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Tuesday February 20

10:21
Apple Seeds macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 Developer Beta...

The two biggest known new features in this release cycle are Messages on iCloud and Business Chat, plus the gorgeous wallpaper included with iMac Pro.


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10:18
Apple posts new macOS, iOS, tvOS betas for developers

Apple has updated three OS beta releases — macOS High Sierra 10.13.4, iOS 11.3, and tvOS 11.3 — for developers. 

All can be be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center — if you’re a registered developer, that is. I’d expect to see public betas available within the week.

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10:11
Aeon Timeline 2 for Mac and Windows: $11.99

We have a deal for you today on Aeon Timeline 2 for both Mac and Windows. This tool is designed to help you organize even large projects and manage your workload. You can manage events, entities and relationships, dependencies, and even story timelines for novels and other creative writing. You can also link events with images, external documents, and websites to better track research and supporting documentation. You can get this license for both platforms for $19.99, but coupon code USA40 will get you another 40% off until 11:59PM tonight, February 20th. That brings the price down to $11.99.


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10:08
iPhone X Perceived Failure, Siri’s Device Delegation...

John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about the perception that iPhone X sales are tanking, plus they explain Siri’s hierarchy in deciding when it should respond from your iPhone, iPad, or HomePod.


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09:59
Apple releases iOS 11.3 beta 3 for iPhone and iPad

Two weeks after the second developer beta, Apple has released iOS 11.3 beta 3 for registered developers to test on iPhone and iPad. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.

more…

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09:00
Here’s How Siri Decides Which Device to Respond From

Curious how Siri decides which device it should respond from? There’s a process, along with a pecking order, and it takes only milliseconds to play out.


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08:05
First look: Mantiz MZ-02 Thunderbolt 3 eGPU...




After AppleInsider examined the Mantiz MZ-02 eGPU, the company expanded its line slightly, but more importantly, refined the internals a bit.

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07:41
Spotify may be preparing HomePod competitor with...




Spotify could be gearing up to take on Apple's HomePod with its own competing smart speaker or other hardware, after new job advertisements for the music streaming service reveal it is looking for employees to set up the manufacturing process for its first physical products.

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07:21
Photos: Editing Your Images with an External Program

Photos has a nifty little feature that’ll let you edit an image in Photoshop, say, and have the changes reflected in its library, no importing or exporting required! In today’s Quick Tip, we’ll cover all of the details—including a big ol’ caveat that you’ve gotta know.


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06:40
Gibson “running out of time — rapidly”

Nashville Post:

“Gibson Brands, Inc. today announced that the company made a $16.6 million coupon payment to holders of its $375 million, 8.875% senior secured notes due 2018.”

That simple statement issued a week ago — at all of 26 words, it’s less than a quarter the length of Gibson’s boilerplate company description that accompanied it — suggests a business-as-usual tone of a company taking care of its contractual commitments.

But the situation facing the iconic Nashville-based music instrument maker, which has annual revenues of more than $1 billion, is far from normal: CFO Bill Lawrence recently left the company after less than a year on the job and just six months before $375 million of senior secured notes will mature. On top of that, another $145 million in bank loans will come due immediately if those notes, issued in 2013, are not refinanced by July 23.

Reading through all of this, things do indeed look dire. But I can’t imagine the Gibson brand...

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06:29
Apple Files a New Trademark for its Iconic Rainbow...

The Mac and iPhone maker filed for a new trademark for its iconic rainbow Apple logo that’s likely going to end up on hats and other headgear.


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06:04
Hands on: Parallels Toolbox 2.5 brings an array of...




The idea of offering a series of tools in one place is fine, and Parallels Toolbox definitely comes with some genuinely useful utilities. Yet, some are pointless, and all feel like they were made for Windows.

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05:40
Swype add-on keyboard discontinued, pulled from iOS...




One of the first third-party keyboards for iOS, Swype, has reached its end of life, and will see no more updates or development effort by its parent company.

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04:48
Swype keyboards for iOS & Android discontinued...

Nuance’s Swype keyboard apps for iOS and Android have been discontinued, as the company focuses its efforts on the business market …

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04:30
Marble Edition of its DOCK may be the classiest...

Native Union’s luxury Marble Edition of its DOCK ($129) for the Apple Watch is arguably the classiest charging station around for the smartwatch.

The DOCK is a beautiful design object for the home and a versatile base for charging the Apple Watch. Naturally heavy, it features a brushed metal rotating arm to comfortably use and navigate the watch face as you charge. The intricate veins of the natural marble makes each piece one-of-a-kind.

