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Friday September 22

20:03
Imagination Technologies sells to China-backed...




Canyon Bridge, an equity firm backed by Chinese fund Yitai Capital, on Friday announced an agreement to acquire British chipmaker, and soon-to-be-former Apple partner, Imagination Technologies.

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19:05
Hackers Using iCloud's Find My iPhone Feature...

AmiMoJo shares a report from Mac Rumors: Over the last day or two, several Mac users appear to have been locked out of their machines after hackers signed into their iCloud accounts and initiated a remote lock using Find My iPhone. With access to an iCloud user's username and password, Find My iPhone on iCloud.com can be used to "lock" a Mac with a passcode even with two-factor authentication turned on, and that's what's going on here. Affected users who have had their iCloud accounts hacked are receiving messages demanding money for the passcode to unlock a locked Mac device. The usernames and passwords of the iCloud accounts affected by this "hack" were likely found through various site data breaches and have not been acquired through a breach of Apple's servers. Impacted users likely used the same email addresses, account names, and passwords for multiple accounts, allowing people with malicious intent to figure out their iCloud details.

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19:02
Singapore government to trial Apple Pay for public...




A small number of commuters in Singapore will soon be able to use their iPhone or Apple Watch to pay for train and bus rides, as the country's Land Transit Authority plans to launch a pilot program involving Apple Pay in 2018.

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17:18
Apple adds global FeliCa support to Apple Pay with...




Overshadowed by Apple's recent glut of hardware news, the company's latest mobile devices now feature NFC technology that allows all iPhone 8, iPhone X and Apple Watch Series 3 devices, even those sold outside of Japan, to interact with FeliCa terminals.

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17:14
Uber's new chief says the company is paying for...

New company chief Dara Khosrowshahi has sent out an email to his employees about London, and it shows that the company might truly be under a different kind of leadership now. One that doesn't sound like it'll encourage "hustlin'" and overlook bad be...

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17:01
Inside iPhone 8: new 29 watt Fast Charging like iPad...




Apple's new iPhone 8 supports new Qi wireless charging pads as a wireless convenience, but if you're in a hurry to recharge, you'll want to plug it in to take advantage of the significantly faster charge you can get using a standard 10 or 12 watt iPad adapter. New to iPhone 8 is an even quicker "Fast Charging" feature that uses the 29 watt USB-Power Delivery specification associated with USB-C and USB 3.1 to get you from zero to 50 percent in 30 minutes.

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16:05
Climbkhana: Ken Block explains Pikes Peak assault in...

By Carter Jung

Climbkhana is clever. And no, not because it's a portmanteau. Rather it's how Ken Block and his merry band of Hoonigan Media Machine misfits took something the internet clearly loves, hooning, and paired it with a picturesque mountain...

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16:02
The Intriguing Design of The Steve Jobs Theater...

The Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park isn’t just an auditorium for Apple presentations.


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15:42
Watch: Unboxing all 3 iPhone 8 colors, plus bonus...




Considering a new iPhone 8 or 8 Plus? AppleInsider unboxes all three color options of Apple's latest handset lineup and goes through the new Quick Start setup feature, which lets users transfer setup options and settings over from another device running iOS 11.

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15:28
iTunes Digital Copy redemptions from non-4K Blu-rays...




While 4K films on iTunes are streaming-only, it appears that users may be able to upgrade their movie collection if they buy a physical Blu-ray copy that comes with an iTunes Digital Copy code, even if the Blu-ray is just 1080p HD.

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15:04
Fitness app company settles with FTC for nearly $1...

If you're going to create a mobile app that offers monetary rewards for meeting fitness goals, you should probably make sure you back your promises up. The Pact fitness app offers users a way to incentivize workouts by charging a fee when users miss...

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15:00
Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular now available

On September 22, Apple Watch Series 3 with built-in cellular and Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS went on sale around the world at 8 a.m. local time. The new Watches add powerful health and fitness enhancements, a faster dual-core processor, a new wireless chip and watchOS 4.

Enjoy folks, I’m loving mine.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:00
iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus: Where to buy Apple'...

