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18:39
Third man charged in celebrity iCloud, Gmail hacking...




An Illinois man was on Monday charged with a felony computer hacking offense for his role in a phishing scheme that targeted more than 550 Apple iCloud and Google Gmail accounts, some of which belonged to prominent Hollywood celebrities.

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18:28
BNZ now officially supports Apple Pay in New Zealand...

After previously teasing support earlier this month, BNZ in New Zealand officially now supports Apple Pay. The bank joins ANZ in accepting Apple’s mobile payment platform in New Zealand. Speaking a few weeks ago, BNZ explained that the move to support Apple Pay comes following increasing requests from users.

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17:48
FBI director says smartphone encryption hindering...




FBI Director Christopher Wray on Sunday revealed strong smartphone encryption has prohibited his agency from gleaning data from more than half of the devices it attempted to access in the past 11 months, hindering progress in a wide range of ongoing investigations.

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16:36
Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, announce iPhone X...




With just days to go before iPhone X preorders go live, three major U.S. carriers on Monday announced their respective discounts, deals and trade-in incentives for the device, some of which can save buyers up to $350.

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16:10
We Fiddled with Ditto – Mac Geek Gab 680

Are photos still bloating up your iPhone? Having trouble upgrading to High Sierra or Downgrading to Sierra? Need to Sync two folders on your Mac? These are just some of the questions your two favorite geeks answer this week!


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15:32
FBI chief says inability to access data on encrypted...

The FBI has been unable to access data from “more than half” of the devices it has tried to unlock over the past year, according to a new report from The Associated Press. FBI director Christopher Wray made the comment while speaking at a conference over the weekend, acknowledging that there needs to be a balance between encryption and public safety…

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15:20
Quicken for Mac 2018 Launches, Subscription Only

The company has three different version of the accounting and billing software, Quicken Starter, Quicken Deluxe, and Quicken Premier.


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15:17
AWT News Update: October 23, 2017

Happy Monday! We're back with new from the world of Apple. Here's what we have for the Apple World Today News Update podcast today:

  • Are you an iPhone Upgrade Program member who wants to order an iPhone X this Friday? You can get pre-approved for the phone now using the Apple Store app, leaving just the final push of the button early Friday morning
  • FBI Director Christopher Wray isn't happy that the FBI hasn't been able to get encrypted information from 6,900 mobile devices over the past 11 months
  • Facebook Messenger adds another new feature; the ability to manage your TD Ameritrade stock portfolio from the app

The text version of the podcast can be read below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Apple News readers need to visit Apple World Today in order to listen to the podcast.

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14:52
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14:30
Apple Pay FAQ: The ultimate guide on how and where...

This story was updated on October 23, 2017 with up-to-date retailer and device information. 

Apple Pay—the company’s flagship mobile payment platform—has had breathtaking growth since its introduction about three years ago. Apple Pay transactions continue to rise, and more banks, retailers, and countries continue to join. You can even use Apple Pay to complete web transactions via Safari, too.

Plus, you’ll be able to participate in peer-to-peer payment transactions through Apple Pay—similar to Venmo and Square Cash—through an iOS 11 update coming later this fall (hopefully soon!).

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14:15
Apple spent $1.86 million in lobbying expenditures...

Apple spent $1.86 million in lobbying expenditures in the third quarter of 2017, a 74% increase from $1.07 million from the same period in 2016, according to a new report from Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit organization dedicated “to providing an effective voice for taxpayers and consumers in an era when special interests dominate public discourse, government and politics.”

But that’s a drop in the bucket compared to some companies.  AT&T and Google third-quarter lobbying expenditures this year both topped $4 million with the telecommunications conglomerate barely edging out the Internet giant for having spent the most money in the period to influence federal policymakers, Consumer Watchdog said today.

AT&T barely kept the lead as its 2017 third quarter expenses increased to $4.43 million from $4.11 million, an 8% increase from the third quarter of 2016, according to lobbying disclosure reports...

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14:04
Snapchat adds new link sharing & ‘Ghost Mode’...

Snapchat today has released a notable update to its iOS app, while a new report offers a look at the company’s reportedly ill-fated hardware efforts. First off, TechCrunch notes Snapchat’s latest iOS update with support for more linking features and some changes to Snap Map location sharing…

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14:00
Apple, Samsung Face New iPhone Damages Trial

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California issued her order late on Sunday, 10 months after the U.S. Supreme Court set aside a $399 million award against Samsung, whose devices include the Galaxy. The three Apple patents covered design elements of the iPhone such as its black rectangular front face, rounded corners, and colorful grid of icons for programs and apps. Koh's order is a setback for Apple, which called a retrial unnecessary and said the award should be confirmed. The $399 million represented profit from Samsung's sales of infringing smartphones, though the South Korean company has said it deserved reimbursement if it prevailed in the litigation. It was part of a $548 million payment that Samsung made to Apple in December 2015. The legal dispute concerned whether the "article of manufacture" for which Samsung owed damages included its entire smartphones, or only parts that infringed Apple patents.

