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Monday March 19

Fortnite estimated to have grossed $1.5M in in-app...

Though it launched on iOS as a limited "early release" last Thursday, Epic Games' Fortnite is already sitting atop the App Store's free app download charts and, according to fresh estimates from Sensor Tower, has grossed more than $1.5 million in worldwide in-app purchases.

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Fortnite for iOS generated over $1M of in-app...

Last week, Epic Games officially launched its popular Fortnite game on iPhone and iPad. While the game itself is free, there are a slew of in-app purchases available to users. New data from Sensor Tower indicates that Fortnite gamers spent over $1.5 million on those in-app purchases…


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Apple Maps Adds Transit Directions for West Virginia

Apple Maps added support for transit directions in West Virginia this week, as first noted by AppleInsider. The directions included below are transit directions within the city of Charleston, WV. Support for this area isn’t listed on the Apple Maps feature list, yet, but they are live now. Our screenshot was taken early evening, Monday.

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Comparison: iPhone X vs. Galaxy S9+ biometrics

Samsung's recently released Galaxy S9+ comes with a new Intelligent Scan biometric security feature that essentially combines Face Recognition and Iris Scanning technology seen in last year's Note 8. Find out how it compares with Apple's Face ID on iPhone X in this video.

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Analyst sees ‘signs of trouble’ for Apple due to...

Falling in line with analysts this morning, a new investor note from research company Nomura Instinet today outlines how the rising price of the iPhone could spell trouble for Apple. In the note, obtained by CNBC, analyst Jeffrey Kvaal writes that he sees “trouble” at the high-end of the market for Apple…


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SquareTrade claims Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ at lower...

Device insurance provider SquareTrade recently ran its usual barrage of stress tests on Samsung's Galaxy S9 and S9+ handsets, saying that while the phones are more durable than Apple's iPhone X, they still crack when dropped.

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Navigating The Apple Support Mire – Mac Geek Gab...

Sometimes things go very wrong with Apple’s tech support department. And hey, that’s why Mac Geek Gab is here to help. But what happens when MGG has issues with Apple’s support? They get answers is what happens, and then they share what they’ve learned about properly navigating that murky mess.

That’s not all they share, though, because you have your questions, too. Scheduled restarts, spam management, subtitles on your own movies, and more. Listen, learn, and enjoy!

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How to write a Jeopardy! clue

Jeopardy! has always been my favorite game show but I never gave the process of the creation of the clues much thought.

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Apple takes Transit directions live in West Virginia

Continuing an apparent acceleration in the rollout of Apple Maps Transit data, Apple recently activated public transit directions across West Virginia, granting users in major metropolitan areas access to bus, tram and rail information.

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Fatal Crash Leads Uber to Halt Autonomous Car Tests

Uber suspended its autonomous vehicle test program in the U.S. Monday after a woman was struck and killed by one of the company’s test vehicles in Tempe, AZ.

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The REAL Reason Apple Dropped the Headphone Jack...

Neil Cybart at Above Avalon goes into considerable detail as he explains Apple’s strategy to control sound products. And that means, amongst other things, the dedicated headphone jack  on the iPhone had to go.

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TMO Background Mode Interview with Apple World Today...

Dennis Sellers is a seasoned journalist, reporter and news editor. He knew at a very early age that he wanted to become a journalist and that led to his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Tennessee. He worked in the newspaper business for over 20 years, wrote freelance while he taught, earned his Master’s degree, signed on with MacCentral in the 1990s. After MacCentral was assimilated, he launched Macsimum News, an online newspaper covering the Mac industry and Apple news. In 2015, he joined Apple World Today as news editor. Dennis and I chatted about the state of Apple, hopes for macOS, his experience with his HomePod, Apple and education and what Apple might reveal at WWDC in June. He also explained the interesting domain his website uses.

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Apple's services business booms amid continued...

Apple's services business is booming, and it could serve to offset reported softness in demand for the iPhone X, as well as smooth out the valleys in seasonal earnings drops expected to arrive this quarter.

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Apple Will Open a Full Retail Store in Tokyo’s...

t will be the 8th Apple Store in Japan, or the 9th if you count Apple Watch at Isetan Shinjuku.

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How to set up Family Sharing and create a child’s...

