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A Maine School District Struggles with Apple’s...

A Technology Director in Maine wrote us to explain how Mac notebooks just can’t compete, price-wise, in his school district anymore.

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Apple Music begins rollout of 'My Chill Mix...

Apple on Tuesday began the staggered release of a new curated Apple Music playlist dubbed "My Chill Mix," offering users a custom generated sampling of relaxing tunes from their favorite artists and genres.

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Uber adds new ‘request a ride for a loved one’...

Uber has been in the news for numerous reasons over recent weeks, most of which are certainly not positive and center on multiple controversies related to sexual harassment. Today, however, the company is rolling out a new feature that it hopes will help it expand its ride-hailing reach to those without a smartphone…


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Ozzy’s favorite metal albums

Some great choices Ozzy!

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∞ Apple begins rolling out “My Chill Mix” on Apple...

Apple began rolling out a new mix on Apple Music called My Chill Mix. Apple told me today that the new mix will not be available to everyone immediately, but it will show up over time. […]

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Check Out this Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer...

The Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer recreated on a 33 year old Apple IIc computer is about the coolest thing you’ll see today.

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US Federal Trade Commission gets go-ahead for...

A U.S. Federal Trade Commission lawsuit leveled against Qualcomm before the start of a separate case by Apple can continue in spite of overtures for a dismissal from the chipmaker, a California court ruled this week.

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Watch: Messages gets new features and improvements...

When iOS 11 launches this fall, users will be able to take advantage of a few new Messages features like iCloud syncing and a one-handed keyboard. AppleInsider takes a closer look at Messages in iOS 11 beta 2 in this video.

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AWT News Update: June 27, 2017

India, expensive pickup trucks, Apple Pencils and record antitrust fines are all in the news today:

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook and other tech industry leaders met with the Prime Minister of India on Sunday
  • CarPlay comes to the pickup truck in the upcoming high-end Ram Limited Tungsten Edition
  • Guess what? You can save $14 and get a refurbished Apple Pencil through Apple's refurb shop
  • Google is facing a record $2.72 billion antitrust fine dealing with promoting its comparison shopping service over those of competitors. 

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Linea sketching app for Apple Pencil updated for 10....

The Iconfactory has updated its excellent sketching app for Apple Pencil to work specifically on the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro. Like Procreate yesterday, iPad apps need to be updated for the slightly larger iPad Pro display to take advantage of the increased resolution.


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A vibrant world under Antarctica

These pictures are just stunning.

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Are You a Czar of Cool? There’s a New Apple Job For...

If you’re in tune with the collective zeitgeist, you may be a good applicant for Apple’s Siri Event Maven.

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US House committee split over rules affecting Apple...

Democrats and Republicans squared off on Tuesday during a U.S. House Energy and Commerce subcommittee meeting on self-driving cars, contesting policies which could ultimately affect both the testing and launch of products being developed by Apple.

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‘Inferior to a Laptop in Almost Every Way, Unless...

Joshua Topolsky pretty much trashed the iPad Pro in a series of tweets last night:

Couple of tweets about the new iPad and iOS 11. It is inferior to
a laptop in almost every way, unless you like to draw.

If you think you can replace you laptop with this setup: you
cannot. Imagine a computer, but everything works worse than
you expect. […]

But this doesn’t COME CLOSE to replacing your laptop, even for
simple things you do, like email. AND one other thing. Apple’s
keyboard cover is a fucking atrocity. A terrible piece of
hardware. Awkward to use, poor as a cover. Okay in a pinch if you
need something LIKE a keyboard.

I agree with almost every single word in Topolsky’s thread — but I also think he’s completely wrong.

Here’s what I mean. Me, personally, I find a MacBook way better for almost every single thing I do that I consider work...

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Satechi ships 4K USB-C to HDMI adapter and cable

Satechi Type-C 4K HDMI Adapter

Satechi has added a pair of USB-C accessories to its lineup today, announcing a 6-foot Type-C 4K HDMI Cable ($39.99) and a more compact Type-C 4K HDMI Adapter ($34.99). Both Satechi accessories are designed to work with Macs featuring USB-C ports and external 4K displays that support 60Hz refresh rates for clear and blur-free viewing.

For those who already have an HDMI cable on hand, the Type-C 4K HDMI Adapter provides a compact footprint and features an HDMI port into which the existing cable can be plugged. It's available now in space gray, silver, gold or rose gold at both and 

Type-C 4K HDMI Cable 

The Type-C 4K HDMI cable combines both...

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How to Upgrade to APFS if Not Done in macOS High...

Here’s how to upgrade your Mac’s boot drive to APFS if you forgot to do that in the macOS High Sierra (Beta) Installer.