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13:53
iOS 11: Using the New Live Photos Bounce Effect

You won’t be able to see the effect on macOS High Sierra, but you can still have fun with Bounce on your iPhone and iPad.


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13:51
Jeff Williams Hints at an Apple Disruption in Health...

Speaking at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company’s 30th anniversary celebration in Taipei, Mr. Williams said the world is “at an inflection point.”


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13:50
Review: Mophie Wireless Charging Base

Mophie's Wireless Charging Base is the second of the two iPhone-optimized wireless chargers that Apple announced with its debut of its new iPhone lineup last month, joining Belkin's Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad. Mophie's solution is a smaller disc, measuring just under four inches in diameter, and provides wireless charging capabilities that allow you to simply lay an iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X or any other Qi-compatible device for charging. {/exp:char_limit}

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13:48
TMO Background Mode Interview with Mystery Writer...

Elizabeth Craig is an accomplished mystery writer and novelist. Her works include the Southern Quilting Mysteries, Memphis Barbeque Mysteries, and Myrtle Clover Cozy Mysteries. Elizabeth grew up fascinated by the Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys and Trixie Belden mysteries as well as the works of Agatha Christie, especially Hercule Poirot. Later, she majored in English in college and just knew she would become a writer, but lamented that there weren’t any courses that actually taught one how to write fiction. She learned on her own. We chatted about how she came to write, the art and craft of writing, and some of our favorite TV mystery shows. Elizabeth’s career is inspiring, and today she teaches other fiction writers the basics at her blog. Even if you’ve never aspired to mystery writing, you’ll want to hear her story.


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13:35
iPhone X pre-approvals for iPhone Upgrade Program...

As we reported last week, Apple recently noted that it would be giving a head start to its iPhone Upgrade Program customers for the iPhone X upgrade process. Now, existing iPhone Upgrade Program members can use the Apple Store App to gain pre-approval for the iPhone X and be ready to checkout as fast as possible on October 27.

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13:31
New York City’s transit system to support Apple Pay

New York City’s transit system is replacing the MetroCard with the ability for passengers to pay with mobile payment systems such as Apple Pay, reports The New York Times.

A committee of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority approved a $573 million contract for a new fare payment system adapted from the one in use for several years on the London Underground and London’s commuter railroads, the article adds. New electronic readers will be installed in 500 subway turnstiles and on 600 buses in New York beginning late next year, and will reach the rest of the city’s subway stations and buses by late 2020.

The MetroCard is the payment method for the New York City Subway and New York City Transit buses. It was lanced in 1992.

Apple Pay is currently available in 15 countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, New Zealand...

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13:19
Suppliers reportedly preparing the AMD Radeon Pro...

DigiTimes reports that Apple suppliers are preparing the AMD Radeon Pro Vega cards that will power the graphics on the iMac Pro, which is due in December. Buyers will have an option to choose between the Vega 56 or 64, which have 8GB and 16GB of HBM2 memory, respectively, the article adds. 

Mac Pro, with its 27-inch Retina 5K display, next generation Intel Xeon processors up to 18 cores, up to 22 Teraflops of graphics computation, up to 16GB of VRAM, up to 128GB of memory, built-in Ethernet, and support for one billion colors, is the most powerful Mac ever made, says John Ternus, Apple’s vice president of Hardware Engineering. It comes in a new space gray enclosure.

With an all-flash architecture and all-new thermal design, iMac Pro delivers up to 80% more cooling capacity in the same thin iMac design, says Ternus. It will come with the new Radeon Pro Vega GPU, the most advanced...

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13:13
Another survey: iPhone X demand will be exceptional

While a survey by the Bernstein broker firm has found that demand for the iPhone X will be “substantial, but not exceptional,” another survey — by the UBS investment firm (as noted by AppleInsider — finds that the next gen smartphone — as well as the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus — is generating considerable buying buzz, with 69% of North American consumers planning to buy a new iPhone within the next three months.

The survey — conducted by UBS in conjunction with 451 Research — found that iPhone purchase interest is at its highest level since it reached 71% when the iPhone 6 lineup debuted in 2014. The data suggests that the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 8 have...

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13:11
Verizon Unlimited Plan Customers Can Get iPhone X...

The installment plan is standard, meaning you’ll have to keep the iPhone X for two years (24 months) before you can upgrade.


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13:02
You can now manage TD Ameritrade portfolios &...

Just a few days after adding support for peer-to-peer payments with PayPal, Facebook Messenger today has gained support for placing trades with TD Ameritrade. The online broker announced the new partnership in a press release, saying that it is “going where customers are to deliver the best of TD Ameritrade.”

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13:01
Survey: iPhone X demand will be ‘substantial, but...

