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Thursday March 16

20:59
VOX 2.8.22 - Music player that supports many...

VOX just sounds better! The beauty is in its simplicity, yet behind the minimal exterior lies a powerful music player with a ton of features and support for all audio formats you should ever need. VOX was originally developed following the principles of clarity, simplicity and versatility. Thus, the minimalistic interface incorporates both essential and unique features, which let you:

  • Listen to your music regardless of the format:
    • Play numerous lossy and lossless audio formats;
    • Export playlists in various formats (PLS, M3U, XSPF);
    • Open different playlist types including M3U, PLS, XSPF and the popular CUE format used to store CD rips;
    • Play audio files stored on NAS devices and other network drives.
  • Rule your music with ease:
    • Control the player from the main interface, Dock context menu or main menu controls;
    • Automatically search for all the missing album artwork from...
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20:59
TunnelBear 3.0.12 - Subscription-based private...

TunnelBear is a subscription-based virtual private network (VPN) service and companion app, enabling you to browse the internet privately and securely.

Features

  • Browse privately - Secure your data and hide your IP address behind a bear.
  • Experience the Internet as if you’re in another country - A TunnelBear can "tunnel" you around censorship and blocked sites to another country of your choosing.
  • Zap creepy trackers - Block the website trackers (ads, analytics, scripts, social buttons) that track everything you and your family do online.
  • A TunnelBear is really, really simple - On. Off. On. Off. You get the idea.
  • TunnelBear comes in three subscription tiers:
    • Little: 500 MB per month; free
    • Giant: unlimited; $6.99/month
    • Grizzly: unlimited; $49.99/year

See...

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20:59
iMazing 2.2.1 - Complete iOS device manager (was...

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

  • Copy music to and from any iOS device (even from one iOS device to another!), regardless of what Mac or PC the device is already synced to. Music transfer done right, without limitations or restrictions.
  • Backup & restore individual iOS apps along with your custom saved data, perfect for freeing up space on your iOS device without losing your files, great for installing apps including your data on another iOS device you own.
  • Transfer files to and from an iOS device, and browse the iOS file system.
  • Use your iOS device like a USB key.
  • Browse and save messages (SMS, MMS, iMessage), voicemails, and call logs, none of which iTunes can do.
  • Browse, save, and add contacts to your iPhone, without automatically adding them to your iCloud...
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20:59
WhatRoute 2.0.16 - Geographically trace online data-...

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

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

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


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20:10
Teenage paranormal thriller 'Oxenfree' now...

Spooky adventure game Oxenfree has made its way to mobile. Developer Night School's sidescrolling tale debuted on PC and Xbox One early last January, with a stop on PlayStation 4 last May that added, among other things, a New Game+ mode. Now it's ava...

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20:08
Infamous patent troll Soverain Software targets...




Soverain Software, a non-practicing entity that gained media attention for suing Newegg and other online retailers over "shopping cart" patents, on Thursday filed a complaint against Apple for alleged infringement of IP relating to internet-based services.

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19:08
Gmail on desktop now lets you preview video...

A minor, but handy update comes to Gmail on the desktop today: videos sent as attachments can now be played right in your browser window, eliminating the need to actually download them to your hard drive and play them through a media player. Of cours...

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18:59
What feature tops your wishlist for the next-gen...

Earlier today, we reported on the first evidence of an updated hardware model of the Apple TV. The tvOS-powered device was first announced back in 2015 and lags in a few different areas, so it’s more than due for an update.

Not much has been rumored as for what features the next-generation model may have, but there are a few possibilities, many of which we highlighted earlier this year in our look at the future of the Apple TV and tvOS.

What feature would you most like to see come to the next-gen Apple TV?

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18:37
Quick take video review: D-Link Omna HomeKit camera




AppleInsider goes hands-on with D-Link's new Omna, the first internet connected security camera to feature integration with Apple's HomeKit platform and iOS 10 Home app.

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18:08
Amazon ups its Smile donations to 10 percent for one...

If you need a good reason to pull the trigger on that Amazon purchase, then try telling yourself it's for a good cause. Today only (through midnight PT), the retailer's AmazonSmile program will donate 5 percent of the purchase price from eligible pro...

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17:39
Apple granted patents for earbud design w/ biometric...

Earlier this year, we outlined a few possibilities as to what could come to Apple’s AirPods with future iterations, noting specifically of more advanced fitness features. Paving the way for such improvements, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office today published three patents that it has granted Apple related to new fitness and biometric features for earbuds…

more…

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17:32
Google keeps improving Apple's Live Photos

Apple's Live Photos are a neat trick when done well, but in practice they tend to be a wobbly mess. Last year, Google showed off a much more elegant solution with it's Motion Stills app for iOS, which converted shaky Live Photos to smooth looping GIF...

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17:05
Apple rewrites their 2011 Facial Recognition Patent...

In 2012 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Invents Facial Recognition Locking & Unlocking System." The report covered all of the major points including locking and locking an iDevice with facial recognition; using advanced sensors; utilizing movement patterns; a sensor that understands unintended movement; using a grip detector; a unique child lock and more. It was revealed by USPTO today that Apple has rewritten their patent claims ...

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16:45
How to order movie tickets within iOS 10 chat using...




With the release of iOS 10, Apple introduced a new way for developers to add integrated new features for iMessage users. Here's how to use Fandango's app to explore movie listings, share showtime options with chat participants, select seats and purchase tickets with Apple Pay--all within iMessage.

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16:19
Sony's mixed-reality 'cave' is an...

Amongst the many oddball exhibits at Sony's SXSW "Wow Factory" was the mixed-reality "cave." Unlike many other experiences at Sony's event, this one didn't require strapping on some oddball hardware or even a VR helmet. The cave was a square, four-wa...

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16:01
Netflix considers mobile specific versions of...




Netflix may make it even easier for its subscribers using iPhones to follow its original content in the future, an executive for the streaming service has revealed, advising that the firm is currently exploring the possibility of making mobile device-specific versions of its shows.

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15:50
YouTube kills annotations to make way for mobile-...

If you've ever had a grey box pop-up in the middle of a YouTube video to correct spelling, add in some extra information or link you out to another video, you've encountered a YouTube annotation. The feature let creators add content to their video af...

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15:47
Cartoonist officially releases word for word graphic...

The terms & conditions for iTunes have been the subject of mockery in the past for the extensive length and detail. Back in 2015, we told you about cartoonist Robert Sikoryak, who was turning the iTunes terms and conditions into a full-fledged graphic novel.

Now, Sikoryak has released the finished product: a 94-page, full color adaptation of the of the iTunes terms and conditions and It can be had for just $10 on Amazon.

more…

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15:45
AWT News Update: March 16, 2017

Colorware's iPhone 7 Plus Retro Edition

Steve was out making some tax accountants rich today, so we have a short version of the AWT News Update for your listening pleasure:

  • Swatch announces plans to create its own open-source smartwatch OS
  • Get an iPhone 7 Plus "Retro Edition" for only $1,899! It looks surprisingly similar to many Apple products of the 1980s
  • Alexa has sneaked onto your iPhone, provided you're using the Amazon app

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

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15:28
Google: 'Beauty and The Beast' message...

That didn't take long. Shortly after Google told us that its Beauty and The Beast ad being read by Assistant was not in fact an ad, the search juggernaut has reversed that stance. "This wasn't intended to be an ad," a Google spokesperson told us. "Wh...

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15:23
Amazon brings Alexa to its main iOS app to help...

Alexa is coming to Siri’s home turf.

On Thursday, Amazon began rolling out Alexa and her voice-assistant capabilities inside its flagship iOS app (iTunes link). This means that iPhone users can now ask Alexa questions, get shopping assistance, track orders, and play Prime videos and music.

After an initial rollout, Alexa will be available to all iOS users by next week, Amazon said. However, the company’s in-app Alexa won’t feature the Door Lock skill that Amazon introduced last month that gave users the ability to control smart locks. And iPhone users will still need the dedicated...

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15:12
Party Bot decides who's on the guest list, what...

While most people in the tech business only roll into Austin once a year for SXSW, a handful of companies choose to call the city home. Fjord (formerly known as Chaotic Moon) is one of them. So, when the festival sets up around them, it uses the week...

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15:11
AirPods and Apple Watch Called 'Underpriced...

Apple is underpricing AirPods and the Apple Watch in an effort to bring new users into its ecosystem, according to Neil Cybart of Above Avalon. The analyst said this pricing strategy was "unimaginable" ten years ago, when Apple was often accused of pricing products artificially high, aka "Apple Tax."

AirPods cost $159 in the United States, which Cybart said is "surprisingly low" compared to competing truly wireless headphones:It is very difficult to find a pair of wireless headphones priced lower than AirPods. In the run-up to Apple unveiling AirPods this past September, the wireless headphone market consisted of the following players:

- Kanoa: $300

- Bragi Dash: $299

- Erato Apollo 7: $289

- Skybuds: $279

- Earin: $249

-...

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15:03
Slackel Openbox Plays Hard to Get


Slackel's Openbox edition is a lightweight operating system that offers reliable performance once you get the box open. It is not ideal for every user, though. Slackel 6.0.8 Openbox, the latest version of the project's lightweight distribution, was released by developer Dimitris Tzemos last fall. Slackel is a Linux distro that offers several benefits for users who step away from the typical mainstream Debian-based Linux distros. Based on both Slackware and Salix, it offers a few advantages not usually found with the Slackware Linux lineup.

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15:00
Episode 122 on Microsoft Graph webhooks, delta...

In episode 122 of the Office 365 Developer Podcast, Richard diZerega and Andrew Coates to Jeff Sakowicz about new Microsoft Graph features such as webhooks, delta queries and extensions.

https://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP122_Sakowicz.mp3

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14:56
Google Home is playing audio ads for Beauty and the...

If this comes as a shock or a surprise to you, you haven’t been paying attention. Advertising is what Google does.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:30
What Trump's budget would mean for NASA and...

President Donald Trump's proposed 2018 budget beefs up the Defense Department while removing funds from the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, NASA and many other government agencies. Congress still has to pass the budget, but if...

