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Thursday September 29

04:00
myCharge’s Razor Platinum is a good accessory for...

Consumers have been able to charge their iPhones and iPads away from a wall outlet for years thanks to car adapters and battery banks as small as credit cards. Now we laptop owners can join this club thanks to the $99.99 myCharge Razor Platinum.

It’s great for users of the 12-inch MacBook as it can charge USB-C notebooks such as Apple’s from zero power to 100% in about 100 minutes thanks to its 36W output. The teeny laptop has 10 hours of wireless web browsing and up to 11 hours of iTunes movie playback with its own battery fully charged. With the Razor Platinum in tow, you can double that time when you’re on the road. 

In addition to keeping your MacBook juiced, its USB-a port allows you to charge phones, tablets and other devices at the same time. As for the myCharge device itself, you can recharge it about two hours using the the MacBook 29 watt adaptor.

The Razor Platinum, crafted from...

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03:41
Apple Watch invention enables True Tone display tech...

Smartwatches perhaps more than any other portable device would benefit from power saving and color adjustable displays, but squeezing the requisite ambient light sensor that serves as the basis of such technology into an already stuffed chassis is a difficult proposition. Apple might have solved the problem, however, with a sensor capable of detecting light reflected through flesh.

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03:00
The UK's Largest Sperm Bank Is Now An App

Sperm bank? There's an app for that. The largest sperm bank in the United Kingdom -- the London Sperm Bank -- has released an official app that aims to "modernize the process of hooking prospective parents up with the biological material they need to make it happen," according to MIT Technology Review: The app is essentially just a mobile version of the filtered search function the London Sperm Bank offers on its website. But in doing something as simple as bringing its desktop services to mobile devices, the bank is making a play to further normalize reproductive technologies. The London Sperm Bank boasts that users will receive push notifications as soon as new donors are available, which could help speed things up for hopeful parents looking for a match. The road to conception can take years for people using reproductive technologies, so expediting any part of the process would be a welcome time-saver. But the bank has over 10,000 vials of sperm, so searching, even using filters...

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01:18
Spotify launches in the world's second biggest...

After protracted deal-making with the country's record labels, Spotify has finally launched in Japan. To sweeten the deal to prospective listeners, it's already putting particular focus on the service's lyric display feature -- and the karaoke possib...

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00:22
Volkswagen's I.D. arrives in 2020 with up to...

VW has kicked off the Paris Motor Show with some (much needed) flair, unveiling the fully electric I.D.. The I.D. looks like something straight out of Back To The Future II, and has a suitably futuristic release date too: 2020. Volkswagen claims the...

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Wednesday September 28

22:43
Google hires industry vet Lyor Cohen as YouTube...

In a music world where exclusives and direct ties to artists are increasingly important, Google is hoping to give YouTube a boost with its latest hire: Lyor Cohen. The former Def Jam president has most recently been heading up his 300 Entertainment l...

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21:46
Google, Facebook and other tech titans form '...

Five of the biggest tech companies have launched a collaboration to help the public understand the benefits of artificial intelligence. The New York Times reported in early September that Google, Facebook, Microsoft, IBM and Amazon had been meeting t...

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21:12
Apple CEO Tim Cook to headline Sen. Orrin Hatch...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is slated to sit down with U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch this Friday in a Q&A session that will cap off the senator's Utah Tech Tour, an event created to shine a light on the state's technology community.

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21:05
Komatsu's self-driving dump truck doesn't...

Despite the dream of the self-driving car, most autonomous vehicles still have a steering wheel, giving passengers the option to take control at a moments notice. Komatsu's latest dump truck is a bit different -- it doesn't even have a cab for a huma...

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20:10
Tim Cook to appear at Utah Tech Tour alongside...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is set to appear at the Utah Tech Tour this Friday, September 30th. Senator Orrin Hatch will host a special question and answer session with the Apple executive at the event, which will take place at the Grand America in Salt Lake City.

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19:52
Watch the Rosetta probe fall into its death spiral...

On September 30th, the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta probe will cap off its 12-year career surveying Comet 67P (aka Churyumov-Gerasimenko) by slowly descending to its surface. There the spacecraft will join its lander Philae, given up for los...

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19:30
This iPhone 7 case aims to bring back the 3.5mm...

Apple made the courageous decision to remove the headphone jack with its new iPhone 7, but that won’t stop third-party accessory companies from thinking of every way imaginable to bring the port back. Today, a new Indiegogo campaign went live for the Fuze Case, which promises to bring the 3.5mm headphone jack back to the iPhone.

