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Saturday January 20

05:42
Fantastical 2.4.5

Adds events and reminders to Spotlight search results in macOS 10.13 High Sierra. ($49.99 new, free update, 15.3 MB)

 

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05:00
The hottest Apple-related news for the week of Jan....

There’s a lot happening in the world of Apple news this week. Following are the hottest articles for the week of Jan. 15-20.

Apple has announced a new set of investments to build on its commitment to support the American economy and its workforce, concentrated in three areas where the tech giant has had the greatest impact on job creation: direct employment by Apple, spending and investment with Apple’s domestic suppliers and manufacturers, and fueling the app economy that the company created with iPhone and the App Store. 

Apple has landed a 10-episode comedy series executive produced by and starring Kristen Wiig, the Saturday Night Live grad and movie actress (GhostBusters,...

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03:18
This week on AI: Apple's $350B US cash influx,...




With newsmakers finally back from the holidays, the Apple sphere finally began spinning at high speed again -- particularly after Apple's announcement that it plans to pump a lot of money into the U.S. economy through 2023.

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01:58
Trump signs bill extending NSA's warrantless...

On Friday afternoon, just hours before Congress failed to avert a government shutdown, the President signed into law the "FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017." The bill passed the House and Senate earlier this week with the support of many Re...

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Friday January 19

20:47
Disney hires former Apple, Samsung exec for its...

As Disney prepares for its streaming service that's launching next year, Variety reports it has snagged an executive to run operations. Kevin Swint (LinkedIn) worked at Apple for five years, eventually running its iTunes movies business worldwide, be...

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20:41
Ulysses 12.3

Returns the Services submenu to the Editor contextual and fixes an issue with CJK characters. ($39.99 annual subscription, free update, 21 MB))

 

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19:03
New Nova miniseries will explore puzzling science...

The Boston public access station WGBH has partnered with PBS for another short series in its long-running Nova family of programs. Nova Wonder will follow three researchers exploring big scientific mysteries. The first of the miniseries' six episodes...

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18:05
South Korean prosecutors probe Apple over iPhone...




A day after a South Korean consumer group filed a complaint against Apple over the company's handling of iPhone battery issues, prosecutors on Friday said they have launched a probe to determine whether the iPhone slowdown debacle amounts to planned obsolescence.

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17:13
Aereo-like NYC nonprofit Locast streams local TV for...

A nonprofit is bringing local broadcast television to the online masses for free, but who knows how long that will last. The organization, Sports Fans Coalition, launched the streaming site Locast.org on January 11th, letting anyone in New York City'...

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16:38
Apple's iOS 11 installed on 65% of compatible...




Apple on Friday updated its developer website with fresh iOS 11 adoption statistics, revealing 65 percent of compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices are now running the current generation operating system.

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16:37
HomePod receives FCC approval, should be available...

Apple’s HomePod has received official FCC approval, which means the smart speaker should be available any day now. Plus, according to the Taipei Times, Inventec Corp., one of the two assemblers for the smart speaker, has released an initial shipment of about one million.

HomePod shipments this year are expected to reach between 10 million and 12 million units, with Inventec and Hon Hai each fulfilling half of the orders, the article adds. Apple unveiled its first voice-controlled smart speaker during the June 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference.

The HomePod was originally slated to arrive before the end of the year. However, in November, Apple issued a statement saying that it needed more time before the product is ready for customers.

The $349 smart speaker is just under seven inches tall and looks like a piece of furniture. It will be available...

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16:29
Apple hires the tech team from SVDS, a data science...

Apple has hired the tech team from Silicon Valley Data Science (SVDS), a business transformation consulting startup, but didn’t buy the company, according to TechCrunch.

It’s a data science consulting company specializing in agile and business-focused solutions. Apple reportedly hired at least 18 members of the staff (roughly half to one-third of the total) including a co-founder/CTO and the other co-founder/CEO. The tech giant will likely use the new talent to further beef up its enterprise efforts.

