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Monday February 27

What are you most excited to see at Apple’s iPhone,...

Earlier today, Zac offered up a full roundup of everything that we could potentially see at Apple’s spring event this year. While the event is generally much smaller-scale than Apple’s other events every year, there are a few things that most usually interest most people.

What rumored announcement for Apple’s April event excites you the most?

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Apple, Ron Johnson, J.C. Penney and the Future

Ron Johnson was the Apple VP of retail sales, and sales were booming. Then, in 2011, he took the offer to be the CEO of J.C. Penney. He tried to bring the modern concepts he learned at Apple to JCP, but “people there were entrenched and resist[ed] him.” He was let go in 2013. Now, J.C. Penney is going to close 140 stores. Did Mr. Johnson push JCP too hard, too fast? Can the company ever commit the resources it needs to go toe-to-toe with modern online retailers? Will JCP survive? It’s all in Particle Debris page 2.

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Apple gets the Upper Hand on Qualcomm Thanks to...

Now that Intel is making cell phone radio chips that support CDMA as well as GSM, Apple can source more than just Qualcomm for CDMA-compatible iPhones. That doesn’t, however, mean Qualcomm is about to lose its Apple contract. Instead, Apple has two suppliers it can rely on.

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SpaceX to fly tourists around the moon next year

The dark side of the moon. I think I’ll wait a bit on this trip.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Nokia rebrands Withings, launches HealthKit...

Nokia is making a bigger push into the healthcare market, announcing at Mobile World Congress that the health and fitness accessory maker Withings will rebrand its products under the Nokia name, as well as revealing a "Patient Care Platform" that appears to directly compete against Apple's HealthKit.

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TMO Background Mode: Interview with CNET Senior...

David Katzmaier is a CNET Senior Editor and TV reviewer, something he’s been doing for most of his career. He started at a small review website in New York and, later, a friend went to CNET and brought David on board where he’s been since about 2000. David is an expert on TV technology, and so we delved into the Retina effect, generic High Dynamic Range (HDR), Dolby Vision, 10-bit color, TV brightness levels, color gamuts, Hybrid Log Gamma, edge lighting (with light guides) vs. local dimming, the pros and cons of OLED vs. LCD, H.265 compression, 120 Hz refresh sample and hold, 4K streaming standards and the best time of year to buy a new TV. Phew! If you’re into UHD/TV tech, you’ll love this grand tour of today’s state-of the-art.

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Cop offers snarky PSA for ‘amazing’ turn signals

This is pretty funny.

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MWC 2017: Latest iPhone competitors from Samsung, LG...

This week is Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, and that means almost all of Apple’s biggest competitors are getting together to show off their latest phones, tablets, and other gadgets. Yesterday was the official press day, so let’s take a look at all the devices that were announced by Samsung, LG, Sony, Huawei and others…


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Update of macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta with Night Shift...

Mondays are all about having a fresh start of the week ahead, so how about a fresh new version of macOS for your Mac (if you’re a developer)? Apple on Monday released the fourth beta of mac OS Sierra 10.12.4 to developers. If you happen to be one, you can get the update through the Mac App Store.

The major new feature in macOS 10.12.4 is Night Shift, another feature from iOS that Apple is bringing over to the Mac. Night Shift changes the color temperature of your Mac’s screen based the sunset and sunrise of your location; the darker the afternoon/evening gets, the more Night Shift cuts down on the blue light that screws up your biological clock. Night Shift also turns the blue light back up in the morning.


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Reasons why you should love a cheap kit lens

I tell my students to NOT buy a new lens when they buy their first, beginner DSLR. There’s no point. The kit lens is “good enough” for beginners until they learn how to use the camera and create great images with it. Only once you know what kind of photographer you are should you start looking to buy replacement lenses.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Taking Pocket further with Mozilla

I hope this is good news for the Pocket team. I’ve been a huge fan (and, apparently a heavy user – according to Pocket, I’m in the top 1% of readers for the past four years!) and really like the service.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Pocket read-it-later service sells out to Firefox-...

Pocket, the popular read-it-later bookmarking service, has been acquired Firefox developer Mozilla, according to Recode. Pocket has client apps on the iPhone, iPad, and even the Mac including both a browser extension and dedicated reader app.


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How Ikea’s Billy bookcase took over the world

These may be the only truly disposable furniture I’ve ever owned. While they are cheap, easy to assemble bookcases, they always seem pretty flimsy. Whenever I’ve moved, I’ve always just thrown out the old Billy and bought a new one.

