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Friday February 23

09:37
Review: MacBook users should consider the IOGear USB...




The IOGear USB-C Compact Docking Station with Power Delivery Pass-Thru is a port-replacement peripheral for USB 3.1 type C gear, but isn't ideal for Apple's entire portable line.

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08:24
News: Report: Apple on-track to begin selling...

Japanese blog Mac Otakara has confirmed an earlier report from The Apple Post which reported that Apple’s new AirPower charging mat will be launching sometime next month in both Apple and Best Buy stores. The AirPower Qi charging mat, announced by Apple last fall, will provide the ability to charge the new iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus models, alongside an Apple Watch and specially-encased AirPods. Neither report offers a specific launch…

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07:53
How to Turn Off HomePod’s Siri Light

If you don’t want a pulsing light on top of your HomePod every time you say, “Hey Siri,” here’s how to turn it off.


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07:51
1Password releases ‘Pwned Passwords’ integration for...

Digital security can often feel out of our control and painstakingly difficult to manage. 1Password already helps by making it possible to create strong, unique passwords, and new integration with ‘Pwned Passwords’ helps inform users about passwords that may have been compromised in a data breach.

more…

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07:48
How to create a smart home in a smart way

Those of you who’ve been following my Smart Home Diary series will know that I’ve learned a number of lessons – some of them the hard way. But I thought it would be useful to distill these into a single piece offering my best advice for anyone planning to create a smart home from scratch today.

And that advice begins with considering whether or not creating a smart home is a smart choice for you …

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07:42
∞ Rene Ritchie, John Gruber and an all-star cast...

[VIDEO] I absolutely love this video (embedded in the main Loop post). First off, there’s the topic. Twitter is pulling their Mac client, forcing people to either go through their browser or adopt a third party Twitter client. I’ve been thinking about this, but I just can’t wrap my head around their motivation. Is this some kind of end run around Apple? An attempt to reduce maintenance costs (one less platform to support)?

No matter, this is a video of Rene Ritchie, John Gruber, Loren Brichter (part of Apple’s original iPhone dev team, creator of Tweetie for iPhone OS, and original creator of Twitter for the Mac), Twitterrific’s Craig Hockenberry, Twitter for Mac developer Ben Sandofsky, and Tapbot’s Paul Haddad, all in a round robin discussion.

The topic is hot, the panelists are all steeped in the Twitter for Mac story, and the video format gives you the chance to see these people whose names you might have heard or whose tweets you might have encountered.

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07:11
Apple’s AirPower Wireless Charging Mat Reportedly...

When Apple unveiled its AirPower wireless charging mat last September the company said it would ship some time in 2018, and it’s looking like “some time” may be March.


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06:34
News: iOS 11.3 beta 3 introduces Apple Music Videos...

With the release of the third beta of iOS 11.3 earlier this week, Apple now appears to be gradually rolling out its expanded music videos features within Apple Music. When Apple previewed iOS 11.3 last month, it noted that it would also be bringing improvements to the music video experience in Apple Music, making it “the home for music videos” and providing ad-free streaming and curated music video playlists. Although the new content doesn’t…

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06:19
Steve Jobs signed items up for auction

Some fascinating items. At the very least, take a look at the Steve Jobs job application. This is a nice bit of history, a sense of Steve before Apple.

There’s also a signed Mac OS X manual, a signed newspaper article (I believe it is from 2008, likely for the iPhone 3G – In the pic, you can already see Steve has lost weight), and a photo of the original Apple logo signed by Apple founder Ron Wayne.

[Via 9to5Mac]

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:07
FxFactory releases XEffects Rips plug-ins for Apple...

FxFactory has released XEffects Rips, a new set of Final Cut Pro X plug-ins. Developed by partner Idustrial Revolution, they emulate the ripping of paper, separating the media into two halves with a photorealistic edge. 

The rip has onscreen controls for direction and rotation; the rip itself can be positioned using X and Y controls and rotated to any angle. Each plug-in comes loaded with a choice of 10 different edges which can be adjusted for edge width, color, and offset.

XEffects Rips is distributed through FxFactory online. It’s being launched at a discounted price of $39 for one week (until March 1). The normal price is $49.

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06:06
PowerPod sleeve: wireless charging for your AirPods

Yup, it’s a Kickstarter. And chances are, Apple will come out with a wireless charging case for the next-gen AirPods. But this is a cool idea. It’s a thin sleeve that slides over your existing AirPods case, adding Qi wireless charging. And it’s $20 ($40 retail).

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
Save 50% on DEVONthink Pro for Mac -- Limited Time...

Do you need to keep all of your many documents in sync? DEVONthink Pro for Mac lets you easily handle vast amounts of information in one easy to backup database, presenting it in ways that are optimized to the way you work. Usually a bargain at $79.95, DEVONthink Pro for Mac is available for a limited time at half-price -- $39.95. 

This incredibly powerful organization tool is a favorite of Mac users around the world. What can it do for you?

  • Keep your important data organized by using filing systems driven by artificial intelligence
  • View all of your data in one place, use innovative tags to quickly organize documents, & write in the enhanced rich text editor
  • ...
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06:00
News: Daily Deal: HyperDrive USB-C Hub with 4K HDMI...