Family Sharing is a handy feature that Apple offers to let up to six people share things like iCloud Storage, Apple Music, iTune purchases, location data, and more. Whether you’ve never needed the feature before or just want to get it set up for the first time, follow along for how to start using Family Sharing.


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9to5Mac Daily 049 | March 19, 2018

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.


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Apple issues sixth macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta to...

Apple on Monday released the sixth developer beta for macOS High Sierra 10.13.4, one week after a fifth evaluation version was made available for testing.

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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.

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Apple World Today News Update: March 19, 2018

Apple Campus 3 (architectural rendering)

A pair of short -- but fascinating -- stories to start off the week:

  • We look at some possibilities on what may be announced at Apple's educational event in Chicago next Tuesday
  • Apple Campus 3 (AC3) is about to open, another big Apple building about four miles north of both 1 Infinite Loop and Apple Park

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.

Text Version

This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update podcast for Monday, March 19, 2018. 

Every time Apple announces an event for the press, two things happen: first, Apple...

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Instagram testing ‘quote-Storied’ feature with small...

Snapchat may not be the only company Instagram is looking to copy. The company may be looking into copying Twitter’s quote-tweet feature.


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Apple releases macOS 10.13.4 beta 6 for developers

Apple has released macOS 10.13.4 beta 6 for registered developers to test on compatible Macs. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.


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Tencent's version of PlayerUnknown's...

Not to be outdone by Epic's Fortnite, Tencent's licensed version of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds -- better known as PUBG -- is now officially available for the iPhone and iPad.

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Amazon Kindle app gains support for Split View on...

The Amazon Kindle app for iOS has been updated today with a handful of new features. Amazon’s eBook application has been getting regular updates to fix bugs and add new features, and today’s update is no different. More details after the break…


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macOS High Sierra: Disable Screenshot Shadows With...

This can be useful if you prefer to create your own shadows.

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Revisiting the forgotten history of obscure Apple...

For many iPhone X owners, two of the most hotly anticipated upcoming Apple products are accessories. Both previewed during last fall’s keynote address at Steve Jobs Theater, the AirPower wireless charging mat and AirPods wireless charging case arrive on the heels of another high-profile Apple accessory – the HomePod.


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Magic Leap opens up AR headset to developers with...

Virtual and augmented reality company Magic Leap has finally allowed developers to start producing content for its Magic Leap One Lightwear AR goggles and wearable computer, using GDC to launch its developer portal containing a software development kit and development guidelines.

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds now available on...

Following Fortnite, another titan of the battle royale genre is coming to iPhone and iPad: PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds today announced that PUBG is today debuting on iOS (free).

Battlegrounds Mobile is a ‘faithful adaptation’ of the popular PC first-person shooter game, where 100 players land on a map and try to survive until just one squad remains.


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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 19...

Notable software releases this week include OmniFocus 2.12.1, Retrospect 15.0, Microsoft Office 2016 16.11, and Slack for Mac 3.1.


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ExtraBITS for 19 March 2018

We have only one ExtraBIT this week, in which analyst Ben Thompson explains why the United States blocking Broadcom’s acquisition of Qualcomm might be a good thing.


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Logic Pros Review: is KORG Gadget’s massive library...

Today on Logic Pros we are taking a look at KORG Gadget for Mac, and more specifically the sizable Gadget Plug-in Collection that comes with it. The folks at KORG were nice enough to give us a complete license in order to give the full suite of instruments a run for their money inside of Logic Pro X. more…

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How to extend your wireless network by turning a Mac...

Most people like the idea of having Wi-Fi available throughout their home, but in black spots at the edges of the hotspot's coverage area, the signal may be too weak to use properly. Rather than paying for more network hardware to extend the range, AppleInsider shows how to use a Mac connected to a wired network as an impromptu wireless access point.

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Latest ‘Swift Unwrapped’ episode features interview...

It’s not every day that you get to hear Apple engineers openly talk about their day jobs, but episode 50 of the Swift Unwrapped podcast is an exception to that. Apple engineers Ben Cohen and Doug Gregor who both work on Apple’s Swift development language joined the latest episode of the Swift development podcast to discuss the upcoming release of Swift 4.1 and more.


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Pedestrian killed by Uber self-driving car, testing...

Safety driver was behind the wheel of car, which was in self-driving mode, in Arizona tragedy, and the company has now halted all testing of the technology.

