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Wednesday February 22

ColorWare’s colored AirPods

I usually don’t go for these types of colored Apple products, but damn I’d love to have a set of purple AirPods.

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Frolic in the Apple Park, Rumors for iPad and Apple...

Apple announced the name of what we used to call Apple Campus 2.0—now it’s Apple Park. Bryan and Jeff chew on the name for a while, and discuss what we might expect when it opens in April. They also pore over Apple Watch 3 rumors and the news that a key supplier will stop making Apple Watch displays. And somehow they segue that into some new iPad and iPhone rumors.

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Get $8.62 Off Your Amazon Order (Today Only) Thanks...

Amazon announced Wednesday a celebratory customer discount. The company told customers they could get $8.62 off their order of $50 or more because Amazon topped the Harris Poll Reputation Quotient with a score of 86.27. This is the second year in a row Amazon took top ranking in the annual survey—Apple was #5 in this year’s results, down from #2 in 2016 and #1 in 2012. Amazon’s score of 86.27 in the survey was a record high score. But who cares, right? The important thing is you can get $8.62 off your Amazon order using coupon code BIGTHANKS at checkout. If you order precisely $50 worth of stuff, that would be 17.24% off your order, which is significant. While you’re at it, use TMO’s affiliate link when ordering.


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Open Source IoT on Steady Enterprise March

Enterprise IT decision makers have been exploring the potential of Internet of Things technologies, but they are not rushing IoT projects into development and are showing caution in their adoption commitments, according to survey results Red Hat released Wednesday. Of the 215 participants in the company's survey, "Enterprise IoT in 2017: Steady as she goes," 55 percent indicated that IoT was important to their organization. However, only a quarter of those organizations actually were writing project code and deploying IoT technologies.

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Chrome 58 likely to include Touch Bar support,...

Apple’s MacBook Pro gained a new feature with its last refresh, the Touch Bar. Since the announcement in October, third-party applications have slowly been gaining support for the capability and now one of the more popular apps, Google Chrome, is adding support for Touch Bar…

Earlier today, Google quietly released the first canary build of Chrome 58. One thing quickly noted by MacBook Pro users was the added support for Touch Bar support, something that has been present in any version of Chrome released since the MacBook Pro was updated last fall.


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What a Digital Avatar Patent Might Mean for Apple...

The latest patent filing (via RedmondPie) that the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office granted Apple is centered around digital avatars. It mentions how an editing environment could let people create a “representation of their alter ego.” It sounds like Apple has bigger ideas though. Andrew Orr dives in and gives us his speculations.

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ColorWare introduces ability to customize AirPods in...

One of the more common requests for AirPods has been additional color options. Apple only offers them in the standard white option, but concepts have imagined AirPods in such colors as Jet Black.

Now, popular aftermarket coloring service ColorWare has announced the ability to customize AirPods with 58 different color options…


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Hands-on: Transcend’s JetDrive Go brings Lightning-...

If you own an iOS device with a lower tier of storage — 16, 32, or even 64 GB — then you may know how annoying it is to have to micromanage your device’s storage. Not only can managing storage be tedious, but it can be downright frustrating when you don’t have enough storage space to take a photo or video.

Unfortunately, once you’ve decided on a particular amount of storage, you’re stuck with that decision for the lifetime of the device. That’s where a product like Transcend’s JetDrive Go hopes to supplement your iPhone’s meager storage capacity, as it brings Lightning-enabled external flash storage to iOS devices. more…

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Fitbit paid just $23 million for Pebble

The price tag was just $23 million, according to figures disclosed Wednesday as part of Fitbit’s quarterly earnings report. Fitbit also spent $15 million on the assets of Vector Watch, another smartwatch company.

I’m not sure that Fitbit can do any more with Pebble than what Pebble did.

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Tristar Capital buys 15-acre office campus currently...

Tristar Capital has paid $290.7 million for a 15-acre office campus in Sunnyvale currently leased by Apple, reports the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Rockwood Capital was the seller and Palo Alto-based Dostart Development Co. managed the property. The buildings are located at 410-430 North Mary Ave. in Sunnyvale. It’s likely that Apple sold the property to move personnel and assets into its Apple Park campus, which will open in April.

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5 iMazing Tricks Make Syncing Your iOS Device Fun

When you get right down to it, iTunes is pretty bloated for the limited usefulness is provides. Jeff Butts has been exploring iMazing, a potential replacement for synchronizing iOS devices with the desktop, and has some tips and tricks that show how powerful this iTunes alternative can be.

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Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 22, 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.

macOS Apps/Updates

Ben Software has rolled out SecuritySpy 4.1, an update to the multi-camera CCTV software for the Mac.