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19:29
NYC restauranteur Danny Meyer looks to upend...

Famed New York City restauranteur Danny Meyer is outfitting floor managers and sommeliers at upscale eatery Union Square Cafe with Apple Watch hardware, a tech-meets-hospitality integration that could shape the future of restaurant services.

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19:15
Watch Eddy Cue interview Bruce Springsteen at the...

Bruce Springsteen today sat down with Apple executive Eddy Cue for an interview at the SoHo Apple Store in New York City. The interview focused mainly on Springsteen’s new memoir “Born to Run,” which was released earlier this week.

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19:01
20-minute 'Gears 4' prologue playthrough...

Even the most dedicated Gears of War fan might need a refresher course ahead of the franchise's fourth numbered sequel. And that's precisely what the new video from the developers at The Coalition is all about. What's more, it's direct feed footage o...

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18:12
Nano-scale mirror could be a breakthrough for...

Using a mere 2,000 atoms of cesium, Professor Julien Laurat and his team at the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris have created the world's smallest mirror. According to postdoctoral fellow Neil Corzo, who is also lead author on the team's re...

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17:50
Facebook, Amazon, Google, IBM, and Microsoft Come...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: In an act of self-governance, Facebook, Amazon, Alphabet, IBM, and Microsoft came together today to announce the launch the new Partnership on AI. The group is tasked with conducting research and promoting best practices. Practically, this means that the group of tech companies will come together frequently to discuss advancements in artificial intelligence. The group also opens up a formal structure for communication across company lines. It's important to remember that on a day to day basis, these teams are in constant competition with each other to develop the best products and services powered by machine intelligence. Financial support will be coming from the initial tech companies who are members of the group, but in the future membership and involvement is expected to increase. User activists, non-profits, ethicists, and other stakeholders will be joining the discussion in the coming weeks. The organizational structure has...

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17:09
Dutch limo company builds a Tesla Model S hearse

While Tesla updates the AutoPilot software to reduce your risk of meeting an untimely demise behind the wheel of one of its vehicles, Netherlands-based builder RemetzCar is taking a different approach. This Tesla Model S isn't the first one to get th...

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16:46
Skype for iOS gets Siri and CallKit support in...

Skype on Wednesday became the latest app to take advantage of Apple's new iOS 10 APIs, with the popular VoIP product now supporting both Siri commands and CallKit for a completely integrated experience.

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16:45
Oh Samsung (for the second time today)

A Delta flight from Detroit to Amsterdam diverted on Sunday when a Samsung tablet onboard overheated and started smoking.

The flight diverted to Manchester, where authorities investigated the smoke and found a Samsung tablet lodged in between two seats.

All passengers should be checked for these hazardous devices before boarding a plane.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:44
8Bitdo Goes Retro with Apple-themed Game Controller...

iPhone and iPad game controllers aren’t exactly news, unless they’re awesomely retro—like the AP40 from 8Bitdo. Their game controller has a classic NES look with a dash of Apple II thrown in, sports Apple’s iconic rainbow stripes, and the “AP40” name is a hat tip to Apple’s 40th anniversary. It’s a Bluetooth game controller you can use with iOS and Android devices, as well as the Mac, and it comes with a green Apple leaf plug for the USB charger port. As if that isn’t enough, it comes bundled with Apple II-shaped stand to hold the charger, your iPhone, or iPad. The AP40 is a Kickstarter project that’s already nearing its minimum funding level. Funding at the US$49 level gets you the AP40, and at $69 you get the controller and retro stand, too.


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16:43
iMessage and metadata: What you need to know

There’s a story going around about Apple storing metadata associated with the iMessage service and, when obligated by a court order, turning that data over to law enforcement. The details of the story are accurate, as far as I know, but it conflates two very different things in order to create a sensational headline, which is unfortunate for people who want and need to be informed about important issues involving privacy.

Very good explanation from Rene.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:41
You'll start seeing Search Ads in the App Store...

Apple has a new way for iOS developers to promote their apps in the App Store—but it comes with a price.

On Wednesday, Apple revealed that Search Ads will go live in the App Store starting October 5. The information came in an email Apple sent to app developers encouraging them to create an ad campaign to appear in U.S. search results. Developers who sign up will receive a $100 credit towards their first campaign.

Apple just sent the announcement email to developers. @AppStore search ads go live October 5th. pic.twitter.com/Q3IfKdAvxS

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16:26
'Here They Lie' trailer is a frightening...

Here They Lie wowed us back at E3 with its virtual reality spin on existential horror. Now its latest trailer offers up plenty more reasons to get excited (or preemptively terrified) ahead of its October 13th release (right alongside PlayStation VR's...

