this video back then. These kinds of Japanese customs and rules are fascinating to me.

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17:53
Amadeus Pro 2.4.2 - Multitrack sound recorder/editor...

Amadeus Pro lets you use your Mac for any audio-related task, such as live audio recording, digitizing tapes and records, converting between a variety of sound formats, etc. Thanks to its outstanding direct-to-disk abilities and waveform caching, edits on arbitrarily large sounds (even beyond the usual 2GB limit) are performed at lightning speed. The handling of large sounds is furthermore facilitated by the extensive support of markers. Its outstanding sound repairing and denoising abilities make Amadeus Pro particularly suitable for transferring vinyl records on CD.

Amadeus Pro Features

  • Simple and elegant OS X-like user interface
  • Multitrack editing an recording.
  • Batch processing and conversion.
  • Sound denoising and repairing.
  • Supports a variety of sound formats, including AIFF, Multichannel Wave, MP3, MP4, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, SoundDesigner II, QuickTime, Apple CAF, etc.
  • Support for VST and Audio Unit...
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17:02
Waymo patents cars that soften to safeguard...

Self-driving cars are supposed to be safer by nature, as they shouldn't make nearly as many driving errors as humans. However, Waymo might not be willing to take any chances. The Alphabet-owned company recently received a patent for technology that w...

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15:31
Facebook knew about Snap's struggles months...

You may have only recently discovered that Snap isn't having much luck attracting new users, but Facebook knew months before -- and there's a chance you helped it find out. The Wall Street Journal has learned just how Facebook has been using app usag...

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14:59
Lowest Price Anywhere: B&H has Apple's 15...




B&H Photo is knocking $500 off Apple's Late 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro this weekend. Now $1,899 with free expedited shipping and no tax collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ, this deal on the Touch Bar model in Space Gray provides shoppers with the lowest price available from an Apple authorized reseller. Quantities are limited.

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14:01
Android Wear updates leave glitches with Assistant...

It's... not the best time to have an Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch on your wrist. Owners are reporting bugs with the wearable software that have either persisted through or appear to be caused by recent updates. Most notably, Google Assistant is outr...

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12:28
Amazon offers refunds for dodgy solar eclipse glasses

Did you buy a low-cost pair of eclipse glasses hoping to watch the August 21st solar eclipse without spending a fortune? Amazon might be reaching out to you. The company has confirmed a recent Verge report that it's "proactively" refunding purchases...

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12:08
Hands on: Due 2.5 for iPhone bolsters Apple Watch...




The persistent, nagging To Do app Due adds watchOS 3 features in its latest version 2.5 update to keep you working, and focused on your critical task at hand.

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11:14
Sketchy report says copper gold iPhone 8 may be...

It was reported last week that the iPhone 8 will come in a new copper gold color shade, alongside white and black. Now, a post on Chinese social sharing site Weibo claims Apple’s name for the color will be “Blush Gold.”

more…

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10:57
Algorithm shows the data you give away when clicking...

If you're roaming the internet, you might run across recommendation engines. Some offer products or services you'd actually want to use, but does interacting with them harm your privacy even more? Researchers developed an algorithm to reveal how much...

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09:30
The best sous vide machine and gear

By Tim Barribeau and Nick Guy

This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best homewares. When readers choose to buy The Sweethome's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that suppor...

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09:20
Backups, APFS, High Sierra, and You – Mac Geek Gab...

Cool Stuff Found starts the episode, then it’s on to a few things related to backups, including how High Sierra’s APFS will affect you. Listener tips and some other, unrelated questions are answered, and then there’s a nice, juicy segment on meshifying your home without buying mesh for all of you, too. Press play and enjoy!


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08:20
Broadway’s ‘Hamilton’ releases new iOS app with...

Hamilton fans rejoice: this generation’s most popular Broadway musical now has an iOS app. The new app “Hamilton: The Official App” allows users to enter ticket lotteries, buy merchandise, send iMessage stickers, and much more.

more…

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08:15
A Top Geek Site has Discovered Benchmarks for a Mac...

Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Intel Surprises with new Core X-Series Processor Family with Economical 8 Core / 16 Thread to Challenge AMD's Ryzen." The report provided a chart listing the new high powered i9 and i7 Core processors. One of the new processors was the i9 7900X. We're now learning that an iMac Pro running this processor was spotted ...