With features such as motion detection, flexible video/audio capture, and remote monitoring and configuration, SecuritySpy is designed for demanding video surveillance applications. The new version — a free upgrade for 4.x license holders — provides new, joystick-like PTZ controls, a new email relay service, UPnP support for automatic router configuration, higher-resolution thumbnails for captured footage, improved ONVIF auto-discovery, and more.

Pricing depends on the number of cameras used, ranging from approximately $42 for the single-camera version to $90 for the unlimited-camera version....

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Review: PureGear PureSwitch HomeKit-enabled Wireless...

One of the interesting things we've seen with HomeKit is how many small but established iOS accessory makers have chosen to branch out beyond their core business of speakers and cases and dip their feet into the home automation space that was once only the purview of the large home technology companies. The most recent example of this is PureGear, a company well known for its wide range of iPhone cases and screen protectors, which has now released its first electronic accessory in the form of the PureSwitch Wireless Smart Plug ($40), a HomeKit-enabled power outlet that can be used to control any appliance that plugs into a standard outlet. {/exp:char_limit}

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Apple's New Spaceship Campus Gets a Name, Lifts...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Apple has been building its giant new "spaceship" campus in the company's hometown of Cupertino, California, since December of 2013, and since then fans have paid obsessive attention to the structure. It gets buzzed by drones constantly, and the most popular YouTube videos of the building in progress have amassed well over half-a-million views apiece. The company announced today that the campus will be open to employees starting in April and that the building and environs now have a name: Apple Park. Apple says that moving the 12,000 employees who will work at the campus will take more than six months, and landscaping and construction on some buildings won't be done until the summer. The new campus mostly replaces the university-style Infinite Loop campus Apple has used since 1993, though Apple has said that it will also be keeping the older buildings. The new campus' cost has been estimated at around $5 billion. Apple will...

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News: ResearchKit study conducted using Apple Watch...

The American Academy of Neurology has announced the recent conclusion of a ResearchKit study in which an Apple Watch app was used to track seizures in people with epilepsy. According to a preliminary study of the results scheduled to be presented at the Academy’s Annual Meeting in April, the research found that the most frequent triggers for seizures were stress and missed sleep. The ten-month study involved 598 volunteers who agreed to use…

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The Pros and Cons of Legacy Apple Products Going...

It seems that there is just as much fuss about Apple products that seem to be on the verge of extinction as there is about exciting new products. John looks at the economics and psychology of Apple dropping beloved products like certain Macs, Airport base stations, displays and other devices that we’ve come to depend on. Are we on the verge of a new age of Apple?

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Instagram's iPhone app adds support for...

Facebook's Instagram on Wednesday announced support for uploading up to 10 photos and videos in a single post, potentially radically changing how people use the social network.

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∞ 81 year old’s amazing guitar playing

Damn, I hope to still be walking at 81. Much respect.

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Rich Content Makes WhatsApp Look a Lot More Like...

Facebook has rolled out a WhatsApp update that could threaten Snapchat's share of the mobile app messaging market. The update allows WhatsApp users to share photos and videos through the app's status area. Moreover, like WhatsApp text messages, content shared through status updates is protected by end-to-end encryption. End-to-end encryption is a key distinction between WhatsApp and its competitors, noted Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT. "That's an important point for people sharing private messages with individuals and groups."

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Amazon gives everyone a discount on purchases today

Celebrating its 86.27 score in the Harris Corporate Reputation Poll, Amazon is giving everyone a discount of $8.62 on orders of $50 or more today only. Hey, celebrate whatever you want if I can save money.

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How to make your Apple Watch battery last longer

For some heavy Apple Watch users constantly checking their wrists, Apple's wearable device may not quite provide the 18-hour battery life the company advertises. For Apple Watch addicts, AppleInsider offers a handful of simple things you can do to squeeze some extra time out of your battery.

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New ransomware program for macOS dubbed ‘Patcher’...

A new file-encrypting ransomware program for macOS is being distributed through BitTorrent websites, and users who fall victim to it won’t be able to recover their files, even if they pay, reports Macworld.

Written in Apple’s Swift programming language and dubbed “Patcher,” OSX/Filecoder.E masquerades as a cracking tool for commercial software like Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Microsoft Office for Mac and is being distributed as a BitTorrent download, the article adds. 

The application is generally poorly coded, ESET researchers said in a blog post. The window has a transparent background, which can be quite distracting or confusing, and it’s impossible to reopen the window if it is closed.


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iOS: Turn Safari Into a Simple RSS Reader

If you’ve found modern feed readers too cumbersome or full-featured for your use, you might be in the camp that just needs a bare-bones feed reader. Thanks to an often-overlooked feature in Safari for iOS, you’ve already got one. Jeff Butts shows you how to use it in this Quick Tip.

