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21:59
Safari Technology Preview 10.2 - The newest browser...

Safari Technology Preview contains the most recent additions and improvements to WebKit and the latest advances in Safari web technologies. And once installed, you will receive notifications of updates from the Mac App Store.

Features

  • Shared Links Extensibility. Use the new Shared Links API extension to add link suggestions to the shared links feed on Safari for OS X and iOS.
  • Content Blocking API for Safari extensions. Easily block content from a large collection of webpage resources with minimal overhead and incredibly high performance.
  • Force Touch Trackpad Mouse Events. Create interactivity like never before using new events and force information from the Force Touch Trackpad.
  • CSS Scroll Snapping. Use CSS scroll snapping to keep the focal point of your content in view when scrolling momentum stops.
  • FairPlay Streaming....
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21:59
Adobe Lightroom 6.9 - Import, develop, and showcase...

Adobe Lightroom is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $9.99/month bundled with Photoshop CC as part of the photography package. Lightroom 6 is also available for purchase as a stand-alone app (with the cloud functionality removed) if you prefer.

Adobe Lightroom software helps you bring out the best in your photographs, whether you're perfecting one image, searching for ten, processing hundreds, or organizing thousands.

Create incredible images that move your audience. Experiment fearlessly with state-of-the-art nondestructive editing tools. Easily manage all your images. And showcase your work in elegant print layouts, slide shows, and Web galleries, as well as...

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21:59
A Better Finder Rename 10.14 - File, photo, and MP3...

A Better Finder Rename is the most complete renaming solution available on the market today. That's why, since 1996, tens of thousands of hobbyists, professionals and businesses depend on A Better Finder Rename to organize and maintain files.

The Instant Preview feature eliminates guesswork and costly errors and helps you find the right settings quickly and accurately by providing as-you-type feedback.

A Better Finder Rename offers a complete set of renaming options that are organized into 15 categories covering all the text, character, position, conversion and truncation features that you would expect from a file renamer, but it does not stop there. The multi-step renaming feature allows multiple renaming steps to be combined to deal with complex renaming jobs in a single operation. Unlike other tools, A Better Finder Rename allows any number of renaming actions to be combined, re-ordered, copied and deleted.



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19:45
Apple starts selling 2016 MacBook Pro without Touch...

As it generally does after a product has been on the market for long enough, Apple today added the 2016 MacBook Pro without Touch Bar to online refurbished store. While the selection is limited, these refurbished models represent a good way to get a discount while still buying straight from Apple, though we’ve seen better on 9to5Toys for devices in brand new condition…

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19:30
Conan pokes fun at congressman’s iPhone/healthcare...

Yesterday we told you about Jason Chaffetz, a Republican Congressman who thought that the reason some low-income Americans couldn’t afford healthcare was because of the iPhone:

“You know what, Americans have choices. And they’ve got to make a choice,” the House Oversight Committee chairman told CNN’s ‘New Day,’ one day after the House GOP unveiled its plan to replace ObamaCare.

“And so maybe, rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and they want to spend hundreds of dollars on, maybe they should invest in their own healthcare.”

Now, the folks at the Conan O’Brien show are poking fun at the notion with a mock advertisement for “Apple Healthcare.”

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19:21
Apple Adds 2016 MacBook Pro Without Touch Bar to...

Apple recently updated its online store for refurbished products to add the 13-inch 2016 MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar, which was originally released in October of 2016.

There are a limited number of models available for purchase with various processor, storage, RAM configurations. Prices are discounted by up to $390, with Apple offering 12 to 16 percent off depending on a machine's configuration.

Only higher-end models with upgraded processors, RAM, and storage are available at the current time, but earlier today, at least one lower-end machine was available for purchase. Apple's refurbished stock fluctuates often, so if you're hoping to get a specific configuration, it's best to keep a close eye on the refurbished store.

13 and 15-inch 2016 MacBook...

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19:21
Episode 26 Of The MacAdmins Podcast :: Public...
19:08
How to check an iPhone's Activation Lock status...




Apple scrubbed its iCloud Activation Lock status check tool from its website earlier this year, but a newly discovered workaround promises an alternative online resource for buyers in the market for a secondhand iOS device.

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18:51
What do you think Apple should call this year’s...

Late last night, a report emerged claiming that Apple is considering naming its flagship iPhone this year the “iPhone Edition.” This rumor, rather unsurprisingly, was met with a generally negative response from potential customers.

This makes us wonder, what do you think Apple should name its flagship iPhone this year?

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18:14
Electric jet ski promises eco-friendly watersports

For all of the choices you now have when it comes to electric cars, you're not so fortunate if you're looking for a personal watercraft. There have been attempts, but you're usually looking at a big hydrofoil rather than something as nimble and porta...

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17:21
Apple's Green Bonds funded $441.5 million of...




Last February, Apple issued its first Green Bond, a $1.5 billion vehicle for investors seeking to put their capital to work on projects that will reduce the global human impact on climate change, help develop technology products using safer materials and work to conserve scarce resources. The company has now reported on a series of projects financed by those bonds last year.

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16:56
'Left 4 Dead' character returns to haunt...

Dead by Daylight, the hit survival-horror game that pits a team of four players against a dangerous killer, is getting a new character as part of the title's free "Left Behind" DLC. Players of Valve's successful Left 4 Dead series of zombie games wil...

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16:41
Apple-backed Didi Chuxing opens new self-driving lab...

Last year, Apple invested $1 billion in the Chinese Uber competitor Didi Chuxing, receiving a seat on the company’s board as well. According to a report from Recode, Didi Chuxing is today opening a new artificial intelligence lab right in Apple’s backyard…

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16:39
Didi opens self-driving car lab near Apple in...




Apple-backed Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi on Wednesday opened an artificial intelligence lab in Mountain View, Calif., where the firm will develop intelligent driving systems and AI-based transportation security.

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16:38
Head of Uber’s AI labs leaves company

Gary Marcus, a research scientist who joined Uber four months ago as director of its AI labs, is leaving the company, according to sources. Uber bought Marcus’ startup, Geometric Intelligence, in December, using its 15 employees to form a new artificial intelligence unit.

No word on where he’s going, but I wondered if he’s going to Didi with the others.

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16:33
This anti-social robot's only task is to avoid...

Robots are usually created to help us, but that's not always the case. Last week, California's Palm Desert was home to a machine that was different. ShyBot didn't serve us at all, instead -- as its name suggests -- it had a reclusive mission: stay as...

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16:28
Why women in tech aren’t surprised by the Uber saga

Imagine reading a woman’s story about being denied a team reward because she’s in the female minority, or a story about a sexual harassment complaint being dismissed by an HR manager, and thinking, “That sounds about right.” Or reading a follow-up story in The New York Times about inappropriate groping at work parties and saying to yourself, “That’s not surprising.”

We have to be better than this.

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16:24
∞ 50 AC/DC riffs

Respect.

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15:58
Burger-flipping robot has its first day on the job...

The next time you place an order at a fast food joint, you could see a robot behind the counter. Flippy is an AI-driven kitchen assistant that can flip burgers and place them on buns, and it debuted today at a CaliBurger restaurant in Pasadena, Calif...

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15:52
Rollout.io responds to Apple’s ‘hot code push’...

Yesterday evening, Apple started cracking down on apps that use third-party services to update without App Store approval. The majority of the affected apps seemed to use Rollout.io, an SDK that allows developers to modify their app in “real-time.”

Now, Rollout’s CEO and co-founder, Erez Rusovsky, has issued a statement on Apple’s policy shift…

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15:43
Apple backed Didi has opened a self-driving lab in...

Didi, China’s largest ride-hail player, is getting serious about self-driving cars. The company, which acquired Uber’s China assets in August 2016, today is opening an artificial intelligence lab right in the backyard of many of its self-driving competitors in Mountain View, Calif.

They poached some good people from their competitors too.

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15:30
CIA responds to WikiLeaks with an extra long '...

A day after a WikiLeaks post claimed to reveal inside details of the CIA's hacking apparatus, the agency has responded with a "no comment" and then some. In a statement, the folks at Langley said: "We have no comment on the authenticity of purported...

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15:13
Founder of Apple-acquired WiFiSlam leaves for...




The founder of WiFiSlam -- an indoor positioning tech company Apple bought in 2013 -- has left Apple after staying four years with the iPhone maker, a report said on Wednesday.

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15:09
Looking for in-stock Apple AirPods? AT&T online...

From 9to5Toys.com:

Apple’s AirPods aren’t easy to get your hands on with such long wait times from the Apple Store (up to 6 weeks or more). Luckily AT&T has them right now with a 3-day shipping time at the usual $159 shipped. There’s no telling how long they will be available, so jump in now if you’re interested. More details below:

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15:07
Honda reveals Clarity Electric & Plug-in Hybrid...




Honda on Wednesday announced two upcoming cars, the Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, that will add to a growing roster supporting Apple's CarPlay platform.

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15:07
China ridesharing giant opens a self-driving car lab...

Didi's ever-expanding ridesharing empire might be centered in China, but it's still willing to head overseas to advance its goals. The company is opening an AI lab in Mountain View, California for the sake of its self-driving car ambitions. This does...

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15:00
Apple Says It's Already Fixed Many WikiLeaks...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from USA Today: Apple says many of the vulnerabilities to its devices and software that came to light in WikiLeaks' revelations of CIA cyber weapons were already fixed in its latest updates. Late Tuesday, Apple emailed the following statement to USA TODAY: "Apple is deeply committed to safeguarding our customers' privacy and security. The technology built into today's iPhone represents the best data security available to consumers, and we're constantly working to keep it that way. Our products and software are designed to quickly get security updates into the hands of our customers, with nearly 80 percent of users running the latest version of our operating system. While our initial analysis indicates that many of the issues leaked today were already patched in the latest OS, we will continue work to rapidly address any identified vulnerabilities. We always urge customers to download the latest iOS to make sure they have the most recent security...

