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Wednesday February 21

10:00
Twitch is cashing in on your love for Overwatch...

The Overwatch League is blowing up and Twitch wants to make some extra money off its exclusive streaming partnership. To encourage viewership, you'll be able to earn Overwatch League Tokens (what you use to buy League skins). You'll pick up one token...

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09:59
watchOS 4.3 beta 3 for Apple Watch developers now...

Apple has released watchOS 4.3 beta 3 for registered developers to test on Apple Watch. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.

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09:41
Woman credits FaceTime with saving her life after...

Just a week after the Apple Watch aided a mother and son who were involved in a car accident, FaceTime is being credited with helping save a woman’s life. As reported by the BBC, a woman was on FaceTime with her sister when she suffered from a stroke…

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09:34
Nest adds Google Assistant to the indoor Cam IQ

The Nest Cam IQ is the smartest camera in the company's security-oriented lineup, and now it's even smarter. Today, Nest announced that the Cam IQ natively supports Google Assistant, thanks to an over-the-air update. It's important to note, though, t...

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09:30
Sonnet ships 1 terabyte version of the Fusion...




Thunderbolt 3 GPU enclosure vendor Sonnet has started shipping another Mac-related accessory, by offering a version of its Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive that includes 1 terabyte of storage to users requiring a portable high-speed solid state external drive.

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09:28
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 12-inch MacBook from $800,...

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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09:25
Sling TV touts 2.2 million subscribers as cord...

With how popular cord-cutting is, you'd think more services would be keen to share their subscriber stats. Dish pulled back the curtain today and revealed that its Sling TV service has some 2.2 million folks paying for the service. That's compared to...

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09:10
Netgear ships first HomeKit baby monitor with app-...

Lots of companies promise HomeKit support for existing products then fail to follow through for one reason or another, but Netgear’s Arlo has proven to be an exception to that trend. After promising HomeKit support for its Arlo Baby Camera line, Netgear has released an app update that makes the baby monitor cameras work with Apple HomeKit.

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09:08
Twitter says most recent follower purge is about...

A number of Twitter users are claiming the platform is purging itself of conservative viewpoints as some lost thousands of followers last night. Richard Spencer, writer Mark Pantano and Candace Owens of Turning Point USA were among those spreading th...

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09:04
If you're having problems with iOS 11.2.6 and...




Reports are circulating that some users are experiencing odd behavior from connected AirPods following the iOS 11.2.6 update -- but there's an easy fix and it will only take a few minutes.

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09:00
Shadow virtualizes a high-end gaming PC on your...

In the early days of computing, local storage and processing weren't actually a thing. Instead, your individual computer acted as a terminal, pulling data from a central processing server. Well, the French startup Blade likes it that way and has rele...

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08:50
Sonnet ships its 1TB Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe flash...

Sonnet Technologies is shipping the new 1TB version of its Fusion  Thunderbolt™ 3 PCIe Flash Drive. A pocket-size solid-state drive (SSD) storage device with a Thunderbolt 3 interface, the drive is equipped with 1TB of NVMe flash storage and leverages the 40Gbps bandwidth of Thunderbolt 3 to deliver data transfer speeds up to 2600 MB/second.

The Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive was designed for pro users and doesn’t require an AC power adapter. The storage device connects to any compatible Mac or Windows computer, or at the end of a Thunderbolt 3 device daisy chain, with its 0.5-meter Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cable. Based on the latest PCIe Gen 3 flash memory technology, the Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive is more than five times faster than 6Gbps SATA SSDs and USB 3 SSD drives, according to the folks at Sonnet.

Measuring a compact 2.8 inches wide by 4.1 inches deep by 1.25 inches tall, the Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive features a rugged enclosure...

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08:48
AirPlay 2 is Gone in iOS 11.3 DB3, but that Doesn’t...

When Apple released iOS 11.3 developer beta 3 on Tuesday, one feature that had plenty of testers excited was missing: AirPlay 2.


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08:44
Facebook Messenger now lets you easily turn one-on-...

Facebook has released an update today to its Messenger platform that makes it easy and seamless to go from a one-on-one audio or video call to a group session.

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08:43
'Fire Emblem Heroes' most profitable...




The most successful Nintendo/DeNA smartphone game so far has been "Fire Emblem Heroes," pulling in about $295 million worldwide in its first year, according to recent data. But, competitor Rovio might challenge that with the new "Angry Birds Champions" which allows users to win cash prizes in online tournaments.