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15:55
Spotify reportedly engaging SoundCloud in advanced...

Potentially further consolidating the streaming audio business, Spotify is said to be in discussions to purchase user-driven music and podcast hosting service SoundCloud.

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15:51
Skype for iOS update adds support for CallKit, Siri...

Skype today announced a major update for its iOS app that brings with it a host of new features and optimizations for iOS 10 users. The update brings contact information improvements, CallKit support, and Siri integration. With today’s update, the app is now at version 6.25 on iOS.

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15:46
WhatsApp won't comply with India's order...

WhatsApp's decision to share user data with Facebook has provoked the ire of yet another foreign government. Last week, India's Delhi High Court ordered WhatsApp to delete any data collected from users who opted out of the company's new privacy polic...

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15:29
Apple activates Search Ads ahead of Oct. 5 launch,...

As promised, Apple on Wednesday activated backend machinery for Search Ads, a new feature in iOS 10 that allows developers to purchase promotional ads which show up in iOS App Store searches.

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15:23
Google AI Gives More Context to Chinese-to-English...


Research at Google on Tuesday launched Google Neural Machine Translation system, now in production with Chinese to English -- "a notoriously difficult language pair," according to Quoc V. Le and Mike Schuster, research scientists on the Google Brain Team. GNMT already is powering the Google Translate mobile and Web apps for 18 million or so Chinese to English translations daily. Google will roll out GNMT to the rest of the 10,000 language translation pairs its Google Translate service supports in the coming months.

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15:20
App Store Search Ads begin rolling out to developers...

Earlier this year, Apple introduced a handful of changes to the App Store, one of which being the inclusion of ads in search results. The capability was included in iOS 10 when it went into beta, but now Apple has officially launched Search Ads and opened them up for any developer to purchase.

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15:02
AWT News Update: September 26, 2016

Image via BidnessEtc

In today's Apple news -- word of a hacker meeting at Apple headquarters today, a rumor that the Lightning port may be the next iPhone port to disappear, and an interesting piece of information on how Apple logs each of your Messages...although it can't read them. 

  • Apple invites a dozen or so top hackers to Apple HQ to get them up to speed on a new bug bounty program that could pay up to $200,000 for each vulnerability found
  • A patent filing today shows a new "optical port" that could be used on future iPhones, making a port-less iPhone a reality
  • Apple logs the IP address, date and time of every text message you send, and can provide that information to law enforcement officers upon request.

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below.

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15:00
Government agency issues warning over '...

Samsung's standing with consumers became all the more tenuous on Wednesday when the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warned owners of potential "safety issues" related to the company's top-loading washing machines.

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15:00
FDA approves first automated insulin system for type...

For diabetes patients, managing blood sugar levels through insulin pens, needles or pumps is a necessary hassle -- but it might be far easier to handle going forward. The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first automated insulated del...

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14:40
'No Man's Sky' is being investigated...

After No Man's Sky hit shelves in early August, complaints arose around bugs and oversights made by its small studio Hello Games. But as the weeks wore on, a new uproar struck out at the differences between concept videos and the released game, which...

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14:21
Report: Spotify in ‘advanced talks’ to acquire...

According to a new report from the Financial Times, Spotify is in “advanced talks” to acquire SoundCloud, the popular user-focused streaming music service. Details of the acquisition talks are unclear at this point, the report comes the same day as Apple Music was ranked #1 for customer satisfaction by J.D. Power in its first streaming music study.

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14:16
ACM 378: Life Without a Headphone Jack, More Apple...

We’ve had our iPhone 7s for a week and a half, and Bryan and Jeff talk about life without the headphone jack. They also discuss the differences between Apple Watch (Series 0) and the new Apple Watch Series 2. They close out the show talking about Siri on the Mac, using it, and the lack of “Hey Siri” support. Plus, Bryan is punchy from a lack of sleep, so silliness runs rampant.


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14:11
Spotify is in 'advanced talks' to buy...

Those rumors that SoundCloud is shopping itself around? They just got more substantial. Financial Times sources understand that Spotify is in "advanced talks" to buy SoundCloud. Details of the terms are still scarce at the moment, but it won't sur...

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14:08
NuGuard KX Case for iPhone 7 Offers Superb Protection

The NewerTechnology NuGuard KX case for iPhone 7 or 7 Plus features a hard outer shell integrated with a soft, energy absorbing inner shell. Despite that, it’s easy to get on and off and the volume and sleep/wake buttons are relatively easy to press through. It comes in three colors, and a plastic screen protector is included. This is a superb iPhone case.


