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Monday February 13

11:28
Phase One, LogicKeyboard offer customized keyboard

Phase One (www.phaseone.com), in cooperation with LogicKeyboard, is now shipping an official new keyboard for Capture One Pro, Mac version. It’s designed based on feedback from the Phase One Certified Professional (POCP) program.

The Capture One Pro keyboard for Mac is now available to support three languages (American and British English and German). Additional language support will be available upon request. The Capture One Pro keyboard is priced at $139.

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11:25
'Final Fantasy XV' is actually a cookbook

Food is pretty important in Final Fantasy XV -- and it's not just obvious Cup Noodle product placement, either. Meals add to your vitality and strength, increase magical resistances and even offer the chance of more experience points to grow your tea...

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11:22
Have you looked at your windshield wipers lately?

Dave tweeted this earlier today. I love these articles about common, everyday technology that most of us give no thought to.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:20
Apple Joins Wireless Power Consortium Amid Rumors of...

If you've been holding out hope for wireless charging to come to the iPhone, chew on this: Apple joined the Wireless Power Consortium. From a report: Last week, a leaked note suggested that Apple is working on adding wireless charging to three phones scheduled for release in 2017. The technology may be similar to what the company has already implemented with the Apple Watch, though other reports have hinted at charging solutions that can add power to devices from a distance. The Wireless Power Consortium is the group behind Qi, a wireless charging standard that uses inductive power transfers to charge without cords.


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11:13
Chrome for iOS Gains QR Code and Barcode Scanning

You no longer need a dedicated app to scan QR codes and barcodes now that the latest version of the Google Chrome Web browser for iOS can perform those tasks. But read on, since you may not guess how to invoke the scanner.

 

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11:09
'Apple Cafe' from 1996 shows early work on...




Designers of an "Apple Cafe," what may have been the predecessor to the Apple Store, have revealed in an interview about what could have been, just prior to Steve Jobs's return to the company.

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11:04
External Link: Apple Pulls LG UltraFine 5K Display...

In the wake of various problems with the LG UltraFine 5K Display, 9to5Mac reports that physical Apple Stores have stopped carrying the Apple-approved monitors. They’re still available to order online but with a wait time of 5 to 6 weeks and no option to ship to a store. Perhaps Apple should reconsider making its own displays.

 

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10:52
The LG G6 promises superior sound with an upgraded...

Details continue to emerge about LG's upcoming G6 smartphone, and today the company revealed that the device will feature a 32-bit quad-DAC system promising improved sound quality.

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10:44
ForkLift 3.0 Beta 10 - Powerful file manager: FTP,...

ForkLift is a powerful file manager and ferociously fast FTP client clothed in a clean and versatile UI that offers the combination of absolute simplicity and raw power expected from a well-executed Mac software.

ForkLift will connect to any remote server FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV, the SMB and AFP shares on your local network,- pretty much anything you can plug into or hook up to a Mac. ForkLift also carries a complete toolbox for managing your files, including Folder Synchronization, Batch Renaming, Archive handling, Application deleter, editing files over remote connections and many more. All these power features are packaged into a Finder-like, dual-pane interface that delivers superior workflow while remaining absolutely familiar to use, along with QuickLook, Spotlight search and all.

Features

  • Completely re-built from scratch inside and out
  • Disklets (you can mount a remote connection as a disk and access it from any app...
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10:33
Cindori’s VR Desktop lets you use a Mac with some VR...

Cindori has introduced VR Desktop, an $19.99 app that lets you use macOS together with Virtual Reality (VR) headsets. It requires macOS 10.11 or later and Oculus Rift DK2.

According to the folks at Cindori, VR Desktop allows you to: 

  • Create a giant virtual multi-monitor workspace that works seamlessly with macOS and third party applications;
  • Play games and watch movies in custom virtual environments;
  • Enhance your macOS experience by loading custom virtual environments with a multiple screen setup. 

For now VR Desktop only works with the the Oculus Rift dev kit (DK2). However, Cindori plans to support other VR headsets.

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10:30
About the security content of GarageBand 10.1.6

This document describes the security content of GarageBand 10.1.6.

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10:28
The gore of 'Resident Evil 7' is heavily...

A big part of the fun in Resident Evil 7 is the way it pays off the creeping tension with jolts of pure gore. It turns out, however, that gamers in Japan aren't getting quite the same effect. As the Censored Gaming group found out, several of the mor...

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10:24
Hands-on with CarPlay in iOS 10.3 beta: Music...

CarPlay includes a few new features in iOS 10.3 beta including a new way to switch between apps and a welcome improvement to the Music experience. Check out our hands-on video with CarPlay in iOS 10.3 beta below:

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10:23
Tesla Goes Underground and Uber Takes to the Skies:...


As in crazy short, in a very short period of time we have two very different companies looking at two very different ways to eliminate traffic. Tesla wants to tunnel under the ground to avoid traffic, while Uber wants to fly overhead. Transportation has been a tad static for the last 40 years or so, and that apparently is about to change big time. This is just the start. There are amazing efforts cropping up all over the U.S., suggesting that we may be building a lot of things that truly are magical.

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10:23
Tim Cook: Augmented reality is the future, and fake...

While Apple CEO Tim Cook is looking forward to his company’s next big idea, which sounds like it’s going to be augmented reality-related, he’s also stunned by the tech industry’s inability to stem the tide of fake news.

In between tours of schools and meetings with developers in a trip to Britain, Cook spoke excitedly about the potential of AR in Apple devices to The Independent, and was equally impassioned about the scourge of fake news in comments to The Telegraph.

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10:13
Apple Maps gains public transit directions for...




Apple this week updated its Maps apps for iOS and macOS with public transit directions for Detroit, Mich., as well as the neighboring Canadian city of Windsor.

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10:01
Squarespace Sponsoring TidBITS

Please welcome our latest TidBITS sponsor, Squarespace. Josh Centers explains how Squarespace makes Web site creation and hosting fast and easy.

 

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10:00
Pros and cons: Our quick verdict on Microsoft's...

Who really cares about desktop keyboards anymore? Well, people who need to type all day without hurting their wrists, for one. Microsoft has been in the ergonomic keyboard business for decades with its "Natural" lineup. Now with the wireless Surface...

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09:57
VR Desktop for Mac brings macOS to Oculus Rift and...

A new app from developer Cindori called VR Desktop for Mac provides a virtual reality experience of macOS using the popular VR headset Oculus Rift. The main idea of the project is to allow for a virtual multi-monitor workspace, meaning users can create virtual screens and interact with macOS using an entirely VR desktop.

For now it works in the Oculus Rift dev kit, but the company plans to later support other VR headsets, including the HTC Vive that could soon get Mac support. 

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09:31
Apple joins Wireless Power Consortium, charging up...

Apple has joined the consortium behind the Qi wireless charging system, supercharging rumors that owners of future an iPhone could live tangle-free.

Last week, a financial analyst claimed Apple will release three new iPhones with wireless charging capabilities this year, reviving an on-again, off-again rumor about the next-generation iPhone's capabilities.

The appearance of Apple's name on the membership list of the Wireless Power Consortium, Qi's creator, over the last week adds credence to that rumor. Its name was not on the list cached by Google's search engine last Tuesday.

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09:30
Goldman Sachs raises Apple target to $150 in...




Goldman Sachs is "increasingly confident" in Apple's upcoming fall refresh of the iPhone, as the firm on Monday cited potential use of OLED and augmented reality in raising its price target for the company to $150.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: latest 15-inch MacBook Pro $2,...

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09:22
IBM's Watson-powered voice assistant is built...

If it wasn't already clear that AI-powered voice assistants are ready for the workplace, it is now. IBM is not only launching Watson for Cybersecurity, a cognitive computing service that parses legions of security reports to extract relevant info, bu...

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09:20
Story of Two Developers Who Are Reporting Growth in...

John Biggs, writing for TechCrunch: In what amounts to one of the purest and most interesting experiments in assessing the value of Mac OS's App Store, the founder of Rogue Amoeba posted a description of what happened when he pulled his app Piezo. The result? More revenue as a whole without much damage to sales. The impetus for the move came after Apple pulled the Dash app off of the App Store. In the 100-day period since the move, Dash maintained and even increased revenue and found that its users didn't care which platform they were using -- 84% of the customers simply moved over to the independent app license from the App Store license. The bottom line? "It feels great to have full control over my business and to avoid App Store installation/updating/purchasing issues," wrote Dash creator Bogdan Popescu. When Paul Kafasis tried to move away from the App Store he was worried he'd lose half of his sales. After all, many months saw about 50% of sales coming from the App Store...

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09:14
Head of Samsung brought in for second round of...




The acting head of Apple rival Samsung appeared at Korean special prosecutor's office on Monday for a second instance of questioning around influence-peddling allegations, which involve President Park Geun-hye and her close friend Choi Soon-sil.

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09:01
TinkerTool 6.1 - Expanded preference settings for OS...

TinkerTool is an application that gives you access to additional preference settings Apple has built into Mac OS X. This allows to activate hidden features in the operating system and in some of the applications delivered with the system.

The tool makes sure that preference changes can only affect the current user. You don't need administrative privileges to use the tool. With this design, it is no problem to use TinkerTool in professional networks where users have restricted permissions. The program will never change any component of the operating system, so the integrity of your system is not put at risk, and there will be no negative effect on system updates.

All preference settings changed by TinkerTool can be reset to Apple's defaults, or to the state that existed before using the tool. No dangerous background processes are used for TinkerTool's operation. You may send bug reports here.


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09:00
TD banks on the security of the cloud with Office 365

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

When customers in highly regulated industries choose the Microsoft Cloud, it’s because they feel confident that our security capabilities will meet their needs. Microsoft has made great strides in securing approvals from global financial regulatory bodies to help them meet their compliance requirements. That’s one reason why TD Bank Group (TD)—a prominent North American financial institution with more than 90,000 employees worldwide—took a leadership role in the financial services industry with their move to Microsoft Office 365.

