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Quick take video review: Apple's 2017 9.7-inch...

Apple recently unified its iPad product line with the release of the 2017 9.7-inch iPad, a replacement for the outgoing iPad Air 2. Starting at $329, the new iPad skips some high-end features like quad speakers and a laminated, wide color gamut display, but brings entry level users up to speed with an A9 SoC and 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

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GM challenges eight schools to build self-driving...

Just about every major car company is trying to figure out the best way to build a self-driving car, and GM is tapping a handful of schools to help get the job done. Teams from Virginia Tech, the University of Waterloo, Kettering University, the Univ...

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Samsung expects to post record operating profit for...

Samsung expects to post stellar earnings for the first quarter of 2017 despite its head honcho's scandal in Korea and the lack of a new flagship phone for the period. The company believes its consolidated operating profit will reach approximately 9.9...

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Tim Cook talks importance of diversity &...

Tim Cook today sat down for a speech at his alma mater, Auburn University, and talked on a variety of different topics. The details of the speech, entitled “A Conversation with Tim Cook: A Personal View of Inclusion and Diversity,” were shared by student-run newspaper The Plainsman


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Social media firms offer $5.3M settlement in iOS app...

A group of eight social media companies, including Twitter and Instagram, have agreed to pay a total of $5.3 million to settle a 2012 class action lawsuit which alleges user privacy was breached when the apps leveraged an iOS feature that uploaded details from users' contact lists.

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Showtime's streaming apps can download video...

A day after trumpeting that it's coming to cord-cutting Sling TV, Showtime is helping out another neglected group: Offline viewers. The premium network announced that its Showtime and Showtime Anytime apps now let users download content to watch late...

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Xcode 8.3.1 - Integrated development environment (...

Xcode includes everything developers need to create great applications for Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Xcode provides developers a unified workflow for user interface design, coding, testing, and debugging. The Xcode IDE combined with the Cocoa frameworks and Swift programming language make developing apps easier and more fun than ever before. Xcode includes the Xcode IDE, Swift and Objective-C compilers, Instruments analysis tool, simulators, the latest SDKs, and hundreds of powerful features.

Version 8.3.1:

  • Includes Swift 3.1 and SDKs for iOS 10.3, watchOS 3.2, tvOS 10.2, and macOS Sierra 10.12
  • Fixes an issue that could produce app archives that were larger than necessary

  • OS X 10.12 or later

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Dr. Peggy Whitson set to shatter another NASA record

As the first woman in command of the International Space Station, NASA's Dr. Peggy Whitson is already a proven pioneer. Last month, Whitson set the record for most spacewalks by a female astronaut and later this month she will set yet another record...

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Tim Cook speaks to students at Auburn

The 1982 alumnus jumped right into the subject of his discussion. He advised students – of all backgrounds and majors – to prepare to encounter people with diverse backgrounds in every career field.

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This is what AI sees and hears when it watches...

Computers don't dream of electric sheep, they imagine the dulcet tones of legendary public access painter, Bob Ross. Bay Area artist and engineer Alexander Reben has produced an incredible feat of machine learning in honor of the late Ross, creating...

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Adobe updates Illustrator CC and InDesign CC with...

Adobe on Thursday issued updates for Illustrator CC, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and InDesign CC, introducing new features and user interface improvements to the professional design software.

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Spotify's plan to go public might not include...

Now that Spotify is locking down long-term deals with record labels, the company's next big task is going public. Before you run to the hills at the sound of financial speak, this influx of cash could help the company you know and love keep deliverin...

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AWT News Update: April 6, 2017

An Intel Compute Stick PC, the size we'd like to see for the new Mac mini

The interwebz have been abuzz all week about the new Apple re-commitment to the pro market; today we discuss a few rumors and ideas. By the way, there will NOT be an AWT News Update on Friday, April 7th due to other commitments.

  • Apparently Apple's planned 2018 Mac Pro has only been in development for a few weeks, and a lot of the sudden interest in the pro market appears to have been generated by a poor "pro" response to the 2017 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar
  • Our readers have sent some ideas for a new Mac mini, and we replied with some ideas of our own
  • Move over GIPHY Says; Apple's Clips app has just arrived

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

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Showtime for iOS adds support for offline downloads

Premium network Showtime on Thursday updated its official apps for iOS with support for downloading episodes, giving both cord cutters and cable subscribers the option to watch programs like "Homeland" and "Billions" without an internet connection.

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Australian regulator sues Apple over phone-bricking...

When iPhone owners hoping for a cheap screen repair started getting the notorious, phone-bricking Error 53 message last year, the company claimed it was a security measure meant to protect customers from potentially malicious third-party Touch ID sen...

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Hands-On With Apple's New 'Clips'...

Apple today released "Clips," a new app that's designed to make it easy to create short videos that can be easily shared via Messages and social networking apps like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Clips, as the name suggests, lets you combine several video clips, images, and photos with voice-based titles, music, filters, and graphics to create enhanced videos that are up to an hour in length.

Clips isn't hard to use, but the interface does take a bit of time to get used to, so we went hands-on with the app to show MacRumors readers just how it works.

When you open up Clips, you can choose to record video using the front or rear facing cameras, take a photo (with either camera) or choose a photo or video from your library. Once you've decided what you want to do, there are several ways to edit and enhance your content.

The speech bubble at the top allows you...

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Runtastic's video recipe app feeds your fitness...

It makes sense that the folks behind a running app would launch a new video recipe app. Cooking clips from Tasty and Delish seem to be taking over everyone's Facebook feed lately, so now is the time to hop onboard. Runtastic has already filled its Yo...

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Apple CEO Tim Cook talks diversity, inclusion at...

Apple CEO Tim Cook visited his alma mater Auburn University on Thursday to speak about diversity, inclusion and other issues related to human rights, topics for which the high-profile tech executive consistently advocates.

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Will you wait until early 2019 for the new Mac Pro...

The rumors have started flowing following Apple’s rare pre-announcement of an all-new modular Mac Pro it has in the works. The latest today claims to offer some intel on how long the project has been in development at Apple, giving some insight into a likely late 2018/early 2019 launch and shipping timeframe for the new computer that we still don’t know a whole lot about.

Was Apple’s announcement enough to keep you satisfied and give you confidence that it’s worth holding out for the new machine? Or will you be switching to a new machine for your pro needs? Perhaps those new iMacs Apple plans to ship later this year?


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Xcode 8.3.1 (8E1000a) Now Available

Xcode 8.3.1 (8E1000a) Now Available

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Xcode 8.3.1 (8E1000a) Now Available

Xcode 8.3.1 (8E1000a) Now Available

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iPad as a 'Mac buddy' could benefit Apple...

In writing for OS News Thom Holwerda says that, in addition to a new Mac Pro and an iMac Pro, Apple is said to be exploring additional Retina MacBook Pro models without the Touch Bar, and other pro-oriented features, such as hooking an iPad Pro up to a Mac to use it as a Cintiq-like device.

My take: I can’t imagine Apple removing the Touch Bar entirely from MacBook Pros — unless there’s been major outcry against this feature. On the other hand, positioning the iPad as a Touch Bar for desktop Macs, as well as a drawing tablet could help sales of both Apple computers and tablets in a double “halo effect.” (You can currently use your iPad for such a purpose with the Duet Display.)

Such a move would mean added functionality for the iPad. It would also add some serious touch screen features to the Mac without the desktops or laptops having built-in touch screens,...

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Here's the Galaxy S8+ you really want (but can...

It's only been one week since Samsung unveiled its new flagship phones, the Galaxy S8 and S8+, but there's already a beefier and better version on the way. A more powerful variant of the S8+ will offer 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, ETNews reports, but t...

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First look: Apple's Clips app for iPhone &...

Not to be left behind by recent social media trends, Apple on Thursday released Clips, an iPhone and iPad app designed to create splashy videos for sharing on networks like Facebook and YouTube. Here's what it's like in action.

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The Wirecutter's best deals: Vizio's 55-...

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

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Twitter sues feds over attempt to identify anti-...

Twitter is suing the government to resist giving up the identity behind @Alt_uscis, an account tweeting out anti-Trump messages. The account is allegedly run by rogue members of US immigration agencies. The social media titan has brought suit against...

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The Week in iOS Accessories and Cases: Pad &...

That old book smell

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup includes a new “Graduate collection” iPad case that will remind you of old university stacks of library books. Read on!

Pad & Quill

Image by Pad & Quill

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Spotify is limiting free streaming for its own good

It's no secret that labels and artists aren't thrilled that their music is available free on ad-supported streaming services. Taylor Swift famously pulled her catalog from Spotify due to its decision to give full on-demand streaming to customers who...

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Why Nvidia’s upcoming Pascal drivers matter: The...

I’m currently in the process of building a new Hackintosh rig for 2017, so imagine how surprised and happy I was to hear that Nvidia is working on beta drivers for its GPUs with the latest Pascal architecture. Up until today, I had just settled on being relegated to a Radeon RX 480, or a Maxwell-era Nvidia card.

Not having Pascal drivers for the Mac certainly didn’t diminish the Hackintosh community, but it was significantly limiting in both options and creativity.

With today’s announcement, the Hackintosh just got exponentially more appealing. Nvidia’s announcement is positive for a variety of reasons: there’s the prospect of using an eGPU setup with a MacBook Pro, along with future prospects of Nvidia cards powering future Mac Pro hardware.

But on the immediate horizon, the announcement is most promising for Hackintosh builders. With this in mind, I wanted to share the build...

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'Constant Negativity' From Pro Users Led...

Apple executives this week made an unusual and surprising announcement, detailing the company's work on an entirely revamped high-end modular Mac Pro that's set to be released sometime after 2017.

No specific information on a potential release date was shared, but OSnews' Thom Holwerda has shared some tidbits heard from "people and sources who know their stuff," giving a little insight into just when we might see the revamped Mac Pro and why Apple decided to renew its focus on professional users.

Ahead of Apple's announcement, Holwerda says the Mac Pro was in limbo, and Apple wasn't sure what was going to happen to the machine.

Apparently, the negative response to the MacBook Pro with...

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From a New York Times report by Alan Wong:

President Xi Jinping of China is not expected to be strolling the
manicured fairways of the Trump International Golf Club on
Thursday, sizing up his approach shot.

