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Sunday March 19

19:32
ClamXav 2.12.1

Improves overall reliability and enhances handling of GMail mailboxes in Apple Mail. ($29.95 new, free update, 19.1 MB)

 

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18:46
Apple Paid $0 In Taxes To New Zealand, Despite Sales...

Apple paid no income tax to New Zealand's Inland Revenue Department for the last 10 years, according to an article shared by sit1963nz, prompting calls for the company to "do the right thing" even from some American-based Apple users. From the New Zealand Herald:

Bryan Chaffin of The Mac Observer, an Apple community blog site founded in 1998...wrote that Apple was the largest taxpayer in the United States, but 'pays next to nothing in most parts of the world... [L]ocal taxes matter. Roads matter. Schools matter. Housing authorities matter. Health care matters. Regulation enforcement matters. All of the things that support civil society matter. Apple's profits are made possible by that civil society, and the company should contribute its fair share.'"
Apple's accounts "show apparent income tax payments of $37 million," according to an earlier article, "but a close reading shows this sum was actually sent abroad to the Australian Tax Office, an arrangement that has been...

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18:43
Mystery Apple 'wireless device' turns out...




One of Apple's "wireless devices" recently submitted for approval by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission turns out to have been a door access system, likely for the Apple Park campus opening in April, according to a manual and photos published by the government body on Sunday.

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18:31
Saks Fifth Avenue left customer data exposed to the...

Sometimes, hackers don't have to lift a finger to swipe valuable shopping data -- it can be sitting right out in the open. BuzzFeed News has found that Saks Fifth Avenue was storing info for tens of thousands of customers in plain text on their serve...

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17:00
Facebook may show off its hardware efforts in April

When Facebook launched its hardware-focused Building 8, it raised all kinds of questions: just what was it making in there, and when would you see the first fruits of its labor? You might not have to wait long to get the details. Sources speaking to...

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15:50
Will this year’s hardware updates be enough to...

Yesterday, we rounded up everything we currently know about Apple’s planned iPad updates for this year. We noted of a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, refreshed 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, and perhaps a refreshed, affordable 9.7-inch model, as well.

With all of that in mind, however, are hardware updates enough to return the iPad to growth?

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15:29
Uber president quits in response to controversies (...

Uber might be on the hunt for a second-in-command to keep its behavior in line, but that isn't stopping one key executive from heading out the door. Recode sources claim that company President Jeff Jones is leaving after having been on the job for le...

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15:01
Microsoft Office 2016 15.32

Adds support for the Touch Bar on the 2016 MacBook Pro to Outlook. ($149.99 new, free update)

 

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13:56
Canada's first spaceport could host launches in...

Canada will finally have its own spaceport courtesy of private space corporation Maritime Launch Services. The company plans to start building (PDF) the facility next year in an isolated town on Nova Scotia's eastern coast. It decided on the site aft...

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13:35
WikiLeaks Won't Tell Tech Companies How To...

"WikiLeaks has made initial contact with us via secure@microsoft.com," a Microsoft spokesperson told Motherboard -- but then things apparently stalled. An anonymous reader quotes Fortune:
Wikileaks this week contacted major tech companies including Apple and Google, and required them to assent to a set of conditions before receiving leaked information about security "zero days" and other surveillance methods in the possession of the Central Intelligence Agency... Wikileaks' demands remain largely unknown, but may include a 90-day deadline for fixing any disclosed security vulnerabilities. According to Motherboard's sources, at least some of the involved companies are still in the process of evaluating the legal ramifications of the conditions.
Julian Assange announced Friday that Mozilla had already received information after agreeing to their "industry standard responsible disclosure plan," then added that "most of these lagging companies have conflicts of interest due...

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12:55
Logic Pros (101): Working with Audio Effects and...

Now that we have a good understanding of the Workspace, recording basics, the various Channel Strip elements, as well as how to balance it all on the Mixer, this week on Logic Pros 101 it’s all about plug-ins. more…

Filed under: Apple...

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12:27
Intel's first hyper-fast 3D drive is meant for...

At last, Intel is making a stand-alone drive based on its extremely fast 3D storage technology... although you're probably not about to pick one up yourself. The chip maker has unveiled the Optane SSD DC P4800X, a drive destined for the PCI Express o...

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12:04
External Link: iMessage App Store Growth Slowing...

Analytics firm Sensor Tower has found that while the iMessage App Store that Apple introduced in iOS 10 got off to a strong start, it’s now stagnating. The good news: nearly 5000 apps now boast iMessage compatibility. However, that growth has slowed significantly, from 116 percent between September and the end of October to just 9 percent between January and February. The slowdown doesn’t surprise us, as we’ve found most iMessage apps slow, hard to use, and largely pointless. Are you using any iMessage apps regularly? If so, tell us about them in the comments.

 

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11:15
The difficulty involved in landing a Boeing 737...

The video is amazing. It looks like he’s driving a rally car.

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10:58
'Kerbal Space Program' expansion has you...

Squad isn't done adding to Kerbal Space Program just because the game's protracted development is over... if anything, the studio is just getting started. The company has unveiled KSP's first expansion, Making History, and this is definitely represe...

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10:00
Fury road: Did Uber steal the driverless future from...

Bloomberg:

But none of these (Uber) scandals has the potential financial impact of the one Uber has said the least about: a lawsuit from Alphabet Inc.—the parent of Google and Google’s self-driving car division, now called Waymo—over driverless cars. Waymo says Uber is in possession of, and is basing the future of its business on, technology that was stolen by a former employee.

There’s no doubt that various versions of “autonomous cars” are the future. But, just like the cars we drive from dozens of different manufacturers today, I don’t think that future belongs to just one

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09:58
EduTech: What Apple can do to win back Chromebook...

EduTech is a 9to5Mac weekly series that focuses on technology’s application in education, lower and higher level, both for productivity and enjoyment. If you have suggestions for topics or specific questions you’d like to see answered, feel free to let me know. Catch up on past installments here

One story that’s been making the rounds in the media recently has been Apple’s role in education as it faces increased competition from products like Chromebooks.

Earlier this month, we reported on new data that claimed both iOS and macOS again were losing marketshare to Chromebooks. In the US, Chrome OS saw its share rise to 58 percent in 2016, up from 50% in the prior year. On the other hand, iOS dropped to 14%, down from 19% in 2015, and macOS dropped to 5% share, down from 6%.

In your education...

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09:47
Why are basketball games so squeaky? Consider the...

The facetious answer to the headline, “Because of the sneakers”, belies the very interesting science behind it. I love the sound. It’s the sound of my childhood.

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09:33
Fantastical 2.3.4

Adds support for Google’s new login requirements and improves performance for very large calendars. ($49.99 new, free update, 14.0 MB)

 

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09:30
iPads in every hospital: Apple’s plan to crack the $...

Apple has made overtures into the health care market but I don’t think we are even close to seeing what their complete plans are yet.

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09:30
The best electric toothbrush

By Casey Johnston

This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best homewares. When readers choose to buy The Sweethome's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work....

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09:01
Apple engineer converts used van into mobile...

What a kind and generous thing to do.

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09:01
External Link: LG Fixes UltraFine 5K Display Wi-Fi...

We’ve previously reported on the LG UltraFine 5K Display suffering from interference issues when positioned near a Wi-Fi router. The company promised to improve radio shielding in the monitors, and MacRumors has confirmed that newer units no longer suffer from interference. If you’re buying a new LG UltraFine 5K Display, note that units with serial numbers starting with 702 or 703 feature the upgraded shielding. Owners of older units can contact LG for a repair, which LG says will take 7–10 business days.

 

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08:35
VueScan 9.5.72 - Scanner software with advanced...

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

Why should you use VueScan?

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

The list of supported scanners is...

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08:00
After Math: Potpurri

It's been a bountiful week for tech news. Google developed an algorithm that can shrink jpeg files by 35 percent, Lyft settled a California lawsuit to the tune of $27 million, NASA has some thoughts on biofuels and a team of researchers have used las...

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07:26
TrailRunner 3.8.1454 - Route planning for hiking,...

TrailRunner is the perfect companion for runners, bikers, hikers, and all people wandering under the sky. Plan routes on a geographical map. Import GPS or workout recordings and journalize your activities in a diary.

Features

  • View maps and elevation data from Internet mapping services like USGS topo maps
  • Import GPS recordings from Trails, iTrail, and 321Run for iPhone
  • Import workouts from the Nike + iPod Sport Kit
  • Import tracks and workouts from GPS fitness devices like the Garmin ForeRunner or Garmin Edge
  • Import/Export TCX, GPX, and KML files
  • Describe favorite tracks and rate them with iTunes stars
  • Plan routes interactively or automatically for a given distance
  • Export route directions onto your iPod
  • Journalize workouts in a diary, see your progress in a history chart
  • Publish a Weblog to MobileMe

Note: While the software is...

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07:21
Apple's iPads will help Crack the $3 Trillion...

Apple has been working with the medical community for some time now. Apple published an "iPhone in Business" profile back in 2012 covering Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital along with an overview video of how the iPhone was being used at the hospital. In 2014 Apple introduced HealthKit and then in 2015 they introduced ResearchKit to empower medical researchers. A new report looks at Apple's involvement in the medical community and how the iPad is becoming an instrumental tool for hospitals.

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06:30
Ben Heck's Nintendo Switch teardown

Nintendo has a new console out, which means Ben, Karen and Felix are responding exactly as you'd expect them to: by tearing down the new Switch console and Joy Con controllers. How does it compare to a laptop or tablet computer? Is it designed fo...

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03:33
PDFpen and PDFpenPro 8.3.3

Resolves a couple of crashes, plus revamps scribble behavior. ($74.95/$124.95 new, free update, 70.4/71 MB)

 

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03:26
NASA signs up four research teams to study the Solar...

While NASA already has plenty of scientists, it still regularly works with research teams from various universities and non-profit orgs. It even created the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) to oversee some of its collabora...

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Saturday March 18

23:35
Four of the best casual photography and filter apps...




If you're a seasoned iPhone pro, or a new user, the vast amount of simple photography apps can be staggering -- AppleInsider picks out four cheap or free ones for you to try.

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22:29
Windows 10 will push some updates over limited data...

Windows 10's Creators Update should generally be more considerate when delivering updates, but you might not be the biggest fan if you have limited internet service. Microsoft has confirmed that the new version of Windows will automatically download...

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22:02
Editorial: An ad-free, premium social network......




Apple has several elements of a social network already, with evidence pointing to plans for expansion. Here's why the company needs a strong social strategy, and how a social network from Apple could uniquely address the issues of online harassment, fake news, surveillance advertising, clickbait and viral plagiarism.