SVDS offers data strategy, architecture advisory, and agile build services. The company was founded in 2013 and is based in Mountain View, California.

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16:09
Apple stands by Microsoft against 'global...




Microsoft's long-running battle with the Department of Justice over a federal court ruling that could force American companies to hand data about foreign customers over to the U.S. government will soon be heard by the Supreme Court.

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15:50
‘Skullgirls’ relaunches on mobile as developer...

Stylized fighting game Skullgirls came out for mobile in May of last year. It was developed by Autumn Games and initially published by Line. Now, the developer has decided to part ways with the publisher and go back to being independent. As a result...

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15:16
Facebook will ask users to rank news source...

Along with Facebook announcing the first major changes to its News Feed, the social media service will begin ranking news sources based on trustworthiness as it prioritizes information. Rather than determining news source trustworthiness itself, Facebook will let users decide.

more…

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15:12
Apple’s Approach to Education Only Goes So Far

There are some fundamental issues related to education in an environment immersed in social media. What can Apple do better?


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15:08
Apple Raids Staff at Data Science Startup for...

Apple has hired away somewhere between one third and half of the employees of an enterprise consulting startup called Silicon Valley Data Science


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14:57
Twitter is notifying anyone who followed a Russian...

Last week, Twitter missed the deadline Congress set to turn over information on Russia-backed meddling in the 2016 election. Today, the social media company posted a public update on their internal investigation. First, they found thousands of additi...

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14:28
Apple Daily Report for January 19, 2018

The AWT News Update is on a one-day hiatus while my compadre, Steve, takes care of some personal business. 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.

Apple has introduced an all new design for its App Store apps on the web. You can see ‘em by accessing or searching for any iOS or Mac app while on the web. 

Def Leppard has released their full catalogue of material on streaming services for the first time. A dispute over royalty payments between the Sheffield outfit and Universal Music – who own the rights to the original recordings – has meant classic albums such as Pyromania and Hysteria have never been available on sites such as Apple Music until now.

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14:22
Apple's HomePod gets FCC approval, hinting at...




Adding to evidence that the HomePod is nearing an official release, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has given its stamp of approval for the device.

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14:14
Apple receives FCC approval for HomePod

Ahead of the promised “early 2018” launch of the HomePod, Apple has received official FCC approval for the smart speaker. Now that FCC approval has been obtained, Apple is free to begin selling the device at any time.

I can’t wait to try out the HomePod.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:08
010: HomePod FCC approval, Apple hiring data...

Today we’ve got Apple’s latest hiring spree, iOS 11 adoption numbers compared to Android, and HomePod one step closer to going on sale, plus the best deals to check out this weekend from 9to5Toys.com.

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

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14:03
Kristen Wiig Will Star in Comedy Series for Apple,...

Variety reported that Ms. Wiig will star in a 10-episode half-hour comedy, her first regular TV gig since leaving Saturday Night Live in 2012.


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13:50
Logan Paul forced YouTube to admit humans are better...

YouTube is no stranger to controversy. Many of its top stars have been in hot water recently: From PewDiePie making racists remarks, to a "family" channel with abusive kid pranks, the company's been under fire for not keeping a closer eye on the type...

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13:49
U.S. border guards can search your phone: here are...

This is a concern not just for non-US citizens but also for US citzens arriving back into the country. Know your rights and know what to do and what not to do.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:44
Apple's Tim Cook talks education, says he...




As part of a European tour to promote Apple's new university coding courses, the company's potentate sat for a wide-ranging discussion during a stop at Harlow College in the U.K.

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13:39
HomePod launch appears imminent as smart speaker...

It looks like Apple’s HomePod launch is closer than ever as the smart speaker has now received FCC approval.

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13:30
News: iLounge Weekly arriving Monday, sign up now

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

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13:25
Apple’s Everyone Can Code Initiative Spreading to...