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14:19
Apple News is a boon to ‘The Telegraph’

Apple News has become the most effective third-party platform at driving readers to The Telegraph’s own sites and app, reports Digiday. Available on iOS devices (and, hopefully, on macOS at some point), 

The Telegraph — news, entertainment and advertising for the Alton community and the River Bend region of Madison, Jersey, Calhoun, Macoupin and Greene counties in Illinois — has made articles available on Apple News in some form since the news aggregation app launched in September 2015. The publisher introduced a new paywall model last November and saw unique monthly viewers grow 30% since last month. Now on Apple News, as everywhere off-site, the publication publishes 80% of its content — approximately 240 articles a day. The remaining 20% is for subscribers.

Robert Bridge, chief customer officer at The...

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14:06
Pro-Turkey Hackers Hit Prominent Twitter Accounts


Hundreds, if not thousands, of Twitter users, many of them high-profile, were hacked Tuesday by someone who appeared to support Turkey in its diplomatic row with the Netherlands. Their accounts displayed a Swastika -- reversed to face to the right -- as well as the Turkish flag and hashtags to the Nazialmanya and Nazihollanda accounts, which displayed comments on the attack. The hackers included a reference to April 16, when Turkey will hold a referendum to give President Recep Erdogan more power.

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13:59
Tip of the Day: Changing iPhone volume using Siri

Apple designed its new AirPods to be pretty easy to set up and use, but one thing that’s clearly missing is the ability to change the volume using hardware controls without reaching for your iPhone. Fortunately, if you regularly use AirPods without an iPhone or Apple Watch within reach, you might find it handy to know that you can actually change your iPhone’s volume using Siri voice commands. Simply tap on the AirPods to activate Siri,…

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13:57
Notable apps and app updates for March 16, 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

Pirate's Moon has introduced MyArtTools 1.0, their new drawing app for iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil. Taking full advantage of the pencil, it’s a $4.99 dedicated drawing and painting app. Users may also capture images with the iPad Pro front and rear cameras, and even save or open files to MyArtTools's directory. Plus, you can open saved images from the Photos Album. Users may share drawings using Email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Weibo.

FreneticGamez has launched Epic Draw - Physics Puzzle 1.0. It’s a free physics-based puzzler...

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13:33
Swatch to take on Apple Watch & Android Wear...




The Swatch Group will be paving its own road into the smartwatch space with a custom operating system, the company's CEO said on Thursday, with the OS going up against mature software from incumbents Apple Watch and Google's Android Wear platform.

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13:22
iPhone users can now access Amazon’s Alexa on the go

Enlarge (credit: Amazon)

Move over, Siri, there's a new voice assistant coming to iPhones and iOS devices. Amazon announced today that its digital assistant Alexa will be integrated into the Amazon Shopping app for iOS. This gives all users with Apple mobile devices access on the go. While some iOS users may have the Alexa app already downloaded to support their Amazon Alexa-enabled devices like the Echo, this integration lets users speak to Alexa while away from their homes.

Alexa lives in the...

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13:18
Amazon puts Alexa inside its main iPhone app

The tech media wants to portray this as “taking on Siri” but, because it’s buried inside an app, it’s unlikely to affect Siri usage at all.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:18
Apple News iOS 10 update major driver of traffic to...




Apple News is proving to be a success story for venues fully invested in it, with The Telegraph seeing readers coming from the service spending more time on articles, and greater numbers of articles read per user.

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13:12
ColorWare will make the iPhone 7 Plus look like a...




Nostalgic Apple fans with deep pockets can now purchase a custom-painted iPhone 7 Plus "Retro Edition" from ColorWare, designed to look like a vintage Macintosh computer from the 1980s, for a princely sum of $1,899.

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13:05
Ready to fly a quadcopter? Here are the best drones...




With so many models on the market today, finding the right quadcopter can be challenging to say the least. We're rounding up a list of the best drones for beginners with price points starting at under $50.

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12:55
Apple Music ambassador program offers Twitter...




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

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12:47
Yves Béhar designs Samsung television to look like a...

This is one of those things you would have thought was blindingly obvious and should have been invented long before now. I’d buy one of these TVs.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:46
Spotify may go with Apple Music-like album...




Spotify is nearing new deals with major record labels that could result in some albums becoming exclusives to its paid tier, a report said on Thursday.

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11:56
A court’s decision in a Maine labor dispute hinged...

This is a great story for the grammar nerds among us.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:53
The Tom Negrino memorial fund

Be in peace, my friend.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:49
iMazing 2.2.1 - Complete iOS device manager (was...

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

  • Copy music to and from any iOS device (even from one iOS device to another!), regardless of what Mac or PC the device is already synced to. Music transfer done right, without limitations or restrictions.
  • Backup & restore individual iOS apps along with your custom saved data, perfect for freeing up space on your iOS device without losing your files, great for installing apps including your data on another iOS device you own.
  • Transfer files to and from an iOS device, and browse the iOS file system.
  • Use your iOS device like a USB key.
  • Browse and save messages (SMS, MMS, iMessage), voicemails, and call logs, none of which iTunes can do.
  • Browse, save, and add contacts to your iPhone, without automatically adding them to your iCloud...
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11:41
Google Drive

 March 16, 2017 11:41:00 AM PDT

We're aware of a problem with Google Drive affecting a significant subset of users. The affected users are able to access Google Drive, but are seeing error messages and/or other unexpected behavior. We will provide an update by March 16, 2017 12:41:00 PM PDT detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. Please note that this resolution time is an estimate and may change.

Some users of the Google Drive Sync client will be receiving the error message "Sorry, Backup and Sync needs to quit."

We have identified the root cause of the issue and are implementing a potential fix now.

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11:38
Apple concept for biometric facial recognition could...




Apple is adding to its existing patents for automatically unlocking an iPhone using facial recognition, according to a patent application published on Thursday, revealing the Cupertino firm is still refining alternative methods of biometric security it could use in future mobile devices.

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11:20
App Store highlighting indie games this week with...

Apple has been highlighting loads of iOS games created by independent developers this week on the App Store. The promotion includes a special section at the top of the App Store where new apps and updates are usually promoted, several new indie game launches, and even discounts on a handful of popular indie titles.

more…

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11:08
Hulu says live TV service will launch with cloud DVR...




Hulu this week updated the teaser page for its upcoming live TV service, revealing some of its planned features -- most notably cloud DVR support, which should be ready from the beginning.

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11:07
Alexa comes to iPhone via Amazon app in latest...

An incoming update for the Amazon app for iOS will add the company’s Alexa voice assistant that was previously limited to the users of its Echo speaker and other Alexa-enabled hardware.

Building on the app’s ability to order using your voice, Alexa will act as your assistant while shopping the Amazon app, allowing you to search and reorder items, track your orders, and more. But it will also include most of the other functionality Alexa has to offer.

more…

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11:04
VOX 2.8.22 - Music player that supports many...

VOX just sounds better! The beauty is in its simplicity, yet behind the minimal exterior lies a powerful music player with a ton of features and support for all audio formats you should ever need. VOX was originally developed following the principles of clarity, simplicity and versatility. Thus, the minimalistic interface incorporates both essential and unique features, which let you:

  • Listen to your music regardless of the format:
    • Play numerous lossy and lossless audio formats;
    • Export playlists in various formats (PLS, M3U, XSPF);
    • Open different playlist types including M3U, PLS, XSPF and the popular CUE format used to store CD rips;
    • Play audio files stored on NAS devices and other network drives.
  • Rule your music with ease:
    • Control the player from the main interface, Dock context menu or main menu controls;
    • Automatically search for all the missing album artwork from...
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11:00
macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 7 (16E191a) Now Available

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 7 (16E191a) Now Available

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11:00
macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 7 (16E191a) Now Available

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 7 (16E191a) Now Available

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11:00
iOS 10.3 beta 7 (14E5277a) Now Available

iOS 10.3 beta 7 (14E5277a) Now Available

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11:00
iOS 10.3 beta 7 (14E5277a) Now Available

iOS 10.3 beta 7 (14E5277a) Now Available

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10:50
∞ John Oliver’s hilarious Samsung commercial

This is definitely not safe for work, but damn it’s so funny.

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10:49
Developer alleges spotting new Apple TV model,...




Developer Firi Games claims to have seen a single instance of an unreleased Apple TV, running a new version of tvOS -- which may be the postulated 4K version of the product thought to be in testing.

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10:34
Civilization VI 1.0.3 - Next iteration of the...

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is the next entry in the popular Civilization franchise. Originally created by legendary game designer Sid Meier, Civilization is a strategy game in which you attempt to build an empire to stand the test of time. Become Ruler of the World by establishing and leading a civilization from the Stone Age to the Information Age. Wage war, conduct diplomacy, advance your culture, and go head-to-head with history’s greatest leaders as you attempt to build the greatest civilization the world has ever known.

Civilization VI offers new ways to engage with your world: cities now physically expand across the map, active research in technology and culture unlocks new potential, and competing leaders will pursue their own agendas based on their historical traits as you race for one of five ways to achieve victory in the game.

Note: Civilization VI for the Mac App Store is currently a single player experience.

...

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10:30
iMessage App Store nears 5,000 apps

New data from SensorTower says that the iMessage App Store has almost 5,000 apps six months after Apple opened the store; however, growth is slowing.

Within the first 10 days of the iMessage App Store’s launch, SensorTower’s data showed that the number of iMessage enabled apps had reached 400, not accounting for stand-alone sticker packs. 

Between its launch month of September and the end of October, the number of iMessage enabled apps had grown by approximately 116% to nearly 1,100. A month later, the number had grown by 108% to approximately 2,250.

By December, the month-over-month growth rate had slowed to 65%, with slightly more than 3,700 iMessage enabled apps available worldwide. This growth slowed further still in the first two months of this year, at approximately 18% between December and January and 9% between January and February.

The iMessage App...

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10:29
News: Apple releases seventh beta of iOS 10.3

Apple has released another new beta of iOS 10.3, only three days after the the sixth beta was released to developers. The seventh beta, featuring a build number of 14E5277a, is available today to both registered developers and members of Apple’s Public Beta program, and the rapid release of new betas suggests that iOS 10.3 is drawing closer to a public release, possibly corresponding with the rumoured release of new iPad models that could arrive…

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10:23
First sign of next-gen Apple TV running tvOS 11...

Apple first unveiled the tvOS-powered Apple TV over a year ago, and since then, not much has been rumored in terms of future hardware iterations of the device. Now, however, the first evidence of a future Apple TV hardware model has purportedly appeared in developer logs…

more…

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10:18
Apple releases new developer betas of iOS 10.3,...