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14:50
Wi-Fi Widget Simplifies Wi-Fi Work in iOS

Wi-Fi Widget from Puppy Ventures offers an easy shortcut to commonly needed Wi-Fi settings.

 

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14:43
The Terminal Is Where Linux Begins - and Where You...


Once you have a sense of the vast potential of Linux, you may be eager to experience it for yourself. Considering the complexity of modern operating systems, though, it can be hard to know where to start. As with many things, computers can be better understood through a breakdown of their evolution and operation. The terminal is not only where computers began, but also where their real power still resides. I'll provide here a brief introduction to the terminal, how it works, and how you can explore further on your own.

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14:42
Experiment suggests potatoes really will grow on Mars

It looks like Mark Watney, the fictional, stranded astronaut in The Martian, was right about one thing. Potatoes can grow on Mars. The International Potato Center (CIP) in Lima placed a special potato inside a sealed container that simulates Mars tem...

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14:37
iPhone 8 rumors: New Edition name, later launch date...

The iPhone 7 is nearly six months old, which means the time is ripe for speculating about the next iPhone. After all, 2017 marks the iPhone’s 10th birthday, so Apple is reportedly gearing up to make its anniversary edition extra special.

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

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

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14:18
Final 'Destiny' add-on revives old raids...

At the end of this month, Bungie will release the last extra content for its shooter MMO Destiny before it moves on to the game's sequel. In a livestream today, the studio's developers and community manager Deej outlined what's coming for players in...

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14:00
AWT News Update: March 8, 2017

The Apple World Today news podcast runs the gamut today from sending money with Siri to taking piano lessons with an iPad:

  • Honda announced that two new vehicles to be show next month at the New York International Auto Show will support Apple CarPlay
  • RBC customers can make money transfers with Siri after an app update
  • More betas arrived today, including those for iOS 10.3, watchOS 3.2 and tvOS 10.2...and Xcode 8.3 as well
  • A new iPad app called Skoove can interactively teach you piano, and it even listens to your progress

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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13:55
CloudApp launches new Annotate visual tool as...

Annotate is a new visual tool from cloud-based sharing service CloudApp launching today for Mac. Annotate lets you quickly create GIFs and annotated images or capture HD video workflows in a modern native tool. Dropbox also has news for Mac users as the cloud service detailed a new auto-updater for the service coming soon to macOS.

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13:52
Tesla's new solar energy station will power...

Renewable energy supplies are great because they produce power without filling the air with pollution. Yet, once the sun goes down solar panels become pretty useless. But Tesla and Hawaii have a solution that'll use the sun's rays both day and night...

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13:48
New iPhones could get PowerVR Furian GPU...

Imagination Technologies today unveiled its next-gen PowerVR Furian architecture, its upcoming next-gen GPU design that could give clues to enhancements ready for future iPhones. Most notably, the company says Furian enables enhanced power efficiency for mobile devices that will pave the way for high-resolution, immersive graphics content including AR and VR applications. In other words, the GPU could help upcoming iPhones achieve higher (4K?) resolutions with big computing and gaming performance improvements:

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13:35
Pinterest acquires Jelly, the startup from Twitter...

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone's startup Jelly has seen plenty of twists and turns since its 2013 introduction: it launched as a crowdsourced question-and-answer service, pivoted, and then pivoted back to its original concept in 2016. Now, however, it'...

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13:20
Safari Technology Preview 10.2 - The newest browser...

Safari Technology Preview contains the most recent additions and improvements to WebKit and the latest advances in Safari web technologies. And once installed, you will receive notifications of updates from the Mac App Store.

Features

  • Shared Links Extensibility. Use the new Shared Links API extension to add link suggestions to the shared links feed on Safari for OS X and iOS.
  • Content Blocking API for Safari extensions. Easily block content from a large collection of webpage resources with minimal overhead and incredibly high performance.
  • Force Touch Trackpad Mouse Events. Create interactivity like never before using new events and force information from the Force Touch Trackpad.
  • CSS Scroll Snapping. Use CSS scroll snapping to keep the focal point of your content in view when scrolling momentum stops.
  • FairPlay Streaming....
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13:14
Switch owners will wait longer (and pay more) for...

If The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has piqued your interest in whimsical open-world adventure games featuring young men solving puzzles, Rime has you covered. It's coming out on May 26th for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, developer Teq...

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12:55
Snapchat 'celebrates' women with more...

Snapchat has a really hard time celebrating without coming off as offensive. Last 4/20, the app introduced a Bob Marley filter that prompted accusations of racial insensitivity. A few months later, it rolled out an anime-inspired filter that sure loo...

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12:38
'No Man's Sky' update adds more than...

When Hello Games teased big things coming with No Man's Sky's Path Finder update, it wasn't joking around. The studio has taken the wraps off the upgrade, and there's a lot more than what was hinted at. For one thing, there are multiple ground vehicl...

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12:32
WikiLeaks documents show CIA struggling to crack...




While the revelations that the CIA has its own device penetration department, including a section for Apple equipment, a closer look at the revealed data shows an agency struggling with the realities of modern surveillance, and a increasingly sophisticated investigation target base.

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12:20
Tech's Ruling Class Casts a Big Shadow

Veteran technology columnist Walt Mossberg believes that Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook, or Gang of Five -- as he likes to call them, are casting a big shadow over how today's startups foster, a phenomenon he believes will continue to happen over the years to come. From his column for The Verge: What we have now in consumer tech, in 2017, is an oligopoly, at least superficially similar to the old industrial-era American corporate groups that once dominated key industries. I think that their enduring and growing power casts a shadow over the Silicon Valley legend that there are lots of great new consumer tech innovations being incubated right now in garages or dorm rooms somewhere that will be taken all the way to becoming great companies, the way each of the Gang of Five was. What I fear is more likely to happen to any such startup is that, if they're good, they get acquired by a member of the Gang, or that their idea is turned into a feature for one of the Gang's...

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12:19
Future iPhones Could Support 4K Graphics and Much...

Imagination Technologies today announced PowerVR Furian, its next-generation GPU architecture that promises significant improvements in graphics performance and power efficiency that could benefit future iPhones.

PowerVR Furian architecture will offer up to a 70-90% improvement in real-world gaming performance by density, including 35% better shader performance and 80% better fill rate, compared to a similar sized and clocked Series7XT Plus GPU based on current-generation PowerVR Rogue architecture.

Meanwhile, with lower power consumption, an iPhone with PowerVR Furian architecture could have longer battery life for graphics-related tasks.

Imagination Technologies confirmed to MacRumors that PowerVR Furian architecture supports 4K graphics, laying the foundation for future iPhone...

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12:19
NASA highlights women in STEM with a virtual field...

NASA and Google Expeditions are celebrating International Women's Day with a series of virtual field trips highlighting the careers of seven women and their contributions to America's space program. The tours are part of the Modern Figures program, w...

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12:17
Report: Apple is the most popular company among U.S...

According to new data from comScore MobiLens, Apple has taken the top spot as the most popular OEM among U.S. smartphone subscribers. As for the top smartphone platform, Apple came in second behind Android, but not by much…

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12:10
iTunes video competitor Vudu coming to app for...




Vudu -- Walmart's online video rental and purchase service -- is coming to an app for the fourth-generation Apple TV, according to an engineer with the company.

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12:08
Apple dedicates iTunes Store Movies and TV Shows...

Apple’s iTunes Store is celebrating International Women’s Day 2017 by dedicating the entire Movies and TV Shows pages to titles and collections featuring actresses, directors, producers, TV series, films, and documentaries. IWD’s official theme this year is ‘#BeBoldForChange’ and focuses on the goal of a gender inclusive world.

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12:00
A renewable planet is almost inevitable

When the leader of the free world denies climate change and fills his cabinet with like-minded individuals, it's hard not to panic. The world is, after all, hurtling toward an irrevocable ecological catastrophe that threatens all of our lives. There...

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11:59
Honda’s latest w/ Apple’s CarPlay, Clarity Plug-in...

Following announcements from Porsche with the 911 GT3 and Honda with the Civic Type R earlier this week, today Honda announced its two latest vehicles that will get Apple’s CarPlay platform standard with the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and Honda Clarity Electric debuting next month.

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11:58
Twitter for iOS adds new storage setting for...

Twitter today is rolling out an update to its iOS app that makes it easier to manage the storage space used by the app, allowing you to regain some of your device’s internal storage.  The update brings Twitter for iOS to version 6.7.31 and is available now on the App Store.

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11:53
Lamborghini open to all-electric supercar

Lamborghini is open to an all-electric addition to its line-up of luxury sports cars, its chief executive said on Wednesday, evidence that German parent Volkswagen’s interest in producing zero-emission vehicles could extend to the very top end of its brands.

I think it’s safe to say that all manufacturers are working on electric models, especially those owned by Volkswagen.

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11:50
76 women on a glacier are changing the world

Happily posting this in honour of International Women’s Day.

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11:50
RBC iOS app update adds pay-by-voice commands to...




Customers of the Royal Bank of Canada can now perform money transfers with Siri, with an update to the bank's mobile app for iOS adding the ability to make payments from their checking accounts to individuals and companies using a verbal command.

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11:40
China bans new South Korean games over a political...

China is rather irate that South Korea is starting to install the US' THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) missile defense system to protect against North Korean threats. To that end, it's punishing the South with retaliatory policies... incl...

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11:37
Founder of WiFi mapping company acquired by Apple...

