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Friday February 23

17:05
Airfoil 5.7

Adds support for the Apple HomePod. ($29 new, free update, 14.2 MB)

 

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15:52
NASA Personality Test Gives Tim Cook the Trait of...

A psychological test once used by NASA on astronauts calculates Tim Cook as “Advisor.” It’s called the Process Communication Model, and it categorizes people under six categories: Advisors, Connectors, Doers, Dreamers, Originals, and Organizers. According to one website, Advisors make up 10% of the population, and curiously this trait skews 75% male. Tim Cook is well known for his careful, articulate way of speaking in interviews and keynotes, and when you look at Advisor traits, it makes sense. Or, it could be a cognitive bias. You see, I personally find this whole thing a bit concerning. Online personality tests are fun to take, but they definitely aren’t valid medical advice. That requires seeing a...

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15:35
Apple Pay Cash shows up in Messages app for users in...




Apple Pay Cash is showing up in the Messages app for certain iOS users in Brazil, Ireland and Spain, suggesting an international rollout of Apple's peer-to-peer money transfer service is in the offing.

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15:25
Google Brings Its ‘ARCore’ to 100 Million Android...

This is essentially Google’s answer to Apple’s ARKit, and Bryan Chaffin can’t help but think it illustrates Apple’s advantage and Google’s disadvantages in the smartphone business.


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15:20
Apple Devices At California Repair Center Keep...

Since October 2017, Apple has made around 1,600 false alarm 911 calls from a distribution site in Elk Grove. "We've been seeing these calls for the last four months from Apple," said police dispatcher Jamie Hudson. "We're able to see quickly where the call is coming from, so when we get one from Apple, the address will come up with their location." CBS Sacramento reports: On average, Elk Grove Police say they've received 20 accidental 911 calls a day from Apple, roughly 1,600 calls since October. Hudson says the calls take valuable seconds away from calls that could be real life-and-death emergencies. "The times when it's greatly impacting us is when we have other emergencies happening and we may have a dispatcher on another 911 call that may have to put that call on hold to triage the incoming call," he said. The calls are all coming from an Apple repair and refurbishing center off Laguna Boulevard. The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department Communication Center is also getting...

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14:56
French Tax Reform Activists Win Legal Permission to...

Attac accuses Apple of dodging local taxes, an offshoot of controversy over Apple’s international corporate structure, and a court ruling affirmed their right to protest at Apple Stores.


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14:42
HomePod Will Soon Be Obsolete as Companion Robots...

Just what exactly is an intelligent speaker? It’s a companion robot that just sits, without mobility. Who wants that?


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14:29
1Password Can Find Your Pwned Passwords: Find Out How

Agilebits has announced a tremendously important feature for 1Password subscriptions: the ability to see if your passwords are pwned passwords—here’s what you need to know about it.


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14:28
Apple World Today News Update: February 23, 2018

TGIF! We hope you're going to have a safe and fun weekend, wherever you may be. We have three stories to close out your week with a short News Update podcast:

  • Cloud storage company Dropbox files for a $500 million IPO
  • Apple and other companies testing self-driving car platforms may get to test their technology on California roads without having a "safety driver" behind the wheel
  • Director Steven Soderbergh's new psycho-thriller "Unsane" premiered at the Berlin film festival this week. The movie was shot on an iPhone and opens in theaters on March 23

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

Text Version

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14:17
Apple's Southlake store update to include...




Apple's Southlake Town Square outlet, located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, will be both growing and gaining a number of external upgrades after it closes for renovations on March 4.

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14:00
News: iLounge Weekly coming Monday, sign up now

The latest edition of iLounge Weekly will once again be coming to subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge. It’s a summary of the previous week’s news, reviews, and feature articles, meant to get you caught up on recent events. It also often features giveaways and accessory discount offers from various companies. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and receive…

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13:59
YouTube finally notices Infowars is peddling...

Earlier this week, YouTube took down a video from one of Infowars' channels. It was one of many videos out there claiming that students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are not in fact students and school shooting survivors, but are instead pa...

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13:41
How to use Podcasts stations to play episode...

HomePod is a great sounding speaker, but lacks the smarts of a typical smart speaker. However, on the iPhone, Siri can do so much more and we’ve got a workaround for HomePod to allow custom podcasts commands for Siri.

more…

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13:41
Apple’s plans for remodeled store in Southlake,...

Earlier this month, we noted that Apple’s retail location in the Southlake Town Square would be closing for renovations on March 4th. Now, a new render of the proposed changes to the site sheds a little more light on Apple’s expansion plans.

more…

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13:38
Hands-on: Akitio’s portable SK-2520 brings hardware...

Akitio’s SK-2520 U3.1 is a portable diskless enclosure that can be populated with two SATA SSDs. It results in a relatively quick RAID-enabled drive that can be powered directly via USB-C. Should Mac users give it a look? Watch our brief hands-on video walkthrough for more details. more…

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13:36
News: AgileBits adds secure way to check for leaked...

