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Thursday January 11

10:22
CES – Kano is the Most Fun You’ll Have building and...

LAS VEGAS – Kano makes computers and coding accessable to all ages with their built-it-yourself computer kits and easy to learn coding platform. They show Jeff Gamet their product lineup at CES 2018.


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10:12
Intel faces more class action suits over share price...




Intel's legal woes surrounding the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in its processors are increasing, with more legal firms filing class action suits against the chip company, this time on the behalf of its shareholders over the revelation of the flaws and the effect on the value of the company's shares.

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10:09
Apple releases fifth iOS 11.2.5 beta for iPhone and...

[Update: Public beta too.]

Apple has released a new beta version of iOS for developer testing. iOS 11.2.5 beta 5 is now available on the developer center and over-the-air. The new version comes just two days after beta 4, although today’s release appears limited to iOS only. We’ll update to the latest versions and note any changes below.

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10:08
Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of iOS 11.2.5 to Developers...

Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming iOS 11.2.5 update to developers and public beta testers, a few days after seeding the fourth beta and releasing iOS 11.2.2, an update designed to mitigate a serious hardware-based vulnerability called "Spectre."

Registered developers can download the iOS 11.2.5 beta from Apple's Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center. Public beta testers can get the beta over-the-air.

iOS 11.2.5 introduces a new feature that allows Siri to play daily news podcasts when queried about the current news. Siri will offer up news from The Washington Post by default, but you can also choose to switch to Fox News, CNN, or NPR.

The new audio news feature, which...

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10:04
CES 2018 Xfinity’s Smart Home Strategy, Cool Product...

Dave Hamilton joins Jeff Gamet at CES 2018 in Las Vegas to discuss Xfinity’s plan to make smart home tech more accessible to the average person, plus they share more cool products they’ve found.


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10:01
FBI forensic expert calls Apple 'evil genius...




FBI officials continue their attack on Apple's iPhone encryption, with the latest remarks against the company's moves coming from a senior forensics examiner -- and only one day after similar remarks were made by the FBI director.

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09:54
Apple running low on iPhone 6 Plus batteries,...




People wanting to swap out the battery on an iPhone 6 Plus may in some cases have to wait until March or later, owing to a shortage of replacement units.

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09:52
Korean consumer group considering criminal case...

A consumer group filing a civil suit against Apple on behalf of over 100 plaintiffs for damages related to a recent software update that slowed down older iPhone models are also considering preparing a criminal case, according to The Korea Herald.

“If we pursue a criminal case, the charges may include destruction of property caused by slowing down the phones, as well as fraud if (Apple) intentionally deceived users about the update,” said Yun Chul-min, a lawyer working with the consumer rights group Citizens United for Consumer Sovereignty, at a press conference Thursday.

CUCS was set to file a civil suit representing 122 plaintiffs Thursday, asking for 2.2 million won ($2,000) in damages per plaintiff. The sum includes 1.2 million won for costs related to replacing phones that slowed down as a result of Apple’s operating system update, and one million won in compensation for...

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09:46
FBI Agent Whines About iOS Encryption, Calling Apple...

By “evil genius stuff” he of course refers to mathematics. That’s what encryption is, just a bunch of fancy math.


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09:44
Health data being used as evidence in murder...

Health app data from an iPhone is being used as evidence in a rape and murder investigation in Germany, Motherboard reports. Details in the story also point to what may be the first known iPhone 6s lock screen bypass…

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09:41
Don’t expect that iPhone 6 Plus replacement battery...

According to MacRumors, Apple won’t have iPhone 6 Plus replacement batteries in stock until late March to early April.

Apple says the replacement batteries are in short supply and won't be available for weeks in the U.S. and other regions, according to an internal document distributed to Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers this week and obtained by MacRumors. The doc quotes a shorter wait of "approximately two weeks" for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s Plus battery replacements, and adds that batteries for all other models like the iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone SE are expected to be available "without extended delays" in most countries. 

Last month Apple published an apology letter to customers in regards to “Batterygate” for slowing...

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09:27
9to5Toys Last Call: 10.5-inch iPad Pro (refurb) $170...

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

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09:23
FBI security expert: Apple are “jerks” about...

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Federal Bureau of Investigation officials are continuing to voice their displeasure with Apple's approach to iPhone security, with one FBI official reportedly calling the company "jerks" and an "evil genius" this week.

Apple has repeatedly made it more difficult to access data on encrypted iPhones, making Apple customers safer from hackers but also preventing the FBI from breaking into phones used by suspected criminals.

"At what point is it just trying to one-up things and at what point is it to thwart law enforcement?" FBI forensic expert Stephen Flatley said yesterday while speaking at the International Conference on Cyber Security in Manhattan, according to a...

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09:23
The company that Steve Jobs called ‘a feature’ files...

News is just crossing the wire about Dropbox confidentially filing for its IPO, the same company that Steve Jobs once called “a feature, not a product.”

more…

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09:00
CES – Scosche Announces New Magic Mount Pro Line...

LAS VEGAS – At CES this week Scosche was showing off its new Magic Mount Pro CHARGE line of magnetic mounts for use in the car. The new Pro line includes four products: Window/Dash with a suction base, Vent for air vent mounting, Surface for setting on the console with Scosche’s StickGRIP mat, and CD, for mounting inside those CD player slots that we never use anymore. They all combine a neodymium magnetic mount and a 360-degree adjustable cradleless design with Qi charging to truly make for a seamless mounting-and-charging experience. Every product comes with two MagicPLATES to stick to your phone. Included and online templates guide you in placing the MagicPLATES to avoid interfering with the Qi charging coil inside your phone. All are available immediately.


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08:58
FBI Forensic Examiner Stephen Flatley Calls Apple...

Senior FBI forensic examiner Stephen R. Flatley spoke at the International Conference on Cyber Security yesterday, and during the talk he discussed Apple and the FBI's differing opinions on the topic of smartphone encryption. According to Motherboard, Flatley described the company as "jerks" and "evil geniuses" for creating iOS device encryption that is so powerful as to prevent Apple itself from entering users' iPhones.

Flatley said that recent updates to Apple device encryption have made password guesses slower, by increasing hash iterations from 10 thousand to 10 million, "making his and his colleagues' investigative work harder." This extended brute force crack time from a few days to two months, leading to Flatley stating that Apple is "pretty good at...

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08:53
News: Scosche unveils new BoomBottle, Rhythm24, and...

Scosche has announced its 2018 product lineup, including an update to the company’s BoomBottle rugged portable speaker and Rhythm heart monitor and a new lineup of wireless charging and mounting solutions. BoomBottle MM is the company’s latest rugged waterproof speaker, building off the 2015 BoomBottle+, and features two six-watt speakers and two 40 millimeter passive radiators and is IP67 rated for dust and water protection. Additional…

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08:30
Honda teases 2019 Insight hybrid with optional Apple...




Honda on Thursday previewed the 2019 Insight, which will optionally support Apple's CarPlay interface for connected iPhones.

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08:25
Apple's iOS platform advantage in fixing bugs...




Apple is the only PC or smartphone vendor to have full control over the user experience it provides to its customers, thanks to its positioning as an integrated platform vendor. This is a key--often overlooked--advantage for the company that is driving customer satisfaction and trust as well as attracting serious attention from the enterprise at a time when Google's Android is doing neither one.

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08:03
Review: Marshall Stanmore AirPlay speaker delivers...

There are some brand looks you recognize at a glance, and Marshall is one of those. Black casing with rounded edges. Black speaker grille with gold surround. And, of course, the brandname in gold script across the front.

Marshall speakers and amps are as closely associated with rock bands as the electric guitar. From buskers on the street with a single unit to banks of speakers on the stage of big band concerts, it’s hard to picture the scene without that Marshall name.

So when the company offered a range of AirPlay speakers, it would have been impossible to resist trying one out …

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08:00
CES – Fibaro’s ‘The Button’ Controls HomeKit Scenes...

The device can be programmed for three separate actions: press once, press twice, and press-and-hold, each with a corresponding buzz to confirm a successful click.


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07:44
iMac Coupon Deals: Save $90 to $95 instantly on...




Readers this week can take advantage of bonus savings on every Mid 2017 27-inch iMac 5K with our exclusive promo code (on top of already reduced pricing). Save $90 to $95 off retail, along with free shipping, no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ, and no interest financing for 12 months on approved credit.

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07:36
CES – Advanced S2000 Dynamic On-stage In-ear...

LAS VEGAS – Kickstarter darling Advanced Sound has just released a set of universal fit, dynamic driver earphones built for musicians to use as in-ear monitors for just US$24.99 per pair. The Advanced S2000 features a single 10mm dynamic in each earpiece, and they’re designed to loop the cable over the ear to stay in place on stage. The low price point is intentional: they know that musicians wind up getting their in-ear cables pulled or earphones crushed in a gig bag, and their thought is to make them inexpensive enough that one doesn’t worry about replacement costs. The sound? I haven’t tried them on stage, but I did try them in my hotel room and on the show floor. They have a great sound with a high-mid boost that actually matches what I prefer for on-stage. That lift gives vocals a little more presence, and...

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07:26
Apple Pay promotion brings up to 30% off sneakers...

Apple is today sending out emails for its latest Apple Pay promotion, this time advocating fitness with a partnership with the GOAT app and up to 30% off on the app’s “Get Fit” sneaker collection.

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07:20
Apple Delays iPhone 6 Plus Battery Replacements...

iPhone 6 Plus users hoping to take advantage of Apple's discounted $29 battery replacements may have to wait a few months.

Apple says iPhone 6 Plus replacement batteries are in short supply and won't be available until late March to early April in the United States and other regions, according to an internal document distributed to Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers this week and later obtained by MacRumors.

Apple's internal document quotes a shorter wait of "approximately two weeks" for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s Plus battery replacements, and adds that batteries for all other models like the iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone SE are expected to be available "without extended delays" in most countries.

Apple noted that lead times may vary in some regions, including the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Russia, and Turkey.

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07:14
First Class Action-Like Lawsuit filed against Apple...