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Apple’s microLED Plant, iPhone Hacking GrayKey – TMO...

John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple’s microLED facility in California, plus iPhone security and the GrayKey hacking device.

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News: Leaker’s latest photo shows ‘Blush Gold’...

Well-known Apple product leaker Benjamin Geskin has posted photos of a “Blush Gold” iPhone X that he claims is in production now. The tweet includes a professional-looking shot of the back of the iPhone X in a copper-gold color and another grainier shot of a SIM tray in a different gold color. But Geskin has already been wrong about the number of colors the iPhone X would feature at launch and others have jumped the gun on speculation…

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Deals: 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pros and 27"...

New deals have just arrived, bringing shoppers the lowest prices of the year. Save $200 on both Apple's Mid 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 27-inch iMac 5K. Or opt for an upgraded model and save up to $300 while supplies last with no tax in most states.

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Save $100 on select 10.5-inch iPad Pros with Wi-Fi...

Best Buy has been offering quite a few “best buys” on iPads lately, and the retailer is back on its kick again, this time by offering a $100 discount on select 10.5-inch iPad Pro models with Wi-Fi for a limited time.

The best deals center on the 256GB and 512GB models, and you’ll get free shipping on all of them.

With one exception, you’ll even be able to choose from all of the standard colors, which tends to be a rarity with these types of sales. That means you can pick up the latest 256GB 10.5-inch iPad Pro in space gray, rose gold, silver...

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What we expect from Apple’s ‘field trip’ education...

Apple made a surprise announcement on Friday when it unveiled plans to host a special education event at a high school in Chicago later this month. Apple says it will reveal “creative new ideas for teachers and students” at Lane Tech College Prep High School on March 27, and we already have a good idea of what to expect.


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Latest Canary app update adds support for masking...

In the latest version of the Canary app, version 2.14.0, the company will be rolling out a new masking feature that allows users to block certain areas of the Canary’s field of view. This allows for the Canary to ignore motion or activity in certain areas and could be crucial for cameras placed in areas with pets, for example.


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9to5Toys Last Call: 10.5-inch iPad Pro $100 off, 27-...

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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If you want a 'Fortnite' invite for your...

Gamers waiting to get an invitation from Epic Games to try out 'Fortnite' on their iPhone or iPad can gain access early via other players, with current participants receiving emails advising them of the availability of friend invitations on their accounts.

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PDFConverterOCR 5 for Mac: $19.99

We have a deal on PDFConverterOCR 5 for Mac. The name tells you what it does, but it also features advanced character accuracy and recognizes more than 200 languages. It’s $19.99 through us.

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TidBITS Infrastructure Transition Approaching

This is just a heads-up that we’ll be transitioning everything — Web site, mailing list, commenting system, membership system, and more — to new servers in a few weeks.


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Tesla begins taking Apple Pay for Model 3...

Tesla has started accepting Apple Pay for the $1,000 deposit on the Model 3 -- the automaker's first EV aimed at the mass market, already in a huge production backlog because of demand and slow production.

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The New Team AWT Community Forum

Did you visit Apple World Today over the weekend? If you did, you probably noticed some subtle changes, like the addition of the word “Forum” in the menu at the top of the page. Those changes have already been announced to the members of Team AWT, the group of Apple World Today readers who support this website through monthly or annual donations. The big news is the addition of the Team AWT Community Forum

Over the past two years, we’ve tried various methods of getting a community started as part of Apple World Today — a place where you can post your opinions, ask questions, provide answers to other readers, take a poll, or just talk about Apple products new and old. One of those methods was a Facebook page just for Team AWT members, but not every reader uses Facebook. Another was to create a chat room in Slack, but some users were concerned about needing to use another...

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Gold color iPhone X rumored to have started...

Before the iPhone X was officially revealed, there were a lot of rumors and part leaks about a ‘blush gold’ color model (like the header picture in this article). KGI reported that the gold iPhone X was facing production issues and may not be ready for the initial launch. Apple debuted the iPhone X in just Space Gray and Silver. At least according to one rumor, the gold iPhone X may indeed be launching soon.


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Get a great deal on this combo iPhone case / gaming...

The classic Gameboy wasn't fancy, but you could play a ton of classic games like Tetris, Tank, Snake, and Formula One Racing and have a great time! Today's deal is on the Wanle Gamers Console for iPhone ($33.99), which is an iPhone case for iPhone X, 7/8, and 7/8 Plus that is also a Gameboy-like gaming console!