Back in 2013, Apple quietly acquired indoor smartphone locating company WiFiSlam for around $20 million. The company, founded by Joseph Huang, aimed to construct indoor mapping solutions using WiFi signals.

According to TechCrunch, however, Huang has now departed Apple to take over the reigns as CEO of StartX, the startup accelerator that helped launch WiFiSlam in the first place.

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11:35
Imagination Technologies Introduces new Furian...

A new PowerVR graphics architecture from Imagination Technologies called Furian will give a serious graphics boost to future iPhones that will deliver 4K graphics, augmented and mixed reality applications and headsets that could debut sometime in the Q4 2018 or 2019 time line.

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11:24
Fifth developers betas of iOS 10.3, watchOS 3.2,...

Apple has seeded the fifth betas of iOS 10.3, watchOS 3.2, and tvOS 10.2 for developers to download and test. They can be be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center.

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11:24
Steve McQueen’s lost ‘Bullitt’ car reportedly has...

This is one of the most recognizable cars in film history. While I personally find the film dated and the revered chase scene boring with continuity errors that make me crazy, car and action film buffs love it.

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11:21
Comm-Unity Networking Systems updates CNS Query...

Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released CNS Query 2.1, which includes a CNS Core updates like FileMaker 15 support and better thread safety, especially under FileMaker Server.

CNS Query is available immediately at http://tinyurl.com/q96xmx2 for both macOS and Windows. You can download a demo copy of the plug-in to test it out before purchasing. If you purchased CNS Query or MMQuery any time from March 8, 2015, until now, you can install this latest version free of charge.

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11:21
Airbus unveils an autonomous, modular flying car...

Flying cars face many obstacles, but one of the biggest is accommodating all the parts needed to both drive and fly -- their designs amount to big, heavy compromises. Airbus and Italdesign want to try something different. They've just unveiled the Po...

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11:19
Quake is coming back. Here’s how you can be a beta...

Personally, I was a bigger fan of Unreal Tournament, even though I sucked mightily at it.

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11:15
Apple makes available fifth developer beta releases...




A day after the macOS Sierra beta release, Apple on Wednesday published the fifth betas of iOS 10.3, watchOS 3.2, and tvOS 10.2 for developers to download and test.

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11:01
QardioArm blood pressure monitor with HealthKit...




Qardio on Wednesday announced that its HealthKit-enabled blood pressure monitor, the QardioArm, is now being sold through Apple retail stores, as well as Apple.com.

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11:00
Judge blocks FBI from forcing fingerprints from...

This is a very interesting case and it’s not over yet. It’s always been said that you can’t be compelled to give up something you know (your password) but you can be compelled to give up something you have (your fingerprints). The judge in this case is turning that on its head.

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11:00
Facebook's Gear VR app helps you find 360...

A ton of 360-degree photos and videos are uploaded to Facebook every day. The challenge, if you own a Gear VR headset, is finding the best stuff in the Oculus Video store, or amongst the deluge of selfies and viral videos that make up most News Feeds...

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11:00
IBM built an atomic hard drive

While the rush to keep pace with Moore's Law is getting rather "chaotic", researchers at IBM announced on Wednesday that they have drastically reduced the space required to store a bit of information down to that of a single atom.

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10:59
Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of iOS 10.3 to Developers

Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming iOS 10.3 update to developers, just over one week after seeding the fourth beta of iOS 10.3 and almost three months after the release of iOS 10.2, the last major update to the iOS 10 operating system.

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

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

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10:58
Apple releases iOS 10.3 beta 5 for iPhone and iPad

Apple is rolling out the fifth iOS 10.3 beta for developer testing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The upcoming software update includes Find My AirPods support, CarPlay improvements, Apple’s new filesystem, and more. We’ll update and highlight any additional changes discovered below.

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10:58
tvOS 10.2 beta 5 rolling out for Apple TV

Apple is rolling out the fifth tvOS 10.2 beta for developer testing on Apple TV. tvOS 10.2 focuses on “new features, bug fixes, and improvements in the OS and SDK” according to developer release notes.

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10:58
Apple releases watchOS 3.2 beta 5 for Apple Watch

Apple is rolling out the fifth watchOS 3.2 beta for developer testing on Apple Watch. watchOS 3.2 beta includes Theater Mode which disables raise-to-wake and mutes alerts.

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10:54
Apple has already fixed most of the iOS exploits the...

WikiLeaks is back at it again, this time with more than 8,700 leaked documents apparently from inside the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence. According to those documents, the CIA had knowledge of zero-day exploits it could use to hack iPhones. But Apple said many of those bugs have already been patched with the latest version of iOS.

The WikiLeaks documents didn’t include details of the bugs or whether the CIA has actually used them, so it’s unclear if or how Apple knows the exploits have been patched. But the company released a statement to multiple media outlets following the WikiLeaks dump on Tuesday:

“Apple is deeply committed to safeguarding our customers’ privacy and security. The technology built into today’s iPhone represents the best data security available to consumers, and we’re constantly working to keep it that way. Our products and software are designed to quickly get security updates into the hands of our customers, with nearly 80 percent of users...

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10:50
Apple's iTunes highlights movies, books &...




Apple helped mark International Women's Day on Wednesday by promoting related themes and content on its iTunes movie, book, and TV stores.

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10:47
WikiLeaks Dumps CIA Hacking Docs Online


WikiLeaks on Tuesday dumped thousands of classified documents onto the Internet, exposing hacking programs used by the CIA. The torrent of data is just the first in a series of dumps WikLeaks is calling "Vault 7." This first installment includes 8,761 documents and files stolen from an isolated high-security network within the CIA's Center for Cyber Intelligence. This first batch of data introduces the scope and direction of the CIA's global covert hacking program, its malware arsenal, and dozens of zero-day product exploits, WikiLeaks claimed.

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10:43
Look for Furian GPU architecture in 2018 iPhones and...

Apple partner Imagination Technologies has unveiled its next-generation PowerVR Furian architecture, an entirely new GPU [graphics processing unit] architecture designed for the evolved graphics and compute needs of next-generation consumer devices. I’d expect to see it in 2018 iPhones and iPads.

Applications such as VR/AR and convertibles require higher graphics resolutions and frame rates, and emerging applications such as ADAS and machine intelligence require increased compute efficiency. Devices designed for these applications are often designed in sub-14nm process technologies. 

According to Mark Dickinson, EVP PowerVR business unit, Imagination, Furian addresses these needs through a multi-dimensional approach to performance scalability, with an extensible design and a focus on easy system integration and layout in the latest processes. With the architecture, embedded products will be able to deliver high-...

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10:43
PS4 Pro's Boost Mode arrives on March 9th

After more than a little teasing, Sony's PS4 version 4.50 update is almost here. The sweeping upgrade is now slated to arrive on March 9th, and is now confirmed to include that rumored Boost Mode for PS4 Pro owners. Enable it on the higher-end PlaySt...

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10:30
Skoove is a new iOS app that transforms your iPad...

Skoove is a new iPad app launching today that helps you learn how to play piano from iOS. The app includes more than 250 interactive lessons and courses that you can follow along with at home as if your iPad was a private piano instructor.

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10:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Sonos PLAY:3 $256, Logitech...

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10:26
FileMaker Cloud is now available in EMEA

FileMaker, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has announced that its cloud platform for managing and running custom apps, FileMaker Cloud, is now available in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). 

In addition to the U.S.-based data centers in Oregon and N. Virginia, customers may select from the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Regions of Ireland and Frankfurt. FileMaker Cloud provides the simplicity, performance and reliability of the FileMaker Platform without having to spend time and resources deploying and maintaining a server, according to Ann Monroe, vice president of worldwide marketing, FileMaker, Inc.

FileMaker Cloud provides organizations looking to develop and manage custom mobile apps with minimal administrative overhead, speedy deployment, low up-front costs and instant scalability, she adds. This builds on FileMaker's commitment to empower organizations of all sizes to improve business...

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10:25
Imagination announces PowerVR 'Furian'...




Apple partner Imagination Technologies on Wednesday unveiled PowerVR Furian, its next-generation mobile graphics processing architecture likely to be a key part of future iPhones, and also the first new GPU architecture since 2010.

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10:24
FileMaker Cloud is now available in EMEA

FileMaker, Inc. (www.filemaker.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has announced that its cloud platform for managing and running custom apps, FileMaker Cloud, is now available in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

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10:22
Sumitomo Chemical, Maker of Curved OLED Displays...

Apple's iPhone 8 may include a curved display, though the Wall Street Journal is a little skeptical on that particular feature. Whether it's this year or sometime in the future, there's one particular Japanese company that is focused on making their pitch to Apple about about their specialty curved and bendable display technologies and expanding capacity.

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10:20
Big Tech Lobbying Is On the Verge of Killing Right...

Jason Koebler, writing for Motherboard: Statehouse employees in Minnesota say that lobbying efforts by big tech companies and John Deere are on the verge of killing right to repair legislation in the state that would have made it easier for consumers and small businesses to fix their electronics. According to two of the bill's sponsors, the bill, which would have introduced "fair repair" requirements for manufacturers in the state, will not get a hearing that's necessary to move the legislation forward. Minnesota Senate rules automatically kills any bills that do not have a hearing scheduled by a certain date (this year, it's March 10). Last year, tech industry lobbying killed a similar bill in New York. "Unfortunately, it's not going to make deadline this session," Republican Sen. David Osmek, one of the sponsors, told me in an email. Osmek would not give additional specifics about his colleagues' concerns with the bill, but a legislative assistant for the bill's other sponsor...

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10:19
Nintendo sorta cares about getting Netflix on the...

Nintendo will bring streaming video services to the Switch, but don't hold your breath, because it'll probably take a while. That's the main takeaway from a Washington Post interview with the company's Reggie Fils-Aime that was published earlier toda...