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The end of the Olympics as we know it

I’d be sad to see the Olympics disappear but it would make economic sense if they did.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Why Apple Might Discontinue the Mac Pro – TMO Daily...

Apple’s Mac Pro has gone nearly four years without an update, leave plenty of people wondering if its a dead product. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about the reasons why Apple might considering discontinuing the Mac Pro, although Bryan questions if that would be a smart move.

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New T-Mobile promo offers three unlimited One lines...

U.S. carrier T-Mobile on Monday announced a promotion designed to attract new subscibers as well as keep existing ones, offering three lines of the company's unlimited One tier for $100.

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Apple posts new developer betas of iOS 10.3, macOS...

Apple has released new developer betas of iOS 10.3, macOS Sierra 10.12.4, and watchOS 3.2. Developers can download the beta through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the App Store.

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

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

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 brings iOS's Night Shift mode to the Mac, allowing users to cut down on blue light exposure. It also includes Shanghainese...

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1Password for Mac updated with enhanced Touch Bar...

1Password for Mac is out with a new update that includes enhanced Touch Bar support on the new MacBook Pro and a new payment model. The powerful password manager was previously priced around $65, and now AgileBits is shifting to a subscription model that allows free trials on the Mac App Store.


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IHS Markit analyst also expects a 10.5-inch iPad Pro...

Rhoda Alexander, director of Tablets and PCs, at the IHS Markit research group tells Forbes contributor Brooke Crothers that we should expect to see a new iPad Pro design with a 10.5-inch display soon. This echoes a prediction made last August by KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

The beauty of the new size of Apple tablet is that it’s the same size as the 9.7-inch iPad Pro but with a resolution of 2,024-by-1,668 (compared to the current 2,048-by-1,536) because of a smaller bezel, according to Alexander. This works well for Apple because it means 9.5-inch iPad Pro accessories like the Smart Keyboard can be used with 10.5-inch version.

Alexander believes the new iPad Pro...

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Apple debuts fourth betas of iOS 10.3, macOS Sierra...

In what appears to be a regular release day, Apple on Monday made the fourth betas of iOS 10.3, watchOS 3.2, and macOS 10.12.4 available for developers to download and test.

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SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS coming March 30

SAP SE plans to deliver the SAP Cloud Platform SDK [software developer kit] for iOS on March 30, giving developers the tools for building enterprise apps for the iPhone and iPad. 

Developers can now register for the SAP Academy for iOS to get the necessary training to create their own native apps. Early adopter customers have already seen improvements in their business with iOS built on SAP's platforms, according to Bernd Leukert, member of the Executive Board, SAP SE, Products & Innovation. “

"When we set out on this partnership with SAP, we knew we had an incredible opportunity to transform how people around the world work by combining the innovation and security of iOS with SAP's leadership in enterprise software,” Susan Prescott, vice president of Product Marketing, Apple, says. “We're already seeing the impact that the combination of iOS and SAP brings to businesses to enable better, more efficient and effective processes across industries. Now even more...

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Apple releases watchOS 3.2 beta 4 for Apple Watch

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


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News: Apple releases fourth betas of iOS 10.3 +...

Apple released its fourth betas for both iOS 10.3 and watchOS 3.2 to registered developers today. iOS 10.3 for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch contains the Find My AirPods feature, among other changes, while watchOS 3.2 features the upcoming Theater Mode for Apple Watch. A new public beta for iOS 10.3 should be released in the near future....

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Apple rolling out macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 4 for Mac

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


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Mobile World Congress: Gigabit Wireless and the Anti...

One of the biggest disappointments at this year's Mobile World Congress is that the Samsung Galaxy 8 phone won't make it. The Galaxy line has been the ultimate iPhone fighter. Rumors around the anniversary edition of the iPhone suggest that it will do amazing, magical things, like 3D selfies. OK, I'm really missing Steve Jobs at the moment -- who the hell wants 3D selfies?!? Still, Motorola and Qualcomm are expected to make huge announcements that could result in the iPhone 8 looking a tad out of date when it finally launches later in the year.

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Apple releases iOS 10.3 beta 4 for iPhone and iPad

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


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Original iPhone, 3G, 3GS still in active use, 2016...

Older iPhones are still in use despite their age, according to a report on mobile Internet usage, with the original iPhone 3G, and 3GS all highlighted in traffic monitoring research for 2016 that compares the use of Apple devices against other manufacturers in the smartphone market.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: latest 13-inch MacBook Pro...

