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Wednesday February 8

15:30
Mac malware is still crude, but it’s slowly catching...

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Malicious Microsoft Word documents that abuse macros have long been the bane of Windows users. Now, security researchers have found what may be the first such real-world attack to infect Macs.

The attack was found in a Word file titled "U.S. Allies and Rivals Digest Trump's Victory - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace." When Mac users open the document in a Word application configured to allow macros and ignore a warning, an embedded macro automatically:

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15:30
Apple issues second macOS 10.12.4 Sierra beta for...




Nearly two weeks after releasing an initial public beta version of its upcoming macOS 10.12.4 update, Apple on Wednesday pushed out a second test version of the operating system to Public Beta Program members.

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15:16
Oh Samsung

The fire broke out not on the production line itself but in a part of the facility used for waste, including faulty batteries, said Samsung SDI spokesman Shin Yong-doo. He added that most of the factory was running as normal.

A Samsung factory fire caused by faulty batteries… Priceless.

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15:05
AWT News Update: February 8, 2017

Samsung factory fire image via Sina Weibo

Today's Apple news stories are all over the place...which made this a very fun podcast:

  • E-commerce company Square now has an iPad app for retailers that goes well beyond its small business apps of the past
  • There's speculation that new iPads may be coming out soon, and depleted stocks of the iPad Air 2 are a good sign that an iPad-specific product rollout may happen in the next month or so
  • Irony: a fire at the plant that made batteries for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook gets an honorary degree, tells students about his inspiration

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

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14:58
Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone could cost over...

To mark 10 years of metal and glass slabs, Apple is expected to debut an ultra high-end version of the iPhone alongside its next scheduled update. According to a report from Fast Company, Tim Cook and company will likely roll out three new phones thi...

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14:29
Facebook's slimmed down 'Lite' app...

Just because you're using Facebook Lite, it doesn't mean you want to compromise on features. Neither do any of the 200 million users worldwide taking advantage of the bare-bones version of the app. Fortunately, there's an update that rolls out many m...

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14:18
Google's Android Wear 2.0 plays catch-up with...




In time for two new LG smartwatches, the Watch Sport and Watch Style, Google on Wedndesday launched Android Wear 2.0, an updated OS meant to put Android watches on par -- or at least closer to par -- with the Apple Watch. Here's how the new software compares with Apple's watchOS 3.

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14:01
Verizon is releasing its own Android Wear 2.0...

Carriers are no stranger to selling smartwatches, but offering one of their own? That's rare, but Verizon is giving it a shot. The carrier (and Engadget corporate overlord) has unveiled the Wear24, a network-exclusive Android Wear 2.0 watch that will...

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13:50
Square launches iPad app with point-of-sale, store...




Commerce company Square has launched a new set of tools to help medium-sized businesses manage their affairs, with Square for Retail combining a point-of-sale app with other important business functions, including managing employees and inventory.

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13:39
Binge-watch on a virtual beach with Hulu VR's...

While Hulu continues to add more and more VR content to its catalog, the company wants to make sure you and your VR-ready friends have a virtual place to enjoy all of it. Today, Hulu announced two big social updates to its Hulu VR app for Oculus Rift...

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13:17
TSA debunks its own airport behavior screening

If you've ever suspected that the TSA's airport behavior screening (where it looks for visual signs of lying or stress) was just another example of ineffective security theater, you now have some science to back up your hunches. Thanks to a lawsuit,...

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13:11
iPhone 8 rumors: 10th anniversary edition will cost...

The iPhone 7 you got for the holidays still has that new-iPhone smell, but that won’t stop anyone from speculating about the next iPhone. After all, 2017 marks the iPhone’s 10th birthday, so Apple is reportedly gearing up to make its anniversary edition extra special.

We’ll keep track of the latest rumors and how plausible they are, and we’ll put them in one spot (this one!) so you can bookmark this link and just pop on over when you want to read the latest.

If you passed on the iPhone 7 to wait for the iPhone 8—or the iPhone 7s or whatever name Apple decides to use—it sounds like the next phone could be the design refresh you were waiting for. Just don’t expect the headphone jack to return.

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12:59
Apple rolling out macOS 10.12.4 public beta 2 for Mac

Apple has released the second public beta version of macOS 10.12.4 which includes Night Shift for Mac. macOS 10.12.4 public beta 2 follows the second developer version of the upcoming software update.

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12:55
Nintendo's '1-2 Switch' has 28...

Weird Nintendo is the best Nintendo. We now know there are a total 28 minigames in Nintendo's upcoming party game 1-2 Switch, according to the official Japanese website. One eagle-eyed Reddit user also spotted unlisted trailers for the bite-sized act...

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12:52
Tim Cook chats with students in Scotland

I really do like Tim.

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12:45
Alfred 3.3 - Quick launcher for apps and more.

Alfred is an award-winning productivity application for OS X. Alfred saves you time when you search for files online or on your Mac. Be more productive with hotkeys, keywords, and file actions at your fingertips.

Loads of app-launching, file-searching goodness - free for you to download and use with no strings attached. Alfred is the ultimate productivity tool for your Mac. Get it and see for yourself.

Get the Powerpack. Discover the Powerpack, a set of incredibly powerful features, built on top of the robust core of Alfred and integrated with OS X.

  • Single license: 15 pounds (GBP) for single user
  • Family license: 25 pounds (GBP) for 5 users under one roof
  • Mega Supporter: 30 pounds (GBP) Single User with Free Lifetime Upgrades

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



Version 3.3:

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12:33
DHS could demand social media passwords of US...

Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments from the State of Washington v. Donald Trump lawsuit that suspended the President's controversial executive order preventing entry of anyone traveling from seven Muslim-majority countries....

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12:22
Tim Cook talks Steve Jobs as inspiration,...




Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke at his honorary degree ceremony at the University of Glasgow, discussing what motivations graduates should use for employment, President Trump's immigration executive order, and Steve Jobs as his main professional inspiration.

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12:11
Facebook is closing nearly half of Oculus pop-ups in...

Facebook is shutting down 200 of its 500 Oculus VR pop-up stores from Best Buy locations around the country due, in large part, to underwhelming interest from the public. Per pop-up workers speaking to Business Insider, some of these kiosks would "go...

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12:00
Signal tries its hand at encrypted video and voice...

Open Whisper Systems' Signal app is no longer limited to keeping text chats out of the wrong hands. A beta version of the Android app now includes experimental support for video and voice calling. Both sides of a conversation will have to switch th...

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11:54
Apple's CEO Tim Cook Greeted with a Loud Cheer...

Apple's CEO Tim Cook arrived unannounced at the Buchanan Street Apple Store where he was flooded with selfie requests by excited store staff and customers. He said: "It's great to be here. I'm here but I'm already enjoying it. It's my first time in this Apple store. I've been to Scotland many times." He visited the store ahead of his...

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11:52
Report: iPhone 8 to feature Lumentum-sourced 3D...

A new report from Fast Company highlights a few interesting details about this year’s anticipated iPhone release. According to their sources, the price tag for the iPhone 8 could exceed $1,000 which is higher than any option in the current lineup. The report also echoes rumors that the new hardware will feature 3D sensor technology while downplaying talk that the new models could launch earlier this year than expected.

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11:43
Apple's 10th anniversary 'iPhone X'...




A new high-end, top-of-the-line iPhone featuring an OLED display and an all-new design is expected to debut later this year with a similarly premium price tag, which one report claims could start at more than a thousand dollars.

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11:39
An unofficial ACLU Dash Button offers one-touch...

Amazon's Dash Buttons offer one-click ordering for items your purchase through that Prime membership on a regular basis. In fact, there are over 250 of the buttons from a range of different brands. Last May, the online retailer revealed a $20 IoT ver...

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11:20
Adidas thinks Tesla's old Model 3 logo is a...

Would you confuse the Tesla Model 3's three-bar logo with Adidas' signature stripes? No? Don't tell that to Adidas. The apparel giant has filed a challenge to prevent Tesla from registering the Model 3's logo as a trademark. It's similar enough to Ad...

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11:15
Apple CEO Tim Cook visits Glasgow, Scotland store...




On his way to receive an honorary degree at University of Glasgow, Apple CEO Tim Cook stopped by the Glasgow Buchanan Street Apple store for about 15 minutes.

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11:12
The 2017 iPhone Could Cost Upwards of $1,000

Apple's 2017 iPhone, which is expected to feature premium parts and radical design changes, could cost "north of $1,000," reports Fast Company, citing a source with "knowledge of Apple's plans."

Rumors suggest the upcoming iPhone, which may be called the iPhone 8, will feature an OLED display that's more expensive than traditional LED displays. Other improvements, such as an increase in memory and wireless charging functionality may also drive up the price. It's not hard to imagine the iPhone hitting that price point when the 256GB iPhone 7 Plus is already at $969 in the United States, and previous rumors have also suggested it will be a "premium" device.

Fast Company's source also confirms some iPhone 8 design rumors, describing the device as "something...

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11:10
Apple snags Amazon Fire TV exec to lead Apple TV...

Apple is shaking up its TV department in a sign that the company is paying more attention to its set-top box.

Earlier in February, former Amazon Fire TV manager Timothy Twerdahl joined Apple to oversee product marketing for the Apple TV, Bloomberg reported. That role was held by Pete Distad, who will now shift over to the content side to help Eddy Cue make more TV deals. Twerdahl certainly knows his stuff: Before joining Amazon, he worked at Netflix and Roku.

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

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11:07
Apple Inc. gears up to distribute $3.1 billion in...




On February 16, Apple will pay shareholders of record a quarterly dividend of $0.57 per share, but investors must own the company's stock before February 9 in order to qualify. Apple will pay out $3.1 billion in dividends on its outstanding shares for the quarter.