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10:00
Deploy your SharePoint Server 2016 farm in Azure

SharePoint Server 2016 in Microsoft Azure is designed to leverage faster provisioning of servers allowing you to take your first step in hosting a server-based IT workload in the cloud. To dramatically reduce the time it takes you to plan, design, test and deploy SharePoint farms in Azure, we have published articles for SharePoint Server 2016 in Microsoft Azure, including:

  • An overview that describes the benefits of hosting SharePoint Server 2016 farms in Azure infrastructure services.
  • Step-by-step instructions for two prescriptive dev/test environments:
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10:00
New Beta Downloads Now Available

Xcode 8.3 beta 4 is now available, and includes Swift 3 and SDKs that you can use to build and test apps for the latest release of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

  • iOS 10.3 beta 5 (14E5269a)
  • watchOS 3.2 beta 5 (14V5243a)
  • tvOS 10.2 beta 5 (14W5260a)
  • Xcode 8.3 beta 4 (8W143q)

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10:00
New Beta Downloads Now Available

Xcode 8.3 beta 4 is now available, and includes Swift 3 and SDKs that you can use to build and test apps for the latest release of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

  • iOS 10.3 beta 5 (14E5269a)
  • watchOS 3.2 beta 5 (14V5243a)
  • tvOS 10.2 beta 5 (14W5260a)
  • Xcode 8.3 beta 4 (8W143q)

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10:00
Engadget's editors on the Nintendo Switch

We were lucky enough to get an early look at the Nintendo Switch and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. But now that the console and its killer launch game are finally available to all (if you can find them, at least), we've asked several of ou...

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09:38
Bentley unveils its first all-electric grand tourer

If you ever wanted a sign that the world is moving toward a greener future, you could find a big one at the Geneva Motor Show. Bentley, a company that makes enormous gas-guzzling vehicles for the one percent, surprised attendees with its first all-el...

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09:22
Future iPhones will get 4K with new PowerVR graphics...

A new PowerVR graphics architecture from Imagination Technologies will give a serious graphics boost to Apple's future iPhones, including 4K graphics.

Imagination is announcing Furian, the first major graphics architecture upgrade since Rogue, which was announced in 2010. Apple's iPhone 7 currently has graphics based on the Rogue architecture.

The Furian architecture also sets up future iPhones for graphics-intensive applications like virtual reality. Furian will be used in new PowerVR GPUs like the Series8XT, according to Imagination.

The architecture has already been licensed to device makers and should be available in mobile devices by the end of 2018. Apple modifies PowerVR graphics architectures for the iPhone, meaning the graphics capabilities may also reach its devices next year.

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09:22
Nest said to be working on home security and a low-...

Notice how Nest hasn't had any truly new products lately? If you believe insider accounts, it's no coincidence -- management troubles, and the struggle to develop a home security system, left it with little to show. However, it now looks like it's ba...

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09:18
Review: KRFT for iOS lets you build addictive,...

KRFT for iOS takes a unique approach to music production and performance allowing producers to not only create the musical notes, melodies and chords in a particular song or set, but also the Surface with which it will be performed on.

Using a simple system of touch-controlled geometric shapes, users can arrange a series of hand-crafted loops, drum beats, modifier Dials, Morph buttons and more into a custom-made performance control surface. Due to the almost modular nature with which the app treats the various elements of your song, KRFT’s performance Surface becomes a new and interesting way for coming up with entire song arrangements as you morph riffs and beats with the app’s built-in effects. Here’s how it works:  ...

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09:00
Peter Panic is a delightfully demented video game...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

Just as it has done with late night television, Adult Swim has built up an impressive selection of strange and wonderfully offbeat mobile games over the years. Pocket Mortys is one of the more recent treats, but Robot Unicorn Attack, Amateur SurgeonHeads Up...

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09:00
The world's largest solar farm, from space

Just over two years ago, California's 550-megawatt Topaz Solar Farm was the world's largest solar project. A year later, the 579-megawatt Solar Star farm, also in California, laid claim to the crown, and in 2016, India's 648-megawatt Kamuthi Solar Po...

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08:51
FileMaker Cloud arrives in Europe, Middle East, and...




The Apple-owned FileMaker has expanded the availability of its FileMaker Cloud service to countries outside North America, with customers in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa now able to use the cloud-based server platform for their apps.

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08:50
Apple Suppliers GIS and TKP are Building New...

Patently Apple posted a report in February titled "Key Apple Touch Module Supplier sees a Bright 2017 with new iDevice Lineup and Next-Gen 3D Touch." Today we learn it's so bright that both TKP and GIS have set aside capex budgets between US$152 to US$163 to set up capacity to produce 3D touch panels for new iPhones to be launched later this year.

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08:47
Microsoft OneNote 15.32 - Free digital notebook.

OneNote is your very own digital notebook. With OneNote, you can capture that flash of genius, that moment of inspiration, or that list of errands that's too important to forget. Whether you're at home, in the office or on the go, your notes travel with you. And you can share your notes and collaborate with others, across multiple devices!

Here are some more ideas on how to use OneNote:

  • Capture rich notes for classwork, meetings, or research
  • Keep track of your shopping list and mark items off wherever you are
  • Create an itinerary and keep track of your travel plans for your next big vacation
  • Take pictures of receipts and bills to remove some of the paper clutter
  • Collaborate and share ideas with your team
  • Research items and prices to make the best purchasing decision
  • Keep and edit all of your notes



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08:20
Apple Begins Rejecting Apps With 'Hot Code Push...

Apple has long permitted "hot code push", a feature that allows developers to continuously deploy changes to their mobile apps and have those changes reflect in their apps instantly. This allowed developers to make quick changes to their apps without having to resubmit the new iteration and get approval from the Apple Store review team. But that's changing now. In response to a developer's query, Apple confirmed that it no longer permits "hot code push." The company told the developer: Your app, extension, and/or linked framework appears to contain code designed explicitly with the capability to change your app's behavior or functionality after App Review approval, which is not in compliance with section 3.3.2 of the Apple Developer Program License Agreement and App Store Review Guideline 2.5.2. This code, combined with a remote resource, can facilitate significant changes to your app's behavior compared to when it was initially reviewed for the App Store. While you may not be...

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08:18
Apple Pay donations turn on for 22 UK charities such...




Apple on Wednesday introduced support for Apple Pay donations in the U.K., starting with a wave of 22 organizations such as the Alzheimer's Society, Oxfam, the Royal British Legion, and UNICEF.

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08:06
BritBox streaming service brings old & new...

If you’re a fan of British TV shows, the BritBox streaming service – launching in the U.S. today – offers access to both old-time classics and brand new series’ for $6.99 per month. You can watch it on Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and the web, reports Variety.

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08:00
The Week in iOS Accessories and Cases: Black AirPods?

Back in black!

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

Wish your new AirPods were any other color but white? We have the solution for you in this week’s roundup. Read on!

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07:53
Netflix adding tech that lets you edit storylines...

Daily Mail:

Whether you love happy endings or a harsh blast of reality in TV dramas, you could soon be able to decide what you get.
Netflix, the TV-streaming company behind hit shows such as The Crown and House Of Cards, is working on ways to give viewers control of key plot decisions.

Some of the storylines will be simple and linear, like the Choose Your Own Adventure books many grew up with.

For example, viewers might decide whether an inmate in the prison drama Orange Is The New Black joins a gang or not.

This is a fascinating development. Imagine a future where you can steer movie plots based on your preferences. Or, perhaps, an AI in your Apple TV could know you well enough to choose and customize content for you. The future!

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07:45
Searching your Mac and iOS photo library

If you’ve never tried doing a search in your Mac or iOS photo library, check out this post for Mac and this post for iOS. There are some searches you can do without any prep work on your part (search for “cat” or “water”), but some searches do require some effort on your part (search for a particular person, for example).

I do wish there was a way to run a search on all images on my device, rather than just the images that have been imported into Photos. I suspect that eventually, images on our devices will all be tagged in some way, all backed up, and all searchable, whether we created them or not.

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07:44
Third-party Home app developer releases Finances 2...

Finances 2 is a new personal and business bookkeeping app for iOS and macOS from developer Matthias Hochgatterer. Prior to Finances 2, Hochgatterer created the excellent third-party HomeKit app Home before Apple’s version in iOS 10. Like his Home app, Finances 2 takes advantage of modern iOS technologies including 3D Touch, Spotlight integration, and Split View on the iPad.

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07:42
Apple Downplays WikiLeaks Report, Says they're...

Yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled "WikiLeaks Exposes CIA Hacking Program 'Vault 7' Capable of Tapping into iOS, Android and Windows." Today Apple saying that they're working fast to fix vulnerabilities in the iPhone and other products after WikiLeaks released material ...

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07:38
Apple addresses iOS concerns regarding exposure of...

The CIA faces what could potentially be the biggest ever leak of its secrets, after Wikileaks published thousands of documents claiming to show how the agency uses cyber espionage tactics to hack into smartphones and other devices.

The methods could reportedly capture text and voice messages on iPhones, Android devices and Whatsapp before they were encrypted. They could also hack Microsoft software and Samsung "smart" TVs.

However, Apple has issued a response, saying "many" of the supposed iOS exploits have already been addressed in the most recent version of its mobile operating system. In a statement issued to news outlets, and posted to Twitter by BuzzFeed's John Paczkowski, the tech giant says the latest public version...

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07:38
Team plagiarizes Golden State Warriors. Team is...

New York Times:

Steve Green, the men’s basketball coach at South Plains College, was recovering from an up-and-down season last summer when he decided he needed to make a change. So he planted himself in front of the television in his living room and began to study — really study — his favorite team.