They've arrived: The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are now available. Apple has skipped the standard “S” release and headed straight to prime time with the 8, and there are plenty of new features to make it exciting—including wireless charging, a glass back, and a new TrueTone LCD display.

Now that you’ve had time to drink in all the details, it’s time to get your own. Apple’s online store may seem like the most obvious choice, but you can also get it from the Apple Store app for iOS with Apple Pay, which has worked very smoothly for us in the past.

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14:56
Apple Daily Report for Sept. 22, 2017

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve Sande, takes a mini-road trip to celebrate his birthday (happy birthday, Steve). In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

The iFixit gang, which tears apart tech products and looks at their innards has gotten their hands on iPhone 8 models. You can see their teardown and its results here.

The iPhone is back at the top of the DxOMark camera rankings, after the Google Pixel and HTC U11 beat out the iPhone 7 series. The sensor improvements and new features in the iPhone 8 gave it a score of 92, while the dual-camera iPhone 8 Plus scores 94.

Apple launch of the iPhone 8 kicked off in a “...

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14:56
Apple doubles its iTunes movie rental window from 24...

In a support document Apple notes that, along with the launch of the new Apple TV with 4K, it’s extended the rental window for films rented on iTunes. 

Customers have 30 days to start watching a movie after it's been rented. Once a movie is started, there's an additional 48 hours to finish the movie and/or rewatch it. That’s up from 24 hours previously (at least in the U.S.).

To see if a movie is available for rent, search the iTunes Store for that title and look for a Rent button. After you choose Rent, you can choose whether you want to stream your rental or download it.

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14:45
Anki OVERDRIVE Adds Fast & Furious Edition

Anki OVERDRIVE: Fast & Furious Edition launches with new cars and special track pieces to make your iPhone car racing more exciting.


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14:40
Tip of the Day: Pairing your Apple Watch with a new...

It’s September, and that means it’s iPhone upgrade season again. If you’re an Apple Watch user who has just picked up a new iPhone, it’s important to know that your Apple Watch has a particularly special relationship with your old iPhone, so you won’t just be able to backup your data from your old iPhone and then restore it to a new one without factoring your Apple Watch into the equation. Further, if you’ve purchased…

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14:39
Lenovo’s leaked 25th-anniversary ThinkPad sports a...

The latest ThinkPad that Lenovo brought to CES back in January had a notably sleeker, more modern appearance than the line's traditional boxy black look. But it kept a couple features, like the red TrackPoint nub and 45-degree ThinkPad logo, that hav...

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14:30
iPhone 8: Unboxing the new iPhone

Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus started shipping today. They’re being delivered to anyone who pre-ordered one, and you can also stop by your local Apple store and pick one up.

Macworld’s Leah Yamshon got both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus this morning, and she hosted a live unboxing video on Macworld’s Facebook page and Twitter feed. She showed the phones to the audience, went through the first steps of the setup, tried out the wireless charging, and answered questions from viewers.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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14:20
Apple extends iTunes movie rentals to 48 hours

It used to be that when you rented a movie from Apple's iTunes service, you'd have 24 hours to finish watching it. You could start streaming the rental within 30 days of purchase, of course. Just a couple of weeks after Apple made 4K an affordable op...

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14:15
iVAPO Folio Case for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is a...

Jeff Butts looks long and hard at this iPad Pro case to see if it’s worth a second look, and likes what he sees.


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14:11
Apple extends iTunes movie rental viewing window to...




To coincide with the launch of Apple TV 4K and iPhone 8 series, Apple on Friday updated its website with new information regarding movie rentals, saying viewers now have up to 48 hours to complete their rented titles after first pressing play.

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14:05
Terminal Tinkering: Say Hello to TMO’s New Podcast...

Say hello to Terminal Tinkering, TMO’s brand new podcast where you can learn all about going under the hood with your tech gear to make your own smart home devices, build a Hackintosh, and more.


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14:03
Tesla might build convenience stores at its charging...

Tesla plans to roll out more electric supercharging stations this year, especially in big cities, which should double the size of its network. But even with more places to juice up your Tesla, it still takes far longer to refill an EV than gassing up...

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13:55
Hands-on with Apple TV 4K and the new Siri Remote

Bring on the 4K HDR movie binge watching. The new Apple TV 4K is out today and we’ve got our hands on Apple’s new streaming box.