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08:00
After Math: Come out and burn

As the current presidential administration keeps trying its best to be America's last, let's take a moment from the existential horror of nuclear annihilation at the hands of the world's other wannabe king and see who's been killing it in tech this w...

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07:46
What product are you most excited for Apple to...

Earlier this week, we rounded up everything Apple still has to announce this year. While the company has already released a handful of products this year, it still has quite a bit in the pipeline.

What product still to come are you most excited to see?

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07:20
Will Apple Advance their Smart Connector beyond the...

Last week Fast Company posted a report titled "Why the iPad Pro Smart Connector Accessory Business Isn’t Booming." Although the report states at one point that "Apple confirmed that multiple companies are now developing Smart Connector accessories," the report really doesn't offer us a single meaningful clue as to what that could mean. Yet a new trend is emerging from new smartphone vendors that could provide us with at least a clue as to what Apple may be thinking of.

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06:30
Ben Heck’s Logic Gate board game: the finale

The team has had their troubles with the Logic Gate board game, so is it time to put it out to pasture? The group meets with Hari from element14 to help determine how much it would realistically cost to bring the product to market with the compon...

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03:32
Microsoft and Intel want Bitcoin tech in your...

Blockchain is practically tailor-made for business, and not just because it's a cornerstone of Bitcoin. Its decentralized, speedy approach to secure transactions is more convenient for tracking cargo around the world or providing digital IDs to thos...

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Saturday August 12

23:22
Super-thin semiconductors delay the 'death...

Silicon has been the backbone of processors for decades, but it's rapidly approaching its physical limits: making a chip on a process smaller than 5 nanometers is usually impossible without introducing problems. How is Moore's Law for chip complexity...

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20:59
Stacks 3.5.2 - New way to create pages in...

Stacks is a new way to create pages in RapidWeaver. It's a plugin designed to combine drag-and-drop simplicity with the power of fluid layout.

Features

  • Fluid Layout: Stacks lets you build pages that flow text to the dimensions of a theme even if the theme has a variable width. You can build flowing columns, flexible rows, and tiles of images.
  • Nesting Objects: Build columns within columns within rows within columns. Or group a stack of objects inside a box. Almost anything is possible with Stacks.
  • Download More Stacks:There are hundreds of professionally designed free and low cost stacks ready for download. Easily add amazing content to your site.
  • Live Image Editing: Resize, rotate, and style your images with an easy to use HUD and see the changes happen right in the layout.
  • Pros Welcome: Because Stacks builds layout with...
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20:10
Google Pixel camera trick comes to other phones...

Much of the Google Pixel's photographic prowess comes from its software -- it's particularly good at high dynamic range photos thanks to its HDR+ mode, which fills in gobs of detail while reducing the blur you sometimes see in HDR shots. But do you h...

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18:33
'2 Dope Queens' podcast comes to HBO next...

Comedians Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson are bringing their hit podcast 2 Dope Queens to HBO. The network has announced that four one-hour 2 Dope Queens comedy specials will be airing on the network in 2018. This comes about a year and a half s...

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18:28
Stacks 3.5.2 - New way to create pages in...

Stacks is a new way to create pages in RapidWeaver. It's a plugin designed to combine drag-and-drop simplicity with the power of fluid layout.

Features

  • Fluid Layout: Stacks lets you build pages that flow text to the dimensions of a theme even if the theme has a variable width. You can build flowing columns, flexible rows, and tiles of images.
  • Nesting Objects: Build columns within columns within rows within columns. Or group a stack of objects inside a box. Almost anything is possible with Stacks.
  • Download More Stacks:There are hundreds of professionally designed free and low cost stacks ready for download. Easily add amazing content to your site.
  • Live Image Editing: Resize, rotate, and style your images with an easy to use HUD and see the changes happen right in the layout.
  • Pros Welcome: Because Stacks builds layout with...
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17:01
Infiniti prototype melds a 1940s race car with EV...

As a rule, electric car concepts embrace the future. Even those with a retro flavor are clearly products of the 21st century. Don't tell that to Infiniti, however -- it's going deep into the past. Nissan's luxury badge has unveiled the Prototype 9, a...

