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Friday August 4

05:55
Chromium 60.0.3112.90 - Fast and stable open-source...

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



Version 60.0.3112.90:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.9 or later



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05:54
Graphic Inspector Now Can Preview Adobe InDesign...

Zevrix Solutions has announced Graphic Inspector 2.3.1, a feature update to company's quality control solution for images and vector files.

It’s a tool for Mac users that can check both raster images and Illustrator documents for specific resolution, color, spot channels, fonts and other attributes. Version 2.3.1 lets users preview Adobe InDesign documents thus eliminating the need to open them for identification or even have InDesign installed on the user's machine.

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05:51
Smartphone use has radical impact on mental health...

San Diego State University professor of psychology and author Jean Twenge has claimed that smartphone usage is having a radical impact on both the behavior and mental health of U.S. teenagers.

The arrival of the smartphone has radically changed every aspect of teenagers’ lives, from the nature of their social interactions to their mental health […] Rates of teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed since 2011. It’s not an exaggeration to describe iGen as being on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades. Much of this deterioration can be traced to their phones.

Far from being the usual generalized complaint about teens spending too much time staring at their screens, Dr Twenge has plenty of hard data to support her contentions – made in The Atlantic, the magazine in which Laurene Powell Jobs recently bought a majority stake...

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05:46
AppleInsider podcast talks Q3 earnings, HomePod...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about Apple's fiscal third-quarter 2017 earnings call, plus all the information that's hidden in the HomePod firmware.

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05:31
Samsung is Reportedly Ramping up OLED Display...

According to a new supply chain report today Samsung Display is going to operate 7 of its 6th generation flexible OLED lines, which are for Apple, on full scale this month. In fact, production is set to rise 7-fold

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05:19
Frowning Poo and 66 Other New Emojis Proposed for...

While the new emojis of Unicode 10 have yet to launch, Unicode President Mark Davis this week revealed a collection of new emojis have been added as "draft candidates" for potential release in Unicode 11 in 2018 (via Emojipedia). The news came out of the quarterly Unicode Technical Committee meeting, and up next the Unicode Consortium will decide on the list of final candidates at its Q4 2017 meeting in October, followed by naming the new characters at a meeting in Q1 2018.

Emoji images via Emojipedia and Unicode.org

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05:00
Strategy Analytics: Apple Watch sales placed around...

While Apple has never released exact numbers as to how many Apple Watch units have been sold, Strategy Analytics puts the number around 30 million.

This puts it behind Xiaomi in the wearables market, but definitely in respectable territory.

“Apple shipped 2.8 million wearables worldwide in Q2 2017, growing 56 percent annually from 1.8 million in Q2 2016,” said Strategy Analytics Director Cliff Raskind. “Apple has for now lost its wearables leadership to Xiaomi, due to a lack of presence in the sizable fitness band subcategory.”

Raskind added that this could change with the introduction of the Apple Watch Series 3, which is expected to ship this fall.

“The rumored upcoming Watch Series 3 launch with enhanced health tracking could prove to be a popular smartwatch model and enable Apple to reclaim the top wearables spot later this year,” he said.

According to the firm, Apple shipped 2.8 million units during the second quarter of 2017, compared to...

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05:00
Apple files for patent for remotely updating a...

A 2016 Apple filling with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) showed that the company is urging the FCC should “recognize solutions such as the MFi [Made for iPhone] hearing aid platform as alternatives for hearing aid compatibility compliance.” And the tech company apparently has other plans along these lines, having filed for a patent (number 2017022341) for “remotely updating a hearing aid profile.”

It would allow users to replace a current hearing aid profile stored in a hearing aid. In one embodiment, the hearing aid profile is updated by sending a hearing aid profile update request to a hearing aid profile service, receiving the updated healing aid profile from the hearing aid profile service, and replacing the current hearing aid profile in the hearing aid with the updated hearing aid profile.

I’m pretty sure Apple isn’t planning to go into the hearing aid business, but is more interested in having such aids work in conjunction with iPhones. However,...

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04:54
IDC Forecasts Explosive Growth for the Mixed Reality...

During this week's Financial Conference Call, Apple's CEO Tim Cook stated that Apple believes that "AR has broad mainstream applicability across education, entertainment, interactive gaming, enterprise and categories we probably haven't even thought of. According to a newly published report by IDC, the mixed reality market is set to explode.

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04:30
How to save a Memory movie in macOS Sierra

Apple’s Memories feature in macOS Sierra automatically creates curated collections of your most meaningful photos and videos. Want to save a memory for later? It’s easy.

Scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap or click Add to Favorite Memories. You'll find it in the Favorite Memories album of your Photos app. If you decide that you don't want to save a Memory anymore, tap or click Remove from Favorite Memories. 

When you add a Memory to your Favorites, you preserve it and keep it from going away when Photos creates new Memories. You can also share your experiences with friends and family. On your Mac, you can share the photos and videos from your Memory when you click.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, play a Memory movie, then tap on it to show the editing and sharing options. Tap  and choose to share the movie through Messages, Mail, iCloud Photo Sharing, and your favorite social media sites. 

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info...

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04:29
Direct Mail 4.3.10 - Create and send great looking...

Direct Mail is an easy-to-use, fully-featured email marketing app purpose-built for OS X. It lets you create and send great looking email campaigns.

Start your newsletter by selecting from a gallery of professionally-designed templates, then customize to your heart's content. Design Tests let you see how your email looks in a wide variety of email clients, including live mobile previews sent to your iPhone or iPad. You'll love not having to hassle with a slow, clunky, web-based editor. When you're ready to send, rely on Direct Mail's built-in email service to deliver your message in a flash. Campaign reports show you a clear summary of opens, clicks, and more. Grow your mailing list by creating customizable subscribe forms and publish them to your website or Facebook.

Direct Mail is free for up to 50 emails per month. If you would like to send more, there are a number of pricing options...

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04:24
iClock Pro 3.5.3 - Customize your menubar clock.

iClock Pro is a menu-bar replacement for Apple's default clock. iClock Pro is an update, total rewrite, and improvement to the popular iClock. Have the day, date, and time in different fonts and colors in the menubar. iClock is also a kind of centrally located time-hub from which many time related functions can be controlled. iClock is an essential time utility for pilots, business people, travelers, and anyone who communicates with people in other time zones.

Features

  • See the day/date/time in the menubar in different fonts/colors/formats; customize it as you wish
  • Gives an easily accessible, at a glance system menu view of times/timezones/dates in as many parts of the world as you want
  • Option click on the time/date in the menubar to see your stock portfolio with updates in near real time
  • Application menu just like there used to be in System 9; on Intel Mac shows you which applications are running in Rosetta
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04:15
HomePod firmware offers hints as to 4K, 60 FPS front...

Yet another interesting tidbit came out of the leaked HomePod firmware today. Following earlier details such as design and face recognition information, Portuguese news site iHelp has found code that seemingly indicates the iPhone 8 will be capable of 4K video at 60 frames per second with both the front and rear cameras…

The code mentions a device with support for 4K video at 60 FPS. The device is given both a “front” and “back” qualifier, suggesting that both cameras will 4K video at 60 FPS.

Currently, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus support 4K video with the rear camera only, but only at 30 FPS. Meanwhile, the front camera is limited to 1080p.

The HomePod firmware also mentions the front and rear cameras as supporting Apple’s new Apple’s new HEVC file type, which greatly reduces file size. The HEVC file format can cut file sizes in half, which could be crucial with 4K content.

A jump to 60 FPS, especially with the rear camera, could allow for more...

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04:00
Simon is a useful, flexible server monitoring tool...

By Aaron Lee

It’s not for everyone, but Dejal Systems' Simon is a useful server monitoring tool for macOS that lets you checks web pages, FTP and DNS servers, local or remote ports or volumes, and many other kinds of services for changes or failures. 

The latest version (4.0) boasts a new design, unifying all of the lists, logs and editors into a single window. It also introduces groups, unlimited tests. email services, a context filter, filter output in the preview, password protection and more.

Simon checks web pages, FTP and DNS servers, local or remote ports or volumes, and other services for changes or failures, and notifies you via e-mail, sound, speech, Twitter, SMS, HTML reports, and other means. You can add tests to Simon to track updated sites, to alert you when an important server goes down or recovers, check on Samba SMB, take periodic screenshots of the system, track posts...

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03:54
Apple notes importance of services by adding it to...

We noted this week the growing importance of services to Apple’s bottom line …

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03:39
IDC Report Shows Apple Continuing to Dominate the...

During Apple's Financial Conference call this week, Apple's CEO stated that "We had very positive results for iPad with broad base growth in units, revenue and market share. iPad sales were up 15% year over year and grew across all of our geographic segments." IDC's newly published report supports Cook's numbers and shows that Samsung remains a distant second in this product category.

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Aug. 4, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

VeprIT has introduced Katan 1.0. The app is designed to add a large TV screen to the mobile photography experience. Katan not only shows photos on the TV screen, but provides the full photography workflow, from selection to adjustments, with a TV screen. The app works over a Wi-Fi network with an Apple TV, many modern smart TVs, Chromecast, and other DLNA and Google Cast devices. Katan is free, but does tout in-app purchases.

Youngstown State University, says that, through a partnership with OOHLALA Mobile, students can now use their iPhones to access course listings, event calendars, payment portals, and other resources. The...

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Thursday August 3

20:59
CleanMyMac 3.8.5 - $39.95

CleanMyMac makes space for the things you love. Sporting a range of ingenious new features, CleanMyMac lets you safely and intelligently scan and clean your entire system, delete large, unused files, reduce the size of your iPhoto library, uninstall unneeded apps or fix the ones that started to work improperly, manage all your extensions from one place and do much more - all from one newly designed and beautifully simple interface.



Version 3.8.5:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.9 or later

New

  • Introducing CleanMyMac announcements, indulging you with some unobtrusive news while scanning
  • Raised minimum macOS support to OS X 10.9

Improved

  • CleanMyMac’s Dashboard and Menu are now showing ‘Free’ disk space instead of ‘Available’ to correspond with macOS
  • Safety Database updated to version 2.1.32 improving compatibility with Timing, Xamarin, Plex Media Player, Paragon...
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20:59
Corel Painter 18.0.0.600 - Digital art software...