The reviews call it the best TV box on the market, but note its premium price means it’s not for everyone. Apple still offers the two-year old 1080p version for its same $149 price, and $30 more gets you a faster processor with 4K HDR support.

more…

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13:51
First look: Apple TV 4K with tweaked Siri remote...




If you owned the previous fourth-generation Apple TV with Siri remote, you'll be hard pressed to find any differences with the new fifth-generation Apple TV 4K, aside from a white, raised ring around the Menu button on the remote.

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13:42
Verizon will give rural customers more time to find...

Recently, Verizon sent letters to around 8,500 customers living in rural areas that informed them their service would be cut off as of October 17th. Verizon claimed that those customers were using enough data while roaming outside of the Verizon netw...

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13:40
iTunes rentals increase from 24 to 48 hours

Apple:

You have 30 days to start watching a movie after you rent it. After you start watching the movie, you have 48 hours to finish it. You can watch the movie as often as you like until it expires.

Jon Maddox via Twitter pointed out this significant change to iTunes movie

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:25
Apple Posted Apple Pay How To Videos on YouTube

Apple recently added two more how-to videos on its YouTube channel. For a while now, the company has posted fun videos that show things you can do with the iPad Pro, or in iOS 11. Ranging from how to drag and drop files, to the recent Pixelmator tutorial, the videos are a quick way to get people familiar with iOS 11, and it’s more fun than reading a manual. In one video, it shows how to add a debit/credit card to the Wallet app. In the other video, it shows how to use Apple Pay in stores. Both videos are meant to be viewed on an iPhone, as they are shot in portrait mode, similar to other Apple videos. You can view the Apple Pay how to videos at the link below.


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13:21
Target expands next-day delivery service to eight...

Target continues to try and outcompete digital retailer and competitor, Amazon. The red bullseye-logo company has been testing its own Prime Pantry-like delivery service for a few months now, offering faster times than Amazon. Dubbed Restock, Target'...

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13:05
Apple premieres new promo video, '8 things to...




Apple on Friday released a new video ad, "8 things to love about iPhone 8," looking to hook viewers on its latest smartphone, shipping today.

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13:02
Mercedes-Benz spends $1 billion to make EVs at...

Like most auto makers these days, Mercedes-Benz is investing in electric vehicles in a big way. The Daimler-owned company is fast-tracking all of its models to an electric future by 2022. It has also been showing off a slate of EV models, like the Ge...

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12:50
Instagram update brings new seasonal stickers...

Instagram today is rolling out new seasonal stickers, including an autumn pack for the northern hemisphere along with a spring selection appropriate for the southern hemisphere.

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12:48
News: Anki launches Overdrive: Fast & Furious...

Anki has launched Anki Overdrive: Fast & Furious Edition ($170), taking the company’s evolved battle-racing game to new levels by blending it with the adrenaline-fueled world of Fast & Furious. Players will be able to challenge Toretto crew A.I. characters, including Dom, Hobbs, Letty, and Tej, as well as battle against their friends and family in two film-inspired robotic supercars — Hobbs’ iconic and tough International MXT…

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12:44
First look: Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular:...




The new Apple Watch Series 3 has arrived, and AppleInsider offers a closer look at what to expect from the next-generation model, including new packaging, a new sport loop band, and the controversial Digital Crown red dot.

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12:43
Movie Rentals in iTunes Have Changed for the Better

You don’t need to stay up all night to finish watching your movie rental anymore, unless you’re really into that sort of thing.


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12:41
The iPhone 8’s glass back costs way more to repair...

Over the last couple of weeks, the price of AppleCare+ has gone up for Plus model iPhones and screen repair for the 6s and newer models has gotten $20 more expensive. However, while screen replacements for phones under AppleCare+ warranty are still $...

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12:25
The iPhone 8 has the best smartphone camera, DxOMark...

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus might be overshadowed by iPhone X, but there are plenty of reasons to skip the hype and buy one: wireless charging, the A11 Bionic chip, True Tone display, that all-glass design. But according to DxOMark, the best reason to pick an iPhone 8 is the camera.

