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Wednesday February 1

20:59
Tower 2.6.0 - Version control with Git made easy.

Tower is a Git client for OS X that makes using Git easy and more efficient. Users benefit from its elegant and comprehensive interface and a feature set that lets them enjoy the full power of Git.

Tower abstracts Git's complexity in an easy-to-use interface. For example, lots of actions can be performed simply via drag-and-drop, and mistakes can be undone easily. Advanced users can increase their productivity with features like single line staging, submodule support, or the file history.

Features

  • git-svn support
  • File history
  • git-flow support
  • Submodule support
  • git-lfs support
  • Blame view
  • Single-line staging (per-line committing)
  • Cherry-picking
  • Discard chunks/lines
  • Direct Github, Bitbucket, Gitlab, GitSwarm, Beanstalk, Visual Studio Team Services, Team Foundation Server and Rhodecode integration
  • Support for Bitbucket team accounts
  • Support for...
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20:23
Apple, Google, others drafting letter opposing Trump...




Apple is among a cadre of companies drafting a formal letter in opposition of President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration, which was signed last week as part of a series of sweeping policy decisions introduced by the new administration.

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19:44
Apple & Google among tech companies planning...

Tim Cook has been vocal about his opposition to President Trump’s immigration orders, but now it appears that Apple is planning to take its opposition further. According to Recode’s Kara Swisher, Apple is among a handful of companies working on a formal letter opposing Trump’s immigration and travel orders.

more…

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19:41
Nintendo's first-ever Super Bowl ad is for the...

When you consider the fact that Nintendo and its mustachioed mascot are household names, it's a bit strange to realize the company has never run an advertisement during the Super Bowl. That's about to change. A new video on the company's YouTube chan...

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19:30
Apple Developing Custom ARM-Based Mac Chip That...

According to Bloomberg, Apple is designing a new chip for future Mac laptops that would take on more of the functionality currently handled by Intel processors. The chip is a variant of the T1 SoC Apple used in the latest MacBook Pro to power the keyboard's Touch Bar feature. The updated part, internally codenamed T310, is built using ARM technology and would reportedly handle some of the computer's low-power mode functionality. From the report: The development of a more advanced Apple-designed chipset for use within Mac laptops is another step in the company's long-term exploration of becoming independent of Intel for its Mac processors. Apple has used its own A-Series processors inside iPhones and iPads since 2010, and its chip business has become one of the Cupertino, California-based company's most critical long-term investments. Apple engineers are planning to offload the Mac's low-power mode, a feature marketed as "Power Nap," to the next-generation ARM-based chip. This...

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19:13
Apple plans to ‘more than double’ the size of its...

Apple began renovations on its iconic Fifth Avenue retail store earlier this year, but little was known about the company’s plans. A new report from Bloomberg, however, offers up more details on the overhaul and Apple’s plans “more than double the size” of the location.

more…

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18:21
Developer combines HoloLens and Vive for '...

As fun and immersive as virtual reality is, watching your friend play around in a completely computer-generated environment doesn't have quite the same impact when watching it on a flat monitor or TV screen. But now, thanks to the vivid augmented rea...

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18:01
Tim Cook sells 40k Apple shares worth nearly $5M




For the fourth time in less than two weeks, Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday sold off a batch of company stock worth just under $5 million, continuing a series of transactions in accordance with a trading plan adopted in 2015.

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17:23
Apple to more than double floor space at iconic...




Apple will more than double the space of its popular Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan as part of ongoing renovations at the site, with the company promising "new services and experiences" once the outlet reopens.

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17:23
Apple's next custom Mac chip could do a lot more

Intel processors have powered Apple's Mac computers for over a decade now, but Apple has also found success designing its own A-series ARM-based chips for the iPhone and iPad. While the company isn't going to dump Intel chips in the Mac any time soon...

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17:10
Latest Strategy Analytics data claims Apple Watch...

Following Apple’s “record” quarter it reported yesterday, Strategy Analytics is today out with new data showing the performance of the Apple Watch during the holiday quarter. Apple touted yesterday that its wearable had a record quarter and today’s data further reflects that strong performance…

more…

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16:50
Updated Certificate for Game Center Authentication

On February 13, 2017, a new certificate for server-based Game Center Player ID verification will be available via the publicKeyUrl property of generateIdentityVerificationSignature, and the previous certificate will expire.

Apps that dynamically query the publicKeyUrl value will automatically use the new certificate, whereas apps that cache the certificate or hardcode the certificate URL may require an update. Learn more.

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16:50
Updated Certificate for Game Center Authentication

On February 13, 2017, a new certificate for server-based Game Center Player ID verification will be available via the publicKeyUrl property of generateIdentityVerificationSignature, and the previous certificate will expire.

Apps that dynamically query the publicKeyUrl value will automatically use the new certificate, whereas apps that cache the certificate or hardcode the certificate URL may require an update. Learn more.

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16:35
Reddit bans 'alt-right' community over...

Reddit isn't done cracking down on harmful communities. The social site has banned its r/altright subreddit for violating policies against "the proliferation of personal and confidential information." Members were doxxing people to harass or threaten...

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15:50
AT&T will launch 5G wireless in two cities this...

AT&T's 5G wireless network just got much more tangible. The carrier has announced that its ultra-fast wireless will launch in two cities, Austin and Indianapolis, sometime later in 2017. And while it's still early days, the company is confident e...

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15:30
IBM's Watson will help you file your taxes

Tax experts can find deductions that you might otherwise miss, but they're only human -- they can only find so many potential savings, let alone paint a larger picture of your finances. They're about to get a helping hand, though. IBM is partnering w...

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15:27
AWT News Update: February 1, 2017

After yesterday's earnings call, there's more good news for Apple:

  • AAPL closed today at $128.75 per share
  • Wall Street analysts bumped up their estimates for Apple shares in the future
  • The iconic Fifth Avenue Store will be more than double in size after the current renovation work is completed

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This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for February 1, 2017. Due to other time commitments this will be a short podcast today.

Investors responded warmly today to...

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15:15
Estimate pegs holiday Apple Watch sales at 5.2M,...




Though Apple has not officially announced any sales figures for its wearable Apple Watch, that hasn't stopped research firms from estimating its performance, with new data from Strategy Analytics pegging the device at 5.2 million shipments in the fourth quarter of 2016.

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15:15
Apple Watch Dominated Holiday Season With Estimated...

Apple shipped a record-breaking 5.2 million Apple Watch units last quarter, making it by far the most popular smartwatch of the holiday shopping season, according to the latest data from research firm Strategy Analytics. Apple captured an estimated 63.4% of the worldwide smartwatch market during the quarter.

Apple's closest competitor Samsung shipped only 800,000 smartwatches in the quarter, for an estimated 9.8% market share, according to Strategy Analytics. All other smartwatch vendors, such as Garmin, Fitbit, and Huawei, combined for an estimated 2.2 million shipments and 26.8% market share.

"Demand for Apple's new Watch Series 2 as a holiday-season gift in Western markets was surprisingly strong and it...

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15:15
Apple Watch Dominated Holiday Season With Estimated...

Apple shipped a record-breaking 5.2 million Apple Watch units last quarter, making it by far the most popular smartwatch of the holiday shopping season, according to the latest data from research firm Strategy Analytics. Apple captured an estimated 63.4% of the worldwide smartwatch market during the quarter.

Apple's closest competitor Samsung shipped only 800,000 smartwatches in the quarter, for an estimated 9.8% market share, according to Strategy Analytics. All other smartwatch vendors, such as Garmin, Fitbit, and Huawei, combined for an estimated 2.2 million shipments and 26.8% market share.

"Demand for Apple's new Watch Series 2 as a holiday-season gift in Western markets was surprisingly strong and it...

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15:04
'Serial' team returns with a new true...

When it debuted in 2014, Serial was a breakout hit for podcasting and an interesting case of the media effecting social justice. The show's team of This American Life alumni even won a Peabody award for their reporting on the murder of Maryland teen...

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14:57
Jury issues $500 million verdict in Facebook virtual...

A U.S. jury in Texas on Wednesday ordered Facebook Inc, its virtual reality unit Oculus, and other defendants to pay a combined $500 million to ZeniMax Media Inc, a video game publisher that says Oculus stole its technology.

Ouch.

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14:52
Snapchat said to be developing more advanced Lenses...

Snapchat has become known for its innovative Lenses feature that recognizes faces and then applies filters, emoji, and effects to them. Now, The Information reports that Snap is working on further expanding its Lenses feature with augmented reality-like support for recognizing landscapes and objects with the rear-camera…

more…

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14:49
Apple reportedly working on ARM chips for upcoming...

I’ve said before that it’s only a matter of time until all of Apple’s hardware devices will be powered by ARM-based processors, including the Mac. A new Bloomberg report, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter,” says Apple is designing a new chip for future Mac laptops that would take on more of the functionality currently handled by Intel processors.

I believe the report is accurate. What’s more, I think Apple’s homemade processors will eventually appear in Mac desktops, as well as laptops.

Bloomberg says that the chip, which went into development last year, is similar to one already used in the latest MacBook Pro to power the keyboard’s Touch Bar, The updated part, internally codenamed T310, would handle some of the computer’s low-power mode functionality, the article adds. 

Apple engineers are...

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14:46
Report: Apple working on new Mac chip to reduce...

Speculation about Apple creating its own chips to replace Intel processors has long been part of what keeps the Apple rumor mill churning. On Wednesday, a Bloomberg report provided more fuel for the mill, with details on what Apple could be doing to rely less and less on Intel.

According to a report by Mark Gurman and Ian King that cites unnamed sources, Apple is working on a new Mac microcontroller that would handle processes that are currently performed by Intel processors. Apple’s new Mac chip is based on the T1 chip used in the new MacBook Pro to run the laptop’s Touch Bar. Codenamed T310, the chip would handle low-power mode functions usually performed while the Mac is engaged in...

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14:40
Instagram is testing multi-photo albums for everyone

It likely won't be too long until we can all share more than one photo in an Instagram album. The company is reportedly testing out the feature in its latest Android beta release, Droid Life reports. Multi-photo albums was something Instagram previou...

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14:35
First look: Theater Mode in Apple's watchOS 3.2...




Rumored to make its way onto Apple's portables for some time, Theater Mode debuted with the latest watchOS 3.2 beta as a one-tap control for silencing Apple Watch alerts and disabling the device's raise to wake feature. Perfect for dark, quiet venues like a movie theater.

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14:32
Report: Apple is kind-of-sort-of working on more ARM...

Enlarge / The 15-inch MacBook Pro connected to a bunch of accessories.

Apple is working on more ARM co-processors for future MacBooks, at least if a new report from Bloomberg is to be believed. The company is allegedly developing a chip codenamed "T310" that could be used to handle macOS' "Power Nap" functionality and other low-power features.

The chip would sit alongside an Intel processor that would still do all the heavy lifting when the computer was awake, much like the Apple T1 chip that powers the new MacBook Pros' Touch Bar...

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14:26
Let's go crazy: Prince's music may come to...

Prince had a tricky relationship with the internet. Toward the end of his life, Prince famously pulled his music from all streaming services but Tidal, the artist-owned, Jay Z-led app for audiophiles. But now it seems Prince’s hits are finally set to stream everywhere else, from Apple Music and Spotify to Google Play and Pandora.

That’s according to an unnamed source in the New York Post, but lord we hope it’s true.

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14:23
Apple Developing a new ARM chip for MacBooks that...

According to sources close to the matter – Apple is designing a new chip for future Mac laptops ...

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14:11
How to adjust brightness on the LG UltraFine Display...

