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Friday October 20

Apple’s gorgeous Chicago riverfront store opens today

Follow the link, take a look at those images, especially that last one. This is an incredibly beautiful storefront, perfectly incorporated into the surroundings.

Props to whoever did the site planning. Just wow.

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iOS developer sues Apple over Animoji trademark

Mikey Campbell, Apple Insider:

In a complaint lodged with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, plaintiffs emonster k.k. and Enrique Bonansea, a U.S. citizen living in Japan, registered for the “Animoji” mark in 2014, reports The Recorder. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office subsequently granted rights to the property in 2015.


According to the complaint, Apple not only had knowledge of the Animoji app prior to September’s iPhone X launch, but attempted to purchase rights for the mark from emonster. Bonansea claims he was approached by Apple “fronts,” like The Emoji Law Group LLC., to sell the property this past summer. These entities allegedly threatened to file a cancellation proceeding if the developer failed to acquiesce to their requests.

This reads like a John Grisham novel.


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KFC and those 11 herbs and spices

Go to the KFC Twitter page and note that @KFC follows exactly 11 people. See where I’m going with this?

Go ahead, tap to check out the 11 follows. That is some subtle marketing.

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Facebook and Apple can’t agree on terms, so Facebook...

Peter Kafka, Recode:

Facebook’s effort to help media companies sell subscriptions has hit a snag: Apple.

The two companies are butting heads over Facebook’s plan for a new subscription tool in its mobile app. The tool will put paywalls around some articles in Facebook’s news feed, and then send users to publishers’ sites to buy subscriptions.

The issue: Apple wants to take as much as 30 percent of any subscription revenue Facebook helps generate. Facebook wants all of the money to go to publishers.

This is nothing new. The 30 percent model has been in place since inception. But:

People familiar with Facebook’s plans say Google won’t take a cut of subscriptions users sign up for using its Android operating system.

And there’s the rub. I don’t think there are many people who will switch platforms because of this issue. This is about the publishers.

Note that not every publisher likes Facebook’s subscription plan. Notable holdouts from...

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Helpful Terminal commands, Homebrew, and ffmpeg –...

Tune in for another episode of Terminal Tinkering, and learn about helpful Terminal commands, Homebrew, and the video tool ffmpeg.

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AppleInsider podcast discusses iPhone 8 production,...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about iPhone 8 production numbers being cut, anticipation for iPhone X, the FCC's useless call for FM radios on iPhones, and Apple buying a healthcare company, and much more.

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An iPad with a smooth finish to the finger, rough...

Patently Apple:

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to displays having a substrate with a visually imperceptible texture that provides tactile sensations varying with an object contacting the surface. Apple is considering applying a new finish on displays for Macs and iDevices that acts as an added protection layer with a different texture to the glass. The glass may feel smooth to the touch but slightly rougher with a little drag when using it with an Apple Pencil.

Not clear if this difference in feel is what they were going for in the first place, or a side product of the finish. What would really be cool is if there was a way to control that texture electronically, adjust it based on context.



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ProVUE Development releases Panorama X database for...

ProVUE Development has released Panorama X, a general purpose database system for Macs. It sports a 64-bit RAM based database engine and universal multi-level Undo.

Panorama X also introduces a new flexible usage based approach to software subscriptions, according to ProVUE Development founder James Rea. He says that notable features include the following: 

The Panorama X data sheet displays rows and columns like a spreadsheet, but has special functions optimized for working with structured database information.

Panorama X includes an application builder that enables the user to build a custom interface, including custom windows, dialogs, forms, labels and custom reports. The user/developer has complete control over the layout, and if necessary, any programming needed. Layouts can be fixed or responsive to window size. Programming code can be embedded into any element, much like HyperCard(TM).

Panorama X allows huge data sets to be bent, reshaped or...

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Chinese telecom companies cut Apple Watch Series 3...

China has terminated LTE access for the Apple Watch Series 3 without explanation. Per the Wall Street Journal, all three major carriers in China have closed off LTE access, apparently over the government’s security concerns over the device.

The WSJ reports that LTE functionality was available on China Unicom at launch, but new subscriptions were terminated just a few days later. Existing users are so far unaffected, it says.

It’s thought that the government was concerned about the fact that it could not track the new Apple Watch Series 3’s user base given its use of an eSIM device.

The eSIM card itself is embedded in the watch by Apple, not by carriers.

The benefit of a device carrying an eSIM is that, with software, users can choose a telecom operator and a communications plan. But in China, that new system raises the question of how carriers and regulators can track the device user’s identity.

China Unicom stated that LTE access had been...

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Apple patent filing involves millimeter wave antenna...