A survey by the Bernstein broker firm has found that demand for the iPhone X will be “substantial, but not exceptional.” Forty-eight percent of respondents said they are “excited” for the upcoming smartphone.

Three percent of respondents said they wouldn’t get another iPhone as their next phone. Bernstein says the result shows that purchase intent sits far lower than the excitement around the premium iPhone. The survey included 1,112 iPhone owners located in the U.S., UK, and China. 

Ordering for the next gen Apple smartphone will start on Oct. 27, and they’ll ship Nov. 3 (though demand will almost certainly surpass the supply). The iPhone X will come in...

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12:53
∞ Drone footage of a mailman delivering mail after...

So many questions. Why are they bothering to physically deliver the mail? Why are so many of the mailboxes fireproof?

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12:52
Apple opens up pre-approval for iPhone X buyers in...




People in Apple's annual iPhone Upgrade Program can now get their loans pre-approved ahead of this Friday's iPhone X preorders, a critical step if they want a chance at getting one of the few launch-day units likely to be available.

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12:40
New York City to start phasing out the MetroCard,...

A big change is coming soon to the New York City transit system. According to a report from The New York Times, the transit system will move towards replacing the MetroCard with contactless payments via platforms such as Apple Pay. The full rollout will take several years, but it’s a step in the right direction.

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12:38
Survey finds iPhone X & 8 purchase intent at...




Amid concerns over the debut of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, a new survey finds that the trio of those phones plus the iPhone X is generating considerable buying buzz, with 69 percent of North American consumers planning to buy a new iPhone within the next 3 months.

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12:20
How to add favicons to Safari tabs and bookmarks bar...

I love Safari, but one of the things that always tempts me to go back to Google Chrome is the lack of favicons in the tabs bar. It sounds like such a simple thing, but when you have several tabs open at the same time, having to rely on text to differentiate one tab from another proves to be quite difficult. more…

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12:14
∞ SoundShare: The social music app, adds Party Mode...

SoundShare was already a great social music app, but it just got better with the release of 3.0 and new features like Party Mode.

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12:11
Documents show Clinton administration chummy with...




While Steve Jobs had friendly ties with President Bill Clinton and the then-First Lady Hillary Clinton -- and hosted Jobs on several occasions -- the White House did reject two of Jobs's suggestions for cabinet members.

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12:07
Gifting Air Travel by the Hour, iPad Controlled VW...

Bryan Chaffin is joined by Jeff Butts and Andrew Orr to chat about Skyhour app’s new ability to gift air travel by the hour. They also look at VW’s plans for an iPad-controlled VW Bus.


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11:55
New York City subway will replace MetroCard with...




The New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Monday approved a new $573 million contract that will see subway turnstiles support contactless payment services, including Apple Pay on iPhone and Apple Watch.

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11:53
John Hancock Life Insurance Customers can get Apple...

According to the stipulations, as long as you exercise regularly for two years, you can keep the watch for free. If you don’t exercise, members will have to pay it off in installments.


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11:50
Twitterrific for Mac update includes new features...

On the heels of officially bringing back Twitterrific for Mac just under two weeks ago, The Iconfactory has released the first update to its totally refreshed Mac client with Twitterrific version 5.1 that includes a mix of new features, improvements, and bug fixes.

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11:42
SpiderOak ONE 1TB Cloud Storage 1-Year Subscription...

We have a deal on a one-year subscription for 1TB of cloud storage from SpiderOak ONE. Your traffic to and from the company’s servers are encrypted end-to-end. It’s $39.99 through us.


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11:28
Apple Seeds macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 Developer Beta...

The 10.13.1 cycle of developer betas include the same new emojis being introduced in iOS 11.1, as well as a fix for the KRACK Wi-Fi exploit.


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11:27
Review: Fiio BTR1 Bluetooth Headphone Adapter

Since the release of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, it's been difficult to review headphones without giving some consideration to a problem that Apple created: the headphone jack. Though there are plenty of fine Bluetooth headphones out there, there are still many companies producing excellent portable headphones that have no wireless capability — we're not ready to commit to the wireless future just yet. A few months ago, we were lukewarm about Fiio's first offered solution to the headphone jack problem, the i1, a Lighting-to-headphone adapter that was well-built but didn't quite do enough to justify its premium over Apple's $9 version. Today we check out Fiio's newest coping mechanism for victims of the headphone jack apocalypse: the BTR1. It's a simple Bluetooth adapter for low-impedance headphones, and we love it.{/exp:char_limit}
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11:25
The New Volkswagen Bus, an All-Electric Minivan With...

If you’ve been pining for an all-electric minivan, or for Volkswagen to bring back the Bus, you’ll be able to have both of those wishes granted in 2022.


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11:21
[Review] If Apple Made an iOS Reddit Client, it...

