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Wednesday March 21

Angela Ahrendts touts Apple’s investment in Japan,...

Earlier this week, Apple officially announced that it will open its new Japanese store in Tokyo’s retail district of Shinjuku on April 7th. Now, Angela Ahrendts is teasing that Apple has a lot more planned for Japan customers, with this store only being the beginning…


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Apple to open 'several' new Japanese...

Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts this week said the company plans a major Japanese investment that will see the opening of new retail outlets and an extensive renovation of existing locations over the next five years.

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Apple Maps Transit directions go live in Albuquerque...

Apple on Wednesday continued its rollout of public transit data with an activation of services in Albuquerque, N.M., allowing Apple Maps users in the area to plan bus trips, find routing information and more.

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YouTube becomes top grossing iPhone app in U.S....

Google's YouTube app for iOS, which provides direct access to the ubiquitous video sharing service, this week became the top grossing iPhone title on Apple's U.S. App Store, a watershed achievement eight years in the making.

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Hands-on: Netgear's Arlo Baby camera with Apple...

The Arlo Baby is a rare beast. Not only is it Netgear's only HomeKit-compatible security camera, it's also the only HomeKit accessory specifically meant to serve as a baby monitor.

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The Facebook Dance, Autonomous Cars, and our AI...

Bryan and Jeff discuss the ongoing #deletefacebook discussion and whether it’s a tempest in a teapot. They also talk about autonomous vehicles, regulation, and our future with driverless cars, and also our future with artificial intelligence.

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Chase Mobile updated with iPhone X optimization...

Even though the iPhone X has been available for several months now, there are still a slew of notable apps waiting on optimization for the device’s 5.8-inch OLED display. Today, however, Chase has finally updated its iOS app with iPhone X support…


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Apple is an exception to nearly every rule

It’s good to be the king. Apple makes design and engineering choices that other companies wouldn’t even imagine doing.

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My Crazy Apple TV 4K & Dolby Vision Adventure

It took John some time, testing, industry contacts and study to finally get his Apple TV 4K and Sony 4K/UHD TV doing the Dolby Vision magic.

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How to hide information in notification previews on...

Notifications on iPhone can become overwhelming with the myriad of apps that kick out alerts. Follow along for how to make system-wide notifications changes on iPhone as well as customizing them for individual apps.


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Apple World Today News Update: March 21, 2018

A short podcast today, but with a few fun stories about the top grossing app in the US App Store, zombies and the iPhone X, and a unique campaign by a Chinese smartphone manufacturer to get potential iPhone X buyers to wait...

  • The top grossing app in the US App Store is...YouTube. Find out how a free app can make so much money
  • A game developer is using the iPhone X TrueDepth camera to capture facial animations for an upcoming "The Walking Dead" title
  • Huawei's new P20 smartphone arrives in less than a week, and the company is trying to dissuade people from buying the iPhone X until they can try the new phone

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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Apple's Joswiak says iOS gaming catching up to...

Gaming on iPhone and iPad is reaching a threshold where it's on par with consoles, which have typically outpaced mobile devices, Apple's VP of product marketing claimed in a recent interview.

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HomeKit Weekly: Turning your old garage door into a...

HomeKit Weekly is a new series focused on smart home accessories, automation tips and tricks, and everything to do with Apple’s smart home framework. 

Getting into HomeKit can be a very costly endeavor when you start replacing locks, lights, and other accessories with connected versions. Fortunately, turning your old garage door opener into a Siri-connected entrance doesn’t require replacing your existing garage door opener. Instead you can upgrade your existing garage door opener from $70-$170 depending on your needs. Here’s how to get started:


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Study: Apple Watch highly accurate at detecting...

A new study from University of California, San Francisco, researchers shows that the Apple Watch can detect atrial fibrillation with high accuracy at least when wearers were at rest.  

In the test of 1,620 people, researchers used a Cardiogram app to access heart-rate sensor data using the heart-rate sensor and step counter built into the Apple smartwatch. A deep neural network analyzed the heart rate data and step-count data, which was used to determine whether a person was active (explaining a sudden heart rate spike) or at rest.

The resulting algorithm was able to tell the difference between atrial fibrillation and normal heartbeats with about 97% compared to electrocardiograms. This data came from about 50 patients with atrial fibrillation who were undergoing procedures to restore their heart rates to normal....

