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Wednesday June 28

14:30
Mac Malware, Cell Service Providers, Upgrading to...

With Bryan out on vacation Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus joins Jeff Gamet to talk about why Bob doesn’t routinely run a malware checker on his Mac, plus the rant a little about cell service providers, and talk about their macOS High Sierra upgrade experiences.


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14:29
New iPhone 8 dummy hands-on video offers clearest...

While various videos and images have emerged in the past showing the alleged iPhone 8 design, a new video today may offer the clearest look yet at Apple’s flagship device. Coming via Tiger Mobiles and Onleaks, this video goes hands-on with an iPhone 8 dummy unit in extraordinary detail and in HD quality…

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14:29
Apple Daily Report for June 28, 2017

The AWT News Update is on hiatus today while my compadre, Steve, deals with some family issues. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

Honda has announced support for Apple’s CarPlay for the the Fit hatchback line via 2018 models. They roll out next month. Both CarPlay and Android Auto will be available on Sport, EX, and EX-L trims of the car.

Apple has released the fifth developer betas of iOS 10.3.3 and macOS 10.12.6. Developers can download the beta through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the App Store.

Qualcomm is taking fingerprint scanners below the surface. You can expect to start seeing fingerprint sensors underneath phone displays next year,...

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14:05
Apple Rolls Out iOS 10.3.3, macOS 10.12.6 Beta 5

Apple released iOS 10.3.3 beta 5 for the iPhone and iPad, and macOS Sierra 10.12.6 beta 5 Wednesday afternoon.


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13:37
Get Started With a Prebuilt Hackintosh Computer

Check out these options if you want to make a hackintosh from a pre-built PC instead of starting from scratch.


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13:33
Thunderbolt 3 five-bay Drobo 5D3 RAID storage array...




Drobo has extended its line of storage peripherals with the five-bay Drobo 5D3, a Thunderbolt 3-equipped storage array capable of connecting a pair of 4K displays downstream of the enclosure.

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13:24
How to Install iOS 11 Public Beta on Your iPhone or...

iOS 11 public beta is available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch so anyone with a compatible device can install it and help track down bugs and broken features. Before you install it, however, you should have a good backup in case something goes wrong. Abhi Sirothia walks you through the process and shows you what it takes to get the public beta installed and running.


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13:00
Is Mac Malware a Threat Yet?

Dr. Mac says: “Whenever malware is in the news, people ask me what I use to protect my Mac from malware. I still say “nothing,” as I have since time immemorial.” Find out why in this week’s Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves (Episode #233)!

 


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13:00
Review: Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro (Second Generation...

{image1} Apple’s 12.9” iPad Pro, debuted in late 2015, represented the company’s first attempt to take the tablet in a new direction, with a larger model targeted toward creative professionals or those looking at the iPad as more of a laptop replacement. The “Pro” designation was not only clearly earned by the larger form factor, but also supported by a number of other significant improvements, such as support for Apple’s…

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12:51
Get a Second Screen for Your iPhone with InkCase

The Oaxis InkCase i7 Plus is a lot of things. It’s a case for your iPhone 7 Plus, but it’s also an eBook reader. It offers shock absorption, while allowing you check your calendar and reminders without unlocking your iPhone. This is a second screen for your iPhone, as well as a protective case to keep you from breaking it. The InkCase even integrates with Pocket, so you can save your articles to read later and not have to open up your smartphone to peruse those headlines. The real beauty, though, is the eInk display — no more worries about glare from harsh sunlight when you’re trying to read. Oaxis already has the InkCase line available for the iPhone 7, but the new, larger product for the 7 Plus is gaining traction on Kickstarter. With 30 days left in the campaign...

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12:35
Apple releases ‘A Portrait of Canada’ shot on iPhone...

To celebrate Canada Day and the country’s 150th anniversary taking place July 1st this weekend, Apple today released a new shot on iPhone campaign that includes photos and a short film titled “A Portrait of Canada”.

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11:45
Mac blog publishing app MarsEdit 4 now available in...

There’s a new version of the MarsEdit blog publishing software out, and Mac users running the current version can try out the public beta for free ahead of its release. MarsEdit 4 is the first major release in more than seven years and brings editor and WordPress-specific enhancements, auto-save and version history, a Safari app extension, and much more.

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11:29
∞ An evening with Warren Demartini

Warren is such a talented guitar player.

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11:24
Pro Tools 12.8 released

This is a huge release. There are a ton of new features and bug fixes.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:23
Watch: Apple Music gets more social in iOS 11




Starting this fall with iOS 11, Apple Music users will be able to share their listening habits and playlists with friends. AppleInsider shows you how it will work.

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11:13
MarsEdit 4 Public Beta

Because the update contains many new features that patient users have been waiting to get their hands on, I want to give folks the option of trying it out early. I think the beta release is very stable, but you’ll have to forgive a few rough edges while I finish things up.