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20:59
Time Out 2.2.1 - Break reminder tool with micro-...

Time Out helps remind you to take work breaks throughout the day. It has two kinds of breaks: a "Normal" break, typically for 10 minutes after 50 minutes of work, so you can move about and relax, plus a "Micro" break: a very brief pause of typically 10 seconds every 10 minutes, so you can remember not to tense up too much for long periods.

You can configure how long each kind of break lasts, and how long between breaks, or disable each kind. Each Time Out is announced via the screen slowly dimming, with related graphics materializing, and when the break is complete, it fades out again, optionally playing a sound. You can change the time these transitions take... and you can even change the color and the level of transparency during the break. So if you like, you can make it mostly transparent so you can continue reading while on your break... though it's better for you if you give your eyes a rest during the Time Out.

Note: This...

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20:59
MacPilot 9.0.5 - Enable over 1,200 hidden features...

MacPilot gives you the power of UNIX and the simplicity of Macintosh, which means a phenomenal amount of untapped power in your hands! Use MacPilot to unlock over 1,200 features, and access them all with the easy and familiar Macintosh user interface. No command line tools or complicated file operations!

Display hidden files in the Finder, disable the startup chime, add spacers and stacks to the Dock, change the screenshot file format, run maintenance tools, tweak network settings, force empty the Trash, and tons more. Keep yourself in awe and busy for days as you discover how much Mac OS X has "under the hood".

Get out of the passenger seat and take control of your Mac. Set your login window picture, use the screensaver as your Desktop, modify advanced file permissions (ACL), change the system welcome message, enable simultaneous recordings in QuickTime, view system logs, or enable the Debug menu in numerous apps.



Version 9.0.5:...

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20:59
TrailRunner 3.8.1433 - Route planning for hiking,...

TrailRunner is the perfect companion for runners, bikers, hikers, and all people wandering under the sky. Plan routes on a geographical map. Import GPS or workout recordings and journalize your activities in a diary.

Features

  • View maps and elevation data from Internet mapping services like USGS topo maps
  • Import GPS recordings from Trails, iTrail, and 321Run for iPhone
  • Import workouts from the Nike + iPod Sport Kit
  • Import tracks and workouts from GPS fitness devices like the Garmin ForeRunner or Garmin Edge
  • Import/Export TCX, GPX, and KML files
  • Describe favorite tracks and rate them with iTunes stars
  • Plan routes interactively or automatically for a given distance
  • Export route directions onto your iPod
  • Journalize workouts in a diary, see your progress in a history chart
  • Publish a Weblog to MobileMe

Note: While the software is...

| Read more »
20:59
Firefox 52.0.1 - Fast, safe Web browser.

Firefox offers a fast, safe Web browsing experience. Browse quickly, securely, and effortlessly. With its industry-leading features, Firefox is the choice of Web development professionals and casual users alike.

The Web, as it's meant to be experienced

Features

  • Faster than Safari. Firefox stays speedy when other browsers become sluggish.
  • More private than Chrome. Firefox respects your privacy by minimizing suggestive pop-ups.
  • Bursting with features. Tabbed browsing, developer tools, extensions -- Firefox has it all, giving you the power to explore, customize, and create like never before.



Version 52.0.1:

  • [Fixed] integer overflow in createImageBitmap()



  • OS X 10.9 or later



Download Now]]...

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20:59
ClamXav 2.12.1 - Virus checker based on ClamAV.

ClamXav is a popular virus checker for OS X.

I have been working on ClamXav for more than 10 years now, and over those years, I have invested a huge amount of my own time and energy into bringing ClamXav to where it is today -- one of the most trusted and recommended anti-virus solutions for the Mac. In the past, other priorities got in the way and I wasn't able to focus on development as much as I would have liked, but that stops now. ClamXav is now a commercial product. It's being sold through a new company (Canimaan Software Ltd) but don't let that fool you -- I'm still the owner and lead developer.



Version 2.12.1:

  • Improved support for users who have moved their home folder to a different disk
  • New notification system if we need to notify you of important information - disable with expert pref 'PreventMessageChecking' (boolean)
  • Improved handling of errors in Regular Expression syntax
  • Distributing...
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20:02
LeEco is reportedly selling the site for its Silicon...

Chinese tech giant LeEco might not get the chance to build the massive Silicon Valley HQ it wanted. According to Reuters, it's selling the 49-acre property a year after it bought the site from Yahoo and in the midst of serious financial issues. LeEco...

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18:33
ChronoSync 4.7.5

Fixes a couple of bugs related to the ChronoSync Scheduler. ($49.99 new, free update, 41.2 MB)

 

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18:28
Chrome quietly received a big 3D graphics boost

Did you recently notice a boost to 3D web graphics while using Chrome? It's not just you. Google has revealed that Chrome 56 and later releases support the WebGL 2.0 standard. You should see faster performance, new texture types and visual effects...

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16:58
Amazon can judge your daily outfit choices

Amazon has a new perk exclusively for Prime members. The latest version of the e-commerce titan's app comes with a feature called "Outfit Compare" under the "Programs and Features" section, where you'd usually find all its newest offerings. Since its...

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15:45
Roundup: Here’s everything we currently know about...

Apple’s iPad lineup doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. Often overshadowed by the iPhone 8 rumors is an all-new iPad family that we’re expecting to be announced at some point this year, likely sooner rather than later. Last weekend, we told you all about the new iPhone 8, but now it’s time to give the iPad the same treatment.

Read on for our full breakdown of 2017 iPad rumors…

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

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15:31
Marine Corps guidelines now ban online sexual...

The US Marine Corps has already started to crack down on soldiers sharing nude photos of women soldiers through internet groups, but it now has a better way of tackling this behavior. The military branch has published updated guidelines that explici...

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13:59
Tesla kills its relatively affordable 60kWh Model S...

After April 16th, 2017, people will no longer be able to buy the most affordable Tesla cars available today. The automaker has decided to stop offering the Model S 60 and 60D options to "simplify the ordering process," according to a newsletter it se...

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11:57
WikiLeaks won't share CIA exploits unless...

WikiLeaks offered to work with tech companies to patch the CIA's leaked security exploits, but there has been a whole lot of silence ever since. Why? That depends on who you ask. Motherboard sources claim that WikiLeaks "made demands" of the companie...

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11:37
∞ Bottlenose dolphins, Marlborough Sounds

I’ve seen dolphins do this off the bow and stern of a Canadian Navy warship when I was younger and it was an amazing thing to watch. They actually seemed to be enjoying pacing the ship and playing in the wake.

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10:38
Google Unveils Guetzli, Open Source JPEG Encoder, to...


Google on Thursday announced Guetzli, a new contribution to its evolving set of tools for the open source community. Guetzli is an encoder that allows JPEG files to be compressed as much as 35 percent, resulting in much faster Web page loading. "Guetzli," which means "cookie" in Swiss German, allows users to create smaller JPEG images while maintaining compatibility with existing Web browsers, image processing applications and the existing JPEG standard, noted Robert Obryk and Jyrki Alakuijala, software engineers at Google Research Europe.

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10:38
US releases secret footage of atom bomb tests

These videos are simultaneously fascinating, beautiful, and terrifying.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:28
'Super Mario Run' reaches Android on March...

Android users won't have to wait much longer to find out whether or not Super Mario Run has justified any of the hype. Nintendo has made good on its earlier promise and revealed that the Android edition of the touchscreen runner will arrive on March...

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09:46
Google reduces JPEG file size by 35%

Looks good so far. As a photographer, I’m always fighting the battle between file size and image quality. Anything that can help is a win.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:30
These scientists sent a rocket to Mars for less than...
09:27
Twitter rolling out updated profile design on iOS...

Over the past few days, Twitter has gradually started rolling out a new profile interface for its iOS app. While it’s unclear how many users currently have the new interface, it first started appearing earlier this week.

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

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09:00
Ethan Hawke shot most of his forthcoming biopic with...

Ethan Hawke's forthcoming biopic, Blaze, sees the actor make the move from center stage to the director's chair. The movie tells the story of the late country and western artist Blaze Foley, and is being filmed in almost entirely with DJI products. T...

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08:01
This week’s top stories: New iPad & iPhone 8...

In this week’s top stories: New iPad & iPhone 8 reports, iOS 10.3 betas, our Apple Watch feature requests, new apps and much more.

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

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07:42
Tim Cook talks benefits of globalization & user...

Following the announcement that Apple will be building two more research and development centers in China, CEO Tim Cook gave a speech at the China Development Forum. This year marked Cook’s first appearance at the event, which is sponsored by China’s central government.

In the hourlong speech, Cook touched on a variety of topics, including globalization and user privacy.

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

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07:27
Apple Thinks that 'Globalization is Great...

In a new analytical report published by Kantar this week, I noted that Apple's iOS experienced growth across most major regions except for China where iOS dropped by a whopping 8.4% over the last three months as local smartphone brands gain momentum over Apple. As CEO, Tim Cook knows he has to reverse the trend in China and so in a speech delivered in China overnight, he went on a charm offensive ....

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07:14
Hands-on: Philips Hue Go – dynamic lighting anywhere...

After going hands-on with the Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus, I was eager to try out other products in the Hue lineup. The Philips Hue Go seemed particularly intriguing thanks to its battery-powered portability.

The Go is an ~$80 portable light, the size of a small cantaloupe that’s been sliced in half. The unit can be stay on for 3 hours thanks to its built-in rechargeable battery, but can also be powered via a wall outlet.

Although the Hue Go comes bundled with 7 lighting presets, it really shines when combined with the Philips Hue Bridge. The Bridge isn’t a requirement to use the Go, but it does allow you to tap into the full potential of the product.

Should you consider adding the Philips Hue Go to your lighting repertoire? Have a look at our video walkthrough for my hands-on impressions and overview....

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07:03
ClamXav 2.12.1 - Virus checker based on ClamAV.

ClamXav is a popular virus checker for OS X.

I have been working on ClamXav for more than 10 years now, and over those years, I have invested a huge amount of my own time and energy into bringing ClamXav to where it is today -- one of the most trusted and recommended anti-virus solutions for the Mac. In the past, other priorities got in the way and I wasn't able to focus on development as much as I would have liked, but that stops now. ClamXav is now a commercial product. It's being sold through a new company (Canimaan Software Ltd) but don't let that fool you -- I'm still the owner and lead developer.



Version 2.12.1:

  • Improved support for users who have moved their home folder to a different disk
  • New notification system if we need to notify you of important information - disable with expert pref 'PreventMessageChecking' (boolean)
  • Improved handling of errors in Regular Expression syntax
  • Distributing...
| Read more »
07:02
Become Tech Savvy: Sizing up a slow Mac and what you...