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Here’s why Apple is primed to dominate mobile gaming...

Apple looks all set to dominate the mobile gaming market as more and more users are picking up their smartphones to play popular titles from developers that previously may have been reserved for consoles. Here’s why iOS has a big advantage over Android when it comes to gaming.


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Facebook's Zuckerberg vows action on Cambridge...

Following a week of terrible press, a battered stock, and threats of mass account de-activations, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg finally addressed the data scandal in a post to the network.

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Muse, the Alexa Voice Assistant for Cars: $59.99

Alexa fans now have a way of adding Alexa to their cars with Muse, a device that sits between your iPhone (or Android device) and your car. It allows you to tap into Alexa for music controls, controlling your home Alexa devices, and more. Check out the deal listing for details.

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[Sponsor] Ultra Fractal

Ultra Fractal makes it easy to create your own visual fractal art. You might be familiar with fractals like the Mandelbrot set that offer endless zooming possibilities. Ultra Fractal turns these fractals into art with gradients to add color, Photoshop-like layering, coloring algorithms that introduce intricate ornaments, and even extensive animation support. Start with the included tutorials and you will soon be creating your first fractals.

There’s a free trial version for macOS and Windows. Act quickly because until March 28, Daring Fireball readers get 25% discount on all editions of Ultra Fractal 6 with coupon code ‘FIREBALL’.


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For the first time ever, YouTube has become the top...

On Tuesday, YouTube became the top grossing app on the App Store for the first time in the app’s history. The app had previously hit number 3 in the charts, but has never become the top grossing app on iOS.

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Review: iFi Micro iDSD Black Label DAC/amp

Weird company name, weird product names with weird feature names and weird form factors. To the uninitiated, researching one of iFi's portable headphone DAC/amps might be a bit overwhelming — the company doesn't shy away from the arcane, listing component part numbers in the place of advertising copy and bombarding the reader with branded features. iFi does things like nobody else, which might be why they're so popular in the audiophile community. Today we're trying out iFi's Micro iDSD Black Label. There's a lot to cover here — it's a DAC, it's a headphone amplifier, it's a preamp, it's powerful, and it's awesome.{/exp:char_limit}

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How to Permanently Delete Your Facebook Account

If you’re done with Facebook and want to completely delete your account here’s what to do.

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TrueDepth camera in iPhone X used to capture facial...

Next Games' upcoming ARKit title "The Walking Dead: Our World" will reportedly use rotoscoped facial animations, captured inexpensively using the iPhone X's TrueDepth camera.

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How to Delete Facebook Content in Bulk Using a...

Facebook is a vast surveillance network that makes the NSA look like amateurs.

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How to create your own HomeKit camera with a...

Though Apple's HomeKit home automation platform has supported cameras for over a year, manufacturers have been slow to bring compatible devices to market. Learn how you can create your own HomeKit security camera for around $60 in this tutorial.

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WSJ: Jimmy Iovine to step away from Apple Music in...

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple Music exec and famous music producer Jimmy Iovine will transition to a “consulting role” in August, giving up his day-to-day work with the music streaming business. The WSJ report claims that Iovine has told people close to him that he plans to, “spend more time with his family while supporting Apple Senior Vice President Eddy Cue, who oversees Apple Music, as needed.”

We first reported this back in January, along with a number of other sites. Those reports were met with statements from Iovine that he planned to stay with Apple Music as long as he is needed. He told...

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Sculptures of Apple Park, Sunnyvale campus on...

Apple’s new campus in Cupertino is being spotlighted at a new art exhibition opening in England today. Internet Giants : Masters of the Universe features iconic architecture of major technology companies around the world, including Apple Park and the nearby Central & Wolfe campus in Sunnyvale.


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Corel releases CorelCAD Mobile for iPhone and iPad

Corel Corporation has introduced its first modern mobile app for iOS: CorelCAD Mobile, which acts as a "standalone CAD experience" to complement the company's desktop CorelCAD 2018 application for Macs and Windows PCs.

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John’s Crazy Apple TV 4K Dolby Vision Adventure –...

Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about what it took to get 4K Dolby Vision working with John’s Apple TV and entertainment center, plus they look at the confusing options for streaming HD and 4K content.