I’ve said this before: Almost every post on The Loop for the past seven years has gone through MarsEdit. I’m happy to see a new version on the way and will gladly pay whatever upgrade fee is needed for a piece of software I use so much.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:12
‘Your’ vs. ‘My’

Tom Warren’s review for The Verge of the new iPad Pro and iOS 11 beta is headlined “iOS 11 on an iPad Pro Still Won’t Replace Your Laptop”. Exactly in line with my piece yesterday, that “your” should be a “my”.

Warren has some on-point criticism about the finickiness of iOS 11’s drag-from-the-dock behavior for setting up multiple on-screen apps on the iPad — his review is worth reading for that segment alone. But then he adds:

Sure, you can ignore these gestures if you want, just like
thousands of Windows and Mac users ignore keyboard shortcuts they
don’t know about. The problem Apple faces here is that it’s trying
to convince everyone that a touch interface is just as productive
as using a keyboard and mouse.

Again, Apple is not trying to convince everyone to replace a...

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10:40
Apple issues fifth developer betas of iOS 10.3.3...




Apple on Wednesday released fifth developer betas of iOS 10.3.3 and macOS 10.12.6, available as over-the-air updates or through the company's official developer portal.

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10:38
Apple’s Czar of Cool, Hidden Mac Features – TMO...

Jeff Butts and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple’s new Czar of Cool job to help Siri learn about interesting events, plus Mr. B has some cool hidden Mac features to share.


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10:31
Microsoft Excel Specialist Certification Bundle: $19

If you want to get on top of your Excel skills then check out today’s deal on the Microsoft Excel Specialist Certification Bundle. You get access to 38 lectures covering the functions and features in Excel 2016, plus you’ll learn about using worksheets and creating professional charts and graphs. The Microsoft Excel Specialist Certification Bundle is regularly priced at US$1.990, but with today’s TMO deal you get it for $19—that’s 99% off!


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10:30
∞ 10 years ago today, I was waiting in the iPhone...

Rewatching the video reminds me of the insane excitement of the launch. I doubt we’ll ever see another product that generates this level of enthusiasm in such a wide range of people.

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10:29
Ready for a brand new 9to5?

After months of heads-down work, today the design and dev team is proud to release an updated website across our network of sites. Taking your comments, feedback, and ideas into consideration, we were able to revamp and shape our site into what you see today…

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10:15
myChevrolet iPhone app adds Apple Watch support, ‘...

The myChevrolet app for iPhone gets a big update today that brings a handful of new features to drivers with supported vehicles, including a new ‘Energy Awareness’ feature for Bolt EV owners and support for Apple Watch.

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10:10
New Token Ring uses fingerprint reader, Bluetooth to...




A new ring called Token embeds Bluetooth and a fingerprint reader, and promises to enhance biometric authentication with compatibility across a large array of existing technologies.

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10:07
Google Photos starts rolling out Suggested Sharing,...

Google Photos is beginning to rollout Suggested Sharing and Shared Libraries following their announcement at I/O 2017 last month. The first feature recommends images to share, while the latter allows entire libraries to be continuously shared with another person.

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10:00
Apple releases fifth iOS 10.3.3 beta for iPhone and...

Apple has released the fifth iOS 10.3.3 beta for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The beta version only includes new wallpapers for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and no other visible changes, although the release may be the last bug fix update for devices not able to run iOS 11.

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10:00
Marty's Messages Tips

The other night on AWT TV, Marty Edwards and I were discussing Apple's iMessages service and the Messages app. Now, Marty and his wife use Messages frequently, and Marty's had the opportunity to find some little hints and tricks that make texting both fun and useful. In this 22 minute excerpt from the AWT TV episode, Marty takes you through a number of things that he's found in the app, including using stickers and apps, and whether you're new to Messages or an old hand, you're sure to learn something new.

Be sure to subscribe to the Apple World Today YouTube channel, and give the video a "like" as well. 

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09:53
Honda adds Apple CarPlay to some 2018 Fit...




Honda on Wednesday filled in an important gap in its support for Apple CarPlay, finally announcing compatibility for the Fit hatchback line via 2018 models, which launch in July.

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09:52
Analyst: iPhone 8 will be bundled with USB-C power...

In a note to clients — as noted by MacRumors — Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis says the upcoming "iPhone 8" (shown in a fanciful mock-up) will be bundled with a 10W power adapter with a USB-C connector and an integrated USB-C Power Delivery chip. 

He said the USB-C Power Delivery chips built into both the Apple smartphone and 10W power adapter will be supplied by Cypress Semiconductor. The analyst thinks it'll be the same CYPD2104 chip used in the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro. 

Apple will probably include a Lightning to USB-C cable in the box if this happens instead of the traditional Lightning to USB cable, notes MacRumors. Apple could also opt to include a female USB-C to male USB-A adapter in the box.

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: LG 29″ USB-C Monitor $229,...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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09:10
Snapchat update adds custom geofilter creation from...