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering the HyperDrive USB-C Hub with 4K HDMI Support for only $44.99 — that’s 25% off the regular price. This compact and portable hub lets you easily expand your new MacBook Pro’s USB-C ports, adding a 4K HDMI port, two standard USB 3.0 type-A ports and an extra USB-C port. Pass-through charging also means you can leave everything at your desk connected to the hub and easily “dock in”…

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05:59
Rumor: Apple’s AirPower is coming next month

Japanese publication Mac Otakara says — as noted by AppleInsider — that Apple’s AirPower will go on sale in March. A specific date wasn’t mentioned.

The AirPower is a wireless charging mat that will be able to charge a Qi-compatible iPhone, an Apple Watch, and a pair of AirPods (in a special wireless charging case) at the same time regardless of where they're placed on the pad. AirPower hasn't been priced yet, but guesses have it costing anywhere from $150 - $200. 

Chances this rumor is true, according to the Sellers Research Group (that’s me): 90%. Apple said the AirPower was coming in early 2018, so March sounds like a reasonable month to me.

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05:54
Accidental 911 calls traced to Apple’s Elk Grove...

Cathy Locke, Sacramento Bee:

Apple’s iPhone repair and refurbishing center has been identified as the source of apparently inadvertent 911 calls received by Elk Grove police and Sacramento County sheriff’s dispatch centers over the past five months.

Since October, the Elk Grove Police Department’s dispatch center has been receiving about 20 non-subscriber initialized 911 calls per day, said Officer Jason Jimenez, police spokesman. The calls show no service provider for the phone, but the dispatch center has traced them to a cell tower near the Apple campus and determined that they are coming from the phone repair facility, he said.

The calls are coming from inside the house.

And:

Since Jan. 1, Hampton said, the sheriff’s communication center has received 47 uninitialized 911 calls and has been able to document that 30 of those came from the Apple facility.

Testing the iPhone/Apple Watch SOS capability?

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05:32
AppleInsider podcast talks HomePod, AirPlay 2,...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Neil talk about Neil's Siri experience on HomePod, iOS betas that formerly had AirPlay 2, and HomeKit baby cameras.

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05:00
Future Apple devices may have flexible ‘sidewall...

Future Apple iPhones, iPads, and Mac laptops may have sidewall displays. Apple has filed for a patent (number 20180052540) for devices with flexible displays that are bent to form displays on multiple surfaces of the devices. These mini-screens could offer additional functionality.

Bent flexible displays may be bent to form front side displays and edge displays. Edge displays could function as virtual buttons, virtual switches, or informational displays that are supplemental to front side displays. Virtual buttons may include transparent button members, lenses, haptic feedback components, audio feedback components, or other components for providing feedback to a user when virtual buttons are activated.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that flexible display technologies are available that allow displays to be flexed. The tech giant thinks such displays could be used for input-output components and additional features. For example, virtual buttons on the edge of a...

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04:30
SurfacePad is great for iPhone X owners who don’t...

Twelve South’s $49.99 SurfacePad for iPhone X is an attractive, thin case that protects the front and rear of the smartphone, while providing sleep/wake functionality via a magnetized front cover.

The automatic wake/sleep function works when you open or close the front flap, which is very convenient. Also convenient is the face that the SurfacePad is is Qi charging compatible so it doesn’t have to be removed for using a wireless charger, such as Apple’s upcoming AirPower.

When it comes to design, the SurfacePad for iPhone X — available in black, cognac and deep teal flavors — is a wallet case, hands-free stand, and removable shell all wrapped up in vintage leather that looks and feels great. It has two pockets to hold your ID, cards...

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04:05
Snap loses $1.3B in market value as reality TV star...

Snapchat owner Snap saw $1.3B wiped from its market value after reality TV star Kylie Jenner tweeted that she had stopped opening the app.

Jenner has 24.5M followers on Twitter, and was (and may still be) the most viewed person on Snapchat, but the tweet was likely only the indirect cause of the stock market plunge …

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04:00
How to take care of your HomePod

Apple’s HomePod is relatively durable. However, since, at $350, it ain’t inexpensive, you should take steps to take care of it. Here are some support and safety tips.

Do not use a HomePod near water or where it might be exposed to dripping or splashing. Keep the wireless speaker away from all sources of liquid, such as drinks, washbasins, bathtubs, shower stalls, swimming pools, spas, and so on. Do not place any object filled with liquid on top of it. Don’t expose a HomePod to moisture, dampness, or wet weather, such as rain, snow, or fog.

  • Clean the speaker gently and only with a dry cloth.
  • Don’t block any ventilation openings on the HomePod. 
  • Unplug it during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time. 
  • Don’t place a HomePod near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat. Don’t place a naked flame such as a lighted candle or lit cigarette on or...
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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 23, 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

KerCodex has introduced Quick'Nap 1.0. It’s a free, simple alarm clock app that wakes you up with progressive music chosen out of your iPhone library. An alarm mode is also available for the occasional overnight sleep. Security notifications are triggered if you accidentally leave the app.

macOS Apps/Updates

MW3D-Solutions has announced Cheetah3D 7.2, a feature update to its 3D modeling solution for macOS. Version 7.2 now uses the AVFoundation framework, which offers faster and higher quality movie export. 