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14:07
My prediction: new MacBook Pros, new iMacs, and a...

Apple is preparing to update several of its Mac lines in late October, led by a redesigned MacBook Pro, according to MacRumors. I think that’s about right and here’s the prediction of the Sellers Research Firm (that’s me): new MacBook Pros and new iMacs will be announced on Tuesday, Oct. 25. (I hope I’m wrong, and that it’s sooner, but that’s what my crystal ball shows.)

The revved pro laptops will purportedly be thinner, include a touch screen strip for function keys, and will be offered with more powerful and efficient graphics processors for expert users such as video gamers. The most significant addition to the new MacBook Pro is expected to be a secondary display above the keyboard that replaces the standard function key row. Instead of physical keys, a strip-like screen will present functions on an as-needed basis that fit the current task or application. 

In addition to redesigned MacBook Pro models, Apple...

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14:07
Notable apps and app updates for Sept. 28, 2016

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

macOS Apps/Updates

AKVIS has released AKVIS Sketch Video Classic plug-in.2.0 for Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. The new version offers post processing effects, updated presets, multiple bug fixes, and stability improvements.

AKVIS Sketch Video Classic is a plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects for converting videos into animated cartoons, both black-and-white and color. You can use it to apply various pencil drawing styles to compositions and movies. 

On the Mac platform, Sketch Video Classic 2.0 requires macOS 10.7 or higher. A demo is available for download. Registration is $199; one license key allows...

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13:42
Arduino is making an Internet of Things kit with...

Arduino boards can certainly be used to create homebrew connected devices, but that doesn't mean it's easy. What if you're a rookie who has yet to master programming or wiring? That's where Arduino's new, crowdfunded ESLOV kit might save the day....

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13:39
MyMac Spotlight Interview on Bryan Chaffin

The good folks at MyMac were kind enough to put my through one of their Spotlight interviews. They asked me 7 questions and I gave them mostly meandering, far-flung answers that explored life, the universe, and everything. There’s some what-makes-Bryan-tick stuff in it. If you’re into that sort of thing. I don’t advise it. Thanks to Tim Robertson and MyMac for putting me in the Spotlight!


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13:32
Oh Samsung, you just can’t make this shit up

Samsung, maker of the troubled Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, has another problem on its hands.

U.S. regulators on Wednesday warned owners of certain top-loading Samsung washing machines of “safety issues” following reports that some have exploded.

If you own a Samsung product, you should keep it in a bomb shelter.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:29
iOS 10 tips: How to turn on/off individual read...

Starting with iOS 10, read receipts in iMessages can be enabled or disabled on a person-by-person basis, letting users decide which contact knows when their texts have been viewed. Here's how to take advantage of the new feature.

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13:24
Apple & Deloitte Team Up to Accelerate Business...

Apple® and Deloitte today announced a partnership to help companies quickly and easily transform the way they work by maximizing the power, ease-of-use and security the iOS platform brings to the workplace through iPhone® and iPad®. As part of the joint effort, Deloitte is creating a first-of-its-kind Apple practice with over 5,000 strategic advisors who are solely focused on helping businesses change the way they work across their entire enterprise, from customer-facing functions such as retail, field services and recruiting, to R&D, inventory management and back-office systems.

Apple and Deloitte will also collaborate on the development of a new service offering from Deloitte Consulting called EnterpriseNext, designed to help clients fully take advantage of the iOS ecosystem of hardware, software and services in the workplace. The new offering will help customers discover the highest impact possibilities within their industries and quickly develop custom solutions...

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13:21
Pro music perspective on Apple

My main music production Mac is always at least one full OS version behind. I know some engineers in the industry that lock down there Macs for years without updating.

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13:14
Verizon technician admits he sold customer data for...

A former Verizon Wireless network technician in Alabama has admitted to using company computers to steal and sell private customers' location and call data over a period of five years. As Ars Technica reports, Daniel Traeger of Birmingham faces up to...

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13:04
∞ Fine-tuning Apple Music’s “My Favorites Mix”

A couple of weeks ago, Apple Music added a new feature call My Favorites Mix to the For You section of the music service. This uses an algorithm to add songs to a weekly updated playlist, which is based on the music you play and love and other music Apple believes you will like. My list has been great, but you can help yourself and fine-tune it to be even better.

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13:00
Apple planning to launch new MacBook Pro with OLED...

While reports have consistently suggested the new MacBook Pro with Touch ID fingerprint sensor and OLED touch bar will debut this fall, exactly when in the fall has been a lingering question. A new report Wednesday aims to clarify that rather large window, singling out a late October release for the redesigned notebook.