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macOS: How to Download Files From the Web Using...

Andrew Orr shows us how to download files from the web using Terminal.

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Instagram update brings hashtags and profile links...

Instagram has today released an update that brings two new features to the social media platform: the ability to add hashtags and profile links to a user’s bio.


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Pokémon GO launching new Extravaganza event, giving...

Pokémon GO has been pushing more events to its users as its user base has begun to decline. The company today announced a new event in hopes that users return to the AR-based game.

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iPhone-in-the-Car Dilemma? Solved!  

Dr. Mac had tried air-vent iPhone mounts in the past, but they always felt less stable to him than the good, old CD-slot mounts—now he’s found a solution to his iPhone car mount he loves.

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Apple becoming more open about product placements in...

While Apple has long wedged products like iPhones and Macs into TV shows as a form of marketing, the company appears to be taking a more open stance about it, a report suggested on Wednesday.

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Save $200 on new iMacs at Best Buy today

On Tuesday, Best Buy was all about the number 300, as it cut the price on MacBook Airs by 300 bucks. For Wednesday, it’s cutting $200 off of a wide range of the most recent iMac models. That means you can pick up one of Apple’s all-in-one desktop units for as little as $899.99, which is a number we rarely see paired with the words "new iMac."

We consider the $900 iMac the star of the show. For that price you get a superb silver 21.5-inch iMac with a 1TB hard drive and 8GB of memory, all of which is powered by a 2.3GHz Intel i5 chip. Want more processor speed? You can also buy a...

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European Commission is eyeing digital tax on tech...

The European Commission, Europe’s anti-trust and consumer investigation agency, is set to unveil proposals today for a digital tax on U.S. tech giants such as Apple that could further intensify the trade row pitting the European Union (EU) against President Trump. The EU is a political and economic union of 28 member states that are located primarily in Europe.

The tax, expected to be about 3% of sales on companies with worldwide annual turnover above $924 million, would come alongside a tightening of rules on data privacy.

EU Economics Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici will present proposals aimed at recovering billions of euros from mainly U.S. multinationals that shift earnings around Europe to pay lower tax rates. The transatlantic blow has been championed by French President Emmanuel Macron and will be discussed over dinner at an EU leaders summit on...

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9to5Toys Last Call: $300 off iMacs, Infinity Blade...

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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Apple products are now ‘co-starring’ on some TV shows

When it comes to placing products in TV shows, Apple’s tactic is changing from relying on surprising cameos to taking credited roles, notes Variety.

Image courtesy of "The Hollywood Reporter"

For years, the popular consumer-electronics giant quietly supplied showrunners and their production staffs with plenty of gear. You’ve probably seen Apple products popping up in Ryan Murphy series like “Glee,” “Scream Queens” and “American Horror Story.” However, products such as the iPhone are playing a prominent role in shows such as “9-1-1” which mentions “promotional consideration sponsored by Apple” in the  closing credits.

Neither Apple nor Fox responded to questions from Variety, including whether Apple paid for the promo. “We didn’t have anything to do with it,” a spokeswoman for OMD, the Omnicom Group media-buying agency that...

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News: Apple reveals new Apple Watch bands for spring

Apple has released a series of Apple Watch bands in new colors and styles just in time for spring. A release from Apple showcases the new looks, which start at $49 and include exclusive Nike bands that color-match with the latest Nike running shoes. Apple has also added new high-end Hermès bands and sportier woven nylon bands for those more interested in using the device as an exercise tool than a fashion statement....

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News: Siri bug allows access to hidden messages on...

A bug discovered by Mac Magazine allows users to access hidden messages on an iPhone just by asking Siri to read them aloud. Apple has long allowed users to hide their notification previews in Messages — displaying only that a new message was received and keeping the contents private until the device was unlocked, and more recently extended this capability to third-party apps. The bug — spotted in both iOS 11.2.6 and the beta of iOS 11.3 — doesn’t…

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Affinity Photo for iPad: 25+ getting started tips [...

Outside of perhaps LumaFusion, Affinity Photo ($19.99 on App Store) is the most impressive app that I’ve ever used on the iPad. It continues to awe me with its sheer amount of depth, and the way that it’s able to closely mirror a full desktop experience on a tablet.