Apple has applied for a patent (number 20170302326) for an “electronic device having antenna tuning integrated circuits with sensors.” It would allow 5G network implementation in future iPhones and iPads.

The patent involves millimeter wave antenna. Millimeter wave, which is also known as extremely high frequency (EHF)  or very high frequency (VHF) by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), can be used for high-speed wireless broadband communications. Millimeter wave is an undeveloped band of spectrum that can be used in a broad range of products and services like high speed, point-to-point wireless local area networks (WLANs) and broadband access. In telecommunications, millimeter wave is used for a variety of services on mobile and wireless networks, as it allows for higher data rates up to 10 Gbps.

Millimeter wave is being considered by standards organization, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and researchers as the way to bring 5G into the...

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Canada’s largest mobile network says iPhone 8 sales...

The CEO of Rogers Communication, Canada’s largest mobile network, has described iPhone 8 sales as ‘anemic,’ while Verizon’s CFO took the view that what we’re seeing is probably nothing to worry about.

An analyst has pitched in on the side of Verizon, suggesting that the 2.37% fall in AAPL’s share price yesterday was a knee-jerk response which is unlikely to be justified …


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The Shelf for iOS 11 is one of the best iPad Pro...

There’s no way I’d consider replacing my iMac with an iPad Pro — even if the former was offered in a 27-inch model (I love big screens). However, for the first time, my 12.9-inch iPad Pro is a suitable secondary computer that can replace my Mac laptop when I’m traveling. 

That's due in part to the operating system update's enhanced multitasking, Files app, and drag 'n drop support. It's also due to the handy, free app, The Shelf.

You simply drag files into the utility, where they sit until you need them. When you need the items, just drag them back out, thanks to iOS 11’s drag ‘n drop capabilities. You can also copy items to the clipboard, switch to The Shelf, and hit Paste to paste them into the app.

The app’s user interface is pleasingly minimalistic. All your saved content and a Paste button are displayed in The Shelf’s window. The only other interface appears when you...

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App developer who’s been using Animoji name since...

An iOS app developer who’s been using the name ‘Animoji’ since 2014, and registered it as a U.S. trademark the same year, is suing Apple for trademark infringement. Apple last month announced Animoji as a headline feature of the iPhone X.

He claims that Apple was aware of his trademark both because his app has been in the iOS app store since 2014 and, he alleges, because the company tried to buy the name …


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How to work on files together in macOS High Sierra

It’s easy to work on files together in macOS High Sierra. When you share a file in iCloud Drive, you and your team can all work in the same document — and never wonder who has the latest version.

Open the Finder, then choose iCloud Drive or a folder you’re syncing to iCloud (such as Desktop or Documents). Select a file (sorry, you can’t share a folder) and click the share button atop the window. Or just right-click a file and then click Share. You’ll see an Add People option in the share menu.

You can use Mail, Messages, Twitter, Facebook, AirDrop. When you select one of these options, a link to your file will be sent instead of an attachment.

There's also a Copy Link button on the Add People menu. It lets you copy the link to a file to your clipboard to paste when you wish.

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

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Notable apps and app updates for Oct. 20, 2017

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

Ultralab Apps has introduced Plans! Your Perfect Feed 1.0. The free (for a limited time) app is designed to improve the management of an Instagram account with a drag ‘n drop feature, scheduling and captioning individual posts, previews of the overall look of the feed way in advance, and more.

Vito Technology has launched Easy Baby Monitor 1.0. It’s a $2.99 video and audio app that allows you to have awareness of your sleeping baby from anywhere.

Full Fat has debuted...

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KGI: About 3 million iPhone X units will be...

A morning report from KGI reiterates production issues we’ve been hearing about the iPhone X, indicating that only 2-3 million units will be shipped for sale before the launch on November 3rd (preorders open a week from today).

KGI points to supply shortages for several components including circuit boards for the iPhone X antenna and wide angle camera, and the depth-sensing Infrared dot projector.


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Thursday October 19

Apple to stockpile 2-3M iPhone X units prior to...

Apple's iPhone X production woes are nearing an end, according to well-informed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who says shortages of key components like specialized handset circuit boards should end in November.

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Senators demand Tim Cook explain VPN app removal in...

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) penned a joint letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook this week asking for clarification on the company's decision to remove certain virtual private network (VPN) apps from China's App Store, saying the move potentially enables the country's censorship and internet surveillance policies.

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Adobe’s Project Scribbler uses AI to colorize any...

Adobe’s research team previewed emerging technology today at Adobe MAX 2017 that may one day make the tedious, but increasingly popular work of colorizing black and white photos obsolete. Project Scribbler is a new initiative powered by Adobe Sensei that can interpret any black and white sketch or photo and accurately apply realistic coloring to it.


