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Wednesday April 19

08:59
Adobe updates Creative Cloud video tools for pros...

Adobe is announcing several new updates to its pro video tools in its Creative Cloud suite ahead of the National Association of Broadcasters Show. NAB 2017 kicks off on Saturday and runs through Thursday, and Adobe is releasing new features for filmmakers and video producers including updates for “graphics and titling, animation, polishing audio and sharing assets; support for the latest video formats, such as HDR, VR, and 4K; new integrations with Adobe Stock; and advanced artificial intelligence capabilities powered by Adobe Sensei.”

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08:58
Lenovo's convertible Chromebook is built with...

Convertible Chromebooks are all the rage lately, but you wouldn't have known it by looking at Lenovo's offerings. It did release the Chrome-powered ThinkPad Yoga 11e, but that was aimed at schools. Now, however, Lenovo is building a 2-in-1 Chromebo...

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08:44
News: China meeting with Apple to discuss concerns...

Chinese officials in charge of regulating the internet have met with Apple representatives to discuss live streaming apps available in the App Store, Reuters reports. China’s official Xinhua News Agency said the Beijing Cyberspace Administration is urging Apple to “tighten its checks” on apps that make it possible to live stream video. The government recently ordered three live-streaming websites in the country to “rectify…

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08:39
Sony's A9 is a powerhouse full-frame flagship...

Sony has just launched its most impressive, and most expensive mirrorless camera yet, the 24.2-megapixel Alpha A9. Equipped with the first ever full-frame stacked CMOS sensor, it's all about speed, not resolution. The pixel count isn't that high comp...

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08:34
China Cracks down on Three Chinese Live Streaming...

Today we're learning that Beijing's Internet regulators said Apple is next on a list for inquiries after authorities ordered three Chinese live streaming websites to rectify management loopholes.

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08:28
New Prince song 'Deliverance' arrives on...




Apple Music may be about to see the release of a posthumous album from Prince, with the first track now available to Apple Music subscribers -- but a lawsuit filed by the estate against the sound engineer responsible for the album challenges control of the tracks.

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08:22
Apple's efforts to boost in-house chip...




As Apple continues its market expansion, it appears to be on the cusp of developing its own microprocessors as solutions to cost management and supplier constraints -- and the subsequent fabricator abandonment that occurs as a result has profound repercussions those left behind.

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08:18
Dyson's updated air purifiers remove more...

It's been a little over a year since Dyson launched its first connected air purifier, the Pure Cool Link, and to celebrate this occasion, the company is about to update its entire line of air purifiers with improvements aimed at the Chinese market. W...

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08:09
Deals: 13" MacBook Pro w/ Touch Bar (512GB) for...




Shoppers looking for the lowest price on a 512GB 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar can save $140 at B&H with no tax outside NY and NJ. Or pick up an Apple refurbished 27" iMac 5K (3.3GHz, 8GB, 2TB, M395) for $1,499 ($800 off new). Apple TVs (64GB) are also $30 off.

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08:03
Apple does well in the 2017 Harris Poll EquiTrend...

Apple did well in the 2017 Harris Poll EquiTrend Brand of the Year rankings. The company took the top spot in the Tablet Computer Brand of the Year for its iPad, top spot in the Smartwatch Brand of the year for the Apple Watch, second place (behind Microsoft) in the Computer Manufacturer Brand of the Year for the Mac,  and second place (behind Google Chromecast) for the Media Streaming Device of the Year for the Apple TV.

Measuring brand health over time, the EquiTrend Brand Equity Index is comprised of three factors--Familiarity, Quality and Purchase Consideration--that result in a brand equity rating for each brand. Brands ranking highest in equity receive the Harris Poll EquiTrend "Brand of the Year" award for their respective categories. This year, more than 100,000 U.S. consumers assessed more than 4,000 brands across more than 450 categories. The full Harris Poll EquiTrend Brands of the Year list...

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08:00
Introducing Microsoft To-Do—now available in Preview

Today’s post was written by Ori Artman, general manager of Microsoft To-Do.

Today we’re excited to introduce a new, intelligent task management app that makes it easy to plan and manage your day. Say hello to Microsoft To-Do—now available in Preview.

To-Do comes from the team behind the Wunderlist app, and delivers a smarter, more personal and intuitive way to help people stay organized and get the most out of every day. Powered by Office 365 integration and an intelligent algorithm, it is the first step on our journey to simplify task management and help you achieve more.

All your to-dos in one place

To-Do helps you create a list for anything—for work, home projects or just your groceries. You can keep track of deadlines by adding reminders, due dates and notes, and personalize each list with colourful themes. You can access your lists from anywhere with the To-Do apps for iPhone, Android phone, Windows 10 devices and the web.

Plan...

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08:00
Mac: Blizzard Entertainment StarCraft

Blizzard Entertainment has made its iconic StarCraft military strategy game free for Mac users ahead of the release of StarCraft: Remastered, a new version of the classic game complete with crisply updated graphics. For those who haven’t already invested countless hours in this series, StarCraft puts the player in the middle of a struggle for survival between three space-faring races: humans (or Terrans in the game), the buglike Zerg and the mysterious Protoss. Each race has its own units and structures with unique abilities, leaving the player to gather resources and figure out how to best upgrade their forces to combat a variety of threats. The free download also includes the StarCraft: Brood War expansion.
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08:00
BMW is adding 100 EV charging stations to US...

Today BMW turned on a EV charger at Thomas Edison National Historical Park, the former home of the inventor. It's the first of 100 stations that the German automaker plans on installing in US national parks over the next few years.

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07:53
Chinese regulators want to talk to Apple about live...

Beijing's Internet regulators plans to summon Apple and urge the tech giant to tighten up checks on software applications available in the Apple Store, according to the Xinhua News Agency. The report noted that officers with the law enforcement team met with company reps about the examination of live stream apps.

The regulators reportedly said Apple is next on a list for inquiries after authorities ordered three Chinese live streaming websites to rectify management loopholes. "Significant loopholes" also existed in their management of live-broadcast products, user classification, authentication of user identity and the handling of tips-offs, the regulators claim.

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07:43
Apple promoting Earth Day with new Apple Watch...

Apple is promoting Earth Day this Saturday with the latest Apple Watch Activity Challenge. The new Earth Day Challenge encourages Apple Watch users to go outside and complete a 30 minute outdoor exercise to unlock new iMessage stickers and a special achievement award. Check out the stickers below:

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07:43
Baidu wants to work with everyone on self-driving...

Like many big technology companies, Chinese giant Baidu has been working on self-driving cars for a few years now, even investing with Ford in LIDAR sensor company Velodyne. Collaborations between tech firms and carmakers are now commonplace, but aft...

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07:41
Chinese regulators put pressure on Apple over live...




Regulators in Beijing will soon summon Apple and ask it to tighten checks on apps available through the App Store, with a particular focus on live streaming, according to Chinese state media.

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07:34
LaCie announces 2big Thunderbolt 3 RAID dock,...




Available this summer in capacities of 12, 16 or 20 terabytes, LaCie's forthcoming 2big professional 2-bay RAID storage solution features high-speed Thunderbolt 3 connectivity set to take advantage of Apple's latest MacBook Pros.

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07:27
News: New Prince single available on iTunes, Apple...

Deliverance, the title track of the posthumous EP from Prince set to be released this Friday, is now streaming on Apple Music and available on iTunes for $1. The full six-song record is also available for pre-order for $4. Parts of Prince’s back catalog began streaming on Apple Music earlier this year after previously being exclusive to Tidal....

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07:25
External Link: Apple’s Weird “Discontinued” Emails...

If you subscribe to iCloud storage or Apple Music, you may have received an odd email message from Apple saying that your subscription has been discontinued. MacRumors speculates that it was due to a server hiccup and that the messages were sent by mistake. As of this writing, a related issue is that many users can’t purchase upgraded iCloud storage tiers. Apple has yet to release any statement explaining these quirks, and Apple’s System Status page offers no additional information.

 

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07:20
Remembering the first 'photo' of a black...

Black holes are so outlandish that the scientists who first thought them up figured they couldn't possibly exist in reality. They form from massive, collapsed stars and are so dense that nothing can escape their gravitational pull, including light. B...

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07:16
China summons Apple to meeting to ‘tighten checks’...

Three months after the Chinese government forced Apple to remove the New York Times apps from the Chinese version of the App Store, it seems the government is now unhappy with some of the live streaming apps available. Reuters reports that a government agency plans to ‘summon Apple’ to a meeting to demand restrictions.

Internet regulators in China’s capital plan to summon Apple to urge the American firm to tighten its checks on software applications available in its Apple Store, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on Wednesday.

It also appears that this won’t be the first time government agencies have...

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07:13
AOW expands its LTE data plans for iPad users with...

AlwaysOnline Wireless (operated by Otono Networks) twill be expanding its global LTE-exclusive network for iPad with Apple SIM into 14 new countries, bringing the total number of countries covered to 88. The new countries are Armenia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Ecuador, Georgia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Jordan, Morocco, and Uruguay.

AlwaysOnline Wireless (AOW) offers short-term, on-demand LTE data plans for iPad users with an Apple SIM. Not only are AOW plans now available in more places worldwide, but plan pricing has also dropped by over 40% for most plans, says Emir Aboulhosn, CEO and founder of Otono. For a full list of countries and rate plans, click here.

AOW is available to both international travelers and domestic users in select countries for as little as 11 cents per hour. AOW also offers a variety of plans for longer trips or heavy data users, like the 5GB plan valid for 30...

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07:10
Xiaomi's new Mi 6 with Killer Features for $360...

Apple lost a lot of ground in China in 2016. Apple's iOS lost 8.9% in the last three months ending in February, marking its lowest share since 2014. Aggressive pricing from China's Oppo, Vivo helped propel these vendors to the top vendors in China pushing Apple to forth. Samsung's J series line came on strong in Q1 2017 to put Samsung back on top of the smartphone volume leaders. Today Xiaomi debuted their new Mi 6 with spec that makes Apple's iPhone SE look behind the times.

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07:05
LG UltraFine 5k named 'Best Photo Monitor...

The 27-inch LG UltraFineTM 5K display from LG Electronics has had its problems, but it’s been named this year's "Best Photo Monitor" by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA). 

Apple has touted the UltraFine 5K display as the best monitor for the latest MacBook Pros since it’s discontinued its Thunderbolt Displays. You can read my review here.

The LG UltraFine 5K display, the only monitor to receive a coveted 2017 TIPA Award, earned high praise in large part because it provides “superior 5K image rendering (5,120 x 2,880 pixels), along with the capability to work seamlessly at lower resolutions.” It covers 99% of the DCI-P3 color space...

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07:00
Toyota is testing a hydrogen fuel-cell powered semi

Toyota built a larger sibling for the hydrogen fuel cell powered Mirai, a semi truck. The automaker is testing a water-expelling big rig at the Port of Los Angeles that it hopes will yield data to help build a fleet of zero-emission trucks.

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06:53
Five things Apple should do to be a relevant player...

According to the Thinkwell Group, an experience design company that integrates augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR ) into its work with Fortune 500 brands—Apple should tread carefully when entering the AR landscape. According to Thinkwell, there are five things Apple should do to be a relevant player in the AR space:

Create a real group experience for “unexpected delight.” AR can be an isolating experience. Apple has the power to revolutionize sectors from advertising to education IF it can unlock the magic of a group experience. By focusing on the way we experience events together, Apple could go beyond a multi-individual experience to create something revolutionary.

Bring something new to the game. AR isn't cutting-edge anymore, so Apple needs to change the purpose and experience of how people engage with it. PokemonGo covered the novelty of integrating AR with the...