Corel Painter lets you advance your digital art style with painted textures, subtle glazing brushwork, interactive gradients, and realistic Natural-Media. Easily transition from traditional to digital art with thick oils, dripping watercolors and many other texture-filled strokes. Explore workflow layouts like illustration, fine art, concept, manga and photo art with specialized tools for each style. Welcome to the world’s most expressive digital art software that’s changing what's possible in art.

Features

  • The Most Natural Transition From Traditional to Digital Art - Immerse yourself in painting software that offers the largest selection of Natural-Media® brushes and canvas textures on the market. Craft your art with stunning reality using an array of authentic dry and wet media. When combined with a pressure sensitive drawing solution, you will forget you are painting on a computer.
  • 21ST Century Media You Won...
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20:59
Garmin Express 5.6.1.0 - Manage your Garmin devices.

Garmin Express is your essential tool for managing your Garmin devices. Update maps, golf courses and device software. You can even register your device.

  • Update maps
  • Update software
  • Register your device
  • Back up, restore, and transfer favorites
  • Install free voices and vehicles
  • Download product manuals



Version 5.6.1.0:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.10 or later
  • High-speed Internet access (Not for use with dial-up, mobile, or satellite connections)



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20:59
Cocktail 9.7 - General maintenance and optimization...

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for macOS that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. It is a powerful digital toolset that helps hundreds of thousands of Mac users around the world get the most out of their computers every day.

The application serves up a perfect mix of maintenance tools and tweaks, all accessible through a clean and easy to use interface. Cocktail's features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. It also comes with an automatic Pilot-mode that allows you to simply press a button and relax, knowing that Cocktail will take care of the rest.



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18:57
AT&T promotions offer BOGO iPhone 7 or free iPad...




Looking to capitalize on the popularity of Apple's products, AT&T this week launched two deals offering DirecTV and Next wireless customers a free iPhone 7 -- with the purchase of a first iPhone 7 -- or free iPad.

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17:58
White House calls on Apple, other tech giants to...




Continuing efforts to transform and modernize government IT systems, White House advisor Jared Kushner on Thursday laid out plans for the ambitious project in a conference call with representatives from tech giants Apple, Amazon, Oracle, Qualcomm and others.

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17:25
AT&T offering buy one, get one iPhone or $.99...

AT&T today announced a pair of promotions for those interested in an iPhone and DirecTV. The carrier is running a buy one get one promotion for the iPhone 7, as well as a deal that could get you a free iPad…

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16:44
Open-world adventure game 'Rime' comes to...

Tequila Works' highly-anticipated indie game Rime, formerly planned as a PS4 exclusive, is also headed to PC, the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. While some were worried the open-world adventure would cost more on the Switch (it won't), Rime will still...

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16:42
Report: Kushner moving forward with efforts to...

Several reports in the past have highlighted the Trump administration’s efforts to modernize the government and now that work is moving forward. As detailed in a new report from Recode, Jared Kushner announced the new efforts to Trump and a group of major tech companies today, including Apple…

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16:12
Apple 'iPhone 8' front and rear cameras to...




The recently leaked HomePod firmware continues to yield clues as to what the public can expect from Apple's "iPhone 8," with the latest report suggesting both front- and rear-facing cameras will support 4K video recording at 60 frames per second.

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16:07
Automotive Grade Linux Reaches Key Car Platform...


Automotive Grade Linux has released version 4.0 of the AGL infotainment platform and announced new projects to support telematics, instrument cluster, heads-up-display and a virtualization component. The group also announced that seven new companies have joined AGL and The Linux Foundation, increasing AGL's membership to more than 100 partners. A major market analysis coming out soon will show AGL as a separate line item, an indication of the momentum it has developed within the industry.

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15:46
Uber Freight schedules loads for truck drivers in...

Uber's purchase of Otto provided the ride-sharing company with a beachhead to get into the trucking business, an entrée to the autonomous car industry and a bit of controversy. The resulting Uber Freight was announced last year, and the servic...

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15:05
LastPass Premium now costs twice as much

LastPass announced a restructuring of its plan pricing and packaging today and the cost of its premium tier is doubling to $24 per year. Some features are also being taken away from the free plan. Those include unlimited sharing and emergency access,...

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14:56
iPhone 8 may support 4K video at 60 FPS with front...

The iPhone 8 leaks from Apple’s HomePod firmware continue today. Following earlier details such as design and face recognition information, Portuguese news site iHelp has found code that seemingly indicates the iPhone 8 will be capable of 4K video at 60 frames per second with both the front and rear cameras…

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14:48
FCC offers 'reverse-auction' to expand...

The FCC got the go ahead for its rural broadband subsidy plan, Connect America Fund, in 2014. The fund -- intended to bring high-speed internet access to the least served communities in the US -- has since directed $170 million to New York, and AT&am...

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14:31
Dell's massive Canvas display for artists is...

If you're looking for a giant digital drawing display, but don't have the money to spend on Microsoft's lovely but expensive Surface Studio, Dell is ready to take your cash. The Dell Canvas, a massive, touch-sensitive 27-inch display, is now on sale....

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14:15
HomePod Firmware Suggests iPhone 8 May Record 4K...

We've learned a lot about the upcoming iPhone 8 thanks to HomePod firmware that Apple accidentally released to the public, and the latest detail highlights what we can expect from the front and rear cameras in the device.

Uncovered by Brazilian site iHelp BR, code within the firmware seems to hint at front and rear cameras capable of recording video in 4K at 60 frames per second.

Currently, the rear camera in the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus is able to capture 4K video at 30 frames per second, while the front-facing camera is limited to 1080p recording. Though these specifications are mentioned, it's not yet entirely clear if this is functionality that we can expect to see in the iPhone 8, but the improved frame rate could be useful for the augmented reality applications coming in iOS 11.

From leaks earlier this week, we've...

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14:15
The Wirecutter's best deals: Google's...

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, they may earn affiliate commissions that support their work. Read their c...

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14:01
GoPro bets its near future on the Hero6 and Fusion...

Ever since becoming a publicly traded company in 2014, GoPro hasn't had the most positive financial results. The camera maker has been struggling to be profitable, as shown by its past few quarterly earning reports, but its future isn't completely bl...

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13:59
How to tell if your eclipse glasses or handheld...

The coming solar eclipse is an almost once in a lifetime experience. Don’t let it be ruined by using substandard equipment and/or dangerous viewing habits.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:51
Apple shares two additional teaser videos for...

In the build up to next week’s full release, Apple this week has shared two new teaser videos for its Carpool Karaoke series. One of the videos was uploading to Apple’s YouTube channel, while other was shared on The Late Late Show’s channel.

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13:50
iPhone 7 & 7 Plus seen edging out iPhone 6s...




Just ahead of an anticipated "iPhone 8" and "iPhone 7s/7s Plus" reveal, newly-published research shows Apple's iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are the most used iPhone models in the U.S. with a 34 percent of the install base.

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13:49
Michelle Carter gets 15 months in prison in texting...

Back in June, a Massachusetts Juvenile Court found Michelle Carter guilty of manslaughter for urging her then-boyfriend to kill himself back in 2014. Today, her sentence came down: Of the maximum 20-year prison sentence she faced, Carter will serve 1...

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13:47
AWT News Update: August 3, 2017

Today we look at employment possibilities with Apple, Fitbit's upcoming smart watch, and one blogger's view of how Apple accidentally leaked details of the upcoming iPhone:

  • Are you a mapping expert? Check out the 70+ job listings Apple has for those who have background in geospatial information services, navigational aids and fleet management
  • Fitbit says it will have its "Apple Watch-killer" smart watch ready for the holiday shopping season
  • Daring Fireball's John Gruber speculates on how Apple accidentally spilled the beans on some details of the upcoming 10th-anniversary iPhone

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

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13:40
Apple's Adoption Of HEVC Will Drive A Massive...

An anonymous reader shares a report: For the last 10 years, H.264/AVC has been the dominant video codec used for streaming but with Apple adopting H.265/HEVC in iOS 11 and Google heavily supporting VP9 in Android, a change is on the horizon. Next year the Alliance for Open Media will release their AV1 codec which will again improve video compression efficiency even further. But the end result is that the codec market is about to get very fragmented, with content owners soon having to decide if they need to support three codecs (H.264, H.265, and VP9) instead of just H.264 and with AV1 expected to be released in 2019. As a result of what's take place in the codec market, and with better quality video being demanded by consumers, content owners, broadcasters and OTT providers are starting to see a massive increase in encoding costs. New codecs like H.265 and VP9 need 5x the servers costs because of their complexity. Currently, AV1 needs over 20x the server costs. The mix of SD, HD...

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13:35
Will Smith, James Corden to star in first Carpool...




Apple on Thursday shared a new ad for its upcoming "Carpool Karaoke: The Series" exclusive, revealing Will Smith and late night host James Corden will star as the show's first pairing.

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13:26
Apple Shares Another 'Carpool Karaoke'...

Apple today shared yet another trailer for its upcoming original television show "Carpool Karaoke: The Series," This time featuring Will Smith and James Corden singing a variety of songs, including the theme song to The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

"Carpool Karaoke: The Series" is set to premiere next Tuesday, on August 8. Following the premiere, Apple plans to release new episodes of the show on a weekly basis. There are 16 half-hour episodes in total, all of which will be exclusive to Apple Music subscribers. Each episode features a different host and celebrity pairing.

Along with today's video, two other "Carpool Karaoke" videos have been released this week, highlighting the range of celebrities viewers can expect to see participate on the show.

Participants will include Will Smith and James Corden; Miley, Noah, Billy Ray and the entire Cyrus family; Shakira and Trevor Noah; Game of Thrones stars Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams; Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett...

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13:18
News: mXers Audio announces Modular Earbuds

mXers Audio has debuted a new modular earphone system via a Kickstarter campaign. The new system features a patented connector design that allows the earbuds to be disassembled into separate parts so that any wire or earbud can be interchanged in seconds, allowing users to customize for features, fit, or simply their preferred choice of color and style. The interchangeable parts also make the Modular Earphones easier to repair, since only a single…

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13:11
HBO Cyberattack Driven By Mysterious Motives


Time Warner's pay-TV network HBO on Wednesday admitted that it had been targeted by a cyberattack, confirming an anonymous email the alleged hackers distributed to media outlets last weekend. Among the content that may have been compromised were upcoming episodes of the series Ballers, Barry and Room 104, along with script outlines of the channel's hit show Games of Thrones. In total, the hackers may have obtained 1.5 TB of internal company documents.