Mr. Xi is known to be an avid soccer fan, bent on transforming
China into a great power in that egalitarian team sport, but the
Chinese Communist Party maintains an ideological contempt for golf
as a rich person’s game.

That view, among others, places him at odds with President Trump,
who owns more than a dozen golf courses and whose so-called Winter
White House, the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., charges
more than $200,000 for membership.

Describing Mar-a-Lago as “the so-called Winter White House” is pernicious at best, and I would argue it’s downright outrageous. No news organization, let alone one...

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Retina MacBook Pro minus Touch Bar, iPad Pro Cintiq...

New claims about future Mac hardware have emerged after Tuesday's revelations from Apple's Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi, with the latest rumors suggesting that future high-end Retina MacBook Pros may not include a Touch Bar, and the iPad Pro could be used directly as a tablet input device for a connected Mac.

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Curious J.D. Power report scores 2017 tablet makers...

A curious report from J.D. Power gave Microsoft's Surface brand a higher overall score in comparison to other tablet makers, "largely due to its top rankings in the features and styling & design factors," in particular the size of the screen.

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YouTubers will need at least 10,000 views to make ad...

YouTube has been busy tweaking its service and community lately. It just rolled out a live TV-streaming feature, and recently moved to better identify offensive content to prevent ads from being displayed on those videos. The latest update to its Par...

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Microsoft's Project Scorpio Goes to Extremes

The latest specs for the upcoming Xbox update, codenamed "Project Scorpio," suggest that it could take gaming to new extremes. Microsoft officially unveiled Project Scorpio at last year's E3, but it has offered few details about what gamers can expect, until now. Project Scorpio reportedly is ahead of schedule, but it is still at least six months away from a consumer launch. More details likely will be announced at E3 this June. Project Scorpio will be the most powerful video game console to date, according to Microsoft.

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Deals: 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pro for $1,599 ($...

With limited quantities available, Apple authorized resellers B&H and Amazon are taking $200 off popular 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar configurations. Or save $250 on a 13" MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar, plus no tax in 48 states. A $150 Best Buy gift card also comes with a free $15 bonus code on eBay.

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Wink to send a text with these experimental earbuds

We're always looking for new ways to control our mobile phones without using our hands, whether we're driving or at work. Voice control is fine but not always welcome in quiet spaces. The next frontier? Facial expressions. Imagine winking to pause yo...

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Rumor: Modular Mac Pro may not ship until early 2019...

When Apple revealed on Tuesday that the current Mac Pro will not see a major update and instead an all-new modular Mac Pro is being developed, the company stopped short of saying just when that decision was made and how long ago the new project started.

Apple said the modular Mac Pro won’t be available in 2017, but didn’t explicitly promise the new machine would be ready next year. OSNews managing editor Thom Holwerda believes the project actually started “only a few weeks ago” and won’t be complete as soon as we may expect.


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Dumb refrigerator, meet Smarter FridgeCam

I'm beginning to think that there are some real advantages to the "Internet of Things". Just last night I was getting ready to cook a pasta dish, took some garlic out of the crisper bin, and was disgusted to see that it was quite green and fuzzy. Spoilage is a bad thing, as is not knowing when you're running out of items in your refrigerator. A new smart device from Smarter called the FridgeCam (US$149, available for pre-order) wants to take your old fridge and turn it into much more than just a hiding place for fuzzy garlic.

Smarter FridgeCam and an unusually clean refrigerator...

Instead of spending a lot more money on a connected refrigerator like those made by most of the major appliance manufacturers now, the idea is that you can give your current fridge a dash of intelligence with the addition of FridgeCam. It attaches to the door of any refrigerator, letting you see inside the fridge from anywhere with an internet...

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Explore Japanese gaming culture in 360 degrees with...

Matthew Patrick is best known as the guy on YouTube who uses math, science and rabid curiosity to build intense, unexpected narratives from the stray plot threads of movies and video games. As the Game Theorists' MatPat, he asks if Mario is secretly...

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FDA clears 23andMe to warn you about potential...

Good news for everyone who wants to do at-home DNA tests: 23andMe has been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration to tell customers if they're at risk for 10 potentially debilitating diseases. "These are the first direct-to-consumer tests author...

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Episode 30 Of The MacAdmins Podcast: It’s Not Just...
Apple Taken To Court For Refusing To Fix Devices

Australia's consumer watchdog has begun legal action against Apple over claims it refused to repair iPads and iPhones previously serviced by third parties. From a report on BBC: It alleges that Apple made "false, misleading, or deceptive representations" about consumers' rights under Australian law. The case follows complaints that users were "routinely refused" repairs after an error disabled their devices. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) began an investigation after users complained about Apple's so-called "error 53", which disabled some users' devices after they downloaded an update to their operating system.


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Sprint kills its 'half your bill' promo in...

Sprint is going to axe its "Cut Your Bill in Half" promo. Until further notice, the carrier is offering something different: $50 for "unlimited" talk, text and data for a single line, $80 for two, $100 for three and $120 for four. The company's chief...

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Apple Clips app 64-bit only, another move suggesting...

Apple's compact video editing app Clips has debuted and requires iOS 10.3 which in itself runs on 32-bit devices -- but the app doesn't run at all on the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPad 4.

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'EVE: Valkyrie' takes space battles to the...

CCP has revealed that it's bringing ground-level skirmishes to EVE: Valkyrie for the first time. Announced during a Keynote at CCP's annual EVE Fanfest, new map Solitude sees players battling it out on a remote planet as they weave their way through...

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Malwarebytes: New iOS ‘malvertising’ pushes ‘free’...

Malwarebytes Labs reports that it's discovered a new scareware campaign targeting iOS users. The campaign pushes a “free” VPN app called My Mobile Secure via rogue ads on popular Torrent sites. 

According to Malwarebytes Labs, the page plays an ear-piercing beeping sound and claims the device is infected with viruses. Tapping the Remove Virus button opens the Apple App Store to download the app … and that’s when things go downhill.

According to the developer profile the company is a market research panel designed to understand the trends and behaviors of people using the mobile Internet. Malwarebytes Labs says this should be a red flag when applied to a VPN product, whose goal is to precisely anonymize your online activity by encrypting your data from your ISP, government, bad guys, etc.

When it comes to malicious adverts there’s a preconceived notion that malvertising mostly affects the Windows platform, and the bad guys seem to be taking advantage of that...

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Honda unveils 2017 Civic Si Coupe and Sedan as...

Following announcements from Mitsubishi and Scania yesterday, Honda today unveiled the latest new vehicles that will come with Apple’s in-dash CarPlay system standard with a reveal of its new 2017 Civic Si Coupe and Sedan models.


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Apple May Be Working on 8K Display and New High-End...

Apple recently said it is working on a "completely rethought" Mac Pro with a modular design that will be accompanied by an Apple-branded pro display.

Apple did not share any specific details about the external display, but if the blog Pike's Universum is to be believed, it could feature an impressive 8K resolution. The report did not offer any additional details about the display, including a potential release date, but Apple said it won't be ready this year.

8K displays are just starting to reach the market now, led by Dell's new 32-inch UltraSharp 8K display, which retails for $5,000 in the United States. Apple has yet to launch a display with greater than...

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Nvidia debuts Titan Xp GPU, announces beta Pascal...

Nvidia has announced its $1,200 Titan Xp GPU [graphics processing unit], as well as news that new beta Pascal drivers are coming next week for the Mac. The company says it pushes more cores, faster clocks, faster memory and more TFLOPS than its predecessor, the 2016 Pascal-powered Titan X.

Stats for the Titan Xp include: 12GB of GDDR5X memory running at 11.4 Gbp; 3,840 CUDA cores running at 1.6GHz; and 12 TFLOPs of “brute force.” Nvidia says its making the GPU open to the Mac community with new Pascal drivers, coming later this month.

What's more, according to 9to5Mac, Pascal-based GPUs will be Mac-enabled via upcoming drivers. This means that you will be able to use a GTX 1080, for instance, on a Mac system via an eGPU setup, or with a Hackintosh build.

The current Nvidia beta drivers require macOS...

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Nvidia announces Titan Xp GPU, beta Pascal drivers...

Nvidia (www.nvidia.com) has announced its $1,200 Titan Xp GPU [graphics processing unit], as well as news that new beta Pascal drivers are coming next week for the Mac.

The company says it pushes more cores, faster clocks, faster memory and more TFLOPS than its predecessor, the 2016 Pascal-powered Titan X.
Stats for the Titan Xp include: 12GB of GDDR5X memory running at 11.4 Gbp; 3,840 CUDA cores running at 1.6GHz; and 12 TFLOPs of “brute force.” Nvidia says its making the GPU open to the Mac community with new Pascal drivers, coming later this month.

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Facebook adds 'educational' guide to...

Facebook has repeatedly come under fire over the last year as a distributor of "fake news", despite repeated its protests that it isn't a media company per se. The social network has taken a number of steps to push back against the influx of falsehoo...

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Apple’s new Clips app for making stylized videos is...
Microsoft ranks highest in tablet satisfaction as...

This is actually very good news. It means there’s competition in the tablet space. Competition breeds better tablets for all of us. And, make no mistake, Apple’s iPad still ranks very high in this study.

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Twitter lays out new unified developer roadmap...

Following up on the release of today’s Twitter Lite launch, the company has laid out new plans in launching a new developer API experience later this year. According to Twitter, they will be unifying the API platform so that businesses and developers can scale new applications. Citing companies like Sprout Social and the USGS, Twitter hopes to refine the platform’s API to help these businesses innovate.


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Clips arrives for the iPhone and iPad

Apple has released Clips, a new app that allows iPhone and iPad users to create “expressive videos.” It lets you combine video clips, photos and music into videos to share with friends through the Messages app, or on Instagram, Facebook and other social networks.

Clips also introduces Live Titles, a feature that lets users create animated captions and titles using just their voice. Effects including comic book filters, speech bubbles, shapes and full-screen animated posters.

Clips lets users create multi-clip videos on iPhone or iPad without timelines, tracks or complicated editing tools, according to Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Apps Product Marketing. Touch and hold a single button to shoot live video and photos, or add them from the Photo Library. Then add artistic filters, speech bubbles, shapes or emoji. Users can also add full-screen posters with animated...

