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Thursday June 8

03:02
GarageBand 10.2

Updated with an improved user interface, three new Drummers, and new Drummer loops. (Free, 997 MB)

 

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03:00
HomePod first impressions: Lots of unknowns, but its...

This week, we learned that Apple’s much-rumored smart speaker is real, and it’s called HomePod. Now the wait begins—six months until it ships in December. But while we’re waiting, Apple’s still tweaking the product and getting it ready to launch.

Sure, a few of us lucky souls were able to listen to a HomePod at Apple’s developer conference, but nobody outside of Apple has talked to one or picked one up. At the risk of stating the obvious, that’s because this is a product that’s not finished yet. Apple doesn’t want to publicly commit to a feature and then realize it can’t ship it; the product as the company conceives it today may not be the product that ends up in customers’ hands in December.

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03:00
Apple TV gets cozy with Amazon Prime, so where does...

Why Apple's ambitious TV guide still lacks Netflix.

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Wednesday June 7

20:59
SteerMouse 5.1.1 - Powerful third-party mouse driver.

SteerMouse is an advanced driver for USB and Bluetooth mice. It also supports Apple Mighty Mouse very well.

SteerMouse can assign various functions to buttons that Apple's software does not allow, including double-clicks, modifier clicks, application switching, assignment of shortcut keys, "snap to" cursor movement, which moves the cursor to target (such as an OK button), and more.

SteerMouse lets you control the cursor's sensitivity on top of the tracking speed. (Apple's software only allows adjustment for the tracking speed.) By adjusting both configurations, you can customize the ideal setting for the cursor to fit the movements of your hand.



Version 5.1.1:

  • Problem solved where the scroll wheel would scroll to the reverse direction only the first time
  • Problem solved where a button assigned keyboard shortcuts would release other keyboard shortcuts when it was released
  • "Disable acceleration &...
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20:59
A Better Finder Attributes 6.05 - Change file...

A Better Finder Attributes is the ultimate file-tweaking tool for OS X. It combines photo-shooting date and file date changing along with a few unique tricks of its own.

  • Change EXIF Timestamps at Will - A Better Finder Attributes 5 allows you to manipulate JPEG, CR2, NEF, ARF CRW and CIFF EXIF timestamps at will by setting them to specific times or batch adjusting them by adding and removing time (useful for correcting the timestamps of images taken with a digital camera with a incorrectly set clock and to compensate for timezone changes).
  • Correct Finder Sorting for JPEG EXIF and RAW Photo - A Better Finder Attributes 5 also allows to synchronize the file creation and modification dates with the shooting dates of JPEG EXIF as well as a wide variety of RAW formats, so that files sort properly in the Finder and other systems.
  • Total File and Folder Creation and Modification Date Control...
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20:59
iExplorer 4.1.0.0 - View and transfer files on your...

iExplorer is an iPhone browser for Mac lets you view the files on your iOS device. By using a drag and drop interface, you can quickly copy files and folders between your Mac and your iPhone or iTouch. It works with both jailbroken and non-jailbroken iPhones and works quickly with a standard USB cable.

Features

  • All the best technology from Phone to Mac, Phone Disk, and iExplorer 3, and then some
  • One-click recovery of music and videos straight to iTunes
  • Explore and export photos and videos (even from older iPods)
  • Mount any folder or category, including playlists and photo albums, then browse in Finder and open with other apps
  • Browse any iTunes backups (encrypted too). Export: Messages (including attachments), notes, voicemail, call history, contacts, calendars...
  • Works with all types of iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch, and regular iPod



Version 4.1.0.0:

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20:58
Apple opens up HomeKit development with software...




In a Wednesday session during the company's ongoing Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Apple announced a pair of changes to HomeKit meant to encourage faster adoption of the smarthome platform.

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20:52
Apple's New Shot on iPhone Ad 'Earth...

Apple tonight shared a new ad in its line of "Shot on iPhone" commercials, this one focused on iPhone users who have taken impressive photos and videos of vistas around the planet.

Well-known astronomer Carl Sagan narrates the spot, reading out a few quotes from his book "Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space." The theme of the commercial focuses on reminding viewers about the importance and responsibility of taking care of "our only home."

"The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is no where else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand. It underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the only home we've ever known...

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20:44
Swift Publisher 5.0

Major new release for the page layout and desktop publishing software with a revamped user interface and a number of new features. ($19.99 new, $14.99 upgrade, 368 MB)

 

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19:56
Apple's latest 'Shot on iPhone' ad...




Apple on Wednesday premiered its latest "Shot on iPhone" commercial, "Earth," this time focused around the iPhone's video capabilities.

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19:16
Apple debuts new Shot on iPhone ad ‘Earth’ with...

Apple this evening has shared another ad in its long-running Shot on iPhone campaign. This ad is unique from others in the series in that it features a narration from astronomer Carl Sagan, reading from his book “Pale Blue Dot.”

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18:04
China arrests 22 suspects for selling Apple user...




Police in the coastal Chinese province of Zhejiang have arrested 22 Apple distributors, accusing them of reselling iPhone user data to anyone willing to pay.

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17:05
Apple To Force Users To 2FA On iOS 11, macOS High...

Trailrunner7 quotes a report from On the Wire: With the upcoming releases of iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra later this year, Apple is planning to force many users to adopt two-factor authentication for their accounts. The company this week sent an email to customers who have the existing two-step verification enabled for their Apple IDs, informing them that once they install the public betas of the new operating systems they will be migrated to two-factor authentication automatically. Two-step verification is an older method of account security that Apple rolled out before full two-factor authentication was available. Apple is phasing that out and will be upgrading people with eligible devices automatically. "Once updated, you'll get the same extra layer of security you enjoy with two-step verification today, but with an even better user experience. Verification codes will be displayed on your trusted devices automatically whenever you sign in, and you will no longer need to keep a...

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16:48
Apple-branded sneakers from early '90s to...




On June 11, a pair of official Apple-branded sneakers from the early 1990s will be sold at auction, with a starting bid of $15,000.

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16:41
Report: Apple Watch could adopt microLED display...

Apple’s plans for microLED have been reported on before, with some claiming the company is currently in the stages of trial production. Now, a report from Nikkei claims that Apple currently plans to adopt microLED in its wearable products, perhaps as soon as 2018.

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16:29
Metis CDS Debbie Berebichez to Women in STEM: Chase...


"I've helped shape the conversation," said Debbie Berebichez, chief data scientist at Metis. "It's empowered me to mentor young women and also to shape policy. At Metis, we offer a scholarship to women and minorities, so we do things actively to bring women in. I also try to recruit and hire women. Even though it's a tech company, over 60 percent of the employees at Metis are women, and they also occupy a lot of leadership roles. I always try to do things that change the conversation."

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16:17
Industry Insiders Claim Apple working on their...

Patently Apple first talked about a possible Apple headset or advanced-vision system using Micro-LED as far back as February 2016. On May 24 we posted a report titled "Interest in Micro-LED Displays is Exploding as Test Runs are Reportedly Scheduled by Apple in 2017 and Others in 2018." Today a new report from Japan claims that Apple is working very hard to foster the micro-LED technology and that the company could push the use of new display tech as early as next year.

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15:35
AWT News Update: June 7, 2017

WWDC17 is still going on, and we're hearing some good details of what Apple's doing to help out developers and users. Today we have some stories on new technologies that may make it to Apple products soon:

  • Be sure to check out our video look at iOS 11 Developer Beta 1!
  • Apple may be moving to Micro LED technology for next year's Apple Watch
  • WebRTC makes it to Safari this fall
  • The new app store will give developers the opportunity to keep ratings and reviews when posting app updates

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15:20
Amazon willing to allow Apple's Siri on Echo...




Amazon is open to supporting third-party voice assistants like Apple's Siri or Google Assistant on its Echo speakers, the company's senior VP of devices said on Wednesday.

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15:10
Amazon exec says Siri & Alexa should be able to...

Apple wasn’t shy about comparing its new HomePod speaker to existing competition from the likes of Amazon and Sonos, and now an Amazon executive has spoken on the company’s newfound rival. Amazon’s senior VP of devices David Limp explained that he believes Alexa and Siri should be able to communicate with one another, while also pointing to the HomePod’s price as an advantage for Amazon…

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14:49
A first look at the redesigned App Store in iOS 11 [...

The App Store is getting a big redesign with iOS 11, and today Apple gave a preview of some of the new changes coming for developers at WWDC 2017. Head below for a first look at the refreshed app including new editorial content and features coming with iOS 11 this fall:
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14:40
Hands-On With iOS 11: New Control Center, Redesigned...

Following Monday's keynote event, Apple released its newest iPhone operating system, iOS 11, to developers.

iOS 11 won't be available for public beta testers until June and the general public will need to wait until the fall, but if you want to get a quick taste of what's coming in the update, check out our hands-on video below.

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There are subtle design changes throughout iOS 11, with a focus on bolder fonts and borderless buttons. One of the most significant design changes can be seen in the Control Center, which has been entirely overhauled with a new look, deeper functionality, and better customization.

An entirely new App Store has been developed for iOS 11, and for the first time, apps and games are split out into their own sections...

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14:12
Apple may use Micro LED in wearables 'as soon...




Apple may adopt Micro LED displays for wearables like the Apple Watch as soon as next year, according to a report.

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13:42
iOS 11 for iPhone: See some of Apple's best new...




This year's Worldwide Developers Conference was jam-packed with announcements, but for many, the biggest news is the next-generation version of Apple's most popular platform, iOS 11. AppleInsider dives in and offers you a closer look at what's new in iOS 11 in this video.

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13:36
Global Delight releases Boom 3D, a surround sound...

Global Delight has unveiled Boom 3D, a next gen app that builds on Boom 2, its Mac audio enhancement tool.Powered by Global Delight's patent-pending audio engine, it provides a virtual surround audio experience.

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13:18
Stuff to know about all the Macs Apple updated this...

Enlarge / A MacBook Pro connected to one of Apple's external graphics devkits. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

I’ve had a new 15-inch MacBook Pro for about a day, and a 27-inch iMac is en route to my house as we speak. As such, I’m not currently in a position to post a “review” of either system. But I can tell you at least a few things about the surprisingly comprehensive Mac refresh that Apple dropped on us this week at this year's WorldWide Developers Conference.

What follows is a list of collected minutiae about the half-dozen different Macs I got to handle at the conference. This list is gleaned from conversations with Apple as well as my own observations in the limited amount...