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Upgrade to Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro w/ Touch Bar...

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D-Link's HomeKit-connected Omna 180 is a great...

If you don't feel a need to be covert with a live camera feed from your home, the D-Link Omna 180 is a great choice for keeping tabs on your pets or loved ones. It's also the first HomeKit-enabled camera on the market, but security-focused users should probably wait for another option.

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Apple and SAP launching enterprise Cloud Platform...

Last year Apple announced a new enterprise-focused partnership with SAP, and now the two companies are unveiling a new tool created through their collaboration for developing business software.


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FRESHeBUDS Air Bluetooth 4.1 Earbuds

The FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds have been updated to Bluetooth 4.1. They’re water and sweat resistant, and automatically pair to your phone when pulled apart so you don’t have to go through any setup. They fully charge in 90 minutes, and offer up to 10 hours of playback. In addition to improved Bluetooth, this new version is $5 less, at $24.95.

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The charity that wants video game karts in every...

In many ways, Jonathan Watson is like other 11-year-olds. He does his homework, dreams of becoming a doctor and plays video games when he can. Depending on the day, his favorite is either Minecraft or The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Unlike most kids his...

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Apple & SAP to deliver Cloud Platform SDK for...

Enterprise software giant SAP on Monday announced that its upcoming Cloud Platform SDK for iOS, developed in cooperation with Apple, will officially be released on March 30.

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Here’s everything we know about Apple’s spring...

Apple has a mixed history of holding a special event in the spring to announce new products, and this year there are certainly enough updates in the pipeline to warrant one. While nothing is official until Apple makes the announcement, this is everything we know so far about Apple’s spring event.


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New Drone Footage Shows Nearly Complete Apple Park

Apple announced last week its spaceship campus is named Apple Park, and will open in April. Now, only days later, we get to see new drone footage showing the nearly complete facility. The new drone flyover shows the main ring-shaped building with its finished solar panel roof, and construction still underway on other structures. Landscaping is coming along, as are the two miles of trails winding through the park. Matthew Roberts shot the video showing Apple Park’s current state as of the end of February, and the entire campus is looking more impressive every day.

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Last chance to get this AWT deal on a VPNSecure...

One of the most popular deals we've had over the past several months has been for a lifetime subscription to VPNSecure for just $39. All good things must come to an end, and that's the sad situation we have here today. Don't miss a chance to get this killer deal ($450 value) for less than a tenth of its regular price! 

What is VPNSecure? Only one of the most recognized providers of virtual private networks. VPNs enable a "secure, encrypted tunnel" for your data that cannot be intercepted, and that can even mask your actual location -- important if you wish to stream geographically-limited TV shows from other countries. 

Features of VPNSecure include...

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Final Cut Pro Diary: Discovering that adjusting...

I mentioned in my previous Final Cut Pro Diary piece that I attended one of Apple’s free workshops, Final Cut Pro for Storytellers. There was a lot to take in, and as a complete beginner at the time, I knew I’d only really remember some percentage of it.

As the tutor had been really helpful in answering individual questions as well as covering the syllabus of the course, and I was keen to understand how to adjust exposure and boost saturation, I figured that repeating the workshop would be a good plan. This would allow me to get some one-to-one help with my specific questions, while also getting to grips with more of the core material.

As it turned out, that plan worked really well, and is one I’d recommend to any Final Cut Pro novice …


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AT&T Revamps Unlimited Data Plans with Tethering...

AT&T didn’t waste any time revamping its brand new unlimited data plans for the iPhone and other smartphones. Starting on March 2, AT&T’s new plans get a price drop and add tethering, but there are some catches.

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∞ Apple, Siri, and the inconsistency that comes with...

From Fast Company:

Every phonemaker on the planet has been gunning for Apple for a decade (and a bunch of them are no longer in business). Apple’s speedy and continuous reinvention has kept the competition at bay. New features, new materials, and new designs are cranked out like clockwork, year after year, and at a scale that has become truly astounding. The difficulty of the engineering, manufacturing, and marketing integration required is hard to overstate. And each year, Apple’s products get better.

Well stated. Apple’s products continue to raise the bar. At the same time they continue to get more complex, more sophisticated.

And with that rise in complexity comes cracks in the process. As Dan Moren points out in Adventures in Siri failures, inconsistency is an issue that bedevils Siri.

Hop over to the main Loop post for links to the referenced posts, and some op-ed on Apple, Siri, and complexity.