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08:31
Netflix's 'Lost in Space' reboot...

Netflix's Lost in Space remake has been a long, long time in coming (word broke of it back in 2015), but it's finally here... almost. The streaming service has revealed that the sci-fi show will debut on April 13th, 2018, and has offered a teaser tra...

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08:19
PlayStation profiles are now available on the web

PlayStation is putting your user profile on the web. Head over to the PlayStation website today and you'll find a new tab in the upper right corner that says "My PlayStation." Click it and you'll see what looks like a classic Facebook profile page. Y...

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08:10
AT&T 5G Coming to 12 Cities this Year

AT&T plans to start rolling out its 5G wireless network in 12 cities this year, starting with Dallas and Waco, Texas, and Atlanta, Georgia.


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08:08
Netflix orders animated series from team behind...

Netflix is getting another animated series from the team behind Bojack Horseman. Called Tuca & Bertie, it centers on two 30-year-old birds -- Bertie, an anxious songbird, and Tuca, a more carefree toucan. The two are friends, living in the same a...

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08:03
AWT TV Episode 36: February 20, 2018

Welcome to AWT TV, a weekly show featuring Steve Sande, Dennis Sellers and Marty Edwards of Apple World Today. Each week we'll discuss what's happened in the world of Apple, talk about new apps and accessories, maybe even have a demonstration or two of the latest software.  

This week, Marty and Steve were back with another all-tips show! Steve started off with a quick tip on how to find AirDrop in iOS 11. Seriously, have you tried finding the AirDrop controls? It's like Apple doesn't want people to use AirDrop! Fortunately, they're hidden in plain sight in the Control Center.

Marty is the expert in all things Control Center, and he showed us all how to make your iOS 11 life easier by adding just about every possible control to Control Center. Many of the controls respond one way with a tap, another with a tap and hold (or 3D Touch), so it's worth experimenting. ...

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08:01
Volvo adds the V60 wagon to its car subscription...

If you're interested in a car subscription from Volvo, but you're not a fan of SUVs, the Swedish automaker just announced that its new V60 wagon will be available with the service called Car by Volvo.

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08:00
Smart Home Diary: Adding HomePod, smart(ish) heating...

I explained in my first HomePod Diary piece that there was one smart home issue we needed to address: while I’m happy to use Siri to control everything from my Apple Watch or iPhone, my partner would often find that she wanted to switch lights on or off while her phone was in another room. We’d partially addressed this with Hue dimmer switches, but wanted more flexibility.

Some kind of smart speaker was the obvious solution to this, and the HomePod would have the advantage of being able to act as a HomeKit hub too.

In my HomePod Diary, I’ve been focusing mostly on music, but I’m also happy to report that the smart speaker has also passed the Steph Test …

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07:47
Final Cut Pro X: Revisiting the Synology NAS, this...

I’ve used a Synology NAS to store Final Cut Pro X libraries in the past, but the process wasn’t very straightforward at the time, and performance was never good enough to convince me to use it over the long-term. This was especially true as I started to dabble more in 4K workflows.

As we all know, the iMac Pro features built in 10GbE connectivity, which opens up the possibilities when it comes to using a NAS as a Final Cut Pro X storage solution. Final Cut Pro X also received updates in the last year in order to better facilitate working from network attached storage.

Is a 10GbE NAS a viable storage...

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07:44
Amazon's answer to 'Altered Carbon'...

It appears that Amazon is looking for its answer to Netflix's crossover sci-fi thriller Altered Carbon. Today, the online retail giant announced that it has acquired the global television rights to Iain M. Banks' space opera series called The Culture...

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07:37
FaceTime helps save New York woman's life after...




A New York City woman claims Apple's FaceTime helped save her life, after symptoms of a stroke were spotted by her sister during a transatlantic conversation, leading her to seek medical assistance for the affliction.

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07:33
Why am I so terrible at email?

Ever heard the phrase "run into an asshole and they're the asshole, run into assholes all day and you're the asshole?" It's been rattling around my brain of late, after several miserable weeks caused by my apparent failure to be a good emailer. (Or m...

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07:23
Surprise! Alto’s Odyssey for iPhone, iPad Ships a...

The followup to the side scrolling adventure game Alto’s Adventure, Alto’s Odyssey, is available a day early for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.


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07:23
New ‘Angry Birds Champions’ spin-off for iOS lets...