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13:18
MacSales announces memory upgrades for new iMacs

MacSales (www.macsales.com) has announced memory upgrades for the newly announced iMacs. The memory upgrades run from $79.99 to bring a factory 8GB iMac to 16GB, up to $579.99 to max out an iMac to 64GB. 

OWC 2400Mhz DDR4 memory is available now and will begin shipping to customers immediately. The new iMac delivers visual effects and 3D graphics allowing the editing of multi-cam projects in Final Cut Pro X, with up to five streams of 4K video.

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13:08
StarTech releases new Dual-Bay 3.5” Drive Enclosure

StarTech has released a new Dual-Bay 3.5” Drive Enclosure that enables a high-performance USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) data storage solution with multiple RAID functions. Users can access, back up and manage files through their USB-C or USB-A equipped laptop.

The dual-drive enclosure features multiple RAID modes that can help increase performance add redundancy or combine volumes. The RAID modes supported are: RAID 0, RAID 1, SPAN(BIG) and JBOD. The dual-drive enclosure comes with a USB-C cable and a USB-A cable for connecting the enclosure to a laptop.

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13:03
Apple Pay adds 28 new U.S. institutions

Apple Pay continues to expand its presence with the addition of 28 new banks and credit unions in the United States that will accept the mobile payment system.

At this week’s Worldwide Developer Conference, apple revealed some new features for its mobile payment service, including Person to Person to give friends and family money instantly using iMessage and Pay Cash, which is essentially a storage account for those funds sent Person to Person if the recipient wants to save the money rather than transferring to a bank. 

Apple Pay is currently available in 15 countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and USA.

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13:02
DirecTV Now dropping support for Safari, Chrome...

DirecTV Now, a live-TV streaming service that piggybacks on AT&T’s television services, is one of the ways that cable cord-cutters can still access their favorite shows online. Now, without any official notice as of this writing, customers visiting the site on Safari and Internet Explorer are being told to download Google Chrome as other browsers will no longer be supported after June…

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13:00
Apple Announces Support For WebRTC in Safari 11

Youenn Fablet, software engineer at Apple, writes: Today we are thrilled to announce WebKit support for WebRTC, available on Safari on macOS High Sierra, iOS 11, and Safari Technology Preview 32. [...] Currently, Safari supports legacy WebRTC APIs. Web developers can check whether their websites conform to the latest specifications by toggling the STP Experimental Features menu item "Remove Legacy WebRTC API". Legacy WebRTC APIs will be disabled by default on future releases. Websites that need to accommodate older implementations of the WebRTC and Media Capture specifications can take advantage of polyfill libraries like adapter.js. Peer5, a startup that offers serverless CDN for massively-scaled video streaming, writes in a blogpost: This is HUGE news for the computing industry. Since its introduction in 2011, WebRTC has become an incredibly important part of everyone's favorite platforms and applications. It is at the core of a few services that you might have heard of,...

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12:58
Winners of the 2017 Apple Design Awards have been...

This year’s Apple Design Award winners have been announced. The awards, which have now occurred in some form for over 20 years, are announced each year at WWDC.

Past winners have included such excellent releases as Affinity Designer, Ulysses, and Monument Valley. This year’s awards, which include titles featured on iOS, watchOS, and macOS, continue the tradition of excellence. more…

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12:14
2017 MacBook Pro is Up to 20% Faster Than Last Year...

Apple this week refreshed its MacBook Pro lineup with Intel's seventh-generation Kaby Lake processors, and early benchmarks for the notebooks suggest the 2017 models are up to 20 percent faster than the equivalent 2016 models equipped with Intel's sixth-generation Skylake processors.

Specifically, the new 15-inch MacBook Pro configured with a 2.9GHz Core i7 processor has average single-core and multi-core scores of 4,632 and 15,747 respectively based on nearly a dozen Geekbench 4 results so far.

By comparison, last year's 15-inch MacBook Pro configured with a sixth-generation 2.7GHz Core i7 processor, which was the equivalent high-end stock configuration, has average single-core and multi-core scores of 4,098 and 13,...

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12:12
ARKit processor limitations cuts compatibility to...




A line has been drawn through the iOS 11-compatible devices in ARKit, with only hardware with the A9 or A10 family processors able to use the augmented reality software.

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12:09
Apple Design Awards for 2017: And the winners are...

One of the highlights of WWDC each year is the announcement of the winners of Apple Design Awards for the best designed apps of the year. Here are this year's winners:

Blackbox (free with in-app purchase): a puzzle game that uses the various sensors of the iPhone to solve those puzzles...without touching the screen of the iPhone. Pretty clever, huh? The ADA judges thought so, too.

Things 3 ($9.99): One of the best to-do list apps ever, and the second time that Things has one an Apple Design Award (the first being back in 2009). 

Mushroom 11 ($4.99): the world has been devastated, and the only thing living is a mutant fungus...

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12:00
Apple announces the WWDC 2017 Apple Design Award...

As usual, this page will cost me a small fortune.

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12:00
2017 Apple Design Award Winners

The Apple Design Awards recognize state-of-the-art apps that reflect the very best in design, innovation, and technology on Apple platforms. Learn about these winning apps and the talented developers behind them.

See the winners.

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12:00
2017 Apple Design Award Winners

The Apple Design Awards recognize state-of-the-art apps that reflect the very best in design, innovation, and technology on Apple platforms. Learn about these winning apps and the talented developers behind them.

See the winners.

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11:49
iMac and MacBook Early Reviews: Iterative Updates...

At the WWDC keynote on Monday, Apple announced a collection of hardware refreshes for the MacBook, MacBook Pro, and iMac, which users are already able to order on Apple.com. Across the line of Macs, Apple added faster Kaby Lake processors, faster SSD options, made a Fusion Drive standard in the iMac, introduced more maximum RAM in the iMac, and improved GPUs.

Now, the company has allowed members of the press to test out both the MacBook and iMac refreshes to see how the computers stack up in comparison to the previous generation, as well as to Apple's competition. Below we'll round up opinions on the MacBook, 21.5-inch iMac, and 27-inch iMac. As many sites noted, first impressions and reviews for...

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11:43
Hands-on: macOS High Sierra’s native eGPU support...

One of the more exciting macOS-centric features announced at Monday’s WWDC 2017 keynote was native support for external GPUs within macOS High Sierra.

As a big fan of the eGPU concept, and as someone who’s taken quite a few eGPU boxes for a spin on older versions of macOS, I was excited to try out the native functionality baked inside of High Sierra. more…

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11:20
Apple announces WWDC17 Apple Design Award recipients...




This years' Apple Design Awards recipients spanned the globe, ranging from novel games designed by a single developer to larger productions developed across a staff of full time coders and artists.

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11:06
2017 Apple Design Award Winners Announced: Severed,...

Each year, Apple chooses a selection of exceptional apps and games that are given the company's coveted Apple Design Award to honor design and innovation.

The 2017 design winners include popular titles like Severed, Enlight, Things 3, and Old Man's Journey.

Games:

- Mushroom 11 [Direct Link]

- Splitter Critters [Direct Link]

- Old Man's Journey [Direct Link]

- Severed [Direct Link]...

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11:00
PSA: Don't install iOS 11 beta on your main...




Every year, Apple debuts a new version of iOS in beta form. Every year, you get excited and want to test it before it's ready for public consumption. Every year, you will regret doing so.

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10:55
James Dempsey and the Breakpoints show tonight at...

Join the women@wwdc and James Dempsey and the Breakpoints for an evening of mingling and music to benefit App Camp For Girls!

I’ll be there tonight with my guitar to help support James and App Camp for Girls. There’s still time to grab a ticket!

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10:51
tvOS 11 brings Home Screen Sync and automatic dark...

While tvOS 11 didn’t see stage time at the WWDC keynote on Monday, there are two new features that you can try now in the tvOS 11 developer beta: Home Screen Sync and automatic appearance switching. Home Screen Sync is especially welcome for homes with multiple Apple TVs, and appearance switching handles dark and light mode based on time of day. Here’s how it works:

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10:43
Waze arrives on Android Auto after a year-long wait

Rocking Android Auto and wondering why Google still hasn't added its Waze traffic-and-maps app to the platform yet? Well, we don't have an explanation, but we do have news that after Google talked about it at last year's I/O developer conference, the...

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10:32
HomeKit in iOS 11: Sprinklers & faucets, QR code...

During the third day of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, the company shared the latest updates coming to its HomeKit home automation platform. Among the updates, Apple is introducing new product type categories, a much easier setup process for accessories, improved latency, software authentication to allow older accessories to add support, and more.

more…

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10:22
Apple now insures your Mac in case of spills and...

AppleCare is Apple's extended warranty program for almost all of its products, while AppleCare+ covered iOS devices specifically. That little plus sign is important, too, since it protects your beloved iPhone and iPad against accidental damage. So it...

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10:21
TV review: Apple’s ‘Planet of the Apps’

I haven’t seen it yet (I’ll watch it eventually but I’m in no rush) but this is the exact review from a “real” TV critic I would have expected on the show.

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10:20
Apple's 'Planet of the Apps' Reality...

On Tuesday, Apple made its debut into the world of original television programming with "Planet of the Apps," a reality show that brings app developers in a competition to try to get mentoring and assistance from hosts Jessica Alba, will.i.am, Gwyneth Paltrow and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk. Contestants describe their proposals as they ride an escalator down onto a stage where the judges sit, and then fire questions at the app developer. The problem? Critics aren't pleased. An anonymous reader shares a Variety report: Apple's first offering, "Planet of the Apps," feels like something that was developed at a cocktail party, and not given much more rigorous thought or attention after the pitcher of mojitos was drained. It's not terrible, but essentially, it's a bland, tepid, barely competent knock-off of " Shark Tank." Apple made its name on game-changing innovations, but this show is decidedly not one of them. The program's one slick innovation is the escalator pitch. You read that...

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10:19
Apple opens HomeKit protocol specification to all...

A quick tweet from a Seattle-based developer today noted that Apple's just made it a lot easier for developers or hobbyists to work on creating HomeKit-controlled devices. Victor Ilyukevich (@yas375) just tweeted that the "HomeKit protocol spec is now open to all devs! Can build a smart device using Arduino and control it via HomeKit without getting MFi license."