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5 Hidden macOS Features Make Your Life Easier

You’ll become a wizard on your Mac with these hidden feature tips from Jeff Butts.

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Laptop replacement

This piece is in response to Joshua Topolsky’s ridiculous assertion on Twitter that, “If you think you can replace your laptop with an iPad, you cannot.”

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Here’s a Band that Uses Only iPads for their Musical...

Plenty of musicians use iPads during their performances and some even use them to help enhance their shows, too. But iPads as all of the musical instruments? That’s what one band is doing, and it’s pretty amazing. They’re playing GarageBand instruments in real time and capturing their performance with SoundTap. It’s part of of a performance at the International Society for Technology in Education in Austin. The clip is short because it’s on Instagram, but it’s also long enough to see just how cool a full iPad band can sound.

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Why I’m still surprised the iPhone didn’t die


What surprises me isn’t how popular the iPhone is now, but that it survived the first couple of years to become the influential cash-generating machine that it has become.

I’m just going to come out and say it — the original iPhone was junk. I know, that’s a scandalous thing to say, but to say otherwise is to do a disservice to the memories of the awesome handsets of the time. Call quality was terrible, it didn’t support multimedia messaging, and data speeds were slow even for 2007 because Apple chose not to support 3G.

I would usually say pieces like this are revisionism but the author, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, is someone whose writing I know and like and, upon reading it, you remember just how limited the original iPhone was. But his reasonings for why it eventually succeeded are


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Apple’s ‘Planet of the Apps’ is even worse than you...

Minor quibbles aside, it’s hard to disagree with the criticism in the embedded video.

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Apple wants someone to help develop a personal...

An Apple job posting — as noted by 9to5Mac -- shows that Apple is looking to hire a “Siri Event Maven” that will serve as a personal assistant for well, Apple’s digital personal assistant. 

In the job posting, Apple says the person hired will “play a part in the next revolution in human-computer interaction,” contribute to a product that is redefining mobile computing, and create groundbreaking technology for artificial intelligence. He/she will also “transform the way people keep up with their favorite sports and work with the people who created the intelligent assistant that helps millions of people get things done — just by asking” by joining the Siri team.

The Event Maven will play a role in planning out Siri's understanding...

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Analyst: Apple Glasses, an AR-focused wearable, will...

In a blog post, venture capitalist Gene Munster says iPhone growth will peak in fiscal year 2019, then slowly decline as “Apple Glasses” emerge. He thinks those glasses, an AR-focused wearable, will be released mid-fiscal year 2020. 

“We believe Apple see’s the AR future as a combination of the iPhone and some form of a wearable,” Munster writes. “With an average sale price of $1,300 we expect initial demand to be limited at just over 3m units compared to 242m iPhones that year.

He also forecasts that Apple’s AirPods will be "bigger than the Apple Watch" over the next decade as the product evolves from simple wireless headphones to a wearable, augmented audio device. 

“While both AirPods and Apple Watch should continue to grow, we see AirPods contributing about the same amount of revenue as Apple Watch by FY22. We expect the AirPods ASP to increase from $159...

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WOW! Apple’s single sign-on feature for iOS, tvOS...

Wide Open West (WOW!) now supports Apple’s single sign-on feature for iPhones, iPads, and the Apple TV. It’s the ninth largest cable TV provider in the U.S. The company also offers landline telephone and broadband Internet services.

With single sign-on, users only have to sign in once on Apple TV to enjoy immediate access to their favorite video channels that are included as part of their pay-TV subscription. Once a user is signed into one network app, any other app on Apple TV from participating pay-TV providers will automatically log the user into all other supported apps requiring authentication. 

During the single sign-on process, customers can view a page of all the authenticated apps that a pay-TV provider offers to more easily discover, download and enjoy all of their favorite video channels. Any network-TV app can take advantage of this technology to enable single sign-on and simplify the process for their...

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27 must-have apps you (probably) don’t know about

Actually, you probably do know about most of them but there might be one or two gems here you haven’t discovered yet.

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Boom 3D for Mac: $9.99

Today’s TMO deal is Boom 3D for the Mac. It’s an app that enhances the audio from your Mac’s built-in speakers through a system-wide volume booster and equalizer. The app helps your Mac speakers simulate 3D sound, improves overall audio levels, includes several equalizer presets for different listening scenarios. Boom 3D for the Mac is regularly priced at US$16.99, but with our deal you get 41% off so it’s only $9.99.

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Facebook hits 2 billion users, launches Good Adds Up...

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the social network now sees 2 billion people using the platform each month. Facebook is marking the milestone with a new Good Adds Up campaign launching one day after the Messenger team announced new enhancements coming to the app.


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Facebook hits two billion active monthly users...