First time checking out this series? You’ll get the most value by starting at the beginning, however you can also use the series overview if you’d like to go buffet style.

Note for regular readers, the already tech savvy, and IT professionals: this series is designed as a resource you can share with those you are helping or for those looking to become tech savvy on their own.

How to size up a slow Mac and what to do next
Background, Expectations, & Best Practices

One of the best things about a Mac is that they often last a long time. While this is a great feature of a quality product, your Mac’s performance may also decrease the longer you own it. And even if you have a new or relatively new Mac you’ll likely find some value in the tips below.

...

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06:57
TrailRunner 3.8.1433 - Route planning for hiking,...

TrailRunner is the perfect companion for runners, bikers, hikers, and all people wandering under the sky. Plan routes on a geographical map. Import GPS or workout recordings and journalize your activities in a diary.

Features

  • View maps and elevation data from Internet mapping services like USGS topo maps
  • Import GPS recordings from Trails, iTrail, and 321Run for iPhone
  • Import workouts from the Nike + iPod Sport Kit
  • Import tracks and workouts from GPS fitness devices like the Garmin ForeRunner or Garmin Edge
  • Import/Export TCX, GPX, and KML files
  • Describe favorite tracks and rate them with iTunes stars
  • Plan routes interactively or automatically for a given distance
  • Export route directions onto your iPod
  • Journalize workouts in a diary, see your progress in a history chart
  • Publish a Weblog to MobileMe

Note: While the software is...

| Read more »
06:42
MacPilot 9.0.5 - Enable over 1,200 hidden features...

MacPilot gives you the power of UNIX and the simplicity of Macintosh, which means a phenomenal amount of untapped power in your hands! Use MacPilot to unlock over 1,200 features, and access them all with the easy and familiar Macintosh user interface. No command line tools or complicated file operations!

Display hidden files in the Finder, disable the startup chime, add spacers and stacks to the Dock, change the screenshot file format, run maintenance tools, tweak network settings, force empty the Trash, and tons more. Keep yourself in awe and busy for days as you discover how much Mac OS X has "under the hood".

Get out of the passenger seat and take control of your Mac. Set your login window picture, use the screensaver as your Desktop, modify advanced file permissions (ACL), change the system welcome message, enable simultaneous recordings in QuickTime, view system logs, or enable the Debug menu in numerous apps.



Version 9.0.5:...

| Read more »
06:30
ICYMI: Tornado simulators and cranial cracking robo-...

Today on In Case You Missed It: Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are leveraging 20,000-core supercomputers to model the inner workings of supercells in hopes of finding out why some storms unleash tornadoes while others do not....

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06:00
Inside the Infinity Room, SXSW's trippy art...

South by Southwest isn’t just a tech show—it’s more of an ideas show, a place where technology comes together with art, music, and film in creative ways to bring these outside-the-box concepts to the people. 

Well, I guess in the case of the Infinity Room, the point is to bring people inside the box. The Infinity Room is an installation by mixed-media artist Refik Anadol that uses trippy audio and visuals to create an illusion of infinite time and space. The room is a completely closed-off box with projectors on each of the four walls, and mirrors on both the floor and ceiling that make the space feel much bigger than it actually is. Looking down was a little freaky—it looked like I was suspended in midair. 

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05:53
Time Out 2.2.1 - Break reminder tool with micro-...

Time Out helps remind you to take work breaks throughout the day. It has two kinds of breaks: a "Normal" break, typically for 10 minutes after 50 minutes of work, so you can move about and relax, plus a "Micro" break: a very brief pause of typically 10 seconds every 10 minutes, so you can remember not to tense up too much for long periods.

You can configure how long each kind of break lasts, and how long between breaks, or disable each kind. Each Time Out is announced via the screen slowly dimming, with related graphics materializing, and when the break is complete, it fades out again, optionally playing a sound. You can change the time these transitions take... and you can even change the color and the level of transparency during the break. So if you like, you can make it mostly transparent so you can continue reading while on your break... though it's better for you if you give your eyes a rest during the Time Out.

Note: This...

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05:48
Firefox 52.0.1 - Fast, safe Web browser.

Firefox offers a fast, safe Web browsing experience. Browse quickly, securely, and effortlessly. With its industry-leading features, Firefox is the choice of Web development professionals and casual users alike.

The Web, as it's meant to be experienced

Features

  • Faster than Safari. Firefox stays speedy when other browsers become sluggish.
  • More private than Chrome. Firefox respects your privacy by minimizing suggestive pop-ups.
  • Bursting with features. Tabbed browsing, developer tools, extensions -- Firefox has it all, giving you the power to explore, customize, and create like never before.



Version 52.0.1:

  • [Fixed] integer overflow in createImageBitmap()



  • OS X 10.9 or later



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05:15
Hands On: Google Calendar on iOS continues the trend...




Google Calendar could be better designed but it's hard to beat on features. AppleInsider investigates how well Google's calendar integrates with Apple's own.

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05:00
AR/VR headset market expected to grow at a compound...

Who knows if Apple will ever release an augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR headset, although there have been patents for (what I’ve dubbed) “iGlasses. However, new device launches, an expanding array of content for both consumer and enterprise users, and lower price points will propel the worldwide augmented and virtual reality headset device market at a breakneck pace, says the IDC research group. 

According to data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Augmented and Virtual Reality Headset Tracker, total headset device shipments will reach 99.4 million units in 2021, up nearly 10-fold from the 10.1 million units shipped in 2016. This results in a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 58%...

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05:00
Visa's payment-enabled sunglasses are ready for...

Tap-to-pay terminals make it easy for you to pay for things with your smartphone (hey, Apple Pay!), so in theory, you can use them to pay with anything that can support an NFC chip. 

That’s what Visa was illustrating at South by Southwest through their latest payment-enabled accessory prototype: a pair of sunglasses. The sunglasses had a small NFC chip embedded on the side, which was linked to a pre-paid card, and you could use the glasses to pay for stuff wherever tap-to-pay was accepted. When demoing the glasses, it worked seamlessly—even quicker than Apple Pay, since I didn’t need to wait for the terminal to accept my fingerprint scan.

The glasses are just a prototype, and part of an ongoing push from Visa to show just how easy this technology can be to implement. The sunglasses will be used by athletes during the World Surf League in Australia this March, and last summer, Visa issued...

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05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Letter from the Editor

If you can define a year before it's halfway over, 2017 may well be the year of blurred lines. No, not the 2013 Robin Thicke song, but the lines that separate reality from fantasy. This week started off with White House offici...

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04:54
At SXSW Event Garth Brooks says he Could Never Fit...

At the South by Southwest event yesterday, the reigning CMA 'Entertainer of the Year' talked about his decision to go with Amazon's streaming music back in October, applauded Spotify's Co-Founder and went out of his way to say that he could never change to fit the rules set out by "the other guys" – interpreted as being Apple Music.

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04:30
Apple granted another patent involving facial...

Apple has been granted another patent (number 20170076077) involving facial recognition. This one is dubbed “locking and unlocking a mobile device using facial recognition.”

If it ever becomes reality, your iPhone and iPad could be unlocked when their camera recognized your mug. Per the patent, an unlocked mobile device is configured to capture images, analyze the images to detect a user's face, and automatically lock the device in response to determining that a user's face doesn’t appear in the images. The camera capturing and face recognition processing may be triggered by the device having detected that it has been motionless for a threshold period of time. 

In another embodiment, a locked mobile device is configured to capture an initial image using its camera, capture a new image in response to detecting movement of the device, determine that the device moved to a use position, capture a subsequent image in response to determining that the device moved to a use...

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04:00
Fantag taps former Apple exec John Stone as COO

Fantag, a company that specializes in mobile video technology, has hired John Stone as its chief operating officer (COO). Among his many posts in the tech world, he served as a vice president at Apple, reporting directly to CEO Tim Cook, after the company acquired PowerSchool, a startup Stone co-founded in 1999 and which today serves 100 million users in 70 countries. 

At Fantag, John will help operationalize the company's business development activity and position Fantag for future strategic partnerships, according to Brian Dombrowski, founder and CEO at Fantag. 

Fantag's mobile video platform -- currently in beta and going live later this year -- enables spectators at live events to capture and share moments with a tap on their phone, and without having to actually record the video themselves. The company, which formally launched in Sacramento in early 2017.

While at Bain & Company, Stone consulted Nike...

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03:41
Apple CEO Tim Cook Touts Benefits of Globalization...

Apple CEO Tim Cook gave a talk on Saturday to attendees of the China Development Forum 2017, where he offered commentary on a range of issues including globalization, economics, and data privacy.

The annual forum is a high-profile conference in which senior Chinese government officials, global corporation leaders, institutions, and scholars gather to discuss major issues including Chinese economic reform and the country's relationship with the wider world. Other tech CEOs at this year's event included IBM's Ginni Rometty and Siemens' Joe Kaeser.

Image: VCG/VCG via Getty Images

According to The Wall Street Journal, Cook chose to focus on the perceived merits of globalization during his speech, calling its impact on the world "great" in general, while noting the currently...

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03:23
UberEats and Volvo think riders might want a...

Tokyo might be known for its plethora of restaurants, but the beleaguered UberEats service and Volvo have put a brand new one in the backseat of a moving SUV. A partnership between the Swedish automaker, Uber and Iron Chef Yukio Hattori called the "A...

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03:00
The Week in Apple News and Rumors: iPad Pro rumors,...

Apple headlines for the week ending Mar. 17, 2017

Image by Apple

The rumor mill is working overtime, with renders of iPhones everywhere (a curved screen or no curved screen?), grumblings of the sequel to the iPad Pro, and even an new Apple TV sighting. There were a few actual news items, though. Check out the Apple-related headlines in this week’s roundup. Just click on the link to get more information.

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03:00
Meet SwapBots, an augmented-reality toy that pairs...

With so many kid-friendly games, apps, and programs these days, it can be hard for parents to pry their kids away from the screen—but not all screen time has to be passive. 

SwapBots is a new line of physical toys that spring to life when paired with a smartphone or tablet, thanks to augmented reality. The toy itself is made up of various blocks that you stack up, three pieces high, to make a character—pick between different feet, torsos, and heads. The blocks are lightweight, and are easier to stack than your standard Lego bricks.

SwapBots

Once your bot is ready to roll, the app will walk you through the pairing process, which only takes seconds and involves holding the toy up in front of the camera. Once activated, your character...

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Friday March 17

23:55
AccuWeather now lets you look at the forecast in...

Checking the weather report is usually a colorless, simple experience -- a glance at an app to see the five day forecast or check the news for any major storms or events. If you have a Samsung Gear VR device, however, your daily forecast could soon b...

