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Wednesday February 7

03:15
iOS 11.3 beta 2 released, sports battery monitoring/...

iOS 11.3 has entered its second developer beta and it appears that the new version of the operating system will add battery health information and management feature to iOS 11.3 in response to customer complaints about the way the company fixed an issue where iPhones with degrading batteries were experiencing unexpected device crashes. The crashes were caused by the processor trying to draw more power than the battery could provide, so Apple spread those intensive tasks over multiple processor cycles. The end result was slower iPhones, which many people interpreted as Apple intentionally hobbling performance to force new phone purchases.

To see the new battery information in iOS 11.3 go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health. This is where you’ll see your iPhone battery’s maximum capacity (100% when your battery is new). As your battery ages and loses the ability to hold the same charge it did when new you’ll see the percentage drop. That’s showing how much your...

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03:00
Apple may be considering full rebates for full-...

Apple may be looking to offer rebates to customers who purchased a full-cost replacement iPhone battery only to get around throttled performance.

One of the questions submitted in January by Senator John Thune, chairman of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, was whether Apple was exploring the possibility of rebates. Apple’s response was released on Tuesday.

“Yes, we are exploring this and will update you accordingly,” stated Cynthia Hogan, Apple’s VP for public policy in the Americas.

As of now, the current policy for AppleCare iPhone support is for Apple to offer a $29 replacement battery, complete with repair, for any battery installed since December 1st. This price is only available for customers who specifically request the replacement battery for qualifying iPhone models.

In late December Apple relented to public pressure after its admission that it was slowing down iPhones with weak batteries. The company has reduced out-of-warranty battery...

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00:01
HP's EliteBooks pack mics on both sides for...

Laptop updates are no longer confined to boring iterative improvements year after year. We're starting to see useful new features being introduced to PCs, even if they aren't the most groundbreaking ideas. Case in point: HP's new business notebooks w...

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Tuesday February 6

22:31
Apple retail stores to accept Alipay mobile payments...




In a move seemingly designed to increase sales and local sentiment, Apple will soon accept payments from popular Chinese service Alipay at its 41 brick-and-mortar stores in the country, the first third-party system in the world to enjoy support from Apple's retail arm.

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21:56
Apple's proposed Australian flagship store...




Apple is facing a rare adverse reaction to the design of a proposed global flagship store in Australia, with the Melbourne City Council on Tuesday voting to lobby the government and Apple for a new aesthetic.

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20:59
ffWorks 1.0.4 - Convert multimedia files between...

ffWorks (was iFFmpeg), focused on simplicity, brings a fresh approach to the use of FFmpeg, allowing you to create ultra-high-quality movies without the need to write a single line of code on the command-line.

  • High Quality and Control - Convert and processes many media files with high level quality using FFmpeg with no knowledge. Advanced users are not left out in the cold with lots of options to work with.
  • Media Formats - Support for many codecs and containers like MPEG4, H264, H265 HEVC, Matroska, PRORES, DNxHD, DVVideo, MPEG TS, MPEG PS, XAVS, FLV, Theora, AVI, OGG, VP8 and VP9 (.webm), Animated GIF, VOB, MXF, GFX, and many more.
  • Merging Media Files - Stitch unlimited files to one file using either of two methods: concat pass-thru (blistering fast) and Complex Filter.
  • Subtitles Support - Both hard-burned and soft subtitles are supported (external or...
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20:59
Mactracker 7.7.2 - Database of all Mac models; lists...

Mactracker provides detailed information on every Mac computer ever made, including items such as processor speed, memory, optical drives, graphic cards, supported OS X versions, and expansion options.

Also included is information on Apple mice, keyboards, displays, printers, scanners, digital cameras, iPod, Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Wi-Fi Cards and Base Stations, Newton, and Mac OS versions.



Version 7.7.2:

  • Adds HomePod
  • Adds details on latest OS releases
  • Updates Support Status for Apple's latest Vintage and Obsolete products
  • Other minor changes and additions



  • OS X 10.9 or later



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20:59
Myriad 4.3.1 - Audio batch processor.

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

  • One powerful productivity tool - Myriad packs a serious punch in a beautiful interface. With more than 100 Actions and many other great features, Myriad helps you work more efficiently, saving you countless hours that you can spend creating.
  • Goodhertz SRC - The Goodhertz Sample Rate Converter has the ideal balance between frequency response and transient response -- two of the most important characteristics of any sample rate converter. This means that it does its job with the least possible sonic impact, preserving crystal-clear high end while also maintaining sharp transients. The Goodhertz SRC has virtually zero aliasing with performance better than -192 dB,...
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20:59
Tidy Up 5.0.1 - Find duplicate files and tidy up...

Tidy Up is a full-featured duplicate finder and disk-tidiness utility.

Features

  • Supports Lightroom: it is now possible to search and collect duplicates directly in the Lightroom library.
  • Multiple libraries support: capability to search in the supported apps (Lightroom, Photos, iTunes, Mail, Aperture, and iPhoto) by comparing multiple libraries of the same app with multiple libraries of different apps of the same kind (for example 2 Photos libraries and 3 Lightroom libraries)
  • Added the support to hard links: search for hard links or exclude them from the search and replace the found items with hard links.
  • Search for unique items gains strength: it’s now possible to use multiple criteria to search for unique items (items that have no duplicates).
  • Possibility to handle the found items at the administrator level: just allow the installation of the privileged tool and do the cleaning job. This is particularly...
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20:59
Amazon Chime 4.12.6094 - Amazon-based communications...

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

Features

  • Frustration-Free Online Meetings - Make your online meetings effortless with Amazon Chime. Meetings start on time, and they’re easy to join. Meetings call you, and with a single tap or click, you can join or notify participants that you’re running late. A visual roster shows who is in the meeting and who is running late, and allows anyone to mute background noise. Amazon Chime automatically reconnects you if you get dropped. Crystal clear audio and HD video keep you focused on the discussion.
  • ...
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20:59
CrossOver 17.1 - Run Windows apps on your Mac.

CrossOver can get your Windows productivity applications and PC games up and running on your Mac quickly and easily. CrossOver runs the Windows software that you need on Mac at home, in the office, or at school without purchasing a Windows license, without rebooting your computer, and without having to use a virtual machine. And CrossOver can run a wide range of Windows software.

Easy Installs! Many Windows titles can be installed using our CrossTie technology. If you have CrossOver installed, and have the installer for your Windows software, simply click the button in our Compatibility Database, and CrossOver will automatically install your application for you!



Version 17.1:

  • Application Support: CrossOver now supports Quicken 2018.
  • macOS: Several macOS users have had serious problems using CrossOver with macOS 10.13, High Sierra. This update includes fixes which we hope will resolve High Sierra...
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20:59
Carbon Copy Cloner 5.0.8 - Easy-to-use backup/...

Carbon Copy Cloner backups are better than ordinary backups. Suppose the unthinkable happens while you're under deadline to finish a project: your Mac is unresponsive and all you hear is an ominous, repetitive clicking noise coming from its hard drive. With ordinary backups, you'd spend your day rushing out to a store to buy a new hard drive and then sit in front of your computer reinstalling the operating system and restoring data.

With Carbon Copy Cloner, your data and the operating system's data are all preserved on a bootable volume, ready for production at a moment's notice. When disaster strikes, simply boot from your backup and get back to using your Mac. At your convenience, replace the failed hard drive and then let CCC restore the OS, your data and your settings directly from the backup in one easy step.

Any backup application can save your stuff. A CCC bootable backup will save your productivity too!



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20:59
Adobe Creative Cloud 4.4.0.294 - Access Adobe apps...

Adobe Creative Cloud costs $19.99/month for a single app, or $49.99/month for the entire suite.

Introducing Adobe Creative Cloud desktop applications, including Adobe Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC. They're the next generation of CS tools. Get hundreds of all-new features. Keep your entire creative world in sync: files, feedback from team members, fonts, settings, and updates. And, as always, your applications live on your desktop, not in a browser and not in the cloud.

With Creative Cloud, your entire creative world is synced and organized for you across multiple devices. Track comments posted to shared files, keep tabs on your work and your followers on Behance, respond to invitations to join a project folder, manage your fonts, download the latest product updates, and more.

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20:59
Adobe Flash Player 28.0.0.161 - 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 28.0.0.161:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.9 or later
  • Browser compatibility:
    • Safari 5.0 or later
    • Mozilla Firefox 17.0 or later
    • Google Chrome
    • Opera 11 or later



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20:59
iMazing 2.5.4 - Complete iOS device manager (was...

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

  • Copy music to and from any iOS device (even from one iOS device to another!), regardless of what Mac or PC the device is already synced to. Music transfer done right, without limitations or restrictions.
  • Backup & restore individual iOS apps along with your custom saved data, perfect for freeing up space on your iOS device without losing your files, great for installing apps including your data on another iOS device you own.
  • Transfer files to and from an iOS device, and browse the iOS file system.
  • Use your iOS device like a USB key.
  • Browse and save messages (SMS, MMS, iMessage), voicemails, and call logs, none of which iTunes can do.
  • Browse, save, and add contacts to your iPhone, without automatically adding them to your iCloud...
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20:59
Skype 8.15.0.4 - Voice-over-internet phone and chat...

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

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

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

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



Version 8.15.0.4:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

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20:59
BBEdit 12.1 - Powerful text and HTML editor.

BBEdit is the leading professional HTML and text editor for the Mac. Specifically crafted in response to the needs of Web authors and software developers, this award-winning product provides a plethora of features for editing, searching, and manipulation of text. BBEdit transforms text with high performance.

An intelligent interface provides easy access to BBEdit's best of class features including grep pattern matching, search and replace across multiple files, function navigation and syntax coloring for numerous source code languages, FTP and SFTP open and save, AppleScript, Perl, and OS X Unix scripting support, glossary support, and a complete set of HTML tools.



Version 12.1:

Note: Now requires a 64-bit Intel processor

Note: Owners of BBEdit 11 can upgrade for US$29.99. Owners of BBEdit 10 or earlier (including customers who purchased BBEdit in the Mac App Store) can upgrade for US$...

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20:59
Vivaldi 1.14.1077.45 - An advanced browser made with...

Vivaldi is a browser for our friends.

In 1994, two programmers started working on a web browser. Our idea was to make a really fast browser, capable of running on limited hardware, keeping in mind that users are individuals with their own requirements and wishes. Opera was born. Our little piece of software gained traction, our group grew, and a community was created. We stayed close to our users and to our roots. We kept improving our software, based on our users feedback, as well as our own ideas on how to make a great browser. We innovated and we strove for excellence. Fast forward to 2015, the browser we once loved has changed its direction. Sadly, it is no longer serving its community of users and contributors who helped build the browser in the first place.

So we came to a natural conclusion:...

We must make a new browser. A browser for ourselves and a browser for our friends. A browser that is fast, but also a browser that is rich...

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18:21
Amazon Chime 4.12.6094 - Amazon-based communications...

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

Features

  • Frustration-Free Online Meetings - Make your online meetings effortless with Amazon Chime. Meetings start on time, and they’re easy to join. Meetings call you, and with a single tap or click, you can join or notify participants that you’re running late. A visual roster shows who is in the meeting and who is running late, and allows anyone to mute background noise. Amazon Chime automatically reconnects you if you get dropped. Crystal clear audio and HD video keep you focused on the discussion.
  • ...
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18:02
iMazing 2.5.4 - Complete iOS device manager (was...

