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20:29
Instagram rolling out new ‘archive’ option for...

Instagram has started rolling out a new feature called “archive” that offers users an alternative when deciding whether or not to delete a post. Users delete their posts for a variety of reasons, such as if they don’t receive enough likes in a certain amount of time, and Instagram views this new archive capability as an alternative to that…

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19:06
What's on TV: 'War Machine,' '...

This week Netflix premieres its Brad Pitt movie War Machine, as well as the third season of Bloodline. Meanwhile, Archer wraps up its Dreamland season on FXX, while Jordan Peele's Get Out comes home on Blu-ray. The NBA and NHL are closing out their c...

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18:11
Samsung's extra-stretchable display can survive...

Flexible displays are nothing new. However, most of them don't live up to the dreams of flexible tech -- they may only bend in a limited way. Samsung thinks it can do better. It just unveiled a 9.1-inch prototype OLED display that's stretchable in se...

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17:28
'LawBreakers' makes the leap to...

LawBreakers isn't confined to the PC any longer: The game is also heading to PlayStation 4, developer Boss Key Productions announced today. LawBreakers comes from Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski, and it's a rapid-fire, five-on-five, first-perso...

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16:43
Caltrain will finally go electric thanks to FTA...

The future of California's high-speed rail project relies in part on an initiative to migrate Silicon Valley's Caltrain corridor from a fleet of outdated diesel engines to a more modern electric system. That electrification project was put in jeopard...

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16:30
Analyst: iPhone 8 to start at $870, max out at $1,...

While a number of things remain uncertain about the upcoming iPhone 8, one of the biggest is price. Analysts, however, continue make their best guesses and today UBS analyst Steven Milunovich is out with his predictions. Milunovich claims that the iPhone 8 will start at $870 and max out around $1,070…

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16:04
Amazon's Echo Look app is ready for your...

Amazon still hasn't said when it plans to ship its new Echo Look camera, but it appears that will be happening very soon. The company has started rolling out companion iOS and Android apps for the device, which costs $200 and is only available via in...

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16:00
∞ One of my favorite Apple Music stations

Apple Music has some great built-in stations, but one of my favorites is the Rock Workout station. It’s all upbeat music across many generations of rock, which means you can listen without losing that high-tempo groove. I use it on my walk and when I’m driving and just need some great punchy Rock.

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16:00
Hands-on: Ugreen Portable Magnetic Charging Stand...

The Portable Magnetic Charging Stand for Apple Watch is lengthy in name, but simple in purpose and execution. Ugreen’s latest Apple Watch accessory is a portable stand that can be adjusted to rest at a 45-degree angle to easily accommodate an Apple Watch with a closed-loop band installed.

Featuring an integrated magnetic inductive charging disk and built-in 4-foot USB cable, Ugreen’s $55 charger is ready to go out of the box, as long as you have access to a USB port that delivers the necessary power. more…

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16:00
GroupsPro for macOS simplifies the creation,...

By Aaron Lee

Demodi's GroupsPro 1.0 is a contacts and groups organizer that makes it easy to create and organize groups of contacts and create mailing lists. And it allows users to manage their contacts, contact groups, and create mailing lists for mass e-mails.

When GroupsPro is initially launched, it auto-populates the user's existing contacts into the interface. Users can add or modify existing contacts. There are two options to assign contacts into specific groups. With Single Assigning, users assign a single contact to groups. With Fast Assigning, users assign contacts directly in the contacts list to a group.

What's more, all currently existing contacts in the list can be assigned by clicking on mass update button. Users can also search for names, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, postal addresses, departments, and notes within all contacts.

GroupsPro provides users with the ability to create and modify groups of address book...

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15:42
Viacom is working on a low-cost, sports-free TV...

The cable industry continues to struggle mightily against being neutered by a generation of cord cutters. In that effort, Viacom CEO Bob Bakish announced on Monday that his company is working to develop a low-cost "entertainment pack" for its custome...

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15:41
Supreme Court Just Killed Marshall Texas Patent...

A patent battle over flavored water may turn into a win for iPhone and Mac maker Apple, and a big loss for patent trolls. Thanks to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Monday, patent infringement cases must be filed in the jurisdiction where the offending company is incorporated, which will greatly limit the court choices open to patent trolls.


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15:23
Tesla makes Autopilot 'smooth as silk' for...

Just because your Tesla can periodically drive itself doesn't mean you'll always like it. Elon Musk himself acknowledges that the sometimes rough Autopilot driving can be "unpleasant." You won't be jolted quite so frequently in the near future, tho...

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15:06
AWT News Update: May 22, 2017

Ford Autonomous Test Vehicle. Image via LATimes.

Hopefully Monday isn't grinding you down too badly! We have some news that may cheer you up:

  • Ford Motor Co. changes CEOs, with autonomous car chief Jim Hackett taking over and a mandate to "seek alliances with Silicon Valley companies"
  • The YouTube TV app no longer requires a Chromecast for streaming. Today's update brings AirPlay to the app so those shows can use your Apple TV
  • Mobile Safari may see a major scrolling speed boost in the near future

The AWT News Update is sponsored this week by MNML, the new Mac app for writers who use Medium. Check it out on the web at https://mnml.af today.

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

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15:03
Nevada would allow in-stadium mobile bets at Raiders...

When the Raiders start playing football in Las Vegas, their stadium lease will officially ban the team from offering bets or other forms of gambling in the building. Don't tell that to the Nevada Gaming Commission, though. Its officials understand...