TD thoroughly tested the built-in security capabilities of Office 365. It also researched and confirmed that the Microsoft Cloud complies with Canadian financial regulatory requirements. And to maintain explicit control over access to their data during Microsoft service operations, they acquired Customer Lockbox for Office 365.

Jeff Henderson,...

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09:00
Work smarter, not harder with Office 365—free live...

With our modern-day mobile workforce, more and more employees are working from home and on the go. We’ve become accustomed to hosting online meetings and collaborating in the cloud. To help expand the digital capabilities of your team, join us for our Office 365 live demo webinar series.

These free 30-minute live webinars show how you and your remote teams can work smarter and more efficiently using Office 365 apps.

Here are a few upcoming topics we will cover:

Work smarter with Microsoft Delve

Join this live demo on Wednesday, February 15 at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m PT and:

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09:00
The best electric blanket and heated mattress pad

By Courtney Schley

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

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08:52
As investors overlook Apple's Services business...




Apple's Services earnings aren't being considered strongly enough by investors, one analyst believes, arguing that if the business was properly weighted, the stock company's stock would be at least 10 percent higher than it currently sits.

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08:35
The UK considers tougher prison sentences for...

The UK government is considering new proposals that would drastically increase prison sentences for individuals and journalists found guilty of obtaining or sharing state secrets. In a bid to modernize the Official Secrets Acts, a new espionage-focus...

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08:24
Daily Deal: A 4-port USB Hub MacBook Air Stand for...

The MacBook Air is still an amazing device. The first Apple laptop to feature an ultra-thin profile, the Air is also Apple's most affordable laptop. Today we have a deal for all of you MacBook Air users: a 4-port USB Hub MacBook Air Stand for just $31.99.

The stand has four USB ports for keeping all of your favorite accessories charged and also serves a very important purpose. By raising the back of your MacBook Air by about an inch, the stand not only provides air space for cooling your little laptop, but also pops the device up to an 18° viewing angle.

A 3-foot long data cable is included for connecting the 4-port USB Hub MacBook Air Stand to your laptop. The stand normally sells for $97, so we've managed to slash 67%...

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08:13
News: Report: Apple to make room for larger battery...

Photo: MacRumors KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims a new 4.7” OLED iPhone will feature a more expensive stacked logic board to accommodate a larger battery. Kuo said the phone would be able to pack the battery life of a 5.5” iPhone into a device roughly the same size as the current 4.7” model. With a number of seemingly conflicting reports emerging now with regards to how many iPhone models Apple will release this year, it’s…

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08:00
Razer Blade updated with 4K screen and Kaby Lake CPUs

Razer has launched a new Blade for folks needing a blend of power and portability. The latest 14-inch model is the company's first with an (optional) 4K screen, and is also packing Intel's latest Core i7-7700HQ CPU, giving it a bit more speed with th...

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07:58
AAPL briefly reaches an all-time high share price

The rally for shares in Apple continues today, with the stock briefly touching an all-time record share price of $133.82 this morning. It's now hovering around $133.68 (yes, we are obsessively watching the Apple World Today stock ticker in the sidebar).

What's fueling this rise in share price? The stock jumped from about $121 per share to about $129 per share the day after Apple reported its Q1 2017 earnings, but it appears that there is a lot of anticipation for the next-generation iPhone(s) on Wall Street. Goldman Sachs raised its price target for AAPL to $150 today, and there's optimism that the company can easily reach that number.

You'll also notice that Apple's market capitalization is just below $700 billion. A share price of $150 per share would bring the market cap to about $785 billion. If it ever got to about $191 per share, we'd see the first company with a valuation of $1 trillion...

If you're as fascinated with the financial fortunes of Apple as...

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07:47
Apple temporarily stops sales of LG’s UltraFine 5K...

Well, this ain’t good, and will only add to cries that Apple once again start making its own external displays for use with Mac laptops: the tech giant has temporarily stopped sales of LG's UltraFine 5K monitor, due to problems associated with a lack of proper shielding from wireless interference. Apple retail staff were told to keep the product on display yet not sell any units if people asked, according to a Business Insider source. 

Recently, 9to5Mac reported that the LG UltraFine 5K Display can be effectively unusable if placed near a Wi-Fi router with some kind of radio interference causing the monitor to...

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07:41
KGI: OLED iPhone 8 to be similar physical size to 4....

A new report from KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo indicates that the upcoming iPhone 8 will be about the same physical size as the 4.7 inch iPhone 7 and yet pack a much bigger battery, comparable to the 2700 mAH battery in iPhone 7 Plus.

With reports indicating the OLED iPhone screen is circa 5.5 inches, it seems that the ‘no bezels’ rumor is true as its the only way the device would be able to be similar in physical width and height to a 4.7 inch iPhone.

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07:40
AAPL stock opens at all-time record high of $133...

AAPL has opened at an all-time record high of $133.00 after Goldman Sachs raised its target price for the stock. Pre-market trading saw the price climb as high as $133.09 before it dipped a fraction before the market opened. At the time of writing, the stock is trading at $133.68, up 1.2%.

While the price is a record for market opening, it’s not quite the highest level the stock has ever reached …

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07:40
Verizon revives its unlimited data plan after...

Verizon is just full of surprises. Over the past year, Verizon went negative on its legacy unlimited data customers by purging anyone using too much data. Now, the company wants more unlimited data customers—at least up to a point. Starting Monday, you can sign up for the company’s new unlimited data plan, called Verizon Unlimited.

For $80 a month, Verizon customers receive unlimited 4G data on a single smartphone. Anyone with multiple devices can add two lines on Verizon Unlimited for $70 per line per month ($140 total), three for $54 ($162 total) per line, or four for $45 ($180 total) per line.

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07:39
Target denies reports of imminent Apple Pay addition...




After a social media post by Target started reports circulating that Apple Pay would be accepted in-store, the company has denied that any effort is in place.

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07:37
Analyst: ‘iPhone 8’ will offer longer battery life

In a note to clients — as noted by MacRumors — KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the “iPhone 8” will adopt a higher-cost stacked logic board design to support longer battery life.

“As battery material tech isn’t likely to see major breakthroughs in the next 3-5 years, mainboard area can only be reduced via stacked SLP, which makes space for larger battery and extended usage time,” he writes. “Thanks to stacked SLP, we expect the OLED iPhone to have similar dimensions to a 4.7” TFT-LCD iPhone, and have comparable battery capacity (equipped with around 2,700 mAh L-shaped 2-cell battery pack) to a 5.5” TFT-LCD iPhone. The battery life of the OLED iPhone could be better than that of the 5.5” TFT-LCD model as OLED panels are more energy-efficient than their TFT-LCD counterparts.”

Kuo added that the battery life of the next gen iPhone with an OLED display could be better than that of a 5.5-inch model with a...

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07:30
Apple Music Carpool Karaoke series trailer

[VIDEO] Solid trailer. The energy feels about the same as the ones in the Late Late Show with James Corden. From the video’s info page:

Based on the segment that has become a global, viral video sensation on The Late Late Show with James Corden, the new CARPOOL KARAOKE series features 16 celebrity pairings riding along in a car together as they sing tunes from their personal playlists and surprise fans who don’t expect to see big stars belting out tunes one lane over.

And:

Featuring James Corden, Will Smith, Billy Eichner, Metallica, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Ariana Grande, Seth MacFarlane, Chelsea Handler, Blake Shelton, Michael Strahan, John Cena, Shaquille O’Neal, and many more.

Here’s a link to the series home page.

Jump to the original Loop post for the embedded video.

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07:30
Google supercharges saved places in Maps with...

Over the past few months Google Maps has gone from great to really great. First we got in-app Uber hailing, then a parking availability feature that helped us plan ahead for places that don’t have dedicated spaces. And finally last week Google tweaked the interface to help us get directions even quicker.

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07:29
Apple's 'iPhone 8' to boast larger...




By shrinking components inside of its next-generation flagship iPhone, Apple apparently plans to squeeze a Plus-sized battery into a smaller form factor, new details reveal.

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07:29
Apple Shown to be listed on Wireless Charging...

In late December Patently Apple posted a report titled "Patent Reveals a Wireless Charging System for Apple Store Product Tables and Home Desktops." That was a smoking gun that Apple was now preparing to bring wireless charging to future Apple products.

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07:24
News: Samsung wins new contract to supply Apple with...

Samsung has inked a new deal with Apple to supply the company with 60 million OLED displays for the next iPhone, The Korea Herald reports. The new deal comes after last year’s announcement that Samsung would be making 100 million OLED screens for Apple, bringing the new total to 160 million. Apple sells an estimated 200 million iPhones a year, but it’s still unclear whether the OLED screens will be used in all of Apple’s 2017 iPhones…

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07:22
Apple is number four on ‘Most Innovative Companies...

Apple placed number four on the “Most Innovative Companies of 2017” list from FastCompany. The Cupertino, California-based company placed fourth on the list; that’s up from seventh place in 2016. Apple has made the list for three years running.

The “Most Innovative Companies of 2017” honors leading enterprises and rising newcomers that exemplify the best in nimble business and impactful innovation. Earning the No. 1 spot on the list this year is the "envy of the media world," Buzzfeed. Recognized for a culture "that embraces constant change yet remains devoted to data-driven metrics," this is Buzzfeed's first time ranking on the Top 50 Most Innovative Companies list since 2013. 

FastCompany says Apple’s approach to the hardware and software engineering that creates its experiences has “never been more ambitious.” Other makers of phones and tablets buy the same off-the-shelf chips as their competitors. Apple, by...

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07:22
∞ The first Mac clone

[VIDEO] This is a fascinating bit of history. Start with this Twitter thread by Steve Troughton-Smith:

The main Loop post has a video showing the Daydream ROM Box at work. Nice find, Steve.

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07:18
iPhone 8 Said to Pack Battery Capacity of Current 5....