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23:14
Apple CEO Tim Cook says globalization is 'great...




Apple CEO Tim Cook offered remarks on globalization, cybersecurity, encryption, international relations and more during a rare public appearance in China, part of the executive's attempts to woo Chinese consumers.

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21:44
This week on AI: Apple's not-so-curved '...




This week we learned that Apple's "iPhone 8" may have a curved OLED screen, but not as curved as some were anticipating. Future iPads also made the news, along with possible signs that Apple is already testing a 4K Apple TV running "tvOS 11."

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20:59
iFileX 1.3.1.3.0 - Sophisticated file searching...

iFileX is not meant to be a substitute for Spotlight but it can find more files including hidden files, packages content, bundles content, etc. You can search as a root user after file size,creation and or modification dates, is Folder, is Alias and file name. This way it is easy to find more related files of applications you try to remove from your system.

Features:

  • Find files that Spotlight doesn't:
    files inside packages, bundles, and hidden files.
  • Very fast searching
    Fast searching on HFS formated volumes.
  • Filter results
    Easy show or hide packages content, hidden files and/or folders.
  • OS X 10.7 Lion ready:
    Enabled 'Put Back' feature, full-screen support and Quicklook
  • No indexing:
    iFileX does not saves index files and does not depend on Spotlight.
  • Advanced boolean operators:...
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20:59
Chromium 57.0.2987.110 - Fast and stable open-source...

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



Version 57.0.2987.110:

  • This update has no Flash plugin

For more details view the complete release notes.



  • OS X 10.9 or later



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20:59
Microsoft Office 2016 15.32 - Popular productivity...

Microsoft Office 2016 - Unmistakably Office, designed for Mac.

The new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote provide the best of both worlds for Mac users - the familiar Office experience paired with the best of Mac. If you already use Office on a PC or iPad, you will find yourself right at home in Office 2016 for Mac. It works the way you expect, with the familiar ribbon interface and powerful task panes. Mac users will appreciate the modernized Office experience and the integration of Mac capabilities like Full Screen view and Multi-TouchTM gestures. With full Retina display support, your Office documents look sharper and more vibrant than ever.

Office for Mac is cloud-connected, so you can quickly get to the documents you’ve recently used on other devices and pick up where you left off. New, built-in document sharing tools make it easy to invite teammates to work on a document together. When sharing documents, you won’t have to...

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20:59
Adobe Flash Player 25.0.0.127 - Plug-in plays...

Adobe Flash Player is a cross-platform, browser-based application runtime that provides uncompromised viewing of expressive applications, content, and videos across browsers and operating systems.



Version 25.0.0.127:

New

  • iOS SDK opgrade
  • Option to fallback to older video pipeline for Android
  • AS3 API to get compilation information for iOS
  • Local storage support in StageWebView for Android
  • Adding support for new languages in AIR Mobile
  • Multidex support for Android
  • Offset support for drawToBitmapData()
  • Instanced drawing on AIR Desktop
  • Separate HTTP and HTTPS permissions for camera and microphone

Fixed

  • Pressing space bar in the text field makes the app behave abnormally
  • Flash Player 24.0.0.221 quits unexpectedly
  • Wacom tablet click inputs doesn't work with latest chrome version 55
  • Unresponsive behaviour is...
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20:59
Fantastical 2.3.4 - Create calendar events and...

Fantastical 2 is the Mac calendar you'll actually enjoy using. Creating an event with Fantastical is quick, easy, and fun:

  • Open Fantastical with a single click or keystroke
  • Type in your event details and press return

...and you're back to what you were doing with a shiny new event in your calendar!

Fantastical's natural-language engine is expressive and intelligent, so you can write in your own style. Fantastical also automatically recognizes the location of your event and can even invite people from your Contacts to the event.



Version 2.3.4:

  • Added support for Google's new login requirements
  • Press option while right-clicking on an invitation in the invitations section to ignore all pending invitations
  • Can now create events that repeat every month on the 1st through 20th weekday (for iCloud, Google, and other CalDAV accounts)
  • Mail events using Newton when it is set...
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20:59
calibre 2.81.0 - Complete e-book library management...

Calibre is a complete e-book library manager. Organize your collection, convert your books to multiple formats, and sync with all of your devices. Let Calibre be your multi-tasking digital librarian.

Manage, convert, sync, and more

  • Library management. Calibre keeps things orderly by creating single entries for books that contains multiple formats. Add tags and comments for better searchability.
  • Format conversion. Calibre's robust conversion options support a wide variety of file formats.
  • File syncing. Calibre's device drivers seamlessly support all the top e-readers and devices.



Version 2.81.0:

New

  • Amazon metadata...
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20:59
1Password 6.6.3 - Powerful password manager;...

1Password is a password manager that uniquely brings you both security and convenience. It is the only program that provides anti-phishing protection and goes beyond password management by adding Web form filling and automatic strong password generation. Your confidential information, including passwords, identities, and credit cards, is kept secure using strong encryption.

1Password fully supports major Web browsers, including Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. All browser extensions share the same encrypted data which means you never need to manually copy your passwords between browsers or from the password manager to a browser ever again!

1Password has received numerous awards, including 5 mice from Macworld magazine, MacLife Editors pick, and was the Pick of Week on MacBreak Weekly by both Leo Laporte and Merlin Mann.

1Password is also available for and syncs with Windows, iOS, and Android.



Version 6.6.3:

Improved...

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20:59
WhatRoute 2.0.17 - Geographically trace online data-...

WhatRoute is designed to find the names of all the routers an IP packet passes through on its way from your Mac to a destination host. It also measures the round-trip time from your Mac to the router, thus enabling you to determine slow links--or hops--in the Internet. WhatRoute can also find dead links, such as routers that don't respond.

  • A geo-location server is queried and the locations of the hosts discovered in a trace or seen active on the LAN, can be plotted on a low resolution map or viewed in high resolution on Google Earth
  • WhatRoute also provides network and port scanning, ping, whois, DNS, and LAN monitoring functions.
  • Find the ASN with which a network is registered and the networks with which it peers.
  • View network flows

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


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20:59
ClamXav 2.12 - Virus checker based on ClamAV.

ClamXav is a popular virus checker for OS X.

I have been working on ClamXav for more than 10 years now, and over those years, I have invested a huge amount of my own time and energy into bringing ClamXav to where it is today -- one of the most trusted and recommended anti-virus solutions for the Mac. In the past, other priorities got in the way and I wasn't able to focus on development as much as I would have liked, but that stops now. ClamXav is now a commercial product. It's being sold through a new company (Canimaan Software Ltd) but don't let that fool you -- I'm still the owner and lead developer.



Version 2.12:

  • New notification system if we need to notify you of important information
    - disable with expert pref 'PreventMessageChecking' (boolean)
  • Improved handling of errors in Regular Expression syntax
  • Distributing official ClamXav definitions over https
  • Improved handling of the global (...
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20:29
Lily Drone team says it has no timeframe for issuing...

When Lily Robotics announced that its self-flying, follow-along camera drone wouldn't be produced, it promised to refund $34 million in pre-orders back to its customers. That's still the plan, but according to a new refund request form, the company i...

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18:57
Supercomputer simulation looks inside of 2011's...

In may of 2011, a sequence of tornadoes roared across the midwestern United States. The incident became a focal point for scientists eager to learn what it is about supercell storms that allow them to form such devastating tornados. It's an important...

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18:14
Happy Hour Podcast 111 | Apple event hype, iPad...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss how LG’s reengineered 5K display “just works”, Apple’s iPad Pro ads on the web, Apple hiring security expert Jonathan Zdziarski, iPad floating and split keyboards, KGI on the iPhone 8 beating Samsung, plenty of Apple event and iPad rumors, a pricey drone app, HomeKit updates, the potential for third-party Apple Watch faces, and more. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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18:08
Germany plans to squeeze hydroelectric power out of...

As coal energy falls out of favor in much of the world, one defunct mine in the heart of Germany's coal country is preparing for a new life as a sustainable power plant. As Bloomberg reports, the Prosper-Haniel mine in the state of North-Rhine Westph...

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17:28
Corporate brands, UK government pull ads from Google...




A series of major brands have pulled ads from Google's YouTube following reports that their ads are being shown next to terrorist, hate group and other offensive or controversial videos.

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17:06
DARPA has laid the groundwork for thought-powered...

New research from the government's mad science wing, DARPA, could make life an awful lot easier for people who use prosthetic limbs. You see, DAPRA has devised what it calls the "Atomic Magnetometer for Biological Imaging in Earth's Native Terrain."...

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15:23
You can now buy AppleCare+ for an iPhone up to a...

If you buy an iPhone you now have up to one year to purchase AppleCare+ for the device, compared to 60 days previously, according to MacRumors. This means you can now add AppleCare+ to an Apple smartphone as long as it remains within its standard one-year limited warranty period. 

This brings AppleCare+ for iPhone in line with AppleCare for Mac and Apple TV, which can also be purchased up to one year after those devices are purchased. Alas, this only applies to the iPhone, not the iPad, iPod touch, and Apple Watch, for which the time limit remains 60 days for customers looking to add AppleCare+ after the fact, notes MacRumors. The change is retroactive, so iPhones sold within the past year qualify for AppleCare+ now.

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14:50
FCC: Your cybersecurity isn't our problem

The new FCC chairman hasn't wasted any time getting down to business. That is, the business of burning consumer privacy and security to the ground.

New Trump appointee FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has suspended the agency's consumer data privacy rules inde...

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14:35
Sony's virtual reality suit is why people go to...

Sony isn’t exactly the coolest name in technology, which is why we were surprised to see the company set up shop directly across the street from the Austin Convention Center at South by Southwest.

Stepping inside Sony’s makeshift Wow Factory was like seeing into a future where virtual and augmented reality are full-body experiences not necessarily tied to a clunky headset or a phone. And while none of these technologies are ready to buy, Sony’s ambitious set-up was seriously impressive.

We’re not sure there’s a big market for the Synesthesia Suit, but this virtual reality experience is a trip. The suit has 26 actuators that vibrate all over your body once you’re buckled in—which takes some time—and slip on a PlayStation VR headset. The Rez Infinite demo we tried was wild, to say the least. Instead of simply hearing the music’s bass through the TV or a pair of headphones, the suit radiates sensation throughout your body, from your arms to your ankles...

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14:08
Apple extends AppleCare+ purchase window from 60...

Although Apple’s information page for AppleCare+ hasn’t been updated yet, it is now possible to add the AppleCare+ extended coverage to iPhones within a year window, instead of the previous 60 day limit.