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13:07
Facebook translations are now entirely powered by AI

Facebook has been working on changing how it translates text in posts and comments and today it announced that its transition is complete. It means that translations should be quite a bit more accurate going forward.

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12:53
Google’s Play Store will boost rankings of high...

With thousands of apps added every day, Google's Play Store is bloated with poor-quality software. We're not just talking about lame game knockoffs -- lots of the worst are badly-coded monstrosities that crash often and drain your battery. To keep th...

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12:48
CIRP: we love our big-screen iPhones

Larger screens lead to higher iPhone sales, according to a new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. The research firm estimates that Apple’s domestic installed base has 141 million units as of this quarter; that’s up from 124 million in the year-ago quarter.

CIRP says the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus account for 34% of the U.S. market with 48 million units in sales. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus account for 39 million units. 

Larger screens prove most popular with the 6 Plus, 6s Plus, and 7 Plus accounting for 53 million units, says CIRP. The year-old iPhone SE saw just 6% growth in the U.S. installed base.

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12:47
Uber leased recalled cars to drivers in Singapore (...

Uber's troubles just keep on coming. A new report in The Wall Street Journal today says that the ride-sharing company knowingly leased recalled Honda Vezel sport-utility vehicles to Uber drivers. According to the Journal, Uber managers in the region...

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12:42
Google extended $30B takeover offer to Snap in 2016...




At one point in 2016 Google floated the idea of buying Snap -- the parent company of popular messaging app Snapchat -- for at least $30 billion, and a similar offer may remain open, according to a report.

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12:32
iOS 11 camera features may include scene recognition

Smartphones may have effectively killed off dedicated point-and-shoot cameras, but Apple is looking to them for inspiration with iOS 11. Developers have dug through beta firmware for the HomePod, and tucked inside the code for Apple's smart speaker,...

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12:17
A New York library card is your ticket to stream...

Libraries have long let users check out DVDs and Blu-ray discs, but that's starting to feel a bit archaic thanks to Netflix, Hulu and all the rest. Fortunately for those who don't even have a disc player anymore, some libraries are getting into the s...

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12:15
Apple concept would let users customize display...




Apple is working on a way to allow users to control when they want a narrow field of view on an iPhone, iPad, or Mac screen to maintain privacy and limit the amount of users who can see what's being presented.

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12:14
LastPass shares pricing info for ‘Families’ plan,...

Last month, LastPass announced that it would soon be introducing a new “Families” plan for sharing passwords, bank account info, and other sensitive data among family members. We finally have pricing details on how much LastPass Families will cost, but in addition to that, the existing Premium option is seeing a price hike and a couple features from the Free plan are being removed.

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12:03
Garmin Express 5.6.1.0 - Manage your Garmin devices.

Garmin Express is your essential tool for managing your Garmin devices. Update maps, golf courses and device software. You can even register your device.

  • Update maps
  • Update software
  • Register your device
  • Back up, restore, and transfer favorites
  • Install free voices and vehicles
  • Download product manuals



Version 5.6.1.0:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.10 or later
  • High-speed Internet access (Not for use with dial-up, mobile, or satellite connections)



Download Now]]>

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12:03
Chevy Bolt outlasts Tesla's Model S in Consumer...

Consumer Reports just published the results of its range test of the Chevrolet Bolt electric car and came up with some surprising results. While the Bolt is rated for 238 miles of driving by the EPA, the car exceeded that in the Consumer Reports test...

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11:43
Asus ZenFone AR is available now, unlocked or from...

Back at CES, we were impressed with Asus' new smartphone, the ZenFone AR, but it wasn't clear exactly how much it would be. Now, the Verizon-exclusive smartphone is available now and it costs $648, or if you want to go the installment route, qualifie...

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11:41
Dive into what the Web looked like 10 years ago with...

Spoiler alert: It was an ugly, ugly place.

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11:41
Large iPhones have nearly killed off small screens...

Earlier this week Apple announced that it sold 41 million iPhones during the last quarter, and today CIRP is out with new analysis on the overall iPhone install base in the United States plus a breakdown by install base.

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11:37
How Apple is putting voices in users’ heads—literally

Apple doesn’t get nearly the credit they deserve for the work they do in accessibility. I know quite a few people with varying levels and kinds of disability and accessibility issues and they all say that, while there’s lots of work to be done, Apple is far ahead of the rest of the industry in their commitment to these users.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:32
WNBA teams make their console debut in ‘NBA Live 18’

It looks like EA is finally getting the idea that women play sports and that video game fans want to see them in their sports titles. Since the video game company has women's soccer teams in soccer sim FIFA, it's now set to add WNBA teams and players...

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11:20
FBI arrests UK security researcher who stopped...

Marcus Hutchins, the 23-year-old security researcher who is credited with halting the spread of the WannaCry malware program earlier this year has been arrested by the FBI while attending the DefCon security conference in Las Vegas, Motherboard repor...

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11:19
Gear: Incipio Octane Pure Transparent Folio Case for...

Incipio’s Octane Pure has been updated for the 10.5” iPad Pro, combining an impact-absorbent transparent shell case with a standard folio cover. It’s a fairly straightforward design that will appeal to those who like the idea of letting their iPad show through their case while still having the benefit of front coverage.

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11:17
Facebook is still terrible at managing hate speech

Facebook has failed yet again at managing and removing hate speech. Ijeoma Oluo, a black activist and writer, was on a road trip with her children recently when she decided to make a meal stop at a Cracker Barrel. While at the restaurant, which has b...

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11:16
Tidying up with the iPhone-controlled Ecovacs Deebot...

Today we’re looking at a floor cleaning robot from a company you may not have heard about — Ecovacs. The Deebot N79 (US$199.98, Amazon affiliate link provides Apple World Today with an affiliate payment if you purchase one) is designed for deep-cleaning of carpets and other surfaces, and has a feature that makes it of interest of Apple World Today — an iPhone app that can be used to control and schedule cleaning. 

Ecovacs Deebot N79 happily resting on its charging dock after cleaning the house. Photo ©2017, Steven Sande

I’ve been a fan of robot vacuums since the first Roomba models appeared on the market. After owning two early Roombas and being unhappy with their bin capacity, battery life and other quirks, I replaced both with a Neato...

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11:02
‘Minecraft: Story Mode’ arrives on Nintendo Switch...

The second episode of Minecraft: Story Mode - Season Two will be released on August 15th and like the first episode, it will be available for download on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, iOS and Android devices. Entitled "Giant Consequences," episod...

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10:47
Amazon is selling a 2.5-inch hard drive enclosure...

So you've finally decided to swap that 1TB hard drive for a 500GB SSD, in order to benefit from the SSD's faster read/write speeds. But what are you going to do with that old hard drive loaded up with all your photos and documents? Well, you can throw it into this Aukey 2.5-inch enclosure, which is available right now for $7.

To get this sale price, you have to click on the "Buy 1, get 30% off" link below the price. (You may need to use a desktop browser to see it.)

This enclosure isn't particularly different than anything else you'll find out there, but its price makes it an easy buy. Inside, there's a SATA connector, and on the outside you've got USB 3.0. As with other enclosures, you've got that specialized connector that feeds into the enclosure, with a regular USB connector on the other end. The enclosure...

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10:41
CleanMyMac 3.8.5 - $39.95

CleanMyMac makes space for the things you love. Sporting a range of ingenious new features, CleanMyMac lets you safely and intelligently scan and clean your entire system, delete large, unused files, reduce the size of your iPhoto library, uninstall unneeded apps or fix the ones that started to work improperly, manage all your extensions from one place and do much more - all from one newly designed and beautifully simple interface.



Version 3.8.5:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.9 or later

New

  • Introducing CleanMyMac announcements, indulging you with some unobtrusive news while scanning
  • Raised minimum macOS support to OS X 10.9

Improved

  • CleanMyMac’s Dashboard and Menu are now showing ‘Free’ disk space instead of ‘Available’ to correspond with macOS
  • Safety Database updated to version 2.1.32 improving compatibility with Timing, Xamarin, Plex Media Player, Paragon...
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10:39
Facebook is slowly becoming less white and less male

Facebook's latest diversity stats are in, and it seems that while the process is glacially-slow, the company is becoming less white and less male. In the last year, the number of women in tech has risen from 17% to 19%, with women accounting for 27%...

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10:12
Photography algorithm alters perspective after...

Combining multiple photographs to create a new image isn't uncommon, but researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in partnership with NVIDIA have come up with a a pretty wild new technique to create entirely new compositions....

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09:51
Vector successfully launches prototype rocket for...

Today, Vector, a company that aims to deliver small and nano-satellites into orbit, successfully launched a full-scale prototype of its Vector-R rocket. It was a suborbital flight; the rocket took off from a spaceport in Camden, GA. It's the first fo...

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09:43
Deals: 2017 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pro for $1,...




Apple authorized reseller B&H Photo is offering instant cash rebates on popular Mid 2017 Macs this week starting with $150 off the 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. Apple's latest 27" iMac 5K is also $100 off with no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ, while an upgraded 2015 15" MacBook Pro is now $2,199 while supplies last.

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09:38
iPhone 8 concept explores how iOS 11 could reimagine...

Thanks to the leaked HomePod software last week, we now expect the rumored iPhone 8 design with a top notch for the speaker and sensors to be what Apple ships later this year. If the nearly bezel-less design is accurate, there are several possibilities of how iOS could be designed around the top notch. Designer Max Rudberg shares three possible scenarios for the iPhone 8 and iOS 11…

more…

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09:33
Facebook is testing Stories beside your desktop News...

Facebook's Snapchat-like Stories feature launched on its mobile app earlier this year and now it looks like the company is testing it out on its desktop site. As TechCrunch reports, for some users, Stories are now showing up in the top right corner o...

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 2017 27″ 5K iMac $1,575,...

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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09:24
IK Multimedia's ARC System 2.5 with MEMS...

IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com) is shipping its ARC System 2.5 with MEMS microphone.

Version 2.5 of the Advanced Room Correction System combines a new MEMS measurement microphone, measurement software together with an audio correction plug-in for Mac/PC DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) and employs Audyssey MultEQ XT32 patented technology to improve the audio monitoring accuracy of speakers in any studio or listening room.