A new Angry Birds title is out for iOS and it’s bringing a new take on the franchise. This time around, players will slingshot the well-known birds and compete for real money.

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07:22
Mike Pence’s space council is big on business, small...

Yesterday evening, Vice President Mike Pence announced the candidates asked to serve on the National Space Council's Users Advisory Group. Members will have to be officially selected by the Administrator of NASA (a position which remains open). The s...

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07:21
Electric car boom prompts Apple to get serious about...

Enlarge / Cobalt chips (credit: Alchemist-hp)

Apple may cut out the cobalt middlemen by obtaining supplies for its batteries on its own. According to a Bloomberg report, Apple is in talks with miners to buy long-term supplies of cobalt, a key ingredient in the lithium-ion batteries used in Apple's iPhones and iPads. Apple has reportedly been in discussions to secure contracts for "several thousand metric tons" of cobalt each year for at least five years.

If a deal comes to fruition, it would be the first time Apple has...

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07:15
Apple has long-term plan, is working on products...




Following up on a "Most Innovative Company" award, business magazine Fast Company on Wednesday published a wide-ranging interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook, covering topics like the stock market, long-term plans, and the importance of Apple Music to the bottom line.

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07:12
Tim Cook FastCo interview: Apple not a follower;...

FastCo yesterday named Apple the most innovative company of the year, and it has today followed up with an interview with the company’s CEO, Tim Cook.

When you talk about your company as often as Cook does, it must be incredibly hard to come up with new things to say, and many of his comments are well-rehearsed. But there are a few interesting snippets …

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07:01
Things 3.4 adds expansive new URL schemes for...

Cultured Code’s Things task manager is a popular option on the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, but it hasn’t talked to other apps very well in the past like other solutions. That changes today with Things 3.4 which adds expansive new features enabled by special URL schemes.

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07:00
MLS eSports league's first tournament streams...

Last month, Major League Soccer became the latest US sports association to create its own eSports league, eMLS, which will exclusively run EA Sports' game FIFA 18. We knew its first-ever event would be a tournament (the eMLS Cup) at the upcoming PAX...

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07:00
Renault's 'smart island' runs on wind...

Renault has launched a "smart island" in Portugal that uses its Zoe electric vehicle, home batteries, smart charging and vehicle-to-grid (V2E) energy storage to run without fossil fuels. The idea is to make the Madeira island of Porto Santo energy in...

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06:41
'Alto's Odyssey' arrives on the App...

The buzz around Alto's Adventure sequel Alto's Odyssey has been brewing for over a year and now it's finally arrived -- a day early. Originally slated for release on February 22, keen-eyed fans have spotted it in the iTunes store today, meaning playe...

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06:33
Apple Maps vs. Google Maps vs. Waze

Arturrr:

In early 2017, a conversation with yet another Waze fanboy finally nudged me to start a navigation app experiment. I was skeptical that the Alphabet owned company could meaningfully best its parent’s home grown Google Maps. I was also curious whether Apple Maps had discovered competence since its iOS 6 release.

I thus set out to answer three questions:

  • Which navigation app estimates the shortest travel time?
  • How does each app over/underestimate travel times?
  • Which navigation app actually gets you to your destination most quickly?

Which led to these three conclusions:

  • If you want to get to your destination most quickly, use Google Maps.
  • If you want an accurate prediction from your navigation app to help you arrive at your destination on time, use Apple Maps.
  • If thinking you’ll get to your destination quickly helps to ease your commuter anxiety, use Waze.

Very interesting...

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06:31
'Alto's Odyssey' slides onto iPhone,...




'Alto's Odyssey,' a snowboarding-based endless runner for iPhone and iPad, has shipped a day earlier than its Feb. 22 release date, with players now able to buy the successor to the popular 'Alto's Adventure' from the iOS App Store for $4.99.

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06:22
AI is making more realistic CG animal fur

Creating realistic animal fur has always been a vexing problem for 3D animators because of the complex way the fibers interact with light. Now, thanks to our ubiquitous friend artificial intelligence, University of California researchers have found a...

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06:19
Eurasian commission database filings hint at new (...

Apple has registered a handful of new devices in the Eurasian commission database that hints at new iPads coming soon, reports 9to5Mac. The filings are for tablets running iOS 11. 

9to5Mac opines that any iPad updates coming in the next couple of months are NOT ones equipped with FaceID. The Sellers Research Group agrees. Most likely they will be refreshes of the 9.7-inch “non-pro” tablet.