The so-called "iPhone 8" will adopt a higher-cost stacked logic board design to support longer battery life, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Kuo said the stacked logic board, also known as a "substrate-like PCB (SLP) mainboard," will result in the "iPhone 8" with an OLED display having similar dimensions to a 4.7-inch iPhone, yet comparable battery life to a 5.5-inch iPhone.

As battery material tech isn’t likely to see major breakthroughs in the next 3-5 years, mainboard area can only be reduced via stacked SLP, which makes space for larger battery and extended usage time. Thanks to stacked SLP, we expect the OLED iPhone to have similar dimensions to a 4.7” TFT-LCD iPhone, and have comparable battery capacity (equipped with around 2,700 mAh L-shaped 2-cell battery pack) to a 5.5” TFT-LCD iPhone. The battery life of the OLED...

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07:16
Apple suspends sales of LG's UltraFine 5K...




Apple has temporarily stopped sales of LG's UltraFine 5K monitor, due to technical problems associated with a lack of proper shielding from wireless interference.

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07:15
Comment: Unless Apple pulls a rabbit from the hat,...

Apple is rarely the first to adopt a new technology. From smartphones themselves to fingerprint readers, Apple’s usual approach is to sit back and watch what other companies do, then aim to produce a better version some way down the line.

With smartphones, Apple watched other companies launch devices which required a stylus, and then created one that could be used with your finger. With fingerprint readers, Apple looked at ones what required you to roll your finger across an optical reader and then created a far more reliable one-touch capacitive sensor. And so on.

For a long time, it looked like it was doing the same thing with wireless charging – but that now seems in some doubt …

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07:14
How to set up your Mac for Wi-Fi Calling

Chris Hauk, MacTrast:

You can, in fact, make phone calls from your Mac. Wi-Fi (WiFi) calling is one of the perks you get when you choose to go with Apple’s complete eco-system. If you own an iPhone 5c or newer devices and one of the “Wi-Fi Calling” compatible devices (Mac, Apple Watch, iPod touch or iPad), you’re one step closer to making what Apple named “Wi-Fi calls on other devices.” It’s imperative that all your devices are properly registered under one Apple ID connected to one iCloud account.

If you own a Mac and an iPhone, this is worth setting up. It may already work and, if not, getting this to work may solve some other problems for you.

I actually prefer the audio quality of calls on my Mac. I find the sound subtle, nuanced when compared to my iPhone.

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07:08
Tim Cook: Fake news is killing people’s minds

The Telegraph:

In an impassioned plea, Mr Cook, boss of the world’s largest company, says that the epidemic of false reports “is a big problem in a lot of the world” and necessitates a crackdown by the authorities and technology firms.

In an exclusive interview with The Daily Telegraph, he calls for a campaign similar to those that changed attitudes on the environment to educate the public on the threat posed by fabricated online stories.

And:

“It has to be ingrained in the schools, it has to be ingrained in the public,” said Mr Cook. “There has to be a massive campaign. We have to think through every demographic.

“We need the modern version of a public-service announcement campaign. It can be done quickly if there is a will.”

Read the post, watch the embedded video, which shows Tim being asked some pointed political questions, handling each with some truly deft diplomacy.

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07:07
LG UltraFine 5K Display inventory removed from Apple...

Last month 9to5Mac published the first report highlighting LG UltraFine 5K Display performance problems when using the Apple-recommended monitor with Macs near Wi-Fi routers. Now we’ve learned that Apple Stores have stopped carrying the LG UltraFine 5K Display in retail locations for now.

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07:07
Four Australian banks REALLY want access to NFC on...

A group of Australian banks previously applied to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for permission to jointly negotiate over access to Apple Pay and the Near Field Communication (NFC)  function on iPhones. Today they announced that they’ve narrowed the application to solely focus on open access to the NFC function.

The four banks making the application – Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank, and Westpac – want open access to the NFC function on the iPhone. Without this, “no genuine competition in the provision of mobile wallets is possible and Apple will have a stranglehold on this strategically important future market,” they claim. The applicants flatly reject Apple’s unsupported assertions that the application is about an objection to the fees that Apple wishes to impose, rather than NFC access.

However, Apple doesn’t allow third-party electronic payment apps to be installed on the iPhone. The...

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07:04
How Apple can make music sound sweeter

Dan Moren, Macworld:

Even as the company continues to push its Apple Music venture, there are a few places where Apple would be better served by re-examining the way it approaches music. From services to software to hardware, Apple’s gotten pretty comfortable about where it stands with music—but not necessarily because it has the best solutions out there.

Dan digs into three specific areas: Fixing iTunes and Music apps, improving AirPlay, and improving the speaker situation.

One particular snippet I found intriguing:

Granted, perhaps it would be more effective to just snap up Sonos—especially if Apple could find a way to integrate Siri.

I can’t imagine this isn’t on an Apple drawing board somewhere.

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06:54
Apple joins Qi Wireless Power Consortium. Inductive...

Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac:

While early rumors suggested that Apple was holding out for long-range charging, without the need to place the iPhone on a charging pad, those hopes appear to have been dashed by more recent reports. These suggest that Apple will, like other manufacturers, use simple inductive charging.

Apple is now listed as a member of the Qi Wireless Power Consortium. Qi is an inductive wireless charging standard that is already in use in more than a thousand products.

Ben quotes IHS Technology analyst Vicky Yussuff:

The success of wireless charging adoption from Apple’s competitors is something that Apple can no longer ignore. IHS Technology consumer survey data shows over 90% of consumers want wireless charging on their next device.

Note that the Apple uses Qi charging for the...

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06:53
AutoMounter for macOS gets Bonjour integration

Pixeleyes has released AutoMounter 1.4 (http://tinyurl.com/ju9qqol), an update to their menu item designed to automatically mount your network shares on macOS.

Whenever you change locations, the utility will mount your shares from the available server or Network-attached storage appliance, and they will appear on your Desktop. AutoMounter is secure, uses native macOS frameworks, and doesn't store your credentials. No scripting is required. Version 1.4 adds Bonjour integration, performance enhancements, and bug fixes.

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06:52
News: Report: Only new high-end iPhone getting...

Citing sources in Taiwan, Macotakara claims only one of the three iPhone models expected to be released this year will have a glass back and be equipped for wireless charging. While it’s possible that the feature will be included to differentiate the “iPhone 8” (or “iPhone X”) from the other models, early reports that Foxconn was having trouble delivering working charging modules could point to a need for Apple to scale…

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06:44
Mystery wireless Apple device goes through FCC...




Apple continues to submit its mystery Bluetooth and NFC product to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for testing, with a third listing in the regulatory database revealing few new details about the wireless device.

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06:44
Output Factory for Adobe InDesign upgrade improves...

Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 1.5.64, a maintenance update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

The utility automates printing, exporting and  preflighting from InDesign. The software offers batch processing, export as single pages, layer versioning and much more. Version 1.5.64 makes Output Factory a 64-bit application and addresses an issue in which blank TIFF images could be created under low memory conditions when exporting oversized InDesign documents.

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06:43
Verizon Wireless Brings Back “Unlimited” Data

Thanks to competition from Sprint and T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless has now introduced an “unlimited” data plan at a surprisingly reasonable price.

 

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06:43
Introducing the TidBITS Content Network for Apple...

We’ve just opened the doors on the TidBITS Content Network, a new syndicated content service designed to provide professionally written, edited, and illustrated tips and articles for Apple consultants, resellers, and other businesses to use in their blogs, email newsletters, and social media streams.

 

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06:40
Apple Reportedly Signed a Second Deal with Samsung...

According to a new Korean report today, Samsung Display, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, has won a fresh deal with Apple for additional OLED displays

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06:37
Apple Joins Wireless Power Consortium Behind '...

Apple recently became listed as a member of the Wireless Power Consortium, committed to the open development of the Qi wireless charging standard. The listing was brought to our attention by IHS Technology.

Apple, which has since confirmed it is a member, has become one of over 200 companies that belong to the consortium, including Samsung, LG, HTC, Qualcomm, Verizon, ConvenientPower, Aircharge, Dell, Canon, Sony, ST Microelectronics, Toshiba, Texas Instruments, Philips, Panasonic, Bosch, Nokia, and Huawei.

Qi is the leading wireless charging standard, used by more than 200 companies in products ranging from smartphones to cordless kitchen appliances. Samsung's latest Galaxy smartphones, for example, feature Qi-based wireless charging which requires...

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06:30
Samsung supposedly makes a deal with Apple for 60-...

Samsung Display, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, has made a deal with Apple to supply an additional 60 million units of organic light-emitting diode panels, worth about $4.3 billion, for the next-generation iPhone, according to The Korea Herald.

The new deal comes after the Korean display maker struck a deal last year supplying 100 million OLED display panels for the upcoming “iPhone 8,” which will be the first iPhone to adopt an OLED screen, the article claims. Considering Apple sells 200 million iPhones a year, the combined 160 million units of OLED panels will make up almost 80% of the entire sales. So far the only product Apple makers with an OLED is the Apple Watch. LG provides the smartwatch displays. iPhones and iPads use LCD technology, which offers lower manufacturing costs than OLED screens.

LCDs use a backlight behind the screen to emit light, and act as a valve...

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06:21
Australian Banks Seek Open Access to NFC Functions...

A group of Australia's biggest banks have again applied to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in a bid to negotiate with Apple over Apple Pay. The banks -- including Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank, and Westpac -- today announced that they have "narrowed" their application with the ACCC to focus on gaining open access to the NFC function integral to Apple Pay.

The new application echoes the banks' original, filed last July, which also included gaining access to the NFC-based mobile payments software in iPhones. Apple currently only allows its own mobile payment system to access the NFC-hardware in its iPhone...

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06:20
Apple becomes a member of the Wireless Power...

Apple has joined the Wireless Power Consortium, hinting that the upcoming “iPhone 8” will indeed support wireless charging, at least on some models. The WPC is a group that includes makers of mobile phones, consumer electronics, batteries, semiconductors, components, wireless power technology and infrastructure such as wireless operators, furniture and automotive parts.