Only a day after well-known security researcher Troy Hunt launched his new new Pwned Passwords service, AgileBits has already built a proof of concept leveraging the service to help users determine if their passwords have been leaked onto the internet as part of a password breach. In a blog post, the company explains how they’ve integrated 1Password with Hunt’s new online database containing over 500 million passwords that have been collected…

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13:20
034: AirPower rumor, global Apple Pay Cash, 9to5Toys...

Today we’ve got a new rumor on just when Apple’s new AirPower charging mat may launch, signs that Apple Pay Cash could be expanding outside of the US, and the best Apple deals to check out this weekend.

9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/9to5mac-daily-02-23-2018.mp3

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13:00
Dropbox officially files IPO, cloud service seeking...

Dropbox privately filed for its IPO just last month as the company built expectations for a public offering over the last year. Today, the SEC has publicly revealed the IPO details, offering specifics including last year’s financial performance.

more…

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12:35
iOS: How to Use Siri Hands Free From Your iPhone...

Using Siri hands free with AirPods is great, but then I ran into a problem.


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12:31
Study Shows Consumers don’t Use Smart Speaker Voice...

Loup Ventures just released a survey on smart speaker owners and it has two interesting points: HomePod is already gaining marketshare, and people don’t use their smart speakers for very smart stuff.


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12:14
Self-driving test cars with remote control backup...




If approved, new Californian regulations could allow companies like Apple to test their self-driving platforms with remote backup, instead of putting a human behind the wheel.

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12:03
Need a Mac IRC Client? Here are 3 You Can Use

I spent a couple of days trying out different ones. Here are my thoughts.


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11:43
Mofin Qi Wireless Car Phone Charger: Perfect for...

With the release of the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus last fall, Apple users finally got to take advantage of the Qi wireless charging standard. Mofin has a successful Kickstarter campaign underway to start production of its wireless car phone charger, which will retail for $49 starting in April. Take advantage of an early bird perk, and you can get the Mofin Qi Wireless Car Phone Charger for $24. Read along as we review a pre-production model of this wireless phone charger!

Design

Like most car chargers, the Mofin uses a vent mount to easily connect to your car dashboard. It also comes with a handy stand that can be used on a desk for wireless charging away from the car. 

Unlike car chargers that require two hands to mount a phone, the Mofin Wireless Car Phone Charger makes it simple to use one hand to place the...

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11:42
∞ Your Mac Life interview with Pixsy COO, Kain Jones

Pixsy is an online platform for creatives and image owners to discover where and how their images are being used online.

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11:35
French activist group banned from protesting in...

Last month, news broke that Apple was suing the French activist group, Attac, to bar it from future protests and asking for €3,000 in compensation. Today, the ruling is in. Not only can Attac continue to peacefully protest in Apple Stores, but the group will also be awarded €2,000 for legal fees.

more…

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11:24
HyperDrive USB-C Hub with 4K HDMI Support: $44.99

We have a deal on the HyperDrive USB-C Hub with 4K HDMI Support. This device expands what you can do with your USB-C ports on your MacBook with HDMI, two USB 3.0 ports, and an extra USB Type-C port. It’s $44.99 through us.


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10:53
Apple Pay Cash international roll out appears...

[Update: Users in Brazil have confirmed to us that they are also seeing the option for Apple Pay Cash.]

Ahead of launching in Brazil, which Tim Cook says is coming sometime this year, Apple Pay Cash appears to be rolling out to users in Ireland and Spain.

more…

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10:44
YouTube TV, adds sports, Turner

Less than one year after launching YouTube TV, the company is increasing its pricing to $40 per month from $35 per month as it adds Turner’s channels, which include TNT, CNN and TBS, and soon will be adding MLB Network and NBA TV, the company said.

I don’t care much about the $5 a month increase, but if I’m going to try this, I need to have Discovery and ID. They don’t have those yet.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:43
How We Use Smart Speakers, the Future of Companion...

Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at a survey showing how consumer use their smart speakers, plus they talk about the future of companion robots.


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10:25
French court denies Apple injunction against tax...




A Parisian court has blocked Apple's attempt to prevent Attac -- the Association for the Taxation of Financial Transactions and Citizen's Action -- from staging protests at the company's French retail stores.

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10:21
Ghostbusters looking to take on Pokémon GO w/ new AR...

From 9to5Toys:

Suit up and get the proton packs out, the Ghostbusters franchise is looking to tap into the mobile augmented reality success of Pokémon GO. As part of Google’s ARCore announcement alongside the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Sony Pictures and Ghost Corps have now announced a new AR Ghostbusters title in development for iOS and Android devices. We have some early details on the game along with the first teaser trailer and some visuals of the new title down below ahead of its release sometime this year....

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




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

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09:27
9to5Toys Lunch Break: $250 off 12-inch MacBook,...

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

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09:19
Apple can’t block Attac’s protests at its France...

The High Court of Paris has denied Apple's request for an injunction that would have blocked Attac from protesting at the company's retail stores across France, reports MacRumors. The activist group has been protesting what it perceives as Apple's tax evasion in Europe.