Apple has released the seventh developer betas of iOS 10.3, macOS Sierra 10.12.4, and watchOS 3.2. Developers can download the beta through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the App Store.

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10:11
Seventh betas of macOS 10.12.4 and iOS 10.3 released...




Only 72 hours after the the sixth beta release of macOS 10.12.4 and iOS 10.3, Apple has made available the seventh iteration of the test software to developers, with little increment in release numbers suggesting an imminent release for users.

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10:07
Operation London Bridge: the secret plan for the...

The Guardian:

In the plans that exist for the death of the Queen – and there are many versions, held by Buckingham Palace, the government and the BBC – most envisage that she will die after a short illness. Her family and doctors will be there. When the Queen Mother passed away on the afternoon of Easter Saturday, in 2002, at the Royal Lodge in Windsor, she had time to telephone friends to say goodbye, and to give away some of her horses. In these last hours, the Queen’s senior doctor, a gastroenterologist named Professor Huw Thomas, will be in charge. He will look after his patient, control access to her room and consider what information should be made public. The bond between sovereign and subjects is a strange and mostly unknowable thing. A nation’s life becomes a person’s, and then the string must break.

As a loyal subject of Her Majesty, I will be very sad when this inevitable day comes but this is a fascinating article on what happens

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10:01
Apple Seeds Seventh Beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.4 to...

Apple today seeded the seventh beta of an upcoming macOS Sierra 10.12.4 update to developers, just three days after seeding the sixth macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta and over a month after releasing macOS Sierra 10.12.3.

The seventh macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta is available for download through the Apple Developer Center or the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store for those who have previously installed a beta.

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 brings iOS's Night Shift mode to the Mac for the first time. First introduced on iOS devices with iOS 9.3, Night Shift is designed to gradually shift the display of...

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10:01
Siri competitor Alexa comes to iPhone via Amazon...




Amazon on Thursday began updating its official app for iOS to bring support for Alexa, its voice-driven personal assistant, officially to the iPhone, allowing users to ask questions, shop, play music and more.

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10:00
Apple Seeds Seventh Beta of iOS 10.3 to Developers

Apple today seeded the seventh beta of an upcoming iOS 10.3 update to developers, just three days after seeding the sixth beta of iOS 10.3 and three months after the release of iOS 10.2, the last major update to the iOS 10 operating system.

Registered developers can download the seventh iOS 10.3 beta from the Apple Developer Center or over-the-air with the proper configuration profile installed.

iOS 10.3 is a major update, introducing significant new features and changes to the iOS 10 operating system. The biggest consumer-facing feature in iOS 10.3 is "Find My AirPods," which is designed to help AirPods owners locate a lost earphone. Find My AirPods records the last...

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10:00
Apple releases seventh iOS 10.3 and macOS 10.12.4...

Apple is rolling out the seventh iOS 10.3 beta for developer testing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The upcoming software update includes Find My AirPods support, CarPlay improvements, Apple’s new filesystem, and more.

Apple is also rolling out the seventh macOS 10.12.4 beta for developer testing. The upcoming version of macOS Sierra is the first to bring Night Shift to the Mac. We’ll update and highlight any additional changes discovered below.

more…

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09:59
Fifth-generation Apple TV may have been spotted by...

The current 4th-generation Apple TV lacks one feature that could make it a "must buy" for a lot of Apple fans -- 4K video. Earlier this year, Bloomberg reported that Apple is testing a new Apple TV codenamed J105 that would support 4K video and could launch later this year. Now MacRumors has heard from developers who think they've spotted the new device in log files

Firi Games is the developer of arcade games Phoenix HD and Phoenix II, and the company told MacRumors that a single device identified as AppleTV6,2 running tvOS 11.0 has been spotted in log files for Phoenix HD. The IP address from which the device is...

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09:55
Hulu unveils new website for upcoming live TV...

Last week we reported that Hulu signed A+E Networks for its upcoming live TV service that will be launching this spring. Today Hulu has updated its website promoting the upcoming service with new information and a promotional video. Notably, it shares a glimpse at a brand new UI and some of the upcoming features of the sub $40/month service.

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09:51
Apple Continues Work on Future Sports Oriented...

Apple began work on biometric sensors for both earbuds and for a wrist device back in 2007 as the iPhone was first being introduced. Apple's patent filing publicly surfaced in April 2009 and was granted in February 2014. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of three patent applications all titled "Earbuds with Biometric Sensing." Apple notes in their filing that at least one of the biometric sensors within the earbud is configured to be pressed up against a portion of the ear known as the tragus for collecting biometric data.

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09:40
∞ Unboxing my Blue Microphones Baby Bottle Mic

I recently picked up a new Baby Bottle Mic from Blue Microphones. I wanted a great quality, versatile mic, but I didn’t want to spend thousands of dollars—this mic is perfect.

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09:36
First Evidence of Fifth-Generation Apple TV and tvOS...

Just one month after Bloomberg reported that Apple is testing a new Apple TV capable of streaming high-resolution 4K video, which it said is codenamed "J105" and could launch as soon as this year, the first evidence of the rumored fifth-generation streaming box may have surfaced in developer logs.

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

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09:36
Report: iMessage app launch outpacing first iPhone...

New data from SensorTower offers some insight into how Apple’s new iMessage App Store has performed since its launch in September. Based on the report’s data, new iMessage apps are being developed at a faster pace than iOS apps when the iPhone App Store first launched. SensorTower says there are signs that growth is starting to level out, however…

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09:35
Accessory purports to capture & stream live...




The "EzRecLN" capture device allows for capture of video from a connected iOS device, with a stream able to be sent across a USB cable, or stored on a micro SD card installed into the device.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: $200 off MacBook Air, Space...

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

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Best Buy’s 3-day sale includes $200 discounts on MacBook Air, $100 off iPad Pro, CarPlay receivers,...

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09:23
One of eight remaining functional Apple I computers...

Auction Team Breker

If you think today's Macs are expensive, hold on to your butts: on May 20, Auction Team Breker will sell one of just eight known working Apple I computers in existence. Breker estimates that the computer will sell for between $190,000 and $320,000, which is in line with the sale prices of most Apple I computers in recent years—outliers include a prototype model that sold for $815,000 in August of last year and a model from early in the computer's production run that sold for $905,000 in late 2014. Given the original $666.66 sale price (about $2,800 in today's dollars), any of those prices would be a pretty solid return on your investment.

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09:02
iLuv launches Wi-Fi-enabled Rainbow8 bulb with...




Accessory maker iLuv on Thursday opened up sales of the Rainbow8, a new HomeKit-ready lightbulb that connects via Wi-Fi without requiring a dedicated hub.

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09:00
Zane Lowe talks Beats 1 and Apple Music at SXSW [...

We’re here on the ground for SXSW, and as was announced last fall, Creative Director and LA Anchor for Beats 1, Zane Lowe, is giving the Music Keynote.

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09:00
Graph math equations with Ink math assistant in...

Last summer we introduced Ink math assistant in OneNote—a digital tutor that gives you step-by-step instructions on how to solve your handwritten math problems. Today, we are excited to announce that Ink math assistant can draw graphs of your equations, all within OneNote for Windows 10.

Now, when you write your math equations, the Ink math assistant quickly plots an interactive graph to help you visualize those difficult math concepts. You can zoom in and move the graph to observe intersection points or change values of parameters in your equations to better understand how each of them reflects on the graph. Finally, you can save a screenshot of the graph directly to your page to revisit it later.

Five steps to graph an equation in OneNote

  1. Begin by writing your equation. For example: y=x+3 or...
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09:00
Work smarter—not harder—on the next Office Small...

Is your business falling victim to silent killers of productivity? Register now for the next episode of Office Small Business Academy, “Work Smarter: Productivity Tools for Your Business,” airing March 28 at 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET, and learn how to develop processes and key disciplines that will allow your business to work smarter, not harder.

  • Robert Sher, CEO to CEO founding principal and Forbes columnist, will present his article “The 7 silent growth killers,” which outlines what can destroy your organization’s productivity, along with common pitfalls to watch out for.
  • Jeff Haden, Inc. Magazine contributing editor, will discuss how you can streamline operations using technology solutions and will share a dose of practical advice you can use today—whether you’re running a full-grown...
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08:44
News: Apple now selling 32GB iPhone 6 model in...

Following the unusual re-launch of the iPhone 6 in a 32GB model in China earlier this month, Apple now appears to have expanded sales of the “new” 2017 iPhone 6 model to Belarus, AppleInsider reports. Belarusian Apple reseller i-Store is currently taking orders for the device, which is priced at 999 rubles (~$520) and only available in Space Gray. Much like its launch in Asia, the device is identified as “iPhone 6 (2017)” and…

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08:39
Best iPhone apps for controlling your HomeKit devices

Once you start down the smart home path, you quickly realize that it’s a never-ending journey. Not only are there always more devices out there waiting to tempt you, but there are all the apps.

From Apple’s Home app through manufacturer companion apps to third-party apps, there are plenty to choose from – especially when it comes to Philips Hue lighting.

We look at three manufacturer apps you might want to continue to use even after you have your devices configured, together with six third-party apps that can help your smart home become even smarter …

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08:32
5.8-Inch iPhone Affirmed to Have Mostly Flat Display...

Apple's widely rumored 5.8-inch iPhone with an edge-to-edge OLED display will be flat across the front of the smartphone, and slightly curved along the left and right edges to conform with the layer of 2.5D glass that covers the display, according to multiple people familiar with the matter.

"iPhone X" concept with 2.5D display by designer Gabor Balogh

Yesterday, a report claimed the high-end iPhone will have a curved display, but with gentler curves than Samsung's Galaxy S7 edge. MacRumors has confirmed the report refers to a display that is slightly curved at the edges below 2.5D cover glass, meaning the display itself cannot be dramatically curved.

This means the report...

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08:13
Apple supplier Jabil earnings report suggests steady...




A pair of analysts have chimed in on Apple supplier Jabil's positive quarterly earnings report through February, and sees signs that Apple's seasonal decrease in iPhone sales may not be as pronounced as expected.

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08:02
∞ Watching March Madness on your Mac and iOS device

Click over to the main Loop post for links to the official CBS iOS app and the NCAA streaming page for your computer.