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10:58
E3 will 'officially' open to the public...

E3 has traditionally been a media-only event -- at least in theory. But starting in 2017, you won't even need a WordPress account to get access to the latest and greatest in gaming. The Entertainment Software Association, which organizes the event, a...

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10:52
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich makes Major Plant...

Some great news came from the Oval Office with Donald Trump and Intel's CEO this afternoon about a new plant in Arizona as noted in the video from CNBC noted in our report

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10:43
Skype 7.46.0.56758 - Voice-over-internet phone and...

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

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

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

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



Version 7.46.0.56758:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated

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10:40
Tim Cook receives honorary degree from University of...

Apple CEO Tim Cook today received an honorary degree from the University of Glasgow, in the UK. The ceremony (video below) was then followed by a brief interview where Cook described the institution as ‘one of the finest universities in the world’. He also condemned the Donald Trump immigration order, saying that ‘if we stand and say nothing, we become a part of it’.

Watch Tim Cook receive his degree after the jump as well as his answers to questions about Apple’s role in activism …

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10:39
Apple Pay continues to grow, 27 more US banks added...




As part of its regular expansion, Apple has added 27 more banks and credit unions to its list of institutions that support Apple Pay.

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10:39
Flipboard streamlines your feed with 'Smart...

The latest update from news aggregation service Flipboard aims to further unify and organize users' online feeds by introducing "Smart Magazines." The new feature creates topic-specific publications that readers can customize by selecting their favor...

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10:34
Google Debuts Android Wear 2.0 Alongside Two New LG...

Google today announced the all-new Android Wear 2.0 operating system update for its line of Android-based smartwatches, alongside two new devices debuting this Friday, February 10: the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style. The LG Watch Sport includes a number of features that aligns it as a direct competitor to the Apple Watch, including a new "rotating power button" akin to the Digital Crown, NFC and mobile payments features, 4GB of internal storage, and more.

The biggest difference between Apple Watch and the new LG watches is their circular OLED display, which measures 1.38 inches on the LG Watch Sport and 1.20 inches on the LG Watch Style. The two new LG watches differ in a variety of other categories as well: the Style is thinner and has more strap customization options, but it lacks cellular connectivity, GPS, NFC, and has a smaller battery.

Specifically, users can...

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10:25
Pinterest rolling out new point-and-shoot visual...

Pinterest is introducing a new feature for its iOS app called Lens. Rolling out now as a beta feature, Lens lets you point your camera at your surroundings to discover new design ideas based on what it captures.

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10:19
Pinterest uses AI and your camera to recommend pins

Last year, Pinterest introduced the possibility of shopping for things just by taking a photo of it. Today, the company is ready to announce that feature to the world. It's called Lens, and as you might expect, it uses your phone's camera. Tap the ca...

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10:10
Dropbox 19.4.13 - 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 19.4.13:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.6 or later



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10:09
Do you Believer it? A Fire Broke out at Samsung...

There's an old saying that states "Truth is stranger than Fiction." Well today we have a great example of that. Not only did the SDI batteries cause fires in the Note7, but they've also caused a fire outside and inside the SDI plant today to show the world just how nasty these dangerous batteries could be.

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10:01
2018 Ford Expedition features Apple CarPlay, wi-fi...




Despite working on its own SmartDeviceLink, Ford continues to offer Apple's CarPlay in its new vehicles, with the 2018 Expedition including the technology alongside a wi-fi hotspot.

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10:00
Airbnb's rehabilitation tour doesn't end...

Airbnb's rehabilitation tour came to a dramatic climax on the evening of Feb. 5th, 2017. In between downs of the 51st Super Bowl, as dozens of beefy men slammed their bodies together to the cheers of millions, Airbnb aired an advertisement presenting...

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09:57
EPIX launches on the Apple TV

The EPIX app is now available on the fourth generation Apple TV. It offers subscribers of the entertainment network access to EPIX’s content, including its original series Berlin Station and Golden Globe nominated Graves and original documentary programming such as America Divided.

The app also offers access to thousands of movies on demand, including franchises The Hunger Games, James Bond and Star Trek; as well as music and comedy events featuring marquee talent, like Katy Perry, Louis CK, Wanda Sykes and more.

Key features of the EPIX app include its content-forward user experience, the ability to watch a multiplex of EPIX live linear channels, the capability to add content to a personal queue, free sampling, curated collections, advanced search and video playback features, and movie trailers. New subscribers can also gain access to a limited free trial of the app exclusively on Apple TV.

EPIX is also available to...

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09:49
TextSoap for macOS gets a maintenance upgrade

Unmarked Software (www.unmarked.com) has updated TextSoap, its macOS productivity tool designed to automate the tedious task of manually cleaning up text, to version 8.3.1.


The software — compatible with macOS 10.10 or higher — processes text from different formats. Version 8.3.1 is a maintenance release designed to improve stability and address issues reported by customers.

The upgrade is free to all TextSoap 8 customers. Customers may either update from within the app or directly download the update from Unmarked
TextSoap 8.3.1 has a suggested retail price of $44.99 for new users.

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09:46
A macOS malware agent dubbed MacDownloader has been...

A macOS malware agent, named MacDownloader, was observed “in the wild” as targeting the defense industrial base, and reported elsewhere to have been used against an human rights advocate, according to Iran Threats, a website run by Claudio Guarnieri and Collin Anderson that analyzes online threats from Iran.

MacDownloader attempts to pose as both an installer for Adobe Flash, as well as the Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool, in order to extract system information and copies of macOS keychain databases. Its main purpose seems to be to perform an initial profiling of the infected system and collection of credentials from macOS’s Keychain password manager

“Based on observations on infrastructure, and the state of the code, we believe these incidents represent the first attempts to deploy the agent, and features such as persistence do not appear to work,” says Iran Threats...

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09:42
Apple took 92% of smartphone industry profits in Q4...

The headline gets reported every quarter but Dawson cautions against taking it at face value.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:41
Leave Spicer alone! (Or, why DNS registration is...

Enlarge / White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer takes questions on February 7. His home address, phone and personal e-mail were discovered in the domain registration data for his now-defunct personal blog. (credit: Alex Wong / Getty Images)

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has gotten a lot of grief from some quarters for a variety of reasons. Among them are his problems with information security—including his apparent posting of passwords to his Twitter account. But the latest privacy problem Spicer has on the Internet is one that thousands of others who have embraced the Internet have had, and it's mostly the fault of the Internet's archaic address book associated with the Domain Name System: a little thing we call WHOIS.

In 2009, Spicer registered a domain for...

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09:41
Six Flags and Samsung unveil 'mixed reality...

To many of us, roller coasters are just fine without extra visual stimulation. However, last year, several amusement parks introduced virtual reality devices, letting you fly through space or a gargoyle-infested dystopia. Six Flags and Samsung have d...

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09:39
Met Museum makes 375,000 images free

This could be an incredible resource for designers and art students alike.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:36
Owners of 2003-2008 Macs with optical drives can...

A class-action suit filed against four optical drive manufacturers alleging illegal price fixing has been settled, with previous owners of computers — including Macs — equipped with CD or DVD drives between 2003 and 2008 eligible for $10 per computer owned during that period, reports AppleInsider.

The suit alleged that Panasonic, NEC, Sony, and Hitachi-LG conspired to keep optical drive prices artificially high between April 1, 2003, and Dec. 31, 2008. The settlement was finalized in the end of Dec. 2016. The amount of any individual settlement payment will be based on the number of the class member's qualifying purchases and the total number of class members, but won’t exceed $10 per computer or drive.

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09:32
TextSoap 8.3.1 - Automate tedious text document...

TextSoap can automatically remove unwanted characters, fix up messed up carriage returns, and do pretty much anything else that we can think of to text. Save time and effort. Be more productive.

Stop manually fixing text documents and emails. Let TextSoap help you automate away all that tediousness. And do it all from within your favorite app using TextSoap Menu. Enable it in preferences and access TextSoap in most apps that support standard copy and paste.

Easy to learn for casual users, TextSoap offers the flexibility that expert users need.



Version 8.3.1:

Note: Requires OS X 10.10 or later.

Note: Version 8 is a paid upgrade from previous versions. Upgrade information can be found here.

Fixes

  • Fixed issue which required two clicks of TextSoap Menu before previously set group would...
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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Fossil Q Smartwatches from $...

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

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Fossil is discounting its stylish Q Smartwatches for iOS/Android...

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09:22
HBO Now racks up 2 million subscribers

HBO Now's growth isn't about to slow down any time soon, it seems. Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes reports that the internet-only video service now has over 2 million customers -- not bad when it hadn't even reached 1 million a year ago. And a good chunk...

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09:21
Day One 2.1.5 - Maintain a daily journal.

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

Features

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

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



Version 2.1.5:

Fixed:

  • Crash affecting macOS 10.11 users
  • Other bug fixes and performance improvements



  • OS X 10.11 or later

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09:19
Fire breaks out at Samsung factory responsible for...




The Galaxy Note 7 battery saga continues to cause problems for Samsung, as a fire broke out Wednesday at a facility used in the production of the faulty batteries found in the discontinued smartphone.

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09:08
Samsung's Digital Assistant for Galaxy 8 to...

The latest rumor leaking out of South Korea today about the upcoming Galaxy S8 is that its digital assistant 'Bixby,' will support seven to eight different languages including Korean, English, French ...

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09:07
Flipboard 4.0 introduces Smart Magazines for focused...

Flipboard, the personal magazine application has released its latest and greatest update to the app today. The 4.0 update introduces a whole new design for the app bringing a better visual and legible hierarchy to the content. One of the main features in today’s update is the introduction of Smart Magazines.