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09:18
Xiaomi now sells more wearables than Apple or Fitbit

It hasn't been a great time for Fitbit lately, and reports that rival Xiaomi has now taken the lead in worldwide wearable device sales can't be welcome news for the company. Findings from research firm Strategy Analytics show that second quarter earn...

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09:14
6 Things Every Boss Must Do to Help Employees Stay...

My latest Inc Post, 6 Things Every Boss Must Do to Help Employees Stay Calm Amidst Change, is up at
https://www.inc.com/charles-edge/6-ways-to-keep-your-cool-when-change-hits-your-com.html

It starts off like this:

I once spent hundreds of hours creating a training program and corresponding curriculum.

It turned into a lesson on how quickly things change in the technology industry — the program was out of date within two years.

The experience also was frustrating in another way. We had too many rules at...

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09:01
iPhone 8 Concepts Explore How Apple Could Hide or...

We're a little over one month out from the expected September unveiling of the ten year anniversary iPhone, which has come to be known as the "iPhone 8" ahead of release. While recent HomePod firmware discoveries have essentially confirmed the iPhone 8's edge-to-edge design and front-facing sensor bar notch, it's still unclear how iOS 11 will be incorporated into all of these drastically redesigned hardware upgrades.

New mockups shared by Allen Pike and Max Rudberg this week have taken a look at how these changes might be realized in an iPhone 8 running iOS 11. Particularly, the mockups address one of the more curious additions in the iOS 11 beta: large, banner pieces of text that sit atop apps like Messages, Mail,...

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09:00
New concept art shows how Apple may adapt iOS 11 to...




New images published on Thursday offer a glimpse at how iOS 11 could conform to the unique edge-to-edge OLED display of this fall's "iPhone 8," which will have a sensor "notch" at the top, and do away with a physical home button and its surrounding bezel at the bottom.

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09:00
PayPal made digital money cards to send to your...

Remember those birthday and Christmas cards you used to get from family as a kid? They were no Game Boys or PlayStations, but they were still pretty sweet because there was almost always a few bucks tucked inside. Now, PayPal has launched a virtual c...

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08:55
Vinpok Bolt-S Cable: MagSafe capability for the...

Vinpok Bolt-S Magnetic Charging Cable. Photo ©2017, Steven Sande

So, you’ve moved up to a new MacBook Pro but you miss the safety provided by Apple’s clever MagSafe power connector. Vinpok has a magnetic charging cable called the Bolt-S (US$50, available for pre-order for $24) coming soon that may be what you need to resurrect the functionality of the MagSafe — keeping your MacBook Pro (or MacBook) from dropping to the ground when someone trips over the power cable. 

Design

Let’s get one thing out front right away — the Bolt-S Cable cannot be used as a data cable as it’s not designed for that functionality. It’s a magnetically detachable power cable, and that’s it. On one end is a USB-C connector that plugs into Apple’s provided AC adapter. On the other, you’ll find the special feature of the Bolt-S...

The...

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08:12
Video: Will Apple's 'iPhone 8' launch...




After numerous rumors suggested the "iPhone 8" may not launch until as late as November, the guidance for Apple's next fiscal quarter suggests that the flagship handset could debut sooner than expected. AppleInsider brings you up to speed on the news and rumors you need to know in this new video.

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08:07
Apple's Sizable Jump in Tablet Sales Wasn'...

Apple recently reported sales of 11.4 million iPads in the June quarter, an increase of 15 percent compared to the year-ago quarter. iPad revenue was also up, but only 2 percent year over year, suggesting Apple was selling a lot of new lower-priced 9.7-inch iPads, which start at just $329 in the United States.

A new report by research firm Strategy Analytics, however, argues that isn't entirely the case. Apple's average selling price for iPads remained steady at $435 in the June quarter, down only one dollar from the March quarter.

That...

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08:06
Xiaomi is the World's Leader in Bottom of the...

Apple's CEO Tim Cook told financial analysts on Tuesday that "Sales of Apple Watch were up more than 50% in the June quarter. Apple is clearly the leader is quality smartwatches while Xiaomi is the leader in cheap $29 fitness bands. Why is there not a report by Strategy Analytics just for smartwatches?

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08:05
∞ The iPhone Pro and the disappearing home button

Dave here. James Thomson, in a Twitter thread with Steve Troughton Smith, pondering the interface possibilities of the coming iPhone Pro (and I use that name as a shorthand for any and all phones Apple announces next month with a new hardware layout):

I’m curious what will happen for full screen stuff where the status bar would be hidden. Hide the home indicator too, and use everything?

— James Thomson (@jamesthomson) August 2, 2017

This raises an interesting question. If the home button no longer has dedicated real estate but is, instead a fungible, virtual spot, with the ability to be turned on and off, what happens if an app runs full screen? How will you exit the app?

In other words, if a game takes over the full screen, presumably the home button will not be there. What will the user do to force exit the app, to return to the home screen?

To...

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08:04
Embracing the notch

Max Rudberg:

Apple’s accidental release of the HomePod firmware prompted Steven Throughthon-Smith’s to go digging through and uncovering a lot of exciting pieces on the upcoming high-end iPhone, codename D22. Allen Pike then had an interesting take on what that new form factor could mean for the UI.

Max took Allen Pike’s thoughts on the notch and its impact on the nav bar (here’s my summary, with a link to Allen’s brilliant post) and worked up some beautiful, high-res mockups.

Lovely stuff.

[Via MacStories]

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07:40
The New York Times, Apple growth, and doomed

Vindu Goel, The New York Times:

At 41 years old, Apple is a respected elder of the tech industry. But rather than easing slowly into retirement, the company is going through another growth spurt.

On Wednesday, Apple’s stock surged 5 percent to a record high of $157.14 after it reported surprisingly strong financial results. It is now worth $822 billion, more than any other company in the stock market.

High praise from the New York Times. Interesting.

But:

For Apple, which is far more dependent on hardware sales than other tech leaders, the recent performance is all the more impressive after its dismal 2016, when quarterly revenue fell for the first time in 13 years and the company’s sales in China dropped through the floor.

There it is. That’s the paper I know and love.

And:

“Wall Street is waking up to the reality that the next great product might not be an Apple car or the TV or the Watch,” said Trip Miller of Gullane...

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07:30
Corel Painter 18.0.0.600 - Digital art software...

Corel Painter lets you advance your digital art style with painted textures, subtle glazing brushwork, interactive gradients, and realistic Natural-Media. Easily transition from traditional to digital art with thick oils, dripping watercolors and many other texture-filled strokes. Explore workflow layouts like illustration, fine art, concept, manga and photo art with specialized tools for each style. Welcome to the world’s most expressive digital art software that’s changing what's possible in art.

Features

  • The Most Natural Transition From Traditional to Digital Art - Immerse yourself in painting software that offers the largest selection of Natural-Media® brushes and canvas textures on the market. Craft your art with stunning reality using an array of authentic dry and wet media. When combined with a pressure sensitive drawing solution, you will forget you are painting on a computer.
  • 21ST Century Media You Won...
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07:30
Apple owns more US Treasury securities than most...

CNBC:

If Apple were a foreign country, CEO Tim Cook might have considerable political clout in the United States.

That’s because Apple owns $52.6 billion in U.S. Treasury securities, which would rank it among the top 25 major foreign holders, according to estimates from the Treasury Department and Apple’s SEC filings released on Wednesday.

Apple would be 23rd in all countries. That’s just one measure of a company’s financial heft, but amazing nonetheless.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:02
News: Leaked HomePod firmware suggests Apple Pay may...

Developers are continuing to dig through the leaked HomePod firmware, discovering new insights into features that may be implemented on the upcoming premium “iPhone 8” that Apple is rumoured to be working on. The latest discovery by iOS developer @r_idn suggests that Apple may in fact be preparing to leverage the facial recognition features that are expected to be included in the new flagship iPhone to work with Apple Pay, supplementing…

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06:49
Opinion: There are signs Apple is starting to target...

If there’s one certainty in life where Apple is concerned, it’s that it targets the premium end of the market. Apple would tell you that it aims to make the best products, and that these cost money to make. A more cynical observer might say that Apple aims to make the highest margins and makes the products (and adds the marketing) it takes to achieve this.

But either way, the company has always targeted those customers willing to pay the big bucks for premium products. That approach has meant that while Samsung sells almost twice as many smartphones as Apple, it’s the Cupertino company that hoovers up almost 80% of the total profits in the industry.

But there are signs that Apple may be broadening its horizons …

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06:42
In praise of Apple services

Jared White:

It’s very apparent there’s a product category that outshines all others in terms of growth. It’s one Apple has been understandably proud of in their earnings calls for several years now, and that is Services.

And:

The Services category encompasses all the stuff Apple does online, “in the cloud.” Things like the App Store. iCloud. Apple Pay. Apple Music. The iTunes store. In other words, Services is everything you buy from Apple after you buy your initial hardware.

And this business has been exploding.

Jared digs into the details, starting with the vast difference between Apple’s cloud business of 5 years ago and the stellar operation into which that cloud business has evolved.

Another point is the way, as a percentage of the whole, Apple’s services business is increasing as the iPhone business decreases. The point being, Apple’s services growth represents diversification, less (slightly) dependence on iPhone sales. Will there...

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06:40
Estimates peg Apple Watch at third place in...




The Apple Watch's share of the global wearables market is on the rise, but still leaving the company behind rivals Xiaomi and Fitbit, according to research data published this week.

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06:31
Five easy, interactive Apple financials charts

Did you enjoy Jason Snell’s page o’ charts? Want more? No worries, Philip Elmer-DeWitt has your back.

Even if you are not a finances wonk, click over to the charts and click one of the chart headers, watch them animate. Pretty.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:29
Red Lands an Exclusive Camera Deal with Apple while...

The Red Digital Cinema Camera Company is an American company that manufactures digital cinematography and photography cameras and accessories. Jim Jannard, the owner and founder of sportswear and sunglasses icon, Oakley, set out to realize his ultimate quest, to build the world's best cameras. This week the company announced an exclusive with Apple for one of their new cameras to be sold in Apple Stores. The company also allowed a reviewer to take a look at their new smartphone prototype with more details to follow.

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06:26
Apple exploring combination of quantum dot and OLED...




Future Apple devices could merge the enhanced power efficiency of quantum dot LED and speed of response of OLED screens in one unit, offering the best of both worlds in terms of battery life and image quality.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: 2 USB Port Car Charger with Air...