Two more Class Actions against Apple for purposely slowing iPhones were filed in San Jose, California late yesterday, but more importantly, the first from South Korea.

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07:14
Zotac Amp Box & Amp Box Mini promise eGPU...




Zotac has announced the Amp Box and Amp Box Mini, two upcoming eGPU enclosures that, in combination with a compatible video card, should boost the graphics performance of Thunderbolt 3-equipped MacBooks.

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07:08
CarPlay-equipped Honda Insight Protoype hybrid...

Honda has announced that it plans to unveil its latest electrified vehicle next week at the North American International Auto Show. Honda says its all-new 2019 Insight Prototype hybrid will feature an 8-inch display that offers Apple CarPlay integration.

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07:02
Some international accounts alerted to Apple’s...

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Apple began notifying Chinese iCloud customers of the forthcoming handoff of its cloud service to the Chinese company Guizhou on the Cloud Big Data (GCBD), which will take over local operations starting February 28. However, TechCrunch reported that some non-Chinese iCloud accounts have been notified of this change. Some users with US-based billing addresses and connections to the US App Store received the notification email stating the physical...

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07:00
CES – Turn Your Regular Clothes into a Fitness...

LAS VEGAS – The Spire Health Tag attaches to your regular clothes, turning them into your personal health and fitness tracker. Jeff Gamet checks them out at CES 2018.


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06:28
Uber had secret program called ‘Ripley’ that would...

Uber is reported to have used remote shutdowns of computers to thwart police raids. It is said to have ‘routinely’ used the system more than 20 times between spring 2015 until late 2016, in places as far afield as Canada, Brussels and Hong Kong …

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06:23
News: Zagg announces Rugged Book for iPad and iPad...

Zagg has released its latest iPad and iPad Pro keyboard case, the Rugged Book ($130), providing a protective case and keyboard combo designed for iPad road warriors. Joining the company’s Rugged Messenger released last summer, the new Rugged Book incorporates a wireless keyboard and detachable case that can be used in four different modes (book, keyboard, case, and video) along with an adjustable cradle hinge for multiple viewing angles and…

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06:20
Star Micronics displays Apple Certified AirPrint POS...

International POS printer manufacturer Star Micronics says its upcoming Star TSP654II AirPrint will be the first 80 and 58mm receipt and ticket POS printer on the market to be Apple AirPrint certified. Pricing and availability haven’t been announced. 

AirPrint provides mobile printing solutions for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Mac laptop users on any private network with the key objective to be able to wirelessly print via the customer’s network without installing specific printer drivers. With AirPrint support pre-installed on iOS devices, you can connect to and print from the required printer.

Star’s TSP654II boasts 300mm/second print speed, 203 dpi print output, and a compact footprint. The printer can be used in vertical or horizontal mode and includes a wall mount bracket in the box as standard. Available in charcoal black or ultra white casing, the printer matches the Star CB2002 cash drawer options while...

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06:17
Star Micronics displays Apple Certified AirPrint POS...

International POS printer manufacturer Star Micronics (www.Star-EMEA.com) says its upcoming Star TSP654II AirPrint will be the first 80 and 58mm receipt and ticket POS printer on the market to be Apple AirPrint certified. Pricing and availability haven’t been announced.
 

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06:11
∞ Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit auto-tuned into...

[VIDEO] Not exactly sure how this was done (I’ve been told this is doable in Pro-Tools), but I find it both awful and fascinating. Video embedded in main Loop post. [H/T @OneTrueJustin]

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06:11
Apple carries first-ever in-store, third-party Wi-Fi...




Apple is now selling Linksys' Velop Mesh Wi-Fi System in stores and online, signaling a break from a policy of only selling its own AirPort routers.

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06:03
10 Mac features you probably don’t use but should

Some of these are more obvious (tabbing between fields) than others, but worth a scan.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
Drive Genius 5: $39

We have a deal for you today on the venerable Mac utility Drive Genius 5. This software helps monitor and manage your storage device and its files with 19 different built-in utilities. It’s $39 through us, some 60% off.


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06:00
Apple files for a patent related to its upcoming...

Apple has filed for a patent dubbed “electronic device with wireless charging and battery heating.” It seems to involve its upcoming AirPower product, which is sometime this year.

The AirPower will be able to charge a Qi-compatible iPhone, an Apple Watch, and a pair of AirPods (in a special wireless charging case) at the same time regardless of where they're placed on the pad. AirPower hasn't been priced yet, but guesses have it costing anywhere from $150 - $200. 

Apple’s patent filing involves a wireless power transmitting device may transmit wireless power signals to a wireless power receiving electronic device (iPhones, Apple Watches, AirPods, etc.). The electronic device may have a coil that receives the transmitted wireless power signals and may have a power receiving circuit that rectifies the received wireless power signals to produce a corresponding direct-current voltage signal. 

The direct-current signal may be used to power circuitry in the...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Focus@Will, 1-Yr Premium...

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can get a one-year premium subscription to Focus@Will for only $19.99 — that’s 80% off the regular price. This scientifically-optimized music service is designed to help you reduce distractions and increase focus so that you can do your best work possible.Over 50 music channels of exclusively curated music have been designed specifically to help you focus, and timed work sessions help you develop a more sustainable…

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05:54
How to adjust the left/right audio balance for your...

Bottom line, use the audio slider in the iPhone and Watch App accessibility settings to change the left/right balance. Good tip from Steffen Reich on iDownloadBlog.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:42
British children’s watchdog wants parents to ban...

The UK’s children’s commissioner – responsible for advising on policy on children and young people – is calling on parents to ban their children from using Snapchat

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05:42
Apple putting pinch on worldwide OLED supply,...




Supply chain reports from China suggest that Huawei, Oppo, and Xiaomi are looking at alternatives to OLED, as Apple grows the quantity of screens it needs for the iPhone.

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05:35
iPhone X: The annoyance of surprise screenshots

Jeremy Burge:

Why am I now always taking screenshots by accident? Two things:

The volume buttons are directly opposite the Lock button (aka “Sleep/Wake” button), and
The combination for screenshot has changed. On phones with a home button, the iOS combination has always been Lock and Home buttons but is now Lock and Volume Up on iPhone X (due to lack of home button)

Trying to hold the phone with a stable grip while pushing the lock button means my thumb is resting on the lock button, and my index finger is on the volume up button.

Design is hard.

The position/function of the external iPhone buttons has evolved over time, and with each new generation, it seems there’s some design compromise that emerges.

In this case, putting buttons on opposite sides of the device mean that pressing one will require an equal and opposite press on the opposing button. And for the iPhone X, this results in a screenshot.

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05:27
Apple servers briefly enabled signing of older iOS...




Apple's servers started to sign older versions of iOS for a number of hours on Wednesday night, an issue that gave iPhone and iPad owners a brief opportunity to downgrade iOS to an earlier release, with some hardware found to be downgradable to iOS 6.

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05:17
∞ From CES: Handheld iPhone video steady-cam

If you shoot a lot of video, take a look (embedded in the main Loop post) as this Osmo 2 rep walks through the features of this video stabilizer. It’s so tiny and light. And rock steady. It also has a power port so you can plug your phone in, if need be.

I love gear like this. Best of all, the previous version had a street price of about $159, and the Osmo 2 price will drop to $129. Shot by 9to5Mac at CES.

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05:16
During the International Conference on Cyber...

Ever since Apple made encryption default on the iPhone, the FBI has been waging a war against encryption, complaining that cryptography so strong the company itself can’t break it makes it harder to catch criminals and terrorists. On Wednesday, at the the International Conference on Cyber Security in Manhattan, FBI forensic expert Stephen Flatley lashed out at Apple

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05:15
Leading Chinese smartphone brands seeking...

Leading Chinese smartphone brands are said to be looking at alternatives to Active Matrix OLED (AMOLED) screens, concerned that Apple may be monopolising available supplies for this year’s iPhones.

Three big Chinese brands are all said to be considering the use of screens backlit by mini LED panels …

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05:04
Apple orders epic drama “See” from Peaky Blinders...

Deadline:

In a competitive situation, Apple has landed the hot TV package See with a straight-to-series order. An epic, world-building drama set in the future, the project is written by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight and directed by Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2).

And:

This marks the fourth scripted series order for Apple’s recently formed worldwide video programming division under Jamie Erlicht & Zack Van Amburg. See joins a morning-show drama, executive produced by and starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon; Amazing Stories, a reimagining of the anthology from Steven Spielberg and Bryan Fuller; and a Ronald D. Moore space drama. Additionally, the division just ordered its first docuseries, Home.

Here’s a question for you: How soon do you think it will be before Apple gets its first (non-technical) Golden Globes or Emmy nomination?

This year, Netflix got 20...

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05:00
CES – PopSockets Launches Car Vent Mount

LAS VEGAS – Popular iPhone grip and stand maker, PopSockets, has launched their next accessory: the PopSockets Car Vent Mount. Built to fit into the air vent of your car, this makes it super-simple for any one with a PopSocket on your phone to mount it on your car’s dashboard in one, easy motion. Pricing is US$9.99 and it will be available this week or early next from PopSockets.com or Amazon.


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05:00
FBI Calls Apple 'Jerks' and 'Evil...

troublemaker_23 shares a report from iTWire: A forensics expert from the FBI has lashed out at Apple, calling the company's security team a bunch of "jerks" and "evil geniuses" for making it more difficult to circumvent the encryption on its devices. Stephen Flatley told the International Conference on Cyber Security in New York on Wednesday that one example of the way that Apple had made it harder for him and his colleagues to break into the iPhone was by recently making the password guesses slower, with a change in hash iterations from 10,000 to 10,000,000. A report on the Motherboard website said Flatley explained that this change meant that the speed at which one could brute-force passwords went from 45 attempts a second to one every 18 seconds. "Your crack time just went from two days to two months," he was quoted as saying. "At what point is it just trying to one up things and at what point is it to thwart law enforcement? Apple is pretty good at evil genius stuff," Flatley...

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04:50
beaTunes 5.1.0 - Organize your music collection.

beaTunes is a full-featured music player and organizational tool for music collections.