The WPC and its 200-plus members work to make Qi an industry standard. It’s already in 200-plus million products. Qi charges or powers an array of devices, from smartphones to cordless kitchen appliances and combines induction and resonance technologies

“The world market for wireless charging is expected to exceed 350 million enabled receiver units shipped in 2017,” says Vicky Yussuff, analyst at IHS Technology. “To date, this volume has largely been driven through the backing...

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06:09
Apple is a contributing sponsor of BeSides...

BSides -- a two-day, open forum for discussion and debate for security engineers and their affiliates -- has received a public contributing sponsorship from Apple, “underlining the increasing efforts of the company to participate in academic research and publishing related to security, privacy and other research goals,” according to AppleInsider.

The event is sponsored by BSidesLV, a non-profit organization designed “to advance the body of Information Security knowledge, by providing an annual, two day, open forum for discussion and debate for security engineers and their affiliates” The technical and academic presentations at BSidesLV are given in the spirit of peer review and advanced knowledge dissemination. 

The BSides event will be held Feb. 13 and 14 in San Franciso.

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06:04
Apple joins Wireless Power Consortium ahead of...




With this year's flagship iPhone expected to be the first to boast wireless charging, Apple has officially joined the Wireless Power Consortium, the governing body behind the Qi charging standard.

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06:01
Apple and Samsung allegedly forge $4.3 billion deal...




Possibly adding to deal in 2016, a report from South Korea has emerged claiming that Apple has entered into a $4.3 billion contract with Samsung for 60 million 5-inch OLED screens potentially destined for a next-generation iPhone.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: DEVONthink Pro — The Elite...

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering the DEVONthink Pro: The Elite Document Manager for only $39.95 — that’s 50% off the regular price. This handy organizational and document management tool will keep all of your important projects in sync, with data stored in a single easy-to-backup database and the ability to present your data in whatever way is best optimized to your work style. Driven by artificial intelligence, DEVONthink’s…

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05:58
Apple Pay may be coming to Target ‘soon’

According to a customer service tweet from Target — as noted by 9to5Mac — thesecond-largest discount store retailer in the U.S. is investigating Apple Pay and is working on getting the technology in its stores. Specifics are unclear, but the tweet said that it would happen “soon.”

Target’s CEO promised Apple Pay two years ago, saying it would launch “soon,” but nothing ever came to fruition. Instead, Target added Apple Pay support to its mobile app and announced plans to allow users to pay via smartphone with their REDcard debit or credit card through a smartphone.

Target operates 1,803 locations throughout the U.S. Their retail formats include the discount store Target, the hypermarket SuperTarget, and "...

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05:55
Apple joins Wireless Power Consortium/Qi, lending...

Long-running rumors that Apple will add wireless charging to the iPhone 8 have been lent additional weight with the news that the company has joined an industry group devoted to wireless power.

Apple is now listed as one of the 213 members of the Wireless Power Consortium. It was not present in a cached version of the page from a week ago …

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05:42
Google Maps app now allows you to create & share...

If you use Google Maps to find your way around, then an app update today makes it much easier to both plan itineraries and bookmark your favorite places. The company is today adding the ability to create lists of places you want to visit, and to share them with friends …

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05:38
Samsung reportedly signs deal with Apple to make 160...

Samsung has signed a deal with Apple to make 160 million OLED panels for the company’s next-generation iPhone, according to the Korea Herald. The iPhone 8 will likely debut in the fall with an OLED screen and Apple needs all the panels it can get for its new flagship phone.

The iPhone 8 is expected to distance itself from the iPhone 7 with a radical new all-glass design, an OLED screen between 5.2-5.8 inches, wireless charging. Rumors indicate the phone will have almost no bezels with the Touch ID home button somehow integrated into the screen.

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05:35
Apple Chip Supplier TSMC Invests in Apple Bonds

It's being reported today that TSMC has spent millions to acquire corporate bonds issued by Apple

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05:18
Dear Mr. Cook, the Political Left is Killing our...

Do you remember Apple's famous 2009 TV Ad 'There's an App for That?" It was one of the ads that marked a generation. Last week we were abruptly informed by Apple's CEO Tim Cook that he's going to direct his engineering team to create a new app. Cook, who never talks about future Apple products, just couldn't help letting it out of the bag. It's going to be their greatest app of all time and it'll be out just in time for the next election.

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05:15
External Link: Some Apps Making More Outside the Mac...

After Apple removed the code snippet manager Dash from the Mac App Store, its developers found that they actually made more money afterward, but that was likely due to the increased media coverage. In a less biased test, Rogue Amoeba also decided to stop selling its audio recording app Piezo on the Mac App Store due to Apple’s onerous restrictions. Even though the Mac App Store accounted for about half of Piezo’s sales before being removed, Rogue Amoeba found that nearly all customers shifted to direct sales — in other words, the Mac App Store wasn’t contributing much to product discovery. Plus, thanks to direct
sale transaction fees of just a few percent, versus Apple’s 30 percent, Rogue Amoeba made almost $5 more per copy of Piezo and more overall revenues after pulling it from the Mac App Store. Although results would undoubtedly vary from case to case, Rogue Ameoba’s experience shows that the Mac App Store may not be worthwhile for many developers.

 

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05:15
Rumor: Apple to release 5-inch iPhone 8 model, may...

It’s a rumor, but there may be some truth to it.

Japanese web blog Macotakara has a new rumor in that Apple will introduce a 5-inch iPhone model this year.

The site also state that “reliable sources in Taiwan” have stated that only the all-glass model of the iPhone will support wireless charging this year, while Apple will also stop including the headphone jack adapter.

Recently, it was rumored that apple’s 5-inch iPhone would arrive with a vertical dual-camera design. This model is said to be nearly identical in terms of specifications to the “iPhone 7s” and “iPhone 7s Plus.”

Some reports have stated that only the glass model will support the wireless charging feature. This implies that only the top-tier iPhone 8, which is rumored to retail for about $1,000, will support wireless charging.

The current report seems to corroborate that the iPhone 8 will use inductive wireless charging rather than long-range. The technology is said to be supplied...

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05:06
MacBook Pro Diary: Higher power output turned my Mac...

As someone who prefers to travel handbaggage-only, gadgets can often prove a challenge. As I like to keep up with photo editing as I go, I generally travel with my MacBook Pro as well as iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch and a compact camera. Not only do I need space for the gadgets themselves, but also the associated cables and chargers.

But for a trip to Havana last week – a destination I finally managed to check off from my bucket list – I decided that I could get by with two camera batteries and use my MacBook Pro to charge everything else …

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05:00
Prince’s Warner Brothers music catalog released on...

Following Prince’s abrupt retraction of his entire catalog from all music streaming service except for Tidal in 2015, the artist’s catalog has returned.

As rumored last month, Tidal’s exclusivity officially ended on Sunday after Warner Brothers made its collection of Prince tunes available to all streaming platforms, including big players Apple Music and Spotify. The release coincides with tonight’s Grammy Awards, where industry stars are expected to pay tribute to the late musician onstage.

Apple has already begun advertising the catalog’s availability and has sent out promotional emails linking new subscribers too the music.

The Warner Bros. Records catalog contains a number of Prince’s greatest hits, including “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Purple Rain” and “When Doves Cry,” but lacks deeper cuts and rare recordings held in the artist’s Paisley Park vault.

Warner Bros. Records has since been working to return the artist’s catalog to popular streaming...

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04:53
Gartner: almost three million irons will ship this...

Production of drones for personal and commercial use is growing rapidly, with global market revenue expected to increase 34% to reach more than $6 billion in 2017 and grow to more than $11.2 billion by 2020, according to a new forecast from the Gartner, Inc (www.gartner.com) research group.

Almost three million drones will be produced in 2017, 39% more than in 2016.

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04:53
Gartner: almost three million irons will ship this...

Production of drones for personal and commercial use is growing rapidly, with global market revenue expected to increase 34% to reach more than $6 billion in 2017 and grow to more than $11.2 billion by 2020, according to a new forecast from the Gartner, Inc (www.gartner.com) research group.

Almost three million drones will be produced in 2017, 39% more than in 2016.

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04:30
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day; plan accordingly

Tuesday, Feb. 14, is Valentine’s Day. You knew that, didn’t you? If not, I’ve rounded up some websites that will help you prepare for the romantic day.

First of all, you can impress your special one (or ones) with your impressive knowledge of the history of Valentine’s Day. Well, actually, the saga of the lovers’ day — and the story of its patron saint — is shrouded in mystery. February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?

Saint Valentine, according to romantic legend, was a kind-hearted Roman priest who married young couples against the wishes of Emperor Claudius II, and was beheaded for his deeds on the Feb. 14. In truth, the exact origins and identity of St. Valentine are not known. You can learn more about the legendary figure and the theories of the origins...

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04:12
Sonos ad echoes Apple’s ‘1984’ commercial as company...

The latest Sonos ad – shown during last night’s Grammys, alongside one for Apple’s Carpool Karaoke – echoes Apple’s famous ‘1984’ commercial, the hammer thrown through a screen replaced by a speaker thrown through a window. The Verge isn’t a fan.

This is no critique of capitalism, or the American way, or even the dehumanizing effect of technology — she’s only complaining because the people she’s observing haven’t dropped hundreds of dollars on Sonos speakers.

You can judge for yourself below. But if the ad does inspire you to invest in some Sonos tech, Brits might want to buy sooner rather than later as the company has announced that it will shortly be raising its UK prices by up to 25% …

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04:00
I still want an Apple Thunderbolt Display with a...

Writing for 9to5Mac, Chance Miller says the problems with LG UltraFine 5K displays and routers is a strong sign that Apple should return to the display business. He’s right, and I still hope for a Thunderbolt Display with an integrated GPU that has been rumored in the past.

A GPU, or graphics processing unit, is a single-chip processor that creates lighting effects and transforms objects every time a 3D scene is redrawn. These are mathematically-intensive tasks, which otherwise, would put quite a strain on the central processing unit (CPU).  Removing this burden from the CPU on the computer itself frees up cycles that can be used for other tasks.