HomeKit protocol spec is now open to all devs! Can build a smart device using Arduino and control it via HomeKit without getting MFI license

— Victor Ilyukevich (@yas375) June 7, 2017

In follow-up responses, Ilyukevich pointed out the location of the documentation, which is for "non-commercial use" only. This really opens up HomeKit to experimenters or those who are considering...

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10:01
Wireless pacemakers could make life easier for heart...

Since its invention in 1932, the pacemaker has saved countless lives. Now, thanks to researchers at Rice University and the Texas Heart Institute, it looks like this essential medical device could be getting a pretty signifcant upgrade. In a bid to r...

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10:00
Inside iOS 11: Apple's Control Center grows...




For the second year in a row, the iOS Control Center is about to get a major overhaul, with the latest revisions coming in iOS 11 even bigger than last time -- including the ability to add or remove shortcuts.

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09:45
Apple can afford to mess with annoying, snoopy ads

Apple is in a unique position because of their stance on privacy and their business model.

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09:34
DirecTV Now dropping Safari support for browser...




AT&T's DirecTV Now has started to warn users of its Internet TV service that it will stop supporting Safari on Mac for streaming video at the end of June, with subscribers advised to switch to Google Chrome if they want to continue streaming through a browser on the Mac desktop.

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09:28
9to5Toys Lunch Break: SanDisk Memory Sale at Amazon...

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Amazon SanDisk Sale...

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09:15
∞ 12-year-old singing ventriloquist gets golden...

This is pretty incredible.

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09:12
Episode 39 of the MacAdmin Podcast, from MacDevOps
09:00
3 ways to outsmart shadow IT

Another day at the office. A busy marketing manager downloads a new app for team collaboration. Business plans are uploaded, marketing materials are shared. The team starts to communicate regularly about confidential business topics.

At the same time, the head of legal has an important document to review at home. She considers downloading it to a thumb drive but decides, instead, to send it to her personal email to read later that night.

These scenarios are familiar—and frightening—to anyone in corporate IT. With 80 percent of employees using non-approved SaaS apps, shadow IT has officially stepped out of the shadows and into the workplace.

File sharing and collaboration tools

The most frequently requested cloud services are file sharing and collaboration. When IT can’t provide easy, mobile solutions, business users turn to unauthorized apps, some of which put corporate information at risk. A recent study showed that of the 1,000+ cloud services used by...

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08:46
Apple's 'Horizon Machine' iPhone...




Apple has reportedly launched its initiative to locate iPhone screen and Touch ID calibration stations in third party repair shops, with up to 400 repair centers in 25 countries getting the "Horizon Machine: by the end of 2017.

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08:45
Do household printers leave an invisible tracking...

I thought everyone knew about this. I remember hearing about it in the late 1990s as color printers were becoming more common in offices. We were told not to try and photocopy money – it wouldn’t work and we’d be tracked.

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08:30
Be careful celebrating Google’s new ad blocker

I was automatically and understandably skeptical about the stories that Google would create an ad blocker for the Chrome web browser. As expected, this benefits Google the most and might actually hurt many users.

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08:27
Apple Retains #3 Spot in Annual Fortune 500 Rankings

One year after rising to claim the third spot on the annual Fortune 500 list, Apple hasn't moved places in 2017 and remains #3 on the list of the top U.S. corporations based on gross revenue. Going back seven years, Apple's previous rankings include 5th place in 2015 and 2014, 6th place in 2013, 17th place in 2012, 35th place in 2011 and 56th place in 2010.

A few rankings surrounding Apple...

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08:20
Apple Makes iPhone Screen Fixes Easier as States...

An anonymous reader shares a report: Apple customers will soon have more choices as the company looks to reduce long wait times for iPhone repairs at its retail stores. By the end of 2017, Apple will to put its proprietary machines for mending cracked iPhone glass in about 400 authorized third-party repair centers in 25 countries, company executives told Reuters. Among the first recipients is Minneapolis-based Best Buy, which has long sold and serviced Apple products. The electronics retailer already has one of the screen-repair machines at a Miami-area store and one coming soon to an outlet in Sunnyvale, California. Fixing cracked screens may seem like small potatoes, but it's a multi-billion-dollar global business. The move is also a major shift for Apple. The company had previously restricted use of its so-called Horizon Machine to its nearly 500 retail stores and mail-in repair centers; and it has guarded its design closely. The change also comes as eight U.S. states have...

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08:18
MacSales.com has OWC memory upgrade kits with up to...

There's been some confusion over whether or not the new 27-inch iMac will support user upgrades of RAM, with Apple reps giving us conflicting answers. So we went to the source of RAM upgrades for a lot of users, MacSales.com, and got the definitive word -- they'll be selling OWC memory upgrade kits up to 64GB for the new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display.

Not only can you get the upgrades from MacSales.com to install yourself, but they've calculated that you can save a lot of money doing so. If you're upgrading up to 32GB, the OWC memory upgrade can save you $320 over having Apple do a build-to-order 32GB configuration. Those who want to upgrade up to the maximum of 64GB of RAM will save $820 over Apple's pricing. In addition, those existing memory modules can be traded in to MacSales.com for further savings.

The upgrades are a piece of cake to accomplish. Like with...

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08:15
How to opt out of Twitter’s new privacy settings

It’s typically sleazy for Twitter to have the pop up give the impression that nothing will change.

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07:47
CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 3 dock with eSATA, dual...




CalDigit has commenced shipments of the Thunderbolt Station 3 dock, an accessory for Macbook Pro users wanting to expand their notebook's connectivity options first launched in CES, with the $249.99 device offering dual 4K display support and a pair of eSATA ports alongside more conventional connections.

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07:42
Inside iOS 11: Run four iPad apps on screen at once...




Multitasking capabilities on the iPad will go up to 11 (or, to be more exact, four) in the next major update to iOS coming this fall, giving users the power to run more apps onscreen at once than ever before.

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07:21
SteerMouse 5.1.1 - Powerful third-party mouse driver.

SteerMouse is an advanced driver for USB and Bluetooth mice. It also supports Apple Mighty Mouse very well.

SteerMouse can assign various functions to buttons that Apple's software does not allow, including double-clicks, modifier clicks, application switching, assignment of shortcut keys, "snap to" cursor movement, which moves the cursor to target (such as an OK button), and more.

SteerMouse lets you control the cursor's sensitivity on top of the tracking speed. (Apple's software only allows adjustment for the tracking speed.) By adjusting both configurations, you can customize the ideal setting for the cursor to fit the movements of your hand.



Version 5.1.1:

  • Problem solved where the scroll wheel would scroll to the reverse direction only the first time
  • Problem solved where a button assigned keyboard shortcuts would release other keyboard shortcuts when it was released
  • "Disable acceleration &...
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07:20
iOS 11 Makes it Easy to Share Your Wi-Fi Password...

With the developer beta of iOS 11 out in the wild, new features of the operating system have been coming to light throughout the week, including an unobtrusive volume indicator and new AirPods controls. In iOS 11, users will also be able to easily join a Wi-Fi network thanks to a new password sharing process between trusted devices, which should reduce the hassle of joining new networks.

The feature allows one iOS device with knowledge of a Wi-Fi network's password to grant access to a separate iOS device that still needs the password in question. 9to5Mac detailed an example where an iPad was already on a Wi-Fi network, while an iPhone still required the Wi-Fi password to connect.

All devices must be running iOS 11, and it...

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07:19
Watch the first episode of Planet of the Apps

[VIDEO] From Apple’s Planet of the Apps web site:

The season premiere is finally here! Watch this groundbreaking new series about apps and their creators. Featuring Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow, Gary Vaynerchuk, and will.i.am.

The first episode is available here for a limited time. Join Apple Music to get new episodes weekly.

The feel of the show is like Shark Tank meets The Voice, all built around app developers looking for funding. The first episode is embedded in the mail Loop post.

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07:17
Singapore principal confiscates iPhone for 3 months...

When Singapore schools confiscate a phone for using it during school hours, it seems they don’t mess around. The penalty handed out by the school was to confiscate the iPhone 7 for a full three months.

more…

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07:09
Apple Pay rollout continues with over two dozen new...

New banks and credit unions across the country are continuing to adopt Apple Pay, and nearly 30 additional institutions have joined Apple’s list of participating partners since the last refresh last month. Check out the latest Apple Pay banks below:

more…

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06:53
Snake Venom is officially the world’s strongest beer

D’Marge:

Coming at you from Scotland’s Brewmeister, Snake Venom boasts a warning label and a whopping 67.5% ABV.

Nobody show this to Jim. Every bottle comes with a bright yellow hang-tag warning label. It should come with a lock and a designated EMT. Yeesh.

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06:52
Future iPhone's will use 5nm Chips to Support...

In February Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Supplier Announces 5nm Processors Scheduled for 2019-2020 Time Line." TSMC has 6,000 R&D staff working on the 5nm process at present. TSMC hopes to have 5nm chips in volume by 2020 or three years away. On Monday IBM / Samsung / Globalfoundries announced their 5nm processor that promises batteries to go for days without charging. Will TSMC offer the same advantage for the iPhone?

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06:49
Official Apple user support for external Thunderbolt...




While Apple did announce official support for Thunderbolt 3 eGPU implementations, a footnote nestled deep in the High Sierra preview page declares that user support in a non-beta fashion won't be available to users until Spring 2018.

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06:41
∞ Will my iPhone run iOS 11? What apps will I lose...

iOS 11 is a 64-bit only operating system. That means that any phone made before the A7 chip was released won’t be able to upgrade to iOS 11.

The first iPhone with the A7 chip was the iPhone 5s. The iPhone 5 and 5c do not have the A7. The iPad Mini 2 does have the A7. The iPad Air does. The iPad 4 (iPad with Retina Display, released September 2012) does not.

As to your apps, head over to Settings > General > About, then tap Applications. You’ll likely see a list of applications under the heading NO UPDATES AVAILABLE. Those are the apps you’ll likely lose access to if you upgrade to iOS 11.

Once you make the transition to iOS 11, if you follow the same path, you’ll see a similar list. If any of these apps are critical to your workflow, check with the developer to see if there’s an update planned. If not, start looking for a replacement and a way to port any data you may...

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06:41
AAPL retains #3 slot in Fortune 500, overtaking...

Apple may be the world’s largest company by market capitalization, but it doesn’t top all the rankings. The Fortune 500 ranks U.S. companies by annual revenue, and Apple has retained the #3 slot it achieved last year, albeit with changes either side of it …

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06:35
Promise reveals 'Mac-ready' versions of...