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09:00
January 2017 updates for Get & Transform in...

Excel 2016 includes a powerful set of features based on the Power Query technology, which provides fast, easy data gathering and shaping capabilities and can be accessed through the Get & Transform section on the Data ribbon.

Today, we are pleased to announce six new data transformation and connectivity features that have been requested by many customers.

These updates are available as part of an Office 365 subscription. If you are an Office 365 subscriber, find out how to get these latest updates. If you have Excel 2010 or Excel 2013, you can also take advantage...

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09:00
Android Wear 2.0 was worth the long wait

When Google introduced Android Wear back in 2014, the smartwatch industry was young. The only players worth noting were Pebble, Samsung (with its Tizen-based offerings) and a few other niche options (like Sony's proprietary SmartWatch OS). Google, ho...

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09:00
The LG Watch Style is a very basic Android Wear 2.0...

At last, the long-awaited update to Android Wear is upon us. Google is debuting its new wearable OS on a pair of LG-made devices: the Watch Style and Watch Sport. The Style is a $249 smartwatch that bundles Android Wear 2.0 and a new dial in a petite...

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09:00
LG Watch Sport review: Where software steals the show

Today has been a long time coming. Android Wear 2.0 was originally announced last May, groomed for launch last fall and then delayed until, well, now. Since that first announcement was made at Google I/O last year, we've seen plenty of new Android We...

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08:52
Apple Pay adds support for 25+ more U.S. banks...

Apple today updated its list of Apple Pay banks and card issuers to note the addition of over 25 additional banks and credit unions in the US that now support the service.

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08:50
Apple Seeks To Position Metal as Part of New 3D...

Mikey Campbell, writing for AppleInsider: Apple's WebKit team on Tuesday proposed a new Community Group at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) that will focus on developing a new standard API, perhaps based on Metal, for accelerating GPU-based 3D graphics and general computation for the web. Announced through Apple's WebKit blog, the new 'GPU for the Web' Community Group will discuss a potential next-generation web graphics API that can better leverage modern GPUs. Along with 3D content, Apple proposes GPU architecture might also be used to accelerate general web computations. As noted by Dean Jackson from the WebKit team, advancements in the GPU hardware space has led to identical enhancements in software APIs. He cites platform technologies like Apple's Metal, Microsoft's Direct3D 12 and the Khronos Group's Vulkan as offering lower overhead, and thus better performance, than the OpenGL standard. Unfortunately, the new graphics APIs contain nuanced architectural differences and...

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08:41
Stock-outs could signal the death of Apple's...




Inventory of Apple's entry-level 9.7-inch iPad continues to dry up as a trio of new models are rumored to soon launch, potentially suggesting the popular iPad Air 2 will be axed for a new model with faster processor.

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08:38
Europeans will get 'portable' streaming...

The European Union is supposed to be a big, borderless family of member states, but this concept is far from true in the online world. For several years, EU regulators have been working towards a "Digital Single Market" with the aim of breaking down...

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08:27
Square launches new iPad-based point-of-sale service...

Square is releasing a new iPad-based point-of-sale solution called Square for Retail that includes “a complete package of business tools built to work together seamlessly.” The point-of-sale package starts with a new iPad app launching today called Square Retail.

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08:23
Mac owners between 2003 & 2008 can claim $10 in...




A class-action suit filed against four optical drive manufacturers alleging illegal price fixing has been settled, with previous owners of computers equipped with CD or DVD drives between 2003 and 2008 eligible for $10 per computer owned during that period.

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08:22
EPIX network comes to Apple TV today for subscribers...

TV network EPIX is arriving for fourth-generation Apple TV users today with a new app on the App Store, but it will only be available to those already subscribed to the service through cable providers, the company announced. EPIX is, however, offering a free trial for non-subscribers exclusively through the new Apple TV app, meaning all will get to at least try the service starting today before having to subscribe later after the trial ends.

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08:20
My Slides On MDM From MacAD.UK

As promised, here’s the slide deck from my talk at MacAD.UK in London. Enjoy!

MacADUK_MDM_2017

The post My Slides On MDM From MacAD.UK appeared first on krypted.com.

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08:19
The New York Times bundles Spotify to entice...

After building up plenty of new subscriber momentum during the election, the New York Times is making a surprising move to encourage people to pay up: Bundling Spotify's music streaming service with unlimited access to its news offerings. The NYT wil...

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08:17
Korea's LG commits to a New U.S. Headquarters...

On January 9, Patently Apple posted a report titled "LG & Samsung Set to Announce Future Plants in the U.S. Due to President-Elect Trump's 'Made in America' Pledge." Was it just political empty promises? Not in the least. One month later and we're now learning that LG Electronics has started building its new North American headquarters in the United States ...

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08:01
New York Times offers free Spotify with NYT...

Gerry Smith, Bloomberg:

New York Times Co., looking for ways to persuade readers to pay for news, is working with Spotify Ltd. to give new digital subscribers to the newspaper free access to the world’s largest music-streaming service.

Readers who buy one-year online subscriptions to the Times will also get unlimited access to Spotify’s premium service, which costs $120 annually, the companies said Wednesday.

And:

The news-and-music subscription costs $5 a week, a 20 percent discount on the retail price for an all-access digital subscription to the Times.

A solid deal, if you want the All Access Times subscription, which includes insider access (special features) as well as a bonus subscription you can share with a friend. If you just want the regular digital access, you are better off finding the 50% discount offer on the web and subscribing to Spotify (or Apple Music) separately.

Either way, subscribe to some source of real news. Keep the...

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08:00
3D stereoview 'VR' hellscapes from the...

Not long after photography was born, someone figured out that showing each eye slightly shifted views of the same image makes you think you're seeing a three-dimensional scene. That idea gave birth to stereoscopic imagery, 3D movies and, eventually,...

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07:52
Ford unveils all-new 2018 Expedition as latest...

The latest vehicles to include Apple’s CarPlay platform built-in are being announced this week at or alongside the Chicago Auto Show. Dodge’s new 2018 Durango and Subaru’s 2018 Legacy are followed by an announcement from Ford unveiling the all-new Expedition that like its predecessor will come equipped with a CarPlay-enabled in-dash system.

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07:41
Samsung factory fire triggered by discarded batteries

Samsung just can't catch a break when it comes to batteries. The company reports that faulty lithium batteries and other waste products triggered minor fire at a Samsung SDI factory in Tianjin, China on February 8th. No one was hurt, the company says...

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07:39
Facebook's Community Help lets you aid your...

Facebook is taking its Safety Check feature beyond the ability to just mark yourself and others as safe with a new addition called Community Help, which started rolling out Wednesday. Facebook first announced Community Help in November at the company’s Social Good Forum.

Community Help allows Facebook users to offer each other assistance for basic needs during a crisis. This can be food, a place to sleep, baby supplies, and other essential goods or services.

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Facebook’s Community Help feature.

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07:31
New Mac malware from Iran targets US defense...




Security researchers have discovered new malware for macOS called 'MacDownloader,' which is believed to have been created by Iranian hackers to try and attack individuals and companies involved in the US defense industry.

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07:23
'Avatar' attractions are coming to Walt...

Disney CEO Bob Iger has announced that the entertainment giant will soon be opening a park based on James Cameron's Avatar. From May 27th, visitors to Disney World Orlando will be able to explore a large area based on the hugely successful sci-fi mov...

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07:13
The perpetual motion machine is finally here

The concept of a perpetual motion machine brings up images of con artists and snake oil.

Since the birth of the industrial revolution, tricksters have tried to sell the world on the impossible. But this one has the blessing of physicists at Berkely and others have been able to replicate their findings.

From New Scientist:

Now, in a paper published this week, Norman Yao at the University of California, Berkeley, and his colleagues have revealed a blueprint for making a time crystal. The recipe has already been followed by two teams.

For Yao’s time crystal, an external force – like the pulse of a laser...

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07:09
External Link: Backblaze Publishes 2016 Hard Drive...

Online backup service Backblaze has posted its hard drive reliability statistics for 2016, based on nearly 72,000 drives and almost 23 million drive-days. At the end of last year, overall failure rates were 1.95 percent, which is down 0.52 percent from last year. The most reliable drive maker was HGST, with a failure rate of just 0.60 percent, whereas Western Digital brought up the rear, with 3.88 percent of its drives dying. Backblaze uses more drives from Seagate than any other manufacturer, and while Seagate’s new 8 TB drives proved quite reliable, the company’s 4 TB drives remain problematic. Backblaze’s most heavily used Seagate 4 TB model posted an above-average failure rate of 2.77 percent, and another model stumbled in with an abysmal 13.57 percent failure rate. The moral of the story: pay close attention to manufacturer and model when buying drives.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously...

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07:03
MacBook Pro Touch Bar preview hits Microsoft Office...

It’s not ready for prime time yet, but Microsoft's now testing a beta version of MacBook Pro Touch Bar support in Office 2016 for Mac.

Anyone enrolled in the Office Insider Slow ring will soon see it appear in version 15.31 of Microsoft’s productivity suite, as first noticed by The Verge. The new Touch Bar features are available in all of Office’s major apps, including Word, PowerPoint,...

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06:59
Sharp said to take lead role in $7 billion US...




A long-discussed manufacturing plant, said to be built by Apple manufacturer Foxconn or its subsidiary Sharp, may break ground as soon as the summer of 2017 with Sharp at the helm, according to a new report

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06:48
Apple Reportedly Contracts new Korean Supplier for...

South Korea's 'The Bell' news outlet reported yesterday that South Korea’s multitouch tech company Interflex is supplying touch screen panels for Apple’s next iPhone, tentatively called iPhone 8.

