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Thursday May 25

22:47
iKlips miReader 4K: $46.99

We have a deal for you on the iKlips miReader 4K. This storage device has a Lightning connector for your iPhone and iPad, a micro USB, and a micro SD slot for sharing files between Mac and Window devices. Storage on the device is handled by a micro SD card.


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21:51
Second-gen Moto 360 smartwatches will get Android...

A bunch of smartwatches got Android Wear 2.0 when it finally came out in April, but sadly, Moto 360 wasn't one of them. The company promised a late-May availability, and it sounds like it's staying true to its word. Motorola Support's Twitter account...

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21:18
Apple's iPhone credited with saving life in...




An iPhone 6s is being credited with saving the life of a woman who was injured in Monday's terrorist attack in Manchester, England, after the device deflected and slowed down shrapnel from the bomb blast.

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20:52
Apple issues minor updates for Final Cut Pro and...




Apple on Thursday released a pair of updates for Final Cut Pro and iMovie, addressing a handful of problems and improving the overall stability and performance of both video editing apps.

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20:50
BBEdit 11.6.6

Brings a number of refinements and bug fixes to the venerable text editor. ($49.99 new, free update, 14.0 MB)

 

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20:21
Apple updates Final Cut Pro & iMovie for Mac w/...

Apple this evening has released minor updates to iMovie and Final Cut Pro for Mac. The updates bring the former to version 10.1.6 and the latter to version 10.3.4, including primarily bug fixes and performance improvements for both

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20:21
SmartCar connects Facebook's chatbot to your...

We've seen AI-powered chatbots for almost everything, and now a company called Smartcar has developed one specifically for Tesla electric vehicles. Owners can access any number of features via Tesla's mobile app, and by logging in via TeslaBot, they...

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20:20
Apple confirms June 5 WWDC Keynote will be live...
19:21
The educational games of your youth have their own...

The Minnesota Education Computing Corporation might not be the most recognizable game developer today, but if you went to elementary school in the US anytime in the eighties or nineties, then you've almost certainly played -- and probably learned som...

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18:22
Android exploit adds secret, thieving layers to your...

Researchers from UC Santa Barbara and Georgia Tech have discovered a fresh class of Android attacks, called Cloak and Dagger, that can operate secretly on a phone, allowing hackers to log keystrokes, install software and otherwise control a device wi...

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17:49
HoudahGeo 5.1.9

Updates the Dropbox API for publishing Google Earth KML files. ($39 new, free update, 22.7 MB)

 

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17:31
Keybase brings seamless encrypted chats to anyone on...

Keybase is on a mission to make end-to-end encryption as easy as possible, everywhere you go online. After launching frictionless encrypted file sharing last year, the open-source security company rolled out Keybase Chat, a desktop and mobile chat ap...

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17:05
Facebook's Instant Articles Platform To Support...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: One of the problems publishers face today in making their content more readable on mobile devices is that there are multiple, competing formats available for this purpose. Facebook has Instant Articles, Google is spearheading the AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) project, and the Apple News Format optimizes content for iOS devices. Facebook is today taking a crack at a solution to this problem by rolling out support for both AMP and soon Apple News as a part of its open source Instant Articles software development kit. The updated SDK will now include an extension that lets publishers build content that's publishable in all three formats, beginning with support for Google's AMP in addition to Facebook's own Instant Articles. In the weeks ahead it will also include support for publishing to Apple News, though the company didn't provide an exact launch date for when that feature would be added.

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17:03
Alleged 'iPhone 8' case compared to iPhone...




Offering a better perspective of the physical dimensions consumers can expect from Apple's forthcoming "iPhone 8," a report on Thursday compares an aftermarket case supposedly built for the device against current-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models.

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16:52
Amazon opens its first drive-through grocery store

Need to pick up some supplies but can't be bothered to walk across a parking lot for them? Amazon's got you covered. In Seattle on Thursday, the company opened a grocery store that doesn't require you leave your vehicle, promising customers will only...

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16:07
Apple Watch tops Stanford study amid 'Series 3...




A new study from Stanford University found Apple Watch to carry the most accurate heart rate monitor out of seven popular fitness trackers. The results come amidst rumors of a "Series 3" device that could launch later this year.

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15:43
Popular iOS notes app Bear adds sketching (and...