The camera experts put the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus through their paces and found that they are the two best cameras they have ever tested, leapfrogging the previous No.1 picks, Google’s Pixel and the HTC U11, both of which have single cameras. The...

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12:22
HTC gives Vive developers all app revenue for the...

Now that HTC is all-in on Vive headsets and letting Google deal with its Pixel smartphone business, it has to deal with another reality: The public still isn't exactly sold on VR. To keep sales momentum going, it has announced a promotion aimed at at...

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12:17
Apple says it's only streaming 4K iTunes movies...




With the Apple TV 4K launching on Friday, people hoping to upgrade their desktop iTunes movie purchases to 4K may be disappointed -- Apple is only streaming video in that resolution, not offering downloads, according to an official support document.

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12:05
9to5Rewards: Win an Apple Park t-shirt from the new...

This week for 9to5Rewards, we’re giving away an Apple Park t-shirt, the same one that Apple will sell at its new Apple Park Visitor Center retail store when it officially opens in the coming months.

While you can’t get your hands on the exclusive Apple Park swag at the Visitor Center store just yet, the store was open for one day to press that attended the company’s iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X unveiling event earlier this month at Steve Jobs Theater located on the new campus.

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12:01
iTunes Store doubles movie rental playback time to...

Apple has slowly been improving the movie rental experience on iTunes this year as it focuses on revenue growth from services. Back in March, Apple introduced a new ‘rent once, watch anywhere’ feature that removed a playback restriction for viewing rentals on different devices. Now, Apple has doubled the amount of time you’re allowed to play a rental after you start watching.

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12:00
Apple shares new video touting new features from the...

Apple has released a new video highlighting some of the new features of the iPhone 8 on what is becoming the quietest launch day we’ve seen…

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12:00
The Royal iPod Has Been Spotted For The First Time

The iPod in the photo is most likely the one that the Obamas gave the Queen, and not the one she bought in 2005. So what kind of music would be on the iPod?


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12:00
Apple Watch Series 3 first look: So far, no LTE...

The Apple Watch Series 3 started shipping today, and our definitive review is still in the works. In the meantime, we wanted to give you a taste of what life is like with the company's first LTE-connected watch, so when we got it in for review, we sa...

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11:48
Got an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus? Do these 10 things...

Well, you did it. You pulled the trigger on a shiny new iPhone 8 or 8 Plus. Nice! Before you head out to take a squillion photos or plop it down on your new wireless charging pad, there are a few housekeeping details you should tend to first.

1. Back up and restore

This isn’t poor planning, we swear—it’s a good idea to back up your old phone after you have your new iPhone in hand, so the backup is as up-to-date as it can possibly be. You can back up via iCloud or iTunes:

For an iTunes backup: Connect your old iPhone to your Mac, launch iTunes, select your iPhone by clicking the little phone icon in the toolbar, and under Backups, choose This Computer. Checking Encrypt local backup is a good idea, so your account passwords and Health data gets backed up too—just choose a password you won’t forget. Click the button to Back...

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11:45
iFixit’s iPhone 8 teardown finds a smaller battery...

Enlarge (credit: iFixit)

There’s a new iPhone out in the wild, which means there’s a new teardown from iFixit showing everything that’s going on inside Apple’s latest handset.

The popular repair site wrapped up its breakdown of the iPhone 8 on Friday, finding that the 8’s internals, unsurprisingly, look a good deal like those of last year’s iPhone 7. There are some small changes—more adhesive strips surrounding the battery, a slightly redesigned Lightning connector, the use of standard Phillips screws in some...

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11:39
Some brave soul volunteered for a completely robotic...

A robot just implanted two 3D-printed teeth into a woman's mouth all on its own. The procedure took place recently in China and the researchers who developed it hope it can help the country's dentist shortage problem, reports the South China Morning...

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11:30
Apple details web developer tips on designing for...

Today, the team behind Safari’s web browser engine, WebKit, have detailed how designers should be building sites for the iPhone X. The upcoming iPhone’s sensor housing, aka “notch,” has presented new challenges for designers and developers alike. This has left some implementing creative “solutions” for the problem. Having WebKit lay out some official guidelines for the iPhone X should help web developers around the globe.