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering a 2 USB Port Car Charger with Air Purifier for only $24.99. This handy device does double duty by combining an air purifier for your car into a two-outlet USB charger so you can keep your car smelling nice while still charging up your devices.

Get the 2 USB Port Car Charger with Air Purifier now for only $24.99...

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05:59
Apple shipped 2.8 million wearables worldwide in the...

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global wearables shipments reached 22 million units in the second quarter of 2017. China-based Xiaomi captured 17 percent marketshare and became the world’s largest wearables vendor for the first time ever, overtaking Fitbit and Apple.

“Global wearables shipments reached 21.6 million units in the second quarter (Q2) 2017, rising 8% annually from 20.0 million in Q2 2016,” says Steven Waltzer, industry analyst at Strategy Analytics. “Strong demand for low-cost fitness bands in China and premium smartwatches across the United States drove the uptick.”

Apple shipped 2.8 million wearables worldwide in Q2...

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05:47
Apple Watch Has Now Surpassed Estimated 30 Million...

Apple shipped an estimated 2.8 million Apple Watch units in the June quarter, an increase of 56 percent from an estimated 1.8 million shipments in the year-ago quarter, according to a new report by research firm Strategy Analytics.

Strategy Analytics previously estimated Apple Watch shipments totaled 13.6 million in 2015, and 11.6 million last year, suggesting Apple shipped its 30 millionth Apple Watch at some point in the past three to four months.

Specifically, Apple Watch shipments have now reached an estimated 31.5 million units over the product's lifetime.

Despite the milestone, Strategy Analytics claims Apple trails Fitbit and Chinese company Xiaomi, estimated to be the...

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05:30
Apple is looking into ‘true’ quantum dot displays

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20170221969) for “Quantum dot LED and OLED integration for high efficiency displays,” which promises quantum dot pixel displays on all its devices. The displays would offer “pure color” and use less energy.

All commercial products such as TVs using quantum dots, and branded as QLED, use them to convert light for LCD backlights, rather than as part of the actual display. However, “true” quantum dot displays are an experimental display technology different from those existing commercial products. In these QLEDs, quantum dots (QD) or semiconductor nanocrystals could provide an alternative for commercial applications as electro-optical display technology. 

This display technology would be similar to organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays, in that light would be emitted on demand, which would enable more efficient displays, and is also seen as the next generation technology after OLED. However, such products are still experimental...

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05:19
Once more, with feeling: Uniloc sues Apple yet again

Another day, another continuation of the same ol’ battle. AppleInsider reports that Uniloc, a “patent troll,” has filed yet another suit, against Apple claiming, naturally, patent infringement.

Filed with the patent holder friendly Eastern Texas District Court, it relates to intellectual property reassigned from 3Com and involve the Apple TV remote. Uniloc claims Apple’s gadget violates its patent for a “System and method using a palm sized computer to control network devices" details a technique of remotely controlling internet-connected hardware from a handheld device.”

Previous lawsuits allege infringement of patents reassigned from Hewlett-Packard and 3Com that involve a method by which a temperature sensor is used to monitor battery heat during charge and discharge events. Current is subsequently limited to prevent overheating and...

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05:12
Beyond Portrait Mode … next-generation computational...

A former Google SVP recently praised Apple’s use of computational photography to achieve shallow depth of field shots with the dual camera on the iPhone 7 Plus. A research team has now developed a next-generation computational photography technique that allows you change the perspective of a photograph after it has been taken – including achieving effects not possible with conventional cameras …

more…

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05:10
Apple looking to hire more than 70 map tech experts

Apple wants to hire a bunch of map tech experts. More than 70 job listings went live in the past month on the company's site relating to its maps team.

Apple is looking for folks with skills involving "geospatial information services," "navigational aids" and "fleet management.” The map tech experts will doubtless help bring new features to the Maps app on macOS and iOS devices.

Plus, the new hires could help Apple deliver on two promises: becoming an important player in augmented reality and "autonomous systems.”

in its third quarter earnings report on Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an interview with CNBC's Josh Lipton, "The smart phone is becoming even more important to people because it's going across so much of your life... With things like AR… I think it becomes even more essential than it currently is.”

Improving and developing new map...

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05:00
Discovery to buy Scripps: The good and bad for cord...

The combined network could stream channels like HGTV and TLC on the cheap, but consolidation always comes at a cost.

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04:56
PDF Checkpoint can now open PDF files wth your...

Zevrix Solutions has announced PDF Checkpoint 1.8, a feature update to company's PDF preflight and conversion solution.

The app automatically preflights, saves as images, splits and optimizes multiple PDF files. The software can also convert PDF colors and helps users easily prepare files for print, web and mobile devices. Version1.8 lets users open PDF files with an app of their choice, change the default PDF editor, and improves handling of drag-and-drop processing.

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04:34
Augmented reality market to reach $61.3 billion by...

The augmented reality (AR) market will reach $61.3 billion by 2023, according to new data from Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com).

The AR market was valued at $2.39 billion in 2016 and will grow at a CAGR [compound annual growth rate]of 55.71% during the forecast period, adds the research group. The increasing demand for AR devices and applications in medical, increase in demand for AR in the retail and e-commerce, and rising investment in the augmented reality market are the major drivers for the augmented reality market.

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04:34
Augmented reality market to reach $61.3 billion by...

The augmented reality (AR) market will reach $61.3 billion by 2023, according to new data from Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com).

The AR market was valued at $2.39 billion in 2016 and will grow at a CAGR [compound annual growth rate]of 55.71% during the forecast period, adds the research group. The increasing demand for AR devices and applications in medical, increase in demand for AR in the retail and e-commerce, and rising investment in the augmented reality market are the major drivers for the augmented reality market.

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04:32
Kool Tools: Lian Li DK-05 motorized computer desk

Lian Li’s DK-05 (http://tinyurl.com/y9s4fygm) combines the ergonomics of a motorized desk with a customizable dual-PC chassis.

The desk can be heightened to 118cm for standing work, and down to 69cm desk height for a sitting position. It sports a tempered glass cover and all-aluminum design. The DK-05 features a front panel HDMI connector for VR headsets, as well as an USB Type-C connector for the latest USB 3.1-enabled devices.

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04:30
How to use Memories in the Photos app in macOS Sierra

Apple revamped the Photos App in macOS Sierra, adding a Memories feature, which is designed to help you “rediscover favorite and forgotten moments from deep in your photo library.” Memories automatically creates curated collections of your most meaningful photos and videos. 

To use it, open the Photos app and click Memories in the left sidebar. You'll see a summary of the Memory's contents, chosen from the best photos in your library. You can choose Show All to see every photo and video in the Memory. 

Scroll down to see the people included in the Memory, a map showing where the photos and videos were taken, and a list of related Memories for you to explore. At the bottom of your Memory, you can find options to add the Memory to your favorites or delete it.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)

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04:04
Huawei set to overtake Apple in smartphone sales,...

Apple managed to achieve a little year-on-year growth in iPhone sales in its most recent quarter, but market intelligence data from Strategy Analytics, Canalys and TrendForce show that the company looks set to be overtaken by Chinese brand Huawei …

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04:03
Apple Invents Quantum Dot Hybrid Pixels for Future...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to possible next generation display technology based on quantum dot. Apple has two patent applications covering their working on this that surfaced in 2014 and again in 2016. Theoretically, the advantages to this type of display is that it could reportedly deliver brighter 'pure color' and consumes less power, in fact close to 50% less power. In today's patent application report we cover Apple's latest development on this front which focuses on a new hybrid quantum dot pixel for future OLED displays.

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04:00
Nattress Contrast is a cool effects pack for Final...

By Aaron Lee

Nattress Contrast is a nifty effects pack that's compatible with Final Cut Pro X, Motion, Premiere Pro and After Effects.

It contains four filters: Bleach Bypass, Detail Preserve Contrast, Hyper Contrast, and Luma & Saturation Contrast. Because some lenses naturally produce a lower contrast image due to the way light diffuses through the lens elements, adding post-production contrast effects is a great way to increase visual impact.

With Nattress Contrast effects, editors can use edge-dependent contrast masking to preserves edges and maintain detail. The filter suite gives users independent control of luma and saturation contrast as well as the ability to digitally recreate high-contrast film processing.

Nattress Contrasts costs $49. The trial version of Nattress Contrast is available by installing FxFactory. You can learn more by...

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Aug. 3, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

The Google Earth app has been updated to support 64-bit iPhones and iPads. The free app allows you to “fly” through landmarks and cities like London, Tokyo and Rome in 3D, then dive in to experience them first hand with Street View.

macOS Apps/Updates

SpriTec Software has revved SuperTab, its utility app for macOS, to version 3.0. 

The tool enhances and extends the Mac's built-in Command-Tab app switcher, providing additional access to files, folders, websites, calendars, windows, clipboards, Dock items and more. Version 3.0 adds item name overlays and calendar events....

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03:00
Leaked HomePod firmware hints at facial recognition...

The leaked HomePod firmware continues to hint at possible forthcoming Apple features down the pipe.

A set of code discovered in the firmware suggests Apple’s “iPhone 8” will integrate facial recognition into the Apple Pay process, though it appears the technology will not completely replace physical Touch ID.

Developer Daniel Niyazov tweeted out a note on Wednesday in which he noted references to “pearl,” which is thought to be Apple’s codename for “iPhone 8’s” facial recognition feature. The reference also showed up in leaked code associated with Apple Pay.

The HomePod firmware, which was inadvertently released to assorted developers, has revealed several possible new features for upcoming Apple products. Prior investigation of the code connected “pearl” and its various iterations to so-called “FaceDetect” features.

In particular, an area marked “pearl.field-detect” suggests a method of recognizing when a user’s face is within view of the handset’s...

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02:38
Apple Ranks #7 on CNBC's IQ 100 List that...

CNBC has a segment called the IQ 100. This segment is an exclusive, data-driven index of the 100 large-cap companies best using technology to invest in and profit from new business opportunities. The company evaluating the stocks values patents, trademarks and other intellectual property ...

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02:08
Apple is on a Hiring Spree for Map Experts Skilled...

During his opening statement covering Apple's fiscal Q3 financials, CEO Tim Cook talked about the benefits coming to iOS 11 this fall and one of the features he highlighted was "richer and more powerful Maps." Today a new report reveals that Apple has been on a huge hiring spree for those with experience in maps with expertise in geospatial information services and beyond

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Wednesday August 2

21:31
Tech group representing Apple rebukes proposed GOP...