Bear, a fast, lightweight and lovely note-taking app for iOS and the Mac, has been building a following over the past year or so. The app's excellent design, small but essential feature set and steady stream of updates have made it worth its subscrip...

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15:25
Microsoft's Mixer Could Shake Up the Streaming...


Microsoft on Thursday announced Mixer, a rebranded version of its game-streaming service previously known as "Beam." In addition to the name change, the service will include a number of new features designed to attract more gamers. The added features will unlock new possibilities for social streaming, while also helping viewers find specific content across the service, according to Microsoft. New co-streaming functionality will allow four PC streamers to combine their respective broadcasts into a single split-screen stream.

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15:11
Tesla’s Model 3 budget EV can do 0 to 60 in 5.6...

Some of the performance details of Tesla's Model 3, which is set to begin production in July, were leaked today by insiders at the Tesla Model 3 Owners Club. An infographic comparing the new, $35,000 model with the fancier and more powerful Model S r...

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14:45
The Wirecutter's best deals: Save $60 on a...

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

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14:34
iPhone 8 case leak claims to show device compared to...

Over the weekend, we saw a purported iPhone 8 mold compared to molds of the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, offering a look at how the iPhone 8’s bezel-less design will lend itself to a smaller form factor. Now, Japanese blog Macotakara has gotten its hands on a purported iPhone 8 case and compared it side-by-side to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus..

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14:19
Disney CEO Bob Iger now says the company wasn't...

A couple of weeks ago, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Disney CEO Bob Iger had emailed employees about a ransom demand. Rumors indicated that hackers claimed to have a copy of an upcoming movie, possibly Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell N...

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14:18
AWT News Update: May 25, 2017

A rather busy Thursday, with a number of timely Apple news stories for you:

  • London Gatwick Airport installed about 2,000 Bluetooth beacons that will soon be providing precise indoor location information and AR directions around the airport
  • Apple has made several small changes to its website recently, updating Events, adding a full Newsroom for PR, and publishing full profiles on the Leadership page
  • Belkin revealed more of its plans to make WeMo home automation devices compatible with Apple HomeKit
  • Readdle adds drag-and-drop to iOS with their Documents 6 app released today

Many thanks this week to our sponsor, MNML, an easy-to-use and distraction-free Mac app for Medium.com. 

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

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14:15
Tip of the Day: Checking the Weather in the Maps app...

If you’re a frequent Apple Maps user, you might appreciate a new little trick that Apple snuck into iOS 10.3. The iOS 10 Maps app redesign added a small indicator showing the current weather, but now in iOS 10.3 if you have a 3D Touch capable device you can view a weather forecast simply by pressing down firmly on the weather icon. A light press will let you “peek” at the current weather forecast, and if you press a bit harder it…

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13:54
‘Titanfall 2’ gets its first new mech

Titanfall 2 was one of last year's most hotly-anticipated --and well-received -- titles and the team behind it has kept its multiplayer scene alive with several free DLC releases. While the playerbase has dwindled, the next gratis content addition, M...

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13:47
Apple Bringing Editorial Direction to Apple News,...

Politico reported that Apple brought on Lauren Kern, an experienced editor from New York Magazine.


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13:46
Comprehensive Guide to Magic Mouse Mac Gestures

Learn to harness the true power of your Magic Mouse 2.


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13:32
Android co-founder teases smartphone reveal date on...

Android co-founder Andy Rubin teased us with a photo of his new smartphone this past March. The glimpse was small, showing only a corner of the new phone made by Rubin's company, Essential Products, Inc. The company jumped on Twitter today to announc...

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13:17
News: Apple announces Live Stream of WWDC 2017...

Apple has added an events page for its upcoming WWDC 2017 Keynote, confirming that the Jun. 5 event will be live streamed, similar to prior years. As usual, Apple will use its own HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) technology introduced in 2010 to broadcast the event so that users of any relatively recent iOS or macOS device can view it in the Safari web browser. PC users can view the event using Microsoft Edge on Windows 10; older versions of Windows don’t…

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13:02
Baidu’s text-to-speech system mimics a variety of...

Chinese tech giant Baidu's text-to-speech system, Deep Voice, is making a lot of progress toward sounding more human. The latest news about the tech are audio samples showcasing its ability to accurately portray differences in regional accents. The c...

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13:00
Apple's Jonathan Ive Says Immigration Vital For...

