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Saturday October 21

Merlin Project 4.3

Project management app brings full support for macOS 10.13 High Sierra and adds Japanese and Simplified Chinese localizations. ($289 new, free update, 25.3 MB)


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New video catches Apple's iPhone X ahead of Nov...

A video uploaded on Saturday appears to show yet another iPhone X "in the wild," despite even preorders having to wait until next Friday.

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Fantastical 2.4.3

Adds support for the new Cardhop contacts app from Flexibits. ($49.99 new, free update, 14.4 MB)


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Hands On: LookUp 4.0 for the iPhone and iPad can...

An updated design makes Lookout fast to use on your iPhone or your iPad, and it even has an Apple Watch implementation -- but it is not the dictionary app for everyone.

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Latest video of iPhone X in the wild shows off white...

As we approach the release of the iPhone X next month, the device continues to make appearances in the wild. We shared a video and a handful of images of the device earlier this month, and now another close-up look of the iPhone X in white has hit the web…


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Delicious Library 3.7

Required update restores searching, item lookups, and recommendations from global Amazon stores (except Amazon Japan). ($39 new, free update, 88.3 MB)


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As Spotify launches ‘RISE’ competitor, Apple files...

Spotify this week announced a new “RISE” program that’s eerily similar to Apple Music’s “Up Next” series. Both aim to highlight up and coming artists that represent the future of music, and Apple has showcased many of its artists prominently on Apple Music and on TV.

Which some coincidence in timing, Apple this week filed for a trademark for Apple Music Up Next…


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Comment: How the iPhone 8 & iPhone X pave the...

I’ve been using the iPhone 8 Plus for about a month now, and while it’s largely a holdover until the more exciting iPhone X next month, the iPhone 8 is a great phone in and of itself. The improvements are subtle yet contribute nicely to a notable improvement over its predecessors.

More than anything, however, the iPhone 8 – as well as the iPhone X –  represent the beginning of what is likely the future of iPhone design: a single, port-free, fully enclosed slab of glass…


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This week’s top stories: Apple’s new flagship store...

In this week’s top stories: iPhone X production speculation continues, Apple opens a brand new flagship store in Chicago, iOS 11.1 betas 3 and 4, a tip for selling your Touch Bar MacBook Pro, and much more. Head below for all of this week’s big stories.   more…

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As a photographer, these are 13 free apps I wouldn’t...

This is a great list of apps – I use almost all of them on a regular basis.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple’s new Chicago flagship store is more than an...

Apple opened a new flagship store in downtown Chicago yesterday and it is stunning. Sitting right along the Chicago River, Apple Michigan Avenue has been moved south about 5 blocks. 14 years ago Apple opened its first flagship store here in Chicago, and now they are doubling down on their mission: stores aren’t just for making money.


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Apple and AT&T activate LTE Band 8 to give...

This is great news and hopefully will ease some of the pain of the people in those affected areas.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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EagleFiler 1.8.1

Document organization and archiving app now requires 64-bit system running Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or later. ($40 new, free update, 19.7 MB)


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Patent trollin’: They’re back! Uniloc sues Apple yet...

As noted by AppleInsider, patent troll Unilock is suing Apple (again), claiming the tech giant infringes an exercise monitoring system patent invented by Paragon Solutions. 

U.S. Patent No. 6,736,759 is for an "Exercise monitoring system and methods.” It describes a basic health monitoring solution involving a physiological monitor with GPS location capabilities and separate wearable display. Uniloc claims the Apple Watch infringes on the patent.

Previous Uniloc lawsuits allege infringement of three patents reassigned from Hewlett-Packard and 3Com that involve a method by which a...

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Apple participates in Project Loon project to aid...

Alphabet, Google’s parent company, is collaborating with Apple, AT&T, and government agencies including the FCC, FAA, and FEMA, to deliver limited wireless Internet access to Puerto Rico via the company's Project Loon balloons, as announced in a blog post by Alistair Westgarth, head of Project Loon.

The partnership is supporting basic communication and Internet activities like sending text messages and accessing information online for some people with LTE enabled phones. Currently, balloons launched in Nevada are floating above the hardest hit parts of the island, temporarily replacing ground infrastructure destroyed by the storm.