How well organized is your music library? Are your artists always spelled the same way? Any R.E.M. vs REM? beaTunes can easily fix this and other problems with its unique inspection feature (license required for applying one-click solutions). Could your last mix CD's song order use some improvement? Let beaTunes re-arrange your playlist for you! Always wondered how you could take advantage of the BPM (beats per minute) field? Let beaTunes fill in the blanks and help you while DJ'ing at your next party.

Here are some more examples of what you can do with beaTunes:

  • Navigate in songs semantically (i.e., segment to segment)
  • Automatically determine BPM (beats per minute)
  • Automatically determine the musical key your songs are in
  • Sort existing playlists so that matching songs succeed each other
  • Create matchlists (i.e.,...
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04:39
Apple is Sucking the supply of OLED Displays out of...

Apple's shift to OLED displays is sucking the supply of OLED displays right out of the market which is forcing Leading China-based smartphone vendors to seek out alternatives

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04:30
Smart grids to save city dwellers $14 billion in...

New data from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that the development of smart grids linked to smart cities will result in citizens saving $14 billion per annum in energy bills by 2022. This is up from the $3.4 billion saving estimated for 2017, resulting from smart meter rollouts, energy-saving policies and sensing technology to improve grid reliability and efficiency.

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04:30
Jamf Now makes it easy to set up, manage, protect...

By Aaron Lee

Jamf Now, a device management solution powered by JAMF Software, is a cloud-based solution that makes it easy for "regular people" to set up, manage and protect their Apple devices anytime from anywhere.

Jamf Now brings enterprise Apple management features to workgroups and small and medium sized businesses without the need of an IT guru. It's designed to make complex tasks including Apple device setup, security and management, simple and quick. Jamf Now features hands-free device configuration through the Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP), as well as comprehensive device inventory features. 

With automated device enrollment, users can get up and running quickly, while businesses can ensure ongoing management and inventory insight into their Apple devices. Jamf Now lets businesses automatically install applications to all devices at once, saving time and manpower. Enrollment...

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04:29
Gartner: AI is a game changer for personal devices

Emotion artificial intelligence (AI) systems are becoming so sophisticated that Gartner (www.gartner.com) predicts that by 2022, personal devices will know more about an individual's emotional state than his or her own family. AI is generating multiple disruptive forces that are reshaping the way we interact with personal technologies, adds the research group. 

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04:23
PSA: How U.S. iCloud users can ensure their data isn...

While Apple yesterday warned Chinese customers that their data would be migrated to local servers managed by a government-owned company from the end of February, TechCrunch reports that some U.S. customers are also being caught up in the migration.

After talking to a number of users, we found that Apple has included iCloud accounts that were opened in the U.S., are paid for using U.S. dollars and/or are connected to U.S.-based App Store accounts in the data that will be handled by local partner Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD) from February 28.

Apple’s terms & conditions for the transition provide an explanation for the apparent anomaly, while a support document...

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04:18
Jan. 11 news from CES

This week the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is in full swing in Las Vegas. There are too many announcements to list each one in a separate article, so here are some of today’s highlights:

Matias (http://matias.ca/aluminum/mac-rgb/pr/) has released RGB-Backlit versions of its Wired Aluminum Keyboard for Mac and PC. With modern Apple-inspired styling, it’s available in Silver and Space Gray aluminum for Mac, and in Black Aluminum for PC.

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04:10
Two Reports Surface about Apple Store Repair Shop...

As if 32 Class Actions filed against Apple for slowing iPhones wasn't enough, now a rash of firey iPhone reports have surfaced starting with one in a store in Zurich, Switzerland. The fires appear to be related to replacement battery repairs.

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04:00
CES – Apple Couldn’t Fix its iPhone USB Cable, so...

LAS VEGAS – Apple’s Lightning to USB cables for the iPhone and iPad are notorious for fraying where the connectors and wires come together. Nite Eyz has a fix for that with their Cordcollar, and they show Jeff Gamet how it works in this video interview.


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04:00
How to use apps in full screen or Split View in...

macOS High Sierra allows you to focus on apps in full screen or Split View mode (though some third party apps may not support these features). To use an app in full screen mode, in the top-left corner of the app window, click the green button, or press Control-Command-F.

In full screen, do any of the following:

  • Show and hide the menu bar: Move the pointer to or away from the top of the screen to access the app’s menus.
  • Show and hide the Dock: Move the pointer to or away from the bottom or side of the screen, depending on the Dock’s location.
  • Move between other apps in full screen: Swipe left or right on your trackpad or Magic Mouse. 

To stop using the app full screen, move the pointer to the top-left corner of the screen, then click the green button, or press Control-Command-F.

To use two apps in Split Screen mode, in the top-left corner of an app window, click and hold the green button, drag the window to the side you want...

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04:00
What the iPhone, iPad, and iOS need in 2018

2017 was a pretty great year for iOS. A whole lot of my wish-list items for iPhone and iPad got checked off. And yet, like a kid who got a bike under the tree and still immediately begins assembling a birthday wish list, it’s my job as a columnist to immediately ask Apple what it’s done for iOS lately. Ungrateful, I know, but life goes on: Here’s what I hope to see from Apple in the world of iOS in 2018.

More iPhones

The iPhone X was the banner product of 2017, but it’s still just a first take on a whole new generation of iPhone hardware. In 2018 I’d like to see an upgrade to the iPhone X, sure—ideally retaining the iPhone X name, because who wants to buy the iPhone XI? But I’d also like to see an iPhone X Plus, with a huge OLED screen. Personally, the iPhone X...

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03:48
Apple's Tim Cook and More Than 100 CEOs Urge...

Apple's Tim Cook on Wednesday joined over 100 other CEOs in urging the U.S. Congress to pass a bill to protect young immigrants before the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program expires. For those unfamiliar with the program, DACA gives about 800,000 illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. at age 16 or younger work permits and protection from deportation by two-year deferral. Many of those protected by DACA have been in the United States for most of their lives.

In an open letter to House and Senate leaders, the group called on lawmakers to introduce legislation supporting so-called Dreamers by Friday, which is the deadline for Congress to pass a bill for government funding to avert a shutdown. The DACA program actually expires on March 5, but the CEO signatories say the government needs time to implement a new program before that deadline.

"We write to urge...

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03:30
News from CES: January 11, 2018

This week the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is in full swing in Las Vegas. There are too many announcements to list each one in a separate article, so here are some of today’s highlights:

Matias has released RGB-Backlit versions of its Wired Aluminum Keyboard for Mac and PC. With modern Apple-inspired styling, it’s available in Silver and Space Gray aluminum for Mac, and in Black Aluminum for PC.

Satechi has debuted its new Type-C 75W Multiport Travel Charger. The charger features four charging ports, including USB-C and Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, compatible with the newest generation of iPhone, iPad, MacBook Pro and MacBook, as well as, Nintendo Switch, Samsung Galaxy S8 and more.

IOGEAR has announced the expansion of its industry-leading portfolio of mobile connectivity products with the launch of the...

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03:15
Matias offers wired Mac keyboard following Apple’s...

Much to a number of users’ chagrin, Apple discontinued its wired keyboard last June, introducing a new version of the Magic Keyboard with a number pad to take its place. Where Apple left its market open, Matias has introduced a wired keyboard similar to Apple’s discontinued model with RGB backlighting.

Matias’ keyboards feature an extremely similar look and feel to Apple’s designs, the keys and materials all near-replicas of Apple’s keyboard. The only notable addition is a slider on the back that allows users to rotate through a variety of colors, and a function key that lets you adjust brightness by holding it down and pressing a number on the keypad.

Matias presently offers a white-and-silver model as well as a space gray version. For Windows users, there’s also an entirely black aluminum version with Windows function keys.

Not surprisingly, Matias sells both a wired and wireless version of its keyboards. The new RGB wired keyboard is available today for...

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03:09
Apple has Picked Up their Third Content Series in...

It's being report that in a competitive situation, Apple has landed the hot TV package 'See' with a straight-to-series order. It's an epic, world-building drama set in the future.

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03:00
FBI director Christopher Wray calls for weakened...

Because apparently several experts telling you something is mathematically impossible doesn’t mean a whole lot.

Newly minted FBI director Christopher Wray has renewed calls to weaken or bypass encryption. Wray, citing more than 7,700 locked devices that have proven inaccessible to the FBI, has stated that encryption can be weakened without putting users at risks.

Among the sources telling him this would be unlikely, if not impossible, include mathematicians, encryption experts, and even the U.S.’s own intelligence services. The mathematicians and encryption experts have stated that backdoors, if available, would be exploited by all. Wray’s comments pick up where previous FBI director James Comey left off.

General Michael Hayden, former Director of both the NSA and the CIA, as well as the former Director of National Intelligence, has led the intelligence services in opposing Wray’s point of view. Hayden has spoken publicly on the subject, going so far as to...

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03:00
Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 11, 2018

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

Knbmedia has introduced Find Them All: My Pets, the fourth in their series of "Find Them All" educational apps for kids 2 - 8. Find Them All: My Pets, which is free, is a guided introduction, entirely spoken in eight languages, to 48 different pets.

macOS Apps/Updates

St. Clair Software has updated App Tamer, its Mac utility that manages applications to yield more efficient CPU usage, increased battery life and quieter operation. 

App Tamer's AutoStop capability automatically slows down or pauses applications when you...

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01:47
International User Accounts Swept Up in Chinese...

Apple's announcement on Wednesday that its iCloud services in mainland China will be handed over to a Chinese company has already run into controversy, after it emerged that accounts registered overseas are being swept up in the migration.

Apple said yesterday that customers based in China had been contacted and advised to examine new terms and conditions, which include a clause that both Apple and the Chinese firm will have access to all data stored on iCloud servers, which will be transferred from February 28. Customers living in mainland China who did not want to use iCloud operated by GCBD had been given the option to terminate their account.

However, according to some users who spoke to TechCrunch, in the data to be handled by local partner Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD), Apple is including iCloud accounts that were opened in the U.S., are paid for using U.S...

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Wednesday January 10

23:10
Apple servers currently signing older iOS updates,...