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

  • Copy music to and from any iOS device (even from one iOS device to another!), regardless of what Mac or PC the device is already synced to. Music transfer done right, without limitations or restrictions.
  • Backup & restore individual iOS apps along with your custom saved data, perfect for freeing up space on your iOS device without losing your files, great for installing apps including your data on another iOS device you own.
  • Transfer files to and from an iOS device, and browse the iOS file system.
  • Use your iOS device like a USB key.
  • Browse and save messages (SMS, MMS, iMessage), voicemails, and call logs, none of which iTunes can do.
  • Browse, save, and add contacts to your iPhone, without automatically adding them to your iCloud...
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17:57
HomePod

I’ve been testing Apple’s new HomePod for the last week or so, and this is the first product review I’ve written that could be accurately summarized in the length of a tweet, and an old-school 140-character tweet at that: HomePod does exactly what Apple says it does, doesn’t do anything more than what Apple says it does, and costs $349. There.

To wit, Apple says HomePod:

  • Has great audio quality.
  • Is easy to set up.
  • Makes it easy to play audio content from Apple (Apple Music, iTunes Store, iCloud Music Library, podcasts from iTunes’s directory).
  • Has primary interaction via Siri. You just talk to HomePod.
  • Allows secondary interaction using HomePod as an AirPlay speaker.

All of this is true.

Apple’s product names are sometimes inscrutable, but other times are perfectly sensible. AirPods and HomePod are such a case. The two products are very much siblings:...

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17:48
Back to the Mac 002: The apps that power my macOS...

In this week’s episode of Back to the Mac, I talk about ten of my favorite apps for macOS. It doesn’t matter if you’re using an iMac Pro or a MacBook Air, all of these apps may prove to be useful in your day-to-day workflow. more…

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17:46
Myriad 4.3.1 - Audio batch processor.

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

  • One powerful productivity tool - Myriad packs a serious punch in a beautiful interface. With more than 100 Actions and many other great features, Myriad helps you work more efficiently, saving you countless hours that you can spend creating.
  • Goodhertz SRC - The Goodhertz Sample Rate Converter has the ideal balance between frequency response and transient response -- two of the most important characteristics of any sample rate converter. This means that it does its job with the least possible sonic impact, preserving crystal-clear high end while also maintaining sharp transients. The Goodhertz SRC has virtually zero aliasing with performance better than -192 dB,...
| Read more »
17:44
Carbon Copy Cloner 5.0.8 - Easy-to-use backup/...

Carbon Copy Cloner backups are better than ordinary backups. Suppose the unthinkable happens while you're under deadline to finish a project: your Mac is unresponsive and all you hear is an ominous, repetitive clicking noise coming from its hard drive. With ordinary backups, you'd spend your day rushing out to a store to buy a new hard drive and then sit in front of your computer reinstalling the operating system and restoring data.

With Carbon Copy Cloner, your data and the operating system's data are all preserved on a bootable volume, ready for production at a moment's notice. When disaster strikes, simply boot from your backup and get back to using your Mac. At your convenience, replace the failed hard drive and then let CCC restore the OS, your data and your settings directly from the backup in one easy step.

Any backup application can save your stuff. A CCC bootable backup will save your productivity too!



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17:25
What Apple's Battery Health 'Fix'...

Apple has released new battery health features in iOS 11.3 beta 2, which was seeded to developers today. BGR reports what those battery health functions look like, and how to disable power management if you're using an older iPhone: The feature is contained within a new "Battery Health" menu, which is under the "Battery" tab on iOS 11.3. The page only really has two fields: Maximum Capacity, which shows what percentage of the original charge your battery can still hold; and Peak Performance Capacity, which tells you if your phone's performance is being throttled due to the battery. Right now, there are no options to change anything within the menu. Maximum Capacity should be at 100% for newer phones, and it should fall down to around 80% over the course of about two years of normal use. A Redditor on the iOSBeta forum uploaded a photo of his iPhone 7, which is sitting at 87% capacity. That device still shows peak performance.

On older devices with a worse battery, the phone...

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17:09
ESPN to launch $4.99/month streaming service this...




Disney CEO Bob Iger on Tuesday officially announced plans to debut a long-rumored ESPN streaming service, saying the sports-centric offering will launch this spring as part of a redesigned ESPN app.

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16:50
Apple: iPhone 8 & iPhone X include ‘hardware...

Earlier today, Apple issued a response to inquisitions from Senator John Thune regarding its iPhone battery debacle. Apple explained in the response that it is “considering” offering rebates to those customers who paid full price for battery replacements.

The letter, shared in full by Business Insider, also offers some additional details on whether or not iPhone 8 iPhone X users could soon be plagued by the same throttling…

more…

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16:45
Apple Homepod Review: Locked In

On Tuesday, the review embargo lifted for full reviews of Apple's new HomePod smart speaker. The Verge's Niley Patel shared his thoughts on Apple's new HomePod in video and written form. Patel found that while it offers best-in-class sound for the price, Siri is frustratingly limited and the voice controls only work with Apple Music. Furthermore, Siri can't tell different voices apart, therefore raising some privacy concerns as anyone can come up to the speaker and ask Siri to send and read text messages and other private information aloud. Here's an excerpt from the report: The HomePod, whether Apple likes it or not, is the company's answer to the wildly popular Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers. Apple is very insistent that the $349 HomePod has been in development for the past six years and that it's entirely focused on sound quality, but it's entering a market where Amazon is advertising Alexa as a lovable and well-known character during the Super Bowl instead of...

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15:43
Lowest Price Anywhere: $100 off plus free $10 gift...




Readers this week can preorder CalDigit's brand-new TS3 Plus 15-port Thunderbolt 3 Dock with a 1 meter cable for $269 ($100 off) with a free $10 B&H gift card. This exclusive bonus is in addition to free expedited shipping and no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

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15:23
Apple Changes the Timeline of Disclosure to...

In a report that we posted on January 18 we noted that Apple's CEO Tim Cook spoke about the battery issue with ABC News and in-part he blamed iPhone customers for "not paying attention" to when Apple explained the battery policy update. Now we're learning that Cook's statement was untrue.

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15:13
Apple Daily Report for Feb. 6, 2018

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, deals with a death in the family. Prayers go out to the entire Sande family. In the place of the AWT News Update, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

Yikes! Apple has apparently sent several developers report emails for Search Ads Basics that belong to other developers, according to MacRumors

Apple is pulling back on buying corporate bonds with its overseas cash as it prepares to bring the money home to the U.S., reports Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people with knowledge of the matter.”

An app for Abbott's FreeStyle Libre glucose reader is said to be...

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15:03
022: HomePod reviews, iOS 11.3 beta 2, iPhone...

Today we’ve got HomePod reviews, changes in iOS 11.3 beta 2, the new Battery Health feature for iPhone, and more.

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

https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/9to5mac-daily-02-06-2018.mp3

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14:57
Best Buy is selling an 8TB external hard drive for $...

When you need external storage for your PC, you might as well go big: Best Buy has dropped the price of WD's 8TB easystore drive to $160.

The last time we saw this deal was early January, and as we acknowledged last time, this drive was cheaper in November during the Black Friday madness. However, this is still a good price. A similar drive sells for $20 more on Amazon right now.

WD's easystore drive features a promised data transfer rate of 5Gbps over USB 3.0, and comes with WD Backup software if you need help figuring out how to backup your PC's files. Otherwise you can use your favorite backup utility such as Windows 10's File History. This drive also has a two-year warranty.

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14:08
‘ESPN Plus’ streaming service launching this spring...

In conjunction with the company’s earnings release today, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced that ESPN’s upcoming streaming service will cost $4.99 per month. The service is the first direct-to-consumer offering from ESPN and was originally teased last year

more…

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14:06
Uber reinstates Maps extensions, Siri integration in...




Uber in an update to its iOS app on Tuesday re-enabled Maps and Siri integrations that were inexplicably removed in January, suggesting the apparent error originated with the ride sharing app and not Apple's operating system.

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13:30
Review: Koogeek Wi-Fi Enabled Smart Outlet HomeKit...

Koogeek is a relative newcomer to the home automation market, first coming to our attention a couple of years ago with its Wi-Fi SmartPlug, which demonstrated the ability of Apple's HomeKit to act as a "seal of approval" for smaller manufacturers whose products wouldn't otherwise be worth a second look. Although Koogeek produced competent products as early entries, the pricing and features didn't really make them stand out from other HomeKit offerings. The company's latest product, however, piqued our interest as something more unique — a HomeKit-enabled power strip that provides three independently-controlled AC outlets plus three USB charging ports. {/exp:char_limit}
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13:23
EU to scrutinize Apple's Shazam takeover on...




The European Commission on Tuesday said it will look into whether Apple's proposed Shazam acquisition meets competition standards, following a request by several EU countries.

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13:22
Apple makes available second macOS High Sierra 10.13...




Three hours after the release of the second iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3 betas, Apple has deployed the second macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta.

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13:20
Apple releases macOS 10.13.4 beta 2 for developers

Apple has released macOS 10.13.4 beta 2 for registered developers to test on compatible Macs. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.

more…

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13:18
Apple Seeds Second Beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.4...

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 update to developers, two weeks after seeding the first beta and two weeks after releasing macOS High Sierra 10.13.3.

The new macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store with the proper profile installed.

macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 includes bug fixes and performance improvements for issues that weren't addressed in macOS High Sierra 10.13.3. The update includes support for some features that are also available in iOS 11.3, like Messages on iCloud, which uploads all of your iMessages to the cloud. It will also support Business Chat, a feature coming when iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4 are released to the...

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13:18
First look: iPhone Battery Health settings in iOS 11...




Apple's second beta of iOS 11.3 adds the anticipated iPhone Battery Health section, allowing users to check the longevity and remaining capacity of their device's battery, and also control throttling of it. AppleInsider offers a first look at how it will work when iOS 11.3 ships to the public later this spring.

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12:55
Apple support page discusses iPhone performance...




Apple has published a new page about lithium ion batteries in an iPhone, discussing how they work in simple terms, why throttling is necessary, and how iPhone performance management works in iOS 11.3.

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12:49
Europe's Antitrust Commission says that Apple...

In December the news of Apple acquiring Shazam became public. Shazam is based in Britain and is therefore subject to EU review. It's being reported today that the EU antitrust regulators will examine Apple’s acquisition of British music discovery app Shazam following a request from seven European countries. However they're already showing bias ..

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12:44
ZAGG debuts Rugged Book keyboard/detachable case for...

ZAGG has announced the $129.99 Rugged Book, a wireless keyboard and detachable case for the Apple iPad, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad Air 2. 

It boasts four modes (book, keyboard, case, and video), an adjustable cradle hinge for 180 degrees of viewing angles, and a detachable keyboard with reinforced metal plating. The Rugged Book also features four layers of construction that meet military drop-test standards, allowing it to protect the device from drops from up to two meters/6.6 feet, says Charlie Quong, vice president, product development for ZAGG. 

Backlit keys, available in seven different colors, make typing easy in low-light conditions, he adds. The rechargeable battery purportedly lasts up to two years between charges; built-in magnets activate the keyboard’s sleep/wake function to preserve battery life.

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12:43
ZAGG debuts Rugged Book keyboard/detachable case for...

ZAGG (www.ZAGG.com) has announced the $129.99 Rugged Book, a wireless keyboard and detachable case for the Apple iPad, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad Air 2.