The UK must keep its doors open to top talent from around the world if its technology firms are to thrive, Apple's chief designer has told the BBC. An anonymous reader shares the article: Sir Jonathan Ive, who has just been appointed Chancellor of the Royal College of Art, also said that technology hubs like Silicon Valley had a "tremendous cultural diversity". Some technology firms fear they may lose access to talent after Brexit. "That general principle [on access] is terribly important for creating a context for multiple companies to grow and in a healthy way explore and develop new products and new product types," Sir Jonathan told BBC Radio 4's Today programme. Sir Jonathan said the UK had a "fabulous tradition of design education", but that it needed to do more to become a technology hub on a par with Silicon Valley in California, where the likes of Apple, Facebook and Google are based. "I think Silicon Valley has infrastructures to support start-up companies... ranging from...

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12:41
Apple posts new Earth Day 2017 video in connection...




Apple on Thursday took the unusual step of releasing a new video in its animated series for Earth Day 2017 -- over a month after the actual holiday, but alongside an executive's appearance at an environmental connection in Detroit.

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12:40
Robot uses machine-learning to grab objects on the...

Training robots how to grasp various objects without dropping them usually requires a lot of practice. But a new robot, designed by researchers at UC Berkeley and Siemens and described in an upcoming paper, can learn how to grip new objects just by s...

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12:37
Tell the FCC Exactly How You Feel about Ringless...

Telling the FCC what you think is purposefully difficult, but it’s vital you do so.


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12:30
Jony Ive Appointed Chancellor at Royal College of Art

He won’t be leaving Apple though; this position is more of a ceremonial thing.


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12:26
UK's Gatwick Airport installs 2,000 Bluetooth...




Gatwick Airport, the second-busiest airport in the United Kingdom, is making it easier for passengers to navigate its two terminals with the installation of around 2,000 beacons, initially providing iPhone users their location on indoor maps, with the system also allowing for the use of augmented reality wayfinding in the future.

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12:18
Instagram Direct doesn't care about your photo...

Instagram Direct debuted in 2013 as a way to send photos and videos, well, directly to your friends on the photo sharing service. The Facebook-owned company has added more features to the system over the intervening years, like threaded messaging, di...

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12:03
Apple TV Events app updated in preparation for June...




Apple on Thursday issued an update to the official Apple Events app for tvOS, including a new icon based on the WWDC 2017 logo, and a teaser letting users know they will be able to stream the June 5 keynote -- expected to feature the unveiling of iOS 11 --?live from their Apple TV.

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12:03
Apple WWDC 2017 livestream announced

With only 10 days to go until the start of the 2017 Apple World Wide Developers Conference, the company today confirmed that the keynote speech that kicks off the event will be live streamed to the world. The event starts at 10 AM PDT / 1 PM EDT, and there's a link to the event details on the new events page on the Apple website

The show will also be available on the Apple Developer website and through the WWDC app. These events are usually quite exciting, and this one should be no exception. We're expecting to see new MacBooks, possibly a new iPad Pro and a "Siri Speaker", as well as hear announcements of the changes to macOS, iOS, tvOS and watchOS. 

Your AWT staff will be posting updates and announcements throughout the keynote, and then we'll discuss the announcements the evening of June 5th on AWT TV on YouTube Live. ...

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12:02
Apple Watch Most Accurate Heart Rate Fitness Tracker...

The study also says Samsung’s Gear S2 smartwatch is really bad at tracking heart rate.


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12:00
Your mall will basically have to be psychic to...

Repeat after me: Shopping is therapy. Whether you believe it or not, the rush some of us get from buying a new dress or gadget can be cathartic. And in the not-too-distant future, real-world shopping will get so seamless that it could feel like the s...

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11:46
Texas legislature overrules Austin, allows Uber and...

When Austin citizens voted in May 2016 to require fingerprint-based background checks from ride-sharing drivers and ban passenger pickup in traffic lanes, Uber and Lyft promptly pulled out of the city. But both are scheduled to restart operations in...

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11:45
Pokemon: Magikarp Jump comes to Apple's iPhone...




The Pokemon Company has launched a new game for Apple's iPhone and iPad, Magikarp Jump, looking to build in a small way off of the success of Pokemon Go.

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11:42
Newegg is selling a pure sine wave UPS for just $125...

