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Monday March 13

09:50
Analyst: Apple dominates global, premium smartphone...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — UBS analyst Steven Milunovich says that the premium smartphone market returned to growth in the December quarter at up 8% with Apple outgrowing the market with a 19% growth. 

In Europe, the premium market grew 4%, with Apple climbing 16%. Apple's market share in Japan is up to 70%. Apple’s numbers in China numbers remain impacted by Vivo, Oppo, and Huawei claiming a combined 45% of the market. While the market grew 9%, the iPhone declined 19%. However, Apple remains the largest vendor in China, with 47% of the market.

For the remainder of the 2017 calendar year, Milunovitch predicts a "bulge" of iPhone 6 owners to upgrade after the expected September "iPhone 7s" and/or "iPhone 8" releases.

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09:39
Rumor: Apple hardware updates may come next week as...

We’d likely already see invites issued if Apple was planning to hold a major event in March, although that doesn’t rule out a spring event sometime next month yet. A new rumor today, however, suggests Apple could release new hardware as early as next week which would presumably happen without an event.

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09:36
Rumor: Apple could announce new products as soon as...

Apple is expected to announce new products later this month, most likely between Monday, March 20 and Friday, March 24, according to MacRumors.com, quoting “reputable supply chain analysts … who wish to remain anonymous.”

Those sources didn’t disclose which products it expects Apple to announce, but high on the list is a trio of new iPad Pros, including an all-new 10.5-inch model with slimmer bezels and updated 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch versions. 

Of course, it’s always possible (fingers crossed) that we could see new iMacs announced. On the other hand, it’s unusual for Apple to unveil new tablets without a media event, as it has done the past four years.

Plus, my AWT compadre, Steve Sande, has predicted an...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13-inch MacBook Pro w/ Touch...

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09:23
News: Apple adds categories, new product updates to...

Apple has placed a renewed emphasis on updating its improved HomeKit page with updates on newly announced products, but may have let the cat out of the bag too early on the ecobee4 in the process. Apple recently updated the page with a new design, marking unreleased products with either “Announced” or “Coming Soon” tags and grouping HomeKit-compatible products into categories like Security, Fans, Lights, etc. where the devices…

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09:18
Rumor: Apple's new iPad Pros could debut next...




With new iPad Pro models expected soon, a new rumor claims that Apple is set to unveil new products as soon as next week, even though no event invitations have been issued to the press.

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09:09
Nintendo’s Switch is using an outdated version of...

The just-released Nintendo Switch is proving to be quite popular among gamers, but it has also caught the attention of hackers who may be interested in exploiting vulnerabilities present in the console. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time such a thing has occurred, as we think back on jailbreaks that were released for the PS3, the Nintendo Wii, and other popular game consoles.

It just so happens that a vulnerability discovered in the Nintendo Switch has a slight iOS correlation — the console uses an outdated version of WebKit, the same version of WebKit used to leverage an iOS 9.3.x jailbreak in the past. That’s not to say that a Nintendo Switch jailbreak is imminent or even in the cards at this time, but a known working exploit is available to make arbitrary code execution a possibility. more…

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09:07
Despite China weakness, Apple's '...




A new analyst report sees Apple outperforming an expanding premiums smartphone market, with the company garnering its highest market share in four years in the US, Japan, and Europe.

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09:02
Apple’s best ‘Real problems… answered’ iPad Pro ads...

Apple recently kicked off a new iPad Pro ad campaign that highlights problems real people have with PCs and how iPads can be better solutions.

So far Apple has shared seven installments in its ‘Real problems… answered’ series, but there are at least two more ads in the wild that haven’t been published on YouTube.

more…

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09:01
Apple Expected to Announce New Products as Soon as...

Apple is expected to announce new products later this month, most likely between Monday, March 20 and Friday, March 24, according to reputable supply chain analysts we spoke to who wish to remain anonymous. The analysts said the information is from its own sources and not based on other reports.

The research firm did not disclose which products it expects Apple to announce, but rumors have widely suggested at least a trio of new iPad Pro models will be unveiled as early as this month, including an all-new 10.5-inch model with slimmer bezels and updated 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch versions.

The sources expecting an iPad refresh include, among others, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis, and...

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08:46
macOS Logging Subsystems In A Gist

If you happen to be tweaking the macOS subsystems for logging, I’ve put them into a little python class. If you need it, find it at this gist:

https://gist.github.com/krypted/495e48a995b2c08d25dc4f67358d1983

Could use an array of all the levels, TTLs, and options. But I’ll get to that when I get some time. If this is all you need, though:

class Logging(object):

__name__ = 'logger.info(1)'
plist = '/System/Library/Preferences/Logging/Subsystems/'

def __init__(__name__, plist, *args, **kwargs):
super(getLogger/, self).__init__()

logger.info('Input parameters:\n'
'accessibility: "{com.apple.Accessibility.plist}"\n'
'StandaloneHIDFudPlugins: "{com.apple.StandaloneHIDFudPlugins.plist}"\n'
'duetactivityscheduler: "{com.apple.duetactivityscheduler.plist...

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08:39
Apple updates HomeKit accessories page with...




Apple this week updated its webpage for supporting HomeKit accessories with changes like new categories, and rough indications of when some future devices will ship.

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08:34
External Link: Apple Gaining Ground in the Enterprise

Apple may be slipping in the education market, but the company is doing well in the enterprise. In a survey of 300 IT professionals, managers, and executives in large commercial organizations, Apple device management firm Jamf found that 91 percent of respondents use macOS and 99 percent use iOS. Jamf says, “Apple is gaining ground in the enterprise because employees prefer devices they use in their personal lives.” It’s hard to know quite what to make of Jamf’s findings since the fact that one department in a multinational conglomerate might rely on the Mac doesn’t necessarily mean that the company “uses” macOS in a significant way. Nevertheless, given Apple’s recent partnership with IBM and other enterprise initiatives, it’s good to see indications of growth.

 

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08:27
Pandora's new Premium streaming service leans...

After what feels like an eternity of teases and rumors, Pandora is finally ready to take the wraps off its on-demand streaming service. On Monday, Pandora revealed Pandora Premium.

For $10 per month, Premium subscribers get on-demand access to Pandora’s music catalog in addition to its popular radio service. Pandora didn't announce the size or specifics of the new service’s music catalog, however.

Premium breaks from Pandora’s roots as an Internet radio service that proved unusually good at matching songs into a continuous playlist thanks to the company’s Music Genome Project. Yet Premium will still rely on the MGP technology for some of its features.

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08:06
News: Google releases Uptime app for watching and...

Google’s Area 120 program has just released a new iOS app called Uptime, allowing U.S. users to share YouTube videos with one another and chat in real time while watching them. The app also provides the ability to add reactions or comments, allows users to curate lists of their favorite YouTube clips and provides daily recommendations from friends and people you follow. The app is free on the App Store, but you’ll need to use the invitation…

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08:00
Path Finder 7.4.6 - Powerful, award-winning Finder...

Path Finder makes you a master of file management. Take full control over your file system. Save your time: compare and synchronize folders, view hidden files, use Dual Pane and full keyboard navigation to browse your file system. Work how you want: extreme customization allows you to access most tools in many different ways to suit your workflow. Work seamlessly with other platforms: don't leave any hidden .DS_Store files on non-Mac volumes, delete files securely and completely with the powerful delete feature from any volume type, search any network volume.

Features

  • View and manipulate hidden files
  • Dual Pane View
  • Full keyboard navigation
  • Folder comparison and synchronization
  • Folder merging
  • Batch renaming
  • Powerful file filtering
  • One-click dual-pane copy
  • Bookmarks and Tab Presets
  • ACL editor
  • File tagging
  • Editable Path Navigator
  • Powerful...
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08:00
Get a Lifetime License for iCareFone for Mac: Just $...

Have a Mac and an iPhone? iCareFone for Mac is an iPhone utility from TenorShare that's designed to protect, repair, clean, optimize and speed up your favorite phone. This lifetime license gives you all minor and major upgrades for just $19.95. What can iCareFone for Mac do for you? 

  • Transfer photos & music between iPhone and Mac w/ one click
  • Easily organize & manage contacts, photos, apps & music
  • Organize & manage 8 types of files: Contacts, Notes, Calendars, Apps, Music, Videos, Bookmarks & Photos
  • Export & transfer files to your computer in the form of xls, .doc, .txt, .pdf, .jpg & more
  • Easily add or delete files from your iPhone
  • Merge duplicated contacts on your iPhone/iPad/ iPod
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07:49
Nintendo Switch exploit discovered, leverages old...




Hackers have worked out a way to "jailbreak" the Nintendo Switch by attacking the game console's web browser, a technique that reused a vulnerability discovered in early 2016 commonly used to jailbreak iPhones running iOS 9.3.

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07:45
Intel Makes Largest Takeover in Israel's...

Back on July 01, 2016 Patently Apple posted a report covering the BMW, Intel and Mobileye press event announcing the BMW autonomous car for 2021. Today, Intel made history in Israel by making the largest acquisition of an Israeli technology company ever.

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07:35
How to Identify High-Performance GPU Apps on the...

Is your MacBook Pro with Touch Bar getting less battery life per charge than you think it should? The culprit could be applications that are forcing it to use the high-performance graphics processor. Here’s how to tell which GPU is in use and which applications to close to switch to the integrated processor.

 

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07:27
Pandora guns for Spotify & Apple Music with new...




Pandora on Monday announced that its long-promised on-demand music service -- Pandora Premium -- is rolling out this week, challenging rivals like Apple and Spotify with a handful of unique features, mostly focused on personalization.

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07:17
The typography of Broadway

This is an amazing visual catalog of the typography up and down Broadway in New York City. Each photo has a slide that reveals the font (in one direction) and the font in place on a building or sign (the other direction). Beautiful implementation.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:17
Apple now tracks and promotes all available and...