Promise Technology is updating its Pegasus3 desktop RAID storage systems by introducing four new 'Mac-ready' models, with the additional Pegasus R4, R6, and R8 storage devices offering up to 80 terabytes of capacity with data transfers over Thunderbolt 3, but this time will work on Mac 'out of the box.'

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06:19
A Better Finder Attributes 6.05 - Change file...

A Better Finder Attributes is the ultimate file-tweaking tool for OS X. It combines photo-shooting date and file date changing along with a few unique tricks of its own.

  • Change EXIF Timestamps at Will - A Better Finder Attributes 5 allows you to manipulate JPEG, CR2, NEF, ARF CRW and CIFF EXIF timestamps at will by setting them to specific times or batch adjusting them by adding and removing time (useful for correcting the timestamps of images taken with a digital camera with a incorrectly set clock and to compensate for timezone changes).
  • Correct Finder Sorting for JPEG EXIF and RAW Photo - A Better Finder Attributes 5 also allows to synchronize the file creation and modification dates with the shooting dates of JPEG EXIF as well as a wide variety of RAW formats, so that files sort properly in the Finder and other systems.
  • Total File and Folder Creation and Modification Date Control...
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06:18
Apple makes iPhone screen fixes easier as states...

Reuters:

Apple Inc customers will soon have more choices as the company looks to reduce long wait times for iPhone repairs at its retail stores.

By the end of 2017, Apple will to put its proprietary machines for mending cracked iPhone glass in about 400 authorized third-party repair centers in 25 countries, company executives told Reuters.

Among the first recipients is Minneapolis-based Best Buy, which has long sold and serviced Apple products. The electronics retailer already has one of the screen-repair machines at a Miami-area store and one coming soon to an outlet in Sunnyvale, California.

This should take some of the pressure off of Apple Stores, extend the reach of iPhone repair to people who live near a Best Buy, etc., but not near an Apple Store.

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06:17
What’s new in iOS 11? Hands-on with 100+ features...

We’ve been playing with iOS 11 for the last 12 hours or so, and have been able to experience a plethora of the new features offered by the release. As you might expect, iOS 11 is quite buggy at this stage, but it’s a truly promising release that’s littered with so many new features that it’s hard to keep count of them all.

In this hands-on video walkthrough, we showcase over 100 of the new items and changes found in iOS 11. Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg, so stay tuned for more hands-on coverage in the days and weeks to come. more…

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06:08
iPhone's Volume Slider No Longer Covers Videos...

iPhone users can finally cross one item off their wishlists: the volume slider no longer covers videos in iOS 11.

iOS 11 volume HUD screenshot shared by Twitter user Devon T.

Now, when a user adjusts the volume while watching a video, a much smaller volume HUD appears in the top-right corner of the screen.

While the change is small, the user interface tweak was highly requested by many iPhone users for several years. On iOS 10 and earlier, the volume HUD intrusively pops up in the center of the screen for a few seconds after the volume is adjusted, unnecessarily covering the video content until it disappears.

iOS 10 volume HUD screenshot shared by Twitter user Justin L.

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06:04
iOS 11 allows you to remove apps without deleting...

CydiaGeeks:

In iOS 11, managing your storage just got a lot easier. Apple has renamed the Storage & iCloud Usage into iPhone storage. Within this page, the design looks a bit different too. The interface didn’t capture my attention as much as a new option called Offload did.

This is a real boon to folks with storage issues, especially valuable for 16GB phones.

[Via The Verge]

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06:00
High Sierra runs on all Sierra-capable hardware,...




In a series of sessions at WWDC, Apple amplified that any Mac that is capable of running Sierra can run High Sierra -- but a shift away from 32-bit apps will start with the new version of the operating system.

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06:00
Power up your JavaScript skills with the Full Stack...

It's WWDC week, so we have plenty of bargains for anyone who is a developer or would like to become part of the app economy. On Monday, we had the iOS 10 & Swift 3 Starter Bundle for just $45. Today's deal? The Full Stack JavaScript Bundle ($38) to make you a MEAN, lean web development machine. 

This limited-time offer consists of 8 courses that can elevate your JavaScript skills to new heights. Those courses include:

  • Become a Web Developer from Scratch
  • ...
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06:00
Gumdrop debuts DropTech Clear case for the 10.5-inch...

Gumdrop Case’s DropTech Clear case for the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro is now available for pre-order and will ship beginning June 12. It offers drop protection, and a clear polycarbonate back window to show off logos, stickers, asset tags or simply the iconic Apple logo.

The DropTech Clear iPad case is made of shock absorbing, dual-layer silicone with reinforced bumpers on the corners and a replaceable screen shield to prevent scratches and repel light splashes. The case allows full access to Apple's touch ID technology, ports, buttons, camera and speaker.

The DropTech Clear iPad Pro case is available on the Gumdrop Cases website in a black/smoke color combination (black silicone cover with transparent smoke back window) for $59.95.

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06:00
Apple To Phase Out 32-Bit Mac Apps Starting In...

Apple will be phasing out 32-bit apps with iOS 11, and soon the company will make the same changes on its macOS operating system. During its Platform State of the Union keynote at the Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple told developers that macOS High Sierra will be the "last macOS release to support 32-bit apps without compromises." MacRumors reports: Starting in January of 2018, all new apps submitted to the Mac App Store must be 64-bit, and all apps and app updates submitted must be 64-bit by June 2018. With the next version of macOS after High Sierra, Apple will begin "aggressively" warning users about 32-bit apps before eventually phasing them out all together. In iOS 11, 32-bit apps cannot be installed or launched. Attempting to open a non-supported 32-bit app gives a message notifying users that the app needs to be updated before it can run on iOS 11. Prior to phasing out 32-bit apps on iOS 11, Apple gave both end users and developers several warnings, and the company...

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05:59
Poll: Do the new features in iOS 11 make the iPad a...

Apple has for some time now been touting the iPad as a PC replacement device for many people. Steve Jobs way back in 2010 used the cars and trucks analogy, arguing that while some would always need the power of a Mac, many would be able to do everything they needed on an iPad.

Tim Cook suggested that day had arrived in 2015, asking ‘why would you buy a PC any more’ – before clarifying that he meant Windows PCs, not Macs. He also said that when he travels, he takes only an iPhone and an iPad Pro, not a Mac. An ad campaign last year further promoted the idea of an iPad as a fully-fledged...

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05:50
WaterField Designs introduces new iPad Pro Gear Case

Waterfield Designs has announced the $49 iPad Pro Gear Case to store accessories for Apple’s new 10.5-inch or 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The iPad Pro Gear Case is a waxed canvas and leather pouch with customized pockets to organize and protect out-of-the box and extra iPad necessities.

“The Apple Pencil and other accessories are critical for iPad Pro users and are easy to misplace,” explained company owner Gary Waterfield. “The compact iPad Pro Gear Case equips you with a consistent, protective place to store them, and it fits easily into any day bag. With your iPad Pro and stocked Gear Case by your side, you’ll have everything you need at your fingertips, whether you’re at your desk, on your commute or working at the local café.”

Custom-designed for iPad Pro accessories, the iPad Gear Case main compartment includes two mesh pockets for the...

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05:48
WaterField Designs introduces new iPad Pro Gear Case

Waterfield Designs (www.sfbags.com) has announced the $49 iPad Pro Gear Case to store accessories for Apple’s new 10.5-inch or 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The iPad Pro Gear Case is a waxed canvas and leather pouch with customized pockets to organize and protect out-of-the box and extra iPad necessities.

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05:45
Bloomberg interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook focuses...

[VIDEO] Some very interesting questions from Bloomberg’s Emily Chang (video in the main Loop post), including the question of HomePod being able to place a phone call, and whether Apple has retails aspirations (ordering product on your HomePod). The answer seems to be no to both. The approach seems to be, a limited version of Siri for starters, then more and more domains added in over time.

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05:36
Third-party locations will be able to offer screen...

Apple is bringing its proprietary screen repair machines to third-party repair centers, according to Reuters. The “Horizon Machine” can fix screen cracks or repair broken sensors, which would prevent the user from using thumbprint authorization. 

The Horizon Machines were previously available at Apple’s retail stores and mail-in facilities but now the tech giant hopes to have the machines installed in 400 third-party locations in 25 countries, according to Reuters. Pilot testing of the repair center machines started last year. Best Buy stores will serve as one of the major Horizon Machine centers since the stores already sell and offer repair services for Apple devices. 

The Horizon Machine news follows the Worldwide...

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05:30
Apple wants its devices to have better self-testing...

Apple wants its various devices to have enhanced self-testing capabilities. The company has been granted a patent (number 9,673,916) for an “electronic device with self-testing capabilities.”

In the patent filing, Apple notes that the wireless performance of an electronic device can be affected by manufacturing variations. As a result, many wireless electronic devices are tested during manufacturing. As an example, a wireless device may be placed in a test chamber to that has test antennas coupled to wireless test equipment. Tests may be performed on the wireless device while the wireless device is in the test chamber. Tests measurements such as these may be used to characterize antenna performance and to perform wireless circuit calibration. 

However, it can be challenging to effectively characterize wireless electronic devices during manufacturing. Wireless devices may be produced in large volumes. Apple says that, unless care is taken, the expense and complexity of...

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05:15
Older iPhones, iPads equipped with A6 processor will...

Apple may be pushing owners of the iPhone 5 to obsolescence with their forthcoming iOS 11 update.

This fall’s forthcoming iOS 11 update will mark the end of support for not only 32-bit apps, but also legacy 32-bit devices. That means owners still clinging to their iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and fourth-generation iPad will be left behind or forced to upgrade.

The trio of devices, which still run on Apple’s A6 CPU, are the final units Apple made with a 32-bit architecture. This architecture, in turn, cannot run iOS 11.

The move isn’t a surprise, as Apple’s recently released Clips video app only supports 64-bit hardware, meaning it cannot run on the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, fourth-generation iPad, or any devices older than those.

iOS 11 itself marks the end of 32-bit apps and developers have been notified that they’ll need to update their apps to the 64-bit architecture prior to iOS 11’s release this fall.

Of course, the iPhone 5 and other legacy devices...

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05:14
iExplorer 4.1.0.0 - View and transfer files on your...

iExplorer is an iPhone browser for Mac lets you view the files on your iOS device. By using a drag and drop interface, you can quickly copy files and folders between your Mac and your iPhone or iTouch. It works with both jailbroken and non-jailbroken iPhones and works quickly with a standard USB cable.