The DOCK’s rotating arm works on a sophisticated gearing system, letting you smoothly and firmly control the angle of your watch so you can check your messages and use apps in comfort when recharging your device. Engineered without screws, the DOCK’s two minimal components slot together magnetically.

The Apple Watch’s magnetic charging cable is fed into the dock where it’s locked in place, eliminating the frustration of fumbling around on the...

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04:08
Shares fall on fresh report of even greater...

Nikkei first reported in January that Apple was halving its iPhone X production for the quarter, with a follow-up report a few days ago saying that this left Samsung scrambling to find alternative customers for the excess capacity.

A fresh report today says that the reduction in iPhone X production may be even greater …

more…

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04:00
How to control your home with the HomePod

You can use your HomePod to control HomeKit accessories—such as lights, thermostats, and window shades—that you’ve set up in the Home app on your iOS device. Then you can say things like “Hey Siri, set the thermostat to 72 degrees” or “Hey Siri, did I lock the front door?”

HomeKit is a framework that allows control of compatible home automation devices through iOS and Siri. It works with the Home app, allowing you to control all your HomeKit accessories.

The commands that work when you’re speaking to HomePod depend on which smart home accessories you have set up. To control a single accessory, use the name you gave it in the Home app. For example, say “Hey Siri, turn on the porch light.” You can check the status of an accessory by saying something like “Hey Siri, is the porch light on?” You can also say, for example, “Hey Siri, turn off the lights in here,” to control the accessories that are in the same room as HomePod.

You can use HomePod to lock or check the...

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03:15
Apple releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.3...

It’s one of Apple’s smallest updates for a version of macOS, but it’s out there.

On Monday, Apple released macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 Supplemental Update on Tuesday, an update specifically released to fix the Telugu text bug. That bug resulted in apps crashing from an Indian text character sequence, and messaging apps were particularly exposed.

The update can be downloaded and installed via the App Store feature in macOS High Sierra.

The patch notes are as follows:

The macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 Supplemental Update fixes an issue where using certain character sequences could cause apps to crash. This update is recommended for all users.

If you’ve tried the macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 Supplemental Update and have any feedback to offer, please let us know what you make of it in the comments.

Via The Mac Observer...

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03:00
Apple releases iOS 11.2.6 update, includes Telugu...

It’s not a huge update, but it might help.

Apple released iOS 11.2.6 on Monday. The update, a 41.5 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes, the most prominent of them fixing the Telugu text bug, in which an Indian character could cause your iOS device to crash:

– Fixes an issue where using certain character sequences could cause apps to crash.

– Fixes an issue where some third-party apps could fail to connect to external accessories.

– Offers assorted security fixes.

If you’ve tried iOS 11.2.6 or have any feedback to offer, please let us know what you think in the comments.

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00:00
Apple Updates All of Its Operating Systems To Fix...

It took a few days, but Apple already has a fix out for a bug that caused crashes on each of its platforms. From a report: The company pushed new versions of iOS, macOS and watchOS to fix the issue, which was caused when someone pasted in or received a single Indian-language character in select communications apps -- most notably in iMessages, Safari and the app store. Using a specific character in the Telugu language native to India was enough to crash a variety of chat apps, including iMessage, WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook Messenger, Gmail and Outlook, though Telegram and Skype were seemingly immune.


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Monday February 19

20:58
Samsung to more than halve OLED production due to...




Piling on to its own rumors of slower than expected iPhone X demand, Nikkei on Tuesday said Samsung is drastically slashing OLED output in response to Apple's supposed decision to cut production of the flagship handset.

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20:34
Unbeatable iPad Deals: 256GB 10.5" iPad Pro for...




Exclusive deals keep rolling in! Readers this week can snap up a 256GB 10.5" iPad Pro for just $699 with no tax outside NY and NJ. Or pick up a loaded 512GB model with cellular capability for $949, a $180 discount. AppleCare protection plans for the tablets are also $20 off for a limited time.

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20:33
Google's Indian mobile wallet can pay bills in...

Manually paying your bills online usually involves jumping between multiple apps or websites, but Google might have an easier way. Its Tez mobile wallet app for India now includes a bill payment feature that lets you handle all those recurring costs...

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19:03
What's on TV: 'Thor: Ragnarok,'...

As the Winter Olympics continue (expect plenty of speedskating, bobsled, hockey and freestyle skiing), we're ready for the return of The Walking Dead. There's also a new Metal Gear game out, Survive, and Thor: Ragnarok is ready for streaming from mos...