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in a post that the social network has hit 2 billion monthly users, and has renewed his call to bring the world closer.

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Ruling on Irish Apple data center delayed due to...

It was thought that a hearing regarding opposition to Apple's proposed Athenry, Ireland data center would conclude on June 23rd, but the decision is apparently on hold thanks to a "lack of judges" to hear the case. The news broke on the Galway Bay FM radio station when a six-person advocacy group from "Apple for Athenry" arrived to attend the hearing and found it was closed. 

The court hasn't rescheduled the hearing, but the radio station says it believes that a final ruling will be made by June 30. The hearing was requested when Allan Daly, an American-born environmental engineer, raised objections to the data center based on what he believes will be strains to the Irish electrical grid and a perception that Apple isn't going to deal with greenhouse gas emissions from the data center.

The data center had originally been approved by Irish...

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Wide Open West joins as 14th US TV provider for...

Apple on Tuesday added Wide Open West -- better known as WOW! -- to the ranks of U.S. TV providers supporting its single sign-on feature for iPhones, iPads, and the Apple TV.

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Apple’s Augmented Reality Glasses – TMO Daily...

John Martellaro and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet take a look at Apple’s SensoMotoric purchase, augmented reality, wearable tech, and AR glasses.

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How Apple’s iPhone changed the world: 10 years in 10...

The full history of the iPhone has yet to be written but it’s remarkable how much this one device has literally changed the world in the previous ten years.

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Deals: $300 off high-end 2015 15" MacBook Pro;...

Closeout deals are in full swing this week with Apple authorized resellers taking $300 off the Mid 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro with M370X graphics. Apple's newest 21-inch iMac is also $50 off, and 13-inch MacBook Pros with Touch Bar are $200 off instantly -- all with no tax collected on orders outside NY and NJ.

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Cyberattackers Kick Down a Few Parliament Email Doors

The United Kingdom's Parliament on Monday reported a cyberattack on its email system over the weekend, when hackers attempted to access user accounts without authorization. Due to the "robust measures" in place to protect the legislative body's accounts and networks, fewer than 1 percent of the 9,000 accounts on the network were compromised, officials said. Accounts that were compromised had weak passwords that did not conform to guidance on creating strong passwords from the Parliamentary Digital Service. Individuals with compromised accounts have been notified and investigators are determining if the victims lost any data.

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Review: Logitech Slim Combo Smart Connector keyboard...

Logitech's Slim Combo keyboard for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is a welcome addition to Apple's limited Smart Connector accessory lineup, and a good option for someone who wants to use their tablet as a traditional laptop replacement. The design is largely a mixed bag, however, that will appeal to some and turn away others.

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News: Urban Armor Gear rolls out Metropolis Series...

Urban Armor Gear has revealed its new Metropolis Series cases for 10.5” and 12.9” iPad Pro models, featuring a smart cover that both protects the screen and functions as a multi-position stand. The case has a spot to keep the Apple Pencil secure when it’s not in use, and corner bumpers provide extra drop protection for the iPad’s display. The case can be removed from the adjustable stand — making the case compatible with Apple’s…

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 15″ MacBook Pro w/ Touch Bar $...

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

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Pandora's CEO & other execs leave ahead of...

Three major executives -- including founding CEO Tim Westergren -- are officially leaving Pandora, one of Apple's biggest rivals in the streaming music space.

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News: Report: Apple acquires computer vision company...

A paper trail of purchases through shell companies seems to indicate that Apple has secretly acquired German computer vision company SensoMotoric Instruments, MacRumors reports. On May 2, Apple’s vice president of corporate law Gene Levoff signed off on allowing a German law firm to buy SensoMotoric on behalf of Vineyard Capital Corporation — suspected to be a shell company. On June 16, SensoMotoric filed new articles of incorporation and…

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AWT TV Episode 13: June 26, 2017

You may have missed out on last night's live AWT TV, and that's a sad thing. However, we always point you in the right direction for watching the show after the fact, and that's the case today. Last night's show had a slightly more structured format than usual, as well as a different venue for Steve -- he was outside for the recording!

We started off with a discussion of four news items from the past week, then Marty took it from there with a detailed and fun look at using Messages. If you're not using Messages stickers and apps to take full advantage of the app, then you're really missing out. Even Steve -- who uses the app every day -- learned something he wasn't aware of.

Steve then discussed the 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, which he has benchmarked using Geekbench 4 as being about 10 percent faster than last year's model. The device is slender, fast...

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Report Says Apple Glasses Coming in 2020

Apple is going to start shipping its augmented reality glasses in 2020, or so says Gene Munster from Loup Ventures.

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Siri is looking for its own personal assistant to...