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15:00
Apple Plans to Change Scrolling in Safari

Over the weekend, an article from The Register laid out complaints of Google AMP and how it negatively impacts the web. Then, John Gruber of Daring Fireball linked to the article and added his own comments, such as how AMP pages scroll differently than the rest of Safari. Andrew Orr finds out the differences between scrolling on iOS.


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14:57
Apple’s “Switch to iPhone” web page

This is a really good page. It’s not a lot of specs and things people don’t necessarily care about, just some good fun.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:39
Dubai hopes to have a human-free police station by...

Is robot policing the way of the future? Dubai is well on its way to finding out.

The emirate, one of seven in the UAE, is taking a technological leap of faith this week as it introduces its first robot officer to the Dubai police force. Designed by...

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14:35
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 22...

Notable software releases this week include OmniOutliner Essentials and Pro 5.0.4, TextExpander 6.2.1, Things 3.0.2, Microsoft Office 2016 15.34 and Office 2011 14.7.4, Mellel 3.5.3, KeyCue 8.4, Airfoil 5.6, iTunes 12.6.1, Safari 10.1.1, and Security Update 2017-002 (Yosemite and El Capitan).

 

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14:35
ExtraBITS for 22 May 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, Apple has spent $200 million to buy a company whose engineering skills could improve Siri, Panic’s source code was stolen as a result of the HandBrake-carried malware, HomeKit support may be coming to Belkin’s Wemo line of home automation products, and the WannaCry ransomware pandemic has justified Apple’s fight with the FBI over user privacy.

 

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14:27
The Good That Has Come Out of Apple’s Mac Lapses

Apple customers have waited for a long time to get new, updated Mac models. Apple kicked off the resurgence in late 2016 with the Touch Bar MacBook Pro, but there remained serious concerns. And that’s a Good Thing™. The development of technology and the approaches by the competition have evoked a strong, clear, intelligent response from the community that amounts to an excellent, thoughtful conversation about what Macs should be all about going forward. Particle Debris page 2 discusses that and ponders more new Mac hardware at WWDC in June.


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14:21
Netflix is making the internet's Rihanna/Lupita...

According to Entertainment Weekly, a movie dreamed up on social media based on nothing more than a picture of Lupita Nyong'o and Rihanna is actually going to happen. The two were captured sitting next to each other during Paris Fashion Week 2014 when...

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14:14
Apple’s New Switcher Campaign — for iPhone

Apple launched a new advertising campaign called Switch to iPhone at apple.com/switch. The campaign trades the white of the company’s original I’m a PC campaign for dark pastels and simple, compelling imagery. The message is that it’s simple to switch to iPhone, which is faster, that your music will sound better, and that moving your photos is easy. Watch the four videos that make that argument in our full story.


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14:00
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13:58
'Red Dead Redemption 2' won't come...

Apparently, 2017 ain't big enough for Red Dead Redemption 2. The sequel is now slated to hit PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in spring 2018, rather than its initial release window of fall 2017. Rockstar Games announced the delay in a blog post, alongside...

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13:54
New Apple ads & redone 'Switch' site...




Apple on Monday introduced an overhauled "Switch" minisite, hoping to persuade more Android users to buy an iPhone, while simultaneously releasing a related series of video ads.

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13:40
Nest’s next camera might be 4K, but not for streaming

It's been almost a year since Nest has released a new product and rumors are starting to trickle out that the one-time connected home darling is on the verge of a new release. As Android Police claims, Nest is launching a new, higher-resolution WiFi...

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13:39
Apple debuts overhauled website encouraging Android...

Not surprisingly, if you're an Android user, Apple wants you to go iPhone instead. And the company has rolled out an overhauled webpage aimed at encouraging Android users to switch to their own iPhone.

The site answers several questions for Android users:

  • Will it be easy to switch to iPhone?
  • Is the camera as good as they say?
  • Why is the iPhone so fast?
  • Will iPhone be easy to use?
  • How does iPhone help protect my personal information?
  • What makes Messages so great?
  • Can I get help from a real person?
  • Can I switch at an Apple Store?
  • What about the environment?
  • Will I love my iPhone?

When you're ready to switch, the site guides you through the available iPhone models. Switchers can get up to $260 in credit when trading in their current smartphone.

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13:31
Scrolling in Safari will be updated to make it...

A noteworthy change is headed to a mobile Safari browser near you. The inertia scrolling properties currently used within mobile Safari will be updated to be faster and more consistent with other apps, including Apple-made apps, in iOS.

Currently Safari features slower inertia scrolling properties, something that the browser has featured since its inception back in 2007. Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages Project (AMP), which seeks to speed up web page access times by providing a stripped down version of HTML, features different scroll inertia due to inconsistencies in the way Safari is currently designed.

In a future Safari update, its scrolling behavior will be changed to be more in line with scrolling performance throughout the rest of iOS, effectively reducing the rate of scroll deceleration. more…

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13:24
Supreme Court shuts down location loophole for...

Patent trolls have had it pretty easy lately, especially in East Texas. A 2016 ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit allowed patent suits anywhere a defendant company's products are sold. The Eastern District of Texas has become a...

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13:22
YouTube TV app update adds AirPlay capability, still...




Google's subscription tv service YouTube TV's latest update for iPhone adds AirPlay, allowing for streaming to an Apple TV or other compatible device -- but there is still no native tvOS app.