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06:47
Oneadaptr Twist+ World Charging Station now...

I reviewed the Oneadaptr Twist+ World Charging Station back in 2015. This is a slot-in replacement for the plug section of a MacBook/Air/Pro charger, allowing it to be used in most countries around the world.

An Apple power brick with this permanently attached has lived in my travel bag for the past couple of years, alongside the cables I carry with me. But when Apple slightly changed the design of the charger for the 2016 MacBook Pro, it no longer fit – a problem the company has solved with the latest version …

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06:44
Another alleged 'iPhone 8' schematic shows...




An illustration claiming to show the design of Apple's next-generation flagship "iPhone 8" includes features and measurements consistent with earlier leaks, most notably a circular space centered on the back of the device that could be the home button and Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

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06:44
News: Apple makes iWork apps, iMovie and GarageBand...

Apple has made GarageBand, iMovie, Numbers, Pages and Keynote free to all Mac and iOS users on the App Store. All of the programs have been free since 2013 with a new Mac or iOS device purchase (and by extension to any other device owned by the user since all purchases are shared between multiple devices courtesy of the App Store), but now the company has made them free to anyone. With the exception of iMovie, the latest versions of all the apps require…

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06:44
Xiaomi Mi 6 mimics the iPhone's camera tricks...

After the swanky limited edition Mi MIX, you'd think it'd be pretty hard for Xiaomi to top that with its next flagship phone, but the new Mi 6 unveiled today still had some tricks up its sleeve. First off, the company has revived the Mi 5's awesome c...

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06:39
Alien News is a new Reddit news reader for macOS

Mach Software Design has introduced Alien News 1.0 for macOS, a news reader app. Built from the ground up for tab and Touch Bar support, Alien News provides unlimited windows and Reddit accounts.

Users can search with a single click, leave comments, view their private messages, view saved articles, even view recent user activity and more. If you have a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, top news stories will automatically scroll across the Touch Bar, mimicking the scrolling headlines on television news programs. 

You can browse your favorite subreddits and discover new subreddits and articles under the Explore View. Virtually every button you see in the app can be Command-Clicked to open it in a new Tab. You can also right-click to open articles, comments, web pages, and subreddits in new windows. What’s more, Alien News includes a Dark Mode that switches the entire application to black with a single click. 

Alien News requires macOS 10.12 or higher and a Reddit...

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06:36
Mach Software Design introduces Alien News for macOS

Mach Software Design (http://machsoftwaredesign.com/) has introduced Alien News 1.0 for macOS, a news reader app. Built from the ground up for tab and Touch Bar support, Alien News provides unlimited windows and Reddit accounts.

Users can search with a single click, leave comments, view their private messages, view saved articles, even view recent user activity and more. If you have a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, top news stories will automatically scroll across the Touch Bar, mimicking the scrolling headlines on television news programs.

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06:30
New iPhone 8 schematic shows rear Touch ID design,...

iPhone 8 rendering above, new schematic below

A new image shared online appears to show a preview of the iPhone 8 design with vertically stacked dual cameras and a rear Touch ID fingerprint sensor. The schematic shared on Twitter by Sonny Dickson features a cut out on the backside presumably used for Touch ID with dimensions matching schematics leaked earlier by a different source.

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06:30
Facebook's plans for Oculus are finally taking...

When Facebook bought Oculus VR for $2 billion in early 2014, it wasn't entirely clear what Mark Zuckerberg planned to do with all of the virtual reality hardware suddenly at his fingertips. Hell, it wasn't even clear that VR was going to be a legitim...

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06:29
Sonnet's Echo Express III-D, Echo Express III-R...

Sonnet Technologies has announced that its $899 Echo Express III-D (desktop) and $999 Echo Express III-R (rackmount) Thunderbolt-to-PCI Express (PCIe) three-slot expansion chassis are now shipping with full support for Thunderbolt 3. 

With the new interface, both systems enable users of Mac® computers equipped with 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, such as the new MacBook Pro, to take advantage of Thunderbolt 3's 2750 MB/s of PCI Express bandwidth to support more fully even the most demanding, highest-performance adapter cards, says Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. 

The Echo Express III-D and Echo Express III-R Thunderbolt 3 Editions provide one x16 and two x8 PCIe 3.0 slots to support three full-length, full-height, single-width PCIe cards. The III-D and III-R Thunderbolt 3 editions support the use of every Thunderbolt 3- and macOS-compatible PCIe card available, including professional video...

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06:25
Sonnet's Echo Express III-D, Echo Express III-R...

Sonnet Technologies (www.sonnettech.com) has announced that its $899 Echo Express III-D (desktop) and $999 Echo Express III-R (rackmount) Thunderbolt-to-PCI Express (PCIe) three-slot expansion chassis are now shipping with full support for Thunderbolt 3.

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06:23
Apple Music & iCloud users receive unexpected...




A number of Apple Music and iCloud users reported sudden problems with their subscriptions on Wednesday, including cancellations, or an inability to change plans.

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06:18
Another 'iPhone 8' Design Schematic Shows...

Yet another "iPhone 8" design schematic has surfaced today, this one courtesy of noted leaker Sonny Dickson on Twitter.

The render shows an iPhone with a vertically-positioned dual-lens camera and Touch ID located on the back of the smartphone, as seen previously. It's likely one of several designs that Apple is considering, as multiple reports have said the company has been testing multiple iPhone prototypes this year.

Bloomberg in particular said one of the iPhone...

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06:15
Splitt 1.1.1 is now available in the Mac App Store

Einstein's legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com) has released Splitt 1.1.1, a feature update to the video splicing application for macOS. 



The app lets you cut your movies into an arbitrary number of segments. Splitt features include organization, segment previews and precise navigation mode, which gives you frame-accurate control over the length of each segment. Version 1.1.1 features a new segment preview panel, individual segment sharing and greater feedback for preventing errant segment creation.

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06:14
∞ All Blacks AIG commercial

Pretty great commercial.

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06:11
∞ 1981 Nightline interview with Steve Jobs

The whole thing is fascinating, but the Apple/Steve part kicks in around 4:20. Love how they refer to him as Steven Jobs. It was before he was Steve to all of us.

Note: Someone sent this to me, but can’t for the life of me remember who. Was doing some heavy traveling when it came in. Apologies for the lack of a hat tip.

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06:10
Audi teases its EV ambitions with the E-Tron...

Audi's E-Tron electric car lineup isn't coming until next year, but in the meantime it's giving us a taste with the E-Tron Sportback Concept. It's debuting the electric SUV at the Auto Shanghai show in China, but it's not a flight-of-fancy show car....

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06:09
50 GB and 200 GB plans vanish from iCloud settings...

The iCloud storage plan settings on iPhone, iPad and Mac are acting a bit strangely at the moment. For some users, the panel loads but the $0.99/mo 50 GB and $2.99/mo 200 GB iCloud plans have vanished completely, leaving only the $9.99 1 TB and $19.99 2 TB options.

For other iCloud accounts, the storage settings panel simply doesn’t load at all, instead displaying an error. Apple has not announced any changes to iCloud storage tiers, so this is most likely a server-side bug …

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06:08
Theme Inn revamps bundle for MS Office template app

Theme Inn (http://themeinn.com/) has announced Office Mill - Templates Bundle for MS Office 5.9.5, an update to the theme app for macOS.

It offers over 2,900 designs for Word documents, 320 spreadsheet templates for Excel, 210 slideshow themes for PowerPoint, and 2,000 images for illustrating just about any content. Version 5.9.5 features over 150 previously unreleased designs as well, as a new product icon.

Office Mill - Templates Bundle for MS Office requires macOS 10.10 or higher. It costs $39.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

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06:08
LaCie launches new ‘2big’ Thunderbolt 3-enabled dock

LaCie, the Seagate-owned company best known for its rugged external drives, has developed a Thunderbolt 3-enabled dock. The just-announced product, which debuts at this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas, is officially titled the 2big Dock Thunderbolt 3, and it looks to be the most compelling Thunderbolt 3 dock thus far. more…

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06:08
'iPhone 7s,' 'iPhone 8' chip...




A new supply chain report from Apple's suppliers suggests that the company is escalating orders compared to previous years, and is readying over 50 million iPhones for sale per quarter during the second half of calendar year 2017.

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06:07
A time capsule for the World Wide Web

Tim Carmody, writing for Kottke.org:

This week, I am proposing an experiment. I am asking you — all of you: readers of Kottke.org, my friends, my colleagues, my strangers, my citizens of the World Wide Web, people who have known the grandeur of the best webcomics, the best YouTube videos, the best memes, the best stories and articles and entire blogs and games and nonsense with which we entertain and edify ourselves every day — I am asking you:

WHAT’S THE BEST THING YOU GOT

This is a chance to help select your favorite internet thing. Here’s a link to the questionnaire. Can’t wait to see the results. Me, I’m going with the classic, David After Dentist (Is this real life?)

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06:06
Sketch 43.2 - Design app for UX/UI for iOS and Web.

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



Version 43.2:

Fixed

  • Fixes the appearance of previews when using Mirror on devices with wide color displays which support P3 colors
  • The list of available Symbol overrides are now sorted alphabetically
  • Fixes a bug where the selection indicator for the current nested Symbol was missing
  • Fixes a bug where copying and pasting Symbol instances could duplicate their master
  • Fixes a crash that could occur when pasting Artboards
  • Fixes a bug that would prevent some documents from being opened



  • OS X 10.11...

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06:04
LaCie previews the 2big Dock Thunderbolt 3

LaCie has previewed the next version of its 2big professional 2-bay RAID storage solution, which adds Thunderbolt 3 technology. Designed by Neil Poulton, it’s also a docking station that provides ports for connecting other devices.

Through a single cable, the LaCie 2big Dock simplifies and centralizes the desktop by directly connecting to a laptop, SD Cards, Compact Flash Cards and other devices. With up to 20TB of storage—a 25% increase over the previous version—the LaCie 2big Dock offers professionals enough space for large video and photo libraries including up to 650 hours of 4K 30fps footage or 200,000 raw images. With speeds of up to 440MB/s, users can transfer one hour of 4K footage in one minute.

Front-facing SD and CF Card slots allow users to directly ingest files off memory cards from a drone, DSLR, GoPro and other devices into Adobe Lightroom or Premiere Pro. The USB 3.0 hub charges a phone or connects a...

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06:00
LaCie previews the 2big Dock Thunderbolt 3

LaCie (www.lacie.com) has previewed the next version of its 2big professional 2-bay RAID storage solution, which adds Thunderbolt 3 technology. Designed by Neil Poulton, it’s also a docking station that provides ports for connecting other devices.

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06:00
Get a head start in iOS development with the iOS...

Some of our most popular course bundles in the Apple World Today Deals Shop are for would-be developers who want to get into iOS app creation. Today's bundle is perfect if you're looking for an inexpensive yet thorough development course. We have the iOS Coding Mastery Bundle from Bitfountain available for just US$39, 83% off the regular price.

While the course doesn't cover iOS 10, it's still a valuable and complete introduction to iOS development. Get up to speed on iOS 9, Swift 2, and Xcode 7, and you'll be ready to jump into the world of iOS 11 when it arrives later this year. You'll learn by watching lecture videos, then write your own apps. 

  • Access 627 lectures & 34 hours of content
  • Learn important...
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06:00
News: Daily Deal: HoudahSpot 4 Family License

For Wednesday’s iLounge Deal, you can get a family license to HoudahSpot 4 for only $19 — that’s 56% off the regular price. This powerful search tool will ensure that you never misplace a file on your Mac again, using your existing Spotlight index to dig into your files and help you find exactly what you need in no time. There’s a huge array of customizable search criteria and a well-organized user interface to help you find and…

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05:55
The hot new Hip Hop producer that does everything on...