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06:46
T-Mobile and Verizon Are Basically Tied in Network...

Verizon is fighting back against T-Mobile's recent attempts to steal the network spotlight as the so-called "Un-carrier," according to the results of OpenSignal's latest State of Mobile Networks report published today.

Verizon regained a statistical tie with T-Mobile in overall network speeds, with an average download speed of 14.63 Mbps versus 14.7 Mbps for T-Mobile, according to OpenSignal. The metric factors in combined 3G and LTE speeds, in addition to the availability of each network technology, which can affect overall speeds.

Meanwhile, T-Mobile came within 2 percentage points of Verizon's lead in nationwide 4G LTE availability, according to OpenSignal. The report found T-Mobile customers had an LTE connection available to them 86.6% of the time, up from 83.2% in August 2016, compared to...

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06:35
Font Squirrel offers free fonts and some quite...

From this Robservatory post about Font Squirrel:

They offer a huge assortment of fonts, all licensed for free commercial use, with a nice set of categories and search engine. And free…though the tradeoff is a fairly heavy advertising load.

And:

Font Squirrel not only has a great collection of fonts, but they offer a free web font generator. Using the generator, you can create fonts that are embedded in your page, so that they’re available even when users don’t have those fonts installed locally.

There’s more to Font Squirrel. Definitely worth a look.

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06:30
LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign update improves...

Zevrix Solutions has announced LinkOptimizer 5.0.15, a maintenance update to company's workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. The tool allows uers to reduce the size of InDesign links and speeds up processing by eliminating excess image data.

Link Optimizer also performs image adjustments, converts formats and helps repurpose files for web and mobile devices. Version 5.0.15 addresses an issue in which user defined image quality settings weren't applied when converting InDesign links to JPEG.

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06:26
App Tamer 2.3 for macOS detects, controls apps that...

St. Clair Software (http://www.stclairsoft.com/) has released an upgrade (2.3) to App Tamer, its Mac utility that manages applications to deliver more efficient CPU usage and increased battery life. This version detects CPU-hogging applications and helps reduce their CPU usage.

App Tamer comes pre-configured to automatically manage Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Spotlight, Time Machine, Word and many other apps when they're in the background. You can customize it for other apps, as well.

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06:23
Stunnix releases new version of Web4GUI

Stunnix has released a new version of Web4GUI (http://stunnix.com/prod/aws/), a tool that allows developers tto produce apps out of  PHP/Python/Java/MySQL websites. The apps produced with Web4GUI can run directly from CDs/DVDs/USB drives or network shares, and they look like usual desktop apps.

Web4GUI allows developers to convert an already-existing site into an app in several clicks with little or few modifications to server-side and client-side code of the site. Also, Web4GUI allows the production of apps for Windows/Mac/Linux using web technologies like PHP/Python/Java/MySQL.

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06:22
iOS and the neglected touch down state

Visual and user interface designer Max Rudberg compares the touch down state (the visual change when you press, but before you release, a button) in Apple Watch, Android, and iOS. There are excellent animated GIFs for each example.

Max makes his case well. By comparison, iOS does feel a bit stiff.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:17
Apple's WebKit team proposes a new API for...

Apple's WebKit team has proposed a new Community Group at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) that will focus on developing a new standard API [application programming interface], perhaps based on Metal, for accelerating GPU-based 3D graphics and general computation for the web, notes AppleInsider

Metal is a low-level, low-overhead hardware-accelerated graphics and API.  With Metal, Apple hopes to replace the industry-standard 3D-graphics API called OpenGL, with its own development API.

WebKit is a layout engine software component for rendering web pages in web browsers. It powers Apple's Safari web browser.

Announced on Apple's WebKit blog, the new “GPU for the Web” Community Group will discuss a potential next-...

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06:14
How to use iPhone’s built-in Magnifier tool

iOS comes with a built in magnifying glass, perfect for reading fine print, clarifying small detail. The linked post walks through the setup and use. Nicely done.

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06:11
Pokémon Go Valentine’s Day in-app event starts today...

If there’s a holiday on the calendar, you can almost guarantee Pokémon Go will have an in-app event to promote the game. With Valentine’s Day less than a week away, Niantic announced today a special Valentine’s Day-themed event for trainers kicking off today through next week.

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06:08
Apple's iPhone 7 was the Top Brand in Great...

A new report today states that the latest smartphone OS sales data shows that in the fourth quarter of 2016, iOS continued year-on-year growth across all tracked regions except Urban China. Android gained in most markets, except the US, Great Britain, and Australia. The brand loyalty to the iPhone in Britain was through the roof.

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06:08
References to next-generation MacBook Pros with Kaby...

Christian Zibreg, iDownloadBlog:

A developer-only preview of what would become the macOS Sierra 10.12.4 software update references a total of eight next-generation MacBook Pro models with the latest Kaby Lake processors from Intel.

Lower power consumption and, more importantly, support for 32GB of RAM. Interesting and inevitable.

UPDATE: A little birdie tells me that Kaby Lake’s built-in memory controller does not support 32GB RAM. So the move to Kaby Lake does not necessarily mean we’ll see Macs with 32GB RAM without the addition of a separate memory controller.

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06:07
Apple partner Sharp’s planned US manufacturing...

Via Reuters, Sharp may begin a $7 billion project to build a factory in the United States before June of this year. Apple supplier Foxconn announced plans to explore manufacturing components in the US earlier this year, and this latest report largely reaffirms those rumors with a more concrete time frame. A spring/summer start for the US plant would be sooner than many predicted.

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06:04
Apple hires Amazon’s Fire TV head to run Apple TV...

Mark Gurman, Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. has hired Timothy D. Twerdahl, the former head of Amazon.com Inc.’s Fire TV unit, as a vice president in charge of Apple TV product marketing and shifted the executive who previously held the job to a spot negotiating media content deals.

The moves suggest a renewed focus on the Apple TV and on providing more content for the device, an effort that has been stalled in the past by failed negotiations.

This feels like a recognition that the Apple TV was stalled and a change to get things moving again.

And this from Jason Snell:

The way this reads, Apple TV is getting a product leader who reports to Phil Schiller, while Eddy Cue’s group keeps control over dealmaking. I wonder if this means the Apple TV product will...

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06:03
Former head of Amazon’s Fire TV team hired to lead...

Maybe Apple is getting ready to show the Apple TV some love. The company has hired Timothy D. Twerdahl, the former head of Amazon’s Fire TV team, to fill a similar role at the Cupertino, California-based company, reports Bloomberg.

He joined Apple this month and will report to Greg Joswiak, Apple's VP of product marketing, the article adds. Twerdahl had been general manager and director of Amazon’s Fire TV business since 2013.

The Apple TV could use a jump start. According to a January eMarketer report, Apple’s set-top is at the bottom of the US connected TV market, behind Google Chromecast and Roku, with its share shrinking. This year, 11.9% of connected TV users will subscribe to Apple TV, compared with 19.9% for Chromecast and 18.2% for Roku, according to the research...

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05:39
Four months after preview, Microsoft adds Touch Bar...




After teasing Touch Bar support for the omnipresent Office in October, Microsoft has added preliminary support for the MacBook Pro feature in its most recent build for the "slow ring" of its beta testers.

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05:36
ForkLift 3.0 Beta 9 - Powerful file manager: FTP,...

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

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

Features

  • Completely re-built from scratch inside and out
  • Disklets (you can mount a remote connection as a disk and access it from any app...
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05:30
Daily Deal: The Pay What You Want 2017 Superstar Mac...

Today's deal in the Apple World Today Deals Shop is guaranteed to get you a lot of software for very little money. The Pay What You Want 2017 Superstar Mac Bundle provides $387 worth of Mac utilities and apps, but you decide how much you want to pay. 

How does this work? Pay anything you want and if that amount is less than the average selling price, you still get a bunch of the apps. Pay the average price and you get all 12 apps in the bundle. Pay more than the the top price on the leaderboard and you'll not only be featured on the leaderboard, but you'll be entered into a giveaway for a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

What's in the bundle?

  • Passenger Pro: Useful for creating...
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05:22
Luminar 1.1.1 - Powerful, adaptive, configurable...

Luminar is the new full-featured image editor that adapts to the way you edit photos. Over 300 essential tools to fix, edit, and enhance your photos with comfort. The future of photo editing is here.

Features

  • Adaptive Interface Inspires You Do to More - While other photo editors make you adapt to their interface, Luminar adapts to your skill level. There is no need to face dozens of sliders if you simply want to remove an object from an image or apply a preset. But if you do need to perform some serious tasks, you can easily access all the advanced features.
  • Powerful Tools Allow You to Do More - Luminar lets you remove unwanted objects, color casts and digital noise. It helps you retouch skin and reveals the hidden details in your photos. It features layers with blend modes, texture overlays and powerful image masking. Easily edit upper and lower sections of the image without having to make any...
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05:15
Apple surpasses PayPal, now accepted at 36% of U.S....

PayPal has apparently fallen as the leader among U.S. merchants and Apple Pay has taken its place.

Per NFC World, Apple today sits at 36 percent versus 16 percent a year ago. PayPal, by contrast, is being offered by 34 percent of merchants.

Both Apple and PayPal are trailed by MasterCard PayPass (25 percent), Android Pay (24 percent), Visa Checkout (20 percent), Samsung Pay (18 percent) and Chase Pay (11 percent). Notably, Samsung Pay can be used at businesses that don’t officially support the platform.

The data found that about 22 percent of businesses are planning to adopt Apple Pay within the next 12 months, whereas 11 percent are expecting to support it in the next 1 to 3 years. Roughly 31 percent, according to the study, are waiting to see how things shake out in the long term.