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18:16
Nike+ Run Club updated with new Challenges feature...

Nike this evening has updated its Nike+ Run Club application for iOS to version 5.13. The update includes a nifty new Challenges feature that will help encourage users to stay on their exercise schedule every month.

more…

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17:59
Ohio State University expands on Apple educational...




Taking advantage of an educational partnership with Apple, Ohio State University this year will launch an app developed by students for students designed to ease the sometimes jarring transition into college life.

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17:35
Sony may launch an AI-powered taxi hailing system

Sony definitely isn't the first name you think of when you're looking for a ride, but that might change soon in its native Japan. Nikkei has learned that the tech heavyweight is leading an alliance of taxi companies (Checker Cab, Daiwa Motor Transpo...

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16:50
Ohio State University teams up with Apple for new ‘...

Ohio State University teamed up with Apple to build a new app aimed at new college students. As reported by local news outlet 10TV, the app’s goal is to make the transition to college easier for students by connecting to them to services available on campus…

more…

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16:33
Apple seeks new trademark for multicolor logo,...




Apple is seeking a new U.S. trademark for its iconic multicolor logo, commonly referred to as the "rainbow" logo, for use on clothing items, but don't expect to see the mark adorning products at an Apple store anytime soon.

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16:23
Apple Says iPhone X #1 Smartphone, the Rest of the...

Bryan Chaffin says he’s a wee bit confused by this story: on the one hand, Apple says iPhone X is the top selling smartphone week in and week out, and on the other, everyone else keeps talking about Apple slashing orders due to “weak demand.”


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16:22
Chrome cleans up messy URLs when you share from your...

Google keeps making the web easier to use with its Chrome browser, from filtering ads on the desktop to getting rid of pop-ups and redirects on Android. The company just made sharing messy URLs nicer, too, thanks to the latest version of Chrome on mo...

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16:20
Geek Challenges, Voice Assistants, and Cool Stuff...

Ever wanted to clear recent locations in your calendar? Or alphabetize LaunchPad? How about finding old computer magazines online? These are just some of the Geek Challenges John and Dave talk through this week. Pepper in some Cool Stuff Found, other questions from fellow listeners, and a discussion about playing podcasts with your voice assistant, and you’ve got this week’s episode! Press play… and enjoy!


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15:40
Photoshop Elements 2018 on sale through Feb. 20

Photoshop Elements doesn’t get nearly the love it deserves. It’s actually a pretty good photo editor, especially for amateurs.

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15:38
Amazon backs Marie Curie biopic starring Rosamund...

Amazon's latest Prime Video production won't just rely on star power to reel you in -- it should also appeal to science fans. The internet giant is teaming with France's Studiocanal on Radioactive, a biopic covering the work and romance of pioneerin...

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15:29
Apple Changes Corporate Address to One Apple Park Way

Behold the passing of an era, as Apple changed its official corporate address away from 1 Infinite Loop to One Apple Park Way. Spotted by 9to5Mac, Apple changed the address on its corporate contact page to its new headquarters after the company’s shareholder meeting last Tuesday. Infinite Loop still houses thousands of Apple employees—and will for the foreseeable future—but the center of the Apple universe has shifted to Apple Park. It’s a wee strange, at least to someone who’s been covering Apple for so long, but Apple Park is something special. So out with the old and in with the new and never look back.


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15:22
Apple updates macOS, iOS, watchOS, tvOS

Apple has released updates to macOS, iOS, watchOS and tvOS that resolves an issue of crashing when an Indian language character is received by certain messaging apps.

The bug causes causes app and system crashing on iPhones, iPads, and Macs due to a specific letter in the Indian language Telugu. Apple devices can’t render the Indian character, causing apps or the entire system to crash. If the character is sent in an iMessage, for example, the recipient's Messages app will crash when the conversation is opened. 

If the character is pasted into the Safari or Chrome address bar on Mac, the browsers crash. This behavior extends to virtually any system text field on iOS and macOS, resulting in many third-party apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger being affected as well.

macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 is available at the Mac App Store via the Updates tab. You can download iOS 11.2.6 by navigating to the Software Update section of the Settings app on your iPhone and...

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15:20
Video: Apple HomePod vs. Sonos One




The smart speaker field is quickly becoming a new battleground for tech companies, with the likes of Amazon and Google going toe-to-toe with Apple. In this video, we take a closer look at how Apple's HomePod with Siri stacks up against the Sonos One with Alexa.