Snapchat first started letting users create custom geofilters at the beginning of last year, and now a new app update is making that process much easier. Starting today, anyone can create a custom geofilter right from the Snapchat app without using the dedicated website previously required.

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09:03
Review: Hover Camera Passport drone is light and...




Despite online documentation support and instructions charitably described as a nightmare, early impressions of the Hover Camera are decent -- but only time, and usage will ultimately tell the tale.

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08:47
Facebook grows to 2 billion users

Facebook Inc said on Tuesday that 2 billion people are regularly using its flagship service, marching past another milestone in its growth from a college curiosity in the United States to the world’s largest social media network.

And

Facebook defines a monthly active user as a registered Facebook user who logged in and visited Facebook through its website or a mobile device, or used its Messenger app, in the past 30 days.

That is just an incredible amount of people using the service. Even though I haven’t posted on Facebook in a year or so, I still do login, so I guess I’m one of those active users.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:39
VR Apple Maps in iOS 11

Apple’s going big on augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) with iOS 11, and it appears those plans include the Apple Maps app. It was discovered this week that Maps locations which currently support “Flyover Tours” will now have a VR mode called just “Flyover” (minus the Tours). When accessed, the user sees the traditional Flyover view, but instead of the predefined tour video, the view responds to the user’s movement and the position of the iPhone. While currently providing a VR view, it appears that future plans call for AR too, as you’ll get a warning while using the app if there isn’t enough light for the camera. Check it out if you’re running the iOS 11 Beta.

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08:30
∞ Ryan Williams scooter and BMX tricks

This guy is doing stunts on a scooter I didn’t even know were possible. Stick around for the final stunt he pulls. Incredible.

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08:17
Honda adds CarPlay to its 2018 Fit Sport

It’s getting easier to find new cars that offer Apple’s CarPlay feature, but it’s still not standard on every new model yet. Honda is expanding which models it offers CarPlay on, however, by bringing CarPlay to its new 2018 Fit for the first time.

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08:15
Amazon’s new Echo Show is very cool and a little...
08:10
Survey: Nearly 25 Percent of Windows Users Plan to...

With nearly a quarter of Windows users intending to switch in the next 6 to 24 months, less than 2 percent of Mac users plan to jump to Windows during the same period.


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07:43
Safari: Using Modifier Keys with Your History

Today’s Quick Tip is on using a few keys on your keyboard to modify the way that the back button (or your history!) works in Safari on the Mac.


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07:38
Hands-on: CalDigit’s TS3 is a compact dock with full...

CalDigit’s TS3 is a Thunderbolt 3-enabled dock in a very compact form factor. The dock omits the flat landscape design that has been the hallmark of most Thunderbolt 3 docks thus far, and instead comes with a compact design that can be placed on a desk vertically or horizontally.

Most notably, the CalDigit TS3 affords full-speed 15-inch MacBook Pro charging thanks to its 85W of power delivery. This is a feature that many of the previous Thunderbolt 3 docks, including CalDigit’s own TS3 Lite, weren’t capable of.

Yet, as someone who just recently traded a 2016 MacBook Pro for a Thunderbolt 3-enabled 2017 iMac, I was also anxious to see how the dock would integrate with my desktop setup. Have a look at our hands-on video walkthrough inside for the details....

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07:31
News: ‘Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow’ game lands on...

‘Futurama’ fans who have been waiting for new stories set in that universe since the show went off the air will get their wish on June 29, when Jam City and FoxNext Games release ‘Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow’ for iOS. The free-to-play game combines “simulation, combat, galactic exploration, and choose-your-own-adventure gameplay” to tell a new set of stories featuring the Planet Express crew, and the stories were…

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07:27
Take advantage of flash sale pricing on Aurora HDR...

In addition to our usual daily and weekly deals, we like to give our readers a heads-up whenever there's a big sale going on with one of our affiliate partners. Right now, there's a 72-hour sale going on for Macphun's great Aurora HDR 2017 app. Aurora HDR 2017 is widely accepted as the best HDR photo editor for pro photographers and talented amateurs as well.

The deal lasts until June 30 and not only do you get $20 off the usual $99 price tag for new users, but Macphun is throwing in a set of 26 presets from HDR guru Trey Ratcliff.  Buy Aurora HDR Basic/App Store and the price is $59 instead of the usual $69, and if you're a user of Aurora HDR 2016 you can upgrade for just $39 (down from $49). 

All you need to do to get the deal is click on the banner ad above. Note that Apple World Today is an affiliate partner of Macphun, and that we receive...

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07:00
Pornhub will sync videos with your interactive sex...

If you own either the Fleshlight Launch or Kiiroo's Onyx, then you'll know that both are capable of syncing with a certain group of adult movies. These specially-made interactive videos contain a data layer that lets the hardware jerk and thrust alon...

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06:55
Toshiba sues Western Digital for $1.07B to keep sale...