The problem with Affinity Photo is that it can be downright daunting for new users. As I’ll show you in this hands-on video, the app isn’t all that difficult to use once you understand a few basic features and mechanics. Join me as I walk through 25+ must-know tips for Affinity Photo beginners. more…

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Apple's iPhone may be creating misleading...

As a result of outdated calculation methods, Apple's iPhone may be contributing to a skewed view of the U.S. trade deficit with China.

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News: Technogym, Life Fitness add support for Apple’...

After last year’s showcase of Apple’s GymKit syncing the Apple Watch to Technogym equipment in a Fitness First gym in Australia, Technogym has announced a much wider rollout to make more than 5,000 of its machines in hundreds of fitness clubs all over the world. Users simply tap their Apple Watch on the compatible equipment to track active and total calories burned, distance, speed, floors climbed, incline and pace, resulting in the most…

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Apple’s annual spring Apple Watch band refresh...

Even if the weather isn’t cooperating, Apple is ready for spring with a new slate of Watch bands in bright new colors and designs to chase away the winter blues. Some two dozen new bands will be available later this month either as part of a new Apple Watch purchase or as an add-on accessory.

Apple hasn’t said whether any colors will be retired as a result of the new models, but several of the new colors seem to be variations on ones that are already available. For example, there’s a new Lemonade Sport Band, which looks very much like the current...

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9 Alternatives for the Apple’s Mac Terminal App

Apple’s Terminal app on the Mac is a great tool for diving into the command line, but it isn’t the only option available. The Mac Observer rounded up several alternatives to Terminal you can use to flex your macOS command line muscles.

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Apple Watch more effective at detecting heart...

A continuing study into the medical potential of consumer wearables has confirmed devices like Apple Watch are sensitive enough to detect abnormal heart rhythms with a 97 percent accuracy, a performance that beats out add-on ECG accessory KardiaBand.

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Hands on: If you have multiple iPhones, the Udoq...

Udoq is a unique modular docking system that can fit more than one of almost any device, regardless of brand or connector type, and AppleInsider has one on our test bench.

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Review: Fortnite BattleRoyale for iOS brings the...

Epic Games intended to make "Fortnite Battle Royale for iPhone and iPad as close to the version played on other platforms. In its invitation-only initial release, the large-scale multiplayer game hasn't lost its charm in its transition to the small screen from the console, Mac, and PC versions.

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Siri privacy bug lets it read out most hidden...

A privacy bug reported by Brazilian site Mac Magazine allows someone to access hidden message notifications on a locked iPhone by asking Siri to read them …


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This Bluetooth wireless headset deal lets you free...

Wireless headsets help you stay connected without having to use your hands. They’re especially convenient for conversing on the go. If you’re looking to try one out, Amazon is offering...

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News: Iovine’s expected exit from Apple Music leaves...

Apple executive Jimmy Iovine is expected to transition to a consulting role in August, stepping back from daily involvement with the Apple Music streaming service he helped create and brand, The Wall Street Journal reports. Of all the celebrity names who migrated over to Apple when Beats was acquired by the company in 2014, Iovine is the last one still actively involved with Apple’s growth of that brand. Iovine is expected to jump ship when…

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Formally proposed EU tax plan could cost Apple...

The European Commission has proposed measures to "to ensure that all companies pay fair tax in the EU," a move that will undoubtedly affect Apple.

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macOS: Enabling Text Auto-Correction

There are a few simple text-replacement features you can turn on (or off, if you prefer) for your Mac, which’ll correct your spelling, add a period when you tap the spacebar twice, or capitalize words automatically. In today’s Quick Tip, we’ll cover where those settings live—and how you can override them in individual apps!

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Data from 546M LinkedIn users suggests Apple the 6th...

A data analysis by LinkedIn suggests that Apple is the sixth most desirable company to work for in the US, up from 7th place in 2017.

The professional networking firm says that it arrived at its rankings not from a survey, but rather by analyzing the actions taken by LinkedIn members on the site …


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Siri voice control options added for Tesla Model 3...

Owners of the Model 3 -- Tesla's first mass-market EV -- can now use Siri voice commands for a select range of functions.