It boasts four modes (book, keyboard, case, and video), an adjustable cradle hinge for 180 degrees of viewing angles, and a detachable keyboard with reinforced metal plating. The Rugged Book also features four layers of construction that meet military drop-test standards, allowing it to protect the device from drops from up to two meters/6.6 feet, says Charlie Quong, vice president, product development for ZAGG.

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12:42
Apple preps second Chinese data center, switch-on...




Putting aside privacy concerns about the first one, Apple is reportedly laying the groundwork for a second Chinese data center that will go online two years from now.

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12:15
How will new iPhones manage power? Apple’s response...

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In early January, Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, called upon Apple to answer for the lack of transparency it showed surrounding its slow-down practices for aging iPhones. Today, Thune's office released Apple's response: a five-page letter in which...

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12:12
Data mining efforts reveal quests arriving in future...




'Pokemon Go' may soon get an update to add some single player-focused content to the popular Niantic game for iPhone, after data mining efforts revealed elements of a new quest system that could offer more things to do in the game, as well as teaching new players basic gameplay concepts.

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12:11
How to check battery health and disable battery...

As promised, Apple has included a new screen in the iOS 11.3 beta 2 settings called Battery Health (Beta) available on all iPhones since iPhone 6. This view includes information about the maximum capacity of the battery in the device, and describes whether the battery has degraded to the point where it can no longer offer peak performance.

All devices upgrading to iOS 11.3 start with performance management disabled. It will be enabled by the system when the device first experiences an unexpected shutdown. However, users can go into Settings -> Battery -> Battery Health and disable it. See how (as well as all the different states) after the break …

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11:56
Skype 8.15.0.4 - Voice-over-internet phone and chat...

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

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

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

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



Version 8.15.0.4:

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11:54
iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X Batteries Less Impacted by...

Apple's newest iPhones, including the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, use a "different performance management system" than older iPhones, which means any performance management features may be less noticeable on these devices.

Apple outlined the difference between its newer iPhones and older models in an updated support document covering the Battery Health features introduced in today's iOS 11.3 beta. Apple says iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X use a more advanced hardware and software design that's better able to estimate power needs and battery performance.

iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X models use a more advanced hardware and software design that provides a more accurate estimation of both power needs and the battery's power...

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11:45
iOS 11.3 beta 2 adds brand new ClassKit framework...

The second beta of iOS 11.3, released earlier today, includes the new battery health screen where users will be able to see whether their devices are being affected by poor battery health, but that’s not the only new thing in this release.

more…

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10:58
Vivaldi 1.14.1077.45 - An advanced browser made with...

Vivaldi is a browser for our friends.

In 1994, two programmers started working on a web browser. Our idea was to make a really fast browser, capable of running on limited hardware, keeping in mind that users are individuals with their own requirements and wishes. Opera was born. Our little piece of software gained traction, our group grew, and a community was created. We stayed close to our users and to our roots. We kept improving our software, based on our users feedback, as well as our own ideas on how to make a great browser. We innovated and we strove for excellence. Fast forward to 2015, the browser we once loved has changed its direction. Sadly, it is no longer serving its community of users and contributors who helped build the browser in the first place.

So we came to a natural conclusion:...

We must make a new browser. A browser for ourselves and a browser for our friends. A browser that is fast, but also a browser that is rich...

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10:52
Apple posts new developer betas of macOS 10.13.4,...

Apple has released new developer betas of macOS 10.13.4, iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3. Registered developers can download it from Apple's Developer Center — or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

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10:43
iOS 11.3 Beta 2 Introduces New 'Battery Health...

The iOS 11.3 beta 2 update, seeded to developers this morning, introduces a new "Battery Health" feature that's designed to provide iOS users with more information about their batteries.

Located in the Battery section of the Settings app, the new Battery Health feature tells you the maximum capacity of your battery and whether or not it is operating at peak capacity.

What you'll see if your device is operating normally

On devices that are operating at full battery capacity, such as the newly released iPhone X, there is no toggle to turn off the throttling feature that causes iPhones with degraded batteries to run more slowly. An updated support document that outlines the feature says that on a device with a battery that needs to be replaced, power management can be toggled off.

What you'll see if your device has a degraded battery

Power management will be...

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10:40
Apple files patent for stylus that works without a...

A new Apple patent details a stylus that can be used without a screen. It specifically mentions “force sensors” which leads us to believe that this could be used with future versions of the Mac that have Force Touch trackpads.

more…

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10:38
BBEdit 12.1 - Powerful text and HTML editor.

BBEdit is the leading professional HTML and text editor for the Mac. Specifically crafted in response to the needs of Web authors and software developers, this award-winning product provides a plethora of features for editing, searching, and manipulation of text. BBEdit transforms text with high performance.

An intelligent interface provides easy access to BBEdit's best of class features including grep pattern matching, search and replace across multiple files, function navigation and syntax coloring for numerous source code languages, FTP and SFTP open and save, AppleScript, Perl, and OS X Unix scripting support, glossary support, and a complete set of HTML tools.



Version 12.1:

Note: Now requires a 64-bit Intel processor

Note: Owners of BBEdit 11 can upgrade for US$29.99. Owners of BBEdit 10 or earlier (including customers who purchased BBEdit in the Mac App Store) can upgrade for US$...

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10:24
CrossOver 17.1 - Run Windows apps on your Mac.

CrossOver can get your Windows productivity applications and PC games up and running on your Mac quickly and easily. CrossOver runs the Windows software that you need on Mac at home, in the office, or at school without purchasing a Windows license, without rebooting your computer, and without having to use a virtual machine. And CrossOver can run a wide range of Windows software.

Easy Installs! Many Windows titles can be installed using our CrossTie technology. If you have CrossOver installed, and have the installer for your Windows software, simply click the button in our Compatibility Database, and CrossOver will automatically install your application for you!



Version 17.1:

  • Application Support: CrossOver now supports Quicken 2018.
  • macOS: Several macOS users have had serious problems using CrossOver with macOS 10.13, High Sierra. This update includes fixes which we hope will resolve High Sierra...
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10:16
Apple’s plan to buy Shazam just hit a European...

Apple officially announced its acquisition of the music recognition and tagging company, Shazam, last December. While this deal may not sound like one to experience antitrust hurdles, the EU is launching a probe to review the acquisition’s effect on competition.

more…

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10:13
Mactracker 7.7.2 - Database of all Mac models; lists...

Mactracker provides detailed information on every Mac computer ever made, including items such as processor speed, memory, optical drives, graphic cards, supported OS X versions, and expansion options.

Also included is information on Apple mice, keyboards, displays, printers, scanners, digital cameras, iPod, Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Wi-Fi Cards and Base Stations, Newton, and Mac OS versions.



Version 7.7.2:

  • Adds HomePod
  • Adds details on latest OS releases
  • Updates Support Status for Apple's latest Vintage and Obsolete products
  • Other minor changes and additions



  • OS X 10.9 or later



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10:12
Apple unveils second iOS 11.3, tvOS 11.3 betas for...




Two weeks after the debut, Apple has updated the iOS 11.3 beta adding the first Battery Health beta features, and also deployed a new tvOS beta version.

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10:07
Apple Is Seeing 'Strong Demand' For...

In a letter addressed to the U.S. lawmakers, Apple said earlier this month that it was seeing "strong demand" for replacement iPhone batteries. The company added that it may offer rebates for consumers who paid full price for new batteries. From a report: Apple confirmed in December that software to deal with aging batteries in iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE models could slow down performance. The company apologized and lowered the price of battery replacements for affected models from $79 to $29. In the letter released Tuesday, amid nagging allegations that it slowed down phones with older batteries as a way to push people into buying new phones, the company said it was considering issuing rebates to consumers who paid full price for replacement batteries.


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10:04
Apple Granted 16 Design Patents Covering the Mac Pro...

Earlier today Patently Apple posted a granted patent report titled "Apple Won 61 Granted Patents Today Covering Face ID's Pattern Projection System, a Future Apple Watch Band & more." In our second report we cover Apple's granted design patents that were published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today. In total Apple was granted 16 design patents with the major designs covering a series of iPhones, the rounded mini Mac Pro tower ...

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10:04
Apple may offer rebates to customers who have...

Apple is exploring whether to offer rebates to customers who previously purchased fresh iPhone batteries in the wake of “Batterygate,” the controversy about the company’s practice of slowing down older devices, reports Recode.

Sen. John Thune, who leads the tech-focused Commerce Committee, asked Apple in a letter last month: “Has Apple explored whether consumers who paid the full, non-discounted price for a replacement batter in an effort to restore performance should be allowed to seek a rebate for some of the purchase price?”

In response, Cynthia Hogan, the iPhone giant’s vice president for public policy in the Americas, told Thune in a reply released today: “Yes,...

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10:03
tvOS 11.3 beta 2 for Apple TV developers now...

Apple has released tvOS 11.3 beta 2 for registered developers to test on Apple TV (fourth-gen) and Apple TV 4K. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.

more…

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10:02
Apple releases iOS 11.3 beta 2 with battery health...

Thirteen days after the first developer beta, Apple has released iOS 11.3 beta 2 for registered developers to test on iPhone and iPad. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.

more…

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10:01
Apple considering whether to offer rebates for full-...




Apple may offer rebates to people who bought a full-cost replacement iPhone battery to get around throttled performance, according to a newly-published response from the company.

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10:01
Apple Seeds Second Beta of iOS 11.3 to Developers

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming iOS 11.3 update to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the first beta and two weeks after releasing iOS 11.2.5, an update that focused primarily on bug fixes and security improvements.

Registered developers can download the iOS 11.3 beta from Apple's Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

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iOS 11.3 is a major update that introduces a long list of new features, like Messages on iCloud for storing your iMessages in iCloud, and ARKit 1.5, a new, upgraded version of ARKit that can more accurately...

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09:56
European Commission to examine Apple’s acquisition...

The European Commission — an institution of the European Union, responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the EU treaties and managing the day-to-day business of the EU — says it’s accepted a request from Austria, France, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden to assess under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Shazam by Apple. 

The Commission will look into whether the transaction may threaten to adversely affect competition in the European Economic Area (EEA). The EEA is the area in which the Agreement on the EEA provides for the free movement of persons, goods, services and capital within the European Single Market, including the freedom to choose residence in any country within this area. The EEA was established on Jan. 1, 1994. The European Single Market is a single market which seeks to guarantee the free movement of goods, capital, services, and labor – the "four freedoms" – within the European Union, the political and...

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09:46
Apple plans not one, but two, new data centers in...

On Saturday, reports said that Apple plans to open its first China data center in 2020. Now it looks like Apple will have two centers operable by that date. 

The official Xinhua news agency, citing local government, says the second center will be built in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in the north. As Apple's first data center in north China, it would commence operation in 2020 and offer iCloud services on the Chinese mainland. Last year, Apple set up a data center in the southern province of Guizhou, its first in China, to comply with the tougher cyber-security laws.

The first facility, which will be entirely driven by renewable energy, will be built and run in partnership with Guizhou on the Cloud Big Data. The center is part of Apple's planned $1 billion investment the southern province of Guizhou.

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09:45
Apple considering reimbursing customers who paid $79...

Recode reports that Apple is looking into the possibility of reimbursing customers who have paid the full $79 for an iPhone battery replacement. Lawmaker Sen. John Thune asked Apple about the issue and the company says that it is exploring ways to do so.