If you’re serious about protecting your PC—and any unsaved work or game you might have open on it—you need an uninterruptible power supply (UPS). A UPS is a surge protector and emergency battery in one, meant to keep devices safe and humming along when the power goes out. Right now, Newegg has a particularly good model on sale: The retailer has dropped the CyberPower GX1325U to just $125. That's $65 cheaper than the going price at other retailers.

This UPS is an 1325 VA / 810 watt unit with pure sine wave output. That last bit isn’t a pop quiz from high school—a pure sine wave is supposed to offer a more reliable transition from your local electrical grid to battery power, especially for sensitive PC power supplies. It’s also the most expensive type of output to produce, which is part of the...

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11:31
HTC Link promises a high-end VR experience with a...

Consumers with an interest in VR currently have two options: The high-end systems, such as the Oculus Rift, have their own displays and are powered by a computer. The more portable systems, like the Samsung Gear VR, are powered by your smartphone and...

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11:26
Apple will live stream WWDC 2017 keynote on June 5...

Apple is now promoting its upcoming special event on June 5 at 10 am PT with a landing page and a calendar entry on apple.com. Apple’s WWDC 2017 opening keynote, which Apple will live stream, will be the first major event the company has held since last fall after foregoing a spring event this year.

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11:26
Apple Transforms PR Site to a ‘Newsroom’ and...

Out is a headline-oriented list of press releases and in is a Flipboard-like “Newsroom” with cover photos and clickable tiles.


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11:12
Class-action suit alleges GM cheated emissions test

Yet another automaker has potentially been caught trying to cheat on its EPA emissions tests. Following VW's "diesel-gate" SNAFU in 2015 and the Justice Department going after Fiat-Chrysler just last week, GM on Thursday found itself the defendant in...

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11:08
Apple releases a new video showing off iPhone...

Apple has released a new environment focused video today in the same style as those shown off last month celebrating Earth Day. The previously shared videos discussed the company’s environmental efforts and the science behind it all. The comical illustrations featured Apple Execs like Vice President Lisa Jackson.

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10:55
Draft bill gives the government power to control...

Drones have been the focus of many security initiatives, like the "sky fence" in the Channel Islands that jams pilot signals to stop drones from bringing contraband into the prison. Remotely piloted aircraft can also be a force for good, like in Afri...

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10:46
Mac: IK Multimedia Syntronik

IK Multimedia has built a well-deserved reputation for creating powerful and authentic digital music tools, and the company’s new Syntronik is sure to be another hit with musicians. The new virtual synthesizer promises to take the virtual instrument game up another big notch with 38 iconic synths and string machines samples with IK Multimedia’s usual attention to detail. The app features a new hybrid sampling and modelling synthesis engine combined with a large set of high-quality modelled effects. Over 2,000 preset sounds are included that cover a huge selection of vintage synths, including some ultra-rare classic synthesizers that few will ever have an opportunity to lay their hands on.

yntronik includes 17 amazing instruments, available as a collection or separately, with over 2,000 preset sounds covering a wide selection from 38 of the most iconic to ultra-rare and painstakingly multi-sampled vintage synthesizers. Syntronik’s synthesis engine goes well...

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10:34
The Big Ringless Voicemail Rant – TMO Daily...

Jeff Butts and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to make it clear exactly how they feel about ringless voicemail. Spoiler: they don’t like it.


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10:26
Media photos offer deeper peek inside Apple's...




Images from Thursday media preview offered a detailed look inside Apple's first store in Singapore, set to open this Saturday.

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10:18
Everyone's favorite useless Pokemon gets its...

It's pretty obvious that Pokémon Go wouldn't have been the worldwide success without, well, Pokemon. Niantic and Nintendo tapped a phenomenally rich vein of wish fulfillment when they sent people scurrying around the real world catching monste...

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10:16
Readdle brings file drag-and-drop in Split View to...

Readdle has updated its suite of productivity software to support file drag-and-drop between its own apps when multitasking with Split Screen on supported iPads. Drag-and-drop is a desktop computer feature that iPad users have been requesting on iOS since multitasking was introduced two years ago.

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10:07
Walt Mossberg’s last column

This is my last weekly column for The Verge and Recode — the last weekly column I plan to write anywhere. I’ve been doing these almost every week since 1991, starting at The Wall Street Journal, and during that time, I’ve been fortunate enough to get to know the makers of the tech revolution, and to ruminate — and sometimes to fulminate — about their creations.

Cheers, Walt!

