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Wednesday May 3

07:50
13" MacBook Pro Deals: $1,399 base model ($100...




Apple authorized resellers are slashing prices on Late 2016 13-inch MacBook Pros this week with $100 discounts on non-Touch Bar models and up to $250 off Touch Bar configs with AppleCare. Plus, enjoy free shipping and no tax collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

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07:42
Wall Street dismisses Apple's March quarter as...




Apple's second fiscal quarter of 2017 was largely a mixed bag, in the eyes of investors, who saw some positives but were also disappointed by some results. Analysts reacting to the quarterly results were largely indifferent on the short term, remaining focused on growth of the company's Services business and an anticipated "iPhone 8" super-cycle.

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07:40
ecobee announces the ecobee4 with built-in Alexa

Apple World Today will soon be publishing a full review of the ecobee3 lite smart thermostat, but today that device is out of the limelight as ecobee announced the next-generation smart thermostat -- the ecobee4 with Alexa (US$249). 

Basically, what ecobee has done is to add Amazon Echo capabilities and the Alexa AI to a thermostat. The existing ecobee3 lite ($169) can be controlled by both Siri and Alexa, but this new feature means that your smart thermostat can now respond directly to queries for "everything" from across the room, be used to read the news, or control other devices in the home.

ecobee is also planning to bring an Alexa-enabled smart light switch to market later this year. That switch will also listen and respond to questions, and will act as a room sensor for the ecobee4 providing occupancy and temperature information. Like the ecobee3 lite, you'll still have remote control of your home...

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07:34
'Hulu With Live TV' service and streaming...




Hulu has launched its rumored "Hulu with Live TV" service with an app debuting on the iOS App Store, offering live streaming access to major television networks -- but similar to the early DirecTV launch, the service is labeled as beta.

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07:32
The Upload is SoundCloud’s answer to Spotify’s...

SoundCloud has unveiled a new feature today to help listeners discover even more new music. The Upload is SoundCloud’s answer to the music discovery playlists that have become popular with other streaming services. By analyzing what its users are already interested in, The Upload will recommend new content that has been added to SoundCloud within the last few days.

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07:17
Strata Brings VR to designers with inStudio VR

Strata has introduced inStudio VR (https://www.strata.com/strata-instudio-vr/), its latest model visualization app for Mac and Windows. It allows 3D designers to import their models straight from Strata 3D CX and other design applications to a virtual reality environment.

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07:16
Hulu officially launches live TV service: 50+...

Hulu is officially launching its new live TV streaming service after several months of teasing out the new product. Hulu with Live TV will be available in beta on Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, and other platforms to start with over 50 channels available from $39.99/month.

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07:16
∞ AirPods, song skipping, and volume

I love my AirPods. I am happy with the sound quality and I love the convenience and the cleverness of the design. Clearly, a tremendous amount of thought has been put into the many and varied AirPod use cases:

  • Open the case near your iPhone and you are connected automatically.
  • Pull an AirPod out of your ear and the music or video you are playing pauses.
  • Drop the AirPods back in the case and they charge automatically.
  • Double-tap to interact with Siri.

There are two use cases, however, that just didn’t work for me.

  • Skip to the next song (something I do reasonably often)
  • Adjust the volume (either due to a song being mixed loud, or my circumstances/environment changing)

Jump to the main Loop post for thoughts on solutions, what I settled on.

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07:12
Q2 2017 Transcript: The Financial Conference Call...

The following report covers the traditional opening commentary from Apple's CEO Tim Cook on the highlights for their latest financial quarterly results. The following transcript covers Apple's Q2 2017 highlights for: iPhone, Product RED; Services; App Store; Apple Music subscriptions; Apple Pay; Mac; iPad; iMessage; Apple Watch; AirPods; Greater China; Apple Retail, India, Capital Return Program; WWDC 2017; Environmental Responsibility; Apple Park and Investing in America.

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06:56
I’m an ex-Facebook exec: don’t believe what they...

Antonio Garcia-Martinez:

For two years I was charged with turning Facebook data into money, by any legal means. If you browse the internet or buy items in physical stores, and then see ads related to those purchases on Facebook, blame me. I helped create the first versions of that, way back in 2012.

And:

The ethics of Facebook’s micro-targeted advertising was thrust into the spotlight this week by a report out of Australia. The article, based on a leaked presentation, said that Facebook was able to identify teenagers at their most vulnerable, including when they feel “insecure”, “worthless”, “defeated” and “stressed”.

Facebook claimed the report was misleading, assuring the public that the company does not “offer tools to target people based on their emotional state”. If the intention of Facebook’s public relations spin is to give the impression that such targeting is not even possible on their platform, I’m here to tell you I believe they’re lying...

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06:50
Sprint offers free LTE signal booster to homes...

Sprint has announced the Magic Box, a signal booster that it’s making available free of charge to ‘qualifying’ homes and businesses. The booster – which it bills as ‘the world’s first all-wireless small call’ – amplifies LTE data signals from nearby cell towers, increasing both upload and download speeds by an average of 200%.

more…

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06:49
Google reports a big gain in Android Nougat adoption...

Android Police:

Google has updated the developer dashboard for May, giving us an overview of the Android device ecosystem. Nougat continues to inch upward at a respectable rate—it’s now over 7% of devices.

True, that is significant growth for Nougat, absolutely, but compare to iOS 10 adoption, which last reported (back in February) at 79%.

∞ Read this...

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06:45
Ecobee4 HomeKit thermostat with built-in Alexa...

The Ecobee4 smart thermostat is officially available for pre-order for $249 starting today. The model Wi-Fi thermostat model works with Apple’s HomeKit feature for Siri control from Apple devices and now features built-in Alexa integration for standalone voice control. Ecobee has also unveiled its first-ever smart light switch for new features.

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06:45
Econ Technologies announces MacTech Pro Events...

Econ Technologies (https://www.econtechnologies.com/) is the latest National Sponsor to join the MacTech Pro (http://pro.mactech.com/) events team. The company has signed on to sponsor regional events planned for locations throughout the U.S. for 2017.

MacTech Pro events offer a learning opportunity for technicians and consultants who earn their living supporting Apple Technologies. Established in 1984, MacTech Magazine is the only monthly magazine focused on Apple at the technical level.

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06:45
Hulu Live TV launches in beta: What you need to know

Nearly one year after Hulu revealed plans to sell a bundle of TV channels, it’s finally here.

The Hulu Live TV bundle is now available to everyone, though Hulu is calling it a paid public beta. The service costs $40 per month for more than 50 channels, and it includes access to Hulu’s ad-supported on-demand service. Hulu is charging extra for certain features, however, such as more cloud DVR storage and ad-skipping.

Read on for all the details on the new Hulu bundle.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:40
∞ Apple Pay growth not just steady, it’s phenomenal

More users, more iPhones/Apple Watches, more places that accept Apple Pay, fueled by Apple finding more ways for a merchant to take advantage of Apple Pay. I expected steady growth, surprised by that blossoming transaction volume.

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06:34
With AirPods, Beats & surging Apple Watch sales...




Apple Watch sales "nearly doubled year-over-year" in the March quarter, Apple CEO Tim Cook said during the company's quarterly results call, helping to push combined wearables revenues into Fortune 500 levels.

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06:28
The Microsoft Surface Laptop, creeping in on Apple’s...

Michael Tsai pulled together some coverage of Microsoft’s new Surface Laptop.

There’s this bit from Bloomberg:

Microsoft has already cracked the professional and creative markets with inventive tablets and a desktop that turns into a virtual drafting table. Now it’s chasing another category many believe is Apple’s to lose: the $1,000 laptop for everyone.

That’s one side of the coin. Me, I found this bit telling:

@davemark this sure looks like a magical experience to use… https://t.co/2Ga3iB7wnd

— Robert Davey (@RobJDavey) May 2, 2017

Click on the image to bring the animated...

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06:18
AKVIS rolls out the Provence Frame Collection

AKVIS has released a new Provence Pack ($17) that includes 100 romantic picture frames. It allows you to embellish your pictures with rustic French accents.

To use AKVIS frame packs, you need to have installed one of following programs installed: AKVIS Frames (free) or AKVIS ArtSuite ($39). They’re compatible with macOS 10.7 and higher.

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06:16
Feature Request: Create a quick & easy method to...

I’m a huge fan of Apple’s Continuity features. Being able to start writing something on one device and continue it on another is fantastic. Pasting between devices is really handy. Being able to answer a phone call on my Mac is often more convenient than doing so on my phone when I’m working. And so on.

The ability to focus on the task I want to achieve, rather than the device I want to use, is a very nice illustration of the benefit of working within a single ecosystem.

But there’s one thing Apple appears to have forgotten, and that’s a quick, easy and reliable method to switch FaceTime calls between devices …

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06:11
Lufthansa Group rolls out new solution based on...

IBM has announced that Lufthansa Group, the largest German airline, is introducing a new mobile offering for employees, powered by MobileFirst for iOS to transform the airline's ground operations and boost customer service. 

With Manage Gates for iPhone, flight managers are equipped with up-to-date critical information to help ensure safe and on-time travel for Lufthansa passengers, says Mirco Bharpalania, director, Ground Operations IT, Lufthansa.

With IBM MobileFirst for iOs app, Manage Gates, Lufthansa flight managers are equipped with up-to-date critical information to help ensure safe and on-time travel for passengers. Credit: Lufthansa

Traditionally, Lufthansa flight managers had to login to multiple systems numerous times a day to access information about flight assignments. Using Manage Gates, Lufthansa supervisors will now have access to relevant, real-time...

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06:05
Inventec allegedly tapped for Apple's rumored...




Long-time Apple supplier Inventec has been selected by Apple to churn out Apple's rumored Siri speaker, if supply chain reports out of China are to be believed.

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06:01
Apple's cash reserve stands at $256 billion

Apple's cash reserve reaches over $256 billion, making it larger then the market capitalization of General Electric, according to Excon Fuji Securities, a private international investment brokerage. In the previous fiscal quarter, the company was at $233 billion.

The company's cash reserves have long fueled speculation of acquisitions that Apple might make, with lots of rumors suggesting that they are entering the electric car market. With Apple keeping majority of its cash holdings outside the U.S mainly for tax reasons, President Donald Trump has made it clear that the rules on repatriation of cash held overseas will change. Excon Fuji Securities says this means is that when/if Apple does spend money on acquisitions, it can do so without taking a major tax hit.

"While Apple has yet announced such a deal despite many reports, majority of analysts are extremely bullish on its stock over a long-term period,”...

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06:00
Daily Deal: The Mac PDF Processing Bundle for $29.99

Handle a lot of Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files? Many of us do, which is why today's Apple World Today Mac PDF Processing Bundle deal is so important. For just $29.99, you get four Mac apps that can handle even the most vexing PDF needs in a flash. You'll get:

PDFConverter (normally $39.99)

  • Convert native PDFs to .docx, .pages, .rftd, .ppt, & many more
  • Retain original fonts, images & formatting when converting 
  • ...
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05:54
File Juicer 4.58 - $18.00

File Juicer is a drag-and-drop can opener and data archaeologist. Its specialty is to find and extract images, video, audio, or text from files which are hard to open in other ways. In computer forensics this is called carving.

It finds and extracts: JPEG, JP2, PNG, GIF, PDF, BMP, WMF, EMF, PICT, TIFF, Flash, ZIP, HTML, WAV, AVI, MOV, MP4, MPG, MP3, AIFF, AU, WMV, or text from files which contain data in those formats.