What’s more, professional users will...

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03:15
Rumor: Apple working on second-gen AirPods featuring...

Apple is apparently working on a second-gen series of AirPods which could include “Hey Siri” support instead of requiring a tap before giving voice commands. The new model will also sport an updated wireless chip for improved Bluetooth connections.

Sources close to the story have stated that Apple is looking to update the iPods in 2018.

The current AirPods require a double-tap on the units to activate Siri. Incorporating a voice-activated “Hey Siri” command will bring AirPods in line with interacting with Apple’s voice assistant on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and HomePod.

As of 2017, Apple had stated that it will introduce a wireless charging case for the AirPods in 2018, alongside a charging plate that can accommodate an iPhone, Apple Watch, and the AirPods charging case at the same time. The updated AirPods and charging case are expected this year.

The sources also said that Apple is working on water-resistant AirPods, which aren’t expected to ship in...

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03:00
Enlight photo editing tool arrives on App Store for...

It’s free, it’s spiffy and it’s now available for iOS.

Lightricks, Ltd. has just released Englight, its powerful photo editor for iOS.

The program, a 104.9 megabyte download through the App Store, offers the following features:

Image Perfection:
• Precise & selective control over tone, color, and details
• Create and save your own unique presets
• Built-in masking within every tool allow you to seamlessly blend effects

Analog & Duo Filters:
• Reproduce the style of classic cameras and vintage film
• Revitalize colors with two-toned gradients
• Add light leaks and custom vignetting for a retro feel

Black & White Photography:
• Discover the magic of monochromatic photos with darkroom-inspired techniques
• Signature presets dedicated to stunning b&w photo conversion
• Add artistic touches with film intensity, grain, and fade

An Artist’s Dream:
• Easily convert your...

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Thursday February 22

19:42
Apple’s AirPower said to be released next month,...

Alongside the iPhone 8 and iPhone X last September, Apple showcased its wireless charging accessory called AirPower. The charging mat will allow Apple users to charge their iPhone, AirPods, and Apple Watch on the same surface. At the time, Apple teased a 2018 debut, and now it looks like we’re inching closer to that release….

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19:34
Director Steven Soderbergh's shot-on-iPhone...




Acclaimed Hollywood director Steven Soderbergh spoke to the press at the premiere of his latest feature film, "Unsane," at the Berlin film festival on Wednesday, expounding on the benefits of using an iPhone to shoot the psychological thriller.

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18:09
Apple's AirPower mat inches closer to release,...




Following up on rumors earlier this month, Japanese publication Mac Otakara has confirmed with its own sources that Apple plans to initiate sales of its hotly anticipated AirPower wireless charging mat in March.

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17:45
What features would you like to see added to AirPods...

A Bloomberg report today offered early details on what Apple has up its sleeve for the new generation of AirPods coming this year. The report highlighted that this year we can expect ‘Hey Siri’ support, while water resistance is also on the roadmap for a later date.

What features would you like to see added to AirPods?

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16:19
∞ Making a hockey stick guitar

This is so incredibly great. He is so funny at the beginning and end.

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16:07
Apple Repair Center Making Lots of 911 Calls By...

The issue appears to be iPhones and/or Apple Watches making emergency calls when they’re being handled by technicians.


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16:02
Family Robot Companions Are Evolving Fast, Will Soon...

John just interviewed a company that’s making a family robot companion, and he sees the future more clearly than ever.


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15:50
Intel failed to disclose Meltdown and Spectre to...




Apple, Google parent Alphabet and Intel in letters to lawmakers on Thursday revealed a bit of background information concerning the recent airing of Meltdown and Spectre chip vulnerabilities, saying Intel notified U.S. cyber security officials of the flaws only after their existence was made public.

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15:34
Apple Hires Another Veteran TV Executive – Carol...

Deadline reported that Ms. Trussell will start in March, and will oversee production issues for Apple’s original shows.


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15:07
The Spotify Platform Problem, Tim Cook Insights, and...

Bryan and Jeff talk about the Spotify Platform problem and the problems facing any independent music streaming service. They also talk about the things they learned from Tim Cook’s interview with Fast Company, and whether or not Apple is signaling a bigger play in Apple TV gaming.


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15:04
Apple acknowledges influx of false alarm 911 calls...

iOS includes a feature called Emergency SOS that makes it easy to call 911 in times of need, but the feature has also reportedly led to a slew of accidental phone calls to emergency officials.

A report from CBS Sacramento says that emergency dispatchers in Elk Grove and Sacramento County in California have seen an influx of false alarm calls that appear to be originating from an Apple repair and refurbishing center in the area…

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14:57
States refile lawsuits to block repeal of U.S. net...

A coalition of 22 state attorneys general and the District of Columbia on Thursday refiled legal challenges intended to block the Trump administration’s repeal of landmark rules designed to ensure a free and open internet from taking effect.

I hope this works.

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14:37
Apple hires Gaumont Television executive to serve as...