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:05
Lauren Kern named editor-in-chief of Apple News

Lauren Kern, executive editor at New York Magazine, has been named as the first editor-in-chief of Apple News, reports Politico. She's of New York magazine’s most high-ranking editors and a former deputy editor at The New York Times Magazine

“It’s unclear what exactly the role will entail, and Kern declined to comment. But at the very least, it would seem to suggest that Apple has ambitions for its two-year-old aggregation app, which replaced the Apple Newsstand in 2015 but hasn’t really gained traction in a big way,” says Politico.

Apple News isn’t a firsthand source of news, so Kern's role could be at least partially related to curation of other news sources. In February, Apple executive Eddy Cue said the company wants to "vet and make sure that the news...

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10:00
Lyft challenges Uber Black with its own luxury cars

Lyft passengers who prefer a black Audi or Lexus to the ubiquitous Toyota Camry can rest easy. On Thursday, Lyft launched their Lux service in New York City, San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles and Chicago, bringing premium black cars with drivers r...

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09:48
New GitHub Marketplace Showcases Integrators,...


GitHub earlier this week launched GitHub Marketplace, featuring apps from more than a dozen integrators, at the GitHub Satellite conference. The platform allows developers to review and purchase new tools that do everything from helping to manage projects, to automating code building, testing code quality, or monitoring the impact of code changes. The marketplace allows developers to start using the tools collected there without setting up multiple accounts or multiple payment methods. Launch partners include Waffle.io, CircleCi and others.

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09:47
Facebook adding Apple News support to Instant...

Facebook introduced its Instant Article format for publishers two years ago as a way to make loading content in the News Feed much faster, but the format hasn’t been adopted as widely as the social network had hoped. Now Facebook is rolling out new tools for publishers to make Instant Articles compatible with Apple News and Google AMP formats.

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09:40
And Now, a Brief Definition of the Web

Dieter Bohn, writing for The Verge: Traditionally, we think of the web as a combination of a set of specific technologies paired with some core philosophical principles. The problem -- the reason this question even matters -- is that there are a lot of potential replacements for the parts of the web that fix what's broken with technology, while undermining the principles that ought to go with it. [...] A lot of tech companies are flailing around looking for ways to fix this problem. There are web apps that work in Chrome but not really all that well elsewhere. There are Instant Articles in Facebook and AMP pages on Google. There are Instant Android apps that stream to your phone over the internet instead of being installed, which go away when you're done with them just like a browser tab. Google claims to be trying to bring some of the open ethos of the web to smart speakers. Hell, go back to 2014 and you'll find Apple pundit John Gruber arguing we should consider apps and "...

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09:39
T-Mobile launching its flexible 'Digits'...

T-Mobile has been working on a new type of multi-number, multi-device phone service. Digits, one of the company's UnCarrier moves, is now through beta testing and ready to launch at the end of the month.

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09:32
New Apple Cartoon Looks at the Liam Recycling Robot

Apple launched a new video called “Earth Day 2017 — Does my iPhone believe in reincarnation?” It’s part of the cartoon series the company started on Earth Day earlier in May, but this one takes a look at Liam. That’s Apple’s purpose-built recycling robot that pulls iPhones apart so the components can be reused. I like this series of environmentally-themed cartoons. They’re fun, interesting, and informative. Lisa Jackson, Apple Vice President Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, tweeted the video Thursday.


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09:31
Apple Music announces Sigrid as this month’s Up Next...

Following up on last month’s release, Apple Music has announced that Sigrid is May’s Up Next artist. Up Next is a new documentary artist series from Apple Music that focuses on up and coming musicians.

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 12-inch MacBook up to $500 off...

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09:25
∞ Free tickets for my WWDC party are now available

I’m very happy to announce that free tickets for my WWDC party are now available. With the generous help of our sponsors iMore, PleyMart.com, MacPaw, and Pixelmator, this year’s party is going to be bigger than ever!

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09:19
Microsoft’s Twitch competitor gets a new name and co...

While Twitch has been busy expanding the breadth of what you can watch on its platform, Microsoft has been quietly improving how you watch and broadcast with its Beam service. Just to get it out of the way, Beam will henceforth be known as "Mixer." T...

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09:00
Binge-watching will be as easy as breathing

It's never been a better time to be a media addict. We're in the midst of a television renaissance, where writers are pushing the medium to new heights. It's easier than ever to get access to foreign and independent films. And the rise of streaming s...