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Apple sued over 'Animoji' trademark,...

A Japanese company on Wednesday filed suit against Apple for allegedly infringing on a U.S. trademark covering "Animoji," which the Cupertino tech giant is using to market a new facial recognition feature introduced with iPhone X.

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Bipartisan Senate team demands an Apple answer on...

US Senators Ted Cruz (L) and Patrick Leahy (R) want answers from Apple

It's about time someone called out Apple CEO Tim Cook on being a bit of a hypocrite. Earlier this year, Cook received the free speech award at Newseum's 2017 Free Expression Awards, where he was quoted as saying "First we defend, we work to defend these freedoms by enabling people around the world to speak up. And second, we do it by speaking up ourselves.". Well, Mr. Cook, Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy and Republican Senator Ted Cruz would like some answers on why Apple basically acquiesced to Chinese demands that Virtual Private Network (VPN) apps be pulled from the Chinese App Store.

The two senators sent a letter earlier this week to Cook demanding answers, bringing up the fact that China has an "abysmal" human rights record with respect to freedom of expression and free access to information online and offline, and stating that Apple "may be enabling the Chinese government's censorship and...

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Verizon will fix your smartphone’s screen for $29

It happens to the best of us. You buy a new mobile phone, you get a case, you try to be extra careful, but you drop it. Cracked screens happen often enough that most major carriers and device manufacturers have a separate section in their mobile prot...

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Ted Cruz & Patrick Leahy slam Tim Cook for...

Earlier this year, Apple was forced to remove several VPN apps from the App Store in China due to regulatory reasons. At the time, Tim Cook explained that he would rather not remove them, but was forced to comply.

Now, United States Senators Ted Cruz and Patrick Leahy are pressing Apple for more information…


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Sprint and T-Mobile merger announcement likely...

Though a long-rumored merger between Sprint and T-Mobile was expected for October, a new report claims the U.S. cellular carriers may push back the announcement until after they reveal respective quarterly earnings.

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Major Lazer documentary ‘Give Me Future’ coming...

As it continues to expand original content efforts, Apple Music has secured the rights to an upcoming documentary about electronic music trio Major Lazer. The film depicts the process of organizing the first Cuban-American concert in Havana and is entitled Give Me Future.


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Microsoft revamps Cortana app for iOS with new look...

Microsoft on Thursday updated its Cortana virtual assistant app for iOS, delivering a redesigned user interface that streamlines access to key features like reminders and daily calendars.

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Report: Sprint and T-Mobile merger announcement...

It was reported last month that Sprint and T-Mobile were close to coming to a tentative agreement for a merger, but now the two companies are looking at a delay. While Sprint and T-Mobile had hoped to announce a deal during earnings calls at the end of the month, Bloomberg reports that the deal is likely delayed…


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Google Play lets you test drive Android apps before...

Google's Instant Apps are available in a few places for curious Android users, but they've been conspicuously absent in one place: the Play Store. Wouldn't you want to check out an app before committing to it? You can now. Google is now building I...

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How to sync and load music onto Apple Watch with...

Apple introduced a few music management changes to Apple Watch with the release of watchOS 4, which now allows users to load multiple playlists, albums and individual songs onto the wearable device. Check out how to sync and load tunes from iPhone to your Apple Watch in this video.

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‘Pokemon Go’ hopes new monsters will get you outside...

While Pokémon Go may have lost some of its shine due to a number of problems like poorly run public events and a divisive invitation-only special battle system, the mobile game still has a decent fanbase. The developers have been adding new li...

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Apple Watch's LTE Suspended In China Possibly...

The Apple Watch Series 3's best new feature has been mysteriously blocked in China. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, China has cut off the Apple Watch's LTE connectivity on Sept. 28 after brief availability from China Unicom. Industry analysts claim that the suspension is probably from governmental concerns about not being able to track and confirm users of the device. AppleInsider reports: Apple issued a brief statement confirming the situation, and referring customers to China Unicom. Neither China Unicom, nor Chinese regulators have made any statement on the matter. The issue may stem from the eSIM in the Apple Watch. Devices like the iPhone have state-owned telecom company-issued SIM cards -- and the eSIM is embedded in the device by Apple. "The eSIM (system) isn't mature enough yet in China," one analyst said. "The government still needs to figure out how they can control the eSIM." The LTE version of the Apple Watch had only a trial certificate to operate...

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Now Twitter's quest to become a 'safer...

You no longer have to wonder when you'll see Twitter implement the new rules promised by its CEO and outlined in that leaked email. The social network has released a "Safety Calendar," which details when it will roll out a series of new rules to make...