Apple is continuing to expand its Worldwide Video Programming division, the team responsible for original content efforts. According to a new report from Deadline, Apple has hired Carol Trussell, who will serve as Head of Production…

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14:33
Apple repair facility in California made about 1,600...




Emergency dispatch centers in Elk Grove and Sacramento, Calif., have over the past four months seen an increasing number of false alarm calls originate from an Apple facility in the area, with workers there fielding about 20 such calls per day.

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14:22
033: Hey Siri AirPods, Apple Pay stats, Affinity...

Today we’ve got AirPod rumors, Apple Pay stats, and Affinity Photo for iPad.

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.

https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/9to5mac-daily-02-22-2018.mp3

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13:58
Apple World Today News Update: February 22, 2018

The original of this employment application filled out by Steve Jobs in 1973 could be yours!

Today's news brings us word about more screenshots in the iOS App Store, an auction of items signed by Steve Jobs, and a quasi-scientific test of car navigation apps by an Adobe manager:

  • Apple now allows developers put submit up to 10 screenshots per device type for their App Store listings
  • Want a piece of history? Three items signed by Steve Jobs are going up for auction soon, including an employment application from 1973 (see image at top of page)
  • Bored by your commute? Gather data for an unofficial test of car navigation apps like this Adobe senior manager did

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

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13:48
Latest Apple Pay & Instacart tie-up offers free...




Apple has once again partnered with Instacart to promote Apple Pay, enabling free delivery for people who order groceries through Instacart's iPhone and iPad app.

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13:32
Apple's Irish tax bill close to finalization,...




The head of Ireland's Revenue Commission has advised the calculations of Apple's unpaid tax bill are almost complete, with the final total the iPhone producer will be expected to pay the government thought to be around 13 billion euro ($16 billion), close to initial estimates for the European Commission-mandated payment.

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13:20
Report: Intel intentionally hid Meltdown and Spectre...

Intel reportedly did not disclose Meltdown or Spectre security flaws to U.S. cyber security officials after being notified of the flaws because hackers had not exploited the vulnerabilities yet, Reuters reports.

The company did not disclose the information to the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, better known as US-CERT, until January 3. This was after the details of the vulnerabilities had leaked online.

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13:06
Latest Apple Pay promotion offering free grocery...

Apple is sharing its latest Apple Pay promotion today with users via email. This week, the company has partnered with Instacart to offer free grocery delivery.

more…

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12:49
Blizzard will host a tournament for the 15-year-old...

Out of nowhere, Blizzard introduced a public test realm (PTR) last fall for its 15-year-old game Warcraft III. PC fans of its current best-sellers like Overwatch play on PTRs to try out new features before they're released to everyone, so creating on...

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12:32
Informal testing finds Apple Maps arrival times are...




A months-long, quasi-scientific test of the three leading car navigation apps -- Apple Maps, Google Maps, and Waze -- found that Apple's software regularly overestimates trip times, which may help drivers arrive on time or even early.

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12:30
News: Report: Apple planning upgraded AirPods for...

Apple is currently working on two significant upgrades to the AirPods, according to a new report from Bloomberg, suggesting that Apple intends to regularly release updates to the wireless headphones. According to people familiar with the matter, a new model of AirPods could be coming as early as later this year which would include an upgraded wireless chip and “Hey Siri” support for calling up Siri without the need to physically tap the…

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12:21
DroneDeploy iOS Live Map feature revolutionizes...

As a commercial drone pilot, I'm very familiar with DroneDeploy -- it's a platform that uses an iOS app connected to a remote controller to automate aerial mapping from drones. Last week, DroneDeploy updated its app with a new feature called Live Map, which lets drone operators create real-time maps in the field on the iOS device.

Previously, users would use DroneDeploy to plan a flight to take photos, but then needed to download photos from an SD card to a computer, then upload to the DroneDeploy platform to have a map assembled. With Live Map, a drone pilot plans a flight, takes off, and then watches as maps are rendered on-screen during flight. There's no need for an internet or cell connection, and the wait for processing is eliminated.

The new Live Map feature enables high quality daily mapping. For growers and agronomists, this means...

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11:59
An Apple Patent Hints at an Apple TV Gaming System

It’s not clear if it’s a separate console (probably not though) or just video game accessories or a platform.


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11:51
Review: KEF Egg Wireless Digital Music System

In recent years, we've written about a lot of headphones, Bluetooth speakers, and loudspeakers. There is, however, another type of sound system that we rarely see: desktop speaker systems. Simple two-channel systems, sometimes with a subwoofer, used to be a standard accessory with every new computer purchase; these systems added sound to desktop systems and upgraded laptop sound without the need for an amplifier or DAC, and were built with desk space in mind. These days, it seems like many of us are settling for laptop speakers, and many companies are devoting their efforts either to small "personal" speakers or full-size components. KEF, however, is one of those companies that still believes in desktop speaker systems. Today we're checking out KEF's "Egg", a versatile and well-built system that brings the company's high-tech driver design to a desk-friendly package.{/exp:char_limit}
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11:48
Apple raises screenshot limit for App Store listings...




Apple has made it easier for developers to show off their app in App Store listings for the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Apple Watch, by increasing the maximum number of screenshots that can be included in a product page to 10 images per device.