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09:40
Graphic Node releases GN Templates for iWork 4.0.2

Graphic Node has rolled out GN Templates for iWork 4.0.2, an update to its package of templates for iWork. Sporting a new interface and anew section for Pictures, the new update adds hundreds of customizable designs.

GN Templates for iWork 4.0.2 is free, but does tout in-app purchases. It’s available exclusively at the Mac App Store (https://tinyurl.com/y9csqz6k).

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09:36
Apple Considering Offering Rebates to Customers Who...

Apple is considering providing rebates to customers who purchased full-price iPhones before its reduced-cost $29 battery replacements were made available, reports Recode.

Apple confirmed that it is exploring the option following an inquiry from U.S. Senator John Thune, who asked whether Apple would offer rebates to customers who had already purchased new batteries at higher prices.

Has Apple explored whether consumers who paid the full, non-discounted price for a replacement batter in an effort to restore performance should be allowed to seek a rebate for some of the purchase price?"

Apple vice president for public policy Cynthia Hogan answered Thune's inquiry today and said that Apple is indeed looking into whether a rebate...

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09:34
Bare Bones Software Releases BBEdit 12.1

Bare Bones Software (www.barebones.com) has updated BBEdit, its HTML and text editor, to version 12.1. It can now open significantly larger files and can perform more large-scale operations on big files than was possible in previous versions.

Performance has been improved for opening and saving large files as well. New Touch Bar support provides access to commonly used functions
in the FTP/SFTP browser, Text Factory, "Preview in BBEdit" and editing windows. Version 12.1 also adds enhancements to "Go To Line" and "Preview in BBEdit" features.

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09:30
European Regulators to Review if Apple Acquiring...

The European Commission today announced it has accepted requests from Austria, France, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain, and Sweden to assess Apple's proposed acquisition of Shazam. The agreement is still pending approval.

The regulatory body will consider whether the transaction may lead to a significant adverse affect on competition in Europe:On the basis of the elements submitted by Austria and the countries joining the referral request, and without prejudice to the outcome of its full investigation, the Commission considers that the transaction may have a significant adverse effect on competition in the European Economic Area. The Commission has also concluded that it is the best placed authority to deal with the potential cross-border effects of the transaction.The European Commission didn't specify how the deal could hurt...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: BOSS CarPlay Dash Receiver $...

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

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09:30
Report: 2017 brings huge Apple Watch growth, 18...

New data from Canalys today shares details on Apple Watch shipments, and 2017 was a big win for Apple’s wearable. The reports says that Apple beat expectations with sales of 18 million units.

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09:29
Apple cutting back on bond buys ahead of plans to...




As it gets ready to bring billions in foreign cash back to the U.S., Apple is also reportly drawing back on its purchases of corporate bonds.

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09:29
BBEdit 12.1 adds Touch Bar support on MacBook Pros,...

Bare Bones Software has just released an important new update to its BBEdit HTML and text editor. Version 12.1 makes BBEdit a 64-bit application for the first time, which has performance advantages now and future-proofs BBEdit for upcoming macOS updates.

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09:22
Apple sells 18 million Apple Watches in 2017 (up 54...

Apple Watch shipments beat expectations, topping 18 million in 2017, up by more than 54% from 2016, according to Canalys

The Series 3 was the key growth driver, as total shipments of the latest version of the smartwatch were just under nine million, making up nearly half of all shipments in 2017, adds the research group. Apple’s fourth quarter performance was impressive in itself, as shipments grew by more than 32% over quarter four of 2016 to eight million, the highest ever number of shipments in a single quarter, not just for Apple, but for any wearable vendor.

“The cellular version of the Apple Watch was in strong demand in the U.S., Japan and Australia, where all major operators stocked it in time for the holiday season,” says Vincent Thielke, research analyst at Canalys. 

The Apple Watch Series 3 is the fastest-selling LTE wearable on the market, with shipments doubling quarter on quarter to reach 1.6...

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09:00
Apple Watch Had Record Year With Estimated 18M...

Not only did the Apple Watch just have its best quarter ever in terms of sales, but it also had a record-breaking year overall, capped off by topping shipments from the entire Swiss watch industry combined last quarter.

Apple Watch shipments topped an all-time high of 18 million units in 2017, according to estimated data from research firm Canalys, an over 50 percent increase compared to the roughly 12 million units Apple shipped in 2016.

Canalys claims that 48 percent of the shipments were the latest Apple Watch Series 3 models, while 52 percent were Series 2 or older models. Among the Series 3 models, around 13 percent of customers opted for an LTE-enabled model, while 35 percent of people were satisfied with the Wi-Fi and GPS version.

The keyword is estimated, since Apple doesn't actually...

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09:00
Make the switch to OneDrive for improved...

Today’s post was written by Ron Markezich, corporate vice president for Microsoft.

OneDrive makes sharing and file management easier in the cloud, enabling people to securely store, access, and share their files and photos from anywhere, across their devices. Choosing to store your files in OneDrive instead of other cloud storage providers allows you to work faster and smarter with Office 365. It’s the only service that provides real-time co-authoring within Office Online and the Office 2016 apps for mobile, PC, and Mac—as well as personalized search and discovery powered by the Microsoft Graph.

Customers like Accenture, DBS Bank, Textron, and Lowe’s have adopted OneDrive to reduce costs and improve teamwork and mobile productivity, while making it easier to protect and manage company data. Now your organization can switch to OneDrive for free—read on for all the details.

New offer to...

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09:00
PayPal defines the future of collaboration with...

 

Today’s post was written by Ron Markezich, corporate vice president for Microsoft.

Since 1998, PayPal has been empowering people and businesses to join and thrive in the global economy. The company’s vision to democratize financial services—providing safe, easy access to transaction services through an open digital payments platform—has created untold opportunities for business everywhere. So when one of Silicon Valley’s flagship companies sees the potential for empowering its own employees with a Microsoft 365 intelligent, highly secure business solution, it’s an exciting endorsement.

PayPal is building workplaces of the future—digital, collaborative, agile, and mobile—to capture the opportunities of the future. From programmers to engineers to marketers, the company is engaging and retaining employees through a comprehensive set of tools that...

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08:46
Bloomberg: Apple decreases bond purchases ahead of...

A new report from Bloomberg today says that Apple is reducing its bond purchases ahead of bringing its overseas cash back to the US. As other tech companies are doing the same, there are concerns about how this will affect the corporate bond market.

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08:44
Apple error sends Search Ads Basic advertising...




An issue with the way Apple provides reports to iPhone and iPad app developers about advertising and installation rates has been uncovered, with a number of app developers claiming to receive reports for apps belonging to other developers instead of their own creations.

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08:41
News: Apple’s health team loses medical researcher...

Apple has been making some high-profile hires in the medical research world, but one of its recent hires is already departing the company, CNBC reports. Stephen Friend, a well-known medical researcher who joined Apple in 2016 with a background in creating patient-focused research programs, is now listed as an “independent entrepreneur” on his LinkedIn page. The former Harvard Medical School professor joined Stanford’s Dr. Sumbul…

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08:07
News: Apple Music hires music journalist Alex Gale...

Veteran music writer Alex Gale has been hired to head up Apple Music’s editorial department, Variety reports. Gale has worked as a journalist covering the music industry for Billboard, Vibe, Complex and XXL, and will now be leading the team responsible for all of the written content found on Apple Music and iTunes. Gale is also expected to contribute to Beats 1 and may even cross over into video projects as Apple expands its operations in that…

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08:06
Apple takes media on tour of audio lab in run-up to...




Apple recently took a well-known blog on a tour of its audio labs, using the occasion to talk up its first smartspeaker, the HomePod, shipping on Feb. 9 for $349.

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07:59
Apple Won 61 Granted Patents Today Covering Face ID...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 61newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover some of the originating technology related to dot projection used in Apple's new iPhone X Face ID from Apple's Israeli company PrimeSense. Another granted patent covers a possible future Apple Watch band using advanced haptics. Other minor granted patents of interest published today include ...

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07:51
Apple Allows Behind-the-Scenes Look Into Audio Lab...

At the same time that reviews launched this morning for Apple's upcoming HomePod smart speaker, a few websites also shared a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the audio lab where Apple tested the device. Apple invited journalists into the lab last week, and Jim Dalrymple of The Loop shared his experience in a post today.

Images via The Loop

Apple senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller, noted that the lab where HomePod was tested wasn't only for HomePod, as Apple also focuses on speakers found in iPhone, iPad, Mac, and AirPods, as well as the audio performance of Siri and Apple TV. For HomePod, Apple vice president of hardware engineering, Kate Bergeron, said the project began six years ago...

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07:48
HomePod review roundup: 'Room filling,'...

With less than 72 hours until its release, the first HomePod reviews are in from a hand-picked group of media outlets, and they’re very positive—as long as you’re buying Apple’s $349 smart speaker for sound quality. The Homepod’s “smarts,” though, leave much to be desired.

That’s not a total surprise, since Siri is woefully inadequate on other devices and Apple hadn’t given us any indication that it has enhanced Siri for HomePod. But in action it’s even worse than we expected. Brian X. Chen of The New York Times laments Siri’s capabilities on the new speaker and concludes that “Siri doesn’t even work as well on HomePod as it does on the iPhone.”

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07:30
∞ “The blue marble”

This guy is a mad genius. I hope he continues to use his powers for good and never evil.

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07:30
HomePod's Stereo-Like Sound is Called '...

Apple has given a name to its technology that will enable a pair of HomePods to automatically detect and balance each other to create stereo-like sound following an upcoming software update: FullRoom.

Emphasis should be placed on stereo-like sound, as HomePod reviews published today confirm that users won't be able to set one speaker as the right channel and another as the left channel. Instead, as Apple notes, HomePods will use advanced beamforming capabilities to create a more immersive soundstage.

Apple also confirmed that FullRoom is coming first, according to Matthew Panzarino, while the HomePod's multi-room audio support via AirPlay 2 will be available at a later date. Both features are currently listed as "coming...

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07:15
The art of sound mixing vs sound editing

This is a great series of videos explaining the differences between sound mixing vs sound editing by Oscar winner Walter Murch. I don’t know much about sound but I know I’d watch Murch explain the phone book. Always an interesting guy to listen to.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:15
News: Patent application shows Apple considering...

A recent patent spotted by Techtastic shows Apple is considering creating an Apple Pencil that works without an iPad. The patent — credited to three Apple engineers — describes monitoring a stylus using some combination of motion and orientation sensors, cameras and electromagnetic or sound-based triangulation methods to determine the stylus’ position and record its movements. The data would then be processed to create text or drawings.…

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07:02
HomePod review roundup: not as smart as it could be...

Apple seeded HomePod review units to a number of websites, embargoed for today, and the first reviews are landing.

There are quibbles. More than one reviewer said that, for a smart speaker, it wasn’t as smart as its rivals. But when it comes to audio quality, everyone was universally impressed. The clear consensus here is that the sound quality isn’t just the best available from a smart speaker, it out-performs many more expensive speakers.

Even What HiFi gave it a full five stars, and based on the rave reviews below, I’m really looking forward to taking delivery of mine and finding out whether the sound really is so much better than I’d so far been expecting

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06:59
HomePod review roundup: Apple's smart speaker...




As a home audio device, Apple's HomePod is a hit with critics, who have lauded the $349 accessory's superior sound quality. But the standalone speaker has not addressed the shortcomings of Siri, an area where HomePod lagged behind the capabilities of competitors Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

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06:40
Apple is Sending Some Developers Ad Spend and...