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Hands-on with Nomad’s Midnight Blue Horween Leather...

Last fall we showed you Nomad’s Horween Leather Case for iPhone 7 Plus which is a sturdy alternative to Apple’s similar cases, and now Nomad is back with a new Midnight Blue color joining the existing Rustic Brown option. This time we’re checking out Nomad’s $50 Leather Folio Wallet iPhone 7 Plus case which is wrapped in Horween Leather with Nomad’s new blue.


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Field Notes Utility Edition

“Utility” features your choice of two often-requested but rarely-available body pages: Engineer Graph or Ledger. Engineer Graph features an 1/8-inch grid with bolder lines each half-inch. It awaits your schematics, assembly drawings, geometry homework, or dungeon maps. The Ledger version, of course, is ultra-handy for mileage logs, parts lists, to-do lists, or any sort of handwritten accounting.

I’ve used these notebooks for years for all of my interviews and notes while on the road. I’d highly recommend them.

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iPhone Owners in US Spent $40 Each on Apps in 2016

Zoey Chong, writing for CNET: iPhone users in the US are spending more and more on apps and in-app purchases. Spending climbed to an average of $40 per person last year, according to research released Monday by Sensor Tower. This is up from $35 in 2015. Gaming continued to lead the way, accounting for more than 80 percent of Apple App Store revenue in the US. Spending in that category increased from $25 on average per person in 2015 to $27 last year. This may not be the biggest surprise, given that 2016 witnessed the rise of Pokemon Go, which crossed $1 billion in revenue worldwide last month.


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Verizon to offer 5G to select customers

New 5G networks are expected to provide speeds at least 10 times and up to maybe 100 times faster than today’s 4G networks, with the potential to connect at least 100 billion devices with download speeds that can reach 10 gigabits per second.

Those are impressive speeds.

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What Apple TV Could’ve Been – TMO Daily Observations...

There’s a new set top box coming that shows what Apple TV could’ve been. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to take a look at Caavo and its promise to unify our TV viewing experience.

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Your LG UltraFine 5K need repair? You’ll go several...

If you have a LG UltraFine 5K display that has shielding issues and want it fixed, be prepared to go several days without an external display. After you contact LG support and enter lots of info, you’ll be emailed a shipping label to return the monitor for repair.

However, that repair will take 7-10 days. This involves a hardware problem in which Wi-Fi routers within two feet of the display may result in signal interference issues. The LG UltraFine 5K Display can be effectively unusable if placed near a router with some kind of radio interference causing the monitor to regularly black out and hang a connected MacBook Pro. 

Apple has delayed shipments for LG UltraFine 5K, a 27-inch model touted as the perfect display for 2016 MacBook Pros, and removed in store pickup options. New orders for the monitor will ship out in five to six weeks.

Apple reportedly co-developed the UltraFine 5K with LG. However,...

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Apple’s new spaceship campus gets a name, lifts off...


Apple has been building its giant new "spaceship" campus in the company's hometown of Cupertino, California, since December of 2013, and since then fans have paid obsessive attention to the structure. It gets buzzed by drones constantly, and the most popular YouTube videos of the building in progress have amassed well over half-a-million views apiece. The company announced today that the campus will be open to employees starting in April and that the building and environs now have a name: Apple Park.

Apple says that moving the 12,000 employees who will work at the campus will take more than six months, and landscaping and construction on some buildings won't be done until the summer. The new campus mostly...

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Strava adds support for iPhone-free running &...

Via an update, Strava's signature fitness app now makes use of the GPS on the Apple Watch Series 2 -- allowing activity tracking without carrying an iPhone along, the developer has announced.

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iOS 10 on 79% of active iOS devices

iOS 10 is now installed on 79% of active iOS devices, according to the latest adoption data shared by Apple. Sixteen percent are using iOS 9 and 5% are using an earlier version.

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

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


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“Make Me a Cocktail” suggests drink recipes based on...

When I was younger, the only alcohol I ever had in my fridge was beer. But I’ve amassed a little bit of a liquor cabinet at home so a tool like this is handy when I’m want something different but aren’t sure what to make or how to make it.

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News: Instagram adds ability to include up to 10...

Instagram has rolled out an update to its iOS app today allowing users to include up to 10 photos or videos in a single post. When uploading photos, a new icon in the bottom right of the photo offers the option “select multiple,” after which users can choose to apply a filter to all the images/videos at once or edit each individually. The posts will all share the same caption and can only be square shaped for the time being. The first…

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: DJI Phantom 4 $799, Honeywell...

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DJI will sell you its Phantom 4 Drone for...

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Swift-based ransomware targets macOS pirates with...