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When will Apple win its first Oscar?

Andrew Murphy, Loup Ventures:

We think Apple will win an Oscar in the next five years. That’s how long it will take for Apple to scale its original content spend from less than $200m today to $5-7b. The reason why expect $5-7b in Apple original content spend in five years is because Apple must catch up to Netflix and Amazon, the former of which will likely be spending more than $10b per year at that point.

Wait, what? Apple? An Oscar?

Not such an outlandish claim, actually. Apple is still dipping their toes in the original content waters. But once that wheel starts turning, they’ll make deals with quality content creators, in the same was as Netflix and Amazon. This is the new studio system.


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The Best-Picture mixup: It was ‘La La Land,’ until...

The New York Times does a nice play-by-play on what exactly went down last night.

If you have not yet seen the flub, here’s the video. Once you read the New York Times story, watch the video again. It will make a lot more sense.

WATCH: 'La La Land' announced as #Oscars Best Picture winner, but only until a mistake is realized with 'Moonlight' being the real winner.

— ABC News (@ABC)...

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Leaks show off Samsung's Galaxy S8 & S8+...

Photos and videos posted over the weekend allegedly show the final designs of Samsung's latest answers to the Apple iPhone, the Galaxy S8 and S8+, which should be officially revealed at an event in late March.

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∞ Apple Park: March drone footage

[VIDEO] Apple’s new headquarters is looking tantalizingly close to completion. Some lovely footage here. Can’t wait to tour it. Video embedded in the main Loop post.

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The future of Steve Jobs’ iPad vision for Post-PC...

Daniel Eran Dilger, Apple Insider:

In 2010, Steve Jobs introduced the first iPad as a new product category between the smartphone and notebook. It ended up dramatically shifting demand in the PC industry, but sales have since plateaued. Here’s what Apple can do, has done and is doing to build iPad into the Post-PC future of computing.


The reason Apple is now increasingly targeting PCs in its iPad advertising–rather than other tablets–is that there’s little value left in the outside “tablet market” to grab. Not even the second place tablet maker Samsung is doing well in tablets.

Interesting, thoughtful piece. A bit of a long read, but if you are interested in the business side of the iPad and Mac, worth your time.


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Apple is number two on the Top 20 [British] Business...

Apple came in ninth on the Top 20 Business Superbrands for 2017 list, a survey of marketing experts and thousands of British business professionals. British Airways claimed the top spot. 

The airline outperformed nearly 1,500 others in the sixteenth annual poll, with Apple retaining second spot. Rounding out the top 10 are PayPal, Google, Microsoft, Visa, Virgin Atlantic, MasterCard, and BP.

“Apple is once again a close contender in second, while rival Samsung retains 15th position despite the widely-publicized issues with its Galaxy handset” says Stephen Cheliotis, CEO of The Centre for Brand Analysis (TCBA). Unlike other recent polls, the voting pattern when it comes to brands remains remarkably consistent, with challenger brands notably absent as established players maintain their domination over newcomers.”

In the top 10 of the Consumer Superbrands 2016...

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BeatsX review: For real? Just pick up some AirPods

Jordan Novet, VentureBeat:

When I picked up a pair of Apple’s wireless AirPods a few weeks ago, I thought the included charging case was a clever touch.

But the case wound up being so useful that it spoiled me for Apple’s other wireless earbuds, the BeatsX. After two weeks of testing a pair of BeatsX headphones, I’ve found they also fall short of the AirPods in one make-or-break area: battery life.

And there are other drawbacks, too, The AirPods case, with its satisfying clasp, is an instant Apple design classic, whereas the included BeatsX silicone case doesn’t always completely protect your headphones — sometimes parts of the cable end up sticking out. And it gathers lint. Just look at it.

If you are trying to decide between BeatsX and AirPods, this take is worth reading. The difference between the two carrying cases is just one small piece of a larger puzzle, just a taste of each respective product’s approach to design, but in my opinion, a telling...

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Review: Live Beacon is the ‘no coding required’...

We’ve heard quite a lot about iBeacons over the years, but to date they don’t seem to have made much of an impact. We’ve seen adoption from a small number of high-profile brands, such as Condé Nast, DisneyHudson’s Bay Company and SXSW, but it’s rare to see much sign of iBeacon presence even in major shopping centers in large cities.

Which is odd, when you consider the evidence of their value. One trial, back...

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SanDisk offers 256GB of extra storage for iPhones...