Project Loon is a research and development project being developed with the mission of providing Internet access to rural and remote areas. The project uses high-altitude balloons...

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The hottest Apple-related news for the week of Oct....

There’s a lot happening in the world of Apple news this week. Following are the hottest articles for the week of Oct. 16-20.

Apple and GE have announced a partnership to deliver industrial apps designed to bring predictive data and analytics from Predix, GE’s industrial Internet of Things (IoT) platform, to the iPhone and iPad. The two companies unveiled a new Predix software development kit (SDK) for iOS, which gives developers the tools to make their own industrial IoT apps.

A new report from the In-vehicle UX (IVX) group at Strategy Analytics, “Consumer Interest for In-Car Smartphone Mirroring is Almost Universal,” surveying consumers in the U.S., Western Europe and China, has found that an increasing number of consumers feel that smartphone mirroring...

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Tim Cook Confirms the Mac Mini Isn't Dead

Apple has refreshed just about every Mac product within the last couple of years -- except for the Mac Mini. Naturally, this has left many analysts questioning whether or not the company would be phasing out the Mini to focus more on its mobile devices. A MacRumors reader decided to email Apple CEO Tim Cook to get an update on the Mac mini and he received a response. Cook said it was "not time to share any details," but he confirmed that the Mac mini will be an important part of the company's product lineup in the future. MacRumors reports: Cook's response echoes a similar statement from Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller, who commented on the Mac mini when Apple's plans for a new Mac Pro were unveiled. "The Mac mini is an important product in our lineup and we weren't bringing it up because it's more of a mix of consumer with some pro use," he said. Positioned as a "bring your own peripherals" machine that comes without a mouse, keyboard, or display, the Mac mini is Apple's most...

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BBEdit 12.0.1

Fixes for reported issues in first maintenance update since the release of version 12. ($49.99 new, free update, 13.5 MB)


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Friday October 20

DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.9.16

Improves synchronization capabilities and fixes some bugs related to macOS 10.13 High Sierra. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new; DEVONnote, $24.95 new)


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This week on AI: Fears for iPhone 8 & X numbers...

Much of this week's news revolved around the iPhone 8 and X -- in particular, fears that the 8 isn't selling as well as hoped, and that production won't meet demand for the X. Some potentially good news, though, was a rumor that next year's iPhones will be somewhat cheaper.

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Apple Watch GPS functionality target of latest...

After a brief hiatus, patent troll Uniloc is back and looking to milk Apple for claimed damages and fees related to allegedly infringed patents, this time involving Apple Watch GPS functionality.

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Apple invites Upgrade Program members to ‘get a head...

We’re fully expecting the iPhone X pre-order and launch period to be chaotic, and Apple wants its iPhone Upgrade Program members to have the smoothest experience possible. For that reason, Apple is pushing IUP members to ‘get a head start on your upgrade to iPhone X’ starting Monday, October 23, ahead of pre-orders on Friday, October 27.


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Vector plans three 'microsatellite'...

Virginia's governor announced that microsatellite delivery company Vector has arranged a trio of launches from the state's spaceport on Wallops Island. While the notice gave no information on the payloads or customers, they will be very small compare...

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Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs Google Pixel 2 XL: camera is...

A new review looking at camera images captured by Apple's iPhone 8 and Google's HTC-built Pixel 2 declared iPhone the overall winner in a series of shots where both phones actually performed well. But despite Google framing camera score' as the only criteria for modern smartphones, there's a lot more of interest to buyers than just a phone's camera.

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Apple enabling emergency AT&T LTE in Puerto Rico...

Apple is working with AT&T and Google parent-company Alphabet to enable emergency LTE in Puerto Rico after the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria last month. TechCrunch reports that Apple is issuing a carrier update this week using the service enable LTE Band 8 support. As 9to5Google reported earlier today, this emergency LTE is enabled by Alphabet’s X division using Project Loon.


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Inside Apple Michigan Ave Store Opening in Chicago (...

Billed as the “first of a new generation” of stores, Apple Michigan Ave is unlike any Apple Store we’ve seen before, and we took pics at the store opening.

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Senators want to know if Apple fought back on China...

Apple CEO Tim Cook wasn't pleased about pulling VPN software from the company's App Store in China, but this July, it happened anyway. As a result, many users who once counted on such software to dodge the country's Great Firewall were left to their...