Apple has faced a number of hurdles in the pursuit of U.S. merchant adoption of its payment platform. In the cases of major chains which still haven’t come aboard, a good...

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05:00
New experiments harness satellite communications for...

Wireless speeds could advance to new levels, complete with a terahertz transmitter that can send data at 100 gigabits a second over a single channel in the 300GHz band. A group of Japanese researchers have begun experiments that show that satellite links like the ones planned by Elon Musk’s Space X could deliver fiber speeds.

Developed by researchers at Hiroshima University, the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), and Panasonic, the technology is being shown this week at the IEEE’s International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco.

The project taps into effort by researchers wherein terahertz radio networks could help meet growing demand for higher speeds and higher bandwidths in wireless networks, which would operate at far higher frequencies than today’s 5GHz or below wireless technologies.

“This year, we developed a transmitter with 10 times higher transmission power than the previous version’s. This made...

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05:00
Japanese Prime Minister Prepares to Meet with Trump...

On January 13, 2017 Patently Apple posted a report tiled "Foxconn Plan Close to Completion for a Massive U.S. Plant in the U.S. to Make LCD Displays and More." Today we're learning that Japanese display maker Sharp Corp may start building a $7 billion plant in the United States in the first half ...

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05:00
Twitter Steps Up Efforts to Silence Trolls


Twitter on Tuesday announced yet another crackdown on abusers. With the goal of making Twitter a safer place, it has come up with new ways to prevent the creation of new abusive accounts;
make search safer; and collapse potentially abusive or low-quality tweets. Twitter also pledged to persist in its anti-abuse endeavors, saying it would keep rolling out product changes, some more visible than others, and updating users on its progress every step of the way. Twitter "is more vulnerable than other social media," noted tech analyst Jim McGregor.

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04:57
Cloud infrastructure market up 49%

The worldwide cloud infrastructure services market grew 49% annually, reaching $10.3 billion within the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2016, according to the Canalys (www.canalys.com) research group.

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04:57
Cloud infrastructure market up 49%

The worldwide cloud infrastructure services market grew 49% annually, reaching $10.3 billion within the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2016, according to the Canalys (www.canalys.com) research group.

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04:55
Touch Bar integration coming soon to Word,...

At the original October event for the new MacBook Pro, Apple announced that Microsoft Office would offer Touch Bar integration in the coming months. Although the support is not yet ready for the general public, the Office Insider beta program has now released an update including Touch Bar features (via The Verge).

Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook include Touch Bar features enabling quick access to text formatting, object ordering and other tools. We’ve got an overview of what’s included after the jump, or you can join the Mac Office Insider program here and test out the new versions today for...

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04:35
Apple's WebKit Team Proposes 3D Graphics for...

Yesterday Apple’s WebKit team proposed a new Community Group at the W3C to discuss the future of 3D graphics on the Web, ...

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04:30
How to find, install, and remove apps for your Apple...

You can’t install apps directly from your Apple Watch. However, you can find apps designed to work with your smartwatch in the Apple Watch app on your iPhone:

  • Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  • Tap the App Store or Search tab to browse apps. 
  • Tap an app. To buy an app, select the price. To get a free app, select Get.
  • If asked, enter your Apple ID password or use Touch ID. Wait for the app to download. 
  • Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap the My Watch tab. 
  • Turn on Show App on Apple Watch.

To uninstall an app on your Apple Watch:

  • Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap the My Watch tab. 
  • Scroll to the app you want to remove, then tap it.
  • Turn off Show App on Apple Watch.

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04:10
New EU rules will remove ‘geoblocking’ so customers...

The European Union is laying out plans to enforce new laws that breakdown geographical barriers for online subscription services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Apple Music. When the new regulations come into effect in early 2018, online services must provide a service to its customers regardless of their current location, as long as they stay within the EU.

For example, This means that ...

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04:03
Apple hires new Apple TV VP to Strengthen, Focus and...

Yesterday Apple was granted a key patent for Apple TV as it relates to TV channels working on an Apple device. In 2016 Apple filed some interesting patents covering matters such as FaceTime on Apple TV, Siri controlling home stereos and Apple Music for starters. We've now learned that Apple has hired Amazon's Fire TV executive ...

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04:01
8.4 billion connected ‘things’ will be in use in 2017

Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com) forecasts that 8.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2017, up 31% from 2016, and will reach 20.4 billion by 2020. Total spending on endpoints and services will reach almost $2 trillion in 2017, according to the research group.
 

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04:01
8.4 billion connected ‘things’ will be in use in 2017

Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com) forecasts that 8.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2017, up 31% from 2016, and will reach 20.4 billion by 2020. Total spending on endpoints and services will reach almost $2 trillion in 2017, according to the research group.
 

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04:00
Satechi’s USB-C Power Meter is a useful safety tool...

Satechi’s USB-C Power Meter may only appeal to a certain niche of users, but those users should find it helpful. It lets you measure the volts, amps, and mAh output from accessories to ensure that they’re safe and compatible with new Type-C laptops, tablets and smartphones such as the 12-inch MacBook and 2016 MacBook Pros.

When choosing a charger or accessory for a device, users need to know the maximum voltage and amperage it can use to ensure they don’t permanently damage their hardware. Most folks probably won’t bother to do this, and most won’t experience any issues. However, the USB-C Power Meter does provide a useful safety measure for we cautious types. 

It will measure the voltage (in volts) of your port's power source in real time. You can check the current (in amps) being input to your device. To calculate wattage, multiply the volts by the amps. You can use the Power Meter to see how much power has travelled into your device since beginning charging. It...

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Tuesday February 7

22:51
A month with Apple's AirPods: a long-term review




After using Apple's AirPods for more than a month, AppleInsider revisits the company's first wireless headphone device to report on battery life, design benefits and flaws, durability, performance and more. We also offer out two cents on areas that need improvement.

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22:10
Must-know Siri commands for Apple's wireless...




To keep AirPods as hassle-free -- and aesthetically pleasing -- as possible, Apple opted to completely replace physical controls with Siri voice commands, a first for the company. AppleInsider compiled a few key phrases new AirPods owners should know in order to get the most out of their purchase.

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22:00
Amazon’s former Fire TV director gets poached by...

Enlarge / The fourth-gen Apple TV. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

If you've been thinking that the Apple TV's hardware has needed a shot in the arm lately, it looks like you're not alone. Bloomberg reports that Apple has hired Timothy Twerdahl, an executive who has spent most of the last four years serving as Director and General Manager of Amazon's Fire TV team. Twerdahl's extensive resume includes years of experience with hardware and TV projects, including three years at Palm, two at pre-Google Motorola, half a year at Netflix, almost two years at Roku, and three years as VP of Products at...

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21:10
Giveaway time! Enter to win a pair of Apple AirPods...




Apple AirPods are in hot demand, but we're giving away a free pair to one lucky reader. Follow us for your chance to win a pair of Apple's wireless earphones and avoid the extended six-week wait.

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20:59
Monolingual 1.7.6 - Remove unwanted OS X language...

Monolingual is a program for removing unnecesary language resources from OS X, in order to reclaim several hundred megabytes of disk space. If you use your computer in only one (human) language, you may not need to be taking up space on your hard drive with extraneous localization files. Monolingual will locate and eliminate these space-wasting files.

Monolingual was written by J. Schrier and I. Stein, and is released under the GNU General Public License. Source code is available.



Version 1.7.6:

  • Various bug fixes



  • macOS 10.12 or later



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20:59
CrossOver 16.1 - Run Windows apps on your Mac.

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

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



Version 16.1:

Application Support

  • CrossOver now supports Quicken 2017

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug which prevented Microsoft Office 2013 from installing in the Spanish locale
  • Fixed a problem which could prevent...
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20:59
VueScan 9.5.69 - Scanner software with advanced...

VueScan is a scanning program that works with most high-quality flatbed and film scanners to produce scans that have excellent color fidelity and color balance. VueScan is easy to use, and has advanced features for restoring faded colors, batch scanning and other features used by professional photographers.

Why should you use VueScan?

  • Easy to use - just run VueScan, press Preview, adjust the cropping, then press Scan.
  • Accurate colors - uses ICC profiles and IT8 calibration.
  • Powerful - dozens of advanced options.
  • Faster workflow - can edit one image while the next image is being scanned (most scanner software won't let you work with one image while another is being scanned).
  • Simple to install - installing VueScan changes nothing on your system, installs nothing in your operating system and all other scanner software will continue to function.

The list of supported scanners is...

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19:39
See how Apple's growth in Greater China could...




Apple's success in Greater China has wavered slightly over the last year, with the region now bringing in less revenue for the company than Europe, but data suggests the market has every chance of bouncing back and re-overtaking Europe's sales figures.

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19:06
Apple seeks to position Metal as part of new 3D...




Apple's WebKit team on Tuesday proposed a new Community Group at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) that will focus on developing a new standard API, perhaps based on Metal, for accelerating GPU-based 3D graphics and general computation for the web.

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18:02
Apple hires former head of Amazon's Fire TV...




Apple is shaking up its Apple TV operating unit with the hire of Timothy D. Twerdahl, the former head of Amazon's Fire TV team who will fill a similar role in Cupertino, a report said Tuesday.

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17:58
Apple Hires Amazon Fire TV Head to Spearhead Apple...

Apple has hired Timothy D. Twerdahl, the general manager and director of Amazon's Fire TV business, to be the vice president in charge of Apple TV product marketing, reports Bloomberg. Twerdahl joined Apple earlier this month.

Twerdahl has been in charge of Fire TV since 2013, overseeing two generations of the product and its rise as one of the more popular internet-connected set-top boxes. At Apple, Twerdahl will report to Greg Joswiak, VP of iOS and iPhone Product Marketing.