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13:00
macOS Sierra Siri tip: Conversions and calculations

macOS Sierra brings Siri to the desktop, and Mac users are beginning to find a lot of ways to put Siri to work. One of my favorite uses so far is to use Siri to make unit conversions and do calculations.

Unit Conversions

When we write reviews of products here at Apple World Today, we often show the English measurements (inches, feet, pounds) as well as the Metric measurements (mm, cm, m, grams, kg).  Before Siri, I'd use Google in Safari to perform my conversion. Now, I just ask Siri. For example:

What about mass calculations? 

No problem there. How about converting kilometers per hour to feet per second?

Siri knows some odd units, too. Be sure to try converting a speed to "furlongs per fortnight"...

Currency Conversions

Currency conversions are very useful. When traveling, it's often a good idea to order local currency ahead of time from a service like Travelex, and if one wants €500 or wants to...

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12:45
Meerkat team confirms it created the mysterious...

Those rumors of Meerkat's creators quietly developing a group video chat app, Houseparty, were well-founded. The company (actually called Life on Air) has confirmed to The Verge that it built Houseparty under a pseudonym, Alexander Herzick, for abou...

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12:43
Apple partners with leading business service...

Apple continues to move into enterprise information technology, with a new partnership with Deloitte formed to help businesses utilize the iOS ecosystem of hardware, software and services in the workplace.

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12:39
Inside iOS 10: Split-screen view in Safari for iPad...

Apple's newly released iOS 10 improves multitasking on the iPad by offering a new split-screen mode in Safari, allowing users to have two tabs open side-by-side simultaneously.

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12:31
Apple logs your iMessage contacts — and may share...

This might be minor or it might be significant, depending on how the information is being used. Regardless, it’s a peek behind the security curtain that tells us we may not be as secure or “hidden” from prying eyes as we would think or hope.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:27
Apple keeps track of all the phone numbers you...

In the wake of an FBI investigation, Apple mounted a high-profile campaign on behalf of its users’ privacy. But it turns out our privacy is still being compromised.

Apple keeps a log of everyone you try to contact using iMessage, according to a leaked documented. These logs contain personal contact information, including phone numbers, and are stored in Apple’s servers for 30 days before being deleted. Furthermore, Apple has shared these server logs with police after being compelled by a court order, according to the leaked document obtained by The Intercept.

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12:26
Uber's trucking plan will connect drivers with...

When Uber bought up Otto's self-driving truck platform, the initial reaction was to imagine a future fleet of autonomous trucks traveling coast to coast on America's interstates. According to a new report from Reuters, that reality is still years --...

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12:23
Tip of the Day: Taking pictures and saving to photo...

Apple’s done some cool new things with the Messages app in iOS 10, including adding a live preview for taking photos right within a conversation. If you’ve used this feature, however, you may have noticed that the photo you capture doesn’t actually save to the iPhone’s Photo Library — it’s only inserted into the current conversation. While this can be desirable in some cases, if you’re taking a photo that you…

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12:14
Multiple Android Wear smartwatches are not pairing...

Android Wear is a fantastic platform, but one of its best aspects is that it works not just on Android, but also on iOS. While Android Wear’s functionality is more limited when used with iOS devices, it’s still great to have the option. That said, something odd is seemingly going on with a handful of Android Wear smartwatches and the recently-announced iPhone 7.

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12:12
Don’t worry, Apple isn’t intercepting all your...

The Intercept’s Sam Biddle published a story today citing police documents that he reported prove Apple logs every contact you type in iMessage to share with law enforcement without telling anyone. But it’s not exactly news. Apple doesn’t log every contact you type into your Messages app, and there’s already a lot of publicly available information from Apple about it storing contact info that could be shared with law enforcement. From The Intercept:

“Every time you type a number into your iPhone for a text conversation, the Messages app contacts Apple servers to determine whether to route a given message over the ubiquitous SMS system… over Apple’s proprietary and more secure messaging network…The document implies that Messages transmits these numbers to Apple when you open a new chat window and...

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12:12
Aetna will give Apple Watches to employees, and...

Health insurer Aetna announced Wednesday it will provide Apple Watches at no cost to its nearly 50,000 employees, who will participate in the company’s wellness reimbursement program.

The initiative is aimed at encouraging employees “to live more productive, healthy lives” by being able to monitor vital signs and track their exercise progress.