That plastic case feels like an old Gameboy, and the controls are just familiar enough to make it easy to try to beat the old top scores from your youth. Check out the video below for an idea of just how it works.

  • Installed w/ ten classic games, including Tetris, Tank, Formula One Racing, & Snake
  • Raised buttons make gaming...
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Grading the rumors -- assessing Apple's...

With a new Apple event just days away, the rampant speculation has begun. AppleInsider weighs in on the current crop of rumors and reports, and discusses possibilities for the unusual event, happening far away from Apple's new campus.

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Leaker revives rumors of Apple making 'blush...

A "blush gold" version of iPhone X -- once rumored to ship last year -- is not only still alive, but entering production, according to a prominent leak source.

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Tesla now accepting Apple Pay for Model 3...

Tesla now accepts Apple Pay payments from customers reserving the new Model 3 electric vehicle. As the company ramps up production of its most affordable EV yet, supporting Apple’s payment platform makes reservations easier and faster than ever.


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News: Democrats interested in Apple’s download...

A memo released last week by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee could put Congress on a legal collision course with Apple if Democrats take back the House of Representatives, The Intercept reports. On page 20 of the document protesting the Republican decision to end the HIC’s Russian collusion inquiry, the Democrats proposed the committee go after Apple’s “records reflecting downloaded encrypted messaging apps for certain…

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Apple Accidentally Highlights iOS 11 Bug in iPhone X...

Apple has a fun new commercial out highlighting Face ID on the iPhone X. The message in the ad is that you can use your face to unlock pretty much anything, and its wrapped up in music and a little dancing. Bonus: If you look closely at the end of the commercial you can see an iOS 11 bug where text briefly flows outside a Messages notification bubble.

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OmniFocus 2.12.1

Addresses a database migration issue introduced in the previous version. ($39.99 new, free update, 31.9 MB)


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Charge your new iPhone X or Galaxy S9 without...

If you have a new iPhone X or Galaxy S9 and you're tired of plugging it in every night, you can stop the madness by putting a wireless charger on your nightstand. And Amazon just so happens to have a great deal on one right now.


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Proposed reforms could force Apple to pay taxes all...

This upcoming Wednesday, the European Commission is expected to reveal a tax proposal would require digital media companies -- including Apple -- to pay based on where they generate revenue, rather than where they choose to locate their European headquarters.

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Comment: The three reasons I think Apple has created...

OLED superseded LCD because it’s brighter, has better color saturation, and is more power-efficient. microLED is expected to replace OLED within the next few years for the same reasons – it improves on all three of those factors.

I don’t believe that Apple’s ‘secret manufacturing facility‘ for microLED screens indicates any desire or plan on Apple’s part to move into large-scale component manufacturing, but I do think it’s a very smart move.

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News: Report: Apple developing its own MicroLED...

For the first time, Apple is developing its own MicroLED screens for testing purposes, Bloomberg reports. Sources claim Apple has made a “significant investment” in the program designing and producing the new displays at a secret California manufacturing facility near the company’s headquarters. MicroLED screens can be built slimmer than OLED displays while still delivering a brighter display that consumes less power thanks to different…

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Apple Has its Own MicroLED Display Manufacturing...

Apple has a secret plant in Silicon Valley where it has been making its now MicroLED display panels.

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Apple reportedly developing microLED displays for...

Enlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino)

Apple is reportedly taking a big step toward making its own displays, and it isn't using the technology you may be most familiar with. According to a Bloomberg report, a secret facility in California close to Apple Park houses engineers developing microLED displays for Apple mobile devices. While Apple has been making its own chips for its mobile devices for a few years, this would be the first time the company has attempted to build its own displays.

MicroLED technology is still in its infancy, particularly in its application in consumer electronics. We last saw microLEDs show up in Samsung's gigantic, 146-inch TV...

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Apple to launch a new retail store in Japan on April...

Apple will launch a new store in the Shinjuku ward of Tokyo on Saturday, April 7, reports 9to5 Mac. It will be the company’s eighth retail outlet in the country.

Shinjuku is a special ward that’s a major commercial and administrative centre, housing the Northern half of the busiest railway station in the world (Shinjuku Station) and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, the administration centre for the government of Tokyo. As of 2015, the ward has an estimated population of 337,556.