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13:15
Apple targeting Android users with latest iPhone ad...

Apple has started a new iPhone advertising campaign centered around potential switchers who currently use Android or other platforms. Apple highlights superior performance, camera quality, privacy, and other factors in appealing to potential new iPhone customers.

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13:11
YouTube TV now works on Apple TV over AirPlay

If you're the rare YouTube TV subscriber who finds yourself stuck in an Apple household, there's good news for you. The streaming TV service's iOS app just got upgraded with AirPlay support, giving you a quick way to shoot whatever you're watching ov...

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13:00
Time-Lapse Video of Living Zen Sand Art Coffee Table

Check out this amazing time-lapse video of the Sisyphus 1, a living zen, kinetic, sand art coffee table. It was crowd funded on Kickstarter in 2016, where it raised US$1.9 million from 1,992 backers. MentalFloss noted Monday that the company—Sisyphus Industries—has a commercial website in development while it finishes ramping up production capability for the device. The premise is captivating. The table has a bed of fine sand under glass. A steel ball is controlled by a mechanism underneath the sand. That mechanism uses magnetism to push the ball in intricate patterns across the sand, drawing amazing patterns in the process. Once a pattern is complete, the table...

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12:47
YouTube TV now works with AirPlay from iPhone and...

Last month Google launched its new YouTube TV video service with apps available for iPhone and iPad, but curiously not Apple TV. While there’s still no tvOS version of YouTube TV, Google’s new video service updated its iOS app today with support for Apple’s AirPlay feature on iOS.

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12:46
TMO Background Mode Interview with Computer...

David Greelish is an author, podcaster and personal computer historian. Back when he was in college in the mid-1980s, he got a job in one of the early computer stores that was also an Apple dealer. They sold all kinds of PCs, but David fell in love with the Mac. While he couldn’t afford one, his quest continued until he was able to acquire a used Lisa (that ran Mac software). Like many of us, he fell in love with the early computer movement, and that started his obsession with computer history. He’s the founder of the Historical Computer Society, the Atlanta Historical Computing Society, and was Cofounder/Director of the first Vintage Computer Festival S.E. His interviews with industry luminaries are legendary. Take a walk down computer memory lane with me and David.

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12:34
Leaked Pics Compare iPhone 8 Size to iPhone 7s and...

It’s a pretty safe bet we know what the still unconfirmed iPhone 8 will look like when it’s unveiled this fall, and now we have a better idea of how it stacks up size-wise with the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus. Reports so far say the iPhone 8 will be about the same size as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7s, and that’s exactly what we’re seeing in the leaked phone mold photos.


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12:23
'Far Cry' is coming to America

Up until today, all of the Far Cry games have been set in far off locations. A tropical island, Africa, another tropical island, the Himalayas and prehistoric times have all played witness to the franchise's often morally ambiguous open-world first-p...

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11:11
How Deep Learning Could Fix Trump and Healthcare


Nvidia earlier this month launched a massive new push for intelligent machines, including what is likely the most expensive volume workstation in the world designed for this purpose. IBM, which has a tight relationship with Nvidia, launched a quantum computing processor that has a good chance of massively increasing the speed and intelligence of thinking systems. IBM also has been the most aggressive in promoting the concept that systems such as these could have a dramatic effect on the performance of people who use them.

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11:07
Hands on with a 10.5-inch iPad Pro case and...

Following the leaks of the iPad Pro cases earlier this morning, we were able to get our hands on our own 10.5-inch iPad Pro case. The case, manufactured by Pelican, helps gives us clear direction on what to expect with Apple’s upcoming iPad Pro.

We spent some time with the case and compared it to Apple’s current 9.7-inch iPad Pro and Silicon Case.

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11:03
Apple’s Driverless Test Car Caught in the Wild

Apple’s driverless test car—a Lexus SUV—was caught in the wild by a MacRumors reader. There’s nothing earth-shattering about catching Apple’s autonomous vehicle in the wild—it’s been done before. But, I enjoy these reminders that Apple is going full steam ahead on developing driverless technology. Project Titan leaks have dramatically slowed since Bob Mansfield took it over, but testing obviously continues apace. MacRumor‘s Juli Clover has some additional details on this particular spotting.


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10:53
Letter Opener: Open Winmail.dat, MSG and XPS files [...

Letter Opener for macOS

Working together with Windows users shouldn’t be problematic at all. Still, some email messages can not be natively read by the Mac and are packed into Winmail.dat or MSG files that have to be extracted and displayed somehow. Letter Opener for macOS does that with a simple double-click!

Letter Opener for macOS Mail

The plugin to stop the Winmail.dat file flood for good.

If Winmail.dat files are a reoccurring problem, Letter Opener for macOS Mail is the solution. Installed into Mail it opens and displays the files directly inside Apples Mail application, so the user can forget about Winmail.dat files entirely.

Use coupon code ROCKET88 for 30% off Letter Opener for macOS Mail.

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10:52
Apple Music exclusive 'Can't Stop, Won...




The first trailer for the Apple Music-Exclusive documentary on Bad Boy Records -- "Can't Stop, Won't Stop" has been released.

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10:50
Ford’s Interest in Autonomous Cars, iOS 11 Wish List...

The car market just took an interesting turn because Ford’s new CEO was running the company’s autonomous vehicle division. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss how what that means for the car industry and the other companies with autonomous vehicle aspirations. They also share some thoughts on what Apple may have planned for its iOS 11 announcements at next month’s Worldwide Developer Conference.