Lossless extraction... File Juicer does't convert the images/sounds/videos it finds, but saves them unchanged in their original format if possible. (See the manual for details.) This is useful:

  • if you want to extract the images/sounds/videos from a PDF or Word document;
  • if you have old files you can no longer open with current applications;
  • if you receive emails with attachments you can not open;
  • if you have corrupt files or databases;
  • if you have damaged or accidentally erased flash...
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05:52
'Hulu With Live TV' Appears on App Store,...

Hulu's anticipated live television service, which was rumored in the past few weeks to launch in early May, has quietly appeared on the iOS App Store [Direct Link], although the app doesn't appear ready yet to begin streaming live content. At the time of writing, Hulu with Live TV only supports on-demand content, but the live services could presumably be turned on as early as later today.

Officially named "Hulu with Live TV," the company said that this version of the app comes with Cloud DVR and the ability to stream more than 50 live and on-demand television channels, including sports-related content.

User interface changes include a new onboarding experience, a new home screen, and "My Stuff," so...

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05:31
Google Chrome 58.0.3029.96 - Modern and fast Web...

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



Version 58.0.3029.96:

  • Race condition in WebRTC



  • OS X 10.9 or later



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05:29
Chromium 58.0.3029.96 - Fast and stable open-source...

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



Version 58.0.3029.96:

  • Race condition in WebRTC



  • OS X 10.9 or later



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05:15
Apple posts $11 billion profit on $52.9 billion in...

Apple on Tuesday announced the financial results for Q2 of 2017, the company posting revenue of $52.9 billion and net quarterly profit of $11.0 billion, or $2.10 per diluted share, compared to revenue of $50.6 billion and net quarterly profit of $10.5 billion, or $1.90 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter.

The company cited sales of 50.8 million iPhones from the quarter, down slightly from 51.1 million iPhones a year ago. Mac sales rose slightly to 4.2 million units from 4.03 million units in the year-ago quarter. iPad unit sales declined to 8.92 million from 10.25 million a year ago.

“We are proud to report a strong March quarter, with revenue growth accelerating from the December quarter and continued robust demand for iPhone 7 Plus,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’ve seen great customer response to both models of the new iPhone 7 (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition and we’re thrilled with the strong momentum of our Services business, with our highest revenue...

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05:00
Microsoft releases sub-$999 Surface notebooks, seeks...

Apple might have some competition form Microsoft in the sub-$999 notebook market.

Microsoft’s new Surface notebook now arrives in gold, platinum, blue and burgundy colors, has switched from a metal area around the keyboard for a softer microfiber lining, features a 13.5-inch touch screen, runs the latest Intel processors and gets 14.5 hours of battery life, according to Microsoft.

The notebook also runs the new Windows 10S operating system, which Microsoft stated would be faster and offer better security than previous versions of Windows 10.

Microsoft is presently targeting the notebook and Windows 10S at the education market, which is estimated around $15.6 billion, according research firm IDC. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft and Apple had long dominated the school computing market, but Alphabet Inc.’s Google has made inroads recently with its low-priced and simple Chromebooks.

Windows 10S will be available on cheaper computers targeted at...

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05:00
How to supercharge your Mac’s sidebar

Many users underestimate the convenience of the Sidebar, never bothering to customize it to suit their needs. That’s a big mistake. Although Apple populates a stock Sidebar with some useful folders, if you want to make it really useful, you need to populate it with the folders you use most.

To add a folder to the sidebar (WSM e-book in this example), drag the folder onto the Sidebar. Make sure it’s positioned between two folders (Dr. Mac Columns and Mac Observer Columns in the figure below) and you see a little line between the folders as shown on the left in the figure below.

When you release the mouse button, WSM e-book appears in the Sidebar between the two folders where the line was, as shown on the right in the figure below.

If you drag the folder onto another folder in the Sidebar (the Column Fodder folder in the figure below), rather than dragging it between two folders (Dr. Mac Columns and Mac Observer Columns in the figure above), you...

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04:30
Apple files for patent for ‘dynamic music authoring’

Apple has filed for a patent (number 9,640,158) for “dynamic music authoring,” which could hint at changes in future versions of GarageBand and Logic Pro X.

According to the patent filing, in some implementations, a computing device (think a Mac or, perhaps in GarageBand’s case, an iPhone or iPad) can be configured to present a graphical user interface that enables the dynamic authoring of music by a user of the device. The Apple device can present a grid of cells, where each cell represents a music segment. The cells can be configured to playback the music segment once or playback the music segment in a repeating loop. 

The user can select (e.g., touch) one or more cells in the grid to cause the corresponding music segment to play. While playing selected cells, the user can provide input selecting various musical effects to apply to the playing music. The user can record a dynamically selected sequence of cells and musical effects to create an original musical...

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04:25
Early analyst reactions suggest AAPL optimism...

AAPL stock may have taken a hit in pre-trading following missed Q2 expectations and relatively weak guidance for Q3, but early reactions suggests that analysts remain largely optimistic.

Analysts did note that continued declining revenues in China was cause for concern, but this was offset by strong and growing services revenue, increased capital returns, and expectations of an iPhone 8 superc-cycle…

more…

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04:08
6 key takeaways from Apple’s Q2 2017 earnings call

On Tuesday Apple announced its latest corporate earnings, a relatively flat quarter that still brought in $11 billion in profits. As always, if you look beyond the raw numbers on its reports and listen to its hour-long phone call with select Wall Street analysts, you can get some interesting perspective on where the company is going.

Rumors suppress demand

If there’s anything Apple likes less than discussing its future product plans, it’s probably other people discussing its future product plans. Aside from a tossed-off joke on stage at a product launch, Apple rarely discusses rumors of what it’s working on. Which is why I was struck by Tim Cook’s response to a question by UBS’s Steve Milunovich about a recent survey from 451 Research that suggested a drop-off in intent from...

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04:07
In 2016, smartphone shipments grew by 7%

Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com) has announced the addition of the "Smartphone, Tablet & Modem Market 2017" report to their offering.

This report provides a detailed market analysis of all significant smartphones, wireless-connected tablets (cellular & Wi-Fi) and modems. Five-year forecasts are provided in considerable detail for each. In addition, smartphone and non-smart cellphones are forecast for all global regions.

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04:02
Government CIOs spend 21% of their IT budget on...

Top-performing organizations in the private and public sectors, on average, spend a greater proportion of their IT budgets on digital initiatives (33%) than government organizations (21%), according to a global survey of CIOs by Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). Looking forward to 2018, top-performing organizations anticipate spending 43% of their IT budgets on digitalization, compared with 28% for government CIOs, says the research group.

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04:00
Visio Viewer lets you easily, quickly view and save...

By Aaron Lee

When you need to open and view .vsd format Visio drawings and diagrams, Enolsoft's Visio Viewer is helpful. It enables you to view, save and print Microsoft Visio drawings and diagrams on a Mac.

A Visio file is created on a Windows PC using the Microsoft Visio program. It's used to simplify complex information with professional diagrams.

With Visio Viewer, you convert Visio to PDF with the original elements retained. Visio Viewer supports multi-tab viewing so you can easily switch between multiple Visio files. 

To view a large multi-page Visio file, you can select a display mode from four choices: Single Page, Single Page Continuous, Two Pages and Two Pages Continuous. A multi-tab display is also supported in case you need to switch between several visio files for comparison.

Besides providing Visio viewing for Mac users, the app also allows you to convert Visio files to PDFs. The converted PDF file all original...

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03:53
Inventec Lands First Order for Apple's Echo-...

In April Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Patent Reveals an Echo-Like Device while explaining how Siri will coordinate iDevices to perform a Specific Task." Today we learn that Inventec has landed orders for a Siri Speaker product that will compete with Amazon's Echo.

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03:51
AAPL stock down 1.7% in pre-trading as iPhone sales...

As of the time of writing, AAPL stock was down 1.7% in pre-trading following the company’s announcement that Q2 iPhone sales had missed expectations. Sales were down 1% year-on-year, though a higher average selling price meant that iPhone revenues were up by the same percentage.

The share price of Apple suppliers was also hit when markets opened in Europe …

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02:00
Strava introduces Athlete Posts, announces second...

Strava is a social network for athletes with an amazing iPhone (and Apple Watch) app to match. Yesterday Strava announced a new feature -- Athlete Posts -- that lets 36 top athletes post their stories, photos, questions, gear tips, race reports, recommendations and workouts as well as their shared activities. 

By adding athletic storytelling to the social network, Strava hopes to let people share more about their active lives. Later this summer, Athlete Posts will be available to all Strava users, allowing them to inspire each other to new levels of fitness and share useful tips and content with a world of athletes.

In addition to Athlete Posts, Strava announced the second annual Global Bike To Work Day Challenge on Thursday, May 11, 2017. To participate in the Challenge, cyclists simply need to...

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00:15
This ostrich robot doesn't need to think to run

This tiny ostrich bot, unlike rival robots, doesn't using computers and sensors to balance. It manages to keep running (at up to 10 mph) thanks to its built-in dynamic stability. Jerry Pratt, the senior research scientist at IHMC who leads the team d...

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Tuesday May 2

22:20
World's fastest camera can capture rapid...

Those high-speed cameras that capture over million or even over a billion frames per second have got nothing on Lund University's creation. The Swedish University's invention can film at a rate equivalent to five trillion images per second -- that's...

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20:59
Myriad 4.0.6 - $99.99

Myriad is, simply put, one of the best audio batch processors. Totally redesigned, it looks beautiful and delivers incredible performance. Let Myriad do the heavy lifting while you get back to doing what you do best: creating great sounds and music.

  • One powerful productivity tool - Myriad packs a serious punch in a beautiful interface. With more than 100 Actions and many other great features, Myriad helps you work more efficiently, saving you countless hours that you can spend creating.
  • Goodhertz SRC - The Goodhertz Sample Rate Converter has the ideal balance between frequency response and transient response -- two of the most important characteristics of any sample rate converter. This means that it does its job with the least possible sonic impact, preserving crystal-clear high end while also maintaining sharp transients. The Goodhertz SRC has virtually zero aliasing with performance better than -192 dB,...
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20:59
Amazon Chime 4.2.5666 - Amazon-based communications...

Amazon Chime is a communications service that transforms online meetings with a secure, easy-to-use application that you can trust. Amazon Chime works seamlessly across your devices so that you can stay connected. You can use Amazon Chime for online meetings, video conferencing, calls, chat, and to share content, both inside and outside your organization. Amazon Chime frees you to work productively from anywhere.

Features

  • Frustration-Free Online Meetings - Make your online meetings effortless with Amazon Chime. Meetings start on time, and they’re easy to join. Meetings call you, and with a single tap or click, you can join or notify participants that you’re running late. A visual roster shows who is in the meeting and who is running late, and allows anyone to mute background noise. Amazon Chime automatically reconnects you if you get dropped. Crystal clear audio and HD video keep you focused on the discussion.
  • ...
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20:59
SyncTwoFolders 2.2.1 - Syncs two user-specified...

SyncTwoFolders simply synchronizes two folders. It supports synchronization across mounted network drives and it is a possibility to run a simulation showing in a log what will be done.

Please visit author's website for other version (Carbon or Cocoa) and old versions (PPC, previous systems, etc.).



Version 2.2.1:

  • Now requires a 64-bit Intel processor



  • OS X 10.7 or later



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20:59
Shredo 1.2 - $9.99

Shredo is a beautiful, functional file-shredding and privacy scan utility. It permanently shreds files, folders, and external volumes' contents to keep information secure and impossible for anyone to retrieve. Depending on security level and data-erase speed, you have 3 shredding methods at your disposal:

  1. 1-pass - Offers good security and quickest erase of data. It deletes access information to your files and writes random bytes over the data once.
  2. 7-pass - Slower speed, but better security than 1-pass. Writes over data 7 times, based on US Department of Defence (DoD) 5220-20 M standard algorithms.
  3. 35-pass - Slowest, but offers the best security. Erases file access info and writes over the data 35 times, based on the Gutmann method for deletion.