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Google will 'fix' the Pixel 2's...

Looks like the Pixel 2's "secret" menu button was just leftover code, after all. Google has confirmed to CNET that this was a bug, not a feature, and that it'll be patched out in the future. If you're still enjoying that new phone smell, open up the...

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Apple’s Angela Ahrendts and Jony Ive tease new...

Apple tomorrow will open its latest flagship retail location in Chicago. The Michigan Avenue store features a gorgeous design that resembles a MacBook Air from the top, and Apple this week offered the first preview of the store as well as commentary from retail head Angela Ahrendts and designer Jony Ive…


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How to Share Notes from iBooks in iOS 11 and macOS...

It’s easy to take and share notes in iBooks for both iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra—if you know how, that is.

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Facebook rolling out in-app purchases & ads to...

Facebook is ramping up its efforts to attract developers and therefore users to its ‘Instant Games’ feature in Messenger. The company today announced that developers can now add in-app purchases and advertisements to Instant Games, a move that the company hopes will make Messenger a more attractive platform…


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AWT News Update: October 19, 2017

Wow, only eight days until the pre-orders for the iPhone X. We have some news about the newest iPhone and other topics for you today!

  • Imagine creating your own 3D renderings of your home or a dream home. It's all possible with Live Home 3D from BeLight Software, this week's AWT sponsor
  • Tim Cook told a Mac mini fan that "we plan for Mac mini to be an important part of our product line," whatever that vague statement means...
  • The CEO of Canadian telecom company Rogers says the company is seeing "anemic appetite" for the iPhone 8 while customers appear to be saving their money for the iPhone X
  • Soon you won't have to sign an electronic or paper receipt for purchases made with Apple Pay on a MasterCard

The text version of the podcast can be read below. To listen to the...

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CEO Satya Nadella’s Microsoft Presents New...

Microsoft is a smarter, more technical, more customer oriented company company under CEO Satya Nadella, and that poses new challenges for Apple.

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New Tesla lawsuit accuses company of LGBT...

Tesla has just been hit with its second discrimination lawsuit in as many days. Just yesterday, the company was sued for racial harassment in its factories. A few months back, its diversity panel uncovered a slew of sexism. Now The Guardian reports t...

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Why Does Podcasts Suddenly Have iTunes U Stuff?

It might be confusing at first, but the move actually makes a lot of sense and turns iTunes U into a more organized collection of college and university curriculum.

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Apple Music snags Major Lazer concert documentary...

In March 2016, Barack Obama became the first U.S. President to visit Cuba in 88 years, marking an easing of political tension between the world power and the small island republic. That same month, electronic music group Major Lazer self funded the first major Cuban-American concert in Havana, an event that drew nearly half a million attendees.

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Review: Kingson DataTraveler Bolt Duo Flash Drive...

Kingston's DataTraveler Bolt Duo is the latest external storage adapter for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users, allowing photos and videos to be offloaded onto double-ended Lightning and USB 3.0 flash drive. Although we saw a handful of flash drives appear when iOS first added support for directly attached external flash drives a couple of years ago, the market quieted down a bit after that. However, despite the availability of higher-capacity iPhones and cloud-based storage, veteran flash memory maker Kingston clearly feels there's still a need to be filled here. Bolt Duo is available in 32 GB ($60), 64 GB ($90), and 128 GB ($120) storage capacities. {/exp:char_limit}

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Tim Cook: Mac mini will be ‘important part’ of...

Tim Cook:

“Wile it’s not time to share any details, we do plan for Mac mini to be an important part of our product line going forward.”

Well, good.

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Wirecutter's best deals: Bose SoundLink Mini II...

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read their continuously updated list...

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Volkswagen is building an electric supercar to...

Last month, Volkswagen laid out a roadmap for its EV rollout, promising 300 zero-emissions vehicles by 2030. While it's certainly good PR to move the company beyond its lingering diesel scandal, it also follows other automakers that recently committe...

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'The Daily Show' library of Trump’s tweets...

Back in June, we covered The Daily Show's presidential Twitter library in New York. After all, the frequency at which our Commander in Chief takes to Twitter is surely to become a part of his legacy. The library is now moving to Chicago, and you can...

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Getting an iPhone X? These Nomad cases are amazing...

One thing that’s been different about the early announcement of the iPhone X almost two months before it actually arrives is that we’ve been able to review some cases well in advance of actually having the phone. Today we’re looking at the Nomad Leather Folio for iPhone X ($49.95), Clear Case for iPhone X ($39.95), Clear Folio for iPhone X($49.95) and Rugged Case for iPhone X ($44.95). 