With the opening of its Shinjuki establishment, Apple will  have 504 retail stores in 24 countries and an online store available in 39 countries.

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Apple’s next big display innovation could be...

Apple’s devices might have some of the best displays on the planet, but according to a new report, there could be a big change on the horizon. Well, technically a big small change.

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman is reporting that Apple is developing its own MicroLED screens for future Apple Watches and iPhones that would make them thinner, brighter, and more energy efficient. The report says Apple Watch would receive the new displays first, followed by iPhone, but the advancements are still likely years away.

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Police are casting a wide net into the deep pool of...

Raleigh, N.C., detectives have obtained warrants to search a wide variety of Google account data, and not necessarily only of suspects -- a practice that has raised the ire of privacy advocates.

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Apple to open Shinjuku store in Tokyo on Apr. 7

Apple will launch a new store in the Shinjuku ward of Tokyo on Apr. 7, giving the company another outlet in Japan's capital.

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How to customize or disable Emergency SOS on the...

Emergency SOS can be a lifesaver, literally, but it can also be relatively easy to trigger on accident. We take a look at how to configure, and disable, the Apple Watch's emergency feature.

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DigiTimes Research: Apple will order up to 270...

Apple is expected to procure a total of 250-270 million flat panels for the production of iPhones this year, according to DigiTimes Research, quoting unnamed “sources from Taiwan's panel industry.”

Apple's purchases of OLED panels in 2018 will reportedly reach 110-130 million units, including 70-80 million 5.9-inch units for the current iPhone X and an upgraded version of the same size. The remaining will be 40-50 million 6.5-inch OLED panels for the production of a less expensive model, according to DigiTimes.

The report adds that Apple will also take up a total of 60-70 million 6.1-inch all-screen LTPS panels for another new iPhone to be released this fall, as well as 60-70 million LTPS panels in 4-, 4.7- and 5.5-inch sizes for the production of iPhone 8s, iPhone SEs and iPhone 7. Though DigiTimes Research has a hit and miss record when it comes to its Apple-related forecasts, this report lines up with another...

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Rumor: Apple is secretly developing its own MicroLED...

Apple is designing and producing its own device displays for the first time, using a secret manufacturing facility near its California headquarters to make small numbers of the screens for testing purposes, according to Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the situation.” Apple Watch will be first product with Apple-produced MicroLED technology, the article adds.

Apple’s screen development and manufacturing facility in Santa Clara, California, on March 15, 2018.Source: Bloomberg

Along with OLEDs, microLEDs are primarily aimed at small, low-energy devices such as smartwatches and smartphones. However, unlike OLED, microLED is based on conventional GaN LED technology, which offers higher total brightness than OLED produces. It also doesn’t suffer from the shorter lifetimes of OLED.

The screens...

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Want an Apple TV 4K for $105? Read on.

This deal was spotted by Loop reader David Kaplan. I tried to find the hole in this logic, but seems like a genuine bargain.

DirecTV is running a limited time offer:

  • Prepay for 3 months of DirecTV Now (online access to DirecTV)
  • Get a free Apple TV 4K
  • Cancel any time

The lowest tier of DirecTV Now costs $35 a month. Prepay that for 3 months, that’s $105, and get yourself access to DirecTV Now for 3 months and get an Apple TV 4K.

Read the fine print. Let me know if you see a flaw in this logic.

As always, caveat emptor.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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News: Daily Deal: Atech USB-C Magnetic Breakaway...

For Monday’s iLounge Deal, you can pick up the Atech USB-C Magnetic Breakaway Charging Cable for only $24.99 — that’s 37% off the regular price. One casualty of Apple’s switch to USB-C on the newest MacBooks was the elimination of the venerable MagSafe connector — something that was a lifesaver for users with children, pets, or just personal clumsiness that could pull a MacBook off a desk. Fortunately, this magnetic breakaway…

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∞ Apple’s great new iPhone X ad, and the tiny bug it...

[VIDEO] First things first, if you haven’t yet seen it, take a minute to watch Apple’s latest iPhone ad (embedded in the main Loop post). It’s a wonderful, tumultuous, explosion of visuals, all focused on a single point. Unlocking is easy.