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03:30
Australia's Big Banks Change their Tactic...

Apple Pay VP Jennifer Bailey said in an interview last week that big banks in Australia are paying lip service to acting in the best interests of their customers. Today the big banks changed their tactic against Apple and Apple Pay in a way that could hand them a legal victory with the Australian Commission.

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02:37
Adobe Muse CC 2017 2017.0.2 - Design and publish...

Muse CC 2017 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $14.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous Muse customer).

Adobe Muse 2017 enables designers to create websites as easily as creating a layout for print. Design and publish original HTML pages using the latest Web standards, and without writing code. Now in beta, Muse makes it a snap to produce unique, professional-looking websites.

Key Features

  • Plan your project - Easy-to-use sitemaps, master pages, and a host of flexible, site-wide tools make it fast and intuitive to get your site planned out and ready for design.
  • Design your pages - Combine imagery, graphics and text with complete control, flexibility and power (almost as if you were using Adobe InDesign).
  • Add interactivity - Drag and drop...
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Sunday February 12

23:19
Editorial: Why Apple ignores so much pundit...




Pundits are confounded by how Apple seems to ignore all their great ideas, but the company's strategy appears to be working out rather well on its own. Here's a look at why Apple has done so well while disregarding three major themes of Toxic Innovation Advice, pertaining to acquisition targets, obvious feature requests and commodity hardware.

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22:32
Apple Submits Third Model of Mystery 'Wireless...

Apple recently submitted an unnamed "Wireless Device" to the FCC, a U.S. government agency that regulates communications, for the third time. The latest filing lists a model number of A1845, slotting in between A1844 in the first filing and A1846 in the second, but there are no new clues as to what the device could be.

Apple again requested permanent confidentiality for most of the documents in the filing, including photos, user manuals, and schematics, so the entry largely remains a mystery. Test reports completed by UL Verification Services reveal that, just like in the first two filings, the device has Bluetooth LE and NFC.

The model numbers A1844, A1845, and A1846 do not correspond to any existing Apple products. A regulatory label in the first filing...

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21:29
Apple sponsors San Francisco BSides security...




BSides, a two day "open forum for discussion and debate for security engineers and their affiliates" being held today and tomorrow in San Francisco, received a public contributing sponsorship from Apple, underlining the increasing efforts of the company to participate in academic research and publishing related to security, privacy and other research goals.

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19:22
Carpool Karaoke trailer pops up during Grammy awards...




Apple Music's "Carpool Karaoke" series now has a trailer, featuring a first wave of stars including James Corden, Will Smith, Metallica, Chelsea Handler, Blake Shelton, Shaquille O'Neal, John Legend, John Cena, and Ariana Grande, amongst others.

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19:07
Apple Releases Trailer for 'Carpool Karaoke...

During the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Apple released the first trailer for its Carpool Karaoke series coming soon to Apple Music.

Carpool Karaoke: The Series, based on the popular segment from The Late Late Show with James Corden, will feature 16 celebrity pairings "riding along in a car together as they sing tunes from their personal playlists" and "surprise fans who don't expect to see big stars belting out tunes one lane over."

Apple said the series will feature James Corden, Will Smith, Billy Eichner, Metallica, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Ariana Grande, Seth MacFarlane, Chelsea Handler, Blake Shelton, Michael Strahan, John Cena, Shaquille O’Neal, and many more. The series is expected to have a different host every...

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18:58
Verizon Unlimited plan resurrected with 4G, talk,...




Verizon has re-launched an unlimited data plan for the first time in years, with Verizon Unlimited giving subscribers unlimited data, talk, and text for $80 per month with a single line.

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18:37
Apple shares first teaser for its upcoming Carpool...

During The Grammys this evening, Apple debuted the first advertisement for its Carpool Karaoke spin-off. The ad gives the first look at the premise of Apple’s version of the hit concept, which originally appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

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18:28
Australian banks eliminate fee demands, focus legal...




The four Australian banks at the core of the ongoing debate about opening up Apple Pay in the country have narrowed down their demands after being snubbed by the country's competition regulator, and are now solely focusing on opening access to iPhone and Apple Watch NFC technology.

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18:24
Liquid battery could last for over 10 years

Modern batteries aren't hampered so much by their capacity as their long-term lifespan -- a lithium-ion pack can easily become useless after a few years of heavy use. That's bad enough for your phone, but it's worse for energy storage systems that m...

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18:12
Prince's Warner Brothers music catalog lands on...




After Prince abruptly pulled his music from all streaming services save for Tidal in 2015, the Purple One's Warner Brothers catalog, which contains a majority of his biggest hits, has returned.

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17:16
Alfred 3.3

Adds access to clipboard history for inclusion into workflows and snippets. (£17 new, free update, 2.6 MB)

 

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17:15
As battle with Apple drags on, Australian banks to...

Apple’s long-standing battle with banks in Australia continues today. According to a report from Reuters, the Australian banks plan to shift their argument with Apple towards gaining access to the contactless payment function, rather than haggling over the fees Apple charges for each transaction.

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16:55
Car makers ask Trump to revisit fuel efficiency rules

Car companies operating in the US are required to meet stringent fuel efficiency standards (a fleet average of 54.5MPG) through 2025, but they're hoping to loosen things now that President Trump is in town. Leaders from Fiat Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda...

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16:40
Logic Pros (101): Recording basics, creating tracks...

In our first Logic Pros 101, a new series where we teach you the basics of Apple’s professional audio production suite, we gave you a tour of the interface to get you started. This week, we step into recording basics and get your feet wet with creating tracks, recording, and some simple editing and arranging fundamentals.

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16:39
Hands On: Taskpaper 3.6.2 aims to make your To Do...




A new update to the Mac-specific Taskpaper aims to add power and ease of use to work-list management -- AppleInsider loads it up, and sees if it makes good on its promises.

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15:27
NASA picks three potential drill sites for Mars 2020

When the Mars 2020 rover reaches the red planet, it will quickly begin drilling for samples from its surface. NASA hasn't picked the exact drill site yet, but it has narrowed its choices down to three during a workshop with scientists in Monrovia, Ca...

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15:19
Verizon introduces new unlimited data plan, $80/mo...

Verizon is bringing back its unlimited data plans. With the new Verizon Unlimited plan launching on Monday, customers can use as much 4G LTE data, send as many texts as they like and talk for as long as they please … for $80 per month. An equivalent uncapped family plan charges $45 per line for 4 people, or $180 monthly.

The ‘unlimited’ plans have a few strings attached, namely hotspot tethering is limited at 10 GB for 4G (will fallback to 3G after) and although data is uncapped, high data users will not be prioritized if the network is congested …

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15:04
Verizon Introduces $80 Unlimited Data Plan With 10GB...

Verizon today introduced its first unlimited data plan since 2011. Verizon Unlimited, which includes unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE data, will cost $80 per month for a single smartphone or tablet, or $45 per month for four lines. The plan will be available to new and existing customers starting Monday.

Verizon charges an access fee of $20 per month per smartphone and $10 per month per tablet, but it did not confirm if those charges will apply to its new unlimited plan. If they do, the actual cost of Verizon Unlimited will start at over $100 per month. Taxes and any device payments if applicable are also extra.

Verizon Unlimited includes 10GB of 4G LTE tethering per month, with tethering reduced to 3G speeds after the 10GB of usage. The plan includes full...

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14:23
Verizon revives its unlimited data plan

Here's a nice Sunday surprise: Verizon is bringing back the unlimited data plan. As of February 13th, the carrier is launching a Verizon Unlimited tier that gives you unlimited US data, calls and texting for $80 per month ($45 per line for a family o...

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14:19
Apple a ‘contributing’ sponsor of BSides security...

Apple has been revealed as a sponsor of the BSides security conference currently taking place in San Francisco. Apple is listed as a “contributing” sponsor of the conference, joining companies such as Netflix, Google, and Dropbox.

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13:56
Jolla's latest mobile OS upgrade focuses on the...

Jolla is going some distance to putting its Sailfish OS on more phones you can buy, but it's clear the startup still has a ways to go before you're ditching your existing device. It just released an early access version of Sailfish OS 2.1 (nicknamed...

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13:24
Target calls Apple Pay ‘awesome,’ says it is working...

One of the most notable Apple Pay holdouts has been Target. Despite promising to support the mobile payment platform, Target has instead opted for its own in-app payment solution and store card.

According to a customer service tweet from the company, however, Target is still investigating Apple Pay and is working on getting the technology in its stores. Specifics are unclear, but the tweet said that it would happen “soon.”

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12:30
Ben Heck's portable N64, part 1

Of all the build requests the Ben Heck Show team receives on the element14 Community, there's one that has repeatedly came up: build a portable Nintendo 64, please! The team has finally decided to give it a go, starting with the Nintendo 64 that...

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11:33
Prince now streaming on Apple Music

I know what I’ll be doing for the rest of the day.

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11:00
Pros and cons: Our quick verdict on NVIDIA's...

NVIDIA's new Shield TV is a lot like its old Shield TV -- at least, on the inside. Still, the revamped Android TV set-top box is a lot smaller; it has a vastly improved game controller; and it's a much better deal at $200, since it includes the remot...

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10:00
∞ Tom Cruise falls into other movies

This is funnier than it has any right to be.

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09:57
These are the 20 best US cities to live in

These lists are always wonderfully subjective. Did your city make the top 20?

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09:53
How the Grammy Awards’ ‘In Memoriam’ tributes are...

This is always the saddest part of the show. This year’s segment will be especially poignant for me.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:51
After Tidal exclusivity, Prince’s music is...

Ahead of The Grammys this evening, Warner Brothers has announced that Prince’s music will become available on streaming services this afternoon.

Originally rumored earlier this month, the release of Prince’s catalog to Apple Music and other services comes as a tribute to the late-artist is expected at The Grammys.

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09:29
'Splatoon 2' preview arrives on Nintendo...

The Nintendo Switch doesn't exactly have a massive catalog of launch titles, but that doesn't mean that you'll be waiting months to play all the biggest games. Nintendo is promising a free Splatoon 2 "Global Testfire" preview running from March 24th...