New ransomware for the Mac has been discovered by security researchers, with the "poorly coded" malware created in Swift encrypting the user's files and demanding a payment, without any possibility of decrypting the files even if the ransom is paid.

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Standing desks are either the greatest things ever...

As usual, the truth stands (see what I did there?) somewhere between. I’ve tried several kinds of standing desks and I prefer the ones that are adjustable. With bad knees, I can’t stand for an entire work day so being able to sit and stand when I feel like it works best for me.

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Instagram's new galleries will let you share...

Instagram has become something of an art form. To avoid cluttering your friends’ feeds, you have to pick the best photo from a day or an event, the one that perfectly encapsulates the experience. Then you artfully edit the image by choosing the perfect filter and tweaking it in advanced options. A sardonic or heartfelt caption rounds out the post, which you then share and wait for the likes to come rolling in. But today, Instagram is changing the game.

You don’t have to share just one photo per post anymore. In an update rolling out for iOS and Android users Wednesday, Instagram is lifting its limitations with multiple images and videos per post—up to 10, to be exact. This is a feature that Instagram actually launched two years ago, but was previously only available to brands.


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Disney creates wireless power source, able to charge...

This might be part of our future but, even though I’m not usually paranoid about the “invisible forces” that surround us 24/7, this one gives me pause.

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Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow Coming to iPhone and...

Futurama is back! Or, it will be thanks to a new game that’s coming from TinyCo. What we know right now is the game is called Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow and it’s coming soon. TinyCo is working with the animators from the Futurama TV series, and Matt Groening—the guy who created Futurama and The Simpsons—says he loves it. The game developers say we’ll have more info in the “near future,” which we assume comes sooner than Fry’s defrosting. Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow will be available for iOS and Android, plus you can keep on top of the latest announcements by signing up at the game website. And seriously, shut up and take my money.

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Apple Watch & ResearchKit epilepsy study...

A research study on epilepsy with the Apple Watch and ResearchKit at the core of the work has concluded, and is shedding light on seizure triggers, hopefully paving the way for better identification of precursors of the disruptive and dangerous event.

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The only DVDs I’ve ever bought have been because of the commentary track. Not having them available anymore is a shame and a real loss to moviephiles.

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Instagram update introduces new carousel album posts...

Instagram is introducing a new sharing format that lets you publish multiple photos and videos in a single post on the social network. Posts were previously limited to single photos or videos with the exception of Stories which are ephemeral.


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iOS 10 now installed on 79% of Apple's mobile...

A little over 5 months after the update's release, iOS 10 had made it onto 79 percent of iOS devices, according to official Apple statistics shared with developers.

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Apple's new HQ, Apple Park, will open in April

In 2011, Apple CEO Steve Jobs showed the Cupertino City Council plans for his company’s new campus. Six years later, Apple Park is set to open.

Apple employees will begin the process of moving to the new campus in April, and in six months more than 12,000 people will work in Apple Park.

Jobs conceived of the 2.8 million-square-foot building, which evokes a flying saucer with panels of curved glass, and Apple will honor its late founder’s memory with a 1,000-seat auditorium named Steve Jobs Theater. Apple Park sits on 175 acres of land designed to be part nature refuge, part center for collaboration and creativity.


The campus replaces Hewlett-Packard’s concrete jungle with 9,000 trees, two miles of trails for employees to walk and run on, plus an orchard, meadow, and a pond. Apple claims its new HQ is the world’s largest naturally ventilated building and won’t need heat or air conditioning for nine months of the year. The building has 17 megawatts...

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∞ Disney Pixar international movies side by side

I had no idea so much effort went into “customizing” movies for specific markets like this.

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Santander among more than 40 banks, credit unions...

Apple Pay has today gained support from more than 40 new banks and credit unions in the U.S., including Santander Bank, inching the total of participating nationwide card issuers closer to 2,000.

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News: Facebook’s talks with MLB raise possibility...

Facebook is reportedly in talks with Major League Baseball to live stream one game each week during the 2017 season, Reuters reports. The move raises the possibility that the broadcast could also land on the company’s new Apple TV app, similar to the deal reached by Twitter to stream Thursday night NFL games on the device. While Facebook’s promises about its upcoming Apple TV video app make no mention of using it to stream live sports,…

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New Apple Campus, Dubbed Apple Park, Opens in April

Apple Park, the official name for Apple’s new spaceship campus, is set to open for employees in April. The campus will hold 12,000 employees, and the on-location theater has been named the Steve Jobs Theater.

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Apple confirms existence of Cambridge Siri R&D...

Apple is no longer keeping its Siri research and development office in Cambridge, U.K. a secret, revealing the facility's existence by constructing a sign bearing the company logo beside the building's front door.

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The Week in iOS Cases and Accessories: Snapchat...

It's a snap!