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14:07
Apple paid Chance the Rapper $500,000 for a two-week...

It's tough for streaming music services to stand out. Cosmetic differences aside, all of them offer virtually the same thing. Each major platform has the songs listeners want, for the most part. One method that services are using to stand out is excl...

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14:03
Apple extends AppleCare+ purchase deadline to one...




According to a recent report, Apple appears to be bringing its AppleCare+ plan for iPhone more in line with offerings for the Mac and Apple TV, and looks to be allowing users to purchase the plan up to a year after initial device purchase.

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13:45
Notable apps and app updates for March 17, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Prolific Apps has introduced Stock Ranker 1.0. It combines the power of raw data and analytics to compare and rank companies specifically against their industry peers. Investors can instantly compare stocks in the same industry group by analyzing metrics most commonly recommended by investment advisors. 

Stock Ranker 1.0 is is based on Apple's Auto-Renewable Subscriptions model and is on sale for the month of March at a price of $1.99 per three-month subscription. It regularly sells for $2.99 per three-month subscription. A five-day free trial is provided.

AppVant Garde Studios has launched...

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13:37
FBI apprehends troll for seizure-inducing Twitter...

The perpetrator who tweeted a seizure-inducing image to a journalist has been apprehended by the FBI. In December a troll sent Vanity Fair and Newsweek writer Kurt Eichenwald, who is epileptic, a flashing, auto-playing image. Earlier this morning, Ei...

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13:29
News: Apple extends AppleCare+ purchase timeframe to...

Apple has extended the amount of time that customers can purchase AppleCare+ after buying a new iPhone to one year, according to a new report by MacRumors. Previously, customers purchasing a new iPhone had up to 60 days to decide whether or not to purchase Apple’s AppleCare+ protection plan, which increases the covered iPhone’s warranty coverage and telephone support to two years from the date of the device’s purchase and provides…

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13:07
Infrared light could someday deliver super-fast WiFi

WiFi has become essential to our everyday lives, which is why slow speeds piss us all off. Luckily, a PhD student in the Netherlands has come up with a potentially groundbreaking idea: using infrared rays to carry wireless data to your laptop or smar...

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13:05
Winclone 6: The best way to Migrate and Backup your...

My thanks to Twocanoes Software for sponsoring The Loop with Winclone 6 this week.

Winclone is the award-winning Mac app used to backup, clone, restore, and migrate Windows installed on your Boot Camp partition. Winclone 6 adds in a bunch of new features, including full compatibility with the new MacBooks and MacBook Pros, ability to mount your Boot Camp partition as a writable volume, a fresh new look and much more.

Get 50% off all editions of Winclone 6 this week with coupon code THELOOP

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13:01
AppleCare+ Can Now be Purchased Up to One Year After...

A customer that purchases a new iPhone now has up to one year to purchase AppleCare+ for the device, compared to 60 days previously, according to multiple people familiar with the matter. Apple has yet to update its website to reflect this information, but MacRumors confirmed the extension with a senior AppleCare advisor.

The change means that AppleCare+ can now be added to an iPhone as long as the device remains within its standard one-year limited warranty period. This brings AppleCare+ for iPhone in line with AppleCare for Mac and Apple TV, which can also be purchased up to one year after those devices are purchased.

The senior AppleCare advisor said the extension only applies to iPhone, ruling out the iPad, iPod touch...

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13:00
AWT News Update: March 17, 2017

Image via NASA

Happy St. Patrick's Day. Today we look at ways that Apple is planning on staying "in the green" by expanding sales in two of the planet's most populous countries:

  • Apple will restart sales of iPhones in Indonesia in about two weeks following promises to build an R&D center in Jakarta
  • Over 100 small franchised Apple Authorized Retailer locations are expected to open in India 

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

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12:51
Gear: Just Mobile Headstand Avant

Now that the Apple TV directly supports Bluetooth headphones, the only thing you may be missing is somewhere to keep your higher-end cans when you’re not actually sitting in front of the big screen listening to your favourite shows or beats. If this is the case, then Just Mobile has you covered with its new HeadStand Avant. It’s a sleek aluminum stand, precision engineered in the way that Just Mobile has become famous for.

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12:47
Google somehow made Apple’s Live Photos better, with...

We were already fans of Google’s Motion Stills app for iOS, which makes it easier to share Live Photos you shoot on your iPhone 6s or 7.

Shooting, editing, and sharing Live Photos is easier with a Google Motion Stills update rolling out today (which begs the question of why Apple doesn’t offer these tools itself, but aaaaanyway). The marquee feature in this update allows you to choose a new main frame for your Live Photo and then export it back to your Camera Roll. If the default still doesn’t show off your moving image at its best, you can use the Motion Stills new slider tool to examine the Live Photo frame-by-frame and choose a new one.

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12:38
Owners of bricked G4 and V10 phones sue LG

It's been years since LG's G4 and V10 smartphones launched, but the people burned by a flaw that made those devices non-functional haven't forgotten. Four G4 and V10 owners filed a class-action lawsuit against LG earlier this week, alleging that the...

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12:30
How to use Google's Motion Stills app to be...




Google this week updated its Motion Stills app -- which stabilizes Apple's Live Photos, and enables quick creation of GIFs and short movies -- with support for exporting back to the Live Photos format. Here's how to do that and use the app in general.

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12:29
Chromium 57.0.2987.110 - Fast and stable open-source...

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



Version 57.0.2987.110:

  • This update has no Flash plugin

For more details view the complete release notes.



  • OS X 10.9 or later



Download Now]]>

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12:22
Apple Music recruits new student ‘ambassadors’

Apple Music is trying out influencer marketing.

According to 9to5Mac, Apple Music has created an “Ambassador” program in hopes of promoting the streaming service to young people in the U.K. The Apple Music Ambassadors are college students with an online following who have been recruited to tweet on behalf of the service in exchange for an extension of the free three-month membership and other undisclosed perks. It’s unclear whether Apple will expand this program to other countries, or if it will focus on other demographics beyond college students.

Apple Music Ambassadors are currently encouraging fellow students to activate their free three-month membership to Apple Music. The ambassadors will be expected to tweet three times throughout the campaign, according to the welcome email published on 9to5Mac. In addition, each ambassador has been given a unique affiliate link to track how...

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12:14
Apple Paid $500,000 for Exclusive Access to Chance...

In a series of tweets shared this morning, artist Chance the Rapper gave some insight into how Apple Music exclusives work for artists. His mixtape, Coloring Book, was an Apple Music exclusive for two weeks after it launched in 2016.

To garner exclusive rights to Coloring Book, Chance the Rapper says Apple paid him a total of $500,000 and funded a commercial designed to promote the new album. In exchange, Apple had sole access to offer Coloring Book for a two week period, at which point it became available on other music services.

Apple has done multiple exclusive launches since the debut of Apple Music in 2014, but until now, there's been very little insight into what Apple offers artists to entice them to offer up exclusives on the music service. Prior to now, both artists...

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12:13
LG sweetens its G6 deal with a free TV

LG wants you to take a look at its upcoming G6 smartphone so badly that it's partnered with Sprint and Verizon to offer a fairly ridiculous deal. When you pre-order the G6, each carrier will give you a free big screen TV. That's in addition to the fr...

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12:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Can an app be your friend?...

No new friends

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup includes a couple of artificial intelligence offerings—including an app that says it loves you. Think that’s weird? Read on.

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11:55
Chance the Rapper declares Apple paid $500K for...




After some criticism about the artist's integrity and independence, Chance the Rapper made a series of tweets and revealed some of the only solid information about what Apple pays for exclusive releases on Apple Music.

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11:49
Focus is key to blending virtual objects with the...

You might remember Avegant for its unusual take on the video headset. The Glyph looked like (and doubled up as) headphone cans but worked pretty well. We called it "a wearable cinema for serious movie fans." Now, the startup is taking on a bigger cha...

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11:44
Chance the Rapper shares how much he made from...

Much has been made about Apple’s efforts to obtain exclusive access to albums from select artists for Apple Music. Thus far, Apple Music has offered albums from artists like Drake, Chance the Rapper, Frank Ocean, and others ahead of other streaming platforms.

In a series of tweets this afternoon, Chance the Rapper offered up more details as to how his partnership with Apple came to be…

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11:33
'iPhone 8' could herald start of Apple...




Computer simulations, and the means to visualize them, could be in the palm of your hand in new and potentially revolutionary ways later this year, if rumors about Apple's forthcoming "iPhone 8" bear fruit.

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11:23
The internet picked a T. rex as one of the new...

Tasking the internet to pick something for you can go horribly awry. Just ask Boaty McBoatface. When board-game maker Hasbro asked for suggestions to update the Monopoly game pieces, it likely didn't expect that the hivemind would pick a trio of, wel...

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11:22
iFileX 1.3.1.3.0 - Sophisticated file searching...

iFileX is not meant to be a substitute for Spotlight but it can find more files including hidden files, packages content, bundles content, etc. You can search as a root user after file size,creation and or modification dates, is Folder, is Alias and file name. This way it is easy to find more related files of applications you try to remove from your system.

Features:

  • Find files that Spotlight doesn't:
    files inside packages, bundles, and hidden files.
  • Very fast searching
    Fast searching on HFS formated volumes.
  • Filter results
    Easy show or hide packages content, hidden files and/or folders.
  • OS X 10.7 Lion ready:
    Enabled 'Put Back' feature, full-screen support and Quicklook
  • No indexing:
    iFileX does not saves index files and does not depend on Spotlight.
  • Advanced boolean operators:...
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11:19
Indonesian iPhone sales to resume on March 31 after...




Apple is on track to resume iPhone sales in Indonesia toward the end of the month, a report said on Friday, following a roughly two-year period during which sourcing requirements kept the device off the local market.

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11:18
Here’s how Apple Watch killed Samsung’s first...

The Apple Watch has notably caused smartwatch efforts by other companies to fail, and a new profile from Fast Company details the impact Apple had on Samsung’s efforts in the category. The report explains that it all started back in 2011, when it was first rumored that Apple had an interest in developing a smartwatch.

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11:08
Everyone is falling for this frighteningly effective...

No, “everyone” isn’t but it is (unfortunately) a very clever phishing scam that can catch the unwary off guard. It also points out the effectiveness of two-factor authentication and password managers like 1Password. They wouldn’t load your password on the phishing site because the fake site URL wouldn’t match the real one in 1Password.

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11:06
Netflix plans to drop star ratings in favor of like/...

Netflix plans to soon change its current review system from traditional 1-5 star ratings to instead only allow users to like or dislike a film or TV show, but is it the right move?

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11:00
OK, Google: Don't put ads in the Google...