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09:04
EduTech: How to get the most out of your .edu email...

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

In the first installment of EduTech, we’re going to focus on something a bit broad and geared primarily towards current and (in some  past college students. If you attend most universities, you’ll be given an email address that ends in .edu. In some cases, you’ll get that email on your acceptance to a university rather than when you fully commit, so you may have .edu email addresses that you don’t even know about.

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08:36
Korean Prosecutors Plan to Summon Samsung's...

South Korean prosecutors investigating the corruption scandal involving impeached President Park Geun-hye plan to summon Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong again ..

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08:00
After Math: Baby come back

This was a week of many happy returns. Stanford students brought back 5,000 year old Chinese beer, Prince's catalog has reappeared on streaming services not owned by Jay Z and a pair of classic Hot Wheels cars are coming out of retirement to make the...

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07:08
Apple Working on iPad Pro Smart Keyboard 2 with...

Earlier this week the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that could be revealing what the iPad Smart Keyboard 2 may entail. Whether Apple will implement all of the new additions, some of the additions or even more this year is unknown at this time. The key additions include new 'Share' and 'Emoji' keys along with an easy way to connect to Siri

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07:00
Panasonic's indoor farm, and more in the week...

Tesla's groundbreaking affordable electric car is nearly here. This week the automaker announced plans to begin production on the Model 3 by the end of the month. Meanwhile, environmental champion Leonardo DiCaprio just signed up as the official amba...

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05:00
Testing out snapshots in Apple’s next-generation...

Enlarge / We’re not saying that APFS snapshots will be used in a future revision of Time Machine, but if you’re a betting person, now might be a good time to place your bets. (credit: Aurich / Thinkstock)

Back in June, Apple announced its new upcoming file system: APFS, or Apple File System. There was no mention of it in the WWDC keynote, but devotees needed no encouragement. They picked over every scintilla of data from the documentation on Apple’s developer site, extrapolating, interpolating, eager for whatever was about to come. In the WWDC session hall, the crowd buzzed with a nervous energy, eager for the grand unveiling of APFS. I myself badge-swapped my way...

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04:25
Spyware targeted proponents of Mexico's soda tax

Surveillance-oriented spyware is dodgy in itself, but it's even worse when it's abused to intimidate political enemies -- just ask Mexican health advocates. The New York Times has learned that someone used commercial spyware from NSO Group to target...

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03:07
Apple and India are still in Negotiations over one...

A new report out of New Delhi today notes that the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) is optimistic that Apple would soon be able to start local production through its contract manufacturer. However, there's still one point of contention to deal with.

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Saturday February 11

22:38
Google adds iconic African landmarks to Street View

It's not all jungles, mud houses and wild animals in Africa: the continent has cities, art centers, monuments and other landmarks, just like everywhere else in the world. To bust myths going around about African countries and to give more people a ch...

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19:59
Old drug gets an absurd price hike to $89,000 per...

Martin Shkreli doesn't have a monopoly on jacking up drug prices. Marathon Pharmaceuticals has received FDA approval for an old drug used to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy, deflazacort, and in the process has raised the price to ridiculously high...

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19:30
Head to head: Apple's BeatsX vs. AirPods




With BeatsX now in stores, AppleInsider takes a closer look at the new W1 chip-equipped wireless earphones and how they compare with Apple's flagship AirPods.

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18:32
NASA wants to send a life-detecting lander to Europa

Back in June 2016, NASA commissioned 21 scientists to design a lander headed for Europa, conjure up science objectives for it and figure out if the mission is feasible. After around eight months of deliberation, the scientists have finally completed...

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17:59
How to track your sleep using Apple Watch or iPhone...

Sleep tracking has been one the most oft-requested features for Apple Watch, but Apple itself has yet to implement a solution. That hasn’t stopped developers from creating their own watchOS apps for doing it, though.

One of the more popular apps for sleep tracking with Apple Watch is called AutoSleep….

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17:01
Google hints at Assistant coming to existing Android...

It's very likely that you'll see Google Assistant on new Android devices beyond the Pixel line, but when... and what about the device you already have? The AI helper might be coming sooner than you think. Google has inadvertently given beta testers a...

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16:02
Apple shares new Apple Watch Series 2 ad featuring...




Apple on Saturday posted a short commercial spot highlighting the health tracking functions of Apple Watch Series 2, urging users to keep fit by closing their Activity app rings.

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15:59
Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 8' will use...




Only one of this fall's upcoming iPhone models -- the so-called "iPhone 8" or "iPhone X" -- will offer inductive charging and a glass back, but buyers will have to use a separate accessory to juice up wirelessly, a report said on Saturday.

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15:27
Feds delay endangered bumblebee's protection

The rusty patched bumblebee was supposed to be officially added to the endangered species list on February 10th. Unfortunately, the insect's fate is now uncertain: a Federal Register notice filed on January 20th says the Trump administration has put...

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14:34
Effectively Wielding Political Capital

My latest Huffington Post article, “Effectively Wielding Political Capital” is now available at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/589f8d10e4b0e172783a9d1e. It starts a little like this:

You do a favor for someone. Because then they owe you. That’s how it works, right?

No.

Hope you enjoy.

The post Effectively Wielding Political Capital appeared first on krypted.com.

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13:59
Tiny airborne probe could help local weather...

To date, it hasn't been easy to get loads of airborne weather data beyond major airports. Airliners have had a sophisticated probe system (TAMDAR Edge) for over a dozen years, but that doesn't help much in those remote areas where you may only see sm...

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13:48
Crossing from right-hand-drive countries to left-...

This is an old article but it talks about something I’ve never thought about. I’ve driven in countries that are right-hand drive but never had to cross a border and make the described transitions.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:36
What the AI behind AlphaGo can teach us about being...

Fascinating article about the rise of AI and what it means for humanity.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:46
Apple Encourages People to Get Moving in New '...

Apple today shared its latest Apple Watch Series 2 ad called "Close Your Rings — Catch, Swim, Play" on its YouTube channel. The 15-second spot encourages Apple Watch wearers to get moving and exercising to close their rings in the Activity app, be it by throwing a frisbee, swimming, or simply playing around.

The ad is similar to the Apple Watch ad "Dance, Run, Rock" released last month, and reflects Apple's increasingly fitness oriented marketing for Apple Watch. However, ads part of a recent "Go" campaign such as "Go Swim" and "Go Run" appear to have been removed from Apple's YouTube channel.

Related Roundups:...

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12:30
Pros and cons: Our quick verdict on Dell's XPS...

Convertible laptops aren't anything new these days, but Dell's XPS 13 2-in-1 still stands out from the pack. It brings in most of the premium design elements we loved about the original XPS 13, including that gorgeous 13.3-inch, near bezel-less displ...

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12:19
Latest Apple Watch Series 2 ‘Close Your Rings’ promo...

Apple today has shared a new ad for the Apple Watch Series 2 on YouTube. The ad, like much of Apple’s marketing for the device, focuses on Activity and is called “Close Your Rings.”

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12:18
Apple's 'Planet of the Apps' series...




An anonymous source familiar with the matter claiming to be involved in production of the series reports that Apple has wrapped up documentary series "Planet of the Apps" on an Apple-constructed set near Hollywood.

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11:40
Review: Kanex's GoPower Watch portable battery...




There's a lot to like about the Kanex GoPower Watch charger and battery for Apple Watch, especially the inclusion of an embedded magnetic watch charger and a passthrough USB port for charging your iPhone as well. But with a $100 price tag, we feel it should accept power through Lightning instead of micro USB.

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10:58
Intel's 8th-gen Core processors won't be...

It's clearer than ever that the days of tick-tock Intel chip upgrades (new process one generation, new architecture the next) are long gone. Intel has revealed that its 8th-generation Core processors, due in the second half of 2017 will once again b...

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10:54
If Apple sold inductive wireless charging tech...

One of the long-running rumors for the iPhone 8 is wireless charging. Though there has been some back and forth as to what exact wireless technology the device will use, wireless charging has been one of the most consistent rumors.

Earlier today, however, a report claimed that Apple would sell the wireless charging accessory separately from the iPhone 8 itself.

If Apple does sell wireless charging technology separately, would you pay for it?

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10:40
Capsule8 Launches Linux-Based Container Security...


Cybersecurity startup Capsule8 this week announced that it has raised $2.5 million to launch the industry's first container-aware, real-time threat protection platform designed to protect legacy and next-generation Linux infrastructures from existing and potential attacks. CEO John Viega, CTO Dino Dai Zovi and Chief Scientist Brandon Edwards, all veteran hackers, cofounded the firm. They raised seed funding from Bessemer Venture Partners, as well as individual investors Shandul Shah of Index Ventures and ClearSky's Jay Leek.

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10:22
iPhone 8 Said to Have Separate Wireless Charger, No...

Apple is planning to release three new iPhone models later this year, including 4.7-inch, 5.5-inch, and an all-new 5-inch model with an OLED display and glass casing, according to Japanese blog Mac Otakara.

iPhone 8 concept by visual designer Moe Slah

The report, citing "reliable sources" within Apple's supply chain, insists that only the OLED model will adopt glass casing and wireless charging capabilities, contradicting a Nikkei report and KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo's repeated claims that all 2017 iPhones will feature an all-glass design...

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09:30
Recommended Reading: The story of 'Legion,...

Marvel's 'Legion,' explained
Eric Watson,
Polygon

Marvel's latest TV series debuted on FX this week, and if you're a little lost on the backstory or just need a quick refresher, Polygon is here to help. The gaming news outlet posted a primer on Le...

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08:59
Become Tech Savvy: iCloud Keychain and answering...

First time checking out the Tech Savvy series? You’ll get the most value by starting at the beginning and checking out the series overview.

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

In our previous article we took a look at how to get started with password management using 1Password. Today we’ll look at using Apple’s iCloud Keychain, and answering some of your common password management concerns.