The order says the mere presence of protesters at Apple's stores in France, without violence, vandalism, or customers being blocked from entering the premises, isn’t enough to justify limiting the group's rights to freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly protected by human rights laws in Europe.  

The court added that Attac acted in accordance with the European Union's Statutes of the Association, and defined the protests as a matter of public interest. Apple has been ordered to pay 2,000 euros to cover the group’s legal fees.

In January an...

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08:45
Soderbergh's Thriller Shot on iPhone Premieres...

Director Steven Soderbergh said this week he so enjoyed making his psychological thriller "Unsane" on an iPhone, he would find it hard to go back to conventional filmmaking. From a report: "Unsane", which premieres at the Berlin film festival, was shot over just two weeks - way shorter than the months a movie usually takes. It tells the story of Sawyer Valentini, who moves to a new city to escape her stalker David but finds herself admitted to a mental health institution where he works.


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08:41
News: Apple hires Narcos, Hannibal producer Carol...

Apple has hired seasoned producer Carol Trussell to serve as Head of Production in its Worldwide Video Programming division, Deadline reports. Trussell, who is scheduled to start next month, come to Apple from Gaumont Television, where she has been Head of Production for the past four years, overseeing a number of well-known series’ such as “Narcos”, “Hannibal”, “Hemlock Grove” and “F is for Family.”…

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08:37
Chinese discount phone makers were supposed to rival...




Ever since iPhones officially went on sale in China back in 2009, pundits have claimed that local production of cheaper smartphones would not only block Apple's growth prospects in China but also invade smartphone markets globally. They were wrong, here's why.

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

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

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08:20
Personality model casts Apple CEO Tim Cook as '...




A psychological test once used by NASA categorizes Apple's Tim Cook as an "Advisor," based on linguistics analysis of 10 minutes of his public speaking, according to a "behavioral analytics" firm.

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

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


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

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

more…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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07:23
Adjusting EQ: iOS yes. Mac yes. HomePod? No.

The HomePod is self-balancing, algorithmically adjusting its sound for the environment in which it’s placed.

Me? I like the sound. Have not yet felt the need to tweak it. But I do like a challenge. I came across this article from OSXDaily, which walks you through the process of tweaking your EQ for iOS.

I fired up some music, then went to Settings > Music and tapped EQ. There are 23 different canned EQ settings to choose from. The article recommends Late Night to maximize volume on your iPhone. Give that a try if you listen to music out of your iPhone speakers frequently.

Thought I’d try to AirPlay that EQ to HomePod.

With the music still playing, I went to Control Center, tapped the upper-right corner of the music player (bringing up AirPlay), and selected my HomePod. The music played, but when I tapped the various EQ settings, no change...

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

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


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07:03
How to AirPlay music to your HomePod from Spotify,...




The HomePod is not strictly limited to Apple Music playback through Siri -- it is also an AirPlay target, and can recieve an audio signal from nearly every app on your iPhone. Here are some of the most common apps, and where to tap to get that to play on your new speaker.

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

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

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06:19
Steve Jobs signed items up for auction

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

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

[Via 9to5Mac]

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

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

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

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

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06:06
PowerPod sleeve: wireless charging for your AirPods

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

∞ Read this on The Loop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cathy Locke, Sacramento Bee:

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

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

The calls are coming from inside the house.

And:

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

Testing the iPhone/Apple Watch SOS capability?

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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04:00
How to take care of your HomePod

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

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

  • Clean the speaker gently and only with a dry cloth.
  • Don’t block any ventilation openings on the HomePod. 
  • Unplug it during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time. 
  • Don’t place a HomePod near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat. Don’t place a naked flame such as a lighted candle or lit cigarette on or...
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04:00
HomePod: Apple's smart speaker has plenty of...

With the addition of the HomePod to my arsenal of smart speakers, we’ve reached a dangerous tipping point in my household: there are roughly double the number of smart speakers as people. 

The past couple weeks of living with the HomePod has given me a bit of time not only to see what the device has to offer right now, but has also helped me sketch out some ideas about where the future might be able to take it.

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 23, 2018

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

iOS Apps/Updates

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

macOS Apps/Updates

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

What’s more, professional users will...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday February 22

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

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

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




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

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




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

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

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

What features would you like to see added to AirPods?

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16:19
∞ Making a hockey stick guitar

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

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

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


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

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


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15:57
13 Qi Wireless Chargers for the iPhone Reviewed

Wireless charging has been around for years. But when Apple built this technology into its newest iPhones, it gave the tech a boost. Julio Ojeda-Zapata tested an assortment of wireless chargers while peering ahead to see what else is coming.

 

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




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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

I hope this works.

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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11:51
Review: KEF Egg Wireless Digital Music System

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




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

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

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


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




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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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10:48
How to get yourself out of a funk

Jason Kottke:

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

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

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

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


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10:44
Copies and clones

Marco Arment:

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

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

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