One of the perks of using an LG UltraFine Display is its integration with macOS. Instead of a cumbersome, off-putting on-screen display setup, you can control the brightness and volume of the LG UltraFine 4K or 5K Display directly from your Mac.

Controlling the display’s volume using a Touch Bar shortcut on the MacBook Pro is simple and straightforward, but what if you wish to control the display’s brightness from the Touch Bar as well? more…

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14:01
Jury asks Oculus to pay ZeniMax $500M in lawsuit...




Facebook's Oculus was ordered to pay ZeniMax $500 million on Wednesday, after a Dallas jury ruled that Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey violated a non-disclosure agreement in building the first prototypes of the Rift headset.

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14:00
Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 1, 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

Why Interactive has introduced Slowly 1.0, a free pen pal app. Users are matched in pairs based on common interests and language. Just like a real letter, delivery time depends on geo-locations and distance between pen pals.

macOS Apps/Updates

MailRaider 3.0 is now available from 45RPM Software. The app can open email files written by Microsoft Outlook, and extract any attached files. Version 3 adds support for the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pros.

MailRaider can automatically extract your Outlook files into the most appropriate format. Message files are extracted into Apple...

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13:53
Huge stream of lava plunges into sea

Seeing this in person is definitely on my bucket list. Until then, watch the video and marvel at the power of nature.

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13:50
Report: Apple-developed ARM chip may appear in...

Bloomberg reports that Apple is currently developing a new ARM-based chip that could appear in future MacBook Pros as soon as this year. According to the report, the new Mac chip may be used for low-power tasks that currently rely on Intel’s chip to process.

more…

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13:41
Apple developing ARM chip for Mac to handle low-...




As it looks to lessen reliance on outside chip manufacturers, Apple is developing an ARM-based Mac processor designed to take some of the burden off primary Intel silicon, a report said on Wednesday.

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13:38
Apple to double the size of their Famed Fifth Avenue...

Apple won a design patent in 2014 for their famous NYC Fifth Avenue Apple Store that is made of gigantic sheets of glass. Last May we reported that Apple and the owner of the property that the Apple Store sits on, Boston Properties, were at odds over renewing the lease. Today we learn that Apple will more than double the size of their NYC store ...

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13:28
Apple Developing ARM-Based Mac Chip to Handle Low-...

Apple is developing a new ARM-based chip for its Mac lineup that would "take on more of the functionality" handled by Intel processors, reports Bloomberg.

In development since last year, the chip, codenamed T310, is said to be similar to the chip used to power the Touch Bar in the new 2016 Macbook Pro. It's built using ARM technology and will work with the standard Intel processor, handling "Power Nap" low-power mode functionality.

Apple engineers are planning to offload the Mac's low-power mode, a feature marketed as "Power Nap," to the next-generation ARM-based chip. This function allows Mac laptops to retrieve e-mails, install software updates, and synchronize calendar appointments with the display shut and not in use. The feature currently uses little battery life while run on the Intel chip, but the move to ARM would conserve even...

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13:28
Apple Developing ARM-Based Mac Chip to Handle Low-...

Apple is developing a new ARM-based chip for its Mac lineup that would "take on more of the functionality" handled by Intel processors, reports Bloomberg.

In development since last year, the chip, codenamed T310, is said to be similar to the chip used to power the Touch Bar in the new 2016 Macbook Pro. It's built using ARM technology and will work with the standard Intel processor, handling "Power Nap" low-power mode functionality.

Apple engineers are planning to offload the Mac's low-power mode, a feature marketed as "Power Nap," to the next-generation ARM-based chip. This function allows Mac laptops to retrieve e-mails, install software updates, and synchronize calendar appointments with the display shut and not in use. The feature currently uses little battery life while run on the Intel chip, but the move to ARM would conserve even...

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13:12
Jury Awards Gaming Industry Giant ZeniMax $500...

Last Saturday Patently Apple posted a report titled "The Lawsuit against Facebook's Oculus by Major Gaming Industry Player ZeniMax now in Deliberation." ZeniMax is a major gaming house with tiltles like Doom, Quake, Fallout, Rage, Wolfenstein and many, many more. ZeniMax sued ...

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13:03
See how Apple's 'Services' revenue...




The encompassing "Services" business has proven to be a reliable source of income growth for Apple, but its tremendous performance --?accomplished during an overall company sales decline --?can be difficult to visualize. AppleInsider offers a closer look at the booming segment Apple believes will double over the next four years.

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12:52
Alphabet's Waymo sharpens self-driving car tech...




Even as Apple tests remain shrouded in secrecy, prototype self-driving cars by Waymo -- formerly under Google -- are dramatically improving their skills, data from the California Department of Motor Vehicles revealed on Wednesday.

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12:51
Apple bumps Samsung from top spot in smartphone...

With Apple reporting all-time record high iPhone sales and revenue in its earnings call yesterday, IDC’s latest data out today confirms that the company surpassed Samsung to take the top spot in the fourth quarter of last year. That was despite, as IDC notes, a first full year of decline for iPhone with a 7% drop year-over-year for 2016:

more…

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12:31
The 25 most influential Super Bowl ads of all time

This weekend is the proverbial “Big Game”. It’s no secret that a large number of people are more interested in the advertising than they are the football. We all know which one is number one, right?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:53
Snapseed makes it easier to add drama to your photos

I have literally dozens of image editing apps on my iPhone to adjust photos but Snapseed remains my favorite.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:53
iPhone 8 concept imagines dual screens on all-glass...

In a new video released today, ConceptsiPhone shows off some wild possibilities for Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone, including a dual screen feature. While reports suggest that iPhone 8 will move to an all glass design, the concept dreamed up in iPhone 8 Commercial by Thadeu Brandão imagines a unique and stunning use of such a design.

more…

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11:45
Snapchat looks to extend iPhone app's Lenses...




Future versions of Snapchat for the iPhone could reportedly recognize and overlay images onto the world around you, extending well beyond just facial recognition.

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11:18
Macworld’s February Digital Edition: AirPods Reviewed

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld Digital Edition.

In the February issue

We review Apple’s wireless earbuds, AirPods, and recommend 10 must-have utilities for macOS Sierra. Plus, our Mac and IOS wish list for 2017.

Also in this month’s issue:

Mac User: Pastebot 2, a Mac utility combines a deep clipboard with clever conversions

iOS Central: AirPods teardown reveals the magic and glue that make Apple’s wireless earphones work

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11:08
10 years after Apple axed 'Computer' from...




In a move that carries some parallels to the company formerly known as Apple Computer from a decade ago, Tesla on Wednesday announced it will no longer be known as Tesla Motors, signaling that it is more than just a car company.

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10:58
Retro Keyboard

Inspired by a typewriter—I think this will certainly have its fans when released.

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10:57
While Apple's CEO see's 'Some...

In a single blow, Apple's Q1 2017 financial results crushed the collective negative financial analyst community to point of embarrassment. Apple delivered a nice pie for each of their faces and joyfully rubbed it in as they broke yet another revenue record yesterday with iPhone 7 sales shocking all estimates, even Apple's own internal estimates. Of course there were a few missteps in the quarter, one of them being Apple's iPad which a new report was all too pleased to pounce on today ...

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10:35
Updating your AirPods firmware

I had no idea there was a firmware update available for the AirPods, but I followed the instructions on TidBITS and sure enough it updated. To be clear, the way the update is done, you’ll eventually get the update, but I did it manually anyway.

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10:25
BookArc updated to support the latest MacBook Pros

Twelve South has released a new model of its BookArc — which allows you to run your setup from the power of your Mac laptop while in closed clamshell mode — that supports the 2016 MacBook Pros.

To use you slide your MacBook Pro into the silicone slot, connect it to an external display, add a full-size keyboard and mouse to enjoy the comfort of a desktop setup. Unplug the MacBook, and BookArc’s newly designed cable-catch feature keeps your cables from falling to the floor. The BookArc for 2016 MacBook Pros costs $49.99.

 

 

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10:22
Ten meter tower

I still remember my first jump off the ten meter (approx 33 feet) tower at a public pool. I was ten years old and I was utterly terrified.

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10:22
BookArc updated to support the latest MacBook Pros

Twelve South has released a new model of its BookArc — which allows you to run your setup from the power of your Mac laptop while in closed clamshell mode — that supports the 2016 MacBook Pros.

To use you slide your MacBook Pro into the silicone slot, connect it to an external display, add a full-size keyboard and mouse to enjoy the comfort of a desktop setup. Unplug the MacBook, and BookArc’s newly designed cable-catch feature keeps your cables from falling to the floor. The BookArc for 2016 MacBook Pros costs $49.99.

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10:17
Tesla drops ‘Motors’ from name

Tesla Motors Inc changed its name to “Tesla Inc” as Chief Executive Elon Musk looks to transform the Silicon Valley firm from an electric car maker to a diversified energy products company.

It’s weird, I never really considered Tesla as just an automobile company. I always just referred to it as Tesla, knowing that the company had its fingers in a lot of different tech.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:16
Tim Cook: Apple may take legal action over...

After sending an email to employees expressing Apple’s opposition to the Trump administration’s new immigration restrictions, Apple CEO Tim Cook is now making a forceful stand.

“More than any country in the world, this country is strong because of our immigrant background and our capacity and ability as people to welcome people from all kinds of backgrounds,” Cook told the Wall Street Journal. “That’s what makes us special. We ought to pause and really think deeply through that.”

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09:57
Analysts raise Apple targets, see shares going as...




Led by the blockbuster debut of the iPhone 7 series, Apple exceeded Wall Street's expectations with its holiday quarter, sending shares of the company's stock higher and prompting analysts to revise their price targets upward.

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09:50
Decrease Time Delays When Scripting Safari

When you’re regression testing, you frequently just don’t want any delays for scripts unless you intentionally sleep your scripts. By default Safari has an internal delay that I’d totally forgotten about. So if your GUI scripts (yes, I know, yuck) are taking too long to run, check this out and see if it helps:

defaults write com.apple.Safari WebKitInitialTimedLayoutDelay 0

With a script I was recently working on, this made the thing take about an hour less. Might help for your stuffs, might not.

If not, to undo:

defaults delete com.apple.Safari WebKitInitialTimedLayoutDelay

Enjoy.

The post Decrease Time Delays When Scripting Safari appeared first on krypted.com.

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09:41
Multiplayer battles come to Empire: Total War on the...

Feral Interactive has announced that the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/hhas3qz) version of epic strategy game Empire: Total War has been updated to support multiplayer mode.

Players can now enjoy the online features of Empire: Total War by signing up for an account with Calico, Feral’s own multiplayer matching service. Using Calico, players can invite friends to multiplayer battles and co-op campaigns, compare skill ratings, and track achievements.

Empire: Total War requires macOS 10.11.6 or higher. It costs $34.99.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: LG 34-inch Widescreen Monitor...

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.

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Daily Deals: LG 34-inch IPS LED Monitor w/ USB Hub ...

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09:28
GoPro puts iPhone-connected Karma drone back on sale...




GoPro on Wednesday re-released the Karma, its first aerial camera drone, having dealt with an issue that was causing some early models to drop out of the air.

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09:00
Learn the power of referral marketing with Office...

Tapping into your existing customer base could be the key to new business growth. Register now for the next episode of Office Small Business Academy, “The Power of Referral Marketing: How to Get Your Customers Talking,” airing February 22, 2017 at 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET, and learn how to design a program that works for your business. Plus, learn a few new tricks in Microsoft Excel that will help you organize, visualize and measure the results of your marketing efforts.