I’ve used a Rugged Case for iPhone 7 Plus for a while, and it’s really impressive. Nomad uses Horween leather on all of its cases, which is probably some of the best leather made in the world. Even the Clear Case uses a Horween leather accent, giving it a very classy look. The leather tends to age and gain a...

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Intel and Amazon partner on voice recognition tech

Intel and Amazon are partnering to combine the former's silicon and smarts with the latter's Alexa voice platform. The chipmaker has introduced the Intel Speech Enabling Developer Kit to provide a "complete audio front-end solution for far-field voic...

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PSA: Donate to Wikipedia today

As a writer, I always need access to current information on a variety of topics. That information comes from a variety of sources, but often I rely on the “mother lode” of info — Wikipedia. Wikipedia is an independent non-profit organization and it doesn’t accept advertising. However, it needs money to survive (don’t we all?) and the parent Wikimedia Foundation is currently running its annual fundraiser to stay independent

Every year I give the Wikimedia Foundation $25 to keep running, and I get a tremendous amount of benefit from that small donation. If you use Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons (freely usable photos and videos), Wiktionary, or any of the other data sources run under the Wikimedia banner, please consider...

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CEO of Canada's Rogers sees 'anemic'...

The CEO of Canadian communications giant Rogers said that the company is so far seeing "anemic" demand for Apple's iPhone 8, potentially adding to the evidence that global sales are soft.

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Marvel and Netflix's 'The Punisher'...

Marvel and its distinguished competitor will go head-to-head this fall. But rather than the brawl playing out at comic book shops, the venues will be your living room and local multiplex. Netflix has revealed that its latest Marvel superhero antihero...

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Apple Opens ‘New Generation’ Apple Store in Chicago...

The stunning location features 32-foot glass panels, a carbon-fiber roof, and a series of events developed specifically for Chicago.

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Facebook not launching media and news subscription...

Facebook is on the verge of launching a way to allow companies to sell subscriptions through the social media venue -- but a dispute over Apple's mandated 30 percent of revenue derived through apps distributed on its store appears to have scuttled the launch on the iPhone.

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Google considers 'fixing' the Pixel 2 XL...

While Google's Pixel 2 XL has generally been well-received, there have been some complaints about its LG-made P-OLED screen. It's supposed to reflect "natural" colors, but many see it as downright dull after years of seeing extra-punchy OLED displays...

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Ulysses and Chrome updated with Drag and Drop, other...

A month after the public release of iOS 11, apps continue to be updated with support for the new features in Apple’s latest operating system. Today, popular writing app Ulysses and Google Chrome were both updated with support for new iOS 11 functionality…


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Aevena Aire Cancelled: No Flying Robot for You

If you were excited about the prospect of having your own personal robot flying around your house you’ll have to keep dreaming because the Aevena Aire Kickstarter project has officially shut down.

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Tim Cook email claims Mac mini 'important part...

In response to an email concerned about the future of the Mac mini, Apple CEO Tim Cook responded that the Mac mini will continue -- but didn't share any specifics about the product's future.

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51 percent of tech experts say fake news can't...

With content peddlers Facebook and Google still struggling to combat fake news, especially during crises like the Las Vegas shooting, the proliferation of such false content might seem like an unstoppable flow. If that's your opinion, you're in the (...

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Ulysses gets an update to Version 12, adds iOS 11...

Ulysses has been a popular cross-platform text editing app for years, and today the developers announced Ulysses 12, with a majority of new features pointed toward the iOS version of the app.

For all platforms -- Mac, iPhone and iPad -- Ulysses 12 has a new image preview capability. This has been a long-desired feature for Ulysses, and they've added it with some restrictions. First, images that reside in their own paragraph are rendered as black and white thumbnails while those included in text passages show up as the "IMG-bubble" familiar to Ulysses users. 

Image thumbnails. Image via Ulysses

The developers say that they found that the monochrome thumbnails weren't as jarring as color ones, and since the main concept behind Ulysses is to keep you in the text and writing, they decided to avoid clashing with themes and distracting writers. Good enough. 

The rest of...

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Rumor: Apple supply chain looking to cut iPhone X...

A new report from the Chinese supply chain suggests that Apple has been developing the 2018 model-year iPhones to include many if not all of the iPhone X technologies, in new models said to be codenamed "Lisbon" and "Hangzhou."

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'Aztez': The bloody indie brawler that...

Imagine: It's 2012 and Matthew Wegner is sitting at his desk in the back of a one-bedroom apartment in Tempe, Arizona, pounding away at a keyboard. It's night, but thick black drapes are pulled over the window; the room is suffused with dim yellow li...

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ToasterFridges Yay or Nay, Attention to Detail, and...