Toshiba on Wednesday filed a $1.07 billion lawsuit against Western Digital in Tokyo District Court, trying to halt any intervention in the sale of Toshiba's memory chip business to a consortium including Bain Capital and Japanese government investors.

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06:50
A touch of Cocoa: Inside the original iPhone SDK

Enlarge / Web apps, declared Steve Jobs. All the original iPhone needs is Web apps! (credit: Jacqui Cheng)

When 2016 was over, Apple announced that its app store business generated well over $28 billion in sales that year. While that includes sales of software for its desktop operating system, it does not include the vast quantity of applications that are given away for free (many of which enable some sort of transaction when run). By any measure, the app store is big business, and an app-store-like ecosystem has now been part of any mobile OS for years.

One of the striking things about this is that, if you believe Steve Jobs, none of this was ever supposed to be. When...

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06:49
News: Apple urging developers to prepare for iOS 11...

After the release of the first public beta for iOS 11, Apple has sent communications to developers urging them to take advantage of changes to the App Store. With beta users already able to access the upgraded store ahead of the official fall release, Apple’s message is pushing developers to fill out new sections on their product pages, including “subtitles, promotional text, additional app previews that you can localize, and up to 20…

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06:36
Qualcomm demos under-display ultrasonic fingerprint...




Qualcomm and smartphone vendor Oppo have demonstrated a prototype of a fingerprint sensor that works under common materials used for smartphones, like displays, glass, and aluminum that will see use in consumer devices in the summer of 2018.

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06:33
Apple is number six on list of NSHHS teens’ dream...

Google is the number one “dream employer” for high-achieving teenagers in the first generation of digital natives, according to the National Society of High School Scholars' (NSHSS) 2017 career interest survey. Apple places sixth on the list.

The 10th annual survey, conducted in partnership with Hanover Research, reveals the professional aspirations of some of the most promising Generation Z students, the oldest of whom are now heading to college. Technology companies like Instagram, which cracked the list for the first time, and healthcare providers, dominated the next-generation workforce's list of preferred employers, reflecting their comfort with computers and eagerness to make an impact.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital grabbed the number two spot on the list, followed by local hospitals, the Walt Disney Company, the FBI, Apple and the CIA. When asked which fields they expect...

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06:32
PSA: Check which apps have access to your Dropbox...

If you’re anything like me, you try out a lot of apps but keep only a small proportion of them. As some of them need Dropbox access, it’s easy to find that you’ve authorized a whole bunch of apps you no longer use …

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06:19
Apple among the World’s Most Attractive Employers

Universum Global, an employer branding company, has announced their 9th annual World’s Most Attractive Employers (WMAE) results from over 290,000 business and engineering/IT students from the world's 12 largest economies. Apple ranks third on the list (in two categories).

The Business Ranking Top 5 include: Google, Goldman Sachs, Apple (down from second place in 2016), Ernest & Young, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. The Engineering/IT Rankings Top 5 are Google, Microsoft, Apple (the same position as last year), General Electric, and BMW.

The WMAE ranking recognizes global organizations implementing preferable employer attributes according to highly-talented students. This survey is the largest of its kind, delivering valuable insights to employers around the globe.

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06:16
Surveillance Video Shows Chaos Inside Apple Store...

So right off the bat let’s acknowledge that this isn’t cool stuff (darn predefined content categories), but it’s certainly interesting. Last November, a man opened fire inside the Crossgates Mall in Albany, NY. Now that the suspect has been convicted, police this week released surveillance footage from inside the Apple Store located near where the incident took place. The silent surveillance video shows the panic of holiday shoppers and Apple employees as they run for cover, something of which modern Apple Store designs unfortunately provide very little. Still, if you’re ever in a situation like this, try not to trample each other, especially those with strollers, OK? Check out the video and story over at ...

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06:04
21% of Windows users plan to switch to Mac, says...

A survey of U.S. computer owners found that 21% of Windows laptop users planned a future switch to Mac, while just 2% of Mac owners intended to switch to Windows …

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06:03
Apple Maps now provides transit directions for Madrid

As noted by AppleInsider, Apple Maps now provides transit directions — complete with departure times, multi-modal transfers, and connecting walks — for Madrid, Spain.

The transit directions should work in both the iOS and macOS versions of Maps. However, the latter version apparently as some issues, as some Mac users are getting the message that “Transit information for Madrid is not available.” The addition of Madrid to Maps transit directions is part of a continual expansion of coverage.

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06:00
Relax, take a deep breath, and meditate on this Aura...

Today's world can be a bit overwhelming at times. Between the demands of family, career, and society, it's all too common to experience anxiety and the other symptoms of stress. Aura was Apple's #1 New App in February, 2017 and for good reason -- it was created by top therapists and meditation teachers and has a powerful AI engine inside to personalize your experience. We have a huge discount on Aura Premium -- a lifetime subscription for $59.99.