An issue at Apple appears to be resulting in app developers getting emails of ad spend and install summaries for apps belonging to other developers. From a report: The issue -- which appears specific right now to developers using Search Ads Basic, pay-per-install ads that appear as promoted apps when people search on the App Store -- was raised on Twitter by a number of those affected, including prominent developer Steve Troughton-Smith, who posted a screenshot of an email that summarized January's ad spend and install data another developer's two apps. Several others replied noting the same issue, listing more developers and random apps.


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06:36
Glucose sensor app said to be first third-party...




An app for Abbott's FreeStyle Libre glucose reader is said to be the first third-party iOS title to make use of the NFC chip in Apple's iPhone, previously reserved only for Apple Pay.

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06:31
HomePod Reviews: Outstanding Sound Quality, but Siri...

Three days ahead of the HomePod's launch in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia, Apple has now allowed the first full reviews of the device to be shared online. While opinions regarding specific features of the smart speaker fluctuate among reviewers, it appears that one constant remains: HomePod provides great, high-quality sound that beats most devices in the price range, at the cost of an underperforming AI assistant and the user getting further tangled into Apple's walled garden.

Image via The Verge

Nilay Patel with The Verge emphasized this feeling of being trapped in Apple's ecosystem by stating that he thought the HomePod as one of the "loneliest" of Apple's devices. He liked the audio and build quality of the speaker, which he said provided an...

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06:27
Apple offers glimpse inside audio lab it used to...

Apple gave The Loop a look inside the audio labs the company uses to test speakers for its iPhone and iPad devices, as well as the company’s new HomePod smart speaker which trumpets sound quality as its number 1 feature. Apple said that the HomePod project began six years ago. All parts inside HomePod are custom designed by Apple, even including the fabric that wraps around the outside.

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06:15
Farrago: A Fun and Useful Soundboard for the Mac

Farrago is Rogue Amoeba’s new soundboard tool for podcasts and live performances. It’s a neat little tool for enhancing recordings or events of any sort with predefined sound clips.

 

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06:02
Apple Supplier AMS, maker of Face ID Sensors,...

On January 29 Patently Apple posted a report wherein we noted that Apple supplier "AMS AG shares rose by 26 percent after the Austria-based electronic chip maker raised its revenue outlook on rising demand for its sensors from smartphone makers such as Apple, beating analyst forecasts.The increase will likely allay concerns that weak iPhone X orders are likely to persist through the first half of 2018." Today we learn more details about Apple's orders have helped AMS rapidly grow and will continue to do so in 2018

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06:01
Supplies of the HomePod are beginning to dwindle

As noted by MacRumors, the HomePod supply is beginning to shorten ahead of the speaker's launch this Friday across the U.S. United Kingdom, and Australia. 

Apple Store pickup is now unavailable for the wireless speaker system in all three countries. Delivery estimates for online orders of the speaker in white and space gray have been pushed back to Feb. 12 in both Australia and the United Kingdom. 

HomePod orders placed today on Apple's online store are still estimated for delivery on Feb. 9 in the U.S. Limited quantities of the speaker may be available to walk-in customers at select Apple Stores and resellers, including Best Buy, John Lewis, Harvey Norman, Telstra, and EE. 

The $349 device is just under seven inches tall and looks like a piece of furniture. As well as a wireless speaker, it also acts as a hub for HomeKit devices to provide remote access to home automation.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Last chance to get CrossOver 17...

Today is your last chance to pick up CrossOver 17 for only $19 in our iLounge Deal for today. This handy app lets you run Windows software directly on your Mac without having to buy a Windows license, reboot into Windows, or deal with a virtual machine. Whether it’s games, productivity software, or utility apps, CrossOver lets you run them natively on your Mac just like any other app, bringing the two worlds into harmony. Get CrossOver 17 now…

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05:49
HomePod Availability is Tightening Ahead of Friday...

HomePod supply is beginning to dwindle ahead of the speaker's launch this Friday across the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia.

Apple Store pickup is now unavailable for the HomePod in all three countries, following several days of launch day availability, while delivery estimates for online orders of the speaker in Space Gray and White have been pushed back to February 12 in both Australia and the United Kingdom.

HomePod orders placed today on Apple's online store are still estimated for delivery on February 9 in the United States, when limited quantities of the speaker will be made available to walk-in customers at select Apple Stores and resellers, including Best Buy, John Lewis, Harvey Norman, Telstra, and EE.

Apple still lists most orders in...

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05:42
Updated Output Factory for InDesign improves file...

Zevrix Solutions has released Output Factory 2.2.7, a maintenance update to company's output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory automates printing, exporting and preflighting from InDesign and offers batch processing, export as single pages, layer versioning, custom scripts integration and more. Version 2.2.7 allows users to use specific text from InDesign layout in the variable names of output files when exporting combinations of InDesign layers as separate documents.

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05:40
Adobe Creative Cloud 4.4.0.294 - Access Adobe apps...

Adobe Creative Cloud costs $19.99/month for a single app, or $49.99/month for the entire suite.

Introducing Adobe Creative Cloud desktop applications, including Adobe Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC. They're the next generation of CS tools. Get hundreds of all-new features. Keep your entire creative world in sync: files, feedback from team members, fonts, settings, and updates. And, as always, your applications live on your desktop, not in a browser and not in the cloud.

With Creative Cloud, your entire creative world is synced and organized for you across multiple devices. Track comments posted to shared files, keep tabs on your work and your followers on Behance, respond to invitations to join a project folder, manage your fonts, download the latest product updates, and more.

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05:38
Review: The $129 DJI Osmo Mobile 2 is the best-value...

If you’ve got any recent model iPhone, you’ve got a great camera – both for still photos and for video. So good, in fact, that many independent filmmakers use it to shoot both shorts and full-length movies.

But such reports can give a somewhat misleading impression. Very often, the iPhone is the capture device, but it’s coupled to far more expensive supplementary kit like professional lenses, and gimbals to smooth footage.

What DJI has done with its latest gimbal is to bring smooth mobile shooting – and more – down to a price level that makes it extremely affordable. So much so that, when you consider all the things it can do, I’d say it qualifies as the best-value iPhone accessory on the market at the moment …

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05:35
∞ Review: Apple HomePod

I’ve been using the HomePod for almost a week now. The device is part technological marvel with a little bit of magic thrown in to make it a really compelling device for every home. […]

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05:30
∞ Inside Apple’s HomePod Audio Lab

Apple didn’t build its audio products by choosing off-the-shelf components that any other company can use—it designed and built them from scratch. The testing for all its products happens in the company’s audio lab in Cupertino, Calif. Last week, they took me on a tour of the lab to show me what’s involved in making an audio product at Apple. […]

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05:28
Apple granted another patent for a gesture-based UI...

Apple has been granted another patent (number 9885459) for a Mac user interface that utilizes gesture recognition. The invention involves “pattern projection using micro-lenses.”

The patent involves methods and systems for mapping of three-dimensional (3D) objects, and, specifically,  to optical 3D mapping. Apple says it provides user motions that can control an interactive computer application, such as a game, in place of tactile interface elements such as a mouse, joystick or other accessory.

Here’s a summary of the patent: “An illumination assembly includes a light source, which is configured to emit optical radiation. A transparency containing a plurality of micro-lenses, which are arranged in a non-uniform pattern and are configured to focus the optical radiation to form, at a focal plane, respective focal spots in the non-uniform pattern. Optics are configured to project the non-uniform pattern of the focal spots from the focal plane onto an object.”

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05:15
France bans handheld smartphone use in cars, even...

In what seems a very misguided attempt to address the problem of road deaths and injuries in France, the government has just banned handheld smartphone use even when the car is stationary and the engine switched off …

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05:13
The NYPD arms Manhattan police officers with iPhones

The New York Police Department has begun scrapping 36,000 smartphones it gave police officers over the past two years because they’re already obsolete and can’t be upgraded, and are turning to iPhones, reports The New York Post.

Police officers try out their new iPhones at the 13th Precinct on Thursday, Jan. 25. (SUSAN WATTS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

The move follows Microsoft’s decision to stop supporting the operating system that runs the NYPD’s devices. The rollout has begun in Patrol Borough Manhattan South, which spans from Wall St. to 59th St.

Within the next week, cops covering these neighborhoods will be “i-ready” to protect and serve, NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Information and Technology...

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05:06
Health research Stephen Friend bids Apple adieu

Stephen Friend, a health researcher and co-founder of Sage Bionetworks, has left Apple after serving less than two years on the job to become an “independent entrepreneur,” reports CNBC. No reason was given for the departure.

Sage Bionetworks launched in 2009 as part of Friend’s vision “to drive open science and fundamentally change the relationship between patients and their doctors.” The company has been a partner on most of the high-profile apps to come out on Apple's health-focused platforms, ResearchKit and CareKit.

Another member of Apple's health team, Anil Sethi, also left the company at the end of 2017 to work on a start-up focused on gathering health information for cancer patients.

In the past few years, Apple has recruited a team of medical experts to help guide its strategy as it moves into health care. Its team currently includes: Rajiv...

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05:00
Will Apple ever make its own search engine? (Apple...

A couple of years ago, Apple posted a listing to its Jobs at Apple page describing an engineering project manager position for "Apple Search." Could the company could be working on a full-fledged search engine for use on macOS and iOS platforms?

Here's Apple's job summary (as it appeared at the time): "Apple seeks a technical, driven and creative program manager to manage backend operations projects for a search platform supporting hundreds of millions of users. Play a part in revolutionizing how people use their computers and mobile devices. Manage operational projects that support groundbreaking technology and the most scalable big-data systems in existence.

This position requires a team player and a self-starter with experience leading cross-functional tactical and detailed oriented projects. Must have a successful track record in project management. A successful candidate has a great track record of effectively getting things done and uses resources efficiently....

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04:55
Adobe Flash Player 28.0.0.161 - 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 28.0.0.161:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.9 or later
  • Browser compatibility:
    • Safari 5.0 or later
    • Mozilla Firefox 17.0 or later
    • Google Chrome
    • Opera 11 or later



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04:44
ffWorks 1.0.4 - Convert multimedia files between...

ffWorks (was iFFmpeg), focused on simplicity, brings a fresh approach to the use of FFmpeg, allowing you to create ultra-high-quality movies without the need to write a single line of code on the command-line.

  • High Quality and Control - Convert and processes many media files with high level quality using FFmpeg with no knowledge. Advanced users are not left out in the cold with lots of options to work with.
  • Media Formats - Support for many codecs and containers like MPEG4, H264, H265 HEVC, Matroska, PRORES, DNxHD, DVVideo, MPEG TS, MPEG PS, XAVS, FLV, Theora, AVI, OGG, VP8 and VP9 (.webm), Animated GIF, VOB, MXF, GFX, and many more.
  • Merging Media Files - Stitch unlimited files to one file using either of two methods: concat pass-thru (blistering fast) and Complex Filter.
  • Subtitles Support - Both hard-burned and soft subtitles are supported (external or...
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04:42
Snapchat continues cautious roll-out of redesign,...

Snapchat is continuing its gradual rollout of a major app redesign. It is treading cautiously, with a widespread rollout of the the redesign limited to a handful of countries to date, perhaps mindful of the poor reviews it has been receiving.

In the US and elsewhere, Snapchat continues to drip-feed new features, with one quietly rolled out in the last few weeks and another on the way …

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04:39
HomePod sells out on Australia Apple Online Store,...