In episode 16 of Pop.0, Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit discuss the pros and cons of “toasterfridges” in light of advancements from Apple and Microsoft. They also ask whether anyone at Apple is still paying attention to details. Venturing into the pop part of the show, they talk about Orville and Star Trek Discovery. If you enjoy it, please subscribe. (WARNING NSFW: PROFANITY & RANTS)

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Tim Cook says Apple plans to keep Mac mini in the...

It’s been three years since the last Mac mini hardware refresh so there’s been growing concern from fans of the standalone computer over its fate in the lineup. A new email response apparently from Apple CEO Tim Cook to a customer asking about the Mac mini’s future does little to ease that concern too.


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Amazon’s largest wind farm yet is up and running in...

Greenpeace slammed Amazon earlier this week for its environmental practices -- namely, the fact that it doesn't disclose much about its energy use or materials. But today, the company announced that its largest wind farm yet is up and running. The Am...

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Apple and Facebook are at an impasse regarding the...

Apple and Facebook are “butting heads” over the latter’s plan for a new subscription tool in its mobile app, according to recode. The tool will put paywalls around some articles in Facebook’s news feed, and then send users to publishers’ sites to buy subscriptions.

Apple wants to take as much as 30% of any subscription revenue Facebook helps generate, while Facebook wants all of the money to go to publishers, reports recode, quoting unnamed “people familiar with both companies,” adding that the two have been discussing the impasse for months.

Apple takes a cut of up to 30% of subscription revenue from “in app” sales. Facebook’s plan calls for users to sign up for subscriptions outside of its apps, on publishers’ individual web sites, Apple officials consider that an “in-app” purchase, since the impetus for the transaction...

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Apparently, the battle over a proposed Apple data...

Just when you thought it was over: Two Athenry (Ireland) residents who mounted a legal challenge to plans by Apple to build a data centre outside the town are seeking to appeal last week’s Commercial Court judgment, reports the Galway Advertiser.

Allan Daly and Sinead Fitzpatrick have requested a certificate to appeal the decision. The pair had challenged the grant of planning permission to Apple for an €850 million data centre at woodland in Derrydonnell, arguing that An Bord Pleanala had not carried out a proper environmental impact assessment of Apple’s overall plans before granting permission for the development, which comprises the first of two data centers.


Last week Apple was finally given permission by Ireland's High...

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Facebook’s news subscription service will debut on...

Back in June, we learned that Facebook was working on a subscription deal with The Wall Street Journal. Then in July, more news pointed to the social platform launching a news subscription service which would layer a paywall above Instant Articles. N...

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iOS 11: How to Block In-app Ratings and Reviews...

Are in-app reminders to rate and review apps on your iPhone and iPad annoying you? Here’s how to turn them off in iOS 11.

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Congress seeks transparent online political spending...

Following revelations that Kremlin-backed online actors bought and ran divisive social media advertising during the 2016 presidential election, three Senators introduced a bipartisan bill aimed at regulating online ad buys. If passed, it would requir...

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macOS: How to Show Full Website Address in Safari

Showing a shortened, or “smart” URL bar is clearly a design choice by Apple, and not a usability choice.

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Smart lock company August Home purchased by actual...

Smart-lock outfit Yale's parent company is buying August Home, in a move that may consolidate some of the smart lock market. The regulatory bodies involved are expected to approve Sweden-based Assa Abloy's purchase by year's end. "August Home strengt...

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KRACK Update and China’s Apple Watch LTE Ban – TMO...

Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet for an update on the KRACK Wi-Fi hack, plus they look at China blocking LTE support for the Apple Watch Series 3.

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Apple teases opening of Chicago's Michigan...

Apple on Thursday went on a publicity blitz for its Michigan Avenue store in Chicago, which opens tomorrow at 5 p.m. Central time, showcasing new interior and exterior photos as well as plans for a "Chicago Series" of Today at Apple events.

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Huawei didn’t need American customers to become a...

On October 16th, Huawei announced its latest smartphone, the Mate 10, alongside a Porsche Design-ed version of the same device. In previous years, the phone might have been seen as little more than a me-too clone of Samsung's Galaxy Note. But these d...

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Report: Apple blocking Facebook’s Instant Articles...

Facebook is introducing a new way for publishers to monetize content using its Instant Articles format, but the feature won’t be coming to iOS anytime soon according to Recode. That’s because the service will require a paid subscription, and Apple wants its usual cut for revenue generated through the App Store.


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Opposition to Apple's Irish data center stages...

Two of the Athenry residents who have long opposed Apple's Irish data center are hoping to appeal a Commercial Court decision which otherwise greenlit the $1 billion project, potentially signalling yet more delays.

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Apple Michigan Avenue opens Friday on Chicago’s...