Unlike other mindfulness apps on the App Store, Aura is designed to cater to you and your specific needs. Here are some of the benefits of Aura:

  • Choose 3- or 7- or 10-minute meditation durations depending on your availability & comfort
  • Rate your experience...
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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Power Dot Pro Rapid Car Charger

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering the Power Dot Pro Rapid Car Charger for only $14.99 — that’s 40% off the regular price. This super-compact car charger provides 24W of power, sharing 4.8A of total output between two devices, so that you can get an extremely fast charge, even for your iPad Pro.

Get the Power Dot Pro Rapid Car Charger now for only $14.99...

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05:57
Apple quits signing iOS 10.3.1

Following the release of iOS 10.3.2, Apple has stopped signing iOS 10.3.1. This means you can’t downgrade to iOS 10.3.1. If you’ve upgraded, you must stay on iOS 10.3.2.

iOS 10.3.2 is a free over-the-air update available to all users with a compatible iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. It can also be downloaded and installed on iOS devices using iTunes on a Mac or PC.

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05:54
∞ iPhone 10 years later: The phone that almost wasn’t

[VIDEO] In the video (embedded in the main Loop post), CNN Tech interviewed former iPhone engineer Andy Grignon and others about their experience both working on the first iPhone and in using the prototype as it evolved.

Andy Grignon’s official Apple business card lists his title as F**kchop. You can see a copy of it here. He talks about that name, given to him by Steve Jobs, on the video, too.

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05:31
Siri is looking for its own personal assistant to...

Jordan Kahn, 9to5Mac:

Apple is looking to hire a “Siri Event Maven” that will serve as Siri’s own personal assistant on events and pop culture happenings trending among humans.

The role will be to make sure that Siri is up to date on all the non-traditional holidays, trending cultural happenings, and events that people might ask about. Apple says the Siri Event Maven will work with the engineers and designers working on Siri “to provide strategic awareness of cultural happenings in the collective zeitgeist.”

Sounds like a fun gig.

∞ Read this...

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05:26
The slow, secret death of the six-string electric....

Washington Post:

In the past decade, electric guitar sales have plummeted, from about 1.5 million sold annually to just over 1 million. The two biggest companies, Gibson and Fender, are in debt, and a third, PRS Guitars, had to cut staff and expand production of cheaper guitars. In April, Moody’s downgraded Guitar Center, the largest chain retailer, as it faces $1.6 billion in debt. And at Sweetwater.com, the online retailer, a brand-new, interest-free Fender can be had for as little as $8 a month.

And:

Guitar heroes. They arrived with the first wave of rock-and-roll. Chuck Berry duckwalking across the big screen. Scotty Moore’s reverb-soaked Gibson on Elvis’s Sun records. Link Wray, with his biker cool, blasting through “Rumble” in 1958.

And:

McCartney saw Hendrix play at the Bag O’Nails club in London in 1967. He thinks back on those days fondly and, in his sets today, picks up a left-handed Les Paul to jam through Hendrix’s “Foxy Lady.”

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05:25
Qualcomm’s Screen-Embedded Fingerprint Sensor Makes...

Hands-on experience with the tech reveals that it’s far from perfect, but it’s a first public glimpse of what Apple is rumored to be looking into for the next iPhone.


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05:21
OnePlus 5 first Android phone to beat the iPhone in...

David Rahimi has been conducting speed-test battles between iPhones and Android phones for quite some time now, and his latest test is the first time anything has beaten an iPhone. The OnePlus 5 – which is a blatant copy of the iPhone 7 Plus design – proved faster than the phone it mimicks …

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05:13
‘Inferior to a laptop in almost every way, unless...

Yesterday we posted Matt Gemmell’s take on this iPad Pro-bashing Twitter thread from The Outline’s Joshua Topolsky:

Couple of tweets about the new iPad and iOS 11. It is inferior to a laptop in almost every way, unless you like to draw.

— Joshua Topolsky (@joshuatopolsky) June 27, 2017

Another take, this from John Gruber:

I agree with almost every single word in Topolsky’s thread — but I also think he’s completely...

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05:00
Tales from the very first iPhone line

Enlarge / Steve Ballmer and my buddies Jason and Matt. Matt doesn't really have anything to do with this story, but he was in the picture with Jason so he gets to be in the intro image, too. (credit: Aurich Lawson)

June 29, 2007 is hot. Texas hot.

I’m hunched beneath an ugly orange awning that features the blue Death Star logo, getting what shade I can out of the thing as it flaps limply in a breeze hot and damp as dog's breath. Behind my back is the cool glass of a store window, on which you can still see the fading outline of recently removed “CINGULAR STORE” vinyl banners. It’s not quite 90 degrees Fahrenheit—that’s about 32 degrees Celsius for you Celsius fans—but the 90 percent humidity robs the shade of almost all of its comfort. The world is a slowly baking convection...

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05:00
Apple awarded sleep tracking patent, seeks to alter...

A new patent granted to Apple on Tuesday outlines how Apple’s iOS-based devices will help monitor your sleep patterns.