Watch the preview:

This month’s featured guests include:

  • Founder of Duct Tape Marketing, John Jantsch, gives his proven advice for implementing a referral program that helps you gain new customers and stand apart from the competition.
  • Chief style officer of Erin Condren Design, Erin Condren, shares her secrets to generating buzz, including...
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09:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Trianium's new...

New cases and accessories of the week

Image by IDG

This week’s roundup includes new cases for your iPhone and iPad, as well as batteries, audio equipment, and more. Read on!

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08:40
It's Time To Admit Apple Watch Is a Success

At company's quarterly earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the holiday period was the company's "best quarter ever" for Apple Watch -- both units and revenues -- "with holiday demand so strong that we couldn't make enough." He added: Apple Watch is the best-selling smartwatch in the world, and also the most-loved, with the highest customer satisfaction in its category by a wide margin. Apple Watch is the ultimate device for a healthy life, and it's the gold standard for smartwatches. We couldn't be more excited about Apple Watch. Long time Apple commentator Rene Ritchie writes: There's a strange narrative in the tech community concerning Apple Watch being a flop, a failure, or in some way, shape, or form, a disappointment. It's particularly bizarre given Apple Watch, as part of the wearable market, is doing record numbers. It could be that there is no real "Smartwatch market", just an Apple Watch market. Much like there's no real "tablet market", just an iPad market. Since it's...

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08:36
Participating companies shed light on Apple's...




Beyond commerce giants IBM, SAP, and Cisco, Apple works with other businesses under the auspices of its "Mobility Partner Program" -- which isn't widely discussed. But a recent loosening of Apple's fabled secrecy has led a few smaller companies to open up about their experiences with the program.

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08:35
Turn good photographs into great ones with these...

For those who want to become better photographers, sometimes it feels like you've reached a plateau and just can't get the results that professionals do. You've taken classes, you shoot a lot of photos, you've even started shooting RAW format and you're now dabbling in High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography. Maybe it's not you -- it's the software you're using for post-processing. That's why we've partnered with Macphun to get you a deal on two of their hottest applications for Mac: Luminar and Aurora HDR 2017. Just use the promo code APPLEWORLD to get $10 off on each app.

Macphun Luminar

Luminar ($59 using promo code APPLEWORLD)  is a photo editing app that can be used with great results by both beginners and pro photographers. It make complex photo editing easy to do, it's fast, and it...

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08:25
I’m a Mac. And now I’m a Huawei.

[VIDEO] Say it ain’t so, Justin Long. Say it ain’t so. See the main Loop post for the new Huawei commercial starring our old friend the Mac.

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08:21
The iPad keeps frowning

One down point in Apple’s numbers was reported iPad sales. Jason Snell:

Apple sold half as many iPads for the 2016 holiday quarter as it did in 2013.

And:

Meanwhile, average selling price sagged, after a brief buoying caused by the release of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro—a sign that during this sluggish holiday period, iPad sales were largely comprised of older, cheaper models.

I chalk this up to iPad maturity. My iPad is more than a year old, and I don’t have any sense that it is slow, outdated. I use it regularly, and have no performance complaints. Sluggish performance is a major factor that would drive me to replace my iPad.

Jason again:

The iPad has 85 percent of the market of tablets priced over $200. The important facts here: Apple’s not interested in selling a sub-$200 iPad, and so that means it’s doing spectacularly well in the market.

If there’s a problem, it’s that Apple built a product that does what it is supposed to do and...

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08:07
It’s time to admit Apple Watch is a success

Rene Ritchie pulls together quotes from Apple’s earnings call, tweets from Apple watchers, and sales estimates, to make the case that Apple Watch is not only a success, but a critical part of Apple’s ecosystem.

My 2 cents: I agree wholeheartedly. At the very least, the Apple Watch is a reliable, elegant, affordable timepiece.

Add in the most basic of its capabilities, the ability to receive a steady stream of notifications, and the Apple Watch is a no-brainer. If you then layer in fitness tracking, calendar management, and the ability to run third party apps, the Apple Watch climbs onto its own worthy perch in the ecosystem.

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08:01
Killer Deals: 15" MacBook Pro for $1,399; DJI...




In what is the absolute lowest price available, eBay has Apple refurbished Mid 2015 15-inch MacBook Pros for $1,399.99 ($600 off) with no tax collected outside NY. B&H is also slashing prices of DJI Inspire 1 Pro and Raw drones by $600-$800 today only with no tax outside NY and NJ.

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07:53
Apple considers legal options against Trump’s...

Trip Mickle, Wall Street Journal:

Apple Inc. is weighing legal action and continuing to press the Trump administration to reverse its executive order on immigration, Chief Executive Tim Cook said in an interview.

Mr. Cook said hundreds of Apple employees have been affected by the order, which suspended entry to the U.S. for refugees and travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations. He added that he continues to contact “very, very senior people in the White House” and impress on them why repealing the executive order is important not only for Apple but for the country.

“More than any country in the world, this country is strong because of our immigrant background and our capacity and ability as people to welcome people from all kinds of backgrounds. That’s what makes us special,” said Mr. Cook. “We ought to pause and really think deeply through that.”

And:

Mr. Cook declined to elaborate on Apple’s possible legal options, except to say that “we...

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07:48
iOS beta alert spells the end of the line for 32-bit...

Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica:

Beta builds of iOS 10.3, the first of which was issued last week, generate warning messages when you try to run older 32-bit apps. The message, originally discovered by PSPDFKit CEO and app developer Peter Steinberger, warns that the apps “will not work with future versions of iOS” and that the app must be updated by its developer in order to continue running. The apps still run in iOS 10.3, but it seems likely that iOS 11 will drop support for them entirely.

Apple planted the seeds for this a few years ago when they mandated that all new apps be 64-bit compatible. Then, last summer, warning alerts appeared when 32-bit apps were run, reminding the user that using the app “may affect overall system performance”. So this is simply the next step in the progression.

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07:34
Apple’s record quarter, chart by chart by chart

Jason Snell pulled together a terrific series of charts breaking down Apple revenues, units shipped, sales growth, and more, all broken down quarter by quarter.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:29
Transcript of Apple’s first quarter earnings call

Serenity Caldwell does her usual amazing job transcribing the call for our reading, searching, and quoting pleasure.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:23
Animal Crossing may be the last Nintendo iOS game...

We learned yesterday that Nintendo’s Animal Crossing – originally expected to make it onto iOS devices in March – has been delayed until later in the year. If you were hoping for any further games from the company this year, though, you may be disappointed …

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07:13
Apple's Q1 iPhone numbers knock Samsung out of...




Apple's record iPhone sales during the December quarter allowed it edge ahead of Samsung and once again become the world's top smartphone vendor, though not for whole of 2016, according to new research data.

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06:55
As slow purchase cycles likely explain falling iPad...

While Apple yesterday announced record sales of three major products – iPhone, Mac, Watch – there was one notable omission from the celebrations: the iPad. Far from setting any records, the iPad continued its year-on-year decline, with a 19% fall in sales and 22% drop in revenue.

Marco Arment suggested that the prevailing wisdom that tablets are the future while computer sales dwindle might be wrong, and that iPads remain a largely additional device rather than a replacement for a Mac.

But either way, one factor more than any other is likely to be at play …

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06:54
Fantastical for iPhone and iPad gains iMessage...

Fantastical has a new update out today for iPhone and iPad that delivers new iOS 10 features and enhancements plus a brand new iMessage sticker pack for the Messages app. Aside from fun and cute, Fantastical’s sticker pack is actually useful for communicating schedule-related messages.

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06:50
MailRaider 3.0 for macOS adds Touch Bar support

MailRaider 3.0 is now available from 45RPM Software (http://www.45rpmsoftware.com). The app can open email files written by Microsoft Outlook, and extract any attached files. Version 3 adds support for the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pros.

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06:49
LibreOffice 5.3.0.3 - Free, open-source office suite.

LibreOffice is an office suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, drawing tool) compatible with other major office suites. The Document Foundation is coordinating development and maintenance of this OpenOffice.org fork.

Many different language versions are available here.



Version 5.3.0.3:

  • In LibreOffice 5.3, the user interface has been refined to help you work faster and smarter.
  • Colour palette management has been greatly improved, while it's also easier to get help and fix problems with your profile.
  • In addition, text layout and compatibility with other office software is better.
  • And this is the first full source-code release of LibreOffice online, to run the suite on your own private cloud infrastructure.



  • OS X 10.8 or later



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06:49
Apple Quietly Updates AirPods Firmware to Version 3....

Apple today quietly put out a firmware update for the AirPods, bumping the Bluetooth headphones from version 3.3.1 to 3.5.1, as spotted by a user on Reddit. The update to AirPods is automatic for any AirPods in their Charging Case and connected to a nearby iOS device. After making sure the AirPods are connected, users can check their current firmware version by going to the Settings app on iPhone > General > About > AirPods.

It's not clear what the 3.5.1 update covers due to its silent release and a lack of specific patch notes, but the AirPods have faced a number of complaints over the past few weeks that the new firmware version could potentially be addressing. Mainly, there have been a number of user complaints regarding battery drain issues with the AirPods and the...

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06:49
Apple Quietly Updates AirPods Firmware to Version 3....

Apple today quietly put out a firmware update for the AirPods, bumping the Bluetooth headphones from version 3.3.1 to 3.5.1, as spotted by a user on Reddit. The update to AirPods is automatic for any AirPods in their Charging Case and connected to a nearby iOS device. After making sure the AirPods are connected, users can check their current firmware version by going to the Settings app on iPhone > General > About > AirPods.

It's not clear what the 3.5.1 update covers due to its silent release and a lack of specific patch notes, but the AirPods have faced a number of complaints over the past few weeks that the new firmware version could potentially be addressing. Mainly, there have been a number of user complaints regarding battery drain issues with the AirPods and the...

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06:45
Tower 2.6.0 - Version control with Git made easy.

Tower is a Git client for OS X that makes using Git easy and more efficient. Users benefit from its elegant and comprehensive interface and a feature set that lets them enjoy the full power of Git.

Tower abstracts Git's complexity in an easy-to-use interface. For example, lots of actions can be performed simply via drag-and-drop, and mistakes can be undone easily. Advanced users can increase their productivity with features like single line staging, submodule support, or the file history.

Features

  • git-svn support
  • File history
  • git-flow support
  • Submodule support
  • git-lfs support
  • Blame view
  • Single-line staging (per-line committing)
  • Cherry-picking
  • Discard chunks/lines
  • Direct Github, Bitbucket, Gitlab, GitSwarm, Beanstalk, Visual Studio Team Services, Team Foundation Server and Rhodecode integration
  • Support for Bitbucket team accounts
  • Support for...
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06:42
Apple's Great Quarter Spills Over to Winning...

In a new smartphone statistical report that surfaced late yesterday, we learn that Global smartphone shipments grew an improved 9 percent annually from 403.0 million units in Q4 2015 to 438.7 million in Q4 2016. More importantly, Apple shipped 78.3 million smartphones worldwide and captured 18 percent marketshare in Q4 2016

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06:41
Following Mario's mobile success, Nintendo...




Fresh off announcing results for "Super Mario Run"-- which for now remains an exclusive to Apple's iPhone -- Nintendo will reportedly be sticking to a schedule of just two or three mobile games per year.

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06:40
The Future of iOS is 64-Bit Only -- Apple To Stop...