Western Digital Corporation has increased the capacity of its line of iOS mobile flash drives with the introduction of its 256GB SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive and 256GB SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick. The former is a mobile storage device designed to help people quickly and easily free up space on their iPhone and iPad.

The iXpand...

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News: Third-party screen repairs no longer void...

Third-party screen replacements no long void an iPhone warranty according to an internal memo recently issued by Apple, MacRumors reports. Until now iPhones with a non-original display weren’t eligible for any warranty repairs. Neither Apple’s standard one-year warrant nor AppleCare+ will cover issues with third-party displays or batteries, but now Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers have been instructed to offer replacements…

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Australian smartphone market bounces back as Apple...

Following six straight quarters of year-over-year decline, the Australian mobile phone market returned to growth as it shipped 2.93 million mobile phones in quarter four of 2016, as compared to 2.84 million the same time the previous year representing a 3.2% year-over-year growth.

According to International Data Corporation’s (IDC) Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker , 2.79 million handsets shipped were smartphones whilst the remaining were feature phones in the fourth quarter of 2016. The growth came primarily from smartphones as new players entered the market, according to the research group.

iOS has again become the most popular operating system in Australia overtaking Android as it took over more than half (54.9%) of the total smartphone shipments in quarter four of 2016. 

“Despite new players such as Google with the Pixel device entering the market, Android could only take 44.6% market share. This goes...

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First drone footage since naming of Apple Park shows...

It’s a few days since the official naming of Apple’s new campus as Apple Park, and we’re today seeing the first drone footage following the announcement.

The solar panel installation on the garage roofing is now 100% complete, and looks stunning. It seems likely the garage will be home to more electric cars than you’d find at other companies.

The solar panels on the main building are still being added as other work continues to be ready for the first employees to move in in April …


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AT&T intros two new unlimited plans including $...

AT&T will on Thursday launch two more unlimited data plans available to Apple iPhone owners, Unlimited Plus and Unlimited Choice, hoping to steer people away from similar plans recently offered by its rivals.

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February Apple Park drone footage shows completed R...

With the move-in date fast approaching, a new video has been published showing the advances that the construction teams have made on the newly christened Apple Park headquarters and Steve Jobs Theater in the last month.

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Venture capitalist: Apple will win an Oscar within...

Andrew Murphy, co-founder of the Loup Ventures a venture capital firm called Loup Ventures, predicts that Apple will win an Oscar within five years for its original content. That amount of time happens to be the period it should take the company to scale its original content. 

Currently, is spending less than $200 million in producing content such as Planet of the Apps and Carpool Karaoke. However, Murphy thinks this figure will soar to as much as $7 billion within five years.

"Any vibrant entertainment ecosystem needs exclusive content," the venture capitalist says. "Tunes and Apple Music, for example, already leverage exclusive relationships with app developers, music labels, and artists, along with TV and film...

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News: Daily Deal: OneVPN Lifetime Subscription

In today’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering a Lifetime Subscription to OneVPN for only $49.99 — that’s 89% off the regular price. OneVPN will provide you with an ad-free and completely secure Internet experience, while maintaining high speeds and offering a variety of other services, including exit points in 21 different countries for accessing streaming content across geographical boundaries. Get a lifetime subscription to OneVPN…

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Mobile data price-war continues as AT&T...

[UPDATE: T-Mobile has also announced another new promotion today for their unlimited T-Mobile ONE plan. Starting March 1st, new and existing customers who have 2 lines on the T-Mobile ONE plan can receive a 3rd line for free. This deal comes out to be $100 for 3 unlimited lines and includes taxes and fees. Check out all the details on T-Mobile’s website.]

If you’re looking for a new ‘unlimited’ mobile data plan, the competition between carriers continues to offer cheaper deals. All four major carriers have announced new or revised tariffs this month, Verizon kicking things off, followed by T-Mobile dropping restrictions,...

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Warren Buffett grows Berkshire Hathaway AAPL stake...

Chairman and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway Warren Buffett proclaims in an interview that his firm purchased around 120 million AAPL shares just in 2017, with a total value of more than $17 billion.

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Apple extends MacBook/MacBook Pro Retina anti-...

For users who snagged a 12-inch MacBook or MacBook Pro with Retina display notebook and noticed the anti-relective coating wearing off or delaminating, there’s help on the way.

Apple will replace Retina displays on eligible models purchased as far back as June 2012 until October 16, 2017, or within three years of the original date of purchase, whichever is longer. The program was extended to provide affected customers with a longer window of time to get their notebook serviced.