Features

  • All the best technology from Phone to Mac, Phone Disk, and iExplorer 3, and then some
  • One-click recovery of music and videos straight to iTunes
  • Explore and export photos and videos (even from older iPods)
  • Mount any folder or category, including playlists and photo albums, then browse in Finder and open with other apps
  • Browse any iTunes backups (encrypted too). Export: Messages (including attachments), notes, voicemail, call history, contacts, calendars...
  • Works with all types of iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch, and regular iPod



Version 4.1.0.0:

Note...

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05:10
The Premier Episode of 'Planet of the App...

Last night Apple's original series 'Planet of the Apps' debuted on Apple Music. The 10-episode show — designed to highlight Apple’s multibillion-dollar App Store business. A link is provided to watch the first episode free.

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05:03
iOS 11 allows you to delete rarely-used apps but...

If your device is tight on storage, deleting rarely-used apps is one way to free up space. But up until now it’s come at a price: you lose your settings and data for the app, meaning you have to start again if you re-download it in future.

A nice feature in iOS 11 means that’s no longer the case …

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05:00
Apple unleashes the funny to open WWDC with “...

Prior to the beginning of Monday’s WWDC keynote and the tons of hardware and software announcements, Apple let loose with its “Apocalypse” ad, a commercial which shows what a combination of unplugging a roomful of servers, the App Store crashing, Christopher Cross’ “All Right” and a world without apps can lead to.

It’s brilliantly done, it’s funny and it shows just how attached to our devices we kind of are…

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05:00
Promise Technology debuts Mac-Ready Pegasus3 desktop...

Promise Technology  has added four new models to its lineup of Pegasus desktop RAID storage systems. The new Pegasus3 R4, R6 and R8 models feature more capacity -- 16, 36 and 64 (and 80) terabytes (TB), respectively -- and bring 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 performance.

The addition of new Pegasus3 models also continues Promise's tradition of being in lockstep with the latest from Apple, as they are an ideal storage complement to the new iMac and MacBook Pro offerings, according to Vijay Char, president, Promise Technology USA. Pegasus3 models are tested, performance tuned and ready to go out of the box for Mac users with a 1m 40 Gb/s Active Thunderbolt 3 cable for easy, high-speed...

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04:49
Apple Changes Tune, will have 400 Display Repair...

In February Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Set to Fight 'Right to Repair' Legislation in Nebraska.' Apple was fighting new 'Right to Repair' legislation that would require them and other electronics manufacturers to sell repair parts to consumers and independent repair shops. Today we learn that Apple has changed their tune on this issue and will have 400 display repair machines in 400 third party shops by year's end.

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04:40
How to switch between list view and honeycomb app...

With watchOS 4, Apple is offering an alternative to the honeycomb screen used to display your Apple Watch apps. The honeycomb view lays out the circular watch app icons in a hexagonal grid with a focus on the middle of the display, and a miniature clock in the center.

The honeycomb design is not universally beloved but it has been the only option for Apple Watch users to date. With watchOS 4, Apple is adding list mode which sorts apps into an alphabetical scrolling view. Here’s how to enable it …

more…

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04:36
First look at Apple’s iPhone screen repair machine...

Four years after building machines to allow damaged iPhone screens to be repaired in Apple Stores, the company will now be allowing third-party repair companies to use them. This means you’ll be able to get an Apple-standard repair for a broken iPhone screen at other retailers, including Best Buy …

more…

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04:35
CS Odessa Announces Software Engineer Package for...

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced the new Software Engineer Package for ConceptDraw Pro 11, now available in ConceptDraw Solution Park.

Specifically developed to visually represent software, databases and information systems technical and methodological documentation, the Software Engineer Package is comprised of seven solutions, 35 libraries, 1287 vector object and icons, 87 examples and templates. The included solutions in this bundle are Cloud Computing Diagrams, Network Security Diagrams, and more.

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04:30
Some questions remaining from WWDC

The 2017 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference still has two more days to go, and I still have some questions. They may have been answered at WWDC sessions, but, as I’m not a developer, I’m not privy to that info. Anyway, on to the questions:

1) The upcoming HomePod utilizes AirPlay 2. Can it easily be used, when needed, as an external speaker with my Mac? Along the same lines, since the HomePod can be activated by saying “Hey, Siri,” a la the iPhone, will it and my iPhone 7 Plus be “confused” when I speak the phrase?

2) The updated 12-inch MacBooks lack the Touch Bar that comes with 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pros. There's no standalone Magic Keyboard with Touch Bar available for the new iMacs. Has Apple decided...

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04:24
iOS 11 Lets AirPods Users Change Tracks With a...

Owners of AirPods will soon be able to skip forwards and backwards between tracks with a simple double tap of either earpiece, thanks to an additional setting Apple is providing in iOS 11.

Currently, AirPods users can only change tracks from the buds by invoking Siri with a double tap and vocally commanding the virtual assistant to do so, an action some people find cumbersome or simply embarrassing to have to perform in public.

Unfortunately the only available alternative to iOS 10 users is to take out their iPhone and perform the track change manually by tapping the lock screen.

However, as demonstrated by YouTuber Appsolutely Tech, in iOS 11 it's possible to customize the Bluetooth settings on the AirPods so that a double tap on one earpiece skips to the next track, with the same action on the other earpiece returning to the previous track.

The Next/Previous track options...

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04:24
ADATA presents the UC360 and UC370 OTG flash drives...

ADATA Technology, (www.adata.com) has launched the UC360 and UC370 USB OTG flash drives. As “on the go” protocol (OTG) USB drives, both models offer driverless connectivity with devices featuring USB.

Both are 2-in-1 products, with the UC360 featuring USB-A and Micro USB and the UC370 combining USB-A and USB-C. Data delivery uses USB 3.1 speeds. Both drives work with macOS Windows and Android operating systems, and other platforms such as game consoles and smart TVs. Consumers can choose from 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions of the new drives.

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04:15
Why context-aware social networking is the future

Most of us rely on popular social media platforms for our social connectivity and well-being.

These platforms do a great job in connecting us with our friends, relatives, and acquaintances. In fact, the level of connectivity they provide is so high that many of us unknowingly attain a level of hyper-connectivity that blinds us from interacting with everyone else who's not already in our social network.

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04:15
Why context-aware social networking is the future

Most of us rely on popular social media platforms for our social connectivity and well-being.

These platforms do a great job in connecting us with our friends, relatives, and acquaintances. In fact, the level of connectivity they provide is so high that many of us unknowingly attain a level of hyper-connectivity that blinds us from interacting with everyone else who's not already in our social network.

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04:00
Apple opening up (some) access to the iPhone’s NFC...

Third-party app developers will for the first time get access to the NFC chip in the iPhone 7/Plus (and presumably this year’s iPhones). To date, only Apple Pay has been allowed to use the near-field communications chip.

Apple’s WWDC keynote did give one hint that use of the chip was being extended beyond payment when it showed the Apple Watch syncing data with gym equipment, but a new developer document says that third-party apps will be able to use it too …

more…

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04:00
iHS Markit: Apple’s HomePod is the the most...

Apple announced its HomePod smart speaker at WWDC 2017 this week, marking its entry into that market as well as its formal manifestation of the concept of an all-Siri voice-controlled smart home in the future. According to a report by IHS Markit, it’s “the most sophisticated audio product in the smart speaker race thus far.” Following is the research group’s reaction to the upcoming product (due in December for $350):

“The HomePod’s multi-tweeter array is a competitive advantage even without beamforming, given that most smart speaker designs feature a single tweeter or a single full range driver. High frequencies, unlike bass, are directional; the multi-tweeter array allows for listeners to hear mid- and high frequencies more clearly from different areas of a room compared to the single-to-no-tweeter-based competition. 

“HomePod is a shot across the bow for Sonos, long a favored choice of iOS music enthusiasts for...

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04:00
MacBook: Apple upgrades its thinnest, lightest laptop

Along with the MacBook Pro, Apple revealed at its Worldwide Developers Conference an upgrade for the MacBook.

The MacBook is Apple's ultraportable laptop, trading portability for speed and connectivity. It has a slower processor than the Mac Pro, and it has one USB-C port. For frequent travelers, it could be the ideal laptop.

One thing that hasn't changed about the MacBook is the color choices. Apple offers four finishes: Gold, Rose Gold, Space Gray, and Silver.

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03:46
iOS 11 Users to Gain More Control Over Apps'...

Users of iOS 11 will be able to restrict the gathering of location data by any third-party app so that it can only access the device's location status when the app is in use.

Previously the security setting only applied to certain apps that chose to offer it – as well as to developers wanting to test their own app's use of location data – but it appears Apple is extending the setting for any installed app in iOS 11, potentially handing an additional element of privacy back to the end user.

All apps have While Using the App option for location access in iOS 11! Nicely done @apple. pic.twitter.com/f3Z3WTKGur

— Chengyin Liu (@chengyinliu) 6 June 2017

The new setting in iOS 11 should come as a welcome change for many, given that the use of device location data by some apps has been a...

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for June 7, 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

So Many Ideaz has debuted Pug Chalk Photo Editor - Stickers for Dog & Puppy 1.0.1. The photo editor was developed to offer a way to allow pugs “to express themselves via photos which can include fun captions, stencils, and stickers.” No, really, that’s how the app is described. Pug Chalk Photo Editor - Stickers for Dog & Puppy 1.0.1 is free, but does tout in-app purchases.

GIANTS Software has introduced Farming Simulator 18 (v1.0), the newest addition to the simulation franchise. Farming Simulator...

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03:06
Developer Access to iPhone's NFC Chip Coming in...

Developers coding for iOS 11 will be able to create apps that can read NFC tags, opening the door for the wireless exchange of information between an iPhone and various connected devices in a user's environment.

The NFC chip in the iPhone is currently only used to handle contactless Apple Pay transactions and Passbook check-ins, but a new framework detailed in a developer resource published shortly after Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on Monday lays the foundation for multiple use cases by third-party apps.

Called "Core NFC", the framework will allow apps to read Near Field Communication tags that are compatible with the NFC Data Exchange Format (NDEF), which is supported by iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets. The developer support document overview describes the possibilities afforded by the new framework like so:

"Your app can read tags to give users more information...

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03:00
Streaming TV quality sucks compared to broadcast....