Your ability to run 32-bit apps on an iOS device is coming to an end. As several other Apple news sites have reported, Apple has updated the pop-up warning in the iOS 10.3 beta to say that the 32-bit app you're running "will not work with future versions of iOS." The warning goes on to say that the "developer of this app needs to update it to improve its compatibility." From a ComputerWorld article (edited for clarity): In October 2014, Apple told developers that all new apps created after February 1, 2015 must have 64-bit support. Shortly after, Apple announced that all updates to apps must also be 64-bit compatible. Any 32-bit apps submitted to Apple after June 2015 would be rejected. Last September, Apple announced that it was going to remove apps from the App Store that did not "function as intended, don't follow current review guidelines, or are outdated." Presumably, this would include apps that did not meet the 64-bit requirement. Apple does not state which version of iOS...

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06:39
Magnetic fields could explain an 'erratic...

Scientists think they've discovered why an unusual star system is emitting "sudden, erratic and extremely intense" bursts of X-rays. Using three different space telescopes, the team set out to investigate "Rapid Burster," a binary system first discov...

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06:33
Google overtakes Apple as world’s most valuable brand

Google has overtaken Apple as the world’s most valuable brand. Google’s brand value rose by 24% during 2016 (from $88.2 billion to US$109.4 billion) whilst Apple’s declined from $145.9 billion to $107.1 billion, according to the latest Brand Finance Global 500 report. Google last occupied the position of the world’s most valuable brand in 2011. 

“Apple has struggled to maintain its technological advantage, with new iterations of the iPhone delivering diminishing returns, while the Chinese market is now crowded with local competitors,” says David Haigh, CEO of Brand Finance. “Apple has been living on borrowed time for several years by exploiting its accumulated brand equity. This underlines one of the many benefits of a strong brand, but Apple has finally taken it too far.”

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06:30
AAPL stock opens up >5% after Apple reports...

Last night, Apple reported all-time record earnings with revenue topping $78.4 billion, beating analysts consensus. The stock market investors appear to be pleased with Apple’s results; AAPL stock opened up more than 5%.

The company reported sales of 78.3 million iPhones, 13 million iPads and 5.3 million Macs. Spiking at over $127 this morning, Apple stock is once again close to its all-time high of $135 after rallying following Trump’s presidential victory.

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06:24
Apple has released AirPods firmware 3.5.1

Apple has released AirPods firmware 3.5.1. AppleInsider.com says it’s probably already been downloaded to a synchronized device.

Installation is automatic when the AirPods are in their charging case, the case is plugged into a charger, and the linked iPhone is in close proximity and connected to Wi-Fi. You can check the installed firmware revision in the "General" settings menu, by selecting "About," then “AirPods.” AppleInsider says the update contains "miscellaneous minor bug fixes."

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06:22
Apple releases AirPods firmware 3.5.1

Apple has released AirPods firmware 3.5.1. AppleInsider says it’s probably already been downloaded to a synchronized device. 

Installation is automatic when the AirPods are in their charging case, the case is plugged into a charger, and the linked iPhone is in close proximity and connected to Wi-Fi. You can check the installed firmware revision in the "General" settings menu, by selecting "About," then “AirPods.” AppleInsider says the update contains "miscellaneous minor bug fixes."

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06:20
Apple AirPods silently receive bug fix firmware...

Apple has silently updated the Apple AirPods firmware to version 3.5.1, from 3.3.1, earlier today. The AirPods automatically update to the latest software when the earbuds are charging in the AirPods Case and close to a paired device. The new firmware does not appear to contain any new front-facing features.

There is no onscreen alert or notification that an update has taken place. You can however verify if your AirPods are up-to-date by checking the AirPods firmware version number in Settings on an iPhone …

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06:15
Apple considering legal action on President Trump’s...

CEO Tim Cook has told the Wall Street Journal that hundreds of Apple’s employees have been affected by President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, and says that the company is considering taking legal action.

“More than any country in the world, this country is strong because of our immigrant background and our capacity and ability as people to welcome people from all kinds of backgrounds. That’s what makes us special,” he told the WSJ. “We ought to pause and really think deeply through that.”

Cook said that Apple is pressuring the Trump administration to reverse its executive order on immigration. The company is also matching employees’ donations to refugee relief funds on a two-to-one basis, effectively tripling the value of their contributions.

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06:13
Facebook reportedly working on an app for Apple TV...

The WSJ reports that Facebook is developing an app for the Apple TV and other set-top boxes, citing sources familiar with the matter. It appears the plan is for the videos to be ad-funded, as with existing Facebook content …

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06:09
Apple overtakes Samsung as the top global smartphone...

Apple shipped 78.3 million iPhones in the fourth quarter of the year, moving it ahead of Samsung (by about 800,000 more smartphone units) to recapture the top global position among smartphone manufacturers, reports Strategy Analytics. The research group says Apple has 18% of the worldwide market.

Smartphone shipments grew an improved 9% annually from 403.0 million units in quarter four (Q4) 2015 to 438.7 million in Q4 2016. This quarter was the smartphone industry’s fastest growth rate for over a year. Smartphone growth is recovering slightly due to stronger demand in major developing markets like China and Africa, according to Strategy Analytics. Global smartphone shipments grew 3% annually from 1.44 billion in full-year 2015 to a record 1.49 billion in 2016.

“Apple shipped 78.3 million smartphones worldwide and captured 18 percent...

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06:01
Apple pushes AirPods firmware 3.5.1 to synchronized...




A firmware update for Apple's AirPods is being distributed now, which brings undisclosed bug fixes to Apple's sought-after wireless earbuds.

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05:58
macOS and iOS market share both up in January

According to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare, the market share for both macOS and iOS rose in January.

According to the report, among desktop operating systems, macOS had 6.32% of the global market share in January, up from 6.07% percent in December (that’s global market share; in the U.S. it’s over 13%). April 2016’s 9.2% was an all-time high, according to NetMarketShare’s measurements. Windows remains dominant with 91.41% as of January.

iOS had 32.03% of the mobile operating system market share in January, up from 29.52% in December. This compares to 63.99% for Android, 1.48% for Windows Phone, and 1.14% for Java ME. The all-time high for iOS was in July 2012 with 65.94%.

NetMarketShares’ monthly surveys don’t measure market share in terms of computer systems sold. Instead they sample data from visitors to some 40,000 web sites operated by their clients. And note that NetMarketShare’s...

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05:30
Daily Deal: Get over 82 hours of online training in...

There's never been a better time to learn iOS development, and with this Apple World Today deal you can get the training you need at a price you'll love. For just US$45, the iOS 10 & Swift 3 Starter Bundle provides over 82 hours of online training in five courses to teach you development by doing hands-on coding. 

Bought separately, these five courses would cost you $654. With our 93% off discount on the bundle, you get the following courses included:

The Complete iOS 10 Developer

  • Access 205 lectures & 37.5 hours of content 24/7
  • Learn the Apple iOS development process as it really is
  • Create useful apps like GPS maps & clocks
  • Discover how to incorporate animations to...
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05:28
No, Apple's CEO Never Said he was Considering...

Last week we reported that Apple's CEO met with Ivanka Trump and husband over diner to talk about issues. In fact it was the night before President Trump signed the Extreme Vetting executive order. Cook reportedly told the Wall Street Journal that he impressed upon senior people at the White House and impress upon them why repealing the executive order is important not only for Apple but for the country. That's a measured response. No grandstanding, no running to the press to scream the sky is falling. Cook's quiet diplomacy that was measured is appreciated ...

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05:25
Justin Long, actor who played the Mac in Apple ad...

Justin Long, the actor who played the Mac in the highly successful and long-running ‘Get a Mac’ ad campaign, is now appearing in an ad for the Chinese Android smartphone maker Huawei. Huawei’s ad agency told Campaign that Long’s starring role in the Apple ads was the main reason Huawei chose him.

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05:18
Apple Pay transactions up 500 percent in Q1, Comcast...




Apple Pay did extremely well in the December quarter, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed this week, growing transactions 500 percent year-over-year thanks in part to the platform now being in over a dozen markets worldwide.

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05:15
Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro notebooks banned from...

If you have a new Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro notebook and are looking to take the bar exam, you might need to leave the notebook behind.

According to an announcement from testing software company ExamSoft, the Touch Bar’s predictive text feature could compromise “exam integrity.”

For law students looking to take the North Carolina bar exam, test proctors have been instructed to keep a look out for models with the Touch Bar and technicians will be on hand to ensure the feature is disabled. Test takers will be approved to use the laptops provided they followed ExamSoft’s helpful instructions for reverting the Touch Bar back to a row of standard function keys.

In other states, the Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro has been banned outright from bar exams.

Per notices from the New York State Board of Law Examiners and the Colorado Supreme Court, users who show up with a Touch Bar-equipped model in those states will have to write their answers by hand, but...

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05:09
Apple Silently Updates AirPods Firmware to 3.5.1

Apple has stealthily updated the firmware in the AirPods with minor bug fixes. Josh Centers explains how to apply the update if you don’t already have it.

 

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05:00
Apple reports $78.4 billion in revenues, $17.9...

Where Apple’s profits had been down in the past few quarters, the company came back hard in the Q1 2017 financial report. Apple on Tuesday posted quarterly revenue of $78.4 billion, setting an all-time record for the company with a total net profit was $17.9 billion.

The lion’s share of the profits came from the iPhone, which saw sales of 78.3 million units in the company’s first quarter of fiscal 2017. That was an increase from the 74.8 million iPhones the company sold in the same quarter a year ago, holding the record until now.

The Q1 timeline also included Apple’s December/holiday sales for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets.

Mac sales were up slightly, reaching 5.4 million in the holiday period. That bested the 5.3 million units Apple shipped a year ago.

iPad sales were reported in at 13.1 million, down from 16.1 million for Q1 of 2016.

Apple guided revenue between $51.5 billion and $53.5 billion with a gross margin between 38 and 39...

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05:00
3 Teams Advance in Hyperloop Competition


Elon Musk's hyperloop dream began to take shape in reality last weekend as 27 teams, including six from outside the United States, participated in a competition to create the mass transit vehicle of the future. The competition in Hawthorne, California, sponsored by SpaceX, which Musk founded, attracted teams made up mostly of students who created pods designed to run on hyperloop transportation systems. In a hyperloop system, the vehicles, or pods, travel in a vacuum in tubes at speeds close to the speed of sound.

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04:56
U.S. auto safety regulators set new vehicle-to-...

U.S. auto-safety regulators have mandated that new vehicles must communicate with each other through vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology beginning in 2020, with the goal of increasing safety.

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04:52
Kool Tools: CaseCrown SlimPower Wallet

CaseCrown's SlimPower Wallet is more than a simple wallet. It can charge your smartphone on the go using an ultra-thin power bank that’s securely packed in the middle.

The SlimPower Wallet is so slim and lightweight that it fits in the palm of your hand. An angled Micro USB cable and hidden Lightning Adapter is smartly integrated into the power bank, so the wallet is compatible with both iPhones and Android phones.

The wallet itself includes three card slots and an elastic band to hold bills or additional cards. There’ss also RFID blocking capability within the wallet.

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04:49
Apple’s Q1 2017 record numbers in colorful context

With Apple having confirmed analyst predictions by reporting a record quarter for both revenue and sales of iPhones, Macs and Watches, Six Colors has done its usual great job in pulling together a set of colorful charts that put the numbers into historical context …

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04:45
ChronoSync for macOS revved to version 4.7.3

Econ Technologies (www.econtechnologies.com) has released ChronoSync 4.7.3 for macOS with several new features and fixes. It’s a sync, backup, and bootable back-up app.

ChronoSync can back up and sync to anything you can connect to a Mac: external drives, thumb drives, NAS drives, remote Macs, PC's and cloud services. Version 4.7.3 includes several fixes, in addition to the enhancements implemented in ChronoSync 4.7.3.

ChronoSync works with macOS 10.8 and higher. A demo is available for download; registration is $49.99.