The tech sector is growing fast across Europe, and computing and informatics jobs are in high demand.


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13:25
TaylorMade's new putter can analyze your golf...

Blast Motion is known for making sports sensors aimed at improving your golf, baseball or softball performance and now they've teamed up with TaylorMade on a putter that can analyze your putting strokes. The Spider Interactive Powered by Blast putter...

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13:11
Hands-on: ‘Flir One Pro’ turns your iPhone into a...

The human eye is amazing, but it’s limited as to what it can see. That’s where imaging tools like thermal cameras can come in handy, allowing you to see and diagnose problems that are normally invisible to the eye. This thermal, or infrared energy, is present in all matter, but because its wavelength is beyond the scope of what the human eye can discern, it’s invisible to us without the necessary tools.

Thanks to modern-day smartphones like the iPhone, these tools are now a lot more accessible to the everyday person. One such example is the Flir One Pro — a portable thermal camera attachment that connects directly to an iPhone’s Lightning port.

If you’re a homeowner, or just someone who’s curious about the type of technology that allows you to see through walls and identify heat signatures like you’re in the movie Predator, then Flir’s One Pro is a mighty-impressive, if not tiny, piece of kit. Watch our hands-on video...

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13:04
Facebook's next news feed tweak: ranking '...

Last week Mark Zuckerberg kicked off his year of making sure your time on Facebook is "well spent" by announcing that feeds will refocus on items shared by friends, instead of news. Today the CEO followed up with an announcement that the site will tr...

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13:00
Oculus shows how much VR has evolved at Sundance

Two years into the rise of modern virtual reality, following the launch of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR, the medium might seem as if it's losing a bit of its luster. Headsets are cheaper and easier to use, especially with new Windows...

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13:00
‘Zikr’ brings transcendental Sufi dancing to VR

Director Gabo Arora has spent the past few years promoting virtual reality as the ideal medium for evoking empathy. He spearheaded the UN's VR app, which featured two of his films, Clouds Over Sidra and My Mother's Wing. Now, with Zikr: A Sufi Reviva...

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12:57
How to Create a Personalized HTML Email Signature

Using an HTML email signature in Apple Mail is a little complex, and will require us to use the Terminal, but you can copy and paste the commands within.


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12:56
Universal Paperclips Review: Filling Office Space

I ended up creating 30 septendecillion paper clips. The game is best described as “a little odd” but definitely addictive for me.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:39
This chat app only works when your phone battery is...

We spend a lot of time trying to eke out a few more minutes from our smart phones. Apple is offering cheap battery replacements and apologizing for iPhone slowdowns, while Android may update to show you which apps drain your battery the most. It's no...

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12:33
Admin console

 January 19, 2018 12:33:00 PM PST

Admin console service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change.

 January 19, 2018 11:45:00 AM PST

Our team is continuing to investigate this issue. We will provide an update by January 19, 2018 12:45:00 PM PST with more information about this problem. Thank you for your patience.

 January 19, 2018 11:30:00 AM PST

We're investigating reports of an issue with Admin console. We will provide more information shortly.


Admins may use the search bar to find and access settings.

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12:32
Amazon raises the price for Prime

The price of the monthly Prime membership for new members increased from $10.99 to $12.99 on January 19, 2018.

I know a lot of people that have Prime and seem to love the benefits.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:21
Netflix orders a weekly show hosted by Joel McHale

Netflix has snagged several former show hosts to head their own programs, from Chelsea Handler to David Letterman. Next on the list is Joel McHale, who notably starred in the priceless sitcom Community but got big helming E! channel's unscripted pop...

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12:18
iOS 11 adoption surpasses the last three versions of...

Apple has shared updated metrics on iOS 11 adoption today. The latest data says that the installed iOS 11 user base is more than double that of iOS 10 and that only 7% of users are running iOS 9 or earlier.

more…

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12:10
Def Leppard now available on Apple Music

This is great news for fans of Rock and Def Leppard. Turns out, some changes at the music labels led to the band’s music being available on many streaming services today.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:10
Voice commands coming to Amazon's Alexa app for...