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11:45
HomePod Review, Cook Interview, Crypto Tax Haven,...

In this TMO video podcast, Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit discuss Apple’s new HomePod after 10 days of use, Apple CEO Tim Cook’s FastCompany interview, Wyoming wanting to become a Crypto Tax Haven, and how music influences really are in the ear of the beholder. They also offer a couple of app picks. (WARNING NSFW: PROFANITY & RANTS)


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11:35
Apple hires video production veteran Carol Trussell...




Apple has hired Gaumont Television executive Carol Trussell as the head of production for Apple's nascent video effort.

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11:31
iOS Developers can add up to 10 App Screenshots Now

Adding more app screenshots will let developers show more of an app’s capabilities.


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11:05
Design+Code2 iOS Design and Xcode Training: $39

We have a deal on the Design+Code2 iOS Design & Xcode Training, a developer training course. It includes 44 hours of video training material, and it comes with more than 36 Sketch files and 36 Xcode project files and templates. This course is $39 through us, 74% off retail.


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10:55
App developers can now show up to 10 screenshots per...

Apple has upped the screenshot limits for developers today, as announced on the Apple Developer News blog. Apps can now have up to 10 screenshots per device form factor, increased from the previous limit of 5 per device. This change applies to the iOS App Store, tvOS App Store, and watchOS App Store.

more…

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10:54
Get a 3TB Seagate Expansion external hard drive on...

Files sizes are getting larger and larger these days thanks to astronomical increases in graphics quality and general features, so sometimes it's best just to keep all of your junk on an external hard drive so you don't need to download it all again later on.

Today on Amazon, you can pick up a Seagate Expansion 3TB external hard drive for 37 percent off the list price that should keep you from worrying about storage space for a long time, and the...

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10:48
How to get yourself out of a funk

Jason Kottke:

On Tuesday, I woke up feeling a bit tired, uninspired, and just generally not in the mood to tackle my to-do list for the day. I understand myself well enough by now to know how to react to this situation (most of the time) but was curious about how other people deal with such episodes. So I asked on Twitter: “What do you do to get yourself moving when this happens to you?” I got tons of interesting responses, which I’ve organized into some broader categories in the hope that they’ll help someone out in the future.

I may go for a walk and play some guitar today.

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10:44
What You Need to Know About the FCC Anti-Net...

John Martellaro joins Jeff Gamet to talk about the state of Net Neutrality now that the FCC’s “Restoring Internet Freedom” is in place, along with what we can expect to happen next.


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10:44
Copies and clones

Marco Arment:

App developers sometimes ask me what they should do when their features, designs, or entire apps are copied by competitors.

You know, Marco’s conclusions really upset me, but he’s right.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:44
Steve Jobs signed Mac OS X manual, employment...

Three new items signed by Steve Jobs are going up for auction early next month. With the scarcity of Jobs’ autographed items, these latest auctions are expected to fetch between $15,000- $50,000.

more…

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10:41
Carol Trussell hired as Head of Production for Apple...

Apple’s Worldwide Video Programming division has hired Carol Trussell as Head of Production, and she’ll start next month, reports Deadline.

Trussell comes from Gaumont Television where she had served as Head of Production since 2013. She oversaw all aspects of physical production for the U.S.-based indie company’s series, including Narcos, Hannibal, Hemlock Grove and F is for Family.

Trussell joined Gaumont after serving as a producer on the first season of company’s NBC series Hannibal. She also was previously a producer on such series as Roswell, True Blood, Unnatural History and What About Brian. Trussell began her career in production and development at Paramount and Lorimar Television.

Apple has nine scripted series in the works....

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10:29
Apple’s final settlement with European Commission...

Apple is said to owe 13 billion euros (estimated $16 billion USD) to Ireland, according to the country’s tax collectors, Reuters reports.

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10:18
Feature Request: How HomeKit could improve with...

CarPlay isn’t expected to gain any major features this year according to recent reporting, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream. One simple change I would love to see in some future update is support for HomeKit alerts through CarPlay. Going a step further, a dedicated Home app for CarPlay with a few key features could be very beneficial.

more…

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09:37
Apple's iPhone outpaces overall smartphone...




New data from market analyst firm Gartner saw Apple's holiday percent of sales slightly drop to 17.9 percent, with Samsung holding a slight edge at 18.2 percent in a contracting market fighting a consumer base reluctant to upgrade.

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09:28
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad Pro $150 off, Amazon...

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

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09:17
Killer Deals: Save $70 to $350 instantly on Apple...




New, lower prices! AppleInsider readers can take advantage of exclusive coupons and instant discounts this week to instantly save between $70 and $350 on every Mid 2017 MacBook Pro, including Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15" MacBook Pro. Plus, sales tax will not be collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ and systems qualify for 0% OAC.

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09:15
Video: Apple HomePod vs. Google Home Max




Apple's HomePod and Google's Home Max are both vying for the high end of the audio market. But which one is worth your hard earned cash? AppleInsider put these premium speakers to the test to tell you which one wins out.