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04:30
How to save your Desktop and Documents folder to...

With macOS Sierra, you can store your Desktop and Documents folder in iCloud Drive and access them on all your devices. That means you can start a document on your Desktop, then work on it later from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and on iCloud.com (make sure your iOS devices are running iOS 10, preferably the latest version). Everything automatically stays up to date everywhere.

Make sure that you’re signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID on all of your devices. Set up iCloud on all of your devices and turn on iCloud Drive.

Turn on Desktop and Documents on every Mac that you want to use with iCloud Drive. Here’s how:

  • From your Mac, go to Apple menu  > System Preferences > iCloud.
  • Make sure that iCloud Drive is turned on.
  • Next to iCloud Drive...
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04:14
Tim Cook: Hundreds of Apple employees affected by...

Tim Cook has told the WSJ that hundreds of the company’s employees have been affected by Trump’s executive order on immigration, and says that Apple is considering taking legal action. He also said that the company would be supporting employee fundraising efforts for organizations providing relief to refugees.

Cook said that he hopes that the White House can be persuaded to rescind the order, but that the company may resort to the courts if not …

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04:09
Adobe Animate CC 2017 16.1.0 - Advanced authoring...

Animate CC 2017 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous Flash Professional customer).

Animate CC 2017 (was Flash CC) lets you share work directly from within the application and get access to new features the moment they're released. Your entire creative world, together in one place. Work faster than ever before with a 64-bit architecture, a new streamlined user interface, and more connected tools. Create HTML content and export high-definition video and audio.

Animate CC 2017 is part of Creative Cloud. That means you have access to all the latest updates and future releases the moment they're available. You can use Save to Cloud to keep your files organized across multiple computers. And Creative Cloud is integrated with Behance, so you can share your projects and get immediate...

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04:01
Apple Overtakes Samsung As World's Top...

Apple overtook Samsung to become the world's largest smartphone vendor in the fourth quarter of 2016 as shipments reached 439 million units.

According to independent research firm Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments grew 3 percent annually to hit a record 1.5 billion units in 2016. Apple shipped 78.3 million handsets in the fourth quarter of the year – around 800,000 more units than Samsung – allowing it to recapture its number one position with 18 percent global smartphone market share.

Apple shipped 78.3 million smartphones worldwide and captured 18 percent marketshare in Q4 2016, rising a steady 5 percent annually from 74.8 million units in Q4 2015. This was the iPhone's best performance for over a year, as Apple capitalized on Samsung's recent missteps. Samsung shipped 77.5 million smartphones worldwide in Q4 2016, dipping 5...

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04:01
Apple Overtakes Samsung As World's Top...

Apple overtook Samsung to become the world's largest smartphone vendor in the fourth quarter of 2016 as shipments reached 439 million units.

According to independent research firm Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments grew 3 percent annually to hit a record 1.5 billion units in 2016. Apple shipped 78.3 million handsets in the fourth quarter of the year – around 800,000 more units than Samsung – allowing it to recapture its number one position with 18 percent global smartphone market share.

Apple shipped 78.3 million smartphones worldwide and captured 18 percent marketshare in Q4 2016, rising a steady 5 percent annually from 74.8 million units in Q4 2015. This was the iPhone's best performance for over a year, as Apple capitalized on Samsung's recent missteps. Samsung shipped 77.5 million smartphones worldwide in Q4 2016, dipping 5...

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04:00
PicGIF makes it easy, fun to create your own GIFs

Animated images -- otherwise known as GIFs -- have been around for 25 years, but they saw a resurgence of popularity starting in 2013. If you want to make your own, PicGIF from Pearl Mountain offers a quick, easy solution. 

With PicGIF you can turn continuous snapshots into animated GIFs, create GIF photo slideshows from your pics in iPhoto (or other apps), and transfer short videos to animated GIFs. What's more, it lets you re-edit your existing GIFs.

PicGIF supports can import lots of file formats, including hundreds of image formats (JPEG, TIFF, BMP, PGN, TGA, RAW, PIC, etc.), GIFs, and just about all common video formats (MOV, MPEG, MP4, M4V, 3GP, AVI, etc. You can combine multiple formats into a single GIF.

To get started, open PicGIF and click "Add Photo" to add photos or existing GIFs. Click "Add Video" to add short videos. Alternatively, you can drag pics or videos to the Add Photo and/or Add Video windows in the PicGIF user interface. Note that there's...

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03:52
TrailRunner 3.8.833 - Route planning for hiking,...

TrailRunner is the perfect companion for runners, bikers, hikers, and all people wandering under the sky. Plan routes on a geographical map. Import GPS or workout recordings and journalize your activities in a diary.

Features

  • View maps and elevation data from Internet mapping services like USGS topo maps
  • Import GPS recordings from Trails, iTrail and 321Run for iPhone
  • Import workouts from the Nike + iPod Sport Kit
  • Import tracks and workouts from GPS fitness devices like the Garmin ForeRunner or Garmin Edge
  • Import/Export TCX, GPX, and KML files
  • Describe favorite tracks and rate them with iTunes stars
  • Plan routes interactively or automatically for a given distance
  • Export route directions onto your iPod
  • Journalize workouts in a diary, see your progress in a history chart
  • Publish a WebLog to MobileMe

Note: While the software is...

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01:15
Huawei hires 'I'm a Mac' pitchman to...




Actor Justin Long, who in the mid to late 2000s served as the de facto face of Apple for his part in the "Get a Mac" ad campaign, has been hired by Huawei to star in a new series of commercials touting the Chinese upstart's smartphones.

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Tuesday January 31

23:56
Apple weighing legal action against Trump...




Apple CEO Tim Cook said his company is mulling legal options in light of President Donald Trump's recent executive order on immigration, while he personally puts pressure on "very, very senior people in the White House" to repeal the policy.

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20:59
VOX 2.8.16 - Music player that supports many...

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

  • Listen to your music regardless of the format:
    • Play numerous lossy and lossless audio formats;
    • Export playlists in various formats (PLS, M3U, XSPF);
    • Open different playlist types including M3U, PLS, XSPF and the popular CUE format used to store CD rips;
    • Play audio files stored on NAS devices and other network drives.
  • Rule your music with ease:
    • Control the player from the main interface, Dock context menu or main menu controls;
    • Automatically search for all the missing album artwork from...
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20:59
MacFamilyTree 8.1.3 - Create and explore your family...

MacFamilyTree gives genealogy a facelift: modern, interactive, convenient and fast. Explore your family tree and your family history in a way generations of chroniclers before you would have loved. MacFamilyTree helps you capture your family history, and turns data and facts into conclusive reports and visually impressive charts.

MacFamilyTree offers numerous options for you to capture and visualize your family history. Now matter how you want to illustrate your family relationships - MacFamilyTree 8 has the right solution for you, offering different types of reports, charts or the innovative Virtual Tree 3D view. The possibilities are nearly endless - optionally synchronize your data via iCloud, access a huge genealogical online archive to assist your research, create websites and family books or do your research on the go with MobileFamilyTree 8, available separately for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Overview

  • well-structured, fast and...
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20:59
MacUpdate Desktop 6.1.6 - Search and install Mac...

MacUpdate Desktop brings seamless 1-click app installs and version updates to your Mac. With a free MacUpdate account and MacUpdate Desktop 6, Mac users can now install almost any Mac app on macupdate.com with a single click, including thousands of titles not available in the Mac App Store. And now, users can search for, discover, and install new apps right from the MacUpdate Desktop app!

  • 1-Click App Installs - Installing apps using a Web browser is slow and complicated. You have to hunt down .zip archives, mount disk images, manually drag app icons to the /Applications folder, run custom installers, and delete the files you no longer need. With MacUpdate Desktop, all you have to do is click the "Install" link on a MacUpdate app listing and MacUpdate Desktop takes care of everything.
  • Keep All Your Mac Apps Up-to-date - MacUpdate Desktop scans your Mac for outdated apps and immediately notifies you when a new...
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20:59
BetterTouchTool 2.02 - Customize Multi-Touch...

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

These gestures are customizable:

  • Magic Mouse:
    • Pinch in / out (zoom)
    • single-finger tap left
    • single-finger tap right
    • single-finger tap middle
    • single-finger tap
    • single-finger click middle
    • two-finger tap
    • two-finger click
    • two-finger swipe (up/down/left/right)
    • two-finger tip tap left/right
    • three-finger tap
    • three-finger click
    • three-finger swipe (up/down/left/right)
    • four-finger swipe up/down
    • four-finger click
    • TipTap left/right
  • Touchpad:
    • single-finger tap top-left
    • single-finger tap top-right
    • single-finger tap top-middle
    • single-finger tap bottom-left
    • single-finger tap bottom-right
    • single-...
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20:59
Sound Studio 4.8.7 - Robust audio recording and...

Sound Studio lets you easily record and professionally edit audio on your Mac. Easily rip vinyls and digitize cassette tapes, or record lectures and voice memos. Prepare for live shows with live effect processing and level tweaking, then record it all with performance recording capabilities.

Any audio project, completed with ease

  • Expansive compatibility. Record your work as an MP3 or AAC M4A file. Edit and export audio in several formats including AIFF and WAV.
  • Creative effects. Layer several effects like delay, reverb, chorus, or flanger filters, then tweak levels or EQ settings.
  • Multi-track support. Record live audio alongside multiple tracks of studio-added sounds.



Version 4.8.7:

  • Fixed a bug in timer recording
  • Expanded the "Fade Special" envelope so that the level can now also be increased up to 200%


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20:59
MacFamilyTree 8 8.1.4 - Create and explore your...

MacFamilyTree gives genealogy a facelift: modern, interactive, convenient and fast. Explore your family tree and your family history in a way generations of chroniclers before you would have loved. MacFamilyTree helps you capture your family history, and turns data and facts into conclusive reports and visually impressive charts.

MacFamilyTree offers numerous options for you to capture and visualize your family history. Now matter how you want to illustrate your family relationships - MacFamilyTree 8 has the right solution for you, offering different types of reports, charts or the innovative Virtual Tree 3D view. The possibilities are nearly endless - optionally synchronize your data via iCloud, access a huge genealogical online archive to assist your research, create websites and family books or do your research on the go with MobileFamilyTree 8, available separately for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Overview

  • well-structured, fast and...
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20:35
Prince’s music reportedly coming to Apple Music,...

While Apple has been able to win over certain streaming service holdouts, one artist is still limited in streaming availability: Prince. According to report from The New York Post, however, that will soon change. The report claims that Prince’s Warner Music Group albums will come to Apple Music on February 12th.

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20:31
Apple crosses Samsung in smartphone market, helped...

Apple has regained the top place in the smartphone market helped by the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, while rival Samsung Electronics grappled with the recall of its flagship Galaxy Note7 over overheating batteries, according to a research firm.

The iPhone maker shipped 78.3 million smartphones in the fourth quarter for a market share of 17.8 percent in comparison to 77.5 million smartphones shipped by Samsung, which had a market share of 17.7 percent, Strategy Analytics said Tuesday.

For the full year, Samsung was the clear winner with shipments of 309.4 million smartphones to Apple’s 215.4 million, in part because Apple saw shipments of the iPhone drop in recent quarters.

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18:45
Prince songs expected to hit Apple Music, other...




More than 19 months after Prince pulled his songs from all streaming music services save for Jay-Z's Tidal, the musician's estate is set to release a selection of top hits to Apple Music and other providers on Feb. 12, according to reports.

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18:25
Q1 2017 Transcript: The Financial Conference Call...