People wanting to make use of Amazon's Alexa voice assistant will soon be able to talk to it through the company's iOS app, instead of depending on an Echo speaker or other compatible device.

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12:00
Mac: Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac

Although Apple’s own iWork suite provides a decent set of productivity tools for personal use, it’s pretty hard to argue that Microsoft’s Office suite remains the 800-pound gorilla in the room when it comes to features and compatibility for exchanging documents with others. Even though Microsoft tends to lag a bit behind in their Mac versions, they provide reasonably good support for the Mac platform, making it easier for users to work on files from their own computers, or even to use their Macs at work. With the latest update to Office 2016 for Mac, Microsoft has finally brought real-time collaboration and cloud-based autosave to the Mac apps, bringing them closer to their Windows brethren, and more importantly allowing Mac users into the collaborative playground of their Windows-using colleagues.
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12:00
Facebook's fake war on fake news

It's hard watching Facebook struggle. Like how for the past two years it's alternated between looking like it's doing something about fake news, and actually doing something about fake news.

The company's latest stab at the problem is saying it will...

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11:49
∞ 65% of Apple devices are on iOS 11

Apple’s iOS 11 has proven to be very popular among its users, according to new data the company released on Friday. […]

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11:39
Def Leppard albums you might actually listen to are...

The list of streaming holdouts just got shorter. British rock outfit Def Leppard has made its catalog of older albums available on streaming services for the first time. Until now, only the band's more recent releases were on the likes of Spotify and...

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11:35
Apple hires away tech team from SVDS, potentially to...




Apple has reportedly hired a number of employees away from startup Silicon Valley Data Science, providing roles to members of the firm's technology team, including co-founders and the CEO, with the move potentially made to help Apple improve its partnerships with enterprise customers.

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11:16
iMac Pro review: Mac Pro power in the shape of an...

The reports of the power of this iMac make it not only droolworthy (I wish I could justify getting one) but it gets me thinking – how incredible will the promised 2018 Mac Pro be?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:09
Bloomberg: Apple hires data scientist team for...

Apple has hired a team of data scientists from a company called Silicon Valley Data Science, Bloomberg reports. While it doesn’t sound like a full blown acquisition, the report notes that Apple’s hiring spree includes the CEO of the consulting firm.

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11:08
Duncan Jones' sci-fi movie 'Mute'...

Duncan Jones' next movie won't be coming to theaters -- it's going straight to streaming. The Moon and Warcraft director has revealed that his long-in-the-making sci-fi film noire, Mute, will premiere on Netflix February 23rd. The movie is set in a f...

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11:01
Apple hires team from Silicon Valley Data Science

Sanjay Mathur, Silicon Valley Data Science’s founder and chief executive officer, joined Apple as part of the move. He leads “strategy and analytics initiatives for a group at Apple,” according to his LinkedIn profile. About 20 data scientists from the firm joined Apple, according to their LinkedIn profiles. They’re working on analytics for ad-related initiatives, which may include optimizing App Store ads.

I’d be interested to know what data Apple is going to use to improve its products. Is it actual data that will improve the iPhone on a personal level, or is it general data from its customers to improve its services?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:57
Amazon continues its assault on Siri with full voice...

Amazon has today brought full voice control to its Alexa app for Android and will be coming shortly to iOS as well. Previously, the Alexa app was more of a hub to customize Echo speakers and other smart home settings.

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10:47
Amazon adds voice control to its Alexa app for...

Amazon added voice commands to its Music and Shopping apps a while back, but if you wanted to use your phone as an Echo-style speaker, you were out of luck. Now, though, an Alexa app update adds support for Alexa voice interaction on your Android pho...

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10:35
Instagram’s New Tracking Feature, Dolby Vision and...