The developer, Christian Selig, is a former Apple intern who wanted to build a Reddit app that closely adhered to Apple’s design guidelines.


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10:54
Apple Seeds iOS 11.1 Developer Beta 5

The patch notes are the same as iOS 11.1 Developer Beta 4, making this release a bug-fixes and continued-optimization release.


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10:49
Former Apple employee launches beautiful iOS focused...

A new Reddit client has launched today for iPhone and iPad that has been built specifically with iOS in mind. Apollo is a full featured Reddit client with 3D Touch support, customizable gestures, a fast Jump Bar, and much more.

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10:19
Fifth iOS 11.1, fourth tvOS 11.1 and macOS High...




Apple has again short-cycled the developer testing release cycle with a new fifth beta of iOS 11.1 accompanying fourth betas of macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 and tvOS 11.1.

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10:11
Apple releases iOS 11.1 beta 5 to developers

Update: Apple has also released the fourth beta of tvOS 11.1 to developers, as well as macOS High Sierra 10.13.1

Apple today has released iOS 11.1 beta 5 to developers. The update comes just a few days after Apple released beta 4. iOS 11.1 includes changes such as hundreds of new emoji, the return of the 3D multitasking gesture, and more.

iOS 11.1 beta is available via the Settings app.

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10:07
YouTube smash 'Despacito' shot in one day...




"Despacito," the most viewed video on YouTube, has garnered over 4 billion views -- and was edited and produced using Final Cut Pro X.

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09:59
News: Apple’s patent fight with Samsung headed to...

Apple’s seemingly endless fight with Samsung over smartphone patents is headed back to court once again, Foss Patents reports. A ruling handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court last year holds that Samsung isn’t on the hook for its full profits from smartphone sales just because it infringed on some of Apple’s patents, but doesn’t make clear what portion of the profits should go to Apple or how that should be decided. U.S. District…

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09:56
Apple suppliers now prepping AMD Vega video cards...




Signalling that the iMac Pro will likely meet its December ship date, Apple suppliers are reportedly preparing the AMD Radeon Pro Vega cards that will power the computer's graphics.

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09:43
Review: Alldock Multi-Device Charging Dock

Australian-based Alldock is making its U.S. debut this fall with its signature product, a modular docking station designed to simplify charging and reduce clutter for families and individuals who regularly need to charge multiple devices in their home. The company's eponymous docking bases are available in two sizes in a selection of attractive materials and also include a modular approach that allows them to accommodate a variety of devices, including mounts for Apple Watch, FitBit, or Pebble watches. {/exp:char_limit}

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09:40
Apple's Jeff Williams lauds TSMC's...

Apple COO Jeff Williams at far left at today's TSMC 30th Anniversary Celebration

Taiwanese chip manufacturer TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.) is now 30 years old, becoming a giant in the industry recently due to its close relationship with Apple. Apple COO Jeff Williams spoke at the company's 30th anniversary celebration, lauding the company for that relationship and also talking about how artificial intelligence will have major implications for the future.

Williams talked about TSMC's willingness to invest in plant that has helped both companies thrive. "TSMC invested $9 billion and had 6000 people working around the clock to bring up a ... fab in a record 11 months -- and in the end the execution was flawless. We've gone on to ship over. half a billion chips together in that short window." Williams remarked while thanking TSMC CEOs Mark Liu and C.C. Wei. "There are not many companies that will spend $9 billion on a single bet."

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09:33
News: Yale parent company acquires fellow smart lock...

On the heels of its release of a new doorbell cam and smart lock, August Home has been acquired by Assa Abloy according to a press release from the company. Assa Abloy is the parent company of Yale Locks & Hardware — a competing smart lock maker — but in a statement August’s representative said, “August will continue to operate independently, now part of the Americas division of Assa Abloy, pending regulatory approval. Jason Johnson…

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09:28
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13-inch MacBook Pro $1,110,...

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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09:25
ExtraBITS for 23 October 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the Mac mini is important to Apple’s future (we’ll believe him when we see a real update!), Apple recommends running a specific Terminal command before selling a MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar, and we learn what the iPod’s creator is up to now.

 

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09:25
Apple Pay continues to dominate contactless pay;...

There's a lot going on behind the scenes with Apple's contactless pay system Apple Pay and the associated Wallet app. Platform executive Jennifer Bailey attended the Money 20/20 conference yesterday, where she noted that Apple Pay is now in 20 countries around the world with about 4,000 card issuers. In those countries, Apple Pay accounts for 90 percent of mobile contactless payments.

Bailey also announced that US grocery store giant Albertsons Companies is in the process of deploying Apple Pay to 2,300 stores including all Safeway branches. Dick's Sporting Goods now takes Apple Pay at 675 locations, and high-end retailer Saks Fifth Avenue is starting to roll out Apple Pay. 