The following report covers the traditional opening commentary from Apple's CEO Tim Cook on the highlights for their latest financial quarterly results. The following transcript covers Apple's Q1 2017 highlights. While it's easier to just listen to the audio of the event, a transcript makes it easier to quote Tim Cook in future reports and a reference document for our guests and fans.

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17:25
Touch Bar MacBook Pros Are Being Banned From Bar...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: When it launched late last year, the new MacBook Pro's Touch Bar was largely reliant on first-party applications to show off what it could do. Since then, a number of other companies have jumped on board, helping the secondary screen grow into something more than novelty. Of course, as with any new technology, there's going to be some unanticipated downside. Test taking software company Examsoft, for one, believes the input device could help facilitate cheating among students taking the bar exam. What's perhaps most interesting here, is that the company's calling out one of Touch Bar's more mundane features: predictive text. "By default," the company writes, "the Touch Bar will show predictive text depending on what the student is typing, compromising exam integrity." It's hard to say precisely how the company expects a standard feature on mobile devices to help students pass one of the more notoriously exam out there, but The...

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16:56
Facebook reportedly developing video app for Apple TV




In its latest push toward becoming a video-first company, Facebook is said to be working on a video content delivery app designed for set-top streaming boxes like Apple TV.

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16:51
Tim Cook says he’s open to settling Qualcomm lawsuit...

One of the more pressing questions during Apple’s earning call earlier this afternoon centered on the company’s current litigation battle with Qualcomm. Toni Sacconaghi of Bernstein pressed Tim Cook for comments on Apple’s decision to sue Qualcomm, bringing up a past instance of Cook saying that he hated litigation:

“I’ve always hated litigation, and I continue to hate it, and I highly prefer to settle versus battle.”

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16:43
Tim Cook says more features planned for Apple TV,...

We just offered up a full breakdown of everything Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri had to say during the company’s Q1 2017 earnings call and there are a few things worthy of mention on their own.

Perhaps most notably, Tim Cook offered up more details on Apple’s plans for original content and the Apple TV, noting that thus far, the company has only dipped its toe in the water…

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16:39
Facebook is reportedly working on a video app for...

Facebook wants you to not only log in but tune in.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Facebook is working on a video app to bring to set-top boxes, including Apple TV. This new tvOS app would bring Facebook videos to our living rooms, thus expanding Facebook’s ad reach. 

The company’s forthcoming TV apps are part of Mark Zuckerberg’s plan to make Facebook a “video-first” company. An Apple TV app will give the social network another advertising stream. Recently, Facebook has been pushing its live-video feature, as well as incorporating video-sharing into both the Facebook mobile apps and ...

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15:55
Cook calls Apple's $1B litigation against...




In Tuesday's post-earnings conference call, Apple CEO Tim Cook reiterated that while the company is not a fan of litigation, Qualcomm's actions and refusal to negotiate fair patent licensing terms forced the iPhone maker to sue.

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15:39
Apple sees light at end of tunnel in China as...




Though Apple posted record-setting highs for the first quarter of 2016, revenues are still facing headwinds in China due to a weak yuan and continuing difficulties wth the Hong Kong market.

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15:36
Apple is firing on all cylinders (well, not counting...

Except for the iPad and Apple TV, Apple is firing on all cylinders (at least fiscally), posting great financial results for its fiscal 2017 first quarter that ended Dec. 31, 2016. The company made $7.17 billion with its Services category (Apple Pay, AppleCare, iCloud, online stores, and more). 

In a conference call about the fiscal results, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple’s Services is on the verge of being a Fortune 100 business unto itself. He adds that the goal is to double the $7.17 figure over the next four years. Services now accounts for 9% of Apple’s revenue.

Cook said that Apple Pay is also setting records. Transaction volume for the mobile payment service is up over 500% year-over-year. Apple Pay on the web has almost two million small businesses now accepting it. Comcast will start accepting it later this month, according to Cook.

During the quarter, Apple also sold a record 78.3 million iPhones. That’s up slightly from 74.8 million in the year-ago...

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15:32
Apple Watch sales set new 'record' during...




A "record" number of Apple Watches were sold in Apple's fiscal first quarter of 2017, CEO Tim Cook said on Tuesday, though the company is still refusing to break out specific figures.

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15:23
AWT News Update: January 31, 2017

Today's podcast is designed to provide our listeners with the highlights of today's Apple first fiscal quarter 2017 earnings call in five minutes. We listened to the call so you didn't have to, then distilled the hour-long discussion down to a five-minute overview of the most salient points.

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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This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to a special AWT News Update covering Apple’s first quarter 2017 earnings call.

Apple had a stunning first fiscal quarter of 2017, with record revenues of $78.35 billion exceeding expectations...

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15:23
How to back up and restore a Boot Camp Windows...

As we showed you in our step-by-step tutorial, creating a Boot Camp partition on your Mac to install Windows is easy. The tedious part of the installation is taking Windows through its initial setup process, and configuring it to your liking.

The configuration portion of the install process — initial setup, installing drivers, and downloading needed applications — can take a significant amount of time, so it’s worth backing up your Boot Camp installation after you have it configured to your liking. By doing so, you can easily restore a snapshot of Windows in mere minutes.

Watch our hands-on video walkthrough, as we show you how to back up and restore a Boot Camp Windows partition using Winclone Basic for macOS....

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15:20
Apple Sets a New Record For iPhone Sales

Apple has reported strong financial results for the first quarter of 2017. According to CEO Tim Cook, the "holiday quarter results generated Apple's highest quarterly revenue ever, and broke multiple records along the way." The company took in $78.4 billion in revenue and sold 78 million iPhones. The Verge reports: Apple reported a profit of $17.8 billion, and said its earnings per share were boosted by the high demand for the larger models of its iPhones, which have higher margins. On the earnings call, Chief financial officer Luca Maestri said that customer satisfaction with iPads, and the new iPad pro, was very high. He predicted strong growth in that category. But the sales figures don't reflect that optimism, with unit sales and revenue from iPad both down around 20 percent year over year. With over a billion iOS devices active around the world, Apple has been able to shore up its flagging hardware sales growth with an increase in revenue from services to those devices. This...

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15:06
iPhone 7 Plus is Most Popular 'Plus' Model...

According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, released in September of 2016 alongside the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 7, is the most popular "Plus" model Apple has released, outselling the 2014 iPhone 6 Plus and the 2015 iPhone 6s Plus.

Apple's Plus lineup has always had differentiating factors compared to the smaller iPhones Apple offers, but in the iPhone 7 Plus, the dual camera appears to have been particularly popular with customers. The iPhone 7 Plus features both a standard wide-angle lens and a 56mm telephoto lens, which can be used to improve photos.

It also features a "Portrait" mode that's used with the 56mm lens to create high-quality DSLR-style images with blurred backgrounds to highlight subjects, a unique...

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15:06
iPhone 7 Plus is Most Popular 'Plus' Model...

According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, released in September of 2016 alongside the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 7, is the most popular "Plus" model Apple has released, outselling the 2014 iPhone 6 Plus and the 2015 iPhone 6s Plus.

Apple's Plus lineup has always had differentiating factors compared to the smaller iPhones Apple offers, but in the iPhone 7 Plus, the dual camera appears to have been particularly popular with customers. The iPhone 7 Plus features both a standard wide-angle lens and a 56mm telephoto lens, which can be used to improve photos.

It also features a "Portrait" mode that's used with the 56mm lens to create high-quality DSLR-style images with blurred backgrounds to highlight subjects, a unique...

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15:01
Apple CEO Tim Cook: We Have a 'Toe in the Water...

During today's earnings call covering the first fiscal quarter of 2017, Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked about Apple's next moves when it comes to the television, such as original programming, where the company has been experimenting with content for its Apple Music service.

Cook didn't have too much to say on the subject, but he said Apple has a "toe in the water" and will see how things play out going forward. Cook believes the media industry will continue to evolve as the cable model breaks down, perhaps leading to new opportunities.In terms of original content, we've put our toe in the water doing some original content for Apple Music, and that will be rolling out throughout the year. We're learning from that and we'll go from there.He went on to say that the...

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15:01
Apple CEO Tim Cook: We Have a 'Toe in the Water...

During today's earnings call covering the first fiscal quarter of 2017, Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked about Apple's next moves when it comes to the television, such as original programming, where the company has been experimenting with content for its Apple Music service.

Cook didn't have too much to say on the subject, but he said Apple has a "toe in the water" and will see how things play out going forward. Cook believes the media industry will continue to evolve as the cable model breaks down, perhaps leading to new opportunities.In terms of original content, we've put our toe in the water doing some original content for Apple Music, and that will be rolling out throughout the year. We're learning from that and we'll go from there.He went on to say that the...

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14:54
Apple still acquires 15-20 companies per year, Cook...




Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed on Tuesday that his company's ambitions as far as acquisitions continues apace, with no acquisition apparently too big or too small for the company to consider from a strategic standpoint.

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14:42
Tim Cook: Repatriation of $231B in overseas cash...




With the newly anointed administration of U.S. President Donald Trump signaling a business-friendly environment, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said he's hopeful that his company will be able to finally bring some of its massive $231.3 billion cash hoard back home at a reasonable tax rate.

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14:34
Apple iPad decline continues with 19 percent drop in...




In contrast with Mac and iPhone performance, the iPad continued a long-term decline in Apple's first fiscal quarter of 2017, seeing shipments fall 19 percent year-over-year.

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14:34
Google has open-sourced Chrome for iOS

Google has finally figured out how to open-source Chrome for iOS.

On Tuesday, Google announced that developers could now modify and compile the iOS version of Chrome. Previously, developers could compile open-source versions of Chrome for the web and Android. With this new update, Chrome for iOS is now joining Google’s open-source Chromium project repository. 

Chromium started as an initiative for desktop web development, and in May 2015 Google incorporated Android mobile web browser The iOS version of Chrome was kept apart from Chromium because Apple required “additional complexity” to create a web browser for iOS. Google worked for years to make Chrome for iOS be built on top of both WebKit, the iOS rendering engine, as well as Blink, Google’s rendering engine.

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14:31
Apple sets revenue and iPhone sales records in Q1 of...

Enlarge / iPhone growth helped propel Apple to a much-improved Q1 of 2017. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple has just released its earnings report for the first quarter of fiscal 2017, which runs from the beginning of October to the end of December. Things are off to a solid start after a weak 2016—total revenue, iPhone sales, Mac sales, and services all did well, and Apple CEO Tim Cook claimed it was the Apple Watch's best quarter ever, as well. Profit, iPad sales, and sales in China were all down, but they're the only dim spots.

Apple made $17.9 billion in profit and $78.4 billion in revenue, compared to $18.4 billion in profit and $75.87 billion in revenue in Q1 of 2016. The...

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14:24
Apple Q1: Apple Pay users tripled, transaction...

During the company’s Q1 2017 earnings call today, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced some new milestones for Apple Pay. The company also confirmed that Comcast would soon begin accepting Apple Pay on the web for bill payments.

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14:11
Apple's iPhone hits ASP of $695 in record-...




Apple returned to growth during the holiday quarter thanks in large part to iPhone, sales of which hit an all-time high of 78.3 million units with an average selling price of $695, also a record.

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14:07
Notes of interest from Apple's Q1 2017...




Apple returned to growth and exceeded Wall Street expectations on Tuesday, when it reported record revenue, profits and iPhone sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2017. Following the news, the company held a conference call with media and analysts, and notes of interest follow.

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14:03
Driven by its App Stores, Apple's '...




Apple's earnings once again broke records for the company, but Services stands out, earning the company $7.17 billion just on Apple Pay, digital content, and others.