Apple is currently signing iOS 10 version updates for many devices including iPhone 5, iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 models as shown by IPSW.me. Whilst the upgrade servers remain in this state, users are able to downgrade from iOS 11 by restoring their firmware to iOS 10.2 and 10.3.

It is not clear why Apple is suddenly allowing this to happen and there is a good chance it is a bug. If you want to downgrade your OS, get in quick before Apple reverts back to signing iOS 11.2 and later only.

more…

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21:38
Apple CEO Tim Cook, other business leaders urge...




Apple CEO Tim Cook and more than one hundred business leaders on Wednesday urged Congress to pass legislation that would keep Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program protections in place for immigrants brought into America as children.

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20:59
FileZilla 3.30.0 - Fast and reliable FTP client.

FileZilla (ported from Windows) is a fast and reliable FTP client and server with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface.



Version 3.30.0:

  • Added additional logging if autoupdate mechanism fails



  • OS X 10.9 or later



Download Now]]>

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20:59
Yep 3.8.3 - $23.99

Yep is a document organization and management tool. Like iTunes for music or iPhoto for photos, Yep lets you search and view your documents in a comfortable interface, while offering the ability to automatically save documents into a file in your Documents folder. Yep also provides direct scanning support and new drag-and-drop text or image file creation from within the application.



Version 3.8.3:

  • Various small fixes.
  • Re build with latest XCode tools.



  • OS X 10.8.2 or later



Download Now]]>

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20:59
Safari Technology Preview 11.1 - The newest browser...

Safari Technology Preview contains the most recent additions and improvements to WebKit and the latest advances in Safari web technologies. And once installed, you will receive notifications of updates from the Mac App Store.

Features

  • Shared Links Extensibility. Use the new Shared Links API extension to add link suggestions to the shared links feed on Safari for OS X and iOS.
  • Content Blocking API for Safari extensions. Easily block content from a large collection of webpage resources with minimal overhead and incredibly high performance.
  • Force Touch Trackpad Mouse Events. Create interactivity like never before using new events and force information from the Force Touch Trackpad.
  • CSS Scroll Snapping. Use CSS scroll snapping to keep the focal point of your content in view when scrolling momentum stops.
  • FairPlay Streaming....
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20:59
f.lux 39.987 - Adjusts the color of your display...

f.lux makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.

Ever notice how people texting at night have that eerie blue glow? Or wake up ready to write down the Next Great Idea, and get blinded by your computer screen? During the day, computer screens look good - they're designed to look like the sun. But, at 9 p.m., 10 p.m., or 3 a.m., you probably shouldn't be looking at the sun. It's even possible that you're staying up too late because of your computer. You could use f.lux because it makes you sleep better, or you could just use it just because it makes your computer look better.

Tell f.lux what kind of lighting you have, and where you live. Then forget about it. f.lux will do the rest, automatically.

Note: While the software is classified as free, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation to help support development.

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20:59
Chromium 63.0.3239.132 - 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 63.0.3239.132:

Fixed Issues:

  • 8c26925 Fix rlz disabling breakage on CrOS
  • 919527f DevTools: do not report raw headers and cookies for protected subresources.
  • 548a1831 Avoid crashing if |webview()->MainFrame()| is null.
  • 4932e11 Merge fix for leaving same-site iframes in opener or main frame process to M63.
  • 4d0a734 [Merge to M63] Use X509Certificate printable_string_is_utf8 hack in more ChromeOS client cert code
  • 73788c4 DCHECK fail related to canvas, select and ARIA row
  • 4331f74 Revert "Disable "Convert Enter-in-omnibox to a reload" for webview."
  • 463b24b Disable "Convert Enter-in-omnibox to a reload" for webview.
  • 0b1e6d6 Fix third party cookies not being sent in WebView iframes.



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20:59
Google Chrome 63.0.3239.132 - 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 63.0.3239.132:

Fixed Issues:

  • 8c26925 Fix rlz disabling breakage on CrOS
  • 919527f DevTools: do not report raw headers and cookies for protected subresources.
  • 548a1831 Avoid crashing if |webview()->MainFrame()| is null.
  • 4932e11 Merge fix for leaving same-site iframes in opener or main frame process to M63.
  • 4d0a734 [Merge to M63] Use X509Certificate printable_string_is_utf8 hack in more ChromeOS client cert code
  • 73788c4 DCHECK fail related to canvas, select and ARIA row
  • 4331f74 Revert "Disable "Convert Enter-in-omnibox to a reload" for webview...
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20:39
Tim Cook & over 100 other CEOs pen letter urging...

Tim Cook is once again voicing his support for support for young immigrants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. Cooks is among over 100 CEOs who signed an open letter to House and Senate leaders today, voicing support for a bill to protect Dreamers…

more…

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20:20
Apple holding ‘Today at Apple’ sessions w/ Wu-Tang...

Apple kicked off its Today at Apple program in retail stores last year and continues to expand it. In addition to its normal classes, Apple recently announced that it will be holding a “Music Lab” session in at its Union Square location in San Francisco with Wu-Tang Clan frontman RZA…

more…

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20:04
Hands-on with First Alert’s Safe & Sound HomeKit...

First Alert, known best for its home safety devices, has been a relatively early adopter of support for new Apple protocols. The company previously introduced the Onelink Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detector with support for HomeKit, and this year at CES 2018 is showing off a new product that combines the safety features of a smart smoke detector with the home convenience of an AirPlay 2 speaker.

We stopped at First Alert’s booth to see (and hear) the new accessory in person.

more…

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19:34
ScreenShield — a Third-Party SDK That Somehow Allows...

From the announcement of a new version of Confide, a “confidential messenger” app:

ScreenShield is a patent-pending technology that allows you to
view an app’s content on your screen but prevents you from taking
a screenshot of it. If you try to take a screenshot on Confide,
you will now simply capture a blank screen¹. ScreenShield also
protects against other forms of screen capture, including iOS 11
screen recording, AirPlay screen mirroring, QuickTime screen
recording as well as taking screenshots from the app switcher or
by using Xcode.

We initially developed ScreenShield for Confide, but quickly
realized that it could be used in a large number of apps — far
more than we could build ourselves. That’s why we created
ScreenShieldKit — to...

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17:52
Hip-hop legend RZA set to lead Music Lab session at...




Wu-Tang Clan frontman RZA - one of the most acclaimed artists in hip-hop history - will host a free Music Lab session at Apple's Union Square store in San Francisco later this month.

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17:49
Siri adds tennis and golf data integration ahead of...




Apple continued to build out its Siri virtual assistant this week with new data integrations for golf and tennis, additions seemingly timed to coincide with next Monday's start to the Australian Open.

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17:33
US Senator questions Apple about slowing older...

Senator John Thune, chair of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, has sent Apple CEO Tim Cook a letter with questions about the company's decision to slow older models of iPhones, Reuters reports. In December, Apple admitted to slowing...

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17:29
White House ban on personal devices extends to...

A new policy from Chief of Staff John Kelly aims to strictly crackdown on West Wing use of personal cell phones. While initially the policy was believed to apply primarily to personal smartphones, ABC News today reports that it is actually far broader and will ban use of anything with WiFi, Bluetooth, radio, or cellular capabilities…

more…

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17:12
Deepframe brings augmented reality to a huge screen

It's easy to feel a bit disillusioned with all of the hype around augmented reality. We've seen basic examples of AR take off, with apps like Pokemon Go, but that's not exactly immersive. AR glasses, meanwhile, are still finding their legs. But Realf...

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17:04
The latest Wi-Fi mesh router comes from... First...

Showgoers were doing double takes when they saw the smoke-alarm manufacturer exhibiting routers—and smart speakers—at its booth at CES.

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17:03
The ASUS 'Bezel-free kit' is a messy multi...

A quick trip to Asus' off-site location at CES 2018 revealed routers, gaming PCs, the NVIDIA Big Format Gaming Display and its new bezel-hiding kit. That last one helps gamers (or productivity hounds seeking an edge) to link monitors together, while...

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16:54
This phone's in-display fingerprint sensor is a...

I just picked up a Vivo phone, laid my thumb on its screen and voila: I unlocked it. That might not sound like much, but titans like Apple and Samsung have reportedly struggled to squeeze fingerprint sensors beneath their own displays. And yet here I...

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16:46
Facebook testing new ‘Today In’ feed to better...

As it continues its quest to offer more informative and useful information to users, Facebook appears to be testing a new feature that would offer users city-specific news, events, and more. As reported by TechCrunch, Facebook is calling this feature “Today In” and testing it in select markets…

more…

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16:45
Apple To Transfer Chinese iCloud Operations To...

Apple's iCloud services in mainland China will be operated by a Chinese company from next month, the tech giant has confirmed, though Apple will still have access to all data stored on iCloud. The company said it had made the move to comply with the country's cloud computing regulations. iCloud accounts registered outside of China are not affected. BBC reports: The Chinese cyber security rules, introduced in July last year, include a requirement for companies to store all data within China. The firm, Guizhou on the Cloud Big Data (GCBD), is owned by the Guizhou provincial government in southern China. Guizhou is where Apple opened a $1 billion data center last year to meet the regulations. iCloud data will be transferred from February 28, Apple said. Customers living in mainland China who did not want to use iCloud operated by GCBD were given the option to terminate their account. Apple said the "partnership" with GCBD would allow it to "improve the speed and reliability of our...

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16:33
Mac exploit lets you change App Store preferences...

Apple's Mac password troubles aren't over yet. Users have discovered that it's possible to change Mac App Store preferences in macOS High Sierra using any password. You do need to login as an administrator, which is supposed to unlock preferences, bu...

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16:23
JVC and Kenwood's new head units pack wireless...

After a tease at the end of 2017, JVCKenwood has spilled the beans on its head units (yes, plural) with wireless Android Auto support. Its core JVC brand has unveiled two models, the DVD-equipped KW-V940BW and disc-free KW-M845BW, that let you keep y...

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16:20
How humans will learn to love the robots of tomorrow

For the Perfect Strangedroids discussion panel on Wednesday, Engadget hosted a trio of robotics experts.. Sabri Sansoy, CEO and Chief Roboticist of Orchanic; Nader Hamda, Founder and CEO of Ozobot; and Stu Lipoff, IEEE Life Fellow and President of IP...