Ticketmaster is planning to support Wallet passes at all locations, which lets customers store tickets on iPhone or Apple Watch. The digital tickets can be scanned when entering a venue, making paper tickets a thing of the past for concerts, sporting events, and more.

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09:24
External Link: Tim Cook Calls the Mac mini “...

It has been three years since Apple last updated the Mac mini, and that revision was in many ways a downgrade from its predecessor. Despite that dubious history, Apple CEO Tim Cook told a MacRumors reader via email that Apple plans for the Mac mini to be an “important part of the company’s product lineup in the future.” Given that Apple has ignored the Mac mini for so long, we’re taking Cook’s claim with the proverbial grain of salt, but we’d love to see Apple put a new spin on the idea of a miniature Mac.

 

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09:21
Nintendo teases Animal Crossing for iOS with...

Nintendo today has shared it will reveal details this week about its release for the mobile version of its popular title, Animal Crossing. First expected back in March of this year, Animal Crossing will be the second Nintendo title to come to iOS this year.

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09:08
Take Control Books Having a 50%-Off Sale This Week

Our friends at Take Control are having a 50-percent-off sale this week, so if you’re looking for help with Apple’s latest releases, check it out now.

 

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09:08
News: Apple collaborating with Google and AT&T...

Apple is partnering with Google parent company Alphabet and AT&T to deliver internet to those in Puerto Rico affected by the fallout from Hurricane Maria, according to a blog post by Alistair Westgarth, head of Project Loon. The Project Loon balloons deliver communications equipment to remote parts of the world, and multiple U.S. agencies have approved their use over Puerto Rico. AT&T will provide LTE service, and SES Networks, Liberty Cablevision,…

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08:49
Apple suppliers upping production of AMD Radeon Pro...

Apple is reportedly ordering the parts it needs for the iMac Pro in volume, as it readies for the debut of the new lineup. Back at WWDC, Apple officially announced the iMac Pro would be released in December.

The iMac Pro uses high-end GPUs from AMD including the Radeon Pro Vega 56 and 64 graphics cards; these parts are packaged using a newer 2.5D technology …

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08:49
Deals: 2017 15" MacBook Pros as low as $2,199...




Exclusive discounts are in effect now on Apple's Mid 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro. Save $200 to $320 on popular configurations with no tax collected outside NY and NJ. Or snap up a 10.5-inch iPad Pro and save $50 to $130. The 38mm Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) with a Space Black Case and Milanese Loop Band is now shipping for $749 as well.

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08:44
Insurer John Hancock offers Apple Watch Series 3 for...




Life insurance firm John Hancock will soon offer everyone in its Vitality program an Apple Watch Series 3 for $25 plus tax, with the caveat that they must engage in regular exercise over the next two years.

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08:38
The iPod is old enough to drive...

On this day in 2001, Apple co-founder and legend Steve Jobs introduced the first iPod to the world. That makes the iPod platform old enough to get a restricted driver's license in most of the United States. The iPod has been eclipsed by many other Apple products since then, but it was one of the products that first brought Apple to the attention of many consumers.

Up until the iPod was introduced, most MP3 players in existence were difficult to use and had limited flash storage. That first iPod had a 5GB hard drive built in that could hold "up to 1000 songs". The click wheel and menu interface of the early iPods made them incredibly easy to use with one hand, and the iconic white earbuds that came with the player quickly became a status symbol. 

The only iPod still in existence is the very iPhone-like iPod touch, with all other models discontinued over the years as the iPhone -- which brought the ability to not only play music but run a large variety of apps (more...

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08:25
News: China cuts off cellular access for Apple Watch...

China has cut off access to the Apple Watch Series 3’s cellular capability after a brief period of availability on one of the country’s phone providers, The Wall Street Journal reports. Analysts claim the country tightened restrictions because of the difficulty in tracking user identity through the watch’s eSIM, which is embedded in the device by Apple rather than the cellular carriers. China Unicom offered cellular service for the…

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08:16
John Hancock lets life insurance customers earn...

John Hancock is the first life insurer to offer an almost free Apple Watch as it brings this benefit to all existing and new customers of its Vitality life insurance program. The new initiative offers customers the option to earn an Apple Watch Series 3 for $25 if they exercise regularly for two years.

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08:15
FYFD

Their NSFW name aside, this is a fascinating site with great, easy to understand descriptions of the phenomenon represented.

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08:14
Judge Koh Grants Samsung New Damages Trial in Apple...

Presiding  Judge Lucy Koh ruled over the weekend that instructions given to the jury in the original trial “did not accurately reflect the law.”


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08:06
COO Jeff Williams praises TSMC for 'intense...




Apple Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams spoke at TSMC's 30th anniversary celebration, and not only praised the company for an "intense" relationship with Apple developing the A11 Bionic processor, but also noted that the iPhone will be a driving force to advance artificial intelligence in the future with implications for the world.

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07:58
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 23...