Apple has overhauled its list of compatible HomeKit accessories with a major update this month. Apple now details accessories by category rather than brand and provides a much more comprehensive list with external links and availability status.

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07:10
33 photos of the rise and fall of Apple

This is a collection of photos that take you from the birth of Apple, through their early successes, then through the dark days leading to the return of Steve Jobs in 1997. Nice little one page walk through history.

One side bit of trivia: Gil Amelio, the CEO who brought Jobs back, was on the team that first demonstrated the charge-coupled-device, the hardware that made digital cameras possible.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:01
Key wireless charging company Powermat seeking to...

While all the signs are pointing toward Apple bringing wireless charging to all three of this year’s iPhones, there are still a lot of question marks out there – one of which is compatibility with existing charging kit.

One of the biggest suppliers of wireless charging mats for everything from cars to coffee shops is seeking to offer reassurance there, stating that it plans to support ‘whatever wireless charging protocol Apple employs’ …

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06:58
The little-known iPhone feature that lets blind...

David Pogue:

A few years ago, backstage at a conference, I spotted a blind woman using her phone. The phone was speaking everything her finger touched on the screen, allowing her to tear through her apps. My jaw hit the floor. After years of practice, she had cranked the voice’s speed so high, I couldn’t understand a word it was saying.

And here’s the kicker: She could do all of this with the screen turned off. Her phone’s battery lasted forever.

Ever since that day, I’ve been like a kid at a magic show. I’ve wanted to know how it’s done. I’ve wanted an inside look at how the blind could navigate a phone that’s basically a slab of featureless glass.

This week, I got my chance. Joseph Danowsky offered to spend a morning with me, showing me the ropes.

Fascinating video, terrific article. A nice, detailed day in the life with VoiceOver.

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06:52
News: ‘Game of Thrones’ stars to appear on ‘Carpool...

STARKpool Karaoke? Lane of Thrones?@SophieT and @Maisie_Williams from @GameOfThrones are shooting a #CarpoolKaraoke for @applemusic! pic.twitter.com/hmJjRqBlnc— Carpool Karaoke (@CarpoolKaraoke) March 12, 2017 “Game of Thrones” stars Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner will be among the celebrity duos singing behind the wheel in Apple Music’s new “Carpool Karaoke” show, the pair announced in a video on Twitter. The…

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06:44
Google launches Uptime collaborative YouTube viewing...




Google's "Area 120" incubator project has developed Uptime -- an iPhone app for watching YouTube videos collaboratively with other users of the app.

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06:43
Pandora’s on-demand Apple Music/Spotify competitor...

This week Pandora is launching its on-demand music service with features like what other subscription services including Apple Music and Spotify offer. Before now Pandora has primarily served streaming radio stations based on artists and tracks. Pandora Premium opens the service’s catalog of music up to on-demand access for a monthly fee.

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06:40
New rev of LG 5K UltraFine Display solves problem...

Zac Hall, 9to5Mac:

Earlier this year we reported issues with using the LG UltraFine 5K Display with new MacBook Pros near wireless access points including Apple wireless routers. LG acknowledged issues caused by poor shielding, inventory was pulled from Apple Stores, and revised hardware with proper shielding is now shipping and should be in Apple Stores soon. This week we got our hands on one of the new models with shielding improvements to put to the test and see if the issues have really been resolved.

A rare third party product that has become critical path for Apple. An important problem to fix.

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06:38
Intel scooping up an automotive tech company for $15...

Apple may or may not be working on an “Apple Car,” but Intel is interested in such technology. The company has announced a $15.3 billion acquisition of Israeli automotive technology company Mobileye N.V.

The $63.54-per-share deal is expected to close within the next nine months, Intel said. Shares of Mobileye jumped nearly 32% on the news. 

Mobileye develops vision-based advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) providing warnings for collision prevention and mitigation. Mobileye N.V. headquarters and main R&D centre is located in Jerusalem, Israel, operating under the company name Mobileye Vision Technology Ltd.

Intel says self-driving cars will represent a $70 billion market by the year 2030. Each self-driving car on the road will generate 4 terabytes of data per hour by the year 2020, thecompany estimates.

“This massive amount of data...

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06:34
Apple finishes first in undercover tech support...

Laptop Magazine:

Not every company offers first-class tech support for its laptops. With confusing web resources, unhelpful social media accounts and clueless phone reps, many brands put a lot of unnecessary obstacles between consumers and the help they need.

That’s why, for over 10 years, Laptop Mag has published its annual Tech Support Showdown, in which we go undercover to test and grade the most popular laptop brands.

Apple has Apple Stores combined with excellent phone support. Over the last year, they’ve supplemented this approach with the excellent @AppleSupport Twitter account. Sure, there are stumbles, but Apple remains strong in this area, even as they grow in size and in product lines they have to support.

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06:32
Intel to acquire Mobile for $15.3 billion

Intel (www.intel.com) has announced a $15.3 billion acquisition of Israeli automotive technology company Mobileye N.V. The $63.54-per-share deal will bring Mobileye’s leadership in the development of computer vision and machine to Intel.

The deal is expected to close within the next nine months, Intel said. Shares of Mobileye jumped nearly 32% on the news.

Intel says self-driving cars will represent a $70 billion market by the year 2030. Each self-driving car on the road will generate 4 terabytes of data per hour by the year 2020, the company estimates.

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06:21
Powermat developing 'adaptation plan' to...

In the wake of recent news that Apple has joined the Wireless Power Consortium — and rumors that the “iPhone 8” will support wireless charging — wireless power company, Powermat, says it will be ready to support iPhones with “whateverwireless charging protocol Apple employs.”

Apple has the ability to bring wireless charging into the mainstream by the sheer volume of iPhones in the market, says Powermat CEO Elad Dubzinski. Regardless of which standard the iPhone maker will ultimately adopt or whether they'll develop their own proprietary technology, “we believe the category is big enough for everyone to play,” he adds.

Powermat currently leads the category in real estate with wireless charging capability being installed in Starbucks stores across the U.S. and abroad.  There are currently 12,000 Powermat charging spots used regularly by consumers in public venues. The company’s products are also currently installed...

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06:13
Flyer works with Apple’s Messages app

A company called Flyr (www.flyrtv.com) has launched what it says is the first interactive storytelling platform, enabling instant hypermedia content creation through automated design and video editing. It works with Apple’s Messages app, as well as Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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06:12
Samsung Suppliers Openly Doubt that Apple will be...

Apple introduced Touch ID in September 2013. Copycat Samsung was desperate to match Apple's new biometrics based solution, but in October 2013 Patently Apple reported that Samsung had failed in being able to deliver this feature for their then Galaxy Note 3. Samsung had blamed one of their suppliers for the failure to deliver a solution on time. Well, Samsung is doing it all over again as Apple is set to deliver Touch ID beneath the display of the iPhone 8

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06:10
'Game of Thrones' stars Maisie Williams...




Two more celebrities have announced their involvement with the Apple Music version of "Carpool Karaoke," this time "Game of Thrones" stars Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner.

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06:09
Intel buying Mobileye for $15.3B to expand further...




In the largest purchase of an Israeli tech company ever, Apple chip partner Intel will dole out $15.3 billion for Mobileye, a company known for anti-collision, driver assistance, and autonomous driving solutions.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Nope Webcam Covers, 6 Pack

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering a six-pack of Nope Webcam Covers for only $14.99 — that’s 31% off the regular price. Available in gunmetal or silver, these sleek, modern cam covers will protect your laptop and smartphone while matching their aesthetic better than a post-it note would. The six-pack includes two Nopes and four Nope Minis that magnetically and adhesively attach to your laptop, smartphone, tablet, or desktop webcam.…

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05:56
Notable apps and app updates for March 13, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

ShEk Tech has launched Missiles and Planes 1.0. The free game offers a test of your skills to complete Air Force missions. Players need to pilot the aircraft and complete a mission, all while enemy missiles lock onto your plane.

LastThink has introduced Learning English Language 1.0. The free, English language learning game has more than 8000 words with images, phonetic transcriptions and pronunciations.

MakeProg Technologies has released ...

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05:37
DiskCatalogMaker 6.6.2 - Catalog your disks.

DiskCatalogMaker is a simple disk management tool which catalogs disks.

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



Version 6.6.2:

Note: Currently available for $29.99

  • Fixed a problem that could not open moved startup catalog files
  • Fixed some minor bugs



  • OS X 10.7 or later



Download Now]]>

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05:32
Game of Thrones stars Maisie Williams & Sophie...

Apple has been busily teasing its upcoming Carpool Karaoke series, the Late Late Show spinoff it bought last year. The segment will stream 16 weekly episodes exclusively to Apple Music subscribers, starting next month.

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05:15
JPMorgan Chase purchases CurrentC, looks to develop...

If you were curious as to what happened to CurrentC, the intended mobile payment service that was intended to compete with Apple Pay a few years ago, there’s an answer: JPMorgan bought it out.

Oddly enough, Chase Bank played both sides and was one of a few major banks to partner with Apple when Apple Pay launched back in the fall of 2014, but several retailers including CVS and Walmart blocked or denied plans to accept Apple Pay due to an upcoming CurrentC app and commitments to MCX, the company developing CurrentC.

Some CurrentC backers including Rite Aid and Best Buy eventually changed their course and added Apple Pay as a payment option in stores, and last summer efforts to bring CurrentC to market finally ended.

Chase currently remains an Apple Pay backer, although its in-house payment service, knows as “Chase Pay”, is based on MCX technology. Although CurrentC is dead, JPMorgan Chase says it has acquired MCX to help bring Chase Pay to more retailers....

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05:05
The global security app market expands in 2016

According to the IDC research group (IDC)< the total security appliance market showed positive growth in both vendor revenue and unit shipments for the fourth quarter of 2016 (4Q16).