Apple is looking to hire a “Siri Event Maven” that will serve as Siri’s own personal assistant on events and pop culture happenings trending among humans.

The role will be to make sure that Siri is up to date on all the non-traditional holidays, trending cultural happenings, and events that people might ask about. Apple says the Siri Event Maven will work with the engineers and designers working on Siri “to provide strategic awareness of cultural happenings in the collective zeitgeist.”


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The original iPhone games: Favorites from the 2008...

Enlarge / Anyone else spend an inordinate amount of time on this? (credit: Aurora Feint)

This week, we're looking back at the original iPhone and examining its impact on the 10-year anniversary of the device's release. Earlier today, we explored how the iPhone impacting gaming during its first decade, and as such we thought this round-up of our favorite titles from the first batch of iPhone games deserved another look. This resurfaced piece first ran on August 5, 2008.

The App Store has introduced a bevy of third-party apps in every category imaginable. Admittedly, some are of questionable quality, but others, we have...

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Judge shortage in Ireland delays ruling on Athenry...

Once thought to reach a conclusion on June 23, the appeal hearing opposing Apple's Athenry, Ireland efforts has been delayed because of a lack of judges able to hear the case.

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The New iPad Pro Review

An anonymous reader writes: As tech reviewers across the United States and Europe sing praises of Apple's new iPad Pro, here's what Joshua Topolsky, former editor-in-chief of The Verge and Engadget (and now with The Outline) had to say: "It [10.5-inch iPad Pro] is inferior to a laptop in almost every way, unless you like to draw. If you think you can replace you laptop with this setup: you cannot. Imagine a computer, but everything works worse than you expect. That is the new iPad. Now, I know the software is in beta, but I also know how Apple betas work. They don't massively change. I have no doubt it's a very powerful piece of hardware, and the screen is gorgeous. Garageband is a lot of fun to play with. But this doesn't COME CLOSE to replacing your laptop, even for simple things you do, like email. AND one other thing. Apple's keyboard cover is a fucking atrocity. A terrible piece of hardware. Awkward to use, poor as a cover. Okay in a pinch if you need something LIKE a keyboard...

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How to downgrade iOS 11 beta to iOS 10 [Video]

Are you running the iOS 11 beta but now wishing to revert back to iOS 10? If so, this hands-on tutorial is for you. In the following video walkthrough, we show you how to easily downgrade from iOS 11 back to iOS 10 using Apple’s recommended steps. more…

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Apple’s Single Sign-on feature for iPhone, iPad, and...

Apple has recently gained a new TV provider for its Single Sign-on feature on iOS 10 and up as well as tvOS 10 and up.

WOW!, or Wide Open West, joins 13 other providers that let customers authenticate once through the Settings app to access content in paid video apps in the United States.

Wide Open West, which is the ninth largest cable provider in the country, hasn’t yet been added to Apple’s list of TV provider partners since it was updated earlier this month, but WOW! is live as an option on both iOS 10 and iOS 11 beta through the TV Provider section of the Settings app.


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The New Skype Experience Launches for iOS

For those who thought that all Skype needed was an infusion of Snapchat. Oh, no, dear god, no…

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UAG launches Metropolis Series Case series for new...

Urban Armor Gear (UAG) has launched its new Metropolis Series Case for the new iPad Pro 10.5 and 12.9-inch models at a price of $59.95 and $89.95, respectively.

UAG's Metropolis Series meets US MIL-SPEC standards (810G-516.6) and offers 360-degree comprehensive protection from drops and shocks. A smart cover protects the screen and functions as a multi-position stand, while corner bumpers provide extra drop protection for the iPad's display. 

The case also includes onboard storage for the Apple Pencil. The removable smart cover also makes the case compatible with Apple's Smart Keyboard. Like all UAG products, oversized ports and cutouts allow for use with third party cables and accessories.

The Metropolis Series Case is available in black, red and cobalt. It boasts an impact-resistant soft core and a tactile non-slip exterior grip and provides full access to the touchscreen, buttons and ports.

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Apple's Tim Cook says Indian operations to use...

More details have emerged from Sunday's encounter between Apple CEO Tim Cook and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during which Cook reportedly revealed he expects Apple's Indian operations to run entirely off renewable energy by the end of 2017.

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Comment: Some techies in the ‘iPad as laptop’ debate...

The debate as to whether an iPad could be a viable laptop replacement continues, with a Twitter thread today a good example. The Outline’s Joshua Topolsky is a strong nay-sayer.

Couple of tweets about the new iPad and iOS 11. It is inferior to a laptop in almost every way, unless you like to draw. If you think you can replace you laptop with this setup: you cannot. Imagine a computer, but everything works worse than you expect. That is the new iPad […]

This doesn’t come close to replacing your laptop, even for simple things you do, like email. And one other thing. Apple’s keyboard cover is a [retracted] atrocity.