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16:06
Targus shows off new Thunderbolt 3 docking station...




Thunderbolt 3 docks may have been slow to roll out but the market is picking up pace now, with Targus throwing their hat in the ring with a new offering aimed at multi-platform users.

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16:03
Vortx blows air at your face while you're...

Vortx is ridiculous. It's a cube that you place on your desk, next to your PC or laptop, and it blows hot or cold air in your face, depending on what's happening on-screen. The air responds dynamically to the action: If you're running through the fie...

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15:59
Senator asks Apple questions about slowing iPhones

Senator John Thune, a Republican who chairs the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, said in a Jan. 9 letter to Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook that “the large volume of consumer criticism leveled against the company in light of its admission suggests that there should have been better transparency.”

It’s going to be a while before this goes away.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:45
A first time CES entrepreneur, age 82

On the first official morning of CES, Carol Staninger stopped and started her motorized wheelchair through the cavernous Sands Expo and Convention Center, trying -- sometimes failing -- not to clip the herd of eager attendees who overlooked the octog...

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15:25
There’s a new sex robot in town: Say hello to Solana

It's been just short of a year since I locked eyes with Harmony, RealDoll's first sex robot, at her home in Southern California. It was an arresting experience that has remained cemented in memory. In that moment, I suddenly understood the Uncanny Va...

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15:23
Apple World Today News Update: January 10, 2018

It's Hump Day™! As we reach the middle of this week, there's not a lot of news that we haven't covered elsewhere, but we still have two kinda creepy stories for you.

  • Remember the "FruitFly" malware that was infecting Macs last year? The hacker behind the attack has been indicted for not only his malware attacks and stealing data, but for child pornography as well
  • A second iPhone fire has occurred, this time in Spain. The uptick in incidents seems to be tied to the increase in iPhone battery replacements taking place due to Apple's discounted replacement plan

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

Text Version

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15:05
Drama series 'See' picked up by Apple as...




Apple is said to have ordered a new television drama series titled See, the latest move by the company's rapidly-expanding content group.

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15:05
Cruising around on the Onewheel+ XR

The Onewheel has always been an exhilarating ride. When you step onto the board and lean down on the nose, there's a rush of adrenaline as you wait for the electric motor to kick into gear. You are, for a split-second, trusting that the board will ca...

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15:01
You can now ask Siri about tennis and golf...

Apple has taught Siri more about sport ahead of the Australian Open starting this weekend. iPhone, iPad , Apple Watch and Mac users can now ask questions to Siri like ‘Hey Siri, how is Roger Federer doing’ or ‘Hey Siri, who is ahead in the Pebble Beach tournament’.

You can also ask for player biographies and more information relating to the sporting events coming up and historical records. Details below on exactly what Siri knows about in golf and tennis …

more…

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14:57
003: Apple’s fake news, AirPort and mesh Wi-Fi,...

Welcome to 9to5Mac Daily, a new podcast bringing you the latest in Apple news and top 9to5Mac stories every Monday through Friday. Today on 9to5Mac Daily we’ve got an Apple exec calling out fake news, yet another macOS High Sierra security flaw, Apple sort of entering the mesh Wi-Fi system market, and a preview of what’s coming from Philips Hue on the smart lighting front.

9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneInGoogle Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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14:57
Looxid Labs's brain-monitoring VR headset could...

Taking in imaginary worlds or a gripping immersive video via VR can elicit strong reactions, and a startup called Looxid Labs wants to know how your brain reacts to all of it. To that end, it built the unimaginatively-named LooxidVR system, a phone-b...

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14:57
Inside Byton’s experience-driven SUV concept

It's difficult spinning up a car company basically out of thin air. Byton is not only trying to accomplish that, but it's going against over 100 years of automotive history by highlighting the the car's interior over the horsepower and handling. Yes,...

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14:51
Apple Hands Over China iCloud Operations to State-...

Apple also said that it, “has strong data-privacy and security protections in place and no backdoors will be created into any of our systems.”


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14:42
A first look at Panasonic's GH5s mirrorless...

When Panasonic announced the GH5s earlier this week, it was clear that the company created it with one simple goal in mind: to be the best 4K prosumer video camera on the market. The GH5s is being billed as the ultimate low-light shooter and a direct...

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14:38
Apple drops Safari Technology Preview 47 with new...




A new version of Apple's experimental Safari branch was made available to web professionals late Wednesday, bringing a number of API enhancements and folding in patches for the Spectre vulnerability.

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14:32
Reflexion's big-screen concussion tester is...

We met Reflexion and its Edge screen last year, and even then we were pretty taken with the idea: a Whac-A-Mole-style test for athletes that improves coordination and helps spot concussions after a big hit? It's uniquely odd, but valuable nonetheless...

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14:30
Vote for the Best of CES 2018 People's Choice...

We've announced our Best of CES finalists so now it's time for you to cast your vote for your favorite gadget at CES 2018! Just head over here (or below) to pick your three favorite items from our pool of finalists. You have until 6 PM ET tomorrow, J...

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14:30
Presenting the Best of CES 2018 finalists!

Our editors have been on the ground for the better part of this week scouring every nook and cranny in Las Vegas to bring you the latest and greatest from CES 2018. And now we're ready to announce our finalists for the official Best of CES awards. Be...

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14:28
Mercedes-Benz on the global training of AI for cars

As the development of autonomous cars moves forward, there are some hurdles that require researchers to travel to countries other than their own. For example, Mercedes Benz just completed a five-month drive through five continents to encounter situat...

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14:21
Apple reaches deal for futuristic drama ‘See’ from...

Apple is continuing to build up its library of original content. Deadline today reports that Apple has ordered a series called “See” from Steven Knight. The science fiction drama comes from a joint venture between Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content…

more…

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14:20
Xfinity's Gigabit router will soon double as a...

Comcast's Xfinity division has made some forays into the smart home world already -- Xfinity Home started out as a home security product, but it now handles a number of common devices like locks, thermostats, light bulbs and so on. However, the milli...

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14:13
Second iPhone battery fire in two days affects...




Apple's Calle Colon store in Valencia, Spain was evacuated on Wednesday after an iPhone's battery exploded during repair, filling one floor of the building with smoke.

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14:11
Apple scoops up ‘See’ world-building drama

According to Deadline, Apple has landed the TV package, See with a straight-to-series order. A world-building drama set in the future, the project is written by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight and directed by Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2).

It comes from the recently launched scripted drama venture between Peter Chernin’s Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content. The size of the order is still still to be announced, but likely will consist of eight episodes. 

This is the fourth scripted series order for Apple’s entertainment/ video programming division under Jamie...

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14:05
Into the darkness at CES 2018

Shortly after 11AM, the power went out in the central hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, bringing CES to a near-standstill. The cavernous hall, measuring more than 632,000 square feet -- bigger than some aircraft hangars -- fell into silence, s...

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13:57
Asus aims portable ProArt PQ22UC 4K OLED monitor at...




Asus has added a new high-end display to its range of professional monitors that is made for those who work on the move, with the ProArt PQ22UC consisting of a 21.6-inch 4K OLED panel with USB Type-C connectivity that can be easily transported as a second display for a MacBook Pro.

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13:57
Whatsapp servers can be compromised to add people to...

Messaging service Whatsapp made headlines in 2016 when it introduced end-to-end encryption to every message sent through the service, whether text, photo or video. Clearly security is a priority for the company. That's why it's so surprising that res...

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13:53
Apple Inks Deal for 'See' Futuristic Drama...

Apple has been snapping up multiple TV shows in recent months, and its newest straight-to-series order is for a drama called "See," which was written by "Peaky Blinders" creator Steven Knight and will be directed by Francis Lawrence, known for his work on "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay."

According to Deadline, the show is an epic world-building drama set in the future.

Francis Lawrence and Steven Knight, via Deadline

Little additional information is available on the series at this time, but it comes from Peter Chernin's Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content, which are also behind "Are You Sleeping" another upcoming Apple TV show.

"See" joins several other scripted TV shows that Apple has in the works, including a revival of 1985 Steven Spielberg sci-fi series "...

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13:53
CES – Snuggle up with the Somnox Sleep Aid Robot and...

LAS VEGAS – Somnox showed their sleep aid robot to Jeff Gamet at CES 2018. It helps you relax and fall asleep, and you can check it out in this video interview.


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13:37
Microsoft AI is being used to improve CRISPR accuracy

Scientists have already used CRISPR gene editing techniques try and treat or cure diseases, improve birth rates and even alleviate allergic reactions. The problem is that it can be tricky to edit DNA accurately and safely. A new AI project from Micro...

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13:29
Firefighters respond to another Apple Store due to...

A new report of an iPhone battery explosion has surfaced today. This latest incident happened at Apple’s Calle Colón Store in Valencia, Spain and comes after yesterday’s similar occurrence at a Swiss Apple Store.

more…

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13:15
Apple Now Selling Linksys Velop Mesh Wi-Fi System...

Apple recently began selling the Linksys Velop Mesh Wi-Fi System both online and in its retail stores, marking the first router the company has offered aside from its own rather outdated AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express, and AirPort Time Capsule.

Apple has not updated the AirPort Time Capsule or the AirPort Extreme since June of 2013, and it's been even longer since the AirPort Express was last updated -- 2012. A late 2016 rumor even suggested Apple had stopped development on its line of AirPort base stations entirely, disbanding its AirPort team and moving...

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13:02
Netflix hid a fake biotech booth in the middle of CES

Venture beyond tech whales like Samsung and Sony, beyond the rows of smart speakers and giant TVs and you'll discover that there are weirder things to be found at CES. That might be why Netflix's trojan horse public relations move, establishing a fic...

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13:00
Why Apple’s HomePod Doesn’t Play by Echo Rules

Some voices suggest the Apple HomePod will fail because it doesn’t go toe-to-toe with other smart speakers, like Amazon’s Echo. This is nonsense.


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12:58
2018 Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show stymied by...