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05:00
Cortana updated to version 2.0.0, incorporates...

If you’re curious about Cortana on iOS, Microsoft has overhauled the app and released version 2.0.0 on the App Store.

The company on Friday released an updated Cortana app with the goal of simplifying how the AI assistant works on iOS.

The refreshed app loads faster, and defaults into listening for voice commands and questions. The homescreen can also display Google Now-style information cards on items like news, weather, traffic, package deliveries, and nearby restaurants.

Users can access most functions in the app by tapping an icon in the lower-left corner that activates “quick action” buttons. In addition to news and weather, users can set and view alarms and reminders, check and organize meetings, and get help with the app.

Microsoft has revamped how Cortana’s reminders work, incorporating the app’s calling and texting functions when needed. The app also now provides full-page answers to search queries.

Cortana is likely of less use to...

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05:00
Kool Tools: Fluance subwoofer

Fluance’s DB12. is a subwoofer that delivers powerful bass performance, resulting in an immersive experience when listening to music or watching a film

While most recordings contain bass frequencies that traditional speakers cannot easily reproduce, the DB12 is designed specifically to reproduce those ultra-low bass frequencies. Equipped with a 12-inch long front firing throw driver, it offers longer excursion and controlled linearity for a smoother, deeper bass performance.

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05:00
If these Apple patents come to fruition, I'll...

In 2013 Apple filed three patents that showed the company is working on ways let you loan or re-sell the digital content you purchase on iTunes. That's a great idea; if it ever comes to fruition, I'll be more inclined to buy even more content at the iTunes Store.

According to the patents, Apple is eyeing techniques for managing access to a digital content item (such as an ebook, music, movie, software application) to be transferred from one user to another. The transferor is prevented from accessing the digital content item after the transfer occurs.

Currently when you “buy” digital content such as books, music and movies from companies such as Apple and Amazon, you’re not truly buying them but renting them. Apple and Amazon grant “nontransferable” rights to use content. In other words, when you buy digital content, you own a license to use the digital files, but you don’t truly own them. I’ve bought lots of music and movies on iTunes. However, unless the law changes...

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04:51
Google staff have created an iPhone-only app to...

Google’s famous ’20 percent time’ – where employees could spend the equivalent of one day a week working on a side project of their own choosing – has led to some pretty impressive results, including Gmail, Google Maps and the company’s ad network Adsense.

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04:30
PortraitPro for macOS a fine addition to your photo...

By Aaron Lee

Anthropics Technology’s PortraitPro is macOS compatible, retouching software with face relighting technology that offers a fast, easy way to touch up your photos.

With version 12, it added new face relighting technology, so you can now literally show your subject in their best light. It has an enhanced capability to slim faces and take off the weight off that the camera puts on.

Version 15 adde full make-up controls, allowing you to apply lipstick, eyeshadow, blusher and more. It also added:  the ability to fix portraits taken with a wide-angled lens with a simple slider; advanced skin coloring controls; improved facial detection; and support for Mac Retina displays.

PortraitPro incorporates Anthropics' skin enhancer that retains natural skin texture when removing blemishes. The brush also detects edges automatically, making it fast to use.

What's more...

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04:10
Comment: Making sense of the conflicting reports on...

Seemingly conflicting reports on the iPhone 8 screen have been causing confusion, some earlier reports describing a curved screen, while Business Insider notes that some analysts expect a flat display.

A large number of reports have suggested that the screen on that new device will be curved but an increasing number of iPhone watchers believe it will actually be flat.

The apparent contradictions may, however, be down to little more than semantics …

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04:00
How to use the Dock in macOS Sierra

The Mac’s Dock is the place where you can keep items you use frequently in macOS Sierra. You can add or remove items from the Dock, make it larger or smaller, or even hide it altogether.

Folders in the Dock are called stacks. By default, the Dock comes with a Downloads stack.

To open an app, stack, or file in the Dock, simply click it. You can also open a file by dragging it over the app in the Dock. For example, to open a document you created in Pages, drag it over the Pages icon in the Dock.

Open a Finder window, click the Finder icon (the smiling face at the left end of the Dock). You can also perform various app actions by pressing and holding an app icon in the Dock, or by Control-clicking an icon.

To add an item, drag it to the Dock. Drag files and folders to the right of the Dock’s separator, and apps to the left. If you moved the...

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Sunday March 12

22:11
Artist runs an electronic sound exhibit using his...

Russian artist Vtol is no stranger to making sounds with unusual technology, but one of his latest projects might top them all. He recently created Until I Die, an electronic sound installation powered by himself -- namely, his blood. His creation...

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20:59
PulpMotion Advanced 3.6.1 - Create animations using...

PulpMotion Advanced is the next generation slideshow and animation software for your media.

PulpMotion Advanced creates slideshow based on highly customizable themes. It allows you to present your pictures as well as your video in a single animation you can share as video, screensaver or executable player.

PulpMotion Advanced makes your pictures come to life with animation created from regions of interest you can easily define with the integrated editor. Your pictures are no more static but reveal a new dimension. You can also record audio comments on the fly, add music and let PulpMotion Advanced take care of the synchronization and sound transitions.

Create never-seen-before animations in no time and tell you stories with style... with PulpMotion Advanced.



Version 3.6.1:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.8 or later

  • Fixed update Feeds.
  • Fixed possible crashes in themes.
  • Added...
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20:59
Study says Fukushima region is safe enough for...

Fukushima's ill-fated nuclear power plant may still be so dangerous that it kills robots, but residents are trickling back as officials decide that radiation levels are safe in some areas. But are they safe enough that you'd never have to worry abou...

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19:44
Detroit Electric's EV business gets a $1.8...

Do you remember Detroit Electric? You're forgiven if you don't -- the American automaker vowed to make electric sports cars exciting back in 2013, but a combination of production delays (it delivered its first car in 2016) and Tesla's rapid rise larg...

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18:54
KGI: Samsung’s Galaxy S8 lacks ‘attractive selling...

Prominent Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI is out this weekend with a new investor note, but this one focuses almost entirely on Samsung and its upcoming Galaxy S8 refresh. Nevertheless, there are a couple of tidbits about Apple inside the report…

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18:13
'Breath of the Wild' creators explain how...

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild isn't just the series' best game in years, it's also unlike any title in the series -- it's an open-world experience where you're free to find your own solutions to challenges. But just how did Nintendo manage...

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17:56
What it's like playing 'Rez Infinite...

At SXSW last year, Sony showed off a bunch of unusual and intriguing prototypes from its Future Lab division. In 2017, Sony's going even bigger: a huge space called the Wow Factory has stuff from the Future Lab as well as a whole host of immersive VR...

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17:00
Panasonic pushes buttons with smart home prototypes...

Panasonic isn’t the first company that comes to mind when you think of visionary tech that pushes the envelope. I picture an old TV my family once owned that eventually made way for a newer model from a different brand. But the company’s Game Changer Catapult division took over a bar at South by Southwest and rebranded it as Panasonic House to test some new ideas in unexpected ways.

The company showed off a DIY dry-cleaning machine called MonStyle, an Ambient Media Player for turning a TV display into a work of art, and a home-fermenting machine that’s equal parts Blue Apron and slow cooker for kimchi fans.

Panasonic House was a showcase for protytpes—none of the devices on display has a price or planned release date. The company is using South by Southwest to gauge public reaction to these products. Panasonic was even tallying votes to see which gadget people want to see first. (The results have yet to be announced.)

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16:28
iOS podcast apps review roundup: Castro 2.3,...

Fleishman has a good overview of what are likely the three most popular podcast listening apps.

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16:25
The Levi's Commuter smart jacket has a ton of...

Google's mission with its Advanced Technology and Products group is to create innovations like Project Jacquard, which can turn objects into interactive, gesture-controlled surfaces. With the Levi's Commuter jacket, introduced in 2016, the technology...

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16:22
Joe Biden’s passionate plea at SXSW: ‘We need your...

Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot is a personal mission, one he’s forging ahead with after leaving office. A year after President Barack Obama took the South by Southwest stage, Biden and wife Dr. Jill Biden arrived in Austin to appeal to the festival’s technology entrepreneurs, developers, and engineers: “You’re the future,” Biden said. “You can make a gigantic impact. We need your ingenuity. We need you to help us reach people to change their behavior.”

Biden’s plea to techies, at times emotional when he spoke of his son Beau’s battle with cancer, was blunt about the challenges that impede cancer research. Scientists, oncologists, radiologists, immunologists, and all of the hospitals and research institutions that study the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer are only just now beginning to share their data with one...

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16:13
Tim Berners-Lee: I invented the web. Here are three...

Interesting and well thought out description of the problems Berners-Lee sees with today’s internet along with possible solutions. Sadly, it’s unlikely there’s going to be any effort to address the issues he describes.

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16:07
Take a ride on Positron’s Voyager, a full-motion...

Watching Tom Cruise embark on a dangerous mission aboard a zero-gravity plane sounds terrifying enough, but experiencing it next to him in a motion simulator is next-level. 

Thanks to Positron’s Voyager, a full-motion chair designed for cinematic VR, I got to do just that. A fleet of Voyagers are available to demo during South by Southwest as part of a promotion for the upcoming Tom Cruise action flick, The Mummy. The Voyager looks like an egg-shaped pod chair, but it’s far from an ordinary theater seat. It swivels, tilts, and provides haptic feedback to immerse you into whatever scene is unfolding in front you. But it doesn’t just stop there—the Voyager was designed to be paired up with VR headsets. Content is viewed through VR, but felt IRL.

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16:00
A closer look at the Meta 2 AR headset

We were impressed with the Meta 2 augmented reality headset last year, even though we were just looking at prototype hardware. Now, the company is shipping out the final version of the Meta 2 to developers, which includes some useful upgrades. Most i...