Shredo supports external volumes and flash drives, but depending on their size and method selected, shredding time...

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20:59
PDFKey Pro 4.3.8 - Edit and print password-protected...

PDFKey Pro can unlock PDF documents protected for printing and copying when you've forgotten your password. It can now also protect your PDF files with a password to prevent unauthorized access and/or restrict usage permissions. PDFKey Pro can also integrate in complex workflows using command-line tools (included).

Features

  • Completely unlocks files restoring editing and printing capabilities
  • Supports PDF with viewing password set as well (providing the correct password)
  • Protects your PDF files with a password to prevent unauthorized access
  • Restricts usage, such as printing and copying, permissions with a password.
  • Batch processing
  • Automatic update system via UpdateFX
  • Command Line Tool to use in scripts
  • Localized in English, Italian, Russian, German, French, Polish and Dutch
  • Free support



Version 4.3.8:

  • Update bundled Java to JRE8u131...
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20:59
Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 18.1.1 - Professional image...

Photoshop CC 2017 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous Photoshop customer).

Adobe Photoshop CC 2017, the industry standard for digital image processing and editing, delivers a comprehensive package of professional retouching tools, and is packed with powerful editing features designed to inspire.



Version 18.1.1 (2017.1):

Note: Now requires OS X 10.10 or later

  • Addresses a number of issues discovered after the Photoshop 2017 release



  • OS X 10.10 or later
  • 2 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
  • 2 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage...

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20:10
Apple Pay adds support for 21 U.S. banks, HSBC in...




Overshadowed by Apple's earnings call for the second fiscal quarter of 2017, Apple Pay on Tuesday officially added support for 21 new U.S. financial institutions, as well as HSBC for Australian customers.

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20:02
Google Chrome will automatically migrate to 64-bit...

If you can use the 64-bit version of Chrome you probably should, for memory management, graphics performance and security reasons, but some people might not be on it yet. As of Chrome version 58, Google says that Windows users with a 64-bit OS and ov...

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18:46
Hands-on: Mantiz Venus – a Thunderbolt 3 eGPU +...

Mantiz’s Venus is an upcoming eGPU box and docking station for Thunderbolt 3-enabled laptops like the 2016 MacBook Pro. The Taiwanese-based company is working on bringing two eGPU boxes to market — the eccentric-looking Saturn, and the more subdued-looking Venus.

The friendly folks at Mantiz agreed to send over a Venus eGPU/docking station, allowing me to take it for a quick test drive when paired together with my 13-inch 2016 MacBook Pro. Featuring an all-aluminum outer shell with classic Mac Pro cheese grater-inspired perforated design, the Venus is one of the more attractive eGPU solutions that I’ve seen thus far. Have a look at our hands on video walkthrough inside for more details. more…

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18:39
Senate bill would make it harder to delete...

It has only been a bit over 100 days, but the Trump administration is already known for making previously available date harder to find. Within just one month, it not only decided to hide the White House's visitor logs, but also to shutter the Open.g...

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18:02
Friday Labs ships crowdfunded smart lock, adds...




Two years after a successful funding round on Indiegogo, startup Friday Labs on Tuesday said it began shipping its HomeKit-enabled Friday smart lock to backers, while at the same time opening pre-orders to new customers.

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17:59
Major apps pull support for Apple Watch




After going largely unnoticed for weeks, AppleInsider discovered a few major companies like Google and eBay recently pulled their dedicated Apple Watch apps from the App Store. AppleInsider takes a closer look at the quiet removals and what it means for watchOS in this video.

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17:12
Apple Watch, AirPods, Beats sales hit Fortune 500...

Apple Watch sales, along with AirPods and Beats headphones have hit Fortune 500 level, which means they’re bringing in over US$5 billion to Apple’s “other products” category. Company CEO Tim Cook shared that detail during the company’s second fiscal quarter earnings report on Tuesday.

I know some people question whether these products are successful or not, but come on, That’s an incredible amount of sales. I vote successful.

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17:10
China increases restrictions on internet news outlets

The Chinese government has been ramping up tighter control of its internet in the past year. The latest set of new restrictions released by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) adds more limitations on what news can be created and distributed...

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16:50
Numbers from Apple’s Q2 earnings release: China...

Apple earlier today reported its earnings for the second quarter of 2017, offering up a variety of different looks at the company’s performance over the last three months. While we’ve already offered up a variety of details related to the release, there are always a few tidbits that get lost in the craziness…

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16:44
In-stock alert: Apple AirPods ready to ship for...




Shoppers can order Apple AirPods from AT&T Wireless for delivery in two to five business days depending on the shipping method selected, beating Apple's reported 6-week wait.

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16:18
Kobo's latest waterproof e-reader is sized for...

Kobo's Aura One e-reader was potentially the dream device for anyone who likes to read in the bath or at the beach, but it had some catches. Its big 7.8-inch screen didn't make it the most portable device around, and that $229 price could be off-put...

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16:15
Apple increases R&D spend to nearly $2.8B in...




Apple increased its research and development budget to nearly $2.8 billion during the second fiscal quarter of 2017, meaning the company spent a almost $5.7 billion on the line item over the past six months.

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16:11
Friday Labs unveils new minimalist & easy-to-...

As HomeKit continues to expand in popularity, a pair of new smart locks have been introduced that both embrace the platform. Friday Labs has introduced the new Friday Lock, while Danalock has unveiled a new V3 smart lock.

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16:09
∞ Vintage Oil Can Guitar

This is actually a nice sounding guitar.

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15:56
Transcript of Apple’s quarterly earnings conference...

In case you wanted to read Tim’s comments on this quarter’s earnings.

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15:53
Apple's Tim Cook says increasing pace of '...




Some of Apple's problems with iPhone sales can be traced to more rapid leaks posted on news sites, CEO Tim Cook claimed during a quarterly results call on Tuesday.

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15:48
Apple CEO Tim Cook Attributes a 'Pause' in...

During today's second quarter earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple was seeing a "pause" in purchases of the iPhone, which he attributed to "earlier and much more frequent reports about future iPhones."

The comment came in response to a question about a 451 research survey, which mentioned a nine year low in iPhone purchase intent. Cook said he hadn't read the survey in depth, but explained Apple was seeing slower iPhone sales.

iPhone 8 concept based on alleged leaked design renderingsI only glanced at it and so I haven't had time to study it, but in general, what we are seeing... we're seeing what we believe to be a pause in purchases on iPhone, which we believe are due to the earlier and much more frequent reports about future...

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15:27
Proterra wants to build autonomous vehicles for...

The company that built an electric bus capable of driving 350 miles before needing a recharge wants to take public transit to the next level: autonomous driving. Working with the University of Nevada, Proterra has launched an autonomous driving progr...

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15:26
AWT News Update: May 2, 2017

Today Apple announced its earnings for the second fiscal quarter of 2017 ending April 1, 2017. Rather than parrot back all of those results to you, we're inviting you to do two things:

  • Visit the Apple World Today site for more posts and information on topics from the earnings call
  • Watch the one-hour Facebook Live show we did today discussing the earnings and questions asked by analysts

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.

Text Version

This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for May 2nd, 2017.

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15:16
Tim Cook: Apple is ‘investing aggressively’ in the...

In a press conference with analysts, CEO Tim Cook said that Apple saw “great” Mac results for its fiscal 2017 second quarter that ended April 1, 2017. Revenue grew 14% to set a new March quarter record. Unit sales were up 4%.

Cook said that Apple gained market share thanks to strong response to the new MacBook Pro models introduced late last year. Macs have generated over $25 million in past four quarters. Overall laptop growth was up 10%.

Macs now account for 11% of Apple’s revenues. The iPhone accounts for 63%, Services (iTunes, iCloud, Apple Music, Apple Pay, etc.) accounts for 13%, and the iPad accounts for 7%. The “other” category (Apple TV, iPad Pro, Apple Watch, AirPods, etc.) accounts for 5%.

Cook says Apple is keen on the Mac platform and is "investing aggressively in its future.

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15:13
Active installed base of iPhones grew by double...

The active installed base of iPhones grew by double digits year-over-year for its fiscal 2017 second quarter that ended April 1, 2017. During a press conference with Apple Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri said that iPhone sales in line with expectations

The average sales price (ASP) for the smartphone was $655. That's up from $642 in the same period a year ago.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company made a mistake in its estimates for the iPhone 7 Plus. 

“One of the things we didn't get right was the mix between the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus," he said. “Demand was much stronger towards iPhone 7 Plus than we expected. It took us a little while to adjust all the way through the supply chain and to bring iPhone 7 Plus into balance — which finally occurred early in this quarter. Every time we launch something, we learn something, and we apply everything we learn for the next time.”

Maestri cited surveys that showed a 96% satisfaction among iPhone 7...

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15:11
Despite shrinking sales, the iPad has 81% of U.S....

iPad sales continued to shrink in Apple's fiscal 2017 second quarter that ended April 1, 2017, but sales came in ahead of Apple's expectations, according to Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri in a press conference with analysts.

He added that the iPad remains very successful. Maestri says that recent data from the NPD research group shows that the Apple tablet has 81% share of tablets priced above $200 that are sold in the U.S. What's more, 451 Research reports a 95% customer satisfaction rate for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and 100% customer satisfaction rate for 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

CEO Tim Cook added initial reaction to the new $329 iPad has been excellent.

“iPad results were ahead of expectations,” he added. “We believe we gained share during the March quarter in a number of major markets, including the U.S., Japan, and Australia. The iPad remains the world's most popular tablet, and it's the primary computing device for millions of customers around the...

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15:06
Apple Watch sales nearly double year-over-year

Apple Watch sales nearly doubled year-over-year in Apple's fiscal 2017 second quarter that ended April 1, 2017. CEO Tim Cook says it’s “the best-selling and most-loved smart watch around the world,” though the company won't report unit sales.

However, according to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartwatch shipments grew 1% annually to hit a record 8.2 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016. Apple Watch drove growth and dominated with 63% global smartwatch marketshare, while Samsung maintained second position, adds the research group.

According to Canalys, another research group,Apple set a new quarterly shipment record in in the fourth quarter of 2016, contributing to total smartwatch shipments exceeding nine million units,. This global market figure was largely driven by Apple’s six million shipments, representing year-on-year growth of 12%. Canalys estimates that Apple cumulatively shipped 11.9 million Watches in 2016, holding market share...

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15:00
Apple Q2 Earnings: iPhone Sales Fall Flat

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Apple Inc reported a surprise fall in iPhone sales for the second quarter on Tuesday, indicating that customers had held back purchases in anticipation of the 10th-anniversary edition launch of the company's most important product. Apple sold 50.76 million iPhones in its fiscal second quarter ended April 1, down from 51.19 million a year earlier. Analysts on average had estimated iPhone sales of 52.27 million, according to financial data and analytics firm FactSet. However, revenue from the smartphones rose 1.2 percent in the quarter. Expectations are building ahead of Apple's 10th-anniversary iPhone range this fall, with investors hoping that the launch would help bolster sales.


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14:59
Apple Services sees its highest revenue ever for a...

Apple’s Services business -- which includes, among other things, Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud and iTunes — saw its highest revenue ever for a 13-week quarter in Apple's fiscal 2017 second quarter that ended April 1, 2017.

App Store revenue grew 40% year-over-year for an all-time quarterly record. There was double-digit revenue growth from Apple Music subscriptions and iCloud storage subscriptions. Paid subscriptions now exceed $165 million.

CEO Tim Cook says that Apple Pay is experiencing “phenomenal traction." Its now live in 15 countries. Apple’s mobile payment services now account more than 20 million contactless-ready locations, including more then 4.5 million the U.S. alone. Transaction volume was up 450% over last 12 months.