As anticipation for HomePod builds, Apple’s smart speaker has sold out in Australia. Apple’s website reports that new orders for the HomePod in White or Space Gray will now deliver from the 12th in the country (which is the 11th in most parts of the world due to timezone differences).

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04:38
Tidy Up 5.0.1 - Find duplicate files and tidy up...

Tidy Up is a full-featured duplicate finder and disk-tidiness utility.

Features

  • Supports Lightroom: it is now possible to search and collect duplicates directly in the Lightroom library.
  • Multiple libraries support: capability to search in the supported apps (Lightroom, Photos, iTunes, Mail, Aperture, and iPhoto) by comparing multiple libraries of the same app with multiple libraries of different apps of the same kind (for example 2 Photos libraries and 3 Lightroom libraries)
  • Added the support to hard links: search for hard links or exclude them from the search and replace the found items with hard links.
  • Search for unique items gains strength: it’s now possible to use multiple criteria to search for unique items (items that have no duplicates).
  • Possibility to handle the found items at the administrator level: just allow the installation of the privileged tool and do the cleaning job. This is particularly...
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04:30
TouchCopy is handy for transferring your iTunes,...

Sometimes you need transfer music and other files from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. That’s when TouchCopy comes in handy. And the latest version (16) adds support for the iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

Let's say you need to move an iTunes library from an old Mac to a new one. Or transfer music, photos, SMS, voice mails, contacts, etc. from your iDevice to iTunes. Or recover your iTunes content from your iOS device when you get a new Mac or are recovering after a hard drive failure. 

If the music, playlists, song data, album art, ratings, play counts, ebooks, games, videos and Messages are still available on your iDevice, TouchCopy can retrieve all of these and more and safely restore your iTunes library. Conveniently, TouchCopy will prevent iTunes from attempting to re-sync your device while it's running. 

What's more, the software lets you view and copy your iDevice photos to your computer, including photos and...

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04:11
iPad boosts market share as tablet market declines;...

The iPad boosted its market share in the final quarter of last year, achieving very slight growth as the tablet market as a whole declined, reports IDC.

The company attributes Apple’s ‘solid lead’ to a balance of entry-level and iPad Pro shipments.

Apple maintained a solid lead in the holiday quarter driving growth both through its lower-priced 9.7-inch iPad as well as its newly refreshed iPad Pro products. While the lower-price iPad has continued to drive a strong consumer upgrade cycle, the shifting focus is to iPad Pro and its potential in the commercial and education segments …

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04:01
Apple Sending Ad Spend and Install Reports to the...

Apple this morning has apparently sent several developers report emails for Search Ads Basics that belong to other developers.

The reports, which relate to promoted ads that show up in App Store search queries, have been received in error by several developers this morning, as noted on Twitter.

Um Apple you might want to check why Search Ads is emailing me some other developer's ad spend details pic.twitter.com/hfBcsqpCiy

— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) February 6, 2018

Introduced late last year, Search Ads...

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04:00
How to use Siri to set a timer in iOS 11

I’m an ice cream addict. Twice a week I make a big batch of the world’s greatest dessert. In doing so, I have to time the mixing process for 30 minutes. I use iOS 11’s Siri to set a timer on my iPhone X to tell me when the mixing time is completed.

You can do the same to remind yourself to make a phone call, turn the oven on (or off), head out to pick up the kiddos from school, and more. Here’s how to do it:

  • Hold down the Home button on your iPhone (or iPad) to activate Siri. Or say "Hey, Siri" on supported devices such as the iPhone X.
  • Say something like "Set a timer for 30 minutes."
  • Siri will confirm that the timer was created and started.
  • Open the Clock app and click on the Timer icon if you want to watch the countdown.

Even with the timer set, you can continue to use your iPhone as usual. Press the Home button to return to the Home screen.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support...

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03:42
Some developers receiving Search Ads report emails...

In a rather embarrassing screw up, some developers are receiving report emails from Search Ads Basics featuring details for apps that aren’t theirs. This includes information that is usually confidential such as number of installs from the ad campaign as well as how much was spent.

There doesn’t seem to be any kind of systemic Apple ID hack; it just looks like a buggy email daemon is sending out the wrong information to different people.

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03:00
Patent application highlights ideas for next-gen...

The next-gen Apple Pencil could be capable of writing on any flat surface or in the air.

A recently-published patent application, numbered 62/363,172 and titled “Content Creation Using Electronic Input Device on Non-Electronic Surfaces” describes the use of an Apple Pencil-like device, in conjunction with some form of motion or orientation sensor external to the stylus on any surface, like a desktop.

The documentation associated with the patent is intentionally vague as to how this will be executed. Still, it highlights how the stylus’s movement can be tracked by “a motion and orientation sensor, a camera, or an electromagnetic- or sound-based triangulation scheme.”

The patent also details how the data generated by a pointing device could be tracked in three dimensions, even without requiring a surface to write on. Other utilizations of the technology beyond just handwriting include tracing a 3D object to make a model in the computer.

Communication...

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03:00
Apple offering 32GB replacement units to some...

If your 16GB iPhone 5c is headed into the shop, Apple might be replacing it with a 32GB model instead.

A new directive sent out to Apple Authorized Service Providers this morning offered the following guidance:

“Orders for whole unit service inventory of iPhone 5c (16GB) models may be substituted to iPhone 5c (32GB) models until further notice.”

While not all 16GB iPhone 5c units will be replaced with a 32GB unit, some customers that take their units in for repair for a manufacturing issue or other problem may see an upgrade to the larger capacity 32GB model.

Apple has yet to offer a specific reason for the potential upgrade, albeit this is often due to the available supply at any given time.

Apple stopped offering 16 and 32GB iPhone 5c models for sale in most countries in September of 2014, but continued selling an 8GB model until September of 2015. In India, the iPhone 5c was still available through February of 2016, but since that time,...

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Monday February 5

21:57
Grammarly patches bug that could expose everything...

Grammarly, a copyediting extension for Chrome and Firefox that points out typos and grammatical mistakes, had a major bug that allowed any website you visit to log into your account and read everything you ever wrote. It made all your documents, hist...

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20:59
Vienna 3.2.1 :8e8c75b3: - RSS and Atom newsreader.

Vienna is a freeware and Open-Source RSS/Atom newsreader with article storage and management via a SQLite database, written in Objective-C and Cocoa, for the OS X operating system. It provides features comparable to commercial newsreaders, but both it and the source code are free and available for download.

Features

  • Subscribe to Atom/RSS news feeds and podcasts
  • Simple and intuitive user interface with customisable toolbar
  • Built-in tabbed browser
  • Global search of all retrieved articles
  • Automatic detection of newsfeeds on Web pages
  • Smart folders for organising related feed articles
  • Custom article display styles
  • Three separate reading layouts
  • Blogging integration
  • Support for downloading enclosures in articles
  • Filter the displayed articles
  • Manual reordering of the subscription list
  • Full AppleScript support
  • Localised into several...
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20:59
GarageSale 7.0.11 - Create outstanding eBay auctions.

GarageSale is a slick, full-featured client application for the eBay online auction system.

Create and manage your auctions with ease. With GarageSale, you can create, edit, track, and manage multiple auctions in a single, intuitive application. GarageSale even integrates with several international eBay sites, as well as with PayPal and Twitter, to provide a complete, robust eBay client.

Develop professional, attractive listings. GarageSale features iPhoto integration, what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) text editing, free image hosting, and over 130 free auction designs. And with these features, among many more, it's never been easier to create professional, eye-catching eBay listings.



Version 7.0.11:

Note:...

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20:15
Apple's iCloud key in takedown of notorious...




Data from Apple's iCloud service was used to identify, and potentially locate and arrest, the operator of the Kelihos botnet, a system notorious for its association spam networks and criminal conspirators, according to U.S. court documents unsealed on Monday.

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19:05
New York City gets it Right this Time around by...

In August Patently Apple posted a report titled "NYPD reportedly to Replace Millions Worth of "Useless" Microsoft-Nokia Smartphones with Apple iPhones later this year." We're now learning that more iPhone are being handed out to New York cops.

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19:00
Health researcher Stephen Friend leaves Apple after...




According to a report on Monday, Stephen Friend, prominent health researcher and co-founder of Sage Bionetworks, has left Apple after serving less than two years on the job.

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18:28
NYPD begins deploying iPhone 7 & 7 Plus to...

As initially reported last year, The New York Police Department is moving away from Windows Phones after two years with the platform. Replacing some 36,000 Windows phones are iPhones, which are now being rolled out to police officers…

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18:25
Apple Invents 'Acoustic Touch sensing'...

Late this afternoon Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Patent Reveals Advancing Apple Pencil to work with Non-Touch Surfaces and supporting 3D & AR Editing Apps." In a second, less dramatic invention, Apple reveals that technically speaking, Apple Pencil could one day be able write directly on metal. So instead of using the MacBook's trackpad, a user may be able to write or draw in the palm rest area of a MacBook, for example.

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18:01
Apple’s health team loses veteran researcher after...

As Apple works to grow and expand its health-related projects and the teams working on those efforts, there’s sure to be some turnover in the process. CNBC reports today that Stephen Friend, a top health researcher, departed Apple late in 2017… more…

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17:46
NYPD begins rolling out 36,000 iPhone 7, 7 Plus...




As part of a planned switch away from Microsoft's defunct Windows Phone platform, the New York Police Department recently began issuing officers their choice of iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus handsets, devices some cops are already lauding as the "ultimate tool" to fight crime.

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16:39
How iCloud helped investigators track down one of...

Apple played a surprisingly big role in helping track down one the world’s worst spammers, according to an affidavit unsealed today and picked up by The Verge. According to the document, Russian spam king Peter Levashov was tracked down in large part due to his iCloud usage…

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15:21
Report suggests Apple could begin 2018 product...

Supply chain source Digitimes is out with a new report today highlighting Apple’s suppliers involvement in upcoming product launches. The site claims that Apple could begin upgrading its various product lines as early as next month, but fails to offer specific information about what products are potentially on the docket…

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15:09
How to get Windows 10 up and running on Mac using...




Choosing between a Windows computer and a Mac can be a tough decision. Some users think they'll be giving up features or apps they enjoyed on Windows when making the switch to Mac. Luckily, you can have the best of both worlds by running Windows on a Mac using Apple's Boot Camp.

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15:03
Lifeprint’s ‘hyperphoto’ printer lets you instantly...

Good review of the pros and cons. I’d love to have a “quickie” printer for on the go prints but the downsides of the low picture quality and hugely expensive paper make these kinds of printers a no buy for me.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:03
Apple Patent Reveals Advancing Apple Pencil to work...

In May 2017 Patently Apple posted a patent report titled "Apple to Advance Apple Pencil to Work with Next-Gen Magic Trackpad for Macs." The patent introduced us to a new inertial sensor mode that would allow Apple Pencil to rotate or tilt drawn content on-screen and even double as a joystick for games. Now a few patents have surfaced that shows us that Apple is working on Advancing Apple Pencil in several ways. The first is to allow Apple Pencil being able to work on a non-touch surface like the top of your desk and have the content show up on your Mac.

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14:54
Apple was right to throttle iPhones, but some things...