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07:58
Apple's revival of iPhone 6 with 32GB storage...




The re-release of the iPhone 6 with 32 gigabytes of storage is expanding into another territory, after launches in India, China, and Taiwan in recent months, with a premium reseller offering the unusual-capacity handset to customers in Belarus beginning next week.

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07:50
Filmic Pro v6 released with brand new interface,...

Filmic Pro is one of the best apps that you can buy for capturing video with your iPhone. It includes foundational features geared towards filmmaking, and is in a different stratosphere when compared to the iPhone’s stock Camera app.

The latest version of Filmic Pro comes with a brand new fast and easy-to-use interface. It’s essentially been redesigned from scratch to increase its intuitiveness, placing important controls more readily at your fingertips.

The new interface is only the beginning, as Filmic Pro v6 includes a brand new suite of real-time analytics features to pull off things like zebra stripes, clipping, false color, and focus peaking. These are all tools to help filmmakers accurately judge important factors like exposure and focus.

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07:49
IK Multimedia debuts Fulltone guitar & bass...

IK Multimedia has launched the Fulltone Collection for AmpliTube for Mac/PC, which offers guitarists and all musicians a palette of sounds that span from classic to contemporary tones.

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07:48
Report: Spotify considers restricting biggest...

Spotify is considering a move that would mean some of its biggest new releases will be restricted to paid users, according to a new report from Financial Times. The decision would come as part of a negotiation with record labels that would reduce the amount of royalties Spotify pays for songs and also allow the company to prepare for an initial public offering, the report claims:

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07:37
WePay joins online payment platforms supporting...




On Thursday WePay -- an online payments platform with clients like Meetup, GoFundMe, and FreshBooks -- announced that its clients can now accept Apple Pay on the Web, along with Android Pay.

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07:15
WePay adds support for Apple Pay

WePay — a provider of integrated payments for online platforms including Constant Contact, GoFundMe, and Zoho — has announced that its customers can now use Apple Pay on the Web and Google's Android Pay on the Web to generate more revenue on their sites.

WePay's launch of the Apple Pay and Android Pay products means platform customers can now pay for goods and services with just a single touch. Gone are the days of having to manually enter payment and shipping information at checkout, said Bill Clerico, CEO of WePay. Customers can choose to pay with Apple Pay using the Safari browser on their supported iPhone, iPad, or MacBook. Those who opt for Android Pay can pay using the Chrome browser on their supported Android device.

Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Payment Request API [application programming interface] are available to current and new WePay platform partners.

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07:15
The little known Mac dock “suck” effect

This window minimization effect has been around since the beginning but, since there’s no option for it in the dock interface, it rarely sees the light of day.

Watch the video to see the suck effect at work, then, if you like it, follow the directions to enable it.

Nice re-find by Rob Griffiths.

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07:10
A robot followed me around New York to carry my stuff

Bridget Carey, CNET:

Gita is an extremely nimble cargo bot, designed to follow its owner for miles, carrying 40 pounds of stuff inside its 2-foot-tall body.

It doesn’t have the features you’d expect of a companion robot. There are no arms. It doesn’t make small talk. There’s not even a smiley face programmed into the screen to ease your trepidation over having a robot follow your every move.

Gita is basically a two wheeled shopping bag, designed to follow whoever is wearing the fanny pack to which it is linked. Great concept, though you’re screwed if it runs out of battery.

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07:06
Mark Zuckerberg looking at things

Just look. Look at Zuck looking at things. Look, Zuck, look.

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07:04
ITIF: economic nationalism is not the right response...

President Trump is right that China is flouting global trade rules to the detriment of the U.S., says the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), which includes Cynthia Hogan (pictured), Apple’s vice president for public policy for the Americas on its board. However, economic nationalism is not the right response, the tech-policy think tank argues in a new report out today. 

Instead, ITIF — an independent, nonpartisan research and educational institute focusing on the intersection of technological innovation and public policy — contends that the U.S. must pursue a new doctrine of constructive, alliance-backed confrontation, where policymakers put “America First”—as the leader of an international coalition that pressures China to stop rigging markets and start competing on fair terms.

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07:02
Steve Jobs’ liver—and the quest for a better organ...

Mallory Locklear, Ars Technica:

In 2009, Steve Jobs received a liver transplant—not in northern California where he lived, but across the country in Memphis, Tennessee. Given the general complications of both travel and a transplant, Jobs’ decision may seem like an odd choice. But it was a strategic move that almost certainly got him a liver much more quickly than if Jobs had just waited for a liver to become available in California. Eight years later, the Apple founder’s procedure continues to highlight the state of transplants in the US: when it comes to organs, we have a big math problem.

Today, there’s a much greater need than there are organs to go around. It’s a problem currently being tackled in part by mathematicians and developers, who are crafting clever algorithms that aim to make organ allocation as fair as possible. But it’s complicated math that’s done against a backdrop of sticky ethical issues, and the debates surrounding it are heated and contentious...

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07:01
News: Report: Apple hasn’t yet signed onto brief...

Despite its vocal opposition to President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration earlier this year, Apple has not joined other tech companies in signing on to a new lawsuit looking to block a second version of the Trump’s executive order, Reuters reports. Apple is reportedly among 60 technology companies, including Google and Facebook, that appear to have decided against putting their weight behind this new lawsuit. A legal brief…

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06:53
iLuv ‘Rainbow8’ multi-color smart home bulbs...

iLuv has just announced its new Rainbow8 light bulbs, a new HomeKit offering in the muticolor light space. Available to buy now ($49.99), these are the first WiFi HomeKit bulbs that do not require a separate hub to use. This means you can add some smart home features to your house just by replacing an existing ceiling lightbulb with the Rainbow8.

With HomeKit integration, the Rainbow8 multicolor lights can be controlled using the Home app on iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch as well as Control Center. You can also use voice commands to change the hue or adjust the brightness, using Siri …

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06:51
Amazon adds one/two hour alcohol delivery to Amazon...

Currently testing in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio. This is known as the Dalrymple option for some reason.

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06:48
Apple adds Apple Park details and satellite imagery...

Fire up Apple Maps, switch to satellite (on the Mac, it’s the tab in the map window’s upper right corner, in iOS, the tab is hidden behind the info icon), then type Apple Park in the search box. You’ll want the Apple Park in Cupertino, CA. Fun exploring the map this way, though I’m looking forward to the finished product.

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06:45
WePay payments provider now supports Apple Pay on...

Apple introduced Apple Pay on the web with iOS 10 and macOS Sierra last fall, and today integrated payments provider WePay announced support for the mobile payment service on Safari. WePay clients include GoFundMe, FreshBooks, Meetup, and other major services.

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06:42
Nearly half of iPhone users are uncomfortable...

 

Nearly half of iPhone users have little or no confidence in storing their personal information on iCloud, according to a survey of 1,001 iPhone users conducted by Clutch, a business-to-business (B2B) ratings and reviews firm. 

Forty-seven percent (47%) of iPhone users said they are only "slightly" or "not at all" comfortable with storing personal information on iCloud. Meanwhile, 44% of respondents said they are "very" or "somewhat" comfortable with doing so.

iCloud, Apple's cloud storage and computing service for iOS devices, has...

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06:40
Apple-backed think tank calls for radical changes to...




A Washington think tank -- with board members from Apple, Amazon, Google and other tech firms -- on Thursday called for an international coalition to pressure China into changing course on some of its economic policies.

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06:38
Nearly half of iPhone users are uncomfortable...

Nearly half of iPhone users have little or no confidence in storing their personal information on iCloud, according to a survey of 1,001 iPhone users conducted by Clutch (https://clutch.co/), a business-to-business (B2B) ratings and reviews firm. Forty-seven percent (47%) of iPhone users said they are only "slightly" or "not at all" comfortable with storing personal information on iCloud. Meanwhile, 44% of respondents said they are "very" or "somewhat" comfortable with doing so.

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06:37
10 truly wacky wearables and offbeat sensors

10 offbeat trackers and wacky wearables

Image by CIO

Are you feeling worn out by wearables? Can’t stand the thought of strapping yet another heart-rate-sensing, step-counting, sleep-tracking watch around your wrist? I feel your pain. As someone who frequently reviews activity trackers, I don’t often see bold new features in mainstream devices. But if you look closely at small startups around the globe, you’ll start to notice some cool, slightly crazy, definitely out-there devices that go far beyond counting steps. Some of the claims these device developers make will likely make your eyes roll. Nonetheless, here are 10 wacky wearables and oddball devices that may also pique your curiosity.

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06:36
White hat hackers use Safari to pwn MacBook Pro,...

Tim Hardwick, MacRumors, on the CanMacWest security conference and the Pwn2Own hacking contest:

Independent hackers Samuel Groß and Niklas Baumstark landed a partial success and earned $28,000 after targeting Safari with an escalation to root on macOS, which allowed them to scroll a message on a MacBook Pro Touch Bar.

Check out the picture in the post. Imagine seeing a message like that crawling across your Touch Bar. On the positive side, these exploits have been turned over to Apple so they can be patched before the exploits are made public.

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06:34
WePay doubles down on Apple Pay, Android Pay

WePay (www.wepay.com) — a provider of integrated payments for online platforms including Constant Contact, GoFundMe, and Zoho — has announced that its customers can now use Apple Pay on the Web and Google's Android Pay on the Web to generate more revenue on their sites.

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06:30
Apple is underpricing AirPods and Apple Watch

Neil Cybart:

After using AirPods for the past three months, one takeaway relates to pricing. It is clear that Apple is underpricing AirPods. While this statement may sound outlandish considering that a pair of EarPods is included in every iPhone box, AirPods are not just any pair of headphones.

Yes, I do think the statement sounds outlandish. But reading the post, I do think Neil is on to something here (as he usually is). Apple seems to be shifting away from their typical high margin Apple Tax strategy, at least when it comes to AirPods and Apple Watch.

Contrary to the conclusions found in most headphone buying guides, AirPods should not be compared to lower-priced, wired headphones. These buying guides not only lean on sound quality to unfairly shortchange truly wireless headphones, but also misidentify why consumers want to buy wireless headphones in the first place. AirPods’ primary value proposition isn’t found with sound quality but rather with not having...