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14:59
Apple's growing cash hoard surges to $256.8...




As of the end of the March quarter, Apple held $256.8 billion cash on hand, with the vast majority of it held overseas awaiting possible repatriation tax reform -- if the U.S. government is inclined to cooperate.

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14:52
PGA Tour will livestream a single iconic hole in VR

Golf officials are building out their 4K broadcasts and even starting to livestream smaller events in VR, but the sport's biggest tournaments are taking awhile to try out the new broadcasting tech. After testing the waters with a handful of virtual r...

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14:45
AirPods demand significantly exceeding supply, Apple...

During its Q2 fiscal earnings call today, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed that demand for the company’s cord-free AirPods headphones is significantly exceeding supply. Cook also said that revenue from sales of Apple Watch along with AirPods and Beats products is now the size of a Fortune 500 company, hinting that those products have driven growth of its “Other Products” category this quarter.

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14:42
Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'Demand Was Stronger...

Apple did not expect so many people to choose the iPhone 7 Plus over the iPhone 7, according to statements made by Apple CEO Tim Cook during today's second quarter earnings call.

"One of the things we didn't get right was the mix between the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus," said Cook. "Demand was much stronger towards the iPhone 7 Plus than we expected." Apple's misestimation of the popularity of the iPhone 7 Plus led to some shortages of the bigger-screened device during the December quarter.

Apple sold the highest number of Plus models in the first half of fiscal 2017 than ever before, higher than the iPhone 6 and 6s lineups. Cook says it took Apple a while to "bring the iPhone 7 Plus into balance," something that occurred early in the second quarter.

According to Cook, Apple...

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14:31
'Code Vein' blends anime vampires with...

Towering enemies? Check. Moody atmosphere? Check. Slow, methodical combat? Check. Bandai Namco has released the first trailer for its upcoming action RPG Code Vein, and it wears its Dark Souls influence on its bloody sleeve.

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14:30
iPhone holds steady while Macs and services keep...

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Apple has just released its earnings report for the second quarter of fiscal 2017, which runs from the beginning of January to the end of March. So far, Apple is back to modest growth in 2017: iPhone unit sales are down just a little, and iPad sales continue their precipitous slide. But iPhone revenue is actually up, and the Mac, the Services division, and the Other Products divisions all posted solid growth.

Apple made $11 billion in profit and $52.9 billion in revenue, compared to $10.5 billion in profit and $50.6 billion in revenue in Q2 of 2016. The company's gross margin was 38.9 percent. These results were toward the upper end of Apple's guidance for the...

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14:22
Apple Pay adds support for 20+ banks and credit...

Apple today added over 20 additional banks and credit unions to its list of those that officially support Apple Pay. The new additions follow over 20 added a couple of weeks back for users in the U.S. and China.

Today’s update includes 23 banks and credit unions in total for the US, and brings support for HSBC in Australia with both MasterCard and Visa credit cards supported.

Apple typically adds support for new banks and credit unions every 2-3 weeks and keeps track of supported institutions for all regions where Apple Pay is available on its website.

In addition to the U.S., the service is now available in Canada, France, Russia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Australia, Mainland China, Hong Kong...

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14:15
Apple services, "Other" revenue sources...




In a strong second fiscal quarter performance, both services and the "other" categories stand out, with 18 percent and 31 percent growth versus 2016, respectively.

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14:14
Apple Hits Guidance Bang On, Slightly Misses iPhone...

Today Apple announced financial results for its fiscal 2017 second quarter ended April 1, 2017. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $52.9 billion and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $2.10. These results compare to revenue of $50.6 billion and earnings per diluted share of $1.90 in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 65 percent of the quarter’s revenue. Apple's guidance for the quarter was between 51.5 and 53.5 – so Apple was in line.

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14:09
Dubai is the first city to design its own Microsoft...

It's not as flashy as having the world's tallest building, but the city of Dubai can now claim a new achievement -- it's the first to create its own Microsoft font. The Dubai Font, which combines Latin and Arabic texts, can be accessed globally throu...

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14:08
Notes of interest from Apple's Q2 2017...




After returning to growth for the holiday quarter, iPhone sales dipped once again in the March frame, though Apple's revenue grew to $52.9 billion. Following the news, the company held a conference call with media and analysts, and notes of interest follow.

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14:05
Apple to boost capital return program by $50B,...




Despite revealing mixed quarterly results on Tuesday, Apple simultaneously announced plans to extend its capital return program by $50 billion and a full year, reaching the $300 billion mark by March 2019.

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14:02
Apple in Q2: Sold fewer iPhones than last year, but...

Fresh off a record-breaking $78.4 billion first quarter, Apple reported a decidedly more muted Q2 of fiscal year 2017: a profit of $11 billion, or $2.10 per share, on revenue of $52.9 billion.

The quarter ending April 1 saw no new flagship iPhones, though there was a refreshed iPhone SE and a special edition red model. But Apple usually sees a decline from Q1 to Q2. And the results are better than the year-ago Q2, which saw profit of $1.90 per share on $50.6 billion in revenue.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company saw “continued robust demand for iPhone 7 Plus” and “strong momentum of our services business, with our highest revenue ever for a 13-week quarter.”

To...

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13:57
Mac sales are up year-over-year, while iPhone and...

Mac sales are up year-over-year, while iPhone sales are down in units but up in revenue for Apple’s fiscal 2017 second quarter that ended April 1, 2017.

Apple sold approximately 4.2 million Macs during the period. That’s up from just over four million in the second fiscal quarter of 2016. 

The company sold about 50.1 million iPhones during the fiscal 2017 second quarter, compared to just over 51 million in the year-ago period. However, smartphone revenue rose 1% year-over-year.

iPad sales were down again. In the fiscal second quarter 2017, Apple sold approximately 8.9 million tablets compared to 10 million in fiscal quarter 2016.

A note of interest for those who think the iPad is replacing the Mac. For Apple’s most recent fiscal quarter, the latter brought in about $5.8 million in revenue compared to $3.9 million for the former. Of course, the iPhone dwarfs both of them in terms of revenue with $33 million for the fiscal 2017 second quarter.

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13:48
iPhone sales continue their slow and steady slide

Apple just released earnings details for the last quarter, and the company couldn't quite keep iPhone sales growing for the second quarter in a row. The company sold 50.8 million iPhones in the last quarter, down a scant one percent from the 51.2 mil...

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13:47
Apple falls just shy of expectations with $52.9B in...




Apple on Tuesday revealed the results of its second quarter of fiscal year 2017, earning $52.9 billion in revenue and posting year-over-year growth, but once again saw iPhone sales shrink from the same period a year ago.

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13:44
Apple posts quarterly revenue of $52.9 billion,...

Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2017 second quarter that ended April 1, 2017. The tech giant posted quarterly revenue of $52.9 billion and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $2.10. 

These results compare to revenue of $50.6 billion and earnings per diluted share of $1.90 in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 65% of the quarter’s revenue.

In a press release Apple CEO said the “strong March quarter” saw revenue growth accelerating from the December quarter and continued “robust demand” for the iPhone 7 Plus. He added that there had been “great” customer response to both models of the new iPhone 7 (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition.

“We’re thrilled with the strong momentum of our Services business, with our highest revenue ever for a 13-week quarter," said Cook. “Looking ahead, we are excited to welcome attendees from around the world to our annual Worldwide Developers Conference next month in San Jose.”

Apple also...

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13:44
Live blog: Apple’s fiscal year Q2 2017 earnings call

Apple just announced its earnings for Q2 2017, reporting profits of $11.03 billion on revenues of $52.9 billion. The company sold 50.7 million iPhones, 8.92 million iPads, and 4.19 million Macs. Next on today’s schedule is Apple’s quarterly earnings call, which will kick-off at 2PM PT/5PM ET and we’ll have live coverage right here.

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13:39
Apple Reports 2Q 2017 Results: $11B Profit on $52.9B...

Apple today announced financial results for the second fiscal quarter of 2017, which corresponds to the first calendar quarter of the year. For the quarter, Apple posted revenue of $52.9 billion and net quarterly profit of $11.0 billion, or $2.10 per diluted share, compared to revenue of $50.6 billion and net quarterly profit of $10.5 billion, or $1.90 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter.

Gross margin for the quarter was 38.9 percent compared to 39.4 percent in the year-ago quarter, with international sales accounting for 65 percent of revenue. Apple also declared an increased quarterly dividend payment of $0.63 per share, up from $0.57. The dividend is payable on May 18 to shareholders of record as of May 15.

In addition to the increase in the dividend payment, Apple says it will once again expand its...

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13:38
∞ Apple reports second quarter results

Apple on Tuesday reported its fiscal second quarter results. According to the company, it had quarterly revenue of $52.9 billion and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $2.10. These results compare to revenue of $50.6 billion and earnings per diluted share of $1.90 in the year-ago quarter.

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13:37
Apple reports second quarter fiscal results

Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2017 second quarter that ended April 1, 2017. The company posted quarterly revenue of $52.9 billion and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $2.10. These results compare to revenue of $50.6 billion and earnings per diluted share of $1.90 in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 65 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

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13:33
Apple announces Q2 2017 revenue of $52.9 billion: 50...

Apple has announced its latest quarter results including $50.6b in revenue with $11.03b from 50.7m iPhones, 8.92m iPads, and 4.19m Macs sold. In terms of new products, the quarter includes launch day sales for the cheaper $329 iPad and Product RED iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

FY17 Q2 results compare to the previous quarter’s $78.4 billion in revenue, $17.89 billion in profit, 78.3 million iPhones, 13 million iPads, and 5.3 million Macs. In the same quarter a year ago, Apple reported $50.6 billion in revenue, $10.5 billion in profit, 51.1 millions iPhones sold, 10.2 million iPads sold, and 4 million Macs sold.

Full press release after the break, and stick around for our earnings call live blog at the top of the hour:

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13:30
Surface Laptop vs. the competition: Back to basics

Microsoft finally built a real laptop -- not a tablet with a keyboard, or a machine with a detachable display. Just a solid traditional laptop, though one with an incredibly slim build, smooth touch and the stripped down Windows 10 S along for the ri...

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13:28
Apple’s Q2 2017 Financial Results Show Slight Growth

Apple saw yet another quarter of growth in Q2, but just barely, and most of that came from strong performances from the Mac, Services, and Other Products categories.

 

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13:16
Australian cops broke data law while checking a...

There's a good reason why privacy and civil rights advocates object to far-reaching data collection laws: even if most police and spies are well-meaning, it's all too easy for others to abuse their power or make mistakes. And the Australian Federal...

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13:14
ParkerVision extends its lawsuit against Apple

Another day, another lawsuit. Well, at least an extension of an existing lawsuit. As noted by AppleInsider, a company called ParkerVision, who has sued Apple for patent infringement, is extending the lawsuit.

In 2015 the RF technologies research and development firm sued the tech giant, as well as Samsung, LG and Qualcomm, for allegedly infringing upon four wireless networking patents. The ITC complaint asked for an embargo on imports and sales of infringing products, while the lawsuit seeks as-yet-unspecified damages. For Apple, the list of named devices at the time included iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPad Air 2 and "many other products." Now ParkerVision wants to add the iPhone 7 to the list.

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13:00
Apple AirPods Customers 'Satisfied' With...

Columnist Ben Bajarin, writing for TechPinions: The big story is customer satisfaction with AirPods is extremely high. 98% of AirPod owners said they were very satisfied or satisfied. Remarkably, 82% said they were very satisfied. The overall customer satisfaction level of 98% sets the record for the highest level of satisfaction for a new product from Apple. When the iPhone came out in 2007, it held a 92% customer satisfaction level, iPad in 2010 had 92%, and Apple Watch in 2015 had 97%. Bajarin notes that the site surveyed 942 AirPods customers.