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11:29
Thanks to Misuse, Apps Can’t View MAC Addresses on...

Quite a few network administrators are probably hopping mad about this, since it means they can’t manage their networks as effectively from their iOS devices as they could before.


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11:18
Google Daydream's web-browsing features surface...

At Google's I/O developer conference in May, the company announced that it was working on a VR version of Chrome that could work in Daydream. Well, Chrome development team member François Beaufort announced on Google+ today that the first set...

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11:15
Inside iOS 11: Apple's 'Do Not Disturb...




Apple debuted a new safety feature in iOS 11 with "Do Not Disturb While Driving." AppleInsider corralled a co-pilot to test it out -- here's how it works.

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11:09
Opinion: Constrained iPhone X supply will create a...

Launch day has arrived for the iPhone 8 along with Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple TV 4K. So far, demand for the more iterative iPhone 8 has appeared to be weak as many wait for iPhone X. However, with iPhone X rumored to have hit another production setback, we could see iPhone 8 sales jump after we get a look at iPhone X lead times later next month.

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11:00
Why Equifax’s error wasn’t hiring someone with a...

In the wake of the Equifax breach, a significant number of people lost their minds this week upon discovering that one of its newly-deposed security executives has a degree in music composition. Despite 14 years of experience as a security profession...

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10:58
Video: The best ARKit apps you can download now on...




One of the most hyped features of Apple's new iOS 11 update is ARKit, a series of tools for developers that make it easier than ever to create augmented reality apps. with ARKit apps now available on the App Store, AppleInsider gives you some of the best options you can test out right now.

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10:43
∞ This is how Apple prepares for “iPhone Day”

BuzzFeed:

How does Apple ship iPhones around the world on launch day? We got a behind-the-scenes look with head of retail Angela Ahrendts.

It’s a superficial look but has some interesting details like the UPS sorting facility in Kentucky. Don’t like the little dig about the lack of lines at Apple Stores though. There’s no proof that “no lines” equals “lack of

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10:38
'PUBG’ studio isn't happy about ‘Fortnite...

Epic Games' cartoony horde game Fortnite is still in early release, but the studio recently announced that a free-to-play version of the game would come out for free next week... and it looks a lot like another really popular game. Fortnite: Battle R...

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10:35
Best Buy is selling the Ring Solar Panel for $20

If you have a Ring Stick Up Cam but balked at the extra $50 for the solar charging panel, we've got a weekend project for you. Right now Best Buy has the Ring Solar Panel on sale for $20.

The solar panel is an alternative way to power the Ring Stick Up Cam. Without the panel, you have to bring it in every few months to charge it via USB. When we reviewed the Stick Up Cam earlier in September, we liked it as a way to expand the security perimeter of anyone who's already using the Ring Video Doorbell. (Though we did find that as a standalone security camera, there were...

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10:33
Apple's Tim Cook says iPhone 8 & Apple...




Apple is seeing localized sellouts of the iPhone 8 and Apple Watch Series 3 on launch day, though units may still be available, Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a TV interview.

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10:29
Spigen’s new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus cases...

Thanks to our sponsor Spigen. Check out its new line of cases for iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus available today. 

If you’re planning on picking up a new iPhone today or awaiting your pre-order delivery, you’ll want to check out Spigen’s popular line of cases arriving for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus just in time for today’s retail launch. They’ve also confirmed all cases with not suffer interference with wireless charging functionality that some thicker cases might have an issue with.

Head below for some hands-on video and more details on the new cases:

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10:28
Go Behind the Scenes with Apple’s iPhone Pre-order...

What exactly is involved with making iPhone and Apple Watch pre-orders happen, and then getting those deliveries out to customers? Buzzfeed got to go behind the scenes to see what it takes for Apple and UPS to get and process orders, and then get the packages into people’s hands. It’s an interesting video and worth checking out.


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10:23
Uber London loses licence to operate

Uber will not be issued a new private hire licence, Transport for London (TfL) has said.

TfL concluded the ride-hailing app firm was not fit and proper to hold a London private hire operator licence.