John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to talk about Instagram’s new Show Active Status feature, plus John explains the confusing state of Dolby Vision for Apple TV 4K owners.


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10:32
Apple issues beta 5 for watchOS 4.2.2, beta 6 for...




Three new betas have been released by Apple for developer testing, with new versions of iOS 11.2.5, macOS 10.13.3 and watchOS 4.2.2 now available.

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10:30
Lockheed's 'Son of Blackbird' spy...

The Lockheed Martin SR-71 Blackbird is one of the most recognizable aircraft designs in history. Few other planes have captured the public's attention and imagination in quite the same way as the SR-71 has since it was declassified in 1990 (nearly 30...

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10:15
How the AppleInsider podcast is recorded and edited




As the AppleInsider podcast approaches 160 episodes, one of the most common questions we still receive is how the show itself is produced. Our host Victor Marks offers a rundown of his process, including the hardware and software used to bring the weekly news program to life.

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10:14
Apple releases iOS 11.2.5 beta 7, watchOS 4.2.2 beta...

Apple has released multiple new betas for testing ahead of release. iOS 11.2.5 beta 7, watchOS 4.2.2 beta 5, and macOS 10.13.3 beta 6 are all now available on Apple’s developer center and over-the-air. Excluded is any new tvOS 11.2.5 beta, although a new version was released earlier this week.

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10:11
Weekend Deals: $200 off 15" MacBook Pros; $150...




From headphones to loaded MacBook Pros, we're rounding up the best deals on Apple devices, software and accessories. Save up to $500 on 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros. Or pick up a 10.5" iPad Pro for $599. Headphones start at $38.99, while new Apple Music subscribers can sign up for a 4-month free trial of the service.

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10:08
Survival game ’We Happy Few’ is delayed until summer

We've been excited about We Happy Few, the paranoia-fueled horror survival game set in a small English town, for awhile now. But it looks like we're going to have to wait a bit longer to play it. While the game was originally scheduled to be released...

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10:02
How Can You Not Love Clever Gadgets?

Dr. Mac’s 261st Rants & Raves column asks: “How can you not love clever gadgets?” before he describes two of his newfound favorites.


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09:44
MoviePass will invest in films to have a stake in...

MoviePass' pseudo-unlimited subscription theater service is increasingly popular, but that doesn't mean it's profitable -- it currently has to subsidize tickets, which isn't exactly sustainable in the long run. The company's solution? Secure a stake...

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09:42
Disconnect VPN 1-Year Premium Subscription: $19

We have a deal on Disconnect, a VPN service that specializes in tracker blocking. Our deal is for a one year subscription for $19 (regular price is $50), and it’s good for use on up to three devices. Check out the details on the deal listing.


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09:38
'Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery' trailer...




More details about PortKey Games' second 'Harry Potter' title destined for iOS have surfaced via a new trailer, meanwhile Robot Entertainment has shipped the sequel to 'Hero Academy' on iPhone and iPad, refreshing the original game by switching out asynchronous combat for real-time gameplay.

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09:28
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13-inch MacBook Pro $259 off,...

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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09:23
ISS astronauts will complete Challenger teacher’s...

On January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded during liftoff. Onboard were seven astronauts, one of which was teacher Christa McAuliffe. She was selected from over 11,000 applicants for the position of NASA's Teacher in Space. McAuliffe...

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09:21
CES 2018 Offers a Peek into HomeKit’s Future

Apple’s HomeKit home-automation ecosystem has been growing slowly but steadily, and numerous companies took advantage of CES 2018 to announce new HomeKit-compatible devices. Explore the most compelling new devices with HomeKit expert Josh Centers.

 

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09:00
The best digital piano for students

By John Higgins

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full artic...

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08:56
NOMAD Intros Wireless Charging Hub with Extra USB-A...