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12:54
The Strong Museum's latest addition digs deep...

Video games are a unique, nascent art form and it makes sense to preserve them. While efforts by the Internet Archive have been underway for a while, it hasn't been a priority for the gaming industry to archive their own products. Most archival proje...

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12:32
NYPD faces lawsuit for withholding info on facial...

A think tank is suing the NYPD over its failure to reveal details about its secret facial recognition program. Georgetown University's Center on Privacy and Technology (CPT) alleges that the department hasn't complied with New York state's Freedom of...

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12:20
Ask Slashdot: What Is the 'Special Appeal...

Reader dryriver writes: As someone who comes from MS-DOS/Windows PCs background, I've never quite understood the appeal of Apple's products. I don't think Apple's products are terrible or anything, but I just fail to see what is so special and different about Apple's electronics that many Apple users would never dream of switching to a non-Apple product. Where does the 'special appeal' of Apple products reside? And why are Apple users so very loyal to Apple products, even though with Apple's pricing policy, you rarely get the best bang-for-the-buck in a product?


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12:17
ParkerVision extends RF tech patent lawsuit against...




After a successful patent battle with Samsung, RF chip designer ParkerVision heats up its legal battle with Apple, adding the iPhone 7 to a list of infringing devices in lawsuits underway both in Germany and in the U.S.

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12:11
Work On Documents As A Team Without Driving Your...

My latest Inc.com piece is about collaborating on documents was just published.

Collaboration is a huge business buzzword these days. And nowhere does that feel more real than when teams work together on written materials.

Whether it’s a sales brochure or an internal proposal, teams must work well together to produce high-quality assets. This can be a challenge if the team members work in different locations.

Good habits in creating and editing documents can foster collaboration, save time and reduce headaches.

If this is the kind of thing you’re interested in, check it out at https://www.inc.com/charles-edge/how-to-collaborate-without-driving-the-rest-of-your-team-crazy.html.

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12:10
You can fix the HTC Vive's sub-par headstrap on...

Despite hitting the market before the Oculus Rift with motion control, room-scale virtual reality support and more connectivity options, the HTC Vive has always trailed behind Facebook's VR headset in one incredibly important regard: comfort. The Viv...

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12:09
Malwarebytes researcher discovers variant of new OSX...

Macs usually aren't the targets of malicious hackers, but a researcher at Malwarebytes discovered a new variant of the new OSX.dok Trojan that is installing a powerful, previously unknown backdoor malware on Macs. Adam Thomas of Malwarebytes found the variant and it was featured on the Malwarebytes blog yesterday

The Trojan is delivered via a zipped app named "Dokument.app" that is allegedly a document. It's signed with a revoked certificate, and after copying itself to /Users/Shared/AppStore.app, it displays an alert claiming that the app is damaged:

After clicking the OK button, the app closes and deletes itself after about a minute. However, in the meantime the OSX.dok Trojan delivers an open-source backdoor malware named Bella. What does Bella do? It allows surreptitious stealing of iMessage and SMS cat transcripts, location...

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12:00
∞ How a Zippo lighter is made

I still remember the very first Zippo lighter I ever got. My dad was stationed on the HMCS Iroquois, a Canadian Navy destroyer and I went on a deployment with him. He gave me a Zippo branded with the ship’s crest that only the ship’s sailors could buy. I treasured it for years.

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11:53
Microsoft's lie-flat Surface Arc mouse is a new...

Microsoft didn't just limit its latest hardware introductions to the Surface Laptop -- there's a new (if familiar) mouse as well. The Surface Arc Mouse is an evolution of the well-established Arc Touch Mouse that takes advantage of several years of p...

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11:50
Sheeple is now an official word – but iPhone fans...

Screw you, Merriam-Webster.

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11:48
Study Finds Gender Bias in Open Source Community


Gender bias affects contributions to the open source community, according to a paper published Monday. Female programmers' suggestions for code changes in open source projects -- called "pull requests" -- were accepted more often than those of their male counterparts when gender was unspecified. However, that changed when the gender of a pull request's author could be identified. Authors who could be identified by name or a profile picture as women had lower pull request acceptance rates than those who could be identified as men.

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11:38
Theranos' financial troubles are starting to...

Theranos has been having an awful time of it lately, mostly of its own making, with several lawsuits in place, including ones from Walgreens and hedge-fund Partner Fund Management (PFM). The company that promised investors a revolutionary blood-testi...

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11:28
Amazon Chime 4.2.5666 - Amazon-based communications...

Amazon Chime is a communications service that transforms online meetings with a secure, easy-to-use application that you can trust. Amazon Chime works seamlessly across your devices so that you can stay connected. You can use Amazon Chime for online meetings, video conferencing, calls, chat, and to share content, both inside and outside your organization. Amazon Chime frees you to work productively from anywhere.

Features

  • Frustration-Free Online Meetings - Make your online meetings effortless with Amazon Chime. Meetings start on time, and they’re easy to join. Meetings call you, and with a single tap or click, you can join or notify participants that you’re running late. A visual roster shows who is in the meeting and who is running late, and allows anyone to mute background noise. Amazon Chime automatically reconnects you if you get dropped. Crystal clear audio and HD video keep you focused on the discussion.
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11:20
Apple added three million new users in the last...

New data from Verto Analytics finds that Apple continued to grow its user base last quarter. CEO Hannu Verkasalo says the tech giant quietly added three million new users in the last quarter to its overall user base for Apple related web sites, online services, apps, in the U.S. 

Some of Apple’s services can be easily used also on Windows devices, or Android smartphones, even though a bulk of Apple related usage is driven by its own devices and proprietary operating systems. In December 2016, Apple had 114.8 million users in the US, and grew to 117.1 million users in March, according to Verto Analytics. In total, users spent an average of 7 hours and 51 minutes in March interacting with Apple related digital services and content.

 “Apple’s services business also experienced a bump. In March, Apple’s App Store had 88.1 million users – a three million user increased from December’s 85.3 million total users,” says Verkasalo. “...

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11:20
WSJ: Facebook rejects female-authored code more...

Facebook has been accused of issues with bias before, but that was about suppressing conservative political views. Today's allegations run into sexism territory. But rather than being something surface-level seen explicitly by its users, the Wall Str...

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11:14
New Elevation Lab BatteryPro charging kit contains...




Accessory manufacturer Elevation Lab has launched a battery pack with a built-in Apple Watch charging base, eliminating the need to buy Apple's charging cable for use with the device.

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11:11
New video from the drone-filled skies over Apple Park

First it was Matthew Roberts and Duncan Sinfield, reporting monthly from Apple Park with enticing aerial footage of the construction in progress. Now it's possible to visit YouTube and see much more drone footage from seemingly anyone in the Bay Area who has a drone. But the best footage is always from the first two videographers, and today we have a May update from Matthew Roberts

Oddly enough, Roberts is no longer including the helpful captions that he put onto his videos that named each building and what was new or different. But it's still impressive footage, especially when views in 4K. 

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11:10
Facebook's revamped Marketplace goes after...

Last year Facebook relaunched its online classifieds, Marketplace, as a way to take on Craigslist. Now the social network is giving the system a makeover, TechCrunch noticed. There are dedicated sections for categories of for-sale items including too...

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10:52
Obsolete: The last polycarbonate MacBook

Yesterday, Apple placed a few MacBook and MacBook Pro models on the growing list of "obsolete" and "vintage" hardware. Among the sad, discarded few was the 2010 13-inch MacBook, which was the last MacBook to use a polycarbonate outer shell instead of Jony Ive's beloved "aluminium". 

My obsolete 2010 13-inch MacBook... Long may it continue to run Linux!

The 13-inch MacBook had two distinctions. When it was introduced in 2006 to replace the iBook, it was the last of Apple's laptops to move from PowerPC processors to Intel processors. Secondly, it was made from polycarbonate in two available colors -- white and black. The last 13-inch MacBook was sold at retailers in 2011, while educational institutions could purchase them until 2012. 

The models declared obsolete (or vintage in California and Turkey) are:

  • MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2010) 
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2009) ...
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10:50
Kool Tools: Makeup Director 2 for macOS

CyberLink Corporation’s (www.cyberlink.com) MakeupDirector 2 is the latest version of its versatile and macOS compatible virtual makeup software. A joint creation of CyberLink and beauty app developer, Perfect Corporation, the upgrade of the $49.99 further integrates with Perfect Corp’s beauty community Beauty Circle, including step-by-step tutorial videos for popular makeup designs, allowing users to apply pre-designed virtual makeup “looks” in real life.

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10:43
Facebook goes head-to-head with iMessage in Instant...

Facebook has begun rolling out its Instant Games on Messenger to worldwide audiences today. Today’s rollout also means that Messenger will be seeing many of the new features announced at Facebook’s F8 conference. The Messenger features will allow developers to create deeper gameplay experiences utilizing the newest APIs within the platform.

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10:42
Microsoft has taken their HoloLens into Education to...

Windows Mixed Reality and Microsoft HoloLens transform abstract concepts into 3D experiences in the classroom, enabling students to investigate more deeply, see more clearly, and learn by doing. It's a great start as other silicon valley participants like Apple will be coming on board in the coming years.

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10:41
Dell's excellent 24-inch U2415 UltraSharp...

Branding isn’t always an indicator of quality, but Dell’s UltraSharp line is popular for good reason. These monitors come with beautifully crisp IPS panels, a variety of ports, adjustable stands, and the ability to swivel between portrait and landscape orientation.

They’re so good that you can buy an older model and still benefit from the quality—which brings us to today’s deal. Amazon is currently selling the 24-inch, 1920x1200 U2415 for an all-time low of $226. It’s a great price for this late 2014 model, and the best deal we’ve seen in awhile.

If you lack an Amazon Prime membership or don’t want to hassle with shipping, you can also pick up this display in-store at Walmart for a similar price. (It’s $5 more than Amazon if you choose to have it shipped instead.)

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10:40
Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 18.1.1 - Professional image...

Photoshop CC 2017 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous Photoshop customer).

Adobe Photoshop CC 2017, the industry standard for digital image processing and editing, delivers a comprehensive package of professional retouching tools, and is packed with powerful editing features designed to inspire.



Version 18.1.1 (2017.1):

Note: Now requires OS X 10.10 or later

  • Addresses a number of issues discovered after the Photoshop 2017 release



  • OS X 10.10 or later
  • 2 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
  • 2 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage...

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10:22
T-Mobile announces nationwide plan for 5G coverage,...

T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere has shared the company’s plans for brining true 5G coverage to its customers in a new video. However, before sharing details about T-Mobile’s strategy, Legere takes some time to point out AT&T and Verizon’s recent Q1 results and shares ideas on why he believes their 5G claims are misleading and their plans flawed.

more…

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10:04
Nintendo Drops New Portable on Market as Switch...


Nintendo last week introduced a new contender in the increasingly hot portable gaming competition. The New Nintendo 2DS XL will make its debut on July 28 at a mid-range price of $149.99. It will slot in as the company's third portable gaming system, right between its entry-level 2DS and more robust 3DS XL. The 2DS XL has the same large screen as the 3DS XL and can play all the games made for the Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS; however, it will display them in 2D. The device is smaller than the 3DS XL, but it has the same amount of power and provides built-in NFC support for amiibo cards as well as figures.

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10:03
Logitech releases SLIM FOLIO iPad case

Logitech has announced the Logitech SLIM FOLIO, an integrated Bluetooth keyboard and case for the new fifth-generation 9.7-inch iPad.