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14:58
PSVR's rodent adventure 'Moss'...

PlayStation VR's adorable murine tale Moss finally has a release date. Next Tuesday, February 27th, you'll be able to guide the big-eared rodent Quill along her adventure on your PlayStation 4. When it debuted at E3 last year, developer Polyarc (made...

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14:54
The evolution of Ferrari

I am an unabashed lover of most things Ferrari and this video is just a reminder of how many of their cars I’ve lusted over through the years. I’ve always wanted the 308 GTSI (The “Magnum P.I.” Ferrari) and I would murder family members just to drive the 1962 250 GTO.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:52
The Original ‘Moore’s Law’ Paper from Intel’s Gordon...

MGG listener Bill turned us on to a copy of Gordon Moore’s original paper discussing the trend of integrated circuit component density increasing at a rate of roughly two per year. This is the paper that gave rise to what is commonly, though improperly, called Moore’s Law. It’s improper because in that it’s not a scientific law—like gravity—but rather more of an observation of a human-driven trend that was remarkably accurate for a very long time. Regardless, it’s a fun read, and thanks to Bill for alerting us to this! In the pic below, Gordon Moore is on the left, and his Intel cofounder Robert Noyce is to the right.


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14:29
Snapchat is selling more than just crappy merch

Weeks ago, Snap opened up an in-app Snapchat store to sell merch, which appeared to be an attempt to open up a new revenue stream. But it looks like it will offer more than just dancing hot dogs. During yesterday's NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles, S...

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14:17
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 19...

Notable software releases this week include GraphicConverter 10.5.5, Default Folder X 5.2.2, and Alfred 3.6.

 

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14:16
ExtraBITS for 19 February 2018

In our only ExtraBIT this week, we get a peek inside iFixit’s dash to do a tear-down on the iPhone X when it was first released in Australia.

 

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14:09
DEVONthink Pro for Mac: $39.95

We have a deal on DEVONthink Pro for the Mac. This software allows you to view and edit many documents inline, read webpages as if they were local documents, and file your information. You can also store your documents in a self-contained database and sync your data directly on the local network or on any USB stick or SD card w/ AES 256-bit encryption. It’s US$39.95 through us, half off retail.


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14:02
TMO Background Mode Interview with Axios Energy...

Amy Harder covers energy and climate change for Axios. She writes a weekly column called the Harder Line that reports on trends, has exclusive scoops and analyzes the news driving the debate about energy and climate. Her coverage includes congressional legislation, regulations, lobbying, and international policy actions affecting the United States. Amy holds a B.A. in Journalism with honors. In our interview, I asked Amy about some of the most important issues of her coverage: what is “clean coal,” how does global warming affect climate, do all conservatives deny global warming, what is a good website for scientific information, what is her workday like, and what could scientists do to better to communicate with the public? Come meet and listen to the reporter who has a terrific grasp of these important topics.


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14:01
Apple Releases tvOS 11.2.6

The company didn’t release patch notes for the update (which is common for Apple TV), but Apple’s other operating systems were all patched for the Telugu text bug.


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14:01
Air Hogs' Supernova packs motion controls in a...

Toy drones have been cheap and plentiful over the past few years, but it's really hard for new products to stand out from the pack when they need to keep the price down and can't throw in premium features like a 4K camera. But that hasn't stopped Spi...

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13:51
Apple Fixes Telugu Text Bug in macOS High Sierra 10....

That bug resulted in apps crashing from an Indian text character sequence, and messaging apps were particularly exposed.


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13:49
Apple Releases watchOS 4.2.3 Update with Telugu...

Apple released watchOS 4.2.3 on Monday with a fix for a bug where specific characters from the Telugu alphabet could cause messaging apps to crash.


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13:46
Apple updates all of its operating systems to fix...

It took a few days, but Apple already has a fix out for a bug that caused crashes on each of its platforms. The company pushed new versions of iOS, macOS and watchOS to fix the issue, which was caused when someone pasted in or received a single India...

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13:42
Twitterrific for Mac gains new profile details,...

Just a few days after Twitter announced the demise of Twitter for Mac, Twitterrific today has released a new update for its macOS application. The update brings new features for multi-account users, as well as new profile details, design tweaks, and more.

more…

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13:37
Apple issues iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS updates...




As promised, Apple on Monday released revisions to iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS with a fix for a bug that crashes devices running earlier operating system iterations when an Indian language character is received by certain messaging apps.