This whimsical treat has vaulted near the top of my favorite Apple spots, a refreshing complement to the Spike Jonze HomePod ad from a few weeks ago.

Apple Marketing is on a roll.

An interesting side note, spotted in this tweet from Benjamin Mayo:

OMG Apple’s latest iPhone X ad includes a shot of the bugged notification bubbles (see thread for explanation)

Yes, I did file a radar on this months ago. I think it got closed as dupe. I’m way more concerned that this was signed off for the commercial. pic....

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More analysts lower iPhone sales estimates based on...

More analysts are piling-in on reports of disappointing sales of the iPhone X, downgrading their estimates of 2018 iPhone sales.

Business Insider got sight of a couple of analyst notes yesterday and today, one each from Longbow and Nomura …


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∞ Siri, HomePod, and white noise

Yesterday, I came across this tweet from Joe Cieplinski, the excellent bass player from the band Airplane Mode:

TIL you can ask Siri to “play white noise” on your HomePod, which is great for drowning out the massively annoying ice cream truck around the corner.

— jcieplinski (@jcieplinski) March 18, 2018

I had to try this myself:

Hey, Siri, play white noise

Siri’s response:

OK, here’s the self-titled album by White Noise

Then, Siri plays white noise, which lasts about 30 minutes.

What I found interesting about this is that Siri is actually playing a track named “White Noise” by a band called “White Noise”. This is an incredibly prescient move by the band. They’ve bottlenecked the white noise concept, intentionally or not, funneling all white...

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To find suspects, police quietly turn to Google,...

Tyler Dukes, WRAL, Raleigh, North Carolina, reporting on two unrelated murders:

In March 2017, months after investigations began into both shootings, separate detectives on each case, one day apart, employed an innovative strategy in criminal investigations.

On a satellite image, they drew shapes around the crime scenes, marking the coordinates on the map. Then they convinced a Wake County judge they had enough probable cause to order Google to hand over account identifiers on every single cell phone that crossed the digital cordon during certain times.

And on reactions from defense attorneys and privacy advocates:

They’re mixed on how law enforcement turns to Google’s massive cache of user data, especially without a clear target in mind. And they’re concerned about the potential to snag innocent users, many of whom might not know just how closely the company tracks their every move.

To get a sense of just how much location tracking Google does,...

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Apple developing their own MicroLED screens for the...

Mark Gurman, Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. is designing and producing its own device displays for the first time, using a secret manufacturing facility near its California headquarters to make small numbers of the screens for testing purposes, according to people familiar with the situation.

The technology giant is making a significant investment in the development of next-generation MicroLED screens, say the people, who requested anonymity to discuss internal planning. MicroLED screens use different light-emitting compounds than the current OLED displays and promise to make future gadgets slimmer, brighter and less power-hungry.

Significant innovation drives device sales. A new, innovative screen technology will bring buyers, hungry for the latest and greatest.

And the “less power-hungry” tag will, presumably, translate to longer battery life, or more power for the CPU.

Smart move on Apple’s part. Reduces dependency on other manufacturers, brings more of...

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Supply chain sources expect Apple to source 270...

Apple is expected order for up to 270 million smartphone display panels throughout 2018, according to a supply chain report, with the volume of anticipated orders far exceeding Apple's best annual iPhone sales total by almost 40 million units.

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Apple's third large California campus is...

In January, Apple announced plans to build a new campus in the United States. However, it hasn't previously said much about AC3, its third major campus development already nearing completion in Silicon Valley. Here's a look at the more immediate growth occurring in Apple's backyard as the company works to accommodate an expansion of workers.

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Apple files for a patent for ‘electronic devices...

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20180077813) for “electronic devices with protective enzymes.” The goal: to makes iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple Watches more resistant to sweat and skin oil.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that electronic devices often include polymers. For example, electronic device housing structures, gaskets, adhesives, and other structures may be formed from polymers. If care isn’t taken, these structures may be vulnerable to degradation from environmental contaminants. For example, exposure to fatty acids from human sweat and skin oils can cause polymers to swell and degrade. Apple wants to change this.

Here’s Apple’s (highly technical) summary of the invention: “An electronic device may have polymer structures such as polymer electronic device structures, gaskets for forming seals between display cover layers and housing structures, polymer structures that fill gaps between housing walls, adhesive, adhesive tapes, and other structures...

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Share prices of display makers hit by report of...