Given how genuinely useful so many of its products are, I sometimes forget that Google is, above all else, an advertising company. The vast majority of Google's money comes from ads, and it has made a business out of finding ways to integrate them in...

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10:55
calibre 2.81.0 - Complete e-book library management...

Calibre is a complete e-book library manager. Organize your collection, convert your books to multiple formats, and sync with all of your devices. Let Calibre be your multi-tasking digital librarian.

Manage, convert, sync, and more

  • Library management. Calibre keeps things orderly by creating single entries for books that contains multiple formats. Add tags and comments for better searchability.
  • Format conversion. Calibre's robust conversion options support a wide variety of file formats.
  • File syncing. Calibre's device drivers seamlessly support all the top e-readers and devices.



Version 2.81.0:

New

  • Amazon metadata...
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10:53
Apple plans retail expansion in India with over 100...




Apple is planning to grow its presence in India over the next year by expanding the number of Apple Authorized Reseller locations, with the addition of over 100 small stores believed to be a six-fold increase in the number of outlets already in operation in the country.

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10:48
ABC News’ app adds support for multi-stream viewing...

For a news junkie like me, this would be incredibly cool but only if I could choose different news sources. Alas, that’s not yet possible.

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10:45
Crafty Phishing Technique Can Trick Even Tech-Savvy...


Gmail users recently have been targeted by a sophisticated series of phishing attacks that use emails from a known contact whose account has been compromised. The emails contain an image of an attachment that appears to be legitimate, according to Wordfence. The sophisticated attack displays "accounts.gmail.com" in the browser's location bar and leads users to what appears to be a legitimate Google sign-in page where they are prompted to supply their credentials, which then become compromised.

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10:43
9to5Rewards: Soundcast VG1 Waterproof Bluetooth...

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is Soundcast and its VG1 waterproof Bluetooth speaker we recently reviewed

The company has two of its new VG1 waterproof Bluetooth speakers (Normally $149) to give away to 9to5Mac and 9to5Google readers this week. 

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10:41
A news app aims to burst filter bubbles by nudging...

One of the dangers of the ability to personalize everything on the internet is that we sequester ourselves in walled gardens. We get information that is not only tailored to our wants and needs but also actively blocks out and ignores even slightly “dissenting” opinion. This app can help combat that.

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10:35
1Password 6.6.3 - Powerful password manager;...

1Password is a password manager that uniquely brings you both security and convenience. It is the only program that provides anti-phishing protection and goes beyond password management by adding Web form filling and automatic strong password generation. Your confidential information, including passwords, identities, and credit cards, is kept secure using strong encryption.

1Password fully supports major Web browsers, including Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. All browser extensions share the same encrypted data which means you never need to manually copy your passwords between browsers or from the password manager to a browser ever again!

1Password has received numerous awards, including 5 mice from Macworld magazine, MacLife Editors pick, and was the Pick of Week on MacBreak Weekly by both Leo Laporte and Merlin Mann.

1Password is also available for and syncs with Windows, iOS, and Android.



Version 6.6.3:

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10:35
Amazon nabs 'Moonlight' streaming exclusive

Competition between Amazon Prime Video and Netflix remains fierce. At the moment, both streaming platforms are doing whatever they can to gain an edge. Netflix is scooping up premium content like Dave Chappelle stand-up specials and an unfinished Ors...

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10:26
How Bumble is becoming the connection queen of the...

When Whitney Wolfe founded Bumble, the popular swipe-based dating app where women make the first move, she wasn’t out to start a dating app revolution—she just wanted to create a way to bring accountability to the online dating realm. But the app’s major boom has shown that the dating space needed a different approach.

Now, as the company is in its second year, Bumble is expanding the platform to allow different kinds of connections instead of just romantic ones. Wolfe outlined plans for the app’s future at South by Southwest, including many new features that are just around the corner.

Bumble beginnings
Gari Askew/SXSW

Whitney Wolfe.

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10:04
Soverain IP Sues Apple and Microsoft for Infringing...

Soverain Software was a Chicago-based company which owned patents for its ecommerce technology products. The company held patents for digital shopping carts commonly used on e-commerce websites, such as Amazon.com and collected royalties on these patents, but ultimately their patents were invalidated. Today under the new name of Soverain IP, they've launched lawsuits against Apple and Microsoft.

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09:47
External Link: Google Home Caught Sneaking Ads into...

File this one under the “That’s just wrong” category. Google Home, the search giant’s smart speaker, has been caught slipping ads for the new “Beauty and the Beast” movie into its virtual assistant responses. On Twitter, user Bryson Meunier posted a video showing Google Home promoting the movie when he asked what his day was going to be like. Google insists that it wasn’t an ad, but a way to call out “timely content.” It seems as though the ads have stopped running — we strongly hope the backlash has quelled similar future experimentation on Google’s part. Smart speakers and virtual assistants are stupid enough as it stands; they won’t succeed if they’re both clueless and venal.

 

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09:46
Germany to use voice recognition to identify refugee...

Germany will soon use voice recognition tech to help figure out exactly where refugees came from, according to Die Welt. Though the number of asylum seekers coming to the nation in 2016 dropped significantly to 280,000 from 890,000 in 2015, there was...

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09:44
Nine Accessories for Charging Apple Devices

Keeping your personal collection of Apple devices charged can be a pain in the posterior, but a host of third-party accessories makes this chore more convenient. Some even solve several charging problems at once. Julio Ojeda-Zapata took a variety of these accessories for a spin.

 

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09:39
∞ St. Patrick’s Day myths and legends

Did you know St. Patrick was “Roman”, not Irish? Or that there’s no such thing as a “Shamrock”? Do you know the Irish (and many of the rest of us) wear green today? Well, prepare to be better informed.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Dell 28-inch 4K Monitor $300,...

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

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Make the move to 4K with this Dell 28-inch Ultra HD Widescreen...

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09:21
The week that was at SXSW 2017

As much as Team Engadget loves Austin, it's time for us to say goodbye to SXSW. This week, we saw some of the latest things happening in tech, art, film and music -- oh, and we also ate a ridiculous amount of BBQ, because that's what you do in Texas....

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09:12
Apple resuming iPhone sales in Indonesia after $44M...

Apple is set to resume iPhone sales in Indonesia in just two weeks, according to a report from KompasTekno. Apple previously sold iPhones in the highly populated country, but sales halted a couple of years ago due to new local requirements.

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09:00
The best powerline networking kit

By Nathan Edwards & Samara Lynn

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions th...

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08:38
ABC News now lets you stream up to four live video...

If you’re a news junkie and want to watch multiple live feeds at the same time, the latest ABC News update has a feature for you. ABC News now lets you watch as many as four live news streams simultaneously from its app. The new feature even works on Apple TV.

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08:30
Apple celebrating indie games this week and in the...

Visiting the iOS App Store this week was a joy for fans of indie games, those created by small-time developers who don't have the millions to invest in advertising campaigns and marketing blitzes. During the week, Apple highlighted indie games in a "Celebrating Indie Games" section, including wonderful games from independent developers such as Monument Valley (one of my personal favorites), the hilariously gory Surgeon Simulator, and the beautiful puzzler Prune. It appears that the focus on indie game developers is set become a permanent fixture on the App Store.

Yesterday, the App Store Games Twitter account announced that the Celebrating Indie...

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08:21
Fix your frayed Apple MagSafe or Lightning cables...




Apple's MagSafe and Lightning cables are notorious for fraying under heavy use. If you want to repair your cable, rather than purchase a replacement, Sugru Moldable Glue could be the solution you've been seeking.

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08:01
Apple adds permanent 'Indie Games' page to...




Apple will continue to highlight independently-produced games in the iOS App Store, with a new permanent 'Indie Games' collection accessible within the store, following after a 12-day promotion used to 'celebrate' the work of smaller game development studios.

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07:59
Microsoft may introduce a New Surface Book without...

In October 2015 Microsoft's Corporate VP for Surface, Panos Panay, launched 'Surface Book' at a special event in his typically excitable way to say that it was 2X more powerful than Apple's MacBook Pro. Today a supply chain report is claiming that Microsoft may actually abandon its 2-in-1 form factor and introduce a plain Jane clam shell notebook in the coming weeks ahead.

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07:11
Netflix is dropping star ratings for a simple thumbs...

Netflix is giving up on five-star ratings for movies and TV shows to go with a simple thumbs up or thumbs down rating.

The new ratings feature is expected to roll out in the coming weeks, the company recently told a group of journalists, as reported by Variety. Any Netflix star ratings you’ve already given will still be used behind the scenes to inform your personalized recommendations. Up front, however, it’ll be all thumbs.

Netflix figures it can get a better response from users via a simple thumbs up or thumbs down choice. In its small scale tests during 2016, subscriber ratings engagements were 200 percent higher for thumbs over stars.

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06:59
Apple to open two new R&D centers in China

Apple has announced plans to set up two new R&D centers in China. The hubs will be located in Shanghai and Suzhou, following previous plans to open two centers in Beijing and Shenzhen.

Apple has committed to invest more than 3.5B yuan (approximately $507.1 million) in Chinese research. Beijing’s R&D center — expected to be completed this year — has a registered capital of approximately $14.994 million and will hire a total of 500 employees.  It will be located in the Zhongguancun Science Park, a technology hub in the Haidian District of Beijing, China.

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06:58
MacPractice to develop and release MacPractice EDU

MacPractice, Inc. has announced plans to develop and release MacPractice EDU next generation dental school software and invited dental educators to participate in a North America Advisory Council.

The company is the developer of macOS native MacPractice DDS, MacPractice MD, MacPractice DC, and MacPractice 20/20 multi-discipline and multispecialty software and interoperating iOS native MacPractice Patient Check In, Clipboard and iEHR Apps for Apple's iPad.

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06:53
Philips expands iOS-connected Hue smart bulbs with...




More than 80 percent of light fittings found in common households are now supported by Philips Hue connected lighting, thanks to the launch of new E14 candle/chandelier-sized sockets, in both multi-color and white ambiance versions.

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06:50
AIM market grows faster than overall infrastructure...

The worldwide application integration and middleware (AIM) software market continues to grow faster than the overall infrastructure software market, with revenue on pace to surpass $27 billion in 2017, an increase of 7% from 2016, according to the Gartner, Inc (www.gartner.com) research group.

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06:50
AIM market grows faster than overall infrastructure...

The worldwide application integration and middleware (AIM) software market continues to grow faster than the overall infrastructure software market, with revenue on pace to surpass $27 billion in 2017, an increase of 7% from 2016, according to the Gartner, Inc (www.gartner.com) research group.

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06:46
Microsoft Office 2016 15.32 - Popular productivity...