While the program was never publicly announced, Apple confirmed that repairs will be handled internally through AppleCare. Apple has stated that it does not plan to publicly announce the program at this time.

Apple has stated that it recommends affected customers schedule a Genius Bar appointment at an Apple Store retail location or contact Apple support by phone, online chat, or email. Click on “get help” on this page, and then select Mac > Mac notebooks > Hardware Issues...

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Apple relaxes policy, now allows for third-party...

It looks like you’ll be able to have your iPhone screen replaced via a third-party without violating your warranty in the near future.

Apple is apparently changing its long-standing policy regarding third-party iPhone screen repairs. A new memo sent to Apple retail employees states that a customer having their device’s screen repaired by a third-party source no longer voids their warranty like it once did…

The memo says that retail stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers should inspect the device in question for things such as fraud or tampering, but then proceed as normal with the repair. This, of course, assumes that what needs to be repaired doesn’t relate to the display.

Among the conditions to the new policy are that if the third-party display causes the repair to fail or leads to other damage, the customer will be required to cover the out-of-warranty cost to resolve the issue.

Also, if the issue is related to the third-party display,...

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Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway more than...

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett certainly appears to have revised his view of Apple bigtime. Back in 2011, he famously said that his conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway had held very few AAPL shares in the past ‘and we’re likely to hold very few in the future.’ The reason, he said, was that the company’s future was too difficult to predict.

By May of last year however, the conglomerate held more than $1B worth of AAPL stock – a disclosure that helped the stock climb 9%. By December, that holding had increased to 57M shares worth $7.7B. Now ...

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What to Know About Smart TVs and Your Privacy

Vizio’s recent settlement with the Federal Trade Commission has sparked conversation about the privacy implications of smart TVs. Josh Centers explains what to worry about, why you maybe shouldn’t worry too much, and how you can maintain control of your privacy.


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How to manage downloads in macOS Sierra’s Safari

In macOS Sierra’s Safari web browser, you can choose where downloaded files are deposited. By default they’re located in your Downloads folder. 

You can find the Downloads folder by going to the Users folder on your Mac’s hard drive and clicking User. You’ll see it listed along with folders for Applications, Movies, Music, Pictures, Public, and Sites. 

If you wish to change where downloads go, go to Safari’s Preferences and select General. You’ll see a dialog box that allows you to select a new download location (by choosing Other) or have Safari ask you where you want a file deposited with each download.

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Mail Converter is a useful email migration tool for...

By Aaron Lee

Switching from one Mac email app to another: Stellar Data Recovery's Mail Converter is an all-in-one email migration utility for macOS (10.7 and higher) that lets you migrate your emails from one platform to another.

Sometimes there's a need to change your email clients — for better features, ease of use, functionality, and more. Mail Converter simplifies the tedious task of converting emails from one mail client to another.

With Stellar Mail Converter you can convert mailboxes from Apple Mail (MBOX, EMLX), Thunderbird (MBOX), PostBox (MBOX) and Outlook 2011 Backup File 2011 (OLM) to Apple Mail (MBOX) and Outlook 2011 (RGE). The converted mailboxes can be easily imported in Apple Mail/Outlook 2011 to view complete mail body, including attachments, keeping the folder organization intact.

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Sunday February 26

Editorial: The future of Steve Jobs' iPad...

In 2010, Steve Jobs introduced the first iPad as a new product category between the smartphone and notebook. Born into ridicule, there's still a widespread misunderstanding of what iPad actually is, seven years later. Here's a look at why.

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TextExpander 6.1.7

Improves sync connection reliability and banishes an unwanted leading linebreak from some formatted snippets. ($40 annual subscription, free update, 6.4 MB)


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Logic Pros (101): Understanding Channel Strip...

In the first two installments of our new Logic Pros 101 series, we gave you an introduction to the interface and got you started with some recording and editing basics. This week, we dive into Channel Strips and the Mixer that houses them, a key to understanding how effects work and controlling the recordings on the tracks we created in previous lessons.


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Remote Desktop 3.9

Updates requirements to OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite, while adding optional compatibility mode for previous versions of OS X. ($79.99 new, free update, 13.4 MB)


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SoundSource 3.0.1

Addresses a couple of bugs in the recently revived sound preferences control tool. ($10 new, free update, 3.5 MB)


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How to stream the 2017 Oscars live on iPhone, iPad,...