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10:35
114 Year Old Car Company Puts Self Driving Car Exec...

Ford, which turns 114 on June 16th, is out with the old and in with the new. The company is switching CEOs, and Jim Hackett, the new guy in charge, just happens to be the executive who was in charge of autonomous vehicles at Ford. From The New York Times:

Ford Motor replaced its chief executive, Mark Fields, on Monday and vowed to catch up in the race to build self-driving cars and define a new era in personal mobility. The company said Jim Hackett, who had overseen the Ford subsidiary that works on autonomous vehicles, would immediately take the reins from Mr. Fields.

Mr. Hackett said the board had given him a free hand to transform the nation’s No. 2 automaker, including seeking alliances with Silicon Valley firms, changing its product lineup, and divesting itself of unprofitable global operations.

Driverless cars are the future. It remains to be seen if Apple’...

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10:27
Review: DJI's Mavic Pro is the best iPhone-...




With a highly optimized, portable design, solid construction, deep iOS integration and a bevy of automated features, DJI's Mavic Pro is perhaps the best product available on the consumer drone market.

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10:24
An Indiegogo campaign is underway for Expanse...

I’m always on the look-out for the latest and greatest computer speakers for use with my Mac. An Indiegogo campaign is underway for an intriguing product dubbed Expanse Speakers, an electrostatic speaker system. 

According to the folks at IC One Two, the company working on the speaker system, electrostatic systems have historically remained on the fringes of Hi-Fi for a range of reasons, but in large part because, while they offer superior sound quality over cone speakers, they've lacked the punch in loudness and haven’t been able to deliver equivalent dB levels. IC One Two claims Expanse Speakers overcome these limitations.Tooling is estimated to take 30-45 days, with production following over the...

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10:17
US Supreme Court ruling may shrink tide of frivolous...




The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday issued a critical decision that could reduce the number of patent lawsuits tech companies like Apple face on a yearly basis.

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10:16
Square hosting free tech talk event during WWDC week...

Square is hosting a free event featuring tech talks and a Q&A session in San Jose during WWDC week next month. Square engineers will be available to discuss using the payment processor’s technology on iOS and how to leverage Apple Pay, according to the announcement.

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10:05
Samsung Wisenet-SmartCam A1 works with iOS devices

Hanwha Techwin America (formerly Samsung Techwin America has announced that the Samsung Wisenet-SmartCam A1 — which works with an iOS app on the iPhone and iPad — is available to consumers both online and in stores including Sam's Club, Target and Amazon.com.

It's a Wi-Fi security camera kit that offers both indoor and outdoor solutions and provides users with a more complete view of their home. The system consists of an indoor camera with 1080p Full HD streaming, 130-degree wide angle lens, two-way talk and motion zone select, and an outdoor battery-powered camera that delivers videos at 720p HD resolution with weather resistant capabilities. Users can also pair up to seven outdoor battery-powered cameras with the A1 station hub.

The Wisenet-SmartCam A1 indoor and outdoor cameras connect to the station hub for Wi-Fi, to provide local storage and can send event notifications to the user's device via the iOS app...

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09:56
Google Aims to Attract Apple Users with Google I/O...

At its Google I/O conference last week, the Mountain View tech giant again unleashed a torrent of product and service announcements. These, as usual, had more than a little relevance for Apple users.

 

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09:51
Apple, Visa sued over Apple Pay patent violation

A small Boston company, founded by the inventor of a popular corporate encryption technology called RSA SecurID, sued Apple and Visa on Sunday, arguing that the Apple Pay digital payment technology violates its patents.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:38
Stunning sunset drone video of Apple Park

As the main "spaceship" structure at Apple Park nears completion, the drone footage from pilot/cinematographer Duncan Sinfield just keeps getting better. Last Friday, he published a new video on YouTube showing the amazing structure near sunset

Wired had a writeup on the entire campus and the iconic "spaceship" headquarters building last week as well. One of the key points of that article by Steven Levy was about the incredible detail brought to play in the design and building of the project. A good deal of that detail owes its roots to none other than Steve Jobs. Foster+Partner is the architectural firm tasked with designing Apple Park, and one of its project leads (Stefan Behling) was quoted by Wired:

“They describe the level of attention devoted to every detail, the willingness to search the earth...

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09:32
Nike unveils new Day to Night Apple watch bands

As a follow up to the Apple Watch NikeLab released in late April, Nike on Monday announced the Day to Night collection of Nike Sport Bands for Apple Watch Nike+.

The Day to Night collection is made up of bands that are, “inspired by a shade of the sky,” according to Nike. The four bands are available in colors that match the four colorways of the Air VaporMax Flyknit running shoe.

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: BeatsX $100, Apple 13-inch...

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09:26
Never Be Late or Forget a Task Again with “Take...

You know that Apple’s built-in Calendar and Reminders apps can help you manage your schedule and to-do list. But there’s often a gap between theory and reality, so we’ll share a few key troubleshooting tips in this excerpt from Scholle McFarland’s new “Take Control of Calendar and Reminders.”

 

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09:14
Emerson Sensi thermostat line expanding with two...




Environmental control company Emerson has added to its Sensi thermostat line with a new pair of HomeKit-compatible devices.