Patent number 9,692,874 for “Adjusting alarms based on sleep onset latency” describes a method of automatically configuring alarms using data gathered by personal mobile devices.

In most cases, users will set alarms to wake up as needed. In cases where they don’t immediately fall asleep, Apple has referred to the disparity between intended sleep time and actual sleep time as sleep onset latency, a problem the company believes can be alleviated with modern technology.

The patent describes using devices such as accelerometers, heart rate sensors, microphones and more, alongside advanced computational algorithms to create a form of logic. The resulting system would be capable of determining a user’s sleep ritual, intent to sleep and actual sleep time.

Apple’s patent also describes using onboard sensors to help determine the user’s...

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05:00
Apple considers iOS devices with orientation-based...

At some point, iOS and watchOS devices’ alarm settings may be determined by how the devices are oriented ad the environment their users are in at the time. Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,691,260) for an “electronic device with orientation-based alert adjustment.”

In the patent filing, Apple notes that many of the ever-increasing number of electronic devices include the ability to attract your attention through the use of an alert. For example, iPhones and Apple Watches contain alert devices such as vibrating motors, speakers, and/or lights. 

Because of their portable nature, many of these portable electronic devices are made as small as possible by miniaturizing the components therein. As part of this miniaturization effort, the alert devices in the electronic devices are often made as small as possible in order to conserve space. However, these miniaturized alert devices can be problematic for several reasons, according to Apple. 

First, these...

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04:52
Gene Munster: AirPods will be bigger than the Apple...

Apple analyst Gene Munster, from his 5 year Apple forecast:

Over the next 10 years, we anticipate that AirPods will be bigger than the Apple Watch as the product evolves from simple wireless headphones to a wearable, augmented audio device. While both AirPods and Apple Watch should continue to grow, we see AirPods contributing about the same amount of revenue as Apple Watch by FY22.

The key is the word augmented. Currently, AirPods are simply a great pair of wireless earpods. But over time, as Siri takes on a larger, more intelligent role in the ecosystem and as Apple moves into AR, the AirPods will have a more central role, acting as a conduit to other devices via more complex gestures and audio commands, and piping augmented audio back into your ears.

Our best guess is that Apple Glasses, an AR-focused wearable, will be released mid FY20. This is based on the significant resources Apple is putting into AR, including ARKit and the recent SensoMotoric...

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04:45
Tony Fadell describes competing teams working on...

It scarcely seems possible now that Apple ever considered an iPhone based on a click-wheel iPod, but we actually got to see a surviving prototype earlier this year. Steve Jobs created competing teams to work on different approaches to an iPhone, and ‘father of the iPod’ Tony Fadell has spoken about this in a new interview …

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04:30
Verto Analytics: lots of Windows users plan to go Mac

Verto Analytics just released the findings of a new study about who is most likely to switch from a Windows laptop/desktop to a Mac.

The analytics firm conducted a poll of current Windows owners (among U.S. adults, ages 18 and above) and asked them if they planned to buy a Mac as their next computer (either laptop or desktop) in the next 6-24 months. Verto also asked current Mac owners about their intentions to switch to a Windows machine within the next 6-24 months.

Nearly all (98% or more) current Mac owners intend to stay with Macs as their next computer. However, nearly 21% of current Windows laptop owners and 25% of current Windows desktop owners responded that they intend to switch to a Mac within the next six months

Of those current Windows owners, consumers in the upper income bracket (those with an average income of $150,000 or more) showed the highest likelihood of switching to a Mac: 20% of...

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04:25
Kick Back and Relax With the New ‘My Chill Mix’...

The personalized playlist promises to combine the most relaxing aspects of your favorite songs, artists, and genres into one chill experience.


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04:05
Qualcomm demos working in-screen fingerprint reader...

Qualcomm has demonstrated a working under-display fingerprint reader, lending confidence to the idea that Apple will have its own version ready for the iPhone 8.

So far, the idea of embedding a fingerprint reader into the display of a device has been the stuff of...

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for June 27, 2017

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.

iOS Apps/Updates

Greenie, a free mobile app that empowers users with tips, tools and incentives to do their part in fighting climate change, is now available at the Apple App Store. Created by Micro Integration Services Inc. (MIS) and launched with the theme line, "Get the app, save the planet," it provides users with energy saving actions they can take to increase their energy efficiency and shrink their carbon footprint.

macOS Apps/Updates

Norbert M. Doerner has rolled out NeoFinder 7.1, an update of the macOS software for keeping track of digital files, photos, songs, movies, fonts on hard drives, USB sticks, servers, Blu-ray disks, DVD-...

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03:30
How to add or remove credit cards in macOS Sierra...

It’s easy to use Safari in macOS Sierra and iCloud Keychains to keep your credit card data in sync between your Mac and iOS devices. And it’s easy to add a credit card:

  • Launch Safari and click Preferences.
  • Click AutoFill.
  • Click the Edit button next to Credit cards.
  • Click Add.
  • Type in your credit card information.
  • Click Done.