Notable software releases this week include GraphicConverter 10.5.1, SEE Finance 1.1.11, Merlin Project 4.3, Fantastical 2.4.3, Delicious Library 3.7, EagleFiler 1.8.1, BBEdit 12.0.1, and DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.9.16.

 

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07:46
News: Apple hires ex-Amazon exec for international...

Apple has added another high-profile media name to its growing content division, hiring former Amazon executive Morgan Wandell to head up its international development, Variety reports. During his tenure at Amazon, Wandell was the point man on shows like “The Man in the High Castle,” “Goliath,” and the upcoming “Jack Ryan” series. Before that he worked at ABC working on hits like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Lost,” and “Desperate Housewives.”…

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07:45
Apple COO Jeff Williams says AI will change the...

Apple’s chief operating officer Jeff Williams attended the 30th anniversary celebrations of A-series chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, and took the opportunity to say a few words about the importance of AI in general – and the phone as an AI tool in particular.

I think we’re at an inflection point, with on-device computing, coupled with the potential of AI, to really change the world.

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07:43
John Hancock Vitality program members: Get an Apple...

Life insurance companies understand just how important activity is to the health and wellbeing of their customers, and for customers of one company, it can really pay off in the form of an Apple Watch Series 3 for $25. John Hancock's Vitality program, which provides rewards to members who stay active, is now offering the GPS-only version of the latest Apple Watch for an initial payment $25 plus tax. 

Now there IS a catch: if you don't want to pay any more money out of pocket for the watch, you have to "pay it off" by completing exercises like walking, running, biking, swimming and so on. Members must earn 500 Vitality Points per month over two years, and then they will own the watch outright. 

The Vitality rewards program is available with specific John Hancock life insurance policies in the United States, and the Apple Watch Series 3 program starts on November 6...

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07:41
Google investigating reports of screen burn-in on...




Google is "actively investigating" accounts of OLED screen burn-in on its new top-end iPhone rival, the Pixel 2 XL, according to a spokerperson.

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07:29
The Skyhour App Lets You Gift Air Travel By The Hour...

Check out the Skyhour app, an innovative way to gift air travel—by the hour. And it works with more than 350 airlines. Every hour costs $60, and you can send your gift via the app itself, email, SMS, or even in person. The giftee then books the flight through their own copy of the Skyhour app. Seriously, that’s just crazy cool. It lets your recipient decide where they want to fly, when, and on what airlines. In an age of security-related hassles when it comes to buying flights for someone else, this seems pretty darned clever. JetBlue has apparently taken an investment stake in the company, too, suggesting Skyhour has legs. Or wings, or something.


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07:23
News: Dispute over payments keeps Facebook’s new...

Facebook is putting up paywalls around some content on its site and driving users to publisher pages to buy subscriptions, but a dispute over the revenue generated is keeping the tool off Apple devices, Recode reports. In discussions that have gone on for months, Apple has demanded as much as 30 percent of the subscription revenue generated — in keeping with its typical cut of in-app subscriptions — where Facebook wants to leave all of the revenue…

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07:22
VW claims it will really make its electric VW Bus,...

Volkswagen has talked on a number of occasions about making an electric version of its iconic camper van, the VW Bus. It got as far as making a concept vehicle, called the I.D. Buzz, and it says this one really will make it into production …

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07:02
Quicken 2018 offers three Mac subscription plans w/...

Quicken 2018 for macOS is out with updated billing features, three editions, and a new subscription plan available to Mac users. The latest version of the finance software starts with an enhanced bill management center.

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07:00
Quicken 2018 for Mac debuts, switches to...




Quicken on Monday released the 2018 Mac edition of its personal finance software, making upgrades in areas like bill payments and investments, but primarily transitioning to a subscription-only model with Starter, Deluxe, and Premier packages.

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06:50
News: Apple releases fourth developer betas for iOS...

Apple has released a fourth set of betas for iOS 11.1, tvOS 11.1, and watchOS 4.1 to registered developers. The release notes for both platforms mostly indicate bug fixes, although watchOS 4.1 adds Apple Music streaming capabilities to the Apple Watch Series 3, including support for iCloud Music Library and Apple Music radio stations. Recent reports also suggest that iOS 11.1 may add support for Apple Pay Cash, with Apple’s corporate and retail…

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06:36
With iPhone X imminent, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus...




New data collated from the retail chain suggests that the iPhone 8 Plus outsold the iPhone 8 in September, with the pair grabbing 10 and 8 percent of total U.S. iPhone sales across the entirety of the third calendar quarter, with the pair only available for eight days of the measurement period.

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06:35
Create custom logos with free online tool

This is a nice tool for playing with logo ideas, homing in on a design you might then pass along to a professional designer to refine.

To get started, click the Make a Logo link in the top bar. Fun and useful.

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06:33
Bloomberg suggests Apple has lost its supply-chain...