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15:25
NASA finds long-lost Indian lunar orbiter

India lost contact with its first lunar orbiter, the Chandrayaan-1, back in 2009. Now, NASA has revealed that the agency discovered its location in July 2016 after testing a method that can be used by future lunar missions. Chandrayaan-1 is a relativ...

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15:04
PulpMotion Advanced 3.6.1 - Create animations using...

PulpMotion Advanced is the next generation slideshow and animation software for your media.

PulpMotion Advanced creates slideshow based on highly customizable themes. It allows you to present your pictures as well as your video in a single animation you can share as video, screensaver or executable player.

PulpMotion Advanced makes your pictures come to life with animation created from regions of interest you can easily define with the integrated editor. Your pictures are no more static but reveal a new dimension. You can also record audio comments on the fly, add music and let PulpMotion Advanced take care of the synchronization and sound transitions.

Create never-seen-before animations in no time and tell you stories with style... with PulpMotion Advanced.



Version 3.6.1:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.8 or later

  • Fixed update Feeds.
  • Fixed possible crashes in themes.
  • Added...
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15:02
Designer imagines the borderless experience an OLED...

Yesterday, we rounded up everything we currently know about the iPhone 8, including the expected nearly bezel-less design and OLED display. One of the biggest benefits of OLED vs LCD is the deeper black that it can provide, which would pair almost perfectly with a “Dark Mode” in iOS.

Now, designer Vianney le Masne has imagined what the combination of a Dark Mode, OLED display, and bezel-less design could mean for app developers and designers…

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13:59
Logic Pros: Playing w/ SLOO synth’s Shed Load of...

One of the best things about widely supported DAWs like Logic Pro X is the wealth of third-party plug-ins available from both large companies and smaller developers. And today on Logic Pros, we are looking at SLOO, a new software synth that runs via the Native Instruments Reaktor platform (version 6 only).

SLOO, or Shed Loads of Oscillators, is a unique voice swarm synth that makes use of 48 oscillators or synth voices to create fantastical sounds. Everything from your typical lead synth on acid to some of the weirdest and complex modulations I have ever heard. Let’s take a look:

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13:56
Russia used a cybercriminal's botnet for a...

It's no secret that the lines between state-sponsored hacking and cybercrime are fuzzy. After all, relying on professional crooks offers plausible deniability if the intruders are ever caught. However, it's now apparent that those lines sometimes dis...

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13:21
Hands On: BusyCal's long development benefits...




If you're fine with Apple's free Calendar app, then BusyCal 3.1.5 is interesting just for its long history, but if you need more powerful features, the app is a strong contender for best-in-class.

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12:27
Pinterest gives everyone in the US access to its...

Pinterest's visual search tool isn't quite ready to hop out of beta yet, but the company is giving a lot more people the chance to try it out. The new feature, called Lens, is now open to all Android and iOS users in the US after a month-long trial w...

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12:15
Gawker founder Nick Denton believes the 'good...

“Facebook makes me despise many of my friends and Twitter makes me hate the rest of the world,” Gawker founder Nick Denton said.

The publishing pioneer, who connected with fellow bloggers at South by Southwest in the early days of web publishing, returned to the festival Sunday to reflect on the demise of his company and what lies ahead for the internet in the years after Donald Trump’s presidential election. The future isn’t Facebook or Twitter, where fake news and trolls abound. Instead, it’s rooted in Reddit—or at least something like Reddit, Denton said.

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11:34
How to stream March Madness live on iPhone, iPad,...

March is here, which means it’s time for one of the biggest sporting events of the year: March Madness. As conference tournaments wrap up, Selection Sunday takes place tonight to set the field for this year’s festivities.

The NCAA has almost always been a leader in streaming the tournament and this year appears to be no different. Read on for instructions on how to stream March Madness on your iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, or Mac…

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10:56
Microsoft's playable ads let you try apps...

Did you think that Google's Instant Apps, where you can run Android programs without installing them, would be useful on other platforms? You're not alone. Microsoft has launched a preview version of Playable Ads, which let you try Windows 10 titles...

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10:16
Apple wins 7 Design Patents covering their Latest...

Late on Friday Apple was granted seven design patents covering their iPhone 7. Four of the design wins cover the iPhone 7 with its dual lens camera system. The remaining three design wins cover the iPhone 7 that carries ....

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10:00
Building your own chatbot is a lot easier than you...

Three of the undisputed kings of technology -- Microsoft, Facebook and Google -- all bet big on bots in 2016. It's too early to say whether or not that was a good move, but we can all agree that bots haven't gathered mainstream adoption yet. If you'r...

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09:56
EduTech: The best accessories for using iPad &...

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

In this week’s installment of EduTech, we’re taking a break from our recent app coverage to highlight some hardware that will make life in the classroom a bit easer. Specifically, we’re going to focus on iPad accessories that are of great use in the classroom, including keyboards, docks, styluses, and more.

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09:30
The best dehumidifier

By Kevin Purdy

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. Rea...

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08:38
Catch the highlights of Senator Cory Booker's...

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) is known for being an inspirational speaker, and he brought his game face to SXSW 2017. As one of the opening speakers for the show, he spent an hour answering questions and talking about what keeps him motivated and endles...

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08:00
After Math: Keep pace in the space race

It's been a productive week for those of us trying to get the hell off this crazy planet. NASA showed off a radiation-proof flight vest for interplanetary astronauts while Blue Origin debuted its latest rocket engine and previewed its upcoming New Gl...

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07:51
The best-designed battleships ever built

Read this story if only for the amazing photos. I’ve always had a soft spot for these magnificent ships. Aircraft carriers are bigger, can project force further and are (arguably) better but the brutality of a battleship, and the images firing those guns creates, has always fascinated me.

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07:46
Raindrops catapult bacteria into the air and it’s...

This is a lot more interesting than it had any right to be.

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07:15
Adidas is working on new, 'open' digital...

The acquisition of Runtastic gave Adidas a major boost in its fitness tech efforts, and it didn't hurt that the $238 million purchase came with over 100 million users attached. Since 2015, the year it bought the popular app, Adidas has focused on mak...

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06:30
Ben Heck's next three builds are meant to be...

You asked for bigger, better, longer-term builds, so the team is going to design three things that can be brought to market or to a crowdfunding site like Kickstarter. First up: Logic Bomb, a refactoring of the Hackmanji board game. How can it be...

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03:29
'The Mummy' in VR was shallow, but the...

VR seat company Positron teamed up with Universal at SXSW this year to showcase a "Zero Gravity VR Experience" tied in with the studio's The Mummy reboot.

While it fell (way) short of simulating weightlessness, it was nonetheless a nice way to watch...

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Saturday March 11

23:55
Tips: How to take screenshots from a fourth...




Sometimes, you've just got to get proof of the high score you just got on that Apple TV game, or if you're like us, you've got to take a screenshot to show something off. AppleInsider shows you how to take screenshots from your fourth-generation Apple TV without breaking out the camera.

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23:38
New York sets aside $5 million for its tech training...

New York's authorities want the state's residents to benefit from its ongoing transformation into a high-tech locale. Their new Tech Training Fund could be the key to make that happen. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that the Empire State is s...

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21:59
WhatsApp 0.2.3698 - 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 0.2.3698:

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21:59
Chromium 57.0.2987.98 - Fast and stable open-source...

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



Version 57.0.2987.98:

  • This update includes 36 security fixes.
  • This update has no Flash plugin

For more details view the complete release notes.



  • OS X 10.9 or later



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21:28
NASA offers first look at planet-rich Trappist-1...

NASA was quick to offer conceptual images of Trappist-1 and its abundance of Earth-sized planets. But what does the star system look like, really? At last, now we know... sort of. As part of a raw data release, NASA has offered a simple, 11-by-11...

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20:22
Senator Cory Booker on tech regulations and social...

U.S. Senator Cory Booker from New Jersey isn’t ready to talk about his rumored campaign for presidency in 2020, but he did sit down with Google’s senior counsel on civil and human rights Malika Saada Saar at South by Southwest on Friday to talk about the power of human connection and social justice. Oh, and tech’s influence on modern-day politics during, what he called, one of the most fear-based eras he’s ever seen. 

“These [last few months] are some of the darkest moments of my political career, but also some of the most inspiring, thanks in part to social media and other communication tools,” Booker said. 

Despite this fear-based climate, we now have access to information quicker than ever thanks to our always-on connected culture, but the key is engagement and what we do with this awareness. Here are three key takeaways of Senator Booker’s SXSW kickoff keynote. 

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19:55
Android 'Taste Test' helps you make a...

If you're an Android fan, there's a good chance you already know how to customize your home screen with launchers, icon packs and widgets. But what about everyday users? That's where Google wants to help. It just launched a #myAndroid Taste Test that...

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19:25
Hulu signs A+E Networks to its streaming TV service...

Hulu has announced that it has signed on A+E Networks to its upcoming live streaming TV service. Hulu made the announcement in a press release, saying that the network joins the ever-growing package of 40 live channels set to launch this spring

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18:53
iPhone 8: Everything we currently know about this...

Render created by Benjamin Geskin for iDropNews

A few months ago, we rounded up everything that had been rumored about this year’s flagship iPhone. Since then, however, things have changed. Some new details have emerged, some old rumors have been squashed, and more.

As we inch closer to the announcement of the tenth anniversary iPhone, we’re starting to narrow down what exactly the device might feature. It can get overwhelming with all of the contradicting reports, so read on for our full, updated breakdown of 2017 iPhone rumors…

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18:27
TAG Heuer confirms March 14th debut for its next...

Those rumors of TAG Heuer unveiling its next Android Wear watch this month? They're true. The brand has posted a pair of teasers confirming that it will unveil a future Connected smartwatch on March 14th. There are no major giveaways regarding the...

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18:24
Hands On: Microsoft OneNote is powerful, but needs...