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Apple Unveils New Apple Watch Bands for Spring

Apple introduced new Apple Watch bands on Wednesday with spring-themed colors. The new bands include Nylon, Sport, Nike, and Hermès styles.

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Collection of quick takes on the Facebook /...

Michael Tsai has pulled together a set of stories and tweets on this evolving story. Worth a scan, lots of links.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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How to manage and interact with your contacts using...

This post is full of useful tips, including several different ways to set contact relationships (Ryan is my son, or Jim is my boss, that sort of thing). Really good.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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How to add your signature to digital forms and...

In the event a digital document needs to be signed, like a form or a letter, macOS includes a way to add your signature without needing to print out the pages and rescan them. AppleInsider shows you how to quickly and easily sign PDF documents on the Mac.

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iPhone gives misleading impression of US trade...

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has suggested that the iPhone plays a significant role in skewing the apparent US trade deficit with China.

On the surface, the deficit appears to be $375B, with the iPhone 7 series alone accounting for around 4.4% of that, but the true figure is said to be far lower …


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Apple climbs LinkedIn's 2018 top companies to...

LinkedIn has released their annual list of the most sought-after employers, with Apple coming in at number six, up one position from last year.

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Apple announces new wave of Apple Watch bands

Just in time for Spring (it is snowing like crazy as I write this, but still), Apple has announced a new wave of Apple Watch bands featuring Spring colors and styles.

Follow the link, look at the images. Some nice looking bands.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple Pay collection plate being considered by the...

Looking to modernize, over 16,000 churches belonging to the Church of England are beginning to accept Apple Pay and Google Pay from congregations.

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Jimmy Iovine will step back, move into consulting...

The music industry luminary, part of Apple since the Beats purchase in 2014, plans to give up day-to-day involvement but will stay with the company.

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Spring Apple Watch band collection updates colors,...

Apple has rolled out its spring 2018 collection of Apple Watch bands including a Hermes color refresh, and the Nike Sport Loop available separately for the first time.

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Apple debuts new Apple Watch bands

Apple has debuted a spring collection of bands that include Woven Nylon bands with a fresh stripe that alternates white with color, exclusive Nike bands that color-match with the latest Nike running shoes, and a new edge paint color for Apple Watch Hermès bands. 

Later this month, all new bands will be available to order from and for purchase at select Apple Stores, Apple Authorized Resellers and carriers. Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) will include new 38mm and 42mm Space Gray Aluminum Case with Black Sport Loop models. 

The Nike Sport Loop will now be sold separately, joining new Nike Sport Band colors. Apple Watch Nike+ (GPS + Cellular) will include new 38mm and 42mm Space Gray Aluminum Case with Midnight Fog Nike Sport Loop models. The Single Tour Rallye and Double Tour bands now display contrasting paint details.

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Apple announces new Watch bands with ‘vibrant colors...

Just as it did last year on the first day of spring, Apple has announced a new collection of Apple Watch bands with ‘vibrant colors and unique designs.’

The new bands include Sport, Nylon and classic buckle designs as well as special Nike and Hermès models …


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After Jimmy Iovine denied departure rumor, fresh...

It was reported back in January that Jimmy Iovine would be leaving Apple in August after the last of his stock vested. Iovine later denied this, describing it as fake news.

A fresh report today suggests that while he may not be actually departing from Apple, Iovine will ‘step back from daily involvement’ …


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How to delete your Facebook account completely on...

With anger and distrust at the social network at perhaps an all-time high, here's how to go about getting rid of Facebook -- something that's a lot easier than it used to be.

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5.8-inch OLED iPhone model could be 10 percent...

Apple's follow-up to the iPhone X will cost less to produce than the current model, a report claims, with the next-generation smartphone thought to have a manufacturing bill of materials more than 10 percent lower, despite expectations that it will have upgraded specifications.

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Apple patent is for ‘techniques and systems for...

Some folks feel that Apple has neglected podcasting in recent software updates. That could change, as the tech giant has been granted a patent (number 9,923,962) for “techniques and systems for supporting podcasting.”

The patent involves enhanced podcasts and techniques that facilitate their use. The improved techniques can pertain to creating, publishing, hosting, accessing, subscribing, managing, transferring, and/or playing podcasts. According to one aspect, a client application can subscribe to podcasts and then automatically monitor the podcasts for updates to be downloaded. 