Wired, talking about Steve Lacy:

Last year, he was nominated for a Grammy for executive-producing and performing on the 2015 funk-R&B-soul album Ego Death, the third release from The Internet and Lacy’s first with the band. He’s a sought-after producer, featured on albums like J. Cole’s “4 Your Eyez Only” and Kendrick Lamar’s new “Damn.” Earlier in 2017, he released his first solo material, which he’s playing as part of the setlist for The Internet’s worldwide tour. (Somewhere in there he also graduated high school.) The only connection between his many projects? All that music is stored on his iPhone.

And on his process:

He paged through the drum presets in GarageBand for a while before picking a messy-sounding kit. With two thumbs, he tapped out a simple beat, maybe 30 seconds long. Then he went back to the Rickenbacker. He played a riff he’d stumbled on while tuning, recording it on a separate GarageBand track over top of the drums. Without even playing...

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05:54
Apple to cut royalty rate payments to Imagination...

Apple will probably pay graphics chip designer Imagination Technologies just one third of its current royalty rate as the smartphone giant wind downs their supply deal over the next two years, according to estimates by the UBS research group — as noted by Reuters.

UBS analysts predicted that Imagination would become loss-making by fiscal 2019 without any Apple royalty contributions. They add that the British chip designer will have to consider potential cost-cutting moves to redress the balance.

According to the Financial Times (which requires a subscription), Apple plans to stop using Imagination Technologies intellectual property within two years, ending its royalty payments. The tech giant is working on its own...

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05:51
Facebook sprinkles GIFs everywhere with Giphy

Facebook is bloated. It's slowly morphing into the iTunes of the social media world. At F8, the company's annual developer's conference, the company added even more features to its core apps, and said that many more are on the way. But, there's one p...

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05:50
iFFmpeg 6.3.2 - Convert multimedia files between...

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



Version 6.3.2:

  • Now only shows VLC in the preferences when VLC is installed
  • Fixed font align issue in the right pane
  • Fixed issue setting the ‘Show Notification’ preference option



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



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05:48
A real old Mac Pro vs. the coming Mac Pro

Daniel Pasco, renegade polymath:

I use a 5k iMac for work and am interested in VR production and gaming. Some friends told me to build a dedicated Windows box and others suggested building a Hackintosh, but I was sure there was a better way to get what I wanted.

So I turned a 2009 Mac Pro I picked up off of Ebay for $1300 into a superb professional workstation, gaming, and VR platform, simply by adding an SSD drive and a new video card.

This is a pretty cool idea. Read Dan’s post to see how the machine stacks up as a VR platform (spoiler: very, very well).

But read on, as Dan shifts gears, focusing on the Apple’s coming Mac Pro:

I realized that the corner that Apple has painted us into is just another “sweet solution” (similar to Jobs proposal that we develop web apps for iPhone instead of native apps).

I can do the work that Apple feels is appropriate with a 5k iMac, but the massive pile of external disks and their power supplies stacked...

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05:30
‘Bon Appétit’ shoots the annual May travel issue...

First, Condé Nast Traveler announced it had shot its first magazine cover with an iPhone 7 Plus. Now Bon Appétit, the publication where “food and culture meet,” says it’s done the same. 

The magazine shot the cover of its May travel issue using the Apple smartphone. Creative director Alex Grossman ventured to Oaxaca, Mexico's Tlacolula Market in search of a way to photograph the issue issue. With a dual-camera system and wide color capture, iPhone 7 Plus captured a beautiful image that reflects the way many of us take and share our travel pictures today, he says.

"The iPhone lens is how we look at photography now," says Grossman. "It changes the whole process and feel of a photo shoot, making it more intimate, less invasive, more nimble. We wanted to create something our reader would relate to."

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05:30
Legendary radio duo Stretch & Bobbito return as...

Throughout the 90s, a late night stop in the WKRC studios with Stretch and Bobbito was a requirement for many up-and-coming rappers. Now, in 2017 the pair are returning, but because it's 2017 they're doing it with a podcast on NPR. The rise and fade...

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05:26
New York Times: Why you should wait before buying...

Brian X. Chen:

When a splashy new smartphone hits the market, consumers often weigh whether to place an order right away or to wait and see how others react to the device.

But with the Galaxy S8, Samsung’s first major smartphone release since the spontaneously combusting Galaxy Note 7 was discontinued last year, there isn’t much of a debate. Your best bet is to wait to buy the roughly $750 device — not just for safety reasons, but also because other uncertainties surround it.

I just can’t help but wonder if this next bit had anything to do with the Times’ take:

Samsung declined to provide an early review unit of the Galaxy S8 to The New York Times

No matter the logic, this does feel a bit like spite. And Samsung, what were you thinking here? You gave a review unit to the Wall Street Journal, but not the Times?

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05:19
The original StarCraft and its beloved Brood War...

A few weeks ago Blizzard announced the upcoming summertime release of StarCraft: Remastered, giving a facelift to the classic RTS and its beloved Brood War expansion. Alongside that announcement came other interesting news though: The original (not remastered) versions of both StarCraft and Brood War would be made free sometime in April, alongside a new 1.18 patch.

That time has come. Blizzard dropped the 1.18 patch late on Tuesday, adding in a borderless windowed mode, tweaking some back-end code, correcting some long-standing bugs, improving compatibility with Windows 10, and more.

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

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05:15
Rumor: Apple to continue supplying Lightning to 3.5...

Apple seems likely to continue bundling a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter with its new lineup of iPhones this fall. The inclusion, which was implemented with the release of the iPhone 7 last fall, was put into place to help ease the transition to a handset without a traditional 3.5 millimeter headphone jack.

The news is according to a research note out today from Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis who speculates that Apple will likely drop the complimentary adapter sometime in the future, possibly with the 2018 lineup.

Curtis offered the following comment in his notes:

Debate whether Lightning adapter stays in box, we believe it stays this year but goes away at some point, potentially in the 2018 model

Curtis’ research appears to originate from supply chain sources, the report noting that Apple supplier Cirrus Logic will act as a source for the bundled adapter.

Last fall, Apple included both a Lightning to 3.5 millimeter headphone jack...

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05:06
Imagination is Reportedly set to lower Apple's...

It's being reported today that Apple is likely to pay graphics chip designer Imagination Technologies just one third of its current royalty rate as the smartphone giant winds down their supply deal over the next two years

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05:06
Nintendo's next hit console could be the SNES...

Nintendo's decision to retire the NES Classic left many fans disgruntled. The system, a reimagined version of the iconic 80s console, was a hit last Christmas -- for those that could find one, that is. Stock problems meant it was notoriously difficul...

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05:03
First unreleased Prince track now on iTunes &...

Exactly one year after the death of Prince, RMA is releasing an EP of six previously-unreleased tracks by the artist. Deliverance will go on sale on Friday, and the title track is on iTunes and Apple Music as of today.

more…

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05:00
System 7.0.1/early Macintosh emulator now available...

This is about as true a labor of Mac love and geekiness as it gets.

The cool cats over at the Internet Archive have worked out an in-browser emulation engine for early models of the Apple Macintosh.

While there are certainly predecessors to the computer desktop paradigm, the introduction of the Macintosh brought it to a mass market and in the 30 years since, it has been steadily adapted by every major computing platform and operating system.

The archive itself features a curated set of applications, games and operating systems from 1984 to 1989.

The story of the creation of the operating system and the Macintosh itself are covered in many collections at the Archive, including this complete run of Macworld magazine and these deep-dive Macintosh books.

The archive is a 40 megabyte download that features System 7.0.1 and a rather rich recreation of the MacOS experience of 1991.

Check out the link, play with the stuff you knew and loved from...

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05:00
Apple granted patent for ‘linked user accounts’

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,626,720) for “linked user accounts” that would allow separate Apple ID user accounts to be linked into a group of linked user accounts so that content items assigned to each of the user accounts can be accessed by each user account in the group. 

Linking user accounts in this way allows the individual user accounts to share content items while also retaining their individual properties such as username, password, preference data, etc. This allows each user account to retain the content items assigned to the user account when the user account is unlinked from the group. 

According to the patent filing, linking user accounts can be restricted according to linking rules that dictate how many user accounts can be included in a group, when a user account can be added or removed from a group, etc. A master user account can set parameters restricting content items accessible to the user accounts in the group, as well as money spent...

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04:55
Kool Tools: XStream EFS 200, XStream EFS 300

EditShare (www.editshare.com) has introduced the XStream EFS 200 and XStream EFS 300 storage products. Like other XStream EFS products, these new products are based on the EditShare File System and provide dynamic performance and impressive fault tolerance while streamlining administrative tasks and providing a plug-and-play upgrade path.

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04:30
Chip Demand for Apple's New iPhone to Exceed...

A new supply chain report states this morning that Apple's chip suppliers will begin to stock solutions for the upcoming iPhone models in the second quarter. Chip demand for Apple's upcoming iPhone series will exceed 50 million sets per quarter during the second half of 2017 and ...

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04:30
PhotoSweeper is a fine companion to the Mac’s Photos...

I take photos. Lots of photos. I snap most of 'em with my iPhone 7s Plus (a great digital camera, by the way). My Photos library has approximately a million images (well, okay, I’m exaggerating). A lot of them are duplicates, or very similar, and should be trashed. But I'm too lazy to undertake the process manually.

Enter PhotoSweeper, a $9.99 photo finder for macOS 10.10 and higher. It works with Photos and Adobe Lightroom. The app helps you find and eliminate duplicate or similar images. Photos are compared regardless of their sizes or formats and are grouped by similarity. PhotoSweeper works quickly and efficiently, and is a great tool for taming your photo library and retrieving always-valuable disk space.

The interface is a breeze to use. It boasts a single screen that offers easy access to all features. Just drag and drop folders to allow PhotoSweeper to scan and find...

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04:27
Apple will cut payments to Imagination to 10 cents...

Following Apple’s announcement that it expected to stop using Imagination Technologies’ GPU designs in iPhones and iPads within two years, UBS has put together a forecast of the financial impact.

UBS predicts that Apple will initially reduce the royalty rate it pays on each iPhone and iPad produced to just ten cents per device before ceasing payments altogether after two years …

more…

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04:07
Intel appears to be Months ahead with new Skylake-X...

Yesterday Patently Apple posted a report stating that Apple will release two new iMacs in Q3. Today we learn about Intel's plans for processors that may shed some light on what Apple may use for their new iMacs (and future Mac Pro).

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04:03
Classic 90s military SF strategy game StarCraft is...

If you didn’t quite get your fill of nostalgic games from the Macintosh emulator released earlier this week, you can now download and play the classic military SF strategy game StarCraft on your Mac – free of charge. The freebie includes the Brood War expansion pack.

Developer Blizzard Entertainment has made the move as a way to promote a 4K remastered version due for release in the summer …

more…

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04:01
Early Galaxy S8 owners complain of red-tinted screens

Samsung started shipping the Galaxy S8 to customers in South Korea who pre-ordered the flagship phone almost a full week ago. They were probably thinking of how lucky they were to get the phone early until some of them noticed something off about the...

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04:00
Working Smarter: your keyboard could be the key

If you happen to do your typing on any Apple keyboard, you might want to consider a different keyboard. There’s nothing inherently wrong with Apple keyboards, mice, and trackpads except that there are alternatives that do the same things better, faster, or more elegantly (at least for me).