I really don’t understand this decision. Uber and Lyft and wonderful services for the consumer and should be supported.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:20
Setting Up Your New iPhone and Apple Watch, Terminal...

Jeff Butts and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their tips on making the transition to your new iPhone and Apple Watch, plus Mr. B tells us about his new Terminal Tinkering podcast.


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10:19
Amazon may deliver Chipotle and Five Guys right to...

Amazon's been getting into the food game for awhile now. After all, they've introduced Amazon Fresh and drive-through grocery pickup. And oh yeah, they acquired Whole Foods earlier this year. Clearly Amazon is serious about the food business; they've...

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10:10
News: iFixit posts teardown of iPhone 8

iFixit has posted its usual complete teardown of the iPhone 8, as usual confirming much of the information that’s already been revealed while discovering a few additional interesting details. The new iPhone 8 model appears very similar to its predecessor on the outside, and is only a fraction of a millimetre larger in its dimensions. The model is identified from the box as A1863, although the report notes that it’s now conspicuously absent…

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10:05
Free upgrades of iTunes flicks to 4K only allows...

Darn it! Though the Apple TV with 4K offers both 4K and HDR support, you’ll only be able to steam the high-quality films, not purchase ‘em on iTunes. That’s seems contrary to what Apple indicated at its special Sept. 12 event in which the new set-top box, new iPhones, and the Apple Watch Series 3 was unveiled.

In a support document, Apple says you can buy or rent movies from the iTunes Store in high-definition (HD) or 4K resolution formats. These videos might also feature high dynamic range (HDR) or Dolby Vision.

Apple says you can download a local copy of an HD movie, and you might be able to download HDR and Dolby Vision versions, but you can’t download a 4K version. This is likely due to licensing issues with film studios, but still it’s disappointing (at least to a film buff like me).

This despite...

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10:00
How Kevin Durant’s attempt to clap back at trolls...

What does an NBA champion and Finals MVP have in common with Taylor Swift? In the case of the Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant, it's that internet trolls love calling them snakes. Swift earned that label last year after a feud with Kim Kardashian...

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09:41
US-Europe privacy agreement passes its yearly review

If you haven't ever heard of Privacy Shield, it's an agreement between the US and the EU. It allows companies that store personal data of people who reside in the EU (such as Facebook) on servers in the US, all while adhering to European standards fo...

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09:38
Apple says it studied famous painters &...




Apple looked at lighting by photographers like Annie Leibovitz and Richard Avedon -- and painters like Johannes Vermeer -- when building the Portrait Lighting feature found on the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 Plus, the company claimed in an interview published on Friday, coinciding with the launch of the iPhone 8 line.

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09:34
Tim Cook says iPhone 8 in ‘good supply’ on launch...

It’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus release day, and CNBC caught up with Apple CEO Tim Cook during his ritual Apple Store visit to check in on the launch. Despite the both new iPhones not selling out across the board like previous models (because the iPhone X is coming in November), Cook says ‘we really like what we’re seeing’ with today’s launch. He also acknowledged the reported LTE connectivity bug affecting some Apple Watch Series 3 models.

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13-inch MacBook Pro 256GB $199...

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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09:22
All Xbox 360 ‘Halo’ titles are now playable on the...

Microsoft had a fun announcement this week. All Xbox 360-era Halo games, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo 4 and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, are now backwards compatible for the Xbox One and Xbox One S. (Halo: Reach was already backwards compatible wi...

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09:05
Apple's Latest Products Get Rare Mixed-Bag...

Mark Gurman, writing for Bloomberg: Despite the strength of its brand, Apple occasionally releases a product to mediocre reviews -- remember the original Apple TV or Apple Watch? But reviewers have rarely been as grumpy as this month, when Apple unveiled its collection of new gadgets for the holidays. "I can't think of a single compelling reason to upgrade [to iPhone 8, or iPhone 8 Plus] from an iPhone 7 [which was launched last year]," wrote Nilay Patel of The Verge. Another potential sign of trouble: the iPhone 8 models didn't sell out during pre-orders, another rare occurrence for Apple phones. [...] Reviewing the new Apple Watch Series 3 model, The Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern wrote "On the AT&T-connected models, the cellular connection dropped, calls were often choppy and Siri sometimes failed to connect. On the one that ran on T-Mobile, I experienced several dropped connections." The Verge's Lauren Goode noticed a serious connection issue as well, saying the device...