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09:13
Supreme Court dealt a blow to patent trolls

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday tightened rules for where patent lawsuits can be filed in a decision that may make it harder for so-called patent “trolls” to launch sometimes dodgy patent cases in friendly courts, a major irritant for high-tech giants like Apple and Alphabet Inc’s Google.

Anything that gets rid of patent trolls is a good thing, but I’m sure the trolls will try to incorporate in East Texas, where many of the patent cases currently take place.

Update: I misread the ruling. Lawsuits will have to be filed in the jurisdiction of the defendant, which should definitely deal a huge blow to patent trolls.

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09:00
News: Daily Deal: Peach Emoji Power Bank

For Monday’s iLounge Deal, you can pick up the Peach Emoji Power Bank for only $19.99 — that’s 20% off the regular price. Who said phone chargers couldn’t be cute? This peach emoji-shaped power bank packs a battery wallop, with a 2,600mAh battery capacity that is enough to fully charge a smartphone. Know you won’t have time to charge your phone (or any other USB-powered device for that matter) for awhile? Carry this little…

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08:57
Deals: 13" MacBook Pro for $1,299 ($200 off);...




Several Apple authorized resellers are kicking off the week with $200 instant discounts on MacBook Pros, starting with the base 13-inch model in Space Gray and including the high-end 15-inch with Radeon 455 graphics (now $2,599). Apple Watch Series 2 devices are also $100 off with no tax outside NY and NJ.

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08:52
Drive Genius 5 Standard License: $39

We have a deal for you today on the venerable Mac utility Drive Genius 5. This software helps monitor and manage your storage device and its files with 19 different built-in utilities. It’s $29 through us, some 60% off.


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08:48
Nike Unveils VaporMax Flyknit Apple Watch Bands

Nike wants your Apple Watch to match your shoes, so the company is launching a new line Nike+ of sport bands. The “Day to Night” line match the company’s Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit running shoes with color coordinated Apple Watch Nike+ bands.


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08:43
Nike debuts four new Apple Watch bands to coincide...




Nike on Monday introduced four new Nike Sport Band colors for the Apple Watch, designed to match the company's Air VaporMax Flyknit "Day to Night" running shoe collection.

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08:43
New Nike "Day to Night" Apple Watch bands...

While my AWT business partner Dennis Sellers is out for his daily run, he's missing out on the news that could make him a color-coordinated fashionista -- Nike has just announced a new collection of "Day to Night" Apple Watch bands that will match the designs of the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit "Day to Night" running shoes. 

When they arrive on Nike.com and at select Nike retail stores on June 1 for $49.00, runners will be able to match their watch band and shoes for the first time. According to Nike, "The 'Day to Night' collections celebrates runners whenever they choose to run - at twilight, sunset and everything in between. Each of the colors is inspired by a shade of the sky, from dawn to dusk, and allows runners to - for the first time - make a statement by matching their Apple Watch Nike+ bands to their footwear."

The bands will also be available at Apple.com, Apple retail outlets, and other retail partners after the June launch. 

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08:39
Apple Store in Singapore

As with most Apple retail locations, this is just beautiful.

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08:15
Hypnotic coffee table creates sand art with a...

If I had the money, I’d buy one of these coffee tables in a heartbeat.

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08:01
Cases for Apple's 2017 iPad Pros hint at tall...




Photos from a pair of sources purportedly show cases for Apple's 2017 iPad Pro models, including an updated 12.9-inch tablet and a new 10.5-inch design.

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08:00
Daily Deal: ExoMount Magnet Air Universal Smartphone...

Don't drive and hold that iPhone in your hand at the same time -- in many states, this is illegal, and anywhere it's an unsafe practice. Instead, take advantage of our deal on the ExoMount Magnet Air Universal Smartphone Car Mount for just $22.95.  

This is 23 percent off the usual $29.95 price tag, and the Magnet Air Universal Smartphone Car Mount works great! Put the mount into any air vent on your car, then use the powerful magnet on the ExoMount to hold your iPhone in place in any convenient orientation. Installation takes no tools, just your two hands.

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New Apple Music subscribers in some countries won...

Even if you hate the design and navigation, one thing has been clear since Apple released its Music streaming service to the world at WWDC 2015: it has the best introductory offer in the business. But like all good things, it looks like that might be coming to an end.

Several outlets have spotted that Apple’s website in Australia, Spain, and Switzerland is now showing that new Apple Music subscriptions will cost a buck rather than nothing. New customers still get the same three months of music, but now their iTunes accounts will be charged 99 cents, euros, and francs, respectively.

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07:39
UBS increases Apple price target to $170, sees...




In anticipation of a pricey flagship iPhone later this year, investment firm UBS increased its price target for AAPL stock on Monday, advising investors to buy in before the launch of the highly anticipated "iPhone 8."

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07:33
Nike launching colorful new Apple Watch Sport Bands...

Last month Nike expanded its Apple partnership with a special NikeLab version of its collaborative Apple Watch Nike+, and next month Nike is going further by introducing four new shoe-matching Nike Sport Band colors. The “Day to Night” band collection is designed to match Nike’s Air VaporMax Flyknit shoes…

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07:31
The Netherlands gain more mass transit details in...




Apple has expanded its mass transit information to the Netherlands, with the full set of data involving stations, tracks, and other stations coming online on early Saturday morning -- but live train and bus data is not yet available.

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MNML: Minimalist desktop client for Medium, and this...