NOMAD, well known for their cables and Apple Watch bands, just released a Qi-compatible wireless charging pad for the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. The wireless hub sports 7.5W output for charging your phone, along with a 3A USB-C and two 1A USB-A, and one 2.4A USB-A charging ports. Bundling in those extra ports makes it a great choice for your desk or your suitcase if you want an easy and convenient way to juice up your phone, iPad, and AirPods at the same time while you sleep. NOMAD’s Wireless Hub is priced at US$79.95 and is available at the company’s website.


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08:46
EU says social media is getting better at blocking...

In 2016, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and YouTube signed on to a European Union code of conduct, agreeing to review all reports of hate speech on their platforms within 24 hours and taking down flagged posts if necessary. The EU has kept close tabs o...

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08:42
Amazon boosts monthly Prime subscriptions to $12.99...




Amazon slightly jacked the fee for monthly Amazon Prime subscribers by $2, making the annual subscription a better value than it was before.

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08:37
Apple Named Fortune’s Most Admired Company 11 Years...

The Fortune annual list of the World’s Most Admired Companies is out, and Apple is in the top spot again.


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08:09
Analysts say shareholders could win big from Apple...




Apple's plan to repatriate the majority of its overseas cash holdings to the United States will majorly benefit its shareholders, analysts claim, with the company expected to use part of the cash influx to increase its share buyback programs and significantly boost dividend payments.

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08:09
SoundSource 3.0.3

Brings full compatibility with macOS 10.13 High Sierra. ($10 new, free update, 3.5 MB)

 

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08:02
Apple tops the ‘World’s Most Admired Companies’ list...

Apple has taken the top spot on Fortune's annual "World's Most Admired Companies" list — for the 11th year in a row.

Fortune collaborated with the Korn Ferry research on this survey of corporate reputations. They began with a universe of about 1,500 candidates: the 1,000 largest U.S. companies ranked by revenue, along with non-U.S. companies in Fortune’s Global 500 database that have revenues of $10 billion or more. 

Fortune and Korn Ferry then winnowed the assortment to the highest-revenue companies in each industry, a total of 680 in 29 countries. The top-rated companies were picked from that pool of 680; the executives who voted work at the companies in that group.

To determine the best-regarded companies in 52 industries, Korn Ferry asked executives, directors, and analysts to rate enterprises in their own industry on nine criteria, from investment value and quality of...

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07:55
Analyst: iPhone X sales weaker than expected, but...

In a note to clients — as noted by MacRumors — KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says demand for the iPhone X has been weaker than expected (mainly in China), but that larger-sized iPhone models in the pipeline should see Apple grow its overall worldwide shipments year-on-year.

He’s revised the first and second quarters 2018 shipments of iPhone X to 18 million units and 13 million units, respectively. That’s lower than market consensus of 20-30 million and 15-20 million units. 

What’s more, Kuo feels that the iPhone X design may be a one-up with production ceasing in the summer when replacements for the fall are being produced. Overall shipments of the high-end smartphone will be around 62 million units, lower than his previous forecast of 80 million units, he says.

Kuo is forecasting three iPhone models in 2018: an OLED model that...

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07:48
How to Turn Off Instagram’s “Last Active” Tracking...

If you aren’t keen on Instagram’s new feature that lets the people you follow see when you’re active in the app, here’s how to turn it off.


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07:47
For the first time in over 20 years, Office is built...

A new version of Microsoft Office 2016 just shipped (release notes here).

What really caught my eye was this tweet from Microsoft’s Erik Schwiebert:

Mac Office 2016 version 16 is now live! For the first time in over 20 years, Office is again built out of one codebase for all platforms (Windows, Mac, iOS, Android)!https://t.co/6gNdKTOEHl

— Erik Schwiebert (@Schwieb) January 18, 2018

As Erik says, that is a massive code realignment. My 2 cents, this is good news for all Mac Office users. The Office experience will now have more consistency across platforms, and there’s more of a chance for new features to make their way to the Mac at the same time...