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06:28
FiLMic announces log video recording for iPhones

FiLMiC Inc. (www.filmicpro.com), which specializes in high-end mobile video technology, has announced general availability of the “first true logarithmic (Log) recording capability ever for mobile devices.”

This feature will be available as an optional purchase for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. With Log shooting, a cinematographer is able to capture more useful dynamic range from the image and increase the flexibility for post-production editing and color grading.  

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06:23
Apple Skips Legal Challenge to President Trump'...

Reuters is reporting this morning that Apple, Alphabet's Google and Facebook are among more than 60 technology companies that appear to have backed away from the legal fight against the latest travel ban.

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06:18
With 'iPhone 8,' Apple & Samsung to...




Huawei may have just 8 percent of its smartphones shipped with OLED panels in 2017 because of constrained supply forced by Apple's shift to the technology, and Samsung selling the majority of its available supply for the "iPhone 8."

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06:05
∞ Amtrak snow-mo collision

Why didn’t the people on the platform see all the snow on the tracks, see the speed of the train, and then use common sense to get the hell out of the way?

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: 10-Ft Apple MFi-Certified...

For Thursday’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering the 10-Ft MFi-Certified Lightning Cable: 3-Pack for only $20 — that’s 77% off the regular price. These three 6.5’ cables are MFi-certified so you can safely charge and sync your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, and give you enough length to comfortably use your devices while charging from just about anywhere you’re sitting. Get the 10-Ft MFi-Certified Lightning Cable: 3-Pack now for…

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06:00
Everybody Dance Now! Pyle's 1200-watt Disco Jam...

Tired of those measly little battery powered Bluetooth speakers because they just don't produce enough sound to fill your parties with the beat? Pyle USA today introduced the Disco Jam 2 Stereo System (US$227.99) to reverse that trend and keep everyone dancing all night long.

This is really the ultimate Bluetooth speaker, featuring 1200 watts of power, two 10-inch woofers and three 5-inch piezo tweeters. You can feed the Disco Jam 2 from your iPhone or iPad over Bluetooth, plug in a USB drive filled with music, or even tune into your favorite local FM station with the built-in tuner.

Carrying this unit between parties is made easy with built-in carrying handles, and it even has built-...

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05:59
Apple estimated to grab 14% of OLED panel production...

According to Digitimes, Apple and Samsung will dominate OLED display supply this year whilst smaller phone vendors struggle to secure suppliers. The report says Apple will get about 75 million OLED panels from Samsung in 2017 for iPhone 8, which is about 15% of total annual OLED production output. Samsung Electronics will get about 56%; Apple’s share would be even higher if the iPhone 8 launched earlier in the year.

It’s also worth noting that Apple is only launching one iPhone this year with an OLED display, as the other two new 2017 iPhones will continue to use LCD displays like the iPhone 7.

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05:43
Reuters reports Apple & other tech companies...

Reuters report suggests that Apple and more than 60 other tech companies have ‘backed away’ from fighting Trump’s second travel ban.

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05:40
TA17-075A: HTTPS Interception Weakens TLS Security

Original release date: March 16, 2017
Systems Affected

All systems behind a hypertext transfer protocol secure (HTTPS) interception product are potentially affected.

Overview

Many organizations use HTTPS interception products for several purposes, including detecting malware that uses HTTPS connections to malicious servers. The CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) explored the tradeoffs of using HTTPS interception in a blog post called The Risks of SSL Inspection [1].

Organizations that have performed a risk assessment and determined that HTTPS inspection is a requirement should ensure their HTTPS inspection products are performing correct transport layer security (TLS) certificate validation. Products that do not properly ensure secure TLS communications and do not convey error messages to the user may further weaken the end-to-end protections that HTTPS aims to provide.

Description

TLS and its predecessor, Secure Sockets Layer (...

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05:39
Patent report: enhanced AirPods and Apple Watches,...

Apple was granted three patents today that shows it plans to beef up the features of its AirPods wireless earbuds. Patents 20170078781, 20170078780 and 20170078785 are for “earbuds with biometric sensing.”

The patents involve earbuds configured with one or more biometric sensors. At least one of the biometric sensors is configured to be pressed up against a portion of the tragus — a small pointed eminence of the external ear — for making biometric measurements. 

In some embodiments, the housing of the earbud can be symmetric so that the earbud can be worn interchangeably in either a left or a right ear of a user. In such an embodiment, the earbud can include a sensor and circuitry configured to determine and alter operation of the earbud in accordance to which ear the earbud is determined to be sitting in.

In the patent filings, Apple notes that biometric sensors often need to be in close or even direct contact with the skin to properly measure...

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05:18
Security researchers uncover two zero-day...

Security researchers competing at the annual Pwn2own conference have discoveredtwo zero-day vulnerabilities in Apple’s Safari. Two teams successfully exploited the bugs they found to achieve root access to macOS, while a third attempt failed, reports 9to5Mac.

Chaitin Security Research Lab chained together an exploit that took advantage of six bugs to escalate their access to root on macOS, winning a $35,000 prize. Samuel Grob and Niklas Baumstark won $28,000 for exploiting five bugs to display a message on the Touch Bar of a 2016 MacBook Pro. Full details of both exploits will be provided to Apple so that the bugs can be fixed before they are made public, notes 9to5Mac.

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05:16
Apple Invents a Smarter iPad Pro 'Virtual...

Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple invents a Twist to the iPad Pro Smart Keyboard by replacing it with a Secondary Display & Virtual Keyboard." Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that expands on a possible smarter version of the iPad Pro Smart Keyboard or an alternative smart keyboard that's based on a virtual keyboard that could offer users more flexibility and features. .

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05:15
How-To: How to close all your open Safari tabs at...

This qualifies as one of the coolest iOS shortcuts I’ve heard about in a while.

For people who want to close all their Safari tabs at once, you can pull this off on your iOS device by pressing and holding the new tab (double square) button.

That’s it, it offers to close all your open Safari tabs at once and saves a giant headache in the process.

And if that’s not spiffy, nothing is.

Via Reddit

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05:00
Justice Department files charges against Russian...

They found the people who hacked into more than half a billion Yahoo email accounts.

The Justice Department announced charges Wednesday against two Russian spies and two hackers behind the infamous 2014 hacks, which have been identified as among the most significant digital security breaks in American history.

The four men together face 47 criminal charges, including conspiracy, computer fraud, economic espionage, theft of trade secrets and aggravated identity theft, the Justice Department said in a news release.

The first, Karim Baratov, 22, a Canadian and Kazakh national and a resident of Canada, was arrested in Canada on Tuesday, said Mary McCord, acting assistant attorney general for national security.

Charges have also been pressed against two Russian Federal Security Service agents. The two are Dmitry Aleksandrovich Dokuchaev, 33, a Russian national and resident, and Igor Anatolyevich Sushchin, 43, a Russian national and resident.

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04:42
WhatRoute 2.0.16 - Geographically trace online data-...

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

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

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


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04:30
How to protect your data

By most accounts macOS and iOS are safer operating systems than Windows or Android. However, there was a dubious 2015 report from GFI (a company that makes “IT solutions that enable businesses to discover, manage and secure their networks” ) that claims that the Apple operating systems were the “most vulnerable” OS’s.

Whether Apple makes the most or least secure operating systems, there are good reasons to protect your data from loss and from prying eyes. The best way to accomplish the former is simply to back-up your data to external hard drives (at least one of which you keep somewhere other than your home or office), as well as having a "cloud" backup. When it comes to backing up to external drives, the Time Machine feature in macOS makes it simple and easy.

When it comes to on-line backups, there are various solutions. My personal favorite is CrashPlan from Code 42, which offers unlimited storage space and lets you upload files of any size. CrashPlan’s backup data...

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04:27
TunnelBear 3.0.12 - Subscription-based private...

TunnelBear is a subscription-based virtual private network (VPN) service and companion app, enabling you to browse the internet privately and securely.

Features

  • Browse privately - Secure your data and hide your IP address behind a bear.
  • Experience the Internet as if you’re in another country - A TunnelBear can "tunnel" you around censorship and blocked sites to another country of your choosing.
  • Zap creepy trackers - Block the website trackers (ads, analytics, scripts, social buttons) that track everything you and your family do online.
  • A TunnelBear is really, really simple - On. Off. On. Off. You get the idea.
  • TunnelBear comes in three subscription tiers:
    • Little: 500 MB per month; free
    • Giant: unlimited; $6.99/month
    • Grizzly: unlimited; $49.99/year

See...

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04:11
Study: Tech sector’s diversity problems run deep

The number of new devices connected to the Internet is estimated to reach 21 billion by 2020, but recent reports indicate that the tech sector’s diversity and inclusion practices have failed to meet a commensurate level of innovation.
 
From a 2016 report by Intel and Dalberg Global Development Advisors, almost two-thirds of tech workers are white. The industry could, however, generate an additional $300-$370 billion annually if the racial/ethnic diversity of their workforces reflected that of the national talent pool.
 

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04:11
Study: Tech sector’s diversity problems run deep

The number of new devices connected to the Internet is estimated to reach 21 billion by 2020, but recent reports indicate that the tech sector’s diversity and inclusion practices have failed to meet a commensurate level of innovation.
 
From a 2016 report by Intel and Dalberg Global Development Advisors, almost two-thirds of tech workers are white. The industry could, however, generate an additional $300-$370 billion annually if the racial/ethnic diversity of their workforces reflected that of the national talent pool.
 

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04:10
eSports, ‘Let’s Play’ revenues to reach $3.5 Billion...

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that a rapid rise in consumption of eSports and streamed games content will drive $3.5 billion in revenues by 2021, up from $1.8 billion in 2017

The report group’s report found that while the subscription model, as seen on platforms such as Twitch, will contribute significant revenues to the industry, it will be advertisers who reap rewards; with almost 90% of eSports and “Let’s Play” viewers also watching ad-supported casual games streams in 2021.

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04:10
eSports, ‘Let’s Play’ revenues to reach $3.5 Billion...

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that a rapid rise in consumption of eSports and streamed games content will drive $3.5 billion in revenues by 2021, up from $1.8 billion in 2017

The report group’s report found that while the subscription model, as seen on platforms such as Twitch, will contribute significant revenues to the industry, it will be advertisers who reap rewards; with almost 90% of eSports and “Let’s Play” viewers also watching ad-supported casual games streams in 2021.

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04:06
Two zero-day Safari vulnerabilities uncovered by...