Have you heard about Medium.com? You can think of it as a blogging platform, but it’s much more than that, providing a daily dish of tasty ideas by writers you might not have otherwise discovered. You can be a writer on Medium; just sign up and start typing. Better yet, buy a copy of MNML (US$29.99) as soon as you sign up for Medium and get ready to enjoy writing and publishing your work on Medium.

MNML (pronounced “minimal”) is a minimalist macOS desktop client for Medium from developer John Saddington, the same guy who brought you Desk. That Mac app was voted one of the Mac App Store “Best Apps of the Year” in both 2014 and 2015, and MNML is off to a good start by being featured on the Mac App Store as a...

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07:30
RSA Sues Apple Claiming Apple Pay Patent Infringement

RSA filed a lawsuit against Apple and Visa over the weekend claiming the iPhone maker’s Apple Pay feature infringes on patents it owns. The company says it holds 13 patents covering Apple Pay technology, and hasn’t been able to get Apple or Visa to pay for licensing.


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07:12
Most Apple Pay terminals in the UK can now accept...

Jennifer Bailey, vice president of Apple pay, told The Telegraph that over half of contactless payment terminals in the UK are now able to take Apple mobile payment transactions of any value. Most card readers had previously been restricted to £30, the default upper limit for contactless card transactions.

The upgrades, which she said applied to hundreds of thousands of terminals, means shoppers in many places can make payments of any value without taking their wallet with them. When Apple Pay was launched in the UK in 2015, only a handful of retailers accepted “limitless” transactions.

The Telegraph notes that higher-value payments are seen as a key advantage for Apple over contactless cards as it seeks to grow its payments business. Contactless card payments are limited to £30 to prevent fraud, since they do not...

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07:11
Emerson announces two new HomeKit Sensi thermostats...

Emerson has officially announced HomeKit support for its Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostat lineup, which includes a budget-friendly option and a fancier version with a color shifting touch screen. Apple’s HomeKit feature allows you to control heating and cooling settings with Siri, automation, and Apple’s Home app.

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07:04
Leaked 10.5-inch iPad Pro case compared to current 9...

Earlier today we got a brief glimpse at some of the first iPad cases leaking for the new 10.5-inch (as well as that refreshed 12.9-inch model also expected soon). Now we get our best look yet at the new model with the images above and below showing a case for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro next to the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro model. The images come from sources in China and were shared with 9to5Mac by @ShaiMizrachi, a tipster that has shared accurate information for unreleased products on several occasions in the past.

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07:03
Apple Pay accused of violating patents after...

Apple has been accused of violating the patents of a Boston-based company through its launch of Apple Pay. Universal Secure Registry CEO Kenneth Weiss says he ‘was the first in the space, and the secure payment technology that he developed goes right to the core of Apple Pay.’

In an interview, Weiss says that the patents cover all three key elements of Apple Pay.

Kenneth P. Weiss, received 13 patents for authentication systems that use a smartphone, biometric identification such as a fingerprint and the generation of secure one-time tokens to conduct financial transactions.

While it’s not unusual for more than one company to be simultaneously working on the same technology, Weiss...

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06:59
Apple sued for allegedly infringing electronic...

Another day, another lawsuit. Universal Secure Registry, a Boston area “enabling technology” company, has filed a complaint in United States District Court for the District of Delaware accusing Apple and Visa of infringing patents for electronic payments and identity authentication that paved the way for their mobile payment platforms.

The suit seeks unspecified damages, but details the scope of the infringement, claiming, "since 2014 Apple's backend servers and Visa's payment processing network VisaNet, including Visa Token Service, have supported and processed transactions made using Apple Pay, including billions of Apple Pay transactions made in the United States." 

According to the complaint, "Apple CEO Tim Cook stated at the iPhone 6 launch event in September 2014, '[p]ayments is a huge business. Every day between credit and debit we spend $12 billion. That's over $4 trillion a year and that's just in the United...

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06:55
Lawsuit accuses Apple & Visa of stealing ideas...




A lawsuit launched this week accuses Apple and Visa of patent infringement via Apple Pay, in fact suggesting that one or both of the companies stole core ideas behind the platform.

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06:50
Emerson announces Apple HomeKit compatible...

Emerson has announced the new Sensi Touch Wi-Fi with a color touchscreen and HomeKit compatibility. HomeKit is a framework that allows control of compatible home automation devices through iOS and Siri.

Emerson’s new Sensi Touch Wi-Fi Thermostat—along with an updated version of the classic Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostat—is now compatible with Apple's smarthome management platform. Customers can use the new geofencing proximity detection feature or flexible scheduling options to achieve energy savings without compromising their comfort, according to Robert Sharp, executive president of Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions.

Both thermostats use smart alerts to notify customers of extreme temperatures and humidity levels. The Sensi mobile app has also received extensive updates, including a dashboard with individual thermostat cards. In addition to the Apple HomeKit integration, both Sensi thermostats are compatible with smart home platforms Amazon Alexa and Wink.

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06:40
Facial recognition helps parents find son 27 years...

Jennings Brown, Vocativ:

When Fu Gui was six, he was abducted on his way home from school in Chongqing, China. He was then trafficked to Quznahou, about 1,000 miles away, where he was sold to foster parents. Now, 27 years after he was taken from his family, he has been reunited with them. And it’s all thanks to the latest cross-age facial recognition technology from Chinese tech giant Baidu.

And:

In 2009, nearly two decades after Gui was kidnapped after school, he uploaded the earliest photo he had of himself, taken when he was 10, adding it to the database of tens of thousands of images. In January of this year, Gui’s father uploaded a photo of Gui when he was 4.