Bloomberg piece points to weak sales by several key Apple suppliers, and suggests this is evidence that the iPhone maker has lost its famed supply-chain management expertise.

Thanks to Taiwan rules requiring the disclosure of monthly sales, we can track endemic weakness at its exclusive processor maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and primary assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.

Columnist Tim Culpan argues that with the iPhone X, Apple let its desire for innovation get ahead of its ability to source the necessary components …

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06:17
Apple Pay heading to four new countries in days,...




Apple Pay should be launching in Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and the United Arab Emirates within a matter of days, and the service is also arriving at more U.S. merchants, platform executive Jennifer Bailey revealed at Sunday's Money 20/20 conference.

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06:09
How to pin a note to the top of your list in macOS...

This is a new feature. Easy enough to do. And once pinned in macOS, the note stays pinned in iOS.

To pin or unpin a note in iOS, swipe the note to the right. You’ll see a pin/unpin button. Nice.

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06:03
External Link: Use This Terminal Command Before...

Before you sell or give away a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (which has a Touch ID sensor), Apple recommends that you boot the Mac into macOS Recovery and execute this Terminal command: xartutil --erase-all. We’re not entirely sure what it does, and Apple doesn’t offer any explanations, but we suspect it acts to clear the Secure Enclave that stores your fingerprint data. Regardless, it would be wise to follow Apple’s advice.

 

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06:00
Travel without worry with these Twist World Charging...

Do you do international travel for business or pleasure? If you do, and if you go to a large variety of countries, you probably know what a hassle it can be to not have the correct plug for the outlets in a particular country. The Twist Plus World Charging Station and Twist World Charging Station sell for $31.99 each, but you can save an additional 15% using code SAVE15 in the Apple World Today Deals Shop through 10/29

The Twist Plus World Charging Station showing various MacBook AC Adapters

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Twist Plus World Charging Station

Today in iLounge Deals, you can get the Twist Plus World Charging Station for only $31.99 — that’s 39% off the regular price. This hassle-free charging solution provides you with the ability to charge your Mac plus four other USB-equipped devices at once, all from one convenient plug. The Twist Plus simply attaches to your Apple MacBook power adapter, doing away with the need to carry a tangled web of chargers and converters when you’re…

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05:59
Apple’s first big break came because of the...

Nice look back at the critical role the world’s first spreadsheet had on Apple’s early success.

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05:56
Apple, Spielberg, and Bond

Steven Mallas, Seeking Alpha (free regwall) on Apple and Steve Spielberg inking a deal to bring the series of Amazing Stories to Apple TV:

The plan is for there to be 10 episodes at a cost of $5 million each. That’s nothing to Apple, a drop in the bucket.

And:

Spielberg could shift some of his slate over to streaming services that are aching to differentiate themselves from the pack, primarily the alpha Netflix. Again, here’s where Apple and its cash hoard and its enormous market cap and its platforms that need to be programmed come in – they could help Spielberg distribute concepts that might not find a place elsewhere. Netflix arguably already does this. Think the recent Stephen King adaptation Gerald’s Game. On Netflix, it stands out. In theaters, maybe it wouldn’t have. There’s no way that Cook and Spielberg don’t understand that.

The whole article is interesting, especially when Mallas chews on the possibility of Apple buying the rights to James...

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05:44
CIRP: iPhone 6s/6s Plus selling better than the...

Purchase data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) — as noted by 9to5Mac --  suggests that the iPhone 8 is selling in smaller numbers than the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

The research group says that the iPhone 8/8 Plus accounted for just 16% of Apple smartphone sales in the previous quarter, while the iPhone 6s/6s Plus accounted for 24%. In the same time frame last year, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus together accounted for 43% of sales [and] three years ago, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were 46% of sales in their launch quarter.

CIRP’s data — based on a survey of 500 U.S. Apple customers who purchased a product during the quarter — suggests that some of those who would otherwise have bought the iPhone 8 have instead gone for last year’s model following the price cut made by Apple. Others are waiting for the iPhone X, notes the research group.

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05:40
External Link: What the iPod’s Creator Is Up To

Tony Fadell designed the iPod at Apple and then created the Nest thermostat that was eventually purchased by Google. Now with his new venture, Future Shape, Fadell is going after the concept of Silicon Valley as a tech hub by funding startups from Paris, France. Fadell has taken his fair share of criticism over the years for being overbearing and opinionated (shades of Steve Jobs), but he is also one of the most successful Apple alums and is worth keeping an eye on.

 

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05:35
It’s alive! Apple vs. Samsung patent battle with...

Will this never end? Judge Lucy Koh of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California has determined that a new Apple v. Samsung trial on design patent damages, which Samsung had been fighting for in courts on both coasts of the U.S. States since the 2012 verdict, is going to happen, reports FOSS Patents.