The strength and weakness of Microsoft's note taking app, OneNote, is that it works best alongside Word and Outlook. AppleInsider tries it in and out of the walled garden.

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17:30
AirBar adds a few more touchscreen tricks to the...

We saw a prototype of the AirBar,an odd but useful device that sits below your MacBook Air's screen and turn it into a touchscreen, back at CES. But here at SXSW 2017, the company is back with a new model that's almost ready for production. The big d...

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16:45
'Toki' uses 3D printing and projection to...

Akinori Goto is a stop-motion animator who has translated his art to work with modern materials and techniques. Goto creates smooth movement by passing simple light through highly complex wire mesh sculptures. He's one of several artists picked to ex...

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16:00
This company can track motion with sound instead of...

When it comes to tracking physical objects in virtual spaces, pretty much every company is relying on light in some form. Oculus and HTC have their light mapping sensors, while Sony's PlayStation VR relies on infrared for its motion tracking camera....

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15:25
The smart jacket from Google and Levi's arrives...

It's been nearly two years since Google and Levi's announced their plans to work on connected garments, an idea born out of the tech giant's Advanced Technology and Products group. The first piece of this project is a connected jacket called the Comm...

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13:58
Alphabet's internet balloon chief leaves after...

Alphabet's Project Loon is running into some figurative turbulence in addition to the literal kind. Tom Moore, the satellite executive who was brought on as CEO to help Project Loon become a full-fledged business, has left the leadership position af...

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13:06
Apple may be funding Boeing Internet satellite...

OneWeb satellite concept. Via OneWeb

An interesting piece of speculation arrived at Apple World Today this morning via a reader who pointed us to a blog post by Tim Farrar of TMF Associates, a consulting firm providing technical and financial analysis regarding the telecom and satellite industries. Farrar, referring to last week's Satellite 2017 conference, says that "I heard from a number of sources at Satellite 2017 that Boeing's V-band development work is being funded by Apple, which is clearly trying to find the next big thing and has been exploring cars, TVs and other large market opportunities."

Many of the large satellite manufacturers, including Boeing, are seeing the market for large satellites in geosynchronous orbit dry up, with estimates for 2017 in the range of only 13 and 17 satellites. Farrar notes that "All...

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12:46
Analyst predicts weak demand for Samsung Galaxy S8,...




Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has chimed in on the imminent Galaxy S8 release, and is predicting a significant drop in sales when compared to the Galaxy S7 to date because of a lack of selling points, and an attractive possible "iPhone 8" release.

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12:29
Astronaut Jessica Meir will answer your questions on...

If you've got dreams of donning a spacesuit and going on trips outside the planet, don't miss Tumblr's Answer Time session today, March 11th. NASA's Jessica Meir will answer your questions starting at 4:30PM Eastern time, and it's a great chance to a...

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12:24
21 movies I’m embarrassed to admit I love

I agree with about a quarter of this list. Some of them are really bad films that I love anyway. No, I won’t tell you which ones they are.

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11:40
Tech Companies Weigh Responses to WikiLeaks Exposure


Following WikiLeaks' publication earlier this week of classified documents stolen from the CIA, major technology companies, including Apple, Samsung, Microsoft and Cisco, have been scrambling to assess the risks posed to their customers by the revelations. The so-called "Vault 7" leak includes information about methods and tools the CIA crafted to hack into products produced by those companies. Apple's initial analysis reportedly showed that many of the issues identifed in iOS already were patched in the latest version of the software.

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11:34
∞ Helm’s Deep: how to film an epic battle

I love these dissections of films and scenes.

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11:00
Why Senator Cory Booker draws inspiration from...

Despite the fact that social media can be pretty terrible (fake news, trolling women and people of color, the list goes on), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) remains a fan. In a wide-ranging talk that kicked off SXSW 2017 yesterday, Senator Booker took tim...

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10:53
New macOS app aims to make it easier to share your...

One of the practices that is becoming increasingly common on Twitter, for better or worse, is so-called tweetstorming. Twitter itself, however, doesn’t directly support tweetstorming, so instead, users generally number their tweets and type them out separately from each other.

A new tool from longtime blogger Dave Winer, however, aims to make it easier to share tweetstorms…

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10:16
SoundCloud reportedly considering selling for as...

As it faces increased competition from services like Apple Music and Spotify, SoundCloud is reportedly running out of money. According to a new report from Recode, SoundCloud has been trying to raise more than $100 million since last summer, but has ultimately been unable to do so…

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10:00
Recommended Reading: Netflix has a dud in Marvel...

'Iron Fist' Isn't Just
Racially Uncomfortable,
It's Also a Boring Show
Kwame Opam,
The Verge

Netflix's run of generating buzz with its Marvel original series has come to an end. The fourth show, Iron Fist, debuts next week and the reviews are alre...

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09:48
This week’s top stories: iPhone 8 news, iOS 10.3...

In this week’s top stories: More iPhone 8 news, iOS 10.3 beta 5, CIA exploits in the latest Wikileaks dump, the best aftermarket CarPlay options and much more.

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09:24
Become Tech Savvy: How to approach updating software...

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

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

Updating software on your Mac
Background, Expectations, & Best Practices

Staying up to date with software can sometimes be a confusing and frustrating task, these issues are usually caused by the various ways that different software is designed to update and where it was installed from. The good news is that Apple is continually improving how updates happen. With its latest operating system, macOS Sierra, there are some sharp features ...

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09:18
Skype for macOS updated with in-call support for...

Microsoft has quietly updated its Skype client for Mac to version 7.48 with a notable new feature for MacBook Pro users: Touch Bar support. The update, which is available now, allows MacBook Pro with Touch Bar users to more easily control their calls…

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08:44
Watch the trailer for a new retro iOS game coded...

Every so often we see an impressive work of development or art emerge that was made entirely with an iPad. This time, game studio 8BitMagicGames has released the first trailer for their upcoming game called Starsceptre. The game was developed entirely using Codea, a development suite that allows developers to code on their iPad…

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08:30
Apple wins Laptop Mag's tech support showdown (...

Not every company offers first-class tech support for its laptops. With confusing web resources, unhelpful social media accounts and clueless phone reps, many brands put a lot of unnecessary obstacles between consumers and the help they need.

That's...

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08:27
10 things your grocery store butcher can do for you...

For many of us, the local butcher is a thing of the past. But even your local supermarket usually has trained professional butchers who can do special requests. I’m lucky to have a “real” butcher near me (advantage of living in Farm Country) who can do special orders and cuts.

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08:24
WhatsApp 0.2.3698 - 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.



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08:22
Here’s what those white spirals inside airplane...

Jalopnik:

Working near a running jet engine is extraordinarily dangerous. A Boeing 737 engine, running at idle power, has a hazard zone of 9 feet to the front and sides of the engine. This means that, even at idle thrust, a human that walks in the hazard area runs the risk of being sucked inside and consumed by the engine. When the engine is above idle thrust, the hazard zone increases to 14 feet or more. Engines on larger jets, like the 777 have much larger hazard zones. It is absolutely critical that ground crews can identify a running engine and stay away from it.

So very clearly, the spiral is an important feature for helping keep the ground crew safe—pretty much every source out there agrees, here, and it makes a lot of sense. As for the bit about bird strikes, there doesn’t appear to be much conclusive data showing that swirls keep the birds away.

To warn ground crew which engine is spinning makes perfect sense but “the swirls fend off the birds” sounds...

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07:39
Chromium 57.0.2987.98 - Fast and stable open-source...

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



Version 57.0.2987.98:

  • This update includes 36 security fixes.
  • This update has no Flash plugin

For more details view the complete release notes.



  • OS X 10.9 or later



Download Now]]>

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07:00
SXSW 2017: What to watch out for over the weekend

The atmosphere here in Austin, Texas is warming up nicely (as is, thankfully, the weather). With the smell of BBQ and the constant strum of guitar now permanently lingering in the air, it can only mean one thing: SXSW's Interactive weekend is upon us...

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06:47
Microsoft updates Cortana for iOS with a fresh look

Microsoft gave its Cortana app for iOS a facelift Friday, replacing its old black and blue aesthetic with a new look that puts the assistant’s key features at users’ fingertips.

The app now features Quick Actions, so that users can tap a couple buttons and get Cortana to create an alarm, set a reminder, or tell them a joke. That means users can get at key features without having to talk or type queries, and it also gives them a framework for what they can do with the app, without them having to discover it on their own.

The virtual assistant market is a crowded one, between Cortana, Siri, Alexa and the Google Assistant all competing for users’ time and interest. Microsoft’s assistant is built deeply into PCs with Windows 10, but the company also needs to keep its apps for other mobile platforms up to date in order to meet users where they are.

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06:00
More U.S. households have Netflix than use DVRs

The number of households with Netflix now surpasses those with a DVR for the first time ever, a new study finds. The survey of 1,211 households throughout the United States, conducted by Leichtman Research Group (LRG), revealed that more than half of adults — 54%— have Netflix in their household. 

Meanwhile, 53% of households have a DVR. This is the first time that households with Netflix (including those sharing passwords) have surpassed the level of those with a DVR. In 2011, 44% of TV households had a DVR and 28% had Netflix. Other related findings include:

  • 64% of households get a subscription video on-Demand (SVOD) service from Netflix, Amazon Prime, and/or Hulu -- 51% of all adults stream any of these services on a monthly basis
  • 23% of all adults stream Netflix daily – compared to 6% in 2011
  • 81% of Netflix streaming users watch Netflix on a TV set
  • 64% of pay-TV...
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06:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Welcome to the weekend.

If you're missing the usual editor's letter then know that we are too, and the man that usually wrote it. After six years with Engadget Michael Gorman is moving on, but you can still find him at @numeson.

As for the rest of...

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05:30
Laptops, desktops still dominate among all media...