The Hartford-based insurer also said it will make the Apple Watch available this fall to some large employers and individual customers during an open enrollment period and will subsidize a “significant” portion of the cost. In addition, it is offering employees of its customers a monthly payroll deduction plan to pay for the remaining cost of the device.

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12:09
News: Apple announces iOS business development...

Apple has announced a new partnership with Deloitte aimed at promoting business solutions on the iOS platform. As part of the new initiative, Deloitte will be creating a first-of-its-kind Apple consulting practice that will include over 5,000 strategic advisors focused on helping enterprise organizations develop and implement solutions in over 20 different industries, including retail, field services, recruiting, R&D, inventory management and…

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12:01
US regulators warn customers about exploding Samsung...

Just days after Samsung began replacing defective Galaxy Note 7s due to a risk of exploding batteries, the company faces another major product issue. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a warning today after multiple reports of to...

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11:45
How a 3D-printed boat race united a Red Hook...

Last Sunday, nearly 500 people gathered at Valentino Pier in Red Hook, Brooklyn, to cheer on close to 20 radio-controlled boats as they sped toward a target 150 feet away. The boat races were part of the second annual Red Hook Regatta, which was born...

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11:42
iOS 10 and Swift 3 Starter Bundle: $45

We have a tutorial bundle for developers today, called the iOS 10 and Swift 3 Starter Bundle. It includes five video tutorials designed to teach you Apple’s Swift 3 programming language and iOS 10 development. That’s more than 82 hours of video content and hundreds of lectures, and you can get it through our deal for $45.


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11:40
iOS 10’s adoption rate overtakes iOS 9

Just over two weeks after iOS 10 was released to the public, its adoption rate has reached 48.16%, overtaking iOS 9, according to data obtained from Mixpanel's iOS 10 adoption tracker, as noted by MacRumors.

iOS 9 is installed on 47.79% of iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. Approximately 4.06% of devices still have iOS 8 or earlier installed, according to Mixpanel.

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11:30
Apple and Deloitte are teaming up to accelerate...

Apple and Deloitte have announced a partnership “to help companies quickly and easily transform the way they work by maximizing the power, ease-of-use and security the iOS platform brings to the workplace through iPhone and iPad. 

As part of the joint effort, Deloitte is creating an Apple practice with over 5,000 strategic advisors who are solely focused on helping businesses change the way they work across their entire enterprise, from customer-facing functions such as retail, field services and recruiting, to R&D, inventory management and back-office systems. 

Apple and Deloitte will also collaborate on the development of a new service offering from Deloitte Consulting called EnterpriseNext, designed to help clients fully take advantage of the iOS ecosystem of hardware, software and services in the workplace. The new offering will help customers discover the highest impact possibilities within their...

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11:27
Periscope's VIP program rewards popular...

If you're popular on Periscope, the livestreaming app will soon reward you as part of its new VIP program. The three-tier initiative is designed to incentivize creators who have invested time in using Twitter's live video option with tools that will...

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11:17
Black Panther OS Is No Cool Cat


The Black Panther OS is a bare-bones Linux distribution built around the KDE desktop. The KDE environment itself is not a minimal component, but how it is integrated within Black Panther gives you an almost-nothing-there installation until you painstakingly install system tools and applications, literally piece by piece. Black Panther OS, originally forked from Mandriva Linux, is now under independent development in Hungary. Last month's version 16.1 release, dubbed "Silent Killer," marks the project's first use of the KDE Plasma 5 desktop.

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11:12
Apple announces new iOS enterprise partnership with...

Apple has announced a new enterprise partnership with professional services firm Deloitte focused on integrating iPhones and iPads in the workplace. The latest enterprise partnership follows similar arrangements with IBM and SAP. The arrangement with Apple will help Deloitte with “creating a first-of-its-kind Apple practice with over 5,000 strategic advisors” according to the press release.

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11:07
Apple Music tops customer satisfaction in new JD...

In terms of customer satisfaction, at least, Apple Music is the top-rated streaming music service, J.D. Power said in its first Streaming Music Satisfaction Study, published on Wednesday.

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11:05
Google Express delivery expands along the East Coast

East coast residents now have a new way to shop online. Google announced on Wednesday that it is expanding its Google Express online delivery service to a dozen states throughout the Northeast. Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania,...

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11:03
Apple published a new Press Release
10:54
News: Apple logs iMessage contact info, could be...

A new report from The Intercept reveals a caveat to Apple’s privacy policies surrounding text and iMessage communications. According to the report, while Apple’s end-to-end iMessage encryption precludes the company from being able to disclose the content of messages between iOS device users, the company does maintain a server-based log of phone numbers that users have attempted to communicate with via the Messages app. Numbers are added…

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10:47
TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-28: Blackberry...