I type noticeably faster on almost any keyboard that has longer key travel than Apple’s keyboards—one with taller keys that travel up and down more than Apple’s—which have notoriously short throws. If you’re a decent touch typist, you might want to try other keyboards to see if they improve your speed and/or accuracy as much as they do mine.

My keyboard of choice is the Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard 4000, a relic I’ve relied upon for over a decade. It’s not even a Mac keyboard, but the key travel and bounce are superb, and the...

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for April 19, 2017

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

macOS Apps/Updates

Zevrix Solutions has announced Graphic Inspector 2.2, a feature update to its quality control solution for images and vector files. 

The software solves the problem of quickly locating files with specific resolution, color, spot channels, fonts and other attributes. The app can also search metadata, report image compression, and save search criteria in workflow specific presets. Version 2.2 lets users select image editing app of their choice instead of opening files with default program.

Graphic Inspector can be purchased from the Zevrix website for $19.95. It’s free with purchase of PDF Checkpoint or InPreflight Pro for Adobe InDesign. A demo...

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03:00
The Morning After: Wednesday, April 19th 2017

Hey, good morning!

This morning, we put Samsung's Galaxy S8 through its paces, finally seeing why Facebook bought VR company Oculus, and started replaying a 20-year-old game. (Because it's free.) Welcome to the Morning After.

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02:00
The best movies on Netflix UK

Netflix may be best known for Originals like House of Cards and Orange is The New Black, but the streaming service also has a varied selection of critically-acclaimed movies to choose from. You can even download them onto your smartphone or tablet to...

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Tuesday April 18

21:06
Tim Cook accepts Free Expression Award, talks value...

As expected, Apple CEO Tim Cook accepted the Free Expression Award at the Newseum in Washington D.C. tonight. At the event, Cook was presented the award and made brief comments on what it means to him and Apple, as well as touching on the importance of companies taking a stance…

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20:59
Parallels Desktop 12.2.0 - Run Windows apps without...

Parallels allows you to run Windows and Mac applications side by side. Choose your view to make Windows invisible while still using its applications, or keep the familiar Windows background and controls on your Mac.

Now Supporting Windows 10 and ready for El Capitan

  • Run Windows 10 and OS X® El Capitan with ease. Use Microsoft Cortana®, your virtual assistant, on your Mac. Switch from your PC to your Mac
  • We make it easy to get all of your files, applications, browser bookmarks, and more from your PC to your Mac; just follow the setup assistant.

Works with Boot Camp®

  • Reuse your existing Boot Camp installation. Converting a virtual machine from Boot Camp is now much easier and more intuitive than ever.

Not just for Windows

  • Run a wide array of operating systems including OS X, Windows 10, 8.1 & 7, Linux, and Google ChromeTM. You can run just about anything on your Mac!
  • ...
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20:59
Alfred 3.3.2 - Quick launcher for apps and more.

Alfred is an award-winning productivity application for OS X. Alfred saves you time when you search for files online or on your Mac. Be more productive with hotkeys, keywords, and file actions at your fingertips.

Loads of app-launching, file-searching goodness - free for you to download and use with no strings attached. Alfred is the ultimate productivity tool for your Mac. Get it and see for yourself.

Get the Powerpack. Discover the Powerpack, a set of incredibly powerful features, built on top of the robust core of Alfred and integrated with OS X.

  • Single license: 19 pounds (GBP) for single user
  • Family license: 29 pounds (GBP) for 5 users under one roof
  • Mega Supporter: 35 pounds (GBP) Single User with Free Lifetime Upgrades

Note: This application contains in-app and/or external module purchases.



Version 3.3.2:

Note:...

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20:59
Xcode 8.3.2 - Integrated development environment (...

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



Version 8.3.2:

  • Xcode 8.3.2 includes Swift 3.1 and SDKs for iOS 10.3, watchOS 3.2, tvOS 10.2, and macOS Sierra 10.12
  • Xcode 8.3.2 improves performance and fixes several critical bugs, including:
    • Swift projects using whole-module optimization now build faster on multi-core Macs
    • Swift migrator now applies all applicable Fix-it conversions
    • Fixed an issue that could prevent iOS playgrounds from...
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20:59
MacUpdate Desktop 6.1.8 - $20.00

MacUpdate Desktop brings seamless 1-click app installs and version updates to your Mac. With a free MacUpdate account and MacUpdate Desktop 6, Mac users can now install almost any Mac app on macupdate.com with a single click, including thousands of titles not available in the Mac App Store. And now, users can search for, discover, and install new apps right from the MacUpdate Desktop app!

  • 1-Click App Installs - Installing apps using a Web browser is slow and complicated. You have to hunt down .zip archives, mount disk images, manually drag app icons to the /Applications folder, run custom installers, and delete the files you no longer need. With MacUpdate Desktop, all you have to do is click the "Install" link on a MacUpdate app listing and MacUpdate Desktop takes care of everything.
  • Keep All Your Mac Apps Up-to-date - MacUpdate Desktop scans your Mac for outdated apps and immediately notifies you when a new...
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20:59
Drive Genius 5.0 - Powerful system utility.

Drive Genius 4 gives you faster performance from your Mac while also protecting it. The award-winning and improved DrivePulse feature alerts you to hard drive issues before they become major problems. Optimized for OS X 10.10 Yosemite, top features like Defrag and DriveSlim will help keep your Mac running fast. The all-new BootWell tool lets you create a special bootable secondary drive to Defrag or Repair your main hard drive. You can also personalize and organize your Mac hard drive icons with IconGenius.



Version 5.0:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.10 or later.

Note: Version 5 is a paid upgrade from previous versions. Upgrade info can be found here.

New or Improved

  • New Malware Scan tool that allows you to scan drives for malware
  • Drive Pulse performs "Live" malware scanning of well-known...
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20:13
Xcode 8.3.2 - Integrated development environment (...

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



Version 8.3.2:

  • Xcode 8.3.2 includes Swift 3.1 and SDKs for iOS 10.3, watchOS 3.2, tvOS 10.2, and macOS Sierra 10.12
  • Xcode 8.3.2 improves performance and fixes several critical bugs, including:
    • Swift projects using whole-module optimization now build faster on multi-core Macs
    • Swift migrator now applies all applicable Fix-it conversions
    • Fixed an issue that could prevent iOS playgrounds from...
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19:32
Tim Cook accepts Newseum 2017 Free Expression Award...




Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to accept the institute's 2017 Free Expression Award, for which the tech mogul was honored in the Free Speech category.

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19:30
Condé Nast uses iPhone 7 Plus for shooting May...

It’s no secret that the iPhone 7 Plus has one of the best cameras currently available in a smartphone. Since the launch of the device, we’ve seen it used in a variety of instances where the use of a smartphone wouldn’t have previously been possible. Now, Condés Nast has used the iPhone 7 Plus to shoot a pair of covers for May issues of its magazines…

more…

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17:14
Comparison: Which 9.7" iPad is right for you?




In the market for a new 9.7-inch tablet? Having trouble deciding between the all-new 2017 iPad and the older but more powerful iPad Pro? AppleInsider breaks down the pros and cons of each model in this video comparison.

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16:20
StarCraft Is Now Free, Nearly 20 Years After Its...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Nearly two decades after its 1998 release, StarCraft is now free. Legally! Blizzard has just released the original game -- plus the Brood War expansion -- for free for both PC and Mac. You can find it here. Up until a few weeks ago, getting the game with its expansion would've cost $10-15 bucks. The company says they've also used this opportunity to improve the game's anti-cheat system, add "improved compatibility" with Windows 7, 8.1, and 10, and fix a few long lasting bugs. So why now? The company is about to release a remastered version of the game in just a few months, its graphics/audio overhauled for modern systems. Once that version hits, the original will probably look a bit ancient by comparison -- so they might as well use it to win over a few new fans, right?


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16:06
The cord-cutter's guide to watching the NBA...

How to watch all the hardwood heroics without paying for a cable subscription.

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16:04
KGI: Bezel-less design to be top feature of iPhone 8...

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI is out today with a pair of new reports, this time relating to Samsung and its Galaxy S8 and upcoming Galaxy Note 8. Despite once saying that the Galaxy S8 “lacked attractive selling points” compared to the iPhone 8, Kuo is raising his shipping estimates for the device.

Kuo also notes of the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 that Samsung is expected to unveil later this year and how the device will compare to the iPhone 8…

more…

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15:55
Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 to feature dual camera...




Looking to recover from last year's exploding Note 7 fiasco, Samsung is expected to launch its first ever dual camera handset in the Note 8 later this year, according to a report from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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15:12
Apple A10 iPhone 7 faster than Samsung Galaxy S8,...

Apple’s lead in mobile performance–powered by the efficiency of iOS 10 and the computational speed of its custom A10 Fusion Application Processor–beats the newest, leading premium Androids in a wide range of tests from processor and 3D benchmarks to real-world device startup and app launching and multitasking. Not even 6GB of RAM and the extra cores of Qualcomm’s fastest Snapdragon 835 can prop up the laggard, inefficient Android OS.

I played with a Google Pixel at a phone store recently and it was truly awful. Slow and laggy.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:00
∞ The brilliance of Apple’s new iPad

I’ve been using Apple’s newest iPad for a couple of weeks now and love it. The more I used it, the more I realized that it wasn’t the features that make this iPad so good, it was Apple’s strategy in releasing it that I was impressed with. […]

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15:00
Xcode 8.3.2 (8E2002) Now Available

Xcode 8.3.2 (8E2002) Now Available

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15:00
Xcode 8.3.2 (8E2002) Now Available

Xcode 8.3.2 (8E2002) Now Available

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14:35
Google rolling out new ‘Your Timeline’ location...

In addition to the iOS update it rolled out yesterday, Google today has announced another new feature for Google Maps on iOS. In a blog post this afternoon, Google announced the addition of a new feature called Your Timeline, which allows you to keep track of the places you visit.

more…

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14:15
Tiny Core: Small Footprint, Big Potential


Tiny Core Linux 8.0, released last week, is a minimalist Linux OS built from scratch with a focus on being as small as possible. That means you should be able to run this Linux distro on a wide range of legacy machines. The tradeoff for ultra smallness, however, often is a not-so-powerful OS that can leave you longing for better options. The Core Project is based on a highly modular system with community build extensions or applications. This is more a set of building blocks than a finely tuned distro.

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14:02
Facebook Messenger to get an Apple Music chat...

Apple will be introducing an Apple Music chat extension to Facebook Messenger, making it possible for folks to bring the music streaming app into conversations with friends and family members and share music, according to VentureBeat.

Chat extensions are part of version 2.0 of Facebook’s Messenger platform. Within a Messenger conversation you can access Apple’s streaming music service from the newly launched plus sign next to the text box, then finding the extension in the carousel.

Facebook already integrates with Apple Music in the main app with a song sharing feature dubbed Music Stories. It lets users share tracks from Apple Music directly to the Facebook feed where music can be previewed inline and opened in Apple Music.

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13:56
Snapchat for iPhone gains 3D, augmented reality...




The iPhone version of Snapchat on Tuesday updated with a feature called World Lenses, making more advanced use of the augmented reality technology Snap has experimented with for over a year.

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13:53
AWT News Update: April 18, 2017

This is a Galaxy Note 7 "Flambé", not a Galaxy S8+...at least not yet

Death, taxes, rumors, taxes, more rumors, and more flaming batteries? That's what we might have today on this Tax Day, 2017:

  • Using smartphones while driving is probably behind the first rise in motor vehicle deaths in 40 years
  • Bloomberg says there are multiple iPhone 8 prototypes under consideration, but we think their assertion that Apple would ship a "top of the line" iPhone without Touch ID is stupid
  • Will the 2017 iPhone crop come with the Lighting to 3.5mm headphone adapter? That's the important question!
  • iFixit found that the battery used in the new Samsung Galaxy S8+ is almost identical to those in the Galaxy Note 7 "burner phones" last year

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

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13:50
Tip of the Day: Quickly marking your current...