The move will allow Pete Distad, the former head of Apple TV product marketing, to concentrate on helping Apple land content deals, which are headed by Eddy Cue. Before joining Apple in 2013, Distad was senior vice president of content distribution...

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17:29
Apple hires former Amazon Fire TV chief, Netflix...

As it continues to focus on the evolution of the Apple TV, Apple has reportedly hired the former Amazon Fire TV head, Timothy D. Twerdahl. According to Bloomberg, the former Amazon executive will head up the Apple TV business, freeing up other executives to spearhead different efforts.

more…

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17:21
Apple proposes new ‘GPU on the Web’ Community Group...

Apple’s WebKit team today proposed a new Community Group to discuss the future of 3D graphics on the web. In a blog post on the WebKit blog, Apple’s Dean Jackson wrote about the company’s proposal to develop a standard API that exposes modern GPU features.

Apple’s WebKit team today proposed a new Community Group at the W3C to discuss the future of 3D graphics on the Web, and to develop a standard API that exposes modern GPU features including low-level graphics and general purpose computation.

W3C Community Groups allow all to freely participate, and we invite browser engineers, GPU hardware vendors, software developers and the Web community to join us.

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16:57
2018 Dodge Durango SRT to feature Apple CarPlay and...




Adding to a slowly growing list of new cars with support for Apple's CarPlay, Dodge on Tuesday announced its 2018 Durango SRT will feature the in-car entertainment system, as well as BeatsAudio premium sound.

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16:23
Behind the Scenes, Dr. Dre Plays a Key Role at Apple

Dr. Dre plays a key role in one of Apple's most important businesses, Apple Music chief Jimmy Iovine told Variety in an issue published on Tuesday. Rapper and producer Dre (Andre Young) rarely speaks ...

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15:37
With the release date set for this Friday, do you...

Earlier today, it was officially confirmed that the delayed BeatsX would become available this Friday, February 10th. Announced back in September alongside the iPhone 7, the BeatsX were originally slated to be released sometime during the fall, but were then pushed back.

Now that we have a solid release date, and that AirPods are on the market as well, do you plan on purchasing the BeatsX? Or has the delay caused you to look at other options such as Apple’s own AirPods?

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15:13
Apple v. Samsung patent case sent back to lower...

In what has become a never-ending patent battle, a federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered that the Apple v. Samsung case be sent back to a lower court. As noted by CNET, the district court will decide whether or not to hold another damage retrial or settle the case in another fashion.

The Samsung v. Apple case will be sent back to where it originally started back in 2012, the Northern District Court of California.

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15:07
Tim Cook Visits 'Kitchen Stories'...

Following a trip to France, Tim Cook today toured Germany, where he made a number of stops to visit furniture maker Dula, the developers behind the Kitchen Stories app, and the team at Refinery29.

Cook has been documenting his trip on Twitter, sharing a number of photos at each site. Before leaving France, he made one last stop to visit the Marché Saint-Germain Apple Store, where he met with staff, iOS developers, and Apple customers. It was his second visit to an Apple Store following a stop in Marseille earlier this week.

He then headed to Vreden, Germany, where he met with Dula. Dula is a furniture manufacturer that works with Apple to create some of the furniture and hardware used in Apple's retail stores.

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15:02
How Linux Helped Me Become an Empowered Computer User


If you were to ask any of my friends, they could readily attest to my profound passion for Linux. That said, it might surprise you to know that hardly two years ago, I barely knew what Linux was, let alone had any earnest interest in switching to it from Windows. Although a shift as dramatic as this seem astonishing when considered in hindsight, analyzing my path from one push or influence to the next paints a more telling picture. I want to share my story of how I came not only to use, but indeed champion, the Linux desktop.

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15:00
Apple VP of government/enterprise sales says goodbye

John Solomon, an Apple vice president responsible for government and enterprise sales, has left the company. Representatives for Apple confirmed the departure, but didn't offer an explanation, Reuters reports. 

The executive appears to have no particular destination in mind, as his LinkedIn profile mentions only "tbd" under job title and company fields.

Solomon was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Printers & Personal Systems (PPS) Division, a Division of HP Company since April 2012 until moving to Apple. He served as Senior Vice President of Imaging and Printing Group (ipg) - Asia...

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14:53
Apple v. Samsung remanded back to court where legal...




After five years and a through America's legal system, including a sojourn to the highest court in the land, Apple's patent infringement case against Samsung is returning to where it began.

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14:30
AWT News Update: February 7, 2017

We have four stories today for you, covering the gamut from slowing Twitter abuse to impressive smartphone camera modules. Let's get started:

  • Twitter begins making changes to slow abuse on the social network
  • It's the 20th anniversary of Apple acquiring NeXT Software, Inc., a pivotal decision for the development of Mac OS X
  • YouTube begins livestream broadcasts from iPhone and iPad apps...if you happen to have more than 10,000 followers
  • We look at a Sony smartphone camera module that not only features extremely high resolution, but can shoot video at up to 1,000 frames per second

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

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14:22
Comparing the First Seven Years of the iPad and Mac

Good piece by Dr. Drang, pondering why iPad owners seemingly are slow to upgrade older iPads for new ones:

What’s surprising to me is how slow iPad software has advanced in
the seven years since its introduction. I’ve always thought of the
iPad as the apotheosis of Steve Jobs’s conception of what a
computer should be, what the Mac would have been in 1984 if the
hardware were available. But think of what the Mac could do when
it was seven years old:

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14:12
Apple CEO is having a Gay Old Time on his Business...

Apple's CEO is on another business trip to fire up his troops at Apple Stores and stop by a few top customers while in France and Germany. Apple's CEO began his trip by visiting Apple Stores in France which we covered on Sunday. Today Apple's CEO was tweeting a few photos from his trip as you'll see in our report in jumbo format.

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14:10
Circuit court remands Apple vs. Samsung patent case...

Today a California Federal Circuit Court remanded the Apple v. Samsung patent design issue back down to district court.

Case Collard is a partner at the international law firm Dorsey & Whitney who focuses on intellectual property disputes and developing strategies for safeguarding intellectual property rights. He prosecutes and defends cases around the country. He’s been following this case closely.

"Another twist and turn in a long design patent saga now returns the Apple v. Samsung design patent dispute to where it began in the Northern District of California.  The Federal Circuit (the appeals court that handles all patent cases) just issued another Apple v. Samsung design patent decision. This decision takes into account the Supreme Court’s new guidance about what may constitute an ‘article of manufacture’ for the purposes of calculating damages for design patent infringement,” Collard tells AppleWorld.Today.

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13:50
Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 7, 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

Heiko Wichmann has launched Emojiplode 1.0. In the arcade-style casual game, players blast emojs before they touch the ground. They twirl, blink and increase speed to outwit you. When you push a button without hitting a falling emoji, the button is blocked. Emojiplode is free, but does tout in-app purchases.

Windmill Games Studio has introduced The Shadow of Devilwood 1.0. In this free puzzle-solving adventure game, players must take on the role of detective Linwood to find all the clues that lead to a missing person as well as to the...

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13:40
Tesla Model S breaks acceleration record with...

Tesla's Model S P100D is the fastest accelerating production car in the world, thanks to a Spaceballs-inspired software update. In a recent Motor Trend test, the Model S P100D hit 0-60 mph in 2.275507139 seconds using a new Easter egg mode called Lud...

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13:35
Apple VP of enterprise sales makes unexpected...




An Apple vice president responsible for government and enterprise sales, John Solomon, has reportedly left the company for reasons unknown.

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13:26
Apple’s VP of enterprise and government sales leaves...

A short two years after being hired, Reuters is reporting that John Solomon has left his position as Apple’s executive for corporate and government sales.

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13:25
Dodge shows off new 2018 Durango SRT as latest with...

Dodge today announced its 2018 Dodge Durango SRT at the Chicago Auto Show as its latest vehicle to come with Apple’s CarPlay platform stock.

The three-row, 475-horsepower SUV sports a 8.4-inch touchscreen that utilizes Unconnect software to interface with CarPlay (and Android Auto) and a nine speaker BeatsAudio sound system. It also comes with a 5-year trial of SiriusXM Travel Link and Traffic.

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13:25
Apple's Ultra Accessory Connector Dashes Any...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Among all the iPhone 8 concepts and daydreams, my favorite scenario has always been to see Apple replacing its proprietary Lightning connector with the USB-C one that's taken over the entire rest of the smartphone world. Apple is already a strong proponent of USB-C, having moved to it aggressively with the new MacBook Pros in October, but the company also maintains Lightning for its iPhones and iPads -- which creates a lot of headaches for people desiring universal accessories that work with everything inside the Cupertino ecosystem. Alas, after yesterday's revelation of a new Ultra Accessory Connector (UAC), which is intended to ameliorate some of the pain of having both USB-C and Lightning devices, it looks like the dream of a USB-C iPhone will forever remain just that. The UAC connector is going to be used as an intermediary in headphone wires, splitting them in half so that the top part can be universal, and the bottom can be...

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13:23
Your old PC's DVD drive might earn you $10

The PC you had a decade ago might be a clunker in comparison to what you have now, but it might just make you a little extra money. In the wake of a class action settlement with major optical disc drive makers over price fixing, Americans can now cl...

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13:19
Apple Pay now accepted by 36% of US merchants, is...




Displacing former leader PayPal, Apple Pay is now the most commonly accepted mobile payment platform among U.S. merchants, according to newly-published survey data.

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13:05
This tiny hackable synth will only cost you $39

When you're new to making music, affordable gadgets provide a nice introduction without a hefty investment. As far as tiny synths go, Teenage Engineering's $59 Pocket Operators are an easy sell, but Zeppelin Design Labs may have a compelling option a...