Security researches competing at the annual Pwn2own conference yesterday uncovered two zero-day vulnerabilities in Safari. Two teams successfully exploited the bugs they found to achieve root access to macOS, while a third attempt failed.

Eleven teams are competing for a total $1M prize pot, with three of the ten attempts to date targeting Safari …

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04:00
Slide Pop brings cool View-Master effects to Final...

By Aaron Lee

Noise Industries' $49 Slide Pop plug-in offers 20 cool, customizable View-Master style effects and transitions for Apple's Final Cut Pro X. 

Think "retro" when considering this plug-in as it provides access to 20 customizable effects and transitions inspired by the vintage View-Master slide show camera. The customizable controls and color presets let you put your own spin on the classic View-Master look.

The View-Master utilized a small, colorful reel, which users placed in the device to see images with a 3D effect. It offered slide reels of just about every major kids’ show and motion picture in its day. A number of different manufacturers have produced View-Master, including Tyco Toys and Fisher-Price.

To use Slide Pop you drag and drop the effect or transition onto your footage. (You can find Slide Pop under Effects and...

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03:36
Apple Watch Invention Aims to Extend Activities and...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple titled "Calculating an Estimate of Wind Resistance Experienced by a Cyclist." Apple's invention is designed to extend Apple Watch activities and monitoring to include cycling. Improved techniques and systems are disclosed for determining the components of resistance experienced by a wearer of an Apple Watch engaged in an activity such as bicycling or running.

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03:21
Use the Home app on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

With the Home app, you can securely control the products you use in your home—all from your iOS device.

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02:06
Apple inventions again point to work on health-...




A trio of Apple patent applications published on Thursday detail the inner workings of a wireless earbud system packed with sensors for taking biometric readings, suggesting the company is developing an advanced set of AirPods.

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01:42
Google Play Music has a few new options for playback...

After seemingly forgetting about Google Play Music for an extended period of time, the search juggernaut has been showing its music streaming app newfound love lately. The newest update across Android and iOS adds options for playback quality (low, n...

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00:19
Get ready to see more Twitter live streams

Twitter seriously wants to give Facebook a run for its money in its bid to transform into one of the largest online destination for live videos. According to The Information, the social network plans to announce next week that it's opening up its liv...

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Wednesday March 15

23:22
Watch these declassified nuclear test films on...

There's something both beautiful and unnerving about a mushroom cloud. The United States conducted around 216 atmospheric nuclear tests between 1945 and 1992, many taking place in Nevada and the Pacific Proving Grounds. Now, rare videos of those deto...

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21:47
NVIDIA and Bosch team up for AI-powered autonomous...

NVIDIA lined up quite a few partners at CES this year, including Audi and Mercedes, to use its powerful upcoming Xavier chip in autonomous vehicles. But days ago, Intel bought MobilEye for $15 billion to develop self-driving software and hardware to...

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20:59
PDFpen 8.3.3 - $74.95

PDFpen allows users to easily edit PDF's. Add text, images and signatures. Fill out PDF forms. Merge or split PDF documents. Reorder and delete pages. Even correct text and edit graphics!

Features

  • Add text, images and signatures to PDF
  • Correct text in original PDF with editable text blocks
  • Fill out interactive PDF forms and sign them
  • Redact or erase text, including OCR text
  • Search and redact text; search and replace text
  • Export in Microsoft® Word format
  • Scan directly from Image Capture or TWAIN scanners
  • Perform OCR (Optical Character Recognition) on scanned documents
  • Viewable OCR layer for proofing OCR text from scanned pages
  • Adjust resolution, color depth and contrast, skew, and size of an image or scanned document
  • Sign PDF forms via interactive signature fields (not digital signatures)
  • Insert and remove pages; re-order pages in a PDF by drag...
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20:59
DiskCatalogMaker 6.6.4 - Catalog your disks.

DiskCatalogMaker is a simple disk management tool which catalogs disks.

  • Simple, light-weight, and fast
  • Finder-like intuitive look and feel
  • Super-fast search algorithm
  • Can compress catalog data for disk space
  • Can generate thumbnail images
  • Long Unicode file name support
  • ZIP / RAR / 7-Zip / StuffIt / tar / gzip / bzip2 / CompactPro / LHA archive formats support
  • A Mach-O application (OS X-native format)



Version 6.6.4:

Note: Currently available for $29.99

  • Fixed a bug that could not save the editing comments data
  • Fixed some minor bugs



  • OS X 10.7 or later



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20:59
Tidy Up 4.1.20 - $29.99

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

Features

  • With Tidy Up you can search for duplicate files and packages by the owner application, content, type, creator, extension, time modified, time created, name, label, visibility, and date/age. You can also search by the tag, duration, and bit installments of MP3 and AAC sound files and EXIF metadata; search the contents of the Photos, iPhoto, Aperture, iTunes, iPod databases, and Mail mailboxes; and synchronize deletions with iPhoto, Mail, and iTunes.
  • Tidy Up comes with a two search modes. Basic Mode includes more than 90 pre-defined searches. For a customized strategy, you can opt for the Strategy Wizard which based on your choices creates the appropriate criteria to search for duplicates.
  • Tidy Up has a built-in security system that assures you will keep at least one file of the duplicate group on your disk, the ability to undo copied and moved...
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20:59
Mac DVDRipper Pro 6.1.3 - Copy, backup, and convert...

Mac DVDRipper Pro is the DVD backup solution that lets you protect your DVDs from scratches, save your batteries by reading your movies from your hard disk, manage your collection with just a few clicks, time-shift your rental, backup your DVD collection, and much more!

Mac DVDRipper Pro allows you to copy all your DVDs on your Mac so you can easily view them without having to spend your battery on spinning your optical drive. It analyzes the DVD and uses intelligent algorithms to ensure proper rips. It is the best at what it does, at an unbeatable price! And when using the disc image mode, you can also burn directly to another DVD from the application.

You can try it for free before buying, Mac DVDRipper Pro will work without any limitations for your first 5 rips.



Version 6.1.3:

  • Fixed an issue resulting in an incorrect frame rate for some DVDs when using 'Rip and Convert'
  • Fixed a small issue with VoiceOver...
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20:59
Things 2.8.10 - Elegant personal task management.

Things is a task management solution that helps to organize your tasks in an elegant and intuitive way. Things combines powerful features with simplicity through the use of tags and its intelligent filter bar. A Leopard style source list allows for quick and easy focusing. Together with a beautiful user interface, Things aims at the seemingly impossible: making task management both easy and fun.

Our screencast is a great introduction. Learn from our users why Things is different by visiting either on i use this or Newsvine.

  • The big picture. A Leopard-style source list lets you easily focus without...
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20:59
Acorn 5.6.4 - Bitmap image editor.

Acorn is a new image editor built with one goal in mind - simplicity. Fast, easy, and fluid, Acorn provides the options you'll need without any overhead. Acorn feels right, and won't drain your bank account.

  • Take screenshots using Acorn and edit them right away.
  • Chain together image filters to create stunning effects.
  • Layer based image editing, an industry standard.
  • Make new images and layers using your built-in iSight.
  • Easy image and canvas resizing, just by changing the size of your window.
  • Take advantage of every pixel of your monitor with full screen image editing.
  • Tablet sensitive for pressure strokes and using the tablet's eraser.
  • Vector shape and text layers.
  • Freeform, elliptical, rectangular, and magic wand selections.
  • Gradients.
  • Create and apply custom text styles.
  • Control opacity and blending modes for each layer.
  • Write plugins using...
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20:59
NetSpot 2.6.797 - Wireless survey tool.

NetSpot is a simple and accessible wireless survey tool, which allows collection, visualization, and analysis of Wi-Fi data using any MacBook. It can visualize your wireless network by building a visual Wi-Fi map, letting you see dead zones without coverage and place hotspots (access points) correctly. Using the visualized map of collected wireless data, you will also see channels' load, and will be able to decide how to optimize your Wi-Fi site.

NetSpot is a powerful analyzer of Wi-Fi coverage. Just in a couple of clicks you can load your area map, point your location on the map and NetSpot starts collecting Wi-Fi data around you. It will gather all the necessary information for analysis of radio-signal leakage, discovery of noise sources, optimal location of access points, etc.

You can also use NetSpot as a powerful wireless-network planning tool. Load a map, collect wireless site survey data, build a heatmap of your network, and you are ready to...

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20:59
PDFpenPro 8.3.3 - $124.95

PDFpenPro allows users to edit PDF's easily. Add text, images and signatures. Fill out PDF forms. Merge or split PDF documents. Reorder and delete pages. Create fillable forms and tables of content with PDFpenPro! Even correct text and edit graphics!

The Pro version adds these additional features that the regular version does not:

  • Create cross-platform fillable PDF forms
  • Add interactive signature fields to forms
  • Create and edit Table of Contents
  • Convert websites into PDFs
  • Correct typos in OCR text layer
  • Add and edit document permissions
  • Automatic form creation - detects text fields and check boxes in existing PDF and makes them fillable
  • Create submit buttons to submit form data via web or email
  • Gather submitted form data via backend integration
  • Export in Microsoft® Excel (.xlsx, .xls), Microsoft® PowerPoint (.pptx, .ppt), and PDF Archive (PDF/A) formats (requires...
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20:59
SMARTReporter 3.1.13 - Hard drive pre-failure...

SMARTReporter is an application that can warn you of some hard disk drive failures before they actually happen! It does so by periodically polling the S.M.A.R.T. status of your hard disk drive. S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a technology built into most modern hard disk drives that acts as an "early warning system" for pending hard disk drive problems. SMARTReporter can notify you of impending hard disk drive failures by sending e-mails, displaying a warning dialog or executing an application. The current status of your hard disk drives is always displayed through the customizable menu item. Because SMARTReporter relies on the S.M.A.R.T. implementation of OS X, it only supports ATA, SATA or eSATA hard disk drives, if you want S.M.A.R.T. support for your FireWire hard disk drive, send feedback to Apple. Please note that a S.M.A.R.T. alert doesn't mean that your HDD will completely fail for sure, nor can S.M.A.R.T. catch all...

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20:31
Lucid's luxury electric car will start at $52,...

When the Lucid Air made its debut late last year, all the hype over the electric car's trick features was countered by one overriding question: would the price be anywhere near competitive with that of the Tesla Model S? Apparently, the answer is a s...