The new Maps app in iOS 10 will automatically keep track of where you parked your car (provided you have a Bluetooth or CarPlay connection to it), but there are also times when it’s handy to just quickly mark your current location so that you can easily find your way back to it later. If you have a newer iPhone model with 3D Touch capabilities, there’s actually a really quick way to do this hidden right behind the Maps app icon on your…

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13:21
Mac: Overmacs PhotoSweeper 3.0

If you’re anything like us, you probably have more duplicate photos laying around your Mac than you know how to deal with, especially considering the multiple tools Apple has created over the years for managing photos. We’ve been through iPhoto, and then Aperture, and now the macOS Photos app, and since digital memories are often precious, it’s not uncommon to be a little reluctant to trash a folder of photos unless you’re absolutely certain that you’ve got a copy somewhere else. So unless you’re hardcore about spending time keeping your file system and photo libraries in pristine order, chances are you’ve got duplicate folders of photos sitting around in dusty corners of your filesystem. Enter PhotoSweeper 3.0 ($10), OverMacs’ latest update to our favorite app for dealing with duplicate photos across all of your libraries and filesystems. Version 3.0 adds a great new “side-by-side” view that lets you much more easily compare photos from two distinct sources, ensuring...

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13:19
Google Maps adds Timeline support on Apple's...




Google on Tuesday announced another update to the iOS version of Google Maps, bringing support for a Timeline feature previously limited to Web and Android users.

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13:11
Logitech Pop programmable buttons get HomeKit support

I have some HomeKit lights and smart plugs in my house, but I have to put them in low-traffic areas because I am the only member of my family who’s both willing and able to use an iPhone or an Apple Watch to turn on a lamp. Everyone else insists on using their hands. So old fashioned.

Logitech to the rescue. The company announced Monday it was adding HomeKit support to a new version of the Pop, a small button you can program to act as a light switch or trigger a HomeKit scene. If I place a Pop button next to every lamp I have plugged into a smart switch, my family can press that to turn the light on or off. As it stands today, if they use the lamp’s own control to turn it off, that lamp stays off, and HomeKit can’t turn it back on, which effectively breaks any HomeKit scene that includes that lamp,...

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13:09
iWork and iLife apps are now free for old and new...

Mac and iOS users with old hardware can now get some of Apple's fundamental software for free. According to a report from MacRumors, the iWork and iLife suite of apps, including iMovie, Numbers, Keynote, Pages, and GarageBand for Mac and iOS, are now listed as free in the App Store.

Previously, users with old hardware had to pay for each app. Individual programs cost between $5 and $20 each, which would add up if a user with an old Mac or iOS device wanted to download and use both suites. In 2013, Apple made iWork and iLife apps free for new Mac and iOS customers, but that meant you had to purchase a...

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13:05
Facebook reveals full Apple Music integration in...




At Tuesday's keynote speech for Facebook's F8 developer's conference, Facebook announced full Apple Music integration with Messenger is coming soon, plus an assortment of technologies and developer programs intended to boost augmented reality adoption for all users of the social media platform's apps.

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12:55
Alfred 3.3.2 - Quick launcher for apps and more.

Alfred is an award-winning productivity application for OS X. Alfred saves you time when you search for files online or on your Mac. Be more productive with hotkeys, keywords, and file actions at your fingertips.

Loads of app-launching, file-searching goodness - free for you to download and use with no strings attached. Alfred is the ultimate productivity tool for your Mac. Get it and see for yourself.

Get the Powerpack. Discover the Powerpack, a set of incredibly powerful features, built on top of the robust core of Alfred and integrated with OS X.

  • Single license: 19 pounds (GBP) for single user
  • Family license: 29 pounds (GBP) for 5 users under one roof
  • Mega Supporter: 35 pounds (GBP) Single User with Free Lifetime Upgrades

Note: This application contains in-app and/or external module purchases.



Version 3.3.2:

Note:...

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12:53
ecobee3 lite adds room sensor compatibility

The ecobee3 lite smart thermostat gained a new capability today -- like the "full-fledged" ecobee3, the lite version now talks to ecobee's room sensors. The capability was added with an automatic firmware update that was pushed to the devices, and existing owners of the ecobee3 lite can now purchase room sensors at just $79 for a package of two.

This was one of the most-requested features for the ecobee3 lite, as it gives users the ability to monitor and control temperatures in multiple rooms, and brings the perfect temperature to the rooms that matter the most. 

The ecobee3 lite smart thermostat is available for $169 in the USA ($219 in Canada) from ecobee.com, Amazon.com and Amazon.ca. Starting on May 15, it will also be available at Home Depot, Best Buy and Lowes stores. 

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12:30
Apple Makes iMovie, GarageBand, and iWork Apps for...

Apple today updated several of its Mac and iOS apps, making them available for all Mac and iOS users for free. From a report: iMovie, Numbers, Keynote, Pages, and GarageBand for both Mac and iOS devices have been updated and are now listed in the App Store for free. Previously, all of these apps were provided for free to customers who purchased a new Mac or iOS device, but now that purchase is not required to get the software. Many Apple customers were already likely eligible to download the software at no cost if they had made a device purchase in the last few years.


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12:21
Strava for iPhone now features running & cycling...

Strava has a new version of its iPhone app out that includes a major new feature just in time for warmer weather: access to Club Events for runners and cyclists without using the web.

more…

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12:10
Facebook Spaces wants you to hang out with your...

Facebook is making it possible to hang out with your friends in virtual reality using Spaces, a new app the company launched Tuesday for the Oculus Rift. The app will allow people to join a shared, immersive video call, represented by a personalized avatar.

Using Spaces, people can hang out around a virtual reality table, share three-dimensional drawings and use the Rift’s built-in microphone to chat with one another. Users can also surround themselves and their friends with 360-degree photos and videos from Facebook’s library of content.

People who don’t have a Rift headset can also be included in a Spaces hangout by using Facebook’s Messenger video calling functionality. Users will be able to view a Space from their smartphone, and have their video call shown inside the virtual reality environment.

...

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12:07
Apple makes iMovie, GarageBand, and iWork apps for...

This is great news for those who didn’t get the apps before now.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:58
GarageBand, iMovie, Keynote, Pages, and Numbers are...

As first spotted by MacRumors, Apple on Tuesday updated GarageBand, iMovie, Keynote, Pages, and Numbers for Mac and iOS, so that those apps are now free. Before today, those apps were free to users who bought a new Mac, iPhone, or iPad, and the free download was a one-time event. Now the apps are free all the time.

Before Tuesday, the iOS versions of Keynote, Pages, and Numbers were $10 each, while the Mac versions were $20 each. On iOS, GarageBand and iMovie were $5 each, while on the Mac,...

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11:55
Redirected to HT207524 (was If you can't burn a...

Learn what to do if you see an alert and your hard disk has sufficient space.

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11:53
AWT TV Episode 4: "What new markets or products...

If you missed last night's AWT TV livestream, you missed a discussion on the directions that Apple should look for new markets to enter or products to make. We'll give you some hints about the general answers: smart appliances (perhaps in partnership with existing manufacturers) and robot assistants for the elderly. 

As usual, we also show off some very nifty apps and devices later on, with Steve providing a demo of an iPhone gimbal mount that's incredible...and much less expensive than the DJI Osmo. If you like the video, be sure to give us a "thumbs-up" and be sure to subscribe to the AWT YouTube Channel

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11:52
Apple's GarageBand, iMovie, Keynote, Numbers,...




Previously only free with purchase of new hardware, Apple's entire suites of iWork and surviving iLife apps on iOS and macOS are now free for all, with no purchase requirement.

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11:44
Facebook releases AR Camera Effects platform, &...

At Facebook’s developer conference F8 today, the company announced its new software platforms that mix augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality.

The company is taking a leap into a new realm of interactions, and they’ve started by sharing a lot of them today. Some of the new software can already be seen inside of Facebook’s camera app starting today.

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11:42
Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iMovie, GarageBand now all...

Apple is removing the price tag from its Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iMovie and GarageBand apps and making ‘em all free for macOS and iOS users.

Previously, all of these apps were available at no charge only for folks who bought a new Mac or iOS device. Now you can download 'em for free at the Mac App Store and Apple App Store even if you don't have the latest hardware.

Before this move, on the Mac platform, iMovie cost $14.99, GarageBand was $4.99, and Pages, Keynote, and Numbers each carried a $19.99 price tag. On the iOS platform, iMovie and GarageBand were $4.99, while Pages, Keynote, and Numbers each carried a $9.99 price tag.

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11:34
Apple Music will integrate with Facebook Messenger’s...

Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference is happening this week and the social network just announced new integration with Apple Music coming soon. Facebook is introducing new music sharing features through its Messenger platform, and Apple Music is officially confirmed as a partner.

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11:33
Facebook aims to crush Snapchat with augmented...

Facebook's efforts to embed camera functionality in all the apps it runs isn’t just a push to crush Snapchat. The company will be using those cameras as a way to create a developer platform for augmented reality, CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed Tuesday.

Developers and artists can work on building augmented reality camera lenses with AR Studio, a new development environment that Facebook released in closed beta. The environment offers users tools to make it easier to create augmented reality scenes like masks and other overlays that react to the scene around them.

Starting Tuesday, artists can also design custom frames for the Facebook camera that will overlay images over a photo or video, much like Snapchat's current platform for its lenses.

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11:30
Epson intros 3 new commercial document scanners

The Epson DS-780N commercial document scanner. Image via Epson. 

Many AWT readers own Epson printers; the company has been supplying printers to the Apple world since the early 80's, and now most people are familiar with their all-in-one printer/scanner devices. But the company is well-known in the commercial document scanner market as well, today releasing three new models for office environments. The Epson WorkForce DS-780N ($1,099), DS-770 ($999) and DS-575W ($449) can provide up to 5,000 sheets per day duty cycle (4,000 for the DS-575W), up to 45 page per minute scanning speeds (35 ppm for the DS-575W), and have large automatic document feeder capacities (100 pages, 50 for the DS-575W). 

The scanner line provides the capability of scanning to online storage accounts or...

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11:23
Pandora Premium drops invite system, launches wide...




Pandora Premium -- Pandora's on-demand music service, challenging Spotify and Apple Music -- moved out of an invite-only phase on Tuesday, launching for the general public including support for Apple's iPhone, iPad, and CarPlay.

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11:16
iWork, GarageBand, and iMovie apps free for new...

Apple made its iWork and iLife app suites free for new hardware customers back in 2013, but both Mac and iOS versions have still been sold as paid apps for customers who haven’t updated hardware. Now Apple is totally removing the price from its iWork and iLife apps and making both suites free for all Mac and iOS users.

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11:12
Trash IT! is a handy utility for forcing the macOS...

Yesterday, AWT posted a “how-to” on “how to force the Trash to empty in macOS Sierra.” My buddy and sometime-AWT contributor, Frank Petrie, has another suggestion.

“I use the app 'Trash IT!' Works fine for me. Just Google it and you'll find several sites that have it,” he notes. 

Trash It! is a little app for macOS 10.7 or later that force-empties your Trash. It supports drag and drop. It’suseful if you have files or folders in the Trash with permissions set incorrectly, locked Trash items, want to delete a stuck item, or trash items from other partitions. If you drop files or folders onto the Trash It! icon, it will delete them. If you double-click on it, it will clean out your Trash can. 