The Logitech SLIM FOLIO gives you comfortable and fast typing, says Michele Hermann, vice president of mobility at Logitech. The keys are large, well-spaced and stretched from edge-to-edge, so your hands won’t feel crowded, he adds. A full row of iOS shortcut keys put iPad control at your fingertips, so you can switch between apps, bring up the search function, go to the home screen, and control the volume, directly from the keyboard.

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09:53
Analysts: Apple eyeing ‘major acquisition’ of a...

In a note to clients — as noted by 9to5Mac — Barclays analysts Mark Moskowitz and Daniel Gaide opine that Apple is eyeing a major acquisition of a media company. They say such move could allow Apple to achieve its services growth goals that could otherwise slow alongside iPhone sales.

Perhaps hedging their bets, the analysts says the tech giant could scoop up a cloud services company instead of a media company. During its holiday quarter earnings report in January Apple said it plans to double services revenue— which includes all its revenue from sources like the App Store, iCloud, Apple Pay, Apple Music, etc— over the next four years. Moskowitz and Gaide think that purchasing a media and/or cloud firm would make those goals more achievable.

Past rumors have pegged Apple as buying Disney (which, come to think of it, is still a rumor making the rounds...

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09:45
Join us on Facebook this afternoon for a Apple Q2...

This afternoon at 2 PM PDT/5 PM EDT, Apple will host its quarterly earnings call for the second fiscal quarter of 2017. We'll have a number of posts here on the site that will go into detail on the announcements made by Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri, as well as something new -- a Facebook Live livestream with analysis of the earnings report. 

To watch, simply visit the AWT Facebook Page starting about 10 minutes ahead of the event when we'll have a first look at the numbers. I'll be listening in on the call and will pass along information and commentary as it comes in.

 

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09:45
Google Maps and Amazon discontinue Apple Watch apps...

Google, Amazon, and eBay have left the Apple Watch App Store in recent weeks, as have Target and TripAdvisor. While this could be a sign that the developers consider the watch a failed platform, there might be more to the story.

The disappearing apps, spotted by AppleInsider, were, frankly, not that great. Google’s Maps app was a half-hearted attempt at providing directions on your wrist and no match for Apple’s native Maps app (though perhaps that’s an unfair comparison, given that the watch is such a new platform and Apple obviously knows its use cases best).

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09:41
In two-pronged attack, Microsoft intros low-end...




Microsoft on Tuesday announced the Surface Laptop, a new PC aimed at the educational market, despite having a $999 base price tag with 4 gigabytes of non-upgradeable RAM and 128 gigabytes of storage.

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09:40
Microsoft Debuts $999 Surface Laptop, '...

Microsoft today unveiled an all-new "Surface Laptop," a student- and teacher-focused Windows 10 S, new features for Minecraft: Education Edition, a new Surface Arc Mouse, and more at an education-focused event in New York. The hardware reveal of the Surface Laptop marks the first major computer launch for the company since last year's debut of the Surface Book and Surface Studio, the former of which saw huge sales numbers thanks to churn from the "...

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09:39
Microsoft Introduced Windows 10S for 'Students...

On March 17, Patently Apple posted a report titled "Microsoft may introduce a New Surface Book without their Famed Tablet Mode." While a Digitimes report described the new Microsoft notebook having a standard clamshell design, I argued that this would likely be an extended Surface Book edition and not one eliminating their 2-in-1 Surface Book model. Earlier today Microsoft did indeed launch a new Surface family notebook that is cloud optimized with "Windows 10S" for "Students." And yes, it's a new model rather than eliminating their pro Surface Book.

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09:34
6 ways to make the most of 1Password for iOS and...

I’m a huge fan of 1Password on the Mac but don’t use it on my iPhone. These tips might just get me started.

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09:32
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13″ MacBook Air 256GB $279 off...

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

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09:32
Logitech intros the SLIM FOLIO keyboard for the 5th-...

Logitech SLIM FOLIO

The new 5th-generation 9.7-inch iPad has a new best buddy. Today, Logitech announced the SLIM FOLIO (US$99.99) which is an integrated Bluetooth keyboard and case for the new device. 

Using Bluetooth LE to connect to the iPad, the SLIM FOLIO automatically turns itself on when it the iPad is put into the typing position. There's a smart power management system built-in, which allows the SLIM FOLIO to last up to four years on replaceable coin cell batteries -- no recharging required!

As with many of the other Logitech tablet keyboards, the SLIM FOLIO features an outer cover of technical fabric that resists spills and adds grip to the device when it's being carried. A full row of iOS shortcut keys is located at the top of the keyboard, placing important functions right at your fingertips. 

The SLIM FOLIO is...

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09:28
Lunch with CEO Tim Cook at Apple Park

Apple has been doing this for several years and will raise money for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Group.

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09:18
Microsoft introduces Windows 10 S for classrooms and...

Microsoft held a media event in New York City today focused on a new version of Windows, a new laptop line, and how it all relates to education. Windows 10 S is a streamlined version of Microsoft’s operating system geared for students and educators. The Microsoft Surface Laptop is a new line of MacBook Air-like notebooks with up to 14.5-hour battery life.

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09:10
Liveblog: Apple’s Q2 2017 earnings call happens May...

Enlarge / The fifth-generation iPad. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

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Apple will host its earnings call for the second quarter of its fiscal 2017 this afternoon at 5pm Eastern (10pm UK), and we'll be liveblogging the call and the analyst Q&A session to give you all the information, along with our insights and charts.

Apple's numbers were down year over year for most of 2016, the first time that has happened in recent memory. The drop was due in part to the outsized success of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, a success the iPhone 6S couldn't replicate. Apple returned to growth in Q1 of 2017...

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08:57
T-Mobile Teases Plans to Launch Nationwide 5G...

T-Mobile today said it plans to roll out a 5G network in the United States starting in 2019, with a target of 2020 for full nationwide coverage.

The third-largest U.S. carrier said it will use part of its newly acquired 600 MHz low-band spectrum to deliver 5G coverage from coast to coast. “The 600 MHz spectrum will allow 5G to be deployed nationwide, bringing the ultimate experiences to T-Mobile’s enterprise customers and consumers throughout the United States,” said Borje Ekholm, President and CEO, Ericsson. “We will support T-Mobile US with 5G radio development for this spectrum. Commercial availability of the product will be aligned with 3GPP standardization and ecosystem support.”5G networks will pave the way for faster data speeds and lower latency on smartphones and other cellular-enabled devices....

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08:45
Apple cruises past old market capitalization record...




As the NASDAQ opened on Tuesday morning, Apple's stock price at the opening bell drove it's market capitalization above historical highs, with $800 billion in sight and possibly reachable before the quarterly earnings report.

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08:43
Charitybuzz auctions lunch with Tim Cook at Apple...

Now's your chance to have lunch with Tim Cook and get to visit Apple's new headquarters at Apple Park. As in past years, Charitybuzz is auctioning off a lunch with the Apple CEO benefiting Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. For the first time, the venue will be a bit different -- Apple Park.

Usually the auctions tend to attract the more well-heeled. This year's lunch has an estimated value of $100,000, and at publication time six bids -- with a top bid of $65,000 -- had been placed. By the time the auction closes at 3 PM EDT on May 16, the bids may be as high as they were in 2013 which generated a whopping $610,000 for the charity. 

If an Apple World Today reader wins the auction, please be sure to send us photos from your lunch with Tim for an exclusive!

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08:15
Modern classroom collaboration with Office 365 for...

Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team.

At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. We believe that education unlocks potential and that technology can play a decisive role in helping the students of today create the world of tomorrow. At our event in New York City earlier today, we announced a set of new strategic investments in education, including exciting new innovations in Office 365 for Education and a preview...

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08:14
SyncTwoFolders 2.2.1 - Syncs two user-specified...

SyncTwoFolders simply synchronizes two folders. It supports synchronization across mounted network drives and it is a possibility to run a simulation showing in a log what will be done.

Please visit author's website for other version (Carbon or Cocoa) and old versions (PPC, previous systems, etc.).



Version 2.2.1:

  • Now requires a 64-bit Intel processor



  • OS X 10.7 or later



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08:11
T-Mobile Vows to be first with nationwide '5G...

T-Mobile announced its intentions to build the nation’s first mobile '5G' wireless network, and is planning to use its recent haul in the FCC spectrum auction to pull it off

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08:04
Analyst: Apple could use ‘major acquisition’ in...

Ahead of Apple’s fiscal Q2 earnings call later today, a note from Barclays analysts points to chatter among investors that Apple is eyeing a major acquisition of a media company.

The report from analysts Mark Moskowitz and Daniel Gaide claims that the move could allow Apple to achieve its services growth goals that could otherwise slow alongside iPhone sales, and that an acquisition of a company in the cloud services as opposed to media is also a possibility.

more…

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07:59
New charity auction offers lunch with Tim Cook at...




A new Charitybuzz auction benefiting Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is, as in the past, offering lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook -- this time however at the company's new headquarters, Apple Park.

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07:58
Apple CEO Tim Cook Auctions Charity Lunch at Apple...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is partnering up with Charitybuzz for the fifth year in a row, offering Apple fans the chance to bid on a lunch with Cook where they can hold a discussion with the CEO in a private environment. Additionally, this year the meet-up will be hosted at Apple's brand new Apple Park campus.

Like previous years, the winning bidder will be able to bring along one other person, and the lunch is said to last for around an hour. The cost of the Apple Park meal is included in the winning bid, but travel and accommodations are not. The bidding ends on May 16 at 3PM EDT and as of writing one bid of $10,000 has been entered, with the auction listing an estimated value of $100,000.

Over the past four years, Tim Cook and Charitybuzz have...

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07:55
LG intros new 43-inch 4K FreeSync display that...

From 9to5Toys:

Ever since Apple made the decision to leave the display game (and subsequently return), we’ve seen an abundance of new releases from brands like Philips, LG and others trying to fill the void. Today, one of those major players is returning with another fresh announcement.

LG has quietly unveiled a new 42.5-inch 43UD79-B 4K IPS monitor with its FreeSync technology. Designed as a...

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07:53
iPhone factory worker describes facial recognition...

NYU Grad student Dejian Zeng last month gave us an inside view of the life of an iPhone factory worker when he took a summer job at Pegatron, and now Business Insider has asked him about the security measures taken to try to guard against leaks …

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07:45
AWT TV: Episode 6

Last night's AWT TV was the Steve & Marty show, as Dennis was attending his daughter-in-law's grad school graduation! The topic of the show -- What do you dislike about Apple? From a fanboy perspective, there are a lot of things to like about Apple, but there are also annoyances. Those are what we talked about...and if you want to find out what our big concerns were, you'll have to watch the show! Marty also demonstrates one of our favorite iOS games -- Monument Valley

Sorry about the darkness on Steve's side of the screen...as Marty said, "He's on the Dark Side"...

If you like the show, be sure to give us a "thumbs-up" on YouTube and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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07:39
Twitter swings for the streaming fences with new 24/...

When Twitter made a deal with the NFL to broadcast live Thursday Night Football games last season, it seemed like an odd pairing. As it turns out, however, it was just a warm-up to the big show.

Twitter has announced a new 24/7 free streaming video service that will broadcast an array of sports, news, and entertainment programming to its users as it looks to expand beyond 140-character comments. The MLB, the NFL, the PGA, BuzzFeed, Bloomberg, The Verge, Live Nation, and IMG Fashion are among the dozen partners Twitter announced for the new around-the-clock service, which will provide exclusive content, live games and events, and breaking news.

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07:31
App Store price increases mandated by Apple now in...




Apple has made good its promises to increase App Store pricing in the European Union, with pricing including a pair of new low-cost tiers in effect since Tuesday morning's refresh.