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup includes a new accessory from Snapchat that lets you create sharable images directly from your Spectacles. Read on!

Snap Inc.

Image by Snap Inc.

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IOGEAR launches portable USB-C Dual DisplayPort...

IOGEAR has launched the $99.95 USB-C Dual DisplayPort Monitor Portable Dock, which enables users to connect two DisplayPort monitors to a USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 laptop such as the 2016 MacBook Pros and MacBooks to create a dual-monitor workstation.

The plug-and-play dock connects to the USB-C port on a laptop to extend the desktop to a single 4K monitor or dual HD monitors. It’s bus-powered and features a wrap-around cable organizer for portability.

The USB-C Dual DisplayPort Monitor Portable Dock has two DisplayPort outputs to create a dual-monitor workstation. One is a USB type-A port for connecting additional peripherals such as keyboards, mice, hard drives or printers....

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Foxconn workers departing company, rather than shift...

Apple partner and device assembler Foxconn is going on a hiring spree at China colleges, but reports from within the company claim that as iPhone 7 manufacturing winds down, assemblers would rather leave than deal with lower pay and fewer safety precautions when building goods from other companies.

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Keyboard Cases for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro

The iPad Pro is a decent laptop stand-in for productivity on the go, but can’t realize its full potential without a physical keyboard. Julio Ojeda-Zapata tested the latest keyboard accessories for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. They’re all good, though none is perfect.


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Flexihub software lets you share a Mac’s USB port

Flexihub is new macOS compatible software that lets you use any number of USB devices as you wish. It allows you to share a USB port from your old Mac or other computers and access them on — for instance — your laptop.

Flexihub allows accessing USB or serial devices plugged into network computers listed as nodes. It doesn’t matter where they’re located physically.

Once you insert a device, FlexiHub automatically detects its type and displays it — a phone, a storage device, a camera, etc. Serial devices are marked with a special indicator to differentiate them from USB devices.

You can restrict access to devices connected to your computer via USB or serial ports. Such devices won’t be listed as accessible to other computers, and only authorized users will be able to access them.

Flexihub allows you to invite other account owners to connect to devices hosted on your nodes. You may share your devices not...

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Apple reports iOS 10 adoption up to 79%. Android...

From Apple’s developer site:

Interesting to compare that pie chart to the official Android adoption pie chart:

That little bitty sliver on the right? That’s Nougat, the most recent version of Android. To get to more than half of that pie chart, you have to include Nougat, Marshmallow and Lollipop. Lollipop was released in 2014.

It’s tough when you don’t control all the hardware.

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Jumsoft introduces Social Media Lab for macOS Pages

Jumsoft has introduced Social Media Lab 1.0, its new template app for Apple’s Pages app. It offers items in four major categories. 

Each category is a collection of both brand new and time-tested designs, spanning across many different styles and themes. This collection is optimized for the most popular social platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and some of the most popular blogging services.

Social Media Lab requires macOS 10.11 or later. It costs $19.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store.

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Apple, Foxconn & TSMC consider swooping in on...

Apple, Foxconn, and TSMC are among a group of over 10 companies hoping to win a majority stake in Toshiba's flash memory business, reports say.

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Apple Pay expands to over 40 more banks and credit...

Apple Pay is now available from over 40 more banks and credit unions around the United States as part of the latest expansion wave. Apple’s mobile payment service launched just over two years ago with hundreds of additional regional banks and credit unions added every few weeks. You can find the latest banks added below.


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∞ Every New York Times front page since 1852

[VIDEO] Video on the main Loop post. Best viewed on a large screen. Wish there was a timeline on the screen so you could see the year. But that nit aside, fascinating to watch the paper’s design evolve, very subtly. Amazing how late in the game color made its appearance.

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26 Apple TV tips

Another list, this one all Apple TV tips. As usual, you may know most of these, but give a scan. It’s those few you don’t know that make the read worthwhile. Bookmark and pass along.

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Autonomous racing cars also crash

The Verge:

The world’s first self-driving robot racing series took a big step toward reality this weekend. For the first time ever, both of Roborace’s prototype autonomous racecars ran against each other on a track.


The two Roborace prototypes — which the company refers to as DevBots — “battled” each other around the same Puerto Madero street circuit in Buenos Aires that hosted the third race of Formula E’s third season. The cars’ Nvidia-powered brains handled 20 autonomous laps across the race weekend, according to Roborace, and topped out at about 115 miles per hour.

115 mph (185 km/h) is pretty slow for race cars, but fast enough to enjoy. At Monza last year (the Italian Grand Prix), the top speed was 225 mph (360 km/h). Once the bugs are all worked out, I expect we’ll see autonomous cars hit those speeds and, since the AI drivers will not have those pesky human flaws, even pass those speeds.