Trash It! is “donation ware.” If you use it, give its developers...

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11:04
Report: Apple will continue bundling Lightning to 3....

Apple will reportedly continue to bundle a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter with its new lineup of iPhones this fall, the same as it did with iPhone 7 last year to help ease the transition for customers to a device without a traditional headphone jack.

The news is according to a research note out today from Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis who speculates that Apple will likely drop the complimentary adapter sometime in the future, possibly with the 2018 lineup:

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11:02
Apple To Launch Three New iPhones This Year:...

Apple is reportedly building three new iPhones, though the one with the most new features might not launch until a couple of months after the others. According to a report on Bloomberg, Apple is testing three new phones that it plans to launch this fall, including two with the same screen sizes as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The third iPhone, which may be named to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone's launch, is said to pack a new design with a stainless steel frame and curved glass. It's said to feature an embedded fingerprint reader and use OLED panels from Samsung and may have a screen that takes up most of the front of the smartphone's face. From the article: Apple also tested a more ambitious prototype with the same slightly curved front and steel frame, but a glass back with more dramatic curves on the top and bottom like the original iPhone design from 2007, one of the people said.

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10:59
New iPad Pros may be coming May 16, per ‘...

Many of us were expecting updated iPad Pros last month, but they may be coming soon. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro stock situation appears to be dwindling, with nearly no stock of popular models in high-volume stores, and an expected refresh date across the board of May 16, according to AppleInsider.

The article says that spot-checks of 20 Apple Retail stores show decreasing stock levels or no stock at all at retail. And Apple’s online store is completely sold out of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. 

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Quo has predicted thatApple will introduce three iPads this year: a 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 and a "low-cost" 9.7-inch iPad, along with a new bezel-free, mid-size model in the range of between 10 and 10.5 inches.

The 12.9-inch update will reportedly feature the True Tone display introduced with its 9.7-inch...

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10:59
Conde Nast uses Apple's iPhone 7 Plus to shoot...




Publisher Conde Nast is continuing to use the powerful camera of the iPhone 7 Plus to its advantage in important areas of its publications, with two magazines using photographs generated by Apple-produced smartphone for their cover shots.

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10:56
Facebook Spaces VR parties are available for Rift...

Facebook teased how it would create social experiences in virtual reality, and now it's ready to take things one step further. It just launched a Facebook Spaces beta that lets Oculus Rift owners hang out together (up to four at once) in VR. You ca...

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10:55
Apple Makes iMovie, GarageBand, and iWork Apps for...

Apple today updated several of its Mac and iOS apps, making them available for all Mac and iOS users for free.

iMovie, Numbers, Keynote, Pages, and GarageBand for both Mac and iOS devices have been updated and are now listed in the App Store for free.

Previously, all of these apps were provided for free to customers who purchased a new Mac or iOS device, but now that purchase is not required to get the software. Many Apple customers were already likely eligible to download the software at no cost if they had made a device purchase in the last few years.

Apple's iWork page has not yet been updated and continues to say that customers will only be able to download Pages, Keynote, and Numbers after purchasing an eligible Mac or iOS device, but new wording may be added shortly following the price drop. Apple's apps have also been removed from the Top Free app...

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10:42
Matrox announces new IP KVM technology

Matrox (www.matrox.com) has launched the Matrox Extio 3, which it describes as the world’s first IP KVM product supporting 4K60 4:4:4 video, keyboard, and mouse, as well as USB 2.0 and audio at low bit rates over standard Gigabit Ethernet. Complementing the current Matrox Extio and Avio product lines, the Extio 3 advances Matrox's offerings in high-performance KVM products for knowledge workers, says Caroline Injoyan, the company’s business development manage.

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10:37
Apple posts second public betas of macOS Sierra 10....

Apple has released the second public betas of macOS Sierra 10.12.5 and iOS 10.3.2 public beta number two. The former is a minor update that focuses on bug fixes and speed improvements.The latter offers under-the-hood bug fixes and security improvements.

If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so at https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

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10:36
Apple releases second public betas of macOS Sierra...

Apple has released the second public betas of macOS Sierra 10.12.5 and iOS 10.3.2 public beta number two. The former is a minor update that focuses on bug fixes and speed improvements.The latter offers under-the-hood bug fixes and security improvements.

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

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10:34
Turns out, a horrifying number of people use their...

As a motorcyclist, I experience this on a regular basis and it really is terrifying. Please, don’t text and drive.

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10:28
iPhone SE Display Parts Constrained, Apple May Do...

Display repair components for the iPhone SE are in short supply at Apple Stores right now, so customers who need their iPhone SE display fixed may receive a replacement device instead.

According to a retail source that shared the news with MacRumors, employees have been told that display parts are constrained until further notice, and it's not known how long it will be until display components are more widely available. Stores that have no display repair components on hand will outright replace iPhone SE models in need of repair.

The reason behind the component constraint is unclear, as Apple did not provide details to employees.

Supply constraints are not likely indicative of an imminent refresh because no new iPhone SE model is expected. According to KGI Securities analyst...

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10:28
Apple Pay picks up over 25 more card issuers across...




Apple on Tuesday added over 25 more banks and credit unions to its list supporting Apple Pay, spread around both the U.S. and China.

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10:20
Meet PINLogger, the drive-by exploit that steals...

Enlarge (credit: Harrison Weber)

Smartphones know an awful lot about us. They know if we're in a car that's speeding, and they know when we're walking, running, or riding in a bus. They know how many calls we make and receive each day and the precise starting and ending time of each one. And of course, they know the personal identification numbers we use to unlock the devices or to log in to sites that are protected by two-factor authentication. Now, researchers have devised an attack that makes it possible for sneaky websites to surreptitiously collect much of that data, often with surprising accuracy.

The demonstrated keylogging attacks are most useful at guessing digits in...

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10:08
Apple Employees to Celebrate Earth Day With Green...

In honor of Earth Day, which takes place on Saturday, April 22, Apple employees will transition from their standard blue shirts to green Earth Day shirts starting on Thursday, April 20.

Apple also celebrates Earth Day by updating the logos on its retail stores around the world, adding a green leaf accent to the traditional white Apple. Earth Day represents one of the few days a year Apple alters its logo.

Apple employees on Earth Day 2016, via Angela Ahrendts

Apple often uses Earth Day as a way to highlight its environmental efforts and reaffirm its commitment to recycling, renewable energy, and other initiatives. According to a recent interview with Apple's VP of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson, 96 percent of the energy Apple uses around the world now comes from renewable sources like wind and solar.

Last year, Apple released a host of...

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10:00
Apple releases third iOS 10.3.2 and macOS 10.12.5...

Apple has released the third iOS 10.3 public beta for testing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 10.3.2 public beta 3 follows one day after the third developer version of the upcoming software update. Apple has also released the third public beta version of macOS 10.12.5.

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09:58
Microsoft's Timely Response to Shadow Brokers...


Just as the Shadow Brokers hacker group started crowing about a dump of never-seen-before flaws in Windows, Microsoft announced it already had fixed most of the exploits. "Today, Microsoft triaged a large release of exploits made publicly available by Shadow Brokers," said Microsoft Principal Security Group Manager Phillip Misner. "Most of the exploits are already patched." Three of the zero day vulnerabilities, which the hackers claimed were leaked from the NSA, did not work at all on Windows 7 and above.

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09:47
Availability of Apple's 12.9" iPad Pro...




Possibly shedding some light on an anticipated refresh, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro stock situation appears to be dwindling, with nearly no stock of popular models in high-volume stores, and an expected refresh date across the board of May 16.

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09:36
Analyst raises AAPL target price to $170 ahead of...

Apple’s stock is currently trading for around $141 with Credit Suisse previously projecting a target price of $160. Now the firm is increasing its target price for AAPL up to $170 according to MarketWatch.

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09:31
9to5Toys Lunch Break: MacBook Pro Deals from $1,280...

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro w/o Touch Bar $1,280 ($219 off, Tax NJ only)
Apple’s Touch Bar-equipped 13-inch MacBook Pro 512GB...

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09:25
Google expands Earth with new VR tours, but Daydream...

While Maps is far and away the most popular tool for traversing the globe, Google hasn’t forgotten about its other project, Earth. And just in time for Earth Day, Google is giving it a major upgrade.

In an event at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York City today, Google took the wraps off the new Earth project for Android and Chrome. The fruits of nearly two years of labor, the new app’s marquee feature, called Voyager, enhances the way you explore the planet, adding tours guided by “some of the world’s leading storytellers, scientists, and nonprofits.”

For example, you can now take a journey though through jungles with BBC Earth or learn about chimpanzees in Gombe National Park from Jane Goodall. Google says there are “more than 50 immersive stories in Voyager, and more added weekly.” Google has also added a fun new “I’m feeling lucky” button into Google Earth, which will take you to a...

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09:17
Galaxy S8 Reviews: Full-Front Display Scores Top...

Reviews of Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ hit the web today, and given each smartphone's potential similarities to Apple's rumored iPhone with an OLED display, we have rounded up some of the impressions below.

Galaxy S8's Infinity Display (Image: The Verge)

The vast majority of reviews praised Samsung's so-called Infinity Display, which takes up over 80 percent of the front of the smartphones. The design results in smartphones with large 5.8-inch or 6.2-inch screens that are still easy to hold in one hand or put in your pocket, according to reviews.

Dan Seifert, reporting for The Verge:… I’m a fan of the new shape and the fact that it lets me have a much larger display without making the Galaxy S8 too...

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09:15
Report: Apple is planning a major iPhone overhaul...

Enlarge / The Jet Black iPhone 7, replete with fingerprints. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple is said to be planning not one, not two, but three new iPhones for release this fall, if "people familiar with the matter" speaking to Bloomberg are to be believed.

Two of those models will use the same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch IPS screens that we're already used to, though Bloomberg doesn't say whether the designs will look much different from the current iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. But this year Apple is also said to be preparing a third higher-end model with a dramatically different approach, a slim-bezeled design with curved glass and an OLED screen that takes...

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09:00
∞ Snake targets motorcyclist

Adding Lampang, Thailand to the list of places I never want to go riding.

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09:00
3 tips for how sales managers can use Office 365 to...

If you’re like Jenn Schaal, a busy sales manager for an international trade association, your day is filled with client connections, budgets to hit and leads to generate—on top of day-to-day fires to put out. Hitting the end goal—whether it’s a sales target or a client win—takes time and effort. Office 365 helps shave off time throughout the day, so sales managers can meet their goals.

Taking a note from her powerlifting hobby, Jenn wanted to carry over the sense of feeling strong and in charge into her job. She found three ways Office 365 helps her save time, work smarter and be more efficient on the go.

1. Take the hassle out of travel with OneDrive for Business

Travel is almost synonymous with sales, and while it’s invaluable for meeting clients or attending trade events, it can be challenging to stay in sync with reports and presentations being updated back in the office. Jenn knows this all too well. With most of her clients in different...

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09:00
Office Online Server April 2017 release

We are excited to announce our second major update to Office Online Server (OOS), which includes support for Windows Server 2016 as well as several improvements. OOS allows organizations to provide users with browser-based versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote, among other capabilities offered in Office Online, from their own datacenter.

In this release, we officially offer support for Windows Server 2016, which has been highly requested. If you are running Windows Server 2016, you can now install OOS on it. Please verify that you have the latest version of the OOS release to ensure the best experience.