Senate Republicans, with the backing of President Donald Trump, on Wednesday introduced a bill designed to drastically reduce legal immigration levels in the U.S., but the proposed act is already under fire from a technology industry lobbying group.

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20:59
iClock Pro 3.5 - Customize your menubar clock.

iClock Pro is a menu-bar replacement for Apple's default clock. iClock Pro is an update, total rewrite, and improvement to the popular iClock. Have the day, date, and time in different fonts and colors in the menubar. iClock is also a kind of centrally located time-hub from which many time related functions can be controlled. iClock is an essential time utility for pilots, business people, travelers, and anyone who communicates with people in other time zones.

Features

  • See the day/date/time in the menubar in different fonts/colors/formats; customize it as you wish
  • Gives an easily accessible, at a glance system menu view of times/timezones/dates in as many parts of the world as you want
  • Option click on the time/date in the menubar to see your stock portfolio with updates in near real time
  • Application menu just like there used to be in System 9; on Intel Mac shows you which applications are running in Rosetta
  • ...
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19:49
New report offers more detail on Apple’s work w/...

Earlier this month, it was reported that Apple was working with hearing-aid manufacturer Cochlear on Bluetooth and other technologic challenges to offer a direct connection to iPhones. Now, a new piece from Wired offers more detail on the efforts and talks about how “Apple is putting voices in users’ heads” with the technology…

more…

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17:54
Apple TV Remote app target of latest Uniloc patent...




Continuing its withering legal barrage against Apple, so-called "patent troll" Uniloc on Wednesday filed a patent lawsuit claiming the Cupertino tech giant's Apple TV Remote app for iOS infringes on IP dating back to 1999.

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17:05
Amazon Echo vulnerability allows hackers to...




A security researcher has shown off the potential danger of internet connected speakers being used to listen in on private conversations by publishing details of how to hack earlier models of the Amazon Echo via a hardware-based vulnerability that cannot be fixed with a software patch.

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16:58
Shopify goes after Square with a new mobile credit...

Shopify just released its new card reader that makes it easy for merchants to complete credit or debit card-based sales on the go. The reader accepts chip dips or swipes and works with Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover. It connects wire...

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16:36
Apple developed new BLE Audio streaming tech for...




Apple's work on Bluetooth Low Energy Audio, a new technology that streams digital sound directly to hearing air implants, enables people with hearing impairments to communicate and use their iPhone as mic via iOS 10's Live Listen feature.

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16:16
Fitbit says it plans to unveil ‘the best health and...

While several wearable companies have exited the market recently, Fitbit is still working on its new smartwatch. According to CEO James Park, the company hopes to release the accessory “ahead of the holiday season.” Park made the announcement in Fitbit’s Q2 2017 earnings release. 

more…

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15:56
Verizon's latest rewards program shares gobs of...

Verizon has just fired up a new rewards program, but you might want to hold off if you're concerned about your privacy. Brandon Robbins and other customers have noticed that enlisting in Up requires enrolling in a Verizon Selects personalized adverti...

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15:38
AWT News Update: August 2, 2017

"iPhone 8" mockup by casemaker Nodus, via Forbes.

Apple's well on its way to becoming the world's first trillion-dollar company. That and more Apple news coming your way:

  • AAPL closes at $157.14, giving the company a market cap of $819.3 billion.
  • "Firmware mining" has brought some clarity to features expected in the upcoming iPhone 8
  • Was Microsoft working on a Bluetooth keyboard for iPad?

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

Text Version

This is Steve Sande for Apple...

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15:11
Apple's 'iPhone 8' facial recognition...




Code discovered in recently leaked HomePod firmware suggests Apple's "iPhone 8" will integrate facial recognition into the Apple Pay process, though it appears the technology will not completely replace physical Touch ID.

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15:07
DJI's Spark drone starts recording when you...

When we reviewed DJI's Spark drone, one of our gripes was the limited set of gesture controls. You can't do everything you want without reaching for your phone. DJI is already taking steps to close those gaps, though. It's delivering a firmware updat...

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14:52
FEP calls Apple, Amazon hypocritical for bowing to...

The Free Enterprise Project , a conservative shareholder activist organization calls on Apple and Amazon “to recommit to protecting human rights after both companies recently, and hypocritically, bowed to Chinese government pressure regarding Internet censorship.”

The FED, which focuses on shareholder activism and the confluence of big government and big business, points out that both companies routinely attack federal- and state-level government actions in the U.S. under the supposed banner of human rights, but have quickly abandoned those principles to do Beijing's bidding.

Apple recently removed upwards of 60 virtual private network (VPN) services from its app store in China.  VPNs allow users to skirt China's "great firewall" that blocks its citizens from accessing many...

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14:41
Fitbit CEO says its first smartwatch will be ready...

Looks like Fitbit's new smartwatch will arrive before the holiday season, according to the company's CEO. In its second quarter earnings report, he noted that the wearable is "is on track for delivery ahead of the holiday season and will drive a stro...

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14:39
Apple shares two new iPhone 7 ads featuring Dwayne...




Apple on Wednesday posted to YouTube a pair of ads starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, with the short spots featuring extended scenes taken from the "Rock X Siri: Dominate the Day" mini movie.

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14:37
Apple shares more iPhone 7 ads from its partnership...

Last month, Apple partnered with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for an extended advertisement highlighting Siri. The ad was called “Dominate the Day” and showcased using Siri at various points to speed up basic tasks.

Today, Apple has uploaded a series of shorter advertisements from its partnership with The Rock…

more…

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14:22
RED’s $1,200 holographic phone features snap-on...

Digital camera maker RED is still releasing new products at different price points, like its $15,000 4K Raven bundle the company plans to release in a partnership with Apple. But the company's looking to enter the mobile market, revealing last month...

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13:59
Researchers think algorithms can improve your trash...

Whether we take selfies to match our own perception of what we think we look like or trying to understand how others perceive us, there's no doubt that the self portrait is the defining photographic trend of our time. Chances are, we could all use a...

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13:58
Watch: Apple beats Street estimates with strong Q3




Apple reported better than expected earnings for its third fiscal quarter of 2017, raking in $45.4 billion in revenue led by strong iPhone sales of 41 million units and a return to growth for iPad. AppleInsider breaks down the performance in this video.

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13:57
Deals: $200-$700 off 13" MacBook Pros; 12...




The exclusive deals keep rolling in! Pick up a 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro with or without a Touch Bar for up to $700 off with coupon. Or snap up one of two remaining 2015 12-inch MacBooks for $999. Apple's Late 2015 21.5-inch iMac 4K and iMac HD are also $300 to $500 off with no tax collected outside NY and NJ.

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13:42
iPhone 8 Facial Recognition Will Likely Work With...

Recent iPhone 8 rumors have suggested Apple may be planning to replace Touch ID with a new facial recognition system, but there's been a lot of question about how Apple Pay will work and whether Apple will indeed be able to eliminate Touch ID entirely.

We've already seen confirmation that Apple is working on facial recognition in the iPhone 8 through a recent HomePod firmware release, and now additional information found in the code confirms Apple has a mechanism for authenticating Touch ID payments with a face scan instead of through a fingerprint.

A com.apple.passbook.payment string found in the HomePod firmware by iOS developer @r_idn...

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13:39
iPhone 8 camera may support ‘SmartCam’ scene...

iPhone 8 render via Forbes

The iPhone 8 camera may introduce support for a new ‘SmartCam’ scene selection feature according to code discovered by Guilherme Rambo from the leaked HomePod software. The code suggests SmartCam may be used by the new camera app to intelligently capture the best photos when shooting specific scenes like sunrises and fireworks. Additional code references authenticating Apple Pay with what is believed to be facial recognition.

more…

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13:39
HBO data breach included thousands of internal...

It looks like the data taken during Monday's HBO hack is more than just a couple show episodes and Game of Thrones spoilers. The company paid security contractors to sniff out exactly what leaked online, and they've revealed that the hackers stole th...

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13:29
Tesla is getting 1,800 Model 3 reservations per day

After narrowly meeting its promise to launch the Model 3 in July, Tesla has released its latest earnings report (PDF). Other than slightly higher than expected revenue, the company says that since the delivery event, it has averaged 1,800 Model 3 pre...

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13:20
Yoga & water polo among new activities coming to...




The built-in Workout app on the Apple Watch may soon gain many more activity types, such as yoga, wrestling, and water polo, according to the latest discovery in Apple's HomePod firmware. [Updated with corrected info]

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13:20
Goofy AirPod pockets are the latest ridiculous...

"I'm always losing my AirPods," says everyone who's purchased a pair of Apple's questionably fashionable wireless headphones. While it's unlikely that putting them in tiny pockets in your shirt collar will help much, Stone Island has come out with tw...

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13:05
Apple CEO Tim Cook may claim 280K shares if stock...




Apple CEO Tim Cook could potentially collect his maximum 2017 performance award -- 280,000 shares -- if the company's current stock performance holds through an Aug. 24 deadline.

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13:04
Skip the line and grab a Uniqlo jacket from a...

You can get Best Buy products, Snapchat Spectacles and Instagram likes from a vending machine these days. You can even get a car. Now, Uniqlo wants to add its clothing to the myriad of items you can snag from a machine. The retailer is planning to in...

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12:51
Google Earth for iPhone & iPad gets needed 64-...




Google on Wednesday released a major update of Google Earth for iOS, most notably delivering an expected switch to 64-bit code -- something essential for the app to keep running on this fall's iOS 11.

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12:49
Facebook News Feed will direct you to faster-loading...

It's not just bogus articles that can make your Facebook News Feed seem like a minefield -- it's also frustrating when a friend shares a web link that takes... forever... to... load. Thankfully, Facebook is as tired of twiddling its thumbs as you are...

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12:43
Red's $1200 Hydrogen One smartphone detailed in...




Red's $1200 Hydrogen One smartphone with 3D display is more than vapor, with three prototypes being demonstrated -- with one having a fully functional display.

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12:33
Google Earth iOS update saves it from App Store...

One of iOS 11's big changes (and there are many) is that it will no longer support 32-bit-only apps. This has left developers scrambling to make sure their apps will be able to launch on the software update arriving in September. It's understandable...

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12:16
Karma's new hotspot gives users a cloak of...