Don’t count the traditional personal computer — such as the Mac — out yet. According to new data from the comScore research group, among all media devices in U.S. connected homes, laptop and desktop computers had the highest penetration at 90%, followed closely by mobile phones at 88%. 

Media devices capable of delivering over-the-top media content, including streaming boxes & sticks such as the Apple TV(36%), gaming consoles (31%) and smart TVs (28%), also now feature prominently in the connected home. There are more screens and other connected devices in homes than ever before, says Dan Hess, executive vice president of products at comScore.

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05:00
Apple patent involves an external battery pack for...

Apple has applied for a patent (number 2017006892) for an “integrated component cap and spacer for a battery pack,” which hints at battery packs that could attach to Mac laptops, iPads and iPhones, something already provided by some third parties.

The battery pack includes a cell with a spacer, and a cap mounted on the spacer. The spacer and cap are mated to form a cavity to accommodate the components (i.e. busbars, circuit board, an insulator) of the battery pack. 

The spacer and cap have a series of mating surfaces for the components, wherein the mating surfaces have different heights to be recessed relative to each other to create spaces for accommodating the components. The recesses, channels, steps and raised portions correspond in geometry to the components so that they can be assembled while removing the tolerance accumulation associated with multiple standoffs.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that the technology for portable devices...

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04:50
California plans to allow human-less self-driving...

The Departmen of Motor Vehicles in California will make it easier for automakers and tech titans to test their autonomous cars in the state. While it's currently the go-to place for companies looking to trial their new self-driving technologies, it a...

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04:00
The Week in Apple News: WWDC scholarships, iPhone 8...

Apple headlines for the week ending Mar. 10, 2017

Image by Apple

The week was dominated by iPhone rumors, but there were a few real news items connected to the Cupterino-based company. Check out the Apple-related headlines in this week’s roundup. Just click on the link to get more information.

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02:23
Judge dismisses lawsuit accusing Oculus of using...

While Oculus is still tied up in legal wrangling (in more than one direction) with Zenimax, a California judge just dismissed a different lawsuit against the company. Total Recall Technologies sued the Facebook subsidiary in 2015, claiming that Palme...

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01:20
Killer Deals: Save $150 to $470 instantly on Apple...




First come, first served: AppleInsider readers can use exclusive coupons this week to instantly save between $150 and $470 on every possible configuration of Apple's new Late 2016 MacBook Pros bundled with AppleCare, including all 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models and all 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models. Plus sales tax isn't collected in 48 states.

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00:05
This week on AI: 'iPhone 8' delays, the...




Though "iPhone 8" is still months away from an expected debut, two reports hinted that the device could miss a September launch window -- and might not even be the device people are predicting. Apple, meanwhile, tried to assure people that many exploits gathered by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, uncovered by WikiLeaks, have already been fixed.

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Friday March 10

21:59
Spotify 1.0.50.41368. - Stream music, create...

Spotify is a streaming music service that gives you on-demand access to millions of songs. Whether you like driving rock, silky R&B, or grandiose classical music, Spotify's massive catalogue puts all your favorites within your reach. No streaming service offers a larger, more varied catalogue.

The music you love, whenever you want it

  • You're the DJ. Add stars to your favorite tracks, and create playlists. Spotify lets you keep your favorites close at hand.
  • Endless discovery. With built-in Related Artist suggestions, Spotify will help you discover your new favorite artists, albums, and tracks.
  • Make it social. Follow your favorite artists, share musical recommendations with friends, and more.



Version 1.0.50.41368.:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.9 or later...

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21:59
Dropbox 21.4.25 - Cloud backup and synchronization...

Dropbox is an application that creates a special Finder folder that automatically syncs online and between your computers. It allows you to both backup files and keep them up-to-date between systems.

Note: You must first sign up to use Dropbox.

The Dropbox application is available for OS X, Windows, and Linux. A video on the site explains more.



Version 21.4.25:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated



  • OS X 10.6 or later



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21:59
Suitcase Fusion 7 18.2.2 - Font management solution...

Suitcase Fusion 7 is the creative professional's font manager.

Every professional font manager should deliver the basics: spectacular previews, powerful search tools, and efficient font organization. You have those basics covered. But there is a lot more you actually DO with fonts - namely traditional and web design. We can help with that too!

Features

  • Secure, professional font storage
  • Full-featured font previews allow you to compare fonts side-by-side
  • Auto-activation plug-ins for professional design applications, including Adobe Creative Cloud and QuarkXPress
  • Support includes OS X 10.9 Mavericks and Windows 8
  • See how fonts work side-by-side in paste-up style previews with QuickComp
  • Patented Font Sense technology fingerprints fonts for precise identification
  • Find similar fonts fast with QuickMatch
  • Web font enabled with WebINK and Google Font connections
  • Organize...
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21:59
iClock Pro 3.4.8 - Customize your menubar clock.

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

Features

  • See the day/date/time in the menubar in different fonts/colors/formats. Customize it as you wish
  • Gives an easily accessible, at a glance system menu view of times/timezones/dates in as many parts of the world as you want
  • Option click on the time/date in the menubar to see your stock portfolio with updates in near real time
  • Application menu just like there used to be in OS 9. On Intel Mac shows you which applications are running in Rosetta
  • ...
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21:59
Delivery Status 6.2.4 - Check delivery status of...

Delivery Status displays delivery status of packages for a variety of shipment services.

Can't wait for your packages to arrive? Don't waste your time checking the site constantly, just open this all-in-one delivery tracker and enter your order number or tracking number. The status will update automatically for you, and even count down the days! It also works with Growl to give you pop-up message, email notifications, and more, whenever your package status changes.

Delivery Status lets you track your deliveries from:

  • Adobe.com (US and Canada)
  • Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.co.jp, Amazon.de, Amazon.at, and Amazon.fr
  • Apple.com (including all international stores)
  • Aramex
  • Canada Post (Postes Canada)
  • DHL (US, Germany, and GlobalMail)
  • DPD (Germany)
  • FedEx and FedEx SmartPost
  • GLS Germany
  • Google Checkout
  • Hermes Logistik Gruppe (HLG, Germany)...
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21:59
Thunderbird 45.8.0 - Email client from Mozilla.

As of July 2012, Thunderbird has transitioned to a new governance model, with new features being developed by the broader free software and open source community, and security fixes and improvements handled by Mozilla.

Thunderbird is a free, open-source, cross-platform e-mail and news (NNTP) client developed by the Mozilla Foundation. The project strategy is modeled after Mozilla Firefox, a project aimed at creating a Web browser.



Version 45.8.0:

  • asm.js JIT-spray bypass of ASLR and DEP
  • Memory Corruption when handling ErrorResult
  • Use-after-free working with events in FontFace objects
  • Use-after-free working with ranges in selections
  • Pixel and history stealing via floating-point timing side channel with SVG filters
  • Memory corruption during JavaScript garbage collection...
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21:59
Google Chrome 57.0.2987.98 - Modern and fast Web...

Google Chrome is a Web browser by Google, created to be a modern platform for Web pages and applications. It utilizes very fast loading of Web pages and has a V8 engine, which is a custom built JavaScript engine. Because Google has used parts from Apple's Safari and Mozilla's Firefox browsers, they made the project open source.



Version 57.0.2987.98:

  • High CVE-2017-5030: Memory corruption in V8
  • High CVE-2017-5031: Use after free in ANGLE
  • High CVE-2017-5032: Out of bounds write in PDFium
  • High CVE-2017-5029: Integer overflow in libxslt
  • High CVE-2017-5034: Use after free in PDFium
  • High CVE-2017-5035: Incorrect security UI in Omnibox
  • High CVE-2017-5036: Use after free in PDFium
  • High CVE-2017-5037: Multiple out of bounds writes in ChunkDemuxer
  • High CVE-2017-5039: Use after free in PDFium
  • Medium CVE-2017-5040: Information disclosure in V8
  • Medium CVE-...
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21:59
Firefox 52.0 - Fast, safe Web browser.

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

The Web, as it's meant to be experienced

Features

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



Version 52.0:

New

  • Added support for WebAssembly, an emerging standard that brings near-native performance to Web-based games, apps, and software libraries without the use of plugins
  • Added automatic captive portal...
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21:59
Together 3.7.6 - Store and organize all of your...

Together helps you organize your Mac, giving you the ability to store, edit and preview your files in a single clean, uncluttered interface.

Features

  • Smart storage. With simple drag-and-drop functionality, Together lets you gather up images, text, bookmarks, and files for safekeeping. With built-in note-taking capabilities and easy inter-app file transfers, take control of cluttered, disorganized groups of files and restore them to a state of order and manageability.
  • Previewing and editing. Together can edit and preview a wide range of filetypes, and seamlessly incorporates QuickView for everything else. File editing is always a double-click away, and your changes are automatically synchronized.
  • Organization, optimized. If you are tired of dealing with scatterbrained systems of files and folders, Together's refreshing, iTunes-like interface will help you breathe easy. Organize...
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21:59
Viber 6.6.1 - Send messages and make calls for free...

Viber lets you send free messages and make free calls to other Viber users, on any device and network, in any country!

Viber syncs your contacts, messages and call history with your mobile device, so you can start the conversation on the Viber mobile application and continue from the comfort of your Mac.

Features

  • Best-quality HD voice calls
  • Video calls
  • Free text and photo messages
  • Group conversations
  • No registration, passwords or invitations required
  • Contacts and messages sync between your mobile and Mac
  • Transfer ongoing calls between devices



Version 6.6.1:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated



  • OS X 10.8 or later



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21:56
Samsung completes its biggest acquisition ever

Despite its explosive growth, Samsung has mostly preferred to buy smaller startups or develop its own technology. That changed last November when the company announced it would purchase Harman International Industries, Incorporated for about $8 billi...