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13:25
Apple Releases iOS 11.2.6, Fixes Telugu Text Bug

The Telugu text bug would crash your iOS device when certain Indian characters were sent to it.


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13:23
Apple releases iOS 11.2.6, watchOS 4.2.3, tvOS 11.2....

Apple has released new software updates to address the Telugu character bug that affected devices running the latest public version of Apple’s software. Updates available today include iOS 11.2.6 for iPhone and iPad, tvOS 11.2.6 for Apple TV, watchOS 4.2.3 for Apple Watch, and macOS 10.13.3 supplemental update for Mac.

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13:17
Apple released a new iOS Firmware

Apple just released iOS 11.2.6 (Build 15K600) for:

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13:15
Razor's e-skates are equal parts Heelys and...

As a cranky, childless adult in her late thirties I've largely missed the boat on personal transportation trends like Razor scooters, Heelys and hoverboards. This year Razor manages to combine all of those things into its new Turbo Jetts e-skates: It...

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13:13
Apple World Today News Update: February 19, 2018

Steve's podcasting record for February took another hit last Friday with a bad bout of stomach flu; today he's back with four news stories for you:

  • WWDC hasn't been officially announced, but rumors are pointing toward June 4 - 8, 2018 in San Jose, CA 
  • Apple's new flagship retail store in Chicago has another issue -- this time, a big crack in one of the glass panels
  • A drone crashed into Apple's new headquarters building over the weekend. The building is unscathed, but the pilot may not get the drone back (see video below!)
  • Twitter is dropping support for the Mac, discontinuing its Mac client. We have news of a deal for a replacement client for you

The text version of the podcast can be read 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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13:06
Looking for a Mac App to Replace Twitter’s Client?...

Twitter is dropping support for its native Mac app, so we went on the hunt for modern alternatives. Turns out you have two choices.


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12:42
NASA’s Opportunity rover sees its 5,000th day on Mars

This weekend, NASA's Opportunity rover spent its 5,000th day on Mars. While that is a feat in and of itself, it's even more impressive when you consider that it was only planned to last 90 Martian days, or sols. Both Opportunity and its companion rov...

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12:23
Hasbro's first HasLab toy is a replica of Jabba...

At this year's Toy Fair in New York, Hasbro announced HasLab, a new program that aims to bring to life special creations like a massive, four-foot long recreation of Jabba the Hutt's sail barge. The company is taking inspiration from platforms like K...

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12:16
Consumer Reports Finds Security Problems in Some...

Consumer Reports says: Samsung and Roku Smart TVs Vulnerable to Hacking. Read what you can do to secure your TV.


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12:10
VinylHub

Discogs:

Our mission is to document every physical record shop and record event on the planet. With your help, we can create an accurate listing of all record shops & record events, useful to diggers and travelers everywhere.

What a cool use of crowdsourcing data.

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12:02
'Mega Man Legacy Collection' is headed to...

Mega Man fans were likely excited to hear that the next chapter in the venerable video game franchise, Mega Man 11, is slated for a release sometime this year. At the same time, Capcom announced plans to release two new Mega Man Legacy Collection com...

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11:47
Google is testing a splitscreen view for Android...

The latest update to Chrome OS' Canary test channel should make multitasking on a Chromebook easier. Now, in addition to split-screening two native Chrome OS apps on your machine, you can run a Chrome OS app and an Android app side-by-side or two And...

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11:41
VLCKit 3.0 adds support for H.265, better 4K memory...

Today’s VLCKit 3.0 update from the developer of the popular VLC Media Player brings a number of enhancements to the framework for apps on iOS, tvOS, and macOS. This is the first major update for the framework in over three years.

more…

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11:37
Apple Updates Its Operating Systems to Address...

Apple has updated all of its operating systems — macOS 10.13 High Sierra, iOS 11, watchOS 4, and tvOS 11 — to fix yet another text-crashing bug. Here’s how to get the updates, and our advice on when you should install them.

 

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11:25
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus dual cameras detailed in...

At this rate, there might not be much mystery left to the Galaxy S9 when Samsung reveals it on February 25th. WinFuture and Evan Blass have posted a flood of leaked images and details that appear to confirm key features of the S9, particularly its ca...

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11:22
An APFS Bug in macOS High Sierra Can Cause Data Loss...

However, they only affect certain disk images.


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11:08
Concept: Creating a more immersive HomePod store...