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Apple CEO Tim Cook touts new Chicago flagship store...

Apple CEO Tim Cook was in Chicago on Friday to mingle with customers at the grand opening of the company's new Michigan Avenue flagship store, an event hyped earlier this week.

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How to transfer DVD and Blu-ray movies to iTunes...

Wish you could easily convert your DVD or Blu-ray collection to iTunes-compatible digital copies without ripping or DRM hassles? Now you can with Vudu's Disc to Digital program and the new Movies Anywhere service. AppleInsider shows you how it's done.

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Get a Head Start on Your iPhone X Preorder on...

As long as you’re a current member of the iPhone Upgrade Program, you can get a head start on your iPhone X preorder.

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Razer’s new webcam and microphone are made for...

Razer is known as a gaming laptop, mouse and keyboard maker, but it actually offers a wide variety of products, like Xbox controllers, power banks, and even an upcoming phone. Razer also makes webcams like the Stargazer, which is built for streaming...

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Project Loon balloons bring LTE service to Puerto...

Google parent company Alphabet on Friday said it is collaborating with AT&T, Apple and various government agencies to deliver limited wireless internet access to Puerto Rico via the company's Project Loon balloons.

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Google Says 64 Percent of Chrome Traffic On Android...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Google's push to make the web more secure by flagging sites using insecure HTTP connections appears to be working. The company announced today that 64 percent of Chrome traffic on Android is now protected, up 42 percent from a year ago. In addition, over 75 percent of Chrome traffic on both ChromeOS and Mac is now protected, up from 60 percent on Mac and 67 percent on ChromeOS a year ago. Windows traffic is up to 66 percent from 51 percent. Google also notes that 71 of the top 100 websites now use HTTPS by default, up from 37 percent a year ago. In the U.S., HTTPS usage in Chrome is up from 59 percent to 73 percent. Combined, these metrics paint a picture of fairly rapid progress in the switchover to HTTPS. This is something that Google has been heavily pushing by flagging and pressuring sites that hadn't yet adopted HTTPS.


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Apple Poaches Amazon Video Exec to Head...

According to Variety, Mr. Wandell will be, “developing big-ticket productions that can travel well around the world.”

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Project Loon's LTE balloons are floating over...

About a month after Hurricane Maria's devastating landfall on Puerto Rico and a couple of weeks after the FCC gave clearance, Project Loon is bringing wireless internet to people on remote parts of the island. Part of (Google parent company) Alphabet...

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Apple scoops up Amazon Studio exec to head...

Variety is reporting that Apple has hired Amazon Studios alum Morgan Wandell to lead Apple Video’s international development. He started at Amazon in 2013 and initially oversaw drama development before moving to an international marketing focus. 

Wandell’s projects at Amazon included “The Man in the High Castle” and “Goliath.” He also worked on a number of ABC Studios shows including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Criminal Minds,” and “Lost” while he served as president of Greg Berlanti’s production company.        

According to Variety, at Apple, Wandell will report to Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, two guys the tech giant lured away from Sony Pictures TV.

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Google Finds a Workaround for Apple’s Intelligent...

Google is deploying a change in its AdWords service that obeys Apple’s rules, while still allowing online advertisers to track conversion rates.

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Movie 'sanitizer' VidAngel files for...

Back in 2016, Hollywood studios were able to stop VidAngel from streaming sanitized versions of blockbuster hits, claiming that its system for doing so was covered under the Family Movie Act of 2005. The injunction, which VidAngel promised to appeal,...

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Mac: Twelve South Inspire Mac Candle No. 2

While it may be a bit of a stretch to call this one a Mac accessory, Twelve South’s new Inspire [mac candle N°2] makes for a whimsical and worthwhile entry to close off a busy week. The venerable Mac accessory maker release its first Mac-inspired candle as a unique holiday gift last year to much acclaim among tech enthusiasts, and this year has followed it up with a new iteration in a whole new form and with a scent that leans more toward the practical (as opposed to last year’s candle which was designed to smell like opening a new Mac). Mac Candle No. 2 instead features a unique blend of bergamot and armoise, with hints of lemon, amber, tarragon and musk for a unique smell and a scent profile that Twelve South claims is meant to clear your mind of clutter and stimulate creativity, presented in a vessel intended as an homage to Apple’s design ethos. More importantly, however, Twelve South is using the proceeds form candle sales in support of the popular FIRST charity...