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Microsoft edges out Apple for top spot in J.D Power...

New research from J.D. Power released today shares that for the first time Microsoft has beat out Apple and Samsung for the highest overall tablet satisfaction for 2017. Key findings from the study also line up with Apple’s latest marketing and pricing strategies for iPad.


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Potential specs for new pro iMac surface, 8K display...


Earlier this week Apple promised that new iMacs with pro configurations will be available by the end of the year ahead of its modular Mac Pro debut. While Apple didn’t share exactly what we might see in these new iMacs, one source believes it may have an idea about what to expect including other new hardware.


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First 'Hearthstone' expansion of 2017 adds...

The long-awaited first expansion of 2017 for Blizzard's Hearthstone is finally here. Journey To Un'Goro adds 135 cards (gallery here) to the game with fun new functions, but the first content of the year will also retire all of 2015's cards out of th...

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Apple's new Clips app for making stylized...

Head on over to the App Store—Apple launched its new Clips video-editing app for iOS on Thursday. Clips is essentially a streamlined version of iMovie for creating short mobile videos with filters and text overlays. The app also lets you stitch together several clips from your camera roll “without timelines, tracks, or complicated editing tools.”

Like other mobile video editing apps, users will be able to record video or take photos from within the app, and then stylize them with text, filters, speech bubbles, and emoji. You can also add elevator music as a soundtrack and create animated backdrops.

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iMac rumors: Power to spare, late October release

Rumors are always suspect, especially when they're from a blog that few have heard about. But when those rumors coincide with what we'd all like to see and they're from a site that has a track record of finding references to unreleased Macs with macOS versions...well, they're worth spreading around. That's the case with a rumor from Pike's Universum, which cites a "little bird" that is "usually pretty accurate" as the source for details about the expected Pro-level iMacs that Apple hinted at early in the week.

The specs sound juicy!

Intel Xeon E3-1285 V6 processor as a top-end CPU choice. The processor hasn't been released at this time, but might be similar to the E3-1280V6 with integrated Intel HD Graphics P630.

NVM Express PCIe-based flash storage with capacities up to 2TB (the current 4K and 5K iMacs can be...

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Apple launches new social-focused Clips video...

Apple on Thursday released Clips, a new iPhone and iPad app geared toward shooting and editing video for sharing on social media. It's available as a free download from the iOS App Store.

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Your Pebble smartwatch will live on when Pebble...

Pebble owners are a devoted bunch, having crowdfunded the first big cross-platform smartwatch into existence and seeing it become the template that rival smartwatch makers would follow. But now that Pebble has been acquired by Fitbit and is presumably nearing the end of its life, Pebble users fretted that their watches would cease to work once Pebble dies. That’s not the case.

Pebble just rolled out an iOS and Android update that frees its watches from cloud-based online servers. That means when Pebble goes offline, your watch will still work. You’ll also still be able to install firmware updates sans server, including language packs, and side-load apps onto the watch.

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Apple iPad review (2017): No alarms and no surprises

Over the past few years, we've seen the iPad go from curious experiment to Apple's vision for the future of computing. But we've also seen the tablet market dry up — not even the iPad has been immune to those changes. Still, it's hard not to lo...

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Runtastic unveils cooking app Runtasty with...

After sharing a collection of recipes on their official YouTube Channel, Runtastic has decided to launch an official cooking app. Aptly named Runtasty, the app includes a collection of video recipes to help users dial in their nutrition alongside their fitness journey.


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Facebook's AI assistant is ready to hang out in...

A couple of years ago, Facebook introduced M, an AI-powered personal assistant for Messenger. The idea behind M is that you could ask it to do pretty much anything -- book flights, cancel your cable service and even find a plumber -- and it'll do it...

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New iMacs With Up to Xeon E3 Processors, 64GB RAM,...

Earlier this week, Apple made the rare move of pre-announcing that it is working on new pro-focused iMac models that will launch later this year.

Apple did not share any specific details about what the upgrades will entail, but if the blog Pike's Universum is to be believed, the next-generation iMac lineup could feature several improvements that make Apple's desktop computer a more powerful workstation for professionals and average consumers alike.

The blog, citing a "little bird" that is "usually pretty accurate," claims the incoming iMac lineup will be available with up to the following tech specs:

Intel Xeon E3 processors: The new iMac will supposedly have up to a pro-grade Intel Xeon E3-1285...

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Assign other apps to the Galaxy S8's Bixby...

One of the Galaxy S8's standout features is Samsung's Bixby assistant. It not only organizes your schedule and talks to you, but also helps translate and identify items around you via the phone's camera. It even talks to your SmartThings-compatible h...

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Nvidia Debuts New High-End Titan Xp Graphics Card...

Nvidia today announced the launch of its latest super high-end graphics card, introducing the new Nvidia Titan Xp.

The Titan Xp, which Nvidia calls the world's post powerful graphics card, features 12GB of GDDR5X memory running at 11.4 Gb/s, 3,840 CUDA cores running at 1.6GHz, and 12 FLOPS of processing power.

Priced at $1,200, this year's Titan card is unique because for the first time, Nvidia is making it available to Mac users with new Pascal beta drivers (also available for the entire 10-series lineup) that are set to be released during the month of April.

Earlier this week, Apple announced plans for future high-end Mac Pro machines with better graphics capabilities, so that ultra high-end cards like the Titan Xp are already offering support is a good sign. The Titan Xp could also potentially be...

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Spotify is testing lossless audio. Can you hear the...

Jim posted about this back in March but now Spotify has posted an actual audio test for you to try to see if you can actually hear the difference.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13″ MacBook Pro w/ Touch Bar $...

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Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro w/ Touch Bar now $1,550 shipped

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10 foods nutritionists say they never eat

I don’t eat any of these of these except “processed meats”. No way I’m giving up bacon or sausage.

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Episode 125 on Microsoft Teams development with Bill...

In Episode 125 of the Office 365 Developer Podcast, Richard diZerega and Andrew Coates talk with Bill Bliss about Microsoft Teams extensibility.


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Why do so many musicians end up being one-hit...

Is it because pop music is so ephemeral and music tastes change so rapidly?

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Apple Patent Focuses on Future Apple Pencil Pie-...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a continuation patent from Apple that's in context with a new menu system for Apple Pencil. The new radial or pie-chart menu system could be used to extend Apple Pencil beyond art apps through to productivity apps like Office and beyond. It would really put the Pro into Apple's iPad Pro tablet.

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Western Digital debuts first SSD-based My Passport...

Western Digital on Thursday announced the My Passport SSD, not only its first portable SSD but a unit designed with Apple's latest MacBooks in mind, thanks to a built-in USB-C port.

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The complete guide to Jewish food, and what on earth...

I’m a big fan of food in general and a bigger fan of “ethnic” food and, while I haven’t had a lot of it, I really enjoy Jewish food, especially for the stories behind it.

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Review: Apple’s $329 iPad is for people who have...

Andrew Cunningham

Apple isn’t shy about admitting it: the biggest feature of its newest iPad is the price. At $329, it’s $70 cheaper than the iPad Air 2 used to be, $270 cheaper than the smaller iPad Pro costs now, and $170 cheaper than the initial starting price of the iPad back in 2010. It’s a big shift, especially after a year-and-a-half where larger and more expensive iPads were Apple’s main focus.

That’s apparently where the users are. Apple told us that the iPad Air 2 was its most popular iPad, and it had been since its introduction in October of 2014. It was the most popular with enterprises, the most popular with small businesses, the most popular in schools, and the most popular with people who were new to the iPad altogether (more than half of all iPad Air 2 buyers were picking up their first iPad). And even after the introduction of the iPad Mini in 2012 and...

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April 2017 updates for Get & Transform in Excel...

Excel 2016 includes a powerful set of features based on the Power Query technology, which provides fast, easy data gathering and shaping capabilities and can be accessed through the Get & Transform section on the Data ribbon.

Today, we are pleased to announce five new data transformation and connectivity features that have been requested by many customers.

These updates are available as part of an Office 365 subscription. If you are an Office 365 subscriber, find out how to get these latest updates. If you have Excel 2010 or Excel 2013, you can also take...

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Review Roundup: Apple’s Clips app offers promising...

Apple’s new Clips social video editing app officially launched today for iPhone and iPad following an unveiling last month. While we’ve yet to spend significant time with the app ourselves, the reviews so far seem to be mixed with most reviewers noting similarities to Snapchat and some early shortcomings. The reviewers seem to agree the app provides fun and promising editing features, but most also noticed the user interface proved to be a little too difficult or confusing.

Head below for a full roundup of the reviews and some hands-on video:


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Microsoft Surface Beats iPad in Design, Productivity...

The Microsoft Surface has been ranked the highest in overall consumer satisfaction, and six points above Apple's iPad in second place, according to J.D. Power's 2017 U.S. Tablet Satisfaction Study. This marks the first top spot win for Microsoft in all six years that J.D. Power has published the Tablet Satisfaction Study, with the company earning a total 855 satisfaction score out of a potential 1,000 points.

The J.D. Power U.S. Tablet Satisfaction Study measures customer satisfaction in the tablet market by looking at five areas: performance (28 percent); ease of operation (22 percent); features (22 percent); styling and design (17 percent); and cost (11 percent). The study accounts for 2,238 tablet owners who have owned their current device for less than one year, with participants being questioned between October and December...

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OmniOutliner Pro 5.0.1 - Pro version of the popular...

OmniOutliner Pro is a flexible program for creating, collecting, and organizing information. Give your creativity a kick start by using an application that's actually designed to help you think. It's like having an extra brain - one that doesn't keep losing the car keys.

You can use OmniOutliner's document structure to create hierarchies of main headings and subpoints that can be expanded and collapsed, which are immensely useful when it comes to brainstorming new ideas, drilling out specifics, and lining up steps needed to get everything done. But you aren't limited to outlines - you've got multiple columns, smart checkboxes, customizable popup lists, and an über-innovative styles system at your disposal.

OmniOutliner Professional includes in-depth outlining features like folded editing, clipping service support, audio recording, a new sections drawer, and saved templates. With OmniOutliner Professional, you can actively hide and display the...