Good explanation of what happened and why. There’s good and bad in Apple’s reasoning for doing it but, as I’ve often said, their lack of explanation and “full disclosure” can sometimes bite them in the ass.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:31
Apple Daily Report for Feb. 5, 2018

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, deals with a death in the family. Prayers go out to the entire Sande family. In the place of the AWT News Update, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

The Financial Times reports a limited number of reports are coming from iPhone X users experiencing delays with incoming phone calls.

The last configuration of iMac Pro is starting to ship to consumers worldwide, with readers informing AppleInsider that they have custody of the machine now.

Pegatron, Apple’s secondary iPhone assembler,...

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14:27
Veteran music journalist, Alex Gale, to Apple Music’...

Veteran music journalist Alex Gale has been named head of editorial for Apple Music, reports Variety. Apple’s music streaming service now has over 36 million subscribers.

Photo courtesy of Alex Gale

An alumnus of Billboard, Complex, XXL and Vibe publications, Gale will be based out of Apple’s Los Angeles outpost. He’ll report to Jen Robbins, director of project management and editorial for Apple.

Vareity says Gale will head up the team responsible for all written content on Apple’s music platforms, including and iTunes, as well as Apple Music, with some crossover into video projects and global radio network Beats 1.

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14:23
021: iPhone 7 replacement program, why Telegram was...

Today we’ve got a new replacement program for iPhone 7, the explanation behind Telegram being abruptly pulled from the App Store last week, and a few updates on HomePod and Apple Music.

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

https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/9to5mac-daily-02-05-2018.mp3

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14:23
Music journalist Alex Gale named head of Apple Music...

Previously working at Billboard, Complex, XXL and Vibe, music journalist Alex Gale will be leading Apple’s editorial group for Apple Music, according to Variety. Gale will be working out of Apple’s Los Angeles offices.

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14:21
Some 16GB iPhone 5c replacements will be upgraded to...

Apple and Apple Authorized Service Providers will offer some customers who own a 16GB iPhone 5c that's in need of replacement a 32GB model instead, reports MacRumors.

"Orders for whole unit service inventory of iPhone 5c (16GB) models may be substituted to iPhone 5c (32GB) models until further notice," Apple said in a new to service to service providers today.

Not all 16GB iPhone 5c replacements will be upgraded to 32GB devices. However, some folks who take their iPhone 5c models in for repair for a manufacturing issue or other problem may see an upgrade to a 32GB unit. MacRumors says Apple hasn’t offered a reason why some 16GB iPhone 5c models are being replaced with 32GB models, “but it's often due to available supply at any given time.”

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14:20
Apple Music recruits journalist Alex Gale to lead...




As of Monday, Apple Music is reportedly taking on long-time music journalist Alex Gale as its new head of editorial.

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14:18
Review: Bowers & Wilkins PX offer superb sound...

I’m a hard sell when it comes to headphones. Sound quality comes before anything else, even though I haven’t ventured into the 4-figure headphone territory. As reference, I’ve owned AirPods, Oppo PM-3s, Sennheiser HD600s, and Audio-Technica M50x’s in the past.

A trend you’ll see in my headphone selections are that I try to be as close to neutral frequency as possible – aside from the M50x’s which were a mistake as my first pair of headphones, but I’d rather not get into that. And AirPods make the list for their convenience features.

Then enter the Bowers & Wilkins PX, beautifully designed headphones that happen to compare closely to AirPods, but deliver on sound quality.

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14:16
Images of Samsung's Galaxy S9 Leak Ahead of...

Samsung is planning to unveil its next-generation smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and S9+, at an event that's set to take place at Mobile World Congress on February 25, but ahead of that date, several images have leaked depicting the South Korean company's new flagship device.

Noted leaker Evan Blass, aka @evleaks, has shared several renders of the new Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ on Twitter, along with details about what to expect from the device that will compete directly with Apple's own iPhone X.

Galaxy S9

Samsung's two new smartphones will continue to use the same general design as the Galaxy S8 devices, with slim bezels and a near edge-to-edge Super AMOLED display. Unlike the iPhone X, the S9 and S9+ have black bars at the top and bottom of the device, with the top bar housing components like the camera and the microphone.

Galaxy S9+

The larger of the...

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13:37
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 5...

Notable software releases this week include Banktivity 6.3, SpamSieve 2.9.30, and Keyboard Maestro 8.0.5.

 

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13:37
ExtraBITS for 5 February 2018

In ExtraBITS this week, a former Apple employee speaks out about how things changed inside Apple between Steve Jobs and Tim Cook, 9to5Mac’s Michael Steeber looks at Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard’s continuing popularity, and the Strava fitness network has accidentally revealed military secrets.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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13:31
Review: August Smart Lock Pro works with HomeKit and...

August unveiled its latest generation of smart locks and doorbells last fall with its improved Pro lineup, and we’ve had a chance to test out some of the new features. Smart Lock Pro includes upgraded internals and Z-Wave Plus support, while Doorbell Cam Pro adds a useful floodlight for scaring off intruders and seeing visitors in the dark. Check out our hands-on below:

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13:17
Apple Substituting Some 16GB iPhone 5c Models In...

For the foreseeable future, Apple and Apple Authorized Service Providers will offer some customers who own a 16GB iPhone 5c that's in need of replacement a 32GB model instead.

Apple shared the new directive with Apple Authorized Service Providers this morning.

"Orders for whole unit service inventory of iPhone 5c (16GB) models may be substituted to iPhone 5c (32GB) models until further notice," reads the note that was sent out today.

Not all 16GB iPhone 5c replacements will be upgraded to 32GB devices instead, but some customers who take their iPhone 5c models in for repair for a manufacturing issue or other problem may see an upgrade to the larger capacity 32GB model.

Apple did not offer a reason why some 16GB iPhone 5c models are being replaced with 32GB models, but it's often due to available supply at any given time.

The iPhone 5c was first introduced alongside the iPhone 5s in September of 2013, and it's the only 4-inch iPhone that Apple has...

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12:16
iPhone growth becoming less predictable, analyst...

UBS has shared a new analyst note today describing some of the challenges and opportunities Apple faces as the iPhone hits maturity. In addition to a greater dependency on services for revenue, UBS believes the predictability of Apple’s quarterly performance is noticeably decreasing.

more…

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12:15
Canary firmware adds support for Person Detection

Canary will be rolling out Person Detection to all of its customers over the next two weeks, as promised. The company claims that the update is automatic and nothing needs to be done on the user’s end.

more…

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12:08
Apple Southlake Town Square in Dallas-Fort Worth...




Apple's Southlake Town Square outlet -- located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area -- will close for renovations on Sunday, March 4.

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11:47
Future Apple Pencil could be used to draw on any...




Three Apple engineers have applied for a patent that suggests that the company is at least considering working on a new Apple Pencil, capable of being used outside the confines of an iPad, on any flat surface or in the air.

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11:38
NYPD arms Manhattan cops with the newest tool in...

It would be really interesting to see how this works in the hands of the police and the backend data management would be an immense challenge.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:36
Amazon's Fire HD 8 tablet is $60

Amazon has a bunch of devices on sale right now, including the Fire HD 8 tablet for $60.

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11:22
Bargain pricing on the Rain Design iLap Laptop Stand

Have a MacBook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air? You can keep both your lap and your MacBook cool when you're working without a desk with Rain Design's versatile iLap Laptop Stand ($36.99).

The iLap is made up of a hinged cushion that offers the flexibility to use your laptop in different positions comfortably. You can even use it at a desk to raise the screen for better ergonomics. The soft foam cushion provides hours of comfort and can be removed for easier carrying, while the aluminum base cools your MacBook by acting as a heat sink. There's even a handy cable outlet to organize all of the cables coming from your device to keep your desktop organized.

The usual...

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11:15
∞ “Three Minutes”

The annual Chinese New Year migration is the largest in the world. This story of just one small piece of it is lovely and poignant.

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10:57
Apple Music Was Always Going To Win

Apple Music is about to overtake Spotify as the most popular streaming music service in the United States, the Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend. Gizmodo: [...] Here's where the inevitability comes into play. Because all Apple devices come preloaded with Apple Music, countless consumers start using Apple Music without knowing any better. It's effectively become the streaming music analogue of Microsoft pushing people to surf the web with Internet Explorer. The big difference is that people eventually have to pay for Apple Music, which is the same price as Spotify. As many suspected when it launched three years ago, Apple Music was bound to succeed simply because Apple is big enough and rich enough to will it so. Think about it this way: Spotify gained traction quickly after its 2011 launch, largely because music enthusiasts had seen its streaming model succeed globally and wanted to try this neat new thing. After all, there wasn't anything quite like it at the time, and...

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10:56
Apple’s Southlake, Texas store set to close on March...

Apple has announced on their retail website that the company’s Southlake Town Square location in Southlake, Texas will close for renovations on March 4th.

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10:39
Apple Watch knockoff promises 45-day battery life,...

The latest Apple Watch clone is now available and offers an interesting amount of features for a sub $100, iOS-compatible wearable.

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10:14
Telegram was pulled because of child pornography,...




The "inappropriate content" that saw Telegram briefly disappear from the App Store last week was child pornography, Apple's marketing chief explained in response to a customer question.

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10:13
GarageSale 7.0.11 - Create outstanding eBay auctions.

GarageSale is a slick, full-featured client application for the eBay online auction system.

Create and manage your auctions with ease. With GarageSale, you can create, edit, track, and manage multiple auctions in a single, intuitive application. GarageSale even integrates with several international eBay sites, as well as with PayPal and Twitter, to provide a complete, robust eBay client.

Develop professional, attractive listings. GarageSale features iPhoto integration, what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) text editing, free image hosting, and over 130 free auction designs. And with these features, among many more, it's never been easier to create professional, eye-catching eBay listings.



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10:10
iPhone X Bug Leaves Some Users Unable To Answer Calls

Mark Wilson writes: A number of iPhone X users are complaining about a bug that leaves them unable to answer incoming calls. Reports of the bug are spreading through Apple's support forums, and the company says it is looking into the problem. People who are experiencing the bug say that when they receive a call, their iPhone X rings, but the screen does not wake up. While the problem has been around for a couple of months, complaints seem to be growing in number at the moment.


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10:08
Apple's iPad Pro Continues to be the World...

Last May Patently Apple reported that 2016 was Apple's first full year of iPad Pro shipments, which included the launch of the smaller screen lower-cost 9.7 inch version. That addition to Apple's iPad line quickly elevated Apple to the top of the growing detachable tablet market segment. Today we're learning that Apple's winning streak is continuing with IDC revealing that the iPad Pro is the World's #1 detachable

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09:48
Child porn behind Telegram’s recent removal from...

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The encrypted messaging app Telegram was mysteriously removed from Apple's App Store last week for a number of hours. At the time, little was known about the reason why, except that it had to do with "inappropriate content." According to a 9to5Mac report, Apple removed Telegram after the app was found serving up child pornography to users.

A verified email from Phil Schiller details that Apple was alerted to child pornography in the Telegram app, immediately verified the existence of the content, and removed the app from its online stores. Apple then notified Telegram and the authorities,...

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09:28
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch Series 1 $180,...

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09:08
External Link: Former Apple Employee Discusses What...

On the rebooted Menu Bar podcast, which focuses on Apple and related subjects, former Apple employee Bob Burrough stopped by to discuss his experiences working on the original iPhone, including how he smuggled the first production models out of China. Burrough also talks about the transition from Steve Jobs to Tim Cook and the resulting changes in company culture. Burrough says that under Jobs, employees were allowed to call out faults anywhere they saw them, regardless of whether it was in their wheelhouse or not, but under Cook, Apple employees are very much encouraged to stay in their own lanes.