Green scribbled down every cut, every back screen and every curl. In pursuit of a goal that was so ambitious that it bordered on audacious, he consulted with his assistants and overhauled his playbook.

The results? His team is 28-0 entering the post-season. Audacious plan. Visionary. And it worked.

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07:31
ChronoSync 4.7.4 for macOS offers performance,...

Econ Technologies (www.econtechnologies.com) has released ChronoSync 4.7.4 for macOS. 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 4.7.4 offers performance and efficiency improvements, including fixes for a handful of bugs.

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

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07:21
Apple’s official comment on Wikileaks, CIA, and...

From the New York Times:

In what appears to be the largest leak of C.I.A documents in history, WikiLeaks released on Tuesday thousands of pages describing sophisticated software tools and techniques used by the agency to break into smartphones, computers and even Internet-connected televisions.

And from Business Insider:

According to the WikiLeaks files, it appears that the CIA has teams specifically dedicated to breaking into Apple products, including iOS, the software that runs on iPhones and iPads, and even Apple’s line of routers, AirPort.

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07:21
Two Apple suppliers tapped for 'iPhone 8'...




A new supply chain report pegs touch panel manufacturers General Interface Solution and TPK Holding as OLED touch panel suppliers for Apple, with the pair spending millions of dollars to expand capacity in time for the "iPhone 8."

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07:15
Rumor: the high-end ‘iPhone 8’ could be dubbed the ‘...

A post on the Japanese blog Mac Otakara — as noted by AppleInsider — says Apple is working to finalize an "iPhone Edition" set to debut alongside expected "iPhone 7s" and "iPhone 7s Plus" handsets this fall. 

The article indicates that there’ll be no smartphone dubbed the “iPhone 8” in 2017. Most reports have such a next generation smartphone coming in the September-November time frame with a 5.8-inch OLED display, a screen with an integrated fingerprint sensor (replacing the Touch ID button), and lots more (depending on which rumor you believe).

However, Mac Otakara — quoting an unnamed “source familiar with the matter” — says that, though a prototype is indeed undergoing evaluation in...

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07:07
3D imaging tech in Apple's 'iPhone 8...




The 3D imaging sensors anticipated for the "iPhone 8" are being produced by STMicroelectronics at a factory in France, a report said on Wednesday, cautioning that parts might not be ready by Apple's usual September launch window.

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07:04
Ibiden commits to 100% renewable energy for Apple...

Component supplier Ibiden is the first company in Japan to pledge it will power all of its Apple manufacturing with 100% renewable energy — a new milestone for Apple and Japan. The announcement marks a significant step forward in Apple’s efforts to help its manufacturing partners transition to clean power, says Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president for Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives.

To meet their commitment, Ibiden will invest in more than 20 new renewable energy facilities, including one of the largest floating solar photovoltaic systems in the country. The state-of-the-art floating system is constructed on a converted lumber yard to maximize land use in Japan.

Ibiden’s transition to 100% clean power will exceed their energy needs for Apple manufacturing and contribute to Japan’s nationwide renewable energy goals.

“We’re proud to partner with suppliers like Ibiden who recognize that renewable energy investments are good for the environment...

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07:00
It's a Lightning cable. It's a headphone...

iPhone 7 owners who still have a lot of earphones/earbuds/headphones with 3.5mm jacks are fortunate that they get a little adapter from Apple for free, but while that adapter is plugged in, you can't charge your iPhone! Apple World Today has a deal on an adapter that lets you charge your iPhone 7 and listen to music through your legacy headphones at the same time. The 2-in-1 Lightning to Headphone Jack Charging Cable 3-Pack from Sky Innovations is available for only $21.99 -- that's 56% off the regular price of $49.99.

These cables can also be used with any Lightning-port iPhone or iPad, and with three of them in one pack, the entire family can charge and listen at the same time, or you can just use...

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06:58
Apple captured 79.2% of global smartphone profits in...

Apple captured 79.2% of global smartphone profits last year, according to new data from Strategy Analytics, as noted by The Korea Herald. The tech giant is estimated to have posted total operating profits of $53.7 billion last year, with Apple's operating profit standing at $44.9 billion, notes the research group.

Apple's operating profit margin was 32.4% last year. Samsung’s smartphone business posted an operating profit of $8.3 billion in 2016, accounting for 14.6% of the global profits, according to Strategy Analytics.

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06:58
Vimeo adds support for 360-degree videos, offline...

Vimeo may be a little late in following YouTube, FacebookPeriscope and others into the world of 360-degree video, but the company certainly isn’t adopting any half-measures now that it’s made the move …

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06:57
Even with a Questionable Report, Apple Still Remains...

A South Korean tech report is claiming today that Strategy Analytics published a report claiming Apple captured 79.2 percent of the global smartphone profits last year. Even with questionable data, Apple still remains the king of global smartphone profits

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06:22
A Better Finder Rename 10.14 - File, photo, and MP3...

A Better Finder Rename is the most complete renaming solution available on the market today. That's why, since 1996, tens of thousands of hobbyists, professionals and businesses depend on A Better Finder Rename to organize and maintain files.

The Instant Preview feature eliminates guesswork and costly errors and helps you find the right settings quickly and accurately by providing as-you-type feedback.

A Better Finder Rename offers a complete set of renaming options that are organized into 15 categories covering all the text, character, position, conversion and truncation features that you would expect from a file renamer, but it does not stop there. The multi-step renaming feature allows multiple renaming steps to be combined to deal with complex renaming jobs in a single operation. Unlike other tools, A Better Finder Rename allows any number of renaming actions to be combined, re-ordered, copied and deleted.



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06:17
Nest smart thermostat to support room-by-room...

Alphabet’s Nest is developing remote sensors for its smart thermostat to allow temperature to be controlled on a room-by-room basis, reports Bloomberg. Competing smart thermostat products typically use units attached to radiators that detect the room temperature and adjust the flow to each room.

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06:15
Apple responds to WikiLeaks’ release of CIA-based...

With any luck, this’ll provide some consolation.

Following up on the revelation that WikiLeaks had intercepted and released what might amount to 8,700+ documents from the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence unit – part of which is devoted to obtaining zero-day exploits for iOS devices – and that the CIA had lost control of the majority of its hacking arsenal, Apple went on record to state that “many of the issues leaked today were already patched” in the most recent version of iOS.

The company offered the following comment:

“Apple is deeply committed to safeguarding our customers’ privacy and security. The technology built into today’s iPhone represents the best data security available to consumers and we’re constantly working to keep it that way. Our products and software are designed to quickly get security updates into the hands of our customers, with nearly 80 percent of users running the latest version of our operating system.

While our initial...

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06:02
Japanese Apple manufacturing partner pledges 100%...




Apple manufacturing partner Ibiden is Apple's first supplier in Japan to pledge the use of 100 percent renewable energy, spread across 20 new energy facilities.

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06:00
WikiLeaks releases 8,700+ CIA-related documents,...

This is pretty much one for the ages.

WikiLeaks has released more than 8,700 documents that have apparently originated from the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence, with some of the leaks saying the agency had 24 “weaponized” and previously undisclosed exploits for the Android operating system as of 2016.

Some of the Android-specific exploits were developed by the CIA, while others hailed from the U.S. National Security Agency, U.K. intelligence agency GCHQ, and cyber arms dealers.

Among the smartphone-related tools developed by the CIA were assets that allow the agency to bypass encryption found in WhatsApp, Confide and other applications known to use encryption. These tools, according to WikiLeaks analysis, capture audio and message traffic before encryption has a chance to be applied.

The leaked documents also show the CIA “hoarding” undisclosed, or zero-day, exploits for a number of systems, despite promises from former President Barack Obama’s...

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05:43
Report: 3D sensor production ramp suggests iPhone 8...

Apple is widely expected to launch three new iPhones this year, two iterative updates to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and one radical new form factor device with an OLED screen, informally dubbed ‘iPhone 8’.

Recent reports have suggested that the iPhone 8 may launch later than the other two models, as some of the innovative components will not be ready for September …

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05:37
MacPilot 9.0.2 - Enable over 1,200 hidden features...

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

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

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



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05:37
MacPilot 9.0.3 - Enable over 1,200 hidden features...

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

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

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



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05:30
How to minimize windows into their app icon in macOS...

You can click the yellow pill button in the upper left corner of a window to minimize an app’s window in macOS Sierra. However, if you minimize a lot of windows, the right side of the Dock quickly becomes cluttered. The solution: minimize windows into their app icons. 

If you enable this feature in Dock Preferences it shrinks all minimized windows into their app’s icon application icon instead of into the Dock. Open System Preferences from the Apple menu and choose “Dock.” Check the box next to “Minimize windows into application icon.”

If you have a lot of minimized app windows, and have trouble finding what you’re looking for,  control-clic) the app icon to reveal a list of that apps minimized windows. Choose an item from the list and it will open.

 

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05:30
SwitchLight conveniently combines a light switch...

My 18-month-old granddaughter sometimes sleeps over at our house, so a night light is useful. Before Elizabeth was born, I hadn’t given night lights much thought since my own kiddos were little. Now I realize how handy they are, which is why I’m a fan of SnapPower’s SwitchLight.

It’s a light switch cover that doubles as a night light. Since no wiring is required, it’s a quick-and-easy install. The SwitchLight — available in white, light almond, and ivory — leaves both outlets free for use and packs a light sensor that automatically turns LEDs on/off. It also sports an adjustable switch with bright, dim and off functions.

However, there are some caveats. The SnapPower SwitchLight is compatible with single gang, single pole light switches. This means that it installs over a single light switch and will work in areas where one light switch...

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05:29
Apple once more dominates global smartphone profits...