Prior to the release of HomePod earlier this month, many potential readers and Apple customers were eager to hear just how good the $349 speaker would sound. On launch day, we stopped in at several of Apple’s retail locations to see HomePod in person, bringing you photos of the store displays. Demoing a speaker in a noisy environment is no easy task, and while HomePod’s performance is admirable, the difference between your home and a busy store is still markedly obvious. Augmenting HomePod’s in-store display experience could help compensate for the shortcomings of a less-than-ideal testing environment. Here’s how it could be done.

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11:03
Goodbye Twitter Mac App, HomePod Blind Sound Test...

Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the options now that Twitter has announced its Mac client is no more. They also offer up their thoughts on David Pogue’s HomePod sound quality blind test.


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11:03
Google AI can scan your eyes to predict heart disease

Alphabet's health science company Verily has announced a wide range of projects, from developing smartwatches made for medical studies to mass-producing infected mosquitoes to curb their population. Scientists from the division now have a new endeavo...

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10:39
macOS: Some Useful Mac Menu Bar Shortcuts You Can Do...

This is by no means an exhaustive list, and I’m sure there are plenty more hidden Option key shortcuts I haven’t found yet.


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10:35
KODAK SCANZA film scanner excels at digitizing photo...

For those of us who are a bit older than the average, there's a problem -- while our newer photographic memories are captured in digital format, the older photos were taken on film in the form of negatives that were usually printed or in slides. There are services that provide scanning of these images, but they're expensive, and many older methods of scanning slides were slow and of limited quality. That's all changed with the new KODAK SCANZA film scanner (US$169.99, Amazon affiliate link) from KODAK licensee C+A Global.

Product photo courtesy of C+A Global

Design

The design of the SCANZA is perfect for sitting down and digitizing a pile of slides or negatives in one session. It's a small (5.1 x 4.7 x 4.5 inch / 12.95 x 11.94 x 11.43 cm) device with a bright 3.5-inch LCD color display on top, and various openings around the bottom to accommodate...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple TV 64GB $160, MacBook...

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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09:03
Opinion: Nokia hasn’t been healthy for Withings,...

Nokia’s ownership of Withings has been incredibly messy. After buying Withings in mid-2016, Nokia sued Apple over unrelated patents which resulted in Withings digital health products being pulled from the Apple Store.

While that dispute has since been resolved, Nokia now says it is reviewing its digital health business altogether. The result could be positive or negative for Withings customers depending on where ownership lands.

As a Withings customer myself, my hope is that Apple buys the digital health product business from Nokia — if only to do the bare...

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08:50
Growing glass crack appears at Michigan Ave. Apple...




A large crack recently appeared in one of the windows at Apple's Michigan Avenue store, and has not only gone unfixed but actually gotten bigger, photos show.

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08:08
Apple’s 2018 WWDC May be June 4-8 at McEnery...

Apple’s 2018 Worldwide Developer Conference will reportedly be at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose again, from June 4th through the 8th. Apple hasn’t, however, officially confirmed the venue or dates yet.


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07:52
iPhone and Apple Watch Emergency SOS feature save...




After a horrifying collision with a drunk driver at a stoplight, a woman saved her life by calling for help with her Apple Watch with its SOS feature.

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07:51
External Link: Watch iFixit Race to Tear Apart the...

Every year, a team from iFixit races to Australia to get one of the first of the latest iPhones in order to tear it apart and document it. Motherboard joined the company on this year’s quest to get inside the iPhone X — it’s a fascinating look behind the scenes. iFixit is a boon to the Apple community since they do more than anyone to promote DIY device repair.

 

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07:42
Huge crack in glass of flagship Chicago Apple Store...

A huge crack in the glass at Apple’s flagship retail store in Chicago has been present now for several weeks, and appears to be growing …

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07:32
∞ How iFixit became the world’s best iPhone teardown...

[VIDEO] This is a terrific story, well told by Jason Koebler and the Motherboard team. From the video description:

Every year there’s a race to become the first to tear down the phone, with teams from around the world flying to Australia—where it’s first released—to compete to be the first to look inside the world’s most coveted new phone.

This video (embedded in the main Loop post) is riveting, well worth your time. If this sort of thing interests you, you might check out this Twitter thread, where Jason tells the story about dropping his MacBook, cracking the screen, and encountering iFixit for the first time.

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07:23
∞ Hey Apple, I lost my drone on your roof. Can I get...

[VIDEO] Matthew Roberts (the guy who posts those monthly Apple Park drone construction videos):

A drone crashed into Apple Park over the weekend. The drone pilot got in touch with me shortly after the incident to inquire if I could assist in locating the downed drone. I was happy to oblige, so I took a Phantom 4 Pro out and began searching for it. It was eventually located on the Solar Roof and appeared to be intact for the most part.