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20:30
Apple Park Flyover imagery, informational data shows...




Apple in a recent update to its Apple Maps service added satellite and drone imagery, as well as related geolocation tags, covering Apple Park, the company's headquarters that is currently under construction in Cupertino, Calif.

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19:46
The Great Barrier Reef's fate rests on slowing...

There's no question that the Great Barrier Reef and other coral fields are hurting as a result of rising water temperatures. But is there a relatively straightforward way to save them, or do they require more drastic action? Unfortunately, it's not...

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19:21
Apple Maps updated with proper Apple Park details...

Apple’s new Apple Park campus is officially set to open next month, and ahead of that, the company has recently updated Apple Maps with satellite imagery of the new campus and a proper description.

As can see into image above, you get some beautiful 3D imagery of Apple Park in Apple Maps, though not necessarily up to date. Nevertheless, we have some more details and images below…

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19:10
Apple’s next chapter in podcasting

This is a great article by Jason Snell on some of the things that Apple may do in the future to help podcasting and those that make them. I honestly don’t think Apple will do anything to help the small podcaster, but they’ll do what they can to help the huge people in the business. In other words, exactly what they did with publications on Newsstand.

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19:06
Stare into an active volcano with Google Street View

Standing next to a boiling lake of molten rock the size of two football fields has got to be awe-inspiring, but it's also pretty damn dangerous. Google partnered with two explorers to capture images of one such volcano as they rappelled down the wall...

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18:57
Apple’s U.S. forestry programs protects 36,000 acres...

Two years ago, Apple bought 3,600 acres in Brunswick County, North Carolina. According to The Conservation Fund, the Arlington, Virginia-based group Apple tapped to manage the effort, the project is starting to show returns – both for the Cupertino, California-based company and for the state of North Carolina.

Jena Thompson Meredith, vice president of business partnerships at The Conservation Fund, told the Triangle Business Journal that through Apple’s forest purchases in North Carolina and Maine, the organization has been able to protect 36,000 acres of sustainable forest. In 2016, the group harvested more than 13,000 metric tons of wood between the two forests, she says, though she did not break that number down by state.

Meredith says the collective annual production from the forests in North Carolina and Maine was equivalent to...

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18:35
Apple's U.S. forestry programs generated more...




Two years after Apple partnered with The Conservation Fund to protect more than 36,000 acres of vulnerable forestland in Maine and North Carolina, the ambitious project is showing returns, with more than 13,000 metric tons of wood harvested between the two states last year.

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18:22
Facebook adds an easy way to find your local...

In part of his 5,700-word manifesto last month, Mark Zuckerberg hinted at plans to make Facebook a more informed and civically engaged social network. Now, some of those ideas are getting a concrete solution with a new feature called Town Hall, which...

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18:06
Report: Twitter to expand live video efforts next...

While Twitter has already placed a focus on live streaming with Periscope, it is apparently looking to do even more. According to a report from The Information, Twitter plans to expand its live video push by opening its live streaming API to additional partners…

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17:32
10 ScreenFlow tips for beginners [Video]

When it comes to recording your Mac’s screen, there are lots of options available for macOS. In fact, Apple includes a built-in screen recording option in QuickTime, and if you only record your screen once in a blue moon then it’s a satisfying option.

If, however, you find yourself recording your screen on a regular basis, you should definitely look into an app that’s more powerful and agile. ScreenFlow 6 is hands-down the best screen recording app available on any platform in my opinion. It features a healthy mix of powerful features, a beautiful UI, and an intuitive interface that’s easy to use.

If you’ve never used ScreenFlow, or you’re just getting started, then this post is for you. Check out our hands-on video walkthrough as I guide you through 10 basic ScreenFlow tips....

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17:31
'Family Link' app gives kids their own...

For some time, child-proofing your tech meant using kid-specific login profiles to wall-off your progeny into the most harmless corners of your tablet. That's hardly a delicate or complex safety setup. Google has released an app, Family Link, that le...

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17:08
Federal judge temporarily suspends the revised...

A federal judge in Hawaii has halted President Donald Trump's immigration ban targeting six majority-Muslim nations, just one day before the order was scheduled to take effect. The technology industry has been a leading voice of opposition to a propo...

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16:11
The Conservation Fund outlines effects of its...

Back in 2015, Apple partnered with The Conservation Fund to protect 36,000 acres of forest. The partnership saw Apple purchase the land and use the paper from the forests for sustainable product packaging, with the company claiming that “forests stay forests” and harvested timber is done so in a sustainable way.

Two years later, The Conservation Fund is offering some details on the effects of the partnership with Apple and says that the return it is showing, especially in the 3,600 acres located in North Carolina…

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15:40
Inside a Phishing Gang That Targets Victims of...

tsu doh nimh writes: Brian Krebs has a readable and ironic story about a phishing-as-a-service product that iPhone thieves can use to phish the Apple iCloud credentials from people who have recently had an iPhone lost or stolen. The phishing service -- which charged as much as $120 for successful phishing attempts targeting iPhone 6s users -- was poorly secured, and a security professional that Krebs worked with managed to guess several passwords for users on the service. From there, the story looks at how this phishing service works, how it tracks victims, and ultimately how one of its core resellers phished his own iCloud account and inadvertently gave his exact location as a result. An excerpt from the report via Krebs On Security: "Victims of iPhone theft can use the Find My iPhone feature to remotely locate, lock or erase their iPhone -- just by visiting Apple's site and entering their iCloud username and password. Likewise, an iPhone thief can use those iCloud credentials to...

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15:35
GoPro cuts another 270 jobs

Despite a disappointing earnings report at the end of 2016, GoPro now expects to land "in the upper end" of its revenue goals for the first quarter of 2017 -- somewhere in the neighborhood of $190 million to $210 million. That's the good news. The ba...

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15:32
Yet another analyst raises AAPL target price, this...

Yesterday, a Morgan Stanley analyst expressed just how big of an impact the upcoming iPhone 8 could have on Apple’s stock price and unit sales. Now, RBC analyst Amit Daryanani has expressed his own bullish attitude towards AAPL, but his expectations are based almost entirely on Apple’s Services sector.

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14:57
AWT News Update: March 15, 2017

Kind of a slow news day today...but we've got three interesting little stories for you anyway:

  • The battle between Apple and a cartel of Australian banks continues over control of the iPhone's NFC chip
  • McDonald's will be rolling out a new app to allow pre-ordering and pre-payment of food prior to arrival at a restaurant
  • First they thought the iPhone 8 would have a curved OLED screen, then a flat OLED screen. Now the rumor is that it will be curved, but not insanely so

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

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14:57
Popular teen social app Wishbone hacked

Popular teen social networking app Wishbone was hacked, according to a report today from Motherboard. Now, millions of email addresses and thousands of cell phone numbers are circulating the internet, many of them from kids under 18.

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14:53
What is your top requested feature for the Apple...

The Apple Watch Series 2 released last year put a big focus on health and fitness with the inclusion of a GPS chip, enhanced waterproofing, a Nike+ edition, and more. Those were some of the top requested features when we asked you prior to its launch, so now we want to know what features or hardware upgrades you’re most anticipating for the Apple Watch 3 expected later this year.

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14:40
The Big AppleCare Sale: Save $50 to $130 on...




Now through March 17, AI readers can exclusively save $50 to $130 on standalone AppleCare plans for MacBooks, MacBook Airs, MacBook Pros, Mac Pros and iMacs with free shipping. Plus, Adorama will not collect sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

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14:34
Twitter hopes you want to watch live lacrosse

Good news -- Twitter has landed another sports streaming deal! Only... it's probably not what you were expecting. The social network has scored the rights to stream National Lacrosse League games for the 2017 and 2018 seasons in the US and Canada. Th...

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14:30
Review: Circle with Disney Parental Control and...

Internet-enabled iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices have made households more connected than ever, and a lot of families have moved away from the "one shared family computer" of days gone by into a situation where young kids may have their own iPods or shared iPads, and pre-teens and teens likely even have their own iPhones, all with the ability to independently access the Internet. While Apple does a pretty good job of offering parental restrictions, these have to be configured on each device specifically, and of course only apply to Apple's own devices; throw a few PCs or other non-Apple devices into the mix, and you're left trying to reconcile a confusing set of parental control options that will differ on every platform. This is where Circle Media's Circle with Disney ($99) comes into play — it's a simple box that connects to your Wi-Fi network to monitor and supervise your family's Internet activity, both in terms of where each member of your household can go...

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14:18
Tips and tricks for using Apple's Powerbeats3...




Though headphones are headphones for the most part, Apple's Powerbeats3 -- equipped with a proprietary W1 wireless chip, and geared towards fitness enthusiasts -- does have some unique features. Here's some tips for making the most of them.

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14:15
Apple Pay leads sluggish mobile wallet market

A new study by PYMNTS.com reveals that mobile wallet usage in the U.S.  remains small and shows no signs of increasing soon. However, Apple Pay leads the pack when it comes to number of consumer have at tied it at least once at 22%. That compares to about 15% for Samsung Pay and less than 10% for Android Pay.

According to the latest edition of the PYMNTS/InfoScout Mobile Payment Adoption less than one in 20 consumers who have one of the main wallet (Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Android Pay) use it when they can. The study also showed percentage of people who have so much as tried a mobile wallets appears has flatlined for most mobile wallets – except Apple Pay, which has been in the market the longest and actually seen its first time...

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14:10
Fossil's smartwatches start receiving Android...

Fossil may have been a bit late to introducing Android Wear watches, but it's one of the fastest out of the gate with the Android Wear 2.0 upgrade. The fashion brand has started rolling out Google's latest software to its Q Founder, Q Marshal and Q W...

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14:03
Analyst: Apple is on track for its Services business...

In a note to clients — as note by AppleInsider — RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani says Apple is on track for its Services business revenue estimates so far.

Services — Apple Music subscriptions, iTunes Music, iCloud storage plans, paid apps from Apple's App Store, and Apple Care service plans, Apple Pay, etc. — now account for 9% of Apple's overall revenue. In January Apple CEO Tim Cook said the Services category is on the verge of being a Fortune 100 business unto itself. He adds that the goal is to double the $7.17 figure over the next four years. Services now accounts for 9% of Apple’s revenue.