Baidu’s AI was capable of matching the two images, taken six years apart.

This is a breathtaking application of facial recognition technology. And this tech is becoming more sophisticated, and facial data more ubiquitously available every single day.

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06:34
Apple and glucose level monitoring – “Stick it in...

Jean-Louis Gassée, Monday Note:

Apple appears to be working on blood glucose monitoring as a way to address Type 2 Diabetes.“Stick it in your ear”. Literally.

This is a detailed, thoughtful piece on Apple’s pursuit of the holy grail of glucose level monitoring, continuous monitoring without drawing blood. Terrific read.

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06:33
Knightsbridge Singapore Apple store cover removed,...




The cladding surrounding the new Apple store at Singapore's Knightsbridge shopping center has been removed, and the interior of the location has been seen for the first time.

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06:30
Apple sees year-over-year increase in Mac laptop...

Apple’s sold an estimated 3.4 million laptops in the first quarter of the 2017 calendar year, compared to an estimated 2.9 million in the previous quarter, according to TrendForce. This places it fifth among global laptop manufacturers, notes the research group with 9% market share.

Ahead of Apple are HP (22.8% market share), Lenovo (21.2% market share), Dell (14.3% market share), and Asus (9.8% market share). This doesn’t count tablets. According to TrendForce, Apple has 27.9% of this market, making it the top table maker.

Apple’s sales of 3.4 million laptops in the first quarter represents a 15.8% decline compared to the last quarter of 2016. However, it’s a year-over-year increase in overall laptop shipments.

The latest generation of MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, which was released in last year’s fourth quarter, was well-received by consumers and contributed significantly to the...

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06:28
Nokia: Apple isn’t a victim of monopoly

Nokia asked a Texas federal judge Thursday to toss antitrust counterclaims by Apple in a patent infringement suit over video compression technology, calling the tech giant’s protestations that it was the victim of a monopoly a meritless attempt to impede Nokia’s infringement claims, reports the Law 360 website.

Nokia is suing Apple in Germany and the U.S. for patent infringement. "Since agreeing (to) a license covering some patents from the Nokia Technologies portfolio in 2011, Apple has declined subsequent offers made by Nokia to license other of its patented inventions which are used by many of Apple's products...

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06:27
How the Beatles Wrote ‘A Day in the Life’

[VIDEO] Nicholas Dawidoff:

“A Day in the Life” isn’t a song to sing, as are “Eleanor Rigby” (ideal for both car and karaoke), “Hey Jude” (written to soothe John Lennon’s young son, no lullaby works better at children’s bedtime), or “In My Life” (a perennial at weddings and funerals and, I can’t help mentioning, rock’s analog to Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116). Nor is “A Day in the Life” guided by melody like so many Beatles creations. It’s an elaborate production, filled with sophisticated George Martin and Geoff Emerick musical trickery (distortion, echo, dubbing, reverb). An orchestra plays, and then one singer’s voice gives way to another’s—John’s worldly reflections transitioning to Paul’s sketch of domestic memoir, and then back again—before orchestral cataclysm and a final resting place.

And:

And then, after all the chaos and destruction, what next? George Harrison had suggested a fade to humming. But it didn’t work. Paul thought that the song needed firmer...

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06:19
Tipping point for Apple Pay as majority of UK tills...

The Telegraph:

Jennifer Bailey, the head of Apple’s payments business, said over half of contactless payment terminals in the UK are now able to take Apple Pay transactions of any value. Most card readers had previously been restricted to £30, the default upper limit for contactless card transactions.

And:

Contactless card payments are limited to £30 to prevent fraud, since they do not require shoppers to enter a PIN.

Apple Pay transactions, which are made by holding an iPhone or Apple Watch against a card reader, are approved using the iPhone fingerprint scanner or watch’s biometric sensors. The extra security allows Apple Pay to make payments of any value, but retailers have had to embark on a programme of terminal upgrades to support them.

“We think the majority of the contactless terminals [in the UK] are now limitless,” Ms Bailey said.

Slow, but steady, steady growth.

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06:16
Comment: Today at Apple could easily backfire unless...

Among the images that Apple proudly featured in officially launching its Today at Apple initiative was one from an event I attended myself: an acoustic concert at London’s Regent Street store.

The official photo of the event, below, shows singer Dua Lipa performing one of the tracks from her upcoming new album, while smiling customers enjoy the show.

That was an accurate reflection of the event. The singer gave an excellent performance to an appreciative audience. But it didn’t provide the complete picture. The top photo, taken with my iPhone from my position close to the stage area, shows another aspect of the event: massive crowding with basically zero attempt at controlling those crowds …

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05:58
‘Today at Apple’ events kicked off this weekend

“Today at Apple” kicked off this weekend with new in-store programming around the world, including Photo Walks and Kids Hour at all 495 Apple stores. From Getting Started with Coding to How To: Sketch, Draw and Paint with iPad, stores collectively hosted 4,000 sessions a day, including some with special guests.

Movement artist and star of Apple’s AirPods commercial, Lil Buck, shows off his moves in the Forum at Apple Union Square.

The Today at Apple sessions are led by a new type of retail store employee -- the Creative Pro. These employees are being hired for professional-level knowledge of the subjects they teach at the sessions. In some major cities, the sessions will be taught by world-renowned artists, musicians, videographers and photographers.