In the event that user interest in a podcast becomes inadequate, downloading of further updates can be restricted. According to another aspect, a podcast can be subscribed to through use of a portable subscription file. According to still another aspect, podcast feeds can be enhanced to include segment elements and other metadata.

In the patent, Apple says that podcasts are...

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After Cambridge Analytica scandal, publishers see...

For years, Facebook and Google have been bleeding the publishing industry dry, appropriating the work of its reporters while replacing the ads that traditionally supported the news business with their own targeted surveillance advertising that does little to support actual journalism. It took a major scandal to wake the industry up, but it's increasing warming to Apple News and its unique model of privacy.

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Just Mobile’s ShutterGrip is a great addition to an...

Just Mobile’s ShutterGrip doesn’t ship until mid-April, but AppleWorld.Today got an advance copy. The bottom line: it’s a nifty accessory for smartphone owners who take lots of photos.

The ShutterGrip — a “grab and go” camera control gadget —  is extremely versatile, offering compatibility with the iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6s/6s Plus, iPhone 6/6 Plus, and iPhone 5/5s. It uses a tensioned grip to attach to these Apple smartphones, whether or not they’re in a case or not. Well, unless the smartphone with attached case measures more than 3.4 inches wide or 0.6 inches deep.

With it attached (and there’s no app to install(. you have a solid, ergonomic handle and wireless shutter button that helps eliminate shaky shots. The ShutterGrip automatically turns itself off after three minutes of nonuse, so there’s no on/off...

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Facebook data-mining fallout continues with lawsuit...

The fallout from the Facebook privacy controversy continues. After it was revealed that a firm of political consultants carried out a data-harvesting exercise disguised as a personality quiz, the latest developments include a lawsuit and a Mozilla-led petition for privacy changes to the app …


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How to delete your Home data or reset your...

If you’re moving to a new home and are a user of Apple’s Home app, you’ll probably want to set up and control your new home with your accessories. You can remove your home and manually reset your accessories.

To delete your Home data:

  • Open Home and tap the Home tab.
  • Tap the arrow button.
  • Scroll to the bottom and tap Remove Home. Then tap Delete to confirm.

You might need to reset each of your accessories. To reset your accessory, look for a button on the accessory, check its manual, or contact the manufacturer.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)

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Azpen announces new line of wireless chargers

Azpen Innovation has announced four new Qi wireless chargers: the Azpen Qi Wireless Charging Pad (C100), the Azpen Dual-Power Wireless Charging Pad (C200), the Azpen Power Bank with Wireless Charging (C300), and the Azpen Car Vent Magnetic Wireless Charger (C400). 

The $29.99 Azpen Qi Wireless Charging Pad (C100) provides 10 watts of standard charging power and has an ambient glow charging indicator light. For twice the charging fun, the $59.99 Azpen Dual-Power Qi Wireless Charging Pad (C200) can charge two devices at the same time. It too has 20 watts (two sets of 10 watts) of power and can fully charge two devices simultaneously. 

The $59.99 Azpen Power Bank with Wireless Charging (C300) is a 2-in-1 charger that provides standard wireless charging power and an 8000mAh capacity battery. The device also features two variably powered USB ports. 

The $39.99 Azpen Car Vent Magnetic...

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Twocanoes Software releases Certificate Request for...

Twocanoes Software has introduced Certificate Request, a utility for the Mac that’s used to request and install digital X.509 certificates directly from Active Directory. 

It automatically discovers all the required information from Active Directory. Once authenticated, requesting a digital certificate is reportedly as simple as clicking a single button. The digital certificate can be used for configuring wireless, Mail, VPN, or many other services on macOS.

Certificate Request requires macOS 10.12 or later. It costs $29.99 for a single user license and $299.99 for 30 users. A 14-day trial is available at the product webpage.

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5.8-inch iPhone X successor to be ~10% cheaper to...

The iPhone lineup for 2018 is looking to be composed of three new models, a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, a successor to the existing 5.8-inch iPhone X and a new high-end 6.5-inch OLED ‘iPhone X Plus’.

Digitimes today reports that the new 5.8-inch iPhone will be significantly cheaper to manufacture, which could imply a drop from the $999 price point Apple established with iPhone X.