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15:32
HTC's U11 will support Bluetooth 5.0 when...

HTC's U11 surprised us when we reviewed it -- most of the company's phones have been hit-or-miss for a few years now. But the U11 is a solid Android option, and HTC just announced it'll be a little more future-proof now, as the device just received c...

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13:59
Facebook secretly launched a mobile app in China

Facebook has largely been shut out of China since 2009, but that isn't stopping it from getting involved in the country... albeit in very roundabout ways. The New York Times has learned that Facebook released a photo sharing app in China, Colorful Ba...

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12:34
iOS 10 Quietly Deprecated A Crucial API For VoIP and...

neutrino38 warns that iOS 10 includes a significant change "overlooked by the general public":
It deprecates an API that is crucial for VoIP and other instant messaging applications that enable keeping one socket active despite the fact that the application would run in the background. As a replacement, developers need to use PushKit: when an incoming call is to be forwarded to an iOS VoIP client, the VoIP infrastructure needs to:

- withold the call
- contact Apple push infrastructure using a proprietary protocol to wake up the client app remotely
- wait for the application to reconnect to the infrastructure and release the call when it is ready

This "I know better than you" approach is meant to further optimize battery life on iOS devices by avoiding the use of resources by apps running in background. It has also the positive effect of forcing developers to switch to a push model and remove all periodic pollings that ultimately use mobile data and...

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12:31
Studio Ghibli reopens for Hayao Miyazaki's new...

Just a few years ago, Studio Ghibli's future was in the air after co-founder and legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki (supposedly) retired. The place is about to be jumping again, however, as the studio announced that it has re-opened to start productio...

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11:12
Video: 13" vs. 15" 2017 MacBook Pro -...




Apple's MacBook Pro lineup was recently updated with faster processors and more affordable configurations, but choosing the best model for your needs can be a tough decision. AppleInsider brings some clarity to the situation, helping you narrow down your choices.

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10:58
AI beats top 'Dota 2' players in one-on-...

Artificial intelligence isn't just good at playing Go -- it can also emerge victorious in the eSports arena. The Elon Musk-backed OpenAI team has developed a machine learning system that has beaten "many" of the best pro Dota 2 players in one-on-one...

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09:30
Recommended Reading: The rise and fall of '...

'Mortal Kombat's' 1997
Was the Opposite
of a Flawless Victory
Matt Gerardi,
AV Club

The Mortal Kombat franchise was riding high... and then 1997 rolled around. AV Club takes a look at the hot streak before the release of two games and a movie in...

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08:58
This week’s top stories: New iPhone 8 color details...

In this week’s top stories: iPhone 8 leaks continue, Apple releases new betas for iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS, we outline the products Apple still has to unveil this year, and more. Read on for all of this week’s news…

more…

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08:12
SoundCloud secures its ‘largest financing round,’...

As rumors suggested earlier this month, SoundCloud has officially confirmed that it has secured investments from The Raine Group and Temasek. The company outlined the investments in a blog post, while it also announced that former Vimeo executive Kerry Trainor will be taking over as CEO…

more…

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08:00
The 12 best buys in motorcycles for 2017

As an avid rider, I see a lot of great bikes on this list.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:37
Apple working with ‘multiple companies’ on new Smart...

With the launch of the iPad Pro, Apple unveiled its new Smart Connector technology to allow accessory makers to more seamlessly integrate with the device. Two years after the first iPad Pro’s release, however, the Smart Connector hasn’t necessarily gained a whole lot of traction. A new report from Fast Company this week offers some insight into Apple’s efforts to have accessory makers adopt the Smart Connector…

more…

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07:30
Playing professional 'Call of Duty' with...

Ian Wyatt doesn't remember the moment he lost half of his thumb. He was 1 year old, sitting in his family's driveway against the side of an exercise bike while his 7-year-old brother played with the pedals, pumping them around and around to make the...

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07:11
Apple Granted a Pair of Apple Watch Band Designs in...

Late yesterday the Hong Kong Patent and Trademark Office published two Apple design patents covering an Apple Watch Band. Surprisingly the band win is for the Nike Sport Band.

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07:05
How to play Nintendo Switch and other game consoles...