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09:13
External Link: Tim Cook: “I’ve only had good years”

Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down for a wide-ranging interview with Fast Company’s Robert Safian. Cook is feeling pretty good about his tenure at Apple, saying up front that he has “only had good years.” Despite the excellent performance of Apple stock, Cook expresses misgivings about the stock market and discusses Apple’s patience in developing products (“Because we don’t believe in using our customers as a laboratory.”), how he reads customer feedback (“I tend to weight the ones that are most thoughtful.”), and how Apple wants to help its customers do the right thing (such as with Do Not Disturb While Driving).

 

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08:21
People freaked out after robot dogs opened a door....

[VIDEO] Alex Horton, Washington Post:

In one of the scariest moments in the movie “Jurassic Park,” a pair of intelligent Velociraptors, brought back to Earth by man’s hubris, defy an assumption about their limitations: They open a kitchen door.

Now imagine that the raptors are real, transformed into headless robot dogs that can negotiate stairs, fling open doors with their robotic claws and generally overcome the puny obstacles offered up by the human technicians at Boston Dynamics.

Normally, I’d ignore or modify the sensational headline of the Post article. But it made me laugh and was (kind of) on point. Last week, we posted this video, showing a dog-like robot opening a door. People really did freak out. A bit.

Well, now there’s a follow-up (embedded in the main Loop post), where a human tries to stop the robot from...

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08:19
161: Twitter for Mac abandoned, iOS 11’s Telugu fix...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss the slow death of Twitter for Mac, Apple requiring app updates to support iPhone X, Nokia probably killing Withings and how HealthKit will be affected, the Telugu character bug in iOS 11, a small change in watchOS 4.3 beta, CarPool Karaoke returning for season 2, hints of new iPads coming soon, iOS 12 features rumored to be on the way, the current state of the not-yet-shipped AirPlay 2 feature, and HomePod’s ring issue.

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08:15
∞ A glimpse behind the scenes at the iPhone X and...

[VIDEO] Click over to the main Loop post and watch this short video. Fantastic.

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08:11
Bloomberg: Apple plans AirPods upgrade

Mark Gurman, Bloomberg:

The model coming as early as this year will let people summon Apple’s Siri digital assistant without physically tapping the headphones by saying “Hey Siri.” The function will work similarly to how a user activates Siri on an iPhone or a HomePod speaker hands-free. The headphones, internally known as B288, will include an upgraded Apple-designed wireless chip for managing Bluetooth connections. The first AirPods include a chip known as the W1, and Apple released the W2 with the Apple Watch last year.

The idea for the water-resistant model is for the headphones to survive splashes of water and rain, the people said. They likely won’t be designed to be submerged in water. The latest iPhones can survive splashes, while the Apple Watch is considered “swim-proof.” Apple’s plans could change or be delayed, the people said. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.

Is this enough to make you replace your AirPods with the latest and greatest?...

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07:54
∞ Popping a balloon inside an anechoic chamber (like...

[VIDEO] I found this video (embedded in main Loop post) fascinating. First, you hear the balloon pop in a reverb chamber (where the sound bounces and repeats), then you hear the balloon pop in an anechoic chamber (where all sound is absorbed, rather than reflected). Amazing.

[H/T Marcus Mendes]

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07:50
Apple Pay used by estimated 127M users globally, but...




Apple Pay is continuing to grow year-on-year, according to research by Loup Ventures, but while the adoption rate for Apple Pay by its users has reportedly jumped, it is claimed the mobile payments service is still being used by a relatively small proportion of iPhone users.

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07:33
iOS 11.3 Public Beta 3 Ready for Download

Apple followed up its iOS 11.3 developer beta 3 release with a matching public beta. that removes AirPlay 2 support.


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07:30
News: New Apple TV trademark filing may indicate...

A new trademark filing discovered by Patently Apple suggests that Apple may have plans for a stronger push into next-generation gaming technology for its set-top box. According to the report, Apple has updated its logo trademark for the Apple TV to expand its scope into all things related to gaming; Apple’s Trademark filing 87801324 was filed solely under class 028, which specifically covers “video game consoles; controllers for game consoles;…

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07:26
Gartner: Apple's iPhone sales fell 5% in...

Global sales of smartphones to end users totaled nearly 408 million units in the fourth quarter of 2017, a 5.6% decline over the fourth quarter of 2016, according to Gartner, Inc. This is the first year-on-year decline since the research group started tracking the global smartphone market in 2004. 

While Apple's market share stabilized in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to the same quarter in 2016, iPhone sales fell 5%. "Apple was in a different position this quarter than it was 12 months before, according to Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner: it had three new smartphones — the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X — yet its performance in the quarter was overshadowed by two factors. 

“First, the later availability of the iPhone X led to slow upgrades to iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, as users waited to try the more-expensive model. Second, component shortages and manufacturing capacity constraints preceded a long...

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07:21
Anchor aims to be one-stop app to record, edit, host...

Anchor, an app that started out trying to create an audio version of Twitter, has now pivoted to becoming a one-stop app for podcasters. The relaunched app now allows anyone to record, edit, host, publish and distribute podcasts free of charge …

more…

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07:19
iPad refresh in March likely as Apple receives...