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AWT News Update: October 20, 2017

We have an abbreviated podcast for today, thanks to a shortage of news that we hadn't already published on the website. Here's what we've got for you:

  • Be sure to check out Live Home 3D from BeLight Software, our sponsor for the past week. 
  • With one week to go until the start of iPhone X pre-orders, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that component shortages will result in only about 2 to 3 million of the new phones being available at launch
  • New beta versions of iOS 11.1 and watchOS 4.1 are available, with iOS 11.1 bringing hundreds of new emoji to the world once the final version ships

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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Review: Friday Labs Friday Lock

Introduced two years ago via an Indiegogo campaign, Friday Labs finally launched its long-awaited Friday Lock this past spring. Designed in collaboration with renowned architects Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) — the agency known for the Googleplex and Hyperloop One — Friday Lock tags itself as "the world's smallest smartlock" and emphasizes aesthetics with changeable die-cast metal shells in six different shades, alongside technical features such as HomeKit support and automatic locking and unlocking with the company's Friday Assist technology. {/exp:char_limit}

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Apple Worldwide Video's LA office poaches...

Apple's increasingly aggressive moves to establish internal production of creative content now include hiring Morgan Wandell from Amazon Studios.

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Apple adds Amazon Studios alum to its original...

Apple is expanding its original content team with a new hire from Amazon Studios. Variety reports that Morgan Wandell is joining Apple to develop original content for international audiences after serving a similar role at Amazon.


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Ford's commuter van service Chariot halts...

Chariot, an on-demand commuter van service owned by Ford, had to suspend it's operations in San Francisco due to compliance issues with the California Highway Patrol, according to the San Francisco Business Times.

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Billboard shifting how it charts Apple Music and...

Billboard has announced that it will adjust how it weights and calculates streaming music starting in 2018. Changes will include more weight given for paid music services like Apple Music than ad-supported services.


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Apps and gadgets for the 'Blade Runner'...

Punks, monks and Harrison Ford running scared through a poisonous cityscape were just a few of the details that made the original Blade Runner feel like its environment was a standalone character in the film. It felt as alien and familiar as the way...

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How to use 'unsupported' Thunderbolt 3...

Even using the "universal" USB-C connector for Thunderbolt 3, there are still some drive enclosures, eGPU cases, and docks that won't connect to a Mac running Sierra or High Sierra. Here's how to get them to talk to your MacBook Pro or iMac.

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MOD-t (2nd Gen) 3D Printer on Kickstarter: $300 for...

Bryan Chaffin got a demo of the MOD-t—at a coffee shop, no less—and was quite impressed with the $300 self-contained 3D printer.

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iOS 11: How to Share Documents from the Files App

The Files app in iOS 11 does more than let you see and organize documents with your iPhone or iPad. It lets you share files, too, although not all sharing is created equal.

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Wireless charging will make drones always ready to...

Drones are great until you realize running all those propellers, a camera, GPS and other assorted technology bits are a real drain on the battery. If you're just using one for images it's not too big of a deal. But if you're using one for surveying,...

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9to5Rewards: Blast Motion’s iPhone-connected sports...

This week we’re partnering with Blast Motion to giveaway one of its popular iPhone-connected baseball, golf, or athletic performance accessories. Head below to find out how you could win.


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Our Top 5 Picks For Apple Watch Photography Apps

Two apps are camera remotes, two are editing apps, and one app is a social platform for creatives.

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FAA proposes ban on large electronics in checked...

While most of us probably keep our laptops and other large electronics in our carry-on bags, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) still wants to avoid the risk associated with exploding lithium-ion batteries in the cargo hold of passenger aircra...

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Delta Air Lines drops Microsoft mobile devices,...

Delta is ready for iOS when you are...

Delta Air Lines is joining the ranks of other top US airlines like American and United in using iPads and iPhones for pilots and in-flight service personnel. The company currently uses Microsoft Surface tablets and Lumia 1520 smartphones, but will switch to Apple 10.5-inch iPad Pros and the iPhone 7 Plus in early 2018.