In addition, this release includes the following improvements:

  • Performance improvements to co-authoring in PowerPoint Online.
  • Equation viewing in Word Online.
  • New navigation pane in Word Online.
  • Improved undo/redo in Word Online.
  • Enhanced W3C accessibility...
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08:45
Apple Pay expands to over 20 more banks and credit...

Apple Pay is now available from over 20 more banks and credit unions around the United States and Mainland China as part of the latest expansion wave. Apple’s mobile payment service launched just over two years ago with hundreds of additional regional banks and credit unions added every few weeks. You can find the latest banks added below.

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08:40
Pornhub launches TrickPics for iOS, an AR photo...




Though its listing on the App Store is decidedly vague, a new app dubbed TrickPics is actually the creation of pornography streaming site Pornhub, allowing users to censor nude photographs on their iPhone with augmented reality.

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08:35
MacUpdate Desktop 6.1.8 - Search and install Mac...

MacUpdate Desktop brings seamless 1-click app installs and version updates to your Mac. With a free MacUpdate account and MacUpdate Desktop 6, Mac users can now install almost any Mac app on macupdate.com with a single click, including thousands of titles not available in the Mac App Store. And now, users can search for, discover, and install new apps right from the MacUpdate Desktop app!

  • 1-Click App Installs - Installing apps using a Web browser is slow and complicated. You have to hunt down .zip archives, mount disk images, manually drag app icons to the /Applications folder, run custom installers, and delete the files you no longer need. With MacUpdate Desktop, all you have to do is click the "Install" link on a MacUpdate app listing and MacUpdate Desktop takes care of everything.
  • Keep All Your Mac Apps Up-to-date - MacUpdate Desktop scans your Mac for outdated apps and immediately notifies you when a new...
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08:32
State-backed fund may take minority stake in Toshiba...




The state-supported Innovation Network Corp of Japan may pursue a minority stake in Toshiba's memory business, allowing the government to block the sale of a majority stake to businesses deemed risky to national security -- including two Apple suppliers, according to a report.

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08:30
Introducing Groups in Outlook for Mac, iOS and...

More than 10 million people rely on Groups in Outlook every month to work together and get things done. Groups is proving useful to our customers. And for that, we couldn’t be more thankful. Groups in Outlook offers huge improvements over traditional distribution lists, with a shared space for group conversations, calendars, files and notebooks, the convenience of self-service membership and much more.

Today, we’re pleased to announce Groups is now rolling out to Outlook for Mac, iOS and Android. Groups is already available in Outlook for Windows and on the web—so now you can access your group conversations and content no matter which platform you use.

With these updates, you can:

  • View your group list.
  • Read and reply to group conversations.
  • Add...
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08:15
Ten horrifying deep sea creatures, ranked

The ocean is even more terrifying than you imagined.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:08
Uber Central lets businesses hail a car for you

Uber wants businesses to do away with shuttle buses for customers, and has launched a new service aimed at making it easier for companies to hail cars on other people’s behalf. Called Uber Central, the software lets users request cars even for people who don’t have accounts with the ride-hailing company.

Here’s how it works: company employees who have access to the Uber Central console input a customer’s name and phone number, along with their pickup and drop-off address. After that, they can request a ride from Uber’s menu of services, or save the data as a draft for easier use later.

The Uber Central dashboard, which is available worldwide, also lets employees track the status of rides. It’s built on top of Uber for Business, a version of the ride-hailing platform that has been built for use by companies rather than individuals.

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07:56
Apple settles with major patent holder at 1:00am the...

A large patent-holding company called Unwired Planet reached a settlement with Apple at 1:00am on Monday, just hours before a jury trial was set to start in San Francisco. A jury had already been selected but was dismissed on Monday morning after the parties' lawyers told US District Judge Vincent Chhabria about their settlement.

Unwired Planet is the patent-holding remains of early mobile company Openwave, which acquired several hundred US patents from Ericsson in early 2013, with Ericsson getting 20 percent of any patent settlements. Later that year, Unwired Planet sued Apple.

In 2015, Judge Chhabria ruled that Apple didn't infringe the four patents at issue in the case. Chhabria's ruling was mostly overturned...

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07:52
Apple Granted 60 Patents Today Covering Laser...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 60 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's newly granted patent which relates to their invention about surface finishes for electronic enclosures such as Apple's MacBook and aluminum based iDevices using laser etching.

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07:47
Logitech POP programmable button gains Apple HomeKit...




Logitech has updated the its POP home automation line, adding support for Apple's HomeKit platform with a new hardware revision, giving users the ability to control smart home devices and scenes with the simple press of a button.

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07:34
Ecobee3 Lite now works with room sensors, Ecobee4...

Last fall Ecobee3 Lite launched as a more affordable version of one of the best HomeKit thermostats on the market. Now a free update is adding support for one of the main missing features ahead of a rumored new Ecobee4 version.

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07:34
Comment: Could Apple really drop Touch ID in the...

We’ve seen a whole bunch of rumors of late suggesting that while Apple really wants to embed a fingerprint reader into the display of the iPhone 8, it is struggling to do so.

The notion that Apple wants to use an embedded fingerprint reader seems abundantly clear. As I’ve mentioned before, we’ve had multiple reports from credible sources like Bloomberg, the WSJ and the New York TimesThe claimed schematics and sketches have also all illustrated a design without any space for a Touch ID sensor at the bottom of the screen, and the ...

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07:34
Apple Will Still Include a Lightning to Headphone...

Apple will continue to include a Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter with the trio of new iPhone models rumored to launch later this year, according to Barclays.

"We believe it stays this year but goes away at some point, potentially in the 2018 model," said Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis, and his associates, in a research note distributed today.

Cirrus Logic would remain the primary beneficiary within Apple's supply chain, as it's believed to provide some of the tiny audio-related components inside of the adapter.

Barclays contradicts Japanese blog Mac Otakara, which said Apple will no longer include the adapter in the box with the so-called iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus, and iPhone...

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07:14
Pledgeling now lets you donate with Apple Pay

CEO James Citron of Pledgeling, a “SaaS (software as a service) platform that powers purpose and social impact,” says it’s the first US-based social enterprise and third-party platform approved by Apple to accept donations via Apple Pay through its mobile-first technology, including donation forms, mobile messaging tools and corporate giving solutions.

In March, Pledgeling introduced the “Donate with Apple Pay” capability at the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region's Centennial Humanitarian Ball during an on-stage fundraiser at the Beverly Wilshire. Combining Pledgeling's text-to-donate capabilities with Apple Pay, the Red Cross received 31% of donations via Apple Pay and 86% of donations originated on mobile devices toward their $100,000 fundraising goal.

Apple Pay is a free add-on feature to Pledgeling's platform, which supports all registered nonprofits, generates real-time tax receipts to donors and...

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07:07
‘Condé Nast Traveler’ unveils its first cover shot...

Condé Nast Traveler has released its 21st annual HOT LIST AWARDS issue, which features the first-ever travel publication cover to be shot using an iPhone 7 Plus.

The editorial team at Condé Nast Traveler, a publication celebrated for best-in-class photography, decided to task its swath of travel photographers with highlighting the iPhone camera's new feature, Portrait mode, that applies a depth-of-field effect to make the foreground subject sharp while creating a blurred background. The result, shot in St. Barts, was crafted into the cover of Condé Nast Traveler's May issue, which presents a selection of the best new hotel openings of the past year.

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06:47
Apple Granted a Patent for an Inductive Charger...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 60 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. This particular report covers granted patent for an inductive charger based on a magnetic dock

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06:43
Parallels Desktop 12.2.0 - Run Windows apps without...

Parallels allows you to run Windows and Mac applications side by side. Choose your view to make Windows invisible while still using its applications, or keep the familiar Windows background and controls on your Mac.

Now Supporting Windows 10 and ready for El Capitan

  • Run Windows 10 and OS X® El Capitan with ease. Use Microsoft Cortana®, your virtual assistant, on your Mac. Switch from your PC to your Mac
  • We make it easy to get all of your files, applications, browser bookmarks, and more from your PC to your Mac; just follow the setup assistant.

Works with Boot Camp®

  • Reuse your existing Boot Camp installation. Converting a virtual machine from Boot Camp is now much easier and more intuitive than ever.

Not just for Windows

  • Run a wide array of operating systems including OS X, Windows 10, 8.1 & 7, Linux, and Google ChromeTM. You can run just about anything on your Mac!
  • ...
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06:39
Deframe 2.1.1 is now available in the Mac App Store

Einstein's legacy (www.einsteinslegacy.com) has rolled out Deframe 2.1.1, a feature update to their video post-production utility for the Mac.

The app provides a way to extract, re-purpose and re-use the images and segments within your video assets. The 2.1.1 update introduces a number of user interface refinements, instant import for greater interoperability with the Finder and enhanced support for high-resolution imaging.

Deframe 2.1.1 requires macOS 10.11 or higher and costs $19.99. It’s available at the Mac App Store in the Video category.

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06:38
News: iPhone 8 prototype’s edge-to-edge display fits...

For its deluxe iPhone 8 model, Apple is “testing a screen that covers almost the entire front of the device,” Bloomberg reports. People familiar with the development process said the overall size of the prototype is close to that of the iPhone 7, but the removal of the home button and narrowing of the bezels makes for a display that’s a bit larger than that of the iPhone 7 Plus. Multiple prototypes are still being tested, some of…

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06:36
PSA: Pandora Premium now launched, competing with...

Pandora has how launched its on-demand music streaming service, competing with Apple Music and Spotify. It costs the same $9.99/month as existing services (a price dictated by the labels, which receive most of the revenue). Anyone can get a free trial of either 30 or 60 days, and there’s a special deal for existing Pandora Plus subscribers …

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06:36
Drive Genius 5.0 - Powerful system utility.

Drive Genius 4 gives you faster performance from your Mac while also protecting it. The award-winning and improved DrivePulse feature alerts you to hard drive issues before they become major problems. Optimized for OS X 10.10 Yosemite, top features like Defrag and DriveSlim will help keep your Mac running fast. The all-new BootWell tool lets you create a special bootable secondary drive to Defrag or Repair your main hard drive. You can also personalize and organize your Mac hard drive icons with IconGenius.



Version 5.0:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.10 or later.

Note: Version 5 is a paid upgrade from previous versions. Upgrade info can be found here.

New or Improved

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06:35
Graphic Inspector now lets you choose your image...

Zevrix Solutions has announced Graphic Inspector 2.2, a feature update to its quality control solution for images and vector files.

The software solves the problem of quickly locating files with specific resolution, color, spot channels, fonts and other attributes. The app can also search metadata, report image compression, and save search criteria in workflow specific presets. Version 2.2 lets users select image editing app of their choice instead of opening files with default program.

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06:35
Teardown finds Samsung Galaxy S8+ battery '...




Samsung is apparently confident that a rash of fires with its Note 7 phablet were caused by manufacturing errors, and not design or parts, as it has adopted many of the same features -- and even one of the same battery manufacturers -- with the new Galaxy S8+.

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06:34
Snapchat update adds new rear-facing camera AR World...

Snapchat is rolling out an app update that includes new 3D World Lenses for the rear-facing camera. World Lenses are like the popular selfie Lenses introduced over a year ago, but with a dash of AR that makes sharing your environment with friends more fun.

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06:30
AKVIS releases NatureArt 9.0 for macOS, Windows

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released NatureArt 9.0 for macOS and Windows. It’s an update of the software for imitating natural phenomena on digital photos.

Version 9.0 provides better display capabilities by implementing a new interface with support for 4k and 5k displays. Additionally, the program offers full compatibility with Photoshop CC 2017.