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Nvidia reveals Mac Pro-compatible Titan Xp PCI-e GPU...

On the heels of the 2013 Mac Pro price improvements, Nvidia has announced a brand new Titan Xp video card using the Pascal architecture, with a driver release coming soon allowing any Nvidia Pascal-based video cards to be installed in compatible older PCI-e Mac Pros.

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Apple's New Social Video Creation App '...

Apple today announced that its social video creation app "Clips," announced last month, will be available on the App Store for iPhone and iPad around 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time today, as reported by Engadget.

Clips lets users combine videos, images, and music into one seamless video that can then be shared through iMessage, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and elsewhere. Users can also create animated captions called "Live Titles" using only their voice, and apply effects such as comic book filters, speech bubbles, and shapes.

Here's a quick hands-on video from Scott Stein at CNET...

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Apple’s new Clips social video editing app for iOS...

Apple announced its new social video editing app Clips late last month and promised it would launch sometime in April. That sometime in April is today, says Apple according to The Verge, as Clips is set to launch shortly.


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Roundup: The best cases for Apple's new 2017 9....

If you ordered Apple's latest 9.7-inch iPad equipped with an A9 processor and are looking for the perfect case in which to house it, we've rounded up a list of the best iPad cases from slim, designer options to rugged models that offer enhanced protection. And they're all available for purchase right now.

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Comcast takes another crack at being a mobile...

While we mainly hear about the four main wireless carriers whenever a new phone is released, there are many more providers out there than just Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Now an industry giant is looking to join the fray: Comcast.

As first reported by The Wall Street Journal, the cable TV giant will finally jump into the wireless phone market with an Xfinity Mobile service that had been previously reported. The move comes at a time when the lines between cable and telecommunications are becoming increasingly blurred, with AT&T recently launching the...

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Microsoft tops J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Tablet...

Microsoft ranks highest in overall satisfaction in the J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Tablet Satisfaction Study, doing so for the first time since the study’s inception. With an overall satisfaction score among tablet owners of 855 (on a 1,000-point scale), Microsoft’s achievement is largely due to its top rankings in the features and styling & design factors, according to J.D. Power, a consumer insights, advisory services and data and analytics.

In features, Microsoft is the highest performer in three areas: variety of pre-loaded applications; Internet connectivity; and availability of manufacturer-supported accessories. Microsoft Surface users have the highest incidences of accessory use, which underscores the device’s versatility, according to J.D. Power. 

These accessories include a stylus (48% vs. 27% industry average); physical keyboard (51% vs. 14%); and mouse (27% vs. 6%), all of which have higher satisfaction....

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Nvidia announces new Titan Xp GPU along with...

Big news on the GPU front today for Mac users. Along with the announcement of its new ridiculously powerful Titan Xp GPU, Nvidia announced that new beta Pascal drivers are coming next week for the Mac.

This is great news for eGPU users and for those interested in building a Hackintosh. It also bodes well for the future of the upcoming modular Mac Pro. more…

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F-Secure buys Little Flocker to combat macOS...

With attacks against Mac users growing in number and sophistication, endpoint security vendor F-Secure has decided to acquire Little Flocker, a macOS application that provides behavior-based protection against ransomware and other malicious programs.

Little Flocker can be used to enforce strict access controls to a Mac's files and directories as well as its webcam, microphone and other resources. It's particularly effective against ransomware, spyware, computer Trojans and other malicious programs that attempt to steal, encrypt or destroy files.

F-Secure plans to integrate Little Flocker, which it calls "the most advanced security technology available for Macs," into its new Xfence technology. Xfence is designed to  add behavioral-based protection to its existing endpoint security products for macOS.

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Comcast entering wireless market w/ unlimited data,...

Comcast has shared today that it will be launching an unlimited wireless plan later this year. This move will make the company the first major cable provider in the US to offer wireless service as it looks to expand its business.


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LibreOffice - Free, open-source office suite.

LibreOffice is an office suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, drawing tool) compatible with other major office suites. The Document Foundation is coordinating development and maintenance of this OpenOffice.org fork.

Many different language versions are available here.


  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

  • OS X 10.8 or later

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The My Passport SSD is ready for the 2016 MacBook Pro

Western Digital has introduced its fastest WD brand portable drive yet: the My Passport SSD. It boasts speeds of up to 515 MB/second and is designed for the latest generation of computers with a USB Type-C port, such as the 2016 MacBook Pros.

The My Passport SSD is USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gb/s) ready with a USB Type-C to Type-C cable and an adapter to use with the more traditional USB Type-A ports found on many computers. It offers 256-bit AES hardware encryption and password protection, and is also 6.5-foot drop tested for shock-resistance to withstand 1500G of force, to help keep precious data safe.

The new drive is available in 1TB, 512GB and 256GB capacities, and comes...

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Western Digital unveils its first WD Portable SSD

Western Digital (www.wdc.com) has introduced its fastest WD brand portable drive yet: the My Passport SSD. It boasts speeds of up to 515 MB/second and is designed for the latest generation of computers with a USB Type-C port, such as the 2016 MacBook Pros.

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Fluent: excitement for the Apple Watch has peaked

Apple is reportedly announcing the “Apple Watch 3” (shown in a fanciful mock-up by Market Exclusive) in the second half of 2017. When the Watch first hit the market in 2015, it was hailed as the next big thing - three years later does this excitement still hold? According to Fluent, the answer is no.

The people-based, performance-based marketing platform, just released its third annual Apple Watch Survey, which shows the ebb and flow of Apple Watch interest by the market since its inception. The watch has plateaued, according to Fluent. The survey shows that only current Apple Watch owners get how great of a product it is and nearly half of them don’t plan on upgrading. Non-owners view it more as an extra expense. This could cause trouble for Apple’s plans to increase the watch’s market share, according to the report. Key findings from Fluent include:

  • For U.S. consumers who have an iPhone, 15% say...
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OmniOutliner Essentials 5.0.1 - Organize your ideas...

OmniOutliner Essentials (was OmniOutliner) is a flexible program for creating, collecting, and organizing information. Give your creativity a kick start by using an application that's actually designed to help you think. It's like having an extra brain - one that doesn't keep losing the car keys.

You can use OmniOutliner's document structure to create hierarchies of main headings and subpoints that can be expanded and collapsed, which are immensely useful when it comes to brainstorming new ideas, drilling out specifics, and lining up steps needed to get everything done. But you aren't limited to outlines - you've got multiple columns, smart checkboxes, customizable popup lists, and an Über-innovative styles system at your disposal.

Use OmniOutliner to draft to-do lists, create agendas, manage tasks, track expenses, take notes, plan events, write screenplays...and just about anything else you can think of.

Version 5.0.1:


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Under Trump tax plans, AAPL would repatriate $230B...

If Trump enacted his promised corporate tax reforms, Apple would likely repatriate the bulk of its $230B cash reserves held overseas, and see its profits jump by 16%. The prediction was made by Citi in analysis seen by Business Insider.

Trump’s tax reform plans include reducing the corporate tax rate from 35% to 15% in the US, and applying a tax of only 10% to the profits of US companies that want to repatriate cash being held overseas […] The proposals would make it likely that Apple would move its foreign cash back to the US in order to pay the least amount of tax. In the most recent quarter, Apple said it was holding $246 billion in cash, of which $230 billion was held in foreign subsidiaries.

The combination of the two would have a significant impact on earnings per share, says Citi …


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VueScan 9.5.73 - Scanner software with advanced...

VueScan is a scanning program that works with most high-quality flatbed and film scanners to produce scans that have excellent color fidelity and color balance. VueScan is easy to use, and has advanced features for restoring faded colors, batch scanning and other features used by professional photographers.

Why should you use VueScan?

  • Easy to use - just run VueScan, press Preview, adjust the cropping, then press Scan.
  • Accurate colors - uses ICC profiles and IT8 calibration.
  • Powerful - dozens of advanced options.
  • Faster workflow - can edit one image while the next image is being scanned (most scanner software won't let you work with one image while another is being scanned).
  • Simple to install - installing VueScan changes nothing on your system, installs nothing in your operating system and all other scanner software will continue to function.

The list of supported scanners is...

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Mac security utility Little Flocker has a new home...

It was a surprise to the Mac community when Apple hired security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski last month, and many wondered what might happen to his app Little Flocker. Now TechCrunch reports that the security utility for the Mac will have a new home…


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Ikea launches iPhone-connected smart home bulbs...

After an international roll-out, flat-pack furniture company Ikea has brought its Tradfri smart home system to the U.S., with a starter gateway kit with two bulbs, a network gateway, and a dimmer for $80.

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BenQ launches color-critical monitor with single-...

BenQ America has launched the PD2710QC, a $599, 100% sRGB and Rec. 709 monitor that includes a USB-C Docking Station for MacBook Pro, MacBook and PC users. 

Designers can charge devices, transfer data, transmit audio and video, and connect to the Internet, all through the convenience of a single cable, according to J.Y. Hu, vice president, business line management at BenQ America Corp. Simultaneously delivering up to 61 watts of power to a laptop or mobile device, the 27-inch (2560x1440) IPS LED display's single 5-Gbps Super Speed USB-C connection powers its integrated hub and features multiple audio, video, network, and USB ports in addition to uncompressed 2K QHD video quality. 

The USB-C Docking Station sports an edge-to-edge, four-sided slim bezel design and space grey metal finishing. Using the screen's DisplayPort output and built-in multi-stream transport technology (MST), users can expand their workspace across...

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Killer Deals: Save $150 to $390 instantly on Apple...

First come, first served: AppleInsider readers can use exclusive coupons this week to instantly save between $150 and $390 on every possible configuration of Apple's new Late 2016 MacBook Pros 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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BenQ ships color-critical monitor with single-Cable...

BenQ America (http://www.benq.us) has launched the PD2710QC, a $599, 100% sRGB and Rec. 709 monitor that includes a USB-C Docking Station for MacBook and PC users.

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9 things to ask Siri that your kids will find...

A solid list. Got more of these? Leave them in the comments.

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These high school journalists investigated a new...