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08:59
Pokémon’s Magikarp Jump splashes onto iOS for...

Pokémon fans have long been waiting for an official game to make its way to the App Store. Last week seemingly out of nowhere, the company announced it would be releasing a new game, titled Magikarp Jump. Having been released in select countries earlier this week, it is available now in the US and rest of the world.

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08:50
Apple makes New York Magazine editor Lauren Kern...




Apple has reportedly recruited New York media icon Lauren Kern to serve as the first-ever "editor in chief" for Apple News, possibly hinting at greater ambitions for the app.

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08:48
T-Mobile’s DIGITS program with phone number...

T-Mobile announced today that its DIGITS program will be leaving beta and launching soon. DIGITS offers phone number flexibility across multiple devices as well as the option to use multiple numbers with one device. The new program will be available for all T-Mobile customers starting next Wednesday, May 31.

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08:23
Happy Hour Podcast 121 | 10.5-inch iPad Pro...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss more 10.5-inch iPad Pro expectations, Apple’s settled patent dispute with Nokia and why it matters, a wild iPhone 9 rumor, and our macOS 10.13 wishlist ahead of WWDC 2017. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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07:57
News: Wemo to add support for Apple HomeKit

Belkin has announced that it will at long last be bringing HomeKit to its lineup of Wemo home automation accessories. The added compatibility will come in the form of a new HomeKit-enabled Wemo Bridge that will provide the interface between existing Wemo Smart Plugs and Light Switches — including the company’s recently-launched Wemo Dimmer — to enable them to be used with Apple’s HomeKit system. Although Wemo created some of the…

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07:51
News site claims that Trump’s iPhone is so locked...

News site Axios is claiming that Trump’s iPhone is so locked down the only visible app on it is Twitter. Staff are also said to aim to keep him too busy to spend much time watching cable TV and tweeting…

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07:45
President Trump's iPhone reportedly has one app...




The iPhone used by U.S. President Donald Trump is said to have just one third-party app loaded onto it -- Twitter, which he uses to communicate his agenda directly to the world.

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07:44
Apple News hires prominent New York Magazine editor...

Apple News is gaining its first-ever editor-in-chief, according to a new report from Politico. Lauren Kern will take on the newly created role at Apple after serving in prominent positions at both The New York Times Magazine and New York Magazine.

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07:32
Readdle launches proprietary file drag-and-drop for...




Addressing a feature lacking native support from iOS, developer Readdle has announced a new drag-and-drop feature for its own apps, including PDF Expert, Spark and Scanner Pro, that works in the iPad's split-screen multitasking view.

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07:20
News: Apple creates new Editor-in-Chief position for...

Apple has created a new Editor-in-Chief role for Apple News, appointing veteran editor Lauren Kern to the post, Politico reports (via MacRumors). Describing it as a “move that’s sure to raise eyebrows” in media circles, Politico adds that Kern is one of New York magazine’s “most high-ranking editors” as well as having formerly been a deputy editor at The New York Times Magazine. While there’s no information…

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07:07
Continuation patent shows that Apple is still...

Apple has patents for virtual keyboards on MacBooks dating back as far as 2009, but a continuation patent application published today shows that the company is still exploring the idea.

A virtual keyboard was of course a headline feature of the iPhone when it was launched in 2007, and Apple also introduced the feature to the latest MacBook Pro models in the form of the Touch BarPatently Apple illustrated the patent using a Lenovo Yoga Book, showing what is in effect a giant Touch Bar replacing a physical keyboard.

If the idea fills you with horror, as it does me, we...

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06:57
Belkin Launching HomeKit Compatible WeMo Bridge This...

Belkin’s new commitment means you’ll be able to control WeMo smarthome devices with Siri.


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06:53
Andy Grignon 10 Years Later, Reflecting on Helping...

Skylar Hamilton*, writing for Mouth of the River, recently interviewed Andy Grignon, one of the original iPhone team members:

“It was terrifying to be honest! Remember we had spent years in solitude working on this thing under the strictest of Apple standards. Seeing it ‘out in the wild’ was surreal, to say the least,” says Grignon. Imagine hiding something so big for years and then the entire world not only knows about it, but they all use it. “After that feeling passed, it turned into sheer terror.”

*Yes, for those of you wondering, this is a “proud papa” moment for me, too. Forget that, though, and go read the interview. Some great stuff in there, including a tip about extending your battery life!