Koh said Apple “shall bear the burden of persuasion on identifying the relevant article of manufacture and proving the amount of total profit on the sale of that article.” In a separate ruling, the judge said that a case management meeting set for Oct. 25 will still be held and that both Apple and Samsung must file plans “advancing the case schedule and trial date” by that point.

This is all part of the ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung have filed more than 30 lawsuits against each other across four...

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05:34
Samsung patent shows company working on AirPower-...

A patent application published on Friday shows that Samsung is working on what looks like its own equivalent of Apple’s upcoming AirPower wireless charging mat. A patent illustration shows it simultaneously charging both a phone and a smartwatch …

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05:29
Apple and Samsung headed back to court for iPhone...




The first Apple versus Samsung smartphone trial is headed back to the courtroom again, with the presiding judge ordering a new trial to determine damages for Samsung's willful violation of Apple's design patents in an early round of smartphones because of a century-old law overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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05:26
Apple allowing iPhone Upgrade Program customers to...

Juli Clover, MacRumors:

Starting on Monday, October 23, iPhone Upgrade Program customers will be able to get a “head start” on the iPhone X pre-order process by getting pre-approved for an iPhone Upgrade Program loan.

If you are part of the iPhone Upgrade Program, this is worth a look, will get you through checkout that much quicker this Friday.

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05:15
Apple offers early iPhone X pre-order access to...

This is one of the perks of being part of Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program.

Apple is now enabling IUP members to ‘get a head start on your upgrade to iPhone X’ starting Monday, October 23, ahead of pre-orders on Friday, October 27.

The ‘head start’ on Monday appears to only apply to customers already enrolled in the iPhone Upgrade Program and doesn’t necessarily guarantee launch day inventory. The process instead is intended to let upgraders complete the loan eligibility process through Apple, which partners with insurance firm Citizens One, before the official pre-order period kicks off at 12:01 am PDT on Friday, October 27.

This should allow iPhone Upgrade Program customers to grab the iPhone X first, scale down the checkout process time and complete their transactions as quickly as possible. In addition, customers buying through carrier upgrades or without a contract already have fewer steps at checkout.

Unfortunately, the “head start” period doesn’t...

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05:15
Google ‘actively investigating’ reports of Pixel 2...

Over the weekend, Alex Dobie, Executive Editor of Android Central, posted this Tweet, showing what appeared to be screen burn-in on his Google Pixel 2 XL review unit […]

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05:00
Apple, AT&T partner to activate Band 8 to help...

This could definitely come in handy.

Apple and wireless carrier AT&T have joined forces and are apparently enabling LTE Band 8, a provisional LTE band that’s been approved but not activated or licensed in the United States or Puerto Rico, to help with communications within the territory following Hurricane Maria.

LTE Band 8 will work with the iPhone 5c and up on iOS 10 or higher in Puerto Rico following a carrier update. Band 8 is a 900Mhz band with improved range to better reach cell towers that are located further away.

Apple offered the following statement:

“We are working with AT&T to activate cellular service for iPhone users in Puerto Rico as the island recovers from Hurricane Maria. Apple engineers have created a special carrier settings update which users connected to Wi-Fi or who are connected to a cellular network will automatically be prompted to download throughout the week. The update allows iPhone customers with iPhone 5c and...

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05:00
Google Pixel 2 XL Reviewers Reporting Screen Burn-In...

Multiple people have reported it, including AndroidCentral and The Verge, and it could indicate a significant problem for Google.


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05:00
Apple patent is for displays with improved color...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 20170301310) for “displays with improved color accessibility” to aid folks who have trouble distinguishing between different colors on the display of an iOS, watchOS, or macOS device. 

Users with color vision deficiencies may miss a significant amount of visual detail in the images on a display screen, ranging from textual information to photographs and videos. Apple’s solution: “daltonization,” a process through which colors on a display are adjusted to allow users with color vision deficiencies to distinguish a range of detail they would otherwise miss. 

Daltonization is sometimes offered by applications such as websites, web browsers, or desktop applications. These applications adjust the display colors in a targeted display area to make the display content in that area more accessible to the user. These daltonization applications typically apply a single static daltonization algorithm with uniform daltonization strength to...

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04:43
CIRP data suggests iPhone 8 selling worse than an ‘S...

Purchase data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) suggests that the iPhone 8 is selling in smaller numbers than an ‘S’ model.

The company says that the iPhone 8/Plus accounted for just 16% of all iPhone sales in the past quarter, against 24% for the iPhone 6S/Plus …

more…

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04:09
Apple asked to justify why it should keep the patent...

That years-long patent infringement battle between Apple and Samsung isn’t over yet. A judge has just ordered the two sides to return to court yet again.

Apple was originally awarded $1B after a court ruled that Samsung infringed its iPhone patents. That was later reduced to $339M, but Samsung argued that it was still too much and fought the case all the way to the Supreme Court – where it won. But it didn’t end there …

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