One day after the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show saw some exhibits close because of rain, a blackout has plagued the expo center and has run for an hour, and counting.

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12:58
Arable's Mark crop sensors give farmers a data-...

I've never actually set foot on a farm, but I'm inexplicably still inexplicable drawn to agriculture startups -- after all, farming is one of the world's oldest professions, and nothing is quite as helpful as pure hard data. Fortunately, that's exact...

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12:52
Muzen OTR Wood: A tiny retro Bluetooth speaker/FM...

Being an old-school kind of guy, I love it when modern technology meets history. That’s the reason the upcoming Muzen OTR Wood speaker is so attractive to me. I had the opportunity to test a prototype of this little speaker recently, and I think anyone with a love of history and workmanship will appreciate it. The Muzen OTR Wood will available through a crowdfunding campaign soon... but let's look at the device before I tell you how to get one.

Muzen OTR Wood. Photo ©2018, Steven Sande

The Radio Enthusiast

 The Muzen OTR Wood is a joint venture between a longtime radio enthusiast and Radio Caroline, which I’ll talk about later. The radio enthusiast is Dejun Zeng, who has won five CES Innovation Awards and who designed China’s first commercial tube amplifier. 

As a radio fan, Mr. Zeng wanted to design a retro-style radio that used today’s...

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12:45
Review: Audience The ONE Loudspeaker

We've reviewed plenty of "premium" and "flagship" products over the years. As you venture into the world of really high-end audio, however, you start to encounter a new term: "statement." Usually, a statement product is where manufacturers put their most cutting-edge technology; we see speakers with multiple drivers in wild-looking cabinets and with even wilder price tags. Audience, a small California-based speaker and cable company, makes the opposite kind of statement. Sure, they can build you one of those huge speakers with 16 or 32 drivers that costs into the five figures, but that's not their most interesting product. Audience's statement speaker, it seems, is The ONE. It features just one driver and, yes, it makes a statement.{/exp:char_limit}
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12:45
macOS High Sierra's App Store System...

A bug report submitted on Open Radar this week reveals a security vulnerability in the current version of macOS High Sierra that allows the App Store menu in System Preferences to be unlocked with any password. From a report: MacRumors is able to reproduce the issue on macOS High Sierra version 10.13.2, the latest public release of the operating system, on an administrator-level account by following these steps: 1. Click on System Preferences. 2. Click on App Store. 3. Click on the padlock icon to lock it if necessary. 4. Click on the padlock icon again. 5. Enter your username and any password. 6. Click Unlock. As mentioned in the radar, System Preferences does not accept an incorrect password with a non-administrator account. We also weren't able to unlock any other System Preferences menus with an incorrect password. We're unable to reproduce the issue on the third or fourth betas of macOS High Sierra 10.13.3, suggesting Apple has fixed the security vulnerability in the upcoming...

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12:37
CES – Use Your iPhone With a Bluetooth Metal Detector

It’s not a finished product, but a working prototype.


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12:37
Safari Technology Preview 11.1 - The newest browser...

Safari Technology Preview contains the most recent additions and improvements to WebKit and the latest advances in Safari web technologies. And once installed, you will receive notifications of updates from the Mac App Store.

Features

  • Shared Links Extensibility. Use the new Shared Links API extension to add link suggestions to the shared links feed on Safari for OS X and iOS.
  • Content Blocking API for Safari extensions. Easily block content from a large collection of webpage resources with minimal overhead and incredibly high performance.
  • Force Touch Trackpad Mouse Events. Create interactivity like never before using new events and force information from the Force Touch Trackpad.
  • CSS Scroll Snapping. Use CSS scroll snapping to keep the focal point of your content in view when scrolling momentum stops.
  • FairPlay Streaming....
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12:30
Video: Next generation iPhone SE 2 may have a glass...




According to a recent rumor, the next-generation "iPhone SE 2" may feature a glass back just like the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, suggesting it will feature wireless charging.

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12:30
Razer's Nommo line of PC gaming speakers...

Gaming peripheral maker Razer announced three new speakers for gaming PCs at CES today. Just like other Razer gaming devices, the Nommo speakers are equipped with the company's fancy lighting system, Chroma, to let you visually customize your gaming...

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12:23
Hands-on with Nanoleaf’s new square light panels and...

Nanoleaf, makers of popular HomeKit-compatible ambient lighting panels, made two significant announcements at this year’s CES in Las Vegas. Both a 12-sided, customizable remote control and brand new square lighting panels debuted on the show floor. We stopped by Nanoleaf’s booth for a full hands-on demonstration.

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12:22
CES – Satechi Introduces USB-C Smart Charging Station

Satechi will start selling the charging station sometime this spring for US$64.99.


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12:17
News: Number of lawsuits against Apple grows as US,...

US Senator John Thune has entered the fray around Apple’s admitted slowing down of older iPhones, sending the company a list of questions about how it came to the decision to throttle performance on its devices without informing users, The Wall Street Journal reports. As Senate Commerce Committee chairman, Thune is looking for information on “how Apple has tracked customer complaints of processing performance and if Apple has explored…

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12:14
Apple now selling mesh Wi-Fi system as AirPort line...

Apple has started selling a mesh Wi-Fi system from Linksys both on its website and in stores. The move is notable as Apple hasn’t updated its own Wi-Fi base station hardware since 2013 and doesn’t currently offer its own mesh Wi-Fi system.

more…

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12:03
T-Mobile Offers New iPhone BOGO Deal With Five Models

The iPhone BOGO deal starts this Friday.


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11:59
9to5Mac’s Best of CES 2018 Awards

Each year, the Consumer Electronics Show is filled with brands exhibiting their newest and best products. Even though Apple doesn’t make an official appearance at CES, the company’s presence is made known through the hundreds of accessories on display designed for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

Last year, we brought you the inaugural 9to5Mac Best of CES Awards to spotlight our favorite products introduced at the show. Once again for 2018, we’ve been pounding the pavement (and hotel carpet) in Las Vegas all week hunting down what’s new. Here are our 2018 picks:

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11:56
CES 2018: The Best of ShowStoppers With Nanoleaf,...

The last major CES 2018 event, ShowStoppers, took place last night and there were hundreds of companies showing off their newest wares. Much of what was at ShowStoppers was available at other shows, so MacRumors videographer Dan hunted down some of the more obscure and interesting products that were being demoed this time around.

Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos.

First up was the Nanoleaf Remote, which is designed to work with the Nanoleaf Light Panels and other HomeKit accessories. The Nanoleaf Remote is a dodecahedron with built-in LEDs and support for touch gestures to activate scenes. Each side represents a different HomeKit scene, and whichever side is facing upwards is the scene that's displayed. It's a nifty little accessory that will be available for $50 later this...

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11:54
Google Chrome 63.0.3239.132 - 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 63.0.3239.132:

Fixed Issues:

  • 8c26925 Fix rlz disabling breakage on CrOS
  • 919527f DevTools: do not report raw headers and cookies for protected subresources.
  • 548a1831 Avoid crashing if |webview()->MainFrame()| is null.
  • 4932e11 Merge fix for leaving same-site iframes in opener or main frame process to M63.
  • 4d0a734 [Merge to M63] Use X509Certificate printable_string_is_utf8 hack in more ChromeOS client cert code
  • 73788c4 DCHECK fail related to canvas, select and ARIA row
  • 4331f74 Revert "Disable "Convert Enter-in-omnibox to a reload" for webview...
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11:53
T-Mobile offers up to $700 off second iPhone in...




The U.S. branch of T-Mobile is running a new "Buy One Get One" promotion in which people buying an iPhone can get up to $700 off a second, as long as they meet the right criteria.

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11:52
With Two more Class Action Lawsuits filed against...

Yesterday three Class Actions were filed raising the total to thirty. Our report noted that there had been 8 filed from San Jose alone since December 22, and 13 in total from Northern California collectively. Today another two Class Actions were published by the court and both are from San Jose, raising their total to an even 10 and 15 collectively from Northern California. CNBC's Jim Cramer weighed in by saying that Apple has become a punching bag.

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11:40
CES – Catalyst Apple Watch Series 3 Waterproof Case

LAS VEGAS – Catalyst has a shock proof and waterproof case for Apple Watch Series 3 that’ll keep your smartwatch dry up to 330 feet underwater. Jeff Gamet gets to check it out at CES 2018 in this video interview.


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11:39
Chromium 63.0.3239.132 - 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 63.0.3239.132:

Fixed Issues:

  • 8c26925 Fix rlz disabling breakage on CrOS
  • 919527f DevTools: do not report raw headers and cookies for protected subresources.
  • 548a1831 Avoid crashing if |webview()->MainFrame()| is null.
  • 4932e11 Merge fix for leaving same-site iframes in opener or main frame process to M63.
  • 4d0a734 [Merge to M63] Use X509Certificate printable_string_is_utf8 hack in more ChromeOS client cert code
  • 73788c4 DCHECK fail related to canvas, select and ARIA row
  • 4331f74 Revert "Disable "Convert Enter-in-omnibox to a reload" for webview."
  • 463b24b Disable "Convert Enter-in-omnibox to a reload" for webview.
  • 0b1e6d6 Fix third party cookies not being sent in WebView iframes.



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11:37
CES – Rocketbook Reusable Notebooks Give You an...

LAS VEGAS – Rocketbook’s reusable notebooks let you write and draw, use your iPhone to upload and organize your work online, then wipe the pages clean and start again. Jeff Gamet checks them out in this video interview.


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11:23
Satechi Type-C 75W Multiport Travel Charger capable...




Accessory producer Satechi revealed its Type-C 75WMultiport Travel Charger, capable of charging up to four devices simultaneously, with it also capable of providing enough power to recharge a MacBook and an MacBook Pro as well as iPhones, iPads, and other devices.

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11:13
FileZilla 3.30.0 - Fast and reliable FTP client.

FileZilla (ported from Windows) is a fast and reliable FTP client and server with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface.



Version 3.30.0:

  • Added additional logging if autoupdate mechanism fails



  • OS X 10.9 or later



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11:00
External Link: Apple Planning More iOS Parental...