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macOS 10.13.4 High Sierra final release notes leaked

Apple may have accidentally leaked the final release notes for macOS 10.13.4 High Sierra.

In French.

The leaked document reveals that support for external graphics processors will finally be here, along with Business Chat in Messages.

Apple has been rolling out developer and public betas of macOS 10.13.4 at a steady pace. The most recent developer beta came this week. Business Chat support in Messages isn’t a big surprise since it’s been assumed this would arrive for a while now. The feature lets users chat directly with businesses for customer support.

Support for external graphics processor cards, or eGPU, is exciting given that this hasn’t really been available in the macOS operating system to date. The feature will allow MacBook Pro users, for example, to connect a high end video card via an external Thunderbolt-compatible box.

Apple released its sixth macOS 10.13.4 developer beta this week and is promising an official public release some...

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Landlord of Apple’s ‘ambitious’ retail store puts...

The landlord of Apple’s “ambitious” Chicago store has opened last fall has put the building up for sale. Walton Street Capital paid $370 million for the store, which opened in October 2017.

Walton has hired Eastdil Secured to market the store, notes the Wall Street Journal. The firm hopes to sell the store and 10,000 square feet of retail space in the adjoining office building for up to $175 million.

Apple currently pays rent "well below" the average $400 to $500 per square feet of other businesses in the Michigan Avenue area, per the WSJ. A change in landlords could affect rates, though Apple is one of the few U.S. retailers doing well in its physical stores. 

“Apple Michigan Avenue is about removing boundaries between inside and outside, reviving important urban connections within the city,” said...

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Best Buy offers MacBook Air notebooks at $300 off,...

A good deal’s a good deal.

Albeit Apple’s Chicago-based mystery education event is only two days away and there’s a slight chance the company will introduce a lower-priced MacBook Air aimed at students, Best Buy is currently offering the entry-level 128GB 13-inch MacBook Air for $300 off.

This brings the price down to about $699, the lowest price ever for a new MacBook Air notebook. Students are also eligible for an additional $50 discount and can pick up the device for $650.

The same deal applies to the higher-end models, which means the 256GB model is available for $900 (down from $1,200) or the 512GB model is available for $1,250 (down from $1,550).

The MacBook Air features a a 1140×900 glossy display and a 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 Dual Core chip and arrives loaded with macOS High Sierra and 8GB of RAM.

Not a bad deal, no matter how you slice it.


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Apple Pay expands to 25 more U.S. card issuers

Apple has added 25 U.S. card issuers to its Apple Pay roster. Also, folks in Italy and Spain can now use the mobile payment service with bunq, an online-only bank which provides a Mastercard for purchases.

You can view the full list of banks and credit unions that support Apple’s mobile payment service on Apple’s website.

Apple Pay is currently available in 20 countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the UK, the U.S., Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates.

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YouTube might bring one of its mobile apps' most useful multitasking features to the desktop version. The platform has started testing picture-in-picture playback on desktop, a feature that continues playing your video inside a small floating panel w...

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'Hyper Light Drifter' is another indie...

Nintendo wasn't done with the indie game announcements after its #Nindies live stream earlier today. At an event and on social media it revealed three more ports coming to the Switch soon: Hyper Light Drifter, Nidhogg 2 and Crashlands. All three are...

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Ubisoft fights off takeover by entertainment giant...

Ubisoft is finally free of Vivendi. The entertainment titan behind the Universal Music Group and Dailymotion kept buying more and more Ubisoft shares since 2015 to the point that it became the video game publisher's largest stakeholder. While Vivendi...

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Ecobee updates iOS app with refreshed interface, new...

Popular HomeKit accessory maker ecobee has today updated its iOS app with a visual overhaul and several new features. The update brings the ecobee app to version 6.0 and adds some more color and flare to the interface, which was previously primarily black…


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#DeleteFacebook movement gains traction as WhatsApp...

Facebook is under fire for its data sharing practices, with Cambridge Analytica having misused user data of as many as 50 million Facebook users. Now, in response to that controversy, many users are joining the #DeleteFacebook movement, including one who once netted hefty payday from the social media giant…


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Huawei's P20 Pro reportedly packs a 40MP camera

Do you still have a hole in your heart where Nokia's camera-centric Lumia 1020 used to be? It might be filled very shortly. WinFuture sources have claimed that Huawei's upcoming P20 Pro will include an ultra-high resolution 40-megapixel rear camera i...