From 9to5Toys:

The 5K iMac features a great display, but it comes with no built in input options for connecting external media sources like gaming consoles. Yet, there is a way to play gaming consoles like Nintendo Switch and PS4 on the iMac’s display. By wielding the Elgato Game Capture HD60 S external capture device, it’s easy to direct video output from you favorite gaming console to your iMac’s display.

Normally thought of for its capturing abilities, the HD60 S, is headlined by its superior low-latency properties. The low latency makes the HD60 S an ideal solution for displaying the Nintendo Switch in full screen at up to 1080p at 60 fps. It’s not perfect,...

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05:38
Street Artist Plasters Fake Anti-Google Ads in...

A Google engineer got fired this week for distributing a 10-page memo arguing that the gender gap between men and women working in tech and leadership positions is due to biological and psychological differences. Yesterday a series of anti-google fake ads began to pop up with one showing the late Steve Jobs ..

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05:00
The hottest Apple-related news for the week of...

There’s a lot happening in the world of Apple news this week. Following are the hottest articles for the week of July 30-August 4.

Apple must be cooking up some interesting products in its secret labs. The company spending on research and development totaled $2.9 billion for the third fiscal quarter that ended on July 1, rising 15% year-over-year compared to a revenue gain of 7% for the same period, reports the Wall Street Journal. This brought the tech giant’s R&D spending to $11.2 billion for the previous 12 months — about 5% of the company’s revenue for the period.

Apple has been granted a...

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05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend. We'll take a look back at some of the big stories from earlier this week, plus SoundCloud's survival and a big upgrade for No Man's Sky.

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04:08
Foxconn's Missed Quarter was Due to Heavy Nokia...

Bloomberg posted a report yesterday titled "Hon Hai Profit Disappoints as Sales Sag Ahead of New iPhone. The report pointed to "possible delays in mass production" of the iPhone 8 for the poor quarterly results. In reality Bloomberg's headline was misleading and contrary to the facts that a new report sheds light on this morning.

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Friday August 11

23:28
Vizio TVs add the Google Play video app

Vizio has been adding streaming apps to its smart TVs these past few weeks, including Netflix and Amazon Video. The latest addition to its streaming apps collection? Google Play Movies & TV. The company is making the app available on its high-end...

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22:02
Hands on: Find anything fast on your Mac with the...




If you wrote it, read it or saw it on your Mac, Atlas Recall can find it again swiftly and easily. One of AppleInsider's overloaded staffers gives it a whirl.

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21:13
This week on AI: Apple's 'iPhone 8'...




Leaks about the "iPhone 8" became a flood, perhaps the most important one suggesting that the phone will indeed ship in September, alongside a "7s" and "7s Plus." It was also a record week for Apple on the stock market, as its shares briefly topped $160 apiece.

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20:59
Stacks 3.5.1 - New way to create pages in...

Stacks is a new way to create pages in RapidWeaver. It's a plugin designed to combine drag-and-drop simplicity with the power of fluid layout.

Features

  • Fluid Layout: Stacks lets you build pages that flow text to the dimensions of a theme even if the theme has a variable width. You can build flowing columns, flexible rows, and tiles of images.
  • Nesting Objects: Build columns within columns within rows within columns. Or group a stack of objects inside a box. Almost anything is possible with Stacks.
  • Download More Stacks:There are hundreds of professionally designed free and low cost stacks ready for download. Easily add amazing content to your site.
  • Live Image Editing: Resize, rotate, and style your images with an easy to use HUD and see the changes happen right in the layout.
  • Pros Welcome: Because Stacks builds layout with...
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20:59
Dropbox 32.4.23 - Cloud backup and synchronization...

Dropbox is an application that creates a special Finder folder that automatically syncs online and between your computers. It allows you to both backup files and keep them up-to-date between systems.

Note: You must first sign up to use Dropbox.