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07:44
Comment: With a rumored new iPhone lineup, it’s time...

I’ve commented before on Apple’s rather messy iPhone lineup. The company currently sells the iPhone SE, the iPhone 6s, the iPhone 7, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X. Given the Plus model variations, and ignoring colors and storage capacities, that’s eight different phones across four different sizes.

If we ignore the relatively minor form factor differences between the iPhone 6s, 7 and 8, that’s also three different designs.

But KGI’s predictions of what we can expect this fall, reiterated today, would make for a much more sensible lineup …

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07:41
Criminal complain filed against Tim Cook regarding ‘...

A South Korean consumer group, Citizens United for Consumer Sovereignty, has filed a criminal complaint against Apple CEO Tim Cook regarding “Batterygate,” alleging the company deliberately shortens the lifespan  of its handsets.

Apple has published an apology letter to customers for slowing down older phones to compensate for erratic battery performance. The tech giant is offering $29 replacement batteries for those with an iPhone 6 or later. The discount, which represents a $50 savings, starts in late January and ends in December 2018. Apple will also add more battery health information to iOS to let users know when the battery begins to compromise performance.  

“For the sake of its loyal fans, Apple has to take responsibility over the slowing iPhones,” Park Soon-jang, an official at the advocacy group told...

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07:28
Seventy European tech colleges adopt Apple’s...

Apple has announced 70 colleges and universities in Europe have adopted Everyone Can Code, a comprehensive program designed by Apple to help everyone learn to build mobile apps. These colleges and universities are adopting Apple’s App Development with Swift curriculum.

Everyone Can Code is a program designed by Apple to help everyone learn how to code, creating opportunities for all students and preparing them for the workforce. The program includes a range of free resources, from helping students explore basic coding concepts to building fully functional apps. Touted as safe, fast, and expressive, Swift appeals to developers who are aiming to build on Apple’s multiple platforms, such as iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS. 

The App Development with Swift curriculum was developed by Apple engineers and educators to teach coding to students of all levels. -- Image courtesy of Apple

Education institutions in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the...

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British rock bank Def Leppard -- best known for songs like "Rock of Ages" and "Pour Some Sugar on Me" -- has released its complete back catalog on streaming music services, including Apple Music and Spotify.

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News: Apple unveils redesigned App Store web preview...

Following a major overhaul of the App Store in iOS 11, Apple has quietly revamped the App Store’s web preview pages to bring them more in line with new iOS design aesthetic. The new layout opens up with a clear banner notifying users that they will need to open the App Store on their iOS device to actually download the app, followed by a cleaner title area with a larger icon, title, subtitle, developer link, ranking/rating information, and price.…

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∞ First look at Nintendo Labo

[VIDEO] I am intrigued. This feels like something Google would have come up with. If you’ve got kids, this is a reason to buy a Nintendo Switch.

Check out the video, embedded in the main Loop post.

The Telegraph’s Tom Hoggins got the chance to play with one. Here’s his review, Hands-on with the Switch’s brilliant and barmy cardboard toys.

Can’t wait to get my hands on a set!

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chaiOS Bug Fix Coming Next Week

Apple is already working on a fix for the chaiOS bug that crashes Messages when you receive a specific URL in a chat.


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Amazon’s official map of candidate cities for their...

It’ll be interesting to keep an eye on this page over time, to see if any cities are added or deleted. Fascinating to compare this process (with it’s public auction feel), to Apple’s much more closely held process.

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Apple enters second decade heading Fortune’s list of...

Apple last year hit a decade at the top of Fortune’s list of the world’s most admired companies, and it’s still in the same place in its 11th year.

Rival smartphone maker Samsung dropped out of the list last year over its exploding batteries, and hasn’t made it back in this year …

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South Korean group files criminal complaint against...

A criminal complaint? Really? Yeesh.

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A list of Apple’s original TV shows and series, plus...