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09:00
The best cheap compact camera

By Ben Keough

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. R...

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08:56
After decade of iPhone launches, there's still...




At Apple's Union Square flagship retail store in San Francisco, an early morning line of about 100 people formed down the block for new iPhone 8 and Apple Watch Series 3 buyers, split between users with pre-order reservations and people who just stopped by to pick up the new gear.

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08:46
Blips Smartphone Lens Kits: $24.99

On the hunt for macro lenses for your smartphone, but don’t want a special case or permanent attachments? Smart Micro Optics has a set of macro lenses that attach to your phone with adhesive. The Blips Smartphone Lens Kit includes their Macro (10 mm focal distance) and Macro Plus (20 mm focal distance) lenses so you can snap close up photos of flowers, insects, or whatever else strikes your fancy. The kit is regularly priced at US$33.90, but you can get it for $24.99—that’s 26% off—with today’s TMO deal.


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08:44
Ikea 'This Charges Everything' ad campaign...




Ikea is capitalizing on not just Apple's inclusion of Qi charging on the iPhone 8 and iPhone X to promote its own line of compatible charging equipment -- but also implements variations of phrases that Apple has used in the past.

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08:42
EU withheld a study that shows piracy doesn't...

In 2013, the European Commission ordered a €360,000 ($430,000) study on how piracy affects sales of music, books, movies and games in the EU. However, it never ended up showing it to the public except for one cherry-picked section. That's possib...

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08:27
Inside watchOS 4: New app dock scrolls vertically,...




After being introduced in watchOS 3, the app dock for Apple Watch has already been redesigned in watchOS 4, with a new ferris wheel-like vertical scrolling interface that lets users view multiple apps at once.

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08:21
'Destiny 2' factions will reward you with...

If you've been playing Destiny 2 for a while, you probably know the fate of "the city". What's set to follow -- as I try not to spoil anything-- is the return of factions. We all love some good in-game tribal battles, and the shooter's Faction rallie...

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08:20
iPhone 8 and 8 Plus Top DxOMark Camera Ranking

The just released iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have the top ranked smartphone cameras, beating out the Google Pixel and HTC U11.


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08:15
The last dance? Endangered Grebe’s mesmerising...

This is hilarious but it seems like a lot of work just to get a little birdy something something.

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08:00
The West Coast is finally getting an earthquake...

On September 19th, 1985, Mexico City was devastated by an 8.0 magnitude earthquake that killed as many as 30,000 people and leveled buildings across the city, including the 12-story Hospital Juárez, one of the oldest hospital institutions in...

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07:55
Tip of the Day: Activating Cellular Service on the...

When Apple unveiled the Apple Watch Series 3 last week, the company touted the wearable device’s biggest new feature as the ability to connect directly to the cellular network to place and receive phone calls and Internet access even when away from your iPhone....

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07:45
Fitbit Ionic review: Meet the $300 fitness-focused...

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Fitbit has a lot riding on its new $300 Ionic smartwatch. Analyst reports suggest the smartwatch category will continue to grow over the next few years, and Apple and Google already have well-established devices and operating systems. Being one of the top players in the wearables game, Fitbit is unlikely to build a device that runs Android Wear (much less watchOS), so it designs its own devices from the ground up. The Ionic is Fitbit's serious attempt at a smartwatch, far more so than the $200 Blaze that came out last year. Running Fitbit OS, the Ionic...

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07:39
'Vincent' AI transforms your rough sketch...

Prisma made AI art style transfer fun for the masses, but a new machine learning app has much bigger ambitions. Applying its vast knowledge of art from the Renaissance to today, "Vincent" can take your simple sketch and transform it a finished painti...

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07:33
Review: BandWerk’s Apple Watch bands offer premium...

While I’ve never seen myself as a key target for Apple’s fashion-oriented approach to the Apple Watch, I have been surprised. From initially wearing the black sport band full-time, I’ve actually come to enjoy having a variety of bands to change up the look.