He acknowledges that iOS 11 is a step in the right direction, but suggests it’s a small step …


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2018 Ram’s Limited Tungsten Edition trim brings...

The 2018 Ram’s Limited Tungsten Edition trim option officially announced today will bring Apple’s in-dash CarPlay system to the pickup truck for the first time later this year.


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Apple number 16 on the list of the ’50 Smartest...

MIT Technology Review has released its 2017 list of the 50 Smartest Companies. Apple ranks number 16 on the list of honorees who, over the last 12 months, “have taken risks and demonstrated superior technological leadership and business acumen in their fields.”

"The companies on the list combine a high level of technology innovation with a business model that will help them make the most of it," says Nanette Byrnes, senior editor for business, MIT Technology Review. "Public and private, large and small, based in countries around the globe, this group of companies is creating new opportunities and pouncing on them. These are the ones that competitors must follow."

Artificial intelligence, a technology that MIT Technology Review believes...

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Pandora CEO Tim Westergren officially steps down as...

Pandora’s struggles have been well documented as the company has faced trouble competing with the likes of Apple Music and Spotify, and today the company has officially confirmed that founder Tim Westergren will step down as CEO. This move was first reported earlier this week, but Pandora today made it official.


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News: Apple partners with Hertz to test self-driving...

Apple has leased a “small fleet” of cars from Hertz to test its self-driving car technology, Bloomberg reports. In the latest round of filings with the California DMV, Apple is shown to be leasing more of the Lexus RX450h models that it was originally reported to be using to test its systems, all coming from Hertz’s Donlen fleet-management unit. The deal mirrors a much larger agreement between Alphabet and Avis for a similar arrangement,…

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Can’t Wait for Super Mario Odyssey? Check Out This...

Super Mario Odyssey, the next major Mario game, will land on the Nintendo Switch this October. But if you can’t wait that long, here’s a cool way to get a taste of one of Odyssey‘s major new features: Cappy, Mario’s anthropomorphized hat that allows the famous plumber to temporarily “possess” and control other characters and objects in the game. An intrepid developer has modded the N64 classic Super Mario 64 to include Cappy’s “possession” feature. Check out the video, and grab the modded ROM in the video’s description if you have an N64 emulator.


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'Sega Forever' free-to-play classic games...

Sega has released four classic games into their ad-supported free-to-play Sega Forever initiative, including Kid Chameleon, Altered Beast, Phantasy Star II, and Comix Zone. AppleInsider gave the retro titles a spin, and found room for improvement.

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Urban Armor Gear launching 10.5-inch & 12.9-inch...

Urban Armor Gear is introducing a new Metropolis Series Case made for Apple’s new 10.5-inch and second-gen 12.9-inch iPad Pro. UAG’s Metropolis Series Case features Apple Pencil storage, front-and-back protection with a hard back and removable soft cover, and compatibility with Apple’s Smart Keyboard.


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Amazon Updates Echo With Home Intercom Feature

The feature works with the Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show, and even with the Alexa iPhone app, so you’ll be able to annoy your family from anywhere in the world.

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Decision on Apple’s Irish data center delayed by a...

A long-awaited final decision on planning permission for Apple’s Irish data center has been delayed once more – this time due to ‘a shortage of judges’ …


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News: Apple releases first iOS 11, tvOS 11 public...

For those willing to accept the risks associated with installing a beta OS on your device, Apple has rolled out its first public iOS 11 and tvOS 11 betas. The iOS 11 update provides a greatly expanded and customizable Control Center, the ability to record what’s happening on your screen, a Maps app that includes indoor maps for airports and malls, and new HomeKit functionality, among other improvements. On iPad, iOS 11 provides a new dock and…

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NBC adds single sign-on support for Apple's...

NBC has updated its iPhone and iPad app with support for Apple's single sign-on standard, allowing quicker access to the network's shows wherever those credentials are valid on Apple platforms.

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Apple granted a patent for ‘glove touch detection’

Do you find it aggravating when, in cold weather, you have to remove your gloves to use the touch features of your iPhone or iPad? Apple wants to change that and has been granted a patent (number 9,609,417) for “glove touch detection.”

In the patent filing, Apple notes that touch sensitive devices can be used in environments where an object touching a surface of the touch sensitive device can be separated from the surface by a barrier. For example, a user can be wearing a glove on one or both hands or can have a bandage on one or more fingers.

The barrier can create a separation between the object and sensors of a touch sensor panel and degrade the sensors' ability to identify the object as touching the surface of the touch sensitive device. This, of course, is a problem. (Interestingly, a laptop is show in the illustration of touch devices in the patent filing.)