On the Mac platform, NatureArt runs on macOS 10.7 and higher. The product is available as a standalone application and as a plug-in filter for image editors.

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06:25
Gumdrop releases the DropTech case for the 13-inch...

Gumdrop Cases has released the DropTech case for the 13-inch MacBook Pro (with Touch Bar support). The bumpers in each corner are made from 10mm of silicone to maximize protection without being overly bulky. 

Beneath the protective bumpers is a transparent polycarbonate inner top shell that allows you to show off the iconic Apple logo, asset tags, school logos, or anything else you need to add to your MacBook Pro. No tools are required to install. Just slip it into the case, and give it a simple snap and click. 

It will stay on when you open and close your MacBook Pro, allow access to all ports, and provide proper ventilation so your laptop doesn't overheat. The DropTech case for the new MacBook Pro is now available in a black/smoke color combination for $69.95.

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06:19
Apple still experimenting with 'iPhone 8'...




Apple is testing a variety of different technologies for this year's "iPhone 8," according to a report reaffirming many rumors about the phone's features, such as an edge-to-edge Samsung OLED display and new camera technology.

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06:08
News: Apple releases third betas of iOS 10.3.2,...

Apple has rolled out a third beta of iOS 10.3.2 to its registered developers, along with new betas of watchOS 3.2.2 and tvOS 10.2.1. This latest betas all appear to include only bug fixes and security improvements....

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06:05
Bloomberg: Apple readies overhaul for iPhone’s 10th...

Mark Gurman and Min Jeong Lee, Bloomberg:

Apple is preparing three iPhones for launch as soon as this fall, including upgraded versions of the current two iPhone models and a new top-of-the-line handset with an overhauled look, according to people familiar with the matter. For the redesigned phone, Apple is testing a new type of screen, curved glass and stainless steel materials, and more advanced cameras, the people said. Those anxiously awaiting the redesigned iPhone, however, may have to wait because supply constraints could mean the device isn’t readily available until one or two months after the typical fall introduction.

Lots of fascinating details here, all provided by people familiar with the matter.

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06:03
Smartphone use while driving may explain end to 40-...

Smartphone use while driving may explain last year’s reversal to a 40-year decline in U.S. road deaths, it has been suggested.

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06:00
Apple investigating iOS, macOS devices with...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,625,948) for “electronic devices with retractable displays” that hints at intriguing future iOS and macOS devices. If applied to Macs, the invention might bring more touchscreen features to the computer. Or it could be a new device altogether (an “electronic newspaper/magazine,” perhaps).

In the patent, the tech giant says that electronic devices have been substantially reduced in size, but sometimes the result is a display that’s not as large as users need for some purposes. Apple is looking into a flexible display with, among other things, a touch sensor, speakers, microphones, cameras, and other components.The housings and support slats may be held together using magnets when the display is retracted. Dust brushes may be provided to remove dust from the flexible display. 

Here’s Apple’s summary of the patent: “An electronic device may have a pair of elongated housings. A flexible display may be placed in a first position in...

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06:00
The best guitar apps

I’ve become a fan of Brian Sutich’s new guitar blog, Chasing Sound. In this post, Brian takes a look at some of the top guitar-related iOS apps.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: The Supersized Creative Mac Bundle

For Tuesday’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering The Supersized Creative Mac Bundle for only $29 — that’s 97% off the full price. This great bundle for creatives includes a collection of 12 design, authoring, and publishing apps along with over 25 hours of photography, video, and web design instruction. Write the next great novel with Storyist for Mac, create incredible HDR photos with Aurora HDR, perform 3D modelling with Silo 2, and…

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05:59
Bloomberg Backs Latest 'iPhone 8'...

Bloomberg today has published a detailed report about what it expects from the tentatively named iPhone 8.

"iPhone Edition" render by Japanese blog Mac Otakara

The report, citing people familiar with the matter, claims Apple's latest prototype features a stainless steel frame sandwiched between symmetrical glass on the front and the back. That design, one of several that Apple has tested, would be similar conceptually to the iPhone 4 launched in 2010.

The overhauled iPhone will also adopt an OLED display that covers almost the entire front of the device, according to the report. The...

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05:56
The new, improved Google Earth

Google Earth requires the Chrome browser on the Mac side. I think it’s well worth it. There’s something magical about spinning the globe and slowly homing in on a favorite unexplored spot. The creep in from up in space to the closest zoomed in view is much more continuous, less jarring as you move to different map levels.

Worth a few minutes to explore. Don’t miss the tool bar on the left side of the window. You’ll want to take advantage of that search icon.

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05:47
Rumor: new iMacs — including a server-grade version...

Apple is expected to begin production of two new iMacs in May for an official launch in the second half of the year, according to DigiTimes, quoting unnamed “sources from Taiwan-based supply chain makers,” who add that a server-grade iMac for the high-end sector is also in the works.

Apple currently has a 21.5-inch and a 27-inch iMac available in the market and the new products are expected to be the upgrades of the two models and are expected to hit the market in the third quarter to catch up with the year-end holiday season the article adds.

DigiTimes says the server-grade iMac is expected to feature Intel's Xeon E3-1285 v6 processor, 16-64GB ECC RAM, up to 2TB NVMe SSD and a latest discrete graphics card. However, this model probably won’t be available until the end of the year, the article adds.

Chances that this rumor is true — in the opinion of the Sellers...

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05:44
How to turn your Mac into a DVR for over-the-air TV

Glenn Fleishman pulled together this reasonably comprehensive look at options for capturing over the air TV signals and recording them on your Mac. If you’ve thought about cutting the cable cord, this is for you.

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05:39
How to set a full-time Mac boot password (i.e. a...

Don’t do this. But it is an interesting read. But don’t do it. And go back up your Mac.

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05:35
Jean-Louis Gassée on Apple, United, and customer...

Jean-Louis Gassée, Monday Note:

When I was selected to run Apple France more than three decades ago, I had a disdainfully Parisien attitude to customer service. You inserted an interface card backwards and your Apple ][ no longer boots? Well of course it doesn’t…you did it wrong.

After a few combative customer service encounters, I experienced an epiphany: No matter how “wrong” they may be, we’re a prosperous business, we can afford to take care of these situations, but we can’t afford to let unhappy, affronted customers damage our reputation.

The flip side of this Parisien approach?

Whenever a call was escalated to my office, I would immediately offer to buy back the customer’s machine. The offer was always emphatically declined, so we moved on to arrangements for shipment or perhaps a personal appointment at our service shop. Our business concluded, I would ask if the happy caller had children: “Yes…but why?” “For the t-shirts, of...

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05:34
Apple, Unwired Planet settle out of court

Unwired Planet has announced that it has settled its patent infringement suit with Apple, just as a California federal trial was set to begin, ending more than four years of litigation that Apple said was frivolous and Unwired said was worth an estimated $33 million. Details of the settlement haven’t been disclosed.

In July 2016, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit handed down an opinion vacating in part a 2015 summary judgment that found Apple not in infringement of certain cellular and voice recognition patents by Unwired Planet. The company sued Apple in 2012, claiming a variety of Apple products infringed 10 of its patents for cellular data transmission, voice recognition systems, device provisioning and other related technologies. Apple's iPhone, iPad, App Store, iTunes, iCloud, iOS and a selection of first-party apps were targeted in the suit.

Unwired is suing Samsung, Huwei and Google for patent violations, as well.

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05:32
Japanese state-backed fund hints it may try to limit...

A fund backed by the Japanese government has hinted that it may try to prevent Apple supplier Foxconn’s attempt to take control of Toshiba’s chip-making division. It has been variously reported that Foxconn is seeking either an outright purchase of the division, or a controlling stake – possibly with Apple’s assistance

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05:27
Apple is granted their First Patent for an iDevice...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office granted Apple a patent that covers their first scrollable iDevice invention

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05:15
Enthusiasts combine 2016 MacBook Pro with GTX 1080...

Ok, this is pretty darn cool.

A group of enthusiasts have found they were able to boost the video performance of the Radeon Pro 450 found on the 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro by nearly 400 percent via external GPU attachments.

External GPU enthusiast site egpu.io has affixed a GTX 1080 Ti to an AKiTiO Note and Mantiz Venus enclosure. While the cards may be hamstrung slightly by the Thunderbolt 3 interface not being as fast as a 16x PCI-E slot, the results are nonetheless impressive.

In a best-case scenario utilizing benchmarks, the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro 450 scores 5822 via the Luxmark 3.1 benchmarking software, with the Radeon Pro 460 scoring 6056.

The group also noted that on the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, the Thunderbolt 3 controllers are attached to the PCH-H controller. As such, the available bandwidth to Thunderbolt 3 devices, including the flash storage on the computer, could be constrained by other components connected through...

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05:00
Rumor: Next-gen “iPhone Edition” to feature polished...

There has to be a nugget of truth in all these rumors.

Apple’s widely rumored and anticipated iPhone with an OLED display is said to feature a polished stainless steel enclosure sandwiched between front and back glass. This is the same iPhone 4-like design that reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has expected since last year.

The handset, which has been rumored to be called the “iPhone Edition”, will feature an improved variant of the Apple Watch’s stainless steel enclosure. As such, it’s thought to include a conventionally flat OLED display with 2.5D cover glass along the edges.

The report cites that the “iPhone Edition” will arrive with a vertically-aligned iSight Duo camera on the rear for VR shooting purposes. When the iPhone is used in a VR headset, the cameras would be positioned horizontally as is customary.

It’s also thought that the tentatively named iPhone 7s and iPhons 7s Plus will be slightly thicker than the current...

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04:50
Survey finds most feeling they're behind in...

Data Conversion Laboratory, Inc. (DCL) and the Center for Information Development Management (CIDM), have released the results of the 5th annual "Following the Trends – Is Your Content Ready?" survey, and the results show, among many other insights, that a surprising 51% of those polled responded "No," that their content is not ready – a 21% increase over last year.  

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04:34
Bloomberg corroborates iPhone 8 glass/steel design...

Bloomberg has today published its overview of Apple’s plans for the new iPhone lineup this year, largely reaffirming what the rumor mill has said up to now. Apple will reportedly launch three new iPhones in the fall, iterative successors to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and a new ‘top of the line’ iPhone 8 with an ‘overhauled’ design.

Bloomberg details various prototypes for the radical new OLED iPhone with variations of curved glass and stainless steel chassis materials …

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04:30
How to use the Remote app to control your iTunes...

If you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod you can use the Remote app — free at the Apple App Store — to control your Mac’s iTunes library from a distance. 

First, pair the app with the iTunes library (or libraries) you want to control. Your device and your computer must be on the same wireless network.

If you have Remote 2.0 (or later) and Home Sharing is turned on, you can set Remote to pair automatically with any of the iTunes libraries on your Home Sharing network. You can also pair Remote directly with iTunes libraries that aren’t in your Home Sharing network. To pair the Remote with an iTunes library: 

  • Tap Remote on your device’s Home screen.
  • Tap Add an iTunes Library.
  • A 4-digit code appears.
  • Open iTunes on your computer and click the Remote button . 
  • Type the 4-digit code in the iTunes window.
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  • iTunes pairs the...
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04:24
Apple reportedly adds second Apple Watch...

Apple has added a second Apple Watch manufacturer, according to China’s EDN (via Digitimes). The report claims that this is in part to boost total production capacity in the light of ‘an optimistic sales outlook for the device’ …

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04:19
Shift away from cash could save developed economics...

Citi says that the affordability of financial services fell by 3.2% in high-performing countries, but grew by 2.3% in emerging ones – highlighting that many countries in the developed world are still struggling to bring their unbanked and underbanked in to the digital fold.

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