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06:50
Jony Ive appointed Chancellor of the Royal College...

Sir Jony succeeds Sir James Dyson OM, Provost of the College (2011–17), as this key honorary role is renamed. The Chancellor is head of the College, presiding over meetings of the Court, a member of its governing body, Council, and conferring degrees at Convocation. Baroness Gail Rebuck remains Chair of Council and becomes Pro-Chancellor of the university. The posts of Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor are non-salaried.

Congrats, Jony.

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06:46
People selling their cars in favor of Uber, Lyft

Nearly a quarter of American adults sold or traded in a vehicle in the last 12 months, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll published on Thursday, with most getting another car. But 9 percent of that group turned to ride services like Lyft Inc and Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] as their main way to get around.

About the same percentages said they planned to dispose of cars and turn to ride services in the upcoming 12 months.

This makes a lot of sense in urban areas and for people that don’t like to drive. I enjoy driving, so I wouldn’t do that, but it seems to be a growing trend.

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06:42
Apple Watch proves most accurate at measuring heart...

If these numbers are important to you (and they are for a lot of people), it’s good to know the Apple Watch comes out ahead.

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06:42
Wemo will support Apple’s HomeKit

Wemo, the smart home brand from Belkin International, plans to enable Apple HomeKit compatibility to more than two million Wemo solutions on the market. HomeKit is a framework that allows control of compatible home automation devices through iOS and Siri.

With the HomeKit enabled Wemo Bridge, Wemo users will be able to ask Siri on their iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch things like "Siri, turn on Wemo," or "Siri, dim the living room lights," or use the Apple Home app on any of these devices.   

Users will also be able to include Wemo products into scenes and rooms to work with more than one hundred other HomeKit compatible products and access them while on the go.

"Wemo is offering this bridge to address the overwhelming request from customers to make currently installed Wemo products work with HomeKit and other HomeKit compatible products," says Brian Van Harlingen, chief technology officer at Belkin International...

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06:37
How iCloud Photo Library matches up to Google Photos

I don’t use either to manage my photos. Any Loopers want to weigh in on their particular pros and cons?

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06:34
How to remove GPS information from photos on macOS...

My life is an open book so I don’t care about the GPS data on my photos but many people do have legitimate concerns. These are easy steps to take.

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06:32
IDC: laptops, detachable tablets will see growth in...

If accurate, this could be good news for Mac laptops and iPads, desktops not so much: notebooks and detachable tablets (which includes the iPad Pro) will drive a return to growth in the personal computing market in 2019, according to IDC.

However, worldwide total shipments of personal computing devices (PCDs), comprised of traditional PCs (a combination of desktop, notebook, and workstations) and tablets (slates and detachables), are forecast to decline from a total of 435 million units in 2016 to 405.2 million units at the end of the forecast period in 2021, according to the Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker from International Data Corporation (IDC). 

This represents a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of -1.4%. IDC reduced its overall PCD forecast from the previous version by up to 3% depending on the year, with the largest reductions coming from...

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06:14
Wemo Bridge will add HomeKit compatibility to Belkin...




After a commitment from Belkin to share plans about future Wemo HomeKit compatibility earlier in May, the company has made good on its promise, and has announced the Wemo Bridge allowing currently installed peripherals to function with Apple's home automation solution.

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06:13
Apple patent filing hints at a a Mac laptop with a...

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20170147087) for “housing as an I/O device" that hints at, among other things, a Mac laptop with a virtual keyboard.

The invention would sense user interactions with the exposed surface of the device and generate electrical signals based on the interactions. Those signals could make a virtual keyboard appear.

They could also cause icons to light up when speakers are activated by a tap so you could control volume (something already implemented in the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar). 

The invention could also offer certain information when device is in sleep mode, graphics within housing may be used to give limited information without waking the device up. For example, the housing may provide an indication of remaining battery life or an indication of a wireless communication signal strength. 

A tablet is also mentioned in the patent filing, so some of these features could make it into future iPads.

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06:08
IK Multimedia debuts new beast Mac synth w/ Moog,...

IK Multimedia, a popular maker of mobile audio recording solutions and software for iOS and Mac, is introducing a massive new plug-in instrument for Mac and Logic Pro today. The new Syntronik is a sample-based virtual synthesizer and features 38 painstakingly multi-sampled virtual versions of some of the most classic synthesizers that have ever existed. more…

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06:07
UK airport installs 2000 iBeacons for augmented...