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12:47
Supermassive black hole set a record for longest...

When a black hole eats a nearby star, the resulting X-rays typically fade within a year or so. That's why astronomers are excited about a giant black hole that's been shedding telltale radiation for close to 10 years.

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12:43
Apple’s Jimmy Iovine shares thoughts on Trump (‘he’s...

Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine graces the cover of this month’s Variety, sitting down with publication for an in-depth interview concerning Apple Music, the company’s original content efforts, his political views, and more. The interview comes ahead of The Grammys this weekend, an event that could see the mark of Prince’s music coming to streaming services.

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12:30
New York City starts cracking down on illegal Airbnb...

New York's ban on short-term rentals has officially started cracking down. As the New York Post reports, a notorious Manhattan landlord and a Brooklyn real estate broker were hit with 17 total violations of the new law. Each violation carries a $1,00...

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12:25
Apple's iPhone took a Commanding 60% Market...

Earlier this afternoon we reported that Apple took 92% of the smartphone industry's profits for Q4 2016, their seventh consecutive quarter over 90%. And the good news continues. Apple's iPhone market share in Japan took a commanding lead ...

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12:20
Latest estimates place holiday Apple Watch sales at...




Apple may have sold as many as 6 million Apple Watches during the December quarter, generating as much as $2.6 billion in revenue -- and giving the company of almost 80 percent of smartwatch revenues during the period, new research suggests.

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12:13
Facebook warns inauguration protesters over police...

Protests on the day of President Trump's inauguration were mostly peaceful, but over 230 people were arrested on allegations of rioting... and law enforcement appears bent on scouring their internet profiles for evidence. CityLab has learned that Was...

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11:56
Apple Music's Jimmy Iovine talks joining Apple...




A new interview with Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine discusses what led the executive to join the Apple Music project and the challenging times ahead for both streaming services, and the recording industry.

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11:52
External Link: Daniel Sternberg on Apple’s Lack of...

What happens when Apple isn’t passionate about a product line or service? Look no further than iBooks, iBooks Author, and the iBooks Store. After an initial burst of enthusiasm, both iBooks and iBooks Author have languished, iCloud Drive’s integration with iBooks is flaky, and the iBooks Store never recovered momentum after Apple was found guilty of ebook price fixing back in 2013. In a blog post, well-known programming author and speaker Daniel Sternberg emotes about Apple’s lack of passion for books and his frustrations with the iBooks Store, which we’ve experienced as well. “It’s a shame,” he concludes, “that there isn’t a nexus of passion about books and education at Apple like there is about health and music.”

 

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11:48
Twitter's diversity and HR heads are leaving...

Twitter had a rough time in 2016, and it's not starting the new year off very well, either. The company's vice president of diversity and inclusion, Jeffrey Siminoff, is leaving at the end of the month, according to TechCrunch, while head of human re...

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11:47
Monolingual 1.7.6 - Remove unwanted OS X language...

Monolingual is a program for removing unnecesary language resources from OS X, in order to reclaim several hundred megabytes of disk space. If you use your computer in only one (human) language, you may not need to be taking up space on your hard drive with extraneous localization files. Monolingual will locate and eliminate these space-wasting files.

Monolingual was written by J. Schrier and I. Stein, and is released under the GNU General Public License. Source code is available.



Version 1.7.6:

  • Various bug fixes



  • macOS 10.12 or later



Download Now]]>

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11:36
Variety’s interview with Jimmy Iovine about Apple...

As much as I may disagree with Apple Music’s focus, I do agree with this.

Yet despite competition from Spotify, Jay Z’s Tidal, and others, Iovine doesn’t believe that streaming has to become a winner-take-all proposition.

“Not if streaming is done right,” he says. What “right” means is that each service is culturally different, he explains, so that each has a different feel. “Yeah, they all have the same catalog, but what we’re doing is we’re just building on top of that. That’s where the personality and the feel will come from.”

I only wish that Apple’s culture included less pandering to celebrities and more focus on the user experience, as well as including a wider variety of musicians and genres they are willing to promote. I doubt that will happen, but one can hope.

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11:35
Delayed BeatsX wireless earbuds will ship February...

Apple and its subsidiary Beats announced the BeatsX earphones last September, alongside Apple’s own AirPods, since they have the same W1 chip that helps the AirPods pair so seamlessly to iPhones and iPads. But then they never shipped, completely missing their late-fall estimate. It’s understandable if you forgot they existed.

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11:28
Apple scoops up almost 80% of total smartwatch...

Apple set a new quarterly shipment record in in the fourth quarter of 2016, contributing to total smartwatch shipments exceeding nine million units, according to Canalys. This global market figure was largely driven by Apple’s six million shipments, representing year-on-year growth of 12%. 

It was the Apple Watch’s best quarter despite “being significantly handicapped by supply constraints, even though Apple simultaneously expanded its supply chain,” according to the research group. According to Canalys estimates, the Apple Watch generated more than US$2.6 billion in revenue for Apple in the fourth quarter of 2016, making up nearly 80% of total smartwatch revenue.

 “Apart from the hardware and software improvements of the new models, Apple succeeded mainly due to its streamlined marketing and re-aligned pricing, which helped it address a wider audience,” says analyst Jason Low. "The Series 1’s lower entry price and...

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11:21
Apple takes 92% of Smartphone Industry Profits...

In November Patently Apple posted a report titled "For Six Quarters Straight Apple's iPhone has taken 91% or more of the Smartphone Industry's Profits." Today we learn that Apple has extended their streak to 7 quarters ...

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11:20
Google uses AI to sharpen low-res images

Deckard's photo-enhancing gear in Blade Runner is still the stuff of fantasy. However, Google might just have a close-enough approximation before long. The Google Brain team has developed a system that uses neural networks to fill in the details on v...

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11:17
New public beta of iOS 10.3 available

Apple has released a second public beta of iOS 10.3. If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

iOS 10.3 updates the file structure on an iOS device to the Apple File System (APFS). AFPS is optimized for Flash/SSD storage and features “strong encryption, copy-on-write metadata, space sharing, cloning for files and directories, snapshots, fast directory sizing, atomic safe-save primitives, and improved file system fundamentals.”

The beta also includes a new "Find My AirPods" ability, additions to Siri, CarPlay improvements, and some changes to Maps. What’s more, Apple says that by the time iOS 10.3 is available to customers, developers will be able to respond to customer reviews on the Apple App Store.

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11:15
Anonymous Hacker Pulls Plug on Thousands of Dark Net...


Twenty percent of the Dark Net was taken offline last week, when a hacker compromised a server hosting some 10,000 websites on the Tor network. Tor, designed to hide the identities of its users, is widely used on the Dark Web, which serves as a hub for illegal online activities. Visitors to the affected pages were greeted with the message, "Hello, Freedom Hosting II, you've been hacked." The attacker reportedly took Freedom Hosting II offline because 50 percent of its sites contained child pornography.

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11:12
Apple releases new public beta of iOS 10.3

Apple has released a second public beta of iOS 10.3. If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so at https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/ .

iOS 10.3 updates the file structure on an iOS device to the Apple File System (APFS). AFPS is optimized for Flash/SSD storage and features “strong encryption, copy-on-write metadata, space sharing, cloning for files and directories, snapshots, fast directory sizing, atomic safe-save primitives, and improved file system fundamentals.”

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11:02
How to force close Apple Watch apps in watchOS 3




Just like with any other platform, sometimes Apple Watch apps will freeze or have bugs. Thankfully, watchOS 3 includes a quick way to force-quit an app from your wrist, allowing it to start fresh.

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11:01
Jimmy Iovine on Apple Music: 'We're Trying...

Jimmy Iovine, who leads Apple Music alongside Eddy Cue, Dr. Dre, Trent Reznor, and Larry Jackson, recently sat down for a wide-ranging interview with Variety covering everything from Apple's goals with the streaming service to its experimentation with exclusives.

Though Jimmy Iovine has no official title at Apple, going by just "Jimmy," he has negotiated many of the streaming deals for the service and has been a key team member since Apple purchased Beats Music in 2014. "Apple, of all the global tech companies, was the one that understood why artists make things," Iovine said, explaining why he had a close relationship with Apple even before the acquisition.

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11:01
Review: First Alert’s Onelink Smoke + Carbon...

If you’re assembling a HomeKit home, First Alert’s Onelink Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm is currently the best smoke detector to purchase. As a smart smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, Onelink sends you alerts when triggered while you’re away and HomeKit support turns Onelink into a trigger for automation. Check out our hands-on review below:

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10:55
US and UK among the most civil nations online,...

Today is "Safer Internet Day," so Microsoft has released some stats showing relative safety and civility by nation. It turns out that people find each other pretty civil online in the US, as the nation placed third on Microsoft's "Digital Civility In...

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10:30
CRISPR, 'binge-watch' and 'botnet...

The vocabulary experts who decide which terms get added to the Merriam-Webster's Dictionary are at it again. Today, over 1,000 new words made the cut from fields like science, tech, medicine pop culture, sports and more. Among the new additions are C...

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10:29
Apple posts second developer beta of macOS Sierra 10...

Apple has released a second developer beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.4. It can be be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center — if you’re a registered developer, that is.

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 brings iOS's Night Shift mode to the Mac, allowing users to cut down on blue light exposure. It also includes Shanghainese dictation support, cricket scores for Siri, and PDFKit improvements.

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10:28
Apple releases iOS 10.3 public beta 2 for iPhone and...

Apple has released the second iOS 10.3 public beta for testing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 10.3 public beta 2 follows the second developer version of the upcoming software update.

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10:27
Apple releases second developer beta of macOS Sierra...