One of the two DevBots successfully dodged a...

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iOS: Use “Vibrate Only” for Specific Event Alerts

This Quick Tip is all about the awesome sound of silence…ahhh. There’s a way that you can have your iPhone vibrate only for certain events (like when an email comes in) while allowing it to chime for others (such as when you get a text). Tired of the beeping and pulsing and dinging? This article’s for you!

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PDFConverterOCR 4: $19.99

We have a deal today on PDFConverterOCR 4. It’s a “lifetime license,” which means you’ll get all minor and major updates to the software. PDFConverterOCR 4 converts native and scanned PDF files to almost any file format, retaining their original layouts. It features advanced character accuracy and recognizes 49 languages. You can get it through our deal for $19.99.

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News: Daily Deal: iMemStick 3.0 MFi-Certified...

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering the iMemStick 3.0 MFi-Certified Lightning Flash Drive for only $74.99 — that’s 42% off the regular price. This portable storage device provides 64GB of extra capacity for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, plus outstanding transfer speeds of 100 MB/s — you can transfer a 4GB HD video from the iMemStick between your PC or iOS devices in just about a minute. The included cable also doubles as a…

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Apple Park — the ‘spaceship campus’ — to open in...

Apple says that Apple Park, the company’s new 175-acre campus, will be ready for employees to begin occupying in April. The process of moving more than 12,000 people will take over six months, and construction of the buildings and parklands is scheduled to continue through the summer.

Envisioned by Steve Jobs as a center for creativity and collaboration, Apple Park is transforming miles of asphalt sprawl into a haven of green space in the heart of the Santa Clara Valley, according to CEO Tim Cook. The campus’ ring-shaped, 2.8 million-square-foot main building is clad entirely in the world’s largest panels of curved glass.

Jobs would have turned 62 this Friday, Feb. 24. To honor his memory and his enduring influence on Apple and the world, the theater at Apple Park will be named the Steve Jobs Theater. Opening later this year, the entrance to the 1,000-seat auditorium is a 20-foot-tall glass cylinder, 165 feet in diameter, supporting a metallic carbon-fiber roof. The...

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Facebook in talks to live stream one Major League...


Facebook Inc is in talks with Major League Baseball to live stream one game per week during the upcoming season, which could be a key win as the social media platform works to offer more live sports, according to two people familiar with the situation.

Facebook has pushed to sign deals with owners of sports rights to live stream their games, going after an audience that competitor Twitter Inc is also trying to capture, according to sports media consultants.

For social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, live streaming sports is key to attracting people since sports is one of the few types of content that people still watch live.

Streaming live sports is still an experiment searching for a business model. It’s not clear that Twitter made money on last year’s Thursday Night Football stream. No doubt, their engagement numbers went up, but did they sell enough ads at a high enough price to pay the NFL’s asking price?

If Reuter’s story...

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Apple shares hit (another) all-time high

Apple’s shares traded above $136.74 in intraday trading on Tuesday before closing at an all-time high of $136.70. The company's market cap stood at $719.19 billion at the end of trading yesterday.

Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty has raised her stock price forecast for Apple from $150 to $154, citing potential strong sales in China when Apple debuts the “iPhone 8” this year. She raised her overall fiscal year 2018 estimates for iPhone sales to 260 million and Apple’s earnings per share to $11.

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Apple quietly bought domain, shuts down...

Tech Crunch:

It looks like Apple has finally picked up one of the last remaining pieces of internet property linked to one of its key service brands: the iPhone and Mac giant has quietly taken over ownership of, TechCrunch has learned. Subsequent to that, the small-time Asian social network that existed at the site has informed its users that it will be shutting down by the end of this month.


The domain — which is now controlled by Apple — was one of the last major iCloud-based web addresses that was not owned by the company. (Perhaps the last major one? not quite, there is also, owned by Dennis Publishing.)

In 2011, just before officially unveiling its own iCloud storage service (but after there had been leaks about its imminent arrival), Apple acquired from Swedish software company Xcerion, which had launched its own cloud-based storage service under that name in 2007, and in 2011 rebranded it to...

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Apple Park's campus auditorium named '...

As part of the new "spaceship" campus, now called "Apple Park," Apple is commemorating its legendary cofounder, naming the auditorium that overlooks the facility "Steve Jobs Theater."

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Apple takes over ownership of ‘'...

Apple has “quietly” taken over ownership of, TechCrunch reports. Previously, the Internet domain belonged to a small-time Asian social network site; however, it’s telling its users that it will be shutting down by the end of this month.

The domain was one of the last major iCloud-based web addresses that wasn’t owned by the company. However, there’s at least one more —, owned by Dennis Publishing, notes TechCrunch.