Daryanani says that for Apple to hit its Services projections, the company would have to grow revenues from the division by 18% over the next four years. On the average, Apple has grown Services by 21% per year,...

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13:59
Mac DVDRipper Pro 6.1.3 - Copy, backup, and convert...

Mac DVDRipper Pro is the DVD backup solution that lets you protect your DVDs from scratches, save your batteries by reading your movies from your hard disk, manage your collection with just a few clicks, time-shift your rental, backup your DVD collection, and much more!

Mac DVDRipper Pro allows you to copy all your DVDs on your Mac so you can easily view them without having to spend your battery on spinning your optical drive. It analyzes the DVD and uses intelligent algorithms to ensure proper rips. It is the best at what it does, at an unbeatable price! And when using the disc image mode, you can also burn directly to another DVD from the application.

You can try it for free before buying, Mac DVDRipper Pro will work without any limitations for your first 5 rips.



Version 6.1.3:

  • Fixed an issue resulting in an incorrect frame rate for some DVDs when using 'Rip and Convert'
  • Fixed a small issue with VoiceOver...
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13:52
NASA plans to make a telescope out of the Sun

As NASA astronomers peer further and further into space, they require ever larger and more powerful telescopes to do so. That's why one team of researchers from the Jet Propulsion Lab have proposed using the biggest object in our solar system, the Su...

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13:51
Kantar: iPhone 7 top selling smartphone in U.S.,...




A new report by Kantar Worldpanel examining global smartphone sales data shows Apple's flagship iPhone 7 continues to win new market share for Apple in most of the regions tracked, outside of Spain, China and Japan.

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13:35
Notable apps and app updates for March 15, 2017

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

macOS Apps/Updates

Twocanoes Software has released Winclone 6, an upgrade to its Boot Camp cloning and migration software for the Mac. 

The software lets you clone Windows on a Mac Boot Camp partition. The update features support for migrating Boot Camp to new MacBook Pro models, an updated interface, a new toolbar, in-app purchasing, file-based cloning, read/write mounting of NTFS volumes and support for Windows WIM format for package-based deployments.

Winclone 6 requires macOS 10.11 or higher, Windows 7 64-bit (on supported Mac hardware) or higher including Windows 10, and a Boot Camp partition.

A basic license (non-commercial, one license per computer) costs $19.9. A standard license (commercial and personal, one...

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13:30
This 8K 'VR' ride is the craziest thing I...

When I heard that several Japanese companies were getting together to show off an 8K VR ride at SXSW, I was instantly excited. I've spent a lot of time writing about 4K video, but haven't had much time with 8K setups, let alone one in VR. After getti...

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13:24
Services growth on track to deliver big long-term...




An analyst claims that Apple is on track for its services business revenue estimates so far, and any large acquisitions it may make will just accelerate the growth driven by the iPhone 7, and successor "iPhone 7s" and "iPhone 8" devices expected in 2017.

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13:03
Apple invites customers to three global store grand...

First mentioned last February, Apple is finally opening their largest Florida-based retail store in the growing Downtown Miami area. Alongside its March 25th unveiling, Apple is also inviting customers to their Nanjing Jinmao and Schildergasse location openings.

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13:02
LG's UltraFine 5K Display Shielding Fix...

LG's UltraFine 5K Display returned to the market earlier this month after LG made some changes to the display's shielding following the discovery that the original design left the display vulnerable to interference from Wi-Fi routers and other electronics. The issue was a bit of a black eye for Apple, considering the company recently elected to exit the display market and instead partnered with LG on the new 27-inch UltraFine 5K and its smaller sibling, the 21.5-inch UltraFine 4K.

We purchased one of the original UltraFine 5K units back in December, with our model carrying a manufacturing month of November 2016 based on its serial number. LG has now provided us with a unit manufactured last month after the design revisions...

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13:00
Moog celebrates music and the machines that make it

The synth-heavy Moogfest at SXSW (the main event is in May) is scheduled during the overlap of the festival's Interactive and Music tracks. That makes sense, because it's the perfect combination of music and technology. The pulsing tones of a synthes...

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12:43
Chrome 57 for Mac throttles background tabs for...




The desktop versions of Chrome -- including the Mac edition -- now throttle the performance of background tabs, according to Google, reducing CPU demand and hence the browser's power consumption on MacBooks.

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12:38
Chrome for iOS adds a Safari-like Reading List

As part of its latest update, Google Chrome for iOS just got a so-called Reading List feature, allowing users to save pages for offline viewing. If that sounds familiar, it's because Safari has had a similar feature for years now.

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12:17
McDonald's tests mobile ordering on coastal...

If you've ever thought that fast food wasn't fast enough, then it looks like McDonald's latest initiative has you covered. The takeout chain has begun trialling mobile ordering at restaurants in Monterey and Salinas, California. Hungry patrons will n...

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12:08
Polar H10 Bluetooth Heart Rate Sensor offers...




Wearable technology company Polar has introduced the H10 Bluetooth Heart Rate Sensor, with the new version of the chest-worn device offering greater accuracy over previous models, plus the ability to be connected to an iPhone and Apple Watch using the company's app.

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11:55
Facebook's Snapchat-like Stories are now...

Facebook's quest to clone Snapchat features wherever possible just took its next logical step. Just a couple of months after it started testing Stories in the main Facebook app, the social network has rolled out the feature to many (though currently...

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11:51
Accenture and Docker Team on Container Services


Accenture and Docker on Wednesday announced an expanded global alliance and the availability of container services within the Accenture Cloud Factory. The new services provide a faster industrialized on-ramp solution for enterprises moving to the cloud. They focus on container enablement of applications and feature use of Docker Datacenter Enterprise Edition - Standard. Docker Datacenter is an integrated container management platform for development and IT operations that brings security, policy and controls to the software delivery lifecycle.

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11:37
McDonald’s says new mobile ordering app will be...

Earlier this month, we told you about a new mobile ordering app being planned and tested by McDonald’s. Now, a new report from Reuters offers more details on the upcoming app, as well as the company’s push to catch up with established mobile ordering offerings from competitors like Starbucks…

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11:33
58 tech companies file amicus brief against revised...

Nearly 60 tech companies have submitted an amicus curiae brief to a Hawaii district court on Wednesday, denouncing the Trump administration's revised travel ban, which is scheduled to go into effect on tomorrow.

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11:15
Frank Oz on Muppets, puppets and CG Yoda

Frank Oz needs no introduction. He's voiced iconic characters like Yoda and Miss Piggy and directed classic films like Little Shop of Horrors and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. His impact extends far beyond geek circles; he's a creative legend in Hollywood...

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11:14
Buzz Aldrin’s hologram will take you on a dazzling...

The VR film “Cycling Pathways to Mars” is coming to Steam and HTC’s Viveport on March 17.

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11:01
Comment: Apple Watch Series 3 could solve these...

The challenges and benefits of a cellular Apple Watch is something I’ve considered throughout different pieces before, but I haven’t always been sure one actually needs to exist yet. I’ve continued thinking about this possibility, however, and now a cellular option is at the top of my wish list for the Apple Watch Series 3. A cellular option could solve specific problems that the faster, GPS-equipped Apple Watch Series 2 hasn’t resolved.

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10:51
Facebook Gets Tough on Spy Apps


Facebook has moved to prevent spy applications from accessing its users' data. The company has updated its Facebook and Instagram policies to prohibit developers from using data obtained from those platforms in surveillance tools, according to Rob Sherman, deputy chief privacy officer. Facebook already has taken enforcement actions against devs who created and marketed surveillance tools in violation of the company's previous policy, he noted, adding that "we want to be sure everyone understands the underlying policy and how to comply."

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10:50
NVIDIA brings benchmarking to VR

If you've ever wanted to make sure that your PC's virtual reality setup is running as well as it possibly can, you now have the software you need. NVIDIA has released its promised FCAT VR tool, which can check for dropped or synthesized frames, warp...

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10:47
McDonald's tests mobile ordering from iOS app...




McDonald's has started to test mobile ordering of food from some of its restaurants, with customers in areas of Washington and California among the first to try out the iOS app's new feature, which the fast food chain hopes to spread globally later this year.

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10:34
Three new Apple retail stores to open this Saturday

Apple will open a new retail store at the new Brickell City Centre shopping mall in Miami this Saturday, March 25, at 10 a.m. (local time). It will be the company’s fourth store in the city. 

The store is located at 701 S. Miami Avenue. The Brickell City Centre establishment won’t be the only Apple retail store opening that day. New Apple stores will open at Schildergasse in Cologne, Germany and Jinmao Place in Nanjing, China, which also open at 10 a.m. (local time), respectively. All three are brand new stores, not renovated or relocated ones. 

With the opening of the stores, Apple will have 493 retail stores in 22 countries and an online store available in 39 countries.

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10:28
Cancelled '90s arcade fighter 'Primal Rage...

Forget Tekken 7, 2017's hottest new fighting game has just arrived - only it's 22 years later than originally expected. After being cancelled in 1995, Kotaku reports that Atari's long-lost Primal Rage II has found its way onto the internet. Downloadi...

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10:14
Opinion: HP has out-"Mac mini'd" the...

Apple has been sitting on its hands, literally doing nothing with most of the Mac desktop lineup. Sure, we've seen fairly recent updates to the MacBook and MacBook Pro lines, and the iMac received a speed bump a few years ago, but the company has totally ignored both the Mac Pro (last updated 12/19/2013) and the Mac mini (10/6/2014). Now HP has released a new desktop box called the HP Elite Slice Desktop that puts the Mac mini to shame in terms of size and expandability.

HP Elite Slice Desktop

This thing makes the Mac mini look downright dated. It's in a sleek black box with cooling slots along the top that is only 6.5 x 6.5 x 1.38 inches big. By comparison, the Mac mini is 7.7 inches on a side. But the one feature that impressed me the most is that there's a modular architecture that provides connectivity to "slices", which are modules that stack with the HP Elite Slice Desktop...

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10:10
Apple iDevice Partner Pegatron Humorously States...

Back in November Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Reportedly Preparing a Responsible U.S. iPhone Plant Back-Up Business Plan." In that report we noted that "Apple asked both Foxconn and Pegatron, the two iPhone assemblers, in June 2016 to look into making iPhones in the U.S." Reportedly "Foxconn complied, while Pegatron declined to formulate such a plan due to cost concerns." Since that time a lot has changed.

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