After developer beta releases for iOS, watchOS, and tvOS on Monday, Apple has released a second beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta for developers alongside a second beta release of iOS 10.3.

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10:24
Apple releases second developer beta of macOS 10.12.4

Apple has released a second developer beta of macOS 10.12.4. It can be be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center.

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 brings iOS's Night Shift mode to the Mac, allowing users to cut down on blue light exposure. It also includes Shanghainese dictation support, cricket scores for Siri, and PDFKit improvements.

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10:22
Apple Maps now provides real-time traffic conditions...

Apple Maps for macOS, iOS and watchOS now provides real-time traffic conditions to Argentina customers, according to Apple’s refreshed iOS Feature Availability webpage.

Apple Maps will now alert users highly congested areas with orange or red lines along the roads, helping drivers avoid any delays. Real-time traffic conditions are now available in more than 40 countries.

In May 2016, Apple announced the opening of an office in Hyderabad, India, that will focus on development of Maps for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. This investment will accelerate Maps development and create up to 4,000 jobs, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. The company has been continually updating and adding new features to Maps, including 3D views, the Flyover feature and tools to help customers find places to shop, eat and explore nearby areas.

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10:16
Report: Apple Watch’s record quarter generated near...

Apple doesn’t break out its Apple Watch numbers when it reports device sales and revenue each quarter, but it did say during the fiscal Q1 earnings call the wearable hit record numbers for both units and revenue during the important holiday period. The latest report from research firm Canalys today puts estimates of Apple Watch sales at around 6 million units and $2.6 billion in revenue. This would mean the company took almost 80% of total revenue for the smartwatch market last quarter, according to the report’s estimates. It would also represent around 12% year-over-year growth for Apple Watch sales:

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10:13
Thirty-six percent of U.S. merchants now accept...

Apple Pay has the largest percentage of supporting U.S. merchants with 36% accepting Apple’s mobile payment service, according to new data from Boston Retail Partners (BRP) That’s up from 16% in 2016.

Approximately 22% of retailers are planning to accept Apple Pay in the next 12 months, 11% plan to do so within 1-3 years, and 31% are adopting a “wait and see” approach. PayPal is in second place with a 34% acceptance rate, followed by Mastercard PayPass (25%), Android Pay (24%), Visa Checkout (20%), Samsung Pay (18%), Chase Pay (11%) and private label mobile wallets with 4%

Almost half (49%) of retailers already are using mobile solutions for sales staff, up from fewer than a third (31%) last year, according to BRP. The study comprised a survey of 500 top North American retailers, 76% of which have revenue of $100 million or more and 50% with revenue of $500 million or more.

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10:12
Apple Seeds Second macOS Sierra 10.12.4 Beta to...

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming macOS Sierra 10.12.4 update to developers, two weeks after seeding the first macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta and just over a two weeks after releasing macOS Sierra 10.12.3.

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

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

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10:11
Apple rolling out macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 2 for Mac

Apple is rolling out the second macOS 10.12.4 beta for developer testing. The upcoming version of macOS Sierra is the first to bring Night Shift to the Mac.

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10:07
Stanford students recreated a 5,000-year-old Chinese...

Homebrewing is a niche hobby today, but before the industrialization of the industry, a lot of beer was made in people's kitchens. Li Liu, a professor in Chinese archaeology at Stanford, was part of a team that recently discovered a 5,000-year-old...

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10:04
Twitter pushes on in the fight against online abuse

Following the announcements in November about their fight against online abuse, Twitter has announced some new updates on their progress. Starting today the company is pushing out new changes that should help combat the more obvious online abuse patterns.

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10:02
Expect Kaby Lake processors (and 32GB of RAM) in...

Apple blog Pike's Universum hash uncovered three motherboard identifiers that hint at updated MacBook Pros with Kaby Lake processors. Since the latest version of the laptops only arrived, four months ago, I wouldn’t expect to see hardware updates for the line until September.

Built on an improved 14nm process, Kaby Lake features faster CPU clock speed changes. It also features a new graphics architecture to improve performance in 3D graphics and 4K video playback. The platform also supposedly provides enhanced battery life and security features.

Last month KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that Apple will offer a high-end MacBook Pro model this year with up to 32GB of —potentially desktop-class —RAM. He thinks Apple will begin manufacturing the 15-inch MacBook Pro with double the memory allotment of current top-of-the-line models in the fourth quarter of the year....

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10:00
macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 2 (16E154a) Now Available

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 2 (16E154a) Now Available

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10:00
macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 2 (16E154a) Now Available

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 2 (16E154a) Now Available

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09:54
Shielding on updated LG UltraFine 5K Thunderbolt 3...




The shielding applied to LG's UltraFine 5K display is effective in eliminating the radio frequency interference problem induced by Wi-Fi routers, as well as other high-power transmitters like cellular towers "blocking" the same frequency, according to AppleInsider examinations.

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09:45
Twitter finally moves to ban serial harassers

Every few months, it seems like Twitter execs swear that the company will do a better job at shutting down abusive trolls. And yet, hate and harassment continue to plague the platform, making it impossible for some high-profile users to remain active. This week, Twitter is making three changes to ramp up its efforts, and they might actually make a huge difference.

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09:44
‘Woz’ to share ‘Untold Stories of Apple’

Steve (“Woz”) Wozniak, co-founder of Apple and Silicon Valley idol, will be speaking at the Startup World Cup Grand Finale in San Francisco on March 24 at the Marriott Marquis. Startup World Cup is a global conference and competition organized by Fenox Venture Capital to bridge startup ecosystems worldwide.

Wozniak will share insights on his time at Apple and tell some untold stories. In 1976, Woz co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs,...

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09:44
Email Privacy Act has another run at becoming law

If the definition of madness is doing the same thing and expecting different results, someone should check in on the Email Privacy Act. The bill is taking its third run at becoming law after failing to pass the house in 2013 and the senate in 2016. R...

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09:35
Popular YouTubers can finally get their mobile...

Mobile livestreaming is the video trend of the moment, and the two biggest players are Facebook Live and Twitter’s Periscope. But at long last, a third is entering the game: YouTube.

Google’s ubiquitous video-sharing app has supported live streaming since last summer, but it was only available to a hand-picked group of five partners, The Young Turks, AIB, Platica Polinesia, SacconeJolys, and Alex Wassabi. Now, it will be much more widespread, with Google opening the feature to anyone with more than 10,000 subscribers, which will bring it to “hundreds of thousands” of additional content creators, according to a Google blog post.

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09:34
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Logitech Bluetooth Keyboard $...

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Daily Deals: Logitech K830 Illuminated Bluetooth Keyboard $50, Logitech M310 Wireless Optical Mouse...

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09:21
Watch the first trailer for Marvel's 'Iron...

With Marvel's Iron Fist hitting Netflix on March 17th, it's about time we've got a full look at the series. The series' first full trailer quickly introduces you to Danny Rand (Finn Jones), who returns to New York City after being away for 15 years....

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09:16
References to possible 2017 MacBook Pro with Intel...




Examination of the beta code for macOS Sierra 10.12.4 has revealed a trio of Kaby Lake processors referenced, which has pointed to specific processor substitutions for a possible MacBook Pro refresh using Intel's new processor line.

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09:09
BeatsX wireless headphones arrive this Friday

After being announced alongside the iPhone 7 last September, Apple subsidiary Beats will finally have the $149.95 BeatsX wireless headphones available for purchase in the USA this Friday, February 10. 

The BeatsX headphones have been highly anticipated, as they not only use the W1 chip found in Apple's own AirPods, but also use in-ear earbuds rather than the "EarPod-like" design of the AirPods. Those who use headphones while exercising may also find that the design of the BeatsX headphones, which use a cable to connect the two earbuds, are less prone to falling out or being lost than the AirPods.

At launch, black and white colors will be available, with blue and grey versions arriving later. The W1 chip enables simple pairing of the headphones with Apple devices, shares pairing information via iCloud, and provides longer range wireless connections that standard Bluetooth...

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09:06
6 essential settings to make your iPhone and iPad...

As I get older and my eyesight gets worse, I use some of these tips. They’re not just for the visually disabled – they’re for us “old folks” too.

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09:01
YouTube debuts iPhone livestreams for people with...




Google's YouTube on Tuesday launched live streaming via its iPhone and iPad app, bringing the feature out of beta as it attempts to compete with similar streaming options available from Facebook and Twitter.

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09:00
Moment announces new battery-powered Photo Case, and...

The team behind Moment has announced a new Kickstarter campaign today to help launch three new products. Moment has a long history of using Kickstarter to fund their projects going back to 2014 when they launched their original lenses, and then eventually their Moment Case in 2015. Today’s new campaign includes an update to their now classic lens alongside two new cases for iPhone users.

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Greg Wohlwend is an accomplished independent game designer and artist whose résumé includes critically acclaimed mobile titles Threes, Ridiculous Fishing and Puzzlejuice. His games tend to be whimsical and playful, and his latest projec...

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Twitter says it’s cracking down on abuse (again)

USAToday:

Stung by criticism that Twitter has allowed harassment and abuse to spread unchecked and under growing pressure from Wall Street to deliver growth, CEO Jack Dorsey has pledged “a completely new approach to abuse.” Twitter’s vice president of engineering Ed Ho said last week the company will keep working on combating abuse “until we’ve made a significant impact that people can feel.”

The pledges have been met with skepticism from critics. Twitter is out to prove that it’s taking safety on the platform seriously with a new set of updates that begin rolling out Tuesday. The changes will give users more control over what they see on the social media service, Twitter says.

The “again” part of the headline is key. Twitter has let this problem go on far too long and has done far too little to combat it. We’ll see if these new measures actually do

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