Responding to concerns from two large shareholders (who hold approximately $2 billion in Apple stock) over the effect mobile devices have on the mental health of children, Apple has announced that it’s planning better parental control features in future versions of iOS. Apple already offers better parental controls than most platforms, but the company said in a statement, “Apple has always looked out for kids, and we work hard to create powerful products that inspire, entertain, and educate children while also helping parents protect them online.” That may not be sufficient for the investors, who also want Apple to create an expert advisory committee, partner with outside researchers, help educate parents about Apple’s tools, and assign a high-level executive to monitor the issue and publish annual progress reports.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the...

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10:59
External Link: Mickey Mouse’s Debut Film Could...

Before the 1970s, U.S. copyright terms lasted for only 56 years, but over time Congress has extended that to 95 years — the last extension being in 1998. Those extensions have been pushed primarily by Hollywood, with the joke being that Disney will do whatever it takes to keep “Steamboat Willie” — the first film featuring its signature Mickey Mouse character — from falling into the public domain. According to an article in Ars Technica, it appears that Hollywood is now giving up on further extensions due to greater public awareness of copyright issues. So on 1 January 2019, every work of art published in 1923 will fall into the public domain, something that has been delayed for over 40 years. And unless something changes, “Steamboat Willie” will move into the public domain in 2024, though Disney would still own the trademark to Mickey Mouse.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology...

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10:51
Yep 3.8.3 - $23.99

Yep is a document organization and management tool. Like iTunes for music or iPhoto for photos, Yep lets you search and view your documents in a comfortable interface, while offering the ability to automatically save documents into a file in your Documents folder. Yep also provides direct scanning support and new drag-and-drop text or image file creation from within the application.



Version 3.8.3:

  • Various small fixes.
  • Re build with latest XCode tools.



  • OS X 10.8.2 or later



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10:36
Apple ships Safari Technology Preview 47 with...

Apple has updated Safari Technology Preview, its developer browser for experimental web features, with mitigations for the Spectre vulnerability disclosed earlier this month. Version 47 can be found in the Mac App Store or online for Safari Technology Preview users.

more…

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10:34
Finally, India Announces that Global Brands like...

After years of never ending negotiations to get the right to open Apple Stores in India may have come to a positive conclusion. It's being reported today that India has just made it much easier for brands such as Apple and the Gap to sell to its 1.2 billion people.

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10:17
T-Mobile offers BOGO deal on iPhone 8, $700 off for...

T-Mobile has announced its latest promotion, buy one iPhone, get one free. This latest offer is available with the purchase of any two iPhone X, 8, or 7 devices.

more…

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10:16
iPhone Slowdown Controversy Piles Up With Senator...

Senator Thune wants an answer to his letter by January 23. This article will be updated when Apple responds.


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10:15
Apple tops list of most innovative tech companies

When U.S. adults were asked which consumer technology company is the most innovative, Apple was the clear winner among a list of 12 businesses, chosen by 26% of the 2,201 participants in a recent Morning Consult survey. Samsung came in second, at 14%.

The top five were rounded out by Google (11%), Microsoft (9%) and Amazon (8%). The poll, conducted Jan. 4-5, has a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points.

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10:12
Yet another macOS High Sierra bug: Unlock App Store...

Less than two months ago, Apple users discovered a bug in macOS that allowed anyone to log in with root access. Apple apologized and fixed it quickly, but now users on Open Radar have found a similar (but far less severe) macOS password bug.

If you're running macOS High Sierra, try this: 

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Click on App Store.
  3. If the padlock is unlocked, click to lock it.
  4. Click the padlock to unlock it.
  5. In the prompt, enter your username and any password.

The App Store preferences pane should unlock. We tried it on a new iMac and MacBook Pro, both with macOS 10.13.2, and it worked.

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10:03
macOS High Sierra bug unlocks App Store Systems...

A bug report submitted on Open Radar — and, as noted by MacRumors — reveals a security vulnerability in the current version of macOS High Sierra that allows the App Store menu in System Preferences to be unlocked with any password. 

This only appears to be when logged in as a local admin. The security vulnerability means that anyone with administrator-level access to your Mac could unlock the App Store preferences and enable or disable settings to automatically install macOS updates, app updates, system data files, and even security updates that would fix a bug like this one. However, as noted by 9to5Mac, the security flaw is present in macOS 10.13.2 which is the current public version of macOS High Sierra, but resolved in the latest beta...

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09:56
India makes it easier for Apple to open stores in...

India has made it easier for brands such as Apple to open stores in the country. The Indian government announced Wednesday that global single-brand retailers will no longer need its permission to own and operate stores in the country, reports CNN Money.

Foreign companies previously needed government approval to own more than 49% of an Indian retail operation, leading many to partner with Indian companies or rely on local distributors and franchises. India's retail market presents a compelling opportunity. It is currently worth around $600 billion, according to a 2017 report by consultancy PwC. By 2020, Indian shoppers could be spending $1 trillion year, it added.

Getting a foothold in India has been a challenge for Apple. The company has opened its retail stores in a number of countries around the world, but not there. It looks like that will...

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09:55
Die Hard PC fans get a Nice Surprise at CES with the...

Intel has been drowning in bad news about chip the level flaws known as Meltdown and Spectre. Intel had 5 lawsuits hit them initially as we reported on Monday and noticed today that they were hit with another four since posting our report. Through all that noise Intel has been busy at CES 2018 with a wide variety of major developments and one that will really please PC enthusiasts is Intel's new Optane SSD lineup.

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09:50
Private messaging iPhone app Confide develops...




Secure messaging app Confide has come up with a way to prevent messages appearing in its iOS app from being captured in a screenshot, with the firm also offering its 'ScreenShield' technology in a development kit to help keep messages and other content protected in other apps.

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09:49
CES – Cocoon Cam Demonstrates Second Generation...

John F. Braun learns more about Cocoon Cam Clarity baby monitor which offers a non-invasive way to monitor your baby’s breathing and other activities.


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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13.3″ Touch Bar MacBook Pro $1...

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

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09:18
macOS High Sierra flaw unlocks App Store System...

There’s a newly discovered security hole in the current version of macOS High Sierra that allows anyone with access to your Mac to unlock your App Store System Preferences without your system password. The impact of this vulnerability doesn’t appear to be severe, but the security feature clearly isn’t working as intended.

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09:06
Matias is building the wired Mac keyboards that...

I’ve always been a fan of Matias keyboards.

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09:01
News: Zagg debuts InvisibleShield tempered glass...

For those torn between protecting their glass-backed iPhones and showing them off, Zagg’s InvisibleShield Glass+ Luxe 360 offers something in between. The two-piece protector covers the front and back of the iPhone X, 8 or 8 Plus and is made from “the toughest tempered glass on the market” with reinforced edges to prevent chips and cracks. The cases come in matching black, gold and silver colors for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus and in…

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09:00
News: Daily Deal: Dashlane Password Manager, Premium...

For Wednesday’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering a premium subscription to Dashlane for only $19.98 — that’s 50% off the regular price. This secure online password manager ensures that you’ll never forget another password, with patented security architecture, accurate autofill, and an instant password generator and changer to help avoid password reuse across multiple sites. Dashlane lets you tighten up your password security…

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08:59
Satechi launches ‘Type-C 75W Multiport Travel...

At CES 2018, Satechi has announced another new USB-C accessory on the heels of unveiling its Smart Dual Charging Station for iPhone and Apple Watch yesterday. The “Type-C 75W Multiport Travel Charger” offers 2 – 2.4A USB-A ports, 1 – QC 3.0 USB-A port, and 1 – USB C port at a fair price.

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08:58
macOS High Sierra App Store settings menu not...




The macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 App Store settings can be unlocked with any password entered by an administrator account -- but Apple appears to have already implemented a fix in the beta releases currently in testing.

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08:50
Apple picked as 'most innovative' company...




Among a list of 12 major corporations, Apple was picked as the most innovative by a wide margin in a poll of U.S. adults.

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08:46
Senator questions Apple over intentional iPhone...

Enlarge / A functional iPhone X, unlike the ones that went through recent stress testing. (credit: Samuel Axon)

After public outrage, a US Senator has posed questions to Apple about its deliberate slowdown of older iPhones due to aging battery issues. Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), who chairs the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, wrote a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook questioning the level of transparency the tech giant should have provided users before slowing down its devices.

According to a Reuters'...

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08:42
macOS High Sierra's App Store System...

A bug report submitted on Open Radar this week reveals a security vulnerability in the current version of macOS High Sierra that allows the App Store menu in System Preferences to be unlocked with any password.

MacRumors is able to reproduce the issue on macOS High Sierra version 10.13.2, the latest public release of the operating system, on an administrator-level account by following these steps:

• Click on System Preferences.

• Click on App Store.

• Click on the padlock icon to lock it if necessary.

• Click on the padlock icon again.

• Enter your username and any password.

• Click Unlock.

As mentioned in the radar, System Preferences does not accept an incorrect password with a non-administrator account. We also weren't able to unlock any other System Preferences menus with...

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08:42
macOS High Sierra's App Store System...

A bug report submitted on Open Radar this week reveals a security vulnerability in the current version of macOS High Sierra that allows the App Store menu in System Preferences to be unlocked with any password.

MacRumors is able to reproduce the issue on macOS High Sierra version 10.13.2, the latest public release of the operating system, on an administrator-level account by following these steps:

• Click on System Preferences.

• Click on App Store.

• Click on the padlock icon to lock it if necessary.

• Click on the padlock icon again.

• Enter your username and any password.

• Click Unlock.

As mentioned in the radar, System Preferences does not accept an incorrect password with a non-administrator account. We also weren't able to unlock any other System Preferences menus with...

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08:38
Pokémon Go goes iOS 11-only starting on February 28

Those who love chasing Charizards, Snorlaxes and the rest of the Pokémon Go AR characters will need to upgrade to iOS 11 soon if they haven't already, as Niantic has said that the app will only be able to run on the latest version of iOS beginning February 28.