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Apple's GymKit arrives in Hong Kong and Japan...

Apple's slow GymKit rollout continued this month with new integrations in Hong Kong and Japan, where Apple Watch users can now share workout data with cardio equipment made by Life Fitness.

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Amazon is now second most valuable U.S.-listed... became the second most valuable publicly listed U.S. company on Tuesday, surpassing Google parent Alphabet Inc for the first time.

These numbers change all the time and we don’t post about it every time they change, but this is significant for Amazon. They only trail Apple at this point.

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WhatsApp co-founder tells everyone to delete Facebook

In 2014, Facebook bought WhatsApp for $16 billion, making its co-founders — Jan Koum and Brian Acton — very wealthy men. Koum continues to lead the company, but Acton quit earlier this year to start his own foundation. And he isn’t done merely with WhatsApp — in a post on Twitter today, Acton told his followers to delete Facebook.

“It is time,” Acton wrote, adding the hashtag #deletefacebook.


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Universal Audio releases the Neve Preamp Plug‑In

The Neve mic preamp is an undisputed audio masterpiece, adding genuine Neve sheen, richness, and thick musical detail to any signal that passes through it. The pinnacle of Neve preamp design is the classic 1073 module with EQ, but Neve also briefly produced the 1290 module — a rare, preamp-only version of the 1073.

Now, you can get the clarity, grit, and harmonically complex class‑A saturation of this amazing mic preamplifier in a simple two-knob plug-in that’s perfect for UA Audio Interface owners.

This release is huge. Being able to put the Neve Preamp into your chain using Universal Audio’s Unison technology will change the way your music sounds. There is a video and some sound clips on the UA Web site that you should listen to when you get a chance.


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WhatsApp co-founder tweets '#deleteFacebook...

While calls for users to eliminate their presence on Facebook have increased due to reports of how Cambridge Analytica allegedly used the platform, most of them haven't come from anyone walking around with a few billion dollars of Facebook's money. W...

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'Apocalypse Cow' is a platform game...

One of the best things about attending GDC is that, more often than not, you come across some of the best-looking independent titles. Today, that honor goes to Apocalypse Cow, a cinematic adventure game that draws inspiration from animated films like...

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HTC slips out an upgraded VR object tracker

HTC's Vive Tracker is barely half a year old for everyday users, but it's already being replaced with a new model. The VR hardware maker has confirmed to Tom's Hardware that it's now selling an updated "Vive Tracker (2018)" for the same $99. The pr...

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GymKit continues global expansion with new...

Earlier today, Technogym announced that it has deployed some 5,000 GymKit-enabled cardio machines since November. Following that announcement, Life Fitness announced this evening that it is expanding its rollout of GymKit equipment around the world…


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Plan group trips in Skype with help from TripAdvisor...

Bringing TripAdvisor into a group chat is pretty easy -- just tap the Add to Chat button and select TripAdvisor from the list of available plug-ins. You can choose a destination, then search for restaurants, hotels and activities in the area. Sharing...

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Three Star Trek Technologies That May Soon Be Within...

Rich Smith, at The Motley Fool, is enthusiastic about a new book by Dr. Ethan Siegel, a Lewis & Clark College astrophysics professor, called Treknology. In that book, Dr SIegel describes some Star Trek technologies that we could see in our lifetime. Namely, transparent aluminum (oxynitride), deflector shields and tractor beams. The book is cool and author Smith’s essay about it is also cool.

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Apple Nearly Doubles Autonomous Car Test Fleet to 45...

There are now 45 permitted Apple autonomous vehicles on the road in California, up sharply from 27 in just January.

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Roku’s free movie channel arrives on Samsung smart...

Last year, Roku launched a free, ad-supported film channel available to those with a Roku player, stick or TV in the US. Now, the company has announced that The Roku Channel will be available as an app on select Samsung smart TVs this summer. The cha...

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Google Maps for iOS adds restaurant wait times,...

Following an update last month with real-time transit and driving details, Google Maps for iOS has today received another update. Today’s update brings the app to version 4.47 and includes new details for restaurants, additional transit updates, and more…


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