Revamped iPad Pros with FaceID and TrueDepth cameras should arrive in late summer or early fall. OLED panels will likely arrive on at least some high end models of the pro tablet line.

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06:17
iPhone X: How to Go to Your Last App from the Home...

There’s a gesture that’ll let you go back to your last-used app from the Home screen on the iPhone X—without having to invoke the app switcher! In this Quick Tip, we’ll show you how.


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06:09
Telstra fixes glitches that caused problems with...

Australian telecom Telstra has suffered a mass outage that has mass outage has seen customers experiencing widespread issues with Apple’s iMessage/Messages service, reports news.com.au. But the glitch has reportedly been fixed.

Starting early Wednesday morning (local time), customers in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane reported issues sending or receiving iMessages. Telstra has acknowledged the incident and said it’s fixed the issue.

“Earlier today some customers experienced a disruption to Apple iMessage and FaceTime services. We worked with Apple to resolve this issue,” a Telstra spokesman told news.com.au. “Services are now being progressively being restored. We apologize for any inconvenience this caused.”

Telstra is an Australian telecommunications and media...

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06:06
Dish separates out Sling TV subscribers for first...

Dish Network has for the first time separated out its Dish TV and Sling TV subscriber numbers. The company revealed the figures in its year-end financials for 2017 …

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06:02
Apple international regulatory filings hint that two...




Apple has obtained permission to sell two new iPads in several Eurasian countries, suggesting that the company is planning to announce them in the near future.

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06:00
Digitize those DVDs with a Lifetime License to MacX...

Still have a closet full of DVDs? Here's an idea -- get a great deal on a lifetime license to MacX DVD Ripper Pro, connect a DVD Drive (like the Apple SuperDrive) to your Mac, and get ready to turn those discs into digital files. MacX DVD Ripper Pro is the gold standard for Mac DVD digitizing software, and today's deal gains you a single lifetime license for $15.99 or a family lifetime license for just four dollars more.

Why is MacX DVD Ripper Pro so highly regarded in the Mac community? Unlike shareware or freeware alternatives, MacX DVD Ripper Pro is faster, produces better results, and is constantly updated and supported. 

  • Convert DVDs to popular...
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06:00
'Angry Birds Champions' lets players fling...

Angry Birds Champions is now available on iOS devices and through the developer's website, allowing players to fling their feathered friends against precarious piles of pigs in a bid to win real money for the first time. The game is accessible throug...

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05:59
Apple may buy cobalt directly from miners for the...

Apple is in talks to buy long-term supplies of cobalt directly from miners for the first time, seeking to procure "several thousand" metric tons of cobalt per year for a period of at least five years, Bloomberg reports.

The tech giant is one of the largest users of the metal. The move is designed to buffer Apple's reserves of the key lithium ion battery ingredient amid industry fears of a shortage driven by the electric vehicle boom. 

About a quarter of global cobalt production is used in smartphones. Last year Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg named Apple among several companies the miner was talking to about cobalt. Glencore engages in the production, refinement, processing, storage, transport, and marketing of commodities worldwide.

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05:51
External Link: Federal Judge Rules Embedded Tweets...

If you thought the U.S. legal concept of copyright had caught up with the Internet, you’d be wrong. District Court Judge Katherine B. Forrest has ruled that you could infringe copyright by embedding someone else’s tweet on a Web page. The case in question involves a photo of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady that the photographer, Justin Goldman, posted to a Snapchat Story. Others then tweeted the photograph, and those tweets were embedded by various publications, who Goldman is suing. The problem is that in-line linking is one of the core capabilities of the Internet, and if the logic surrounding this ruling were extended more broadly, it would have a chilling effect on common Internet behavior. (Too bad no one listened to Ted Nelson in the pre-Web days, since his Xanadu hypertext system understood the importance of maintaining — and paying for, with micropayments — ownership of embedded content.)

 

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05:31
US AG creates a new 'Cybersecurity Task Force...

Days after the Mueller investigation revealed indictments against 13 Russian nationals for election tampering, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new Cybersecurity Task Force. Its marching orders are a bit vague -- "canvass the many ways t...

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05:21
AT&T names first three cities for multi-gig 5G...

AT&T promised it would start rolling out what it claims will be the first true mobile 5G service before the end of the year, and it has just announced the first three cities in line to receive it.

We plan to offer mobile 5G to customers in a dozen cities, including parts of Dallas, Atlanta and Waco, Texas, by the end of this year. We’ll announce additional cities in the coming months.