Personal hotspot hardware provider Karma has announced a new security-focused product, Karma Black. A specialized version of the company's KarmaGO hotspot device, Karma Black will provide anonymous browsing (Tor), an integrated Virtual Private Networ...

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12:07
'iPhone 8' SmartCam may adjust lighting,...




The latest HomePod firmware leak suggests that Apple is planning to introduce new machine learning capabilities that will allow the iPhone's camera to recognize objects and types of scenes in real time, and adjust settings accordingly for the best-possible photo.

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12:00
Microsoft powers a DJ’s live show with a Surface...

When it comes to live shows, the visuals are key to making a lasting impression. I'd even argue that what you see is just as important as the quality of the music. It is a performance, after all. Touring musicians employ all kinds of A/V gear in an a...

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11:49
‘Real people’ do not want secure communications

Amber Rudd (The UK Home Secretary) has said “real people” do not want secure end-to-end encryption on messaging services.

In response, Renate Samson Chief Executive of Big Brother Watch said:

“Suggesting that people don’t really want security from their online services is frankly insulting, what of those in society who are in dangerous or vulnerable situations, let alone those of us who simply want to protect our communications from breach, hack or cybercrime,” she said.

She’s making an argument that fits her agenda. I don’t believe for a minute that people want less security on anything, especially these days.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:42
AAPL performance to decide if Tim Cook will receive...

Earlier this year it was reported that Tim Cook’s 2016 pay was cut by $1.5M as Apple missed its revenue and profit goals. Today, Bloomberg reports that Cook’s yearly performance award window is about to close later this month and 280,000 AAPL shares are on the line…

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11:42
Cyber attacks affect corporate earnings

Costly cyber attacks are having a bigger impact on corporate earnings and are becoming a fact of life for companies as Oreo cookie maker Mondelez, drug maker Merck and others said that a destructive “worm” attack in the last week of the second quarter disrupted operations.

It’s not just the immediate fallout of an attack that hits companies, it’s the earnings too.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:37
HomePod Firmware Details iPhone 'SmartCamera...

The HomePod firmware Apple released early continues to offer up insight into future software and hardware capabilities for the HomePod, iPhone 8, and other devices, with the newest discovery coming today developer from Guilherme Rambo.

He's unearthed a new "SmartCamera" feature, which appears to be something that will be built into future iPhones and/or iOS 11, perhaps taking advantage of the new facial recognition software that we expect to see in the iPhone 8.

The firmware suggests the camera app will be able to detect different types of scenes, photo conditions, and photography subjects like pets and children. Several scenes are referenced, including Fireworks, Foliage, Pet, BrightStage, Sport, Sky, Snow, and Sunset/Sunrise, indicating the iPhone's camera may be able to detect a scene and then set the ideal exposure, shutter speed, and other factors to take the best photograph.

Many cameras...

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11:30
The Smithsonian art museum dove into VR with Intel...

Virtual reality and museums are a perfect pair. We've seen plenty of institutions, like the British Museum, dabble in VR over the past few years. But for the most part, the offerings have been fairly basic. The Smithsonian American Art Museum is hopi...

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11:19
How to create a bootable macOS High Sierra USB...

If you want the ability to perform a fresh and clean install of macOS High Sierra, then you should consider creating a bootable macOS High Sierra USB install drive. Not only will this walkthrough work for the macOS High Sierra beta, but it will also work for the final public release once available. In the following video tutorial, we’ll show you how.

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11:16
Sony and IBM created 330TB data tapes for a massive...

Storing data on magnetic tape is back, baby. Sony has announced that thanks to a partnership with IBM Research in Zurich, the pair have developed a magnetic tape cartridge capable of storing 201 gigabytes of data per square inch for a total of 330 te...

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11:14
WSL to Ship With Windows 10 Fall Creators Update


Microsoft has announced that Windows Subsystem for Linux will emerge as a fully supported part of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update when the OS ships later this year. The new status means that early adopters in the Windows Insider program no longer will see the subsystem's status as "beta," beginning with Insider build 16251, Microsoft Senior Program Manager Rich Turner noted. With the updated status, WSL can be leveraged as a day-to-day developer toolset, he said. Microsoft will continue to respond to WSL bugs and issues.

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11:12
Amazon is solving our cable management problems...

For $6.09, you can pick up 100 Velcro ties today and get those cables organized.

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11:04
Pentagon officials can view classified material on...

The Department of Defense (DOD) is testing out the use of tablets for viewing classified documents and videos. In a statement, the Defense Information Systems Agency said that the year-long pilot program would provide senior DOD leaders with 8-inch t...

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10:50
Vizio adds the streaming apps its new TVs were...

One of the more unique features of Vizio's smart TV lineup is that some models use an Android tablet to cast streaming services to the displays. That's rather than having apps baked directly into the TVs themselves. It sounds fine on paper, but if th...

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10:37
Lofree Poison M Wireless Speaker features retro...

Lofree Poison M speaker. Photo ©2017, Steven Sande

We see so many wireless speakers here at Apple World Today that it takes something special to turn our heads. Fortunately, we were given the chance to review a wireless speaker that not only has very cool vintage styling, but some features not found on other speakers. The Lofree Poison M (about US$70) began a Kickstarter campaign this morning and it surpassed its funding goal in minutes. Here’s our detailed review of the Lofree Poison M.

Design

The design is the big thing with the Poison M. It rocks a chrome grille on the front, and comes in four colors: Venetian Red, Pure White, Olive Green, and my personal favorite, Turquoise Blue. I grew up in an era when turquoise appliances were the big thing, so I just HAD to try one out in turquoise.

The FM tuner, with white LED...

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10:35
Glittery iPhone cases recalled after reports of...

Smartphone cases are normally as harmless as can be, but that sadly isn't always true. MixBin has recalled 263,000 iPhone cases after 24 reports of skin irritation and chemical burns when the cases broke, leaking glitter and liquid everywhere. And...

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10:33
Lyft to match riders' Apple Pay charity...




Ridesharing service Lyft has announced that throughtout August, it will match donations made by riders using Apple Pay as a part of its "Round Up and Donate" program.

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10:14
Three new 'Persona' spin-offs are coming,...

Atlus has just announced a trio of new Persona spin-offs. Following on from the 2015 PS Vita rhythm game Persona 4: Dancing All Night are a pair of new Dancing titles based on Persona 3 and Persona 5. A pair of trailers show Aigis and co. bopping to...

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09:55
The Northern Spy: high and low perceptions of...

By Rick Sutcliffe

High and low perceptions of technology are relative to an individual's “normal.” Just now, the Spy has finished his annual task of pressure washing the house, then putting some water on the squash and cucumber patch.

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09:55
The Northern Spy: high and low perceptions of...

By Rick Sutcliffe

High and low perceptions of technology are relative to an individual's “normal.” Just now, the Spy has finished his annual task of pressure washing the house, then putting some water on the squash and cucumber patch.

read more

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09:42
Apple TV now works with Plex’s Live TV offering

Plex — the all-in-one, network agnostic media sharing server —announced the addition of several platforms to their Live TV offering, including Apple TV. 

To use Live TV, Apple TV owners must have a Plex Pass subscription and a compatible digital antenna and tuner connected to a Plex Media Server. The feature supports non-encrypted broadcasts in over 70 countries, and includes a program guide with artwork, episode details, and search functions.

Plex Pass gives you exclusive access to new features and apps. You can record TV for free over the air, sync your media for offline enjoyment, rest easy with parental controls, and enjoy enhanced music, photo and video features.

Pricing is $4.99 per month, $39.99 per year or $119.99 for a lifetime subscription.

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09:39
Lyft is matching Apple Pay donations from riders to...

Lyft recently launched a charitable program called Round Up & Donate, and all through August the ride sharing service will be matching donations made with Apple Pay.

more…

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09:28
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 9.7-inch iPad $279, Anker...

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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09:28
Wall Street expects Apple's 'iPhone 8...




Apple's forecast for its next fiscal quarter was particularly strong, leading market watchers to believe that, in addition to the next-gen "iPhone 7s," the much anticipated "iPhone 8" could be on sale at the tail end of the September quarter in limited quantities, or at the very least in early October.

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09:05
Instagram users are spending more time in the app...

It’s been a whole year since Instagram rolled out its Snapchat-cloned Stories feature that lets users share ephemeral photos and videos on the service, and today Instagram has shared new data on Stories changing user engagement.

Earlier this summer Instagram shared that its Stories feature has 250 million users. Now Instagram says Stories has also helped increase the amount of time users spend in the app.

more…

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09:00
Apple Pay expanding to four new countries by the end...

One of the throwaway comments from yesterday afternoon's Apple earnings call (link to recording) was actually big news: Apple Pay will expand to Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates by year's end, meaning that the service will be available in 20 countries.

Apple CFO Luca Maestri made the comment during the conference call but didn't offer rollout dates for Apple Pay availability. However, he did note that all of the countries should have the payments service up and running by the end of the calendar year.

Back in February, Apple watchers believed that a rollout of Apple Pay in Germany was a done deal, as support documents included a full translation of the "About Apple Pay" info in German and German-language how-to graphics. However, reports from various sources claim that German banks aren't excited about paying Apple transaction fees and are pushing back on the service. ...

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08:43
Review: Vinpok Bolt-S cable returns MagSafe-like...




MagSafe was removed from the 2016 MacBook Pro, and its not likely coming back. Does the Vinpok Bolt-S cable fill the gap, or is the attraction of the old technology best left in the past?

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08:41
Google Earth iOS app updated to 64-bit, adds new...

iOS 11 will drop support for 32-bit apps, and one app that had a lot of users concerned was Google Earth for iOS. The free app was sadly showing up as 32-bit, as it hadn't been updated in quite a while. Today, Google finally updated the app with 64-bit compatibility and added a bunch of new features at the same time. 

To begin with, Google Earth now has a stylish new app icon, that big blue marble you see at right. Google reports that:

Google Earth 9 is a major upgrade with brand new features.

  • Choose your own adventure with Voyager. Experience interactive stories from around the world.
  • Discover new places with Knowledge Cards. Flip through cards and learn about local landmarks.
  • Orbit the world in 3D. Use the new 3D button or tilt the map with two fingers.
  • Snap and share a Postcard. Capture snapshots of locations and share...
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08:33
260K Liquid Glitter iPhone Cases Recalled After...