Apple has previewed Apple Michigan Avenue, its newest retail store, creating a new connection between North Michigan Avenue, Pioneer Court and the Chicago River. 

The store connects the Chicago River with Pioneer Court and Michigan Avenue. -- Photo courtesy of Apple

Intended as a gathering place for the local community, the store will host year-round Today at Apple programming, building on Chicago’s city-wide initiative to enliven the Riverwalk. To celebrate the opening, Apple Michigan Avenue will host “The Chicago Series,” a month-long set of events that will provide attendees with the tools to pursue their passions, from photography and music to coding and app design.

“When Apple opened on North Michigan Avenue in 2003, it was our first flagship store, and now we are back in Chicago opening the first in a new generation of Apple’s most significant worldwide retail locations,” said Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail, in a press release. “...

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The most ingenious gadgets of 2017

I’m sure we’ll have arguments about this list but I hope we can agree that if the fidget spinner is the “most ingenious gadgets of 2017”, we’re doomed.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: $100 iTunes Gift Card for $85...

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CIRP: four in 10 Macs are purchased directly from...

New data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners — as noted by 9to5Mac — shows that four in 10 Macs are purchased directly from Apple at either the company’s online store or one of its many brick-and-mortar retail outlets.

“The entire retail experience and operation was originally designed to educate customers about Mac computers at a time when they needed to compete with Wintel PCs,” says CIRP. “That experience and operation has of course evolved, and yet Apple stores and has persisted as the leading seller of Mac computers.

However, it’s a different matter when it comes to iPhones and iPads. CIRP found that about three-quarters of iPhones are bought through carriers, with Apple Stores accounting for just over 10% of sales. When it comes to tablets, Apple is only the second-largest retailer of iPads, totaling some...

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Echoing Apple's $1B investment in Didi Chuxing...

In a deal that values Lyft at $11 billion, Google's parent company Alphabet has invested $1 billion into the ride sharing service, more than a year after Apple placed its own $1 billion bet on Chinese taxi provider Didi Chuxing.

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Adobe previews Project SonicScape, an immersive new...

Alongside announcements of new Creative Cloud applications, Lightroom CC, and machine learning features powered by Sensei, Adobe is today previewing an entirely new tool it calls Project SonicScape, shown for the first time at Adobe MAX 2017.

Project SonicScape is an experimental feature that builds on Adobe’s recently expanded support for immersive 360-degree and VR experiences. Adobe Premiere now features real-time VR playback support and VR-enabled motion graphics templates. Project SonicScape goes a step further by allowing you to edit 3D audio in VR through an immersive...

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Assa Abloy buys out HomeKit-compatible smartlock...

On Thursday, Sweden's Assa Abloy -- one of the world's biggest lock manufacturers, owning several brands including Yale -- announced plans to buy out August Home, best known for its Apple HomeKit-compatible Smart Lock.

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∞ Ridiculous tricks you can do with a Slinky!

I loved my Slinky as a kid but even given an unlimited amount of time, I could never pull off the stunts this guy does with his.

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Dropshare 4 for Mac: $12.99

We have a deal on Dropshare 4 for Mac, a file sharing utility. It’s $12.99 through us, and if you enter coupon code “SOFTWARE20” at checkout, you can get another 20% off.

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Happy Hour Podcast 143 | Evolving Mac setups,...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss current Mac setups including the best desktop and notebook Macs for different tasks, the current state of working from an iPad, Touch Bar thoughts after almost one year with the technology, and much more.

9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, StitcherGoogle Play Music, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.


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Deals: High-end 2017 15" MacBook Pro for $2,879...

Shoppers this week can exclusively save $320 on Apple's current 15" MacBook Pro with 1TB of storage and Radeon 560 graphics. Or snap up a 12" MacBook at $100 to $150 off with prices starting at $1,169. Apple's 2017 21.5" iMac 4K is also $1,199 after a $100 cash discount with no tax outside NY and NJ.

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Review: August Smart Lock Pro + Connect

August impressed us with last year's second-generation August Smart Lock, a welcome iteration that took the company's very popular 2013 Yves Béhar designed original and added HomeKit support and some nice internal design improvements. Now August is back again with the third-generation of its flagship product, now dubbed the August Smart Lock Pro, which bundles in the August Connect bridge and adds new DoorSense technology, Z-Wave Plus compatibility, and improved power efficiency. The updated Pro is also joined by a new entry-level August Smart Lock ($149) that provides the standard August smart lock features without HomeKit or Z-Wave support, and August is also continuing to sell last year's August Smart Lock with HomeKit for $199 for users who may not need the more advanced features of the new model.{/exp:char_limit}

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How to teach Siri to pronounce names correctly on...