The company says that the commercial rollout follows multi-city trials …

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05:00
Bad Apple #2: Alphabetize Settings in iOS

Navigating the Settings app in iOS has become ever more difficult over the years — did you know there are over 1200 options in it? — but in this installment of Bad Apple, we have a simple suggestion that could make most trips to the top level of the Settings less frustrating: alphabetization!

 

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05:00
Apple wants to remove your skeleton (well, from a...

Yesterday, I reported that Apple had filed for a second patent for a “scanning depth engine” that generates 3D profiles. The tech giant has also been granted a patent (number 9,898,651) for “upper body skeleton extraction from depth maps,” which would facilitate gesture controls on a Mac or an Apple TV.

A "depth map" refers to a representation of a scene as a two-dimensional matrix of pixels. They can be processed in order to segment and identify objects in the scene. Identification of humanoid forms (meaning 3D shapes whose structure resembles that of a human being) in a depth map, and changes in these forms from scene to scene, can be used as a means for controlling computer applications. 

An example would be a computer-implemented method in which a depth map is segmented so as to find a contour of a humanoid body. The...

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05:00
Facebook Messenger adds an easy way to start group...

If you've ever tried initiating a group voice or video call on Messenger, then you know that it's not intuitive at all. You'd have to hang up on your friend, start a new group convo and then call from within that window to be able to talk to several...

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05:00
Watch SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch its internet...

A SpaceX Falcon 9 is blasting into the skies today carrying Hisdesat's PAZ satellite, which will spend five and a half years carrying out radar and imaging work for the Spanish government and businesses. The launch, which uses a first stage booster p...

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04:45
Uber launches first new service in three years, and...

Uber has announced the US-wide rollout of its first new service in three years: a next-level version of its ride-sharing service UberPool, called Express Pool …

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04:30
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 streams music to...

Qualcomm's newest flagship platform, the Snapdragon 845, already promises a lot of things to be excited about in terms of its graphics, camera support and AI processing, and now the company has announced a Broadcast Audio function, which will let use...

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04:30
Qualcomm's sample headset teases what's...

Ahead of Mobile World Congress, which is taking place in Barcelona next week, Qualcomm has announced a VR headset reference design based on its latest Snapdragon Mobile VR platform. The new system works on the Snapdragon 845, the company's latest pre...

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04:06
Eurasian filings hint at two new iPad models coming...

Apple has registered a handful of new devices in the Eurasian commission database earlier this week, as discovered by Consomac. Legal obligations require devices that use encryption to be registered ahead of release. In the past, similar filings have tipped the hat on new MacBook models, the iPhone 7 and AirPods.

The latest entries represent two new devices, with model identifiers A1954 and A1893, which are described as Apple tablets running iOS 11. This suggests that new iPads are coming sooner rather than later.

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04:01
Apple may buy cobalt direct from mining companies,...

Apple is reportedly in talks about buying cobalt direct from miners in a long-term deal set to span five years or more. The report is given weight by the CEO of one mining company confirming Apple has held discussions about cobalt, which is used in the lithium-ion batteries which power Apple devices.

There would be two benefits to Apple in striking such a deal …

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03:47
The Morning After: Spotify plots its own smart...

Hi there! Watching the PyeongChang Winter Olympics? Been watching them in VR? We have. We also have news of a Burnout comeback (The Best Driving Game) and Amazon brings its Prime rewards to Whole Foods shoppers.

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03:30
Failure of Pixel 2 exposed a larger problem: Google...




Across 2017, Google heavily promoted its Pixel phone brand. Despite being lauded as being "the world's most valuable brand" and its status as the world's largest purveyor of advertising, all of Google's global efforts, including DoubleClick and YouTube, resulted in inconsequential Pixel sales. Worse than its failure to sell hardware is the fact that Google has proven that its advertising simply isn't very effective.

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 21, 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.

macOS Apps/Updates

AKVIS has updated eight of its artistic programs available as plugins and standalone applications: AirBrush, Charcoal, Draw, OilPaint, Pastel, Points, Sketch, and Watercolor. 

The new versions offer the updated Texture Library, new Random Patterns frame, some interface changes, and other improvements. Each program can be purchased individually or in AKVIS Artistic Bundle at half price for a limited time. They’re compatible with macOS 10.7 or higher.

Gro Software has announced Gro CRM integration with Stripe. Gro CRM is a remarkably easy-to-use and intelligent business contact management...