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07:29
Shredo 1.2 - $9.99

Shredo is a beautiful, functional file-shredding and privacy scan utility. It permanently shreds files, folders, and external volumes' contents to keep information secure and impossible for anyone to retrieve. Depending on security level and data-erase speed, you have 3 shredding methods at your disposal:

  1. 1-pass - Offers good security and quickest erase of data. It deletes access information to your files and writes random bytes over the data once.
  2. 7-pass - Slower speed, but better security than 1-pass. Writes over data 7 times, based on US Department of Defence (DoD) 5220-20 M standard algorithms.
  3. 35-pass - Slowest, but offers the best security. Erases file access info and writes over the data 35 times, based on the Gutmann method for deletion.

Shredo supports external volumes and flash drives, but depending on their size and method selected, shredding time...

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07:25
Tim Cook auctioning lunch meeting at Apple Park for...

Every year Tim Cook and Charitybuzz partner to auction off a lunch meeting with the Apple CEO for charity, and this year there’s a new perk for the highest bidder: a ticket to Apple Park. The campaign is valued at $100,000 to raise money for the RFK Human Rights group, and this year the meeting will take place at Apple’s brand new campus.

more…

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06:56
Apple and the Hackintosh

Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica:

Thanks to more modern PCs, a wider install base for Intel Macs, and dedicated enthusiast communities and forums like TonyMacx86, it’s not too hard for anyone comfortable with PC building to assemble a Hackintosh using off-the-shelf parts. Community-developed apps and tools streamline the process of creating install media and setting up drivers, and while you’re probably going to have to do a little bit of Terminal work getting everything to function perfectly, most major setup problems are easy enough to overcome for anyone who has been building and maintaining their own PCs for a while.

And:

At this point I should mention this article is in no way intended to be an install guide or an endorsement of Hackintoshing. Today, as has always been the case, installing macOS on non-Apple hardware is a violation of Apple’s licensing agreement.

And:

Apple has done surprisingly little to shut down the Hackintosh community....

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06:44
∞ Apple releases new iPhone 7 Plus Portrait mode ad...

[VIDEO] A lovely ad, full of romance, focused on the iPhone 7 Plus and Portrait mode. Video embedded in the main Loop post, along with link to the song in the ad.

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06:39
KGI: Apple likely to announce ‘home AI’ Siri Speaker...

Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac:

KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo has published an industry report today claiming that Apple will likely announce a Siri Speaker product (branding unknown, Kuo calls it ‘Apple’s first home AI product’) at WWDC in June. The device will compete with the Amazon Echo and go on sale in the second half of the year.

Kuo says Apple’s product will feature ‘excellent’ sound with seven tweeters and a subwoofer, and will be positioned as a more premium product than the Echo … with a higher price tag to match.

KGI’s report is not definitive about the launch timeline. It says that they believe Apple has a more than 50% chance of announcing the Siri Speaker product in June. This leaves some wiggle room in case plans change or the launch is pushed back.

Will I be able to order stuff from Amazon on the Siri Speaker? Send roses? Order pizza? Will Siri evolve from the current model, or will this be the existing Siri capabilities in my kitchen/living room?

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06:38
Twitter adds 11 more streaming offerings in live...




Shortly after annnouncing a 24/7 streaming news deal with Bloomberg, Twitter has revealed another 11 video offerings, covering not just news but sports, music, and other fields.

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06:33
Teens split video time 34% to YouTube, 27% to...

Hulu came in at 4%, Amazon at 3%. From the article:

In a recent survey of US college students, commissioned by LendEDU, only 8% of respondents said they didn’t have a Netflix account. This doesn’t mean young people actually pay for Netflix, as 54% said they use a friend’s or family member’s account. But at 92%, that is still an astonishing level of audience penetration.

Very interesting numbers. This is an audience that Apple covets. Going to be interesting to see how they progress in this space.

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06:27
With Apple’s Q2 financials expected to be on-track,...

Analysts appear to be expecting Apple to announce that its Q2 2017 earnings were in line with the guidance it gave last time – albeit with revenue around the top end of the predicted range.

When tuning in to the earnings report conference call, here are the numbers Apple needs to match or beat to be on-track …

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06:25
Take Control Books acquired by Joe Kissell and...

Congrats to Joe Kissell and Morgen Jahnke for the acquisition, and to Adam and Tonya Engst and the rest of the TidBITS team for the sale.

New chapters for everyone.

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06:20
∞ Apple’s strong earnings, possible supercycle

Apple will announce earnings for 2017Q2 this afternoon at 1:30 PT.

Interested in specifics? Start with this MacRumors post.

Apple projected their revenues to be between $51.5 billion and $53.5 billion. Analysts project revenues between $51.7B and $55B.

From this CNBC article:

Apple investors are excited by the prospect of a “supercycle” in its next fiscal year, driven by the next generation of iPhones, and it appears the market for people who want to upgrade their devices could be over 300 million.

In a note released Monday, former Apple analyst turned venture capitalist Gene Munster, estimates that...

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06:19
ChronoSync Technology preview, maintenance updates...

Econ Technologies (www.econtechnologies.com) has made ChronoSync Version 4.7.7-ALT available for preview. This preview version is capable of multiple, concurrent file operations. ChronoSync 4.7.6 and ChronoAgent 1.6.2 updates are also available.

ChronoSync is the complete sync, backup, and bootable backup app for the Mac. ChronoAgent allows any Mac to accept direct, secure connections from any ChronoSync Mac or any InterConneX iOS device.

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06:15
Global Payments announces support for Apple Pay in...

Global Payments, a worldwide provider of payment technology services, is now offering merchants in Taiwan the ability to accept credit and debit card payments via Apple Pay. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with more than 8,500 employees worldwide, the company is a member of the S&P 500 with merchants and partners in 30 countries throughout North America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and Brazil.

Apple Pay is currently available in 14 countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and USA. Apple Pay works with iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch. When paying within apps, Apple Pay is compatible with the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro.  It also works in macOS Sierra.

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05:48
Apple wants to help you eat healthier — and perhaps...

Apple wants to help you eat healthier. The company has been granted a patent (number 9,640,088) for “electronic tag transmissions of custom-order nutritional information.”

It involves a computer-implemented method for encoding radio frequency identification (RFID) electronic tags to represent custom-order nutrition variables that could communicate with your iPhone or Apple Watch. At an electronic vendor device at a check-out counter, a custom food order can be identified. At the device, a nutrition variable based on the custom food order can be determined. At the electronic vendor device, an RFID electronic tag can be encoded to store the nutritional variable.

In the patent filing, Apple says that restricting particular types of consumption can be advantageous, such as restricting calories, fat consumption, salt intake and/or sugar intake. What’s more, consuming at least a threshold quantity of vegetables, fruits, dairy, healthy fats, vitamins, water and so on are...

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05:47
Following App Store price increases in Europe, Apple...

Following Apple’s decision to increase the prices of App Store prices in Europe, Italian site iSpazia reports that the company appears to be allowing developers the option of more flexible pricing. Instead of having to choose one of the standard tiers, they would be free to select alternatives – including a starting-point of €0.49 …

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05:41
PDFKey Pro 4.3.8 - Edit and print password-protected...

PDFKey Pro can unlock PDF documents protected for printing and copying when you've forgotten your password. It can now also protect your PDF files with a password to prevent unauthorized access and/or restrict usage permissions. PDFKey Pro can also integrate in complex workflows using command-line tools (included).

Features

  • Completely unlocks files restoring editing and printing capabilities
  • Supports PDF with viewing password set as well (providing the correct password)
  • Protects your PDF files with a password to prevent unauthorized access
  • Restricts usage, such as printing and copying, permissions with a password.
  • Batch processing
  • Automatic update system via UpdateFX
  • Command Line Tool to use in scripts
  • Localized in English, Italian, Russian, German, French, Polish and Dutch
  • Free support



Version 4.3.8:

  • Update bundled Java to JRE8u131...
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05:15
Google, Amazon, eBay and others drop Apple Watch...

It’s been a quiet trend, but it’s still worth noting.

Over the last few months, a number of companies, including Google, Amazon and eBay have pulled some of their Apple Watch apps from the App Store.

The programs, namely Google Maps, Amazon and eBay, were all early supporters of the Apple Watch and released apps within a few months of the wearable’s April 2015 debut.

Checking today, none of the three companies offer Apple Watch apps, having quietly removed Apple Watch functionality through App Store updates. It’s not entirely clear when each app was updated to remove Apple Watch support, with the feature elimination appearing to have largely gone under the radar.

It’s thought that the apps were quietly removed without notice in that there weren’t many people using them.

Google Maps was perhaps the only app that was useful on the wrist, with quick directions to places like home and work. Amazon’s Apple Watch app simply allowed for voice-based...

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05:09
Samsung’s Siri competitor Bixby claims to be better...

Samsung may have kept its smartphone owners waiting more than five years to launch Bixby – its answer to Apple’s Siri – but that hasn’t stopped the company taking a dig at Apple’s IA …

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05:02
Apple was Granted 41 Patents Today Covering an...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 41 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover an odd invention for Apple relating to grocery store bag tags that can count cumulative nutrition. Other patents cover an optical stylus and Apple Store bags. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.

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05:00
Rumor: Apple to debut Amazon Echo competitor at WWDC...

Apple may have an Echo competitor in the works that could be announced at WWDC next month.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo weighed in with details on Apple’s first home artificial intelligence product in a note to investors on Monday. In the note, Kuo stated that he believes there is more than a 50 percent chance that Apple will announce the product at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, before launching it in the second half of the year.

Kuo also stated that the device would feature a woofer and seven tweeters in order to provide rich sound. He also stated that the unit will be powered by a custom ARM processor equal in power to at least the A8 CPU on the iPhone 6 or newer.

In the note, Kuo stated that the product will be positioned towards the high-end market.

Kuo also stated that Apple could ship as many as 12 million units over the device’s first year on the market.

In particular, he sees Apple’s custom W1 Bluetooth chip...

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04:47
Kool Tools: DuraFlex Lightning cables

Kanex’s (www.kanex.com) DuraFlex line of Premium Lightning Cables have a first-class aluminum finish that matches your Apple device while the cable itself increases durability and offers a tangle-free solution. In addition, Kanex’s GoPower Plus premium portable power solution is now available in matte black and rose gold.
 

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04:43
Battle lines are drawn in AR battle

Apple CEO Tim Cook's recent announcement putting Augmented Reality (AR) at the forefront of the tech giant’s product strategy has emboldened and provoked technology companies to showcase their own AT technologies and platforms.

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04:30
White noise and then some

By Frank Petrie

There are a plethora of apps that deal with relaxation, mindfulness and such, but White Noise by TMSOFT takes the concept to every imaginable requirement that you may have and them some. 

Utilizing the ambient sounds that are included with their Mac or iOS Free or Pro version, you can do amazing things. You can create playlists, mix various sounds, or even create your own mixes and share them within the community.

Over 100-plus additional sounds(“singles”) can be purchased at their market or at iTunes, Amazon Music or Google play as MP3 audio files.  Or you can download the Market App and download new sounds for free. With my iMac, I had the choice to stream additional sounds via  Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play Music, Amazon Cloud, Rhapsody, and Groove to name...

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04:28
Twitter reveals 11 more video partners a day after...

Just one day after announcing a deal with Bloomberg to stream news reports 24/7, Twitter has now revealed video partnership arrangements with 11 more content providers in the fields of news, sports and entertainment.

News partners will be Bloomberg, Buzzfeed, Cheddar and The Verge. Sports coverage will be provided by MLBAB, PGA Tour, The Players’ Tribune and Stadium. The three entertainment channels will be IMG Fashion, Live Nation and Propagate.