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13:59
Apple’s Q1: iPhone 7 slays in a record-setting $78.4...

One year ago, in the first quarter of 2016, Apple reported a record-breaking profit: $18.4 billion on $75.9 billion in revenue. That was great news, but setting the bar so high was a mixed blessing—Apple’s huge uptick in growth ended there, with declining iPhone sales and profits in the three quarters since.

But the company turned that around with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Apple CEO Tim Cook said in Apple’s Q1 earnings report on Tuesday. The company broke its own record with $78.4 billion in revenue for the quarter ending December 31—and $54.3 billion of that came from iPhones, of which Apple sold 78.3 million. That’s another record, in case you were wondering.

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13:54
Apple Delivers All-Time Quarterly Record with...

Today Apple announced financial results for its fiscal 2017 first quarter ended December 31, 2016. The Company posted all-time record quarterly revenue of $78.4 billion and all-time record quarterly earnings per diluted share of $3.36. These results ...

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13:44
Live blog: Apple’s fiscal year Q1 2017 earnings call

Apple just announced its earnings for Q1 2017, reporting profits of $17.89 billion on revenues of $78.4 billion. The company sold 78.3 million iPhones, 13 million iPads, and 5.3 million Macs. Next on today’s schedule is Apple’s quarterly earnings call, which will kick-off at 2PM PT/5PM and we’ll have live coverage right here.

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13:44
Apple Q1 2017 Earnings beat the street

Apple just announced its earnings for the first fiscal quarter of 2017 ending December 31, 2017. 

The company beat the street today, reporting the following:

  • Earnings Per Share (EPS): $3.36 vs. $3.21 expected by a Thomson Reuters consensus estimate
  • Revenue: A record $78.4 billion vs. $77.25 billion expected
  • iPhone sales: 78.3 million, beating 77.42 million expected
  • Services revenue: $7.17 billion
  • Q2 guidance: $2.08 EPS, expected revenue of $53.79 billion

Apple shares have risen a little more than 6 percent over the past quarter during the holiday season, following the release of the iPhone 7, the new MacBook Pro models, and AirPods. Analysts are bullish on Apple, expecting a sustained trend of year-over-year growth. 

The only dark side to the data for the quarter is the iPad. 13,081,000 of the units were sold, down 19 percent from 2016 but up from the previous quarter's sales of 9,267,000 units. Revenue...

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13:41
∞ Apple reports record first quarter results

Apple on Tuesday reported results for its fiscal first quarter and they were really good. The company posted all-time record quarterly revenue of $78.4 billion and all-time record quarterly earnings per diluted share of $3.36. These results compare to revenue of $75.9 billion and earnings per diluted share of $3.28 in the year-ago quarter. […]

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13:39
Apple smashes expectations: record setting $78.4B in...




Apple's holiday 2016 quarter was the company's biggest ever, soaring to new heights on sales of 78.3 million iPhones following the launch of the blockbuster iPhone 7 series.

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13:37
iPhone, Services, Mac, Apple Watch set all-time...

Apple has announced the financial results for its fiscal 2017 first quarter that ended Dec. 31, 2016. The company posted all-time record quarterly revenue of $78.4 billion and all-time record quarterly earnings per diluted share of $3.36. These results compare to revenue of $75.9 billion and earnings per diluted share of $3.28 in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 64 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

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13:37
Apple Reports Record Results for 1Q 2017: $17.9B...

Apple today announced financial results for the first fiscal quarter of 2017, which corresponds to the fourth calendar quarter of 2016. For the quarter, Apple posted revenue of $78.4 billion and net quarterly profit of $17.9 billion, or $3.36 per diluted share, compared to revenue of $75.9 billion and net quarterly profit of $18.4 billion, or $3.28 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Both revenue and earnings per share were company records in what is traditionally Apple's strongest quarter due to the launch of new iPhone models.

Gross margin for the quarter was 38.5 percent compared to 40.1 percent in the year-ago quarter, with international sales accounting for 64 percent of revenue. Apple also declared an upcoming dividend payment of $0.57 per share, payable on February 16 to shareholders of record as...

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13:37
Apple Reports Record Results for 1Q 2017: $17.9B...

Apple today announced financial results for the first fiscal quarter of 2017, which corresponds to the fourth calendar quarter of 2016. For the quarter, Apple posted revenue of $78.4 billion and net quarterly profit of $17.9 billion, or $3.36 per diluted share, compared to revenue of $75.9 billion and net quarterly profit of $18.4 billion, or $3.28 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Both revenue and earnings per share were company records in what is traditionally Apple's strongest quarter due to the launch of new iPhone models.

Gross margin for the quarter was 38.5 percent compared to 40.1 percent in the year-ago quarter, with international sales accounting for 64 percent of revenue. Apple also declared an upcoming dividend payment of $0.57 per share, payable on February 16 to shareholders of record as...

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13:33
Apple announces record quarter with Q1 2017 revenue...

Apple has announced holiday quarter results including $78.4b in revenue and $17.89 billion in profit from 78.3m iPhones, 13m iPads, and 5.3m Macs sold. In addition to holiday sales, Apple’s first quarter for fiscal year 2017 includes the bulk of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus sales, Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2, AirPods, as well as the launch of new MacBook Pro models.

FY17 Q1 results compare to $46.9 billion in revenue, $9 billion in profit, 45.51 million iPhones, 9.28 million iPads, and 4.89 million Macs reported in the previous quarter. Apple’s last record quarter occurred a year prior, Apple reported $75.9 billion in revenue, $18.4 billion in profit, 48 million iPhones, 9.8 million iPads, and 5.3 million Macs for comparison. Analysts...

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13:26
Apple Sees a Return to Growth with Q1 2017’s Record...

Apple’s still not dead, nor even pining for the fjords, as it sees a return to growth thanks to record-setting iPhone, Mac, and Apple Watch sales, as well as an ever-growing Services segment. However, the results weren’t so rosy for the iPad and Apple TV.

 

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13:16
Dogs have music preferences

All of us know that animals respond to music (my cats Roger and Chloe love to hang with me when I mix), but are there certain genres that they like better? A new study by the University of Glasgow in conjunction with the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals found out that shelter dogs definitely had some music preferences.

My dogs loved Ozzy.

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13:10
Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 31, 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

Lakehorn AG has introduced PixWebcam 1.0. The $0.99 app turns any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch into an ad-hoc webcam for taking photos in definable intervals. PixWebcam can be used to capture events and activities, like setting up a piece of furniture or a birthday celebration. The interval at which photos are taken can be specified from one minute up to 12 hours. Photos can be customized by changing the size and aspect ratio, adding a date/time stamp, or by adding a custom caption text.

The Iconfactory has launched Linea, a digital drawing app. It’s available for the iPad in the App...

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13:06
Feature Request: iCloud Photo Library support for...

Over the years Apple has made steady improvements to how our devices sync content. On the whole, it’s becoming more seamless to keep photos, videos and other content synced and organized across multiple iOS devices and Macs with software like iCloud Photo Library and iCloud Music Library.

However, one area I believe Apple could really improve the user experience is with photo and video management for multiple users. While iCloud Photo Sharing is a nice social way to share and organize photos with others, it’s not a great option to mange your photo and video collection. A feature I’d really like to see is iCloud Photo Library support for multiple Apple IDs.

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13:05
Apple missed deadline to pay €13 billion in Irish...

Apple is behind with its taxes, but the tax inspector doesn't mind.

Last August, the European Commission closed a three-year investigation of Apple's tax affairs with an order to the Irish government that it should recover about €13 billion (US$14.5 billion) in taxes that it believed Apple had underpaid over the last decade.

Ireland has missed the deadline for recovering the billions, but Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who gave the Irish government four months to collect the taxes, is proving very understanding about the delay.

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12:58
Former 'I'm a Mac' Actor Justin Long...

Actor Justin Long, well known for his role in Apple's popular "Get a Mac" ad campaign, has signed on to star in a series of Huawei commercials promoting the company's latest Mate 9 smartphone.

Huawei reportedly sought out Long due to his past work with Apple, despite the fact that Long hasn't been in an Apple ad since 2009. "It was key when we considered Justin as a possible partner for Huawei," Jessica Grizzel, director of the WPP Blast Radius agency behind the campaign told ad industry news site Campaign U.S. in an interview.

From 2006 to 2009, Justin Long played a Mac computer in Apple's "Get a Mac" campaign, starring in commercials alongside John Hodgman, who played a PC. The commercials always started out with the tagline "Hello, I'm a Mac," and were some of Apple's most iconic ads, featuring Long as the cool, casual Mac while Hodgman was a stuffy PC in...

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12:58
Former 'I'm a Mac' Actor Justin Long...

Actor Justin Long, well known for his role in Apple's popular "Get a Mac" ad campaign, has signed on to star in a series of Huawei commercials promoting the company's latest Mate 9 smartphone.

Huawei reportedly sought out Long due to his past work with Apple, despite the fact that Long hasn't been in an Apple ad since 2009. "It was key when we considered Justin as a possible partner for Huawei," Jessica Grizzel, director of the WPP Blast Radius agency behind the campaign told ad industry news site Campaign U.S. in an interview.

From 2006 to 2009, Justin Long played a Mac computer in Apple's "Get a Mac" campaign, starring in commercials alongside John Hodgman, who played a PC. The commercials always started out with the tagline "Hello, I'm a Mac," and were some of Apple's most iconic ads, featuring Long as the cool, casual Mac while Hodgman was a stuffy PC in...

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12:46
Pandora joins Apple Music in contributing to Hot 100...




Song plays on Pandora are now contributing to how songs rank on Billboard's famous music charts, putting the streaming service in the same league as rivals like Spotify, Google, and Apple Music.

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12:25
Plex acquires Watchup, plans to integrate...




Plex, the company behind the media storage and playback tools, has acquired the personalized streaming news service Watchup, as part of a plan to provide users of the Plex ecosystem more content to watch from their devices.

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12:05
Apple was Granted 45 Patents Today Covering Apple...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 45 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. Earlier today we posted individual granted patent reports covering possible future folding iDevices, cellular MacBooks and Augmented Reality for the iPhone. In our last granted patent report of the day and for the month, we point to an Apple Pencil invention that provides us with a hint that it could be coming to a future iPhone model. Apple was also granted a design patent today for an iPhone...

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11:50
Future iOS release will soon end support for...

Enlarge / iOS 10.3 betas generate warning messages when you run 32-bit apps. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Beta builds of iOS 10.3, the first of which was issued last week, generate warning messages when you try to run older 32-bit apps. The message, originally discovered by PSPDFKit CEO and app developer Peter Steinberger, warns that the apps "will not work with future versions of iOS" and that the app must be updated by its developer in order to continue running. The apps still run in iOS 10.3, but it seems likely that iOS 11 will drop support for them entirely.

Though the error message doesn't...

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11:48
Google has open-sourced Chrome for iOS

Since its launch, Google’s Chromium project has been a desktop-only matter, but that changed in 2015 with the addition of the Android version. Following that, only the iOS version of the browser wasn’t open-source. However, that’s changing today as Google has announced that the code for Chrome on iOS has been moved into the Chromium open-source repository.

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11:39
Google open-sources Chrome browser for Apple's...




Google on Tuesday announced that the iOS version of Chrome is now open-source, something which could potentially aid developers and accelerate official releases of the browser.

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11:28
Get wise with DIYZ

I am completely incompetent, almost dangerous, when it comes to using tools. I wouldn’t even attempt a DIY project without a lot of handholding. This might be just that kind of service, except for the fact it’s not available in Canada.