Shares of three different display makers have been hit by a report that Apple is working on manufacturing its own microLED screens for future devices …


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Clean up that text with TextSoap 8 for the Mac

Unmarked Software’s TextSoap 8, an upgrade to their macOS productivity tool designed to automate the tedious task of manually cleaning up text, brought a new interface that streamlines efforts in text cleaning of documents, emails, web pages and more.

The software can tackle text from a variety of formats. It processes text documents, skipping past the repetitive work of manually fixing up text with a simple click. TextSoap 8’s system-wide menu provides access to the software's features inside most apps.

TextSoap 8 gave us a new interface designed to streamline efforts in text cleaning of documents, emails, web pages and more. It added greater control in matching and changing both text and a various text attributes. Whether broken paragraph lines, extra spaces, extra returns or fonts gone wild, TextSoap offers a collection of tools to clean up text with a click.

Version 8 features a new custom cleaner editor with color-coded actions. New grouping actions make...

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Sketchy supply-chain reports predict record-breaking...

Supply-chain reports predicting Apple’s order for iPhone displays across 2018 would, if accurate, point to record-breaking sales for the year.

Taiwanese supply-chain sources report that Apple is expected to buy 250-270M display panels for iPhones this year. This would be well above the 216M iPhones sold last year, and even higher than the company’s all-time record sales of 231M in 2015 …


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Apple sets grand opening of new Shinjuku retail...

A new page on Apple’s Japanese retail website and accompany neon banner have announced the opening of a new Apple store in Tokyo’s retail district of Shinjuku. The brand new location will begin welcoming customers on April 7th at 10:00 a.m.


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How to change AirPlay settings for a HomePod

You can change your AirPlay settings for your HomePod. For instance, you can control how others connect to all of your HomePod speakers using AirPlay. Here's how:

  • Open the Home app on your iPhone and tap the arrow in the upper-left corner.
  • Tap Home Settings, then tap your Home.
  • Under Speakers, Allow Speaker Access then choose from the following:

    •    Everyone: Anyone with in range of your HomePod can see and play to it.

    •    Anyone On the Same Network: Anyone connected to your home Wi-Fi network can AirPlay to your HomePod.

    •    Only People Sharing This Home: Only people that you invite to share control of your Home in the Home app can AirPlay to HomePod.

    •    Require Password: To AirPlay to HomePod, users will need to enter a password.

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

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Democrats want to subpoena Apple

Democrats on the Intelligence Committee have released a memo laying out the steps they would have taken had they been in charge of the Trump-Russia investigation — and steps they may take if and when they gain subpoena power by taking over the House of Representatives in November. Part of that plan may involve a subpoena to Apple to find out when key officials downloaded encrypted apps, reports The Intercept.

“Apple: The Committee should seek records reflecting downloaded encrypted messaging apps for certain key individuals,” the memo suggests. “The Committee should likewise issue a subpoena to WhatsApp for messages exchanged between key witnesses of interest.”

The committee said that it would also seek to find...

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Retrospect 15.0

Major new release adds new BackupBot artificial intelligence (AI) feature and email protection. ($49 for Solo and $119 for Dekstop new, upgrades available, 189 MB)


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Notable apps and app updates for March 19, 2018

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Prajnu has introduced FlexTimer+, a free workout timer app for iOS devices. Designed for HIIT, interval training, tabata, cross-fit, yoga, or meditation, it provides a customizable workout timer. You just create a workout, and the app will guide you through the workout you create with sound cues, exercise names, and images. FlexTimer+ works with most music apps, including Pandora, Spotify and more.

Natural Designs Software has announced a port of their iPad custom keyboard app, PadKeys, to the iPhone. Numbers, punctuation, and cursor keys are now available without layout flipping via the...

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Apple to host developer workshop in Paris at Station...

This could be nifty, especially if you’re in Paris this week.

Apple has been sending out invitations to a developer workshop in Paris. It will be held next Friday, March 23 at the Station F startup incubator. The workshop will last for two hours and focus on app development as well as help developers improve and promote their software.

It’s also thought that the workshop is part of Apple’s efforts to resolve the controversy French finance minister Bruno Le Maire raised about Apple and Google. Both Apple and Google have commented on the issue, Apple stating that it has a relationship with “tens of thousands” of French developers. Collectively these developers have earned over a billion euros from the App Store.