 

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09:00
Conquer time with new features in Microsoft Planner

Teams and individuals depend on Microsoft Planner to get organized quickly, work together effortlessly, and stay on the same page—no matter how large or small the project. Four new features for Planner will give you greater visibility into project schedules, let you group and filter tasks, allow you to receive notifications of upcoming deadlines, and soon you will be able to publish tasks to your Outlook calendar.

Here is an overview of the four new features.

  • Schedule view—Meet deadlines, plan ahead, and understand project status with the ability to view your task schedule. In addition, weekly and monthly task views allow drag-and-drop scheduling. Read the support article for more details.
  • Group and Filter options—The Group and Filter options in Planner give you deeper insights into your tasks to help you meet key...
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08:54
New NikePlus rewards include free Apple Music,...

From 9to5Toys:

Nike has announced the official rollout of its latest NikePlus rewards for members. The new benefits include exclusive Nike playlists on Apple Music, a deal for four months free of the music service, personalized promotions, and more.

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08:43
First look: Occipital Structure sensor iPad...




At the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show, Occipital showed off its Structure mobile depth sensor that attaches to the back of an iPad to capture a 3D model of whatever is in front of it, including small and large objects, and the overall layout of a room -- and AppleInsider just got one to try out.

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08:42
Apple abruptly pulled Telegram last week when it...

We now have the answer for why the popular messaging app Telegram was pulled from the App Store last week. Telegram for iOS notably disappeared from the App Store for several hours without an explanation before the service’s CEO blamed the problem on Apple pulling the app due to ‘inappropriate content’ appearing in the app.

According to an email shared by a reader that includes a response from Phil Schiller who manages the App Store, Telegram was abruptly pulled when Apple learned that the app was serving child pornography to users.

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08:27
iPad Remains World's Most Popular Tablet as...

iPad remains the world's most popular tablet by a significant margin, having outsold competing devices from rivals Samsung and Amazon combined last year, according to data shared by research firm IDC today.

Apple sold a total of 43.8 million iPad units in 2017, as confirmed by its quarterly earnings results, while IDC estimates that Samsung and Amazon shipped 24.9 million and 16.7 million tablets respectively on the year. The combined Samsung-Amazon total of 41.6 million tablets is 2.2 million lower than iPad sales.

Apple captured a 26.8 percent share of the tablet market in 2017, meaning that roughly one in every four tablets sold last year was an iPad. Apple's tablet market share rose 2.5 percentage points year-on-year.

Last week, Apple reported revenue of $5.8 billion from iPad sales in the fourth quarter of 2017,...

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08:26
Deals: 13" MacBook Pros as low as $1,289 ($210...




Shopping for the perfect Valentine's Day gift? Apple authorized resellers are knocking hundreds off 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros this week with prices starting at $1,289. Many configurations also qualify for 0% financing with no tax outside NY and NJ, making these the lowest prices of the year.

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08:17
Nike adds Apple Music to perks for active NikePlus...




People signed up to NikePlus can now earn extra Apple Music content and subscription extensions as perks, Nike has announced.

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07:23
Lesser-known Android phone makers copy look of Apple...




A pair of relatively unknown Android phone makers are reportedly copying the look of Apple's iPhone X without actually offering identical features.

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07:11
Hundreds of Apple Customers are reporting that they...

Last Tuesday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's SVP of Software is applying the Brakes on a String of iOS Features and rescheduling them for 2019." The report noted that Apple's software troubles have been mounting since last year and internally executives such as Craig Federighi decided to put a halt to certain new features. Now another glitch has surfaced, this time an embarrassing one for the new iPhone X

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07:03
Apple should mix hardware & services into '...




To keep growing services revenues, Apple may want or need to bundle hardware and services into a single subscription, according to one analyst.

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06:37
IDC: there’s potential for iPad Pro growth in the...

Good news for the iPad Pro: the worldwide detachable tablet market (those with attachable/detachable keyboards) grew to 6.5 million units in the fourth quarter of 2017 (4Q17), an increase of 10.3% from the previous holiday season, according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. Apple maintained a solid lead in the holiday quarter driving growth both through its lower-priced 9.7-inch iPad as well as its newly refreshed iPad Pro products, notes the research group.

While the lower-price iPad has continued to drive a strong consumer upgrade cycle, the shifting focus is to iPad Pro and its potential in the commercial and education segments. With the only expected tablet growth to come from these segments, Apple's recent launch of "Apple at Work" shows their commitment to maintain its leader position, according to IDC.

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06:30
Apple, Cisco partnering for enterprise cybersecurity...




A new "industry-first offering" from Cisco, Apple, Aon, and Allianz has been launched, allowing businesses small and large to utilize Apple devices, and Cisco security hardware, and in doing so, qualify for a "enhanced cyber insurance" program protecting the company from the financial impact of a cyber attack.

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06:30
Apple Launches Repair Program for iPhone 7 “No...

Some iPhone 7 models are showing “No Service” messages even when cellular coverage is available due to a failed logic board component. Apple has announced a repair program to fix the problem for free.

 

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06:28
Apple and Cisco Team up with Aon and Allianz for...

In June we posted a report titled " The Cisco-Apple Partnership to introduce the most Advanced Privacy Controls for iOS Enterprise Devices this Fall." It was during that CiscoLive event that we first learned about the Apple-Cisco cyber-security insurance premiums program that was to begin in the fall of 2017.
We're learning that Apple Inc and Cisco Systems Inc have teamed up with insurers ...

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06:22
Rumor: new versions of Apple devices will debut in...

DigiTimes says some Apple suppliers are poised to benefit from new or increased orders from the tech giant to help produce next-generation iPad, MacBook, and Apple Watch models this year. The article than says that new versions of the devices will debut starting in March.

Let the Sellers Research Group (that’s me) clarify. Based on my crystal ball, we’ll indeed see new 12-inch MacBooks in March. There’s also a chance we’ll see updated iPads at that point in time. At least a rev of the 9.7-inch “non-pro” version. Updated iPad Pros might now launch until May or even June.

However, don’t expect new MacBook Pros and new iMacs to be announced until this summer’s Worldwide Developer Conference. The next generation of iPhones will arrive, as usual, in the fall (probably September), along with the Apple Watch Series 4.

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06:19
Free Webinar for Readers of “Take Control of Mac...

Do you sometimes struggle with things on your Mac that seem like they should be easy? Or do you help people who have such issues? TidBITS editor in chief and Take Control author Tonya Engst is giving a webinar this week for readers of her “Take Control of Mac Basics” book to explain some of those problems.

 

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Apple the only US tech giant to announce plans to...

Apple is the only large US tech company to announce plans to repatriate and spend the cash currently held overseas …

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06:08
∞ iOS 11, HomePod, and trust

Last night, we had a nice little gathering to watch the Super Bowl. As everyone got settled in to watch the game, they pulled out their phones, as one does.

Suddenly, an alert appeared on my phone, one I’ve never seen before, asking me if it was OK to share my WiFi password with one of our guests. I tapped OK and they were logged on to our WiFi.

I’d heard about this behavior (I believe it shipped with the very first version of iOS 11), but never encountered it before. It felt a bit like opening an AirPods case near my iPhone. The alert just popped up, took over the screen.

Benjamin Mayo did a writeup of this behavior back in June 2017. If you follow the link, you can see what the alert looks like.

So what does this have to do with HomePod? Fair question.

Imagine that you lived next door to a big guy, a big guy with a beard who loved Heineken and...

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06:04
Apple Music may overtake Spotify this summer

Competition seems to be heating up among the two of the biggest music streaming services: Apple Music and Spotify. Citing unnamed"people in the record business," the Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has been adding 5% to its U.S. subscriber base every month versus "just" 2% for Spotify. 

Assuming that pace continues, Apple would overtake Spotify in the world's biggest music market this summer. Spotify is a music, podcast, and video streaming service that was officially launched on Oct. 7, 2008. Apple’s streaming music service was launched in June 2015.

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05:58
All models of iMac Pro shipping to customers, 14-...




The last configuration of iMac Pro is starting to ship to consumers worldwide, with readers informing AppleInsider that they have custody of the machine now.

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05:55
Apple, Cisco, Aon, Allianz team up for cyber risk...

Apple, Cisco, Aon and Allianz have  announced a new cyber risk management solution for businesses, comprised of cyber resilience evaluation services from Aon, secure technology from Cisco and Apple, and options for enhanced cyber insurance coverage from Allianz. 

The new solution is designed to help a wider range of organizations better manage and protect themselves from cyber risk associated with ransomware and other malware-related threats, which are the most common threats faced by organizations today.

Cyber security risk is growing. Losses from cyber threats are outpacing investment in IT security, according to Chuck Robbins, Chairman and CEO, Cisco. This fact, combined with low adoption of cyber insurance, an active adversary, a fragmented security technology market and a security skills shortage, means it’s difficult for many organizations to understand and manage this risk effectively, he adds. The new solution covers the primary dimensions of cyber protection...

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05:51
Apple, Cisco, Aon, Allianz team up for cyber risk...

Apple, Cisco, Aon and Allianz have announced a new cyber risk management solution for businesses, comprised of cyber resilience evaluation services from Aon, secure technology from Cisco and Apple, and options for enhanced cyber insurance coverage from Allianz.

The new solution is designed to help a wider range of organizations better manage and protect themselves from cyber risk associated with ransomware and other malware-related threats, which are the most common threats faced by organizations today.

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05:38
David Pogue’s glowing HomePod review

David Pogue, Yahoo:

In a devastatingly effective demo, Apple lines up four of these things: The Google Home Max ($400), Sonos One ($200), Amazon Echo ($100), and the HomePod. They’re volume-matched and rigged to an A/B/C/D switch, so a single song can hop from one to the other. (Apple even installed a halo backlight behind each speaker that illuminated to show you which one was playing.)

The HomePod sounded the best. Its bass, in particular, was amazing: full and deep, but also distinct and never muddy — you could hear the actual pitch of the bass notes, not just the thud. That, unsurprisingly, is where other small speakers have trouble.

And:

The real shock was the Google Home Max, a massive, 12-pound machine that’s supposed to be all about the sound; it sounded like cardboard compared with the HomePod and Sonos.

Heh. Like cardboard. Nice.

I’ve yet to read a review that didn’t place HomePod on top of the heap. David Pogue’s comments about...

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05:29
A Chinese National Living in the U.S. on a Student...

A Chinese national living in the United States on a student visa pleaded guilty on Friday for his role as a counterfeit distributor in a scheme to traffic and smuggle counterfeit electronics purporting to be Apple iPhones

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05:28
How to transfer your iPhone or Mac Photo library to...

I think it’s incredibly important to backup your photos onto some form of removable media, tuck it away somewhere safe. This is in addition to your Time Machine or cloud backup.

Personally, I periodically backup all my photos to a single removable drive and store the drive in a safe deposit box.

All that said, this is a terrific article, with detail on prepping for backup, locating all relevant files, importing/moving as needed, and more. Worth reading and passing along.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:22
∞ What Google Assistant thinks about HomePod

Here ya go:

Google Assistant offering up some HomePod love. pic.twitter.com/9lUEiRjDBZ

— Dave Hamilton (@DaveHamilton) February 4, 2018

I asked Siri what she thought about Google Max and Amazon Echo and got a lot of generic responses. Interesting that Google created such a specific, tailored response to HomePod.

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