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03:15
Australian carrier Telstra acknowledges FaceTime,...

If you’re a wireless customer in Australia, this is not a nifty thing.

Telstra, one of Australia’s largest mobile carriers, is experiencing a widespread outage of iMessage and FaceTime services. Oddly enough, this outage only seems to affect Apple’s services, as everything else functions normally. The carrier has confirmed the outage on Twitter and says it is working on a fix.

At this point, it’s unknown as to when a fix will be available. The issue appears to primarily be affecting the eastern coast of Australia, though users in Perth are also reporting issues.

As the outage continues, Telstra has encouraged its users to send all of their iMessages as traditional SMS texts.

The company has also offered the following statement:

Our team are working to fix an issue with Apple iMessage and Facetime for some customers. You can continue to send and receive SMS messages. We’ll provide an update ASAP.

If you press and hold on the message that...

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03:04
Alto’s Odyssey now available on iPhone, iPad and...

Sequel to the hit title Alto’s Adventure, Alto’s Odyssey is now available in the App Store ($4.99) for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV … a day earlier than planned. The game went up for preorder earlier this month with a Feb 22nd date, but it’s definitely downloadable right now.

I’ve been testing the game for the last few weeks and it really is a beautiful sequel to the original game. Endless runners tend to be generic, dull and almost algorithmic. Alto’s Odyssey is the opposite with rich music and visuals and an incredibly engaging progression of missions and tasks, as well as the endless quest of getting an ever-higher score for the run. The game shines on the iPhone X’s wide-aspect ratio display.

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03:00
Apple files for updated trademark for classic...

The ever-classic rainbow Apple logo may be making a comeback, though it’s unlikely to be placed on any computers. The company filed for a new trademark to use the logo on hats and other headgear.

Apple already sells t-shirts with the old logo, so this new trademark filing is a hint that hats and caps may be on the way. Alternately, it could be a move to keep people from making knock-off products.

The rainbow Apple logo was originally designed in 1977 when company co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were creating the Apple II computer. Apple continued to use the rainbow logo until 1997, when it switched over to the single-color logo used today.

Apple has yet to say what it plans to do with the rainbow logo, though it’s expected to show up at the Apple Park Campus visitor center.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via...

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03:00
Uber officially launches ‘Uber Express Pool’ in...

After being piloted in Boston and San Francisco, Uber is officially launching Express Pool in those two cities along with Los Angeles, DC, Miami, San Diego, Philadelphia and Denver. The ride-hailing company plans on launching the service in more citi...

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02:02
Google's Gboard can now search emoji, stickers...

Gboard is making it easier to look for the perfect emoji, sticker and GIF in one go -- at least for beta testers on Android. As 9to5google reports, the keyboard's latest beta update adds a "Search all media" option that surfaces all the results it ha...

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Tuesday February 20

23:14
Apple reportedly in talks to buy cobalt, key Li-ion...




Apple is reportedly in talks to secure long-term cobalt supplies directly from miners, a strategy designed to buffer reserves of the key lithium ion battery ingredient as the company competes with car makers looking to use the metal in electric car production.

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21:31
AT&T to launch mobile 5G in Atlanta, Dallas and...




After teasing an initial rollout phase for its next-generation 5G network in January, AT&T on Wednesday got a little more specific by naming the first three cities that will gain access to the speedy mobile technology by the end of 2018.

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20:59
AT&T will launch mobile 5G in Atlanta, Dallas...

AT&T is finally willing to say exactly where you'll see mobile 5G in 2018. The carrier has confirmed that "parts" of Atlanta, Waco and its home turf of Dallas will adopt the standards-based service when it goes live before the end of the year....

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18:46
∞ Apple posts new iPhone photography videos

Longtime iPhone photographers will already know these but my non-techy wife found them very informative and helpful.

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18:08
Australian carrier Telstra working on fix for Apple...




Telstra, one of the largest cellular carriers in Australia, is working on a fix for an apparent services outage impacting customers major metropolitan areas attempting to access Apple's iMessage and Facetime features.

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17:45
Telstra acknowledges widespread iMessage &...

Update: Telstra says the issue has been resolved and service is being “progressively restored.”

Earlier today some customers experienced a disruption to Apple iMessage and FaceTime services. We worked with Apple to resolve this issue. Services are now being progressively being restored. We apologise for any inconvenience this caused.