Here’s Apple’s (somewhat tech-speak heavy) summary of the invention: “In some examples, in addition...

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Apple, Samsung, Microsoft products among least...

Dell, Fairphone, and HP are the only companies that make spare parts and repair manuals available to the public, while products from brands such as Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft are among the least easy to repair and upgrade, according to Greenpeace’s latest IT product guide

Greenpeace, in partnership with iFixit, assessed over 40 best-selling smartphones, tablets, and laptops launched between 2015 and 2017. Seventeen IT brands were represented in the study. The assessment is based on iFixit’s repairability score, which considers the time required to repair the product, the device’s upgradability and modularity, as well as the availability of spare parts and repair manuals.

“Of all the models assessed, we found a few best-in-class products, which demonstrate that designing for repairability is possible. On the other hand, a number of products from Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft are increasingly...

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Apple Bolsters Its Augmented Reality Tech With...

The company’s technology, which can track the human eye 120 times per second, sounds perfect for the long-rumored Apple Glasses.

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CNET’s original 2007 iPhone review

Lots of detail. Fascinating look back.

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Latest questionable 'iPhone 8' delay claim...

The latest supply chain reports out of China suggest that it is not the Touch ID, or layered motherboard design that may cause later than expected shipments of the forthcoming "iPhone 8," but instead, Samsung is having production issues with the OLED screen for the device that it pioneered.

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Apple unveils Tuniversity music ed initiative

Apple has unveiled Tuniversity, a new music education initiative that centers around books created with iBooks Author. The first book involves the song Happy by Pharrell William.

The $4.99 book — available at the iBookStore — allows students to discover how the song came to be, from first inspiration through recording without learning music theory.

This book includes 11 screencasts, two videos of Pharrell, audio examples, three different interactive widgets, 2 GarageBand sessions (emailed to you), and...

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Apple starts selling refurbished Apple Pencil, get...
Greenpeace highlights poor repairability ratings of...

A Greenpeace campaign to highlight the environmental impact of planned obsolescence has slated iPads and MacBooks for their poor repairability scores, but praises the iPhone 7.

It follows a separate report earlier this year in which Greenpeace labelled Apple the most environmentally friendly tech company in the world …


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∞ A Minecraft Augmented Reality demo

[VIDEO] There are a lot of AR demos out there, including a few measuring tape demos that show how easy Apple has made it to put together an AR app. But the Minecraft demo shown in the video embedded in the main Loop post struck me as a perfect demo of ARKit. Enjoy.

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Sony's unorthodox take on AI is now open source

When it comes to AI, Sony isn't mentioned in the conversation like Google, Amazon and Apple are. However, let's remember that it was on the forefront of deep learning with products like the Aibo robot dog, and has used it recently in the Echo-like Xp...

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News: Daily Deal: Boom 3D for Mac

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can get Boom 3D for Mac for only $9.99 — that’s 41% off the regular price. This system-wide volume booster and equalizer will bring out the best from your Mac’s speakers, enhancing the range of your audio, providing 3D surround sound, and giving you more nuanced control over your volume settings than ever before. While Boom 3D can be used with any audio output from your Mac, an integrated audio player…

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Apple’s revolutionary approach to AR

J. M. Manness, writing for Seeking Alpha [Free Regwall] digs into the importance of augmented reality (AR) and how Apple’s approach is so groundbreaking. J. M. does a terrific job explaining the technical issues involved in AR, as well as why Apple’s approach has opened the floodgates for developers (and leapfrogged Apple over Google in this area).

A few tastes:

Essentially, an API does all the hard work for the programmer. This is true here probably more so than in any other API. ARKit provides services for each of the problems listed above. In each case, the incredible work of interpreting the real world scene, all the artificial intelligence programming that has been done, all is hidden under the hood, and the programmer just needs to request a description of nearby surfaces. Placing the model into the scene will subject it to the automatically detected light sources and resize it as it is moved in relation to the viewer, or the user moves the viewing device around...

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A cyberattack the world isn’t ready for

Nicole Perlroth, New York Times:

The strike on IDT, a conglomerate with headquarters in a nondescript gray building here with views of the Manhattan skyline 15 miles away, was similar to WannaCry in one way: Hackers locked up IDT data and demanded a ransom to unlock it.

The Wanna Cry attack made huge headlines. The IDT attack did not.

But the ransom demand was just a smoke screen for a far more invasive attack that stole employee credentials. With those credentials in hand, hackers could have run free through the company’s computer network, taking confidential information or destroying machines.