The iPad Pros will replace the Surface tablets that have been used as electronic flight bags since 2014, while the iPhone 7 Plus will replace the Nokia Lumia 1520 phablets that flight attendants have used since 2014 as in-flight point of sale and onboard customer service devices.

Apple’s mobile computing effort with IBM is definitely paying dividends, particularly in the airline industry. One good point about having iPads and iPhones on all of the aircraft in the Delta, United and American fleets is that it places those Apple devices in the direct view of millions of passengers every year. 

The word...

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Retail head Angela Ahrendts promises Apple won'...

In a Friday interview, Apple retail head Angela Ahrendts said she's instructed clerks not to try and upsell people on the iPhone X, which starting at $999 may be out of reach for many people.

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Adobe's Scribbler AI automatically colorizes...

Finally! Adobe has devised a method of adding a touch of color to black and white images without all the dimension-jumping time travel (looking at you Pleasantville). At the company's Adobe MAX 2017 event on Thursday, research scientist Jingwan Lu de...

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Apple Releases iOS 11.1 Developer Beta 4 with Bug...

Issues Apple marked as “Resolved” in this release JavaScript, push notifications, client certificate-based authentication, an issue with Facial Landmarks (for iPhone X), and several more.

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Apple Music and other paid streaming services...

Music magazine Billboard is changing the way it handles streams from Apple Music and other streaming services in its charts, with the publication advising it will be giving greater emphasis to paid subscription streams in its Billboard Hot 100 and other charts in 2018.

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Use Your Apple Watch Digital Crown to Zoom Photos

Being able to use your Apple Watch as a remote shutter release is one thing, but having full control over zooming your iPhone camera from your wrist is pretty darned cool.

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Apple Fixes Several Bugs with watchOS 4.1 Developer...

Resolved issues in watchOS DB4 include Activity reminders for standing, app notifications including the app icon, prompts for iCloud Music Library, issues with the Radio app, and Siri settings.

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Check Out This Cool Cyperpunk Horror Game Coming to...

There’s a cool new game coming to the Mac on October 24th called Observer. Above and beyond the obviously superior name, Observer looks great. It’s a cyberpunk horror game with a killer description. From Aspyr: “The year is 2084. You are Daniel Lazarski, an elite neural detective known as an Observer, whose purpose is to hack and invade suspects’ minds. To gather evidence, you must relive their darkest fears, and, finally, face your own.” Sign me up! The trailer looks terrific (some may find it dark). Pricing hasn’t yet been announced, but the game will be released on Steam for Mac and Linux, according to MacGamerHQ. Aspyr usually releases its Mac titles on the Mac App Store, too, but a MAS version hasn’t yet been specified.

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Key Apple & Foxconn executives to meet amid...

Apple COO Jeff Williams will reportedly be meeting with Foxconn chairman Terry Gou when he visits Taiwan later this month, where he's expected to bring up the topic of production bottlenecks hurting the iPhone X.

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Apple makes available fourth developer betas of iOS...

For the second time in a week, Apple has issued updates to the developer beta programs of iOS 11.1 and watchOS 4.1.

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Animoji Trademark Lawsuit, Apple’s Sloppy UI Problem...

Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to share their take on the Animoji trademark lawsuit against Apple, and to look at Apple’s lack of consistency in macOS and iOS interface details.

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Elmedia Player and Folx installers infected by OSX/...

Popular media consumption application Elmedia Player and downloading tool Folx were both briefly infected with the Proton malware strain, with most installers of the software on Oct. 19 now infected.

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Apple releases fourth iOS 11.1 and watchOS 4.1 betas

Four days after releasing the third beta version, Apple has released the fourth iOS 11.1 beta for iPhone and iPad. iOS 11.1 beta includes the return of 3D Touch gestures for multitasking as well as hundreds of new emoji characters including “Woman with Headscarf, Bearded Person, Breastfeeding, Zombie” and plenty more. Apple has also released the fourth beta version of watchOS 4.1 beta with Apple Music and Radio streaming.


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Delta allegedly switching flight crew hardware from...

Airline Delta is allegedly in the process of switching its staff from Windows-based devices to iOS, with flight attendants set to replace Nokia handsets with the iPhone 7 Plus in early 2018, while pilots will apparently see their Microsoft Surface tablets exchanged for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro.