Washington Post:

A group of reporters and editors from the student newspaper, the Booster Redux at Pittsburg High School in southeastern Kansas, had gathered to talk about Amy Robertson, who was hired as the high school’s head principal on March 6.

The student journalists had begun researching Robertson, and quickly found some discrepancies in her education credentials. For one, when they researched Corllins University, the private university where Robertson said she got her master’s and doctorate degrees years ago, the website didn’t work. They found no evidence that it was an accredited university.

“There were some things that just didn’t quite add up,” Balthazor told The Washington Post.

The students began digging into a weeks-long investigation that would result in an article published Friday questioning the legitimacy of the principal’s degrees and of her work as an education consultant.

On Tuesday night, Robertson resigned.


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Notable apps and app updates for April 5, 2017

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

macOS Apps/Updates

Xeric Design has rolled out Cinematica 3, an update of its video management software for the Mac. 

The app lets you manage your video library in detail, keeping track of dozens of properties for each video. You can sort and search by multiple criteria and technical properties, customize keywords and collection icons, and use smart collections to catalogue all your videos. Version 3 adds a modern toolbar with more than a dozen options, support for AV Foundation and FFmpeg importers, new storyboard options including full Retina support, support for posters and text descriptions, and more.

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Server Ranger for macOS upgraded to version 1.5

LibertyApp has rolled out Server Ranger 1.5 (http://www.serverranger.com), the latest version of the website and server monitoring solution for macOS platform.

The utility scales to monitor the performance and uptime of any number of servers, as well as any type of server, including web, mail, file, routers and more. The app can send multiple alerts when a server's latency is unacceptable or if the server has gone offline. Version 1.5 brings new features, such as an integrated main window, new filters on the server logs, and more.

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Fatdog64: More Bark Than Bite

Fatdog64 has the potential to serve as an alternative lightweight OS to Linux distros such as Puppy Linux, Knoppix and Zephyr. However, it has some critical usability issues that need to be fixed first. Fatdog64 seems to have lost its performance edge over earlier versions that made it more appealing as an alternative "frugal" Linux candidate. The numerous Puppy Linux derivatives and Knoppix have solid reputations for fast and efficient performance on older, less powerful desktop and portable computers.

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Oh Samsung


Last month, the CIA got a lot of attention when WikiLeaks published internal documents purporting to show how the spy agency can monitor people through their Samsung smart TVs. There was a caveat to the hack, however—the hijack involved older models of Samsung TVs and required the CIA have physical access to a TV to install the malware via a USB stick.

But the window to this sort of hijacking is far wider than originally thought because a researcher in Israel has uncovered 40 unknown vulnerabilities, or zero-days, that would allow someone to remotely hack millions of newer Samsung smart TVs, smart watches, and mobile phones already on the market, as well as ones slated for future release, without needing physical access to them. The security holes are in an open-source operating system called Tizen that Samsung has been rolling out in its devices over the last few years.

Got any Samsung devices in your house? Might want to read the details here....

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TunesKit releases iTunes Free Video Cutter for the...

TunesKit Software has unveiled TunesKit Free Video Cutter (http://tinyurl.com/kvkbj82), its first video editing software for macOS. It has editing features like PIP, voice over, transition, overlay effects, and more.

TunesKit Free Video Cutter is a tool that can purportedly cut any video with 100% lossless quality. The app includes a timeline based editing window, offering precise trimming settings. It supports video formats such as like MP4, M4V, MOV, MPEG, AVI, and more. TunesKit Free Video Cutter supports macOS 10.12. and higher.

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Panic on making a living building apps for iOS vs...

From long time macOS and iOS developer Panic (the folks who produced the excellent Firewatch game, mentioned yesterday):

If you remember, 2016 was the year we killed Status Board, our very nice data visualization app. Now, a lot of it was our fault. But it was another blow to our heavy investment in pro-level iOS apps a couple years ago, a decision we’re still feeling the ramifications of today as we revert back to a deep focus on macOS. Trying to do macOS quality work on iOS cost us a lot of time for sadly not much payoff. We love iOS, we love our iPhones, and we love our iPads. But we remain convinced that it’s not — yet? — possible to make a living selling pro software on those platforms. Which is a real bummer!


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KeynotePro announces three themes for Keynote 7

KeynotePro (http://www.keynotepro.com) has announced the introduction of thee new themes for the updated Keynote 7. Disruptor is an “assertive, modern pitch-deck” theme designed for tech start-ups and innovators.

KeyStation NXT is a web-inspired theme optimized for building Keynote-powered kiosks and interactive presentations. And Chelsea is a fashion-oriented theme that blends modern texture with classic type to create a unique interplay of styles.

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Australian regulator sues Apple over alleged iPhone...


The U.S. technology giant “bricked” – or disabled with a software update – hundreds of smartphones and tablet devices, and then refused to unlock them on the grounds that customers had had the devices serviced by non-Apple repairers, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said in a court filing.


The regulator said that between September 2014 and February 2016, Apple customers who downloaded software updates then connected their devices to their computers received a message saying the device “could not be restored and the device had stopped functioning”.

Customers then asked Apple to fix their devices, only to be told by the company that “no Apple entity … was required to, or would, provide a remedy” for free, the documents added.

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Syncro Soft announces a new release of Oxygen XML...

Syncro Soft, the developer of the Oxygen XML suite of products, has announced the availability of version 19.0 of its XML editing suite of products, Oxygen XML Editor, Author, Developer, Web Author, and WebHelp.

It offers features and improvements designed to make your XML authoring and developing experience more productive and powerful, according to the folks at Syncro Soft.

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Sketch 43 - Design app for UX/UI designer creating...

Sketch is an innovative and fresh look at vector drawing for the Mac. Its intentionally minimalist design is based upon a drawing space of unlimited size and layers, free of palettes, panels, menus, windows, and controls. Though simple to use, it offers powerful vector drawing and text tools like perfect Boolean operations, symbols, and powerful rulers, guides, and grids.

Version 43:


  • Vector Editing - While editing or creating shapes, additional handles related to the current selection are shown, offering more convenient editing.


  • Revised file format
  • When a shape has only a shadow, Sketch will no longer clip the fill area when the layer’s opacity is reduced. To get that effect, give it a transparent fill instead
  • Significantly improves SVG export when dealing with inner and outer borders by making paths simpler, and avoiding the use of masks
  • SVG exporting via...
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Apple Patents Reveal High-Tech Fabrics for Future...

The US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to laminated polymer fabrics and the cutting of laminated polymer fabrics using laser techniques that are well suited for consumer products made by Apple. Our report also covers Apple's concept of a MacBook with a smart woven cover that could show time and messages lit up in the fabric.

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A Better Finder Rename 10.16 - File, photo, and MP3...

A Better Finder Rename is the most complete renaming solution available on the market today. That's why, since 1996, tens of thousands of hobbyists, professionals and businesses depend on A Better Finder Rename to organize and maintain files.

The Instant Preview feature eliminates guesswork and costly errors and helps you find the right settings quickly and accurately by providing as-you-type feedback.

A Better Finder Rename offers a complete set of renaming options that are organized into 15 categories covering all the text, character, position, conversion and truncation features that you would expect from a file renamer, but it does not stop there. The multi-step renaming feature allows multiple renaming steps to be combined to deal with complex renaming jobs in a single operation. Unlike other tools, A Better Finder Rename allows any number of renaming actions to be combined, re-ordered, copied and deleted.

Version 10.16:

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Apple asked to pay hundreds of millions in back...

Apple is reportedly one of seven multinationals the Australian Taxation Office has asked to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in back taxes, accusing the corporations of using tactics like "debt dumping" and moving profits offshore to avoid obligations.

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Western Digital announces My Passport external SSD...

If you’re looking for an external SSD for use with your 12-inch MacBook or 2016 MacBook Pro, Western Digital’s My Passport SSD looks like it could be ideal for the job. With a USB-C connection as standard (and a USB-A adapter in the box), it will be available in a choice of three capacities …


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Apple patent hints at Apple Pencil support for Macs

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20170097746) for a “collaboration system” that hints at use of an Apple Pencil on Macs via virtual whiteboards. The patent would allow remote participants during a conferenceto look at an electronic whiteboards which may be run as an application on a “personal computer.”

Of course, it’s possible that Apple is referring to the iPad as a personal computer. After all, the company has positioned it as a laptop replacement. 

Another interesting aspect of the patent is that written content will be stored inan electronic pen (the Apple Pencil) and, on demand, streamed from the pen to a collaboration server. Where the pen is configured to stream the information over the network to the collaboration server directly, it may do so. 

Alternatively, the electronic pen may stream the information to a computer 58 or other handheld electronic device associated with the pen user, which may process the data and/or relay the data to the...

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What’s new in Office 365 Groups for April 2017

With over 85-million monthly Office 365 users, there’s no such thing as a typical customer. That’s why we built Office to embrace the diverse needs of the modern workplace by giving teams their choice of tools. Even within a single organization, different teams often have different demands for the productivity tools they use every day. What’s unique about Office 365 is the ability to deliver tools that meet these diverse needs—all on a single, manageable platform.

Supporting these teams is Office 365 Groups, a membership service leveraged by millions of users, which helps teams collaborate in their app of choice, including: Outlook, SharePoint, Skype for Business, Planner, Yammer, OneNote and Microsoft Teams. Office 365 Groups helps to structure, format and store information in a way that is accessible across different applications, but remains secure and easily manageable.

Enhancements to help admins manage groups

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Rumor: Apple and Samsung's $9B 2-year '...

New supply chain data shows the impact of a $9 billion OLED screen contract on Samsung, which could see as many as 55 million "iPhone 8" flagship phones shipping to consumers by the end of this year.

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Unwired Planet: Apple owes us $33 million

Unwired Planet told a California federal judge Wednesday it plans to seek $33 million in royalties from Apple in an upcoming infringement trial over three of its wireless, location and voice recognition patents, saying the amount is reasonable considering Apple wants $400 million from Samsung for patent violation, reports Law360.

In July 2016, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit handed down an opinion vacating in part a 2015 summary judgment that found Apple not in infringement of certain cellular and voice recognition patents by Unwired Planet. The company sued Apple in 2012, claiming a variety of Apple products infringed 10 of its patents for cellular data transmission, voice recognition systems, device provisioning...