Continuing the season of award shows, the 89th Academy Awards kick off tonight in just a few hours. The show, shot live in Los Angeles, will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and highlight the best films of the past year. As we did for the Super Bowl and The Grammys, read on for a full breakdown on how to stream The Oscars…


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The red carpet isn’t actually red, and other secrets...

I just learned more than I ever thought I would about the carpet at the Oscars.

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Apple says third-party iPhone screen repairs no...

This is great news for those of you who have had your screens replaced.

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How to draw an exoplanet

The artist renderings of what these new planets might look like are fascinating.

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So, um, how do you, like, stop using filler words?

With the explosion of podcasting comes an equal explosion of people not trained in public speaking. The funny thing is the fix is easy but hard to do.

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Slack for Mac 2.5.1

Reduces memory usage when loading teams. (Free, 64.6 MB)


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How to shoot a 360 video

With Ar/VR “on the horizon”, more and more 360 video is showing up. If you’d like to start creating your own content, this is a good primer to help you get started.

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The true story of the “Ellen Selfie”

We all know that selfie wasn’t a spontaneous moment so it’s interesting to see how it came about.

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EduTech: How to turn your notes & handouts into...

EduTech is a new 9to5Mac weekly series that will focus on technology’s application in education, lower and higher level, both for productivity and enjoyment. If you have suggestions for topics or specific questions you’d like to see answered, feel free to let me know. Catch up on past installments here

In this week’s edition of EduTech, we’re going to discuss how to turn paper documents and handwritten notes into searchable PDFs using your iOS device. There are a few apps that do this, but the app that we’re going to focus on is Scanbot


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Inside Jack White’s new vinyl-pressing paradise

We will never again have a format so wonderfully tactile as vinyl. I have nothing to play records on anymore and have no vinyl but I still have a fondness for the physicality of holding a record.

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Logic Pro X 10.3.1

Wide ranging list of bug fixes and improvements for the professional audio app. ($199.99 new, free update, 1.32 GB)


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The Travel Series: Backing up data when you're...

Apple World Today editor Steve Sande is on a fun vacation trip, so he’ll be providing readers with a lot of helpful tips over the next few weeks that can help them use their tech gear confidently and safely anywhere. 

The previous posts in this series include: 

Voice and Data Around The World

Packing Your Tech

Apps to Load Before You Leave

Today's been a beautiful day at sea, with...

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How do I choose a UPS? – Mac Geek Gab 646

Spring is almost here for the northern hemisphere, and that means it’s almost lightning season. It’s time to talk UPS’s and battery backups. Listen as John and Dave talk through all the permutations you’ll need to know to choose the right UPS for your setup. On top of that, a few things in Cool Stuff Found, solving mailbox syncing problems, and a deep discussion about how to rip movies and then to get them onto your iPhone or iPad!

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The new Moto G5s trade fun colors for mature looks

When Lenovo/Motorola first revealed with 4th-generation Moto G and Moto G Plus last year, it did so at a surprisingly secretive launch event in India. That was probably just as well: they were perfectly decent mid-range phones that didn't seem to exc...

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DJI's Matrice 200 UAV line is built for work

Until now, consumer drones have been primarily marketed towards hobbyists and filmmakers. At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Sunday, DJI revealed their latest drone line, the Matrice 200. These sensor-laden quadcopters are designed with commerc...

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Withings' wearables will adopt the Nokia name...

So long, Withings. The health and fitness brand will be retired this summer as the team adopts the name of its new owner: Nokia. The company's smart(ish) watches, scales and home security cameras will still be around -- they'll simply have Nokia, rat...

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Nokia will use its Withings health devices to send...

When Nokia bought French fitness technology company Withings last year, it was unclear exactly what the former smartphone maker had in mind. Withings makes smart scales, activity-tracking watches, and other devices to monitor your wellness, and it continued to update those even after the sale. But now Nokia’s plan is clear: The company will relaunch every Withings product with the Nokia name, overhaul the corresponding Health Mate app, and launch a platform for doctors and patients to share data from Nokia’s health devices. It’s ambitious, to say the least.

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Watch BlackBerry's KEYone event in under 5...

Last night here in Barcelona, BlackBerry announced all of the details about its KEYone handset at an hour-long event. Since you likely don't want to spend around 60 minutes rehashing the important info about the device, we've done the hard work for y...

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Huawei's P10 wraps familiar performance in...