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Angela Ahrendts: Apple won’t try to upsell customers...

Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice present of Retail, tells CNBC that Apple isn’t going to take the hard sale route in pushing the iPhone X. She says Apple has told retail employees not to try to upsell customers to the most expensive iPhone model.

"Internally we said the tagline was 'an iPhone for everyone,'" she said. "I prefer that we ask you who you're buying it for. If they're 6 or 7 years old, what do they need? If it's someone who's leaning into something else, what do they need? We do that with Mac, we do that with iPad, why wouldn't we do that with [the] phone?”

iPhone X pre-orders start Friday, Oct. 27; the first units are supposed to be available on Friday, Nov. 3. 

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Billboard to adjust streaming services ‘weighting’...

Billboard, the music industry “bible,” says it will place greater emphasis to paid subscription streams with ad-supported activity remaining an “important factor” in the Billboard Hot 100, Billboard 200, and other charts.s Apple is among those streaming services.

Currently, Billboard has two defined types of streaming plays for the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart (and our other hybrid songs charts): on-demand (such as Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify and YouTube) and programmed (such as Pandora and Slacker Radio), with on-demand having a greater weight. The Billboard 200 -- and the publication’s other consumption-ranked albums charts -- uses a single tier of only on-demand audio streams (paid or ad-supported) from subscriptions services. Video streams don’t contribute to the Billboard 200’s calculations, but are incorporated into the Hot 100.

Beginning in 2018, plays occurring on paid...

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Angela Ahrendts talks iPhone X launch, Amazon...

Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts doesn’t want you to buy an iPhone X if it’s not for you, as long as you’re buying any other iPhone that is. In a new video interview held at Apple’s new Michigan Avenue flagship store in Chicago, Ahrendts discussed Apple’s retail strategy of not up-selling all customers to the iPhone X when it hits stores in two weeks.


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Apple CEO to meet with Hon Hai CEO to discuss iPhone...

Nikkei Asian Review sources say Apple Chief Operating Office Jeff Williams will meet with Hon Hai CEO Terry Gou in Taiwan later this month. Hon Hai, also known as Foxconn, is the only assembler of the iPhone X and its Sharp subsidiary shares 3D sensor module creation duty with LG Innotek. 

The meeting will purportedly involve discussions about the production delays for Apple’s premium smartphone, adds the Nikkei Asian Review. That’s assuming there is a delay; there is or there isn’t, depending on which rumors you believe.

Williams will be in Taiwan on Oct. 23 for the 30th anniversary of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, which supplies the core processor for the current iPhones. 

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Senators ask: did Apple push back hard enough...

CNBC reports that U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and Patrick Leahy wrote to CEO Tim Cook about the removal of virtual private network (VPN) apps from the China App Store. The senators want to know if Apple pushed back hard enough against the Chinese government or if the company helped the government with its internet crackdown. 

This summer Apple removed all major VPN (Virtual Private Networks) apps from its local App store, which helps users overcome the country's "Great Firewall.” Service providers slammed the move, calling it a "dangerous precedent.”

VPNs are the most common way to bypass China’s Great Firewall, which blocks multiple global websites, such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, or news sites like The New York Times.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 9.7-inch iPad Pro LTE $302 (...

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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Report: Apple COO meeting with Foxconn chairman to...

Apple COO Jeff Williams will reportedly visit TSMC this month for the suppliers 30th anniversary. While Williams is traveling, he is also expected to discuss iPhone X production issues with Foxconn chairman Terry Gou.


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Review: D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD HomeKit-enabled Camera

The debut of iOS 10 in Sept. 2016 brought support for new classes of accessories such as HomeKit cameras, but it's only now a year later that D-Link's first HomeKit-enabled camera is finally ready for prime time. Although D-Link unveiled the Omna 180 Cam HD in January at CES and had the product on shelves in March, the camera underwent significant app and firmware updates over the summer, fixing a number of issues and improving HomeKit compatibility. In addition to HomeKit support, D-Link's Omna 180 Cam HD offers motion detection, 1080p HD video, two-way audio, night vision, local recording, and a 180 degree field of view. {/exp:char_limit}

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Mac mini: Tim Cook says Mac mini is ‘important part...