Some names can be hard for Siri to pronounce, and if you don't correct the matter won't be accurately retrieved by Apple's voice-powered assistant. Here's how to fix them.

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LEGO Women of NASA Kit Coming on Nov 1

LEGO is celebrating women’s contributions to modern science and space flight with a new set called Women of NASA. The kit was designed by science writer and editor Maia Weinstock, and chosen from LEGO’s Ideas fan-submitted projects. It includes Margaret Hamilton and Apollo Guidance Computer code books, Nancy Grace Roman and the Hubble space telescope, along with Sally Ride and Mae Jemison and the Space Shuttle Challenger. The vital role women play in scientific discovery and space flight is horribly underrepresented so it was awesome seeing this kit get the thumbs up in the Ideas program, and now get an official launch date. Woman of NASA includes 231 pieces and will be available on November 1st for US$24.99.

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Rumor claims Apple cutting iPhone 8 production...

Apple is allegedly slashing its production orders for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus by roughly 50 percent for November and December, which if true could be the earliest such cut in the iPhone's history.

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∞ “Maybe it’s a piece of dust”

Over the past few days, there was a wave of discussion, back and forth across the net, about the MacBook Pro keyboard. Head to the main Loop post for all the gory detail. […]

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Pokémon GO adding Hoenn Region ghost-type monsters...

Pokémon GO is kicking off its second in-game Halloween event with new ghost-type pocket monsters from the Hoenn Region, a special Pikachua with a witch hat, and more rewards and perks.


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China Shuts Down Apple Watch LTE Support Over...

China shut down LTE support for Apple Watch Series 3, and it’s likely over fears the smartwatch will be used to by other governments to track its citizens.

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Apple Watch cellular feature cut off in China

Wall Street Journal:

For the first time, the Apple Watch can have an independent cellular connection, allowing people to use it to make voice calls, send and receive text and data even if the watch isn’t wirelessly connected to an iPhone.

But in China, the feature was abruptly cut off for new subscribers, without explanation, after a brief availability with one telecom company.

Industry analysts say the suspension likely stemmed from Chinese government security concerns to do with tracking users of the device, which uses different technology than standard mobile phones.

This is a stunning development. After all the approvals were in place, prototypes no doubt submitted for inspection, deals signed with all players, manufacturing process completed, product packaged and distributed, and cash laid on the table as promised product was delivered and paid for, the rug was pulled out from under.

Here’s hoping this is a temporary setback.


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TSMC forecasts 10% revenue growth in iPhone X...

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) says that it expects its revenues to grow by 10% during October to December, as the iPhone X goes on sale. It follows 28% growth in August in the run-up to the iPhone 8 launch.

TSMC is believed to be the sole supplier of the A11 chip used in this year’s iPhones, just as it was for the iPhone 7, and the company appears confident of fending off future competition from Samsung …


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Netflix hides their viewing numbers, but Neilson...

John Koblin, New York Times:

In the five years since Netflix started streaming original series like the Emmy-winning “House of Cards” and “Master of None,” the shows have had a question hanging over them: How many people are watching?

Outside of Netflix, nobody knows the answer.

But Neilson (the people who, for decades, have been crunching data to tell us who is watching what) has worked out a scheme to tell us:

Nielsen announced the initiative on Wednesday morning, but it has been collecting Netflix viewership data over the last two months in a kind of test run.

The company said it was able to determine how many viewers were streaming Netflix content through audio recognition software in the 44,000 Nielsen-rated homes across the United States.

Yes. Audio recognition software. They are eavesdropping on Neilson households, obviously with permission, and parsing exactly who is watching Netflix, and exactly when and for how long.


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RiteAid now accepting Apple Pay

Rite Aid  is now accepting Apple Pay for purchases made online.The company claims to be the first pharmacy retailer to accept Apple's mobile payment system as a form of online payment.

Customers with Apple devices can now shop the nearly 12,000 items available in Rite Aid’s online store and use Apple Pay to pay for their purchase. To use, customers just select the Apple Pay button during checkout and the transaction will be processed in a manner similar to when Apple Pay is used in-store.

Apple Pay is currently available in 15 countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and U.S. 

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One simple photo shows why Apple’s iPhone X is so...

Here’s a link to the photo. I actually like the iPhone 8 design, but there’s no denying the extra screen real estate you get with the iPhone X, notch and all.

Read the article for Zach Epstein’s take on the photo.

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LTE Series 3 Apple Watch cut off from networks in...

Purchasers of the Series 3 Apple Watch with LTE in China at present have no wireless network connectivity options, with the lone carrier possibly forced by the government to cease service.

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