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Apple just published a new Press Release:

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Apple's 'spaceship' Campus 2 to...

Employees at Apple's corporate headquarters will have a new home -- Apple Park -- starting in April, though the migration of more than 12,000 workers will take over six months to complete.

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Apple’s spaceship campus officially named Apple Park...

Apple has today announced the official name of its spaceship campus: Apple Park. The new headquarters complex had previously been referred to as Apple Campus 2. The 1,000-seat auditorium will be named the Steve Jobs Theater.

The company also revealed the timeline for employees to move into the campus, as well as sharing a few high-resolution images (below) …


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Apple finally admits it has an office in Cambridge,...

We first heard two years ago that Apple was opening its first office in Cambridge, England, at a location close to the world-famous university. Back in November, a report said that the offices housed former VocalIQ employees performing R&D work on Siri, but at the time Apple wasn’t even admitting that it had a presence there.


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Rumor: Next-gen iPhone to feature 3D-sensing front...

The next-gen iPhone may feature a revolutionary new front camera and Infrared module capable of sensing the 3D space in front of it.

Per analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, the new components will be able to merge the depth information with the 2D images from the front camera for applications including face recognition, iris recognition, and 3D selfies.

In a recently released note, Kuo stated that the new 3D front camera system could be used in new games that could accurately replace a character’s head with that of the user. The new camera, along with its 3D sensor, would allow the new iPhone to create a 3D selfie that could be used in augmented reality software.

It’s thought that the hardware will use algorithms developed by PrimeSense, a company Apple acquired back in 2013. The sensor will apparently be able to detect the location and depth of objects it can see. Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus already includes an immature form of depth detection by including...

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∞ Apple’s news campus, “Apple Park” will open in...

Apple on Wednesday said its new 175-acre campus will open to employees in April. The campus, dubbed “Apple Park” by the company, will take six months to fully occupy with the 12,000 employees that will work there. […]

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Be More Productive by Typing Faster

“If you’re not typing at least 40 words per minute, you’re wasting time. Possibly the easiest way to get more done in less time is to become a better typist.” Dr. Mac’s been saying it for nearly 30 years. Here’s why…

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Verizon settles on $4.48 billion purchase price for...

Verizon was able to save even more money following Yahoo’s email hacks.

The telecommunications company announced a deal to buy the core business of Yahoo for $4.48 billion —managing to secure a $350 million discount it was pursuing because of two major security breaches, the last of which affected over 1 billion accounts.

The deal states that both Yahoo and Verizon will share some liabilities following the 2013 and 2014 hacks. The companies will split cash liabilities linked to some lawsuits and government investigations, but Yahoo alone will be saddled with some liabilities from shareholder lawsuits and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigations.

The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter, pending government approval.

Verizon presently owns AOL, the Yahoo acquisition giving AOL a new user base that can be targeted for advertising. Verizon is also expected to merge Yahoo’s ad tech, email, search, and messenger assets with...

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Sexism rules in voice assistant genders, show...

Studies cited by the WSJ show that sexist attitudes are alive and well when it comes to preferences for gender in the voices of intelligent assistants.

An Indiana university study found that both men and women prefer a female voice, finding it welcoming, warm and nurturing. Microsoft and Amazon found the same thing in their own research. Even more tellingly, a Stanford University study reveals that preferences for male or female voices depend on the subject matter …


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SpiShutter might work — if it stayed attached to...

I'm not sure how often this actually happens, but there have been reports that hackers can use your computer's webcam to watch you, including the FaceTime camera on Macs. The simplest solution is to cover the camera with a sticker. However, that's not ideal for aesthetic reasons. Plus, it could leave residue behind. 

SpiShutter has a self-titled solution that lets you physically block the embedded webcam your Mac. It has an opening in the center of the strip that lets you enable your webcam by sliding the strip left or right, and then blocking the camera when not in use. 

SpiShutter is designed to stay on your computer at all times, even when the lid is closed on a MacBook Pro, MacBook or MacBook Air. The low-friction powder coating is designed to prevent any scratches to the screen and leave no residue.

However, I...

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The average US iPhone user spent $40 on apps last...

The average U.S. iPhone user spent $40 on apps & in-app purchases last year, according to research by Sensor Tower. This was up from $35 the previous year.

Unsurprisingly, games account for by far the biggest chunk of this – some $27 of the $40 total – but it was another category that saw the largest percentage increase …


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What if you could customize 'your' Apple...

Wouldn't it be nice if you could tweak the interface that appears when you log into your account at the Apple App Store (for iOS) and the Mac App Store (for macOS)?

For example, one huge section on the Mac App Store is "Best New Games." Let's say I'm not a gamer. Yet there it is taking up nearly one-third of the available page space. 