To remove a credit card:

  • Launch Safari and click Preferences.
  • Click AutoFill.
  • Click the Edit button next to Credit Cards.
  • Click on the card you wish to remove.
  • Click Done.
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Tuesday June 27

17:49
Apple enables Maps Transit directions in Madrid




Apple this week activated Transit directions in Madrid, Spain, offering users in the area access to local bus, train and metro travel data.

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17:16
Apple ceases signing of iOS 10.3.1 after release of...




Apple on Tuesday stopped signing code for iOS 10.3.1, halting downloads and installations of the legacy operating system in favor of iOS 10.3.2.

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16:47
Apple stops signing iOS 10.3.1 following the release...

Following the release of iOS 10.3.2 to the public last month, Apple this evening has stopped signing iOS 10.3.1. This means that users will no longer be able to downgrade to iOS 10.3.1, and instead will be required to remain on iOS 10.3.2….

more…

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16:31
Actual testing on AMD Vega GPU destined for iMac Pro...




Hands on testing performed by a PC enthusiast site shows Vega 64 GPUs like those found in a build-to-order configuration of forthcoming iMac Pro beat the Nvidia Titan Xp card in actual workflows similar to those expected to be handled by the pro-level Mac -- and the Vega 56 should also slightly edge the Nvidia card.

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15:47
Xinix Offers Linux Lovers a Path to Zen


Xinix is an innovative newcomer to the world of Linux distros. Now in beta, this distro has been spearheaded by a single developer who slowly is bringing other programmers on board to move things along. Despite its early development status, Xinix has potential for Linux fans who like to experiment with new platform concepts and do not mind trying out an operating system that is not yet fully functional. Essentially, Xinix is an interesting side project for serious Linux fans -- it definitely is not suitable for Linux newcomers.

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15:44
A Maine School District Struggles with Apple’s...

A Technology Director in Maine wrote us to explain how Mac notebooks just can’t compete, price-wise, in his school district anymore.


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15:31
Apple Music begins rollout of 'My Chill Mix...




Apple on Tuesday began the staggered release of a new curated Apple Music playlist dubbed "My Chill Mix," offering users a custom generated sampling of relaxing tunes from their favorite artists and genres.

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14:58
Uber adds new ‘request a ride for a loved one’...

Uber has been in the news for numerous reasons over recent weeks, most of which are certainly not positive and center on multiple controversies related to sexual harassment. Today, however, the company is rolling out a new feature that it hopes will help it expand its ride-hailing reach to those without a smartphone…

more…

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14:57
Ozzy’s favorite metal albums

Some great choices Ozzy!

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14:53
∞ Apple begins rolling out “My Chill Mix” on Apple...

Apple began rolling out a new mix on Apple Music called My Chill Mix. Apple told me today that the new mix will not be available to everyone immediately, but it will show up over time. […]

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14:40
Check Out this Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer...

The Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer recreated on a 33 year old Apple IIc computer is about the coolest thing you’ll see today.


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14:26
US Federal Trade Commission gets go-ahead for...




A U.S. Federal Trade Commission lawsuit leveled against Qualcomm before the start of a separate case by Apple can continue in spite of overtures for a dismissal from the chipmaker, a California court ruled this week.

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14:17
Watch: Messages gets new features and improvements...




When iOS 11 launches this fall, users will be able to take advantage of a few new Messages features like iCloud syncing and a one-handed keyboard. AppleInsider takes a closer look at Messages in iOS 11 beta 2 in this video.

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14:11
AWT News Update: June 27, 2017

India, expensive pickup trucks, Apple Pencils and record antitrust fines are all in the news today:

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook and other tech industry leaders met with the Prime Minister of India on Sunday
  • CarPlay comes to the pickup truck in the upcoming high-end Ram Limited Tungsten Edition
  • Guess what? You can save $14 and get a refurbished Apple Pencil through Apple's refurb shop
  • Google is facing a record $2.72 billion antitrust fine dealing with promoting its comparison shopping service over those of competitors. 

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14:02
Linea sketching app for Apple Pencil updated for 10....

The Iconfactory has updated its excellent sketching app for Apple Pencil to work specifically on the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro. Like Procreate yesterday, iPad apps need to be updated for the slightly larger iPad Pro display to take advantage of the increased resolution.

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14:02
A vibrant world under Antarctica

These pictures are just stunning.

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13:06
Are You a Czar of Cool? There’s a New Apple Job For...

If you’re in tune with the collective zeitgeist, you may be a good applicant for Apple’s Siri Event Maven.


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12:56
US House committee split over rules affecting Apple...




Democrats and Republicans squared off on Tuesday during a U.S. House Energy and Commerce subcommittee meeting on self-driving cars, contesting policies which could ultimately affect both the testing and launch of products being developed by Apple.

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12:49
‘Inferior to a Laptop in Almost Every Way, Unless...