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08:45
This week’s top stories: iPhone 8, BeatsX, Ultra...

In this week’s top stories: iPhone 8 rumors, BeatsX go on sale, an Ultra Accessory Connector for MFi accessories, iOS 10.3 beta 2, what’s next for Apple Watch, and much more.

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08:32
Apple has reportedly concluded filming of its ‘very...

One of Apple’s first original content efforts is its Planet of the Apps reality show. Originally announced last year, the series is an unscripted reality show focused on developers creating apps and receiving mentorship from various celebrities during the process.

According to a report today, Apple has recently concluded filming the show…

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08:22
Apple Wins Four Design Patents for iPad Pro in Hong...

It was a big design patent day for Apple in Hong Kong yesterday racking up a total of four covering the overall iPad Pro, the iPad Pro camera, its backside cellular antenna band and the Smart Keyboard. Apple officially introduced their first 12.9" Pro model classified by IDC as a "detachable" tablet on September 9, 2015

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08:02
Tim Cook talks with iPhone user battling cerebral...

As he continues making the rounds in Europe. Tim Cook made an appearance at Apple’s retail location in Glasgow. While Cook has stopped in at multiple Apple Stores over the last week, this visit is especially notable because Cook got the opportunity to talk to Angela Reed, a cerebral palsy sufferer who relies on iPhone for its accessibility features…

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08:00
The Analogue Nt mini wants to be the last NES you...

Trying to play an NES cartridge on Nintendo's original, 30-year-old hardware can be an exercise in frustration. The console's ancient composite cables offer terrible image quality on modern televisions, and getting games to actually run is a ballet o...

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07:52
Rumor: Apple will introduce a new 5-inch iPhone this...

According to a new report from Macotakara — as noted by 9to5Mac -- Apple will introduce a new 5-inch iPhone model this year. The report, citing unnamed “reliable sources in Taiwan,” claims that only the all-glass model of the iPhone will support wireless charging this year.

If the rumor is true — and I suspect it is, as Apple will need a smaller, lower-cost smartphone in its line-up — Apple may have iPhones in all three sizes this year. According to a DigiTimes report, there will be at least model with a 5.8-inch screen. The iPhone line-up will, per these rumors, have 5-inch, 5.5-inch, and 5.8-inch models.

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07:33
Report again claims Apple will add 5-inch iPhone to...

According to a new report from Macotakara, Apple will introduce a new 5-inch iPhone model to the lineup this year. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of a new 5-inch iPhone model, though.

Additionally, today’s report, which cites “reliable sources in Taiwan,” only the all-glass model of the iPhone will support wireless charging this year, while Apple will also stop including the headphone jack adapter.

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07:00
Filming of Apple's Upcoming 'Planet of the...

Apple has finished filming Planet of the Apps, an unscripted series about apps and the talented developers who make them, according to a source who asked to remain anonymous due to the person's involvement with the show. Principal filming took place on an Apple-built set near Hollywood, the source said.

Apple built the set and tore it down at the conclusion of filming. The set was absolutely beautiful and set up in a way like no other competition show I've seen before. It's very tech chic, with beautiful decor and decorations. Only Apple could do it this way. It's very, very well done. Steve Jobs would have been proud of the set.Planet of the Apps, produced by Ben Silverman, Howard Owens, and William Adams, better known as will.i.am, will have a competitive theme that draws some comparisons to reality TV shows such as Shark Tank and The Voice, the source said. It was a "very stressful" but...

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06:28
Subaru secures permit to test self-driving car in...

The list of automakers that can test their self-driving cars in California is getting less and less exclusive by the minute. Its latest addition? Subaru. The Japanese company has secured an Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit from the state's DMV on Fe...

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05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Letter from the Editor

It's been another eventful week in Trump's America. The Ninth Circuit effectively administered a coup de grace to the president's Muslim travel ban after hearing from most of Silicon Valley about said ban's deleterious effects...

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04:30
Apple patent shows continued work on waterproof...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 20170041712) for “evacuation of liquid from acoustic space” that shows the company is working to make iPhones and Apple Watches truly waterproof.

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: “An acoustic module, such as a microphone or speaker module, includes an acoustic membrane that vibrates to produce acoustic waves and an acoustic cavity through which acoustic waves produced by the membrane travel. A liquid removal mechanism removes liquid from the acoustic cavity. Such a liquid removal mechanism may include the acoustic membrane, heating elements, hydrophobic and/or hydrophilic surfaces, and so on. In some cases, the liquid removal mechanism may remove liquid from the acoustic cavity upon connection of the acoustic module and/or an associated electronic device to an external power source.”

Of course, Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never...

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04:25
Apple Patent reveals a New Solution that could...

On Thursday Patently Apple posted a patent report titled "To Avoid Note 7 Style Battery Fires, Apple Patent Reveals Instituting a new Heat Dissipator made of Graphene." We had noted in the report that KGI analyst Ming Chi Kuo talked about Apple will be adding a new graphite layer will be added to Apple's next-gen iPhone because wireless charging will generate more heat that could lead to fires. Today Patently Apple discovered yet another new patent from Apple discussing the use of multiple layers of anisotropic material such as pyrolytic graphite

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04:08
Apple's CEO Kick Starts a Cultural War that...

Yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Fake News is unlikely Hurting Apple, so why is the CEO of Apple making it an Issue Today?" The report was brief and based on short statement that Cook made while on a British morning TV show. It was a simple report with a simple question. However shortly after the report, it was made crystal clear that it was straight-up politically motivated. And on the surface it's very disturbing.

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04:00
Apple granted patent for a ‘context-aware world...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,563,177) for a “context-aware world clock.” It would allow time information for various locations to be automatically generated for display on a portable electronic device such as an iPhone or Apple Watch. 

According to the patent the time information can include time information for remote locations away from the current location of a user. The time information can be generated without requiring user input specifying the locations. The locations can be determined or identified based on context information of the user or context information of contacts of the user. The locations can be prioritized and the time information can be displayed according to the prioritization.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that ortable electronic devices may have the capability to present time information such as a digital or analog clock on a user interface of the portable electronic device. They may also have the capability to track the...

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03:00
The Week in Apple News: Jimmy Iovine’s plans for...

Apple headlines for the week ending Feb. 10, 2017

Image by Apple

Are you willing to pay $1,000 for a new iPhone? (Maybe you already do.) If the rumors pan out, the iPhone 8 (or whatever the next iPhone is called) will be a pricey one. There are iPhone 8 rumors and more in this week’s headline roundup; check them out in this slideshow. Just click on the link to get more information.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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01:15
Drone Racing League lands a title sponsor for the...

It doesn't quite have the cachet of something like the Winston Cup (yet), but the Drone Racing League says its 2017 campaign will be called the Allianz World Championship Series. In another move cribbed from traditional motorsports, the drone pilots...

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Friday February 10

23:18
This week on AI: $1,000+ 'iPhone X,' Apple...




A jam-packed news week offered numerous rumors about Apple's "iPhone X" and other future devices, as well as a fair share of politics including Apple opposing President Trump's immigration ban, and CEO Tim Cook meeting with UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

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20:59
MacPilot 8.1 - Enable over 1,200 hidden features in...

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

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

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



Version 8.1:...

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20:59
pwSafe 4.10 - Secure password management across...

pwSafe provides simple and secure password management across devices and computers. pwSafe uses iCloud to keep your password databases backed-up and synced between Macs and iOS devices. It is compatible with Open Source Password Safe.

Features

  • iCloud sync, realtime and bi-directional
  • Generates strong passwords
  • Print a hardcopy of your data for ultimate security agains data loss
  • Copy password with Command+C or P
  • Copy username with Command+U
  • Double-click to easily copy password
  • Lots of other hotkeys (see menus)
  • Password history (per safe and per entry settings)

pwSafe is feature-complete password management, and is a one-time purchase (no subscriptions or optional items). Featured by Mac|Life as one the 20 Great Apps under $20.

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



Version 4.10:

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20:59
Tidy Up 4.1.19 - $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
WhatsApp 0.2.3120 - Desktop client for WhatsApp...

WhatsApp is the desktop client for WhatsApp Messenger, a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone, and Nokia and yes, those phones can all message each other! Because WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends. In addition to basic messaging WhatsApp users can create groups, send each other unlimited images, video and audio media messages.



Version 0.2.3120:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated



  • OS X 10.9 or later



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20:59
AirRadar 3.2.0 - $9.95

With AirRadar, scanning for wireless networks is now easier and more personalized! It allows you to scan for open networks and tag them as favourites or filter them out. View detailed network information, graph network signal strength, and automatically join the best open network in range.

Whether you are driving around looking for wireless networks, stuck in traffic, sitting on the beach, or if you are curious how strong your wireless signal is at home, AirRadar provides a more linear approach to network hunting. Setup a scan frequency, and have new open or closed networks have their name spoken, play alerts, or display notifications.

Various other options allow you to customize your network list further, including assigning colors to best open networks and sound cues. Download it today, and take the hardship out of getting an Internet connection at a critical time.



Version 3.2.0:

Note: Now requires OS X 10...

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20:59
Day One 2.1.6 - Maintain a daily journal.

Day One is the easiest and best-looking way to use a journal / diary / text-logging application for the Mac. Day One is well designed and extremely focused to encourage you to write more through quick Menu Bar entry, a Reminder system, and inspirational messages. Support for Dropbox syncing allows easy backup and syncing with the Day One iPhone application.

Features

  • Customizable reminder system
  • Quick-entry via the menu bar
  • Inspirational messages to encourage writing
  • iPhone application sync (via Dropbox)
  • Starred entries list

Note: Day One is not encrypted or password protected on this version. If this is an issue for you, please do not purchase this app yet.



Version 2.1.6:

Note: Currently available for $39.99

  • [Fixed] Entry contents appearing backwards for OS X 10.11 users



  • OS X 10.11 or...

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20:59
Alarm Clock Pro 10.2.7 - $19.95

Alarm Clock Pro isn't just an ordinary alarm clock. Use it to wake you up in the morning, send and compose e-mails, remind you of appointments, randomize the iTunes selection, control an internet radio station, and even time your baking!