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Apple signs contact with its frenemy for ‘iPhone 8’...

Apple has reportedly signed a two-year contract with its frenemy Samsung for up to 92 million curved OLED panels for the upcoming “iPhone 8,” according to DigiTimes.

Based on the contract, Samsung Display will ship 70-92 million small-size OLED panels to Apple in 2017. This means that about 30% of iPhone devices shipped in 2017 will come with curved OLED panels, given that Apple currently ships about 200 million iPhone devices a year.

Japan-based Nikkei also reported that Apple has ordered 70 million OLED panels from Samsung Display. But to meet increasing demand from Apple, Samsung Display has been exerting efforts to ramp up its capacity to 95 million units.

And Taiwan-based Yuanta Securities Investment Consulting has estimated that shipments of new iPhone devices are likely to reach 100 million units in 2017, of which at least 55 million will feature OLED panels.

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ACCC sues Apple over hardware repair policies...

Another day, another lawsuit. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has filed a federal lawsuit against Apple for allegedly disabling iPhone and iPad hardware repaired by unauthorized third parties. 

The Commission says the tech giant violated Australia’s consumer law by shutting down or “bricking” the devices with an iOS update, then telling customers the company wouldn’t fix the problem at no cost because their devices had been previously serviced by Apple, according to The Wall Street Journal. It’s seeking penalties, injunctions, declarations, compliance program orders, corrective notices and costs in its action against Apple.

”Consumer guarantee rights under the Australian Consumer Law exist independently of any manufacturers warranty and are not extinguished simply because a consumer has goods repaired...

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Alarm Clock Pro 10.2.8 - $19.95

Alarm Clock Pro isn't just an ordinary alarm clock. Use it to wake you up in the morning, send and compose e-mails, remind you of appointments, randomize the iTunes selection, control an internet radio station, and even time your baking!

Wake up to the serenity of your musical selection. Put to rest the goofy retro beeps and buzzing of a bedside alarm clock or cell phone. Use Alarm Clock Pro when waking up, as a reminder to take medications, or keep social appointments. At work, schedule follow up appointments with clients, set break reminders, run the office radio, set project timers, or discreetly monitor employee workspaces.


  • iTunes Enhanced - Connect directly with iTunes to play a specific playlist or the entire library! Shuffle or play songs in sequence.
  • On-Screen Notifications - Display passive onscreen notifications that serve as great reminders!
  • Built-in Jingles...
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Twitter Lite launches today, needs less storage...

If you like to keep up to date with Twitter but are tight on storage space or want to reduce data usage, the company has a new option as of today. Twitter Lite is what’s known as a Progressive Web App. Running in Safari and other mobile browsers, it’s a client-side JavaScript application that takes up less than 1MB of storage space.

Twitter says that the service also minimizes data usage and is resilient on unreliable and congested mobile networks, also supporting an offline mode. You also have the option of further reducing data usage by only downloading low-res previews of images and videos …


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Apple begins offering refunds for customers who paid...

If you happened to pay the initial $2.99 fee for Apple’s spiffy new Workflow app, App’s going to give you that money back along with tax.

Apple has apparently begun emailing iTunes customers who recently purchased Workflow to let them know that the app is now free and that refunds are imminent.

It’s unknown as to exactly when the purchase window is for refunds.

When Apple acquired the Workflow app in late March, a company spokesperson said Workflow would remain in the App Store as a free app, but didn’t say whether Workflow’s technology would be built into iOS.

If you’ve received an email about a refund for the Workflow app, please let us know in the comments.

Via Macworld and 9to5Mac


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Rumor: Apple to debut next-gen Apple Watch later...

The current rumor has it that Apple will continue to sell the Series 2 Apple Watch as well as release the unit, dubbed the “Series 3”, thereby offering a choice of two generations of Apple Watch at different price points.

According to inside sources, Quanta will remain the sole supplier of the Series 3 Apple Watch while a new supplier, Compal Electronics, will be added to the roster to continue production of older models.

The current Apple Watch models are solely handled by Quanta Computer. The next generation of Apple Watch is expected to be produced by Taiwan-based ODM while production of the existing second-generation Apple Watch will be partially given to Compal.

Compal, which refused to comment on the story, is presently one of the world’s largest contract notebook manufacturers, and last year shipped 5M wearable and Internet of Things devices.

The next generation Apple Watch is rumored to include an LTE version, which would allow for a data...

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Google Play Music undercuts Apple Music in India as...

Google Play Music’s streaming music service has launched in India, undercutting Apple Music’s dramatically discounted subscription in the country, as both companies play the long game.


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Study: small cell market will rise ‘relentlessly’...

A new report from Mobile Experts (www.mobile-experts.net) says the small cell forecast ratcheted down a notch this year, as some key programs in China and direct-to-enterprise channel did not materialize as anticipated. However, growth due to "densification" and indoor coverage has grown in strength, resulting in a strong revenue outlook, according to the research group.

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Twitter Lite is a faster, smaller Twitter built for...

Twitter launched Thursday a ‘Lite’ version of its service that runs from the browser on a smartphone, in a bid to attract customers in emerging markets, who have flaky Internet connections or are wary of spending too much on data.

The micro-blogging service said that Lite had been designed as a Progressive Web App in collaboration with Google and is available at mobile.twitter.com, and does not require an app store. It is said to take up less than 1MB on the device.

Lite offers key features of Twitter such as the timeline, tweets, direct messages, trends, profiles, media uploads, notifications. With features like data savings, offline access to loaded content, resilience on flaky networks and fast load times, it is designed for emerging markets where networks are still patchy and data expensive.

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Australian regulator takes Apple to court over...

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has commenced proceedings in the Federal Court against Apple Australia and its U.S.-based parent company, Apple, for allegedly making “false, misleading, or deceptive representations” about consumers’ rights under the Australian Consumer Law.

It is seeking pecuniary penalties, injunctions, declarations, compliance program orders, corrective notices, and costs against Apple.

The Australian competition regulator and national consumer law champion started an investigation following reports relating to “error 53”, an inaccuracy which disabled some consumers’ iPads or iPhones after downloading an iOS update.

To read...

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OTT messaging users to reach 4.2 billion by 2021

New findings from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) forecasts that OTT messaging applications, such as WhatsApp and Snapchat, will see adoption grow from 2.3 billion unique users in 2016 to 4.2 billion by 2021 representing a growth of over 12% CAGR (compound annual growth rate). The research group anticipates that players will begin focusing their strategies around the development and provision of AI (artificial intelligence) chatbot tools.

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Mac malware grew 744% in 2016, says McAfee report,...

The latest McAfee Threat Report shows that macOS malware grew by 744% in 2016, with around 460,000 instances detected. Behind the headline number, though, are a couple of reassuring facts.

First, while Mac malware is on the increase, it is almost a rounding error when viewed alongside Windows malware. All malware detected last year combined totalled more than 600M instances. Of this, around 15M examples were mobile malware – almost all of it Android …


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How to change your desktop picture in macOS Sierra

My Mac’s desktop is so cluttered with files and folders that it’s impossible to see the desktop image. However, if yours isn’t and you want to change the desktop picture, it’s easy to do.

In the Desktop & Screen Saver preferences, you can change the image displayed on your desktop. Your Mac comes with dozens of desktop pictures to choose from, but you can also use your own pictures, or choose a solid color. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Desktop & Screen Saver, then click Desktop.

Then find the picture you want to use. To use a picture that comes with your Mac, select Desktop Pictures below Apple. To use a solid color, select Solid Colors below Apple. To use your own picture, select a location below Photos. You can also select Pictures below Folders, if the image you want is in your Pictures folder.

If your image is in another folder, click Add the plus sign, navigate to and select the folder, then click Choose. Click the picture you want...

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Skype - Voice-over-internet phone and...

Skype allows you to talk to friends, family and co-workers across the Internet without the inconvenience of long distance telephone charges. Using peer-to-peer data transmission technology, Skype eliminates the central server as a middle manager.

Today, millions of individuals and businesses are taking advantage of Skype's diverse communication features:

  • Free Skype-to-Skype
  • Landline and cellphone calling
  • SMS and instant messaging
  • Voicemail
  • Free video calls
  • Call forwarding to your phone when you're offline

Skype-to-Skype calls, video calls, and instant messaging are free, 24 hours a day, anywhere in the world. Users can make phone calls and send SMS messages at great value Pay-As-You-Go rates, or make unlimited calls to certain countries with a subscription.


  • Enables the Share extension for users on OS X 10.10 and later. You can now...
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Apple reportedly signs two year deal with Samsung to...

Apple is preparing its supply chain for the onslaught of next-generation iPhone sales in the fall, expected to be a bumper year with much anticipation for the radical ‘iPhone 8’ redesign. According to ETNews, via Digitimes, Apple has agreed a two year contract with Samsung Display to supply curved iPhone OLED panels.

Samsung is apparently upping capacity to as much as 92 million units in 2017, as demand from Apple rises. Apple uses OLED in Apple Watch and the MacBook Pro Touch Bar already, but the iPhone 8 represents the first time the company will use the display technology in the iPhone, it’s biggest product.


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Apple Signs Two-Year Deal With Samsung For 92...

Apple has reportedly signed a two-year contract with Samsung for the supply up to 92 million curved OLED panels, as it attempts to ramp up capacity for this year's release of its high-end "iPhone 8".

Earlier this week supply chain sources claimed Apple had ordered 70 million units of panels from Samsung, its sole OLED supplier for the upcoming phone, which is expected to feature a major design overhaul. However, according to reports on Thursday in Korea-based ET News, Chosun Biz, and other media outlets, Apple has upped its OLED demands in an effort to cater for higher demand later this year and beyond 2017.

"iPhone X" concept via Gabor Balogh

Based on the contract, Samsung Display will ship 70-92 million small-...

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Australian Consumer Regulator Sues Apple Over '...

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has filed a lawsuit against Apple alleging that it violated Australian consumer law when a software update it issued last year bricked some users' iPhones.

The lawsuit relates to the infamous "error 53" message reported back in February 2016 that began greeting some users after they updated their devices. It later emerged that the devices bricked by the message had been repaired by third-party technicians.