The drone operator has gotten in touch with Apple and notified them of the drone crash and it remains to be seen, whether the operator will get his crashed drone back.

The video (embedded in the main Loop post) has (very choppy) footage of the drone going down. When I first saw this, I was reminded of all those times I knocked on neighbors doors to get back baseballs, footballs, and frisbees that landed in their yard or on their roof. Never a drone though.

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07:16
Facebook Shows Why SMS Isn’t Ideal for Two-Factor...

Facebook is sending its two-factor authentication users text messages they don’t want. This situation provides yet another reason why you should use a dedicated app for generating two-factor authentication codes instead of SMS.

 

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07:14
New video shows drone crashing onto roof at Apple...




Illustrating the risks of flying over Apple Park, a pilot crashed a drone into the complex over the weekend, requiring the help of a fellow pilot to locate the wreckage.

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07:12
The pros and cons of moving from a MacBook Pro to an...

Charles Arthur, The Overspill:

A couple of weeks ago, I opened my Macbook Pro as usual. The keyboard lit up, as usual. I waited – there’s that pause while the display gathers itself (it’s a 2012 model) and the processor pulls everything together and presents the login window.

Except this time, nothing. The display didn’t light. There was the quiet sound of the fans going, but nothing. Oh dear. Closed the display, opened it to catch it unawares – no, that wasn’t going to fool it. After a bit more futzing around, I concluded that it was not in the mood to work. But I had work to do, and so I turned to my iPad Pro.

This is a well-written post, from someone who uses a MacBook Pro to maintain a blog. This is particularly interesting to me for the obvious connection to my work writing for and maintaining The Loop.

What I particularly like about this post is the objective list of the good and the bad. All of these comments resonated for me. If you’ve considered...

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07:04
The Apple Watch just saved a woman and her baby...

Kylie Gilbert, Shape:

Kacie Anderson, a 24-year-old from Hannover, PA, used the watch’s SOS feature to call for an ambulance after suffering injuries from a car accident late last year. As Anderson recently shared in a letter to Apple, she was stopped at a red light with her 9-month-old baby when her car was struck by a drunk driver. She wasn’t able to reach her phone after the collision—but she was able to use her watch to get help.

“The moment he hit us everything inside the car went airborne. My face took a horrible blow to the steering wheel, headrest, back to the steering wheel, and then to the window. I blacked out for about a minute and could not see. My eyes were wide open but all I saw was black,” Anderson shares exclusively with Shape. “My hands flew around to feel for my phone and then I realized I had my watch on and commanded it to call 911.”

I love stories like this. Great publicity for Apple that shows an unassailable value of the Apple Watch....

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07:01
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If you’re on the hunt for a new Twitter client app now that the official Mac app has been killed off, The Iconfactory has a deal they’re hoping you can’t pass up. Twitterrific 5 is on sale for US$7.99 instead of its usual $19.99. The recently reintroduced Mac Twitter client app supports multiple accounts, sharing posts through other services, threaded conversations, color-coded tweets, timeline syncing with the iOS version, and more. It’s a great to see Twitterrific back on the Mac now that Twitter has decided it’s a platform they aren’t natively supporting.


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06:58
Apple launches “Close Your Rings” page, and a Stand...

I kind of love the look of Apple’s new Close Your Rings page. The design matches the Activity app icon, with lots of red, green, and that “Stand” shade of pale blue.

While we’re on the subject of Stand, I’d love to see Apple add just a bit more functionality to Stand tracking. As is, there’s a “you’ve not reached your Stand goal for the hour” and “You did it”. But nothing in between. The Activity app does show the individual stand status on a time line, but the current hour is either filled in (you reached the hour’s Stand goal) or faded (you’re not there yet).

I’m suggesting more of a status bar, something that fills up so I can see how close I am to my goal for the hour. As is, it’s a bit of a mystery how close I am. Sometimes, I get the “You did it” message and wrist tap when I reach the Stand goal, but often I do not get that completion message. Some sort of progress...

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06:56
Hands on: Promise Apollo Cloud 2 Duo provides...




Promise's Apollo Cloud 2 Duo has a simple setup process on the iPhone that just about anybody can handle, and is the closest thing we've seen yet to network storage as an appliance -- and we've got one on our test bench.

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06:39
Apple officially swaps corporate address to Apple...