What if I wanted a "Best New Business Apps" or "Best New Utilities" or some other category of my choosing? I'm not sure how hard this would be to implement, but I'd love for Apple to consider it. (Thanks to J. Scott Anderson for help with today's op-ed).

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The Morning After: Wednesday, February 22 2017

Welcome to your Wednesday. And maybe the future. NASA has a big announcement today, Qualcomm is promising phone chips that'll gulp down data faster than your current fiber connection, and more immediately, your next iPhone might pack a depth-sensing...

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Wileyfox Swift 2 series review: Affordability...

British smartphone brand Wileyfox came onto the scene in 2015, kicking things off with two distinct devices. Of these, the Swift turned out to be one of the best affordable handsets you could buy -- quite the achievement for a new, unknown company. S...

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It's not too late for Apple TV

Time hasn’t been kind to the fourth-generation Apple TV. In recent months, Apple’s streaming platform has lost market share to rivals like Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Google Chromecast, and Apple itself has admitted that sales last holiday season decreased from 2015.


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Scientists hold the first quantum computer face-off

For the first time ever, two quantum computers have faced off against each other in a series of experiments to determine which technology reigns supreme. A team of researchers from the University of Maryland have pitted their own quantum computer aga...

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Netflix reportedly snags Martin Scorsese's...

Netflix is making another big movie splash, as IndieWire is the first to report that it's acquiring the rights to Martin Scorsese's $100 million+ gangster flick The Irishman. Reportedly in the works since at least 2010, the project is supposed to uni...

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Crowdfunded 'MST3K' revival hits Netflix...

Tonight, after a "Red Carpet Kickstarter Screening" of the first new Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode, Netflix announced the revived series will launch April 14th. In a message to backers of the biggest crowdfunded video project, creator Joel Hod...

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Google's mixed reality tech shows faces behind...

YouTube has already perfected the art of mixed reality videos that show the VR world and the real world at the same time. A great example is the video of Conan O'Brien's virtual trip to outer space taken when he visited YouTube's VR Lab. The video pl...

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What's the status on LG's UltraFine 5K...

After receiving reports of connectivity issues related to LG's new UltraFine 5K monitor, and confirming those problems with LG, Apple temporarily suspended sales of the display earlier this February. With ship times slow to improve, AppleInsider explains what's going on.

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Apple stock closes at new high of $136.70 as market...

Riding a wave of positive financial news and a rosy outlook for fiscal 2017, Apple stock touched $136.74 in intraday trading on Tuesday before closing at an all-time high of $136.70.

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What's on TV: 'Ultimate Beastmaster,...

This week we've got the second episode of Planet Earth II, focusing on Mountains this time. It's also time for Netflix to kick off its worldwide reality TV show, Ultimate Beastmaster. Taking more than a few hints from American Ninja Warrior and prede...

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Boeing plans to build 3D-printed modular satellites

Boeing is known for building huge, high-end satellites that cost roughly $150 million each, but that could change in the future. The aerospace corporation plans to adopt new production practices that involve the use of modular 3D-printed parts and fa...

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Apple airs regional AirPods ads featuring UK...

As part of a shift toward targeted digital and regional ad campaigns, Apple on Tuesday released three new versions of its "Notes" AirPods commercial in the UK featuring music from The 1975, Craig David and Lianne La Havas.

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Apple Releases Logic Pro X 10.3.1 with Security Fix...

Apple released Logic Pro X 10.3.1 Tuesday. The update includes a security fix for maliciously crafted GarageBand files. It also improves the way regions perform, edits, and the ability to share 44.1kHz projects to GarageBand for iOS.

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Apple Takes Us on iPhone 7 ‘One Night’ Tours of NYC...

Apple launched five new commercials through its YouTube channel Tuesday. Four of them are part of the “Shot on iPhone” series and take us on “One Night” tours of New York City, Johannesburg, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Each commercial is comprised of stills and videos from their respective cities, theoretically taken over one night.

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Apple buys domain, shuts down associated...

As part of efforts to bring its online assets under one roof, Apple recently purchased from a small Chinese social network, one of the last product related domains not currently under its control.

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Apple shares new AirPods ads showcasing British...

As it continues to focus on regional campaigns rather than global ones, Apple today shared four new AirPods comercials to its U.K. YouTube channel. The videos are all under 20 seconds in length and highlight different U.K. artists…


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Keyboard inconsistencies & oddities plaguing...

After similar issues plagued the 12-inch MacBook, a growing number of MacBook Pro users are reporting issues with the new butterfly keyboard. The butterfly keyboard technology was first introduced with the 12-inch MacBook, but Apple announced a new version of it with the 2016 MacBook Pro models revealed late-last year.

Now, a growing number of users are suffering from issues with the keyboard…


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