Microsoft Office 2016 - Unmistakably Office, designed for Mac.

The new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote provide the best of both worlds for Mac users - the familiar Office experience paired with the best of Mac. If you already use Office on a PC or iPad, you will find yourself right at home in Office 2016 for Mac. It works the way you expect, with the familiar ribbon interface and powerful task panes. Mac users will appreciate the modernized Office experience and the integration of Mac capabilities like Full Screen view and Multi-TouchTM gestures. With full Retina display support, your Office documents look sharper and more vibrant than ever.

Office for Mac is cloud-connected, so you can quickly get to the documents you’ve recently used on other devices and pick up where you left off. New, built-in document sharing tools make it easy to invite teammates to work on a document together. When sharing documents, you won’t have to...

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06:45
Kool Tools: Disco Jam 2

Pyle USA’s Disco Jam 2 Stereo Speaker System is a 1200-watt mobile party machine featuring high-powered audio output. It boasts two 10-inch woofers and three 5-inch Piezo Tweeters.

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06:45
News: Apple announces two more R&D centers in...

Apple has formally announced plans to expand its research and development centres in China, bringing the company’s total investment in R&D in the country to more than 3.5 billion yuan (~$500m). The two new centres announced today in Shanghai and Suzhou will join the centres in Beijing and Shenzhen that Apple announced last summer and last fall, respectively....

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06:34
Apple Watch Mac CRM App available for small business...

Gro Software (https://www.grocrm.com) has introduced Gro CRM for Apple Watch. It’s a Mac CRM Sales Platform designed exclusively for the iPhone, iPad and the Apple small business market.

According to the folks at Pro Softwre, it lets you “monitor the pulse of your small business with a simple turn of the wrist.” Gro CRM for iPhone and Apple Watch work together with minute-to-minute updates on the the health of your business. You can use the Gro CRM Apple Watch app to monitor daily, monthly and yearly revenue statistics, monitor new leads and more in real time.

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06:29
Philips Hue range being extended to E14 ‘candle’...

Philips has announced that it is extending its range of Hue bulbs, adding an E14/B39 ‘candle’ bulb to fit smaller lamps. This will be added to the E26/A19, bayonet and GU10 fittings.

The new bulbs will be available in both white and color versions, as with the existing range, and will hit Europe in April, reaching the U.S. ‘later this year.’

Philips says that the candle bulbs will be particularly useful for bedside table lamps …

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06:29
Apple launches Apple Music ‘Ambassador’ campaign

As noted by 9to5Mac, Apple has launched an Apple Music “Ambassador” marketing campaign, recruiting students and offering them perks in exchange for promoting its music streaming service and recruiting others in a “Music For Every Minute” promo.

The new effort targets college students specifically and is run by so-called “Apple Music Ambassadors” on Twitter via a third-party marketing company called Social Chain that Apple has apparently hired. Student Ambassadors will share links to Apple Music content on Twitter and be given three months of free Apple Music and “various other perks based on the number of users they recruit,” according to 9to5Mac. Apple Music’s new Ambassador program seems to be limited (for now) to students attending...

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06:24
Adobe Flash Player 25.0.0.127 - Plug-in plays...

Adobe Flash Player is a cross-platform, browser-based application runtime that provides uncompromised viewing of expressive applications, content, and videos across browsers and operating systems.



Version 25.0.0.127:

New

  • iOS SDK opgrade
  • Option to fallback to older video pipeline for Android
  • AS3 API to get compilation information for iOS
  • Local storage support in StageWebView for Android
  • Adding support for new languages in AIR Mobile
  • Multidex support for Android
  • Offset support for drawToBitmapData()
  • Instanced drawing on AIR Desktop
  • Separate HTTP and HTTPS permissions for camera and microphone

Fixed

  • Pressing space bar in the text field makes the app behave abnormally
  • Flash Player 24.0.0.221 quits unexpectedly
  • Wacom tablet click inputs doesn't work with latest chrome version 55
  • Unresponsive behaviour is...
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06:14
Patent trollin’: Sovereign Software sues Apple

Soverain Software, a “patent troll,” has filed a complaint against Apple in the Eastern District Court of Texas for alleged infringement of IP relating to Internet-based services. The company claims Apple infringes its data extraction and network management patent portfolio. 

Soverain says it has suffered “monetary damages, and seeks recovery in an amount adequate to compensate for Apple’s infringement, but in no event less than a reasonable royalty for the use made of the invention by Apple together with interest and costs as fixed by the Court.”

A “patent troll” is an individual or an organization that purchases and holds patents for unscrupulous purposes such as stifling competition or launching patent infringement suits. In legal terms, a patent troll is a type of non-practicing entity: someone who holds...

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06:11
Apple Music Ambassador program enlists student...

Apple this week has started a new Apple Music “Ambassador” marketing campaign for its streaming platform, quietly recruiting students and giving them perks in exchange for promoting the service and recruiting others. The new effort targets college students specifically, making them so-called official “Apple Music Ambassadors” on Twitter to promote the service. The program is being run via a third-party marketing company called Social Chain that it appears Apple has hired (Social Chain lists Apple alongside other high-profile clients on its website).

While some specific information is unclear, these Student Ambassadors will share links to Apple Music content on Twitter and be rewarded with 3 months of free Apple Music and various other perks based on the number of users they recruit…

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06:05
Apple shares hit an all-time high

Apple shares hit a record closing high in Nasdaq trading Thursday, reaching $140.69. That beats the company’s previous all-time closing high of $140.46 — which was accomplished earlier this week.

What’s more, a new all-time intraday high of $141.02 was set by Apple yesterday, topping the previous record of $140.75 on March 15. Stocks re-opened today at $140.72. Apple now has a market value of about $738 billion. 

Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty has raised her stock price forecast for Apple from $150 to $154, citing potential strong sales in China when Apple debuts the “iPhone 8” this year. She raised her overall fiscal year 2018 estimates for iPhone sales to 260 million and Apple’s earnings per share to $11.

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06:00
Mrs. Porter’s 2nd grade class survey

This is just too cute for words.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: iOS Online Courses, Lifetime All...

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering a Lifetime All Access Pass to iOS Online Courses for only $69 — that’s 95% off the regular price. iOS Online Courses is a leading provider of top-notch instruction in iOS game and app development, and with a lifetime pass to their course materials, you’ll always ensure that you’re at the leading edge of the curve in the Apple development world. The library of tutorials is continually…

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06:00
Back by popular demand: 3-pack of 10-ft MFi-...

It's always nice when one of our most popular deals comes back into the Apple World Today Deals Shop. Today, our incredible deal on a 3-pack of 10-ft MFi-Certified Lightning Cables for $20 is back for a limited time.

These cables have been extremely popular for several reasons:

  • With ten feet long cables, you have flexibility in where you can plug in your iOS devices
  • MFi certification ensures that your devices are going to work with the cables for charging and sync
  • Who doesn't need a few spare cables?

As always, this won't last for long! If you missed out on these cables the last time we had them in the Deals Shop, this is your chance. 

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05:59
Apple plans two new R&D centers in China

Apple has announced plans to set up two new R&D centers in China. The hubs will be located in Shanghai and Suzhou, following previous plans to open two centers in Beijing and Shenzhen.

Apple has committed to invest more than 3.5B yuan (approximately $507.1 million) in Chinese research. CEO Tim Cook said the company is keen to attract talented software developers in the cities.

Beijing’s R&D center — expected to be completed this year — has a registered capital of approximately $14.994 million and will hire a total of 500 employees.  It will be located in the Zhongguancun Science Park, a technology hub in the Haidian District of Beijing, China. Apple has R&D centers in a number of countries, including France, Israel, Japan, Sweden and the UK. 

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05:58
∞ Apple adds permanent spot on the App Store just...

Last week, we posted about Apple’s special indie games App Store promotion. Well, looks like that move is permanent:

Love the games we’ve debuted? Starting today, we’ll have a permanent spot on the App Store just for indie games. https://t.co/M7fhi8kU4D pic.twitter.com/d9Nt98EGvw

— App Store Games (@AppStoreGames) March 17, 2017

Nice move, Apple.

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05:58
You can now watch Zane Lowe’s Apple Music keynote at...

We brought you a liveblog of Zane Lowe’s Music keynote speech at SXSW yesterday, and the festival has now uploaded video of the talk to its YouTube channel (below) …

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05:37
Apple to build two new Chinese R&D centers,...




Apple on Friday announced plans to set up two new research centers in China, spending a minimum of 3.5 billion yuan -- $507 million -- on research institutions overall.

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05:30
New navigation app has an awesome feature I’ve...

I can see this app being very useful for me. In a car, you can just call the other vehicle to find out where they are if you lose them. But, as a motorcyclist who often rides with others, an app like this would be a huge assist in allowing us to keep track of each other.

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05:29
How to create a “recent apps” shortcut in your Mac’s...

With a simple terminal command, you can add a “recent apps” icon to your dock. Click the icon and a stack of your recent apps appears. Click an app and away you go. Not a new tip, but little known and definitely useful.

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05:25
ClamXav 2.12 - Virus checker based on ClamAV.

ClamXav is a popular virus checker for OS X.

I have been working on ClamXav for more than 10 years now, and over those years, I have invested a huge amount of my own time and energy into bringing ClamXav to where it is today -- one of the most trusted and recommended anti-virus solutions for the Mac. In the past, other priorities got in the way and I wasn't able to focus on development as much as I would have liked, but that stops now. ClamXav is now a commercial product. It's being sold through a new company (Canimaan Software Ltd) but don't let that fool you -- I'm still the owner and lead developer.



Version 2.12:

  • New notification system if we need to notify you of important information
    - disable with expert pref 'PreventMessageChecking' (boolean)
  • Improved handling of errors in Regular Expression syntax
  • Distributing official ClamXav definitions over https
  • Improved handling of the global (...
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05:25
∞ Watch Beats 1 Creative Director Zane Lowe give...

[VIDEO] Zane Lowe is the creative force behind Beats 1 Radio. Watch the video embedded in the main Loop post for his SXSW 2017 keynote. If nothing else, click to about 5:48 in to hear Zane talk about his father and his role bringing rock to New Zealand.

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05:19
How the AirPods show Apple’s frustrating and...

Jason Snell, Macworld:

Tap-tapping your earbud and asking your phone out loud to turn the volume up doesn’t seem simple—but would a complex series of gestures really help?

As Jason points out in the quote above, how do you raise and lower the volume in a device with no dedicated volume buttons? A bit of a conundrum. And as the AirPods evolve as a product line, as they become capable of more complex behavior, will Siri be the solution?

Interesting post on the quest for balance between simplicity and complexity.