Telstra, one of the largest mobile carriers in Australia, is experiencing a widespread outage of iMessage and FaceTime services. Oddly enough, this outage only seems to affect Apple’s services, as everything else functions normally. The carrier has confirmed the outage on Twitter and says it is working on a fix…

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17:14
Lowest Prices Anywhere: $900 off loaded 15"...




More exclusives have just arrived! In addition to deals on iMacs and iPads, B&H is now knocking $900 off two Late 2016 15" MacBook Pros with an abundance of upgrades, including faster processors, extra storage and better graphics. Prices for the premium models start at just $1,899 with no tax outside NY and NJ.

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17:00
Fast Company Names Apple Most Innovative Company in...

Apple beat out Netflix, Square, China’s Tencent, Amazon, Patagonia, CVS Health, The Washington Post, Spotify, and the NBA, the other top ten companies.


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Samsung To Cut OLED Production Due To Poor iPhone X...

Samsung's panel-making division, Samsung Display, is reportedly reducing OLED panel production at its South Chungcheong plant due to lower than expected iPhone X sales. According to Nikkei Asian Review, Samsung now plans to cover 20 million or fewer iPhone X devices for the quarter ending in March, a large decrease from the expected 45 to 50 million units. CNET reports: Apple sold 77.3 million iPhones in the quarter ending in January, down by 1 percent on the previous year. The $1,000 price tag on the iPhone X was blamed for the volume shortfall -- but also contributed to the company making record-breaking profits. Samsung did not respond to CNET's request for comment.


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15:14
Instagram Direct adds new replay options as it looks...

One of Snapchat’s most popular features is its private chat platform, which is coincidentally the sole feature that Instagram has struggled to copy. Instagram, however, has started to roll out new capabilities to its Direct platform that it hopes will give it an advantage over Snapchat…

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15:09
iOS Messages and Smart Punctuation

iOS 11 finally added a long-awaited feature for those of us who care about typographic details: smart punctuation. You can turn this on in Settings → General → Keyboards. When enabled, quotes and apostrophes (like "this" and 'this') are automatically turned into their proper counterparts (like “this” and ‘this’), two hyphens in a row (--) are turned into a proper em-dash (—), etc.

I say “finally” because MacOS has had the feature in the standard text editing system for many years, and I can’t think of a good reason why it wasn’t in iOS years ago. I can say it’s not a difficult programming job to solve because I’ve solved it in the more difficult context of smartening punctuation in prose without messing up the necessary dumb quotes inside HTML tags.

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14:57
Spotify May Turn to Hardware to Solve Its Platform...

Spotify appears to be turning to hardware to solve what Bryan Chaffin calls the Spotify platform problem, and it may be turning to hardware to solve it.


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14:30
Apple adds 22 more banks to list of institutions...




Apple continues its expansion of financial insitutions that will process Apple Pay transactions, with the latest additions bringing 22 more to the table.

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14:02
Three autographs by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs...




A Boston company is planning to auction three items autographed by late Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs, rare items from a public figure typically believed to have been averse to giving out his signature.

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13:55
Apple posts three new tutorial videos covering...




Apple on Tuesday published a fresh batch of tutorial videos to its official YouTube channel covering different facets of iPhone photography including overhead photos, black and white snapshots, and slo-mo timing.

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13:43
031: RIP Twitter for Mac, Apple fixes Telugu bug,...

Today we’ve got Twitter pulling its Mac app, Apple’s Telugu bug fix, and AirPlay 2 disappearing again.

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13:31
AR/VR Startups Will Compete in the 10th Annual SXSW...

Registration to attend the event is open, with badges ranging from US$545 to US$1650.


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13:28
Apple World Today News Update: February 20, 2018

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It's Tuesday - be sure to watch AWT TV tonight live at 6:30 PM PT / 9:30 PM ET on https://youtube.com/c/appleworldtoday as Steve Sande and Marty Edwards bring you an hour of iOS and macOS tips! Here's some news for you while you wait:

  • AirPlay 2 disappears from the latest betas of iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3
  • Samsung announces a new line of SSDs for enterprise, one of which has a 30.72 TB capacity
  • Samsung's also seen its smartphone market share drop in the company's home country of South Korea, where Apple and LG keep increasing their share
  • A Pennsylvania woman credits her Apple Watch with possibly saving her life after a drunk driver hit her car, temporarily blinding her
  • That news about Apple filing for a new trademark for the rainbow logo? It's a nothingburger. 

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13:25
Here are the latest banks & credit unions to add...