This is a huge issue. The premise is, there are many of these attacks and they are almost all undiscovered, allowing the attacker to build up a treasure trove of employee credentials. The attack was allegedly carried out using cyberweapons stolen from the NSA.

Scans for the two hacking tools used against IDT indicate that the company is not alone. In fact...

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Tim Cook meets with Indian prime minister as Apple...

Now that local iPhone production is underway in India, with the first ‘Assembled in India’ iPhones on sale, Apple will be hoping that it has shown it can meet the required conditions to open its own retail stores in the country. Apple products are currently sold only through third-party authorised resellers.

Details have now emerged of a meeting on Sunday between Apple CEO Tim Cook and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi …


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Snag a Certified Refurbished Apple Pencil From Apple...

It took 18 months to finally show up in the refurbished store, but those who need a new Apple Pencil can now save a bit of money by buying refurbished straight from Apple.

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Rumor: Apple acquires SensoMotoric Instruments

It’s not confirmed yet, but Apple may have acquired an eye tracking technology company called SensoMotoric Instruments. The report is based on legal activity discovered through a shell company and Apple attorney Gene Levoff.

SensoMotoric Instruments was technically acquired by Venture Capital Corporation, which is purported to be connected to Apple. The current acquisition papers list the deal through Cupertino, California and any anonymous source stated that the deal closed today.

Based on information still listed on SMI’s website, the company envisions its eye tracking technology being used in “PCs to cars, and industrial processes.”

SMI offered the following description on its web site:

SMI sees computer vision becoming an integral part of day-to-day applications. To that end, our work adds critical value for doctors, patients, researchers, trainees, marketing and usability professionals and ultimately, for users of everyday appliances.


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Apple launches iOS 11 public beta

If you’re looking to play around with iOS 11, now’s your chance.

Apple on Monday released the first public beta of iOS 11, offering an initial opportunity to sample the upcoming operating system prior to its debut this fall. The beta had only been available to qualified developers.

iOS 11’s notable changes include background enhancements to Siri, Apple Pay, Photos and other first-party apps and services. Siri is said to have gained new intelligence features and a revamped voice response system, while Maps incorporates a Do Not Disturb feature for safe driving and assets for indoor mapping.

Apple has revamped the App Store for the first time since its 2008 launch, the new version using an Apple Music-style tab-based design to promote popular apps, games, videos and curated content.

iOS 11’s Control Center has also been completely redesigned and now incorporates a panel system boasting a wide array of app and system controls.

The upcoming...

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NBC apps now support Single Sign-on on iPad &...

If you watch NBC shows on iPhone or iPad, you’ll be pleased to know that support for Single Sign-on has now been extended to iOS devices. Single sign-on for NBC was previously only available on Apple TV …


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EU hammers Google with $2.7 billion antitrust fine...

The European Commission has wrapped up its antitrust investigation against Google, and has decreed that it must pay $2.72 billion to settle charges related to it favoring its own products over rivals in search results.

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How to check your iPhone battery percentage in macOS...

Did you know you can check your iPhone battery from your Mac? Well, you can.  Here’s how:

Make sure your Mac and iPhone are both using the same iCloud account and have Bluetooth enabled.

Hold down the Option key and click the Wi-Fi icon in the Mac menu bar. After a second or so, your iPhone will show up in the Personal Hotspot section even if you’re not using it to set up a personal hotspot. If you’re not using it as a personal hotspot, that option will be in light grey; if you are using the iPhone for that purpose, Personal Hotspot will be in bold letters.

The battery icon and signal strength is display. However, if you mouse over your iPhone's line, a small menu will appear that shows the exact percentage of battery you have left.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)

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Is the physical location of data becoming irrelevant?

I've said this before and haven't changed my mind that I would never trust all my data to be stored in the cloud. The Gartner research group says that the physical location of data still matters, but will become increasingly irrelevant and will be replaced by a combination of legal location, political location and logical location in most organizations by 2020.

Historically, people equated physical proximity with physical control over data and security. Although everybody knows that locally stored data can be accessed remotely, the desire for physical control still exists, especially among regulatory bodies. Gartner advises organizations not to dismiss concerns about physical location, and instead balance the discussion with other types of risk. 

That may be. However, Yours Truly will always have several physical back-up copies of his important data, as well as a cloud back-up.

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Notable apps and app updates for June 26, 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

KerCodex has introduced Find that Book 1.0. If you've got plenty of books in various bookcases and you stopped trying to sort them, the appcan help you find them. You must first take photos of your books by bundles and keyword them using Siri Dictation or character recognition. Once that's done, the proximity keyword search feature will help you locate specific titles. Find that Book 1.0 is free up through 50 book bundles; the unlimited version costs $1.99 for an in-app purchase.

Element Cell Game has launched 2048 Time Attack 1.0. In the...