Joe Rossignol, MacRumors:

Apple has registered new tablets with the Eurasian Economic Commission this week, suggesting that an iPad refresh is likely on the horizon. The filings, uncovered by French website Consomac, are legally required for any devices with encryption sold in Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia.

I buy it, seems a reasonable tree of logic.

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07:18
FCC net neutrality protections to expire on Apr. 23...




The Title II protections that currently enforce net neutrality among U.S. internet service providers will disappear on Apr. 23, unless another party is able to intervene.

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07:11
Nobody wants to let Google win the war for maps all...

Mark Bergen, Bloomberg:

On any given day, there could be a half dozen autonomous cars mapping the same street corner in Silicon Valley. These cars, each from a different company, are all doing the same thing: building high-definition street maps, which may eventually serve as an on-board navigation guide for driverless vehicles.

And:

Autonomous cars require powerful sensors to see and advanced software to think. They especially need up-to-the-minute maps of every conceivable roadway to move. Whoever owns the most detailed and expansive version of these maps that vehicles read will own an asset that could be worth billions.

The motivation for the next maps war is clear. Billions of dollars at stake. This article is a fascinating look at the players and the technological approaches to capturing the next generation of maps.

Just a taste:

The companies working on maps for autonomous vehicles are taking two different approaches. One aims to...

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07:10
Affinity Photo for iPad receives big 1.6.7 update +...

2017 App of the Year Affinity Photo for iPad has been updated with its third significant release since it originally launched back at WWDC 2017. The app, which brings desktop-class photo editing capability to the iPad, includes a number of significant enhancements in its 1.6.7 update. more…

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07:08
News: Apple posts video with behind-the-scenes look...

Apple has shared a new video on its YouTube channel providing a brief behind-the-scenes look at how the company developed the Portrait Lighting feature for the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus, ranging from studying classic portraiture, bringing in top artists and photographers, and incorporating established lighting principles to build the machine learning algorithms used for the new photography feature....

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07:05
AirPods with ‘Hey Siri’ Support Coming this Year

Apple’s second generation AirPods are reportedly in the works and will include “Hey Siri” support instead of requiring a tap before giving voice commands.


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06:57
AirPods 2 update may bring hands-free Hey Siri...

It’s been over a year since they were released, but AirPods are still the runaway hit in Apple’s lineup, rarely available for immediate shipping and selling out as soon as they’re available at most stores. And now, a new report says Apple is planning on making them even more desirable.

According to Mark Gurman at Bloomberg, Apple is eyeing a new version of AirPods for release this year which would bring a new chip and support for the hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ command. Currently, you need to physically tap one of the AirPods to summon Apple’s AI assistant.

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06:56
Apple preps new AirPods: One with hands-free Siri,...

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One of the smallest members of Apple's product lineup may get a useful update this year. According to a Bloomberg report, Apple is working on new models of its AirPod wireless earbuds. One could debut later this year with an updated wireless chip and another with a water-resistant design may come out in 2019.

AirPods arrived in 2016 alongside the iPhone 7 as a solution to the...

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06:49
Net neutrality ends on April 23, allowing ISPs to...

Following the Trump administration’s decision to repeal net neutrality rules, the FCC has today announced that the free-for-all begins on April 23. As of that date, it will be legal for Internet Service Providers to implement a two-speed Internet, with the fastest speeds reserved for companies able to pay for the privilege …

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06:45
Survey: there are 127 million global active Apple...

A new survey from Gene Munster's Loup Ventures finds Apple Pay’s year-over-year growth has been “impressive” with active users more than doubling. Still, the research group believes that only 16% of iPhone users have enabled the digital payment service.

Still, Loup Ventures is optimistic that Apple Pay will gain widespread adoption over the next 3-5 years given integration OS and iOS makes it the easiest to use digital wallet. The research group’s survey showed that:

  • The Top 100 retailers in the U.S. were checked for Apple Pay compatibility for online (desktop, mobile and apps) and found the growth of adoption has been high (9 to 85%), but off of a small base.
  • The total number of these retailers supporting Apple Pay online now ranges between 14-24%.
  • The number of banks globally that support Apple Pay increased in the past...
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06:38
Filing hints at bigger gaming plans for the Apple TV

Apple may have big gaming plans for their set-top box. As noted by Patently Apple, the tech giant has updated their Apple TV logo trademark by adding all things related to gaming.

The filing covers “video game consoles; controllers for game consoles; video output games, namely, video output game machines for use with televisions; apparatus for electronic games adapted for use with an external display screen or monitor.” The international filing covers over 60 different countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. 

Apple turned the Apple TV into a more serious gaming console with tvOS 10 by giving developers the ability to require a third-party controller for games. Still, gamers have felt that the company has yet to truly turn...

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06:25
Apple Pay reportedly has 127M users, is supported by...

Apple said during recent earnings calls that the number of active Apple Pay users had doubled year-on-year, with transactions more than tripling – but didn’t reveal any numbers.

Loup Ventures has today published new estimates, suggesting that there are now 127M active Apple Pay users globally, up from 62M a year ago. However, says the firm, that still represents a relatively small percentage of active iPhones …

more…

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06:12
Apple granted a patent for a ‘travel guitar’

Get ready to rock. Apple has been granted a patent (number 20180053491) for a “travel guitar” that would work with an iPad or iPhone.