Blackberry is giving up on making smartphones. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to discuss Blackberry’s long downward spiral, plus they look back on Apple’s first Think Different ad from 19 years ago.


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10:46
Alphabet's health watch has changed a lot since...

You know that health-tracking watch Alphabet's X research division showed off more than a year ago, the one you're looking at above? Yeah, you'll want to forget about that design. MIT Technology Review managed to get a peek at a prototype of what s...

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10:41
Apple's China offline sales of the iPhone in...

A report by Sino Market Research says Apple's China offline sales of the iPhone in August dropped 10.8% from a year ago. Market share dropped by 1.1 percentage points to 7.2%, with Apple remaining in the fourth position when it comes to smartphone sales.

What’s more, the furor around iPhone 7’s launch lasted only one day. Sina Technology expected the iPhone 7 to lead a small rebound of iPhone sales, but it was unable to reverse the sliding trend, according to the research group.

Overall, the China offline market jumped 3.3% to nearly 40 million units. Chinese brands accounted for 86.7%, with the top four Chinese brands tallying a total of 48.2%.

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10:40
J.D. Power ranks Apple Music #1 for customer sat in...

Apple may have come out on top but its position isn’t as rock solid as it is with their other products and services. They still have a lot of work to do.

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10:32
Adapters, unplugged

More than you ever wanted to know about power adapters.

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10:29
Check out this fun visual history of Mac OS X/macOS

GitTower, which makes the Tower Git client, is celebrating the launch of macOS Sierra with an update of its info site, An Illustrated History of macOS.  

It offers a fun visual journey through Apple's operating system for the Mac. The site starts with Mac OS X Kodiak, which debuted in September 2000, down through the recently-released macOS Sierra. Check out “An Illustrated History of macOS.” I think you’ll enjoy it.

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10:23
Apple logs your iMessage contacts and could share...

Apple's iMessage had a few security holes in March and April that potentially leaked photos and contacts, respectively. Though quickly patched, they are a reminder that the company faces a never-ending arms race to shore up its security to keep malic...

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10:15
Apple to move London headquarters to Battersea Power...

From the looks of the location, Apple will have a lot of work to do in renovations but it looks like a great building to work with and in.

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10:06
Beats Solo3 test finds Apple W1 audio chip boosts...

The Beats Solo3 headphones are virtually identical in appearance to the Beats Solo2, but the W1 chip in the newer model boosts battery life and simplifies the pairing process with an iPhone 7.

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10:00
We were stealing music way before the internet and...

When I was 13, my babysitter showed up with a box of 12 new cassettes. I was amazed that she had been able to afford all this music. I grew up poor and even one new purchase was news; a dozen purchases was cause for celebration. Had she robbed a bank...

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09:54
Dr. Mac’s First Impression: iPhone 7 Plus

Dr. Mac got a new iPhone 7 Plus and shares his first impressions in this week’s thrilling episode (#194 for those keeping track) of Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves.


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09:51
How-To: Gradually wake the Apple Watch Series 1 or...

If you’re an Apple Watch Series 1 or Series 2 owner, you’ll find a new feature in watchOS 3 that allows you to gradually wake the screen using the Digital Crown. This is a handy feature for those moments when you wish to view the display in a subtle manner without fully turning on the screen. Watch our video overview inside to see it in action. more…

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09:51
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09:48
BlackBerry will stop development of phones

“The company plans to end all internal hardware development and will outsource that function to partners,” CEO John Chen said in a statement. “This allows us to reduce capital requirements and enhance return on invested capital.”

It’s been a rough decade for BlackBerry.

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09:43
Public skeptical of self-driving cars

That’s according to the results of a new study published today that aimed to assess public opinion on the subject. The survey commissioned by Kelley Blue Book showed that out of 2,264 U.S. residents polled, 64 percent said they need to be in control of their own vehicle and 62 percent said they enjoy driving.

Count me in the group that loves to drive. I’ve always loved to get out on the highway, play some music and feel the freedom. Not everyone is like me. In fact, the roads would be a lot safer if some drivers were never allowed to touch the wheel of a car. It’s going to take a while before the public comes around to fully autonomous vehicles.

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09:34
External Link: Apple Logs iMessage Contact Phone...

Apple touts the end-to-end encryption and overall privacy of its iMessage service, but Sam Biddle of The Intercept reveals a loophole: when you enter a phone number to start a conversation in Messages, the app contacts Apple’s servers to find out whether to send the message via iMessage or SMS. The problem is that Apple’s servers currently log the contact number, the date and time, and your IP address (which could disclose your general location). Apple has verified that it keeps these logs for 30 days and will give them to law enforcement if compelled by a court order. We hope these revelations will encourage Apple to reassess the privacy implications of this system.