MixBin Electronics has recalled about 263,000 iPhone cases that were filled with liquid glitter, following "at least" 24 reports of users facing skin irritations, being burned, and even getting permanently scarred after the cases broke and the liquids seeped out. The cases were sold by Amazon, Henri Bendel, Tory Burch, Nordstrom Rack, Victoria's Secret, and MixBin itself, and were for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 7 (via Consumerist).

In the recall notice, MixBin said that customers "should immediately stop using" the cases in question and contact the company for a full refund. The glitter-filled cases focused on in the recall were sold both in physical retail locations and online from October 2015 through June 2017, ranging in...

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08:14
Microsoft website reveals Touch Cover keyboard for...




A reference to an iPad keyboard accessory from Apple rival Microsoft was discovered on the Windows maker's website, suggesting the company may have a new wireless accessory in the works for the market's top tablet.

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08:05
The pleasantly alarming sounds of the Apple HomePod

If it weren't for developers, bloggers wouldn't have a lot to write about. Not only do we now have a really good idea that the iPhone 8 will have a bezel-less screen with a "notch" at the top for sensors, but we know what some of the alarm tones are going to sound like on the upcoming HomePod. 

Developer Avery Magnotti published notes on how to go through the HomePod's firmware based on the "accidental" prerelease build of audioOS (the operating system for the HomePod) that was recently leaked through Apple's public update servers. Based on that, Magnotti made a "video" (there's nothing to look at but a black screen) featuring a number of the beeps and tones that you'll hear out of the HomePod as it notifies you of various things:

So there you go! Enjoy the beeps of the day!

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08:00
Plex brings Live TV features to fourth-generation...




Two recent features of Plex's media streaming app -- Live TV and DVR -- have emerged from beta, with the former appearing on the Apple TV for the first time.

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07:48
Lowest Price Ever: 9.7" iPad for $279 ($50 off...




With limited allotment available at the reduced price, Adorama has Apple's 9.7-inch iPad in Space Gray for $279, a discount of $50 off MSRP. What's more, shipping is free, and Adorama will not collect sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ. This deal is expected to sell out.

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07:48
Accessory producer MixBin recalls glitter-filled...




Accessory manufacturer MixBin Electronics has issued a recall for iPhone cases it has produced for a number of well-known brands, including Victoria's Secret, following reports of the glitter and liquid-filled cases causing chemical burns and skin irritation to consumers in the United States.

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07:45
Apple's Stock Opened at Record of Nearly $160...

Following its June quarter earnings results, which beat Wall Street expectations for both revenue and iPhone sales, Apple's stock opened at an all-time high of $159.52 today. Apple also opened with a market cap of nearly $830 billion, moving it closer to becoming a trillion dollar company.

Investors and analysts alike remain optimistic about the so-called iPhone 8 expected later this year. Drexel Hamilton analyst Brian White today said his Wall Street firm continues to believe Apple remains among the most underappreciated stocks in the world, and maintained his lofty $202 price target.

MacRumors obtained the latest research notes from several Apple analysts with updated AAPL price targets and ratings.

MacRumors has also published a...

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07:33
It’s not just AAPL stock that’s up – its suppliers...

Apple’s decent Q3 results and – especially – its Q4 guidance have seen its stock climb to an all-time high as of this morning’s opening. It opened at $159.68, more than 6% up on yesterday’s close as the company predicted strong sales in Q4 …

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07:25
∞ iOS adoption rates updated, one big blue pie wedge...

Click through to the main Loop post for the latest iOS and Android numbers. It’s tough when you don’t control all the hardware.

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07:20
Samsung Remains the King of Smartphones for Q2 2017...

Yesterday Patently Apple covered the opening statement by Apple's CEO on their fiscal Q3 results. Regarding the iPhone, Cook stated that "iPhone results were impressive with especially strong demand at the high-end of our line-up. Today new smartphone statistics have surfaced with Samsung in first place and Apple in second. Of course 'Shipment Volume" as the only metric for leadership is quite useless.

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07:15
Apple's MacBook Pro, iMac sales beat all...




Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook this week took a swipe at Mac sales estimates, as true sales figures came in higher than predicted by Gartner, pushing Apple to a third consecutive quarter of growth in both volume and earnings.

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07:06
SuperTab for macOS revved to version 3.0

SpriTec Software has revved SuperTab (www.supertab.me) , its utility app for macOS, to version 3.0.

The tool enhances and extends the Mac's built-in Command-Tab app switcher, providing additional access to files, folders, websites, calendars, windows, clipboards, Dock items and more. Version 3.0 adds item name overlays and calendar events.

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07:00
Joining Apple, Amazon's China Cloud Service...

Days after Apple yanked anti-censorship tools off its app store in China, another major American technology company is moving to implement the country's tough restrictions on online content. From a report: A Chinese company that operates Amazon's cloud-computing and online services business there said on Tuesday that it told local customers to cease using any software that would allow Chinese to circumvent the country's extensive system of internet blocks (Editor's note: the link could be paywalled; alternative source). The company, called Beijing Sinnet Technology and operator of the American company's Amazon Web Services operations in China, sent one round of emails to customers on Friday and another on Monday. "If users don't comply with the guidance, the offered services and their websites can be shut down," said a woman surnamed Wang who answered a Sinnet service hotline. "We the operators also check routinely if any of our users use these softwares or store illegal content."...

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06:52
Facebook developing separate video chat and...




Facebook is reportedly working on not one but two smartspeaker-style devices, and building its own Siri-like voice assistant with the help of former Apple employees.

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06:48
The Skype iOS app now allows you to send money...

Messaging apps these days aren’t just for sending friendly greetings – increasingly, you can also use them to send cold, hard cash. Or the electronic equivalent, at least.

Skype is the latest to join the trend of supporting peer-to-peer payments through a PayPal integration in the latest update to its iOS and Android apps …

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06:39
MixBin Electronics recalls iPhone cases due to risks...

MixBin Electronics has recalled all liquid glitter mobile phone cases for iPhone 6, 6s and 7 due to risks of skin irritation and burns. 

The cases contain liquid and glitter that are floating in the plastic case. They were sold in various styles and colors and measure about 5.5 inches by 2.75 inches. The model number and UPC can be found on the product's packaging. To view model numbers, UPC codes and photos, click here.

There have been 24 reports worldwide of skin irritation or chemical burns, including 19 in the U.S. One consumer reported permanent scarring from a chemical burn and another consumer reported chemical burns and swelling to her leg, face, neck, chest, upper body and hands. 

The MixBin liquid glitter cases were sold at Amazon, Henri Bendel, MixBin, Nordstrom Rack, Tory Burch and Victoria's Secret stores nationwide and online from October 2015...

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06:32
AAPL stock opens up 6% at new all-time high...

Apple surprised most investors yesterday with strong sales in the last quarter (fiscal Q3) and better-than-expected guidance for the next three months, signalling the company’s confidence in the upcoming iPhone cycle.

AAPL stock opened up more than 6% at $159, a new all-time high, with a market cap above 830 billion dollars …

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06:19
RED RAVEN Camera Kit available exclusively from Apple

RED Digital Cinema says its RED RAVEN Camera Kit is now available exclusively through Apple.com and available to demo at select Apple Retail Stores. This complete handheld camera package features an assortment of components from some of the industry’s top brands.

However, it will put a dent in your bank account. The RED RAVEN Camera Kit is available for $14,999.95.

The RAVEN 4.5K is RED’s most compact camera BRAIN, weighing in at 3.5 pounds. The RAVEN is equipped with a 4.5K RED DRAGON sensor, and is capable of recording REDCODE RAW (R3D) in 4.5K at up to 120 fps and in 2K at up to 240 fps. 

The RED RAVEN Camera Kit also includes Final Cut Pro X which features native support for REDCODE RAW video...

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06:19
Motherboard: Unpatchable hack that turns Amazon Echo...

Louise Matsakis, Motherboard:

The Amazon Echo can be turned into a spying tool by exploiting a physical security vulnerability, according to Mark Barnes, a researcher at cybersecurity firm MWR InfoSecurity. His research shows how it’s possible to hack the 2015 and 2016 models of the smart speaker to listen in on users without any indication that they’ve been compromised.

The issue is unfixable via a software update, meaning millions of Echos sold in 2015 and 2016 will likely have this vulnerability through the end of their use.

Barnes executed the attack by removing the bottom of the smart speaker and exposing 18 “debug” pads, which he used to boot directly into the firmware with an external SD card. Once the hack is complete, the rubber base can be reattached, leaving behind no evidence of tampering.

With the malware installed, Barnes could remotely monitor the Echo’s “always listening” microphone, which is constantly paying attention for a “wake word...

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Tim Cook Answers Questions on AR, Plant Investments...

Yesterday Patently Apple reported on Apple's financial results and Tim Cook's opening statement to yesterday's conference call with analysts. Earlier today I reported on Tim Cook's specific response to the VPN matter in China and this current report covers specific responses from Apple's CEO on building new plants in the U.S., on AR, on a new twist on atonomous vehicles and projects and on the question of the iPhone 8's rumored delay. One of the questions actually had Cook rolling on the floor with laughter. Can you guess which one it was?

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Fantastic speculation from Allen Pike.

The nav bar is the strip at the top of the display that allows you to navigate between views. It features buttons like “+”, “Edit”, “Done”, “< Back”, etc.

iOS 11 has changed the design of the nav bar, moving the title from the center of the nav bar to its own line, left justified, and to a much larger, bolded font size.

Allen posits that this change was made to accommodate the disappearance of a physical home button and the corresponding shrinking of the bezel, the growth of the screen to just about the bottom of the phone.

In Allen’s view, the nav bar will move to the bottom of the screen, on either side of the virtual home button.

I think he’s on to something. Read the post, look at the pictures to get your own sense of this.

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06:07
By targeting the mid-market, Apple has struck gold...

iPad sales have been declining for so long now that it was almost a jolt to finally see some good news for the tablet in Apple’s numbers. In the past quarter, iPad sales were not only up, but by a substantial margin: up 15% year-on-year. The stock market sent Apple shares soaring to new highs based at least partly on the news.

Apple's popular 9.7-inch iPad Wi-Fi 32GB gets a $50 discount to $279 (Tax NY/NJ only) https://t.co/WIR3ANmAMj pic.twitter.com/tm40vtHp6O

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The company doesn’t provide any breakdown of models, but as analysts have noted, there was rather a large clue …

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