The Mac mini is Apple’s entry-level desktop Mac. It’s slower than Apple’s other desktop computers—the iMac and the Mac Pro—but it remains fast enough for general-purpose use. Apple targets first-time Mac users with the Mac mini, but longtime Mac users like the price and use the Mac mini as a server or an entertainment Mac connected to a TV.

The Mac mini models that Apple currently sells were originally released in October 2014. Three years is a long time to call a computer “new.” Apple has made no mention of its plans for the Mac mini, unlike the company’s other neglected desktop computer, the Mac Pro. Apple CEO Tim Cook did tell a MacRumors reader that the...

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Sonnet Thunderbolt 3 to Dual HDMI 2.0 Adapter offers...

Thunderbolt 3 GPU enclosure producer Sonnet has unveiled a new display-oriented accessory, with the Thunderbolt 3 to Dual HDMI 2.0 Adapter able to add two 4K-capable video outputs to a MacBook Pro or iMac while using up only one Thunderbolt 3 port.

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VPN Unlimited 3-Year Subscription: $29.99

We have a deal for you today on a three year subscription for VPN Unlimited. It features unlimited bandwidth, servers in more than 50 countries, and other services. It’s $29.99 through us, and if you enter VPN15 at checkout, you can take another 15% off that.

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Apple urges iPhone Upgrade Program members to get...

Apple is encouraging participants of its iPhone Upgrade Program to be prepared for the release of the iPhone X, inviting customers to go through a pre-approval process for the upgrade a few days before it ships on October 27.

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Hands-on: Nomad case options for iPhone 8 Plus [...

With each new iPhone release you can always be sure that the Leather-centric folks over at Nomad are soon to follow with updated case options. Nomad sent over several new cases for the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 Plus, but since the X isn’t yet in hand, this post and video will focus on the iPhone 8 Plus. more…

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Apple exec Craig Federighi says no October event...

With just 11 days left in the month, Apple will not be holding an October press event this year, the company's head of software engineering reportedly said in an email.

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Delta Drops Microsoft for iPhone, iPad for Flight...

Early next year the Delta will start putting the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and iPhone 7 Plus in its employee’s hands for in-flight services and ditch the Microsoft Surface tablets and Lumia smartphones they’re using now.

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Opinion: iPhone 8 sales probably are low, as iPhone...

The $64,000 question of the moment seems to be: How well (or badly) is the iPhone 8 selling?

We’ve been hearing conflicting answers. A KGI report stated that the iPhone 8 Plus, at least, was selling better than expected. Foxconn financials also seemed to support that idea.

But there have been more negative reports than positive ones. AT&T said that it had seen almost 1M fewer upgrades this year. A carrier store survey suggested more people were buying last year’s iPhone 7 than the iPhone 8. A major Canadian carrier said iPhone 8...

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Google follows Apple App Store's lead in...

Google is improving the revenue split for Android developers selling subscriptions through Google Play, mirroring Apple's own policies for iPhone and iPad developers at the App Store.

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Ahead of Apple Pay Cash, PayPal & Facebook team...

Ahead of the impending launch of Apple Pay Cash in Messages, Facebook and PayPal today announced a new partnership that allows users to send money to each other via Messenger. Today’s announcement is an extension of a partnership between the two companies that began last year….


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Observer, a cyberpunk horror game, coming to the Mac...

Observer, the cyberpunk horror game developed by Bloober Team, the creators of Layers of Fears, is officially coming to Mac on Oct. 24, according to Mac Gamer HQ. Both Mac and Linux versions will be available on Steam.

In Observer, you are Dan Lazarski, an elite neural detective known as an Observer. You are part of a police unit whose purpose is to hack and invade suspects’ minds. In this future, anything you think, feel, or remember can be used against you in a court of law. The game takes place in a dark dystopia where drugs, VR, and neural implants ravage the remaining survivors. For more info, click here.

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Apple Hit with Trademark Lawsuit Over Animoji Name

Apple is facing a trademark infringement lawsuit over the Animoji name it uses for the iPhone X’s animated emoji feature.

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Samsung plans London showroom matching size of Apple...

Samsung is preparing to launch a new showroom space in London a year from now in a bid to raise its prestige as a brand, a report said on Friday.