The latest estimates from Strategy Analytics show that Apple continues to take home the lion’s share of total profits in the worldwide smartphone market. While Apple’s slice of the profits has fallen from the 92%+ it has achieved in previous years, it still hit an impressive 79.2% last year, reports Korea Herald.

Apple captured 79.2 percent of global smartphone profits last year, according to the latest research by Strategy Analytics on Wednesday, highlighting the US technology giant’s ability to maximize pricing and minimize production costs. The global smartphone industry was estimated to have posted total operating profits of $53.7 billion last year, with Apple’s operating profit standing at $44.9 billion, the research showed.

Samsung took a distant second place, while...

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05:27
Worldwide server revenue dipped 1.9% in quarter four...

In the fourth quarter of 2016, worldwide server revenue declined 1.9% year-over- year, while shipments fell 0.6% from the fourth quarter of 2015, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). In all of 2016, worldwide server shipments grew 0.1 percent, but server revenue declined 2.7%, notes the research group.

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05:19
Mobile VoLTE users will surge to three billion by...

A new report from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) says the number of VoLTE (Voice over LTE) subscribers will rise from 488 million in 2016 to 3 billion in 2021, as operators reap the benefits from widespread 4G infrastructure roll-outs.

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04:58
Adobe Lightroom 6.9 - Import, develop, and showcase...

Adobe Lightroom is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $9.99/month bundled with Photoshop CC as part of the photography package. Lightroom 6 is also available for purchase as a stand-alone app (with the cloud functionality removed) if you prefer.

Adobe Lightroom software helps you bring out the best in your photographs, whether you're perfecting one image, searching for ten, processing hundreds, or organizing thousands.

Create incredible images that move your audience. Experiment fearlessly with state-of-the-art nondestructive editing tools. Easily manage all your images. And showcase your work in elegant print layouts, slide shows, and Web galleries, as well as...

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04:57
Apple’s supplier clean energy program hits Japan,...

Apple has long been committed to using renewable energy for its own operations, and in 2015 extended that goal to its suppliers, starting with China. In its 2016 supplier responsibility report, the company said that its energy efficiency program had reduced carbon emissions by more than 13,800 metric tons.

Today, Apple has announced that the program has reached Japan, with component supplier Ibiden pledging to power all of its Apple manufacturing with 100 percent renewable energy …

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04:52
These super-high-res aerial photos of Apple Park are...

Apple’s new headquarters, Apple Park, is finally set to open to employees next month. We say “finally” because its construction has been a pretty epic process—its first mention on Macworld was way back in 2011, when Steve Jobs himself presented the initial plans to the Cupertino City Council.

Now you can get a glimpse at that process in these high-res aerial images provided by Australian firm Nearmap—just click one to enlarge it, or go here to see the whole set. The images cover about two years of the construction process, from August 2014 though August 2016. So you won’t see final touches like landscaping, but you will see the spaceship design seem to rise out of the earth and form into an office building that rivals the...

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04:24
UK Apple Pay adds support for charitable donations...

Following a launch in late 2016 for the US, Apple Pay in the UK now supports over twenty local charities. This means Apple users in Britain can make donations online using the same, simple, Apple Pay flow with Touch ID authentication.

Apple Pay on the web is supported on iPhone, iPad and the latest version of Safari for Mac. See the full list of UK charities already onboard after the jump …

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04:00
The Vaux: A portable battery-powered speaker for the...

Available for preorder now, it promises a more immersive audio experience and more freedom for your Alexa-powered device.

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00:11
Apple captured 540% the profits of Samsung Mobile in...




Apple's iPhone continued to grab the vast majority of smartphone profits globally, due to poor performance by Samsung and largely profitless production of massive numbers of lower end models by several companies in China.

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Tuesday March 7

22:07
Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 8' might not...




Though analyst consensus has Apple releasing an OLED "iPhone 8" with wireless charging and "invisible" home button later this year, a report on Tuesday claims the described model is but one of many prototypes that might not make it to production.

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22:06
'iPhone 8' Could Reportedly Be Called...

Apple may call the 2017 iPhone 8, rumored to be announced alongside the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus at a September event, the "iPhone Edition," according to a new report from Japanese website Mac Otakara. The name would reportedly signal that the phone is a higher end model, similar to how Apple names the Apple Watch Edition. The "Edition" moniker lines up with reports that the model could cost upwards of $1,000.

The report goes on to note that Apple is currently testing multiple prototypes alongside the iPhone 8. The prototypes experiment with screen technology and materials, with some prototypes using an LCD display while others use AMOLED. The prototypes are also in testing with and without home buttons. Further,...

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21:59
Skim 1.4.27 - PDF reader and note-taker for...

Skim is a PDF reader and note-taker for OS X. It is designed to help you read and annotate scientific papers in PDF, but is also great for viewing any PDF file.

Skim includes many features and has a great user interface.



Version 1.4.27:

New Features:

  • Display marked up text in the note table.
  • Expand or collapse all items in note table by holding the Option key.

Bugs Fixed:

  • Fix updating of preview tooltip areas on older systems.
  • Change shortcuts for changing tool modes to Option-arrow.
  • Remember scroll position for marked pages.
  • Fix page rotation through gestured.
  • Fix shadow in images on retina displays.
  • Only allow secure downloads.
  • Draw anchored notes on 10.12 in snapshots and split PDF view.
  • Fix to allow non-bordered text notes on 10.12.
  • Display alternate anchored note icons on 10.12.
  • Ensure black...
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21:59
MacPilot 9.0.1 - Enable over 1,200 hidden features...

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

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

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



Version 9.0.1:...

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21:59
Backblaze 4.3.0.16 - Online backup service; $5/month...

Backblaze is an online backup service designed from the ground-up for the Mac. With unlimited storage available for $5 per month, as well as a free 15-day trial, peace of mind is within reach with Backblaze.

  • Easy and automatic. A simple setup process and automatic continuous backups means having safe data is not only for the extremely savvy.
  • Safe and secure. Encrypted data on your computer is transmitted with a secure, encrypted connection and stored encrypted on the Backblaze servers. Never worry about your data's security.
  • Transparent and accessible. Browse and download your files online or have them overnighted to you on a DVD or USB drive for a flexible file or system restoring process.



Version 4.3.0.16:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.6 or later

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21:59
Lyn 1.8.7 - Lightweight image browser and viewer.

Lyn is a fast, lightweight image browser and viewer designed for photographers, graphic artists, and Web designers. Featuring an extremely versatile and aesthetically pleasing interface, it delivers an easy-to-use geotagging technology and a complete solution for sharing your photographs. The new editing inspector gives you everything to turn your shots into great photos. Adjust exposure, color temperature, brightness, and contrast, or reveal image details with highlight and shadow adjustments. You can experiment and convert your color photos to black and white, try a classic sepia tone, or add a vignette.

Lyn natively supports all popular image formats like JPEG, TIFF, JPEG 2000, PNG, PPM, TGA, RAW, HDR, OpenEXR, animated GIF, and any other image format supported by OS X. It also integrates a movie player to watch camera recordings.

Features

  • Progressive display, on single- or multiple-monitor configurations, of images of virtually any...
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21:59
ForkLift 3.0.2 - Powerful file manager: FTP, SFTP,...

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

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

Features

  • Completely rewritten entirely in Swift
  • ForkLift Mini
  • Two-way Sync
  • Preview
  • ...
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21:59
Hazel 4.0.9 - Create rules for organizing and...

Hazel is your personal housekeeper, organizing and cleaning folders based on rules you define. Hazel can also manage your trash and uninstall your applications.

Organize your files using a familiar rule interface. Filter on the file's name, type, date, the site or email address it came from and more. And do more than just file. You can set color labels, Spotlight keywords and comments and even archive files. Hazel also cleans, sporting options to clean out incomplete and duplicate downloads. All this is done automatically in the background allowing you to focus on your real work.

In addition, Hazel can manage your Trash for you, relieving you of having to empty it yourself.



Version 4.0.9:

  • Fixed crash that can occur while editing or saving rule.
  • Fixed crash when editing a rule using attributes that are no longer supported.
  • Pattern editor window should no longer appear in lower left corner of screen....
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21:59
Stylizer 6.17.307.604 - Real-time CSS editing and...

Stylizer helps you style websites in a fraction of the time.

Features

  • Real-time CSS - Immediate feedback saves countless hours. Say goodbye to the reload button! In Stylizer, your changes are immediately displayed in all browsers, in real-time - literally as you type or move the mouse. This is a substantial productivity boost for designers of all skill levels.
  • Size faster with grips - Size Grips allow you to accurately resize any CSS dimension by clicking and dragging the mouse. Click, hold, and drag, and watch your page update in real-time and achieve perfection on your first try. Take the guess work out of sizing. Find the exact spot where that stubborn div wraps. Or use them to perfectly position a background image.
  • Two-click color changes - Tweak any color in your style sheet to find the perfect hue, saturation and luminance level for that exact look, in just two clicks:...
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21:59
TeamViewer 12.0.72647 - Establish remote connections...

TeamViewer gives you remote control of any computer or Mac over the Internet within seconds, or can be used for online meetings. Find out why more than 200 million users trust TeamViewer!

Free for non-commercial users. Licensing terms for business users can be found here.



Version 12.0.72647:

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed a bug that prevented our OneDrive integration from working correctly
  • Fixed a bug that caused the file transfer to stop working after initiating multiple file transfers from the in session dashboard
  • Fixed a bug that prevented connections using Windows authentication
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when deleting a shared group
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the file transfer from being able to leverage full transfer speeds
  • Fixed a bug where it was not possible to assign a device to an account via the in...
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21:27
ZTE agrees to pay $892 million for violating US...




Chinese phone maker ZTE has agreed to plead guilty on charges of violating U.S. sanctions restricting the sale of American technology to Iran and North Korea, and lying about it to investigators. It will pay $892 million in fees, effectively wiping out about two years of the company's net profits.