Apple initially said the message was a protective security feature designed to protect consumers' devices from the installation of fraudulent Touch ID components, but later admitted the error was a mistake and apologized for it, offering instructions online explaining how to fix affected devices.

The Australian regulator that filed the federal lawsuit is seeking financial penalties from...

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Canonical kills its Ubuntu smartphone, tablet,...

Canonical, the software support company that maintains Ubuntu Linux, has announced it is throwing in the towel on Ubuntu phones and tablets and ending work on Unity8--a concept it had hoped would create a "convergence" experience to enable its smartphones to act as a PC or smart TV.

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Wednesday April 5

Another startup promises self-driving taxis '...

Popular online learning service Udacity already trains engineers for work in the fast-growing autonomous vehicles field, but now the company is ready to harness all that talent and launch its own self-driving taxi company. Led by CEO (and former Udac...

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Emirates will hand out Surface tablets on flights...

In mid-March, the US hastily instituted an indefinite ban on electronic devices larger than a cellphone from being carried on to the flights of nine Middle Eastern airlines. Reportedly, it was to prevent terrorists from sneaking an explosive-laden fa...

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Canon's latest point-and-shoot helps you take...

Canon has been relatively quiet since introducing its EOS M6 mirrorless in February, but the company is getting ready to launch yet another camera soon. Enter the PowerShot SX730 HS, a point-and-shoot with a 20.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, the latest Dig...

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BusyCal 3.1.6 - Powerful calendar app with multiple...

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

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

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Coda 2.6.1 - One-window Web development suite.

Coda is a powerful Web editor that puts everything in one place. An editor. Terminal. CSS. Files. With Coda 2, we went beyond expectations. With loads of new, much-requested features, a few surprises, and a seriously refreshed UI, this update is, truly, major.


  • Integrated file browser
  • Fully-featured text editor
  • CSS editor
  • Preview
  • Built-in terminal
  • Complete set of references

Version 2.6.1:


  • Fixed an issue which could cause an error dialog to appear when connecting via SFTP or FTP macOS 10.12.4
  • Worked around an issue in macOS 10.12 which could cause a file to be reverted after being saved
  • Opening local files in external browsers now works as expected
  • Sidebar plug-in method setPreferenceForKey now ignores unknown types

  • OS X 10.9.5 or later


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Hype 3.6.2 - $49.99

Hype lets you create stunning animated and interactive web content. It's used by leading designers to create animations which add a "wow" factor to web pages, infographics, presentations, digital magazines, ads, iBooks, educational content, app prototypes, portfolios, animated GIFs, videos, entire websites, and much more. Hype won the 2011 Macworld Editors’ Choice Award. And its HTML5 output works on all modern browsers and mobile devices like iPhones and iPads. No coding required.

From prototype to production, anyone can create rich interactive media with Hype.

  • Quickly Animate:
    • Easy to use keyframe-based animation system
    • Record mode watches your every move, automatically creating keyframes as needed
    • Create natural motion curves with bezier paths
    • Make scenes for organization and flow
    • Use the power of multiple simultaneous timelines to run animations
  • Add Interactivity:
    • ...
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Freeway Pro 7.1.4 - Drag-and-drop Web design...

Freeway Pro lets you design and build sophisticated responsive websites code free.

With its user-oriented drag-and-drop interface, Freeway Pro helps you piece together the website of your dreams. Add images, audio, video and interactive content -- when your masterpiece is complete, Freeway Pro converts it into clean, standards-compliant code at the click of a button!

Beyond Web Design - Freeway Pro isn't just for web designers: Leverage the power of the intuitive interface to create eye-catching email newsletters that work with all major email clients!

Version 7.1.4:

  • Language, Check, and Range popups work in Spelling and Find dialogs
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when custom font sets are used in media styles
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when switching to a master page
  • Edit URLs dirties pages so they are republished correctly
  • Large background images use less...
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Australian regulator sues Apple over ‘Error 53’...

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today has filed a federal lawsuit against Apple. The lawsuit targets Apple’s stringent repair and warranty process, specifically mentioning the infamous Error 53 bug that plagued numerous users last year…


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Apple sued by Australian regulator over 'Error...

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on Thursday local time filed a federal lawsuit against Apple for allegedly disabling iPhone and iPad hardware repaired by unauthorized third parties.

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Canon's industrial-strength drone carries a...

Canon is arguably the biggest name in photography, but the Japanese company has managed to stay out of the aerial photography game so far. That's about to change with the extremely pricey (and very elegantly named) PD6E2000-AW-CJ1 six-rotor drone, de...

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Early adopters can grab the Windows 10 Creators...

We've already explained a lot of the new features coming in the Windows 10 Creators update, but maybe you don't want to wait until April 11th. Starting today, the new Game Mode, Paint 3D and friendlier auto-update scheduling are easily obtainable bef...

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Pebble watches will work indefinitely with new...

Pebble this week issued a firmware update that removes device dependency on cloud services, meaning existing hardware will remain operable once parent company Fitbit shuts down legacy Pebble servers later this year.

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Researcher calls Samsung's Tizen OS "the...

Samsung's Tizen operating system is a mess of zero-day exploitable security flaws, broken encryption privacy issues and amateur-level coding mistakes, according to the findings of a security researcher participating in Kaspersky Lab's Security Analyst Summit.

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Your Pebble watch will still work after its servers...

After Fitbit bought the beleaguered Pebble last November, we bid a fond (and at times bitter) farewell to the first big fitness smartwatch. Its acquisition spelled the beginning of the end for the device, given how dependent it is on cloud services....

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10 more handy iPhone tips that I use on a regular...

A few weeks ago I posted about 10 handy iPhone tips that I use on a regular basis. To follow up, I’d like to share 10 additional iOS tips that I often use. Like I said before, chances are that hardcore iOS users will know most of these, but there’s usually at least one or two tips that catch users by surprise. Watch our hands-on video walkthrough for the full list. more…

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Uniloc Sues Apple on Three Counts of Patent...

Patently Apple posted a legal report last June titled "Uniloc Files a Four Count Lawsuit against Apple over Messages App." Today we've discovered that Uniloc USA and Luxembourg have launched a new three count patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. Our report covers the entire case along with multiple graphics.

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Over 8,000 Uber, Lyft drivers fail new Massachusetts...

More than 8,000 Uber and Lyft drivers have been denied licenses to operate in Massachusetts under a new, stricter state background check law, according to the Boston Globe. The most common reason? Issues with the driver's license status, including su...

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OmniOutliner 5

OmniOutliner now comes in two editions: Pro and Essentials. The Pro edition has all the power that we’ve always brought to OmniOutliner, with support for multiple columns, attachments, focus, automation, and so on—and for version 5 we’ve added even more, with advanced filtering, word count, typewriter mode, customizable keyboard shortcuts, and so on.

For the new Essentials edition, our goal was to introduce the joys and benefits of outlining to a much broader audience than our core Pro customers. Our focus for this edition was on making OmniOutliner much simpler, and much more affordable.

Ken Case and the folks at Omni are just great people and developers.

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Fight your way through a mansion-dungeon of early...

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

Who doesn’t miss the black-and-white Game Boy-era world of pixelated platformers and dungeon-esque traps and obstacles? Magic Mansion sweeps you right back into your childhood—skull cannons, sleeping ghosts, and all.

Nitrome’s Magic Mansion has all the makings of your next favorite iOS game: Cute characters, casual-yet-frustrating gameplay, and a totally retro feel. The game is super simple to play, with just one control, but it’s an endless, auto-run platformer with a variety of different obstacles to hop over and traps to dodge, so you won’t get bored too...

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Photoshopping Mr. Bean into things

As you would expect, I laughed loudly.

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Following Fitbit acquisition, Pebble rolling out...

Last December, Pebble was acquired by Fitbit with all future hardware plans being canceled. Since then, however, there have been questions about the fate of existing Pebble devices on the market. Now, Pebble has pushed an update to the Pebble app on iOS and Android to ensure that existing smartwatches will keep working…


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YouTube TV is live in five cities

Here are the main features:

  • Live TV streaming from ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and popular cable networks

  • Cloud DVR with no storage limits

  • 6 accounts per household included

It costs $35 a month and there are a lot of other stations available, but they are still missing some big ones. Not having storage limits on the cloud DVR is a great feature.

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Judge warns Uber in self-driving car lawsuit

“I’ve never seen a record this strong in 42 years,” [U.S. District Judge William] Alsup said. A hearing on Waymo’s request for an injunction on Uber’s self-driving program is scheduled for May.

Waymo sued ride services company Uber earlier this year, claiming that former Waymo executive Anthony Levandowski downloaded over 14,000 confidential documents before leaving the company to join Uber. Waymo said Uber benefited from those documents and has sued for damages and to stop Uber from using the technology Levandowski allegedly stole.


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Giant murderbots will fight for their countries in...

Who's ready for a robot rumble? Back in 2015, we told you about MegaBots, a team of American engineers building a piloted combat robot to battle Kuratas, a 13-foot mech built by Japanese company Suidobashi Heavy Industries. Two years later, it looks...

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Apple shares new demos of its proposed WebGPU...

Earlier this year, Apple proposed a new GPU on the Web Community Group to work towards more powerful graphics on the web. The WebGPU standard Apple proposed is much more object-oriented than WebGPU and allows developers to create and store objects that represent state. Additionally, it allows for objects that can process a broader set of commands. This reduces the work needed to perform during a drawing operation.

Now, Apple has shared a WebGPU prototype and demos to show developers what the new standard is capable of…


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Major League Soccer gets its first eSports player

A number of European soccer teams have their own eSports players, but what about American clubs? Don't worry, they're catching up. New York City FC has signed Major League Sports' first eSports player, Christopher Holly, to represent the outfit in FI...

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Apple Patent Reveals an Echo-Like Device while...

Last week the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple relating to a new Siri function whereby it could intelligently coordinate and pass on a user's request to the appropriate iDevice in the home or office to perform. Also, as noted in our cover graphic, Apple reveals a possible new iDevice that we hope will come to market.

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New York could open its roads to autonomous car...

While automakers have successfully negotiated with certain cities to let them test their self-driving prototypes, other areas haven't budged to accommodate. In New York's case, a 45-year-old law requiring motorists to keep one hand on the wheel has b...