Jason Cross, writing for Macworld, pulled together a nice summary of Apple’s TV ambitions. Good to see this all in one place.

Looking forward to this series from Kristen Wiig.

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Apple holds onto decade-plus streak at top of...




For the 11th year in a row, Apple on Friday took the top spot on Fortune's annual "World's Most Admired Companies" list, this time based on the opinions of some 3,900 executives, directors, analysts, and experts.

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Apple overhauls App Store web interface with new iOS...

Chance Miller, 9to5Mac:

Apple today has rolled out a major redesign for the App Store web interface. The new redesign replaces the dated and clunky interface that previously housed the App Store on the web

The new redesign takes cues from the all-new App Store in iOS 11, which offers larger images, a focus on curation and reviews, and more. On the new webpage, you’ll see a larger app heading, preceded by “This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.”

To see this for yourself, here’s a link to today’s iOS app of the day, MUBI. Open the link on your Mac.

As Chance points out, there’s now a big warning towards the top of the page (blue background) telling you you have to go to the iOS App Store if you want to buy the app.

While the refreshed look is nice, it still feels like a broken marketing link, forcing me to switch devices...

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Apple starts search for retail employees to staff...




Apple has put the call out for employees at its store in the Carnegie Library in Washington D.C, with the company's Jobs at Apple board showing listings for a variety of positions at the retail location, in preparation for its opening later this year.

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AppleInsider Podcast interviews Scott Harkins of...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Mike talk about batteries, foreign cash repatriation, and Scott Harkins of Honeywell joins to talk about Lyric and HomeKit home security.

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Jeff Bezos, margins, and the future of retail

Benedict Evans, from a terrific read entitled TV, retail, advertising and cascading collapses:

When Sears and Macy’s go bust, how many malls do they take with them, and how many other retailers that might have been doing fine on their own will go or lose a lot of their footprint because of that? And, where were those retailers advertising? What was their TV budget? How much of this is self-reinforcing – the more you buy online, the more you buy online?

And:

Suppose you go on eBay and buy the last ten years’ of Elle Decoration and drop it into Google Brain, and then wave your phone at your living room and ask what cushions or lamps you would like?

And:

Suppose I put a bunch of HD cameras in the right parts of Berlin and Brooklyn and track what people are wearing, entirely automatically, and then see what of...

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2018 is the year to become an iOS 11 developer with...

Have you ever considered a career in app development? Perhaps you want to add to your skillset, or maybe you're looking for a way out of a dead-end job. Now's the time to get The Definitive iOS 11 Developer Bundle for $49, featuring 129 hours of online tutorials to bring you from the beginner to pro at your own pace.

Purchased on their own, the seven tutorials included in this bundle would cost you over $1,200. For a very limited time, we're selling The Definitive iOS 11 Developer Bundle for $49, a 95% savings to you. Here's what's included:

  • iOS 11 & Swift 4: From Beginner to Paid Professional - Build iOS apps and learn iOS...
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News: Daily Deal: Ivacy VPN, Lifetime Subscription

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can get a lifetime subscription to Ivacy VPN for only $29.99 — that’s 97% off the regular price. This VPN service gives you anonymous browsing and blazing fast speeds, allowing you to unblock and enjoy buffer-less HD streaming of your favorite movies, TV shows, and sports events from around the world, with servers in more than 100 locations across over 50 countries. Get access to fast P2P sharing, access…

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Shareholders likely to see most of AAPL’s...

While taxpayers will welcome the $38B tax contribution Apple will make from the $245B foreign cash it plans to repatriate, AAPL shareholders are expected to be the biggest beneficiaries.

Analysts expect Apple to spend most of the money in three ways, with shareholders reaping the rewards …

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Apple-made Swift curriculum coming to 70 European...




Apple on Friday announced that its "App Development with Swift" curriculum is being adopted by 70 European schools, including ones in the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Luxembourg, Poland, and Portugal.

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