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Apple sued over the ‘Animoji’ feature coming with...

Another day, another lawsuit. Emonster k.k., a Japanese software development company, and Enrique Bonansea, a U.S. citizen living in Japan, is suing Apple for allegedly infringing on a U.S. trademark covering “Animoji,” reports AppleInsider.

Working with A11 Bionic in the iPhone X, the smartphone’s TrueDepth camera captures and analyzes over 50 different facial muscle movements, then animates those expressions in a dozen different Animoji (animated emoji), including a panda, unicorn and robot. Available as an iMessage app pre-installed on iPhone X, customers can record and send Animoji messages with their voice that can smile, frown and more.

Emonster k.k and Bonansea say the registered for the "Animoji" mark in 2014, reports The Recorder. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office subsequently...

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Analyst: Apple will ship 2-3 million iPhone X units...

In a note to clients, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says A KGI report says Apple will ship “only” two million to three million units of the iPhone X in the initial launch on November 3 because component shortages pushed back production schedules. 

Problems with the 3D sensor have been eported, but he also cites issues with the circuit boards needed for the antenna and wide angle camera. Kuo says the “biggest hurdle” is the flexible printed circuit board for the phone’s antenna due to an initial supplier failing to pass Apple’s tests. 

The analyst has reduced his fiscal fourth quarter shipment estimates of the iPhone X to 25 million to 30 million from 30 million to 35 million. However, he thinks those numbers could rise 50% in quarter one as supply catches up with demand.  

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Romeo Saber USB-C battery pack capable of providing...

Romeo Power has launched what could be an extremely useful portable battery for mobile professionals, with the high-capacity Saber power bank offering the ability to charge a MacBook Pro as well as smartphones and other smaller electronic devices.

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∞ Paper is not dead

[VIDEO] When Apple launched the Mac, back in 1984, Steve Jobs said, “The paperless office is about as likely as the paperless bathroom.”

You have to wonder if the creators of this commercial, embedded in the main Loop post, had that quote in mind.


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You can never be too thin, too rich, or have enough...

One of our most popular deals is back, this time with an even lower price. For a limited time, you can get a 3-pack of 10-ft MFi-Certified Lightning Cables for $16.99

These cables will work with all of your Apple devices thanks to the MFi certification, and at a full 10 feet of length, they’re actually useful and won’t keep you tied to a power outlet. 

Best of all, you can buy three of these cables for two bucks less than what Apple charges for a single 3-ft cable! 

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Sonnet launches Thunderbolt 3 to Dual HDMI 2.0...

Sonnet Technologies has announced the $89.90 Thunderbolt 3 to Dual HDMI 2.0 Adapter. The compact bus-powered device enables users to connect up to two 4K ultra-high-definition (UHD) HDMI monitors with just one Thunderbolt 3 port on a Mac or Windows systems.

Many desktop computer users enjoy dual-display setups: with the added screen space, a main work window can be expanded to fill one screen, while tool bars and palettes, plus other applications, occupy the second screen. With Sonnet's Thunderbolt 3 to Dual HDMI 2.0 Adapter plugged in, users of notebook and all-in-one computers with limited available ports may connect two displays while using only one Thunderbolt 3 port. 

The Sonnet adapter is a plug-and-play solution for adding dual HDMI port connectivity to computers with Thunderbolt 3 ports. Users simply plug the Thunderbolt adapter into their computers, connect...

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News: Daily Deal: VPN Unlimited Lifetime Subscription

Today in iLounge Deals, you can pick up a Lifetime Subscription to VPN Unlimited for only $49.99 — that’s a savings of 90% off the regular price. Providing users with access to a secure virtual private network (VPN) for securing traffic when surfing from public Wi-Fi access points, VPN Unlimited lets you connect to any website anywhere that you have Internet access, bypassing restricted web content and protecting your data from hackers or…

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Apple’s gorgeous Chicago riverfront store opens today

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

Props to whoever did the site planning. Just wow.

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iOS developer sues Apple over Animoji trademark

Mikey Campbell, Apple Insider:

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


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

This reads like a John Grisham novel.


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KFC and those 11 herbs and spices

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

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

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

Peter Kafka, Recode:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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