Joshua Topolsky pretty much trashed the iPad Pro in a series of tweets last night:

Couple of tweets about the new iPad and iOS 11. It is inferior to
a laptop in almost every way, unless you like to draw.

If you think you can replace you laptop with this setup: you
cannot. Imagine a computer, but everything works worse than
you expect. […]

But this doesn’t COME CLOSE to replacing your laptop, even for
simple things you do, like email. AND one other thing. Apple’s
keyboard cover is a fucking atrocity. A terrible piece of
hardware. Awkward to use, poor as a cover. Okay in a pinch if you
need something LIKE a keyboard.

I agree with almost every single word in Topolsky’s thread — but I also think he’s completely wrong.

Here’s what I mean. Me, personally, I find a MacBook way better for almost every single thing I do that I consider work...

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12:30
Satechi ships 4K USB-C to HDMI adapter and cable

Satechi Type-C 4K HDMI Adapter

Satechi has added a pair of USB-C accessories to its lineup today, announcing a 6-foot Type-C 4K HDMI Cable ($39.99) and a more compact Type-C 4K HDMI Adapter ($34.99). Both Satechi accessories are designed to work with Macs featuring USB-C ports and external 4K displays that support 60Hz refresh rates for clear and blur-free viewing.

For those who already have an HDMI cable on hand, the Type-C 4K HDMI Adapter provides a compact footprint and features an HDMI port into which the existing cable can be plugged. It's available now in space gray, silver, gold or rose gold at both Satechi.net and Amazon.com. 

Type-C 4K HDMI Cable 

The Type-C 4K HDMI cable combines both...

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12:25
How to Upgrade to APFS if Not Done in macOS High...

Here’s how to upgrade your Mac’s boot drive to APFS if you forgot to do that in the macOS High Sierra (Beta) Installer.


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12:15
5 Hidden macOS Features Make Your Life Easier

You’ll become a wizard on your Mac with these hidden feature tips from Jeff Butts.


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12:11
Laptop replacement

This piece is in response to Joshua Topolsky’s ridiculous assertion on Twitter that, “If you think you can replace your laptop with an iPad, you cannot.”

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:01
Here’s a Band that Uses Only iPads for their Musical...

Plenty of musicians use iPads during their performances and some even use them to help enhance their shows, too. But iPads as all of the musical instruments? That’s what one band is doing, and it’s pretty amazing. They’re playing GarageBand instruments in real time and capturing their performance with SoundTap. It’s part of of a performance at the International Society for Technology in Education in Austin. The clip is short because it’s on Instagram, but it’s also long enough to see just how cool a full iPad band can sound.


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11:40
Why I’m still surprised the iPhone didn’t die

ZDNet:

What surprises me isn’t how popular the iPhone is now, but that it survived the first couple of years to become the influential cash-generating machine that it has become.

I’m just going to come out and say it — the original iPhone was junk. I know, that’s a scandalous thing to say, but to say otherwise is to do a disservice to the memories of the awesome handsets of the time. Call quality was terrible, it didn’t support multimedia messaging, and data speeds were slow even for 2007 because Apple chose not to support 3G.

I would usually say pieces like this are revisionism but the author, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, is someone whose writing I know and like and, upon reading it, you remember just how limited the original iPhone was. But his reasonings for why it eventually succeeded are

...

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11:21
Apple’s ‘Planet of the Apps’ is even worse than you...

Minor quibbles aside, it’s hard to disagree with the criticism in the embedded video.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:20
Apple wants someone to help develop a personal...

An Apple job posting — as noted by 9to5Mac -- shows that Apple is looking to hire a “Siri Event Maven” that will serve as a personal assistant for well, Apple’s digital personal assistant. 

In the job posting, Apple says the person hired will “play a part in the next revolution in human-computer interaction,” contribute to a product that is redefining mobile computing, and create groundbreaking technology for artificial intelligence. He/she will also “transform the way people keep up with their favorite sports and work with the people who created the intelligent assistant that helps millions of people get things done — just by asking” by joining the Siri team.

The Event Maven will play a role in planning out Siri's understanding...

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11:13
Analyst: Apple Glasses, an AR-focused wearable, will...

In a blog post, venture capitalist Gene Munster says iPhone growth will peak in fiscal year 2019, then slowly decline as “Apple Glasses” emerge. He thinks those glasses, an AR-focused wearable, will be released mid-fiscal year 2020. 

“We believe Apple see’s the AR future as a combination of the iPhone and some form of a wearable,” Munster writes. “With an average sale price of $1,300 we expect initial demand to be limited at just over 3m units compared to 242m iPhones that year.

He also forecasts that Apple’s AirPods will be "bigger than the Apple Watch" over the next decade as the product evolves from simple wireless headphones to a wearable, augmented audio device. 

“While both AirPods and Apple Watch should continue to grow, we see AirPods contributing about the same amount of revenue as Apple Watch by FY22. We expect the AirPods ASP to increase from $159...

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