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21:24
Apple cracking down on developers who use SDKs like...

Apple today has started informing developers that use “hot code push” SDKs that it will soon start rejecting their applications. In a thread on the Apple Developer Forums, developers are reporting that they have started receiving messages from the company explaining that the code must be removed before any further updates will be approved.

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20:58
Report: This year’s flagship iPhone may be called...

A new report from Japanese news site Macotakara offers new details and speculation on this year’s iPhone refresh. According to today’s report, the previously rumored 5-inch iPhone is actually the high-end model that has been rumored time and again. The report also claims that Apple may call this high-end model the “iPhone Edition.”

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20:35
Apple Says Many of the Vulnerabilities Detailed in...

Earlier today a new series of Wikileaks leaks that revealed the United States Central Intelligence Agency's efforts to hack iPhones. The leaks detail a number of iOS exploits that can be used to bypass security on devices. Tonight, Apple said in a statement provided to TechCrunch that most of the vulnerabilities detailed in the leaks have been patched.

“Apple is deeply committed to safeguarding our customers’ privacy and security. The technology built into today’s iPhone represents the best data security available to consumers, and we’re constantly working to keep it that way. Our products and software are designed to quickly get security updates into the hands of our customers, with nearly 80 percent of users running the latest version of our operating system....

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20:33
Apple says 'many' exploits revealed in CIA...




Apple late Tuesday issued a response to the WikiLeaks CIA data dump, saying "many" of the supposed iOS exploits have already been addressed in the most recent version of its flagship mobile operating system.

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17:56
Latest iPhone 8 mockup imagines rumored function...

Following the iOS 11 concept video we shared earlier this morning, a new high-quality iPhone 8 mockup has emerged. The new mockup comes courtesy of AlHasan Husni and shows what Apple’s rumored iPhone 8 could look like when it’s introduced later this year, including the rumored function area, smaller bezels, and more.

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17:47
AT&T offers free HBO perk, monthly discount to...




AT&T on Tuesday announced new loyalty rewards for existing DirecTV customers, offering 12 free months of HBO service to "Go Big" and "Gotta Have It" subscribers, or $5 off the bill of lower tier plans.

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17:44
'No Man's Sky' teases a new way to...

Exploring your home planet in No Man's Sky is about to get easier. Hello Games has announced it's adding a new vehicle to the space sim in its upcoming "Path Finder" update.

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17:08
AT&T announces new DirecTV Now promo with free...

AT&T today announced a pair of new promotions for existing DirecTV Now subscribers. Starting this month, subscribers will receive either a $5 off credit for 6 months or free HBO for 12 months. The company made the announcement on its Community Forums website this afternoon.

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16:59
Finding the dog pictures you want on Flickr just got...

Flickr is finally catching up to the likes of Google Photos and Google Search. Now when you check out Yahoo's photo sharing site you can find all manner of visually similar pictures just by clicking the "..." button on an image. From there, you shoul...

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16:32
Consumer Reports now rates product privacy and...

When you read a review for a product, you're usually looking for tangible qualities like battery life and performance. As we've seen lately, though, the company's respect for your data matters -- a seemingly perfect gift may turn out to be a privacy...

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16:30
Amazon's Alexa takes 88% of the global...

A new report from Strategy Analytics says Amazon's Alexa (pictured) took 88% of the global intelligent home speaker market in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Over four million intelligent home speaker were sold globally in the quarter. Strategy Analytic’s report finds that Google's Assistant achieved 10% share in the quarter following the launch of its 'Home' speaker in November.

"Amazon has had a near two year head start over its rivals and has done an excellent job of building out an ecosystem of compatible devices and services or skills," says David Watkins, director, within the Intelligent Home Group at Strategy Analytics. "However, Google is hot on Amazon's heels and the search giant should be able to significantly cut Amazon's lead over the coming year thanks to its superior AI platform and well-established technology licensing model which has proved successful through its Chromecast built-in program."...

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16:23
Bozoma Saint John makes ‘The Most Powerful Women in...

BLACK ENTERPRISE has released its listing of “The Most Powerful Women in Business,” as featured in the publication's January/February 2017 issue. Bozoma Saint John, head of Global Marketing, Apple Music, made the cut.

The final roster of the The Most Powerful Women in Business” was culled from thousands of potential candidates across numerous industries, including the finance, pharmaceutical, and retail sectors. These executives have authority over budgets totaling billions of dollars and control subsidiaries, divisions, or departments that affect the fiscal health and direction of their businesses.

"You could not find a better example of women of power than the female executives represented in this issue. Our editorial team developed this list to not only celebrate the black female business elite," says Earl "Butch" Graves Jr., president and CEO of BLACK ENTERPRISE, a business, investing, and wealth-building...

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16:14
Notable apps and app updates for March 7, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Nada Fahim has introduced All in One - ToDo, Smart Calculator, Notes & Vault 1.0. The $1.99 app features a to-do list, a smart calculator, notes and a storage “vault.”

macOS Apps/Updates

Koingo Software has released MacPilot 9, the latest incarnation of the “tinker tool” for macOS. It has over 500 features.

MacPilot allows you to harness the power of the UNIX underpinnings of macOS. It’s designed for those ranging from the perfectionist who wants to tweak the appearance and functionality of the Dock or Finder, to the system administrator locking-down the...

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16:09
Apple releases fifth developer beta Of MacOS 10.12.4

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

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

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16:01
Apple Music Exec Bozoma Saint John is featured on...

Earlier today BLACK ENTERPRISE released its listing of The Most Powerful Women in Business as featured in the publication's January/February 2017 issue, and Apple Music Exec Bozoma Saint John made it on the cover ....

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15:53
Mozilla is bringing modern video games to your...

Modern 3D video games require a ton of processing power to look good and respond to player input quickly. That's why most of the web-based games you see today are at best stripped down versions of their PC or console counterparts. The team behind the...

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15:44
Apple accused of banning iPhone ads from Chinese...




Apple is claimed to have interfered with advertising campaigns cellphone carriers in Australia posted in local Chinese-language media outlets, with a report alleging the iPhone producer did not want to be seen as supporting newspapers critical of the Chinese government.

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15:42
Instagram updates Stories feature with support for...

As it continues to play catch up to Snapchat, Instagram today updated its Stories feature with support for geostickers, a capability that Snapchat has supported for a while now and is arguably one of its most unique features.

At this point, Instagram’s geofilters aren’t nearly as widespread as Snapchat’s, but presumably that will change as time progresses…

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15:31
Looney Tunes and other classic cartoons get a...

Your favorite Saturday morning cartoons are going digital. Turner and Warner Bros. are teaming up for a new standalone video subscription service called Boomerang. It'll offer over 5,000 titles from the Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes and MGM animation l...

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15:16
Apple Music's Bozoma Saint John makes Black...




Business magazine Black Enterprise on Tuesday announced Bozoma Saint John, the head of global marketing for Apple Music, as one of a number of people highlighted in its "Most Powerful Women in Business" list for 2017.

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15:12
Nintendo wins a key case against a 3DS modchip seller

Nintendo is no stranger to cracking down on companies that sell tools enabling pirated games on its consoles. However, its latest victory might be more important than most. The company has won a copyright case in Canada that accused Go Cyber Shopping...

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15:00
AWT News Update: March 7, 2017

We have some fascinating Apple news bits for you today, including our very own rumor about the next Apple event!

  • Apple released the fifth developer beta of macOS 10.12.4 today, so expect to see the final version released in the relatively near future
  • Some rumors swirling around forced us to create our own rumor - that the iPad event we're expecting will be held on April 4, 2017
  • WikiLeaks dumps a new bunch of files, this time stating that the CIA has a team that's dedicated to iPhone penetration and that they've "lost control" of the tools they have

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

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15:00
IT professionals think Apple devices are easier to...

A recent survey has found that your IT department thinks a Mac is more manageable than a PC or Chromebook.

According to a survey of IT professionals, Macs and iOS devices are easier to manage when it comes to security, device configuration, software deployment, and support. Of those surveyed, 62 percent said the Mac is as easy or easier to deploy than PC, and 93 percent said it’s as easy or easier to deploy an iPhone or iPad over another device.

While most IT professionals found Apple’s products easier to manage overall, that was not the case when it comes to Mac integration. Only 36 percent of IT professionals claimed that it was easy or easier to integrate Macs into other environments. The survey is based on responses from 300 IT professionals and was...

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14:57
FCC chairman Ajit Pai nominated for another term

President Donald Trump has officially nominated current FCC Chairman and net neutrality opponent Ajit Pai for another five-year term on the commission, Axios reported on Tuesday. Pai's first term officially ended on July 1, 2016, but FCC commissioner...

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14:45
ACLU and 170 other groups ask the FCC to keep net...

The current FCC administration is determined to end net neutrality whatever the cost, but that isn't stopping policy groups from making a bid to save it. Over 170 groups (including the American Civil Liberties Union and Electronic Frontier Foundation...

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14:37
Apple Pay adds support for additional banks and card...

After prepping for and officially launching its Apple Pay service in Ireland today— the 14th country to get access to the payments service— Apple has also added 15+ additional banks and credit unions for two previously supported markets.

The company today added over a dozen additional banks and credit unions for users in the U.S., and in recent days added 8 new institutions & card issuers for users in Japan. A full list of the newly added banks is below.

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14:34
Prowire Sues Apple for Infringing their Patented...

Patently Apple is first to discover a new patent infringement lawsuit filed against Apple. We've learned that the Patent Troll going by the name 'Prowire LLC' had acquired a patent from Taiwan for the sole purpose of suing profitable high profile companies like Apple, and not to make a product of any kind. Prowire claims that Apple's iPad 4 infringes on their acquired patent relating to inductors.