Wake up to the serenity of your musical selection. Put to rest the goofy retro beeps and buzzing of a bedside alarm clock or cell phone. Use Alarm Clock Pro when waking up, as a reminder to take medications, or keep social appointments. At work, schedule follow up appointments with clients, set break reminders, run the office radio, set project timers, or discreetly monitor employee workspaces.

Features

  • iTunes Enhanced - Connect directly with iTunes to play a specific playlist or the entire library! Shuffle or play songs in sequence.
  • On-Screen Notifications - Display passive onscreen notifications that serve as great reminders!
  • Built-in Jingles...
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20:59
Artlantis Studio 6.5.2.11 - 3D rendering of interior...

Artlantis Studio is a unique and ideal tool for performing very high-resolution rendering easily and in real time. The new FastRadiosity engine now lets you compute images in radiosity-even in preview. Another innovative feature of Artlantis is that 3D objects and vegetation can be used directly in the preview window by simply dragging and dropping them. This enables users to work on different scenarios quickly and to simulate true virtual scenes in a real environment.



Version 6.5.2.11:

  • Render Manager - Artlantis 6.5 optimizes rendering calculation times with the new Render Manager. Similar to the earlier Artlantis "batch rendering" feature, Render Manager allows users to launch the calculation of images, panoramas and animations on their own computers. Thanks to an application installed on the other Mac or PC computers connected to their local network, the Render Manager scatters the renderings among all the network computers,...
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20:59
Divvy 1.5.1 - Create custom workspaces, dividing...

Divvy is an entirely new way of managing your workspace. It allows you to quickly and efficiently "divvy up" your screen into exact portions.

With Divvy, it is as simple as calling up the interface, clicking and dragging. When you let go, your window will be resized and moved to the relative position on the screen. If that seems like too much work, you can go ahead and create as many different shortcuts as you'd like that resize and move your windows in exactly the same way.

Divvy is designed to be quick, simple and elegant. We want it to stay out of your way as much as possible while providing the most powerful window management available today.

Take a look at the screencast!



Version 1.5.1:

  • Fix for Divvy crash when waking from sleep on the late 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar
  • Fix for macOS 10.12 warning that '"Divvy"...
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20:59
MacCleanse 5.1.7 - $29.95

MacCleanse is the product of thousands of hours of intense research and development. It meticulously scans all of the nooks and crannies of a computer for unnecessary junk that can take up huge amounts of disk space! Because of this, Apps in MacCleanse are also uninstalled correctly, catching the numerous logs, caches, plugins, and other resources left behind versus simply dragging them to the Trash. Your privacy is protected and computer performance enhanced by MacCleanse as it wipes your web and app histories, and can toggle resource-hungry extensions!



Version 5.1.7:

  • Scan no longer stalls



  • OS X 10.7 or later



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20:59
Acorn 5.6.3 - 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
BetterTouchTool 2.04 - Customize Multi-Touch...

BetterTouchTool adds many new, fully customizable gestures to the Magic Mouse, Multi-Touch MacBook trackpad, and Magic Trackpad.

These gestures are customizable:

  • Magic Mouse:
    • Pinch in / out (zoom)
    • single-finger tap left
    • single-finger tap right
    • single-finger tap middle
    • single-finger tap
    • single-finger click middle
    • two-finger tap
    • two-finger click
    • two-finger swipe (up/down/left/right)
    • two-finger tip tap left/right
    • three-finger tap
    • three-finger click
    • three-finger swipe (up/down/left/right)
    • four-finger swipe up/down
    • four-finger click
    • TipTap left/right
  • Touchpad:
    • single-finger tap top-left
    • single-finger tap top-right
    • single-finger tap top-middle
    • single-finger tap bottom-left
    • single-finger tap bottom-right
    • single-...
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20:59
calibre 2.79.0 - Complete e-book library management...

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

Manage, convert, sync, and more

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



Version 2.79.0:

New Features:

  • Windows: Make...
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20:59
WALTR 1.7.3 - $29.95

WALTR is designed to make it easy to convert and transfer any music or video file to an iPad or iPhone format for native playback. It supports a huge variety of media file types, including MP3, MP4, AVI, CUE, WMA, M4R, AAC, M4V, M4A, FLAC, ALAC, MKV, and more. It even supports file types that are not normally compatible with iOS, including MKV, AVI, FLAC, and CUE, allowing them to be played in the native Music and Movie apps on iOS. Using WALTR is simple. After closing iTunes, a user just needs to plug an iPhone or iPad into a Mac and open the WALTR app. The iOS device and its available storage space is listed at the top of the app, and files can be dragged to the blank space in the app for immediate transfer to the iOS device. Uploads begin as soon as a file is dragged into the WALTR app, and most uploads are very quick, taking a few seconds. Once a file has been transferred to the iPhone or iPad, it is accessible in either the native Movies or Music app on the...

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20:56
Android's instant tethering is now officially...

Instant tethering started making its way to some Android users in late January, allowing them to set up an automatic hotspot connection between devices. Now that the feature is officially available, more people should have access to it -- but it stil...

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HBO's 'Silicon Valley' returns April...

HBO's tech-industry satire Silicon Valley will return for its fourth season on April 24th. Despite its usual lead-in Game of Thrones likely getting a late start on its seventh season, Pied Piper & Co. are returning in their usual spring window. W...

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Photo of Magic Leap AR prototype leaks out, backpack...

In December, a report by The Information indicated that well-funded startup Magic Leap wasn't nearly as close to producing its vaunted augmented reality headset as demo reels had suggested. CEO Rony Abovitz responded by claiming it had completed a "P...

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NBC: Russia 'considers' sending Snowden...

A report by NBC News cites unnamed US intelligence sources claiming that Russian officials are deliberating a handover of Edward Snowden as a "gift" to the Trump administration. Since leaking information on the NSA's "PRISM" surveillance, the former...

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Apple CEO Takes a Magical Ride to Several Major...

After meeting with Britain's Prime Minister Prime Minister Theresa May this morning over tea and politics, Apple's CEO took some time during his London stopover to visit The Brit School of Performing Arts and Technology where Macs are used front and center throughout the school for music,....

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First look: Apple's BeatsX earphones with...




Apple on Friday released BeatsX, a long-delayed wireless earphone product in the Beats line that incorporates the company's new W1 chip into a tethered headset design. AppleInsider goes hands-on in this first look video.

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Tim Cook says AR is a 'big idea,' likens...




Apple CEO Tim Cook continues to drop hints about the company's ambitions to enter the augmented reality space, most recently saying the technology is "for everyone," much like the now ubiquitous smartphone.

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California bill doesn't want Netflix to be...

Proposed legislation in California aims to prohibit video-streaming services, such as Netflix, Hulu and YouTube, from being taxed as utilities by local municipalities. The AB 252 bill, called the Streaming Tax Relief of Entertainment And Movies (STRE...

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15:16
Hands-On With Apple's New BeatsX Earphones

Apple's long-awaited BeatsX Earphones became available for purchase this morning, giving Apple customers an alternative to the hard-to-find AirPods.

Priced at $149.95, BeatsX Earphones are wireless like AirPods, but are connected together with a cord that makes them easier to keep track of and better suited to active lifestyles. We managed to get our hands on a set of BeatsX Earphones to give MacRumors readers a closer look at Apple's latest product.

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BeatsX Earphones feature the same W1 chip that's built into the AirPods, which makes pairing to any iOS device quick and simple, and because the BeatsX Earphones are connected via a cable, there's a space for an in-line remote for controlling media playback,...

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SDPD finds that body cameras reduce misconduct and...

According to an internal report released to the public this week, the San Diego Police Department has seen a significant drop in allegations against officers for both misconduct and overall use-of-force in the three years since the department adopted...

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TextExpander 6.1.5

Adds support for importing settings from TextExpander 5 and for synchronizing some preferences with the new TextExpander for Windows. ($40 annual subscription, $20 upgrade subscription, free update from version 6, 6.4 MB)

 

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Valve is making it easier to publish games with...

Valve is ditching its oft-maligned Steam Greenlight system for something more straightforward. For the uninitiated, Greenlight is a community-focused program that uses a voting system to determine which games are published on Steam. Developers post i...

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14:30
AWT News Update: February 10, 2017

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly wears a pair of Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality glasses aboard the International Space Station during his year in space. Image via NASA

It's another Slow News Friday™, so we're looking at Tim Cook's recent comments in a newspaper interview about the topic of augmented reality (AR). Cook has brought up AR on numerous occasions in the past year, not only during interviews but on earnings calls as well. His interview this week with The Independent shows how passionate he is about what could be "as big as the smartphone" for Apple. 

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'FTL' successor shows off adorable mech...

If you've played FTL: Faster Than Light, you know that it's a sublime gaming experience, well deserving of its high ratings and devoted fan base. Developer Subset Games has just launched a teaser trailer for its follow-up title, Into The Breach. FTL...

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13:56
Making more outside the App Store

Obviously, this is not applicable to every developer or every app but it is interesting nonetheless.

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13:54
Astronaut filmed elusive blue lightning aboard the...

Some types of electrical discharge phenomena like blue jets and red sprites occur way above the altitudes where normal lightning occurs. That makes it tough to see them or even to confirm that they actually take place. There's a group of people livin...

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13:47
Tim Cook Thinks Augmented Reality is a 'Huge...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been on a whirlwind of a trip in Europe this week, making stops in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom to meet with everyone from students and developers to Apple retail employees and government officials.

On Thursday, Cook visited the Ustwo Games offices in London to meet the creators of popular iPhone game Monument Valley. There, he later sat down for a chat with The Independent's David Phelan to discuss a wide variety of topics, ranging from Apple's hardware roadmap to...

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13:42
Photo insight with Guy Edwardes: Orca and Eider Duck

This is a great example of something I teach in my class – great photographs often take a combination of hard work, knowledge, skill and luck. This story combines all of those elements.

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