Apple has also offered the following comment regarding the issue:

Apple has always defended the privacy and security of users and does not have access to user transactions with third-party applications. We are fully prepared to share our story in...

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Apple developing MicroLED tech at secret facility,...

Apple is reportedly developing MicroLED screen technology at a secret engineering and manufacturing facility located 15 minutes from Apple Park, with the tech expected to debut in future devices as a potential replacement for OLED panels currently supplied by Samsung.

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Samsung will drop its mobile movie editor when...

Samsung phones have long had a built-in Movie Maker app that lets you spice up your clips -- helpful if you'd rather not hunt down a third-party app just to do more than trim your footage. However, you'll soon have to kiss it goodbye. The latest vers...

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Apple reportedly invests in its own MicroLED screens

Apple quietly acquired a company called LuxVue in 2014 that was working on low-power MicroLED display technology. A report by Bloomberg indicates that development has continued and that Apple is making a "significant investment" in the new technology...

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Bloomberg: Apple secretly building its own MicroLED...

A new report from Bloomberg this evening says that Apple is “designing and producing its own device displays,” which is a first for the company. Citing people familiar with the situation, the report explains that Apple using a secret manufacturing facility near its headquarters in California…


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NASA's portable antennas help bring space data...

Spacecraft don't usually have much flexibility when it comes to sending data back to Earth: they either have to venture within range of a dedicated ground station or offload it by returning to the planet. NASA may soon have a more flexible option: it...

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Tinder's parent company sues Bumble over patents

It's no secret that Tinder (or rather, its parent company Match Group) and Bumble are arch-rivals in the swipe-right dating app space, and that battle just escalated. Match Group has sued Bumble for allegedly violating two patents, one for the "orna...

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Microsoft Office 2016 16.11

Brings a number of improvements to Outlook and addresses a security-bypass vulnerability in Excel. ($149.99 new for one-time purchase, $99.99/$69.99 annual subscription options, free update)


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AR firm Avegant cuts half its workforce and picks...

Avegant has drawn a lot of attention in the wearable world between its Glyph personal screen and its light-field augmented reality headset, but it's facing uncertain times. The Verge has learned that the startup cut more than half of its workforce (i...

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Facebook may have broken FTC deal in Cambridge...

Facebook may face more legal trouble than you might think in the wake of Cambridge Analytica's large-scale data harvesting. Former US officials David Vladeck and Jessica Rich have told the Washington Post that Facebook's data sharing may violate the...

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Slack for Mac 3.1

Maintenance update brings a number of improvements and bug fixes for the group messaging system and collaboration tool. (Free, 71.3 MB)


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US Navy launches submarine with gamepad-guided...

The Navy's fourth USS Colorado attack submarine has recently gone into service with an Xbox controller onboard. No, not so sailors can play Overwatch: they'll actually be using the gaming device to steer the vehicle's two photonics masts, which you c...

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Twitter may be the next to ban cryptocurrency ads

Twitter may soon join Facebook and Google in cracking down on ads for cryptocurrency-related products. Sky sources have claimed the social network will institute worldwide ban against ads for initial coin offerings, cryptocurrency wallets and token...

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How to use color-coded calendars on Mac, iPhone and...

It will surprise no-one to know that I was an early adopter of electronic calendars, starting with a Casio Digital Diary in the early 1990s, followed by a Psion 5mx in 1997. But making the switch from a Filofax to a grayscale PDA did mean giving up one thing I didn’t get back until years later: color-coded calendars.

Many people use color-coding to distinguish work and social events, as well as things like family calendars. But I also use them to help me maintain a balanced life …


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Would you let an app mine cryptocurrency on your Mac...

Over the last week, we’ve reported on Calendar 2, an app from Qbix that seemingly added cryptocurrency mining as an alternative to paying for premium features. Qbix itself acknowledged issues with the model and Apple said such practices are not allowed in the Mac App Store, but that almost certainly won’t stop developers outside of the Mac App Store from doing it.

Would you be willing to let an app mine cryptocurrency in the background in exchange for premium features?


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Coca-Cola and US government use blockchain to curb...

The quest to end forced labor has created some unusual technological allies. Coca-Cola, the US State Department and a trio of crypto organizations (Bitfury Group, Blockchain Trust Accelerator and Emercoin) have launched a pilot project that will use...

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