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14:30
GDC opens up its arms to the trans community

Two weeks ago, the Trump administration rolled back federal protection for transgender students who wish to use the restroom that aligns with their gender identity. The act has drawn criticism for not just discriminating against transgendered people,...

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14:20
CNN launches a virtual reality news unit

The Cable News Network is going virtual. CNN has announced the launch of a new immersive journalism unit called CNNVR that will produce videos and live streams of major news events, along with a weekly virtual reality experience.

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14:18
iPad Pro ship dates may hint at Apr. 4 event, likely...




Apple could be preparing to announce or launch new iPads on Apr. 4, shipping delays for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro suggest, though Apple is unlikely to hold a launch event at Apple Park's Steve Jobs Theater as speculated by one website.

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14:04
Instagram Stories now feature Snapchat-like...

Snapchat gave users location-specific stickers for snaps back in August and now Instagram is doing the same. With a recent update to the photo-sharing app, you can now use geostickers to adorn images and videos in Instagram Stories. Right now though,...

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14:00
Lightroom for iOS turns your iPhone into a DSLR with...

Adobe optimized its powerful Lightroom photo-editing app for iOS 10 and the iPhone 7 last fall, but an update rolling out this week is taking advantage of Apple’s camera in a whole new way.

Lightroom Mobile version 2.7 is adding a raw high-dynamic range capture mode to help you achieve effects you were previously only able to get with a DSLR or mirrorless camera. The iPhone 7 Plus’s dual-lens system puts a DSLR-quality camera in your pocket already, and now Lightroom is upping the ante.

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13:56
How a joke tweet brought 911 to its knees

For over 12 hours in late October, 911 lines across the country were ringing so much that they nearly went down. Nobody knew why this was happening, until Phoenix police discovered that 18-year-old Meetkumar Hitesbhai Desai tweeted a link that caused...

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13:41
Apple Music’s Bozoma Saint John named one of ‘Most...

Apple Music’s Head of Global Marketing Bozoma Saint John has increasingly become a face for the company as the exec has appeared on stage at Apple events to introduce features and milestones for the service. Today she is named one of the ‘Most Powerful Women In Business’ by Black Enterprise magazine, making a final list of other prominent African American women that includes Beyonce, ABC president Channing Dungey, and WNBA President Lisa Borders, among others.

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13:38
Deals: Fully loaded 2015 12" MacBook for $1,299...




With very limited supply left, Adorama is taking $450 off Apple's 2015 12-inch MacBook (1.3GHz, 8GB, 512GB) in Space Gray with no tax outside NY and NJ. Top Rated Plus eBay sellers also have refurbished Yuneec drones for $499 ($300 off new) and GSM unlocked 16GB iPhone 6 devices for $229.97.

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13:32
Nine Years of Apple's iOS SDK generated $60...




Nine years ago, Apple released its first Software Development Kit for iOS, enabling third parties to build native apps for iPhone and iPod touch for sale in the iTunes App Store. The program has since generated over $60 billion for Apple's developers and has created 1.4 million jobs related to app development.

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13:24
Rumor: iPad event speculated to be April 4th at...

Last month we shared a roundup of everything we expect from Apple’s rumored spring event for iPhones, iPads, and Macs. Apple World Today now speculates one possibility for when and where Apple might hold its rumored spring event.

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13:16
A few tips on working from home

My latest @inc piece is up, at http://www.inc.com/charles-edge/work-from-home-here-are-6-things-you-should-do-every-day.html?cid=search. It starts like this:

Telecommuting is on the rise. According to a 2015 Gallup poll, 37 percent of U.S. workers say they have telecommuted at one point or another– four times greater than in 1995.

But working remotely can be a challenge. Not only can telecommuters feel disconnected from the organization, the organization can also feel disconnected from them.

If you’re into it,...

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13:13
'Star Trek: Discovery' will have Jason...

Star Trek: Discovery's cast has slowly been coming together, but there's been one glaring omission: who's helming the show's namesake ship? At last, we know: say hello to Jason Isaacs, who will play the USS Discovery's Captain Lorca in the internet-f...

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12:54
Best aftermarket head units with Apple CarPlay for...

Lots of new cars are being introduced with Apple CarPlay this year, which is great if you’re in the market for a new vehicle, but you can easily add CarPlay to your current vehicle with aftermarket head units. With this in mind, we’ve tested several aftermarket CarPlay models and have come up with recommendations for various budgets.

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12:48
Uber confirms it's hiring a Chief Operations...

The rumors of Uber planning to hire a second-in-command were true. CEO Travis Kalanick has confirmed that his ridesharing company is "actively looking" for a Chief Operating Officer that would work with him to "write the next chapter in our journey."...

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12:42
Improving iPhone videography with the Beastgrip Pro...

By itself the iPhone has proved to be a more than capable photography and videography camera. And just like with standalone cameras, when combined with the right accessories, you can enhance the quality of your photos and videos.

For a lot of videographers in particular, a good camera cage marks the beginnings of a flexible video-taking rig. The same can hold true with the iPhone. When paired with an accessory like the BeastGrip Pro — a smartphone-centric camera rig and lens adapter system — you can bolt on additional accessories that allow you to do even more. more…

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12:41
Learn how to read faster with Spritz on the iPhone...




The average reading speed of an adult is just about 300 words a minute, which sounds impressive, but comprehension suffers as adults also tend to only retain about 60% of what they read -- fix both with Spritz.

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12:35
Rumor: Apple iPad event to be held on April 4, 2017...

If you've been looking for a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, you've probably noticed on the Apple online store  -- and read on most Apple-related websites -- that the device is currently showing a 2-3 week shipping time. What's really interesting is that clicking on the "Check availability" link for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro shows an April 4, 2017 availability date for any color, storage size, or connectivity choice (see image below). 

We've been hearing recurring rumors that a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, a possible 10.5-inch iPad Pro, a revised 9.7-inch model to replace the iPad Air 2, and even a 7.9-inch iPad mini update might be announced soon. Perhaps Apple's event is scheduled for Tuesday, April 4, meaning that the new device would have "same day" availability after an announcement.

This makes sense for one more reason as well. At Apple's last event at 1 Infinite Loop, Tim Cook noted that it would be the last one at the current Apple headquarters. We now...

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12:24
Chanel 'launched' a rocket during its...

Fashion brands are really into space-themed shows at the moment. Just a few weeks ago, designer Nick Graham revealed his "Life on Mars: F/W 2035" menswear collection in NYC, and now Chanel has done something similar for its Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear ev...

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12:18
What the death of the CRT display technology means...

In my travels to dive bars throughout North America, I’d often see an old arcade game off in a corner. I was always happy to pop a few quarters in and play those wonderful old devices. I’d never thought about what happens when they can no longer use CRTs.

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Managing Apple in the enterprise

There may be some bias in this report but it at least confirms something many have known or suspected for years – Macs are easier to deploy, cost less and, when employees are given a choice of computer systems to use, they often choose to use Macs. The days of IT claiming they need to standardize on one device or brand are over.

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App Store URL suggests next MacOS upgrade not...




The first sign of Apple's next major release of macOS does not appear to be an increment to version 11, after a discovery of a catalog URL for the Mac App Store suggesting macOS 10.13 will be previewed to developers in the coming months.

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11:58
ZTE will pay $1.19 billion for violating US trade...

ZTE is still feeling the pain from its alleged violation of US trade sanctions against Iran and North Korea. The Chinese tech giant has reached an agreement with the Commerce Department to both plead guilty to violation charges and pay a total of $1....

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11:44
Google's Neural Machine Translation engine...

Late last year, Google announced a breakthrough in translating. Dubbed Neural Machine Translation, it let Google’s AI-powered engine tackle full sentences instead of just words, giving translations a more natural feel. Now Google is expanding it to a several more languages.

Back when it launched, Google’s new translator was available for English and just eight other languages, including French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Turkish. Now it is bringing it to Hindi, Russian, and Vietnamese, with more rolling out in the coming weeks. The new languages are available anywhere Google Translate exists:  iOS and Android apps, on the web at translate.google.com or via Google search, and the Google...

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11:38
App camp for girls

This is a very popular program so, if you know any eligible girls, sign them ASAP.

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11:37
Apple seeds fifth developer beta of macOS 10.12.4...




Apple on Tuesday issued a fifth beta of macOS 10.12.4 to developers, bringing the software update one step closer to a public release.

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Stylizer 6.17.307.604 - Real-time CSS editing and...

Stylizer helps you style websites in a fraction of the time.

Features

  • Real-time CSS - Immediate feedback saves countless hours. Say goodbye to the reload button! In Stylizer, your changes are immediately displayed in all browsers, in real-time - literally as you type or move the mouse. This is a substantial productivity boost for designers of all skill levels.
  • Size faster with grips - Size Grips allow you to accurately resize any CSS dimension by clicking and dragging the mouse. Click, hold, and drag, and watch your page update in real-time and achieve perfection on your first try. Take the guess work out of sizing. Find the exact spot where that stubborn div wraps. Or use them to perfectly position a background image.
  • Two-click color changes - Tweak any color in your style sheet to find the perfect hue, saturation and luminance level for that exact look, in just two clicks:...
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It's been quite the week, but now that all of that business is out of the way, it's time to hunker down with some of the excellent games that were released over the past few days. There's a fair few to help you relax in your down time or if you're... | Read more »
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Niantic is back with a new festival for dedicated Pokémon GO collectors. The Water Festival officially kicks off today at 1 P.M. PDT and runs through March 29. Magikarp, Squirtle, Totodile, and their assorted evolved forms will be appearing at... | Read more »
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