According to the patent filing, it would have a reduced profile configured to house or otherwise receive or coupled to a tablet or smartphone and take advantage of one or more apps for driving the operation, functionality and/or effects associated with the travel guitar, and a string assembly capable of retracting or otherwise housing the strings to enable or facilitate configuring the travel guitar into a reduced profile.

In the patent filing, Apple says guitars have enjoyed among the highest popularity among stringed instruments. Most guitars have a solid neck rigidly coupled to either a hollow or solid body. Apple says this construction, while aiding in predictable tuning and quality guitar play, render the guitar cumbersome for travel, particularly given the additional bulk of the associated guitar case (hard or soft). While various...

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06:09
Apple releases photos of first retail outlet in...




In preparation for the opening of its first Apple store in Austria on Saturday, Feb. 24, Apple has released new photographs of both the outside and the inside of its latest retail location, showing customers in Vienna what to expect when they visit the new outlet.

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06:04
Rumor: water-resistant AirPods coming this year; ’...

Apple is planning water-resistant AirPods with “Hey, Siri” support for later this year, according to Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter.”

The AirPods update (AirPods 2?) will purportedly arrive later in 2018 and let you call up Apple's digital assistant without physically tapping the headphones by saying "Hey Siri.” However, the water-resistant version won’t arrive until next year and will be designed to survey splashes of water, but not submerging.

Chances this rumor is true, according to the Sellers Research Group (that’s me): 90%. Apple will continue to update its wireless speakers as it does with all its products, so these changes make sense.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Design+Code2 iOS Design &...

Today in iLounge Deals, you can pick up the Design+Code2 iOS Design & Xcode Training course for only $39 — that’s 74% off the regular price. Whether you’re new to the field of app development or a seasoned veteran, this course will help you create engaging designs and seamlessly collaborate with other developers. The course includes 44 hours of video lessons that you can go through at your own pace, along with over 36 Sketch files…

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05:55
Survey: Apple’s HomePod has 3% of the smart speaker...

A new survey from Gene Munster's Loup Ventures found 89% of smart speaker owners are satisfied with their device. It also shows that Apple’s HomePod has 3% of the market, which is pretty impressive since it’s only been on sales since Feb. 9.

  • Loup Ventures surveyed 520 US consumers about smart speakers. A closer look at the results show:
  • Thirty-one percent f respondents own a smart speaker.
  • Amazon Echo dominates the market with 55% share, followed by Google Home at 23%.
  • Eighty-nine percent of smart speakers owners are either satisfied (59%) or very satisfied (30%) with their device.
  • Music, weather, and general knowledge questions dominate smart speaker usage.
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05:53
TweetDeck limiting usage of multiple accounts to...

TweetDeck is being updated to limit what users are able to do with multiple accounts, in order to comply with new anti-spam rules …

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05:51
Apple said to be upgrading AirPods with 'Hey...




Apple is reportedly planning to treat AirPods like its flagship devices, releasing relatively frequent iterations -- beginning with an update this year.

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05:45
Wireless carriers sold a third of all Apple Watches...

Apple sold an estimated 2.9 million Apple Watches in the U.S. during the fourth quarter, according to Counterpoint Research (as noted by FierceWireless). And 975,000 units -- over a third -- were sold through the four major wireless carriers (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint), with Verizon leading the way. 

Counterpoint analyst Jeff Fieldhack believes that about half of Apple Watch's U.S. unit volumes were sold directly through Apple Stores. Within carrier smartwatch sales, Apple accounts for approximately 90% of all sales, he estimates.

“Apple has changed the game with their cellular connected watch,” Fieldhack says, adding that Apple’s smartwatches accounted for up to 90% of carriers’ overall smartwatch sales. “Even today's Samsung Gear3 is polarizing because of its size and is hampered by high returns due to software and pairing...

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05:34
Chanel is Apple’s newest music partner

The House of Chanel is Apple’s newest music partner. The French fashion company will join forces with Apple Music to release The Sound of Chanel, which will feature a curated set of playlists inspired by previous show soundtracks, with one serving as a “best of” playlist created by sound designer Michel Gaubert.

You can check out the new playlists now on the iTunes store, at the Sound of Chanel hub. The House of Chanel is known for the "little black dress,” the perfume No. 5 de Chanel, and the Chanel Suit.

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05:25
Apple opens its first store in Austria Saturday

Apple Kärntner Straße, Apple’s first store in Austria, will open Saturday at 9:30 a.m. (local time) in the heart of Vienna. Nestled on the famous pedestrian shopping street between St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Vienna State Opera, the store will have 150 employees (who, together, speak 44 languages).

“We can’t wait to join the bustling city of Vienna, a European crossroads so rich in history and culture,” said Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail, in a press release. “Apple Kärntner Straße brings the best of Apple together with our products, services and educational programs. Everyone is welcome to connect, be inspired to learn, and unlock their creativity.”

Apple Kärntner Straße is located on the famous pedestrian shopping street between St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Vienna State Opera. -- Photo courtesy of Apple

Designed with the original heritage building in mind, the two-level store features a corner entrance and reinstated...

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