Gatwick Airport, the second-largest of London’s airports, has installed around 2,000 iBeacons to help passengers find their way around the terminals.

While phase 1 of the project is rather basic – merely showing people where they are on a digital map – the second phase will provide augmented reality navigation, guiding passengers to their gates by overlaying arrows on live images of the terminal. The airport is also considering a more ambitious third phase …

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06:02
macOS: Linking Contact Cards Together

If your contacts list contains duplicated data because you’re using more than one account to sync (like, say, both a Google one and your iCloud one), Melissa Holt has a fix to link them together.


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06:00
Yummy FTP Pro+ Lifetime License: $19.99

We have a deal on Yummy FTP Pro+, an FTP client for the Mac. The deal is for a lifetime license for Yummy FTP Pro, FTP Alias, and FTP Watcher. That license includes lifetime access to all minor updates and major upgrades, and it’s $19.99.


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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Drive Genius 5 Standard License

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering Drive Genius 5 for only $39 — that’s 60% off the regular price. This award-winning app will help you keep your Mac running smoothly, optimizing and cleaning up OS X for optimum performance and keeping you up to date on potential hard drive issues before they become catastrophic. With Drive Genius 5 you can create a bootable secondary drive to easily repair your main hard drive, track down…

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05:59
Apple design head Jony Ive made chancellor of London...




Apple's chief design officer, Jonathan Ive, has been made chancellor of London's reknowned Royal College of Art, a position which will divert some of his attention away from the company.

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05:56
AOL launches updated Alto email app w/ integrated...

AOL, now part of Verizon, is today launching an updated version of its Alto email app that it first launched back in September of last year. Today’s update includes new calendar integration, Amazon Alexa support, and more.

One of the highlight new features arriving in today’s update is full calendar integration in the app’s Dashboard interface:

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05:51
Royal College of Art announces Jony Ive as its new...

The Royal College of Art (RCA) has appointed Apple's Chief Design Officer Jony Ive as its new chancellor. He will take up the role in July 2017.

Sir Jony succeeds Sir James Dyson OM, provost of the College (2011–17), as this key honorary role is renamed. The chancellor is head of the College, presiding over meetings of the court, a member of its governing body, council, and conferring degrees at convocation.

Ive, who holds over 5,000 patents and has led the design team at Apple since 1996, received an honorary doctorate from the RCA, conferred in 2009.  He was awarded a CBE in 2006 and a KBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours list.  Among others, Ive also holds honorary doctorates from both Oxford and Cambridge Universities. In 2012, D&AD named Ive and his team the Best Design Studio of the past 50 years.

Apparently, the role is a part-time one, so Ive should continue his duties at Apple. However, he has handed off some of those duties in recent years. In 2015...

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05:42
The Apple Watch is really good at measuring heart...

A new study by the Journal of Personalized Medicine — as noted by MacRumors — compared the accuracy of seven different fitness trackers. The Apple Watch was found to have the lowest margin of error when measuring heart rate, beating the Basis Peak, Fitbit Surge, Microsoft Band, Mio Alpha 2, PulseOn, and Samsung Gear S2. 

Data gathered by the fitness devices was compared against a "gold standard" tracking method, which included an electrocardiograph (ECG) for measuring heart rate and clinical grade indirect calorimetry (measuring oxygen and carbon dioxide expelled when breathing) for measuring calories burned. An error rate of 5% was determined to be within acceptable limits. 

Across all of the modes of activity, Apple's smartwatch had the lowest median heart rate error at 2% (1.2% to 2.8%), while the Samsung Gear S2 had the highest...

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05:36
Apple transitioning app store prices into local...

Apple is transitioning the pricing at its app stores from the U.S. dollar and euro to the local currencies of nine countries, “a change that in some locales equates to a small savings thanks to favorable exchange rates,” reports AppleInsider.

In Poland, the zloty replaces the euro on Apple's digital storefronts, including the iOS and Mac App Stores, iTunes, and iBooks Store. Local currency is also applied to services and subscriptions like iCloud and Apple Music. Along with Poland, Apple is switching store currency in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania over from euro pricing. 

At the same time, Chile, Colombia, Croatia and Peru are swapping to their local currency from the U.S. dollar. This comes almost six months after Apple transitioned Egypt, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Qatar...

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