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21:19
Seafaring drones are navigating Norway's fjords

While there are government-approved test sites for land-based autonomous vehicles in the US, so far there is only one official test site for their seafaring counterparts. Tucked away in Norway's Trondheim Fjord, the test site offers wide, open waters...

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21:05
MCX sells one-time Apple Pay challenger CurrentC to...




JPMorgan Chase on Friday said it has reached an agreement with the Merchant Customer Exchange to buy the consortium's financial technology assets -- the defunct CurrentC mobile payments platform -- as the bank works to build out its own Chase Pay solution.

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20:48
Nintendo prez discusses Switch docks and left Joy-...

Engadget editors have let you know how we feel after extended time with the Nintendo Switch, and in an interview with Time, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime gave us some updates from within the company. Through its first five days on sa...

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20:24
Friday 5: Awesome iOS games to check out this weekend

To coincide with this week’s App Store promotion featuring top iOS indie games, I thought it would be appropriate to devote tonight’s post to a few of my favorite iOS titles. In this video-free edition of Friday 5, I briefly discuss innovative new games like Mushroom 11, and timeless classics such as Super Hexagon. more…

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19:56
Reddit’s grand vision: ‘Come for the cats, stay for...

Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian has a rosy view of the company’s future. Despite controversy over the online bulletin board’s role in the election of Donald Trump and the proliferation of white nationalism on its forums, Ohanian describes Reddit as “the global watercooler where people’s minds are changed about things.”

Ohanian gave an impassioned defense of Reddit and its potential during a solo talk on the opening day of South by Southwest’s interactive programming. As evidence of Reddit’s better nature, he pointed to stats like this one: With more than 280 million monthly active users submitting millions of posts, 99.98 percent of those conversations are never reported for content violations.

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19:56
Reddit’s grand vision: ‘Come for the cats, stay for...

Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian has a rosy view of the company’s future. Despite controversy over the online bulletin board’s role in the election of Donald Trump and the proliferation of white nationalism on its forums, Ohanian describes Reddit as “the global watercooler where people’s minds are changed about things.”

Ohanian gave an impassioned defense of Reddit and its potential during a solo talk on the opening day of South by Southwest’s interactive programming. As evidence of Reddit’s better nature, he pointed to stats like this one: With more than 280 million monthly active users submitting millions of posts, 99.98 percent of those conversations are never reported for content violations.

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19:53
SEC rejects Winklevoss twins' plan to trade...

A plan from the Winklevoss twins that would have allowed stock traders to buy and sell Bitcoin without setting up a personal Bitcoin wallet has been denied by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. In an order handed down on Friday, the commissio...

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19:25
PSVR goes on safari with 'Virry VR' nature...

Slowly but surely, PlayStation is releasing more non-gaming offerings for the PSVR headset. Next up is Virry VR, an app that wants to put you within arm's reach of Kenyan wildlife. Among other things, you'll see rhinos bathing and lions eating accord...

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18:36
Watch how 'Alien: Covenant's' android...

Another Alien film, another terrifying android that could spell humanity's downfall. In Prometheus, we were introduced to Michael Fassbender's David, a robot who was a bit too curious about the nature of extraterrestrial life. Now Fassbender is back...

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17:59
Trump adviser spoke with DNC hacker during the...

Roger Stone, an adviser to Donald Trump during his successful presidential campaign, exchanged private messages with Guccifer 2.0, the person (or group) that hacked and leaked documents from the Democratic National Committee in 2016. The DNC hack occ...

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17:05
Intel Security Releases Detection Tool For EFI...

After WikiLeaks revealed data exposing information about the CIA's arsenal of hacking tools, Intel Security has released a tool that allows users to check if their computer's low-level system firmware has been modified and contains unauthorized code. PCWorld reports: The release comes after CIA documents leaked Tuesday revealed that the agency has developed EFI (Extensible Firmware Interface) rootkits for Apple's Macbooks. The documents from CIA's Embedded Development Branch (EDB) mention an OS X "implant" called DerStarke that includes a kernel code injection module dubbed Bokor and an EFI persistence module called DarkMatter. In addition to DarkMatter, there is a second project in the CIA EDB documents called QuarkMatter that is also described as a "Mac OS X EFI implant which uses an EFI driver stored on the EFI system partition to provide persistence to an arbitrary kernel implant." The Advanced Threat Research team at Intel Security has created a new module for its existing...

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16:55
WikiLeaks CIA cache: Fool me once

This week's poorly conceived distraction from Trump and Putin sittin' in a tree was brought to us by WikiLeaks, which dumped 8,761 documents of the CIA's hacking arsenal online for all to see. The leak factory didn't even bother trying to play coy --...

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16:51
1Password 6.6.2

Enables 1Password Watchtower by default and fixes a number of bugs. ($64.99 new or $2.99/$4.99 monthly subscription, free update, 47.4 MB)

 

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16:39
'Mario Kart 8 Deluxe' gets new racers and...

Without any hint that a new version was in the works, it was pretty clear that Mario Kart 8, one of the best reasons to own a Wii U, would be ported to the Switch. This is good news for the record-breaking legions of folks who bought the new console...

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16:20
MAC Address Randomization Flaws Leave Android and...

New submitter cryptizard writes: Modern Android and iOS versions include a technology called MAC address randomization to prevent passive tracking of users as they move from location to location. Unfortunately, researchers have revealed that this technology is implemented sporadically by device manufacturers and is often deployed with significant flaws that allow it to be easily defeated. A research paper [published by U.S. Naval Academy researchers] highlights a number of flaws in both Android and iOS that allow an adversary to track users even when their phones are using randomized MAC addresses. Most significantly, they demonstrate that a flaw in the way wireless chipsets handle low-level control messages can be exploited to track 100% of devices, regardless of manufacturer or operating system.


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16:13
Planned Parenthood and Tumblr team up to turn the...

Social media activism is often criticized for being too passive—it’s easy to use a hashtag to support a cause or add a Facebook-provided filter to your profile photo, but it’s much harder to actually put physical effort or real money behind your words.

But Planned Parenthood has found that this so-called “slacktivism” goes a long way toward changing hearts and minds. The nonprofit organization, which provides preventative reproductive care and family planning resources to men and women of all incomes, announced at South by Southwest that it’s launching a new compaign with popular blogging platform Tumblr to raise awareness about its real-life impact. On March 29, Planned Parenthood is encouraging people to use the hashtag #TechStandsWithPP to share stories about how the nonprofit has affected their lives.

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16:04
AWT News Update: March 10, 2017

We get an unexpected visit from Alexa during today's podcast, which is rather short due to a paucity of interesting Apple-related news:

  • The Microsoft Cortana app for iPhone gets a significant upgrade
  • The Japanese government may step in and block some Apple suppliers from South Korea and Taiwan from the auction of Toshiba's memory unit
  • Familiar with the Apple Store app? It received an update today, but we just want to remind you that the app exists...

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15:23
Community group: AT&T 'digitally redlines...

Cleveland-based community groups have issued a report accusing AT&T of engaging in a process known as "digital redlining" with regards to its broadband service in the city. The groups, Connect Your Community and the National Digital Inclusion All...

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15:20
How to get Siri to read articles and other text on...

While Siri may not be the perfect companion some wish it was, the personal assistant’s voice can lend itself to our lives in a variety of helpful ways. For the past few months I’ve been using Siri to read all the text I want to read but don’t actually need to read. Having the personal assistant read articles to me means I can focus on other activities while essentially turning my reading lists and emails into a personalized podcast.

more…

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15:14
How to Set Up and Use Airline Boarding Passes in...

If you’re still printing boarding passes on paper because you think that using your iPhone would be too hard, think again. Airline apps and Apple’s Wallet app have improved significantly over the years, and the process is now easier than fussing with printed boarding passes. Adam Engst walks you through it.

 

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15:12
Thinking about Tom Negrino

The veteran Mac writer Tom Negrino may be dead of an intentional barbiturate overdose by the time you read this, an act he has chosen after years of fighting terminal cancer. The Apple world will be poorer without Tom in it, and we will miss his humor, skill, professionalism, and courage.

 

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15:11
5.8-Inch iPhone Expected to Have Flat Display...

Apple is widely expected to launch a 5.8-inch iPhone with an edge-to-edge OLED display later this year, made possible by slimmer bezels and no Home button. And while some reports have claimed the screen will be curved, a growing number of sources expect the device to stick with a flat display.

"We anticipate Apple will adopt a flat implementation of OLED design on their special iPhone model, which is analogous to the current 2.5D glass design," IHS Markit analyst Wayne Lam, who researches and analyzes the supply chain of smartphone makers such as Apple, told MacRumors today.

"Much like the recently announced LG G6, we anticipate a touchscreen with a new longer aspect ratio design to take advantage of higher coverage area...

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14:41
IBM inches toward human-like accuracy for speech...

The tech world has spent years trying to create speech recognition software that listens as well as humans. Now, IBM says it's achieved a 5.5 percent word error rate, down from its previous record of 6.9 percent -- an industry milestone that could ev...

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14:30
The Week in iOS Apps: Barbie is back!

Barbie's back!

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week's roundup includes a new app from everybody's favorite supermodel doll. Read on!

Barbie Sparkle Blast

Image by Barbie Sparkle Blast

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14:14
JPMorgan Chase buying up MCX technology after Apple...

Remember CurrentC, the mobile payment service that kept getting in Apple’s way when Apple Pay launched a few years ago? MCX is the merchant consortium that was behind the QR code-based mobile payment service that ultimately never launched, and today JPMorgan Chase announced that it has acquired MCX’s payment technology.

more…

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14:13
Google insists Hangouts for consumers isn't...

After announcing their new AI-powered chat platforms Allo and Duo last September, Google seems to be sunsetting the old and busted Hangouts in favor of their new hotness. Several other announcements seemed to confirm that strategy, including a Hangou...