Streaming TV quality vs. broadcast and cable: How the industry's tackling frame rate, latency, and surround sound

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Tuesday June 6

21:06
Phil Schiller & Craig Federighi join John Gruber...

As has become standard, Apple executives Craig Federighi and Phil Schiller sat down with John Gruber on his podcast “The Talk Show” this evening following Apple’s WWDC keynote. During the interview, Schiller and Federighi dove deeper into some of the news from yesterday’s jam packed keynote, which Schiller quipped was 3 and a half hours long at first draft…

more…

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20:59
Chromium 59.0.3071.86 - Fast and stable open-source...

Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web.



Version 59.0.3071.86:

  • Settings has updated to Material Design with a slick new look with the same ease-of-use and functionality
  • High CVE-2017-5070: Type confusion in V8
  • High CVE-2017-5071: Out of bounds read in V8
  • High CVE-2017-5072: Address spoofing in Omnibox
  • High CVE-2017-5073: Use after free in print preview
  • High CVE-2017-5074: Use after free in Apps Bluetooth
  • Medium CVE-2017-5075: Information leak in CSP reporting
  • Medium CVE-2017-5086: Address spoofing in Omnibox
  • Medium CVE-2017-5076: Address spoofing in Omnibox
  • Medium CVE-2017-5077: Heap buffer overflow in Skia
  • Medium CVE-2017-5078: Possible command injection in mailto handling
  • Medium CVE-2017-5079: UI spoofing in Blink
  • Medium...
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20:59
RapidWeaver 7.4.1 - Create template-based websites...

RapidWeaver is a next-generation Web design application to help you easily create professional-looking Web sites in minutes. No knowledge of complex code is required, RapidWeaver will take care of all that for you. RapidWeaver produces valid XHTML- and CSS-based websites.

One of the perks about using RapidWeaver is that it has a strong custom theme community. You can download themes and edit them from within RapidWeaver and the result is a pretty slick-looking website that takes very little effort.

RapidWeaver also has a lot of custom plug-ins. Some of them make it easier to edit images directly in RapidWeaver. Others make creating a site map a matter of a few clicks. The supportive community that surrounds RapidWeaver is really what makes this great app superior to other WYSIWYG website creation tools. Be sure to check out YourHead.com for some little tools to help spice up your website in...

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20:59
Google Chrome 59.0.3071.86 - Modern and fast Web...

Google Chrome is a Web browser by Google, created to be a modern platform for Web pages and applications. It utilizes very fast loading of Web pages and has a V8 engine, which is a custom built JavaScript engine. Because Google has used parts from Apple's Safari and Mozilla's Firefox browsers, they made the project open source.



Version 59.0.3071.86:

Security Fixes

  • High CVE-2017-5070: Type confusion in V8
  • High CVE-2017-5071: Out of bounds read in V8
  • High CVE-2017-5072: Address spoofing in Omnibox
  • High CVE-2017-5073: Use after free in print preview
  • High CVE-2017-5074: Use after free in Apps Bluetooth
  • Medium CVE-2017-5075: Information leak in CSP reporting
  • Medium CVE-2017-5086: Address spoofing in Omnibox
  • Medium CVE-2017-5076: Address spoofing in Omnibox
  • Medium CVE-2017-5077: Heap buffer overflow in Skia
  • Medium CVE-2017-5078: Possible command...
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18:25
First look: The best iOS 11 features for iPad




Apple will introduce a wide range of enhancements to its mobile platform when iOS 11 sees release this fall, including a host of iPad-specific features like multitasking, a customizable dock and redesigned app switcher. AppleInsider takes a closer look at how the beta runs on iPad in this video.

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17:40
Here are the iPhone & iPad features Apple didn’t...

Earlier this week, Apple officially unveiled iOS 11 with a host of new features. The update brings things such as a redesigned Control Center, an all-new App Store, and much more. As is the case every year, however, there were things that many users hoped for that ultimately didn’t make an appearance…

more…

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17:40
Closeout Deals: Save $150 to $600 instantly on Apple...




First come, first served: AppleInsider readers can use exclusive coupons this week to instantly save between $150 and $600 on every closeout Late 2016 MacBook Pro bundled with AppleCare, including all 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models and all 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models. Plus sales tax isn't collected in 48 states.

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17:38
Michelle Obama talks entrepreneurship, social issues...

AppleInsider has some video but I hope Apple posts an “official” version soon for us to watch.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:38
First 'Planet of the Apps' episode drops...




Apple's first foray into original TV content, "Planet of the Apps," starts Tuesday night, with the first of ten episodes being made available for global streaming on Apple Music and iTunes at 9 p.m. Pacific.

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17:33
Apple to Phase Out 32-Bit Mac Apps Starting in...

Apple is already putting an end to 32-bit apps on iOS devices with iOS 11, and soon the company will make the same changes on its macOS operating system.

During its Platform State of the Union keynote at the Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple told developers that macOS High Sierra will be the "last macOS release to support 32-bit apps without compromises."

Starting in January of 2018, all new apps submitted to the Mac App Store must be 64-bit, and all apps and app updates submitted must be 64-bit by June 2018. With the next version of macOS after High Sierra, Apple will begin "aggressively" warning users about 32-bit apps before eventually phasing them out all together.

In iOS 11, 32-bit apps cannot be installed or launched. Attempting to open a non-supported 32-bit app gives a message notifying...

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17:18
Apple could expand NFC capabilities beyond Apple Pay...




An Apple developer document published this week suggests iOS 11 will open up near-field communications hardware in iPhone 7, and presumably future iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch models, beyond Apple Pay.

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17:15
Apple's 'Planet of the Apps'...

Apple's first original television series, Planet of the Apps, will premiere tonight, according to Reuters. The show, which was screened earlier today at the Worldwide Developers Conference, is set to premiere at 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Apple Music. Apple will also make the first episode free on iTunes and the Planet of the Apps website.

Produced by Ben Silverman, Howard Owens, and will.i.am, Planet of the Apps is an unscripted television show about apps and the developers who make them. The show is similar to other television shows like The Voice and Shark Tank, in that it features developers pitching their app ideas for a chance to be mentored by influencers and entrepreneurs like Gary Vaynerchuk, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jessica Alba.

The advisors help chosen contestants build their apps...

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17:13
The first episode of Apple’s ‘Planet of the Apps’...

Apple’s first foray into original content will debut later tonight, according to a report from Reuters. “Planet of the Apps” has long been teased by Apple, but the first episode will finally be made available for streaming tonight at 9PM PT/midnight ET.

more…

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17:05
Apple 'Error 53' Sting Operation Caught...

AmiMoJo writes: "Australia's consumer watchdog carried out a sting operation against Apple which it says caught staff repeatedly misleading iPhone customers about their legal rights to a free repair or replacement after a so-called 'error 53' malfunction, court documents reveal," reports The Guardian. Error 53 refers to an error message that renders iPhones useless if third-party repairs are made. From the report: "The case, set to go to trial in mid-December, accuses Apple of wrongly telling customers they were not entitled to free replacements or repair if they had taken their devices to an unauthorized third-party repairer. That advice was allegedly given even where the repair -- a screen replacement, for example -- was not related to the fault. Apple has so far chosen to remain silent about the case brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). But court documents obtained by Guardian Australia show the company has denied the ACCC's allegations, saying...

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16:39
Michelle Obama talks entrepreneurship, social issues...




The second day of Worldwide Developer Conference opened with a conversation with Michelle Obama, first lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017, and Lisa Jackson, Apple's Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives.

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16:02
Apple's CEO Welcomed Michelle Obama for a...

Apple's CEO Tim Cook announced on Monday that attendees would be getting a big surprise for day 2 of the company's annual developer conference: a fireside chat with none other than the former first lady of the United States.

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16:00
Apple Adds Support For FLAC Lossless Audio In iOS 11

Reddit users who have installed copies of the developer beta of iOS 11 are reporting that Apple has finally added support for lossless FLAC audio files in their new mobile operating system. The Next Web reports: The functionality was first spotted on an iPhone 6S Plus running iOS 11 Beta 1 and is reportedly available as part of the newly announced file-management app, Files. Up until now, Apple had deliberately opted to ignore offering playback support for FLAC files in both iTunes and iOS -- though there are numerous third-party apps to do the trick. But it appears things are finally about to change.


...

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15:53
Apple's iOS 11 Makes Siri a More Natural Woman...


New voices for Siri and peer-to-peer payments are among the new features in the next version of Apple's mobile device operating system iOS 11, previewed at the company's annual Worldwide Development Conference on Monday. "With the new operating system, Apple has doubled down on many of the applications it has developed for iOS," said Ross Rubin, the principal analyst at Reticle Research. "Much of the enhancement of the OS has come via those core applications versus general new functionality," he said.

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15:28
Inside iOS 11: Recommendations offer shortcuts to...




In Apple's forthcoming iOS 11, people needing a quick way of freeing up space on an iPhone or iPad will get suggested options that can often be run immediately.

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15:23
AWT News Update: June 6, 2017

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Today we're taking a bit of a breather after yesterday's marathon podcast and today's iOS 11 beta testing, with just a few stories to share with you.

  • Are you in love with GIF animated images? The iOS 11 Photos app now has native support for GIFs, storing them in a special "animated images" folder
  • Anyone with a 1TB iCloud storage plan got a nice upgrade to 2TB today for the same $9.99 monthly charge

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

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14:43
iOS 11: A first look at Developer Beta 1 (video)

This morning, I downloaded and installed iOS 11 Developer Beta 1 on my test iPad, which is an iPad mini 2. The download and installation were quite fast; Apple made it easy for developers to do the install as an "Over The Air" update by making it necessary to download and approve a profile, then rebooting the device. Once that was done, the installation was just like any Apple other operating system update - fast!

Here's the video! Please let us know if you like what you see, and be sure to "Like" the video on YouTube and subscribe to the Apple World Today video channel.

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14:26
Apple overhauls iTunes website with more capable...

In addition to other various announcements this week, Apple has made a noticeable change to the web version of iTunes. Whereas the design was previously incredibly dated and hard to use, the new design is more akin to that of Apple Music and the current iTunes app on Mac and PC.

more…

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14:20
MacBook Pro: Apple’s professional laptop gets a...

Almost lost in the landslide of product announcements at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote was the reveal the MacBook Pro received an important update: The new laptops have the same design as the previous version, but the laptops feature new processors that should provide a speed boost.