Twitter also revealed the specifics of what to expect from each partner …

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04:14
Myriad 4.0.6 - $99.99

Myriad is, simply put, one of the best audio batch processors. Totally redesigned, it looks beautiful and delivers incredible performance. Let Myriad do the heavy lifting while you get back to doing what you do best: creating great sounds and music.

  • One powerful productivity tool - Myriad packs a serious punch in a beautiful interface. With more than 100 Actions and many other great features, Myriad helps you work more efficiently, saving you countless hours that you can spend creating.
  • Goodhertz SRC - The Goodhertz Sample Rate Converter has the ideal balance between frequency response and transient response -- two of the most important characteristics of any sample rate converter. This means that it does its job with the least possible sonic impact, preserving crystal-clear high end while also maintaining sharp transients. The Goodhertz SRC has virtually zero aliasing with performance better than -192 dB,...
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04:01
Apple Expected to Report Strong Earnings Today, But...

Apple is set to report its earnings results for the second quarter of its 2017 fiscal year at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time today.

Apple provided the following guidance for its second quarter on January 31:

• revenue between $51.5 billion and $53.5 billion

• gross margin between 38 percent and 39 percent

• operating expenses between $6.5 billion and $6.6 billion

• other income/expense of $400 million

• tax rate of 26 percent

That guidance suggests Apple will report its second-best March quarter earnings results in the company's history:

• Q2 2013: $43.6 billion

• Q2 2014: $45.6 billion

• Q2 2015: $58 billion

• Q2 2016: $50.6 billion

• Q2 2017: $51.5+ billion

Wall Street analysts generally...

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04:00
Deutsche Bank analysts suggests iPhone 8 may not...

A research note from Deutsche Bank suggests that the iPhone 8 may not be launched this year.

Report suggests no new iPhone 8 this calendar year. As we have written in previous [research notes], several supply chain reports have suggested that key component shortages and technical challenges could delay the release of a high-end iPhone 8 device this fall. We believe this report further underscores the uncertainty around the timing of Apple’s next- generation iPhone model.

The evidence for this appears thin, though it may explain an odd report from last week …

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04:00
How to remove a Mac from your Back to My Mac network...

You can turn off Back to My Mac whenever you want (here’s how you set it up). When you do, you'll remove that Mac or AirPort base station from your Back to My Mac network.

On the Mac that you want to remove, follow these steps:

  • Choose System Preferences from the  menu, then click iCloud.
  • In iCloud preferences, deselect Back to My Mac to turn it off. You also can click Sign Out to log out of iCloud completely.
  • To remove a base station, follow these steps:
  • From the menu bar, choose Go > Utilities and double-click AirPort Utility.
  • Select the AirPort base station that you don't want to use anymore, and click Edit. If you don't see the base station, click Other Wi-Fi Devices to see a list of available base stations. You might need to choose a different Network Interface from the pop-up menu.
  • Enter the base station password. This password is different from your...
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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for May 2, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

 

Creaceed has introduced Prizmo Go 1.0. The app lets the user take a picture of printed text, then recognizes it using OCR technology. Part of said text can then be selected directly from the photo by swiping through it. Users can then interact with it or just copy/paste it to other apps or just copy/paste it to other apps or to the Mac.

Prizmo Go 1.0 is available as a free app and is localized in 16 languages, but access to text is limited. Text access can be unlocked by purchasing Export Pack for $4.99 as a one-time purchase. Cloud OCR requires units to be operated, units that can be purchased directly within the app: a 100-pack is $...

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01:55
Apple invention uses RFID tags, Apple Watch to track...




As Apple wades further into health industry waters with products like Apple Watch, the company on Tuesday was granted a patent for technology that would allow food vendors to embed nutritional information in device-readable RFID tags. The solution presents a unique and partially automated solution to calorie counting, one of the more laborious aspects of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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Monday May 1

23:59
Logitech launches Slim Folio keyboard case with four...

Apple’s recently released 5th-generation iPad is receiving a new third-party keyboard courtesy of Logitech. The Slim Folio is a Bluetooth-enabled keyboard that snaps onto the new 2017 9.7-inch iPad to enable more efficient typing.

But the most compelling thing about Logitech’s iPad keyboard case is its battery life. Thanks the implementation of power-sipping Bluetooth Low Energy, Logitech states that the unit’s coin cell batteries can last up to four years with two hours of daily usage. Depending on how you use your iPad, that could mean that you’ll never have to worry about the Slim Folio’s Keyboard for the lifetime of iPad ownership. more…

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22:00
First 'Zelda: Breath of the Wild' DLC adds...

Nintendo's latest Zelda game is such a smash hit that copies of the Switch version outsold the console itself. Now, for players who've already traversed every corner of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's open world, the company has revealed de...

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20:59
iFFmpeg 6.3.3 - Convert multimedia files between...

iFFmpeg is a comprehensive media tool to convert movie, audio and media files between formats. The FFmpeg command line instructions can be very hard to master/understand, so iFFmpeg does all the hard work for you. This allows you to use FFmpeg without detailed command-line knowledge.



Version 6.3.3:

  • All options of the Audio Dynamic Normalizer filter are now saved to user presets
  • Fixed batch status when extracting to images has finished
  • Fixed issue encoding to h265 HEVC with very low CRF values
  • Fixed issue with overlapping parts when hardburning subtitles with background
  • It is not possible anymore to change the preset when encoding is in progress
  • Fixed memory leak in log data when encoding is finished
  • Fixed issue encoding to segments



  • OS X 10.7.3 or later
  • Working FFmpeg OS X binary (see Related Links)



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20:59
OmniOutliner Pro 5.0.3 - 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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20:59
Airmail 3.2.5 - Powerful, minimal email client.

Airmail is an mail client with fast performance and intuitive interaction. Support for iCloud, MS Exchange, Gmail, Google Apps, IMAP, POP3, Yahoo!, AOL, Outlook.com, Live.com.

Airmail was designed from the ground to retain the same experience with a single or multiple accounts and provide a quick, modern and easy-to-use user experience. Airmail is clean and allows you to get to your emails without interruption -- it's the mail client for the 21st century.

We have taken usability and function to the next level with Airmail and bring a striking-design with support for all major email services. Switch between accounts like a breeze and quick reply to incoming messages within seconds -- email has never been so easy and productive.



Version 3.2.5:

  • New Templates
  • Improved Message reading Privacy
  • Bear app Integration
  • DEVONThink Integration
  • Out Of Office (Gmail Refresh Token)
  • Gmail...
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20:59
OmniFocus 2.9.1 - GTD task manager with iOS...

OmniFocus helps you manage your tasks the way that you want, freeing you to focus your attention on the things that matter to you most.

Capturing tasks and ideas is always a keyboard shortcut away in OmniFocus 2. Clip data from Mail, Safari, Messages, or third-party apps. Bring up Quick Entry to file away an idea before it drifts away; it's always at your fingertips, waiting for more.

OmniFocus comes in two feature levels: Standard, available for $39.99; and Pro, available for $79.99.



Version 2.9.1:

  • Archive — Fixed a problem where archiving immediately after migrating to v2.9’s new database format would fail.
  • Attachment List — The “Added” column for parent rows (the attachments themselves) now correctly displays the date an attachment was added.
  • Sync — Fixed a problem where OmniFocus didn’t recognize that an error returned by NGINX (that OmniFocus’ data/ directory hadn’t been created yet) was...
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20:59
iMazing 2.2.6 - Complete iOS device manager (was...

iMazing (was DiskAid) is the ultimate iOS device manager with capabilities far beyond what iTunes offers. With iMazing and your iOS device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod), you can:

  • Copy music to and from any iOS device (even from one iOS device to another!), regardless of what Mac or PC the device is already synced to. Music transfer done right, without limitations or restrictions.
  • Backup & restore individual iOS apps along with your custom saved data, perfect for freeing up space on your iOS device without losing your files, great for installing apps including your data on another iOS device you own.
  • Transfer files to and from an iOS device, and browse the iOS file system.
  • Use your iOS device like a USB key.
  • Browse and save messages (SMS, MMS, iMessage), voicemails, and call logs, none of which iTunes can do.
  • Browse, save, and add contacts to your iPhone, without automatically adding them to your iCloud...
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20:59
BetterTouchTool 2.095 - Customize Multi-Touch...

BetterTouchTool adds many new, fully customizable gestures to the Magic Mouse, Multi-Touch MacBook trackpad, and Magic Trackpad.

These gestures are customizable:

  • Magic Mouse:
    • Pinch in / out (zoom)
    • single-finger tap left
    • single-finger tap right
    • single-finger tap middle
    • single-finger tap
    • single-finger click middle
    • two-finger tap
    • two-finger click
    • two-finger swipe (up/down/left/right)
    • two-finger tip tap left/right
    • three-finger tap
    • three-finger click
    • three-finger swipe (up/down/left/right)
    • four-finger swipe up/down
    • four-finger click
    • TipTap left/right
  • Touchpad:
    • single-finger tap top-left
    • single-finger tap top-right
    • single-finger tap top-middle
    • single-finger tap bottom-left
    • single-finger tap bottom-right
    • single-...
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20:59
Arq 5.8.1 - Online backup to Google Drive, Amazon...

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

  • Following the initial backup, Arq automatically makes incremental backups every hour, every day, uploading just the files that have changed since your last backup. Arq keeps hourly backups for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past month, and weekly backups for everything older than a month.
  • Arq lets you set a budget for storage, and it automatically drops the oldest backups to keep within the budget.
  • Arq backs up everything with no limits. It backs up files of any size, external drives, and network drives.
  • Arq compresses and "de-...
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20:59
OmniOutliner Essentials 5.0.3 - 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 5.0.3:

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20:59
'Gears 4' updated with new maps, support...

It's taken a while since Gears of War 4's October debut, but Microsoft has finally added an often-requested feature for PC gamers: SLI support. That way they can take advantage of multiple GPUs to render the game at its maximum quality, instead of le...

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20:35
Amazon gives Prime to everyone in Manchester-by-the-...

Amazon just highlighted one of the bonuses of both producing movies and running the internet service that plays them: you can offer viewer perks that conventional studios can't match. The online giant is giving away a year of free Prime membership (...

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20:29
Apple Watch support returning to Google Maps '...




Google on Monday responded to revelations that the latest Google Maps update is stripped of all Apple Watch support, saying it expects to return compatibility with Apple's wearable at some point in the future.

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19:46
Is this Microsoft's new Surface Laptop?

Tomorrow Microsoft is holding its #MicrosoftEDU event where we expect to find out how it will take on Google's Chrome OS, but some of the news may have already leaked. Notorious Microsoft watcher @h0x0d tweeted out a few images of a slim 13.5-inch la...

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19:26
Apple declares last polycarbonate MacBook model...




Apple on Monday added a handful of MacBook models to a running list of "obsolete" and "vintage" hardware, including 2010's 13-inch MacBook, the last of the company's laptops to feature a polycarbonate outer shell.

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18:24
Apple Watch apps for Amazon, eBay and Google Maps...

Have you noticed a few apps disappearing from your Apple Watch? It's not just your imagination. AppleInsider has learned that the Amazon, eBay and Google Maps iOS apps no longer include versions for Apple's smartwatch. The first two appear to have lo...

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18:00
Twitter announces 16 new live streaming partners

Another 16 sports, news and entertainment companies will soon be livestreaming content on Twitter as the company furthers its mission to be the go-to source for live content around the clock.

Twitter isn’t the place I go for live streaming, but maybe I’m wrong.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:43
What's on TV: 'Prey,' 'Sense8...

This week we get the second season of the Wachowski's Sense8 series on Netflix, as Hulu continues on with The Handmaid's Tale. For gamers, a rebooted Prey arrives at the end of the week, along with indie charmer TumbleSeed on Switch, PS4 and PC, plus...

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