Apple Pay is continuing its rollout in the United States today, coming to a handful of new banks and credit unions. While the mobile payment platform has been long supported by most of the major banks in the United States, it’s been slowly coming to smaller banks and credit unions. Here’s the full list:

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13:14
AirPlay 2 disappears from newest iOS 11.3 & tvOS...




Despite prior support in Apple's development track, AirPlay 2 appears to have been removed from the third iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3 betas, issued earlier on Tuesday.

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13:12
How to Get Around One of the Most Annoying macOS (...

One of the most annoying features of macOS is the persistent notification of available software updates. John shows how to get back in control.


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12:56
macOS: 5 Ways to Find and Launch Mac Apps

There are multiple ways to find and launch Mac apps, and we’re here to tell you about 5 of them.


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12:56
Apple shares new video tips on shooting B&W...

Apple has released a trio of new how-to videos today with tips on getting the most of iPhone’s camera. Two of three focus on taking better photos, while one shares a tip on editing slo-mo video.

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12:55
How to ensure you're getting full credit...




Although the Apple Watch does a lot of its fitness tracking without any help, it isn't perfect, and there are a few things you can do to guarantee the most accurate possible results.

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12:46
Leaked memo suggests Nokia's health business is...




Less than two years after Nokia bought health and fitness gear maker Withings for $192 million, the major investment appears to be problematic for the Finnish company, as a new memo suggests its health business may not last much longer.

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12:32
AirPlay 2 removed from iOS and tvOS 11.3, suggests...

In today’s iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3 updates, Apple has removed AirPlay 2 support from both platforms, hinting that the feature will be delayed until further down the road, possibly coming with a future iOS 12 release.

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12:08
Track the Position of Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster...

Ben Pearson, an electrical engineer by training, has put together a website that tracks the Tesla Roadster that the SpaceX Falcon Heavy put into orbit around the sun. His website scripts extract data from  from JPL Horizons to provide continuous updates on the position of Roadster’s passenger Starman. Check it out.


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11:28
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11:20
Apple Releases iOS 11.3 Developer Beta 3

Hot on the heels of macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 developer beta 3, Apple released iOS 11.3 developer beta 3 on Tuesday. So far, it looks like the update squashes some bugs, but doesn’t add new features.


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10:56
∞ The Dalrymple Report: HomePod thoughts with Dave...

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I have known Dave Mark for a few years and I have never seen him so excited about a product as he is about HomePod. It made sense to get him on the show and talk about what he feels are the good and bad points about HomePod.

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10:45
Setapp, the Netflix of Mac apps, is better than ever

I’m a general hater of subscription-based services but I have no problem recommending Setapp and, with a seven-day free trial that doesn’t require a credit card, it’s a bit of a no-brainer to try it out and see for yourself.

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10:33
Apple releases iOS 11.2.6, macOS 10.13.3 update, and...

Internet trolls had a great time causing Apple products to freeze last week thanks to a bug involving a specific character from India’s Telugu language. Fortunately, the party’s over now, as Apple released a barrage of updates that patch the issue on iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watches, and Apple TV boxes.

Take our word for it: update your devices now. You’re most likely to encounter the bug on your iPhone and iPad, so be sure to get the iOS 11.2.6 patch on your device straight away.

Apple’s had to deal with some high-profile bugs in the last few months, but this one, while obscure, was particularly nasty. All someone had to do was send a message with the specific character to an app like Messages, Facebook Messenger, or WhatsApp, and the app would freeze while Apple’s software struggled to interpret the character.

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10:30
Review: Apple HomePod — Part 1: Audio Performance

On June 9, 2017, during their WWDC Keynote, Apple announced the HomePod. On stage, Phil Schiller said that the HomePod was a "breakthrough home speaker" that would "revolutionize home audio." These are lofty claims. Apple didn't limit themselves to just smart speakers, but would instead revolutionize home audio in general. This promised revolution has made the HomePod is one of the most challenging products we have yet reviewed — not because it's particularly hard to describe (it's a bass-heavy smart speaker) or to use (voice commands, a tap interface, and AirPlay), but because of the weight that Apple's promise carries. Most products — especially speakers — promise big, but the HomePod has had the unique effect of setting expectations just as big. Since its launch, audiophiles that normally wouldn't touch a smart speaker are writing exhaustive reviews and comparing the HomePod to $90,000 stereo systems. Publications that had previously given only the most superficial...

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