When it comes to hardware launches, subtlety isn't exactly Huawei's strong suit. It's no secret the company would unveil its new P10 smartphone today, so now there's only one question left to tackle: how is the thing? Well, even in our brief time wit...

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HP's Pro x2 hybrid comes with a Wacom pen,...

Microsoft's Surface Pro was arguably the first tablet that could do serious work rather than just web-browsing, so HP ran with that idea for its original Pro x2 612 laptop back in 2014. With its latest model, the Pro x2 612 G2 (yes, that's a terrible...

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Huawei reveals the Watch 2 at MWC 2017

It was almost two years ago to date that Huawei unveiled the "Watch," the company's first Android Wear device. Today, at MWC in Barcelona, Huawei has just announced its successor, the imaginatively-titled Watch 2. Perhaps the first notable difference...

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Huawei unveils its Leica-branded P10 and P10 Plus...

Huawei made a valiant effort with the P9, even if its Leica hype didn't quite deliver. At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the company has unveiled its successor, the P10, with another dual-camera system endorsed by the 'red dot' company. It's a r...

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Google Assistant comes to recent Android phones

Yes, the leaks were true: you no longer have to buy a Pixel (or launch Allo) if you want official support for Google Assistant on your Android phone. As of this week, the AI helper will start rolling out to Android phones running Marshmallow or Nouga...

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LG G6 ditches modularity in favor of essentials

LG's handful of recent teasers for its new G6 flagship left us wondering if there'd be any surprises left for us at its launch event today. Back in early January, the company was rather frank about moving away from the G5's modular design due to a la...

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BBEdit 11.6.4

Fixes a number of bugs in the venerable text editor ($49.99 new, free update, 14.1 MB)


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LG's G6 is official

The LG G6 is official, but it's not much of a surprise. We already knew that the G5's modular capabilities were out, in favor of a more traditional aluminium and Gorilla Glass shell. We also knew that the phone would have an unusual 18:9 display, and...

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Live from LG's G6 Day at Mobile World Congress!

The time has come. The LG G6 hasn't exactly been a well-kept secret, but we're poised to finally meet the company's new handset in Barcelona. Keep you browser locked here for all the news as it happens via our MWC 2017 liveblog. Heck, we may even be...

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Saturday February 25

Get your LG MWC 2017 liveblog here

Coming to you live from Barcelona, we're delivering coverage of the LG MWC 2017 press event. Keep it locked here for all the news as it's announced at 12:00PM CET (6:00AM ET). We're expecting to finally meet the much-teased G6 in an official capacity...

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Editorial: The future of Steve Jobs' iPad...

In 2010, Steve Jobs introduced the first iPad as a new product category between the smartphone and notebook. It ended up dramatically shifting demand in the PC industry, but sales have since plateaued. Here's what Apple can do, has done and is doing to build iPad into the Post-PC future of computing.

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Get Free Bitcoins from 11 Faucets That (Still) Pay

We’ve upgraded our Bitcoin Faucet Guide with 11 faucets that still pay out. Bryan Chaffin explains how they work and shows you which faucets you can trust to pay when they say they will. [Updated with a new faucet I’m testing]

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Review: eero Wi-Fi is a solid option for Apple'...

With the rumor that Apple is discontinuing Airport and Time Machine Wi-Fi products, it leaves some users looking for new solutions. One new option might be Eero, one of the latest entrants in the field.

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Atooi Games, the minds behind Totes the Goat and Mutant Mudds, have a new game in the works -- Mudd Masher. The game, a hybrid of the independent studio's first two titles, is expected to launch this week on March 2. [Read more] | Read more »
The best sales on the App Store this wee...
The App Store has quite an exciting lineup of discount games this week that range across a variety of genres. It's a great opportunity to catch up on some of the premium games you may have been holding off on -- and some you can even grab for free... | Read more »
The best new games we played this week
Ah, here we are again at the close of another busy week. Don't rest too easy, though. We had a lot of great new releases in mobile games this week, and now you're going to have to spend all weekend playing them. That shouldn't be too much of a... | Read more »
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The Rabbids are back in a new endless running adventure, Rabbids Crazy Rush. It's more ridiculous cartoon craziness as you help the little furballs gather enough fuel (soda) to get to the moon. Sure, it's a silly idea, but everyone has dreams --... | Read more »
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Slay your way to glory in idle RPG Endle...
It’s a golden age for idle games on the mobile market, and those addictive little clickers have a new best friend. South Korean developer Ekkorr released Endless Frontier last year, and players have been idling away the hours in the company of its... | Read more »
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