 

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09:32
News: Apple reportedly calls in hackers for meeting...

Apple is reportedly briefing a select group of hackers on its plans to launch a bug bounty program for those discovering iOS and Mac vulnerabilities, Forbes reports. One source said the group attending the meeting “is not too big at all,” limited to an invite-only list focused more on quality than quantity of hacking talent. Apple is said to be rewarding hackers with up to $200,000 for providing the company with information about security…

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Dell 29” Monitor $291, iPhone...

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08:50
Apple summons security experts for bug bounty...

Apple has allegedly invited a a bevy of third party security experts and device hackers to its headquarters to break down the details of the previously announced bug bounty program for macOS and iOS.

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08:43
Skype Adds Lock Screen and Siri Integration on iOS 10

With version 6.25, Skype for iOS brings two iOS 10 features forward: lock screen and Siri integration. Now when you get a Skype call, your iPhone rings just like it would for a normal phone call — and you can answer the same way you normally would. Additionally, you can say things like, “Hey Siri, call Jeff Gamet on Skype,” and then Jeff’s iPhone will ring the same way … assuming Jeff is in your Skype contacts list! Speaking of contacts, this version of Skype also adds integration there, bringing your Skype contacts into your iOS Contacts list. Download for free from the App Store.


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08:30
J.D. Power ranks Apple Music #1 for customer sat in...

J.D. Power is releasing its first study of customer satisfaction among streaming music services today and in it ranks Apple Music above the competition. 

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08:29
Review: Leaf, a creative & fresh take on the...

Eight years since the App Store’s initial release, we’ve seen quite the influx of Twitter apps on the market. Over time, the situation settled down and the best competitors stood on top. I’ve come to find my one or two main Twitter clients, but that still hasn’t stopped me from looking for any new contenders. While there are the few Twitter apps that everyone knows, it’s refreshing to see a new take on the familiar experience.

Enter Leaf, a new Twitter client available in the App Store today that takes a few creative approaches to the experiences we have come to know and love.

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08:25
Apple Logs Your iMessage Contacts - And May Share...

The Intercept is reporting that despite what Apple claims, it does keep a log of people you are receiving messages from and shares this and other potentially sensitive metadata with law enforcement when compelled by court order. Apple insists that iMessage conversations are safe and out of reach from anyone other than you and your friends. From the report:This log also includes the date and time when you entered a number, along with your IP address -- which could, contrary to a 2013 Apple claim that "we do not store data related to customers' location," identify a customer's location. Apple is compelled to turn over such information via court orders for systems known as "pen registers" or "tap and trace devices," orders that are not particularly onerous to obtain, requiring only that government lawyers represent they are "likely" to obtain information whose "use is relevant to an ongoing criminal investigation." Apple confirmed to The Intercept that it only retains these logs for a...

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08:19
iOS 10: Managing Siri’s Third Party App Voice Control

iOS 10 opens Siri to third party apps so you can say things like, “Hey Siri, get me an Uber.” If you don’t want Siri calling rides for you—or Siri says it can’t—it’s time for a trip to your iPhone’s Settings to manage which apps Siri can control. Read on to learn how.


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08:17
Second man pleads gulity in 'Celebgate'...

Edward Majerczyk of Illinois has become the second person to plead guilty in 2014's "Celebgate" scandal, which saw the leak of nude photos and other private data from hundreds of people, including many female celebrities.

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08:03
Review: Osmo for iPad is a fun game system for kids...

Osmo is a game system for iPad that uses the tablet’s camera to interact with real-world objects like puzzle pieces or drawings (buy the starter kit for $69). There are several Osmo apps, spanning drawing, literacy, physics puzzles and more. Each one offers a mini ‘augmented reality’ experience where the iPad apps bring the real-world accessories to life.

The basic Osmo system contains a dock/stand for the iPad to sit on and a reflective mirror that attaches to the FaceTime camera. This adjusts the optics so that the camera is essentially recording the table area in front of the iPad, so that the Osmo apps can ‘see’ the objects placed there. Read on for a walkthrough of how well this all works …

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Daily Deal: Don't miss out on this Pay What You...

If there's one Apple World Today Deals Shop bundle that you should not miss, it's the Pay What You Want Mac Bundle! We do this a couple of times a year, each with a slightly different mix of apps that are designed to give you a spectrum of capabilities.  

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