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An Augmented Reality Tape Measure Is Way Cooler Than...

Introduced at WWDC 2017 as part of iOS 11, Apple’s ARKit will provide the tools for developers to tap into the increasingly popular and important world of augmented reality. And now that the iOS 11 betas are in developers’ hands, we’re getting some amazing first looks at what AR on the iPhone and iPad will soon deliver. One of the coolest is AR Measure, a tape measuring app that is way cooler than it sounds. Check out the video demo, below.

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iPhone 8 facing OLED supply issues, latest report...

Apple’s highly anticipated 2017 iPhone cycle is a matter of months away, and the supply chain reports are rolling in as production ramps up. The iPhone 8 is expected to be a major upgrade with a new bezel-less design, stainless steel and glass chassis, and an 5.8-inch OLED display.

There are always stories about iPhone delays, although this year it feels like we have had more than ever. A new report from Digitimes blames OLED panel supply as the latest bottleneck in the production process …


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Apple patent tracks sleep, adjusts alarms based on...

A patent granted to Apple on Tuesday details the use of devices like iPhone and Apple Watch -- and potentially Beddit -- in adjusting morning alarms based on monitored sleep patterns, shedding light on the company's research into sleep science.

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Host a Remote YouTube Viewing Party With Uptime

The experimental app from Google’s Area 120 incubator is now free for all users on iOS.

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Apple starts selling refurbished Apple Pencil, get...

While we’ve seen the accessory discounted a few times in the past, Apple this evening has started selling a refurbished Apple Pencil via its online store for $85 in the United States…


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How to Get Hackintosh Messages to Work Consistently

Here’s what it takes to be able to send iMessages and use SMS text forwarding on your Hackintosh.

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Apple Teams with Hertz for Self Driving Car Tests

Apple and Hertz are reportedly working together to test a small fleet of self driving cars.

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5 Hidden iOS 10 Features You Might not Know

You’ll be amazed at how much nicer your iPhone experience is with these iOS tips from Jeff Butts.

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AppleInsider goes hands on with the latest beta version of Nvidia GeForce Now, a cloud gaming service that promises to deliver high-end gaming experiences to Mac.

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But time tracking sucks. Big Time. (Pun intended.)

The brand new Timing fixes that. It automatically tracks which apps, documents and websites you use — without start/stop timers. See how you spend your time, eliminate distracting activities, and improve your client billing. Mind you, this data is super sensitive, so Timing keeps it safe on your Mac.

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AWT News Update: June 26, 2017

"Why yes, I do look like a total nerd wearing these glasses!" Image via SensoMotoric Instruments

The last Monday in the month of June brings us stories about failed startups, Apple acquisitions, contested deals, and insurance discounts...

  • A startup launched by three ex-Apple iPod engineers closes down shop
  • Remember the Toshiba memory business sale we talked about last week? Western Digital isn't happy at all about who won the auction of the memory biz
  • A new Apple acquisition could have long-lasting impact on the company's VR and AR plans
  • Tim Cook, speaking at a Cisco event, promises enterprises discounts on cyber-security insurance if companies use both Apple and Cisco products

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


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The best of ARKit: Falcon 9 landing, Minecraft, Van...

Apple officially unveiled its new ARKit platform earlier this month at WWDC, and since then developers have been playing with the feature and showing off just how powerful it is. We’ve highlighted some implementations of ARKit thus far, but head below for a full roundup of some of the best ARKit uses yet…


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Apple buys SensoMotoric Instruments, an eye tracking...

Apple has scooped up SenSoMotoric Instruments (SMI), a Germany-based company that makes eye tracking hardware and software. The deal was first reported by MacRumors and confirmed by Axios.

SMI provides eye tracking systems for scientific research, professional solutions and original equipment manufacturer applications. The eye trackers can be combined with motion tracking systems, EEG, and other biometric data. They can be integrated into virtual reality environments, head-mounted displays (such as the Oculus Rift), simulators, cars, or computers as a measurement or interaction modality.

The acquisition could help Apple with its efforts in augmented and virtual reality....

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Apple releases first public beta of iOS 11

Apple has released the first public beta of iOS 11 for iPhone and iPad users. The finished version is due this fall and will be a free software update. 

iOS 11 has been in developer beta testing since early June. If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

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Apple buys German eye tracking firm SensoMotoric...

Apple has entered into an agreement to purchase German company SensoMotoric Instruments -- a company noted for hardware and software for eye tracking sensors, useful for augmented reality.

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iOS 11 Public Beta Available for iPhone and iPad

Apple released the first public beta of iOS 11 on Monday, following through on its promise to give users a taste of the next major iPhone and iPad operating system.

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