New processor, graphics, and solid-state drives

The biggest MacBook Pro news is that Apple is now using Intel’s Kaby Lake processors. Kaby Lake is Intel’s seventh-generation processor, and it replaces the sixth-generation Skylake processors that were in the previous MacBook Pro.

To...

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14:05
∞ Thoughts on WWDC

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference kicked off on Monday in San Jose, California, the first time it’s been in the city since 2002. Not only did Apple have the pressure of putting on the conference in San Jose, they also had to deliver great updates for developers and consumers. They delivered on all counts. […]

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13:57
Apple-manufactured cases for 10.5-inch iPad Pro...




Apple has updated its line of iPad cases adding support for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, in conjunction with the release of a series of Apple Pencil protective casings.

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13:37
The second coming of iPad

I’m very impressed with the new iPad and even more so with the next version of iOS. The combination is going to be enough to get me to (finally) retire my old iPad and buy the newest one.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:34
Tim Cook & Lisa Jackson join Michelle Obama to...

At the end of Apple’s keynote yesterday morning at WWDC, Tim Cook surprised attendees and announced that former first lady Michelle Obama would make an appearance at the developer conference. Earlier today, Michelle Obama, Cook, and Apple VP Lisa Jackson took the stage to discuss a wide range of topics, including empowerment, diversity in technology, and more.

more…

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13:32
Promise Technology debuts new Pegasus3 desktop RAID...

Promise Technology (www.promise.com) has added four new models to its lineup of Pegasus desktop RAID storage systems. The new Pegasus3 R4, R6 and R8 models feature more capacity -- 16, 36 and 64 (and 80) terabytes (TB), respectively -- and bring 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 performance.

read more

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13:26
Apple Music exec Bozoma Saint John joins Uber as...




Bozoma Saint John, formerly the head of Global Marketing for Apple Music and iTunes, on Tuesday announced she is joining Uber as its new "chief brand officer."

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13:24
Apple halves cost of 2TB iCloud plan to $9.99 a month

Any cost savings is good. This makes it much easier to recommend iCloud storage to my photography students.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:24
Bozoma Saint John is reportedly leaving Apple for...

Apple Music exec Bozoma Saint John is leaving Apple to work for Uber, according to TechCrunch, who reportedly confirmed the appointment through multiple sources at Uber. 

The transportation company views the appointment as important in helping “turn the tide on recent issues.” You should note that Saint John’s LinkedIn still lists her as working at Apple.

Saint John was awarded a Woman of Influence award by T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research in June 2016 because she “has lead distinguished careers while devoting generous time and energy to philanthropic causes.” She was also listed among “The Most Powerful Women in Business” in March 2017 by Black Enterprise.

Before coming aboard at Apple, Saint John was head of the Music and Entertainment Marketing Group at...

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13:20
Tim Cook talks HomePod's philosophy, ARKit...




Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook this week answered questions surrounding the the reasoning behind ARKit and the new HomePod announced during the WWDC keynote, calling the new speaker a "breakthrough" and Apple's ARKit's impact "profound."

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13:17
Why Apple is struggling to become an artificial-...

I don’t I’d agree with the “struggling” part of the story but it’s still an interesting look at Apple’s AI efforts.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:13
tvOS being added to the Apple Beta Software Program

Owners of fourth generation Apple TVs can beta test tvOS for the first time. Apple has expanded its Apple Beta Software Program to include the set-top box and tvOS 11. 

Previously, the program has been limited to iOS and macOS while tvOS betas were only available to developers with paid accounts. The Apple Beta Software Program website says “iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, and tvOS 11 public betas are coming soon” and Apple promised public betas of iOS and macOS later this month.

If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here. The program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

The first developer betas of iOS 11, High Sierra, watchOS 4, and tvOS 11 were issued on Monday.

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12:59
Apple TV owners to get first-ever public beta with...




Regular Apple TV owners will soon be able download betas for the first time, getting an early peek at upcoming features, according to Apple's website.

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12:52
The best cases for Apple’s new 10.5-inch iPad Pro

Apple has now officially unveiled the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro to the world. We even had a chance to go hands on with the new tablet to get a feel for the form factor and see iOS 11 in action. However, along with the altered footprint, you’ll be needing new cases, covers, screen protectors and more: more…

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12:38
The Apple exec who stole the show at WWDC explains...

This is a big deal and a loss for Apple but if that’s Uber’s goal, they have zero chance of achieving it with or without her.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:17
Inside iOS 11: Early FLAC audio playback comes to...




An unexpected feature of Apple's first iOS 11 developer beta is rudimentary support for FLAC audio playback, which may hint at broader compatibility coming in the final release.

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12:05
Apple's iOS 11 leaves iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, 4th-...




In one fell swoop, this fall's forthcoming iOS 11 update will mark the end of support for not only 32-bit apps, but also legacy 32-bit devices. That means owners still clinging to their iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and fourth-generation iPad will be left behind -- or forced to upgrade.

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12:04
iOS 11 appears to restore Gmail push in Apple Mail

Gmail users rejoice as iOS 11 may have a solution for the long-standing push notification woes. No longer having to rely on a third-party app, users with Google email accounts should be able to jump back onto iOS’ native Mail app.

more…

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12:00
Updated Guidelines Now Available

The App Store Review Guidelines have been updated. We review all apps submitted to the App Store in an effort to determine whether they are reliable, perform as expected, and are free of offensive material. As you plan and develop your app, make sure to use these updated guidelines.

See the App Store Review Guidelines.

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12:00
Updated Guidelines Now Available

The App Store Review Guidelines have been updated. We review all apps submitted to the App Store in an effort to determine whether they are reliable, perform as expected, and are free of offensive material. As you plan and develop your app, make sure to use these updated guidelines.

See the App Store Review Guidelines.

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11:46
Apple adds advanced editing features to Photos app...

I’m still not giving up Lightroom for Apple’s Photos app but it’s great to see the added features in the native app.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:32
Apple bumps storage capacity for paid iCloud...

This should come in handy.

Apple has just doubled the storage from its top-tier iCloud storage plan from 1 TB to 2 TB. The plan remains available at $9.99 per month, although the old 1 TB plan is now longer available.

The company has also announced that multiple users will be able to share a single iCloud storage plan with Family Sharing in iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra.

Unfortunately, the capacity for the free iCloud storage plan has not jumped from 5 GB. The 50 GB plan for $0.99/month and the 200 GB plan for $2.99/mo are also unchanged.

You can upgrade to the 2 TB plan today from within iCloud settings.

Apple has stated that, once iOS 11 and macOS 10.13 High Sierra debut later this year, users will be able to share 200 GB and 2 TB iCloud plans via Family Sharing. All user accounts attached to the family can save to the same iCloud storage capacity, but you only have to pay one monthly subscription.

The Family Sharing features will be...

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10:42
Apple Watch band lineup boosted with new Sport, Nike...




Apple is now shipping a summer 2017 series of Apple Watch bands, including a slightly different version of the LGBT Pride band from the 2016 parade in San Francisco.

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10:25
Inside iOS 11: Quick screen recording comes to...




A potentially handy feature discovered in Apple's iOS 11 developer beta is native screen recording support, invoked through a command in the overhauled Control Center interface.

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10:24
Hands-On With iOS 11: New Control Center, Redesigned...

Following yesterday's keynote event, Apple released its newest iPhone operating system, iOS 11, to developers.

iOS 11 won't be available for public beta testers until June and the general public will need to wait until the fall, but if you want to get a taste of what's coming in the update, check out our hands-on video below.

There are subtle design changes throughout iOS 11, with a focus on bolder fonts and borderless buttons. One of the most significant design changes can be seen in the Control Center, which has been entirely overhauled with a new look, deeper functionality, and better customization.

An entirely new App Store has been developed for iOS 11, and for the first time, apps and games are split out into their own sections. There's a "Today" view that's updated on a daily basis with recommendations, developer stories, and more.

Files, a new app, mimics the Finder in...

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10:18
WhatsApp update brings albums, camera filters, and...

WhatsApp has received a small update that brings in albums, camera filters, and a quick reply feature to the messaging application.

more…

| Read more »
10:17
RapidWeaver 7.4.1 - Create template-based websites...

RapidWeaver is a next-generation Web design application to help you easily create professional-looking Web sites in minutes. No knowledge of complex code is required, RapidWeaver will take care of all that for you. RapidWeaver produces valid XHTML- and CSS-based websites.

One of the perks about using RapidWeaver is that it has a strong custom theme community. You can download themes and edit them from within RapidWeaver and the result is a pretty slick-looking website that takes very little effort.

RapidWeaver also has a lot of custom plug-ins. Some of them make it easier to edit images directly in RapidWeaver. Others make creating a site map a matter of a few clicks. The supportive community that surrounds RapidWeaver is really what makes this great app superior to other WYSIWYG website creation tools. Be sure to check out YourHead.com for some little tools to help spice up your website in...

| Read more »
09:58
iPad Pro Smart Connector accessory lineup grows with...




The number of accessories compatible with Apple's Smart Connector for iPad Pro continues to grow --?albeit very slowly --?with two new keyboards this week from Logitech for both tablet sizes.

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09:54
With Audio Focus, Apple Side-Steps Smart Speaker...


Apple raised the curtain on HomePod, its upcoming smart speaker, during Monday's keynote presentation at its Worldwide Developers Conference. The company also announced some desktop OS features for the iPad, and revealed its plans to become an augmented reality powerhouse.
"Just like iPod reinvented music in our pockets, HomePod is going to reinvent music in our homes," Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president for worldwide marketing, told an enthusiastic crowd at the San Jose Convention Center in California.

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09:42
California and China partner on clean energy tech

The Trump administration's decision to leave the Paris Accord has already prompted some states to forge their own pro-environment pacts, but the latest such alliance is... unusual. California and China are forming a partnership that will see the two...

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09:38
9to5Toys Lunch Break: New iPad Pro w/ $50 Gift Card...

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.

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Apple’s new iPad Pro pre-orders launch w/ up to $50 gift cards, tax benefits

Harman Kardon discounts its...

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09:33
Apple's CEO admits to Assisting the UK...

Apple's CEO Tim Cook told Bloomberg in a TV interview yesterday that Apple has helped the U.K. officials investigate terror attacks.

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09:32
iOS 11 Preview: Control Center Gets Customizable...

Apple on Monday introduced iOS 11, the next major version of its mobile operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The software update, available this fall, includes a completely redesigned Control Center that fits on one page and is much more customizable thanks to 3D Touch.