The education events are part of a plan to have the Apple stores become a...

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05:50
External Link: Apple Spends $200 Million on Lattice...

Apple’s Siri was the first voice-driven assistant of its kind on the market, but in many ways, it is now being overshadowed by Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Assistant, and Microsoft’s Cortana. To boost Siri's capabilities, Apple has acquired artificial intelligence company Lattice Data for $200 million, largely for the expertise of its 20 engineers. Lattice Data converts so-called “dark data” like free-form text and images into structured data that computers can understand and use in Siri's responses.

 

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05:44
Presentation slide again suggests 'iPhone 8...




A photograph of a PowerPoint presentation suggests that the "iPhone 8" Touch ID sensor module cutout is on the back of the screen -- shedding some doubt on recent mockups and illustrations putting it underneath the display glass.

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05:30
Apple wants you to be able to control HomeKit, iOS,...

Apple wants to make it easier to manage HomeKit compatible gadgets and its own iOS and macOS devices from a central interface, perhaps on an iPhone, iPad or Mac. The company has been granted a patent (number 20170139801) for “presenting status received from multiple devices.”

HomeKit is a framework that allows control of compatible home automation devices through iOS and Siri.

In the patent filing,  Apple notes that modern computing devices and wireless connections make gathering and transmitting data easier than ever, but remotely viewing all of this data still faces numerous obstacles. For one, the variety of device types and the volume of data make viewing data from multiple devices unpractical. 

Even if an application or interface is provided, viewing the variety of data requires accessing multiple applications to view the data regarding each application. This is both time consuming and resource intensive and provides the user a disjointed view of the data...

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05:15
Apple shuts down Repair Extension Program for 2011...

The bad news: Apple is no longer offering extended support for its 2011 MacBook Pro notebooks via its Repair Extension Program for Video Issues.

A group of updated support documents point out that Apple is still covering 15-inch Retina models of the Pro from 2012 and 2013, as long as they were bought less than four years ago. The program was slated to end on December 31st, 2016, although Apple has kept it in effect for users within a four-year window.

Apple first launched the Repair Extension Program for Video Issues in February of 2015. The program addressed what the company claimed was a “small percentage” of Pros with absent or distorted video, or prone to sudden reboots. Problems came to light as far back as 2013, however.

Come October of 2014, Apple was hit with a class-action lawsuit wherein users sought compensation for faulty GPUs. A later online petition to Apple executives collected over 40,000 signatures.

Customers who qualify for the Repair...

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05:11
Majority of UK payment terminals now support ‘...

We noted last summer that many UK payment terminals were allowing Apple Pay transactions above the standard £30 ($39) limit for contactless cards – and Apple says this is now true of the majority of terminals.

The news was revealed by Jennifer Bailey, head of Apple’s payments business …

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05:04
Photos show cases for new 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch...

Whilst WWDC is typically focused on software announcements like iOS 11, this year several reports point to new hardware announcements including a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro model.

In line with that expectation, photos are now surfacing showing cases sized for the new 10.5-inch iPad. Similar to rumors for iPhone 8, Apple will shrink the bezels to fit a larger display in approximately the same physical chassis size as the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. A case for the 2017 12.9 inch model is also shown …

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05:00
Updated drone footage shows Apple Park campus at...

The new Apple Park headquarters is drawing that much closer to completion.

In his latest drone video, Duncan Sinfield has released flyover footage of the site at sunset.

While we saw some nighttime footage of Apple Park earlier this month, the new video takes the viewer a sunset-only tour of the campus. The video shows just how massive Apple’s new headquarters really are, as the building lights up the darker it gets outside.

The footage also shows work continuing on the site’s landscaping.

Interestingly, a Wired piece also mentions the vision of the late Steve Jobs for the new headquarters:

At one point, Stefan Behling recalls, Jobs discussed the walls he had in mind for the offices: “He knew exactly what timber he wanted, but not just ‘I like oak’ or ‘I like maple.’ He knew it had to be quarter-­cut. It had to be cut in the winter, ideally in January, to have the least amount of sap and sugar content. We were all sitting there, architects...

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04:41
Apple unveils Singapore store, with Today at Apple...

Apple has removed the vinyl window coverings from its first retail store in Singapore, revealing the interior for the first time.

Straits Times reports that the ground floor is used to display both main products and accessories, while the focus of the upper floor is on space for the company’s Today at Apple creative sessions …

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04:30
How to change the default email client in macOS...

When you click a link for an email address, your Mac opens the app you've set for that kind of link. Mail is the default email app. It works just fine for me. However, if you install other email apps, you might want to set them to open when you click an email link or web link. To set a default email app:

  • Open the Mail app.
  • If you haven't already set up an email account in Mail preferences or Internet preferences, follow the onscreen instructions to set one up now.
  • From the Mail menu, choose Preferences.
  • Click General.
  • Choose your email app from the ”Default email reader” pop-up menu.

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

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04:05
Apple officially launches ‘Today at Apple’ with...

Apple officially launched its Today at Apple initiative – combining workshops and creative performances – this weekend. The company says that it held special events at all 495 Apple Stores around the world, and showed off photos from many of them (below).

‘Today at Apple’ kicked off this weekend with new in-store programming around the world, including Photo Walks and Kids Hour at all 495 Apple stores. From Getting Started with Coding to How To: Sketch, Draw and Paint with iPad, stores collectively hosted 4,000 sessions a day, including some with very special guests …

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