The game was recently upgraded with support for ARKit on iPhone 6s or better, providing better battery life and allowing Pokémon to sit on real-world surfaces with more natural lighting. When the change to iOS 11-only occurs, gamers who are running on iPhone 5, 5c, iPad 2, 3 and 4, and the original iPad mini will be out of luck. They may not be able to use PokéCoins or other items in the Bag, nor may they even be able to access their accounts. 

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08:25
News: Apple hit with £136 million UK tax bill

Apple has been hit with a £136 million tax bill in the UK after an “extensive audit,” The Financial Times reports. The payment — which covered many years leading up to 2015 — was discovered in the accounts of Apple’s European subsidiary and is thought to have come after an audit found that the subsidiary hadn’t received large enough commissions on sales it secured for its Irish sister company. Apple’s well-documented…

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08:18
SimpliSafe updates the look of its home security...




Smart home security firm SimpliSafe has performed a major refresh of its product line, collaborating with global design firm Ideo to redesign its devices with a modern look and smaller sensors, as well as improving the underlying technology the security system itself.

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08:13
f.lux 39.987 - Adjusts the color of your display...

f.lux makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.

Ever notice how people texting at night have that eerie blue glow? Or wake up ready to write down the Next Great Idea, and get blinded by your computer screen? During the day, computer screens look good - they're designed to look like the sun. But, at 9 p.m., 10 p.m., or 3 a.m., you probably shouldn't be looking at the sun. It's even possible that you're staying up too late because of your computer. You could use f.lux because it makes you sleep better, or you could just use it just because it makes your computer look better.

Tell f.lux what kind of lighting you have, and where you live. Then forget about it. f.lux will do the rest, automatically.

Note: While the software is classified as free, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation to help support development.

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08:07
Samsung describes their Foldable Smartphone as an...

Yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Rumor 101 Claims that Samsung has developed a firm Schedule to begin manufacturing a Super-Premium Foldable Smartphone." Today a new report elaborates on what Samsung's CEO, mobile division, said about the foldable smartphone and more.

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08:02
Confide messenger releases new screenshot-prevention...

The team behind Confide has taken their ephemeral-messaging app’s security up a notch. Available starting today, Confide messenger’s screenshot prevention now extends across a variety of use cases. The upgrade will make it significantly more difficult for anyone to use known methods to screengrab any content they see within the app.

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08:00
Confide Introducing New 'ScreenShield' SDK...

Private and secure messaging app Confide is gaining an interesting new feature that will successfully prevent its users from taking a screenshot within the app, and the team behind Confide is also planning to release the anti-screenshot technology as an SDK that can be used by other app developers.

Called ScreenShieldKit, the new SDK prevents screenshots, screen recording, QuickTime recording, Screen mirroring, Xcode screenshots, and viewing an app's contents in the App Switcher on both the iPhone and the iPad.

There is no dedicated API to stop screenshots from being taken in iOS like there is in Android, so ScreenShieldKit is using a whiteout feature instead. In an app that has ScreenShieldKit enabled, screenshots taken are a blank aside from a single status bar at the top. The same goes for recordings...

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08:00
News: JVC reveals affordable wireless earbud,...

JVC is releasing a new slate of wireless earbud and headphone options this March, appealing to those who want the benefits of wireless listening without the hefty price tag. The JVC Flats Wireless series ($40) are simple on-ear headphones that provide around 11 hours of listening on a full charge and fold away flat for easy storage on the go. The company’s Noise Canceling Bluetooth Folding Headphones ($100) provide the same 11 hours of wireless…

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07:33
Niantic's 'Pokemon Go' to go iOS 11-...




As of Feb. 28, people will no longer be able to play Niantic's "Pokemon Go" on devices without iOS 11 -- cutting off access on some older iPhones and iPads.

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07:22
News: Abode debuts Iota security camera system with...

Abode’s new Iota security device combines an HD security camera with a built-in gateway capable of connecting to multiple other smarthome security devices, allowing for a pretty robust set of home monitoring options. The Iota is HomeKit-compatible so it can be integrated into an existing configuration, but the Abode app also includes native app support for Nest and Ecobee devices along with local, direct integration with Philips Hue and LifX,…

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06:57
Apple to hand off Chinese iCloud operations to local...

Enlarge (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Chinese iCloud customers have been notified that Apple will transfer operations of its cloud storage service to the local firm Guizhou on the Cloud Big Data (GCBD) starting next month. Apple announced the partnership with GCBD last year and claims the new iCloud operations will help the company comply with Chinese regulations. As of February 28, Apple will start the transfer of Chinese iCloud data to its new data center in Guizhou, where it will be managed by GCBD.

This means that the physical location of Chinese iCloud customers' data will change, but customers shouldn't see any differences on their end of their iCloud accounts. In Apple's message sent to mainland Chinese customers, the company says the new operations setup will "enable us to...

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06:52
Apple's iPhone X tops November sales in China,...




The iPhone X did particularly well during its November launch, claiming the lead in three markets, despite Apple losing some share in the overall smartphone market.

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06:42
Senator Wants Apple To Answer Questions on Slowing...

The chairman of a U.S. Senate committee overseeing business issues asked Apple to answer questions about its disclosure that it slowed older iPhones with flagging batteries, Reuters reported on Wednesday, citing a letter. From the report: The California-based company apologized over the issue on Dec. 28, cut battery replacement costs and said it will change its software to show users whether their phone battery is good. Senator John Thune, a Republican who chairs the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, said in a Jan. 9 letter to Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook that "the large volume of consumer criticism leveled against the company in light of its admission suggests that there should have been better transparency."


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06:41
How to set up Apple ID unlock on your Mac

This is a great piece of advice from iMore’s Lory Gil. Follow along to make sure you have Apple ID unlock enabled on your Mac. Read through the rest of the post for related how-to info.

Even if you think you’ll never forget your password, this is a smart backup plan.

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06:39
Apple Disturbingly Announces that their Chinese...

Last July Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple to Comply with China's Cyber Security Law by Partnering with 'Guizhou-Cloud' to Set Up new Data Center." At the time Apple was quick to point out that "No backdoors will be created into any of our systems." Well, that's obviously changed with a new rather disturbing announcement made today by Apple.

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06:35
iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X were the top 3 best-selling...

Apple’s new iPhones were the top three best-selling smartphones in the US in November, says Kantar, despite the high price of the iPhone X. In contrast, Samsung’s flagship phone, the Galaxy S8, only managed 6th position.

There was more good news in other countries, says the firm …

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06:34
App Tamer for macOS revved to version 2.3.4

St. Clair Software (www.stclairsoft.com) has updated App Tamer, its Mac utility that manages applications to yield more efficient CPU usage, increased battery life and quieter operation.

App Tamer's AutoStop capability automatically slows down or pauses applications when you switch away from them, and then restarts them when you click back to them. Version 2.3.4 offers a new option to quit idle applications and improves its control of applications' CPU usage.

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06:27
Lana Del Rey says Radiohead suing her for copying “...

OK, this seems really clearcut to me, but judge for yourself.

My take: The chord structure seems identical, the production not so much. But there’s this one moment that really makes the case for me.

  • In the Radiohead video, jump to about 39 seconds in and listen to the phrase, “float like a feather”, with that bit of vocalization at the end of the word “feather”.

  • Now, in the Lana Del Rey video, jump to about 50 seconds in and listen to the phrase “my modern manifesto”. To me, I hear the same vocalization at the end of the word “manifesto”.

As I said, judge for yourself. But hard for me to believe Creep wasn’t an influence here.

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06:21
Kantar: iOS is seeing mixed results when it comes to...

The latest smartphone operating system data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reveals a mixed performance for iOS in the three months ending November 2017. 

Despite new handset releases including the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, iOS share fell by 0.6 percentage points across the big five European markets to 23.9% and by 3.8 percentage points in the USA to 39.8%. In contrast, iOS performance in urban China continues to impress, gaining 4.6 percentage points over the same time period to give it a market share of almost 25%, adds the research group.

“On the surface Apple’s share figures for the three months to November struggle to impress, but taking into account the staged releases of the new iPhone 8 and iPhone X there are some strong performances,” says Dominic Sunnebo, global director for Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. “In Great Britain, Apple achieved its highest share in more than three years in the month of November...

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Samsung will be launching its next flagship smartphone in February, the South Korean electronics giant has confirmed, with the expected unveiling of the 'Galaxy S9' and the 'Galaxy S9 Plus taking place at this year's Mobile World Congress.

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As the iPhone’s camera continues to improve with every generation of the device, shooting professional looking video with smartphones becomes more and more of a viable solution. To tackle this market, DJI introduced the original Osmo Mobile, a compact gimbal for your iPhone that allows for smooth stabilization and quick control over camera movement. This year at CES, DJI built upon what they’ve learned from customers and announced the Osmo Mobile 2. We took a hands-on look at what’s new.

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Apple is facing new questions from U.S. government officials about its handling of “Batterygate”, reports The Wall Street Journal. On Tuesday, Sen. John Thune (R., S.D.), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, pressed Apple for answers to a series of questions about how the company decided to throttle back iPhone processing performance in phones with older batteries.

In a letter to CEO Tim Cook, a copy of which was viewed by the WSJ, Thune asked how Apple has tracked customer complaints of processing performance and if Apple has explored offering rebates to customers who paid full price for a battery replacement before the company offered discounted rates last month.

Also, a French prosecutor has launched a preliminary investigation of Apple over alleged deception and planned obsolescence of its products...

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Google announces plan to improve URLs for AMP pages...

Gruber on AMP.

  1. Terrific explainer, gets right to the core of the problem (AMP versions of published content end up on Google’s servers, under Google control, and not on publishers’ own servers).

  2. What a headline. I had to trim it for our Twitter plugin.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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I’ve long been a big fan of Matias, a Canadian-based company that makes excellent third-party keyboards for Mac. In fact, I’ve been using its space gray wireless aluminum keyboard for over a year, and it’s been excellent.

Instead of continuing on the wireless route, yesterday during CES in Las Vegas, Matias added a new $99 wired aluminum keyboard to its repertoire. But this particular keyboard has a special trick up its sleeve — RGB lightning.  more…

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