Version 32.4.23:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated



  • OS X 10.6 or later



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Yasu was created with system administrators who service large groups of workstations in mind, Yasu (Yet Another System Utility) was made to do a specific group of maintenance tasks quickly within a... Read more
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NetNewsWire is the best way to keep up with the sites and authors you read most regularly. Let NetNewsWire pull down the latest articles, and read them in a distraction-free and Mac-like way. Native... Read more
Chromium 60.0.3112.101 - Fast and stable...
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Technobabylon (Games)
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5 reasons why 2v2 is the best mode in Cl...
Supercell has been teasing fans with 2v2 windows that allow players to team up for limited periods of time. The Summer of 2v2 was just this past July, but players are already clamoring for more of that sweet, sweet team-based action. The fans have... | Read more »
The best deals on the App Store this wee...
It seems like the week's only just started, and yet here we are with a huge pile of discounted games to sort through. There are some real doozies on sale this week. We're talking some truly stellar titles. Let's take a look at four of the best... | Read more »
Cat Quest Guide - How to become a purrfe...
Cat Quest is an absolutely charming open-world RPG that's taken the gaming world quite by storm. This game about a world populated by furry kitty warriors is actually a full-length RPG with sturdy mechanics and a lovely little story. It's certainly... | Read more »
Silly Walks Guide - How to strut your st...
Silly Walks is an all new adventure game that lives up to its name. It sees you playing as a variety of snack foods as you teeter-totter your way to rescue your friends from the evil blender and his villainous minions. It's all very . . . well... | Read more »
The best mobile point-and-click adventur...
Nostalgia for classic point-and-click adventure games has reached an all-time high in recent years, and the rise of mobile games have provided a perfect platform for this old-school genre. This week we're going to take a look at some of the best... | Read more »
Titanfall: Assault Beginner's Guide...
Respawn's dazzling mech battler Titanfall has gotten its first mobile game at long last -- Titanfall: Assault. Assault transforms that parkour FPS action into a card battler not dissimilar to Clash Royale. Titanfall: Assault isn't just another... | Read more »
Unobstruct (Utilities)
Unobstruct 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Utilities Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: You’re already reading web pages on a pretty small screen. Don’t let floating social media sharing toolbars and the like get in... | Read more »
Burgle Bros (Games)
Burgle Bros 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Burgle Bros requires stealth, planning and a little bit of luck. In the tradition of classic heist movies like Ocean's 11 and The... | Read more »
The best new games we played this week -...
The hits continue to come fast and strong this month, as August welcomes in game after game, many of them of very high quality. It's been another busy week, but we're not complaining. This week saw the arrival of some of the best mobile games... | Read more »

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New iOS 11 Productivity Features Welcome But...
The iOS community is in late summer holding mode awaiting the September arrival of the iPhone 8 and iOS 11. iOS 11 public betas have been available for months — number six was released this week —... Read more
Samsung Electronics Launches New Portable SSD...
Samsung Electronics America, Inc. has announced the launch of Samsung Portable SSD T5 – its newest portable solid state drive (PSSD) that raises the bar for the performance of external memory... Read more
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Market research firm TrendForce reports that the global notebook shipments for this second quarter registered a sequential quarterly increase of 5.7% and a year-on-year increase of 3.6%, totaling 39.... Read more
Sale! 10-inch iPad Pros for $50 off MSRP, no...
B&H Photo has 10.5″ iPad Pros in stock today and on sale for $50 off MSRP. Each iPad includes free shipping, and B&H charges sales tax in NY & NJ only: – 10.5″ 64GB iPad Pro: $599, save $... Read more
Sale! 2017 13-inch Silver 2.3GHz MacBook Pro...
Amazon has new 2017 13″ 2.3GHz/128GB Silver MacBook Pro on sale today for $100 off MSRP including free shipping. Their price is the lowest available for this model from any reseller: – 13″ 2.3GHz/... Read more
WaterField Unveils Collaboratively-Designed,...
In collaboration with customers and seasoned travelers, San Francisco maker WaterField Designs set out to create the preeminent carry-on system to improve the experience of frequent fliers. The... Read more
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2017 13-inch MacBook Airs on sale for $100 of...
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12-inch MacBooks on sale for $100 off MSRP
Amazon has 2017 12″ Retina MacBooks on sale for $100 off MSRP. Shipping is free: 12″ 1.2GHz Space Gray MacBook: $1199.99 $100 off MSRP 12″ 1.2GHz Silver MacBook: $1198 $101 off MSRP 12″ 1.2GHz Gold... Read more

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