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05:15
Rumor: Signs of fifth-gen Apple TV noted in...

The first network traffic from what seems to be a fifth-generation Apple TV capable of streaming 4K video has been captured in developer logs. The device is said to be codenamed “J105” and could launch as soon as this year.

Firi Games, the developers behind arcade games Phoenix HD and Phoenix II, stated they have seen a single device identified as “AppleTV6,2” and running “tvOS 11.0” connect to Phoenix HD for Apple TV from the United States in its logs. The IP address falls within a range linked to Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino.

The current Apple TV has a model identifier of AppleTV5,3, and Apple TV6,2 does not correspond with any released model.

While this should be taken with a grain of salt, as details can be faked, similar evidence of an iPhone 5s running iOS 7 showed up in January 2013, around nine months before the device was announced. If Apple is following its past history, this could indicate a new Apple TV, as the current generation unit...

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05:12
AppleInsider podcast talks new iPads, wearables, and...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Mikey talk about the evidence of new iPads and the rumored event, the concept of removing large numbers of apps from the App Store, and the idea of Swatch making a smart watch.

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05:12
PSA: If a Live Photo didn’t choose the perfect...

If you’ve ever taken a Live Photo only to find that the still image selected by the Camera app was just before a beautiful smile, or your slightly wonky horizon is straight in a later frame in the animated version, there’s now an app to fix it.

Google has updated a free app to allow you to play your Live Photo frame-by-frame, and then choose a different frame for the still. Once you select it, you simply export it back into your camera roll as a replacement Live Photo …

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05:11
What Apple is doing with 3,600 acres in eastern...

When this purchase was first news two years ago, a lot of people assumed it was for construction. It’s really interesting to read what Apple is doing with the land instead.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:05
Apple launches #MusicForEveryMinute Apple Music...

Neil Hughes, AppleInsider:

Starting Thursday, Apple Music launched a new user-driven promotional program on Twitter with the hashtag “#MusicForEveryMinute”, promoted by student ambassadors who will be rewarded with an extra three months of free subscription.

Here’s an example:

I'm obsessed with Apple Music & have teamed up with them to give you a FREE 3 month membership #MusicForEveryMinute https://t.co/WVKRnyIfU1

— Tommii Boii; (@tbhtxm) March 16, 2017

Smart marketing on Apple’s part.

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05:00
Alexa functionality en route to iOS via Amazon app

In the realm of AI assistant, Alexa is coming to an iPhone near you.

The assistant, which has previously been available to iOS users via third-party apps, is now en route to be incorporated into Amazon’s application for iOS.

Inside of the Amazon App for iOS, there will be a microphone icon near the top of the screen that you can press to call up Alexa. You’ll be able to ask the assistant almost anything you’d normally be able to ask through a device like the Echo. That includes everything from having it make purchases for you, look up facts, or control smart home products.

Amazon says the feature begins rolling out today and should be available to all US users by next week.

Alexa won’t be designed to replace Siri on an iOS device, but will work alongside it and run through the Amazon app, which will have to be opened to use Alexa.

Still, it puts Alexa on another major platform, and that makes choosing it as a way to connect and control all...

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05:00
Apple wins patent for augmented reality maps

Apple has been granted a patent (number 20170074675) for augmented reality maps, which hints at changes in a future version of its Maps app on the iPhone and iPad. 

According to the patent, a user of, say, an iPhone points the device to capture and display a real-time video stream. The iDevice detects geographic position, camera direction, and tilt of the image capture device. The user sends a search request to a server for nearby points of interest. 

The iPhone receives search results based on the search request, geographic position, camera direction, and tilt of the handheld communication device. The handheld communication device visually augments the captured video stream with data related to each point of interest. The user then selects a point of interest to visit. The iPhone visually augments the captured video stream with a directional map to a selected point of interest in response to the user input.

Augmented reality systems supplement reality, in the...

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04:55
Google Home stops spouting Disney ads after user...

Google Home users got a surprise on Thursday when their virtual assistants cheerily mentioned that the live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” is opening in theaters this weekend.

The ad seems to pop up when users ask for a rundown of their day, which kicks off the Home’s “My Day” feature. That feature is supposed to offer users information about the weather, their calendars and relevant news. But at the end of the rundown, the Google Assistant offered the following unsolicited tidbit, according to a video posted to Twitter by Bryson Meunier.

“By the way, Disney’s live action ‘Beauty and The Beast’ opens today,” it says. “In this version of the story, Belle is the inventor instead of Maurice. That rings truer, if you ask me. For some more movie fun, ask me something about Belle.”

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04:43
Apple investing half a billion dollars in Chinese R...

Apple has revealed that it will be investing more than $500M in research & development in China, as it today announced plans for two more R&D centers in the country.

The new offices will be in Shanghai and Suzhou, and follow those already announced for Beijing and Shenzhen. All four centers are expected to open later this year.

Apple says that there is a compelling reason for the investment …

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04:32
Apple announces new Research Facilities for China as...

Apple has revealed in a press release in China that they plan to set up two more research centers and boost investment in China.

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04:30
Today is St. Patrick’s Day; celebrate accordingly

Today is St. Patrick’s Day. Hopefully, you’re wearing something green and checking out some macOS and iOS apps to celebrate.

St. Patrick’s Day Mahjong is a $0.99 game available at the Mac App Store and compatible with macOS 10.7 and higher. It sports six original tile layouts with, of course, St. Patrick’s Day tiles and artwork. 

With St. Patrick’s Day Mahjong, you can keep track of your high score and best time. The game offers undo, hint, and shuffle buttons.

Mahjong is a tile-based game that originated in China. Similar to the Western card game Rummy, it’s a game of skill, strategy, and calculation and involves a degree of chance.

There are several St. Patrick’s Day apps available for iOS devices. St. Patrick’s Daymation is a free app that counts down the days to St. Patrick’s Day and jots the results on a virtual “old school chalkboard.”

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04:28
WhatRoute 2.0.17 - Geographically trace online data-...

WhatRoute is designed to find the names of all the routers an IP packet passes through on its way from your Mac to a destination host. It also measures the round-trip time from your Mac to the router, thus enabling you to determine slow links--or hops--in the Internet. WhatRoute can also find dead links, such as routers that don't respond.

  • A geo-location server is queried and the locations of the hosts discovered in a trace or seen active on the LAN, can be plotted on a low resolution map or viewed in high resolution on Google Earth
  • WhatRoute also provides network and port scanning, ping, whois, DNS, and LAN monitoring functions.
  • Find the ASN with which a network is registered and the networks with which it peers.
  • View network flows

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


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04:22
Apple Stock Smashes Previous All-Time High For...

Apple shares hit a record closing high in Nasdaq trading yesterday, reaching $140.69 to beat its previous all-time closing high of $140.46 set just two days ago.

A new all-time intraday high of $141.02 was also set by AAPL on Thursday, eclipsing its previous record of $140.75, also set on March 15. Stocks re-opened today at $140.72 and remained steady around the $140 mark.

The figures cement Apple's position as the most valuable company by some margin, now with a market value of $738 billion. Google parent company Alphabet remains second largest with a market cap of around $592 billion, followed by Microsoft at just under $500 billion and Berkshire Hathaway at around $430 billion.

Following Apple's first annual revenue decline since 2001, its stock has been steadily rising over the past five months, buoyed by record-breaking earnings results at the end of January. February 14 saw shares reach...

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04:19
Fantastical 2.3.4 - Create calendar events and...

Fantastical 2 is the Mac calendar you'll actually enjoy using. Creating an event with Fantastical is quick, easy, and fun:

  • Open Fantastical with a single click or keystroke
  • Type in your event details and press return

...and you're back to what you were doing with a shiny new event in your calendar!

Fantastical's natural-language engine is expressive and intelligent, so you can write in your own style. Fantastical also automatically recognizes the location of your event and can even invite people from your Contacts to the event.



Version 2.3.4:

  • Added support for Google's new login requirements
  • Press option while right-clicking on an invitation in the invitations section to ignore all pending invitations
  • Can now create events that repeat every month on the 1st through 20th weekday (for iCloud, Google, and other CalDAV accounts)
  • Mail events using Newton when it is set...
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04:17
Netflix dropping star ratings in favor of binary...

Netflix users will no longer be able to assign star ratings to the films and shows they have watched, reports FastCompany, as the streaming service switches instead to a simply binary like/dislike system. The change is said to be happening ‘in a few weeks.’

While the move makes little sense on the surface, providing far less scope to provide the feedback that drives future recommendations, Netflix claims that the stars we award are less relevant than we might think …

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04:00
Apple can conquer the PC World if they want to

I’m relatively new to the world of Apple products, having bought my first iPad in 2011, my first iPhone in 2013 and my first Mac in 2015. The more I use the company’s products, the more I have come to appreciate them and how reliable they are, not only as stand-alone devices, but in how well they work together. The hardware is the best made, and the software is rock solid.

Just this past week I was away from home and had to log onto a site that was new to me, but which required a username and password. It was a government site I had never used before, but I was quickly and easily able to log in via my iPhone 7 Plus.

While at home the next morning, I wanted to access the same site from my Mac. As I pulled up the site, I was prepared to type in a rather complex user name and equally complex password. However, when I pulled up the site, my username and password were already entered in the browser for me because I had instructed Safari on the iPhone to save my information...

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03:50
Twitter posts about ‘screenshot alert’ in iOS 11...

Tweets and retweets claiming that Apple plans to notify you when someone screenshots your text messages have been traced to an unsupported claim by a vlogger back in December.

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03:00
The Morning After: Friday, March 17 2017

It's the end of the week and we have talked to Buzz Aldrin about VR and Mars, tried to fund a documentary about what happened to the Tony Hawk game series, all while attempting to ignore Google Home's Beauty and the Beast ads. Ignoring ads from an in...

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01:43
WSJ: Nintendo is selling way more Switches than it...

We already knew that the Switch was Nintendo's fastest-selling console ever, but we now have an idea as to how many units it's pushing out. The WSJ says Nintendo plans to double production from 8 million units to 16 million for its 2017 fiscal year (...

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00:22
The 'Candy Crush' TV show debuts on CBS...

For whatever reason, Candy Crush is making the jump from addictive game to primetime TV game show, and CBS has revealed it will premiere July 9th. Unfortunately (or fortunately) it's a little too late to get cast as one of the two-person teams that w...

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23:13
Sony will soon stop PS3 production and shipments in...

Sony is ready to lay the PlayStation 3 to rest, a little over 10 years after the first model was released. Gematsu and Japanese website Gamestalk have discovered that the company will "soon" stop the PS3's production in its home country. Sony made th...

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