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Zunum's Hybrid-Electric Planes Could Disrupt...

Zunum Aero, a startup backed by Boeing and JetBlue, on Wednesday announced that it was developing regional hybrid-electric aircraft with backing from Boeing's HorizonX innovation cell and JetBlue Technology Ventures. The planes, which will have 10 to 50 seats, are scheduled for launch in the early 2020s. Zunum is three years into development. With its regional aircraft, Zunum aims to democratize access to fast, affordable travel over distances of 700 miles at launch, to more than 1,000 miles by 2030.

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Microsoft's new iOS 10 iMessage App "Who...

Microsoft is expanding its presence on Apple's iOS 10 messaging platform with a new iMessage App designed to allow groups to search for movies, food, events and other entertainment options and vote on what to do.

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AWT News Update: April 5, 2017

Today's news update is a bit longer than usual, but that's because there was a lot of fascinating Apple news to let you all know about:

  • YouTube Live debuts in five US cities, and Google will even throw in a free Chromecast to get you excited
  • AT&T is giving away free HBO subscriptions to those who are subscribers to its Unlimited Plus plan
  • Another car manufacturer will debut a CarPlay-compatible car at the NY International Auto Show next week
  • Apple has added a second manufacturer for Apple Watches
  • Some interesting patent filings point towards a more secure future for Siri

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


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Forget Apple. Xiaomi CEO Now Wants to Be More Like...

Xiaomi says it's misunderstood. Once compared with Apple for its sleek smartphones and charismatic leadership, the Chinese startup is seeking an image makeover as it tries to recover from a sales-growth slide. From a report: And the brand its billionaire co-founder Lei Jun wants to be compared with: Costco Wholesale Corp., the Issaquah, Washington-based warehouse retailer that sells everything from wine and diamond rings to bulging boxes of cereal and fruit at knockdown prices. Xiaomi's revenue will probably reach $15 billion this year as the Beijing-based maker of products ranging from pens and air purifiers to TVs and smartphones adopts a new business model and fine-tunes operations, Lei, 47, said in a recent interview. "We are not Apple," Lei, clad in a black polo shirt and blue jeans, said at Xiaomi's Bengaluru office in India, its biggest overseas market. "We have the same value system as Costco. We want users to enjoy better products at an affordable price."


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WhatsApp's digital payments push will begin in...

Three years after buying WhatsApp, Facebook still hasn't quite figured out how to make money off of messaging service's massive user base. According to a report from India-based media company The Ken and confirmed by Bloomberg WhatsApp will be jumpin...

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TextExpander By Subscription One Year Later

A year ago, Smile made TextExpander a subscription service, causing much hubbub in the Apple community. How has that worked out for the company?


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Review: Decks by FluidStance bring motion and fun to...

From 9to5Toys:

As soon as I saw FluidStance’s decks with beautiful designs, materials and a goal to bring motion to standing desks and other settings, I knew that I wanted to give them a try. For the last week I’ve been using two of the three models they offer, and without a doubt, I’m totally hooked.


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The Army could save hydrogen cars from a premature...

Over the past 25 years, hydrogen fuel cells (HFC) have been the butt of countless jokes in the automotive industry. Many critics see the technology as something long in the works that will never have a future. It's seen some spotty progress over the...

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Germany backs fines for social networks that ignore...

Germany is backing its crusade against online hate speech with some legal clout. The country's cabinet is backing a proposed law that would fine social networks up to €50 million (about $53.3 million) if they don't block or remove illegal hate s...

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Skype for Mac version 7.50 brings share extension...

Skype for Mac is getting an update today to version 7.50 and with it comes support for the macOS Share extension, allowing users to easily share files, videos, photos, and more directly from within the app.


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Formula 1: A technical deep dive into building the...

As a MotoGP motorcycle racing fan, I find Formula 1 to be sometimes boring from a racing point of view but these kinds of technical details are fascinating.

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iPhone 8 rumors: Launch date has been pushed back to...

We’d forgive the iPhone 7 for feeling a little underappreciated, since it seems like all anyone can talk about these days is the next iPhone. After all, 2017 marks the iPhone’s 10th birthday, so Apple is reportedly gearing up to make its anniversary edition extra special.

We’ll keep track of the latest rumors and how plausible they are, and we’ll put them in one spot (this one!) so you can pop on over whenever you want to read the latest.

If you passed on the iPhone 7 to wait for the iPhone 8—or the iPhone 7s or whatever name Apple decides to use—it sounds like the next phone could be the design refresh you were waiting for. Just don’t expect the headphone jack to return.

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Intel's 360 replay tech is coming to more NFL...

The National Football League just announced that it's moving its Thursday Night Football streaming coverage from Twitter to Amazon, but there's more news to share this week. Through its on-going partnership with Intel, the NFL plans to install the co...

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Microsoft releases ‘Who’s In’ iMessage app for event...

Microsoft today released a new app for Apple’s iMessage platform, giving users tools to plan events with friends via the messaging app.


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Google’s Project Sunroof

Solar has become not only a lot less expensive but a lot easier to install so it’s become very popular. If you are in the US, you can use this tool to see whether it makes financial sense for you to go solar.

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Running with Apple Watch Nike+: NRC is an effective...

Athleticism has never been my strong suit. I didn’t play any sports growing up and I don’t closely follow any today. I only started being physically active one year ago thanks in large part to my Apple Watch, and even then running has not been something I’ve enjoyed. Until recently that is…

I’ve been running with Apple Watch Nike+ ($379-$399) and tracking my workouts with the Nike+ Run Club app. My super short review is that I think any Apple Watch Series 2 is an excellent running watch while the NRC app has some kinks to work out. More on my experience below.


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Apple could make a MagSafe to USB-C adapter if it...

Dongles are a sad part of life for new MacBook Pro owners: The 2016 laptops infamously replaced all of its ports with USB-C, except for the headphone jack. So, it's going to take a lot of adapters to make your existing peripherals compatible with you...

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Watch as NASA lays John Glenn to rest on Thursday

Astronaut and four-term US senator from Ohio, John Glenn, will be buried at Arlington Cemetery tomorrow, April 6th at 9 AM ET. The ceremony will air live on NASA TV to honor the first American to orbit the earth. The US Marine Corps will also webcast...

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YouTube TV rolls out in five cities with free...

YouTube TV, Google's live TV streaming service, is now live in five major markets in the United States, with Google tempting users to try out its $35 subscription service by offering a free Chromecast, allowing shows to be viewed on a television instead of through the iOS and Android apps.

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AI predicts the layout of human stem cells

The structures of stem cells can vary wildly, even if they're genetically identical -- and that could be critical to predicting the onset of diseases like cancer. But how do you know what a stem cell will look like until it's already formed? That's w...

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YouTube TV goes live in five cities, promises more...

YouTube TV launches with all major broadcast networks and plenty of sports, but only in a handful of markets

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Stream Showtime on Sling TV for $10 extra a month

Showtime is coming to Dish's cord-cutting service, Sling TV. Showtime content will include eight linear channels and "nearly 2,000" on-demand titles, with more to follow weekly.

Sling is far from the first service to offer Showtime over-the-top. It'...

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Hype 3.6.2 - $49.99

Hype lets you create stunning animated and interactive web content. It's used by leading designers to create animations which add a "wow" factor to web pages, infographics, presentations, digital magazines, ads, iBooks, educational content, app prototypes, portfolios, animated GIFs, videos, entire websites, and much more. Hype won the 2011 Macworld Editors’ Choice Award. And its HTML5 output works on all modern browsers and mobile devices like iPhones and iPads. No coding required.

From prototype to production, anyone can create rich interactive media with Hype.

  • Quickly Animate:
    • Easy to use keyframe-based animation system
    • Record mode watches your every move, automatically creating keyframes as needed
    • Create natural motion curves with bezier paths
    • Make scenes for organization and flow
    • Use the power of multiple simultaneous timelines to run animations
  • Add Interactivity:
    • ...
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How Microsoft plans to make 3D building mainstream...

Paint 3D was a surprise. Even longtime Microsoft watchers had no idea the company was working on a 3D spin on Paint, and it seemed like a left-field choice for most consumers. But after diving into Paint 3D in the Windows 10 Creators Update, I can sa...

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Lawyers win again in latest privacy class-action...


Twitter, Yelp, Instagram, Foursquare and a few other apps are agreeing to a $5.3 million settlement to an invasion-of-privacy class action in which the companies' apps were accused of accessing the address books of iOS users without their knowledge or consent. About 30 percent of the deal likely will go to the lawyers who sued—about $1.59 million. The remainder is earmarked for the estimated 7 million members of the class. If distributed evenly, that's about 53 cents for each class member—and within the ballpark of distribution ratios of other Silicon Valley privacy class-action settlements.

The lawsuit (PDF) was filed in 2012 and alleged that the apps engaged in "unconscionable,...

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Are you a checklist maker? Checklists are a wonderful way to organize tasks and then make sure they've been accomplished, and the Notes app on the iPhone is a handy tool for keeping track of those tasks as soon as they're completed. In today's video tip we show you how to use 3D Touch on an iPhone to quickly create a new checklist:

Note that 3D Touch is currently available only on the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, 7 and 7 Plus. For more video tips, subscribe to the Apple World Today YouTube channel. 

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This week's iOS 10.3.1 update might have seemed anticlimactic by comparison to the original 10.3 update, but a quick look at the security notes issued for the update shows a very good reason why every owner of an iOS device running 10.3 should install the new update immediately.

The update patches a vulnerability discovered and documented by Gal Beniamini of Google Project Zero in which "an attacker within range may be able to execute arbitrary code on the Wi-Fi chip". This vulnerability took advantage of a bug in the code in Broadcom's Wi-Fi stack, which Apple uses in its devices.

At this point, Craig Young of cyber security firm Tripwire's Vulnerability and Exposures Research Team is suggesting that anyone with a device with an affected Broadcom chip -- which includes the iPhone 4 and newer, all iPads and all iPod touch devices -- should disable Wi-Fi in public spaces until a fix is...

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The ability to mount an iOS-connected GoPro with the image stabilizing Karma Grip can be greatly enhanced with a newly launched extension cable accessory, though it carries a $100 price tag.

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