Michael Steeber , 9to5Mac:

On the heels of this past Tuesday’s annual shareholders meeting, Apple has made the transition to their new campus official by changing the company’s corporate address to One Apple Park Way. The change comes just weeks after Apple was given occupancy permits for several sections of the main campus building.

I feel like a small piece of Apple culture shifted. Goodbye Infinite Loop (sung to this tune).

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06:14
Apple should’ve caught the HomePod ‘white ring’...

The "white ring" problem that affects Apple HomePods placed on certain kinds of wood furniture relates to the interaction between silicone and wood and doesn’t appear to be Apple-specific. Still, some industrial design experts that Business Insider spoke to were surprised that the tech giant, which prides itself on attention to every detail, didn’t catch the issue in quality assurance testing.

The silicone attached to the bottom of the HomePod reacts with oil-coated wood as a result of sound vibrations, leaving a white “footprint.” On the bright side, the problem probably wont be costly or time consuming to fix. Cesar Viramontes, a Senior Industrial Designer at Y Studios, a San Francisco...

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06:00
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VPN Unlimited gets top ratings from PC Mag (Top VPN of 2017), Software Informer (Editor's Pick Award for 2017) and Laptop Review Pro (Top Laptop VPN of 2017) -- and from our customers. This deal currently has a four-and-a-half star rating with...

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06:00
News: Happy Presidents’ Day from iLounge

Happy Presidents’ Day from all of us here at iLounge! In observance of the U.S. holiday, alongside Family Day in Canada, we’ll be on a limited publishing schedule today. We will be back to normal updates tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 20. Thanks for reading!...

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05:59
News: Daily Deal: Live Home 3D Pro for Mac

For Monday’s iLounge Deal, you can get Live Home 3D Pro for Mac for only $24.99 — that’s 64% off the regular price. This award-winning software helps you make any home design project a breeze, whether you’re simply remodelling your kitchen or building your dream home. Intuitive point and click drafting tools let you design advanced 2D floor plans, and then access an elevation view to see a 2D side view where you can visualize wall,…

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05:28
Idiots are tweeting the Teluga character to crash...

It was last week discovered that receiving a single Telugu (Indian language) character would cause iPhone, Mac and Apple Watch apps to crash – and it of course wasn’t long before idiots started doing it deliberately …

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05:00
Apple wants to help you get a good night’s sleep

Apple wants to help you get a better night’s sleep. The company has been granted a patent (number 20180042547) for “adjusting alarms based on sleep onset latency.”

In some implementations, an iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch can adjust an alarm setting based on the sleep onset latency duration detected for a user of the device. For example, sleep onset latency can be the amount of time it takes for the user to fall asleep after the user attempts to go to sleep (e.g., goes to bed). 

The iOS or watchOS device can determine when the user intends or attempts to go to sleep based on detected sleep ritual activities. Sleep ritual activities can include those activities a user performs in preparation for sleep. The Apple device can determine when the user is asleep based on detected sleep signals (e.g., biometric data, sounds, etc.). In some implementations, it can determine recurring patterns of long or short sleep onset latency and present suggestions that might help the user...

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04:56
Your old iPod is a time capsule of your former...

If you have any of your old iPods in the depths of a desk drawer somewhere, they could act as an interesting time capsule of your musical tastes in your earlier life …

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04:33
‘A Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia’ coming to...

Feral Interactive has announced that the latest game in the Total War franchise is coming to macOS and Linux sometime around the end of April.

A Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia is described as an epic historical strategy game, and the first of a series of standalone Total War games …

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04:30
Install Disk Creator makes it easy to create macOS...

MacDaddy’s Install Disk Creator, a free installer disk utility for macOS, simplifies the process of creating a bootable macOSinstaller from Mac App Store installation files, which can then be used to install the Mac operating system on any compatible Mac.

The application — compatible with macOS 10.7 and higher (including 10.3 High Sierra) makes creating an operating system install disk a simple process: you just  download the macOS installer from the Mac App Store, run the Install Disk Creator app, and select a drive to create the installation disk on.

Install Disk Creator presents a clean, simple interface that guides users through the process of creating a macOS installation disk. Novice users will appreciate the application's ease of use, while power users will appreciate the ability to create installation disks without the need to remember the entire series of commands that were once required...

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04:03
HomePod’s white ring problem should be easy to solve...

The HomePod wasn’t available for long before some owners started noticing that it can leave a white ring on some types of wood.

Industrial designers have said that it’s surprising that Apple didn’t catch the issue during testing, but the good news is that it shouldn’t be hard for the company to resolve …

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