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14:00
Would you pay more for an Apple HomeKit-equipped...

Now that Apple’s HomeKit has matured and there is a growing ecosystem of Siri-controlled products that support the platform, it’s finally looking like a good time to seriously consider investing in home automation accessories. And now it’s an option for new home buyers too, with at least two homebuilders announcing plans to offer HomeKit upgrade packages that will see various accessories from lighting to security pre-installed in new homes. Would you pay more for a HomeKit-equipped home?

more…

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13:53
∞ “Crazy Train” isolated guitar track

Randy Rhoads was such an incredible guitarist. The guitar comes in at about 19 seconds.

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13:45
Up your photo game with the Bitplay SNAP! 7 iPhone...

The Bitplay SNAP! 7 iPhone case and 0.30X Full-FRAME Fisheye lens. photo © 2017, Steven Sande

The iPhone is the world's most popular camera in terms of the number of photos taken, and it's no wonder -- iPhone owners always have the camera with them, and the photo quality is usually quite good. But the iPhone isn't the easiest device to take photos with. There's no built-in tripod mount for getting long-exposure pictures, sometimes pressing the on-screen shutter button can be a pain, and holding the iPhone one-handed to take a shot is an invitation to dropping it. That's where the Bitplay SNAP! 7 iPhone camera case (affiliate link) and accessory lenses come into play, and today we're giving it a full workout.

The case itself costs $52.99 for the iPhone 7 Plus version and $49.99 for the iPhone 7. There are a series of accessory lenses that are available:

...

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13:25
AT&T adds 3Mbps unlimited GoPhone tier as...




U.S. carrier AT&T on Friday debuted yet another unlimited phone plan, this time bringing the option to prepaid GoPhone customers for $60 per month -- albeit at low speeds. Verizon meanwhile fired its own salvo in the "unlimited" battle, exempting FiOS video from caps on its cellular plans.

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13:21
Next up in your News Feed: Gear VR livestreams

It looks like announcing 360-degree photos and videos for the Gear VR app was a teaser of what Oculus had in mind for this week. Now, Facebook's $2 billion baby is pulling back the curtain on the mobile VR live-streaming it teased last October. Assum...

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12:58
AT&T offers unlimited data with slow speeds for...

AT&T is upgrading two of its inexpensive pre-paid GoPhone plans today, but they come with some serious trade-offs. The first plan, with unlimited data for $60 per month, only offers 3Mbps of data, and the speed will drop even further after you've...

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12:37
Alphabet asks court to halt Uber's self-driving...

Alphabet's self-driving car division Waymo seeks to completely block Uber's autonomous vehicle operations, according to new documents filed in federal court Friday. The documents are part of Waymo's lawsuit filed against Uber last month and the compa...

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12:30
Delivery Status 6.2.4 - Check delivery status of...

Delivery Status displays delivery status of packages for a variety of shipment services.

Can't wait for your packages to arrive? Don't waste your time checking the site constantly, just open this all-in-one delivery tracker and enter your order number or tracking number. The status will update automatically for you, and even count down the days! It also works with Growl to give you pop-up message, email notifications, and more, whenever your package status changes.

Delivery Status lets you track your deliveries from:

  • Adobe.com (US and Canada)
  • Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.co.jp, Amazon.de, Amazon.at, and Amazon.fr
  • Apple.com (including all international stores)
  • Aramex
  • Canada Post (Postes Canada)
  • DHL (US, Germany, and GlobalMail)
  • DPD (Germany)
  • FedEx and FedEx SmartPost
  • GLS Germany
  • Google Checkout
  • Hermes Logistik Gruppe (HLG, Germany)...
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12:23
WeberHaus will offer HomeKit-enabled smart homes in...




Apple's smart home connectivity platform will be offered to more buyers of new homes in Europe, as pre-fabricated house builder WeberHaus has confirmed its home control systems will include support for HomeKit, starting later this year.

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12:21
9to5Rewards: lofree typewriter-inspired mechanical...

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is lofree, a typewriter-inspired mechanical keyboard with full Mac and iOS support. 

The company has two of its new lofree keyboards that launched this week to give away to two 9to5Mac readers this week. 

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12:20
Feature Request: Apple should bring these features...

This week I bought and played through my first audiobook in iBooks (Shoe Dog) after realizing I have a habit of buying a lot of books then rarely making time to actually read them. I finished the 13 hour 22 minute book over the weekend and really enjoyed the experience (and the book). I listen to a lot of podcasts, so playing audio in the background while running errands is something I know I enjoy.

iBooks on the iPhone is a solid audiobook player. It works with Apple CarPlay, 3D Touch from the Home screen, and to my surprise has arguably the best Now Playing screen of any Apple app. Apple currently has three different versions of its audio Now Playing screen between its Music, Podcasts, and iBooks apps, the audiobooks version has features that every Now Playing screen should adopt.

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12:03
Hulu adds A&E, History and Viceland to its live...

Hulu's live TV streaming service, set to debut later this spring, just got an even bigger channel selection. On Friday, Hulu announced a new partnership to add the A+E Networks family of six channels, including A&E, History, Lifetime and Viceland...

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11:43
Microsoft revamps Cortana for iPhone in renewed bid...




Microsoft on Friday released a promised overhaul of its Cortana iPhone app, simplifying the way the AI assistant works on iOS and making it more practical as an alternative -- or complement -- to Apple's native Siri.

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11:42
You won't have to pay to play 'Quake...

The upcoming Quake Champions will be free-to-play. Or not. It depends on how you want to approach it. "At its core, it's a free-to-play game with the option to buy the Champion Pack and just get in and play with all the Champions," developer Bethesda...

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11:33
Just a few tips on contract negotiations

My latest Huffington Post article is available at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/58c2eeeee4b0c3276fb7845c and starts off as follows:

Whether establishing a business agreement with a client, buying a car, or purchasing services at work, negotiating contracts is an inevitable part of life. Most negotiation advice dispensed online or in books falls far short of the mark, and some of it can actually backfire. Pretending that you have another, better potential deal in the wings or being too aggressive, for example, both shut down the possibility of forming a real connection with the other party—thereby making them less willing to cut you a good deal. In other words, a lot of the traditional tools out there are just inauthentic.

A few strategies help set the record straight when it comes to contract negotiation, allowing you to get the best deal possible:

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iClock Pro 3.4.8 - Customize your menubar clock.

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

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WeberHaus to feature Apple HomeKit in new smart homes

WeberHaus, which specializes in pre-fabricated connected homes, will feature Apple HomeKit — a framework that allows control of compatible home automation devices through iOS and Siri — in its smart homes this year. The company is based in Germany.

WeberHaus has been offering an intelligent home control system in its homes with WeberLogic 2.0 and MyHomeControl app from BootUp, but with HomeKit and the Apple Home app, home owners can now control everything in their home conveniently and securely using their iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch, or with their voice using Siri, says Klaus-Dieter Schwendemann, marketing manager at WeberHaus. It’s the first European home manufacturer to add support for HomeKit, he adds. 

WeberHaus homes featuring Apple HomeKit control will be available later this year. A demo home featuring Apple HomeKit, the PlusEnergy house generation 5.5, can be viewed at the exhibition...

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The best USB audio interface

By Al Griffin

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

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AT&T Launches $60 'Unlimited' Prepaid...

AT&T today introduced a new GoPhone prepaid plan with unlimited talk, text, and data at a max speed of 3 Mbps for $65 per month, or $60 with AutoPay enabled. However, unlike AT&T's new $90 Unlimited Plus plan with up to 10GB of 4G LTE tethering, the GoPhone plan does not include Mobile Hotspot capabilities.

Each line that exceeds 22GB of data usage may experience reduced speeds to a max of 128 Kbps on that line for the remainder of the 30-day term, but only at times and in areas where there is network congestion, which is similar to 22GB and 23GB soft cap policies from Verizon and Sprint respectively.

T-Mobile this week raised its own deprioritization threshold to 30GB, up from a previous minimum of 28GB, as spotted...

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Nvidia's GeForce 1080 Ti Raises Graphical Chip...


The first reviews of the newly released Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti came out on Thursday, and by all accounts this card has performed beyond expectations. Nvidia's new GPU can perform 35 percent faster than its GTX 1080, the company has claimed. Based on Nvidia's Pascal architecture, this flagship gaming GPU includes next-gen 11-Gbps GDDR5X memory, and an 11-GB frame buffer. The GTX 1080 Ti, which will be available soon for $699, is even faster and more powerful than the more expensive Titan X Pascal.

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The Japanese Government Likely to Ensure Toshiba is...

On Tuesday Patently Apple posted a report about TSMC and Foxconn joining together to make a joint bid for Toshiba. Such a move would be great for either of Apple's suppliers and bad news for Samsung should their bid be successful. However in the bigger picture, it seems as though American politics will win the day and our report will tell you why.

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We're live from SXSW 2017!

The past few weeks have been intense for the tech world, what with MWC and GDC taking place over the past few weeks. Now it's turn for SXSW 2017. We're on the ground in Austin, Texas to check out what the festival has to offer with its interactive, m...

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1Writer 2.5.1 for iPad blurs the line between note-...




AppleInsider examines the latest update to 1Writer that brings improved keyboard functionality, plus Dropbox, and Markdown support to the iOS-exclusive writing tool.

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Pinterest launching its new Lens visual discovery...

Pinterest introduced a new point-and-shoot discovery tool in February called Lens that lets you use your iPhone camera to find design inspiration and more. Now Pinterest is officially launching its new Lens feature to all users in the United States on iOS and Android.

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New LG 5K UltraFine Display models work properly...

Earlier this year we reported issues with using the LG UltraFine 5K Display with new MacBook Pros near wireless access points including Apple wireless routers. LG acknowledged issues caused by poor shielding, inventory was pulled from Apple Stores, and revised hardware with proper shielding is now ...

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