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11:21
Google Open-Sources Chrome For iOS

Google has uploaded its Chrome for iOS code into the open-source Chromium repository. In other words, Chrome for iOS has now been open-sourced like Chrome for other platforms, letting anyone examine, modify, and compile the project. From a report: Chromium is the open-source Web browser project that shares much of the same code as Google Chrome, and new features are often added there first. Google intended for Chromium to be the name of the open-source project, while the final product name would be Chrome, but developers have taken the code and released versions under the Chromium name. Eventually, many browser makers started using it as a starting point; Opera, for example, switched its browser base to Chromium in 2013. Since its inception, Chromium was a desktop-only affair. That changed in May 2015 with the open-sourcing of Chrome for Android.


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11:15
MacUpdate Desktop 6.1.6 - Search and install Mac...

MacUpdate Desktop brings seamless 1-click app installs and version updates to your Mac. With a free MacUpdate account and MacUpdate Desktop 6, Mac users can now install almost any Mac app on macupdate.com with a single click, including thousands of titles not available in the Mac App Store. And now, users can search for, discover, and install new apps right from the MacUpdate Desktop app!

  • 1-Click App Installs - Installing apps using a Web browser is slow and complicated. You have to hunt down .zip archives, mount disk images, manually drag app icons to the /Applications folder, run custom installers, and delete the files you no longer need. With MacUpdate Desktop, all you have to do is click the "Install" link on a MacUpdate app listing and MacUpdate Desktop takes care of everything.
  • Keep All Your Mac Apps Up-to-date - MacUpdate Desktop scans your Mac for outdated apps and immediately notifies you when a new...
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11:08
Tech companies to meet on legal challenge to...

A group of technology companies plans to meet on Tuesday to discuss filing an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit challenging U.S. President Donald Trump’s order restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, said a spokesperson for a company organizing the gathering.

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10:57
Apple's commitment to diversity faces test at...

Apple celebrates diversity, but a big test to its commitment to being inclusive will come at next month's shareholder meeting.

The company is encouraging a vote against a proposal by shareholders to implement an accelerated hiring policy "to increase the diversity of senior management and its board of directors."

But Apple's senior management and board, who are mostly white, fails to represent the company's "diversity and inclusion," argued shareholders Zevin Asset Management and Antonio Avian Maldonado II. They explained their position Tuesday in a rebuttal to Apple's opposition filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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10:52
∞ Watch this four-year-old play drums

That’s some talent.

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10:33
Liveblog: Apple’s Q1 2017 earnings call happens at...

Enlarge / The iPhone 7 and the AirPods. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple will host its earnings call for the first quarter of its fiscal 2017 this afternoon at 5pm Eastern (10pm UK), and we'll be liveblogging the call and the analyst Q&A session to give you all the information along with our insights and charts.

This quarter's results are expected to be a return to year-over-year growth after a disappointing 2016 in which Apple's year-over-year earnings fell for the first time since 2001. Apple's guidance from last quarter predicted that the company would make between $76 and $78 billion this quarter with profit margins between 38 and 38.5 percent. It made $74.6 billion in revenue in Q1 of 2016.

Expect services revenue, a consistent bright spot in Apple's 2016...

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10:26
European Commission pleased with Apple's $14...




Apple has missed the deadline to pay the 13 billion euros ($14 billion) the iPhone producer was ordered to pay Ireland in back taxes, but the European Commission is noting that progress is still being made by Apple to comply with its ruling.

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10:22
The future of iOS is 64-bit only: Apple to stop...

Ever launch an app on your iPhone and then get a pop-up warning that says the app may slow down your iPhone? (I have old versions of certain apps, so it shows up for me every once in a while.) That warning usually appears when you’re using a 32-bit app. You can still run the app, and you probably don’t even notice the slowdown you’ve been warned about (at least in my personal experience).

Your ability to run that 32-bit app is coming to an end. As several other Mac sites have reported, Apple has updated the pop-up warning in the iOS 10.3 beta to say that the 32-bit app you’re running “will not work with future versions of iOS.” The warning goes on to say that the “...

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10:19
BetterTouchTool 2.02 - Customize Multi-Touch...

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

These gestures are customizable:

  • Magic Mouse:
    • Pinch in / out (zoom)
    • single-finger tap left
    • single-finger tap right
    • single-finger tap middle
    • single-finger tap
    • single-finger click middle
    • two-finger tap
    • two-finger click
    • two-finger swipe (up/down/left/right)
    • two-finger tip tap left/right
    • three-finger tap
    • three-finger click
    • three-finger swipe (up/down/left/right)
    • four-finger swipe up/down
    • four-finger click
    • TipTap left/right
  • Touchpad:
    • single-finger tap top-left
    • single-finger tap top-right
    • single-finger tap top-middle
    • single-finger tap bottom-left
    • single-finger tap bottom-right
    • single-...
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10:01
Twelve South conjures up a MagicBridge for Mac owners

Twelve South has released the $34.99 MagicBridge. Much like its predecessor, the MagicWand, the MagicBridge connects your Apple Wireless Keyboard and your Magic Trackpad 2, creating a one-piece control surface.

It allows you to place your trackpad on either the left or right side of your wireless keyboard, while sculpted edges hold your devices in place without interfering with touch typing or swiping.  A grill on the back provides complete access to charging ports and power — in either the left or right configuration. 

The MagicBridge is crafted in matte white polycarbonate. According to the folks at Twelve South, it doesn’t block Bluetooth signals. The MagicBridge has silicone pads on the inside to protect your keyboard and trackpad and silicone feet underneath to protect your desk.

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09:59
New vulnerability exploits password recovery system...




Most of Netgear's home and small business router and modem models are affected by a vulnerability in their password recovery system, which could potentially let a hacker assume control or install a botnet, according to a security firm.

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09:58
Twelve South releases the MagicBridge for Mac owners

Twelve South (www.twelvesouth.com) has released the $34.99 MagicBridge. Much like its predecessor, the MagicWand, the MagicBridge connects your Apple Wireless Keyboard and your Magic Trackpad 2, creating a one-piece control surface.

It allows you to place your trackpad on either the left or right side of your wireless keyboard, while sculpted edges hold your devices in place without interfering with touch typing or swiping. The detailed design doesn't stop there. A grill on the back provides complete access to charging ports and power — in either the left or right configuration.

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09:44
CS Odessa announces new business intelligence...

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced Business Intelligence Solution add-in for ConceptDraw Pro 11. It’s a set of libraries that provide a range of graph and chart types that support the building and displaying of key performance indicators (KPI).

The new addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park is a paid item for current users of ConceptDraw Pro 11. The ConceptDraw Business Intelligence Solution retails for $99 and requires macOS 10.10 or higher.

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09:43
SCOSCHE introduces USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter

SCOSCHE Industries has released the USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter, which features three ports and is targeted for Type-C devices such as the 2016 MacBooks and MacBook Pros.

One port is an HDMI connection that allows users to mirror the laptop display to an HDMI-enabled TV or display up to 4K HD. Additionally, it outputs video content such as movies and captured video. You connect the adapter to the Type-C port of the MacBook or other USB-C device and then to a TV or projector via an HDMI cable.

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09:40
Super Mario Run gets an easy mode, pulls in the big...

Super Mario Run is getting an easy mode, thanks to an update rolling out Tuesday on iOS. This is great, because as adorable as the game is, it can be kind of hard, especially for kids. Nintendo says easy mode will be “pressure free” so you can just explore the levels without dying over and over. 

Super Mario Run is a free download for iOS, and unlocking the full game is a $10 in-app purchase. During the company's earnings call on Tuesday, Nintendo announced that more than 5 percent of users are buying the full game, but that’s still a lot of gold coins—$53 million so far—and it only launched in the second half of December 2016.

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09:37
Apple still hasn’t paid all that $14 billion it...

Apple hasn’t fully paid the 13 billion euros ($13.9 billion) it owes to Ireland in illegal tax benefits even though the deadline has passed, the European Union's competition says.

"Well the recovery is not done yet but we have been working with the Irish authorizes and we can see that they are moving forward to do the recovery of the unpaid taxes," EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said during a press conference in response to a question by CNBC. “It's a tricky thing to do because it's a large sum so of course you have to figure out how to do that. It's not as an escrow account in some of the other cases where it might be 25 or 30 million euros … and therefore I do respect that it's a complicated matter and it may take a little more time.”

Both Ireland and Apple have pledged to fight the decision via the European courts. Vestager...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 27″ Retina 5K iMac refurb $1,...

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Jaybird’s popular X3 Bluetooth Sport Earbuds drop to...

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09:27
iOS 10.3 likely to drop support for 32-bit apps

According to 9to5Mac, Apple apparently plans to drop support for 32-bit apps in iOS 10.3.

The alert dialog presented when launching a 32-bit app on iOS 10.3 beta 1 now warns users that the app needs to be updated to continue working on future versions of iOS. This suggests that iOS 11 could be the first version to only support 64-bit apps, according to 9to5Mac. iOS 11 will almost certainly be previewed at this summer's Apple Worldwide Developer Conference.

Apple has supported 64-bit apps on iOS since the launch of the iPhone 5s in September 2013. The company has also required developers submit new apps with 64-bit support since February 2015 and app updates since June 2015.

While legacy 32-bit apps still in the App Store have continued to be supported, iOS 9 included an alert when first launching 32-bit apps that told users the legacy app may slow down device...

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09:05
Scosche USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter provides...




Accessory producer Scosche has launched the USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter, a dongle for MacBook that offers users a HDMI port for connecting a 1080p monitor or television, a function offered by previous generations of Apple portable computers.

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09:00
Liberty Mutual launches an IT transformation

Today’s post was written by James McGlennon, executive vice president and CIO at Liberty Mutual Insurance Group.

The insurance business is all about protecting the assets that people value most. We continuously seek out the latest tools and technology to help better serve our customers through innovative products and services.

With more than 50,000 employees and 900 global locations, Liberty Mutual experiences the unique industry challenges of the insurance business on a large scale. Internet startups are well placed to take advantage of mobile, cloud-based technologies. Competitors are looking for ways to disrupt our value chain and commandeer aspects of our customer relationships. This is why it’s key that we stay one step ahead of the threats and opportunities all around us. We are currently transforming our own IT organization to better position us for future success and meet the evolving expectations of our customers and employees.

Today, we are...

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09:00
Free your teams to innovate by improving...

When teams need to spend time looking for resources, wait for other people to get back to them or try to knit together information from different software or devices, projects end up running late. Team members rush to meet deadlines making it almost impossible to do their best creative work.

But isn’t working in a team supposed to make you more efficient—not less? That’s the idea, but you’ve probably noticed it doesn’t always work out that way. Have you ever found yourself saying, Who has the latest version of that market analysis? I know it’s been updated, so how come the only one I can find is months old?” or “It’s taking too long to get feedback on the budget from the team; we’re running out of time!” We heard you and created Microsoft Teams—the chat-based workspace in Office 365—so you can get all the creative benefits of teamwork and free your teams from these...

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09:00
What’s new in Office 365 administration—January...

In January, we continued to further improve the Office 365 administration experience. Improvements include improved setup access and guidance, a new Yammer device usage report and the rollout of the new OneDrive admin center to all customers.

Here’s a summary of the January updates:

Access all setup settings in one place

To ensure that you’re getting the maximum value out of Office 365, a new Setup section on the navigation menu now provides access to all setup related settings in one place and gives you improved setup guidance.

Products page—This new page allows admins to quickly understand how many licenses they have available and which software products are included in each of their subscriptions. Setup guides provide detailed step-by-step guidance for various services—including OneDrive, Office Pro Plus, SharePoint and Hybrid for Exchange Online—and help your organization get up and running quickly...

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