I do have one of Apple’s woven nylon bands, as well as a third-party copy of the Space Black Link Bracelet (not available in the U.S. unfortunately), but mostly I like leather bands.

I do like Apple’s blend of the modern and traditional in its own range, but also appreciate more traditional craftsmanship in premium third-party bands. I previously reviewed one from Burkley, and this time I tried out a range of bands from German company BandWerk …

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07:26
AppleCare+ iPhone 8 back screen glass replacement $...




Users with AppleCare+ for the iPhone are accustomed to a relatively new $29 screen replacement from Apple -- but that only applies to the screen in the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, and not the back glass.

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07:03
Initial agreement for T-Mobile and Sprint merger may...

A report this morning from Reuters shares that T-Mobile is “close to agreeing tentative terms” for a merger deal with Sprint after months of talks. News of a T-Mobile and Sprint merger have been floating around since May.

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06:56
News: Apple Watch Series 3 unboxing photos

The new Apple Watch Series 3 has also just arrived, so we’re posting a quick first look at Apple’s latest wearable. The images highlight some of the subtleties of the new model, such as a red circle on the Digital Crown that’s used to distinguish the GPS+Cellular version from the non-cellular version of the Series 3. Otherwise, the Series 3 bears a striking resemblance to last year’s Series 2; Apple noted a very slight thickness…

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06:52
∞ Airplane! was actually a shot-for-shot remake of...

[VIDEO] Shot-for-shot might be a bit of an overstatement, but watch the video embedded in the main Loop post. Had no idea Airplane was a remake. If you’ve never seen the movie, it’s hilariously juvenile and fantastically funny. If you like that sort of thing. Lots of quotable lines, terrific sight gags.

Seeing the remake side by side with the original just makes me appreciate this comedy gem that much more.

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06:43
Uber loses license to operate in London over public...




Uber has suffered a major blow to its operations in the United Kingdom, after Transport for London announced it will not be renewing the company's license to operate in the country's capital, with the transport authority citing Uber's policies and actions as reasons behind the decision.

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06:42
∞ How to tell which Apple Watch model/series you have

Here’s how to tell what model number Apple Watch you have and convert that number into a specific Apple Watch series […]

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06:41
News: iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus: Unboxing +...

We’ve just gotten our hands on Apple’s new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus models, and we’ve posted a quick first look with some unboxing and comparison photos. Users familiar with past iPhone models will find no real surprises here; despite support for rapid charging, Apple still only bundles its standard 5W power adapter, along with the usual wired EarPods and standard Lightning cable. The new glass backs on the iPhone 8 and iPhone…

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06:36
One Tip to Check Your Apple Watch Series 3 LTE

When you try to confirm your Apple Watch Series 3 LTE is activated on the cellular network, this quick tip should come in very handy.


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06:34
Original Apple Watch doesn’t support watchOS 4 heart...

Jeff Gamet, MacObserver:

If you’re planning on using the new heart rate monitoring features in watchOS 4 on your original Apple Watch think again because they aren’t there. Apple Watch Series 0, as it’s now called, can track your heart rate, but the new monitoring options require an Apple Watch Series 1 or newer.

Solid point, good to know.

Side note: Here’s how to tell which Apple Watch series/model you have.

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06:34
T-Mobile & Sprint said nearing agreement on...




T-Mobile and Sprint are reportedly close to "tentative terms" on a long-rumored merger deal, and could finalize an agreement by the end of October.

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06:33
Your iPhone 8 Isn’t Here Yet, but iFixit has Already...

iPhone 8 deliveries are just starting today, yet iFixit has already gotten ahold of one and stripped it down to its frame.


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06:31
IKEA riffs on Apple slogans to promote furniture...

Swedish furniture company Ikea has been building Qi wireless chargers into some of its furniture since 2015, but with the iPhone 8 and upcoming iPhone X creating a big new market, it has chosen a clever/cheeky way to make Apple fans take note …

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06:28
7 things to try out in iOS 11

Colin Devroe:

Tomorrow iOS 11 is being released to the public, I thought I’d jot down a few things that I believe people should do on the day they upgrade, so that they don’t just move on with their busy lives and forget.

Good list, quick read.

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