Control Center's default appearance (left) and with additional controls (right)

When you deep press on the Music pane, for example, a larger pane with volume, playback, and other controls pops open. Likewise, when you deep press on the pane with Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Cellular Data toggles, a larger pane pops open with AirDrop and Personal Hotspot toggles.

More granular controls appear by deep pressing with 3D Touch

On iOS 11, users can add and organize additional controls and toggles to appear in Control Center through the Settings app. However, the following controls are...

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09:21
Apple wants iMessage to be your customer service app

Apple has been steadily improving iMessage over the past year, and now apparently it wants to get businesses in on the action. Enter Business Chat, Apple's as-yet-unreleased tool to provide customer service through iMessage.

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09:09
New 5K iMac GPU configurations at least double best...




As with the initial Radeon Pro release with the 2016 MacBook Pro, Apple hasn't provided that much detail on the same family of GPUs used in the new iMacs -- but AMD has shed some light on the new processors, showing a radical improvement over the predecessors.

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09:06
You’ll probably need to upgrade your iPhone 5 or 5c...

Although watchOS 4 doesn’t drop support for any Apple Watch models, the new iOS 11 software update will not be available for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c. This likely means Apple Watch users with either of those models will need to upgrade to a newer iPhone to update to watchOS 4.

more…

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09:02
Nintendo hasn't forgotten about 'Pokémon...

Okay, so, today's brief Nintendo Direct didn't reveal the Switch version of Pokemon Sun and Moon, but if you aren't a fan of traditional fighting games and still prefer the 3DS to the Switch (see: battery life) there was still some silver lining for...

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09:00
Finding a solution to pet anxiety with the help of...

More than 32 million dogs in the U.S. suffer from anxiety, including Charger, ZenCrate co-founder Jon Azevedo’s dog. Initially hoping to create something that would help Charger, Azevedo and co-founder Chris Lightcap developed a product that could help millions of dogs. Office 365 played an important role in scaling their business as it grew.

From pet project to production product

On a road trip during a typical Florida storm, Azevedo noticed that Charger was calm in the back seat of his car, and wanted to mimic that environment in a crate for home. “My focus in the beginning of this was Charger,” said Azevedo. “A year later, after a local veterinarian educated me on how large of a problem anxiety in animals is, I decided to focus on a product for other pet owners.”

Office 365 keeps ZenCrate current, connected and...

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08:55
Apple’s new iPad Pro pre-orders launch at authorized...

From 9to5Toys:

Yesterday’s Keynote address at WWDC 2017 delivered a wide-range of new products, including fresh iPads. Today we’re seeing Apple’s latest tablets pop-up for pre-order and there are already a few ways to save.

more…

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08:50
Here’s hoping the iMac Pro learns from the Mac Pro’s...

Andrew Cunningham

No one was allowed to touch the single iMac Pro that Apple had in its hands-on area following the WWDC keynote today. Big and dark and imposing, the computer is the first step toward making good on Apple's promises to recommit to its desktop users. It's not a new Mac Pro (a computer that's still coming, I've been assured), but it is a more concrete commitment to high-end desktops than the (nice, but straightforward) standard iMac refresh we got Tuesday.

Apple has made some cool tweaks to the iMac to earn it that "pro" moniker, specs aside. The cooling system and the vents have been entirely redesigned. A regular iMac has a single fan plus one vent in back, above the power cord and below where the stand meets the body of the computer. The Pro has two fans inside plus what appears to be a pair of long horizontal vents across the bottom, visible in the photos above...

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08:41
Amazon discounts Prime for customers with EBT cards

Amazon announced today that customers enrolled in a number of different government assistance programs can now get Prime subscriptions for $6 per month. As of now, the offer is limited to those with a valid EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card, bu...

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08:36
UK police make first arrest triggered by facial...

Police in South Wales have arrested a man using automatic facial recognition software. It's the first time a person has been seized this way in the UK, according to Wales Online, following a series of trials at large-scale public events including Dow...

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08:29
Inside iOS 11: Apple's Photos app gains native...




Apple's upcoming iOS 11 will add support for viewing animated GIFs in the native Photos app, and it will also automatically sort them into a dedicated folder of animated images, making it even easier to find the pictures you are looking for.

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08:25
Google Releases Chrome 59

An anonymous reader writes: Google has launched Chrome 59 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Among the additions are native notifications on macOS, settings being revamped to follow Material Design, the Image Capture API, Headless Chrome, and more service worker improvements. You can update to the latest version now using the browser's built-in silent updater or download it directly from google.com/chrome.


...

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08:24
∞ Thoughts on the iMac Pro

[VIDEO] Some thoughts on the iMac Pro, serving the needs of the Mac Pro crowd, and a video, all in the main Loop post.

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08:23
Lyft and nuTonomy aim to improve self-driving car...

Ride service companies like Uber and Lyft are focused on the technology of self-driving cars, but what about everythingn else? Lyft is now exploring the passenger aspect via a partnership with self-driving software firm nuTonomy. The idea, the compan...

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08:13
Report: Apple Music exec Bozoma Saint John leaving...

It was reported Friday night that Apple Music exec Bozoma Saint John was planning to leave the company one year after her widely praised on stage debut at WWDC 2016. Saint John drove Apple Music’s marketing effort after joining the company through Apple’s Beats acquisition. Now TechCrunch reports that Bozoma Saint John’s next role will be at Uber…

more…

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08:12
Belkin ships $349 Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD,...




Belkin's Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD is now available, and in addition to the ports on it, the dock provides 85W of power to 15-inch MacBook Pro owners for charging.

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08:03
Photo highlights from the WWDC keynote stage

Direct from the lenses of Apple camera-folk.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:02
‘Arms’ is the successor to ‘Punch Out’ the Nintendo...

The original Punch Out may be heralded as a classic 8-bit NES game, but it's one I didn't play until I was in college. I'd heard it mentioned as I grew up but always dismissed it out of hand. Sports games, particularly those with celebrity endorsemen...

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07:58
∞ The HomePod and the ongoing battle with Amazon and...

[VIDEO] Click through to the main Loop post for some videos and commentary on Apple’s newly announced HomePod.

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07:46
Easily share your WiFi with friends on iOS 11,...

iOS 11 includes many automatic features regarding first-time setup and account login. This extends to WiFi networks too. If a friend comes over with an iPhone running iOS 11, you can automatically log them in to your WiFi in one tap.

The UI looks like the AirPods pairing process. When the WiFi password screen pops up on the new device, other nearby iOS devices that are already on the network will try to help …

more…

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07:44
Pokémon fighter 'Pokken' is coming to...

Nintendo is bringing a Pokémon game to the Switch, but it's not the one you were hoping for. Fighting game Pokken Tournament, which lets you throw down as Gengar, Blaziken and a bunch of other critters (you can even fight as Pikachu in a libre...

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07:39
An Overview of Apple's New Hardware Including...

In April Apple's SVP Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller talked about the company reinventing the Mac Pro from being a tower computer to one that will be in a new modular form factor. In the interim, Schiller noted that there would be new iMacs this year for pros and yesterday Apple revealed their beastly iMac Pro that will launch in December (for some markets). Our report also briefly looks at Apple's other hardware updates that came to life yesterday along with jumbo photos which are always a favorite of Apple fans.

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AWT TV Episode 10: WWDC 2017 Keynote Special Edition...

Welcome to AWT TV, a weekly show featuring Steve Sande, Dennis Sellers and Marty Edwards of Apple World Today. Each week we'll discuss what's happened in the world of Apple, talk about new apps and accessories, maybe even have a demonstration or two of the latest software. Visit us online at https://appleworld.today and be sure to subscribe to the Apple World Today video channel here on YouTube.

Today's video is all about the news from the WWDC 2017 keynote, including the new iMacs, iMac Pros, iPad Pros, upgraded MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, HomePod, and a bunch of other things that were announced. 

To top it off, we have a short demo of Monument Valley 2, which was introduced on June 5! It's a fun discussion between the three veteran Mac and PC users who make up Apple World Today.

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Don't compare Apple's HomePod to Amazon...

When Apple unveiled the HomePod at WWDC, it was tempting to draw immediate comparisons to the Amazon Echo and Google Home. And I wouldn't blame you if you did. They're all smart speakers, of course, and there's a good chance that you might cross-shop...

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The Apple Pencil case won't save you from...

iPad Pro users, take note: Apple has released what might be the most Apple product in the history of Apple. One of the announcements to slip through the cracks during that intense WWDC keynote yesterday was the introduction of a $29 holder for the iP...

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07:03
Apple eGPU dev kit requires external monitor,...




Apple has started taking orders for its external GPU developer's kit for examination with macOS High Sierra, but the Apple software available to the wider user base until spring 2018, as released still has major caveats, and mandates an external monitor or VR kit for use.

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Mophie's cases add wireless charging to iPhone...

Mophie's cases provide a quick way to add wireless charging capabilities to iPhones and Samsung Galaxy S devices, and now they're available for the models' latest iterations. The accessories maker has released charge force cases for the iPhone 7, 7 P...

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06:58
Uber provides free rides to polling stations for...

With Britain going to the polls in a national election on Thursday, Uber is playing its part in trying to ensure everyone is able to vote. The company is offering free rides to polling stations to wheelchair users in three UK cities.

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06:57
Apple AirPlay 2 adds multi-room audio capabilities

Apple announced AirPlay 2 as part of iOS 11 announcements at WWDC 2017. It adds multi-room audio capabilities to AirPlay’s existing abilities. AirPlay 2 also enables the use of Siri to initiate and control playback to compatible speakers and devices (such as Apple TV).

AirPlay 2 is Apple’s followup to the original AirPlay Wi-Fi-based music playback standard. While Sonos popularized Wi-Fi-based multi-room audio playback, Bluetooth became ubiquitous, and multi-platform Wi-Fi audio standards spread in popularity, Apple lacked a competing story until today’s announcement.

AirPlay 2 shares some competitive similarities to the competing Chromecast Built-in (aka Google Cast) standard, but based on current announcements it lacks video capabilities and partners with mainstream volume. According to the IHS Markit research group, the latter aspect indirectly infers that there is a third competitive weakness compared to...

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06:54
Apple TV now included in public beta program...

Apple has expanded its Apple Beta Software Program to include the fourth-gen Apple TV for the first time. Apple’s public beta program has previously been limited to iOS and macOS while tvOS betas were only available to developers with paid accounts.

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